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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.

Cropped Trench Coats Have You Prepared For Whatever Spring Weather!

This unpredictable spring weather has really thrown me through a loop when it comes to picking through my wardrobe. Since I had been counting on at least another 3 weeks of leftover San Francisco winter chill, I definitely wasn’t prepared for these summer-like hot days that have sprung on us out of nowhere! It’s in these inconsistent between-season times that I really wish I had the perfect spring-to-summer jacket that I can count on to keep me covered but not weigh me down, whether its rainy, chilly, sunny, or plain sweltering (though in that case, you’re better off ditching the jacket altogether). While trench coats are traditionally fall fashion fare, a spring-ified cropped trench is the perfect cover-up in unpredictable transitional weather because its lightweight but durable and versatile, and goes with nearly everything! It’s sleek and sophisticated, but with just the right amount of spring flair — great over a pair of skinny jeans or a pretty floral dress!

From left to right: Mason by Michelle Mason Crop Trench Coat, Vince Cropped Wax Trench, Madewell Liverpool Cropped Trench, and Banana Republic Waxed Linen Short Trench.

– Alex Gambardella

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Get Norma Kamali at Wal-Mart — Before It’s Gone!

Norma Kamali for Wal-Mart isn’t going to be around forever – so get some while you can! There are so many great dresses, leggings, trenches and more at uber-affordable prices. I alone own a dozen items from this collection – now it’s your turn to get some for yourself!

Jersey Shirred Sleeveless Dress$20

Structured Shoulder Sweater Cardigan$20

From our friends at Fashion Pulse Daily

Buy it: Converse One Star

Within the last year or so, being a fashion blogger has become a hot commodity, so much that designers, beauty companies, and a host of other entities now hold special events just for bloggers. After years of toiling in anonymity, I must say, it’s pretty nice to be wined, dined, and swagged. Of all the events that I attend, however, my favorite tend to involve getting the chance to style looks. It’s like playing dress-up in someone else’s closet, and my ego likes taking a fashion brand’s wares and putting my own stamp on it. So of course I jumped at the chance to assemble a few looks from Converse One Star‘s spring 2011 collection last week. As you may or may not know, Converse One Star is sold exclusively at Target, and has a ton of casual, urban-cool basics that are perfect for the weekend. Below are the looks I created (and, yes, they had me pose with them, so while I’m normally not a post-pictures-of-myself blogger, well, here I am); the best part is that you can shop them right now on

Look 1: Kristen Stewart runs errands
Don’t laugh, but I saw this trench coat and thought of Kristen Stewart in various paparazzi photos, where she looks boyish but cute, like she’s borrowing Robert Pattinson’s clothes. I wanted to contrast the tailored but low-key look of the trench coat with slouchier sweatpants. As a nod to the Forks, Washington weather, I layered the look with a lace-trim tank underneath a button-down. I also added a fashion-y wide belt on top of the trench, because adding a random belt instantly gives you a fashiony look, and it prevents everything from looking too relaxed.

Isla Trench Coat, $49.99
3/4 Sleeve Sport Shirt, $22.99
Lace Trim Tank, $12.99
Leisure Cropped Pant, $22.99
Accessories unavailable online.

Look 2: Rick Owens lite
This photograph does not do this jacket justice (It also doesn’t do me justice, but let’s ignore that for now)–it’s super-soft, super-lightweight, and it looks way more expensive than it is. It has that biker-lite vibe that’s been happening for a few seasons now, so I decided to take a cue from Rick Owens and layer it with two tank tops and a drapey jersey vest (also a great piece, but sadly not yet available online). The skinny jeans have motocross-inspired stitching details, continuing the vaguely outlaw-ish vibe. I finished with a big shoulder bag and several strands of snake-like silver necklaces to dress it up a little. Again, this is a pretty casual look, but it’s my favorite of the three.

Roxie Jacket, $34.99
Lace Trim Tank Tops, $12.99 each
Skinny Jeans, Dark Wash, $29.99
Vest and accessories unavailable online.

Look 3: mixing it up
I decided to get a little crazy on my third and final look (as evidenced by my pensive expression here), so I pulled one of my favorite tricks, which is mixing patterns. This is actually a peasant top over a dress, and I added a belt to create a waist. For some reason, I feel like mixing patterns is easier with warm-weather clothes; the key is to 1) pair a larger-scale pattern with a smaller one, and 2) to keep it all in the same color family. I think you could wear this to work, but it would also be a cute weekend brunch outfit. I’ll have eggs benedict and a bellini.

