I Dressed Like My Zodiac Sign For A Week

I Dressed Like My Zodiac Sign For A Week

Do the stars influence your style?
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I was recently inspired by a video posted by Safia Nygard on putting together outfits based on your zodiac signs.

While, yes, I understand that some people don't too much stock in the zodiac, birth charts and numerology, it's still fun to think about. You have your sun sign– that's the sign that you usually identify with. When you're flipping through Cosmo and get to the zodiac predictions, what sign do you stop at? I was born in late February which makes me a Pisces. But there's also the rising sign and that's the sign that rules over your sense of style and your rising sign is the sign that was rising when you were born (kind of a duh thing). My birth chart is below.

My rising sign turned out to be Leo.

To make things fair, I decided I would style myself as a Pisces one day and a Leo the next and then rate how comfortable I felt in each outfit.

According to Stitch Fix, a Pisces can be defined as "A free spirit at heart, you like adding a whimsical flair to your wardrobe." They say that my style is "go-with-the-flow," full of gem-tones and full of the latest silhouettes.

I can get behind this style chart. In fact, I'm pretty sure I have a jacket similar to the one they show.

In the same blog post were some Leo traits. A Leo is unafraid to try new things but they won't be the first ones to adopt the latest trends. They also trust their own gut when getting dressed.

Day 1: I used the Pisces reference photo from Stitch Fix as my guide for day 1 and came up with this:

So not exactly colorful but I'm using some of my favorite pieces. The sleeves on the sweater are bell sleeves which I personally think are whimsical. The necklace is a fish (for the fish sign, duh) and the shoes are a shiny gold. I think I nailed it but it is a little on the neutral side.

Score: 3/5

I docked a few points for the heels. I wear heels almost every day but slippers will always be more comfortable. Overall, though, I really felt like myself in this and no one said I looked out of the ordinary.

Day 2: Today was a Leo day and, to keep it fair, I used the Leo reference photo from Stitch Fix today. I came up with this:

The jacket has ruffles on the cuffs which is a trend I've seen all over the stores. Of course jeans never go out of style and a dark wash is always appropriate. I tried to incorporate the jewel tones with the blouse but it still turned out a bit dark. My statement piece is a big chunky necklace I've had for forever it feels like.

Score: 4/5

The pants were tight. That's all. And not tight in the waist, just tight in general because of their fit. If I could have worn leggings and gotten away with it, I 100 percent would have.

Day 3: It was time to find a new reference for day 3. I checked out what PopSugar had to say. According to them, a Pisces looks bohemian with soft, flowing pieces. Following what they had to say, this is what I came up with:

I picked a blue flowing dress made of a chiffon-like material. I had to pair this with tights to brave the 20-degree weather but I enjoyed wearing this a lot.

Score: 5/5

This is only my second time wearing this dress and I don't know why. It's very flattering and looks awesome under my wool jacket.

Day 4: Still following the PopSugar blog, it was time to go back to Leo. Their thoughts on Leo's is that they're exuberant, cheerful and up for a challenge. Yeah, okay. Their guide said to go for loud dresses and statement jewelry. Here's what I came up with:

I have to say, not my favorite overall. I had a hard time deciding what shoes to wear with this dress. I wound up wearing tights with my wedges but it didn't look quite right. Of course, this is a fall dress but it's actually the only loud printed dress I own so options were limited.

Score: 3/5

I like the dress but I don't know, I think this is a fall piece for sure. I felt out of place in this.

Day 5: Back to being a Pisces today. This time I was drawing inspiration from The LaLa. According to them, Pisces like clothes that are romantic, soft and feminine. That seems fairly in-line with what PopSugar had previously said and Stitch Fix. However, The LaLa suggested a subtle floral silk maxi dress. I'm sorry, I like being as strict in following the guidelines set forth but it's too cold for a silk maxi dress. It's too cold for a maxi dress in general. So I had to compromise. Here's what I came up with:

We've got the softness with the seafoam green blouse and a white cardigan trimmed with lace. They're also very subtle colors and the blouse had a subtle zip accent so I didn't feel the need to wear a necklace.

Score: 5/5

I usually wear a black sweater, flannels, or sweatshirts on the weekends so this was a weird but welcome change. Also, these shoes are my favorite; I even bought them in a bright purple color.

Day 6: This is the last day I was doing my experiment. I was hopeful The LaLa's suggestion for Leo's was a little more practical for winter than the Pisces was. Described as cheerful and sweet, just like PopSugar, The LaLa suggests playing with the bandana/neck tie trend. A neck tie does not make an outfit so I had to see what I could do with "cheerful" and "sweet". Here's what I wound up doing:

This is nowhere near cheerful. I have a headband/scarf from Lush with roses on it and a red long sleeve blouse with bell sleeves that would have worked but I ran into two issues. One, I need to do laundry. It's the end of the week, I've been busy, the top I originally wanted was dirty. Two, I can't find my headband/scarf. Last I saw it was in November when I was putting a mud mask on my face. But this green paisley scarf is fun and a personal favorite!

Score: 5/5

I. love. black. clothes. They're my lifeblood. I think they're so classic looking and having all black clothes make laundry super easy. Technically this didn't follow the style guidelines but I felt like myself in it. You win some, you lose some.

What did I learn?

I'm both a Pisces and a Leo. I don't think I favor one over the other. I was equally attracted to the reference photos I found. Some I thought were ugly (looking at you, Aquarius) but I didn't have any complaints about my signs. I also didn't need to buy anything for this experiment (though I should have done my laundry). Everything I needed was in my closet. Several of the other signs I wouldn't have been able to complete without purchasing new clothes.

I think the real takeaway for me was seeing my closet in a new light. I think we all get in a rut where we put together the same few pieces in the same way and it can get stale. I had to think outside of the box a little bit to make these outfits work.

