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Decades of Change




Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Autumn Adventure

Late Bloomers

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Haute Online Top 5 Editor’s Note

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Runway Realway Column: The Antigent

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DIY Beaded Necklace DIY Tie Rack DIY Lyrical Art

who, what, wear


Street Peeps Always Timeless Handling Hand Care Trendy Tribal


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Swinging Fashion Creature Comforts Air of Allegiance

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Walk With Reason

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Dapper Deans Professional Pants Party School Shirts Afternoon to After Hours Rant / Rave

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hauteonline the art of manliness Being a man is a tough job. A man starts his day with a tightened tie, fitted suit, laced wingtips and a bowl of nails washed down with a can of oil. The Art of Manliness blog is devoted to its slogan: “Reviving the lost art of manliness.” The site tackles topics for the everyday man, posting regularly on fashion, finance, fitness and much more. The Art of Manliness strives to provide information on becoming a better husband, father, brother and all-around man. The vast library of articles can serve as the virtual toolbox for the future men of the world, equipping young lads with all of the necessary skills for masculinity. -BRADLEY PARKS

DRESS AND GROOMING TAB The Dress and Grooming tab links to posts on how to dress for almost every occasion. A recent post, “5 Easy Ways for the College Student to Upgrade His Style,” details how to get rid of the college uniform, sweats and a T-shirt.

THE LIBRARY OF RANDOM MAN KNOWLEDGE In need of a quick spin of manly yarn? The Library of Random Man Knowledge is the place. The library includes Art of Manliness exclusives along with reader-submitted bits of manly information for everyday life. For example, entry No. 2,114: “Scars are tattoos with better stories.”


all the pretty birds All the Pretty Birds is a street style blog created by Tamu McPherson, a Jamaica native now living in Milan, for her love of fashion. The way she describes her photos, using words like “exquisite” and “breathless,” exhibits her stylish flair, captivating readers into wanting to buy her outfits. The everyday wear McPherson displays is truly inspiring to college students, especially since “sweatpants and hoodie season” is fast approaching. -ALI SHULTZ

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011 This look is simple and contemporary. The pink belt beautifully contrasts with the graphic dress and gives the model an elegant hourglass figure. Her choice of bright accessories keeps this outfit far from dreary or monotone.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 Denim on denim? Yes, please. This look is en vogue this season. The high-waisted jeans elongate the featured fashionista’s frame and the belt cinches her waist. The baggy, light denim top gives this look a comfortable and everyday look for fall.


cheetah is the new black What do you do when your corporate job is boring you to death? For Alicia Lund, the answer was to write a blog titled “Cheetah is the New Black.” She mixes her feminine yet edgy style with her favorite color, cheetah. The high resolution photography featured on the blog stands out against a stark white background. Lund’s casual blog layout is an online portfolio of her day-to-day fashion married with the fierce cityscape of bustling New York. Lund regularly reuses articles of clothing, showcasing the ingenuity behind her experimental threads. Cheetah is the New Black shows readers how a little creativity and a little cheetah can glamorize any ensemble. -ALEXIS EVANS

DIY The occasional DIY post found on the blog exhibits homemade accessories such as statement necklaces made of chunky gold and silver chains as well as hand-braided leather and suede wrap bracelets that add a little quirk to any outfit. She also shows basic steps on how to embellish blouses with an easy studding tutorial.

MIXIN’ IT Another attractive element of the blog is Lund’s posts that showcase mixtures of fashion and accessories based on themes. For example, in a blog post related to metallic accessories, she features pictures of an array of pieces that can be worn together to give an outfit that extra “oomph.” n



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black friday Thrifty shoppers have been counting down the hours to Black Friday since the first of November. But this year, they need only wait for Thanksgiving Day for the savings to begin. Best Buy stores around the country will be open at 9 p.m. – before many of us have even cleared the turkey off the table. Walmart will also open before Black Friday officially starts – at 10 pm on Thursday night. But earliest of all, Gap (and its sister stores Banana Republic and Athleta) will be opening at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Other retailers such as hhgreg, Macy’s and Target are opting to open at midnight, while stores like Saks Fifth Avenue will keep their usual Black Friday hours, beginning at 8 a.m.




paparrazi-worthy polish What do Nicki Minaj, Pirates of the Caribbean, Serena Williams and the Muppets have in common? Not much, except for their collaborations with OPI. The company, known for their quality lacquer—and even more so for the creative color names these tiny bottles receive—has recently been taking hue cues from musicians, movies and Muppets alike. Shades of “Warm and Fozzie,” “Fresh Frog of Bel Air,” and “Meep-MeepMeep” will grace shelves this holiday season just as the Muppets movie will be released at a theatre near you. And with the new year comes the release of Nicki Minaj’s OPI collection, naturally including names like “Pink Friday,” “Did It on ‘Em,” and “Metallic 4 Life.” Of course I’m enamored by these enamels, but—more importantly—will someone please tell me where I can apply for the position of nail polish namer?





vans on the run I should start by saying I am not a fan of Twilight’s Kristen Stewart by any means. (Harry Potter for life!) However, she wore black and white checkered Vans on the red carpet and for her Hollywood foot printing, and I applaud her for that. As a girl who has always been pro-flats, I am elated to see one celebrity rocking comfortable sneaks over classic heels. Not to mention, the red carpet has always been an example of the gender binary: women in short dresses and high heels and men in tuxes and ties. Stewart shook up the status quo with her androgynous Vans.


the kind campaign Forget Mean Girls—Pepperdine University grads Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson have started a relationship revolution with their documentary Finding Kind. The Kind Campaign, an international movement rooted in the belief that kindness combats the damaging effects of girl-on-girl crime, provides an outlet for females to spread awareness, healing and understanding against female bullying. Acknowledging the damage burn books, gossip and other “girl world” ammo can have on female relationships, these inspirational women have taken a stand in the journey to find kind. Taking their campaign to schools across the country, they hope to alter attitudes and replace hatred with love. Let’s face it girls, we’ve all been victims and villains in girl-on-girl war. Isn’t it time we called a truce? Help us change. Visit kindcampaign.com.



and the winner is... As a religious watcher of Project Runway, I was elated to see Anya Ayoung-Chee announced as the winner of season 9 during the Oct. 27 finale. Often the underdog, Anya still emerged as a judges’ favorite, despite criticism from fellow contestants about her limited four months of sewing experience. She proved herself during a challenge in which she lost the money to purchase her fabric and ended up creating killer looks, improvising with scraps from her other competitors. Her final Caribbean-inspired collection featured floral fabrics, daring necklines and flowing silhouettes on the NY Fashion Week runway. Now Project Runway fans will be patiently waiting to see if Anya remains true to Tim Gunn’s mantra and “makes it work,” rising to the role of a high-fashion designer. I know I would like some Anya-originals for spring!


editor’snote EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ali mazzotta Hi Threadies! As the leaves on College Green begin to change color and drift to the ground, we’ve traded in our sandals and shorts for boots and layers. With these changes comes the joy of dressing for colder temperatures and transitioning summer trends, like floral prints, into fall fashion. This issue we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the good nature of a day on the farm. We also got down and dirty with the ichthyology club and learned to dougie with Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi and VP of Student Affairs Kent Smith—as they gave us the scoop on their style. Plus our 6 looks we like this issue has us clued in to vibrant monochrome styles. I’d like to extend special thanks to Alpha Delta Pi, Cochran Transportation Sand and Gravel, the Ohio University Airport, Jessie Cadle and her roommates, Scott Wright, The Other Place, Athens Underground, WOUB and the Thread staff for their undying support and all of their help in mak-


ing this magazine possible. Let us know what you think about our latest issue by posting on our Facebook wall or tweeting us @ threadmag! Dress Sassily Athens, Ali Mazzotta


thread Editor-in-Chief Ali Mazzotta

Managing Editor Catherine Caldwell

seams editor

design & web editor

who what wear editor

photo chief

diy editor

picture editor

copy chief

creative director

public relations chief

advertising executive

Anna Luczkow

Riley Yuhas

Jesse Cadle

Sarah Balser

Hallie Rybka

Sarah Maloy

Becca Goodburn

Becky Williams Justin Brown Tom Busch


Lindsey Brenkus, Kerry Crump, Alexis Evans, Taylor Evans, Colleen Kratofil, Kate Lienesch, Anna Luczkow, Bridget Mallon, Olivia Ohlin, Bradley Parks, Kathryn Potraz, Kaitlyn Richert, Rachel Sayers, Ali Shultz, Laura Straub, Camisha Vigil, Patrick White, Carly Wiita


