Friday, July 30th 2010

The Fall Flare: What’s Your Stance?

Flare jeans are back in a big way for fall. And from the looks of our Facebook page, people have some strong feelings on the issue. What’s your stance? Will you be ignoring the trend and sticking with your skinny jeans and denim leggings, or embracing it wholeheartedly?

All you bohemian types seem to have an inherent affinity for flares and bell-bottoms (my most boho friend has two spare pairs of the J Brand Lovestory stashed away, in case it’s discontinued). And though it’s a natural with earthy-chic pieces like the updated clog, the flare doesn’t have to be hippie. Pay tribute to sophisticated ’70s fashion icons by pairing a restrained flare (Paige Denim and 7 For All Mankind do great ones) with a silk Equipment button-down and cognac accessories, or try them in white denim for a Carolyn Bessette-on-the-Italian-Riviera look. (Need further proof the flare doesn’t have to feel like a castoff from Nicole Richie’s closet, circa 2006? See this recent street snap of her majesty Carine Roitfeld.)


Friday, July 30th 2010

#FollowFriday Twitter Crush: @carolinesmode

Twitter. Like Facebook, What’s New, and Bloglovin’, we check it obsessively. And, admittedly, we have a few favorites on our follow list. We’ve decided to pick those favorites’ fashionable brains and ask them to pick a few of their Shopbop faves every Friday in our own version of #FF. This week: the chic Swede behind, Caroline Blomst.

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Twitter Name: @carolinesmode

Real Name: Caroline Blomst

Occupation: Fashion Blogger

Favorite Designer(s): Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, and Alexander Wang.

Last Purchase: Two T by Alexander Wang tops from the Shopbop sale.

Why do you tweet? To keep my readers updated!

When you’re not tweeting you’re: Checking my email.

About Caroline’s Picks:
(1) This sweater is simple yet very sexy. Totally my style! Alexander Wang - Asymmetrical Cropped Pullover Sweater

(2) I love skinny leather pants, and these will be great for fall. Helmut Lang - Skinny Leather Pants

(3) Oxfords are my new obsession! Joie - Louie Louie II Wingtip Flats

Thursday, July 29th 2010

Cargo Pants from Summer to Fall

Cargos. Like sweatshirts and sweatpants, this once strictly utilitarian piece has received the high-fashion treatment of late. From the low-slung cargo pants on Balmain’s spring runway to the celeb-magnet J Brand Houlihan on, well, everyone, it’s been a great summer for fans of this updated classic, and it isn’t slowing down for fall.

Though skintight cargos paired with a swingy tank, platform sandals, and oversized sunglasses have been ideal throughout the hotter months, the dusty khaki and olive green shades are right in step with fall’s military trend. Try a looser version by Current/Elliott with a draped tank and a structured blazer, and underline the ensemble with a predatory pair of lace-up high-heel booties. Or take your cue from this lookbook shot and give slouchy twill pants some structure with a crisp white blouse and tall suede boots, a perfect look for a more pulled-together season.


Thursday, July 29th 2010

First Fashion: The Go-To Fall Outfit

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I don’t do it intentionally, but each season it happens: I find a look I like and I make it my uniform. This summer has seen me step out nearly every day in flat sandals, a full skirt, and a cardigan. I haven’t started wearing the fall collections yet, but I can already predict what my cool months will look like.

(1) I’ll start with a dress, probably keeping it pretty basic, like this one by Theory clothing. Theory - Melita Dress

(2) Add to the frock some rugged boots (I want one of each style from Shopbop newcomer H by Hudson), styled with chunky socks or black tights. H by Hudson - Patti Wrap Strap Boots

(3) And then top off the look with a bomber jacket. The faux fur on this one by Rebecca Taylor gives army green a luxe slant. Rebecca Taylor - Bomber Jacket with Faux Fur


Wednesday, July 28th 2010

Lucky Magazine’s Jen Ford Picks Her Must-Haves

As Fashion News Director at Lucky, Jen Ford is responsible for staying a step ahead of trends on and off the runway. A graduate of Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Journalism program, Jen has spent the last decade reporting from around the globe. “Nothing makes me happier than connecting people to gorgeous product. I love how finding the most perfect bag or shoe or dress can completely change your life, or at the very least how you walk down the street.” Today, Jen shares some of her wardrobe must-haves.

Equipment Signature Blouse
Owning an Equipment shirt makes you rethink your entire wardrobe. They’re so simple and so beautiful. I feel like a chic Parisian every time I put on one of mine (which is almost every day). I never thought I looked good in a button-down shirt until I tried these—they drape where others gape and pull.

Elizabeth and James Slam Lace Up Flat Sandals
I love Elizabeth and James shoes, and there’s something so sexy about the corset-like lacing on these sandals. They feel classic in a cool way—you’ll be able to wear these for more than a few summers.

Jean-Michel Cazabat Penny Snake Wedge Heels
The metallic snakeskin, the pointed toe, the 4-inch skinny wedge…these shoes are so glamorous and luxurious.

DANNIJO Genevieve Necklace
You can never have enough DANNIJO jewelry. The more you pile on and layer, the better it looks—especially against the more somber clothes we’re seeing for fall.

DSQUARED2 Guepiere Skirt
Everyone should own a good black pencil skirt. Extra points for this one in that it’s textured black with the contrast fabric and leather. Rock and roll sophistication in its finest form.

--Jen Ford
Lucky Magazine

Wednesday, July 28th 2010

First Fashion: Sequin Sparkle

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Sequins are the perfect way to up your wardrobe wattage, and if, like me, you’re drawn to all things shiny, these glimmering goodies should catch your eye:

(1) This adaptable Haute Hippie skirt can be whatever you want it to be. With flats and a Madewell blazer, it’s pretty as a picture. With a leather jacket and Rock & Republic pumps, it’s pure rock star. Haute Hippie - Sequin Miniskirt

(2) The subdued color and simple shape keep Beyond Vintage’s sequined mini dress classy. Wear it with platforms and an oversized cocktail ring from House of Harlow to play up fall’s ’70s trend. Beyond Vintage - Sequin Halter Dress

(3) This refined tank from Alice + Olivia is as appropriate for a nightclub as it is for a night at the opera. Wear it as a statement piece, or layer it under a cardigan and a lightweight Tilo scarf for a sophisticated hint of shimmer. Alice + Olivia - Laina Sequin Tank


Tuesday, July 27th 2010

The Gold Rush: Gold Jewelry

Time for a historical moment. In 1511, King Ferdinand of Spain sent his explorers off to the newly discovered Americas with this goal: “Get gold, humanely if you can—but all hazards, get gold.” Five hundred years later, that’s exactly what stylists and celebrities are saying. And what’s not to love? The adaptable hue lends a little luxury and polish to everything from a bikini to a ball gown.

These days, there’s no need to set sail for new continents or crack out your sifting pan. The only challenge left in the quest for gold is deciding where to start your collection. Go for a classic look with gold stud earrings or a floral bracelet from Jules Smith or tuleste market. Oversized chains and necklaces from Kenneth Jay Lane or House of Harlow add some heavy-hitting vintage glamour to basic tees and not-so-basic dresses, while a Fallon bib necklace worn with almost anything makes for an effortlessly au courant look.


Tuesday, July 27th 2010

First Fashion: Fall Essentials

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Jersey maxi dresses, flat sandals, and mini cross-body bags have been indispensible to my wardrobe this summer, but now’s the time to begin scouting out the pieces I’ll be wearing to bits once the season changes. A few autumn essentials:

(1) Camel was the newsworthy color story on fall’s runways, and this Twelfth Street sweater will keep me both cozy and fashion-forward. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent – Blanket Sweater

(2) This Giles & Brother classic has a heritage sensibility that feels just right for fall. Giles & Brother – Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff

(3) The peep toe on these booties makes them the perfect transitional shoe. I’ll wear them now with muted summer neutrals and later with richer shades, like cognac and olive. KORS Michael Kors – Angie Open Toe Booties


Monday, July 26th 2010

Falling for Fall Jackets

Call me crazy, but even in the midst of the latest heat waves, I find myself thinking about fall jackets. What kicked off my latest obsession? A friend returned from vacation with an adorable military-inspired jacket  that I wished were mine. My hunt for something similar led me to this jersey jacket from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Now I can’t stop dreaming up cool-weather ensembles featuring classic double-breasted blazers like the Bird by Juicy Couture Sexton Jacket. Motorcycle jackets offer a more casual look with a downtown edge, and the Asymmetrical Jacket by Vince transcends seasons with zip-off sleeves. For eveningwear, black ostrich feather trim adds a playful element to this Elizabeth and James jacket.


Monday, July 26th 2010

First Fashion: New Arrivals from Favorite Labels

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I have a confession: I’m not summer’s biggest fan. Hot, hot heat and I just don’t get along, and me and humidity? Definitely not pals. So I welcome the fall arrivals flowing through What’s New, and today, smart picks from some perennial favorites have me outright wishing the warm weather away (something I’m sure I’ll regret come December).

(1) Easily my favorite fall 2010 runway, I’ll layer chunky knits and a cognac belt over this Rag & Bone dress once the weather cools. Rag & Bone - Somerset Shirtdress

(2) It was love at first sight when I discovered Lauren Merkin handbags five years ago, and I still get excited each time we receive a new shipment. This one will be the newest addition to my collection. Lauren Merkin - Allie Plaid Clutch

(3) For me, this has been the summer of the skirt, and Alexander Wang is making sure that trend carries into fall. I can’t wait to pair this play on menswear with a button-down and black tights. Alexander Wang - Pleated Skirt with Tailcoat Detail


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