iStyle: The Application You Wear On and Offline

On Sept. 10, emotion poured out of my eyes and ruined my make-up. I was missing New York City’s “Fashion’s Night Out.” I know, lame shame right? But in my defense, it was a day of status updates, tweets and style.com iPhone app alerts that drove my sadness home because I realized just how much I was missing. I’ll be honest: technology got the best of me and I cracked.

Fast-forward 15 hours. After what turned out to be a great evening of West Coast style events, I was enthusiastically uploading a new profile picture and scanning blogs for the best photo coverage of NYC’s night of shopping. Fashion never catches any beauty sleep as it lives in the cyber party-house of social media. Neither does your social image, because you wear your reputation on your sleeve, literally,  with your style on and off the net.

I can’t think of a better reason to groom your personal style like you do your Twitter on a daily basis. This Style File relates how social networking is not just found online, but also in your daily adornments.

Four words we all see everyday when navigating “Home” – Facebook “Home,” that is: “What’s on your mind?”  Rather it should read, how are you communicating your daily mood? Fashion can do that too. From one day to the next a wardrobe can transform from bold and adventurous to sophisticated and minimal. Let’s log on to two classy USF seniors  and check out how they update their mood statuses through their everyday styles.

Aaron Dias- Melim

Aaron’s style shines like one of his many Apple products: functional, hip and smart. Melim said, “If I were to look back at all my tweets and Facebook status updates, I would probably be able to guess very accurately what I would be wearing at that point.” He often pulls inspiration from his family. Melim’s mother was a tailor so he spent much of his childhood playing under sewing machines. With a grunge brother, prepster sister and a father working the lumber yard, his style resonates from many avenues of influence.

Aaron shares three typical looks from his daily life including classroom chic, office mad man and bar black-tie.

Lauren Cromer

Lauren Cromer, back with a fresh face from a semester in Paris, is working on her graphic design major and dresses for success by keeping her style simple, fresh and cute while always evaluating cost per wear. This is one fashionista that styles smart.

“Sometimes I use my outfit to pump me up for the day,” she said. “Get cute and you will feel a lot better throughout the day, no napping!”

Cromer shows off a serene school look, an elegant employee style and some flapper fun.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Scene Editor: Tamar Kuyumjian

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