Big, Blonde, and Beautiful: A HV Opinion

In an industry where we focus on appearances, the fact that a label like “plus-size” is used to describe girls, models, and clothing is demeaning in and of itself. Typically, “plus-size” is considered anywhere from size 8 to size 16, depending on who you ask. Oftentimes the media, including many fashion and style publications, will refer to these women as “full-figured,” “healthy,” “voluptuous,” or “curvy”—adjectives that seem euphemistically complimentary, yet imply negative connotations.

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How to Get A Spring Break Glow [Sans Sun!]

As spring break approaches, the last thing you want to do is return to D.C. with skin so red and uncomfortable you are forced to lug a bottle of aloe vera to class with you in WalshWe get it: everyone feels a bit prettier with a radiant tan, especially as spring break has many of us lusting after a natural sun-kissed glow. But is good color worth the risk of sun damage?

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5 Fashion Bloggers You Need in Your Feed

Here at hilltop voGUe we admit we’re a bit addicted to Instagram. Not only is it a fun way to keep up with friends, but it can also be a great way to draw inspiration from people all over the world, particularly when it comes to fashion. To bring some style to your feed, we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite bloggers.  We guarantee these Instagramers are well worth jeopardizing your follower to following ratio.

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Black History Month’s Fashionable Finale

To bring Black History Month at Georgetown to a close, students of the Georgetown Black Leadership Forum put on a spectacular fashion show in Riggs Library.  The two-hour celebration of history, creativity, and culture included a spoken word poetry performance, beautiful a cappella renditions by Georgetown student a capella group Resonance Essence Live (REL), and of course, fashion.  Georgetown students modeled pieces by local designers Royal Tribe and J. Mi, as well as a collection of evening wear by Rent the Runway.   

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Beyond the Tramp Stamp

Like fashion, tattoos are a form of self-expression that can represent anything from a personal statement to a cherished memory. They can say a lot about a person, but behind every tattoo is usually a deeper, more meaningful story. In order to learn more about our own Georgetown community, I sat down with a couple students to ask about their tattoos.

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What’s Old is New: The Retro Trend

What do Chuck Taylors, high-waisted jeans, and the choker have in common? Their retro genius. Fashion’s cyclical nature has deemed them all cool again, and retro styles are more predominant than ever. Picture someone sporting the  “mom jean,” a messy ponytail and scrunchie, bright lipstick, and white converse – this look is no longer just a character’s wardrobe in Beverly Hills 90210, but once again the norm, now often combined with some edgier and modern accents, like rounded vintage frames and spunky patterns.

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Couture Shock: Rent the Runway

Designer dresses make occasions memorable in an indescribable way. Unfortunately, the price tag for such pieces can get high enough to deter fashionistas from indulging.  Cue Rent the Runway’s founders, Harvard business school grads Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, who saw a world increasingly dominated by rental access – from Netflix to luxury rental cars – and decided to incorporate it into fashion.  Rent the Runway revolutionized the market for rental couture by offering the option to look glamorous in high-fashion dresses without the costs of purchasing them.  

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