Taking cues from traditional vintage lines, designers are incorporating sheer and translucent materials either as added elements or for their fashion’s primary purpose. From the see-through tee shirts of summer to the all-over sheer pantsuits and frocks for fall, apparel assigns new meaning to peek-a-boo style.
Gauze gives way to sleeker looks with metallic shimmer and a sexy, silky feel. The IT couple this year is satiny velvet and sheer nylon. Feather embellishments provide mystique while sequins and jewels offer a sense of royalty, elevating the new couple above the status quo.
The beauty of see-through sheer is its versatility for both work and play, and its natural ability for year-round layering. Wear a sheer blouse over a silk camisole to work. Wear the same sheer blouse over a dark brazier to the club. A solid, three-quarter sleeve sheer dress over a halter-print dress lightens a day at the office and is super chic over low-rise, skinny jeans and a long, sequined-front vest for a night out.
Sheer success comes from varying the lengths of your layers and balancing with heavier materials. Pair a short, sheer top over a long cami or under a long, open-front sweater. Combine a sheer dress with suede boots and heavy tights. Layer a long-sleeve sheer blouse with a short-sleeve sweater – either over or under the sweater.
A safe way to try sheer on for size is with snug-fitting long sleeve under a boxy short-sleeve belted sweater. Polish it off with a pair of wool shorts, tights and boots. Still not sure about sheer? Go for a sheer black tunic. It’s highly versatile and layers with everything.
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Update your wardrobe and maximize your fall fashion budget by pairing your favorite spring/summer pieces with a few new fall additions. It’s a great way to transition with the weather and keep your look fresh.
Some staple items to invest in are knee-high boots and a thick wooly sweater or tweed blazer with fur trim to warm up your lightweight, maxi-length dresses and skirts from summer. Pick up a timeless pair of elbow-high gloves you can wear with last year’s sweaters. (TIP: revamp older wool sweaters by cutting the sleeves to your forearm and rolling the edges. NOTE: stick to ribbed and smooth sleeves and avoid cable-knits.)
Pair a flowing spring skirt with sheer tights, medium-weight ankle socks and your punchiest pair of solid-color pumps. Throw on a lightweight long sweater over a neutral tee and you’re ready to rock the office or the weekend.
Fringe and tassels are key as the importance of texture continues to rise. For the DIY-inclined, stitch wide-band tassel trim, like the kind you’d use for decorating curtains and throw pillows, onto last year’s short-length gloves. Tassel fringe with narrow banding, sewn on ankle socks approximately two inches above your ankle bone, adds to the bohemian edge of platform, peep-toe pumps.
With vintage garb continuing in vogue, be sure to shop your local thrift stores and estate sales for three-quarter sleeve coats you can wear with your latest long-sleeve gloves. While you’re there, rummage through the wool-blend scarves for added texture to sweaters, simply whip-stitching with embroidering floss along the bottom, waistline or collar. Remnants of jersey-knit fabric and fleece also work well with this idea, so keep that in mind as your sifting through the isles or rummaging through unwanted items in your closet.
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You don’t have to spend your entire paycheck on your wardrobe just to look chic. There is a stigma that exists that says more expensive means better quality—and just overall better—but that does not have to be the case. Being thrifty is an ever-valuable skill for life in general, and in the search for filling out your wardrobe. Here are some ways to vamp up your style on a budget.
Secondhand stores. Go the previously-loved route. Vintage is in! Shopping at secondhand stores is always a fun experience, although it can feel a bit overwhelming at times. The vast amount of items that lie before you can feel daunting, but if you know what you like, you’ll easily be able to weed through what doesn’t appeal to you. Some great items to get secondhand: coats, sweaters, and rompers.
Prioritize. Decide which pieces are really important to you, and dedicate your money to buying the best one you can. A mistake that many people make is to purchase many small things that they don’t love. If you’re set on having a great leather jacket, decide what you can afford, and get that jacket. If you shop smartly the first time, you won’t be looking for a replacement the next year.
Plan ahead. Make yourself a budget chart. This will come in handy in all aspects of life, but with your shopping especially. Take a look at your existing wardrobe, see what you have, and think about what’s missing. You can then write down your ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ and delegate your money accordingly.
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Fall formal is an exciting time for all—designers included. Everyone has fun putting together new patterns to be worn especially at formals. For this reason, it can be hard to shop for what to wear. You just have so many choices! Here are some options to help you narrow down your search.
