Get celeb looks for less, including Audrina Patridge's statement necklace, Lili Reinhart's pops of pink, and Katharine McPhee's floral and denim combo.
Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Audrina Patridge, Lili Reinhart, and Katharine McPhee. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.
Celebrity Look 1: Audrina Patridge's White Bodysuit and Denim Shorts
Audrina Patridge was spotted in Miami for Miami Swim Week wearing a super cute summer outfit that put a unique spin on a basic combo.
Audrina wore a white, ribbed, short sleeved bodysuit with a pair of distressed, high-rise denim shorts – an easy look to copy yourself. Audrina then opted for eye-catching, boho-inspired accessories to amp up her ensemble, including a chunky silver layered chain necklace and a brown leather belt with a silver buckle, along with some chunky heeled sandals.
Outfit Inspired by Audrina
Audrina's outfit is great for going out with friends during the summer months.
Start with a pair of high rise, distressed denim shorts, which are a staple for the season, and wear them with a ribbed, white button-front bodysuit or top. This top looks similar to Audrina's bodysuit when worn tucked into the shorts, and as a bonus, you don't have to deal with the dreaded on and off struggle that comes with wearing bodysuits.
Pull the ensemble together by wearing brown leather and silver metal accessories. This silver layered collar necklace with chunky chains makes for the perfect dupe of Audrina's necklace; match it with a brown faux leather belt with a silver buckle. Audrina wore brown, chunky, wooden heel sandals for a dressier touch, though flat sandals would work too, depending on your preference.
Celebrity Look 2: Lili Reinhart's Ripped Skinnies and Pink Jacket
Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart was hard to miss in a casual airport look featuring bold pops of pink. Lili wore a light pink jacket over a fuchsia colored top for an eye-catching statement, along with some cropped, raw-edge jeans and white low-top sneakers.
Her outfit is super casual, but the fun, bright hues of her top and jacket give her ensemble a unique look.
Outfit Inspired by Lili
Make a laid-back outfit pop by wearing super bold colors with some simple denim like Lili. This bright pink denim jacket is eye-catching and a fun, unique piece to rock during the summer.
For Lili's look, wear it over a deeper pink or fuchsia colored top and a pair of cropped, medium-wash jeans. To complete this casual look, wear a pair of white, low-top sneakers, the ultimate staple shoe – these have a subtle metallic trim on the heels which give them some extra flair.
Celebrity Outfit 3: Katharine McPhee's Floral Dress & Denim Jacket
Katharine McPhee went out to lunch in a cute floral and denim combo this past week. Katharine wore a feminine floral mini dress, giving it a bit of edge by wearing a denim jacket with grommet detailing over top. To keep her look dressy, she wore black ankle strap heeled sandals and carried a black crossbody bag.
Fun, printed mini dresses are a summer staple and can go from day to nighttime wear in a snap. I definitely recommend investing in one or two this season!
Outfit Inspired by Katharine
Katharine's look can be worn day or night thanks to its partially casual, partially dressy combination.
A floral print mini dress is an essential for summertime wear; dresses like this are so easy to throw on, yet look put-together and feminine. Give the dress some edge like Katharine did by wearing a jean jacket over top with some metal detailing, like studs or grommets.
Since the dress's print and the jacket's metalwork already make this look pop, stick with simple, black accessories. A black crossbody bag is a wardrobe must-have for being so versatile, and a pair of ankle strap sandals with a short, block heel are the perfect sandal to wear from day to night.
What do you think?
Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? What other celebs would you like to see featured? Leave a comment and let us know!
Model Rocky Barnes has amazing bohemian style; here's how you can get it.
Model and blogger Rocky Barnes has one of my favorite Instagram accounts out there. Why is it my fave? Well, maybe it's because she's absolutely gorgeous (Exhibit A):
Maybe it's because she gives me crazy wanderlust. (Girl is always traveling!) Or maybe it's the way she perfectly and effortlessly rocks the easygoing, bohemian style that I've been trying to pull off for months, to no avail. Whatever it is, I knew I just had to feature her in this series.
On her blog, Rocky is billed as a "beach girl at heart." Her bio continues, "To her, there’s nothing better than a little sand in the toes and salt in the hair."
Like you might would imagine from the description above, Rocky is Southern California born and bred and she gets to travel the world for her modeling career, going to the exotic destinations on all of our bucket lists.
Needless to say, I've been following Rocky as long as I've had an Instagram. Let's get into how we can get that Rocky Barnes style vibe!
Rocky Barnes style: Outfit #1
This is an outfit Rocky wore on a 4th of July trip to the Hamptons with Revolve. As you might imagine, that means pretty much all the pieces she's wearing are from Revolve and will run you at least $50 each.
Recreating her look was a lot simpler than you might think. It starts with statement culottes, thanks to a pair of similar polka-dotted pants from Wearall. This is the perfect outfit for brunch with the girls or taking a stroll and window-shopping through your city.
Rocky Barnes style: Outfit #2
Kimonos can be tricky to style. A kimono, especially a printed one like Rocky wears above, makes a big statement, so it's important to allow it to be the focal point of the look.
To keep the rest of her look appropriately simple, Rocky pairs her kimono with a black bodysuit, fitted boyfriend jeans, and clear heels.
Finding a kimono I liked as much as Rocky's was hard - after all, nice kimonos can run you upwards of $100. This one from Urban Outfitters, however, is significantly less expensive than hers but gives off a similar vibe.
Rocky Barnes style: Outfit #3
One-shoulder tops and ruffles have been so trendy this year. However, I've been hesitant to give them a try myself, especially together.
