Fashion

Read blogs in our fashion category for ideas, tips and trends to stay in style during college.

Professional Fashion: The Importance of Wearing a Wrist Watch

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. We have all heard this saying at some time in our college career. Students are taught from day one about the importance of wearing appropriate, professional attire in the workplace. Collared shirts, modest hemlines, and neutral colors are all staples of a professional wardrobe, but there is one important piece that students tend to overlook: a wrist watch.

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Why You Should Wear a Wrist Watch

Most young-adults don’t bother to wear a watch because they can check the time on their smartphone. Although smartphones are a great resource to have, there are still many benefits to wearing a watch.

  • Professional – When you are in a meeting or out with a client it is extremely unprofessional to check your phone. You may only be checking the time, but others in the area will assume that you are looking at a text and get the impression that you are not focused on the work at hand. Having a watch allows you to check the time while still maintaining a professional appearance.
  • Positive Signal – When employers are in an interview they look for certain signals that indicate the applicant will be a good fit for the company. One important signal that interviewers look for is a watch. Having a watch indicates to employers that you are conscious of the time and have good time management skills. Some employers have even admitted that if an applicant shows up to an interview without a watch they are immediately eliminated.
  • Fashion Statement – A modern, stylish watch can be the perfect finishing touch to an outfit. Wearing a watch will give you a put-together look that employers and clients appreciate.

Where to Get a Wrist Watch

Despite popular belief, you don’t have to break the bank to get a good watch. Almost all the major retailers such as Walmart and Target sell simple, stylish watches for a modest price. The mall is also a great place to look. Small accessory stores always have a great supply of modern watches and some offer coupons and other promotions to help with the price. With a little searching you can find a beautiful watch for under ten dollars.

Wearing a watch is a great way to look professional and impress employers. Have any other professional dress tips? Leave them in the comments section below!

6 Bold Party Dress Trends

Fashion trends are constantly changing so keeping up with them is almost as difficult as trying to keep with the Kardashians! Here are six bold party dress trends that are set to dominate this summer’s fashion scene.

1. Metallics

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This year’s spring/summer catwalks by designers like Louis Vuitton were covered in space-age silver. The color can make any woman turn heads at any special occasion!

2. Trompe-l’oeil

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This new trend plays on the art form of tricking the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object. This is a refreshing change to the typical party dress and will certainly speak to your inner artist.

3. Eighties Disco

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Hedi Slimane (THE party dress designer) put on a show for Saint Laurent complete with glitter and sequins from the 1980s. Time to tease your hair and throw on a dress with a thigh-skimming hemline!

4. Fishnets

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Fishnets were so in not too long ago and now you can keep wearing them! Revamp the look this summer with a castaway-chic net dress. Pair the look with a cute (and visible) bralet and underwear and some sandals on those warm summer nights.

5. Corsets

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Corsets are known to be uncomfortable and old fashioned, but as of recently they have been designed to be a lot more comfortable and can be very tasteful when worn right. A corset dress hugs your curves in all the right places and is sure to catch the attention of your summer fling!

6. Cut-Aways

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For those who dare, get those bronzed legs shaved because this year the thighs are out to play. The cut-away look can be really fierce, but be careful not to get a size to small or you may reveal more than you intended!

Enjoy being the topic of conversation at your summertime parties when you rock one of these bold party dress trends! Comment below with your favorite look!

Popular Magazines for College Students

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Whether you prefer to read yours on your kindle or you like reading the physical copy, there’s something awesome about picking up a new issue of your favorite magazine! Here’s a list of popular magazines that interest college students. Stay up with the latest fashion, health and entertainment news to stay sane in between classes, midterms and finals!

Teen Vogue

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Teen Vogue magazine has great ideas for back to school shopping and dorm room decorating. The magazine also has the latest fashion trends and stores to find the latest styles with ensembles. If you need help finding your own style, Teen Vogue helps you discover the latest fashion ideas and collections for each season. There are also beauty tips included in the magazine and the latest celebrity styles.

