Camp-What It Means And How It Affects Your Style

Camp-What It Means And How It Affects Your Style

I recommend the Met Gala for inspiration because it is all of the people and designers you admire showing their best work and things they love.

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Camp, according to a BBC Article is as stated by Susan Sontag in her essay on camp in 1964 it is "The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance." That is the definition I chose to use and explore today instead of the Oxford definition from 1909 that has the term centered around homosexuals. The term did stem from gay men and woman and it is a term coined by the LGBT community, which is amazing. But, thanks to the 2019 Met Gala Theme, it is now more than that and a more mainstream idea of fashion that no one can seem to stop talking about.

Camp, to me, is the expression of something you love in the most extravagant way as possible. This can be incorporated into your everyday style in very subtle ways. Statement jewelry, bright shoes, and monochrome looks. Anything that is an exaggerated form of what you love and who you are.

Being extra is ok. If it makes you feel good, you should be doing it. Camp isn't a fashion category that is fit for everyone. But, if you like to dress up and can't due to financial restrictions, dress code restrictions or whatever, you can still find ways to work it out. Fashion is a very personal choice and can 100 percent influence how you feel and perform in your everyday life.

You can also take inspiration from the red carpet looks from the Met Gala. Do you like Kim Kardashian's look? Try the wet hair trend and more warm neutral tones. Do you like Lady Gaga's extravagant performance removing clothing? Play with trendy or daring layers or pieces layered on top of normal things that you wouldn't expect (Think long sleeve bodysuit under a skater dress).

Taking inspiration and updating your closet is a way to keep life exciting. It is important to stay out of ruts and be the best you possible. I recommend the Met Gala for inspiration because it is all of the people and designers you admire showing their best work and things they love. They put hard work into what they look like and you should too.

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

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It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.

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This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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