Tailor Made is a regular column documenting different looks at UC Santa Cruz by Alex Zamora, a second-year art major and aspiring fashion photographer.

I spent Valentine’s Day weekend in the city that doesn’t sleep: New York. While there I saw some wonderfully dressed people and the kind of outfits that one would expect from such a high-class city. It seems like we should all watch out for plaid and mixed patterns — they’re the new plain.

_dsc8707An official New Yorker

Back in our lovely little city, in honor of my New York trip, I’ve decided to focus on people who know exactly what they want out of their outfits. These fashionistas would definitely make the Big Apple proud.

_dsc8814Berlin Burkhart, first-year Kresge student

CHP: Your look feels familiar. Who was your inspiration and why do you choose to dress this way?

I’ve been really into Audrey Hepburn movies lately, so she definitely inspired this beige-trenchcoat, small-heels outfit. I like getting dressed up because it lets me feel confident in myself. You can show who you are through your clothes and not have to hide behind a false persona.

dsc_8376Danielle Portney, first-year Porter student

CHP: What inspires your look?

Stereotypes! I like to mix it up some days and dress goth, emo, etc. I like to keep my style bright, in the spiritual sense, but not so much with colors. I don’t think that there are any styles that haven’t been done before, unless I made my own clothes!