Emmy Baker, Sarah Balser, Heather Beaver, Kasey Brooks, Rebecca Ciprus, Mackenzie Cottingham, Levi Finley, Mary Hautman, Lauren Holle, Kate Irby, Michelle Kappeler, Audrey Kelly, Brenna Kowall, Sarah Miller, Emily Mueller, Emily Newman, Jordan Petsy, Amanda Puckett, Bethany Puterbaugh, Deanna Sakal, Becky Williams, Leah Woodruff


Arielle Busch, Emily Gardner, Alexa Hayes, Megan Hillman, Chloe Hoeg, Rachel Keaveny, Tia Kropko, Mikaela Longo, Linley Meyers, Danielle Morris, Allison Paglialunga, Gina Ranalli, Kaitlyn Richert, Margaret Riedel, Kellie Sedgwick, Katherine Smidansky, Riley Theurer


Sophia Borghese, Brooke Bunce, Megan Carter, Aly Fosset, Gretchen Greenlee, Megan Hillman, Kaylyn Hlavaty, Lexi Lang, Anna Luczkow, Katie O’Connor


Brooke Bunce, Kate Irby, Jasmine Garcia, Rachel Swalin, Camisha Vigil, Kylie Whittaker, Carly Wiita


Jordan Anders, Marley Brison, Jocelyn Chou, Ben Clos, Sydney Cologie, John Dean, Jasmine Garcia, Kelly Hayes, Jenny Joseph, Scott Lambert, Hannah May, Abigail Millar, Emily Pifer, Rachel Portik, Nicole Ranieri, Kyla Schmalenberger, Kellie Snyder, Anastasia Souris, Jerika Struewing, Megan Tyler, Christina Uehlein, Megan Valentine, Brienna Weibel, Kylie Whittaker


Chelsea Arnold, Rachel Bailey, Brittany Buynak, Megan Carter, Sarah Grothjan, Kaylyn Hlavaty, Riley Jobes, Scott Lambert, Josh Leeson, Travis Meader, Michael Mulig, Katie O’Connor, Kyle Rutherford, Katie Shepherd, Ashley Skeen, Lyndsie Sweet, Katie Todd, Leona Valentour, Kendra Wagoner


Kelly Ginsburg, Anna Grueser, Abigail Millar, Nick Rees, Leah Smith, Patrick White


runwayrealway bespoken fall 2011 By TAYLOR EVANS Photos by EMMY BAKER


espoken’s Fall 2011 Men’s Ready-to-Wear Collection is a nautical delight characterized by chunky knits, striped fabrics and brass buttons—an eclectic mix of wool suits and heavy sweaters. Like with many fall lines, layers are heavily encouraged; button-down shirts paired with pieces from suit jackets, dark khaki overalls and wool vests. Grays, blacks and navys dominate the color palate with the occasional splash of oatmeal or red, which are incorporated into plaid patterns and delightful tweeds. The clothing is impeccably designed and the overwhelming sailor feel makes the dark-colored clothing stand out in a sea of hooded sweatshirts and jeans. Trousers accessorized by caramel or black lace-up boots highlight the overall vintage element of the collection, while simple wool hats and knit scarves emphasize the clothing’s nautical vibe. To bring the Bespoken style to Athens, look for sweaters with cable knits or large buttons and pair with skinny jeans in dark denim or black. Tuck into thick socks and leather boots that hit mid calf for a fabulous fall look. If searching for formal wear, look for gray tweed jackets and small black bow ties.






valentino fall 2011 By KERRY CRUMP


alentino softened its Fall 2011 Women’s Ready-to-Wear Collection by returning to a minimalist style with clean, structured designs after a year of creamy tiered dresses and ruffled jackets. Neutral and sheer tops layered with simple jackets paired with natural, relaxed mid-length skirts and nude leather boots create the streamlined silhouette that dominates this collection. Chiffon frocks adorned with uncomplicated patterns maintain a modest neckline and classic shape, accented by thin headbands and slinky belts, still allowing the fabric to flow. Rich sapphire and deep crimson warmed up cinched, A-line modernized trenches, as well as flowing tanks accompanied by dark fitted skirts. These rich tones are also seen in the few accessories used in the collection, such as delicate clutches and round-toe heels. The soft layers and sleek silhouettes of this collection make bringing Valentino’s twist on classic designs to the Athens streets easy. Simply pair neutral garments with snakeskin or nude knee-high boots. Add in easy accents to tie the outfit together without distracting from the clean clothing style.


blogger of the month

theantigent By PATRICK WHITE


y original intention for my blog, “The Antigent,” was to catalog clothing and other inspiring things that emphasized the importance of personal preference and bold style choices. Since its conception, it has instead morphed into a vessel into which I spew all of my deep-seated hatred for pretty much everything in existence. It has also began to function as a sort of memoir for me. I’ve noticed something lately. It’s probably something that everyone else has already realized, and I’m just so far behind on everything (Have you heard of the show Lost?). Hope this doesn’t bore you into a coma in which you’ll end up drowning in your drool. Nonetheless, this topic is still something worth discussing. It’s about the value of dressing up; of looking presentable. I am the first to admit that wearing sweats/ jammies to class is über-comfortable. This is especially true if all you have are morning classes. I can often be seen in a hoodie and pajama pants, dragging myself to a lecture hall, face gazing down to the pavement. It’s not sensible to dress up every day, so lazy days are nice every now and then. But, there are advantages to getting dressed up that can completely change the trajectory of your day. To be clear, when I write about dressing up and being presentable, I’m referring to two different things. By “dressing up,” I mean gettin’ snazzy. By “being presentable,” I mean dressed normally, or functionally enough that your outfit wouldn’t discourage you from making appearances. “Sorry guys, I would go eat with you, but I look like crap...” That sort of thing. Now that we are at an understanding, let’s talk about the value of present-ability. Being presentable can mean jeans and a T-shirt. It can mean a sweater and jeans. It 16 | THREAD

can mean a lot of different things..things that don’t include pajamas. It doesn’t take much time at all to do, and what little time it does take is completely worth the happy after-effects. Just start off by showering and being hygienic (brush yo’ teef/ wear deo). You’ll feel better not having to worry if people are staring at your greasy hair, smelling your stank pits, or smelling your I-drank-anentire-glass-of-red-onions-before-I-went-tosleep morning breath. Being more comfortable with yourself is an easy way to start your day off in a good direction. Being presentable should be your default, but dressing up definitely has its benefits. I’ve noticed more and more that if I take the time to put together an outfit I am actually pumped about wearing, I feel more ambitious and tend to get more work accomplished during the day. Being pleased with your outward appearance may seem shallow, but when you feel confident about what you’re wearing, it permeates through how you feel as a whole. This is inversely true because whenever I dress like a trash bag, I feel like sitting inside all day, wanting as few people to see me as possible. While I do realize dressing up every day isn’t realistic (and I sure as heck don’t), it is worth the overall upswing to put a little effort into yourself. People notice the pep in your step, and compliments are a mood enhancer like none other. Slick back your hair, flash a smile, and you’ll feel more eager to take on the day. Not that you live by others approval or anything, but you should. JK! You only need to live by MY APPROVAL. I AM THE ULTIMATE. So why don’t you follow me on my overbearingly sarcastic, hate-scathed voyage into the bowels of my style psyche?! Check it out at theantigent.blogspot.com or I will find you... n



streetpeeps fall weather boots Photos by KELCIE BAIRD



What do you like about your boots? They were cheap.

What do you like about your boots? They’re cute and they match a lot of my clothes.

Why did you choose to wear them today? They’re really warm. Are they comfortable? Yes.


Why did you choose to wear them today? It’s rainy! Are they comfortable? Yes’m, very!




What do you like about your boots? They’re pretty and they have texture.

What do you like about your boots? You can wear them with anything. They’re easy to throw on and they’re classic.

Why did you choose to wear them today? They go with the outfit.

