Bad Girls Club

Fashion, 80s style.

It looks like wintry weather is here to stay, but no fear, we’ve put together a few fun, 80s-inspired looks to add some color to your wardrobe. So go ahead, unleash your inner Heather.

On Claire (left)

Joe’s Jeans Skinny Ankle coated jeans, $192, Scout and Molly’s. Lovely Day crop top, $25, Fedora. Bella Dahl chambray shirt, $132, Scout and Molly’s. Shoes, model’s own. Beanie and jewelry stylist’s own.

On Brittney (back center)

Sequin romper, $50, Fedora. Triangle necklace, $34, Fedora. Purse, $45, Fedora. Gibson Blazer, $98, Nordstrom. Metal cuff, $44, Scout and Molly’s. Wood bracelet with studs, $42, Scout and Molly’s. Vintage gold hoops, booties, and tights, stylist’s own.

On Taylor (front center)

Big Star Jeans, $118, Scout and Molly’s. Wildfox T-shirt, $68, Scout and Molly’s. C. Luce Leather jacket, $89, Scout and Molly’s. Black clutch, $39, Fedora. Gold earrings, $10, Fedora. Black and white necklace, $28, Fedora. Nike shoes, model’s own

On Becca (right)

Rune leather leggings, $106, Scout and Molly’s. Tibi sleeveless zebra print top, $325, Scout and Molly’s. Scarf, $19, Fedora. Snakeskin clutch, $39, Fedora. Silver hoop earrings, $14, Fedora. Coat, Betsey Johnson, stylist’s own. Shoes model’s own.

Fashion from:

Scout and Molly’s. 201 S Estes Dr. Chapel Hill, NC, (919) 969-8886.

Fedora200 N Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC (919) 969-1511.

Girl on Fire

On March 23rd, the world will finally be watching the premiere of the epic saga, The Hunger Games, based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins. The film, set in a futuristic North America, tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl from a poor mining district, and her struggle to be the sole survivor in the Hunger Games, a contest in which teens are pitted against each other for televised entertainment.

I know I cannot wait to see the fashion in the film, which ranges from demure vintage in the poor districts, to crazy, Gaga-esque ensembles in the capitol. In the opening ceremony of the games, Katniss rocks a stunning cape that is engulfed in flames.

Rising star, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss in the film took her character’s nickname, “girl on fire,” to heart in her latest red carpet looks. Here are some of my favorites…


Here, Jennifer Lawrence dazzles us in Jimmy Choo heels and a Prabal Gurung gown at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games. The fiery, gold lame gown was a perfect tribute to her character. All-over gold may be too much for the college student, so work some gold into your wardrobe with bold gold metallic heels or a clutch.


Here she is wearing a red hot Calvin Klein gown at the Academy Awards where she was nominated for best actress for her role in Winter’s Bone. The gown is perfectly form fitting, yet simple, which doesn’t take away from the attention-grabbing hue. We can take some helpful style advice from Jennifer: when wearing red, keep your hair and makeup simple and wear minimal accessories.


Lawrence was pretty in pink in a stunning Oscar De La Renta gown at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards. I love the bold contrast of her bright gown with black accessories.  For a more wearable take, add a pop of neon to your spring wardrobe by pairing a skinny, neon belt with neutral basics.


Lawrence was stylish and sophisticated in Tom Ford at the Paris premiere. Although the dress is simple in black, she stays true to her Katniss sense of style with the gold details on the back and gold heels.

ImageHere she goes for a flirtier look at the Berlin premiere, in a bold Marchesa gown that mimics the movement of flames.

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Jenny Packham -New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

Jenny Packham, Kate Middleton’s go-to designer, surprised viewers this season with a bold, edgy collection inspired by 40’s film stars. Far from her usual collections of ethereal, ladylike bridal wear and dresses, the designer featured stunning ensembles with sharp shoulders and lots of embellishments.


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The show opened with a cloud of smoke as models strutted down the runway, sporting coiffed hairstyles and blood-red lips. Packham said her inspiration for the collection was the time of film noir, a period known for “dark mood lighting and even darker morals.” Her looks suggested just that.


