With the temperature quickly dropping and snow in the forecast for the first time this season, it’s officially time to start bundling up. Fashion-wise, having to don a down jacket can often times ruin a look. It’s a challenge to remain fashionable in the brisk cold of the brutal Chicago winters. To help with this problem, I put together a list of warm jackets that are fashion-forward so that you can stay warm outside, and rock the halls once you’re inside.
The style often seen at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, better known as SMU, is a bit higher-end and more expensive than other schools. The southern feel of the school leads to a more traditional way of dressing. On Saturdays, the girls at SMU can often be seen in a dress or skirt and shirt with wedges. Guys usually wear a polo and khaki shorts. The warmer weather in Dallas also has an impact on the feel of the campus fashion-wise. The day-to-day style is also a bit nicer than other schools with the girls in shorts and trendy shirts when going to class. The overall feel of SMU is a bit preppier than most, but girls that go there end up loving the fast paced feel of SMU style.
University of Colorado at Boulder has a much more casual feel when it comes to their style. This school is located in the center of the mountains so there is a lot of casual mountaineer style going on at this school. However, on the weekends, they can be seen in more fun and trendy styles. On any given day going to class, the style is quite casual but that definitely doesn’t mean anyone looks like unkempt. I’ve noticed the girls at Boulder tend to be more laid back and confident in their own skin, so you can see a variety of looks at any given time. The climate in Colorado also affects the style; it can get snowy pretty early and this forces people to bundle up earlier than in LF. The overall feel of CU-Boulder’s style is much more laid back but still quite stylish, especially during the spring semester.
Indiana University is also a more casual college regarding style. The overall feel of the look here is midwestern, which is quite similar to the feel of LF, without the preppiness. Indiana students often get quite into the sports on campus, so IU gear is very popular around campus, especially on game days. This attire can range anywhere from leggings and a sweatshirt to class or trendy red and white outfits for football or basketball games. While going out, they definitely wear cute outfits, but they are slightly more casual than the aforementioned SMU and CU. Indiana also has a very strong Greek life presence, so girls will have formals where they need to wear nicer cocktail dresses. This campus is similar to Boulder in the fact that it gets colder in the winter, which influences styles, but overall, the look of IU can be described as a casual midwestern.
The University of Alabama, another southern school, follows similar style cues as SMU. On the weekends, girls at Alabama can often be seen in nicer outfits–like dresses–with the traditional southern charm of Alabama: cowboy boots. Another favorite of the girls in Alabama is shark tooth necklaces that they can wear any day. When it comes to daily style, the crowd at Alabama often tends to go with t-shirt and shorts, however, at a much higher end than other school. That can especially be seen in their style on the weekends.
The University of Dayton, much like IU, has a laid back style. Day-to-day looks for class are often quite casual, with sweatshirts and leggings (and overall athleisure) being very prominent. On the weekends at dayton, you can find two different types of style. On Saturdays during the day, students tend to go out in the student neighborhood in fun, festive clothing. These outfits range from jerseys to funny shirts with slogans and are often seen on both boys and girls. However, the style seen at night in Dayton is a bit nicer with trendy fun styles and a touch of that midwestern casual style that is popular at Indiana.
The climate found on the University of Arizona campus is a major influencer on what the students wear on a daily basis. When going to class, students are usually in shorts and a t-shirt, or exercise shorts and a sweatshirt, but it’s usually quite casual. On the weekends, the students usually have pool parties or are generally outdoors, so a common look is just a swimsuit. Other times, like during games, students get pretty into the U of A gear, but it’s still not a lot of clothing due to the excessive heat in Arizona.
Wake Forest is one of the schools closest in style to that of Lake Forest. The style of Wake Forest is preppy overall, much like Lake Forest, while still having some of the style of a traditional college campus. When going to class, students can be found in casual looks like on any other campus, but on the weekends the looks are more high end that leads to a more preppy vibe in Winston Salem. Especially on game days, students can be found in much nicer outfits than other schools. The boys tend to wear chinos and a t-shirt or a polo. The girls usually wear Deacons gear and a skirt, blouse or sweater. All together, the feel of the style at Wake Forest is casual preppy.
Each time news breaks about allegations of sexual abuse or assault in any industry, it’s extraordinarily upsetting. When the initial accusations come out, you know there will be more to follow. As citizens, we hope each new incident will be the last, but with increasingly more women coming forward, there are still others that are reluctant to share out of fear. This fear factor in coming forward leads to the issue reoccurring in a twisted extension of power.
