The unwritten “rules” of fashion order us to put away our white clothes each Labor Day until the following May for Memorial Day. However, Valley thinks that some rules were made to be broken.
Though mom may not agree, winter whites make this age-old adage a thing of the past and signals to the world that you are a fashion standout. Be a rebel and get a sense of freedom by wearing white after Labor Day and well into winter. Even Coco Chanel wore white all year round. Wearing white, winter white, ivory and cream also reflect an appreciation for one of this season’s biggest trends.
When the temperature drops, it’s time to take out the dark colors of black, grey, navy and brown for most people. But if you haven’t noticed, winter isn’t a funeral, it’s a season. Don’t be afraid to break out the color. And wearing white is a bold choice on a dreary day when everyone else is wearing black. Keep in mind that white comes in a ton of different shades- you could try an off-white sweater, a cream-colored coat or even an eggshell leather vest. Continue reading
As we progress through the later years of college, our work experiences become increasingly professional. Though the commitment of real world jobs tends to be frightening, we do get the opportunity to dress the part of serious, hardworking businesswomen.
A blazer is a necessity when attending career fairs or job interviews. These sophisticated jackets can get pricey if you’re looking to invest in a nicer one that will last you years. Luckily, blazers are extremely versatile and can be worn with many different outfits for various occasions in addition to business settings.
1. Keep It Casual
Blazers are a perfect complement to a casual outfit with jeans. Blazers and jeans work well to expresses the idea that you’re put-together and serious while still remaining laid-back enough for a casual environment. The clean-cut jacket will dress up your ensemble. This outfit can be worn to your part-time job, a class where you’re giving a speech or even a date night. Continue reading
‘Tis the season of mixing and matching fur-lined vests, boots and a touch of sparkle for holiday magic. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosted a winter fashion show to get us all in the mood for festive outfits.
“This is the first fashion show we threw together,” says McKenzie Millward, the show’s executive director. “It was an idea thrown out by one of our girls and we just went with it.”
Originally, the fashion show was going to be a trunk show but Millward and the rest of the event’s planning committee thought a fashion show would be a better fit. The event involved downtown businesses and even had an a cappella group, The Coda Conduct, who performed a crowd-pleasing “Ignition” by R. Kelly among other songs. Continue reading
Fabletics – fabulous athletic wear. Who doesn’t want to look fashionable and stylish while working out? You can say goodbye to those old gym clothes that are not the least bit attractive.
Kate Hudson’s new line for JustFab, called Fabletics, has made activewear for women a whole lot cuter while being completely functional and affordable at the same time. Hudson is a very active mom who was looking for activewear that could cross over between workout and fashion, and she achieved just that with her new line, which came out this past fall.
Hudson’s line offers several different types of athletic wear for any type of workout including yoga, running and cycling. It includes both gym and outdoor wear. Fabletics allows women to feel powerful and comfortable with their bodies while working out in any atmosphere. Continue reading
The only other time I’ve ever gone Black Friday shopping was for a family my mother and I took under our wing from her Adopt-a-Family Foundation, and we had a mission—find as many clothes as possible and if we had time, a few awesome toys as well. Maybe it was easier for me then, because I was already in the mindset to conquer and disperse as fast as possible, but regardless, my experience then wasn’t too crazy.
This time, I had no mission except to find some good deals for my family for Christmas. It seemed simple enough, and I thought it would be better in my small town of Williamsport than the city-based Target I was skimming through a few years ago.
It all started at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
My cousin mentioned that the deals were really happening around that time, and all I kept thinking was, there is no way I am doing this to myself on a holiday. Besides, it’s completely against my moral compass. Those poor people working 30-hour shifts just because I want a few dollars off? I don’t think so! But my mom thought otherwise—she thought that since it was opening with or without us, we would slip in and out before any more damage was done. Continue reading
One positive aspect of the arctic-like temperatures that State Colleges promises to bring post Thanksgiving break, is the need for cute winter accessories. This season, it’s all about volume and statement pieces, which is exemplified in the winter accessories. Luckily, downtown State College has you covered.
