Boston Teens on Style



I interviewed eight Boston teens about their personal style and fashion today. Here's what they said.



Name: Dave Clardy
Age: 19
What inspires you?
I guess just, like, seeing everyone being creative inspires me to make stuff for myself – that’s with music and art and everything. I think fashion is my lane for that, but general creativity is what makes me also create.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
Probably Rick Owens takes the cake for favorite designer and brand, just because for the last two decades he’s been consistently innovating, working on creating this whole lane of avant-garde fashion and really changing the way that a lot of people see clothing. It’s not just about conventional silhouettes; you can really change the game wearing really outlandish things. I also think that Errolson Hugh, who’s the lead director of Acronym, is doing crazy things in the techwear world and really deserves all the praise he’s been getting because he’s been doing really new and interesting things.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
I would say that my style is mainly focused on clothing that also has a certain level of technical edge to it, [and] is able to function in both a city setting and also in harsher weather conditions. I like mixing that with the more avant-garde, drapey, Rick Owens sort of look. Maybe a little bit of cyberpunk type vibe there. I’m trying to focus a lot on making my style not be stagnant, because I want to keep changing it up and innovating the look I already have.
How would you describe fashion today?
Expansive. It’s a pretty open definition, because you look at everything from runway shows to streetwear – it’s all fashion. You can sort of be doing anything and say that it’s fashion. Everything has its place and its purpose, but for real, if you’re wearing clothes, then that’s fashion.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?
It’s made it a lot more accessible. Now you go on the Instagram discover page and  no matter what, you’re going to have outfits in there and people showing off whatever, like, Gucci watch they just got. It’s a mixture of people using that to innovate and also show off to get clout. I think it’s done a lot of good, because I don’t think I’d be as into fashion as I am without the ease of social media, but also if everyone thinks they’re an innovator, then no one actually is one.


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Name: Elijah
Age: 16
What inspires you?
The Neolithic Period, Mr. Rogers, Kanye West, obviously, Ric Flair, Miles Davis, Madonna, and Papa Roach.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
This changes every month, but currently Kanye West. He kinda changed the whole landscape. He went from everyone hating his shit to everyone almost ripping it off. Basquiat did something for a designer... I like Chanel pre-Karl Lagerfeld. Like, it’s pretty cool, but it was more dope before him.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
Since I was a kid, my mom just influenced me to do whatever I wanted. I just wear what I think looks cool. No one really inspired me, no one person. Every now and then I do take inspiration from artists, rappers, and singers, but it’s just my style. I kinda liked some wrestling stuff as a kid, I liked watching skaters– never actually doing it, I hated that. I like PBS. PBS Kids gave inspo on everything. My vibe is more, like, everything. You got the cowboy look, the future look, the art hoe, you got everything.
How would you describe fashion today?
We’re living in this almost Renaissance period. Everyone is just doing everything and we just don’t give a fuck. Dudes can come out here wearing bras and it’s gonna be fresh as fuck. I would rep that immediately. We’re living in such a great period for fashion and I’m so grateful for that.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?
Both for better and for worse. It helps us see more vibes, we can understand things faster, we can get more inspiration easily. Everything’s all there. It’s all concentrated and you can find things that you never even thought could work and then work off of that. At the same time, though, it also makes every trend last, like, 5 day before it’s boring. It’s just hard.


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Name: Tatiana White
Age: 16
What inspires you?
Just when I see people looking good, if they’re confident, that just makes me happy.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
One of the really, like, expensive brands that I like is Louis Vuitton. It’s just classy and put together and looks really good with everything.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
My style is just whatever I feel like wearing. Sometimes it’s street style, sometimes it’s classy. I’m inspired by models on Instagram and runway photos, it gives me ideas of what to wear.
How would you describe fashion today?
Fashion today is really, like, out there. Really bold. Everyone has their own style. I really like high fashion, it’s just so out there.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?
It definitely influences people on what to wear and trends and stuff like that. It gives me ideas of what to wear.


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Name: Rahul Manwani
Age: 16
What inspires you?
My personal main mediums of art are film, fashion, and photography, but I really feel like I can draw from anything. Books, movies, music, people’s outfits, even interviews. I just pay attention to the emotions that are evoked from me when I see these things, and if they match up to a certain visual aesthetic that I enjoy, I feel like that’s where I strike the balance of where to create my art.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
My favorite artist would have to be Frank Ocean. I feel that he’s taken the most risks. While it may not seem that radical, taking time for yourself as an over-sensationalized black, bisexual man in 2017 is actually a really big deal. He takes his breaks, he takes his time with his art, and he really perfects it. The end product is some of the best music I’ve ever heard and evoked some of the best emotions that I’ve ever had. When I listen to his music, I imagine the best films that I could make, which is what I really like. My favorite designer…I have to go with Raf Simons. While there are so many issues with cultural mixing and cultural appropriation in 2017, I feel like he has almost perfected the art of blending things together and hybrids of things I would never think of. He makes it look so good, and the influence he’s had on the culture is obvious. You see that every time after a drop, there’s, like, five other drops trying to follow the trend.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
I would say my style is for a large part biased on what I see on social media: it’s this narrow sense of streetwear. I’m trying to make it my own – it’s kind of hard. What I want my style to be is, like, overly long, draped pieces, wide shirts, industrial mixed with streetwear. I’m a really big fan of rebranding things, so maybe, like, suit pants with a Stussy shirt. I don’t know, I like to mix a lot of things.
How would you describe fashion today?
Well, fashion’s kind of polarized to begin with, unfortunately, into women’s and men’s fashion. Men’s fashion is in kind of a rut: it’s kind of stuck. The same brands keep getting repeated: Stussy, Supreme, Adidas, Fila, Asics, Palace, you name it. They keep getting recycled. I’d really like someone to shake up the game by maybe finding a retailer to encompass them all, or maybe mimic what they’re doing? I think social media’s helping it out but also destroying it a little bit by making it more widespread. What’s really good about fashion in 2017 is that it’s become cool. Before, in the 2000s and rap music and athletes, you’d see sneaker collabs. But now you see collections: Rihanna has a collection, A$AP Rocky has a collection, even athletes have collections. Fashion’s becoming cool, which is something I really like to see because it was once ridiculed.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?
I think it’s allowed us to see each other’s outfits a lot more and created a little internet community. Fashion is such a visual thing, and with photography and Instagram and everything that’s happening right now, it’s very easy to visually convey yourself. I think it’s a little emotionally defeating because a “real photographer” and anyone can take a photo, and you can’t tell the intentions or emotions behind a screen. I think it’s helping a lot in making it widespread, making it cooler, getting the trends out, and keeping people updated on drops.


