Denim jeans have been a fashion staple for decades. What began as a clothing item meant to withstand rough working conditions quickly turned into something trendy and rebellious. During the ’60s and ’70s, the bohemian movement that was sweeping the nation claimed denim jeans as its own. After that, jeans adapted and evolved with the people who chose to wear them, as they continue to do today. Let’s take a look at three current denim jean trends for fall 2017.
PHOTO: Kelly Rogowski
Frayed jeans have faded in and out of the spotlight over the years, with peak popularity in the ’70s. Fast-forward four decades and they’re back and better than ever. The fringe detail is sure to catch onlookers’ eyes; plus, you don’t have to worry about fraying the cuffs through wear-and-tear!
This is a fairly new trend seemingly inspired by the patched jeans of the ’70s. One thing’s for sure, though: these color-blocked pants definitely make a statement. They come in many forms, with the color split down the sides of the jeans, at the cuffs, or even at the knees! The mix of light and dark denim is sure to make the average passerby do a double-take and is certainly one of the more “out there” trends this season.
Quite possibly the biggest trend to hit stores this season—embroidered jeans—are, at least for me, a throwback to the days of bedazzled and ornate pants pockets decorating the back of every millennial’s flared jeans in grade school. Only this time, jewels and sparkles have largely been traded in for more delicate accent pieces, like flowers. You’re almost guaranteed to find roses or daisies on at least one pair of pants in any major department store. With pops of color and designs of varying intricacy, these pants possess a unique feminine charm and look as adorable as the wearer herself.
What are your favorite fall jeans? Show us on social media and tag us @Cfashionista!
Additional photos by Lex Kelly and Maddy Haller.
My favorite season is finally here! Spring is in the air at Georgia Tech and students are tucking away their sweaters in favor of sandals and sundresses. I love this time of year; it’s warm but not too hot to dress in some light layers without overheating. Plus, floral prints come back with a vengeance, much to my delight.
The Fashionista you see here wears a white floral dress with a blue floral fabric. On top of this is a light blue denim jacket that really brings out the flowers in the dress. She’s walking in comfort and strutting in style, sporting blue Adidas sneakers. What makes the outfit really pop is the brown bag she’s carrying. It contrasts quite nicely with the the blue tones of the rest of the outfit. This Fashionista’s makeup, too, matches the earthy tones of the tote. Even though this time of year is generally focused on pinks and pastels, she makes maroon lipstick look like it’s made for the springtime.
If you aren’t quite ready to retire your darker lipsticks, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use. Go for earthy and natural tones that will provide your lips with a soft yet easily noticeable color. Use neutral shadows and nude tones to give your face a natural look that balances out the more striking shade of lipstick. If you’re looking for a more nuanced version of your favorite winter shade, you can use a light liquid concealer ($6) and apply it over your lipstick to produce a lighter color! It’s a great technique that allows you to maximize the utility of your lipstick during every season.
It’s finals week on our college campus, and this Fashionista is staying cool in more ways than one with this fresh ensemble, which beautifully meshes together both sporty and sophisticated trends.
Her solid white T-shirt has a unique open back that gives it a lot of charm and individuality. The shirt is tucked into a fun pair of blue shorts with a ribbed elastic waist that are speckled with white polka dots of varying sizes. Small accent pieces (a gold necklace and matching gold earrings) give additional glamour to the outfit without drawing away from the staple pieces. The denim and leather sneakers, which fasten with three sporty Velcro straps, are navy with a white back and bottom and a small gold accent on the back. They are a perfect blend of chic and comfort for this Fashionista!
The student has her hair pulled back in a simple ponytail that drapes over her shoulder, which shows off the stylish pair of retro square glasses she’s sporting and the natural, light makeup look she wears underneath.
I love how this look is so simple yet so stunning! The shorts are definitely my favorite, but the small details of the shoe straps and shirt backing are what really pull the whole ensemble together. Every detail exemplifies her personal style and gives off a light and airy feel that is ideal for the humid heat of a spring in Georgia. Clearly, she is ready to take on her finals with a true Fashionista’s flair!
Until next time, stay RAD!
There are some misguided souls out there who think that gray cannot possess the expressive qualities of a vibrant yellow or soothing violet. If you believe this notion to be true, you may think that pairing gray with other dark colors will only cause you to look almost dreary. However, gray comes in many shades, many styles, and many textures; it takes only the keen eye of a true fashionista to select the proper pieces to pair together.
