Fall Fashion Breezes Through New Paltz

Bianca Mendez
Bianca Mendez

Fall is here, and everyone in SUNY New Paltz is breaking out their new outfits. With its diverse student population, one can see a variety of styles while walking through campus.

“I frequently see very vintage styles,” said second-year undeclared student Ashley Almario. “The fashion sense on campus is unique and very different from back home. I see a lot of girls portraying the Urban Outfitters style.”

Almario has a point, considering that New Paltz is only two hours away from New York City, one of the fashion capitals of the world.

New York City is home to Fashion Week and the Fashion’s Night Out street fair. Through these events, designers are able to showcase their work to the public. Fashion Week 2010 showed a variety of looks for this season. Women’s magazine Harper’s Bazzar featured the fall trends from Fashion Week on their website. Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey gave fashion lovers a sense of what is in style.

From what Bailey saw, she found that the textures used in fashion include lace, fur and floral. She also spotted knee-highs and tights in different bold patterns, high-waist skirts and booties in style.

New Paltz students are not far from the minds of Bailey and of top fashion designers.

Samantha Walsh, second-year history and English major, takes close notice of the fashion forward trends. Her favorite trends include lace, florals and leggings.

“I love leggings, and usually I pair it off with a long shirt,” said Walsh.

Students can be seen walking around campus, wearing skirts and dresses paired with leather boots. Oversized tops paired with leggings or shorts, and sheep-skin or leather boots are also often big among students.

Almario said her favorite fashion trends are skinny jeans, leggings and high-waisted skirts.

“I love clothes that show off your body and are flattering,” she said.

Walsh also notices that students will follow the trends while adding a New Paltz twist.

“I often see tye-dye T-shirts paired with jeggings,” she said.

Students also love accessorizing to turn outfits into different styles. Second-year art major Nick Flohr said he loves adding scarves to his outfits.

Although New Paltz has many fashion-forward students, some, like second-year radio/TV production major Eric Sowalskie keep their outfits simple.

“I usually wear jeans and a T-shirt like I always do, but if its cooler I’ll put on a hoodie or a jacket,” said Sowalskie.

Even female students agree that plain jeans and a shirt will suffice.

“I like to wear jeans, band tees and flip flops are a must,” said second-year computer science major Dana “Dandy” Dobrzynski. “I always wear casual, comfy pieces.”

Anyone looking for inspiration about fashion can walk through campus. Students will always be channeling their personal style for seasons to come.