Devin Kelly combines pieces of the past with the inventiveness of the present to equal a style that is not only unique, but also always reinventing itself. Inspired by a stash of forgotten T-shirts and old photographs of his father, Kelly’s style possesses a personal quality reminiscent of a time before his own.
Constantly rediscovering pieces in his closet, Kelly continues to find new ideas by keeping an open mind, and more importantly, wearing what he likes. This week, Kelly pairs classic denim with a weighty, workman-inspired coat and suede sneakers. Adding a pinch of personality with a graphic tee and knit hat, Kelly’s ensemble combines the best of comfort and character.
To find out what sparks his personal style, CollegeFashionista talks to Kelly about his mixture of muses and how they’ve made their way into his wardrobe:
Name: Devin Kelly
Major: English and history double major
CollegeFashionista: What do you feel most comfortable wearing?
Devin Kelly: Jeans and a soft T-shirt. My dad keeps most of his T-shirts in our attic, and about a year ago I found a whole stock of them. A bunch of them were super soft and super comfortable and that's kind of when I started buying my own clothes and really buying what I liked.
CF: What is your favorite trend past or present?
DK: I don't know trends. But, I like things that are reminiscent of the ‘Americana’ kind of style: the authentic, classic, workman-like style.
CF: Has living in New York City influenced your style at all?
DK: I think so. Since I’ve been living in New York, I've started listening to a lot more music, and in a way I think a lot of my fashion is influenced by the music I listen to.
CF: Where do you usually find your style inspiration?
DK: Old photographs. I like photography, and I’m especially fond of photographs from the mid-twentieth century. I like the way they dressed so I guess that’s kind of where I get inspiration.
CF: Do you have an item you can't live without?
DK: I guess this jacket that I’m wearing now. I just found this jacket and my mom got it for me about four years ago. Back then, I thought it was really dorky like something — something my dad would wear — but now I really like it.
CF: Do you have any fashion advice for college students in search of their personal style?
DK: Wear what you like. Wear what makes you feel good. That’s really it.