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Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: Abstract Prints

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Abstract Prints at Oscar de la Renta, Derek Lam, and Diane von Furstenberg.


Style tip?  Print and pattern are everpresent at Fashion Week - but the story here is the abstract, arty nature of these prints.  It’d be easy to reimagine these dresses as paintings in a gallery.  The abstract nature of these prints feels very modern art.  We love pairing these abstract prints with minimal accessories - a belt or a handbag is fine, but these looks don’t require layers of jewelry or anything overly attention grabbing.  The gorgeous prints speak for themselves.

What do you think?  How would you wear abstract prints?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Add comment September 19th, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: Round Sunglasses

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Round Sunglasses at Proenza Schouler, Peter Som, and Diane von Furstenberg.


Style tip?  Round sunglasses may not have been in the style spotlight for a few decades, but they’re making a massive comeback for Spring/Summer 2011.  These circular shades feel retro - and pair very nicely with feminine looks.  We spotted them on the runways paired with day and cocktail dresses, along with blouse and skirt combinations.  What we like about these sunglasses is that they don’t take themselves too seriously - though they do pack a serious style punch!

What do you think?  How would you wear round sunglasses?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

1 comment September 19th, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: Architectural Construction

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Architectural Construction at Narciso Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenberg, and Calvin Klein.


Style tip?  What do the Venice Bienniale and New York Fashion Week have in common?  A focus on architecture.  Fashion Week’s silhouettes were decidedly architecturally inspired, with neat, precisely cut drapes and folds.  We were especially taken with the organic shapes at Narciso Rodriguez and the careful origami-like precision at fellow minimalist Calvin Klein.  But this architectural construction extends past the minimalists - even Diane von Furstenberg featured precisely draped knots on her exuberantly printed dresses.  Let these architectural beauties stand alone as the focus of your outfit; our favorite way to wear them is to let them shine with shoes and accessories that focus the eye on the construction itself.

What do you think?  How would you wear architectural construction?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Add comment September 19th, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: Boyfriend Blazers 2.0

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Boyfriend Blazers at Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein.


Style tip?  The beauty of the boyfriend blazer is its laid back, carefree essence.  It’s cut a bit long, it’s not perfectly fitted - and has that je ne sais quoi that makes it so alluring.  If you don’t already have one (or several), do go out and get one in a nice, neutral color - black or grey works especially well.  You’ll be able to pair it with everything from a skinny pair of pants to your spring dresses (belted, of course).  For an extra slim look, look for one with a skinny lapel, like the Narciso Rodriguez blazer shown at left.  If you already have your basic boyfriend blazers hanging in your closet, you can try one with a bit of embellishment, via color or texture.

What do you think?  How would you wear the boyfriend blazer?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Add comment September 19th, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: The Purity of White

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The Purity of White at Thakoon, Derek Lam, and Alexander Wang.


Style tip?  It seems apropos that we start off our Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trend coverage with a theme so pure.  White is clean, it’s fresh, and it’s a new palette from which to create.  And it’s clearly in line with Fall’s neutral, sand based palette.  Indeed, it seems that white is the new beige!  How to wear white?  We love wearing different shades of white and off-white together, mixing tones and textures.  A gauzy knit sweater, for example, contrasting against a crisp pair of knee length shorts, crease line intact.  As for accessories, you can go with anything you want - metallics look especially fetching, but if you want to add a spot of color, brights or pastels work equally well.

What do you think?  How would you wear white?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

1 comment September 13th, 2010

You Said: No to Denim on Denim

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selvedge-chambray-shirt_090710We asked: Would you wear Denim on Denim?

You said:  No to Denim on Denim, with a 74-26 split in votes.

Style tip? In a season celebrating utility fabrics, it’s only natural to be tempted to double up on the denim.  But how do you wear denim on denim without looking like you’re over-the-top matchy?  The trick is to vary something about the denim–it can be the color, the weight, the texture, or even the distressing.  We love the look of a light chambray shirt (like the J Crew one pictured) paired with a dark rinse denim bottom - skinny jeans or a skirt will do.  Try finishing off the look with a dash of color, as with a bright red satchel or tote.

