There are only a few occasions each year that allow for an all-out assault of sparkle. New Year’s Eve is one of those times. You can pair sequins with beads and glitter with crystals, and as long as it’s past 9pm on December 31, you’re in the clear. I like to start with glitter hairspray and work my down from there: rhinestone hair clips, diamond studs, a crystal necklace, and so on. But if all that glitter isn’t your thing, simply adding bold earrings and a stack of bracelets will up the ante of any LSD (little sparkly dress). Of course, you don’t have to go full disco ball. A subtler approach can work equally well. Mixing luxe colors, like forest green and matte gold, into a sophisticated palette of black feels fun and festive.
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Button-down blouses hit the runway in a big way for resort 2014. From menswear-inspired cuts to bold prints, the classic oxford is taking an unexpected turn for spring. We turned to our styling team to get a few tips on how to work the tried-and-true staple into your look in some new ways.
Rachel suggests trying a tailored top under a chic strapless dress. Weary of bunching? “Tuck your shirt into your tights to keep everything smooth and in place,” she says. Elise is keen on oversized styles in sheer or semi-sheer fabrics. “I like to button them up all the way to the top,” she says. “When in doubt, go sassy schoolmarm all the way.” Dokia is also veering to oversized silhouettes, saying, “I’m an un-tucker when it comes to button-downs.” She suggests throwing an oxford over a leather crop top—or bikini in the right locales—unbuttoned down to the hip with cutoff shorts and animal-print pumps.
There are few events harder to dress for than a work-sponsored holiday party. You want to be fun and festive, while avoiding being the center of any post-party wardrobe gossip. What you can wear really depends on the environment of your workplace, but there are a few good rules for everyone to follow—unless of course you work here at Shopbop, where, as you can imagine, the dress code is"anything goes."
Using a throwback from middle school, skirts and dresses that extend below the tips of your fingers are a safe bet. And if bare legs still feel like too much, tights and boots make a shorter skirt more office-friendly.
Sheer panels and cutouts are everywhere right now, and with the right placement, they can work for these occasions. Keyhole details, mesh sleeves, and sheer straps have a night-out feel, but keep your look appropriate.
Here is where you can really let loose. A statement necklace, pair of killer pumps, or armful of bracelets will have people talking, in a good way. Even the most simplest is transformed with eye-catching accessories, and they’re a scandal-free way to show off your outside-of-work fashion personality.
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Our stylish staffers are taking a look back to their college years to share their fashion ups and downs, must-have picks, and hard-earned advice. This week we talked to stylist, and voice of Ask Shopbop, Loni.
Name: Loni Andreen
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison, late ’90s.
SHOPBOP: During your college years, did you ever try any trends or styles that, looking back, weren’t so great?
LONI ANDREEN: It's all about the hair. For some reason, I change mine all the time, always have. College saw the worst of it—different colors, lengths, and everything in between. It's was the ’90s, so let your imagine run wild. I've calmed down, but why can't I just settle on something already?
SB: What were some looks you loved, even now?
LA: Vintage Levi's 501s, my oversized fisherman sweater, and Converse low-tops. I drew all over the rubber, and in my opinion they still look pretty cool! Back then, I would wear these three items together. Not so much these days, but my old standbys sure come in handy when I want to reach for something comfortable.
SB: It’s back-to-school time. What are your top must-haves for fall?
LA: Walkable Rag & Bone booties with a little lift take you anywhere, anytime. You can never go wrong with denim, stripes, and a moto jacket. Never. Go. Wrong. Seriously. An elevated take on the hoodie—I like the luxe knit version from Lot78—is perfect for cavernous lecture halls and looks great layered with a leather jacket. Put them all together and you get a pulled-together look that's equal parts comfortable, cool, and inspired collegiate.
SB: What is your style advice to those who are in school now?
LA: Three things: 1. You're young and lovely. Take advantage of it. 2. Understand the power of high heels and subtle, expertly applied makeup. When worn well, both are invaluable tools for carrying yourself with confidence and fashion authority. 3. If you see a look you want to try, go for it. It's as much yours as anyone else’s. You don't need permission to fulfill your own style destiny.
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CollegeFashionista is keeping tabs on the hottest fall trends, snapping street style shots from campuses everywhere. This week, we’re taking a closer look at one of fall’s hottest hues, orange.
Orange for fall is nothing new. Pumpkins, leaves, cider—it’s nature’s autumnal go-to. This year, however, the spectrum for fashion is taking a new direction. Saturated pops of brilliant—almost electric—orange are emerging as the statement color of the season. Soft pastels are also making an unexpected fall appearance. Pale apricot and peach work well to balance the rich textures fall styles bring. I guess orange really is the new… well, you know.
