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28 Day Challenge (Day 3)

Happy Superbowl! 

Not going to lie my favorite part is all the food; specifically chip dips. 

Anyways Day 3! 

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My mom told me I look like my Mams (grandma who passed away) in this picture. 

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This is a vintage purse from my grandpa’s new wife, Joyce. She gave it to me. Such a sweetie. 

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One can never go wrong with boots. 

Fashion Education 101: Last Lesson

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LAST LESSON!

Fashion Education 101: Items People Get Mixed Up

I don’t know why but every time I blog fashion lessons I think of those old NBC The More You Know commercials.

Anyways the last lesson shall consist of items that get mistaken for each other a lot! Some I didn’t even realize were different. I learned myself. Enjoy!

1. Sweaters vs. Sweatshirts (Hoodies)

I feel this is one of the most debated terms ever…… sweater.

Sweaters are nice. Sweaters by definition are jackets or pullovers made especially of knit, crocheted, or woven wool, cotton, or synthetic yarn. A knitted garment, typically with long sleeves, worn over the upper body.

I think that is what people get so confused. Sweaters can be jackets, thin, thick; they don’t necessarily have the same look over and over like a peplum shirt would.

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Sweatshirts are warm and different than sweaters.

They can look like sweaters but they are thicker and more casual.

Hoodies are sweatshirts with hoods.

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2. Cardigans vs. Jackets vs. Coats vs. Blazers

Cardigans are sweaters that have an open front that can be tied, buttoned or zipped. Also note that there are maxi cardigans, very cute.

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Blazers are less expensive and lean towards casual. One doesn’t wear a blazer to a business meeting. These tend to be funky, colorful and embellished.

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Jackets needs adjectives. Business jacket, spring jacket, jean jacket, leather jacket, etc. Jackets take two popular forms. One being the business suit jacket that is made out of expensive, nice fabric. The other being anything that isn’t a coat and is lighter.

Formal Business Jacket

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Leather Jackets

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Jackets!

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Coats, those warm things that keep you from dying in the cold.

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4. Capes vs. Shawls vs. Ponchos

Capes are a very popular evening wear and superhero accessory. I know some women replace coats with capes.

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Shawls are giant pashminas. They aren’t coats. They don’t zip or button, they don’t close around the body. A heavy wind would rip this item away from you.

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Ponchos fully cover around the torso. A wind would NOT rip this item away from you.

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5. Head scarves vs. Headbands

Head scarves cover a good portion of one’s head.

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Headbands can be plastic and fabric, there are also athletic headbands.

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6. Pashmina vs. Scarf

Pashminas are thick across and have way more fabric than scarves. They can be used as shawls.

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Scarves are skinnier and not made with such fine fibers as pashminas.

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7. Cross vs. Crucifix necklaces

Crucifix’s have Jesus on them. Crosses do not.

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8. Jeggings vs. Leggings vs. Tights vs. Pantyhose vs. Stockings vs. Long Socks

Jeggings are leggings made to look like jeans, and some, have denim in them.

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Leggings are skin tight pants made of fabric. They can be made of an array of fabrics and materials.

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Tights are made of a denser fabric than pantyhose. They don’t tear like pantyhose do.

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Pantyhose are made of light fabric; lighter than tights. They tear easily.

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Stockings are thin, long sock like accessories; made from the same light fabric pantyhose are. They are often worn with suspender belts.

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9. Turquoise vs. Teal

So I always thought that those two words were the same color. I was wrong!

Teal is darker than turquoise. Teal is a greenish blue while turquoise is more sky blue.

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Turquoise

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Your mind has been blown!

10. Lace vs. Sheer vs. Crochet vs. Crinoline

Lace is a fabric! It is an openwork material.

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Sheer is a fabric and an adjective. It’s very fine and thin.

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Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands using a crochet hook. Crochet is making a comeback right now.

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Crinoline is the most god awful thing on earth! It is uncomfortable and made out of horse hair!

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11. Vintage vs. Retro vs. Antique

Alright these terms are very different from each other. The word antique is not used to described clothes but jewelry. Also these terms apply to furniture but that is a whole other different post. 🙂

Vintage is used for older clothes, that have a process which is not used anymore to make such clothing. It is a outmoded.

Retro is used for older clothes, but those clothes were made with a process that is still used today.

Antique is an old collectable item. It is collected based on beauty, rarity or other unique conditions.

CONGRATS! You all get A’s! Yes I know I was a very tough teacher. : )

My Fashion Inspirations

Every person has their fashion inspirations. Those people/movies/events,etc who inspire us to push our heel height, try new clothes and push the boundaries we all shallowly put on ourselves. These ten have inspired my wardrobe the the past 4 years, some longer than that.

