Viktoria Szanto, our Style DIY columnist, outlines 5 easy steps to creating a DIY bow clip.
With ball season officially upon us, the eternal question arises: what should I wear? Instead of lamenting over having "nothing to wear", create this bow for a fun new accessory. After creating this craft, you can then use it as a hairclip, shoe clip --or even an upgrade to an old dress. You can use any material, any colour or pattern- I chose a classic blue velvet.Step 1Start with a rectangular shape. The dimensions depend of course on how big you want the bow to be, I started off with an about 7cmx 12cm material. Cut a small, roughly 1 cm thick piece off and leave it aside (don’t throw it out!).Step 2Fold both ends in- just a few centimetres- and sew it there. You can use any sort of stitching, as long as it stays there you are fine.Step 3Gather it in the middle like so. Tie it around a few times with the thread.Step 4.Get your little piece (the one we cut off in step 1) and roll it around. Mine was too long, so I cut some of it.Step 5. Sew it there.You can glue/ stitch it to a hair clip, or buy a shoe clip like I did (I got mine from the hardware store on South street) and adjust the bow to it.Done! Viktoria Szanto All images: Viktoria Szanto
Natalie Clark gives advice on what to wear for your next date --whether you are going for coffee, or out to dinner.
I find myself plagued by the dilemma of ‘what to wear’ almost every time I leave the house. I consider myself conscious of my appearance and, in all honesty, I do want to make a good impression by dressing well. This is especially true for me during exams: look smart, think smart. Right?Anyway. Onto the topic at hand.I think it is a fair assessment that dating in St Andrews is nightmarish. If you're not academically related, then your best friend slept with them last year. If you didn’t meet each other in class, then you’re in all the same societies. You probably know most of their dirty laundry – and you’re still interested. Bearing in mind this works the other way, how do you dress to make the date go as well as you want it to? Or at least, how do you dress to feel like the date will go as well as you want it to? Let’s keep my delusion that clothing influences situations out of this article.The morally correct answer is that you can wear whatever you want, whatever you feel comfortable in. Love being naked? Rock that gorgeous body. They’ll certainly remember you.The most obvious answer is that it depends on where you’re going. Is it casual? Is this an if-this-goes-terribly-then-I-can-say-we-hung-out-as-friends-and-forget-it-ever-happened sort of affair? Or perhaps you’ve been dating for months – years – and you’re going out for the anniversary date? Behold: I shall remove all your clothing…woes.
Keep it casual with chino shorts.“In Scotland?” I hear you cry. Yes. In Scotland. The St Andrews Starbucks is always roasting hot due to its incomprehensibly small space and sheer crowds. Really, why are you on a date here?Chino material is surprisingly cosy, and on really chilly days you can pair them with brightly coloured wool tights for some fun. Alternatively, try a plaid dress (or oversized shirt) with a slouchy beanie, fastened with a belt. If you’re not a dress lover, tie your plaid shirt at the waist and pair with skinny jeans.
Please tell me people still go on movie dates. I really hope there are people buying tickets to the National Theatre Live showing of Hamlet, just to sit in the back row and snog.For this occasion, I recommend something comfy and quiet, such as a maxi skirt. Cosy enough to wear even in the depths of winter (I was surprised too) and visually stunning with all their floatiness: sweep in, demand they buy the popcorn, watch the movie, win their heart, leave. Win. Oversized are also a fun option. I love this look because it is classy yet effortless (I try really hard, actually).
There are two routes to go with this: overdress or underdress. I’m always a fan of overdressing (it baffles me that people go on nights out in jeans here. Something with a hint of sparkle never fails to cheer me up either, so for a sit-down dinner I’m likely to wear a dress with sparkly accents. If you don’t feel comfortable in a dress, classy trousers and a nice blouse are a suitable alternative.Natalie ClarkFeatured image: http://www.polyvore.com/ Designed by Natalie Clark
Viktoria Szanto, in the second instalment of her new column, “Style DIY”, creates a donut bun out of the leftover fabric from her last DIY, which you can find here.
