STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Breaking Down Fashion Stereotypes

Let’s play a little game. Clear your head and think about the first image that pops into your mind when I say the word, beret. What about buttoned down shirt? Gloves with cut off fingers? Now let me guess what you are thinking. When you read about berets all that you can picture are burnt out, cigarette smoking artists in Parisian coffee houses, reading poetry and never smiling. When you think about button down shirts all that you can see are boring businessmen in suits, jackets, and ties. And lastly, the idea of gloves with cut off fingers brings to mind nothing but hobos in Hollywood movies. Well, I am here to tell you that all of your fashion prejudgement is false. Girls can wear button downs too!

I found this Fashionista beating the cold weather blues and breaking down fashion stereotypes with an adorable outfit. In the picture she is wearing a button down blouse, cut for a woman’s figure, and a wool knit beret to cover her ears from the wind. To keep her hands warm and fashionable, she is wearing mittens that can be folded down when indoors, revealing cut-off-finger-gloves. To get her look, American Eagle sells both berets and convertible gloves at reasonable prices.

Also, H&M sells tons of button down shirts in various colors and styles, so you are bound to find one that fits your unique personality and preference. The name of the game for this week is breaking down fashion stereotypes and exploring the world around you for new and exciting trends. What was tired and old yesterday might be new and exciting today, so always be on the lookout for emerging styles!

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