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2016’s Most and Least Fashionable Politicians

11.08.2016

By Justin Hermstedt

Thousands of Americans find themselves between a rock and a hard place this election. Of course, millions of voters love Donald Trump, and millions of voters love Hillary Clinton. But, for the sake of argument, let’s stick to the left-leaning, Bernie-loving, millennial bubble that we call home.

Does the following describe your thoughts on the election? You remain undecided; you’re not quite ready to just flip a coin; and somehow you don’t take Gary Johnson seriously? Then maybe you should vote based on an under-appreciated aspect of our politicians. Don’t vote for who will do the best job. Vote for who’ll look the best doing it.

Let’s take a look at some options.

Donald Trump

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Grade: C-

Signature look: suit and baseball cap

The Donald. Mr. Brexit. Drumpf. Cheeto Jesus. A man of many names, but next to no interesting outfits. Trump crawls his way up to a passing grade because he’s the only candidate to release a clothing line. That only get’s him so far, because the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection was cancelled by Macy’s pretty much the moment Trump announced his candidacy.

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Trump manages to make a closet full of designer suits look boring, and his signature hat looks like a 16 year-old designed it to promote his lawn-mowing business.

Hillary Clinton

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Grade: B

Signature look: pantsuit

Certainly the most talked about politician in terms of fashion, Hillary Clinton has developed her personal, consistent style against great adversity. This feat of individuality earns Crooked Hillary a commendable “B.” Clinton ultimately falls short of a higher grade because some of her outfits are unattractive, but she doesn’t let the haters keep her down, which we could all learn from.

Marco Rubio

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Grade: A-

Signature look: suit & tie

Marco Rubio isn’t going to be on the ballot today, but he was worth mentioning regardless. Rubio tends to sport a traditional but polished outfit, which seems to fit his brand. Rubio breaks into the “A” range largely due to the boots pictured above. The heeled boots by Florsheim sparked controversy across the political landscape. Everyone knows that one of the greatest forms of flattery to a fashionisto is having right-wingers question his masculinity.

Below we see Rubio outshining Ted Cruz while wearing the same outfit.*

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*To be fair, a potato could outshine Ted Cruz.

Barack Obama

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Grade: A+

Signature look: diverse casual-wear

“Barack Hussein”? More like, “Barack Slimane”. Sure, that only works if you butcher the pronunciation of “Slimane,” but the point is, President Obama has style.

President Obama gets an “A+” because no one else comes close. Sometimes it seems like President Obama serves primarily as a neutral backdrop to the elegant Michelle Obama, but he deserves more credit than that.

President Obama taking his jacket off, rolling up his sleeves, and shooting hoops is the coolest thing the White House has seen since Bill Clinton on the saxophone.  

A higher meaning can be drawn from President Obama’s clothing. Seen below is President Obama satirizing everyday apparel with a pungent normcore outfit.

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Are you still undecided? What, Barack Obama wasn’t the answer you were looking for? Term limits seemed like such a good idea, huh? President Obama is probably looking forward to having some free time for shopping anyway. In all seriousness, we should listen to Ted Cruz and vote our conscience.

Dishonorable mention: Jeb Bush

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Grade: F-

Signature look: disappointment

 

 

DIY: No Sew T-Shirt to Purse Transformation

11.07.2016

By Natalie Gibson

Now that summer weather has officially ended, we all have a fair amount of short-sleeved t-shirts laying around that we will never wear again. Pick out your favorite one (or least favorite one?!)  and follow along in a tutorial that involves only 3 supplies, no sewing, and takes less than 10 minutes. Gosh, I love easy crafts!

Supplies:

  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Fabric scissors
  • Old (but cute) t-shirt

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

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Step 2: Lay out the t-shirt flat on your work surface.

Step 3: Cut off the two sleeves and collar.

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Step 4: Cut the two sleeves in half at the top.  This will allow for you to create handles.

Step 5: Tie the sleeve strips together to create a handle for the purse.  Afterwards, tighten the knots and stretch the fabric to create a sturdy handle.  

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Step 6: Put hot glue on the bottom hem of one side of the shirt and fold the other side of the shirt over onto the glue.  This will create a bottom for the purse and make sure nothing falls out!

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Step 7: Show off your new creation around campus! P.S. You’d be surprised how spacious your new purse is!

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5 Essentials of Preppy Style

10.19.2016

By Justin Hermstedt

What is prep? Some say it’s a way of life. It’s more than just wearing Ralph Lauren (praise be unto him). It’s not what fills the closets in fraternities. In fact, it’s closer to your dad’s wardrobe than your frat-daddy’s one.

