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hauteonline TUULA VINTAGE Jessica Stein is the fashion guru behind the exclusive content created in the blog Tuula Vintage. She combines the idea of clothing and travel into her daily posts from all around the world. According to Stein, her website portrays “a personal diary of wanderlust and an overflowing wardrobe. Not all those who wander are lost.” She uses her own closet and taste throughout the making of her posts and believes that one is not lost in life if he/she does not have a specific goal. One should just explore and find value in his/her journey, not only the destination.

JUSTINA BLACKENEY A stylist, designer, and mother, Justina Blackeney still finds time to blog about her bohemian, and worldly style. Throughout her lifestyle blog, you will find plenty of inspiring DIY projects, plants, décor ideas, and photos of her life in Los Angeles. She gives inside looks of her one and only, “Jungalow,” which she has personalized and made an amazing place to live for her and her family.


Stein has more than twenty different destinations included on her blog. Her styles reflect the countries she visits along with a short explanation of the day. Some of the countries covered are Italy, Australia, England, and Germany. All of these locations showcase Stein’s different inspirations behind the specific place.

Justina posts about her personal style, which consists mainly of vibrant colors and awesome patterns. “All items that I post are things that I adore and would use or wear myself.” She stays true to her bohemian style and often finds her best pieces through creatively recycling old items or thrift shopping. Justina is often asked the question, “did you make that?” Her creative, yet simple crafts really grab other’s attention.




Included in Stein’s blog are opportunities to buy right from the site. Items consist of clothing, sunglasses, and jewelry featured on her website from different travel destinations. Stein also posts her looks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for all to view.

Not only does Justina blog about clothes and décor, but she also has a knack for inventing tasty and healthy dishes. Her recipes very much reflect her own creative style. She takes basic snacks, such as apples and peanut butter, and transforms them into something fabulous.







Most teenagers spend their afternoons doing homework or scrolling through Tumblr. Some create blogs worthy of being one of Saveur’s “Best Food Blogs” finalists. Londonborn-and-bred Izy Hossack of Top With Cinnamon is not the average teen. She concocts original recipes, perfects some classics, and maintains her exquisite cooking blog. It’s especially famous for its stunning artistry—Hossack’s photos (all taken herself) resemble pieces of modern art, giving her blog a Food & Wine Magazine feel.


Visit Top With Cinnamon to find Hossack’s own creations—like her Coffee-Biscoff-Bacon Doughnuts— and her meticulously curated culinary techniques. Hossack will teach you how to properly utilize the flavors of maple syrup, create healthy-flaxseed-fudge-chocolate-cake, and toast vanilla beans (the right way).


Hossack features homemade tutorials on her blog to help you master anything from seemingly humble homemade doughnuts to Toasted Vanilla Bean Raspberry Cakes. And don’t worry—all of her recipes are in American volume measurements. —HOLLY LI 6 | THREAD

As ladies surf among the deals between HauteLook and Rent the Runway, a new vibe brings a similar mantra of inside-member deals to the everyday man. The man who goes between the office, the mountains, the apartments, and strolls along the beach. The manly man. The Huckberry man.


“A team of writers, designers and above all else, doers” runs Huckberry. The site boasts deals on items from watches to knapsacks, field guides to cologne, from tees to ties. Working with brands to negotiate lower prices for members, the site works in the same way many online membership-shopping sites do— with a membership log-in and $10 credit offers to each referral.


It’s not all about the deals, but it’s also about the lifestyle. Huckberry hosts a blog under its “Journal” exploring everyday life and stories, pictures, and videos that they want to share. Adventures throughout the world, stories of legends and lessons of life are peered through the eyes of the men to whom they cater. While one can just stop in and browse the deals of the time, Huckberry also serves as an experience into the great adventure of life. —REBEKAH BARNES OUTHREADMAG.COM | 7



TWIN PEAKS | I’ve decided that 2014 is the year I start catching up on all those pop culture phenomenons that are in every affluent person’s arsenal of knowledge. A good starting point, I thought, would be cult classic TV series- the ones cancelled far too early that have people pining for more episodes, even years later. So, I nose-dived into Twin Peaks, a twisted murder-mystery series that chronicles a really, really bizarre small town. Oh, and it stars that goofy mayor from Portlandia. Dancing little people and log ladies aside, Twin Peaks’s display of ‘90s fashion is so on-point. Hello, cropped wool sweaters and full pleated skirts. I want all of the finger waves, printed cardis, and oversized glasses. — BROOKE BUNCE

GALACTIC FASHION | For those that know

me this will come as no surprise, but I am totally obsessed with space and the fashion that has been inspired by the galaxies beyond our own world. The latest addition to my space-babe inspired wardrobe is Jeffery Campbell alien wedge sneakers. High fashion has always had a fascination with galactic wardrobes, such as Pierre Cardin in the 60s and Jeremy Scott’s Spring 2014 collection. This trend has a little something for everyone from mild prints of galaxies to frocks covered with alien heads—both of which reside in my closet. Now, regardless if there is extraterrestrial life, I recommend throwing your space shoes on, metaphorically of course, and seeing all what this trend has to offer. — GRETCHEN GREENLEE




of mine is ever complete without a few jewels. From basic studs to statement necklaces, accessorizing is a perfect way to change-up any look, and recently, my eyes have been fawning over LA designer Vanessa Mooney and her free-spirit creations. Her pieces range from the beautifully simplistic to the colorful and ornate. Already a proud owner of her Longhorn Necklace, I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her dazzling designs. Come spring, my wardrobe will be thanking her for the fresh gems. My bank account might not, but it will be so worth it. — RACHEL HAAS

KIERNAN SHIPKA | Ah, the age of 14, the year

of coveted Abercrombie polos, newfound braces, and heinously overpriced bootcut, distressed jeans. For most of us, looking back at our style in our early teen years is cringe-worthy. Kiernan Shipka, the 14-year-old starlet who most notably plays Don Draper’s daughter, Sally, on Mad Men, is breaking the awkward mold. Shipka has brought new elegance to the red carpets of award shows with her tea-length dresses in feminine yet bold prints. Shipka dresses how every 14-year-old girl wished she could, without the slightest hint of gangly awkwardness, exuding confidence and class. Shipka’s style always harks back to the days of the Drapers but with an additional modern twist. Somewhere, in our subconscious, our 14-year-old selves are cheering her on and eschewing the trendy in favor of the timeless in her honor.


The demand for men’s shirts with elaborate printed patterns has grown dramatically within the past year. The commonly recognizable “Aztec” pattern trend has taken a backseat allowing for more alternative, edgy, and often loud patterns to come up to the surface. Oversized paisley patterns or elaborate floral designs were popular in many spring/summer collections for 2014 from designers like Prada and Dries Van Noten; however, sometimes these styles can be a little too bold. Although I enjoy the trend overall, I prefer printed shirts that are more subtle and just as detailed. — MICHAEL MAURER






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ontemporary art combined with feminist ideals surrounded Prada’s 2014 readyto-wear collection. The looks were filled with bright primary colors muted by darker hues, images of women’s faces, and texture infused with beading and jewels. By featuring artists including El Mac, Mesa, Gabriel Specter, Stinkfish, Jeanne Detallante, and Pierre Mornet, who each created murals specific for the occasion alone, Miuccia Prada showed viewers a hint of political prowess through her fashions. The collection’s most standout trend was the graphic use of faces throughout the show. Miuccia said that she wanted the clothing to be so flashy that women would be noticed and listened to rather than ignored and silenced by men. The collection’s bright use of primary colors — blues, yellows, and reds — helped to add exaggeration. While black, greens, and royal blues were infused throughout to tame the colorfulness. Major highlights of the collection include athletic-inspired leg warmers, overly feminine handbags, fur, chunky strapped sandals, and flashy jewel incrusted pieces which constructed the bras and braletts showed on top of dresses. Switching up clothing shape and texture can be an easy way to incorporate Prada's collection into spring wardrobes. Dress shapes were elongated, touching right above the knee in a more masculine feel that was then counteracted by jeweled bras. Adding to the masculine versus feminine vibe were feminine handbags mixed with chunky footwear, masculine hosier, and delicate beadwork. Whether vamping up feminist politics or unleashing an inner contemporary art critic, Prada’s spring RTW collection will match any Athenian’s desire to stand out.





unya Watanabe’s Spring collection focused on one priority: practicality. Long-sleeved shirts, trouser shorts, leather oxfords, and backpacks dominated his rather outdoorsy themed runway show. Looks were reminiscent of the styling in the movie "Moonrise Kingdom"—casual, yet tailored. Models patted one another on the back and gave a smile and a wave to each other as they passed, just as one might do on the hiking trails. Muted colors and neutrals were a popular pick for Watanabe’s designs, but bright primary colors made appearances about halfway through the show. Not straying far from his Comme des Garçons roots, Watanabe created simple, yet varied looks by layering collared, button-down shirts under fishermen vests and field jackets, mixing prints like floral, checkered, and plaid, and playing with proportions. Although key pieces were the main focus, zippered pockets, leather and denim paneling, and additional buttons added more to the outfits than one might imagine. The debut of a red jacket paired with yellow boots livened up the cool blue-gray used in almost every look in the show. However, no matter how many different patterns he juxtaposed, the resulting ensembles never appeared overdone. For male campus-goers headed to a more formal event, a pair of gray or khaki trousers paired with a plaid button-up and oxfords could be an option. On class days, pair a floral shirt with a solid colored pair of shorts. Keep the look from being tourist-like by choosing a small hibiscus print. Achieving a look inspired by Junya Watanabe’s Spring collection is simple: stick to clean lines, interesting details, layers, and basic patterns. With a few key clothing items and some creativity, one can imitate the finesse of the designer in almost no time.






