Game-day threads attract college students

Hello there, fellow fashion enthusiast! I hope you all are having a great week thus far! My week is almost over thanks to the much-anticipated one-day fall break! I am always on board for a long weekend at home because I tend to rope my mom into buying me some new clothes! Another weekend tradition at my house is to watch college football all day long. College football has really become a true “Southern” thing, and with its rise has come a new style.

TIP No. 6: COLLEGE FOOTBALL FASHION CAN BE PRODUCED AT HOME OR IN THE STORE

This post is going to be dedicated to showing y’all two different options at two different price levels! The first option will be some DIY (do-it-yourself) crafts. The second option will have some links to a couple websites that have game-day gear on the cheaper end of the spectrum when it comes to cost!

No. 1- DIY options

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Every now and then I have the urge to get crafty and save some money in the process. It is always fun having a “Pinterest party” with my girlfriends where we spend all day crafting away at the Pinterest ideas we’ve seen.  I have seen two really cute college game day DIY’s that seem pretty easy and would fit in great at your most favorite teams stadium. The first DIY option is a ribboned game-day T-shirt that can be made from any old college football T-shirt! This link gives instructions on how to make the DIY T-shirt. The second DIY option is a game-day T-shirt dress. This one has been a real hit and some retailers sell them for around $60!! These two different links (link one, link two) give instructions how to make the T-shirt dresses. Sometimes it is easier to understand how to do something if there are different sources for instructions.

No. 2- Can’t make it? Buy it.

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Sometimes we cannot always craft our way out of spending a little more money. In those cases we leave it to the professionals and buy the item from a store. I have done some searching around and found two sites that sell relevantly cheap game-day attire (as compared to some cites where dresses cost upwards of $70 to $100). Both of these links (link one, link two) will lead you to game-day attire! Also, the two links have other dresses, shirts, skirts and accessories other than game-day apparel! Most boutiques are now selling game-day apparel, so if you do not find something you like at these websites, you can always check out some local boutiques.

Speaking of game-day fashion, I would love to hear some stories about game-day fashion gone wrong. Comment about some not-so-hot outfits you have seen at games.

Have a great week and watch some football on Saturday!

XOXO, Alex

How to use other fashion resources for a “new” outfit

Welcome to my blog this week! I am so excited that here in Nashville, Tenn., it is finally starting to feel like fall weather, which means I have already seen several pairs of cute boots that I want and tons of sweaters I must have! This week’s blog post is going to be a little bit different from the past four I have posted. Instead of giving shopping tips, I will be emphasizing the importance of using your resources when it comes to fashion and how to put together an outfit that you might already have hiding in your closet.

TIP No. 5: DO NOT THINK THAT A “NEW” OUTFIT HAS TO BE BOUGHT FROM SCRATCH

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the sense that comes from buying something new and walking out of that store holding that bad tight with your head high! But, sometimes our college budgets restrict us from always going out and buying a new outfit. We have to be creative sometimes and make a “new” outfit from the depths of our tiny dorm closets.

I have two main sources I use for inspiration when I need a new outfit but my wallet is screaming, “Nope, not this week.”

No. 1: Fashion magazines

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I recently subscribed to “InStyle” magazine, which might seem costly but it was not at all. It is running a special where you can get 26 issues for $1 an issue (subscribe here!) My bill was right around $29 total!

In the October issue there is an article about taking 16 key pieces from your wardrobe and making a months worth of outfits out of those pieces. I do not have all 16 of the pieces, but substiution works well (example: substituting a pair of high heels for some flats instead).  This is great- and cheap- way to put together “new” outfits while paying attention to the latest fashion trends.

A few other magazines I love are People StyleWatch and J. Crew Style Guide. People StyleWatch is running a special where you can get two free preview issues.  J. Crew’s Style Guide is always free, and you can pick that up in-store or have them send it to your mailbox.

No. 2- Other fashion blogs

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Yes, I just told you to go to other blogs for inspiration because guess what? I do! If you have not noticed, I have a blog roll on the right side of my blog of other blogs that I frequent and learn from. My two most favorite are makeupbytiffanyd.blogspot.com and jseverydayfashion.com!

MakeupByTiffanyD includes not only fashion, but also makeup tips, home decode tips, nail tips, and more! She does YouTube videos, and I follow her Instagram. J’s Everyday Fashion is focused just on fashion. She post pictures she finds from Pinterest, J. Crew, Talbots and many other cites, and then she post a picture of herself wearing something she put together from her closet! She also lists where she got everything from and the price. For pricier items she lists similar options and links to where one could find that item.

Do you guys have any other blogs you follow that you would like to share?

See you guys next week!

XOXO, Alex