Style Guide

Wednesday, June 11th 2014

Ask Shopbop: Show Your Team Spirit

Whether you’ve been following your team on the road to the global fútbol championship or you’re a bandwagon fan with no knowledge of soccer, prepare yourself, because things are about to get rowdy in the sporting world.

Starting with the kickoff game tomorrow, football lovers—some of the most engaged and passionate fans out there—will be wearing their team colors well into July. This is where we come in. You can’t be expected to wear a jersey every day of the tournament, so we’ve got some tips to incorporate your team colors into a few super-chic looks.

Shopbop | Three Dots top, 5th & Mercer skirt, Rag & Bone fedora, Clare V. clutch, Tibi sandals

Go Brazil! Three Dots top, 5th & Mercer skirt, Rag & Bone fedora, Clare V. clutch, Tibi sandals.

When it comes to team spirit, colorblocking is the best way to get the message across. Choose a solid-color piece for each hue in your team’s flag. Tanks and boxy crop tops maintain a sporty feel, while strappy sandals and heels keep you from looking like you belong on the field. Plus, opting to ditch the jersey means you don’t have to wait until the next sporting event to wear these pieces again! Top off the look with a striped clutch or a fedora with a contrast band—bonus points if you find an accessory that ties in every color.

USA! USA! USA! Velvet jacket, Madewell tank, Current/Elliott shorts, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Bop Basics fedora, Loeffler Randall sandals.

Let’s hear it for La Furia Roja! Alice + Olivia dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Wildfox sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals.

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Tuesday, June 10th 2014

5 New Necklines for Summer

Crew , V , and boat neck—we all know our neckline staples, and we all have wardrobes chock full of them. Why not make more of a statement this summer? A change in neckline is the simplest way to change the vibe of your look completely. Here are the trending styles in tops I’ve noticed this season and how to wear them.

Shopbop: Pair an A.L.C. top with crisp white shorts for a fun beach look.

Pair an A.L.C. top with crisp white shorts for a fun beach look.

The notched neckline seems made for summer. Universally flattering, this beachy look is showing up on more sophisticated pieces, making it work equally well on a night-out top as it does on a swimsuit cover-up.

Shopbop: Dress up a Joanna August bustier with a floor-length skirt, or pair it with high-waist shorts for an easy weekend outfit.

Dress up a Joanna August bustier with a floor-length skirt, or pair it with high-waist shorts for an easy weekend outfit.

The sweetheart cut is a win for all body types. It creates curves where there are few and accentuates where they are ample. This cute-but-flirty style looks amazing on bustiers, sundresses, and swimsuits alike.

Shopbop: Wear a Clover Canyon top with a matching skirt for the boldest pairing possible.

Wear a Clover Canyon top with a matching skirt for the boldest pairing possible.

It’s difficult to go wrong with a one-shoulder top. The style instantly adds intrigue to your wardrobe. Pair it with simple silhouettes to make it the focus of your look, or add a second statement piece if you’re totally fearless.

Shopbop: Wear a Nightcap Clothing top with a delicate necklace for carefree, feminine appeal.

Wear a Nightcap Clothing top with a delicate necklace for carefree, feminine appeal.

A cross between a peasant blouse and a strapless top, the off-shoulder top has an inherently bohemian feel.  It’s a classy way to bare skin. Plus, most styles have the option of wearing the sleeves higher on the shoulder, making it super versatile.

Shopbop: Pair a Ramy Brook top with skinny jeans and pumps for a sophisticated, sexy date-night look.

Pair a Ramy Brook top with skinny jeans and pumps for a sophisticated, sexy date-night look.

A particularly shoulder-accentuating neckline, the halter is perfect for boyish and athletic figures. Choose a silky style for summer, and it will take you seamlessly from the office to girls' night out.


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Thursday, June 5th 2014

7 Things Every Woman Should Own by the Time She’s 30

I’ve entered my thirties, and on reflection, I’ve found that my shopping habits have evolved over the last handful of years. I’m less inclined to try every new trend, and am instead settling into a uniform of refined simplicity and easy comfort (now that Birkenstocks are back, I’m never letting them go again).

And so, I’m going to impart my fashion investment wisdom here with the seven things I think every woman needs to enter her thirties in style.


A diamond-trimmed Michele watch.

To me, this one is the most important. A good watch will hold up over years and years of wear—there’s a reason timepieces are passed down from generation to generation.



A leather Theyskens’ Theory jacket.

