Fashion blogger Derek Ong knows his stuff
Kevin Brost / Arizona Daily Star
Fashion blogger Derek Ong showcases his style at Espresso Art coffee shop on University Boulevard. The gold bracelet on his wrist is one of his own creations.
The life of a fashion blogger usually has to be pretty fabulous.
Derek Ong, a retail and consumer sciences junior, knows this fact very well. Each step Ong takes exudes fabulosity with a modern edge, which is then applied to each of his wonderful blog posts. He created the fashion blog to post his extravagant style online and has recently been featured on the collegiate fashion trend authority, College Fashionista.
“I was really looking for a way to have a creative outlet,” Ong said. “I wanted to share my thoughts on upcoming trends and share my style as well.”
Ong describes his blog as a place to share his projects, outfits and some of his travels.
He also showcases many of the DIY projects he picks up in his free time, as well as outfits and pieces he observes while traveling.
“I try to make pieces for my wardrobe at any case I can get,” Ong said. “It’s hard because they are time consuming, but I have to say that my favorites that I have made are my clear bow tie and clutch … they are such statement pieces and they go with just about everything.”
Ong’s personal style is just as unique — it’s very East Coast, with wild, popping color. Staples in Ong’s wardrobe consist of his daily glasses, boots (typically purchased from ASOS) and rolled shorts. Ong said he does not have a preference for any particular stores though — his basic fashion philosophy is to purchase a good deal of basics and utilize them in different ways, so as not to limit his style.
Though his daily attire stands out on its own, Ong is usually acknowledged for his unconventional hair style. It essentially takes the form of a dark ocean wave on top of his head. Ong often gets asked about his hair or atypical looks.
“People always want to touch it because they think it will be soft,” Ong said. “But there are so many products in it, like gel and hairspray, that it really isn’t that soft. They always look disappointed after.”
He said the process to achieve this look also requires washing his hair day and night. In true male fashionista style, he is looking to change his hair a bit soon, and add some vibrant color.
“My style and wardrobe are extremely important to me,” Ong said. “I feel like my clothes have a way of expressing who I am in ways that I cannot, which is why I also enjoy blogging about fashion.”
If you see him on campus, be sure to examine his style from his shoes to specs.