Archive for July, 2010

Six Statement Necklaces To Spice Up Your Summer Wardrobe

What’s the easiest way to give your wardrobe a pick-me-up?  Accessories, accessories, accessories.  And this summer, the statement necklace is here to inject some drama into the sea of neutrals that’s defining fashion this season.  How to wear the statement necklace?  Juxtaposed against basics - the blank canvas will allow these necklaces to shine.  Here’s six statement necklaces to spice up your summer neutrals:

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1. Fenton/Fallon for J. Crew Carrington Chain and Needle Necklace | $195 at J Crew
The chain link detailing, combined with the spikes, make this necklace a fantastic counterpoint to a feminine frock.

2. Assorted Initial Pendant | $24 at Urban Outfitters
Personalize your necklace with your initials.

3. Two Strand Beaded Multiplier Necklace | $39.99 at Target
Add a bit of color to a neutral outfit with coral beads and gems.

4. Sequin Twisted Necklace | $118 at Nordstrom
Juxtaposed pearls and chains make for a smouldering textured necklace.

5. Chain and Crystal Twist Necklace | $98 at J Crew
Asymmetric intertwining of steel and gold-plate chain feels so luxe.

6. Antiqued Chainlink Bib Necklace | $6.80 at Forever 21
Pair this chainlink bib necklace with a plain dress for a striking, eyecatching effect.

How would you wear the statement necklace?  Share your style with us in the comments!

7 comments July 29th, 2010

Trend Alert: Colored Khaki Pants

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Who said that khaki pants have to be boring?  In a season full of neutrals, we dare you to add a bit of color to your wardrobe.  Instead of wearing standard sand-colored khakis, why not try a slightly nontraditional color?  You can play it safe with navy, olive, grey, or brown - or go wilder with a lighter blue slate or an orange-tinted clay color.  How to wear these colored khaki pants?  Pair them with a slim cut shirt and driving shoes for a classic summer look.  And where to get them?  J Crew’s colored khaki pants are well-cut and well-priced - here’s four of our favorites:

1. Sun Faded Stanton Pant in Urban Slim Fit | $39.99+ at J Crew

2. Broken in Chino in Classic Fit | $29.99+ at J Crew

3.  Sun Faded Stanton Pant in Classic Fit | $69.50 at J Crew

4.  Lightweight Essex Pant in Classic Fit | $49.99+ at J Crew

How will you wear colored khaki pants?  Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment July 28th, 2010

Buttoned Silk Dress

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Don’t you love the deep blue color on this military themed dress? We love it paired with tan gladiator shoes (as pictured) or metallic sandals.

$26.90  at Forever 21.

5 comments July 26th, 2010

You Said: Maybe to Cutoff Shorts

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levis-501-cutoff-shorts_072510We asked: Would you wear Cutoff Shorts?

You said:  Maybe to Cutoff Shorts, with a 50-50 split in votes.

Style tip? Cutoff shorts had their 15 minutes of fame with Arrested Development’s resident "nevernude" Tobias Funke, but they’re seeing a resurgence this summer, given fashion’s fixation on all things denim.  Cutoff shorts work surprisingly well on women with short legs; their short silhouette exposes more leg - and visually elongates your legline.  You can further extend the visual length of your leg with a well-chosen pair of sandals or espadrilles, especially one with a heel.  Cutoffs don’t have to just be a summer style - wear your cutoffs this Fall as well, paired with tights.  Should you choose to wear cutoff shorts, you have a variety of styles to choose from - but our favorites are distressed (the perfect treatment to pair with the cutoff hem) and expose a bit of pocket.

Next question: Brogues, aka wingtips or oxfords, have been in the style spotlight for months.  They were a posh pairing for winter clothes, but they also work well as a counterpoint for feminine frocks in warmer weather. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear brogues?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Levi’s 501 Cutoff Shorts | $50 at Urban Outfitters

5 comments July 25th, 2010

Eight Fabulous Summer Dresses

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When it’s warm out, dresses present a pretty-yet-practical way to beat the heat in style.  So it’s no surprise that we’re big fans of the summer dress.  What summer dress trends do you need to know about?  This year’s crop of summer dresses feature bright colors, architectural shapes, floral prints, and ruffle detailing.  Here’s eight of our favorite summer dresses for you to peruse:

1. BB Dakota Nettie Floral Dress | $88 at Urban Outfitters

2. Fleurette Bustier Dress | $148 at J Crew

3. Kimchi Blue Knit Ruffle Racerback Dress | $48 at Urban Outfitters

4. Dolce Vita Electra Dress | $175 at Urban Outfitters

5. Amber Plissé Dress | $350 at J Crew

6. byCORPUS Polka Dot Dress | $58 at Urban Outfitters

7. Pins & Needles Ruffle Dress | $58 at Urban Outfitters

8. Muse Shift Dress | $130 at Banana Republic

4 comments July 22nd, 2010

Leather and Chain Belt

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Add a bit of rocker chic to any outfit with this glam leather and chain belt.

