In today’s age of smartphones and tablets, shopping doesn’t just take place in malls and boutiques anymore- expanding your closet is an anytime, anywhere deal, with nearly all the major stores offering their selection online, usually in better stock. Still, it’s a well-known fact amongst college-aged fashionistas that chain retailers found in the mall are not the only sources for a well-stocked and stylish wardrobe. Browsing thrift and consignment stores has proven more than just a one-in-a-million treasure hunt; it’s a great option for anyone who wants to refresh their style for less, especially with newer stores dedicated to stocking current styles in excellent quality.
Mobile variations of this type off shopping can be harder to come by. But, if one is looking for the organization and specifiable style you get with major-brand websites, then they must get acquainted with the recent iPhone app, Vinted.
Vinted is a simple, trendy virtual consignment shop in which users create a profile and post their second-hand clothing for sale- complete with photos and information about the garment, including its size, brand, color, and quality. There’s even a “swap” option in which you can allow other users to offer up some of their own clothes to trade for yours. The users of the app are mostly of the high school and college demographics, and despite the general skepticism that one may have over the trendiness of second-hand clothes, I’ve found that many of these items are up to par with what you’d find at the more consistent retail stores like FiFi’s. The best feature is probably the search engine: nearly anything you’re looking for, whether specified by style, color, or even brand, will have a match. Seriously, what’s better than an app that can pull up dozens of half-off Michael Kors handbags in five seconds?
Only 4 days left until spring break is here, but it certainly doesn’t feel like spring! Don’t switch to pastels and spring prints just yet, but start getting adapted to the new season through pops of color or wearing black with your florals. I’ll be heading to NYC for break, so I will have plenty of fashion inspiration to share with you guys when I come back!
XOXO Kat Campbell
Highs in the upper 30s today, but much drier than monday. There may be some black ice on the roads so be careful if you’ll be driving to class. You’ll definitely want to bundle up today! Wear a bright colored sweater or button down, a black or grey peacoat, a hat, boots, and gloves. Also wear black pants or jeans.
Mostly cloudy with a high of 47, which is still very chilly. Wear a black sweater and jacket, colored pants, boots, and statement jewelry to match your pants. Wear whatever shoes you have that go best with your style of colored pants so long as they are warm.
The rain returns today. It’s going to be windy with a cold rain and the day before break begins, so hang in there! High of 44. Wear rain boots, a rain coat, leggings, a grey coat, and bring an umbrella!
A little more sun today and warmer to finish out our week and begin break. High of 56. Wear tights, boots, a dress, and a cardigan.
Happy Spring Break!
Sarah: Bathing Suit- Art of Style, Fur- Vintage
Sarah: Leather Jacket and Shorts- Bevello, Hoop Earrings and Leather Bandeau- Art of Style
Will: Sweater and Jeans- Art of Style, Ray Ban Sunglasses
Sarah: Hand Jewelry and Palazzo Pants- Art of Style, Bra- J. Alanes
Sarah: Bra- J. Alanes, asymmetrical Skirt- Bevello, Chain Necklace- Michael Cottingham Designs
Will: Button-down and Jeans- Art of Style
Sarah: Bra, Panties, Vest, and Cuff- Art of Style
Will: Patagonia Short- Great Outdoor Provision Co., Boxer Briefs- Art of Style
Sarah: Bra, Panties, Garters, and Robe- J. Alanes
Will: Patagonia Boxer Briefs- Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Sarah: Bra- Art of Style, Necklace- Vintage
Will- Denim Jacket- Art of Style, briefs- Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Sarah: Slip- J. Alanes, Bra, Panties, and Pearls- Art of Style
Sarah: Bra and Booty Shorts- J. Alanes, Tiara- Vintage
Sarah: Dress and Ear Cuff- Art of Style
Will: Suit and Bowtie- Brooks Brothers
Photography: Tyler Hayes
Models: Sarah Cousins and Will Douglas
Styling: Michael Cottingham and Kendra Jones
Hair and Makeup: Caroline Sorenson
Retailers: Art of Style, Bevello, Great Outdoor Provision Co., J. Alanes [All located in Cameron Village]
Scenery Provided by HUE Apartments in downtown Raleigh
The color red is obviously a big deal here at N.C. State. But, the bold color doesn’t just stand for the Wolfpack. Red is also the nationally recognized color symbolizing Heart Disease and awareness for Heart Disease, which is the number one killer of women in the US. As of 2002, the iconic red dress is recognized as the national symbol for heart disease awareness in women. This year, New York Fashion Week took advantage of this symbol and kicked off the first day with a fashion show dedicated to Heart Disease awareness month. “The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection” was presented by the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. According to these organizations, the red dress reminds women to take action to protect their heart health and increase awareness of this disease.
