INTERVIEW: Mr. Beetlestone
What would you say about your personal style?
I have 2 different styles. One is more professional, that I would wear to work. It consists of dress pants a button up shirt and nice shoes. The other is a more casual and laid back look that I would wear when I am not working. I like to go for a more European look which includes skinny jeans, V-neck shirts, cardigans and more slim fitting clothing.
What are you wearing right now?
My black diesel shirt, pants I bought from Zara and a great pair of shoes I purchased from Aldo. I think that you shouldn’t have to spend a lot for good clothing. I like to shop at stores that sell clothing at reasonable prices like Urban Outfitters. I believe people should try and be more creative with there wardrobe and that doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money. Like this one jacket I bought from a thrift store was $10 and I love it. My friends are always asking where I got it from. But, the one thing I believe you shouldn’t cheap out on is jeans.
Where do you get most of your fashion sense from?
Like most people I like to look through magazines and see what looks good. I also get a lot of my fashion sense from celebrities like Justin Timberlake and also David Beckham because he isn’t scared to try new things and take risks with his wardrobe. I think you should keep your eyes open but remember it depends on your body frame because certain things that look good on someone else may not look right on you. You need to find the right look that works with your assets. Something that doesn’t work for me is hats…
You mentioned your wife worked at Aritzia. Does she have any input on your style?
Yes. My wife wants to be a personal dresser. She picks out almost everything I buy. I don’t ever go out without her opinion on what I am wearing. Actually, on my birthday she threw out half my wardrobe and bought me new clothes. I was shocked but I loved everything she bought me.
How important do you think it is to look good?
I think it is very important because when you look good it gives you confidence and also it makes you feel good. Plus, it shows people that you made an effort to look well. Also when you’re in a job interview and you come dressed well it shows the employer that you care about how you look and you are more respected. My wife encourages me to dress formal at work so I don’t start to think that I am one of the kids.
What is the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
My G-star raw jacket was about $300 and my Nudie jeans were also around $300.
What is the ugliest thing you ever wore?
I used to have a really ugly haircut it was called an undercut and I put this stuff in my hair that made it go lighter when I was in the sun and it was a hot day and my hair was orange. I looked like a Duracell battery when my hair started to grow back.
What are some of your favorite stores?
Urban Outfitters, Boys Co., Zara, American Apparel, Banana Republic, Aldo (shoes), and of course the Thrift Stores
What are your favorite colors to wear?
I prefer to wear black and white because it goes with everything. There more neutral colors and you can always accessorize them.
What do you think about the style of Windermere students?
I think the girls dress well but the boys tend to wear a lot of baggy clothing. I think the girls dress better than the boys. Overall Windermere students dress more casual I would have to say.
What do you think people should stay away from?
- Jeans and runners (but converse is good)
- A shirt under a button down shirt (people in England would laugh at you)
- You also have to make sure your pants are long enough
- Baggy clothes
What was your style like when you were younger?
Umm, I had to wear a uniform most of the time. It was ironic because the uniforms were there to make everyone look the same but that made us try harder to look different. Sometimes we would tuck in our ties so only the skinny end was showing. We would do anything to look different but in the end others would start copying you.
Who do you think is the most stylish teacher at Windermere?
That’s a tough one; I would have to say Ms. Singh.