Often times, the men that are abusing women are those in high positions of power in their respective industries, so if when try to come forward after abuse, they are often committing suicide. These men have been taught from a young age that boys will be boys and the equivalent of vocational suicide in their career field, as was the case with many of the victims in the Harvey Weinstein case. Weinstein, a Hollywood titan who could blackball an actress and secure that they never work in the film industry again if they were to try and tell anyone that he abused them, preyed on women for sexual abuse for decades. In usual cases, it only takes one person to come forward publicly to start bringing the issue to light–and more victims will follow–but it is obviously difficult to be that first person.
In an attempt to ensure this will be one of the last incidents of sexual abuse and assault in the workplace, people are attempting to ensure that women don’t stay silent any longer. There is a new campaign on social media, dubbed #MeToo, where anyone who has ever been sexually abused can come forward without specifically having to tell their own story. It is aimed to show anyone who is still scared not only how many others have been affected, but how many people they can turn to. It shows women that their ability to speak out is a strength, not a weakness. Often times, when women have been abused think they are under the false impression that they have done something wrong; they become embarrassed or ashamed and this movement is a way to show them they are not alone.
Each time something like this happens, different industries have varying responses to try ensure the situation does not repeat itself. Some enact new policies, others help raise awareness by supporting these vocal women, while others still remain silent and elect to remain neutral, avoiding the controversy altogether.
The fashion industry, however, had its own response, but answered with a slightly different message than we usually see. There has been a viral image going around of an embroidery saying, “Boys will be Boys (the word has a strikethrough effect through it), held accountable for their actions.” This specific response is new, as it turns the attention from the victims to the perpetrators. However important it is to make the women being abused feel more comfortable, no change will be a panacea for sexual abuse and misconduct.
We, as American men and women, need to confront the issue at the source. We need to make sure that male perpetrators of sexual assault are being held accountable for their actions; that is what this embroidery is starting to inspire young women to have a voice regarding this topic. Boys and girls are taught from when they are young that “when a boy is mean to you that means he likes you,” or “boys will be boys.” If we change this outlook in kids from a young age, we can start to raise boys that are nice to women they like and, in turn, raise boys that have respect for women. We can create a generation of boys and girls who don’t need to deal with sexual abuse.
This viral picture might just inspire the change that actually ends this horrible issue for good.
When you see Sean Trkla in the halls, it’s obvious he isn’t your average high school male. On any given day, you could see him in some chinos or a collared shirt, or even rocking an athletisure of joggers and a hoodie to a subtly nuanced perfection. Sean is a refreshing change of pace from the sweats and hoodies most guys wear, and he knows it.
Sean describes his style as, “Unique for Lake Forest without any self-consciousness,” which is a fitting description for his bold ensembles on a daily basis. Admittedly, Trkla has his outfits picked out for all five days before the week even starts. And when picking an outfit, he bases it around the accessories. “All of my shirts and pants are interchangeable so I base my outfits off of my accessories,” he noted. Yet even when he drops the ball a little and has to pick an outfit out the morning of, he has a specific routine. “If I don’t have it picked out the night before, it’s always blue-based,” Trkla explained.
For Trkla, a senior who plays varsity basketball for the Scouts in the winter season, the most important part of any outfit is the overall color scheme. He notes than any outfit should be “flowy and not uncomfortable. You have to be past the point of your mom dressing you where you know what goes together,” explained Trkla. His emphasis on colors is yet another piece of his wardrobe that separates him from the rest. The halls of the high school can often become bleak–especially in the winter months–with lots of greys and blacks. When prompted, though, Trkla highly favors color as a refreshing twist.
What’s most different about Trkla is that he is not only unique in the the way he dresses, but strives to be individually unique. He does admit to the seldom casual friday but he tries to keep it different, “I think that sweats are boring and kind of ugly personally, so I like to be different and unique. I think it’s funny when people try to give me flak for what I wear when they wear sweats everyday,” the self-assured senior noted.
So what inspires his individual style? His favorite spots to shop at are H&M or J.Crew when he’s not shopping or finding outfit inspiration online. He also notes his style inspiration coming from NBA star Russell Westbrook, his English teacher and basketball coach Austin Scott, and sometimes senior classmate Jack Pasquella, “I respect their confidence,” Sean explained.
Yet the inspiration for Sean’s interest in fashion comes from elsewhere. Trkla credits two sources: the Lake Forest community and the preppy style that is often seen around here, as well as the global basketball scene and seeing players wear fun suits to express their style in clothes that are sometimes too tight or too baggy. Despite his inspirations, though, Trkla realizes that a lot of his look is based on his own individual ways of thinking.
“I like creating my own styles and fashion,” Trkla explained. “I have a lot of inspirations, of course, but I trust my own judgment on what looks good more so than anything. Looking and feeling good isn’t the same for all people. Feeling good is a state of mind.”
