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Class to Night Out: Chambray Shirt

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Chambray Shirts from: J. Crew, American Eagle, Tilly’s

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

A classic chambray shirt is a wardrobe staple that every college girl should invest in. It’s a style that’s here to stay, and there are so many different ways to style a chambray shirt. With so many washes and cuts to choose from, there is bound to be a one out there to perfectly complement your wardrobe.

In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style a classic chambray shirt for both class and a night out. Read on for tips on how to style this versatile piece:

Chambray Shirt: Class

Chambray skirt and pleated skirt outfit for class
Product Information: Shirt, Skirt, Necklace, Bag, Shoes, Lip Gloss, Nail Polish

Keep this light wash chambray shirt looking classic and girly for class by pairing it with a pretty pleated skirt in a peachy hue. Slingback leopard print flats lend a ladylike touch to the ensemble, and are also a stylish summer-to-fall transition piece. Keep all of your essentials in a classic black patent tote.

A feminine statement necklace peeking out underneath the collared shirt adds the perfect amount of sparkle. Finish the look by painting your nails a sweet light pink hue and swiping on a shiny lip gloss.

Chambray Shirt: Night Out

Chambray shirt night out
Product Information: Shirt, Pants, Necklace, Bag, Heels, Lip Color, Mascara

This chambray shirt has a totally different vibe for a night out when paired with cropped, pewter-toned vegan leather leggings. Since the pants are so shiny, keep the rest of the look neutral.

Edgy accessories, like these black pumps with a trendy track sole, a black crossbody bag with chain detailing, and a double-layered hematite necklace, take this chambray shirt from day to night flawlessly. Finish the ensemble with big lashes and a bold orange lip.

Your thoughts?

Would you wear a chambray shirt? To class? For  a night out? How do you style yours? Let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, and tell me what other pieces you’d like to see featured on Class to Night Out!

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What Should I Wear… as a Sorority Girl?!

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What Should I Wear…?! is a biweekly column that is here to answer that very question. If you have an event coming up that has you stumped fashion-wise, this is guaranteed to be your best source for outfit inspiration when you need it the most!

Sorority row at Washington and Lee university
At dawn, all’s calm on sorority row… until the sisters must awaken and decide what to wear. | Photo Credit

In my last article, CF reader Sara requested a post that would answer what she should wear as an elected officer for her sorority during the coming semester. More specifically, outfit ideas for events that occur during the first month of school.

While we do have a very helpful guide to sorority recruitment - a.k.a. Rush Week – we haven’t covered what to wear after active members have settled into “the house.”

As a sorority girl, you dress not just for yourself, but as a representative for an organization with rich history and tradition. An organization of women that know how to dress.

Sorority sisters 1950s
Practically prom posing, with matching outfits and pearl necklaces. So, nothing’s changed, huh? | Photo Credit

For this post, I have created outfit sets that correspond to all of Sara’s requests, and hope they help her and all of you other sorority girls out there. Even if you aren’t in a sorority though, and maybe even cringed when you got a glimpse of the title, I encourage you to continue reading. These outfits work for other occasions, too!

As for all the Thetas, Betas and Zetas, each outfit is attributed to a specific sisterhood. If you don’t belong to one of the sororities below though, don’t feel discouraged! Certain elements from each look (colors, mascots, flowers, etc.) can and should be altered to fit your specific sorority.

Also, I am aware that not all of these organizations are referred to as sororities (many were founded before that term was popularized) and I apologize for the generalization, but I am just trying to reference that they are all for female-based Greek letter organizations. Lastly, I just wanted to mention the sororities mentioned here were chosen randomly – CF has no favoritism.

Let’s get to it! From recruitment to stag outings, here is what you should wear as a sorority girl:

Campus Tours

Chi omega chapter house university of arkansas
Chi Omega Chapter House at the University of Arkansas | Photo Credit

Often one of the many duties for sorority girls that are in appointed positions, the outfit you wear to give campus tours has to look presentable (since accompanying parents need to be assured that you are the best kid on campus for the job) yet still reflect that you are a student, and thus approachable to prospective ones.

