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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.

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Campus Chic: Quirky, Pop Culture Influenced Style

Photos by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Melissa Baron has always been off-limits as a woman to feature for Campus Chic. Due to her position as editor of the Scene section, there was always a conflict of interest.  The same dilemma occurred for me back when the scene section was edited by the fashionable Lulu McAllister and the funky fresh Maro Guevara.

But seeing as how this is the last Campus Chic I will ever write for the Foghorn, EVER, (that’s right EVER!) I can do what I want.  And what I want is to recognize Melissa Baron as a pivotal USF fashion icon.

Last Thursday USF students were making there own kombucha, frolicking with goats, sitting in tents on the lawn – you know the usual – and Melissa Baron was chatting it up with Christopher Moore (as many of the Campus Chic-ers are oft to do). I stopped her conversation to ask her about her outfit.

Melissa’s black button up sweater with white pearls is from Nordstrom.  She purchased it sophomore year of high school to wear at her little sister, Kate’s Bat Mitzvah.  Her blue Beavis and Butt-head shirt, more specifically “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” is part of Melissa’s extensive collection of graphic T-shirts.  “I have a hundred graphic tees,” Melissa said ranging from Star Wars, Twin peaks and Bruce Springsteen tees.  The Beavis and Butthead shirt represents her love for MTV cartoons.  “They are universally more relatable than anything on TV,” she said.

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Melissa pairs her tee with a floral high-waisted skirt from Forever 21. “Everyone hates on big box stores, but I find lots there so everyone else can suck it.” Around the skirt she wears a thick bright red belt that she found in the sale section at Anthropologie – $40 off.

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Her black tights are from Costco. “For a brief moment in time you could get a pack of two tights for $10 bucks.”  Her white lace up boots were thrifted from Savers in Tucson, Arizona. Over her outfit Melissa has a brown leather coat from Redlight Vintage in Portland. “I desperately wanted a leather bomber jacket, but ultimately determined I don’t really have the right body shape for one. I like the super 70’s shape of this with the high belted waist and big pointy collar. It’s a great color to wear with anything. Plus, the woven collar and pockets make it look funky and unique.”

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

Melissa accessorizes with her “Jurassic Park necklace,” an amber necklace with a mosquito inside.  “If I extract the blood from the mosquito I can re-create the dinosaur race,” she explains.  She found this lovely gem for one dollar at the Goodwill in Seattle.

Her silver ring was made by her crafty little sister who was in a jewelry class.  Her sister decided to make rings for everyone in the family.  Melissa also has two piercings, a nose ring and a Monroe, both from Slave to the Needle in Seattle.

Her bag is from the L.L. Bean flagship store. “It was like heaven!” Melissa says of the store. “Duck boots, cardigans, the works. I love their clothes and accessories.”

Photo by Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

The accessory that complete Melissa’s look are her thick-rimmed glasses.  She purchased them at Eyes on Fremont in Seattle, where she buys all of her frames. They were made in Argentina and the inside lining of the framers are just as cool with a city skyline drawn on the sides.  “Glasses and tattoos are my best accessories,” Melissa said.

“I have really schizophrenic style,” Melissa summarized. “I like a lot of things that don’t go together at all.  I try to fuse all of my interests into girly outfits.  I like a lot of nerdy boyish interests, but I also like to look like a female.”

When it comes to fashion icons, Melissa looks to Molly Ringwald’s various John Hughes incarnations for inspiration. “She strikes the perfect mix of boyish and girlish looks in such an effortless natural way. She’s pretty and put together, but also funky and original. Her look is really special.”

Campus Chic: Valeria Vital Channels the 90’s

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Beautiful nursing student Valeria Vital was walking out of the library on a sunny Thursday afternoon looking fabulous in a nouveau ‘90s outfit. Valeria wore a wife pleaser (known in other circles for its more offensive name ‘wife beater’) Fender guitar tank top, which was a gift from her Aunt Nelly who works at a sweatshop and gets a bunch of free shirts.  Her tank top was tucked in to a green khaki mini skirt from the Goodwill.  Valeria adds attitude to her outfit with black floral tights from H&M and a jean jacket from Ross.

She saved up to buy her Dr. Martens when she was 15.  “My mom wouldn’t buy them for me because she said they were man shoes.  Everyone makes fun of me saying they are commander boots.”

The inspiration comes from seeing Drew Barrymore in “The Wedding Singer” pair her Dr. Martens with a floral dress.  “When I saw her wearing them I thought, ‘I need to have those one day.’”

Valeria accessorizes with a brown leather belt she found in the Phelan donation bin. She wears a beaded necklace from her friend Melissa Garcia, a twisted silver ring from her best friend Sarah Marquez and a gold leaf ring she received on her quinceañera. “I love this ring and I wear it everyday, expect for when I’m in clinical.”

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

On her ears, Valeria wears earrings made of strands of peacock feathers that she received from her favorite roommate and on the upper part of her ear she has a silver bar. “I got this industrial piercing as a freshman as my independence mark because my mother hates it,” she said.

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

“I don’t think my style has changed much since I was 12,” Valeria said and cites Gloria Trevi as a fashion icon. “I’ve loved her since I was eight. She is like the Mexican Madonna and I feel like I dress funky like her.”

