From Fall Fashion To Winter Wardrobes

Now that the cold weather is FINALLY approaching South Carolina, ’tis the season for boots and sweaters and maybe a little vest to add another layer to the chilly morning walk to the dining hall. Pull out the winter clothes from under your lofted beds, and switch out your sandals for your leather boots — it’s time for Furman fashionistas to bring in the new vogue winter styles. The Furman ladies are ready for the cooler and anxious to retire the summer wardrobe.

Boots and Booties

The boots are definitely in and walking all over Furman’s campus. Boots range from cowboy style, to high cut styles or low cut booties. Most common here at Furman are the leather high cut boots and cowboy styles. The color brown is a popular choice on campus. I personally have 3 brown pairs of boots and only one black pair that is always essential when brown does not match with my outfit. Being from the North, I also own a gray pair of combat boots that I like to wear to edge up my outfit from time to time.

The Perfect Fall and Winter Shoe

Boots are the perfect shoe to wear with jeans, leggings, and even skirts or dresses, especially here in the South. Many of my friends have had debates with me about the low cut booties that are appearing more and more in the fashion world. I have a brown pair of booties that I love to wear with my boyfriend jeans or a longer length dress. If I’m wearing the booties with jeans, I tend to cuff the bottom of the jeans in order to define the line between the boots and the pant. Cuffing the jeans helps style the look and shows off the booties. Evelyn Crownley, from WHOWHATWEAR discussed the proper way to wear pants with booties, using celebrities such as Miranda Kerr and Kate Moss as examples. . Now that the winter season is approaching and temperatures are dropping girls are stepping outside in low cut booties to spice up their winter style. There are many different styles of booties to choose from. Harpers’s BAZAAR posted about all the different kinds of booties that are now out and about during these fall and winter months. Make sure you check out what kind of bootie is right for you!

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Even in your worst outfit going to your frosty 8:00 A.M. class, a scarf can step up that grunge look and create sometime a little more presentable. During the winter months at Furman, the campus is covered with girls wearing their scarves in various styles. Some scarf styles include the:

  • blanket
  • tube
  • tartan
  • fur
  • knitted
  • too long

It does take some skill or technique to wrap the scarf around your neck; that’s why I personally have tube scarves that I can pull over my head. Other girls at Furman chose to wear the fur, the knitted, or the too long scarves. Stated in Marie Claire, “Scarves are the most versatile pieces to include in your winter wardrobe, a soft, oversized scarf is essential.” These scarves are often paired with the green rustic Barbour coat or a open oversized sweater. With the knitted and the too long scarves, it’s imperative to master the correct wrapping technique.

A Little Personal

I like my scarves loose around my neck so I usually only have one wrap for knitted and two wraps for the too long. I spend time balancing and fluffing scarf around my neck and shoulder. Since I usually wear a scarf on a bad hair day, I style my hair in a messy ponytail which keeps it from getting tangled in the scarf. On good hair days, I wear a knitted scarf with my hair down so that it is not as busy and bulky around my neck.

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The Bigger the Better

Sweaters are the key to survive Southern winters and the bigger they are, the better. Oversized is a trend here at Furman. First, they are comfortable and cozy. Secondly, they hide the Christmas cookies that were devoured over break. No but really oversized sweaters are the perfect top to wear with a pair of skinny jeans and high boots. Don’t worry about not being able to fit a jacket over the sweater because that’s why vests were invented. People may think that oversized sweaters appear unflattering, but there are many ways to style them up.

This season the runway has sported many oversized sweaters ranging from retro patterns to neutral knit tones. Fewer girls here at Furman chose the retro patters; most prefer the natural neutral look. On campus, girls pair their oversized sweaters with slimming pants or leggings with a high cut boot. Teen Vogue writer Shannon Laughran, say “while leggings aren’t a replacement for pants, they work if the sweater is basically big enough to double as a dress.” So remember that you can’t wear leggings as pants with a shorter oversized sweater or the Fashion police will come after you.  I personally prefer to wear my oversized sweater with boyfriends jeans and low cut booties. To add more flair to this trend, girls chose to accessorize with a statement necklace or a long chained pendulum necklace. This oversized sweater maybe difficult to pull off and sometimes my appear to look like a potato sack; however, the right jeans, boots, and accessories can transform a bulky sweater into high fashion.


Boyfriend jeans?

When the boyfriend style jeans started to take off in the fashion world, I was a little reluctant to jump on that trend. But as soon as I put one leg into these jeans, I was hooked! They are extremely comfortable and actually look flattering to the leg even though they are sometimes distressed with rips and appear somewhat baggy. A lot of my friends think the tighter the jean the better, but I don’t think I could go back to skin tight jeans after wearing my boyfriend jeans. You can wear boyfriend jeans with any low cut shoe. I would recommend white Converse, short booties, or flats. I personally like the boyfriend look with booties.

Love your Boyfriend (Jeans)?

