Friday, October 31st 2008

happy halloween!

Halloween’s my favorite holiday (not surprising for someone who takes any and every opportunity to throw a themed party), and lucky for me I live right here in Madison, the site of one of the nation’s largest Halloween bashes. Here, building a costume isn’t as easy as going out and buying fake teeth or a mullet wig; it’s an excuse to create an all-out work of art. This year I’m dressing as Faye Dunaway’s take on the infamous outlaw Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde, with a beret, scarf, and vintage-inspired tweed skirt (in addition to a cigar and some plastic weaponry). But some shopboppers who couldn’t wait for tonight showed off their ensembles right here in the office:


Anna and Holly run from the papparazi—aka a shopbop photographer—as Mary-Kate and Ashley.


Maia goes Mad Men in '60s-inspired attire.


Kelly proves her rock-star (and pop cultural) cred by smashing a guitar as Jem.


A team of shopboppers might as well face it: they’re addicted to Robert Palmer videos.

Have you found your Madonna gloves or Tina Fey glasses? Let us know how you style your Halloween night.


Friday, October 31st 2008

how we wear it: frye boots

Carly is our Web Content Specialist whose office nickname is “Coachella.” Translation: She is the final link in our creative chain who acts like the producer of our site, and her fashion sense is reflective of a certain California desert music festival. As someone who does just fine with prescribed fashion (buy the pumps that exactly match the clutch), I’ve always been envious of that mix-it-up cool look girls like Carly are able to casually throw together and somehow, as Tim Gunn would say, “make it work.”

Today, Carly wears a vintage DVF plaid blouse she found at a thrift store on her lunch break, black sparkling Superfine skinnies, an “older than she cares to admit” Foley + Corinna City Tote, her trademark lip ring, and the pièce de résistance: Frye Engineer Boots in Gaucho Tan.

You know how you get an idea of what someone is like by her clothes? I said to myself: “Carly’s the kind of chick who would give me a ride home from work— on the back of her motorcycle.”

Carly: Nice! I’m completely flattered by that.

SS: How would you describe your signature style?

CN: Always comfort, but always different. I don’t think I’ve ever worn the exact same outfit twice. I’m like mix-and-match moody. I don’t have a process; I try not to over-think it. I like a lot of menswear-inspired looks like vests with boots.

SS: My best friend is a handbag girl; I’m more of a shoe girl. Do you have one accessory that defines you?

CN: The most heartfelt item for me would be boots. I used to work the counter of a vintage clothing store years ago when I was in college and that’s when I totally fell in love with these vintage railroad T-shirts. He (the owner) found a stockpile of these new/old tees: tees made back in the day but never worn with pictures of old railway cars on them. And then he had all these awesome cowboy boots and I started wearing those together.

SS: If you could take a fashion time traveling trip to any era, which would it be?

CN: I would definitely have to go back to my mom’s era which was early ‘70s. The high-waisted bell-bottoms, the form-fitting T-shirt, the long hair— that’s what I love. I feel like they didn’t try as hard as we try right now, which I’m sure goes along with my idealistic view of the early ‘70s flower child. It just seems so effortless when I see old pictures of my mom.

SS: On to your Fryes. Typically when fashion blogs mention an “edgy boot,” visions of a dominatrix Givenchy strap-up-the-leg stiletto dance in my head. But to me, the Frye boots are also edgy because they are so masculine tough—their website even describes the distressed finish as “bruised.” How does it feel to wear them? Empowering? Sexy?

CN: Yeah, I would say even more than all the other boots that I have! Fryes are going to last forever and they go along with the rugged look that I like. Not too dainty, I don’t like dainty. Have you felt how heavy the soles are? These are a serious, ass-kicking boot. I love that.

Comment away ladies: How do you rock your Frye (or other fave) boots?

posted by Suzanne

Friday, October 31st 2008

first fashion:

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My favorite Halloween costume of my adult life was the year I went as Rollergirl. I wore satin short-shorts, a top that tied at my ribcage, huge hot-rollered hair, lots of lip gloss and body glitter, and of course, roller skates. And I loved it. (Well, except the part where I walked home in my socks, holding my skates.) This is a bold confession from someone who publically claims Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Kate Moss as her personal style icons. Lesson to be learned? I need to bring more girly-as-all-get-out glamour into my wardrobe.


This was what I wish my prom dress would’ve looked like. But it didn’t. Thankfully I get a re-do. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Strapless Dress


With dark tights and round-toe pumps this looks surprisingly modern. Alice + Olivia V Neck Gathered Side Dress


The ingenious separate top and skirt action guarantees that even if I wave my hands in the air (like I just don’t care) my dress won’t ride up to there. Thread Social Faille and Sequins Dress

Bring a little Boogie Nights into your wardrobe with looks from What’s New.


