Wear Now, Wear Later: Summer to Fall

Its never too early to start thinking about your fall wardrobe. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to ditch your favorite summer dresses! Sometimes, all you need is a jacket and a pair of boots for your perfect fall outfit. Continue reading for “Wear Now, Wear Later” outfit inspiration!

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This Multi Colored Striped Cotton Seersucker Sundress has summer written all over it. The 1950s vibe of the dress and its preppy color scheme make it a great option for any casual summer occasion. For jewelry, these thin gold hoop earrings complement the colors of the dress well with their pale green striped effect. Pair the dress with gold sandals and a natural woven basket purse to complete your summer outfit.

To transition this dress into fall, switch the sandals for ballet flats and add a denim jacket for warmth. Complete the outfit with this Andrew Gellar 1960s handbag. The olive green color of the handbag will tie the outfit together for its fall transition.

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Transition this bright Needle & Thread Abstract Jersey Dress easily between summer and fall with a change of accessories! A cool summer look includes woven sandals and a big bohemian purse. The comfortable and earthy feel of the sandals balances out the bright geometric pattern of the jersey dress. Simple bracelets, like these three gold bangles, complete this hippie chic look.

For colder weather, add a leather jacket, like this Bottega Veneta Leather Jacket. The woven pattern and warm brown color make it a unique find! Opt for a pair of high brown boots to take the dress into fall, such as this retro 1970s pair. To break up the brown in the boots and jacket, pick a bright purse in a color found in the dress.

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The final outfit centers on this vintage 1980s khaki shirt dress. The open lace back of the dress adds a funky, unexpected element. For a summer look, don’t shy away from bright accessories. The 1960s Ingber Orange Linen and Wood Retro Bermuda Handbag adds a mod pop of color. Add these Stuart Weitzman Camel Thatch Flats for a textured dimension to the outfit. Lastly, top of the outfit with a necklace, like this Burnt Orange & Beige Long String of Beads from the 1970s.

For a fall look, try adding a scarf, like this 1970s Lavender Paisley Pattern Scarf. A scarf will add an extra layer for chillier months while incorporating color into the outfit. Switch out flats for a pair of low booties, like this Miu Miu pair. The low booties add a distinctively fall feel to the outfit and incorporate an edgy element to the dress. Complete the outfit with a metallic purse, like this minimalist chic Sergio Rossi bag.

The transition between summer and fall is not difficult. All you need are some different accessories to take your favorite summer dresses into fall!

Fashion Favorite: The Little White Dress

While the Little Black Dress will always be a fashion favorite, refresh your wardrobe with the perfect summer outfit- the Little White Dress! The LWD is sure to be an instant classic. With so many variations, there is a dress for every woman!

The beauty of the LWD is that it can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories. Before you purchase your own LWD, make sure you go with a classic cut, so you aren’t limited on when you can wear it in the future.

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For a summer party, try styling your LWD with a statement necklace. You will literally have a blank palette to work with, so have fun with an array of bold necklace choices! Pair your dress with heels or go for wooden wedges for a low-key, but stylish, look. This Herve Leger dress is a classic bandage dress that will shine at any summer event! Complete the look with this stunning Green Multi Strand Necklace for that needed pop of color.

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For a boho look, try styling your LWD with a light summer scarf and sandals. This would be a great look for a weekend brunch! Try this Diane Von Furstenberg dress, a fabulous option for the summer season. The crisp and clean lines of the dress make it both polished and fun! A bright scarf, like this vintage Emilio Pucci scarf from the 1960s, give the outfit an artsy flair. For an added layer, wear a denim jacket to complete the outfit.

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For an office appropriate outfit, pair your LWD with a blazer. A thin belt will add a sophisticated edge to a great summer dress. The neutrality of the white dress allows you to play with color in a professional manner with this look. Try this Trina Turk blazer for a suitable 9 to 5 outfit! The lightweight fabric and feminine shape make it an excellent blazer for your professional summer attire.

For all your LWD needs, be sure to shop at BackInStyle.com for a great selection of white dresses and chic accessories!

Designer Spotlight: Stephen Burrows

Stephen Burrows is an American fashion icon whose work in the 1970s continues to influence designers today. Burrows made a name for himself in the 1970s as one of the few African American designers, paving the way for many to follow in his chic footsteps.