Although Sean likes to keep it interesting and unique, he does have one essential. When asked what one thing every guy should have in their closet, he answered with a go-to accessory. “One piece of jewelry like a watch or a necklace is essential.” Now, if you’re looking to spice up your style to be a bit more unique like Sean, he does have a few pointers, like use bold colors and try to match tops and bottoms without being too in sync. But the lesson he holds in the highest esteem: Just be yourself.
Flash Questions with Sean Trkla:
Dressed up or casual? Dressed up
Blacks and greys or colors? Colors
Jeans or chinos? Chinos
Tucked or untucked? Untucked, but it depends.
Belt or no belt? Belt
Crewneck or hoodie? Crewnecks are making a major comeback
Boots, sneakers or loafers? Sneakers, but I wear all three
Jenny Ortega is a senior at Lake Forest High School who writes for the In Style section of The Forest Scout. Jenny’s go-to look for any day at school is vintage ripped jeans and her favorite plaid shirt. For Jenny, the essential pieces in anyone’s closet are: jeans (they have to be ripped), basic shirts she can upcycle, and white sneakers. Her favorite places to shop are Free People, American Eagle, and H&M. Jenny describes her style as more eclectic than anything else–she attempts to pull off different styles and looks depending on the day. Any day of the week you can see Jenny’s style go from super girly to distressed and laid back.
In the high school, Jenny appeals to people who don’t have a specific or distinct style, but are trying on new styles and fashions for size at different times. She appreciates fashion, but knows you don’t always have to pay the high end price to look and feel great. If you are looking for a piece on anything from high end duplicates to versatile style guides, Jenny is your go-to girl!
The transition from summer to fall regarding fashion can be stressful. It seems like there is a new trend or new must-have clothes to catch up with every week. This aforementioned transition can become a lot easier if you just focus on a few new trends for the season. It’s also a lot easier on the bank account if you buy four or five trendy staples that you can wear multiple times throughout the season’s duration instead of something new every other week.
Below, I have highlighted a few of the more obtainable–while still fashionable, of course–trends for high schoolers. Still, the most important part in all of these trends is remaining true to your personal style. The most fashionable people are the ones who are able to take today’s trends and make them their own by putting their own spin on it.
The Future is Now:
This first trend is one of the most prominent this season. You can find this chic metallic silver colors anywhere from the red carpet to the awesome Rag & Bone sneakers featured below. You can integrate this into your closet in other ways as well, including: sneaks, boots, a fun skirt, a cool metallic bomber, or a fun t shirt. These looks can give any basic outfit a fun pop or spice up an outfit for going out. You can find all of these styles at revolve.com
Red and Ready:
This second trend is one of the most fun for this fall: all red everything! Red is such a hot color this fall and is very easy to bring into your fall wardrobe. For an fun fall outfit you can add a pop of red or go monochrome like in these runway looks. If you don’t already have some sort of red in their closet, you can find these looks at revolve.com and the jacket at Zara (in-store and online).
This style for 2017 is more familiar, but is still one of my personal favorites. Graphic tees are an old favorite but something a little new this season are the graphic sweaters and different types of tops. These tops can make an easy t-shirt and jeans look or juxtapose with a nice skirt or pants for a night out. These shirts can found at Gucci in store and online and revolve.com. You can find the featured sweater (they have brunette and ginger, too) in store and online at Zara.
The Right Puff:
This next trend is one of the more fun trends for the fall. Fuzzy faux fur jackets, plus leather and jean jackets with furry accents are all over this season. They are also a fun way to to keep warm as soon as our Chicago fall weather starts to cool down. These jackets can be paired with a plain white t-shirt or a graphic tee. These styles can be found at revolve.com and Zara, in store and online.
This last, but definitely not least, trend for this fall is oversized cozy ski sweaters. These sweaters are another way to beat the Chicago cold as we make our way into winter. And even though sweaters are a staple every year for fall, a major trend this year is the fun pattern on the sweater. These fun, chunky sweaters can be worn with jeans and boots or with a leather skirt for a more fun look. These specific sweaters can be found at revolve.com or at Zara in stores or online.
With New York Fashion Week coming to a close, the first week of Fashion Month is over. Over this past week we saw mainly American brands’ take on the trends for this spring. Now, the second week is beginning, but this time across the pond in London. London Fashion Week features a lot of british brands as well as some of our well known favorite, like Tommy Hilfiger. This fashion week will go from this Friday (9/15) to Tuesday (9/19) and will also feature trends for Spring and Summer 2018. So, here is a guide for the shows everyday for the LFHS fashionistas.
