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Class to Night Out: Leather Look Dress

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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.

With pre-fall items entering stores now, I can’t help but let my mind wander to the crisper, cooler months of the year. Fall is my favorite time to shop; I just love all of the luxe fabrics and rich colors that the season has to offer.

Even though the weather is still scorching, there is a way to incorporate fall trends into your wardrobe now. Leather and leather look accents and pieces will definitely still be around for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style a leather look shift dress for both class and a night out. Read on for tips on how to make this colder weather trend a part of your summer wardrobe!

Leather Look Dress: Class

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Product Information: Dress, Shoes, Bag, Necklace, Mascara, Lip Gloss

This faux leather shift dress is an appropriate cut for the summer months, since the loose fit and short sleeves will keep you breezy and cool. Keep the black hue from looking too blah by adding a pair of black-and-white closed-toe sandals and an edgy white perforated tote.

A sparkly white-and-gold statement necklace breaks up the black of the dress, and looks fabulous layered over the higher neckline. Add some mascara for a touch of glamour and a sheer yet shimmery light pink lip to keep things fresh.

Leather Look Dress: Night Out

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Product Information: Dress, Heels, Bag, Bracelet, Necklace, Lip Pencil, Blush

This dress is a blend of edgy and girly, and looks especially chic for a night out when you add pink and gold accessories. Two-toned pink pumps and a light pink bib statement necklace make this black dress more summery, while a gold cuff bracelet and a glittery box clutch glam up an otherwise edgy dress.

Keep the balance of sweet and sleek going with a velvet matte hot pink lip in this cult classic NARS color and a pink flush on your cheeks.

Your thoughts?

Would you ever wear a leather look dress? To class? For a night out? How would you style this faux leather dress? 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 I Wear, What I Mean: Fashion and Identity

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Judging peasants’ style choices. | ELLE

Fashion is a language and, whether you shout at the world about who you are in bold red and leather jackets or whisper in a soft harmony of pastels and feminine silhouettes, you need to know the grammar. Or, do you?

A brief retrospect shows a clear link between identity and fashion choices. The queens and kings of the past didn’t dress like commoners and call it “peasant chic.” Don’t wear a headband and a braided beard in 1960s if you’re not for free love and against the Vietnam War. A girl wearing that shade of bloody rouge lipstick must be a streetwalker. Only people with provincial taste don’t match their shoes and bags in color. May I ask in which prison did you get that lovely tattoo?

But times have changed, as they tend to do. Queen Elizabeth wearing gray skinny jeans doesn’t even surprise anyone. Okay, okay, just kidding with this one, yet I can’t help but notice (my Carrie Bradshaw moment right here) that meanings and the lines of acceptable have become rather blurry (luckily just talking about fashion, Robin).

So, is fashion language nowadays lacking in obscenities and metaphors, character and poise? Is it spoken by fewer and fewer people? Is the fashion language dead?

The Creation of an Identity

“Understanding that people are always a worse version of who they want to be is a way of loving them.” – Spencer Madsen

Whatever aesthetic you’re after springs from who you want to be… or at least seem. Identity creation is heavily influenced by culture and environment, whether it’s a Lynch heroine or a professor-lady crush. It adds references to your fashion talk. Consistency is key. Details are essential. Just ask Wintour’s bob or Lagerfeld’s cat.

It’s common to assume that fashion choices are about who we are, but actually it’s a wannabe’s game. In life you can fail to become, but in fashion you can’t fail to seem. Every choice is a sum of bits you wanted to steal from others’ identities, their stories you wanted to live.

Well, at times who we want to be says more about ourselves than who we are, doesn’t it?

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It’s the scarf. It was secretly always the scarf. | From the BBC series Sherlock

The Destruction of an Identity

After a while, your friends start calling certain styles “oh my God, so you!”, and you begin to think that your fashion identity has become too predictable to reflect your true self. You want to stop identifying with what you wear.

Only you can’t: everyone is playing the game of judging by the look. There is only one way to remain an enigma: confuse the hell out of everyone.

There is a technique in modern literature called “writing like switching TV channels:” “The sky is changing color. Riot.” or “I am sad. Just like Picasso’s museum in the rain.” It’s a great way to keep the intolerant contemporary reader interested. Apply it to fashion.

Your rules can be “there are no rules.” Mix it all together. Be a hippie, a queen, and a peasant at the same time. Why choose between leather and satin or between two patterns, if you can choose both and revel in an overdose of references and styles? Borrow from everyone, yet steal no one’s image. This is the only way to escape the burdensome “this is so you.”

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“Ugly” shoes are a philosophy. | ELLE

Ms. Alexa Chung practices this technique with great success: she wears everything from ballet flats and pink dresses to jeans shorts and all sorts of “ugly” shoes. She is the confuser. And also the It-girl of our confused times.

