Seth Cohen: The Best Dressed 16-Year-Old

Anonymous asked: I’ve recently started back to school shopping (oh joy.) and I’ve been trying to update my look, as I will be starting college and continuing high school. It’s a weird transitional time and I have no idea how to make my attire more professional but still keep it age appropriate. Currently, I dress kind of like a 12 year old boy, wearing mostly band t-shirts and skinny jeans. So how do I dress for success but still look like a 16 year old?

I would slowly work more profesh items into the wardrobe you already have. For example, pairing your jeans and band t-shirts with a blazer. Stepping up your kicks with some oxfords. Or swapping a T-shirt for a button-up or polo. Also, if you have clothes that you feel are too young for you or too worn out, get rid of them! There’s a big difference between a nice t-shirt that fits well with sloppy clothes with holes.

This might be before your time, but I really love Seth Cohen’s style on the O.C. He’s dapper and “geek chic” but still looks like he’s dressed like a 16-year-old. So now I’m going to show you a bunch of pictures of him.

(Season 1x16) For the second party of his lifetime, Seth wears his favorite T-shirt over a button-up with the sleeves left un-buttoned.

(Season 2x16) Seth puts a Mr. Rogers style vest over a T-shirt and balances out the geek factor with a cooler-than-the-backpack shoulder bag.

(Season 2x14) An innocent mischievous smile can always be accompanied with a polo shirt.

(Season 2x16) Bringing a simple jeans and sweater combo to life with a pop of orange underneath.

(season 1 x 6) When it’s time to step up his game for a fancier event, Seth mixes formal and casual and does chinos + polo and blazer. Keeping his look much younger than Mr. Cheater Luke in a dad tie.

As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.