FROM THE ASHES THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF THE UNION
HEAVY METAL GET GLITZED WITH METALLIC LIPS AND SMOKEY EYES
OVER THE EDGE
TAKING STREET STYLE TO NEW HEIGHTS
6 Looks We Like:
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Table of Contents SPRING 2016
FRONT OF BOOK
04 Haute Online 08 Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Letter 09 Masthead 10 Top 5
16 Runway Realway 20 Celeb Style 24 Blogger of the Month 26 Belt it Out 30 Knot for Show 34 Heavy Metal 40 Bare Necessities 50 Satin Finish
46 VESTED INTEREST
58 A Hug for Your Mug 60 Crystallized 62 Knock Out 68 Sugar High 72 Shaken, Not Stirred 2 | THREAD
56 BUNDLE UP
76 LIVINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; THE DREAM
WHO, WHAT, WEAR
82 From the Ashes 88 Stand Together
MIDDLE OF BOOK
94 108 136 150
Over the Edge Professional Inc. Dark Romance 6 Looks We Like: LBD
CAMPUS CASUAL 160 162 164 166
Fall Horoscopes Remember That One Time Which Food Truck Are You? Shopping in Appalachia
BACK OF THE CLOSET 178 184 190 196 202 208
170 THE RIGHT FIT
Break the Rules Lasting Lens Off the Field Restorative Elements Changing Times Rant/Rave: Body Suits
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HAUTE ONLINE Looking for some new blogs to add to your radar? Whether scrolling for meal inspo or needing a quick DIY gift, we've got you virtually covered. DAILY MISTER
After being bored by the uniformity and pompousness of other menswear blogs, McArthur Joseph decided to start his own. Daily Mister has evolved into a place for young men to get their fix of style and culture, without the seriousness that is often seen in other fashion sites for men. Joseph’s style is a cool blend of Stetson hats and button-downs with athleisure. His outfits are easy to imitate, with many of his looks featuring simple components like sneakers and plain T-shirts that come together to form a more complex final look. His getups are understated and don’t have many accessories, creating a clean and classic look that still seems well put together. Since Joseph is based in New York City, many of his photos feature the best scenery NYC has to offer. The blog is also peppered with humor, making it not only visually appealing, but an interesting read as well. Joseph, who is a DJ in his offline life, also periodically dedicates posts to music playlists that embody a certain event or theme like his birthday, for example. His music taste features a variety of electric dance tunes and remixes of Top 40 songs so there’s sure to be a song for everyone. -JULIA BROWN 4 | THREAD
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Bravery and creativity are what brought photographer and author Ari Seth Cohen to create his blog, Advanced Style. The blog chronicles women ages 62 to 95 who embody their individualized style. Advanced Style provides readers with an unexpected look into the stylish lives of older generations. Cohen, with a love for personal style, noticed the lack of mature faces in fashion media, especially online. He wanted a way to show that effortless style could be achieved regardless of age. Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog has been receiving buzz lately due to, mentions in the New York Times and Vogue. Since launching Advanced Style, Cohen has written books, created a coloring book, and even produced a documentary, which are all inspired by Advanced Style. Advanced Style shatters stereotypes of what blogs should be, and radiates with age empowerment in the process. Serving as a beacon for embracing personal style at any age, Advanced Style has the potential to inspire even the youngest of readers. -JENNIFER PREMPEH
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Looking to eat healthy, but don’t know where to start? Luckily, there is a cool and informative blog titled “Naturally Ella” that has everything you need to know to get started on your journey to eating a natural vegetarian diet. The blog was founded in 2007 by Erin Alderson, who started the blog to answer the question that most people face every day: “What’s for dinner tonight?” Alderson’s three primary goals on the blog for eating a vegetarian diet focus on cooking, exploring ingredients, and building a pantry. The site has tons of recipes filtered into unique categories including desserts, small bites, tacos, and many other categories as guides to cooking a wholesome meal. The “Exploring an Ingredient” section of the site contains a vast selection of vegetarian-friendly ingredients. It educates readers about the specific ingredients and also provides recipes that use them. Alderson helps her readers plan their meals for the week, hassle-free. This feature can be especially helpful for college students or busy parents that have limited time to prepare food. Although the blog focuses on healthy foods, it still includes a new take on comfort dishes like burgers and chili soup. Alderson said it best, “When it comes to living naturally, it’s all about finding what works for you and your family.” - TIFFANY BEY 6 | THREAD
“Doable-DIY” is the idea behind Amber Kemp-Gerstel’s blog, Damask Love. By day, Amber is a child psychologist and mother who helps families, children, and teens facing behavioral challenges. She also happens to be an avid crafter who is passionate about sharing her skills with those at any level of DIY expertise. Damask Love has been named one of the top DIY blogs in Better Homes & Gardens and in Domino Magazine. A huge collection of free printable coloring pages and craft templates can be found on her site as well as simple instructions for creations including a unicorn tote bag, funny election T-shirts, and pineapple papier-mache wall art. Kemp-Gerstel goes the extra mile by providing a series of Craft 101 videos on her blog for those just getting into the art of creating. She will walk you through the basics of scoring, clear stamping, die cutting, sticker making, and more in her video series. Each video is extremely clear and contains basic lessons and skills needed for some of the more advanced projects. It is obvious that Kemp-Gerstel is passionate about helping others in her personal and professional life, with a whole blog dedicated to inspiring creativity in others. Even if you don’t consider yourself creative or artistic, count on Damask Love to bring out your crafty side. -CIARA SEBECKE OUTHREADMAG.COM | 7
Editor’s Note Hi Threadies! There’s nothing like the feeling of returning home after being away for a few months of summer bustle. And there’s nowhere that feels as much like home as creating new issues for Thread. This year, we are excited to unveil a freshly designed website featuring more blog content than ever before and a brand new online Campus Casual section branching off from our magazine content. After four years, and lots of effort from my fellow staff members, I’m honored and excited to present you with our first issue of the academic year. Being back home means returning to some of our favorite places in Athens. This issue we’re paying tribute to The Union, which has recently reopened following a destructive fire in 2014 (“From the Ashes” P. 82). New beginnings are also about following your dreams. For one man, this meant opening a new urban streetwear clothing store and lifestyle brand in Athens (“Livin’ the Dream” P. 76). Home is also about comfort. Whether this means getting cozy in a blanket scarf you made yourself (“Bundle Up” P. 56), or chowing down on some serious fall sweets (“Sugar High” P. 68), fall is the perfect time for feeling snug in the crisp, autumn weather.
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Or, maybe comfort is found in being comfortable in your own skin. This issue we explore nonbinary ideals toward beauty and makeup in “Break the Rules” (P. 178) and proudly showcase unique ink in business casual clothing (“Professional Inc.” P. 108). This fall, we’re also bringing you edgy floral looks in lush scenery (“Wildflower” P. 122) and showing you new ways to style your favorite LBD’s in our latest Six Looks We Like (P. 150). We hope you enjoy exploring this issue as much as we enjoyed creating every page. Most of all, I hope you feel right at home flipping through the pages of this issue of Thread and the many more issues to come.
Michelle Frantz MANAGING EDITOR
Alicia MacDonald DESIGN DIRECTOR Sarah Blankenship
PHOTO EDITOR Kate Stone
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Taylor McCarthy
PHOTO CHIEF Kinsey Ball
SEAMS EDITOR Katie Pittman
VIDEO CHIEF Carley Matson
FEATURES EDITOR Kayla Blanton
COPY CHIEF Julia Brown
WHO, WHAT, WEAR EDITOR Courtney Mihocik
PUBLIC RELATIONS CHIEF Ciara Sebecke
DIY EDITOR Paige Bennett
BUSINESS MANAGER Alex Warner
CAMPUS CASUAL EDITOR Kenyetta Whitfield
WEB EDITOR Kayla Beard
FASHION MONTH COORDINATOR Erin Fausel
DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT Madison Cleveland
Rylie Brown, Hannah Browsky, Marie Chailosky, Vanessa Copetas, Danielle Donovan, Abby Grisez, Bailey Hays, Annie Herr, Alayna Hutchinson, Abbey Kay, Emily McIntrye, Leslie Milkie, Abigail Mulligan, Jackie Osborne, Jennifer Prempeh, Rachel Sinistro, Micah Upshaw, LynAnne Vucovich
Emily Barbus, Mia Barnes, Kelly Bondra, Maggie Boyle, Colby Caldwell, Haley Cordle, Justin Gamble, Isaac Gibson, Allison Haas, Kaitlin Hatton, Rachel Hudacek, Lindsey Lemons, Evan Leonard, Kaitlyn Meinzer, Ellie Moore, Nick de Rosa, Melina Triffon, Anna Ventre, Jenna Wallace, Kelly Wallace
Kelly Bondra, Emily Caruso, Megan Fogelson, Samantha GÃ¼t, Katie Hoderlein, Kathryn Maynard, Holly McCoy, Ashley Moreman, Audra Swan
Alex Bertolini, Danielle Donavan, Megan Fair, Kaitlin Jones, Katie Klinefelter, Lindsey Mathews, Samantha Parker, Shyann Williams, Perry Yert
Cheyenne Bodnar, Hannah Browsky, Marie Chailosky, Kaitlyn Dickman, Ian Kenyon, Patrick Kiernan, Mary Kuntzman, Adrianna Mazzotta, Scarlett Woosley, Lauren Worley
PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM
Lindsey Beauch, Hannah Browsky, Vanessa Copetas, Nicole Dinan, Sadie Newman, Sydney Powhida, Julia Price, Caroline Ruma, Rachel Sinistro
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Find out the top five things that our exec board is inspired by right now.
RACHEL GREEN Nothing sparks
my personal nostalgia for the ‘90s like Rachel Green’s decadeepitomizing outfits. Almost 30 years later, I constantly find myself trying to mimic the trends her character established. On my binge-watching days, there’s not a single Friends episode that passes where I don’t sit from my couch and lust over at least one piece that the swanky spit-fire wears. Whether it’s the school girl-plaid, the bra-less cropped tee, or one of the many ways she effortlessly rocks denim–I just can’t get enough. But I guess 10 seasons will have to do.
