José Arraiz Rada
Major: Economics and Philosophy
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Growing up in five different countries, José is a picture of multicultural style. With a flair for laid back preppy looks and fun pieces, you can frequently spot him wearing his iconic hat that symbolizes a political message close to his heart. All of these things and more make José this week’s So Hot Right Now!
What are three words to describe your personal style?
Adaptive, distinctive, and funky.
What does style mean to your life?
Style, to me, is a form of self-expression that you have full control over. Even though people might have different interpretations of what your style is, ultimately, you are the one that wakes up every morning and decides what to put on. I think it’s one of the most personal forms of self-expression. Especially since the subject of your style is your body, and style is kind of the only way you can alter that form of how you present yourself. Like, how your body presents itself is what you wear over it.
What has influenced your style?
Growing up in Brazil, I was surrounded by a more surfer/skater look, and that influenced my style into having more comfortable fits. It also got me really into sneakers, and I really like sneakers [laughs]. After I moved to the U.S. and came to Baylor, I was surrounded by the more preppy, professional look, like tighter fitting clothes, polos, and jackets. I like to think that my style meshes those two influences together.
Can you explain the significance of your Venezuela hat?
So, Venezuela has been going through a socioeconomic crisis over the last 20 years, and it has intensified recently. The hat I wear specifically is used by people in the opposition who are against the tyrannical dictator we have right now. It’s a sign of solidarity, especially considering the thousands of Venezuelans that are here in the U.S. When I came to Baylor and wore that hat, it helped me find fellow Venezuelans. Also, a lot of people ask me questions about it, and it’s a great way to start a conversation about a huge part of my identity. I mean, I’m Venezuelan, my parents are Venezuelan, and I grew up in Venezuela.
What style advice do you have to offer?
Every once in a while put on something that at first glance wouldn’t seem to look good on you but catches your eye. Give yourself a chance. Try on something you wouldn’t normally wear. Look at yourself in the mirror, and if any part of it makes you feel good, then wear it. Ultimately, you should wear anything that makes you feel good.
Top 3 songs on your current playlist?
August Twelve- Khruangbin
Give Me the Night- George Benson
Written by: Jasmine Crabb
Edited by: Abby Sowder
Photos by: Claire Boston