Why did you choose to wear them today? I wanted to rough up the look with my frilly dress.

Are they comfortable? No.

Are they comfortable? They’re are super comfy and easy to walk in. n




alwaystimeless By COLLEEN KRATOFIL Photos by AUDREY KELLY


atches have always been a smart and stylish staple to any outfit. But as technology advanced within the past decade, the staple saw itself on the “endangered accessories” list. With time available on our always-handy cell phones and computers, the future of wristwatches looked grim.


Every girl needs a go-to jewelry piece that is a casual yet classic companion to any outfit. One can never go wrong with a gold, stainless steel watch. The metallic sheen blends smoothly with everyday ensembles and emits a vintage vibe. A boyfriend style with an oversized face can be incorporated into almost all outfit arrangements, adding an element of effortless chic. Michael Kors’ designs exhibit that flawless combination of bold, shiny menswear-inspired timepieces.


An athletic wristwatch is a fitting enhancement to athletic attire. Brands such as TOYWATCH and Lacoste have created a playful and energetic image that complements active

Luckily timepieces have not only survived, they’ve also been reinvented as designers continue to turn out more artistic and funkier pieces. Watches may not be used for the sole purpose of telling time today, but the vintage, classic look they represent will always ring true. Wristwatches are not only timepieces; they are pieces of jewelry that extend individual style. Watches have prevailed and are more popular than ever, proving they will always be a “timeless accessory.”

wear well. Look for a flexible silicone band for maximal comfort during exercise. When choosing a workout accessory, the brighter the better. Search for shocking hues of blue, pink, orange or yellow to add some glam to your gym gear.


A stylish statement adds the finishing touch to any elegant evening ensemble. Choose a timepiece with a combined ceramic and stainless steel band to bring a sharp modern look to your wrist. For eye-catching glamour, try crystal- or diamond-encrusted faces. A sleek and sharp dress watch is a classier compliment to evening garments than a wrist stacked with showy bangles. Timepieces are ideal additions to formal wear because they polish already elegant looks.



A versatile wristpiece is handy for completing day-to-day wardrobe changes. A dark gray or black colored strap and face are functional because they compliment casual attire. Accent colors add uniqueness to ensembles and allow a watch to stand out from the rest, while not overpowering apparel. Fossil watches have an ultra-utilitarian quality but are current, stylish and affordable. In your search for a functional and sleek wristwatch, look for one with tiny details and bright colors on the face.


A watch that incorporates practicality and style is the best complement to old, wornout gym clothes. Wristwear gives workout gear a fashionable flair. Marc Jacobs often 22 | THREAD

incorporates bright colors like neon or bright orange into watches to give off a more athletic vibe. Tommy Hilfiger features watches with silicone straps and big faces with large numbers; great qualities to enhance the utility of an athletic watch—and to keep time on the treadmill.


When investing in a dress watch, refer to the classic styles from the 1950s Mad Men era. Look for a classic bracelet-style band in silver to bring crispness and shine to dress garments. An oversized face looks best on the wrist and gives off an uber-masculine vibe. A dress watch is a major investment piece because it’s an enduring accessory, but less costly brands like Armani Exchange and DIESEL create practically priced items—a perfect starting point to build your watch collection. n


handlinghandcare By KAITLYN RICHERT Photos by DEANNA SAKAL


ands are used for everything. From greeting a friend to scribbling down a homework assignment, they are exfoliated effortlessly. Given their importance in everyday activities, hands should be given just as much attention as hair or skin, if not more. It is beneficial for both sexes to practice the fundamentals of proper hand care to keep hands young, revitalized and healthy.



handscrub 2 TABLESPOONS OF OATMEAL + 1 ½ TABLE SPOONS LEMON JUICE + 1 TEASPOON OLIVE OIL Add the oatmeal to ¼ cup water and let it stand for 10 minutes or until oatmeal is softened. Add the lemon juice and olive oil to the oatmeal and mix well. Rub the mixture into your hands and let it stand for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. To finish, apply a moisturizer to your hands. After this stimulating exfoliation, they will feel reinvigorated and silky smooth!

SCRUB ‘EM SOFT A hand scrub demolishes dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling soft and supple. This first step of hand care is ideal because a good scrub thoroughly nourishes, cleanses and hydrates delicate skin. To make your own without breaking the bank, utilize household ingredients, such as sugar or salt. To exfoliate, dampen palms and gently rub with the ingredient, then rinse. Sugar is an effective element because it contains glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin. Likewise, when wet hands are scrubbed with salt, the grainy texture scrapes away old skin cells, as well as improves circulation. For an even more beneficial at-home beauty remedy, try this recipe for a gentle, homemade hand scrub made from oatmeal, lemon juice and olive oil.


The cuticle, which lies above the nail surface, is an outside layer of skin that should be exfoliated regularly like any other skin surface. Using an old toothbrush, gently scrub for a thorough cleansing. Pushing back cuticles makes nails appear longer and more polished. Before using a cuticle pusher, moisturize with a quality hand cream like Burt’s Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Crème, and cuticle cream like Sally Hansen’s Cuticle and Massage Cream. Then, using the founded end of the tool, push cuticles back. It’s best to do this after a hot bath or shower because hands are at their softest from the moisture. But remember: NEVER cut your cuticles! NAILS

Nail care begins with good nutrition. Look for supplements with B-complex vitamins to improve rigid nail beds and calcium to strengthen nail beds. Strong nail health should be maintained because otherwise dirt and oil are able 24 | THREAD


to build up. (Think about this next time you have the urge to bite your nails!) Use nail clippers to trim the tips of nails. Never clip the sides—cutting corners creates hangnails. To treat hangnails, trim with small nail scissors as close to the skin as possible. Avoid pulling off hangnails because it leaves the area open to infection. To shorten already short nails, file down with a filing board like Revlon File-nSmooth. A nail file is also used to smooth out rough edges and properly round out the corners of nails, creating a finished look and allowing nails to grow out evenly.

SOFT, SMOOTH AND SUPPLE As the temperature outside decreases, it becomes even more vital to indulge in moisturizer. Look for a thick cream made specifically for hands, such as Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream. Thin or more watery lotions like those from Bath & Body Works are intended for the whole body and will not work as well on hands.

“To make your own without breaking the bank, utilize household ingredients, such as sugar or salt.” A thick hand cream should be used religiously in the morning and before bed to maintain moisture all day. When shopping for lotion, look for ingredients like shea butter and petroleum jelly, which are ideal because they seal into skin to help retain moisture. Cracked or damaged hands should be treated with lotions that contain natural oils like avocado oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil, because they heal by using sources of nature. Antioxidants like vitamin E also are helpful for rejuvenating the skin on the hands. n


trendytribal cultural patterns return to the runway By BRIDGET MALLON Photos by HEATHER BEAVER


utumn’s crisp air and chilly temperatures typically usher in an abundance of drab dress and dark shades. This year looks to be a bit brighter, however, as garments adorned with tribal-inspired patterns in vibrant hues headline fall fashion. Tribal style first made waves at the fall 2011 runway shows when numerous notable designers paraded pieces with bold patterns inspired by the cultural identities of the Southwestern United States, Latin America and parts





Accentuating a color in a tribal-patterned outfit can bring a central focus to the overall ensemble. Highlight the look with layered accessories like an over-sized scarf or a comfy cardigan. Clothes, The Other Place.


seams of Africa. Varying geometric shapes, such as sharp lines and diamonds, used within designs evoke a tribal panache reminiscent of Navajo attire. Designers contrasted the rich rust and warm gold tones typical of Native American tribal textiles with the deep forest green and majestic purples often used in traditional African garment, to create a visually enticing yet cohesive representation of various tribal wear. Matthew Williamson’s Fall 2011 Women’s Ready-to-Wear Collection showcased sharp geometric prints in color contrasts, from crimsons and oranges to jades and tans. Pairing the daring arrangements with fringe and suede, the designer carried the tribal theme throughout the entire collection. Similarly, Proenza Schouler featured fringe and suede to compliment the kaleidoscopic designs of their ready-to-wear collection. A more muted color palate was used in Isabel Marant’s Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection to exhibit ethnic prints, which were played out in more subdued shades like navy and gray.

