Spice Up Your Sweetheart!

Sometimes with dances, finding a date isn’t even the hardest task, it’s just the first step.

For the girls who are in need of some inspiration to find the perfect dress for Sweetheart, we have searched all over for the cutest trends and styles.

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“Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.”

– Edna Chase


Inside the Closet of Grace Zhu

Who/what inspires you?
Anything from magazines, different people, and even myself.
What is your favorite thing about your closet?
How it is clean (now). I can easily find what I need. And also how it does not contain all of my clothes, only my main pieces, this way I can build an outfit quickly if I had to.Is it arranged in a certain way?
Yep! On the left side of my jeans are all of my dresses, followed by scarves. On the right side are all my shirts, then sweaters, then blazers/outerwear. On the floor are my shoes.What are your staple pieces?
I would say for this winter is a knit scarf. It could be paired with almost everything and it would create a fun twist; during other seasons, probably jeans and a blazer.  Oh and can’t forget about those laced boots. 🙂
Do you have a go-to/favorite outfit? (maybe one that you can wear anywhere?)
If I wake up late or can’t think of anything to wear, I generally go for a pair of dark wash skinny jeans, a tank top, cardigan, and a big scarf. I also usually go for a pair of boots to finish it off. It looks polished yet casual, and no one can tell that I put in almost no effort.
What is the one piece of clothing that everyone must have?
Besides the basics (T-shirt, tanks, etc), I would say probably a cardigan in a color that matches everything. Like a one kind fits all kind of deal.
Favorite places to shop? (can be online as well)
Must go with Forever21, even though it takes a bit of work to find pieces I would buy.
Do you follow trends/how do you keep up with them?
I like trends and looking at them, but I don’t really participate in every single one. It has to work with my body for me to invest on certain pieces.
What is your fashion obsession? (shoes/shirts/jewelry/etc.) and how many do you have of it?
It is not shoes currently (it is now sweaters and knit scarves), but if you look in my closet you will see almost 20 pairs of shoes…
If you could swap closets with anyone, whose would it be/why?
DulceCandy87 on YouTube, her blog http://dulcecandy.com/ basically explains why. But she has a variety of clothes and a very, very extensive collection of everything
How do you  decide on your outfits/what to wear in the morning?
I usually (If I have time) think about it before I go to sleep. If I wake up and try the outfit on and it doesn’t work out I go to emergency mode (which is trying things on together really fast). I almost all the time find something but if I don’t I go to my ‘go-to’ outfit.
Recently bought item you’re really excited about:
A green sweater with black stripes. It is my first ever green shirt.
Least favorite trend?
Sequined UGG boots and wide legged pants/jeans. These are my own opinion. Please don’t be offended!… 🙂
Are there any outfits you regret wearing?
Yes. Many when I was a freshman and sophomore. I remember I wore a loose black shirt, jeans, and cowboy styled boots. Back then I thought it looked really good. I’m not quite sure why…

Fashion Feature: Grace Pesch

Full name: Grace Pesch

Grade: 12th

Activities (in and out of school)/hobbies:

I like to read, write, sing, and hang out with my friends! I really like being out in nature, so I go on walks
a lot. I work at Shopko, and also I’m in Southtown, so that’s what takes up my afterschool time. I love to
talk, and also being peoples’ personal shopping buddy.


How would you describe your style in three words?

Classic, (yet) modern, put-together.

What or who inspires your style?

I always find myself recreating outfits I’ve seen my Mother or Aunt wearing when they were younger.
Basically, I get inspired by everything around me. If I see someone on the street that looks really great,
I’ll probably end up finding a piece like theirs and wearing it the next day.

What are some of your favorite places to shop?

Forever 21 is definitely my favorite place to shop. I don’t shop that much, though; I like to borrow clothes
from my parents or my friends. I also really like Charlotte Russe, Aerie/American Eagle, Express, and the

What is/are your favorite must-have piece(s) in your closet?

Well, my favorite pieces would definitely be some of my shoes. As for clothes, though, I have this pair
of jeans that are really flattering and classic. Usually what makes certain items my favorite would be
because of how they make me feel when I wear them. Confidence is key, because you should always be
wearing the clothes, not the other way around.

What do you do to keep up with the trends? (Ex. Read magazines, read fashion blogs, etc.)

I get Teen Vogue in the mail, and I follow Forever 21 and Rachel Zoe on Twitter… but honestly, I
don’t really care about trends. I guess I only notice that something is a trend when like half the school is
wearing it. If I like it, I’ll go out and buy it.

Do you have any advice for high school students trying to improve their style?

You should always start with something simple and make it your own. Take the old jeans and a t-shirt
look, and put your own personal spin on it. BE CONFIDENT! Don’t care what anyone else thinks,
because if you feel good, people will notice.

Elements of Grace’s Outfit: 


Inside the Closet of Michelle Britton

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as eclectic. I base all of my clothes around a new found color I like or a new style I never thought of wearing or putting together before. I feel like my style appeals to a variety of different people and I’m always changing up my style.

