The Francophile

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I found a needle in a haystack: a University of Florida male with the accoutrements of a stylish urban city model or a hipster artist. It’s rare to find a guy at this school who isn’t wearing khaki shorts and a polo shirt, but to find him in garments that indicate knowledge of high fashion and a sense of confidence in daringly original apparel is unheard of. I found a true deviant.

When I saw the words “Céline Paris” scribbled on this young man’s shirt, first I did a double take, then I ran after him for a photo. He agreed excitedly, flashing a gorgeous 100-Watt smile as he posed for pictures. In a matter of minutes, I noticed there was something else. The small details in this guy’s get-up, implemented by only the most stylish human beings, further certified that he was a raging Fashionisto.

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Notice the muscle-enhancing cuffs on the black T-shirt, which mirror the fold on the hems of the retro-wash jeans. Feast your eyes on the clean and nifty Nikes that get this dude to class quick and the wicked gold watched that keeps him looking cool upon arrival. Don’t you dare miss the classic Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, an essential item to combat the central Florida sunshine, and the neon yellow details on the stylish backpack. Too cool for school.

Can someone please get this man a runway?

In the midst of whatever guys think about, many of them forget that they are just as responsible for leaving a good impression as women are. To change up a look this spring, take note from this UF hot rod and try on some French fashion. And in true deviant form, never forget your sparkling smile.

 

Always Deviate,

 

Jen

 

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Orange and Blue Magazine

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This fall, I was involved in the semester-long production of the spring 2015 issue for Orange and Blue Magazine. After my painstaking work as a writer, photographer and copy editor, and the group’s overall effort to make the spreads Flawless***, I’m happy to announce the magazine is going to print! Before the other staff members and I hand out copies to unsuspecting strangers and leave stacks at random locations (watch out Gainesville, we’re coming for you!), I’m giving you a sneak peek of my favorite section.

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Naturally, I took on the glorious task of bringing the fashion spread to life. With a little help from my friends and some inspiration from NYFW all stars, like DVF, Missoni and Trina Turk, I styled more than 15 outfits in less than a week!

When styling these guys and gals, I focused on creating an effortless style with bold colors and fun prints. It was important to highlight something for every occasion, from office chic to a fancy night out or lunch with friends. All of the models are wearing pieces from their own wardrobes, so you can use the outfit details featured in the magazine to easily devise similar styles on a college budget.

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Pick up a copy around UF or look through the online version in early December.

Always Deviate,

Jen

In the Moment: Simple and Chic

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Walking around campus in the early days of a new semester always reminds me of my first morning as a university student. I hopped off my 8 a.m. bus, excited to meet all of the other well-dressed college kids, only to find everyone dressed in T-shirts, gym shorts and Nike Frees. The average attire was disappointing, but UF steadily redeems itself every time I catch beautiful faces looking effortlessly chic in the morning.

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This Fashionista, outfitted in a beige, embroidered blouse with a navy skirt, is the epitome of elegant college youth. She’s ready to take on the day in tan leather ballet flats, a cream messenger tote and a leopard-detailed bracelet. A look that suits her ready-for-class attitude.

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This gallantly fashionable gentleman really caught my eye with his minty-fresh pants, a look we’ve seen previously and one that never seizes to surprise me. He contrasted the radiant, resort green with a subtle orange polo to create a pre-fall look ready for the changing seasons.

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In college, I’ve learned that not every experience will turn out how you create it in your mind. You have to put your best, most fashionable foot forward and work to make things happen, whether it’s a series of excellent outfits or a series of excellent grades. Put on a smile and be prepared for changes.

Always Deviate,

Jen

Styling in Paris

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I spent some time in Paris recently, and naturally I had my eye out for fashion the entire time. During my treks through the arrondissements of the City of Lights, I spotted style far beyond the capabilities of the American simpleton. Although the weather varies from torrential rain to dreamlike sunshine, Parisian ladies and gents keep their style wits about them by finding inspiration in the fast and fierce city.

I quickly realized that bright colors are a huge NO-NO in Paris. Most adults favor black and navy tones for their coats, and neutral hues like white and beige for garments. Here’s how some Fashionista’s made the weather and the trends work for them.

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A bright lip on a rainy day can help put the clouds away!

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Paris showed me that no matter what the weather is like, Fashionista’s use it to their advantage to make sure they look their best!

Always Deviate,

Jen

Burberry Year-Round

Gents, Ladies

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It was no surprise that the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2014* show had a seamless integration of cutting-edge fashion and cultural intuition. After all, as Lord of the Flies’ Jack once said, “The English are the best at everything.”

Once you get past the fact that Bradley Cooper was quite literally rubbing elbows with Anna Wintour, the strong urge to book a flight to the Argentinian countryside this fall kicks in. Water color pastel prints swirled down the runway on luxe scarves and sheer dresses. These were juxtaposed by bold natural hues like sunset yellow, plum purples and aquatic blues. Models toted suede-and-fleece blanket on one shoulder.

Shades became richer on dark orange and navy-sky wool coats. Burberry painted with all of the colors of the wind.

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The collection wasn’t strictly fall, and many of the floral and rustic pieces can seamlessly translate into spring 2015. It’s highly unlikely that someone paying for $1,000 for a scarf will wear “last season’s” pieces, but wise Fashionistas that will know how to incorporate certain statementpieces year round. I loved this collection.