mmediately after her graduation from Yale in 2012, Lupita Nyong’o ever so gracefully rocked the acting and fashion world. Nyong’o was cast in Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave" as an enslaved woman named Patsey. The film’s release in 2013 was dubbed very successful and so was Nyongo’s performance. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards and won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Not only has Nyong’o won recognition for her talent, she won the title of “Best Dressed” by Joan Rivers’ "Fashion Police," Nyong’o carved her “It Girl” status in stone by leaving both Hollywood and the fashion world thunderstruck at the Golden Globes. Nyong’o stunned in her simple yet striking floor-length, red-caped Ralph Lauren gown. On a redcarpet-fashionawards.com poll, Nyong’o was astonishingly neck and neck with herself. Her Golden Globes Ralph Lauren gown won first place and the custom ivory silk crepe bandeau Calvin Klein Collection gown she wore at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards placed second. Nyong’o then charmed in a Gucci number at the SAG Awards in January. The electrifying, floor-length, turquoise gown had a touch of floral-embroidery at the top to add just enough texture to the simple yet elegant dress. From the dazzling gowns that capture her class, elegance, and style to her gracious acceptance speeches, Nyong’o steals the show and the red carpet. Next up for Nyong’o is starring opposite Elle Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bella Heathcote in Miu Miu’s spring ad campaign. She’s also playing a flight attendant in Liam Neeson’s upcoming February film, "Non-Stop." 20 | THREAD





s entertainers, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers have set the standard in comedic relief with their experience working on "Saturday Night Live." Not only are these men household names for their satirical jokes and comedy, they have become style icons in men’s fashion. Fallon and Meyers have both mastered the simplicity of a well-tailored suit on the late night screen, which keeps the audience’s attention on their humor and not their attire. Styled in a basic black or gray suit with a neutral tie is the iconic look for these comedic men. Best known for his role on "Saturday Night Live," Fallon hit the ground running in the world of comedy when he became an official cast member in 1999. From then on, his impersonations of celebrities like Barry Gibb and Carson Daly made him a familiar face. He was soon promoted as co-anchor to Weekend Update alongside Tina Fey, where he honed his skills of anchoring and connecting with the audience until leaving the show to pursue his position as host of "Late Night." This year, he is taking over the "Tonight Show" from Jay Leno, who has hosted for almost 22 years, as well as welcoming the birth of his daughter, Winnie Rose. Fallon’s influence on society doesn’t just stop with comedy; his polished appearance in Tom Ford suits is a representation of style throughout the ages. Meyers has had a year full of change as well. He will replace Fallon as the host of "Late Night" after 13 years on "Saturday Night Live," and he also wed longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe. As a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and co-anchor of Weekend Update, Meyers has had a career full of late night comedy. After Amy Poehler's departure, being the sole anchor of Weekend Update for five years has provided Meyers with the quick wit it takes to be a late night host. With the New Year bringing new changes in both men’s careers, audiences can expect a new twist to "Late Night" with Meyer’s satirical humor, and Fallon’s goofy sketches moving to the "Tonight Show."



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o say I’m not a morning person is the biggest understatement in the world. My friends, whom I never join for 11 a.m. brunch, know this about me. Frankly, getting up and getting to class is an accomplishment in itself. So for me, fashion and beauty are like a competition. Example: Let’s see how fast I can put on my makeup, while curling my hair, and cramming for a test. And I don’t think I’m alone here. I love reading fashion magazines, watching 20 minute-long makeup videos on YouTube and drooling over pictures of Beyoncé and J-Law. But as a college freshman, swamped with class work and extracurriculars, ain’t nobody got time to apply three different kinds of eyeliner. My blog is an experiment into the world of fashion and beauty from a girl who would rather figure out how to curl her hair three different ways than buy three different irons; From a girl’s eyes who loves to get dolled up, but would rather be comfortable cute than painfully attractive; From a girl’s eyes who watches at least one You


Tube beauty tutorial a day but can apply her makeup in under 3 minutes (I’ve timed it, yes). For a majority of my life, I never thought the fashion and beauty world was for me because I couldn’t see myself devoting my time to my eyelashes over my textbooks. But fashion and beauty can be at your fingertips, you just have to make them your own. I surf Pinterest and Instagram and just take those crazy styles and see how I can do them in half the time and half the budget. The most important part: You can’t be afraid to try something new. That’s half the fun, right? That’s why we dressed up in princess gowns and tiaras as little girls? It’s about taking chances and risks, but making sure they’re only a part of your life, not your whole life. I don’t know what I’m doing half the time. But if you’re interested in learning new things and getting out the door looking fab, check out my blog. There aren’t enough hours in the day as a college girl—so whether you’re wearing sneakers or stilettos, beauty is all about you, so make every minute count.







s college students we usually don’t think twice as we slump our backpack across campus everyday filled with 700 page textbooks, almost-empty pens, harshly-graded assignments, and multiple pairs of tangled headphones. The Chanel Spring 2014 collection seemed to sense our need for a refurbished bag because they stepped it up a notch. What Chanel did was set itself apart with a refreshing new look. The bag is painted with a swirl of pink, yellow, blue, and green colors with Chanel's bright white logo front and center. It also has decorative threaded key chains in multiple colors dangling across the front. Any student who wants to enhance her style can easily adapt the look. It's all about adding personality to a bag. Buy an all-black or white Jansport, get some regular paint or spray paint, and create an original design that’s fun and fresh. Use beads or rhinestones to create a personal emblem and remake the Chanel “CC” logo. 28 | THREAD


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The wave of embellished bags does not just stop at Chanel, but also continues with other famous designers adding funky details to accessories. The gold and brown shoulder bag designed by ChloĂŠ has a bright gold chain draped across the front and Dolce and Gabanna's bejeweled metallic gold bag has coin-like-chains clipped to the handle to create a Grecian vibe. Rochas brightened things up with its double strap bag in solid yellow and even featured boldly colored fur slippers to tag along with their vibrant bags. Tory Burch changed up the solid color backpack by mixing lime green with black and white checkers. These designers are making it known that a backpack is not something we all just carry around with us, but an accessory that can be personally customized. Just think how bearable that 8 a.m. lecture could be with a bright, individualized backpack. Get a bag, grab some supplies, and get going.


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his season, varsity jackets have a new tighter fit and style that makes the look more metropolitan than football captain. They’re no longer just for high school boys—now the most stylish designers are featuring them and it's an essential item for the most fashionable guys on street style blogs. Most recently it was seen at the Louis Vuitton menswear Spring 2014 show. The jacket was one color throughout, which kept the emblems and letter patches from looking adolescent. The time has come to experiment with a man’s look. Keep it simple, make it classy, or be a rebel: this jacket allows for some freedom with styling. If a guy wants to just go casual, he can. A varsity jacket is versatile enough that it can add some "oomph" to a night out and help exude sportiness, without the sweat of athleticism. A varsity jacket can be worn in a variety of ways, and each can create a completely different look. A guy can be an All-American athlete, a preppy stud, and—with some leather sleeves—even a bad boy. All men are covered, so how can this piece be denied any longer? Here are some styles that can be obtained with the right varsity jacket. Go a bit casual and preppy like One Direction member Zayn Malik. Throw on a bold-colored varsity jacket, paired with a neutral colored sweater, a fitted pant and add either desert or boat shoes. Feeling a little more sophisticated? Try Zac Efron’s more classic approach, displaying a varsity jacket with leather sleeves, paired with colorful pants and combat boots or Vans. For those who enjoy an urban twist like Ryan Gosling, a black varsity jacket with colored sleeves, black shirt and pants with a dress shoe, is simple but still makes a statement. For the rebellious souls out there go all black with the varsity jacket, and, like Drake, add a camouflage, plaid or striped-T. Pair with jeans tucked into combat boots or a favorite pair of tennis shoes.





contoured, well-defined face is how celebrities create a glamorous Red Carpet-ready look. Contouring minimizes specific features to highlight one's best self. Luckily, the technique is easy to recreate to make any night a bit more special. What contouring consists of is using a matte shade a few tones darker than your skin and placing it below certain facial bones in order to trick the eye into seeing a shadow or an allusion to the face shape. The most popular form of contouring is on the cheekbones. Contouring this area slims down the face to make the cheekbones stand out. A lot of makeup brands such as Mac and Smashbox carry powders specifically for contouring. Using any matte bronzer will also work. The key to picking contour powder is to look for a cool toned powder with brown hues rather than red or orange hues that can make the contour look fake. It also won’t blend well into the skin. The last product needed is a soft angled blush brush, like the Mac 168 Brush.


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If wearing liquid foundation, set it with face powder before applying contour powder to help the contour makeup blend into the skin. Less is more when it comes to contour powder. To avoid using too much, dab the product on the back of the hand before applying and lightly flick the top of the brush to get rid of excess powder. If your skin is very fair, get a light brown contour powder. Nars Laguna Bronzer and Mac’s Harmony Blush will work well with fair skin.



To achieve contoured cheekbones, suck in your cheeks. Wherever you see the natural shadow is where you apply the product. For those who do not have naturally contoured cheekbones, place the contour powder in a line starting from your temple to the inner corner of your bottom lip.


After having lightly shaded in the shadow beneath the cheekbones, the most important step is next— blending.


Use the same brush, and blend the contour out in back and forth sweeping motions. This will create a natural look.


To make the nose appear slimmer, apply contour powder in a straight line down the sides of the nose and blend it into the skin.


Another option is to contour the jaw. Apply the contour powder on and below the jawline and under the chin and blend.




DISHEVELED There is nothing wrong with a little messy ‘do, however, when prepping for an interview, you have to pull in the reins. Start by wetting hair in the shower or sink and brushing hair back away from the face. Part hair to one side, add some gel into the mix and distribute evenly with fingers. Remember to start with a small amount of product since it’s a lot easier to add more than to take away. Spray bursts of hairspray at the roots to add body. Finish with a blast of heat from a hairdryer and use fingers to add even more volume.



Say goodbye to your mini fro and hello to polished curls. Add a small amount of gel to wet hair, smoothing down frizzy pieces and defining curls. The goal is to not add too much product, which creates a damp, just got out of the shower look.



en, take a look a good, hard look in the mirror. Mom wasn’t lying when she said to invest in a haircut, or a comb at the least. Grooming is essential. With internship and job hunting season approaching with speed, a mop of hair just isn’t going to cut it. Professionalism is a trait that college students struggle to achieve but can easily be found with a good hair-do. Re-evaluate your hair situation and get your mane in check. 40 | THREAD


STRAIGHT Straight hair needs love, too. Wet hair, comb it out and embrace your inner Don Draper with a side part. Next, add a dime-size amount of gel to create a sleek look and finish off with a blast of heat to seal the deal.

