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Mitchell Torrence interview

During this tumultuous time in our nation, Americans are facing a very difficult dilemma: How does one truly define “hipster?”

By dress and overall look?

Or is it by musical taste or attitude?

Can anyone innocently buy oversized glasses without accusations of fraud anymore? (I promise mine are prescription.)

At Lee, this fashion label is very attainable; we could put a bow tie on the creepy prayer statue by the School of Religion, and it would suddenly be hipster.

I think hipster culture is the best of both worlds, the perfect marriage of old and new trends.

Nominated by his peer leader, Carli Stover, Mitchell’s style is the perfect blend of retro fashions and current classics.

Would Mitchell be considered a hipster? Let’s figure it out.

Stats: Mitchell Torrence, freshman, undeclared major

Who/what inspires your style? I love the style of the ’40s and ’50s. I think that people of that time dressed with class and a special style. But, I think that the main thing that inspires my style is to look good. When I look good, I feel more confident about myself.

Where do you like to shop? I have some favorite brands that I think are really nice and fit me well. However, I try not to be the guy who shops at only one or two stores and broadcasts the brand’s logo on everything he wears. I try to diversify where I shop, and I love stores like J. Crew, Plato’s Closet, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and, of course, Goodwill.

Where did you get this outfit?  Shoes: Sperry. Pants: Fossil. Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger. Suspenders: JC Penny. Tie: Goodwill.

In three words, describe your style: Classy, Fun, Dapper

Favorite current/upcoming trends: I try not to follow current trends or the “new” thing. That’s why I like going to outlet malls and used clothing stores. Some of my favorite fashion enthusiasms are fun ties, tie bars, suspenders and rolled up sleeves.

Fashion advice to other students: Unless you absolutely cannot live without it, never buy a piece of clothing at full price. It’s never worth it to pay too much for something and stuff ALWAYS goes on sale. Find clothes that are YOU, not someone else. Always be open to new fashion styles. Lastly, you never know when you’ll need to make a good first impression. You are constantly meeting new people, especially when you’re in school. Whatever your style or fashion is, a good first impression could mean the difference of a grade with a professor, a job with a future employer (possibly from a professor) or a spark of chemistry with someone when you go on a cafeteria date!

Elements of Mitchell’s outfit:

    1. Classics (khakis, chambray button up, Sperrys)
      Luckily, Lee is stocked in well-dressed men, usually varying between the hipster and preppy fashion scenes. Mitchell’s khakis, chambray button down and navy Sperrys are timeless, versatile pieces that can be used no matter what season or desired look.
    2. Retro (tie, suspenders) Mitchell’s clean-cut outfit is given a little bit of spunk with his woolen tie and suspenders, which add to the hipster vibe.

 

Want to recreate Mitchell’s look? Classic items like khakis and button downs are wardrobe staples, so stock up! Try some of the thrift stores he suggested to get unique pieces to add flair to your outfit!

Know someone stylish? Nominate them to be interviewed! Email kblack04@leeu.edu with their name, email address, and a sentence about why they should be highlighted!

 

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