Campus Style

Chase Destierro, senior early childhood education and psychology double major

Destierro turns to the web for gently used designer clothes. (Carly Koziol / Columnist)

A Comme des Garçons Homme Plus  FW10 polyester fleece blazer with an internal vest, a Balenciaga black buttondown and an Ann Demeulemeester necklace. The shorts are from my eighth grade punk rock wardrobe and they still fit, Damir Doma double layer leggings, and the creeper shoes are a George Cox and Fred Perry collaboration.

How would you describe your style?

Dark, mildly post-apocalyptic and mildly romantic with a punk rock sensibility.

What’s your method for accumulating your wardrobe?

Bargain shopping. Full price is ridiculous and unaffordable. I use eBay and message boards to find clothes by the designers that I like and shop the sales of high-end stores.  You’ll find designer pieces on sale that can be cheaper than full-priced articles at generic stores in the mall, like a $70 shirt at J.Crew.

What do you mean by message boards?

Websites such as and — you can find lightly used designer wear for 80 to 90 percent off.

Do you have a “go-to” item?

Black Acne jeans … I actually own three of the same pair.

How did you get into fashion?

I’ve been following fashion since 2006. I first got into skateboarding, which laid the groundwork for my interest in the fashion culture of sneakers, which later developed into an interest for fashion in general and an appreciation for avant-garde. I was planning on going to FIT but changed paths.

Do you have any fashion advice to offer the student body?

I don’t like imposing on anyone, but I will say one thing: make what you wear look effortless. People can tell when your clothes are wearing you.