Chi Omega

Chi Omega inspired outfit
Product Information: Blouse, Shirt, Blazer, Skirt, Shoes, Pendant, NecklaceEarrings, Nail Polish

Look in-the-know when giving campus tours in the fall with this ensemble. Layer a basic tee over a sleeveless collared blouse, and tuck that combination into a skirt. Add a blazer, then accessorize with fun and character in mind.

Black flats not only match the blazer, but pull the whole outfit together. These LC Lauren Conrad shoes are a softer take on trendy d’Orsay flats, plus they’re super-comfy if you’ll be on your feet for a long period of time.

Chi Omega’s symbols are, as you probably deduced, the owl and – get this – skull and bones. Needless to say, they have been able to keep themselves looking pretty on-trend the last couple years while modestly displaying their sisterhood.

Delta Zeta

Sorority officer campus tours delta zeta inspired
Product Information: Dress, Jacket, Shoes, Headband, Earrings, Watch, Rings, Nail Polish

When you are in a sorority, a lot of events (and photo-ops) require a nicer dress, and it’s important to make that piece work for more than just one occasion… especially when you consider how valuable you closet space at school is! Throw a jean jacket over any dress and it becomes unrecognizable – no matter how many Instagram pictures are surfacing, I promise.

Continue that vibe by pairing the dress with edgier shoes. Now at this point, I know you’ve probably developed a habit of pairing pretty dresses with neutral pumps, but it’s okay to give them a break every once in a while; they will still be in your closet when you need them. Again, I chose flats because you will be walking everywhere when giving tours.

Finish up with accessories that add polish, but are also sneakily practical: a watch, because you can’t just keep whipping your phone out to check the time while giving a tour (you’ll just look like some punk trying to sneak in a text or two), and a headband for windier days (we must never sacrifice our image to the unpredictability of weather).

Confession: I chose Delta Zeta for this look because their mascot is the turtle and, if you are giving a tour to people, you are bound to think they all move slower than the Dee Zee’s green buddy!

First Meeting

How exciting! The first chapter meeting of the semester. If you, like our dear CF reader, Sara, are in a position of authority, you have to look reliable and remind others why they elected you in the first place. You need to dress for success, and I believe Zeta Phi Beta could help us here.

Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi Beta sorority outfit
Product Information: Jacket, Top, Bottoms, Wallet, Shoes, Earrings, Necklace, Nail Polish

My first piece of advice? Wear pumps. Heels command the attention of the room, improve your posture and confidence, and are a must for any woman that is in a leadership role. Apply this when you enter the “big girl” world and get a “grown-up” job. No matter how cute and comfy those Tory Burch flats are, they are just not going to cut it in the board room.

Also, don’t forget a jacket or blazer for a polished look that exudes authority. Tone down your inner dictator though with soft additions, like the white lace top and delicate jewelry. The colored trousers also add a fun and on-trend touch.

Zeta tau alpha sorority girls
Female frat fun: return to the comforts of the lettered t-shirts as soon as you can, though! | Photo Credit

Recruitment

This time is also known as “Rush Week,” and discussions about what to wear are always focused on those pledging. However, the actual active members have just as much stress when it comes to figuring out what to wear.

Yes, it is intimidating when you are putting yourself out there as an outsider, but the women already in the sorority also feel the pressure of having to look good. After all, they have to make their house look the most appealing, right?

Zeta Tau Alpha

Zeta Tau Alpha recruitment outfit
Product Information: Top, Skirt, Shoes, Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet, Nail Polish

When it comes to formalities of the sorority recruitment process, you want to be able to deck yourself out in your Greek gear (you never wake up thinking you picked the wrong sorority), but the T-shirts bearing your letters are just not dressy enough.

Wear your colors – just in a nicer outfit – and have fun with jewelry that incorporates your symbols. (Here: the 5-point crown earring.) Get creative with how you rep it, too. For example, since the official philanthropy of Zeta Tau Alpha is breast cancer education and awareness, I chose pink peep-toe pumps.

Delta Sigma Theta

Sorority officer rush week delta sigma theta
Product Information: Dress, Belt, Shoes, Earrings, Ring, Nail Polish

If you have sorority colors that are bolder (like red), sometimes you just don’t want to deck yourself out in those hues head-to-toe. That’s where adding color “pops” comes in: use accessories to incorporate those bright shades and keep the base of your outfit neutral.

