Dress Better On a Budget

Looking Stylish in the McQuaid Dress Code

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Dress Better On a Budget

Having a wide selection of ties and tie patterns can help boost how you look and make your outfit even better.

Having a wide selection of ties and tie patterns can help boost how you look and make your outfit even better.

Josef Brunner, '20

Having a wide selection of ties and tie patterns can help boost how you look and make your outfit even better.

Josef Brunner, '20

Josef Brunner, '20

Having a wide selection of ties and tie patterns can help boost how you look and make your outfit even better.

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As people grow into their teen years, they often experiment with fashion and style, but are they making serious mistakes?

At McQuaid Jesuit, there are a wide variety of fashions and style tastes among students. A person’s teen years are the prime years to experiment with what looks good and what does not.  But often, they make crucial mistakes that, instead of making them look like a hero, make them look like a zero.

The fashion taste at McQuaid have been described as a “Preppy, frat-boy style,” but many students have a lack of attention to style altogether.

On the day-to-day dress code, students seem to have little care in how they dress and appear–often wearing tattered items and clothes that are not well cared for.

English teacher Mr. Richard Vernetti describes some of the worst offenses: “Fraying cloth belts, ripped suit coats, untucked shirts, white soled dress shoes.”

However, students need not spend lots of money to look good.  According to sources, such stores as T.J. Max and Marshalls have deals and clearance items for a low price that can help any student and teen dress better and learn how to match colors and coordinate outfits to look their best.

Students should not be afraid to wear things that make them stand out.  Such items like bowties and suspenders, even matching them with a thin- or medium-weight sweater, can add depth and contrast to an outfit.

Mr. Vernetti agrees with this advices.

“Wear colorful socks, match belts and shoes, always tie a full windsor knot in your tie, keep shoes tied. And a nice pair of leather boots will last forever if taken care of,” Mr. Vernetti said.

Dress down days are when the fashion taste among students seem to take an even deeper plunge. During the warmer seasons, students wear cargo shorts and ill-fitting pants.  Students also will be seen tucking sweatpants into socks and wearing designer or “hypebeast” brands.

Gentlemen, with just a little planning and a trip to Marshalls, we can avoid these embarrassing fashion mistakes without breaking the piggy bank.