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Update Your Classic Trench with Cool Leather Details

  • posted November 4th, 2013
  • Fashion

A classic trench coat is one of those few timeless pieces that truly never goes out of style – for reals. I mean, let’s put it this way: if there’s one thing you can safely splurge $750+ on (*cough*Burberry*cough*) without fear of falling victim to a passing fashion fad, it’s a trench. But what if you want something a bit more… updated? True, trendy details are the exact things that keep a piece from being truly timeless, but sometimes they’re hard to resist. Case in point: strategically-placed leather trim and paneling. We’ve seen our share of contrast sleeves carried over from last season, but this time around, quilted leather shoulders, leather arm cuffs, and even leather patchwork are edging up our favorite classic trench and parka silhouettes. I mean, it’s basically like two of our favorite fall-weather staples – our tried-and-true leather jacket and our favorite goes-with-everything trench coat – had a ridiculously stylish baby. Yes, a jacket baby. Check out my favorites in the links below!

From left to right: Vero Moda Leather Look Sleeve ParkaEllen Tracy Hooded Faux-Leather-Trim RaincoatBCBGeneration Faux Leather Trim Trench Coat, and Thakoon Addition Leather Panel Trench Coat.

Trend Alert: Mohair Pieces

  • posted November 1st, 2013
  • Fashion

Mohair. Even just the name makes my skin itch and conjures up horrifying childhood memories of getting dressed for school in a textile that more closely resembled a torture device than actual fabric. However, now that I’m older, wiser, a bit more tolerant of texture, and can actually pick out my own clothes every morning, I’ve developed a new appreciation for mohair – and so has the rest of the fashion world, apparently! Cozy meets chic with mohair-tweed blends, mohair trim, fuzzy-soft mohair blends and beyond – the textile is no longer just a tantrum-inducing tool for punishing your toddler. From jackets and coats to dresses and skirts, and of course, the classic mohair sweater – check out some of my favorite mohair pieces in the links below!

From left to right: Marissa Webb Elizabeth Devon Skirt, Dagmar Yrma Mohair Short CoatBoutique by Jaeger Knitted Mohair Sweater in Leopard Print, and Sea Mohair & Silk Dress.

– Alexandra Gambardella

5 Stylish Sweatshirts for a Comfy-Chic Fall Season

  • posted October 17th, 2013
  • Fashion

Aside from the stress that comes with the start of the busiest business quarter of the year, the Fall season in general makes me want to just nest, nest, nest. There’s nothing better than cozying up in a warm blanket while watching new episodes of Fall TV and drinking one of the many delicious seasonal lattes of the year. But if I must be out in public on occasion, this lazy-girl fashionista is a huge fan of anything that will allow me to look fashionable and feel extremely comfortable at the same time. So it’s only fitting that this season, stylish sweatshirts are having a major moment – from chic prints to leather panelling, rocker chick embellishments, and other updated details that clearly establish that these aren’t your average lounge-wear/workout fare. Feel too casual pairing these crew-necks with jeans and flats? Try vamping things up with a mini skirt and booties, leather leggings, or even layering over your favorite summer dress for a total mastering of that tricky summer-to-fall style transitioning thing. Check out some of my favorite uber-cool sweatshirts in the links below!

From left to right: MSGM Faux Leather Sweatshirt, Markus Lupfer Embellished Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt, Halston Heritage Printed Sweatshirt Blouse, Kenzo Cotton Embroidered Sweatshirt, and Timo Weiland Eve Sweatshirt.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Sea of Shoes Teams Up With ShoeMint for a Pair of Color-Blocked Ankle Boots

  • posted September 24th, 2013
  • Fashion

Shoe-loving blogger Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes has provided readers with lots of lofty shoe inspiration, but believe it or not, Jane aims to do more than just make us jealous with her insane collection of fashionable footwear. Now, as of this Fall, she’s helping us cure our post-summer shoe slump with a killer pair of color-blocked booties! And what’s more – they’re actually affordable. No joke! ShoeMint co-designers Rachel Bilson and Nicole Chavez have teamed up with the style maven to create the aptly-named Jane bootie – now available on ShoeMint for a mere $109.98. These statement-making nappa leather ankle boots come in both black-and-white and black-and-tan, and look great with cropped skinny jeans (Aldridge’s own preferred pairing) or even with a tights-and-shorts combo for fall. Sure, they may not cure your withdrawals for summer sandal weather, but they do provide another reason to look forward to the chillier boot season ahead!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Fall Trend Alert: Marble Prints

  • posted September 17th, 2013
  • Fashion

If you’re not ready to give up your summer obsession with prints – florals, checkers, leopard, tropical prints and beyond – don’t fret, because fall is offering up plenty of its own season-friendly patterned offerings. Case in point: marble prints. The stone-inspired pattern is cropping up on everything from dresses to accessories and even leggings this season, and we’re kind of loving the moody, cool, statue-inspired effect. Not too in-your-face, but with just enough fashion-forward flair to keep things interesting, these swirly, stoney prints are just what we needed to keep our love for patterned pieces alive for the gloomier seasons ahead! Check out my favorites in the links below – there’s a little something for any budget!

Pictured above: Raquel Allegra Deconstructed Jersey Rib Tank Dress in Marble Print, Nordstrom BP. Marble Print Leggings, Josh Goot Marble Frame Silk A-Line Skirt, Dolce & Gabbana Cat-Eye Sunglasses in Marble Silver, and Balenciaga Marble-Print Silk Top.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Colorful Fall Basics Done Right, Courtesy of Current/Elliott and Revolve Clothing!

