Taking a step in the right direction

As a writer for this online lifestyle blog, catered towards college students, I try my best to prepare you for a life post graduation as well. Yes, I know that looks aren’t everything, but there are some words that can’t be taken back with a poor appearance. Lets face it, those chuck-taylor’s you wore with your Al’s Formal Wear tuxedo to your senior prom won’t land you a 6 figure salary during your interview, or help you pick up that lovely lady from the bar.

As of right now the current trend is to have a pair of Wingtips, but I know they are A. Expensive B. Almost impossible to find second hand and C. too loud to truly be versatile. Cap Toe Oxfords are your next best bet.  They are still a little expensive (come on, they’re leather dress shoes, not some Jordans made in china). but don’t fret, these shoes are a worthy investment because they certainly look more professional and are easier to pair with than those black dress shoes you have in the back of your closet. Not that there is anything wrong with the black dress shoe, but lets try to add some more sophistication in your wardrobe. Stores such as Footsmart, Macys, and Urbanoutfitters sell cap toe oxfords for a very reasonable price.

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Baby, it’s getting cold outside–warm up with some Versace for H&M

Dontella and models for Versace for H&M

Perhaps you haven’t fallen in love with H&M yet because you haven’t dragged your butt to NorthPark but darlings it is time to check it out. Every year H&M collaborates with a design for a bi-annual collection and this fall they have partnered with power house Dontella Versace. This exclusive collection for H&M will encompass all of the things we love about Versace’s heritage- leather, prints, color, and exclusive materials at college friendly H&M prices. The Versace collection will have lines for both women and men and select pieces for the home. The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the season, featuring studded leather, silk, and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration with H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspreads. This line will only be released in about 300 stores worldwide so let’s cross our fingers and pray to the fashion god’s that Dallas is one of those cities. The line will be available in those 300 select stores starting on November 19, 2011. Just in case the new baby store to the H&M family does not get selected as a store for the collection in November, in addition, Dontella Versace has also designed a pre-spring collection for H&M which will be exclusively available in countries with H&M on-line sales starting January 19, 2012.

For more informaiton: H&M press release
Images from: Focus on Style