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Elizabeth Kerin, Staff Writer

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Name: Paul Patton
Classification: Freshman
Major: Undeclared

EK: What were some of your first impressions of fashion on campus?
PP: It’s a really big mix of different fashions. The girls are a bit more homogenous than the guys. Not really preppy or skater … People seem to wear what they want. I think it’s funny how many people wear T-shirts for different colleges, almost as though they’re ashamed of going to UD or they want people to know that they’re not from Texas … to which I can relate.

EK: Why wouldn’t you want someone to think you’re from Texas?
PP: Because I’m not from Texas.

EK: How would you describe the way you dress? And is it similar to the way people dress back home [in Wichita, Kan.]?
PP: First off, I dress differently than people back home … How do I dress? Hmm. I like button up shirts, because they’re comfortable, with flamingos on them or other weird stuff… such as pineapples. I have one with tiki huts… I don’t wear that one very much. I like shorter shorts to show off my good legs. And I hate socks unless I’m wearing Chuck Taylors, and then you kind of have to wear socks.

EK: Why Chuck Taylors then?
PP: They’re an American classic, and they’re some of the most versatile shoes you can wear.

EK: Are you interested in fashion? And if so, when did you start?
PP: I first started taking an interest in fashion freshman year [of high school] when I first realized that girls would start liking me more if I dressed better.

EK: How’s that working out for you?
PP: Not that great, honestly. You can put my number in [the column], if you want!

EK: Besides attracting women, do you keep anything in mind when you’re getting dressed?
PP: For me my personal philosophy is “immodest is hottest.” I like wearing the least amount of clothes in any given situation … I am a lifeguard so that’s why. I try to match colors; you could say that I try to some extent.

EK: Do you have any fashion advice for women?
PP: Immodest is hottest! No … That part wouldn’t go over very well here. Fashion advice for women … Wear what makes you feel attractive.

EK: Do you have any fashion advice for the reader? Which could be a woman of course!
PP: Always wear corduroy if available. It’s just not available very often, I think. Have you seen corduroy? It’s beautiful.

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