Fall fashion in Athens, Ohio

According to Elle Magazine’s “The Complete Fall 2015 Trend Guide,” furry boots, high cuffs and high waists are in this year. Harper’s Bazaar said that suede boots are a must have for fall. Take a look at fall fashion in Athens, Ohio.

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One of Athens’ newest clothing shops on West State Street, BlueTiquehas already started stacking their racks with their fall essentials.  BlueTique opened in August. The store sells clothing, accessories and boots.  There are only eight other BlueTiques in the U.S. Store Manager, Marissa Whaley, described the store’s vibe as, “trendy yet affordable.”











As far as what’s popular this fall, Whaley said it was sweaters and scarves. Scarves at BlueTique range anywhere from $15 to $30. Sweaters go from $25 to $70.

Blanket scarves, infinity scarves or any type of scarf. That’s the number one staple,” Whaley said.

Vests are also very popular, especially with a little bit of fur. Whaley recalled getting a supply of vests on Thursday and was sold out by Saturday (photo shown below on the left).  There are also a lot of options in school colors and the store just recently started selling blankets.

Store hours are from Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.














The Artifacts Gallerylocated on North Court Street, has several winter accessory options and ponchos. Cassey Spires, a long-time sales associate for the Gallery, said that the line is multi-seasonal. “Anything can be layered,” Spires suggested. There are also dress options in muted colors that could be paired with boots or a heavy sweater to make it fashionable and functional for fall. The style is cute and funky, Spires said.

Store hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.















Figleaf Boutiquealso located on North Court Street, just got their fall shipment in on Wednesday, November 11.

Maggie Fewel, a sales associate, defined FigLeaf’s collection as “boho.”

Dresses are our most popular item,” Fewel said. Other than dresses comfortable clothing to wear for class is also popular (photo of some dress options on bottom left). According to Fewel, the prices range from $8 to $50.

Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.


At South Court Street’s The Other Placescarves, jackets and boots were abundant. There were also sweater and skirt combinations in colors that resemble fall foliage. (Here’s the breakdown for the outfit shown in the photo on the left: the sweater (last photo in center) costs $30 and the skirt (on right) ranges from $30 to $40, and lastly the scarf which costs $16).

Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Breakout season for OU’s Sebastian Smith

“It’s just natural instincts. Wherever the ball’s at, I key in on it. Eyes, hands, and I just lock on.”

That natural instinct has helped wide receiver Sebastian Smith tremendously this season. Throughout his three years with the Ohio Bobcats, his impact has grown each season. Smith had 12 catches for 85 yards in his first season in 2013. That number more than doubled in 2014 with 31 catches for 385 yards. This year, he’s already surpassed that with 51 catches for 632 yards with two games left in the season.

Quarterback Derrius Vick has noticed the transition, especially in the latter half of the season.

“You can really see this year that he’s having fun, that he believes that he’s the best player on the field at all times and that he can’t be stopped,” Vick said. “I think that’s really shown in his game the way he’s just carrying himself on and off the field.”

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Photo Credit: Ohio Athletics

“I believe it just comes down to just doing your part as an individual,” Smith said. “You know there’s 11 guys on the field. It comes down to doing my part, and that’s what I go into the game thinking and come out of the game thinking. Next play, I got to convert for a first down or make this play for a touchdown or whatever it is.”

Even ESPN recognized what’s he done on the gridiron, where Smith’s amazing diving catch against Bowling Green on Nov. 4 was featured as one of SportsCenter’s top 10 plays.

“Actually, in the hotel, I was thinking about making [SportsCenter Top 10]. Last year I made it twice. This year you know I haven’t made it yet. I was thinking it’s time. I got to make a play,” Smith said.

But most of his big plays come when the ‘Cats really need it.

“A lot of them are on third down. Anytime it’s third down and long or I need a big catch, most of the time if you look it’s been Sebastian,” Vick said.

Smith has to adapt to just more than Vick behind center. The ‘Cats utilize all three quarterbacks in Vick, J.D. Sprague, and Greg Windham. All three quarterbacks have very different styles of play, and Smith has done well with all three so far this season.

Photo Credit: Ohio Athletics
Photo Credit: Ohio Athletics

“When we’re scrambling, we always have to be on the same page. So far, Sebastian has just been right there in an open spot. He just looks to get the ball no matter if it’s in traffic or not,” Vick said.

“I talk to all the quarterbacks. When a play breaks down, they know what I’m going to do. Whatever route we’re running, they know what I’m going to do. I just communicate well with all three quarterbacks. I’m comfortable with all three of them when they’re in the game,” Smith said.

No matter who’s snapping the ball, Smith wants to keep on shining and growing as an athlete.

“It’s just a blessing. I always think about progression. I look at my stats last year, and I’ve surpassed those. I’m looking just to grow as a player. The sky’s the limit for me and I’m just going to keep working hard.”