College Fashionista Feature

I had one of those days a couple of weeks ago where I actually allotted myself more than 15 minutes to get ready. Shocking, I know! Especially for someone who spent her high school years shamelessly laying out her clothes the night before so I could sleep in as much as possible. This particular day a couple of weeks ago was the perfect day to play dress up. The sun was shining, the air was crisp and I was feeling classy, like I could give Kate Middleton a run for her money, so I slipped into a trusty pair of heels (on the brink of destruction but I don’t dare part with them) and went for a casual, business-chic look. I wasn’t heading to an interview. I had only one class that day. I had absolutely no reason for dressing up but it gave me a confidence boost, as most great outfits do, and it ended up paying off because a friend of mine and College Fashionista contributor flagged me down to photograph my outfit of choice for a weekly feature article. It was instant justification for such an ambitious outfit on such an insignificant day.

Black pants, knit sweater and heels: All from H&M
White t-shirt: Old Navy
Bag: Francesca’s Collections
Necklace: Handmade! An original by yours truly. See this DIY post
Photo source: College Fashionista via Nicole Ranieri

I won’t lie, I was pretty proud of this outfit. I had nothing going on that day; no commitments, no meetings, but the outfit fooled people into thinking that I had a busy, important day in front of me. A number of friends asked me what interview I had. It’s fun to mess with people isn’t it? We all know the old adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” Well I’m putting this into effect early in light of my current ascent into the workforce and true adulthood.

To achieve this look shop for the basics. The tailored black pants are not only slimming, but can be business-y or dressed down for a funkier, casual look. The white v-neck is a staple item. You can never have too many white t-shirts in my opinion. Crew necks, v-necks, slouchy, fitted…buy them all and buy them cheap. Do the “half-tuck” into your trousers or jeans to add a bit of character to the outfit. Finally, a basic black satchel is a must. I like to see mine as pretty versatile. It has the long strap so you can sling it over your shoulder to look bookish and important and it also has the hand strap so you can place the bag on your forearm and carry it like a Kardashian sister (you know what I’m talking about).

Do you have those days when you dress up just because? What items in your closet give you a confidence boost?


Last Minute Costume Ideas

If you are a procrastinator by nature, like myself, then you might still be juggling a few costume ideas in your head. Halloween is kind of a big deal at my college. We have a reputation for a fun, albeit out of control, block party that usually results in many arrests and stories plastered all over the news. But hey, the people watching is great and the costumes are truly one of a kind.

This year my brainstorming session for costume ideas was limited to blonde, sitcom and movie stars from the nineties, as my friends pointed out were my only logical choices since I am also blonde and remind them of a young Melissa Joan-Hart. I settled to go as a more recent movie star from a movie us girls all know and love; Mean Girls. That’s right, I am going as the devilish high school “Plastic” that everyone loves to hate; Regina George. The outfit is simple: pleated skirt, tank with holes strategically cut over the chest area, a pink cardigan, an “R” initial necklace, and a burn book that doubles as a clutch for good measure. The costume cost me a total of $6. Not bad! So it got me thinking about other cute costume ideas that girls could create mostly from items they already have lying around their closet.

And they are:

1. Rosie the Riveter–The iconic war propaganda poster is now a cheap and easy costume. Just wear a denim shirt, red lipstick, red bandana, and practice flexing your arm.

2. The Orbit Girl–Easy! Wear all white, find a teal scarf and practice showing those pearly whites of yours. Maybe distribute Orbit gum as a cute gimmick.

3. Flo, the Progressive lady–Just grab a cheap apron, throw on some red lipstick, make a name tag, and you are ready to go.

4. Cher from ‘Clueless’–The classic nineties school girl look of tall stockings, a short skirt and perfectly coiffed hair. Be sure to practice your, “As if!”

5. The Morton Salt girl–Got a yellow dress or coat and an umbrella? There ya go. Carry a can of Morton Salt as a purse by poking holes in the can and stringing some yarn through it.

6. A ‘Pretty Little Liar’ or a ‘Gossip Girl’–This is easy, just dress cute and assume the role of their character for the night.

7. Carrie Bradshaw from Sex & the City–The pink tank top and tutu outfit, of course. It’s iconic.

8. An Olympian–Just throw on your sportswear of choice and make a gold medal and a head wreath. Winning!

9. Any of the Spice Girls–I’m sure you have a crop top or two lying around. Add shiny leggings and an arm cuff and you got what you want, what you really really want.

10. Rachel, Monica, or Phoebe from Friends–Overalls for Rachel, fat suit for Monica, and oversized clothes and lots of rings on your fingers for Phoebe. This would be a great group costume.

11. One of your friends–Just raid your roommate’s closet and go as them. After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery.

12. Honey Boo Boo–Simply wear a white tank (dirtied with ‘sketti’ stains) and a tiara. “You better redneck-ognize!” Carrying a stuffed pig would complete the look.

13. Karen from Mean Girls–God, Karen is so stupid! But, my fellow Plastic would be a great costume. Just put a backwards ‘K’ on your chest in rhinestones and rock a pair of mouse ears. If anyone is confused just say, “I’m a mouse, duh!”

14. Your social media page–Wear a white t-shirt and write on the front to make it look like your Facebook or Twitter profile. Tape on a profile picture, add some recent posts and comments. Carry around a sharpie so people can “write on your wall.”

I hope these ideas help. If any of you have other cheap and easy costume ideas, leave them in the comments. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

On a side note, here is a preview of my Regina George costume. It really is “so fetch!”

“And evil takes a human form in Regina George…”

Happy Halloween!