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Looks on Campus: Kyleah – Loyola University New Orleans

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Androgynous style seems to be the uniform for many around Loyola’s campus. It must be the colorful, fashionable history of New Orleans that influences this dapper style.

Kyleah is a fellow history major who’s also in my Medieval Women class. One day, Kyleah waltzed into class in a very smart outfit that stood out from the sea of t-shirt-and-jean pairings. She combined casual shorts with a dressy vest and tie to create a sporty yet stylish outfit, which you can check out below:

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Student fashion trends at loyola university new orleans

Name: Kyleah

School: Loyola University New Orleans

Year: Senior

Major: History and Religious Studies

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “I really like the dapper queer aesthetic. Sites like Queer Fashion and Dapper Q give a lot of inspiration.”

Where do you like to shop? “Thrift stores and consignment shops. I usually go to Gap, Banana Republic or H&M.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I usually dress more simple [and] practical. Like I mentioned earlier, I really like the dapper aesthetic.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “It’s really beautiful and sunny outside, but I wanted to dress up a little bit, so this was a really good compromise.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Go with what you like. If you want basic advice, trade out school tops for [a] navy blue t-shirt. Trade your ratty jeans for chinos. Oh, and button-ups – you can be casual and dressy in a button-up!”

What do you do for fun do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I play soccer, a lot of instruments, and I do a lot of activism in the city.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be? Ellen DeGeneres and Pharrell Williams.”

Elements of Kyleah’s Outfit

1. Button-Down, Vest, and Tie

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Kyleah’s button-down is a crisp and classic piece every student should own, and her vest adds to the menswear style that she loves. Kyleah’s vest dresses up her outfit, but is still casual enough to wear to class. Personally, I wear a black waistcoat with skinny pants and loafers to create a chic and comfortable outfit. You can also pair a luxe fitted vest with a skirt for a mix of masculine and feminine. I love that Kyleah finished her look with a tie – it’s a great layered look that really works on her.

2. Two-Tone Oxfords

College shoe trend oxfords

Oxfords have a classic yet dapper vibe, and they’re very on-trend this season. These shoes are comfortable and can be dressed up or down, which makes them an excellent addition to any wardrobe. Pair oxfords with a dress for a playful look or with a button-down and tailored shorts for a menswear-inspired ensemble. Kyleah’s two-toned pair is so adorable, plus the neutral color means they can be mixed-and-matched with a variety of outfits.

3. Brown Belt

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You can never go wrong with a brown leather belt. While the concept sounds basic, Kyleah’s belt is far from boring! The gold buckle and bold stitching really make it stand out, plus it’s ultra-versatile. Try wearing a brown belt wrapped around the waist of your favorite dress, cinch it around a sweater, or grab it to add a little something extra to your skinny jeans.

Do you love Kyleah’s look?

Do you wear vests and ties? What about your multi-colored oxfords? What are you favorite menswear pieces? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

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Runway Looks for Less: BCBG Max Azria Spring 2014 RTW

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BCBG Max Azria Spring 2014 RTW | ELLE 

As a personal fashion rule, I used to try and stay away from what I considered to be “traditionally feminine” fashions. For me, BCBG Max Azria fit into that category. However, as my fashion tastes developed, I began to like a couple of pieces by Max Azria, and when BCBG’s Spring 2014 RTW collection walked down the runway, I knew my love for the brand was solidified.

The loose-fitting pieces featured on-trend colors, like blue and white, along with the slightly darker but always chic combination of florals and black. Azria continued this juxtaposition by pairing heavy cottons with lighter silks and mesh. With this collection, BCBG Max Azria definitely showed the fashion world why, after almost twenty-five years, it’s still a household name.

Want a bit of this fashion house’s spring collection in your closet without spending a ton of cash? Read on for three budget-friendly looks inspired by the always fab BCBG!

1. Little White Dress

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Photo: ELLE

Just like the LBD, the Little White Dress has also been accepted into the fashion hall of fame. In this outfit, Azria plays with the LWD concept with a spring-ready shirtdress. A snake-print jacket edges up the casual dress, but the neutral lace-up heels work to balance out the edginess and keep the outfit perfect for a dinner out or an internship.

Get the Look:

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Product Info: Dress- Missguided, Jacket- Dorothy Perkins, Shoes- Charlotte Russe, Lipstick- Nordstrom, Earrings- Nastygal, Ring- Forever 21

Start off with a trendy white shirtdress in a similar silhouette. We love this brown snake-print jacket (remember: tan and brown are chic and spring-ready alternatives to black!) which we paired with cut-out, lace-up heels. Add a swipe of lipstick in a “your lips but better” hue, then finish the look with delicate boho-inspired accessories, like these drop earrings and daisy ring.

2. Delicate Edge

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Photo: ELLE

From the crisp pleated bottoms to the asymmetrical embroidered mesh blouse, this outfit was quickly coveted by yours truly the moment I laid eyes on it. There’s something fun yet sophisticated about this look – it’s high-fashion, but it’s also totally wearable. Plus, who wouldn’t want these killer black shoes in their closet?

