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“Unprecedented”, “unforeseen”, and “uncertain” – add the prefix “un” here and there and we’ve curated a plethora of buzzwords for spring 2020. Under normal circumstances, most of us would be preparing for career fairs on campus or the start of internships and jobs at this time of year. We shift gears to stay at home, and students are left wondering what steps to take next (if there even are any) as COVID-19 prevails. As we remain socially distant, many of us want to know how to be proactive about what is left to control. Leading students and professionals is Annabel Gatto, founder of Suitably: a B2C ecommerce site that offers stylish workwear staples and career advice on the blog Well Suited. Annabel and her team at Suitably guide followers with Get Up, Get Dressed quarantine fashion and actionable steps for us to take as we push through difficult times.

Founder & CEO Annabel Gatto in the perfect little black dress

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Q&A Startup With Entrepreneurs

Want something to do at home? Get those creative juices by reading through Q&A sessions with entrepreneurs! Posted on Well Suited under Women at Work, the Q&A sessions offer fresh perspectives and insights on real-life experiences that helped shape their careers.

Career and Style Advice

Annabel and her team offer guidance to being proactive amid canceled internships and layoffs. On Well Suited, blog posts break down how to properly and professionally network online in addition to easy ways to motivate yourself at home.

Virtual Coffee Chats

Annabel recently hosted virtual coffee meetups, where she set up one-on-one Zoom calls to offer personalized feedback for students and professionals. The coffee meetups allowed attendees to tailor their session around specific questions and topics. Even though we remain socially distant, Annabel connects like-minded people through Suitably.

Collegiate and Professional Network

“More than just suits” could not be truer for the B2C. Suitably offers not only staple pieces for business casual, but the startup presents an entire community. Consisting of entrepreneurs, students, and professionals you are bound to find your #suitablycrew

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What to Wear When Working From Home

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The sudden switch to online work from home in both professional and school settings has greatly affected the lives of everyone involved. Students and employees of businesses alike may find themselves stuck in bed and practically unable to be productive at all. Lounging around may appeal to University of Delaware students during their new extended spring break but could hurt academic performance. Classes start this coming Monday and, thankfully, there are some tricks on how to balance comfort and productivity.


It certainly is the time to make the best out of your new work environment, so comfort is a must for this new period of work. It is fine to break out the sweats and joggers and stay cozy while you work, but this brings up an important point: change out of your pajamas and get out of bed! You will never feel your best if you stay in an environment, where your mind is telling you that you should fall asleep. At the very least, you can spread out your notebooks on the couch and cuddle with a pet, but starting off the day by changing into a work-focused mindset is important for productivity. It’s fair to say that the average reader is at least conscious of their clothing, and that your state of mind depends partially on your attire. You’re far more likely to reorganize your garage if already in jeans versus if you change into them.


Classes, however, are another issue. The University of Delaware has primarily switched to Zoom’s classroom software, and instructors may choose to enable student webcams in order to promote class discussion. This leaves the choice of what to wear up to the individual, but keep in mind that professors will notice which students took the extra time to take and shower and get dressed. Again, your mindset will improve if you wear normal appropriate school clothes and focus on your work. Speaking of work, maybe you are interested in a summer internship that requires an online interview. Thankfully, dress codes for virtual classes are simple if you play it safe. Wear a suit jacket and other professional attire and (for goodness’ sake) don’t give in to the temptation to not wear pants!


Home isolation does simplify dressing, which many can be thankful for, but (as always) going an extra mile can make a huge difference in your own productivity and appearance. Dress the best, feel the best, and work the best.

Shades of the Stars: Celebrities Known for Their Sunglasses

Many artists across Hollywood are known for being fashionable. Fancy cars, expensive handbags, red-bottom stilettos, and even smaller accessories: sunglasses. There are a few beloved artists that are commonly known for their sunglasses, and we may not even realize it. 

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Someone who may be best known for wearing sunglasses is pop-singer Elton John. The pop-star of the seventies wore the most unique and eccentric pairs during photoshoots, performances, and press conferences, in a variety of colors and frames. Fans say that Elton began the bold sunglasses trend because of his original style, which had never been seen or worn before. Elton was recognized for wearing sunglasses with attachments to their frames, including wires, rhinestones, and even feathers.  In the first photo, the pair that he is wearing during one of his performances appears to be a normal pair of thick-framed circle sunglasses. If you look closely, the frames have circle-shaped silver wires attached. Elton was also often seen wearing sunglasses with different colored lenses, mostly pink and orange. His most classic pair can be seen in the second picture. Large, orange, bug-like lenses with a thick frame encrusted with rhinestones. It doesn’t get more Rocket Man than that.  