Vogue

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Vogue magazine has the latest information on high fashion. The magazine gives insight on the culture, the latest beauty trends, and the season’s best styles. If you are looking for a classic look, Vogue has the best styles. The latest information on movies, books, and theatre is included in Vogue. There is information on parties, travel, homes, and weddings. You can also copy these styles with the help of other magazines that include stores that have the latest imitation of these high fashion trends at the best prices. You can go to class in style by finding the best styles in Vogue.

InStyle

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InStyle magazine has all of the best fashion, beauty, celebrity, hair, culture, and how to’s. The fashion section of the magazine has everything you need to know about the latest clothing, bags, jewelry, shoes, and the latest runway looks. The magazine includes the latest celebrity news and fashion trends. There is a Hollywood makeover, wedding beauty, and star couples. You can learn how to style your hair with tips. There is a how to section on pony tails, bangs, updos, pixies, and celebrity hair styles. There are also tips on how to style curly, wavy, long, medium, and short hair styles. Different hair styles, textures, and lengths require different methods of hair care. There is also information on health and fitness, nails, skin, and make-up ideas. Also there is also the latest information on books, movies, tv shows, and social media. Also there are great recipes included in the magazine. There is also information on home and decorating.

Self

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Self has the latest health and fitness information. You can learn to make the healthiest recipes for an on the go schedule as a college student. The recipes are usually fast and easy to make. There is also information on exercise techniques that help you relieve stress and stay fit. Some of the exercises do not take that much time from your busy schedule. The magazine also the latest beauty and fashion trends included in the magazine.

Choosing the Best Summer Hat

It’s summertime and the sun is out and shining. There are plenty of ways to protect yourself from the sun, but at the end of the day there is no better creation to protect your face from damaging UV rays than a hat. There are a bunch of different kinds and styles to choose from. Some are ageless and work in many settings, whereas others are only appropriate in specific settings.

While it is important to prevent burns and cover your face properly, it is also instrumental to have the right kind of hat to compliment your style and surroundings. Here are the main types of summer hats, along with when each should and can be used.

The Baseball Hat

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The classic baseball hat is what most think of. The design is simple. It protects your face from the sun and can be worn effortlessly with a multitude of outfits. Different types of baseball hats can be used based on the social setting and location. Different styles can also be used to compliment one’s own personal style, with styles such as snap-backs gaining prominence as of recently. Baseball hats also give you the chance to show support for certain teams or brands.

The Sombrero

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Mexican sombrero hats are much more present in the country as they are designed to protect the face and neck from long days in the field under the hot summer sun. Although sombreros are not typically worn for fashion reasons, they have a highly functional use. These hats should be avoided in non-countryside settings as they are not commonplace in urbanized settings and are usually not necessary for these kinds of settings.

The Cowboy Hat

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The Cowboy hat is highly prevalent in the southern United States and mostly in the great state of Texas. The hat is particularly associated with ranch workers in the southern and Western U.S. The cowboy hat’s wide brim protects the face much like the sombrero without protruding as much from the base of the hat. However, it does not shadow the neck like a sombrero would. Beside being used for a functional reason, the cowboy hat is used frequently by those who dress in a cowboy style. Combined with cowboy boots, wrangler jeans, and a plaid or plain tee shirt, the cowboy hat can complete the cowboy style that is popular in Texas and some of the southwestern states.

The Bucket Hat

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The Bucket hat, also known as a fisherman hat, is primarily used by fisherman as the name dictates. The hat has head wear design with a wide and downwards sloping brim, with occasional ventilation holes on the side. The hat was introduced as a fashion statement in the 60’s and has seen a revival as of late, especially among middle school children in the United States. Although the hat has some shade advantages over a common baseball hat, it is mostly used as a fashion accessory and is associated with today’s “hipster” scene. The bucket hats origins go way back as well, with many famous icons having sported the style at one point in their careers.

The Straw Hat

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The Straw hat has a wide brim and provides some shade from the sun. It is made of lighter materials than most hats, and this helps to keep the head cool. However, the straw is not always woven tightly, so it is possible for UV radiation to get through the holes in the hat and create burns. This hat is most commonly worn while gardening or at the beach.

The Wide Brimmed Hat

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The wide brimmed hat is mostly worn by women and provides strong protection from the sun. Its wide reach allows maximum cover of the skin and provides a cool alternative to a heavier hat. Some wide brimmed hats also can be made in sun resistant materials, providing further protection from the sun. Wide brim hats can be fashionable, while also preventing skin cancer by preventing damaging UV rays.

