By Ava Francis-Hall
The various unique styles of Novato High School students showcase an expressive diversity, which reflects the creative and individualistic qualities of the student body.
Students at Novato High have defined their style as “sporty, comfy, classic, different, nice, 90s, thrifty, preppy, and eclectic.”
Novato High School has a wide spectrum of students and as a result, a wide spectrum of styles.
Some looks around campus are conventional; the patented leggings, jeans, or sweatpants with an oversized sweatshirt; the epitome of comfort.
Freshman Tati Oliver considers her style to be “comfy,” saying “[my style] represents who I am because I like looking like I don’t care when I really do care.”
However, there is quite an opposite fashion that students of all grades are showing off: the classic, “nice” look. Consisting of khaki pants, heels, and all other sorts of professional, sophisticated clothing, the classic look sets up an expectation.
“I like to make an impression,” said freshman James Hunter. “I like to make a good impression on somebody, so if they see you dress nice, that’s a good start.”
Sophomore Rhett Martino also voiced his desire to impress through his clothes. “I think it’s all about presentation, so I like to look kind of like, cleaner,” Martino said.
Many students like to make a statement with their appearance. Whether it be neon hair or a groundbreaking combination of pieces, these students never fail to go off the beaten path. These students draw inspiration from their own ideas of fashion, not conforming to one branch of style.
Freshman Alex Garcia represents himself as an ambitious lover of fashion. He is accustomed to breaking the rules with his mix of high-end pieces, integrated with pieces from fast fashion retailers.
“I’m too different,” said Garcia. “I don’t use labels to define my style. In 10 years, I’ll probably be wearing all Chanel by then…and really high-end brands.”
Sophomore Brandon Llamas views his fashion as a piece of his identity. He envisions his future to be greatly shaped by how he presents himself. Llamas, along with many other students, get truly personal with his fashion.
“I always feel like even if it’s something I wouldn’t normally wear, it’s pushing the envelope, so even if it’s pushing the envelope too far, it’s still pushing me as a whole,” Llamas said.
Llamas has high aspirations for how fashion will be incorporated into his life.
“In 10 years I’m hoping I'll have a job and stuff so I’m looking at designers like Rick Owens, Vigil,” he adds. “I want to start designing eventually.”
Trends come and go, but it looks like retro fashion is here to stay. Chokers, mom jeans, and customized jean jackets are this year’s most coveted pieces. Students around Novato are picking up the trends fast and showing off their own twists.
“I’m really into the 90s right now,” said sophomore Monica Singh. “I like anything that’s not too normal.”
Singh has enhanced her fashion since middle school, and has learned that what she wants to wear will be dictated by no one but herself.
“Well, growing up I used to be really cautious with what I wanted to wear. But eventually I just started wearing things that I liked,” said Singh.
“[My style inspiration] comes from my mom. I wear a lot of her clothes, a lot of stuff from the 70s and 80s,” said senior Sara Warner. “I’m very musical and very artistic so a lot of my stuff definitely reflects that.”
Style is an important factor in the lives of all Novato High students. It represents personalities, makes first impressions, and evolves according to people’s change in character.
As freshman Alex Garcia said, “It’s like I’m Beyonce on the outside but Rihanna on the inside.”