This stylish model does it right, sporting a black long-sleeved shirt with a sheer backing under a dark gray jacket with charcoal stripes down the arms to add a chic athleticism to the look. Her dark denim jeans give way to royal blue socks that peer out above jaw-dropping slate gray velvet shoes. Her jewelry (a simple beaded necklace) adds a sophisticated touch without drawing away from the clear centerpiece of the outfit: the shoes. The featured Fashionista also carries a shoulder bag with tan edges outlining blocks of black and white that make up the sides of the purse. The bag would probably be the most eye-catching detail of the outfit if not for what you have probably figured out is my absolute favorite part of the ensemble: the shoes!
Velvet has been making a comeback for the past couple of years, and 2017 is no exception. The shoes in this featured outfit are proof of the fabric’s ability to make an outfit more sumptuous and almost regal. If you’re looking to add something new and exciting to your wardrobe, I highly recommend a piece made of velvet, or even some other type of fabric that deviates from the norm. No matter the color, velvet’s soft feel and lustrous properties will capture the attention of any passerby, guaranteed.
Winter in Georgia is a confusing time for its inhabitants. It can be a chore to find just the right outfit because the weather here is known for its ability to change in an instant. Temperatures often see drastic shifts in a matter of hours, so that a cold morning gives way to a perfectly sunny afternoon, which gives way to a chilly evening! Preparation is key to avoid burning up or freezing throughout the day. Therefore, it’s probably not surprising that the biggest secret to surviving a Georgia winter is dressing in layers.
The model here has the right idea, wearing an airy pink V-neck sweater and black plaid mini skirt with black leggings underneath. Over this is a maroon jacket with various patches and the words, “To be the only one for you” on the back.” A hood lined in caramel faux fur tops this warm accessory. The woman’s footwear of choice is both stylish and practical: they are white Adidas brand sneakers.
Not only is the outfit ideal for the weather, but it’s unique. The model’s jacket is riddled with attention-grabbing patches and phrases. One can’t help but try to read the back of the jacket as she passes (which is, not surprisingly, what first drew my attention to the outfit). The hood’s lining adds additional warmth to both the look and the wearer. The snowy sneakers also provide a chic athleticism to the outfit that contrasts nicely with the solid black leggings. It’s little details such as these that bring the whole look together.
Sometimes it’s hard to find an outfit that’s versatile yet voguish, but this Fashionista proves it’s totally possible. When the heat of the afternoon hits campus, all it will take is one swift movement to shed her jacket and she’ll be ready to go.
Hello, darlings! I’m excited to be back for my second semester with CollegeFashionista. For those of you who are new to my posts, I am a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. I’m working towards a business administration degree with a concentration in marketing, and am also minoring in German. This is my first year in college and I must say it’s been an incredible experience, full of new friends and fun in the city.
If you ask me for style advice, you’ll likely hear the phrases “polka dots” and “red lipstick.” This probably isn’t surprising if you take a look at my outfit of choice: a powder blue cable knit sweater with a striped overall dress, polka dot tights, and red combat boots. Major accessories include a Shrinky Dinks bracelet and of course, cranberry red lipstick. This is one of my favorite outfits and I sport it as often as I can during the colder months.
My obsession with creative outfits and their ability to boost a person’s confidence or mood made the prospect of being an official Style Guru incredibly appealing to me. Sure, I wanted to showcase people’s style through pictures and words, but the best part about working with CollgeFashionista has been seeing the look of pride on people’s faces when I approach them and compliment their looks. Someone’s style does not end on the outside. It is a reflection of the wearer. To be told that someone’s form of self-expression is appreciated and enjoyed by someone else is enough to brighten their entire day. Being able to produce that reaction of delight when I ask to snap a photo of an outfit is a great feeling, and I certainly look forward to continuing this internship and sharing more stylish Fashionistas with you all this semester!
Winter is on the way and Georgia Tech students have already begun to feel the chill. Making the trek between classes is difficult enough when walking in the cold, but the drop in temperature can also limit one’s clothing choices significantly. The color black in particular seems to dominate every clothing rack from December to February. However, black has the potential to add sophisticated and edgy flair to an outfit. Though black clothing may seem to be fairly invariable in its appearance, it can be made versatile by the patterns and textures it graces, and by the accent pieces accompanying it.
The model featured here makes her way to class in a bleach-washed denim jacket over a black knitted mock neck sweater, along with black palazzo pants and black patent block heeled ankle boots. Sculpted brows and crimson lips add a sophisticated flair that ties the outfit together.
Black pieces are the main focus of this outfit, and provide a bold centerpiece for the light blue denim jacket and deep red lipstick to effectively contrast. The darker pieces differentiate themselves from each other by varying in texture; a knit patterned top gives way to a flowing pair of wide-leg pants, which give way to a reflective pair of heels.
Even though the outfit is comfortable enough for classes, it still possesses an eye-catching quality. You don’t have to shy away from pairing multiple black pieces of clothing, as evidenced by this model’s choice of ensemble. The great thing about black is that it goes with everything, even itself.
