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Trend Alert: Floral Doll Dresses

More on florals… I noticed a pattern while browsing Paris Fashion Week street style photos today:

Floral doll dresses are a perfect option for a warm day and they’re truly versatile! Wear them to brunch, a picnic, a garden, out with the girls or the in-laws and more! The most important component is finding a print that you love. You can dress this dress up (heels and a clutch) or down (oxfords and a messenger bag) and you’ll still look chic.


Fall Obsession: Capes

As part of my recent move to the Bay Area, I’ve been trying to supplement the cool-weather closet options in my wardrobe. And as fall approaches, I’ve doing more and more thinking about how exactly I’m going to stay warm. I strongly dislike heavy coats because they often seem to weigh you down but their practicality can’t be denied — and so I was searching for something that would keep me toasty without the weight. Alas! I saw a photo of Rachel Zoe’s collar cape (currently sold out everywhere!), fell in love and started searching for similar pieces.

Capes are a fun alternative to the traditional jacket or coat, and they come in so many variations — colors, lengths, styles. And the best way to avoid looking like Superman or a witch while wearing a cape is to focus on its shape and color. Buttons, collars, belts and trim all help make your cape look fall fabulous rather than Halloween horrible.

I love Blair Waldorf’s bright green cape here from this Gossip Girl image — especially with the polka dot scarf! It’s so Kate-Spade cute. Colors are definitely a continuing trend into fall and a cape or overcoat is a great way to spice up any outfit since you’ll always need something to keep you warm!

This street style photo makes me drool. Her Chloe cape, with those perfectly distressed jeans and supple brown leather tote are such a wonderfully rich fall combination. I love the contrast trim as it helps the cape avoid looking like a piece of fabric or a blanket, adding dimensionality and interest.

And finally, a more traditional cape shape — long and sleek. I love the arm holes and slits in these pieces and these capes take the cake with their elegant simplicity. Because capes have that bell shape, consider wearing skinny or straight-leg pants in order to maintain the proportions of your volume! However, a shorter cape can also look great with bell bottoms or flares — to truly embrace your inner 70s self!

What outerwear will you be wearing this fall?

  1. ASOS Cape with Fur Trim — $174.60
  2. ModCloth Look in the Letter Box Cape — $99.99
  3. ModCloth Takes the Cape — $159.99
  4. ModCloth You’re Golden Coat — $124.99
  5. ModCloth Botany Professor Cape — $69.99
  6. Nordstrom ECI Belted Cape — $88
  7. Nordstrom Lauren by Ralph Lauren Cape — $150
  8. J. Crew Streetscape Cape — $198
  9. ASOS Just Female Bow Detail Cape Coat — $258.41
  10. Nordstrom Calvin Klein Cape — $159.50
  11. Revolve Clothing Wish Manhattan Cape — $220
  12. J. Crew The Great Caper — $398

Feeling Blue and Looking Great

I raved last year to anyone who would listen that red was going to be THE fall color and sure enough, red is a staple for all of this coming season. But you know what? After NYFW and the Emmys, I’m convinced that blue is the new red.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m still obsessed with red to help me brave the winter months (and there was plenty of red on the Emmys carpet), but the little part of me that’s dreaming about next spring can’t stop thinking about Santorini Blue.

The hue feels like a breath of fresh air.

But, seeing as spring is a good half a year away, I’m trying to focus instead on how to embrace the color trend now. I’m obsessed with the idea of wearing sparkly blue for the holidays, in the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Peter Som and Claire Danes’ Oscar de la Renta dresses. I love a 70’s-inspired sleeved blue dress with over-the-knee boots. And a blue tank dress like Katie Holmes’ Calvin Klein Emmys dress would also go perfectly with a boxy mustard coat for a popping color contrast, or a grey leather jacket and booties for a look that’s more downtown chic.

What’s your fall color obsession?

  1. Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Layered Tank Dress — $69
  2. Halston Heritage Jersey Crepe Tank Dress — $117.25 (at the Outnet)
  3. Paul & Joe Short Dress — $79
  4. Tory Burch Athazer Dress — $495
  5. Dillard’s Sophia Christina One-Shoulder Satin Dress — $99
  6. ASOS Wrap Dress in Metallic — $82.33 (and similar here)
  7. Elizabeth and James Chapman Stretch-Silk Dress — $365

Fall Sweater Must-Haves

Even though it’s still swelteringly hot in some parts of the country, it never really warmed up in San Francisco, making it easy to transition into fall thinking. And it’s funny to say, but I never fully understood the value of a sweater before I moved here. Perfect as an outer or mid-layer, sweaters are my newest obsession. In fact, you’ll often find me stealing my boyfriend’s sweaters, as he has a colorful collection that’s wonderfully oversized on a girl like me.

