CU on campus: Nathan Ratapu
In this week’s “CU on Campus,” we’re getting thrifty. Read below for advice from this fashion-forward junior on where to snag the best one-of-a-kind vintage finds.
This New Zealander, junior Nathan Ratapu, knows the true meaning of the phrase one man’s discarded clothes are another man’s treasure (or something like that). Nathan used various vintage pieces to create an eclectic preppy look that’s ideal for the end of fall. You can shop vintage too—all it takes is a little creativity and a lot of luck. Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond are chock full of great vintage clothing and jewelry stores with amazing pieces at affordable prices. Just make sure to keep some things in mind when scouring for your one-of-a-kind finds. First, remember vintage sizing is different than what you’re probably used to, so never blindly trust the size listed on a tag. Instead, be sure to try things on to see if they actually fit before purchasing them. Second, keep an open mind when trying on styles or outfits from past decades; because thrifted clothes are generally inexpensive, they make great do-it-yourself projects. If you find a piece you like but isn’t quite right, feel free to take the reins and make any necessary nips and tucks. Lastly, take a cue from Columbia’s seasoned thrifter in the questions below.
What’s your favorite item of clothing in your closet?
My leather tie.
What is your favorite trend this season?
For Men: shirts buttoned up all the way to the top. For Women: belted, oversized sweaters.
Where is your favorite place to shop in NYC?
Definitely Beacon’s Closet. If you don’t go for the gaudy or the brand name buys, you can always walk out of there with a bargain. For those who are new to it, my advice is don’t be afraid to try something outside your normal style—you’ll be surprised how even one out there item can accentuate your entire wardrobe.
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