Class to Night Out Houndstooth Skirt

erDo you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

Has anyone else really been into prints lately? Hearing the word “print” may cause some fashion anxiety for you minimalists, but a “print” doesn’t necessarily mean full-on multi-colored paisley (though it definitely could!). There are so many prints to choose from.

Houndstooth has always been a popular fall/winter print. It’s super chic but not too preppy. Investing in a houndstooth skirt this fall will amp up your wardrobe and add some print!

Keep reading to see how I styled a houndstooth skirt for class and a night out.

Houndstooth Skirt: Class

Just like some items may be hard to dress up, a houndstooth skirt can be hard to dress down. That said, who doesn’t like a fashion challenge? You don’t need to add much to this skirt: a dusty pink blouse and some flat ankle booties are easy pairings. Since the weather is cooling down, add some plain black tights.

And now to accessorize. Just wear whatever simple gold stud earrings you have – I chose these cute gold heart studs. And I apologize in advance, I’m going to try my hardest not to overload my outfits with scarves, but this one just worked so well with this outfit. And finally, put all of your class essentials in a plain beige tote.

Houndstooth Skirt: Night Out

For your night on the town, swap out your plain black tights for some black lace ones and add sky-high lace-up ankle booties. I’ve always liked black and white paired with darker colors, so choose a deep red tank for your top.

Time to accessorize again! Wear a silver tassel necklace and silver arrowhead earrings for your jewelry. I really like this clutch because it has a lot going on, but it’s not overwhelming. It has the zig zags, black, white, faux snake skin, and gold accents. It’s very versatile and for all of your night out outfits.

3 Ways to Dress Up a Pair of Sweatpants

qwWe all have those lazy days when we just want to be comfortable for a long day of classes. But as CF girls, we also want to look fashion-forward.

I’m here to tell you that you can still be cozy and step onto campus in style. Simply dress up your favorite sweatpants (AKA sweats, joggers) with some layers, perfect for the fall semester! Whether you add a leather jacket or accessorize with bangles, you can make those comfy sweatpants look on-trend… promise.

Here are three ways you can dress up your sweats this semester:

Look A:

Products: Hat, Shirt, Necklace, Pants, Boots

Start by rolling up the sleeves of a classic white button-down shirt and slipping on some skinny leg sweats. Hide messy hair with a red wool fedora, then accessorize with a gold-plated chain necklace. Complete the look with chunky ankle boots that have cool cut-outs and buckles.

Look B:

Products: Jacket, Top, Necklace, Pants, Flats

For this look, layer a white crop top with contrasting trim under a sage moto jacket. Grab your sporty, tailored joggers and pull the drawcord tight. Place an antique gold key pendant necklace etched with the word “strength” around your neck. (Hello, midterm week inspiration!) Finally, slip on some color-blocked, pointed flats with metallic details for extra interest.

Look C:

Products: Vest, Top, Pants, Bracelet, Sneakers

Embrace an autumn color palette by pairing a burnt orange long-sleeve top with your gray joggers. Next, add a navy quilted vest that features imitation suede details. Give a shimmering effect to your look with polished gold-tone cuff bracelets. Complete the outfit with Adidas sneakers that are comfy enough to keep up with your busy day.

What are the Most Comfortable Fashion Styles

q1Comfortable fashion styles? You’re maybe wondering if those kinds exist. Well, they do and cannot be denied. It’s a win-win. Fashionable and yet, comfortable.

When it comes to comfort, there are a variety of choices – and they don’t have to just be sweatpants. If you’d like to be comfortable and remain fashionable, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

Loose is in. Tight is out.

First, it’s advisable to always keep it loose. Wearing loose clothing doesn’t mean it can’t be sexy or fashionable. To have comfortable fashion styles, if you’re a lady, a loose peasant style blouse with an open back, or a nice flowing summer dress, are both stylish and supremely comfortable. For you guys out there: Don’t be afraid to rock a t-shirt. The trick to wearing a t-shirt fashionably is to pair it with a nice (cotton!) blazer. Stay away from stiff fabrics like corduroy or polyester. You want to appear casual, but not sloppy.

A good rule of thumb for any fashion concerned citizen wanting to stay cozy is to keep your clothing fitting well. It’s not fun having your waistband digging into your skin, but it’s also not comfortable to always have to be pulling up loose pants. If need be, don’t be afraid to buy your pants a size up if you’ve gained a little weight. This is only temporary until you get back to the gym and back on the wagon with your eating habits. In the meantime, keep yourself happy and comfortable. Additionally, if you’ve lost weight, or your clothing has just lost its shape in the washer and is fitting too loosely, toss it out. You don’t need to always have a hand hiking up your belt loops. Is this something you want to be thinking about if you need to run across the street, or do some other physical activity that requires a large amount of movement? No one wants to see your skivvies!