With the leftover fabric from the last "Style DIY", I present to you, the DIY Donut Bun so you can have the perfect hair bun. For this project, all you will need are: the feet of tights, (or if you didn’t do the last DIY, regular pair of socks), a needle and thread. This craft requires minimal sewing skills. Don’t worry, you can’t really go wrong with it, and the result will definitely be rewarding. So let’s get started!Step 1Stuff one of the socks. I used the other foot of the tights and a pair of black socks, but you can use anything ranging from cotton balls to pieces of leftover materials. You should decide how thick you want your donut bun to be. If you have long and thick hair, stuff it all the way through and skip over Steps 2 and 3. My lovely assistant has quite thin hair, so i didn’t make the donut very thick.Step 2As i’ve mentioned in the previous step, I had to make my donut thinner, so i folded it in half. By doing so, the bun will be more dense.Step 3Sew the fabric where you folded it. If you are a beginner at sewing, you only need to remember this: tie the end of the thread so it won’t slip out, then push it through the material and bring it out. Repeat until it looks like it will stay that way. You really don’t need to do a tidy job, your hair will ideally cover the donut anyways.Step 4 and 5Since it is a sock, one end is already closed. In this step, sew the other end closed as well.Step 6Connect the two ends and sew them togetherStep 7Done!Viktoria Szanto
Morgan Scobie tells you how to stay on-trend this fall -- without going over budget.
For this Autumn/Winter,the runways were all about flares and fur. With designers such as Burberry bringing back seventies style in a new and improved way, winter shopping has never been so exciting. Unfortunately, a student budget can't cover that gorgeous, blue-green fur jacket sported by Kendall Jenner on the Michael Kors runway. Instead of cutting back in other ways (i.e: living off beans and toast), the trends below will keep you looking just as cool as Kendall -- just for less.That’s So 70’sOn the A/W 2015 runways, seventies styles dominated. reflecting this trend, turtle necks and flared jeans are all over the high street. With a modern spin, a 70’s ensemble can look chic and trendy whilst keeping you warm during the freezing St. Andrews winters.From left to right: TOPSHOP chunky platform sandal Suede £28, ZARA suede skirt £46, TOPSHOP stripped roll neck sweater £28, GLAMOROUS jeans £30, TOPSHOP Moto zip front skirt £32, TOPSHOP black suede Jacket £56, TOPSHOP clean pocket pinafore dress £32, ZARA velvet platform sandal £65.Eccentric furOne of my favourite trends this season is eccentric furs. Every winter we see the comeback of the fur jacket, but this year, the trend has been reinvented. Featuring over-the-top colours and unique textures, fur is here to stay this fall. What better way to keep warm than a (faux) fur jacket?From left to right: NASTY GAL Heating up faux-fur jacket £51, TOPSHOP shaggy faux-fur coat £89, RELIGION Ecstasy faux-fur jacket £120, ANTHROPOLOGY Sidonie pom beanie £32, RIVER ISLAND mixed faux fur clutch handbag £46.Turtle NecksThe turtle neck. Our wardrobe must this autumn/winter. The utilitarian staple that will take this season by storm. Turtle neck crops, turtle neck jumpers, turtle neck dresses; the possibilities are endless. Easy to wear and so stylish.From left to right: BOOHOO Martha turtle neck cut-out back detail detail maxi dress £17, H&M fine-knit turtle neck £15, ABERCROMBIE & FITCH turtle neck jumper dress £58, RIVER ISLAND black turtle neck backless body £29, PHASE EIGHT Rita turtle neck dress £85, BOOHOO Nicole neck crop jumper £15, BOOHOO Lisa turtle neck £1.99, MISGUIDED long sleeve turtle neck crop jumper £20.Head to toe blackAs someone who is a big fan of wearing black, I am more than excited for the ‘head to toe’ black trend that is hitting our a/w season. This trend can be worn in a number of simple yet elegant ways. It is so easy to pull off and a black outfit is bound to look fashionable whatever way you choose to wear it.From left to right: TOPSHOP black ripped Leigh jeans £40, AX PARIS waterfall belted coat £39, TWIN SISTER long sleeve bodysuit £40, RIVER ISLAND black leather-look biker leggings £39, H&M jumper in mohair blend £50, OFFICE Incarnation double zip boots £60, ASOS pointed high heels £45, H&M biker jacket £40.Morgan Scobie
Viktoria Szanto, in the first instalment of her new column, "Style DIY", repurposes old tights into a cropped top.