The Dangers of Fashion Language

“A student activist came into my European History class today to talk about the documentary he made about homeless people in NYC. After he left people talked stuff about his shoes.” – ggiver

Underneath all the flairs and flower crowns, fashion language is filled with deadly dangers. One of them is the overvalued stock of fashion talk. Oftentimes, just like in the quote, it even deems what you have to say irrelevant. When Russell Brand talked about Gandhi and Che, the journalists heard “boots and tight pants.”

But the fashion world is moving on from meanings and messages. Fashion has transformed from something similar to literature, where every scene has a message, into art, where the very image, deprived of a message, stands for itself; from symbols and metaphors into abstract visuality.

So is It Dead?

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She just likes alternating and direct currents. | Photo Credit

You approach a guy wearing an AC/DC T-shirt hoping to travel the highway to hell together, but it turns out he just liked the tee in Forever 21. You think he is a fraud, but being a fraud is the trend. You don’t have to assume meaning and he doesn’t have to put meaning into it.

Fashion language is dead; this is the time for fashion art. Tattoos and no dress codes in the workplace are increasingly common. You certainly can create a consistent identity or be consistently unpredictable, but the next step is not using fashion for communication. No one has to align style with message. No one is “asking for it.” To hell, I say, with “creating a consistent brand for yourself!”

Hooray for style for the sake of style; bright and meaningless, sparkly and fun. Be light-headed and reckless in your fashion identity. Be postmodern; it’s in vogue.

Thoughts?

Is your identity related to your style? Does it carry a message? Are you more a narrative or an image? Do you find the transition confusing or liberating? Tell us in the comments.

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Coupons & Sales: Week of 7/25/14

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Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* Aeropostale will give you an extra 30% off clearance items through 7/27. Enter coupon code EXTRA30 at checkout to receive discount.

* Alternative Apparel is offering an additional 30% off sale items with code SUMMER30 through 7/28.

* Calvin Klein is offering 40% off sitewide through today, 7/25. Exclusions apply. Discount automatically applied at checkout.

* Chinese Laundry is having a huge sale, with up to 75% off select inventory while supplies last. Quantities are limited, so shop now for the best selection!

* dELiA*s will give you $20 off plus free shipping over $75 with code DHH75 or 15% off plus free shipping over $75 with code DHH15 through 8/21. Plus take 20% off full price items and BOGO free on clearance items with code NEW4YOU through 7/28.

* e.l.f. Cosmetics has the following deal: Get $10 off, plus a $10 reward code when you spend $30 or more. Use code TREAT10 at checkout through 7/28. The reward code will be sent via email to customers on 8/1 and can only be used 8/15-9/15.

* Far Fetch is offering an extra 20% off all sale styles. Use promo code X20JULY14 through 7/26 at 8:59 am GMT.

* Folica has the following offers: take 30% off their summer sale section with code SALE30 or 15% off summer essentials with code SUMMER15. These deals are valid through 8/31.

* Forzieri is offering an extra 20% off sale items with code EXTRA20 through 7/31.

* Heels.com will give you 20% off your entire order when you use code CRABCAKE through 8/31.

* Hot Topic is offering $5 off orders of $50+ with code HTJLY14 through 8/4. Plus take 20% off sitewide (excluding denim) through 8/9. Prices as marked.

* J.Crew Factory has new arrivals 30% off (prices as marked). Plus enjoy 20% off when you spend $100 or more. Use code SHOPMORE through 7/27.

* JCPenney has the following deal: Get an extra 20% off when you use your JCPenney Credit Card or an extra 15% off with any form of payment on select original, regular, sale and clearance- priced apparel, shoes, accessories and home purchases. Some exclusions apply. Use code BUYTODAY through 7/29.

* Kiehl’s will gift you 5 packette samples with every order. Just enter code SAMPLES at checkout through 7/27.

* Les Nouvelles is offering an additional 25% off their spring/summer collections through 7/27. Use code PLUS25 at checkout.

* The Limited is offering 40% off all full-priced items and an extra 40% off sale items. No code needed! Deal ends 7/29.

* Lori’s Shoes will give you an additional 30% off sale styles with code SUMMER30 through 7/27.

* Macy’s will give you an extra 20% off with code SUMMER through 7/27. Exclusions apply, see site for full details.

* Maurices has all apparel BOGO 50% off through 7/26. Enter promo code ALLBOGO714 to receive discount.

* Nike will give you free 2-day shipping on orders over $75 through 7/30. Enter code RIVAL and select 2-day shipping at checkout. Excludes NIKEiD and gift card purchases.

* Nine West is offering an additional 30% off sale, for a total savings of up to 60%. Offer ends 7/29, no promo code needed.

* PacSun will give you 20% off your entire order plus $1 shipping when you use code 20FORYOU through 7/29. Applies to regular priced items only, excludes markdowns and certain brand restrictions.

* Puma will give you an extra 20% off sale items. No code needed. Offer ends 7/27.

* Sally Beauty Supply has clearance curling and flat irons and extra 50% off through 7/27. No code needed!

