Bye Bye Sugar, and Not a Minute to Soon

By: Morgan Henry

Whether you getting tired and bored of your current wardrobe or want to take a stand against the latest #lillyfortarget line, there is good news. Debbie Harry, who never fails to rock her style on stage and off, inspires each silhouette and accessory.

Picture5Debbie Harry was clearly ahead of her time. Sorority girls everywhere have adopted her dislike of pants without knowing it. During the next couple years, straight silhouettes and dresses will be paired with tights of different varieties, eliminatiPicture3ng the need for pants entirely- as the saying goes, no pants no problem. The theory of Shifting of Erogenous Zones is taking full effect as we are “Screaming Skin” once again and have found Picture4yet another area of the female body to expose. Apparel items ranging from bathing suits, shirts, and dresses will begin to see cutouts featuring the abdomen and sides of the stomach. Denim has always been a necessity to many, and Debbie Harry is no exception. This classic fabric can now be featured in a crop tops and ripped button ups to give a new look.

Wanting to look both sexy and chic? Good news, because thigh high boots are in and here to stay. An essential in Debbie’s punk style, these boots can make anyone’s legs look long and lean. Hopefully, the boots you choose will be made for walking, but if not, at least they’ll look good. Tired of spending limitless money on jewelry that goes out of style the next season? Debbie Harry Picture1continuously can be found wearing small metal jewelry with a Picture2punk twist. Maybe it is hard to perform wearing large pieces of jewelry or her clothes just speak for themselves, but the pieces she chooses never fail to complete her outfit. Minimalistic stud earrings and bangles provide a nice change from the large and chunky accessories from past seasons. Other delicate rings and small necklaces can be essential as well to complete your outfit. Sunny or gray skies, Debbie Harry would dare not be caught without her pair of sunglasses. Mix up your current Ray-ban aviators for a pair of fashionable and round-rim sunglasses.

You might be getting ready for a date and some “French Kissin’ in the U.S.A” or just in a rush with day-to-day activities, but don’t fret. Dark red, cranberry lipstick provides a simple makeup solution. This color makes lips pop with little effort.Picture7 Pair it with a dark and smoky eye shadow and a natural “Blondie” hairstyle to complete your Debbie Harry inspired makeover.Picture8

So, whether you are all about that no-pants life, need to add some height with high boots, or want a new lip color, this style is for you. DePicture6bbie Harry makes it easy with her punk minimalistic jewelry and outfits of one or two apparel items. Dare try it once and like Debbie, you too will be singing, “I didn’t have the nerve to say no.”

References:

Debbie Harry photo (top left): http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/89629-history-of-the-mini/

Bottom right photo: http://lookbook.nu/look/4984848-Bershka-Denim-Shirt-Missguided-Crop-Top-Lefties

Bathing Suit photo: http://www.whydidyouwearthat.com/tag/bathing-suits/

Debbie Harry cutout dress: http://pixgood.com/debbie-harry-fashion.html

Lipstick: https://www.pinterest.com/vglover1/make-up/

Smokey eye: http://imabeautygeek.com/2014/01/31/bold-lips-smokey-eyes-celebrity-makeup-artist-video-tutorial/

Debbie Harry Performing (top middle): http://www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com/blog/13403

Girl wearing white dress: https://www.pinterest.com/nalleli101/thigh-high-boots-outfits/

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Pretty Baby, You Look So Edgy

By: Dannielle Davis

What do you think of when it comes to Debbie Harry’s iconic style? Perhaps what immediately comes to mind are monochromatic looks, denim, and stripes. Are you kidding me? Dig a little bit deeper, Debbie Harry is so much more than that. She has the power to wear all types of different prints and fabrications and look absolutely divine without any criticism. She truly is a style chameleon. Not just anyone can pull it off, but if you’re Debbie Harry, you surely can.Picture5