This year, I’m all about pullover sweaters. While cardigans are great, I love a pullover sweater for its layering prowess. It looks great under a jacket or coat, and a crewneck pullover goes fabulously well with a bib, collar or embellished necklace. I am especially obsessed with two kinds this fall, the first of which being these chunky sweaters. To keep your sweater look contemporary, don’t go for one that’s entirely form-fitting — look for drapey or boxy cuts or go a size or two up to achieve a perfectly casual look. I also love these sharp, citrus-inspired colors, perfect for brightening a winter’s day!

My second sweater obsession this fall is printed sweaters. With a vintage feel, these sweaters have the perfect combination of rustic texture and modern pattern. I love the effect of a print, particularly in the fall and winter when things tend to be solid and drab. This probably has a lot to do with my current obsession with all things Missoni and Proenza Schouler, because I can’t get enough of stripes, prints and patterns right now!

  1. Urban Outfitters Ecote Cable Stitch Tunic — $69.00
  2. River Island Boxy Aran Pocket Front Sweater in Orange— $60.34 (I may have to buy this… I’m in love)
  3. J. Crew Fisherman Sweater in Hthr Moss — $98.00
  4. Topshop Knitted Guernsey Style Jumper — $76.00 (wonderfully 70s)
  5. ASOS Textured Stripe Sweater — $68.96
  6. Elizabeth and James Crew Neck Pullover Sweater — $345.00
  7. Mike Gonzalez Jane Knit Pullover — $184.00
  8. Madewell Rustic Lodge Sweater — $85.00
  9. Joie Johana Fair Isle Sweater in Heather Midnight — $308
  10. Free People Lost in the Forest Pullover — $108

Trend Alert: Stars and Stripes


Here’s a trend moving through the fashion blogosphere that’s perfect for summer barbecues and the upcoming Fourth of July: American Flag decorated shorts.

Not your everyday look, but printed and textured shorts have been all-the-rage lately, from floral and tribal prints to lace and crochet versions, and this is a new take on your classic cutoffs. They would also make for a great DIY project!

What do you think of trend? Not a fan of wearing your patriotism, or is it something you’d rock?

  1. Topshop Moto Flag Printed Hotpants — $70
  2. RUNAWAYDREAMZ Vintage American Flag Shorts — $154
  3. Fiorelli Chelsea Small Flapover Cross Body — $77.58
  4. Free People Laguna Coast Pullover — $88
  5. Luxury Rebel Lucia — $59.99
  6. Timex 1600 Watch — $195
  7. Urban Outfitters Stackable Wooden Bangle Set — $29

Trend Alert: Tribal Print

If you’re feeling bored of colorblocking, here’s a new trend to get you excited: tribal print.

Inspired by Native American influences, this print is a perfect summer choice with its bright colors and geometric shapes. With a hint of southwestern flair (also a popular trend now — see Who What Wear’s post or my outfit, Sierra on the Horizon), these pieces and accessories will surely add some major flair to your wardrobe!



I like pairing the print with brown leather accessories — think warm, cognac-like colors — and jewelry that’s a little duller, like bronze or brushed metals. A tribal-print top goes great with denim cutoffs and strappy leather sandals, while a dress can be perfectly accented with a collar necklace and short ankle boots. And as with all prints this season, don’t be afraid to mix and match!

For great tribal finds, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters both have a large selection of inexpensive items!