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There's Nothing Wrong With Groutfits So Quit Judging

Groutfits are such a mood. They're a way of life.
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Just a quick PSA: Groutfits are in so quit all the judging.

Don't know what a groutfit is?

"A groutfit is simply two or more articles of clothing in varying shades of grey, worn together. Groutfits have earned themselves a bad rap due to their slouchy nature and dull appearance."

I am no fashion guru but I feel like I've got a decent sense of style. Do I always express that sense of style? Surely not. But I can piece together a good outfit when need be.

With this being said, groutfits are a necessity some days. Groutfits are such a mood. They're a way of life. Sometimes you just wake up and feel like a groutfit, so it's only right to wear one. This doesn't mean you're ready to have a bad day, it just means you're ready to have a grey day.

I'm not going to lie, I don't even realize when I do it some days. Like 90% of my clothes just happen to be grey, so it's inevitable that once a week I'm going to be stuntin' a groutfit.

People wear all black though, so I don't know why people get weird about all grey outfits. Black outfits can be just as slouchy and "dull."

Dull? Okay, rude. I wouldn't consider a groutfit "dull" as much as I would call it "lackluster." It just sounds better. Obviously, I'm not trying to wow anyone with my dark grey leggings and light grey oversized sweatshirt and matching grey tennis shoes... but do we need to draw attention to it? No. Let me live my most comfortable life in peace.

If you're still reading this and judging me, maybe just get yourself a groutfit and see what the hype is all about. You're really missing out. Try caring less, too. Everyone will thank you.

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7 Tips To Completely Revamp Your Summer Aesthetic On A Budget By Upcycling

Say goodbye to fast fashion and hello to creating your own clothes.
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Summer is right around the corner (especially for us college student who are on a semester system) and if you are anything like me, summer makes you want to buy a completely new wardrobe. If you are even more like me, you don’t have anywhere near the amount of money that it would take to completely revamp your look.

To remedy this situation I present to you upcycling. Upcycling is defined as the ReUse of discarded objects or materials in such a way to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. In the terms of higher quality and value in monetary means I'm not sure this definition holds up, but in personal value it is huge. I upcycle my old clothes and thrifted clothes into new more stylish pieces.

Not only is upcycling cost-effective and environmentally friendly it also allows you too experiment with your look and generate completely unique pieces that you would not typically find in stores. In the days of fast fashion, the thought of making your own clothes can be intimidating to a lot of people. I'm here to say that anyone can upcycle and with a few quick tips you'll be on your way to your new unique summer aesthetic.

1. Purchase fabric

At the end of at the end of your project, you will most likely end up with a completely new garment then you started with. This means that the garment you purchase can be viewed as only fabric. Look for high-quality fabric with as little damage as possible. This also means you will most likely need to look in sizes larger than your own to ensure you'll have enough fabric for your new garment and seam allowances.

If you find a fabric you really like but you don't think you'll have enough search for a complimentary fabric you could add into the Garment to ensure a good fit. For example, I made shorts out of a Hawaiian shirt but didn't have enough fabric so I cut up a black tank-top I had an added side panels to the shorts. You can also look for fabric and other places than the clothing section of thrift stores. I have seen shirts made out of pillowcases. Dresses made out of bed sheets and jackets made of quilts.

The more fabric the better. Unlike making clothes from scratch you cannot just go back to the store and purchase more of the same fabric you originally were working with.

2. Always have a plan before you start cutting

Because you only have a finite amount of fabric, it is important to plan your entire and product out before you start cutting. Like I mentioned above you can't go back to the store and find the exact same fabric you originally were working with. Is important to double-check all your measurements and seam allowances before you make your first cut.

3. Use clothes you already own as your pattern

My favorite thing to do is to make shorts out of Hawaiian shirts. I'm a huge fan of flowy shorts but up until last summer, they were pretty hard to come by. When I first decided to do this I simply trace the one pair I already had by each panel of fabric and cut it out. Taking a close look at the clothes you already have and how they are constructed it is easier to anticipate how to construct your own shorts are simple. Without pockets, shorts are only four panels of fabric. Two front pieces two back pieces. With this in mind constructing a garment can be a lot less intimidating.

If you are using a piece of clothing with an elastic band, make sure to stretch the band and trace the fully extended length of the fabric.

4. A straight stitch is your best friend

Let's be honest most people my age did not grow up making their own clothes. Many people don't even know how to sew, but many people have access to a sewing machine. When it comes to a straight stitch, the sewing machine does most the work. Search for patterns where most of your sewing is along a straight line or only slightly curved line. For beginners, this will result in a cleaner garment while they practice their sewing skills.

5. Don't worry about the lining

You don't need fancy sewing skills to make something that is cute and comfortable to wear. At the end of the day, if you are making casual wear, it is not the biggest priority to have the cleanest seams and lining on the inside of your garment. As long as it is comfortable to wear, most people will not notice and you will save a lot of time and headaches from skipping this step.

6. Looking for a beginner project? Just start with cutting

Try cropping a shirt with a pattern you like. Turn those old Levi jeans into cute high-waisted shorts. Just changing the length of something can dramatically change the Garment. Another way to another way to upcycle without knowing how to sew is just to wear a garment in a way it wasn't intended you see this most frequently with long skirts that are turned into cute strapless dresses belted at the waist.

7. Youtube is a great resource to get inspiration and learn skills

It is okay if you don't know where to start. Youtube is a great place to see what is in the realm of possibilities and to see how others troubleshot problems in previous projects. I started upcycling after watching the channel Coolirpa's "Thrifted Transformations" series.

With these tips, I hope to see all of you in your new upcycled fashion this summer!

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