College Fashionista Your campus is the runway. <![CDATA[TOMS Shoes Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:54:38 +0000 <![CDATA[TOMS Shoes Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Fri, 7 Jan 2011 15:27:36 +0000 <![CDATA[ What to Wear - The Way to Get a Great Fashion Style]]> The phrase, “if it looks good, it is good” has always been a favorite of mine regarding style. Appearance can be everything in how a man is perceived, the way he walks, speaks and all of his mannerisms are set back from the initial “first sight”. First Impressions, which can either promote or devastate the individual’s goals. I would like to explore and cover in this article the minute details that can make your look your “best foot forward”.

Under the cloth: the individual can have any body type and must be happy with themselves , unless you have radical full body plastic surgery scheduled to make that drastic change. Accept who you are physically. Our bodies are the base upon our look is built, know your foundation. Select clothing that accentuates the good and under emphasizes the bad. Don’t try to fit a size 40 waist into a size 28, remember math exists and size, in this case matters, your clothing should fit comfortably, but above all fit your body. Do not look for over “baggy” or “form fitting”, get something that looks good on you, the mirror is not the enemy, just an honest friend.

Your 2nd skin: your clothing choices should be a representation of “who you are” and who you want to be. Select color and styles that is you, not the model in the magazine, what looks nice on them may look horrible in full size and real life. Models go through a lot to get the size they are and fit the “teeny-tiny” sample sizes they have to wear in photo shoots and on the runway. Most models I have spoken with have clothing that fits them. Models get paid to be in “pain” on the runway, you should pay to be more than plain.

Color is everything: select clothing that will not make you look like a ghost, or the rainbow pavilion at the county fair. Your clothing color selections should make you look good, as well as make a committed style statement. Example: I have brown skin, dark eyes and Hair, so I stick to the warm tones, not too much black clothing (unless I want to look like a 60’s revolutionary, which I have been told on a good day I look the Che’) but I often have lighter colored shirts and always dark shoes, tweed jacket or vest and the dark overcoat (on cold days) gives me a nice tight look, approachable yet manly. If your personality is fair or light hearted, bright colors are best, serious minded business man look is good if that’s who you are, if not, don’t expect to be the hit of the party.

Ties, this is the one element that I truly enjoy watching men try to find the correct style of. The tie is still elusive, and can kill a look. Solids are in my opinion golden, and should be in every man’s drawer. Prints and quirky ties are for are good for non-formal and close gatherings, night out with the gang or to make the “I don’t Care, I like this Tie” style. Remember, if the tie is wider than your chest and needs batteries, don’t wear it in public. As a final statement, learn how to “Tie a Tie”, so many times a man selects a great tie, but looks dopey because a he Double Windsor ’ed himself to death. Bow Ties are better than you think and can be great fun, but get a real Bow Tie, no Clip On, that’s just tacky.

The 3 piece suit has made a great comeback, I know I just said that business is business and warned about the stuffed shirt complex. But the 3 piece suit gives you a chance to explore combinations, color swaps and the dashing playboy look that women secretly swoon over. The suit is not just business or family gatherings, it sets an element of gentlemanly elegance that could shoot you up through the rank and file, if you get the right cut and style, casual suits have colors that and swap out with other apparel ideas, but mix with pinstripe and you are out for the count, pinstripes, no matter how thin, can kill a look, but if you are daring, angled stripping on a tie and a vest with pinstriped pants can give a nostalgic and comfortable look for the day.

Shoes, quite simply are that base that hold you up, don’t wear combat boots with a designer suit, but consider deck shoes with jeans. Shoes are noticed, women have multiple pairs for every combination possible, not because they like shoes, but women are keenly aware of what works, if your wife of girlfriend, significant other of flinches when you walk out of the bedroom, its bad, if she starts to pack her bags because of your shoe selection, go back and check the closet Charlie. Your shoes say that you “stand out”, no pun intended, we (men) are also judged by our footwear, some styles are carefree some business only, find you ped selection somewhere in between. With footwear, also keep in mind that if you spend allot of time on your feet, comfort is a major qualifier, the shoes may look great, but if your feet hurt, you’re not going to be a great dancer on that first date.

Headwear, not everyone is Frank Sinatra, John Wane or Che’ Guevara, not everyone looks good in a hat, know what to wear and when, a driving cap and a spot coat go well together, but a Tuxedo and a Drum Durham cap do not. There are some great haberdashers (men's outfitters) out there and these shops also know about hats, so, find one, ask questions, and get hatted.

