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iStyle: The Application You Wear On and Offline

On Sept. 10, emotion poured out of my eyes and ruined my make-up. I was missing New York City’s “Fashion’s Night Out.” I know, lame shame right? But in my defense, it was a day of status updates, tweets and style.com iPhone app alerts that drove my sadness home because I realized just how much I was missing. I’ll be honest: technology got the best of me and I cracked.

Fast-forward 15 hours. After what turned out to be a great evening of West Coast style events, I was enthusiastically uploading a new profile picture and scanning blogs for the best photo coverage of NYC’s night of shopping. Fashion never catches any beauty sleep as it lives in the cyber party-house of social media. Neither does your social image, because you wear your reputation on your sleeve, literally,  with your style on and off the net.

I can’t think of a better reason to groom your personal style like you do your Twitter on a daily basis. This Style File relates how social networking is not just found online, but also in your daily adornments.

Four words we all see everyday when navigating “Home” – Facebook “Home,” that is: “What’s on your mind?”  Rather it should read, how are you communicating your daily mood? Fashion can do that too. From one day to the next a wardrobe can transform from bold and adventurous to sophisticated and minimal. Let’s log on to two classy USF seniors  and check out how they update their mood statuses through their everyday styles.

Aaron Dias- Melim

Aaron’s style shines like one of his many Apple products: functional, hip and smart. Melim said, “If I were to look back at all my tweets and Facebook status updates, I would probably be able to guess very accurately what I would be wearing at that point.” He often pulls inspiration from his family. Melim’s mother was a tailor so he spent much of his childhood playing under sewing machines. With a grunge brother, prepster sister and a father working the lumber yard, his style resonates from many avenues of influence.

Aaron shares three typical looks from his daily life including classroom chic, office mad man and bar black-tie.

Lauren Cromer

Lauren Cromer, back with a fresh face from a semester in Paris, is working on her graphic design major and dresses for success by keeping her style simple, fresh and cute while always evaluating cost per wear. This is one fashionista that styles smart.

“Sometimes I use my outfit to pump me up for the day,” she said. “Get cute and you will feel a lot better throughout the day, no napping!”

Cromer shows off a serene school look, an elegant employee style and some flapper fun.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Scene Editor: Tamar Kuyumjian

Style File: Classing Up Your Fashion

Welcome back to fall when styles are as fresh and crisp as the air and our wardrobes are forcefully cut in half by college closets. No matter our grades or ages, attention must be paid to what we “don” for the 2010/ 2011 school year as we mature both in front of the mirror and away from it.

Before we get too deep into the spirit of our “collegiate couture,” let me introduce myself to “Style File” reader rookies. I am an USF senior back stateside reporting to you fresh from the style trenches of Paris after a semester abroad. I am excited to continue delivering style advice, trend reports, and fashion news through “Style File.” After image courses in Paris and New York, internships, retail experience and a personal passion for fashion, I offer you my take on the runway, the real way. I am a proud advocate of staying true to personal style. My job then is to point you in the direction of your most confident and chic self.

As we climb the ladder to a graduation date, we usually have four years, or four steps, to develop our style. Now that I approach my fourth and final step at USF, I reflect on the stages of my style maturity after three years and goals for my senior year. As I peer into the looking glass of my style past and future, each year has provided a different fashion perspective. IMG_0628 003

Suitcases in hand and my most treasured fashion pieces tucked neatly away, I forced myself to acclimate to a roommate and a limited living space. My high school days of daily car transportation, bathroom privacy and my lifetime’s collection of clothing at my fingertips were over. However, we have all chosen a school in a city of style, freedom and expression. I didn’t leave my wardrobe ensemble ideas at home because they were fresh in this city. Freshman year is full of change and adjustment so I found it wise to pull from what I knew and was comfortable in. Naturally I pulled other style ideas from my peers, and discovered Haight Street. My transformation was fun and easy, with a slight vintage overdose from Haight’s Wasteland and Held Over. If you are just starting out on this journey, stay true to your style roots as you set out on this adventure called college. When looking in the mirror, remember you know that face and style you are observing, and welcome your personal style standbys. This city is full of inspiration, so let it come to you spontaneously.

My fashion collection in San Francisco had doubled as I brought more and more clothes from home and explored every shopping facet the city had to offer. I was moving into a single room at Lone Mountain which became more of a closet with a bed in the corner. I settled into my identity at USF and felt comfortable changing my style everyday. I undoubtedly had “multiple style personality disorder” as I was not editing my shopping choices to fit my true personality and identity. Sophomore year was a year of exploration and pushing my boundaries as far as I could. I remember buying a vintage fur shrug made of four coyotes, tails included. What was I thinking? I don’t regret a moment of my chaotic style and encourage you to use this year to make mistakes to find what you look your best and feel the most comfortable in. At times you might catch a glimpse in the mirror of a “worst dressed” day, but trudge ahead.

