Style Guide

Thursday, November 13th 2014

The 5 Boots You Need Right Now



1. THE WEATHER-READY PAIR
Winter’s on its way, and with it, the issue of winter footwear. Last year, my superb but oh-so-sensible snow boots were worn ad nauseam, so this year, I’m bringing these shearling-lined Frye moto boots into the rotation. Goodbye, boot boredom!

2. KNEE-HIGH CLASSICS
This is the pair you’ll be able to wear with everything this fall. There’s nothing more seasonally appropriate than a classic knee-high boot with skinnies or a skirt and a cozy sweater, like these Tory Burch knee-high boots. So easy.


3. ANKLE BOOTS
I love a classic leather ankle boot, like these Rag & Bone booties. Their versatility transcends new seasons and trends. Skirts, slouchy pants, sweater dresses—everything looks smarter with ankle boots. Extra points for slip-on styles! Nothing like slipping them on and leaving the house feeling and looking awesome.



4. OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS
Once the weather gets cool, pointy pumps belong at the back of the closet—nobody should have to wear heels in the cold! That’s why over-the-knee boots, like these from Stuart Weitzman, are a nice investment to make around this time of year. They’re as chic and sexy as a pump—but they’ll keep you toasty on wintry nights out.



5. HIKING BOOTS
Autumn calls for plaids and leather, and normally those grunge elements have me craving combat boots. But this year, it’s all about hiking—or at least, the hiking boot. Unassuming, utilitarian, and kind of badass, a pair of leather hiking boots will add an edgy nonchalance to the most basic autumn look. The laces on these Joie hiker boots don’t hurt, either.

--Annie

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Monday, November 10th 2014

This is Your #SeasonToShine

It’s that time of year again. The time of sparkle lights, peppermint mochas, and celebration. The music is uplifting and cheer is in the air. Of course, there’s also the stress. Balancing family and work, finding the perfect gifts, and general hustle and bustle in the not-so-pleasant weather. We’re here to help you make this your #SeasonToShine. From holiday survival tips to expert gift suggestions, you’re covered.

To start, we’ve put together a gift guide of our favorite items, broken out into categories to suit everyone on your gift list. You can search by price, by person, or by style. If your sister is a fashionable traditionalist, head to the Cool & Classic assortment. Your BFF is more on the playful side? A category devoted to Fun & Flirty picks will have you done shopping in no time.

Follow #SeasonToShine to make sure you don’t miss anything. Happy shopping!

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Thursday, November 6th 2014

Don’t Let the Printed Pant Scare You

If printed pants are a bit edgy for you, try pairing them with neutrals. These striped Clover Canyon pants take center stage, while a blush-tone Clover Canyon top and matching Stuart Weitzman heels balance the look.

It can feel daunting to take the sartorial plunge from tried-and-true solids to patterned pants, but with a little practice, any initial trepidation will be replaced with breezy nonchalance. 

Stick to the classics! These buffalo-check Rag & Bone skinnies and Public School houndstooth pants both make a strong, yet versatile statement when paired with black high-top sneakers.

Classic prints like plaid and houndstooth are versatile and work well in professional settings. Consider trading a tailored blouse for a graphic tee to turn an office-appropriate look into an edgy after-work ensemble. On the other hand, a paint-spattered effect adds artistic, low-key cool to a weekend look.

Take patterned trousers a step further and go really bold! Floral FindersKEEPERS harem pants are truly head-turning, and these Paige Denim patchwork jeans are the perfect way to wear the plaid trend this year.

Combining a daring silhouette with a vibrant print—like this slouchy pair from Zero + Maria Cornejo—ensures all eyes will be on you. If you want a more casual effect, try a style with patchwork accents for an easy way to add a pop of color without the worry of pulling off a wild allover print.

--Val

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Tuesday, November 4th 2014

How to Wear the Crop Top This Fall

An easy silhouette to try for fall, the cropped Rag & Bone Hailey pullover is the perfect addition to high-waisted trousers, like the Rag & Bone Grease pants.

With the staggering selection of crop tops out right now, it seems crazy to let a little thing like frigid temperatures put a damper on this revealing style. A few simple styling tricks will ensure you can add the easy-to-layer silhouette to your cool-weather rotation, and hopefully help you resist the urge to burrow into a cozy sweater until spring.

If you’re feeling too bare, layering a textured cardigan over a crop top is a perfect solution. Left: CSBLA cardigan, CSBLA crop cami, CSBLA Navigli leggings, and Rag & Bone sneakers. Right: Rag & Bone cardigan, Rag & Bone crop top, Rag & Bone/JEAN leather trousers, and Rag & Bone Hudson boots.

