“Power dressing” is often a direct nod to the well-known 80s trend that encompassed business suits and sharp shoulder pads worn by women. This week however, Reinvent changes how you might view this idea by taking fashion cues from people who have influenced today’s kids at one point in their lives. These powerful women are a symbol of resiliency and self-awareness, and as such held dominion over their own lives in their own ways.
Obsessions can be good or bad but most of the time, they can make a TV show or movie character very memorable. They not only make the character interesting and three-dimensional, but they also make their style very distinctive. Whether you want to be the following obsessed characters for Halloween or you just want to incorporate their style into your everyday looks, we got you covered with these outfit inspirations!
Sharpay Evans (High school Musical)
Sharpay may have been obsessed with herself and getting what she wanted (and she wanted it all) but we can’t help admire her cute outfits. Metallics, gold, and sparkles were her thing so show off your Wildcat spirit or step out in an outfit that screams, “Look at me! Don’t I look fabulous?!” with these ensembles.
Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians)
Are you addicted with dogs or all things black and white? Then why not take inspiration from this classic Disney character! Just make sure your fur is fake and your animal print is synthetic!
Helga Pataki (hey arnold)
Helga’s love for Arnold was funny, creepy, and kind of relatable all at the same time. But her cartoon uniform might just be the perfect Halloween costume or date night outfit! If you’re usually in monochrome, well then step out of your comfort zone by wearing this bright color combo.
Elle Woods (legally blonde)
The aforementioned character’s obsessions are fairly unhealthy but I think Elle’s fixation with winning and reaching her goals is something we should somehow emulate. Never let a boy get in your way of graduating from school? Sounds like good advice to me. But that’s not the only thing we should admire about her because just look at her smart and chic sense of style!
- Victoria Urrutia
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Ever since I visited South Korea last year, I’ve been interested with their pop culture, especially when it comes to their youth’s fashion ideals. Walking through the streets of Incheon and Seoul, you’ll encounter a lot of great styles and outfits that are simple yet very eye-catching as well as fashion forward. But one particular thing that really caught my attention was how couples dressed.
Korean couples seem to coordinate their outfits so well. I did some online research and found that couples usually match their wardrobes during special occasions such as their anniversary or Valentine’s Day. Some even do it whenever they go out together and that could be on a daily or weekly basis. Although, matching outfits are not just for couples in love, close best friends can also try to dress alike.
What’s cool about this trend is that it’s not really about couples wearing the exact same t-shirt or hat, but it’s more of creating a harmonious aesthetic whilst featuring identical or similar pieces to show public display of affection. In other words, it’s not just matching outfits, it’s more of matching styles.
And to think that this sort of thing is very normal in South Korea fascinates me because here in the Philippines [and probably in some countries in the West], if you decide to match outfits with your significant other, people may deem you as “the weird and crazy couple that’s too obsessed with each other”. Unlike in South Korea, it’s such a natural thing to want to dress alike that no one would ever judge you if you do.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t match outfits just because you’re afraid of what other people might say! If you want to show off your relationship by being fashion forward, then go ahead! Odds are someone out there will notice how cute you guys look!
Here is Refinery29’s short documentary on Korean Couples fashion:
And here are some of my favorite couple outfits I found online:
- Reign Gonzales
for photo sources, refer to: www.pinterest.com/rrrreign/couplez
Blacks, whites, and grays dominate the wardrobes of most people nowadays thanks to the rise in popularity of normcore and monochromatic style. Even when the use of color comes to play, it's usually just used as an accent piece or to break off an all black ensemble. Clothing in colors that remind you of the ocean and beautiful flowers are so underrated but honestly, what looks better than clothing inspired by our own home? If you're not really sure what warm or earth tones look like, don't fret because here's a color guide that you can work with!
America Singer, The Selection series
America is described in the book as a very simple and humble girl, considering her background before she entered the contest.
Do: wear pleated skirts and simple tops, this would mimic her clean, elegant look
Don't: wear too much accessories, America may dress like a princess, but she's not extravagant
Tally Youngblood, The Uglies series
Tally would be your typical teenager. She's a bit rebellious and a bit of a troublemaker. Her style would be very laid-back and pretty much what teens would consider the norm in today's society.
Do: wear comfortable clothing
Don't: wear clothes that are too girly, remember, Tally has a pretty tough personality
Lena Tiddle, Delirium
Lena, on the other hand, is someone who likes to play it safe. Unlike Tally, she's afraid to go against the norm in their society. So, judging from this, I'm guessing she would do the same with her wardrobe.
Do: wear plain, normal clothing
Don't: wear anything too bold or out-of-the-ordinary; wear anything too boyish, since that may be going a bit off the norm
Tris Prior, the Divergent series
Tris is also one of the tougher protagonists in dystopian books. I mean, what else can you expect from someone who is in Dauntless? Like most of her clothing, she is pretty bad ass.
Do: wear black like a LOT of black
Don't: wear anything girly, you want to look the part to be the part
Wearing comfortable clothes means being able to move around freely without the worry of messing up your outfit! And losing a bit of your poise isn’t that bad. Shailene Woodley, the star from Divergent and the Fault in Our Stars, has been putting comfort over style since the beginning of her career!
Body hugging clothes is okay, body suffocating is not. It would not only mess up your breathing pattern, but it would also ruin your day - as you would most probably keep on tugging at your clothes to give space for your body to breathe in. Taking care of your health is DEFINITELY more important than style!
Basic clothes such as plain shirts, denim pants, and the like are cheaper than clothes with excessive accessories and prints. Also, one of the benefits of comfortable clothes is that it doesn’t sacrifice its quality. No matter how many times you have worn them, they would still look the same as you first bought them.
Renee De Guzman