Monday, June 23rd 2014

5 Summer Dresses You Need Right Now

Summer’s sweltering heat is upon us, and there’s only one way to get through it: new frocks. So without further ado, here are the five dresses you need to make it through the season.

A floral Yumi Kim dress.
A floral Yumi Kim dress (similar).

Mini dresses are an obvious summer staple. Find one in a floral print for everyday.


An airy white Free People dress.
An airy white Free People dress.

Crochet, lace, or eyelet, white dresses in a maxi or a mini length are the perfect go-to for the summer festival scene.


A flounced Tibi dress.
A flounced Tibi dress.

A closet needs one or two (or five) go-to date-night dresses. This season, look for something with a flirty, twirl-worthy hem.


An embellished Parker dress.
An embellished Parker dress.

A night-out dress demands something a little sexier. Go with a short hem and spaghetti straps with an edgy print or luxe embellishments.


A classic Cédric Charlier dress.
A classic Cédric Charlier dress.

Pants and suits just don’t cut it when summer lays on its hottest temperatures. Find a few work dresses that are basic enough for the office, and fun enough to transition to happy hour.


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Monday, June 23rd 2014

The Daily Find: McQ – Alexander McQueen Clutch

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: McQ – Alexander McQueen Tech Clutch.
Why we love it: Ornate corner pieces give a cool reflective clutch unexpected elegance.
Wear it with: Black skinny jeans and a silky blouse.

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Saturday, June 21st 2014

Music (And Style) Muse: Harley Viera-Newton

Not only were we lucky enough to be invited into the amazing home of our latest style muse, Harley Viera-Newton, but she also created an exclusive playlist just for Shopbop fans. “This is my gearing-up-for-summer playlist,” she says. “Best listened to on the beach with a lemonade (or in the office, pretending you’re there).”

No matter where you are, kick back and enjoy Harley’s exclusive playlist—we’ve got it set on repeat.

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Friday, June 20th 2014

Style Steal: MINKPINK Romper

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of

The Steal: A printed MINKPINK romper.
The Price: $89 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Colorful mixed prints give this romper a playful feel, while a cinched waist keeps it flirty.

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Thursday, June 19th 2014

The Rise of Oversize

After years of buying nothing but spandex tops and second-skin jeans, I’ve finally succumbed to the comfort of loose clothing. Now it’s oversized everything: boyfriend jeans, shirts to my knees, and arm-swallowing sleeves. When we think “oversized” in regards to fashion, our minds usually jump to the same fool-proof pairings—a long sweater over skinny jeans or wide pants with a fitted button-down. But I recently wondered (on a rainy morning, in which I was particularly exhausted) if I could drown in my clothes, head-to-toe, and still look put-together. So I tried it. Attempt one, sans styling, I looked nothing short of slovenly. Not exactly office appropriate.

I secured the cuffed sleeves of an oversized RAILS flannel with two Kristen Elspeth cuffs for some unexpected glam.

When looking for the perfect oversized piece, first keep in mind that whatever’s on the size tag is just a number, and it shouldn’t deter you from buying something that looks amazing. A shirt that fits normally in one size could be sized up to become a sexy, off-shoulder piece. Seriously. If a stranger peeked into my closet, they wouldn’t know if it belonged to a child, or a working woman, or a lumberjack.

This T by Alexander Wang T-shirt fits loosely enough to knot the hem and show a little shoulder. Add a Kenneth Jay Lane necklace to dress it up for a night out.

Once you’ve found your sack of a shirt (T by Alexander Wang has drool-worthy basics), here’s what to do when a simple tuck doesn’t cut it. Knot the hem of a shirt to take off some of that length—a knot on the side for a casual slouchy look, or a high center knot for those looking to bare some belly. Button-downs are even more versatile, and I say the bigger the better. Tie up the bottom for an impromptu crop. Belt it over a dress as an edgy alternative to a cardigan—or wear it, at an appropriate length, as a dress itself! And a recent discovery of mine: if it’s big enough, you can undo the top several buttons and wear the neck opening around your waist, tie the two loose arms in front, and voilà, it’s a skirt! I could go on and on.

Taper a wide-leg jean with a pin roll: Make a vertical fold along the outside seam of the pant leg so the bottom of the jean is tight against your ankle. Then, holding the fold in place, cuff the jean leg two or three times. Above: Citizens of Humanity jeans and Sam Edelman sandals.

Then there are boyfriend jeans, which, in my opinion, are the best thing to come out of this oversized era. They are comfortable, chic, and easy to style. You can never go wrong with a pin roll (instructions above) and a strappy heel. So go ahead, size up one or two sizes, or head to the men’s department on your next shopping trip. You’ll probably see me there.