Thursday, October 30th 2008

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The Little Black Dress is a staple of any fashionista’s wardrobe, and I love to see different designers take it for a spin:

Black Halo gives us one curve-hugging dress after another (a favor we’re forever grateful for), and this latest plays a ladylike length against a scoop back and sexy silhouette. Black Halo – Jackie O Dress


LaROK seems to have the uncanny ability to know exactly what I want to wear on a night out. The fun zippers and metal mesh on this number make it my go-to LBD for a Friday night. LaROK – Heart of Glass Mini Dress


This goddess-like frock drapes and clings in all the right places. ADAM – One Shoulder Dress with Overlay

Meet your new favorite LBD, in What’s New.


Wednesday, October 29th 2008

Do Good. Look Good.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to do your part. Buy one of our exclusive celebrity-designed tees (printed on our so-soft, must-have Bop Basics burnouts), and we’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Network of Strength. (I’m picking up two: Hilary Duff’s starry design and Cindy Crawford’s retro-cool take on Malibu.) Go on, get yours today. Doing good has never looked so chic.


Wednesday, October 29th 2008

First Fashion:

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The last two days have yielded some pretty frigid temperatures, and in addition to inspiring daydreams about moving to warmer climes, they have me craving the cozy.

Perfect for those cold weeks where a light jacket isn’t enough and my 3/4 puffer is too much, this toasty jacket just needs a pair of elbow-length gloves. Free People - Cotton Lined Jacket

I want to stay warm. I don’t want to give up my go-to dress. This is a brilliantly comfy compromise. Marc by Marc Jacobs - Renata Sweater Dress

That piece I’ll throw on over everything this season and for years to come, my fall wardrobe won’t be complete without this cardigan. ADAM - Chain Link Cardigan

Cuddle up with the chicly cozy offerings in What’s New.


Tuesday, October 28th 2008

In the Press: Bop Basics Burnouts


One of The Huffington Post’s fashion and lifestyle bloggers, Michele Wissot, posted a video featuring our Bop Basics burnouts (and the shopbop buyers who conceived of this hugely popular in-house brand, Erin and Alana), posing the question: is it edgy-cool or a tad trashy to wear just a bra under a sheer tee? Watch what a random sampling of New Yorkers (both male and female) had to say on this burning topic.

Personally, I’m with Alana and Erin on this one: I’ve always thought it looked cute and unexpected to wear a bright or black bra under something sheer. I do have a couple rules I adhere to regarding this look, however. I generally save it for evening, and definitely for times when I run no risk of bumping into my mom, who would take one look at me and wordlessly hand off her cardigan.

But we want to know what you think. Tell us ladies, how do you wear your sheer tops?


Tuesday, October 28th 2008

first fashion

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Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet is a pro when it comes to fun, flirty, one-of-a-kind dresses, and today’s new crop is no exception:

A plunging neckline provides a sexy counterpoint to this romantically airy, layered gown. Alice + Olivia – Long Drawstring Samba Dress


Beaded pinstripes plus an icy silver fabric equals effortless glam. Alice + Olivia – Beaded A Line Dress


Cascading ruffles add a little irreverence (and a flash of contrasting color) to a fun frock. Alice + Olivia – Vertical Ruffle Dress

Have an Alice + Olivia day (or night), in What’s New.


Monday, October 27th 2008

Gone With the Wind

I took a long walk yesterday, listening to a This American Life podcast, and as the wind whipped my hair in every direction, I couldn’t help but think how fun it would have been to be wearing an airy dress instead of my jeans and jacket. Such a frock surely would have set me thinking of ocean breezes even though it was dried leaves rather than sea spray caught in the blustery gusts. So today I made it my goal to find a lightly ethereal dress that could be made winter-appropriate with the simple addition of tights, a cardigan, and boots.

The picks in the running for the title of Best Blowing in the Breeze Style? First up is the T-Bags Long Kimono Dress. The floor-grazing skirt will look so statuesque caught in a rippling breeze. Then there’s the Daughters of the Revolution Happy Dress with its brilliant burst of color and light-as-air chiffon. It’ll be equally gorgeous toned down with fall’s cozy accessories and then let loose for my tropical getaway (that’s yet to be planned). Also appearing in ethereal chiffon is the Petia Dress by Binetti. A dressier version of the airy look, it’ll play quite nicely on a wind-swept night out.


Monday, October 27th 2008

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I was reading a magazine article recently in which Victoria Beckham was asked a character-defining question: Heels or flats? Her response: “Heels! I can’t concentrate in flats!” I adore a woman who insists on dressing to the nines at all times, and with a sweeping yet jersey-casual sort of frock, you pretty much can without too many curious stares. Here are a few options for my next red carpet event or just a trip to Pick ‘N Save.

The brilliance of the magenta hue made me do a double take on this T-Bags design. And it’s extra nice that I’ll look just as good coming (an alluring bodice) as going (braided straps in back). T-Bags—Braided Straps Long Dress.


Athena, Aphrodite, Kate Moss—we all have our favorite goddesses. This Grecian-inspired Rachel Pally in Neptune green has me eager to brush up on the saucy love triangles of ancient mythology and Us Weekly. Rachel Pally—Ophelia Dress.


With this smart T-Bags dress you could fit right in with flip-flops at the beach or take full advantage of the plunging V and create your own coruscating rays of light with a neck full of Swarovski . T-Bags—Long Kimono Dress.

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