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New York Fashion Week 2015

As fashionistas, our favorite time of the year in New York City is sadly coming to an end, but not to worry London and Milan Fashion Week are still underway! The shows at this year’s New York Fashion Week spring 2016 had the most fabulous designers showcasing many different looks. I’d like to discuss what went down on the runway, starting with one of my all time favorite designers – Rebecca Minkoff.

Known for her playful and subtly edgy designs, Rebecca Minkoff definitely made a statement at NYFW with her Spring 2016 collection. She decided to go with a ‘60s mod “it girl” feel, inspired by English singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull, and her youthful, yet rebellious, style. Her collection carried an effortless mod vibe with updated twists. From the makeup to the footwear, her line embodied a throwback to a cool, downtown feel of London in the ‘60s. Minkoff’s show started out with a parade of light colors consisting of ivory, bone and creams eventually giving away to black.

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Embracing the decade, she incorporated lots of fringe in to different articles of clothing and handbags, as well as adding laces to compliment one another. The geo-floral prints, flowing dresses, mod-enamel jewelry and pastels of her collection, as well as more edgy leather and suede pieces, carry a very heavy bohemian influence.

 

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The accessories of the spring collection carried over mirroring the boho, fringe trend. Models wore gladiator heels, cutout knee-high boots and slouchy, cross-body bags to pull together the looks.

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Cross-body bags are perfect for on the go and going out because they’re a quick “throw over the shoulder” and you’re ready, you don’t need to worry about lugging around a giant tote or holding on to your clutch. The great thing about gladiators being “in” next spring is their versatility — you can pair them with practically anything from cotton dresses to rompers or even shorts. The spring boho chic will definitely be seen all over NYC streets come April sporting fringe and floral in all its glory! I know I can’t wait!

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8 Ways to Shop Your Closet

We can think of few statements more cliché than “I have nothing to wear”. But like losing your car keys when you’re running late for work and never having an umbrella when it rains, it’s a cliché for a reason. Why? Stuffed-to-the-brim closets, blouses with tags on, and impulse purchases (for starters).Take a cue from the people who do it best- fashion retailers- and turn your closet into a ready-to-wear boutique.

1. Empty Out Off-Season Items

There’s a reason you won’t see wool coats in Bloomie’s in July. Put simply, you can’t shop in a store that’s cluttered and chaotic. Empty out your closet- take it all out- and put it on your bed or the floor. Grab off-season items and pack them away in storage bags or under-bed boxes. Best part? Since you won’t see these pieces for 6 months, they’ll feel brand new next season

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2. Organize Your Closet

Time to put everything back in your closet. Make your wardrobe “shoppable” by sorting items first by garment type, then by color and pattern. Hang items the way you dress, with shirts on top, pants on bottom, and shoes underneath, so you can easily see outfit combinations.

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Then steal this trick from retailers: hang items near other items you’d like to try them with. According to the Daily Mail, Mickey Drexler- the ‘king of retail’ who revolutionized brands like Ann Taylor, Gap, and most recently J. Crew- revealed that, “a pair of shoes or selection of belts might be placed near a contrasting dress or shirt, helping the customer imagine how they might put a look together.” Try it in your own closet for a fresh spin on your go-to garments.

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Hang your bright top with a skirt & accessories for a ready-to-wear outfit

 

3. Keep A List Of New Items You Need

After your closet is organized, it will be easy to see what’s missing. Do a closet “inventory”: got 17 black tees, but no boyfriend blazers? Make a list of items you need- basic white tees, a classic trench coat, a tailored jacket- then fill in the gaps with pieces that fit your personal brand.

4. Follow The Rule Of 3

Cut back on haphazard shopping and maximize your wardrobe possibilities by following the rule of 3: every new item should make 3 new outfits with the clothing you already own.

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5. Use Pinterest To Build New Outfits With Your Existing Pieces

Stores know the secret to turning browsers into buyers is helping them visualize the product in their everyday lives. “The most tried and true example of this would be the mannequin…this tactic gives prospective customers an immediate point of reference and as soon as they can envision your product on themselves or in their homes, you can consider it as good as sold,” says Humayun Khan at Shopify.

Find your own fashion “mannequins” on Pinterest. Pick an item you already own- like a denim jacket- and type it into the search. You’ll quickly find dozens of options for ways to wear it that you had never thought of, without constantly buying new pieces.

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Another favorite source of outfit inspiration

6. Wear Pieces In An Unexpected Way

Aside from mannequins, retailers have another trick up their sleeves: impeccably stylish employees. They always have a fresh take on the store’s basic pieces. They unbutton a chambray shirt and wear it like a jacket, make a wide cuff on a pair of skinny jeans, or tie a top over a maxi dress and wear it like a skirt. Look at your pieces through new eyes and see how you can wear them in an unexpected way.

7. Get Items Tailored

Recently, stores like Club Monaco and Ralph Lauren have started offering free or inexpensive alterations. Why? A perfect fit off-the-rack is a rarity. The same is true for your closet. For just a few dollars, a tailor can shorten a hem or remove sleeves and transform your pieces into something totally new.

