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Boys dress up their image

Rachel Labarre

Fashion is a profound and critical piece of a boy’s definition. It is the shirt they wear that indicates their friend group. It is the pants they dress in that determine their personality. It is the hat they pick that signals their passions. It is the socks they put on that tell their past. It is the sneakers they sport that decide their future.

Though most people may think that the boys at Staples don’t give a thought about what goes into their outfit in the morning, they are wrong. Everyone at Staples, boy or girl, has their own individual style, whether they choose to realize it or not.

Garrick New ’16, for example, thinks of his style as a bit more dressy than the typical crowd of guys at Staples. New says his signature look would be, “a J. Crew shirt, a Cole Haan belt, H&M corduroys, a cardigan or v-neck sweater, suede shoes, and a light spray of [his] favorite Ermenegildo Zegna cologne.”

New helps us to understand that fashion helps express individuality. It is the makeup to our personalities. Fashion helps people to discover who they want to be by reflecting their personas in their outfits.

Max Rothstein ’17 notes that most boys dress similarly to him. Like many, his favorite item of clothing is “the sweater,” while New does not like the Vineyard Vines sweater look or any patterned shirt for that matter.

This, however, is the typical style of many male students. Outfits also tend to consist of sports jackets or patterned sweaters, corduroys or jeans, acquired t-shirts from past events, and some kind of big named sneaker of high value. These are the kinds of clothes that are “safe” to wear because you can’t be judged if everyone is wearing it. Although fashion may only be on the surface of your skin, it is so close to a person’s inner feelings that they tend to push it away.

Everyone tends to buy the same things, that is why trends occur. And as the trends change, all of the boys’ outfits change with them, with the exception of those who embrace their originality.

“Fashion changes like the weather,” Rothstein said. Because all fashion becomes unfashionable at some point.

Fashion has become a social agreement, the concurrence of people’s judgements and opinions. Most boys are conforming to it, while others wear it as a display of uniqueness and pride. It is important to find the fashion that suits you.

As Rothstein said, “Everyone should dress to impress.”

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Jane Schutte
Jane Schutte, Breaking News Managing Editor
Now in her third year, Jane Schutte ’16 is one of the leaders of Inklings. She started Inklings her Sophomore year as Instagram coordinator, then rose to a web features editor and is currently the breaking news editor. Along with Inklings, Schutte’s other main activity is dance. She dances at Westport Dance Academy, taking classes in jazz, ballet, modern and other dance genres, but says her favorite is ballet. Although Schutte is a veteran journalist and dancer, she is also a newbie to other activities at Staples. After having taken 5 years of singing and acting lessons, and having been dancing intensely since the age of 3, Shutte decided over the summer to join Staples Players. She participated in the summer show Godspell, and is cast as the Grandmother in the upcoming show Fiddler on The Roof. Schutte says she is, “excited to do something I’ve never done.”
Rachel Labarre
Rachel Labarre, Managing Editor
She trades her pointe shoes in for her spiral notebook.  Her dance classes for journalism classes.  Her spot at the front of the stage for her position on the Inklings staff. Rachel Labarre '14 has the unique ability to allow the creativity and passion she has in the dance studio to influence her writing style and work ethic. This work ethic is what gives Labarre the edge it takes to hold one of the most prestigious spots on the Inklings staff: Managing Editor. But what got her there? Labarre’s first claim to fame was her dance career, but there was one thing holding her back. “On top of the problems with my feet that I already had, I broke my foot during dress rehearsal for our big recital,” Labarre said. This forced Labarre to cut back on dance classes the following year.  All the energy and creativity that was once put into nailing a routine needed an outlet.  She found this outlet through writing for Inklings. Labarre landed a job as an editor her sophomore year.  She then went from Editor of Arts and Entertainment to Features Editor.  Labarre’s inventiveness has allowed her to climb the steps to the top of Inklings. “When you write there’s a certain part that requires creativity; whether it’s getting a good angle or keeping your readers engaged.  You have to do the same in dance; whether it’s perfecting the choreography or figuring out what will look the most atheistically pleasing” Labarre  said.  She was able to prove this ability in her article on the Sandy Hook shooting, which got over 50,000 hits.  This passion for the arts and creativity has not only led LaBarre to success on the stage, but in the classroom as well.  

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