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Thursday, June 19th 2014

The Daily Find: David Lerner Pants

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What they are: David Lerner Lace Track Pants.
Why we love them: Sporty meets romantic in these edgy lace track pants.
Wear them with: A T by Alexander Wang tee and pumps.

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Wednesday, June 18th 2014

The Slip Dress: A Fresh Take on the ‘90s Trend

Slip dresses are having a real moment here in the studio–they’re a fresh, sexy take on the ’90s revival. Since a slip dress can easily be mistaken for, well, a slip, styling it can be a little tricky. Pull together the right layering pieces and a dose of attitude, and you can rock your little slip dress from the daylight to the dance floor. Look for one that is cut on the bias—it is guaranteed to cling to every curve without the constrictiveness of its cousin, the body-con.

Nili Lotan dress, Mes Demoiselles sweater, Stuart Weitzman sandals.

A full-length slip has the cooling, breezy feeling of a maxi dress during the warmer months without too much volume. The sleek silhouette makes it a perfect counterpoint to summer’s power trend, the boxy crop top. No exposed skin (or six-pack abs) required! Just remember to ground the look with a comfortable flat. A full-length slip can begin to look formal if worn with a heel during daylight hours. Gladiator sandals are a great option.

Mes Demoiselles dress, Jason Wu sweater, Stella McCartney glasses, Stuart Weitzman sandals.

A boyfriend sweater adds a casual air for a daytime look. Consider a see-through or off-shoulder style for a sexy peek of lace. Keep the jewelry tough and the specs quirky, and you’ll be the poster girl of ’90s cool without a scrap of flannel in sight.

T by Alexander Wang dress, MM6 cardigan, Eddie Borgo choker.

Nineties club kids were just as cool as their grunge counterparts, so don’t be afraid to take your slip dress to a more fashion-forward place, especially for evening. Its minimalist vibe and slim design play well with voluminous, quirky accent pieces, especially all the fur toppers (real and faux) that are returning for pre-fall. Keep the look adult with sleek, polished jewelry. The chain on this Eddie Borgo choker offers just the tiniest wink to ’90s clubwear while remaining thoroughly modern.

Haute Hippie dress, By Malene Birger coat, Rag & Bone booties, Eugenia Kim headwrap, By Malene Birger bracelet set, SKYWATCH watch.

We took a note from the Winona camp for this one. This girl doesn’t know what’s going to happen next, but she knows it’s going to be major—and she’s going to have an impossibly beautiful and disheveled Ethan or Christian or Johnny by her side, of course. The slip dress is the feminine first layer beneath textured sweaters, socks, beanies, and boots. This is the perfect look for the sensitive soul with the tough-as-nails exterior who wants to, like, open up that heart-shaped box and take a bite out of reality.

—Elise & Phoebe

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Wednesday, June 18th 2014

The Daily Find: For Love & Lemons Dress

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: For Love & Lemons San Marcos Lace Mini Dress.
Why we love it: Eyelash lace makes this dress super sweet, while a body-con silhouette keeps it sexy.
Wear it with: Aquazzura sandals and a few rings to keep the look simple.

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Tuesday, June 17th 2014

White on White Dressing for the Win

Golf, tennis, or just a walk in the park: you can’t go wrong in a sporty white-on-white look. Lily Aldridge for Velvet jacket, Madewell tank, Current / Elliott shorts, Sam Edelman sandals, Bop Basics fedora.

White is my favorite color (or lack of color, for you science types) so you’d think I would be a master at white-on-white dressing. You would be wrong. Sadly, my skills have been limited to matching all white accessories—cringe, I know. But, since it’s no longer 1999, I’ve decided to branch out and try a head-to-toe look.

Putting on a white dress is the simplest way to start, paired with crisp sneakers or strappy slide sandals—there’s little room for misstep since it’s all one piece. For a more involved take on the trend, however, go for separates. Flowing, flirty styles feel more feminine, while structured denim and canvas have a sporty feel. But either way, the key to pulling this look off is varied textures. Contrasting fabrics give depth to the monochromatic color palette, breaking up the different silhouettes for a perfectly paired (but not too matched) look.

--Libby S.

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Flirty white-on-white works for day or night! A.L.C. sweater, Torn by Ronny Kobo skirt, Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar), Vince sandals.

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Tuesday, June 17th 2014

The Daily Find: Tibi Skirt

Shopbop: Tibi SkirtWelcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Tibi Full Pleated Skirt.
Why we love it: With its full silhouette and raffia-ribbon stripes, this skirt lends itself perfectly to dinner dates and summer nights out.
Wear it with: Strappy sandals and a Tibi top.

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