LONG Lengthy locks aren’t just for the ladies. Men can embrace their long hair but remember that nobody wants to hire someone who looks like a caveman. Do not despair. All this hair need not cause trouble. Start by brushing hair back and adding a dime size amount of hair cream to the ends of hair to tame frizz. Smooth hair gel from roots to tips creating a polished look. Gather hair into a tight ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Banish any excess frizz with a dab of lotion.



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he go-to item for women this spring is the fisherman sweater. It has come a long—and very fashionable—way from its origin on the islands off the West coast of Ireland where fisherman used to call them “jumpers” and wear them to stay warm at sea. Simple yet sophisticated, today fisherman sweaters are used more for style than utility. Most recently they were seen in Rebecca Taylor and The Row’s Spring 2014 Runway Collections. Rebecca Taylor paired a white fisherman sweater over a crème mid-thigh skirt. Although this look was executed flawlessly on the runway, there are more practical ways to wear the fisherman


sweater on a daily basis. For an on-the-go look, match a white or crème fisherman sweater with a pair of forest green skinny jeans for a colorful flare. To make an outfit even more relaxed, wear with a loose denim boyfriend-style jean. Polish the outfit off by accessorizing with combat boots and a cross body bag. Dress up the fisherman sweater by adding a skirt and wedges. Changing the skirt length, texture, and pattern will determine how dressy the outfit will be. Matching the fisherman sweater with a shorter floral skirt makes for a playful outfit. This is the ideal balance because it's not too casual, but not too dressy. Want a more urban look? Layer the OUTHREADMAG.COM | 47

fisherman sweater over a long, flowy, chiffon pleated skirt. A neutral-colored bottom such as a dark gray, brown, or black will contrast the white colored fisherman sweater for a desirable ensemble. The sweater is perfect for an evening event when paired with a high-wasted, shimmery chiffon skirt. Due to the difference in texture, it creates a high-end, low-end effect. When styled appropriately, the fisherman sweater can be worn in a professional environment. Add an oxford underneath to create a refined outfit that can be worn at work or at an intern-


ship. In addition, dress pants or a high wasted skirt with pointed toe pumps will finalize a look guaranteed for success. From the runway, to the pavement, the fisherman sweater really can be worn on a daily basis. Experimenting with different colored accents can create captivating outfits. Play with bold red, royal blue, and bright yellow collared shirts underneath, to radiate personal style. The fisherman sweater is a jack-of-all-trades this spring. There are endless ways to style it for virtually any occasion making it a worthwhile investment.



To make the sweaters appropriate for professional settings, just add an oxford underneath and tuck into a matchstick pant.

For oversized sweaters, pair with loose-fitting, boyfriend jeans for casual styling.

Wearing the sweater with skirts of varying lengths—short and high-waisted or long and flowy— will accompany anyone's style.






ccording to the runway this season, the current forecast is predicting that clothes which mimic the natural elements will hit men’s closets this season. Since the common theme is to wear anything associated with the actual weather, designers are taking their spring collections literally. Calvin Klein, for example, took climate into account by printing natural graphics on sweatshirts, precisely sunset scenes and cloudy collaborations. According to style.com, Klein’s creative director Italo Zucchelli used blue throughout the collection to match his inspiration of “views of sea and sky” which originated from his weekend home on Fire Island. However, this spring season, floral prints have made an appearance on the runway for men’s fashion, appropriately for April’s showers that apparently bring “men’s” flowers. Florals for fellas began to grow last spring but have significantly blossomed just in time again for spring this year. Men can find the floral prints on anything from basic tees to stamped sneakers. Add a printed blazer into account and men are guaranteed to look ravishing. Pair the fearless floral with neutrals to make the flowers bloom. Any man who is timid of the trend


should limit himself to one floral piece. Team a pair of embellished shorts or a light jacket with classic tan khakis and a simple, plain T-shirt. Throw on some wayfarers to emphasize the effortlessness of this look. On the other hand, pair florals with very dark colors to camouflage the intensity of the trend. The floral designs themselves entail a vintage vibe, yet they exhibit a contemporary feel. The flowers are more tropical, but please do not bust out a Hawaiian shirt from the 1950s. Some prints present subtle carnation-like designs with a touch of greenery to make the apparel seem less delicate. Also, a variety of floral prints exemplify the use of primary colors too. Prada provoked the use of look-at-me flowers proving that prints overall truly prospered this season. The floral were presented in bold maroons, teals, and creams. Yellow Gerber daisies were mixed within colorful designs on the clothing, while giant crème-colored flowers that represented magnolias flourished among a maroon background on various garments. Men who wear florals exude confidence to showcase personal style while taking a stand on pro-masculinity. With florals in full bloom, why not be bold and try out this evolving trend?



Depending on personal style, wear dark colors to camouflage the intensity of the florals, or exaggerate them by matching primary colored clothing to the print.

For men timid of the trend, stick to one floral piece per outfit.

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quickknit By ALI SHULTZ Photos by RACHEL WAGNER


rm knitting is a simple and quick way to make scarves, cowls, or blankets. The “lacey” style gives the project a unique look, and it only takes about 30 minutes. Anyone can give it a try, and all you need are your arms for the needles. The finished project will make a wonderful and beautiful accessory to add to your wardrobe. And the best part is that no previous experience of knitting is required for this easy project.


Yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Super Bulky yarn), scissors, and your arms, of course.





Make a slipknot with a tail long enough to cast stitches (approximately 4 feet long). Put the slipknot on your right arm, but not too tight.


Make an “L� with your left hand and wrap the doublestrand tail around your thumb and the double-strand working yarn around your index. It should look like a loop around your thumb and a loop around your index finger.


Take your right hand and go under the outer side of the thumb loop, and then go under the outer side of the index finger loop. Pull the strand onto your wrist to make a second loop. Repeat this until you have 12 loops on your arm.


To start knitting, hold the working yarn in your right hand, pull the first loop off of your right hand and down the working yarn. It will make a loop and you will slide your left hand through this loop and pull. Repeat the process working with the stitches from your right arm to the left until all 12 stitches are on the left arm.



Repeat the previous step on the left side, taking the loops, or stitches, from the left arm to the right arm and so on.


Once you have your desired length, you will need to bind off your stitches. Knit two stitches onto your arm, and then pull the first stitch over the second and off the arm. Continue binding off by bringing a second stitch onto the hand and pulling the first stitch over the second. Repeat the process until one stitch is left.

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Cut the yarn and tie off the final stitch. Weave in the working yarn or seam the ends to make an infinity scarf.



The steps might seem challenging, but if you follow the pictures or watch a short video, you will find arm knitting to be very simple. Experiment with thickness or different colors to make the perfect arm-knitted scarf. Happy knitting.






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o you ever go shopping and see the chicest patterned high-low skirt and think, “OK, how can I make this into the cutest mini skirt ever?” Or maybe you go through phases where one month you love your new vintage maxi skirt, and then the next you want to get crafty and cut it all up. Well let me tell you, if you’ve ever experienced a maxi/ midi/mini skirt crisis, you’re currently reading the best tutorial to solve all of your problems. Then maybe that big box of fabulous thrift finds you tried to turn into skater skirts will finally have a meaning. Lets get hemming.


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Using a pin or Sharpie, mark the skirt ½ inch below your desired length. Because I used a plaid skirt, I was able to cut a straight line. If you use a different patterned skirt, use a ruler to draw a line straight across. It is important to lay the skirt completely flat for no imperfections. Using scissors, cut through the skirt on the line you created.


Turning the skirt inside out, fold over the extra ½ inch of the skirt. Iron the hem for a perfect, straight structure. Now the fun part. Using a sewing machine or simply by hand, stitch the entire hem. Finally, you have a new mini skirt. Now rock it.






magine just returning home from an unforgettable vacation with your loved ones. You have a camera roll, or phone, full of pictures but not enough room in your scrapbook for all of them. What better way to admire your memories than by hanging them up on your fridge to see every day? However, rectangular pictures take up too much space. Bottle cap magnets are the perfect way to hang your photos on the fridge without taking up much room. It’s a fun, simple and low-cost craft for the family. All you need are the materials listed below:





Metal bottle caps I Metal paint I Heavy-duty, all purpose craft glue I Small, circular magnets I Glitter glue I 1x1 inch pictures I Quarter




Start by using your metal paint to paint the inside of the bottle cap and then use a toothpick to flip it over to paint the other side. Let both sides completely dry before proceeding to step two.

Print out your small, 1x1-inch photos. Use a quarter to trace around the photo and cut out around that circle so that your picture will fit perfectly in the center of the bottle cap.

3 Next, place a small dab of the heavyduty craft glue in the center of the inside of the bottle cap and place your picture. Press down to keep the photo in place.

4 Finally, to put the finishing touch on your project, use your heavy-duty glue to attach the circular magnet to the opposite side of the bottle cap.

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hake the cold with this one pot wonder. French onion soup is inexpensive to buy and simple to cook. Better yet, your cleanup will be a breeze. Many variations of French onion soup exist—follow this recipe precisely or make it your own. Get ready to wow your roommates or your visiting family with this culinary delight. You might want to make extra because they will definitely be asking for seconds.