Always Deviate,

Jen

*All photos courtesy of Style.com

Marc Jacobs asks “WWPRD?”

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“Inspiration is still the thing the 1 percent can’t buy!”

These ironic lyrics blasted through the runway at Marc By Marc Jacobs yesterday. It had a cool beat though.

The pajama trend that Jacobs has featured for the past few seasons is still prominent in this collection. Silk pants and pant suits, soft and yummy tanks and T-shirts, optical illusion prints and, just like in the Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 collection, tons of shimmer. It’s as if Marc is inviting us into his mind for a sequin slumber party.

I love the pastel pinks, the cropped folded sleeves and the idea of stepping out in something that is wonderfully comfortable and cute. I found some of my favorite looks on Style.com.

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Coy. Cute. Coquettish. Confident.

Sarah and Kevin rocked matching racy red coats that crackled on this sunny Florida day and gave the term “his and hers” a fired new edge. The word “tantric” comes to mind. Platonically, of course.

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His: A red track jacket that’s not too heavy but textured enough to stay warm on a day that wont decide whether it will be hot or cold. (A similar style is available at H&M!) A pale blue polo shirt because preppy isn’t just a fashion statement, it’s a lifestyle. Light washed taupe corduroy pants, a light brown belt and dark brown shoes.

Hers: A quarter sleeve, lace-detailed cherry blazer with matching lips and a thin belt. A scoop-neck beige top with high-waist black pleated shorts. Wonder-woman jewels that included a gold cuff bracelet on one hand and watch on the other, red and black wing-like earrings and a semi-spherical ring. To round off this Michael Kors-esque sports chic look, black Nike trainers.

These trendy two deviate from the boring blacks and white, and exude a valiant demeanor that is…red hot.

Sleek. Sexy. Sultry. Smart.

As a good friend of mine once said, “Go ahead with your bad self.”

Always Deviate,

Jen

Comme de Gents at UF

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When I saw this gentleman’s T-shirt on the bus ride to school I was dead set on taking his picture. I mean, come on! He’s wearing a Comme de Garçons T-shirt like it’s a Hanes cotton tee. “No big deal, just my Comme de Garçons tee on a Monday morning,” he thinks to himself.

I love it when people incorporate hints of high fashion into everyday outfits, especially when guys do it. It shows that they are smart. Yes, wearing a shirt from a brand most people have never heard of makes you smarter than the rest of the people around you. It’s cultured.

Neo Wu threw on a plaid blue long-sleeve, some gray trousers and orange suede boots to make an outfit that is just chic enough to look cool, but effortless enough to look like he might naturally be this stylish. I always stress how important it is to deviate from the khaki and boat shoes trend that seems to be engraved in the minds of UF gents.

Style makes the man who leaves an impression.

Always Deviate,

Jen

What a Rad Lad

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Hello Deviants!

I am very excited to welcome the New Year with some photos for my avid followers! Winter is a very exciting time in Florida because we finally get to wear something besides shorts and tanks, and get a break from that scorching heat.

Today, I met this lovely lad who was caring the most adorable puppy! From the first glance I got of this stylish guy, I knew I needed to feature him. His style screams crisp, clean and simple.

A cozy long sleeve is a great way to confront winter in Florida because it can keep you warm under the enormous jackets and coats worn in the frigid mornings, but adapt to the warmer temperatures that are sure to follow throughout the rest of the day.

Fitted khaki pants are a nice way to keep the look neutral and stylish. Cotton pants offer a great mix of comfort and professionalism. The young motivated man on the go!

My favorite part of the look is the shoes, of course! I love light brown leather loafers such as these. They look so comfortable (because I have never actually worn men’s loafers) and they are a refreshing and original take to the Sperry’s trend that is so (obnoxiously) popular at the University of Florida.

This lad added some flare to the look with some groovy aviator sunglasses and a very sleek silver watch. His perfectly quaffed hair was also a great feature for the look, because it brought together the sharp image. A man who’s got his life in order, or at least the illusion of that!

I have to say that this is the perfect outfit for a chilly day at school. There really is no other way to put it. In my opinion, it is much better to spend a couple of extra minutes getting it together, deviating from the fleece-pants norm, and earning a few compliments throughout the day, than getting extra sleep and looking like a homeless person who gets absolutely no attention.

Always Deviate,

Jen

Minty

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Once again, Justin comes through with a great outfit. Looking absolutely delectable in this minty get up, this gent shows UF just how to rock the clean-cut style to school.

Pair a crisp white shirt under a cozy dark-toned sweater to keep you warm during this season. Add a splash of color with pants in a green or blue tone. Red, dark orange and dark khaki are also a great options. Add some comfortable slip-on shoes, like moccasins (one of J’s favorites), to make the look more relaxed.

Obviously we’re seeing a lot of green this fall, as we also saw the trend on Constantine. These boys are some of the few examples of guys who make a difference in their entire appearance just by trying to spice up their clothes for school and deviating from the basketball shorts norm. I recently read on USA Today College just how important this is for any college student trying to get ahead.

For more on fall menswear, check out this post I wrote for The Alligator.

Always Deviate,

Jen

I originally took this photograph for Campus Sartorialist.