I worked for a fabulous stylist in the city, moved into my first apartment (without a closet) and gained fifteen pounds. It was time to learn control. At the beginning of the year, I was dressing to hide the body that I was not comfortable with and started buying clothes just to make me feel better. This was a mistake. As I started to prepare for Paris, I took control of my body and style. I lost the weight and edited my closet to reflect the lady that I wanted to be. Only having two suitcases to bring to Paris taught me to use little and make a lot of of it. I felt simplified and less cluttered. Don’t worry, I am not telling you to prepare for weight gain and a move across the Atlantic. However, now is the moment to critically gaze at your reflection to find confidence in your style and shed the unwanted excess in your closet.

I am now back in San Fran feeling refreshed by a new perspective on fashion that I acquired in Paris and, if I dare say, wiser. I just moved back into my apartment with ten pairs of shoes instead of 45 and many extra hangers. My focus this year is refinement as I prepare for life after college.
I unpacked my clothes box yesterday and reminisced with a few “friends” hanging on my clothes racks. My leopard print L.A.M.B. sweater was with me freshman year on my first date with my boyfriend and again accompanied me on a long walk we took last night. The sneaker boots I bought on Haight during my initial visit to USF are worn and dirty, but hold the top shelf still this year on my shoe rack. I feel I have come full circle from freshman year. I am looking ahead to my stylistic future but tightly hold on to the pieces that have worn through the last three years. Looking in the mirror and feeling confident is the wisest and most mature style stage on the step ladder. Sometimes taking a moment to reflect in the mirror can be challenging and a bit scary but as soon as you start climbing, your maturity will serve as your reflection. Have a column suggestion or need some personal styling advice? Email me at addysentrumper7@gmail.com to get in touch with me and your style. Happy styling and reflecting, whether in front of the mirror or not.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy
Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain
Scene Editor: Tamar Kuyumjian

Style File Paris Fashion Week: Achieving A Priceless Look

Photo Courtesy of Addysen Trumper

After spending a week observing fashion royalty outside the runway shows at Paris Fashion Week, I report back to the fabulous fashionistas working street style in San Francisco. With the blogarazzi camping out in front of the famous Parisian buildings that house the catwalks, creating a strobe light effect while snapping pictures of the famous, fabulous and filthy rich (and a few lucky wannabes), I notice that achieving a ‘blog-worthy‘ look can be easily engineered on the streets in the city by the Bay.

Being fashionable can prove to be an expensive hobby and it is a tough fact that most of us will fight with our whole lives. While the dream to one day afford the luxuries of high-end fashion lives in me, I know that the most fabulous street style can be executed with limited monetary means after simply observing the ‘Oscars’ of the fashion world for a week.  The men and women that strutted past security at shows like Vivian Westwood, Lanvin and Chanel that caught my eye (and the lenses of photographers) had more than just expensive clothing. Yes, the usual 6 inch stiletto, skinny jeans and blazer made many appearances, but the jaw dropping street style had qualities that I encourage you to include in your everyday style, fashion week or not.

Earring to Earring Grins

Sweet smiles and sunny dispositions are becoming de rigueur accessories. If you want to save money on an outstanding statement piece that will never go out of style, invest in a good attitude on a day to day basis! After watching editors, celebrities and young socialites make their way to each show, it becomes apparent that the blogarazzi snaps and publishes those who seem happy to be there. While going to class may not be the equivalent of attending fashion week shows, try to remember that your face always look the best when it reflects contentment.

I am not the only one to notice that smiling is universally in style. Watch fashion magazines to find people like Victoria Beckham and, yes, even Anna Wintour are found with their mouth sides turned towards the sky. Fashion is meant and created to be fun, an outlet for people to express themselves. Don’t take fashion statements too seriously and you will find that, not only you will be more approachable, your fashion can be a conversation starter. With an earring to earring grin and a fabulous outfit, who knows who you will meet because of a welcoming smile.

Sky High Stiletto Self-Confidence

Paris fashion week seems to have many unspoken secrets. If you are in the industry or just intensely observe every detail you can get your eyes on as an outsider, these little secrets start to speak to you. One that I observed was a competition that fashionistas liked to play at these ‘fashion games’ called “who can wear the highest heel without breaking an ankle?” Men and women alike climb out of the back of cars balancing on 5 inch plus ‘stilts’.  However, in real life stepping out on any heel height with an air of humble confidence keeps you are walking on solid ground.

