Lucy Tindel '19
Among the few hundred students walking through the link and double-checking if their student ID is on, there is a boy with rectangular glasses, ruffled brown hair, and a Timbuk2 backpack. Unlike the other students who are wearing brands like Adidas and Vineyard Vines, he’s wearing a suit and tie.
Every morning, most students wake up, button their high waisted jeans and toss on their crumpled sweatshirt. When Alex Flynn ‘21 wakes up, he buttons his collared shirt and fumbles with his tie. Instead of checking his social media during breakfast, he double checks that his pocket-sized Constitution is tucked securely in his coat pocket.
Halfway through the last school year, Flynn made the decision to upgrade his wardrobe to formal business attire.
“I didn’t really like my old clothes,” said Flynn. “I just wore boring t-shirts, jeans, and cargo shorts.”
On average, retail suits can cost up to $1000, but transitioning styles wasn’t costly for Flynn. The seven or eight suits that Flynn owns were all affordable and bought from Amazon. Flynn also explains that he had no significant reason for changing his style.
“I just wanted a change,” said Flynn.
Flynn considers wearing suits everyday as a hobby. He has realized that his style is a lot more conservative compared to what other students wear, but that doesn’t stop him from wearing suits.
“I don’t really care what other people think,” continued Flynn. “I’m mostly concerned with what I think of myself.”
Flynn doesn’t believe in a dress code and encourages other students to dress as they please. He says that he would also never go to a high school that would enforce uniform.
“What you choose to wear is freedom of expression and schools shouldn’t have a say in what you wear,” said Flynn.
Apart from wearing a suit and tie everyday, Flynn enjoys spending time with his two cats, drinking tea, and being at Robotics Club.
“Kids in his class call him “professor” because he wears suits,” said Physics teacher Erin Cathcara. “It’s pretty cool.”
Cathcara also believes that students should have the freedom to express themselves, but would enforce rules against hate speech on clothing. She uses Flynn’s suits as an example of being not offensive.
After the school week is done, Flynn continues to wear his suits on the weekends.
“He rocks it,” said Andrew Hiss ‘20. “I don’t think anyone else can pull it off but him.”