Thursday, March 31, 2011

What To Wear To Summer Festivals: Part 3

Crop Top + High-Waisted Bottom = Easy Perfect Outfit—Bellybutton-phobes need not worry. A flowing skirt or a loose-fitting short pulled up high makes the perfect complement to a just-short-enough crop top.

Above, from left: Free People Crop Top, available at Free People; Mara Hoffman Embroidered Bustier Top, $260, available at Shopbop; BCBGeneration Cropped Boxy T-Shirt, $58, available at BCBG.

Go Flat Out—Choose a shoe that straps onto your foot so they won't fall off and get lost in a crowd. And, you cannot wear heels. Do not wear heels. No—don't even think about it!

Above, clockwise from left: Madewell Back Roads Bootie (on model and still life), $198, available at Madewell; Rebels Nikita Sandal, $44.50, available at Delia's; DV by Dolce Vita Beaded Sandals, $80.69, available at ASOS; Topshop Hoopa T-Bar Sandals, $36, available at Topshop.

Flock Out—Coachella is a great time to take risks with your hair so why not show your true feathers and try this tress trend we've been loving.

Above, from left: FolkandFairy Tale Feather Clip In, $8, available at Etsy; Gilded Lily Feather Hair Clip, $65, available at Planet Blue; Gucci fall '11 image courtesy of Gucci; Cushnie et Ochs fall '11 images by Ryan Koopmans; Three Green Hearts Feather Hair Clip, $30, available at Swell.

What To Wear To Summer Festivals: Part 2

Look On The Bright Side—This is the perfect time to really go for the bright color trend for spring. Electric, highly saturated, neon colors will ensure that no one loses sight of you in the crowd.

Above, clockwise from top left: Old Navy Thin Faux-Leather Belt, $12.50, available at Old Navy; Zara Bright Leather Belt, $39.90, available at Zara; Marc By Marc Seagrass Cross-Body Bag, $150, available at Net-A-Porter; Theory Larianna Intellect Romper, $295, available at Theory; Sunpocket Sport Sunglasses, $65, available at Opening Ceremony.

Make Your Necessities Hands-Free (And High Impact!)—Water bottles that fold up all itty-bitty, cameras that come with straps to show-off... keep your Coachella experience compact and convenient by making sure your stuff stays out of the way!

Above, from left: SFK Camera Straps, from $25, available at SFK; Kimchi Blue Floral Camera Pouch, $38, available at Urban Outfitters; Vapur Collabsible BPA-Free Water Bottles, $15.99 the set of 2, available at Target.

Maximize—In a lightweight fabric and a flattering, off-the-body cut, maxi dresses and skirts can make you look boho glam. Plus, they're extra fun to dance in! Play off the length of a long skirt by pairing it with a bustier (and add statement jewelry for extra effect).

Above, from left: Free People Buttoned-Up Pleats Skirt, $293, available at Free People; Topshop Floral Print Maxi Dress, $145, available at Topshop; Forever 21 Tribal Maxi Skirt, $13.50, available at Forever 21.

What To Wear To Summer Festivals: Part 1

What To Wear To Summer Festivals

Tickets for this year's Coachella festivities sold out faster than you could say "Jimmy Eat World is still around?" But if you've managed to score yourself a spot, don't think that you can rest on your laurels. You've still got to figure out what to wear to the most stylish music festival all year. Dressing for the event is a balancing act: You've got to combat the heat, harsh sun, hours of standing, and your fellow, drunken peers...but we've got eight tips to get you there in style. Here's our simple guide to what to wear to Coachella and all the other great summer music festivals to come!

Choose Clothes In Printed Silks—There's no fabric on Earth more breezy than a lightweight silk. Just avoid those awkward sweat stains by picking one in a crazy, on-trend print.

Above, from left: Paul & Joe Cat-Print Silk-Crepe Pants, $340, available at Net-A-Porter; Sparkle & Fade Printed Pants (not shown), $29.99, available at Urban Outfitters; Wren Silk Cutout Dress; Alice + Olivia Silk Play Shorts, $176, available at Singer 22; Madewell Triangle Ballad Dress, $135, available at Madewell.

Keep Your Beauty Low-Maintenence—You don't have time to worry about reapplying your melting makeup (but do make time for reapplying sunscreen!), so make sure your first time lasts by opting for long-wear makeup and moisturizing stains. Face sprays and blotting paper are good for cooling down and wicking away oil in a flash.

Above, from left: Lancome 18-Hour Shine-Free Makeup, $32, available at Nordstrom; ASOS Lookbook Makeup Inspiration, via ASOS; Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain, $9, available at Sephora; Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens, $10, available at Sephora.

Be A Shady Lady—A ventilated hat is key to enjoying yourself, and pretty important if you don't want to end up seeing spots for weeks and getting...*shudder*...scalp burn. Go for a floppy or fedora style straw hat and try out this trick we recently learned from blogger The Glamourai. Give your old straw hat an update with some novel trimming around the crown, like vintage rhinestone necklace or some cool old ribbon or do like Lanvin and purposefully fray the edges.

Above, clockwise from top left: ASOS Oversized '70s Straw Hat, $35.86, available at ASOS; Eugenia Kim Chain-Trimmed Sun Hat, $300, available at Net-A-Porter; Urban Outfitters Lacy Edge Straw Hat, $39, available at Urban Outfitters; J. Crew Woven Straw Fedora, $39.50, available at J. Crew.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

70's Fashion turn Modern Fashion

We don't know what's been going on lately, but we've been experiencing an intense need to switch out our skinny jeans for wide legs, our messenger bags for saddle bags, and—dare we even say—our floral scents for patchouli ones. We've gotten the '70s boho bug, and we don't want to find the remedy. We're going to really wallow in this '70s fashion trend this weekend, and pick up a few pieces to really channel our inner Charlie's Angel. Check out the things we've got our eye on in this week's Lust List!
Elona Floppy Hat—A giant-brimmed hat will be your best beach friend. Choose an inexpensive one so you don't freak out if it gets crushed under the cooler.
$19.90, available at Alloy.