Day 1 (9/15)
Richard Malone- 9
Xiao Li- 9:30
Ralph & Russo- 8:30
Day 2 (9/16)
Simone Rocha- 3pm
House of Holland- 5 pm
Day 3 (9/17)
Versus Versace- 5pm
Emporio Armani- 7 pm
Day 4 (9/18)
Christopher Kane- 3pm
Hill & Friends- 5:30 pm
Julien McDonald- 8 pm
Day 5 (9/19)
Jamie Wei Huang- 11am
Tommy Hilfiger- 7pm
Lake Forest is a great place to be, but there’s still a good chunk of LFHS students that are curious about the world outside of the 60045. In fact, there’s even some lucky LFHS students and alumni that have had the opportunity to explore and get to know a completely different part of the world firsthand. These alums are scattered–from Switzerland to Thailand–and those are just the ones currently abroad. I caught up with a few of them as they jaunt around the globe, and, trust me, it’s as enviable as it sounds.
I talked to four different girls currently abroad, one being LFHS junior Bella Watters who is currently in the Netherlands. Also, I spoke with two LFHS alumni who are freshmen in college, Abby Bertram, who is studying in Switzerland, and Ashlee Amos, who is in France, plus Bria Slobodnik, who is in London. They have seen some obvious differences from Lake Forest but there are also some more obscure differences, like how everything in the Netherlands seems to be much smaller than here. Bria noticed the biggest differences to be that, “London pulls a lot of different types of cultures into the city, so there’s a lot of diversity here and they appreciate a lot of different cultures and backgrounds here which is really cool,” she noted. Meanwhile Ashlee and Abby have noticed differences in their school work, professors, and different social cues, “It’s rude to leave to go to the bathroom. You have to suck it up and you can’t chew gum and we can’t wear tee shirts, sweatpants or athleisure, it’s seen as disrespectful,” Abby noted. Different cultures often have different ways of going about everyday life which can be seen in the classroom, but these differences aren’t all bad, “All my teachers are from around Europe and are extremely qualified and educated so they really know what they are talking about,” mentioned Amos.
One of the most obvious differences in studying abroad is the fact that you are in a new city with all these new and exciting things to do. These Lake Foresters are definitely taking advantage. “This past weekend we [other exchange students] climbed two huge churches and that’s just something you can’t do in LF,” said Bella about exploring the Netherlands. With each different city comes different types of adventure, “The coolest thing I’ve is probably done is renting a boat on Lake Lugano with my friends. It was just so fun to go out and drive it around and see everything up close,” recounted Bertram.
Yet sometimes the most enjoyable thing in spending time abroad is how what seems extraordinary becomes ordinary. “You’re constantly surrounded by beautiful monuments and architecture. Seeing the eiffel tower on my walk to school is pretty amazing,” noted Amos. Sometimes these countries, with all of their perks, have minor down sides as well, like a language barrier or, in Bria’s, case a different type of English, “The terminology here is a lot different; they call bathrooms loos, garbage is rubbish, pants are trousers etc. So you have to be conscious of what you’re saying so people know what you’re talking about.”
With traveling abroad comes new classes and sightseeing, but also the rare chance to see into another culture and try new things like one of my favorite pastimes, food. America is quite the melting pot of cultures and food varieties but in going abroad you get the chance to try something new or a facet of cuisine that your new country specializes in, making it even tastier. “I’ve had some excellent pasta in Milan and good sushi in Lugano. In Ibiza, I tried a phenomenal piece of fish fish,” explained Bertram. While in the Netherlands, Bella has been trying the Dutch take on some american favorites. “There are so many weird cheeses here, but my favorite food by far is frites from the fry stand around the corner from my house.” Sometimes you just have to try something entirely new as Ashlee did in France. “I actually tried snails [escargot] and that was really interesting. It tasted kinda like slimy gummy bears as weird as that seems. I also already tried fried bone marrow,” Ashlee explained. Yet sometimes, for Ashlee, where you eat the food is more interesting than the food itself, “I’ve done dinner at the Eiffel Tour which has an amazing view overlooking Paris.”
New cultures bring new opportunities and experiences but with all of that also comes some missing out on American culture. Through all of the envy–including the exciting new things these girls are trying and learning–the girls have come to miss a few things (mostly food) from little old LF. Other than the fact that Abby couldn’t bring all of her friends and family to Switzerland with her, she has found herself missing an obvious LF staple. “I miss Starbucks!” she explained. “I miss it so much because they don’t have any over here.” Bella found herself missing Mexican food more than American food while in the Netherlands. “Honestly I miss Mexican food so much. They don’t have it here,” she said. Ashlee has also found herself missing a type of food, “I really miss normal peanut butter, they don’t really eat it here.”
