What jacket will you be rocking?

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I can’t begin to express the excitement I feel when I know fall is around the corner. Big cozy sweaters, long socks, and statement jackets are what makes this cooler season worth waiting for.

One of the best pieces to invest in for the upcoming months are jackets and coats. For me, a jacket can make an outfit.

When you are wearing a monochromatic outfit for example, you can add a pop of color with a fiery red overcoat and own it.

If you are waiting to see what coats are in for 21/22 A/W, here is the lineup.

1. Puffer Jackets

How the clothing industry emphasized one size.

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It’s clear that many women’s bodies do not look alike.

We come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us are curvy, big-chested, have no hips, or have broad shoulders. Our differences in bodies are what make us beautiful and special.

Sadly, the fashion industry hasn’t always been the biggest advocate in embracing women’s bodies.

Brands such as Brandy Melville cater toward girls sized 00 to 2. Maybe a size 6 could squeeze into a t shirt, however, shopping there and not fitting the “one size fits all” is quite a daunting task.

Why One Size?

It’s not super clear as to why…

Neautral colors still remain in high demand.

Max Mara (Credits to WGSN)

With the upcoming fall and winter season upon us, what colors are designers predicting will be the latest trends?

After my own research from the trend forecasting website, WGSN, it is clear we are still heavily relying on neutrals this fall, with some pops of color scattered throughout collections.

Let’s go over some key colors that we are going to be seeing this fall and winter.

1. Milky White

How shopping at Shein has a greater impact than you think.

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I’ve grown up in the age of five-dollar tops and express shipping.

Where demand overdrives supply and children younger than I make my clothing.

This is the period of “fast fashion”, a movement that supports low quality and cheap clothing, at the expense of children, the ecosystem, and the planet as a whole.

I had ordered clothing from a website called, “Shein”, one time when I was about 14 years old. I was enticed by the cute clothing and absurdly cheap prices. I ordered $100 worth of clothing.

After about 4 weeks, I received my package. The clothes felt like…

How to be trendy with what you already have.

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As a fashion merchandising major, following trends and forecasting future styles is a key element to my schooling and future career.

I love seeing how season after season new colors start getting worn, and different styles are implemented into everyone's wardrobes.

We can even state that a specific time period is represented by a trend such as neon in the ’80s or grunge in the ’90s.

As I’ve grown up as a fashion-loving teen, I’ve used sites like Shein and Forever 21 to easily purchase the latest trends for as little as 5 bucks apiece.

It wasn’t until I was…

A size 12 can be a size 6.

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Have you ever walked into a store and tried on a pair of pants in your “normal” size, just for the pants to be way too small?

Or how about two sizes too big and you wonder how you could possibly be a size 2 when that was your size in high school?

The term “vanity sizing” is a fashion phenomenon.

According to Wikipedia, vanity sizing is defined as, “the phenomenon of ready-to-wear clothing of the same nominal size becoming bigger in physical size over time.”

This leads to confusion for most women who rely on numbers and sizes to…

Why waiting for the future holds back your happiest self.

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Ever since I was a little girl, the future excited me. Like most kids, I looked forward to Christmas, birthdays, new school years, and growing up.

I made plans for my future, what I wanted to do, and who I wanted to be.

I dreamt of going to college far away, becoming a doctor, traveling, having kids, a husband, a life away from home for Godsake.

My brain was always in the future. Locked in daydreams, I was hooked on looking ahead. Little did I know I was missing out on what was right in front of me.

I struggled…

It’s okay to not be okay.

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My freshman year of college was a new start for me.

I had spent all of high school in a miserable state of depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Finally, I chose to be happy again about halfway through senior year. I chose to heal, and see the light in my life again.

With that choice, I also chose to go to school in Seattle, Washington; thousands of miles away from home.

To me, being depressed again wasn’t even an option. I didn’t want to mess up this part of my life.

My freshman year was full of happiness, friends, and…

Sometimes it’s better to go with the flow.

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The second I graduated high school, I had the next 8 years of my life fully planned out.

I was a goal-oriented machine.

And it was great. I had the security in my mind that I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and more importantly, what I was going to do.

  1. Move to Seattle
  2. Study nutritional science
  3. Get an internship at a naturopathic office
  4. Apply to medical school
  5. Become a doctor
  6. Open my own practice on the west coast

Sounds good to me. Too bad after one-quarter of college it didn’t anymore.

I had this fixated version of my…

Stop making excuses and start making life happen.

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I still remember my freshman year of college: wake up at 7 am, go to the gym, get ready, go to class, do homework, go to work, repeat.

I was a machine, better yet, a robot to the daily tasks that I did.

I was productive, got stuff done, and was creating a path of success for my life. The best part about it was that I never really thought about what I was doing; I just did it.

Since the beginning of quarantine, my productivity has hit an all-time low.

It took weeks to get used to the fact…

taylor franklin

aspiring fashion CEO.

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