Debbie’s aura of punk style can clearly be seen through such fabrics as alluring velvet, classic leather, and delicate chiffon. Although these fabrics are all very different from one another in the hand and weight of the fabric, they come together when exemplified by Debbie Harry. A soft and more feminine side can be shown when wearing a nice hue ofPicture2 cranberry velvet pants or leggings. A tougher side can be portrayed when charcoal grey leather pants, boots, or a jacket is worn. And, you can be edgy, feminine, and slightly sexy in a sheer chiffon top paired with a bralette showing a little bit of skin but not exposing too much. An unexpected leather dress is also an unexpected mix of edgy and femininity. None of these fabrics can go wrong if you’re trying to channel Debbie in your wardrobe. She is the perfect example of versatility. So Picture3keep them guessing and wanting more from your style, instead of sticking to monotonous textiles and prints. Not only could she pull off three completely different types of fabrics, she can also adore her fans and fashionistas in an array of prints. From abstract paint blotch patterns to organic lines and to a variety of animal prints, such as leopard, zebra, tiger, and giraffe, she truly has an eye for understated fashion. Printed jumpsuits, dresses, tops, and jackets are necessities in your wardrobe. You may find these prints to be a little out there and maybe hard to wear, but paired with the right fabrics and an ‘IDGAF’ attitude, you can’t go wrong. Not only do these prints draw attention to the eye, but they also give the illusion of added texture to each ensemble. With the illusion of texture in prints and wearing fabulous fabrics, you are surPicture1e to be the envy of all your friends.

Picture4These prints and fabrications aren’t off limits exclusively to Debbie, you too can channel Debbie in your wardrobe. With the comeback of 70’s fashion in today’s market, velvet, leather, chiffon, animal, and abstract prints are all the rage. This tough, yet, pretty girl knows exactly how to stick with her edge, but allowing her toughness to remain pretty through the combination of fabrics and prints that one my not always imagine go together and completely owning it. You too can be a style chameleon. So, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, have that ‘IDGAF’ attitude, and be that edgy pretty girl you know you are deep down inside. There’s a Debbie in all of us.

References:

Debbie Harry Leopard Print Dress: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/462956036667545697/

Debbie Harry Chiffon Top and Leather Pants: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/375698793884527251/

Debbie Harry Yellow Abstract Print Jacket: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/325314773054435387/

Velvet Leggings: http://blog.fevrie.com/how-to-wear-leggings/

Paint Splatter Skirt: http://www.getthelooks.com.au/blog/month/2014-3

We All Scream for Ice Cream…Or Just Debbie Harry

By: Alicia Drever

When people think of punk singers and their sense of style, most probably envision only 2 colors: black white. On the contrary, Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry’s clothing color wheel is so much more than that. She wears dark, rich cranberry reds, charcoal greys, dark blues, gold and even cream! Even though Debbie Harry has worn her fair share of prints and textures, she has created quite a variety of colors amongst her wardrobe.Picture3

“If your love was as sweet as mine” sets the vibe with a bold and edgy cranberry red hue representing the depth of her love. Charcoal grey gives off a cooler tone, which corresponds, to Harry singing about going out without her guy. Of course the dark blue gives off a more sad yet dominant shade. She is “blue” about her guy being seen with another girl…even Debbie is only human, right?! The gold and cream colors are great neutrals, which perfectly complement the three main colors. They represent softness and how she is the ultimate “Sunday girl”. These colors embody Debbie’s daring and confident side, as well as her soft, gentle side.Picture2

Cranberry red can be used in a variety of ways throughout your life whether it’s in shoes, apparel or even housewares. Picture1Harry loves to sport red lips, too. It’s such a bold color that brings attention to itself. In terms of color, it is the Queen Bey of hues. I don’t know about you, but when I think of charcoal grey, I think of a cool, ‘IDGAF’ attitude. From a grey top to a smoky eye, this color is all about being urban, like Harry’s punk roots. In fact, the smoky eye is one of the things that make her face pop. It draws the attention away from her hair and draws the eye to her face. One of the main colors in Debbie Harry’s wardrobe is blue. Not only does she wear all different shades of blue, she sings about the color as well. She has even been spotted wearing bright blue eye Picture4shadow! The darker blues make her look more intense and really makes her platinum blonde hair stick out. I think it’s safe to say that blue is one of her favorite colors. As punk as Debbie Harry was and is, she paired cream with many of her outfits. She would casually throw on a cream blazer, spaghetti strap dress or even cream-colored shoes to soften up a look. Another great neutral she sporPicture5ted was gold. From gold jewelry and belts to her straight locks, she wore it well. I mean, those gold locks and bangs are her signature look. She would not be Debbie Harry without them.

Now I think we can all rest assured and agree that this color story makes it so simple for us to channel our inner Debbie Harry at any given time. Whether we want to bold and spontaneous or have a simpler look paired with neutrals, it can be done! So next time you are thinking about putting together an edgy yet soft look, think to yourself WWDHD…What would Debbie Harry Do?