While going abroad can have its disadvantages, the new experiences and adventures a new culture can bring exceeds any negatives. Especially when you find yourself in England, France, the Netherlands, or Switzerland. One day it could be you traveling through your favorite country abroad, studying and trying all sorts of new exciting things. But, for the time being we will just have to live vicariously through these Lake Foresters.
With Homecoming rapidly approaching, so is my favorite week of the year, Spirit Week. Everyone dresses up each day of the week with a different theme to show school spirit. One day in particular is extra fun, class distinction day. This year it falls on Tuesday and the different classes will be wearing the following: Tie Dye for freshmen, Camo for sophomores, USA for the juniors and the infamous togas for the seniors. It’s something kids look forward to for all four years. You know you are officially a senior when you tie on that toga, yet many kids struggle with how to actually turn a white sheet into a Grecian toga.
So here are a two different ways to make sure you have the slickes toga that also stays up and together the entire day:
Take a corner of the sheet in one hand. Hold the sheet in front of the top of your right shoulder.
Drape the sheet across your chest and tuck under your left arm.
Wrap the sheet around your back. Tuck it under your right arm and once more around the front of your chest.
After bringing the sheet across your chest, under your left arm the second time and around your back, bring the second corner up over your back. Secure the two ends with a knot.
Secure the layers tightly with a couple of hidden safety pins inside the toga.
Add a belt around your waist.
Hold the corner of the sheet at hip level at your left side. It should be covering the front of your body, but not the back.
Wrap the fabric around your back to form a skirt. Wrap until it overlaps the first corner by a few inches.
Pin it in place with a safety pin.
Throw the remainder of the sheet over your right shoulder.
It’s that time of the year again–fashion month–and the first city up is New York. Fashion Weeks are a designated time for designers both big and small from each of the four big fashion cities, New York, London, Milan, and Paris, to have fashion shows. New York Fashion Week is the most well known of the four weeks in fashion month as fashionistas all around will be tuning in to see the shows. For us high schoolers, it can be a little difficult to pick up and go to New York City for eight days, but there is still a way to catch the shows of all of your favorite designers!
It’s important to remember that the fashion shows for this fall’s styles were this past January. The fashion shows starting this week are “SS18” or, designed for the Spring/Summer seasons of 2018. All of the shows this fashion month consist of looks and trends for the upcoming spring and summer. H ere is a guide to some of the best shows every day.
It’s also important to remember that there aren’t name brand shows everyday; some days you may not recognize any of the brands, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a good fashion show.
Day 1 (9/6)
Pamella Roland- 4:00
Urban Zen- 5:00
V Files- 7:30
Tom Ford- 8:00
Day 2 (9/7)
Haus Alkire- 10:00
Brock Collection- 2:00
Creatures of Comfort-3:00
Kim Shui- 7:00
Calvin Klein- 8:00
Kith Sport NYC- 9:00
Day 3 (9/8)
Club Monaco- 9:00
Project Runway- 9:00
Tory Burch- 10:00
Nicole Miller- 6:00
Brandon Maxwell- 7:00
Jeremy Scott- 9:00
Day 4 (9/9)
Jill Stuart- 11:00
Banana Republic- 1:00
Simon Miller- 1:00
Dion Lee- 3:00
Mac Duggal- 5:00
Phillipp Plein- 9:00
Alexander Wang- 9:30
Day 5 (9/10)
Victoria Beckham- 10:00
Public School- 11:00
Laquan Smith- 12:00
Tracy Reece- 2:00
Tanya Taylor- 4:00
Vivienne Hu- 6:00
Fenty Puma by Rihanna- 9:00
Day 6 (9/11)
The Row- 9:00
GREY Jason Wu- 10:00
John Paul Ataker- 12:00
Addition Elle- 1:00
Derek Lam- 1:00
3.1 Phillip Lim- 3:00
Oscar de la Renta- 4:00
Anna Sui- 7:00
Caroline Herrera- 8:00
Day 7 (9/12)
Jenny Packham- 9:00
- Mendel- 10:00
Alice + Olivia- 11:00
Cynthia Rowley- 6:00
Ralph Lauren- 7:00
Day 8 (9/13)
Michael Kors- 10:00
Eva Longoria Collection- 11:00
Zang Toi- 3:00
Athleisure House- 6:00
Marc Jacobs- 6:00
As I said before, these are only a few of the many shows that are featured everyday at New York Fashion Week. I found a majority of my information from all of the shows at http://fashionweekonline.com/. Here you can find the rest of the shows as well as live shows and replays all throughout the week.