BY KIARA GAJO
“Coucou! Comment ça va?”
Spring is here and you know what that means; the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees. A buzz in the air tells me that there’s a new girl in town for your soft, summer lounge attire. She’s endearing, she’s ethically minded. Oh, and did I mention she’s French?
Introducing Cou Cou Intimates, a new undergarments brand that is blurring the lines between daily underwear and lingerie. The inventory is simple: panties and a cotton cami made from 100 percent GOTS Certified Organic Cotton to ensure comfort over everything. Their website statement encapsulates their mission perfectly, asserting that intimates are a form of self care with the wearer at the forefront.
“For much too long, women have had to choose between comfort and cuteness: feeling either comfy in multipack granny panties or sexy in stuffy underwire and stiff mesh—but never both at the same time. When it comes to our underwear, the long-held belief is that comfort and beauty are mutually exclusive. Cou Cou’s here to change that. We believe that, as women, we feel our most beautiful when we’re our most comfortable, and that our most-worn undies should be our most-loved ones, too.”
Their social media presence emcompases a whimsical comfort fantasy. All the models featured have a diverse array of body types; anyone who comes across the page can envision their life in the curated daydream. Their life in Cou Cous.
Because that’s the thing we can learn from Cou Cou. Comfort and sexiness aren't mutually exclusive. There is no dichotomy. They can coexist freely. And they can love and thrive in harmony.
BY SOFIA MARTINEZ
After Coachella had been cancelled for two years, fashion trends have completely evolved making everyone anxious for this year’s outfits. We have all known and and loved the boho festival vibes, but everyone is expecting this year to be more “beachy vibes”, including crochet and fringe. These are some trends I expect and hope to see at Coachella 2022.
A lot of many other festivals go for a more 'costumey’ take in their matching sets. I believe Coachella is going for a more chill matching set moment rather than bold colors. I think we are going to see fun patterns, denim, and A LOT of midi skirts.
Crochet has been a staple for Coachella every year, but this year we need to think big. Crochet dresses, cardigans, purses, or headbands. Let’s also not forget Coachella is in the desert, so crochet is honestly the best diverse piece for the sunny mornings and the chilly nights.
SPARKLES AND SEQUINS
I think we are definitely going to see a lot of sparkles and sequins; not only in clothes but also in makeup and hairstyles. With Euphoria being so big right now I think everyone is going to go all out with their accessories and glam trying new things.
COWBOY HATS AND BOOTS
I think we are definitely still going to see the classic beige brim hats but I hope to see people incorporate and match fun cowboy hats with their outfits. Lastly I already know I’m going to see the best and craziest cowboy boots ( Nasty Gal has some great fun ones ).
I am going to start planning out my outfits right now after feeling completely inspired by this blog. Hopefully next month when I arrive at Coachella I will be able to see if my predictions were somewhat along the lines of my expectations.
See you guys next blog, Sofia Martinez
BY KIARA GAJO
Love it or hate it, bikini season is upon us once again. Whether you’re jumping for joy at the thought of laying out in the sun or dreading the sweltering days to come, here are some of my favorite affordable bikini brands that have put their green thumb on display this summer.
Top of the list spot goes to my current favorite, Blackbough Bikini. This brand sells suits that are made from 80 percent regenerated fabric, an alternative to nylon. Producing nylon has serious environmental impacts such as animal consumption of harmful plastics and toxins and the degradation of natural ecosystems. Additionally, Blackbough cut down their contribution to global waste consumption by switching to cornstarch mailer packaging bags. Their patterns and sizes have incredible diversity with prices ranging from $20-$50.
You can check Blackbough Bikinis out on their website here.
In Hawaiian, the word “Kulani” means “like heaven.” Kulani Kinis originates on Hutchinson Beach, Australia but has spread all over the world to Europe, California, and to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Kulani Kinis follows a 100 percent waterless process for every single product they manufacture. Their website claims that “pretreatments, steaming or washing are not required due to their water-based NeoPigment™ inks that are absolutely free of heavy metals, formaldehyde and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APE).” Therefore, their production process, and the product itself is non-hazardous and biodegradable, with an abundance of styles typically ranging from $36.99-$69.00.
You can shop Kulani Kinis to check out their heavenly patterns and sizes on their website here.