Everyone has a different style when it comes to head wear, but one thing is for sure; Hats can be a great way to not only protect you from the sun, but to compliment an outfit or fashion as well!

Comment below to share what summer hat works best for you.

The Off the Beaten Path Holiday Buying List for the College Gentleman

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought I would break my normal stream of consciousness to bring all of the girlfriends, mothers, aunties and sisters out there a little yule tide help in searching for a special something for their favorite male undergrad (or heck… grad student as well!).

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 Dave Brubeck Quartet– Jazz Goes To College

While the current generation may be stuck on Young Thug and Iggy, jazz was the controversial genre of your parent’s day; so much so that in 1954, universities across the country initially refused to let Dave and his quartet perform on their campuses. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and Brubeck embarked on a four month tour, playing at 90 universities and junior colleges across the country. While Wolverines should enjoy this pressing (five of the seven songs are from the University of Michigan show) this album is certainly an intro course for students looking for a little something more than what the radio is offering.

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Tweed Football from The Lodge Goods

Dorm football: a male, freshman sport played by bored first years in the dormitory hallway. Usually proceeded by the phrase “What’s the worst that could happen?”. Often followed by an impromptu trip to the emergency room and write ups of all participants. While wrapping a football in Harris Tweed won’t necessarily make taking a spiral to the face feel any better, at least it looks cool.

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 The Hunt Duffle Back from Hershel Co

Because you promised yourself you’d hit the campus gym on a regular basis in the new year. Because you promised your parents you would visit more next semester. Because mentally, you’re already on spring break. And because carrying your clothes in a backpack or a black trash bag isn’t sexy.

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 Hunter Original iPhone case

Recently, my overpriced Lifeproof Case proved that despite its name, it actually was susceptible to life. So the wife and I took a trip to the Apple Store in search of a new case to protect my fragile iPhone 5S. Our sells associate laid out a few options similar to my previous case, but my eyes couldn’t see past this hunter green case by Hunter Original (yes, the same Hunter Original that makes your rain boots). As I held what would be my new case, my wife remarked “Chose your case wisely. Its not always about fashion” to which I would respond “Dear wife. It is ALWAYS about fashion.”

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Duckboots by LL Bean or Sperry if you want them by the 25th

Marketed as the “original antidote to wet feet”, this boot is a multi-faceted piece of any man’s wardrobe. Whether marching through January snow on your way to your 9:00 class or sloshing through April rain puddles on your way to finals, these classic boots will keep those feet warm and dry from hustling on campus to hunting in the marsh. The only problem is that the LL Bean version of these boots are SO popular, they are currently on back order to about March. Sprerry however, makes a version that is just as tactical, fashionable and more available.

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 Gentlemen Only Intense by Givenchy

A man’s scent is like his calling card. I’ll never forget my first bottle of cologne; a bottle of Curve purchased with my meager McDonald’s paycheck in high school. As you mature, so does your palette. Soon you’ll have your clean, fresh and sometimes fruity scents for the spring and summer while you look to musky, woodsy scents for the fall and winter. Gentlemen Only Intense is the older brother of the original Gentlemen Only that will deliver masculine elegance right from your neck to your girlfriend’s nose.

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Archer Season 5

If you’re not watching Archer by now, all I can say is that you are missing some of the best television around. The Simpsons and Family Guy may have lost their bite a long time ago, but this spy comedy keeps its teeth sharp. Season 6 premieres in January so what better way to spend your holiday break by binge watching the world’s most inept spy agency become the world’s most inept drug cartel.

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Colligate needlepoint belt from Smathers and Branson

We are about nine months away from the next college football season which of course means, we’re about the length of a full term pregnancy from the next tailgate. In a sea of hoodies and fitted baseball caps, a needlepoint belt featuring your school’s logo is a discrete yet unique way to show your pride. Pair it with a tucked in Oxford and a gameday hat, and your ready for all of the barbecuing, co-ed flirting and carrying on the tailgate has to offer. Smather’s and Branson offers all conference belts for the ACC and SEC as well as a good listing of individual schools as well.