FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Vaughn Watson

When I was younger, I always thought function superseded fashion. I would wear what was most comfortable and was willing to sacrifice the way I looked to feel comfy and content. As a teenager, I did a drastic 180: I decided fashion was way more important than function. I would go out into sub-zero winter weather with a light peacoat and moccasins. After years of reflection, I have come to the conclusion that one does not have to be forfeited for the other. In fact, these two can go hand in hand to create a chic outfit that will set you aside from your peers.

I found this Fashionisto waiting for the train and I couldn't help but compliment him on his threads. He was so effortlessly fashionable and properly dressed for a dreadful, snowy day in Boston. His outfit was the perfect mix of stylish and weather appropriate. Hats off to this marvelous mixture of fabrics and color.

Name: Vaughn Watson

Major: Sociology

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: Tell me a little bit about your outfit — how did it come together?

Vaughn Watson: I was feeling inspired by the fashion I observed in China during my recent semester there, so I tried to do this experiment with fabrics and colors to see if I could pull it off. A great deal of the outfit is from H&M, but the jacket is by Tommy Hilfiger. I'm not sure where the boots came from though

I wanted to combine the casual look of corduroys and a turtleneck with something a little more edgy, so I added the boots and woolen socks to give the outfit a less pretentious, almost messy feel. In fact, I was almost worried that the outfit looked a little too bummy, but in the end, I was satisfied with how it turned out.

CF: Where do you find inspiration for your style?

VW: My greatest source of inspiration is New York. Whenever I go back home, I feel as if my sense of and passion for fashion are magnified. I was raised wearing casual clothes such as khakis and slacks, so now I love to play with those looks in order to create something that looks both clean-cut and edgy simultaneously. I would also say that my style, as of late, has been influenced greatly by techniques I observed in Chinese fashion such as mixing patterns and textures, heavy accessorizing, and the use of materials and patterns that would be considered feminine in the west.

CF: Where do you find the best college-friendly fashion?

VW: H&M is a godsend, I get just about all of my basics from there. Other than that, I like to wander around a variety of stores for pieces that call out to me. I think it's important to not have a fixed idea about a store, but rather to search for individual pieces that make sense to you. As long as your clothes accurately express your taste and personality, you can create your own look and wear it with confidence.


How To: This Fashionisto's corduroys are subtle and look good on nearly anyone. Guys, don't be afraid to play around with some color! Vaughn's outfit is very simple but he added a splash of color with his turtleneck. Again, have some fun and find a brightly-colored sweater or shawl to accent your outfit. Even one with a cool pattern will do the trick. One of my favorite things about this outfit is how the gold finishing on this Clubmaster Ray-Ban complements the gold zipper on his duffle coat. Definitely keep warm with a beanie and wool socks. And obviously, don't forget your combat boots. Those come in handy when the weatherman predicts 6 inches of snow.

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