Next question: This week, we have a question for the guys out there.  Would you carry a man bag?  These men’s totes and side bags are practical, but they’re certainly not for every guy. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you carry a man bag?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Selvedge Chambray Shirt | $98 at J Crew

6 comments September 7th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Chunky, Textured Knits

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sweater-jacket_082910We asked: Would you wear Chunky, Textured Knits?

You said:  Yes to Chunky, Textured Knits, with a 75-25 split in votes.

Style tip? Chunky, textured knits add visual and actual volume, which means that they’re not the most figure flattering fabric.  But what they lack in flattery, they make up for in style.  These chunky knits look great layered, especially in a monochromatic color scheme, which, in neutral colors, is completely on point (not to mention uber-sophisticated) for Fall.  When layering, try mixing weights (e.g. chunky with thin) and textures (e.g. rough with smooth).  Last style tip?  A slim pant or skirt works well with these more voluminous sweaters.

Next question: Denim on denim is a tricky style statement to pull off.  You don’t want to look too matchy-matchy, but then again, there’s no better time than now to try out the look.  With this season’s focus on denim, you have a wide variety of weights, textures, and colors of denim to choose from. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear denim on denim?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Arrow Sweater Jacket | $138 at J Crew

Add comment August 29th, 2010

Fall 2010 Menswear Trend: Ruggedly Classic Accessories

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Rugged classics are the name of the game for Fall 2010.  And in keeping with this richly textured trend, we’ve picked a few favorite pieces from Need Supply.  The weathered army bag and the distressed wingtip shoes, in particular, have a bit of a patina and will only get better with time.  Here’s our accessory picks to get you started on your pre-Fall shopping:

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Herschel Supply Co Novel Duffle Bag | $75 at Need Supply

Bed Stu Wingtip Loafer | $150 at Need Supply

Will Vintage Army Tote | $300 at Need Supply

Sperry 2 Eye Wool Boat Shoes | $90 at Need Supply

What accessories will you be sporting come Fall?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments August 24th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Boyfriend Belts

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leather-boyfriend-belt_082210We asked: Would you wear the Boyfriend Belt?

You said:  Yes to the Boyfriend Belt, with a 84-16 split in votes.

Style tip? Boyfriend Belts, so named for their uber-long length (that would presumably fit your boyfriend’s waistline) that allows them to be folded over just so, are the key belt silhouette this fall.  We’ve worn them this summer as a fantastic finish for oversized shorts and boyfriend jeans - and even the occasional dress whose volume requires a bit of reigning in.  This fall, we’ll be pairing the boyfriend belt with slim skirts and drapey trouser pants.  We’re liking thinner versions of the belt to pair with pencil skirts and delicate cardigans - and chunkier, thicker versions of the belt to pair with heavier fabrics and silhouettes.

Next question: We’re starting to gear up for Fall Fashion, and chunky, textured knits are high on our radar. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear chunky knits?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Leather Boyfriend Belt | $30.33 at ASOS

1 comment August 22nd, 2010

You Said: No to Blousy Harem Pants

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cross-front-extreme-hareems_081510We asked: Would you wear Blousy Harem Pants?

You said:  No to Blousy Harem Pants, with a 82-18 split in votes.

Style tip? Harem Pants are one of those fashion trends that you either love or hate - there’s hardly anyone who feels indifferent about them.  Proponents of harem pants appreciate their unusual silhouette, but detractors are quick to dock these pants for their particularly unflattering fit.  Harem Pants are certainly a statement pant, and if you choose to wear them, do so with a top that’s more fitted for a small-over-big silhouette.  A tall pair of heels can also help to counteract the somewhat unflattering fit of these blousy pants by making your legs look longer. 

Next question: The Boyfriend Belt, an extra long belt that you can fold over, is the key belt trend of the season. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a boyfriend belt?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Cross Front Extreme Harem Pants | $80 at Topshop

6 comments August 16th, 2010

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