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Best places to buy fall clothing

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Wardrobe change season is finally in full effect.

It’s time to ditch shorts for pants, sandals for boots, fleeces for pea coats, bare necks for scarves and vivid colors for warm autumnal colors.

Remember, at Hampton, it’s important to rock a cool outfit, especially when the weather turns cool. This time of the year, it can be extremely difficult to find fall wear. Shorts are on sale while the sweaters are out of stock or sold at unreasonable prices.

Here are some stores that keep it convenient for the season.

 

H&M

 

H&M is a unisex store that has a wide variety of contemporary clothing, fitting the sizes of all people. It’s nearly impossible to walk in and not see something that catches your eye. The majority of their scarves come in bundles and are by far the most diversely styled. You get exactly what you paid for when it comes to their coats. The high-quality material is perfect for protection from the brisk air outside. The store delivers fashion and quality at reasonable prices.

 

Uniqlo

 

Uniqlo is another unisex store that never fails to satisfy customers. The store originated in Japan but over the years has made itself at home in the United States. Uniqlo’s clothing is often recommended the most during the colder months. The store is well-known for its HEATTEACH series. The HEATTECH comes in three styles, each increasing the level of warmth applied. You can wear HEATTECH at home, at work or even on a casual outing.

 

Thrifting

 

Thrifting is a technique that people tend to underestimate. You can find some of the most valuable vintage wear in a thrift store for only $4 at the most, versus spending more than $100 on the same piece on a more popular place. Thrift stores are the spot for your oversized sweaters, “mom jeans,” bags and accessories. Most thrift store shoppers leave the store pleased, walking out with clothing with which they can create diverse looks. “I love shopping for fall clothing at bomb thrift stores,” said Zipporah Baldwin, a freshman master’s of business administration major from Alexandria. “You can always find gems and jewels, like Ralph Lauren pullovers and vintage half-zips. The best fall clothing come-up that I had at the thrift store was a vintage DKNY logo cream turtleneck.” Thrifting is a win-win situation, because the stores carry apparel for all seasons.

 

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is the place to go, especially when it comes to name brand apparel. Visit the store’s website when you want to do some online shopping. Nordstrom is an American chain of luxury department stores, so you’ll find Michael Kors, Fenty, Commes des Garçons, Alexander McQueen, Puma, Nike, CHANEL, Burberry and Balenciaga all in one place. The store is also an awesome carrier of shoes. Nordstrom carries almost every shoe style that could interest you. Think of Nordstrom as your backup store when it comes to online shopping. If it’s not online, you can definitely find what you’re looking for in your local Nordstrom store.

 

Charming Charlie

 

Accessorizing is a key factor to completing any look. Who ever thought a color-coded store filled with all types of affordable jewelry would exist? Charming Charlie is a color-coded store filled with all your finest accessories — from necklaces, earrings and rings, to glasses, bags and headbands. The theme colors of the store correlate with the seasons, providing a fun and cozy environment in which customers can splurge.

 

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Don’t forget: You need love, too

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Although “self-love” may seem self-explanatory, it can be demonstrated in
a variety of ways.
Step 1: Put yourself first.
Step 2: Love yourself unconditionally, no matter who is watching.
Step 3: Free yourself of societal standards and create your own instead.
“Self-love is honestly indescribable,” said Hampton University second-year
journalism major Zoe Griffin. “It's being your own shoulder to cry on and
consoling yourself. It's about making sure that you get enough sleep and that
you’ve journaled enough for the week. It's about having the absolute best interest
in yourself, unapologetically.”
Self-love becomes a challenge when people allow society’s perspective on
beauty define their own beauty. It’s a concept that is often brushed under the rug
and constantly overlooked. A huge decline in intimate relationships is often due
to companions not having a better understanding of themselves. With that being
said, it is impossible to love someone correctly without loving yourself first. The
term “self-love” is more than just feeling beautiful on the outside; it’s a process of
growth on physical, mental and spiritual levels.
Begin by evaluating yourself. Take time to separate the positive and
negative energy you keep around. In due time, the energy you exude will be
reciprocated back into you. With evaluation comes more independence. A huge
weight is lifted off your shoulders once you start relying on yourself, rather than
others. Each day, take a moment to tell yourself: “I am human, and humans are
not perfect.”  What another person defines beauty to be doesn’t justify your inner
soul within.
Aria Henry, a second-year strategic communications major from Long
Island, N.Y., defined inner beauty as: “A love that comes from within and [is] shed
throughout your life.” Henry added, “Your true self is the one that not everyone gets to see because it’s filled with so many insecurities, but once you start to love that part of
yourself, it is a light that you cannot even begin to dim.”
Never let a day go by where you don’t encourage yourself to be the best
that you can be. Avoid negative phrases like “I’m scared” or “I can’t,” and replace
them with “I can” and “I will.” Sooner or later, you’ll see yourself taking a lot more chances. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else and start exploring your
spirituality. This will allow you to learn more about yourself.Try opening up your mind to new thoughts, feelings and passions.
“When I got to Hampton, I [met] new people that [were] different than
me,” said Jordyn Brown, a second-year journalism major from Long Island, N.Y. “I
think that everyone, at least once in their lifetime, has to expand their horizons
because staying in one spot prevents you from growing.”
Build up your strength to let fears go, because they will only make you miss
out on your blessings.
Finally, spoil yourself. Add a prayer to your daily routine and reach out to
God even when you feel like life is good. View each day as one filled with new
opportunities and blessings. Fall so deeply in love with your solitude that you’ll
become proud to be authentically you.