Archive for August, 2009

Take Your Summer Sundress and Ankle Boots from Summer to Fall

Summer Sundress + Ankle Boots
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You don’t have to stop pairing your ankle boots with summer sundresses when Fall breezes on in.  Just toss on a light jacket and accessorize.  In this Summer-to-Fall transition outfit, we’ve mixed hard with soft, casual with formal, rugged with sophisticated.  Here’s how to get the summer sundress and ankle boots look this Fall:

1.  Start with your basic summer sundress.  We recommend a belt at the waistline to give it a bit more structure, depending on the dress.
2.  Layer on a light jacket.  We’ve mixed the floaty sundress wiht a structured tuxedo style jacket for a look that’s playful meets serious.
3.  Finish off the look with a pair of ankle boots (note how that nice brown goes with the blue on the dress) and a handbag slung over your shoulder.

How would you mix your summer sundress and ankle boots into your Fall wardrobe?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments August 17th, 2009

Sim Tulip Skirt

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While pixelated pictures aren’t our fave, we are loving the pixelation on this tulip skirt.

$37.99  at ModCloth.

2 comments August 17th, 2009

Whimsy Knit Top

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We’re loving the scarf-meets-shirt chic of this knit top. Great for adding texture to an outfit.

$40  at Lulu’s.

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You Said: Yes to Ankle Boots

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gambia-slouchy-boot_081609We asked: Would you wear Ankle Boots?

You said:  Yes to Ankle Boots, with a 69% to 31% vote.

Style tip? We’re pleased to see that Ankle Boots are being elevated from a questionable boot style to a year-round shoe staple.  While they can be intimidating at first, they become instantly more accessible once you experiment and learn what they work with.  For summer, we love pairing ankle boots with floaty dresses for a look that’s feminine with an edge.  We’re also experimenting with non-traditional bootie styles - such as this above-ankle slouchy boot style.

Next question: The Jumpsuit makes getting dressed easy–just slip it on, and you’re good to go.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a Jumpsuit?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Gambia Slouchy Boot | $26.80 at Forever 21

3 comments August 16th, 2009

Rock and Roll Style, Part 2: 3 Rock and Roll Fashion Formulas

Skinny Pants, Menswear Vests, Motorcycle Jackets, Zipper Detailing, Ankle Boots, Concert T-Shirts, Schoolboy Blazers - all of these (and more) combine to form a foundation wardrobe for the Rock and Roll girl.  But how do you combine these pieces for an effortlessly thrown together (but still put together) look?  Here’s three outfits that show you how to get the effortless Rock and Roll style:

Schoolboy Blazer + Floaty Top + Skinny Jeans

Rocker Girl Chic

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


1. Start with a floaty, sequined top over a pair of skinny jeans.  We love how the peach on the top pairs with the grey–and the dark blue of the jeans.
2.  Add a schoolboy blazer, left open enough so that the color of the floaty top can shine through.
3.  Accessorize with a blue plaid scarf tied at the neck, a pair of lace up boots, and a handbag slung over the shoulder.

Floaty Dress + Skinny Jeans + Motorcycle Jacket

Rocker Girl Chic

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


1. Start with a floaty dress, belted, over a pair of skinny jeans.  Becaues the dress is black, we decided to try a lighter pair of pants.
2. Layer on the motorcycle jacket, which adds a degree of toughness to the floaty, lacy dress.
3. Accessorize with a pair of oversized sunglasses, a layered necklace, a faux snakeskin bag, and a pair of ankle boots.

Graphic Tank + Punky Skirt + Menswear Vest

Rocker Girl Chic

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


1. Start with a graphic tank (don’t you love the grafitti) and a punky miniskirt.  We love the mix of grafitti and art with this combo.
2. Layer on a menswear vest, left open.
3. Slip on a pair of knee-high boots to give your legs some more coverage.

Missed Rock and Roll Style, Part 1? Check out our five iconic Rock and Roll pieces here.

How would you style a Rock and Roll look? Share it with us in the comments!

3 comments August 13th, 2009

Nine West Sorcerer Gladiator Sandals

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Summer’s not over yet - so it’s not too late to snap up a pair of strappy gladiator sandals at a discount. Warning: limited sizes available at this great price.

$34.99  (sale) at Piperlime.

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Rock and Roll Style, Part 1: 5 Iconic Rocker Girl Pieces

Q: I love the rocker-chic style of Ashlee Simpson and Gossip Girls’ Georgina Sparks. But I can’t quite seem to perfect that "just-threw-on-whatever" look and still have it look pulled together. What are some affordable staples I should have for this kind of wardrobe? And can you suggest some options for "outfits"?