Now that autumn has begun, you may be eager to pull out the darker and earthy colored garments that have been hiding in the back of your closet for six months. But don’t be so quick to store your pastels away until the spring. Pastels are actually trending this season, and for good reason. The feminine palette possesses a versatility that allows it to be paired with even the most pigmented colors of fall. When done correctly, pastels actually complement the dark colors of the cooler seasons quite well.
The outfit featured here is a long, light pink blazer over a cream blouse with a black thigh length skirt. The shoes are black ankle boots with fashionable gradient heels that are clear at the bottom. A matching leather bag and simple gold necklace complete a sophisticated and sweet, yet edgy ensemble.
What makes this outfit work is its blend of textures. The loose-fitting blazer paired with the heavier faux leather skirt creates a contrast in textures perfect for the transition into autumn months when distinct layering pieces become increasingly popular. The juxtaposition of bold boots and dark leather with breathable pastel pieces is eye-catching, and the use of pastels ensures that there is some color in the outfit without overwhelming any of the other pieces.
Perhaps surprisingly, pastels aren’t too difficult to pull off in the fall, as long as you have the proper accent pieces and complementary colors in your wardrobe. Offset the sugary palette with traditionally autumnal colors, such as black, camel and gray, and you’ve successfully transformed a conventional spring or summer outfit into the perfect ensemble for a lady nursing her pumpkin spice latte amidst the colorful leaves of fall.
Sometimes the hardest part of college is not the class; it’s getting to the class. When your linear algebra lesson is on the opposite side of campus, it can be tempting (and rightly so) to simply throw on a pair of tennis shoes and begin the trek towards your destination. Because of this, it may seem like you don’t have the option to dress in a way that is both comfortable and unique to you. After all, tradition dictates that sneakers go with jogging pants which go with T-shirts. But don’t close the closet door on your favorite dress just yet, for there is a solution.
The idea that wearing sneakers with a dress was socially acceptable really took off around 2014, when models representing multiple fashion powerhouses strutted down the runway in dresses paired with couture sneakers. Soon after, female feet across America sighed in relief as many girls traded in their heels for high tops. Today, it’s not uncommon to see celebrities like Rihanna wearing a dress with a fashionable pair of slip-ons. Not only is it functional, but it adds a sort of moxie to your look. Wearing Converse with your cut-off dress just adds a certain flair and unexpected element to the entire ensemble. Even brides have begun wearing custom-made kicks instead of traditional stilettos.
Lace is also a hot trend that continues to grace the runways. It’s girly and intricate, and a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. A gorgeous lace dress can convey a special kind of femininity, while also keeping you cool during the hotter months. But what, you may be asking yourself, does this little side-note have to do with sneakers?
I’ve captured a prime example of how two completely different styles can mesh together perfectly. This woman sports an off-white lace dress with gathered black underlay that peers out from the bottom. Her footwear? Killer Keds to complete the look. The final result is a delicate yet practical outfit that combines the best of both worlds.
So the next time you’re trying to decide between your favorite pair of tennis shoes and your summer-time dress, choose the look that will make you the happiest. Choose both.
Many of you may recall the long lost days of childhood, back when you first started Pre-K in a little pink jumper, new sneakers and a bright gap-toothed smile. Perhaps you walked into class to find a group of peers dressed much like yourself, save for the small blonde girl in a big Easter Sunday dress and a bow in her hair. Cue Lindsay Lohan, because that girl was me.
It didn’t matter if I was at home, at school or at the store: growing up, I was always dressed like I had somewhere to be. On Monday morning, I’d show up to school in fancy floral overalls; on Tuesday, I’d be wearing a matching blouse and skirt, complete with sequined shoes that laced up to my tiny thighs. When Halloween rolled around, a poncho with multiple plastic pumpkins rattling about its edge could be heard as I skipped down the hallway. And nothing has changed (Okay, well I don’t wear the plastic pumpkin poncho, or that charming pom-pom Valentine’s Day sweater…). But my style remains as versatile as ever, with the condition that whatever I wear be creative, quirky, unique or just plain weird.
I like that outfits are capable of being an extension of the wearer’s personality. They are able to convey culture and ideas, identity and mood. They are more than simple garments, just as music is more than noise and art is more than paint on a canvas. Fashion has always been a huge part of my life because it is a way to express myself, and while my tastes have changed with time, I am still the same girl with a huge bow on top of her head.
Now I’m living in Atlanta as a business major at a college full of diversity and life, and I’m eager to get started, both as a student and style blogger.
Be sure to check back every month to see my latest discovery and fashion musing!