Silence & Noise Double Layer Tank

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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.

Posted by Trisha on May 5th, 2010 in Shopping Guide, Women | Add comment

How to Look Smart in a Short Sleeved Shirt

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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!

Posted by Trisha on May 5th, 2010 in Men, Ready Made Outfits | 8 comments

Fuschia Palooza Dress

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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.

Posted by Trisha on May 3rd, 2010 in Shopping Guide, Women | 3 comments

You Said: No to Sweatpants and Heels

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luxe-terry-un-sweatpant_043010We asked: Would you wear Sweatpants and Heels?

You said:  An overwhelming No to Sweatpants and Heels, with a 91% to 9% vote.

Style tip? Sweatpants have gone from standard gym fare to high fashion over the last few seasons.  They started out as a high fashion statement, especially when paired with luxe items like stiletto heels and statement jackets, but now they’re becoming more accessible to the mainstream (at least, as accessible as they probably ever will be).  The vast majority of you pooh-poohed Sweatpants and Heels, but the look can work for those with the chutzpah to pull it off.  The idea is to dress up the sweatpants with more formal items - a wide belt, crisp jacket, blouse, and of course, the heels.  The sweatpants, in turn, playfully dress down the look.

Next question: Pairing pattern on pattern can be challenging, but it’s often worth the effort.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you mix and match different patterns in a single outfit?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Luxe Terry Un-Sweatpant | $59.50 at J Crew

Posted by Trisha on May 2nd, 2010 in Trend, Trend Predictives, Trendscape, Trendscape, What's In and What's Out, Women | 5 comments

(Simple) Styling Tip: Cuff Your Jeans

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Cuff the jeans you have - or buy a pair of jeans that’s pre-cropped. 
Boy Fit Crop Jean | $39.50 at American Eagle

How do you make your jeans feel fresh in three seconds flat?  Cuff them.

Here’s how to get the look of cuffed jeans right:

(1) For best results, try a pair of straight leg jeans for cuffing.  Don’t try this with jeans with a flared hem.  Slightly skinny (but not skintight) jeans can also work, as can boyfriend-cut (read: relaxed fit) jeans.
(2) You can turn up the cuff or roll your jeans up to past your ankle - but don’t go further than mid-calf.
(3) What to wear with your cuffed jeans? Ballet flats or embellished sandals look fresh this season, as do wedge heels (especially for shorter women, as cuffing your jeans visually cuts your height).

How will you wear cropped jeans?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Posted by Trisha on April 30th, 2010 in Trendscape, Women | 3 comments

Hero Woven Sandals

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Gladiator Sandals aren’t anything new on the trend front, but they’re versatile (especially in crisp metallic shades) and supremely chic. Update your sandal wardrobe with this architectural pair of gladiator sandals for a summer of style.

$50  at Topshop.

Posted by Trisha on April 29th, 2010 in Shopping Guide, Women | Add comment

What to Wear April 2010, Menswear Edition

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April, with its incessant showers, may be almost over, but we’re not letting the wet weather dampen our spirits.  In the face of dreary weather, we dare you to wear color!  We present to you a few choice pieces that exemplify classic American fashion but still manage to push the boundaries on color.

1. Velour Ethan Bellow Pocket Jacket | $210 at Steven Alan

2. Tea Stained Scarf | $24.50 at Gap

3. Brandon Plaid Shirt | $49.50 at Gap

4. BDG Blocked Pocket V-Neck | $20 at Urban Outfitters

5. Short Sleeve Chambray Shirt | $39.50 at Gap

6. Vans Authentic Sneaker | $45 at Urban Outfitters

What will you be wearing?  Share your style with us in the comments.

Posted by Trisha on April 27th, 2010 in Men, Shopping Guide, Trend, Trend Predictives, Trendscape, Trendscape, What's In and What's Out | 3 comments

Dorset Nautical Romper

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Two trends collide in this adorable knit romper. Now you can have your one-piece and have your nautical too. What’s extra attractive about this romper is its supersoft fabric (super comfy) and the practical pockets. We love this romper with a pair of espadrilles and a cute, bright red tote.

$42.99  at Modcloth.

Posted by Trisha on April 26th, 2010 in Shopping Guide, Women | 4 comments

You Said: No to Clogs

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seychelles-slip-on-clog_042510We asked: Would you wear Clogs?

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

Style tip? Clogs are one of those fashion trends, like harem pants, that are immediately dismissed as hard to wear.  But thanks to blessings from Chanel, Alexander Wang, and Alexa Chung, they’re making a comeback in a big way for S/S 2010.  How to wear these clunky heeled shoes?  Counterbalance the heavy weight of the shoe with something stunning up top - a statement jacket, necklace, or top.  The key is to wear clogs in a way that counteracts their prudish vibe.  Try a bohemian top - or a minidress - for a thoroughly modern take on the clog.

Next question: Sweatpants are traditionally athletic clothes, but they’re making their way out of the gym and onto the streets, paired with statement jackets and sky high stilettos.  These comfy pants are starting to go more mainstream, so says the Wall Street Journal.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear sweatpants and heels around town?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Seychelles Slip on Clog | $128 at Urban Outfitters

Posted by Trisha on April 26th, 2010 in Trend, Trend Predictives, Trendscape, Trendscape, What's In and What's Out, Women | 11 comments

Swimsuits and the Art of Figure Flattery

The goal of figure flattery is to create the visual illusion of a more hourglass-like shape from your figure.  Essentially, it’s making the most of what you’ve got - and it makes you look taller and thinner.  Whatever your personal architecture, you have a good deal of control over how you look in a swimsuit, especially given how little fabric you’re working with.  How do you flatter your body in a swimsuit?  It’s all in the details.

If you have a tummy…
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Jersey Lomellina Retro Bandeau Tank | $115 at J Crew

Look for ruching at the belly - and a high cut leg and/or a low cut top to look your leanest.  Avoid shiny suits, which accentuate figure flaws.

If you have a small bust…
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Pindot Underwire Top | $52 at J Crew
Pindot Bikini | $44 at J Crew

Look for suits with underwire for extra definition.  Also, ruffles, ruching, and other textured fabric treatments help create visual volume.

If you have a big bust…
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Coco Reef Swimsuit | $114 at Macy’s

Look for suits that have enough support, and avoid necklines that are too high (you’ll only look bigger) or too low (not enough support).  (PS: While the model pictured doesn’t fit the silhouette type, the swimsuit does indeed work well for women with a larger bust.)

If you’re pear shaped…
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Becca ‘Color Code’ Halter Top & Bikini Bottoms | $78+ at Nordstrom

Look for swimsuits that draw attention upward.  Also look for higher cut swimsuit bottoms, which visually elongate your leg.

If you’re curvy…
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Miraclesuit Sanibel One Piece | $148 at Nordstrom

Look for wrap styles and vertical-type patterns to make you look longer and leaner.  Avoid too-high necklines, which will create the illusion of "uniboob."

Posted by Trisha on April 23rd, 2010 in Shopping Guide, Women | 6 comments

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