Whether you’re into interchangeable neutrals or bold, bright patterns, Moana Bikini has got you covered this summer. The Moana Bikini is defined by the “double side straps with ties that make a sexy bikini look.” The bottoms have low to high coverage and are very adaptable for a range in body types. Made from sustainable swimwear fabric, Moana Bikinis are soft in touch, come in a diverse array of colors that are sure to make your skin pop, and typically range from $69-$125.
You can shop Moana Bikinis on their website here.
You’ve probably seen them on Instagram by their aesthetic feed or through one of their many engaging giveaways. Dippin’ Daisy’s has taken eco-friendly to a whole new level. With trendy sustainable bikinis and quality outerwear for summer ranging from only $30-$80, the brand has switched to using vegan materials such as recycled nylon, organic and natural rubber trees, recycled foam, and lead-free non-toxic metal. They also repurpose the unsold items at their warehouse in Los Angeles, California as well as engaging in digital printing (to save paper, duh) and biodegradable packaging.
You can shop Dippin’ Daisy’s and read more about their sustainability plans on their website here.
Who says eco-friendly needs to be expensive? These Volcom bikinis, which typically range from $35-$80, are made from 78 percent Econyl recycled yarn. In 2017, Volcom partnered with Econyl and reinvented their best selling Simply Seamless bikini styles by introducing Repreve® recycled fibers made from recycled plastic bottles and regenerated nylon, AKA recycled fishing nets and other post-consumer nylon waste.
You can shop Volcom swim, surf, and skate wear and read about their eco-friendly rebrand all summer long here.
by carly woollard
There is something about that first warm day of the year, signaling summer is practically in arms reach. This usually means that spring is here and the urge to change my entire wardrobe, style, and embrace the Florida heat has officially arrived - and just on time! With just one week until spring break, I have been scrolling endlessly through my carefully curated Pinterest feed and determining what trends have made my best of spring 2022 list. After much consideration, the list is as follows (in no particular order) …
1. Crochet everything
2. Colorful clothes
3. Long dresses/skirts
4. Beaded Jewelry
Crocheted clothes, bags, bathing suits, etc. seem to be all the rage as of late. Personally, I couldn’t help but buy into this trend. I now am the proud owner of a white crocheted bag with red strawberries stitched in; perfect for the beach or the farmers market, may I add. It has already been the perfect accessory to my everyday wardrobe and was such a fun piece to add to my bag collection.
As if I didn’t already love pops of color, wearing vibrant hues have been a fan favorite according to my go-to fashion icons. Amber Fillerup, founder of Dae Hair, is seen wearing bright pinks, reds, greens, and other bold colors all over her fabulous Instagram. Something I do to incorporate more color into a neutral outfit is adding a shoe that pops. One of my preferred choices is styling a colored converse, such as pink platforms: my ride-or-die shoe!
Although long shirts and dresses have always lived rent free in my closet, they appear to be making a reappearance with the warmer weather. The perfect combination to me is a puff sleeve long dress, styled with a dad sneaker. You truly cannot go wrong with this outfit and I will most definitely be spotted in this exact get up.
Long skirts are an incredibly easy and versatile piece to style because they are key to looking stylish in the heat. A midi to maxi length skirt paired with an oversized tee is breathable, without sacrificing your outfit.
In 2022, I am fully convinced that beaded jewelry makes a comeback every single year with the return of spring and summer… and I am perfectly okay with this. Beaded necklaces and bracelets have so much potential since they are practically entirely customizable. They also leave an opportunity to wear more color and design your favorite colorways.
These four trends are just a few of the many fashion fads that are in right now; however, I am confident that these few will stick around. Regardless of the fact that they are a trend, I believe that they are each timeless and will continue to come back in style every year, time and time again. So, don’t be too afraid to invest in one or two of these ideas that catch your eye. You might get a lot more use out of it than you may think, and you’ll look good while doing it!
BY QUINN WILSON
Boring monochrome looks are a thing of the past. An outfit that only has one color may seem limiting, but the creative possibilities are endless. Mixing textures, patterns, and silhouettes create lots of interest. New York, London, and Milan fashion week street style has showcased so many amazing, jaw-dropping looks, including many bright and bold monochrome looks.