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MATTE LIPSTICK When I first
tried matte lipstick a year ago, I hated it. I bought a cheap style, and it left my lips feeling dry and flaky. Then, just before August transitioned to September, I received a sample tube of a liquid matte lip in my mailbox. I decided to give it a try, since it was liquid rather than solid lipstick, and what a difference that made. Now, my collection of liquid matte lip colors has expanded enough to rival any makeup boutique. The colors are more pigmented and the matte formula dries in a way that doesn’t transfer to (or stain!) my coffee mugs and water bottles. The liquid consistency upon application ensures that my lips don’t feel chapped. This season (and every season from now until forever, to be honest), I’ll be sporting a matte lip daily. – PAIGE BENNETT
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COWBOY BEBOP The ’90s anime revival show is what made me appreciate animation and futuristic shows again. Cowboy Bebop is a counterculture staple subtly permeated with life lessons for the heart and soul. Not to mention, Faye Valentine’s yellow shorts, black suspenders, and yellow zip-up crop top paired with white booties is easily one of my favorite heroine outfits. Her red, falling-off-the-shoulder jacket-wrap hybrid that doubles as a blanket for floating in deep space makes me envious. But the real star of the show was Spike Spiegel’s slick suit and dreamlike existences. Donned in a welltailored pair of blue high-waist pants, a loose-fitting tie, and a pale yellow Oxford shirt, he lives like he’s one foot in the past and another in a never-ending dream. See you, Space Cowboy. – COURTNEY MIHOCIK
DENIM A classic trend is back this fall, but truthfully, denim never went anywhere. From dark hip-hugging flare jeans by Stella McCartney to an added twist on the blue mini skirt we all know and love: denim is ruling this season. Collared denim tops tucked into different washes for contrast are among my favorite looks. Let’s be real, Britney and Justin were on to something at the 2001 AMA’s, we’re all just late to the party. Denim overalls are also at the top of my wish list this season. There are so many ways to make this casual look take a sharp turn for sophisticated. – ERIN FAUSEL 12 | THREAD
Lingerie-inspired pieces are a trend that seems to come around every spring season. Though, now, the flirty slip dress that’s lightweight enough for hot summer nights is being transitioned into a wearable piece for fall—even in the daytime. Layering a silky slip dress over a T-shirt, or topping the look off with a jacket or blazer will create a look both daring and demure. For fall, try chunky booties and a lightweight sweater for a look that definitely belongs outside the bedroom. – MICHELLE FRANTZ
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Runway Realway BY MARIE CHAILOSKY PHOTOS BY MAGGIE BOYLE
hen Valentino debuted their Fall 2016 Ready-toWear collection in Paris, it was immediately evident that designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri had once again outdone themselves. It was a night filled with embellished frocks, highnecked ensembles, and dancerinspired silhouettes, as each look captured another facet of the ballet-themed night. The show started off quite dark as models descended the runway in black, ankle-length skirts and menswear inspired oxford shirts. But one look served as a bridge to the rest of the show: a turtleneck sweater tucked into a tutu with patent-leather combat boots — all black — gave the show its first taste of the ballerina-gone-bad look. What was to follow was a parade of neutral colored chiffon dresses with intricate embroidery, wide necked sweaters tucked into empire waist skirts, and sequined mini dresses over turtlenecks. The juxtaposition of the delicate, pale dresses to the tough, punkish outerwear and combat boots showed that Valentino’s ballerina
definitely had an edge. A particular stand-out piece was a chartreuse, spaghetti-strap, velvet dress layered over a pinkish turtleneck. The piece served as a testament to the time of fashion we’re living in today: bright, unbridled, but still classic. “We always think fashion is cultural, not just about delivering clothes,” Chiuri told Vogue.com. “We want this show to be about living your moments, feeling each moment uniquely. I really love fashion. This job we do is a good opportunity to describe the time we’re in.” Although it may seem untrue, this line can be emulated and turned into everyday-wear. Think dusty pink turtlenecks, tulle skirts, leather jackets, intricate mididresses, and black combat boots. And of course, no model was without a tight chignon, mirroring a ballerina’s performance bun. Throw away the old fall cliches of thick, maroon, or plaid pieces and opt instead for the delicate, yet boyish structure and palette that Valentino introduced. “If everything is approachable, it’s not magic,” Piccioli told Women’s Wear Daily. “It’s just clothes.” Valentino proves they’re here to do just that: create magic. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 17
BY HAADIZA OGWUDE PHOTOS BY ANNA VENTRE
ouisiana-raised designer, Billy Reid, has made quite a name for himself in the fashion industry, with his self proclaimed, “low-fi Southernbred luxury” designs. Reid’s unique way of infusing classic styles with high quality fabrics and unusual accents, has made a long-standing impression on the fashion world since he launched his first collection in the spring of 1998. Reid’s Fall 2016 collection is the embodiment of his sophisticated Southern style and 18-year legacy. However, this collection brought about a simplicity and nonchalance that can not be seen in Reid’s past lines. Reid described his new fall collection to Vogue.com as, “Ease, simplicity, comfort.” Those who have taken a glance at the 36 looks of this collection can see the comfort that Reid tries to achieve. Having traveled to France, Italy, and Japan in search of fabrics and material that would be used in the Fall 2016 collection, in addition to the fabrics he makes from scratch, Reid did not come up short. His use of corduroy, velvet, cashmere, and other fabrics gave the line 18 | THREAD
a soft yet opulent look. The casual spin on elegant and classic designs can also be seen in the oversized trousers, tweed, wool and fur coats, floppy gardeningstyle hats, and Reid’s strategic use of layering. Almost every look of the line has multiple layers in distinct warm earth tones, giving way to the autumn season. Due to the casualness of the collection, replicating one of the many looks is practically effortless. Muted button-up shirts and sweaters are staples for this collection, as well as black, brown, grey, khaki, or white trousers. To assemble an outfit reminiscent of Reid’s Fall 2016 collection, add a wool coat, cashmere sweater, blazer, or leather pencil skirt. Puffer jackets, suede shoes, and beanies are also simple and affordable items to add to one’s wardrobe that would reflect the sophistication and simplicity of Reid’s designs. After 18 years in the fashion industry, Billy Reid has once again delivered a collection that is classic in his taste and design, yet brings something new to the scene. By making this a line that anyone can envision themselves wearing, Reid set the bar high for future years to come.
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CELEB STYLE BY VANESSA COPETAS PHOTOS BY KELLY BONDRA
ith an eccentric sound and style to match, MØ, an up-and-coming singer known for popular songs such as “Lean On,” is becoming a fashion icon for the person who isn’t afraid to take risks with their style. Sporting a style that can be described as eclectic, MØ’s wardrobe changes as drastically as the beat drops in her latest album. Ranging between laid-back looks and going-out trends, MØ’s fashion is the epitome of street style. Whether it’s pairing a bright green graphic tee with a metallic circle skirt, or a black cropped tank top with boxer shorts, you can always expect something different from the songstress. Fluffy jackets, kneehigh socks, and sheer articles of clothing are all frequently featured, with an emphasis on accessories as well. MØ takes advantage of styling her classic ponytail with a scrunchie or adding chunky patterned sandals to a monochromatic 20 | THREAD
outfit to add definition. In MØ’s recent music video, “Final Song,” the singer sports one of her signature sheer articles of clothing. The seethrough maxi dress is paired with another outfit underneath. The light pink dress is paired with a black bralette and a jean skirt, accessorized by a black choker. To achieve a similar look, pair any sheer article of clothing, whether it be a shirt, tunic, or dress, with a bralette underneath. A bralette that is patterned, lace, or has a structure would be details to look for to stand out. Pair the look with black or denim shorts or a skirt in order to not overshadow the top. Accessorize to your own desire, pairing it with a choker to copy the singer’s style, or a long necklace to bring attention to the shirt. “I think it’s so important that you don’t just copy, or try to be someone else,” MØ said in an interview with Rolling Stone. It is apparent that in terms of her personal style, she’s true to herself.
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BY ALAYNA HUTCHINSON PHOTOS BY OLIVER HAMLIN
t’s safe to say that 2016 has been the year of Chance the Rapper. The Chicago artist dropped one of the biggest albums of the year, Coloring Book, which defies genre norms with tracks layering elements of rap, hiphop, and gospel music. He was also featured on Kanye West’s album and performed for huge crowds at nearly every large music festival. What’s unique about Chance, aside from his far-reaching success as an independent artist, is that he releases all of his music for free. He has become known for believing in artistic freedom and doing things his own way, and fashion is no exception. The 23-year-old, who Kanye proclaimed “The Future,” is not known to experiment heavily with his look. He has made staples out of pieces like denim overalls, varsity jackets, and crew necks. And he’s rarely seen without a snapback, particularly the black hat with a white “3” on it, a reference to his third mixtape. He wears
this signature hat on the cover of his latest album. He even added this personal touch to a more formal ensemble, when he wore it with a black suit during his performance at the ESPYs to honor the late Muhammad Ali. However, it was Chance’s VMAs look that got a lot of attention. Chance took a twist on his usual look, swapping his black hat for a khaki version to match his khaki overalls and sneakers. In a sea of boldly dressed celebrities, his clean and simple outfit definitely stood out. Much like his music, he brought this look to life with his charismatic energy, playfully posing for cameras on the red carpet and setting social media abuzz. The best part about Chance’s style is that anyone can translate it into their wardrobe. Chance’s favorites, like varsity and denim jackets, overalls, and baseball caps can be found everywhere— from Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, to most thrift stores. The key is to keep it simple and play with signature pieces. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 23
BY KATIE KLINEFELTER PHOTOS BY KINSEY BALL
ailing from the great city of Pittsburgh, I’ve always been full of curiosity and wanderlust. As a child, I was constantly exploring, dancing, and looking for ways to express myself creatively. I guess that you could say I’ve always been a dreamer. Since I was young, I’ve aspired to open up my own boutique with my sister by my side. This dream has led to my passion and study of every component of the fashion industry. Although this dream intimidates me, I’ve come to believe that the dreams that don’t scare you aren’t worth aiming for. With my dream of opening a boutique at the front of my mind, I made the decision to come to Ohio University as a retail merchandising and product development major. I’ve always been intrigued by self expression through the arts, specifically performance art and fashion. Having been a dancer for the past 16 years, it’s become something that I hold close to my heart. But with age comes change, and I’ve found myself branching off from dance into more fashion-related activities. Gotta build that resume, am I right? Last year I interned with College Fashionista as a style guru and styled photoshoots for Thread, but I still wanted to do more. I’ve never considered myself to be a brilliant writer, which is why I was hesitant about starting my own blog. But as it turns out, the more I write, the more I enjoy it as a creative outlet. After spending this past summer working for Anthropologie, I found myself more inspired and encouraged than ever before, which led me to start my blog. There She Is is a fashion and personal styling blog on the surface, but for me it is a way to test the blogging waters and challenge myself creatively. 24 | THREAD
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Belt it Out BY RACHEL SINISTRO PHOTOS BY KELLY WALLACE
here seems to be a slight resistance to statement belts as an accessory. This may be because they have the slight potential to set off the tone of an outfit, however, the right statement belt can give a whole new quality to a look if done tastefully. The show-stopping belt trend of the season is undeniably the corset belt, and Prada can be thanked for this gem. This waistcinching belt first seen on the runways in the Fall 2016 Prada Ready-To-Wear collection gives a sleek new twist to the original corset. In contrast to the bonecrunching corsets of the past, this corset belt is now being offered to women as a comfortable, high fashion accessory. Prada showed this wide lace-up belt atop patterned dresses, blouses, and even coats on the runway. Fashion icons like Rihanna, Kim Kardashion, and Danielle Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;creator of fashion blog WeWoreWhatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have all endeavored this fresh trend off of the runway by wearing it with oversized T-shirts and shirtdresses.
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The timeless double or single buckle Western belt is one that most are familiar with and as of recently it has become an extremely essential and functional accessory. Best as a complement to denim, this leather strapped belt usually has a silver-tone buckle (or double buckle) and end tips that are engraved with a floral design. Supermodel Kendall Jenner has made this belt a staple item in her wardrobe by pairing it with high rise skinny jeans and sleek booties. This belt can also be added to flowing dresses to give shape to the waist and to make an elegant look a little more casual. Studded belts are yet another flourishing fad that is perfect for adding a little edginess to an outfit. Moschino featured studded belts in his Fall 2016 collection atop of a leather skirt, a velvet dress, and with blue denim jeans. Isabel Marant also featured studded belts in her Fall 2016 col-
lection over a glossy trench coat paired with plaid pants. Studs somehow end up working with most patterns and fabrics, making it easy to take a risk when mixing and matching this belt. For a more sophisticated style, add a gold statement belt around the waist of a tight fitting dresses or top and skirt combination. Fashion line Balmain has been a long time supporter of the thick, gaudy statement belt, adding it to basically any ensemble. This is a belt style that may not match with many wardrobe pieces, however, it could make all the difference on an extravagant night out. There is no better accessory than one that can be worn with jeans one day, an oversized T-shirt another day, and over a trench coat the next. Whether being used to polish off or to add a little boldness to an ensemble, these trending statement belts are unlikely to disappoint. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 29
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Knot for Show BY DANIELLE DONAVAN PHOTOS BY HALEY CORDLE
andanas aren’t just for men on Harleys anymore. This accessory was once used mainly for women’s hairstyles. Now they are versatile for both sexes and can be used in different ways. This accessory has become a necessity for many music festival-goers because it helps keep dirt away from the face and keeps sweat out of the eyes. Many celebrities can be seen in this bold accessory as well, such as Kanye West, Harry Styles, and Justin Bieber. In comparison, these celebrities utilize the bandana in very different ways. Harry Styles wears his in a grungy manner, usually pushing back his hair. Kanye West wears his similar to how some women wear flower crowns— straight across their foreheads. Bieber can be seen wearing it in the same fashion as Kanye, and he wears it to cover the lower half of his face as well. There are multiple ways to wear and tie a simple bandana, but here are some everyday options:
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Bandanas should complement an outfit and not appear forced, so add one when it feels necessary and rock it with confidence. They’re also a great way to step out of one’s comfort zone in a subtle way.