Annasophia Robb; Victoria Justice; Lindsey Vonn
This event was a fun way to spread awareness and models, celebrities, and athletes all participated in the show. Famous designer dresses were debuted in this collection, including pieces by Donna Karen and Dolce and Gabbana. The models danced down the runway throwing up the heart symbol and showing off their red hot ensembles, making for an entertaining event. Olympic champion ski racer, Lindsey Vonn, even made her way down the runway in crutches, showing off a short and hot Cynthia Rowley dress. Actress Victoria Justice also made an appearance in a beautiful piece by Oscar de la Renta. Annasophia Robb rocked a strapless red and black lace gown by Alice and Olivia. Styles ranged from classy gowns, jumpsuits, and short and fun dresses to leather skirts and even a comfortable maternity dress.
Many of the participants in this event also had personal relations to this disease. For example, Anika Noni Rose, a singer and actress, claimed that she was honored to take part in this show because of a friend’s mother who died from heart disease. Quotes from the models about why they “go red” were also displayed in the background of the runway. As Bella Thorne walked the runway, it stated “I go red for both of my grandfathers who passed away from heart disease.” Whether they had personal relations with the disease or not, the models and celebs were all excited to help spread awareness of this disease. Not only was this runway show a great way to debut the Heart Truth Fall 2014 collection, but it also encouraged women everywhere to take action to protect their heart health.
Writer: Alex Simpson
Public School, the brainchild of designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, has returned with a vengeance. After a four season hiatus, the boys of Public School are back and ready to play.
With the help of their $300,000 dollar winnings from the 2013 CFDA Fashion fund, Public School has created what could be their best collection yet. Chow and Osbourne name New York City as their muse, and it shows in the tailored street-style of their Fall 2014 collection. The palette for the collection is white, black, and gray, with pops of navy and oxblood. The looks are wonderfully textured featuring rich fabrics like leather, wool, tweed, lustrous silk, and knits.
Tailoring was key for Public School’s Fall 2014 collection. Each look was comprised of multiple layering pieces, but never appeared bulky or heavy, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. Models were frequently seen wearing wide brimmed black hats or thick beanies and black or oxblood sneakers with their looks. Standouts from the collection include mixed leather and wool jackets, gorgeous capes in black, oxblood, and gray tweed, and pants in ombre style hound’s-tooth. The outerwear was a real knockout.
Suits from the collection gave a modern spin on men’s suits. The suits’ loose fitting pants and hidden buttons felt like a breath of fresh air, effectively taking away the stuffiness of a traditional suit. But, the beautiful fabrics are what gave them the ‘wow’ factor. One of the final suits to walk down the runway was made of a gorgeous, almost metallic silk in a deep charcoal gray, a piece sure to make any man turn heads.
The collection is primarily menswear but the girls looked impeccably cool as well. One of my favorite looks from the collection featured an oversized textured black sweater with a long white button up layered underneath and a MAGNIFICIENT oxblood cape, complete with black leather trim and silver buttons. I’m coveting the oversized cream sweater and just about every coat, jacket, and cape from the collection.
The duo behind Public School took New York City street style to new heights for Fall 2014. With bookoos of industry big names like Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Andrew Rosen, and Alexander Wang president Rodrigo Bazan anxiously awaiting the premier of their collection, the boys failed to disappoint. Public School’s Fall 2014 collection was met with applause and endless praise. Industry leaders knew there was something special about Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne, and they were right. These boys and their aesthetic are only cool enough for Public School.
Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week began on February 6. So far, the looks have been stellar and there’s so much more to come. Here are some of the knockouts so far:
Wang has been on my personal radar for the past year, really proving himself with his Spring/Summer 2014 collection of logo-heavy, street-style inspired, mid-riff baring looks he put on the runway back in September (his name laser-cut into leather gloves? Genius…). He delivered with Day-Glo leather, wading boots with the back cut off (a powerful effect with a feminine twist) and angular silhouettes that fit the futuristic setting in the Brooklyn shipyard where he chose to hold the show.
Streaker notwithstanding, Prabal Gurung’s show was stunning. Inspired by a trip to Nepal, Gurung stuck to sportswear, sending thick knits and cable sweaters down the runway alongside elegant pashminas, soft silk pantsuits, and gorgeously draped asymmetrical gowns layered atop chiffon turtlenecks. The effect was busy in pattern, yet serene in fabric choice: a perfect juxtaposition.
