Archive for August, 2009

How to Modernize 1980s Style

Modern 1980s Style
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You can embrace 1980s style without pulling out your off the shoulder tops and shoulderpads.  Even better, you can pull off the retro look in style.  The key is to nod to the past without copying it verbatim.  We’ve crafted an outfit that combines a few key 1980s trends (bright color, sweatshirt tops, and body-conscious skirts) without making it look like you’re partying like it’s 1989.  Here’s how to get the modern 1980s look:

1. Start with a fitted base layer: a sweatshirt top and a banded skirt.  Both the sweatshirt top and the body-hugging skirt nod to 1980s trends (oversized sweatshirts, bandage dresses).  Added bonus points for the cartoon dinosaur top, which adds a bit of humor to the otherwise edgy outfit.
2.  Add a shot of bright color with a loosely fitted jacket.  The contrast of the oversized jacket with the fitted base makes the silhouette more visually interesting.
3.  Finish off the look with a pair of cage-inspired booties.  We love the edginess of the uber-strappy ankle boots.

How would you wear 1980s style?  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments August 31st, 2009

Matilda Dress


For all of you Mad Men fans, take a page from Betty Draper’s style playbook with this gorgeous Matilda dress.

$52.99  at ModCloth.

7 comments August 31st, 2009

You Said: Yes to Wedge Heels


sasha-open-cut-wedges_083009We asked: Would you wear Wedge Heels?

You said:  Yes to Wedge Heels, with a landslide 81% to 19% vote.

Style tip? Heels, as always, are big on the trend radar.  The twist this time around is Wedge Heels, which provide a stable platform on which to walk (great news for those of us who want a few extra inches without the pain that comes from high heels).  Because Wedge Heels give you that stable platform, they also visually weigh the foot down.  If you want the stability without all of the visual weight, try an open wedge, like the shoe shown at left.

Next question: Roomy, Pleated Pants are a big trend for Fall.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear Pleated Pants?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Sasha Open Cut Wedges | $24.80 at Forever 21

4 comments August 30th, 2009

Zipper Trim Banded Sweater


Pair this roomy, banded cashmere blend sweater with a fitted bottom - a slim skirt or skinny pants. Very sporty chic.

$32  at Forever 21.

August 30th, 2009

Casual Chic: How to Wear a Hoodie

How to Look Pulled Together in a Hoodie
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March to the beat of your own music and outfit yourself in comfy casual basics with a twist.  This look, which pairs a slouchy hoodie with a fitted base layer, feels very downtown cool.  How to get the look?  The beauty is in the details, which make these basics feel new again.  Here’s how to achieve casual chic in a hoodie:

1.  Start with a fitted, patterned top and a pair of straight leg jeans.  We love the plaid pattern on this empire waist top–very on-trend.
2.  Layer on an oversized hoodie to contrast with the fitted style of the top.  Bonus points for bright colors (like this bluish purple) and interesting details (like the double rows of buttons).
3. Slip on a pair of tall boots.  Tuck the jeans into the boots to show off the lacing and the buckle detail.
4.  Finish off the look with a roomy tote - and (optional) a pair of old-school, full sized headphones to connect to your iPod.

How would you wear a hoodie?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments August 28th, 2009

Wendy Burnout Tank


Don’t you love the laid-back California cool of this yellow and white tank? It’ll pair beautifully with a navy blue jacket–or a pair of blue jeans.

$22.50  at Delias.

1 comment August 28th, 2009

How to Wear Your Summer Dresses This Fall

How to Wear a Summer Dress this Fall
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You don’t have to put away your summer dresses when the temperatures start to drop.  The beauty of fall layering is that your summer clothes can be just as wearable as they were when temperatures were soaring.  The key is just to pair them with different clothes.  For summer, you would pair your minidress with strappy sandals and sunscreen.  But for fall, you can pair the same dress with textured tights, ankle booties, and an oversized jacket.  Here’s how to get the summer dress look this fall:

1.  Start with the foundation of a warm weather minidress.
2.  Keep your legs covered up with textured tights and ankle boots.
3.  Layer on an oversized jacket, which contrasts with the slim fit of the minidress.
4.  Finish off the look with a lightweight scarf (note how the small plaid echoes the larger buffalo check plaid pattern on the dress) and a handheld tote.

How would you wear your summer dresses this fall?  Share your style with us in the comments!

7 comments August 27th, 2009

Shirt Jacket


We love the partial button closure on this jacket–a nice twist on a classic. Pair this utilitarian shirt jacket over a brightly colored tee.

$60  (sale, originally $100) at Cloth Logic.

August 27th, 2009

Grown Up Collegiate in a Slim Fit Cardigan

Grown Up Collegiate
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Go back to school (or suit up for the weekend) in a classic menswear fashion formula: the button-down shirt, jeans, and a cardigan.  The twist?  The stripe detailing on the fabric belt that echoes that on the cardigan sweater sleeve.  Here’s how to get the grown up collegiate look:

1. Start with a pair of straight leg dark rinse jeans, paired with a brightly colored button-down shirt.  The light blue shirt toes the line between conservative and daring.
2. Belt your jeans - we love the playful stripe detailing on this Fred Perry belt.
3. Slip on a slim-fitting cardigan sweater.  The fit is the key here - too loose, and you run the risk of looking like grandpa.  Note how the stripe on the sweater sleeve recalls the stripe on the casual belt.
4. Finish off the look with a pair of rugged, lace-up boots.  The outdoorsy boots works with the casual belt, plus the rich brown color pairs beautifully with the bright blue shirt.

How would you get the grown up collegiate look?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments August 26th, 2009

Buckle Trim Patent Tote


Sling this slightly distressed patent tote over your shoulder–the perfect complement to a prep punk look.

$20.80  at Forever 21.

August 26th, 2009

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