Nancy: Thank you for taking the time to interview with the Dartmouth Fashion Council! One of our club’s missions is to showcase the diversity of student styles here at Dartmouth. Let us begin with a simple question—why beige?
Kris: My affinity for beige has its origins in middle school: I owned two tabby cats and a grey (female) kitten and loved them dearly. However, given that my outfit back then was black on black, I would noticibly accumulate vast quantities of cat hair when snuggling, and my consequent ragamuffin appearance thusly garnered me endless teasing. Dejected and distraught, I thought there was no way I could play with my cats without social consequence. And that’s when I discovered beige.
Nancy: Is there any meaning behind your pairing of two slightly-off shades of beige?
Kris: They would have matched perfectly if I had the resources.
Nancy: What was the inspiration behind this outfit?
Kris: It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing an ‘outfit’ per se. Getting dressed is such an effortless experience that it feels natural. If I opened my dresser this morning and picked clothes at random, I likely would come up with something like this.
Nancy: So this outfit is representative of the rest of your wardrobe?
Kris: Yes, in many ways. All my outfits are monochromatic, and those colours are invariably earth tones. I find consistency in colour is comforting, in some deeply-rooted, ineffable way. My other outfits are also, one might say, loose-fitting. I grew up in a conservative household that viewed tight-fitted clothes (most notably skinny jeans) as symptomatic of the pervasive liberalism plaguing our generation. As a consequence of that, I have grown up living this counternarrative.
Nancy: Khaki or corduroy?
Kris: Well, that question could be distilled to a more elemental question: do you care more about looks or touch? While you can’t argue that khaki doesn’t look sharp, personally, running my hands along the thick wales of a sample of corduroy is an electrifying experience.
Nancy: Speaking of wales, the intricate layering of vertical lines that your outfit exhibits initially drew me to this photoshoot. What was your motivation behind this pairing?
Kris: I’m really glad you noticed, Nancy.
Nancy: What do you think of the ‘Ivy League look’?
Kris: Like so many things I dislike, Ivy League fashion has become a parody of itself. Salmon shorts, Sperrys, Dartmouth T-shirts, sunglasses, “J” Crew – need I say more? I’ve voiced criticism of how flashy everything has to be these days to peers. I think they’re overcompensating; they think I’m reverse-overcompensating. On that point we have to agree to disagree.
Nancy: How does one incorporate more beige into an outfit like this, and is that recommended? Put alternatively, how much beige is too much?
Kris Brown: Quite frankly, there’s nothing more I can do short of getting a tan. [chuckles] After all, I sport brownish hair, brownish eyes, brownish shoes, socks-once-white-but-now-aged-gracefully-to-a-brownish-hue. As for the question of “too much,” let’s just say I’ve gotten some arguably positive feedback from the ladies.
Nancy: What do the ladies think of this outfit?
Kris: Does that include family?