As a winner of the show that greatly swayed my choice of major, Mr. Siriano has always occupied a special spot in my heart. His collection exuded old-time couture, with wide cowls, over-sized trenches, and beautifully elegant hats fit for any proper lady. His use of pattern and texture in eyelet tops, alpaca coats with rounded shoulders, and a particularly show-stopping organza cape littered with long white feathers added interest to tea-length skirts and sweeping eveningwear. While he might have stayed on the safe side, Siriano’s collection was fantastically beautiful and showcased his impeccable eye for couture.
Diane Von Furstenberg
The queen of the working woman’s 40th anniversary show was nothing short of a humble celebration of herself. She invented and pioneered the wrap dress, and her show was full of them. In fact, the show ended with a flurry of golden wrap dresses, each slightly different from the one before it and equally as beautiful. Overall, the palette of the collection was varied but cohesive, with a boho and psychedelic vibe accented with fur, suede, and burnout details. Madame von Furstenberg turned out a sophisticated collection full of trendy pieces and beautiful patterns. All hail the queen.
Happy Monday darlings! I hope you were able to enjoy the snow and your time off this past week. Unfortunately, there’s no more snow in the forecast this upcoming week, but we should start seeing some warmer temperatures! It’s still winter, so don’t bring out your spring wardrobe just yet, but you may want to start thinking about unpacking and un-wrinkling your spring/summer wardrobe soon. If you have a stressful week ahead, just think—spring break is just around the corner!
XOXO Kat Campbell
Still pretty cool out today with a high of 49 and mostly cloudy skies. Wear leggings, ankle boots, a slouchy hat, a white cotton button up, and a leather jacket.
Temperatures rising to 63 later in the day with partly cloudy skies. We could see a sprinkle or so very early in the morning but nothing to worry about. Wear a cardigan or sweater with jeans and flats/wedges.
Even warmer today with a high of 69 and partly cloudy skies. Wear tights, tall boots, a skirt, and a sweater. You may want to change out of the sweater into a shirt at lunch or whenever you get a break but it will be a little chilly without a sweater in the morning.
Again, partly cloudy and a high of 67. Wear leggings, boots, a tank top, and a waist-belted cardigan. Light winds so feel free to style your hair without having to worry about wind or humidity.
A whopping high of 70 today! Unfortunately, there’s a chance of rain today (but check back on twitter about this). Wear tights, a cotton dress, rain boots, and keep a raincoat/umbrella handy.
Typically Sunday nights are full of homework and a feeling of dread as you prepare for Monday and a new week of homework and tests, but this week holds much more excitement than dread. First off, it’s New York Fashion Week. Get your phones ready for live streaming America’s most talented artists showcasing next fall’s collections. On top of that, this week’s weather will be wildly fascinating and potentially hazardous as there is a chance for some snow and wintry precipitation. Regardless, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Prepare yourselves for a fabulous week, as I will be doing this forecast fashion-week style!
High of 41 with a 50% chance of afternoon showers with flurries mixed in. Later in the evening this may change to just snow but snow accumulation-if any-will be less than half an inch. Wear something influenced by this Christian Siriano Fall 2014 look.
High of 36 today. Our big chance for winter weather impacting us [and classes] should begin late this evening with snow. Bundle up today and take inspiration from DKYNY’s fabulous show (esp. the look on the far left w/ black skinny jeans or tights).
Today is the day that classes would be cancelled if NCSU decided to cancel classes at all this week. Today’s high is 33 and we should see more sleet and freezing rain than the past couple days. With this, roads will likely be slick, so please be careful! Today is the day to wear a fabulous fur coat…think Diane Von Furstenberg.
This morning the winter storm should head out pretty early, but there may still be a little light freezing rain early. It should warm up to 42 this afternoon and expect continued cloudy skies. Wear something inspired by this Lela Rose look—with tights of course.
Even if you choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you will at least be able to celebrate warmer temperatures! Today’s high will be 51 and we should see some sun peak through those clouds finally. Date night? This look is perfect!
Hello fashion lovers! I am a meteorology student at NCSU and avid fashion-lover who understands how closely my two passions coincide. Fashion is incredibly dependent on the weather and season. When you wake up in the morning (or night before-if you plan ahead) you likely check your lame iPhone app to see if it will be hot or cold and sunny or rainy. You probably don’t consider things like the severity of the rain, wind chill, blustery winds (I know you’ve had plenty of “why did I even bother doing my hair today” days), and humidity. Good news, I do. It’s my job. Nothing disgusts me more than seeing people dressed like Alaskans when its 70 out and people in shorts when they should be wearing a winter coat. And I want to help make this campus a more fabulous place in every way possible—so you can start helping with that by checking here at the start of each week for my fashion forecast and checking my twitter page (twitter.com/ncsuwx) for updates.
