Student fashion: From thrift to designer

Sam Jones

High school is an amazing place for young adults to learn about fashion and be inspired by their friends. It’s more than what people choose to wear. Some students at Decatur consider it a huge part of their lives.

Junior Felix Poley, who is primarily into streetwear, has a simple goal for what he chooses to wear.

“I just wanna look better,” he said. 

Senior Christopher Currence describes himself as being into a lot of different kinds of fashion.

“I like hella different types of clothes from, like, Rick Owens to Jordans. I’m very eclectic.”

Currence recognizes that his clothing is sometimes expensive.

“My mom thinks all my clothing is frivolous, but I know my clothes are an investment,” he said.

Clothes are costly, and these students have a variety of strategies for earning and spending their money responsibly.

Sophomore McCrae Sanders, who is more on the preppy side of fashion, doesn’t have to use his parents’ money.

“I have a job over the summer. It paid really well, and I worked a lot and saved up.”

Both Poley and Currence spoke of selling their used clothes online to buy more clothing.

“I’ve sold clothes on Ebay before, and I have bought cheap clothing that I can sell for a lot of money later,” Currence said.

The idea of clothing’s value increasing after paying retail is a foreign idea to some consumers, but without it, these fashionably conscious students most likely wouldn’t be able to shell out as much money on some of their favorite things, like shoes.

Currence and Poley agreed they would spend a maximum of $200 for a pair of shoes, while McCrae’s maximum was a whopping $700.

Despite the difference of opinion, all of the students receive compliments for how they dress.

“Most people say they like it. [My outfits] are nicer than what a normal kid wears,” Sanders said.

Dressing well came naturally to some students, while other students realized their stylistic potential as late as the ninth grade.

“Since I was, like, six . . . I got my first pair of Jordans. Before Jordan’s last All Star game in Atlanta, I really liked shoes, but around middle school, I had really nice shoes, but my clothes sucked,” Currence said.

For other students, learning about other cultures helped advance their love for fashion.

“I’ve lived in Europe. People there care more about style. I spent a lot of money at different shops there,” Poley said.

Despite the common idea that one has to spend a lot of money to dress well or be in to fashion, all three students hold thrift stores in high regard.

“I like thrift stores. I find something there once in a while,” Sanders said.

Students find deals online as well.

“Thrift stores are awesome. I kind of look at Ebay as a thrift store, too. People buy some dunks for $1,500 but on Ebay for like $600,” Currence said.

“I got a Stan Smith Adidas jacket as a present from the thrift store. You won’t find those anywhere else,” Poley said.

As Gianni Versace said, “Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.”

Currence echoes what Versace said.

“It’s not about being cool, it’s about what you like.”

“I like leather coats, duck boots.  I like joggers I don't really wear joggers a lot. Oh, and I like puffer vests”
“I like leather coats and duck boots. I like joggers. I don’t really wear joggers a lot. Oh, and I like puffer vests.”
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“I don’t change it up too much. When I buy clothes, I try to dress in a timeless manner,” Currence said.
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“I think some people, like my friends in particular, call me a hypebeast because I spend more money on clothes than they do,” Poley said.