“The Neck Cooler” This style is almost identical to a bolo tie. It’s a quirky addition to any outfit. The Neck Cooler will add an unexpected complement to any outfit. For this style, twist the bandana into a small pipe-like shape, wrap it around the neck, and tie it in the front. The tie is a knot with just two little loops.
“The Bracelet” If the headwear isn’t worth the hassle, the bracelet is perfect. The Bracelet can still function as a sweat deterrent. For The Bracelet, folding is up to interpretation. Once it’s folded, just tie it around the wrist.
“The Headband” This style sounds synonymous with the Sweatband, but it’s not. This is the grungy style that Harry Styles wears. The Headband is very thin; it resembles an athletic headband. For the headband, use the same tying concept as the Neck Cooler. Twist until it is at the desired pipe size, and then tie it around the head.
“The Neck Gaiter” This style is similar to a scarf, and it can be seen at many music festivals. The Gaiter gives off a look similar to a kerchief. For this look, start with the bandana folded in a triangle shape, then fold just the top of it in a rectangle and place the visible fold in front of the neck. Tie it behind the head.
“The Scout Master” This mocks a boy scout’s neck accessory. This is the Neck Gaiter tie backward, so instead of protecting the face it protects the shoulders. Fold the bandana into a triangle, put the tip of the triangle on the back, drape the rest over the shoulders, and tie it loosely in the front with the two ends.
“The Sweatband” This is how Kanye rocks it. It’s a block style fold across the forehead that keeps the sweat out of the eyes. To get the style, start with a square bandana and fold it in half into a triangle. After that, fold it at the tip in a rectangular form. Once that’s completed, put it on your forehead and tie.
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Heavy Metal BY ABBY GRISEZ PHOTOS BY MELINA TRIFFON
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s the popularity of liquid lipsticks continues to thrive, there’s a new type that has entered the scene. Enter the latest and greatest: metallic lips. Or rather, metallic everything. In making the transition from summer to fall, it’s time to lay off on the highlighter and put that shine elsewhere. Metallic lips and eyes are the perfect way to winterize the glowing look. This trend isn’t about slapping glitter around; it’s much more sophisticated than that. Focus on pigments that include shimmer or microglitter, or else risk look36 | THREAD
ing disco ball chic. Microglitter is a finely milled shimmer powder, which creates a more refined look, as opposed to the gaudiness that is oftentimes associated with regular glitter. On that same wavelength, pick either metallic lips or eyes. Unfortunately, there is such a thing as too much shine. On the eyes, go all out with metallic eyeshadow as the entire base and create a smokey eye. Don’t forget to smudge out the lower lashline with more metallic shadow. If that’s a little too much for your taste, start small with a metallic cat eye — gold or silver liquid liner will do the trick.
There are several mid-range options, such as Urban Decay’s new Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows for $22 each, or Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadows for $21 each. If those don’t quite fit into your budget, there are many drugstore options as well. Maybelline’s Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadows are seriously pigmented and last all day. There’s a wide variety of metallic shades, and at the low price of $6.99, they really can’t be beat. NYX also recently came out with their new Lid Lingerie products, which are metallic liquid eyeshadows. These retail for $7 apiece and can also be used as a metallic
lipstick. As for lips, most metallic lipsticks come in a wide range of colors, so there are plenty of options for subtle or statement looks. Just remember to keep the rest of the makeup fairly simple and matte when opting for a metallic lip. Kylie Jenner continues to reign supreme in the liquid lipstick world, and that hasn’t changed, especially with the release of her brand’s four metallic liquid lippies back in April. They sell out quickly, and $18 isn’t in everyone’s price range, but there are some other options. Milani offers OUTHREADMAG.COM | 37
several beautiful shades that are gorgeously pigmented and only $8.99. NYX’s Wicked Lippies are $6 and come in a variety of jeweltoned colors. Another option for a metallic lip is to DIY it. Apply a matte liquid lip and then gently pat on shimmery eyeshadow with a brush while the lipstick is still
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wet. Blend with your finger for a look that will cost nothing and last all night. Metallics are an extremely versatile trend that can go from summer-to-fall and day-to-night. Wear it to class with a sweater or out on the town with a little black dress. Either way, it’s the perfect opportunity to shine on.
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Bare Necessities BY HANNAH BROWSKY PHOTOS BY EVAN LEONARD
Beauty tools are essential for a flawless makeup look, helping to create a smooth, blended finish. While you can buy quality beauty tools at stores like Sephora or Ulta, you can find tools of the same quality — but for a fraction of the price — at CVS, Target, and online stores like Morphe. Here is everything you need to know about beauty tools to apply a basic makeup look.
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FOUNDATION Starting with foundation, you’ll need a rounded buffing brush for cream/powder foundations, and a flat top kabuki brush for liquid foundations. In order to get an even layer, you’ll want to apply small amounts at a time and build it up with circular motions starting in the center of the face and working your way outward. The next step is concealer, and the most common form of application is a beauty sponge. Beauty sponges are great because they evenly distribute the product without causing any streaks. A Beauty Blender can be purchased from Sephora, or cheaper options are available in drugstores, like the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. When using a beauty sponge, make sure it’s damp to increase the surface area of the sponge. Using a dry sponge will soak up the majority of the product, leading you to run out quicker. After applying your foundation and concealer, set your entire face with powder. To do so, use a large, fluffy synthetic brush with non-dense bristles.
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COLOR To finish off the face use a bronzer, blush, and highlight brush. Each of these should be synthetic and non-dense as well. A non-dense brush ensures that just the right amount of product transfers onto the brush. Start with a small amount of product and build it up to the desired coverage. For bronzer, a medium-sized tapered brush will help give more control over where product is placed. To apply blush, use an angled brush with a small amount of product. Lastly, use a fan brush to highlight the tops of the cheekbones. Dampen the tip of the brush for a more concentrated highlight and to decrease the look of skin texture.
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EYES For a basic eye look, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want a crease, lid, and blending brush. For the crease, a medium-sized fluffy, tapered brush works best to create a blended effect. The lid brush should be flat and synthetic to apply shimmer or metallic shadows with the best pigmentation. The blending brush should be small and dense to blend the crease and lid colors together. For simple eyeliner, use a pencil for quick and easy application. For a more dramatic eyeliner look, use a gel liner with a flat angled brush. Place sticky tape from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow for the perfect winged effect. Before going in with mascara, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to curl your lashes. Be sure to use an eyelash curler that has padding on the clamps. For the top lashes, use a lengthening mascara with a full, dense wand. For the bottom lashes, use a flat and spread out wand for precision. Use a waterproof mascara for the bottom lashes to make sure none of the product transfers to the under-eyes.
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Creating the perfect makeup look is like painting a picture. The tools and brushes are what make a painting unique and give it dimension. Just like a painting, you need certain beauty tools to create your desired makeup look. Using these tips and tricks to complete your look will ensure a beautiful application and a jawdropping effect.
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Vested Interest BY COLLEEN HOWARD PHOTOS BY NICK DA ROSA
t a glance, vests appear to be a piece more inspiring to womenswear. However, as gender fluidity in regards to fashion becomes more prominent in recent trends, menswear has begun to highlight the rewards of this simple staple piece. Many fashionforward men are finding pleasure in the versatility that vests offer, no matter the occasion. When it comes to picking out an outfit for that important job interview or day outside enduring chilly temperatures, vests are an essential piece to intensify an ordinary outfit. Taking the weather and season into consideration, there are many styles of vests just waiting to be worn to that friendly lunch date or night out with friends. A lightweight hooded vest works ideally for a day of errands, while a tight, polished approach could surely help to boost any interviewee’s confidence. In order to find the right fit, it’s important to try all different styles to reflect one’s individual style. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 47
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As this trend flourishes in the fashion industry, it is more common to see menswear designers unveil differing styles of vests in their collections each year. Innovators such as Kanye West produce more modern, edgy vests to market clothes to the masses, whereas celebrities such as David Beckham and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have taken an interest in designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; more polished takes on the up-and-coming trend. It is important to consider if a vest will elevate oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wardrobe. That being said, if a piece is of higher quality, expect to pay a higher price; but many men are resorting to similar fits and styles for a lesser price and reaping the same benefits. However, if price is an issue, attempting to make a stylish piece on such a small budget has led many crafty men to search through local thrift stores and department stores to find the best deal. Altering the piece by adding patches or holes will create a bit more edge. As the evolution of the vest takes its course within the world of fashion, men appear more eager to try out the product. Vests hold a genuine adaptability and have the capability to become a staple piece within any wardrobe, no matter the personal preference of the wearer in regards to style and fit of the piece.
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seams BY BAILEY HAYS PHOTOS BY JENNA WALLACE
t is nearly impossible to ignore the ever-so prevalent ‘90s fashion trend sneaking its way back into today’s closets. The comeback of chokers, Tommy Hilfiger, and brown matte lipstick is obvious. But it’s the nostalgic silk trend that is really changing the way the world looks at everyday fashion. Say goodbye to the days of silk dresses, tanks, and rompers merely being a symbol of sensual evenings. They now provide some of the most versatile outfits, allowing an easy transition from a casual day outfit to an impeccable going-out ensemble. Silk seems to be a staple in not only the average fashion addict’s wardrobe, but some of the world’s biggest fashion influencers as well. Celebrities like Rihanna, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kylie Jenner, and Gigi Hadid have all taken part in this phenomenon, whether they are shopping in New York City or strutting down a red carpet in Los Angeles. Hadid has more often than not been photographed dressing silk both up and down. For a day out, she styled a black top with black, baggy silk pants and heels, allowing her to look put together while shopping. For her 21st birthday party, she paired a black silk top with white, high-waisted shorts. Hadid added over-the-knee boots and chunky chokers to make her outfit look edgy and formal.
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The best part about this trend is the fact that it can be dressed up for an elegant night out, or dressed down for any casual, normal day. Try high-top Chuck Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with a slip dress and T-shirt for an everyday look. Transition it into night with a pair of strappy heels. The possibilities are absolutely endless. Recently, the huge trend has incorporated loose, silky tank-tops with chokers of the same fabric and color. It can be paired with nearly any style of pants and shoes, allowing creative juices to flow. This outfit creates a clean, timeless look that can be worn anywhere. While the famous slip dress may be the typical summer uniform, it does not have to be stowed at the back of your closet for the long winter season that is creeping around the corner. As the leaves change and temperatures drop, long cardigans, turtlenecks, and cute booties can be paired with this staple, not only making an insanely sophisticated attire, but a comfy one as well. The once exclusively romantic, lingerie attire no longer has any boundaries. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tank, dress, romper, or whatever piece one pleases, this silk trend proves to keep changing the fashion game, not only for fancy galas but everyday events, too.
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Bundle Up BY RYLIE BROWN PHOTOS BY RACHEL HUDACEK
Incredibly warm and irresistibly stylish, blanket scarves are too easy to make to warrant retail prices. Thick, insulating fashion scarves can cash in at $40 in some stores, but making them at home is a quarter of the cost, and twice the fun. By choosing your favorite flannel pattern and distressing the edges, you’ll create a statement piece that will keep people asking where you bought it.
MATERIALS 2 to 2 ½ yards of flannel fabric a ruler a pair of scissors
STEPS 1 Go to your local craft store and pick up 2 to 2 ½ yards of a flannel pattern that catches your eye.
2 Use a ruler to measure an inch into all four sides of the fabric, making a small slice on each side to mark where the fabric will be cut.
3 Cut all the way up each side starting at the slices that were already made, taking an inch off of each side.
4 Pull strings out from all sides of the fabric until you achieve frayed edges.
5 Wrap your new, handcrafted blanket scarf around your neck several times to create a stacked look and pair the accent piece with your favorite fall outfit. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 57
A HUG FOR YOUR MUG
BY EMILY MCINTYRE PHOTOS BY DAWN JACOB
hether you hit up Starbucks or a local café down the street, you can expect your hot beverages to be served with a cardboard sleeve. While it’s great that these nifty, little barriers are often made from recycled materials, have you ever thought about how most of them are thrown into the trash along with the cup? It doesn’t turn out to be so eco-friendly. One resourceful alternative: DIY cute and cozy felt sleeves. They‘re a breeze to make and will last much longer than cardboard.
