Monday Inspiration: Emma Watson’s U.N. Speech

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Just six months ago, and fresh out of college, Emma Watson was appointed a United Nation’s Women Goodwill Ambassador. This past weekend, Watson gave a brilliant speech on feminism and more specifically the HeforShe campaign that focuses on inviting men of all ages into the conversation on gender equality. The eloquent 24-year-old British actress, and one of our most favorite people of all time, spoke thoughtfully and honestly, and touched on issues such as the word “feminism” and the connotations it holds, and how men, as well, are largely and unfairly affected by gender inequality.

It’s inspiring for us to see a young actress using her inordinate popularity for the greater good, and Emma Watson isn’t just famous — she’s “Harry Potter famous;” an altogether different level of stardom. In our opinion, Watson is the perfect person to be speaking on behalf of feminism and women’s rights. Her beloved character, Hermione Granger, taught young girls all over the world that it’s a wonderful thing to be smart, and clever, and many times, better than the boys. Hermione showed us that girls should be celebrated for their wisdom and their contribution to the world, and Emma Watson is doing just the same.

Comfort & Coffee

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We live in Orlando, where it’s perpetually sunny and warm, but we do realize that the vast majority of you live in much more seasonal climates where fall is already making itself known. This morning, temperatures here went as low as the mid 70s (gasp!), so we are slowly beginning to see, and feel, the changes as well. Even with our tropical weather, we still look forward to the autumnal season just as so many of you do, because it means so many exciting things!

Even in the Florida it can get cool early in the mornings and into the evenings. Putting on layers is a wonderful way to surrender to fall. Sweaters, flannels, light cotton jackets… and, luckily, we have the perfect basics to layer on top of. There’s nothing like a cozy sweater, and there’s nothing like a well-worn T-shirt to fit snugly underneath it. We are a big fan of the basic tee, because they pair nicely with everything, literally, and they are exceedingly easy to wear. We love a statement tee that, although simple in style, is a sartorial extension of your personality.

Fall also means coffee. We would be bonafide liars if we didn’t admit to being loyal followers of the caffeine all-year-round. Autumn, however, means spicier, warmer flavors, while spring and summer lend to fruitier teas, lemonades, and iced coffees. There is definitely a theme in our T-shirt designs: coffee and comfort, which is exactly what fall calls for.

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Happy First of July!

It’s time to start planning those fourth of July outfits! If you’re anything like us, you’ll be most looking forward to the food and drinks, but it’s always a good idea to plan a festive outfit for any special occasion. July 4th is one of the only American national holidays that falls on a hot day, sometimes a notoriously hot day, so lightweight, easy-to-wear clothes are essential to a successful, laid-back weekend with family and friends. Well, we’re here to make your life easier – we’ve put together two outfits that feature some of our newest summer items, all of which are classic pieces that are easy to mix and match. Happy fourth to all those celebrating!

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Distract and Run Crop Tank / Super Circle Studded Cutoffs / Red Carry-All / Red Daisy Headband / Black Arizona Birkenstocks
july4-14-2Tour Essentials Flowy Tee / Acid Wash Cutoffs / Blue Carry-All / White Daisy Headband / White Classic Converse / Essie Fifth Avenue Nail Polish

 

Six New Tops

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There is so much brand new beautiful goodness over on Fellow Threads right now! We designed six new tops that are extremely easy to style and wear during the warmer months. We can’t wait to wear the heck out of these this summer, especially while we’re on sweltering hot Warped Tour where less is definitely more when it comes to putting clothes on. We put together some themes on Polyvore for your viewing and inspirational pleasure, just to get some ideas on how we might style our new tops. Each one is lightweight and versatile, and can really be styled with anything. We want to see how you style our pieces, so be sure to tag Fellow Threads in absolutely anything you photograph yourself in that we sell. We’ll be sure to feature you!

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5 Style Tips

We love what people do with fashion.  Clothing designers give the world fashion, but it’s what is done with it that creates an individual’s sense of style. A girl can always have the latest handbag or shoe, but that doesn’t mean she has style. It just means she has money. Recently, there was an article published in Harper’s Bazaar US titled “Frederic Fekkai’s 10 Steps to Achieving French Elegance” in which the esteemed hairstylist talks about surprisingly simple to-dos to achieve a Parisian sensibility. We took inspiration from his list by generating our own style guidelines with the hope that it resonates with all young women, and the Fellow Threads customer in particular.

1. Know your uniform. Recognize the outfit or pieces of clothing in which you feel the most confident and comfortable and wear variations of it. By doing so, you will discover your personal uniform which will effortlessly transform into your signature style. Alexa Chung is the master of this. Jumper dresses, oversized sweaters, flats or loafers, blouses… BAM, relaxed 60s chic.

2. Don’t obsess over trends. Trends come and go so quickly that it seems almost impossible to keep up. Incorporate the ones that make you happy, of course, but it’s perfectly fine to stick with the choices that you know, without a doubt, work for you. Notably, when we attempt to follow every single popular trend we risk disappearing into the crowd. Be the only one in the room without ombre hair and a flower crown. (Not that we have anything against those particular style choices, in fact we love them! Just referencing them for their current popularity.) If you’re interested in learning more about which trends can work for you check out style.com‘s Trend Reports and do some research!

3. Less is more. We love accessories and layers as much as the next girl, but there is something awe-inspiring about seeing a woman or man looking like every single thing they’re wearing is thought-out. Just because you have ten pieces of jewelry you die for doesn’t mean you need to wear them all in one go. Choose the few pieces that make your outfit pop, everything should be complimentary. Simplistic chic is one of our favorite styles and this is only achievable by editing yourself. Cue Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Now, we know the Olsen twins are famously funky, however, they are just as impeccable at simple and sleek.

4. Invest in the classics. Fill your closet with the basic pieces that never go out of style. The perfect white T-shirt, relaxed boyfriend jeans, simple ballet flats, a versatile pair of boots, a fitted blazer… These pieces tend to remain in the neutral color zone (black, white, gray, tan, navy blue) and are seen on just about every style icon we can think of. Seriously, think about it. Audrey Hepburn: crewneck tops, ballet flats. Kate Moss: basic T-shirts, fitted blazers, denim. Gwen Stefani: perfect-fit boyfriend jeans, fitted blazers. It’s how these women style the classics that make them stand out as individuals.

5. Embrace your natural beauty. This is a huge one. As a society, we tend to covet what everyone else has and what everyone else looks like, many times disregarding or even hiding our own unique characteristics. We all have a secret desire to resemble a Victoria’s Secret model, but we also very well know the chances of that happening are slim to none. But supermodel-beautiful is definitely not the only type of beautiful in this world. We should make more of an effort to recognize and celebrate our own unique features, thus, generating more confidence than we knew we had. Take inspiration from these women whom, we believe, embrace their natural, beautiful selves.

Now, of course, these tips are subjective and are listed because they work for us and seem to have worked for women over a long period of time. Everyone perceives style differently, though, and that’s an aspect of this business that we believe is absolutely necessary. Perspectives make life interesting and starts conversations. So, we would love to know: what are your style tips for yourself? What do you think about ours?