Posts Tagged ‘Style’

Dressing for the Rain

Posted: December 14, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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At this point, I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that all rain sucks.  Sandy, you bad, bad girl.  Even without Sandy though, it seems like this has been an unreasonably rainy winter.  I personally blame global warming, and if that’s really the case, we’re all screwed.  Either way, I’m here to tell you how to look good on the rainiest of days because you can’t come to Syracuse expecting sunshine and rainbows. And if you do, you don’t even go here.

First off, wear color!  Rainy days honestly make me so depressed as it is, so if not for yourself, do it for me. I’m kidding. But really, wear color. All it takes is something as simple as a colored scarf/bag/shoes, whatever.

I’m not too big a fan of raincoats.  Yea, they get the job done and should be worn to sporting events and stuff like that, but if your just going to class, I suggest a trench coat instead.

So now you have your pop of color, your trench coat, and last but not least, the ultimate rainy day accessory: the umbrella. Besides the fact that they protect your hair (hey ladies), they’ll keep the majority of the rest of your body dry too.  This is always good, because I hate feeling like a soggy wet dog in class. With so many affordable umbrellas out there, don’t be that girl spending $200 on a designer one. That is beyond unnecessary, especially if you’re anything like me and lose them everywhere.

I suggest looking into the bubble umbrellas.  At first, I literally thought they were the ugliest things ever, but in Syracuse, they are necessary.  If not, you have to hold regular umbrellas at this awkward ankle so the wind doesn’t make them turn inside out (trust me its happened multiple times).  At first bubble umbrellas were just all clear; however, now they make them with patterns and colors.

You also can’t forget to wear rain boots. I can’t even tell you how many times I see people wearing moccasins to class when it’s torrential down-pouring. It may not sound like a big deal, but imagine sitting in class with wet socks for two hours. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

They might not be the most attractive things in the world, but it’s better to wear them than have to sit there smelling like wet feet. I’d give you a suggestion of a brand I love, but I know most of you that read this just buy everything else your peer group does.  So, just buy the Hunter’s and call it a day.

Rainy days don’t mean yoga pants and a hoodie. Class it up.

-Lauren Levine

Fleece Leggins are gonna be where it’s at

Posted: November 7, 2012 by jerkmagblog in TRIM -- style
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Picture a North Face fleece jacket and then imagine it turned into super-skin-tight pants. That’s the image that comes to mind when the words “fleece leggings” are mentioned. Fleece leggings are the new way to wear leggings without sacrificing fashion for functionality. Since living in Syracuse is like living in a snow globe, you can mock them now and come November you’ll have three pairs in your dresser. The good news is that the fleece is on the inside. They’ll still look like normal leggings, for the most part. The extra padding is good for the girls that have skinny chicken legs, but for everyone else it’ll just add about a quarter inch to your thighs (no big deal). You can sweat that off in an hour at the gym with some cardio, and then put on the leggings to maintain a proportionate leg size. Free People, Anthropologie, and Victoria’s Secret PINK all carry fleece leggings, so feel free to stop in and clear their selection. When December rolls around, fleece leggings will be just the things to run around campus in, but most of you will still be wearing the threadbare ones from places like H&M and Forever 21, because they’re cheap and no one wants to spend $40 on plain leggings that have weird fuzz on the inside.

– Jenna Jacobsen

Hey Jerks! I’m Jenna Jacobsen, and I’ll be bringing you the best and worst of fashion, starting with the dos and don’ts of what I like to call “Career Fair Fashion.” Before I get blogging, here’s a little bit about me.

Year/Major/Minor: Senior Spanish major and Psychology minor

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

My Most (recent) Embarrassing Moment: It occurred while I was at work. (Abercrombie and Fitch) I just happened to be staring at one of the shirtless greeters at the front of the store (isn’t that what they’re there for?) and ever-so-gracefully walked right into a table. My manager saw the whole thing and couldn’t stop laughing.

The Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With: My height is listed on my driver’s license as 5’11”.  I’m in denial that I’m actually 6 feet tall.

Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: I could watch “The Guardian,” starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher all day, every day.

For more embarrassing stories regarding shirtless male models and lies about my height, follow me on Twitter at @Jenna_Nicoleee.