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Sheets of felt at least 11” x 11” (various colors) Appliqués, buttons, sequins, or other art acessories Permanent marker Hot glue sticks Hot glue gun Scissors Ruler
On a sheet of felt, mark one edge at 11 inches wide. In the middle of that edge, go 3 1/4 inch up, and make a mark for height. At the bottom of that height mark, draw another 11-inch line that is parallel to the edge in step one. Trim off excess felt. Now you should have an 11-inch by 3-inch rectangle. On one of the 11-inch edges, make a mark 2 centimeters in from both the left and the right. (The distance between should be slightly more than 9 3/8 inches.) Draw a diagonal line between the edges of both lines to form a trapezoid shape. Cut out the trapezoid. Decorate the sleeve by hot gluing on appliqués, buttons, sequins, ribbon, or other accessories. Let dry. Wrap the felt around as if you were fitting it around a paper coffee cup. There should be about a 1/4-inch overlap. Secure with hot glue. Allow two hours to dry. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 59
Crystallized BY ANNIE HERR PHOTOS BY ALLISON HAAS
STONE ACCENTS CAN BE FOUND in nearly every home. There is something alluring and simple about using natural stone as décor, and a touch of gold adds shine and class to the minerals. Gilded coasters combine natural rock and glittering gold to create elegant coasters, which can be made in a variety of colors to suit your liking and furnishings. With less than an hour and $20, these pieces can bring your coffee table to life.
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SUPPLIES -Agate slices (at least 3”to 4” in diameter) -Gold nail polish (note: l suggest going with a darker shade of gold without micro glitter in it) -Small soft-bristle paintbrush -Nail polish remover
1 Clean your agate slice with a
damp cloth to remove dust from the surface and edge.
2 Uncap gold polish and set aside
the included brush. Use the softbristle brush instead to carefully paint the edge of the agate slice, being careful to not paint the flat surface on top.
3 Allow polish to dry. Repeat Step 2 until the edge is covered.
4 Clean up any polish that may
have gotten onto the surface of the slice with nail polish remover.
5 Get a glass of your favorite
beverage and put your beautiful new coasters to use.
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Knock Out BY ABBEY KAY PHOTOS BY ELLIE MOORE
ickboxing is a fun and easy way to knock out your daily cardio quota while toning your body in the process. No equipment or prior experience is required, which makes this workout suitable for anyone at any given time. For athletes, kickboxing is extremely beneficial for improving speed, endurance, and reaction time. Kickboxing is a great way to sweat, burn calories, and boost your heart rate. Put on your Lululemon gear, tie up your hair, grab a water bottle, and be prepared to kick some butt. First, it is always important to stretch and do a steady warm-up. Take water breaks as needed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hydration is key.
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Step 1: Stretch and warm up. Stretch any muscles that you will be using during your workout. The boxer shuffle is the simplest move in kickboxing, making it the perfect warm up. It is very similar to running in place, just hop from side to side in a quick skipping motion while pumping your arms. Duration: 30 seconds, rest for 15, then repeat for another 30 seconds. In between each step, you will repeat the boxer shuffle for 15 seconds to maintain constant movement. Step 2: Mastering the stance. Start every step in this power ready stance. Spread your feet shoulder-width apart, then drop back your dominant foot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; right foot if you are right handed and vice versa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about three feet behind you. Raise your arms to chin level with your dominant hand slightly behind the other, and hold your hands in fists. Boxer shuffle for 15 seconds. Step 3: Jab, cross, kick. With your left foot out in front of the right in power ready stance, extend your left arm for the jab, then quickly punch with the opposite arm and kick with your right foot. Find a pace that works for you and maintain the same speed throughout. Repeat this step for one minute, then switch stance to the opposite leg and repeat for one minute. Boxer shuffle for 15 seconds. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 65
Step 4: Upper cut, upper cut, knee. With your left foot still in front, make two quick upward punches with your right arm followed by one right knee jab forward. Drop your right leg back to the power stance and repeat. Remember to tighten the core muscles as you bring your knee upward. One minute on each side. Step 5: Jab, jab, elbow, elbow. Make two quick jabs with your left hand followed by two hook jabs with your right elbow. One minute on each side. Step 6: Three high knees, two jabs. For this move bring your dominant foot forward, out of the power ready stance. With both feet next to each other shoulder-width apart, do three alternating high knees up to waist level then plant feet and jab right, then 66 | THREAD
jab left. Step 7: Three jumping jacks, two upper cuts. Do three jumping jacks with full arm extension followed by two alternating uppercuts. Repeat for 45 seconds. Step 8: Freestyle. This is your time to be creative and come up with any combination of moves, rapid fire style. Using jabs, kicks, elbows, uppercuts, and knees, go for one minute straight. Step 9: Rest. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve earned it. Take a two minute break to catch your breath, grab some water, and prepare for the next round. Step 10: Repeat. Go through the cycle as many times as you see fit for your workout. We recommend repeating three times to effectively burn calories and maximize your heart rate.
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Sugar High BY EMILY MCINTYRE PHOTOS BY COLBY CALDWELL
Now that summer is over, it’s time to say goodbye to sloppy ice cream cones and hello to their sticky cousin—the s’more. The irresistible combination of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate is always a favorite; but this fall, we’re stepping up our s’more game. Between the salty and sweet, and the soft and the crunchy, we’ve created some new (and unusual) combinations. Whether you’re stuck inside or hanging by the campfire, these s’mores are bound to impress. 68 | THREAD
Ingredients Marshmallow Lover’s S’more • Rice cereal bar, cut lengthwise in half • Crisped rice chocolate bar • 1-2 marshmallows
• 2 Pizzelles • Chocolate hazelnut spread • Crushed almonds • 1-2 marshmallows • 1 Tablespoon Amaretto liqueur
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Slice rice cereal bar in half lengthwise. Set aside. Break chocolate crisp bar in 1-2-inch pieces. Arrange the pieces to fit on one half of the rice cereal bar. Roast marshmallow until golden brown over a stovetop burner using a metal skewer. Then, place the marshmallow on the half with the chocolate crisp bar. For microwave, place marshmallow on one half of the rice cereal bar and microwave for 8-10 seconds. Top with other cereal bar half.
Italian Delight Spread both Pizzelles with chocolate hazelnut spread as desired. Sprinkle each Pizzelle with the crushed nuts. Pour Amaretto into a small glass bowl. Coat marshmallow, then tap off excess. Let marshmallow sit on the side for 2 minutes. Roast marshmallow until golden brown over a stovetop burner using a metal skewer. Then, place the marshmallow on one of the Pizzelles. For microwave, place marshmallow on one Pizzelle and microwave for 8-10 seconds. Top with second Pizzelle. Be sure to use an electric burner to avoid fire.
Apple Twist Divide crescent roll dough into triangles. Sprinkle triangles with cinnamon and drizzle with caramel. Top triangles with thinly sliced apple as desired. Place one marshmallow on each triangle. Wrap dough around marshmallow, pinching all seams together. Sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired. Slide onto metal skewers and roast over stove top burner until dough is cooked and has a golden brown color.
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Shaken, Not Stirred
BY PAIGE BENNETT PHOTOS BY KELLY BONDRA
A smooth, sweet martini is the ideal company for a cozy evening by the campfire or snuggled under a blanket on the couch. With a few shakes and stirs, you can make this comforting drink. A little drizzle of chocolate syrup in the martini glass adds a touch of artistic sophistication that will impress your guests (or your Instagram followers). Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur 1 ½ oz. Irish crème ½ oz. vodka 2 ½ oz. milk (or milk substitute) For rim: chocolate syrup, cocoa powder Nonalcoholic version: 6 oz. milk (or milk substitute) Chocolate syrup (to taste) 1 oz. vanilla syrup Step One: Dip the rim of the martini glass into chocolate syrup, then roll through the cocoa powder. Step Two: Drizzle chocolate syrup along the inside of the glass. Step Three: Pour the Godiva chocolate liqueur, Irish crème, vodka, and milk (or the milk, chocolate syrup, and vanilla syrup for the nonalcoholic version) into a cocktail shaker with one to two ice cubes. Shake well. Step Four: Pour the martini into the glass, carefully as to not smear the chocolate drizzle on the inside of the glass. Step Five: Pair your chocolate martini with a s’more and enjoy by the campfire. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 73
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WHO, WHAT, WEAR LIVINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; THE DREAM
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Livinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the Dream BY HAADIZA OGWUDE PHOTOS BY DANI BARTLEY
hat if everything you ever wished for came true? What if your most coveted dreams became reality?
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For Mose Denton, owner of 24.7 Dreams, that dream came to fruition. However, it was not mere wishing that led to Denton’s success, but rather hard work, tenacity, and a vision for the quaint, southeastern Ohio town that is home to his alma mater. On bustling Stimson Avenue, past the party epicenters that are Mill and Palmer Streets, sits 24.7 Dreams, Athens’ new premiere, urban streetwear cloth78 | THREAD
ing store. Yet, this store is more than what meets the eye. 24.7 Dreams is a lifestyle brand that promotes a culture founded on the philosophies of manifesting one’s dream into reality. From college students to entrepreneurs, athletes to artists, 24.7 Dreams is a place for people to seek opportunities to achieve their goals. “It’s the brand. I’m building a culture,” Denton said.
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Denton, originally from Los Angeles, California, transferred from the University of Nevada Reno to Ohio University on a football scholarship. After graduating in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in health services, he returned to his home city in search of a job in his field of study. Unfortunately, many of the places where Denton applied were seeking applicants with years of experience. With no luck finding work in his area, Denton moved back to Athens. While working here in town, Denton recalled his previous dream of owning his own business and creating his own brand. This later led him to design and purchase his first pair of T-shirts However, Denton quickly learned that rather than paying someone to make the shirt with his designs, he would start screen printing apparel himself. By January 2016, he had purchased an old storage space that he would later restore and repurpose as 24.7 Dreams. “A couple people came by wanting to do some events in the back. So I let them do some events, then it just kept adding to where it is today,” Denton explained. For Denton, Athens was the perfect place to open up his new store because of the network of resources he had acquired while attending OU. Denton also recognized the advantage of being the only streetwear store in Athens, as opposed to being
one of many in Los Angeles. He explained that he wanted to give back to the Bobcat community by providing students with opportunities for internships here and in Los Angeles, where he hopes to open a second store. “My biggest thing was opening on campus and working with the various students that come through here every year. Every year there’s a new freshman class. Every year there’s a new crowd of students to reach out to,” Denton said. By opening 24.7 Dreams, Denton wanted to give people a place where they can feel free to express themselves. He said that he wants his store to be a hub for opportunities, jobs, internships, and the like. He also described a lounge area in the back of the store where he hopes students will come to hangout and study, and a banquet hall connected to the boutique where he has already begun hosting live bands and club nights. “It’s the new best thing in town,” Denton said about his new boutique and venue. 24.7 Dreams is located at 13 W Stimson Street. Official hours have not been decided, but Denton has plans to be open 3-11 p.m. Monday-Friday. Weekend hours will also be decided. 24.7 Dreams is more than just its immediate location. Denton, himself, is a photographer and videographer who has directed and produced music videos with OUTHREADMAG.COM | 79
“I HOPE TO CREATE SOPHISTICATED STREETWEAR THAT INSPIRES PEOPLE TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS— SOMETHING BOLD BUT SIMPLE.” MOSE DENTON
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local artists, in affiliation with 24.7 Dreams. “[The music videos] go with 24.7 Dreams because it’s not just a clothing brand, it’s a lifestyle brand. It’s just what I do,” Denton said. As far as the clothing side of 24.7 Dreams, Denton wanted to provide young people, especially men, with another place to shop, especially in a town that has few options for what he calls “premium apparel.” Denton said he wants to provide quality clothing and a wider array of brands for
people to choose from, in addition to brands such as Ohio Against the World, Wavy, The High Rise, and more, that are already offered in his store. “I hope to create sophisticated streetwear that inspires people to pursue their dreams — something bold but simple,” Denton explained. Denton, who drew inspiration from his life and experiences, said he has always had a passion for photography, videography, and fashion. He explained that he wanted to start a brand to help other people pursue their dreams. He said he has always enjoyed meeting new people and embarking on new experiences and adventures, and 24.7 Dreams is just the embodiment of that sentiment. But the dream is far from complete. For Denton, it has just begun. When asked about the future of his brand, Denton said, “I see a store back home. I see me working with different celebrities and athletes, collaborating. I see my brand being international.” Denton welcomes the Athens and Ohio University community to visit his store. He hopes to make a longstanding impression in town as a lifestyle brand that offers everything, from clothing that makes a statement to a place to relax and hangout with friends. He said that although the transformation of the store has been challenging, the finished product made it worth it. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 81
From the Ashes
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BY COURTNEY MIHOCIK PHOTOS BY EMILY BARBUS & COURTNEY MIHOCIK
pillar of smoke reached up toward the sky one early morning in Athens, Ohio, November 14, 2014. Flames surrounded the base of the smoke, and lit up the town that was otherwise sleeping soundly in the dark. Some West Union Street businesses were completely demolished while students living above the businesses fled their fiery apartments, some jumping fences on roofs until they reached safety. The inferno raged on and on, battling the firefighters and first responders until later that morning.
