WKU’s campus is a melting pot of trends, filled with many different students and personal styles. The Talisman rounded up five students on campus to showcase their individuality and self expression through style.
Keith Adu Boahene
A sophomore from New York City, Keith Adu Boahene dresses in whatever fits — his mood, that is.
He said when he wakes up, he has a certain vibe in his head.
“Whatever vibe I go with is the vibe I dress up like,” he said.
His top fashion tip is to always be comfortable, although his balance of comfort and style has matured over time. He used to consider gray sweatpants to be dress clothes.
“Honestly, my mom forced me to dress better,” he said. “My mom would whoop my ass for the whole day.”
Because fall is his favorite fashion season and boat shoes are his staple, keep an out for this film major’s upcoming looks on the Hill.
Louisville sophomore Marti Frank finds inspiration on social media and incorporates past trends that are making a comeback into her wardrobe.
Naming musician Maggie Rogers as a fashion icon, Frank’s look keeps retro current. Her unique appearance is a genre all of its own.
She describes her look as “sixties-esque Brooklyn,” which she said means she blends what’s popular now with popular influences from the past.
Frank’s most prized piece is from Vintage Banana, a vintage shop in Louisville. The ‘80s men’s sweater represents her retro-inspired look and is an example of her top piece of fashion advice.
“Pick for you, because fashion is always changing,” Frank said. “Pick something you’re comfortable in with your body, that fits your body and not society’s culture of what’s in, and just stick to it.”
Becoming a Hilltopper has meant more than pursuing a degree in journalism for Adam Murphy, a junior from Louisville. It wasn’t until arriving at WKU that he was able to explore his relationship with his own fashion sense.
From the age of 4, Murphy attended Catholic schools, where uniforms were non-negotiable. Outside of his school restrictions, when his father wasn’t buying his clothes, Murphy was typically given hand-me-downs, leaving little opportunity for exploration in the style realm.
“I was always scared to express myself in different ways and definitely didn’t adjust to that until college,” Murphy said.
With autonomy, Murphy began to express his individuality, embracing everything from mismatched prints to crop tops. Drawing inspiration from the Met Gala and muses like actors Ezra Miller and Timothee Chalamet, Murphy still creates his own style.
Murphy inspires onlookers to only wear what feels good, despite the opinions of others.
Bowling Green sophomore Hannah Neighbors found her ticket to fashion by simply seeking comfort.
“I used to put a lot of effort into my look,” Neighbors said. “I would wear extensions and fake lashes and everything. Now, I just put on what’s comfy, roll out of bed and put on some comfy clothes.”
Self-described as rustic, hip and casual, Neighbors’s desire for authenticity is the central element to her personal fashion. Her look is never influenced by trends or social media platforms and retains a bona fide true-to-self edge.
“I see it; I like it,” Neighbors said.
Nate Clark, a sophomore from San Diego, said his style evolution can be credited to his major in film.
As Clark became interested in acting, his awareness of Hollywood trendsetters encouraged him to delve beyond his comfort zone. Formerly a jeans and sweatshirt guy, Clark cited Marvel actors as his fashion influencers.
“Chris Hemsworth. Chris Evans. All the Chrises,” Clark said.
Check out Clark’s self-described cool but comfortable style on campus in the approaching months, with his staple light-washed denim jacket lined with white wool, a piece he incorporates all winter long.