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Style is an indefinable and intangible expression of who you are - it's how you walk and talk, what you read, what music you listen to, what you eat and what you love.
There's a special moment when you pull on your favorite outfit and you just feel like you. You don't second-guess yourself and you don't need to hear anyone else's opinion to know you look great.
Like Madelaine Britt, assistant news editor, says, "Don't let anyone tell you what to do in fashion or in life." Our editors make their clothing choices because they are who they are.
These choices speak for themselves.
Brian Windschitl, assistant features editor and sophomore English major
Windschitl describes himself as "grunge-underground-urban style mixed with upper-prep-school roots - basically washed-out high fashion: lo-fi chill wave expressed in clothing."
A mouthful, but that's him.
Windschitl's style references '80s and '90s prep and mixes that with "old-school underground, like '90s preme." He also looks to Toro y Moi for style inspiration.
Preferring Levi's and The Salvation Army, Windschitl isn't too picky but hates "vineyard vines, and ostentatious neons and pastels (most of the time)."
Simply put, "I'm high fashion."
Megan Weal, assistant arts editor and junior American studies major
Hailing from England, Weal draws on the "clean-cut and basic" English style that incorporates accessories and statement pieces to individualize an outfit.
"I like to wear basic clothes: jeans, black pants, T-shirts or dresses, but make them a little different by stacking necklaces or buying pieces that have something a little different to them - a cut-out back or a leather panel," Weal said.
Keeping to the effortlessly cool look that comes with seriously rocking basics, Weal is inspired by celebrities like Alexa Chung, the Olsen twins, as well as Drew Barrymore and Kate Moss circa the 1990s.
Weal also pays attention to how other people express themselves. "If someone is wearing something and I really like it, I'm not afraid to go up to them and ask them where it's from," Weal said. "Just because you're wearing the same thing as someone else, it doesn't mean it's going to look the same."
Pictured here, Weal is wearing a Forever 21 playsuit with a cut-out, criss-cross detail on the back, tights and black H&M booties. For accessories, she's wearing a Casio watch, her day-to-day rings, a wishbone necklace and a silver eagle necklace.
Amanda Low, news editor and junior environmental studies major
Shown here wearing an H&M pineapple-print skirt, an Urban Outfitters sweater and a turtle locket necklace ("because I love marine animals - specifically turtles"), Low embraces a style that is comfy and feminine mixed with a hint of masculinity.
Incorporating a variety of graphics, colors and styles from different stores is a major part of Low's style, but she also knows that as an editor it's important to look put together every day.
Low also looks to the season when she gets dressed in the morning. "In the warmer weather, I like to doll it up vintage-style with a lot of dresses," Low said. "But when it's winter, I think I try to be more modern with my sweaters and jackets."
Low believes style is personal and quick judgments shouldn't be made if someone's style is different from the norm.
"I think, most of all, it's important to be comfortable with what you are wearing, because in the end, it's only a piece of colored cloth," she said.
Sara DiNatale, managing editor and junior English major
Describing her style as "comfy chic," DiNatale enjoys mixing comfort with fashion by adapting styles she finds inspirational in magazines to suit her day-to-day needs.
DiNatale references the free-wheeling styles of the 1970s in her personal look, but when it comes to looking professional for The Spectrum, she uses her love of glasses to inject vintage into her office style.
She believes fashion is all about figuring out the balance between how you want to dress and how you have to dress, whether that's for class, an internship or an interview.
"I know my style but am conscious of when it's not appropriate," DiNatale said.
When she isn't conducting interviews or working with staff writers to produce edited content, DiNatale has an obsession with crewneck sweaters with ridiculous phrases on them, like "Long hair don't care."
Aline Kobayashi, senior photo editor and senior business administration major
Like many of The Spectrum's editors, Kobayashi often dresses to suit the needs of her position.
"As a photographer, I like to dress as if I am going to be in front of the camera," Kobayashi said. "I want to impress people but also be in a comfortable outfit that lets me do my job."
Here, Kobayashi mixes her classy and comfortable style that allows her to move behind and in front of the camera. She's wearing Nike high-tops, a classic black blazer, a white V-neck shirt and red jeggings. She always has sunglasses on hand and piles on accessories with "three bracelets, a red watch, five rings, six earrings" and her favorite heart necklace.
Much of Kobayashi's wardrobe comes from her travels abroad to China, Japan, Brazil and Thailand. She also likes to go thrift shopping and mixes her modern clothing with clothes her mom passed on to her.
"My mom once told me if I wear a blazer with a nice shirt, jeans and a nice pair of heels I would look classy," Kobayashi said. "It doesn't hurt to try and look nice once in a while."
Owen O'Brien, sports editor and senior communication major
O'Brien is a proud wearer of the athletic-casual style. He isn't overly concerned with how he dresses, preferring comfort and ease over what others might consider to be fashionable.
"Really when I get myself dressed, I just think, 'It's not Friday night yet, right?'" O'Brien said. "Until it's the weekend and I'm going out or going out in a planned manner during the week, I don't worry about how I look. Even then, I'll usually just toss on one of the first clean collared shirts or a nicer short-sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans that are hopefully clean."
He sticks to shopping three times a year for the necessities of work and going out.
"The only days I even put on a real shirt and jeans is when I know I will or may have to conduct an interview for The Spectrum," O'Brien said.
