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Flashback Fashion Trends Taking Over 2018

Posted on January 12, 2018 By In Colleges , fashion , Michigan State , Uncategorized With no comments


Thank your lucky stars this year if your parents have that old box of clothes from high school they never pitched, because you’re about to be starting 2018 on the right foot. This past year was all about tip toeing through the decades with chokers, hoop earrings, leather skirts, and mom jeans. But get ready for 2018 to make the dive into the decades. Designers are bringing back all the fashion staples from the 60’s to the 90’s into the new year.

Starting with the swinging 60’s where boho styles met animal prints and neon colors. What to look for this 2018: animal prints, bell bottomed jeans, neon colors, chunky heels, fringe,  sheer, and color block. If you’re more of a tip toe-er than a diver when it comes to new trends no worries. Add a Leopard print jacket, skirt, top or purse to your every day look. Neon shoes or bags are another way to vamp up any neutral outfit. For the diver: tinsel fringe dresses, fringe leather jackets with flare pants, sheer tulle skirts, sheer sets, anything ultraviolet (Pantone announced this as the color of 2018), and a mixed print pant and jacket with chunky heels.

Moving into the Disco Era of the 70’s we see a lot of the trends we saw in the 60’s but think Studio 54. Trends from the 70’s you can see coming into 2018 will be: platform boots, sequins, studs, military jackets and tailored suits. For the tip toe-er: Studded belts/wide belts, platform boots, vintage band T’s, glitter scarves. For the diver: sequin jackets/dresses/skirts, the tunic and skirt combo (see Gilda Midani for this look), and Palazzo pants will be very popular in 2018.

Now we make our way to the decade of decadence. Everything about the 80’s was bigger and better. Things to look for in 2018 from the 80’s: fur/faux fur, shoulder pads, and jumpsuits. For the tip toe-er try a shoulder padded blazer with a pair of jeans and studded heels, ripped or monogrammed denim jackets are coming in, teddy coats (faux fur coats), and mirrored sunglasses. For the diver: power suits, colorful fur coats, gold lamina dresses or giant jackets with black patent knee high  go go boots.

And last but not least we have the grunge 90’s. Urban 90’s vibes are taking storm in 2018. Things you’ll be seeing this coming year include: brand logos, windbreakers and anoraks, “athleisure” featuring track pants and bike shorts, berets, menswear inspired suits, Dr. Martens, plaid, and silk. For the tip toe-er: a plaid top and leather skirt statement skirt, a goth inspired silk slip dress with a denim jacket or leather jacket with Dr. Martens, denim jumper with a a turtleneck, oversized brand logo sweatshirts, and a beret to accessorize any look. For the diver: biker shorts (seen on Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid pairing them with blazers and heels), patterned suits with a turtleneck and heels for day time or a bodysuit for nighttime, checkered pants, and track pants with heels.

If you’re looking for the year to experiment with your wardrobe 2018 is going to be the year to do it. Designers are throwing fashion faux pas out the window and bringing a twist to the game, everything goes. This year is going to be all about who can break the rules the best, going from tip toeing to diving into the decades.





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How Many Times Do I Have to Say LinkedIn is NOT a Dating Site?

Posted on December 21, 2017 By In Employment , Internships , Networking , Uncategorized With no comments

Our teachers, advisors, peers, bosses, etc. they all tell us to make a LinkedIn account so we can be connected to opportunities, people who have our dream jobs, friends of friends who could put in a good word for us for that internship we have been dreaming of for months now. In theory it’s all good. I encourage everyone who wishes to build a professional network to make a profile on this site. However, when your account is made, you soon start to realize some people are on that website for the wrong reasons.


Take me for example, I am a twenty-one-year-old college student who has a dream of becoming a fashion buyer. I work very hard and have a lot of ambition. I take on a lot of roles in order to gain relevant experience to make my dream of becoming a buyer come true. I post about a new position I accepted such as a Sales Associate or Marketing Intern. Soon lots of messages flood in saying “Congratulations!” It’s awesome & makes me feel good to read so many great well wishes. Suddenly, some of these well wishes become a little bit more than a simple “Congrats on the new job.” Instead of congratulating me on an achievement that I have worked so hard to accomplish, I am complimented on my appearance. I am asked if I am single (& no, I am not single, I am blessed to have a boyfriend who is my number one supporter in everything that I do). I was even sent a terrifying email that was almost a page long about how beautiful I was and asking if I was interested in pursing a relationship with a man who was multiple decades older than me.

I just don’t get it! When did a website that is supposed to be made for achieving career goals, learning, and researching become a dating website? Instead of fully focusing on finding an internship this summer I am constantly wondering, “Will I be hit on if I post this?” This should not be a worry for someone who is trying to work hard and achieve their dreams.

It is one thing to be polite on LinkedIn. In fact, I highly encourage it. Tell someone “Congrats” on their new job or tell them that you admire how much they accomplished. The world needs more kindness.

However, there is a very fine line between being polite and being straight up creepy. The page-long email I received about how beautiful I am is creepy.  Whereas the messages I received saying, “Congratulations on your new position,” were very polite and kind.

If you are on LinkedIn and you receive a ‘creepy’ message DO NOT be afraid to stand up for yourself. Tell the person, in a professional way of course (being rude is almost always never the right answer) that you are on this site to make a better life for yourself and not to date. Be sure to report the message because people like that need to be stopped and exposed.

Be safe, be aware, be professional and always be kind.