Sunday, August 1, 2010

GetFRESHTIPS: Don't Sweat The Technique

What makes something a classic in fashion? Longevity, versatility, the ability for reinterpretation and reinvention. Ladies and gentleman I present to you the sweatshirt. Who doesn't own one? Maybe it was your dads, or your brothers, or a ripped up ode to a John Hughes film. Guys rocked it, girls rocked it better. It was unisex chic at it's best. I want to say it's back, but really did it ever leave? The variations are what's new as designers play with different fits, dress versions, and additions such as leather, sequins and zippers. This look is dope with a pair of skinny jeans or shorts. For Fall, a sleek pair of leather leggings guarantees you'll be partying like a rock star. Want to remix your oldie but goodie? Take a pair of scissors and cut around the top to widen your neck, then rock it off the shoulder for a fierce flashdancy look.
Here are three cozy looks to try for Fall:

T by Alexander Wang is the designers lower priced line of basics that are popular among his hipster following. The Football Cropped Tee pays homage to the sweatshirts loved by 80's jocks. The inside out sleeves give it a vintage appeal. Make it more feminine with accessories like large hoop earrings or stacked bangle bracelets.
Retail $105

While the color grey rules the roost when it comes to sweatshirts, there are other colors to consider and this black one will be a favorite with all my dancers. The Freddy Scoop Neck Fame Logo top is your basic sweatshirt style with a flattering scoop neck. I picked this one because I grew up watching Fame. Pure nostalgia.
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Retail $53.90

Finally, remember that DIY tip? Well if you're not that handy with scissors don't fret, Urban Outfitters has done the work for you. Their Truly Madly Deeply 80's sweatshirt (yes that's the name) features a wide neck that allows the wearer to decide how deeply off the shoulder they would like to go. It comes in seven different colors, and with an under $40 price point you can buy a few.

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