3 Fashion Career Myths You’ve Got All Wrong

Those of us seeking a career in fashion are often met with criticism about our decided path of life. Parents, mentors, and friends give us their bits of wisdom hoping to deter us from a career many people view as too risky. They have the best intention for us, but they have some of their facts wrong. Below, I cover three of these fashion career myths and the truths that bust them.

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1—The fashion industry is full of shallow people.

This isn’t necessarily true. While there may be some shallow people in this career field, it isn’t different from any other industries. Some people may be in it for shallow reasons, but most people want to make a difference in the field. There are a lot of ethical issues in fashion that still need to be worked on, and many people going into the fashion industry today have goals to change some of those issues. People are focused now more than ever on creating environmentally friendly clothing, changing the working conditions of the manufacturers, and diversifying those who participate in the industry.

2—You have to go to a fashion school to be successful in fashion.

On the contrary, all you have to do to be successful in fashion is have a passion for it and the drive to never give up. Plenty of big-name designers never went to fashion school and in fact majored in something entirely different. Refinery 29 did a short listicle of designers who did not attend fashion school. Some of those designers include Kate Spade, Giorgio Armani, and Chiara Ferragni.

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3—It is hard to make a living in fashion.

Isn’t that true of every industry right now? The job market is competitive no matter what industry you are entering so you may as well enter a career field worth being competitive in. Besides, the likelihood of making a living in the fashion industry isn’t really as bad as it seems. In 2016, Fashionista surveyed their readers to find out how much they make on average based on their position. They surveyed people who worked at companies like Prada to people who worked at companies like Macy’s and H&M. Overall, the average salaries wouldn’t leave you living paycheck-to-paycheck, even with NYC’s ridiculous cost of living.

What are some career myths you have encountered? Let us know in the comments below!

Additional photo by Kenia Viezcas.

5 Ways to Change up Your Wardrobe on a Budget

I get it. We’re college students; we’re on a budget. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to stay on top of the latest trends and change up our wardrobe every now and then. And while some people love to blow their paychecks on a little retail therapy, I thought I would show you some ways to change up your wardrobe on a college budget.

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1—Go thrifting

I didn’t realize how cool thrifting was until recently. You can pick up some nice finds at thrift stores. But I’ll admit, as with any store, thrift stores (i.e. Goodwill) have their good days as well as their bad days. You just have to be willing to spend some time searching for the fun pieces that can help you change up your wardrobe.


2—Look for staple/basic pieces year-round

These staple pieces include T-shirts, denim jackets, and hats. It’s really any piece that you can effectively style all year long that will add so much simplicity—and trendiness—to your wardrobe.

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Accessories can literally change any outfit. Be quick to respond to new and revived trends like hoop earrings, rings, bar necklaces, and charm bracelets. You’d be surprised what good deals you can find when you’re really looking. Budget tip: check stores like Forever 21, Francesca’s, and American Eagle Outfitters for inexpensive jewelry and accessories!

4—Shop at discount stores

This is a helpful tip for clothes and shoes! You can find brands like Steve Madden, Toms, Nike, and a whole lot more for discounted prices at stores like T.J.Maxx and Ross.

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5—Re-do your wardrobe

DIY your wardrobe! This is a great solution for anyone on a budget. Go through your wardrobe and take an inventory of what you wear. Redesign the clothes that you don’t really wear anymore, and turn them into things you actually want to wear! For example, you can take a plain black pair of jeans and cut rips into the knees of them. If you want to take it a step further, chop the hem of your jeans and pull out the threads, instantly turning the jeans into a new pair!

Are there any other wardrobe budgeting tips you use? Let us know in the comments!

Five Easy Steps for Successfully Moving Back to School

As the summer comes to an end, the thought of moving back to college and actually going to class can be a little daunting. While there is so much excitement surrounding moving in, reconnecting with friends, and being back on campus, the actual act of waking up early and going to class is a little less exhilarating. To help you get back into the hang of school, here are some steps to help you start off the semester strong.

