This past Hallo-week, the University of Massachusetts campus was awash in avant-garde layering, statement boots, and knitwear. While the current trends are evident in the shapes and textures used, students continue to add their own flair and creativity to their outfits.
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Amherst had a pleasant fall. Many students prefer fall fashion, so they opt to wear jackets and boots despite the warmth.
Amherst recorded a temperature of 56 degrees Fahrenheit on October 28. However, it was cloudy with some clouds. Later in the afternoon, the sun broke through the clouds. But when Jimmy Dubon woke, the fog was still thick. He couldn’t see outside his window. Haphazardly Dubon chose a vintage green nylon jacket made from U.S. military surplus for the sake of style.
“I just threw on this little jacket,”He said. “It won’t really protect me from any kind of cold weather, it’s just for the look.”
Dubon wore his jacket over his shoulders. This allowed his backpack straps to give dimension to his outfit. He paired it with a black tee and graphic details with the same green tone. Dubon stuck to his roots at the bottom.
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“These are my Levi pants that I just wear everywhere,”He said.
These high-fashion shoes are bold and fashionable. Rick Owens Ramones were worn by Dubon. These weren’t the classic Ramones, however, and Dubon clarified their avant-garde midsoles. “They’re an abstract one from last season,”He said.
Kara Abednego is a junior double majoring in French and linguistics. She approached her outfit logically.
“It’s warm today, but kind of gloomy, so I went with a darker outfit,”She said. She paired her black skater skirt with a contrasty warm sweater she got from Depop.
“[Then skirt] is actually my best friend’s,” Abednego said. “We had the exact same [one], but I lost mine, and she was like ‘you can have it.’”
The look was completed with a pair of black wingtip shoes in black that she looked like a brand new pair. “favorite pairs of shoes ever.”
“I bought these when I was in ninth grade, and I went on a city tour in Japan, and they still fit me,” Abednego said.
Abednego hails from Indonesia, where she got most of her rings. “This is actually my mom’s. I stole it from her,”She laughed. Abednego also donned a family treasure — couple’s ring, but not her own. The ring is her parents’, from when they were dating. “My brother has the other one, and I have this one,”She explained.
The temperature in Amherst reached almost 70 degrees Fahrenheit on Halloween. Senior Tess Maguire was a music major and went all out to celebrate the holiday.
Maguire wore bright colors despite what she perceives as a boring campus fashion scene. “Usually when I walk across campus, everyone is dressed in their sweatshirts, and it’s pretty boring,”She spoke.
Her look consisted of solid-red knitwear and a white knit scarf. Bold statement boots were also included.
“I wore my scarf. It’s honestly just really soft, and I needed something to match the boots,”Maguire said.
Maguire wore black cuffed trousers to complement the red and yellow. It was a strikingly powerful and striking color scheme.
Tyler Thurston is a senior natural resource conservation major. He was walking while eating his bagel. Thurston was once again wearing statement shoes and his Carolina log boots were perfect for the Amherst terrain.
Thurston wore camo-print cargo joggers while tucked into his boots. He wore a jean jacket, mixing materials. “I stole [the jacket] from my dad,”He said. Thurston layered the patriarch merch onto a crew neck.
Thurston included a pair of sunglasses, even though the sun was barely visible. Contrary to popular belief, he included a Patagonia beanie, regardless the weather. The large, khaki-colored canvas messenger bags were all about preference. “I actually really hate regular backpacks, so I just have a messenger bag,”He said.
“I kind of like earthy-[tone] colors, but also streetwear, and I think this kind of melds the two,”He said.
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