college fashion

The Dark Style of the Moon

October 24, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Style

There’s an equation that college + homework + lack of sleep = lazy wardrobe consisting of an abundance of yoga pants and oversized sweatshirts. Although this is a generalization, the equation would most likely be 99.9% accurate at many other public university’s where sports are the main attractions. Though being at a college where film, art, and writing are the backbones of the school, students embrace the chic, bohemian or “hipster” look non-consciously. I can testify for Emerson in saying that students’ styles contribute to their unique and individualized identities.

Being at Emerson for nearly two months, I’ve gained a somewhat clear representation of the student body and can safely say that no one has an exact style. Emerson is home to exploring passions, testing new fashion senses, and tasting the colors of multiple hair dyes. Creativity is prominent on and off campus, for it is seen in the anime lovers pinned hats, the rainbow-colored hair styles, the headphones blaring music that are rarely removed, and the band tee-shirts worn under jean jackets and heavy scarves. Because the words “budget” and “inexpensive” act as subtexts in most conversations, thrift shopping and embracing non-traditional styles are popular amongst students.

Garment District

This “alternative department store” is home to Cambridge and Boston students and locals, and houses over 40,000 vintage and contemporary garments. The Thrift Shop Club at Emerson occasionally sets foot in this store, spending hours and hours browsing through “quality work clothes at low prices.” There really is something for everyone, and because the clothing is recycled amps up the store’s environmentally friendly status.

The Garment District offers quirky clothing at inexpensive prices, perfect for college students on low-budgets.

An example “casual” outfit that caters to students: high-waisted blue jeans, patterned crop top, leather ankle boots, and a floral print jacket. And for guys: dark jeans, a black leather jacket or flannel shirt, and leather shoes or Converse. For a more hip look, vibrantly-colored dresses with black tights and combat boots is prominent, or a button-up shirt and ripped jacket for guys. Well-rounded styles don’t equate to high prices. Emerson students are conscious of their budget and still manage to pull quirky looks.

Non-Traditional Style

In high school, I was the “non-traditional” or daring student who sported oversized army jackets, lace skirts and black tights, and wrote “teen angst” poetry in my notebook (that’s partially an overstatement). I wore too much make-up and was told, at times, that my style was “artsy” or Urban Outfitters wannabe hipster. I hardly made a conscious effort when choosing my clothes in the morning. Now being at Emerson, I feel comfortable in saying that most students here would think similarly and approach fashion through their own personal lens.

The TV Show “GIRLS” is a close representation of the unique and peculiar styles of Boston students and locals.

The distinctive styles of red and purple lipsticks, band tee-shirts, and laid-back, “I don’t give a f***” attitudes are what lacked at my previous school. Emerson students follow non-traditional styles. They are inspired by music, paintings, film, poetry, and runway shows, and they also invent their own individuated, significant looks. Friends of mine buy items from H&M and Nordstrom’s Rack and recreate outfits, showcasing that invention and creation are more important than fitting in and conforming to society’s traditional clothing standards.

Boston Street Fashion

Fashion is found in almost every large, metropolitan area, being in the midst of eclectic clothing shops, costume stores, and inspiring streets of color and noise and liveliness. San Francisco is known for evolved personal styles and Valencia Street (the city’s Mission District) multicolored shops. New York City is known for Fifth Avenue designer brands and Brooklyn art scenes. What’s Boston known for? Embracing nuance. Students and locals take the casual or simple look and individualize it, adding their own special touches.

Cute student-look seen on the streets of Boston.

So what exactly is Emerson style? No definite label can be placed, though each and every student follows their own intimate look, which gives the school its quirky name and characteristic atmosphere. Embrace “The Dark Style of the Moon” every once in a while and let your uniqueness illuminate.* 

*(If you caught the reference without the help from your parents, congratulations. You’re already half-way there to being an Emersonian).

Wearing SU: Fashion on Campus

April 9, 2014 in Campus Life, Style

They say that there are three seasons at Syracuse University: summer, winter, and construction. As a student here, I can vouch for this—although I haven’t seen too much construction here this semester. I can easily say that five months out of the entire school year are bone-chilling COLD. When it’s so cold all the time it’s hard to get creative with fashion. When it’s two degrees outside does it matter if you are wearing a cute outfit? Probably not. I try to throw on a cute beanie, or a scarf to switch up my look since the same grey jacket can get pretty dull.

That being said, fashion at Syracuse University is more than a long north face jacket, UGG boots, and an oversize designer bag—although this is often seen on campus. Fashion at Syracuse all depends on the season. During the winter, students try their best to look cute in their oversized puffy jackets and boots—just make sure you aren’t THAT girl that wears heels to the bars in the snow. C’mon now, you’re only kidding yourself. We’re all in this together. We might as well all look like puffy, cold marshmallows. Plus, you’ll save yourself a broken tailbone when you don’t slip and fall on the sidewalk.