Plaid Miriam Top, $24.99
Dress and accessories unavailable online.

FTC disclosure: I was compensated for my mad styling skillz with a Target gift card, although I had so much fun, I would’ve done it for free.

From our friends at Cheryl Shops

Wool Trench Coats Give Your Favorite Fall Jacket a Winter-Friendly Update!

Maybe it’s because we San Franciscans are just spoiled with year-long mild weather that allows us to wear nearly whatever we want any time of the year without risking frostbite, but I often forget that more frigid climates don’t exactly lend themselves to wearing flimsy fall coats during the winter. I foolishly find myself searching for the perfect twill trench in the middle of January when most fashionistas in chillier cities aren’t even thinking about braving the outside world without at least three additional layers on hand. So instead of ditching the idea of a chic, figure-flattering, streamlined trench altogether, why not opt for a more winter-friendly version of everyone’s favorite classic silhouette  — a wool trench coat! Sure, maybe I won’t need the added insulation of a wool-blend coat when we Californians are hit with a not-too-surprising February heat wave, but I’ll be extra toasty until then in my on-trend winter trench. And all you East Coasters and Midwesterners can stay stylish without freezing your buns off, or having to bundle up past the point of mobility a la those poor kids in “A Christmas Story.”

Pictured above: Tulle Hooded Wool Blend Trench, Mackage Short Wool Trench Coat, Forever 21 Hooded Winter Trench Coat, and Burberry Frill-Trimmed Wool-Blend Trench Coat.

– Alex Gambardella

Shopping + Goodies – Burberry Pleated Trench + Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Boots

  • posted November 10th, 2010
  • Fashion

This edition of Weekly Shopping and Goodies has so many amazing Giveaways. You can enter all of them! We always have the latest info…

Do you know the hottest color of the season? Guess what Burberry has for Moms and kiddies? has quite the Shopping Spree. What is a Girly Glamer? You must know by now…how much we love leopard. Start reading all the latest scoop from my favorite fashionistas!

A Few Goody Gumdrops is giving away a goregous Black Diamond Circle Pendant in White Gold. Enter to win!
Child Mode gives us a glimpse of Burberry’s Mini-Me Prorsum A/W 2010 Collection For Matching Kids And Parents
Couture In The City
shares with us a giveaway not to miss!Show your style for fall with a pair of Sperry Top-sider boots!
Fashion Cents gives you 3 tips for wearing the season’s hottest color – RED! Says Joanna Wiley Weidenmiller is Ladybrille Woman of the Month!
RedPoppy Fashion has fallen head over heels for Burberry’s perfectly pleated trench
Shopping and Info wants these gorgeous leopard print Giuseppe Zanotti booties for the Holidays.
Style Eyes
tells a few of her favourite tips in How to pick clothes in colours that flatter
is stepping into the holiday party season with style and a NET-A-PORTER.COM fabulous $5000 Shopping Spree Giveaway!
Violet Revolution asks: Do you know the Whipped over this jewelry ?
The Bare Skinny shows you the perfect gift for the Girly Gamer!

Summer Trenches To Get You Through The Summer In Style

Despite the fact that it is late July, sometimes I find myself unexpectedly freezing my butt off in the middle of the afternoon, equipped with nothing but a sheer knit cardigan to protect me from the chilly wind. That’s the unpredictability of living in San Francisco (or my stubborn refusal to accept anything but warm sunshine), but regardless of where you reside, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you don’t have use for a coat, especially a perfectly practical trench. Sure, the idea of a trench coat is classic, but that iconic look isn’t quite so sweat-proof, which is why I’m loving the summer-friendly updates that this season’s trenches are getting to suit the generally warmer weather! Whether short-sleeved, sleeveless, cropped, shrunken, or made with lightweight linen blends, you can rock the polished trench look all year round without looking totally out of season. You may love these summer versions so much, you’ll be willing to shiver for the sake of wearing them even through the winter season (okay, maybe not that much)!

From left to right: Kay Park Lightweight Trench Coat, Theory “Hummingbird Nani” Cropped Trench, French Connection “Mister Magic” Short Trench, and Torn by Ronny Kobo Alana Trench Coat.

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