The IT List: Coral

Now that summer has finally arrived it’s time to kick those neutrals to the curb and play it up with the hue that’s been making a big splash. Coral is everywhere right now, from subtle pops of color in accessories to full-blown attention grabbing lipsticks….and let me tell you, I am obsessed. This color can be a little tricky to navigate, but once you find the right shade you can rock this trend all summer long.

Let’s start with some subtle pops of color…Get the look: Essie Nail Polish, J. Crew Sneaker Laces, Forever 21 Cool Girl Geo Baseball Cap, J. Crew Reusable Water Bottle

…and then move on to bolder statements.

Get the look: NARS Lipstick, SheInside Pink Boyfriend Blazer, Neon Coral Crossback Cami Dress from GlamorousKeds Champion Ikat in Coral

Are you loving this coral trend for the summer? Let us know!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe L. of Penn State University

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The IT List: April Showers Bring May FLOWERS!

Well, I know it doesn’t feel like it yet for some of us, but Spring is finally here! It’s that time again to blow the dust off your favorite open-toe wedges and start chucking those haven’t-fit-since-the-seventh-grade-but-maybe-next-year jeans to make room for the hottest trends of 2014.

This year,  floral is all the rage and personally, I couldn’t be any more excited. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Floral?? I think my grandma lives in that part of the department store.” But have no fear! Whether your style is edgy or chic, girly or casual – I’ve got you covered!

1. For a casual look that still makes a statement, try out a high-waisted floral print legging or jean with a muted crop top or boyfriend tank. Add a pair of converse and – voila! This outfit is sure to get you some positive attention – without experiencing that uncontrollable urge to check how you look in any and all reflective surfaces throughout the day.

2. When blended with leather, any outfit can be edgy (even Grandma’s). This electric floral crop top is perfectly balanced by a high-waisted leather mini. Try something similar for a noticeable look on a fun night out with the girls. Keep it from being too over-the-top by candy-colored flats with a pastel clutch.

3. It’s festival season and our last look is perfect. Take flowery denim shorts, but tone down the “foofiness” by adding a relaxed graphic tee. Lace-up boots are perfect for dancing around in the mud all day, while spiky jewelry adds an edgy touch.

Shop The Look:

(Outfit 1) Leggings from Delia’s, Crop Top from Collective Habit,  Sneakers from Converse, Bee Charming Jewelry Necklace from MetroPark USA, Sunglasses from Aerie
(Outfit 2) Crop Top from Forever 21, High-Waisted Leather Skirt from NastyGal, Double Fold-Over Clutch from Daily Look, Flats from Whistles UK
(Outfit 3) Rose Denim Shorts from Forever 21, Volcom Graphic Tee from Tilly’s, Boots from 6PM,  Spike, Cross, & Skull Bangle Set from Charlotte Russe, Kalo Spike Earrings from Swell

1. A classic sleeveless floral dress is a look that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Its high-waisted cinch makes this a flattering outfit for all spring beauties. Whether you’re headed to class or out to lunch, you can’t go wrong with this look unless you don’t go at all!

2. For more formal occasions, try a floral midi dress paired with a cardigan. A stunning outfit can boost your confidence and help make a great impression when it’s most important. Use that flower power, girl!

3. Lastly, we have the gorgeous floral maxi dress. The flattering high waist and flowing, lightweight fabric give you the best of ALL worlds – formal, casual, chic, sleek and comfortable. What else could you ask for? A pocket built specifically for hamburgers? Maybe that’s just me.

Shop The Look:

(Outfit 1) Dress from Modcloth, Shoes from TopShop, Towne & Reese Lillian Earrings from Pink Mascara
(Outfit 2) Flower Print Midi Dress from Quiz Clothing, Cardigan from John Lewis, Shoe Cult Cobalt Pumps from NastyGal, Daisy Necklace from Brandy Melville USA
(Outfit 3) Black VNeck Floral Maxi Dress from New Look, Cat-Eye Sunglasses from zeroUV, Sandals from American Eagle, Layla Bangle Set from Forever New

All in all, I think it’s safe to say floral is going to be huge this season. Did you find something you like? More to add to the list? Let us know! Tag your floral fashion online with #bnITlist2014.

Written by Blogger, Sandy Gomez

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The IT List: Delicate Jewelry

If you’re like me, then you’re not always sure which accessories to add to an outfit. This latest jewelry trend might be delicate, but it leaves a strong impression. Statement pieces have been all the rage for a while, but dainty jewelry is starting to make its mark. The best part? You can mix-and-match and layer until it really looks exactly how you want it to. Keep reading to see some of my favorite pieces…

Delicate Necklaces

I love the simplicity that a dainty necklace can bring to an outfit. They give the right amount of attention to your neckline without taking over your entire outfit. Different lengths are great for layering and will still maintain that delicate quality. Check out some of these super cute delicate necklaces that I’ve found!

