Goodbye FIT! (Just For Now)

I can’t believe it has been over eleven weeks since my first class at FIT. I never thought so much would change and happen within that period of time. I know already that I’ve come out of this amazing experience as a better and more knowledgeable person. I loved learning about an industry I’m passionate about and that I hope to work in one day. I’ve met so many like minded people and I know we’ll stay in touch after the semester ends. I’m finally confident in using the subway by myself and navigating my way through the city. Overall, I’m definitely more independent of a person than I already was and my time management skills have improved.

To complete the course HFM 060: FASHION FORECASTING: SEEING INTO THE FUTURE, my classmates and I had to complete a final project. Our final project was to predict a trend for fall 2016 for a retailer of our choice. I chose Topshop because in my opinion it is one of the most high end and fashionable fast fashion retailers. We had to compose a three page paper that consisted of a history of our retailer, a fashion overview of the season, and an overview of the trend. We also had to make an outline of the key elements for the season and a trend board (these two components of my project can be seen below). I really enjoyed this project and it made me realize that creativity is important no matter what you’re doing in the fashion industry, but especially when forecasting a trend.

Trend Mood Board

Key Elements of My Forecast

Although it is sad that the semester is over along with this amazing blogging experience, I’m planning on coming back to FIT this summer and I cannot wait to start learning about another aspect of the fashion industry. Blogging for FIT has taught me so much and improved my writing skills. If you have the chance to do it, I highly recommend it!

See you later FIT, thanks for the memories and the knowledge. Happy Holidays everyone!

Thank you for reading,

Kenzie Davis

5 Ways To Love Layering

Hello readers! As the mornings have gotten colder, I’ve reached a dilemma. I’m having trouble letting go of my fall clothes. I knew this moment would come, but not this soon. I’ve been avoiding pulling my winter coat out of my closet. This is unusual for me because winter is my absolute favorite season because of the clothes. However, I’ve come up with a solution that will get me by until the temperature permanently drops under 30 until the spring: Layering! This may seem like a simple solution, but I feel as if I’m getting very creative to keep warm. This styling trick has no rules, which makes it so much fun. I’ve gotten more compliments on my outfits than ever before. Here are my 5 favorite ways to layer:

  1. Get out your favorite sleeveless casual dress and wear it over a turtleneck or a long sleeve top. I’ve lately been doing this with a black faux suede dress and any warm shirt I can find. I feel very put together when I do this!
  2. Pair your thick cardigan with a light jacket to stay warm and add texture to your outfit. This is a wonderful way to transition into wearing a heavier coat and the pairing of different fabrics looks great together. Add a chunky scarf for when it is colder out.
  3. This may sound weird, but wear a statement sock that sticks out of your shoe over a pair of tights. Choose socks that are a different color than your outfit or have a cool pattern. Keeping your feet warm is important, so you might as well look cute while doing it!
  4. Wear as many thin layers as possible. Dressing like this will keep you so warm you’ll forget all about wearing a coat. Mixing fabrics will add dimension to your look and make it unique. Try it out and I promise you that you won’t be left in the cold.
  5. Throw a sweater over your button up top. This may be known as an exclusively preppy styling tip, but anyone can rock it. A patterned or colored sweater will make the formal button up seem more casual and fun while keeping you warm.

This is the best way to stay warm and fashionable this season. Layering lets me survive cold, brisk mornings in New York until I finally decide to wear a coat.

Have a great week!

 

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis

What is Fashion Forecasting?

Hello readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. As the semester comes to an end in 3 short weeks, I thought I would go over what I’m learning in HFM 060: Fashion Forecasting: Seeing Into The Future. I took this course because I’ve always wondered why certain trends happen. Is there a science behind it? What mathematical formula do retailers use to know what people are going to want to wear?

In reality, it’s more complicated than that. Trends are formed based off a tremendous amount of research and what is happening in the world at the time. The process is complex and definitely very interesting, which makes learning about it exciting. My professor, Suzanne Piazza, started by introducing us to simple fashion vocabulary. This was very informative because these terms are important to know. Then, we learned about business within fashion and how to be successful in dealing with business. Next, we learned about the history of fashion. This was my favorite part of the course because understanding why people dressed and designed they way they did in certain time periods is very interesting to me. We each did a project on a decade of our choice which made this topic fun to learn about. Then, we learned how to formulate a theme for a fashion forecast. A theme is the topic of your prediction that has a unifying, dominant idea. Inspiration for themes can found almost everywhere. Next, we learned about color theory. I never knew color could be so interesting! Color affects us so much and we don’t even realize it. Color is a vital part in forecasting a trend because consumers aren’t going to buy something if they don’t like the color. When forecasting fashion, your consumers are your real customer, so you have to please them first. This makes the job of being a fashion forecaster risky, but most of the time rewarding if you’re good at it. Finally, now we’re working on our final project of forecasting our own trend for Fall/Winter 2016. This project is really cool because we’re using resources that actual retailers use like trend forecasting services. I’m excited to see how my project turns out.

Overall, this semester has been the best learn experience I’ve ever had. It’s exciting and rewarding to learn about something you’re passionate about. I’ve not only learned so much from Professor Piazza, but also from myself and my classmates. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is interested in any part of the fashion industry because it is very informative. I can’t wait to come back to FIT next semester.

Have a great week everyone!

Thank you for reading,
Kenzie Davis

How To Make Friends At FIT

Hello readers! Happy Thanksgiving! As this holiday comes closer and closer, I am thinking about everything I’m thankful for. One of the things I am most thankful for are my friendships. My friends are so important to me and they inspire me so much! In the past weeks at FIT, I’ve bonded with my classmates over having to lay low on Friday nights so we can wake up early on Saturdays, our love for New York, and our passion for the fashion industry. I now consider my classmates as my friends because of this. When I started at FIT, making friends was what I was most nervous for, but it was actually very easy! Here are some of my tips for making friends at FIT (and in other situations too):

Complement Outfits

  • If you like what someone is wearing, tell them! We’re all fashion students here so we all dress pretty nicely and from my experience, most people are willing to share where they shop or how they style their outfits. Complements in general often spark conservation which could lead to a friendship.

Exchange Social Media Accounts and/or Phone Numbers

  • Follow your classmates on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or whatever social media site you use! This helps you connect with them during the week and is also helpful if you have a question about an assignment. Exchanging phone numbers is good too because you can keep in touch with your classmates even after the semester is over.

Hang Out During Break

  • At some point during class each week, we have a break that lasts about 20 minutes. During that time, my classmates and I walk down to the cafeteria, have a snack, and talk about anything and everything. Throughout these short conversations, we’ve gotten to know each other well. Without hanging out during our break, we wouldn’t know each other that well at all.

Be Open To Everyone

  • Don’t judge a book by its cover- meaning don’t judge someone by their outfit! It doesn’t matter what someone is wearing, it matters who they really are. Even though someone’s outfit may not be your style, they might be one of the best people you’ll meet at FIT. My classmates all have individual styles, but we all get along great. Being different from your friends is often what makes a friendship.

I wish I would’ve known all of these tips before starting FIT, it would’ve been a lot less intimidating. All the people I’ve encountered have something in common with me: we love fashion! This main common interest makes it easier than you would think to make friends.

Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thanks for reading,
Kenzie Davis

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