Caps, Gowns, and Jerseys: The Trends In Fashion for Graduation Pictures

On Friday, May 5, 2017, the University of Georgia commencement will take place in Sanford Stadium where it will be filled with undergraduates eager to turn their tassels, and family and friends filling the stands to cheer them on.

There is a lot to think about when approaching graduation. Career path, next steps, and what city to live in, but there is a decision that is hard for everyone and can really make or break the graduation experience, which is what to wear to your graduation shoot.

The trends of graduation picture outfits have been consistent over the past few years, especially with young women.

Many females bring two outfits, one nicer dress for a picture in front of the Arch. Then they bring an outfit that is more casual but represents their day-to-day style, and then a Georgia jersey is brought to throw on over a dress or casual outfit.

These trends continued into the 2017 season as many graduates dressed for their graduation shoot.

(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Susannah Kindrick, 21, Pine Mountain, Georgia, wears a red formal dress during her graduation photo shoot on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in front of the Arch in downtown Athens, Georgia.
(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Susannah Kindrick, 21, Pine Mountain, Georgia poses on north campus at the University of Georgia on Friday, April 26, 2017 with an off the shoulder jean top, white denim jeans, and OTBT open toe shoes during a graduation shoot.
(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Susannah Kindrick, 21, Pine Mountain, Georgia wears a Georgia jersey during a graduation shoot at the Chapel bell at the University of Georgia on Friday, April 26, 2017. Kindrick wore a jersey with white denim jeans and OTBT shoes.
(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 a group of Chi Omega seniors took graduation pictures on north campus with Georgia jerseys on over their dresses. They posed appropriately to match their attire.













(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Chi Omega seniors pose in cocktail dresses for graduation pictures in downtown Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, April 25, 2017. This is a popular spot to get a picture with Athens in the background usually with the pick of a nicer outfit.
(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Katie Maxham, 22, Woodstock, Georgia, wears a red halter cut dress with black pumps in front the the Arch in downtown Athens, Georgia on Monday, April 10, 2017.
(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Katie Maxham, 22, Woodstock, Georgia changes into a jersey with a plaid flannel wrapped around her waist, and jean shorts for a more casual picture on north campus at the University of Georgia on April 10, 2017.

From Therapy To Vogue: Selena Gomez’s Battle With Mental Illness

From Barney & Friends child star to starring roles on Disney Channel and also being a music artist, Selena Gomez has always been in the spotlight. Though her roles and success might look glamorous, life is not always smooth sailing for this young woman.

Vogue featured Gomez on their April 2017 cover which makes it a first in her career. Teen Vogue shares that this is a huge step for Gomez in the fashion industry as she models clothing from Michael Kors Collection and is named the face of Coach. In her interview with Vogue she opens up about her life in the past year.

On August 15, 2016 Gomez, 24, posted her last post on Instagram for the next three months. During her three-month break, Gomez flew to Tennessee and joined a therapy group with six other women. She attended with no cell phone or with any other celebrities, but other real women who were struggling with things just like her.

“You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls,” she says, “real people who couldn’t give two shits about who I was, who were fighting for their lives. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done,” Gomez tells Vogue.

For 90 days Gomez attended individual therapy, group therapy and even horse therapy. In November, Gomez made an appearance at the American Music Awards, making it her first since being back from her treatment. Later in the night she accepted an award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and followed with a speech touching on her struggles that went viral.

With raw and real emotion, Gomez begins to be honest with the world about how she is affected by the life she lives. She explains to Vogue about how tours were making her feel, and how social media was having a toll on her by having the title of “most followed person on Instagram.”

“Tours are a really lonely place for me,” she explains. “My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion…,” says Gomez.

“[Instagram] had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit,” says Gomez

There is a stigma behind having a mental illness. A stigma that is doing harm to people who are struggling because it is targeting an internal problem that screams “there is something wrong with you.” People of all social status struggle with the stigma and lifestyle of mental illness.

In 2015 students who reported feeling hopeless  was 49.5% according to USA Today College and  60.5% of students who reported feeling lonely, which is a symptom of depression.  

In an article by, they hear from 31 different celebrities who share about their experiences with mental illness and quotes about how they are fighting against this stigma some people put on it.

“If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken,” says Selena Gomez in her speech on the AMAs in 2016.


The Johnnyswim Staple Piece

(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Johnnyswim playing at the Georgia Theatre Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Athens, Georgia.


It is officially spring time in Athens, Georgia where the music scene begins to come back alive after the colder season. 

Though Spring time is known as festival season, in Athens people look to the 40 watt club and the Georgia Theatre for spring concerts. 

There is much more that goes into the music scene than just the music itself. The type of music bands produce influence the clothes people wear. 

