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It Boy {John Pennington}

March 5, 2014 by

Whenever I see John Pennington, whether that be around campus on his way to class or out at night, he is always dressed up like the classy gentleman that he truly is.  This SMU senior and president of Sigma Chi never fails to bring his true style to campus, so of course I had to catch up with him and figure out some of his style secrets on how he brings his own bad-ass twist to the typical preppy SMU uniform.
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How would you describe your style?

I would say my style is a very WASPy-British-gentlemen-influenced-overly-hyphenated-classic-prep look with a lot of elements like tailoring, patterns, colors, and fabrics reminiscent of styles from the 1950s and 1960s country club looks. In short, modern gentlemen. Recently I’ve been focused on adding more basics in timeless cuts and neutral colors with really subtle, yet unique details in them.  I like to look well put together with an original style – I like finding things that I won’t see anyone else in Dallas wearing mixed with staple pieces. But I think the most important thing about what I wear is that it’s comfortable and that it makes me feel good.


What’s your must-have without item?

Prorsum tailored navy suit or Tom Ford black velvet tuxedo slippers (the basics, right?)


Who is your favorite designer?

Burberry Prorsum


Who is your style icon?

Fictional characters: James Bond, Jay Gatsby, and Bill Cosby (great sweater collection)

Real people: Daniel Craig, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Eddie Redmayne


Where is your favorite place to shop?

As a Dallas native, the first store I go to is always Neiman Marcus. I also consistently check out the new shipments whenever they come in at Burberry Northpark (Mary Lou is the best stylist) and the Seven for All Mankind store.


Why did you get interested in fashion?

In high school I worked retail at Northpark and was constantly around sophisticated and picky shoppers and high-end clothes. Growing up in Dallas, you have access to tons of great designers and so many boutiques and luxury retailers – Neiman Marcus, stores of Highland Park Village, Northpark boutiques, etc. –  that are known for their customer service and personal client care. Now I work at J. Crew at Northpark and am constantly looking at new trends, styles, and designers from stores in Northpark and around Dallas and enjoy setting myself apart with a unique and defined style that is more refined than most 22 year olds.


Whooo’s that Girl? …it’s Jess!

November 8, 2013 by

Sorry Zooey Deschanel, but you got nothing on this Jess! Meet SMU’s very own Jessica Jan and let her Asian persuasion and carefree attitude entrance you. She’s far away from the mess she claims to be, and her ever-evolving eclectic style is all about her world travels, Taiwanese background, and even her possible hoarding problem. Her day-to-day outfits really start to define what persona she takes on – even if they take a little while to put together… but who wants to be on time for class anyway?




“I like being sassy and being sassy is fun! And we’re so young so
like I don’t know when I’ll be able to wear all these things again!”




SMUstyle: When did you first start being this super stylish fashionista?

Jessica Jan: Haha I don’t know! I remember being really into that show, Kell on Earth, with Kelly Cutrone? And from there it just became an obsession! My friend Pablo and I would literally sit in his room all day and watch runway shows on YouTube and start critiquing them and pretending we were there and then trying to style my outfits based on everything we loved! Spending the summers in Taiwan with my grandmother she also really took me under her wing and showed me where to get the good stuff


SMUstyle: Do you think your heritage influences your style?

JJ: Well, yes and no! Asian fashion is really, like, feminine and pink and lacey and kinda girly which isn’t necessarily my thing but I love all of their color schemes! And all of their pattern mixing – it’s all about mixing polka dots and stripes and making it all work somehow. I’m influenced more by like The Sartorialist blog – I literally stalk it! And I’m all about – I love that website!


SMUstyle: What’s your favorite thing to shop for?

JJ: That’s so hard!!! I can’t decide! I just don’t really go shopping for basics – like you can always find a white tee shirt, or jeans but I like to pick out the stranger things. Fashion is changing every year and there’s n
othing you can do about it, so why not buy into the different ways of fashion. There’s not like one specific thing I can say is my favorite – I buy whatever I see!


Our Favorite Items in Jessica’s Closet!

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I’m Coming Home

October 22, 2013 by

Yesterday, some of SMU’s finest of contestants lined up to answer some silly questions in front of pretty much the entire Greek life community. Thankfully, MOST held it together with some witty comebacks to boot. There were a few awkward moments, but isn’t that what makes it all fun after all? The pairs of contestants, decked out in their respective themes’ finest, gave a great kick-off to one of the most exciting weekends of the year – HOMECOMING!





February 7, 2013 by

Chloe Dinsdale with a fist full of roses after fraternity serenades.

Hat: Free People

Bandeau: Brandy Melville

Dress: LF

Socks: Free People

Shoes: Naughty Monkey


February 1, 2013 by

Jessica Jan on her way to class // Maddy Herring on her way to grab coffee at Cafe 100.  

Scarf: Banana Republic                                                     Shirt:NastyGal

Shirt: Banana Republic                                                      Jean Shirt: Madewell

Pants: J. Crew                                                                  Boots: J. Crew

Flats:                                                                 Jewelry: NastyGal

Watch: Michael Kors