8. Add Accessories

Retailers know that accessories can turn an otherwise boring top or dress into a must-have piece. Try this pro tip from our creative owner, Christine: instead of building your outfit around a top or pants (which can leave you feeling totally uninspired), start with a fresh piece like a statement piece or eye-catching shoe.

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Now you: Which tip will you use to shop your closet?

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How to Wear Summer Accessories When It’s Scorching Out

This month’s reader question: It feels like a furnace outside! Which summer accessories will keep me cool and still look hot?

Says Sinners & Saints founder, Christine: “Since we’re in August, we have a few more weeks left in the heat. If you’re like me, you want to be comfortable- no fuss. Focus on one statement accessory and don’t overclutter your outfit. Here are my top 5 summer accessories to stay cool in the heat.”

1. A Shady Fedora

When the sun is scorching, “It’s a timeless topper that can transition from poolside to rooftop cocktails.” You can’t go wrong with a classic straw fedora- but black and white are undeniably chic. Wear it with any outfit for a comfortable (and yes, unpretentious) dose of style.

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2. Bold Bangles

“The bigger the bangle, the better,” says Christine. Leave your other jewelry at home and choose one statement bracelet for a striking addition to any outfit. Wearing white? Pair it with a bright bangle. Or choose gleaming metallics and white enamel for a modern, minimalist vibe that’s in keeping with the season.

 

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3. A Light-as-Air Bag

“When it’s hot out, you don’t want to lug around a heavy bag. Keep it light.” For day, a crossbody bag keeps your hands free (to carry an iced green tea, maybe?). Christine loves a lightweight satchel in a fun summer color like tangerine or aquamarine.

At night, a clutch in seasonal hues adds a summery pop to your basic LBD. Downsize your everyday bag to fit the evening essentials: a lipstick in a vivid shade, sweat-proof mascara, and a space-saving blush/bronzer compact.

 

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4. A Breezy Head Scarf

Take a cue from fashion’s models and muses- Kate Moss, Ali McGraw, and Brigitte Bardot, to name a few- and trade your lazy ponytail for a head scarf. “It’s the perfect accessory when it’s hot out and you don’t feel like styling your hair,” says Christine. “And you can wear it no matter your hair length.” Why not try a bold mix-and-match pattern for a playful look?

Dana at Wonder Forest offers an easy tutorial on how to tie a head scarf– Christine will be rocking the slim turban with her new shoulder-grazing summer cut.

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5. Eye-Catching Sunnies

“Try frames in a fun color to make your outfit pop.” The frames may be bright, but they’ll shade your eyes in style. Plus, they’re a go-anywhere accessory that’s easy throw on no matter your outfit or hairstyle.

Fortunately, you don’t need to break the bank to stay on-trend. You can find a rainbow of frames at your favorite department store, or even a kiosk at the mall.

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Now you: What’s your favorite summer accessory? Tell us in the comments below.

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HOW TO SPICE UP YOUR BASICS

No longer just weekend wear, basics are having a big moment. From the Row’s utilitarian poplin shirts to Calvin Klein’s perpetually sleek maxis, we’re seeing simple pieces everywhere these days. But doing it right can be tricky: you don’t want to end up looking frumpy when you’re going for French it-girl. Over Saturday morning conversation that strayed from our favorite pancake toppings to crop tops and back again, Sinners & Saints founder Christine D’Amore dished on her favorite recipes to make your basics anything but boring.
On Getting Dressed (And Pancakes): “When you’re making pancakes, you start with a recipe. Then you can throw in whatever you want and make them special, but the basic recipe doesn’t change.” Like pancakes, Christine insists the secret to a great outfit is knowing your basic recipe.
She recommends refining a few basic silhouettes that work for your body and suit your aesthetic. For her, that might mean a crop top + wideleg pant + sandals one day, or a white tank + skinny jeans + heels the next- both totally different, but still her.

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Define Your Basic Recipe: The biggest mistake people make when getting dressed, we learned, is trying to reinvent the wheel every day. “This doesn’t need to be difficult. Do you like to wear tank tops? Grab a tank top. Hate wearing skirts? Don’t keep them in your closet.” (In other words, if crop tops aren’t your thing, don’t buy them.)

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Stock Up On These Basics: “I’m all about inexpensive basics. H&M, Zara, Forever 21…” says Christine.
When you’re shopping for budget basics, look for simple shapes and minimal details. Just make sure everything fits, and stick with fabrics that feel good on your skin.

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Add 1 Statement Piece That Embodies Your Style: Make even the most predictable basics your own with (no surprise here) a statement accessory. A white tee is instantly edgy with the addition of a leather jacket, preppy with pearl studs and canvas sneakers, or fashion-forward with a pair of boyfriend jeans and bright heels.

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Swap Out Your Basic Ingredients: Once you’ve mastered your basic silhouette and extras, you can easily change up the ingredients. If you’re a red lipstick girl, swap it for coral; if you always wear your hair down, throw it up in a messy pony.

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We’re envisioning a wardrobe we’ll love for years to come, and less time spent getting dressed…maybe we’ll finally have time to master that pancake recipe.

Now you: Would you ever try creating a “recipe” for your outfits?

 

Photo Creds: Erik Jimenez- BeautyStory Studio

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