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Burrows got his start with the launch of Stephen Burrows’ World Boutique within the Henri Bendel store in 1970. He became known for his use of color blocking and fluid design of sexy separates that defined the 1970s woman. Though his career has had its ups and downs, his superb design concepts have been constant over the years.

In his most iconic work, Burrows was able to capture both a comfortable and sexy look with his clinging jersey dresses. He embodied 1970s design with his Native American themes, bold color schemes, use of jersey material with exposed seams, and the nonchalant appearance of his puckered lettuce edging. This period of fashion echoed the youthful culture of the era and the desire to return to the basics.

Stephen Burrows' collection for Henri Bendel in Central Park (1970)

Stephen Burrows’ collection for Henri Bendel in Central Park (1970)

After Henri Bendel was sold in 1982, it seemed that Burrows’ career was over. But, after a twenty year hiatus, Burrows made one of the biggest fashion comebacks with a revitalized Bendel boutique and subsequent fashion shows. The resilience of Burrows original design concepts was noted by The New York Times in 2013 with the fact that “every decade or so Mr. Burrows has a moment”.Stephen Burrows Gray Jersey Dress

To celebrate the superb design work of Stephen Burrows, Back In Style features a couple of his dresses, which highlight the hight of his career. A perfect example of Burrows in his prime is this Vintage 1970s Stephen Burrows Gray Jersey Dress. The jersey drapes beautifully and creates a sophisticated and sexy silhouette. The unique silvery gray color makes this dress an elegant option for your next formal affair. When wearing this dress, keep accessories minimal to avoid detracting from the distinctive 10-06draping of the front and back.

For a more summery look, try this Stephen Burrows Coral Jersey Dress with Draping Back, also from the 1970s. The bold color, the V neckline, and wide shoulders make it the ultimate dress for understated elegance. The unexpected back vent reveals the fun of the design concepts of this time period. The dress is fitted through the body with more room for movement below the hips, so feel free to dance the night away in this vintage Stephen Burrows piece.

Be sure to check out these fabulous, vintage dresses at BackInStyle.com!

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

When shopping for vintage fashion, what better way to start than by looking back at how fashionistas of the past wore these looks? Without a doubt, one such style icon is Audrey Hepburn.Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 5.33.45 PM

Audrey Hepburn is the quintessential style icon. The British actress and humanitarian has been ranked as the third greatest female screen legend and is a member of the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Her wardrobe has inspired many of the fashion staples still popular today. From her fitted pants to her famous Little Black Dress, Hepburn’s style challenged the fashion of the time, while still evoking a distinctly feminine aura.

Hepburn’s most famous role was Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). But more importantly, her style in the movie is still revered by women today. The black dress she famously wears at the beginning of the film made the LBD a fashion icon. The Givenchy piece sold for nearly half a million pounds in 2006, proving that the LBD is still a style staple. Hepburn also proves that sunglasses can be worn with any outfit for the ultimate cool-girl look.

So, we know Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate symbol of style and grace. Now, here’s how to get the Hepburn look:

Know what works for your body type.

b82c40a91de11498b18acd99f44097abThis is the key to dressing like style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Trends come and go, but style is more permanent. Even if something is trendy, it doesn’t necessarily mean its the best choice for your body type. Look for pieces you know are figure flattering. If you are struggling with finding flattering clothing for your body type, be sure to read our Fit Clinic series, which highlights the best fashion for your figure.

Once you find clothing that works for your body type, befriend your tailor. Sometimes all you need is a little individual help to make classic clothing look amazing. This extra step can make a huge difference in your look.

Keep your clothing choices simple.

Hepburn is a symbol of elegant simplicity. She did not become a style icon by constantly wearing complex outfits. Hepburn is a testament to the fact that sometimes less is more. Keep your clothing choices simple for an understated, yet undeniably chic look. A crisp, white shirt and tailored pants can go a long way for an effortlessly, chic look. 663ecadbf01ef1c3453db71ce72065ee

Invest in Hepburn’s go-to wardrobe staples.

To get the Hepburn look, expand your wardrobe with some of her favorites. Examples include a classic white shirt, fitted pants, and ballet flats. Don’t forget a little black dress and a pair of kitten heels to really capture her look. One example of a perfect little black dress is this Theory Little Black Dress found at Back In Style! The dress really captures the Hepburn look and is the perfect palette to start a classically chic outfit.

