The Northern Southern Belle: Accessorizing with Masks

The Northern Southern Belle: Accessorizing with Masks

As we continue to wear our masks everywhere we go, there is a problem that plenty of girls are running into: how do you wear earrings without getting them caught in the elastic of your mask? This is a struggle I’ve dealt with as well and even lost one of my favorite hoops to the tangled mess of mask + earrings. So I’m here to share ideas on how we can accessorize while still staying safe with our masks. Avoid hoop earrings. These are my favorite, and I hate to take a break from wearing them, but with the way that they get oh so easily caught in the elastic of masks, it might be better to take a break from them. If you’re going to wear them, just be careful and make sure you don’t lose one when removing your mask. Instead, try a fun pair of dangling earrings, or a cute pair of studs. Loft has tons of cute earrings, as well as Francesca’s and Etsy.  Try a hued hairpiece. I haven’t always been big into headbands, but with our masks, they’re a great new way to accessorize and add a pop of color. If you’re not a headband fan, a cute ribbon or a bow scrunchie is a nice touch! Amazon, Anthropologie, and Forever 21 are all great spots to find these items, and there is a wide variety depending on your price range.  Draw the attention to your hands by decorating your fingers with rings. This is something I’ve recently fallen in love with. Each ring I purchase has a meaning behind it, which makes...
The Northern Southern Belle: Masks — Making the most of our new necessary accessory

The Northern Southern Belle: Masks — Making the most of our new necessary accessory

I’m back! After spending half of the spring semester abroad and the rest in quarantine, I’m happy to be back at Lipscomb and continuing my column for Lumination. A lot has changed since I last wrote: we got a new parking lot on campus, Chick-fil-A started serving milkshakes and, most notable, everyone is wearing masks due to the coronavirus, which has altered our college experience.  Wearing the masks doesn’t have to be a hassle, though. Not only will they protect you and others from the virus, but they are also a whole new form of fashion. You can pretty much find masks of any print imaginable, and with major retailers stepping up to sell masks, you can sport your favorite brand while also staying healthy.  Whether you’re a fan of florals, solids or something totally different, there is a mask out there for you. Plus, they can be an additional accessory to coordinate with your outfit! Try a solid color mask with your favorite printed top or dress. Choosing a color for your mask that is speckled throughout the garment will make it pop. If you’re a fan of wearing solid color tops, try a fun print! You can find masks of plenty of different florals, zigzags, polka dots, and plaids which can add a fun burst of color to your outfit. I love masks that are versatile and can be worn with multiple outfits if you are trying to coordinate. Multicolored masks such as florals and tie-dyes are perfect for this because the variety within the prints allows for them to match garments of multiple colors. But you...
The Northern Southern Belle: Incorporating menswear looks into your everyday style

The Northern Southern Belle: Incorporating menswear looks into your everyday style

Friday morning, the Fashion Department hosted a Men’s Masterclass in collaboration with Peter Millard, The Oxford Shop, and Dillard’s. In addition to the fantastic biscuit bar that was provided before the event, the panel discussion about appropriate men’s attire was very encouraging and inspiring. It got me thinking, and I wanted to focus on some of the main points of the class while also providing other related fashion inspiration for both guys and girls, as well.  We all know that comfy clothes are the best, but sometimes they don’t look the most professional. We’re lucky to be able to wear whatever we want to class, but once we leave, we’ll be wearing professional clothes in the workforce. With that being said, we should start putting that collection of outfits together now.  The masterclass focused on some important points for men’s dress. Employees from Dillard’s, The Oxford Shop, and Peter Millar all participated in the panel discussion, along with Charlotte Poling from the fashion department. Some focal points of the conversation were that men should have 3 suits: gray, navy, and black. Gray and navy can be used for weddings, interviews, and other events, while the black suit is for more formal events. White shirts go with every color tie, so that’s an option for under the suit, along with a tie and pocket square. Men commonly try to match their tie and pocket square, but they’re meant to correlate more than match. Pocket squares are super popular right now, so even if you do not decide to wear a tie, a pocket square is a nice alternative to still...
The Northern Southern Belle: Versatile outfits for fall fashion and lingering summer weather

