How to Wear Now: Tibi Fall 2010 RTW Collection post image

When I think of Tibi, I generally think of light fabrics, frilly accents, and vibrant patterns, what I’m used to seeing at Bloomingdales or Saks. I was in for a nice surprise when I checked out the Tibi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear show at New York Fashion Week. Designer Amy Smilovic, played with soft and hard looks, combining delicate fabrics and feminine prints with artillery detail and military influence. She did the same with colors, mixing navy, grey, and olive green, with warmer tones like rose and burgundy. I loved that Smilovic incorporated edgier detail, like leather and studs, in a delicate way that kept the softness and femininity of the brand.

My favorite looks? The leather artillery pouch, the cropped silk pant with draping bow, and the endless layering over cotton tees (Tres chic and economical!) All looks I can see on front row attendee and ‘City’ girl, Olivia Palermo.

While the styles shown at Fashion Week are for the upcoming fall and winter seasons—grr, like seven months away—us online editors get a little antsy and like to use these flash-forward trends ASAP. So, we’re giving you Tibi-inspired runway styles you can wear right now. [continue reading…]

Shade to Crave: Bold Blue post image

Shade to Crave: Bold Blue

I have been a fan of blinding shades of blue for a while now and my love is still going strong. This color is undoubtedly striking, but not in that overly loud, obnoxious, kind of way that can leave you feeling paranoid and self-conscious. Unlike most bright colors, this one is actually flattering on almost every complexion and looks phenomenal set against all hair colors.

Plus, clashing is close to impossible . Pair your bold blue with anything from basic black and subtle neutrals to other bold shades like pink, yellow, orange, or red to glittery metallics. Whether it’s an electric blue dress like the Jenni Kayne one worn by Jessica Stroup, a skirt like Lauren Conrad’s bandage style or Lily Collins’ micro mini (both by BCBG), a tank, blouse, cardigan, jacket, and so on- this color is always a standout statement-maker.

Read on for my top 10 electric blue picks! [continue reading…]

Wardrobe Must: Not-So-Basic LBDs post image

I believe that a closet should contain multiple LBDs (aka Little Black Dresses). I mean, things like shape and silhouette make a difference when in comes to creating a look and I have yet to find a single LBD that can suit all my needs.

This season marked a major LBD comeback and our favorite closet staple now comes in a variety of styles- the micro mini, the backless, the plunging neck, the long sleeved, the cut-out, the leather, the lace. While this style staple was once synonymous with simplicity and considered the perfect foundation for statement-accessories, the new LBDs do all the talking and don’t require additional flourishes.

A not-so-basic LBD puts a definate end to the ubiquitous closet-full-of-clothes-and-nothing-to-wear predicament and can serve as your fool-proof go-to time and time again.

Check out  my top picks after the jump! [continue reading…]

Wardrobe Must-Have: Boyfriend Blazers post image

The boyfriend blazer is without a doubt the number one fall- scratch that- year round must have. I have several boyfriend styles that I reach for time and time again. I’ll throw them over anything and everything- floaty dresses, skinny jeans and loose tees, mini skirts, denim cut-offs, the list goes on and on. There really is no more versatile item- look no further than the collage above for proof.

One thing to watch out for is too much volume, you don’t want to look like you’re being consumed. However, the jacket should be loose enough to allow you to move comfortably. To get the most wear and tear, look for a style that can be layered over a semi-chunky knit but will still look polished over a slim tee or tank. Other than that, there really aren’t many precautions to take because they is no wrong way to wear this staple.I always feel sexy and confident when I top off my looks with bf blazers which is why I’ve deemed this style a wardrobe must.

Read on for my top picks. [continue reading…]

Wardrobe Must: Chic Vests post image

Wardrobe Must: Chic Vests

I have a serious obsession with vests. No lie, I have about 10! Some are vintage (I LOVE vintage menswear styles- such a great way to go androgyny-chic), some are high-end, others are ultra cheap.

A vest is such a quick and easy way to update your look and is a piece that injects a certain fashion-forward flair, especially when worn over something unexpected like a hyper-feminine frock for instance. I have styles that help be add a bit of an edge to my look, some that are perfect for adding some sophistication, others that have a retro sensibility, and some classics that allow for loads of accessories.

Wear an edgy, embellished to update a basic look like Nicky Hilton. Team it with a sleek secretary blouse like Blake Lively for an updated interpretation of preppy-chic. Layer a denim vest over a floaty dress to channel the 70’s like boho-queen Sienna Miller. Use it polish up a sweetly slouchy style like Rachel Bilson. Or, belt it and wear it as a top like Whitney Port. There are countess ways to make this style staple work for you.

Read on for some of my favorite styles! [continue reading…]

Shade To Crave: Citrus Orange post image

Shade To Crave: Citrus Orange

From summer through fall, bold, vibrant, optimistic shades are all the rage. The one that is really starting to grow on me is orange- which can serve as an fun, and slightly edgy, alternative to powerhouse pink.

I used to hesitate when it came to orange for fear that I would look like a pumpkin. However, with more experimentation, and the right pieces, I totally warmed up to all forms of this citrus shade and learned that when done right, it can be a serious statement maker.

Blaze a trail in an electrifying neon shade- which conveys an unmatched sort of confidence. Rock a bold orange dress at a black tie affair to really stand out from the crowd- like Ashley Olsen who wore a striking vintage gown to this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards. Try a softer shade, like Vanessa Hudens who wore a Max Azria gown to the Kid’s Choice Awards, which allows for piled on accessories. I especially love the rich orange shade of the Bottega Veneta dress worn by Ginnifer Goodwin, which is fashion-forward but still classic and sophisticated.