For this DIY, only two items are required: old tights and a pair of scissors. Not only are few items required, but this DIY is also super easy -- precision being completely unimportant. After sharing this tutorial, I’ll be excited to see fellow students wearing this DIY on nights out. Supplies: 1 pair of tights, 1 pair of scissors. Step 1: Cut the feet off the tights (regular or thick tights, whichever you prefer). If you opt for see-through tights, be sure to wear something underneath.If you want to skip this step, you can also use old leggings instead of tights. In which case, proceed to Step 2.If you are indeed cutting up your tights, decide on the length of the sleeves. If you want longer sleeves, cut closer to the foot. If you want shorter sleeves, cut further away from the foot.As I said in the little introduction, don’t worry about precision, because the material rolls up anyways.Note:do not throw away the bits you have cut off! We can use it in the next issue’s DIY!Step 2: Cut a reverse V-shape between the legs. The deeper you cut, the deeper the neckline will be.Step 3: Slightly pull the material, just so it rolls up nicely.Done! Viktoria Szanto All photos: Viktoria Szanto
Stephanie Irwin, our Deputy Editor, explains how students dressed for both cold weather and the Starfields mosh pit. At most summer music festivals, little clothing is the only option. For Starfields attendees, however, students faced a greater sartorial challenge. How does one dress appropriately for both a mosh pit and sobering fall temperatures?Option #1: Dance to keep warm Some students chose the option of dancing to keep warm (or being in denial about summer's end). Even while wearing black jeans and a teeshirt, I was definitely within this category. At the end of Starfields, I didn’t want to leave the tent, partially because of Klingande’s amazing set, but mostly because I was cold.Given my own struggles with dressing for the event, I was surprised to see many students dressed as if they were going to an actual summer festival. Sporting lightweight teeshirts, shorts and often a flower crown, it was as if they weren't in Scotland at all. Option #2: Layer Skillfully Attempting to find a happy medium, most students skillfully combined their favourite festival items with signature colder weather pieces. Among both girls and guys, layered flannels were a popular choice—appropriate to tie around the waist, yet warm enough to walk to the bar. For added warmth, some students opted for patchwork vintage denim or leather motorcycle jackets. Nevertheless, most of these students were still too cold -- some even going home early. Option #3: Wear Crazy AccessoriesCombining both options one and two, some students chose to sport crazy accessories alongside layered summer items. Through doing so, students could either make their denim jacket seem less plain, or take their denial of classes on Monday one step further. For student accessories, the boys in heart-shaped shades were a highlight. Among those who wanted to wear crazy accessories --but didn't want to lose them dancing -- face paint was a wise option.For next time... The fashion savvy St Andrews Fashion Show Committee could have thrown in a "there will be no space heaters anywhere" within the event description -- or have at least found a way to decrease time spent in freezing lineups at the entrance, bars and washrooms. Check out Natasha Franks' review for more details on that.Regardless, No matter how cold students were, most attendees recognized that Alex Adair and Klingande were worth it. Next year, I'll be sure to bring my Canada Goose and a portable space heater. Feel free to join me. Stephanie Irwin
Stephanie Irwin, our Deputy Editor, recommends what you should have in your suitcase before university begins. No matter how many "What to pack for university" articles you read, nothing will truly prepare you for St Andrews. At a university known for our charity fashion shows and sharply dressed students, packing one's closet into a suitcase can seem daunting. Since packing light is recommended, below are the top 8 things you need to survive in style -- and one bonus to pick up in town.1. A Sturdy SuitcaseUnlike most university students, those at St Andrews tend to travel. A lot. If you’re lucky enough to afford weekends away (or are from far away), investing in a high quality suitcase is 100% worth it. After all, there is nothing worse than schlepping through an airport with a single-wheeled suitcase. If you go fancy enough, some suitcases even have internal storage for suits or gowns.2. 2-3 Versatile Dresses or SuitsGiven the large array of black tie events in St Andrews, it is better to invest in 2-3 versatile dresses that can be styled to look different, rather than owning an array of cheap dresses you’ll never wear again (or that will fall apart during their single use). Although white is not the best colour to purchase, if you’re dead set, be sure to take it to Johnston’s Dry Cleaner the next morning. They won’t judge.3. Previously worn dress shoesIf you’re not the type to sport dress shoes on the regular, it’s better to start now than on a night out. Girls should note that heels aren’t commonly seen at events, and those that do opt for heels choose ones with a relatively even platform and heel (the smaller the platform, the more difficult a heel will be to walk in). After traversing through dirt, mud and water (Kinkell Byre is the worst for this), brand new shoes are not ideal.4. Water Resistant backpackUpon arriving in St Andrews, I was foolish enough to buy a cheap, canvas backpack. Within the first few weeks of class, the rain leaked through my bag, destroying all of my notes. Nowadays I use a waterproof backpack -- and my grades are better for it.5. Sturdy rubber sole trainers (that aren’t white)Unless you religiously use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on your white shoes, white shoes will become destroyed in St Andrews. Instead, I prefer to wear flat forms, since they elevate feet higher above the wet ground, preventing water from leaking into the shoe. Water proof spray is also your friend.6. 