If you, like me, are a little skeptical about this look, take note from Rocky's outfit: fitted boyfriend jeans are a perfect pairing for a one-shoulder ruffle top.
This is a great outfit to wear while doing some sightseeing while on vacation. Or, you know, brunching with friends in your town this summer.
Rocky Barnes style: Outfit #4
Ah the denim jacket: a classic. Paired with a simple outfit and slung over the shoulders blogger-style, an oversized denim jacket is a wardrobe statement.
I love how Rocky edged her ensemble up with these studded heels. I was able to find a very similar pair from NastyGal, which is constantly running sales right now. This means you can get her look for a fraction of the price.
Which of these outfits was your favorite? And who would you like to see featured next on Instagram Style Steal?
Shine bright like a diamond.
Be sure to pick up a pair of holographic slide sandals while there's still some summer left. Footwear trends have gone from subtle to funky and unique... and these shoes are a fantastic way to make a serious statement.
Whether you're headed to the pool or running errands, these holographic slides are right on-trend. Plus, they're the most instagrammable shoe in your closet, guaranteed.
Serious yes or a no-go?
Would you wear these pool slides or are they too intense for your taste? Comment below!
"If you only knew the POWER [squeak] of the Dark Side. JOIN ME [squeak] and we can [squeeeeak] RULE the... [squeaksqueaksqueakSPLASH!]
"I find your lack of balance...disturbing.
Thanks to Angel K. for the splishin' and the splashin'.
For when you have to do things on your day off.
From career tips to outfits that keep you chic but get you out the door fast, The Busy Girl's Guide is a column for the go-getter who wants to have fun while moving forward with life.
I'm sure you busy girls can relate to the struggle: it's a non-busy day for the first time in forever but instead of curling up with Netflix, you find yourself faced with some work that you forgot about or just put off, be it for your side hustle or classes. You know you should do it, but that doesn't make it easier.
However, just because you have to work on your day off doesn't mean you don't get to relax! This week, we'll be looking into ways to make your day working from home both productive and relaxing!
Dress the Part
Maybe it's just me, but when I have to work on my designated lazy day, I like to dress up just a little bit. The collared shirt is just polished enough to put you in a professional mood while still being low-key enough to hang around the house. The cardigan is perfect for staying comfortable when the AC is set on high, and it helps amp up the coziness factor.
My favorite thing about this outfit? The pants are pajama bottoms. (Yes, really!) The fit makes them perfect for looking like an off-duty model if you need to run errands in some slipper-like flats. Staying indoors? Brew up some tea or coffee and keep your notebook and to-do list close because you're about to get a lot done!
Unwind While You Work
I know, I know: you were super excited to rewatch all of Game of Thrones on your day off. You can still do that-- but first, let's get to work.
Whenever I know that I'm going to be stuck inside on my laptop or studying for a long time, I look for little ways to be both productive and indulgent.
For instance, I love face masks. On my busy lazy days, I'll put on a 15-20 minute mask and sit down to work. When the timer goes off, I'll take a break to take off the mask and to do something I enjoy, be it playing on an app or watching an episode of Friends. It's not a lot, but it's enough to keep me refreshed. (It also gives me little tastes of freedom, and that makes me want to finish my work even faster!)
Everyone has their own small things that make them happy, and I can guarantee that you can fit some of it into your busy lazy day schedule.
What about Food?
No lazy day is complete without comfort food, but before you reach for the phone to call for pizza, consider something a bit different: pre-made meals, and not the kind from the freezer aisle at the store.
I love the idea of meal prepping for those days that you know you won't want to leave the house because, for one thing, it's delicious and healthier than eating out. For another, it's rewarding because, hey, you did all that work and you cooked yourself dinner? Big adulting win! (Yes, it totally counts as making yourself dinner if you made it a few days ahead.)
If you know that you'll be having a busy lazy day soon, take the time to whip up some of these make-ahead recipes, and enjoy the minimal effort that you'll be putting in for the rest of the week. (It's worth it, I promise!)
What do you think?
Do you have some busy days ahead of you? How do you stay on top of your schedule like a boss? What are you busy girls up to--and what do you want for tips? Let me know in the comments!
Top fashion publications and influencers think you should know these 22 sartorial buzzwords.
Whether you're a budding fashion journalist, a retail manager, or just a plain ol' style enthusiast, you'll find out soon enough that building up a strong fashion vocabulary is essential towards future (and present) success in the biz.
Luckily for you, the most important industry terms — brought to you straight from the professionals at Vogue et al. — are easy to grasp and here for the learning.
For an introductory look at style-related terminology, keep reading!
Basic - Who What Wear
From "Fashion Terms Decoded" by Nicole Kliest.
"Ready-to-wear: Clothing that is factory-produced in standard sizes."
"Haute Couture: The business of designing and selling custom-made clothes for private customers."
*I like to think of Haute Couture as Coco Chanel tailoring her designs for a fabulously wealthy clientele and Ready-to-wear (or RTW) as a wacky Forever 21 tee emblazoned with the words "Coco Chanel is my spirit animal." Kind of the same thing—but not really at all.
"Capsule Collection: An edited collection of interchangeable clothing pieces."
"Lookbook: A compilation of images, showcasing a designer's upcoming collection."
"Knife Pleat: Tight pleats that are usually situated 1-inch apart." (Skirt from Nordstrom.)
"Seersucker: Lightweight striped or checkered fabric used to make spring and summer clothing." (Blazer from Macy's.)
