Archive for April, 2010

How to Wear Sequins During the Day


Pictured: Sequined Starland Tank | $138 at J Crew, Pleat Tapered Trousers | $70 at Topshop, AE Classic Denim Jacket | $39.95 (sale) at American Eagle, Worn Large Leatherette Tote | $32.80 at Forever 21, Seychelles Teardrop T-Strap Heel | $88 at Urban Outfitters.

Sequins used to be creatures of the night, but they’re increasingly accepted for daytime wear.  If you decide to sequin up your daytime look, you have two options: (1) go glam and essentially wear cocktail type attire during the daytime, or (2) mix your sequins into more utilitarian pieces for a sophisticated daytime look.  We put together a springy outfit that shows you how to do the latter:

1.  Start with a sequinned tank top, and pair it with a pair of casual trousers.  We like how the pleats and the slightly rolled cuffs bring these trousers down to earth.
2.  Add another touch of utilitywear to this outfit with the jacket of the moment - a close fitting denim jacket.
3.  Finish off the look with a set of accessories that mash up feminine and utility - a pair of fetching t-strap heels in aqua and a sturdy holdall bag.

How would you wear sequins during the day?
  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments April 15th, 2010

Pins and Needles Watercolor Chiffon Blouse


What do you pair with your everyday trousers to make them new again? A gorgeous drapey blouse, of course! We love the delicate watercolor print on this chiffon blouse. But we do recommend an undershirt so as to not reveal your underthings.

$58  at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments April 15th, 2010

J Crew Spring 2010 Mens Shopping Guide


Quality fabrics, designer collaborations, and a keen sense of styling has transformed J Crew from a catalog retailer into a definitive force in menswear.  So it’s no surprise that we’ve got our eye on J Crew as we suss out key pieces to add to our wardrobes for spring.  Spring 2010 at J Crew is about the easy classics - the chambray shirt, inventive takes on gingham, chinos, madras shorts, slim cut denim, glen plaid - and of course, the trilby hat.  Here’s five of our favorite J Crew picks for Spring 2010:

1. Seagrass Trilby Hat | $40 at J Crew

2. Pinpoint Oxford Shirt in Shadow Gingham | $59.50 at J Crew

3. Quoddy Grizzly Boots | $360 at J Crew

4. Mini Glen Plaid Ludlow Sportcoat | $148 at J Crew

5. Broken in Chino in Regular Fit | $59.50 at J Crew

PS: If you’re interested in a preview of J Crew’s Fall 2010 collection, A Continuous Lean has the scoop.

7 comments April 13th, 2010

Linen Harem Trousers


Harem trousers aren’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to venture into new territory for spring, you’ll find these linen harem pants to be quite fetching. They look lovely paired with a simple drapey white blouse and espadrilles - with a brightly colored handbag for a splash of color.

$60  at Topshop.

2 comments April 12th, 2010

You Said: No to One-Piece Jumpers


pins-needles-piped-sailor-jumper_040410We asked: Would you wear One-Piece Jumpers?

You said:  No to One-Piece Jumpers, with a 77% to 23% vote.

Style tip? Jumpers - or rompers, as they’re also known - are not the most intuitive fashion choice for spring.  But what’s undeniable is how fast they’re flying off the racks.  Jumpers definitely feel like a (slightly more accessible) Spring 2010 version of the Harem Pant - or the Sweatpants/Stiletto trend - something that fashionistas love, but definitely not mainstream.  If you dare to wear a romper, try them with a pair of low heels.  Too high heels are a bit too much, especially for daytime, with the short shorts that inevitably accompany the romper.  Or, if you want to go for a higher heel, add a bit of edge to your feminine romper with a boyfriend blazer.

Next question: Tie Dye is reminiscent of (questionable) 80s style.  But Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2010 collection made us see psychedelic tie-dye in a whole new light.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear tie-dye?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Pins and Needles Piped Sailor Romper | $58 at Urban Outfitters

5 comments April 11th, 2010

What to Wear April 2010


It’s official - Spring has arrived.  And with Spring comes a much-awaited wardrobe update as befits the longer days and rising temperatures.  What’s on deck for April 2010?  While winter was all about hard blacks tempered by greys, spring is embracing neutral colors and pastels, accompanied by pops of bright color.  We’re outfitting ourselves in creamy whites, dusty khakis, army olives, and navy blues.  Sartorially, we’re femininizing for Spring as well - with drapey knits and ruffles - all perfect pairings for the season’s military influence.  Here’s our top picks for April 2010:

1. Deena & Ozzy Perimeter Oxford | $38 at Urban Outfitters

2. Knitted Drape Waistcoat | $60 at Topshop

3. Linen Trousers | $69.50 at Loft

4. Lucca Couture New Safari Jumper | $58 at Urban Outfitters

5. City Safari Pant | $69.50 at J Crew

6. Multi Seamed Mesh Slip Cami | $50 at Topshop

7. Ribbon Straw Box Bag | $60 at Topshop

8. Milly Ruffle Jacket | $416 at Piperlime

9. Millie Canvas Boots | $70 at Topshop

5 comments April 8th, 2010

Scrolling LCD Watch


Can a watch turn heads? This solar-powered scrolling LCD watch tells you the time in a way that makes a statement. Wear this watch with a sense of humor - and a bevy of tech gadgets. An iPad, anyone?

$30  at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments April 7th, 2010

5 Lightweight Jackets for Early Spring


April means transition weather - the awkward space between the cool winter days and the weather we associate with spring.  You don’t want to be hauling your winter parkas around, but it’s not quite warm enough to be headed out without a jacket in tow.  What to do?  Choose a lightweight jacket to throw over your tees and button-down shirts.  Neutrals, khakis, and browns are big this season - and will pair well with the rest of your wardrobe.  But, if you’re up for it, we encourage you to try something a bit different - a chambray parka or a deep green Baracuta jacket will certainly anchor your spring wardrobe.

1. The Smooth Company Chambray Shawl Collar Parka | $200 at Urban Outfitters

2. Members Only Racer Jacket | $78 at Urban Outfitters

3. Cadet Jacket | $128 at J Crew

4. Four Pocket Cotton Jacket | $150 at Banana Republic

5. Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket | $275 at J Crew

3 comments April 6th, 2010

Striped Gold Button Jacket


Half nautical, half military inspired and wholly chic, this cropped jacket pairs beautifully with a crisp white tee and jeans. But it’s also a lovely structured foil to a full, feminine skirt. Top off your outfit with a pair of bright red flats for a perfectly playful look.

$55  at Topshop.

3 comments April 6th, 2010

You Said: No to Neon Brights


silk-crinkle-2-sided-scarf_040410We asked: Would you wear Neon Brights?

You said:  No to Neon Brights, with a 67% to 33% vote.

Style tip? Neon brights ruled the runways for Spring, with head-turning colors and patterns.  But we hear your hesitation to wear these runway looks out in Real Life.  How to wear neon brights without looking like you’re on a runway yourself?  Try the tie-dye-eseque effect of bright watercolor prints.  These prints look gorgeous on dresses and flowy tops - but they look equally fetching on drapey scarves.  Add a dip dyed neon colored scarf to your spring wardrobe and pair it with crisp, clean whites and chambrays.

Next question: One-piece jumpers are a major style trend for Spring, but they’re not necessarily mainstream.  Of note though, is how fast they’re selling out in store.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a one-piece jumper?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Silk Crinkle 2-Sided Scarf | $34.50 at Ann Taylor Loft

1 comment April 4th, 2010

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