Since coming to UCLA and starting urban dance, Bernice Wang, a first-year dance student, found herself attracted to hypebeast fashion and styles that make her feel more comfortable when she dances. Thursday, she wore loose cuffed joggers and a large Bape men’s long-sleeved shirt. The red accents on her windbreaker complement the red stripes on her pants and the Supreme lanyard. She stated she felt ready, casual and bold.
“Comfort is always the first priority. Also since I skate a lot, I try to add some element of skatewear in my daily outfits,’’ said second-year business economics student Matthew Moore. “That’s why I love low Vans so much.”
Tyler Law, a first-year dance student, said she loves hype streetwear because she thinks it is a creative and bold fashion style. Her outfit comprises a black turtleneck layered with a Fendi tube top, and an Adidas-Daniëlle Cathari denim jacket to top it off.
Nicholas Chu, a second-year dance student, describes his style as consisting of both lesser-known brands and well-known hype or designer brands. His outfit includes various accessories from indie designers, a sweater from Uniqlo, a thrifted jacket, Nerf glasses, pants from PacSun, and Adidas Yeezy 500 Blushes.
A simple black-on-black aesthetic is ideal for Eddie Lee, a first-year mathematics/economics student. When it rains, he skateboards to class in Adidas joggers and a Stüssy raincoat.
Law prefers that her outfits have an edge to them, as opposed to normal, everyday wear. She draws on her shoes to express her creativity.
“I don’t really have any inspiration for how to dress myself – I just like wearing Adidas. It gives me comfort,’’ said first-year Chicana and Chicano studies student Luis Almendarez, who is wearing Adidas sweatpants and Yeezy 350s.
Chu enjoys mixing accessories from smaller outfits with the big brand names to show that you don’t need expensive clothes to have style. He also paints, cuts and sews his own clothes.
Michelle Zhuang, a first-year bioengineering student, said she dresses well to boost her confidence while dancing, using colors to build contrast in her outfit. She likes to think style does not come with money or tags; save for her Nike-brand jacket and bra, her pants and socks are from Taobao, she got her cap and shoes from thrifting in China.