Intermediate - Man Repeller
From "17 Fashion Terms to Know" by Amelia Diamond.
"Yoke: A panel of fabric that goes across the shoulders."
"Bias cut: The fabric has been cut to fall diagonally as opposed to straight up-and-down, like a sheath."
"A-line: They're shaped like the letter A with the top cut off." (Dress from Revolve.)
"Paillette: Technically, it's like a sequin. On Man Repeller, we tend to use it to mean big sequins." (Wrap from Macy's.)
Advanced - Independent Fashion Bloggers
From "The Glossy Glossary: Fashion Journalism A to Z," a cheat sheet of vocab that every fashion journalist should know.
"Bespoke: a made-to-order garment, usually a suit, could also apply to shoes or a wedding dress; tailored specifically to the customer’s measurements and specifications."
"Curate: to thoughtfully gather a collection of something (images, links, content, shopping items) and present them in a streamlined format that is easily understandable."
"Diffusion Line: a modestly-priced line of merchandise created by a high-end designer that retails at more moderate prices."
*Diffusion lines today: Armani's Armani Exchange and Emporio Armani, Donna Karan's DKNY, Marc Jacob's Marc, Prada's Miu Miu, Vera Wang's Simply Vera, and Versace's Versus. For more examples, see this very credible Wikipedia entry!
"Editrix: A powerful female editor, most especially used to refer to Anna Wintour or Carine Roitfeld."
"Glamazon: Originally used to describe supermodels in the 1980s – a combination of glamorous and Amazon."
Expert - Vogue
From The Vogue Glossary, an A-Z listing of fashion terminology.
"Appliqué: A decorative design made of one piece of fabric sewn on top of another."
"Dirndl Skirt: A full, wide skirt with a tight, fitted waistline."
"Epaulettes: A decorative shoulder adornment."
"Gaiter: A piece of fabric worn over the shoe, extending to the ankle or the knee."
"Herringbone: A V-shaped weave resembling the skeleton of a herring fish." (Blazer from Talbot's.)
"Jouy Print: A white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern, depicting a detailed scene, appears." (Fabric from Brick House Fabrics.)
"Neats: Small socks with evenly-spaced designs."
How much of these fashion terms do you know?
And which ones do you think fellow readers should know about that may have been left off on this list? Comment below and tell us more!
Gaze at inspiring art and hilarious people.
Humor and art are two of world's greatest treasures, so why not spend some time enjoying both?
As a college student, you have access to art department exhibits and comedy related student nights. If you're off-campus for the summer, you have student discounts! Both activities are terrific for meeting and getting to know other likeminded low-key and fun people.
As usual, O&O contains:
- ~$30 for the outings per person
- ~$70 for the clothes per outfit set
- Diverse sizing
- Outfits for both dress/pant-lovers.
Art museums usually have a set year-round student discount ($10/ticket) but will also offer free general admission days. Check out your local art museum's website and their social media for the best deals.
Improv show tickets can range anywhere from free (the best kind) to around $15/ticket depending on the performers. A good improv troupe is gold so ask around town and social media for the best of the best. Finding an A+ troupe equals an automatically great idea for when you have to play tour guide for family or when you need a refreshing date plan.
Art Museum Outfit
Cost: $75 as of July 19
Remix your business casual and just plain casual clothes together with this look. First, mimic the color palette found in oil paintings with printed pants like these cool ones.
Next, a white t-shirt is a summer classic and the cutouts are a huge trend. And it's always freezing in museums so chuck on a blazer for maximized "I'm at a museum and feeling fancy" vibes.
Finally, be prepared for a long, leisurely stroll around the museum grounds with basic black pointy-toe flats.
Improv Show Outfit
Cost: $44 as of July 19
Improv shows normally take place in either art centers or comedy clubs. Most tend to be seated venues where you can rock a pair of impractical but fun cage booties. Crowds at improv shows are all over the place in terms of dress code. Some are dressed up to the nines; others not so much.
Go for a classic yet laid-back style with a simple black dress and a floral kimono jacket. The dress helps you blend in with both the dressed up and casual crowds, while the polished casual kimono jacket helps you stand out.
What is your favorite art museum (or exhibit)? Which comedy troupe do you think is gold? Have you ever been to an on-campus comedy night?
Classic outfits that'll take you through college and beyond.
Recently, I wrote an article detailing the best fashion advice that my mom Joanne has given me. However, as no advice would be complete without some concrete examples to back it up, I decided to create some outfits based on my mom's tips.
Although these looks are partially based on my mom's classic style, because of their timeless, simple aesthetic, they are wearable for anyone, regardless of age or position in life.
Furthermore, all of the pieces shown here are meant to be mixed and matched with each other to create the ultimate sophisticated capsule wardrobe!
Finally, note that most of the pieces shown are in neutral colors; this is because, as my mom says, it is best to start off by building your wardrobe in neutral hues, and then use shoes, bags, and jewelry to add some color to your ensembles.
So, keep scrolling to find out how you can incorporate some of my mom's style principles into your wardrobe!
This outfit, with its classic style and minimalist aesthetic, is an easy go-to look. It is also highly versatile: It would work equally well for class, a business casual job interview, or even meeting up with friends for brunch on the weekend.
Start by pairing a black loose-fitting blouse with white skinny jeans to keep your proportions balanced. Next, throw on a black blazer to add a preppy touch; as per my mom's advice, it's always a good idea to spend more money on classic, multi-use pieces, which is why I chose this investment-worthy one.
Put on a pair of practical yet stylish loafers, and add a pop of color with a red quilted box bag.