XOXO Kat Campbell
A cold front will bring rain and cooler temperatures than this past weekend. Our high today is 58 and we will see rain in the morning into early afternoon. After lunch, temperatures should fall rapidly. Tonight’s low is 35. You’ll want to wear your rain boots today with leggings and a tunic/jacket or a long-sleeve shirt. Keep an umbrella handy. For late afternoon classes you can change out of your rain boots.
Chilly and cloudy today with a high of 41 and low of 40. There will be some patchy light rain or drizzle in the second half of the day. Today shouldn’t be as wet as yesterday so just look out your window before heading to class. You can get by today with just a hood and not an umbrella. You’ll get plenty of wear from your rain boots this week so if you want to give them a rest today regular boots or tennis shoes will be fine. Definitely wear a jacket out today and keep warm and cozy—nothing is worse than cold rain.
Today will again be mostly cloudy and warmer (High of 63) with blustery winds. There’s a 60% of showers and the possibility for some storms. Wear a trench coat, jeans, rain boots, and button down with a cute French-style hat. Keep that umbrella handy.
Finally a break from the rain (for now, check twitter for updates)! It will be cool out today with a high of 49 and partly cloudy. Wear jeans, leather boots, and a leather jacket today—think Cara style! Also take this chance to style your hair while you can!
Expect a rainy start to your weekend (again, check twitter for updates). As of now it should be mostly cloudy out with a 40% chance of light rain. Dress similar to Monday.
Yeah… right. The time is here when everyone is trying their best to keep up with their New Year’s Resolutions. Remember when you promised yourself you would go to the gym 5 days a week and instead went twice, and then claimed that you were too busy? Or when you were going to write in your journal everyday but the pages are still blank? New Year’s resolutions hardly ever last past a few weeks. It’s hard to keep yourself motivated and stay on task. So, why not just set a few goals and try some new things this year. Keep it simple and you can follow through! And relating your goals to your passion can also help, which is why I have created a list of style resolutions that should be easy to keep up with!
Shop your closet!
Let’s be honest… that top you bought a year ago is still sitting in the back of your closet with the tags on and everything. Clean out all the junk and you’ll probably find multiple pieces you forgot about or never even knew you had! It’s amazing what a little organizing can do. Reinvent the clothes you already have instead of just buying new things all the time, and you can get more from your closet.
Don’t be scared of trying new trends or caring what other people think. Your style says a lot about your personality, so being different says you are a fun, daring person. Put on those leather pants and strut your stuff!
Fads are definitely fun to follow, but they go out of style super fast. It’s important to have those staple pieces in your closet that will never go out of style. It’s hard to remember this when you’re out shopping with your friends for that party you’re attending this weekend. But these trends often can be expensive, and you end up throwing them out anyway. This year, tell yourself that every time you go shopping, you will buy something you will wear a lot more than once. Neutrals, jeans, whatever the piece is…make sure you will want to wear it for a long time. It will save you money in the long run and you’ll look good doing it!
Add more color to your wardrobe! Yes, neutrals are always necessary and classic, but adding some color can really dress up your outfits. Add some colorful accessories or shoes to that little black dress or try out that bright red jacket you’ve been eyeing.
Don’t like it? Throw it out! A lot of people struggle with the problem of wearing the same few outfits over and over again. This year find the time and place to wear each piece of clothing you own. If you don’t want to be caught dead in it, then just give it away! It helps solve the problem of a messy closet and really let’s you get use out of all the pieces you’ve bought over the years.
You may love her, you may hate her, but the girl’s got style. Some of her outfit choices are a bit questionable (flesh tone latex bra and underwear… What was she thinking??) and her performances even more questionable, but she does whatever she wants and makes no apologies. I’m talking about the wannabe queen of twerking, Miley Cyrus. All of her twerking and tongue wagging could have completely backfired, but the singer’s off-the-wall antics are paying off. Miley just solidified her spot in the fashion world as the face of Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2014 ad campaign.
The ads feature Miley on a dark, sandy beach strewn with two other models. Miley invokes the androgynous nature of Marc Jacob’s ads wearing a navy embellished blazer, burgundy shorts and black floral sneakers with minimal makeup and messy, boyish hair. One model is lying on the beach next to her and the other is lurking in the background. The ads have a dark, almost otherworldly feel to them; it is definitely not somewhere you would ever expect to see Hannah Montana.
Most people thought she was crazy when she cut her hair short and started to completely change her image, but since then she has become one of the most talked about young stars in Hollywood (and has made millions off of personal appearances and publicity). It now seems that Marc Jacobs is a Miley fan as well.