A:
Rock and Roll style is all about drama–but a kind of drama that is, as you noted, looks just thrown together (but still put together).  Sounds like a challenge?  It really isn’t - if you have the right pieces ready to go in your wardrobe.  Here’s five affordable items every rocker girl should have in her closet:

Skinny Pants
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Faded Black Skinny Jean | $44.95 at American Eagle
Tight, skin-hugging pants are the go-to silhouette for the Rock and Roll Girl.  They’re big on skinny jeans, as well as other sexy-tough pants.  Leather pants in a drainpipe or straight leg cut are also a classic choice for the Rocker Girl.

Menswear Vest
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Pinstripe Vest | $39.50 at American Eagle
The Rock and Roll girl mixes menswear with womenswear, and nowhere is that more evident than with the menswear vest.  We love the masculine influence on this vest, right down to the pinstripes and the crest detailing.

Motorcycle Jacket

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Faux Leather Metallic Jacket | $39.80 at Forever 21
What would a Rock and Roll girl do without the iconic leather jacket?  We like the silhouette of this motorcycle jacket, but we also appreciate the faux leather (as it’s much more animal friendly).  If you’re worried about the appearance of inexpensive faux leather, you can distress it yourself (and make it look real) with a little sandpaper.

Zipper Detail Top
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Silence and Noise Silk Zipper Dress/Tunic | $68 at Urban Outfitters
This silk zippered tunic is listed as a dress, but the more modest among us may want to wear it as a top over skinny pants.  The deep blue color would pair beautifully with grey jeans, fwiw.  The exposed zipper detailing meshes with the edgy Rock and Roll vibe, as does the exaggerated dropwaist silhouette.

Ankle Boots

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Sasha Ruffle Bootie | $34.99 at Payless
Boots are the go-to shoe for the Rock and Roll girl.  She loves the drama of lace up boots, platform heels, and of course, the ankle bootie.  The beauty of the ankle bootie is that it works all year round - with skinny jeans in cool months, and with frilly dresses in warmer months.

For Rock and Roll outfits, check back tomorrow - we’ll be showing you three Rock and Roll looks for you to recreate.

We’ve just got the very basics with this 5-item list.  There’s all kinds of other finds a Rocker Girl should have in her closet, from an authentic concert tee to a zipper detail top.  Help us fill out this list - what else should a Rocker Girl have in her closet?  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments August 13th, 2009

Shawlneck Cardigan

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We’re looking at Fall 2009 fashion, and the shawl neck cardigan is at the top of our great picks list. It’s versatile, comfy, and absolutely chic.

$75  at Banana Republic.

3 comments August 13th, 2009

J Crew Fall 2009 Menswear Favorites

It’s no secret that we’re fans of J Crew’s classic American style.  We’ve reviewed their Fall 2009 collection and edited it down to the staples that you’ll be reaching for over and over again.  Here’s our six favorite picks from J Crew’s Fall 2009 menswear collection:

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Fatigue Jacket | $168 at J Crew
How to wear it? Wear your fatigue jacket with a bright color inside to get a look that’s thoroughly inappropriate for boot camp.

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Cotton Cashmere Cardigan | $69.50 at J Crew
How to wear it? We’re loving a fitted navy cardigan worn just as it’s shown - with a pair of white jeans.  So fresh and so clean.

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Thermal Henley | $42.50 at J Crew
How to wear it? Pair this supersoft henley with your rugged fatigue jacket for a look that mixes soft and hard.

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Solid Tweed Sportcoat | $265 at J Crew
How to wear it? Mustard yellow (as shown) or blood orange, with a splash of pure white, will make this grey tweed sportcoat shine.

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Secret Wash Button Down Shirt in Scholar Tartan | $59.50 at J Crew
How to wear it? The pattern of the season, tartan plaid, works great under a fitted cardigan and dark rinse jeans.

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Straight Fit Jean in Black Resin Crinkle Wash | $98 at J Crew
How to wear it? Take a break from your standard blue jean, and try these inky black jeans.  Best paired with vibrant colors, like this bluish purple.

Thoughts on J Crew’s Fall 2009 collection?  Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments August 12th, 2009

Fly Front Jacket

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What’s the easiest way to brighten up a bad day? Counteracting the gloom with a bright color! Keep this bright yellow jacket on hand.

$22.80  at Forever 21.

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