Best Dressed 2014

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Zach Hollingshad

28, sales associate, CD Warehouse

417 Magazine: What three words define your style?
Zach Hollingshad: Classic, whimsical, and eclectic.

417: What is your signature piece of clothing? 
Z.H.: My signature piece is the pocket square. I wear them not only in my blazer jacket but also in my jean jackets and vests, and I sometimes tie them onto a bag I am carrying to add some flair to my overall look.

417: If you could wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? 
Z.H.: I would wear Ralph Lauren because his fashion never goes out of style. 

417: Do you ever shop at thrift stores? 
Z.H.: A majority of my wardrobe comes from thrift stores. I’ve been shopping there since high school. Over time, you start learning how to pick out pieces that suit your style and personality. 

417: What is your favorite fashion trend right now? 
Z.H.: I have noticed men wearing cardigans, loafers and pants other than jeans. Fashion evolves and always finds its way into the present. Dressing like a gentleman never goes out of style.

417: What’s your favorite outfit or article of clothing you’ve ever worn?  
Z.H.: When I am shopping at thrift stores, one of my missions is to find pieces that not only coordinate with my style, but also have the potential to be repurposed. One of my favorite pieces is a navy sweater I stamped whales on with paint. It was the first article of clothing I crafted.

417: Where do you find fashion inspiration?
Z.H.: My ideas of fashion stem from the blogs I read, Pinterest, old photos of my ancestors and from magazines such as Hype Beast, GQ and Man of the World.

417: Who are your fashion role models?
Z.H.: I have many role models, which include John F. Kennedy, Ralph Lauren, Fred Castleberry, Dan Trepanier, Dillon Burke, Kiel James Patrick, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, and Tom Ford.

417: How long does it take you to get ready to go out or go to work?
Z.H.: I would say it takes me about 10 minutes to get around and out the door.

417: What are your favorite places to shop that are in 417-land?
Z.H.: My favorite places to shop are the thrift stores around town. I am able to create my outfits while being budget-conscious. 

417: What are your favorite places to shop that are not in 417-land?
Z.H.: When I travel, I hit up J. Crew and Brooks Brothers. They’ve been some of my favorite stores to shop at for a long time. 

417: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever worn?
Z.H.: Back, back in the day, my most shameful piece of clothing was my Jnco Jeans. These promoted the idea of sagging, but in reality, they were just made to look that way. I look back on that now and wonder why on Earth I would wear something that fit so improperly.

417: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a must-have piece of clothing?
Z.H.: The most I’ve ever spent was $100 on my LL Bean boots, which I hope to wear for the next 20 years. (The average life of the boots.) I consider these to be an investment in my wardrobe of footwear.

417: Finish this sentence: “I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing...” 
Z.H.: Sweatpants.

417: What’s the best bargain you’ve ever found?
Z.H.: I bought my Alden loafers at the DAV for $3.98.

417: What do you think is the worst fashion faux pas?
Z.H.: Wearing socks with sandals completely defeats the purpose of the sandals. Not only that, I think it’s a look that’s not well thought out. 

417: What fashion trend do you wish would go away?
Z.H.: Right now, there’s a trend of matching high piece, such as sweaters and blazers with what I would term “low-low” pieces such as sweatpants. I just don’t care for what I would term the lazy look. I am very much into well thought out attire.

See the Best Dressed winners walk the runway in 417 Magazine’s Fashionation: Spring Fashion Show and Party.
The show is at the Gillioz Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 21.

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