Monthly Archives: October 2012

Winter Essentials- Campus Couture meets Friday Favorites

It’s a winter wonderland here on campus! The current temp is 8 degrees with freezing fog. What? Freezing fog? I have never even heard of that!! Thus, I thought it would be perfectly appropriate to list off some winter essentials for your wardrobe to brace against the biting cold.

1. Sorel Boots: These boot do work. They are super warm, they have excellent grip on snow on ice so that do not wipe outs do not occur. They also come in an abundance of styles and colors.

2. Glomitts: These are a hybrid between gloves and mittens. They offer the unbeatable warmth of mittens with the functionality of gloves. My favorites are fair isle style, but they literally come in every color and style imaginable.

3. Colored Peacoat: A peacoat is a style essential. Put one on and you will automatically look classy and fabulous. Try a peacoat in one of the colors from Pantone’s Fall 2012 color trends.

4. Fur Trim Jacket: Fur trim jackets are great for those perfect winter days when there is a light frost covering the trees and everything just glistens. The trim is cozy and fashionable, and adds a little je ne se qua to traditional plaid or tweed.

5. Knitted Ear-warmers: I loovvveeee these. I myself have probably knitted and crocheted like 10 of them. They are so convenient and cute. They are especially great so that your ponytail of top knot doesn’t get smashed in a hat!

6. Plaid Scarf: I simple plaid scarf will never, ever, ever, go out of style. Burberry’s perfect plaid scarves have been around forever and are still a classic style craving for lots of people.

Stay warm, stay stylish.

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy

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Happy Halloween!

Hello readers,

Looks like Halloween is fast approaching (T-12 days!) You know what that means right? Time to come up with some sort of “original” costume, because really, can you stand to be a witch or a nurse again?!?

Also, did I mention that these costumes are DIY? Complete appropriate for broke college students like me who don’t want to spend $60 on 1 foot of shiny spandex.

1. A “black-eyed pea”

  • t-shirt
  • write the letter “P” on it
  • add some black paint around one of your eyes

2. Steve Jobs (or his wife, if you are a lady)

  • Jeans
  • black turtleneck (tucked in)
  • rimless glasses
  • carry around and Apple product

 

3. Britney Spears circa 2007

  • hoodie
  • gym shorts
  • flip-flops
  • umbrella
  • see pic below for a reference

4. Olympic Gymast

  • tight camisole
  • windbreaker pants
  • really high, tight ponytail
  • scrunchie
  • a lot of clips
  • take some inspiration from Mckayla Maroney (although she may not be impressed)

5. Runaway Bride

  • white dress
  • sneakers

6. Adam or Eve

  • Boxer shorts (man)
  • cheap tank dress (woman)
  • hot glue fake leaves onto garment
  • carry around and apple!

Whatever you chose to do…be creative! This is the one day a year where you can be anything you want. Dig around the depths of your closet or visit a thrift store…you may surprised with the inspiration you find.

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy.


Friday Favorites-The Boy Wonder

 (Style: Boy Wonder.) 

I can’t vouch for any of my readers, but most of the guys in my life struggle with defining their personal clothing style. Living in a midwestern coal mining town, terms that involve daily wardrobe essentials are lost on the average male civilian. While demographics play a part in this misfortune, I  believe there is a huge misconception about personal style and fashion when it comes to the male gender. I’ve spent countless hours trying to convince my brother and husband that it isn’t okay to wear your gym shoes as everyday shoe-wear, or that it’s actually incredibly attractive when guys wear slim-fitting denim,v-neck tops layered with cardigans, scarves, and slouchy hats. I might be defining personal taste here, but I can say that overall, there is a large gray area between what most men will wear, won’t wear, and don’t know about style.

So here is a small check-list I’ve compiled for the average gent. Some pointers, do’s and don’ts, and a few tips that can help you guys that are curious yet clueless about fashion and defining your personal style:

1. Layering – Don’t be afraid to layer. Layering is a great way to define your style and keep warm without feeling/looking like an eskimo. Example outfit: Fitted t-shirt, zip-up hoodie, leather moto-jacket on top. Mixing textures and fabrics is a bonus.

2. Jeans that fit – I can’t stress how wretched it is to witness guys who wear over-sized, diaper-bottom jeans. Spend some time finding jeans that fit your body type and experiment with different styles and cuts. Make sure they aren’t too long and aren’t too short. Bonus points for rocking cropped trousers with flashy socks (Orlando Bloom, yes, please!)

3. Shoes – Like I stressed before, there is one time and place for your workout shoes only, and that is the gym. Please keep them in your gym bag otherwise. Don’t get stuck in a rut because you can’t find a “comfortable pair of shoes,” most insoles can be replaced with custom orthotics. The pair of shoes you choose will make or break your outfit.

4. Shopping isn’t your thing? Spend some time browsing the internet. Everything you could imagine, right at your fingertips. If not, shop at a local clothing boutique. They are (usually) always willing to spend some time finding items that fit your personality. (Biggest difference between private and corporate…SHOP LOCAL!!!)

5. Experiment. Go outside your box. Pair a bright colored jacket with white trousers. Roll your jeans up and go sockless.Wear some leather ankle bracelets. Invest in colorful socks. Invest in a blazer. Extra points if it’s colored. Have fun with it and be prepared for some odd looks and comments. It’s to be expected. What fun is it looking like everyone else? Be you. Everyone else is already taken.

For the love of fashion,

Cait

www.shopmainelements.com


Fashion Philosophy…take some advice from Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde said it best when he said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” My sentiments exactly.

Have you ever been in situations where you wonder if you will be overdressed or underdressed? If you find yourself wondering this, always go for the former. Better to show up somewhere looking suave than looking like a slob.

Think about the logic behind this rationale. The first judgement a person makes is about appearance. Sounds shallow, right? Well yes, but it is true. The speed of light travels faster than the speed of sound, and that is directly applicable to our senses. Before we hear, smell, or touch a person we see them. That’s why first impressions last the longest, and that’s why 90% of the time they are based on appearance.We make first impressions multiple times a day, every day. It may not be to a future employer, or  a potential love interest, but it is an impression to somebody.

Ask yourself another question.

When you have someone or something that you care for deeply, do you hide it and put it away so that no one can see? Or do you put in on display for the world to take note of? You care for yourself, right? Love your body. Love the talents and knowledge that you possess. Love your skills, love your friends, love your family. Love all the things you do for the people you love. Love your beliefs, love your attitudes, love your values. Love yourself.

Treat your outside the way you treat your inside. Wrap up that lovely little package that is you and present yourself in the best possible manner.

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy


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