Who/what inspires you?
My fellow peers are what inspire me! Believe it or not, I make mental note of what other people wear and when I go shopping I buy things similar to what they wore.

What is your favorite thing about your closet?
I hate my closet; it doesn’t have enough room for any of my stuff!

Is it arranged in a certain way?
I try to organize it but I am a generally sloppy and unorganized person, clothes still end up all over my room. I organize it by categories of clothes and dresses and skirts seem to make up the majority of my closet space.

What are your staple pieces?
My staple pieces are a pair of leggings or tights, a comfy and cute skirt with a girly/floral/lacy top and some rockin’ heels (with a back up pair of more comfy shoes, just in case I need to run somewhere, which happens quite often.

Do you have a go-to/favorite outfit?
My go to outfit, no, I don’t have one. If I had the choice it would be something comfortable and simple.

What is one piece of clothing that everyone must have?
It really depends on the person. Girls: need one dress that makes you feel really special! Guys: Need jeans that don’t sag, and I think guys should wear more sweaters, personally.

Favorite places to shop?
My favorite stores by far are Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. It fits all the unique quirky styles that I adore! For unique pieces I like boutiques too. Charlotte Russe has great deals that i like too! As for shoes, DSW is the best, hands down.

Do you follow trends/how do you keep up with them?
I don’t follow trends necessarily. I do what I like, and if it happens to be trendy, great, if other people think it looks weird or is too much, I don’t really care.

What is your fashion obsession? How many do you have of it?
I have three obsessions that I don’t have room for: 33 dresses, 18 skirts, and 44 pairs of shoes, which sort of disgusts me..that is a lot! They’re all for different seasons and occasions though, and I get good deals!

If you could swap closets with anyone who would it be and why?
I would swap my closet with Zooey Deschanel. Her style is just awesome.

How do you choose your outfits/what to wear in the morning?
I never pick anything out the night before because I end up changing my mind and it is a waste of time. In the mornings I randomly pick something I like, and find another random thing I like, and then I keep adding other random things I find in my room. It’s like an Easter egg hunt! Sometimes my conclusion is just ridiculous so I always have my mom tell me if it looks weird or something.

Recently bought item that you’re really excited about:
I bought this really great dress that reminds me of a ballerina! I honestly don’t shop that much though, so I don’t know how my wardrobe accumulated!

Least favorite trend:
I hate Uggs, but I got them for my birthday because they are super warm and I couldn’t deny that. But I got these cool feathery things to go over them so they are a little more unique!

Are there any outfits you regret wearing?
So, so many. One day I wore grey boots, grey sweatpants, a grey shirt and a grey fleece. They were all the same shade of grey. I’m sure people could tell me a bunch of things I wore that were awkward in years past, but this year I think I’ve done pretty good!

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Red shoes are devilishly fun and elegant. Purple shoes are flirtatious and whimsical. Black shoes are timeless; yellow shoes are daring. So where do beige shoes fit in? According to some of Mayo’s best-dressed feet, tan-colored shoes lie somewhere between easy going and sophisticated.

Soph Maddie VanErt, jr Giorgia Ghibaudo and sr Vera Swanson are all channeling the laid-back look with their choice of footwear. Whereas Jr. Ghibaudo opts for classic converses in beige leather, creating a breezy European vibe, VanErt and Swanson wear less feminine shapes and shades of taupe. Maddie’s pristinely pale Red Wing hiking boots instantly neutralize her wildly colorful outfits and Vera’s darker oxfords create a unique, rugged look.

Despite the disparity in form and tone, there is one lesson to be learned from these stylish girls: taking a familiar shoe and neutralizing its color makes a statement. Fabrics like suede and leather keep these shoes sophisticated and sharp. The subtlety of the color coupled with the unexpectedness of the shoe style is what makes this trend so fashion-forward.

Fashion Feature: Sarah Jeanson

Full Name: Sarah Jeanson

Grade: 12

Activities (in and out of school)/hobbies:

My activities and hobbies consist of editing the yearbook, roller blading, going on walks, exercising, ice skating, doing crafts, taking pictures with my sister/ modeling in pictures for my sister, playing the piano, baking, working at Old Navy, watching medical and murder mystery shows and watching Friends.


How would you describe your style in three words?

Modern, classic (50’s and 60’s), alternative (not preppy but not quite indie)

What or who inspires your style?

Audrey Hepburn!!!!!

What are some of your favorite places to shop?

Target, Old Navy, Pacsun, Delias, Forever21, Modcloth

What is/are your favorite must-have piece(s) in your closet?

Basic mix and match cardigans, skinny jeans, flats, boots, scarves and unique necklaces and earrings.

What do you do to keep up with the trends? (Ex. Read magazines, read fashion blogs, etc.)

I do online shopping and simply observe other people in public/school and online or in magazines to get ideas that I like and want to make my own.  I love seeing something, either just a piece or a whole outfit, that I think looks cute and that I’d love to recreate.

Do you have any advices for high school students trying to improve their style? 

