College Fashion Essentials

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When you’re a college student, you have to be smart and economical. That means that all unnecessary purchases are a no-go. You may think that one can’t possibly pull of stylishness on a budget and a limited number of pieces. However, there is a way to work around this if you learn which key pieces to invest in (and by this we don’t mean spend a chunk of your money). To that end, we have created the ultimate list of fashion essentials that will get you through the year on a budget, without sacrificing your style.

When fun meets appropriateness

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We used to think of plaid blazers as something professors wear, but oh, how times have changed. Everyone, from celebs to fashion bloggers to mere mortals is jumping on one of the most stylish (not to mention practical) trends of the season – the plaid trend. The best reason to add a plaid blazer to your wardrobe is definitely its power of transformation. With it, you can create great date-looks, mix with sportswear for more casual, athleisure vibes, and it can make you look sharp and polished in classes even on those days when you feel completely run over.

The ones that work for you

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The life of a college student is a hectic one, to say the least. This is exactly why you don’t need clothes that make you work hard to pull them off. You want something that works for you, not against you. So, the most sensible way to be in style while being comfortable is to choose jeans as your go-to when it comes to bottoms. Take the time to try on different styles and find four pairs of jeans that fit well and feel good. Aside from being the sensible choice, these are easy to mix and match and create outfits for almost every occasion.

Party time

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College parties are usually chill and low-key, so there’s no need to dress to impress. Still, you should always have one go-to garment and something along the lines of colorful designer kaftans may just fit the bill. They are, as the name says, playful. The colors are vibrant, but they’re not to ‘dressy’ so you’ll never look overdone or like you’re trying too hard. Throw a cute pair of Birkenstock shoes and a denim jacket into the mix and you’ve got yourself the ultimate frill-free party combo.

Simplicity above all else

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When life gets busy, so does your bag, so you better invest in a great, (and also a big one), that can handle everything you throw at (or in) it. A leather tote is the absolute best way to go. This bag can carry more items than you can imagine while never giving away the fact that it’s about to burst. You can put your laptop in it, along with your beauty essentials, notes, coffee, your pet, extra sheets – you name it, it can handle it. Black is the obvious choice because you will have chic moments, and this bag is ready to play that part as well.

Keep it warm

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If you have someone to keep you warm indoors, good for you. Now, no matter how much in love you are, your bae won’t keep you warm once you step outside. That’s why you need to pull out the big guns – a great coat and a blanket scarf. Stylish scarves are quite affordable, so feel free to get several, as they will serve as a great accessory. This way, the coat can be nice and classic, and come from the neutral color family, and you can then use the scarves to diversify your outfits.

Made for walking

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Yes, glitter boots are very nice and trendy, but can you wear them to your 9 am class? We didn’t think so. However, just because you can’t really rock the trendiest boot of the season during a college winter, doesn’t mean the alternative is any less on point. Of course, the alternative is a pair of ankle boots, and if you don’t want to look ‘too neutral’, you can always spice things up with the color of the season – red. Red boots will surely elevate any look, and the style allows you to pull them off in a way that is noticeable but not too ‘out there’.

When it comes to smart fashion choices, finding the balance between trendy and timeless is key.

Black Friday Deals for Students to Look Out For

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Fall break is here, and we are thrilled for some rest, relaxation, turkey time, and shopping! Black Friday isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re personally stoked for scoring some major deals. With the holidays on our mind and a budget to keep, we’ve got our eye on eight specific items that are must-buys when you’re in college. Here’s our shopping list to help you get started.

  1. Blankets and Bedding

Snuggly and warm go on massive discounts come Black Friday sales. Score new fluffy pillows for under $10. Maximize your warmth with heated throws for pennies on what you’d normally spend. Freshen up your dorm look with inexpensive quilts and flannel sheets sets. When it’s on sale, you can give your room a makeover.

     2. Summer Clothing

It may not be advertised, but Black Friday is almost always the time when stores push all their unpurchased summer clothes to super clearance. Score on basics like t-shirts and tanks. Find a cute dress or two to add to your wardrobe. And don’t forget about replacing your shower flip flops!

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     3. Laptops and Tablets

Here’s a pro tip: this is pretty much the only time you’ll get discounted Mac and Apple products, tech fans, but it won’t be much. Instead, consider standing in line for a very inexpensive, yet durable Chromebook or tablet as a stand-in. It’s perfect for college student needs, and you can often grab one for under $200!

