Lovely Leather

There is no denying that leather is a force to be reckoned with this season. Paring a leather item with any outfit is an easy way to give your look an edgier touch. While genuine leather is on the pricey side, there are many synthetic leather options that provide you with all the bang for fewer bucks. This trend has also been a huge hit among celebrities. A-list stars such as Beyonce´, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart have all been seen rocking the trend. While you may be thinking that wearing tight leather pants or a tiny leather dress is a little too bold for you, there are a multitude of ways to tweak the trend to fit your personal style. Not a fan of black? No worries, there are plenty leather pieces available in this season’s hottest colors. All in all, leather is extremely versatile and should be a staple in every woman’s closet.

Leather Skirt

While leather skirts are typically seen as nighttime attire, this season feminine pleated option allows you to wear the trend day or night.  If you are looking for a sexier option, pair a leather pencil skirt with a peplum top and you’ve got the perfect mix of sexy and classy.

Leather Dress

When it comes to leather dresses there are a wide variety of options available. For the bolder fashionista, who is not afraid to show off her curves, a bodycon leather dress will be perfect. Those who are more modest may prefer a dress with leather accents.

Leather Pants

Remember liquid leggings? Well, they have been replaced with far more stylish, and breathable, leather pants. These pants will give any outfit a chic and edgy twist.

Leather Jacket

The leather jacket is a classic piece that can easily transform and pull together any look. A fun way to wear this season’s biker jacket is to pair it with ultra feminine dresses and skirts to add contrast to your outfit

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Local Fashion Expert: Wendy Gow

Wendy Gow is a local fashion expert, image consultant, and wardrobe stylist who currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and has over 25 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry including Sales Education and PR with Lauder Corporation, a buyer position with Abraham and Straus, and runway modeling.

Her clientele is spread throughout the U.S., in cities like New York and Atlanta, and has recently expanded to include international clients.  I happen to be one of her clients and I must say that she is the best of the best! She knows what is trendy, where to shop, and how to find the best deals. I now have a complete wardrobe, filled with pieces that can mix-and-match!

Wendy is a warm-hearted, welcoming person and loves to work with UNC students so don’t hesitate to send her an email with any questions about fashion, whether its for help updating or redoing a wardrobe, or picking an outfit for an interview!

Click here for her website and more information.

shopbop 4 Life

I’m OBSESSED. I can’t help it; I look through shopbop everyday, in every class, at all times. My name is Elizabeth Graper and I stalk shopbop. I believe that clothes are an expression of who you are, however, in my opinion you can never have too many personalities. I love to dress up but I also like to be comfortable and casual. Whether the style is girly, rock n’roll, flower power, or grunge, I love clothes.

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Katie Wood: Getting to Know Me

Name: Katie Wood

Occupation: I am a freshman without a major, lost in the haze, struggling with this idealized world of me becoming a graduate of the Kenan Flagler Business School. Do I hate the idea of an office high atop a skyscraper off Park Avenue blocks away from the Saks and Bergdorf Goodman of 5th Avenue? Absolutely not. But honestly, I can never see myself crunching numbers all day or running to get my boss coffee from the Starbucks across the street. What I enjoy is writing, but as my dad says, “There is no money in journalism these days!” At the present time, I will stay undecided.

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Michelle Bellamy: Gettin’ Started

I’m extremely excited about Kaleidoscope’s new electronic direction that it is taking. I think this blog will truly be a great way to get our name out there on campus, and to give each stylist another opportunity to show our stuff! My name is Michelle Bellamy and I have been on Kaleidoscope’s staff since the beginning of the ‘08-‘09 school year.

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