August 2014

Super Soft Tees and Tanks for Weekend Lounging

When it comes to wardrobe staples, nothing is more essential than your favorite t-shirt.  Equal parts comfortable and flattering, it’s just the perfect piece for an easy weekend outfit.  Check out our picks for the softest and coziest cute tees and tanks out there.

BellaLuxx Big Pocket Tee, $48
Once you touch a BellaLuxx top there’s no way you’re going back –  they are SO soft and comfy and feel amazing on.  Slightly sheer and slouchy, they have an incredible fit and color.  Try this one with an over-sized pocket for a chic update on a classic look.

Helmut Kinetic Jersey Tee, $90
Helmut Lang makes amazing basics with an edge.  His new, less expensive line Helmut has gorgeous draped t-shirts with the same luxe Helmut Lang aesthetic.

Monrow Tissue V-Neck Tee, $50
This tissue soft, slightly sheer 100% cotton tee will be your new favorite go-to for underneath blazers and cardis.

Zadig & Voltaire ‘Joss’ Rhinestone Skull Cashmere Tank, $320
Your basic tank gets an upgrade with cashmere fabrication and a skull embellishment.

 

Vince V-Neck Tee, $110
For a gorgeous fit and feel, this tee blends modal and viscose fabrics.  Love the center seam detail to make it special.

 

American Apparel Unisex Viscose Tee, $34
Loose-fitting and a little sheer, this ultra-comfy crew neck looks great with leggings or skinny jeans.

 

Joie Layering Tank, $28
Joie is great brand for basics, so it’s no surprise their tank is easy to wear on its own or style with other items in your closet.

Best Spring Sweaters that Transition Through the Summer

It’s all about transitional dressing now that spring has sprung…and what better way to do that than with some fabulous spring sweaters that will take you through the summer? Whether you’re layering them up or wearing them on their own, a lightweight sweater is always a must-have wardrobe staple. We rounded up our on-trend favorites at different price points.

3.1 Phillip Lim Crop Pullover Sweater, $475
A lightweight white sweater is a warm-weather wardrobe staple and we love Phillip Lim’s take. The open knit is breezy for summer and the cropped length pairs well with any high-waisted styles.

Vince Metallic Knit Sweater , $275
If a sweater seems too demure for your taste, try this metallic knit to infuse some rocker chic style. The slouchy fit looks great with a slim pant or skinny jean.

Amazon.com Contemporary Shop Giveaway: Win $200 to Spend On the Latest Fall Fashion

One of our new favorite shopping sites is Amazon.com…and no, not for books or household items but for this season’s latest fashion. Their new Contemporary Shop has some amazing styles from brands like Joie, Halston Heritage and French Connection all in one chic online shopping environment. We are lusting after the Women’s Crystal Dress from Amanda Uprichard and also this great coat by ABS by Allen Schwartz.

Want to get your online shopping fix for free? Click here to enter for a chance to win $200 to spend online at Amazon.com’s new Contemporary Shop.

Buy Soft Joie “Darrah” Scoopneck Draped Dress, $138

Buy Soft Joie “Darrah” Scoopneck Draped Dress, $138

  • Soft Joie’s cotton silhouette is effortlessly chic for date night with a deep scoopneck and elegant draped skirt
  • Elasticized waistband, pleated and draped skirt

Shop the Full Story: Look Fab for The Fourth of July

Buy Nautical-Striped Silk Top from Joie, $148

Buy Nautical-Striped Silk Top from Joie, $148

  • An easy and flattering choice
  • Solid shoulders and hem

Shop the Full Story: Chic and Casual Summer Clothes

Chic and Casual Summer Clothes

Finding the right pieces for your best gorgeous + glam look is easy, but who says elegance is an evening-only affair? Equal parts comfy and chic, we’ve compiled a list of on-trend casual clothes for summer – mix and match for a variety of looks guaranteed to keep you looking cute long before cocktail hour.

