Why You Need to Add Cuban Link Chain to Your Wardrobe Tuesday, Jun 14 2022 

By Jacob MaslowBranded Content

Picture this: You have a hot date tonight, and you’re tearing through your wardrobe trying to figure out what to wear. After a few hours of pairing outfits together, you’ve finally found the right combination.

Although you’re satisfied with what you have on, you still feel like your outfit is missing something. Is it a watch? No. What about a pair of sunglasses? That’s not it either.

Then the light bulb in your head goes off — you’re missing a chain. Some chains can give your outfit a significant boost.

But the one that will really set you apart from everyone else is a Cuban link chain. Here’s why it’s an excellent accessory to add to your wardrobe.

1. High Quality at Affordable Prices

When you think about Cuban links, your mind probably goes to the ones that rappers and athletes wear. They’re exorbitant, high-quality pieces that might blind your eyes if you look at them for too long (not really).

Those chains are often expensive and may be out of your budget. But you don’t have to get discouraged from getting one.

You can still buy a gold or silver Cuban link chain at an affordable price. Plus, you never have to compromise on the quality no matter the cost because Cubans are known for their durability above all else.

That’s why you’ll always see people regift them to others. As long as you take good care of it, that tradition can continue for a lifetime.

2. Features Make All the Difference

What makes Cuban links so attractive? Besides the gold or silver finishes, the interlocking patterns and thickness of the chain make it stand out. 

Furthermore, you can add pendants or a “piece” with the chain to give it that extra pop. That’s why you always see rappers and athletes with different attachments; it represents something that showcases their identity. 

Think about your current style. Then think about what features you want your Cuban chain to have to ensure it compliments it.

3. Different Colors and Sizes 

When you see a Cuban chain, it will most likely be either gold or silver. However, they can also come in rose or white gold from vendors mixing different metals. 

Cuban links also come in different sizes. You can opt for the “rapper chain” if that’s your style—just know that you’ll be spending a good amount of cash. 

But if you want something a bit more subtle, Cubans come in various width sizes, such as:

  • 4mm
  • 8mm
  • 10mm
  • 12mm
  • 14mm

The wider your chain, the more you’ll stand out to onlookers. So if that’s your goal, you should get a 12mm or 14mm chain. For a subtler approach, get a 4mm or 8mm chain.

Various lengths are available, from your collarbone down to your chest. But if you want it down to your belly button, that’s an option too (although it might strain your neck).

What if you like multiple sizes and don’t want to choose between them? Layering your Cuban links is another option to really make your outfits pop. Try out different chain combinations to see which best suits your style.

4. Wear Them With Any Outfit

Most people think you can only wear Cuban chains when going to the club or classy functions. However, you can wear them with just about anything because of their versatility.

For example, if you want to spruce up your work outfit, add a smaller Cuban for a little more pizzazz. You can also match it with one of your blinged-out rings or bracelets to show everyone how well you can dress. 

Some professional athletes also wear them to show people they can dominate in their sport and style. So you can try wearing one while you play sports to have the same effect. But first, ensure your league will allow it to be worn; if you’re playing recreationally, that won’t be an issue.

Add a Cuban Link Chain to Your Wardrobe Today

The legacy of the Cuban link chain is unmatched. That’s why they continue to be a popular option for people looking to enhance their wardrobe. They’re durable, stylish, and wearing them will let everyone know that your sense of style is immaculate.

Furthermore, when you think you no longer have a use for it, gift it to someone of the younger generation and keep high swag levels in the family. Waste no time; get one today, and watch your outfits come to life.

Photo Courtesy // Jacob Maslow //

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International Fashion Show combines cultural diversity and elegant fashion Wednesday, Feb 2 2022 

By Tate Luckey —

“Fashion cannot exist without culture,” International Fashion show host Gabrielle Mabra echoes. The Met Gala-themed event, sponsored by the University of Louisville Student Activities Board, showcased two hours of performances and clothing that depicted the different cultures present in the U of L community.

North America

A North American dress example

Avery Elise, singing “Crazy in Love” 

First up was the region of North America, characterized by fashion categorized by city. For example, Chicago is known for its sportswear and casual threads, while New York is associated with formal, more intentional styles. The region was capped off with a performance by Avery Elise singing Beyonce’s classic 2003 “Crazy in Love”.