1 (ideally warm) sartorial item from your homelandAs a Canadian, I purchased an obnoxious beaver sweater before coming to St Andrews. Not only did it curb homesickness, but it also helped curb the residence hall chill.7. Wellington BootsEveryone on campus owns Hunter Wellington Boots. If you’re a hipster who is disgruntled by this idea, generic brands in a simple colour do the job for short walks around town.8. 1 waterproof jacketFor the days that it rains so hard you can barely see, a waterproof jacket is a godsend. Although all waterproof jackets come at a high price, they are a necessary evil. A jacket is considered waterproof (instead of water resistant) if the seams are sealed. If the seams are not sealed, water seeping through is a definite possibility. This is important to note, since a jacket can have waterproof fabric, but not have sealed seams. For a waterproof jacket that works wonders, Arcteryx is recommended.Honourable Mention: the bubble umbrella Although they are a pain to travel with, be sure to purchase a bubble umbrella upon arrival in St Andrews. In even the lightest rain, a regular umbrella will become upturned in the St Andrews wind (even if its Burberry or Fulton). For day-to-day life, waterproof spray and accepting the Scottish rain are your best options. Stephanie Irwin
This week Morgan Scobie tracked down the perfect outfit for slouchy Sunday library sessions and walks on the beach alike as the weather (finally!) begins to warm up.
Name: Farah Hussain
Year of Study: Second
Wardrobe staples: Boyfriend shirt & black skinny jeans
There is nothing worse than spending your Sunday afternoon cooped up in the library with looming deadlines. However, Farah shows us how to be chic yet comfy while pounding out those never-ending essays. The baggy boyfriend shirt is a wardrobe basic, the “I have nothing to wear but I have a wardrobe full of clothes” go-to piece that can be worn with shorts, over a bikini or even tucked into a midi skirt. Paired with black skinny jeans, Farah gives this casual staple a smart spin. Perfect for a spring day, the look is light and airy but perfect when there is a slight breeze. Farah finishes off this slouchy-yet-trendy look with some flat pumps, giving the look that extra summery touch. This effortless outfit is both versatile and timeless. Morgan Scobie
Morgan Scobie tracked down one of the hottest looks in St Andrews this past week – a fun, 70's-inspired outfit perfect for the transition towards spring!
Name: Katherine Thornton
Year of Study: Second
Wardrobe Staple: Patterns
Though spring has technically already sprung, Scotland hasn't quite caught on yet. The sun may be peaking out more and more every day, but the wind (and the hail!) means that transitioning from darker winter garb to cheery spring clothes can be difficult. However, some people seem to have mastered the art, and interesting patterns and bright colours are beginning to grace our three streets. Katherine's outfit is a perfect example of what to wear at this time of year with the chilly winds and odd glimpses of sunshine. The bright leggings and patterned top have been styled in a sophisticated way through the inclusion of a knee length coat. The fur collar attacked to the coat adds a feminine touch to the tailored coat. Katharine has also channeled her inner disco, as we can see with her 70's patterns and colours. Her outfit is tied together with the contrasting, eye-popping blue purse worn across the body, which emphasises her bright patterned top. Spring in Scotland, especially in St Andrews, is never particularly warm, but Katherine shows us how to incorporate spring fashion into your daily wardrobe while still staying warm! Morgan Scobie
Morgan Scobie tracked down one of the hottest looks in St Andrews this past week - a warm but fashionable outfit perfect for getting around town in the cold and wind until Scotland finally figures out that it's springtime!
Name: Ali Saldanha
Year of Study: 2nd
The bitter winds and plummeting temperatures are enough of a reason to go to class in joggies and a hoody. However, Ali shows us how to keep warm while still looking good. This winter, puffer jackets have made a come back; it is the perfect wardrobe item to keep you toasty and stylish at the same time. Ali has paired her North Face puffer jacket with a cream high neck jumper. This winter, turtlenecks have made a fashionable and hot return, gracing our runways in all sorts of different colours, patterns and styles. Ali’s basic cream jumper goes perfectly with her subtly tartan leggings, which give her outfit a punch of excitement and colour. This all comes together splendidly with her flat, black Chelsea boots, which are ideal all year, especially in Scottish weather!