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One of the owners of the Union, Eric Gunn, stood across the street and watched the flames move down the block toward the bar. “I came up and cinders were shooting two blocks away,” Gunn said. “It was an insane fire in terms of how massive it was, how much smoke was coming up from it, how many firefighters were there.” The fire was stopped at the Union Bar & Grill before it reached Jackie O’s, but not before havoc was wreaked on the building. “I didn’t believe it was real for a second. For me, this place is very much the reason why I’m still in Athens after going to school. I found a community here and a job that I really enjoy,” said Chris Dodd, a bartender at the Union. “I felt like all of that had disappeared for a moment.” The Union, undoubtedly 84 | THREAD
named for the street it’s rooted on, sustained blunt damages. Once a space for banging music, good drinks, and inclusive and welcoming bartenders and patrons, the Union, which has been the Union since the 1920s, was shut down indefinitely. Coretta King, an Athens resident and regular at the Union, said she was distraught when she learned that her favorite bar was gone. “I didn’t know where to go, mostly because the bartenders were definitely a big part of why I’d go there, as well as the atmosphere.” Approximately two weeks after the condemnation of other buildings on the block, management of the Union were told that it was structurally sound enough to not be demolished. So construction and renovation started. What was a glimmer of hope in
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the hearts of languishing patrons, bartenders, and musicians was soon to be a reality. The months after the fire seemed to crawl by while the bar slowly rose up from the ashes. But the process wasn’t easy and the completion date wasn’t always clear. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be 18 months, but it was,” Gunn said. “The people around it told us, ‘Oh, we should be able to have you guys reopen by summer. “Then summer turned to fall. Six to eight months turned into 10 months, turned into 12 months, turned into 14, turned into 16, and then turned into 18 months. It was a pretty long haul.” There was a definitive gap in the music culture of Athens during the absence of the Union. The loss of a spacious venue to flock to for live shows and new up-andcoming bands meant it was up to the rest of Athens to support the live music scene. Places like Jackie O’s, Smiling Skull Saloon, and Casa Nueva supported the musicians with stage time during the absence of the Union. Dodd believes that students and other residents of Athens who book house shows also took on the burden of supporting Athens’ thriving music scene. “I went to house shows during that year and a half and I felt that there was a resurgence of the house show scene,” he said, add-
ing that the venues around town and those planning house shows deserved “mad props.” After 18 grueling months of waiting and waiting, the Union finally reopened its doors at the end of May. Although it looks and feels roughly the same as it was before the fire, there are some shiny new aspects to it. Gunn said that the only original parts from before are the second floor joints and the staircase leading to the upstairs venue. But the patio area, the stage upstairs, floors, plumbing, electrical work, and everything else is new. Some patrons who frequented the Union might be thrown off by the “shiny and new” feel to it. “For a lot of people, the charm of the Union was this dive bar [atmosphere] and 150 years of cigarette smoke and coal fires and everything else going on in this building,” Gunn said, as he looked around the bar in all its renovated glory. The floors have a new glint of cleanliness to them that most likely wasn’t there before. The bar top made from wood salvaged after the fire is glossy and smooth. There certainly is a new shine to the entire establishment, but Gunn doesn’t think that’ll last too long. “It is new and shiny right now but I’m confident that it won’t be quite as new and shiny in a year or two once a little sweat and spilled beer and all that stuff happens.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 85
“... I FOUND A COMMUNITY HERE AND A JOB THAT I REALLY ENJOY.” CHRIS DODD 86 | THREAD
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STAND TOGETHER BY DOTTIE KRAMER PHOTOS BY KAITLYN MEINZER
eminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Everyone should be a feminist,” Talia Alonso said as she flipped her collarbone-length platinum blonde hair over her shoulder. Her lips, unadorned with lipstick, twisted up into an unabashed smile, which quickly turned into a small giggle. Alonso, treasurer of Ohio University’s Feminist Equality Movement group, has been a group member since her freshman year at OU. 88 | THREAD
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Megan Carter, secretary of the group, believes that feminism is an integral part of society. Carter has her short blonde bob tucked back behind her ears, and an inherent air of professionalism around her. She speaks passionately on the topic of feminism. “Feminism means social, political, and economic equality, on a deeper level celebrating everyone’s choices no barriers in society,” Carter said. The OU FEM group is a chapter of Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity. In fact, OU FEM is the most outstanding URGE chapter out of the 51 URGE chapters nationally.
“Ohio University was awarded the Outstanding Chapter award for their work over the 2015-2016 school year,” said Kate Londen, communications manager for URGE. Londen also says that the award was specifically given to OU FEM’s chapter because URGE was very impressed with OU FEM’s commitment to registering voters and the pro-abortion rally FEM had in April 2016. Along with the award, the chapter was given a $2,500 grant to be used at its discretion. “I was definitely surprised when FEM won the Outstanding Chapter award,” member Ariana Ybarra said. Ybarra has perfect winged eyeliner behind her thick-
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rimmed glasses, and an infectious laugh. She’s small in stature, with a smile that lights up the room. URGE was founded in 1992 by Gloria Steinem, Julie Burton, and Kristina Kiehl as a group to promote religious choice in elections and encourage young voters, women voters, and voters of color. By 1997 the founders realized popularity for reproductive choice among young people had declined. 2001 marked the beginning of a new
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era and the ground work began for an exclusively youth-led and focused reproductive rights group. In addition to multiple resources that URGE provides for their chapters, there is also a Gloria Steinem conference held nationally in D.C. This year, Carter and Ybarra were able to be in attendance. “It was really refreshing to be in a room with a lot of passionate people,” Carter said. “There were a lot of perspectives I had
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“IT WAS REALLY REFRESHING TO BE IN A ROOM WITH A LOT OF PASSIONATE PEOPLE. THERE WERE A LOT OF PERSPECTIVES I HAD NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT.” MEGAN CARTER
never thought about.” Carter went on to cite a religious panel that was pro-choice. Alonso, who “handles the money,” is not certain where the grant money will be allotted. Many ideas have been discussed, but the executive board would like to give the whole group the opportunity to decide where the money will go. “We want it to be something we can keep feeding into throughout the years, and we
can continue to build whatever it is we choose to do with it,” says Alonso. Although there are no set plans for the future of the grant, Alonso acknowledged that southeast Ohio has a lot of gaps with women’s health coverage. “Athens County is the poorest county in Ohio,” Carter said, “laws that restrict women’s health disproportionately affect women in lower socioeconomic classes and minority women.”
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At the September 19 meeting, Alonso created a committee set on determining the usage of this grant. “Any area with a lot of poverty [won’t have great health coverage for women.] It’s seen as a luxury for some people to go to the doctor, to go to Planned Parenthood, to get birth control. I do think it’s a problem in this area, probably any other improvised area,” Alonso said. Despite the controversial nature of FEM’s core mission, Carter feels as though the group is well received on campus. FEM has
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actually taken to creating a zine to disseminate information on various feminist topics. Carter says that the organization is trying to get shops such as Donkey Coffee — which frequently supports local art — to carry the zine. Ybarra hopes that one day all myths about feminism and abortion will be dispelled. Alonso sees the future of FEM past the grant money, and hopes that the group will one day break the stigma against the word “feminist.”
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PROFESSIONAL INC. Personal mementos are permanently inked into our memories. Tattoos are the keepsakes that will never be forgotten and should not be hidden under blazers and dress shirts. PHOTOS BY KAITLIN HATTON
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PHOTOS BY ISAAC GIBSON
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DARK ROMANCE PHOTOS BY EVAN LEONARD
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Fall Horoscopes BY KENYETTA WHITFIELD
Fall is the season of transitions. From new classes to altered scenery, the season brings about many unexpected changes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t expect the unexpected. Between exams, unforgettable nights out, and lots of homework, there is no shortage of possibilities this fall. What do the stars have in store for you?
(SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 22)
Peacemaking will be your biggest strength, Libra. Whether it is for your group presentations or your personal friendship circle, your ability to help problem solve will come in handy. Yet, that isn’t all you are, Libra. You are an adventurous soul that deserves other people who are willing to listen. This fall, make sure you go out with friends and explore. Remember, if you only ever focus on other people, you’re more likely to flake on plans, and nobody wants that.
(FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20)
Sweet, selfless Pisces. You are not a therapist. It’s not your job to spend all of your time and energy trying to fix things. As an emotional person, you have plenty of stuff on your plate and it is about time that you start asking others to listen to you. If you start to feel overwhelmed, your professors and friends are there to help. People like being around you and your generous nature, but you have to remember to have some fun here and there. 160 | THREAD
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As an adventure seeker, fall is one of the peak times of the year for you, Aries. The leaves are changing and so are your interests. When you find yourself getting bored or restless, pick up a new hobby or try a class at Ping. The results could leave you feeling more confident than you already are. But don’t forget about your friends or special someone while investing time in personal desires.
(JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18)
Fall in a city like Athens is perfect for you, Aquarius. There is so much culture, from the music to the art. You get to be the quirky, intellectual individual that your heart has always desired. This season, focus on showing some of your passions to the people you care for most. Take a new friend to a show at The Union, or buy your parents something from Passion Works. This fall is all about spreading your imaginative nature to those around you.
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Taurus, there is one thing on your mind and that is relaxation. Netflix nightsin are going to dominate your life this season. But that doesn’t have to be your entire life. Step out of your comfort zone and stop being so stubborn. If your advisor suggests a new class or organization, take a shot at it. Don’t get too possessive of crushes before anything happens. You wouldn’t want to spend the rest of the year eating your ice cream alone.
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These are the moments you have been waiting for, Gemini. For you, fall means seeing all your friends and dancing across the entire Athens area. Remember your energy and adaptable nature are unique to you and not everyone has the time to live life as freely as you. Take the time to devote your energy to school work; when the end of the season rolls around you won’t be swamped with assignments.
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Perfect, little Virgo. That is how people see you. You’re always so poised and analytical that the start of a new semester comes naturally to you. However, instead of joining and running four different academic organizations this season, go out and have a little bit of fun. No one is saying you have to pull a Paris Hilton, but even the most professional individuals let loose and smell the roses. Go enjoy it!
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Selfless Cancer, please focus on yourself this season! There will always be a time and place to lend a helping hand to a fellow student or a friend in need, but you still need time for you. Without a little dedication to yourself, you’ll do what you do best, which is let your emotions ball up inside until you explode. Don’t worry, the colder weather doesn’t have to mean sadness. It just means change.
Leo, now is the time to take all of your energy and put it towards something productive. Everyone knows you have the gift of gab and you radiate light everywhere you go, but without productivity you’ll only ever be the class clown. You’re a go-getter, but sometimes you can be incredibility lazy. Live up to your incredible potential! Don’t let all of that energy go to waste.