The Northern Southern Belle: Versatile outfits for fall fashion and lingering summer weather

The 90 degree days seem to be coming to an end here in Nashville, but with a few 80 degree days still in the forecast, it’s not quite time to fully transition to a fall wardrobe of boots and jeans. I love fall styles, but with the hot weather, it’s not the easiest to wear them comfortably right now. Therefore, here are a few ideas for how to incorporate your summer pieces into fall looks. Combine your t-shirt dresses with a part of ankle boots or a fall scarf. I have an Old Navy orange t-shirt dress that I absolutely love. While a plain dress might be good and light for summer, it could look too plain for fall. I have a thin rope belt that I love to pair it with to add a little flair to the look, and tan ankle boots will heighten the look even more. Adding a fun pair of earrings will enhance the fall look, even more, all while keeping you cool on the warm days still ahead.  I am a huge fan of jean skirts, and while I think that they are great for all year round, I especially love them in the fall. I recently got a red floral blouse at Loft. It’s super cute with buttons up the back and tucked into my favorite dark wash jean skirt, it’s the perfect fall look! If it’s too warm for boots, continue to wear your sandals! I have so many pairs of fun jeans that I love, and I can’t wait to wear them! I also have a white and brown kimono...
The Northern Southern Belle: How to stay stylish, head to toe, as school days heat up

The Northern Southern Belle: How to stay stylish, head to toe, as school days heat up

As we finish up this first week of school, I thought it would be a good idea to give some advice and shed some light on current trends. I hope these current pieces will help you be back to school in style and get you back into the swing of things. Everyone knows that Birkenstocks are super popular right now, but we’re all on a budget with trying to cover the costs of tuition, extracurriculars and fun with friends. There are lots of stores that sell knock-off Birks, which will let you be part of the fad without breaking the bank. Target has a wide selection, including multiple prints, which I think are really fun. Shoe Department will also have a variety for a fraction of the price of actual Birks. If you’re like me and wear a women’s size 8 or smaller, you can fit into kids shoes. Try a size 5 or 6 in kids sizes for a cheaper price than adult sizes will be. The Children’s Place not only sells the traditional brown, double-strap sandals but also holographic ones if you want to be super unique. By this time, I’m sure that their summer stuff will be on sale soon, so you’ll be able to get them pretty cheap. If you aren’t into Birks, maybe you’re a fan of the current platform wedge sandals that everyone’s wearing. Steve Madden sells them for around $80, but multiple stores have joined the trend and provide cheaper alternatives. Target, Tilly’s and Nordstrom Rack all have shoes that look just like the Steve Madden ones but at a lower price point....
The Northern Southern Belle: How to look cute & country at CMA Fest

The Northern Southern Belle: How to look cute & country at CMA Fest

A very exciting time in Nashville is upon us! Coming up quickly is CMA Fest in which tons of country music fans will head downtown to see their favorite singers perform all of those country songs that make summer so much sweeter. While I am not in Nashville for the summer, I can only imagine how exciting the festival will be, and I am dreaming of the ensembles I would wear to the festivities. Looking ahead to the forecast for June 6-9, you’re looking at some pretty hot days, with temperatures in the high 80s. There are also chances for thunderstorms. With all of that being said, here are some outfit suggestions for the festival that is sure to be a fun time. I am a huge fan of short overalls this summer and think there are plenty of options with them. Personally, I love putting a short-sleeved striped shirt underneath them, but you really can’t go wrong. I have a few graphic tees that would also be cute with the denim shortfalls. With this outfit, I’d probably wear sandals or Converse. You’re going to want to be comfortable since you’ll probably be standing most of the day, and I think these would be good options. For accessories, depending on what top you choose to wear with the overalls, maybe add a bandana either as a headband or neck scarf. If you’d rather wear shorts, there are plenty of options. I love flowy patterned shorts. These are great to wear with a solid color shirt so that the focus of the outfit is the bright shorts. This combination will...