Mainstream fashion has picked up the runway craze as well, making it one of the most accessible trends for autumn. Chunky knits embroidered with spirited markings of terracotta tones have been popping up in retail collections like those of Free People, Lulus.com and Forever 21. Adopting the tribal trend is not for the timid; styles are striking and colors are eye-catching, making it hard not to stand out amongst typical autumn wear. A thick patterned sweater and cognac boots with fringe trim is one of the easiest ways to give any autumn original a fresh feel of the fall tribal trend. Knit skirts trimmed in vivid abstract arrangements and slouchy ponchos embroidered with geometric ornaments also appear in this fall’s street style, as have flowing sundresses with ethnic prints that are ideal for autumn layering. Defy average autumn apparel that matches the dreary weather and take a dive into the tribal trend. To feel the warmth of fresh fashion, heat up otherwise frigid seasonal styles by fearlessly featuring the vibrant hues and printed patterns of tribal print this fall. n



beadednecklace By CARLY WIITA Photos by EMILY NEWMAN


hrowing together a lastminute outfit for an evening out doesn’t mean you have to look monotonous. Adorning a personally-designed necklace will jazz up any ensemble, whether dressing for class or a night out with friends.


you will need:

• Scissors • Colored beads • A yard of cotton or an old T-shirt


1 step one

Cut the fabric into long, thin strips. The strips should be at least 12-inches long, and the fabric serves as the string for the beads. For a more daring look, make each strip two-inches longer than the next, so the necklace can layer around the neck.

2 step two Cut the ends of the strips at an angle, making it easier to string the beads onto the fabric.

step three

Pinching the angled end of the fabric, slide on the beads. Depending on what look you want achieve, thread beads on continuously, or stagger them by knotting the fabric on both sides of the beads. Get creative by designing a pattern or alternating colors.



Step Four After making sure all the strands fit around your neck and slip over your head, double-knot the ends together, tying lengths accordingly. (A few strands of the same length create a simple look, while multiple strands of various lengths form a chunky statement necklace. Leaving some strips of fabric longer than others can make the necklace appear bigger and bolder.)

Step Five Slip your necklace on over a simple T-shirt or tank, and head out for an evening full of compliments.


A simple necklace makes a strong statement. Whether heading to class, or out for the night, turn heads and peak peers’ interest with your DIY design. When asked where you bought your stylish necklace, you’ll be proud to say you did it yourself. n


tierack Something clever but short, ladies By CAMISHA VIGIL Photos by LEAH WOODRUFF


here is something sexy about guys who wear ties – classic neck attire distinguishing boys from men. As appealing as the tie and jacket combo may be, nothing ruins the allure of a tie like wrinkles and creases from being crumpled in a drawer. Attention college men: By the time you graduate, you should know how to tie a tie (reminder: over, under, around and through), and how to take care of one. This means investing in a tie rack, or better yet, building your own - like our eco-friendly wooden piece inspired by Cantilever and Press. For the ladies, try fashioning this design in a smaller size for a DIY necklace holder. 34 | THREAD



-A drill and screws: Consult a hardware professional about the best kind and length for your project – 4 wooden boards: We used two ½ꞌꞌ x 1 ½ꞌꞌ x 4ꞌꞌ Oak pieces cut into two 12ꞌꞌ and two 16ꞌꞌ pieces -A saw to cut the branches evenly -Dry, thick branches with extra stubs for hooks -Safety glasses: Safety first!


Place the end of one of the 12-inch pieces on the end of a 16-inch piece, so they are perpendicular, making a right angle. Drill a screw on low through the the middle of the ends to hold the pieces together. Repeat with the second 12-inch piece on the other end, creating a U-shape (The 16-inch piece will be the bottom of your frame).


Saw the ends of the branches, so they are an equal length, one half-inch shorter than the boards. Place them within the U-shape boards for measurement. Right now it’s best to cut them too long than too short; you can fix this later.


Arrange the branches in the U-shape however you would like. Saw off extra branches, leaving a few to serve as hooks.


Drill a screw into the middle of the branches, one by one, from the outside of the boards inward.


Close the U-shape with the final board, repeating Step 1. The branches may need minor sawing to fit perfectly. Repeat Step 4.


Mount your rack on the wall, hang some ties and enjoy! Wrinkles be gone. Okay, Mr. Lumberjack, now you have an inexpensive, manly way to flaunt your style and add some rustic, functional art to your room. We promise your lady and man friends alike will respectively swoon over and fist bump you for your awesome creation. n


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lyricalart original decor for your walls By OLIVIA OHLIN Photos by LAUREN HOLLE


eep Calm and Carry On,” Marilyn Monroe and Animal House posters might as well come stocked in every dorm room and college house. Cliché quotes and images like these are found at almost every poster sale and then plastered throughout campus, leaving students wondering, “Where’s the originality?”


what you need • Landscape calendars or a vintage painting • Adhesive letters • Pencil and ruler • Two-inch paintbrush • Small bottle of acrylic paint • Frame/hanging supplies (optional) With a few quick steps, you can create your own inspirational art by merging your favorite quote and color palette into a custom poster.



Find a phrase or quote you would like to use. Quotes from a movie, song, poem, TV series or an iconic figure are only the tip of the iceberg.


Select an abstract design or a colorful landscape for your canvas. A quick trip to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a garage sale presents all sorts of vintage paintings to pick from. If you aren’t satisfied with the selection, settle for an old calendar, but be sure to find an image thick enough to withstand peeling off stickers.


Measure and mark where you would like to place your letters. Using a ruler and pencil to space out the letters is optional, but straighter letters produce a more professional outcome. We chose 3-inch stickers meant for sticking onto mailboxes and boats. 38 | THREAD





Stick the letters on your canvas.


Using a paintbrush that is at least 2-inches wide, paint the entire surface. Opt for a paint color that will contrast the color palette of your backdrop in order to make your letters legible. A small $2 bottle of off-white acrylic paint from Wal-Mart called “Linen� helps make the bold letters stand out. Brush lightly over the letters to leave a muted silhouette of the image still visible, or completely mask the background image by lathering on thick layers of paint.


Allow the paint to dry. Thicker paint layers require a longer wait.


Carefully and slowly peel the stickers off your image to unveil the beautiful patches of colors your letters have become. You have now created an authentic, customized piece of art, suitable for any drab dorm or apartment wall that needs some sprucing up. As a finishing touch, display your work in a frame with dramatic molding to add a little vintage flare to your space. Another option is to hole punch the top two corners of your wall art and use ribbon or twine to hang it on a nail. Customized quote and lyric art is a simple, fun and quick way to exercise your creativity and display a message you feel strongly about. This DIY is a good activity to do with friends, make as gifts or do during a study break. Channel your inner artist and get inspired! n


swingingfashion Jitterbug Club’s got that swing By KATHRYN POTRAZ Photos by REBECCA CYPRUS


wing dance is a throwback to the big band and jazz era of the mid-twentieth century. Fashion statements like pumps, oxfords, A-line skirts, fedoras and polka dots all reigned supreme in swing dancing’s heyday, and the Jitterbug Club of Ohio University recreates those retro trends today.


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“Because swing dance tends to be what is viewed by our generation as a more antiquated form of dance, you end up with a lot of older styles,” Alex Bill said, president of the Jitterbug Club. “A lot of fedoras, a lot of suspenders, a lot of vests. Some people even go all out and wear the high pants. I have yet to invest in a pair of high pants.” Darian Pinkston, a member of the club

who was swinging in heels, believes that though cute shoes are a must, they should also be comfortable. For more formal dances, girls like to get gussied up, she said. “When you dance you’re more likely to wear flowy and more flashy things,” she said. “So it’s always fun to dress up for a dance, because you get to wear skirts and everything.” Clothing choice also depends on what



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POLKA DOTS type of dance you’re doing. Eric Kern, a member noted for his white oxfords flying across the floor, said that for Lindy Hop, an eight-step dance, people wear casual clothing. For the Balboa dance, a more fast-paced step, girls slip on heels and shimmy into fun dresses. Linsi McCall, the secretary of the Jitterbug Club, said that the type of music also determines her look. She dresses casually in jeans and a nice T-shirt when a DJ spins tunes at the dance but has more fun with her look when there is a live band playing. “I have two dresses that I wear that are very 50s-inspired,” she said. “I also have a pencil skirt that I’m going to break out.” Though style is important for the retro dancers, so is comfort. During long, fast-paced dances, things get sweaty, and sometimes a change of clothes is necessary. “Wearing clothing that breathes is impor-







tant,” Bill said. “You might start off a day dressed really nicely; I’ll wear a long-sleeved shirt. By the end of the night, I’m going through T-shirt after T-shirt.” Swing dancers, unlike ballroom dancers, change partners seamlessly during and inbetween songs and usually end up dancing with everyone in the room. The Jitterbugs switch on and off, sometimes twirling alone

when no partner is available, but nobody seems self-conscious. The social scene is one aspect that makes swing dancing so much fun, and everybody in the club is welcoming. “You don’t have a partner,” McCall said. “You can end up with someone and dance really well and you trust that person, but you go around and dance with everyone.” n

“Because swing dance tends to be what is viewed by our generation as a more antiquated form of dance, you end up with a lot of older styles.” – ALEX BILL, PRESIDENT OF THE JITTERBUG CLUB


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creaturecomforts wading into fashion



he thick waterproof nylon waders reach all the way up to Beth Clowes’ chest as she moves through the stream. Waders are not what typical college students wear, but for this junior they are a necessity in the workplace. Though bulky and uncomfortable, they come with the territory of working in ichthyology and have become surprisingly enjoyable to put on for Clowes. 46 | THREAD

“You feel like a scientist,” Clowes said, who studies biological sciences. While working on assignments in her ichthyology class at Ohio University she dons these clunky chest waders, which are usually worn by fishermen. These also are quite a change from her usual attire. “During the summer I usually wear dresses,” Clowes said. “[But] waders are fun to wear, because they allow you to feel in-character.”

who, what, wear Clowes enrolled in a class on ichthyology, a branch of zoology that concerns fish. The apparel for the weekly laboratories revolves around waders, because in this particular science, function trumps fashion. This moving classroom travels to four different stream sites, including the Hocking River, to study fish.

“During the summer I usually wear dresses,” Clowes said.“[But] waders are fun to wear, because they allow you to feel in-character.”


Clowes said ichthyology is a perfect match for her, because she eventually wants to work in marine biology, which involves wearing chest waders everyday. Even though she describes waders as hard to walk in, she admits they are extremely functional when it comes to interaction in the stream. Waders are available in chest or hip length and are made of waterproof fabric such as Gore-Tex or nylon coated with rubber. Although waders are slip-resistant, OU graduate student Jessica Deeds finds herself slipping quite often. “They’re fine when you’re not a klutz,” Deeds joked. “I like being filthy muddy though–it’s just awesome!” After graduating from OU last year, Deeds decided to come back to further study entomology, the study of insects, which ties in easily with ichthyology. The waders are a necessity in many biological sciences, she said. Not only do they keep her dry, but they also protect her from difficult weeds, briers and other imposing vegetation. The worst is when a student goes an inch too deep into the stream and water rushes inside the boots, Deeds said. “It has happened to me so many times. It’s miserable,” she admitted. OU senior John Maykut has had that same slimy experience sinking into the mud, but for the most part, the waders work efOUTHREADMAG.COM | 47



“You can walk through anything [when wearing waders] and your clothes don’t get filthy. ” – JESSICA DEEDS


ficiently for him. “Without [waders], it would make field work impossible,” Maykut said, who studies biological sciences. Underneath his waterproof layer, Maykut dresses for warmth and maneuverability with sweatpants and thick socks. Jeans are out of the question, because waders are uncomfortable as is, he said. Deeds said waders can be found at any fishing or hunting store and are provided by the university for classes such as this one. “You can walk through anything [when wearing waders], and your clothes don’t get filthy,” Deeds said. Ecology and nature are reflected in Deeds’ personal style as well. “I’m a relaxed kind of person, so jeans and a T-shirt fit my personality; calm, like nature,” she said. Waders are not the only apparel aspect of ichthyology. The full outfit includes nets and coolers to maintain the fish. Two types of nets are typically used: butterfly and seine. Butterfly nets are the iconic 50 | THREAD

small handheld tool, and the seine is a larger net used for trapping schools of fish. Ichthyology wear differs from the clothing of other scientists. The word ‘scientist’ hearkens an image of Dr. Frankenstein working diligently in his laboratory in his white coat handling bubbling potions. The classic white lab coat paired with over-sized goggles looks professional and put together unlike waders and a fishing net. For ichthyologists, the typical lab work is a smaller part of what they do. Since they are working on a larger scale, they are bedecked in different clothing, like the waders, Maykut said. “Waders are a unique item on their own,” Deeds said. “They’re the most functional thing I own, but the least attractive!”
 Studies such as ichthyology and entomology might not seem glamorous and appealing to most. But for these students, it is their passion and a key factor in the branches of zoology. Waders may never hit the runway, but they are important for the study of ichthyology–and for fishermen trying to catch a bite. n

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AirofAllegiance By RACHEL SAYERS Photos by SARAH MILLER


ome say the handsome, dapper good looks associated with flight captains died out with the insolvency of the Pan Am era, but just try telling that to the men of Ohio University’s flight team.


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People have joined flight team just to get the jacket. When they learn they actually have to do something to earn it, they usually quit. SETH WINEGARDNER

“Clean-cut, clean-shaven, hair above your ears,” captain Jeff Guynes revealed flashing a charming smile. “It’s an industry standard.” The OU flight team, known simply as the Flyers, joke about their God-given appearance, but they do make a conscious effort to appear professional. “It’s a passenger comfort thing,” explained senior John Quint. “If (passengers) saw someone that looked like a homeless man flying the plane, you can bet they wouldn’t feel too confident in their abilities as a pilot.” That sort of professionalism plays a pivotal role in garnering respect with students as well. Many members of the team are flight instructors for the university’s flight program. “We’re expected to have a sense of au54 | THREAD

thority when we’re teaching,” Guynes said. “Which we convey with our basic uniform: khakis, dress shoes and a dark green polo. We need to be taken seriously.” The mere sight of the young men dressed to the nines earns much more than a solitary glance, especially from their fellow students. As they move almost perfectly in sync, much like aircraft at an air show, the boys convey a sort of calm, confident disposition not often found amongst college-age adults.


Early aviators were often left vulnerable to the blustery wind and rains which accompanied those first archaic flights. A subsequent need for protection led Leslie Irvin, a pilot from the early 1900s, to create

who, what, wear It is a representation that allows pilots from across varying age spectrums to relate to one another. “During Homecoming weekend, I saw an older guy wearing an old flight jacket,” Guynes said. “He was a really interesting man, and I probably wouldn’t have talked to him if he wasn’t wearing that jacket.”


what would later be the first flight jacket. As aviation’s popularity grew, so did its style. Leather bomber jackets and aviator sunglasses became the classic pilot uniform, but with Tom Cruise’s Top Gun days far behind, the OU Flyers chose a more modern approach for their jacket. The team’s brand new dark green North Face jackets, it seems, are the new standard of modern aviation at OU. The innovative coat is even sharp enough to educe envy amongst fellow students. “People have joined flight team just to get the jacket,” joked senior Seth Winegardner. “When they learn they actually have to do something to earn it, they usually quit.” The jacket, however, has a symbolic meaning beyond just keeping the young aviators warm. It means they are all Flyers.