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Johnnyswim came to the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia. 

Johnnyswim is an American folk band that was founded in 2005 in Nashville. 

(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Johnnyswim singing at the Georgia Theatre Thursday, March 30, 3017 in Athens, Georgia.


During their performance in Athens the couple came out in simple but unique style with their color tones and staple accessories. 

Amanda, the girl lead singer, wore a black midi dress made of a silky material pleated from the waist down that made her piece unique with along silver necklace. Though it was simple, it was classy. 

Abner, the male singer, wore a blue velvet jacket which stood out because of its color and texture along with his felt hat that caught the attention the crowd. 

Johnnyswim’s style influenced a couple concert-goes to wear fun and casual clothes with a staple piece.

For example, one fan wore a simple white top, with black skirt, with her suede yellow shoes being her staple piece. 

A second fan wore a comfy tshirt, jean shorts, white tennis shoes, but a light colored pink cardigan to pull it all together. 

Lastly, another fan wore a white cropped tank top with a high waisted flare skirt, with her black and white boots being her unique choice. 

Fashion is more than just clothes you wear, it becomes a piece of who you are and is influenced by so many different things. 

This is fashiontoday365 where fashion speaks up. 

UGA Fashion Week: Lush Fashion Show


Welcome to FashionToday365 podcast where fashion is more than just clothing.

I am Mary Grace Heath.

There is more that goes into fashion than picking out the next best thing. It takes time, planning, research and a team of people to create styles and sourcing for the next season.

I spoke with Erica Whitfield, President of Student Merchandising Association at the University of Georgia about their annual fashion show.

 On February 22, 2017, SMA put on their annual fashion show during UGA fashion week.

 As president, Erica had to direct a lot for the Fashion Show to be put on and also details for their philanthropy “Piece of Thread.” Here she gives more insight on how this all happened.


Erica Whitfield:

“So, I worked pretty hands on with the stores making the relationships with them. Saying, “hey, we liked working with you in the past, do you want to work with us for our show? And here are all the details.” because it is very important to be prepared.”

I also worked on sponsorships because we wanted the whole show to be paid for by sponsors so all profits could go to our philanthropy “Piece of Thread.” Our philanthropy is based out of Atlanta, and they are a non-profit organization that helps refugee women that have come here to America from the Middle East create really high-quality handbags, and give them the business skills to sell those bags and improve their quality of living here.

“It’s cool that we have a fashion related philanthropy that we are raising money for, so it gave us a bigger purpose, above and beyond connecting with local businesses and showing off our styling skills and our fashion show production skills.”

Thank you for listening. This is Mary Grace Heath with FashionToday365 where fashion speaks up.


The New Girl in Town

The little black dress got a makeover while making history.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 a new black dress was unveiled at the Trafford Centre in Manchester, according to The Guardian. The Trafford Centre is a large indoor shopping center where researchers got together with a wearable technology company, CuteCircuit, to reveal the first black graphene dress that changes colors.

The new and improved little black dress used graphene to power LED lights that changed colors as it synced with the model’s breathing. The lighter the model would breathe the lights turned from orange to green, and the deeper the model breathed the lights turned  from purple to turquoise.

Graphene was discovered by two scientists, Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim, at Manchester University in England in 2004, and went on to win the Nobel prize in physics in 2010 for their discovery, which makes Novoselov, 36, the youngest Nobel winner since 1973.

Graphene is one atom thick and consist of carbon atoms. According to Manchester, graphene is the world’s first 2D material that is light, 200 times stronger than steel, but flexible, thin, and a great conductor and performs as a great barrier.

Francesca Rosella, chief creative director for CuteCircuit tells The Guardian, “Graphene has never been used in the fashion industry before.”

“Being the first to use it was a real honor, allowing us to have a lot of fun creating the stunning little black graphene dress and showcasing graphene’s amazing properties.”

Graphene entering the fashion industry is new, exciting, and might be what the future of clothing apparel looks like.

Richard Paxton, general manager of the Trafford Centre, told The Guardian, “Technology and fashion have come together to create what is the world’s most high-tech dress and could become the blueprint for what our millions of customers will be wearing in the future.”

Graphene might be the future for the fashion industry, but that is not all.

According to The University of Manchester, graphene hopefully will be used in other future technologies that can help improve and change our world such as, water purification technology to help get more clean water in developing countries, energy storage, semi-transparent mobile phones, light weight planes, and more.

The University of Manchester reads, “This is only the start. These are only the first steps. The potential of graphene is limited only by our imagination.”

