October 14, 2009

Military Wool Blend Coat

What's so special about this cozy wool coat? The buttoned collar and lapel, intricate details on the buttons, and its on-trend double-breasted style. Wear it with the season's hottest distressed denim, or pair it with a minidress and tights.

$44.80 at Forever 21

October 10, 2009

How to Wear a Boyfriend Cardigan to Work

How to Wear a Boyfriend Cardigan to Work

One of the season's biggest trends is a wardrobe essential. The boyfriend cardigan is versatile, chic, and comfortable, which means it's not going to go out of style anytime soon. How do you wear it in the office? Just like any other cardigan, you can pair it with everything from printed sheaths to classic trousers; the key is to combine it with dressier pieces and sleek accessories. Here's how you can seamlessly blend your favorite boyfriend cardigan in with the rest of your workwear:
  1. Start with a dressy silk blouse in a simple neutral such as grey or white, or a color that complements your cardigan (we love the navy and lavender together). A tie-neck would bring instant drama to the outfit (bows are a hot fall/spring trend).
  2. Tuck the blouse into a polished, grey pencil skirt. Feel free to experiment with different textures and maybe even subtle patterns, like plaid or houndstooth.
  3. Finish it all off with black accessories to keep things simple. Use a trendy wide belt to cinch your waist over the cardigan and slip on a pair of tights and modern buckled booties. The whole look incorporates comfort, elegance, and a bit of edge.

What's your favorite way to wear a boyfriend cardigan? Share your style with us in the comments!

October 1, 2009

Fall Coat Trend: Anoraks & Parkas

This season, it's all about rugged and cozy. There's the boyfriend jackets, distressed denim, boho tops, and now, anoraks and parkas. For Fall '09, these pieces have been updated with details like flattering drawstring waists and unique materials. Dress them up or dress them down -- we love them either way. Here are seven of our favorite on-trend coats in a variety of styles and prices:

AE Fall Anorak SALE $69.95 (originally $79.50) at American Eagle

Modern Classic
Modern Utility Jacket $29.80 at Forever 21

Huntress Jacket $29.80 at Forever 21

Gallery Satin Anorak $138.00 at Nordstrom

Exposed Zipper Anorak Jacket $88.00 at Arden B

AE Chill Parka $129.50 at American Eagle

Shawl Collar Jersey Parka $100.30 at ASOS

What do you think of this Fall trend? How would you wear a parka/anorak? Share your ideas in the comments!

September 8, 2009

Cheap Chic Find: An $8 Dress!

City Style Sleeveless V-Neck Dress SALE $7.99 (originally $29.95) at New York & Co.

That's right - eight dollars. What an incredible price for such a versatile dress! Labor day may be over, but big sales are still going on; get shopping before all the best deals are gone! Here are two outfit ideas we've come up with to wear with this dress (available in Viva Blue, Blue Brilliance, Berry Pink, Gem Green, and Pouring Red):

#1. Wear to Work

#2. Out & About

What deals have you scored this weekend? Share with us in your comments!

September 6, 2009

Pleat Hip Dress

Say hello to your new go-to little black dress. The always-chic cowl neck and simple shape make this appropriate for any occasion, whether it's a day at work or a night on the town. We're really loving this surprisingly sophisticated piece from Forever 21 (especially its price!).

$24.80 at Forever 21

September 3, 2009

A New Way to Wear Your White Shirt

A New Way to Wear Your White Shirt

There's no question about it; every woman has to have a classic white button-down shirt (a.k.a. one of the most versatile and timeless pieces of clothing you could own). They're simple, chic, and can easily be dressed up or down. If you don't have one, what are you waiting for? There are countless ways to wear them, and here's one you probably haven't tried before: wearing it under a sheath. We love how it instantly transforms the look of your little black (or gray, or purple, or red...) dress and makes the whole outfit totally work-appropriate (it's perfect for fall). Here's how to nail the dress-over-shirt look:

  1. Start with the right shirt. Make sure it has a full front button placket, long sleeves, and a fitted shape. Then find a sleeveless sheath or (simple) shift dress to wear over it. Accentuate your waist with a skinny belt if the dress doesn't already have a defined waistline.
  2. Layer on a voluminous cape to contrast the fitted shirt and dress combo. This adds a bit of elegant flair to the ensemble.
  3. Slip on a pair of bold-colored booties (extra style points for suede, which is a huge trend this fall). We chose a simple red one -- we love how it looks with the navy and gray. Finish everything off with a neutral satchel. Notice how the metal hardware on the bag and belt match the buttons on the cape.
  4. Just for fun, you can pin a couple of flower brooches onto the dress or cape to bring out the color of the shoes. You can also add a chic cap or bucket hat for an equestrian look. Feel free to wear warm, textured tights when the temperature drops.

