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Author | Sonny
Hey students, finals are approaching! Have you not left your dorm room in a week in a desperate attempt to memorize the difference between Basalt and Gabbro rocks? Taking inspiration from my straight tomboy coworker’s style, as well as the Durimel twins, and what celebrities wear on their days off, I’m ready to give you some style ideas for your cram period. If there’s one thing I learned from college, it’s that dressing well boosts your confidence, and that can translate to better grades.
Sweat pants are in right now, so what better thing to wear when studying? Your school store probably has some athletic ones, but if you’re looking for a fashion look, try ASOS:
ASOS Skinny Sweatpant, $36.30
Who has time to style their hair when they’re studying? Throw on a cap and look super cute while hovering over your books. Thrift stores can be a dangerous place to get new head gear, so you could take two routes: A beanie (but if you’re gonna go beanie, go bright.) Nef is a pop-oo-lar choice:
Sweatshirts. Duh. But, where to go? American Apparel sucks. H&M is the obvious choice. Your school store with overpriced school sweatshirts is another good one. But, have you met Uniqlo? The place with cheap basics that are small enough for the modern day queer? They have $20 sweatshirts in all the colors with cute little crew neck designs. And again, GO BRIGHT! I mean, god, it’s finals. Studying is boring enough without boring clothes.
Men’s sweat long sleeve shirt, $19.90 at Uniqlo
(from this amazing blog)
But Timberlands are also pretty comfy and will last you many-a winters, while also looking rad with your casual studying attire:
Oversized coats. You just kinda throw it over everything when you jet out to grab more waffles from the cafeteria. (I mean, with fruit on top, of course.)
Don’t forget that lots of stores have student discounts, sometimes up to 20% off! Make sure to check out the deals, because sometimes they aren’t advertised prominently on the site.
On one of the last warm days of the year, I did a photoshoot to show off my new pocket square, which was generously gifted by JoJo & Sofia through DapperQ during NYFW. Many pocket squares with ornate detailing like this one might look a little garish at first glance, but it’s actually perfect when it’s half hidden in your pocket. I also enjoy thickness of the cotton because it’s a nice change from the lighter weight pocket squares I own. I love putting it in my back pocket because the paisley keeps it from looking like flagging, and it’s a casual way to add a pop of activity to a simple outfit.
If you are looking for more creative ways to incorporate pocket squares into your ensemble, check out the pocket squares tag.
JoJo & Sofia, by Sarah Sebastian, creates handmade accessories with a vintage dig. See more at jojoandsofia.com.
T-Shirt: Everlane, men’s
Pants: Topman Stone Skinny Chinos
Pocket Square: Paisley Polka Dot Pocket Square, by JoJo & Sofia
Shoes: Calvin Klein Men’s Felix Oxford (you can still find it on ebay)
Backpack: Everlane The Reverse-Denim Snap Backpack
Watch: 666 Barcelona
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Author | Fit For a Femme
Winter is bearing down on us, which means two things for tresses:
1. Heat styling makes sense! Yay! No sweaty summer temps and humidity making it a beastly form of torture.
2. On the flip side, hat head and the heaters cranked all the way up throw a few new wrenches into our game.
3. To say nothing of wind. And snow and rain and wintry mixes.
In Part I you learned how to keep your locks in the best possible shape, and for winter you might want to consider adding a product to manage frizz and static. Remember your weekly deep conditioning treatments? Step it up and leave ‘em in for twice as long, or let it soak in overnight if you need a megadose of TLC.
Part II covered which hot tools to use for a variety of styling options.
Now that your healthy, clean hair is styled, let’s call in the reinforcements!
Part Three: Everything Else (brushes, combs, pins, hair ninja tricks, etc.):
People ask a lot of brushes. They don’t just tame tangles, smooth hair into infinite shapes, help distribute natural oils evenly, and work magic when it comes morphing one sort of curl into another, they are instruments of self-care. 100 strokes. Me-time in front of the mirror or at bedtime. Someone gentle pulling one softly from root to tip, again and again, the sound of it yours and yours alone depending on your hair’s texture, thickness, length.
Hair is music, so choose your instruments wisely.