Finally, put on some delicate jewelry, such as a dainty gold knot ring, a simple solitaire necklace, and some green onyx stud earrings--which, again, add another small pop of color--and you're all set to go!
T-shirt dresses are the perfect way to dress casually without looking sloppy, and this chic gray one does the trick perfectly by striking the perfect balance between trendy and relaxed -- something that my mom does a lot with her own style.
This outfit also features pieces from both higher and lower-priced retailers, showing that mastering the high-low mix isn't just something that street style stars can do!
Pair it with a laid-back denim jacket and cute pointed-toe flats to up the style factor even further, and grab an elegant bucket bag.
Add a pair of aviator sunglasses for an extra dose of cool, and finish off with a lovely pair of crystal cluster studs and an antique-inspired bow bracelet.
For a simple everyday look, my mom loves pairing a plain white t-shirt with a black full skirt. I love the fact that this one, from Everlane, has pockets, and that it is easy to shorten should you tire of the midi-length and want something a little more casual in the future.
To add a pop of color, slip on a pair of red ballet flats and accessorize with a subtle cuff bracelet with a red stone. Next, put on a double-layered chain necklace for some vintage vibes, as well as a unique snake ring.
Finally, add a black tote and a pair of round sunglasses -- my mom swears by this exact pair -- and you've got yourself a classic and versatile look that can be worn in college and beyond.
Products: Jacket - Nordstrom, Ankle Boots - Nordstrom, Jeans - Nordstrom, Sweater - J.Crew Factory, Scarf - Bloomingdale's, Nail Polish - Macy's, Earrings - Shopbop, Ring - Trouva, Cuff - Nordstrom Rack, Bag - Mango
This look was put together primarily with cooler fall temperatures in mind; however, many of the items, such as the accessories, jeans, and nail polish, can be worn year-round.
To get this look, start by pairing a neutral-colored v-neck sweater with some sleek cropped kick-flare jeans -- one of my mom's favorite trends for women of all ages.
Next, zip up a pair of goes-with-everything black ankle boots, and put on a (faux) leather motorcycle jacket.
For some pops of color, don a pale blue scarf, a multi-colored dainty cuff bracelet, and a pretty stacking ring with a colored stone. For a bolder look, paint your nails with Essie's "A-List," a classic red nail polish shade.
Add some polish to the ensemble by donning a pair of sparkly faux diamond studs and picking up a sophisticated chain-strap bag.
What do you think?
What are your favorite classic wardrobe staples, and how do you style them? Do you have a specific look/style that is quintessentially "you"? What are your favorite ways to add pops of color to your look?
Let me know in the comments!
This weekend many of My People, aka geeks, have converged on San Diego Comic-Con - and I'm not there. [sob]
The rest of us can still look at awesome comic book cakes and dream, right?
(By Bella Cakes)
Look at this gorgeous Wonder Woman cake! LOOK AT IT.
Ok, you can stop now.
Because na na na na na na... BATMAN!
LOVE this design; so much impact for a (relatively) simple silhouette.
But maybe you prefer the Dark Knight a little less... dark?
(By Lindsay Colasurdo)
Pretty piles of punchy pink, Batman!
You know, this color combo is really starting to grow on me.
Here's a fun Hulk cake with some priceless reactions:
I admire your restraint, Elijah; I'd be gnawing on Hulk's elbow by now.
Anyone else love Supergirl?
'Cuz you could totally use this cake for Supergirls OR Supermans (er... men):
Oh! And did you know Groot has his own comic book now? It looks fantastic, just like this cake:
(By Aroma de Azucar)
And I love that Rocket!
If you're after more classic comic books, though, check this out:
(By 21 Cake Lane)
Awwwwesome. The colors, the ascending dot pattern, the perfect overlapping covers - it's ALL good.
And another classic: Wonder Woman!
(See what I did there?)
Not exactly a superhero, but you have to see this fun comic book/pop art cake, made entirely with buttercream!
C'mon. How fun is this??
Yet another reason why geek weddings rock:
Joker & Harley wedding cake.
And finally, a dreamy color combo for some of our fav superheroes:
...plus maybe a favorite villain? 'Cuz I like to think that's one of Harley Quinn's bombs on top. :)
Happy Sunday, guys! Hope those of you at SDCC are having fun!
Does the commercialization of feminism affect its efficacy as a political movement?
For a few years now I’ve been in the market for a plain gray sweatshirt with big block letters announcing that I am a “feminist.” I have yet to buy one, however. You see, I’m picky.
If I’m going to be emblazoning my chest with my political views, then I want the company that I’m supporting to be equally as concerned with furthering the rights of women, children, and gender-nonconforming folks. While conscious consumerism may be largely ineffective, I still want to endorse companies that are putting my money where their mouth is.
Which is why every time I see a new beauty or clothing campaign crying "feminist", I'm forced to give pause.
In Andi Zeisler's book We Were Feminists Once, she discusses the commodification of feminism in today's media landscape and coins the term "marketplace feminism" in which what was once a thriving political movement fighting for institutional change has been "decontextualized" and "depoliticized," reducing any potential discussion of the complexity of gender issues to a marketing ploy to sell t-shirts.
"The Personal is Political", Except When it's Profitable
Now I'll be the first one to scream "girl power;" as the proud student of a women's college, I am unabashedly supportive of all efforts to empower women. I have seen first hand at my school the incredible things women can accomplish when they are made to believe they can.
But at the end of the day, what can a cheeky slogan tee actually accomplish?
