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hauteonline nerd boyfriend NerdBoyfriend.com is a source of iconic inspiration for guys who need a fresh take on their day-to-day look or for girls who want to buy their boyfriends a few wardrobe staples. Run by Roxana Altamirano, the site posts photos of classically well-dressed actors, musicians and other men who knew how to turn a few heads throughout history. Featured on the site are Gregory Peck, Elvis Costello, Truman Capote and even an Annie Hall-esque Kermit the Frog.


THUMBNAILS Each post has a picture of an iconic man wearing trend-setting apparel. Below the picture are thumbnails of sweater vests, corduroy pants and accessories that replicate his outfit. The thumbnails lead to websites where you can purchase clothes that are nearly identical to the originals.

NERDGIRLFRIEND.COM Also worth checking out is NerdGirlfriend.com, the newly-launched women’s counterpart, featuring icons such as Gilda Radner, Jodie Foster and Phylicia Rashad. Whether you buy the suggested clothes or merely take inspiration from them, Nerdboyfriend.com is sure to get your style creativity flowing.


polish my crown “Polish My Crown: a Queen’s Guide to an Extraordinary Life” is a blog for... well, crown polishing. Creator and OU grad Andi Teggart has established a quick and simple resource for whenever your soul needs a little touch-up. And it’s no secret that once in awhile, we all do. With heavy emphasis on self-love, “Polish My Crown” shares Andi’s essential philosophy of positivity. Radiating joy and respect to those around you is a lesson we all need to learn—and this blog is a crash-course in those subjects. -MADDIE GAITHER

MOOD BOARD Mood Board posts focus in on a single idea or concept and highlight it with the use of images. Fur, for example, might include vintage photos of Kate Moss in a shaggy white coat, a bearskin rug accenting a loft apartment, or photos from a designer’s latest collection.

POSITIVE THURSDAYS Each Thursday brings a list of items Andi is thankful for. These “Thursday Thankful Lists” include little things often taken for granted: circle scarves, early morning brunch dates and the generosity of strangers.

WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY Who doesn’t need a little middle-ofthe-week boost come humpday? Each Wednesday, Andi shares inspiring quotes and stylish images to match. Think Pinterest meets advice from your best gal pal. Genius! OUTHREADMAG.COM | 5

wendy’s lookbook Inspiration. Imagination. Fashion. These three words sum up WendysLookbook.com to a tee. Wendy Nguyen grew up in foster care, studied hard in high school and never gave up her dream of going to college. She was accepted into University of California Berkeley and moved to college the same day she was emancipated from the foster system. Wendy’s life is nothing less than a Cinderella story. Wendy created her own inspiring fashion blog showcasing street fashion that appeals to the everyday woman. Her lovely style includes many seasonal layers, utilizing sweaters, scarves and blazers. Wendy’s Lookbook helps women to create their own self-expression through what they’re wearing. The styles are easy to recreate and inspire the incorporation of personal flair. -ALI SHULTZ


The YouTube tab is convenient for the aspiring fashionista. It is linked to Wendy’s YouTube channel, where she provides plenty of fashion tutorials on hair, clothes and accessories. Her “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes” video is especially informative and creative!

OUTFITS/BAGS & SHOES TABS The Outfits tab shows Wendy’s styles, all of which showcase comfy yet put-together layered looks. The Bags & Shoes tab is similar, highlighting accessories that can be paired with any outfit. Wendy features everything from cute TOMS to beautiful Chanel bags, to classic Christian Louboutin heels. n 6 | THREAD


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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo The film may have closed out the year, but talk of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book and film series has spilled over into 2012. Among the chatter is the Lisbeth Salander-inspired GWTDT line for H&M. Centered around a dark color scheme of burgundy, grays and black, with rips and lots of leather, some condemn the line for glamorizing sexual violence. Others, including the line’s designer Trish Summerville, believe it represents strength of character and the expression of individual style. Who says you have to be punk to wear leather?



Caught Red Footed

Christian Louboutin has said “Men are like bulls, they cannot resist the red sole,” and apparently neither can Yves Saint Laurent. The famous red bottom, synonymous with the Louboutin shoe since 1992 and trademarked in 2008, has grabbed the eye of more than just consumers and fashion fiends lately. Louboutin, who recently celebrated the anniversary of his brand, is still battling YSL over their use of his signature color, Pantone-18 Chinese Red, on the soles of their shoes in the 2011 Resort collection. Louboutin is waiting on the verdict of his appeal of the August 2011 court decision that claimed his trademark was too broad and hindered other designers’ creativity. Regardless if the verdict allows YSL to continue to use Louboutin’s signature sole, one thing is certain, I can’t afford a pair of either.





Chanel Under the Sea Enchanting shades of aquamarine, shimmering silver and bright cerulean highlighted the cherubic faces of Chanel spring 2012 runway models. A catwalk surrounded by white sand, shells and mounted coral set the stage to premiere the mellow underthe-sea look. Pure and entrancing, this up-andcoming makeup trend exudes innocence with white kohl liner, flushed peach-pink blush, blue hues and pearly white nails to achieve its celestial color palette. An ethereal mermaid-inspired visage, characterized by silver-flecked, sheer cream shadow in white, creates the radiant, dewy appearance of these mythical sea creatures. Complete the look of an Atlantis goddess by adorning your ears, stylishly slicked-back bun, or even your nose with pearls. Dive in and try this spring’s oceanic beauty trend.



Hungry for Fashion

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the latest “it” series, and with good reason: it features strong characters, a riveting plot and a splash of fashion. In honor of the upcoming movie, Lionsgate started an official fashion tumblr “Capitol Couture,” which features looks from wig-covered heads to Alexander McQueen toes. Besides photos of the high fashion available in the Capitol, the site also includes how-to guides for classy nails and job listings: “Do you have what it takes to be your district’s next stylist?” While no one can compare to Cinna, the general style of the Capitol is mind-blowing, but not quite as mind-blowing as the books themselves.



Pinterest Attention obsessive-compulsive internet junkies everywhere: your prayers have been answered. Enter Pinterest, a site where users can organize media according to themed boards of their choosing. This stylish mode of content sharing is called “pinning,” and allows one to peg, add or upload articles, photographs and blog posts to create image-based virtual inspiration boards. Every trendy techie’s dream, the site offers a forum for fashionistas, decoristas and artistas alike to post favorite recipes, outfit ideas, interior designs, shopping lists, DIY projects, and most popularly, wedding wishes. Forget Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr; Pinterest’s outlet for self-expression also makes for the most intense form of online addiction—for me, at least. Despite it’s recent growth, the site is still invite-only. Just don’t request to set up an account if you’re prone to procrastination.


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ali mazzotta Hey Threadies! Although this quarter may tempt most Athens residents to walk across College Green wearing outfits as dreary as the weather, this issue we’re daring everyone to lighten up. Take a look at our Pastels in Winter story for inspiration on how to bring illuminate a drab winter wardrobe with a palate of dreamy dessert hues. If you’re still not feeling sunny, our cosmetics section reveals how to maintain a lustrous glow amidst the dullness of the season. Remember, being bright isn’t just about personal appearance. Our Do-ItYourself sunburst mirror is just another way to radiate light when the snow falls outside. This issue also pays homage to Black History Month—featuring fashion icons who weren’t afraid to break racial boundaries—with the Black Leaders in Fashion feature on page 102. And this month, we’re all about simplifying winter weather-induced difficulties. Trouble deciding which style of snow tread is right for you? No worries. Thread has your feet covered in Taking on a Tundra. Not sure how to fit your bulky winter garments into a small armoire? Check out our closet organizer DIY to keep your seasonal sweaters and scarves in check. This issue we’re also excited to feature the congruent style of OU’s synchronized skating team. The girls have sparkle on and off the ice, and your last chance to see them perform this year is Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 10 | THREAD

p.m. in Bird Arena. As always, we’d like to thank Athens Underground and The Other Place for their continued support. Be sure to check us out on our new platforms, Instagram and Pinterest, and let us know what you think of the issue via Twitter and Facebook! Dress Sassily Athens, Ali Mazzotta



Editor-in-Chief Ali Mazzotta Managing Editor Catherine Caldwell

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Anna Luczkow

Riley Yuhas

Jesse Cadle

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Sarah Maloy

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Abel Araya, Brooke Bunce, Kayla Carpenter, Morgan Etheridge, Taylor Evans, Kaitlin Flaherty, Maddie Gaither, Tara Golenberke, Sarah Hider, Kaylyn Hlavaty, Nadia Kurtz, Scott Lambert, Bridget Mallon, Olivia Ohlin, Bradley Parks, Kathryn Potraz, Rachel Sayers, Ali Shultz, Kate Sierzputowski, Laura Straub, Camisha Vigil, Bentley Weisel, Kylie Whittaker


Sarah Balser, Kasey Brooks, Elizabeth Emley, Levi Finley, Kara Frisiha, Mary Hautman, Lauren Holle, Kate Irby, Michelle Kappeler, Audrey Kelly, Michael Maurer, Sarah Miller, Bethany Puterbaugh, Deanna Sakal, Meghan Shamblen, Becky Williams, Leah Woodruff


DESIGN ASSISTANT: Mikaela longo Lindsay Cherry, Emily Gardner, Alexa Hayes, Megan Hillman, Hannah Hitchcock, Chloe Hoeg, Rachel Keaveny, Tia Kropko, Linley Meyers, Danielle Morris, Allison Paglialunga, Dorrian Pulsinelli, Gina Ranalli, Marcie Richardson, Margaret Riedel, Kellie Sedgwick, Kathy Smidansky


Sophia Borghese, Brooke Bunce, Megan Carter, Ben Clos, Courtney Cohen, Aly Fossett, Shelby Gilgoff, Gretchen Greenlee, Scott Lambert, Lexi Lang, Katie O’Connor, Jazmine Reed, Seth Williams


Kate Irby, Rachel Swalin, Kylie Whittaker


Jordan Anders, Sara Andrews, Jocelyn Chiu, Ben Clos, Sydney Cologie, Hannah May, Kelly Hayes, Jenny Joseph, Hilary Johnson, Scott Lambert, Tina Mirabelli, Emily Pifer, Rachel Portik, Nicole Ranieri, Kyla Schmalenberger, Kellie Snyder, Anastasia Souris, Jerika Struewing, Megan Tyler, Christina Uehlein, Riana Upton, Brienna Weibel, Kylie Whittaker, Megan Valentine