Colors. Play with the colors of the season. Look for chic, silky dress in hues of dark orange or crimson. The idea is not to make you look like a pumpkin, but a radiant burst of sun that you might find on a crisp October morning.
Accessorize. Look for shoes and accessories in jewel tones. Black is the color for the colder months, so while you can, why not play with some rich colors that will make you stand out from the crowd. Ruby, topaz, emerald, and amethyst are all great options. You can even play with the color of your birthstone.
Nature’s Jewelry. Wear nature-inspired jewelry. You’re bound to start seeing the effects of the season on the ground around you, so why not use that for a bit of inspiration. So many designers are mimicking their rings after branches and trees, and they’re a great natural addition to your outfit. Look for some pinecone-shaped earrings or a Grecian leaf headband to complete the look.
Sash-It. Tie a printed sash around your little black dress. This will update your winter look to be season appropriate, and you can tell people that you helped create it yourself. There’s nothing better than a DIY outfit.
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On days when you’re feeling particularly energized (or as a pick-me-up for days when you’re not), go for a busier-the-better look by mixing a print blouse with a print skirt. The key to success lies in keeping your color scheme similar and balancing a small print with a larger one. Anchor the look with a wide, solid-colored or color-blocked belt and neutral boots and hosiery.
The same principles apply for plaid and also for angular prints paired with stripes. For plaid, mix a larger pattern, preferably on the bottom, with a smaller pattern on top. Stick to color opposites or similar hues. When mixing angular prints with stripes, be sure your stripes are vertical — below-the-knee dresses and skirts work best — and go with the same colors as your angular print.
Give pinstripe suits a lift with a damask brocade blouse, or opt for an urban edge with animal print or a tattoo-art tee. Wear the same pinstripe blazer with an abstract, color-blocked dress. Wear your pinstripe pants or skirt with a long and a short layer, such as a long sweater and short shirt or a long tee with a short cardigan, on top.
For a more subtle approach to print, combine a solid-color lace dress with either a small or a large print scarf in matching colors. Dress it up with a silk blazer or dress it down with a denim jacket. For something a bit more bold yet still conservative, pair a polka-dot dress with a large, floral-print scarf. Give that same outfit a rustic feel with cowboy boots or a delicate touch with velvety pumps, either in the dominant color of your scarf or in a neutral tone.
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What’s in store for fall? Glamour blends of polished layers from sexy sleek to boxy overtures—all of which go the distance. While less can still be more, more—MUCH more—is even better. More color, more texture, chunk, more length, more height and more untraditional, once forbidden, fashion queues than ever before.
A breakdown of the specifics: The prowl of animal prints continues, pawing their way into a jungle mix of plaids and bites of colorful hounds tooth as designers mix myriad prints in sleek silhouettes and boxy ‘80s-style lines.
In line with the eclectic mix of prints is a smattering of texture, either as one bold piece or in subtle, multiple blends. Got a shiny gunmetal pencil skirt? Pair it with ribbed wool and suede leather. Keep it monochromatic with pops of color in turquoise (the IT color this fall), fuchsia, neon orange, lime green and hot pink. Put jewel tones in precious mixes of emerald, garnet and amethyst dusted with glittering metallics.
Heavy pleats and deep ribbing add contrast to moto-style jackets. Feathers and fur make all the trimmings, while vintage influences gain momentum with long gloves, ruffles and lace. Of course, all-over polka-dot and zigzag patterns brighten a cold, winter’s day at the office or a hot night out (or in!)
Warm up with wooly blends of neutrals offset with silky sheers and lightweight layers underneath or overtop. Because one brilliant fashion idea deserves another, mix it up this season with your own unique blend of classic conservative and bad-girl chic.
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Fall weather is always fickle. You may find yourself questioning in the morning whether or not you should wear your thick pants, or keep an extra sweater in your bag. The same combos can get boring after a while though, and you’ll eventually need a change. A great option for those chilly mornings is a dress with sleeves. If you’ve felt apprehensive about this style in the past, never fear. Here are some ways to wear them to that will win you big fashion points.
1) Pair with a great printed tight and high-heeled pumps. If you have a simple, neutral dress with sleeves, think about drawing some attention to your leg area with a printed pair of tights. Look for subtle patterns like a small polka-dot or floral. Then, wear your favorite pumps. Red would be a great addition to this ensemble.
2) Wear a blazer over the dress. This is a great option for when you want to re-wear your dress but not repeat an outfit. Look for a jacket that hits right above your waist to maximize your curves. The hem on the top of the sleeve should hit between your neck and shoulder for the right arm length.
3) Attract some attention to your neck with bold earrings. For a dress that has a lower neckline and long sleeves, you can further accentuate your features with chunky metallic earrings. Don’t be afraid to go bold.
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Every week, Vogue compiles a slideshow of the best-dressed people on the fashion scene. The week of June 13, the theme was feminine styles. Of course, many of the showcased dresses were delicate, frilly numbers.
Summer is over now, but the lingering hot days of an Indian Summer inspire a desire to inject air into every outfit, whether that means a short skirt or sleeves that will blow in whatever wind manages to arise. Frills are pretty much our favorite kind of embellishment. Here, we give you the breakdown of what to do—or not—with this fun warm weather trend.
Do plan structure with your free-flowing accents. The first image on Vogue’s slideshow is of Emma Watson in a lime Marchesa dress. The top half of her frock is full-on frill, while the bottom half is made of sleek silk. The skirt portion is more fitted, balancing Emma’s funky, airy top. If you buy a breezy blouse, go for a tighter or stiffer skirt. If your whole dress is frilly, carry a sleek clutch and wear plain patent pumps. Sweep your hair into a clean bun or ponytail. You’ll be chic and beat the heat!
Don’t add volume to areas you want to slim. It may seem obvious, but this item is worth repeating. If you’re worried about your stomach looking bigger than you want it to (And remember; it’s all about what you think. Don’t let anyone else decide this for you.), wear your extra material above or below that area. Frills can be fantastically flattering, but when they add unnecessary layers to a region you’re not fond of, you may find them working against you.
Wiz Khalifa may say he’s running for the “thrill of it,” and we say, in planning gorgeous wistful outfits, we do it for the frill of it. Bring on the wind!
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Humans are naturally attracted to shiny objects. Whether the item is fool’s gold on a beach, jewelry in one’s earlobes, or lustrous conditioned hair, we want to be close to things that glitter. Yeah, it’s not all gold, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look like it.
Shininess comes into clothing choices, too. A night out at the disco club might require a sparkly dress à la Beyoncé, or maybe a simple shirt shift calls for a layer of gold chains on top. However you choose to glow, we have the dos and don’ts to keep in mind:
Do stay balanced. If you choose to wear a dress that is one huge sparkle, go for black pumps (not patent), to anchor your ensemble. Too many light-catching pieces could lead to an unfortunate comparison to a disco ball. Though you do want to be attention grabbing, you shouldn’t cause people to spontaneously dance as you walk past. That might quickly become overwhelming.
At the same time, also do go for a lot (or a little). We’re aware that might sound confusing. Here’s the breakdown: either wear one big shiny piece (i.e. a dress or shirt) or limit yourself to glowing jewelry/hair accessories. The in-between pieces, like belts, shirts with sparkly accents and jackets are generally best without glitter. Especially with accented shirts, you run the risk of looking like a baton twirler or competitive gymnast. If you are passionate about one of those activities, by all means, show your spirit to the world. But if you’d rather not gain an inaccurate reputation, stick with statement pieces and shining jewels.
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In New York City, everyone carries a bag. It’s hard to know when you’ll be home next, especially when work is an hour commute away. Many people make like turtles and carry their homes on their backs. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. Maybe it’s just their laptops and notebooks. Some only need their wallets and phones. Whatever the contents, the variety of baggage people carry is astounding. Here, you’ll see all kinds of colors, patterns, materials, and strap lengths.
The final item in that list may be a variable you never considered. Color and style tend to be the first qualifiers one notices in a good bag. But strap length changes how a carryall frames your body, and how it feels when you lug it around. In the eyes of a fashionista, here’s what varying lengths say about your style:
Long. This bag, whether a pouch or messenger, looks nonchalant. Maybe you like stretching your arm out to rest on the top of your shoulder bag, or perhaps you’re into the elongating effect such an accessory has. If you’re going for casual, a long strap isn’t a bad choice. And if the strap is made of metal or silk, you could be set for fancier events as well. Of course, messenger bags are never fitting for a dress-up scenario. When in doubt, go smaller for more glam occasions (and try a clutch).
Medium. By medium, we mean this bag can still fit on your shoulder, and its bottom hits just above your hip. The traditional shoulder bag, this style is perfect for most occasions.
Short. This bag has a strap that is too short to fit on your shoulder. While perhaps not utilitarian or particularly easy on the back, this style is an elegant option. Carry it when you have an easy day at work, a lunch date with execs or a gallery opening to attend. If you want to get particular, we love BE + D’s Maggie Satchel. Perfect for work and play.
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