Street Style: Suffolk County Community College
The style scene at Suffolk County Community College is as motley as its students who attend. There are skater boys clad in Billabong, girls traipsing around campus in dainty sundresses and select students with style that screams. Here, we showcase a few who deserve recognition for their personal style. -- Matthew T. Murray
"My style is boho-chic," says forensic psychology major Ashley Webster. "There's so many different people and styles at Suffolk that I pay attention to what others are wearing to get instant inspiration." She suggests buying high-waisted bathing suit bottoms for spring.
Cardigan: Forever 21
Momo Lin is a liberal arts major hailing all the way from Bangkok. Her clothes are mostly unique pieces from China and Thailand but she has an affection for all-American Forever 21. Her style inspiration is a Korean pop group called the "Candy Mafia" and her style is colorful and fun.
A kitschy key chain hangs from the pocket of Lin's shirt, adding a whimsical touch to her outfit. Although hers is from Thailand, Chinatown has a plethora of key chains and phone charms in the same style that look just as good hanging from an iPhone as they do from a pocket T-shirt or belt loop on a pair of jeans.
Julien Cortes says skateboarding and surfing define the way he dresses. "I'm pretty cool," he jokes as he strikes a pose. His shorts are a hand-me-down from his father, his hat is from a skate shop in California and his socks and shoes are Vans. His shirt was just $2 from a thrift store.
While skating around campus, Cortes' permanent accessory, a tattoo, is on display. Many of the students at Suffolk County Community College don tattoos depicting everything from nautical anchors to birds of paradise to motivational quotes.
Accounting major Kathryn Litwin grew up in Manhattan and Babylon, but she lives for country style. "I was born in the wrong state," she says. Her skirt is from Hollister and the rest of her outfit was found at boutiques across Long Island.
Litwin's boots are from a country store she discovered and fell in love with on Sunrise Highway. Although many girls her age will be flying into the stores to pick up wedge booties and graphic-print flats for spring, Litwin is sticking to her cowboy boots.
"My style is casual, comfortable and modern," says Maddy Khan. She is a liberal arts major with a penchant for anything Marc Jacobs and a love for the comfort of Uggs. She looks forward to buying bandeau tops and high-waisted denim shorts for spring.
Cardigan: Forever 21
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Khan's Marc by Marc Jacobs bag is a favorite among trendy college students at Suffolk. Her purple one provides a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.
"I dress based on my mood," says Jackie Hanley. The beautiful spring weather inspired her to "flow a little bit," hence the billowing skirt. "Best way to dress is to share clothes," she says, explaining that she borrowed some pieces from a friend.
Tee: Led Zeppelin from Shake Down
Skirt and Shoes: Borrowed from a friend
A concert T-shirt is an easy, no fuss pick with personality for a breezy summer day. Hanley's favorite band is Nirvana, but her T-shirt dons Led Zeppelin.
Yao Mu, from Beijing, describes her style as "pretty" and "feminine." Her favorite labels are Topshop, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.
Bag: Anya Hindmarch
Mu's jumper in sleek black is casual and comfortable -- perfect for class -- but screams high fashion.
"I try to look like a surfer even though I'm not," sophomore Mike Steinmann says. He has an affinity for surf and skate companies and sometimes throws athletic gear into the mix. He prefers shopping online for the convenience.