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The Blue & Gray Press | December 17, 2018

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April Lookbook

April 19, 2018 |


Senior Writer

Want to know the inspiration for these looks and how to create them yourself?Read More

“Cold-shoulder fashion” shows itself onto UMW campus

September 20, 2017 |


Senior Writer

Believe it or not, the off-the shoulder trend began in the late 1800s, where Charles Frederick Worth designed large, elaborate dresses with intricate designs and off-the shoulder sleeves. Worth began what is … Read More

UMW Style: the characters of ‘Macbeth’ show off medieval Scottish couture

April 13, 2017 |


“My attire just got an upgrade actually because I recently killed the King and I figured I’d take the crown. I found this really nice coat in my closet, and it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to go down the stairs, but it looks great. I have a pretty rad belt, it looks kind of WWE. I have a lot of red now and it kind of brings out my eyes.”Read More

UMW Style:90s, pastels and button-downs dominate campus fashion

March 23, 2017 |


Sarah Hood-Recant, freshman

“This outfit was inspired by a linguistics presentation and I had to look relatively nice for it. I picked this collared shirt because I think it was the first one I saw. These pants are very comfortable and I can move in them and I thought black and white would be a good look for today. My style in general is functioning and comfortable over fashionable so usually sweats. This shirt was actually a Christmas gift because I like all things Hot Topic. This was a really cool shirt for me because my style is androgynous, so I really liked it. It is Fantastic Beasts themed.”Read More

UMW Style: transitions into spring and inspiration from Kpop and 90s

February 23, 2017 |


“Kpop, also known as Korean pop music, inspires this outfit and other outfits I wear, and since I’m a college student I want to be comfortable but also not look like a bum. I think the way you dress shows the kind of person you are, and I tend to dress friendly so that I look approachable.”Read More

Flannel Friday: trend or coincidence?

October 6, 2016 |


Students have been sporting flannels on campus walk so much that is has become a trend. No matter where students look, it seems that flannels are everywhere, anytime or day, regardless of inconsistent weather.

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UMW fashion essentials focus on comfort and effortless style

September 22, 2016 |


College is a time for people to grow and mature and discover themselves. It is also a time to develop your personal sense of style.Read More

Spring fashion echos cooler colors, tones of fall

April 14, 2016 |


This has been an unseasonably cold April in Fredericksburg. Students have been more inclined to bundle up than to break out their floral sundresses. For this look book collection, the colors gravitate more towards earth tones that are usually more prevalent in fall collections.Read More

Ugly Christmas sweaters find their niche in holiday wardrobes

December 2, 2015 |


It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, where the holiday season is filled with an overzealous uncles wrestling with decorations, carolers that are just a little bit flat, Grandmas that are slaving over a ham in the oven, and, of course, the adornment of the ubiquitous, ugly Christmas sweaters.Read More

Plaid: a wardrobe staple from the 1500s to the 2000s

October 8, 2015 |


Whether you love plaid, or find it to be only something a hipster lumberjack would wear, it is a print that has dominated both the runways and campus walk for many years, and has had quite a historical impact. This is why it is impossible to walk to class without seeing at least half a dozen students sporting plaid flannel button-ups along campus walk today.Read More

2015 Fashion Week brings new trends to the table, putting a modern twist to past ideas

September 17, 2015 |


New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year because of all the models, celebrities, bloggers’ street style and, of course, the fashion.Read More

A guide to bringing street style to campus

September 10, 2015 |


For my 8 a.m. class last semester, I always gravitated to my staple black yoga pants, athletic shirts and finished with a very messy hair bun. However, this semester I have noticed that more students are dressing in chic clothes for classes rather than focusing on comfortability.Read More

The perfect wardrobe for the perfect you

April 16, 2015 |


From Audrey Hepburn to Kate Middleton, every fashion icon has been able to transcend the decade’s trends and 10-minute fads by mastering a chic, ageless ensemble. Read More

Color, texture make their way onto the Red Carpet

February 25, 2015 |


The Oscar show may start at 8:30 p.m., but the fashion shows start hours earlier, and even months before the main event. This year, some of the most renowned fashion icons have returned, and others surprised us on the Red Carpet.Read More