Square necklace from Urban Outfitters ($14), Initial necklace from Forever 21 ($3.80), Heart necklace from J. Crew ($19)

Dainty Rings

I find dainty rings to be really feminine and perfect for any time of year. They don’t take over your hand, but they’ll still make your manicure pop. I’m really into the midi rings that I’ve been seeing around that only go down to mid knuckle. The good thing about these delicate rings is that you can really play around them and stack them up and they don’t look too cluttered or crazy. These are some of my favorites:

Rose gold knuckle set from Brandy Melville ($4), Arrow ring from Lulus ($11), BP. small stone ring from Nordstrom ($6), Heart ring from Nordstrom ($11)

Tasteful Bracelets

I’ve never liked having anything on my wrists because it always felt so bulky to me, but delicate little bracelets feel barely-there while still adding to what you’re wearing. They aren’t noisy like bangles and they aren’t bulky like cuffs, which is perfect for me! Here are some of the ones I love:

Love bracelet from Pinkmascara.com ($19), Handcuff bracelet from asos.com ($9), Alex and Ani College Logo Charm Bangle from select B&N College bookstores ($32)

Which do you prefer, delicate or statement jewelry?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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The IT List: Neons with Neutrals

Pairing neutral pieces with neon pops of color is a great way to add some vibrancy to an outfit, without going overboard. But which neutrals really complement all of our favorite neons? Sure…black goes with everything, but it’s camel that softens the glare of a hot pink top. And though a crisp white paired with neon yellow gives off a summery feel, it’s gray that really makes it pop. We decided to compile a handy guide showcasing all of our favorite Neon & Neutral pairs.

The Pair: Neon Yellow & Grey

Something about a muted gray really makes neon yellow accents pop. We started with a monochromatic look – a grey collegiate tee from any Barnes & Noble College campus bookstore and a pair of grey skinny jeans. We added in a neon handbag and neon-capped ballet flats, which really stand out against the grey.

The Pair: Neon Pink & Camel

Hot pink can be hard to pull off (unless, of course, you’re Barbie). However, pairing highlighter pink accessories with a camel colored dress makes for the perfect combination. We took a Military Shirt Dress from Oasis and paired it with neon pink skimmers. For accessories, we opted for a neon pink statement necklace from BaubleBar and a cork-inspired clutch from J. Crew (to add some texture).

The Pair: Neon Orange & Egg Shell

Neon orange is no longer reserved for traffic cones and life preservers. In fact, when paired with a soft egg shell color, it can come out looking quite pretty. We took a brightly-colored River Island Skater Skirt and matched it up with a lacy crochet top from Awwdore. The neutral tone and intricate details of the shirt offset the attention-grabbing shade of the skirt. We finished it off with some adorable Steve Madden Oxfords and a funky geometric necklace from Forever 21.

The Pair: Neon Green & Navy Blue

The last color-duo we’ll be tackling is neon green & navy blue. The brightness of a lime green looks fabulous next to a deep navy. We took a vibrant pair of lace-trimmed neon shorts from Forever 21 and a flowy navy blue top from ModCloth. We also decided to break away from solid colors with a pair of navy & white striped loafers and finished off the look with silver triangular studs.

What neon & neutral colors do you wear together? Share your advice in the comments!

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The IT List: Swim Suit Style

It’s almost time to hit the beach – finally! Now is the time to start scouting out the perfect suit/cover-up combo so you can strut your stuff. It’s all about fun in the sun (with plenty of sunscreen!). Check out some of my favorite summer beach styles.

Swimwear

(left) floral “midkini” from Target – top $17.99/bottom $14.99, (middle) crochet bikini crop top from Victorias Secret PINK – top $36.50/bottom $18.50-$24.50, (right) fringe bandeau from Forever 21 – top $13.80/bottom $9.80

Cover-ups

(from left to right): floral racerback cover up from Target – $19.99, rip curl cover up from Pacsun – $43.5, abstract print cover up from Forever21 – $14.80

Beach Towels

surfboards beach towel from Target – $9, wild thing towel from VS PINK – $19.50, marilyn monroe towel from Bed Bath & Beyond – $29.99

What’s your go-to beach accessory?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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IT List: 5 Affordable Essentials for this Spring

Fashions this spring are fun and lighthearted so it’s easy to go overboard. This checklist of essentials will have you on-trend without toeing the line between cutie and crazy girl.

These accessories in Asian prints and neon colors are exactly what we mean by fun essentials, but be weary of looking like a flash back to the 80’s. The key to pulling these looks off is moderation and pairing with more neutral basics. We recommend going to scarf route to tie in Asian prints unless you are very adventurous-  like Jessa from HBO’s Girls.

Patterned and colored jeans are here to stay this spring and floral patterns are going bigger. Why not kill two birds with one stone with this sweet pair from Abercrombie & Fitch? Pieces that multi-task save you closet space and cash which is why we’re suggesting you tone down this colorful look with a dark colored boyfriend blazer that can keep you warm during the day or at night.

Boyfriend blazers are a bit longer than regular blazers so they also work well pair with dresses or skirts. This one is $60 from Topshop and we’re betting H&M also has a nice selection.

