Wednesday, September 12th 2012

Ask Shopbop: 2 Ways to Wear a Preppy Shirt


Preppy is back for fall and I couldn’t be more excited. What is the easiest way to incorporate it in to my daily style?

Preppy styles like collared shirts, collegiate stripes, chinos, and tailored blazers feel so quintessentially fall. My go-to preppy piece is a chambray button-down. Thin and easy to layer, it’s a great place to start. With the right styling, a shirt, like this one from DSQUARED2, can easily transition from casual to dressy.

The modern preppy look is less crisp than in the past. Ripped denim and slouchy sweaters feel right at home alongside skinny corduroys and structured totes. For this look, I started with a soft DSQUARED2 shirt layered under a semi-sheer Rag & Bone sweater. Pairing with super slim Paige Denim pants, keeps the boyish look from veering too masculine. Polished jewelry and a burgundy tote finish the look with a casual, cool-girl feel.

Primary colors feel very on-trend here, so I tucked the DSQUARED2 shirt under a bright Alice + Olivia jacket. The navy No. 21 skirt complements the dark wash of the shirt as well as the bold jacket, while a stack of bracelets keep it looking young. Anchor the look in the modern, messier prep style with a deep side part and soft tousled waves.


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Wednesday, August 29th 2012

Ask Shopbop: How to Layer Necklaces

On Loni: necklaces from Vanessa Mooney, Iosselliani, and Heather Hawkins and a Clare Vivier clutch.

I love the look of layered necklaces but I struggle to find the right mix. Any tips?

Throwing a few necklaces over an outfit is a perfect extension of your personal style. The tricky part is making a cohesive grouping. The key is to give meaning to each piece. Varied chain textures and pendants create a look that feels like it’s curated over time. Strike a balance with similar colors and finishes. To keep the chains from clumping and tangling, layer different lengths with diverse shapes—think U shapes, with Vs, and Ys.

Another great tip is to use your neckline as a guide. A portrait collar begs for layers of necklaces. Just be sure to keep the lengths within the edges of the collar. Short necklaces will get lost on a boat neck or a crew collar, so layer long necklaces to create classic silhouette. With a button-down, you can either button it all the way up and stack short necklaces under the collar, or open the neckline to show off layers of mid-length necklaces.


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Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: 5 Tips for Healthy Nails

Nails by Studio Assistant Dokia. She’s holding a Rebecca Minkoff clutch and wearing an Adina Mills Designs ring.

Whether you use a signature lacquer, paint with advanced artistic inspiration, or keep your nails natural, it’s important to not overlook basic nail health. Our in-house beauty expert Kendra has five simple tips to keep your hands happy.

1. Moisturize your hands after every wash. This keeps them from getting too dry and chapped all year long.
2. Clip your nails only when a lot of length needs to be removed. Otherwise try to file your nails to desired length. This will prevent your nails from cracking and splitting at the tips.
3. Always use a base coat when painting your nails. Skipping this part can leave you with dry, polish-stained nails.
4. Never cut your own cuticles. It can lead to infections. Use cuticle oil and gently push your cuticles back.
5. If you have extra-dry hands, rub a petroleum product all over your hands and cover them with gloves to hydrate overnight.

--Libby S.

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Friday, August 24th 2012

How to Wear Leather Shorts

On Phoebe: Helmut Lang blazer, A.L.C. top, Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace, Theyskens’ Theory shorts, Alexander Wang pumps. On Karina: A.L.C top, Theyskens’ Theory shorts, 3.1 Phillip Lim pumps.

The rich textures of fall are slowing seeping into our wardrobe rotations here at Shopbop. Leather is a seasonal favorite, so we asked two of our lovely stylists to create looks for each other anchored in black leather Theyskens’ Theory shorts.

Karina on Phoebe:
“I love the way a pop of black leather adds edge, balancing out an ultra-feminine look. The give a ladylike blush A.L.C. top with a preppy Marc by Marc Jacobs collar necklace a modern, fresh twist. Now, I know showing a lot of leg can be intimidating, but a flattering, pointed-toe pump will keep you feeling confident.”

Phoebe on Karina:
“Leather shorts can look tough, so I thought this feminine paisley A.L.C. top would be a great counter, especially when the shorts are worn in a boyish, uncuffed way. Graphic 3.1 Phillip Lim pumps bring out the tones in the shirt and shorts, and a structured blush clutch adds just a hint of color.”

--Libby S.

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Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

Ask Shopbop: Last Chance Summer

Wilt dress, Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit, Soludos flats, Stella McCartney sunglasses, Rag & Bone tote.

I want to get a few more summer essentials before parkas and boots take over. What should I stock up on?

As summer winds down, I take advantage of late summer arrivals and look for classic warm-weather items that will last me through Labor Day and last-ditch beach parties. Scuba-inspired swim is still huge. Look to Lisa Marie Fernandez and Zimmermann for sporty suits that can double as fun, sexy tops. Cotton dresses are a great go-to for late summer, and for the inevitable fall heat wave, I love the easy silhouettes and fun colors from Wilt. Finally, pick up a few of your summer standards. I always end the season with a new pair of Soludos espadrilles, a printed beach bag, and simple sunglasses. You can score some awesome deals, and you know they will still work next summer.