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The beautiful bridal looks in Shopbop’s Wedding Boutique are meticulously created by our bridal stylist Elise. With nuptial fashion always on her mind, she’s our resident expert for all things wedding. This month, she chatted with one of our hair and makeup artists about modern wedding style, beauty consultation advice, and wedding-day musts.
Nailing the hair and makeup for your wedding day can take a lot of prep time and inspiration hunting—and it can be overwhelming! You want to look like the very best version of yourself, and communicating your vision to a makeup artist can be tricky. I worked with one of our fabulous hair and makeup artists, Cammy Kelly, to create a fresh, modern bridal look and to get the expert dish on beauty tips for your big day.
ELISE HUNT: Tell me about this look.
CAMMY KELLY: I wanted to create something that felt modern, but with a bit of edge. For a twist in the makeup, I did winged eyeliner in metallic silver and kept the rest of the eye soft and pale. I applied lots of mascara on top and bottom, to intensify the eye, and added a bit of pinky- peach blush with highlighter on the cheeks for an illuminating glow. Lip liner makes lipstick last longer, so I layered a peach tint over a liner base in the same color. A touch of gloss in the middle of the top and bottom lip finished the look. For the hair I did soft, undone waves to complement the makeup.
EH: What are some tips for communicating a wedding day beauty vision to a hair and makeup artist?
CK: It’s always good to have a consultation before the wedding. This way, you'll be able to communicate your ideas before the actual event. Pictures are very helpful and will help the artist see if that particular look will work for you. It’s also important to talk about your lifestyle, likes, and dislikes when it comes to your makeup and hair. They can then make suggestions accordingly.
EH: What do you think are the three most important things to do, beauty-wise, on the wedding day?
CK: 1. Make sure you have a powder compact for mattifying touch-ups. Glow is beautiful, shiny is not!
2. Waterproof mascara is a must. There will be happy tears!
3. Hair should be set with spray whether it’s up or down. You don't want to have to fuss with it all night.
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Shopbop Style Director Elle Strauss shares her latest favorites. This week, she offers up her must-haves for fall.
Despite temperatures in the high 70s, I'm still thinking about the crisp days of fall—a Shopbop girl must always be prepared! I also love a good shopping list. Here’s what I'm obsessing over this week.
3.1 Phillip Lim Pullover
I’m planning to live in this sweater. I love how the bubble texture gives a subtle edge to a basic silhouette.
Sea Tank Dress
This dress is great for work or weekend. I'm planning to add a blazer and pointy pumps for work, and pair it with a chunky brown cardigan and knee-high boots for the weekend.
I’m a big Suno fan. This button-down is a gorgeous twist on a classic blouse. It’s the perfect transitional piece to take me from summer to fall.
Pierre Balmain Leather Pants
I love! These are a great update on the skinny leather pant. I shall be rocking them with my bubble-stitch 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater.
Derek Lam Booties
These are the perfect wedge booties in both height AND comfort! I will be pairing these with everything from skinny jeans to a leather miniskirt.
Alexis Bittar Collar
This gold collar necklace is the perfect accessory to dress up a simple black or white T-shirt. I'm literally adding it to my shopping cart as I type!
Sophie Hulme Mini Bag
Sophie Hulme is a wonderful British bag designer. I love her trademark tote, but this handbag is the perfect size for running around town. It's also great for a splash of color to my very black-heavy wardrobe.
Shopbop Style Director Elle shares her thoughts on the latest styles, fashions, and trends.
Fresh, cool, minimal, statement-making. Windowpane print, in case you hadn't noticed, is quickly becoming a new classic. The large checks hit the stylish streets hard last spring, but after checking out—sorry, I just couldn't resist—the fashionable ladies during last week's NYFW, this is a trend that is clearly here to stay.
One of the names boldly leading the graphic trend is Ohne Titel. With clean and crisp prints that feel modern, chic, and feminine, these are pieces that will fall easily into your wardrobe.
Bonus style tip: Treat this print like a stripe and pair it with solid colors, or for a stronger statement, florals.
When looking to buy a midi skirt, think about what shapes you feel comfortable in—full skirts, A-lines, or pencils. Then, consider your height and waist-to-hip ratio. Full skirts accentuate a small waist or create the illusion of one if you have a less curvy figure. I like to pair A-line shapes and pencil skirts with heels. This helps with proportions, elongating the legs and flattering the hips. In most cases, keep your top fitted. Midi skirts can easily overwhelm a gal's figure, and a full silhouette on the top half will throw off the flattering balance necessary to pull off this look.
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