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The collection, perfect for the modern, burlesque-loving girl, featured daring looks such as a black silk jumpsuit and a dramatic gown in an all-over black and white floral.  The dresses were all about the shoulders.  They were either capped-sleeved, one-shouldered, or dripping in studs and beading.  The looks were prim, yet tough, with a dramatic black and white palette with pops of red and sky blue.


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The noteworthy looks were a sequence of gorgeous, Oscar-worthy gowns with plunging necklines and dazzling embellishments. Packham revisited her talent for making beautiful gowns, however, this time with more drama and sex appeal.


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Although this vampy look may not be appropriate for the college student, we can take some styling tips from Jenny Packham. Add a touch of Old Hollywood glamor to your everyday life by working heavy embellishments and retro silhouettes into your wardrobe.

Derek Lam – New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

Casual, wearable cool was the reoccurring theme at the Derek Lam Fall Ready-to-Wear show. A new take on 60’s mod, the collection features winter white separates, plush leathers, muted florals, and chunky knits.


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Models strutted down the runway with mod eye makeup and teased updos, sporting ladylike, yet minimalist silhouettes. The collection was not over the top, but extremely accessible. Lam managed to take edgy black leather and turn it into a soft, feminine and almost work appropriate pencil skirt. He paired the ensembles with gold metallic oxfords and floral printed box bags to liven up the wintery looks.


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Lam’s strength was his ability to put a spin on casual basics, for a look that the everyday woman could easily wear. He dazzled viewers with a drool-worthy pair of red leather, straight-legged pants and surprised us with floral pants for fall. Lam anchored the collection with a series of perfectly classic coats. The show closed on a high note with a set of ethereal gowns worn under chunky sweaters.


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Although these looks may not be realistic for the college student, we can take away some tips. Wear a pair of metallic oxfords with your skinny jeans for a casual, yet unexpected look for class. When going out with friends, unleash your inner rock star and wear a leather dress. And, of course, don’t be afraid to rock florals in the fall. This collection is all about contrasting textures; so don’t hesitate to pair your most lightweight top with a leather jacket or a thick sweater.

Meet this artist – Lana Del Rey


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When a smoldering singer released her singles “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans,” on YouTube this past summer, the world was mesmerized. Many wondered what the story was behind this artist who appeared to have stepped out of an old-Hollywood film. Love her or hate her, the star has since then tiptoed her way to the top of the charts with her newest album, “Born to Die,” reaching the No. 1 spot on iTunes in 14 different countries.

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The artist, who refers to herself as a “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” mixes sixties-style pop ballads with modern, catchy lyrics for a music style that has earned her a cult following.  In her hit single, “Video Games,” she enchants us with an ethereal and melancholy love song about her video game-loving boyfriend, complete with harps and bells. Del Rey’s talent resides in the fact that she is able to take an everyday subject and make it beautiful and glamorous. In an interview with Daily Mail UK, she describes her newest album backed by Interscope Records as “an homage to true love and a tribute to living life on the wild side.” In each track, she breathily tells us tales of days in the life of her bad-girl alter ego.

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This buzzed about artist is most well-known for her sexpot sense of style, complete with bee-stung lips, hair à la film star, Veronica Lake, and flawless retro ensembles. She has achieved a recognizable identity in the music world and has become a fashion icon in her own right. I know I am inspired by her retro-glamour style and I can’t wait to wear cat-eyed eyeliner this weekend.



Campus Style – Walk on the Wild Side

ImageImageI couldn’t help but notice Katie’s ability to add polish to casual basics. This girl is not afraid of denim; she daringly paired her chambray shirt with her skinny jeans and bold leopard ballet flats for a look that works. I love the unexpected pop of leopard!

Read on to learn more about Katie!

Hometown: Carrboro, NC

Age: 19

Year: Sophomore

Major: Art History and Journalism – Photojournalism

What are your hobbies & interests? “Ballet, photography, and reading.”

Describe your style in three words. “Twist on traditional.”

Who or what inspires your style? “People watching, blogs like The Sartorialist and Mr. Newton, movies.”

