State Your Fashion: Messy, yet practical

Abel Perez LISKA KOENIG / THE GUARDSMAN
Abel Perez LISKA KOENIG / THE GUARDSMAN

By Liska Koenig
CHIEF COPY EDITOR

Abel Perez calls his personal style “the messy-boy look.”

“I don’t think much about what I’m gonna wear. I get up in the morning and see what fits my mood,” the 22-year-old graphic-design major said.

The Salinas Valley-born City College student prefers an uncomplicated semi-casual look with a European touch. He picks his favorite item of the day and then looks to match his outfit around that. Most of his outfits include one standard piece – a white V-neck T-shirt.

While he dresses in black and shades of gray most of the time, he also likes to accessorize with bright colors to perk up his outfit.

Unless it’s for a special dress-up occasion, his outfit has to be practical as well. As a full-time student with two jobs Perez doesn’t have time to go home and get changed twice a day.

He shops for most of his clothes at American Apparel, Forever 21 and Filippa K, but he also likes to rummage around thrift stores for vintage treasures.

Once in a while he’ll splurge with the help of a friend. “These Louis Vuitton

shoes were a present, but they are definitely my most expensive item of clothing. They are really comfortable and will look great once they are all scoffed up,” he said.

Ultimately Perez, who transferred to City College after taking classes at the San Francisco Art Institute, wants to illustrate

children’s books. His big dream, however, is to live in Paris and use his skills to find work in the fashion industry.


“I hope to study abroad by next fall,” he said. For now, he is studying French and focusing on his design classes at City College.