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Finesse The Dress Code

Need some tips and tricks to be a fashionable Falcon? Seniors have voted on superlatives and the winners of “Best Dressed” have been determined, allowing the Talon to hear firsthand from the senior style icons how to make the dress code cool. Best dressed winners Alia Ortiz (’18), Andy Chen (’18), Claire Martin (’18), Camilla Patterson […]

Need some tips and tricks to be a fashionable Falcon? Seniors have voted on superlatives and the winners of “Best Dressed” have been determined, allowing the Talon to hear firsthand from the senior style icons how to make the dress code cool.

Best dressed winners Alia Ortiz (’18), Andy Chen (’18), Claire Martin (’18), Camilla Patterson (’18), and Cruz Solano (’18) have their personal ways of spicing up their style at school. For Alia, shoes are the “it factor” of her outfit.

“I have over 20 pairs and it’s always hard for me to choose which ones to wear each day,”Alia says, admitting to drawing on her shoes to personalize them.

Claire and Camilla’s outfits revolve around their pants — they pick those out first and then match the rest of their fit to complement.

“I definitely build my outfit around my pants,” Camilla says. “Depending on what mood I’m in, I decide how I want to style them. Definitely my favorite way to style outfits is taking something like pin striped trousers, cargoes, or leather pants which are all a bit more ‘edgy’ and contrasting the vibe of my pants with a cute delicate shirt.”

She also admits her love for shoes as she explains, “I can take a pair of plain trousers and make them sporty or ‘edgy’ with sneakers or boots or I can be preppy and more chic with slip-ons.”

As CB has a pretty strict dress code, a good way to make your outfits your own in by accessorizing. Ryan and Andy accessorize with their backpacks and belts. You can either personalize  your backpack like Andy as he has a big embroidered fish on his backpack (he is a Pisces), or make it a statement piece like Ryan as he goes for the brand look of Supreme. Ryan flexes brand names with his belts as well, wearing Gucci, D Ring, and MCM.

But there are easier ways to accessorize if you don’t want to spend lots of money. You can accessorize with any small piece of jewelry, pins, or embroidery. Claire covers her bag with pins while Alia embroiders it with what she pleases. Alia also accessorizes by wearing uniquely colored or patterned long-sleeves under her CB shirts to add a little bit of pop to her outfits.

You can layer up the dress code as well. Cruz focuses on picking the right jacket and builds his fit around that. Layering can be a fun and warm way to embellish the dress code as long as you take off your jackets and sweaters in class.

These seniors agree that it’s harder to pick a unique outfit when it’s warmer outside. Warm weather eliminates the long sleeves and jackets, limiting their options of accessory.

The hardest part of dressing nicely daily is making sure everything goes together perfectly, “explains Alia. “Before I get out of bed in the morning, I usually go through my closet in my head and think of an outfit and sometimes it takes a lot of time that I usually don’t have. It’s also hard to maintain dress code when it’s warm outside. But I think I’m doing pretty well this year.”

“The hardest part for dressing nice daily to go to school is finding things like sweatshirts, CB shirts that you like that would go with outfits you out together,” Cruz says.

According to Andy, however, “there is no hardest part, as long you have confidence, you can make the ugliest fits fly.”

So there is hope for all of us! Just be yourself and rock what you feel comfortable with. Whether you layer up the jewelry or spice up your fit with layers, there is no wrong way to dress up the dress code (unless you’re out of it)!

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