Trend Report—’80s Throwback

The ’80s are back baby! The colors, prints, and shapes from this era can be seen everywhere. Recently, it has been all about the thrift-shopped and vintage look which, for our generation, means buying products from the ’80s. When you are wearing your mom’s vintage tracksuit or a pair of dad jeans from H&M, you are sporting a totally ’80s-inspired look!

This look features the best of the ’80s with a modern flair featuring some of the popular trends of today as well. Obviously, the ’80s is a trend that isn’t going anywhere and this look really represents this timeless style. This look, fresh from campus, features a beautiful lightweight, pink, pin-striped button-down to bring in one of the popular colors of the ’80s. The top is then paired with vintage Levi jeans. The good old dad jeans are back and we love them! From boyfriend jeans to a vintage pair you should allows have a pair in your closet.

Now to the shoes, summer fashion is all about slides this year, and these fabulous numbers are no exception. They can work with any piece while also being super comfortable with that soft fur. The accessories really tie this look together. The black and silver belt help break everything up while the gold necklace adds a bit of ’80s glamour into the look. With some sunglasses and silver rings, this outfit is so ’80s and so perfect for a summer look!

How do you feel about this trend? Would you rock the ’80s look? Comment below!

Here’s Exactly How To Keep Up Summer’s Biggest Trends (Without Buying a Thing)

As Fashionistas/os, we always want to keep our wardrobes up-to-date with the latest trends. However, as college Fashionistas/os, we may not always have the funds to afford new clothes—especially for styles that may only be in-season for a couple months.

Thank goodness for fashion DIY. With a few scissors snips and creativity, you can transform your own, tired pieces into super trendy, of the moment looks.

Cutout Choker Shirts:

Step 1. You’re only going to need two things: a cute, crew neck T-shirt and a pair of sharp scissors. The scissors don’t have to be fabric scissors, but those will probably work best!

Step 2. Layout your favorite tee on a flat surface, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles.

Step 3. Pick up the shirt and attempt to lay it out by pinching the front and back of the shirt. Align the seams on the sides, along with the shoulder seams. It’s imperative you find the middle of the shirt, so your cutout isn’t crooked!

Step 4. Pick the depth you want for the cutout. If you are unsure of the depth you want, try the shirt on inside-out and make a very light mark near the center of the shirt of how deep you’d want the cutout to be.

Step 5. Cut from the center of the shirt towards the collar in a diagonal line. Make sure the shirt is folded correctly, so that way you are not cutting the back!

Step 6. Once the cut has been made, lay the shirt flat (like in step two), and cut along the collar. Remove the triangular flap to reveal a cool cutout-choker look!

Super Distressed Jeans:

Step 1. You’ll need four things to create this look: a pair of jeans, a shaving razor, tweezers, and a pair of scissors.

Step 2. Take the jeans and pinch them in places where you want the holes. You can either wing your hole placement (I mean, why should ripped jeans be perfect anyways?), or you can try them on and mark the spots you want the holes to be. Pinch the jeans and create two horizontal cuts with the scissors. These cuts should be about the same in length and parallel to each other!

Step 3. Take your tweezers, and using your carefully-practiced-brow-plucking skills, carefully remove each of the vertical strands in the fabric between the two cuts.

After doing this repeatedly, the fabric should start to unravel. You can then use the razor to lightly distress spots onto your jeans, like on the pockets!

These two DIY styles are super simple and very on-trend! You can finally start telling people “no, I didn’t buy my jeans with holes in them!

After following the steps in this article, show off your look on social media! Don’t forget to tag @cfashionista!

Trend Alert: Show Your Shoulders

It seems as though , revived and revamped versions of past styles keep coming back. Like resurgence in high-waisted bottoms, flared jeans, and crop tops, another trend has come back from, the—you guessed it—’90s. The trend? Shoulders. Specifically tops that show ’em off. For spring and summer, this look has been extremely popular for all age groups, most especially millennials.