Shown above in a pair of basic sweatpants, a pullover sweater from his Long Island baseball team and a Red Sox hat, O'Brien largely ignores 'what's in' in favor of his love for sports and comfort.
Joe Konze, senior arts editor and senior communication major
Although Konze, like O'Brien, prefers to keep it casual and cool during the day, he embraces the pop-punk, Warped-Tour style when he performs with his band, Maritime Law. With the heat on stage and adrenaline pumping through his veins, Konze sticks with basketball jerseys and tank tops.
Here, he's wearing a PacSun tank top, jeans and his beloved Sperry boat shoes that "don't clash with anything."
Konze said he "goes through jeans like women go through shoes," so he prefers to pick up jeans at Old Navy and Kohl's rather than dropping tons of cash on trendy jeans. Day to day, Konze often wears band t-shirts to support fellow local bands.
He also loves summer and picks up tank tops while on vacation in Florida. His style on stage reflects that summer loving, as he prefers to wear shorts instead of jeans during shows. But the cold Buffalo nights often make him stick to jeans.
Keren Baruch, senior features editor and senior communication major
Like Kobayashi, Baruch's wardrobe is made up of around-the-world clothes from her travels to Tel Aviv and the streets of New York City. She mixes high and low styles, splurging at Nasty Gal, but says, "I can shop anywhere. I find clothing that I fall in love with at the dollar store."
When Baruch gets dressed, she doesn't consider what others will think about her choices.
"I spent too many years focused on what was 'in' style and not on what made me feel comfortable and confident," Baruch said. "During my senior year of high school, I started to get my own sense of style. And though other people made fun of my combat boots and big glasses, I felt confident in that. Now I just try things on; if the patterns don't seem too 'cheap' to me and I think the article of clothing is flattering, I buy it."
Today, Baruch can often been seen in gym clothes as she is passionate about exercising, but she also likes to look "semi-human" in boots, leggings and a button-up when she conducts interviews for The Spectrum.
Ben Tarhan, senior sports editor and senior engineering major
"I try to present myself as professionally as possible every day," Tarhan said. "My style is straightforward and clean. Generally if I'm not wearing a suit and tie, I'm wearing a polo or a V-neck t-shirt."
Tarhan prefers to shop at Express, Banana Republic and JCPenney. He likes clothes to look slim but not too skinny, in order to stay more formal.
One of the editors who can be seen in a suit regularly, Tarhan draws inspiration from Editor in Chief Aaron Mansfield, his roommate and popular fashion trends.
For guys who have never bought a suit before, Tarhan advises, "Don't try to do too much with your outfit and pick something you're comfortable in. That's the most important thing: you want to look comfortable in your outfit."
Lisa Khoury, managing editor and senior English major
Khoury puts together outfits that balance elegant and trendy. In this photo, for instance, she wears a classic skirt by Elie Tahari but has fun with it by choosing the leopard print and adding Aldo heel booties.
She draws inspiration from her Lebanese roots and the women she grew up around.
"Middle Eastern girls usually dress very feminine, and I've grown up around a lot of skirts, dresses and heels," Khoury said. "It takes a lot of confidence to rock heels and look good in them. As I've emulated the women in my life, I think I've grown more confident."
That confidence helps her when she dresses professionally for The Spectrum.
"I think college journalists face an inherent issue of not being taken seriously - be it by university administrators, staff or peers," Khoury said. "Fashion is about expressing yourself and having fun, but it's also about how you want others to perceive you - so presenting myself professionally is important."
Some of her favorite places to shop are Lord and Taylor, Macy's and Nordstrom, so she can pick up her favorite brands like BCBG, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors and Betsey Johnson.
Khoury is enjoying current trends like leather fabrics, colored and patterned pants and crop tops because they can easily be paired with classic styles, like feminine skirts and heels.
Brian Keschinger, creative director and senior computer science major
"I'd describe my aesthetic as the indie, nerdy guy," Keschinger said. His position as creative director allows him to wear a quirky shirt one day and put on a three-piece suit the next.
Similar to Tarhan, Keschinger said he prefers clothing that is simple, clean and well-fitting.
"I really hate the yellow-construction-boot style that a lot of guys wear," Keschinger said.
He also draws inspiration from his love of video games and hardcore indie music to give his style a serious twist of personality.
Aaron Mansfield, editor in chief and senior English major
"My mom bought my first suit as my 20th birthday present so I could dress formally for Spectrum events," Mansfield said. "Since then my sartorial affinity has taken off exponentially. It's important for The Spectrum'sreputation that I look put together and professional - and it doesn't hurt that I enjoy it."
Mansfield can regularly be seen in a powerful-looking suit that matches his strong leadership and professional personality. But his suits aren't always as expensive as they look - Mansfield enjoys thrifting suits after perusing the pages of GQ and Esquire for styles that catch his eye.
He stresses the importance of having a suit tailored so it fits like a glove and paying attention to the details of a suit, like your tie knot, tie bar, socks and watch.
"All of the seemingly flippant parts of rocking a suit are really what make the outfit powerful," Mansfield said.
Ultimately, dressing well is both a necessity and a pleasure for Mansfield.
"Sure, it takes more effort than sweats, but guys get a special feeling wearing a suit; everything in the world looks more beautiful," Mansfield said. "People say things like, 'I wish I had a reason to dress up every day.' The way I see it, that is your reason: you want to."
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