by Peter Petowski, Andrea Young, Steph Campbell, Morgan Lawford, Warren Bates, Nanako Oda, Brette Gabel, Jasinta Fisher, and Leif Thorseth
As spring hits the scene in Regina, warm, wintery layers come peeling off to reveal fun and fashionable students. In celebration of the body issue, the Carillon took to the hallways to hunt down kids whose sense of style was hard to overlook. Vintage and second-hand finds proved a common thread, as Value Village and the Antique Mall were named numerous times as Regina's best shopping locales. With style inspirations ranging from the 1930s to 2007, U of R students draw from a wide variety of sources for fashion motivation. One unifying theme was the idea of clothing as a means of self- expression. If your style represents who you are - what do your clothes say about you?
Name: Peter Petrowsky Major: Undeclared, first year Favourite decade clothing-wise: I kinda like some of the stuff from the '80s, so I'm glad some of it is coming back. Some of it shouldn't come back and I'm glad that at least some of it isn't. I really didn't really like the leg warmers. Favourite season to dress for: Winter, because I like the layers more. In sum- mer it's too hot if you try to put on an undershirt and a golf shirt. Most stylish person you know: Somebody I know personally - my brother. He always seem to know what to buy before everybody else is wear- ing it. I mean, even when it was sweater vests coming back in, he was wearing those months before anyone else was. Take on fashion at the U of R: Some people are into it, some people aren't. Like me for example, today - I just came wearing whatever. I think you see a lot of people wearing pyjamas and sweats and a T-shirt because they don't really care and then you have the other people who show up in full makeup and nails done everyday. Fashion tips for fellow students: Go with whatever you like - whatever feels good is probably good for ya. Favourite shop in Regina: I shop at Bluenotes a lot - the one in the Northgate because they tend to have a lot of clearance stuff. I think Old Navy really over stocks their stuff too, I bought a lot of shirts there really cheap once. Hopes for spring fashion-wise: Bright colours. I'd like to see some bright colours come in. I think they are going to be. If you look at the stores right now there is bright pink, bright green, and bright blue. I've always liked bright colours for the spring and summer.
Name: Andrea Young Major: Undeclared, fourth year Favourite decade clothing-wise: The '80s! Early '80s and '70s because it's totally out of hand and decadent. Most stylish person you know: My roommate, Courtney. She makes lots of her own clothes out of old ladies' undergarments. Favourite season to dress for: I like summer because I can wear less cloth- ing, but I like winter because I can wear more layers of more awesome clothing. Style nickname: Elderly-gypsy-hip- hop. Favourite shop in Regina: Value Village, my mom's closet. Favourite shopping destination: Salvation Army stores in Hawaii are great because all the stylish, rich, Japanese-exchange students leave their clothes, which are my size. I've gotten designer shoes in my size that were $5. Take on fashion at U of R: People prefer sweats to heels. Tips for fellow students: That they should express themselves through their clothing, rather then express that they're damn tired. Hopes for spring fashion: Boys in tight T-shirts and girls in dresses.
Name: Steph Campbell Major: Double major in history and film production, fourth year Favourite decade clothing-wise: I would say the late 1930s and the 1940s. I feel like fashion at the time was very feminin,e but in a way the women were taking on the men's role during the war, so there was a lot masculinity in the clothing as well. Favourite season to dress for: Probably fall. I like the idea of being able to wear just a light coat or a sweater and you can still wear a skirt and tights because it isn't that cold out. You aren't too restricted in what you can wear. Favourite shop in Regina: Le Chateau. But I wouldn't pull my entire wardrobe from there, so Le Chateau and Value Village/Salvation Army. Take on fashion at the U of R: I would like to say that sometimes it feels like I'm in a sea of American Eagle-like poster boys and girls. But there are a lot of people with great style I think, but I think a lot of people don't know how to step outside the box and venture into other areas. Tips for fellow students: Try new things. I mean, there are always certain trends people follow. You can always have something in-style in your wardrobe and then mix it with other stuff. Don't worry about what other peo- ple think. Hopes for spring fashion: Mixing patterns. Nothing outrageous, though. Favourite piece of clothing you have on: I would say my skirt. I made it last summer. I like that no one else would have it.
Name: Morgan Lawford Major: Undeclared, first year Favourite decade clothing-wise: The '70s, as you can see - they just had the funk! Most stylish person you know: My sister, she's original. Favourite season to dress for: Probably summer. I'm a summer per- son because I'll be in the garden with nothing on. I like summer because you don't have to wear a lot. Favourite shop in Regina: VV bou- tique. Favourite shopping destination: Any Value Village in any town. Take on fashion at the U of R: To each their own. Fashion hopes for the spring: Earth tones.
