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What these cool Seattle teens wore the first week of school

Sep 9, 2017

“Punk isn’t dead,” said Mariam Elbortoukaly, a sophomore at The Nova Project, an alternative Seattle high school in the Central District.

Referring to her outfit on the second day of school – which included fishnet tights: "It's sort of like setting an attitude, showing everyone who you are and establishing that. It's an art, you know, the way you dress, the way you present yourself."

Across Seattle, high schoolers explained that when you attend a big city high school, the first day or week is about making an impression.

"I mean, that's everyone's first impression. Your outfit says a lot about you," said Linnea Ernevad, a sophomore at Garfield.

Darvin Duffield, a Nova freshman, wanted her outfit to signal that “I'm not trying to conform to one genre or one look.”

"I'm pretty multi-faceted when it comes to fashion,” Duffield said.

Aaliyah Konick, a senior at Nova, said, "I have to look good or I'm not going out," Konick said. Konick wore long purple nails and a gold cuff that looked like a dog collar.  

Aaliyah Konick, a senior at Nova, shows off her purple nails on the second day of school. 'I have to look good or I'm not going out,' Konick said.
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J.J. Simanton, a sophomore at Garfield high school, poses for a portrait on Thursday.
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Mariam Elbortoukaly, a sophomore at Nova, poses for a portrait on Thursday outside of Nova high school in Seattle. 'It's sort of like setting an attitude, showing everyone who you are and establishing that. It's an art, you know, the way you dress, the way you present yourself,' Elbortoukaly said.
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'Punk isn't dead,' says Nova senior Mariam Elbortoukaly.
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Ian Lee, a junior at Nova, poses for a portrait on Thursday, September 7, 2017, outside of Nova high school in Seattle. 'I'm always on top of my outfits,' Lee said.
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Samantha, a senior at Roosevelt, poses for a portrait on Friday at Roosevelt high school in Seattle. 'I want to make sure I make a good impression with the people I meet,' Samantha said.
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Nedeja Tillis, a junior at Garfield, poses for a portrait on Thursday at Garfield High School in Seattle. 'Honestly, it's a year-long thing,' Tillis said of her outfits. 'All year long I'm intentional.'
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Christiana Vegors, a freshman at Roosevelt, poses for a portrait on Friday at Roosevelt high school in Seattle. 'During the first week, I make sure I don't wear the same pair of jeans,' Vegors said. 'And I love music, so I might wear Slipknot one day and another band the next.'
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Mona Karie, a junior at Roosevelt, poses for a portrait on Friday at Roosevelt high school in Seattle. ‘I am new here so I am thinking about what others are going to think,’ Karie said. ‘Are they going to see me as a weird person with weird fashion?’
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Linnea Ernevad, a sophomore at Garfield, poses outside of Garfield High School in Seattle's Central District. 'I mean, that's everyone's first impression,' she says. 'Your outfit says a lot about you.'
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'I'm pretty multi-faceted when it comes to fashion,' says Darvin Duffield, a freshman at Nova.
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