Men's outfitter shops or a Haberdasher's shop are called a Haberdashery. The items sold therein are small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zippers, and other notions. In American English, haberdasher is one who tailors to the gentleman; these are not just clothing stores but are businesses that create entire wardrobes. You can find many stores in your areas, under many different titles, but your local tailor, if not an expert in their own right, can point you in the direction you desire.

Don’t get worried with all the elements of your wardrobe; I know that everyone cares about how people view them. I strongly feel that people get confused with all the jargon, and miss the basic ideas of fashion. I have taken many years and spent “allot of money”, sometimes on things I regretted the moment I looked in the mirror, but that was a long time ago, now, I have me look and you can have yours. If you want to look good, just look good, you have everything you need, piece it together.

Joseph Timmons

Groove Studio One Magazine

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<![CDATA[Forever 21 Quick Tip by aquagore]]> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 08:00:10 +0000 <![CDATA[ Red Haute Lipstick - flattering reds for every skin type]]>  

Red Lips are so sexy and such a statement, I kinda wish they never went out of season. However, autumn is back and we don’t need to worry about when red lips aren’t in season. There are so many red lipstick colors to choose from too! Blue-red, orange-red, red-red, purple-red…there is a plethora of reds to match to your skin coloring.

Here are some of my favorite for each skin tone!

Fair Skin (blue or brown undertone):
Yves St Laurent Rouge Volupte Red Taboo $34.00

Kate Von D Painted Love LipstickCathedral $18.00

Medium-to-Dark Skin (deeper reds with brown or tawny base)
MAC Lipstick Spice it Up!

Urban Decay Lipstick Gash $22.00

Dark Skin (pinkish reds, fuchsia or orange undertone):
Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen Fuchsia Lining $22.00

Chantecaille ‘Lip Chic’ Lip Color Amaryllis $30.00

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<![CDATA[ H&M hearts Lanvin!]]>

H&M’s next designer collaboration will be with Lanvin, one of the most influential brands worn by celebrities on and off the red carpet. Everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes and Jessica Alba! Lanvin is the latest brand to collaborate with H&M, with previous collections designed by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons and Sonia Rykiel.

The collection of both womenswear and menswear will go on sale on November 23rd in around 200 H&M stores worldwide. The collection of both will be revealed to the world on November 2, just three weeks before it hits stores!

I already ADORE H&M…this is just more of a reason to obsess over it! Here’s a video on their designer collaboration!

Buy It: H&M retail location on November 23
Cost: H&M prices :) maybe a little bit more

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<![CDATA[ Erin Fetherston for Juicy Couture]]>
With the push of their Bird collection and now Erin Fetherston designing a holiday capsule collection, Juicy is on to something good and I'm for one hooked. Fetherston has combined the sexiness that velour brings to a garment with the chic free-spirited look Juicy encompasses and made the ultimate holiday dress. 

Until winter rolls around, I recommend you all check out Juicy Couture's Web site and browse some of their back to school pieces. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised. 

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<![CDATA[ I am a Harajuku lover...]]> I recently got back from a wild adventure to Tokyo. I feel in love with the city the moment I landed and had difficulties leaving after my short stay! The fashion is beyond anything I've ever seen. It's not only something the youth take part in but is embedded in the culture of the Japanese. 

I was in awe by the well tailored suits and fashion forward men riding the train to and from work in the morning. They looked straight out of the latest issue of GQ. 

The school children were too cute for words in their sailor-inspired uniforms. It was impossible not to adore them.

The area of Harajuku is where I spent most my time, simply gawking over the college aged students who filled the streets looking posh as ever. Overall, I loved my experience and tried to immerse myself, as much as possible, in the culture while I was there.  

I have included a couple of my favorite photos for you all to enjoy! To see full fashion recaps and more images check out

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<![CDATA[Uniqlo Quick Tip by amylevin]]> Wed, 7 Jul 2010 01:31:44 +0000 <![CDATA[Turquoise Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Sat, 26 Jun 2010 14:51:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ Modern Nostalgia multi-chain bracelet]]>

Juicy Couture‘s 14-karat gold-plated metal multi-strand bracelet with multicolored ribbon will lend weekend looks a touch of bohemian charm. The different textures, textiles and colors of this gypsy-like bracelet will surely be that eye catching accessory everyone asks about. Wear this eye-catching accent to lift a neutral palette and rejoice in the fact that this tempting little item will go with practically anything you wear! It’s truly a versatile accessory.

