Style Guide

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

6 Spring Break Essentials

Those of us fortunate enough to escape their current surroundings—especially if those surroundings involve mid-March freezing temperatures—know that the only worrisome thing about vacation is living out of a suitcase. I, for one, find it impossible to predict what I will want to wear even 24 hours in advance, so I normally don’t skip town without a backpack and a duffel bag in each hand. This year, however, I will attempt the simplicity the beach calls for with this packing list of the absolute essentials.

In the suitcase: Paige Denim shorts, a CHRLDR T-shirt, Steven espadrilles, a Lemlem cover-up, a Kushcush swimsuit, and a Kate Spade New York pouch.

1. SWIMSUIT
A swimsuit is obvious, but the right one for the trip? Less so. Choose one that flatters your body type. Cutout styles are on-point this season, but I make sure to also pack a classic string bikini for optimal tanning. I love this reversible Kushcush swimsuit—go from neutral to neon in an instant! And don’t forget a breezy cover-up in complementary colors. 

2. T-SHIRT
A good graphic tee can be worn a hundred different ways—dressed up or down, tucked, rolled, etc. That is why, after agonizing indecision, I typically pack only one. This CHRLDR T-shirt looks super-chic with cutoff shorts or knotted over a sundress.

This Flight 001 pouch is perfect for the tech-savvy traveler.

3. DENIM SHORTS
Denim shorts, especially a minimalist pair in a versatile wash, can be worn every single day of a trip. I suggest a mid or high rise for crop top-lovin’ gals, but there’s nothing cooler than a slouchy distressed pair, like these Paige Denim shorts, worn with a little bikini top.

4. SNEAKERS
Since shoes take up precious luggage space, it’s important to choose wisely. A simple pair of sneakers or espadrilles goes a long way. While comfort isn’t usually my primary consideration in choosing footwear, it becomes a vacation requirement for an unabashed tourist like myself. I could walk miles in these Won Hundred slip-ons. They’re neutral enough for daily wear, and a subtle metallic glaze adds enough glam for the evening bonfire. 

Won Hundred sneakers offer style and comfort to the traveling gal.

5. SUNDRESS
A sundress is a vacation must. I love this coral lace Lovers + Friends dress. During the daytime, it can be paired with sneakers and a floppy hat for a shopping trip, and in the evening, strappy sandals and minimal jewelry make it luau-ready.

6. CARRY-ON BAG
Choose a durable bag to serve several purposes. I usually opt for a medium-sized canvas bag that I can take with me on the plane, bring to the beach, and carry as a purse in a pinch. What’s inside? A classic pair of aviators, a simple wallet in a springy hue, drop earrings to instantly give a sundress an evening-ready feel, and collapsible headphones—portable and perfect for blocking out the loud snorer I’ll inevitably be seated next to on the plane.

—Madeline

These Givenchy aviator sunglasses are a sleek, modern take on the classic style.

Collapsible Molami headphones are a must for overnight flights and long tanning sessions.


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Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Weddings on Location: A Formal Affair

Model in a glamorous Reem Acra gown (similar).

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to think outside the box when it comes to bridal styling. We’ve featured alternative wraps for winter weddings, edgy wedding day make-up, and dresses for those among us who would rather skip the ceremony and go right to the party. This time, I’m challenging myself to take a fresh look at the gal who truly wants the fully realized, classic take on her wedding.

Jenny Packham earrings and a DANNIJO necklace (similar) provide rich elegance.

I’m picturing the old-world cathedral, the grand ballroom glittering with candles and crystals, and estate grounds replete with peacocks and stone fountains. This is the event of the season, a sparkling soiree, the crème de la crème of refined revelry. There will be a feast fit for royalty, dancing ‘til dawn, and cascades of champagne.

A Jenny Packham jeweled veil adds effortless grace to the classic bridal look.

I whipped together all the glamour, drama, and extravagance I could muster—I even threw in a veil for the first time! Our bride may be going for a classic look, but she is still sexy, chic, and romantic. I looked to Reem Acra for the exquisite dress and to Jenny Packham for the glitter. Kayla from Daffodil Parker created an enchanting and regal bouquet of deep red roses, seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, and acacia foliage. It’s a fresh take on the classic bride, Shopbop-style!

Hair and makeup look created by Khloe Sweeney. Styling by Elise Hunt. Photos by John Ladwig.

Floral styling by Daffodil Parker.

—Elise

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Tuesday, March 4th 2014

My Style Philosophy: Rachel

Rachel in an EACH x OTHER gingham blazer.

Our staffers are a chic bunch, each with their own unique spin on fashion. This month we chatted with stylist Rachel about her personal style philosophy.

Name: Rachel
Position: Apparel Stylist               

Go-to brand: Do I have to pick one? That’s really quite hard! Two that consistently keep my attention are Wes Gordon and Acne Studios.