From childhood, most of us are told that confidence is key to getting what we want in life. This might seem like the simplest piece of advice, but self confidence is vital to transform your style and how your fashion choices are perceived. One comment that I hear frequently is “I could never pull off what you wear!” The truth of the matter is if you wear what you are comfortable in with confidence, your street style becomes believable. At Paris fashion week I saw many different styles on different body types and different attitudes. The people that turned heads were those who walked with confidence, and believed they were walking on air.
Head Turning Personal Flair

Bring something different to the table, or in this case, the runway. One of the most exciting verves of fashion week is the creative energy. While designers are back stage, stressing to get models runway spectacular, the opening act is the pre-show that is happening on the outside. This pre-show is viewing what the attendees have decided to adorn themselves in for the entrance. Most of my fashion week experience took place at the pre-show and I absorbed a new creative gene just by taking in the unique choices of other fashionistas with out even seeing the runway.

Who knew that feathers can be worn in so many places, or that chin-strap hats can be unbelievably chic? With new ‘belted‘ ideas in my pocket, I walk away from the shows inspired. I encourage you to keep your outfits innovative everyday with a piece that you feel proud to wear that sets you apart. Take advantage of our local vintage shops that scream individuality and pair your stand out piece with everyday style pieces to create a casual look while maybe turning a few heads.

In my humble opinion, passion is one of the most important things in life. After making my appearances outside of a few Paris fashion week shows, I realized that my passion for fashion is alive and matched by other fashionistas working hard to keep their style up to vogue. Being in the same space as these fashionable people gave me the opportunity to update fashion ideas, while also inspiring my style and to be my fabulous most self.

My overall advice for you, my readers, is push yourself to wear the daring, while wearing your smile frequently, shouting confidence and going forth to uncharted territory with your fashion choices. Make the sidewalks of USF your very own fashion week run because you are worthy to strut your stuff.

Style File Goes to Paris: Global Warming Trends A La Mode

USF fashionista Addysen Trumper goes sightseeing in the bitter cold while studying abroad in Paris. Snow can’t keep her from enjoying the spectacular architecture at the famous Notre Dame. Photo Courtesy of Cara West

Paris is the promise land for men and women who have style agendas. It is no secret that Parisians have a reputation of turning their noses up to outsiders in order to protect the ‘holy’ soil of monarchs like Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel and Louis Vuitton. However, it looks like the tides have turned on the banks of French fashion as the head designers for all four of these French purebreds are now British (John Galliano for Dior), Italian (Stefano Pilati for YSL), German (Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel) and American (Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton). While an ongoing war between fashion capitals competing for the most innovative and thought-provoking fashion week is inevitable, it looks like the trend in warming up to global perspectives has started to show signs of ozone holes in Paris, France.

While San Francisco’s Bay and Paris’s Seine are oceans apart, I have noticed many style savvy flavors that translate with no language barrier. In honor of globe trotting style, I would like to share a few French fads that I have picked up in the land of (French) poodles and (French) kisses.

Royalty Homage

The history that resides in Paris is alive in every stone that I step on as I know that I am sharing cobbled history with figures like Marie Antoinette and the Emperor Napoleon.

As I hit the street for the day, (sadly not in ruffles that resemble cakes with my hair piled a foot tall with my human umbrella holder) I remember the history that walked before me. The French savor the value of historical style. Fashion has changed dramatically from the time of Napoleon’s elaborate costuming, but I will contribute my respect to the past through stylish hints.

To flair your own personal style with a baroque whisper, keep an eye open at flea markets and antique shops for ancient pin medallions and elaborate broaches. Decorate a simple jacket with your antique finds for a one-of-a-kind look and contribution to the yesteryears. Boys, you can make this as manly as you want with only concentrating on war pins– a true definition of a ‘decorated’ war hero. Ladies you can sparkle and shine like your favorite queen with a keen eye for your knight in shining armor.

Clothes are not the only way to channel antiquity. Kings and queens try an old area hair-do which can enhance your modern wear. Kings, make sure to part your hair with dignified purpose and Queens, just how high and elegant can you stack your locks on your crown?

Vagabond Voyager

Being a stranger in a country is not always a comfortable position. All energies are focused on looking like a local and not sticking out as the annoying American. While I did my best to study ‘la mode’ of Parisians before I journeyed across the Atlantic, there are certain aspects of ‘my mode’ that will forever be a dead give away as to my true roots. I have decided to embrace the fact that I carry my large camera with me everywhere I go with a slouchy bag over my shoulder that carries my foreign life. I have not yet mastered the mixture of heels and cobblestone so I navigate mostly in flats while French ladies grace rugged Parisian streets with four inch stilettos.