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While Elton John is known for his wide variety of sunglasses, Lady Gaga’s iconic sunglass choices are linked to the more recent Gaga era.  Gaga has made herself into not only a beloved singer of the late 2000s, but also a fashion icon. She is known around the world for her frequent style changes in all areas of her life, her sunglass choices included. Fans associate the modern-pop-singer’s sunglasses with certain hit songs, albums, and music videos. In the first picture, she is wearing a very familiar pair of Gaga shades during one of her performances. These sunglasses can be associated with her first album released in 2008 The Fame, likely because they are the same pair that she is wearing on the album cover.  The popstar’s other famous sunglasses were featured in the iconic “Telephone” music video, one of the most-watched music videos in music history.  Gaga filtered through a variety of looks in the video, but the one that she is known most for is a sleek, white silk strapless dress accompanied with black sleeves, a leather black glove with just the fingers, and the famous pair of small circle sunglasses with a thin black frame.  

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Sunglasses are a fashion statement that can make or break a certain look, but they are often overlooked as a necessity for certain eye diseases and conditions. Irish singer-songwriter and U2 lead singer Bono is known for wearing sunglasses with different colored opaque lenses, but not for reasons that we think.  These opaque sunglass lenses are to block any light that can cause sensitivity to the eyes of people with glaucoma, such as Bono. This condition has the potential to cause blindness in the people that have it, but opaque colored glasses can block any harmful light. Bono is seen wearing these classes at all times. I mean literally all the time: from performances, to interviews, and even grocery shopping. His most famous pairs are in the two pictures shown, the pink futuristic-looking shades and the small circular purple shades with a thin silver frame.  

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Eye See You: The History of Fashion’s Evil Eye (And How to Wear It)

Whether you are roaming the streets of Greece or your nearby mall, there is one symbol in fashion that tends to catch a few eyes: the evil eye. With its iconic royal blue color and mysterious shape, it is no wonder why this eyeball has been present on countless accessories and clothing. But where did this evil eye come from and how can you make it trendy for today?

The History Behind the Evil Eye

The evil eye has been around for almost as long as fashion has, dating back almost 5,000 years. In many cultures, this symbol is used to protect them from a curse that will cause bad luck or misfortune. The curse, also known as an “evil eye”, is assigned to someone that is oblivious to it. In order to avoid an evil eye, many cultures created amulets and jewelry with beads or pendants that look like an eye. The iconic royal blue bead with circles is, in some countries, called a Nazar, and is very popular in Arabic and Mediterranean countries, such as Turkey. Today, the evil eye is still present and well known in these cultures and is sold as all sorts of items, from souvenirs to high end jewelry.

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How to Wear It

Whether one believes the curse of the evil eye or not, there is no denying that the evil eye is one of fashion’s most timeless symbols and wearing it will never go out of style. The evil eye works for everyone, and it is also very easy to pull off! From a little bracelet to a statement dress, the evil eye works for anything, and of course anyone.

Jewelry

The most common way to see the evil eye, 5,000 years ago or today, is with jewelry. Evil eye necklaces and bracelets have been seen all over the industry and are worn by many celebrities, such as Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian. Just add a little bling to your wrist and you are good to go!

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Statement Bags

One of my favorite ways to see this evil eye is when it makes a statement, and there is no better way to do that than with a cute bag! This statement clutch is perfect for jazzing up a simple outfit. For example, this bag from Barthelemy Rose works when you are going to a fancy event, or just having a fun night on the town. 

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Bold Clothing

Since the evil eye is such an iconic symbol, why not just show it off? Graphic t-shirts are always trendy, but having the evil eye symbol is an added bonus. I love this t-shirt from South Parade because it is super simple, yet bold at the same time. Just pair with some cute jeans and rock the evil eye.

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Utility Derived Fashion

Utility Derived Fashion

Great Styles with Great Function

All clothing serves a purpose, whether to cover exposed skin or to send a message. These trendy styles will let you flaunt your fashionability while benefiting from their function.

Barn Jacket

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A barn jacket can be any rugged outdoors jacket that offers protection from cold and dirty farm work. Usually made of canvas, these jackets can be padded for extra warm and often feature many pockets for useful storage. Sold in innumerable different colors, the classic khaki tone matches perfectly with jeans and fall boots and fits in both in the country and in the city.

Bomber Jacket

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Similarly, the bomber jacket has a history for both warm and pocket availability. Pilots in cramped spaces would benefit from easy to access sleeve pockets, and the style can be pulled off casually or dressed up. Different patterns and accents can set you apart from the traditional waterproof nylon.