     4. Entertainment Tech

When we think of Black Friday, we think of TVs. But a new flat screen isn’t the only thing we’re picking up this year. Headphones, especially big brand names, are always price cut. And don’t forget speakers, game consoles, and Blu Ray players.

     5. Fitness Gear and Clothes

Ahead of New Year’s resolutions, stores start to push activity and fitness items out the door come Thanksgiving. Popular items include activity watches, workout armbands for your phones, hand weights, yoga mats, and running shoes. At least you’ll work off your turkey calories.

     6. Movies and Games

We sometimes find Black Friday to be a crapshoot when it comes to smaller entertainment items, but not this year! So many stores are putting out deep discounts on movies and video games that we actually want to own. There’s even talk of Cyber Monday deals with downloadable movies from sites like Amazon!

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     7. Kitchen Appliances and Utensils

This is the time to replace your mom’s old coffee maker or that rice cooker that’s on its last limbs. With appliances going for as little as $10, you can buy a lower brand model and then replace each Black Friday for the same price or less as an expensive version.

     8. Jewelry and Accessories

Besides cheesy gold and silver mom-type jewelry, accessories don’t get enough hype this shopping season. But if you know where to look, you can find statement pieces that are totally your style. A great trick is to go to a clothing store you love and browse their selection. More than likely, they’ll put a sale ticket on small items like jewelry and you know the style will be close to what is already in your closet.

There you have it – our list of the top deals you should start scouting out for Black Friday! Let us know where you find the best deals and who you were able to cross off of your holiday shopping list!

Layering Basics as the Temperature Drops

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the jacket and scarf combo. A staple for colder months

The cold is finally here, and we’re pulling out all our winter gear and clothing. From stylish sweaters to chic blazers and coats, we’re ready to rock the fall and winter wardrobes. But a fall outfit can go cold fast if you don’t know how to rock the multiple garment look. That’s why we’ve created this list of layering basics so you can stay warm and stylish at the same time.

1.     Master the Double Roll Sleeves

Long sleeves that hang over your wrist are the worst. It makes you look sloppy and not put together. But this fashion faux pas is hard to prevent if you don’t have model-length arms. Instead of looking less than your best, learn how to do the double roll sleeves. Start by unbuttoning any buttons. Then, turn the cuff inside out and fold back once. Use the length of the cuff to determine how wide to make the second roll, which should be near your elbow.

2.     Keep Your Whites Crisp

One of our favorite classic looks is a white t-shirt under a pop of color sweater or a great flannel shirt. The only downside is that white doesn’t stay white for long. Even if you’re not using your t-shirt or tank to work out in, every day, wear and tear can make this look go from neat, to cheap in seconds. Be sure to do a quick bleach bath of your whites about once every other month or so. That, or buy cheap and resign yourself to buying replacements when necessary.

3.     Know Your Textures

The varying of textures is an important part of any stylish outfit. Pairing wool with wool or cotton with cotton isn’t very fashionable, and it can come across as boring or lazy. Try mixing a leather trench with a polyester tank, a fuzzy sweater with a silk blouse, or ripped jeans with a structured flannel and undershirt.

Cardigan, jeans, and boots. A cold weather staple

4.     Add Layers With Oversized Scarves

Scarves have been making a comeback for years now, but they can’t get any hotter this season! While thin or infinity scarves were a thing last fall, this year is all about long, thick, and tri-point style is what you need to be rocking. The best thing about larger scarves is that you can make an entire layer out of them! Add them to a simple long sleeve shirt or tuck them neatly under a casual coat for a daytime look everyone on campus will love.

5.     Avoid Baggy

Oversized is the look to have this year, but it can be tempting to do too much on a smaller frame. The only way to make loose work is to understand how to balance big and fitted. Go with a tunic style dress and add a structured cardigan with pleats or leather cuffs. If you’re wearing gaucho style pants, make sure your layers on top are more fitted to your body to balance the silhouette.

6.     Fit is Key

No matter what you’re wearing, you need to be sure it actually fits. We’ve already talked too big, but an even worse mistake is squeezing into a sweater or jacket that’s too small. Buttons should sit flat, zippers should make it to the top, and fabric shouldn’t pull around your waist or chest. Before you buy or pick out of your closet, do a “sit, stand, and move” test in front of your mirror to make sure everything looks just right on your body.

With these layering basics, you will be ready to tackle those cold mornings and late nights with exceptional style!

