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Back on Black!

Hello everybody! A great fashion trend that I’m seeing is the same color, but layered on top of each other. I’ve seen it with white shirts and white pants with a nice gold belt, or I’ve seen it with dresses with the exact same color jacket to go with it. Since I’ve seen this emerging as a trend, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do the same thing, though with a bit of a twist. Since it is after Labor Day, I’m a bit more afraid to try the white on white, though I will give it a try in summer. So because of this, I chose to go with black on black. I was also dying to try out my new red lipstick, and let’s face it, red lips with a black outfit makes every girl walk with her head held high. Anyways, black on black. Rather than go with a completely black outfit, though I was tempted, I went with jeans, a black tank top, and a black sweater. Now, to pull this look off well, you need another brighter color thrown in to tie it all together, otherwise it just doesn’t work well. I mentioned a gold belt with the white on white. I threw on a cheetah print scarf instead. It helped to add a pop of pattern to my otherwise boring black/black outfit, and if the compliments I got while I was out shopping were any indication, the outfit was hot. Audrey would have been proud to wear that outfit and show off her style.
Now, while these outfits are a great trend, I would be very cautious with you using it with any color. Neutral colors seem to work really well (black, white, nude, etc.). However, I don’t suggest layering red on red, or yellow on yellow. That would just make you look like a highlighter, and we all know that is never a good look, unless it’s a Halloween costume. Plus, when you do the black on black, make sure you have an accessory or another piece of clothing that distracts from it and adds a touch of another color. If not, it most likely won’t be the best look, though who knows, you could pull it off. Something to break up the color is always a plus though, so a nice belt is good, or a scarf, or even a brightly colored bag and matching shoes. You can get creative with these ideas, and if you go with bright shoes and a bright bag, it’s even better to wear a nice neutral outfit so that everyone’s attention goes where it needs to.
I have included a picture of me modeling my outfit for everyone to see what I came up with. I love trying out new things and encourage you all to do the same. Fashion is fun, and even if you make a fashion faux pas, remember every celebrity has had that moment too, it’s not the end of the world.

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Shine Bright

Hello everyone! As we head into the winter months, it can be tempting to stow away all of our brightly colored clothes in preference of darker colors. Well, I am here to tell you to throw away that idea. Bright colors have been in style for a while, and continue to stay in style. Granted, don’t put pink and yellow together, but bright colors in moderation are perfect for brightening up a look.

So what’s a good, bright color that will brighten up any winter look? Red, green, pink, mint, white, and coral. These were very popular summer colors, and now we are going to use them in the winter as well. Now, how do we want to wear these colors? As I said before, we need to use them in moderation, because it is winter and we need to match them with our darker colors to match the weather. A good example of this is to wear jeans, black boots, a black and white polka dot shirt, and a pink blazer over it. This outfit will keep you warm, ties into the darker color scheme of winter, and still has a pop of color with that pink blazer. With just a little bit of a warmer color, it is not too summery. As for the coral, red and mint, I’d wear those colors as pants or scarves. If you choose to wear them as pants, I’d suggest going with neutral accents, such as a creme shirt and a black jacket with the red, or a black top with the mint. Coral is great with hints of green too, so I’d wear a creme top with maybe a green necklace and those coral pants. By adding just a little bit of color to each outfit, you’re keeping yourself from becoming bored with the outfits that you own, as well as keeping everyone else excited about what you’re wearing. Neutral colors tend to make us blend in, whereas adding pops of color makes it so much easier to stand out.
Another great trend is color-blocking. This is especially popular if you are in a sorority, we all know how much we sorority girls love our bright colors. Wear those green pants with a very light, blush colored top. The blush gives the outfit a little more color without overwhelming the pants. If it’s still warm where you are, you could even get away with coral and green color blocking, though I wouldn’t advise that for the winter months as much. However, those green pants with a blue cardigan will look amazing, depending on the blue and green. Make sure if you do this, you use caution, and use a navy blue and a nice darker green, not a mint green.
If you’re unsure of whether an outfit will look good or not, ask a friend! We dress to impress other people, so get an opinion first! A second pair of eyes on an outfit has never hurt. 