White Hot Summer

Posted: June 22, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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It’s summer.  And I don’t exactly remember what that stupid Labor Day rule says but I’m pretty sure I can wear white whenever I want.  However, there is just something about white jeans that scream summer.  Summer white is hard to do right, especially if you don’t want to look like you just walked off the tennis court.  Here’s a list to help you stay summertime chic.

1. Normally I hate white sunglasses.  Nothing makes you look like a redneck NASCAR fan faster than a pair of white shades.  But these ivory sunglasses by Chloe feel wonderfully vintage and perfect for summer.  A tad expensive, but a girl can dream right?

2. Crochet is also a huge trend right now.  However, there is a fine line between pretty and grandma so be careful.  Continuing with my vintage theme this white crochet tank from UO is a great way to hit two trends with one stone.

3. White jeans are another summer chic necessity.  However, I hate wearing jeans… especially in summer.  So if you’re scared of white overload (or just don’t like jeans in general) then opt for a classic cut pair of white shorts.

4. Shoes are my weakness.  And not just any shoes—Aldo.  These white baseball stitching stilettos (number seven on the list) are charming enough to wear for night or day.

5. As for your nails, Easter colors are widely popular this summer.  I find white nailpolish to be a little distracting but an ivory or cream color will look stylish.  This color called ‘Tennis Corset’ is the perfect light color for summer, with a little hint of gold for shimmer.

-Sara Freund

LBJ rivals LBD

Posted: June 20, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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The Little Black Dress.  Essential to the completion of every girl’s wardrobe. First written into the rules of fashion by Coco Chanel in the 1920’s the LBD quickly vanquished the closets filled with frilly embellished gowns.

Vogue published a photograph of Chanel’s short simple black dress, comparing it to the Model T—‘Chanel’s Ford’ they wrote.  Just like the car, the dress was also a symbol of simple elegance accessible to all social classes.  The LBD was the uniform for all women of taste.

Karl Lagerfeld, the brain behind Chanel, and Carine Roitfeld, previous editor of Vogue Paris, are focused on The Little Black Jacket.  Lagerfeld and Roitfeld are publishing “The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited” which is due to release later this summer.  The book features famous personalities from Sarah Jessica Parker and Dakota Fanning to Elizabeth Olsen and Yoko Ono donning the LBJ.

Although it may not steal the spotlight it is very much an equal of the LBD.  Relied upon like a solid pair of jeans or the perfect leather boots the Little Black Jacket must have a place in your closet.

-Sara Freund

Cholé, Chanel, Fendi—they all sound familiar right? What about Karl Lagerfeld?  Due to his low profile, many outside the fashion world have no idea that this is the man behind the most iconic brands.

In an industry that tosses around the word ‘iconic’, this man is genuinely a fashion icon.  The infamy of his dark les sunglasses and his mantras like, “Vanity is the healthiest thing in life” perpetuate his mysterious persona.  However, this mystery is what produces fashion phenomenon.

Recently on May 14, Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel resort collection for 2013 was shown in the gardens and blazing sun of Versailles.  As the sun set the show began enchanting guests the atmosphere was modern day edgy princess.  Sounds a little weird, but Chanel is the epitome of (wealthy) bad girl chic.  Even with an eighteenth century Marie Antoinette feeling to his line, there was still a little bit of edge to cut through the cake.

Models strutted out in platforms and black or candy colored wigs.  The line was a mix of tiny pastel pannier dresses, golden eighteenth century jackets, and revamped denim and shorts.  But clearly the message was voluminous bottoms.  Short dresses, full skirts and trousers all had structuring that widened the hip.

This resort line is only one of six ready-to-wear lines that he designs for Chanel.  He told WWD, “nothing is more boring than a shop where you have the same thing for six months”.

In addition to seven labels, Lagerfeld now is pursuing the online retail realm.  His luxury fashion designer website, recently launched which carries high end designers like Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Miu Miu and YSL.

-Sara Freund

If you haven’t heard of the Met Gala, think of it as Lady Gaga’s version of the Oscars – all the red carpet glam with a little bit of crazy.