Cook time: 1 hour or less | Servings: 6 portions

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons of butter • 3-4 fresh garlic cloves, minced • 2 large sweet or Vidalia onions, sliced • 8 ounces of mushrooms, preferably a variety such as button and oyster, sliced • Salt and pepper • 8 cups of beef broth (or vegetable broth if you want to be vegetarian-friendly) • 1 teaspoon of oregano • Splash of white wine (optional) • 12 slices of provolone and/or mozzarella cheese • 12 tablespoons of Parmesan • 1 French bread loaf

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INSTRUCTIONS 1) Preheat your oven to broil. 2) Mince the garlic. Slice the mushrooms and onions. 3) Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot on medium heat. 4) Add the minced garlic to the pot and cook for 2 minutes. 5) Add the sliced onions to the pot and sautĂŠ for about 4 minutes until softened. 6) Add the sliced mushrooms to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. 7) Pour the beef broth into the mushroom and onion mixture, and bring to a boil. Add a splash of white wine and the teaspoon of oregano. Then let the soup simmer for 30 minutes. 8) While the soup simmers, slice the French loaf into 1-inch slices. Have as many slices as you have bowls. Place the slices on a cookie sheet and toast both sides. 9) Ladle the soup into oven-proof bowls making sure you leave enough room for the bread. Add the toasted bread to each bowl. On each slice of bread, add two slices of cheese and sprinkle a hearty amount of Parmesan. 10) Place the bowl under the broiler in the oven until the cheese bubbles and browns slightly. **Careful the bowls are piping hot** 11) Now take out your delicious soup and prepare to beat those winter blues.




Complete these exercises by holding the weights on your shoulders or down by your sides. (If using weights is too much for you, it will still be a great workout without them.) When doing squats and lunges, keep your chest up and do not allow your knees to go over your toes. It’s important to have perfect form to achieve your best body.




hile it’s hard to see past the falling snow, beach season will be here in a few short months. Start preparing for the season by working out your thighs and glutes to achieve an awesome, updated shape. Toning your muscles is important, but you will only see results if you pair these exercises with cardio. Remember to complete the jog before starting your workout to properly warm up your muscles. Perk up your glutes and tone your inner and outer thighs with these quick, step-by-step moves.

EQUIPMENT: Two 5-10 pound free weights

WARM UP: 10-minute jog

The best exercises to work your inner and outer thighs are fire hydrants and kickbacks. Complete 3 rounds of 10 reps for each of the following exercises:

Fire hydrants: Begin in tabletop position. Extend your bent leg to a 90-degree position, hold for 2 seconds, and bring it back to the ground. Repeat.

Kickbacks: Begin in tabletop position. Kick your bent leg back, hold for 2 seconds, and bring your leg back to the ground. Repeat.

TO BEGIN: Complete 2 rounds of 15 reps each of the following exercises. While doing lunges, make sure to do 15 reps per leg:

COOL DOWN: Walk for 10 minutes on a treadmill at an incline, or power-walk for 10 minutes outside.

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Backward lunges with free weights

Working out with a friend is a great way to stay on track and push yourself to go longer and harder. Help each other reach your goals by eating healthy together, resisting temptations brought on by the dining halls and late night snacking. Be careful when picking your workout buddy, you want someone who will lift you up, not bring you down. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 77

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our-foot-ten Ohio University freshman Megan Fair sports a pixie cut, a bashful smile, and some coveted thrift-shop threads. Paired with her cute-as-a-button persona, she slams on her drums in her poppunk band Shirts vs. Skins. Contrary to her struggles vertically, Fair is wholeheartedly dedicated to taking her band to new heights. Her one obstacle: The rest of her band lives four hours away in Greensburg, Pa. “The way that we’ve made it work is that anytime I’m home, we practice,” Fair said. “Whether it be right before a show we’re playing or a last Sunday practice as the last thing I do before I leave.” Fair, along with her four bandmates, formed Shirts vs. Skins in 2010 after two years of random jam sessions and cover sets with co-founder Victoria Draovitch. The name “Shirts vs. Skins” came to the band members when they pulled up the front page of Wikipedia and the article featured was about playing shirts versus skins during sports. The band grew in prominence and garnered several opener slots for bands such as Fireworks, Mixtapes, Citizen, Turnover and Hostage Calm, and also releasing EPs and even a full-length album. Yet the distance between Fair and 80 | THREAD

her band members creates a disconnection between the two parties. “It’s definitely strange to know that they’re doing stuff without me not because they want to but because they have to,” Fair said. “Just recently, we were offered a show here [in Athens] on Feb. 8, but they were playing a show back home which I wouldn’t even think about. It’s strange to have that disconnect.” Although her trips back home are scarce, they are not wasted. Shirts vs. Skins accommodates to Fair’s return trips and practice as much as they can with their drummer. Despite the long spans of time apart, they band doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to falling back into rhythm. “When I came back, we practiced and it was like nothing had changed,” Fair said. “We just picked up right where I left off and it’s been that way every time, which is super fun because we’re always in sync no matter where we are.” Shirts vs. Skins schedules their shows and concerts around Fair’s travels back to Greensburg. When it comes to what to wear during their shows, Fair and her bandmates dress for comfort rather than appearance. “I just want to play in something that’s comfortable,” Fair said. “Occasionally, I’ll wear a skirt for fun, but then I have to wear tights or shorts OUTHREADMAG.COM | 81





underneath it. So it’s always tricky.” Guitarist Brenden Kucik agreed that comfort on stage should never be a question. “Honestly, I don’t think about it a whole lot, I just try to dress comfortably. We’re very active on stage,” Kusick said. He, Fair and the rest of Shirts vs. Skins will normally wear a Tshirt, jeans and some rockin’ kicks. However, lead singer, Draovitch, enjoys spicing it up and wearing something that will reflect her personality. “When I perform, I wear skirts, tights, sometimes even heels, I just like to reflect myself and that carries over to our music,” Draovitch said. Musicians that influence Fair also take on her comfy-cozy fashion sense. Rather than a dress or shirt with con82 | THREAD

stricting sleeves that hinder her from banging those drums, Fair takes from musicians that pick comfort. “Looking at musicians influences me in terms of comfort, being able to look at somebody who’s up there shredding and they’re wearing really simple things that are elegant but look good,” she said. Fair also remarks that sometimes they rock patriotic colors during summer shows for fun. She drops an idea of the perfect outfit to go on stage with: black jeans, favorite Vans and a soft cotton T-shirt or flannel. Whether it’s a favorite dress, slacks and a tie or T-shirt full of rips and stains, whatever Fair and Shirts vs. Skins wears every day or goes on stage with, they will be sure to be comfortable.


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people to work with, I proceeded with ordering large shipments of Shea butter, pigments, dyes, butters, and oils,” said Mumford. Then if she doesn't already have a recipe made up, it's just a process of tedious measuring and trial and error until she gets something that she likes and that she can trust. “If it's reminiscent to what my grandma used to make, then I know I'm on the HTTP://VIMEO.COM/THREADMAG right track,” said Mumford. She then pours the aromatic mixtures into molds purchased off the Internet and lets it harden before finally placing it into its packaging. “The first go around I was making everything,” said Mumford. “I went to the craft store and bought plain cardboard paper and printed out my own logo and cut them into boxes and put my lipstick inside of them. I still print OUTHREADMAG.COM | 83

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n an open, streamlined office building in sunny San Francisco, Thread alumna Aimee Rancer is mildly alarmed. “The person making my burrito at Chipotle said my blazer looked straight out of Vera Bradley. It’s from Zara.” Rancer cries in mock hurt. The petite blonde, peering out from a pair of sleek dual tone Warby Parker glasses, pulls at her patterned blazer and laughs. Vera Bradley may not be in Rancer’s personal fashion vernacular, but she nonchalantly brushes off the misidentification with ease. The 2011 graduate knows her brands better than most, as a style maven that kicked off her career working at the magazine you’re reading now. Rancer began her run at Thread in September of 2010 as Seams editor, behind the helm of founder Jamie Ratermann. As one of the original members, she helped lay the groundwork for the magazine has evolved into today. 86 | THREAD

Rancer balances her current job as a micro-content producer at VaynerMedia, a brand-consulting agency based in New York and San Francisco, with personal blogging. The Ohio Transplant, Rancer’s personal style blog, is a colorful montage of daily outfits, style inspirations, California brunches, and snippets of her life as a West Coast newbie. What started as a creative outlet when she held a more corporate job title has now blossomed in popularity, amassing views and followers since last January. The tasks she juggles between her workday and blogging are very much similar to the tasks she juggled in her days as Seams editor. Rancer emphasized how much Thread was a challenge in multitasking — it made her realize the variety of aspects go into the sometimesfrenzied process that goes into the making of a magazine. From pitching story ideas, to photo shoot set-ups, to making sure page designs ran smoothly, Thread was an exercise in OUTHREADMAG.COM | 87


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efficiency. A former fashion intern at both Marie Claire magazine and City magazine in New York City, Rancer credits her Thread experience as a great professional platform. The post-graduation move to California in 2011 was both a snap decision and a breath of fresh air for the Stow, Ohio native. The Ohio Transplant came to fruition shortly after her first few weeks there. After experience working in media jobheavy cities New York City and San Francisco, Rancer emphasized the difference in pace between working on East coast and West coast. “California is much more laid back, especially with work hours, while New York is a very ‘go, go, go.’ environment,” Rancer said. “People don’t think twice about working until 10 p.m. in New York, while in San Francisco, my boss will be like ‘Oh, just work from home on Friday.’” The relaxed California workweek translates well to Rancer’s fashion sense. Her personal style is based largely around comfort: boyfriend jeans, versatile blazers and textured


sweaters, all topped with her signature glasses and a classic chunky gold watch. She’s a member of online community Independent Fashion Bloggers and a Lucky magazine community contributor. While she’s having a blast in California, Rancer still finds herself nostalgic for Athens and her time at Thread. “Have fun, work hard, play a little harder, and enjoy your time at Ohio University and Thread magazine,” advised Rancer to present and future Threadies. “School only lasts four years, but the knowledge you gain outside of the classroom is truly the most valuable.” Rancer’s post-grad life stands as an illustrious example of how experience — in school, internships, or jobs — is always key to success. And it’s all just beginning for her.





