Archive for May, 2010

You Said: No to Short Shorts


bdg-5-pocket-short-shorts_051610We asked: Would you wear Short Shorts?

You said:  No to Short Shorts, with a 65% to 35% vote.

Style tip? While shorts are a summer staple, short shorts tend to cause a bit more controversy than your garden variety short.  Proponents of the short short cite its ability to visually lengthen your leg, while opponents point out the difficulty in wearing short shorts if you have less-than-perfect legs.  We’d recommend a slim cut short short for younger women who are tall and slender.  If you’re more petite, however, you can still wear short shorts, extending the illusion of longer legs with a heeled shoe.  Summer’s wedge espadrilles look especially fresh with short shorts.

Next question: Conversational Prints, featuring motifs like plants, animals, and other ephemera, do just that - start a conversation.  But they can be too much, especially in large doses.  What do you think?  Tell us, would you wear conversational prints?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: BDG 5 Pocket Short Shorts | $39 at Urban Outfitters

6 comments May 16th, 2010

Trend Alert: Garden Party Florals


It may be almost summer, but springtime florals are still in full bloom.  These florals range from graphic to literal, oversized to micro sized - what connects them is a flirty, feminine attitude.  Paired with statement hats (or headbands), cardigan sweaters, and espadrilles, these garden party worthy dresses will gracefully breathe life into your neutral-heavy summer wardrobe.  Here’s six garden party floral dresses worth a look:

1. Floral Print Cowlneck Dress | $98 at Banana Republic

2. Flowers in the Fountain Dress | $74.99 at ModCloth

3. Make Arrangements Dress | $53.99 at ModCloth

4. Print Dress with Beaded Necklace | $89.50 at LOFT

5. Kimchi Blue Lace-Up Strapless Linen Dress | $58 at Urban Outfitters

6. Pins and Needles Puff Sleeve Chiffon Dress | $68 at Urban Outfitters

What will you wear with garden party florals? 
Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments May 13th, 2010

Beaded Applique Headwrap


Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf heralded the return of the headband, but you don’t have to be a Park Avenue Princess to wear one. We love the bohemian feel of this beaded applique headwrap - which looks just as lovely for day as it does for evening.

$24  at Urban Outfitters.

Add comment May 12th, 2010

Designer to Watch: Patrik Ervell

Pictured, from left to right: Jean Jacket | $440 at Patrik Ervell, Cardigan | $330 at Patrik Ervell, Unstructured Blazer | $640 at Patrik Ervell.

Patrik Ervell isn’t one to sit still.  His penchant for innovation extends past his fabric choices (he’s been known to use unfamiliar fabrics, such as latex rubber and parachute fabrics).  Now that he’s joined the ecommerce club, Ervell is pushing the boundaries of what’s traditional in online retailing.  Instead of seeing static imagery, Ervell’s website features rows upon rows of models primping - adjusting collars and fiddling with their hair.  But Ervell’s ability to push the boundaries - online, and in making menswear familiar-yet-new - isn’t the only reason to scope out his collection.  Ervell knows that menswear is all about the details, and he gets them right.

Shop Patrik Ervell’s full collection at

2 comments May 11th, 2010

Born to be Wildflower Dress


Florals are huge for Spring 2010 - from garden party prints to abstract floral designs. We’re digging the small floral print on this wildflower dress - feminine, but not too girly. Wear it with a long cardigan (belt optional) and wedge heels for a perfectly casual weekend look.

$49.99  at Modcloth.

1 comment May 11th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Pattern on Pattern


pattern-on-pattern_051010We asked: Would you wear Pattern on Pattern?

You said:  Yes to Pattern on Pattern, with a 64% to 36% vote.

Style tip? Wearing pattern on pattern may not be covered in Style 101, but it’s not as hard as you might imagine.  What are the rules for wearing two different patterns?  To effectively combine two different patterns, make sure that the two patterns "speak" to one another.  This may be through a shared color, motif, or even pattern size (e.g. pairing micropatterns with other micropatterns).  Case in point - the heart blouse and jacket pictured at left.  Notice how the shared heart motif - and the grey color - brings these two pieces together.

Next question: Summer is just around the corner, which means hot days - and a sea of shorts for weekend wear.  And one of the most popular styles this season is hotpants (aka short shorts).  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear short shorts?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Confetti Heart Print Polo Crop | $32 at Topshop and Heart Print Biker Jacket | $80 at Topshop.

1 comment May 9th, 2010

How to Wear Jersey Knits to Work


Spring/Summer 2010 is in love with sweats - in pants form for women, and in heathered grey sweatshirts for men - so we’re taking another look at jersey knits.  Paired with the right items, jersey knit can work for work - and keep you super comfortable to boot.  We paired an olive knit jersey with a chambray-like shawl collar tunic and a pair of high waisted sailor pants.  (Yes, please tuck in that tunic for best effect.)  Finishing off the outfit are a pair of oxford peep toe booties and a rich, chocolatey bucket bag to tote your notebooks - or perhaps your new iPad.

Here’s how to wear jersey knits to work:

Jersey Boyfriend Blazer | $110 at Topshop

Lightweight Cotton Tunic Top | $59.50 at J Crew

Wide Leg Trousers | $70 at Topshop

Seychelles Perforated Peep-Toe Oxford | $128 at Urban Outfitters

Deux Lux Tassel Bucket Bag | $68 at Urban Outfitters

How would you wear jersey knits to work?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment May 6th, 2010

Silence & Noise Double Layer Tank


Layering is made just *that* much easier with this double layered tank from Silence & Noise. We love how the stripes and the swingy fit feel fresh for summer. Pair with slim pants or leggings for best effect.

$38  at Urban Outfitters.

Add comment May 5th, 2010

How to Look Smart in a Short Sleeved Shirt


Trading in your long sleeved shirts for short sleeve ones doesn’t mean that you have to hand in your pulled together look.  Short sleeves definitely read as casual, but you can spiff up the right short sleeved shirt by pairing it with a few key elements.  To keep the look modern and clean, we paired a madras plaid short sleeved shirt with a pair of lightweight flat front khaki trousers from Save Khaki, belted with a textured belt.  We finished off the outfit with a pair of leather sneakers (a sporty touch) and a dandy-ish trilby hat.  

Here’s what you need to create the look yourself:

Red Madras Plaid Shirt | $39.50 at Gap

Save Khaki Lightweight Trouser | $100 at Ron Herman

Tan Vintage Leather Belt | $36 at Topman

3 Colour Straw Trilby Hat | $40 at Topman

T56 Leather Perf Sneaker | $80 at Tretorn

How would you wear your short sleeved shirt?  Share your style with us in the comments!

8 comments May 5th, 2010

Fuschia Palooza Dress


Be the life of the party in this exuberant fuschia frock. What to wear with the dress? Complete the look with a cute clutch and a pair of brightly colored heels.

$51.99  at Modcloth.

3 comments May 3rd, 2010

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