Last years opening displayed an emotionally charged Alexander McQueen retrospective exhibit.  This year the show’s subject is the Impossible Conversions: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.  Although much less a showy performance than Alexander McQueen—Schiap and Prada have their own magical presence in fashion.  The two Italian women looked at fashion through an artistic lens and challenged perceptions of what women are suppose to wear.

The main difference between a fashion industry event and a typical awards ceremony or movie premiere is the level of outrageousness.  And honestly when Anna Wintour—the essence of understated chic—decides to wear a gown with a huge gold lobster embroidered skirt, you can be sure the fashion is something to watch.  Here are my top five celebrity fashion picks from the night:

1. Marc Jacobs wore a Comme de Garcons black sheer lace dress.  Yep, you read that right.  A man showed up to the Met Gala in a see-through lace dress.  Clearly visible were his white boxers underneath (thank god).  Lately it looks like this is just the way Marc Jacobs rolls, he showed up to at least two of his shows this year wearing dresses.  When reporters ask why, he simply just says it’s comfortable.  Well, I can’t argue with that.

2. Beyonce strutted her stuff in a stunning Givenchy Couture gown.  This event was Beyonce way of returning to the spotlight.  A purple feathery train flowed from a tight nude and black lace bodice.  Many of the celebrities chose outfits that were either focused on the waist down aesthetic of Prada or the waist-up style of Schiap.  Beyonce said to the Guardian that, “the waist down … is about sex. It’s about life. It’s about giving birth … more connected to the earth.”

3. Christina Ricci in Thakoon looked fabulously elegant… and kind of remined me of a fortune cookie.  Her nude dress with an avant garde single shoulder strap and black embroidery on the body makes the perfect statement.  It goes without saying that this dress is all about the presentation, and trust me a picture does no justice.  This dress is meant to be seen 360, where the full effect of the beautiful train and craft can be truly seen.

4. Lana Del Ray chose a beautifully vampire-esque elegant gown and cape by Joseph Altuzzara.  One of my least favorite celebrities wearing my one of my favorite designers.  Vogue and Mulberry has declared her a fashion icon, so the pressure was on during the Met Gala.  Which was her first event since her newly awarded title of fashion icon.  LDR’s dress wasn’t overly extravagant, it worked because Alturzarra is one of the hottest rising designers and the floor length cape was a subtle nod to Schiap.

5. However, the best is for last, and it happens to be Rihanna.  Arriving late, just moments after the red carpet closed, she appeared in a skin tight Tom Ford gown.  Her black alligator skin patterened dress was completed with intense claw-like fingernails to match.  One of the more understated dresses of the night, her look definitely passed the ‘holy shit’ test.  I’d snatch up that dress in a second

-Sara Freund

“I see it. I like it. I make it.”

This is the motto of Erica Domesek’s incredibly fabulous blog, P.S. – I Made This… She is a recognized DIY design and style expert, who makes many unique and fashion-related objects, such as necklaces, handbags and living decorations. Domesek’s creations not only include every day, usable items but also step-by-step instructions on how to make your own designs.

This blog is very inspirational in the sense that it makes you motivated to to be creative and crafty with your own hands. It is especially encouraging for those who are fond of fashion, lifestyle and anything visual. You can also purchase her book “P.S. – I Made This,” which was published in 2010 and features more than 25 of her distinguished projects.

See it, you will love it and you will definitely want to make it!

-Ellie Sul

Style as Identity: Iris Apfel

Posted: November 3, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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Iris Apfel is one of those figures I have seen in thousands of photographs in the past few years. Her sense of style is eccentric, yet you can tell there is a method to the madness, so respect must be granted. I have observed her from a distance, never knowing who she is or what she does. She has the air of a woman with stories, someone you might want to listen to even if you might not agree with what she has to offer. Recently, she was interviewed by the Telegraph, and I was definitely right: she muses about New York in the 50s, the way the youth dress now and speaks audaciously about celebrities… then  again, at 90, why would she care what we think?

Her particular view on style is something that I completely acquiesce to:

“You can’t try to be somebody you’re not; that’s not style. If someone says, ‘Buy this, you’ll be stylish,’ you won’t be stylish because you won’t be you. You have to learn who you are first and that’s painful.”

-Nadjma Sako