For Captain Guynes and his two co-pilots, Winegardner and John “J.D.” Quint, flying has been a passion for many years. “The first time I soloed (in an aircraft) I was still in high school,” Winegardner said. “It’s a huge accomplishment. By far one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. I’ll remember it forever.” His moment of joy will be immortalized on cotton as well. It is avionic tradition that upon completion of one’s first solo flight, the new pilot’s shirt is cut from their back and displayed for all to see. “You get to sign your name and date before they hang it up,” JD Quint said. “Some people even add little pictures.” The three seniors have come a long way from the day of their first solo. With all three sporting a commercial pilot license, the men plan to enter the aviation field next fall. “The market is starting to turn around. Airlines are seeing an unprecedented amount of retiring pilots, and we’re the new generation,” Guynes said. “My dad was an airline pilot, so growing up I’ve always wanted to become just like him. I hope I get to.” It isn’t a lofty goal considering OU is ranked as one of the finest aviation departments in the country. That reputation, no doubt, is thanks in part to the close connection felt by its students. According to Guynes, OU’s Aviation department is a pretty close group. “We’re really tight-knit people, so a lot of the time you’ll see us out together, all wearing our jackets,” he said. Although the fundamentals of flight may have come a long way since the Wright brothers’ spectacular debut more than a hundred years ago, the brotherhood associated with this challenging pastime has remained. The boys and girls of the flight team are proof of that. n OUTHREADMAG.COM | 55



We’re really tight-knit people, so a lot of the time you’ll see us out together, all wearing our jackets. CAPTAIN GUYNES




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et autumn’s breeze whisk warm weather wear in with this season’s trends. Floral fabrics soften sturdy silhouettes while luxe bags and boots toughen the look for fashion this fall. So go ahead and leap into a pile of crisp leaves in a favorite sundress. Winter’s bitter chill can’t frost these fall florals.


down to earth tones

Chill out in an olive cardigan and wine-colored tights to downplay pastel petals. Take inspiration from the turning leaves and color your coverups in rich, earthy hues.







trend transition

Pile on cozy layers for chilly days and shed the extras when the sun heats up. Like the shift from summer to winter, your wear will be able to accompany the ever-changing elements of autumn. Jacket, The Other Place.






darker days

Fall forward with black leather jackets and boots and dark tights. Juxtapose with jade for a look that is absolutely autumn, but with a hint of the brighter days of spring. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 69






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Take denim from modest to mainstream by pairing blue jeans with leather shoes that toughen an otherwise unassuming outfit with little effort. Clothes, Athens Underground.


Crocheted pieces help achieve a cool, vintage vibe. As versatile as it is fabulous, crochet can easily be paired with denim, satin or cotton.




Floral patterned hems instantly add a feminine charm to make an underwhelming and static outfit evolve into a statement ensemble. Clothes, Athens Underground.

















An evening gown is the epitome of glamour and sophistication. The deep, passionate red only contributes to the finesse of the outfit, leaving Miss Scarlet looking radiant and beautiful. Clothes, Athens Underground.



Luxury and extravagance exude from fabrics like satin, fur and tulle. Gloves add simple elegance to the look. Clothes, Athens Underground. 88 | THREAD


Take a sharp approach to a bowtie, an eye-catching accessory that achieves modern class.




Dressing in colors that compliment your skin tone is a surefire way to glow this fall. A delightful color with golden hues accentuates fair cheeks. Clothes, Athens Underground.

MR. GREEN Ditching the predictable black-andwhite tuxedo and incorporating deep greens and browns into a look gives a 21st century edge to the reliable standby. Clothes, Athens Underground. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 91


COL. MUSTARD Pairing similar shades brightens a solitary hue. Mix mustard and honey to create an intriguing golden palette. Clothes, Athens Underground. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 93



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DecadesOfChange the influence of jeans on culture By SYDNEY COLOGIE Photos by MICHELLE KAPPELER



lare, boyfriend, skinny, low rise, highwaisted – everyone has their favorite fit. Girls and guys alike have been experimenting with jeans for decades to find flattering cuts. Denim, without doubt, has become an American wardrobe staple. Over the years, jean trends have cycled through a multitude of different cuts, colors and washes, reflecting the attitudes of different generations – each style emerging from and tailored to a phase in history. Original denim connoisseur Levi Strauss decided to make pants for the working man. Made of durable material and sporting a tight fit, jeans became an instant phenomena. A few years after their inception, with the rise of cowboy culture and western movies, jeans quickly became a part of the American way of life. Strauss shaped American history with his denim corporation, Levi’s, and became one of the great influences of the jean industry. Over time, new subcultures embraced jeans and created their own styles. It didn’t take long for 1950s youth to catch onto this edgy new trend. Jeans of the ’50s were a symbol of rebellion, worn primarily by men. James Dean, one of the first celebrities to endorse jeans, paired denim with a classic white tee and 96 | THREAD

leather jacket in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. Dean’s character inspired American youth; teens associated his restless attitude with the jeans he wore low on his hips and hugging tight to his body. Due to the connection between denim and Dean’s charming personality and sex appeal, jean culture took off. But Dean wasn’t the only rebel making a statement. Elvis, too, had an

“Both Men and Women began to embrace the denim craze, causing denim to become more socially acceptable.” enormous influence on straight leg denim, and he helped Dean create the bad boy persona of the 1950s. While women were originally excluded wearing jeans, ladies such as Marilyn Monroe and Bridget Bardot challenged social norms and embraced this new rebellious style. By the ’60s, it was common for women to wear skinny jeans. While maintaining the rebellious nature associated with jeans, this new slimlegged look embraced the sweet girl next-door look created by celebrities like

Audrey Hepburn. Fast-forward to 1970s: a time of change throughout the world. The U.S. was riddled with anti-war protests and women’s rights activists. As America’s youth fought to reject all things corporate and traditional, they started dressing to garner attention for their activism. No longer wanting to fit into their parents’ image, the ‘hippie’ youth wore bell bottoms. Owner of Athens Underground, Barbra Stout, remembers the first time she put on a ruffled blouse with jean overalls, feeling as if nothing could bring her down. Stout says as soon as she went to walk out of the house, she heard her mother’s disapproving voice, telling her that jeans were “for working in the garden.” Jeans were representative of the carefree lifestyle many teens embraced during this time. To bedeck their jeans, teens added colored fabric, lace and symbols such as peace signs to their bottoms. Jan Hodson, Assistant Dean of the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University, said that decorating denim made jeans personalized and was a point of pride. People also paired jeans with tie-dye tops, clogs and over-sized jewelry to make a statement in the late ’60s. Jimi Hendrix embodied this look with his iconic floral and

Pairing a faux fur vest and a glamorous, over-sized hat dresses up otherwise simple distressed jeans. Clothes, The Other Place.


White denim is a striking neutral that is no longer considered a post Labor-day faux pas.



Cuffing jeans brings a flirty, retro feel to a basic pant. Pairing the look with tights gives dated denim a modern feel. Clothes, The Other Place.

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embroidered bell-bottoms that he wore to the Hollywood Bowl concert in 1968. Even the family members of “The Brady Bunch” were on trend, sporting bell bottoms in nearly every episode. Bell bottoms and flared jeans became a way of life. The ’80s and ’90s were an experimental period with trends like acid wash, neon pink and electric orange denim gaining popularity, and designers like Calvin Klein rising in the fashion world. Now, 21st century shoppers have seemingly limitless options when it comes to finding that perfect pair of jeans. Most Americans don’t think twice about slipping on a pair of flare or skinny jeans each morning. Finding a pair of flattering, customized, colored or even acid-wash jeans is a simple as a google search. When deciding between cuts and washes, every student has their opinion on what’s best. When going out, student Abby Bucciarelli sticks to her classic dark-wash, slim-fit jeans, because she feels they best highlight her favorite features, she said. Jeans continually have the magic to complement figures while providing necessary comfort. Jeans have always been and always will be a staple of American culture, and American closets. n

“Incorporating jeans into modern street style, students now believe that a straighter fit is most acceptable for class and going out on the weekends.”

Colored denim is an intriguing, youthful option to the array of washes. Between eye-popping appeal and versatile function, color-washed jean makes for the perfect color-blocking piece. Clothes, Athens Underground. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 101



In a classic, tailored black dress with a pile of pearls around her neck, Audrey Hepburn seemingly floats down 5th Avenue in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961. Nearly 50 years later, along the same street, Sarah Jessica Parker hails a cab in stilettos the height of the Empire State Building, also wearing a little black dress. Through Hepburn and Parker’s character in the Sex and the City series have little in common, they are connected through fashion. The accessories and times may have changed, but one thing remains the same: the little black dress. 102 | THREAD

The structure of a backless dress makes for a classic look, but the deep slip gives a provocative and playful twist.


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The beauty of a black dress is its simplicity. Although a flirtatious bodyhugging shape and unconventional detailing makes for a modern LBD.


Like the romantic icons who inspired the little black dress, sweet and dainty accents add a whimsical feel. A floral accessory creates a dreamy look, both charming and darling.

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The concept of the little black dress has transcended from dresses to other facets of fashion.”

