Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Style Polls: Women

For the past two weeks we’ve been polling the students of Longwood University on fall trends. For the ladies, we picked a few from Glamour Magazine’s website, and for the trends for men, we turned to the ever trusty GQ. This week we’ll take a look at the women’s trends.

• Big, bold necklaces: 80% of the 25 respondents approve. We’re a fan of large statement pieces, as long as they’re paired with an outfit that’s not too ostentatious in itself. Try not to wear necklaces with embellished tops, whether it has beading or sequins. That’s a little too showgirl, even for Farm Vegas.

• Plaid: 76% are for it. Glamour Magazine says that “Western” styles of plaid are in this season. Jenni is always reminded of Scotch tape whenever she sees plaid and actually disagrees with Glamour on this highly controversial issue. She is more open to subtler forms of plaid, such as Glen plaid (a popular fabric used for women’s trousers). Megan wants to agree with Jenni, but she’s still a little nostalgic about the pattern. Just stay away from plaid skirts unless you’re going to get demerits for not having one.

• Velvet dresses: 79.2% of you said no, and thank God. Glamour says to keep it short and we say yes, but should you really have to cut off half of your dress so it’s not too heavy to wear? If you can pull it off, we’ll give you a high-five.

• All-black: 56% said yes. We think it’s chic, but pretty hard to pull off. Both of us own a lot of black clothes, and you can’t knock the little black dress. If you’re going to do all black though, make sure everything fits really well, or you might end up looking like a nun. And then you’re going to have to find a cute little ruler.

• Full, knee-length skirts: 52% are in favor of this wholesome look. We are too, as long as you pair them with the right shoes. Espadrilles or heels are usually necessary with such a full skirt.

• 80’s: 76% said no to the decade-inspired look. Megan totally agrees, but Jenni likes to cause trouble. Obviously she believes that 80’s hair was forever and always a Bad Look, but there are good elements to the 80’s. The key to any retro look is mixing modern looks with retro accents – i.e. bright tights under a modern silhouette.

• Copper eye shadow: 68% like it. We like it too, since it’s a fun version of a neutral color. Copper is like brown’s older, sexier sister. It looks especially pretty on green or blue eyes, but everyone should give it a try. It’s perfect for fall!

• Barely-there makeup: A whopping 96% of girls polled were in favor of this look, but let’s be honest—who’s willing to get up in the morning, slap some moisturizer and mascara on and walk out the door? Obviously a lot of you. We could maybe pull it off, but we like makeup too much. To the rest of you, congratulations, you’re naturally hot.

• Bright red lips: 56% like this. The argument against it is that it’s really hard to pull off, but we’re pretty sure Marilyn Monroe knew what she was doing. Believe it or not, there’s a shade of red for everyone. If you’re fair, find a good coral shade. Medium skin tones benefit the most from a cranberry-pink. And if your skin is dark, stay away from the brighter shades stick with a deep saturated red, like burgundy.

• Really straight hair: 72% dig it. It’s a neat look, and we like it too. If your hair isn’t naturally straight, though, sometimes it’s a pain in the butt. Megan and her friends iron each other’s on the floor with a clothes iron. It works beautifully. Don’t burn yourself. And pick friends you trust.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

High Heels in School

Posted by Megan

I walked home from class today behind a beautiful, tall girl in the coolest looking boots ever. They came up just below her knees and had an intimidating tall and skinny heel. It was the sort of thing that I liked because I knew that I could never pull it off myself. Then we got in the elevator together and she rode it to the second floor. I smiled.

I have a lot of heels. Just looking into my closet now, I see ten pairs. I’ll probably only wear one or two of them this year, but I love them so much that I can’t leave them in my closet back home while I’m here at school. When I’m at home in Roanoke, I wear heels everywhere. I had an internship this summer and was in heaven with pencil skirts and dresses and trousers and a reason to wear heels every day. I’m 5’4”. My boyfriend stands at six feet, seven inches. I need all the help I can get.