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Friday, August 17th 2012

Tactile Fall: 3 Textures for Your Autumn Wardrobe

Look 1: Tibi sweater, Tibi skirt. Look 2: DSQUARED2 jacket, DSQUARED pants. Look 3: Catherine Malandrino dress, Diane von Furstenberg pumps.

Autumn brings to mind crisp nights, rustling leaves, and fantastic fashion. Abandoning the lightweight fabrics of spring, designers delve into deep colors, structured silhouettes, and rich textures.  Take a closer look at three touchable textiles you’ll be wearing this fall.

Tibi is a driving force for the revival of fall metallics. Skirts in shimmering Lurex and reflective vinyl hit the runways with overwhelming appeal. Subtle sheen also appears in knit Alexander Wang dresses and polished Rag & Bone blazers. The shine is the show on these pieces. Pair them with minimal jewelry and neutral shoes.

A classic cold-weather fabric, tweed plays up its preppy roots this season. DSQUARED2 cut a sharp double-breasted pea coat in a houndstooth plaid, while Peter Som used a slubbed version on a pair of slim tuxedo pants. Pair the substantial fabric with lightweight separates to balance the look.

Associated with old-world royalty, velvet has a lush, luxe allure. Catherine Malandrino channeled the feel with a sexy draped dress in brilliant crushed velvet, and Jenni Kayne turned the fabric on its head, doing a burnout interpretation in an abstract print. The fabric can feel slightly retro, so style it back to clean, modern pieces.

--Libby S.

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Wednesday, August 15th 2012

Ask Shopbop: The Moto Jacket for Now & Later

Moto Jacket: Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel. Look 1: Charlotte Ronson Floral Dress, Michael Kors Collection Gia Saddle Bag, Aquazzura Cutout Sandals. Look 2: A.L.C. Joni Sweater, Alexander Wang Shirt, James Jeans Skinny Jeans, Alice + Olivia Booties.

I’d like to invest in a leather moto jacket. How can I get the most wear out of it as we transition from summer to fall?

Hands down, a leather moto jacket is a great investment for your wardrobe. With timeless appeal and endless versatility, it’s sure to be a go-to fave for ages. A soft leather Cut25 jacket is a great piece to throw on in almost every season. For chilly summer evenings, pair your jacket with a flowing, printed dress. This adds a hint of masculinity to a sweet, feminine outfit. In the fall, it’s about layering! Wearing your jacket over a button-down and sweater combo toughens up a crisp fall look. 


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Friday, August 10th 2012

Wardrobe Staple | The Soft Tee


Often overlooked for trendier pieces, the basic tee is a wardrobe workhorse that deserves some time in the spotlight. Super-soft variations from T by Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and James Perse feel great and pull double duty in the styling department. A tee can send a casual, sexy message when worn with skinny jeans and killer pumps, while pairing it with a pencil skirt and funky blazer is a coolly professional look. Find a cut and silhouette that works for your style (I love the deep V from LNA) and stock up in every color.

--Libby S.

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Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Ask Shopbop: 5 Fall Essentials

Pictured clockwise from the left: Hemlut Lang sweater, BB Dakota vest, 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, LD Tuttle booties, Rag & Bone/JEAN jeans.

Fall is coming and I’m looking to refresh my wardrobe with things that are cool but not too trendy. What are your fall must-haves?

Fall is the perfect time to update your wardrobe with stylish investment pieces. The key is to look for classic silhouettes and time-tested styles. Check out my top five recommendations for a fashion-filled season.

Finding a walkable and fashionable shoe is the driving passion of footwear fanatics everywhere. The marbled suede exterior and stable, cushioned footbed of the LD Tuttle booties pictured go the distance in both style and comfort.

Soft knits anchor an autumn look in casual, cozy warmth.  An asymmetrical Helmut Lang sweater tosses easily into a handbag and is perfect for pulling together an effortless look.

A staple in any wardrobe, a great pair of distressed jeans lends a pinch of edge to any jean look. A pair from Rag & Bone/JEAN has a fantastic fit and a hint of stylish attitude

A chill in the air means warm layers. To avoid getting lost in a big puffy coat, reach for a sleek silhouette with minimalist details. 3.1 Phillip Lim has slim styles that complement your everyday looks without adding bulk.

A fur vest—or faux fur, like one from BB Dakota—is a great option for both inside and outside wear. These styles can be oversized, so keep your other layers fitted to balance out the silhouette. .


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Monday, August 6th 2012

Closet Staple: Bright Sweaters


The temperatures have finally dropped below 90, and I can’t help but dream of fall layers. The reason for my autumnal musings? An influx of Equipment sweaters. To the delight of their devoted, blouse-loving fan base, the French line has introduced a collection of super-soft cashmere sweaters in a rainbow of rich colors. Constructed in fine knit, they layer perfectly over crisp collared shirts and print button-downs. Fall might be two months away, but these sweaters will be in my closet long before then.

--Libby S.

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