Have fun with accessories!

While Hepburn kept many of her clothing choices simple, she enjoyed accessorizing her outfits. Wear a scarf to add zest to your wardrobe. Dark sunglasses were another go-to accessory. Accessories are a great way to express yourself without overpowering an outfit.

Shop the Audrey Hepburn Look

Shop the Hepburn look: Theory Little Black Dress ($60)/ Vintage Black Double Brimmed Hat ($36)/ Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Oversized Sunglasses ($150)/ Vintage Half Moon Rhinestone Earrings ($24)/ Christian Louboutin Black Satin Mary Jane Flats ($120)

Now that you know how to dress like this style icon, don’t forget to shop for Audrey Hepburn-esque pieces at Back In Style!

Designer Spotlight: Chloé

Few brands can say they have made quite the impact that French fashion house Chloé has. Found in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, Chloé revolutionized the way clothing was produced. Originally, luxury brands only produced Haute Couture, or made to measure clothing.vintage chloe ad For those who could not afford couture, they were left with poorly made copies, supplied by local seamstresses. Aghion, noticing the gap in the market, changed the world of fashion by creating a line of off the rack, high quality clothing. In creating Chloé, she made a bold point to reject the strict formality of 1950′s fashion for accessible yet stylish clothing.   She called this ‘luxury prêt-à-porter’, launching the ready-to-wear model of the majority of fashion houses today.

Chloé has a history of famously catering to chic, celebrity clientele. As one of the iconic brands of the 1970s, Chloé’s customers included Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, and Grace Kelly. Since its beginning, the brand has stuck with its concept of romantic, feminine fashion and celebrating a softer aesthetic. At Chloé’s core is a strong sense of modern femininity that has lasted since its creation. Chloé’s looks are feminine and flirty, without being too revealing. Many of this label’s clothing options look good year round and make excellent additions to any woman’s wardrobe. Today, Chloé caters to celebrities like Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, and Kate Bosworth.

chloe-black-silk-dressFor unique, vintage Chloé pieces, check out Back in Style’s collection of ready to wear options. One of the featured looks is this Chloé Vintage 1980s Black Long Sleeved Dress, which would be a perfect look for your next cocktail party. This versatile dress can be worn as either a deep plunging V neck, or with the snap on the inside of the dress, a more conservative option. The gathered, ruched waistline and the elegant movement of the skirt make this dress a prime example of the romantic, feminine fashion of Chloé. Pair this dress with a bold pair of earrings or a small, delicate necklace to avoid competing with the neckline. Depending on your choice of accessories, wear a bright or neutral set of pumps to complete your outfit.

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Another great option is this Vintage 1980s Chloé Indigo Drop-Waist Dress. This dress is from the last collection that Karl Lagerfeld designed for Chloe before moving to Chanel. The unique color of the dress make it a must-have piece of vintage Chloé. If you’ve kept up with Back in Style’s Fit Clinic series, you will also know that the drop waist of this wrap dress makes it a flattering piece for any woman’s wardrobe!

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Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea in vintage Chloé

Chloé continues to lead the market in new trends and innovations. In September 2007, Chloé was the first luxury brand to offer an iPhone-specific version of its website. The brand also led the way in broadcasting fashion shows on the same day they are held. Chloé’s styles, both vintage and current, are easy to wear piece that should have place in every fashionista’s closet. Many of the styles can be worn year round, and of course, of many years to come. We can’t wait to see what Chloé has in store for us next!

For more vintage Chloé, shop Back In Style’s collection here!

Stylish Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a stylish way to complete an outfit and protect your eyes from harsh sunlight. Especially during the summer, you should never leave the house without a pair. Because they are such a focal point for any look, its important to wear the best pair for your face. But with so many choices, how do you decide what pair of sunglasses to buy? Here’s a quick guide for throwing some shade:

Look at these options and decide what face shape you have before purchasing sunglasses.

Look at these options and decide what face shape you have before purchasing sunglasses.

Round

black-square-sunglasses-2Round faces are characterized by an equal length and width. A round face will have soft curves with few angles. The best sunglasses option for a round face would be one that helps add definition. Look for an angular frame, such as a Wayfarer or a square pair of glasses. For example, this pair of Vintage Large Square Sunglasses with Gold Accents are sure to flatter anyone with a round face. The 1980s flair of this particular pair will stand out from the usual sunglasses options.

