For the past few years, Coachella has probably been the most influential event of the year for summer fashion. Photos of celebrities wearing flowy dresses, floral crop tops, and boho headgear have plastered our Pinterest and Instagram feeds, telling us what outfits are in for the coming season. Let’s be real, how many pictures like these have you seen in the past week alone? I’m going to guess more than ten.
Music festivals are all the rage, and Cochella’s popularity has turned it into a worldwide fashion event. I’m so obsessed with the amazing photos that come out of Coachella that I’ve even looked at tickets (until I realized they’re basically the same price as an entire college education). The tumblr-ready outfits seem light, colorful, and perfect for summer, but they just don’t work for everyone. Not everyone can throw on a loose white dress and look like Bella Thorne; some of us end up looking pregnant and pale (I totally don’t know this from experience). That being said, Coachella does not need to be our only summer style inspiration.
With so much fashion inspiration in magazines and on the internet, how is it that Coachella seems to be the most influential? Stores like American Eagle even have “festival” sections on their websites, advertising all the clothing you need for your next music festival (that seems crazy to me). So if loose, flowery, hippie-style clothing doesn’t suit you, you may feel totally out of luck when it comes to looking cute for the summer. Don’t worry though; there are plenty of other places to look for summer style (that offer significantly less fringe and crochet). If you generally try to channel Zooey Deschanel or Beyoncé over Vanessa Hudgens when it comes to your clothes, then searching Instagram for #coachella pictures probably isn’t going to do you much good (other than make you jealous of everyone who can rock itty bitty lace shorts).
When the warm weather finally comes around, it’s hard not to get caught up in the fun that is music festivals, but the fashion doesn’t have to follow us in our daily lives. For inspiration that does not scream Woodstock, use New York Fashion Week as your go-to source. Instead of following celebs on Instagram, follow your favorite designers and models – this will give you a much broader scope of the trends you should be rocking this summer. And don’t worry if you can’t pull off the three-foot wide floppy hat – nobody can.
(images via treblezine.com, tumblr.com, fashionofgoodwill.org, and popsugar-assets.com)
So, for those of you who don’t know me, I’ve always taken on too many responsibilities, too many activities, too much of everything. In 6th grade, I played piano and flute, took ballet classes, and did gymnastics. In 7th grade, I stopped doing everything except gymnastics, practicing 12 hours a week. By 9th grade, I was up to 25 hours of practice a week. Those 25 hours, during competition season, became 30 or 40, with meets, travel, and physical therapy and doctor visits. For comparison, if I had a busy gymnastics week, that was the equivalent of a full-time entry-level job. By the time I was 16, I was spending more time than ever doing gymnastics and I was beginning my full IB curriculum. I never got home before 8pm, when I would scarf down my dinner and start pounding out my homework, never going to bed before 1am. After I hurt my back and had to quit gymnastics, I had what I considered an easy senior year: a job as a teaching assistant at the preschool at my synagogue, circus arts classes twice a week, IB classes, college applications, SATs, and IB and AP tests.
Until this semester in college, I’d never taken fewer than 16 credits (our maximum is 18). I’ve always worked 9 hours a week at the dining hall, and often committed myself to various clubs at once.
This semester, I thought I was “taking it easy.” Until today. This semester I’m only taking two 300-level academic classes. The rest of my credits are made up of smaller classes. I’m taking pilates, preparing to present at a sociological conference in New York City in March, working my usual 9 hours at the dining hall, doing two internships, and traveling to NYC to visit my boyfriend every other weekend (and later this semester I’ll be taking a web design class and an e-book design class). I’m also keeping up with my blog, Unwritten, and being the campus coordinator (basically the editor in chief) of Skidmore’s chapter of Her Campus. Oh and preparing to take on the future. You know, applying to jobs and stuff.
Aaaaanyways, today was my first day working both my internships on the same day. I got to the local paper, The Saratogian, at 9:45 this morning and worked in the local library reading and reporting on microfilm from the newspaper 100 years ago today (1915). After those three hours, I took myself to lunch at our local bagel place, Uncommon Grounds, to work for an hour on Her Campus posts, emails, and letters of recommendation for past employees. Finally I went to my other internship at Saratoga Living magazine. I worked on spreadsheets, printed addresses, and stuffed envelopes. Oh, and of course, went on a coffee run (classic intern, right?). I came home to do more work and make dinner.
Yesterday I was skyping with my boyfriend and I said something along the lines of “today was a really long day” and he responded by telling me “every day is a really long day for you.” I hadn’t thought about it, but he was right. When I got home from work today, I was 200% overwhelmed, but am I going to stop doing any of this stuff? Nope. Yesterday I even considered applying for another on-campus job for this semester (and even though I promised my boyfriend I wouldn’t, I still feel guilty not doing it).
Needless to say, I’m taking on too much this semester. What else is new? I guess this is what the real world is like. I’m definitely not ready. But here goes nothing.
Sometimes you walk into a store and fall in love with a look on a mannequin. But then, when you try it on, you look ridiculous. At least, this was the case for me last week when I tried to find “professional” clothes at H&M. Here’s the outfit on the mannequin:
Aaaaaand here’s the outfit on me. For the record, I’m standing on my toes.
Have you ever tried on the outfit off the mannequin? Was it this unsuccessful? Let me know in the comments!
If you find yourself only buying black clothes, you probably get told you need to add some color into your wardrobe. Don’t listen to the haters. Even if you’re not an architect, you can rock the all black look! Check out these ten all black outfits – do any of them fit your style? Chances are you can probably put together these looks with things you already have in your closet; try it out!
(images via pinterest.com)