Life, love, and fashion. In a jiffy.

Fratting on the Cheap: A Broke Ass Student’s Style Guide, Part 1

engineerofwords:

Let me preface this article by saying that this is partially for my own entertainment, but it is intended to be a fairly useful point of reference to help the aspiring fratstar in the right direction. Some people might call this article NF for even suggesting you can be frat on the cheap, or for suggesting anything but top-tier quality brands. Unfortunately, you don’t have the kind of bankroll they do, and that’s why you’re reading this.

But while we’re at it, I will also help you define what precisely constitutes as fratwear, and what does not. This article isn’t being written by some GDI with an agenda against Greeks and/or cool people over at Askmen.com who doesn’t know cargo shorts are about as Not Frat as you can get. (Seriously, Askmen?)

If you have no idea what these acronyms mean, that’s what the internet is for. Look them up.

That said, let’s get started. Going to work from the ground up after the cut.

Read More

(Source: affably-evil)

Black and white party. Gotta look fresh.

Calvin Klein French cuff shirt from Burlington Coat Factory ($25), Geoffrey Beene slim black silk tie from Ross’s ($8), Express shadow stripe black pant and jacket ($200 after 50% sale), onyx cuff links from Burlington ($8), and an Invicta pro sport diver watch from Sam’s Club ($100).

Black and white party. Gotta look fresh.

Calvin Klein French cuff shirt from Burlington Coat Factory ($25), Geoffrey Beene slim black silk tie from Ross’s ($8), Express shadow stripe black pant and jacket ($200 after 50% sale), onyx cuff links from Burlington ($8), and an Invicta pro sport diver watch from Sam’s Club ($100).

Update on the pea coat: I just got it back yesterday from the seamstress, and I think it turned out pretty well. It used to be that it came down past my knees, but now it’s at hip level. The only gripe is that the sleeves feel slightly too short, but I’ve asked around and nobody seems to think it. Maybe it’s just me?

I did some snooping around as to what the brand was, and it turns out that it’s a Larry Levine Petite coat, size 10P. Upon googling, I found out that it was actually a women’s long pea coat. But it fits just fine, so I don’t mind. I think the coat would have cost about $70-80 new, but I only spent $20 on it and $19.28 to alter it. Not bad, I think.

I’ll consider this a win.

Hi peeps!

Or, well, whoever’s out there reading this. Sorry for the lack of updates, but I haven’t really had much to write about.

UNTIL NOW. Read below for Express sales and thrifting.

Read More

Looking good isn’t easy.

As most of us know, it takes time to look your best. In a world where people make snap judgments based on initial appearances, and where things can get awfully competitive, you need every slight advantage you can get.

It is a chore. For women, it includes shaving, plucking, getting manicures and pedicures, getting hair done, choosing the right clothes, the right accessories, and bags. It’s showering, putting on make-up (that, for the good stuff, costs an arm and a leg), and putting on the right perfume and deodorant. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things, but that just goes to show the lengths that they go through to impress others.

For men, it’s somewhat similar, albeit less tedious. It’s shaving facial hair, going to get a haircut, getting the right clothes, trimming nails, putting on deodorant and cologne, combing/gelling/styling hair, and the like.

On average, it takes me about 30-45 minutes to get ready, and sometimes about an hour. That includes showering, shaving, brushing teeth, flossing, putting in my contacts, applying deodorant and cologne, and getting my clothes on. That doesn’t include ironing or any other steps.

Is it worth it? Possibly. I enjoy getting compliments from guys that say I’m sharply dressed, and I especially enjoy receiving compliments from ladies that notice that I took that extra time to look sexy. Call me metrosexual, but I just take care of myself.

Need a quick shoe polish but don’t have the time or the tools?

I’ve had this problem a few times. I prepped my suit for an interview, only to realize that my dress shoes were kind of dirty (it had bubble gum on it, I don’t even know how it got on there). But I only had an hour before I had to come in. What was I to do?

So, I looked around the bathroom for something. I had the shoe polish kit from Kiwi, but I had to get going quickly.

That’s when I found disposable hygiene wipes. Baby wipes, hygiene wipes, whatever you wanna call them. I used one on each shoe, and it not only cleaned off the bubble gum in question, but it gave the shoe a nice, clean, shiny look. It wasn’t as good as a real polish, but it looked good enough and only took 5 minutes.

I’m one of those people who actually asks for receipts and reads the fine print on both the front and back of the paper. That being said, it’s definitely paid off in more than one occasion.
Take for instance, this Express receipt. If you purchase something, I’d recommend doing the survey online at MyExpressFeedback.com because you get a 20% discount (wow, it used to be 15% back then) just by doing a really quick survey. Basically, you go to that website, take the invitation # on the bottom of the receipt and fill that in, and rate your experiences from 1-5. There’s an optional part where you can write about specific things, like sales associates or employees that were particularly helpful, but you can choose to skip that. Once you do this, you get a validation code, and you can write it down on the receipt and use it as a 20% off coupon.
That’s almost as good as an employee discount, which I’ve heard is rather nice, too. Just a helpful hint. Read the fine print, you never know what you will find!

I’m one of those people who actually asks for receipts and reads the fine print on both the front and back of the paper. That being said, it’s definitely paid off in more than one occasion.

Take for instance, this Express receipt. If you purchase something, I’d recommend doing the survey online at MyExpressFeedback.com because you get a 20% discount (wow, it used to be 15% back then) just by doing a really quick survey. Basically, you go to that website, take the invitation # on the bottom of the receipt and fill that in, and rate your experiences from 1-5. There’s an optional part where you can write about specific things, like sales associates or employees that were particularly helpful, but you can choose to skip that. Once you do this, you get a validation code, and you can write it down on the receipt and use it as a 20% off coupon.

That’s almost as good as an employee discount, which I’ve heard is rather nice, too. Just a helpful hint. Read the fine print, you never know what you will find!