Name: Warren Bates Major: English, second year Favourite decade clothing-wise: I like the '70s. But I like the part that a nerd might dress up in, like the cardigans. I like the patterns - I like the agrarian sort of colours. Most stylish person you know: Probably Jen Delos Reyes, she takes it all extremely seriously. She actually shops for things online - she goes out of her way. She just wears things I've never seen before, and she does it very tastefully. Favourite season to dress for: Winter, because you are dressing in two ways, your inside way and your outside way. So you get a jacket and you get a hat, your mittens and all that. I like that. And then you have your inside clothes - you get to dress twice! Style nickname: Wannabe academic. Favourite shop in Regina: Winners. Favourite shopping destination: I love to shop in Nanaimo because they have the highest number of second hand stores per capita. This shirt is from Nanaimo, I got it years ago there. Take on fashion at the U of R: I yearn for a time when only baseball players wore baseball hats. Fashion hopes for the spring: I would like to see a move away from jeans. Even though we all love them, I would like to give them a rest. I would like trousers to come back - a congruity of trousers.
Name: Nanako Oda Major: English, third year (on exchange from Japan) Favourite decade clothing-wise: The '80s. The colours are so bright and colourful! Most stylish person you know: My brother - the way he chooses clothes is so fashionable. He also works at a clothing store. Favourite shop in Regina: The mall is very small, but beautiful. Favourite shopping destination: In Japan, the store Fukuoka. Take on fashion at the U of R: Very casual. Favourite piece of clothing you have on: My shoes. They're from Japan as well.
Name: Brette Gabel Major: Theatre studies, fifth year Most stylish person you know: Me! No, that's a lie. My friend Jen is pretty stylish ... she's all up on the up-and-up of fashion and I'm stylish because I'm not on the up-and-up of fashion. Favourite season to dress for: I like fall and spring, although I also really like summer. Winter is the worst. Style nickname: Hobo-chic. Favourite shop in Regina: The Internet, Blue Mantle, the Antique Mall, and surprisingly, the Gap. Favourite destination shopping: Simon's in Montreal and True Value Vintage in Vancouver. Take on fashion at the U of R: You know, I went and was studying at a different school down in the States for a while and people dress - people don't wear sweat pants in other schools. But the people who dress up at this school dress really nicely. So there is a combination of well-dressed people and people in sweatpants and those shitty Crocs or whatever they are called. I hate those shoes. Tips for fellow students: Stop wearing sweatpants, you're not in your living room. Hopes for spring fashion: More onesies. Favourite piece of clothing you have on: My rubber boots. I found them in a shack in the Yukon and they actually have holes in them that I sewed shut, which makes them useless.
Name: Jasinta Fisher Major: Film production Favourite decade clothing-wise: Oh my gosh! The '80s! I like layers, I like the colours, I like the eclecticness, I like asym- metrical - I love the '80s! Most stylish person you know: Crystal Waddell-Gardiner - I love her style ... she just chooses stuff that's unique to her. She's into jewelry - she just hones her per- sonal style. She just stands out and she just does it. Favourite season to dress for: I like the spring and summer where it's not too hot, or not too cold. And you can do as many layers as you want, but not heavy layers. Lighter layers - T-shirts, tank tops and multitudes of those. Favourite shop in Regina: Value Village. Or the Antique Mall, and Sally Anne, and all the thrift stores. Favourite destination shopping: Calgary has great places to dig around - a bigger selection of thrift stores and antique stores, so it's fun. Take on fashion at the U of R: Holy crap, lots of Brody, lots of Roxy. You gotta stop with that. Tips for fellow students: We can all wear bunny hugs! I love them, you love them, we all love them, but do we all have to wear the exact same baby pink and baby blue ones? We don't have to look everyone else - really you can try to fig- ure something out. There's more out there! Don't just shop at Below the Belt and Bluenotes. Sure shop some there, but go somewhere else and mix it up! Mix it up! Hopes for spring fashion: More butterfly clips and flower clips, because I'm get- ting sick of making them myself.
Name: Leif Thorseth Major: Undeclared Favourite decade clothing-wise: Now - the year 2000s. It's a mix of every- thing - people can take the best of everything. Some people don't, but still. Most stylish person you know: Alison Dean - she layers clothing so nicely. It's funky and doesn't look awkward. Favourite season to dress for: Late spring because you wear T-shirts but at night it's cool enough for jackets. Style nickname: Gentleman slacker. Favourite shop in Regina: Value Village. Favourite shopping destination: H&M, and Campers for shoes. Take on fashion at the U of R: It does- n't really have fashion. It's okay though, most people just dress the way they want to dress. Although interna- tional students dress really well. Tips for fellow students: Make sure your shoes are really nice, then every- thing else can be falling apart.