Wednesday, November 14th 2012

Ask Shopbop: Ultimate Suitcase, Thanksgiving Edition

1 Foley + Corinna bag. 2 T by Alexander Wang top. 3 Inhabit vest. 4 Bop Basics scarf. 5 Vince leather dress. 6 Three J NYC pajamas. 7 Raquel Allegra top. 8 Rag & Bone/JEAN jeans. 9 Rag & Bone jacket. 10 HELMUT leggings. 11 Rag & Bone gloves. 12 Theyskens’ Theory booties.

I’m traveling for Thanksgiving, and don’t have a lot of suitcase room. What should I pack?

When it comes to packing for holiday travel, I find it helpful to keep a few strategies in mind. First, focus on things you can mix and match. I try to avoid packing pieces that can only be worn with one outfit and rely on versatile separates—unless your special occasion calls for a dress, of course. Next, remember to pack cozy layers. You just never know when you might end up bunking with a family member that prefers the thermostat set to a balmy 60 degrees. Lastly, go for comfortable favorites. You’ll feel more in the mood for celebrating if you’re not concentrating a too-short hem or constricting waistband. All in all, opt for easy ensembles that show your true colors. Happy holiday and safe travels!

8 + 12 + 2 + 4 = Cozy Loungewear
8 + 7 + 3 + 12 + 5 = Lunch with Friends
10 + 5 + 12 = Thanksgiving Dinner
5 + 12 + 11 + 1 + 9 = A Night Out
6 + 2 + 3 + 4 = Brunch with the Fam
10 + 7 + 4 + 12 + 9 = Heading Home Again


Wednesday, November 7th 2012

Ask Shopbop: Paint the Town Red

Red Accessories: McQ - Alexander McQueen scarf, A Peace Treaty earrings, DVF clutch, and Max Kibardin booties.

Is there a simple way I can update a classic, neutral look with accent accessories?

Lately I’ve been seeing red, and I don’t mean that in a bad way! Gorgeous hats, jewels, bags, and booties have been hitting our shelves in every incarnation of the hue, from bright candy apple to rich burgundy. Red is a really strong statement color, especially around the holidays, so I like to bring it into a look with equally strong accessories. These are my top three tips for adding crimson accents:

Don’t be afraid to mix different hues—most reds play very nicely together. Try a two-toned red item, like a structured DVF handbag, to set the stage for a varied palette.

Create balance by distributing the accent color throughout the full look. Bold red A Peace Treaty earrings won’t feel out of place with the support of a luxe red heel or clutch.

Remember the importance of texture when selecting monochromatic accessories. The highlight and shadow created by fabrics like patent and suede invite a lot of interest. Plus, it can ease the worry of matching too well or not well enough!



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Wednesday, October 31st 2012

Ask Shopbop: Monochromatic Dressing

Look 1: PJK Patterson J. Kincaid jacket, Free People top, MOTHER skinny jeans, Maison Martin Margiela booties, Foley + Corinna bag. Look 2: Nicholas top, Yigal Azrouel skirt, Alice + Olivia pumps, Clare Vivier clutch.

I love the tone-on-tone look of fall. How can I wear it in an interesting way?

Tone-on-tone dressing is a simple way to work the latest color trends into your wardrobe. Not only is green huge this season, but because of the variety found in this hue, green can make for some incredibly striking monochromatic looks. The tints and shades run the entire spectrum of blue and yellow. Taking advantage of this wide range not only adds depth, but helps you avoid the Jolly Green Giant effect. Bright kelly green and chartreuse are great for one element of your look, but they need to be tempered by forest, mint or deep emerald. Khaki greens send a relaxed weekend vibe, especially when combined with greens that veer toward olive and grey. White, black and grey can be useful accents too. Most importantly, remember to keep a face-flattering green up top. Intense lime or neon greens can be tough for a lot of women, but are perfect for a skinny belt or a clutch.


Tuesday, October 30th 2012

How to Wear Optic Prints

On Elise: Clover Canyon blazer, Yigal Azrouël leather pants, Lizzie Fortunato necklace, 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch. On Phoebe: By Malene Birger dress, Jenni Kayne jacket, Maison Martin Margiela booties, Clare Vivier clutch.