Body Con Skirts

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Hello everybody! For this week’s posting, I would like to talk about body con skirts. The picture listed above, taken by Maegan Tintari and used in her blog listed above, is a great example of what I want to talk about for this week. Body con skirts are great for work, school, or if you’re in a sorority, a chapter meeting. There are many different ways to wear them, and I’d like to go through those ways step by step so everyone knows how to wear them and rock them in their own way.

The first way to wear them is modeled above in the photograph. If it’s cooler and you’re on your way to work, it’s best to add a jacket over it to keep you warm. The jacket doesn’t interfere with the professionalism of the outfit in any way, and if anything adds to the outfit. Wearing the skirt with a belt and a nice button down shirt makes the outfit go from something you can wear going out, to something you can wear in an office setting without worrying about someone thinking you are unprofessional. I do advise you to stick to plain colored skirts in an office setting though, I know wearing those crazy printed skirts can be tempting, but that’s not going to be appropriate for the work place.

Now, if you want to wear one of those printed skirts on the weekend, there’s plenty of ways to rock that look. I personally have a pink and black tribal one, and when it’s slightly warmer, I love to wear a black collared tank with it, with just the front tucked in. I know it sounds silly, but it looks amazing when you wear it like that. Add a cute pair of heels, and you are all set! If it’s a bit cooler out, but you still want to wear your skirt, I’d suggest adding a jacket, and add a scarf to match. The scarf I usually wear with mine is a pink one that matches the pink in the skirt perfectly. Pair that with a scoop neck t-shirt in a plain color, and a neutral jacket (black or tan) and you have a gorgeous outfit that will definitely turn heads. As for shoes, I’d once again go with a cute pair of pumps, because you really can’t go wrong with those.

Not Just For a Summer Day

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Hello everyone! So now that temperatures are dropping, us fashionistas are having issues staying warm and still dressing cute. Now, there are many ways to stay warm and cute, including ways to wear dresses. The picture I posted to the side demonstrates how you can dress up a dress, and stay warm at the same time. A blazer is a great addition to any outfit, and it helps to warm up any outfit. This also adds a splash of color to an outfit and brightens the outfit in these coming winter months. The dress underneath is a strapless, summer sundress and is perfect for summer months when it’s too hot to wear anything else. The blazer over it is heavy enough to warm you up, but still not be too bulky or hide your shape.
Of course, there are other ways to wear jackets and blazers over sundresses and make them appropriate for winter. Strapless floral sundresses are perfect for under denim jackets, which are making a comeback, and add with that a pair of ankle or calf-length boots and you have a beautiful winter outfit. This just goes to show it is still possible to show a little leg, even in the colder months.
These outfits are especially great for a date or girls night out. It is casual enough for the day time, and then add a pair of heels, and you have a classy, Audrey-approved outfit for the night. It shows just enough skin to grab attention, but not too much to slide into the trashy side of things.
Another great thing about this outfit is that even if it warms up to a balmy 72 degrees in the day time, you still won’t be sweating in it. It masters that transition of temperature that we experience during fall and is perfect for this time of year. It’s hard to give up our dresses for a few months, and with this tip, you won’t have to.

Wrap Around

Hello everybody!
So I know for all of those that aren’t in Florida it’s starting to cool down a little bit and that beautiful fall weather is coming in. Well, for this week’s fashion post, I would like to talk about scarves. Scarves are the perfect fashion accessory that never go out of style. Now, for those of you in cooler, but still not cold weather, I’m not talking about thick, bundle up scarves, I’m talking about the flowing, lightweight scarves that add a pop of color to any outfit. A great outfit I’m seeing out on campus or on my Pinterest boards is the one that is jeans, a plain colored t-shirt, and a colorful scarf, with some boots. Scarves are great for one of those days when you don’t feel like getting dressed up and just want some comfy jeans and a t-shirt. They dress up any outfit, and accessorize for those days you just don’t really care. By wearing a scarf you eliminate the need to find that perfect necklace to wear with your shirt, and it takes a simple outfit to an amazing outfit. On another note, these scarves are absolutely perfect for the fall weather. Sometimes standing in the sun can get a bit warm, even if it’s cooler temperatures, and lightweight scarves are perfect because they are so light and breezy it’s barely noticed. So you won’t get too hot, but it can definitely add to any outfit. Certain dresses go great with scarves as well. Plus, there are so many ways to wear scarves! We all know of the standard way to wear a scarf, or to just buy the infinity scarf, but there are so many ways to tie a scarf around your neck! I have attached a great website that shows all the different ways you can tie a scarf, with visuals of 15 different ways. I have found even more ways to tie a scarf, just by browsing Pinterest and being observant. I have found I am not afraid to go up to someone and ask where they got a piece of their outfit or how they did their outfit a certain way. It’s not a bad thing, and I’ve met some great people to talk fashion with by doing that. Plus, you never know who you could meet by doing that. Happy browsing!
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Keep It Short!