Don’t wear sweatpants to school and wear things that fit and flatter- meaning that tighter isn’t always better.  If someone has a body part they want to hide then finding something that flows away or camouflages (but definitely not camouflage print haha ;)) it will make them feel and look so much better.  If students in high school want to improve their style I’d say that they should look at magazines, online, and other people and start to pick up on what they think looks cute then try to recreate what they like.  Also, you can never try on too much!  If someone it totally lost and doesn’t even know what they like then try one tons! People won’t know what looks good on them unless they see it on their body.  Once people try on a lot of clothes they can start to know what’s right for them.  They will be able to look at an item and already have an idea if it would work for them.  Also, shimmer not glitter! Don’t over-do it girls!  Also, if you’re little don’t wear a huge print and vice versa.

Elements of Sarah’s Outfit:

The Ins and Outs of Fall

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Knitted Headwraps

A cuter alternative to a hat: it keeps your hair back and your ears warm without any worry of hat hair

Knee-high riding boots 

An equestrian-chic way to dress up skinny jeans, they instantly make you look sophisticated. Make sure your boots have a flat or half inch heel.

Infinity Scarves

Never worry about tying a scarf again; infinity scarves are a new, modern take on a classic essential.


We love wellies! Keep your socks dry from Minnesota slush in a colorful pair. These playful boots will brighten up any rainy day.

Fall Colors

Enjoy the season before the bitter cold arrives. Let yourself be inspired by the colors of the autumn and dress in rustic colors, burnt shades, and an overall warm but polished palette.

Brightly colored peacoats

Who said coats had to be boring? “Spice” up your winter outerwear and stay warm too.

Cigarette Pants 

This new style of pants goes the extra length- literally. Shop for skinny pants that hit an inch above the ankle for a look that’s clean and elegant.


Feathers in hair

Sure they were fun six months ago, but it’s time to let this trend leave the nest…


There’s not much to say, except that these shoes are only okay if you live in Holland. We’d rather just see you go barefoot.

Fingerless gloves

The point of gloves is… ?

Furry eskimo boots

It might feel like it sometimes, but we don’t live in Antarctica. These boots just look ridiculous.

Neon colors

If someone can see you from a football field away, your shirt is too bright. These are a visual assault, try toning it down…

Shiny puffer jackets

They make you look like an eighties skiier or the abominable snowman. Either way, it’s not a good look.

Yoga pants

These are only okay if you’re in a yoga class or if it’s an occasional sweats day.

The DL on the LBD

Little Black Dress (LBD). Need I say more? It conjures up images of Audrey Hepburn, early Chanel and many a Hollywood starlet. But, how can one color and style a dress be so powerfully timeless in its industry? Let me count the ways:

1) It’s flattering. Black’s dark color hides bumps and lumps because it is so dark that light cannot create shadows on it. Therefore, any woman without a perfectly shaped body can hide her imperfections under the smooth, solid color.

2) It’s sophisticated. Bright colors like red, yellow or pink express loudness and fun. Muted tones like greens and browns whisper of earthiness and softness. Even pastels hint at cuteness and reserve. But black doesn’t need color to express anything. It’s the cleanest, blankest slate of color you could ask for. It allows the shape of the dress to speak for itself, while still looking put together.

3) It’s classic. Whether it’s a scientific or social phenomenon, we see black, we see chic. Its universally flattering tone looks good on anyone. Its simple color allows for bold silhouettes. The little black dress has looked good since day one, and time and time again it proves it’s the one dress that can survive the decades. Lucky for us, history likes to repeat itself.

So, if you haven’t yet, go buy one! It doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t even have to be anything more than a strapless knee length dress. Just having a simple LBD can go a long, long way.

Dress for the job you want, not the one you have

In my mind, there is a woman who looks eerily like me that lives in Paris, France. She wears fabulous coats, Hermés scarves, Christian Louboutin heels and a permanent coat of red lipstick. She walks as if she has a secret and she never rides the metro. She always smells like perfume, eats éclairs and smokes out of a long cigarette holder while gazing out of her beautiful flat (which just happens to overlook the Eiffel tower). She is impeccably French and eternally chic.

Okay, so I will never, ever be this woman. How could I ever be so fabulous and awesome? But that’s not the point: as long as her style inspires me, I can be this woman. Who cares if I will never be able to afford thousand dollar shoes? Fashion isn’t always about price: an ugly sweater that costs fifteen thousand dollars is still ugly. Style is about more than cloth and needle and thread; it’s about persona and flair and uniqueness. It’s about emulating the most perfect version of ourselves every day with how we dress.

This woman inspires me to put together outfits in the mornings, that is, when I’m not a sleep deprived zombie, to try wearing things like silk scarves and dramatic earrings. She makes me want to get a sophisticated haircut and wear berets. Her poised waltz through fashion is always trailed by me, dancing in her shadows and grasping at her grace. It doesn’t matter that I will never be able to be her, it’s just important that I have her in my mind’s eye. Style begins with personality; I strongly believe that every girl should create her own perfect woman and pursue her with what they hang in their closet. After all, they say to dress for the job you want, not the one you have.