This bright green outfit was spotted at New York Fashion week. The oversized sweater and flowy tailored pants combine to put together an effortlessly chic outfit. (Source: Elle)
This trendy baby blue toned outfit focuses on the snake textured belted skirt and adds softer textures in the top and jacket to create a fun and feminine look. (Source: Pinterest)
Fashion icon and model, Gigi Hadid definitely knows how to style a monochrome look. In this outfit, she paired high-waisted boot cut trousers with a skin tight sheer long sleeve top. The deep wine color makes it such a sophisticated look. (Source: Pinterest)
Even an all white outfit, something so simple, can be extremely cute. This casual look with flared white denim pants and a white tank, gives off summery chic vibes for sure. (Source: Pinterest)
Or if you prefer to stand out in a crowd, try this electric pink style. A super cute crop top with belted hot pink pants creates such a fun look. (Source: Pinterest)
The next time you’re staring in your closet for hours trying to figure out what to wear, give a monochromatic outfit a try. It's a super simple and easy styling trick that all the fashion icons are loving right now.
Thanks for reading and happy styling!
by ronnie johnson
For most college students, our daily fashion consists of our favorite sweatpants, an oversized hoodie, some crocs, workout attire, just any athleisure wear. Unless it’s a special occasion or a night out, it's not that often that you might find the majority of college kids with a “fashionable” outfit on. However this wasn’t always the case.
In the 1950's there was a very popular subculture of fashion, referred to as “ivy league” fashion. And it looks exactly what it sounds like. It was fashion based on the attire of students attending prestigious American universities.
The type of clothing worn by these ivy league students were chinos, full button ups, cardigans, classy skirts, ties, collared short sleeve shirts, and fancy coats. If you couldn’t picture it already, just know it was very “preppy”.
And while this isn’t the type of fashion commonly seen now, it was very popular and sought after during the 1950's to mid 1960's. It became so popular, that this was the mainstream attire for the men of that time. The clothing stores were filled with ivy league clothing. The actors in the movies being made around this time were being dressed to fit this trend. Japanese clothing designers even made many trips to the U.S. to gather inspiration in attempts to replicate this ivy league fashion.
But this style wasn’t mainstream for too long. About 10 years, exactly. The decline began when hippie counterculture began to popularize. Ivy league fashion resembled that of wealthy college students, and even though this look did become heavily sought after, it was not too achievable for the majority working class. But the more casual dressing of the new hippie counterculture was more achievable as it involved less tailoring, cheaper fabrics, and more colors.
This new casual style quickly caught the attention of the youth and began to popularize throughout the 1970's, leaving mainstream ivy league style to be nothing more than a memory.
BY BIANCA DEMOURA
With a new year comes the rise of old renditions becoming popular again and unique shapes taking hold on the fashion community. My prediction is that 2022 will be the year of the unexpected when it comes to bags. Logos and traditional silhouettes being swapped out for a more distinctive look of bag. Untraditional is in, so say goodbye to simple leather and hello to buckles and flaps.
Balenciaga Le Cagole XS Shoulder Bag in Blue
This unique bag has been seen on the likes of influencers like Matilda Djerf, and recently promoted in a campaign with Kim Kardashian. This bag comes with many different materials such as crocodile embossing, but mostly featuring calfskin leather and aged silver hardware. They created a sturdy bag that lasts.
Balenciaga Classic City Shoulder Bag
This bag that was first made popular in the 2010’s has come back, with Balenciaga making a new rendition of it. However, snagging an original off of resale sites is the best way to get your hands on it. The bag deemed the best “slouchy bag” was seen on everyone in the 2000’s; from Miley Cyrus to Lindsey Lohan. This bag in pink, white, and of course, black, was truly the bag of the decade.
With Loewe being more underrated and less talked about outside the fashion community, this year will definitely be the year that they attract a larger audience. With their timeless silhouettes and logo that screams quiet flex, the Loewe Amazona is the way to go for a cute Boston bag that can be carried on the fly.
Birkin's have never gone out of style. However, with the resurgence of Hermes muse, Jane Birkin, the Birkin, more specifically the Kelly, has come back in full force. With most people using it as more of a shoulder bag, gone are the days where a Kelly is being styled to be posh. Now Kelly’s are being styled in a more casual way, with more celebrities wearing them with everyday outfits. Going from a night-out bag that only sees the light of day every once in awhile, to a just running=errands bag. With that price tag, most of us can only dream.
by bianca demoura
With the death of one of the most influential voices in fashion, comes the rise of his archival fashion and the reselling of his most famous pieces.
