The Faux Fur Revolution

As much a political statement as a fashion statement, man-made fur has been around the block for a while now. In the past, real animal fur was seen as an almighty sign of wealth, pride, and beauty, but as time went on and customers learned of the injustices against animals used to get the fur for their beloved products, outrage against real fur was abundant. Recently, as more and more designers, companies, and shows have banned real fur, even as far as London’s Fashion week, people have been coming back to this reliable alternative.

According to madehow.com, “Fake fur is a type of textile fabric fashioned to simulate genuine animal fur. It is known as a pile fabric and is typically made from polymeric fibers that are processed, dyed, and cut to match a specific fur texture and color.” This means that it’s almost exactly the same as real fur, people can’t even tell the difference, and there’s no cruelty to animals when it comes to faux fur.

Although, it isn’t all positive. Fashionista.com says, “While the fur trade is associated with animal cruelty and bringing some species closer to extinction, the faux fur business (like most of fashion) often relies on harmful chemicals and cheap labor to produce millions of garments at affordable prices.” In order for us to better understand what is best when it comes to faux fur, we must look into the future of fashion.

The future of fashion includes lower prices, more faux fur, and hopefully less cheap labor and harmful chemicals. Faux fur is apparently here to stay, but we must hope that it’s in a healthier and better way.

 

Top 5 Fashion Blogs of 2018

Inspiration comes from many places, and often times from yourself, but sometimes you need a bit of a push to realize your true potential. This can come from many places, but one in particular always helps me: fashion blogs. And here are the top five of 2018 so far:

  1. Mary Seng- Happily Grey: Mary Seng defies stereotypical fashion ideals by somehow combining the edginess of a tomboy fashion sense with the bohemian simplicity of a free love child. Her blog ranges from style, to beauty, to shopping the looks. She is versatile and can definitely make an impact.
  2. Celine Aagaard- Hippie Hippie Milkshake: If high fashion minimalism sounds of interest to you, make sure to check out Hippie Hippie Milkshake. Celine Aagaard features everything from the runway to streetstyle, and even has some culinary inspiration. A worthy notation for those invested in the finer things in life.
  3. Ellen Claesson- Ellen Claesson: If you’re a fan of foreign fashion, Ellen Claesson is the girl for you. This Swedish blogger has a taste for the finer things in life, and will show you how good that they can be.
  4. Mireia Oller- My Daily Style: This Spanish fashion blogger brings color to life in new and fascinating ways through clothing and accessories. Her patterns and pleats of all hues show a brighter and spunkier side to fashion, and allow for true individuality.
  5. Tine Andrea- The Fashion Eaters: Individuality is key, and this blog is full of it! Tine Andrea shows us what it’s truly like to be ourselves throughout different photographs and inserts. Look to her for a dash of inspiration whenever you feel like you’re in need of one!

These are just some of the top fashion blogs of the year, and who knows, yours could be next!

Check out the blogs by following these links! 

Happily Grey: http://www.happilygrey.com/

Hippie Hippie Milkshake: http://envelope.no/

Ellen Claesson: https://ellenclaesson.metromode.se/

My Daily Style: https://stylelovely.com/mydailystyle/

The Fashion Eaters: http://www.thefashioneaters.com/

Why Can’t We Wear White? A deeper look into the post Labor Day rule

Since the dawn of time, fashion is and has been tyrannically dictated by social elitists. There are rules and regulations when it comes to what you can and can’t wear, and when you can and can’t wear it.

One of the most known rules is that you can’t wear white after Labor Day!

I’ve known about this rule since I was young. My mother would tell me to change if I was wearing white in the fall, and I would ask why. She would reply, “That’s just the way that it is.” Soon enough, I accepted that “that’s just the way it is.”

But, as I mentioned in my previous article, we are living in the 21st century, an era of self expression. White is an important color that can be added to any outfit.

So, I will answer the question, why do we abandon white after Labor Day? And, do we really have to?

