Fashion Fridays


What to do with all those T-shirts you own

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 09/04/15 1:31am

You’re in college. On top of that, you’re in a few clubs. At the University, that means you probably own dozens of shirts from different organizations and events.

Take myself for example: I have some general Virginia t-shirts, a publicity shirt from every First Year Player’s show since Fall 2012 and then general organization shirts — Cavalier Daily shirts (of course), Spectrum Theatre, Alumni Association shirts, and shirts and tanks from fraternity philanthropies — shout ...

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Ponchos, The New North Face?

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 01/24/15 5:01pm

The poncho is a fun and exciting garment resurfacing in this year’s outerwear. Typically worn by women, the traditional poncho, as it originated among South American indigenous groups, is versatile, lightweight, comfortable and gender-neutral.

This year, expect to see more men working the poncho look. Since the onset of the 2010s men have — thankfully — been looking to diversify their wardrobes with inspiration from abroad. We’ve already seen the rise of men’s harem pants ...

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Finals Fashion Guide

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 12/05/14 6:27pm

It’s finals time! As the end of the semester swiftly approaches, students are more concerned than ever with what to wear to make a lasting impression before leaving for break. In these stressful last days, there are many different fashion dilemmas to be navigated.

Some of us are holding out to go home so we can do laundry for free. Others are too tired from studying to coordinate an outfit devoid of sweatpants each day. With the colder weather, we must chose to dress for the temperature ...

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Celebrity Spotlight: Fergie Duhamel

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 11/21/14 6:45pm

Today begins a brand new segment of the fashion advice I typically dish out, with the first ever Celebrity Spotlight — a new feature in which I select a celebrity and effectively (I hope) expose all of that person’s fashion faux pas and success.

For the first celebrity in this new segment, I'll look at none other than the “Dutchess” herself: Fergie Duhamel.

Fergie has been a fashion icon for more than a decade. Her work with the Black Eyed Peas has made “Fergie Ferg” ...

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Harem pants: The next big thing

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 10/04/14 3:38am

A new fashion trend is sweeping across the nation and, subsequently, Grounds. It’s harem pants. They are in no way new, but have become increasingly popular with male shoppers. If you have seen them around town, you might not be familiar with the name. Loose around the waist and form-fitting around the shin and ankle, harem pants are easily identifiable.


Though they originated in various countries throughout Asia, harem pants in their modern form

were popularized in the 1980s ...

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Harem pants: The next big thing

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 10/04/14 3:24am

A new fashion trend is sweeping across the nation and, subsequently, Grounds. It’s harem pants. They are in no way new, but have become increasingly popular with male shoppers. If you have seen them around town, you might not be familiar with the name. Loose around the waist and form-fitting around the shin and ankle, harem pants are easily identifiable.

Though they originated in various countries throughout Asia, harem pants in their modern form

were popularized in the 1980s by ...

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My Struggle with Socks

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 09/19/14 3:24pm

Since the age of 12, I’ve struggled with the idea of wearing socks. I always hated those little pillowcases on my beautiful brown feet. I wanted my “little piggies” to be free, to not suffer and suffocate under a pair cotton prisons.

Wearing socks was such an ordeal. I had to find two matching ones. I had to make sure they were the appropriate length for the kind of shoe I was wearing (God forbid I wear knee-high socks with a pair of Vans sneakers).

It seemed tragic when I would ...

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Foxfield Races Edition

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 04/25/14 4:51pm

Dear friends, we have come upon one of the most exciting times of the academic year: the end. With fourth-years preparing to graduate, first-years worrying about finals, and everyone else working on their beach bodies, I am pleased to remind you that one of the most persistent University traditions is now upon us: the Foxfield Races. Colloquially known as “Foxfield,” this tradition proves to be quite the spectacle every year, which is why you need to look good for it.

Dressing up ...

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How thrift stores saved my life

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 04/18/14 3:57pm

There was once a time, during my dark childhood, when I did not understand the importance of thrift stores. I thought thrift stores were all full of shoddy, tomato-stained hand-me-downs. I thought if you wore something from a thrift store, your clothes were inherently less-than and, by extension, you too were also less-than. It wasn’t until my late teens — when I began to make more independent fashion choices and actually pay for my clothes — that I realized how much thrift stores have ...

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How do I look? The other age old question

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 04/11/14 6:20pm

“How do I look?”

Women and men of all kinds are known for asking this timeless question as they prepare to venture out into the world. It is an important question to ask, but why? Why do we need that second pair of eyes to critique what we’re wearing?

My answer: second opinions are crucial. No one wants to step outside with wild, messy hair, a crooked bowtie, or an unlaced Duck boot flailing to-and-fro. Without the help of that all-knowing best friend, we would ...

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The top 10 mistakes every man makes with his wardrobe

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 04/04/14 12:07am

10. He doesn’t have fun socks

The importance of socks in a man’s wardrobe is unparalleled. Why settle for those bland white sweatsocks when you have so many other choices? There are nearly infinite kinds of socks to be worn which do not cost much money — so why aren’t you wearing any? A personal favorite is argyle — a true must.

9. He doesn’t wear hats

A man also needs to own a hat. A hat is a guy’s ultimate accessory ...

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All tied up: the ultimate guide to wearing ties

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 03/28/14 8:55pm

Truth be told, it is never the wrong time to wear ties. Ties are appropriate in all seasons, and in almost any kind of weather. Bowties have become a fashion staple for both hipsters and those men who want to be classy, yet memorable. Neckties, too, are great for formal and semi-formal occasions.

Both fashions give one’s wardrobe an unprecedented amount of versatility — and if you don’t own any ties, you are truly missing out on something special. I have no idea how you can live ...

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Spring Cleaning Edition

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 03/20/14 10:54pm

By now, you’ve had plenty of time at home to reassess your wardrobe choices for the remainder of the semester — so this week, I’ll be discussing some of the things you need to get rid of ASAP.

I even made a nice, neat list for you. You’re welcome.

1. UGG boots
Get rid of them. Now. Now. Now. They barely had a place in your wardrobe during the winter — and they most certainly don’t have a ...

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Pajamas in public: an age-old question

By Vondrae McCoy Last updated: 02/27/14 10:18pm

Ladies and gentlemen of U.Va, your voice of reason has arrived. Fashion reason, that is. I’m the Fashion Jiminy Cricket you never knew you needed. I’m a normal person with an eye for the aesthetics of fashion. And the first item on my docket is the fashion degeneracy that are pajamas in public.

“Can I wear pajamas out of the house to class?”As a college student, you’ve probably asked yourself this question many times. I’m here to tell you that the answer is, in fact, no. ...

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