  1. Stolen Girlfiends Club Cotton Babydoll Tribal Dress — $241.25
  2. Forever 21 Abstract Print Skirt — $13.80
  3. Blu Moon Cape Cool Top in Brown Tribal — $94
  4. Urban Outfitters Ecote Crepe Hankerchief Dress — $69
  5. Line & Dot Tribal Maxi Dress — $118
  6. Forever 21 Oversized Tribal Top — $14.80
  7. Urban Outfitters Ecote Woven Ikat Short — $49
  8. Forever 21 Tribal Open Cardigan — $19.80
  9. Forever 21 Linen Blend Tribal Stripes Short — $15.80
  10. Urban Outfitters Navajo Bracelet — $8
  11. Urban Outfitters Leather Navaho Cuff Bracelet — $18
  12. House of Harlow Navy Aztec Bangle — $80
  13. Aimee Lynn ‘Tribal’ Wrap Bracelet in Natural — $8
  14. Aimee Lynn ‘Tribal’ Wrap Bracelet in Blue — $8
  15. Urban Outfitters Ecote Beaded Pouch — $38
  16. Marley B Parker Shield Ring in Antique Silver — $30
  17. Urban Outfitters Tribal Wrap Watch — $34
  18. Urban Outfitters Bing Bang Hopi Sun Face Post Earring — $55
  19. Urban Outfitters Ecote Baja Blanket Backpack — $69

Inspired by Proenza Schouler: Colorful Rope Jewelry

If I had to pick one favorite designer right now, it would be Proenza Schouler. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have created pieces that are beautiful and inspiring, pushing aesthetics beyond boundaries — it’s no wonder they’re nominated for both the Womenswear Designer of the Year and Accessory Designer of this year’s CFDA awards.

While I’m obsessed with everything they do, I’m particularly in love with their S/S 2011 jewelry. The colorful rope, binding and gems make it completely drool-worthy and the perfect accent for a summer outfit. Over a bright outfit, they add another element of color, and with neutral styles they provide a powerful pop of interest!


Alas, despite my love affair with Proenza Schouler, this working girl can’t afford such fabulous designer duds. But budget is no limit for style, and I’ve found some high and low alternatives to bring a little bit of Proenza into your closet!

  1. Anthropologie Quinqui Necklace — $98
  2. Anthropologie Desert Roving Necklace — $128
  3. Anthropologie Perseids Necklace — $228
  4. Urban Outfitters Pop Color Rope Bracelet (coral) — $20
  5. Urban Outfitters Hope Marian by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Rhinestone Bracelet — $29
  6. Vanessa Mooney African Glass Bracelet — $80
  7. Tinley Road Rope Chain Long Necklace — $16.99 (on sale!)
  8. Vanessa Mooney Mali Large Bracelet Set — $40
  9. Orelia Pink Rope Detail Bracelet— $22.16 (on sale!
  10. Urban Outfitters Pop Color Rope Bracelet (assorted) — $20

Printed Pajama Pants

I’m a huge jean wearer. In fact, nothing can come between me and my J Brands except … this season’s “pajama” pants! I was skeptical at first, but these soft, printed trousers are truly wearable and provide a great variety to your wardrobe.

Bloggers Shea Marie of  Cheyenne Meets Chanel and Wioletta of Mary Kate Fashion provide some styling inspiration. While both opted for lighter, floral-printed pants, geometric- and abstract-print versions are also delightful. Look for harem or crop versions to add structure or try a wide-legged version to take advantage of the soft nature of most pants’ fabrics!

To really highlight the pants, choose a relatively simple, monochromatic top. Crop tops are great for these pants. For a more vibrant look, try mixing prints! Harem styles look great with gladiator sandals (I rather like these two pairs: Steve Madden’s Paiigge and Anthropologie’s Split Strap Gladiators) and laced-cutout clogs (obsessed with Madewell’s Peekaboo and Trekker slingbacks). Wider pants can be worn with platform wedges for a killer 70s look (G by Guess’s Farrens is a nice lace-up version, while Sam Edelman’s Wess is a great bootie/wedge option). Accessorize with a floppy straw hat and crossbody-leather bag, and you’re good to go!

  1. ASOS Motel Night Sky Print Tapered Susan Pant — $70.17
  2. ASOS River Island Tribal Printed Palazzo Pant — $46.14
  3. Free People Printed Harem Pants — $29.95 (on sale!)
  4. Urban Outfitters Silence and Noise Cinched Trouser — $29.99 (on sale!)
  5. Forever 21 Abstract Knit Harem Pants — $17.80
  6. Urban Outfitters Rodebjer Aston Printed Pant — $230
  7. Madewell Shadows & Light Slouch Trousers — $125
  8. Topshop Black Floral Print Tapered Trousers — $76

Bright Spring and Summer Maxis

To say that I’m obsessed with Matthew Williamson’s S/S 11 parachute silk maxi dresses is an understatement of divine proportions. It’s like saying a Chanel bag is timeless — sure, it’s a true statement, but it doesn’t even begin to capture how deeply true it is. The romantic billowing of the fabric, the bright spring colors and the floor length are a lethal combination (see 10:40 in the video).

