Monday, January 23rd 2012

Possessionista: How to Dress like Jane by Design

With a covetable job and even more covetable accessories (hello, Hermes), Jane Quimby is living every fashion-forward’s dream.  Dana of the fashionably compulsive blog Possessionista shares her take on dressing like the stars of ABC Family’s latest high-style hit, Jane by Design. 

Are you colorful and feminine like Jane? Or monochromatic and edgy like India? Find out how to get their look here.

Photo courtesy of Possessionista

Friday, January 20th 2012

1 Piece 2 Ways: Bold Wide-Leg Pants

Red pants are a bold statement. Combine the bright hue with a wide-leg silhouette, and you’ve got a highly covetable item that can be pretty tough to wear. Enter Shopbop stylists Loni and Karina. One look at their tips on this tricky trend and you’ll be ready to work a wide-leg in blue, green, and especially red.

The easiest way to wear a piece like this is to go fitted and minimal on top. Instead, I paired these pants with an equally bold and blousy top. I love the added sense of presence I get by matching volume with volume. High, high heels, black accessories, and edgy jewelry anchor this bright look to my style.

On Loni:
* Alice + Olivia Eric Pants
* ONE by Otis & Maclain Top
* Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge Sandals

I’m a sucker for classics, so both the color and the shape of these pants are a happy departure from my usual style. I added my favorite layering essential, a printed tee, and threw on a blazer to sharpen the voluminous silhouette. To top it off, I stacked on some chunky bracelets and a few silver rings.

On Karina:
* Alice + Olivia Eric Pants
* IRO Blazer
* Wildfox Tee

--Libby S.

Monday, January 16th 2012

Couch-Free Chic: Stylish Activewear

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It‘s mid-January, and the excitement of a new year has worn off, a cold front has moved in, and I am starting to feel the stirs of cabin fever. It’s time to get out and move. Luckily, my timing couldn’t be better. Mid-January sees the demise of the resolutioners at the gym. Treadmills are finally available and floor space in the most coveted yoga classes opens up. My treat for overcoming the dreaded winter inertia? Comfy new active wear.

Under the heating lamps of a hot yoga class, a lightweight Enza Costa racer-back tank is the ideal mix of soft and sporty. Afterwards, a So Low tunic with gathered sides makes for a stylish cool down. The zip pockets on RLX Ralph Lauren shorts keep keys secure during long distance runs and slouchy Monrow sweatpants are great to pull on after a swim. Finally, a Splendid cardigan is the perfect way to fashionably bask in post-work out bliss.

--Libby S.


Friday, January 6th 2012

Day-Glo Details

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The dark days of winter have met their match with an exploding selection of neon accessories. With booties and bracelets in blues, pinks, and greens, this bright trend is going strong.  

Rocking an ensemble of head-to-toe brights runs the risk of looking a bit, well, radioactive. Keep the balance by adding a brilliant accessory to a neutral outfit in a classic silhouette. A neon pink Michael Kors satchel, a fluoro lime Marc by Marc Jacobs belt, or a bold coral Kenneth Jay Lane necklace are just begging to raise a demure look to new levels of illumination.

--Libby S.


Thursday, January 5th 2012

Compact Color: Colorblocked Shoes

A truly great accessory makes an outfit out of clothes. Ray-Ban Wayfarers transform cutoffs and a tee into a California statement, diamond earrings make the simplest black dress a sophisticated gesture, and a truly killer pair of shoes work magic on, well, just about everything.

The joy of shoes is their poetic compactness: with so little surface area to work with, a design idea must be expressed succinctly. This makes them the perfect platform for one of my favorite trends: colorblocking. Look to footwear frontrunners Giuseppe Zanotti, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Marc by Marc Jacobs for brilliantly blocked shoes both simple and splendid.


Wednesday, January 4th 2012

2012 Color of the Year: Tangerine

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For makeup, home design, and most importantly, fashion, 2012 has been declared the year of tangerine. The deep reddish-orange color is poised to bring a much-needed surge of energy to the coming year.

Bright orange can be intimidating. Ease into it by adding a small pop of color to a classically chic outfit.  A neon La Mer watch with a simple white TEXTILE Elizabeth and James top and skinny jeans will do the trick. Turn up the volume a bit more by matching a grey T by Alexander Wang sweater with Theyskens’ Theory pants in the blazing shade. Once you’ve gotten accustomed to it, fully embrace the color of the year by pairing a 10 Crosby by Derek Lam trench and shorts in the same vibrant shade to create an eye-catching monochromatic look.

--Libby S.


Thursday, December 22nd 2011

Ball Dropping Style: Outfit Ideas for NYE

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Dresses by Marchesa, Alice + Olivia, and Shoshanna.

New Year’s Eve is a spectacle of fabulous excess. When else are you expected, nay, encouraged to drink endless glasses of champagne, dress in a sea of sequins, stay up as late as possible, and make grandiose statements about fixing your life? This year my plans include a wealth of glitter and being wholly overdressed to watch the ball drop at my favorite dive bar.  For those of you with other plans, check out a few outfit ideas below and ring in 2012 with style. 

Black Tie Bash
A classy event calls for an equally elegant outfit. Turn heads in a floor-length Raoul dress in fire engine red. Add sleek tuleste market earrings and an asymmetrical Kenneth Jay Lane cocktail ring. A nude B Brian Atwood pump with a stable heel will keep you on your feet long after the confetti settles.

Playful Party
Celebrate in an easy atmosphere with good friends and a jaunty Alice + Olivia jumpsuit. Strappy gold Marc by Marc Jacobs sandals and a chunky Luv Aj necklace top off a fresh look for the New Year.

Sparkly Soirée
Wear a sequin- and rhinestone-covered Marchesa dress and render the disco ball useless. Complement a messy updo with dangle Made Her Think earrings. Finish it off with crystal-heeled Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps and really give the ball in Times Square a run for its money.

--Libby S.


Tuesday, December 20th 2011

1 Piece 2 Ways: Sequin Skirt

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It will not come as a surprise to those who know me that my favorite bird is the magpie. I’ve always shared its affinity for all things shiny. In my quest to make sparkle an acceptable year-round staple, I asked Shopbop stylists Loni and Karina for two different ways to pull off this sequined Dolan skirt in the office.

My number one rule for office sequins: steer away from anything overtly sexy. Sequins have a fun, playful vibe no matter what, so keeping the rest of the look a bit more buttoned-up and classic always works well. I opted to go with a flat shoe and a sporty top, keeping the look fun, professional, and appropriate.

On Loni:
* Dolan Wrap Skirt
* Thakoon Print Blazer
* Thakoon Print Booties

Sequins are quite a statement, so it’s important to keep the rest of your look simple and clean. Since this skirt is a little formfitting, I loosened up the top by layering a cozy sweater over a tank. It adds a nice pop of color and just the right amount of boyishness, balancing out the feminine skirt beautifully.

On Karina:
* Dolan Wrap Skirt
* Theyskens’ Theory Sweater
Maison Martin Margiela Booties



Friday, October 28th 2011

1 Piece 2 Ways: Plaid

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Year after year, when the leaves turn and snowflakes dust the ground, plaid emerges. But with stripes, lines, and bold colors, plaid can be an intimidating print to work with. We asked two of our stylists to put their own spin on these McQ plaid trousers.

Feminine with an Edge
“Plaid is a great way to punch up a boring outfit. I lean toward classic, feminine pieces with an edge, and these plaid pants have the perfect amount of attitude. The zippers screamed to be paired with leather, so I layered an A.L.C. blazer over a soft T by Alexander Wang top. Neutral shoes (Schutz heels fit the bill) balance the outfit and keep the plaid from veering into grunge territory.”


Relaxed Classic
“I love to take well-tailored, classic pieces and relax an element to make the look my own. Plaid is actually a relatively safe palette to work with—the classic pattern allows for a lot of creativity when building a look. To keep these pants from looking too traditional, I added an unconventional pop of color with a lilac Acne sweater and brought in contrasting texture with a pair of patent Alexander Wang pumps.”


Thursday, September 22nd 2011

Gridiron Glamour: Football Chic Fashion

Fall is my favorite time of year. Crisp autumn days, hot apple cider, fall fashion, and of course, football. In my family, football is serious business. We’re talking Thursday through Monday viewing parties, wear-your-team-colors-or-they-won’t-win superstitions, and scream until you lose your voice serious. As much as I love my personalized Packers jersey, I’m not ready to sign over every Sunday from now until February to wearing green and gold mesh rayon, so I’ve been searching out some game-day alternatives.

J Brand Colored denim in one of your team’s hues worn with a Tibi white top is perfect for game-night drinks after work. If tailgating is on your sporting spirit agenda, layer a Rachel Zoe fur vest or BB Dakota leather jacket over a team-colored long sleeve top. Sunday night viewing parties call for fancy footwear. Throw on a pair of bold Rebecca Minkoff colored shoes and really show off the meaning of football. From exhibition games to the play-offs, ditch the game apparel and cheer your team on in style.

--Libby S.

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