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THE CRIME FIGHTER: Laura Torp, a sophomore, has been ex-
perimenting with her style since high school. Even though she appreciates a well-kept look, Torp says, “Don’t spend an inordinate amount of time on your look, especially in college. You’ve got more important things to concern yourself with.”
THE CRIME FIGHTER: Fumihito Shinohara, a graduate stu-
dent, grew up wearing school uniforms, which influence his tailored appearance today.
FASHION TIP: Lock up ratty backpacks. Instead, invest in a
chic, well-made bag.
FASHION TIP: Lock up pantyhose. Try textured tights.
FASHION MISDEMEANOR ON RECORD: Files are sealed.
FASHION MISDEMEANOR ON RECORD: Leggings as pants.
ON INTERNATIONAL STYLE: Open yourself to influence, no
ON BEING FASHIONABLE IN THE MICHIGAN COLD: Torp says
there are lots of cute ways to bundle up on the cheap, especially by shopping at resale boutiques such as Plato’s Closet. “If you’re stylish but freezing, it’s not worth it.” And even though it might be appealing to strip off layers when the temperature warms, Torp cautions against showing too much skin. “A little bit of modesty goes a long way.”
matter what part of the globe it’s from. Since being in Ann Arbor, Shinohara says he has become more willing “to add sporty and casual items into my wardrobe.” ADVICE TO FASHION PAROLEES: “Know yourself and under-
stand your atmosphere,” Shinohara says. Rather than pretend to be a “rock ‘n’ roller or hip-hop rapper,” he suggests that people “be natural and relaxed.” For adventure, try “add[ing] a nerdy flavor.”
ADVICE TO FASHION PAROLEES: If you follow trends, Torp says
tweak them to fit your own unique style. “Don’t worry about what other people say. If you like wearing something and you’re comfortable in it, good.”
LSA Magazine / SPRING 2011
SAMPLE U-M FASHIONS FROM THE 1800s THROUGH THE 1980s www.lsa.umich.edu/alumni/wire
Published on May 10, 2011