Here at Furman I am seeing more and more boyfriend jeans around. Some girls have paired the jeans with a solid colored fitted top which they tuck into the low waisted cut of the jeans. Others girls chose a more rustic casual look, topping the jeans with a flannel button down and white Converses. When I wear my boyfriend jeans with a flannel, I cuff the bottoms and wear either my low cut brown J-Crew booties or my white All Star Converse. I’m not so sure if the trend is going to stay long at Furman, but it’s a great look for a casual fall day.




Furman University Fashion Trends

Fashion Trends at Furman University

Furman University flourishing with intellectual students who will one day influence the world, not only through their actions but through their style. While students shuffle to class in the morning or trek to the dining hall in the afternoon, they are typically dressed to impress. The girls at Furman are the most impressive, sporting the newest fashion trends that are booming on the runway. However, because Furman is in the South, some trends can’t break through Southern tradition. For example, during winters in the North, I would slip on my LL-Bean slippers with a pair of jeans and drive to school. When I arrived at Furman, I saw no one wearing LL-bean slippers to class. I packed up my slippers and sent them home to the North. Some Southern trends can’t break Northern barriers, such as the Chaco fetish that I will never understand. In this blog post, I’m going to focus on more of the major fashion trends I see repeatedly here at Furman, starting from head to toe.

Not Your Average Hair Tie

For the Furman ladies with long locks, a hair tie is a necessity. However, it can’t just be any hair tie. At Furman, the ribbon hair tie is a must have. It is Bohemian chic and also works as a stylish bracelet. The ribbon hair tie is an on-going trend not only because it is super cute, but also because it does not get tangled up in your hair.

Ribbion Hair ties
Ribbion Hair ties

Many Furman girls have different colors of the ribbon hair tie to match with their bracelets they are wearing that day. My good friend Sarah Butin told me, “ I wear my red ribbon hair tie when I’m having a good hair day, and my neutral-colored one when I’m having a bad hair day.” For her, her colored ribbon hair tie reflects her ambition or lack of ambition to blow dry her hair. If your looking where to buy ribbon hair ties, Nordstrom’s carries them online and in stores.

Rebecca Who?

Rebecca Minkoff is an up and coming designer that started off designing handbags. Her famous classic handbag design is glued to almost every Furman girl’s shoulder when they are out downtown or at a party. I am not exaggerating when I say that I see, on average, ten Rebecca Minkoff bags every time I go out. The bag is iconic. It is a simple over the shoulder bag that can fit a wallet, phone, and maybe a little makeup kit. It has a cute chain that crosses a body, and the leather is good quality and looks well made.The three zippers and the gold clip on the side of the bag are the pure indicators of a Rebecca Minkoff bag.

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A Barbour For Christmas

Around the holidays, students go home to celebrate with their families. When classes resume, there is a sea of Barbour jackets throughout the campus. Don’t even think about putting down your jacket in the library or dining hall; otherwise, someone might mistake it for his or her own! It is a must-have trend here at Furman. Not only are these jackets fashionable, they are also waterproof and durable. This trend is not only worn by the female population here at Furman, but also by the male. The most common Barbour style at Furman is the olive classic Beadnell Waxed jacket. Many other Furman students support different styles of Barbour jackets. The trend here is not the jacket itself, but the brand name behind it.



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If you are a female college student that doesn’t own white Converse, drop whatever you are doing and get them now! It is hot trend on campus that is spreading fast . Furman girls wear them to class, out to dinner, and even to parties and bars. There is no limit for these white Converse; the only downfall is that they don’t stay white for long. After wearing them to a frat party, chances are you will wake up the next morning with them covered in dirt and unidentified liquid stains. Trust me, I’m on my second pair. White Converse add a pop to any outfit, and can also give a more edgy casual feel to a dress that would otherwise be too nice. Girls typically pair white Converse with jeans, dresses, yoga pants,and shorts. They are the perfect shoe here at Furman!



Furman ADPi's Rocking their white converse?
Furman ADPi’s rocking their white converse!



What is FU Fashion Trending?

FU Fashion Trending

Growing up with a older sister, we bonded and fought over fashion. A common beginning to an argument in my household was “can I borrow your shirt?” To add more fuel to the fire, we stopped asking each other after awhile. Luckily we have grown out of that stage and are no longer the same size.

Me and the sis
Hanging out in the fashion capital of the world, Paris France.

Fashion has always interested me and inspires me daily. Being at a college in the south, I have noticed that fashion is slightly different to say the least. My sister warned me about Lilly Pulitzer and monogramed EVERYTHING. I would say I have adjusted well but still have a few complaints.

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The Stunning bell tower at Furman University 

In this blog, I will be taking  the fashion trends of the young woman at Furman University head on. I want to explore the popular clothing, shoes and accessories trends that we see daily at here at Furman. I intend to discover why these trends are so popular and if they are based on fads, classic design, or just purely ones individual style. Its fascinating to me how fashion varies based on age, appeal, and locality. My goal for this blog is to simulate interest in fashion among college girls, and analyze why they choose to wear what they wear. This topic is important because it identifies norms that are prevalent on Furmans campus. Students will often let college trends effect their  fashion choices in their future lifestyle, regardless of what region they are from. This could help future Furman students make a decision about whether they will conform to fashion expectation here.