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Lela Rose Finch Pump

Lela Rose Finch Pump

You’ll be able to stroll into any room in style with these stately, sophisticated pumps. Don’t you love the bow detailing?

$24.99 (sale) at Payless.

2 comments November 13th, 2008

Mens Trend Alert: The Shawl Collar Sweater

Notched collars on jackets are an evergreen style that never fades, but shawl collars are having their moment in the spotlight.  Shawl collars, which combine the lapel and the collar into one, are making their way from suits and blazers to cool weather sweaters.  Here’s our four favorite shawl collar sweaters:

Our $ Pick:

Cockpit Shawl Pullover Sweater
Cockpit Shawl Pullover Sweater | $89 at Urban Outfitters
Let your collared shirt peek out from under this open shawl collared sweater.

Our $$ Picks:
Marled Shawl Wool Cardigan
Marled Shawl Wool Cardigan | $158 at J Crew
The marled texture is what makes this shawl collared cardigan truly special. 

Orthodox Wolfe Hooded Sweater
Orthodox Wolfe Hooded Sweater | $184 at 80s Purple
The shawl collar on this hooded sweater is barely detectable, but the buckle detailing adds an extra dimension of style.

Our $$$ Pick:

Hyden Yoo Soho Cardigan
Hyden Yoo Soho Cardigan | $222 at Oak
Classic, comfy, and chic.  What more can you ask for in a cardigan?

2 comments November 12th, 2008

Prescott Nylon Coat

Prescott Nylon Coat

Found: a lightweight nylon coat that will help you weather the Fall. Wear over a striped sweater and a pair of dark wash jeans for a look that’s simply stylish.

$42.90 at Heritage 1981.

2 comments November 12th, 2008

Fall/Winter 2008’s Best Boots Under $100

No piece of footwear epitomizes daytime chic quite like the boot.  And Fall/Winter 2008 has welcomed a number of sophisticated boot trends: ankle boots, buckled boots, fur lined boots, cuffed boots, and slouch boots, to name a few.  We’ve rounded up our favorite picks for each of these boot trends - each one priced well under $100.

Ankle Boots
Tate Oxford Bootie
Tate Oxford Bootie | $29.99 at Payless
Oxfords lend a tailored twist to the boot silhouette of the season: booties.  

Buckled Boots
Mossimo Kiley Boots
Mossimo Kiley Boots | $29.99 at Target
Buckles add a tough girl vibe to these chic grey boots.  Love the ever-so-slight slouch to them–and the very wearable 2.5" heel.

Faux Fur Lined Boots
American Eagle Mallory Boot
American Eagle Mallory Boot | $44.99 at Payless
Looking for a cold-weather boot that’s as cute as it is chic?  Found it.  The fur lining provides instant chic, while the pom poms give these boots an air of lightness.

Cuffed Boots
Zahara Sweater Cuff Jersey Lined Rain Boots
Zahara Sweater Cuff Jersey Lined Rain Boots | $29.99 at Target
Keep your feet nice and cozy on the rainiest of days with a pair of sweater cuffed rainboots.

Slouchy Boots
Slouch Boot
Slouch Boot | $79.99 at Cathy Jean
Be one with the inevitable slouch when you slip on these sophisticated boots.  Perfect for layering under jeans - or for pairing with a chic sweaterdress.

19 comments November 11th, 2008

Melie Bianco Front Pocket Tote

Melie Bianco Front Pocket Tote

Now here’s a bag that you can take to work–and then tote around town for Saturday errands. Deliciously versatile!

$95 at Piperlime.

1 comment November 11th, 2008

You Said: No to Bubble Dresses

You Said: No to Bubble Dresses

Rendez-Vous by Paul & Joe Sister Stendhal DressWe asked: Would you wear Bubble Dresses?

You said:  No to Bubble Dresses, which were outvoted 57% to 43%.

Style tip? We know–"figure flattering" is not the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Bubble Dresses.  But they can flatter your figure if you choose the right dress.  Look for a Bubble Dress with an ever-so-slight bubble at the hem (too thick of a bubble silhouette is tough to wear, even for runway models), and belt the dress to reign in the volume.  Slip on a pair of heels, and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day (or evening) has in store for you.  

Next question: We love the look of the tie-neck blouse, but we wonder if real people are actually wearing it.   Tell us, would you wear a Tie Neck Blouse?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Rendez-Vous by Paul & Joe Sister Stendhal Dress | $118 at Urban Outfitters.

Add comment November 10th, 2008

Purple Flower Mesh Top

Purple Flower Mesh Top

Regal purple takes this flower-detailed blouse to the next level.

$34.99 at Ruche.

2 comments November 10th, 2008

Ready Made Outfit: Modern Katharine Hepburn

Feeling the love for this set? Here’s more information about it.

Since we created a Modern Marilyn Monroe outfit, we’ve been flooded with requests to create modern versions of other style icons–Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Brigitte Bardot, to name a few. Today, we’re recreating the look of Katharine Hepburn, whose signature masculine-yet-casual style broke the dress code in Hollywood at a time when women were expected to wear dresses and skirts. Here’s how to get Katharine Hepburn’s look:

1. Start with a pair of menswear inspired trouser pants (Katharine’s signature). A wide leg style with cuffs is not only modern, but it also creates a more-than-subtle reference to Katharine herself.
2. Balance the menswear inspired trousers with a loose-fitting white button-down shirt with a feminine touch. Casualize this classic shirt, featuring tuxedo ruffles, by leaving the top button or two undone and rolling up the sleeves.
3. As for accessories, no heels–flats best epitomize Katharine’s signature masculine style. We like these tailored patent flats, but if you’d like to keep your outfit truer to Katharine’s style, look for a pair of loafers instead. Finish the outfit with a wide belt, which modernizes the look, and a muted scarf.

How would you update Katharine Hepburn’s style for today? Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments November 7th, 2008

Kimchi Blue Ruffle Peacoat

Kimchi Blue Ruffle Peacoat

Feminine ruffles meet masculine tailoring in this gorgeous navy peacoat. Wear it with a crisp white top and a pair of jeans for an All-American day look.

$138 at Urban Outfitters.

1 comment November 7th, 2008

Shopping Guide: Six Handbags Under $100

No matter how bad the economy gets, you always need a place to hold your money.    So it’s the perfect time to invest in a classic (but not overly expensive) handbag.  We’ve scoured the net to find the best affordable handbags that you’ll be able to keep in your wardrobe for seasons to come.  Here’s our six favorite handbags under $100:

Turnlock Doctor Bag
Turnlock Doctor Bag | $68 at Urban Outfitters

Lady Croc Bag
Lady Croc Bag | $58 at Urban Outfitters

Helena Satchel
Helena Satchel | $48 at Shop-Suey Boutique (Look under Handbags - Satchels).

Nine West Precisely Gathered Clutch
Nine West Precisely Gathered Clutch | $39.99 at Piperlime

Melie Bianco Woven Satchel
Melie Bianco Woven Satchel | $99 at Piperlime

Shining Edge Handbag
Shining Edge Handbag | $69.99 at Nine West

10 comments November 6th, 2008

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