In honor of my impending semester abroad, I though I’d share this video that shows the evolution of style/fashion in East London over the past 100 years. Don’t worry, it’s under 2 minutes long. It’s always cool to see how fashion changes. Who knows, you may pick up a few ideas for your next vintage inspired look.
Happy 4th everyone! Like any holiday we all have out traditions. One of my favorites includes taking advantage of holiday savings.
Let’s start with the more expensive brands. The amazing accessory store, Henri Bendel, has 50 percent off retail for their summer sale items. One of my favorite sale items is their rivet enamel printed hinge bangle for $34. It goes with almost everything due to its neutral white and gold tones. See it for yourself here. Or they have rainboots for $49 that feature Bendel’s signature stripes. If you want them though, I would be quick and click here because they only have sizes 6 and 8 left.
If Henri Bendel is not your style, why not try Anthropologie. They have an extra 20 percent off sale items now.
But that is not all.You can snag items for up to 70 percent off retail at Express because all of their end of the season sale items have an extra 50 percent off as well as various coupons for you to use. Remember, you also get a 15 percent off coupon for your next purchase when you sign up for their email list. I would do that first and use that coupon on this purchase if you like.
For those who are really in the mood to shop, feel free to check out the 25 percent off discounts on clearance items at Macy’s (marked down prices in red price) and the 20 percent off coupon for beauty supply at Ultra. Happy Shopping!
-Also I’d like to make a note that today is not just about sales or barbeques. It’s about our country and remembrance. Happy 4th everyone!
Remember J. Crew from my college student discount listings in “the savings collection – shopping edition?” Well the store just got better. Check out this coupon for 50 percent off here. I’ve used this website, retailmenot.com, to find numerous discounts in the past, so don’t worry. Check out the factory store website for some pretty good deals and remember to show your college ID in store for an additional percentage off. Happy Shopping!
If you’re working at an internship or any office this summer, you probably had to update your wardrobe a bit with a few professional pieces. Take a peek at an article on summer style tips for the female executive I wrote recently. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
While the office may always be a place of strict professionalism, there is nothing wrong with having a little fun with fashion by bringing this summer’s trends into your work wardrobe.
As a female executive, every outfit should radiate power, intelligence and experience. The challenge is achieving this look without wearing the same dark blue suit to work every day or appearing overly feminine.
In this case, the latest summer and spring trends may offer some help. Dozens of trends came down the runway last September that can be incorporated into any executive’s closet. The easiest trends to slip in are bold florals and white blazers.
Combine a white blazer, bold floral pencil skirt and solid pumps for a crisp clean look that will keep you fashionable and office appropriate. For a more trend focused look, feel free to experiment with a subtle printed top, corresponding floral blazer, or bold matching jewelry.
For those who want an even delicate nod to the fashion icons of the moment, the slideshow “15 Fresh Suiting Combinations to Try” by Elle Magazine’s Tara Lamont-Djite provides a few options – including the use of monochrome. Here they note the use of a black blazer, sleeveless top and trousers that are black in the front and white in the back. These pants give the woman an unexpected flair to a typically understated classic look.
Another monochrome option is to match a solid straight-leg black trouser with a statement white top. Feel free to use non-neutral colored accessories in this case.
Although they come in white and black, make sure to stay away from the sheer trends flouting around department store racks this season. While color appropriate, there is no straightforward way to wear them in a professional setting.
But, these are not the only trends suitable for the workplace.
Printed and bold colored bottoms mentioned in the aforementioned slideshow and Marie Claire’s “Top Spring 2013 Fashion Trends Straight from the Runway” by Kate Schweitzer, present another option.
Match a printed bottom, such as floral or bold colored vertical stripes, with a solid colored top and flats for a relaxed yet fashionable look. For those who want a slower transition into the trend, this creates an alternative without straying too far away from the norm.
Anyone willing to take a greater risk and catch more looks across the conference room can try this look.
Thanks to the summer movie premiere of “The Great Gatsby”, old Hollywood glam has made a renewed statement in this season’s apparel. Although glitz and glam are not always workplace appropriate, a few touches of the era can create an impression.
Some ways to do so are detailed in Elle’s “Get the Gatsby Look with These 32 Dresses, Shoes and More” slideshow by Alicia Lund as well as Refinery 29’s slideshow, “11 Fresh, Modern (Easy!) Ways To Channel The Great Gatsby,” by Emily London.
Art deco accessories (such as an architectural bracelet or elaborate earrings), t-strap heels, heels with ankle straps or an entirely white outfit are a few touches that nod to the roaring twenties without turning work attire into a costume.
Otherwise, a drop-waist dress with sequins, fringe accents or sheer panels along the neck or arms can increase the presence of the trend without going too far.
While on the clock, it is easy to stay on trend by remembering a few simple tricks. Add pops of color, bold prints, and don’t be afraid to have a little fun with an outfit. Above all, make sure the trends used reflect your personal style and are added organically. Forcing a bunch of items from a specific print, color or trend, can make the outfit appear more like a costume than fashion-forward.