Another way to stay comfortable is to always dress for the weather. This is actually exciting as you can still flaunt your styles even if it’s zero degrees outside. If it’s cold outside and your old winter jacket is looking shabby, don’t be afraid to venture out and purchase a nice new one. Not only will it keep you warm and cozy, but it will bring you up to date for the new cooler season. You also want to be sure and stock up on clothing that can be layered together to help you retain your body heat. Try wearing a pair of cotton leggings or long johns under your pants to create an extra layer of protection from the elements. Long johns are a great way to stay comfortable no matter the temperature. They may not look fashionable, but no one will see them, and you will definitely remain comfortable. Likewise if it’s summer, do not try and wear your long sleeve flannel around. Get out and buy yourself some cool linen pants, or another loose breathable fabric that will keep you feeling refreshed and at a reasonable temperature. A variety of other clothing items are made of linen, including linen shirts, linen tank tops, and linen skirts.

Styles for your feet

Shoes are another great way to stay comfortable day in and day out. Always opt for shoes with a cushioned sole, or buy some insoles on your own to create the effect of walking on air. If you walk a lot during the day and are a fairly active person, don’t be afraid to invest in some tennis shoes. Tennis shoes provide stability when you walk and will keep your ankles, legs, and back from getting sore. Look for sneakers with comfortable soles and a snug, but not overly tight, fit around the main portion of your foot. Unfortunately, your flip flops will not provide the support your feet need to function properly and carry you through your day. However, they can be a great slide-on option for when you need to run a quick errand. The great thing about flip flops is you don’t have to mess with tying your shoes, or (heaven forbid) putting on socks. That is why flip flops remain some of the most comfortable fashion styles for your feet. Make sure to toss on your tennis shoes for those longer treks and for your time at the gym!

All in all, there are countless comfortable fashion styles for the fashion minded person who wants to be at ease. Choosing breathable fabrics like linen and cotton can keep you cool in the summer. Sticking to layering items like leggings or long johns in the winter will keep you feeling cozy. Additionally, a new winter jacket can ensure your style and comfort all winter long. Make sure all your clothing choices are in the right size, and get around town comfortably in some fashionable tennis shoes with insoles or cushioned soles. Keeping in mind the fabric type, the weather, clothing size, without compromising the style ‘sense’ of it all, you will be parading with the most comfortable fashion styles ever thought of.

What is the Relationship Between Clothes and Personality

eHave you ever wondered why and how clothes and personality are linked? What’s the connection between the two? Tune in.

As anyone who has taken a course in basic human behavior can attest, the field of psychology is replete with theories – many of them conflicting – about how and why people think, act, feel and relate to each other and their environment in the ways that they do. From Freud and Jung’s psychoanalytic theories to the behavioral interpretations of Skinner and Rodgers, the different schools of psychological thought strive to explain the perplexing and all too often contradictory motives behind human behavior – unfortunately, often with negligible concrete results. Despite the amazing preponderance of readily available, rigorously collected, tantalizingly detailed data on the subject, even the most respected ‘experts’ cannot explain with any degree of certainty how or why each of us develops the specific set of intellectual, emotional, and spiritual characteristics that – taken in their entirety – define who we are and how we express our ‘self-hood’ to the rest of the world.

How to explain this relationship

Yet while modern psychology does not yet and may never have a complete and detailed explanation to our behavior, it is an accepted tenet in virtually every school of psychological thought that the physical aspect of how we present ourselves to the world is a clear and often remarkably forthright reflection of who we are (or who we want to be.)  While our cave dwelling ancestors began wearing clothing for purely utilitarian reasons, one need only take a short journey through history to uncover how quickly the human race began to view clothing and other accoutrements of style as a means of creating a unique identity, aligning oneself with a group or class, projecting social status, attracting the opposite sex or myriad other reflections of personal values, choices and status. In fact, in the world of psychology, where so much of what goes on inside each individual’s psyche is carefully hidden behind ego defenses, habitual behaviors, and socially dictated norms, how we dress – from the clothes we wear to the way we style our hair and decorate our bodies – is one of only a very few clear indicators of an individual’s personality, self-image and at times, even his or her world view. In every sense of the word, we ‘dress to impress’, to make a statement to the world about who we are and how we want the world to see us.