The little black dress, or LBD, has stood the test of time as staple in women’s closets around the world. The LBD first appeared in the May 1926 issue of American Vogue. The magazine believed that little black dresses would “become the sort

of uniform for all women of taste.” The charm of this simple black dress was even compared to Henry Ford’s current motorcar: “Both were sleek and represented a concept available to the masses,” according to the The Little Black Dress, by


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Amy Holman Edelman. The LBD evolved through the 1900s into the millennium, paving the way for more than a singular fashion item. With the addition of accessories and playful details, the little black dress increased in popularity and versatility, allowing the color black to become more acceptable and versatile. Before becoming a fashion staple 50 years ago, the color black, initially associated with special occasions, contained underlying meanings in Western cultures conveying a woman was in mourning, according to Edelman’s book. The color has also represented rebellion and nonconformity, often used as a symbol of evil in fictional stories. Black clothing has become not only acceptable, but often encouraged in outfit selection. The color has shifted from a one-dimensional hue, to a multi-facetted staple. It can be slimming, sexy and sophisticated, as well as easily transitioned from day to night with a simple shoe change. The concept of the little black dress has transcended from dresses to other facets of fashion. Bloomingdales, nodding to this notion advertised on their website, “LBD: Little Black Denim.” n

The LBD first appeared in the May 1926 issue of American Vogue.”


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The tale of forbidden love has provided literature with some of the most recognizable stories of all time. One such tale is The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel depicting the adulterous relationship between the married Hester Prynne and the charismatic minister Arthur Dimmesdale. The evidence of infidelity was Hester’s child Pearl and the crime’s sentence was to wear a scarlet “A” on her chest, marking her sin. Emma Stone tried to tackle Hester’s burden in Easy A, but the public shame Hester endured and self-torment Arthur inflicted on himself reflect raw emotions more powerful than those found in a teen comedy. Thread showcases the classic chronicle of forbidden love as Hester’s charitable deeds allow her sin to fade and her image to transition from scorned adulteress to able villager.

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The sin of scarlet is fresh in these eye-popping looks that make it impossible to escape the watchful eye of the judgmental village. Clothes, Athens Underground. 112 | THREAD


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Time heals all wounds. The power of a good deed and a modest dress recover the reputation of an adulteress.


The chance nightfall encounter between a humble seamstress, adorned in a bohemian skirt, and her clean-cut minister exudes the longing of distanced lovers.

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The uncharacteristic actions of the virtuous minister leave him in internal conflict between his heart and his duty in a sleek tuxedo shirt.


walkwithreason breaking the stigma By BROOKE BUNCE


crowd of students, Athens, Ohio city representatives and community members showed their support for the 11th annual Mental Health Awareness Walk on October 8. Event proceeds went to support The Gathering Place operations, an assisted living home devoted to the personal development and recovery of people with mental disabilities. Gathering Place coordinator, Mary Slater, and her staff of volunteers and interns who helped organize the walk, wore forest green T-shirts and held signs, rallying supporters to “Walk the Walk” for Mental Health Awareness. Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl inspired walkers as he spoke about the various organizations serving people with disablities in Athens County, such as The Gathering Place and Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare, both refuges of comfort and stability. The walk started down Court Street, with a stop at The Gathering Place, which allowed participants to see the home where many people gained independence. The walk continued, branching off at Richland Avenue with a shorter path to a luncheon or a longer path through The Ridges. Throughout the walk, strangers and friends shared personal stories about why they chose to walk, stressing how it is important to bring awareness to these issues. The mob of green T-shirt-wearing walkers

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attracted community attention and spread awareness on mental disabilities. The shirt design held transient meaning as an event identifier, repeating graphics and colors the walk has used for five years. “Some of the sponsors would overhear and donate for the event...The majority of the work is just getting the sponsors to help pay for the T-shirts,” Slater said. The annual event couldn’t happen without local businesses who helped fund the T-shirts the walkers proudly wore. After the walk through Athens, participants enjoyed a luncheon hosted at Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare. The dining room was filled with the company of sponsors, friends and family of the people who The Gathering Place and ABH serve. The array of delicious food, from chicken to pasta, was donated by local sponsors such as Miller’s Chicken and Purple Chopstix. Overall, this year’s event was a success, shedding light on a generally hushed issue. Mental illness, often viewed as a disease that can’t be treated or fixed, causes some people to shun those struggling with mental illness and how the afflicted should be addressed and accepted. At the time of The Gathering Place opening 27 years ago, the community incorrectly viewed patients as crazy and unstable, unable to be helped. The Gathering Place served as a transitional place

for people with mental disabilities to gather in a family-like environment. Now, the facility’s five staff members and volunteers assist the residents in gaining valuable life skills such as cooking and writing, building resident confidence in their abilities as a step toward independence. The Gathering Place is one of the few places in Athens serving as a welcoming public center for people with mental disabilities. The beautiful wood features and the stained glass

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“The first step into the house invites a warm, cozy feeling where the sense of family lingers.”

windows aren’t the only fixtures making this place homey; its occupants are full of inspiring stories. “It’s (The Gathering Place) a place for them to go... a neutral place that is always open and is a comforting environment with friendly faces,” Slater said. The family environment and is enhanced, as visitors are encouraged to prepare and cook meals throughout the week. The staff aspires to support and model responsible

behavior from cleanup to cooking basics with volunteers. The Walk the Walk for Mental Health Awareness, coordinated by The Gathering Place, further establishes the house as a safe place to erase stigmas and foster growth. The annual walk serves as a community reminder to welcome those who are challenged with a mental disability with acceptance and humility. n


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day in the life of a dean involves a little bit of everything. Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi considers himself “a chief advocate for students as well as a liason between exec and the student body.” He describes his work days as crazy, but feels very fortunate to work with students. With a work day that entails 10 to 15 meetings, office work and other daily tasks, a versatile yet comfortable wardrobe is necessary. Eleven years ago, Lombardi was “harassed” by his friends for always wearing khakis when tight rolled jeans were “the

look.” Everyone has their favorite clothing item, but as a dean, khakis just can’t make the cut. “I prefer to wear slacks and a blazer over a suit for my work days because of the versatility,” he said. On the weekends, however, he may be found in a laid-back look. “I usually wear a pair of khakis or Levi’s with a T-shirt or golf polo,” he said. He tends to wear golf shirts and casual shorts while running errands with his kids, or for just lounging around. “I am not a trend setter, and I never will be,” Lombardi admits. Lombardi’s style can be described as conservative but personalized.



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Active in campus activities online and off, it’s only right that the deans are Twitter fiends. Follow and tweet these @ohiou influencers. They may just follow back.



I have to be able to sit on the floor and play a game of Connect Four and spend time with my sevenmonth-old crawling around on the floor.” – DR. KENT SMITH


s for Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Kent Smith, a Louisiana native, his style has been classified as “professional” even throughout his high school years. “Believe it or not, my undergraduate historically black college [Louisiana Southern University] would dress up every Friday as part of the culture,” said Smith. “I remember football games being like a fashion show; people wore suits.” Smith said he even remembers carrying a briefcase to class in addition to his daily professional wear. When most people are itching to get out of a tie and constricting pants, Smith said he feels comfortable and familiar in professional wear—even all day long. Smith has been devoted to creating his professional look over the years. Ambitious at a young age, Smith landed a job as a

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permanent salesman in a high-end tuxedo shop. He was able to learn and grow with the company for 13 years while receiving a “taste of top notch clothing.” For this busy businessman, functional weekend wear is essential. “I still tend to wear slacks and a shirt, sometimes jeans on the weekend. I have to be able to sit on the floor and play a game of Connect Four and spend time with my seven-month-old crawling around on the floor.” Talk about a change of wardrobe from weekday to weekend! Both Dean Lombardi and Dr. Kent Smith mentioned that having a career they love makes their everyday job hard to see as “work.” The professional and sophisticated styles Dean Lombardi and Dr. Kent Smith possess are only complements to these dedicated and enthusiastic Ohio University staff members. n

The deans make quite the team as OU’s big men on campus.


