A mashup of modern dad and chic-for-cheap can best characterize the eclectic and thrifty style of Rochester’s Sidney Frye.

The father of five looks to signature socks and frugal finds to round out his wardrobe.

Sidney currently serves as the program manager for Olmsted County’s Diversity & Equity Community Outreach (DECO) team and has lived in Rochester for nearly 30 years. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at North Central University, and as the founder/principal consultant of Mind Shifts Consulting LLC, Sidney provides DEI consulting for organizations. He also is an ordained minister.

Sidney Frye on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, in Rochester. Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin
Sidney Frye on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, in Rochester. Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin

How do you define your style?

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A combination of classy sophistication with youthful flair. I like to stay trend-ish, but make my look uniquely my own. I’m super frugal, so most of my closet collection is consignment and thrift store gems, alongside clearance rack specials.

How does your day job impact your daily outfit selection? How does that compare to weekend wear?

At work, expectations for attire typically fall within the “business casual” range. If I have to give a presentation or attend an important meeting, I tend to step my game up a bit and come “suited and booted.” On the weekends when I’m hanging out with my wife and kids, we like to be active, so I’m usually in athletic wear — sweats, graphic tee, and low-top Nikes.

How has your style evolved over the years?

I don’t know that it’s really changed drastically over time. I’ve been rocking my Sunday best bowties since I was 3 years old, now I just might wear them any day of the week.

What makes your style unique?

I think what makes my look different is that it’s so eclectic. I’m not a fan of rocking a pre-packaged outfit combo, I’d much rather find an old-school tie at the thrift store that you’re not going to find anywhere else, and pair it with a new-school shirt I picked up at the mall. I’m also not afraid of color!

Best compliment you've ever received?

The best compliments are when I’m sporting a full-on secondhand look and people ask me where I got that outfit from. I have to be like, bro you can’t buy this anywhere. Sometimes I don’t even want to tell them how much it cost or where I got it from. Let them think I broke the bank when I know better.

What could we use more of to amplify Rochester’s style scene?

I think we need more local entrepreneurs, particularly black-owned businesses, to help diversify. Shout out to Everyday 365 Clothing and LVLS House of Hoodies.

What do you consider a splurge-worthy item?

When it comes to splurging, I’m a textbook curmudgeon. But if you forced me, I’d probably have to say a new suit. A suit must have just the right fit, so sometimes that means buying one brand new.

Go-to pair of kicks?

Secondhand low-top Nikes for casual wear. I’m getting more into shoe restoration lately.

Best clothing purchase you’ve ever made?

I’m going to go with my elaborate pancake-themed dressed socks. A stack of flapjacks with a dollop of butter, and a cascading pool of syrup. My kids and I make “big breakfast” every weekend, so I had to find the right piece to dress the part.

Most sentimental item you own?

A men’s leather bracelet my wife got me for Father’s Day with personalized name engravings of all of my kids.

Parting advice?

An original is always more valuable than a replica. It’s one thing to be inspired by a trend, it’s another thing entirely to set your own. Let your fashion sense reflect the uniquely creative individual God created you to be!

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