Guest Blogger: Elspeth Suber

2084

FASHION FROM THE FUTURE

What are you going to be wearing in 2084?

What am I going to be wearing in 2023?

Let's speculate. Let's use the fact that I'm currently wearing a 70's sheer psychedelic printed top with a pair of Nike running shorts as our base for contriving funky futuristic outfits composed of pieces we would think would never go together (but do, in fact). Coming up with far out, unanticipated combinations is what keeps fashion fresh. This is what FASHION FROM THE FUTURE is all about.

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Two years ago, if you were to tell me that last winter I would've worn my soccer sweatpants from sixth grade with red Zara ankle booties, i would've laughed at you. (that outfit did in fact happen; if you don't believe me, click here.) And certainly if you were to tell me that I was going to wear my aquamarine running shorts out and about with a funky top, I'd've called you a liar....

Well, here we are....

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In my opinion, fashion from the future cannot be complete without borrowing from the past. Using this epic retro 70s top as a base is great for any ensemble, and it becomes ~futuristic~ when you pair it with other clothing/accessories that no one else would think to pair it with.

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Fashion shouldn't be about always running out to buy new stuff all of the time. Instead, it should be about using your creativity to use the clothing you already have in your closet to create fresh pairings and ensembles that make you feel confident and special.

And scoring yourself some classic vintage  or statement pieces that you can style in a multitude of fresh, unexpected ways is what everyone's goal should be. And who knows? Maybe you'll still be wearing some of these pieces in 2084 with a space suit and sandals or something.........

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For more ~futuristic~ ensembles featuring gym shorts paired with regular clothes, check out Harling Ross's article on  the blog Man Repeller.

For a great place to find cool vintage and classic wardrobe staples, visit Gladiola Girls Boutique (in Lexington or Lynchburg) or check out their website (www.gladiolagirls.com)!

Guest Blogger: Michaela Mae

If you were to ask me what my style is, I would say boho-chic with a little bit of vintage (if I can afford it, let’s be real) hehe. Brands such as @freepeople, @urbanoutfitters, @forever21, and so on are definitely my go-to’s.

Instagram is my main source of style inspiration. My two favorite Instagram bloggers are @bonniekatez and @kristinjohns. Their style is the epitome of boho-chic.

Living in Lynchburg, VA can be hard because we don’t have a huge selection of clothing stores and boutiques. Although, there is one boutique that I have been obsessed with since 2014, Gladiola Girls.

I came across Gladiola Girls in Downtown Lynchburg before they moved to Boonsboro, VA. I walked in and instantly saw high quality clothes (which I am a sucker for). Free People is one of the big brands Gladiola Girls sells; therefore, I am always shopping in their little boutique!

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This is one of the dresses Gladiola Girls sells. It has two layers of black linen with the top layer being very boho and whimsical-looking. I love wearing this on a Sunday afternoon after church or on the beach! It is very stylish but also extremely comfy! #WinWin

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With a whimsical, black dress, I decided to go with a pair of light-colored, leather booties! Adding a pop of color to a dark dress definitely brings the whole entire outfit together.

Tip: If you’re short like me (I’m 5 foot), get some height in your heels so the dress doesn’t overbear you.

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Lastly, there's nothing like a dainty necklace to finish off a boho-whimsical look! I chose this necklace because it was small and simple. I didn't want to take the attention off this beautiful dress and shoes; therefore, I kept it sweet & simple!

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I hope you enjoyed this blog post and the little tips here & there! You can find all these items at Gladiola Girls!

Photographer: Erick Gonzalez