Confident, risky, and a self-proclaimed stiletto freak, 19-year-old Performing Arts major Clay Bermudez dresses the way he does not only because he likes it, but because he hopes to be an inspiration to others.
“Fashion for me is not about ‘ooh, whose eye can I catch, who’s going to be pointing and taking a picture?’ It’s more about being an inspiration to people to where it’s like, ‘if he can be outgoing and be himself in public, why can’t I?’” Bermudez said.
The California State University, Fullerton transfer shared some of his thoughts on fashion, as well as his own personal style, with The Telescope.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I really like to go for things that not necessarily stand out or get attention, but attire that I am very comfortable in texture wise. I’m not afraid to take risks with my fashion and with my style and with who I am.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
A lot of the people around me. I see things in the public that I can really relate to and feel a really strong connection with. So, I think that I see a lot of people with what they’re wearing, with what they’re going through and I’m really inspired by that.
Where do you shop?
I shop at very common places. What I like to do is, it could be at thrift stores or it could be a very high-end fashion store. I like to shop at very modern places that everyone shops at and I like to make it a little my style. So if I need to tear it, so be it. If I need to sew some sequins on it, then so be it.
What is your favorite piece of clothing or accessory?
I love all my stilettos, all my nine-inch heels that I wear to do laundry. Those are my favorite pieces of fashion that I own.
What makes a person stylish or fashionable?
I really believe that it’s not about what they are wearing or who designed it, but how they wear it; how they are rockin’ the style. Somebody could wear a brown trash bag and they could be rockin’ it.
Is fashion important?
I think fashion is important because it really tells a lot about who you are. You can look at somebody and based on how they’re wearing what they’re wearing, you can determine, more or less, what type of person they are and if you want to engage that person at all.