There are so many shirts on the market right now that give shoulders attention. The evolution of these shirts has allowed for the trend to continue with its popularity. Luckily for you, I’ve narrowed this trend down to four specific styles that allow you to show off your shoulders however you choose.

First up is the cold-shoulder top.

This kind of top usually has cutouts on the shoulder, and allows you to show off a little skin but not too much. The cold shoulder top is the best to “dip your toes” in this trend. To take this look to the next level, try a one-shouldered or slouchy top.

A slouchy look can be accomplished with any top with an elastic collar or loose neckline. Just tug at one side or another to hang the top off your shoulder a little bit. Try pairing this look with a cute bralette to show off.

Lastly, to go all-in, wear a full off-the-shoulder top.

This is sexy, but not too revealing. Off-the-shoulder tops have been a staple this year in warm weather. I always wear mine with skinny or boyfriend jeans, but try the look with a miniskirt to spice up your outfit.

All around, this style is extremely feminine, can be sexy, and of course, is super trendy!

What do you guys think, and how do you show off your shoulders? Let me know in the comments below or show me some of your looks! Be sure to tag @CFashionista in your social media posts.

The Rival of the Denim Mini Skirt

In fashion, I love how everything comes full circle. Major fashion trends have a tendency to make their way back in our wardrobes. When thinking of the early 00s’, I tend to think of trends like velour tracksuits, denim mini skirts, and tattoo choker necklaces. Denim mini skirts were a huge part of the 00s’. Almost every girl, no matter what age, wore them with brand logo T-shirts (Abercrombie and Hollister—don’t lie you owned a couple), polos and trucker hats. They were widely worn in the early 00s’ and then were not seen much, that is, until now. In 2017, all of these trends are widely popular again. Many girls have dusted off their velour tracksuits, repurchased tattoo chokers and the resurrection of denim skirts has occurred. And I for one, couldn’t be happier.

Almost anything can match nicely with denim, which makes it one of the most wonderful materials. Almost everyone’s day-to-day wardrobe contains denim shorts and pants. Now, another option opened to us—skirts. I love denim skirts because they give an outfit a little more of a unique look than denim shorts or pants would.

How I Styled a Denim Skirt

The denim skirt I picked had a different look to it, compared to what was worn in the 00s’. A denim pencil skirt with rips along it gives the simple look a little edge. This skirt goes well with almost any top, which is a very nice feature. I decided to pair it with a mustard yellow ruffled crop top. However, it would look great with a simple black camisole for a more casual look or, it can be dressed up with a nice blouse. I kept the accessories to a minimal, with a delicate necklace and neutral sandals.  

How do you style this denim trend? Show us on social media by tagging @Cfashionista.

 

Through the Looking Glasses

Glasses were known for being nerdy and unpleasant, but times have changed, seems like glasses are now the new fashion trend. Therefore, to all my friends with astigmatism or 20/50 vision, we’re the cool kids. There are many unique styles of glasses that are currently in trend, let’s take a look through the looking glasses:

Retro

These clear frames are the latest frame in 2017! They easily go with any complexion and outfit due to the absence of color. As a result, it is important to wear light make up to not draw away from the frames when wearing this style of glasses. The glasses featured above are called Morning from EyeBuyDirect. They come in a size small with a fitted nose bridge and rounded lens.

Vintage

Our next trend is well-known as the Harry Potter glasses. These spectacles are called “Small Chillax”. Black, rounded frames give a vintage and hipster look to outfits. These rounded lenses suit smaller faces and are a great accessory to professional clothes or that cute coffee date outfit. It has an adjustable metal nose bridge, which adds more comfort and uniqueness. Rounded lenses are an all-time favorite.

