By Jade Mardirosian
Editor’s Note: Our Best Dressed Bear segment will happen whenever we have enough submissions to justify picking someone.
After Adenola Adepetun and I bonded over our lust for a pair of red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes, I got to know this young style star and found out that although he dresses impeccably, he does not want to be known for his great taste in bowties, alone.
This Q&A features Lagos, Nigeria senior Adenola Adepetun.
Question: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Adenola: I have no designer [things] but I love Dolce and Gabbana, Maison Martin Margiela, I love Christian Louboutin men’s shoes especially the pair with the spikes, and Gucci.
Question: What are some of your favorite stores?
Adenola: I shop at American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Topman is definitely my favorite store for accessories and shoes, H&M, Express for shirts, and sometimes my mom travels to Turkey and brings me silk shirts from there; bowties I buy wherever I find them.
Question: What are some of the staple wardrobe pieces you wear everyday?
Adenola: Bowtie, nice shirt in solid colors or a vertical stripe (which makes me look taller), skinny jeans, pointy oxford shoes; if I’m dressing more casual I’ll wear a deep V-neck T-shirt and Converses. I’m also in an over-accessorizing phase with lots of necklaces and rings.
Question: What are you looking forward to wearing in the fall?
Adenola: Fall is going to be full of sweaters, ties and bowties to keep my neck covered and scarves, of course.
Question: You dress exquisitely everyday. How do you do it?
Adenola: My mom told me, “You look good, you feel good and if you feel good, you do good.” If I’m having a bad day, I put on a nice shirt and bowtie and suddenly it’s not so bad.
Question: Have you ever had a fashion faux pas?
Adenola: I had a goth phase for a week freshman year where I wore all black everyday. It was way too hot. I would never do that again.
Question: Does the way you dress lead to misconceptions about your personality?
Adenola: Most people think that I’m shallow before they meet me. I don’t want people to think of me like that. I want them to meet my personality first, rather than compliment me on what I’m wearing. I’m not a cocky person. I do appreciate that people keep complimenting me.
Question: Where do you find inspiration for how to dress?
Adenola: Inspiration is more like a projection of the kind of person I want to be and the kind of person I am on the inside. I want to do my own thing and forget the norm, living on the edge and not conforming. Also, popular media, but I don’t read any fashion magazines; I like to look at lookbook.nu a lot and Tumblr. Everyone has a style; everyone just has to find the way to project it for themselves.
Question: Do you have other interests besides fashion?
Adenola:Onenigerianboy.com, I’m a contributor and cover designers, music, arts, etc.
Do you think you have what it takes to be Baylor’s Best Dressed Bear? We’re looking for anyone on campus who thinks that they might have style like Adepetun. Send in your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.