Tuesday, March 13th 2012

How to Wear Mint Green

When we’re not talking white this spring, we’re talking about bold brights. And when it’s not bold brights, we’re on to pale pastels. In short: spring’s got a thing for cheery color. One that’s making a big splash: mint green. Spotted on runways and trickling into What’s New, the ice cream shade has come a long way since its ’60s heyday, which raises the question: How does one go about making this retro color feel totally today?

Take your cues from the DVF runway (pictured) and go with a tailored look paired back to mixed neutrals, or make yours a dressed-up casual approach with mint Paige jeans and a crisp blouse. The truly forward among us will appreciate the monochromatic look, where a mint blouse styled back to pistachio pants is eye-catching without going over the top. Look only as far as this brilliantly styled ensemble (if I may brag up our stylists for a moment) featuring A.L.C. by Andrea Lieberman for proof.


Tuesday, March 13th 2012

S/S 2012 Trend Report: White On White

The Pashli Satchel by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Fashion’s forgotten black this spring season, opting instead for the opposite end of the spectrum. The spring runways saw their share of monochromatic looks last September, and among the most striking were head-to-toe white. Carry the trend (quite literally) into your accessories by investing in an eggshell handbag. They’re easy to find—everyone from Michael Kors to Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs to Tory Burch are on board with the look—and they work just as well with the white trend as they do with the season’s bright separates.


Shop the white trend.
Shop white handbags.

Monday, March 12th 2012

How to Wear Layered Bracelets

Stacked to the elbow or wildly wrapped on the wrist, the layered bracelets trend popped a few seasons ago and has showed no signs of slowing down. Here, a few tips to mastering the art of the “arm party.”

To create a simple, cohesive look, stick to bracelets in the same color story. A burgundy La Mer watch pairs well with earthy metals, like a brass Bing Bang cuff and rose-gold Gorjana bangles. Bright colors, like the electric purple and blue in Rosena Sammie bangles, pop next to the bold mixed metals of an A.L.C. cuff.   

A delicate chain bracelet can easily get lost next to a chunky watch, so keep size and texture in mind. The crystals on Vanessa Mooney bangles enhance the resin details on a DANNIJO cuff, while an oversized, polished Charles Albert bracelet looks best next to an equally shiny, enameled Belle Noel bangle

The easiest styling method is to match the bracelets to the outfit. Thin bangles and a classic Michael Kors watch complement a feminine DVF wrap dress. An edgier look benefits from studded Noir bracelets and a tough leather Marc by Marc Jacobs cuff.

As with any trend, make this one your own. Experiment with different shapes and tones, and once you’re comfortable with your own accessory aesthetic, use it to bring your unique style to any look.

--Libby S.

Monday, March 12th 2012

S/S 2012 Trend Report: The Fashion Sneaker

Spring’s gone sporty. Performance fabrics and sporting details made for quite the active aesthetic on many a runway last September, and with it came the rise of the fashion sneaker. What does this mean for your wardrobe? Casual taken to a new level, with kicks both bright (see neon Ash shoes and metallic Pour La Victoire trainers) and calmly laid-back (Superga and newcomer Maians). Wear them in vamped-up style, à la our Sporting Fashion lookbook, or make them your go-to Saturday shoe.


Shop the sporty trend.

Friday, March 9th 2012

Current Obsessions: Clare Vivier Clutch

Staff Picks Monica 3-9Whether it’s shoes, bags, or dresses, everyone has a shopping weakness. At Shopbop HQ, it’s no different. We live, breathe, and eat fashion. So I asked one of our stylish staffers to share her most current obsession.

Name: Monica
Position: Online Merchandiser
Current Obsession: Clare Vivier Clutch
Why did you pick this clutch? I love the juxtaposition of the simplified, sophisticated shape and the pop of neon. 
What will you pair with it? I’ll pair it with perforated Raoul leather shorts and a pastel T by Alexander Wang top.
Where will you wear it? This clutch is going with me any- and everywhere. It’s the perfect day-to-night transition piece and is right on trend with spring’s sport-inspired looks.
What are some of your favorite brands? A.L.C., Rag & Bone, and Tibi.
What is the most unique thing in your purse? A wine corkscrew—for wine and cheese Fridays of course!

--Libby S.

Tuesday, March 6th 2012

How to Wear a Peplum

As a woman with hips, I can’t say I was thrilled to see that the peplum trend not only survived the winter, but returned with a vengeance (horizontal stripes!) this spring. But, after seeing the mid-waist ruffle rocked on the runway, red carpet, and even on a few uber-stylish Shopbop employees, I am ready to surrender to the power of the peplum.

The peplum is feared because it appears to add bulk to the least desirable places. In reality, it is a waist-defining magician that draws the eye to all the right places. The key to wearing one is proportion. The ruffle adds volume, so a sleek silhouette, like the Victoria Alice + Olivia dress, balances out the look. A monochromatic look is the easiest to wear. For a pop of color, add a bold, thin belt worn directly above the ruffle. My final advice? Scoop up a few Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses in this stylish trend, because the peplum is clearly here to stay. 

--Libby S.

Wednesday, January 11th 2012

Outerwear Update: Print Jackets

Just a few years ago, jackets were something I regarded with aversion—I hated drowning my polished outfits beneath giant puffers and stodgy blazers. Happily, this season’s jackets are as decorative as they are practical.

Right in step with the bright-and-bold trend, the best pieces are beautifully printed. 3.1 Phillip Lim and Sass & Bide offer chic, playful blazers calculated to elevate your skinnies or infuse your office looks with a confident, youthful vibe. For outerwear, the inimitable Lindsey Thornburg cloaks are the classics of tomorrow: edgy, assured, and eminently wearable.


Friday, January 6th 2012

Day-Glo Details

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The dark days of winter have met their match with an exploding selection of neon accessories. With booties and bracelets in blues, pinks, and greens, this bright trend is going strong.  

Rocking an ensemble of head-to-toe brights runs the risk of looking a bit, well, radioactive. Keep the balance by adding a brilliant accessory to a neutral outfit in a classic silhouette. A neon pink Michael Kors satchel, a fluoro lime Marc by Marc Jacobs belt, or a bold coral Kenneth Jay Lane necklace are just begging to raise a demure look to new levels of illumination.

--Libby S.


Thursday, January 5th 2012

Compact Color: Colorblocked Shoes

A truly great accessory makes an outfit out of clothes. Ray-Ban Wayfarers transform cutoffs and a tee into a California statement, diamond earrings make the simplest black dress a sophisticated gesture, and a truly killer pair of shoes work magic on, well, just about everything.

The joy of shoes is their poetic compactness: with so little surface area to work with, a design idea must be expressed succinctly. This makes them the perfect platform for one of my favorite trends: colorblocking. Look to footwear frontrunners Giuseppe Zanotti, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Marc by Marc Jacobs for brilliantly blocked shoes both simple and splendid.


Wednesday, January 4th 2012

2012 Color of the Year: Tangerine

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For makeup, home design, and most importantly, fashion, 2012 has been declared the year of tangerine. The deep reddish-orange color is poised to bring a much-needed surge of energy to the coming year.

Bright orange can be intimidating. Ease into it by adding a small pop of color to a classically chic outfit.  A neon La Mer watch with a simple white TEXTILE Elizabeth and James top and skinny jeans will do the trick. Turn up the volume a bit more by matching a grey T by Alexander Wang sweater with Theyskens’ Theory pants in the blazing shade. Once you’ve gotten accustomed to it, fully embrace the color of the year by pairing a 10 Crosby by Derek Lam trench and shorts in the same vibrant shade to create an eye-catching monochromatic look.

--Libby S.


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