For men on campus, there is definitely a preppy look that has recently become popular. Khaki pants are very common. A good friend of mine joked that he might be the only guy left wearing jeans on this campus. Men wear flannels and pullovers, usually paired with a backwards Ralph Lauren Polo hat and Sperry Topsiders. Expect to see a ton of Patagonia; I swear everyone on this campus owns something from that company (including me…), a lot of Ralph Lauren Polo, and Bean Boots.

Women’s fashion really depends on the type of person or the season. During the winter you can find long north face jackets, bean boots, infinity scarves, and cute beanies worn by almost everyone on campus. Of course the minute the temperature changes and it starts to warm up a bit, everyone breaks out the high wasted jean shorts and crop tops. I am also guilty of the “look” that I’m going to the gym—aka wearing brightly colored Nikes, sporty leggings and a t-shirt, when really I haven’t been to the gym since February. This is something that you’ll see a lot on campus, although people are most likely ACTUALLY coming or going to the gym, unlike me.

Regarding shoes in the warm weather, Converse, Vans, gladiator sandals, and Sperry Topsiders are popular choices by students on campus. As spring slowly, but surely, approaches there is nothing better than a cute sundress.

Personally, how I dress depends on my mood. In the winter it can get pretty dull, resulting in some basic, boring outfit choices. As the weather gets warmer, the sun shines a little brighter, and flowers begin to bloom, my mood improves a little more. This usually means that rather than throwing on the first thing that I see on my floor, I put more time into my outfit choices. Half of the time during the winter you can barely see what people are wearing as you walk through campus because it’s blizzarding in your face. When the sun is out, outfits become brighter, trendy, and more fun.

Side note: you can never go wrong wearing Syracuse orange apparel, you’ll find this all over campus.

Winter in Syracuse

Cruising Through College Fashion

April 6, 2014 in Alive Campus, Style

I discovered in a round-about sort of way. In high school I was obsessed with Yahoo articles about health, love, life, etc., etc. Just to get this clear: Yahoo articles suck (or at least they did at that point in time). I was a senior in high school and SO bored with school (and also tired of those “healthy eating” articles about recipes that I would never, ever make and lists of advice for relationships I wasn’t in). I was ready for college. I was pumped to buy little magnetic boards on which I would elaborately write out my grown-ass college girl schedule. I needed a website that would help me pick out the best color of shower caddy–and did it need to match my shower sandals? These were important questions to which I needed the answers.

And then there was the biggest question of all: what clothes would I bring? If you’ve never been a pre-college aged girl with an inclination for fashion, you can’t understand the importance of getting this one right. Different occasions call for different styles, and going off to a new place means an opportunity to change up your look and to get to know people who are into the same style as you. And on a purely logistical level, dorms are quite limited in storage space. You can’t waste money and space on clothes you’re not going to wear. So I searched for college fashion websites and voilà! There appeared

College Fashion: For the style smitten and lovers of links

College Fashion: For the style smitten and lovers of links

College Fashion is designed pretty much like Alive Campus, that is, in a blogging format. There are a variety of articles varying from interviews with professionals in the fashion industry, inspiration from every walk of popular culture (think outfits inspired by everything from Disney princesses to characters from your favorite works of literature),  and “Looks on Campus” pieces featuring stylish students from schools all over the country. That’s one of the best aspects of the website: its diverse make-up of student bloggers who range from fashion school protégés to regular college students who just love clothes.

The articles are fun to read and look at, I admit, but by far the very best part of the site is a weekly update of the best fashion-related news, conveniently called “Hautelinks.” Let me get this clear: I. Love. Hautelinks. To be honest, I rarely read any of the individual articles in their entirety anymore. Instead, I race down the page to see what’s going on in the inter-web fashion world that week. I even have a system: I’ll click on every link that sounds like I might like it (a new window pops open for each one) and when I’ve gone through the list I’ll go back and actually read them. This makes me anticipate what I’m going to read and never fails to excite me, even if the articles themselves turn out to be nothing special.

It’s because of Hautelinks that I developed a panache for filtering through the internet. It’s how I discovered Rookie Mag (which is awesome by the way, you should check it out). I also have Hautelinks to thank for many moments spend fawning over adorably fuzzy baby mammals. Instantaneous joy.

On a technical note, I really wish College Fashion would conduct a makeover of its site. It is literally exactly the same as when I discovered it three years ago. Honestly, the content deserves a better presentation than the current plain white background. But hey, as long as I can still get the weekly thrill of reading through random bits of the internet, I’m happy. College Fashion, keep doing what you’re doing, you’re fantastic.


La Mode !!!

July 12, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Style

It is only natural to want to make a good first impression , because whether we like it or not , unintentionally we all judge others and others judge us. Whether it is a positive or negative judgement, instant first impressions are mostly made from anything including body language to shoes.

