Style Blog: Gender in fashion

Jake Gender-bending in fashion is not new, and is hardly a trend. However, labels are finding new ways to cash in. Speaking on a cultural level, recent years have seen a much greater awareness about the fluidity of gender identity. It is becoming more clear gender is not a binary, and the business side of fashion is catching up with the opportunities this presents. It’s important to be critical of the concept of clothing being gendered in the first place. A misunderstanding of this idea often shows how labels are exploiting gender-bending in their collections to appeal to a new market niche. You see this when female models are dressed in blazers that are coded ‘masculine’ in the width of […]

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Style Blog: Winter outfits

Natasha MONDAY Florals for winter? Groundbreaking. Or, at least, I was feeling horribly optimistic on a sunny Monday morning, so colour and pattern it was. If I’m feeling a bit bleak, it always helps to break up my monochrome tendencies. Be the season you want to see in the world, kids. Coat: Topshop Sweater: Thrifted Shorts: Topshop Boots: Zara Sunnies: Ray-Ban (Also thrifted) TUESDAY I don’t have anything to say for myself, other than that some days are leather pants days, and some are not. Tuesday was definitely the former. And obviously, to avoid looking like I was trying too hard, I threw on a long, plain t-shirt. Definitely giving off those, “I’m clearly too classy to be here, but I’m here anyway,” vibes. Coat: […]

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Fashion Blog: One week of outfits

We challenged our resident fashion bloggers, Jake and Natasha, to show us how they construct their outfits for a week. They put together plenty of great fall looks, reflecting a need for coziness on Monday to a flare for fun on Friday. Natasha: Monday Mondays are tough. Let’s face it—the last thing I feel like doing on Mondays is wearing something uncomfortable. When I have a long day of classes, I always lean towards casual and comfortable. Today, I started with a loose pant (more comfortable than jeans, more presentable than pyjamas) and went with a coloured top. In the winter, my wardrobe tends to go monochromatic, so while we’re still in fall I like to throw on some oranges […]

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Campus Style Blog: Fall Fashion

How do you dress? Welcome to the Charlatan’s new style blog, where we hope to find the answer to that question. It’s a fundamental one—what you wear is always your first impression for other people, but it also helps define yourself. It’s the easiest way to express yourself, whether you spend hours planning outfits or you throw on whatever’s clean. Like it or not, we all have a personal style. We want to explore yours. It’s important to us that the looks we feature are affordable and attainable—student fashion on a budget. This campus is full of examples showing how to look good without spending a lot of money, including those featured here in our fall lookbook. There are pieces […]

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