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1—Go to sleep. I know you do not want to go to sleep early the first week back at school, but you might want to start going to bed earlier the week before school starts. If you can come to college with a healthy sleep schedule, you will hopefully revert to it, or at least know you can get up at a decent time in the morning. Trust me, once you start waking up every day at 11 a.m., it’s hard to get out of bed to do homework or go to morning classes. Start the year off with good habits!

2—Buy cleaning supplies Aside from your basic soap, shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries, know that you’re going to need extra supplies to keep yourself and your room clean. Especially when you first move in, you want to have a clean and fresh space to work in. You can store these supplies in cute boxes, but you should always have them in case you need to clean.

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3—Organize your room. Now that your room is clean and you’re prepared for future disasters, you need to get organized. It’s hard to work and focus when your room is a mess.  You can always use unpacking as an excuse not to study. Make yourself a space that you’re comfortable in, and then focus on your studies. Get to school as early as you can so you have time to move in and set up before classes start.

 4—Buy food. You’re going to get hungry at some point while you’re studying, and you are then faced with the dilemma: Do I go out and get food or do I stay here and study while hungry? While it’s important to take study breaks, you can also waste a lot of time and money going out to find food. Keep some healthy snacks in your room so you can eat in without interrupting your research or essay writing.

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5— Get a planner. When you’re trying to juggle classes, social events, club meetings, deadlines, and tests, you need to have a central place to write everything down. Some people might like using Google calendar or their phones, but I’m personally a big fan of physical planners. Planners can be really cute, and you can color code, highlight, and cross off the tasks you’ve finished.

Have more tips or fun stories to share about moving back to college? Let me know in the comments!

5 Things College Taught Me About Friendship

We all know how scary college is. One thing that can make the experience less frightening is finding some great friends that will stick by your side through it all. College taught me a lot about friendships. Here are a few of those lessons.

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1—You’ll meet many friends

Throughout your college experience, you are going to meet a lot of people. You will also get the chance to meet a lot of friends. There are so many people on campus for you to meet and become friends with. Between the residence halls and your classes, you are bound to meet at least one person that you want to consider a friend!

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2—Don’t jump into friendships too quickly

Last spring semester, I met a couple of people who I swore would be my best friends forever and ever. When fall semester rolled around, I was not on speaking terms with those people. It is not like we had a falling out and were angry with each other—it just sort of happened. People get busy, move off campus, or you don’t see them as often. It’s always sad, but it does happen—and that’s okay.

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3—Don’t be scared to talk to new people

Sometimes, you might just be overthinking it. I have had moments where I really wanted to talk to someone, but I was scared to. Then, after talking to them, I realize that they were amazing and wanted to talk to me, too! Whether you mention their cool headphones or their cute backpack (like this one), a compliment is always nice—not to mention a great conversation starter!

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4—Getting involved is a great way to make friends

This semester I decided to get involved in my school’s welcome week for new students.  I have created a bond with them that I probably would not have had I decided to skip out on this program. Getting involved is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Joining student organizations will help you find people who have the same interests or maybe even major as you.

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5—Friends come and go

While you may make many new friends that you hope to be friends with forever, sometimes friendships do not last. It is not a bad thing, that is just how life is. So, if you make friends with someone who later ends up disappearing from your life, do not be sad about it. Instead, appreciate the time you got to spend with that person.

Do not be scared about whether or not you’ll make friends in college. Chances are you’ll make many. Just get out there and be the best you!

Featured photo by Kenia Viezcas.

5 Thrifting Tips for Every Student on a Budget

Thrifting is the perfect way to shop for students who are on a budget. If you love the idea of thrifting but aren’t sure how to do it successfully, you are not alone. Learn how you can get the most out of your thrifting trips and money with some of these helpful tips. I always keep these things in mind when I am shopping.

1—Go thrifting with an open mind

After years of thrifting, I have found that entering the store without expectations will yield the best results. Have fun and embrace the eclectic collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories waiting to be found. Thrift stores tend to have merchandise that changes quite often, so you never know what you might find on any given day.