* Steve Madden will give you an additional 30% off Women’s Clearance with code SIZZLE. Offer valid while supplies last. Plus get 15% off your order of $75 and free shipping with code JULYSM1. Offer excludes clearance and is valid through 7/31.

* Tilly’s is offering an extra 50% off all Red Tag Clearance accessories through 8/4.

* Torrid has everything BOGO 50% off through 7/29 when you use code SUMMER50. Plus take 10% off your order with code AFTDJLY1410 through 8/4.

* True Religion is having a private warehouse event, with up to 60% off select styles through 7/27.

* Walgreens is offering 20% off wall decor with code WALLDEAL20 through 7/30.

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Hautelinks: Week of 7/24/14

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Hautelinks - your weekly source for the best of the web

* So much LOL: This angry bunny shares your everyday pet peeves.

* Also funny: These GIFs will never get old. (Bookmark for anytime you’re having a bad day!)

* So cool: Anthony Booyay has created a Game of Thrones sigil for all 50 states.

* If you, like me, are forever searching for a grown-up vanilla fragrance, XoVain has finally found some perfect ones.

* Vulture shares some great moments in dystopian knitwear. (Dystopian knitwear is the best knitwear…)

* Always love stories like this: Seventeen shows you some (relatively) inexpensive celebrity fashion favorites you can grab for yourself.

* Mmm, these mocha milkshakes look beyond amazing and perfect for hot days.

* Also delicious-looking: Red, white, and blueberry watermelon sorbet wedges, from Brit + Co.

* Have you noticed fashion photography’s recent trend towards “Zarafication“?

* Byrdie has some helpful shaving tricks to try.

* Also from Byrdie, a list of beauty products to ditch before you turn 30. Enjoy them while you can!

* So helpful: ELLE has a complete guide to keeping your makeup matte in summer.

* Cool new app alert: Party Party, from A Beautiful Mess, looks like it’s going to be a gigantic hit!

* Since internal and emotional health is important and fashionable: The Vagina Chronicles Podcast features discussions about relevant issues for women and is quickly becoming one of our new favorites.

* Rock on! These 51 amazing ladies will make you even prouder to be a woman.

* If your apartment is lacking in storage, this DIY ladder wardrobe may be just what your room needs!

* Speaking of decor, designer Erica Tanov’s home is described as “the stuff boho fantasies are made of,” and we couldn’t agree more.

* Pop Sugar UK might have just swayed us into the land of the matching set. (They don’t look like pajamas… right?)

* Total eye candy alert: Vogue counts down Beyonce’s best stage looks.

* 37 Solutions for Common Manicure Woes, via Buzzfeed.

* Interesting think piece on a recent Esquire article and the Buzzfeed article about beauty we linked last week: “I don’t care if you like it” – Women are tired of being judged by the Esquire metric.

* Yes, Bustle – we ARE super jealous of Jason Sudekis and Olivia Wilde’s new baby Otis. What a life.

* We’re up for this challenge: 18 Pizza Places to Visit Before You Die.

* Aaaand we’re not sure how to respond to these amazing celebrity impressions.

* If you’ve got an interview in a creative industry, why not try one of these cool outfit ideas from Refinery 29?

* Also from Refinery, some style pros share the products currently topping their fashion wish lists.

* Our new life goal: a “she cave,” AKA a 3-story, 3,000 square foot closet.

* And if you’re stuck with a dorm room instead of a she cave, you can at least make it feel like home with these awesome tricks from Buzzfeed.

* Blake Lively just launched a new lifestyle website and we’re already loving it!

* West Elm shows you the easy way to fold a fitted sheet. So helpful!

* Wow! Master Disney Animator’s New Short Will Take Your Breath Away.

* TOO funny: What if Google was a guy, part 3, from CollegeHumor.

* Because everyone loves a good makeover: InStyle lists the best movie makeovers of all time.

* Vintage photos prove selfies are nothing new.

* The Beauty Department shows you how to make a natural makeup brush cleaner at home.

* Although the “ugly shoe trend” seems to be in full force, it seems some types of conventionally “ugly” shoes are not selling as well as others.

* Beauty High shows you how to get Lucy Hale’s double cat eye makeup look.

* Racked breaks down this week’s Lauren Conrad vs Allure Twitter “feud”.

* Also from Racked, a comparison of vanity sizing at different mall stores. So interesting to see how much it varies!

* Got an ombré do? Keep it looking its best with these maintenance tips.

* Speaking of hair, here are 13 things you didn’t know you could do with a flat iron.

* Nice: Finally, serious women are standing up for fashion mags.

* If you’re attending any state fairs this summer, Buzzfeed recommends you try some of these crazy-decadent fair foods. I am dying to try deep fried cookie dough!

* Aww, this post is both adorable and important — pictures of pit bulls defying stereotypes and being incredibly sweet.

* And finally, Dice the cat won’t share his yogurt with you. Sorry!

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