For the Love of Fashion

Morgan Miller, 25, launched The Indigo Child in the fall of 2016, which is located on Clayton Street in downtown Athens, Georgia. The Indigo Child got its name because of how Miller’s clothing and style was referred to when she attended the University of Alabama before graduating last December. On Monday, Feb. 13, Miller expanded on her love for fashion, people, family, music and having purpose behind the clothing she sells. (Photo/Mary Grace Heath)
Monday, Feb. 13, Morgan Miller not only owns and does the background work of The Indigo Child, but works the register as well. Miller is checking a customer out while also restocking inventory where she dreams to see adults with special needs working one day. (Photo/Mary Grace Heath)
Lucy Miller, 21, transferred from the University of Alabama to the University of Georgia and works with her sister and helps her with non-profit goals and projects within the store. Both Millers got new product in and are talking about how much they love that it came in just in time for Valentine’s Day. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo/ Mary Grace Heath)
Miller’s goal for starting a clothing shop was to bring purpose to the clothes she has. This picture is of a non-verbal homeless man in Athens, Georgia. Miller’s friend who took the photo went to the man and asked, “write the first word that comes to mind on the card.” The shirt has a story of its own, and  some of the proceeds go back to a homeless shelter in Athens. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo/ Mary Grace Heath)
Monday, Feb. 13, product around The Indigo Child in Athens, Georgia all read quotes of inspiration or encouragement. That is one of the values that Miller lives by, to make people feel good, and Miller wants to do that through the products she sells. (Photo/ Mary Grace Heath)
Monday, Feb. 13, the back wall behind the register at The Indigo Child in Downtown Athens, Georgia, are band posters mounted to the wall. The love Morgan Miller and her family has for music is well represented in the store. The widespread panic poster to the left is one her dad, who passed away when she was young, got during “panic in the streets” in downtown Athens. (Photo/ Mary Grace Heath)


Monday, Feb. 13, bags filled the stage at The Indigo Child boutique in downtown Athens, Georgia. This stage is used for bands to come for events and on some normal shopping days. The love for music is evident all throughout the store. (Photo/ Mary Grace Heath)
At The Indigo Child in Athens, Georgia pillows and wall art hugged the floors and draped the walls on Monday, Feb. 13. Love is not just a seasonal theme here, it is an overarching theme that Morgan Miller, the owner, wants to represent and live by in her store. (Photo/ Mary Grace Heath)


Fashionably Passionate: A girl’s journey to more sustainability

In the prime years of confusion, the transition of a middle school kid to a high school freshman, a tomboy girl began to find what she truly loved.

A closet door filled from top to bottom with ripped out magazine pages, dirt stained softball uniform pants in a hamper, and a laptop filled with runway shows that began to be put in virtual folders all in her room. Then it clicked.

“I got a computer, and all I looked at was runway shows,” says Taylor Timmons. “I don’t know where it came from because I was such a tomboy, but it was just a switch and I knew that I loved this.”

Taylor Timmons, a 21-year-old fashion merchandising major, is a young girl who is passionate about sustainability in the world, especially in fashion and dipping into politics.

(Photo by Mary Grace Heath) Taylor Timmons, 21, Fashion Merchandising

Though things clicked for Timmons during her more adolescent years, when arriving as a college freshman she decided to go into landscape architect as her major.

Students sitting row by row, shoulder to shoulder, laptops out and easily visible while class is in session. A boy looks over to see the screen beside him and notices that it was filled with runway shows and various apparel pieces. Timmons was cataloging and organizing it all passionately.

The boy leaned over and asked, “Why are you doing this? Why aren’t you doing that?”

“That was my ‘aha moment’ “, says Timmons.

As the seasons changed from spring to summer, so did Timmons’ major, and one passion led to another with a core value that stayed the same: sustainability.

Sustainability in fashion has become a world-wide issue that various amounts of people have become passionate about. After being educated on the harm that manufacturing of so many fashion pieces can do to our economy people began to speak up.

Walking into a store and shopping online can be overwhelming these days. There are so many options, pieces and types of clothing to choose from that all fit into a person’s style they are looking for. The reason for the abundant amount of clothes comes from a term that is now used more frequently called “fast fashion.”

Fast fashion is the quickest and cheapest way to manufacture and ship off clothing to retailers to delight consumers who crave more and new clothes, trends, and styles immediately and more often.

“Fast fashion is a relatively new phenomenon. One that’s caught us all, as consumers, in an absurd circle of micro trends,” says Livia Firth, founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd., in December of last year in an article in the Huffington Post.

Eco Age YouTube Video

Jan. 20, 2017 – The set up began early to prepare for the change in our country that was about to take place around noon. People around the world channeled their TV’s and other electronic devices to make sure they could catch a glimpse or all of what Inauguration Day would be like.