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ohn Dean found it hard to believe that a simple black T-shirt would change his life, but then again it wasn’t just any black T-shirt. It was the young fashion designer’s heritage tee — a black T-shirt with a bold “92” on the chest, stripes and stars on the sleeves and the word “Renowned” across the back. “I’m good friends with a stylist who I sent a couple of my shirts to,” the Ohio University junior said. “A week or so later they were like ‘keep this on the low for now, but Chris Brown did a shoot in your shirt for Nylon magazine.’” Brown is only one of the fashion-conscious celebrity urbanites that has started taking notice of Dean’s designs. Bow Wow, Rich Homie Quan, and Paige Hurd have all proudly rocked the Renowned Clothing line logo — Dean’s twist on high-end streetwear that he started in 2011. Dean isn’t like your highfalutin Project Runway fantasy of a designer, but rather part of a new breed that never actually has to pick up a needle and thread. He’s the idea man for the brand. He operates by sketching out layouts for new looks that he wants, and then instructs others on how to illustrate them on Photoshop. “I was pretty much always into fashion,” Dean said. “I liked wearing the cool thing and designer items even though I really couldn’t afford them.” Now with success at his fingertips and expansion on his mind, the Akron native’s business is taking off, but his journey to becoming a fashion entrepre-




I was like let me make a shirt that gives the quality of a high-end brand, but still combines my urban background to give it that streetwear appeal with graphics. JOHN DEAN neur developed far before his Bobcat beginnings. “I used to go to art stores and buy this oven-baked clay, take it home and carve my ‘R’ logo into and make like five of them,” Dean said. “Then I’d attach a string onto them and wear them as chains. People saw them and were curious so they started asking me to make one for them.” His fellow students jumped at the chance to add style to their restricted catholic middle school wardrobes with these custom chains, quickly paying Dean a dollar per necklace. He didn’t know it at the time, but that was how he began marketing the Renowned brand. Relocating to San Jose in the seventh grade gave Dean a fresh start and a fresh perspective on fashion. He became enamored by streetwear, a style rooted in the West Coast’s surf and skate culture that has since adopted more of a hip-hop feel taking jerseys, T-shirts, sneakers, ball caps, and hoodies to a more trendsetting level. The idea of attainable lavishness was no longer a dream for him, but something realistic to strive for. “I used to look at a lot of these regular streetwear brands that we’re charging $30 a tee and the quality was rough, it didn’t move well and it didn’t drape well on people’s bodies,” Dean said. “I was like let me make a shirt that gives the quality of a high-end brand, but still combines


my urban background to give it that streetwear appeal with graphics.” He took his experience working in retail stores such as Banana Republic and Hollister and began producing what he calls “high-end streetwear with everyday wearability” with prices ranging from $40 to $100. His current pieces have evolved into a monochromatic darker theme that’s geared mostly toward men but has unisex potential. They include his signature “heritage jersey,” space “RICHH,” and TSA surveillance printed hoodies, baroque, and chain-styled jerseys along with python-skinned iPhone cases. The key to his success has to be a combination of both his intuitive business sense and persistent networking. “We want to maintain that exclusivity, not giving away too much at one time,” Dean said. “Give everyone a little taste every once in a while keeps them coming back.” Now in just the few short years since he created his own clothing line, Dean has found his way into 20-25 high-end streetwear stores spanning 10 countries including Taiwan, Paris, Switzerland, and Dubai, and working with a full-time designer in Croatia. With spring around the corner, Dean’s new collection will transition into a much more colorful line that will appeal to both men and women while holding true to his founding motto — stay luxurious, stay beautiful, stay renowned.



s winter continues to cast its frost on the land, take a cue from regal ensembles with floor-length gowns and lush furs. Lace and pearls add a delicate touch, but there’s no denying the intense power in these elegant attires. It might seem like a fantasy, but donning a velvet coat and imperial hat can become a modern escape into a fairytale. You don’t have to be a queen to look like royalty. 94 | THREAD






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hrough the viewfinder of an old camera, the world always seems a bit more beautiful and nostalgic. Drenched in the hazy glow of light leaks and dreamy faded landscapes, take a trip down memory lane in rich, warm autumnaltoned dresses and sweaters. Cozy up with wool blankets, a classic paperback book, and accessories inspired by nature. These ensembles go best with the pop and crackle of your favorite used vinyl. 106 | THREAD



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ueen B shocked us not only with a self-titled album of new hits, but an accompanying visual album, an aesthetically groundbreaking partner to an already impressive long-awaited return. Beyonce's collection of videos were not only visually appealing artistically but also in her confident blend of styles. Whether in a roller rink or an alleyway, 'Yonce put the 'awe' in ***Flawless.

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If you didn't wake up like this, pair classic cutoffs with a soft flannel. Bow down to this edgy, urban look.

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Bey saunters languidly down eerie mansion halls in this menswear-inspired two-piece tuxedo.


Lace up the skates and bust out luxurious furs for a night out at the rink.

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Even in this demure cloaked ensemble, 'Yoncé's still got it.


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all, thin, and beautiful. That is the best way to describe the models who grace the covers of many high fashion magazines and strut down the runways each season, dressed head-to-toe in haute couture. As a society, people have come to accept that standard of beauty and strive to fit into it, no matter how unachievable the paradigm may be. In the past ten years, a new generation of plus-size models making waves in the fashion world are helping to break down these standards of beauty. The modeling industry has evolved substantially over time since its conception in the early 1900s. Fashion was focused on the women of high society who had wealth and status. The first modeling agency was formed in 1923 and by the ’30s, models were being more recognized and gaining fame because it was the age of Hollywood glamour. Fashion was dictated by the movie stars and high society women at the time. By World War II, women were becoming more empowered through their sexualization. That more sensual type of American beauty progressed into the ’50s and ’60s. The era was encompassed by the pin-up girl vibes of models like Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe who became sex symbols known for showing off their curves. That sexy ideal continued until 1966 when icon and international supermodel, Twiggy, shot to fame. Known for her long, thin, boyish frame, she quickly became a fixture in the fashion industry. Since then, the obsession with stick-thin, androgynous models has endured. Fashion is just now beginning its journey back to its roots where the modeling industry began. At a size 8, plus-size model Robyn Lawley 152 | THREAD


wears the same size that Monroe wore at the height of her career, proving that curves are back. Lawley found fame in 2011 when she became the first plus-size model to be shot in Australian Vogue. Since then, she has graced the covers of many prominent fashion magazines and was the first plus-size model to be featured in a Ralph Lauren campaign. She has become a poster child for the plus-size modeling industry — a trailblazer in her own right. However, Lawley wears a mere U.S. size 8. Currently, the fashion industry defines any model over a size 6 as “plus size.” According to a 2011 article in WWD, the average dress size of the American woman is 14, where plus-size tags typically begin. The current industry requirement for high fashion models is to be between 5’7 and 6’0 tall and to wear a dress size 0 to 4. Today, the average female model is 5’11 and 115 pounds. However, the average American woman is 5’4 and 166 pounds. According to a 2012 article in PLUS Model magazine, most runway models meet the Body Mass Index criteria for anorexia. That is the body type that is promoted to young girls and women everywhere as how beauty should look. The section of models that is


defined as plus size has created a lot of controversy over whether or not the term is degrading to women. Opinions are across the board over the topic both from society and the models who fit into this category. Tara Lynn, a size 12/14 model who has graced coveted high fashion magazine covers such as ELLE France, believes that everyone is a different size and is not offended by being considered plus size. In a 2013 interview with ELLE Spain, she confessed that she used to struggle with her size 12/14 body, but now accepts it as it is. She also claimed that “it is hard to make clothes look good on big women,” and while she believes there should be more diversity in advertising, she digressed that using a standard, skinny body “makes perfect sense.” Lawley, however, finds the term derogatory and does not believe that anyone should be labeled based on his or her size. In the modeling world, success depends exclusively on a model’s outward appearance and the entire fashion industry is reliant on looks. Proponents of the plus-sized fashion movement believe the industry should encourage selfexpression and wearing what fits the, body whatever the size and not just one particular look. While the number and acceptance



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of high fashion models with normal sized bodies is growing, the definitive size of plus-size models is shrinking. Ten years ago, models were considered plus size at a 10 or 12. Since then, that number has continuously shrunk to as low as a size 6. That has created a gap for the models that have bodies that are not big enough to be considered plus size, but not small enough to work in the high fashion market. The gap was what led fashion newcomer Jennie Runk to gain weight in order to become a working model. The fashion industry is lacking what this gap has to offer — models that promote a body type based on being healthy instead of being seen as thin or fat. The goal is to demonstrate that there are women in society with all different types of bodies that can be just as healthy, if not healthier than the typical runway model and that they are beautiful, too. In fact, many runway models would need to be pulled from shows if the root of concern was being unhealthy. The fashion industry may be the first to blame societal standards on the definition of beauty, claiming that stick-thin models are what our society wants to see. During the past year, Runk made headlines as the first plus-size model to be featured in an H&M swim line campaign, wearing suits from its general line at her current size 12/14. 156 | THREAD

Last year at New York Fashion Week, Eden Miller made waves by becoming the first designer to show a plus-size line on the runway. Her Spring 2014 collection from her line Cabiria was featured on stunning plus-size models from different top agencies, including Wilhelmina Models. Thirteen plus-size designers were featured in the first British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend during London Fashion Week this year. However, the event was still separate from fashion week, where stick-thin models run the catwalks. British Plus-size Fashion Week was inspired by the New York Full-Figured Fashion Week, which has been hosted since 2009. While the changes that have been made to feature more normal sized models are encouraging, the fashion industry still has a ways to go. Plus-size models, such as Lawley, Runk, and Lynn, are redefining the term “plus-sized model” in an industry that is constantly trying to shrink them. The standard of beauty and perfection that is placed on models in the fashion industry is translated into the real world on to real girls who strive to meet the mold. Bodies come in all different shapes and sizes and each type deserves to be represented equally in the fashion industry. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 157

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hen buying a suit, especially for the first time, one must realize and recognize that the process will not be painless and will in fact test every ounce of one’s manhood. No, it will not be quick. No, it will not be easy. Yet, the strain of mind and wallet will ultimately score a suit fit for a stud.

kick riding shotgun, begin by analyzing the purpose of said suit. Why buy it? What’s it for, or meant to represent? A good excuse to pop the suit cherry is for a professional internship, wedding, or on significantly more depressing terms, a funeral. Know the reasons for dropping cash on a suit and certain decisions regarding style, color, and cut will have already been made.



