Fred Smith has a style that is second to none, and rocks it without any regards to judgments and preconceived notions about him or his lifestyle.
Smith, a 26-year-old Zoology major, said expressing how you feel through your sense of style is important. He said he doesn’t get the chance to explain to everyone he passes why he dresses the way he does.
How do you describe your fashion style?
“It’s like free expression, I guess. I dress like DIY (Do It Yourself). It might be more punk one day, or EDM, just whatever I feel like that day,” Smith said.
What influences your sense of style?
“The music I listen to at the time depicts the way I dress,” Smith said. Smith mentioned not wanting to be a clone like everyone else. He likes to stand out.
What fashion accessories or clothing items can you not go without?
Honestly, it’s always changing, he said. “I stop wearing something for awhile, then I’ll come back to it. I like to keep it fresh and change things up all the time,” Smith said.
How do you feel people perceive you? Is it in a negative or positive way?
“Heck yeah, people are constantly judging me by the way I look. I’m just into fashion… I’m not weird like everyone thinks I am,” Smith said. He added that people everywhere avoid him, sometimes even his own family.
Do you think fashion is important?
Smith said he thinks fashion is extremely important to everybody individually. “Everybody is so unique, it’s crazy. Especially how people try to fit in to be cool. Being cool is just being yourself, and expressing how you feel at that time. People always throw their true self away to try and fit in.”