Rachel Bailey, Philistar Bonyo, Melissa Burant, Ben Clos, Olivia Harlow, Kelly Hayes, Henry Kessler, Nadia Kurtz, Scott Lambert, Andy Meyer, Angela Pazaropolous, Eudora Peterson, Kelly Phillips, Jazmine Reed, Danielle Schneider, Victoria Simokay, Samuel Slame, Amanda Stefanik, Megan Tyler, Stephanie Vertal, Rob Wallace, Seth Williams, Jaime Yamanaka, Kelly Zabonik


Jonathan Adkins, Courtney Cohen, Sierra Holt, Colleen Kratofil, Bridget Mallon, Rachel Reilly, Kylie Whittaker, Seth Williams


Jonathan Adkins, Courtney Cohen, Sierra Holt, Colleen Kratofil, Bridget Mallon, Rachel Reilly, Kylie Whittaker, Seth Williams



Statement necklaces perfectly help construct any outfit. The gold accents bring out similar tones and add a sweet amount of glamour


runwayrealway Yigal Azrouël By MORGAN ETHEREDGE Photos by LEAH WOODRUFF


igal Azrouël’s fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection is characterized by long sleek silhouettes, blazers and jackets in a variety of cuts and a playful use of statement colors, like fiery auburn and deep turquoise. Classic blazers in predictable colors are given an excitingly modern edge when paired with a simple black belt to accentuate the waist, a crisp collared shirt and dark cyan or French rose cigarette trousers. Fitted sheer shifts, adorned with whimsical black feathers, reflect the round necklines popular in this collection, while wool pea coats strike in dark tangerine. An indigo pencil skirt lights up when paired with an asymmetrical blazer, a bold striped black sweater and coal black suede booties. It’s easier than it looks to rock Azrouël’s contemporary look on the sidewalks of Court Street. Match classic black blazers with jewel-toned pants or skirts and polish off with simple black shoes for a casual class look. For a more elegant Azrouëlinfluenced night-on-the-town ensemble, adorn a satin longsleeved top with a neutral fitted vest. Avoid looking too harsh by accessorizing with simple black studs, a delicate gold chain and thin neutral headbands.




ilded Age’s fall 2011 ready-to-wear Collection presents a myriad of fabrics and styles. While wool is paired with peek-a-boo plaid button-downs, combat boots are the staple, adorning every model that stomps down the runway. The line is characterized by a grunge mentality with a high fashion twist; the leather footwear and jackets bring an anarchic edge to every piece. A dark shadow is cast over the catwalk, as shades of gray, navy and black are accentuated by the occasional sudden presence of red plaid. One of the standout styles of the line is layering. Knitted vests and hooded pullovers are stacked on top of one another. Occasionally a belt cinches in the model’s waist. An additional sweater or flannel is not uncommon to find tied under the flaps of wool jackets and coats. Slouchy skater-style hats and scarves accessorize the already punk-y piled outerwear. To take the look from the fashion show to the real world, scour the local thrift store for grunge pieces; think Nirvana era-inspired flannel and combat boots. Dust the mothballs off your dad’s old sweater vest. If you’re not yet overheated, don’t be too intimidated to pull your favorite sweatshirt over your head and toss on a classic pea coat. Complete the look with a pair of dark wash jeans, slouchy chinos or cuffed cargos. If you haven’t had enough of Gilded Ageesque garments, you can always try out the shorts-over-slacks style, as tested out in the line. n


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What winter clothing item can’t you live without and why? “ I like jackets, I love my winter coats.” Would you rather look fashionable or be warm and why? “definitely fashionable.” What is your favorite article of clothing you have on and why? “My coat from Abercrombie and Fitch because it has lasted me several years and it is still in good condition.” Gloves or mittens? “Gloves.” 16 | THREAD

What winter clothing item can’t you live without and why? “I have to have gloves because my hands are always cold.” Would you rather look fashionable or be warm and why? “I would rather be fashionable and warm at the same time.” What is your favorite article of clothing you have on and why? “My boots from Marshalls, these are my second pair I have!” Gloves or mittens? “Gloves because I like to move my fingers.”






What winter clothing item can’t you live without and why? “This peacoat because it keeps me warm.” Would you rather look fashionable or be warm and why? “ would rather be warm and bundle up.” What is your favorite article of clothing you have on and why? “My shoes that I have on that are from Aldo because they keep my feet dry.” Gloves or mittens? “I have hybrid gloves that open up so I can use my fingers.”

What winter clothing item can’t you live without and why? “My black parka from Michael Kors because it is so warm.” Would you rather look fashionable or be warm and why? “I would rather look cute than be cold!” What is your favorite article of clothing you have on and why? “My scarf is one of my favorite because it’s a good accessory and it keeps me warm.” Gloves or mittens? “Gloves.”




What winter clothing item can’t you live without and why? “My pair of mittens that I can still use my fingers.” Would you rather look fashionable or be warm and why? “I would rather be warm for class, but for the weekends I will suffer for anything.” What is your favorite article of clothing you have on and why? “This peacoat because there is so much I can do with it.” Gloves or mittens? “Hybrid Mittens”


What winter clothing item can’t you live without and why? “ I like to wear heavy coats because I am always cold.” Would you rather look fashionable or be warm and why? “I would rather be warm because I already wear two pairs of leggings.” What is your favorite article of clothing you have on and why? “I like my green coat from H&M because of the style.” Gloves or mitten? “Gloves because it gets very cold here.” n



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hautedécor By BRIDGET MALLON photos by SARAH BALSER


hat you wear is one of the easiest ways to show a glimmer of who you are. But personal style doesn’t apply to clothes alone. Everything you surround yourself with fits into your style, including what you use to decorate your dorm, house or apartment. Fashion is a great way to get interior design inspiration and my blog will show you how to put the Haute Couture into your home décor.


Accessories are the easiest way to boost a simple outfit. Throwing on an armful of bracelets à la The Man Repeller (see page 114) or an eye-catching collar necklace adds interest and aesthetic appeal to any look. Accessories transform outfits. I wear four silver rings and a Michael Kors watch everyday, but add extra pops, like waist cinching belts, printed scarves and statement jewelry to take an outfit up a notch. Just as accessories can add that extra umph to any outfit, they can do the same to any room. While the accessories used in your abode may not be the rhinestone jewelry, fringed scarves or structured belts that you’re used to, they can be just as effective at adding interest to your home’s interior.


Wallpaper is no longer reserved for the bedrooms of babies and grandmas. With new punchy patterns and cool color combinations, wallpaper is the perfect way to add an instant appeal to your sleeping sanctuary. Whimsical wallpaper looks great when used on only one statement wall, or on all four walls, and can add light and depth to any space. 20 | THREAD


Kitchens are often overlooked when thinking of interior design; though many people do dream of gourmet kitchens, they forget about the easy updates that accessories can add in the meantime. One of the quickest ways to add appeal to a kitchen is to insert some graphic kitchen jewelry, like teapots and canisters, which are both functional and decorative. Look for brightly colored pieces or bold patterns to line the counters of your kitchen.


Living rooms open themselves up to a wide array of accessory opportunities. Candles, throw pillows, book ends, lamps, rugs and artwork all come into play when decorating living rooms. Looking for pieces that are colorful or utilize interesting textures and finishes can keep living rooms from falling into run-of-the-mill spaces. Keep a consistent feel or theme to avoid an unfocused, cluttered room.


Even if you don’t have a place of your own yet, you can still accessorize your temporary room. Removable wall decals are a great way to personalize any utilitarian dorm room with a movable piece of your personality. Sets of picture frames are another great way to add some personal touches to any dorm room with countless styles and sizes. So whether you’re looking to totally spruce up your space or just add a couple of new elements to a room, make sure you don’t forget the accessories. Taking the time to complete your room’s detailed decor ensures you can live your fashionable life in your fashionable home! n







Add a touch of glamour with an oversized fur coat. It gives the perfect amount of style, warmth and comfort to any winter outfit.



dressing fur winter By SCOTT LAMBERT Photography By AUDREY KELLY


any trends come and go each season but it seems that the practical and comfortable return to the fashion forum most often. This winter, fur is making its mark on fashion and has been finding its way into a plethora of winter apparel, outerwear and accessories. The trend slowly crept back onto many runways in the latter part of the 2000s and designers had no shame in bringing it back in full force by showcasing beautiful fur pieces in many of this year’s fall and winter collections. Kate Moss closing the fall 2011 Louis Vuitton show in a black lace top with thick fur sleeves was a signal to many that fur was back in a bold, modernized way. The most coveted fur piece of this season is the fur vest, which has been recently popularized by the likes of Fendi. The design house has revamped fur with unique draping and patchwork prints to shed the stereotype solidified by the solid-toned furs of yesteryear. The

vest has become a favored women’s accessory for its versatility and comfort. Many retailers offer faux alternatives, making the luxury runway look highly accessible. Ann Taylor and Michael Kors both highlighted furry fauxs in distinctive prints and shapes for their fall and winter lines. Fuzzy accessories are also having a major moment this season. Gloves with fur-lined wrists and fur hats dramatize outfits and also pay homage to a historical style than has returned with a contemporary twist. Both the trapper hats and the Russian fur caps have inspired styles with trendier fur prints and more compact designs. Such accessories were a hit with fast fashion retailers like H&M and Forever 21, who brought the lavish look to the masses by fashioning them with faux fur. Fur scarves are making bold statements in both infinity and traditional styles. A fresh fur muffler can work to spruce up an old coat, but also makes a bold

statement when wrapped up and draped over a simple top. Known fur designer Adrienne Landau created simple, solidtoned pull-through mufflers for her fall collection this year. Style often goes to the wayside when temperatures drop below freezing. While knit hats may be a stylish step above ski masks, fur is an alternative to remain radiant even in the harshest of winter conditions. No longer reserved for the shoulders of Hollywood starlets or the coonskin hats of trappers, this season’s warmest trend is all about versatility. If still hesitant about taking the plunge into pelts, let retailers like Ralph Lauren change your mind. The designer offers a gamut of coats, vests and accessories both in prints and solid colors that are ideal for dressing up or down. Certainly not grandmother’s mink coat, the modern fur garments create endless possibilities to expand your wardrobe and help you stand out in a worldof weary winter wear. n





framedfashion the 'four-eyes' look is no longer geeky By BRADLEY PARKS Photos by LEVI FINLEY


ot a soul can argue against glasses’ functionality. Some people wear them only to catch up on some reading, while others must wear them at all times to distinguish between otherwise unperceivable blurs. Unfortunately for the latter, eyeglasses used to be a one-way ticket to nerd-dom. Now, however, more often than not, spectacles are becoming a staple for the suave and an accessory for the astute. With so many hip young bespectacled celebrities like Benjamin Franklin,

Susan B. Anthony, the Dalai Lama (the thirteenth) and Ludwig van Beethoven, who wouldn’t want to be throwing on a fashionable pair of glasses every now and again to add an extra pinch of class to an outfit? Specs are no longer reserved for wise men, classical composers and social activists. Stars such as Johnny Depp (collective swoon from the ladies) and Tina Fey (booming laugh from anyone with a sense of humor) grab for their glasses everyday. More and more, fashionable frames have been hitting the runways and, thus, resting on cheeks and noses far and wide.