Scarves

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Traditionally plain or simply patterned, scarves not only provide warmth during the cold months but also serve as an excellent statement piece for any outfit. A powerful creative medium for any fashion designer, scarves give a muted outfit some spice.

Belts

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Just as scarves can accent an otherwise plain outfit, belts serve a greater purpose than holding loose fitting pants up or holding a coat closed. Belts are popular products from fashion giants such as Louis Vuitton and Fendi, who draw attention to logo buckles at the front and interesting patterns all around the body.

Protect Your Neck: Men’s Style Forecast

Protect Your Neck: Men’s Style Forecast

Staying Covered for a Cold Winter

A spooky storm hit the University of Delaware on Halloween, certainly ruining many trick-or-treaters’ nights and dropping the temperature for the following week by nearly twenty degrees. As a result, winter coats have come out in full force, and tedious layering must be applied to keep warm on the walk to class. Many jackets and parkas offer only torso and arm coverage, leaving the neck exposed to the elements (and vampires). It is no surprise that this smart style has been rocked by Steve McQueen, Andy Warhol, and Steve Jobs. There are some differences in styles with regards to the neckline, such as the common turtleneck having enough neck fabric to fold over itself and mock necks being one layer up to the chin. With the right outfit and confidence, anyone can look great either dressed up or dressed down with a turtleneck or mock neck.

The common turtleneck, also known as a roll-neck or polo neck, has existed since the 15th century but has only reached popularity in the early and mid-20th century. Most turtlenecks are made of sweater fabric, knitted, or crocheted fibers, and are often designed to warm the body. Just like crewneck sweaters, turtlenecks may have different gauges, meaning the fineness of the stitching. Fine gauges appear smoother and are often seen as more formal, able to fit under an oxford shirt or suit as an alternative to a necktie. Heavy gauges, like those seen under a fisherman’s overcoat, offer a great deal of insulation for the cold seas or winters. Medium gauges offer a nice middle ground and look great styled with a simple jacket.

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Mock necks offer an alternative to the classic turtleneck, with about half as much fabric available at the neck. Because of their straight-standing nature, mock necks can have a sportier look with the addition of a zipper and can be slightly folded over for a lower-rise turtleneck look. Mock necks will tend to be lighter weight and more sweatshirt like but will also follow the same sweater gauge rules for different thicknesses. The signature look of Steve Jobs includes a black mock neck, effectively dressing up dad jeans and sneakers.

Either style will look great tucked into jeans or pants with a stylish jacket to round off the look. Due to the versatility of turtle and mock necks, suit jackets and dress shoes pair just as nicely as a biker jacket and Chelsea’s or a jean jacket and sneakers. A streetwear look can be achieved with a looser neck paired with striking pants and sneaks. Just remember to follow simple color-matching rules and you will be able to throw on the perfect outfit for this upcoming fall/winter season.

Cody Fern’s “Apocalypse” of the Men’s Suit on The Red Carpet

Cody Fern’s “Apocalypse” of the Men’s Suit on The Red Carpet

Men’s red carpet fashion just got interesting, and we can thank Australian actor Cody Fern.  Since he made his first American acting debut on American Crime Story: The Assasination of Gianni Versace and his first lead acting role in American Horror Story: Apocalypse later that year, he has been victoriously turning himself into a Hollywood star on television and on the red carpet.  From mesh to Mason Margiela to the red smokey eye, Cody Fern is putting an end to what he called “boring” men’s suits while turning fashion into art on the red carpet.

 In an interview last March, Fern talked about his thinking before he made an appearance-to-remember at the 2019 Golden Globes wearing a sleek style designed by Maison Margiela.  Fern openly revealed that he is fed up with seeing men on the red carpet wearing “the same thing that his mother dressed him in [at] his ‘year twelve’ formal” (Fern), so he wanted to wear something more glamorous than a plain old suit.  Instead, Fern wore a black collared mesh button-down shirt with black dress pants and, Fern’s favorite staple, tabby boots.  However, this is not the only time we get to see the man in mesh on the red carpet.  Fern showed even more skin at the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse – similar to his previous Maison Margiela look, his signature black tabby boots, black dress pants, and a black mesh shirt.  Sometimes it’s the little things that make a style more unique and meaningful in fashion.  Fern’s goal on the Apocalypse red carpet was to pay tribute to his character on the show, Michael Langdon, that the actor held very close to his heart.  Instead of wearing a black blazer as a jacket, he wore it almost like a cape similar to his character on the show to make it a bit seductive, and he wore the exact rings that he wore while filming Apocalypse.

