Tuesday, May 24th 2011

First Fashion: An Easy Summer

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A fair-weather flower child, summer temps bring out my carefree, flare-wearing side. As long as the heat lasts, I’m bidding a sweet goodbye to stilettos and tight skirts, and embracing a worn-in aesthetic based on good denim and bright accessories.

(1) Summer is no time for collars and buttons. This Haute Hippie blouse unites the pull-on ease of a tee with the polish of a blouse. Haute Hippie – Embroidered Gypsy Blouse

(2) A ready adopter of the flare jeans trend, the J Brand Bette is one of my favorite versions. J Brand – Bette Wide Leg Flare Jeans

(3) I love Wayuu Taya bags for their energetic patterns and earthy simplicity—plus, they’re fair trade and roomy enough for all my goods. Wayuu Taya Foundation – Susu Bag


Monday, May 23rd 2011

Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Pointed-Toe Pumps

Pictured: ADAM blouse and skirt, Vanessa Mooney necklace, and Edmundo Castillo pumps.

While some shoe styles are no-brainers (think ballet flats and casual sandals), others require a little more panache to pull off. An example? Pointed-toe pumps. Figuring I needed expert advice on how to style them, I asked Shopbop Stylist Loni for her expert tips.

Tonya: My feet aren’t tiny to begin with. How can I wear pointed-toe shoes without making them look bigger?
Loni: Take advantage of all the cute flares out there this season, and let the pointed-toe shoe be a peek-a-boo accent instead of on full display. Another thing to look for is a pair with a short toe box–Giuseppe Zanotti pumps tend to have them. Also, the higher the heel, the shorter the shoe looks!

T: To me, pointed-toe pumps feel a little vintage-y. How can I make them more modern?
L: There are so many fun pairs out there that feel contemporary and very now. Try my fave of the season: the pointed-toe wedge! Jean-Michel Cazabat makes great ones. Otherwise, fun colors, textures, and metallics can make them feel updated too. Also, you can wear a pair with an unexpected outfit. Stay away from business gear and toss them in with cutoffs and a cute blazer, or try a feminine flirty dress that shows some leg.

T: Will you be wearing pointed-toe shoes this season? How will you style them?
L: Heck yes! As I mentioned before, flares are a fave pairing for pointed-toe shoes. I'll be sporting mine with my red ADAM bells and Alice + Olivia flares. Cutoff shorts from J Brand are just begging for a casual pointed-toe heel or wedge. Tone down the sexy factor with a blousy peasant top and layered necklaces. Of course, a pointed-toe shoe always looks so smart with something modern and crisp. Try them with the Helmut Lang jacquard blazer and shorts, with your hair in a low, center-parted ponytail, and clean and minimal accessories.

Monday, May 23rd 2011

First Fashion: Show Your Stripes

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There’s nothing quite so perfect for a laid-back summer day than stripes. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, I’ll be turning to this classic again and again.

(1) The floor-length hem of this Club Monaco dress will lend elegance to the laziest of days. Club Monaco – Valeria Striped Maxi Dress

(2) With their easy feel and Mediterranean sensibility, Soludos espadrilles have that joie-de-vivre that’s a necessity in a warm-weather wardrobe. (And they’re affordable to boot.) Soludos – Calido Striped Flat Espadrilles

(3) Paired with cutoff shorts or thrown over a string bikini, this perfectly slouchy Enza Costa tee is a multifunctional summer staple. Enza Costa – Short Sleeve Striped Tee


Friday, May 20th 2011

Shopbop Wedding Series: Bridesmaid Dresses, by Style Me Pretty

When we polled our soon-to-be or recent bride friends about where they turned for wedding inspiration, every last one of them said Style Me Pretty. A blog that specializes in all things bridal, Style Me Pretty looks at the hottest trends in the wedding world. We asked editor and founder Abby Larson to share her insights into selecting bridesmaid dresses.

Brides spend hours choosing exactly the right flowers, a space that reflects their style and personality, a perfect white dress, details that will make guests swoon. They choose their menu carefully and spend days going back and forth on cake flavors and first dance songs. At Style Me Pretty, we think the bridesmaid dress selection should be at the tippy top of that to-do list. Aside from the fact that happy maids equals way less stress for the bride-to-be, a well-frocked bridal party is also the perfect accessory to your wedding day style.

Let’s talk trends. The biggest trend we’ve seen lately is mismatched dresses. Not the standard one designer, different cuts mismatching. Instead, brides are choosing a palette and allowing their bridesmaids to choose a gown that represents one of the hues within that spectrum, all in different styles. Some may be long and jewel toned, others may be short and accessorized. Each is beautiful in its own right, and yet stunning as a group.

Different dresses in the same color palette. Photo by Erin Hearts Court.

We’re also seeing dresses that totally buck the bridesmaid dress tradition. Dresses that can and WILL be worn again. Whether it’s a collection of little black dresses, a fabulous printed frock, or a Pippa-style white gown, the goal is to give your girls something they are excited to wear.

As for colors, we’re obsessed with Pantone’s pick for the 2011 color of the year, Honeysuckle. Mix it up with pale pinks, champagnes, and nudes—gorgeousness defined.

Honeysuckle promises to be a bridesmaid favorite this wedding season.

And last but not least, don’t forget the accessories! From the whimsical to the sweet, accessories are the perfect way to take your bridesmaid looks to a chic new level.

Don’t forget the accessories! A pretty hairpiece can take your bridesmaid look to a new level.

See what we mean? Bridesmaid dresses are a perfect place for you to add a pop of color, spunk, and style to your wedding day. And don’t forget to look to your girls for ideas as well. After all, they know what looks good on them better than anyone else. If you trust your maids to select their own gowns, make sure to do a final review once everyone has their dress. You want to make sure the colors complement each other, and the styles don’t compete. We always suggest that you listen to your bridesmaids’ ideas, and then use their thoughts as a launching pad to selecting the perfect collection for your girls. It’s a win-win for all.

So there you have it. Bridesmaid Dresses 101. Just remember that you should gift your girls two things on your big day: confidence and style. If you follow those rules, you will have one very happy bridal party.

--Abby Larson
Style Me Pretty

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Thursday, May 19th 2011

Tech Accessories: Fashion Meets Function

When it comes to fashion, it’s all about the details. From the perfect shade of coral nail polish to an additional half-inch of a skirt’s hem, that little extra something can make or break a look. And with tech essentials becoming as much an extension of us as our favorite handbag, it’s not unreasonable to give them a little personality.

We can keep our electronics both safe and stylish with a whimsical laptop sleeve from Marc by Marc Jacobs, a polished patent iPod case by Anya Hindmarch, or a tribal-print DANNIJO iPhone case. But it’s perhaps iPad cases that have all the fun: furry and studded versions from Jagger Edge and Pop Art creations from Jonathan Adler just might steal the spotlight from the rest of our look.


Thursday, May 19th 2011

First Fashion: Print Bottoms

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I love finding new ways to wear prints, and with this season’s crop of print skirts, shorts, and pants, the possibilities are endless.

(1) The playful pattern on these cropped pants is anything but overwhelming when paired with a crisp white button-down and nude high-heel sandals. Tibi – Ankara Print Pants

(2) With a blush-pink silk blouse, this Catherine Malandrino confection will be a fresh alternative to a dress during the summer wedding season. Catherine Malandrino – Pleated Skirt

(3) Take styling cues from the Milly runway and wear this voluminous skirt with a tucked-in navy tank by KAIN Label, a beaded necklace, and a leather belt. Milly – Boho Long Skirt


Wednesday, May 18th 2011

The New Oxford: A Fresh Spin on the Menswear Favorite

Editors started stepping out in them, then Alexa Chung was spotted in a pair or two, and before we knew it, menswear-inspired oxfords were pounding the pavement from LA to Australia, New York to Beijing, high end to high street. And, as trends tend to go, once ubiquitous, the magic began to wane, but designers are bringing it back with unique takes on the classic silhouette.

This season, Madewell and F-TROUPE did two-tone versions that are just unusual enough to feel fresh, and Tibi kept the silhouette the same but gave it a little spice with wild prints like Dalmatian and snake. But my personal favorites are in the cutout family: Opening Ceremony took a futuristic turn with elastic bands, while Jean-Michel Cazabat homed in on that French je ne sais quoi with elegant curlicues.

I’ll be wearing mine with full-skirted shirtdresses and Ray-Ban sunglasses this summer. How about you?


Wednesday, May 18th 2011

First Fashion: Simple Shapes, Big Impact

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I’ve never been one for frills and ruffles; I like clean silhouettes and high-quality materials. These three picks are the kind of investment pieces that make me wonder why I own anything else.

(1) Jean-Michel Cazabat heels always reduce me to a state of undiluted shoe lust. These are zebra-print haircalf. I can’t even type that without going weak in the knees. Jean-Michel Cazabat – Ivanka Haircalf Pumps

(2) After years of fanatical skinny jeans-wearing, I’m a recent convert to the maxi dress trend. A masterpiece of understatement, this gala-worthy Zimmermann dress is one of my favorites. Zimmermann – Strapless Maxi Dress

(3) There’s something so sophisticated about this Tory Burch wallet: streamlined, European, a little bit retro. Tory Burch – Leather Zip Continental Wallet


Tuesday, May 17th 2011

Look I Love: Knit Tank + Red Jeans

There’s nothing more satisfying than that “aha” moment when two simple pieces come together to create a look that’s irresistible. Though I’ve never been one to choose colored denim over classic blue, when I saw what our stylists put together in the shots above from our Ultimate Closet and Vince lookbooks, I immediately fell for the unexpected pairing of a neutral knit tank and red skinny jeans. Like oversized sunnies and maxi dresses or shift dresses and pumps, it’s like they were made for each other. I’ll steal the look by pairing a knit Mara Hoffman top with red J Brand skinny jeans, and accessorize with a beaded necklace and nude flat sandals, for a look I’ll be in love with all summer long.


Tuesday, May 17th 2011

First Fashion: Cannes Style

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Film’s leading men and women have descended upon the south of France, and with them came a few of Europe’s finest bloggers. Reading about Le Blog de Betty and The Blonde Salad’s adventures in Cannes has set me shopping for what I’d wear on vacation in the Côte d’Azur.

(1) Something a little glamorous is a must, naturally. This Max Azria dress plays the part with the natural, casual elegance the locale demands. MAXAZRIA - Backless Sequin Dress

(2) For afternoons spent lounging in the sea breeze on café terraces, all I’d need is this Vince dress and a pair of K. Jacques sandals. Vince - High / Low Tank Dress

(3) And every look will be topped off with a pair of oversized sunglasses, like these from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Marc by Marc Jacobs - Oversized Sunglasses


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