Closet Spotlight

Bri Betts

As a political science major and philosophy minor, Senior Bri Betts brings much more to Wittenberg than just fashion. She is a peer helper, a tour guide, and President of Women In Power. When we interviewed Bretts, we learned that she is an upbeat, confident, and personable woman who is easygoing and holds her morals close to her heart. She truly cares for her friends, family, and she values her education. Her overall view on dressing well goes hand in hand with bettering herself in every way possible, keeping her priorities straight and a successful future close in reach. We loved Bretts’s commitment to fashion and fun accessories, and we were eager to find out more about her outlook on fashion.

Q. How would you explain your style?

A. Electric, sassy, and bright. Real bright! I love color, patterns, big earrings, and bold necklaces. I guess my style is just however I’m feeling that day. I like that I don’t have a certain “style” because it allows me to change things up and wear something new everyday.

Q. Who inspires you when it comes to fashion?

A. Poet and jewelry designer Alex Elle. The best way to describe her style is probably earthy and Afrocentric. She inspires me because she’s original, she doesn’t follow trends, and she dresses for herself. It’s so important to dress for yourself because you never want to get caught up in dressing how other people want you to dress. Clothes are a way to express yourself and your personality, and I don’t think you need trends to show you how to do that.

Q. What is your favorite season for fashion?

A. Definitely spring! It’s not too hot or too cold, so it’s a perfect time to wear wedges and lots of color!

Q. What are some of your favorite accessories that you own?

A. Oh my, this is a hard one. I think my favorite accessories are my gold head chain and my gold and mint wooden Alex Elle Nefertiti earrings. I’m a huge fan of unique pieces.

Q. If you could give others advice on how to dress, what would you say?

A. Dress for your body type. As women we all come in different shapes and sizes, which is great! It’s just important that we all know what we can wear and what we can’t wear. Being a full figured woman myself, it’s important that I find outfits that accentuate my assets and hide my flaws all at the same time. No matter what your shape or size may be, you never want to look like you struggled to get into an outfit, or you’ll be poppin’ out of it like a can of biscuits!

Q. Why do you think it is important to dress well?

A. Simple. You look good, you feel good. Dressing well is not only an extension of taking care of yourself, but also a way to express yourself.

Jonathan Mueller

Throughout his collegiate experience, Senior Jonathan Mueller has always been open to taking risks. After traveling to study in Wittenberg, Germany his junior year, Mueller discovered who he truly was and gained the confidence he had never dreamed of. He is now the secretary of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and a member of the Wittenberg Men’s Club Volleyball Team. He also spent this past summer working as an intern in Philadelphia. He has now reached his peak in discovering his identity, true happiness, knowing his fashion, and finding his self worth. Fascinated by his poise and personable abilities, we sat down with Mueller to get acquaintance, and learn all of the fashion secrets he has to offer.

Q. How would you explain your style?

A. My style is preppy, European, and trendy. Preppy because I love polos, shorts, chinos, button-down oxfords, and boat shoes. It is European because I love patterns and slim fit pants, V-necks, and the overall chicness that is associated with all European style. My style is trendy because I love urban fedoras, boots, and tanks. Combining pieces from these three types of fashion has overtime created my unique style. I am not afraid to play with color, patterns, or accessories. It is unique, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Q. Who inspires you when it comes to fashion?

A. Michael Bastian, Cole Haan, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry. They all inspire me when it comes to fashion. Michael Bastian is one of my favorite designers. His fearless attitude and ability to play with color and pattern in his clothes is spectacular. Cole Haan has a brilliant craftsmanship that is portrayed with each shoe that is simply amazing. Ralph Lauren’s polo designs and rugby collection are timeless. Burberry has the iconic plaid pattern that never goes unnoticed. They are the masters of the trench coat that grows in trend as time progresses and fashion evolves.

Q. What is your favorite season to dress for?

A. Without a doubt, fall. Fall is my favorite time of the year, the weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to change, and I can start to bring out some of my favorite articles of clothing. Dark colored pants, jeans, scarves, boots, and more. Jackets are my favorite fall accessories. However, what I love about fall the most is the ability to wear oversized sweaters. Adding them to a simple skinny jean or a slim fit pant is my favorite fall look.

Q. What is your favorite accessory or piece of clothing that you own?

A. My watches are my favorite accessories. They allow every look that I have to be finished and polished. My favorite watch is my Fossil watch, because I can interchange the bands with the face. It allows me to have multiple watches all in one. A watch is classy, sophisticated, and timeless.

Q. If you could give others advice on how to dress, what would you say?

A. I would say two things. First, be confident and confortable in who you are. Too many people these days are self-conscious of how they are dressed because it is not the “norm.” If you like it then go for it and rock it. Be proud of who you are and walk proud in the clothes that you wear. If you do this, people will not look at you as a person who dresses against the “norm”, but they will see you as an individual with great fashion and with great confidence who cannot be stopped. Second, do not throw the kitchen sink into everything you wear. In other words, having too many pieces in one outfit can look too busy. Going for simple pieces is always best. You can add hints of colors to accent any piece. For example: don’t ever think wearing a white V-neck and a pair of skinny jeans is too boring. You can make it pop with a brightly colored jeweled necklace and you will be good to go. Simple is better.

Q. Why do you think it is important to dress well?

A. I think it is important to dress well because it gives people a sense of self-confidence. I am who I am, so that will never stop my sense of style. Dressing well is important because it allows for self-expression. You are in control of what you wear, which allows you to present yourself to the world in any way you desire. Finally, you will never know whom you will run into. If you are always dressed well, you will never be forgotten. You have to be self aware of what is around you and what situation you are in. You could meet a future employer or future significant other, so be prepared at all times and dress in a fashion that will make a solid first impression.

Are you interested in being featured in the Wittenberg Closet Spotlight? Check out the Wittenberg Outfit Of The Day Instagram to keep up with some of the trendiest students on campus. Follow @Wittootd or tag #wittootd when looking your best to be featured on the Instagram. Or, simply dress to impress when you go to class, and we may just snap your photo! Each week, we will choose a male and female student from Instagram to be featured for the Torch’s Closet Spotlight. Will it be you?

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