Lilly Pulitzer clothing line to hit Target racks

January 21, 2015 |


Hues of pink and green splashed with swirling, colorful nautical motifs distinguish the work of esteemed fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer. Her classical shift dresses have been seen on the likes of fashionistas such as Jackie Kennedy, and … Read More

People of UMW: scarf yourselves

November 13, 2013 |

Sweater weather descended upon Fredericksburg this month, and with it comes the scarf boom. I love scarves; they are cozy and an easy way to spice up your typical liberal arts, all black ensemble.Read More

How to dress for Virginia’s unpredictable fall weather

November 6, 2013 |

In Virginia, dressing for the weather is never as easy as it seems. When you wake up in the morning to subzero temperatures, a thick sweater seems like a great idea.Read More

Fall fashion to watch for

October 2, 2013 |

Benching is an honored tradition at the University of Mary Washington. From my bench this past Monday, I witnessed a variety of ensembles. Some were great, and some regrettably were not. Read More

Ugg boots and shorts: not acceptable

September 25, 2013 |

Last week, I instructed men on the improper wear of cargo shorts. This week, it is time to address the ladies about a different fashion faux pas: Uggs and shorts. Read More

Burn your cargos, become a man

September 19, 2013 |

In my opinion, cargo shorts are one part of the 1990s that should have stayed in the 20th century. Of course, there is a time and a place for everything, and even those ugly shorts have a function. Fishing and hiking, for example. You need all those pockets to store “outdoorsy” things.Read More

White after Labor Day: still not okay?

September 12, 2013 |

It is that time of year again: the National Football League (NFL) is back, yellow school buses dot the streets and the pumpkin spice is back at Starbucks. Though the weather still has not gotten colder, all signs show that fall is coming, and Labor Day weekend is over.Read More

It’s itty-bitty and has lots of history

April 25, 2013 |

It is that time of year again, when the nights get longer, the weather gets warmer and the clothing gets skimpier. For the ladies, summer also brings a frantic phase of trying to tone and tighten our bodies to fit into that timeless summer ensemble: the bikini.Read More

Sundresses, Leggings or Both? Wonky Weather: Confusing Fashion

November 14, 2012 |

As November comes around, it is usually time for students to pack away their summer tanks and shorts and bring out their thick winter sweaters and coats.Read More

Not Just Pumped Up Kicks, Passion

October 24, 2012 |


It’s a beautiful autumn day, and I decide to do something I’ve reserved for the best weather imaginable. I open my closet and pull out the unopened shoebox that has been waiting years for this momentous … Read More

Selvedge Denim New Fashion Statement

October 3, 2012 |


Can’t seem to find the right pair of jeans? Looking for something a little more exclusive and personal? Then look no further, because we have got you covered.


Of all of the most recent fashion … Read More

Simplicity: An Effective Fashion Statement

April 18, 2012 |


As she walks barefoot down College Avenue, environmental ecience major Meryl Monfort would look more in place in the fields of Woodstock than in a classroom. Her look is as effortless as it is ethereal, proving … Read More

Mary Washington Men Speak Up on Female Fashion

April 11, 2012 |


Have you ever questioned what guys like most about women’s apparel, or if they even notice style at all? Well for one they do notice, and after interviewing a few Mary Washington guys I quickly … Read More

Spring Fashion Comes to Mary Washington Campus

March 28, 2012 |


You can put your coats away now. Finally, spring has arrived on campus, and this week’s profile, senior Claire Major is dressed the part.

The spring 2012 runway evoked an ethereal, nymph-like quality as models graced … Read More

Student Showcases Professional Attire

March 21, 2012 |


Araba Boayk, a 21-year-old sociology major, knows how to dress to impress when walking into the workplace. From her cool and easy going personality to her sophisticated-yet-stylish look, Boakye impresses many employers with her sense of … Read More

Student Advocates Vegan Fashion

March 14, 2012 |


When I’m out shopping the last thing I think about is the ethics. I’m usually much too concerned, for instance, about why they are out of the two-tone ballet flats I want at J. Crew to … Read More