What’s Trending: The Cape Dress

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Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway

Capes were all over the Fall/Winter 2015 runways, and the trend easily transitioned to the Spring and Summer 2016 runway, with the introduction of cape dresses, tops, ponchos, and sleeveless vests.  

There were robe-inspired capes as sleeves at Zuhair Murad; flowing, long capes as the trains of gowns at Guo Pei; sheer, floor-length capes worn separately over dresses and jumpsuits at Chanel; and capes as sleeves to the gowns at Ralph & Russo.  Capes infuse the class & glamour of the 1920’s into a modern look that feels new and reinvented.

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Chanel Spring/Summer 2016 Runway

Check out T&T’s top picks below and where to shop the looks.

 

This cape by McQueen is everything:

What do you think of this trend?  How would you style it?

xo

 

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Trending Now: 15 Classic Trench Coats That Will Never Go Out Of Style

A classic trench is an essential of every wardrobe.  There’s really no quintessential equivalent to the camel trench coat.  It simply exudes class, sophistication, and elegance, whether worn with a dress, a suit, or simply a pair of jeans.

Fall Classic Camel Coats
At this point, you’re probably thinking, Why, yes, I do need a camel trench coat, and I’m really not certain how I’ve lived my life without one….until now.
(Congratulations on your newfound realization!)
Now that you’ve taken a few seconds to let it soak in, your mind is probably overloaded with questions.  What details do I want on my trench?  Should I choose a belted, a button-up, or both?!  Oversized or fitted?  Do I splurge on a luxurious high-quality version so that it can last through many more winters to come?
While all of these questions are perfectly valid and understandable, know that you can simply sit back (let Trends & Tribulations do the heavy lifting here, darling) and relax while you feast your eyes on these shoppable beauties below.  All you gotta do is scroll.
(You’re welcome.  I love you, too.  Don’t get weird.)

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Gucci Wool-Blend Trench Coat, $2,919

Gucci Wool-Blend Trench Coat, $2,919

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Proenza Schouler belted trench coat, $1,916.53

Proenza Schouler belted trench coat, $1,916.53

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Saint Laurent belted trench coat, $5,990.00

Saint Laurent belted trench coat, $5,990.00

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Burberry London The Kensington Mid wool and cashmere-blend felt trench coat, $1,595

Burberry London The Kensington Mid wool and cashmere-blend felt trench coat, $1,595

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Jason Wu belted long trench coat, $3,995.00

Jason Wu belted long trench coat, $3,995.00

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Akris oversized lapels belted coat, $1,498.09

Akris oversized lapels belted coat, $1,498.09

 

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Carven Belted Double-Breasted Coat, $1,520

Carven Belted Double-Breasted Coat, $1,520

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Burberry London Checked cashmere-blend cape, $989

Burberry London Checked cashmere-blend cape, $989

(I know, I know, it’s not a trench.  But you have to admit, it’s pretty darn cute.)

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Rag & Bone Faye Coat, $995

Rag & Bone Faye Coat, $995

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Boss Cepina Wool Cashmere Coat, $625.00

Boss Cepina Wool Cashmere Coat, $625.00

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J.Crew Brown Collection Double-faced Italian Wool Sleeveless Coat, $495

J.Crew Brown Collection Double-faced Italian Wool Sleeveless Coat, $495

(Perhaps a sleeveless version would tickle your fancy…)

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Banana Republic Camel Double Breasted Coat, $298

Banana Republic Camel Double Breasted Coat, $298

 

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Frame Denim Le Duster suede coat, $1,400

Frame Denim Le Duster suede coat, $1,400

 

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Burberry London fitted trench coat, $4,939.31

Burberry London fitted trench coat, $4,939.31

 

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Stella McCartney Bryce wool-blend coat, $1,690

Stella McCartney Bryce wool-blend coat, $1,690

Which is your favorite?  Do you have a classic camel-colored trench coat, or do you disagree that it is a wardrobe staple?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Love you guys, xo

40 Fashion Mistakes You May Be Making

7 Fashion Faux Pas You Need to Stop Making Now

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via DFWStyleDaily

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You believe white shouldn’t be worn after labor day.

Ladies, listen up: This is an antiquated rule that shouldn’t be followed. As countless designers and fashion stars have proved during the past few seasons, white isn’t only appropriate when the weather turns chilly, but also amazingly fresh and modern. One thing to keep in mind when tackling the white-in-winter trend: It’s all about the fabric. Lighter textiles such as white cotton, linen, canvas, and seersucker will look out of place during fall and winter, so be sure you’re reaching for white wool, cashmere, fur, mohair, flannel, silk, and leather.

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via Twice-Fashion

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You always buy the same size in clothes.