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Greek Gear

Whether you plan on rushing this term or are rounding the corner into your last semester of Greek Life, do it in style. Finding good, lettered items can be hard – finding affordable lettered pieces can be nearly impossible. That’s why we’re all about Greek Gear.  They let you customize and practically design your own Greek stuff, so you can be sure you get what you want. So whether you plan to lavish your Little with tons of new Delta Zeta clothes and accessories or give your soon-to-be-graduating Big-Big a Sigma Pi parting gift, Greek Gear is something you’ll want to check out.

We spent hours poring over the website and finally devised a list of our favorite items. You know we can’t resist sharing these lists with you, so keep reading to find out what made the cut!

Preppy Pieces: Some say it never left, some say it’s back…whichever way you look at, Preppy Chic is IN. Sisters will love this Ribbed Sport Sorority Collared shirt while brothers will look clean cut in this Classic Oxford. Customize it for your organization!

Bags & Accessories: If you’re looking for more subtle way to show your support for your Fraternity/Sorority, accessories are the way to go. We love the subdued statement these Oval Sorority Earrings make. Jewelry not your thing? This Vintage Coin Purse, available in tan or pink, is the perfect spot to keep keys & IDs (don’t want to forget those!). Or, carry all of your books and school supplies in a customizable Sorority Growth Tote Bag. For the record – we want all three.

Jerseylicious: Want something besides the standard lettered T-shirt? Make yourself really stand out with something unique. We’re obsessed with this Sorority Football Jersey Tee. Customize it just the way you want and turn heads at any event (Bonus Points for matching nail polish!).

For the Dorm: We think you should bring your Greek pride right into your dorm room! We LOVE these cozy Greek Sweatshirt Blankets and the silky smooth Damask Sorority Pillows, perfect for relaxing after a long day at a Philanthropy Event! And as total coffee-lovers, we’re all about the Ceramic Coffee Cups.

What do you think of our Favorites? Comment below with your own top picks!

Do any of these items catch your eye? Be sure to check out www.greekgear.com or the Student Offers page on your Campus Bookstore website.

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Preppy Chic – Our Character Inspiration

We love that “Preppy Chic” has been making a splash again this season. The clean-cut style that generally includes collared shirts and loafers (and plenty of argyle) has gone through a real revival throughout the past few years. Gone are the pedestrian shades of yore – newer and brighter colors have made their way into the threads of this classic style. We decided to take it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite (and craziest) TV and movie prepsters for even more fashion inspiration. Check out our list and let us know your favorites!

Steff a.k.a. James Spader in Pretty in Pink

Part snobby rich kid, part angsty teenager and total jerk, even Steff’s horrible personality couldn’t stop us from appreciating his outfit choices. Though his morals were an absolute mess, Spader’s ensembles were always perfectly preppy throughout this 80’s classic.

 

Tracy Flick a.k.a. Reese Witherspoon in Election

Tracy Flick might be a manic and manipulative election candidate, but you have to admire her drive. The extreme example of “preppy,” Tracy’s outfits held real potential. A little less uptight, a little more colorful and she’d be on her way to being a regular fashionista.

 

Carlton Banks a.k.a. Alfonso Ribeiro in The Fresh Prince if Bel Air

Will Smith might have been the Fresh Prince but his cousin, Carlton, almost stole the show as the Preppy King. Despite being awkward and overbearing, Carlton was always dressed to the nines.

 

And the queen…Blair Waldor a.k.a. Leighton Meester in Gossip Girl

This “Queen B” is not only the reigning monarch of the Upper East Side, she’s the ruler of our Prepster inspirations. She never has a hair out of a place or an accessory out of season. With perfectly placed bows in her hair and the chicest school uniform around, Blair sits on the preppy throne with ease.

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#WhatsTrending: Dye Ties

Girls put a lot of work into keeping their hair smooth and healthy and Dye Ties help do just that. These hair ties and head bands don’t pull out your hair, don’t damage your hair, and don’t leave deep creases in your hair. You can also wear them on your wrist without cutting off circulation! They are fun, fashionable, and handmade, so each one is unique… just like the girls that sport them.

We’ve got tons of glittery colors available at select Barnes & Noble College Campus Bookstores so drop by and pick out your favorite today! Two headbands we are loving are the “Merry Mermaid” (on left) and “Cleopatra (on right).

Whether you add some sparkle to a plain outfit or wear them out on a Saturday night, Dye Ties will liven up your tresses…without damaging them!

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The IT List: Tweed

Long gone are the days when tweed was reserved solely for professors or librarians. Nowadays, anyone can channel their inner academic and sport tweed pieces fashionably. We decided to make this trend a little bit easier by pulling together some of our favorite tweed items. Keep reading to find out which ones we picked!

The items we picked: Steve Madden Women’s Classic Tweed Flats, H&M Blazer, Forever 21 Tweed Pencil Skirt, Mossimo Womens Moto Tweed Jacket, Boucle Crossbody Bag

Which is your favorite? How would you work it into your everyday style?

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