Wednesday, October 31st 2012

Ask Shopbop: Monochromatic Dressing

Look 1: PJK Patterson J. Kincaid jacket, Free People top, MOTHER skinny jeans, Maison Martin Margiela booties, Foley + Corinna bag. Look 2: Nicholas top, Yigal Azrouel skirt, Alice + Olivia pumps, Clare Vivier clutch.

I love the tone-on-tone look of fall. How can I wear it in an interesting way?

Tone-on-tone dressing is a simple way to work the latest color trends into your wardrobe. Not only is green huge this season, but because of the variety found in this hue, green can make for some incredibly striking monochromatic looks. The tints and shades run the entire spectrum of blue and yellow. Taking advantage of this wide range not only adds depth, but helps you avoid the Jolly Green Giant effect. Bright kelly green and chartreuse are great for one element of your look, but they need to be tempered by forest, mint or deep emerald. Khaki greens send a relaxed weekend vibe, especially when combined with greens that veer toward olive and grey. White, black and grey can be useful accents too. Most importantly, remember to keep a face-flattering green up top. Intense lime or neon greens can be tough for a lot of women, but are perfect for a skinny belt or a clutch.


Wednesday, October 31st 2012

Bop Com: Free To Be…

There are more fashion blogs out there than weather girls. But my favorite links today are free for all, so if you have power, take advantage while you can...

HALLIE'S HAUTE: The New York Times paywall is temporarily down, which means you can read all of T Magazine's new Hallie Berry issue, even if you don't have a subscription. [T MAG]

CARA'S COOL: Sneak Peek—see a few pages of's new magazine, starring British babe Cara Delevingne and Marc Jacobs, for free online. [STYLE]

WHITE JEANS FOR WINTER? YES! The Wall Street Journal says "sure" and so do Pippa Middleton, Citizens of Humanity, and Rag & Bone. Read all about it without a WSJ subscription—at least until the Journal paywall comes back tomorrow. [WSJ]

PARTIES FOR SKELETONS? YES! National Geographic has a cool slideshow on Dia De Los Muertos, and if you don't have a Halloween costume tonight, those sugar skull graphics are sure to inspire. []

OH, ALSO, WE HAD A HURRICANE. It was scary, and a lot of people were affected. To help, check in with our friends at The American Red Cross. xo.

Wednesday, October 31st 2012

The Daily Find: Rachel Zoe Hayden Funnel Neck Coat

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Rachel Zoe Hayden Funnel Neck Coat
Why we love it: Playful polka dots soften this sharply tailored silhouette.
Wear it with: Slim Rachel Zoe cigarette pants and edgy A.L.C. jewelry.

Shop designer jackets.
Shop Rachel Zoe jackets.

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

How to Wear Optic Prints

On Elise: Clover Canyon blazer, Yigal Azrouël leather pants, Lizzie Fortunato necklace, 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch. On Phoebe: By Malene Birger dress, Jenni Kayne jacket, Maison Martin Margiela booties, Clare Vivier clutch.

Beautiful optic prints are popping up everywhere this season. The bold colors, intricate graphics, and eye-catching combination are incredibly arresting. In fact, this solid-loving girl has a kaleidoscope top from Haus Alkire in her cart as we speak. Always up to showcase a new trend, two of our stylists created looks for each other proving just how easy and versatile an optic print can be.

Phoebe on Elise:
I love the way abstract and optic prints give classic silhouettes an unexpected twist. This blazer is a perfect example—the tailored lines really pop with wild color combinations. Slouchy leather pants are a cool variation on classic leather leggings, and paired with a tee, they really keep this look effortless and casual. The sleek translucent clutch and mod necklace add polish to the busy baroque-inspired print.  Elise could wear this versatile outfit to work, dinner, or out for a drink with friends—pretty much anywhere!  

Elise on Phoebe:
Optic prints tend to feel very slick and mod, so I decided to take a different approach and go in a more organic, textured direction. I like how this By Malene Birger dress has a rough quality while still being quite graphic—the chevron stripe looks almost hand-painted. I played into that hand-hewn quality with some more organic accessories, like a copper cuff with a natural-looking patina. The boots and coat are also rooted in earthy hues and textures, but have a clean, modern shape. I can see Phoebe wearing this to a gallery opening or out with me to see Cat Power next week!

--Libby S.

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

The Daily Find: Elizabeth and James Saucy Ankle Cuff Pumps

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What they are: Elizabeth and James Saucy Ankle Cuff Pumps
Why we love them: Layered straps deliver a masculine punch to this classically feminine profile.
Wear them with: Metallic skinny jeans and a sleek Helmut Lang blazer.

Shop evening pumps.
Shop Elizabeth and James pumps.

Monday, October 29th 2012

Music Muse: My First Time by Kyla La Grange

Welcome to Music Muse, a monthly column edited by Assia Grazioli-Venier, Shopbop style ambassador and founder/CEO of London-based Flypaper Media. In each edition, Assia will profile a style leader in the music world, starting with British beauty Kyla La Grange. Kyla’s debut album Ashes just dropped, and here, she tells the story of her first time on stage.

Kyla La Grange wears a Tocca dress and Tom Binns earrings.

The first time I ever played one of my songs in public, I was eighteen. At school I sang in choirs and school plays/performances, but I never played my own material (which, in hindsight, is lucky, since my songs back then were terrible). I think a part of me was scared that people would laugh at me, but also it was that I saw songwriting as a very private escape. I've never been the most social person. Drawing, running, singing, and writing were, for me, always preferable to going out.

Monday, October 29th 2012

Bop Com: Around the World in 80 Shoes

There are more fashion blogs out there than Hurricane warnings. But my favorite links today are international incidents!

London: Alexander McQueen hand-sews dresses for 18 clients a season. Is "sort of couture" the next wave? [T Magazine]

Tokyo: This Japanese model is literally making it rain! [FashGif]

New York: The Wall Street Journal sees double with this in-depth profile on Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, designers of Elizabeth and James. []

Boston: Mario Testino's legendary fashion photos are now on view at the Museum of Fine Art. Give yourself the virtual tour (Kate Moss included!). []

Chicago: Is Emma Arnold the next Sartorialist? [Tres Awesome]

But Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?!

Monday, October 29th 2012

The Daily Find: Kelly Wearstler Foil Tierney Skinny Jeans

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Kelly Wearstler Foil Tierney Skinny Jeans
Why we love it: Coated with a metallic foil, these pants shimmer with an edgy patina.
Wear it with: Tough Kelly Wearstler jewelry and sharp Boutique 9 pumps.

Shop coated denim.
Shop Kelly Wearstler denim.

Friday, October 26th 2012

She’s the Bop: Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy

It's safe to say the entire Shopbop office has a crush on singer Alison Sudol, better known to music fans by her stage name, A Fine Frenzy. (The daughter of two West Coast drama teachers, she took it from a line in A Midsummer Night's Dream.)  

Sudol's new album, Pines, debuts this month with an innovative twist—besides the songs and music videos, there's also an interactive e-book, "The Story of Pines," featuring original art and writing inspired by the record. We caught up with the singer in the middle of her latest concert tour for a special edition of She's the Bop.

FARAN KRENTCIL: We play your records all the time in the office. How is Pines different from your other work?
ALISON SUDOL: I think there's a huge difference because I knew going into it that all the songs had to be part of [the e-book's story]. Writing it consciously—looking at songs and at these transitions in my life as a part of a larger whole, and as a part of a journey, rather than just individual songs—that was new for me.  It was a different life approach, and a different musical approach. And I think I had more patience writing this record, in terms of being patient with how the songs were developing, letting them build and grow in their own way. It's like the song structures breathe more than ever, and there's an intimacy within them that I don't think I knew how to do before. In that way, it feels like a more revealing album.

FK: Your e-book includes animated characters. What were your favorite cartoons as a kid?
AS: I loved Ariel from The Little Mermaid, obviously. What girl didn't love Ariel?!

FK: I loved Ursula.
Yeah?! I loved the whole movie. And I loved Thumper, the bunny from Bambi. [Laughing.] Thumper! He was so good!  

FK: Want to talk about your personal style? Has it changed since you've become a more public person?
AS: Yeah. For instance, I'm laughing thinking about the things I wore in high school! Oh my goodness, I had no idea what I was doing. I honestly still don't think of myself as a fashion person. There are people who study and understand fashion on a deep level, and I think that's so cool. Reading The Sartorialist is amazing and also totally depressing, because I'm like, "I'm never gonna be like that!"

Friday, October 26th 2012

The Daily Find: Maison Scotch Tailored Coat

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Maison Scotch Tailored Coat
Why we love it: Bright blue felt lends femininity to a silhouette with menswear roots.
Wear it with: High-rise Citizens of Humanity jeans and strappy suede Rag & Bone booties.

Shop designer coats.
Shop Maison Scotch coats.

© 1999-2017 All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy Conditions of Use