Beanie Babies by Tory

With temperatures reaching 60 degrees at the end of November, it may seem like winter isn’t coming to the Northeast this year. When Mother Nature finally decides to give us some cold temperatures, however, make sure you’re prepared with an on-trend slouchy beanie. It’s a common belief that the majority of body heat is lost through our heads- so stay warm, ward off the sniffles, and be fashionable simultaneously this year. Urban Outfitters and Free People have some great slouchy beanies for sale right now, and most stores are carrying their version of the trend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many stylish celebrities have been spotted rocking these slouchy beanies as well. Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie are just a few examples. This season, stay warm while looking cool.

Black is the New Black by Tory

Black, onyx, raven, ebony, jet– Some people talk about black on black outfits as if they’re boring or taking the easy way out of dressing, but I couldn’t disagree more. In my opinion black is the most versatile and stylish shade. Monochromatic black outfits are always in style, but can change season-to-season based on how they’re styled and accessorized.

Today my boss, Lucy, wore a great entirely black outfit. Lucy combined an oversized black knit sweater with black tights, black booties, and even a black fringe purse. She looked classically chic while maintaining her usual effortless vibe.

Lucy’s style tip: “Don’t be afraid of wearing shorts with tights!” ** Lucy is the owner of Lucia Boutique in downtown Saratoga Springs (NY), and is a seriously stylish chick. Check out Lucy’s official Lucia blog at luciaboutique.blogspot.com.

Not only do real girls on the street love monochromatic black, but the Fall 2011 runways were full of all-black looks, ie: Louis Vuitton Menswear rtw and Balmain rtw.

Celebrities wear all-black pretty regularly as well. Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, and Rihanna show the vast range of black’s versatility- from daytime chic, to party glam, to edgy style.

So in my opinion, a single outfit can never have too many black elements to it. Go black or go home.

Ballerina Beauty by Tory

 

 

 

 

 

For decades, dancers have inspired the fashion industry on all levels- from feminine silhouettes, to leg-wear trends, to ballet flats. While ballerinas have a way of looking classically chic without even trying, girls on the street can achieve a similar look with a personal twist.

 

A perfect example of this look can be seen on my friend Francesca who I snapped a photo of the other day. Francesca’s wearing many pieces of ballet-inspired wares, but translates them to a modern look. She combined classic black opaque tights, a perfect little black flared skirt, and a blush toned blouse. She topped it all of with a classic chignon and natural make-up. Très chic!

 

I asked Francesca if she had any go-to style tips and she responded, “I like combining textures and shapes/silhouettes. I don’t like any of the Coco Chanel rules by the way…” I completely agree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballerina style has been seen on runways (David Koma), on television (Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic look), and in movies (who could forget “Black Swan”?). This trend cycles in and out of fashion, but will always make you look classically chic.

Minimalism by Tory

Socrates once said, “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically, my motto in life is “more is more”. As my previous posts have demonstrated, I am usually the queen of excess when it comes to fashion and style (ie: “Stack Em’ by Tory”). Lately, however, I’ve been falling in love with minimalism in both fashion and interior design and have been adopting the philosophy that less clutter leads to a clearer mind. As far as fashion statements go, there’s something to be said for pieces that are simple but can make a loud statement simultaneously.

In my opinion, no one does minimalism better than Austrian designer Helmut Lang, who headed his own fashion label until 2005. After Lang left the label, new owners carried on the minimalistic vibe and the designs are sold at high-end department stores and boutiques. Above: Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 11, Below: Helmut Lang Fall 2000.

As of lately I’m making serious attempts to simplify my life- and my personal style is no exception. Most days I’ve been sticking to draped harem trousers with simple black boots and blouses. I recommend giving this minimalistic style a try- It may clear your mind while making you look incredibly chic.

Has It Really Trickled Down? – by Madeline and Tory

From Runway to Retail-

Through studying and analyzing the fashion trends of past couture runway shows in Paris, it is easy to see direct correlation of how trend trickles down in the fashion cycle- from the highest end couture, to designer ready-to-wear, to bridge, and so on.