CONSERVATIVE (SEMI-RIMLESS OR RIMLESS) Semi-rimless metal frames are rims ready for research. Perhaps the most intelligent of all styles of glasses, semi-rimless and rimless bring class to the classroom. Oftentimes these frames hide the appearance of glasses down to the quick flicks of light reflections. Semi-rimless and rimless frames can be either plastic (see: Versace) or metal (see: Polo Ralph Lauren), either way creating a classy look. Gold- and silverbased metal frames in this style become much like another piece of jewelry made to marvel at. On the other hand, there are plastic semi-rimless specs, popularized by one Dr. Bob Stewart, that are a bit more daring. Ladies and gentlemen can match these frames with anything business casual to achieve a relaxed but professional look.

NEUTRAL (THICK PLASTIC FRAMES) What seems to be the most popular frame today, thick plastic frames can be the go-to glasses for anyone. These frames are often the most practical in black, brown or tortoise shell as these colors are neutral. Whether dressing up or dressing down, a quality pair of plastic frames is for wearing every day. Warby Parker is a brand that comes to mind when looking for stylish and accessible plastic frames. This brand offers a complete set (frames and lenses) for just $95. Perhaps the best part of these specs is the durability. When properly cared for, these glasses can become a wardrobe staple.

DARING (BIG FRAMES) Last but not least, the controversial “geek chic” over-sized frames. These are the most likely frames to raise the question, “Do you really need those?” Large frames were daring post-1980s Sally Jessy fad, but it seems over-sized frames have reentered the high fashion sphere. Athletes such as two of the Big Three for the NBA’s Miami Heat, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, have been known to make a big statement in postgame press conferences (pun intended). From Cities Aviv-esque sweatersnapback combos for men and man-repelling getups for women, over-sized frames crave attention and never fail to attract the spotlight. n







control your winter frizz By LAURA STAUB Photos by MARY HAUTMAN


espite the fact that body heat is not, in fact, lost from an uncovered head, don’t be afraid to use this misconception as an excuse to sport the hautest hats this season. Although hats are a fashion “do,” flattened roots, creases, frizz and static are definitely fashion ‘dont’s.’ But don’t shy away from your beret or beanie just yet; there are many simple remedies to combat our archnemesis hat hair. The battle against hat hair begins in the shower. “Washing your hair helps,” jokes Kate Kandel, a stylist at Attractions Salon. However, deep conditioning treatments and leave-in conditioners are not only great for your locks, they also help prevent a frizzy mess under your cap. Kandel also suggests a cold-water rinse at the end of your shower to close off the hairs’ cuticles to give that mane a shiny hue. Also, make sure to stay indoors until hair is completely dry; the cold weather outside contributes to frizzy tangles. When styling hair in the morning, go for wavy or textured tresses to hide any creases a hat may cause later in the day. Flat ironing makes your hair static-y, and the cling will only be magnified if a hat is removed, even for a second. Use this as an excuse to test out a fishtail braid; they are a great way to blend any creasing. Blunt bangs should be swept to the side when wearing a hat, so they aren’t matted onto the forehead. Before putting on a hat make sure it’s one that fits correctly. Ill-fitting hats cause even more creasing and frizz. Fleece or cotton caps are lighter and less prone to static, so consider these materials when shopping for new headpieces. Kandel suggests styling hair around the hat, and spraying it with static guard before putting it on. For extremely static-y hair try spray32 | THREAD

ing a brush with static guard and running it through the hair. If you already have a bad case of hat hair and you just can’t keep your beanie on any longer, stay calm, and hold your head high; there are still ways to tame twisted tresses. By removing or adjusting the hat every 10 to 30 minutes it will keep the hair underneath fresh and nicely styled. If the hat has been on all day, Barb Johnson, a stylist at the

...a cold-water “rinse at the end

of your shower to close off the hairs’ cuticles to give that mane a shiny hue.” Rapheal’s Aveda Salon on Court Street, suggests keeping a few fabric softener sheets in your pocket and running them through the hair after removing a hat. Another product she suggests to keep on hand is a small bottle of hair spray to help with any static or flatness. Keep a volumnizing product on hand as well; Johnson suggests Aveda’s Pure Abundance line of products. If you forget your hair products at home, some hand lotion will suffice to clear up any fly aways. Another surefire way to keep hat hair at bay, jokes Johnson, “Just keep the hat on all day.” Fortunately she has yet to see a mane too mangled for these tricks to fix. n




winterglow By LAURA STAUB Photos by KATE IRBY


thens’ sunless winter wonderland means we have one thing to look forward to: pasty, dry skin. The tanning salon beckons, promising a sun-kissed allure just in time for resort wear. But rather than bake in the UV rays—or spend a fortune on salon spray tanning—here are three tips to give your skin a healthy bronze glow this season.


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EXFOLIATION SCRUB The key to successful self-tanning is exfoliation. Using the right scrub in the shower before application will help reduce uneven, dappled results. Pay special attention to areas prone to dryness, such as elbows, knees, ankles and hands. Scrubs with salts, sugars or beads are best—these ingredients work to remove unwanted dead skin and create a smooth, even surface.

SELF-TANNING POST SHOWER Because gradual self-tanners offer control over the color, they work for all skin types from delicately pale to olive tones. When handling the tanning cream, wear gloves to prevent undesirable staining on fingers or palms. Also wash hands afterward to remove excess residue—but first apply a small dollop on top of your hands so they blend in with the rest of your body. Be sure to apply a moisturizer before the tanning cream. This will help the tropical glow to sink in and will reduce uneven color spots, especially on dry areas.

MAKEUP TECHNIQUES Now that the lotions are working to give you that gorgeous glimmer, don’t forget the final step to a sleek tan: makeup. Bronzers electrify your new shimmering skin tone, while blush pigments add a hint of color to highlight your cheeks. Look for cheek colors in shades of warm peach or rose petal. These colors will leave a splash of luminosity on your cheeks without detracting from your new Carribean bronze.


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FINAL TOUCHES Now that the base is set, spice up your eyes with shimmery powders. Warm shades with golds, browns and hints of deep mauve will compliment your radiant features. Following these steps will help you create a fresh-from-the-tropics tone, without damaging your skin at the local tanning salon. Some of these products will even improve the health of your skin, keeping it hydrated through the winter wind. n









lthough mint chocolate chip ice cream and strawberry sorbet aren’t traditional prerunway treats, it seems models were on a sugar high as they showcased collections for spring 2012. The soft voice of subdued shades spoke volumes on the catwalk as designers indulged in pastels to create demure silhouettes for their ready-to-wear lines. Pastel palettes have come a long way from the dim powder blue polyester suit dad wore to prom. Dusty rose, mint green, timid tangerine and mellow yellow illuminated the spring runways and will bring light to winter wardrobes. These color-blocked buttery shades and sugary monochromatic looks add a touch of color that will sweeten up bland style. Among many spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections, pastel shades cast their light with versatility. Musing The Great Gatsby character Daisy Buchannan, Ralph Lauren crafted delicate, romantic looks by layering flowing fabrics of muted apricots, jades and golds. At Versace, supple silks wispy as cotton candy emitted an ethereal air, while Louis Vuitton’s sheer chiffons added sex appeal to this otherwise innocent look. Jason Wu taste-tested the tart side to these treats using blossoming brights to soften bold looks, and the masculine blazers and sea foam trousers at the 3.1 Phillip Lim shows unveiled the structured side to this trend. Working these shades into a cold weather closet is as tempting as sampling the confections that inspired this crave-worthy color palette. Add surprising notes of spring to a classic camel coat by pairing it with pistachio green gloves or a lavender scarf. Revitalize nude crop tops and denim shirts by slipping into a pair of pastel yellow-cuffed pants from Forever 21. Adding a sprinkle 40 | THREAD

to the little black dress, a dewy-blue belt flavors the look and flatters your waistline. Though this trend may be of blush tones, these easy-on-the-eye ensembles never shy away from accessories à la mode, such as shimmering silver clutches and over-thetop iridescent necklaces seen in Antonio Berardi’s spring 2012 collection. While adding the ‘icing’ on the cake, be careful not to chip nails dipped in Essie’s Purple Play Date, Mint Candy Apple Green, Sweet Talker Blue and High Maintenance Pink polishes – the cherries on top to this season’s most scrumptious style. While most dentists will say treat yourself to jelly-filled macaroons and butter-cream cupcakes in moderation, devouring the delicacy of pastels this season will only hurt your wallet, not your teeth. n


“These colorblocked buttery shades and sugary monochromatic looks add a touch of color that will sweeten up bland style.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 41

closetorganized By NADIA KURTZ | Photos by MEGAN HILLMAN


inter mornings can be quite a hassle when trying to put an outfit together. Bundling up calls for cute coats, boots and scarves; however, trying to pack all these chunky accessories into a closet can be chaotic. Bulky winter clothing can quickly take over even the largest closet space, so keeping what space you have neat and organized is essential. Here are a few tips to cleanse cluttered closets:




Focus a closet detox on one season at a time. Take out spring/summer clothes and put them in a storage space to make room for more winter items, then remove and donate winter items that haven’t been worn in two seasons. Fasten pegs and hooks on closet doors to supply a place to store hats, scarves and jackets, instead of leaving them bunched up on a shelf or the floor.

