How to Style a Varsity Jacket

The varsity jacket has been hovering around the fashion scene in the past few months, and it looks like it is here to stay for a while. The varsity jacket, also known as the letterman jacket, is a throwback to high school or college where athletes would wear these as a symbol of team pride. The body would mostly be wool while the sleeves would be leather, and the look was always pretty casual.

Nowadays, however, this jacket has received a total makeover. It’s pretty common to see varsity jackets made of different patterns and materials other than bi-color wool and leather–I’ve even been seeing floral prints and faux fur! Even though the jacket might look different than the traditional ‘letterman’ style, it naturally is difficult to incorporate into your wardrobe because of its history. But with the right outfit, you can definitely wear this piece anywhere–even in the workplace.

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What’s In My Bag: 10 Items I Always Carry in My Purse

1. Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes: For a nail polish fanatic like myself, remover is a must. I always carry it wherever I go because these wipes are an easy fix for my more weathered manicures.

2. 1.25 Oz Vaseline Jelly Original: I never leave the house without a container of vaseline. I can easily use it as lip therapy, hand protectant, moisturizer, and make up remover. It soothes the skin and does the best job at wiping away the most stubborn of makeup.

3. Polka Dot Compact: Like most girls, I reapply my makeup throughout the day. I’m constantly touching up blemishes and darkening my eyeliner to help me look my best. A compact mirror, which is small enough to fit within the confines of my purse, helps me magnify the spots I need to retouch.

4. Powerocks Super Magicstick 2800mAh Portable Charger : My smartphone is the worst at holding its battery, which is why a portable charger comes in handy. This item restores my phone’s juice while I’m on the go. It makes sure I’m never without a life line.

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Girl Crush: Julia Sarr-Jamois

Julia Sarr-Jamois is the fashion editor at large for i-D Magazine, queen of European street style, and my role model. It wasn’t until SS12 that the fashion industry (and I) took notice of her. That season, she wore a fuzzy blue Net-A-Porter coat and starred in a Tibi campaign, and since then her presence has been duly noted.

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The fashion industry is dominated by Caucasian individuals, so my love for the industry has wavered time and time again. As a middle-class African American women, I am part of the industry’s under-represented population. However, Julia Sarr-Jamois has made me optimistic again. Her editorial position at i-D makes her a serious player in the fashion game, while her effortless beauty and eccentric style makes her admired. However, the main reason I’m in awe of her is because isn’t afraid to be herself; her amazing hair, which she choses to wear natural, is evidence of that.

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Fall Jackets and Coats for Every Budget

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The weather here in Chicago has been so temperamental! It’s been warm this week, but it was in the 50′s the week before. It was definitely an abrupt end to the warm summer weather, and it can be difficult to style an outfit since the mornings tend to be chilly with warmer afternoons. I recommend layering up with coats and jackets, so you can take them off once the day becomes hotter.

There have been a lot of trends on the runway that you can easily incorporate into your wardrobe, especially through a coat or a jacket. We’ve seen the return of the biker jacket and mixed fabrics that often include leather. We’ve also seen a lot of equestrian details, such as puffed or quilted jackets. And surprisingly, we’ve also seen a lot of experiments in silhouettes (for example, extremely long trenches and capes), but we haven’t seen that many bright colors. It looks like army greens, grays, and whites are really hot right now. Luckily, there also seems to be a fall trend that fits everybody’s individual style.

The problem? Many of the most on-trend pieces I’ve seen are expensive! But not to worry, Lovelies. I’ve gathered some of my favorites that are affordable for every budget.

1. Parka, Zara | 2. Soft Bonded Trench, Topshop 3. Leather Jacket with Pointed Hem, Zara | 4. Double Sided Cape, Zara

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Allison’s Fall Favorites

It’s no secret that Lovelyish (and the majority of the female population) are fall enthusiasts. And once the weather starts to cool off here in Texas, I am a well-oiled, hot-coffee-drinking, layering machine: I’m looking for fall gear on Etsy, going shopping for ciders and dusting off my horror movie collection. In addition to unpacking my sweaters and well-loved copy of Hocus Pocus, I’m also preparing my makeup bag, medicine cabinet and apartment for the upcoming season. Here are a few of my favorite fall things…

1. I’m pretty hot-natured, so I need a coat that isn’t too thick. I’ve had my eye on this Kate Spade Deco Dot Dorothy Coat for a couple weeks, and I love the rain coat material and short, vintage-inspired sleeves!

2. While I’m patiently awaiting the arrival of my new iPhone 6, I’m on the hunt for a new case! So far, I think I’ve decided on this Gold Leaf Casemate Case—I love that added texture! 

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4 Ways to Outfit Your Tennis Shoes

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My fall boots have become a close second to my new favorite shoe, the tennis shoe. Suddenly, ankle boots have become irrelevant, while my gym shoes have become more loved and cherished because to me, almost no event is too casual or classy for them.

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Why I Traded In My Skinny Jeans For Joggers

It’s been a while since I’ve put on a pair of skinny jeans, because I’ve started moving towards more airy bottoms like joggers that allow for maximum comfort and flexibility. Joggers make a bold statement, and are surprisingly versatile — they can be dressed up with heels or down with sneakers. They allow me to walk more freely without worrying about discomfort and make me feel great about my body. They don’t cling to me awkwardly making my hips look bigger than they actually are, and instead silhouette the figure in a flattering way. These pants have completely changed my outlook on leg wear, so I hope they’re here to stay!

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