2—Deals are everywhere

Beyond offering already deeply discounted merchandise, many thrift shops will have a special deal for each day of the week. Keep an eye out for these! Try to go on student discount days or attend early bird specials to save even more. Others may have colored tags that correlate to markdowns and rotate by day.

3—Thrifty is trendy

Thrift stores house many hidden gems. A second-hand, silk, lingerie top could actually become a staple in your wardrobe. Some current trends that I have found at my local thrift stores include embroidered tops, velvet tanks, mom jeans, and more! At this point, I would say the majority of my closet is thrifted. So, it is definitely possible to accumulate classic pieces over time!

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4—Embrace all sizes and labels

Clothing sizes are not universal, so the thrift store is no different. But, this is actually positive news! A top that you would typically not consider because it may be too big, could turn out to be an adorable oversize shirt with endless styling possibilities. It is also helpful if you don’t focus on labels when thrifting. Sometimes you can find high-end clothes. Other trips, you may not spot any, but don’t let that keep you from exploring new (and old) brands that you may not have heard of before.


Shopping second-hand is great for the environment. Since the retail industry has been largely wasteful with the rise of fast fashion, thrifting is a great way to make a positive impact on the fashion industry and environment. You can take it a step further and try donating your own used clothes. Each time I go thrifting, I try to donate the same number of items that I purchased. It is a nice rule to make for yourself that will keep your closet decluttered and make a difference in the world. Imagining others up-cycling your own pieces is so exciting and inspiring, too!

Hopefully, you are able to take these tips to your nearest thrift store and discover unique new pieces for your wardrobe. Tag @Cfashionista on social media so we can see your thrifted purchases! Don’t forget to comment below your favorite part of thrifting as well!

Additional photos by Lex Kelly and Maddy Haller.

Back-to-School Style for Girls Who Are Always Running Late

School is starting up again, and we all know what that means: the dreaded 8 a.m. classes. For those of us Fashionistas who are always hitting snooze, putting together a stylish outfit while we’re rushing out the door can be a struggle. Luckily, there are a few ways you can still look rad in back to school style, even if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare.

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One of the most versatile pieces of clothing that every girl needs to incorporate into her back to school style is a cute, lightweight jacket. Jean and bomber jackets are some great go-to staples to start with and can be paired with pretty much any outfit, from a floral romper to a T-shirt and black jeans. Layering a trendy jacket over your ensemble instantly makes it seem like the outfit you put together in five minutes was carefully styled the night before, without costing you any extra time.

Another tip to keep in mind is that accessories can be your greatest asset. No time to deal with a bad case of bed head? A baseball cap paired with a low messy bun is a cute and effortless solution. Not satisfied with just throwing on a white T-shirt and jeans? Layer on a blanket scarf for a dynamic pop of texture and style. Even just grabbing a few bangles and slipping them on while on your way to class instantly adds a little personality to your outfit, taking your look from basic to chic in a snap.

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Now that you’ve nailed your back to school style with a killer outfit and you’re glancing at the clock wondering if you have enough time to grab your morning coffee before class, there’s only one thing you still need: shoes. When you’re already in a rush, the last thing you want to do is rummage through your shoe collection for a pair that complements your outfit and doesn’t have too many buckles and straps to wrangle with. If you’re someone who’s eternally late to class, having a pair of basic and easy to slip-on shoes is essential. Check out the Steve Madden Glenda Sneaker Mule in Black Suede ($80) for an easy-to-slip-on shoe that’s not only on-trend but also comfortable and versatile. Now that you’ve completed your ensemble, you can get to class on time and in style.

PHOTO: Cassidy Clark

What are your go-to outfits for class when you’re running late? Show us on social media and don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista!

4 Easy Tips to De-Stress Every College Student Should Know

Heading back to school is exciting, but also undeniably stressful. One day you’re lying on the beach worrying if you applied enough SPF, and the next you’re waking up at 8 a.m., worrying about getting to class on time, unpacking your suitcases, and buying new textbooks. It’s hard. Luckily, there are easy ways to make the transition a little less stressful. Here are a few of my favorite, scientifically-backed tips to help!