Don’t be a recluse this fall, Scorpio! It will get you nowhere professionally or socially. Yes, it is important to dedicate time to yourself and your studies this semester, but not at the expense of your sanity. Go to some football games, study in Front Room, or take walks with friends after class. Don’t forget that sometimes people don’t want you to be a mystery to them. Goal for this semester? Open up to new friends!
How does one person have so much charisma? Please tell us, Sagittarius. This fall you are sure to amass a few admirers who’d like to be your friend due to your childlike enthusiasm. You should feel flattered. You’re someone that people are attracted to instantly. But make sure that you don’t let all of that charisma go to waste. Use your talents for the betterment of your career as a student.
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It was the day I was supposed to start my summer job working at Marriott, and I was dressed and ready to go super early. I was going to have to take a drug test, so I made sure to drink tons of water and fruit juice so there wouldn’t be any trouble. When it was time to leave, my aunt drove me about 15 minutes to the metro station and as I descended the long escalators to the trains, a thought hit me: “I really, really, really have to pee.” As I stood on the escalator step shuffling between my feet, panic washed over me. I’d never used the metro before and wondered whether there would even be a bathroom in the station. I knew I wouldn’t have made it to work on time if I tried to go to the bathroom; my train was going to arrive any minute! But even as I considered holding it for the whole 25 minute train ride and using the bathroom at work, I could feel myself about to explode. By the time I got off the escalator, I had to sprint toward the restroom, but it was too late. My dress pants were soaked, I didn’t have a change of clothes, and I had had to be at work in 20 minutes. I had missed my train. The day had just started, and it was already the worst of the summer. In the end, at least I passed my drug test. -KAYLA BEARD
One night, as a freshman, I ended up intoxicated. I didn’t use any restrooms all night while I was uptown for fear of “breaking the seal.” My seal broke itself as I stumbled down Jeff Hill and peed my pants. -ANONYMOUS
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Remember that one time.. One time in class, I knocked over a full cup of hot coffee. It spilled all over the table and all over my lap in the middle of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation. I jumped out of my seat, almost dropping an F-bomb in front of my professor and a room full of my peers and colleagues. My dress was dripping wet with coffee, my legs were stinging from the burn, and I had to be excused to go home and change. -COURTNEY MIHOCIK
One day, I was feeling pretty ill but a friend was in town so I decided to go uptown for a drink. I ordered a liquor pitcher and took a sip or two of it. I began to feel overheated, so I told my friend goodbye and rushed outside. I barely walked a block before I soberly vomited all over myself and Court Street, and in front of Pumpkin the cat, nonetheless. -ANONYMOUS
After a long stint pregaming in my dorm with my two best friends, we all ventured out to face a long night of partying as only Ohio University freshmen can. However, after the mix of booze and adrenaline finally took over my body, I found myself face down in the middle of College Street. Me, a passed out mess, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice the huge Summit Apartments bus just passing my lifeless body in the street. The police hurried over to me after seeing the incident and helped me up. Thankfully, I blamed the whole thing on my UGG boots being finicky. -KENYETTA WHITFIELD
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Which food truck are you? BY KENYETTA WHITFIELD PHOTOS BY MIA BARNES
1 Where would your ideal vacation be?
a. Latin America c. Greece b. Across U.S. d. Middle East
2 Which best describes foods you love?
a. Easy to eat b. Comfort food
c. Lots of flavor d. Creative, tasty
3 Which is your favorite?
a. Big Mamma’s
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A Burrito Buggy mostly
B OMG Rotisserie mostly
C Ali Babas mostly
D Hot Potato
An unofficial staple of Athens culture, Burrito Buggy is the place to go for fast, flavorful food that doesn’t break the bank. Its wide array of burritos has a homemade feel that is sometimes lost at bigger Tex-Mex restaurants. It’s the ideal food fit after a late night out on Court Street.
OMG Rotisserie combines the decadence and comfort of soul food for their delicious menu. The simple and flavorful dishes could take an average afternoon in Athens and transform it into a blast-to-Thanksgiving’s-past. This truck is a must for anyone who favors the classics in life.
As the oldest food truck in Athens, Ali Babas has been serving up Mediterranean goodness since 1988 and shows no signs of stopping. The fire-engine red truck is the epitome of Athens food culture and it’s perfect for a fall day’s lunch with a friend.
One of Athens newest and quirkiest staples, Hot Potato serves up a range of different flavors using a vessel everyone knows and loves — potatoes. The truck is bringing a taste of Turkish food to small-town Athens, and it’s the place to be for anyone looking to try a new cuisine.
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GUIDE TO SHOPPING:
APPALACHIA BY MICAH UPSHAW
hether you come from a city with a multitude of malls or a small town with just one boutique, moving to a town that doesn’t even have a Target can be a huge shift to make. Although Athens is no Paris or Milan, Appalachia has quite the array of hidden fashion gems suitable for every shopper.
UP-TOWN BOUTIQUES One of the many perks to living in a small town is the ability to shop local. Boutiques like Figleaf and The Other Place, which are located on Court Street, offer unique options that large department stores can’t offer. The Other Place has clothing items to fulfill any day or night ensemble. The store offers current and trending pieces
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that can be incorporated into any wardrobe. Whether one is shopping for a dress, new shoes, or a gift, The Other Place has something for everyone. Figleaf is known for their vast inventory of nightwear and other polished garments. Much of the selection includes dresses, heels, and bodysuits — all of which are statements for a night out.
EAST STATE STREET Acting as the shopping center for Athens, East State Street plays an important role in local fashion. Wal-Mart offers oversized tees and flannels as well as a large selection of jeans. Rue21, unlike Wal-Mart, sells current clothing trends
aimed at a more fashion-forward audience. Clothing store Cato has a more elevated feel, with its selection of merchandise including everyday wear and business causal threads for any age.
LANCASTER River Valley Mall in Lancaster is approximately 50 minutes away from campus. Regardless of distance, the mall offers familiar stores like American Eagle, Aeropostale, Finish Line, JCPenney, and Journeys. Shoe stores like Finish Line and
Journeys allow shoppers to explore their inner athleisure style without spending more than they bargained for. JCPenney’s specialized departments allow shoppers to choose and compare different brands and styles.
WEST VIRGINIA At just under an hour away, Grand Central Mall in Vienna, West Virginia, is a suitable option for a much-needed shopping spree. Similar to Lancaster’s mall, Vienna’s has a multitude of stores that most
shoppers are familiar with. Grand Central Mall is home to Charlotte Russe and Hollister, which both cater to younger audiences, making them great options for trendy and casual new gear.
KEY Best for day/casual clothing
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Best for going out clothing
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tanding in the dressing room, hands propped slightly above her head, as the seams of a simple white dress stretched to reveal individual threads, a young girl began to panic. She was certain the tag had read “Size 12,” and she knew that 12 in her closet at home fit perfectly. So, why would a 12 from Forever 21 fit but not the same size from Hollister? A size 14 dress was even tighter than the size 12 she fit into at the last store. If no two size 12s would ever fit the same, why did anyone bother to label clothes at all? The scene depicted above is not fiction. Anyone who has ever tried to wear women’s clothing has likely experienced a fitting room scare before. Darian Randolph, a senior studying journalism at Ohio University, admitted that she has had a few difficult shopping trips herself. “I remember one time in Forever 21, I was trying on different things and getting so frustrated that nothing would fit me. I went out of the dressing room and was trying so hard not to cry in front of my mom.” From the early ages of the Girls section, to the complicated days in Juniors and Misses, to the tired years in the Women’s department, shopping for clothes can be a stressful activity for many. Sometimes a mom or a friend is nearby to help, but many women find themselves
left to release their own body from every seemingly harmless, dress-turned-boa-constrictor they encounter without any help, nor any sympathy. “Definitely nearly every shopping trip is difficult,” said Jessica DePeel, a senior double-majoring in business and accounting prelaw. “If it’s not that they don’t have your size, it’s that sizes are different at every single store and none actually fit perfectly.” It would seem the clothing industry is not concerned about meeting specific consumer needs; instead, designers make the clothes, retailers sell them, and the question of whether anything will fit is left for the consumer to grapple with. “Jean shopping is a huge chore and it can take me up to an hour to find the right pair,” said Cassie Metzger, a senior studying marine, freshwater, and environmental biology. Randolph’s, DePeel’s, and Metzger’s struggles are all too familiar to many ladies nation-wide. American women have a strange world to navigate when it comes to sizing. The arbitrary numbers assigned to women’s clothing in the US — like 32 or 18 — are not based on inches (as are US men’s sizes), and do not reflect the actual dimensions of the clothes they define. Instead, these arbitrary numbers are exactly that: inconsistent labels used to categorize clothOUTHREADMAG.COM | 171
ing and simplify the size struggle for women in this country. Would it not be easier to use clothing sizes which reflect the actual size of the person they were made to fit? What led designers to use a sizing system that leaves women guessing whether or not a pair of pants will fit even when the familiar digits on the tag usually represent the right size? The reason women’s clothing sizes exist the way they do is, in part, because women’s clothes are not custom made as they once were. According to Slate Magazine, the first “ready-towear” sizing system was applied to men’s clothing, and standard sizes for men’s clothes have been around since the late 1700s when most American women were still buying custom-made clothing from independent tailors. In fact, the first sizing technique used for pre-made clothing was the same for both menswear and womenswear: based off a single chest measurement. This method of sizing, at the time, had worked well enough for male workers and soldiers (and is still used today for men’s clothing), but unfortunately, the one-measurement basis wasn’t working as well for women’s clothing, as women’s bodies vary a bit more than men’s, and manufacturers needed a new strategy. During the depression, USgovernment-paid statisticians Ruth O’Brien and William Shelton attempted to set a standard for women’s clothing by survey172 | THREAD
ing and measuring thousands of women with hopes of finding enough commonalities to offer designers an idea of what the “average” American woman was like. While the massive project certainly had potential, real life women turned out to be a bit too diverse for the methods used. One of several major problems with the research was that it did not take women of color into account. Yet, according to The Washington Post, even after discarding the measurements of women of color thereby only accounting for white women’s body types, the project still found far too much variety to form a practical sizing standard. After failing to standardize the female body using statistical data, O’Brien’s and Shelton’s data was rejected and the decision of how women’s clothing should be sized was ultimately left for individual designers to decide. The researchers did suggest a system that inspired the sizing system implemented by the National Bureau of Standards in 1958, as detailed by Julia Felsenthal in Slate: “Women’s sizes were derived from bust size — with all other measurements based on the proportions of an hourglass figure — and represented by even numbers from 8 to 38. These basic sizes were combined with a T, R, or S, to indicate height, and a plus or minus, to represent lower body girth.” This best-we-could-do standard has
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been the backbone for every women’s sizing chart to follow. “While shopping, I’ve noticed that in some stores I would need a small, but in other stores I would need a medium,” said Emily Greenlee, a senior studying psychology and sociologycriminology. One of the most irritating parts about shopping for women’s clothes is how much sizes vary from store to store. “I’ve always been jealous that my brother’s pants sizes come in actual measured increments,” said Elissa Lewis, a history pre-law senior. “All he has to do is go find pants. They’re pretty much the same wherever he goes. Women’s clothes are not that way at all! The numbers are the same, but they don’t really mean anything.” When analyzing US women’s sizes, it’s important to understand how much the clothing industry has changed to date. American women have evolved from buying custom-made clothes to shopping for ready-to-wear items. Mallorie Dunn, founder and designer of the size-inclusive line SmartGlamour, published a YouTube video, “Size Inconsistency + Body Positivity - The True Story” in which she draws on her experience working in the fashion design industry to explain size disparity. In her video, Dunn notes that 97 percent of the clothes bought in the US today are made overseas, which is a huge change from the 1960s when 80-90 percent of those clothes were made
in the US. According to Dunn, most clothing stores receive their clothes from multiple different design houses which each use their own sizing charts. Each of these design houses, in turn, utilizes their own manufacturers, typically factories overseas, to actually make the clothes. “The only communication that most design
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houses have with those factories are not with the factories themselves [but] with an agent who works as a go-between,” Dunn said. “That’s why you can walk into a store and pick up a medium in a certain top and have it fit you a certain way,” Dunn said in her video, “and then pick up a medium in another top that’s sitting right next to [the first] and it totally doesn’t fit you. It’s because they’re made in different places.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 173
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Melissa McCarthy said in a 2014 interview with Redbook Magazine. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no.” McCarthy’s “Ghostbusters” co-star Leslie Jones also had difficulty finding a
designer to make her a dress for the film’s premiere in July. According to The New York Times, 6-foot-tall Jones was only able to find a designer last-minute after tweeting about her dilemma and having designer and fan Christian Siriano instantly respond. Although it’s easy to curse designers and the fashion in-
dustry at large any time a pair of jeans doesn’t fit right, the issue of women’s clothing sizes may have more to do with women’s diversity and less to do with the moral compasses of individual stylists. According to Booth Moore, writer for The Hollywood Reporter’s Fashion site Pret-a-Reporter, some stylists suggest that Jones’ OUTHREADMAG.COM | 175
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red carpet struggle may have had several causes, the most probable of which being that Jones is not an average “sample” size. Stylist Jeanne Yang told Pret-a-Reporter, “People have this belief that showrooms and designers have racks and racks of clothing in all sizes. They don’t.” In the same interview, Yang went on to explain, “When you’re a designer, sitting with your accountant, you have to think about how much it costs to create a sample ... If you have a sample that has to fit a model, you don’t have the option of creating things for premieres. No one ever does a variety of sizes. No one has those resources, even the biggest designers don’t.” Perhaps the main issue with women’s clothing sizes is not an issue at all: women come in a variety of shapes, heights, widths and other measurements. From the very beginning of this sizing journey, the diversity of women’s bodies has been proven too difficult to simplify. Even using a system similar to what has mostly worked for men, and accounting for different heights and weights as the current standard attempts to do, women’s bodies continue to be difficult to categorize. One measurement is not enough to standardize women’s clothing and, apparently, neither is two or three. So, what is a girl to do in a world where ready-to-wear, massproduced clothing is the norm and custom designs tend to be just a pricey option for celebrities
and wealthy elites? Mallorie Dunn says: nothing. “Sizes and size charts are a mold, and bodies will not always fit that mold. And that’s fine,” she says. For a woman in the 21st century, the best she can do is what most already do: know her own body and how to shop for it. “Generally, I only buy clothes online from stores that I actually shop at, so I know how the sizing works and can pick what’s best for me,” Lewis said of her own shopping methods “Having a big butt and hips definitely does not help the jean shopping process,” Metzger said. “When it comes to jeans, I usually stick with Express or Nordstrom rack [because] they have brands specifically made for people with big butts.” Dunn agreed in her video that, “The more that you learn about your body and your measurements, the easier this is, the less scary this is and, more importantly, the more empowering it is. Own your body, not your size.” Maybe the dream of walking into a store and finding the perfect dress is a-far off idea. A not-so-far-off-idea: understanding where clothing comes from, knowing how the process works, and accepting the consequences of the convenience of buying a $12 dress at the mall.