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Name: Alice Sheehan
Age: 16
What inspires you?
Boston inspires me. Even though it’s a smaller city, each borough has its own feel and I love that. A lot of the confidence I have comes from being a kid growing up in Boston. My family has instilled a pride for where I come from in me that has taught me to unapologetically be myself. Even though I may outgrow Boston someday, my love for this scrappy but strong city will never recede.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
Richard Sandler is one of my favorite artists because of his ability to rawly document the real lives of urban people in his book, The Eyes of the City. He stitches together series of black and white photos taken in Boston and NYC from the 70’s to 2001. I am drawn to his work because I feel he authentically shows the ethereal and putrid aspects that exist in one city.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
My style changes depending on my mood. Sometimes I wear really oversized streetwear pieces with a pair of Nikes or Comme des Garcons high tops, some sort of sneaker, with perfectly blow dried hair and glowy makeup. I love contrast. Other times I will go for a super feminine look: a loafer or more dainty sneaker with a wrap dress or a set of some sort. I also love to experiment with textures, so when I go for this look I often choose silky piece. When I am working or at school, I usually settle for a more chill look: a clean face, a low bun with some loose hair, some kind of vintage denim with a henley or well-fitting shirt and some flats.
How would you describe fashion today?
I feel that the skinny jean, like a lot of things, is getting less stylish. They are still trendy, but I feel vintage styles of denim are coming back. Lately I’ve been seeing (and loving) a shabby-chic look. It consists of some contrast, like some mid-rise baggy jeans with a cropped t-shirt or soft tank top. Fashion today really inspires creativity. I see people thrifting a lot more and making their own pieces, especially in skate culture. I’ve seen girls doing a skater look, which welcomes something androgynous. All in all I feel that gender roles are being tested. Women are defining their femininity in new ways – I think it’s amazing.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?
I feel that trends move faster because of things like Instagram. There are feeds that consist of rows upon rows of gorgeous outfits that I definitely pull inspiration from. Kids my age can also post things they’ve created, get recognition, and then a new trend is eventually started. Not only is there a lot of creativity, but the teenagers are doing it, and that’s great.


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Name: Tyler Herson
Age: 16
What inspires you?
I’d say all the music that I listen to and a lot of things that I see on social media.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
Tyler the Creator. I know it’s a little cliche, but everything he does is really well thought out: his clothes, his music, everything. He puts a lot of time and effort into it.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
A little bit of streetwear mixed with vintage, 90’s, pop punk.
How would you describe fashion today?
Fashion in 2017 is really influenced by social media. It’s super diverse– there are so many different things that people are wearing nowadays. It’s also really competitive: people are always seeing who can get what from what drops, things like that. It can be a little crazy and over the top sometimes.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?
It’s definitely made trends go by a lot faster. It’s sensationalized a lot of trends – made things big that might not have blown up without social media. It just makes things go by really fast.


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Name: Amaya Sangurima-Jimenez
Age: 16
What inspires you?
Bright colors and girls who are unapologetically themselves.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
My favorite artist would either be Frida Kahlo or Kehinde Wiley for his beautiful portraits of people of color portrayed in the style of European royals; I find it very subversive.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
A mix between an old French woman and a character from the cartoon show Arthur.
How would you describe fashion today?
I would describe fashion today to be a re-emergence of old styles to make them new and an emphasis on personal style. Very unique and thrifty. Also been seeing a problematic amount of cultural appropriation on runways too… yikes.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?
With social media, lots of people in the fashion world who previously may have not have been visible (like plus size models, models of color, etc.) have huge support and followings. Social media arguably inherently demonstrates the need for representation, like if a plus size model has lots of followers who are excited to see someone who looks like them in ads. The fashion industry should be paying attention.


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Name: Lytton Chea
Age: 17
What inspires you?
Well, I was always the type who dressed really bummy and stuff, but then I started watching YouTube videos and seeing everyone else looking really good. I was like, “Oh, this is cool!” I went and started buying clothes and ever since then I’ve been obsessed with clothes.
Who's your favorite artist and/or designer and why?
I don’t have a favorite designer, but I would say my favorite artist is probably Bryant Giles.
How would you describe your style? What inspires your style?
I would say it’s really unique and fun. I love wearing different colors. I get a ton of inspiration from Instagram, and when I’m in a store and see two different colors next to each other and think, “These would look really cool together.”
How would you describe fashion today?
Fashion today is really cool. There are a lot of different kinds of stylists who are very diverse and I think it’s growing rapidly and going at a really good pace.
How has social media impacted fashionable style today?

Social media inspires a lot of people. You see people doing things different ways, and you get to bring out what you like and what other people like through fashion.

interviews and visuals by meera singh
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