From New York Fashion Week to State College

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 12.26.36 PMThis past Thursday marked the end of another exhaustingly cold, yet beautiful week. No, we’re not talking about the Polar Vortex. We’re talking about New York Fashion Week.

Full of all the glitz and glamour of next fall’s finest looks, this week showcased tons of upcoming trends. Because the HUB is the closest thing to a catwalk at Penn State, high fashion and college student are two phrases that don’t always go together. So here are a few trends that stuck out the most and are easily translatable for the everyday college fashionista.

Thigh High Boots

This sexy new look has been seen all throughout NYFW. Coming in unique fabrics and sky-high heels, designers such as Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Alexander Wang have created their own twist on thigh high boots.

While a lot of these boots have been seen in unique variations, college students can simply opt for a low-key thigh high boot with a low heel and a wider leg area to accommodate the multiple layers of pants being worn during the dead of winter.

Leather boots would also be a good idea because of the snow and salt these shoes will see in State College. These bad boys are great way to add some oomph to any of your outfits.


While not as sexy as thigh high boots, turtlenecks have been spotted at shows such as Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung and Marchesa. Seen in the form of dresses, sweaters and sheer shirts, turtlenecks ruled fashion week. Easy ways to incorporate turtlenecks into your daily wardrobe without looking like your grandmother is by wearing fitted, high-waisted pants with your turtleneck. Tucking the turtleneck into the pants gives you a chic and clean look. Avoid baggy turtleneck sweaters that look worn out.

Textured Items

Textures such as furs and fringes have been all over the runways. House of Holland designed coats with a unique, thick, furry-like appeal, while Calvin Klein created knits, and Michael Kors gravitated towards fringe.

An easy way to rock these textured items are through textured scarves, like fuzzy knit scarves (warm and trendy).

Another way is to get a wool, faux fur or tweed item such as a coat or a skirt. Chunky sweaters with a fun texture can also be an easy way to incorporate this trend.

90’s vibe

Designers like Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs were inspired by the 90’s. Slip dresses were once again all the buzz this past week. Instead of shelling out hundreds for a slip dress, simply look in the lingerie section of a department store for a silky nighty. Paired with a faux fur coat that was also seen from recent collections, you’ll be evoking the 90’s feel everyone has been talking about.

Casual Hair

Long gone are the days where you have to fix your hair for hours. Thanks to Calvin Klein, Reed Karkoff and Narciso Rodrigez, the latest hair trend is an easy one. Many of these designers opted for their models to have a simplistic middle part with a look that says, “All I did was brush my hair.” Some designers even made it look as though their models just rolled out of bed. Their hair is soft and tousled or some is simply sleeked down the middle. Easy enough for all college girls, all you have to do is mess your hair up and part in the middle.

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