On Saturday, I went to the Salvation Army coat sale for the first time. It would have been quite an overwhelming experience if my “thrifting coach,” Patrice J. Williams of Living Fly On A Dime, hadn’t given me some pointers before we began shopping. You see, Patrice has challenged herself to purchase only thrifted, second-hand, or vintage clothing and shoes for a year. She’s four months into her challenge and knows a lot about where and how to thrift. Under her tutelage, I found seven coats and jackets and I paid less than $70 total! Keep reading »
Feathers are everywhere this fashion season. They’re on blouses, sweaters, skirts, and jackets, like this Peplum Jacket from Romeo & Juliet Couture. The feathers on this jacket are nowhere near the face or neck, so there’s no risk of looking like the Chicken Lady or Big Bird. But there’s still something off about this jacket. It looks as if Romeo & Juliet had an overstock of plain blazers and tried to update them with feathers for the current season. I can think of only one way to style this jacket — skinny pants or jeans. And that’s not enough styling possibilities for a look that will last only one season. So would you wear the Romeo & Juliet Feather Peplum Jacket? [Last Call By Neiman Marcus] Keep reading »
Thanks to the continuation of the military trend, the anorak is still big this season. Anoraks make staying warm in the fall a no-brainer because the drawstring and loose sleeves make layering easy. As Amelia has already shown, anoraks look hot with a girly dress, but of course are appropriate with jeans or even shorts. Keep reading »
We’re used to Topshop for excellent Brit fashion and making the ’80s OK. Now we’re loving it more for an edgier side that’s surprisingly soft—like this asymmetrical linen “Waterfall” jacket that looks like it walked off the Yohji runway. So many options: wear under a blazer for a flourished layer look, keep on the back of your desk chair as an office cover-up once they start cranking the A/C, or pair with tailored shorts and heels for a smart biz-casual style. For the long-haired ladies, we’d love to see this paired with a high, tight bun.
We’ve officially entered that odd, in-between season where temperatures hover between the mid 40s to 60s and make navigating jacket selection an obnoxiously difficult task. We should be wearing medium-weight toppers, trenches and leathers. Instead, however, I look around and see droves of women in too-heavy woolens and too-light cottons, apparently having decided to ignore pre-spring jackets entirely. Sorry to be a stickler, but this sort of outerwear behavior is totally unacceptable. Every girl needs a coat for the in-between times, and we’ll help you pick out the right one after the jump. Keep reading »
As is our way, we’ve become, ahem, a little preoccupied with yet another new designer. GAR-DE, a New York-based fashion collective, makes the coolest clothes we’ve seen in a while. From hood tops to fitted jackets with adorable striped lining and leather detailing, there’s almost no piece in the collection that we aren’t into. While the prices aren’t exactly low, the quality is good enough to make spending $550 for one of GAR-DE’s leather jackets, $350 for a non-leather one, or about $100 for a truly interesting top quite reasonable. Check out some of our favorites after the jump. Keep reading »
It’s not even February yet and we’re already thinking about spring, big time. One of our favorite aspects of changing seasons is finding a new jacket to complement our new fashion outlook, but we hate having to wait to wear said acquisition. This Loft Drawstring Anorak has a wear-it-now/wear-it-later vibe, so it won’t hang in our closets for too long. The cotton twill and a heavy sweater will keep the wind from chilling the bones on a cool day. And later on, the material will help us brave those inevitable rainy spring days. [$128, Loft] Keep reading »
In an attempt to foster party pride, the African National Congress of South Africa commissioned a line of jackets, hoping they would take off as a unifying trend. But, judging from the blinding neon offerings and negative preliminary reactions, this collection is going nowhere fast. The line of coats for men and women may have incorporated national colors and the party logo, but the designers also seem to have mixed in every fashion trend in the book, using a military style for one, and a schoolboy blazer for another. Don’t feel bad if you think you’re being culturally close-minded for disliking the designs, because the locals don’t like them either. Says one designer, Thula Sindi, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in them. It all just looks like patchwork … I don’t think anybody younger than 40 would wear that, out of fear of being ridiculed.”
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Packing for a trip means whittling your wardrobe down to a fraction of its size while still ensuring you’re prepared for all sorts of weather conditions and situations. Old Navy’s travel-friendly Jacket-in-a-Packet can be neatly stashed in a built-in pouch, saving precious space in your luggage, and its chic trench coat-style will guarantee you look anything but touristy — provided you don’t pair it with a fanny pack. [$19.50, Old Navy] Keep reading »
There are two approaches to winter fashion—either you’re a utilitarian and go for a heavy-duty parka (well, a cute, one of course), or you’re a wool/swing/pea coat kinda gal. There are benefits and downfalls to both. With a puffy jacket, you don’t have the best piece to transition from day to night, but you’re always warm. Pea coats may show off your legs and flatter your figure more, but let’s face it, they’re no second skin.
So which are you? Or maybe you’re a little bit of both? Or are there other options we’re missing? (Oh shush, you lucky people who live in year-round beach climates and don’t need to worry about looking cute while freezing to death.) Keep reading »