After researching the subject, I found my answers from Marie Claire, in an article they stated “In the late 19th century—long before you could wear jeans to a Michelin-starred restaurant—the society ladies were engaged in an invisible battle with the nouveau riche, one that could only be won by the subtle manipulation of fashion.”

The “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” rule was created to separate the old money elitists from the new money group.

“It [was] insiders trying to keep other people out,” according to Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in an interview with Time, “and outsiders trying to climb in by proving they know the rules.”

For those who had money and could leave the city during warmer months, white was considered vacation attire. “If you look at any photograph of any city in America in the 1930s, you’ll see people in dark clothes,” Charlie Scheips, author of American Fashion, said. ” Meanwhile, white linen suits and Panama hats were considered the “look of leisure.”

Long story short, I want you to know that you do not have to abandon white after Labor Day! If it is your color- rock it! Wear what you want and wear what you love! Don’t conform to the social elitists. Conform to your style and conform to you!

The Comeback Party of the Century!

Come one, come all! Denim is throwing a comeback party and you’re invited!

In the past, we have seen the likes of  bell bottoms turn into straight-legged piped pants. Then, we saw the pipes turn into skintight jeans. Since this cultural revolution, we have seen our beloved skintight trousers turn to the deep, dark, thin threads of leggings.

How did we get to this deep, dark place? This place where pants are all but see through, when they used to be thick and sturdy. When did we go from buying a pair of pants that lasted years, to buying a pair of pants that last five days? When did we loose our faith in denim? Why did we loose our faith in demin?

Those questions may never have answers, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We are all residents of the year 2018 and we are living! The time is now and the place is here. We are in the midst of a self-love revolution and that means wearing what you love, and not conforming to the likes of anyone but yourself.

That means that denim is coming back! Denim can be seen being sported through a vintage jean jacket, or a brand new pair of skinny jeans. Boot cut pants are on the rise like they’re being worn by Britney Spears again in the early 2000s, and bell bottoms are rocking out like it’s 1970.

We are in the midst of a revolution where everything can be considered fashionable! This self-love, this confidence, this courage has allowed our generation to span decades of clothing and decades of denim, bringing them all together to suit people’s individual styles.

I’m talking jean jackets, skinny jeans, bell bottoms, and fit and flare. You name it and it’s back with a bang.

If you are interested in denim, the comeback kid, I’m going to show you the three funkiest and freshest items that I could find (on a college student’s budget of course) and where to get them!

 

  • The H&M Denim Jacket comes in six colors. Ranging from a light wash that is so  light it’s almost white, to a dark wash so dark it’s basically black. For only $22.99 you could be rocking an iconic piece with the ability to pull together any outfit.         Denim Jacket - Denim blue - Ladies | H&M US 1                                                       Photo from: www2.hm.com
  • If you feel like channeling your inner Donna and The Dynamos, then these pants are perfect for you! From everyone’s favorite Forever 21, here is a pair of high-rise, fit and flair, dark-wash jeans with buttons! They ring in at $35.00.High-Rise Flare Jeans                                                        Photo from: forever21.com
  • If you love pipe pants and denim, then the mom jean look is perfect for you. My personal favorites are the women’s high-rise, boyfriend fit jeans from Uniqlo for only $19.90.

Image result for women's high rise boyfriend fit jeans                                                          Photo from: www.shape.com

If you found a piece that you like, I am more than elated. But, if nothing suit your fancy, I hope that it at least inspired you to find something that does. What is most important in the world is to be who you are and wear what you love! You’re all incredible! Go out, have a comeback, denim sized, and seize the day! #CARPEDENIM

Shop the look:

  • H&M Denim Jacket: http://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.0484205004.html
  • Forever 21 high-rise jeans: https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/bottom_jeans/2000314401
  • Uniqlo jeans: https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/women-high-rise-boyfriend-fit-jeans-404606COL65INS032000.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkZePtMS_3QIVTbjACh0AWA77EAQYAiABEgISrfD_BwE