Over the years, and even more so in recent months, feminism has become trendy and companies are taking notice. But trends fade, and unlike flare leg jeans, or platform sneakers, gender inequality will still exist come next season, regardless of whether or not Chanel stages another faux-test.
One could argue that these shirts are no different than buying apparel to support your favorite politician, but in that case, you are doing something; you're directly contributing to a campaign. Through your financial contribution, you are supporting those who are working towards the issue(s) you deem most worthy of your time and money.
But where does the money go when you buy a sweatshirt or graphic tee from H&M that urges girls to unite? Straight into the pockets of a company that has come under fire (literally) for unsafe work conditions and unfair wages in their Bangladeshi factories.
In truth, it's not easy to find a company that does put its profits to good use. Many companies have come under fire for not giving enough of their profits to the causes they champion.
The most notable example is apparel company FckH8, most famous for creating viral videos on social justice issues while advertising their own profits. Since 2010, they have donated over $280,000 to "the equality cause" in addition to over $6,000 raised from their products for racial inequality for organizations like the NAACP and the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. (To put that into perspective, Samantha Bee has raised over $1 million for Planned Parenthood through her "nasty woman" tees in just nine months.) That's not to say they're doing nothing, but are they a company I'd 100% want to support? No.
That’s not to say that there aren't worthy companies and businesses that you can (and should) support. Etsy is an incredible tool because it allows you to support small businesses directly. Another great seller is Feminist Apparel, a website which, aside from boasting designs that “follow a set of guidelines to ensure originality, inclusivity, and positivity,” employs countless independent artists who receive their fair share of profits with the remainder going towards outreach, activism, and education projects.
All Press is Good Press
There are those who, when confronted with marketplace feminism, would shrug and say, “Hey, at least people are talking about gender issues! At least feminism is a part of the public's consciousness.” But I think we deserve more than a week as a trending hashtag when we are talking about a movement that not only includes decades of past activism, but still has so much ground to cover.
The real question is: what do we lose when we attempt to sell a political movement?
Feminism can (and should) be a radical, life- and law-changing effort to eliminate the pressures of gender expectations and allow individuals to live freely and equally.
It goes without saying that today's media landscape is a barrage of conflicting messages about gender roles and what women should and should not say/do/wear/whatever. It would be hypocritical of me to then urge you all to abandon all retailers who sport what I personally see as faux-feminism; instead, I only ask that you keep a questioning mind when it comes to retailers who may attempt to pander towards Millennials in this era of "protest is the new brunch."
For me, commercialized feminism makes me feel uncomfortable and taken advantage of. It feels exploitative of a political movement that is intended to enact radical and lasting change. I want to wear my politics on my sleeve, but I'm hesitant to support a company that has no real motive to help make these changes a reality.
Fashion is our most obvious form of self-expression. Why shouldn’t it be used to further my voice?
So it's been difficult to find that perfect "feminist" sweatshirt to buy, for all the reasons above. There is something else that holds me back, though, and it is far more personal.
By wearing a political slogan tee, I am inviting the world to pass judgments on me. I am asserting who I am and what I believe, despite the fact that nearly every person I encounter will not have a chance to let me explain my views. I want to be brave enough to bear my beliefs and show that I am a person who believes in radical, intersectional feminism, but I am not there yet. I can only hope that by the time I am, the fashion industry has caught up to me, and creates pieces that celebrate, not exploit, the virtues and successes of feminism.
What do you think?
How do you feel about the constantly evolving face of feminism in today's modern media? Do you share my trepidations about buying fast-fashion feminist pieces? Or, better yet, do you know of any retailers we should all be supporting? Let me know in the comments everything and anything you're thinking!
Want to read something inspiring? Satirical? Mysterious? We've got you covered.
With about a month to go before classes start up again, time is running out to catch up on all of the books you’ve been wanting to read this summer!
However, you’re anything like me, you find yourself with too many books you want to read during the school year when you have no time, and with not enough books you want to read when you actually have time.
Therefore, following up on our last summer book list, today I have four more book recommendations, tailored to different personalities. Read on to check them out!
If #Effyourbeautystandards is Your Fave Hashtag: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk:
Invisible Monsters is the story of Shannon McFarland, a gorgeous model with the perfect boyfriend, a jealous best friend, and…a face that’s been mutilated beyond repair.
The story jumps back and forth between scenes to follow her journey from her normal, old life to her new one with Brandy Alexander, a drug popping model addicted to plastic surgery, as they come to terms with who they are, who they want to be, and how much their looks figure into that equation.
Palahniuk, author of award winning novel Fight Club, is known for his works that challenge societal expectations, and this satirical look at the beauty industry is no exception.
This is definitely a darker novel than what we'd usually recommend here, but the story is addicting and inspiring enough to be worth the read. Invisible Monsters makes readers question what we let define us, and if those things are really as important as we think they are.
If You Loved "Wicked": The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
The School for Good and Evil is set in a universe where two children per village are kidnapped every year to be trained either to be a hero or a villain. So, naturally, everyone knows where Sophie (the pretty blonde with a fondness for dresses and moisturizer) and Agatha (the black haired, sickly girl who lives in a graveyard) will end up.
However, no one is more surprised than our main characters when Sophie is dropped off at the School of Evil and when Agatha wakes up in the School of Good.
This fairy tale satire exposes society’s connection between physical good looks and our perceptions of the goodness within. I highly recommend it!
If You Have Big Dreams: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
If you loved the recent movie adaptation as much as I did (which is a lot), you won’t be able to put down the book it was based on.