References:

Cranberry shoes: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91620173642690415/

Charcoal grey look: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/119767671313280199/

Debbie Harry pic: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/90494273732949465/

Gold necklace: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/180214422565075837/

Cream blazer: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/476889048015933273/

Call on Sunday

By: Rebecca Beskow

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘Sunday’? Do you think about the day of the week that we use to get ready for a grueling work week ahead? Or of an ice cream sundae? What do both of these have in common you may ask. Well my friends, it is Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie.Picture5

The punk scene in New York was drastically changed by the group Blondie and their lead singer Debbie Harry. Her style and catchy voice created a dark yet playful mood that fascinated people. With songs like “Heart of Glass” and “Call me”, Blondie has shown their versatility of upbeat and girly to sultry and tough.

The lyrics “cold as ice cream but still as sweet” Picture2from the Blondie song, “Sunday Girl”, speak of a girl that is sweet, but with an edge. She is fierce but gentle, with an effortless, feminine flare. With her wild blonde hair, smoky eyes, and accents of color and patterns, Debbie Harry is this girl. Along with the cool girl chic look, her two toned hair throws a wild twist on the Sunday girl — there is a sense of danger on bottom and angelic platinum blonde flowing on top. And for the past 40 years Harry has rocked the signature style that she started in the 1970s. Blondie has influenced generations of people and inspired them to embrace their own punk, new wave rocker style.

A modern day Sunday girl that embodies the juxtaposition of glamour and punk is the model-turned college student Cara Delevingne. Picture4Her quirky girly style embodies the sweet Sunday girl mood through her flirty skirts and smorgasbord of prints. Cara incorporates Harry’s style with her smoky eyes, bold eyebrows, and effortlessly cool ensembles. When Cara is rocking a casual fitted tee, ripped denim, and a sprinkle of pink on her lips, it is a homage to our muse, Debbie Harry. Another woman who epitomizes the cool girl chic style of the Sunday girl is singer Rita Ora. She uses prints and colors to show her fun feminine mood. Ora also channels her inner Harry when she teases her hair, splashes on a little plum lipstick, and a simple black top.Picture3

The Sunday girl also has major versatility. She can mix and match stripes and polka dots just like Harry. Also she doesn’t care what people think, and goes with what styles she loves and then makes it her own. From colorful jumpsuits to a leather trench coach with matching hatPicture1, Harry rocked anything that was in-your-face and expressed who she was at the time.

So, with leopard print pants, leather top , and your smoky eye kit in hand you can become the sweet and sultry Sunday Girl. Style your hair into a carless tousle and add an edgy daring color hidden away or for all the world to see. Be that sweet sugary girl with an ice cold twist. Be a Sunday Girl.

References:

Rita Ora:  http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/30400000/Rita-Ora-Wallpaper-rita-ora-30402295-1024-768.jpg: Rita Ora

Orange Debbie Harry: http://www.blondie.net/bio/http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/30400000/Rita-Ora-Wallpaper-rita-ora-30402295-1024-768

Animal print:http://pics.wikifeet.com/Deborah-Harry-Feet-828900.jpg

Cara Delevingne: http://www.wallpapers-photos.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Cara-Delevingne-images.jpg

Black and white Debbie harry: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B06t1FRL-Rc/TfpCd0FMNhI/AAAAAAAAAlk/rWBbAuE6kHs/s640/Debbie-Harry.jpg

Steam Hitting the Mainstream

By: Karly Hood

What do Twiggy, historic science fiction books, and young women in Japan dressing to look like Victorian dolls have in common?Picture3 No, this isn’t the beginning of some elaborate riddle; they all represent style tribes that have influenced mainstream culture. Style tribes are groups that adopt a specific look that is unique and distinctly different from the rest of the population. What binds these groups together could be mutual interests, beliefs, political movements, or just their desire to be different.

The vibrant Mod style is easily recognizable today, but it all began in the 1950s with a group of rebellious youth in Britain. The Mods wanted to break free from tradition by embracing anything youthful, sexy, and most importantly, modern. They flocked to bold colors, Picture7geometric prints, extremely short hemlines, and shift dresses. Carefree mods could be seen riding around town on Vespa motor scootersPicture5, going to clubs, and listening to jazz music. Their scooters served as both fashion accessory and the perfect mode of transportation to escape the oppressive adults. Cool girl Twiggy claims she was a Mod before she was a model and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to look as adorably youthful as Twiggy was?

Speaking of adorably youthful, the Lolita style tribe is just that. Beginning in the 1980s, teenage girls in Japan began wearing Victorian-inspired clothing that resembles a child’s ensemble. Picture2What draws these young women to this fashion? Picture1Many just want to dress cute and elegant, but some have even gone so far as to adopt the “Lolita lifestyle,” which includes surrounding yourself with beautiful things and engaging in “proper female” hobbies such as sewing, baking, and embroidering. Rest assured though, Lolitas don’t bring out their over-the-top, frilly dresses everyday, but rather save them for times when they want to be noticed. And it would be impossible not to be noticed when dressed like this.

