Thursday, August 28th 2014

5 Fashion Dares for Fall

The best fashion requires a bit of courage, but some things take a little more guts than others. I’m daring you to take a step in the bolder direction and try one of these five trends in your fall wardrobe.

1. Pair bright colors with other bright colors. Take a leaf out of fall’s book (see what I did there?) and wear one bold color with another. Try pairing poppy with cobalt, and topping them both off with some emerald accessories.

Pair something bright and structured, like this McQ – Alexander McQueen moto jacket, with an equally bold yet feminine Preen by Thornton Bregazzi pleated dress. Finish the look with Acne Studios sandals and a Rochas leather tote in deep green, and you are ready for fall.

2. Wear your cutest socks with your smartest shoes. Frilly socks and heeled pumps are feminine on their own, but when paired together they can take a statement outfit to a whole new level.

Adorable Loeffler Randal pumps in black and leopard contrast well with pastels and full skirts, creating a look that is unabashedly feminine.

3. Don a ball gown with denim for everyday. Seriously. Just try it. Instead of saying “But I would have nowhere to wear that,” wear it wherever you want. Remember how you felt in that prom dress or wedding gown? You can feel that way again.

Is this not the most daring–yet satisfying–combo? A Notte by Marchesa strapless ball gown takes on a more comfortable vibe when paired with denim.

4. Glam it up… for brunch. Ok. Maybe a ball gown isn’t doable for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle! Pair that sequined top with statement earrings even if you are just going for pancakes with the girls. You will feel like a million bucks–and they will be jealous that you had the guts to do it.

Brunch is that much better when glitter is involved. Metallic The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden sneakers, a beaded 3.1 Phillip Lim top, and a full Alice + Olivia skirt might just outdo those pancakes.

5. Add a hat. It sounds so simple, but many a girl has agonized over the styling of an excellent hat. Pop a hat on top of those gorgeous locks and strut your stuff. Hats give off a blazing aura of confidence.

Nothing pulls an outfit together like a well-chosen hat. A black fedora tops off a powder blue Tibi coat and pencil skirt to perfection.


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Monday, October 15th 2012

Pointed Perfection: The Tapered Toe Shoe

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After seasons of sky-high sandals and towering platforms, the sleek and wearable heels currently hitting What’s New are a welcome change. Tapered to a stylishly sharp tip, the classic silhouette of pointed-toe pumps fit seamlessly into fall’s feminine fascination. Shopbop Fashion Director Treena explains, “The ladylike trend is definitely in the atmosphere right now, and pointed-toed shoes are a great way to express it. I love them with cropped pants and skirts.”

Shop pointed-toe shoes.

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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Thursday, August 9th 2012

Fall Prep: The Collared Shirt

Folded from top: Alice + Olivia dress, A.L.C. blouse, Rag & Bone dress. On our model: A.L.C. blouse and Alexander Wang sweater.

The collared shirt. It never goes away entirely, but it does manage to make some waves every few years. The last time the menswear classic was as ubiquitous as it is now? The Clueless era, when Cher Horowitz’s selections were ripe with embellishment and elongated hems. Today’s iteration takes a more classic approach, with clean cuts and crisp collars.

Equipment blouses have become industry standard, and a number of other brands have taken up the cause. A.L.C. by Andrea Lieberman did a standout button-down with a collar trimmed in black peaks—both simple and sublimely surprising. Tibi composed their collar in leather, and most brands (see Free People and the aforementioned Equipment for examples) have interpreted the recurring colorblock trend.

The look is a little bit prep, a little bit menswear, and a lot of fashion. Button the placket all the way up to the neck and tuck a delicate necklace under the collar, or layer this favorite under a comfy crewneck.


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Friday, July 13th 2012

Peak Color: Pre-Fall Denim Trends

Despite the suppressive heat of summer, pre-fall trends are popping up everywhere, triggering a Pavlovian longing for cozy layers and crisp nights. Soon it will be time to pack up the pastel skinnies and bright crops of spring and summer in favor of a more autumnal denim palette. Shopbop buyer Alana has been keeping an eye on the latest trends: “Jewel tones are huge for fall. Deep purples, teals, merlots, rustic browns, nudes, and of course, winter whites! The style is still skinny, but with a mix of fabrications—not only denim but also leather, coated, and corduroy.” But, adversaries of the skinny jean fear not. She also noted, “Nothing is better than a ripped boyfriend jean to mix up your new fall wardrobe.”

--Libby S.