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1—Add houseplants to your dorm

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Although most schools don’t allow pets, pet houseplants are fair game. They may not be as fun to cuddle with, but they will purify the air and induce your relaxation response. In one study, researchers found that stressed-out subjects who entered a room full of plants had a greater drop in blood pressure than those who entered a room without them. If houseplants don’t match your decor this year, simply taking a walk in a park can have a similar effect.

2—Create a positivity playlist

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Studies have found that listening to classical music slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and even decreases levels of stress hormones; so if you’re a fan of classical music, you’re all set! Honestly though, listening to any genre of music you love will boost endorphins and help calm you down. I keep headphones on me and have a specific playlist of songs that make me smile (Adele’s heartbreakingly beautiful breakup songs get their own playlist) that I put on whenever I need a pick me up during the day.

3—Download a meditation app

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Everybody knows that meditating calms you down, yet many skip it when looking to de-stress since, well, how exactly do you do it? That’s where apps come in. Two great ones for beginners are Insight Timer and Aura, both of which are free to download. Insight Timer features over 4,000 guided meditations as well as a selection of calming, background sounds. Aura offers a daily, unique three-minute meditation, perfect for a short break between classes.

4— Eat a banana (or anything with potassium)

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Don’t worry, if you hate bananas, any potassium-rich snack will work (avocado toast included). Potassium is a known regulator of blood pressure and low potassium levels have been associated with a greater risk for depression. One delicious way to get your potassium is to chop a peeled banana in half, spread almond butter on it, roll it in cacao nibs, stick a skewer in the bottom and freeze it overnight. Voilà: the perfect mood-boosting breakfast!

What tricks do you use to de-stress? Let me know in the comments below! 

Four Ways to Embrace Your Inner Freshman for a Happier School Year

As we all grow throughout college, one thing we notice is that the people most excited to be at school are freshmen. Remember how we were all once bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, too? We were ready with our lanyards and overpriced textbooks to take on anything our new home had to offer. Yet suddenly, returning to school can start to feel like a chore we aren’t ready to take on. To make going back to school a little easier, we should start embracing that happy freshman we all once were.

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1—Every person you meet is an opportunity to make a friend

It’s easy after year one to stick to your clique because that’s what’s comfortable—but one reason freshmen are so fun is because they will talk to anyone. Just because you have an awesome group of friends doesn’t mean you should just stop interacting with all the people around you. There is a story in everyone you come across, so make sure you give a chance to them all.

2—Question everything

So, this is hands down the easiest way to spot a freshman within the first few weeks of school. “What’s that? When are the club meetings? However, their inquisitive nature is what usually winds them up exactly where they want to be. If you want to know when a new club has its meetings, ask! Explore your home—on and off campus. This one can be sticky, because everyone’s campuses and surrounding towns are different. Nevertheless, taking the time to know your surroundings can make for an overall better experience. Exploring makes for great adventures with friends and you never know what hidden gems you may find.

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3—Don’t get stuck in a rut

Routines can be the downfall for some people because they never get to interact with anything new. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations on your campus and furthermore in your community. Be sure every year to try to find something new to do because through trial and error is the only way you’ll find what’s best for you. I can’t tell you how many clubs I signed up for and never returned to as a freshman, but some of them stuck with me and have been a crucial part of my college experience.

4—Remember you’re here for a good time, not a long time

Freshmen know this is the golden rule of college. Four years may sound like it’s a long time, but it always flies by. One day you can’t find your classes, and the next you’re walking across the stage to get your diploma. College is the time to learn about yourself and find your true passions—so don’t forget to nurture your friendships and create memories with the people there. You won’t ever regret anything that makes you happy.

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Getting out of freshman year alive is a proud moment, but keeping some of those innocent qualities in us can actually help make our college experience better every year.

How will you embrace your inner freshman? Let me know in the comments below!