1. Carrie Bradshaw – I was 8 when this show first came out on HBO. My mother didn’t let her little one watch it, for obvious reasons. I actually did not discover my love for Sex and the City until college. With all the all-nighters, one has entertain themselves somehow. I turned on my tv and there were re-runs of Sex and the City. I was instantly hooked. Carrie wore these bold, sexy outfits. She’d pair things together I never imagined pairing,  AND all those cute shoes had me drooling. Another subtle thing I noticed about Carrie were her necklaces, specifically one, her Carrie necklace. The fact that my name is Jade means there are not a lot of necklaces that have my name. When I was little, even before Carrie, I use to look for necklaces with MY name on them all the time. I would get so frustrated. FINALLY I got one.

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2. Vogue – I have been buying the magazine Vogue since I was 13 years old. Its pages are always full of magic and inspiration. Honestly half of what I know about fashion can be contributed to reading Vogue. This is just one of those words that you utter and a strong semantic comes with it.

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3. Barbie – One of the greatest fashionistas of all time. Barbie has had the blessing of being able to be whoever she wants. She takes whatever path desired. Barbie has had 53 years to know what works and what doesn’t. Barbie tries everything at least once, as all fashion lovers should. Barbie gets a lot of crap and negativity when it comes to young girls’ body image. Well au contraire  Barbie helped me with my body image. I started developing early. I was 9 years old. I was so embarassed to get boobs. However Barbie had big boobs so it was okay if I did too.

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4. Lady Gaga – I had Lady Gaga on my MP3 before she became popular. I am so proud. (It is the little things in life.) Her first song I ever listened to was “Just Dance”. I thought it was a great pop song. I love to dance so that song fit me perfectly. Who knew that this singer would turn into one of the biggest stars and fashion icons ever? Lady Gaga’s fearlessness and obscure outfits inspire me. I do not like all of what she wears but the fact she wears it without letting others get her down, is what truly inspires me. I have noticed in myself that I am more brave in what I wear and much more confident.

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5. Christian Dior – I first heard of him when I was 7 or 8 years old. I found an ad for the Dior perfume Hypnotic that I absolutely loved. I loved it so much I kept it in my treasure box. Over the years I always liked to look up Dior. Eventually in high school I took a fashion class in which we had to write a research paper about one designer and mimic one of his designs for your own. I obviously picked Christian Dior. He created the “New Look”. It was introduced in 1945 but defined the 50’s. Since then Dior has been a powerhouse name in fashion.

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6. Chanel – Some people believe you can’t love both Chanel and Dior. I laugh at them because I can and I do. Chanel has changed its face over the decades but that’s why I love it so much. One minute Chanel is a classy, modest feminine suit, next it is a rock anthem with punk elements! And at supper, it turns into a romantic gown with luxurious accessories; all while maintaining its respective reputation. Chanel is a chameleon. Being a chameleon is very fashionable in my opinion. I believe one’s style should be able to embrace more than one stereotype or manner. No one should ever be able to pin your interests in books and music, etc by what you wear. Keep them guessing.

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7. Rihanna – She has the cool, sexy Cali style down to a patent. Every time I see her she is wearing the newest trend effortlessly. She understands the concept of “if you got it, flaunt it”. She is also a risk taker not only with her clothes but with her hair. I appreciate this because I have had corn rows, a faux hawk, an extremely short pixie cut, 80’s BIG style and a spiral perm. I like experimenting with my hair. Most women keep the same style over the years because they are too afraid something won’t work. My advice? It grows back!

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8. A Clockwork Orange – One of my favorite books and movies. Tres violent, but fashion-wise? Delicious! Milena Canonero was the costume designer for ACO, her work can also be seen in Marie Antoinette (which she won an Oscar for!), the Shining, Godfather part III, etc. Who would have thought an all white outfit with suspenders and a bowler hat would be so memorable and copied? I wanted my first bowler since I was 17. I finally got one when I was 21. They are hard to find in the area I live; and I wanted an authentic one made out of wool.

P.S. Every other costume is beautiful and equally desired but this one is THE one that is the most coveted.

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9. My hometown – I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It has the possibility of snowing 8 months here. Thank God I love autumn/winter fashion more than spring/summer. This hurts me to admit but sometimes one has to wear clothes that aren’t the most fashionable but comfortable. When there is that much snow and you are freezing you have to protect your body from the cold and wetness. Usually I bring a change of clothes, which can be irritating. I’d rather be cold than hot so I won’t complain too much.

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10. My Grandma – My grandma, whom we called Mams, introduced me to fashion. She died when I was 9 years old of brain cancer, but her impact on me was profound. I remember looking at L.S. Ayres and Sears catalogs with her and picking out our favorite outfits. She also had these paperdolls  from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. We would play with them for hours. She introduced me to big rings before they were in, 1950’s clothes, Barbie, fashion magazines and dress up clothes. Of course now looking back she probably got me those play clothes so I would stop wearing hers. I used to try on all of her clothes and shoes, every time I went to her house, which was every Sunday. She was and is my greatest fashion icon.

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