Beautiful optic prints are popping up everywhere this season. The bold colors, intricate graphics, and eye-catching combination are incredibly arresting. In fact, this solid-loving girl has a kaleidoscope top from Haus Alkire in her cart as we speak. Always up to showcase a new trend, two of our stylists created looks for each other proving just how easy and versatile an optic print can be.

Phoebe on Elise:
I love the way abstract and optic prints give classic silhouettes an unexpected twist. This blazer is a perfect example—the tailored lines really pop with wild color combinations. Slouchy leather pants are a cool variation on classic leather leggings, and paired with a tee, they really keep this look effortless and casual. The sleek translucent clutch and mod necklace add polish to the busy baroque-inspired print.  Elise could wear this versatile outfit to work, dinner, or out for a drink with friends—pretty much anywhere!  

Elise on Phoebe:
Optic prints tend to feel very slick and mod, so I decided to take a different approach and go in a more organic, textured direction. I like how this By Malene Birger dress has a rough quality while still being quite graphic—the chevron stripe looks almost hand-painted. I played into that hand-hewn quality with some more organic accessories, like a copper cuff with a natural-looking patina. The boots and coat are also rooted in earthy hues and textures, but have a clean, modern shape. I can see Phoebe wearing this to a gallery opening or out with me to see Cat Power next week!

--Libby S.

Wednesday, October 17th 2012

Ask Shopbop: How to Wear Peplums

Look 1: Tibi dress, Nicholas pumps, Clare Vivier clutch, Tom Binns earrings. Look 2: Rebecca Minkoff top, BLK DNM jeans, Edmundo Castillo pumps, and Iosselliani bracelets.

I love the peplum look this season. Do you have some tips for how to wear it?

Peplums have acquired a reputation for being difficult, but they are actually very flattering and easy to wear. Try one of these two approaches.

A peplum dress is inherently sweet, so mix it up with a more architectural style rooted in sharp tailoring. This dress from Tibi feels distinctly more modern. Pair it with edgy black Nicholas pumps, clean jewelry, and a contemporary floral clutch.

A Rebecca Minkoff peplum top, cut in sleek black leather, takes the peplum trend in a fresh new direction. When paired with high-waisted black jeans and dark accessories, the look feels more edgy than sweet. During the day, add a tweed jacket, and for the evening, keep it casual with a sharp blazer.


Wednesday, October 10th 2012

Ask Shopbop: How to Wear Camouflage

Look 1: Club Monaco jacket, Siwy shorts, Antik Batik bag, Marc by Marc Jacob booties. Look 2: Maison Scotch shirt, Paige Denim jeans.

I'm tempted by the camo pieces I've been seeing lately. How can I wear the look without looking like I'm off to hunt with the boys?

Camouflage sends a clear, decisive style message when worn well, but it’s a tricky print to work with. I have three general tips to keep your look rooted in fashion, not forest.

Balance the masculine look of camo with figure-flattering, solid color separates. Pair an oversized jacket back to cutoff shorts. With a utility pant, try a tight henley and a shrunken denim jacket. Fitted denim, shorts, and tight tees all have a place in great camo looks.

So many iconic looks have come out of punk, grunge and hippie culture. Look to these movements for some spot-on inspiration. Try an unexpected combo, like camo with eyelet or thermal, or go for a rock-chic look with low-rise skinny pants and a camo button-down shirt. Just remember to inject something personal so you avoid a costumed feeling.

Keep your mind open and get in the spirit of invention! It’s amazing how versatile this motif can be. You might find that your camo shirt is a perfect match for a favorite wool pencil skirt or your sequin T-shirt. Add a piece of fun costume jewelry and you’re set.


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Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

Ask Shopbop: Animal Allure

Clockwise from the left: Gorjana feather necklace, Linda Farrow Luxe sunglasses, Elizabeth and James claw ring, Heather Hawkins shark tooth necklace, Rosegold booties.

I love animal prints but I’m a little burned out on leopard. Do you have any other suggestions for amping up the animal appeal in my wardrobe?