Again, use accessories to creatively represent your sorority; Delta Sigma Theta’s mascot is the elephant, so we picked this gorgeous gold ring. Also, you don’t have to wear your sorority’s flower as a floral crown on your head, so pick a nail polish color that matches those petals.

Delta sigma theta sorority members
This is how you do it. Clearly, they don’t need my fashion advice… pshh. | Photo Credit

The Parade

You could go all out in your Greek gear, but if you are a supporting spectator, why not get creative and go with a classically contemporary ensemble? You realize, of course, that you have to show up all those other houses, right…?

Delta Gamma

Sorority officer Greek parade delta gamma inspired
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This outfit perfectly encapsulates the nautical Delta Gamma style and would be a great choice to wear to the Greek or Homecoming parades. Remember the overall theme your sorority has - sometimes that alone is enough to create an identifiable outfit that incorporates various trends, which is what we did here.

Choose pieces that not only represent the spirit of your sorority, but can be worn again and again. What do I mean? Well, here I picked out sailor “love knot” earrings and a lifesaver pendant necklace that communicates exactly how everyone feels after the craziness of Rush Week/during first month of school: “SAVE ME”! Neither of those are directly part of the Delta Gamma branding, but they are related in concept.

Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Omicron Pi inspired look
Product Information: Overalls, Shirt, Bag, Shoes, Earrings, Hair Accessories, Lipgloss, Nail Polish

Let’s just address these overalls first: I’m making a case for them, because I think they should go from trend to a closet staple. Thought a dress was a no-brainer? These are even easier to throw on, plus they are just as versatile as any ol’ pair of jeans. I think the pair pictured here is perfect for chiller weather, which makes it a unique choice for an evening parade this autumn.

Next, let’s focus on that adorable bag. Bet you wish you pledged Alpha Omicron Pi now, since the panda is their (unofficial) mascot. To pay more homage to the little guy, I chose a nail polish named “Red My Fortune Cookie” and hair chopsticks. The ’90s are back and everyone knows it; we have a feeling these hair accessories will be coming back in the near future, so get a jump on the trend revival now.

Alpha Omicron Pi is the only sorority with one color, which is why, to show our pride, we really painted the town red - I mean “cardinal” - with this ensemble.

Stag Outing

Gamma Phi Beta house at the University of Oregon
Gamma Phi Beta Chapter House at the University of Oregon | Photo Credit

The term “stag outing’ means something different to every sorority chapter, but it typically depends on what region you live in. Historically, stag outings (which is also a term for bachelor parties) were an outing for all of the original frat boys to burn off some testosterone and bond. You know, rafting, fishing, camping. When women began to organize similar groups, they also wanted to have these events, and still do.

Some female Greek letter organizations have stag outings that are day of community service. Others are sort-of grown up versions of a sleepover, meant for bonding, complete with an overnight trip and lots of “trust exercises.” Often, these will bring together different chapters of the same Greek letter organization.

The next three looks each represent one of the activities mentioned above: camping/outdoor activities, volunteer work, and sleepovers.

Gamma Phi Beta

Sorority officer stag outing gamma phi beta inspired
Product Information: Shirt, Pants, Vest, Hip Pack, Shoes, Socks, Earrings, Water Bottle

For a day spent in the wilderness, you will need to think out and plan your outfits based on the weather. This look serves as inspiration for some basic pieces you should bring with you, like comfy pants, basic tees, and sneakers. I chose Gamma Phi Beta for this category because their philanthropies all endorse youth fitness and camping.

I love the fanny hip pack for these type of activities, and you know they are back in when Victoria’s Secret makes a version. Another must-have is a water bottle; the one pictured here is from my favorite brand, Tervis. Plus, it’s already adorned with the Greek letters!

Kappa Alpha Theta

Sorority officer stag outing kappa alpha theta inspired
Product Information: Shirt, Bottoms, Backpack, Shoes, Socks, Earrings, Nail Polish

Sorority sparkly, but still perfect for volunteer work. Always wear shoes that cover your little toes (you never know what could happen) when doing more intensive work than usual. Also, make sure you still invest in a good pair of socks, like these no-show ones, to prevent blisters.