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Fern’s artistic visions had a lot to do with the appearance of his character on Apocalypse.  We first see his character, Michael, wearing red eyeshadow that is blended not on just his eyelids, but all the way around both of his eyes.  After the show premiered, this eyelid experiment inspired fans around the world to try out new makeup styles using bright colors and exceptional blending styles.  This avant-garde touch of femininity to the character was Fern’s idea, and it ended up carrying into some of his red carpet looks following his appearance on the show. 

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Fern shocked the media with his exotic look at the MET Gala after-party.  He wore another Maison Margiela design, but this time with a red and pink tinted smokey eye to complete the entrancing aesthetic.  By adding this illuminating eyeshadow, the bright colors and designs in the jacket and pants were emphasized, giving his look more of a retro vibe.  This brings out some of the bold colors and retro aesthetic of fashion of the1980’s as well as silhouettes of the 1990’s, which are both trends that are slowly coming back in style this year.  The design was first seen on the runway at Maison Margiela’s Spring 2019 show, but Fern definitely makes it look like more of a striking artform than just a jacket with a karate belt.  Styles like this lead to everyone’s own interpretation of it, and adds more excitement and anticipation to the red carpet than a black and white suit. This is something that we have all been craving in men’s fashion, and Cody Fern is giving us nothing but captivation.​

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The media really became interested in the name Cody Fern when he showed up to the MET Gala 2019, and we sure did fall head-over-heels for blue cowboy boots (when did we ever think we would say this?).  This Maison Margiela Spring 2019 design radiates nothing more than “camp” which, ironically, was the theme this year at the MET Gala.  Each small component to this look makes a dauntless statement to the design and turns it into a beautiful illusion.  From a somewhat magnetic hairstyle that makes us do a double-take to an unusual blue mesh tube scarf, we would like to thank Cody Fern for contributing a concept of art to admire on the red carpet yet again.

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When Fern walks on the red carpet wearing styles like this, people can’t help but admire Fern’s look.  It almost makes us wonder “what is it?” and “why?” because we have never seen anything like it, but we do not seek to know exactly why.  We as admirers are not meant to know the true meaning behind a piece of art, which is a postulation that needs to be brought into the notion of men’s fashion. Art is solely meant for the interpretation in the eyes of the beholder, and Cody Fern is giving us nothing but his own glamorous and thought-provoking artistic visions in his styles on the red carpet.

1970s Trends That Are Making A Comeback This Fall

1970s Trends That Are Making A Comeback This Fall

If one decade best represents fall fashion, it is (without a doubt) the 1970s. From the muted color scheme, flared jeans, platform heels and (of course) corduroy, it makes sense why most of the trends this fall originated in the disco decade. Everybody wants a little bit of 1970s fun in their wardrobe, so here are some ‘70s-inspired trends for you to roll with this fall.

Muted Colors

There is a reason why the color scheme for this fall looks so familiar. Seventies colors were muted warm tones including mustard yellow, brick red, avocado green, beige, and dusty rose. All these cozy shades are trending this season, which makes them the perfect hues for sweater weather.

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Shearling Coats

It cannot be fall without a statement jacket, and for inspiration this fall, look no further than the jackets in the ‘70s. Shearling coats were a huge trend in the ‘70s and are perfect for the fall season. Pair with your favorite jeans and say hello to Woodstock vibes.

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Overalls

Love them or hate them, fall is the time of the year for a classic pair of overalls. The ‘70s were all about jumpsuits and these denim garments were no exception. To make your overall outfit more ‘70s-inspired, wear authentic seventies colors.

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You’re Essential Core Colors for Fall

You’re Essential Core Colors for Fall

Muted neutrals and Daring Colors to spice up your fall ’19 wardrobe

Now that summer is over, our tans have faded, coffees get warmer, and the brisk smell of fall is in the air; thus, our wardrobes must prepare for the season. For this fall/winter, the colors that will be your wardrobe staples are greys, muted neutrals with berry, and nature-themed tints plus bold and intense colors. Now, I know muted neutral colors may seem dull. However, these colors are statements, even if you think elsewise. The soft colors lift the winter aesthetic and will be an update to the classic winter white story. On the other hand, the daring, lively colors will spice up any look and are vital to this season as well.

 

 

The colors to note are sustainably designed as the fashion industry continues to support the efforts to find solutions for climate change. The colors that are going to be popular this season have less harmful effects on the environment. These colors follow the theme of a transseasonal wardrobe and will work with your style for every season.