Viktoria Szanto brings us another installment of her 'History of Fashion' series, an exploration of the history and meaning of tattoos and piercings. Check out her last post, an analysis of suffragette fashion, here. Are body modifications acceptable? Are they abnormal? Are they fashionable? I was hesitant to write about the issue of tattoos and piercings under the title ’history of fashion’ because they are not commonly discussed in this context, despite the fact that they have been around for thousands of years. Fashion, or anything in society for that matter, is pushed forward by two, seemingly conflicting principles: individuality and globalization. It can mean something ground-breaking, as most people in the fashion industry – the most famous at least – are visionaries who introduce new, creative ideas and are able to express themselves in an individualistic way. Or it can mean the exact opposite: fashion equals mainstream, the norm. I can’t help but refer to the very famous monologue of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, where she explains how the cerulean blue colour filtered down from the gowns of Oscar de la Renta through hundreds of fashion houses to the charity shop, where Andy – who cares nothing about fashion – perfectly and ignorantly bought it. High fashion thus became the norm.
Now, tattoos and piercings might fit under the first definition, as they can be very singular and personal (it depends on the execution and the idea of course), but hardly under the second. In some circles they are normal, but especially amongst members of older generations, body modifications are still – to put it gently – signs of a deviant nature. To complicate matters more, I also have to add that, as punk is coming back, high fashion has started embracing tattoos and statement earrings, pierced ears and noses more and more. For years now, they have consistently appeared on the runway (most recently the pierced eyebrows in Rodarte’s spring collection for 2015). So are body modifications becoming normal? What is normal anyways? You see, that’s why I’m somewhat perplexed.Putting ink and metal under our skin is not that outrageous however, if we think about how old and persistent the idea of changing our bodies is. Diets, workouts, makeup, clothes, hair, jewellery, tattoos and piercings all serve one purpose: costumizing the body we were born into without our say, changing it into something we feel more comfortable in. Though maybe not solely for this reason, getting tattooed and pierced has been ordinary practice for longer than you would think.
Unlike other art forms, tattoos and piercings disappear with the wearer, so we can only make intelligent guesses on the reputation of body modifications in ancient cultures. The oldest known man tattooed is Ötzi, the ice man, whose body – estimated to be 5300 years old – was discovered almost perfectly preserved in ice. Lines and crosses were found on his body; however, his tattoos were almost certainly more therapeutic than decorational. Interestingly, the areas tattooed on Ötzi perfectly correspond with acupressure points that were previously believed to have been discovered by Asian civilizations thousands of years after Ötzi’s lifetime. Tattoos found on the mummies of Egyptian priestesses and royal concubines were long considered to be the oldest examples, dating back to 2000 BC. Marks tattooed on their stomachs and thighs were to protect them against pregnancy. Ancient Romans and Greeks also had tattoos. According to Herodotus, amongst Thracians tattoos were a sign of nobility. In Rome, on the other hand, tattoos were used to identify and mark slaves. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Christianity condemned body modifications; they were only found amongst the members of barbarian tribes – maybe that’s part of the reason why today they are commonly regarded as primitive. Piercings could also be found in ancient cultures, where they not only functioned as decoration, but also expressed the social status of the wearer. Asian, African and Australian tribes even today wear various piercings as part of their culture and tradition.Tattoos and piercings were brought to Europe by sailors and explorers in the 17th century. In South-America and the islands of the Pacific tattoos mostly depicted magical symbols that protected the wearer against harm. That’s also where the name comes from: James Cook, when in Tahiti heard the locals call it tatau, meaning to dot, punch. In Europe it shortly became fashionable amongst members of the higher circles to tattoo small signs on the body. In the court of Louis XVI, women pierced their nipples and intimate areas to appear more elegant and wealthy – not the best way to let people know if you ask me. In 1891 Samuel O’Reilly came up with the first tattoo machine based on Thomas Edisons’s electric pen, but in the early 20th century body modifications became illegal. Tattoo artists founded secret organizations and worked in outlying parts of cities, tattooed people travelled with circuses and were seen as monsters. From the 1950s onwards the risk of a hepatitis infection also reduced the popularity of tattoos and piercings.
Just as clothing – once a means of keeping warm and protecting the body – has become a way of expressing oneself, defying or fitting into a norm, today body modifications serve a similar purpose. They are no longer regarded (or they shouldn’t be anyways) as terminal corruption of the body, and they don’t have symbolic or healing powers attributed to them. They are instead a way of externalizing the inner self. They are becoming more accepted in the workplace and thus are no longer associated with criminal activity. They are, in fact, becoming fashionable. Viktoria Szanto