The book is full of details and people that the movie didn’t have time to cover, from the amount of forgotten black women who worked at NASA (more than 50 before from 1943 to 1980) to how NASA’s missions were perceived by the black community.
This book still follows Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson, but it also includes all the facts you’ll need to feel satisfied learning about these amazing women — and how their abilities made them necessary to NASA’s success.
If You're Always Watching Dateline: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Again, this is a dark one, but it's so addictive that I had to include it. I’m not usually one for true crime books, but I was powerless to stop reading In Cold Blood - Capote’s writing style draws the readers into the story and doesn’t let go.
Every moment is captured perfectly, from the horror of finding an entire family murdered in an otherwise peaceful, quiet town to the fear that comes with the townspeople believing it must have been one of their own.
Interlaced with the story of the town and victims are segments from the killers’ point of view—details Capote himself gathered from numerous interviews he conducted with them before their execution.
Again, this is a darker read, but if you’re looking for a book that will suck you in, this is one for you.
What Do You Think of These Books? Are You Reading Anything Else This Summer?
Tell us in the comments!
This popular French model is bringing back all the Birkin vibes.
If the name Jeanne Damas doesn't ring a bell, I have two tasks for you. First, please familiarize yourself with her Instagram. Second, know this; she is a French model and influencer who has her own clothing line called Rouje.
Jeanne has recently reignited (or did it ever require reigniting?) the western world's fascination with the windswept and effortless "French girl."
To be more specific, Jeanne Damas embodies the ideal of the "Parisian look"; she's the girl who wears Chanel No. 5, rocks flats instead of high stiletto heels, and loosely drapes perfectly tailored jackets over her shoulders. She might be smoking a cigarette - which I am not advertising - but despite that, you are charmed by her, and the natural makeup and hair she has.
Interested yet? Eager to cut out pictures of Jeanne and craft a makeshift shrine of her? (No, just me?) Don't fret! I've analyzed some looks of hers so you don't have to do the dirty work.
Below, I'll share an in-depth guide to getting Jeanne Damas' style for yourself, with analysis of her wardrobe, accessories, and beauty regimen.
Jeanne Damas' Clothes:
First things first, let's talk about Jeanne's clothes.
Above, Jeanne is sporting a vintage-inspired look, with a printed midi skirt, espadrille sandal/flats, a red sweater, and classic black sunglasses. The photo above that shows her in her full Parisian getup ready to grace the sidewalks in Paris.
The main takeaways here are the color palettes. Jeanne sticks to classic color combinations, like her reds and blues, and her browns and blacks. There are no fluorescent colors here, or crazy prints. If one item in the outfit has texture, that piece alone stands out. She is cool that way.
Jeanne's pieces always go together, and they appear to be quality pieces, not trendy, fast fashion items. That, combined with the vintage inspired flare of the items she wears (the '40s-style midi skirt and sweater, the '70s high-waisted jeans she wears all the time) makes her timeless.
Reminded of any other French girl yet?
Bottom line: Jeanne loves vintage inspired, quality pieces that stand the test of time. Think white button-downs with vintage sensibilities, high-waisted jeans, classic color combinations. Primary colors are your friend. And keep it minimal, but not boring by any means.
Your outfit staples should look something like this:
Jeanne Damas Accessories:
Let's talk accessories.
Above, we have Jeanne casually squinting at us, making us question how she can possibly be so unaware of how exact her matching skills are. How she got her vintage wicker basket bag (you're welcome) to match the shade of the print on her shirt, I will never know.
Jeanne takes great care to coordinate accessories with her clothes. Everything. Makes. Sense.
Here, we have legitimate proof that Jeanne and Jane have communicated in the fashion universe, via the Birkin basket.
But on a more serious note, here we see that Jeanne repeats accessories. She wears what she likes, and sticks to what she knows. Remember that.
In this close-up shot, we have Jeanne's accessories du jour. As someone who has an embarrassing amount of knowledge of her quotidian style now, I can vouch for her here - she really does keep it to a pair of gold hoops, a couple of small rings, and occasionally two necklaces instead of earrings.
Her bags are small, usually vintage, and almost always match her top, shoes, or lipstick.
As for shoes, almost all of her shoes have a 60's mod quality to them. It's like if Jackie O. woke up in Paris (flats), hit up the French Riviera for lunch (espadrilles), and then took a evening trip to dance the night away in Monte Carlo (polished and classic pumps with ankle straps, think Miu Miu).
A capsule collection of Jeanne's accessories and shoes would look like this:
Jeanne Damas Beauty Routine:
Let's end this with makeup and hair.
First, I can tell Jeanne likes to have a tan. Now, because she lives in Paris, it is likely that she gets spray tans at some point during the year. But her signature look is that enigmatic red lip.
The closest she has ever come to revealing the red lipstick shade she wears so well was once in a YouTube video that I saw years ago. She discreetly flashes a MAC tube that I want to go out on a limb and say is Ruby Woo.
In this same interview, she divulges that she mixes colors, and uses MAC sheen supreme in 'Venomous Violet' as a base for the red color. And she always, always, always applies lip colors with her fingers to keep it natural and subtle. Personally, I think a lip stain would provide the same end result.
She delicately lines her eyes and wears NO mascara, although she curls her lashes.
She has said before that she will occasionally use highlighter, but in many photos and instagram stories, she appears bare faced.
So I'm telling you now, don't feel the need to wear a full face of makeup if you want to claim Jeanne's French girl look. It is about being quick, and not having time to care too much about your appearance. You are too busy to care what others think of you when you are juggling classes and being fabulous 110% of the time.
