Tuesday, April 30th 2013

How to Wear Boyfriend Shorts

On Karina: Faith Connexion shorts, Equipment blouse, Sergio Rossi sandals. On Phoebe: J Brand shorts, Helmut Lang top, Rag & Bone vest, Alexander Wang pumps.

A great pair of shorts is a key component in effortless summer styling. The trick is to find a silhouette that lands somewhere between too-sexy daisy dukes and tourist-magnet bermudas. Two of our stylists have found the solution in perfectly slouchy boyfriend shorts.

“Slouchy, longer styles are comfortable and easy to wear. I picked a slightly distressed pair, so that even with the longer length, there’s a peek of skin, so they don’t feel too conservative.” says Phoebe. “Pairing them with heels can be tough—it can easily veer into showgirl territory—but a sporty style with a sensible, wearable heel height makes them feel just right.”

Karina created a more menswear-inspired look for herself. “Although I usually love the proportion of a body-con top with boyfriend shorts, the iridescent sheen on this pair from Faith Connexion was itching to be styled with more masculine shirt. A slim pump balances out the volume up top, and sleek gold jewelry pulls it all together. It’s comfy and slouchy but still sexy.”

--Libby S.

Tuesday, April 30th 2013

The Daily Find: Rag & Bone Jeans

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

What they are: Rag & Bone/JEAN Skinny Jeans
Why we love them: Perfect-fit skinnies are rendered in a luxe shade of grey with worn-for-years holes.
Wear them with: A slouchy Rag & Bone/JEAN tank and neutral Newbury booties.

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Monday, April 29th 2013

Studio Sounds: Hard Rock

Sticky pop music has its place, but some weeks require tracks that pack a bigger punch. When in need, our studio turns to Photographer Ross for a playlist of hard, heavy metal.

“Sometimes all you need is a straight-up up mix of hard rock classics.”

--Ross, Photographer


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Monday, April 29th 2013

The Daily Find: Rebecca Taylor Peplum Top

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

What it is: Rebecca Taylor Cutout Poplin Top
Why we love it: Sharp pleats and crisp tailoring make this ladylike piece feel pretty sophisticated.
Wear it with: White Rag & Bone jeans and Alexander Wang pumps.

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Friday, April 26th 2013

Designer Interview: Yigal Azrouel

A self-taught designer, Yigal Azrouel is known for feminine draping and fresh silhouettes. His innovations with design and fabrics have earned him years of well-deserved acclaim—not to mention a devoted fashion following. The French-Moroccan designer took a break from working on his latest creations to chat with Shopbop about inspiration, design, and discovery.

SHOPBOP: Would you say that your spring 2013 collection builds upon or departs from previous seasons?
YIGAL AZROUEL: I don’t look at each season with such a specific source of inspiration. Our collection evolves as I begin to design and while I am out researching, getting inspired by the power and style of women in my favorite cities.

SB: Do you ever go back to past collections for inspiration?
YA: I think it’s natural. We are always looking to both the past and the future.

SB: What is your favorite part of the design process?
YA: Discovery. I don’t know what I am going to do when I begin working on a new collection. My process is very much to react to what I find that really excites me. I like the surprise.

SB: Which piece from the spring collection is the one item every woman needs in her closet?
YA: Our reptile jacquard dress. It’s tough, but the natural colors are perfect for transitioning into the new season.

SB: If you could design for any woman in history, who would it be and why?
YA: Francoise Hardy. I grew up listening to her music as a kid, and I am inspired by the effortless “cool” that she exudes. There is something special about her presence and personal style.

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Friday, April 26th 2013

Style Steal: Madewell Satchel

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: A Madewell handbag crafted in rugged, yet luxe leather.
The Price: $198 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: The sturdy saddle leather will only get better with age.

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Thursday, April 25th 2013

We Play Favorites: Jane & Tibi

Clockwise from left: Basket Weave Tank, Pia Pencil Skirt, Potpourri Top, Pleated Leather Shorts.

With as much time as our staffers spend living and breathing fashion, it shouldn’t be surprising that favorite brands start to rise to the top of our individual must-have lists. In this feature, we’re talking about those favorite designers and how they fit into our personal style. This month: Jane, who loves Tibi.

Name: Jane   
Position: Senior Buyer 
Brand: Tibi

Why you love the brand in 6 words or less:
Downtown cool with a feminine feel.

What’s your favorite piece from the brand right now?
The Alina Geo Dress. I love the below-the-knee look with a pointy shoe.

How would you describe your personal style?
I feel like I am tomboy chic with funky, feminine touches—classic with an edge.

Do you have a style icon?
Gwyneth Paltrow—stunning!

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what pieces would it consist of?
Slouchy skinny jeans that fit to perfection, a great sleeveless baggy tank under a worn-in chambray button-down, a fitted blazer, and pointy pumps with a 3-inch heel. Have to be comfortable!

What is your earliest fashion-related memory?
My mom told me I used to sit on my bedroom floor at a young age and lay out my outfits for the upcoming week.

Thursday, April 25th 2013

Wise Words: Alexander McQueen

Thursday, April 25th 2013

The Daily Find: DKNY Pullover

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

What it is: DKNY Stripe Crew Neck Pullover
Why we love it: Graphic stripes add a classic feel to this lightweight layer.
Wear it with: A slim pencil skirt and a pop-of-color cuff.

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Wednesday, April 24th 2013

Ask Shopbop: Top 3 Summer Sandals

Gold L.K. Bennett sandals, nude A.P.C. wedges, black Pierre Balmain heels.

When warm weather rolls around, my mind turns to the seemingly endless footwear possibilities. A new season is a terrific time to assess your look and decide how to get maximum wear out each shoe purchase. My top three picks are: a black sporty heel, a nude versatile wedge, and a sleek poolside flat. All can be worn in a literal way or in a more ironic sense, which adds options and a sense of humor to your daily mix-and-match. For example, the black sporty heels tossed on with jeans and a tee makes for a casual, rocker look, or they can be used to punk up a dainty floral sundress. The sleek flats pair nicely to a bright swim cover-up, but look chic and Grecian-inspired with a silk maxi dress for evening. Lastly, nude wedges add height to a pair of cutoff shorts, and also work for the office with a navy linen pencil skirt and red printed top.


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