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How to Thrift

by Ceandria Mars ‘15 | Staff Writer

If you’re one of the people who would like to thrift but just don’t know where to start, here are some tips to get you started. The key to thrifting and the solution to the problem many face is time and patience. Obviously, there are a lot of clothes in a thrift store that you will come across that you won’t like, but it takes going through all of the unwanted pieces to find that one great article of clothing.

Some thrift shops offer designer brands for a hefty price, but still far less expensive than what they would be at a department store or another retailer. Michael “Jachuku” Howard  ‘15 said that he has shopped at thrift stores like Salvation Army in places as close as DC, Silver Spring, and far as New York City. He mentioned finding Versace leather pants for around ninety dollars, when in normal department stores they could be sold at prices up to thousands of dollars!

Popular thrift-blogger Lindsay Turner from says to search anywhere and everywhere, because not all thrift stores offer the same things, and you might not find what you’re looking for right away.

Déjà Forster ’15 suggested a follow-up tip: to keep an open mind while thrifting and that you shouldn’t enter a thrift store with narrow expectations, because you’ll most likely be disappointed. Thrift stores aren’t department stores. The key is to look and look hard, but still Howard said he feels that, “You have to get lucky.”

The final and most unique tip, found on Lindsay Turner’s blog is “think outside the thrift store.” Picture items outside of the store, what you would wear them with, and if it’s customizable, or able to be used in a way other than what it was intended. She also says it’s good to know trends as you make your way through the store. A pair of baggy jeans, for instance, can be altered or turned into a pair of trendy shorts. Now that you have a guide on how to thrift, you can get started at a nearby store like Value Village on Allentown Road in Suitland Maryland.

Jachuku Howard '15 showing his thrift attire.

The 20’s Roar Again!

Michael Breton’12| Staff Writer

From this year’s fall to next years’ spring and summer, the 20s will roar. From fashion to the stage, what’s obsessing right now is the prohibition age where everything was sober, green($$$) and golden and clear that life was good, unlike America today.

This December, Australian film director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge” and “Australia”) will premiere his much-awaited new film about a lovesick social climber called “The Great Gatsby”, which is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel of the same name published in 1925. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. An exciting new chemistry one couldn’t wait for.

Speaking of “The Great Gatsby”, back in September during New York Fashion Week, American designer Ralph Lauren, who designed the costumes for the 1974 Gatsby film, designed his whole spring 2012 collection around the 20’s WASPy elite, Hampton’s extravaganza with fluttering sequined and feathered dresses to the most glamorous day looks ever. Very Mia Farrow.

“Luhrmann’s costume designer wife, Catherine Martin, is in charge of the clothes for the new movie, but Mulligan and her female co-stars need look no further than Lauren when it comes to red-carpet sparklers for the premiere circuit,” said Nicole Phelps of

Not only are the 20s’ inspirations making it’s way back into American Culture, the “golden twenties” of Europe shines again. For this season, Milan’s Prada was a sea of a pale, pinkish, sequined, checkered, snaked-skin, fur fantasy, a perfect wardrobe for a wild-card aviator heiress flying a jet across the Atlantic or the most fabulous paillette evening dresses for the war wearied House of Windsor after WWI.

For the French cinema, a groundbreaking ovation is the new French film “The Artist”, a black and white silent film getting a lot of attention here in the U.S. This not only portrays the rise and fall of a 20s silent film star, butt it is literally bringing back the glamour of silent silver screens which means no dialogue, only music. Will silent movies make a comeback?

Even our very own McNamara flapped for a 20’s musical comedy for the first play of the school year. “Anything Goes,” set sail during the fall season and met rave reviews from the audiences.

The question is, why the 20s for 2011? While there is no real, specific answer, it seems that with so many dilemmas of our time that are unremitting, like the economic downturn, people just want to escape to a world when life seemed Jazzy, glamorous, shiny, and rich.

A Special Interview with Tara Ferry

Michael Breton ’12 of The Stampede recently interviewed Tara Ferry, the 21-year-old face of Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2011 campaign. His interview was published in VMAN Magazine, where it made the front page of their website.

Tara Ferry is the 21-year-old face of Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2011 campaign, and a rock musician.

You can read the interview here:

Susie Fashion

Illustration by Michael Breton ’11, Staff Writer | Inking by Shannell Smith ’11, Comics Editor

Meet Suzie, your inner shopaholic! Follow her as she shops for Lanvin, La Perla, and a life.

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Meet Suzie, your inner shopaholic! Follow her as she shops for Lanvin, La Perla, and a life.
With the help of the fairy god woman in a silvery grey Rochas gown, Suzie finds that giving her brand new L’Wren Scott sequined cardigan and many other stuff to charity means gaining a life of satisfaction and happiness.
Not looking “like” a million bucks but “is” a million bucks, she realizes that she can’t buy happiness with things. The best things in life are free!

What’s next for Suzie? A journey about finding what you want in life. Coming soon….

Five Fingers… For Your Toes?

Photo by Jasmine Whittington ’11, Staff Writer
Interview by Stephanie Dorn ’11, Staff Writer

Vibram FiveFingers: A new trend of shoe has sparked the interest of students and teachers, including Kyle Martin from the class of 2011. When interviewed, Martin seemed to have nothing but positive feedback on his new choice of shoes.

Q: What made you want to buy the FiveFingers shoes?
A: I saw people wearing them and thought they looked cool and comfortable.

Q: How do they feel?
A: I like the fact that they let my feet breathe. Because of that, they are going to be good in the summertime. They are comfortable too.