And now it's time for a much needed visual aid, am I right?
As for hair, besides when she goes to special events, Jeanne never does her hair, or uses heat on her hair. Occasionally, Jeanne will sport a French twist. Her hair is mostly either clipped up, in a low ponytail, or in its natural bed head state.
How to Get Jeanne Damas' Style:
Let's recap what we've learned today! Here are the key takeaways for getting Jeanne Damas' style for yourself:
- Embrace a classic color palette, and vintage0inspired pieces that can be used over and over again.
- Think timeless style, not trendy - and look to the '60s/'70s for inspiration, rather than the '80s or '90s.
- Avoid too much of one thing, be it textured fabrics, or too many prints. All pieces should all be subtle and blend well together, while not being as boring as wallpaper.
- Accessories should coordinate.
- Shoes are mostly vintage style, mostly '60s, and pumps/espadrilles/flats
- Two words: Red lips.
- Let your personality shine with dainty jewelry that is unique to you. And choose well-made pieces you can wear all the time, not trendy pieces that are here only for the season.
- Wake up, brush your hair out, and if you're feeling that look, keep it down. If not, tie it up. *slaps hand* No hot tools!
That's a wrap! Now go off, ladies, and make me (and Jeanne) proud!
Thank you guys so much for reading my first article here on College Fashion! I'm grateful and very excited to be here with you for the coming semester. And be sure to let me know if you try these looks!
NYC visual arts student Kaylee rocks trends like overall shorts, pins, and Doc Martens.
Kaylee's style is bold and adorable. Her overalls are comfortable, yet functional, and her bright red hair tops off her funky look. In addition, she wears the causes she cares about on her sleeve.
Kaylee is a cute character herself and she lets her personality shine with her outfit.
School: School of Visual Arts New York
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Let’s Talk Fashion
Who or what inspires your style? "I'm inspired by... I don't know! I do a lot of Pinterest and I have a board for style inspiration. I'm inspired by comic books. I read a lot of those."
How would you describe your sense of style? "I don't know. I wear a lot of, like, shorts, and t-shirts, and overalls. Sort-of casual, but hopefully cute."
Why did you choose this particular outfit? "The shirt's my work shirt and overalls because they're functional and have a lot of pockets."
What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? "Just to be comfortable and to wear whatever you like wearing."
Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? "Oh God, um... not really! Just my comic books."
Do you have any unique hobbies or interests? "I draw. I make comics about LGBT history."
If you could raid anyone's closet, who would it be and why? "Probably... I don't know if you've seen the movie Baby Drive that just came out, but the lead girl in that. Her character had the best sense of fashion. So I would raid her closet."
Elements of Kaylee's Outfit
1. Colorful Fjällräven Backpack
I actually love that Kaylee’s mint green Fjällräven backpack isn’t brand new and has scuffs on it. It has character. Some things just look better when they’ve been worn out a bit.
2. Buttons & Overalls
How cute are Kaylee's buttons on her overalls? Pins and buttons are one of the most slept-on accessory trends -- and more people should be rocking them!
If you are not much of a jewelry-wearer but still want to accessorize, buttons and brooches should be your go-to. You can tell so much about a person based on the kind of little accents they have on.
3. Doc Martens
When in doubt, call the doctor. Doc Martens 1460s are the perfect shoes to save any outfit from basic-ness. Kaylee decided to pair hers with some dark gray socks and scrunched them above the boot. This small decision added a subtle something extra to her outfit.
Do you love Kaylee's style?
Would you wear this look? Are you a fan of overalls? Comment below and share with us!
You won't ignore the intros to shows anymore.
Here at CF, we're constantly inspired by film and TV show aesthetics. But while we're focusing on these movies and shows as wholes, we typically overlook the fascinating, and often visually stunning, first few minutes -- namely, the opening credits.
There are so many striking title sequences out there, and we think they deserve a lot more appreciation.
So, today we're starting a new CF series, Fashion Inspired by Opening Credits. I will be covering opening credits from films and TV shows (and I'm open to requests in the comments!), plus outfits inspired by these sequences.
So let's kick off this column with TV, specifically three of 2017's hottest new shows:
Opening Credits Fashion #1 - American Gods
For those of you who aren't familiar with the show, it's about a man named Shadow Moon (portrayed by Ricky Whittle), who is released from prison and finds himself involved in a conflict between the New Gods and Old Gods, earthly incarnations of two groups of deities.
The title sequence is chilling and weird, but it's so intriguing. The theme displays various gods from different religions, and foreshadows the nightmare that Shadow Moon is getting himself into.
The bold, almost tropical colors of the theme are perfect inspiration for a beach look. Start off with a floral sundress to match the color palette.
When I think of American Gods, I also think of a gold palette, which is why the accessories are almost all the same color. To get that beach vibe, add some cute sandals and a beach bag with gold lettering.
The theme is colorful, yet still has a dark tone to it, so add a dark hat to play off all of the light colors. Finish off the outfit with thunderbolt studs, inspired by Zeus, God of Thunder.
Opening Credits #2: GLOW
GLOW, which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is definitely my favorite show of the summer! I absolutely adore its unique storylines and diverse cast.
Unlike most shows, the opening credits for Glow only appear in a few episodes. There is also a different song per episode. So there's not exactly a theme song for this show. But the various themes they choose are always fun and upbeat.
The color scheme of the opening credits - and most of Glow itself - is pink and black, so follow these colors with your outfit.