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n a time where the industry of all things cosmetics is booming, it’s apparent that women are no longer the only ones participating in such a profound culture. “What does it mean to be a boy who wears makeup?” is a lingering question that has made its way to the forefront of everyday conversation, therefore combating our preconceived notions about gender roles and masculinity. The once totally ingrained gender
binary is beginning to fade, and acceptance is reshaping cultural ideals of beauty to be less gender-exclusive. For Kyle Moser, a freshman at Ohio University, makeup has always been an interest, but one he felt he had to hide. Moser identifies as male, and admits that for a few years he was shy about wanting to invest in makeup because of his gender. “I didn’t want to have that stigma against me,” Moser says. But the curiosity was there thanks to Internetfamous influencers like
Manny Gutierrez, or better known by the name Manny MUA. With over 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube, Gutierrez has become an icon in the movement for men in makeup. But, like Moser, he used to hide his interest in beauty products. Being raised in a religious household didn’t seem like the place where he could truly express his love for lipstick and mascara. Instagram, however, was an outlet where he was able to share his passion with others. This was where his stardom began, OUTHREADMAG.COM | 179
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that equality with my channel.” Patrick Simondac, known as PatrickStarrr by his 1.6 million YouTube subscribers, has a knack for sculpting. He began his channel in 2013 and has since been regarded as one of the most well-known influencers in the movement; though the climb to popularity by the means of makeup wasn’t easy. In an effort to make sure he wasn’t bullied, Simondac’s parents were very concerned when he began wearing heavy
amounts of makeup. He eventually learned to ignore the bullies and embrace his individuality. “Even before social media I was already dealing with negativity, so translating that to online wasn’t hard because walking through the mall, going to work, people would talk about me as I passed by,” he told Refinery 29. From opposite coasts, Simondac and Gutierrez were simultaneously catapulted into the world of beauty,
and together they are pushing the boundaries. They are regarded as, “the most prominent — and professionally savvy —pillars of the boys in beauty landscape,” in an article from Marie Claire. In Simondac’s channel description, he wrote, “I want boys [to be] in BEAUTY!” And clearly, he has gotten just that. With over 40,000 Instagram posts, #BoysInMakeup is proving that so many men, without thousands of followers, are excited about makeup too. Like male beauty bloggers, they too are seeking to exude confidence by enhancing their features and covering their imperfections. “Men in makeup wasn’t seen as normal, especially a couple of years ago. It wasn’t as open as it is now,” Gutierrez told Marie Claire. “It’s really cool seeing all the upcoming boys doing makeup.” Moser is just one of them. With the basic makeup essentials — liquid foundation, concealer,
and a contour kit — he’s ready to watch and be inspired. Some makeup brands are catching on to the #BoysInMakeup trend. Designer Tom Ford recently introduced cosmetics
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for men in his line, including moisturizer, concealer, and brow gel. Clinique, on the other hand, has always been far ahead other cosmetic companies. After recognizing a difference in the needs of men’s skin care, Clinique
introduced Skin Supplies for Men in 1976, and they now offer a gel bronzer specifically for men. Other companies have collaborated with male influencers like Simondac and Gutierrez to produce cosmetics that bare their names and personal tastes. Just this year, Makeup Geek partnered with Gutierrez to create a custom palette with six limited-edition eyeshadows that exhibit his love for warm-tones. The palette also includes his top three staple shades from Makeup Geek, thus showing his loyalty to the brand. Formula X, a nail polish line sold at Sephora, asked Simondac to be one of their color curators. As a February exclusive, three different shades of pink — She Better Werk, Lucky Starrr, and Yazzz — created by Simondac, were available online and in stores. High-end brands like Benefit OUTHREADMAG.COM | 181
Cosmetics and Morphe are promoting diversity in makeup by using photos of some of their favorite male beauty gurus in social media posts. With the absence of men in advertisements and social media presences of mainstream drugstore makeup lines, it seems like they aren’t quite on board with the idea yet. It’s not to say that all men will be wearing makeup, because not even all women wear it. But, hopefully we’ll begin to see a trickle-down effect from high-end beauty brands to long-standing mainstream makeup lines that will make it unsurprising to see people of all genders featured in the cosmetic aisles of everyday supermarkets. As Marie Claire put it: “The fact that millennial men don’t even necessarily equate makeup and femininity indicates a new chapter in gender politics — a modern sequel to what male drag culture pioneered for most of the 20th century.” Similarly, Moser spoke about makeup as if it were an “art form.” He truly believes that people are becoming more comfortable with men in makeup because of “other cultural influences like drag race and all these people online, on YouTube.” Moser hopes to see more male-based makeup lines in the future, and said, “If this is what [men] like to do and this is what they are truly interested in doing or wanting to experiment with, it’s okay.” 182 | THREAD
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n June 25, 2016, fashion lost the most influential street style photographer of our time. Bill Cunningham, who was best known for his weekly On the Street column in the New York Times, died at age 87 after being hospitalized for a stroke. Although the industry must proceed with its regular strut, we continue to mourn such a significant loss, and reflect on Cunningham’s profound impact on how we perceive style today. Cunningham dropped out of Harvard University before serving
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a tour in the US Army, and then began designing women’s hats. After closing his hat store in 1962, he was a fashion writer for Women’s Wear Daily and the Chicago Tribune. Cunningham was a self-taught photographer and publicly photographed fashion that caught his eye, as if the streets were runways. His column for the Times developed as a result of such candid shots. “There would be no street style without Bill Cunningham,” Michael Kors tweeted on June 26, 2016. Cunningham never
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followed paparazzi, and only took photos of celebrities if they wore clothes he loved. He believed in personal style over everything else, and wanted to capture people and clothes, in the moment. Cunningham was also known for rarely accepting payment or staff positions from those for whom he worked. According to the Times, Cunningham only accepted his position for health insurance. “Once people own you,” he would say, “they can tell you what to do. So don’t
let ’em.” Cunningham was also known to be extremely ethical. At parties or events he covered, he refused to sit, eat, or drink anything. His peers described him as kind, humble, passionate,
THERE WOULD BE NO STREET STYLE WITHOUT BILL CUNNINGHAM.” MICHAEL KORS
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and open-minded. Cunningham stayed in a small studio with a shared bathroom and kitchen, and shied away from the spotlight. However, that didn’t keep him from being noticed. On the job, Cunningham wore the same outfit as he rode his bike through the city. As the Times put it: “He was an easy one to spot…his bony-thin frame draped in his utilitarian blue French worker’s jacket, khaki pants, and black sneakers… at the ready for the next fashion statement to come around the corner.” Cunningham’s impact on style was undeniable. As Anna Wintour once said, “We all get dressed for Bill.” It’s hard to imagine the streets
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of New York City without his blue jacket billowing up behind him and his camera hanging from his neck. Luckily, we’ll always have his iconic photographs to look back on, and to learn from. Cunningham once said, “The best fashion show is on the street. Always has been, always will be.” Another great loss for fashion occurred on August 25, 2016, with the passing of Sonia Rykiel. The designer revealed that she was fighting a long-term battle with Parkinson’s disease back in 2012. She was 86 when she passed away. Rykiel was best known for her “poor boy” sweaters, which were worn by household names like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn. The sweaters were extremely comfortable, and gave her the name “Queen of Knits.” She also developed various design techniques with knitwear, such as unfinished hems, printed slogans, and visible seams. Rykiel grew her brand from just womenswear to menswear, childrenswear, and accessories. She also was a
successful writer and published multiple books on fashion. Rykiel retired from designing in 2009, and her daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, was named president of the company in 2007. Julie de Libran is the current creative director of the Rykiel ‘s company. Some of fashion’s most influential names have been working in the business for what seems like forever. Unfortunately, this means one day fashion will have to continue without them. It’s difficult to imagine an issue of Vogue withheld from the gaze of Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, or a cover of Vogue Italia shot by anyone but Steven Meisel. Giorgio Armani, who evolved red carpet fashion, will pass his brand down some day, and runways will be without Naomi Campbell, one of the most successful supermodels in the world. Until that time comes, however, we can only hope that their work will inspire future generations to become as inventive as those of the past.