Leather jacket, trench, army jacket, pea coat—these are silhouettes that have proven they will stand the test of time. My mom has a leather trench she bought in the ’70s, and she still wears it today. Forty years may be a bit long to hold on to an article of clothing, but I have to admit, this coat still looks great every time she pulls it out of the closet.



Clockwise: DVF Bethany Pumps in Parchment, McQ - Alexander McQueen Lex Pumps, Vince Claire Pumps, DVF Bethany Pumps in Black.

Shoe trends come and shoe trends go (see the transition from towering platforms to sporty flats in the last four seasons), but the pump is truly eternal. You’ll find yourself turning to the timeless silhouette in basic shades again and again.



An assortment of Helmut Lang bags.

There are four bags I use on a regular basis: a luggage brown Madewell tote for work, a slouchy black Jerome Dreyfuss bag for everyday, a Rebecca Minkoff cross-body bag for summer, and a Lauren Merkin clutch for formal events. Invest in a small collection of good bags, and you’ll be set for years.



A Jamie Wolf necklace (similar) and Gabriela Artigas diamond earrings.

I love layered bracelets and bold necklaces, but most days I don’t want to have to think that hard about my jewelry. That’s why I basically never take off my signature star pendant, diamond studs, and simple silver ring.



A Helmut Lang black dress.

This is a no-brainer. A black dress that you know looks great on you will be a true wardrobe workhorse. Spend a little time finding the right one. You’ll be happy you did.



A card set from the Garance Doré for Rifle Paper Co collection.

I have a paper obsession, and it’s proven to be incredibly helpful over the years. When someone does something kind or if you just want to send a personal, hand-written note, it’s great to have a stack of quality notecards on hand.


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Wednesday, June 4th 2014

Ask Shopbop: How to Wear Fashion Sneakers

Sneakers and Louis Vuitton are always a winning combination.

Sneakers have never been more popular as a fashionable footwear option, and the timing couldn’t be better. With summer’s social demands—walks in the park, lunch after the farmers market, music festivals—sandals and pumps can leave you in Blister City. This is where the fresh crop of stylish sneaks comes in.

Not only are they comfortable, the latest styles are seriously versatile too. They work with skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, rompers—everything. The natural inclination is to take your look into the current trend of sporty style, pairing Ash joggers with a tennis-inspired skirt and bright tank. But there are ample ways to give this trend a different spin. Lacy Supergas with a flirty sundress feel feminine and fun, while Converse high-tops with a maxi dress have an edgier vibe. Some street-style darlings are even pairing trainers with tall socks, and it looks great! The bottom line? Sneakers are easy on your feet and easy your wardrobe. Lace on a pair and we promise you won’t be sorry.

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Ash sneakers have a place both on and off the tennis court.

Red Alexander Wang sneakers adds a pop of color to a minimalist look.

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Thursday, May 29th 2014

The Summer Grunge Girl Head to Toe

As someone who never got over ’90s trends in the first place, I couldn’t be more excited to see the decade’s standout styles make a comeback. Acid-wash jeans and combat boots have always been at home in my closet, and at last they are back at home in the fashion world. Although I’ve finally tossed my coin machine chokers and velvet scrunchies (okay, I held onto one purely for posterity), I had a feeling the more sophisticated components of grunge style would live to see another era.

An IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson backpack is practical, chic, and the perfect pop of color in a grungy summer outfit.

Heat creates an interesting dilemma for the grunge girl, who risks losing her toughness with each layer shed. What to do without the trusty leather jacket? The second-skin jeans? Rather than mourn the temporary seasonal loss of these things, I see summertime as the perfect opportunity to rediscover my inner badass. I say ditch the black beanie for a cool top knot and let’s get started!

First, plaid is a necessity. Swap out your flannels for a few lightweight plaid button-downs. RAILS is a good place to start. Pick a versatile style, and I swear you can wear it a new way every day of the week. Roll the sleeves, knot the hem, leave it open over a graphic tee, or tie it around your waist. Every bit of it is ’90s perfection.  

Dress up denim with a cool Monserat De Lucca necklace, a Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry bracelet, and Italia Independent sunglasses.

Distressed denim is also key.  Baggy and full-of-holes not only looks cool, but also allows for a nice breeze. A good pair of cutoff shorts, a pencil skirt, and a pair of boyfriend jeans should get you through the entire season, no problem. Plus, roughed-up denim can easily be dressed up with jewelry for less casual occasions. Trade the ’90s smiley faces and peace signs for much cooler crosses and skulls (here are my picks for best necklace, ring, and bracelet), and you’re good to go.

