What are you wearing? Fredrick Parker

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Job: School resource coordinator for Communities in Schools

Neighborhood: East Side

Hometown: Ashtabula

Label your style: "Dare to be different"

What do you like to wear?

I always try to pick things out that people would say "yuck" to. The pink and the brown, the yellow and the orange. The brighter, the better. I'm not someone that wears just a shirt and a tie - that's too boring for me.

Is the bow tie a regular thing for you?

I've been wearing them for about a year and a half now, at least twice a week. I saw Big Boi from OutKast, and I was like, I want to do that. And Justin Timberlake. Honestly, I don't know how to dress without a tie. I dress from the tie out.

Where do you like to shop?

I go to Forever 21, Aldo, Gap, Old Navy.

Are you into accessories?

I'm not an accessory guy. No earrings, no tattoos - I think everyone has tattoos, so I dare to be different in that area too.

You're a role model for the grade-school boys you work with through your job. What do you think your style teaches them?

They have to wear a shirt and tie [for etiquette class]. A lot of them don't know what style looks like. They might come from households with saggy jeans and just "blah" every day. They don't know that a shirt and tie could take you very far.

The outfit:

Sweater: Arnold Palmer, from Macy's

Shirt: K & G Fashion Superstore

Tie: K&G Fashion Superstore

Pants: Gap

Shoes: Aldo

To share your sense of style with fashion columnist Brittany Kress, e-mail bkress@columbusalive.com