Having multiple pairs of gloves without a method of organization can lead to mismatched pairs and lost gloves in a mess of other outerwear. Keep track of them with a little box on the floor or on a closet shelf, so they will be accessible when leaving in a rush.

Closet shoe organizers are extremely helpful for owners of many pairs of shoes. Shoes will stay protected this way and it will be easier to find matching pairs in the morning.




Stack crates either on the floor of the closet or outside the closet to store boots and umbrellas. Doing this will prevent a wet, muddy mess on the closet floor.

Coats should be kept on hangers or a hook for accessibility, and folding bulky sweaters on the top shelf increases hanger space. Wooden hangers are ideal to hold heavy jackets, as they are less likely to break, lose shape or tear fabric. After following some of these tips, your closet should be free of clutter, and clothes should be easily accessible. Mornings will be much more stress-free when trying to put together complicated winter outfits. n



e id chignon


sophisticated and classy By BENTLEY WEISEL Photos by MEGHAN SHAMBLEN


hile we may lack the celebrity status to walk down the Red Carpet, a glamorous up-do fashions well into daily life. Even if the most exclusive thing on your agenda is walking to class. The side chignon is a popular hairstyle among celebrities ranging from Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad to Marion Cotillard. This style has become a go-to-do for any occasion and can be fashioned in seven simple steps.




Depending on the natural texture and tendencies of your hair, wash and blow dry it accordingly. Remember, it is much easier to work with dry-textured hair, because it holds curls and product better for up-dos


Use a wide curling iron to go over large sections of dried hair. The key is not trying to achieve the “perfect curl,” but rather a soft, smooth wave focusing on top layers.

supplies 3/4-1 in. Wide Curling Iron Rounded Straightener or 1/4 in. Curling Iron Comb for Teasing Bobby Pins and/or Hair-Tie Hair Spray Hair Accessories


Once you complete the curls and let them cool, shake out your head for volume, then spray the locks lightly with hair spray. *Letting the curls cool is key, because if you attempt to style them while warm, they will fall*


Next, add some height to your roots by teasing them with a fine-tooth comb. Tease by selecting and separating a top layer, then brushing the comb downward on the bottom layer until teased.


After you’re satisfied with your hair’s height, fashion it in a low, side-ponytail by twisting and pinning hair with bobby pins along the nape of your neck in the process.


Take small- to medium-sized sections of the ponytail and add tighter curls and teasing to maximize volume. Then begin pinning those pieces with your bobby pins into curls around your ear area.


Lightly spritz your whole head with hair spray then scrunch the curled ends of the chignon until it feels settled and stylish. n


Feel free to add hair accessories such as flower clips, decorated pins, or ribbons to compliment your new side chignon style. Smile as you walk to class with hair worthy of a starlet, knowing that you did it yourself.



sunburstmirror By OLIVIA OHLIN Photos by LAUREN HOLLE


a glamorous touch of spring



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supplies: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

40 paint stirrers (Lowe’s gives them out for free!) Square wooden base (or a piece of scrap wood) Spray paint Picture hanger Gorilla glue or hot glue (or any super-adhesive glue) Exacto knife 7-inch circular mirror 7-inch embroidery hoop


n the land of bipolar weather—better known as Ohio—the forecast always seems to have a mind of its own. One day, faces are nearly frostbitten by snow and whipping winds, while the next, it feels like springtime. The weather may be unpredictable, but there is a fun and easy way to have constant sunshine at home: a sunburst mirror! This mirror may not give you a tan, but it is a way to reminisce about the lazy hazy days of summer while adding an elegant and functional decoration to the wall.


step one Arrange the paint sticks around the mirror to decide how many will be needed to create the sun beams. We assembled one layer around the mirror, then placed another layer on top of the existing sticks and in between the gaps.

step two

step three

Select your spray paint. We used bronze and antique gold colors, but feel free to choose your own color palette. This mirror would look great in an antique wash, crackle finish or even multi-colored.

Paint all of the sticks. One layer of paint on one side of the sticks did the trick, and they dry relatively fast. Remember to also spray paint the wooden base and embroidery hoop so that no bare wood is shown.

step four Secure the picture hanger behind the wooden base. This is easier to do before all the paint sticks are attached.



step five

Apply glue to the back of the mirror and stick it to the center of the wooden base. Rearrange the layers of sticks again and start gluing. The gorilla glue is very strong, so a small amount is plenty.

step six After gluing on all the sticks, finish off the project by gluing the embroidery hoop on top of the second layer of sticks, aligning the mirror. This polishes off the project by covering up all of the little gaps around the mirror.

step seven If necessary, use an exacto knife to clean up excess glue that may have seeped out from under the sticks.

All that is left to do is find a good wall spot and hang up your piece of sunshine! n




Written By RACHEL SAYERS Photography By LIZ EMLEY

ce pellets spew forth from the cacophony of blade to ice. Jazz music fills the air, effectively transferring the mood to a time of night clubs, cabaret shows and excess. The twelve graceful dancers engage in near-perfect synchrony, as they effortlessly twist, stroke and glide their way across the glossy surface of Bird Arena. With a swish of skirts and glimpse of fishnet-covered thigh, the Ohio University Synchronized Skating Team takes to the ice in a captivating dance that closely parallels 52 | THREAD

the seductive cabaret shows that once dominated 1930s Berlin. “We designed our costumes after the show Cabaret,” explained Megan Knowles, the team’s student-coach. “We wanted it to make an impact, but we also had to be sure it was appropriate for wearing on the ice. Everything must flow together flawlessly.” The skaters travel with effortless grace. Each move filled with a harmonic strength and agility. This sort of meticulous form comes only with twice-weekly on-ice training, supplemented with an hour of ‘syn-

who, what, wear chronized walking’ in the gym. As a result, the girls’ legs are long, lean and muscular – perfect for the show-stopping outfits that adorn them. The team is judged out of six points, but it’s more about the overall impression left by the team. “The team that leaves the biggest impact is the one who gets the trophy, and that gold is - essentially - what we’re always striving for,” said Talli Topp, sophomore team president.


To achieve that recognition, the synchronized team dons a racy black number designed by Knowles. The rich black color is alluringly offset by a metallic draping, delicate silver buttons and fore-arm grazing gloves. The effect is enough to evoke the image of Liza Minnelli in her infamously lowcut ensemble, as she daringly hypnotized the men and women of Cabaret. “The judges must know what you’re skating to, even before the music starts,” Knowles said. “Every team has a theme: a way to stand out. For instance, the girls from Miami [University] did a Lady Gaga theme last year and although their skating was awesome, I think the look sort of offended the judges.” For that reason Knowles, the team’s inhouse clothing designer, decided to pursue a slightly more traditional guise for the Ohio University skaters. “We did really well last year with a sort of weather-themed program, but I felt like [Cabaret] would really resonate with the judges, especially seeing as [the movie] came out when most of them were young,” Knowles said.


As the synchronized sirens are well-aware, the process of choosing a theme is by far the easiest part of the rather lengthy costumedesigning process. Knowles, a senior majoring in Costume Design and Technology, has spear-headed the operation for nearly three years now and knows the process is anything but simple. The entire production, which closely mirrors that of the traditional clothing design

process, begins as any good idea does: with a vision. First, Knowles must draw an initial sketch for the costume, paying close attention to the cut and color of the fabric. The outline, which is subsequently sent to a partnering company, is returned to the budding designer with swatches of fabric and other varying details for the final product. Once the choices are narrowed down, the company produces a prototype that must pass Knowles’ inspection. When the sample has been altered – and both parties are happy with the result – a final submission is sent in. Within a few weeks, the company arrives with its precious cargo: the twelve outfits that will dazzle audiences from the ice-chilled floor. “There are a lot of rules when it comes to the outfits,” Topp explained. “Everything must be attached, no appliqués, no sequins, no rhinestones, pretty much nothing that could be dislodged.”

“THE TEAM THAT LEAVES THE BIGGEST IMPACT IS THE ONE WHO GETS THE TROPHY, AND THAT GOLD IS - ESSENTIALLY - WHAT WE’RE ALWAYS STRIVING FOR.”— TALLI TOPP These restrictions can create a rather daunting task for skating designers, who are taught from the beginning that skaters must sparkle and shine if they are to win. In retaliation to such strict demands, Knowles has cleverly worked a silver inset onto the black fabric, causing the spotlights to dance off the girls’ shimmering skirts.