I have managed to wipe the gawking grin off my face in amazement of the Parisian beauty that hits me on every corner. Instead, I have concentrated my excitement to reside in my heart so my foreign appearance is less evident. With that, I have come to realize that my alien status is actually an advantage at times as I see grandeur in the architecture, the natives, and the culture that local Parisians are too familiar with to take notice. Just like San Francisco is a city that foreigners flock to, which allows them to view the native unrecognizable beauty in our city. So may I suggest on your next day off in the city, style yourself as a San Francisco nomad with a camera swinging around your neck as your statement piece and a fanny pack ready to stow the treasures that you find. Take in the sights as a stranger with no map to encourage you to get lost in your own city.

This tip is not just about how to wear your clothes, but instead how to be foreign fashionable to find the San Francisco style that you have been blind to. Make sure nothing is Bay City ordinary for you. While I will continue to meld to the Parisian beat, I will embrace my vagabond voyager style.

Outerwear Statements

With the current weather conditions in the United States: rain dampening West Coast and snow stifling the East Coast, style depends on warmth and practicality when venturing outside. Much of my orientation in Paris has been outside on walking tours, finding transportation, basically finding my way. I have come to realize the importance of fabulous outwear to keep myself warm and stylishly cozy.

If you have a “go to” coat that works well with your style then play off it to change up your look to match your mood. If it is extra chilly, wrap a colorful scarf around your neck for turtleneck warmth and create funky knots in the scarf. Play with a lot of volume in your neck area and cinch your waist for sexy portions. Layering scarves with different texture can give your black trench a makeover for the evening.

Ladies try to trade the belt that goes with your coat, or even add a belt to your outer layer. Tie your look off with a statement cinch right around your waist to feminize your outerwear to form a perfect curve.

And for you guys, who feel like you look the same every time you step out the door snug as a bug in your rug, don’t be afraid of hats. A man who wears a hat, be it a loose beanie, fedora, or cap, shows confidence in his own skin and suaveness. Plus, it is a good option to a bad hair day.

Have a “Style File” request for la mode in a different zip code? Email me at addysentrumper7@gmail.com. (Blogspot: lamodeinadifferentzipcode.blogspot.com) to contribute to the fashion report via France.

Style File From France: New Mode/Different Zip Code

USF style guru Addysen Trumper travels in high fashion on her adventures studying in Paris.  Photo by Addysen Trumper/Foghorn

USF style guru Addysen Trumper travels in high fashion on her adventures studying in Paris. Photo by Addysen Trumper/Foghorn

Everywhere we turn in the world of fashion, it seems a new concept hits us between the hangers. At times this can feel a tad annoying. Frequently we run into new, expensive trends that cancel our current investment piece, we long over new body parts on magazine cover models, or face new economical hardships that prevent us from obtaining our desired “new” view. Well my friends (old and new), we are shooting this Style File from a different angle. Let’s consider ourselves renewed. We have just entered a brand new year, a spanking new decade, a restored semester and a fresh take on cutting edge clothing from fashion around the world.

Speaking of around the world, I will be reporting to you from a new location this semester. Fabulous style is about diversity so I thought I would freshen my point-of-view while spending this semester studying in Paris, dotted with various European adventures of course.  While I may be an American girl in Paris, I will observe and note the French way of style everyday. I will have many opportunities to gush over the classically styled Parisian women and coiffed French men. But in this edition, let’s size up moving to a new country code.

At some point in your college career, many of you will choose to study abroad, travel for a long period of time, or simply find yourself living out of a suitcase. Before heading to Paris, I am nested in Cannes, France with 35 new classmates for a language program to prepare me for classes at La Sorbonne and daily Parisian life. Even though I am now familiar with the salt from the clear Mediterranean lingering on my skin and the smell of the macaroon shop tempting me to venture near, it is the fur dress-coats on the local elders bobbing down the street causing my style spirit to sag with my limited wardrobe resources available.

Nevertheless, USF friends I have now mastered the art of neatly living out of two suitcases in a petit room with two other roommates while looking chic and “French fresh” every day. These are my tips on limited resource dressing and suitcase digging for your study abroad experiences or early spring break planning.

