Why The "Srat Uniform" Is A New Revolution

Why The "Srat Uniform" Is A New Revolution

The reason college women are choosing comfort over style.

Before coming to college I dressed like a normal human being. I would wear dresses or cute cardigans with capris. I spent time doing my hair and makeup, and I would never go out in public without looking my best. If you had asked me what size t-shirt I wore, I would've said a small. Large t-shirts were sloppy and only meant for sleeping in. When I got to college, I was shocked at what I saw on the bodies of girls all over campus. These girls were wearing oversized t-shirts, Nike shorts, Chacos and sunglasses. Something about their style was oddly appealing to me. They looked confident, yet comfortable. As I transformed into a typical college female, I began to understand the appeal in what has been referred to as the “srat uniform."

1. The Oversized T-Shirt.

The Large or XL t-shirt is perfect in every way. It's modest, it's comfortable, and no one can tell if you ate five pieces of pizza for lunch. 10 years ago, girls would only wear huge t-shirts if they were shack shirts, but now the oversized t-shirt is the only way to go. Plus, they're inexpensive and come in a million colors.

2. Nike Shorts.

Nike Shorts say “I'm comfortable with a splash of athleticism." I could just be going to the library, but who knows, maybe I'm actually going to the gym for a workout. Nike Shorts come in a variety of colors and complement any color of t-shirt. They're multipurpose and affordable. So practical it hurts.

3. Chacos.

Girls get so much crap for wearing Chacos. Though they aren't the most attractive shoes, Chacos are extremely practical. They're perfect when it's raining, and when it's 100 degrees. They keep your feet supported while also allowing them to cool off.

4. White Converse.

White Converse have made a comeback. White converse match anything you could put on your body while also making you look tan. They're perfect with crew socks and they aren't expensive at all. If they get dirty, you can throw them in the washer and it's like they're brand new!

5. Jesus Sandals.

The main reason why college girls love Jesus sandals is because they are only eight dollars. SO CHEAP. And they're comfortable and easy to slip on when you need to walk outside. They're perfect.

6. Leggings.

You know how everyone loves the feeling of not wearing pants? Leggings are a way to get that feeling while you're in a public location. Leggings are the perfect thing to wear when the temperature drops below 60 degrees. And I don't see any guys complaining about them. To people that say leggings aren't pants, go away.

7. The Fleece Vest.

Fleece vests are the perfect accessory in winter. They keep your torso warm and help any boring t-shirt look so much better. Sometimes you don't want your arms to be warm.

9. Nike Free Runs.

These shoes are the most lightweight shoes ever. They come in a variety of bright and fun colors that girls just can't resist.

10. Fanny Packs.

Your mom probably wore one of these at theme parks back in the early days of your life, and you might have cringed. Fanny packs are probably the most practical item for anyone to own. You can fit so much in a fanny pack, and then you don't have to wear shorts with pockets or carry a purse

11. Flannel Shirts.

If you want something lightweight to throw on over your t-shirt, or if you want to look like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen circa 1993, this is the perfect clothing item for you. Flannels keep you warm, without making you hot. They also give people the idea that you might like spending time outdoors.

The best part of dressing comfortably every day is that it makes dressing up a special occasion. If people can accept you in a t-shirt and Nike shorts, they'll think you look even better with minimal effort wearing real clothes.

I personally think that I am more successful and focused when I am comfortable in my clothing. So to anyone that hates on the “srat uniform," try wearing it for a day and then try to tell me you don't love it.

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What I Learned About Millennials And Makeup

What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s.

Millennials and Make-up: What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s

During my years in graduate school, I was one of three women in Generation X. These women, albeit amazing and wonderful, were family women, attached and often times, difficult to get to know. I found myself, begrudgingly, focusing on making friends with women in their early 30’s. To my surprise, these Millennials had much to offer. Although they would often seem distant or aloof, once I got to know them, their vulnerability was palpable. They saw me, not as mom or big sis, but as the strong woman they wanted to be, which was laughable because I was phoning that shit in daily. They reached out, asked me my opinion on most matters, but also checked in on me, wanted to know how I was doing and how my family was, which was mind blowing because the Millennial generation is not known for their empathy. I found myself diving in wanting to know more about this culture.

