Written on September 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm , by Marla Horenbein
With the craziness of New York Fashion Week behind us, we have to admit, we’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. We saw Spring ’14 walk the runways while wearing our Summer ’13 wardrobe and prepping for Winter ’14 in the office. If you’re confused, just imagine how we feel! Our heads are spinning with thoughts of summer dresses and winter whites. But hey, it’s all about living in the present, right? So we’re taking a step back to enjoy this season’s top trends. And you can too, with a few of our tips on how to look your best this fall.
The Look: Slouchy Pants
To master this tricky trend, you want to make sure you have a balanced silhouette. Instead of hiding your trouble spots – too much fabric on top can actually make you look bigger than you really are – the key is to wear a form-fitting top to offset your billowy pants. Three pairs we’re crushing on: Elizabeth & James, Vince, and Robert Rodriguez
The Look: Military
Camo might be our favorite trend this season, and we’re totally digging structured military style jackets. In order to make it work though, you can’t go into military overload. Camo on camo? Too much. Stick to one standout piece and keep the rest of your look simple. Fatigues that we’re loving: J.Crew, Gap, Monrow
The Look: Grunge-Inspired Boots
This fall we’re channeling our inner ’90s girl and shopping for grunge-inspired boots. We like the idea of pairing such a rough-around-the-edges style with something a little unpredictable, so try a girly dress or skirt. Mixing-and-matching these styles gives you the edge you desire, while still keeping a little girly mystery. Styles we’re stocking up on: Ash Footwear, Lucky Brand, Matt Bernson
And if you haven’t seen our story on how to style jackets this fall, be sure to check that out here!
Written on September 6, 2013 at 11:31 am , by Marla Horenbein
Think back to your high school years, specifically the last few days of summer, right before the first day of school. If they were anything like mine, they were spent soaking up as much sun as possible and finding the perfect back-to-school outfit. This meant multiple trips to the mall, inevitably driving my mother (and her bank account) insane.
Fast-forward way too many years, and I still get that giddy feeling come September. There are few things better than back-to-school shopping, no matter how old you are, and while I’m sad to see summer go, I’m welcoming the fall with semi-open arms (I’m still pretty reluctant to trade my bikini-clad body for cable knits…just sayin’).
I’ve got tons of things on my fall wish list, but at the top in big bold letters is a NEW BAG. And by bag, I really mean backpack. Yes, you heard me right: I want a backpack. They’re making a comeback (no pun intended), and everyone from Marni to Madewell is on board. I’ve pulled together some of my favorites, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be sporting one at some point this fall – so long as my mom and her bank account want to help me re-live my back-to-school shopping days!
1. Rebecca Minkoff Matty Backpack ($295, rebeccaminkoff.com)
2. Coach Thompson Leather Backpack ($498, coach.com)
3. Adidas by Stella McCartney Backpack ($110, adidas.com)
4. Forever21 Cool Plaid Backpack ($25, forever21.com)
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Backpack ($1,100, shopbop.com)
6. Herschel Supply City Backpack ($80, nordstrom.com)
7. Epiphanie Brooklyn Backpack ($225, epiphaniebags.com)
8. O’Neill Levi Backpack ($46, oneillclothing.com)
Written on November 4, 2011 at 9:58 am , by Marla Horenbein
Waking up on a chilly morning tends to make me veer towards the comfy section of my closet (i.e. sweatpants, sweatshirts, cozy slippers and a warm blanket). But then reality sets in, and unless it’s the weekend when I know I can bum around the house all day, I realize that I can’t head into work in my sweats. Considering I work in the fashion department, it just doesn’t seem appropriate!
Jeans and a cute top or sweater are usually a staple for me during the colder months, since wearing dresses during November through February screams freezing legs, especially here in the Northeast. For the days that I am feeling ambitious though, my go-to dresses are usually sweater dresses. They are comfy, cozy, warm and usually incredibly versatile. I like to wear mine with colored tights and boots, but below are some ideas on how to take a simple sweater dress (I chose this super cute grey Brochu Walker dress, but I’m also digging this one, and this one!) and style it three different ways!
Feeling Fancy. Pair your dress with cute printed tights, like these star-printed ones (I love them!), and a cool pair of wedges. And for some extra glitz, add a sparkly headband or necklace! This look is perfect for those days that you wake up for work feeling like you want to shine, and also for a fun party or night out!
Forever Funky. Layering is a great way to change the look of your sweater dress. Whether it be a grandfather sweater, a cool bolero or this adorable 1970s inspired vest, you can make your dress look like a totally different piece. Throw on some flats (metallic is hot this season) and some cool bracelets and you are ready to go!
Written on October 21, 2011 at 9:40 am , by Marla Horenbein
In our last closet mashup, we showed you how the same pair of pants could create three totally different looks. This time we are going to show you how one basic striped tee (we chose this sequin Michael Kors top, but feel free to supplement your own favorite tee!) can take you from edgy chic to glammy sleek.
Striped T-shirts will never go out of style. They are simple, comfy and can be paired with just about anything. Polka dots, checks and stripes can actually be paired together! Don’t be afraid to play around with patterns.
But for those of you who prefer to stick to a simpler look, here are some fun ways to mix up your basic striped tee.
- For the edgy look… pair your top with cool black leather shorts, a leather skirt or funky leather pants. Add a neon belt to give your look some color, motorcycle boots and some chunky jewelry, and you’ll be ready to to hit the streets like a hipster.
- For the casual look… try going for a bold pair of colored skinny jeans (see why we love them here!) and flats. A funky tote bag adds some character to your outfit, and simple bracelets keep you looking casual but stylish.