Our Favorite Halloween 2017 Makeup Looks

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Clown with red nose

Your costume is only one part of your Halloween look. Where you should really spend your time is with your makeup. Using what’s already in your makeup bag, you can transform your costume using these awesome tutorials! Which one do you plan on trying this Halloween season?

     1. Basic Pennywise

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9sNJhVyYaA

Everyone’s favorite horror clown is going to be the Halloween costume of the year. Getting the makeup right is essential. This vlogger shows how to get the job done and scare all your friends in the process.

     2. Disney Villians

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJfi2AN_rmY

Being evil never looked so good. With looks from Ursula to the Queen of Hearts, you can get in the spirit by recreating your favorite bad girl looks from childhood movies.

     3. Dark Disney Princess

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K1gLHmC7Bw

If you’re going to go Princess-y, you might as well go dark too. These reimagined princess looks will have you gasping at the site.

     4. Makeup on the Go

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a24nYM3tT8

Minutes to go and no costume? These easy makeup looks are so simple that just about anyone with a makeup brush and a small palette can do in ten minutes or less.

     5. Gothic Twist

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SjGZzyN81M

Witches, pirates, fairies, and other Halloween staples don’t have to be so innocent looking. With a little gothic makeup, you can paint a more sinister picture while still looking fantastic. You might even take some of this makeup advice to your regular look.

     6. Shining Skulls

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVgQV6v_QKY

One of the more classic makeup looks is to get down to the bone. Using shadowing techniques and vibrant colors, this neon skull is a great conversation look. Pair with an all black outfit or glow-in-the-dark costume.

     7. Dollar Bill Lace Skull

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shzxWIoQ7d0

It’s not hard to find skull makeup tutorials to fit your style. But we especially dig this one for the low cost makeup and the attention to details. It’s perfectly pretty and fits just about any outfit.

8. Basic Zombie

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xQEG1JMKI

Zombie princess. Zombie president. Zombie football player. Zombie… you name it! Zombie-fy your costume with makeup looks that is as easy as it gets.

     9. Emoji Pro

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21otnaBvQ44

You don’t need makeup to look like the “whatever” emoji, but for the smiley faces, you could use some help from a big bottle of yellow and a tiny bit of creativity. This is a great costume idea, but make sure the person wearing the poop emoji knows what he or she is getting into.

10. Retro Girl

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dau67xQ7oA

Vintage is in and so are 1920’s-1960’s characters. Get your pin-up, flapper, and hippy vibe using makeup tutorials that match the era of your costume.

     11. Superheroes

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYiF_0VFVD4

Some of our favorite movie characters are the best ones to recreate in costume. This tutorial breaks down the Gotham ladies — Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. You can even find pop art and cartoon versions of these looks if you want to get even more artsy with your makeup!

That wraps up our list of favorite Halloween makeup looks. Hopefully, you are inspired to take your costume to the next level. Let us know which look you decide to go with!

Campus Style on a College Budget

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High-end fashion shopping spree

Staying up on fashion trends is one of our top hobbies. But paying for clothes off the runway, at boutiques, or through our favorite designers has us entirely at a loss. How can you be as fabulous as can be when you can’t afford to wear what’s in? We break down 10 ways we’re keeping our style within your budget — spending little (sometimes not even a penny) on the latest trends.

  1. Throw a Closet Party

We grow out of our clothes faster than we like to think. That’s why throwing a closet party with your most fashionable (and closest-in-size) friends is a fast way to find new clothing staples. The rules are simple: bring clothes to exchange and only take the number you brought yourself. Whatever is left over can be donated to a local charity.

     2. Rent Directly

There are a ton of businesses who make bank allowing you to rent high-end designer pieces. The prices can range from $20 to $100, but you’ll get a thousand-dollar (or more) look without anyone knowing it isn’t yours. For those very special occasions, this is one of our go-to options.

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     3. Go Thrifting

Thrift stores are everywhere — and with good reason. Many of them specialize in designer pieces, specific sizes, and high-quality goods at unbeatable prices. Make an afternoon out of it, and visit a couple to score some great deals! Find one that fits your style, and most importantly your budget.

     4. Re-sell and Profit

Did you know you can sell your old clothes and then use the profits to buy new pieces? Sites like eBay and Polyvore are crazy-addictive, and they make a great side hustle for frugal college fashionistas with a good eye for what’s on trend.