Tory Burch High Waisted Flare Jean—If you're going to buy one pair of high-waisted, wide-legged trousers this spring, let it be these. How electrifying is the color?
$195, available at Tory Burch.
'80s Purple Burlesque Round Sunglasses—Though not rose-tinted, these sunglasses bring back that saucer-for-specs look.
$12, available at '80s Purple.

Saddle Bag
A.P.C. Saddle Bag—We think a saddlebag feels timeless. Make an investment with this one from A.P.C..
$310, available at La Garconne.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Summer Sunglasses to Perk Up Your Peepers

Few things make a statement like a big, bold pair of sunglasses. While huge, retro-inspired frames are still the most popular style this year, plenty of designers are shaking things up with unique silhouettes that'll will certainly make you stand out. More into the classics? You can't go wrong with a pair of shades in black or tortoiseshell to last you until kingdom come. Or, if you're a girl who just can't resist a little sparkle (and really, who can?), pick up a pair with some gold detailing for a super-sophisticated look. Check out all the womens' sunglasses we've found to fit every face (and every wallet)!

Above, from top: Vince Camuto Winged Frame Sunglasses, 2011, $70, available at Vince Camuto; Oliver Peoples Racy Round-Frame Metal Sunglasses, 2011, $390, available at Net-A-Porter; Body Glove FL4 Polarized Sport Sunglasses, $30, available at Endless; '80s Purple Aspen Womens Sunglasses, $12, available at 80s Purple.

Above, from top: Suri Retro Resin Frame, $93, available at Reiss; Orla Kiely Solid Color Sunglasses in Tortoise, Spring 2011, $235, available at Orla Kiely; Grey Ant Clumaster Sunglasses, $245, available at 80s Purple.

Above, from top: Betsey Johnson Women's BJ263 Square Sunglasses, , $55, available at Endless; TopShop Brown Large Metal Round Rimmed Sunglasss, $32, available at Topshop; Free People Gwyneth Frosted Sunglasses, $18, available at Free People; Kurt Geiger Sienna, 2011, $130, available at Kurt Geiger.

Above, from top: The Row Acetate Metal Oversized Circle Sunglasses, 2011, $410, available at The Row; Crap Human Fly MIrror Lenses, $25, available at Crap; Loft Oversized Twisted Sunglases, 2011, $24.50, available at Loft; Rodarte for O. C. Roy Orbison Sunglasses, 2011, $219, available at La Garconne

Above, from top: Illesteva Mademoiselle Sunglasses, $276, available at La Garconne; Hansen Resin Top Sunglasses, $93, available at Reiss; Mykita Flash Winston Sunglasses, Spring 2010, $525, available at Contacts and Specs.

Above, from top: Chloe Gold-Trim Movie Star Sunglasses, 2011, $330, available at Intermix; Linda Farrow Luxe Square-Framed Acetate and Metal Sunglasses, $240, available at The Outnet; Spitfire Weekend Sunglasses, 2011, $35, available at Revolve.

Above, from top: House of Harlow Nicole, 2011, $125, available at Revolve; Ralph Lauren RL8071W, $375, available at Sunglass Hut; Maison Martin Margiela Handmade Hybrid Wayfarer Sunglasses, 2011, $515, available at Browns.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor: The FASHION ICON

When it came to style, Elizabeth Taylor was fearless. The diamonds, the hair, the cleavage: She rocked it out everywhere she went. In her younger days, she favored plunging necklines with straps poised to slip off her shoulders, her hair like a dark cloud around her thickly made-up eyes (word is she was born with a mutation that gave her double rows of eyelashes). As she grew older, her style got even bolder: The seventies brought tight miniskirts and more elaborate headpieces, and the eighties ushered in feather boas, bright blue eyeshadow, and poufy everything. Toward the end of her life, Taylor attended events for her many philanthropic pursuits in a wheelchair, swathed in silk caftans and draped with fur and velvet wraps. In 1997, she won a Lifetime of Glamour Award from the CFDA. Her extraordinary style is one of the many things that will be missed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Sales People!!!

Boutique on 57 is having another great sample sale! We've been pretty impressed with the quality of the sales there lately, so this is likely to be another good one! There are tons of new arrivals, including women's ready to wear, designer shoes, handbags, jewelry, and more. Save up to 75% on Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Valentino, Versace, and other top labels!

When: Wed, Mar 23 at 10:00AM -
Mar 25 at 7:00PM
Where: Boutique On 57
12 West 57th Street

Designer Arrivals at Filene's Basement

Looks like the spring collections are making their way from the department stores to Filene's Basement already, so if you can't wait for the May sales, here's your chance. We've heard that there is off to 75% off spring dresses and more. Probably time you went ahead and got your Filene's on!

When: Thu, Mar 17 at 10:00AM -
Mar 31 at 8:00PM
Where: Filene's Basement
40 East 14th Street

More Hot Ideas For Your Spring Wardrobe

Melie Bianco Top Handle Bag, $65
Kara Ross Stud Earrings, $280
Dolce Vita Idalia Sandals, $150
Versace Printed Silk Scarf, $405
Marc by Marc Jacobs Clutch, $200
J Brand Skinny Jeans, $176
Maalouf Beauty Nail Polish, $9
SHIMMI Tiana Bikini, $180
Miu Miu Double Wrap Belt, $295
Topshop Wizard Cork Wedges, $140
DKNY Ruffled Blouse, $195
ASOS Turban, $22
Mara Hoffman Silk Kaftan, $310