Knowles’ mastery of fabric, unsurprisingly, extends far beyond the frozen waters of ice skating. Like so many young designers, Knowles has a passion for clothing that transcends into several areas of the fashion industry. “I like it all,” Knowles revealed. “I don’t want to just sew costumes for the rest of my life, or sketch a few designs. I want to move out to L.A. and eventually work on a television or movie set. That would be the dream.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 53

It was ambitions like these that sparked the work of several other fashion-forward figure skaters, the most notable being Vera Wang and Johnny Weir. They demonstrate what all real insiders already know: that good fashion can surpass all traditional expectations, and that good taste on the ice can lead to gold on the shelf. Perhaps by this point next year, designers will be sending their collections down sheets of ice rather than conventional catwalks; models may be donning high-heeled ice skates, much like the pair introduced in DSquared2 Winter 2011 collection. In this ever-changing industry it’s hard to tell, but if the good taste and powerful seduction shown by OU’s Synchronized Skaters are any indication, the transition won’t be too far off. n




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unday morning at 10 a.m., while most Ohio University students are still sleeping off their Saturday night, Lane Robbins, an OU graduate student studying journalism, is just sitting down on a meditation cushion, legs crossed, spine elongated, gaze open and ready to begin his weekly ritual. Maroon mats and cushions spread across the hardwood floors facing the traditional Tibetan altar, which is set with several small bowls of water, incense, offerings of flowers and food and a picture of the Dalai Lama, alongside other spiritual leaders. Robbins is joined by other members of the Tibetan Buddhist Study Group in the neighborhood dance studio where the Athens KTC, an acronym in several languages about the practice of working towards enlightenment, regularly holds meetings on Sunday morning to meditate, discuss and study. While there is a core group of followers who have come each week for years, there are often newcomers, said Tom Erlewine, creative director for a local business, who founded the organization in his living room with his wife, a nursing instructor at OU, seven years ago. At first only local Athenians attended the meetings, but in recent years there have been more students from OU and Hocking College dedicating their Sunday mornings to meditation. “I think it’s cool to see students in the group, sometimes there seems to be a generational gap with Buddhism and meditation groups,” said Robbins. “So it’s nice to see young people who are interested.” The meetings start off with 50 minutes of Shamatha, calm abiding meditation, before everyone breaks for coffee or tea and sometimes zucchini bread. “We’re all coffee addicts here,” said Erlewine, laughing. The morning ends with 45 minutes of study and discussion. “It’s all very casual,” said Stephen Kropf, the group’s advisor. Buddhism in the West is a relatively new practice, finally making a mark on American culture 2,500 years after Buddha first found enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in northern India. Zen Buddhism exploded

in popularity in the 1960s, according to BuddhaNet. Though Buddhism has been adopted by millions of people and entire cultures across the world, the traditional principles behind it – the Three Jewels – remain sound. The Three Jewels are the Buddha, the spiritual leader, the Dharma, the teachings and the Sangha, the community. According to BuddhaNet, these are the most esteemed elements of the religion.


Meditation is an important part of the practice of Buddhism, but it is only a tool … the objective in Buddhism is the elimination of suffering and we accomplish that through control of the mind.“ ­—Stephen Kropf

For many, the draw of Buddhism is a desire for balance. Buddhism advocates following the Middle Path, or working toward neutrality and being centered. Others seek the liberation that Buddhism can provide by allowing devotees to shed their fears and inadequacies and seek refuge in the Three Jewels, writes Jamgön Kongtrül in his commentary in the book The Light of Wisdom. Meditation itself is another common initial attraction to Buddhism. The word for meditate in Pali – the language of the oldest Buddhist texts – fittingly means “to grow,” reveals BuddhaNet. Many find that sitting silently with the spirit, focusing on the “real being” can be an incredible spiritual journey and an important growing experience. “Meditation is an important part of the practice of Buddhism, but it is only a tool … the objective in Buddhism is the elimination of suffering and we accomplish that through control of the mind,” said Kropf. “It will be kind of interesting for you to realize how quickly your mind goes skittering off again like some drunken monkey.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 59

Robbins tries to meditate daily. Buddhism “pretty much is my whole life,” he said. But to him, there aren’t many differences between his Buddhist lifestyle and that of the typical college student. “It’s just about being responsible and being awake or aware of whatever we’re doing every day, whether it’s 60 | THREAD

going out or doing school work or meditating … just to bring some awareness to that.” Meditation has had an exceptionally positive effect on Robbins. “I feel like it kind of keeps my mind sharp and spacious, also loving and more accepting of things,” he said. Along with weekly meditation meetings,

the Athens KTC hosts a spring retreat in cooperation with the Columbus KTC. They also bring in Buddhist teachers several times a year. Last year, the Tibetan Buddhist Study Group hosted a lecture by the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, an important Tibetan Buddhist teacher.

“It isn’t like evangelism, it’s not like trying to bring something to the masses. It’s making it available,” said Erlewine. “It’s a good thing to have it available, and that’s what we’re able to do.” n







n a Saturday evening at the gym, most people are just dropping by to shed a few pounds. The frantic locomotion from peddling ellipticals makes it hard to hear the crack of swords down the hall. Ping’s combative room is home to one club sport whose members are adorned in dark indigo robes and full body armor for their workout. These shadowy figures appear to be rehearsing a scene out of Star Wars, but as members of the Ohio University Kendo Club, these “Jedis” are actually practitioners of the ancient Japanese art of fencing. Kendo, meaning “the way of the sword” is a martial art that emerged out of Japan’s feudal era in the 12th century. Today the practice of Kendo is still deeply rooted in the country’s history and carries forth the rituals of its culture and tradition. The philosophies of the prominent military class of the day Bushido, known as “the way of the warrior,” are reflected in a Kendoists’ presentation of the art, including their use of proper attire.


The Kendo teams’ uniforms do not only signify solidarity, but rather a deep commitment to the art through an understanding and immersion into its culture. Their warrior garb consists of seven principle pieces. OU Kendoist Garrick Rosario explains the basic first layer is a gi or a robe, and a hakama; a pair of wide leg pants that look more like a skirt. “In feudal Japan, these would have been just everyday walking around clothes,” said Rosario. The two undergarments blend into one flowing body suit whose consistency emphasizes their bare feet. The au naturale look of the feet supporting a body of armor softens their appearance. Sitting down in a line on the floor the members apply the five essential pieces of armor or bogu. Their relaxed seated position accents the Kendoists’ calm and steady approach to combat. Covering the gi, they strap on a do, or armored plate, made of graphite and steel to protect the chest, torso and stomach. The reflective black 64 | THREAD

shield morphs their midsection and gives it a futuristic knight look. Below, they tie a waistband that is sectioned off into three protective flaps. The middle flap identifies the club, or dojo, as OUKC, like a jersey, and written vertically are the members’ respective last names in Japanese and their English equivalents. Although there may not be heavy Vader breaths through the vents, in battles Kendoiosts’ let out loud “yah’s” called keias as they strike their opponents. A strong keia is as important to winning a point in a match as an actual spar. Completing the ensemble are the kote, or heavy gloves. The members of the team then draw their shinais, a long sword traditionally made of bamboo, and are ready to dual. All of this armored gear does not hinder their swift movements and nimble footwork. Hesitation is part of the art, because Kendo is about precision of the hit, said Rosario.


The appearance of Kendo is a paradox in that as a weapons-based sport brute force is usually expected, but finesse and a calm demeanor are necessary for success. “We focus a lot not just on the physical, but the mental challenge of centering your mind and yourself,” said senior Elizabeth Linares, president of the club. This bond between appearance and physical performance is clear once a basic

“We focus a

lot not just on the physical, but the mental challenge of centering your mind and yourself.” - ELIZABETH LINARES


understanding of the history and culture are grasped. Although they practice as a team, matches are individual. “It’s kind of funny because we all look alike but we have our own individual style,” said Linares. A Kendoists’ personal style is conveyed in their tenugui, which is a thin towel that is worn underneath the men. In matches, Linares can be spotted in a crowd by the bright pink that peeks out from her men. As one of only two girls on the team she takes pride in her “girly tenugui.”

HONORING THE TRADITION Assembling the uniform signifies


progression in the art. As a competitor advances, more pieces of the ensemble are purchased and understood. Since the entire uniform ranges from $400 to $500 dollars, and the club does not receive any subsidies for their equipment, most people are a quarter into their practice time before they buy the uniform and bogu, says Linares. Buying the uniform symbolizes a commitment to sport. Just as important as the replication of proper attire, many core virtues of the ancient lifestyle are relevant in modern Kendo through the respectful treatment of the garb. The armor and uniform are meticulously disassembled and folded properly after each practice.

who, what, wear “To sit there and fold your gi and hakama correctly is part of the entire tradition of discipline,” said Rosario. As part of the traditional presentation the hakama must have pleats. Linares explained in Bushido culture the pleats are symbolic of the seven principle values. “They are part of the overall aesthetics of the art, it’s like showing up to soccer practice without your cleats and you just brought some really old tennis shoes,” she said. Professor and advisor to the club Jay Eungha Ryu has been practicing Kendo for 31 years and links both the importance of appearance to practicality in the sport. “It takes several years to find out the best

uniform fit so we should learn how to fit ourselves into the uniform, not the other way around,” he said. If the hakama is too long you may step on it and fall and this could be very dangerous. “A neat uniform does not necessarily mean that a person does Kendo well; however, whoever is more experienced or more concentrated maintains his or her neat outfit,” said Ryu. All the layers of the uniform are essential to understanding the art and the participation of both the mind and body. “The devil’s in the detail with Kendo, even today there is this culture of standing out while still blending in,” said Rosario. n





Previous page: add suspenders to your pantsuit for a sleek, sexy twist on a usually static outfit. This page: adding a splash of pink gives an outfit the instant pick-meup. Teal top, $13, Athens Underground.



Blue and white dress, $20, Athens Underground. 72 | THREAD


The standard LBD can go beyond satin and cotton fabrics: vamp it up with leather. And a vibrant red pump takes any dress to new heights. 74 | THREAD

A peacoat popping with color can make a winter outfit go from drab to fab. Though vibrancy can make a statement, a deep tone avoids campy vibes.



With bold colors, try adding a pair of nude pumps. White sequined top, $8, orange skirt, $10, Athens Underground.






Pleats make dresses more whimsical and easy. Twirling in this two-toned number makes for a beautiful outfit. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 81


Lace is a subtle yet solid way to add femininity to an outfit. Headbands also add understated bohemian vibes to any look.


Tiara (actually a necklace), $18, white dress, $50, The Other Place. 84 | THREAD


Liquid leggings contrast textures and add style instantly. It’s a staple statement piece that can every color. 86 | compliment THREAD

Neutrals make for a great staple in any closet. They can be paired with statement pieces, bold colors and interesting textures seamlessly. Gray and white pleated dress, $49, The Other Place.






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No soldier is complete without her badge of plaid and layers of dark tones.


Camo isn't just for hunters anymore. When paired with studded accessories and combat boots, the pattern is more cosmopolitan than country.








Romantic comedies are typically characterized as asinine and predictable, but they are, after all, a guilty pleasure. Viewers are lured into the easily palatable world of two characters as they fall in love. Everyone knows what is going to happen in the end, but it’s all about the journey to get there ‌ and of course, the looks that made love happen.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY When Harry Met Sally is a classic 80s Meg Ryan chick flick. High pants and loafers were all the rage, and even today, they’re making a comeback.