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.

Campus Chic: Thrifty Rocker Judith Rothman-Pierce

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Judith Rothman-Pierce was observing the unobserved spaces of San Francisco at the Gleeson Library’s Thacher Gallery Exhibit in a stunning black outfit made of lace. We went outside to capture the beauty of her ensemble in the natural light.  On our way out of the library Judith walked with her uncovered cup of coffee.  Coffee splattered out of the cup with her every step, but she did not seem to mind.

Judith made her lace dress with fabric she purchased at the fabric store she used to work at.  She keeps warm with her black coat that she found at a thrift store in San Diego. “It’s a little kids’ jacket,” she said. She jazzed up the back with a colorful patch depicting the MGM lion, a gift from her friend Moses.  There is also a Simpsons pin on the front of the jacket, “My friend [Moses] who is obsessed with ‘The Simpsons’ gave it to me.” Underneath the jacket Judith wears a black button sweater that she found at Community Thrift. Her friend Billy so kindly silk-screened the back. Judith’s black sweater tights were from one of those Asian markets on Clement St.  “Two dollars for sweater tights, pretty good deal,” she said. Judith completes the all black ensemble with black lace up boots that her friend Sheila gave to her.

Judith has an exciting array of accessories.  On her hands she wears seven different rings.  A silver rose ring from Held Over, where she works; a spherical silver one, that her boss from the fabric store gave to her; a round turquoise ring, from her mama; a black gem, from her mama as well; a silver lion from her friend Emily; a dragon wrapped around a crystal, from her grandma; and a zig zag lighting bolt ring, from a quarter machine.

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Around her neck is a necklace with 4 different charms: a huge beetle from her friend Eddie, an old key she found on the street, a tiny silver gun from Moses and a circle with weird etchings on both sides.  When you spin the circle the weird etchings reveal a hidden message.

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Judith also accessories her wrists with a variety of silver and gold bands that she purchased at a swap meet in San Diego.

Judith carries all of her necessities in a carpetbag that she found at the House of Vintage in Portland, Oregon. She created her own strap for the bag using a scarf she found at Thrift Town.

All photos by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

“I don’t really buy new clothes, except my tights” Judith said, and most of her clothing and accessories are gifts from people.  Judith’s fashion icons are Nancy Sinatra in “The Wild Angels” and Exene Cervenka from the band X.  She has been sewing and making her own clothes since third grade.  You can find her original designs as well as her vintage finds for sale at www.rustycuts.etsy.com.

Do You Believe in Life After McQueen?

The year 2009 was the year to die.  It seemed like all the major pop culture icons were dying. Natasha Richardson, John Hughes, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, the Oxi-Clean guy and Bill Clinton’s cat Socks (and while not a pop culture icon but still worth mentioning, my own cat K.C. Chewbacca Schildhause.) It was a tough year, but 2010 is starting out equally grim with last week’s news of Alexander McQueen’s death.  While the celebrity deaths of 2009 were shocking, the recent death of fashion designer Alexander McQueen is not only shocking but has left me genuinely upset.

Last Thursday I walked around with a cloud over my head telling everyone I saw on campus, “McQueen is dead!” There were many blank stares as my fellow students responded, “who is that?” It was then that I became even sadder that many USF students are unaware of the genius that is Alexander McQueen.

As college students you are probably wondering why you should care.  Many of us don’t have the budget for a McQueen wardrobe (although he did offer lower priced fashions with his secondary line McQ and a year ago had a collection available at Target) but although we not own a garment by McQueen this does not mean the man has not affected our fashion choices. Remember the low-rise jean trend of the late 90s and early zippies?  All McQueen my friends. Tartan gowns, skull scarves, Lady Gaga’s larger-than-the-average-head’s shoes – all McQueen.

As if death isn’t bad enough, what’s worse is the fact that his death was a suicide (reports have said he hung himself.)  The man was insanely talented and his fans, many whom are on the verge of obsessive, were obviously not enough to keep him from taking his life.  His death has put quite a damper on New York fashion week.  How are we to celebrate and indulge in fashion shows while simultaneously mourning one of the most talented designers of the century?

I remember last Valentine’s Day I proclaimed that McQueen was my Valentine as I stood in line for 2 hours in the cold New York February weather to for the release of his McQueen for Target line.  I was so eager to finally own something with the McQueen stamp of approval, and the wait was worth it.  Unlike many artists, who rely on death to boost their fame, McQueen’s death was not a necessary means of bringing attention to his talent.

He was highly regarded as well as the rebel of the fashion world, or the enfant terrible as he was often called.  His shows were ones I always looked forward to reading about and seeing pictures of.  He created outrageous, scandalous yet wearable garments and knowing that he is no longer present puts a hole in my life.  Sounds dramatic, but he was the crème de la crème of the fashion world and as someone with a deeply invested interest in fashion, a life without McQueen seems empty and sad.

To have someone in the world capable of such talent is a gift.  All of those who can appreciate fine art will understand that the fact that such a talent is gone leaves a part of my life dead.  We are left asking, what is the fate of fashion without McQueen?  Is their life for fashion lovers after McQueen?