     5. Borrow from a Fashionable Friend

Find your new BFF: Best Fashionable Friend. Your wardrobe will love the updating, even if temporarily, and you can bond over pieces you see in magazines or on your favorite celebrities. It’s a win-win!

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    6. Build a Capsule with What You Have

Minimalists will tell you that capsule wardrobes are a must. Build a wardrobe with staple pieces that are simple and high quality. Once you check off the pieces you need, then you can use Pinterest and minimalist sites to make hundreds of outfit possibilities!

     7. Check Resale Groups

Facebook and Craigslist are awesome places to find a deal on new clothing. Just be safe about what you buy. Always use cash. Pick up in a public spot, even bring a friend. And do your research on if the piece is real or fake before you purchase.

     8. Become a Clothing Couponer

While extreme couponing for clothes isn’t as easy as it is for groceries, you can get good discounts on clothing when you know where to look. Ebates, for one, gives you cash back for online purchases. Loyalty programs can alert you to exclusive discounts. And don’t forget your college ID! Stores like J. Crew offer a percentage off when you show it at the checkout.

     9. Hit Up Salvation Army and Goodwill

The time it takes to double check for stains and tears is worth it when you can find pieces like gently worn Lululemon for 75 percent off or Kate Spade dress for under $20! Go on discount tag days for even bigger savings.

    10. Make Your Own

Who says you must wear only designers? Recreate your favorite looks by following patterns and buying a used sewing machine. A class, experienced friend, or YouTube tutorial can show you the basics. In no time, you’ll be designing your own wardrobe!

While in college, staying on top of the latest fashion trends is one of the most important things. Spending within your budget can pose some unique challenges. Let this list serve as a starting point for more creative ways to look fashionable and save money!

Fabulous Fourth of July Fashion

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It’s the middle of summer, and that means fireworks, hot dogs, and red, white, and blue — it’s Independence Day! The Fourth of July is a day for relaxing, getting together with family and friends, and celebrating the birth of our nation. But just because you’re chilling out doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable! Here are our suggestions for looking your best this July 4.

 

Candy Stripes and Blue Jean Shorts

This effortless look is great because it isn’t limited to Fourth of July. A sleeveless red-and-white striped top paired with some traditional blue jean shorts will show off your patriotic pride without sacrificing your sense of style.

 

Flag Accent Nail Polish

Jazz up your nails with this funky design. Four fingers of regular red polish can become super American with a bit of extra flair. If you’re not great at making cool designs out of polish, you can always use stickers to get the same effect.

 

Patriotic Scarf Braid

This super-easy 3-minute scarf braid will make you the talk of the Fourth of July barbecue. All it takes is a French braid, a hair tie, and a flag or red, white, and blue scarf. You can even add more flair with a few silver stars or by tying the end of the scarf in a bow.

 

Fourth of July Ponytail Holder

This one takes a bit of work, but the end result is totally worth it. All you need are red, white, and blue bandanas, a hair tie or scrunchie, and a pair of scissors. The end result is some cool flair that will make you look DIY chic.

 

DIY No Sew Flag Top

This cool, vintage-looking shirt is a breeze to make. You will need is a white shirt, red and navy spray paint, some painter’s tape, a piece of cardboard, and some scissors. If you’re not feeling the flag look, you can also spray paint the shirt with red, white, and blue stripes using the painter’s tape and spray paint by themselves.

 

Red, White, and Blue Eyes

Spice up your makeup with this killer, cute red, white, and blue design inspired by Old Glory herself. This cool vintage look has a modern twist using both traditional makeup and a bit of costume flair.

 

American Flag Cutoff Jean Shorts

These are some of our favorites! Take an old, worn-down pair of jeans, and make them into something festive and fun with just a few easy steps. By using an inexpensive flag bought at an art supply or thrift store, you can make your new cutoffs go from ‘yow’ to ‘wow!’

Pieces That Transform Any Outfit with No Effort

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There’s no denying it – we all long and strive for that, at times, elusive effortlessly striking appearance. Everyone deserves to feel and look great in the clothes they wear, but not everyone has the time and patience to experiment, try on outfit after outfit until perfection is achieved. This is why nowadays we rely on our trusty fashion bloggers. Why? The answer is simple; what makes these seemingly ordinary people extraordinary is their impeccable style and a ‘nose’ for fashion. They’ve tried it all, so we don’t have to – they’ve done the legwork so we can reap the benefits and take only the best for ourselves, so let’s just dive in and see what those Holy Grail essentials are. These are the pieces that create an outfit that transcends the sum of its parts, and we deserve to have and rock them.