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Thursday, March 29th 2012

Inspired by The Great Gatsby: Twenties Dressing

Parker Sequin Drape Front Dress

The spring collections are alive with ’20s inspiration, no doubt influenced by Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of The Great Gatsby, opening later this year. The decade was defined stateside by the end of Prohibition and the nationwide enactment of women’s suffrage. In fashion, this translated to plenty of sparkle and a more relaxed silhouette (bye-bye corsets). It was a liberated era, fun and fancy-free.

And it’s the era that brought us Gatsby. In the story of star-crossed lovers reunited after decades apart, the wealthy mingle over mint juleps and champagne cocktails in what we can only assume was truly remarkable fashion. Channel the Buchanans’ ever-present pal, tennis star Jordan Baker, in a sporty drop-waist dress (like this one from newcomer By Zoe) and oxfords for day. Then, go full-on Daisy (opting out of her hopeless melancholy, of course) for night with a glittering Parker dress and elegant heels.

And if you’re ready to really embrace this decade’s style, you can follow the lead of Luhrmann’s Daisy, Carey Mulligan, and crop your locks to a sweet pageboy cut.


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Friday, March 23rd 2012

Stylist Tips: How to Wear the Surf Trend

This spring, the fashion world is obsessed with the surf trend. Seen all over the S/S 2012 runways, the beachy ease and sun-soaked feel projects a covetable carefree attitude. But, neoprene and swim tops require a well-trained fashion eye. That’s where Shopbop Stylist Karina comes in. She was happy to explain how easy it is to let your inner surfer shine.

LIBBY: Thankfully, the surf look doesn’t exactly mean pairing a wetsuit with pumps. How would someone go about interpreting this trend?
KARINA: Have fun, but don’t overdo it. Little touches of scuba wear in your wardrobe go a long way. For a chic alternative to your usual wool pencil skirt, try a floral neoprene Elizabeth and James skirt. If you’re up for a more daring look, replace a traditional bra with a Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini top and throw a fun mesh top over it. 

LIBBY: What accessories work best with this look?
KARINA: I love the thought of tarnished and weathered jewelry pairings. Look to Pamela Love for great pieces to incorporate with this trend. Her tribal spike necklaces and her new totem rings and earrings are particularly nice.

LIBBY: How would you, personally, wear the scuba trend?
KARINA: I would pair a Lisa Marie Fernandez one-piece with a sleek VPL skirt. And then I’d finish it off with a wrist full of Chan Luu wrap bracelets and sporty Alexander Wang heels.

--Libby S.

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Friday, March 16th 2012

S/S 2012 Trend Report: Garden Party

Looks from the Wild Flowers lookbook.

Spring’s coming up roses—and peonies and lilies and irises. The runways saw a resurgence of flora love in the form of prints both abstract (see Thakoon, Tibi) and photo reminiscent (No. 21), and in more than one collection, they mingled in a veritable garden party. Embrace the power of head-to-toe flowers by mixing and matching floral-patterned separates. For a subtle (albeit still eye-catching) approach, go with complementary prints, but if you’re feeling truly daring, a contrast of extreme proportions is funky and boldly fashion-forward.


Shop the spring floral trend.

Thursday, March 15th 2012

S/S 2012 Trend Report: Bold Brights

Spring is here and the only thing more exciting than budding trees and blooming tulips is fashion’s current chromatic obsession.  Straight off the runways of September are smart separates and tailored shifts in blinding shades of yellows, reds, and greens. Advocates of neutrals fear not: this trend runs the gauntlet of wearability. Start with a pop of color, like a bright watch or bold shoe, then work your way up to a full color ensemble enviable by Roy G. Biv himself.  

--Libby S.

Shop the Bold Brights trend.


Wednesday, March 14th 2012

S/S 2012 Trend Report: The French Obsession

A look from the Rive Gauche Romance lookbook: flirty androgyny inspired by fashion’s Jazz Age muse.

Paris in the 1920s. It was the era when Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald mingled with art and literature’s most animated characters in the city Hemingway lovingly called a "moveable feast." The decade saw the City of Light play host to American ex-pats, give rise to the Surrealist movement, and celebrate the waif, the first to the androgyny game that is so popular today.

On the Left Bank, the boyish look evaded the depressed naïveté that ran through The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s classic that defined the era for the American set. This look channels Coco Chanel more than Daisy Buchanan. Masculine elements like buttoned-up collars and crisp fabrics are loosened with easy silhouettes. The wide-leg pant needn’t necessarily be paired with heels—it works just as well worn slouched over a pair of Superga sneakers—and dresses are ladylike but nonrestrictive. The look as a whole uses menswear influences to enhance a flirtatious, decidedly feminine elegance.


Shop the Très Chic Tomboy trend.

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