That might be a $170 Mason Pearson from Barney’s, but it’s probably something you picked up in a panic at CVS. If you have very curly hair or a ‘do on the shorter side, you might get by without one, in which case please skip on down to the comb section. This is for those of us with piles and piles of hair. We need a proper brush, at least one, if not the trifecta of brushes:
My favorite paddle brush of all time is the Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush. It’s well-made, gentle, and does its job beautifully. I stray once in awhile, usually because I want something I can toss into a handbag, and then my go-to is usually from the Spornette section at Amazon I like this one — it’s compact and durable. Spornette also makes a ton of round brushes that are suitable for blow drying, but because my hair is so insanely thick I usually prioritize the speed with which a round brush will let me dry my hair over everything else. Second most important factor is the size, because that determines the shape of the bend if you’re flipping the ends under or out — this jumbo babe from Nexxus is going on my wish list ASAP!
Finally, you’ll need the Spornette Little Tease. How cute is that name and that price? Too cute. Terrified of teasing? Don’t be. Here’s a great tutorial that takes you through it step-by-step. It is often that one little invisible thing between good hair and great hair, trust me.
I’m sure the tomboys could go on for days about comb preferences, but as long as mine is a rattail comb, I’m golden. I use mine to make straight and severe parts, smooth out bumps, separate sections if I’m doing something really complicated like a pin curl, or to comb through my soaking wet bangs before blow drying into submission. I also keep a super wide-tooth detangling comb in the shower, and use it just before I rinse out my conditioner.
I highly recommend keeping a switchblade comb in your purses or pockets. It’s just fun.
THE HAIR PIN
Clearly, bobby pins in your hair shade are a must. Tuck bangs away, tuck loose strands into a bun or chignon, use them to access the mesmerizing coiffures of yore. I once bought and then used a 500-pk. of bobby pins. It took a while, but I did it.
The U-shaped pins you’ll find at beauty supply stores might work for people with very thin or fine hair, but for anyone with very strong, thick or textured hair, I highly recommend Capezio Bunheads hairpins for your myriad updos. They’re made specifically to endure the rigors of dancing and they’re like hair anchors.
If I were forced to do this hairstyle with only bobby pins, I’d probably use as many as two dozen, but I only used 3-4 Capezio pins and a few bobby pins:
This one just wouldn’t even be possible! The braid creates so much of its own tension and pull that even an army of bobby pins wouldn’t be able to hold it:
THE REST OF IT
I’ll leave you with just a few random tips and tricks:
Next time we’ll review some of my favorite, can’t-live-without-‘em styling products, and I’ll be sure to raid the tomboy’s side of the medicine cabinet, too!
Kyle (left) and Erin (right), Kipper Clothier’s founders
Author | Sonny
For generations, men’s suit makers have used a formula that provides the sizing for a suit from a few simple measurements. But for female and queer bodies, these numbers aren’t so simple. The new custom clothing company Kipper Clothiers believes they have developed a solution to get a great fit for a variety of bodies.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Kipper’s founders Kyle and Erin. I knew Kyle previously through Tumblr — she submitted to Qwear a few times and had quite the presence as a dapper queer, known for her work at J.Crew. So I was pleased to see that she’s now directly serving our community with Kipper.
Kipper works individually with each client to get to know all aspects of their styling interests. When each client walks into their studio, they are met with over 600 suiting fabric swatches and over 300 shirting swatches. Vibrant swatches ranging from worsted wools to cashmere/silk blends are displayed in the center of the room immediately demanding attention. They take a total of 36 measurements to get the suit the right hang. Kipper told me that as they get to know their clients, things like posture and body language give clues towards what that client is looking for. I can see from the photos how the suits just fit like a glove.
Kipper delivers what they call The Put-Together Promise: a guarantee of premium service that begins with educating clientele on proper fit and styling advice. The experienced stylists at Kipper Clothiers act as guides through the finishing touches and the finer details of a polished look.
Getting married in California? To celebrate the repeal of prop 8, Kipper is also offering a Kipper Commitment Package, which includes a reserved number of free fittings and custom shirts, suits, and tuxedos at wholesale cost to queers getting married in California. For more information about the Kipper Commitment Package, email Kyle and Erin at email@example.com.
Kipper is also holding a pop-up event in San Francisco on Dec 3rd. Visit their website for more info.
Photography by Scott R. Kline