Tops

It’s all about fit this summer… less of it! Stay lovely in tanks that are loose and frame-flattering, such as this nautical-striped silk top from Joie or SPLENDID’s Cotton Mesh & Chambray Stripe Tank. Like any designer piece worth its price tag, beauty is in the details: Accenting the finer, delicate features of your body is both sexy and feminine. We’re loving scoopnecks, the perfect style for highlighting your collarbone and elongating your neck. Try ecoSkin’s Hydra Top, Two Color Rugby Stripe Scoopneck Top from SPLENDID, or Ralph Lauren’s Modal-Cashmere Scoopneck Tee for a look that shows you off without showing too much. If your taste is more dramatic than demure, we recommend Rammy Brook’s DEBBY top. The charmeuse staple combines the airy flow of a summer tank with the daring plunge of a night-worthy neckline, while the high neck in back and careful front drapery keep it just right for the daylight hours.

Bottoms

Get back in touch with your inner child this summer by channeling this season’s whimsical inspiration: Rainbow Bright. Summer’s hottest bottoms are coming fast and fashionable in an assortment of colors, from muted rose to hot, hot pink. J Brand’s Cut-off Shorts come in five eye-popping varieties, while Forever 21’s short shorts have you (mostly!) covered, with faded denim cutoffs available in a trio of light, pastel shades. Skinny jeans are a great fit all year round, and the warmer months are a perfect excuse to experiment with a warmer color palette. Rag & Bone have a sweetly rose-toned skinny cigarette pant, Urban Outfitters offers a high-rise take on the look in berry, and for an even comfier fit with the skinny flair, we can’t wait to kick back in American Apparel’s Unisex Stretch Twill Slim Slack, carried in both hot + cold colors. Twill is our latest material of choice, great for those lazy days that mosey rather than move too quickly, and Forever 21’s Twill Joggers are right up our alley of relaxation. Ramy Brook’s Silk Stretch Charmeuse pants are a higher-end take on the jogger look, offered in the more understated options of mocha and fern.

Dresses

There’s lots of crossover action going on in this season’s dress designs, and we want a piece of it! Both Edit and H&M are carrying dresses with the detailing of a great fitted shirt, replete with sleeveless button-up fronts and attached belts. We’re reaching for Phillip Lim’s Sleeveless Belted Patch Pocket Dress W/ Shirtail Hem, and H&M’s spin on the style, in either white or brown. Can’t decide which style suits you best? There’s always James & Joy’s Orange Convertible Dress, which goes both ways to equal fun and flirty effect: Pull the fitted bottom down for a sassy shift, or hike it up and pair over skinny jeans to wear as a loose, flowy top. For those whose style trends to the wild, jungle genre-bending is in: mix your maxis with fierce patterns, including Mink Pink’s Tribal Dancer Dress or TIBI’s Mosaic-print stretch-jersey maxi dress.

Shoes

There’s only one way to move when your heels are strapped and styled in summer’s must-have sandals: sashay! Gladiators are still very much on-trend, but to more understated ­– and comfortable – effect. K.Jacques Suede Knot Sandal is a simple interpretation of the distinctly summer design, with a single strap around the heel and two encircling the front of the foot. A more open shoe, Endless’ Cocobelle Women’s Samuna Sandal puts a spin on traditional straps by twisting them over and around the big toe, while the crisscross design of Urban Outfitters’ Ecote Toehold Simple Gladiator Sandal keeps the detailing and definition of traditional Gladiators without restricting your foot.

Bracelets

Coco Chanel always said she never left the house without taking at least one item off – but she didn’t have accessories like these. We say, the more the merrier when it comes to Chan Luu: Layer the wrap bracelets for an exotic, beachy vibe, or wrap your wrists in a leather or intricately beaded cuff. Jill Heller Fine Jewelry is dedicated to bringing spiritual substance to the style of her Abundance bracelets – each sterling silver or gold-linked piece comes encased with a “scrolled mantra for abundance,” including instructions on how best to use the fashionable and wise words.

Bags

Any outfit, no matter the time of day, is ever complete without the right bag to complement, highlight, and pull everything together! For a comfy look, go for bags that, like your outfit, are less structured: CALYPSO St. Barth for Target’s Linen Tote is the perfect accessory for any relaxed beach-day wear, functionally sized and decorated with fun threaded detailing.  CALYPSO’s Convertible Tote may be a little pricier, but it stands apart from the style pack as a study in daytime slouch chic.