Fall Thrift Store Finds

Another Saturday at FIT has come and gone. I cannot believe that it has already been six weeks since classes began! I’ve learned so much and have gotten to meet so many interesting, passionate people. The people I’ve met have inspired me to wear whatever I would like. This week, we learned more about the history of fashion and we got to take a field trip to 34th street. On 34th street, my classmates and I admired the holiday window displays and took pictures of our favorite clothes in some stores like Forever 21 and Zara. This didn’t feel like learning at all! However, we learned a lot about merchandising, fast fashion, and how trends from the past almost always come back.

When a trend comes back from a past decade, it’s not always longterm. This is exactly why thrift stores are necessary! Shopping at a thrift store for current trends saves you money because the clothes there are so much cheaper than your favorite retailer and you don’t want to invest in something you might not wear in a few months because it went out of style. After class or when I have free time, I love to go shopping at thrift stores. I always find clothes that fit my personal style better than what most retailers have to offer and the pieces there are unique. Within the last few weeks, I went shopping at a few thrift stores to update my wardrobe and I had so much fun! This hunt was successful, so I’m going to share my finds with you.

Polyester Blouse

Polyester Blouse

Polyester Blouse

This blouse is one of my absolute favorite pieces I found! I love its silky look and it is very similar to Harry Styles’ Gucci blouse that he wore in the latest One Direction music video for their new song Perfect. I think this shirt would go very well with a pair of high waisted black jeans and some chelsea boots!

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

This cozy turtleneck is perfect for a cold, autumn morning in New York. I plan on wearing this with a denim skirt or a pair of jeans with white sneakers. 

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

I’m so happy I found a denim shirt that is perfect for layering! I love the dark wash and how it isn’t thick enough to be a jacket. I think this would go perfect with some black pants and a scarf for a simple fall look.

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

These jeans are so comfortable and authentic looking compared to your classic, stiff denim. I could work these into any outfit, but I’ll probably end up pairing them with a cardigan, a crop top, and my chelsea boots with a statement sock.

Black Light Jacket

Black Menswear Inspired Jacket

Light Black Jacket

This menswear inspired jacket is perfect for layering this fall. Its serious tone could dress up any outfit and is perfect for cold nights. I would also wear this in a casual situation to change up my usual style.

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

I’ve recently been seeing so much velvet in stores lately, so I thought I would try it out with this cardigan. This is another piece that could instantly make an outfit more formal.

Black Turtleneck

Black Turtleneck

Black Turtleneck

A black turtleneck is absolutely essential for me in cold weather. There’s something about this simple shirt that can make you look more sophisticated when you wear it. A piece like this can be worked into almost any outfit.

Black Knit Sweater

Black Knit Sweater

Black Knit Sweater

A black sweater is also an essential for my closet! I actually found this one in the men’s section of the store, which is one of my favorite places to look for sweaters. This basic can be worn on any occasion.


All of the clothes I’ve bought I plan on wearing to class at FIT this month. I love experimenting with my outfits when getting dressed to go to New York because no one cares about what you wear or what brands you’re wearing. This is definitely true at FIT, but it’s also true for the entire city. I may sound like Carrie Bradshaw, but New York City lets you be whoever you want to be, so don’t be afraid to be yourself.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve bought at a thrift store? I would love to know, so feel free to comment.

Have a great week everyone!

Kenzie Davis

FIT Semester Overview

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This semester I am taking a class called “HAR 016: Creating the Fashion Figure.” This is a vital class to take if you plan on applying to the fashion design side of FIT. To apply to this part of the school, you will need to create a portfolio with your work and collection ideas. Also, if you dream of becoming a fashion designer, merchandiser, or stylist, this course can help you reach that goal. This course teaches students to understand, analyze, and draw the front view of the female fashion figure. Also, it teaches how to develop design ideas in a fashion sketch and to explore the silhouettes used in fashion design.

The Fashion Institute of Technology has a very specific style of fashion figure they like to use, along with detailed drawings of clothes submitted in portfolios. The body is usually very elongated and the clothes are very specific in fine detail. Fabric samples and color choices are also very important when you submit a portfolio piece. In my class, taught by Professor Renaldo Barnette, we learn how to precisely draw a fashion figure, one that fits FIT criteria. This class is very enjoyable and I have learned a lot from it. Not only have I learned how to draw a fashion figure, but I have also learned how to properly draw clothes on the fashion figure. Our professor teaches us how to draw necklines, tops, skirts and how to design our own collection. He also teaches us how to find inspiration and translate that into a collection. For example, we frequently look at fashion magazines and previous collections that designers have created. This week we learned from our substitute teacher, Professor Notto, how to determine what kind of customers would buy our clothes, and then how to design them to fit the customer base we want to target.

I would highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to apply to the design side of FIT. It has been very helpful to me and will hopefully help my chances of getting admitted. Above all, it is a very interesting class and I’m so glad I enrolled in it!

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3 Lessons I’ve Learned At FIT

Hello readers! In the past days, I have reflected on how my life has changed since starting classes at FIT. All of these changes have been positive, but I never thought learning more about my field of interest would change anything. I obviously knew that by the end of the semester I would have gained more knowledge, but here are 3 things I’ve learned, that have also changed my life since taking precollege classes at FIT.

1. Time Management

When spending your Saturday mornings and afternoons in New York, you have to learn time management. Balancing school, FIT, and my social life was hard at first, but now is very simple. I’ve learned that if something is important to me, I have to make time for it. Time management is a vital skill that I will continue to use throughout life. For example, I’ve figured out how much time I need to make it to Grand Central from FIT, buy lunch on the way, and still make my train back to Connecticut. At home, I manage my time by scheduling when I should do certain assignments for school so that I don’t procrastinate.


