I LET MY DAD DRESS ME FOR A WEEK

 
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I'm very close with my dad, and I trust his opinion on most aspects of my life, but he has never had a say in what I wear, no matter how hard he tried (Sorry Papa). I decided to give him a chance at choosing my clothes and I documented the results. I go to school 4 days a week so he picked out each outfit based on my schedule. I think he was excited to be doing this, and he got pretty into his choices.

 
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Day 1

Pink Floyd T-Shirt
Paige Skinny Jeans
Lucky Brand Sweatshirt

I have sculpture class on Monday's and Wednesday's, so I asked him to put me in something comfortable that I didn't mind getting dirty. He told me since it's Monday I should wear jeans, because that's "casual" and noncommittal. Of course he picked a Pink Floyd shirt (one of his faves). I have to say this was a very casual outfit for me, but the color was great and I received a lot of compliments on it. Day 1, I think he did well. 

 

Day 2

Asos Corduroy Dress
White T-Shirt
Black Tights

He dressed me much more fancy today in a corduroy dress from Asos. While picking it out he exclaimed, "You're going to look sooo cute!" It was very sweet, but I haven't worn this dress in a while and was scared about how it would fit. Turns out, tightly. It was much more constricting than I remember, and I wasn't very excited putting it on at 6 o'clock in the AM.

 

Day 3

Zara Sweatshirt
Topshop Cropped Turtleneck
Topshop Mom Jeans

I feel like this is something I would wear but very simplified. My dad claimed there was "a piece missing" of my crop top so he had to cover it with something. I don't think anyone would actually realize I didn't pick this out because it is a very basic look. Luckily I was comfortable all day! I just didn't feel very excited about it.

 

Day 4

Zara Striped T-Shirt
Zara Corduroy Pants

Ok everyone, let's talk about this outfit. I was not looking forward to this because 1. These pants are missing a button that I've been too lazy to fix, and 2. my dad paired it with a black fuzzy cardigan. I kept eyeing it throughout the week, going back and forth between fabulous or disaster. When I put on the ensemble around 5:30am, I couldn't do it. I threw off the cardigan before walking about the door. I received a lot of compliments on the pants, and now I can't help but wonder how the cardigan would have gone over.

Well, experiment over! It was a fun week at school, and I was definitely happy I didn't have to think about what I was wearing every day. I'm proud of my dad's efforts and think he did a great job. What do you think?

Paola Kassa

LONDON STYLE INSPIRATION

 
I took this photo at Trafalgar Square, it was a peaceful moment.

I took this photo at Trafalgar Square, it was a peaceful moment.

 
 

London is one of my favorites cities in the world, and I feel as though I have barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer. I spent one weekend there almost exactly a year ago during my semester abroad in the northern UK city Manchester. Although Manchester had a very different vibe than London, one thing that I noticed while living in England for 4 months was that everyone knew how to put together an outfit. Even if it wasn't my style or taste, it was completely polished. The city and its inhabitants oozed a confidence that I wanted to obtain. A year later I am still thinking about this vibrant city: the fashion, the people, the sights. I often look to London for inspiration, and now I'm offering you a little inspiration too. This Winter I'm channeling my inner London it-girl to express my sense of style.

 
The city and its inhabitants oozed a confidence that I wanted to obtain

For as long as I can remember I've poured over magazines looking at street style photos and drooling over the newest DJ with two-tone hair. (Said DJ inspired my high school look, not going to lie) London always seemed like a far away place and time, somewhere I would never be, especially not feeling like a local. But something happened when I arrived, I don't know if it was the architecture, the art, or the rush of the city that made me feel like I fit in. Fashion is the way I relate to people, and being out on my own exploring this intriguing place, rich with diverse style choices, I felt inspired and at home. Is there a place like that for you? Somewhere you didn't expect to find? I need to go back to this wonderful city, but until then, I'll always have the pages of Vogue.

WHEN DENIM DOESN'T CUT IT

Has anyone ever gone through a style transformation? I feel as though my style choices have changed dramatically in the last few months. Maybe the new me doesn't seem obviously different to the people who know me personally, but I've taken a brand new approach on the way I dress myself. 

Within this little style identity crisis I've lost my motivation to put on jeans. I'm not giving up on them entirely, but I definitely am taking a much needed break. Because I still need to wear some sort of pant, (I'm definitely not a skirt person) all I've wanted to do is buy trousers in every color. There is something about trousers that take your outfit to the next level, from casual to put-together. And it's not just about being less restricted, and trust me I am much more comfortable, but it's also about exploring fashion and how I can push my style further.

In denim I feel comfortable, but in trousers I feel confident. Is there anything in your wardrobe that makes you feel confident?

Paola Kassa