"Shades to constantly block the haters," said Janelle Sangalang, a fourth-year history student.
"Even though my favorite color is green, I just love being clothed in blue everything," Sangalang said.
"My style depends on how much time I have in the morning and on the weather ... and on how bloated I feel," said Catherine Zhang, a first-year business economics student.
"My mom buys all my clothes. I honestly don't do the fashion," said Lindsay Farewell, a second-year biology student.
Keytiana Hempstead (left), a fifth-year political science and African American studies student, and Denea Joseph, a fourth-year African American studies student, are two friends who use loud clothing pieces as statements to reflect their identity as vibrant black women.
"This past weekend we went to the California Democratic Convention and was able to meet Kamala Harris. She is running for U.S. Senate, and she is a black woman. I am very much pro-black woman and so I decided to wear her shirt today. Not everyone knows who she is, I've had people ask me," Hempstead said.
"As far as my fashion sensibilities, I think it comes from different aspects of my identity, whether it's being a black woman and rocking an afro and feeling comfortable rocking it and knowing what it represents as far as the black power movement or just being as bright and vibrant as I can be. I just like to be fun and bubbly and like to be spirited. And I think when people see individuals who dress in the manner that I do, they automatically think 'eccentric,' but for me, it just means a strong personality and a willingness to explore things that aren't commonly done," added Joseph.
"I've been thinking about forever," said Josh Lockhart, a fourth-year ethnomusicology and African American studies student.
"Life is a beach. I'm just playing in the sand," added Lockhart.
"I enjoy my long johns. I feel like I just got out of bed and people think I have fashion," said Mate Friend, a third-year Design | Media Arts student.
"Fashion should be about comfort, not fitting societal norms," Friend added.
"Free," Lockhart exclaimed.
"There's a vigil tonight, and I didn't want to wear all black. Even though there's times of sadness and you don't know what's happening, why not still be vibrant?" mentioned Maryam Karim, a second-year sociology student.
Allen Mariano, a third-year sociology student said, "I got cement on my feet like I'm sleeping with the fish."
"A righteous man falls seven, but gets up eight," Mariano commented.