All about them jeans

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Every fashionista knows that rule number one of the ‘effortlessly striking’ rulebook says ‘you must have that perfect pair of ripped jeans’.  They can take different shapes and colors, skinny, mom or boyfriend jeans – all as long as they’re ripped. There is a certain dose of rebelliousness to this kind of jeans. However, the greatest thing about a truly great pair of jeans is that their ability to adapt to any given look and occasion. Lunch date – no problem; a pair of pumps and a white dress shirt and you are ready to casually dazzle. Lazy afternoon – done and done; a gray tee, a pair of Converse All Stars and a satchel – the street style hashtag practically writes itself.

 

Style enhancer; no, life enhancer

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If you’ve ever tried to calculate how much better your life would be if you owned a really great biker leather jacket, the answer is 78.9%. Jokes aside, this is truly one of those garments that don’t only uplift an outfit but your spirits as well. It’s always a little edgy, eternally stylish and can go turn any outfit from casual to elegant in the blink of an eye, (or a change of a dress). Don’t take our word for it, go try one and you’ll see how it makes you feel…and look.

 

Spice up your life

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Every so often our closets, like our life, can get a little dullsville, and that is exactly the time when a splash of color is absolutely necessary to spice and shake things up. Minimalism may be the dominating trend de jour, but there is still nothing like a vibrant kaftan to liven up an outfit, as well as your entire day. These garments are absolutely amazing – they’re like a dress, (the simplest thing you can pull out of your closet), but just a bit more fun, and you can easily find a large variety of kaftans online and liven up your wardrobe in a minute.  You can wear them alone, with leggings, with or without jewelry – they are enough to create an outfit.

 

When in doubt, go with non-colors

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If you could sneak in and take a peek inside a fashion blogger’s closet, you would most certainly find an abundance of basics – gray, white and black shirts and tees to be exact. These clever and fashion-savvy gals know that the secret fountain of effortlessness lies in great basics. Always stock up on these, there is no such thing as too many basics. While vibrant colors serve to spice things up, basics are there to tone things down and help you escape a look that is too busy or overdone or worse – like you’re trying too hard. P.S. Leggings fall under basics too.

 

While on the subject of black

It can’t be helped – black just has a way of making everything more chic, and that extends to bags as well. So, whether you want to rock a tote, a sling or shoulder bag, it should be solid, sleek and black. When you look at a bag and mull over the idea of purchasing it, ask yourself this – can I take this to work and then go straight to a party after? If the answer is yes, then you’ve found your go-to bag.

 

If you could only have one pair of shoes…

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Sure, bloggers live in an abundance of shoes, but if they were faced with the option of choosing one pair and forsaking all others, there is no doubt that they would keep the mighty black pumps. First off, they’re black, which means they go with everything. Secondly, the slim heel makes everything super-sleek and sophisticated. Thirdly, they’re incredibly flattering and make the legs look longer, and finally, they make everything more chic without being too loud.

 

They make a statement when they have to, and stay silent when it’s not their time to speak.

How to Do Beach Season Like a Fashion Pro

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Summer is almost here and with its arrival, you should try to forget about your college worries. After all, it’s time to have some well-deserved fun in the sun and at the beach. But how to look your best at the beach when all you did in the past several months was study? Well, it’s never too late to shape up and choose the most flattering beach fashion for your particular body type.

Get fitter

First things first – do your best to get fitter. Of course, there’s hardly any time left before you can hit the beach but that doesn’t mean that you should give up. By getting physically active on a daily basis you will definitely notice a positive difference after just a couple of weeks. And when there’s room for improvement, why miss it? This is true for both girls and boys – if you can make your beach fashion look even trendier and more flattering on you, why not do it? Yes, you may not be able to get to your desired fitness level during this time but as long as you put some effort into it, you’ll feel a lot more confident. And confidence is the key to looking like a true fashion pro.

Minimalist style

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If you’re a sporty type who likes a dash of elegance, going minimalist with the style of your swimwear is definitely the right choice. Not to mention how huge minimalism is as a trend this year. Bikinis with clear cuts and lines, in bold yet not so vibrant colors are a great option for the ladies. On the other hand, young gents will definitely enjoy the flattering swim shorts style just above the knees. Go for neutral colors and hybrid design that can turn your swim shorts into surf wear in an instant.

Romantic boho

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While minimalism is definitely a polar opposite trend to boho style, boho is still standing strong. It seems that this style is headed for a timeless title. In that respect, crochet bikinis with flowery details are all the rage this beach season. Paired with flowy beach scarves and jewelry, this look is bound to make you feel like a fashion pro. At the same time, 50s-inspired men swim trunks with tropical prints and bright colors are perfect for a boho-loving gent.

Vintage vibe

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The beauty of vintage fashion will always make you look more confident and unique. What’s more, vintage and retro-inspired bikinis are a perfect match for almost every body type. Therefore, if you want to stand out in the most flattering and fashionable way possible this summer, opt for vintage swimwear. When it comes to men swimsuit fashion, nautical board swim shorts are definitely the way to go.

Revealing trend

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Since sporty and vintage cuts have been so popular recently, one can easily forget about the gorgeousness of high leg bikinis. But the runways didn’t forget. Thin bikini straps that hug your hips and almost touch the waist are still considered the sexiest beach look of them all. If you like the sound of this and the way these bikinis look on you, you can be sure that the beach will become your own personal runway. As far as men’s swimwear fashion is concerned, there are no thin straps and waist-hugging. However, swim briefs with interesting patterns are one of the fashion must-haves this season.

What is your favorite look for this fashionable beach time? Whatever swimsuit you decide to pick up remember to take care of your body. You should never spend too much time in the sun without protection. There’s a huge difference between a suntan and sunburn. What’s more, apart from damaging your skin, sunburns will definitely damage your beach style. Therefore, enjoy yourself to the fullest this summer and feel free to engage in beach fun dressed like a fashion pro but keep your safety in mind all the time.

Hottest Spring Accessories Trends in 2017

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Spring is the time when everything changes: temperatures get higher, everything turns green, and we feel like we’re waking up from hibernation. It’s also the time when we start experimenting with clothes more, due to being tired of having to wear heavy clothes all winter long. Still, spring can also be tricky and go from pleasantly warm to pretty chilly in a day, so it’s good to layer your clothes. All this opens up new possibilities of combining different materials and prints, and these should be accompanied by great accessories.

Corset belt

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In the months that follow, your figure will be drawing attention with lovely corset belts. Not only are they elegant and feminine, but they are also a handy and incredibly effective when it comes to waist-slimming. Fashion designers have recently rediscovered this wonderful item and before you know it, ladies have started wearing these statement belts all the time. You can wear corset belts as casual pieces over boiler suits, or you can channel your inner Goth queen and go for the tight leather ones.

Eye-catching earrings

The rule of the season seems to be that your earrings should be sisters, but not twins. Similar yet mismatched earrings have taken the runways: Marni, Mulberry, and Ellie Saab, among others, have embraced the trend of mismatched earrings. While it’s okay to experiment if you wouldn’t like to wear a completely different pair, pick the ones that are similar in some way: made of same material, have the same color, or identical decorations. This way you will draw attention but not look too strange.  

Choker necklaces still rule

Just when it seemed that chokers are slowly disappearing, they came back in full swing – glitter, faux gold chains, elastic lace, and rhinestones everywhere you look! It looks like the ‘90s are coming back, at least when it comes to jewelry. Chokers are seductive, mysterious, and they are able to transform any outfit in the blink of an eye. Pick a thin, fragile one if you don’t want to look too ‘wild’ at work, or go for a suggestive leather one when you go out. What is more, you can use lovely materials such as velvet, rhinestones, feathers, and pearls to make your own chokers in the comfort of your home.

Tassels everywhere

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When you long for past times and daydream about running away with a group of gypsies and traveling the world, tassels are there to bring that boho vibe to you. Flitter-flutter tassels remind us of hippies and gypsies, and they add a girly yet exotic touch to any outfit. You can wear them with anything: swimsuits, light linen kimonos, earrings, and you can even add tassel pendants to your favorite designer shoulder bags. Be playful and experiment with different colors – spice up your outfit with splashes of royal blue, blood-red, and daffodil-yellow tassels.

Gloves are still on

What comes as a surprise this season is the presence of gloves. We are used to wearing them in winter and seeing them in old movies when ladies go to the opera, but this time it’s different. Gloves we’re about to see this season are made of light materials such as lace, and they have more cutouts and transparency than ever before. Don’t be afraid to wear ruffles, black leather, or long, embellished opera-length ones.

It’s easy to forget how important good accessories are, especially when we focus so much on our clothes alone. If you want to look flawless every time, you should always have a great accessory or two to draw everyone’s attention. Right accessories are the things that can turn a boring or ordinary outfit into an elegant and stylish one in an instant, so make sure to choose them carefully.

 

Spring College Beauty and Fashion Guide

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Have you noticed that the days are getting warmer and warmer? Yes, the flowers are blooming, the grass is greener, and even the sky seems a tad bluer. It is finally time to take off your winter coat and leave it stashed somewhere until the end of the year. Spring is here, and it brings an array of new trends and the need to shake up your wardrobe a bit. Spring is, by far, the most inspirational season when it comes to fashion. It allows you to experiment with colors and patterns and to layer several different pieces of clothes. Here are some fashion tips for this season that all fraternity boys and sorority girls should know.

Go Green(ery)

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Pantone’s color of the year has quickly found its way into the fashion world as a bold statement. Since it symbolizes nature, optimism, and renewal, it is the best shade to be wearing this spring.

Girls: Depending on whether you are a scaredy-cat or a green queen in terms of style, you should wear this shade in accents or go all the way. For subtle flashes of greenery, opt for neutral clothing combinations paired up with green jewelry, handbag, wrist watch or shoes. For more out-there outfits, wear an all-green long sleeved t-shirt with jeans, flared jersey skirt with black, brown or other neutral shade tees.

Boys: Don’t let this bright shade intimidate you, boys. You can easily incorporate it into your spring style by wearing a trendy patch bomber on top of a casual outfit or eye-catching green pants. If you want a more subtle touch, wear green-framed wayfarers or trainers.

When it comes to skincare, although we all tend to spend more and more time outside, it is crucial not to forget to protect ourselves from the damaging UV radiation by using quality sun protection cream.

Make a Statement

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Fashion is more than clothes; it is a means of communication. With this idea, fashion designers have taken printed messages on t-shirts to a more serious level with political statements and important sayings. Now, you can wear your attitude wherever you go.

Girls: One of the most notable pieces on spring fashion shows was Dior’s t-shirt with the sign “We should all be feminists”. What a must-have for a college girl’s wardrobe, right? Wear this, or any other t-shirt with a message that makes you feel comfortable, together with jeans and sneakers or long flared skirt. To make a completely striking look, put sam bold matte lipstick on.

Boys: Don’t think that boys have nothing to say on this matter. We could see Comme des Garçons Plus’s “The King is Naked” tee, MSGM “What do you feel?” question and many other. When paired with denim or plaid pants, tees like these are winners.

Although sunny, springs can be windy, so do not forget to put some lip balm for protection.

Smart Casual

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College style is basically freestyle. It is a time when you’re still searching for yourself, so you can go with whatever feels good. However, there will be some occasions (special classes, guest lecturers, faculty events, etc.) when you will have to add just a bit more elegance to your casual college style.

Girls: A lightweight blouse, pair of jeans and stiletto heels are just as appropriate for a class as they are for a meeting with the dean. Top it with a classic blazer, and you’re good to go. On the other hand, you can always go with long sleeved dresses and heels or ankle boots. After you’re done with the more formal occasion, put a leather jacket over your combination, put your mascara on and you can go to a college party.

Boys: Jeans, t-shirt and a sports blazer are the staples of casual menswear. If you want to take it to the next level, you can pair up corduroy pants, button-down shirt and chinos. If you are into beards, that are eternal beauty statement, do not skip to give it adequate grooming treatment.

To the Beach Everyone!

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One more reason why we love spring so much is because it’s so close to summer. And you know what summer means, don’t you? Hitting the beach with your best friends of course. Summon this season the best way you can – with fashion.

Girls: One of the biggest hits of the season comes straight out of beach umbrellas, Nantucket awnings, and lounge chairs: seaside stripes. How to wear them? Pants, shirts, skirts, shorts, dresses, t-shirts… there is really no end to this.

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Boys: On the boys’ side, we have the return of marine accents, such as embroidered anchors, and navy blue and red accents. Beach means an urge to have a good looking and healthy body, so it is a perfect timing to start visiting your gym. Intensive workout means that you have to work on a healthy diet. Besides healthy foods, you can find some quality supplements online, just to make sure that your body is getting everything it needs. That way you can be sure that you will meet the summer full of self-esteem.

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Follow these few tips, but don’t forget to add something of your own to your outfits. Remember what we said – college style is freestyle.