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Athletic clothing as a part of everyday wear is nothing new. From seasoned athletes, to students who prefer sweatpants and a T-shirt, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all encountered some form of athletic gear. Recently, athletic clothing lines have been upgrading their brands to be athleisure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a marriage of athletic wear and high-end fashion. From celebrity collaborations with classic sports brands 190 | THREAD
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to professional athletes starting their own clothing lines, athletic wear has become a fashion staple in its own right. Thanks to the athleisure trend, sports stars and what they are wearing is influencing the fashion industry now more than ever. Many athletes are collaborating with their sponsors, and some have even started their own clothing lines. Serena Williams is one of the latter. Williams is one of the most prominent professional tennis athletes in the world. With 22 Grand Slam singles titles, along with many other accolades, it’s striking that she would have time to set down her racket and try her hand at fashion. Williams sells her 192 | THREAD
clothing line through Home Shopping Network, which offers affordable fashion with a high-end look. From business casual staples to streetwear and even accessories, she offers a wide range of clothing in her collection. Many of Williams’ pieces have been featured on the runway. Through her ad campaign with HSN, Williams said she has “dreamed of being in fashion week [her] whole life.” Williams has also collaborated with Nike to produce the Serena Williams Collection, which yields tennis clothing for men and women. The line includes her classic Nike tennis suits, along with fashionforward sweatpants and tops
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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pieces that make it easy to transition from the gym to the streets without having to change an entire outfit. Nike continues to be one of the most recognizable names in the athletic clothing industry, and is maintaining its rank by adopting the athleisure-associated trends. Even some classics like Adidas and Fila are making a comeback through athleisure. The classic Adidas shoe, The Superstar, has reclaimed its importance as the perfect addition to any outfit. The shoes, originally intended for basketball in 1969, can be found on style blogs and on the feet of the fashion-conscious every-
where. Adidas has also collaborated with other big names like Rita Ora, Kanye West, and Stella McCartney. Even BeyoncĂŠ has hopped on the athleisure train with her athletic line, Ivy Park, for Topshop. Although the names associated with the aforementioned collaborations are noteworthy, lesserknown brands like Lululemon and Vimmia are also gaining momentum as part of the rise of athleisure. These brands are set apart by their keen promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle. While their clothes are fashion-forward, their main concern is functionality. Vimmia and Lululemon both OUTHREADMAG.COM | 193
cater much of their attire to yoga enthusiasts, while still including general exercise-friendly clothes. Lululemon even holds a three-day long yoga and music festival in Vancouver, Canada, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;SeaWheezeâ&#x20AC;? that begins with a half marathon. They also offer free
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yoga classes on Sundays in most locations around the world. The rise of athleisure, mixed with the growing consciousness of healthy living, is a multifaceted phenomenon fueled by the combination of the power of celebrity and high-quality,
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“I LIVE IN GYM CLOTHES. WHEN YOU GO OUT ON THE STREET, IT’S THE UNIFORM NOW.” ALEXANDER WANG
practical attire. Alexander Wang even acknowledged the contagiousness of functional fashion when he told the New York Times, “I live in gym clothes. When you go out on the street, it’s the uniform now.”
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he return to school always marks the arrival of a new virus that spreads throughout campus, leaving many students sick, miserable, and stuck in the doctor’s office. “Hang in there,” Graduate Assistant Bailey Dick wrote to one of her students in an email after they reported their absence due to sickness. “CVS on Court is out of cold meds.” What if there was another way to boost immunity and recover from sickness or allergies without multiple trips to the pharmacy? Small bottles containing 15 ml of condensed natural liquids have the power to improve a person’s health. Essential oils are concentrated aroma compounds that are distilled from different plants, occurring naturally and therefore having safe and biological effects on the human body. With the recent revival of aromatherapy, essential oils have advanced as a form of alternative medicine. From treating infections and bug bites to calming anxiety and allowing for restful sleep, just two drops of the right oil can help. One of the most common ways for the human body to absorb essential oils is by inhaling their scent. According to 21 Drops, a company that produces and sells essential oils, when the oil is inhaled through the nose, the body’s nerves send a signal to
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the brain in order to trigger the natural process of boosting immunity, increasing energy, or releasing hormones to trigger relaxation. To inhale the oil, spread it over your hands and then place one hand in front of your nose. Breathe in slowly through your nose and out through your mouth. This allows the oil’s scent to quickly reach the brain while also promoting controlled and steady breathing. You can also add two to three drops of oil into an oil diffuser, which will allow the scent to double as a room fragrance. Another method of absorption is by direct application to the skin, specifically to areas where the oil can be absorbed by the pores and hair follicles and then delivered into the bloodstream. Apply the oil to the wrists, temples, and the back of the neck for quick absorption. Once the molecules are in the bloodstream, they travel to the organ that needs attention. 21 Drops suggests thinking about it like watering a plant: “You hydrate the soil because that’s where the roots are to absorb the nutrients.” Janine Schomer, a sophomore at Ohio University, has practiced using essential oils such as lemon, lavender, and peppermint as natural remedies. “You can do a ridiculous amount of things with just those three,”
“WITH THE RECENT REVIVAL OF AROMATHERAPY, ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE ADVANCED AS A FORM OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.”
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she said. Schomer also tried soft gel oil blend capsules to help control her seasonal allergies. “I was on two allergy medications at the time when I started taking capsules that are three essential oils condensed for asthma and allergies,” she said. “I started taking one a day and was able to completely stop taking any allergy medicine.” With so many oils on the market, each serving different purposes, it’s important to know which ones to pull from the medicine cabinet the next time an issue arises.
FOR NAUSEA: PEPPERMINT
According to the 21 Drops essential oils guide, peppermint has been used throughout history by the ancient Egyptians and Romans as a digestive aid. It is well known for alleviating nausea and digestive issues. To ingest peppermint oil to help with an upset stomach, fill a small paper cup with water, and add two to three drops of the oil to drink. Capsules of peppermint oil have been used in many studies to reduce symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. By relaxing the muscles of the stomach, the oil allows for easier digestion and reduced stomach pain.
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FOR DEPRESSION: JASMINE
Jasmine has been proven to have very stimulating effects on the human body. In a study done by Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand, 40 volunteers were exposed to the oil by applying it topically on their abdomen, and were later asked to record their emotional state. The volunteers reported feeling more alert and stimulated due to an increase in breathing rate and oxygen saturation. Jasmine’s strong and pleasing aroma helps to release serotonin in the brain, which can assist in alleviating depression. Another way to administer Jasmine to encourage such stimulation is by using an oil diffuser or boiling water in order to get the fully immersive, therapeutic effect.
FOR HEADACHES: LAVENDER
Home remedies for headaches include using lavender in either an oil diffuser or applying it directly to the skin. If you don’t have an oil diffuser, you can add two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water in order to diffuse the smell, according to Everyday Health. Another option is to massage Lavender oil onto your temples and the back of your neck to relieve pain and promote relaxation.
“I STARTED TAKING ONE A DAY AND WAS ABLE TO COMPLETELY STOP TAKING ANY ALLERGY MEDICINE.” JANINE SCHOMER
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If you are hip to the basics of shopping lingo, BOGO is a four letter acronym that should make your heart pitter-patter. Enter BOPO: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buy One Plant One,â&#x20AC;? the living and breathing motto behind WeWOOD, a wristwatch company aiming to plant one million trees by the year 2020. WeWOOD was established in 2010 in the center of one of the richest arts and culture hotpots of Europe. In Florence, Italy, two ecoconscious entrepreneurs paired with an Italian woodworker to create a watch that would serve two purposes: accessorizing beauty and giving back to the environment. Their business model is to create gorgeous wooden watches out of repurposed and recycled wood, and plant a tree for each watch sold. 202 | THREAD
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WeWOOD offers an expanse of wristwatches with assorted colors, bands, and shapes to pick from. Basics like chocolate and beige colored woods, or charms like crystal accents or a leather bands have made it easy for anyone to find a watch to fit their own unique liking. The collections include new arrivals, men’s, women’s, and unisex that each come in eight different wood finishes. Case shapes vary between circular, square, or rectangular and the bands come in leather, polyester, and repurposed wood. For those feeling a little bit extra, crystal accents, date display, and dual time are potential additions. WeWOOD has also launched an 204 | THREAD
eyewear line that features sleek natural cotton fiber and other sustainable materials. When WeWOOD established its roots in 2010, an astounding 7,000 trees were planted that year with the help of their partner company, American Forests. As “the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country” according to its site, American Forests has contributed more than 45 million trees to the global effort against deforestation. The foundation of the organization’s beliefs rests in “caring for nature as a way to care for ourselves.” Without forests, not only are ecosystems, water sources, and breathable air at risk of diminishing,
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but so is the human race. WeWOOD also partners with Trees for the Future to make a slightly different global impact: to end hunger and poverty. Rebuilding forests creates economic opportunity for inhabitants. According to www.trees.org, The Forest Garden Program is designed to plant specific types of trees, like fruit trees, that can be yielded for multiple uses such as “food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, [and] fuel wood.” The projects are hosted in Sub Saharan African countries, according to the site. So far, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, and Cameroon have been among the to foster the project. Each program takes four years to get off the ground, from the beginning stage of mobilization, where farmers and other participants plant and maintain the gardens, to the graduation stage, where farmers take full ownership of their gardens and create products to sell and harvest food for their families. Today, Trees for the Future has planted over 65 million trees in 30 countries worldwide. Beyond the needs of humans, rejuvenating our woodlands helps halt for plant and animal species to go extinct. On WeWOOD’s YouTube channel, Scott Steen, American Forests CEO, says that planting trees near rivers and lakes gives shade to bodies of water. This, in turn, keeps water
temperatures low and allows certain wildlife to maintain life. Without trees to shade the water, some animals bear the possibility of extinction. The Cutthroat Trout in New Mexico is just one species being threatened by deforestation, says Steen.
“SINCE 2010 THE COMPANY HAS PROUDLY PLANTED 420,000 TREES AROUND THE WORLD.” Thankfully, this is where WeWOOD steps in. Since 2010 the company has proudly planted 420,000 trees around the world. Some of the most recent projects in America were in Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota, the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, and Bitterroot National Forest in Montana and Idaho. On a global scale, WeWOOD has aided dozens of countries including Ghana, China, Peru, Zimbabwe, India, Italy, and Malaysia, just to name a few. For a more complete list, check out WeWOOD’s Reforestation Projects page at www.we-wood.us. Human impact like unsustainable farming and ranching have added to the devastation of deforestation on top of wildfires, drought, OUTHREADMAG.COM | 205
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effort to replant our forests and save the world, you can purchase a wristwatch or pair of eyewear from WeWOOD or make a donation.
If that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, check out American Forests and Trees for the Future to learn more about how to be environmentally conscious, or
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RANT/RAVE ILLUSTRATION BY SAMANTHA GÜT
BY LESLIE MILKIE
I will start this off by saying this: like most, when I saw a bodysuit for the first time I thought, “How cute!” I longed to wear one of those bad boys the next time I was out on the town. I immediately pulled out my phone and began searching for stores that carried the coveted one-piece wonder. However, after testing out the waters, I have developed other opinions. I am officially anti-bodysuit. Bodysuits reinforce the constant struggle for varying body types to find well-fitted clothing. Most of the styles are ideal for those with voluminous cleavage, and so the crowd who falls short has an issue right off the bat. If you’re too short, the top part of the bodysuit could be too big, making the suit indecently revealing. Meanwhile if you are too tall, the bottom tends to find its way into less-than-comfortable areas. Not having the option to wear a bra for deep V-cut styles also raises angst; (the constant checking for nip-slips gets really old, fast). Going to the bathroom is a constant struggle. Having to button and unbutton takes time — but then again, having to remove the whole thing to take care of your business is just as annoying. Is this a joke? Does my mom have to feed me too while I wear this onesie? Sizing constantly varies with bodysuits as well. A small at one store could fit a size 8, but another designer’s small could be snug on a size 2. Although many seem to love them as going-out garb, I will be giving bodysuits a huge thumbs-down. I plan to faithfully stay away from them and anything close in the future. 208 | THREAD
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BY SAMATHA BASINGER
At first, I was a bit skeptical of the bodysuit when I began seeing it pop up in emails from my favorite stores like Express and H&M. The idea of it was foreign to me. The last time they were this popular was long before I even existed. What could be so great about something our mothers donned proudly in the ‘80s with their leg warmers and neon makeup? What could be so sexy about clothing that resembles the onesies we sported in our early infancy? The only valid explanation is this: in a bodysuit, both comfort and style are achievable. This can’t be said about very many of our other closet staples, particularly the clothes we associate with going out. That being said, the bodysuit is also a secret weapon when it comes to stubborn weight around the waist and hips, giving the illusion that the area is slimmer when the suit is tucked into pants or skirts. Ditch the discomfort of waist trainers and Spandex shapers and accentuate your curves in a one-piece. The bodysuit is also known for its versatility — wear it with your favorite jeans to class, and then trade them for a classic pencil skirt to take on the night. It’s so easy to dress up or dress down and is so effortless to wear, it simply is a must-have for all. If you’re still unconvinced, there are tons of styles available — from Forever 21 to Urban Outfitters to Free People and beyond. Keep an open mind and you are bound to find a one-piece that flatters your body and suits your individual style. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 209