As any woman who’s shopped high-fashion and fast-fashion knows, sizing can vary tremendously according to store, brand, and item. Cheaper clothing typically runs way bigger, making it common for a woman to wear, say, a size Large at Forever 21, but still be a size 2 in Stella McCartney. Don’t sweat the number—pay attention to how things look on your body instead.

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You wear retro pieces without a modern spin.

The perfect modern spin on a retro look.

The perfect modern spin on a retro look.

We all know that fashion is cyclical and that everything comes back around, but that doesn’t mean you should dress in full of-another-decade outfits, which could run the risk of making you look like you’re both in costume and 10 years older.

Love the look of a wild ’80s neon sweater you found at the Salvation Army? Leave the leggings and sneakers at home and opt for a pair of super-sleek skinny jeans, natural hair and makeup, and a great pair of ankle boots. Found a vintage swingy midi-skirt? Style it with modern staples like a cropped leather jacket and a sleek pair of pointy heels as opposed to wearing a pussy-bow blouse and pearls.

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You think ‘dry clean only’ tags are always correct.

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via Jeremy Brooks

If a garment says it needs to be dry-cleaned, it won’t hurt to follow suit, but that can get pricey—especially since some items technically don’t need to be professionally cleaned. Many high-end brands that manufacture items in washable fabrics will often say “dry clean only”  to keep up the higher-end vibe. Furthermore, certain fabrics such as cashmere actually hold up better when they’re washed by hand as opposed to getting dry-cleaned. Here’s a good guide to help you figure out what doesn’t really have to be cleaned by a pro.

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You believe tall women shouldn’t wear heels.

Karlie Kloss is not only a tall woman who wears heels, she also bikes in them.  Badass, kids.  via DailyMail

Karlie Kloss is not only a tall woman who wears heels, she also bikes in them. Badass, kids. via DailyMail

This mandate isn’t only silly, but a little sexist, too. Stemming from a whole bunch of antiquated notions including abundant height isn’t feminine, and a woman shouldn’t draw extra attention to herself, this rule is one no woman should ever follow if they don’t want to. We know plenty of women who are six feet tall and still rock killer heels with grace (ahem, Jenna Lyons, Charlize Theron, Michelle Obama, Karlie Kloss….)

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You shop for Instagram

We hate to assume you’d buy anything simply so people know you own it, but such is the world in which we live. Are you buying that Balenciaga bag because you really, really love it, or because you want others to know you bought it? If you buy those Jimmy Choo pumps, will you be able to truly enjoy them without posting them to social media? If the answer is no, you might have some thinking to do about your shopping habits.

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You avoid horizontal stripes like the plague.

via WorldFashionChannel

via WorldFashionChannel

Buying into the notion that all horizontal lines make you look wide is a cliché mistake. Yes, we’ll admit that a skin-tight bodycon dress emblazoned with horizontal lines might only look good on a model, but pieces that are made well and fit well—think a classic cotton Breton striped shirt tucked into dark jeans, a ladylike full skirt with horizontal stripes, or a great striped overcoat—flatters every woman.

Thanks to StyleCaster for these fabulous tips for staying chic all winter long.  Go check out the rest of their article for more fashion advice here.

Have a favorite fashion tip?  Share in the comments below!

xo, loves

Can Flip-Flops Be High Fashion?

Charlotte Olympia Teams Up With Havaianas To Create Fashionable Flip-Flops

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What is it about the (unofficial) national sandals of Brazil that designers and fashion insiders alike love so much?  This upcoming collab is one of my favorites: Charlotte Olympia teams up with Havaianas to create perhaps the most fashionable flip-flop ever.  The Spring/Summer 2016 collection will debut this upcoming February after a preview at Milan Fashion Week this September.

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The collection will include 3 flip flop styles and a beach towel.  The best part?  You can snag a pair for only about $40, rather than the usual high price tag for Charlotte Olympia shoes.  The collection is inspired by her signature kitty motifs, retro pin-up style, and, of course, her quirky, tongue-in-cheek attitude.

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The designer, Charlotte Dellal, is daughter to Brazilian model Andrea Dellal, which may have contributed to one of the reasons for the collab.

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Brazilian model Andrea Dellal with designer daughter Charlotte Dellal, via StreetPeeper

What do you think of Havaianas?  Will you be shopping this collection?

xo

Your Most Flattering Colors for This Fall, Revealed

Pantone’s Fall 2015 Color Palette

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Pantone recently revealed their Fall 2015 color palette, which consists of earthy neutrals and bold, standalone colors that balance each other and “reflect landscape of hope, fun, fantasy, and all things natural”.