The final style are brow-line glasses. This style is the most famous style of glasses known for the square lenses and brow-line frame. Most noteworthy, these square frames are perfect for round faces to provide contrast to the face. This is a bold and retro look due to its frames and nostalgic look from the 50’s and 60’s. These glasses serve for an everyday look which is why many can say these are the iconic hipster glasses of 2017.

What style of glasses are you rocking? Share your favorites in the comments below!

 

 

Are Loafers the New Sandal?

Summer is (un)officially here and we are officially excited. Time to switch over to iced beverages, start making travel plans, and bust out your warm weather favorites. But before you totally box up your spring wardrobe for next allergy season, think again.

Instead of the quintessential strappy sandals we’ve come to live in the past few seasons, we’re holding tight to arguably the biggest trend of last season: the loafer. Once reserved exclusively for grandpas, thanks to a little-known-brand, Gucci (ever heard of them?), this style is every Fashionistas go-to for just about any occasion.

Photo by @maddyhaller

But why? What makes the loafer special? Ummm have you ever worn a pair of loafers? They’re like wearing socially acceptable and fashionable slippers. (Grandpa was really onto something here…) Not only does it upgrade your fashion game but you don’t need a pedicure to rock them. (Major plus) This “girl on the go” only as so much time to do her nails.

Photo by @biancacanales

 

But loafers? For summer? How does that work? Well let me ask you this question: how does it not work? Whether you are wearing shorts, skirts, or trousers, the loafer will bring sophistication to your look. We’re partial to the slide style that marries the traditional loafer with the feel of a sandal. (A little business in the front, party in the back.)

Photo by @maddyhaller

Don’t feel obligated to say so long to your favorite shoes just because it’s summer. Your style and feet will thank you.

These are my shoes of the moment! Are they yours? Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be switching up your sandal game this summer.

Move Over Florals, This Print Actually is Groundbreaking

School is officially out (for most of us, that is) and it’s time to put away the dull and drab colors that we’ve been wearing as a mode to reflect our inner feelings towards final exams. No matter what scores you ended with, there’s a totally different grading system when it comes to summer and it has nothing to do with calculus. The key to success? A fresh summer wardrobe that includes absolutely no grey. I mean it – none.

This summer, it’s all about prints – or dare I say print (singular). Gingham is seriously everywhere and soon it’ll be on you, too. It’s most intriguing quality is it’s ease of implementation into basically any outfit. Unlike florals, which can scare off the less daring, gingham is simple and sophisticated without being boring. Even better, you can find just about anything that you’re looking for in the print—from daytime dresses, to swimwear, to lightweight trousers.

Check out how a couple of your favorite fashionable college students implemented this print into their everyday wardrobe and scroll on for some of our favorite gingham steals.

(Photo via @marybordelon)

(Photo via @sydneyhelphenstine).

SHOP

Moto Frill Gingham Crop Top, $45.00, Available at Topshop.

Gingham Trousers by Zara, $69.90, Available at Zara.

Gingham Check Shorts by Mango, $45.99, Available at Mango.

Gingham Tie Side Swimsuit in red by Boohoo, $39.00, Available at ASOS.

Belize Dress in Coastline by Reformation, $178.00, Available at Reformation.

Mon Univers Jumpsuit, $88.00, Available at Article&.

How are you rocking this print for summer? Show us your gingham style on social by tagging @CFashionista on Instagram!

 

The Most Fashionable Girl You Know Probably Owns These 6 Sandal Styles

The weather is warming up and cherries are back in season. You know what that means? That’s right, summer is quickly approaching! (Praise hands emoiji.) To celebrate, it’s time to retire those combat boots, whip out your favorite summer sandals, and let your toes finally breathe.

Whether you’re packing a suitcase for a vacation in the Bahamas or preparing for an extended stay at summer school, there’s no question that a change in fashion is something worth getting excited over. If you’re in the market for a new favorite pair, take some inspiration from our rad Style Gurus. From jelly sandals to good ol’ Birkenstocks, our Fashionistas offer an interesting variety that will make you want to run over to the nearest mall ASAP.