Pick your jewelry carefully. You don’t want to wear rings or a necklace – have you ever gotten your necklace caught on something?! One word: ouch! Small studded earrings are okay (these are twin stars, just like one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s symbols). You can also add some extra bling with nail polish.

Sigma Lambda Gamma

Sigma Lambda Gamma outfit inspiration
Product Information: Pajama Set, Robe, Slippers, Nail Polish

For overnight trips, especially when other chapters may be there (you have to dress to impress even as you rest!), a subtly sexy look is a good way to go. I chose Sigma Lambda Gamma for this category because they have the most classic and girly color combo for a sleepover: pink and purple. Plus, with a panther as their mascot, they know a little bit about that subtle sexiness I just mentioned…

Tell me what you think:

Are you in a sorority? If so, which one? Did yours appear in this post? Did these outfits help you? Did those of you not in a sorority still enjoy the article? Anyone pledging this year? For those planning to, CF wishes you all the best of luck!

Let me know in the comments if there are any special events or occasions you would like to see covered in “What Should I Wear…?!”.

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Coupons & Sales: Week of 8/22/14

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Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* Aeropostale will give you $25 off your order of $100 or more, plus $5 flat rate shipping. Use code 25OFF through 8/24.

* Alloy has several offers going on right now: get free shipping on orders over $25 with code JJAAF, get 20% off any order with code AJJ2, take $20 off plus free shipping on your order of $99 or more with code AJJ20, or take 15% off $0-$99.99, 20% off $100-$149.99, 30% off $150+with code AJJRMN. All offers valid through 9/18.

* AllPosters.com is offering 35% off all orders through today, 8/22. Use promo code APCBTS35 at checkout.

* American Eagle Outfitters will give you 20% off plus free shipping when you enter code 83V547V1 at checkout. Offer ends 8/24.

* Ann Taylor is offering 50% off select full-price and all sale styles. No code needed; offer ends 8/24 at 5PM EST.

* Anthropologie will give you an extra 30% off sale styles for a limited time. Discount reflected at checkout.

* Bluefly will give you $15 off your first order when you spend $150 or more in Home & Garden. Use code HOME15 through 8/31.

* dELiA*s has the following deals: get $20 off your order of $75 or more plus free shipping with code DHJ75 or take 15% off plus free shipping over %75 with code DHJ15. Plus all graphic tees and jeans are BOGO 50% off. These offers are valid through 9/25.

* e.l.f. Cosmetics will give you their Studio Luxe Brush Collection (a $45 value) for just $5 with orders of $30 or more. Use code CLUTCH through 8/25.

* Famous Footwear is offering 15% off plus BOGO 50% off with code SCHOOL92 through 8/24.

* Folica has the following offers, valid through today 8/22: get 15% off plus free shipping with code FREESHIPPING100, get 15% off plus a free gift on orders of $75 or more with code FREESOLIA, or take 20% off sitewide with code BESTDEALS.

* J. Crew is offering 25% off select styles with code SHOPNOW through 8/25.

* JCPenney has the following deal: Take an extra 20% off with your JCPenney credit card or an extra 15% off with any other method of payment. Exclusions apply. Use online code GOBUYIT through 8/24.

* Lancôme has a deal that’s good for today, 8/22 only: will give you 30% off select denim styles, plus additional discounts on sale items. Use code EXTRA30 at checkout through 8/24.

* Levi’s will give you 30% off select denim styles, plus additional discounts on sale items. Use code EXTRA30 at checkout through 8/24.

* Lord & Taylor is having a summer clearance sale, with up to 75% off through 8/27.

* Madewell has a code that’s good for 20% off select in-between-seasons styles – enter HOTANDCOOL at checkout through 8/25.

* Nike will give you 20% off clearance items through 8/26 with code BIGTIME.

* Nine West is offering an additional 30% off sale with code EXTRA30. Deal ends 8/24.

* Puma is offering free shipping on all orders through 8/24. No code needed!

* Sally Beauty Supply has the following deal: save 25% on orders $50+through today, 8/22. Enter promo code 555250 at checkout. Offer excludes OPI, sale and clearance items, equipment, gift cards and Beauty Club memberships.

