Condolences to PETA, but furs are hitting men’s fashion runways this season harder than Lindsay Lohan hit rock bottom. Of course, before the runways ever declared this massive new look as a trend, stars such as Kanye West, Pharrell and more were the originator’s for this season’s new fad. From bearskin rugs, shawls, hats and neck pieces, there are various ways that fur can be worn. For a recent fashion show that I coördinated, I decided to wear a black fur that would be the signature piece for this all-white outfit.
My inspiration for this outfit was definitely Rihanna. During a recent trip to London for fashion week, she wore an all black ensemble with a statement piece of a white fur. She looked so cool so I decided to recreate her look, but in white.
I found these glasses, which I call “Lady Gaga Telephone video glasses” inside of a store on Venice Beach during a recent trip to California. They were $10 and I was super excited to find them. These glasses add a certain level of classiness to any outfit!
White button-up shirt: Walmart $13
White Skinny jeans: Rue 21 $7
Statement Fur: Banana Republic (purchased from EBAY) $36
Whether it’s a dog’s mesmerizing eyes, its sharp, attention-grabbing bark or the way its backstory pulls at your heart like the tragic ending of Titanic, one thing’s sure, we are all faced with the obstacle of wondering if that dog will be the right fit into our lives. Sounds a lot like love, right? It wasn’t until a recent chitchat with one of my close friends, that I realized love has so many mind-bottling similarities to a dog and one wrong move could mean a earthshaking tear in your heart or worse, a set of destructive bite marks in your favorite pair of shoes!
It’s no secret that society has a disturbing fixture on an objects outer appearance and we all know that in love and WAR dog adoption, the better looking ones have their shelter cages frequented heavily, but what usually happens after the commitment to that dog turns from causal visiting to a permanent responsibility depends on how good of an owner you are, how well-trained they are and if your tasty doggy treats are good enough for them to keep doing the tricks you taught them.
To Leash or Not to Leash
This next lesson is one of major importance. There are those dogs that can run as wild as a kid’s first year at college, but still know where home is and stay loyal. Then, there are those that must be kept on a leash at all times when outside the safety zone known as the four white walls of your bedroom. Why? Because, a they are only loyal to their bone and could care less whether their treats come from you or any stranger walking past.
The key to maintaining these dogs is to have them trained. It is up to you to take in that animal for what they are initially and mold them into the perfect pet. Remember, that a dog, only continues to do tricks if they are motivated, recognized and rewarded for their actions. Once your man has lived up to your expectations on how a man should treat you, it is okay to reward him with something he likes.
Every Dog Needs Compromise
When training an animal, you have to allow the dog to do as it pleases, like by taking it to the dog park to chase its tail for five hours and bark at other dogs that it may feel foolishly threatened by. While all of this may not interest you in the least bit and can grown overwhelmingly tiring, as a good owner you must compromise. If a man is emotionally satisfying your needs, it is only fair to satisfy his.
Recognize that training a new puppy takes time and effort. Relationships do not happen overnight. And much like a relationship, it takes time for puppies to learn and mature into the dogs we all know and love.But once you get it right, it’s really right! One day, your dog will learn to listen to you, and eventually, begin to obey commands without even needing a treat. \
What is it about that person you see in a crowd and think to yourself “They look great” or “I love their style”? Fashion is all about having fun because after all it is just clothes! I’m the example of changing my look up and never being held down to just one specific look. Sometimes I dress as edgy as Steven Tyler in an Aerosmith music video, while other days I’m as tame as Britney Spears in her “Baby One More Time” days.
One thing that I always manage to do, no matter the style chosen, is look good in outfits that are eye-catching and a great fit to my personality and body type. In this daring look (photographed above) I rocked some plaid red skinny jeans, a royal blue top, and a blazer that I studded up (all of which came from the thrift store). my killer rocker boots, which I purchased from K-mart a year ago for $14.
Here are a few tips I on how to dress edgy:
Live on the edge. Do things even if the result may be consequential. Have fun! Life is short; live it to the fullest. Be carefree! Well not entirely; worry about things like grades, family problems, and your peers.
Don’t care about what other people think about you. Who really cares what the “popular” crowd thinks? If they make fun of you, just smile and walk away.
Dress edgy. Dressing edgy shouldn’t make you look like every girl out there. Being edgy, along with it’s care-free message, means you should dress uniquely. A lot of things you should have are leather, converse, and boots. Use bright, bold colors to your style.
Accessories. Try wearing long chains (gold or silver), bangles, bulky jewelry etc. For shoes, pairing up original black converse, (not Mono black converse. Mono black converse are the all black converse.
Extra pointers: If you need a little assistance, have no fear! Search up Taylor Momson, Rihanna or any other edgy star. their new style is considered edgy. The way they dress should give you an idea of what edgy should look like.
A new school, new friends (which are yet to be made, ha!) , but same ole me! Yes, going to an entirely new place can be stressful and sometimes you want to conform to what you think everyone wants you to look like, but guess what? that’s not me!
I am weird, I dress out of the box and most likely if you are with me in an environment you will be spotted! Who says fashion has to be just a t-shirt and jeans on a warm sunny day. Reach back into your closet and find something that fits your mood.
Yesterday, I went out for the first time at this new school dressed like this (above photo). I found this really cool and unique two-piece set at a thrift store for $3. Don’t judge me, but I bought it because I was getting Golden Girls vibes. Yes, that’s one of my favorite TV shows. Their style was always so retro, fresh and different!
I paired this outfit with some Rue 21 jewelry, brown penny loafers, a straw hat and some cool glasses. This entire look was under $20, giving new meaning to looking great on a budget.
The amount of compliments I got was amazing. I have to say, it’s much easier to meet new people when you look your best and feel confident and this is coming from an ultra shy person!
She’s wearing that? Oh my, he’s wearing those? We’ve all been there. Fashion trends in college have more OMG moments than Madonna’s controversial career. How many times have you walked on campus and seen students strutting to class in…pajamas? Yes, I said it. I honestly wonder where are the fashion police when you need them.
You are the clothes you wear, which is why the year 2013 holds infinite possibilities for your wardrobe, but first you have to contend with that big fat pile of bad style choices taking up your closet and everyday wardrobe. There is no reason that you shouldn’t dress up everyday because glamour isn’t only reserved for the rich and famous and you never know who you’ll run into. David Beckham or Rihanna at the grocery store? Hey, stranger things have happened.
But if none of these reasons were enough for you then remember, nothing beats the rush you feel when you look in the mirror and LOVE what you see and I definitely loved my outfit (above photo). I rocked this turquoise blazer, with a peach over-sized vest, dark purple button-up with a striped purple tie. I paired these with some loose fitted baby blue pants.
All of these items were found in the magical land of the thrift store. Can you say fashion on a dime!
Whether you‘re at work or at play, your clothing choices send a message about you–are you sending the one you want?