Beanie hats are all the rage right now. Last year, beanies were worn atop of every European’s perfectly primped hair. The trend has now hit the United States and consumers are eating it up.
There are many different styles of beanies. Urban Outfitters offers and array of slouchy knit hats in variety of different colors and patterns for only $19. Slouchy beanies are worn to cover your forehead and ears, but some of the volume of the fabric hangs behind your head. Continue reading
Forget buyer’s remorse- Valley’s here to introduce you to some shoes that are good for the sole.
Meet BANGS shoes, a company that combines fashion and humanitarianism. Founder Hannah Davis created the company as an international social enterprise focused on promoting the movement of powerful causes. When you buy a pair of BANGS, “wherever you stand, you stand on issues.”
Davis spoke at the Biobehavioral Health Building on Wednesday as a part of her six-week tour visiting twenty-four universities. The goal is to inspire students to take action and make the world a better place.
The 25-year-old Clemson graduate never planned on becoming an entrepreneur, but that’s exactly what she is today. She knew that she wanted her job to have an impact, but didn’t know what it was going to be. There was not a single defining moment in which Davis knew exactly what her future had in store, but a series of events culminated in the creation of BANGS in 2010. Continue reading
The African Student Association held their third annual Miss Africa PSU pageant titled, “The Jewels of Africa” Wednesday evening in Heritage Hall. The Miss African PSU pageant is an opportunity to educate the Penn State community about the beauty of Africa through women who represent its diverse countries.
The contestants were Estella Tabot as Miss Cameroon, Daratu Derga as Miss Ethiopia, Denise Dagadu as Miss Ghana, Faith Laurence as Miss Ivory Coast, Jaywloh Taplah as Miss Liberia, Samantha Nkanta as Miss Nigeria and Claudia Oronto-Pratt as Miss Sierra Leone.
The first segment of the pageant was traditional wear, where the contestants showcased their country’s custom attire. The attire included embellished head wraps and gowns made of dazzling fabrics. During this time, the contestants introduced themselves and spoke about their future aspirations. Many strived to create or contribute resources to improve the current condition their countries. Continue reading
Throughout the history of our country, women have tirelessly pursued the fight for equality while continuing to climb the ladder of success – a feat accomplished with a lack of support and backing by our nation, history has shown. There is one support system, however, that has never wavered or ceased to give ladies a lift when needed most. The tit-sling, the boulder holder, the flopperstopper – ladies, call it what you will – it’s time to give it up for the bra.
The Backless Brassiere
A woman by the name of Mary Phelps Jacob received q patent in 1914 to create the first widely-worn bra. The idea was sparked after noticing that her corset, made of whaleback bones and steel rods, was visibly noticeable around her dress neckline of sheer fabric. Jacob instead fashioned two silk handkerchiefs and pink ribbon to create her first-ever bra. Women were soon after discouraged from buying corsets to save metal by the U.S. War Industries Board. It is reported that 28,000 tons of metal were saved, the amount of metal needed to make two battleships.
Cup Sizes Galore
The 1930s marked the launch of cup sizes. S.H. Camp and Company was the first to measure cup size by the letters of the alphabet, A through D. The sizes did not actually measure volume of breasts, however, but their pendulousness. Continue reading
If you haven’t noticed, fashion is going on a safari this season as trends take a tribal twist. You may have seen Tribal Threadz founder and Penn State student David Grossman in the latest issue of Valley, but we’re here to give you a behind the scenes look at the company that’s giving back in style.
Grossman is a junior majoring in Business Entrepreneurship from Miami. In partnership with his brother Andrew and best friend from home Ben Birns, he started the apparel company with a focus on providing a range of products made from tribal designs, while donating part of each sale to charity.
It all started while Grossman and his family were hiking at Machu Picchu on a trip to Peru. Two Australians that they were talking to were wearing awesome hats, and Grossman and his brother Andrew knew they had to get one of them before they left for home. When he returned home, the hat received a ton of unexpected attention and great feedback among other Penn State students. That was when Grossman said, “I’m going to start a company.” Continue reading