$19.99  (sale, orig. $42.50) at J Crew.

2 comments July 22nd, 2010

Five Weekend Bags Worth the Investment

Summertime is the perfect time to jetset - even if it’s only on a weekend trip to the city, country, or seaside.  And on your jetsetting travels, you’re going to want a weekend bag that’s as smart and as stylish as you.  What are you looking for in a weekend bag?  A bag that’s high on form and function - and one made of heavy-duty materials that will withstand a beating.  This is the bag that’ll accompany you on your globetrotting adventures - so it’s definitely worth the investment.  As you’ll be traveling near and far with this bag, an additional bonus is to look for a bag that doesn’t broadcast the wealth of the owner.  Here’s five classic weekend bags that fit the bill:

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Classic Duffle | $350 at T. Anthony
For a bag that’s the epitome of understated luxury, go T. Anthony.  Quality is guaranteed on this bag - and if it breaks, T. Anthony will fix it for free.

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Roma Moto Stitched Leather Duffel | $375 at Kenneth Cole
The all leather construction of this stitched duffel bag makes you look smart and sophisticated.

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Medium Duffle Bag | $295 at Filson
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Filson’s rugged twill luggage will hold anything you can carry on your shoulder.

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Alpha Large Soft Travel Satchel | $325 at Tumi
The only downside of carrying a Tumi bag is that they’re so ubiquitous.

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Cambridge Leather Weekend Bag | £1075.00 (approx. $1644) at Swaine Adeney Brigg
For timeless elegance, it’s hard to do better than a bag from Swaine Adeney Brigg.  Their refined craftsmanship and their impressive heritage (they made James Bond’s original attaché case) make them the go to brand if you’re looking to splurge.

3 comments July 21st, 2010

Cole Haan Air Talia Bootie

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It’s not even halfway through the summer, and we already have an eye out for what we’re going to be wearing this fall. Snap up these versatile suede booties from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale - their embedded Nike Air technology make these booties as comfortable as they are stylish.

$149.90  (sale, orig. $248) at Nordstrom.

Add comment July 19th, 2010

You Said: No to Blousy Shorts

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roll-up-hem-shorts_071710We asked: Would you wear Blousy Shorts?

You said:  No to Blousy Shorts, with a 60% to 40% vote.

Style tip? Blousy shorts might not sound like a good idea, but they’re surprisingly wearable on women with a slim bottom half.  The key to wearing blousy shorts is to balance out the volume on the bottom with a more form fitting top - and finish off the outfit with a belt to reign in the volume.  For maximum figure flattery, choose your shorts in color from the darker side of the color spectrum.  We’ve successfully paired an olive pair of blousy shorts with a drapey black tank and a collarless faux leather jacket, finishing off the look with a draped boyfriend belt and a pair of heeled sandals.

Next question: Cutoff shorts remind us of Arrested Development’s Tobias Funke, but we’re finding them strangely appealing despite the association with Funke’s "nevernude."  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear cutoff shorts?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Roll Up Hem Shorts | $60 at Topshop

3 comments July 18th, 2010

8 Statement Summer Shoes from Topshop

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From booties to boat shoes, cutouts to clogs, we’re swooning over Topshop’s summer shoe collection.  The British brand features statement shoes with a distinct European influence.  So if your summer wardrobe needs a pick-me-up, look no further than Topshop to make your style statement via shoes.  Here’s eight statement shoes to complete your summer shoe wardrobe:

1. Pancho Cutout Peep Toe Sandals | $180 at Topshop

2. Sage Slingback Clogs | $145 at Topshop

3. Kamille Softy Brogue | $100 at Topshop

4. Hysteria Flower Sandals | $55 at Topshop

5. Tucker Washed Canvas Trainers | $44 at Topshop

6. Alana Slouch Slack Boots | $170 at Topshop

7. Piper Buckle Stilettos | $250 at Topshop

8. Kipper Boat Shoes | $100 at Topshop

What shoes will you be wearing this summer?  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments July 16th, 2010

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