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Women in Music: Little Mix

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Women in Music features female artists who are either up-and-coming in the music world or are already taking over the industry. Not only is their music hype-worthy, but their personal style is something to admire as well. These successful women are definitely worth watching!

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Photo Credit (From left to right: Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall)

Little Mix is a pop girl group from England who gained fame after becoming the first ever group to win X-Factor UK. Although they didn’t know each other before the competition, the girls now have an incredible bond that has allowed them to work together to create two studio albums. Their first album, DNA, earned them the highest debut U.S. chart position by a British girl group, a record formerly held by none other than The Spice Girls.

Little Mix’s pop-R&B sound has offered them comparisons to well-known girl groups, such as TLC and Destiny’ Child, and these ladies have proved time and time again that they have the chops to perform even without backing music. Just check out their a cappella skills in this video. Their songs range from fun dance music to emotional power ballads with girl power anthems and tight harmonies; it’s hard not to love their powerful vocals and versatility.

Not only have they gained recognition for their music, but also for their fashion choices. Little Mix has been featured in magazines such as Glamour UK, and have inspired enough girls with their style to have their own line of cosmetics!

Want to get into Little Mix’s music? A few songs you should check out to get a feel for their sound are “Wings,” “Move,” “Boy,” and “How Ya Doin’?

Below are outfits inspired by the personal style of each member of Little Mix. Scroll down to check them out:

Jade Thirlwall

Little Mix Jade fashion
Product Information: Top, Blazer, Skirt,  Shoes, Bow, Socks, Bronzer

Jade’s style is typically either very cute and girly, very casual and cool, or a little mix of both (see what I did there?). She likes to incorporate Disney characters, bows, and menswear items, like blazers and suspenders, into her looks. Jade’s makeup always gives her face a beautiful golden glow, which you can recreate with a little bit of bronzer.

This Jade-inspired outfit consists of an adorable Bambi-themed crop top, a skater skirt, and a structured blazer. A pair of black creepers – she has been spotted wearing them many times – paired with ruffled socks make for a great contrast of edgy and girly, and no Jade look is complete without her signature bow.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Little Mix Leigh-Anne fashion
Product Information: Top, Jeans, Heels, Earrings, Necklace, SunglassesEyeliner

Leigh-Anne’s outfits are usually very crisp and clean or a bit more laid-back with a hip-hop vibe. She also tends to go for at least one piece in a drapey fabric, whether that be a boxy crop top (like the one above) or flowy harem-style pants. Some of Leigh-Anne’s go-to pieces are high-heeled sandals and basketball shoes, hoop earrings, snapbacks, and graphic tops/pants.

Snag her style by pairing that floral crop top with trendy boyfriend jeans and strappy heeled sandals. Accessorize with a silver statement necklace and sleek hoop earrings, then slip on a pair of oversized shades. For the finishing touch, create a flawless winged eye with liquid liner – it’s Leigh-Anne’s signature beauty look.

Perrie Edwards

Little mix Perrie fashion
Product Information: Top, Bandeau, Shorts, Shoes, Hat, Eyebrow Palette

Perrie’s style tends to flip-flop between bohemian and rockstar. She wears a lot of florals, fringe, and colorful pieces, then edges them up with things like Doc Martens, cool jackets, and hats. Although Perrie’s makeup is ever-changing, one thing that seems to have stuck is her strong, filled-in eyebrows, which you can achieve with a simple eyebrow powder duo.

This ensemble consists of a sheer paisley top with fringe on the bottom (wear the lace bandeau underneath for coverage), ripped denim shorts, and studded ankle boots. Finish the look with a wide-brimmed hat; a piece that is quite unique to Perrie’s style.

Jesy Nelson

Little Mix Jesy Fashion
Product Information: Top, Leggings, Beanie, Boots, Lipstick, Mascara

Jesy’s style is pretty straight-forward. Black, black, and lots of black. Her sporty-punk look features grungy boots and basketball sneakers, jersey-esque shirts, as well as mesh and leather details. Unlike the other girls, Jesy’s outfits almost never stray too far from her typical mostly-black wardrobe. As for makeup, Jesy can always be seen with heavier eye makeup and super-full lashes.

You can rock her look by wearing a sporty top, leggings with faux-leather paneling, combat boots, and a black beanie. Top it off with a dark red lip and some thick eyelashes.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of Little Mix? Which of these looks is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Know of any female artists that you think should be featured in this column? Let me know in the comments!

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Looks on Campus: Marina – Kent State University

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Meet Marina! Spotted in the student center after a long day of classes, her bright attire caught my eye. Although she claims she doesn’t pay much attention to fashion and trends, it is clear she cares a lot about looking great. Marina presents a very positive, well-dressed image to her peers.

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Marina 101

Name: Marina

Year: Junior

Major: Occupational Therapy

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “My roommate, because she majors in Fashion Merchandising and I love her style.”

Where do you like to shop? Forever 21 and Express.”

What do you do for fun? Do you have any unique hobbies? “I like to hang out with friends, [go] running, and go to the movies.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “I am really into skater skirts right now.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Don’t think too much! Just go with what you like and that’s all that matters.”

