Fashion Dialogue: Fashion Statement or Political Mistake?

I'm excited to introduce a new series of posts called "Fashion Dialogue"! Our bloggers will give their two cents on certain topics that we find interesting or controversial, and we'll share them here on the blog to get you all updated and thinking about happenings in the fashion world. Please feel free to comment your thoughts and opinions below, on our Facebook, or by email at !

Fast fashion brands such as Forever21, Urban Outfitters, and Zara have seen a great increase in popularity the past few years. Their clothing and accessories closely follow runway trends, essentially making it affordable for the middle and lower class to look like they just stepped out of Barney's or Vogue. These companies market to such a wide range of fashion styles, economic classes, and age groups (ages 5 years and up, basically) that they are able to put almost any sort of item on the market and expect to make sales. Naturally, there is bound to be at least one clothing article that is offensive to one person, but considered fashionable to another. Again, I think that fashion is a concept unique to each individual and I firmly believe that we should respect each other and all of our tastes. 

But let us consider, say, a denim jacket with a confederate flag printed on it. Vintage, of course. Or the popular grunge label Boy London and its brand logo that is a derivation of a Nazi symbol. There has never been any full blown protest or outrage against these items to prevent them from being sold worldwide and pulled off shelves. So what's the limit to what companies can sell? What about these items?

A sweater from Urban Outfitters in the vintage section that looks like it was taken from the scene of the Kent State shooting. (It was quickly sold to someone and taken off the website afterwards.) 

This kid's 'Western' style sweater from Zara. 

Is UO taking a stance on eating disorders with this shirt?

These three items were released within the past year or so, and immediately made the news in critical light. Here's what our bloggers have to say about the situations:

Ali Pinero: American apparel is another brand with its fair share of controversial designs/ads.  

Me: It makes me pretty sad that a big name brand like Zara somehow completely overlooked the fact that their shirt looked anything like what the Jewish prisoners would wear... I mean, all of these people had to have had a decent education before even entering the industry, and I'm pretty sure the Holocaust is never overlooked. 

As for UO, it feels like they have no respect at all for tragedies, as with the Kent State sweater, or people with depression or eating disorders. Like Ali mentioned, the same goes for American Apparel and its disregard for people with body image issues. (Although the entire body image thing can be set aside for a whole new dialogue.) 
I really like Zara, and I do happen to shop from UO sometimes, so these items make me really conflicted when I see something I like from them..

Anita Kapyur: "My opinion- sometimes designers cross lines to make a fashion statement and that is not ok. It's socially, politically, and culturally rude, insensitive, ignorant, and infuriating. Fashion should celebrate style and uniqueness and even take risks but there are certain limits that should not be crossed out of respect."

Mary Anderson: " Not only designers, but artists in general should focus on ways to create an impact or move their audiences (or consumers) without offending people. If you can't be creative without being offensive, then I personally think designers/artists haven't matured yet. 

What are some other examples of problematic clothing items? Accessories? Give us your feedback here or on Facebook, or through email if you'd like! We'll post a few standout comments in our next Fashion Dialogue post! 


BCL: Last Minute Guide

You wake up and check your phone only to notice that Facebook has reminded you that Baker College Limits is happening today and you totally forgot. You already promised that you'd go so now you're in a bit of a mess. What do you wear? Is it more like a public party with live music a la Sid 80s or a chill event unworthy of anything more than sweats and a free t-shirt?

That's were we come in! Read this quick guide to give you some ideas on what to wear to add to your (awesome) Baker College Limits experience!

Luckily today is going to be a warm one, a nice 71 degrees, unfortunately shadowed by the call for thunderstorms throughout the day.

With this in mind here are a few ideas to inspire you for BCL~!

Keep it Simple Grunge:
This look consists of a combination of different hues for a simple but edgy look. Stick to blacks, whites, and greys in plain jeans, shirts, and flannels to channel your inner grunge!

Credit: Street Fem
Keep it comfy
This look is all about freedom to move and dance along to the music. Go for flowy dresses, skirts, and tops. Add a jacket  for structure and warmth (because it's still a tad cool) and you're all set!

Credit Tuolomee

Keep it Boho
Is it a music festival if there is no one dressed in Bohemian fashion? To pull off this look go for funky yet relaxed patterns in softer colors and flowy everything. Sandals and boots are your best choices for this style.
Credit withlovebanke

Keep it Sporty

This look is all about athletic style wear mixed with everyday items. Go for sport themed tops, baseball caps, and sneaks to pull off this look!

Credit kaffka

Hopefully this short guide gave you a few ideas for your BCL outfit~!



Ok, so on a college student budget purchasing Louboutin heels may not be a priority right now, however you can have the next best thing with Christian Louboutin's first nail polish line! 

These electric hues will still turn heads, especially with a sensational bottle to match. The sharp shape is inspired by Mr. Louboutin's Ballerina Ultima 8-inch (yes-EIGHT INCH) heels! At about $50 a pop, it's a much friendlier price than the shoes ;) Add this to your wish list! 

Queen Bey even dares to wear the Ballerina Ultima's in her Green Light video: 


Where to buy: Sephora, Christian Louboutin e-store, Nordstorm, Neiman Marcus 
by Mary Anderson 


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