2. Using The Subway

New York’s subway system used to be the most daunting thing about the city for me. Now, I can use it with ease. Carrying around a map of the city and also having one handy on my phone has helped me tremendously in understanding how to navigate my way around New York. My family used to try to teach me how to get around, but now I’m teaching them! I like it much better than taking a cab everywhere because it’s cheaper and more interesting. I also find that I walk more than I would taking a cab and I love walking around New York.

3. Dressing In Layers

This lesson may be obvious, but I’ve found that I’ve utilized this styling tip more this semester. Not only does this keep me warm, but also makes my outfits unique. I love layering clothes I would usually wear in the summer with turtlenecks and then wearing a coat over that. Transitioning away for my warmer weather clothes is hard, so I like to wear them for as long as I can.

All of these lessons have changed me because not only am I using them in New York and at FIT, but also in my life back home. Not only have I seen these changes in myself and my life, but my family and friends have too. Overall, my experience at FIT so far has been absolutely positive and I’m very happy I decided to take Precollege classes. I can’t wait to come back next semester!


Have a great week everyone!

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis

Getting Down to Business: Preparing Your Portfolio

Hi readers!

This week I would like to get down to a more serious topic, preparing your college portfolio. I’ll be honest with you, it’s a difficult task to compile your work. As you try to put together your best pieces, it’s hard to not think about what other students are putting in theirs as well.

For the most part, the pieces you include revolve around the specific minor/major you’re applying for. By looking on FIT’s or any other college’s website, you’ll find specific descriptions of any projects and portfolio requirements that the school would like from you.

My sketchbook

SKETCH!! Any and all courses more likely than not will want to see your sketching ability. Don’t be frightened! Unless you’re applying to a fine arts program your sketches do not have to be as realistic as a professionals. Portfolio reviewers like to see how your eye captures an element and transfers it to paper. The ability to sketch also shows your level of patience which is very important in any creative industry.

Another key to sketching is to work on larger pieces of paper, filling up a given space shows your ability to draw with more than just your finger tips. Noting that you use your wrist, hands, and arms to draw an image is very important.

It’s good to keep a sketchbook on hand to practice wherever you may be! Practicing will make you better at sketching as well as help you gain patience to execute bigger projects in the future.


  • Try to fill the whole page instead of just a small section

Trust me I know, I love to draw things on a smaller scale and make them more detailed, though it’s more beneficial to you if you practice drawing on a larger scale. By doing this you train your hand and mind to remain in a detailed mindset, plus it’ll look good in your portfolio.

  • Draw from life

Portfolio observers like to see how you interpret objects from life to paper. While showing your creative side with different drawings from your mind, be sure to include drawings of the basics like flowers or buildings.

A page from my sketchbook When it comes time for you to go through this process, take your time and do things to your best capability. Breathe and do your thing. I can assure you everyone is nervous when submitting works of their own, it’s good to be confident but it’s 100% okay to be nervous. Even though the process is a stressful one, continue using your strengths to enhance your pieces in your own personal way and see what happens from there.

If you have the opportunity, reach out to your art teachers for assistance and if you’re lucky enough even a professor. They’re there to help YOU! Asking won’t ever hurt and who knows, hopefully it’ll make you feel better along the way!

Thank you for reading and good luck on pursuing any passions you may have! We all take many different paths in life so stick to what you love and you’ll make it one way or another.

-Emily Kelly

Trends for Fall 2015

November just began meaning colder weather is approaching.This could mean an excuse to do more shopping than usual. What else is better than staying warm and in style? Here are some trends I’ve been seeing everywhere and absolutely love.

Over the knee boots: Effortless and stunning on any body type. These boots will keep you warm and will suit any outfit! Pair with leggings, jeans or even a dress. These boots are very versatile. Perfect for a night out or the day time. Over the knee boots will add you a bit of maturity and sensuality.


(Givenchy Boots, reposted from spottedfashion.com)

Sneakers: Fall is the last season to wear your favorite sneakers before the snow invades. White sneakers have been all the rave lately. From adidas to Nike Air Force 1’s these will leave you feeling sporty and fun. You can work these with any outfit. Dress them up or down for everyday.


(Adidas Superstar vs. Nike Air Force 1, reposted from www.djslocker.org)

Cool Coats: Obviously coats are very necessary for the colder weather but if you’re like me, I love to layer and not just wear one big bulky coat. Bold colored jackets, fur coats, fur trimmed coats, vests, cape coats, dusters and longline jackets will keep you right on trend and ready for the brisk weather.


(Vest and Hat, reposted from thetrendique.com)


(Palermo Jacket, reposted from unspeakablethoughtsunspoken.blogspot.com)


(Duster Jacket, reposted from http://www.fashioncorner.co)

Bell Bottom Jeans: Ditch your skinny jeans…Bell bottom jeans are the next big thing. The 70’s trend is still going strong. Fit and flare jeans paired with a chunky sweater or with some high heel booties will make you feel confident and chic.

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(Bell Jeans, reposted from fash11.com)

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(Bell Jeans 2, reposted from thefashionwatch.com)


(Turtlenecks, reposted from instylewhatsrightnow.wordpress.com)

Turtlenecks: Turtlenecks were all over the runway. They are trendy as sweaters or as dresses and are great layering pieces. Even mock necks are everywhere too. Pair a chunky thick turtleneck dress with over the knee boots or with some skinny jeans and booties.