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The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

Dressing Up and Eating Down

Diversity and uniqueness of styles on campus.
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Zackery Stehr
Wearing a blue and red windbreaker jacket, white cropped tank top, blue jeans, and red Adida sneakers, Luna Fife poses for a portrait in front of SF State’s Humanities building.

Walking onto campus, you see a collage of different styles and aesthetics. Dark academia, indie sleaze, vintage chic, Y2K and various types of street styles — SF State has space for it all. Students take to the walkways like runway shows, each with a unique sense of self. 

Wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a black t-shirt, and black Jordan sneakers, Ramzi Djebroun poses for a portrait at SF State’s koi pond. His mom gifted him those sneakers when he was in eighth grade. (Zackery Stehr)

In the era of micro-influencers and trends, it’s hard to determine what is considered “in” or “out” of style. Location, upbringing and pop culture can all play a part in one’s style. But here at SF State, there is no one dominant look. This collection of photos just scratches the surface of our student body’s diverse attire. 

Professor Nancy Martin, who teaches pattern drafting, basic sewing and culture and historic costume, defines style as what is accepted in society, stemming from various aesthetics and innovations during that time. But at the same time, style can be extremely personal to a person’s identity. 

“It’s a huge part of your identity,” said Martin. “It has to do with how you grow up, how your parents dressed you and then also how you are going into the world and deciding how you want to appear.”  



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Zackery Stehr, Editor-in-Chief
Zackery Stehr (he/him/they) is the Editor-in-Chief for Xpress Magazine. He is a journalism major and is minoring in labor studies. Zackery was born and raised in Sacramento and currently lives in Oakland, California. Zackery previously worked as a Campus Editor on Golden Gate Xpress at SF State and was a staff writer for Sac City Express, the student news outlet for Sacramento City College. Zackery enjoys writing about politics, pop culture, fashion and underrepresented communities.

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