But, for some reason, I’ve always had an issue wearing heels to class. Then again, it took me the better part of my freshman year of college to realize that I was allowed to wear flip flops to class. I still can’t wear a tank top to class. Having a uniform for 12 years in Catholic school really got to me, I guess. I like having some guidelines.

So, anyway, here are the rules I came up with for wearing high heels to school:
• Pair heels with jeans and simple tops, like a plain T-Shirt or a button-up.
• Don’t be afraid to wear colorful shoes. Ever. Just keep the rest of your outfit pretty neutral.
• If you ever wore the shoes to prom, don’t wear them to class. Actually, don’t wear anything you wore to prom to class.
• You can definitely wear heels with a dress or skirt, just make sure it’s not too short or you might end up looking a little contemptible.

If you already wear heels to class, good for you. You’re braver than I am. If you don’t yet, stick with me—I believe that we can do this together.


Posted by Jenni

Here at the Longwood Look (read: Megan’s bedroom) we’ve been polling various trends in those surveys that we post on every available social networking site. It’s fun, easy, and we get to hate on people who hate on our favorite trends.Basically, after lots of complaining and ice cream I found myself thinking about what separates a trend from a style.

Wikipedia redirects the term “Fashion trends” to the Bandwagon Effect and other such ugly words like “herd mentality”. Personally, I’m not convinced that trends are ultimately a good thing. Redirect to 1983, or the more modern “totes legit”. Truly, trends can be tacky, expensive, and unnervingly popular. It’s far more irritating, though, when someone tries to impose trends on you. One of my best friends once called me up to say, “Hey, do you like baby pink hair clips?” No, thank you. It was like being fixed up with some questionable guy. It was essentially re-gifting, another unfortunately popular trend.

That said, there are some trends that are fantastic and stick around. I’m pretty sure Jesus wore gladiator sandals, for example. Coco Chanel made black dresses, and let’s not forget about Converse Chucks.

My current trend want? A strapless jumpsuit from American Apparel. It’s $48 of short-lived chic.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Project Runway

Posted by Jenni

A few weeks ago, an event took place over the airwaves. It was the premiere of Project Runway, the only reality show I actually follow. Every time I watch it, I'm amazed at what these people produce in a day. I don't think I could ever do that.
I also didn't go to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology, and yes, that's a real place) and take several years of sewing and costuming and sketching,
etc. And that's why I'm currently not on the show.

This season, the show is based out of Los Angeles instead of its normal home of New York City. Personally, I'm not a huge fan. I'm an East Coast gal all the way, and I like my subtly muted color palettes and ability to mix seasonal items.
They don't have seasons that they can mix in Los Angeles, and so essentially I spend the whole show wondering when Tim Gunn is going to get so hot that he simply can't wear his trademark suit. Truthfully, it doesn't blend with the whole surfari theme, bro.
This dress is made of newspaper. I knew recycling was a good idea.

If you have a strong opinion about this season of Project Runway, let us know here at the Longwood Look!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Next week we're going to write about Fall trends for men and women. In order to do so, we need your opinion about some of them.

Here's a survey for women about this season's new looks, courtesy of

And from, some trends for men:

We'll try to post things more often! Look for us in The Rotunda tomorrow.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Football Fashion

Hey everyone! Our first article was supposed to come out in The Rotunda yesterday, and it sort of did, it just wasn't in the actual newspaper. But, if you want to read the article and leave a comment on The Rotunda's website, please go here and do so:

We celebrated Megan's 21st birthday this past weekend by tailgating at the first Hampden-Sydney football game of the season. HSC games are really fun, but very different from, say, any other college football game you'd ever go to. The Hampden-Sydney boys get all dressed up, from khakis and a polo shirt to seersucker pants and a preppy blazer. Girls show up decked out in sundresses and pearls, and sometimes even big sunhats.

How do you feel about this southern tradition? Some people feel that it's too much, but a lot of Longwood University girls (Megan included) can't seem to get enough of it. Is a football game any place for a bowtie? Let us know.

Fashionably yours,
Megan and Jenni