Buy It: Net-a-Porter
Cost: $130.00

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<![CDATA[Uniqlo Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:42:01 +0000 <![CDATA[ UNIQLO....A Japanese Revolution]]> When abroad in London several years ago, I came upon this mass market retailer, UNIQLO. I never actually purchased anything instead this high tech, perfectly maintained store but continually came across the logo every time I traveled back to London. 

It wasn't until recently and a planned trip I have to Tokyo, that I began to dive more into the history of this company and their product inventory. Opening in 1984 this store had great success amongst the Japanese and was known for its high quality casual wear at remarkably low prices. If you've ever been in a UNIQLO store they merchandise their clothing a bit differently then other mass market retailers. 

They have one sample of each piece of clothing in their current collection on the main floor, where shoppers can browse through and determine if they want to then shop the entire store. Their store is full of brightly color and pristine garments that almost create a sense of intimidation. I think the quality and construction exceeds the price point and have heard nothing but rave reviews from friends about the durability of their products.

As I am beginning to pack for my journey to Tokyo, I plan to leave more then enough space to fill up on my first ever UNIQLO items. I will definitely report back on my overall opinion of the store! 

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<![CDATA[ Lands' End Canvas..swimwear perfect for CollegeFashionista]]>
There are also some basic Heritage Oxford shirts, that I can see college students wearing around campus. At a moderately low price point, I think Lands' End Canvas might have a fighting chance. Everything these days is about revamping and modifying the old, so let's hope Lands' End pulls it off!

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<![CDATA[Target Quick Tip by theKENnection]]> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 02:49:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ Alexa Chung for Madewell fall 2010...TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE]]> i LOVE Alexa Chung, so naturally anything related to her and fashion is a plus plus in my book. Like most Fashionistas these days, she teamed up with a great brand Madewell to design a collection that is completely based around her personal style. While we don't all have long legs and a tiny frame like Alexa, I have a feeling her collection is going to be extremely flattering and a HUGE hit when it arrives in stores this fall. 

My eyes are on the plush velvet jacket and oxford clogs. What are you loving?

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<![CDATA[Madewell1937 Quick Tip by amylevin]]> Mon, 17 May 2010 18:07:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Floral Print Brocade Tie Dress by Zac Posen for Target Quick Tip by KSUStyleGuru]]> Sun, 16 May 2010 21:40:55 +0000 <![CDATA[ Folk Rock Collection=Gap's Identity Crisis]]> I love Gap. Whenever I am in need of a good pair of jeans I know I can depend on, I go there.  When I need a new crisp white button-down, Gap's the store.  Classic and simple summer dress? I like to fall into the Gap.  Their basics are the best, and for their great designs and excellent quality, their prices can't be beat; this is what Gap is known for.

Patrick Robinson brought a whole new cool to Gap for Fall 2009 though; Fashionistas everywhere went crazy.  The looks were super cool, and I wished I could buy all of them, but when it comes down to trendy pieces, I'm a bit leary of purchasing my goods from Gap.  It just seems unjustifiable to buy a cool, yet simple garment from Gap for $50 when I could run over to Forever 21 and purchase an even hipper version of the same piece for $20, especially when I know the look will be out once the season is over.

This is exactly the reason why it's so hard for me to judge whether or not I like Gap's Folk Rock Collection. There are definitely pieces that I think are great, like the chambray shirt dress and the denim jackets, which I would buy from Gap in a second. I also am a big fan of their tank tops and plain shirts, so maybe I would grab a couple of those too.  But, although I do appreciate their ability to stay on top of trends and what's considered cool, I don't think those pieces are necessarily "folk rock."  The trendier pieces, like the denim overalls and the denim western shirt, are totally cool and could definitely fit into the folk rock look they're going for, but I could never spend $80 and $50 respectively on such trendy pieces.

I think Gap might be having a little bit of an identity crisis with this Folk Rock Collection.  They need to reel in from the Fall 2009 craze, save the trendiness for styling, and stick to what they know best: classic pieces with a modern edge.

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<![CDATA[TOMS Shoes Quick Tip by Savvygirl]]> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:20:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Urban Outfitters Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:53:19 +0000