On Friday, September 2, Montclair State University held its first day of classes for the fall semester. Montclair State students participated in “First-Day Fits,” a time for students to show off their first-day outfits in front of the college hall.
The first day in college can feel very intimidating. For some students, this is where their style plays a big part in how they adapt to different environments. Many students use their style as a way to express their everyday emotions or to tap into their alter egos.
During this hour, students were able to share what their first day look meant to them and how their style contributes to their overall confidence. Students shared insights about who and what inspires them to be uniquely themselves.
Mars Adams, a freshman film and television major, shared why her style teaches her to be comfortable with herself.
Adams rocked an oversized hoodie with ripped fishnets and paired it with her favorite Steve Madden platform boots. Adam explains that dressing like this wasn’t always part of her daily lifestyle, and how over time she was able to feel comfortable in the clothes she really loves.
“I wasn’t allowed to wear what I wanted in high school,” Adams said. “I can finally wear what I want and do my makeup as often as I want. I feel that the confidence that lives in me is reflected in my fashion.”
Courtney Theodule, a senior jurisprudence, law, and society major, advises new college freshmen who want to get into fashion on campus to stay true to themselves.
“Since you’re on campus, you have to be unique and be the one that stands out,” Theodule said. “Don’t try to be like everyone else or what everyone wants to buy.”
Theodule started her fall semester with a brown tinted outfit. She paired her trousers and brown button-up shirt with a black CISE ‘Protect Black Women’ bag. Then she topped it off with her adidas sneakers with a wild pattern.
Theodule believes that if you are aware of every trend, you are not always the one who stands out.
“I like things that not everyone has,” Theodule said. “I just feel like that makes me unique in itself.”
Since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the lack of individuality has increased rapidly. Over time, people have grown attached to each other’s styles and favorite pieces of clothing. While this can be great, it keeps people from looking for what they like and don’t like.
Sheridan Harney, a freshman biology major, paired a black and white crop top with ripped low-rise jeans and black Doc Martens. Harney also wore several accessories, such as a double grommet belt, studded bracelets and a white star tote bag.
Harney’s style inspiration comes from the early 2000s. She also advised others on how to incorporate things they are genuinely interested in through their style.
“Look at the media you consume and which components [of] which you enjoy and just take it all in,” Harney said. “Just don’t be afraid to express yourself.”
Fashion statements are a way to show individuality. With the ability to make it their own, these students took pride in what they wore and how they presented themselves on their first day of school.