As an Apparel Design and Technology student I have much appreciation for style, but after living at Purdue for over two months I have finally succumbed to the ‘athletic’ comfy trend. After taking a trip to New York with some fellow Health and Human Sciences students, I realized that Purdue students dress for comfort. I understand that college students pull all-nighters and walk more than 5 miles a day, but New Yorkers work 24/7 and walk 20 miles a day, and still make time to dress with a purpose. While we visited New York I noticed that all our students began to morph into mature, composed adults, wearing bib necklaces, maxi skirts, A-line dresses, and avant-guard accessories. Each student walked with confidence and held their head high. NYC street style is glamorous and diverse. I realized that assembling an outfit that you believe is stylish is the epitome of social armor. People on the streets of New York dress from retro 80’s clothes to full on drag queens, but the difference is that they try. There is this phenomenon called “enclothed cognition”, which means clothes worn by powerful and influential leaders are clothes you should mimic. It is said that wearing those clothes, you’re likely to take on those attributes. Every person in New York glided the streets with an attitude mirroring Kanye West and Tim Gun, confident and intimidating. Each day we spent in New York I was excited to wake up and see what outfit my fellow students assembled. Everyone wore different items that screamed their personality. For some reason the atmosphere in New York congested their brains with the ability to thrive off of their own individuality. It was refreshing. After returning to Purdue I began to stick with dressing with a purpose, which ultimately woke me up for classes and gave me the boost of confidence I needed to talk to future employees.
— Anna Thetard, Freshman, Apparel Design and Technology