As for the shoe, it’s all about the chunky sole. Instead of pumps, reach for a bootie with a thick heel, and instead of flat sandals, opt for a pair with a platform. Though big black boots aren’t ideal in the heat, there’s no doubt they look amazing paired with a mini dress or high-waist shorts with white socks peeking out.

Maison Martin Margiela and Alexander Wang have tons of options for sophisticated-grungy boots, sneakers, and sandals.

Now on to my favorite part—backpacks. Most of my adult life has been spent waiting for them to become acceptable carryalls for young women. And now, thanks to this season’s crop of sophisticated packs, one can maintain elegance while sporting the style, as long as clear plastic straps are avoided (shoulder sweat alone makes this not okay). Opening Ceremony and Elizabeth and James have some amazing sling bags that are miraculously both rock concert- and office-ready.


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Wednesday, May 28th 2014

Ask Shopbop: Bohemian for Summer

A soft embroidered Christophe Sauvat Collection peasant top (similar) perfectly balances cool One Teaspoon cutoff shorts.

Bohemian looks are near and dear to me—something about the loose and easy sensibility just resonates with me, season after season. If you're in the mood to nurture your inner hippie, look to soft cotton wovens, washed denim, suede jackets, and printed maxi dresses as the foundation for your look. Embellishments like embroidery, fringe, and distressing on denim are all in play. As for accessories, think hats, woven raffia totes, worn leather hobos, bangles, long necklaces, and round sunglasses. Lastly, go-to footwear options are cowboy boots, gladiator sandals, clogs and more clogs. Mix it all together, and you have a fabulous bohemian wardrobe that—worn with confidence—will never go out of style.


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Off-set an all-white ensemble with a slouchy Monserat De Lucca bag (similar) and a turquoise Kate Spade necklace (similar).

Make earth-tone wedges or clogs your go-to shoes to complete the boho look.

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Tuesday, May 27th 2014

Shades, Sparkles & Spikes:  Summer Accessories for Every Girl

Accessories are the easiest way to update your style for a new season. Plus, warmer weather means less clothing, and less clothing means more details, right? No matter what aesthetic draws you in, here’s what to wear and carry this season.

Rocker accessories: Joomi Lim choker, Karen Walker sunglasses, Maria Black earring, Michael Kors watch, and Rag & Bone clutch.

Rocker girls have a slight disadvantage in the summertime. With leather jackets and flannels put away in favor of more summer-ready cutoffs and tanks, accessories become your main form of rebellious expression. Make animal-print accents and tough metals your go-to add-ons. Then throw on a pair of oversized sunglasses for the proverbial look-at-me/don’t-look-at-me rock-star appeal.

Boho accessories: B-Low The Belt clutch, DANNIJO phone case, Eugenia Kim turban, Pamela Love ear cuff, and Sunday Somewhere sunglasses.

Boho girls feel right at home in the sun. Fringe, feathers, and head wraps will all come into play in completing your summer look. Since piled-on accessories tend to define boho style, stick to neutrals and earthy tones. Get your pop of color with rose-tinted glasses, and don’t be afraid to wear as many bracelets as will fit—not limited to forearms.

Girly accessories: ZAC Zac Posen clutch, Jagger Edge phone case, Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, Vita Fede bracelet, and Dauphines of New York hairclip.

For girly girls, it’s all about the subtle details. Polish off a girly look with florals, lace accents, and delicate jewelry. Sometimes a fine-chain necklace or a glamorous hairclip is all the accessorizing you need to get your style across. Clutches are the perfect expression of minimalism in femininity, and they present a great opportunity to show off a dainty gold cuff. Pastels are having a huge moment, so don’t be afraid to snag this Rebecca Minkoff mini bag in every color.

Sporty accessories: Kate Spade phone case, Marc by Marc Jacobs hairclip, Marc by Marc Jacobs bracelet, Michael Kors watch, and Rebecca Minkoff clutch.

With the varsity trend on the rise, sporty girls have more options now than ever. Think pop-art colors, neons, and bold colorblocking. Wrap bracelets and chunky watches will keep an athletic look fresh, while aviator sunglasses add an element of cool. Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories are consistently on point when it comes to sporty fashion—even if you left your claw hairclips in the ’90s, it’s hard not to love this little guy.


