Friday, April 30th 2010

Lingerie from Night to Day: Mastering a Tricky Trend

Like mixed prints, the lingerie trend requires a little finesse. Spring’s bare-all runway looks, while chicly suggestive on the catwalk, don’t always translate to the sidewalk. But with the right styling, it’s possible to wear straight-from-the-boudoir pieces without venturing into indecent exposure.

Update Your Underpinnings
If you’re going to play peek-a-boo with a sheer top, make sure your ensemble is balanced with a well-covered bottom half and your base layer is worthy of being seen in public (a black lace bralette from Hanky Panky or Calvin Klein Underwear is perfect under a lace top, and a KAIN Label tank looks both sexy and sporty over a colorblock VPL bra). But going this bold isn’t for everyone–if you’re worried about overexposure, choose a nude tank as your foundation instead.

Try Tap Pants
Lingerie details don’t have to be relegated to after dark. Neutral tap pants (like these from See by Chloé) paired with a button-down blouse, blazer, and oxfords add up to a look that’s both sexy and daytime-appropriate.

Choose a Corset for Night
To update your go-to night-out look, pair a corset top (Elizabeth and James offers a romantic yet deconstructed version) with a miniskirt. An added bonus? The strapless neckline provides the perfect frame for an eye-catching bib necklace.

--Tonya

Friday, April 30th 2010

Staff Picks: Holly

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Name: Holly
Position at Shopbop: Assistant Online Merchandiser
Your Style Profile: I’m mainly casual chic, but I throw in the occasional edgy and/or girly pieces to mix it up a bit. I’m all about style, but doing it in a very comfy-cozy sort of way.

(1) I live for oversized rings and sport one at all times. I feel completely unbalanced if I don’t. One of my faves is this one from Rachel Leigh Jewelry. I can wear it with everything. Rachel Leigh - Neon Gumball Ring

(2) My latest goal has been to avoid buying black and shoot for more colorful additions to my wardrobe. If something comes in a zillion colors, my natural reflex is to go for black! I was so happy when I bought this dress. It’s perfect for spring, and I love to wear it with my Jeffrey Campbell boots to give it a little edge. Torn by Ronny Kobo - Rebecca Studded Floral Dress

(3) Definitely my go-to jeans and a great staple. The dark wash with just a hint of distressing makes them perfect to wear with anything. Also, love the stretch factor—they never lose their shape. Citizens of Humanity - Avedon Skinny Jeans

Thursday, April 29th 2010

ELLE’s Kyle Anderson Finds Inspiration in a ’40s Classic

Channeling Ingrid Bergman in the classic film Casablanca, Fergie’s May cover shoot had palm trees and trench coats, and was shot on a set inspired by the film, complete with tiled floors, Moroccan décor, and a grand piano.

1. Milly Café Studded Trench
For lovers of the classic trench, try this trendier version with studded details. It looks a bit younger and more urban than the standard version, but still has a great cut and a perfect silhouette.

2. Elizabeth and James Paris Suede Pumps
A versatile heel that goes with anything. Shoes with an ankle strap usually have too much of a vintage vibe for me, but the heel height, platform, and material make this Elizabeth and James pair feel modern.

3. BE & D Genesis Bag
A great shoulder bag that converts to a messenger, this BE & D bag has a classic shape but looks fresh and urban. The whipstitching accents are a nice touch (and a popular detail this season).

4. Mulberry Alexa Clutch
The Mulberry Alexa collection (inspired by Alexa Chung) has been doing so well. Why? Because they’re classic shapes with a utilitarian slant. I love the gunmetal hardware on this clutch—a refreshing change from gold or silver.

5. Michael Kors Gold Watch
This is the perfect watch for girls who love chain-link necklaces and bracelets.

--Kyle Anderson
Senior Accessories Editor, ELLE

Thursday, April 29th 2010

Staff Picks: Amy

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Name: Amy
Position at Shopbop: Customer Service Rep.

(1) As soon as I saw this Elizabeth and James shirt, I added it to My Hearts. The black floral lace is right up my alley, and the cut of the shirt is so timeless—it will be a go-to piece in my wardrobe for years to come. Elizabeth and James - Lace Sleeveless Boyfriend Shirt

(2) I’m in love with the embroidery on this tunic by Joie clothing. The soft pinks and greens really pop on the black silk. It has all the makings of a signature piece, and it works as well with a favorite pair of jeans as it does with dress pants. Joie - Janice Tunic

(3) Headbands are a great way to add some sparkle to your look, and Deepa Gurnani really has the trend down. I’ve been eyeing this Feather Headband—sure to dress up any outfit. Deepa Gurnani - Feather Headband

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

Staff Picks: Amanda

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Name: Amanda
Position at Shopbop: Apparel Stylist
Your Style Profile: I always struggle to define this! But I guess I’d have to say my main fashion objective is to always mix it up. Keep it interesting! Combine looks—never be a specific look head to toe. I love to combine ethnic, retro, surf, badass, trendy, classic—you get the point.

(1) I love pieces that can pull double duty—transition from day into night, casual to glamour. This Alice + Olivia dress can do exactly that. Pair it with sandals and a blazer (I like the Smythe Boyfriend Blazer) during the day, and glam it up with sexy tribal-esque heels for night. Alice + Olivia - Drapey Panel Dress

(2) These Ash booties are a forever piece—rocker is always in style in my closet! The studs amp up the design, instantly taking these from basic black to edgy. This pair will be rocked year round. Ash - Ralf Studded Combat Booties

(3) I tend to fall in love with a piece and then wear it day after day, month after month! This perfect Jennifer Zeuner bracelet can be worn alone or stacked with hordes of other jewels. It’s delicate without being too girly. Jennifer Zeuner - Cabochon Stud Bangle

Tuesday, April 27th 2010

Most-Wanted: Whiskey Leather

 

April, May, September, and October are prime months on my fashion calendar. The temperate weather means there’s no need to bundle up or strip down to the point where personal style seems extraneous, so I can leave my apartment in pretty much any outfit I please plus a light jacket or blazer. Bliss. (Anyone else feel incomplete without a jacket/cardigan/top layer of some sort?)

My taste in top layers runs to whiskey tones right now, in large part because of this fetching lass from Style.com. Note how she nails the nouveau-preppy look to a tee with her smart stripes and vintage Chanel bag, the melted caramel hue of her jacket tying everything together. The See by Chloé blazer above is a dead ringer for the one she’s wearing, and this suede style from Madewell clothing is a major steal at $298, but I keep coming back to the Alexander Wang (one of the first spring 2010 runway looks I bookmarked last February) despite its pause-worthy price tag. With its ingenious removable canvas skirt, this piece transcends mere clothing: it feels like a wearable moment in fashion history. What better way to put that newly minted tax refund (consider it found money!) to use?

--Maureen

Tuesday, April 27th 2010

Staff Picks: Jessica

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Name: Jessica
Position at Shopbop: Senior Manager, Customer Retention
My Style Profile: Casual chic and classic.

(1) I need to have my hands free—whether for picking up fresh produce at the farmers’ market, sneaking in a quick Words with Friends turn on my iPhone, or carrying my iced coffee—so I’m always on the lookout for a great cross-body bag. I’m loving the perforated detail on this one by Marc Jacobs. Marc by Marc Jacobs - Bow Wow Wow Slingdoodle Bag

(2) I recently took a step back, looked at the pieces in my closet, and saw a sea of solid colors. So now I’m making more of an effort to add prints to my wardrobe. My first choice? This sweet Elizabeth and James top. It will be a go-to this summer. Elizabeth and James - Sleeveless Tokyo Top

(3) There was a time when you would only catch me in a dress for a special occasion. I’ve come to realize what a great option a casual frock is for everyday. I love the asymmetrical hemline on this one from A.L.C. by Andrea Lieberman—it’s a nice twist on an otherwise standard silhouette. A.L.C. - Degas Dress

Monday, April 26th 2010

Reinvigorate Your Neutrals with Bright Jewelry


Clockwise from left: Rachel Leigh ring, Tom Binns earrings, Lee Angel necklace, House of Harlow bracelet, Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings.

Shades of the rainbow. Though sparse in the closets of fashion’s East Coast set, candy-colored brights are a big story every spring. Head-to-toe fuchsia or marigold accented with pretty neutrals, while refreshing, must be added sparingly to a wardrobe that needs to transition from sweltering summer into wicked winter winds without a complete overhaul. The solution? Baubles bright enough to make even the most basic black dress feel fresh. Layer a red House of Harlow bangle with plain gold bracelets, or make a brilliant statement with an oversized carved cocktail ring by Rachel Leigh Jewelry. Neon from Marc Jacobs, turquoise (the color of the year, so says Pantone) from Lee Angel, or more subdued shades of maroon and burnt orange from Tom Binns—a colorful wardrobe can be as simple as swapping out a go-to silver necklace for something with a little more pop.

--Amie
Shopbop

P.S. Picky about which colors you peruse? Use our new shop by color filter at the top of the page to narrow down your options.

Monday, April 26th 2010

Staff Picks: Heidi

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Name: Heidi
Position at Shopbop: Software Developer
Your Style Profile: A cross between casual chic and classic—so “casual classic” or “classic casual.”

(1) I’m a big fan of camouflage. It basically goes with everything, and these Juicy Couture pants are extremely comfortable. I’ll pair them with a plain tee for some Saturday shopping. Juicy Couture - Camo Slim Cargo Pants

(2) I have some weddings coming up this summer, and this Rachel Pally dress will be perfect for all of them. With a simple change of accessories, it can be equally appropriate for less formal weddings as it is for fancier affairs. Rachel Pally - Two Tone Halter Dress

(3) I’ve been called the Jean Queen before, so my picks wouldn’t be complete without some denim. These Genetic jeans are a softer and lighter weight then other brands, making them perfect for spring and summer. Genetic Denim - Davis Slouchy Cigarette Jeans

Friday, April 23rd 2010

Shopbop & WGACA Celebrate Vintage Chanel


WGACA’s Jackie Karas and Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch at the Shopbop and WGACA vintage Chanel party.

On Wednesday night Shopbop celebrated the unveiling of the newest estate collection of vintage Chanel from What Goes Around Comes Around at their store in Soho. Music provided by DJ Harley Viera Newton, fashionable folks (including celebrities Molly Sims, Becki Newton, and Melissa George), and to-die-for vintage set the stage for a great evening. Partygoers sipped on Pop Champagne and oohed and aahed over the jewelry and handbags.

You can’t go wrong with Chanel jewelry and handbags, especially vintage styles. They’re ageless, the perfect investment piece. Keep an eye on What’s New: much of the vintage showcased at the fête will be available at Shopbop very soon.

--Michelle


A toast with Pop Champagne.


Shopbop buying assistants Danielle and Jenny with Thayer designer Marsha Welcher.
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