How did you become interested in fashion? The first time I remember really appreciating fashion was when I was waiting in line for the ladies’ room at an MC Hammer concert when I was 8 years old. It was the first concert I ever attended, and I was in awe of the outfits all the older, “cooler” girls were wearing. I was adorned with pigtails, pink shorts, a graphic T-shirt of ants walking with a watermelon, and white Keds. I couldn’t stop staring at two women in particular. They had dressed to the nines for the show—little black dresses, black tights, and killer heels—hoping to meet MC Hammer himself, I’m sure! I realized at that moment that you can express yourself freely through what you wear—that clothing speaks loudly and can evoke emotion. I wanted to be like those girls and feel what they were feeling as they reapplied their make-up and teased their hair while admiring their sassy outfits. It didn’t occur to me at that moment that I wanted to be a stylist, but it was the defining moment of when my creative and emotional view of fashion changed.

What’s your style philosophy? I like to combine not-too-fussy feminine touches with a bit of tomboyish flair. I usually reach for a pretty, creamy blouse, a high-waisted midi skirt, a great leather belt, and a trusty denim jacket. I try to put together outfits that can take me from a long day on set in the studio to happy hour cocktails or a live show at the local juke-joint without a major costume change.

What one item in your closet could you not live without? I recently upgraded my go-to denim jacket that I’ve had for over ten years to the Acne Studios denim jacket, and I haven’t taken it off.  It’s been terribly cold this winter, so I’ve been wearing it under all of my outerwear coats as an extra layering piece.  It’s very versatile and suits my style philosophy quite nicely.

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Thursday, February 27th 2014

Statement Earrings for Spring

Pair these Elizabeth Cole earrings with a silky white tee to showcase the jade detailing.

Sure, those little studs go with everything in your wardrobe, but they also often go unnoticed. Let’s face it—they’re either lost in a sea of hair or don’t stand a chance against bolder accessories. This season, let a pair of face-framing statement earrings be the focal point of your outfit. The right pair can transform just about any look, whether it’s a date-night LBD or a plain tee and worn-in skinnies. For a special occasion, elegant shoulder-grazing earrings with an updo work in place of all other accessories. Headed to the office? Throw on multicolored drops to perfectly offset an all-black ensemble.

—Madeline

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Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Which Wash? The Search for Non-Dark Denim

I just bought a new couch. It’s my first big furniture purchase, and I am extremely protective of it, which has had an unintended consequence on my wardrobe. The majority of my denim is in a super-flattering dark wash—great for me, not so great on my newly acquired light tan sofa. Instead of throwing up my hands to the inevitable blue stains, I’m investing in some less transferable washes: light and white.


Pair these J Brand Love Story Flares with a chambray AG Adriano Goldschmied shirt in a slightly lighter shade for a cool denim-on-denim look.

LIGHT-WASH DENIM
Say “light-wash denim” to a child of the ’80s/’90s and you can expect a wave of nightmarish tales about acid-wash. But the modern renditions have none of the tapered waist, long back pocket, or mom-jean fit issues of the past. I’m obsessed with both the lightest-hued J Brand Love Story Jeans and the super-distressed One Teaspoon Freebird Jeans.


Distressed white Free People jeans and an A.L.C. sweater offer a fresh take on transitional spring dressing.

WHITE DENIM
A perfect pair of white denim is a wardrobe must. They are worth the risk of spills (not that I’ll ever be eating or drinking on my new couch) and the necessity of nude underwear. Nothing feels as fresh as white jeans in spring. Skinnies are a no brainer, but a bell-bottom silhouette can add an unexpected nautical sensibility.

--Libby S.

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Thursday, February 13th 2014

Seen @ Shopbop: NYFW Edition

New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 is as much about staying warm as it is about fashion, but Shopbop Fashion Director Elle Strauss isn’t letting the sub-zero temperatures cramp her style. “It’s really about the coat in this weather,” she says (and might I add, she has an enviable collection), “and ankle boots—all the snow!” A pop of color doesn’t hurt either, she uses a bright red lip to break up the black.

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Wednesday, February 12th 2014

Ask Shopbop: Date Night Dressing

When it comes to dressing for the most tender of holidays, I like to wear black. Don't get me wrong, I'm plenty romantic and have the truest of love in my life, but black is just the best for evening dates. Also, this time of year doesn't inspire a lot of color. Chic and classic and easy to dress up or down, black does the trick. For Valentine's Day, I love a simple and flirty dress—preferably one with sleeves, given the horrendous winter we're having! Paired with a lively clutch and well-fitted motorcycle jacket, a black dress makes me feel like myself, but dressed up and grown up! My husband Curtis and I have been married for ten years. We're usually very casual for holidays, but this year we're planning on a lovely dinner out to commemorate a decade's worth of loyal valentine-ing.

Happy Valentine's!