Square

jacques-faith-pink-sunglasses-3A square face is proportional in length and width, with a defined jaw, square chin, and broad forehead. To balance out this face shape, look for round sunglasses. Round sunglasses will soften the appearance of a square face. Rock this pair of Vintage Jacques Fath Pink Oversized Round Sunglasses for a cool boho look. The pink tint and gradient in the lenses will keep your eyes protected and fashionable.

Heart Shaped

5435813876_6c41c144eeHeart shaped faces are characterized by a wide forehead and a narrower jaw line. Heart shaped faces are accompanied by a narrow chin and high cheekbones. The best sunglasses for a heart shaped face are cat-eye sunglasses. The unique shape of cat-eye sunglasses will create more symmetry in the face for a flattering, balanced illusion. Recognize this cat-eye sunglasses lover? Audrey Hepburn reminds us why she will always be a style icon with her classic portrayal of Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

Oval

foster-grant-4An oval face will have balanced proportions, a narrow forehead and jaw line, and high cheekbones. The chin will be slightly narrower than the forehead for this face shape. Oval faces are the easiest to shop for, so any style will look great. Try aviators, or another funky glasses shape. Though aviators are currently a very trendy look, this style of sunglasses have been around for years. Try on these Vintage Foster Grant Gold Aviator Style Sunglasses for a chic blast from the past.

Long

YSL-black-sunglasses-3Long faces are distinct from their oval counterparts because they are typically longer than their width. To complement this face shape, choose oversized sunglasses. An oversized pair will add width along the temples to create the illusion of a more balanced face. This pair of Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Black Oversized glasses are the perfect choice for long faces. Don’t be afraid to play with colors when looking for sunglasses for added dimension.

Whatever your face shape is, there is a perfect pair of sunglasses for you! Browse Back In Style’s sunglasses section for more inspiration here!

Fit Clinic: Dressing with Large Busts

Dressing different body types can be tricky. Different cuts and styles are better suited to certain body types, as we’ve discussed in the last two posts of Back in Style’s Fit Clinic. This week, we’ll focus on dressing figures with large busts. To flatter large busts, follow these guidelines:

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Pick shift and sheath dresses. Look for drop-waist dresses to minimize the amount of fabric higher on your figure. Open necklines are also flattering for women with larger busts. Lastly, wrap dresses are a great solution for this problem area, as well as many other problem areas.

Pencil skirts are especially flattering for women with large busts. Pencil skirts create balance and enhance the illusion of an hourglass figure. Shop for pencil skirts like this Roland Mouret skirt. A-lines are also flattering on this body type, but look for skirts that have a defined waistline. Pick skirts that sit low on the hips to balance out this body type.

Pick low-rise pants and wide-leg trousers, such as these Diane von Furstenberg Ultra Wide Leg Jeans. These pants will bring more focus on your lower body and draw attention away from your bust. Bootcut pants also flatter this body type for the same reasons.

Look for tops with distinct necklines. V-necks, scoop necks, and square necks will flatter large busts. These necklines create an open area of skin that will make your bust appear smaller. Pick long, tailored or fitted tops and jackets for a polished, streamlined look.

What to avoid if a large bust is your problem area: Anything that adds volume to the bust area. Avoid high necklines as well as pockets, ruffles, or pleats on the chest. This will only make you appear larger. Avoid empire waists and cowl-necks, as well as button-downs. Wide belts will cut your figure in half and make you look disproportional. High-waisted bottoms should also be avoided for the same reasons.

Fashionable on the Fourth of July

Summer memories are always filled with trips to the beach, fun with friends, and most importantly, celebrating the Fourth of July! Who doesn’t love fireworks and barbecue? Nothing says America more than donning your favorite red, white, and blue outfit. With only three colors, style options are surprisingly endless. Whether you’re going to be patriotically celebrating at a casual hangout or a sophisticated soiree, the Vintage Fashionistas have you covered for a fashionable Fourth of July!