Above any other advice, the suitbuying virgin must always travel with a shopping companion (that’s gender neutral, right?). If there were commandments handed down by the suave suit gods, that would top the aged scroll. Salespeople want to sell anything and everything. They live off commission from selling the most costly duds; they don’t care if you look runway ready or headed for a convention of dentists. If an honest opinion is necessary, bring along one that can be trusted. Friends are allowed to tell the rough, prickled truth. When a warrior entered battle in service to his kingdom, he was armed with the finest and shiniest suit, designed to protect and intimidate those in opposition to his endgame. In this manner, a suit furthers the definition a man has chosen for himself. In a sleek future based in fashion and creativity, the way a man dresses forms an impression. Remember to enter this intimidating experience with confidence, leaving fear on the dressing room floor. There’s only space for one thought in that mind: scoring a suit that turns a boy into a man. With a blunt and trustworthy side-

For a first suit, it’s best to travel the basic route. Limit the color selection to black, blue, or gray. Those monotone choices allow for an all-purpose suit, designed for every formal occasion. As with any smart fashion purchase, choosing something that could be worn in a plethora of ways is ideal. Start hunting at a department store. Designer labels will be available, and can be compared among their fashion equivalents. A store such as Macy’s will carry a little bit of everything and can help put this mission in perspective. Glancing at a men’s fashion magazine (i.e. GQ, Esquire, Nylon Guys, etc.) wouldn’t hurt either, since flashy suit advertisements are meant as inspiration. A posse of stylish, young professionals, recently graduated from The Ohio State University has founded a new method of suit shopping. Pursuit is a travelling caravan of suit attire, advice, and all a man in need might be searching for. These gentlemen of suit knowledge and entrepreneurial drive have given the college-aged men of Columbus a haven of slim fit fashion. Founder Nate DeMars and his team offer OUTHREADMAG.COM | 159

approachable advice to naïve firsttimers. He said, “We’ll teach you everything you need to know without making you feel dumb for asking.” Decide on a reasonable amount to shell out. Take rent, utilities, and food into consideration when calculating this “reasonable” amount. A man needs warmth and food for survival; a suit, not so much. In relation to an idyllic amount of coin, try to use bargains but don’t rely on them. The sale section might be discounted for 160 | THREAD

a reason, don’t sacrifice those refund checks for sub-par merchandise. When eyeing over those bargain bins, check whether free tailoring is offered. It is in the best interest of all that any suit purchase be tailored to actually fit. No body can perfectly fit into a pretailored suit. People’s physiques come in far too many shapes and sizes to fit any mold hanging in Macy’s.


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search of a suit should know his size. It’s better to know this beforehand considering some shop assistants are incapable of taking accurate measurements and will in fact sell a suit meant for the Nutty Professor before admitting their incompetence. This isn’t saying all salespeople lack this skill, but if said salesperson seems to be measuring the incorrect areas of the body, that might be a telltale sign. At least enter the process with a vague idea of the suit size needed;

the whole adventure is already going to take a good chunk of time. Getting deeper into styles and trends, one can only hope to stick with what’s fashionable but also professional. Think fabric. Wool is a standard used for the majority of suits up for sale, but can be blended with cashmere for a higher ticket price. When in doubt, go for wool. It’s sturdier and meant to last, and if vented properly can be worn throughout the entire year. A good test for checking OUTHREADMAG.COM | 161

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a fabric is to give it a tug. Don’t try to tear it apart, but pull it and see how well it bounces back. Does it wrinkle easily? Does it remain stretched for an unpleasant amount of time? If yes to either of those questions, move on. That suit is not meant for anyone. Also consider the number of buttons on the jacket. The threebutton suit represented the epitome of 1990s stockbroker types, but perhaps a two button might better suit a modern man of 2014. The one button is absolutely an option, but something about it just doesn’t appeal. The two-button might be the best combination of style, aesthetic appeal, and comfort. Sleep on that one; it’s a tough choice.


Again this tutorial is approaching the manner in which the suit fits. Some men may prefer baggier trousers or a looser jacket in case he wants to eat KFC for the next ten years, but staying hip to the trends of today translates to a slim fit suit. This cut accentuates a thinner body leaving less fabric to dangle from any region. If this description doesn’t fit a certain man, there’s a reason behind the dressing room and its accompanying mirrors. Look in those mirrors. Put the suit on and take it for a spin around the block. Walk around the store, stare at every angle of your body and judge hard. The money and decision lies with the man wearing it, don’t settle for less than perfection. In regard to the slim fit trend, Pursuit founder Nate DeMars said, “We find the vast majority of young guys look best in slim-fit clothing but that doesn’t mean you have to be skinny, it means the suit closely follows your silhouette.” This directly translates 162 | THREAD

to slim fit being the trend du jour for every twenty-something perusing the Internet for job offers. The shoulder pad shouldn’t hang past the actual shoulder. Buttoning the jacket shouldn’t include sucking in the chest or stomach. Everything should fit comfortably but not sag or droop. Buying a suit is meant as an alternative to wearing a hand me down that fits in the worst ways. Remember to ask for the sleeves to show at least a quarter inch of shirt cuff. Now, ask that friend to spill the damn beans. Does it look good or what? This might be the perfect time for a true friend to finally share that the newest face of Hugo Boss is hogging the mirror. Blunt opinions are preferred. The suit-buying business is harsh, unpleasant and will steal the entire time allotted for lunch. The key to keeping this process in the realm of getting vaccinated rather than receiving a root canal is to plan ahead. Do the prep work. As any half decent restaurant would admit, the prep work keeps the kitchen running smoothly, rapidly, and ensures success no matter how picky the customer. As a final reminder, go into this process with a period of time carved out and without any fear. Plan the amount of coin necessary and convince a friend to come along for the ride. Bribery is always an option. As for Nate DeMars, he advised, “Don’t let some pushy salesperson talk you into spending a crazy amount of money because you’re ‘investing in your future’, it’s a suit not a Roth IRA.” A man’s first suit is a mandatory experience and represents the final rite of passage into adulthood. The next step is growing a beard or getting married. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 163

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oing to class and doing homework are expected for college students. Internships, however, have become an essential part of the college experience. There’s something about laboring for free combined with working incredibly hard to prove yourself that says a lot about character in conjunction with your skillset. Here are some firsthand accounts of Thread’s senior exec board members about unspoken tips and tricks for the lives of an intern.

BENTLEY WEISEL Editor in Chief

Internship: Food Arts magazine, M. Shanken Communications, NYC The most important thing I can initially say about internships is to have them. Not just one, but as many as you can while in college. While I definitely consider my most recent summer internship in NYC to be of the most value to me, every 166 | THREAD

internship I have had has taught me something different. From basics like knowing how to conduct myself and dress in an office, to knowing when to speak and when to listen, to being punctual and staying late, I took note of everything. I chose to dabble in a variety of media internships, even if they were not necessarily what I thought I wanted to do with my career. It’s important to remember that you don’t always know what you want, so trying everything can lead you to creating a definitive goal. You’ll be able to learn things about yourself along the way regardless, and that’s invaluable. Knowing how to be humble as a person and as an intern is a vital skill to develop if it is not already inherent. You, at this point in your life, are not too good to do anything. In order to succeed professionally, always say “yes” and always find something to learn.

RACHEL KEAVENY Design Editor Internship: Food Network Magazine, NYC

I completed my summer internship as an art intern at Food Network Magazine (FNM), at the Hearst tower in New York City. First of all, it was amazing to be able to spend a summer in my favorite city. I have wanted to live there since I was a kid and I was overwhelmed with excitement when I was offered an internship there. I began my art internship by learning the basics of Woodwing, the plugin software for InDesign that they use at Hearst. After becoming acquainted with the software, I began designing pages right away. In the beginning I was designing very templated, simple layouts to learn the style of FNM. But, after some time they let me start doing layouts that were more challenging, and allowed more room for creative freedom. Working in a super fast-paced environment was intimidating at first, but extremely beneficial, and fun. I loved working with amazing designers and getting immediate feedback on my layouts, and I am much more detailed oriented in my design because of all the feedback and tips. The best thing about this internship is that it helped me realize what type of career I really want and how to pursue it.

KELLY GIFFORD Who, What, Wear Editor

Internship: The New York Observer, NYC One of the most valuable things I have learned from my internships is that a great attitude and personality can take you a long way—in person and through your social media. Employers want to hire interns who not only are fun to be around and hardworking in the office, but also have that same type of presence on all social media platforms. A healthy dose of professionalism and personality on your Facebook page, Twitter feed, and blogs will show potential employers that there is still a person behind the amazingly refined professional that they see on your resume and cover letter. I constantly interacted via social media with coworkers and other journalists throughout my day while working in New York City with the New York Observer—talking about stories I had written and their reactions, as well as potential leads for follow ups. A good dialogue through social media can make for great connections and relationships in person. Showing who you are through social media can bring about some great opportunities. You never know who is watching. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 167

BROOKE BUNCE Managing Editor


Internships: Time Out New York & Woman’s Day magazines, NYC

Internship: iVillage.com/NBCUniversal, NYC

You will hear this a million times, but there's a reason: NETWORK! Reach out to inspiring writers and editors at your favorite publications. Don’t be afraid to shoot them an email about why you'd like to hear more about them. Chances are, you'll hear "yes" more than "no." People love getting to share things about themselves, and it's flattering when someone actually wants to listen. Do a little bit of research on the person before you chat- It's impressive when you know their work history. This helps you find ways to make natural connections. Like the same movie or TV show? Email a related article to that person a few months after your internship ends. You'll gain a new friend AND a valuable industry contact. I applied for a position at a publishing house and actually got interviewed by a fellow Bobcat. Since then, we've stayed in touch even though I turned the internship down. Don't be afraid to apply for more internships while you're in the city. Chances are, you'll get an interview since you're already there. Even if you know you can't complete two semesters of internships, you'll be able to network again and get your name seen.

I was warned prior to starting my internship that there’s a huge learning curve in the intern world. After leaving at the end of the first day, I was unconvinced I would ever catch on to the speed of the office. Editors are understanding the first week, but know that you’ll likely be given a high workload from the start. A skill that’s immensely important was becoming familiar with the website’s voice so my writing could reflect that. I would read all articles—not just ones in my section—and paid attention to how headlines, subheads, decks were written. Always look over-dressed rather than under-dressed. My office was fairly casual, but a lot of times I would be asked in the middle of the day to attend a PR or media event, and I was always thankful to have worn something that made me feel comfortable. Halfway through your internship, ask your editor for a mid-term review to check on your progress. I met with my editor for lunch and we discussed my strengths, weaknesses, and any questions I had. It allowed me to reevaluate my work, and I used that to make the most of my time there.

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Becoming an intern at photography studios in NYC has provided me with many contacts for my future, and was the best way to apply my knowledge from school in a real, highly creative environment. Being an intern is an awesome way to get your hands dirty in your industry, but it isn't always glamorous. The best advice I have is to leave your ego at the door, and take in every detail of what is going on around you. Taking critiques personally will not enable you to grow and learn, although maintaining your confidence can be difficult to do amid constructive comments. Bring a notebook on your first day and write down every step of a process you learn (you will thank me later). Ask questions. Admit when you mess up. If I have learned anything these past two summers, your bosses will really appreciate and value honesty. Stick it out for those extra long days, and help out any way you can around the office even if your tasks aren't thrilling. Overall, just completely immerse yourself in what you're doing when you're doing it, and you'll be sure to learn a ton and leave a good impression.

Going into my first internship this past summer was a very eye opening experience. One of the first things I learned was that I in fact needed to learn more. My classes at OU gave me a good head start, but getting out there and experiencing real world jobs with real big name clients was a whole new ballgame. Becoming familiar with how the show is run in someone else’s hands takes time to get used to, and even though you will definitely make mistakes, being honest and asking questions about anything you’re unsure of is one of the best ways to show your employers that you aren’t afraid of learning and owning up to your own faults. We’ve all heard horror stories from peoples internships, but as long as you show up with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, you can only grow from there. I was fortunate enough to work with some great OU alumni who have become strong contacts for me and have offered several jobs to me even after my internship ended. Overall it is important to make sure you show up early, dress presentable, engage yourself, and don’t ever be afraid to ask questions.

Internship: Patrick Randak Photography, NYC

Internship: Illumination Studio LLC. with Eric Wagner, Columbus, OH




Before any internship, you’re told to work hard, follow directions, and everything in between. In my opinion, that’s all common sense. What I learned while interning is that it’s the little things that count. Pay an insane, almost obsessive, amount of attention to detail because your boss will notice. Volunteer for any story, any task, however menial, and ask questions. They want to know that you’re concerned with doing a good job. Trust me, doing what you’re told and doing it correctly will set you apart. Get to a point where they don’t have to question your ability and feel like they can turn to you when they need something done. Don’t be afraid to take initiative—employers like to see that you want to contribute to the company from pitching stories to tidying up. Internships can be intimidating, and in retrospect, I wish I had pitched more ideas, but going in with a strong work ethic and positive attitude allowed me to do fun things, such as cover Forecastle Music Festival. I like to keep in mind that there’s something to learn from every internship, and always, always make the most of every opportunity.

Being a then freshman seeking internships, I was scared at the thought of entering the “grown up” workplace. I eventually found a PR internship at Talent Group, a Cleveland-based talent agency. I was intimidated entering the office on my first day, hoping that I wouldn’t be subjected to some sort of scrutiny by my boss or coworkers. I was quiet, something most people who have ever met me would know is unusual. My scared shyness eventually evaporated and my personality was given the opportunity to shine through as I interacted with coworkers and clients. The agency’s founder, whom I never met but often spoke to on the phone (it was like talking to God) eventually recognized me as “Louis the comedian.” My coworkers became my friends as we spent a whole summer making our way in the agency, facing long days together, some of which were occupied by lunches out, longboarding lessons, and dance parties when nobody was in the office. Remain true to your talents, your personality, and your willingness to learn, as opposed to being scared to open up or trying to be somebody else.

Internship: PASTE Magazine, Atlanta, GA

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Internship: Talent Group, Cleveland, OH





cheduled to hit the shelves in May 2014 is a book that is part business-savvy, part fashion-trendy, and just a tad nasty. Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, is set to add author to her ever-growing and impressive resumé. Her book, #GirlBoss: How To Write Your Own Rules While Turning Heads And Turning Profits, will appeal to fashion feminists everywhere who want to take the business world by storm, just like Amoruso did at the age of 22. In 2006, after foregoing college and quitting a string of retail and other odd jobs, Amoruso launched her eBay store “Nasty Gal Vintage,” which sells vintage finds from thrift stores all over San Francisco. Using MySpace as a means of advertisement, Amoruso was able to target 20-something girls and expand her consumer base. Her store was a one-woman operation — she posted, photographed, and styled every item in her inventory. “I got a book about how to start an eBay store and figured out enough html and taught myself graphic design and Photoshop and I had experience with photography

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and I just started trying things—I shot stuff on a friend in a weird room, then went outside and tried that, I messed with lighting, used different models,” Amoruso said in an interview with Fashionista. After turning considerable profits from her eBay store, Amoruso launched her first independent website, NastyGalVintage.com, further expanding her operation. Nearly eight years later and a partnership with Index Ventures, a backer of Asos, Etsy, Facebook, and other companies, Amoruso now heads a multi-million dollar company that employs more than 300 workers. In 2012, Forbes called Sophia Amoruso “fashion’s new phenom.” Nasty Gal’s inventory still includes a variety of vintage finds as well as their own original designs. Nasty Gal boasts over 2.5 million followers on social media. As for her success, Amoruso accredits a part of it to her relationship with those buying her product. “I partner with my customer,” Amoruso said to Women’s Wear Daily. Now, the original nasty gal looks to share the knowledge she gained during her entrepreneurial journey with other nasty gals through her book. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 173

The book is how you can follow your nose and be open to different possibilities to your future. It’s the business book for the girl who didn’t go to an Ivy League school, and is somewhat of a life bible for every girl SOPHIA AMORUSO

“The book is how you can follow your nose and be open to different possibilities to your future. It’s the business book for the girl who didn’t go to an Ivy League school, and is somewhat of a life bible for every girl,” Amoruso said in an interview with WWD. #GirlBoss spends less time on fashion and more time addressing how to succeed in business (while actually trying). The book is Amoruso’s manifesto on lessons learned and money earned. She outlines what it takes to be a new kind of boss in her book, “A #GirlBoss is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants

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because she works for it.” While choosing to bypass college herself, Amoruso’s book appeals to college-age girls everywhere who are looking to create a successful and rewarding career. #GirlBoss outlines her journey shows that you do not need a top-notch education in order to make a name for yourself. When addressing her success Amoruso said to WWD, “I came in the back door to running a corporation and being a CEO.” Despite dominating the online fashion world, Amoruso still looks to maintain her spontaneity and inner wild child. She writes in #GirlBoss, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let the Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”


CLOTHING Waking up in the morning is an awful task, and choosing something to wear is very difficult. The best way to dress for the freezing temperatures, yet still look presentable is to go with the simplest clothing possible. Heavy sweaters, infinity scarves, fleece-lined or velvet leggings, paired with vests, parkas, and winter boots are essential. Adding layers also help regulate body temperature can be better maintained going from the frigid outdoors into stuffy classrooms.


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urviving the winter months without problems is a difficult task considering the cold, arid weather. Choosing an outfit is usually much more of a tribulation and dealing with the static is never fun. To top it all off, eating healthy becomes much less desirable. Everything about feeling vibrant and healthy suddenly disappears when the weather decides to take a turn for the worst. Luckily, there are solutions for these little burdens that will make the dreary months seem less dreadful.

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Not having dry skin during the winter is almost impossible, however, there are ways to completely eliminate it with proper exfoliation. Many believe that simply moisturizing is enough to remedy dry skin, but exfoliating away the dead skin on the face and body is a necessary step two to three times a week in order for the moisturizer to set in and keep the skin hydrated. Simple, non-scented products like Aveeno work well to alleviate dryness while being wallet-friendly.

MAKEUP Caking on foundation and other makeup during the winter months does not bode well with the dry air. If the correct skin routine steps are taken (with the facial scrub) a natural makeup look is more probable. In the morning any kind of BB cream is great for cover-up, or dabs of concealer combined with mascara should be enough. When doing a full face of makeup, use a light amount of foundation, a dusting of powder, a bit of illuminator on the cheekbones along with some blush. Choose a simple eye look, and do a quick lip OUTHREADMAG.COM | 177

scrub with sugar before applying lip product. The scrub will smooth out the lips for easier application.

HAIR Having to deal with dry skin and makeup is burdensome, but trying to deal with hair doesn’t make things any easier. Throwing a beanie on is a quick solution—it will pair well with undone hair. If static hair is a result from the lack of moisture in the air or the increased amount of hats, try rubbing dryer sheets against a hairbrush or using Winter RX anti-static spray from Alterna. Opt out of normal hat choices for a knit headband that covers the ears and does not change the hair or cause static.


SUPER FOODS Eating healthy in college can be a nightmare when budgets are tight, and the cold makes it even more challenging. For a quick morning breakfast, Greek yogurt with granola and a banana covers all the nutrition bases. The yogurt provides protein and dairy, the banana adds potassium, the granola gives fiber, and the preparation time is minimal. Have a small bowl of blueberries or pomegranates on the side to get the antioxidants in your immune system. Pomegranates help to protect against dry skin and promote healthy hair and growth. Being able to go about the cold winter day feeling good is very difficult to attain, however if the correct steps are taken to deal with all of the discomforts faced by the frigidness, it becomes bearable. Using natural methods and simplicity is the easiest way to solve the problems caused by winter, making this part of life have less stress. 178 | THREAD

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FACE SHAPES HEART What defines most heart shaped faces is a wider forehead and prominent chin. A shorter choppy side bang will draw attention to the eyes and accentuate the cheekbones, while balancing out the other facial features.

