New York Fashion Week 2015: That 70s Show

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New York’s Fashion Week is well underway and the new trends are, well, trending.  Social media, and TV alike are buzzing about several designer collections that were inspired by the 1970s, and many influential style icons who were dresses in the Boho Chic look.

Olivia Palermo’s Seventies Look

Olivia Palermo 1970's StyleCelebrity and Socialite Olivia Palermo showed off a very 1970s styled wardrobe throughout the week.  Here her long wide leg pants, and ethnic print jacket are create a look that is very boho chic.  Olivia is often considered an early adopter of trends, if not a trend-setter in her own right, so we should all keep a watchful eye on what she is wearing.  Notice how long her legs look in all of the photos in Vogue’s NYFW Street Style Post!

Boho Chic Takes Over New York

Rebecca Minkoff's 1970s Inspired Runway Collection NYFW 2015Besides Olivia, the bohemian theme was very strong this year as you can see from the above snapshot of Rebecca Minkoff’s Runway.  Vintage Chic Boho dresses in particular were on display everywhere from Anna Sui to Tory Burch, and we are really happy about that. We have often felt that Boho style was under-appreciated as it is so much fun and easy to wear.  Loose fitting shapes with lots of movement allow for creativity and whimsy.  And with so many options from wide leg pants, and flowing maxi dresses, to cropped tops, and floppy hats, the trend is flattering on everyone.  Shop all 1970s Vintage Clothing here.

A New York Fashion Week First

No fashion week would be complete with some firsts.  Our favorite of this year is Jamie Brewer becoming the first model with Down syndrome to walk at NYFW. Brewer modeled as part of Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign, wearing an original design by Hammer. Check out the whole article on People.com.

Learn More About 1970s Fashion

Now that you are ready embrace your inner 70’s girl. Be sure to check out our 1970s Fashion post from our Dressing for the Decades Series

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Valentines Day

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Shutterstock

Who knew that the holiday of love has a fashionable history? