Easy Formal Event Outfit for Collegiates


With winter right around the corner that means colder nights and the last social events of the semester.

Here at the University of Illinois, winter means countless date events and semi-formals. And, if you’re like me and you’ve got a formal event right around the corner you’re probably going to need something to wear! When I look at all the dresses in my closet I feel like I have exhausted all of my options in terms of what to wear. But at the same time I’m so torn since I want to get a new dress but I don’t want to break bank!

So I’ve found a solution with minimal costs involved! To put a budget friendly and super stylist outfit together start with a form fitting black long sleeve dress like this one from H&M. Not only is it less than $15 but also the long sleeves will help you too keep warm in the cold.

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Now, I know that the dress is pretty simple, but that’s the point. This way you can dress it up in any way you like. Maybe go with a statement necklace like this one from Francesca’s. Or if you don’t want to spend any money, borrow one from a friend!

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Or, if don’t really like necklaces, go for a statement earring and bracelet. The sparkle doesn’t have to always be around your neck! Bauble Bar is the perfect place to find the perfect statement earrings and bracelet on the cheap, and you even get 15% off your first order!

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As far as shoes go, you’re definitely going to want to be in heels because that’s the nature of these more formal events. And sometimes it’s fun to wear heels out because they can really elevate an outfit. Depending on the accessories, I would go with either a nude or black heel. Really it’s just whatever you prefer.

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All you need now is a purse and a jacket and you are good to go! Personally I would go with a simple and small black purse that fits all the necessities. That’s it! Now you have the perfect and inexpensive outfit that’s perfect for the dressy events that are right around the corner.


First Day of College Classes – Choose Your Shoes!


When you initially get thrown back into the school zone, one of the last things you’re going to be thinking about is what pair of shoes you’re wearing.  A sturdy and stylish pair of shoes can make rushing around campus a bit more comfortable. Plus, if you’re confident in the way you’re presenting yourself (from your head down to your toes), you’ll be more likely to have a good first day.

1.  Sturdy Sandals

Most of us want to look a bit dressier on the first day, but we don’t want to wear our dressiest pair of shoes;  sandals are the perfect solution.  A leather pair with some sparkle can easily be worn with dresses and skirts.  They combine the aesthetic of flats and heels with the comfort that you need and love.

2.  Stylish Sneakers
If you want a more casual look, a nice pair of sneakers is the way to go.  White Converse have been all the rage for the past year! Their popularity is not going to change any time soon, so you can proactively invest in a pair now.


3.  Sporty Tennis Shoes

It is perfectly acceptable to wear tennis shoes on the first day, and it’s pretty smart thinking too.  All the girls who opted for wedges and heels will definitely be envious.

4.  Not-So-Subtle Slip-Ons

Slip-ons are not only super durable, but also practically effortless (hence the name).  Mix a patterned pair with a simpler outfit for a chic twist.

5.  Snazzy Espadrilles

Lastly, if you’re seeking a European vibe, try out some espadrilles.  Find the right pair, and you’ll look as though you came straight from a J. Crew store–or one of its European counterparts.

What are some of your favorite shoes to wear for the first day of school?

Tori A. from Prep For A Day

Emerald to Kiwi: Trends are ‘Going Green’


Green showcases yellow’s sunniness and thoughtfulness with blue’s cool mellowness to create green, the soothing color we associate with nature, vitality and friendliness. This hue has been receiving recognition in recent years with specific shades like emerald and mint being trumpeted as hottest trends. If worn properly, it can add a refreshing touch to your look; if you find the right shade, it can actually detract from your overall appearance. Keep reading for practical tips!

Find the right green for your skin

Because green has both warm and cool undertones, almost anyone can pull off a shade of green. The trick is to find the right tint specifically for you. While this may come down to trial and error, be aware that most people look better in tones that lean towards blue rather than yellow. The latter runs the risk of making the wearer come across as jaundice and is often associated with illness.

Use it to spice up your features

Green eye shadow will make brown irises pop and, when mixed with warm metallic, will bring out the flecks of gold in green eyes. While floral crowns or green hair pins will look lovely in blond and brunette tresses, redheads will dazzle when they contrast their warmly colored curls against emerald accents. Of course, green can add a fun dash of color to any outfit with a green nail art.

Have fun with accessories


greentrends3Whether it is with pumps, statement-making necklaces, purses or belts, green can be both elegant and playful. For a feminine daytime look, pair it with blues, lilacs and off-whites. For a sharp nighttime attire, contrast it with blacks, corals and plums. Softer versions can be stylishly featured alongside silver, while gold will add attractive warmth to deeply rich shades.

Go for the unexpected

You can absolutely wear a green shirt, but why not be attention-grabbing by featuring it in somewhat unique ways? A green blazer will add an uplifting touch to a professional look; green skirts paired with a naturally colored blouse is a lesser seen look; or couple it with a bold pattern like leopard or zebra.

Bring green from the closet to the dorm room

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Green will look equally appealingly in your dorm room as it will on you. OCM has plenty of dorm bedding options that incorporate green detailing, as well as floor area rugs that offer variations in tints and interesting patterns. Because of its naturally pleasing, relaxing nature, you can use it in large quantities without overpowering the senses, and it will pacify your nerves before stressful happenings like tests, interviews or more.

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My Favorite Outfit for Going Out


Its 8:30 on Friday night and all of your friends are ready to go out on the town and blow off some steam after a stressful week of Chem labs and essays except you’re still sitting on your bed with 4 or 5 outfits laid out in front of you. Decisions, Decisions.

In order to give you some inspiration, a few of our student writers let us pick their mind and shared a few of the essentials they NEED to have when going out.

Joanna, Suffolk University

When getting ready for a night on the town, I like to be both stylish and comfortable. My go-to outfit usually consists of black skinny jeans, a white loose-fitting blouse, and a fitted leather moto-jacket. While my taste in clothing can be described as minimalistic, I like to make my shoes the statement piece of the outfit. Whether its chunky black combat boots, retro NIKE’s, or chic flats, I prefer my shoes to be both bold and sensible (high heels are not my forte). For a handbag, I always stick with a black side satchel for easy, hands-free convenience. Of course, no outfit is complete without hair and makeup to match. Depending on my mood, I will either leave my hair down with long, loose curls, or slick it back in a straight ponytail. As someone who loves experimenting with makeup, I usually like to pair my ensemble with a bold red lip and dramatic cat-eye. I finish it off with a few spritzes of my favorite perfume, and it’s out the door I go!

Monique, University of Central Florida


Choosing what to wear out for me is always a question of what setting am I going to be in and who’ll be there? Typically, if it’s a nicer setting and I’m going with my best friends, I will definitely be putting on a pair of heels with a skirt and cute top. I am, however, particular about my heels ÔÇô they have to be something that wonÔÇÖt kill my feet after being on them for several hours and also ones that wonÔÇÖt get ruined with drinks spilled on them. So, suede is a no for the bars! If itÔÇÖs a less formal setting, IÔÇÖll usually opt for a pair of jeans, a tank top and maybe wedges or flats. ItÔÇÖs all about getting the right mix of comfort and style!

Rachel, Drexel University


I’ll be the first to admit that I have at least dozen blazers in my closet. They are a style essential for interviews and, when you sport this style with ornate detailing or bold hues, they’re perfect for nightlife. I have an affinity for black’s ability to naturally make me look slender, and would be lost without my black skinny jeans and my many “LBDs.” In order to not have my outfit be humdrum, I like to add a dash of red or pink to give femininely energetic dynamic to my outfit (check OCM’s blog post about combining black-and-white with color). This can be done through jewelry, lip color, pumps and, of course, a blazer.