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FRINGE: Wes Holland

School: Stern School of Business
Year: Junior
Major: Finance and Marketing
Style Inspiration: East Coast Prep

Stern junior Wes Holland’s ensembles consistently pack a punch. His self-described look is “a mix of classic Americana and preppy, with a modern twist.”

But the Pennsylvania native is also influenced by the sophistication of East
Coast-living. Cold winters and the close proximity to the ocean factor into his distinctive style.

Ranging from a pair of studded Louboutin oxfords to a luxurious Hermès leather belt, Holland’s modern pieces add a charismatic edge to his wardrobe. The accents help differentiate him from the masses of well-groomed Manhattan men.

“I usually like to include a piece that is a bit trendy to bring an updated, urban aspect to my looks,” Holland said.

Holland also incorporates pieces from smaller brands like Vineyard Vines and Jack Wills. Pairing statement pieces with more classic basics has proven to be a reliable formula. It is safe to say Holland has mastered the art of dressing for the modern metropolis while staying true to his hometown roots — he draws inspiration from American icons such as Ralph Lauren as well as designers like Band of Outsiders and Etro.

Holland’s lifestyle reflects this complementary balance. The junior, who sees style as an embodiment of the experiences and people that surround him, frequents the West Village, SoHo and the Meatpacking District in search of memorable dining experiences. He is a self-professed “beach bum” and values those leisurely moments found in enjoying a good cup of coffee or browsing Pinterest for inspiration.

Holland also expresses his creative side by maintaining his own blog and working at an online lifestyle magazine. He is a firm believer in travel as a means of self-discovery and reflection.

“The world’s a huge place, and you don’t really realize that until you actually get out there,” he said.

Whether wearing a pair of pajama-inspired striped pants or rocking camouflaged loafers, it is clear that Holland has found his style groove. Commendably, he appears to dress for himself just as much — if not more than — for others. For Holland, fashion is a window for insight into one’s personal identity.

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