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Thursday, May 22nd 2014

Working it While Working Out

Fitness enthusiast Hannah Bronfman brings it in VPL..

No one looks great when they’re working out. OK, maybe some people get an attractive glow after an easy 15 minutes on the elliptical, but I’m talking about really working out—all-out sprints after pull-ups, burpees for time, or heavy squat sets. The red face, wild hair, grimacing looks, and sweat marks make for a glorious image of effort, but not really style.

Now, I go through, like, five outfit changes daily, so I know a thing or two about dressing for sweat sessions. Don’t get the wrong impression, I’m not a diva—it’s just that between 5am CrossFit and post-work hot yoga and evening runs, I average about 2.7 athletic outfits per day. What I’ve learned, in addition to perfecting the most efficient laundering system, is that looking good when you’re working out is as important as looking good anywhere else. It’s the whole dress-for-success idea. This is where hot workout gear comes in.

Bar-over-burpees are no problem when wearing a neon KORAL ACTIVEWEAR sports bra.

I know for a fact that my neon green Koral Activewear sports bra helped me pull 10 reps of a 180lb deadlift during my first CrossFit competition. I also know that my sparkly Deepa Gurnani headband helped during training, and it works for yoga too. My instructor busts out her favorite leggings when planning to tackle the toughest poses—PRISMSPORT prints are just that powerful! I’m not a scientist, but that’s pretty hard evidence, people.

Whether you’re preparing for a marathon or a walk around the block, don’t just throw on a free promotional tee. Invest in activewear that shows off just how much time you’re putting into your health and progress. You might not be able to tame the flyaways or stop your face from dripping sweat, but decked out in a sexy MICHI top and bold Lucas Hugh leggings, you’ll hit those PRs—and look stylish doing it.

--Libby S.

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A sexy MICHI sports bra shows off all your hard work, and looks just as killer under a sheer top for a night out.

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Wednesday, May 21st 2014

Ask Shopbop: Styling Shorts

A perfectly styled summer look: DL1961 shorts, Current/Elliott top, Karen Walker sunglasses, Madewell bag, and Swedish Hasbeens sandals.

Shorts are tricky. Not a universally flattering garment, they need careful consideration if you're tempted to work them into your summer rotation.

Think length and occasion. Shorts are usually a casual move, so tread carefully if you're considering a pair for the office. A nice bermuda paired back to something tailored and clean on top could be an option. For life outside of work, short-shorts with a high waistline can be sweet, especially when paired with a wedge or clog for a little leg-lengthening lift. Complete the ensemble with a casual top, and enjoy a day in the sun. Boyfriend shorts are also a solid option this season. Take the easy (and equally cute) road and reach for a slip-on sneaker or an earthy sandal. Finish off the look with a slouchy blouse, a loose-knit sweater, or even an oversized denim jacket.


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An oversized denim jacket adds irreverent edge to a button-down shirt and cuffed shorts.

A fresh white blazer makes these pinstripe shorts both office- and summer-ready.

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Tuesday, May 20th 2014

Your Summer Reading List

One of the things on my summer to-do list is to read more. It seems simple enough, but with jam-packed days and a busy social schedule (hello, wedding season!) it’s easier said than done. To prepare, I’ve got a stack of fashion tomes waiting for me on my coffee table. It’s a good reminder to kick up my feet and flip through a few pages whenever I have a free minute. It also doesn’t hurt that the beautiful covers work equally well as decoration! If you’re looking for some fashion (or décor) inspiration, check out my top three picks for light summer reading.

Living in Style, Rachel Zoe
In my personal opinion, Rachel Zoe can do no wrong. Her latest book is a reflection of that. Living in Style takes a whole-life approach to glamour. Yes, there is a plethora of style and beauty tips, but this volume also dives into buying art, work/life balance, and travel, all in Rachel’s unique voice.

The Dirty Side of Glamour, Tyler Shields
Ok, well, this one’s not much of a “read” (there aren’t any words), but the pictures reveal a juicy tale of fame, excess, and celebrity. Having people over? Flip it open to any page and challenge your guest to tell the story of the image. Hint—this game gets better with every sip of wine.

The Edible Selby, Todd Selby
It’s a book about food, and there are stickers! Do I need to say  more? A revealing peek into some of the top restaurants and chefs is sure to inspire you to whip up something amazing in the kitchen. Or you’ll read it while you eat chips. Either way, it’s impossible not to get lost in the amazing photography and captivating handwritten interviews.

Happy reading!

--Libby S.

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