All over HBCU Land, this past fall swag was slayed from left to right.
There was no need for a runway because students ripped the runway all over HBCU campuses.
Shaheed Whitfield had many fashionable moments and it’s no surprise that he was bestowed the honor of being selected as Best Dressed by his fellow peers at Tennessee State University. Whitfield is a Junior Business Administration major hailing from the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, Missouri.
Wednesday is the day that organizations and students dress in their best for Courtyard Wednesday. Whitfield disregards Wednesday as being the only special day for dressing up because he uses any day of the week to dress for success. His friend at TSU, Adrianne Carter, applauds Whitfield because he does is a style more than one way.
“I love his style because it’s so easy for men to get caught up in one signature style and stick to it but Sha literally can go from sneakers to a loafer and it never feels forced,” Carter said.
If you’re looking for a fashion show, the campus of Tennessee State University provides that and Whitfield is one that will catch your eye with his reversible style.
It’s not unusual for students to dress up for various events on campus and Whitfield is a key player in helping put on some of those events because he is a member of Student Government Association with the Student Union Broad of Governors.
Keeping it professional is second to nature with Whitfield being a newly inducted and active member of the Chi Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Inc.
His best friend, Nia Varner Taylor, is excited about Whitfield’s exciting projects. Ready to expose the greatness up his sleeve, she stated:
“Shaheed’s growth with fashion will only continue to expand and his next project will be his blog laughing in Spring of 2017 called BlackBoyFly.”
Whitfield describes his style as cultural vanguard. It’s not unusual to catch Whitfield saying, “Black Boy’s Be Fly” very confidently because that’s a quote he lives by.
“Coming from stylish city like St. Louis, fashion is a big deal & it was difficult to adjust from the “STL Urban Fly Guy” to the “Classic, Suit & Tie Look” but Shaheed took control of both & dominated,” Taylor said.
With the ultimate goal of becoming a stylist for GQ it’s obvious why he is always on top of his game.
“Most of the time on campus you can see me in some distress jeans and sneakers or even seen in a tailored suit,” Whitfield said. If plan A with GQ is not what is meant to be in life, he would like to work in marketing for a major retail company.
He has taken hold of the opportunities of internships and became the very first intern for Appealed Design, a clothing company based out of Nashville, Tennessee. The company provided an opportunity for Whitfield to design a shirt, and part of the proceeds went towards a scholarship for him.
The shirts sold out so be on the lookout because there is no telling what is next for this man of fashion.
He has even worked on committees to create new Tennessee State University paraphernalia so the bookstore might soon have some touches of Whitfield’s swag magic.
When it comes to Do’s and Don’ts this is what Shaheed Whitfield lives by:
- Be yourself when dressing
- Always try new trends
- Be tailor and taper
- Know what work’s for you.
- Don’t try too hard to be in fashionable
- Don’t wear BAGGY clothes if it’s not like a vintage piece or not your style
- Don’t Overdo it
- Don’t be a person that’s all about labels
You can keep up with Whitfield on Instagram @_notablenazeer Twitter @ TheBest_OnEarth and Snapchat @ Shaheed05