How do you wear a white button-down shirt? Share your style with us through the comments!

September 2, 2009

The Best Booties for Under $50

Booties are no doubt a big shoe trend of fall 2009 (along with features such as ruffles, embellishments, and bold colors), and there's a good reason for it. They go just as well with a pair of jeans as with a mini dress or skirt; they can work for any season of the year, if you wear the right outfit. Here are our favorite high-style booties, without designer prices:

Ruched Bow Tie Booties $29.99 at Charlotte Russe

Bow Tie Booties $26.99 at Charlotte Russe

Anna Button Ankle Boots $19.99 at Papaya Clothing

Gray Collar Ankle Bootie $34.99 at Ruche

Odette Cage Bootie $28.80 at Forever 21

Safari Chic Booties $42.99 at ModCloth

Lela Rose Mallory Suede Bootie $34.99 at Payless

Mason Button Boot $34.99 at Payless

Sasha Ruffle Bootie $34.99 at Payless

What do you think of this trend? Will you be trying it, or have you already? Tell us in your comments!

August 21, 2009

Hidden Drawstring Jacket

We're loving this women's utility jacket, with its stylish epaulettes and ultra flattering hidden waist-cincher. Our favorite way to wear it is with a girly top and super skinny jeans for a masculine-meets-feminine look.

$22.80 at Forever 21

August 17, 2009

$100 and Under: Stylish Bags for College

Q: Can you help me with something? I'm heading to college this fall, and I would like a bag that will stand out from the sea of average North Face backpacks. It should be able to hold all my books, plus more. My budget is $100. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Backpacks are what most college students carry around campus, but if you want a stylish bag that will help you stand out from the crowd, make sure it has plenty of storage. Don't just go for looks; be sure that it's spacious and durable. We prefer a cross-body or convertible bag for school, in a neutral color so you can use it all year long. Here are our top picks for college bags, all for under $100:

Melie Bianco Woven Dome Tote $99.00 at Piperlime

Pink Studio Lupe Convertible Cross-body Bag $80.00 at Piperlime

ASOS Buckle Detail Shoulder Bag $51.49 at Asos

Chinese Laundry Double Handle Tote $70.00 at Piperlime

Big Buddha Monterey Convertible Shoulder Bag $90.00 at Piperlime

Washed Corduroy Tote $45.00 at Gap

August 16, 2009

Wanted Draw Boot

Slouchy cowboy-style boots are a hot shoe trend, and with its rustic look and unique curved heel, these are the perfect pair. And they're at a great price, too!

$70 at Piperlime

August 13, 2009

How to Flatter a Boyish Figure

Red White & Blue Chic

What works about this outfit:

  • The double-breasted style, nipped-in waist, and flare of the jacket
  • The v-neck, empire waist, and horizontal stripes on the top
  • The flare at the hem of the jeans

How to Flatter a Boyish Figure

What works about this oufit:

  • The straight, fitted style of the blazer
  • The scoop neck, empire waist, and feminine floral print on the top
  • The bootcut styling of the jeans

Pieces that Flatter a Boyish Body:

What Flatters a Boyish Figure

What Flatters Boyish Figures

What to look for in...

Coats & Jackets:

  • Fitted and structured styles (not too boxy)
  • Peplum jackets, empire styles, or ones that flare at the waist
  • Breast pockets (and other detailing)
  • Belted, or with some kind of waist definition
  • Double-breasted or wrap styles
  • Safari or biker jackets
  • Wide lapels and details at the collar


  • Semi-fitted styles
  • Wrap dresses
  • Belted shirtdresses with pocket detailing
  • A-lines, pleating, and empire waists or other waist detailing
  • Halter necklines (or sweetheart necklines for narrow shoulders)
  • Tiers, panels, or ruffles to add volume & contrast waistline
  • Bust details (such as ruffles, pleats, or ruching)
  • Princess seams and darts
  • Tapered or pencil style skirts
  • Drapey, soft fabrics


  • V-necklines, halter, or scoop necks (open necklines)
  • Use belts to cinch & define waist
  • Ruffled, gathered, pleated, or embellished necklines
  • Horizontal stripes or details
  • Empire waist, waist ties
  • Flared or flutter sleeves
  • Breast pockets and other bust detailing
  • Yoke details bring attention to bust
  • Floral, polka dot, paisley, etc.