The easiest way to work something bold like animal prints into a look is with accessories. Accenting a simple suit or shift dress with a snakeskin-embossed heel can add a lot of personality to a look. Another easy add-on is eyewear. Fashion has long embraced leather detailing, but this season we’re seeing some really fun python frames. There’s such a ’70s-glam feel about them.  Jewelry is also a great way to bring in some wild-inspired energy to your ensemble. Molded metal scales, feathers, and talon motifs get the point across in a small, but impactful way. Consider these accessories to be an investment. Exotics can sometimes come with a steeper price point, but they will prove to be wardrobe essentials for years to come.


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Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Ask Shopbop: Wear a Spring 2013 Runway Trend Right Now


Fashion month is in full swing, how can I make a runway trend work for right now?

Looking to the upcoming season for wardrobe inspiration is one of my favorite parts of fashion. From the New York runways, I am hands down the most excited about all the pops of orange. Among others, Chris Benz, VPL, and Suno, used this versatile color in brilliant hues to accent their spring lines. Being that it is a seasonal chameleon, orange is one of the easiest colors to add into your wardrobe. As we saw on the runways, spring orange is bright, neon even. In summer, it becomes more saturated, leading into crisp hues for fall, and an almost burnt look for winter.

In any shade, orange is such a strong color that it pairs best with bold textures, like tweed, suede, and chunky knits. I like to mix hues, creating a monochromatic look, and balance it with a strategic neutral, like navy or grey. Yellows and reds bring out the spectrum of cool undertones, while browns activate the rustier elements. Another great pairing is orange and black—it looks very luxe. Just be sure to use an orange with strong tones of brown. The burnt hue will keep it from veering into Halloween territory.


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Wednesday, September 19th 2012

Ask Shopbop: Football Fashion

Look 1: LOMA cape sweater, James Perse shirt, Rag & Bone/JEAN skinny jeans, Superga sneakers. Look 2: Current/Elliott jacket, Rag & Bone/JEAN tee, Current/Elliott legging jeans, Rag & Bone boots, Cheap Monday hat.

Football season is finally back. How can I maintain my style while I cheer on my team?

Nothing says fall like a crisp day spent rooting for your favorite team. A jersey or team colors is a definite must, so use updated layers to inject your personal style into the look.

A hint of green and gold (if you just happen to be cheering for America’s team) peeking out from the cozy knit of a LOMA cape is a perfect balance of football and fashion.  For a more blustery game, try a classic leather jacket with shearling trim. The rugged leather and soft accents will keep the wind at bay. Current/Elliott has a few great options, and Citizens of Humanity has a fantastic quilted denim vest that begs to be worn to a tailgate. Keep your bottom half simple, since the statement is your jersey/outerwear combo—denim leggings are both comfy and fuss-free. And finally, remember to bring a few cozy accessories and plenty of team spirit!


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Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Soft Waves

Soft, tousled waves with the perfect coolly messy finish are the envy of most women I know. It’s a style that’s often attempted but rarely successful outside the professional world. Thankfully, our in-house expert Kendra was happy to share her secrets for perfecting this in-demand look.


Step 1: Prep

Work a medium hold styling spray into damp hair, then hand dry by lifting at the roots and scrunching in the ends. When finished, your hair should look lofty and airy. If the hair around your face naturally curls, use a brush and a hair dryer to blow dry it straight.

Step 2: Section
To make curling easier, you’ll want to section your hair into three working areas: bottom, middle, and top. The bottom is the biggest section, running from ear to ear. The middle is the section from temple to temple. And the top is the leftover section at the very crown. No need to make them all from the get go, just start at the bottom and section as you go.


Step 3: Style

Time for curling! Starting at the bottom section, wrap a small chunk of hair around the iron, holding the tip with your fingers. Repeat around the whole bottom, spraying each curl with a flexible hairspray. For the next section, and this is key, wrap the hair around the iron in the opposite direction. This keeps hair from clumping. [Editor’s note: this is literally a life changing tip—I followed this advice and finally got the look I wanted.] For the top section, flip curl directions again. The only time to break this rule is with the hair right around your face. There, you always want to curl the hair away.

Step 4: Spray
Once all your hair is curled, lightly brush through it to blend everything. This softens the waves into a nice shape.

Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 5: Finish
Spray once more with a firmer hairspray for hold, and you are all set.

--Libby S.

Check out other great hair and beauty tips here. 

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