But what are we saying with what we wear? How does power dressing work, for instance? Not everyone is an expert on style, certainly. We all know what we like, and our personalities will permeate our individual choices, but how can we predict with any degree of certainty how our style of dress will affect others, or, conversely, how other’s appearance may impact our opinions without our knowledge or conscious participation in the process?

Surprisingly, the answers to these questions are not all that difficult to come by. The same research that provides us with so much information (albeit with very few conclusions) about personality development also helps us to recognize how our clothes and personality are reflected to others. Here are just a few examples of some styles of dress that are popular today and the kinds of information they can convey about those who wear them.

Clothes and personality interpretation

The Conventional Dresser: The conventional dresser dresses for her or his environment rather than from a sense of personal style. In the business world, the conventional dresser is the man or woman wearing a simple, traditionally styled suit in blue, gray or black with a white or pale pastel shirt, conservative tie and sensible shoes. On college campuses, he or she is usually in a pair of chinos and a button down shirt, topped off by perhaps a V neck sweater and a pair of loafers.  Conventional dressers tend to be ‘conventional’ people – drab and sometimes boring, risk averse and lacking in confidence, they tend to be introverts who like to blend in with the crowd.

The Sloppy Dresser (AKA The Grunge Look): Sloppy dressers generally look as if they slept in the clothes they are wearing.  Their wrinkled, soiled, mismatched outfits, often including torn, frayed blue jeans and deliberately ripped T- shirts are usually topped off by unwashed, uncombed hair, unshaven faces and – on women – heavy, sloppily applied makeup. The ‘Grunge’ look is the uniform of the ‘Anti-establishment’, and while those who sport this style tend to view themselves as free-thinkers who reject conventional norms, the look also screams of a poor self-image, immaturity, lack of motivation, and an ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude that others will assume – often correctly – carries over into every aspect of a person’s life-from job performance, to work ethic and personal relationships.

The Casual Chic Dresser: At first easily confused for a ‘conventional’ sort, the ‘Casual chic’ personality is someone who tends to dress appropriately for every occasion and always looks stylish and well-put together. The difference between this person and the conventional dresser, however, is that a ‘chic’ dresser adds small but important personal touches to his or her wardrobe – an elegant piece of jewelry, a silk scarf or designer tie – that speak volumes about his desire to fit in without disappearing into the crowd. The Casual Chic person is confident, successful, and perceived as attractive by others.

The Designer Dresser: We all know at least one person who will wear nothing but ‘designer’ clothing – everything from his undergarments to his overcoat must sport an easily recognized label from a well-known clothing designer. His or her hair is done only by the most expensive, high-end salon in town and she shops for everything from makeup to mouthwash in only the most exclusive stores. While this style usually gives one an air of affluence and success, it is all too often also a sign of a person who is insecure, uncertain about his personal identity, shallow and overly materialistic.

The ‘Goth Dresser’: Not unlike ‘Grunge’, the ‘Goth’ (short for ‘gothic’) look is generally worn by those who reject conventional society. Sported mostly by teens and ‘twenty-something’s’, the look is characterized by black clothing, black (usually dyed hair, heavy, dark makeup and jewelry that looks more threatening than fun or inviting. Those who are drawn to this look often have a number of body piercings and tattoos which they display by wearing as little clothing as possible. (Think Jesse James former fiancé Kat VonD) While some people who dress in ‘Goth’ clothing see themselves as artistic and sensitive, for the most part, their underlying personalities tend to be angry, immature, thrill-seeking, hostile towards authority and depressed.

The Athletic Dresser: Strange as it seems, most people who dress in ‘athletic attire’ like running suits, sweats and so-called ‘work-out wear’ in public are not athletes, but simply people who want to be perceived as such. Those who wear athletic attire while engaged in athletic pursuits rarely want to be seen (or smelled) in public wearing the same clothes they wore while working out, for obvious reasons. Those who do wear these kinds of outfits in public are generally wearing them in order to identify themselves with a sub-culture that they find appealing but which they cannot join due to physical constraints or a simple lack of time or motivation. These people tend to be sedentary, insecure and envious of those with the ambition and drive to achieve athleticism in the real world

Of course, these descriptions of clothes and personality are stereotypical representations of many different types of dressers; most of us wear a mixture of one or more of these style types on a regular basis and our personalities are a mix of those described as well. Every conventional dresser is not boring, nor is everyone who wears sweat pants to the grocery store a frustrated athlete. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to occasionally step back and look at our clothes and personality and how others see us through those; hopefully, we can learn something about ourselves in the process of as well.