  • Low-rise styles
  • Fitted through the hips & bottom with a flare at the hem
  • Straight, bootcut, or flared
  • Pleats visually create curves
  • Skinny or straight styles emphasize hips
  • Angled pockets, or buttons (on sailor-style pants) help give hips shape
  • Back patch or button-flap pockets to add definition

Have any tips on how to dress for a boyish shape? Share them in your comments!

August 11, 2009

$100 and Under: Cozy Fall-Ready Coats

A comfy coat is a must for any season, so it's okay to splurge on one that'll last for years to come. But with the economy the way it is, it's best not to. Here are eight under-$100 coats you can wear all through summer, as well as fall:

Chino Trench Coat $27.80 at Forever 21

Chic Linen Coat SALE $51.00 (originally $128) at Boden

Trench Coat SALE $99.00 (originally $198) at Boden

Double Breasted Coat $39.80 at Forever 21

Michael Kors Notched Collar Trench SALE $48.90 (originally $128) at Nordstrom

Belted Trench Coat $49.50 at Old Navy

London Fog Double Breasted Trench SALE $58.90 (originally $118) at Nordstrom

AE Patchwork Trench $79.50 at American Eagle Outfitters

Tulle Wool Blend Walking Coat $89.00 at Nordstrom

August 10, 2009

Sleeveless Pleated Ruffle Top

We love this top's feminine ruffled neckline and unique pleated collar, but what really stands out is its versatility. Wear it with a skirt and blazer/cardigan to work, and jeans or tailored shorts for going out.

$44.50 at Ann Taylor LOFT

August 9, 2009

5 Fabulous Bags for Under $30

Every woman loves bags, but it's not easy to find affordable ones. Here are five versatile bags you'll want to wear over and over again for (believe it or not) under $30:

Mossimo Black: Large Satchel $18.88 at Target (in gray or brown)

Oversized Twist Tote $18.99 at Charlotte Russe

Faux Leather Hobo $24.50 at Old Navy (more colors available)

Marlena Faux Leather Tote $29.80 at Forever 21

Farblarb Handbag SALE $29.98 (originally $45) at Aldo (in yellow or purple)

August 6, 2009

Eight Perfect Summer Tops Under $50

What are our favorite things about summer? Warm weather, hanging out at the beach, barbeques & parties...and affordable tops we can wear all season long! Summer apparel is so much cheaper than bulky fall clothes, so here are eight gorgeous tops ideal for sunny days (that won't break the bank):

Stripy Flower Tee SALE $17.00 (originally $58!) at Boden USA

We're loving the fun applique and colorful stripes on this tee, and the incredible sale price is just another reason to love it! Pair it with a floaty white skirt for an easy beachy look.

Paisley Tunic Dress SALE $42.50 (originally $46.90) at Alloy

This stylish bohemian top features a pretty print, and can be worn with skinny jeans for a big-over-small effect, or by itself as a chic cover-up.

Striped Flutter Top SALE $19.99 (originally $24.50) at Gap

The perfect nautical top with just the right amount of details. We love this with a pair of crisp white jeans or cool khakis (and perhaps a lightweight scarf).

Pintucked & Crochet Top $17.80 at Forever 21

Pair this feminine tank with anything from denim shorts to khakis for a casual, flirty look.

Pin Tucked Camisole $14.80 at Forever 21

Our favorite things about this top? The cute floral print and crochet details on the bodice...and the price! Perfect for sunny barbeques and picnics.

Daisy Dots Eyelet Tank Top $28.99 at Ruche

We adore the floral print and crochet trimmed neckline, as well as the bright red, which is sure to brighten up any day.

Chamagne and Sparkles Tunic Dress $42.99 at Ruche

The tribal-inspired details on this tunic are stunning and the warm olive color is perfectly calming and refreshing for summer.

Super Natural Eyelet Border Tank Top SALE $39.99 (originally $69) at Nine West

The floral eyelet details, scalloped hem, and buttons are adorable, and we love the cheery green color.
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