Like Lolitas, members of the Steampunk Picture9style tribe have an appreciation for Victorian style, but with a twist. The origin of this group comes from a subgenre of science fiction that is set in the Victorian or Old Western eras. This group particularly loves old technology because of the simplicity of how it functioned. Their passion for vintage technology and clothing from Steampunk literature converges to create a Victorian style of corsets and top hats mixed with metal goggles and pocket watches. True Steampunk members can even attend the Steampunk World’s Fair in New Jersey. What’s the easiest way to make a Steampunk member mad? Turn their beloved style mainstream. Justin Bieber thoroughly upset Steampunk members by basing his 2011 music video “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” off of Steampunk style.Picture6

I knoPicture8w what you’re thinking; surely none of these groups have ever affected MY style. Well have you ever worn a shift dress or a color blocked print? What about a corset type dress or knee high socks? Or even bought something vintage just for its charm? If that answer is yes, and I know it is, the Mods, Lolitas, and Steampunks have affected you.

References

Characteristics Of Mod Style. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://www.modyourspace.com/describing-the-characteristics-of.html

Community Post: The 6 Rules Of Steampunk Fashion. (2013, January 17). Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://www.buzzfeed.com/steampunk/the-6-rules-of-steampunk-fashion-3n9d

The Fashion. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://hellolace.net/about/the-fashion

Twiggy. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://www.themodgeneration.co.uk/2009/01/twiggy.html

Weise, E. (2012, July 15). Justin Bieber, Hollywood drawn to steampunk movement. Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-08/rising-steampunk-movement/56067174/1

Images Gathered From:

Coole, G. (2014, October 29). Choosing a Baby Doll Dress. Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://ginacoole.hubpages.com/hub/Gina-Baby-Doll-Dress

  • Twiggy picture in pink dress

Erian, E. (n.d.). Steampunk style 2. Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://elisa-erian.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-style-2-431283153

  • Woman on street in Steampunk clothing

June, S. (2012, December 5). 1977 Vespa Rally 200 Wiring Diagram VSE1T. Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://binatani.com/1977-vespa-rally-200-wiring-diagram-vse1t/

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  • Socks

Lolita Fashion. (2014, December 30). Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://www.justcauseband.com/2014/lolita-fashion/

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Mod Squad: The Ladies of 1960s Fashion. (2013, March 3). Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://blog.needsupply.com/2013/03/03/mod-squad-the-ladies-of-1960s-fashion/

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Sweet Lolita Fashion. (2013, April 25). Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://www.tokyofaces.com/2013/04/25/sweet-lolita-fashion/

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Vintage Wallpaper. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://ewallpaperhub.com/vintage-wallpaper/

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What Is Steampunk Fashion? (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://steampunkdistrict.com/what-is-steampunk-fashion/

  • Group photo of Steampunk

All Roads Lead to a Trend

By: Emily Strange

Trends are born from all different aspects of society; however, there are four outlets – political, economic, sociocultural and technological – that help us to forecast trends. The process of using them to look at society is called the P.E.S.T Picture1analysis. Political influences that flood the news today can cause a massive trend to form, while the economy can stir the pot by influencing consumers’ spending habits. Sociocultural indicators may impact new fashion ideas and the rapidly developing technology the world is experiencing is definitely a major trend indicator. Let’s look at each in more detail.

Let’s start with politics, you’ve got to love them. They can bring about some serious trends, even in unexpected ways. Recently, the legalization of marijuana has received support from various retailers, as the marijuana leaf is being printed on t-shirts, Picture3key-chains, bumper stickers, and other items. The public accepted this legalization, and felt the need to show it by producing marijuana symbols on items everywhere.

The economy is a driving force in society that controls how we all spend our money. Gas prices have plummeted, and this is giving consumers a reason to smile. What can you do with all the extra money that would have gone straight into your gas tank? Buy the next cool trend, of course! Since gas prices are down, consumers now have the purchasing power to try out that new denim jacket they saw in the store window. Trends can spread quicker when we can all put that extra gas money back into our pockets.

Today, physical fitness is a trend that everyone’s following. It makes us feel good about our appearance, and can help us improve our health.Picture2 The Paleo diet is a program that has come about that helps with weight loss and maintaining a healthy living. Trendy diets make their appearance in T.V, blogs, and other social media faces, then everyone adopts them, and the next one steps up in line. Is fitness truly about health, or is it about what everyone else is doing?

Technology and fashion are colliding in the form of the Apple Watch. Picture4The new watch, set to hit stores, comes in many different looks for all of the activities in life. For example, there is a version for working out. The trend of “pretty technology” may be one that sticks around, forcing us into purchasing the most modern gadgets.

There you have it, the four roads that trends can choose to take. It’s up to us to guide them down the most successful one, because one wrong turn could have it leading to a dead end. Trends can change the way we think about fashion, and where they come from can make even more of an impact on our opinions of them.

Sources for Pictures:

Marijuana photo: https://www.etsy.com/listing/188932231/similar?page=1

(2014, November 13). Retrieved March 22, 2015, from http://www.autoblog.com/2014/11/13/gas-prices-stay-low-2015/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_324380&ncid=txtlnkusaolp00001346&a_dgi=aolshare_pinterest

Byrne, C. (2014, December 27). The Ultimate Guide to Paleo. Retrieved March 22, 2015, from http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/how-to-go-paleo

Apple Watch picture: http://www.cnet.com/pictures/apple-watch-pictures/2/

It’s Easy as 1,2,3

By: Jessica Miller

What do you think if you see a floral couch, a floral dress, and a floral phone case all during the same season? Did you know that it’s not a coincidence? It’s a trend! You know you have a trend when you observe the same thing across three or more different product categories. Once you know to look for this, spotting a trend is as easy as 1,2,3.

Consumers have been introduced to a brand new way of sporting the perennial neutral black. Picture4 Picture2The hue has been updated by mixing a matte texture with glossy details. Not surprisingly, this trend is popping up across many different product categories, not the least of which are cosmetics, stationary, and even cars. The Picture3mixture creates dimension and interest. For your next manicure, try a base coat of matte black, then add shapes and prints overtop in glossy black for a dramatic effect. Two-toned business cards are sophisticated and eye-catching. Who could forget one of these? And cars are super-sleek and unforgettable. This is a trend of luxury and elegance; a way to make a statement.

In high contrast to the black trend is the resurgence of gold as the statement metallic. After a long flirt Picture5with silver and nickel, classic gold is back. Kitchen and bath fixtures in gold have cycled back around. Fashion fabrics are gleaming again. And high-tech fitness “jewelry” from fashion designers is making an impact without looking like it only belongs in a gym. Picture7 Picture6Gold is a foundational color and never completely disappears, though it took quite a hit as silvery tones were strong for such a long time. Classics are classics after all.

In a not-so-similar spirit, the recycling of trends from our parents’ developmental years continues. The issue of whether they will ever become classics is not yet known; however, the 70s are in full swing again.Picture9 Wallpaper is returning, and period designs are hot. Clothing designs are right there with the wallpaper; silhouettes mimic the original shapes of the clothes, such as bell-bottom pants from the Navy and fringe decorations. Updated versions of 70s fabric prints are everywhere. Fashion is even picking up the 90s grunge style alongsidePicture8 of the 70s. Messy layers and flannel shirts tied around the waist have returned. Moving from eyes to ears, the old record player spinning LPs is back. Does it really sound better on vinyl? Nostalgia is big, as older trends are just far enough away from now to feel newly fresh and cozy. We now have the luxury of looking to the past to lead us into the future.

Good things really do come in threes. Three multiplies and reinforces an idea. Thus, when a truly important and influential trend arises, it definitely spreads across multiple product categories. Thankfully for us, this makes spotting the trends that much easier. We definitely need to take careful note of any trend seen across several product categories, as it represents a larger change in ideas. Keep your eyes open y’all because it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

References:

Wavy Nails: http://www.nailpolishhq.com/matte-nail-polish/

Cheetah Print Nails: http://hative.com/cheetah-or-leopard-nail-designs/

Black Business Cards: http://www.designer-daily.com/10-creative-and-unique-business-card-designs-28608

Black Car: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/330381322636522076/

Retro Wallpaper: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/expert-advice/decorating-trends/#page=31

Record Player: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=34115766&category=A_MUSIC_TURNTABLE

70s Street Outfit: WGSN Trendlink

90s Grunge Runway Outfit: WGSN Trendlink

Gold Fixtures/Home Decor: http://www.austinwomanmagazine.com/articles/interior-design-for-2015

Gold Dress: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2962633/Scarlett-Johansson-shimmers-gold-Tom-Ford-fashion-husband-launches-girl-group.html

Tory Burch Fitbit: http://www.toryburch.com/tory-burch-fitbit/