 

 

As seasonless dressing becomes increasingly popular single-color dressing follows suit, the minimalistic grey look will be very on-trend. Not only are greys on trend for this season, but neutrals with subtle tints are also going to be a hit for these upcoming months. According to WGSN, this direction explores the faded, low-impact approach to color and reflects the sustainability efforts with color dying in the industry. The pink and lilac neutral tones are critical colors for this theme as they portray the importance of color and show that these soft pastels can work for all seasons.

 

 

Streetwear has become increasingly popular as well and will carry on from the 2019 summer season into this fall/winter. The neutral tones will give that raw feel and support the casual/understated look. The neutral tones tinted with pink and lilac will be a beautiful transitional feminine color from the dark and classic winter colors worn in these dreary months. These colors are “easy and sophisticated,” according to Pantone, and offer versatility to your wardrobe.

 

 

Not only are muted neutrals on trend for this season but, fresh, lively colors will also be great accent pieces. Colors such as bright oranges, teal greens, retro yellows, cherry reds, and classic maroons will also be in for this season. According to WGSN, fresh and new silhouettes will be saturated with the lively orange and teal hues that are most prominent on brushed wools, fleeced textures, and velvet surfaces. The retro yellows will be seen in accent pieces and will support the neutral-toned outfits they add to the wearer’s contemporary and urban look, according to WGSN. Cherry reds and classic marrons tones will also be essential shades as they are dramatic and add a statement to any look. These tones will be prominent on silks, occasion wear, casual wear, athleisure styles, and in color-blocking details.

 

 

Overall, this season’s colors support the theme of wardrobe flexibility and reflect the confidence of women in their effortless and relatable styles. The broad range of colors “suggests a thirst for liberation and a desire to realize our own individualized, unique identities,” as stated on Pantone’s website. The fall/winter season is the best time for fashion, as we have so many options and layers to choose from when gearing up for the tundra temperatures outside. These colors allow us to express our range of moods, and this season’s pallet offers exciting and refreshing colors and supports a versatile wardrobe.

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‘70s Throwback in New Shoes

‘70s Throwback in New Shoes

How Nike Revamps Previous Designs with Modern Twists

Just as pop culture has begun to take great influence from years past, the shoe and clothing climates have as well. Movies and television shows such as Stranger Things and IT have been extremely popular for bringing out nostalgiia, and fashion manufacturers such as Adidas and Nike believe they can cash in on the retro hype. Adidas has rereleased popular tennis shoes such as the Stan Smith and Superstar, while modern Nike production runs have mainly focused on keeping the Jordan brand alive. Today, Nike holds a great reputation as basketball sporting goods giant, signing the top stars; legends, such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, to active idols like Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. But before the famous Nike Jordan series of basketball shoes enthralled shoe enthusiasts, Nike was well known for producing running shoes.

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These classics, particularly models from the 1970s, have been the focus of Nike’s reproduction runs. The Air Tailwind was a revolutionary marathon shoe, the first to feature Nike’s famous Air cushioning technology. After successful first runs, it was brought back to store shelves recently. Many colorways sold out quickly after launch – the fastest to do so were the collaboration models with retro-themed TV show Stranger Things.

This collaboration extends to other Nike classics. The Cortez was Nike’s first track shoe, an astounding success after the 1972 Olympics, and has received the “Upside Down” distressing treatment as a reference to the alternate dimension depicted in Stranger Things. In the show, the world is paralleled by this dark and foggy dimension, where human-eating monsters roam. It is only fitting for the Nike design to be a normal sail outer layer that reveals fringed dark wash denim underneath if torn.

This interesting design is available on the Air Tailwind, and also on the Nike Blazer, one of the company’s first basketball shoes. This shoe ended up launching George “The Iceman” Gervin into dunks and launching the new footwear company into commercial success. Just as the other shoes have been rereleased, Nike Blazer gets the same treatment so even today we can experience the styles and relive the hype from the 1970s.

Nike’s extensive use of collaborations also shows with Sacai, who brings bright and complex styles to the table, and reminisces of yesteryears. Sacai has modified the Blazer to result in a rugged and eye-catching product. One look at this patchworked mid-top and you’ll need to do a double take at the overlaid swooshes and duplicated stitching and other elements. Feet will be secured by a two tongues and two laces per shoe. This motif also appears in the Nike x Sacai LDWaffle shoes. These pay a massive homage to the Waffle trainers that influenced the growth of grippy-soled shoes. The originals were so significant in running culture that one of the original twelve made from an actual waffle iron sold for $437,500.

The ability of these shoes to sell out almost instantly and to be put up on the secondhand market for more than retail prices shows that these classic designs haven’t ever left our style – they were just gone for a few decades.