6 Ways to Destress After Your First Week of College

It’s only the first week of college classes and you’re already stressed to the point where you’re looking forward to winter break. Don’t worry, we’re right there with you. Whether you’re a freshman in college or you’ve got three years of experience under your belt, none of us can escape the stress the first week of class brings. So, here are my friendly tips and tricks on how to de-stress and avoid a total meltdown before the first set of tests have even come over the horizon.

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1—Stay organized

Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. Staying organized can save you from so much stress! Buy a planner, get some sticky notes, use those brightly colored pens, and keep track of your busy schedule. I’ve found writing lists of things I want to accomplish releases that stress from my mind.

2—Treat yourself

Take a lesson from Donna and Tom and “treat yo self!” There’s nothing wrong with taking an afternoon off from studying to do something you enjoy, like grabbing a coffee or shopping with some friends. It’s important you’re prioritizing yourself and not getting lost in your to-do list.

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Studies have shown meditation has a plethora of health benefits. It reduces stress, improves concentration, and increases self-awareness and happiness. Plus, it also slows aging as an added bonus. If you’re new to the meditation game, you can start off small by doing a couple minutes of meditation a day. You can also look for meditation classes in your area.

4—Be active

If meditation isn’t your thing then find another way to release pent up energy by being active. Whether it’s yoga, soccer, jogging, or Zumba, exercise stimulates your brain and leaves you happier and more relaxed. Try a group fitness class at your gym or go for a 30-minute power walk with a friend.

PHOTO: Kenia Viezcas

5—Find your happy place

It’s important you have a place on or near your campus where you feel you can unwind and relax a bit. I like to call it your happy place. I have two happy places at my university, one on campus and one off campus (both are coffee shops, of course). Find a place you love and make it your go-to location for some R&R.

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Try something new! If there’s a place you’ve walked by and thought “I should go check that out,” then you should totally do it. Take the time to explore places around you. It’s an easy way to de-stress and to get to know your campus. You don’t have to limit exploring to just physical locations. Explore new ideas, new opportunities, or anything that sparks your interest.

How do you like to de-stress? Let me know in the comments below!

Four Backpack Essentials to Keep You Going This Fall

As I pencil in the last available spot in my planner, it is evident that the school year is in full swing. Packing my schedule with classes, assignments, club meetings, work, and yoga classes leaves me perpetually on the go. Having a perfectly packed bag with all the right essentials is necessary to survive a day that starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Here are my top backpack essentials to make it through the semester.

PHOTO: Kenia Viezcas

The Perfect Pair of Headphones

Headphones are essential for tuning out the multitude of different sounds and maintaining focus while studying in your dorm, at your favorite local coffee shop, or at the student union. While living in a college town is great for going out, the distractions make it nearly impossible to stay on track when work needs to be done. Always keeping a pair of headphones makes it easier to get work done no matter where you are, even if it is just 15 extra minutes toward that chapter assigned for your American government class.

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Colored Pens

This may seem like a silly tactic, but I always carry a variety of different colored pens. Why? Researchers think that color-coded notes can increase efficiency in learning. Furthermore, color-coding notes during class requires greater attention to detail. Forcing yourself to focus on what color pen to use for different materials requires further analysis instantly, as well as a greater level of focus. Get more out of your class time by utilizing colored pens.

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A Planner 

Always, always, always keep your planner with you. Professors often make last minute announcements as class is getting out with a change to the original date for assignments, study session times, and department events. Ensuring that you always have your planner increases your ability to remember those announcements. After all, you are proven to remember something better if you just write it down.

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Healthy Snacks

Y’all, the freshman 15 is real. Staying healthy on a college campus is not always easy when your meal plan options include Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, and Steak ‘n Shake. Not only does keeping snacks provide you with well-rounded, healthy options, but it also allows you to skip those long lines in the cafeteria. Keeping snacks handy will keep you ahead of your busy schedule and fueled for class all day long.


What are your backpack essentials? Share with us on social media, and don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista.