How to look professional on a budget

18 Apr

There comes a time when all college students eventually have to leave college and go out into the real world and the real world isn’t as accepting of the sweatpants and sweatshirts that students tend to wear to class.

The real world expects professional looking people in business attire. However, business attire can be awfully expensive.

Here are some tips to get that perfect interview outfit without spending too much money.

First of all, you want to shop at stores that are known to have cute business clothes like Charlotte Russe and T.J. Maxx. These stores can tend to be expensive though if you’re not careful.

  • Look for the clearance section: These stores are known to have really good deals on the sale racks.
  • Only buy what you need: It’s easy to become a compulsive buyer when you buy things on sale. You’re only saving money if you’re not over buying.

Another way to look professional on a budget is to stick to two or three colors that compliment each other. This way all of the items that you buy, you can mix and match with each other to make even more outfits.

You can also check out a few thrift stores like Goodwill to see if they have any decent looking business attire. Most of the items in these stores are junk, but occasionally you can find some clothes that look brand new and are stylish.

The most important thing to remember when you’re shopping though – only buy what you need!

Top four bikini styles for summer 2013

13 Apr

With all of the cold weather we’ve been experiencing in Michigan it’s hard to image summer being right around the corner, but it is.

So that means that it’s time to shop for a new swimsuit. Fashionising gives some great tips on how to find the perfect bikini for your body shape.

Some of the swimwear that Fashionising says to look for this season include:

Vintage-inspired swimwear: This swimwear is inspired from the 1950s. These swimsuits include high waisted bikini bottoms and halter tops. Think Marilyn Monroe.

Other designs in this trend include fun fabrics like floral prints or bright colors.

Mismatched bikini tops and bottoms: This trend has been in style for a few years now. And in order to make this trend work you need to make sure at least one of your pieces is a solid color. Then you can match that piece with a fun design.

You don’t want to mismatch two different designs because then you just look like a train wreck. It is okay though to match two different solid colors, as long as they complement each other.

Digital print swimwear: These are the swimsuits that look like they were made out of photographs. The print can be anything from scenery to animals.

Grecian goddess swimwear: These types of swimsuits are the ones where the fabric looks like it’s draped together. This style helps to add volume to certain areas of your body.

These swimsuits come in a variety of colors and are usually decorated with some sort of shiny metal.

Whichever style you choose, don’t be afraid to make it your own by adding your favorite accessory.

Seven easy hairstyles for Spring 2013

8 Apr

Harper’s Bazaar took the top hair styles from fashion shows this season and came up with this list of hairstyles that you can do yourself.

Tying the knot: Tying the knot is basically a bun that’s tied low and tight. Harper’s Bazaar quoted hairstylist Guido saying this look is “very American and wearable.”

There are various ways to wear this style such as different types of knots or different types of low, tight buns.

Making the braid: Making the braid is a hairstyle that incorporates braids with the styles. Some of the hairstyles that Harper’s Bazaar show are all braided or just have one braid incorporated into the hairdo.

There are so many ways to wear a braid. You can wear it down, wear it up, pin it back; the options are endless.

The new low pony: The new low pony is a traditional ponytail but it’s tied at the nape of the neck. The models that were strutting this look also had their hair ironed straight.

Some stylists tucked loose strands behind the model’s ears, while others used ribbon to hold the strands into place and to decorate the hair.

So slick: So slick is a wet hair look that was trending last spring. However, this spring the look is less wet.

The look is used to make your hair look wet and add an extra shine to it. But, in my opinion some of the hair stylists took this style too far and made the model’s hair look greasy.

Rock n’ roll waves: This look was inspired by the nineties grunge scene. The rock n’ roll waves are loose, messy curls.

Some of the styles that the models wore I liked, while others looked like they just rolled out of bed. The idea behind the style is to look like you didn’t do your hair, but you shouldn’t look like you just woke up.

Topping it off: Topping it off incorporates hair accessories into the style. Some of the hair accessories that were worn included printed scarves, pearls and fabric flowers.

Hair accessories can add a nice touch to a hairstyle or it can add too much, so be careful when picking out hair accessories.

Undone updos: This look I’ve seen around Central’s campus during the winter and it’s really easy to accomplish. It’s just a messy bun or ponytail.

Although the look is suppose to look messy, it’s easy to turn it into a disaster instead of the cute messy look you’re aiming for.

Bargain shopping for college students part II

2 Apr

There are a variety of ways to bargain shop. In my last blog post I discussed thrift store shopping, this post is about finding good deals at regular stores.

Target

One of my favorite stores to shop at for good deals is Target. Target was rated second in a bargain shopping review in 2013.

Target’s prices can vary from affordable to a bit pricey for the clothes being Target brands, but Target’s clearance prices are the way to go.

Target always have numerous clearance racks throughout the clothing department. Sometimes there isn’t really much to choose from, but other times you want to buy everything.

That’s why when you go shopping you need to lay out some ground rulesMake a list of the items that you are looking for, don’t buy unnecessary stuff just because it’s on sale.

Occasionally Target will have shoes on sale for 50 percent off. If you get really lucky you can snag a new pair of boots for under $10!

T.J.Maxx

Another store that’s a favorite of mine for deals is T.J.Maxx. This store has designer brand clothing for cheap! Some of their items are still a bit pricey, but most of their women’s clothing is under $20.

This is another store where you need to be careful with your budget though, it’s easy to overdo it when you think you’re saving.

Most of T.J.Maxx’s junior shirts are priced around $15 and that adds up fast.

Coupons!

Always look for coupons to make sure you save as much money as you can while still looking fashionable.

Coupons are underused and extremely useful. There are a lot of coupons that you can find online for basically any store.

So make sure you check online for coupons before hitting the stores, you could end up saving an extra 50 percent.

Bargain shopping for college students

26 Mar

It’s no secret that college students are broke, but don’t let the lack of funds keep you from looking stylish.

One thing college students can do to look fashionable on a budget is go thrift store shopping.

There are three thrift shops conveniently located on Mission Street in Mount Pleasant, which makes this type of bargain shopping easy for Central Michigan University students.Thrift shops map

A. Salvation Army Thrift Shop: The Salvation Army is located at 1717 S. Mission St. This store has a lot of junk mixed in, so it may be hard to find something cute and wearable. But that’s part of the fun in thrift store shopping, you never know what you’re going to find.

B. Goodwill: This Goodwill store is located at 1313 S. Mission St. and it’s a lot smaller than most Goodwill stores. Just like any other resale shop you have to dig through the racks. You’re not going to be able to replace your whole wardrobe by shopping here, but you may get lucky and find a few items.

C. City Closet Plus: City Closet Plus is located at 1809 S. Mission St. This store has slightly used name brand clothes for affordable prices. They carry both junior and plus size clothing. City Closet Plus even has a small formal gown selection.

Tips for thrift store shopping:

  • Always try on the clothes before you buy them. Clothes tend to shrink after they’ve been worn a lot so don’t trust the sizes.
  • Check the clothing for any stains or tears.
  • Bring cash, because some thrift store don’t accept cards.
  • Wash everything before you wear it.

Leggings are not pants

18 Mar

An awful trend has spread rapidly among college campuses and that is wearing leggings as pants.

They are not pants! Leggings are basically tights.

There are so many females on Central’s campus that partake in this hideous trend and it’s quite sad.

So to help these unfashionable ladies out, I looked to a more professional source: The Huffington Post.

“If you’re uninitiated with the very serious rules of hosiery, there are two basic ways for we ladies to wear our leggings. The first way is to slip them on under a dress, a long tunic (long enough to cover your, uh, essentials) or a skirt. This method of wearing leggings is simple and finite.

The OTHER way, though, is where the boxing gloves come out. Some girls choose to substitute their leggings for pants, i.e. wear tight hosiery in lieu of actual bottoms. When paired with a too-short shirt, the look reaches its nadir in the form of the dreaded camel toe.”

Leggings are fine if worn with a top that covers your butt. However, these ladies aren’t doing that. They’re wearing leggings with a t-shirt and showing off their camel toes and underwear lines.

 

There are also some leggings where the material is too thin that they become see-through.

I’m sorry but nobody wants to see that. That is not attractive to anybody!

Even if you’re super fit, you should not wear leggings with a short top. It may be comfortable, but it does not look good no matter what size you are.

The next time you or somebody you know puts on a pair of leggings have them read these rules.

The most important rule that Beckie shares in that article is “Wear something TUNIC LENGTH on top.”

It’s time for a revolution, leggings are not pants. Spread the word!

Top four spring 2013 trends

14 Mar

With the snow on Central Michigan University’s campus melting it’s time to break out the spring wear.

You can get started with the top four trends seen during spring 2013’s fashion week.

1. Pastel: Pastel colors naturally have a spring feel to them, maybe it’s because they remind people of Easter. Whatever the reason may be these colors are a must this season.

It’s easy to add pastel to any outfit. Different clothing items such as blouses and pants come in a variety of pastel colors, as do different accessories.

Designer Nina Ricci shared these colors in her spring collection.

2. Lace: Lace was spotted all over the runway in collections from designers like Jason Wu and Dolce and Gabbana.

This fabric can be used in dresses, tops, skirts and accessories. Just like the pastel it’s easy to add to any outfit, but you don’t want to overdo it.

Some lace items can be subtle, but others can be over the top. You have to be careful when picking out your outfit so you don’t end up looking like a fashion trainwreck.

3. Stripes: Both horizontal and vertical stripes were seen throughout the spring collections. Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs were among those designers that used stripes.

The best way to incorporate stripes into your wardrobe this season is to match it with a pastel article. For example a cute striped blouse with a pastel skirt.

4. Floral: Floral patterns were also showcased on the runways, no surprise there. A spring wardrobe just wouldn’t be the same without floral prints.

Just like everything else though, you don’t want to overdo it. It can be tempting to go out and buy every floral article you see because the colors are so appealing, but that doesn’t mean you should.

When wearing a floral pattern you want it to be subtle and sophisticated, not loud and obnoxious.

Designers like Prada and Richard Chai Love expressed floral patterns in their collections.