By Gabby Delpleash

In mix of light and dark colors, sophomore Micah Boatwright expresses himself through his “grunge” style of clothing, partially inspired by Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong.

Micah Boatwright expresses himself in grunge clothing

February 17, 2022

A mix of bright and dark-colored clothes cover sophomore Micah Boatwright’s bedroom floor as he mulls over the collection, deciding what to wear for the day. After picturing what pieces would look like together, Boatwright settles on a “grungy” outfit and leaves for school.

Boatwright’s style, an ode to the ’90s, pulls much inspiration from various celebrities, but also from modern internet culture.

“I pull my inspiration from a lot of different people that I like to dress after, like the lead singer of Green Day,” Boatwright said. “I don’t know where else I pull it from, except for Pinterest. I think that there’s a lot of people online with really good clothing ideas and it inspires a lot of other people.”

Boatwright wears accessories like beanies, studded belts and crystal necklaces to school to accommodate his grunge style of clothing. (By Julia Shumaker)

The dress code has had no effect on Boatwright’s personal style but he believes that the guidelines it provides are often unreasonable.

“I think [the dress code] should be a little less strict,” Boatwright said. “Some people do get dress-coded for smaller things. If it’s just a crop top shirt, I don’t think it should really matter, but I guess there should be some rules.”

Despite this belief, Boatwright believes that society has made many strides toward being more accepting when it comes to fashion.

“It’s a lot less strict nowadays,” Boatwright said. “A while ago, it would be seen as more odd for women to wear pants or for men to wear skirts. Now it’s just whatever. You can wear basically whatever. Sometimes you might get weird looks but overall you shouldn’t really have too much of a big deal with it.”

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