In an article from WWD, Jacobs gushed about Miley, saying, “We all just love her and her entire being, her energy, her talent, her intelligence, everything…There’s nothing I don’t like about her. She is genuine and very natural.” One person on the Jacobs’ team isn’t as much of a fan of Miley. The designer’s usual photographer, Juergen Teller, didn’t want to photograph Miley and refused to shoot the campaign. Jacobs defended his choice and instead teamed up with photographer David Sims for the shoot.
Miley first shocked America when she posed nearly nude for the cover for Vanity Fair at age 15. Although Miley was still the star of Hannah Montana at the time, this cover marked the beginning of the end of her squeaky clean image. Now that photo seems like child’s play compared to her barely there body suits, mesh shirts, and pasties.
The question now is will Miley be featured in more fashionable campaigns? Will she be the new “it girl” of the fashion world or is her campaign with Marc Jacobs merely a fluke?
Only time will tell, but Miley will have to step up her image if she wants to make her way in high fashion. Actually wearing clothes instead of trying to shock and awe with her near-naked looks would be a good place to start. Miley gives credit to Marc Jacobs for her stylish image, and hopefully the campaign and close ties to the designer will help her hone a more fashion forward image instead of giving the appearance of a bad 90’s pop star. We’ve all witnessed Miley’s transformation from clean tween Disney star to pop’s wild child… Maybe Miley’s Marc Jacobs’ campaign marks the beginning of a new transformation: to that of high fashion style star.
Writer: Jenna Calderone
Awards season is hands down my favorite time of year. I live to watch
the A, B, and even C list stars walk down the red carpet and display the
most fabulous looks their contracted stylists could muster.
The Golden Globes took place last Sunday, and there were some truly
miraculous get-ups; here are some of my favorites.
1. Lupita Nyong’o
I’ve been following newcomer Nyong’o with some interest for the past
few months, and I’m not the only one who noticed her ability to pull off
saturated, brilliant colors and amazing structure like none other. She
was radiant in a red caped sheath Ralph Lauren dress.
2. Emma Watson
Another all red gown, but this time with a twist. Watson has never been
scared to try something daring, like when she chopped all of her hair
off into the pixie cut seen ‘round the world (much to the dismay of
some fans). Here, she makes the best of both worlds in a simple Dior
hybrid ensemble. She really can pull anything off.
3. Elizabeth Moss
In a dark turn of events, Elizabeth Moss took the chosen hue of the night and tweaked it, looking nothing short of sexy in a sequin accented J Mendel with a lot of cutouts. The oxblood color, high-to-low hemline, and dark, blunt haircut all contribute to her slinky, structured look.
4. Amy Adams
In what was surely an homage to the character she portrayed in American Hustle, Amy Adams showed up in a retro two-toned Valentino gown featuring a plunging neckline and a lot of cleavage. She accented her assets with a low-hanging Lorraine Schwartz necklace and sported a braided updo, leading to an ethereal and effortless overall look.
What is a best-dressed list without one offender? Sticking to the red color palette, Julie Bowen completely missed the mark with this strange velvet and shoulder-padded Carolina Herrera nightmare. It kind of looks like she just put some darts in a 1980s prom dress, doesn’t it?
There’s no place like home for the holidays…
Casey brings presents home in an Urban Outfitters skirt and Madewell tissue scarf. Her presents include a college friend, Davis, who wears Raybans, Barbour shirt, LL Bean boots, Timex watch, Old Navy vest, and Seven for all Mankind jeans.
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings when friends come to call…
Davis lends a helping hand to Casey’s high school sweetheart who wears Ralph Lauren shirt and Chaps sweater.
Oh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go…
Anna, in Bevello’s Free People top and maxi skirt and Fab’rik’s chunky necklace, falls instantly for Davis. In a Wildfox sweater and pleather leggings from Bevello Jenna passes out gifts to the hopeful couples.
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas, from the bottom of my heart…
Jenna pulls out the final batch of cookies she intends to carry with her to a holiday party while wearing Fab’rik’s gold top, pencil skirt, and necklace.
Maybe just a half a drink more - put some records on
while I pour…
Anna rocks Fab’rik’s sparkle sweater, leather pants, and necklace. Davis displays Michael Kors watch, American Eagle Jeans, and Cole Haan shoes.
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing…
Waiting for the ring, Casey—in knit dress and necklace from Fab’rik— stuns Adam with her beauty.
Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is you…
In nervous hopes for her one wish Anna grabs the spotlight in Bevello’s gold sequin top dress.
Everyone dancing merrily in a new old-fashioned way
Adam sports Urban Outfitters plaid pants and Nautica shirt while holding the best gift of all on his arm.