  • posted November 6th, 2012
  • Fashion

Just because we’re well into fall doesn’t mean our clothing has to match the season’s dreary mood and weather. That said, there’s still an art to mastering autumn pops of color, and it’s important to look on-trend and fall-festive without looking like you’ve time traveled from Spring 2011 (or worse – the 90s). Thankfully, Current/Elliott’s brand-spanking-new fall offerings, available now at Revolve Clothing, serve up a satisfying mix between cool grays, charcoals, and worn-in neutrals to provide the perfect contrast to more fun eye-popping pieces like colorful tees and fall-appropriate printed denim. After all, it’s all about balance, and it’s easy to serve as your own stylist and mix-and-match from the line’s upscale basic tees and denim for a look that’s comfortable and nearly effortless, but still perfectly put-together. Not ready to say goodbye to colorful denim? Try fall’s bold cords paired with a more low-key slouchy gray tee and a goes-with-everything black leather jacket. Looking to switch it up? The moto jacket also comes in an in-your-face lime shade, so try layering it over an equally colorful tee paired with some charcoal skinny jeans to bring your look full circle. Check out the rest of Current/Elliott’s latest releases over on Revolve Clothing!

Pictured above: Current/Elliott The Zip Moto Jacket, The Freshman Tee, The Side Cut Skinny, The V Neck Tee, and The Ankle Skinny Cord, all available at Revolve Clothing.

– Alexandra Gambardella

These Fashionable Takes on the Varsity Jacket Are Head of Their Class!

Even if you weren’t much for school spirit back in your high school days, the latest stylish upgrades on the classic varsity jacket may inspire you to break out a pair of pom-pons! These aren’t the typical nylon, elbow-patched zip-ups that all the jocks and their cheerleader girlfriends were seen sporting around campus. Add updated on-trend details along with a slight touch of irony and whimsy, and lose the hall pass, and you’ve got yourself a modern fall staple that’s perfect for throwing on over anything from dresses to jeans and beyond. Polka dots add an undeniable feminine touch to the traditionally boyish silhouette of this Forever 21 jacket, while this Washborne denim jacket from Free People incorporates jock-inspired details to make a sweet fall take on the American classic. Love fall’s two-toned jacket trend? This Madewell Stadium Jacket fits right in with its leather sleeves and warm wool shell. No matter which take on the trend suits your fancy, these cozy-yet-cool jackets are definitely worth cheering about.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Go Prep School Chic in a Sleek Plaid Blazer

Bold, bright patterns have been having a serious style moment in the past year or so – some of which we had never even seen before this whole print craze hit the fashion jackpot – and they’ve been serving as a fun, vibrant way to spice up all those monochromatic, cozy basics we collected from last fall and winter. From newly rejuvenated prints like southwest-inspired patterns and tapestry to timeless trends like plaid, paisley, and polka dots, it’s fun to see our favorite seasonal staples steer away from solids and get the printed treatment. As a pattern, tartan/plaid has the power to conjure up a variety of style scenarios and fashion fads, from Scottish kilts to glam rock and of course, private school uniforms, and we’re calling inspiration from the latter to add a fun preppy vibe to our fall look. A nice tailored plaid blazer looks sophisticated without verging on boring, adding a dash of Gossip Girl-esque charm to any work ensemble or casual outfit. Pair with a silky blouse, skinny slacks and sensible pumps for 9-5, then switch to coated jeans, a muscle tank, and chunky moto booties to complete the perfect edgy (yet still perfectly put-together) after-hours ensemble.

From left to right: Heed Tartan Blazer, McQ by Alexander McQueen Tailored Plaid Blazer, and Olivia Moon Plaid Blazer.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Velvet Smoking Slippers: The Epitome of Comfy-Chic!

As much as I love dressing up in the highest heels I can find – even for no particular reason on your average Wednesday – my inner homebody is always super-excited when trends take a turn in the comfier direction for the upcoming season! Loafer-inspired flats and smoking slippers have been every in-the-know fashionista’s go-to flats for awhile now, but as the weather cools down, the footwear fad seems to keep getting cozier and even more literal. While I’m sure I won’t be able to break out my retro Ninja Turtle slippers in public any time soon, I still appreciate that velvet smoking slippers are all the rage this season, inspired by the luxe versions that British high society would don in the comfort of their own homes back in the day. Pair them with some skinny jeans, matchstick slacks, or tights and some fall-friendly leather shorts for a chic (and comfy!) fall ensemble!

Pictured above: Stubbs & Wootton for J. Crew Classic Velvet Slippers, Rachel Zoe Lily Velvet Smoking Slipper, Alexander McQueen Embroidered Tulip Velvet Slipper, River Island Navy Velvet Stud Slipper, and Charlotte Olympia Cat-Face Velvet Skimmer.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Yipes Stripes! Fall’s Hottest Print is Black and White

  • posted September 18th, 2012
  • Fashion

Referees, zebras, circus tents…. there are plenty of black-and-white striped things in the world that you wouldn’t want to take inspiration from when it comes to filling out your fall wardrobe, but autumn’s new take on black-and-white stripes will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about stripes! This season, stripes are making moves away from their casual, summer-festive nautical style and transitioning into a bold, sophisticated night-out look that commands attention. After all, following the resurrection of the polka dot print, it was only a matter of time before stripes followed suit! Stripes are eye-catching, sleek, and surprisingly slimming (when worn right!), and look amazingly chic while still having plenty of character and whimsy. From blazers and sheer tops to clutches and even quirky oxford-inspired flats, we dare you to try and escape black-and-white stripes this season without giving them a try!

Pictured above: Sparkle & Fade Sleeveless Striped Blouse, Motel Striped Jordan Jean, On Point Striped Jacket from Nasty Gal, American Apparel Bobby Stripe Lace-up Shoe, and Kate Spade Harrison Stripe Wristlet.

– Alexandra Gambardella

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