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Looks on Campus: Todd – Kent State University

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Todd is a stylish freshman who made a huge splash on Kent State’s campus as soon as he arrived. His bright personality means that everywhere he goes, someone knows his name. Along with a close friend, he created an Instagram account based on street style at Kent State University and the University of Cincinnati. After only two weeks of existence, this blog has been the talk of campus and everyone is dying to be featured on it.

Todd is smart, creative, and has huge goals he wants to reach before walking across the graduation stage in four years. I am excited to see how far he goes and how much he will accomplish during his time here. Todd’s stylish outfit caught my eye because it is so uniquely him. Each piece is so simple, but when put together, creates such an awesome look.

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Kent State men's street style

Name: Todd

Class: Freshman

Major: Fashion Merchandising

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “I would say Brad Goreski. I love his style. I’m very preppy, but I also would say I am influenced by Kid Cudi. I love his street style and he gave me the confidence to wear crop tops.”

Where do you like to shop? Forever 21, Topman, second-hand stores, and American Apparel.”

What do you do for fun? Do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “Thrifting is my number one favorite thing to do besides working on my Instagram blog, @thelookbook_campusedition. I love brainstorming and coming up with more ways to become a better stylist/creative director.”

What are your favorite trends right now? “I love layering and denim on denim. I’m absolutely crazy about denim shirts or mixing plaids with denim. Another trend I’m obsessed with is oversized sweaters and jackets.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Just be yourself.”

Do you have any favorite designers? If so, who? “I love Diane Von Furstenberg.”

How would you describe your style? “Preppy mixed with street/grunge.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “When I woke up, the first thing I saw on my Instagram timeline was Kanye West wearing leather pants and I worked everything around that idea.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “Pharrell’s closet from 12am to 6am, then Kid Cudi’s 6am to 12pm. Sleep until 3pm, then go link up with Brad Goreski to finish the night off in his closet.”

Elements of Todd’s Outfit

1. Bleached Denim Jacket

Bleached denim jacket Kent State street style

It was a chilly day on campus, so this denim jacket was a functional and essential choice. However, Todd doesn’t dress solely with practicality in mind; the bleached denim has a cool and on-trend vibe that makes a fashion-forward statement. If you are inspired to add something similar to your own wardrobe, this look can easily be DIY’ed.

2. Plaid Shirt

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If you couldn’t tell by the way he styled his look, Todd is a fan of layers. This plaid shirt really tops off his outfit and nods to the ’90s grunge era that’s so popular right now. It really “ties” his look together.

3. Watch, Bracelet, and Sunglasses

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Accessories make an outfit and Todd’s picks were perfection. His sunglasses are dramatic and bold, but his watch is classic. He also wore an Alex & Ani bracelet on his other wrist, which matched the gold tone of the watch.

4. Backpack

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Every student needs a great bag and Todd is no exception. This canvas backpack has a very utilitarian feel, which complements his leather pants and classic watch. His look is all about mixing different textures and fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind outfit that looks effortlessly cool and stylish.

We want to know your thoughts!

Do you think Todd’s style is perfect for a casual day on campus? What do you think of his bleached denim jacket? Would you wear an outfit like this? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Class to Night Out: Sweater 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.

Sweater dresses are always a super comfy choice as the weather starts to get cooler. Sleeveless or thinner knit versions look amazing when layered under jacket and coats, and heftier versions in thick knits with sleeves can keep you warm all on their own. It doesn’t matter if you’re edgy or preppy – there is a sweater dress out there for you!

Sweater dresses this season aren’t all classic and ladylike – this piece has been given a fresh vibe with cool patterns, textures, and colors. In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style an adorable sleeveless sweater dress with a full skirt for both class and a night out!

Sweater Dress: Class

How to wear a sweater dress for day
Product Information: Dress, Sweater, Bracelet, Nail Polish, Bag, Boots, Socks

This black-and-white geometric print sweater dress looks city sleek when paired with black Chelsea boots featuring buckle detailing and a tote bag with a utilitarian feel. A silver wrap bracelet adds to the minimalistic, urban vibe.

Contrast the minimalism with some girly elements. Black-and-white polka dot socks with contrasting white lace add a sweet touch to the Chelsea boots. It’s also a fun way to mix prints! A classically feminine black cardi will keep you warm, while light pink fingernails look perfectly ladylike.