--Loni

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Tuesday, February 11th 2014

How to Shop For Swimsuits by Body Type

In terms of enjoyment, trying on swimsuits ranks right up there with going to the dentist and doing your taxes. Even in the comfort of your own home, no one wants to look bad (and then, in turn, feel bad). The key is to set yourself up for success. Certain styles and cuts work best on specific body types, and once you know the tricks, you can shop with confidence.


Illustrations by Shopbop product stylist Kate.

CURVY
The retro styles that are so big this season are perfect for curvy shapes. A bombshell one-piece shows off a sexy hourglass figure—bonus points for extra-flattering ruching—while high-waisted bottoms provide coverage and Old Hollywood glam.

PETITE
It’s all about the cutout suit! Flashes of skin help to elongate and flatter, without overwhelming a small frame. Details like ruffle trim on bottoms also add volume to a petite silhouette.

SMALL BUST
Again, it’s ruffles to the rescue. Just like they beef up a slim bottom, a few frills on top add inches to a less-than-ample bust line. Other girly details, like scalloped trim and lace, also fill out a feminine figure.

ATHLETIC
Timeless and tiny, the string bikini is an athletic girl’s best friend. The easily adjustable style works on both straight and shapely hips and shows off all that hard-earned muscle definition.

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Saturday, January 25th 2014

4 Ways to Mix Prints

Difficult as it seems to pull off, print mixing looks super chic when done skillfully. Style director Elle breaks down the basics of the trend for those who want to play it safe and those prepared to be bold.

Nina Ricci top, Nina Ricci skirt, Theory top, Pencey skirt.

For a fail-safe combination, start with stripes. They will take on a neutral role as you add a floral or animal print. Dare to try two florals? The rule of thumb is to make sure the base colors (in this case, white) and the feel of the florals (watercolor) are the same.

Malene Birger top, Malene Birger pants, Alice + Olivia tank, Ellery shorts.

Polka dots function similarly to stripes as an outfit anchor. As long as the feel and cut of the fabrics are the same, graphic prints with florals always work together. For more advanced print mixers, matching separates are huge right now. Stripes on stripes are not for the fainthearted, but if you stick to the same designer you can’t go wrong.

—Elle

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Friday, January 10th 2014

Shopbop Loves SoulCycle

Our exclusive collaboration with SoulCycle launched today, and we couldn’t be more excited! The cozy pieces are perfect for hanging out post-workout or easing into a warm-up routine. With fitness on our minds—and a cartful of activewear—we chatted with four SoulCycle NY instructors, the stars of our latest lookbook, about fashion, beauty, and their off-duty looks.


SoulCycle NYC instructors Karyn (left) and Madison.

SHOPBOP: Do you have any fashion tips for going straight from class to a night out?
KARYN: Keep it simple. If you're going straight from the studio, you don't want to carry around a bunch of extra stuff. Pack a pair of jeans, a loose flowy tank—because even post-shower your body wants to keep sweating—a blazer, wedge sneakers or heels (depending on how fancy you’re feeling), and a long necklace or some fun earrings. For me, my hair is almost completely drenched after class, so I like to throw it up into a high bun and call it a day.
MADISON: A quick rinse is always nice. I never want to put anything tight on after class—I'm definitely always on the casual side—but I always make sure I have a pair of cool sneakers or some motorcycle boots to give my outfit a bit of edge.

SB: What is your go-to outfit when you’re not working out?
KARYN: I lived in LA for the last five years, so my go-to is suited for warmer weather conditions. (Let's just pretend it's not the dead of winter outside.) Black tights, cutoff jean shorts, a slightly oversized graphic tank with a colored bra underneath, and wedge sneakers or boots. This is on the rare occasion when I'm not wearing sweatpants or shorts with legwarmers.
MADISON: My leather leggings, a white tee, blazer, and a great pair of shoes! I'm a uniform kind of girl.


SoulCycle NYC instructors Jaws (left) and Taye.

SB: Any beauty secrets to looking fresh during a killer workout?
TAYE: No make up! You think that it’s working for you, but actually, it’s working against you by clogging your pores. I love lash extensions since mascara and liner ends up burning your eyes. I also like accessorizing my look with a headband, head tie, or bracelets.
JAWS: I agree. Go in with a clean, fresh face. I always put on a nice lip balm.

SB: When you’re off-duty, what do you like to wear?
TAYE: Anything black and edgy-chic. I love the neutral look. The only pop of color that I wear are my denim Rag & Bone jean—the fit is AH-mazing! I’m also obsessed with sneaker wedges because you get the best of both worlds.
JAWS: Black jeans, heeled boots, T-shirt, and leather jacket. And of course my rings and gold watch.

SB: Which of the SoulCycle for Shopbop piece is your favorite?
MADISON: The pink Soul Sweatpants! And the grey I Love Soul Cropped Tee! Love, love, love!
TAYE: The SoulCycle Happiness Hoodie. Not only is it comfy and cute with everything, but the fabric is so soft. I also need pockets in everything that I wear.
JAWS: I'm into all black, so the Hacci Sweatshirt with Skulls!

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