If “dress for success” fulfills its promise, at least one Middle Park High School senior has a bright future.
In the age of understated teen fashion in America’s public schools, 2012 valedictorian Marshall Simone has worn a suit — complete with button-down oxford, tie and dress shoes — nearly every day to school since 8th grade.
He stands out as a sort-of “Alex P. Keaton” — Michael J. Fox’s character in the ’80s sitcom “Family Ties” — among schoolmates dressed in T-shirts and jeans.
He may be the only 18-year-old in the county who uses a shoe-shining kit on a regular basis.
“I view school as a professional setting,” Simone said, dressed in a smart gray suit, white shirt and deep-red patterned tie on the last Wednesday of his high school career.
The teen owns about 14 full suits and sport coats he mostly finds at thrift stores, and if he had to guess, about 50 ties, most of which were handed down from his late grandfather’s closet.
Wearing suits allows him to “create an image I want to project,” Simone said. “I’m more in command of myself when I have control of the image people see of me.”
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the original article from Sky-Hi News, written by Tonya Bina