A fitted crop top under a chunky cardigan offers the best of both worlds, creating an alluring mix of figure-defining shape and casual comfort. Or go another direction and throw a boxy style over a figure-hugging Splendid dress—it’s a versatile way to incorporate print and create a fresh look with a basic piece.

Play with proportions! Left: McQ - Alexander McQueen trousers and a grey crop top (similar). Right: By Malene Birger trousers and a T by Alexander Wang leather crop top.

Think about layering delicate fabrics under a more substantial crop top like this one from Public School. The addition of a sheer base layer is sexy without revealing too much. And, of course, you can never go wrong balancing a crop top with high-waisted trousers. A relaxed style looks effortless with a slim top and oversized jacket. Try this pair from Temperley London, or these bold McQ - Alexander McQueen pants.

--Val

Tuesday, October 28th 2014

Borrowed from the Bikers: The Moto Jacket


The classic moto jacket.

We probably can’t tell you anything you don’t already know about the moto jacket, but be assured that it will make any outfit 150% cooler. New shapes and fabrics make it easy to transition into cool seasons, and with clever layering, the moto jacket can be worn all year round.

Rock-n-roll and oh so feminine: a Whistles leather biker jacket puts an edgy spin on a Band of Outsiders miniskirt, Sincerely Jules tee, and Opening Ceremony platform sneakers (similar).

Whether you opt for a classic androgynous shape—like this Pierre Balmain belted moto jacket—or a more fitted silhouette, the timeless piece will look effortlessly cool. Paired with J Brand skinnies and downtown sneakers, it exudes rock-n-roll attitude, while throwing it on over a softer look creates balance, playing up the feminine aesthetic. Cropped moto jacket + floral dress = always a win.


A relaxed Free People moto jacket balances out an airy mini dress. A sleek Band of Outsiders leather moto jacket with zipper detailing dresses up a casual maxi dress.

If you’re not quite ready to commit to full-on biker chic, maybe a moto vest is a more your speed. Constructed in everything from shearling and faux leather to suiting, this versatile style makes a low-key statement without sacrificing edge.

The J Brand Ready-to-Wear Madisyn leather vest pairs as easily with a summer tank as it does with fall flannel.

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--Val

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

4 Knits You Need for Fall

The smell of pumpkin spice lattes is in the air, and that can only mean one thing: fall is here. It’s time to put away airy sundresses and flip-flops to make room for more substantial outfitting. Stocking up on sweaters—cardis, pullovers, V-necks, you know the drill—is par for the course. But there are a few other cozy knits you’re going to want in your cold weather arsenal. (Seriously, the winter predictions are wicked.)


Not your average sweatpants from Rag & Bone, Chinti and Parker, and 360 Sweater.

1. UPSCALE SWEATPANTS
We all have ratty old sweats for binge-watching Netflix, but what about something more office-friendly? Cashmere silhouettes (love my pair from 360 Sweater) are taking the casual staple into upscale territory. Pair with heeled booties and a loosely tucked button-down for a comfy, off-the-couch look.


Sandals with socks—I dare you!

2. CHUNKY SOCKS
If you want to get the most out of your summer shoe wardrobe, invest in a few pairs of chunky-knit socks. Admittedly, the socks-with- sandals look can be intimidating, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. If you’re really not ready, ease into it with ladylike pumps and a ruffled sock, or oxfords with a dark, tall pair.


A Plush knit hat pulls double duty: fashion and function.

3. KNIT CAP
Your mother was right: you should wear a hat. Not only will it keep you warm, but a knit cap over loose, tousled waves gives an air of casual effortlessness. Think about your hair type when picking one out. Fleece-lined options work best on tresses with a bit of texture, while thick, cable-knit styles grab hold to even silky smooth locks.


Crop tops are here to stay. Keep warm by layering. Pictured: Jonathan Simkhai sweater, shirt, and skirt.

4. CROPPED SWEATER
Even subzero temperatures can’t stop the crop-top trend, but they are a bit easier to wear. Trade the short style for a cardigan to give a shift dress a new spin. Or layer a cropped sweater over a tailored button-down to be fashion forward in a less ab-baring (and certainly warmer) way.

--Libby S.

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Thursday, August 28th 2014

5 Fashion Dares for Fall

The best fashion requires a bit of courage, but some things take a little more guts than others. I’m daring you to take a step in the bolder direction and try one of these five trends in your fall wardrobe.

1. Pair bright colors with other bright colors. Take a leaf out of fall’s book (see what I did there?) and wear one bold color with another. Try pairing poppy with cobalt, and topping them both off with some emerald accessories.