Style Passport

Take a moment to reflect about your style. Individual mode is like the human body: everybody initially works with the same stuff but in different sizes and proportions and with different attitudes. We all have something about our look that sets up apart from everyone else. Before you pack a bag to live out of for five months, figure out your style. For some of us, fashion defines us and leaving our closets full of our unique pieces makes us want to seek therapy. No matter what, you cannot bring your whole wardrobe.

The key to success is planning. When you understand yours, you can strip down to choosing the basics that suit your individual look. For your everyday street wear, only pack pieces that you know you can wear with more than one outfit. Rule of thumb: every piece of clothing that you bring must be able to meld into three different outfits. The only exception to this rule is the one or two party pieces that you bring for special nights out. Also consider comfort, since each item will get a lot of wear in the upcoming months.

Step two of your packing project is to be a savvy accessorizer. American travelers benefit by blending into their home on loan. Sooth the culture clash with your get-up. Challenge yourself in wearing your grey cords three times this week and changing it up every time with a new accessory. Change your outfit with a scarf, next drape a fur across your shoulders and lastly hang massive chains around your neck. Or consider this, one day wear your boots with your jeans with your hair in a knot then disguise them by wearing a long top over them with a funky hat the next day to change up proportions.

While it may not be as easy as having the option of grabbing anything from your closet (or your roommate’s closet) this is a new chance to see how creative you can be. Let your passport be your excuse to change up your looks and experiment with your style.

“Space Case”

When I arrived in France with my two suitcases loudly rolling behind me on the cobblestones, I looked around to see that many girls were hurling their one piece of luggage with great difficulty. Don’t let a number fool you. While one suitcase might seem like it is less to handle, I found that two gave me the opportunity to organize my outfit choices with greater ease. This is the one time that I am proud to say that I was a woman with some serious “baggage.”

Suitcase # 1: Clothes and shoes. Don’t try to get anything else in there. After I placed my carefully chosen six pairs of shoes on the bottom of the suitcase, I only filled the rest up with my dresses, pants, skirts and tops. I have a different place for each category so I know where everything is located.

Suitcase #2: Accessories, bathroom gear and books. After picking out my basics from my other suitcase, I just turn around to my other one to find what makes my ensemble unique in suitcase #2.

This system has not failed me yet. While some days I will start with suitcase #1 to pick my functional clothing, I will change it up from time to time to start with suitcase #2 to begin my day with a little color and inspiration. The way your clothes are organized affects the way you look on a day to day basis. If the home of your clothes is chaos then your style will reflect that. Just remember that these are the days that you will remember the most as you will have pictures to document your travel threads.

One of the perks of traveling is everyday you are greeted with something new.  I would encourage you to embrace any opportunity that you have to create a vogue voyage with style experimentation and no inhibitions.

I am not quite sure where this odyssey will take me and my fashion, but I welcome you to follow my journey at my fashion/travel blog: http://lamodeinadifferentzipcode.blogspot.com.

Style File: Gifts for All on Your List

Give the things that radiate bliss, and give a holiday not to be missed! The tree is up, the candles are lit, make sure to wrap your presents to feel legit. Giving can make you feel the best, but sometimes it can be a long, hard quest. Look below to find ideas for the hardest to shop for and I promise your gifts will not be a bore. A gift for the the girl who has it all, surprisingly, can be a ball. Mom and Dad can be tricky, but combine their gift and you won’t be so picky. Give a homemade gift to your friends that will be admired as much as a Mercedes Benz.

The Girl Who Has It All

Donate to her favorite charity in her honor and you will never be a goner.

A pampered treatment gift certificate can go a long way; it would even be better if you joined her for this day of play.

Ask her and a guest over for a home cooked meal, friendship in the kitchen will seal the deal.

A box of goodies with a themed message: 5 small things that start with the first letter of her name will be sure to satisfy the dame.

Parental Presents

A date night is a sweet thought, send them to dinner and a movie self-bought.

A worldly crate of wine would certainly be received divine.

If your home is far away, purchase cheap plane tickets to San Fran for mom and dad to come and stay.

Make a pottery creation to share: Terra Mia on Castro Street and your gift could not be beat.

For those of you with little dough, create a meaningful frame with a picture to go with the flow.

Do It Yourself

Your buddy will think of you year round if you create a customized calendar of memories of you two hanging around.

Let your friend’s beauty shine through with a personalized hand-held mirror with an encouraging word or two.

Take a week to save interesting trash and create a recycled mosaic message that will be a smash.

For your friends that don’t live near the coast, go to Ocean Beach to pick a seashell that reminds you of them the most. Make an ornament that will boast.

Fashionistas one and all, embellish a scarf for your friend that will enthrall.