- For the glamed up look… a pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans with sky-high wedges is the way to go. Add some sparkly earrings and sleek sunglasses and you’ll be walking down the street with more attitude than you ever knew you had!
Written on October 14, 2011 at 10:06 am , by Marla Horenbein
So we’ve covered the colored denim and python trends for fall, but let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t love a good leopard print? And what better way to rock it than on your feet in a fun loafer? They’re perfect for the office and will look super cute when you are out running errands on the weekend. And comfy too! In our eyes, they’re a staple this fall. What do you think? Is leopard a trend you’d be willing to try?
- Tory Burch Kendrick Calf Hair Driver ($295, bergdorfgoodman.com)
- Buckled Leopard Oxfords ($24.80, forever21.com)
- Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Slip-On Boat Shoe ($68, sperrytopsider.com)
- DV Dolce Vita Wentz Tassel Oxford ($79, bloomingdales.com)
- Stuart Weitzman Tag Flay Loafer ($355, endless.com)
- Steven by Steve Madden Madee ($119, piperlime.com)
- Prada Classic Leopard Loafer ($790, bergdorfgoodman.com)
Written on October 7, 2011 at 9:14 am , by Marla Horenbein
This fall season is chock-full of amazing fashion trends, like colored denim (seen here!), but one of my personal favorites is python. Snake skin can be hard to pull off in terms of apparel—it can be a little overwhelming as a full print depending on your body type—so I like to incorporate it into my accessories. Fun accessories always amp up an outfit from basic to fantastic anyway, so why not take a walk on the wild side and play with python?
We are really into subtle python prints, whether its an accent on a handbag like the Rebecca Minkoff featured below, or the solid green python band on the Timex watch. For more of my favorite python pieces, check out the links below!
Clockwise from top:
- Rebecca Minkoff Cali Bag ($650, rebeccaminkoff.com)
- All Saints Python Curse Scarf ($95, us.allsaints.com)
- Timex Easy Reader Python Watch ($60, piperlime.com)
- Rockport Faye Ballet Flat ($90, zappos.com)
- Zara Snake Print Wallet ($26, zara.com)
- Ted Rossi Classic Small Python Bracelet ($90, endless.com)
- Michael Kors York Python Pump ($130, michaelkors.com)
Written on September 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm , by Marla Horenbein
Let’s face it: Not all of us can afford to go out and drop tons of money on a new wardrobe every season. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t be trendy and up-to-date with the latest fashions, right? Right. We just have to be selective with our purchases and make sure that we buy pieces that can be versatile and worn from day-to-night and for different occasions.
One of the easiest ways to mixup your wardrobe is to mix and match tops and bottoms. I am a huge jean lover, but sometimes jeans just don’t cut it, which is why I love these J. Crew army green utility pants (or these cheapy pairs from Forever 21 and H&M!) . They are causal enough to run your errands in on the weekend with a slouchy sweater and a pair of kicks, or they can be dressed up with a sexy top and a pair of heels for date night with your hubby or a fun girls night out. What’s better than two for the price of one?! How about three for the price of one, when you factor in pairing these pants with a blazer or a button down and a pair of loafers for work. Genius! See, three outfits, one pair of pants—like music to my ears.
For styling tips to capture each look perfectly, Read more
Written on September 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm , by Marla Horenbein
Fall is upon us and it seems like it is here to stay—in fact, today is the first official day of the season. You know what that means don’t you? Time to whip out your new fall purchases! If you are like me and have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the brisk breezes and cooler temperatures so that you could wear those new cords or that new wool dress, the time has finally arrived! Bring on the cable knit sweaters, riding boots, and of course, one of our favorite 2011 fall trends, candy-colored denim.
Spicing up your wardrobe with jeans in a variety of colors like purple, cobalt blue, yellow, orange, red and pink, can be a great way to make a bold statement. Our favorite way to wear colored denim: Pair them with a solid color top (bright blue top with red jeans, hot pink top with green jeans, purple top with yellow jeans), a skinny belt (printed or bright colors add for a dramatic effect), and either fun booties or flats. And of course some killer confidence. You can’t wear brightly colored jeans and not have some attitude!
Here are some of our favorite styles:
From left to right: Mother jeans, $200, net-a-porter.com. J Brand jeans, $175, net-a-porter.com. Current/Elliott jeans, $170, net-a-porter.com. Topshop jeans, $76, topshop.com. Ksubi jeans, $170, net-a-porter.com.
Written on September 2, 2011 at 10:42 am , by Marla Horenbein
As the summer comes to an unfortunate end, it’s time to pack up your bikinis, short shorts and flip-flops for another year, and pull out your cozy sweaters, wool skirts, and boots. Even though summer is over, a brand new season full of new beginnings starts- another year of school, a new job, or even a new workout plan- and of course, new fashion trends to look forward to! Hey, saying goodbye to summer doesn’t have to be so sad- it gives you a reason to go shopping!
This fall, we are loving all shades of blue. From handbags to headbands, and corduroys to cocktail dresses, you can find the perfect piece to make your wardrobe pop! Here are some of our back-to-school favorites:
1. J Brand Riviera Blue Low Rise Pencil Leg Pants $230
2. Elizabeth and James Paris Popover Blue Metallic Jacquard Blouse $325
3. Marcia Moran Large Blue Dusty Oval Ring $212
4. Top Shop Blue Curved Hem Pleated Skirt $70
5. Current & Elliot The Navy Blue High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans $195
6. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Blue Nailpolish $16
7. Top Shop Petite Blue Shirt $50
8. Kate Spade Blue Lynx Necklace $178
9. Madewell The Canvas Transport Blue Tote $55
10. Tory Burch Eddie Blue Flats $180