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These colors were evident in Fall 2015’s runway looks, featuring timeless pieces inspired from the free, bohemian vibes of the 60’s and 70’s, and the allure of the 1920’s.  The color palette is, for the first time ever, truly androgynous, and work with both men’s and women’s fashion.

Desert Sage, one of Pantone's Fall 2015 colors

Desert Sage, one of Pantone’s Fall 2015 colors

The top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Fall 2015 are:

  • PANTONE 18-4214 Stormy Weather
  • PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff
  • PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
  • PANTONE 18-4726 Biscay Bay
  • PANTONE 15-1340 Cadmium Orange
  • PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose
  • PANTONE 16-0110 Desert Sage
  • PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond
  • PANTONE 17-3628 Amethyst Orchid

Perry Ellis’ Interpretation of the color palette

 Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway. The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette. 

-Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Rebecca Minkoff’s inspiration derived from Pantone’s color palette

What are your favorite colors from the palette?  I am a huge fan of “Dried Herb”, “Desert Sage”, “Marsala”, “Cadmium Orange”, and “Cashmere Rose”.  And basically, all of them.  

xo, lovely

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Emilio Pucci

Funky suede boots are seriously trending right now in the fashion world, and these blue suede boots by Emilio Pucci are no exception.  With a gold colored heel, embellished with beads and luxe embroidery, and with a zodiac motif ford decoration, these bad boys are a serious statement boot.  I’d balance out these bold boots with a feminine, short, and flowy navy blue printed dress, or take the look up a few notches with a gold cocktail dress, like this one from Herve Leger.

Emilio Pucci, $5,575

Emilio Pucci, $5,575,  via Luisaviaroma

They do come with a hefty price tag, but…look at the detailing (cue dramatic ooh’s and ahh’s here)!

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See?  Totally worth a few months rent.

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What do you think of these Emilio Pucci blue suede boots?  What would you wear them with?

xo, loves

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gianvito Rossi

There’s nothing better than an elegantly crafted, classically chic heel with just a simple twist to make it truly stand out from others.  Meet the flavor of this week, the one & only Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal.   With a neutral color combination of rose & black & a 4″ stiletto heel, this shoe is all class (and just a hint tongue-in-cheek), reminding us not to take fashion (or life) too seriously.  Preach.

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Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal, $980, via Neiman Marcus

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What do you think of these patent leather sandals?  Would you wear them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo makes some of my favorite men’s shoes, but I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of their women’s shoes. However, these latest sandals, titled “Lenny” are certainly unique, and are vaguely reminiscent of my favorite fashion icon, Elvis Presley.  The back metal heel is eye-catching, along with the gold and silver metallic leather bands.  Pair ’em with a contrasting blue or light pink ensemble for an ultra-chic look.

Salvatore Ferragamo, $1,862, via Luisaviaroma

Salvatore Ferragamo, $1,862, via Luisaviaroma

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Salvatore Ferragamo

What do you think of these sandals?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: DSquared2

Due to the ridiculous rather high number of LBD’s & LBH’s (Little Black Heels) in my closet(s), I started to get picky when adding any more of them to my wardrobe.  They have to really tickle my fancy, per se, or, sadly, they’ll just be taking up more coveted closet space.

(Side Note: Since I moved into a new apartment earlier this summer, I had to go from two walk-in closets to a tiny little one.  Needless to say, it’s been tough, but a learning experience in minimalism…  I’ve also taken to decorating my apartment with shoes as art to make up for storage (i.e. shoes intertwined with my books, in my living room, laundry room, etc.)…)

Take, for example, these beauties from DSquared2’s Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection.  They have just enough glitz and glam to make them stand out, and simply exude sex appeal.  I love how the fringe, metal zippers, and chains give them a rock’n’roll vibe, while the all-black color keeps the sandals from looking overdone.

Wear ’em with cuffed blue denim, or with a structured leather skirt and chiffon blouse for a sexy, edgy look.

DSquared2 Sandals, $1,500, via Shoescribe

DSquared2 Sandals, $1,500, via Shoescribe

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What do you think of these little black sandals?  Would you wear them?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo, Sophie

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The Top 10 Quirkiest Bags Only Fashion People Would Understand- and Where to Shop ‘Em

Moschino Fall/Winter '14-'15

Moschino Fall/Winter ’14-’15

There are certain things in life only fashion people understand.   Examples of this include Fendi’s furry buggies that sell for an upward of $800, man-repelling outfits, anything Jeremy Scott, and the following ten of the cutest damn bags I’ve ever seen.  Click on the picture of each bag to find out more info and shop ’em…if you are one of many who drank the fashion kook-aid.

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Charlotte Olympia horse head clutch, $995.00

Charlotte Olympia horse head clutch, $995.00

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