“I’m super obsessed with jelly sandals. They make me think of summer when I was little and they’re quick and easy to throw on when you’re on the go.”—Elizabeth Morales, DePauw University

“Honestly my favorite sandals are my Birkenstocks! They are incredible versatile where you can wear them to the beack or out with friends. I feel like they’re kind of the ‘anything goes’ sandal!” – Mariana DeBare, Brown University

“My favorite summer sandals is the tie leg sandal. They seem way better for when I go to the beach because I getting sand in my shoes but these would be so simple. I think they are super elegant and really versatile for whatever look you’re going for.” – Chloe Williams, Hunter College

These are my favorite summer sandals because they are very comfortable and go with my summer wardrobe. I wear them with everything: jeans, shorts, and dresses.” – Kelly Flood, Oneonta State

“My for sure go-to summer sandals are PLATFORMS! I can’t stop buying them lately. Super cute, adds the extra height, and getting ones with details make it even more fun to wear.” – Soni Solano, FIT

Brown gladiator sandals! They are my ultimate go-to and can work with any outfit.”—Maria Elekes, O’More College of Design

“These espadrilles are by far my favorite. They are so unique and…they match my whole wardrobe which makes them really practical. My favorite thing about them are the silver studs at the bottom!” – Phoebe Vatis, Boston University

What pair of sandals will you be wearing this summer? Share your sole on Instagram by tagging @CFashionista!

How To Thrift Trendy Items With Just a $20 Budget

Do you ever feel scared to check your bank account because you’re not ready to face the truth about how much money (or lack there of) you really have? Yeah, me too. I don’t know about you, but as someone who loves clothes, it physically pains me to walk by countless racks of clothing calling out my name, while my wallet is saying: “No girl, don’t fool yourself.” But let’s be honest the hearts wants what it wants.

However, many of us fail to realize that the same trends that are currently being sold in stores can also be found while thrifting—and for a much cheaper price. So, to prove that this is so, I took on a thrifting challenge. I challenged myself to only spend $20 or less while finding trendy pieces that are currently being sold at a much higher price.

This is what I found, and how much I really spent.

1. Slip Dress & Basic T-shirt: Slip dresses are one of the most popular must-have items in everyone’s closet. They are easy to wear and comfortable. A great way to give them a casual day look is by adding a basic T-shirt as an under layer. I found these two goodies as I made my way through racks of clothing at my local thrift store. These two items were a total of $6. (Yes, $6.) The slip dress was $4 and the basic T-shirt, which was originally from J.Crew, was $2. Now let’s compare it to a retail price shall we….

At ASOS, a simple, black slip dress is priced at $35.

At J.Crew a basic T-shirt is priced at $32.

This equals a total of $67. While my thrifted items save me a total of $61 that I get to keep!

 

2. Colored Trousers: Colored trousers are perfect statement pieces. They’re able to give your outfit that extra pop of color without putting too much effort. However, depending on certain stores, some trousers are priced differently depending on the color. I found these fun, hot pink bottoms for just $5. Seriously a perfect steal!

A similar pair of pink trousers retails at $70 at Zara.

I save $65 by thrifting mine! Woohoo!

 

3. Bandanas: Bandanas are the perfect add-on accessory. They’re fun, playful, and a great way to elevate your outfit. They are definitely a trending item. I found this cute, red floral one for just $3.

At Urban Outfitters, a colored bandana is priced at $12.

I save $9 thrifting mine. Can I get an amen?

4. Wide-Leg Pants: Wide-leg pants are a fun way to add flare to your look and play with proportions! Your outfits don’t always have to be fitted all the time. I found these printed bad boys as I searched the bottoms aisle. They were a total of $4.

At Anthropologie, wide-leg pants can range anywhere from $68-$238. This particular pair is priced at $98.

Again, I save $94! My pocket is a happy gal.