Sweater Dress: Night Out

How to wear a sweater dress at night
Product Information: Dress, Jacket, Bag, Heels, Eyeliner, Lipstick

The shape of this dress is very flattering, and is also very sweet looking. To keep this sweater dress from looking too sweet for a night out, toughen up the ensemble with a faux leather jacket.

Silver heels add a touch of glamour and shine, while a silver seashell-shaped bag with a holographic finish adds the perfect amount of whimsy. I saw that bag and I just thought it was adorable. It stays within the theme of the look, but adds a quirky flair. The only pop of color needed is a bright pink lip. Finish your beauty look off with a perfectly executed graphic cat eye.

Your thoughts?

Would you ever wear a sweater dress? To class? For a night out? On a date? How would you style this sweater 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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Fashion Inspiration: 4 Looks Inspired by Classic Halloween Songs

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Halloween is just around the corner, so of course it’s time to bust out the spooky jams. Whether you’re at a costume party or watching scary flicks at home, there are some staple songs that you just can’t seem to escape.

Below, I’ve put together four outfits inspired by classic Halloween songs and their corresponding music video/movie scene looks. These outfits can easily be worn casually or tweaked and accessorized to wear as an actual costume. Scroll down to see them!

Killer Thriller

Michael Jackson Thriller outfit
Product Information: Jacket, Shirt, Pants, Shoes, Socks, Eyeliner

“Thriller” is arguably one of the top Halloween songs to ever exist. It’s a song that pretty much everybody knows, and an essential on any spooky playlist. Michael Jackson‘s look in the video is also one of his most iconic, making this a perfect candidate for Halloween fashion inspiration.

Of course, a red jacket is the most important part of the outfit, and you can wear a basic black tee underneath. If you aren’t comfortable rocking red on red like he does in the video, black pants are a great option. Lastly, a pair of loafers with white socks finish off the ensemble. For an added touch, a little eyeliner will emphasize your eyes like Michael’s in the beginning of the video, or, you know, create some sunken in zombie eyes.

Who You Gonna Call?

Ghostbusters outfit
Product Information: Jumpsuit, Black Shirt, Ghostbusters Shirt, Converse, Boots, Backpack

If there’s somethin’ strange in your neighborhood and you need an outfit you can go ghost-busting in, we’ve got you covered. A utility-esque jumpsuit is all you really need for the base of this look. And although high-tech ghost catching equipment isn’t currently available, strapping on a black backpack offers a pretty similar effect.

To follow the movie more closely, wear a black top underneath the jumpsuit and put on sturdy black boots. For a more cool and casual look, roll up the legs of the jumpsuit and wear some high-top sneakers, as well as a graphic tee that features the Ghostbusters logo.

You’re Into the Time Slip

Time Warp outfit
Product Information: Blazer, Top, Pants, Shoes, Sunglasses, Lipstick

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult-classic film and definitely a favorite to watch on Halloween. One of the most popular songs from the musical is “The Time Warp,” a fun dance song that gives you instructions on how to dance along.

This outfit is inspired by the party-going group of “Transylvanians” who sing and dance to the chorus. The members of the chorus all don funky takes on tuxedos with colorful shirts and party accessories. For a similar look, start with a simple black blazer and Mary-Jane style shoes. Instead of plain black slacks, I included a pair of shiny disco pants for a more party-like vibe. Wear a shirt in any bright color that you desire, as well as sunglasses and bright lipstick to top off this danceable getup.

And Now You’re Mine

Hocus Pocus outfit
Product Information: Corset, Skirt, Cardigan, Shoes, Necklace, Lipstick

Although this isn’t the original version of the song, “I Put A Spell On You” is probably most recognized from Disney’s Hocus Pocus. One of my favorite things about the Sanderson sisters is that they aren’t witches who just dress in all black. Instead, they wear drapey and colorful dresses with capes and other wacky details.

To achieve a more toned-down version of the sisters’ attire, a dark blue maxi skirt and lace corset top paired with a waterfall-style cardigan are perfect for a colorful yet mysterious look. Black ankle booties, a funky statement necklace, and dark lipstick complete this bewitching ensemble.

What do you think?

Are you looking forward to Halloween? Do you have a favorite Halloween song? Would you wear any of these outfits? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

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