This got me thinking about the prevalence of bright- and neon-colored maxis this spring. Even at the Met Gala — a formal evening event — popping shades were a popular option.

Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors, Zoe Saldana and Lara Stone in Calvin Klein, Michelle Monaghan in Derek Lam

But alas, not all of us have $1,695 to spend on a Matthew Williamson dress, or an event like the Met Gala to attend. Bright maxis are a great and wearable summer option, with a little interpretation!

Look for simple silhouettes in light fabrics like jersey and silk, which also add to the flow-factor of your dress. A feminine ruffle or trendy pleat add interest to a monochromatic piece of clothing. Style with neutral wedges, flatforms or sandals and add some wooden jewelry (bangles, tribal necklaces) for the ultimate laid-back, sun-kissed style!

  1. Bloomingdale’s Aqua Sleeveless Braided High/Low Maxi Dress — $88
  2. ASOS Maxi Dress with Pleated Skirt — $120.02
  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cee Cee Jersey Dress — $268
  4. Charley 5.0 Go With The Flow Maxi — $178
  5. Bolongaro Trevor Lola Cherry Maxi Dress with Silk Trim and Twisted Hem — $221.58
  6. Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Silk Maxi Dress — $295
  7. Amanda Uprichard ‘Jessie’ Maxi Dress — $242

Trends from the Met Gala: 70s and Florals

The Met Gala always showcases some of the best evening fashion. But the themes and trends from the night’s event aren’t limited only to red-carpet events. In fact, with a little interpretation, they’re perfect for adding some life to your wardrobe!

By far my favorite theme — and the most on trend — was 1970s inspiration. Mary Kate Olsen channeled bohemian vibes with wavy locks and a red, long-sleeve, floor-length Givenchy haute couture gown. Eva Mendes rocked a heavily pleated, one-shoulder Stella McCartney dress that looks like it could’ve come straight out of her stylist Rachel’s Zoe’s closet. Zoe of course, is well known for her 70s, maxi-dress, wide-legged jean affinity. Finally, Cindy Sherman, Consuelo Castiglioni, Anouk Lepere and Giovanni Battaglia round out the bunch as the Marni brigade. All four women donned printed, retro-chic dresses with large, chunky, tribal-inspired jewelry. I am beyond obsessed with Battaglia’s beehive hair and maxi dress!

To get Mary Kate’s look, consider long-sleeved romantic and maxi dresses in soft fabrics such as linen, silk or chiffon, like the one her sister Ashley Olsen wore at an American Apparel charity event last year. For the Marni-inspired, look for abstract prints in simple, loose silhouettes. Nicole Richie’s Mulberry top from Coachella is a perfect example of how to interpret the look casually. Finally, if you’re loving Eva Mendes’ killer pleats, go for crinkles in bright colors and layer them for volume likeAtlantic-Pacific blogger Bee did.

  1. Free People Monarch Wings Dress — $138
  2. Free People Daydream Crinkle Maxi Dress — $169
  3. Madewell Skywriter Novella Dress — $158
  4. ASOS REVIVE Fan Print Batwing Dress — $134.48
  5. Urban Outfitters Sparkle and Fade Accordion Pleat Halter Top — $14.99
  6. ASOS REVIVE Split Sleeve Pleated Shirt — $71.72
  7. ASOS Premium Pleated Midi Skirt — $71.72

Florals, a staple for spring, are an unusual evening choice but their prevalence at the Met Gala only prove how popular they are once again. This year, however, look for small floral clusters, like Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Haute Couture or Malgosia Bella in Nina Ricci. Alternatively, go for large-sized florals like Sofia Vergara (Carolina Herrera), Kyleigh Kuhn (Erdem) or Emma Stone (Lanvin).

  1. ASOS River Island One Shoulder Floral Kimono Dress — $71.70
  2. American Apparel The Patterned Polyester Spandex Malibu Swimsuit —$45
  3. Piperlime Lush Floral Tiered Dress — $49
  4. Ann Taylor Loft Watercolor Floral Print Pencil Skirt — $69.50
  5. Forever 21 Floral Print Blouson Tunic — $22.80
  6. Arden B High Waist Floral Skirt — $29.99
  7. ASOS Floral Printed Cropped Sweater — $62.76
More trends from the Met Gala coming later…!