Julia Roberts transforms from scandalous to sophisticated in Pretty Woman, but her high boots are always in fashion. And of course, the classy man is always clad in a suit.

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BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Brokeback Mountain features the best of the West. Throw on a flannel to make any night a western occasion.


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BLACKLEADERS in fashion breaking racial boundaries By BRIDGET MALLON, Photos by KATE IRBY


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trutting down the catwalk it seems as if every model looks the same. For years, a certain stereotype has dominated the world of fashion: long, shiny hair; tall, thin physique; and slightly tanned, white skin. Although fashion shows and magazines still tend to employ a disproportionately large number of Caucasians, there are standout African American men and women who have fought to add diversity to the industry and succeeded.

“The blonde, California bombshell is definitely beautiful, but it’s not the only look that is beautiful,” said Seaira Christian Daniels, a liaison officer for the Black Student Union and the current Miss Black and Gold for Ohio University. “Seeing healthier body types and more diverse faces — it’s always great to see that.” When someone does stray from the stereotypical model look, the results can be phenomenal. In 1974 the only women who had ever graced the cover of the “fashion bible,” Vogue, were white, but in August of that same year, the magazine changed forever. Beverly Johnson, lauded as the world’s first black super model, was also the first black woman to have her face featured on the cover of Vogue. After her first agent told her she could never achieve her goal of becoming a Vogue cover model, Beverly joined a new agency and worked tirelessly to make her dream a reality. “It’s kind of hard for black models to get noticed because as black women, we’re not generally thought of as glamorous or the most beautiful,” said Whitney Clayton a senior studying magazine journalism and a former fashion intern for Seventeen. “So Beverly Johnson getting the cover of Vogue was a big deal because there was a woman of color being

seen as glamorous and worthy of being on the cover of the biggest fashion magazine.” Seeing a black woman’s face on the most popular magazine at the newsstand caused a sensation throughout the country. Beverly became a household name and a venerable fashion icon. The New York Times Magazine ran a feature on her historical cover and her career in which she proclaimed: “I’m the biggest model, period.” That self-confidence helped propel Beverly to the ranks of super model. During her career, Beverly appeared on the cover of more than 500 publications and sashayed down the runway for top designers including Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Halston. At the height of her popularity, Beverly’s success seemed to transcend race, as she became one of the highest paid models of the time. Seeing an African American woman gaining popularity and respect for her beauty opened the gates of the fashion industry for other minority models, designers and magazine editors. Beverly’s noteworthy success in the fashion industry sparked her even larger career. She was able to parlay her triumphs as a model into a film career and a hair product line,


becoming the first model/entrepreneur. The spokeswoman of countless campaigns, Beverly’s face helped change the culture of the fashion world. She made success in fashion an attainable goal for women of every race. On the business side, the diversity in campaigns markets products to a more multicultural audience. “It’s also good for business,” Seaira said. “I learned in class that African Americans take up 60-80 percent of the buying power in America, so appealing to a more diverse audience helps you because you’re appealing to the people who are buying.” Although Beverly was the first black super model to lend her face to countless products, magazines and fashion shows, she certainly wasn’t the last. At the same time Beverly was making her mark in the commercial fashion industry, Grace Jones was gaining respect as an avantgarde fashion icon. Grace’s androgynous look and fearless fashion choices made her a favorite of the leading photographers in the 70’s. Andy Warhol included Grace in his entourage and used her as a muse for several pieces. Grace never shied away from high fashion, and although she never reached the same super model status as Beverly Johnson, she remains one of the most iconic black women in fashion. In the late 70’s Grace became a disco sensation and mainstay at Studio 54, where her glittery, risk-taking ensembles helped

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her fashion status rise even higher. “Grace paved the way for couture, androgynous, outside-the-box fashion in general,” Whitney said. “She marketed herself as a black woman who was androgynous… she paved the way for a lot of people, even people like Lady Gaga and Madonna.” The 1970s proved to be a time of great opportunity for black models like Beverly and Grace. Model scouts and photographers further rebelled against the beauty standards of the time by seeking out more international beauties. One photographer discovered the woman who would become a fashion sensation, Iman, while Iman was studying at the University of Nairobi. Iman packed up and left her home country of Somalia to come to New York City to become a working model. Though the photographer who discovered her tried to sensationalize the story by claiming that he found her living in the middle of the jungle, Iman retaliated by signing with Ford models and becoming a favorite of countless designers and a mainstay of the most prestigious fashion magazines including Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Iman’s star status skyrocketed to the point where Yves Saint Laurent created a collection in her honor, called African Queen. “Besides being a glamorous supermodel, Iman gives back to the community, and she created her own makeup line,” Whitney said. “As a black woman, it’s hard to find makeup



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to match skin tone and that looks good. So to have someone who has been in the industry and uses that experience in creating makeup is great.” Black women broke the boundaries of white beauty both on the runway and off. “When you see something that looks like you presented as beautiful you make the association that you are beautiful too,” Seaira said. “If you don’t see anything out in the world reaffirming that you’re beautiful, you won’t believe it.” After the seventies, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks became sensations in the 1990s when they were the favorites of various fashion weeks. Tyra landed a landmark cover by becoming the first black woman to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Now, younger generations of models, like Chanel Iman, are able to book runway campaigns and magazine editorials without a stigma attached to their skin color. Magazine editors and fashion designers, too, were once completely white, and remain predominantly white. Andre Leon Tally, Rachel Roy and Tracy Reese are proving that diversity has a place in all aspects of the style sector. Both Rachel Roy and Tracy Reese are on the rise in the ranks of ready-to-wear designers. Rachel, who is black and Asian American, started as an employee of the Roccawear brand, but branched out to create the Rachel Roy line. Rachel’s pieces are known for their feminine touches and flattering shapes. The success of her elegant line has given her the chance to create an affordable line at Macy’s and work as an advice columnist for InStyle. “Seventeen did a lot with Rachel Roy’s line,” Whitney said. “It’s great that we got to show a multiracial designer’s clothes in that magazine.” Tracy also started her career at established fashion houses, like Perry Ellis, but after a few years of working for someone else, she had her own vision. She created the Tracy Reese line, showcasing girly pieces and nostalgic influences. Tracy created a second brand, Plenty by Tracy Reese, after her original line gained so much popularity. Plenty

infuses modern rock and roll styles with Tracy’s trademarked feminine style. A board member of the CFDA, Tracy shared her sartorial knowledge with some of the most popular designers of our time. “Tracy and Rachel have become a staple in the design community,” Whitney said. “It’s good to see that some people are getting commercial success as designers and not just being marketed as a ‘black designer.’” Women are not the only ones adding diversity to the fashion industry. André Leon Talley, one of the most recognizable men in fashion, has had his hand in the field for more than 25 years, and works to promote young designers, often of multicultural descent. André was the editor-at-large for Vogue for several years, and is now working as a contributing editor at the publication and has served as a judge for America’s Next Top Model. André is hard to miss sitting in the front row during fashion week, wearing outrageous couture coats, hats or kimonos. He is lauded as one of the most brilliant voices in fashion. “I think he pushed a lot of boundaries with his outfits. You don’t see a lot of men, especially black men, dress like him,” Whitney said. “He shows that clothes are not reserved for any specific size or any specific race; fashion is universal.” Countless fashionistas turn to André for advice, including the first family — he is the man who introduced Michelle Obama to Jason Wu, who created her inauguration dress. He also had a cameo in the first Sex and the City movie, one of the most fashion-focused films to date. Fashion has never been one-dimensional, various colors, shapes and textures are showcased every season. The black leaders of the fashion industry have worked tirelessly to ensure that the people behind the clothes avoid one-dimensionality by adding new viewpoints and heritages to the style scene. n


Tundra aking on

with winter boots By KAYLYN HLAVATY Photos by LEAH WOODRUFF


he winter season is officially upon us, and boots are one of the necessary essentials to handle the harsh terrain of slippery sidewalks and snow-covered brick streets. With any change in weather, it is time to transition from the stylish flats and sandals to footwear that is comfy and warm. The evolution of boots has come a long way, from the simple handmade snow shoe to numerous styles ranging from fur boots, equestrian riding boots, wedge boots and ankle booties. This season is all about the minimal trendy boot, both heels and flats, and the occasional statement boot. A boot originally created for practical purposes has expanded into a favorite necessity and statement piece for any wardrobe. Some people think the boot style concept was invented by a designer like Ralph Lauren. Surprisingly, the winter boot dates back 5,300 years ago. When the famous 5,300 year-old Otzi iceman was discovered in the Alps between Austria and Italy in 1991, he was wearing boots. Researchers and scientists discovered the earliest evidence of a pair of boots worn by the iceman that were made of grass and leather. As centuries passed and snow continued to fall, Native American tribes such as the Sioux and Cree tribes perfected the art of making the snow boot. They used animal skin and fur for warmth and protection, adding beads as an embellishment that resembles 110 | THREAD

today’s fringe boot. There are many styles of winter boots to go with any look, such as a grunge, edgy, sophisticated or statement boots. Each different style makes a statement about the outfit. For example, an over-the-knee leather heeled boot adds glamour with a bit of rock edge. This season, designer Balenciaga created a two-toned boot that’s salmon on one side and tangerine on the other. A touch of color livens up a monotone palette. This style of over-the-knee is more appropriate when going out at night, but can be worn during the day as a flat with no heel, because it is more casual for everyday attire. The ankle boot appears season after season in collections on the runway. Like boots themselves, ankle boots come in all different heights and materials. They can be embellished with fur or buckles, as was seen in 3.1 Phillip Lim and Burak Uyan. Ankle boots can be paired with straight jeans or a pair of leggings during the day, and it works both for classes or meetings. For an evening look, add opaque tights with a dress or a patterned high-waisted skirt. Steve Madden offers an affordable, diverse collection of boots, ranging in style to cater to even the pickiest boot shopper. Styles such as the platform bootie and the equestrian boot are especially popular in retail stores. When Ugg Australian brand became popular during the 90s, everyone from celebrities

to experts in the fashion industry took notice. The Ugg brand grew to represent both the relaxed and active lifestyle. Loyal buyers acquire the latest color or style and wear them repeatedly throughout winter. These boots are effective against the cold months and heavy snow falls. Another style of boot that provides elevation is the wedge. It’s more comfortable than the average heel and is versatile from day to night. Designers, such as Alejandro Ingelmo and Burberry Porsum, are presenting this style in various colors and textures. Salvatore Ferragamo designed the wedge heel in 1936 made with cork and wood because of a leather and rubber shortage, according to ehow.com. Taking off with the wedge design, brands and designers are giving their take on the wedge by creating the wedge boot. Nine West, Aldo and other affordable designers all have their own lift on the wedge. Pajar is designing durable, quality winter footwear with a touch of style for both men

and women. This family shoemaking business started in 1926 and has evolved into a world-wide model in design and manufacturer of fashion footwear. The boots are best known for being made of quality materials used such as leather, cow suede and wool to ensure the best quality for the winter months. Sorel makes boots that turn heads even when walking in a blizzard. Made with leather, natural rubber and suede, Sorel is taking a different twist on the typical explorer boot. These can be worn with any outfit, but they are more casual than other designer boots. Cate the Great, named after the Russian Empress, claims to keep feet warm even in 25 degrees below zero. These are perfect for snowy days, the slickest streets or deepest snow. Rubber in the boots enables recreational use, while maintaining a stylish, seasonal boot with fur and suede colors. One of America’s best known designers, Ralph Lauren, has been producing boots that