OBLONG Long face, long bangs. Bangs that cover the forehead, blunt or wispy, will give the illusion of a shortened and fuller face.

SQUARE A longer eye-grazing fringe with thin layers is ideal for square shaped faces. The perfect length is key, as bangs too long or too short can completely throw off the balanced look. Although a full look is desired, a blunt and choppy cut should be avoided. A fringe that is too blunt will make square faces appear even more box like.


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angs can definitely be an intimidating hairstyle to approach, as the most common fear is that the end result will look like something out of an elementary school yearbook. The key to achieving a successful transformation is knowing what type of bang best flatters the face shape, and knowing how to style them to look fresh and fabulous.

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To elongate a round face, a lengthy side-swept bang is essential. This style will make the face appear more oval shaped and soften the face’s wider features. However, some round faces look best without bangs at all, depending on the distinct roundness of its features. Not having bangs will keep the hair from closing in on the face and making it appear even more round.

OVAL The most fortunate of the face shapes, oval faces can flaunt all of the bang styles. The top of the face is usually the same width as the bottom, and its longer sides make this face shape appear the most balanced, which compliments everything from blunt fringe to wispy side bangs.


STYLING TIPS Even with the perfect bang style, everyone has bad bang days. There are certain techniques that offer relief to each type of bang on those days that they don’t want to cooperate. Blow dry long bangs with a large, round brush. To avoid any wave, brush right at the root and smooth any cowlicks or bumps around the hair line. Run a flat iron through them for a straighter look. Finish with hairspray. For short bangs it is often easy to style with fingers to achieve the desired look. Be sure to blow dry them straight down so they aren’t tempted to stick up anywhere. If they’re feeling coarse or dry, any frizz serum should do the trick. Fringe should be styled with a flat brush and either air dried for a wispier look or blown dry using side to side motions for a blunt bang. A flat iron can be used in an upward motion for volume, and to be sure the look holds, a pomade or wax can be used to piece out strands and add texture. For side swept bangs, first blow dry them forward for volume. A curling iron can also give an extra wave of volume if needed. One of these should keep those side bangs from flattening and sticking to the forehead. Some styling tips differ from others depending on the texture, length,

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Blow dry long bangs with a large, round brush.

and thickness of the hair. Managing bangs with curly hair can be a hassle. The key to keeping them under control is blow drying them before they can take to their natural curl. Using a round brush to anchor the ends will help to shape them into the desired look. If all else fails, a flat iron can be used to achieve that sleek look, just be sure to keep the heat low so those luscious curls aren’t damaged. Moroccan Oil is also a great product to use on curly hair to keep it shiny, smooth, and frizz free. It can be difficult to keep thin and fragile hair from laying limp around the face. The best way to achieve volume and body is to blow dry the bangs in the opposite direction of the way the hair is parted. A light tease can do the trick as well, as long as it’s not overdone. Bangs with coarse or thick hair are easily perfected with a small amount of texture cream or wax. A little of this product goes a long way and it gives the control needed to style stubborn, coarse hair that doesn’t want to budge. Regardless of hair type, thankfully, bangs are pretty versatile. If it comes down to it, there is always the option of fashionably pinning them back in a quick braid or twist to offer a whole new hairstyle on those bad bang days.



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arby Parker, a New York-based eyewear company, operates both via its website as well as through a small number of retail locations throughout the United States. The online ordering com186 | THREAD

ponent of the company is the truly novel aspect, so after hearing about the startup, Ohio University student Mallory Ferguson chose to give its interactive ordering a try. Ferguson started by heading to Warby Parker’s website and browsing

the selection of glasses. Sections are divided between men’s and women’s frames, and then by regular eyewear and sunglasses. Most frames are offered in several colors, and there are large high-quality images of the frames from different angles. There’s

also a virtual try-on feature that allows users to upload pictures of their faces, providing them with a general idea of what each frame would look like. All of these high quality images are fine and dandy, but glasses need to be tried on in order to really get a OUTHREADMAG.COM | 187

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good idea, right? Thankfully, Warby Parker has addressed this need with its free “home try-on” program that can be assessed on the homepage of the website after quickly creating an account. Ferguson had five full days to try them on, show her friends and family, and get opinions on which pair was right. When done with the evaluation, she simply packaged them back up, affixed the included prepaid return label, and dropped it off with UPS. If she had not liked any of the frames a second round could be sent repeating the process. However, Ferguson did find the pair that she loved. “I’ve been enjoying the new style for about a month now. The quality is really good compared to storebought glasses I’ve owned in the past,” Ferguson said. The idea for Warby Parker came to

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Neil Blumenthal and his three classmates at a bar, ironically enough, at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He was quoted in the New York Times, “We promised each other that we were going to really work hard, and that we would remain friends throughout the process, regardless of what happened. So every month, we would return to that bar where we had the original idea, and we would have a 360 review of each other. That set the tone for the culture at Warby Parker, which would really be rooted in open and honest feedback.” As another founding principle of the company, for each pair of glasses sold at Warby Parker a donation goes to a non-profit organization that provides glasses to those in need, a program called “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair.” According to the website, approximately one billion people don’t

have access to affordable glasses. By receiving these essential frames, one’s productivity can increase by 35 percent in turn increasing monthly income by 20 percent. The company recently reported that its donations have enabled over 500,000 glasses to be distributed thus far. Warby Parker is also one of the only carbon-neutral eyewear brands in the world. According to the website, “We actively work to reduce our environmental impact by mapping out our greenhouse gas emissions — from frame production to shipping to warehousing to office work — and purchasing carbon offsets accordingly.” “When you factor in all of the worthy outcomes, shopping with Warby Parker is an easy choice,” Ferguson said looking back on her overall experience. When it comes to the lenses themselves, there are a few more generic designs, but most geek— chic frames are big and bold; those looking for a more subtle design may be out of luck. However, according to company representative, Ruthie Thier, at Warby Parker Headquarters in New York City, “Warby Parker is aggressively adding new designs to its catalog, so if you’re intrigued by the concept, but can’t find a frame you like, make sure to check back occasionally to see what’s new.” Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal also previously served as VisionSpring’s director and helped pioneer its model to train lowincome women to sell affordable glasses in their communities. The model creates jobs for people in need, as well as the economic incen-

tive to continuously provide glasses as their customers lose or break their glasses and change prescriptions. “Warby Parker is honored to partner with VisionSpring to grow our ‘Buy a Pair, Give a Pair’ business model,” Blumenthal said. Vicky Aguilar was a natural sales woman. As a young woman, she came up with the idea of buying cosmetics at a market and reselling them door-to-door for a profit. She has also sold clothes, encyclopedias, etc. — but each new product only supplied enough income for her to scrape by. Born and raised in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Vicky showed up one afternoon at the VisionSpring office to peddle her merchandise. Instead of making a sale that day, she wound up filling out a job application. VisionSpring, one of Warby Parker’s main giving partners, trains and employs men and women like Vicky to give eye exams and sell affordable glasses in developing countries. Now just a few years into her job with VisionSpring, Vicky is consistently the top seller among her colleagues. Over the course of her work she’s been able to purchase a home for her children and grandchildren, cover their medical costs, and start saving up for a car. So when looking for a new pair of glasses or sunglass (or, heck, even a monocle), give Warby Parker a try. The frame designs available may not fit everyone, but browsing the site and giving the home try-on program a shot is a fun and rewarding experience. Join in the experience by visiting www.warbyparker.com or visionspring.org to learn more.


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rowing up in an environment in which long-haired gentlemen (gasp) were a complete rarity, moving to Athens was a bit of a culture shock. In my small town, where the majority of my male friends attended catholic high schools, long hair was not allowed. It was viewed as unconventional and even rebellious. Historically speaking, musicians are the long-haired dudes. Jim Morrison’s mane could knit a Christmas sweater. Bob Marley’s dreadlocks are more famous than he is. Kurt Cobain… well, yeah. You get the picture. While I respect these gentlemen for expressing their culture, long hair is not my cup of tea. While there are several routes men can take when they choose to grow their hair out, let’s start with beards. Ugh. I have always associated beards with old, scholarly men. In my opinion, they are anything but attractive. Men should ditch the beard and opt for a fresh, clean-shaven look instead. And then there are ponytails. I shudder at the thought. No man should ever be caught dead with a ponytail. Nothing is worse than

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standing in line behind a presumed woman at a coffee shop only to find out that person sporting the pony is a man. If you are concerned with keeping your hair out of your face, there is only one solution—cut it. Finally, there are the dread-wearers and Pocahontas wannabes. That length of hair looks grungy and disheveled, and dreads can appear dirty and greasy. Next time you think about growing your hair out, think again. Leave the long locks to the ladies (we do the hair flip better anyhow) and keep rockin’ the short hair.

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n this modern world where women can do just about anything that men can, I think it’s about time we start giving men some of the same luxuries. One in specific, the right to rock a luscious long flow. It’s not only a trend among the beautiful men of the NHL anymore. From edgy to sophisticated, this trend can be interpreted for any style. For example, a few of my courageous long-haired favorites, Johnny Depp, “The Hills” star Justin Bob-

by, Brad Pitt, and Orlando Bloom have had their fair share of flow fame. If those celebrities can proudly walk down the red carpet with long locks, then I think it’s about time I start seeing the same in Athens. I mean come on, am I not the only one who was devastated when Sunshine was forced to chop his long blonde head of hair in Remember the Titans? With all of that being said, just because I love longer hairstyles on men doesn’t mean I think every human with testosterone flowing through his body should be limited to just one look either. Just as much as some of my fellow female friends would like to ability to dry their hair in under 30 minutes. Not all of us have the pleasure of being able to pull off the beloved pixie cut. The same goes for long hair on men, but you’ll never know until you try it. To those male readers who still aren’t convinced, take it from someone who literally pays to extend her hair, if you can grow naturally long hair then by all means use your luck to your advantage. Now if we can all take a moment to wish the buzz cut a long, overdue farewell, I rest my case.


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