Kristine Brucal, sophomore STEM major, wearing a baro’t saya

Vivi Nguy, 2023, wearing an áo dài during the 2022 International Fashion Show

Next was the region of Asia, characterized by dramatic drapings and more genderfluid attire. There is a bigger emphasis on sustainable clothes rather than “fast-fashion” that is more prominent in places like the United States. “I more specifically represented Vietnam, wearing Vietnam’s traditional outfit known as an ‘áo dài’, which both sexes can wear,” U of L junior Vivi Nguy said. “The amazing thing about an áo dài is that most people who get one are personally fitted to it and choose their own designs. This makes it a one of kind of to everyone who wears one.”

“I was born in the Philippines but grew up in the States. I was very lucky to have parents that kept the culture in the household growing up,” sophomore Kristine Brucal said. “I wore a baro’t saya, a piece of traditional Filipino clothing. It was made by a designer in the Philippines! Her name is Joy Soo, and her brand is called MUSA.”


An example of modern European Fashion

Followed by Asia was Europe, whose fashion emphasizes elegant gowns and corsets and “business chic.” Jewelry and accessories make up a big part of European fashion. Some examples of more contemporary designers include Stella McCartney, Iris van Herpen and Isabel Marant. 

Latin America

Emphasized by a rich, colorful tropic lifestyle and delicious food/dancing, the clothing of Latin America is characterized by bright, long flowing dresses and causal contrasting-colored garments. Most outfits presented also had some form of a hat or accessory. Prominent designers include Oscar de la Renta and Nina Garcia. Following their showcase was a performance of “Despacito” by Christopher Morales. 

Middle East 

Another example of a culture with bright, flowing clothing is the Middle East, spearheaded by designers Elie Tahari and Ruti Zisser. Lots of important women throughout history have worn Israeli fashion, including Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana. Gold is often a highlight on most articles of clothing. Rawan Saleh performed Rudy Francisco’s “The Heart and the Fist” before transitioning to the last region.


Prince Chenou, 2024

African fashion features a lot of patterns and various dynamic color tones, looking very elegant and regal. Including prominent designers like Alvin Bell, Gordon Henderson and Imane Ayissi, African fashion often is built on extremely detailed seamwork and figure accentuating cuts. “What makes [African culture] so unique is that there are so many different countries with different languages and cultures and you can represent yourself in whatever way you’ll like,” sophomore business major Prince Chenou said. “I decided to wear this shirt because I remember my dad had worn a shirt like that one with similar patterns and I always admired the way he was able to wear it.”

The last performance of the International Fashion Show included Cardinal Bhangra, which was started in 2008 to showcase the traditional Punjabi folk dance. During the performance they held customized Louisville Slugger bats and incorporated elements of the Derby and the late Muhammad Ali. Their outfits are traditional pieces worn in Punjab, called a kameez, and a vest, called a vardis.

The recording of the show can be found here.

File photos // IFS 2022//

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Shop Impromptu still providing service even with doors closed Friday, Mar 20 2020 

By Zoe Watkins–

Though many stores are closing until the coronavirus pandemic has settled, there are some who have found ways to keep open.

Shop Impromptu is owned and run by University of Louiville alumnus Jordan Mannel. The boutique store sells women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and home decorations.

Mannel said she began her business in 2016 by starting it as an online boutique in her living room. She mostly relied on online ads the first year, but her business quickly took off.

“As it grew, I expanded into a 550 square feet showroom in Butchertown to get it out of my home. We quickly got there and moved into the mall in October of 2018. We occupied 1100 square feet and I gained a staff of about 6 people. In July 2019, we moved into a 6000 square feet store in Oxmoor across from Apple & Sephora,” Mannel said.

In the beginning, Mannel’s inventory primarily consisted of derby fashion which she said is how she got started.

“Everyone wanted me to dress them for Derby. My mom makes all the hats and fascinators, and I sell more in Derby season than in Christmas season,” Mannel said.

Even though Shop Impromptu had to close for the time being, Mannel said it was the right decision.

“I feel I did the right thing by closing my door early Saturday to ensure we take precautions of not spreading COVID-19. People were not staying inside, and I did not want to be the one to give them a place to go,” she said.

Since Shop Impromptu sells more derby fashion than anything else, she said it will be a hard time.

“I currently have a staff of 12 and with all the current events, doing my best to make sure what I’ve created stays afloat,” she said.

But there’s still hope for stores to keep going and make money even with their storefront closed. Such as with Shop Impromptu, there is an online store and a Facebook page where customers can still order products which Mannel said can go a long way.

“Buy online if it something they are something, purchase gift cards, share their posts and comment on their posts. All of these simple things can help,” she said.

Even though everything may seem rough right now, and there is still a lot of uncertainty, there is still some advice that can be shared.

“It’s going to be okay, we are all in this together. And lucky for us, most of your derby dresses will still be in season for the beginning of September,” Mannel said.

Photo courtesy by Jordan Mannel

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eShakti FX Feature Review Saturday, Dec 15 2018 

eShakti FX Feature Review

Do you know eShakti? You should! eShakti is an online women's retailer that gives you multiple options for customization of their clothing, all at affordable prices. Do you like your skirts long, or short? Do you like your necklines revealing, or modest? With eShakti, you get to decide!

eShakti FX Feature Review
I own two eShakti dresses which I wear in heavy rotation and rave about constantly. In addition to the many styling choices, I love that their height and measurement options gave me perfectly fitted dresses.

Now, eShakti has rolled out a new feature, eShakti FX, that lets you see their dresses transform as you click on the many style options. Most dresses feature customizable necklines, sleeve length, and skirt length. (As a bonus, and because eShakti knows what women want, most of their dresses have pocket options!)

eShakti FX Feature Review
I played around with the fun (and addicting!) FX features for...probably longer than I should admit. You can see in this gorgeous emerald dress above that just by changing the neckline and sleeves gives this dress an entirely different look. Here are other dresses that I styled with the FX feature:

eShakti FX Feature Review
eShakti FX Feature Review
Want to play around and style some beautiful dresses, too? Head over to eShakti and look for the FX symbol for products with this feature. What do you think? It's like DIY'ing a dress without the cutting and sewing and frustrations. I bet you'll love it!

Happy shopping!


This post was written in conjunction with eShakti. All opinions expressed are my own, as always.

Local Designer Leads KMAC Fashion Camp Tuesday, Jan 19 2016 

By: Ramona Lindsey, director of education What’s the best way to spend a week out of school?   Is it sunbathing  on a white sandy beach?  What about watching hours of Neflix?  Maybe it’s hours of tormenting a brother or sister?  Well, KMAC thinks the best way to spend the week is creating wearable art with … Continue reading Local Designer Leads KMAC Fashion Camp

Guest: KMAC Couture and the Interoperability of Louisville Monday, Jul 6 2015 

By Dianne H. Timmering The interoperability of Louisville—a boast for best city for jobs and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft: We are a full-bodied movement—restaurants, life quality, home uniqueness, neighborhood simplicity, city art, brilliant theatre, healthcare metropolis, UPS hub to the world, and 16,000 job openings … good ones. Another reason why Kentucky … Continue reading Guest: KMAC Couture and the Interoperability of Louisville

Show Off Your Shoes with Ross Dress for Less Thursday, Apr 10 2014 

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion
Confession time:  I’m a girl who loves shoes.  True story, my 1st and 2nd jobs when I was a teenager were in shoe departments in retail shops, and that wasn’t a coincidence.  So when Ross Dress for Less informed me that they were having a Show Off Your Shoes shoe selfie promotion and asked if I wanted to participate, I was all up for the challenge.

It works like this: Shop at Ross and find a fabulous pair of shoes, then take a shoe selfie with those beauties.  Upload your photo to Ross’s Facebook page saying why you love your shoes, and ask your friends to vote for you.  So fun, and you’ll have a chance to win a Ross gift card!  (Click here for more details.)

So what super cute shoes did I find at Ross this week?  Well, for starters, I was blown away by the selection.  So many cute and trendy summer shoes, in so many pretty colors and styles: Flats, wedges, heels, strappy sandals, flip flops, boat shoes, sneakers – you name it, Ross had it at affordable prices.

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion

Because the selection was so great, I had a hard time selecting a favorite pair.  I am really in need of a new pair of heels to wear with summer dresses, but I fell in love these brown oxfords with the ribbon laces.  (Despite the fact that I already have two pairs of oxfords, but who’s counting.)

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion

Ultimately, though, I found a pair of strappy wedges that may or may not have made me whimper a little when I saw them – I have been searching for a similar style since last summer and I felt like I hit the jackpot with these babies.  Behold (but look past the haphazard pedicure – it’s been a long winter, people):

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion

This is my shoe selfie.  Show Ross yours!  Between now and April 18th, upload your favorite Ross shoes on the Ross Dress for Less Facebook promotion page for your chance to win.  If you enter, leave your link here – I’d love to come over and see your shoes!

If you'd like to vote for my shoes, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/1gRz3n6   Thanks!


A gift card was provided by Ross to share my shopping experience.  All opinions are 100% mine.