Start off with some cute black shorts and a pink crop top to channel a female wrestler. Speaking of these gladiators, throw in a literal reference with some gladiator sandals.
Some of the wrestlers have patriotic pride, so rock your American flag shades. To further channel the neon colors of the opening credits, paint your face with pink lip gloss and eyeshadow.
Opening Credits Fashion #3: Anne with an E
I'm from Canada and Anne of Green Gables is a huge part of our Canadian heritage. So it's amazing to see this story recognized worldwide! Needless to say, I'm a big fan of the series.
The opening credits begin with Anne in a wintry landscape. Soon, she starts to bloom. As soon as she rises, the seasons changes from winter to spring. (Fun fact: The theme song is by Canadian rock group, The Tragically Hip.)
This outfit not only reflects the opening sequence but also represents something Anne herself would wear. Just like the intro, this outfit has a winter/spring vibe (though it's likely too cold to wear this during a Canadian winter).
Start off with a full length white maxi dress. To get that bohemian vibe, match it with a floral headpiece and a bracelet. To give the outfit more of an edge, top it off with a leather jacket and combat boots.
What do you think?
Have you checked out any of these shows? Which one is your favorite? Which one reflects your style the most? Which outfit is your favorite? Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment!
Statement-making outfits that are perfect for Summer.
If you've listened to Calvin Harris' latest album, Funk Wave Bounces Vol. 1, you know that it not only includes catchy tracks, but also features some of the biggest names in music.
One of my favorite songs from the album is "Feels ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean"; its easygoing, upbeat vibe, and, of course, its colorful, tropical music video, make it the perfect song to play on repeat on hot summer days.
If you haven't already, take a look at the video below, and then keep scrolling to see the "Feels"-inspired outfits that I've put together.
Calvin Harris "Feels" Fashion: Outfit #1
This look is inspired by the vibrant yellow floral dress that Katy Perry wears in the video, and would be the perfect thing to wear for a night out!
Start off by putting on a cheery cold-shoulder yellow floral-print dress. Next, add a bejeweled choker, inspired by the ones we see Katy wearing. Then grab a woven clutch. Finally, tie up a pair of bright pink strappy sandals that bring out the floral pattern in the dress.
Use this pretty Clinique eyeshadow quad to create a more toned-down version of Katy's purple eye look. (I recommend "more toned-down" because in real life, a very bold and/or colorful makeup look would clash with, rather than complement, the dress' bright colors.)
And there you have it--the perfect outfit for a summer night on the town!
Calvin Harris "Feels" Fashion: Outfit #2
This outfit is inspired by Pharrell Williams' colorful and fashion-forward ensemble; for a similar look, put on a bright floral blouse and some chic blue shorts.
Accessorize with a stylish pair of round sunglasses, as well as some gold statement jewelry; here, I have chosen a lapis ring, a chain-link collar necklace, and a beaded bar bracelet.
To add some cool tones to the look, so as to avoid overwhelming the eye, slip on a pair of silver woven loafers.
Calvin Harris "Feels" Fashion: Outfit #3
Products: T-Shirt - Nordstrom, Sunglasses - Bloomingdale's, Peep-Toe Ankle Boots - Nordstrom, Jeans - boohoo, Earrings - Lord & Taylor, Bracelet - BaubleBar, Watch - Bloomingdale's, Necklace - BaubleBar
This outfit, inspired by the look that Big Sean wears in the video for "Feels," is by far the most subdued of the bunch, but that doesn't stop it from making a statement!
Begin by tucking a breezy khaki-green t-shirt into a pair of basic black high-waisted boyfriend jeans. Next, add a cool pair of black heeled peep-toe ankle boots.
Put on a quirky pair of round sunglasses, and add a classic gold watch, a cute double-layer necklace, tropical-inspired palm-leaf drop earrings, and a bright multi-strand beaded bracelet to add a pop of color to the otherwise-neutral ensemble.
What do you think?
Which music video should I cover next? Do you like wearing bright colors, or is a more subdued color palette more your style? Which of the artists in the video inspires you most? What song are you playing on repeat this Summer? Let me know in the comments!
The outfit that says it all.
So, if you want major style points this year, you need to be able to dress a t-shirt up and down, for casual and formal occasions.
This flame graphic tee shirt from Asos is perfect for getting you through class and all the fun things that come afterwards. Nothing is hotter right now than rocking an article of clothing with literal flames. You can thank the rise of Thrasher products and Kylie Jenner Merch for this trend.
You may be wondering: how do you dress up a T-shirt? Wait and see...
How to Wear a Slogan T-Shirt for Class:
For class we’re going to keep it girly and cute. Pairing the T-shirt with a denim skirt will add a touch of femininity. Add to that vibe with pretty pearl earrings.
The slip-on sneakers will get you from class to class, in comfort. For makeup, a soft look would be the perfect pairing, along with a pink gloss. Don’t forget your backpack: Remember we’re here to learn, at least during the day.
How to Wear a Slogan T-Shirt for A Night Out:
Is it later yet? Classes are over and you can now dress up that t-shirt for a night out at your favorite destination. First things first: We're going to trade out that denim skirt for a pair of distressed black denim shorts.
As usual, no one wants to carry around a heavy backpack unless it's necessary. So, swap out that killer backpack for a cute cross-body bag to hold your essentials.
Throwing on a pair of heels is always a surefire way to dress up an outfit, and these block heels are going to literally elevate your look. For jewelry, add on a choker to finish this edgy look.
What do you think?
How do you style popular slogan tees? Which outfit is your fave? Tell us in the comments.