Layering socks on top of leggings allows warmth as well as style OUTHREADMAG.COM | 111

adapted to the American culture for 40 years and added a preppy, sophisticated touch. The signature leather equestrian boot is durable and perfect for winter months. They can be paired with jeans or leggings even when the ground is covered in snow. Winter boots were originally created for functionality, not style. During the 30s and 40s, winter boots appeared puffy and the structure was different than contemporary styles. They became popular for recreational use, such as hiking, skiing and snowboarding. Today, boots have revolutionized into many different styles, colors and purposes. Boots can flaunt unique heels, buckles or laces. For the prepared snow advocate in the winter, a pair of winter boots is just as

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important as having a warm winter pea coat. The ability to walk around the icy sidewalks in Athens is a key to enduring the hikes to class. Shiny patent leather flats, snakeskin pumps and leather riding boots may be ruined by the salt and snow by scratching or staining the shoe surface. As with anything in fashion, boots are changing season to season and vary with every designer. The accessibility to a variety of styles in stores allows consumers to take their pick and flaunt their own personality. Boots have evolved from animal hide foot wraps to a staple in winter closets. With all the dreary days ahead and snowy walks, winter boots can provide the excitement and make walking around in winter a little more bearable. n

Embellishments like buckles can accent a boot well, and accentuate its texture and color


givingwarmth coats for a cause

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hen the vicious winds of wintertime cause those painful chafed cheeks and stung skin, there’s nothing more comforting than being wrapped in a favorite thick, warm coat. The garment’s soft lining and protective covering instantly soothes frost-bitten limbs and shields the nastiest of snow storms. For some people in Athens County, though, this winter necessity comes as a privilege.

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in good fashion That’s where the Ohio University chapter of Mortar Board steps in. Together with University Program Council, Sigma Kappa sorority and other student organizations from OU, Coats for a Cause is setting out to collect new or gently used items for those that aren’t fortunate enough to cover up in wintertime’s essential extra layers. Because Athens County is one of the poorest counties in Ohio, there is a vital need for donations in the area. Mortar Board member Charleen Modeleski, stressed the importance of giving to those that need it most. “There are a lot of people in this town without coats,” Modeleski said. “We did this for the Athens community.” Mortar Board is a national honor society for college seniors. The group recognizes individuals that have exemplified success in scholarship, leadership and service. Meeting every two weeks, Mortar Board works to organize activities and events that will benefit both OU’s campus and the Athens community. Coats for a Cause is their quarterly charity event and was inspired by a similar clothing drive that takes place in Dayton, Ohio, called Carl’s Coats for Kids campaign. Mortar Board’s president, Travis Klingler, mentioned that a member of the organization spotted children wearing nothing to keep them warm, even in freezing temperatures. “We want to give back to the community that has given so much to us students the past four years of our college career,” Klingler said. “Our original idea was to collect coats and distribute them at the local schools. We couldn’t arrange a way to distribute coats at any of the schools; so, we modified our idea to donate the coats to a donation center.” Donations for the drive were collected from January 10 until January 20. Garments were placed in a box located outside of Baker University Center’s room 363. With the efforts of the OU students and community, more than 100 coats were collected in total. According to Modeleski, coats aren’t the only seasonal apparel that is in need of donation. “We’ll be accepting hats, gloves, scarves… anything warm!” After collection, the coats and accessories

“We want to give back to the community that has given so much to us students.” —TRAVIS KLINGLER will be donated to the Campus Involvement Center at OU, which then will donate the items to the Athens County Relief Initiative. In the wake of last fall’s devastating tornado that hit Athens County, students and administrators banned together the form the Athens County Relief Initiative. As part of the effort, donations of clothing, non-perishable food items and toiletries were requested in an attempt to offer assistance to the local community. Even though it has been over a year since the disaster, relief is still a vital for those in Athens County. Students and the Athens community should work endlessly to build a strong relationship that benefits one another, said Klingler. “Athens and its citizens are why Ohio University is such a great place to go to school. All of us students should want to give back to the people of Athens who have put up with us year after year.” Coats for a Cause will bring warmth and relief to children and adults that would otherwise be spending the harsh Athens winter without proper weather protection. By donating something as simple as a coat, a small comfort that is afforded easily by most students, the life of someone in need will become inexplicably brighter. n OUTHREADMAG.COM | 115

danish guys & ou guys By KATE SIERZPUTOWSKY Photos by KATE SIERZPUTOWSKY


enmark embraces lager, low lighting and luscious lads as it humbly boasts its qualifications for the happiest country on earth. This fall I was given the opportunity toexplore its Nordic territory, and in addition, its stylishly clad males. I interviewed a fewof the more handsomely attired as I searched to find the differences between Americanmen and my new foreign counterparts. Although the typical American man tends to dress in a “frat” style, the Danish sense of style has deep roots in their Viking history and “Jente Law,” a set of cultural rules denouncing anything too individualistic. Trends often accepted across counter116 | THREAD

cultures as “cowboybukser” (a literal translation being, ‘cowboy pants’) have increasingly come back in style, and a monochromatic color scheme of blacks and grays mirror the drab conditions that come with the gloomy Danish winters. Athens men tend to be less scared about standing out, but differ in which clothingcomponent they choose to express their inner style. You might find a man on College Street mixing up his oxford and khaki selection, while slim fit jeans are perfectly tailored around the legs of the more alternative set. Here are a few men I stumbled upon both within Athens and abroad that gave me a peek into their personal style attributes and level of fashion conformity.

the danes “TYPICAL DANE” MICHAEL THOMSEN What are some emerging Scandinavian trends? “On a normal day I do not think a lot about it, but biking back and forth between the university everyday means I don’t want to wear something that is too tight or uncomfortable. I want to feel the comfort but I am always thinking about the style. It is a mix. I think most Danish people feel the same way.” How would you describe your own personal style? “If I see something nice in the store, maybe if it is not something I would normally wear I will buy it and take it into my style. Even if my friends might laugh. I am also very into cowboybukser*.” *Danish word for jeans. How would you describe the Scandinavian look? “I don’t think Danish people want to stand out that much. For example, I don’t want to take on a pair of jeans that is purple. We wear mostly dark colors and common

colors. More and more people want to wear bright colors, it’s becoming more of a thing in Denmark.”

“MUSICIAN” THOR HOLMGARD What are your style inspirations? “I am very inspired by the front man of Metallica. He is almost always wearing black kinds of clothes, so I have mixed that with my own common sense, some comfortable shoes, and a color scheme that fits my stance, usually black, white and red.”

What are some emerging Scandinavian trends? “All of these guys are wearing the same type of things (like Carhartt beanies) but they are just replacing one thing to make it look different, but it looks nice.”

How would you describe your personal style? “My style has to be comfortable, simple, and usually is just tight black jeans because I feel most comfortable in them. I just hate when my pants are baggy, especially at the end. I don’t know why, but I think it just looks so stupid when the pants look like did back in the old disco days.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 117


What are some Danish cultural norms in association with fashion? Do you follow them? “People expect you to do something with your hair. I like wearing a beanie to go out even if I am being thrown out for it, because it will say more to me. When it happens that you get thrown out for that, its funny, because you get that reaction that you were looking for somehow.” How do Scandinavians infuse their personality into what they wear? “We attempt to infuse some of our Viking past into our outfits. We don’t feel like Vikings at all, but I think there are some Scandinavian rules that enter. I want to express my heritage in what I wear.” Do you consider yourself a hipster? “I am a hipster but whatever. I am balanced in what I think of myself. I think it is more

how hipsters feel.” What are your personal elements or attributes of style? “All the clothes I have now besides plain tshirts and underwear I buy new because they wear out. But shoes, jeans, sweaters and watches are clothing I want to wear until I can’t wear them anymore and then give them away to people that feel the same way. I want to feel the history.”


“If I’m going out or trying to impress anyone, I’m thinking style. If I have an important professor or a cute girl in my class I will try to dress up for that. However if its raining or I’m just going to the gym, its always comfort.” How would you describe your own style and how do you infuse your personality into what you wear? “My attitude and confidence shows in the way I dress. You have to know what you look good in. There are ways to not sabotage your wardrobe, or sabotage your look.” Are American men more independent in their style choices or more likely to follow the trends? “They are more likely to follow the trends. A lot of people in Europe have their own unique style, and I think that’s awesome. 118 | THREAD

Many people in America dress how their friends dress because it’s hard to break away without being judged in the US.” What are some of your style influences? “I have an older brother and he pretty much told me what was cool and what was acceptable. Some guys don’t realize it only takes five minutes to look ten times better.”

“MUSICIAN” JOHN KAMMERER “I hang out with a lot of musicians that are very influential. They have a very similar style to me. In that way, my musical personality fits into the way I dress.”