I became close with two in particular: Crystal and Candice. In and out of class, although tired and spent from a day at work, had their makeup complete. Candice’s makeup was always pristine with a look as if a make-up artist had perfected it before class. Crystal’s make-up had a “natural” flare and never needed retouching.

Initially, I avoided conversation with most students in my classes. As an introvert, it was difficult for me to engage in basic conversation, but after hearing their intelligent and witty comments in class, I pursued their friendship. I discovered these women were searching for the same things I was: knowledge, respect and a chance at a better life, in a world filled with struggle and sadness. The makeup was not a form of hiding or cultural obligation, but it provided them focus and empowerment.

After graduation, Candice and I went to her uncle’s cabin up at Lake Harmony. We went into town to walk around and check some things out, there was an event going on and some vendors were selling their goods. A jewelry vendor, who was probably from Generation Y pointed at my friends’ eyebrows and said, “I love your eyebrows.” I had always noticed, Candice took great care with her eyebrows, were perfect. My eyebrows were throwbacks to Brooke Shields in the 80’s. I thought the Generation Y girl was joking when she asked her about her eyebrows, but I could see she was admiring her, ogling her skill. I turned to Candice and said, “Is that a thing?” She replied, “Yeah, it’s a thing.” Women, admiring other women’s eyebrows, who knew? Women complimenting each other, empowering one another, I believe, is part of the new wave of feminism. These women are not working on their makeup to impress men or even other women; they do it to feel good about themselves and to gain a skill for life.

Candice and Crystal led me to YouTube where I discovered a woman in her forties who has an autoimmune illness, as I do, who is producing videos on how to do your makeup in your mid-life. She’s beautiful before and after makeup and she empowers her audience to be their best selves on a level I never would have given credence to as a feminist. I used to feel that Millennial women hid themselves in the wild, with makeup, now I have learned the value of showing off your mad skills and the truth of “putting your best face forward.”

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5 Style Stars Every Girl Should Know

From Gigi Hadid to Margaret Zhang, these stand out style stars should be on your watch list.

January has been a beautiful month for fashion. With award season in full swing and new street style trends emerging as everyone fully adapts to the bitterly chilly weather, there has been so much to see in the world of fashion.

Fresh pairings of bold colors and bright details, mixing dressy pieces with bulky sneakers, form-fitting skirts, monochromatic looks, raw cut denim... the list could go on forever. There's so much to gather inspiration from, but of course, certain looks stand out more than others.

I've found a few fashionistas who I know I can always look to for inspiration. These style stars have earned permanent spots on my watch list for the rest of this year.

1. Gigi Hadid

I must admit that I have not been the biggest fan of Gigi Hadid's style in the past, but in recent months she's made quite the impression on me. Her off-duty style has come a long way. Her looks are simple and well-paired without being too boring or basic.

We can always expect Gigi to be perfectly on trend. I appreciate how she takes dressing for the weather up a notch by playing with color or simply letting a jacket hang off her shoulder.

2. Chioma Nnadi

Although she's not the easy to spot out and about, any time Chioma Nnadi steps out, she STEPS OUT. The Vogue.com writer and editor rocks anything and everything with pure confidence but still holds an effortless vibe.

Many of her looks feature bright colors and longer silhouettes. She's an all-star in pattern play and loves to work denim into her wardrobe.

3. Margaret Zhang

Margaret Zhang is an impeccable dresser. She knows exactly what works for her body shape and is never afraid to play with dramatic details, such as ruffled sleeves, shoulder pads, or heavy-duty layering. Her looks are so easy on the eye it's almost unfair.

4. Anaa Nadim Saber

This newbie is not one to mess with. As an athleisure writer, it's no surprise that her street style game is A1. Anaa has an amazing ability to pair urban, athletic pieces with chic designer items to create super unique looks, even working in menswear and vintage pieces.

5. Karen Blanchard

I'm not exaggerating when I say Karen Blanchard is the epitome of cool-girl style. Bomber jackets, denim, florals, vintage, leather pants, combat boots, bold metallics... she does it all and does it very well.

Her style is so well-rounded and yet consistent, it's hard to not look forward to what she'll do next.

With so many names in the fashion industry, it can be hard to keep up with everything and anyone. The style game of these women have definitely caught my attention and hopefully yours too.

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