For many the type of clothes and the brands are a reflection of who they are or what they like, however for some it’s the absolute contrast and they just throw on the first thing they find.

College for me, was the first time I got to choose what to wear, throughout most of my academic life I have worn a school uniform. School uniforms are the norm in British schools and we have to wear them from Primary to Secondary school.

The humidity and heat that Fl offers pretty much means that most students have a summer wardrobe , however the odd rain boots and rain jackets are also a must for those ghastly winds and torrential rain. The Saint Leo campus is so diverse with not only students from different states within the country , but also from different countries. I think it is fair to say that the majority of students mostly wear some sort of shorts and short sleeves , but it’s the way in which they style their outfits and accessorize them that shows students’ tastes and individuality.

Evidently not all students look the same but it can still be difficult to distinguish people who stand out because of what they wear, when the majority of campus is in shorts. The clearest difference in fashion on campus, is between the international and domestic students. Almost every international student dress maturely for their age and are often caught in smart-casual attire in comparison to the American students. The international students also wear higher end brands.The athletes tend to wear their uniform or are found in athletic attire for ease , as they have practices during the day.But even among athletes, the tennis and golf team dress a lot more preppier in comparison to the basketball team for instance, who rock a cooler urban edge in their attire. Many students are easily stereotyped because of their choice of attire, this isn’t generally in a negative way, it is simply because unintentionally students can see which group of friends they belong to or where they are from. The time of lectures is also reflected in students choice of clothing. Students who have early 8am lectures or late lectures that go on from 6pm-9pm usually prefer choosing comfortable attire such as sweatpants,hoodies and UGGs. Students who have typical timed classes, usually have more time and put more of an effort in getting dressed from what I have seen.

As a student who really enjoys the art of fashion , I love every opportunity to assemble a new outfit and experiment with clothing. Yet, college is expensive and primarily to give you an education so clothing isn’t the big picture , but I think they can in some instances be important in giving people confidence and making them feel good. College is pricey so for some buying new clothes or expensive brands is out the question, but there are many high street stores that have reasonably priced  clothing and such a huge variety of styles, if you want ti change-up your look.

St. Andrews Fashionista

March 8, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Style, Travel

On the rainy side of the world and at a prime location for international students to flock, the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) is home to enough style to warrant three fashion shows in second semester alone. The array of styles resulting from the culture mix, along with the large number of charity shops in town, allows students to sport almost any outfit that takes their fancy. In fact, on any day of the week it is not unusual to see students who look as though they’ve stepped from the pages of a eighteenth century novel.

Popular staples nevertheless punctuate the vast variation of fashion sense (and lack there of) found in St. Andrews. Despite the large number of American students, these styles are decidedly British, and many of the international students find themselves conforming to many these fashions out of the simple necessity for something warm.

Barbour jackets are probably one of the more useful and, slightly more posh, options as far as student fashion goes. Barbour is a specific brand of wax jackets, with a waterproof outer coating and a warm tartan lining. They are rather pricey, but they will keep the cold out when you are enjoying the British weather as it buffets you mercilessly.

Often paired with a Barbour jacket, Wellies are essentially a durable pair of rain boots. Hunter is the big brand name in Wellies, but any pair will set you back. As a nod to those who have decided to splurge on the boots, there is an annual Welly Ball in St. Andrews. Students are expected to wear their finest formal attire, coupled of course with a pair of Wellies. This overall look, however, does not seem to extend beyond the dance.

Rough, wool and woven, tweed is a common material for the lighter jackets in town. Still relatively waterproof (although not to the extent of Barbour), tweed blazers adorn more than just the figures of some of the older lecturers. Many of the students also don the professor-esque style before striding into class.

The collective colour scheme is on the darker side, black and grey and brown coats often obscuring whatever quirky colour you’ve got on underneath. In order to compensate, perhaps, many of the students have begun to wear red trousers. Fashion opinions seem to clash on this one, some students loathing the new style and others conforming to it completely. Either way, this bright beacon of a trend makes spotting your friends across campus much easier.

Speaking of red, there is one item of clothing that is considered more an obligation to own than an actual fashion choice. This is the academic gown, the red robe (black for divinity students) that students wear during formal university events. The gown is a loose blanket of a robe, to be worn differently every year. Freshmen are to wear the gown over their shoulders, without the clasp fastened (this is bad luck). Second years wear the collar pushed back, so that you have to adjust it constantly. Third years, depending on whether you study science or art, must be worn hanging off either the left or the right shoulder. Forth years fling the robe back until it drapes from the crook of their elbows. The whole process is known as ‘The Academic Strip-Tease’. Regardless of what you wear underneath, this traditional garment will always make you fell epic, bad weather be damned.


The Academic Gown.

The Academic Gown.