While merchandise turnover happens every season, it seems most jarring in the summertime. It’s about this time of year that we start noticing heavy knits and jackets in the new arrivals section nestled right in there next to the bikinis. (Take for example, the new arrivals at the Gap: cardigans, hoodies, trenches, and argyle socks.) We understand that this is just how the industry works, that there has to be turnover for sales to succeed. At the same time, the thought of buying a sweater in July makes the room feel hotter than it already is.
Does this bother you? Or are you the type who is already on to the next thing before you can rip the tags off your new purchase? How far in advance do you start thinking about your wardrobe for the next season or even shopping for it? Keep reading »
The sandal with ankle sheath (or boot-al as we like to call it, think bootie plus sandal) isn’t an all-new concept. We started seeing the boho-inspired, open-toe designs like these Topshop numbers in the spring, and have had some trouble transitioning with the kicks. You see, come summer, these types of shoes can become sweat farms, creating uncomfortable moisture in the ankle area. As for the fall, they might work out until the temps drop too low for exposed toes. (Unless, tights with these — you think?)
Are you into the boot-al look for summer? Or think they’re a waste of money? [Topshop] Keep reading »
American Apparel may be going bankrupt, but recently the retailer’s new styles have been right on the money. Take, for example, this simple jersey tank dress with a sexy scooped back. Our minds are racing with a myriad of ways to use and wear this item. Beach cover-up? Comfy nightgown, perhaps? Trying going risqué with the look: pair the dress with a fun-colored bra that peeks out the back. Or go hipster-retro with spandex biker shorts underneath. Convinced? We’re already planning our AA lunch break shopping trip.
Kylie Minogue has fearless style that’s hard for the average woman to imitate. However, this look balances the tightrope between edgy and simple well. Well-placed pleats and a tapered leg make her khakis chic and interesting, while the long-sleeve button-down shirt keeps the look classic. This classy neutral look would be great for a seaside brunch because the long sleeves and cropped pants will guard against the sea breeze. Just remember to add a few punches of red, like Kylie did, so you don’t look like a member of the restaurant’s wait staff. Keep reading »
Last week, I sauntered into the Gap to escape the heat and to check out the sale section. Once again, Gap didn’t let me down and somehow I walked out of there with a shopping bag full of sale goodies. While the items weren’t truly remarkable, they are staples, like a striped oversized T-shirt and T-strap sandals, that will go with a number of things I often wear. Everything at the Gap goes on sale eventually, so I checked out the website to see what other staples had been reduced. I’m really excited about a number of these items because they can be worn in so many ways with a change of accessories or shoes. See what I found after the jump. Keep reading »
There’s this problem with a lot of high-tops that keeps them from being more prevalent in our wardrobes. It’s called Boat Shoe Syndrome (because we named it that) and it manifests itself by making the shoes way too wide and clunky for our dainty lady feet. These Nike Dunk Skinny High Top Trainers, however, are skinny-fit and, thus, our new faves. The gray check pattern is cool without being too much, and the yellow swoosh is, simply put, just a little badass. Wear them well with skinny jeans and puffy party dresses alike.
The sun is out and the heat is on. But just because you’ve said goodbye to the cold weather layers doesn’t mean you can say goodbye to common style rules. Bling-bling and bikinis, heels at the beach, and sunglasses indoors just aren’t fashionable, regardless of who is wearing them. After the jump, find 10 summer style dos and don’ts to keep you looking stylish, normal, and cool all summer long. Keep reading »
Last week, we showed you some awesome abstract print skirts and this week we’re showing you how to rock one. Rachel McAdams proves that it’s best to keep the rest of the outfit simple and let the skirt stand out. But her satchel is also worthy of a mention. The unusual ice blue/gray color and texture make an otherwise classic-shaped bag extraordinary. And check out that roomy size that’s just right for stashing all the souvenirs and trinkets one might pick up while enjoying a street festival. Come to think of it, Rachel’s espadrilles are the right height for avoiding any street muck, while the wedge heel makes walking comfortable. Find out how you can copy her look, after the jump. Keep reading »
It’s not easy to wear a denim dress without looking like a confused farm hand. For doing it right, we must praise Motel, purveyors of this utterly adorable striped denim concoction. The shape is cute, the pockets subtle and the denim-y-ness not at all overwhelming. We sense a new weekend uniform in the making.
Last fall, we had a full-on fashion love affair with oxford shoes. So schoolboy-ish. So versatile. So comfy. Lately, the oxfords have gone into hibernation, and strappy sandals have taken their place. We’ve noticed, however, that a few retailers are still pushing oxfords this season, updating them for summer in a slightly sandal-ized version with cutouts along the sides.
What do you think of these? A silly way to make a trend work in warmer weather? Or a genius solution to missing your preppy kicks? (Honestly, we think they look a little weird … but maybe with the right styling and outfit?) [Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »