A collar a day

Collared shirts have become a staple item of clothing, draping in our closets ever so lightly, patiently waiting to bust out and neatly button around our bods. Their structure provides freedom to toy with the fabric and engage in a possibly new fashion experience.

A collared shirt does not always imply preppy, and no you do not have to pop it. But I do urge you to embrace the collar by trifling with your current ones, pairing them with some of your recent favs.

This past week I have incorporated a collared shirt into my look each day. I normally don’t wear collared shirts often, so this week was a chance for me to be creative with colors, textures, and layers.


Day 1: Thursday January 26 – Raindrops falling on my head

I chose to wear a red plaid collared shirt under a trench-like, navy jacket to brighten up and compliment my rainy day ensemble. The quirky pattern adds a new color pallet to an outfit, while the collar provides textures worth layering on a damp day. The style is laid back and comfortable.

Day Two: Friday January 27 –Freakin’ weekend

Friday was still pretty chilly waiting for the rain to mellow out. Although I love a good pajama day, I decided to get dressed for my incoming visitor. Pairing a denim-collared shirt under an oversized long sweater not only kept me warm throughout the day but also, transpired a carefree, tailored look. With a pair of leggings, thick socks, and riding boots I took this look to dinner at Casa Nueva for refreshing food, drinks, and company! Ah the wonders of denim.


Day Three: Saturday January 28 – Every hour happy hour

This Saturday, my friend Casey Link followed the red brick road to Athens to pursue interest in furthering her education at OU! Although, I have a very laid back style ((and personality)) I wanted to tone it up a bit this Saturday and have an adventure of a day – It’s Saturday, why not right?!

 I took a loose fitting, black collared shirt and sinched it at the waist with a piece of black fabric. This collared look truly displays the easy-going down for whatever attitude. It is loose, but shows off your curves. I tied the fabric in a bow in the back, but feel free to tie it a new way! You can also use ribbon, string, belts, and more.  Go Crazy.

Pair up with jeans or leggings and some tall boots.

Day Four: Sunday January 29 – SUN day Sunday!

And the prep surfaces! I know you were waiting for it. I wanted to take advantage of this gorgeous Sunday breaking out the shades and spending the afternoon outside with my puppy, Tiffin (named after Tiffin Hall).

 A crispy, white collared shirt underneath a crewneck sweater embellishes an average, any-day outfit. The look is clean, fresh, and well constructed. Jazz it up with some fun colored collars to give this look a new feel.

She’s a rascal…

Day Five: Monday January 30 – School Girl Inspired

Monday Monday. Back to school. After a phenomenal weekend with friends and beautiful weather, it was time to get in the mindset of midterms. A wide-collared, loose sweater over a button-up illuminates a contemporary schoolgirl uniform look. The opening of the sweater shows off more of the collared shirt providing more freedom to play. The collar is not reduced by a crewneck, and able to fall open to a lower v-neck. I like that the look is unfinished with the white falling out the bottom of the sweater giving off a more casual look.

Day Six: Tuesday January 31 – Get a job!

Collared shirts are an absolute necessity for those real people out in the world. Work, interviews, and career fairs – collars fill a room. Collars under blazers always look fierce, so get on that. I went with black on black, giving off a bold cohesive look while speaking with college recruiters. I fancied up my look with one punch color and some soft hues that compliment.

At professional events it is important to look nice but also stand out. Sift through your clothes and turn your suit into a color of your personality. I also really like when people wear colored button-ups under their blazers with the button-up collar over top of the blazer collar.

Day Seven: Wednesday February 1 – Chillax

So we are half way through midterm week, the career fair is over, and it is hump day. Find some time today to chill. You have submitted some resumes, taken some tests, written a few papers, now look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Grab your leggings, favorite boots, and large comfy sweater. Break out the plaid again to give off the vibe – yup, it’s Wednesday, I’m totally Zen and comfortable. I look good. I’m doing big things, and now I am chillin’. I know on this blog we are constantly dancing for everyone to see how awesome we are, but today take some time to dance for yourself.

I hope my collar a day inspired you to rethink a couple button-ups tucked away. I challenge you to have fun getting ready, and incorporate new pieces into your wardrobe.

Whether it’s a pressed collar under a chunky sweater, or risky business style and you’re rocking a white button-up, panties, and socks — dance to your own beat.

Make it work.



Waterproof Your Look

As us Athenians know, rain comes and goes. Sometimes it graces us more often than expected. You don’t need to water down your vibe on a rainy day. Make a decision in the morning to either go with warm, stylish, waterproof options, or wear what you want and rock it out despite the weather.

There are so many different colors and designs to rain boots these days you are sure to find a pair you love that also compliments your dry ensemble.

Popular Hunter boots sold at Zappos.com

After braving the wetness, store your boots over a rock-filled tray to catch the water and keep the rest of your home dry.

Lucky for you, rain jackets are upwardly trending! Cute cool tones to vibrant colors and patterns will keep you dry this wet season. Keep your jacket open, buttoned, zipped, or belted to your personality.

Pull it all together…

If you have decided on a less tailored look, wear what you want, stomp through the puddles, and dance in the rain! Who said clothes don’t dry?

You can always clean them later!

So you look great. You feel great. But now your hair is frizzing. The best ways to deal with rain air hair is to sport a stylish head covering, an up-do such as the trendy high bun, or to the girls who abuse their straighteners – let your waves loose.

Try out a beanie or a colorful scarf to contain your hair.

Smooth your hair back in a well-crafted high bun, or display a more tousled feel with a messy or lopsided bun.

When I let my hair wave, I like styling it with moose product such as Aussie.

If you could care less about frizz, I highly encourage you to play in the rain solely because you can!

Remind yourself of all the things you LOVE about the rain:

The smell of rain,

Falling asleep to thunderstorms,

How the rain makes your apartment feel cozier

Kissing in the rain

Don’t let the rain put a damper on your day. Play with your clothes. Play in the rain. Dance like everyone is watching.


90s Inspired

In light of the lovely Ohio University Advertising Association hosting a nineties social this evening I was inspired to explore back to our childhood fashion sense. So dust off your old N’Sync and Backstreet Boys CD’s, hang proud your Spice Girls posters, and blind yourself with bold, block colors because this post is dedicated to all you nineties babes!

Getting in the mindset of realizing you are actually old enough to reminisce a fashion period you were alive for, I want to highlight a few of our favorites.

Will Smith was our Obama and Fresh Prince was an after school must. Cory and Topanga are forever in our hearts, while Clarissa DID kind of explain it all. Spice girl lollipops, although still completely unaware of the flavor, were unbelievably crave-able and a necessity. Tamagotchis were considered live pets, and phrases like “As if,” and “Whatever” were common language. Jennifer Anniston is still referred to as “Rachel Green.” Tickle Me Elmo was not considered creepy whatsoever, and the Power Rangers demonstrated that you can do anything in tight, shiny spandex.

So lets bring it back to when Macaulay Culkin was home alone, because this truly is Nuthin but a G Thang.

Grunge. It was acceptable to look greasy and ragged. In fact, it was cool. Baggy, unwashed, ripped jeans were complemented with clunky boots and oversized shirts.

Classy. Cher and Dee would never let Ty out of the house in a grunge look. Instead this clueless trio was focused on dressing to impress in schoolgirl skirts, soft velvets, and collared shirts.

Elton might be seen dressing to impress Cher in a button-up under a sweater-vest, completed with a tweed or corduroy jacket and an oversized cell phone.

Colors. Why not wear several different colors in each outfit? There were no sweatpants too bright for the nineties. If you look like a Rubik’s Cube, you’ve hit the nail on the head!

Denim. Denim Denim Denim. Say that word three times in a row. Suspiciously similar to the Super Mario music for N64. Yes the nineties could absolutely be seen to revolve around denim. Denim overalls. Denim shirts. Denim skirts, jackets, vests, dresses, you name it!

Spandex. All shapes and sizes; shorts or pants. The tighter the better. And the best part was that you can wear them with anything! Don’t hate, this eighth layer of skin has made its comeback with leggings continually testing new patterns and colors.

Florals and Flannel. Patterns were not just supported but encouraged. The top two patterns ring true through innocent florals and bold, wear with anything flannel pieces.

Windbreakers. Back when you didn’t have to tell anyone where you were going. People could hear where you were going.

Cropped Shirts and High Waists. What has changed since the 90s is the dimensions of our clothes. Our jeans became ultimate low risers, and belly tops expose a small strip of our core between our top and pants. The 90s didn’t mess around with cropped shirts. The fabric of the shirt rose, and so did our pants.

Shoes. Lets not forget about our old high-tops, jellies, and the ever-popular clogs that got us through the decade.

Special Thanks. Slap bracelets, Baby G watches, chocker necklaces, butterfly clips, and scrunchies.

Now that you have refreshed your memory, go give your Nickelodeon Gak a good squeeze and get ready to party like the 90s!!!!

Your Closet Remixed!

Girls always want more new clothes. What we don’t realize is that the fabrics hanging unwarily inside our closets have more potential than meets the eye. We wear clothes according to their purpose; shirts as shirts, skirts as skirts, and dresses as dresses. What would happen if we remixed our own wardrobes? Clothes multiply and our look becomes brilliantly creative.

It is January, the roads are dusted with white, and snowflakes glitter on your lashes. Although a beautiful time of the year, we need to keep warm while looking just as beautiful as our surroundings. Take out your old sweaters and long sleeved shirts you never wear and have been cramming in the back of your closet. Cut the sleeves off of your shirts and sweaters and wear them over leggings and jeans as leg warmers. The longer your sleeves the higher you can wear them on your leg. Also you will have more volume when scrunching them down. Pair your new leg warmers with your favorite pair of boots.

You can jazz up your new leg warmers with buttons, bows, and lace!

Cropped sweaters and collared shirts are a great combo. Dump out your basket of scarves and sift through a pattern and texture similar to a cozy cotton sweater. Drape the scarf across your shoulder blades bringing the two ends in front of your body. Next, begin bringing the scarf ends over your chest crossing one over the other and wrap around your ribs. Where the ends would come together behind your back you would sew together as well as another loose end at the back. Wear as a sexy cropped sweater with jeans, or style your new sweater up with a crisp button down shirt.

T-shirt hoarding is something females engage in habitually. For some reason we develop odd emotional attachments with our old t-shirts. I mean high school track was awesome and all but why do we still have our shirt? For those moments when we become smugly scissor happy, that’s why. Re-use your old t-shirt by cutting the bottom into small strips to create your own fun, fringe, belly top.

Other Daily Mixes: 

•Belt large sweaters to wear as a dress with fun colored tights or leggings.

•Wear your skirts as tops. If tight, wear as is similar to a sexy tube top. If more volumey add a thin belt to sintch and show off your figure.

•Wear your thin colored, patterned scarves as bold belts with your favorite jeans.

•Gather old flannel shirts, cut out oval patches to sew onto your cardigans for a trendy elbow garnish.

Ciao Bellas!

This is a blog focused on having fun, looking good, feeling great, and overall making it work. We are going to celebrate style by flirting with fashion. Dance Like Everyone is Watching is aimed to drive confidence and beauty while rocking the runway of crimson-bricked Court Street. We are going to play with patterns and tease with textures enticing heads to turn.

Through this blog I want to inspire women to try new, exciting looks and activities through hot items easily accessed or already owned. I will tailor looks to different sizes and implement alternative uses for your clothes. A sweater is not just a sweater. I wish to share my adventures into a flirtatious affair with fashion that is new, quirky, basic, and worthy of dancing in.

Show off your looks. Play with your clothes!