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Fashions that make the grade on and off campus

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Feminine Wiles
-- Shimmer and funk are combined into a "Femme Fatal" dress with sequined accents and silk-screened beauties that can be worn to bring anthropology class into the present or set the fashion scene at a favorite pub by artist Andrea Loest, $120, from Turncoats (1926 Magazine St., 299-9004; www.turncoats.net).




Chocolate and Flowers
-- Sheer knit flowers and leaves are the perfect shoulder ornament for a chocolate ribbed tank by Free People, $28, from Gae-tana's Maple Street Clothing (7732 Maple St., 865-9625).
In the 'hood -- Show allegiance to your favorite neighborhood with "nolahood" T-shirts such as these emblazoned with "Uptown" and "Quarter Rat," available in a range of colors and neighborhood names in men's and women's styles, $18 each, from Metro Three (2032 Magazine St., 558-0212; www.metrothree.com).



Wild Cat
-- Faux leopard is tailored into a slenderizing, light button-front jacket with front pockets that goes over anything, by Frederick's of Hollywood, $45, from Cream of the Frock (2137 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1665).


West Gone Wild
-- A red-striped dress shirt has been reconstructed into a funky "Crazy Cowboy" shirt at the hands of Howl Pop artists who added strips of fabric to the front and orange paint to the shoulder and back, $28, from Turncoats (1926 Magazine St., 299-9004; www.turncoats.net).



Wear It Well
-- Cropped navy denim low-rise jeans are slightly distressed around the pockets for that "broken-in" look by The Red Engine, $118, from Gae-tana's Maple Street Clothing (7732 Maple St., 865-9625).


Toe-to-toe
-- A ribbon thong and brown leather straps and footpads make these versatile flip-flops by Rainbow comfortable and durable, $46, from Gae-tana's Maple Street Clothing (7732 Maple St., 865-9625)



Envious Green
-- Shades of olive and lime are knit together in a V-neck T-shirt with the classic Lacoste alligator logo on it, $50, from All American Jeans (622 Canal St., 581-6666).


Funky Feet
-- A wild graphic design in satin makes these super high-top lace-up basketball shoes by Dollhouse sure winners, $22, from Turncoats (1926 Magazine St., 299-9004; www.turncoats.net).

Fashion Without Borders
-- Local artist Chelsa Clofer of Lunawerks has reworked an authentic Mexican skirt into a fashion for today's coeds, hand-stitching sequins to add to the fun, $57, from Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 899-5587).

All Tied Up
-- Artist Savannah Strachan brings a whole new meaning to dressy casual with a T-shirt that bears a knotted tie, $28, from Turncoats (1926 Magazine St., 299-9004; www.turncoats.net).




On a Roll
-- Black floral fabric forms the liner for a brown bamboo shoulder bag by local artist Kristina Claudet, $40, from Cream of the Frock (2137 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1665).



Be Square
-- Small orange squares on a beige background make a graphic statement in a soft cotton Penguin shirt by Munsingwear, $48, from All American Jeans (622 Canal St., 581-6666).





Feet Fleet
-- Chocolate brown leather thongs have a stitched decoration on the strap by Reef, $38, from All American Jeans (622 Canal St., 581-6666).


Casual Comfort
-- Boot-cut blue jeans are made of a soft, brushed cotton and have a flattering fit by Mavi, $68; topped with a black leather belt with a silver Union Jack buckle from Ben Sherman, $40; all from All American Jeans (622 Canal St., 581-6666).

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