Q: Do you have any concerns about them?
A: I am a little worried about the wear and tear because I like to wear them to work, but so far they have held up quite well.

Q: Are they waterproof?
A: They aren’t made to be for the water, but getting them wet won’t hurt anything. They dry really quickly.

If You Care DON’T Share

Sharing make up can lead to diseases such as Staph and Herpes

Jasmine Whittington ‘11
Staff Writer

Ladies, it’s cool to share with friends your secrets, clothes, and gossip, but keep your make-up to yourself. Sharing, and exchanging makeup is like openly sharing and exchanging germs, viruses, and diseases.
When sharing eyeliner, you run the risk of catching common eye diseases. I’m sure every one has heard of “pink eye,” but its medical term is conjunctivitis. It is a bacteria as well as a virus and is highly contagious. Conjunctivitis can be spread by direct contact with an infected area or contact with an object that has touched the infected area, according to

It is very common for a girl to visit a makeup store such as Mac or Sephora and try on the testers. For prom, girls go to different make-up companies to get a make-overs. According to, one study found bacteria such as MRSA (staph), strep (strep throat), and E. Coli in department store testers. Viruses and bacteria live in warm damp places. So make-up boxes, foundation containers, and lip gloss containers fit the requirements perfectly.
Lets say a close friend of yours recently got a minor paper cut on her index finger. She asks to use your lip gloss and you agree. You, trying to use a little precaution, squirt out some of the gloss onto her finger tip so she does not directly put her lips on the applicator. Little do you know, the same finger she used to scrape the gloss off the applicator is the same finger she had the cut on.

When you let a friend borrow your favorite lip-gloss or lipstick, you should definitely think twice. Herpes can be spread through the sharing of lip wear, according Dr. Elizabeth Brooks, a biological sciences professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Most of the time the disease shows no outer signs, making it hard to tell who has herpes, and who does not. Unfortunately Herpes is something that a person can never get rid of, according to Mononucleosis can also be spread by sharing lip gloss or lipstick, according to Dr. Brooks. Sore throat, rashes, fevers, and muscle aches are only a few symptoms of the virus.

The most commonly asked make-up question between girl friends is “Do you have any eye-liner or lip gloss i can borrow?” Your answer should be NO! Remember personal items are PERSONAL for a reason.

Winter Fashion 2010

Lezla Gooden '11 kicks back in the bleachers sporting her Cardy style Uggs. (Alexis Jenkins '11/THE STAMPEDE)

Bundled Up In Fashion

By Alexis Jenkins ‘11
Editor In-Chief/Features Editor

The time is 3:10 p.m., it’s Monday, you are standing under the awning at the back entrance of the school. Here, the parking lot is abuzz with carpools and traffic jams. The sidewalk and benches are filled with groups of friends huddling to stay warm and rave about their Christmas lists.

By the second scan of students evading aftercare, you realize something. The majority of people have the same little logo stitched into their coats. It seems to have three words and three lines forming a curve, upon squinting hard enough you make out the phrase: The North Face.

These coats stay zipped up tightly with their bright colors, removable linings, and a big brand name. But this was two years ago.

Once upon a time North faces were cherished by students, adults, and outdoors-men near and far. But this year, one group, the student, seems to be outgrowing the once popular coats. As The North Face falls out of favor this season, a more sophisticated style is on the rise. This trend is reminiscent of European high fashion, this trend is the pea coat. For girls, nothing quite compliments the pea coat more than a warm pair of Uggs. By now, Uggs are not new to the winter fashion scene but have become a staple and a closet essential.

North Face owner Gina Goffney ‘13 will not be wearing her North Face this winter. When asked what she will be wearing she says, “No North Face, It’s kind of like a trench, pea coat.”

Is the trend dying? North Face owners such as John Corley ‘12 and Bijon Lane ‘14 exclaim, “No!” On the contrary, Brandon Nelson ‘12 thinks, “Slightly; everybody’s wearing pea coats.” Pea coats may be winning the winter coat tug-of-war but Brandon and John still plan to invest in a new North Face this winter.

While the sporty winter coat remains in most peoples closets, Uggs, a returning winter fashion statement, are more popular than ever. Even though Ugg Australia produces styles for men and women, the shoes are widely irrelevant to boys. Most have deemed it a women’s fashion and agree they do not want to match their classmates or girlfriends. Uggs make their ever so popular return this season boasting a collaboration with Jimmy Choo and making Oprah’s list of favorite things. The prestige of big name support only compliments the new styles and colors of their signature sheepskin lined boots. For Gina, Uggs are not a trend anymore but are, “a classic part of fashion.”

The only thing that seems to restrict students from owning a new pea coat instead of a North Face or a new pair Uggs this year is cost! Most winter North Faces range from $200-300. Uggs also fall into the triple digit category but max out around $200. Trends such as these often times prove to be too expensive for the general population. John believes they are not very cost-worthy but his classmate, Brandon, reminds him, “No because eventually everyone is going to get them.” Gina seconds that opinion saying, “I just think that if some people are wearing it, then everyone wants it.”

If you stand under the awning today you will see a much more eclectic style. I don’t know whether it is the strong sense of self identity McNamara allows its students or whether people got tired of looking like everyone else. But whatever the reason is, students’ style has evolved. You can scan the perimeter to find multi-colored pea coats or military inspired jackets. You may even find a couple people still zipped up in North Faces evading aftercare. However, in fashion only one thing is certain, nothing lasts forever.