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THE LINE GENDER NEUTRAL
TRENDS IN MODERN FASHION
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Made UP: The Pixie Cut
His and Her’s
Raiding the Men’s Section
Find Your True North
Setting the Record Straight
We Dare You
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staff list Editor-in-Chief Greta Hallberg
Creative Director Kayle Antony
Publisher Emma Strupp
Photo Editor Alyssa Sato David Malone
Fashion Director Haley Spindler
Copy Editor Jenny Henderson
Marketing Directors Sydney Medema Ibukun Ibraheem
Online Editor Kelly Higginson
Blog Editors Alex Cooper Blair Donovan
Event Planning Coordinator Mariah Koeltl
Street Style Photographer Jackie Hayes
Photographers Jackie Hayes Rob Donato Tiffany Visconti Kendall Erickson Olivia (Livvy) List Max Meals Connor Moriarty Shannon Pressler Layout Designers Kayle Antony Danielle Schaefer Sara Meurer Morgan Lawrence Lydia Tissandier Darby Shanaberger Julie Norehad Mikayla Zancanelli Katharine Stodghill Stylists Gloria Zhu Emma Nook Paige Flory Berkeley Combs Abigail Bates Madelyn Voigt Hannah Jolly Alli Robben Lily Manchester John Digiacobbe Writers Abbey Gingras Chase Bailey Soumya Trivedi Phoebe Myers Emily Williams Olivia Lewis Haley Jena Kevin Oâ€™Hara Angela Hatcher Molly NIcholas Francesca Peck Jenny Henderson
Bloggers Vivian drury Emily Williams Chase Bailey Maddie Wood Angela Hatcher Hannah Wegman Abbey Gingras Althea Perley Elizabeth Glover Tori Levy Marketing Team Elizabeth Colwell Ali Mitchell Alex Standring Claire Markely Leah McCloud Alexandra Bogut Alex Dolbin Lena Rutherford Coley Frommeyer Rachel Price Emily Carroll Event Planning Claire Markley Coley Frommeyer Rachel Price Jessie Wolfe Madelyn Voigt Alli Robben Jenna Mrocko Sarah Gaertner Alex Dolbin Althea Perley Alex Strandring Leah McCloud Regina Icaza Ashley Lewis Jessica Pembroke Faculty Advisor Annie-Laurie Blair Finance Advisor Drew Davis Founders | 2008 Lauren Kelly Kelly Phelan
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editor’s letter Dear Readers, At Mega Fair, Miami’s annual student organization informational event, a couple of guys approached Up’s table. I gave them the spiel, that we were Miami’s fashion magazine on campus. “Can dudes join?” They asked, probably being facetious. “Or is it just for girls?” I think I scared them with my enthusiastic “yes” that men are more than welcome to apply for the magazine. Up is not limited to women’s fashion, just like fashion isn’t limited to women. Back in August, an idea was born. For our winter issue, we wanted to highlight the stylish guys on campus. Our theme this winter is infusion, a word that describes the fluidity of gender and its influence on the way we dress. We mix masculine and feminine, rugged and sophisticated, edgy and dainty. It’s no secret that I’m a menswear aficionado. I’ll choose pants and brogues over a dress and heels any day. I raid my brother’s closet
for style inspiration and beeline to the men’s section at my favorite stores. The themes in this issue speak to me on a metaphysical level. This issue might look a little bit different. You won’t find our regular features Man Code and Miami Man, but we think we made up for it with articles and photoshoots that are tailored for the guys. Winter naturally lends itself to plaid and flannels. Whether it’s buffalo check or blackwatch, plaid is a definite wardrobe staple. Molly Nicholas takes us through all of our favorite tartan-clad icons. Fall mad for plaid on page 12. We took infusion to heart with our photo editorial His and Hers. Stylist Maddy Voigt shows both guys and girls how to rock the same pieces and make them fit your wardrobe. Photographer Livvy List brings these styles to life on page 16. Read Francesca Peck’s piece about Kanye West, hip-hop artist and fashion designer. He’s infamous for being the more stylish partner in his marriage with Kim Kardashian. Learn about the infusion of music, culture and fashion on page 22. Our amazing staff has pulled off a beautiful issue once again. Despite the timeline hiccup of winter break, these talented writers, photographers, stylists and more have continued to impress me with their hard work and creativity. I am so proud to lead this team and publish this magazine with all of you. Remember to always be proud of your identity and how it influences your style.
Much UP love, Greta Hallberg Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Printer: RR Donnelley
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styled by Haley Spindler photographed by Jackie Hayes Model: Maddy Rieman
THE PIXIE CUT 6 | Winter 2016
written by Angela Hatcher
t my high school I was known for changing my hairstyle almost every other month. Whether it was switching my color from a Kardashian-esque ombre to a firetruck red to a luscious purple, I tried everything. When colors failed to satisfy my need for change, I took a more extreme approach. I cornrowed my hair and rocked some edgy bangs and went for a Velma Kelly style bob. I did it all. But oddly enough, I was never satisfied. The angular bob didn’t feel wild enough for me. The long, wavy look felt overdone. The red made me feel like a bottle of ketchup. I still hadn’t found my look. When I went in to see my hair stylist, Renee, in December of 2014, I made a shocking decision. I looked at her and said on an impulse, “Chop it all off.” She was giddy with excitement. We had talked about getting me a pixie cut for ages and I was finally ready to take the leap of faith. So armed with a pair of scissors and a handful of hair pomade, she began chopping away. When I finally saw myself in the mirror I was stunned. I looked like a completely different person. It was completely foreign, and yet somehow so natural and so fitting. It was the look that was meant for me. It was angular and edgy, yet soft and feminine. It was cropped short, but still had tons of volume. It made my thin, limp hair look full and exotic. It made me stand out. It was freeing. And so ladies, without further introduction, I present to any gal looking for a new way to spice up their look:
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5 R EA SO NS WHY YO U SHO U LD C O NSIDER RO CKING A P IXIE CU T. 1. It’s totally on trend. I mean, have you seen Emma Watson with her pixie cut? Or Lily Collins? Or Shailene Woodley? Or Charlize Theron? Or the Queen, JLaw sporting hers? Need I say more? 2. It’s low maintenance. Pomade and a teasing brush--that’s all you’ll ever need to style a kickass pixie cut. And it’s a huge bonus when you get to the gym and have a momentary panic sesh when you realize you forgot a ponytail holder. You don’t even need one! Also: wash, blowdry, and go. Minimize your morning routine by a LOT. 3. It’s versatile. You can do virtually anything with a pixie cut. Slick it back like Shailene--instachic. Spike it up like Ginnifer Goodwin--instabadass. Curl for soft waves like Lily Collins--instafemininity. Add a headband, tease the longer layers of your cut or wear it naturally like Charlize--instaflawless. 4. It takes a load off...literally. It is so freeing. You have a weight taken off your shoulders. No more sweaty hair sticking to your neck in the summer, no more uncontrollable static in the winter and no more dry, twig-like dead ends. You’ll feel light as a feather after you get a pixie cut. 5. It’s unique. And so are you. Be different. Stand out from the crowd. Rock a haircut that screams you. Don’t be afraid to let go off all that hair that’s dragging you down.