Now if I add all the items I thrifted, the total amount I spent was $18. If I were to have bought these items at a retail price, my total would’ve been $247. I literally save $229 that I could use for other things!

As you can see, you can most definitely find similar items if you were to budget yourself and take a thrifting trip. I’m not saying to give up shopping online or in store indefinitely, but it is a great way to be smart about your money.

So guess what? It’s your turn now. I challenge you to this thrifting challenge. What can you find on a $30 or less budget? Share your findings by tagging us @cfashionista!

I Replicated Some of the Most Popular Pinterest OOTDs, Here’s What Happened

As I began to develop my love of fashion in the pre-Pinterest world, I would spend weekend afternoons literally cutting and pasting my favorite outfits from magazines into a notebook full of collages. While collecting Vogue, NYLON, and copies of various other publications nurtured a fondness for fashion journalism, it also helped me form my own personal style. Pinterest facilitates the same experience in an all-digital world—meaning I get to still work on my little passion project collages and not cut my fingers and (most) of my subscriptions up.

Frequently re-pinned OOTDs funnel through from our favorite publications, bloggers, and Instagram feeds. It’s a perfect platform to get endless inspiration, but the amount of content can be overwhelming when getting ready in the morning. Fashion editorials often cause an expectations versus reality dilemma, and the looks on platforms like Pinterest are an extension of that. Sometimes you don’t necessarily own all of the designer brands your choice image contains, or you feel like you can’t pull off that trend—it can be discouraging to pull your style directly from pre-existing images.

I realized that even with all of my time spent studiously scrolling through boards and blogs, I have yet to directly replicate any looks from Pinterest. The way I dress has been influenced by the images I’ve seen in magazines, blogs, and on Pinterest, but I’ve never tried to steal their style directly. I tried four pins I’ve been eyeing for a while below, and while I found myself a little creatively constrained, I also felt freed of any nervousness caused by comparison.

Bandana + Sweater 

Number of pins: 14.86k

The bandana trend has been around for a while now, playing on the choker and scarf trends remerging with ’90s style. I retired most of my silk scarves for the winter and it felt great to get this one out once more—adding some jewelry and layers made it feel much different than last season, as well. The layered jewelry trend definitely made replicating this look a bit more my own than the others below.

Blue Jeans + Striped Shirt

Number of pins: 8.5k

In continuing to play it safe with my sartorial choices, I decided to not play it safe with my bank account. I’ve been wanting to recreate this look for a while; its a simple linen shirt look that is definitely evergreen. I picked up this striped shirt from J.Crew the moment I saw it—it’s exactly like the ones I’ve seen frequently when scrolling. By far the most comfortable I felt, this look definitely was more within my sensibilities than the others I tried.

Slip Shirt + Flair Jeans + Silk Scarf

Number of pins: 6.1k

This street style image caught my eye a while ago—and it’s similar to many other pins I’ve saved. From the silk slip and scarf to the wide leg jeans, it’s many current trends rolled into one outfit. Replicating a look this stacked can be intimidating for many; it’s nice to pull certain aspects, but to replicate it for myself and Toronto weather, I added a bomber to keep warm.

Monochrome Sweater + Skirt

Number of pins: 19.01k

The skirt I’ve donned for this look is one reserved usually for special occasions—it’s hard to reasonably put on a fit and flair midi skirt and head out to campus. I mainly admire the color blocking and layered jewelry in this pin; it’s elegant and she still makes it super casual. A relaxed cotton shirt or light sweater takes any formal skirt down a notch for the daytime.

Finding influence online is great—it’s accessible and far more eco-friendly than stacking up magazines to flip through on your transit rides or at your next appointment. Replicating these outfits allowed me to look beyond comparing myself directly, but it was hard to have to piece together outfits that were already laid out for me. Take the time to sift through and find what works best for your personal style—borrow bits and pieces of OOTDs and always make it your own.

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