You can keep it color-specific with a single orange piece, or merge in some other neon colors for a free-spirited sixties-feel. The most important thing to remember is to select a shade that makes you feel as good as you look!

Check out some of my favorite orange pieces after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend To Try: Slashed Leggings post image

Trend To Try: Slashed Leggings

Leggings have been going strong for quite some time and while I’ve been a fan of the classic styles since the beginning, I am obsessed with the new slashed and tattered styles that are taking over.

Ripped leggings are the perfect way to add a bit of an edge and fashion-forward flair to your look. Wear them with a sharp blazer like Lindsay Lohan– who topped off her Pencey leggings with a cropped blazer from Chloé; with a floaty tunic for a sweet yet spicy look, with a boyfriend shirt for a haphazardly thrown together style, or go all out by teaming them with a grungy vintage-tee and some edgy accessories.

You can play it safe and purchase a pair or, if you’re a bit more adventurous, grab a pair of scissors and slash away.

Check out some of my favorite slashed styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend To Try: Micro Minis post image

Trend To Try: Micro Minis

When I really want to feel sexy, I always reach for leg-baring pieces. I mean does it get much hotter than a leg-baring ensemble with a pair of killer pumps? I think not!

With the 80’s trend slowly trickling in, the micro mini is making a major comeback. We saw fantastic leg-baring styles on the spring runways at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Louis Vuitton, Matthew Williamson, etc., and the leg-centric trend was even stronger at the fall shows.

Rock your mini with a boyfriend blazer for an androgyny chic vibe, with a floaty tunic for sexy yet demure stye; wear it with bare legs and killer pumps now and with opaque tights and a funky pair of booties come fall, anyway you slice it, this wardrobe staple is capable of upping the chic-quotient, not to mention the sex-appeal, of any look.

Check out some killer styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

Silhouette to Try: Sweetly Slouchy post image

A slouchy posture: not hot. A slouchy silhouette: UBER hot! This season is all about the no-muss, no-fuss, effortless slouch and I am eating it up! The spring runways were filled with slouch, a silhouette we saw at Chloe, John Galliano, Burberry Prorsum, Akris, Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and many other trend-setting colections. From pants to tops to jackets to dresses, almost all of the collections were marked by a return to a more relaxed sophistication and easy-chic sensibility thanks to this care-free silhouette.

I have always loved this style and make it a habit to buy clothes a few sizes too big to achieve the effect. The key here is slouchy, NOT sloppy so opt for items that loosely drape from your frame rather than those that look like they’re drowning you. Another tip for rocking this look is to balance proportions- if you’re wearing a slouchy top pair it with some skinny jeans, if you’re going for slouchy bottoms, then team them with a slimmer top or structured jacket. It’s important to always remember to wear your clothes and not let them wear you.

Check out a fantastic selection of sweetly slouchy styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend to Try: Flirty Ruffles post image

Trend to Try: Flirty Ruffles

It started a few seasons back and as we move forward, the trend shows no sign of slowing down. I’m talking about the invasion of all things that ruffled! Ruffles were a major trend on pretty much every runway during the Spring 2009 shows- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Malandrino, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Luella, Oscar de la Renta, Jill Stuart, and on and on. Now I was very hesitant about this trend when it first burst onto the scene, it just appeared a little uber-femme and too sweet for my style. However during one particularly inspired shopping trip, ventured into unchartered territories and gave the ruffled look a try with. The result? Love at first sight! I don’t know what it is, but ruffled styles always seem to have this fashion-forward quality to them.

The most important thing to remember with this style is to make it work for you! If you can pull off sweet and girly, then take that motif and run with it. If, like me, you lean more towards edgy styles, then incorperate some edgy embellishments- a leather cuff, an androgynous blazer, killer pumps, to toughen it up a bit. So how will you know what works for you? Well there’s this little thing called gut instinct which will always guide you through. If you put it on and it just looks all sorts of wrong, then it’s time to rearrange.

I have searched far and wide to track down some the best ruffled styles out there. Shop the looks pictured above and check out some of the other styles I found after the jump! [continue reading…]

Celebrity Style Inspiration: Rachel Bilson post image

Whether she’s decked out in gorgeous designer duds or dressed down to run errands, Rachel Bilson’s innate knack for style always shines through. For this ‘Celebrity Inspiration’ edition, I’m focusing on her daytime-style which is always practical, wearable, and totally mode. The one aspect of her personal style that I am consistently impressed by is her ability to infuse even the most basic pieces with a fashion-forward flair. Rachel has a strong affinity for investing in high-quality key-items- be it, bags, shoes, and so on- and using them to enliven basic jeans-and-tee looks and she is the master of mixing and matching, paring different silhouettes and styles and balancing the bold with the basic.

Read on for items to help you replicate the fabulous looks pictured above. [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Chic Blazers post image

When it comes to fashion, there are certain items that are simply worth the investment and chic blazers absolutely fit the bill. I have racked up quite a collection of blazers within the past few months, all at varying colors and at different price ranges, and they have helped bring my personal style to new heights. First of, there is the whole androgyny-chic element that comes with topping your look off with the fabulous blazer. Blazers an add some polish and poise to your look or a bit of an edge, depending on what you’re going for. There are so many ways to wear this smart, brilliant style and with the seasons in transition, I think it’s time to stock up!

Read on for a selection of fabulous styles to choose from! [continue reading…]

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