Name: Taylor Maxfield
My Style in 3 Words: Eclectic menswear mix.
Background: From a suburban all boys’ catholic schooling and into an urban campus, I have found myself free to dress as I chose. All throughout high school I was subject to a dress code that required students to wear some form of dress pants, an oxford shirt, belt, and dress shoes (this essentially meant boys just wearing ill fitting chinos and boat shoes). Being required to conform to a uniform I grew to appreciate classic men’s prep styles made famous by the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. While at school I involved myself with the theatre department and soon was part of the costume department, helping to design and pull together the ensembles to be worn by the cast. Being a costume designer I was able to explore my interest in style and fashion through the eyes of cultures and times disparate for my own.
I like to take classic men’s wear (I am a sweaterphile) and play with it to make my own style.
Day 1: This day’s look as inspired by a nouveau militariste vibe. Being as it was Friday and I had no classes, I spent the morning grabbing brunch with my mother, and later I went out with some friends. I wanted some thing pragmatic yet with an edge to it, so I paired a new mahogany red cashmere jacket with a spread collar chambray shirt, dark wash skinny jeans and combat boot and sunglasses to keep the wind out of my eyes (for extra warmth I grabbed a cashmere herringbone scarf to wrap around my neck). The song I would like to pair with this out fit is The Glitch Mob’s remix of Monday. (Coat: Burberry London, Shirt: Burberry Brit, Jeans: Nudie, Sunglasses: Burberry, Scarf: Cole Haan)
Day 2: Today was a very laid back sort of Saturday to start. I woke up and spent the beginning half of my day in a oxblood colored t-shirt and some slim cut black jeans. Later that evening I went out with my dad to get dinner and see Sister Act at the opera house (little did I know I would also venture to The Hen House to grab chicken and waffles at 1am); I threw on my boots a v-neck sweater also in dark red hue a black circle scarf and a large black wool hooded coat with large lapels and rope detailed epaulettes. I loved that when traveling my ensemble was a monochromatic but the minute I walked inside and unbuttoned my jacket the bust of red brought attention and a classic caprice to my otherwise dark nihilistic/anarchist outfit. The music I would pair with this outfit was split between two songs, Closer by Kings of Leon and Berimbau Jam by Kodo. (Coat: Jehee Sheen, Sweater: Burberry London, T-shirt: AllSaints, Jeans: Hudson, Scarf: Rikka)
Day 3: Super Bowl Sunday. I took it easy today, so easy that I ended up eating at one of my favorite on campus eateries, Popeye’s. Surprisingly, I did watch most of the Super Bowl, though I had no idea what was going on until Beyonce graced us all with her presence. Today I wore a graphic tee and some boot cut denim and a heavy knit brown cardigan with a hood and horn fastens. When I ventured into the bitter dark of the cold night I threw on some brown suede monk strap shoes and the aforementioned mahogany coat. The song I would pair with this out fit would be You and I by Ingrid Michaelson, but also Video Phone by Beyonce in honor of her being one of the highlights of my day – after all as bad as the music video for this song is, the song itself is great runway material. (Sweater: Paolo Pecora, T-shirt: Altru, Jeans: Hudson, Shoes: Cole Haan)