How would you describe your style and how to you infuse your own personality into it? “I like to think that I dress myself pretty decently. I don’t wear jeans and a ratty t-shirt everyday like a lot of the males I see do. I like to wear clothes that fit me well. I think almost anything will look good on you if it fits properly.” What are some of your style inspirations?

How do you attempt to stray from the conforms of the typical American male style? “When I think about the typical American male style I immediately think polo and blue jeans. I do not like wearing blue jeans. I wear skinnier fit shirts and pants, and this is something that most people of the typical American male style don’t do as much. They tend to wear baggier clothes.” “I like wearing a lot of vintage ’70s shirts. I have one that is a shiny nylon material that kind of has the ’70s swinger look to it. This is what I consider dressing up and going out, and not being too serious about it.”

“HIPSTER” JUSTIN KOHLAS Which ways do you conform? “I think that people look at me and think they have me figured out just by how I dress. That I look like an “indie kid” or “hipster”, which sucks. Hipster is a mentality, not how you dress.”

How do you attempt to stray from the conforms of the typical American male style? “I don’t really try to do anything. I basically wear the same pants every single day and I have always been a fan of button downs. I usually just wear them in a variety of colors, and pair them with old grandpa sweaters, merely for the fact that they are warm.”

Do you concern yourself more with comfort or style? “Comfort. I don’t wear really baggy pants, I hate the way they feel on my legs. I hate feeling like I constantly have to be pulling them up. I would rather have pants that just stick to my body.” How would you describe your own style and how do you infuse your personality into what you wear? “I like comfort, I am a very anxious person. Dressing comfortable is a good way to alleviate that. If I feel comfortable, and don’t look outlandish, it makes me feel better.” n OUTHREADMAG.COM | 119


Man propelling (verb): Outfitting oneself in a way that appeals to members of the opposite sex. Such garments include bodycon dresses and skirts, low-cut blouses and strappy stilettos.

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Arm party (noun): A large gathering of accessories on ones arm(s). Usage: “Did you see The Man Repeller’s arm party yesterday? She had three watches on one wrist.”

and propelling



eandra Medine, writer and creator of the unrivaled fashion blog The Man Repeller, founded the site in 2010 with hopes of contributing to the widespread online conversations of style and fashion. Less than two years later, Medine is the conversation. She sits front row at fashion week, walked for designer Rebecca Minkoff, is featured in countless magazines and blogs, collaborated on design projects with Alex & Eli, Danijo and Del Toro and has an extensive and promising journalism career all by age 22. She even coined the popular term “Arm Party,” which is what ensues when your wrists are stacked with a slew of arm accessories. With so many accomplishments in less than two years, it seems like The Man Repeller is living every fashion girls dream. Her influence in the fashion industry and blogging realm is evident and the popularity of repelling men is quickly growing. Medine constantly reminds her readers that she doesn’t purposely try to repel men; she just wakes up and gets dressed and her repelling power ensues. She stresses that man repelling is not so much of a style as it is an outcome of style. On her blog, Medine says that well-dressed women are usually accidental repellers. That is not to say propellers, women who easily attract men, can’t have equally great style as demonstrated by Blake Lively, Sienna Miller and Miranda Kerr. The most important difference between repelling and propelling is this: Repelling is not only an outcome of great style, but is also a way of thinking. It is the total disregard of the pressures embedded into women of what they should look like, how they should dress and what

men want to see them wearing. Repelling can create freedom from the restrictive mold that young girls and women are all too often pressured into. No, repelling wont result in perpetual singleness, but it can act as a filter. While your arm party and drop crotch pants will likely repel most men, they will certainly propel others. Medine herself is engaged, after all. Repeller, propeller or anything in between, women’s wardrobes can and should act as vessels for personal expression, creativity and individuality. Wear what makes you feel the way you want to feel, and remember, there is no better propellant than confidence. n

Human repelling (verb): Outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in the repelling of most human beings. Such garments include drop-crotch pants, overalls, bell-bottoms, puffer jackets, and Canadian tuxedos.

Birth control (noun): Regulation of the number of children conceived, usually by the prevention of relationships through the use of prescription or non-prescription eyewear.



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he fashion world is constantly buzzing with what the next trends will be. These trends are no longer related solely to clothing items and accessories. Some of the most popular and fashionable items to be carrying around now are smart phones, iPods and tablets. They can instantly boost an image by portraying the most cutting-edge and sophisticated technology. Accessories and clothing items are now made specifically to accommodate these gadgets. They make it easier to use them and can even work together to enhance their use. From high fashion to homemade, your device can fit perfectly into your wardrobe. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 123

Nike and Apple have paired to make working out with music from an iPod or iPhone a thing of convenience. They created Nike +, which coordinates the perfect playlist to your run, keeps track of your time, distance and pace, and sends your information to be analyzed on nikeplus.com. Nike + shoes are designed with a pocket in the insole for the sensor, which costs $19, and automatically syncs with newer Apple products. The Nike + shoes include their latest styles and can even be customized with Nike I.D. Depending on which you prefer, the shoes can cost anywhere between $75 and $200. This concept of fashion technology has even extended further into dayto-day clothing and accessories. An average-looking watch can now be linked with a cell phone through its Bluetooth system. Once connected, Caller ID will be displayed with every incoming call across the front of the watch and a cell phone can be answered or muted from the buttons on the side of the watch. This could be convenient for emergency calls during work or school where it would be inappropriate to have your phone sitting on your desk. Casio has announced that they will be releasing their Bluetooth watch once the Bluetooth 4.0 technology is out, which just happened recently. Their model for this watch is consistent with their other digital watches. The winter weather has also broken new grounds for technological fashion. Headphones are now being placed into items that would naturally go around your head. Some hoodies have replaced their drawstrings with actual headphones. Anything with a headphone jack can then be placed into one of the hoodie pockets and plugged into the headphones. One style is sold at Old Navy for $15 and comes in a variety of colors. Whether wearing it casually or to work out, this hoodie could make your life more simple. 124 | THREAD

Winter weather accessories have also been made for the technology. The new Ugg Australia earmuffs, sold at $85, not only keep your ears warm but also allow you to listen to music without any more excess cords. They are lined with sheepskin to have the consistent and classic Ugg feel. Juicy Couture and Kate Spade also made similar headphone earmuffs. High fashion became involved with this venture when Oscar de la Renta collaborated with Beats by Dr. Dre. This unique set of earmuffs, covered in silver fox, is sure to make a statement as you listen to high performance speakers built directly into the earmuffs. One of the most common new winter accessories corresponds to the growing trend of touch screen phones, tablets and other new gadgets. It is nearly impossible to type on a touch screen and simultaneously wear a pair of winter gloves. More and more companies are coming out with gloves that are made specifically for texting, or anything else, on a touch screen. DKNY made a pair of “Pop Top Cashmere Gloves� that can switch between a mitten and a glove with the tips of the fingers exposed. They come in many different colors and are priced at $75. Designers like Michael Kors, J.Crew and even Chanel also sell their own version of gloves with exposed fingers made specifically for texting. The gloves can also easily be handmade and bought or sold on etsy.com. Gloves are also made with special fabrics that work well with touch screens and do not require any part of your fingers to be exposed to the cold. Freehands.com offers a variety of different styles, colors and prices of gloves that are all compatible with touch screens. The latest accessory can now range from a new handbag to the newest version of the iPhone. Pair your new technology with your accessories this season and make your wardrobe as high-tech as your new gadgets. n


PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango


oneysuckle, Mimosa, Tangerine Tango. Each year, Pantone selects a single color that affects everything in the fashion world. From runways to department stores, home goods to shoes, Pantone's color of the year takes over the industry and our everyday lives — without most people ever knowing about it. According to Pantone, this year's color, Tangerine Tango, is a spirited reddish orange that continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward. "Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it," said Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman in a statement. "Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivacious-

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ness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy." Choosing the color of the year is no simple task. Pantone looks everywhere for color influences, finding inspiration around the globe, from the entertainment industry to popular travel destinations. This year’s color is bold and outlandish, but in a high-fashion way. It’s great for adding flair to lips, cheeks or nails without going overboard. Tangerine Tango is an unexpected eye shadow color and the perfect addition to any outfit. Sephora and Pantone have even teamed up on a collection centered around the color of the year. The Tangerine Tango beauty set will debut in March. n

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Pink sports jerseys should be eradicated from this universe. Television stations don’t show wide shots of Heinz Field to see the stands lined with pink. Steeler fans bleed black and yellow just like Cavs fans support the wine and gold. With a team’s colors comes the team’s traditions. Players come and go, but (in most cases) the colors stand the test of time. For as long as most people can remember, the Reds have been red, the Browns have been brown and the Blues have been blue. Not once has there been a group of Pinks fans proudly donning their pink. There is no better way for the average fan to honor his or her team than with a jersey. It’s a way for fans to say, “Hey, I support my team and my players.” Pink jerseys lose the identity of the teams the jerseys represent. All of the pink blends together and a person is required to study the fan to understand exactly who it is the fan is supporting. But when a fan sees a purple and orange jersey, he or she knows that’s a Phoenix Suns fan or a Clemson Tigers fan. When someone sees green and yellow, that’s most definitely a Green Bay Packers supporter. When a fan is sporting scarlet and grey, mark that person down as a Buckeye. But when someone is wearing pink, he or she is definitely NOT a fan. 128 | THREAD




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Let’s face it—the term “sports jersey” calls to mind an endless stream of colors, with one notable exception: pink. But those who think that pink sports jerseys are ugly probably aren’t able to see the meaning behind the color. Although pink has traditionally been categorized as a “female” color, it has slowly transcended into popular culture as something that both men and women can incorporate into their wardrobes— especially when sports are involved. Many sports associations, such as the NFL and the MLB, wear pink attire on specific dates to promote breast cancer awareness. Major sports athletes like Tom Brady and Derek Jeter have no problem wearing pink... so why should you? Most men would love to meet a woman who’s knowledgeable about her sports, especially if she has a pink sports jersey. And there’s nothing wrong with a guy wearing pink alongside his girl. n



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