Get the Look:

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Product Info: Top- Nastygal, Skirt- Boohoo, Shoes- H&M, Flat Iron- Target, Heat Protectant- ULTA

For a runway-ready look, pair an on-trend midi skirt with a lace crop top that channels the embroidery on the original top. Choose a pair of chunky flat sandals that are both practical and appropriate for warm weather. To get the model’s gorgeous straight locks, take out your flat iron, but don’t forget heat protectant!

3. Flowers and Leather

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Photo: ELLE

Nothing says pretty and feminine like a floral print, and in this look Azria expertly adorned the delicate print to a fierce strappy top. A leather vest adds a bit of a biker edge, while the chic tailored trousers ground the outfit.

Get the Look:

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Product Info: Top- Nastygal, Vest- Adidas, Pants- Forever 21, Shoes- Charlotte Russe, Bracelet- River Island, Rings- ASOS, Eyeshadow (in Chai Latte)- Target

Recreate this outfit by pairing a strappy floral top with loose yet structured pants. Choose a faux leather vest and comfy but trendy pointed-toe shoes. Accessorize with a gold-and-black cuff and thin gold rings to add some pizazz to the outfit. Lastly, play off the gold from the jewelry with a bit of gold-toned neutral eyeshadow.

Your Thoughts?

What did you think of this collection? Were you inspired to recreate these chic outfits from BCBG Max Azria? Which of these looks is your favorite? Would you wear any of them? Would you like to see a designer featured in upcoming weeks? Remember to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Fashion Inspiration: The Veronica Mars Movie

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Official Film Poster

I’ll admit, I’ve only seen a few episodes of the original Veronica Mars TV series, but I was intrigued when I found out the Veronica Mars movie was coming out this spring. You might have heard how the show’s creator, Rob Thomas, and its star, Kristen Bell, used Kickstarter to raise funds for the film with the help of the show’s devoted fan base. When a series has that kind of support, it must be good, right?

If you haven’t seen the original TV show, it’s about a smart, tough, and resourceful teen detective, Veronica Mars, who lives with her father in a seaside California town. The movie takes place ten years after Veronica’s high school graduation – she’s out of law school and living in New York City with her college boyfriend, and she’s about to get hired by a big-time law firm.

Then, out of the blue, one of her old high school classmates is murdered, and Veronica’s ex becomes the prime suspect. When he calls to ask for her help, she’s quickly drawn back into her old mystery-solving ways. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the trailer:

Though the movie is based around a murder mystery, it’s also about Veronica’s struggle to choose between her new life as a successful New York City lawyer and her old life as a crime-solving private eye. For fashion inspired by these two sides of Veronica, scroll on down:

Big City Lawyer

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Product Info: Blazer, Tank, Pants, Heels, Watch, Eyeliner

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Veronica’s favorite color is black. As a tough, no-nonsense lawyer, her uniform seems to be a pair of crisp black pants, a simple black top, and a fitted black blazer. Pair these basics with black stilettos and a stylish, professional watch. Lastly, get Veronica’s signature makeup look with some dark eyeliner and mascara.

Small Town P.I.

Veronica mars movie black jeans moto jacket
Product Info: Jacket, Tee, Jeans, Bag, Boots, Nail Polish

Back in her fictional hometown of Neptune, CA, Veronica’s signature look always includes plenty of leather (and even more black). Get her style with a pair of black jeans and a striped henley tee, layered with a leather-sleeve moto jacket. For shoes, Veronica almost always goes for a pair of black leather ankle boots. Lastly, a studded bag and black nail polish are essential to her tough-girl vibe.

Thoughts?

Are you a die-hard Veronica Mars fan? Have you seen the movie? What do you think of Veronica’s style? Let us know in the comments!

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Would You Wear… Purple Hair?

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Photos courtesy of ELLE: Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Kelly Osborne

Most of the time, trends catch on after runway exposure, but occasionally, celebrities are the trend-setters. When it comes to purple hair, the latter is the bona fide truth.

From Katy Perry and Kelly Osborne to Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera, Hollywood’s elite are dying their locks various shades of purple. Even Lauren Conrad (sort of) got in on the trend with her recent April Fool’s joke!

Celebs aren’t the only ones with stars in their eyes for lavender locks; they are showing up frequently in real life, too! Kelly Osborne has demonstrated how well purple hair works in everyday life over a long period of time, and we think it’s a look that us students can easily replicate. Not to mention, it’s the perfect way to add a little spring spunkiness into your wardrobe.

Hesitant to commit? Just try chalking your tresses for a fun weekend look that washes out by Monday morning class. Want to go all out? We did a purple hair streak tutorial a few years back that explains the process for a more permanent purple.

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Photos courtesy of ELLE: 1, 2

Thoughts on the purple tresses trend?

Are you a fan of purple hair? If you don’t like it, why? Do you think it would be a fun color to have year-round or just as a weekend change-up? Comment below to let us know what you think!

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