Pair something bright and structured, like this McQ – Alexander McQueen moto jacket, with an equally bold yet feminine Preen by Thornton Bregazzi pleated dress. Finish the look with Acne Studios sandals and a Rochas leather tote in deep green, and you are ready for fall.

2. Wear your cutest socks with your smartest shoes. Frilly socks and heeled pumps are feminine on their own, but when paired together they can take a statement outfit to a whole new level.

Adorable Loeffler Randal pumps in black and leopard contrast well with pastels and full skirts, creating a look that is unabashedly feminine.

3. Don a ball gown with denim for everyday. Seriously. Just try it. Instead of saying “But I would have nowhere to wear that,” wear it wherever you want. Remember how you felt in that prom dress or wedding gown? You can feel that way again.

Is this not the most daring–yet satisfying–combo? A Notte by Marchesa strapless ball gown takes on a more comfortable vibe when paired with denim.

4. Glam it up… for brunch. Ok. Maybe a ball gown isn’t doable for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle! Pair that sequined top with statement earrings even if you are just going for pancakes with the girls. You will feel like a million bucks–and they will be jealous that you had the guts to do it.

Brunch is that much better when glitter is involved. Metallic The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden sneakers, a beaded 3.1 Phillip Lim top, and a full Alice + Olivia skirt might just outdo those pancakes.

5. Add a hat. It sounds so simple, but many a girl has agonized over the styling of an excellent hat. Pop a hat on top of those gorgeous locks and strut your stuff. Hats give off a blazing aura of confidence.

Nothing pulls an outfit together like a well-chosen hat. A black fedora tops off a powder blue Tibi coat and pencil skirt to perfection.

--Abbigail


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Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Summer Makeup Secrets

Break out the bright colors! With all the warm temperatures and sunshine lately, there’s still plenty of time left to perfect your summer look. Here is everything you need to know about how to pair your summer outfits with the perfect makeup.


A beaded re:named crop top pairs well with bright makeup and a playful Karen London pendant necklace.

Easy, bohemian style screams summer. For the right makeup pairing, take a look at the print you’re wearing and pull a color out of it that you want to highlight. This re:named crop top has bright beading, which we matched to a soft pink blush and a deep pink lip. Keep the eye shadow understated to let the pattern shine—a more natural palette in mauves, creams, and golds will do the trick.


This Amanda Uprichard camisole in hot pink is a summer must. Bright Samantha Wills earrings add the perfect contrast.

For a night out, don’t be afraid to go bold. This hot pink Amanda Uprichard camisole pairs well with turquoise colored earrings and a smoky eye in rich browns. Balance the dark eye and bright top with blush that has earthy undertones, but don’t tone down the lip color—opt for a shade as pink as your top.


Take an electric blue And B shirtdress and add red lipstick and Kate Spade New York earrings. Instant summer hit.

If you need makeup for a casual day around town, think classic. An electric blue And B shirtdress needs a rich red lip. In fact, go red with your earrings, too! A true smoky eye in browns, golds, and creams and a hint of blush in a soft pink will craft a natural balance to the pops of color. 

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Tuesday, August 5th 2014

If the Wedding Shoe Fits

Every great ensemble begins with the shoes, and your wedding day is no different. The footwear you pick for your nuptials can be a secret surprise tucked under layers of silk and lace, or the stars of the show as they walk you down the aisle. Here’s a little roundup of my favorite bridal footwear from this season:

THE BOOTIE
Elegant and modern, this Casadei bootie is both structured and feminine.

THE SATIN PUMP
This little Kate Spade New York pump is a total classic, with a hint of sparkle–just enough to truly make you shine on your big day.

THE JELLY FLAT
A flirty little Salvatore Ferragamo flat will keep you cool and comfortable under all that tulle.

THE LACE HEEL
A sophisticated Monique Lhuillier heel adds a sexy edge to your wedding day look. 

--Elise


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Wednesday, July 23rd 2014

Ask Shopbop: Layer Like a Pro


Worn over a threadbare tee, a graphic Lovers + Friends tank takes on a grunge feel. Balance with slouchy boyfriend jeans and neutral booties.

The last few seasons have been filled with novelty separates and fabulous graphic tops. All ripe for an excellent street-style snapper to descend at any minute and plaster your mug all over the blogosphere. We thought it would be fun to reimagine and remix some of our favorite pieces into new combinations to show how wearable they can be, even if you don’t have a chance to strut your stuff in front of the fashion paparazzi. 

--Elise & Phoebe

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A layered silk ISSA tank makes a casual black tee office-ready.

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