Thursday, September 23, 2010

La Tigre Fashionista

If you don't know already, I am a full time student at Louisiana State University.
I spend a lot of time on campus. I'm also an avid people watcher, and because my major is apparel merchandising, it's naturally in me to notice people. And not only people, but what people choose to adorn their bodies. I agree 100% that clothing is more than just a way to cover up. You make a conscience decision to pick out what you wear. Why that shirt? Why jeans? Why THAT print? There are so many questions and so much psychology that goes into what you decide to spend money on and put on your body in the morning. It's completely fascinating to me.

On the other hand, I dislike when someone does something for the sake of "well, everyone else is doing it." Trends. Yes, I've clearly spoken my opinion on trends before, so I won't go into it again, but I'll just remind you that I'm not a fan of not being your own person.

There is a trend around my college campus and it's an unfortunate one in my opinion.
Most girls look as if they have literally woken up, rolled out of bed, and kept on rolling on to class.
I'm all for comfort! Don't get me wrong. I also don't despise a good t-shirt and gym shorts. And I don't necessarily disagree that class isn't a place for those to be worn, but I'm definitely against wearing it because everyone else is. Be your own person! Stand out! If you want to wear a t-shirt and shorts, wear them! But don't pick out that outfit just because you feel like you have to to fit in.
Sad. Sad.

So in an desperate effort to prove that there still are individuals at LSU that try to stand out, I'm going to start featuring some stylish cuties on Odelma blog! This is by no means making fun, putting down, or telling you what you should or shouldn't wear. I'm here to celebrate individuality and those exceptional and rare girls that walk around campus and serve as inspiration to me, and other ladies out there. I'll tell you their name, give a little background info, and highlight their outfit and style.

I'm calling the series Le Tigre Fashionista. And because I always love a good meaning behind a name, here is why I chose this title. Louisiana, specifically Baton Rouge, is filled with French culture and history. The name, Baton Rouge, alone is french for "The Red Stick." From our cousine to our vocabulary, French influence was and still is very strong throughout our city and state.
Le Tigre is french for Tiger. LSU's mascot is none other than a tiger. And well, fashionista rhymes with "le tigre" (tee-gruh) and just puts a smile on my face. Voila!

Anyway, on to the first fashionista! I'm featuring two this week because it's our very first feature!! Meet Kelsi.

Kelsi caught our eye not once, but twice. I saw her before one class, and my friend Justin (who helps out by stopping girls to tell them they look good for me. Yes, he loves his contribution to Odelma) noticed her outfit when I wasn't around. So bright and cheerful! And well, isn't she beautiful? If I could pull off blonde and curls, I'd carry this pic with me to my stylist.

Name: Kelsi

Major: English Lit.

What are you wearing? 
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Walmart
Belt: Thrift Store
Sandals: DSW Shoes

Favorite Shops: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Forever 21.

How would you describe your style? "I go for the deals. I love pastels, florals, and spring."

You can find Kelsi on her tumblr, Kelsicakes.

Elizabeth is actually the very first Le Tigre Fashionista we stopped. My "team" and I were sitting down at lunch going over Le Tigre Fashionista when Elizabeth walked by. Perfect timing! You couldn't miss her. I mean, check out those colors in her outfit. Love!

Name: Elizabeth 

Major: Latin and English Secondary Education

What are you wearing?
Top: Target
Belt: "Found it"
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Sandals: Urban Outfitters (on sale!)

Style: Love colors and anything that's not dreary

A big THANK YOU to Kelsi and Elizabeth for letting us stop them and ask questions about their style. They were perfect for the series. Did you see how much we all have in common? Thrift stores, sales, deals, "found it", colors. These girls definitely know how to "wear whatcha want, and work whatcha got!" I'm excited for this series and I hope you are, too! Now I'm off to make little silly buttons.

{tape strips via Pugly Pixel}
{all photos taken on the iPhone. my apologies for poor quality}


jess said...

wow, the 'tshirt and gym shorts' is a growing trend on UK's campus too. it's so annoying. i love the fact that you are doing this and i so wish i had the courage to walk up to people and do the same thing, what a cool experience. i love love love both of these outfits featured. and the le tigre name is so cute! :)

MotherSea said...

Is it really?? So annoying! Where did it start? In the winter, girls put leggings under their gym shorts! haha it's kind of ridiculous.
And I don't have the courage! hahaha I have a few friends that help me out. One in particular, Justin, who is extremely outgoing and always looking for a chance to hit on a girl! ;)
Thanks for your sweet words! I'm excited about this! You wouldn't believe how hard it is to even find someone to interview. We all constantly have our eyes open, and it's hard to find people! I bet you understand though if UK is the same.
If you get a chance, go check out Kelsi's tumblr (the girl featured) and read her post about being confronted in the quad. That was yesterday and I put this up today. God has some great timing! She was really encouraged by Le Tigre Fashionista post about her and it was sweet after what she went through.

Thanks, Jess!! You're such a sweet bloggie friend.

Kelly said...

I think this is a great idea! I really enjoyed reading it. I wouldn't be brave enough to ask people about their outfits either. :) Good work team!

Kerri @ OldLadyChic said...

This is so cool! What a good idea...Hey i was all about the t-shirt/gym shorts trend back in 7th grade :)

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