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Servin’ Up Books, Servin’ Up Looks

Walking through the halls, it is easy to see that Christian Brothers students are never out of style, wearing the latest trends of sneakers or even creating trends with their bold outfit choices. However, we oftentimes overlook the fashion of the people who shape our own minds into creative geniuses: our teachers. The Talon sat […]

Walking through the halls, it is easy to see that Christian Brothers students are never out of style, wearing the latest trends of sneakers or even creating trends with their bold outfit choices. However, we oftentimes overlook the fashion of the people who shape our own minds into creative geniuses: our teachers. The Talon sat down with two CB teachers with impeccable fashion, Ms. Chrys Cassetta and Mr. Larry Reel ’90, to see what planning and inspiration goes into their outfits.

Often times it is hard to put into words one’s style, as trends are constantly changing as well as the person wearing them. Style is so much more than edgy, preppy, sporty, or chic. Everyone is different and has their own likes and dislikes, creating an original style nobody else has. Despite Ms. Cassetta and Mr. Reel being similar in the fact that they are among the most fashionable teachers on campus, both of their styles prove to be very different.

Ms. Cassetta’s style comes naturally and goes further than simply matching clothes.

“I have to say I have always had a sort of innate sense of style,” she says, “I have a good eye for putting colors, fabrics, and outfits together — I like to match, and that doesn’t just mean outfits themselves, but also shoes, jewelry, scarves, etc.”

“I never go out of my house without feeling put together,” she added.

Simply put, Mr. Reel’s fashion is “timeless” and is greatly influenced by past time periods.

“The easiest and most distinct way is preppy — oxford collar, polo shirt, chinos, and jeans. It’s easy and traditional,” he says.

With originality comes trademarks. It is difficult to have a unique sense of style without anything that makes each outfit different from what others are wearing. Some may call it a staple piece, others may call it a necessity. Whatever it is, it creates diversity and character to each look.

While Ms. Cassetta’s staple may be understated, it does not fail to emphasize the rest of her look.

“Earrings and a necklace!” she exclaims.

Mr. Reel’s staples reflect his love of the mid-20th century.

“It is a blue shirt, chino pants, and a blue tie when I’m in school. Otherwise, it’s chino shorts or blue jeans when I’m off campus,” he reveals.

One’s style and current trends can have a great effect on where one goes to buy their clothes. As students in a pretty large school, we are always influencing each other, and if one friend buys their clothes at a certain store, it is highly likely that many other students shop there too. However, what students wear is often times different from what their teachers wear, so we may not run into our teachers at the same stores where we shop.

While they may dress differently, the types of stores these teachers buy from are relatively similar.

“I shop a lot a Macy’s and little boutiques around. Sometimes I shop online at Nordstrom Rack and places like that,” Ms. Cassetta shares.

Mr. Reel also adds that“I get them at a variety of places either through online shops like Land’s End or L.L. Bean, looking for rack deals at Marshalls’, sometimes Target.”

While we may not realize it, we get fashion inspiration from everywhere we go whether it is from a person walking down the street wearing an eye catching outfit or simply seeing pretty flowers on a walk, inspiring one to incorporate youthful and vibrant colors into their outfits.

For Ms. Cassetta, while some inspiration comes from simply observing, but a lot comes from someone closer than expected.

“I’ve always dressed with the times, just seeing what people are wearing. I don’t look at a lot of magazines, but maybe online or how people dress on television.” the English teacher says. “My youngest granddaughter is a fashionista. She works for Isabella Moran Fashion Design House in San Francisco, and she’s really into style and fashion. I kind of watch what she wears and try and mold that to my own needs.”

Without hesitation, Mr. Reel is quick to reveal his fashion inspiration.

“Cary Grant. A lot of 1950s 1960s shirt and tie, oxford shirts,” he states.

Over the years, we become more aware of how our clothes reflect our personality and who we are. With this awareness comes change, as we are constantly changing and learning more about ourselves. Just as the seasons change, so does Ms. Cassetta’s fashion styles.

“It changes with what’s in style. Whatever is in style is what I gravitate towards,” she states.

However, this is not the case for Mr. Reel. In fact, there has been little change over the years.

“Ironically it has not changed all that much. The way I dress now is largely the way I dressed say middle school and high school. There’s minor tweaks. I don’t wear my Timberland shoes anymore — I wear my Clark’s instead.”

Teaching in front of students for five days a week, it is difficult for these teachers not to make ad impression on students with their fashion choices. 

“Ms. Cassetta has a knack for matching,” Emma Fitzpatrick (’20) says. “The dress, the sweater, and shoes are always color coordinated, no matter what the outfit is.”

In regards to Mr. Reel’s fashion choices, Madrey adds,

“Personally, I think it’s really fashionable when Mr. Reel wears his sweater vests during the fall and winter seasons,” says Madrey Hilton (’20). “He also adds a nice touch to his outfits with a hat and popped collar. I think that many students should follow his example of putting effort into their fashion statements and dress to impress.”

Despite the popular misconception that teachers lack vibrancy and character in their outfit choices, these teachers constantly challenge this stereotype as they never go a day without turning heads.

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