Where do you like to shop? “J.Crew, Anthropologie, online, and window shopping.”

Who is your favorite designer? “Rodarte – The Mulleavy sisters”

What are your favorite trends right now? “Riding boots, layering, menswear inspired clothing.”

Is there a specific article of clothing that you can’t wait to buy? “New boots – particularly J.Crew’s Booker boots.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Although I love magazines, save your money and look for inspiration on the Internet and to girls on campus whom you admire.  Don’t be afraid though to stand out from the crowd.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I needed to take a break from wearing striped shirts or t-shirts.  All of the pieces that I’m wearing I’ve had for a while and know I’ll wear for many years to come.”

Here’s how to get Katie’s look…

ImageFactory two-pocket chambray shirt, $54,


Black and white vintage ikat scarf, $215,


J Brand super skinny jean, $190,


Kelsi Dagger Jordi – leopard black, $81,

Campus Style — Lace It Up

This rainy day didn’t keep Chelsea from looking chic for class. I couldn’t help but adore her simple, vintage-chic, laidback sense of style.  I loved her outfit complete with a lace top, skinny jeans, combat boots and a utility jacket. I like the contrast of the delicate lace with the tough, army-inspired pieces in her look.

Read on to learn more about Chelsea!

Name: Chelsea

Hometown: Dana Point, California

Age: 19

Year: Sophomore

Major: Global Studies

What are your hobbies and interests? “Going to the beach, listening to live music, playing volleyball.”

Describe your style in three words. “Laidback, beachy, boho.”

What inspires your style? “Surf culture.”

Is there a specific article of clothing that you can’t wait to buy? “A leather bomber jacket.”

Where do you like to shop? “Urban Outfitters, little boutiques at home in Dana Point.”

Why did you choose this outfit? “Because it was cute alternative to a generic t-shirt, yet comfortable for class.”

Would you wear lace?

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Lace has dominated the runways this fall in the form of Victorian-style pieces, complete with high-collars and ruffles. But don’t be intimidated by this trend. Tone it down by pairing a sheer lace top with your favorite skinny jeans, or a skirt and tights.

Here’s how to get Chelsea’s look…

Lace Tee, $70

Rich & Skinny Low-Rise Skinny Jeans, $79

7 for All Mankind Utility Jacket, $159

Long Gold Chain Necklace, $25

Steve Madden Troopa Lace-up Combat Boot, $100

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Celebrity Street Style: These Boots Are Made for Walking

Rachel Bilson in Zara Suede Boots, Image courtesy of Traveling Fashionista
Rihanna in Azzedine Alaia Lace Front Shoe Boots, Image courtesy of Traveling Fashionista
Leighton Meester in Proenza Schouler Boots, Image courtesy of OutfitID

With cold weather swiftly approaching (this past Halloween weekend was not the time for skimpy costumes), we are all looking for ways to battle the chill while staying on trend.  Here, I give you the lace-up ankle boot. Whether high-heeled, leather, suede, military-inspired or shearling-lined, this shoe is a must have this season. With this variety of styles, you can’t go wrong. I cannot get enough of this fall trend.

From Chanel to Proenza Schouler, lace-up ankle boots dominated the fall collections at New York Fashion Week. They are chic with an edge, a wearable take on hiking boots. They work perfectly with fall’s menswear styles and can be dressed up or down.

We can learn a lot from these lovely ladies. Rihanna takes a fall basic, a chunky sweater, and transforms it into an outfit perfect for a night out with friends by adding a fitted black skirt, opaque tights and her tough ankle boots. Rachel keeps things casual, yet put together by pairing her boots with boyfriend jeans and a polished blazer–a perfect outfit for class. Leighton wears her stiletto ankle boots with a statement dress to add a bit of edge. Maybe you’ll work ankle boots at your next cocktail.

So, go ahead. Pair these booties with a boho dress and patterned tights, chunky socks and wool shorts, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a slouchy sweater for a cozy, chic fall look.

Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Diba Pilt Bootie, $50,
Miss Me Sid 2 Lace Up Bootie, $40,
ASOS Taboo Lace Up Platform Shoe Boot, $71.88,
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