SHAPE UP written by Chase Bailey
hen it comes tobouldering–a form of rock climbing without ropes–reaching the top of the ascent takes a lot more than physical strength. Bouldering is a good workout for both the body and the mind, and getting started is as simple as checking out the bouldering cave in the Rec. This is a sport that requires the combination of mind and body to achieve success. It takes problem-solving, trial and error, large and small muscles alike and most importantly a kick-ass attitude. A good way to start working your way up the wall is to join the Climbing Club on campus. There you’ll find climbers of all skill helping each other out, and as they love to say, “being a beginner is really cool!” There’s nothing monotonous about this sport. Any time spent on or off the wall is spent analyzing your next move, so having people there to help you out is a big bonus. As good a mental exercise as a physical one, you have to figure out how to solve a problem that’s best for your body type. Determining whether you have to make an explosive push or a swift reach is heavily based on what you think is best. When height is an issue, flexibility can be your secret weapon. Lucy Thomas, Miami’s Climbing Club marketing and promotions chair, sums up what it’s like having to adapt the way you climb for your body type. “I am 5’2, so I literally just look at height difference before anything,” Thomas says. “All of the setters are also taller than me so I take that into account. I try to look at my other strengths and see how to utilize them best before I even attempt a problem.” Setters are the people who drill the holds into the wall, creating new routes for people to climb and improve their skill. Maintaining a balance between your thoughts and your actions is crucial to climbing well. Keeping
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a clear head is just as important as making sure you’re gripping the hold correctly or remembering to breathe. Similarly, if you’re not taking the time to make sure your body is in good shape, it’ll make for a bad bouldering session. “In climbing, if your body is doing well but your mind is elsewhere or you aren’t focused for some reason, you will not climb well. If you are thinking clearly and your body is damaged you can’t continue either. Climbing relies on both equally,” Thomas says. As with many sports it may seem men claim the majority, but that’s not to say women pose as fierce competition in the climbing world. Athletes such as Ashima Shiraishi, just 13 years old, have broken two rock climbing world records. How’s that for badass? “There are a lot more men in our club than women but I feel like in climbing it is a lot more equal climbing is for everyone and it really shows that social barriers really do not matter unless we say they do,” says Thomas. This is where the rock-solid attitude really comes in. The climbing community is a cohesive, amazing support system and you can become a part of it simply by checking out the climbing center in the Rec. Miami’s Climbing Club practices three times a week at the Rec center where you can find people working out fresh routes set in the newly opened bouldering cave and climbing walls. Taking part in all those positive energies has a noticeable effect on you and drives you to become not only a better climber but also a better person. A good attitude is always the difference between success and failure. “Sometimes the only thing you need to finish is the belief that you’re already there.”
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photographed by Abbey Gingras
HEALTHY HEARTY QUINOA CHILI 10 | Winter 2016
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written by Abbey Gingras
hen there’s snow on the ground and frost on our windows, nothing beats a hot bowl of chili. This warm and comforting dish can be made thousands of ways. If you’re a native Ohioan, you’re probably used to it being served over spaghetti at Skyline. Cincinnati has been known for it’s chili since the 20s when two Macedonian immigrants invented the recipe the city would become known for. Today, Cincinnati has over 250 chili parlors — and with Oxford’s close proximity, it’s no wonder we’ve come to have a fondness for it.
First, cook the quinoa according to package instructions in saucepan or pot and set aside. Typically, you’ll want two cups of water for one cup of uncooked quinoa. The quinoa will absorb almost all the water while it cooks, like rice. Next, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium to high heat. Add minced garlic and chopped onion; stir frequently while cooking, continuing to cook until the onions are translucent. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
But even though we love eating any type of chili, we’re also determined to stay healthy in the new year — after all, spring break is right around the corner.
Now you can stir in the cooked quinoa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and 1-2 cups water. This is when you’ll season the chili with salt and pepper; amount varies depending on what flavor you want.
With that in mind, we’ve got just the recipe that’ll satisfy our cravings but keep our resolutions in check. This isn’t your average chili; it’s meat-free but still packed with protein thanks to the addition of quinoa, and stocked with a variety of vegetables that add color and flavor.
Once all of those ingredients are in the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the chili has thickened — it should take about 30 minutes. Finally, stir in beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice (if using) until heated through, about 2 minutes.
This recipe is great with fresh avocado on top and cornbread on the side, and will make enough to feed all your friends (or take care of your dinners for the week). Eat up, and enjoy guilt-free!
Your chili is ready to serve, and the toppings are up to you. The chunks of avocado add a nice flavor and color to the dish while keeping it healthy, but you can also top the chili with cheese and sour cream for a more traditional finish. We love this recipe for taking a classic meal and infusing it with unique, healthy ingredients, and we hope you do, too.
TOTAL TIME: 45 MINUTES SERVES: 6 1 cup quinoa 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (4.5-ounce) can diced green chiles 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder, or more, to taste 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 1/2 cups corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves Lime juice (optional) 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced 11 | Winter 2016
TAR TAN TREND TAKES OVER written by Molly Nicholas
her Horowitz revolutionized plaid in “Clueless” with her yellow cross-checked blazer and skirt set. The trend has been brought back to everyone in recent years and now, there is a plaid for everyone: preppy, lumberjack, punk. You name it.
which is how lumberjacks became notorious for flannel. In 1979, Daisy from the Duke’s of Hazard then made plaid sexy when she tied it around her waist, according to Bustle.com. During this time, the UK was making plaid punk and rocker chic with rips and a worn look.
Today when we think of plaid, we rush to cozy flannels tied around the waist or over a t-shirt. It’s a casual and easy way to look like we put together an outfit. In reality, it’s the most comfortable look to get through a day of classes.
The 90s brought us grunge and plaid has been here to stay ever since. According to Bustle.com, Marc Jacobs popularized plaid with his Spring 1993 collection dedicated to grunge fashion. From Alexander McQueen to J.Crew, there is now no shortage of plaid styles in the fashion world. Burberry took plaid and really ran with it.
It’s common knowledge to refer to the checked print as plaid. However, the proper name is actually tartan. The Scottish began using tartan in the 1500s as a way to distinguish different Celtic clans and keep warm in the frigid climate. Tartan changed to plaid when American and British companies wanted to mimic the tartan pattern, according to Bustle.com. Plaid was actually banned in Britain during the 1700s because of the Scottish Rebellion of 1745. Lucky for us, plaid became legal again 1782, which is also when it became quite fashionable to wear plaid gowns and clothing. Woolrich Woolen Mills started the plaid fad in the 1850s when they created buffalo plaid. The red and black pattern helped those in the outdoors stay noticeable and warm,
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In Vivienne Westwood’s 1993 collection, Anglomania, tartan covered the runway. Since that show, Westwood has been known for using the pattern in her clothes, accessories, and anything else she can think of to reinvent it. Flannels are clearly the perfect casual look, but there are also a number of unique ways to keep up with the plaid trend:
styled by Gloria Zhu photographed by Max Meals Models: Erin Beaver, Rayan Mami
O U T E R W E A R : This has been especially popular this year, whether in the form of a cape, coat or cropped jacket. Red makes a statement, but white and black is also very popular this year if you want a plaid that is more subdued. TopShop made an adorable red and black buffalo check coat this year. A C C E S S O R I E S : Scarves, gloves, socks and even bow ties are staying true to the tartan trend. If you’re looking for something that adds a little print to your outfit, a plaid scarf is perfect and you don’t have to look too far to find a cute one. They’ll also keep you super warm for Oxford winters. D R E S S E S : Yes! This year they turned flannel shirts into a flannel dresses. Could it get any better? Not only are you secretly comfy all day, but you still look fashionable and dressed up. Pairing something like a leather jacket overtop completes the look and satisfies the punk side of plaid. B O T T O M S : Plaid skirts may make you think of your private school days, but they’re a great way to add it into your daily outfit. If you’re looking to do two trends in one, try a plaid midi-skirt: less private-school and more chic. Another trend that emerged are plaid pants. I love these with a simple neutral sweater and leather booties.
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S H I R T S : Last but not least, the plaid flannel must come into play. After all, it’s the easiest way to incorporate plaid. The College Prepster commonly puts one of her plaid collared tops underneath a cute sweater to dress it up. She also loves to style it with a chunky rhinestone necklace to dress it up a little bit. You can also tuck a plaid shirt into a leather or suede mini skirt and pair it with a cute pair of heels and you’re good to go! The plaid flannel and leggings is also a go-to for long school days. Heads up to all the men out there looking to rock the tartan pattern: a flannel is still great for you and lumbersexuals are all the rage. If you’re trying to be more modest, Chuck Bass paired a plaid bow tie with his outfit for an event on Gossip Girl. Something as simple as a plaid tie can complete an outfit, while keeping it original. As you can see, the plaid trend is definitely here to stay as it has truly stood the test of time. Fortunately, men and women can style it in so many ways, while staying comfortable and looking great. Might as well hop aboard the tartan train while you can because it doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon.
CROSSING THE LINE GENDER NEUTRAL TRENDS IN MODERN FASHION written by Haley Jenna
styled by Hannah Jolly photographed by Max Meals Models: Nolan Collier, Ryan Steffen 14 | Winter 2016
t all started in grade six: the desperate demand to wear your middle school boyfriend’s sweatshirt in the hallway. It’s beyond me why we as wide-eyed pre-teens heavily pined to wear an Under Armor sweatshirt heavily doused in Axe, but the idea of wearing the opposite gender’s clothes started early in our wardrobes.
bination of chic and comfort, joggers can be noticed on a guy running late to his 8:30 class or admired at an Alexander Wang fashion show. Cinched at the ankle and loosely fitted, the concept is one that should have been invented long ago for men and women alike to enjoy with a tucked top or distressed jacket.
From button downs to jeans to shoes of all sorts, modern fashion is encouraging both men and women to mix it up. As I write this, I’m sporting my dad’s shrunken sweater from J. Crew — a timeless beige color combined with the promising comfort of cashmere, it’s my downtime go-to. My mind (and cozy upper body) has no regard for what gender it was originally marketed for. In 2016, where the rigid line of strict gender roles and styles is clearly fading, our most favorite looks are getting even more forward and flexible. Here are some of Up’s favorite cross-gender trends.
JEANS—SKINNY AND BOYFRIEND Newsflash: your genes don’t determine the fit of your jeans. Even when we don’t purposely swap styles with another gender, denim has become genderblind on its own. Cuffed skinny jeans are proudly displayed in the men’s section of stores; relaxed boyfriend jeans are laid out in the women’s section (we especially love Madewell and J. Crew for our denim fix). Fellas can rock a peacoat or crewneck with skinnies, while ladies can toss on a pair of loose, ripped jeans with a minimalistic fitted top or sweater.
SIMMER DOWN AND BUTTON UP—BUTTON DOWNS AND FLANNELS Throw out the lumberjack stigma and don a cool new flannel. Remember button downs aren’t just for presentations or interviews. Attractive on both men and women alike, these classics are for anyone’s fashion benefit. Women can work an oversized button down paired with a necklace, layered with a sweater or simply with skinny jeans and booties. Men can style a classic button down with a fitted look, paired with anything from chinos to jeans or combined with a bold tie. But don’t stop there: the boundaries don’t exist with an understated button down or flannel. KICKIN’ IT—CONVERSE, BIRKENSTOCKS, COMBAT BOOTS, OH MY! It’s said that shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you — and now, both men’s and women’s shoes can share the spotlight with similar kicks. We saw more guys than girls this season with Rainbow flops on, and more girls than guys with effortless Birkenstocks — a gender summer-shoe swap at its finest. The Adidas Stan Smith shoe looks practically identical for men and women, and can be found on anyone from David Beckham to Kendall Jenner to a Miami student. Combat boots, Sperrys and Yeezys are appropriate on anyone. Converse have been proving that classic kicks are gender-blind. “I saw a pair of Converse on Beyoncé, looked them up, and got them. I just see clothing as a whole,” Miami freshman Kody Cain said. WORKING OUT CAN BE FUN—JOGGERS … Okay, maybe jogging isn’t the most fun, but an outfit with joggers definitely is. The ultimate com15 | Winter 2016
Freshman Meg Hanna loves pairing a blazer with her favorite jeans. “Blazers are great because they’re transformative. They can make jeans look dressy and add class to an everyday outfit,” she said. ETC. The fun doesn’t stop with button downs, shoes, joggers, and jeans. From scarves to watches to sweaters, designs are fearlessly mixing and matching trends in the wardrobes of frat stars and hipsters alike. It’s okay (and fashionable) to steal your brother’s old flannels, and it’s okay to copy your girlfriend’s taste in casual footwear. “If I don’t wear something, it’s because it doesn’t look good — not because it’s too girly,” Cain said.
Last week, a three year old girl I babysit was playing with a ballerina doll, clad in a classic pink ensemble, complete with proper tutu. When asked what her name was, she replied that the doll was a boy. While we probably won’t be seeing many men rocking tutus on campus that often, the new frontier of androgynous fashion and culture is evident – the only rule is that there are no rules.
The negative stigma of wearing the other gender’s clothing is on the continual decline and soon, we predict there will cease to be a stigma at all. Trends have flipped and integrated (and have become infinitely more cool since sixth grade) – and we love it.
TAKE NOTE FROM THE BOYS. YOUR WARDROBE JUST DOUBLED.
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Kanye I Wanna Dress Like
written by Francesca Peck
styled by Alli Robben photographed by Jackie Hayes Models: Alex Brzozowski, Alexis Moten
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ince its debut in the 1970s, hip-hop music has evolved from an underground urban movement to the world’s most listened to musical genre, according to a recent Spotify study. But despite its massive band of followers, hip-hop has proved itself to be far more than our top musical preference. Rather, its expressions are reflected in many areas of American culture, influencing language, politics, gender roles—it even inspires the clothes we wear. For years, celebrity rappers have expressed themselves in both music and fashion, many producing songs, beats, trends and fads. At the height of this business: Kanye West, recently crowned GQ’s “Most Stylish Man” for a second consecutive year. Kanye has pursued an artistic career since long before he stepped into the spotlight, though he initially claimed his fame through producing music. This superstar originally sought a future in visual arts at Chicago State University, but after making interconnections with key players of the rap scene such as Jay-Z, Kanye ditched his paints and easel after just one year to make music. Inspired by his short-lived attempt at art school, Kanye released his debut album “College Dropout” in 2004, selling over 2.6 million copies and beginning what would become his globally acclaimed stardom. This passion for making artwork continued to drive Kanye’s musical career. After returning to school and receiving a PhD from the Art Institute of Chicago, he dropped a sequel to his debut album, this time titled “Late Registration,” which he then followedup with “Graduation.” Other subtle touches of Kanye’s artistry flow throughout his music, from the highly artistic ballerina scene in his Runaway music video to his emergence into the fashion world with a designer line of luxury Louis Vuitton shoes—both musically and visually artistic careers have been at play, though his rap remained the face of his fame. In recent years, this focus has begun to shift. Kanye did not release an album for two years, instead designing a collection for Adidas and a fashion line that appeared in New York Fashion week. Many are questioning if this rap genius has shifted from hip-hop music to hip-hop fashion. “The most energy currently is around fashion,” he admits in a live interview with SHOWstudio, “because in music it’s within question if a song is popular if that person is a really good artist or not. In fashion, if someone is popular it’s because it’s agreed
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upon that they’re an amazing artist...Fashion designers are superstars currently, too.” Though Kanye has created a hierarchical name for himself in hip-hop fashion (as he does in all aspects of his life), this emergence among other worldfamous designers was far from simple. In fact, Kanye admits the fame of his rap career may be the only factor that allowed him to live and work among other world-famous designers. He tells SHOWstudio: “It took me being Kanye West to get this far in fashion. I was able to become a multimillionaire and invest in myself because no one else would have in a million years.” Today Kanye has two fashion lines. What elements of his style do we love so much? First, Kanye’s fashion lines share a similar aesthetic across both his male and female pieces, particularly in regards to his use of monochromatic color. His styles repeatedly match pieces of the same base color, but vary in tonality. Rarely pairing sharply contrasting colors, his looks create depth by matching pieces with clashing textures. To embody this aesthetic, match a pair of hunter green skinny cargo jeans with a woven, fringed jade sweater. Kanye also avoids contrasting colors by pairing together pieces of opposing proportions, typically through tiered layering of garments. With this, ratio is key: one part loose, one part tight. Tuck a fitted long-sleeve into a pair of saggy jogger pants, or wear your boxy cropped sweater over a pencil skirt. Finish the outfit by layering an oversized, below-the-knee coat on top—a regular piece in Kanye’s collections, creating depth in your look, and perfect for keeping warm during the snowy season. But among the many artistic perfections Kanye has created throughout the year between style and music, at the height of his appreciable innovations is how his looks make casual-wear fashion forward. It is no surprise we all routinely reach for our T-shirts and leggings to lounge around the house in. Kanye believes such casual wear can be made chic and trendy, if executed correctly. He suggests contrasting your favorite casual pieces with a luxury item, such as a fur jacket or a flashy piece of jewelry. For whatever the occasion—grabbing dinner with friends, catching a movie or attending class, casual wear can always be made appropriately fashion forward.
MENâ€™S SECTION written By Soumya Trivedi
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f there is one conception women face when headed to the mall, it is that men’s clothes are cheaper and more comfortable than women’s clothing. However, instead of being grumpy about it, we should learn how we can add those comfortable and cute clothes in our wardrobes. Here are some tips to help you borrow from the boys: CLOTHES TO LOOK FOR Not only are the shirts in the men sections often more comfortable, there is also a wide variety to choose from. Stripes, plaid, polka dot - you name it and you shall receive. If that wasn’t enough, they are the perfect length to wear with leggings. You could tuck them into jeans or tie them at your waist. There are endless possibilities; you just need to get a little creative. If you’re generally a medium or large in the women’s section, a small or medium in men’s would fit you perfect, unless you’re intentionally going for an oversized style.
Men’s belts are also a timeless, viable option. If you’re looking for something practical, shop J. Crew, Madewell, or even a good thrift shop for a classic leather belt. Many guys I have met express themselves through a cool pair of socks. Candy-colored stripes, polka dots and little animal designs can all be found in the men’s department. These cheeky patterns will keep your feet looking cute and warm during the cold winter months. They are often longer as well and perfect to slide on with leggings and a pair of boots. Women are often only associated with handbags, but men’s overnight bags are perfect for travel. Shop for bags with a broken-in, rugged look to give off a bohemian vibe.
“THERE ARE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES; YOU JUST NEED TO GET A LITTLE CREATIVE.”
Oversized or slouchy sweaters are the way to go when you’re feeling lazy but still want to look cute. Just throw one on and you instantly have that casual chic vibe. Just like with everything in the men’s section, you’ll find great quality and a more reasonable price compared to buying a sweater in the women’s section.
Be honest, girls - how many times have we “borrowed” our boyfriend’s tee’s? Why not head to the men’s section and buy one for yourself ? These comfy cotton tees from the men’s section should be in your wardrobe. You want a henley, a v-neck or a crew neck? You can have it all. Since they will be slightly bigger, they will have a perfect worn-in look. DON’T FORGET ABOUT ACCESSORIES Make a statement and go chunky with a watch. They look sophisticated and will draw attention to you. You can personalize it by swapping the leather bands for your own.
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WHERE TO GO Most stores have a great selection of men’s clothing. Here are a few of Up’s favorites where you are bound to find something that you will love.
Fast fashion chains like Forever21 and H&M are great places to start and are very affordable. The men’s departments at J.Crew, Nordstrom and Zara are a little bit more expensive, but have lots of great options, too. Don’t discount thrift stores or even your father, brother or grandfather’s closet. Something gently used is often just as cute and has a story behind it, for a fraction of the price. Your favorite store probably has a men’s section. Next time you’re out shopping, we dare you to check it out.
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SHIFT written by Olivia Lewis
n a world where women have gained the right to enter the American workforce, more and more men are deciding to make use of their newly found freedom to stay at home. Stay-at-home father Dan Colpi, along with the voices of several Miami students and an expert in gender studies, weigh in on this recent increase and the life that goes along with it. A picture of both intelligence and enthusiasm, he is fondly referred to as the “Cookie Dad,” “Science Guy” and “Captain Pageturner” by friends and family for the abounding activities he and his children are involved in together. These activities range from being a Girl Scout leader and Cookie Coordinator to dressing up as a book-a-neer pirate who encourages children to read. This man is known as Dan Colpi, a stay-at-home father living in the quiet suburbs of West Chester. Whether it’s an indication of modern times or a fledgling
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economy, a growing number of men in the United States are opting out of rush hour traffic and board meetings in favor of mornings spent packing peanut butter jelly sandwiches and ferrying children off to school. According to the Pew Research Center, for example, the number of fathers in the U.S. who don’t work outside the home has risen markedly in recent years, up to 2.0 million in 2012. This number has doubled since 1989, when only 1.1 million fathers stayed at home. “I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home dad ever since I was in high school,” Colpi says. “I always wanted a big family and I love children, so being a stay-athome dad was a dream job for me. I didn’t think I would actually be able to do it because when I was growing up, a dad that stayed home to take care of the kids was something that just didn’t exist.” To at least fulfill the first part of his dream and receive a job capable of supporting a large family, Colpi graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering after noting that game consoles were becoming more and more complex. It wasn’t until Colpi’s company offered him a work-from-home program that he finally achieved the latter part of his dream. “I knew that this was an opportunity for me to be that stay-at-home dad I always dreamed about,” Colpi says. “I could be the one to get them up in the morning and take them to daycare. Eventually, this evolved to putting them on the bus every morning and being there when they got home from school.” Luckily for Colpi, he chose to stay at home in just the right social climate. When asked about possible factors for the recent increase of homemaking fathers, Miami University gender studies professor Darcy Donahue cites loosening gender norms and a greater amount of women with higher salaries. “The change is closely related to changing perceptions of gender roles, greater access to professional opportunities for women and their ability to now earn a ‘breadwinning’ salary,” Donahue says. “There are also men whose wives earn as much or more than they do, and they decide that they would like to spend more quality time with their children while their wives continue working.” Besides a culture that’s recognized the importance of active male parenting, health and economic troubles
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also play a part in men deciding to stay at home. “According to recent research, most stay-at-home fathers are over 35 and the number increased sharply after the 2008 recession,” Donahue says. “Many of these men have lost their jobs and after being at home for a while, they found they liked the situation well enough to continue. A significant portion of the stay-at-home dads also have health issues, which while preventing them from entering the workforce, allow them to look after children.” Although there’s been a significant rise in the number of fathers who work or stay within the home, they’re still in no way free of judgement or biases. Miami freshman Vikramaditya Pandey weighs in on the types of judgement stay-at-home fathers receive. “These fathers are criticized for not doing ‘the man’s job’ of feeding the family,” Pandey says. “Society perceives a man to be the bread earner of the family, the one who provides, stays strong and shows little emotion. I feel that a lot of men still view any other role as ‘unmanly’ and this puts pressure on men.” Born in India, Pandey comes from a family where both of his parents work. In India, Pandey says, it’s common to hire a housekeeper to help around the home, so most of the domestic chores are done by one. He thus feels that his family’s distinct structure has allowed him to be more accepting of contrasting ones. “I don’t feel that there should be a gender attached to cooking, cleaning or taking care of children,” Pandey says. “I don’t feel that there is anything feminine with men who do these things.” Miami freshman Stephan Koclejda shares similar feelings to Pandey’s and has even considered becoming a stay-at-home father himself. “I don’t see why it shouldn’t be a possibility,” Koclejda says. “It’s a decision involving the whole family that eventually comes up at some point, and it’s a joint decision I would make with mine. I feel that fathers are just as loving of their children as mothers. Fathers have parenting instincts too and they shouldn’t be a discounted half of a parental unit.” Contrary to popular belief, being a stay-at-home father isn’t at all baby diapers and pink polka-dotted aprons. Just like the criticisms pointed out by Pandey,
others sometimes don’t take Colpi’s life seriously and have a preconceived notion of who he is. “At first, folks were pretty taken aback by it,” Colpi says. “Some people assumed that I lost my job or couldn’t get one, and because they didn’t feel comfortable bringing it up, they would go months or years before learning differently. Later, folks would be more envious. I would get ‘Oh, I wish I didn’t have to drive to work every morning,’ or ‘It must be nice to work in your pajamas.’” Fuehrer says that much of the criticism and misunderstanding he sometimes experiences originates from not only society’s image of masculinity, but also its image of home life in general.
Although being a stay-at-home father has improved his relationship with both his wife and children, the time spent with his family is not without its annoyances. “I do admit I sometimes drive my wife crazy with my office and garage being full of PTO, baseball and Scouting stuff. She’s used the term ‘hoarder’ quite frequently recently,” Colpi says. “And even though she’s never complained about it, I think she inwardly dreads Girl Scout cookie season since our living room turns into a giant cookie maze for about a month.” Despite all of the confusion, stress and misconceptions that come with being a male caretaker, Colpi advises stay-at-home fathers to use humor as their weapon. Having an arsenal of
MOST STAY-AT-HOME FATHERS ARE OVER 35 AND THE NUMBER INCREASED SHARPLY AFTER THE 2008 RECESSION. “These criticisms reflect stereotypes of masculinity, but they also reflect the relatively low esteem in which the work of raising children is held, mostly because it’s been associated with women and anything to do with women is negative,” Donahue says. “Really, he’s breaking the existing stereotypes of gender in the workforce, sharing the responsibilities of family life with his wife and providing a non-stereotypical role model for his children.” Overall, being a stay-at-home father has been an enlightening experience, not only strengthening his relationship with his family, but also with his community, seeing as he is also a PTO member at VanGorden Elementary and the President of the Liberty Early Childhood PTO. “My children are proud of the fact that their dad is the coach of their sports team or ‘that crazy guy who shows up at school events to teach science,’” Colpi says. “Some of my sixth grade daughter’s classmates still remember me as that ‘cool dad that would dress up as a pirate and read to us at school” or ‘that guy who taught us all about worms.’” 30 | Winter 2016
wisecracks and jibes has helped him in the past, such as when he “press-ganged the bus stop moms” into the local PTA, who though jokingly, once gave him a hard time. “If someone is rude enough to criticize your lifestyle, just put on a big smile,” Colpi says. “Talk about the commute you have down the hall to work or how you find it easier to put up with a screaming three-year-old instead of the screaming board room. Most people are not prioritizing the things that are really important to them.” And as for Colpi, that’s what life really is all about.
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MEDIA REP written by Phoebe Myers
BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT: GENDER REPRESENTATION IN MEDIA
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n January of 2008, Hillary Clinton had an “emotional moment,” (so dubbed by the media en masse) at a campaign event in New Hampshire when her voice broke while answering a question. Fox News contributor Dick Morris stated; “I believe that there could well come a time when there is such a serious threat to the United States that she breaks down like that.” He continued with, “I don’t think she ought to be president.” Meanwhile, there are at least fifteen different occasions when former Speaker of the House John Boehner has been photographed crying in public. Radio show host Lars Larson responded to one such occasion on Fox News with, “That’s a man’s man. Who gets choked up about his country and the issues he feels passionate about.”
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There’s definitely some discord here. What behaviors do the media categorize as feminine? Masculine? Here we have the same event: being emotional, but with vastly different reactions based on the gender of the “offender.” For women, it reiterates the stereotype they are not in control of their emotions. For men, especially in politics, it shows they are deeply devoted to their work. For a great comedic take on this, Google “The Broads Must Be Crazy” clip from The Daily Show. Politics is only one area the public is bombarded with every day, through their TV screens, social media feeds, newspapers, radio. Even outside of the reality of news (that reality is debatable), we’ve seen similar double standards with gender roles in fictional narratives. You know the tropes of TV in days past. Multidimensional, yet strong man in complete
control saves the day. Feminine sideshow, either an innocent damsel in distress or a slutty distraction, makes the man look more manly. The women in many shows and movies barely open their mouths. According to a report from the University of Southern California, women played only 30 percent of all speaking or named characters in the 700 biggest box office hits from 2007-2014. That’s less than a third, and frankly, embarrassing. Has much changed since 2014? The most obvious counter-example of a successful movie blending traditional gendered roles, as well as having a female lead, is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It was the fastest film in history to gross $1 billion dollars and set a number of other box office records. Rey is a powerful fighter, independent and determined, and perhaps most importantly, not an obvious love interest. Even seemingly strong female characters in action, sci-fi or fantasy movies are often sexualized, which limits their impact of individuality.
shootings (with four or more fatalities) have been committed by men. We ask why violence is an issue, and sometimes blame video games and movies, but that doesn’t answer the root of the question. Why are the majority of violent crimes committed by men in particular? Aren’t women living and raised around the same movies and games? It’s an incredibly complicated question, but it’s worth keeping in mind that men are seeing other men portrayed in these violent roles. Women don’t see women in these roles nearly as often. Americans tend to believe we are independent thinkers. At the end of the day, perhaps we don’t assume men are to behave one way and women in another. However, with the constant access to television, advertisements, books, music, internet, it’s worth questioning our judgment. How much of our characterization of women and men (and non-binary genders) is ingrained in us by the media?
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While it seems like women get the short end of the stick, gender stereotypes have two sides. Men don’t escape unscathed and in fact, the real-life consequences could be arguably more dire. Media represents masculinity as our culture sees it. Men can’t cry or show emotions other than anger, they have to dress in appropriate ways and drink “manly” drinks among so many other restrictions and most importantly, they have to have the capacity to be violent. Man up!
CHARACTERIZATION OF WOMEN AND MEN IS INGRAINED IN US BY THE MEDIA?
We see the violent masculine culture all around us. The billions of dollars made from blockbuster action movies, violent video games, and professional football further perpetuate the pressure put on males to be “tough.” “The culture is teaching its young men that qualities like communication and empathy aren’t valued,” says Kevin Armitage, a professor in the Western program at Miami who includes media representation in his teaching materials. At the same time, 86 percent of armed robberies in America are committed by men, and 99 percent of rapes. Over the past 30 years, 61 of the last 62 mass 39 | Winter 2016
I volunteered at a creative writing workshop where fourth graders had to collaborate on a story together, and we were creating a protagonist. The group was split on what gender the character should be, and one boy said, “A girl can’t be the hero. Girls are never heroes.” Many students disagreed with him, until another boy chimed in, “There’s a reason why they’re never the heroes.”
What taught these kids these underlying “rules” even when they are creating their own story? We aren’t born with these constructs, we learn them. Are we really able to differentiate between our own knowledge of gender and what we see reinforced around us? The consequences of gender stereotypes are not confined within mere stories and games, they are shaping our politics and creating a dangerous society.
Being Half-Vietnamese, Half-white in America written by Jenny Henderson
he things we share with our families—jokes, recipes, eye color, etc.—are integral to forming our own identities. We craft our personal mythologies around the dinner table, where we listen earnestly to stories about those who came before us. Their names, their marriages, their embarrassing childhood blunders, how they looked just like us. These stories hold a particular weight for Miami University senior, Cara Hinh. Cara’s father emigrated from Vietnam when he was 20. He married Cara’s mother, a white woman from Indianapolis, and raised his two children here in America. Cara has learned to integrate both of these heritages into her lifestyle, artistic and academic work, traditions and of course, her style.
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It’s important to note that Cara’s words in no way represent the entire mixed race experience. Every person, especially those with parents from two separate ethnic backgrounds, negotiates heritage uniquely. To articulate on the “mixed race experience” is not only ambitious, it is, as a non-mixed person, not my story to tell. And although Cara’s journey is one singular perspective, it offers greater insights on heritage, identity and inclusion. We sit down for our interview and Cara tells me she isn’t sure where her story begins—does she begin with her father’s split-second decision to fly to America? When she came to college and first began pursuing her interests in Asian American studies, food and fashion? Those awkward trips to the Vietnamese temple as a kid? “Everything seems imaginary,” she says, ‘It’s almost as if the other half of my family didn’t exist when I was younger because they weren’t there in my life. I knew that they were there, but it sounded more mythical and story-like... I viewed my family in Vietnam the same way I viewed other myths and stories I liked to read as a child.” Cara’s younger sister, composed a book in second grade meant to detail their father’s story of coming to America. The book was almost completely fictional, which Cara credits to living in a completely different world than their family back in Vietnam. Cara’s attempts to interact with Vietnamese communities growing up were met with confusion and frustration. Here she learned the fundamental problem of being mixed race in America: society is constructed to insist one is neither “white enough” nor “mixed enough.” You are only allowed to be one 42 | Winter 2016
thing. As part of National Public Radio’s 2013 Race Card Project, thousands of people provided their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. One man, Dave Kung, explored how as a man with a Chinese father and white mother, in his six words, “just one box is not enough.” According to Kung, choosing just one box on various forms (think college applications) was limiting. Kung said choosing, “meant choosing one race over another [and] denying part of his ancestry,” however, “checking ‘other’ as an alternative choice was also unsatisfying.” Kung is grappling with the same issues as Cara, who recalls feeling unaccepted because of her mixed status at Vietnamese temples on big holidays like New Years, but simultaneously other-ed by her white side of the family. “When I was at my white Christmas, my aunts would say sentiments along the lines of, ‘Well honey, we think you’re white. You’re white to us,’” says Cara. This is problematic, of course, because it ignored a whole side of Cara’s personhood—a side that she already struggled to connect to in a concrete way. “I feel my father had to make a choice in marrying my mother, and a choice even before that,” Cara says, “to be very deeply rooted in the Vietnamese community or in the American community.” Because of this, Cara felt unwelcome by her extended family living in America who were significantly more engrossed in their Vietnamese culture. “What they exist in is a completely different sphere than I do,” she says.
And yet, Cara grapples with the same stereotyping and racist attitudes as those who are more engrossed do. “It always come back to ‘am I white enough?’ or am I ‘ethnic’ enough?” she says, “Especially [for my friends] who are black and white.”
Cara’s exploration of her Vietnamese heritage has led to more fun revelations, as well. “I want to make my wedding dress a traditional Vietnamese wedding dress,” she says.
Even though Cara feels excluded from her Asian community, being half-Asian shaped her entire life. She recalls being made fun of for not being good at math or having big boobs in high school. Cara said she would pretend to be white, but her peers made it impossible for her to ignore her Asian heritage.
The traditional Vietnamese wedding dress, an Åo dåi, is bright red and features a halo-like headdress called an Khån dong. The dress, which is actually pants and an over-shirt, includes intricate gold embroidery of imperial symbols, such as the phoenix. For Cara, the desire to wear an Åo dåi whenever she gets married stems from wanting to incorporate as much of her father’s heritage as possible into big celebrations.
Cara has recently decided to negotiate that heritage on her own terms. Upon coming to college, she enrolled in an Asian American studies course, structured a costume design project on blending traditional Eastern and Western styles and is creating her own solo performance project based on her father’s immigration to America as her senior capstone.
Cara has also recently become addicted to the classic Vietnamese dish, pho, which are essentially Vietnamese noodles mixed with various vegetable and meat broths. She is trying to learn the language, which she admits, is an obstacle as an adult. Perhaps most meaningfully, she and her father are in the early stages of planning a trip to Vietnam as Cara’s graduation present.
always comes back to “It‘am I white enough?’ ” Cara’s re-investment in her Vietnamese heritage began as part of the collegiate experience of exploring whom you are, but has taken on a deeper meaning. Over winter term, Cara lost her grandfather on her mother’s side. This loss led to a perspective—shifting realization. “It hit me that I had other grandparents and that they had died while I was alive and I didn’t really know their story,” she confesses. “And being a part of the theatre, and understanding the importance of storytelling, I have recently decided that I would become a lot more invested in learning where my father came from.” Her one-woman show, while telling the story of her father’s immigration, will also be about how being mixed affects every facet of your life. “From what I wear to how I present myself. What I study, what I do. It’s affected me in every single way. I wouldn’t be who I am without that other part of my culture,” she says. 43 | Winter 2016
The things we share with our families are integral to forming our own identities. For Cara Hinh, collecting these stories and traditions has been a complicated experience, but an important one. In negotiating her own identity, Cara realized that putting people into strict boxes and binaries excludes them from various communities and prevents them from weaving their own multi-dimensional, distinctive narrative. “It’s not just about being half-Asian,” she insists. “It’s about being half-Asian and a woman. It’s about being half Asian and looking white. Being plus-sized. Being an artist. It all contributes.” We should see people as more than one box in their race, class, gender and sexuality and acknowledge that our identities are complex. It’s also vital that we explore our own histories and heritages. For Cara, that journey has been an enriching, continuing one—a journey that has brought her a better understanding of her father, her place in America and her mother’s side of the family. And yes, it’s also brought her pho, and hopefully, a red wedding dress.
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Setting the record
I WAS SEVEN WHEN I FIRST QUESTIONED MY PLACE IN LIFE. written by Kevin O’Hara
y next door neighbor and I were playing outside on a rainy evening in the middle of spring. Wearing oversized rain boots and a long dress, I sprinted through the woods as I had done hundreds of times before. Mud splattered against sparkling tulle as my boots smashed into the damp ground, my neighbor a few paces ahead. When we made it back to our street, my neighbor paused to catch his breath, leaning over himself as he rested his hands on his knees. I watched him carefully, feeling a warm, uneasy glow in the pit of my stomach. He looked over his shoulder, a wavering smile coming to my lips as I looked into his chocolaty gaze. “God, Kevin,” he scoffed, “You are such a fairy.” My grin faded as he shook his head and shuffled away, leaving me alone on the potholed lane. It started to rain, the water making my dress feel heavy against my thin frame. In my memory, it is the first time I can remember feeling as though I had lost something. Whether it was the childhood innocence of a crush or the freedom of being whoever I wanted to be, a piece of myself had been replaced by the fear of not fitting in. Once I was older, I wanted to know what about being a feminine homosexual didn’t allow me to fit in. When had the friendly games ended and the name calling begun? What was so strange about me that made girls in the hallway whisper and giggle as I passed? Was it really so bad that while the majority of the boys in my grade dreamt of looking up Cinderella’s dress, I dreamt of Prince Charming’s sword? With each question and fear that popped into my mind, I found myself facing a tough decision: To be like everyone else? Or not to be like everyone else?
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The answer to my existential question lied within a pair of Uggs. Yes, I promise you read that correctly. Dressed in a gray sweater and skintight jeans, I walked into my freshman year of high school wearing size 10 Uggs from the women’s section. Many kids snickered among their friends as others bit their lips to keep from smiling. Flustered and regretful, I began to realize that my best friends, the people who truly mattered, acted like nothing had changed. Carly and Michael still walked by my side and told me about their weekends, Daniel and Jenn still laughed at my jokes, and Peter managed to make the same hilarious quips with DJ about my femininity, all while eyeing anyone else who dared give me a second glance. Deciding to go to Miami and leaving behind that sense of comfort was scary for me. With all of my friends going to other schools and the clock ticking closer to move-in day, the same insecurities and questions that I had when I was younger came
potential. Each and every one of us has so much to offer in terms of talents and perspectives. Whether you have dreams of becoming the next Picasso or you practice every Saturday to kick the perfect field goal, know that you should never stop working towards the thing that makes you happy. Maybe you still aren’t sure what, who or where you are meant to be, but that’s what life is all about, right? It is about discovering those pieces of yourself and enjoying every second that life has to offer. So, laugh at your mistakes and learn from them, open your heart to new ideas and people, love until it hurts and infuse your life with the things you care about. Those are the values that will help you become the person that you are meant to be. Now, walking across Cook Field in the middle of winter, I smile thinking about the boy in the sparkling blue dress. I remember the way his cheeks used to ache as he and his neighbor would laugh, dreaming up worlds and adventures beyond the
...THE PEOPLE WHO TRULY MATTERED, ACTED LIKE NOTHING HAD CHANGED. back. Would people like me there? Would I fit in? Were there other guys at Miami who watched Real Housewives and imagined a life with John Krasinski? As far as I had heard, Miami was a cesspool of traditionalist values in which people like myself were sacrificed to the Fraternity Gods on a daily basis. Luckily, the stereotype couldn’t have been more wrong. Much like my experience in high school, I soon found that once I let down my barriers and put myself out there, it didn’t matter who was looking at me cross-eyed or tripping over their conventional biases, because there were other people who wanted to get to know the real me. Not only had I been too quick to judge Miami but I also realized that no matter where I was, there would always be people there for me if I had the courage to be kind and stay true to myself. Through everything, I have learned that you need to love yourself first. The minute you allow other people to define who you are based upon their own beliefs, ideas and morals, you fail to nurture your individual 54 | Winter 2016
naked eye. I can see them clearly, their figures darting through the trees as their footfalls soften the wet ground. A heavy rain begins to fall as Pulley Tower lets out a symphony of bells, the loosened mud of Cook spattering against my tight jeans. I pause, thinking of how so much has changed and yet so little is truly different. I may have grown into checkered flannels and ripped jeans, but who is to say that I don’t love a good dress now and then? I may no longer have wings or hold the title of fairy, but don’t some of the other names and icy glares hold as much power? I shake my head, pulling the straps of my Hunter boots upward as I trudge forward, listening to the patter of rain against my jacket. The rain subsides once I reach Collins Hall and a ray of warm, shimmering sun cuts through the parting clouds, my lips whispering a final thought to the memory of that little boy on Parkridge Lane: There is and always will be a place for you in this great big world of endless possibilities.
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SUIT written By Emily Williams
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n a sea of black suit jackets, pressed white shirts, crisp stacks of resume paper and brown padfolios, it can be easy to feel lost in the chaos of a career fair. Even though your impressive list of extracurriculars and firm handshake will help set you apart, you can also let your outfit do some of the talking. The suit has been the go-to menswear for formal and professional occasions since the eighteenth century. According to historian Ian Kelly’s The Ultimate Man of Style, British social climber George “Beau” Brummel’s pared-down style that focused on the fabric, cut and silhouette of men’s clothing fathered what became the modern suit. Whereas Beau’s contemporaries wore billowing, rich-colored pantaloons, Brummel was on the first to opt for fitted trousers in neutral hues. Although the fit and style of the suit has evolved after the past few centuries, the concept of the clothing has generally remained the same. So how can you stand out from the crowd in a centuries-old style while still looking sophisticated? Senior Kyle Denman, who will be studying fashion design this fall at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, shared some of his secrets for standing out in a suit. COLOR & FABRIC The first thing an employer will notice is the fit and fabric of your suit. KD: First of all, make sure your suit is tailored. Too tight of suit can make you look cheap; too loose of a suit can add weight in all the wrong places. For a professional setting, black, dark gray, and navy are always a safe bet. Beware the pinstriped suit; it usually comes off more mob boss than mogul. For other occasions that call for a suit, a deep red or a richer blue can work. W AT C H Aside from helping you budget your time when talking to employers, a trendy timepiece is an essential accessory. KD: When you’re going in for a handshake, having a sophisticated watch on your wrist shows that you mean business. You don’t always have to break the bank to look expensive, either. If you’re on a college budget, a Timex can look just as polished as a Rolex.
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SHOES & SOCKS Although they are a detail that may go unseen, donning a pair of patterned socks can make dressing professionally more fun. KD: This is where you can showcase some of your personality. If you’re opting for a patterned pair, a dark colored paisley or argyle is always a safe option. If you’re feeling risky, a dark sock with subtle colored polka dots or stripes can pair well with black or brown Oxfords. TIE When picking a tie, it’s important to consider not just the color and pattern but also the width and method of tying. KD: When you’re picking out a tie, pay attention not just to the pattern but to the style. A skinny tie looks more youthful, contemporary, and minimalistic. A wider tie is more traditional, but the way you tie it can make all the difference. A double windsor knot conveys more authority while a half windsor looks more laid back. Fashionistos, try a simply colored and patterned knit tie. Fashion trends show these ties are on the rise. POCKET SQUARE Something that many young aspiring professionals forget, a pocket square can be the perfect complement to a tie. KD: Your pocket square should never match your tie, but should always complement it. If you opt for a pattern, make it subtle so it doesn’t take the attention away from the tie but instead adds to it. CUFFLINKS Although they’re a small detail, coordinating your cufflinks to your outfit shows your attention to detail. KD: Simple gold or silver cufflinks can turn a frat star into a fashion star. Something fun to do is to match the metal of the cufflinks to the metal of your watch. Be wary of shaped cufflinks because they can quickly take this accoutrement from timeless to tacky. It’s all in the details. More than anything, Denman said, it’s important to wear what makes you feel confident.
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