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Senior forward Blake Hinson (2) drives to the basket during Saturday evening’s game against Virginia Tech in the Petersen Events Center.
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Offbeat | My top fashion picks right now

Offbeat is a biweekly blog offering new and meaningful takes on all things media.
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Annika Esseku | Senior Staff Illustrator

Listen, I love clothes. We all know that by now. 

Disclaimer! I don’t subscribe to this ridiculous, revolving door of aesthetics. Like, what the hell is a mob-wife-office-siren-blueberry-milk-nail? These millisecond-long microtrends are wildly unsustainable for the pockets of any gal my age, not to mention their self-esteem.

If you are constantly pining for the next hit item in the TikTok shop — for the love of God, do you not have enough? — your desire to fit in and be the trendiest of the bunch only becomes more insatiable. 

My advice? Like what you like, whenever you want to like it. A solid sense of self is timeless, tasteful and always prevails. Take care of your closet — bring in pieces you genuinely adore for yourself. I always find that I receive a great response when I dress for myself. Not that it’s about how other people perceive me, but it feels nice when I’m wearing something so entirely me and am complimented for it — I’m only human. 

That being said, I’ll tell you some of the fashion choices I’ll never abandon. 

  1. (Obnoxiously) Big Faux Fur Coats or Trenches

So Carrie Bradshaw. I love an oversized trench you can snuggle into in the winter — right over your sweaty workout clothes — or a petite feather jacket with tights and a skirt for cocktail hour. They give an extra oomph over any old leather jacket or peabody coat — though I’m a sucker for those, too. 

A faux fur is so classy but evocative. It says, ‘I’m here!’ in a tasteful way, in my opinion. If trends do anything, they come back. So to all the girls rifling through their mother’s coat closet for minks, best of luck.

Jilly Rowan wearing a faux fur coat in the summer, paired with a wooden purse and a bright dress.

 

  1. Leopard + Cheetah Print

I might lose some people on this one. But how many times has this fabulous print resurfaced in our fashion culture? Many

Leopard is just the perfect bit of playful fun. It dilutes the waters of ‘oh-so-serious’ fashion.

Pairing a funky print with solids or a pop of culture is so fashionable to me. An excellent red sneaker with cheetah print low-rise jeans, a crewneck hoodie on top and some jewels, glasses and a blunt bob as accessories? That sounds like perfection to me. 

My Wales Bonner Adidas Samba Pony sneakers are prized at this point. 

  1. Sheer

Sheer tops and dresses will always stay in my rotation. Playing with dimension is another fun way of spicing up outfits! Layering — or the lack thereof — is crucial. 

  1. Sandy Blue Wash Jeans

At first, I wasn’t into it. They looked dirty.

But since I tried on my first pair of these toned-down, beachy, sand-hued jeans, I haven’t turned back! I love classic blue jeans, but I became super predictable with the coloring I’d reach for. 

This new shade allowed me to gravitate towards something different and create an outfit far more exciting out of my usual garb. 

  1. Kitten Heels (!!!)

Oh. My. Kitten. Heels. I’m embarrassed to admit how many pairs I have, but my favorites include my red leather ones and a black belted pair. I even sport a pair my mom wore in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Recycled joy!

Jilly Rowan’s collection of kitten heels, including her favorite red pair

I’m chucking them on for every dinner date and night out. The pointier, the better — even if my boyfriend said they look like elf shoes (has he no taste). 

No notes for these beautiful puppies. Or kitties…

  1. Body Accessories (That Aren’t Tats)

Tattoos are a little too permanent for me, so I’ve grown in the habit of getting tooth gems and hair feathers. Yes, the hair feathers you get on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Bad Kitty while you’re sitting on one of those tiny 5-year-old princess chairs.

I’m on my third tooth gem now — they are so subtle but massively cool.

A heart-shaped tooth gem on Jilly Rowan
  1. Shoulder Bags

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but bags make or break an outfit. Whatever is holding your lipstick for the evening, make it match! Or even better, make it something so effortlessly funky and eye-catching. 

Purses are an ‘oft-forgotten’ way of expressing ourselves in fashion — it doesn’t always have to be via a graphic tee. 

Jilly Rowan mixing a feather top with a 3D shoulder bag
  1. Graphic Tees

Speaking of, the graphic tee is back like it never left. Probably because it didn’t — it’s just become more refined. Lately, I’ve seen many fashion-forward friends wearing tees with martini glasses, 8-balls, lips or even tequila bottles. 

Graphics are so fun to wear and to see worn! 

  1. Nail art

To me, every part of the body is involved in fashion — nails included. They constitute such a big part of our every movement, so it’s my prerogative to make them artistic! 

Personally, I love toying around with pearls, bows, chromes and prints on the nail. Always tip your nail technician for their time, my friends!

A set of pearl and bow acrylic nails on Jilly Rowan

Hopefully, this has inspired you to wear some of the things you’ve always liked but were just too timid to try, or realize that life’s too short to adhere to every single trend! Go play dress up in that beautiful closet of yours. Figure out what your style is to you

Jillian writes about a range of media topics. You can reach her at [email protected].

About the Contributor
Jillian Rowan, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Jilly Rowan. I am a Junior studying Media and Professional Communications on the Digital Media Track. Something about me is I am a duel citizen of the United Kingdom, and I love to travel :)