Do you have any favorite designers? If so, who? “I honestly don’t know much about designers specifically; I just like certain styles of clothes.”

How would you describe your style? “Very typical girly! I love pink dresses and skirts. Dressing up is always my favorite.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “The weather was nice and I really love this skirt.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? Kim Kardashian, because I love the clothes she wears.”

Elements of Marina’s Outfit

1. Floral Print Skirt

Kent state student wearing a floral skirt

The weather on campus for the past few days has been cold and dreary, but today’s warmth was a pleasant surprise. Marina took full advantage by rocking a bright pink floral skater skirt. The length was perfect for a day around campus and the girly print made quite the stylish statement.

2. Studded Top

Fashionista at Kent State University

Marina’s casual white tank looked great tucked into her bold skirt. The studded detailing around the collar adds additional flair without competing with her skirt.

3. Gladiator Sandals

College trend gladiator sandals

These golden gladiator sandals brought Marina’s entire look together. The braided straps look so chic. In fact, these sandals look more like accessories than footwear!

We want to know what you think:

Do you like Marina’s warm weather style? What do you think about her bold floral print skater skirt? Are you loving those sandals as much as we are? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Runway Looks for Less: Kate Spade New York Fall 2014 RTW

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Kate Spade New York Fall 2014 RTW | ELLE

Kate Spade New York’s Fall 2014 collection blended relaxed yet professional elements to create looks that were fun, put-together, and perfect for college girls! There were blazers, cropped pants, and party-ready looks in vibrant hues, along with more subdued colors for neutral-loving fashionistas. I consider this collection to be a true embodiment of a rainbow. From cobalt to navy, yellow to camel, and pink to black, there were shades (and prints!) for every taste.

Are you lusting over these sophisticated yet fun looks, but aren’t too into such a hefty price tag? Keep reading for three cheap but chic outfits inspired by KSNY’s fall collection:

1. Classic Chic with a Twist

Kate spade fall 2014 look 1
Photo: ELLE

When I first laid my eyes on this getup, I almost sobbed because of how sophisticated and ladylike it was. The neutral colors and clean lines evoked that sort of elegance that’ll never go out of style. However, I was also aware of the more contemporary trends that further elevated this outfit, such as the gorgeous cat-eye sunglasses and the skirt’s fun, giant bow.

Get the Look:

Kate spade fall 2014 inspired outfit 1
Product Info: Top- JCPenney, Skirt- Modcloth, Shoes- DSW, Sunglasses- Mango, Bag- Forever 21, Lipstick (in “Crave”)- Topshop

To recreate this outfit, start with this Modcloth skirt that has the same cute bow detail as the Kate Spade one. Pair with a simple black turtleneck and slip on a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. Grab a black bag with a snap-closure detailing and sleek leopard-print loafers. Finish the look with a sophisticated neutral lip.

2. Sparkles and Cobalt

Kate spade fall 2014 look 2
Photo: ELLE

I love a bright skirt, so when this cobalt blue skirt popped out at me, I knew I had to recreate the look for less. This is definitely one of the quirkier outfits from this collection and features a lot of unique details. Who knew sparkles, cobalt blue, and polka dots would work so well together?

Get the Look:

Kate spade fall 2014 inspired outfit 2
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Sweatshirt- Lord and Taylor, Skirt- Forever 21, Tights- Topshop, Shoes- Topshop, Bag- Nasty Gal, Blush (in “Sunbaked”)- Sephora

For this outfit, start with a cobalt blue pleated skirt and polka dot tights. Slip on a crisp but lightweight button-down and add a sweatshirt with sparkly jeweled detailing. Continue to channel Kate Spade and choose slip-on sneakers. To complete the ensemble, carry a cute bag and sweep on a bit of blush. This layered look is perfect for those cool fall days.

3. (Leopard) Lady in Red

Kate spade fall 2014 look 3
Photo: ELLE

Red and I just get along so well; it’s one of those colors that makes you stand out and it pretty much looks good on everyone. It’s a fiery color that is best styled with classic or fierce details, so the gold chains and giant leopard print were the perfect complement to the red leather skirt.

Get the Look:

Kate spade fall 2014 inspired outfit 3
Product Info: Sweater- Mango, Skirt- Forever 21, Jacket- ASOS, Clutch- Forever 21, Shoes- Charlotte Russe, Necklace- Forever 21, Highlighter (in “Kitten Shimmer”)- Sephora

Get inspired by the designer outfit and pair a red, faux leather skirt with a cream-colored sweater. Slip on a gorgeous faux fur jacket in a fierce leopard print, then accessorize with a red clutch and a delicate gold necklace. Choose slingback booties instead of red pumps to add a little more edge. Finally, dab on some highlighter to get the model’s fab, dewy face.

Your Thoughts?

What did you think of this collection? Has Kate Spade inspired your fall wardrobe? Which one of these outfits is your favorite? Would you wear any of them? Are there any designers you’d like to see featured in upcoming weeks? Remember to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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