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professionalpants from the waist up By BRADLEY PARKS I Photos by KATE IRBY


hen watching the news, viewers see professional broadcast journalists delivering stories with immeasurable precision, unshakable confidence and a charisma second to none. Well, most of the time. The men and women of WOUB’s Newswatch are no different. Hours upon hours of preparation are put into each and every show. An abundance of time and effort creates a quality production. Finding stories, shooting video, interviewing subjects, editing video, writing stories and so much more go into each newscast. One of the most important elements of a professional newscast is appearance. For men on the news, upper-body wardrobe rarely deviates from a jacket, shirt and tie. Looking professional is crucial for delivering a strong newscast. In order to be professional, one must look professional… at least from the waist up. Tanner Smith, an Ohio University senior who is one of two sports directors at WOUB, knows the importance of on-air appearance. However, Smith said comfort drives his wardrobe selection. “I’m not going to say my look doesn’t matter,” Smith said. “But I’d rather be comfortable when I’m up at the desk.” Honestly, nobody sees the bottom half of a

newscaster anyway. For the other WOUB sports director Matt Archibald, pants are optional. “The reason I don’t wear pants is because I don’t like pants,” Archibald said, an OU senior. “I hate when it gets cold, I hate the winter, mostly because I can’t wear shorts. I love shorts.” On the flip side, Grant Burkhardt, another OU senior who works at WOUB for the show Bobcat Showcase, said he likes the feel of a good pair of pants both at the desk and in the field. His most important wardrobe criterion for being in front of the camera is looking professional. “People don’t notice if you do look professional,” Burkhardt said. “But if you don’t, and you look flashy or stupid, that gets noticed really easily. You don’t want anything to take away from your actual performance on camera.” OU senior Blake Brodie, host of WOUB’s Friday night football feature Gridiron Glory, further explains the “business on the top, party on the bottom” mentality of a sports anchor. “You’re really taking yourself too seriously if you rock the matching suit pants,” Brodie said. “You leave yourself open to being made fun of, criticized and razzed from the rest of the sports department if you do. Nobody is safe.” The audience can expect professionalism from a news team and that’s what they get. But that rule only applies from the waist up. n OUTHREADMAG.COM | 129

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I’m not going to say my look doesn’t matter, but I’d rather be comfortable when I’m up at the desk. – TANNER SMITH



You’re really taking yourself too seriously if you rock the matching suit pants. – BLAKE BRODIE

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partyschoolshirts party ranking problems By LAURA STRAUB Photos by JULIA FOSTER


t’s common campus knowledge that Ohio University is ranked, for better or for worse, the top party school in the nation. Lately, some students are wearing that pride on their sleeve—literally. After the Princeton Review published the 2011 college rankings in August, Ohio University receiving top honors in the categories of “Best Party School” and “Lots of Beer,” the T-shirt presses began cranking out shirt designs to celebrate the acknowledgement.

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“If you ain’t first you’re last” It’s rare to walk to class without seeing at least one person sporting a shirt referring to OU’s number-one status. Sophomore Lauren Koketko is one student regularly sporting her green V-neck screen tee. The front of the shirt reads: “No. 1 party school in the nation, Athens, Ohio.” The back says: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Koketko purchased the shirt through the UniversiTEES Facebook group after the rankings were released. “I’m here while it’s happening, so I thought I should be a part of it,” Koketko said. Koketko said she thought a T-shirt that would represent that. Although she said she has encountered a fair share of hecklers when she dons her shirt, she believes that if opposers do some research, they will understand OU isn’t just about the party scene. Koketko said the shirts do not ruin the university’s reputation, they simply add to it. Colleen Phillips, alumna and employee of Uptown Dog T-Shirts on West Union Street, shares Koketko’s opinion. Uptown Dog is a popular retailer of party school-related shirts in the Court Street vicinity. Phillips said the popularity of the party shirts varies depending on the time of year, but now that OU has been ranked number one, they are in even higher demand. Uptown Dog carries two shirts specific to the number one ranking. One reads: “Sorry we’re not sorry… for partying.” The back text: “Number one party school, proving we

are the best, one party at a time.” Phillips said female students especially love the, “Sorry we’re not sorry,” shirt and they laugh amongst their group of girls as they enter the store to...“They love it and they have to buy it,” she said. All of the feedback Phillips has received about their shirts while in the store or on campus has been positive, but she said there have been some digs at the shirts on the Facebook alumni thread. Although Phillips may have never heard any negative student comments, there are some who disapprove of the shirts. Freshman Rose Hadsell ignores the shirts for the most part. The party school reputation is not why she came to OU, she said. Rose believes that the shirts further the message that the only reason certain students chose OU was to party. “I have been asked multiple times why I came to OU if I don’t party,” Hadsell said. “People only focus on that reputation instead of other good reputations the university has.” Hadsell also points out that people will party no matter what school they attend. Phillips makes this same point. “People party no matter where they are, Athens is just a smaller town with a lot of bars,” she said. Phillips also stressed the point that much of the focus on the party school reputation is due to the media attention to the ranking and there is much more to OU than parties––that the school really does have competitive academics. n




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t’s time to shed plaid’s bad rap as farmer garb or the lumberjack’s best friend. This versatile print can easily transition from daytime dressings to a surprisingly sophisticated evening ensemble. With a foundation of essential pieces and the addition of a few simple accessories, plaid will become your go-to pattern to cure your worst case of fashion block.



are both functional and comfy for a day spent in lecture halls and walking uptown. • Rugged combat boots add edge to your outfit’s necessities, while playing up the plaid’s tomboy-esque vibe. • Chic metal accessories complete your look, with delicate rings that add a touch of industrial charm.

alluring evening apparel with just a few flattering adjustments. • A simple curve-hugging banded dress provides just the right amount of sexiness underneath plaid accents. • Take a cue from the boys and wrap a menswear-style belt around your middle, creating a shapely waist.

• Basic denim shorts paired with black tights

• A button-up shirt can easily transition to



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laid is a staple on college campuses, but in an ocean of print, the checkered pattern on the average student’s chest could be easily overlooked. The revival of the grunge look gives hope to plaid enthusiasts, putting them on par with their fashion choices. Not just a one-note look, tartan can transition from classroom panache to late night swagger when switching out a utility jacket for a polished cardigan or blazer.


• Light

Military Inspired Jacket with a cuffed sleeve, open to show layering. • Button down shirt is a faded plaid, and is complemented by a dark undershirt. • Pair a skinny jean with a skate shoe for a more relaxed look. • Button down shirt is a faded plaid, and is complemented by a dark undershirt. • Pair a skinny jean with a skate shoe for a more relaxed look.


• Grey

jacket with broad shoulders and cargo pocketing produces a more refined look for night. • Layer a checkered plaid with a cardigan to brave night temperatures while staying stylish. • Skinny blue khakis dress up your night look with an edgier vibe. • Black on Black Chuck Taylors are always a go to shoe, show them off with the pants tucked in. n OUTHREADMAG.COM | 141

longchamplepliage RANT BY CARLY WIITA

One trend with nine lives is the Longchamp bag. Costing more than $120 with flimsy leather straps, these continuously popular bags simply seem impractical.  The Longchamp bag tends to rip easily because of its thin straps, causing girls to rush out and buy another. The Longchamp color palette, ranging from vomit and mustard to other unattractive shades, makes the sacks even more repulsive. Longchamp fans claim the main allure to these bags is that their “carry all” style pairs well with a range of outfits. Something similar that functions perfectly well: a backpack. Devoted toters love Longchamps because their waterproof material protects  books and other purse  contents.  Why not just carry an umbrella when it rains? Whether it be the gaggle of girls around campus carrying these bags, or that they look like a raincoat fashioned into a bag, the Longchamp tops my list of trends to be stopped.

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Just as deluxe as it is durable, the Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag has become a college staple. Its sleek structure and sturdy leather strap sends students to class in style. Designed with practical vinyl fabric to withstand harsh weather, the Le Pliage retains its chic character in even the dreariest of campus conditions. Sensible yet stylish, this shopping tote pairs well with a collegiate lifestyle, its Parisian influence promising to deliver any outfit from drab to dapper. Eyecatching colors like peacock, orange and bilberry, or more reserved shades like graphite, taupe and basic black, this bag holds appeal for any personality. If Kate Moss’s endorsement of the brand isn’t enough, then perhaps the allure of functional fashion will have you slinging one over your shoulder. After all, when was the last time you saw your North Face backpack advertised in Vogue? n


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