We’ve dissected the couture trends from the Paris runways from Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2008, and Fall 2006. We chose three major trends from each year mentioned, and five looks from each of these trends. These trends have had monumental impact on all levels of the fashion industry- from evening gowns worn by celebrities on the red carpet, to clothing styles carried throughout malls and shops worldwide.

Couture Trend for Fall 2011: Black and White

From left to right: Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Azzedine Alaïa, Armani Prive, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2011: Eastern Influence

From left to right: Armani Prive, Valentino, Dior, Azzedine Alaïa, Alexis Mabille

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Couture Trend for Fall 2011: Sheer

From left to right: Chanel, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2010: Gilded

From left to right: Elie Saab, Chanel, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2010: Fringe & Lace

From left to right: Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexis Mabille, Valentino, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2010: Ombre

From left to right: Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Armani Prive, Christian Dior

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Couture Trend for Fall 2008: Bows

From left to right: Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Armani Prive

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Couture Trend for Fall 2008: Fringe

From left to right: Armani Prive, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Chanel

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Couture Trend for Fall 2008: Shoulder Emphasis

From left to right: Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Chanel, Alexis Mabille

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Couture Trend for Fall 2006: Ruffles

From left to right: Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino

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Couture Trend for Fall 2006: Legwear

From left to right: Givenchy, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior, Chanel

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Couture Trend for Fall 2006: Plunging Necklines

From left to right: Valentino, Elie Saab, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Colorful School Girl by Tory

“School Girl” style has become an iconic look in womenswear. This look extends far beyond the classic navy-plaid pleated skirts and white collared blouses fashioned at prep-schools. The school girl trend cycles in and out of style, but this fall girls have been spicing the look up with playful colors.

Amari

Today I spotted a student named Amari while I was working at a local boutique. Her outfit first grabbed my attention with the vibrant color combination. But at second glance I noticed the silhouette she was wearing mimicked the school girl look in a fun and funky way. She balances out the femininity of her flirty lime skirt with dark basics and flat black motorcycle boots.

Although Amari claims she doesn’t have a style secret, I can tell she’s a girl who’s never fully dressed without a smile.

This look has been seen through iconic characters of our time, from the movie “Clueless” to the popular television series (based on the book series) “Gossip Girl”. The school girl style was also seen at the designer level, including being featured in DKNY’s Fall 2011 runway show.

Gossip Girl

Stack ‘Em by Tory

Summer 2011 sparked a seriously cool trend in costume jewelry- stacked bracelets. This trend has been seen all over personal style blogs, in fashion print offices, in retail stores, and on our favorite celebrities. As far as the trend’s styling is concerned, anything goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This trend is really easy to try, and you don’t even need to go out and buy anything to pull it off. Just pile on all your bracelets at the same time, the more the merrier. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals and colors- from friendship bracelets, to gold chains, to wooden or metal bangles, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling especially creative, make some of your own bracelets. This website has really great jewelry DIY tips and tricks.

Fall into Cozy Chic this Season

Kelsey

A natural geode stone accessory is crucial for any accessory wardrobe this fall.

The burnt autumn colors of Kelsey’s outfit foreshadows the “change” that is about to transform the Hudson Valley – the Fall Foliage. What better way to acknowledge the first day of fall than by sporting an outfit that screams “I need a pumpkin spice latte!”? Just because it’s fall does not mean you have to start covering up. There are certainly ways to spice up your casual outfit while still keeping it laid back and comfortable. For example, Kelsey’s moccasins are ideal for the beginning of autumn as they do not drag the outfit down, like a heavy pair of boots could, yet are cozier than a pair of open-toed shoes. She took this look from usual to special by pairing loud accessories with the basics. My favorite part of Kelsey’s outfit is not her Mulberry bag (although it is to die for) but that unrefined geode stone necklace you probably overlooked at first glance. Just like her outfit, it’s the right amount of both casual and chic. Natural geode stones are necessary for every wardrobe, whether it is a necklace, ring or earrings these stones will add just enough edge to any look! Don’t let that cold stone fool you; it is the perfect balance to those beautiful burnt fall colors. So with your Starbucks accessory in hand, get comfortable this season by falling into a cozy chic style.

Kelsey’s Style Tip:

“I always add a fun scarf to any outfit that I think is too plain!”