* Shoes.com will give you 20% off plus free shipping with code SECRET20 through 8/30.

* TOMS will give you 25% off select items through 8/26. Plus take $10 off $50 MarketPlace orders with code MP10 or $10 off any $100 TOMS branded purchase with code TOMSSUMMER. Both offers valid through 8/31.

* UrbanOG is offering $10 off orders over $60 with code TENSIXTY or $5 off any order with code FIVER through 8/31.

* Yoox.com will give you an extra 20% off select men’s and women’s items with promo code SHOPPING20. Offer valid through 8/25.

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Hautelinks: Week of 8/21/14

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Hautelinks - your weekly source for the best of the web

* Bless this post: In light of what’s going on in Ferguson and information pouring in from all sorts of media outlets, one Tumblr user has compiled a long list of good, active sources to follow for info.

* A fashionable statement you can make to help: The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” tee benefits Operation Help Or Hush, which began offering aid to protestors in Ferguson and is now including a lot of focus on general community outreach (meals for kids, etc.).

* Also Ferguson-related: Chris Hayes discusses the paradox of race in America.

* On a somewhat lighter note, this is a great idea: There’s a petition to put a Robin Williams character into the next Zelda game.

* How addicted to coffee are you? Find out with Buzzfeed’s interactive quiz.

* Another fun quiz: Which city suits your style? I got NYC – what about you?

* Loved this: How to Make Decisions in the Dressing Room, from UnFancy.

* The Tumblr, “OMG, hold up, I love this song!” will take you on a musical trip down memory lane. I had forgotten so many of these…

* Speaking of nostalgia, Teens React to Saved by the Bell.

* OK, one more for “back in the day”: Things You Forgot About Your MySpace Page.

* XoVain lists the best drugstore brands for vegan and cruelty-free makeup.

* 8 Amazing Movies to Get You Pumped for Back to School Season — just what we need!

* Also from HelloGiggles, 7 Male Celebrity Feminists.

* Important stuff: A new app may help spot skin cancer, according to Vogue.

* A basic timeline from Buzzfeed of female “firsts”- we recommend enjoying this link with Wikipedia in another tab to research the ones that catch your interest. A fun little “research” project for a lazy afternoon!

* For a little celeb gossip, we were both surprised and excited to hear that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin of Coldplay are now together – here’s the scoop on them.

* We are obviously psyched about this: Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte returns this week!!!!

* 22 GIFs Guaranteed To Be The Most Interesting Things You See Today, via Buzzfeed. Mesmerizing.

* Celebrities warn against the dangers of binge-watching TV, via EW.

* Fascinating: Gut bacteria are bullies in your body who demand you to eat pizza or go on a Nutella devouring spree, according to the Atlantic. Do you trust your gut?

* Buzzfeed has a pretty good packing list for freshmen.

* ELLE shares some good skincare tips from a facialist.

* Speaking of which, Makeup.com has an article on facials you can do yourself! We’ll definitely be trying the “Goddess Venus’ Complexion” facial ASAP.

* Beautezine has a video that will make you start wearing sunscreen, if you aren’t already slathering it on daily.

* Byrdie has a great list of quick beauty secrets every girl should know.

* Oh boy. This is what happens when buckets of ice go astray.

* Speaking of which, this post is fascinating because the ice bucket challenge, despite being used for social media fun, has actually resulted in a lot of good and money donated.

* And in final ice bucket news, watch Anna Wintour take the challenge! Pretty awesome – and surprising! – that she did it.

* There’s always room in your life for pretty neutrals, right?

* Lauren Conrad shares some tips for decorating with a roommate.

* How pretty is this off-the-shoulder top DIY? Try it now before summer ends…

* We always love these types of posts: Inexpensive celebrity fashion finds that average folks can actually afford, via Seventeen.

* Racked took an in-depth look at meditation as an alternative health trend that is becoming mainstream. Do any of you meditate?

* So touching: Short film Pothound follows the life of a street dog. It’s won numerous awards and is sure to tug at your heart strings.

* And finally, if your heart isn’t sufficiently melted from that film, these photos are sure to do it. So cute!

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