Thierry Mugler was a French fashion designer who became creative director and adviser to MUGLER. Launched in the 1970s, MUGLER rose to fame fast. He tested the limits with new silhouettes and his iconic hyperfeminine architectural take on fashion.
He was nontraditional in the sense that he tackled issues that weren’t talked about in fashion at that time, such as racism and ageism. Mugler was also one of the first to include Trans women in his shows, drag queens, and porn stars.
Designing for the most A list celebrities, Mugler was seen on a number of artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Grace Jones, David Bowie and Diana Ross. Mugler was also responsible for Demi Moore’s famous dress in Indecent Proposal, which ended up being coined the most famous dress of the 90’s.
With his passing this year, an icon will be missed. Mugler came back from retirement in 201 to design Beyonce’s tour outfits from her Sasha Fierce days and most recently his creations were spotted on Kim Kardashian at the MET GALA. With his death a hole was left in the fashion community, since Mugler was seen as the last creator that was truly avant-garde.
Here are past looks that truly cemented his reputation as a truly amazing designer:
BY RONNIE JOHNSON
Tik Tok has become a pivotal part of youth culture. The app that sucks its users into an abyss of entertainment with endless hours of scrolling, is also responsible for countless trends. These trends have proven to influence the way we act, talk, and certainly dress. Over time, a specific style has emerged, which people are referring to as “Tik Tok style” or “Y2k fashion”.
This style first started gaining mainstream popularity around peak quarantine, about mid to late 2020, when people were still trying to adjust to the new life of isolation and needed a creative outlet.
So, what is this style and what does it consist of? Personally, I would describe it as collision between streetwear and early 2000s fashion. There’s lots of colors, patterns, as well as oversized silhouettes which are all evident in early 21st century style.
Under this umbrella of “Tik Tok style” I think it is also important to mention other clothing trends that were popularized during this time such as “E-boy fashion” and workwear.
As this style began to popularize, many people seemed to want in, and our Pinterest feeds became flooded with outfit pictures resembling these trends. But what was it that made this style start to trend so fast? I think it’s because people wanted a way to express their creativity and step out of their comfort zone without making too much of a drastic change, and this was the perfect middle ground. Overtime, this style began to popularize so much, that fashion designer Hedi Slimane (Current creative director of Celine), decided to create a whole clothing collection and runway that was inspired by Tik Tok. He called this collection “THE DANCING KID", influenced by Tik Tok's dancing culture and E-boy style.
Tiktok has proven time and time again to be the driving force of influential trends for Gen Z. Which leads me to wonder, what’s next?
How to get this groovy style into your spring and summer 2021 wardrobe
by abigail thielen
As you may have seen, many of our favorite celebrities and influencers have been incorporating 60s and 70s inspired styles into their looks and I absolutely adore it. Phoebe Bridgers wore this gorgeous bishop sleeve mini dress by Who What Wear. She’s also styled in white patent knee high boots to complete the mod-inspired look.
The vibrant colors, groovy prints, and gaudy accessories of this era are so fun for experimenting with your style. Here are some keys to tying this trend into your personal style:
1. Bold Prints
Psychedelic patterns are very on trend at the moment and catch anyone’s eye instantly. These prints look great in fun color combinations like pink and green, but they can also bring life to neutrals like black and white or shades of brown:
If you aren’t into a psychedelic print, opt for a bigger, high-contrast pattern like this simple 4x4 checkerboard:
2. Mini skirts and dresses
Tight mini skirts are all the rage and perfect for spring and summer weather. Pair these with some funky nylon stockings for some extra playfulness:
3. Platform Shoes
Chunky platform shoes are such a power move and give anyone a huge boost in confidence. The extra bonus is that they are surprisingly super comfortable! Pair these with a mini skirt or jeans to look both intimidating and cute at the same time:
4. Mod Makeup
Twiggy was the originator of this iconic look, but I am so glad it’s coming back. To get this eye look, you’ll want to put a contrast liner on your crease, light shadow on the lids, cat eye liner, and white liner on the bottom lash line. This will give your eyes a doll-like shape. To finish off, opt for a nude or peachy lip and fluffy eyebrows to keep the look modern:
5. Wide Sunglasses
Bold sunglasses are the easiest way to transform your whole outfit, especially a wide lens option. These aviators are so adorable and perfect for the summertime:
I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your spring and summer aesthetic. Thank you for reading!