In her college home in Athens, Ga, Timmons watched as the set up was happening. Not really caring much for President Trump himself, she was curious to see who chose to dress the new first lady.

As she sat in her last advertising class, the updates on her phone kept her in tune with the events happening. Then she saw her. Melania Trump dressed in a light blue dress with gloves and pumps to match.

“My first impression of her was ‘wow, that is a very flattering color, very beautiful,’ ” says Timmons, “then I looked at it more and I was like ‘that is a very unflattering color.’ ”

Months before Inauguration Day, many big name designers and creative directors said they would not be associated with the new first lady, and would not write about or dress her. So, the big question was “who was going to dress the new first lady, Melania Trump?”

Scrolling through, reading, and looking at pictures Timmons replied, “my biggest question was, ‘who caved? who did this?’ ”

A man who is known for the polo-player-on-horseback logo, Ralph Lauren, dressed Melania Trump for the Inauguration Day events.

Before taking a seat in the political spotlight, the Trump family, especially the Trump women, has been known for their fashion. Because of the money the Trumps have, buying high-end clothing in a more political fashion is easily accessible and reasonable. But because of the fashion they bring to the forefront, will they help lead people to buying more high-end or good quality clothes than representing more fast fashion?

“I think that’s why fast fashion is the leading force of fashion right now, because we can copy what you have at a lower price to what you can afford, and you can have it…,” says Timmons.

“The only way I see it slowing down is if we can change consumer ideals of shopping…but people our age have been trained to bargain buy, and that’s pretty ingrained in our heads.”

Timmons caught herself dreaming of multiple dream jobs, one being a trend forecaster. Soon after everything seemed to be all very corrupt. Making opinions on colors people should wear and styles was not the dream she thought it would be. Telling consumers what they should wear felt more like a mind game to her than being helpful.

Narrowing down that one job for Timmons is difficult, but if she could achieve her overarching goal in whatever that may be, then she is willing to do what it takes.

“Even if I was with a brand I didn’t respect, or a company that is viewed in a certain way, if I could change the ethics behind it and go in and be like ‘there has to be a more efficient way, there has to be a more sustainable way,’ and change the consumers mind in that way. It’s my goal,” says Timmons.

Aware and educated on the topic of sustainability, Timmons ask questions that people should consider when they are shopping and consuming more clothes. “Do you really see yourself wearing this over a certain period of time, or is this an impulse buy?” or “Do you see value or memory in this piece?”

Friends and family began to seek Timmons out for fashion advice of what to buy this season due to her own style and knowledge of the fashion world.

“I stop them there and ask ‘what do you want to buy? What has inspired you lately?’ and encourage them to find that one piece that really represents them.”

Taylor Timmons with recycled journal

Large retail stores filled to the each corner with large production of apparel and Timmons continues to think about the quality of a shirt that might be more in cost, but will last longer and you would know the face behind the piece.

“You can do so much with a piece that last long. You find ways to use it when you thought that combination would not work,” says Timmons.

“Wear it until everything falls off. It is what it is meant to do.”

What Will The New FLOTUS Wear For The Inaugural Ball?

In two days, on Jan. 20, 2017, our country will experience another change. Inauguration Day is always emotional for people on both ends of the spectrum, as one president and his family leaves a place they called home for so long, and a new president comes in.

Though this day is about the president himself, eyes are not only on him, but also the new first lady and his family.

Women from all over the world will be looking at Melania Trump for many reasons such as hope, reassurance, and maybe something new, but mostly, on the night of the inauguration ball, women will look at her to see what she decides to clothe herself with at an event the whole world will be watching.

“For one evening, the inaugural ball gown is the most important dress of the country.” – Robin Givhan, Fashion Critic, Washington Post

The inaugural gowns that have been worn in the past by each first lady are elegant, beautiful and symbolic to their families, current events in America, or even hope.

For months people have been asking about what the new First Lady of the United States will wear to the inaugural ball. Melania Trump has gone down many runways in numerous designers and various different pieces, but now as she is stepping into a new role that is much different than her past the question of “who would dress her and what will the dress look like?” has filled people’s thoughts and has made many very curious.

Though, no one is for sure what the new first lady will wear, because some designers have refused to dress her according to Timeit will most likely be stunning like all the first ladies before her.

Women’s Wear Daily, also know as the WWD, believes that Ralph Lauren is the front-runner for Melania’s Inauguration Day choices that she could be seen wearing on Friday at the inaugural ball.

Inauguration Day begins at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, with the swearing-in ceremony at the West Front of the Capitol followed by a parade in the afternoon. At 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, the inaugural balls will begin.

To see a more detailed schedule click here.



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