Hello everyone! So a recent fashion trend that I am absolutely in love with is the crop top. It goes with jeans, it goes with skirts, it literally just goes with everything. I know that summer is over, so some of you may be thinking, why would we want crop tops now, it’s getting too cold for that. However, there are some great ways to style these crop tops with winter-ready outfits. One example is to pair a long-sleeve crop top with a high-waisted skirt. These skirts are the ones with the elastic band around the waist, they’re known in a lot of stores as skater skirts. They are a bit longer, and sit right on your waist, which makes them perfect with the crop top. Just a little strip of skin will peek through, and you have an adorable outfit that you won’t freeze in. Another idea is to, when it gets even colder, add some tights under the skirt, and pair it with some cute ankle boots or combat boots. This will give the sweet skirt a bit of an edgier look, and still keep you warm. A great way that I saw a similar outfit worn was in an older episode of Pretty Little Liars. Those girls always have amazing styles, and it is my goal to be able to replicate those looks. One of the characters had a black, 3/4 long sleeve crop top, and she paired it with a blue skater skirt and blue converse. The whole outfit was adorable, and I only hope that my copy cat outfit looks just as good. It’s casual enough to walk around your campus in, yet it is also perfect for a day or night out with friends. Outfits like that are my favorite, because with a quick hair and makeup change you can change your look from day to night, without really changing your outfit. Another great switch from day to night would be to change the converse to a great pair of black pumps for your night out. I have attached a picture of a crop top I just purchased from Urban Outfitters, and it would go great with either a colored skirt, or a plain black one. A great pair black pumps (I love Steve Madden) will really complete this outfit and create a perfect date night/girls night out outfit for this coming fall season.

Let’s Talk Makeup….

Hello again everyone! So I know this is a fashion blog, but a major part of fashion is makeup. Fashion is how you represent yourself to the world, and a part of that is the makeup you wear to complement your outfit. It is also a great way to express how you are feeling on the inside.
I recently helped one of my sorority sisters find a good look for her skin tone with some makeup tips. We also went over some of the best ways to apply different makeup and what was best for her personally, not just what I thought was best. She even wound up sharing some tips with me that I was unaware of, and it was a great bonding session in addition to makeup session. So from that, I would like to share one of my makeup inspirations to you. Jessica Harlow has a vlog (video blog) on YouTube that has great makeup and hair tips. I personally love watching the videos, and sometimes I already knew how to apply the makeup, and other times I learn something new.
The video I am attaching is a great one for those special occasions coming up. I know for me personally, Semi-Formal is right around the corner, and for those of you in high school, there’s Homecoming dances or Prom. So a video on how to get all glammed up is a great starter. Also, with the holidays coming up, this would be perfect for some of those holiday get-togethers with family and friends. So the video I am attaching is Jessica showing us how to get “red carpet ready” for our upcoming festivities.
I hope you all enjoy this video, and I hope it helps you find the perfect “red carpet” look for yourself!

Welcome

Hello everyone! Welcome to Rachel’s Closet! What I will do from now on is post some pictures, or maybe a link, along with a discussion of a trend or style that I see out in the fashion world. I have been interested in fashion since I was a young girl, and I think fashion is one of the greatest ways that we express ourselves and who we want to be that day. A great quote I found on Pinterest describes this perfectly: “When a woman says ‘I have nothing to wear!’ what she really means is ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.’- Caitlin Moran. This is exactly how I feel; some days, I want to be standing out, I want everyone’s eyes to be on me and what I am wearing because that’s who I am that day. I am an eye-catching girl. Other days, I am content to be more low-key, perhaps more studious, so I will dress differently and people will see me differently. Fashion is so much more than clothing, it is a part of a person, and it is a way to show people, without them ever saying a word to you, who you are. While styles may fade, fashion is a constant, and it is constantly there to help us communicate who we are as a person to others who don’t know.

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