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Fun Fact: Did you know that the Fourth of July was originally celebrated with a lot of greenery instead of the usual trio of red, white, and blue? Soon after the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Revolutionary War was in full swing, these colors weren’t widely available. Greenery was a more suitable option for decorating and celebrating a new country. As red, white, and blue paper became more accessible and the flag gained importance, the traditional trio that we know and love became an established part of this American holiday. Patriotism is always in style, so here are some outfit options to inspire your Fourth of July look:

Casual Celebration

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If you’re attending a low key event this Fourth of July, look for fabrics and cuts that will keep you cool in the heat of the summer. We love this romantic navy ruffle top from Ralph Lauren, especially paired with a white skirt or pants. Complement the outfit with summery accessories, such as gold detailing in these Michael Kors sandals and 1960′s Natural Woven Basket Purse. To top it all off, don’t forget the red element. A fun, chunky necklace, such as this multi strand choker, will bring the outfit together with just the right amount of flair.

Formal Fourth of July Fun

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For a more formal affair, we recommend a fun print with a sophisticated cut. This silk Emilio Pucci dress is a great option because it can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Its lightweight and easy to wear, making it perfect for a summer party. Pair this dress with wedges, like this Rachel Roy pair, for a perfect summer vibe. Wedges give you the height of heels, but are more comfortable and are easier to walk in for long periods of time. To give the outfit a bit of an edge, pair it with this 1980s red Charles Jourdan clutch. Lastly, dangly earrings complete this Fourth of July look.

If you’re still struggling to find the right outfit for the Fourth of July, stop by BackInStyle.com for a Fourth of July sale! Whatever your plans are, have a fun and fashionable Fourth of July!

 

 

 

 

 

Fit Clinic: Full Hips and Thighs

If your problem areas are your full hips and thighs, here are some tips to flatter your shape:

full-hips-image-2Pick A-line dresses! Look for 1950’s inspired pieces with a fit and flare style, like this 1950s Light Blue & White Lace Shirt Waist Dress. Shift dresses with wide necklines will also compliment a troublesome lower half. Like the previous two problem areas, wrap dresses will also flatter women with full hips and thighs by drawing away attention from these areas.

For the most flattering skirts, stick with structured A-line styles and straight skirts, such as this vintage Emilio Pucci A-line skirt. Trumpet shapes and inverted-pleat skirts also compliment this type of figure by focusing on the waist while drawing the eyes outward.

Pick straight leg or boot cut pants. Also look for pants with contoured waistbands, which are higher in the back than in the front. The contoured waistband will hug the waist and reduce gaping, a common issue for women with hourglass figures.

Look for tops that draw the eye upward, minimizing the focus on your problem areas. Similar to the previously mentioned dresses and skirts, the A-line style will also be flattering for tops. A chic A-line coat, like this Vintage Gallant Cashmere Coat, will draw attention away from your hips and thighs. To accentuate the waist, pick tops that stop at the hip and cropped jackets. To focus the eyes upward, pick tops with strong shoulder lines and boatneck tops.

What to avoid if your full hips and thighs are your problem areas: Anything that negatively accentuates these areas. Avoid covering up these areas with long tops but also avoid too much emphasis with side-slit or front patch pockets. Stay away from pencil skirts, skinny jeans, and flared pants, which draw too much attention to full hips and thighs.

Be sure to check back next week! We will be giving tips on how to flatter figures with large busts!

Color Crush: Coral

With summer in full swing, its time to update our wardrobes. One color we’re crushing on is coral!

Different shades of coral...Pick your favorite!

Different shades of coral…Pick your favorite!

This versatile color looks good on dresses, pants, skirts, and even makeup. What makes this color so great is that it is universally flattering. Its easier and more sophisticated to wear than bright orange. Coral looks pretty on both tan and fair skin tones, so stock up!

Coral also mixes well with some of our other summer staples, like navy and turquoise. Pair a dress, like this Thierry Mugler dress, with turquoise accessories for a summery outfit. This signature Mugler is an eye catching piece, with its brigh color and open back design. If you’re skeptical, try this color first as an accent to a neutral outfit. Pick a fun, light scarf or big, chunky jewelry for your first foray into the world of coral.

For the more adventurous, try pairing the color with another print, likepaganne-coral-red-pink-jersey-dress-thumb leopard, for a funky combination.  Find a fun print, like this vintage Paganne floral maxi dress, for a bold, chic look. Keep other elements of the outfit neutral so the maxi dress remains the focal point of the outfit.

Colored pants continue to be a hot staple this summer. Opt for a pair in coral and wear them with your favorite chambray shirt or other neutral top. The possibilities are endless for this color crush!

For lots of coral clothing options, check out BackInStyle.com!

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