Mall à la mode

Elizabeth Kerin, Staff Writer

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Name: Christian Huitz
Classification: Junior
Major: Politics and Economics and Finance

Black Aldo Dress shoes, Banana Republic maroon chinos, BR dress shirt — tailored slim fit and Diesel watch

EK: How would you describe the way you dress?
CH: I like the idea of a business casual look, where you’re not necessarily always in slacks and a suit and tie, but you’ll toss a blazer on now and then. Button-up shirts are usually the way to go for me. I’m a big fan of chinos and dress pants, jeans every once in awhile.

EK: So you’re a pretty classy, dressed-up guy. Have you always been that way? Are your parents very dressy?
CH: My parents are pretty formal, generally speaking. But I feel like I was way more preppy in high school. I still have elements of that in the color combinations I’ll wear, but I’ve been trying to branch away from that. I like the preppy style but I also am more of a fan of the modern look now, so I try to put that into practice.

EK: What does “the modern look” mean to you?
CH: Not being afraid to try different color combinations, not the classic colors. And generally well-fitting clothes, per se, maybe taking fashion risks.

EK: Do you have any go-to stores?
CH: I guess Banana Republic, because I’m wearing a lot of Banana Republic today. You really want to dress up to the job or the profession that you want to have. You don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money — sometimes, obviously, you get what you pay for. Nonetheless, if you want to be in a professional atmosphere you have to dress professionally.

EK: What are some examples of items which the “you get what you pay for” rule justifies spending a bit more?
CH: Blazers for sure. I have no problem spending a couple hundred dollars on a good blazer that fits well. Shoes. You spend all day on your feet and all night in your bed, right? So if you invest in a good pair of shoes that last a long time, you’ll be comfortable and you’ll look good.

EK: What are your favorite shoe brands, then?
CH: I like Cole Haan. Johnston and Murphy is one of my favorites. They’re definitely more classical, like classical styles and colors. I have a pair of wingtips from there that are some of my favorite shoes.

EK: On days when you’re lacking all inspiration, what is your go-to outfit?
CH: When I’m really lazy … then my desert boots for sure. They’re comfortable and I like the way that they look. A pair of jeans. Lucky Brand makes really nice jeans, by the way; they’re really comfortable. If it’s warm outside I might just toss on a T-shirt, like a V-neck. If it’s colder, a cardigan or a long-sleeve V-neck.

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