What we recognize as prep today can be traced back to the early 20th century Ivy League schools. Today, there are two major hemispheres of preppy style: Northeastern (think J. Crew) and Southern (think Vineyard Vines). Prep is about wearing clothes that never go out of style. It’s about practicality, versatility and effortlessness.

Here are five essential elements for a preppy wardrobe:

The Button-Down Shirt

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The button-down shirt is the most blatant prep staple. You can fit a button-down shirt into a wide range of outfits. It can work with shorts, under a sweater, or in a suit. However, not all button-downs are made equal. Seek 100% cotton and find a shirt that fits as perfectly as possible. Muted colors and modest patterns are most versatile.

Clean Sneakers

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“Clean” meaning minimalist and bright, not “smudgeless.” White leather sneakers are your best friend here. For business casual or more formal occasions, sneakers can be a bit of a stretch, so opt for a brown leather shoe. Go easy on the boat shoes though.

Chinos

AKA khakis, these are often the pant of choice for preppy dressers. Similar to the button-down, the best thing about chinos is their versatility. Toss in a navy blazer and you have the original prep uniform.

A Jacket for Every Occasion

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About 29 days out of any given month, the aforementioned navy blazer has no rightful place on an average college student’s body. There’s a right tool for the right job, and the same can be said for jackets. Fall is the perfect time to try out mid to lightweight jackets, from denim, to chore coats, to Harrington jackets.

Details

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Attention to detail matters in any look and can distinguish an excellent outfit from an okay one. In a preppy look the details are crucial. Add tasteful accessories. Get the perfect break on your pant legs. Wear clothes with textures that add dimension to your outfits.

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Photography by Georgia Hickam

Modeled and styled by Justin Hermstedt

KCFW S/S ‘17: Saturday Runway Show

10.18.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

The finale night of the Kansas City Fashion Week was as glamorous as you can possibly imagine. The grand hall of the Union Station was filled with the finest people wearing the most outstanding outfits and having the time of their lives.

On Saturday evening, nine designers presented their collections. And because when it comes to the art of fashion pictures speak louder than words, here is a gallery of their most breathtaking creations we were lucky to witness on the runway.

Alicia Janesko and Janesko were the first ones on the runway with a wild, multi-color collection of caftans accompanied by modern accessories that made us want to follow the models “into the jungle”.

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As next, Lauren Bander showed a collection of aerial dresses decorated with delicate flowers.

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La Rae Fashions created a clothing line for the princess warrior in all of us, who love to be “Pretty in pink”.

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Atelie Samosi with Nino Patarkalashvili, a designer from the Republic of Georgia, who showcased his magnificent couture collection inspired by cultural elements.

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Nataliya Meyer for Lucia’s Sarto, a KCFW veteran brand, brought a magnificent couture bridal collection for extravagant brides with the boldest taste.

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Julia Fisher showcased her debut collection in deep fuchsia color tones, sheer fabrics and floral patterns.

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The evening continued with a highly feminine clothing line with prevailing Earth-colored-combinations and sophisticated cuts by Sara Kahrs.

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The final designer of KCFW S/S ‘17 was Christine Nelson with Annmann Designs, who presented a collection of grandiose jewelry in the form of spectacular headpieces and more.

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Thank you Kansas City Fashion Week for the amazing opportunity and experience!

Photography by Maggie Russell

Halloween Inspired DIY: Midnight Moon V-Neck

10.17.2016

By Natalie Gibson

As Halloween approaches, our mysterious, darksome sides tend to come out and haunt us. Decorations have been up since midst September and we just can’t wait to pull off a scary costume or just a dark nail polish and all-black outfit. But who said we could only be in spirit the weekend of Halloween? Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to decorate a fun and flirty black v-neck t-shirt to turn it into a spooky, Twilight-worthy accent piece.  

Supplies:

  • White paint
  • Black T-shirt
  • 1 piece of paper
  • Paint brush
  • Cardboard

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

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Step 2: Stick the piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt and flatten out the top of the t-shirt.

Step 3: Cut 16 even circles out of the piece of paper.  This will be the outline for the phases of the Moon.  Tracing a cup or a bracelet will help keep the circle consistent.  

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Step 4: Tape the piece of paper onto the t-shirt.  

Step 5: Start painting! Using a regular paint brush or foam paint brush will work the best to add texture to your painting.  The amount of paint in each circle should increase as you make your way towards the middle.  The full Moon should either be in the second or third row to equally transition from each moon phase.  

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Step 6: Let the t-shirt sit for a day and dry.  If you try to wear it right away you will most likely alter the paint on the shirt.  

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Step 7: Flaunt your dark side and show off your new creation!

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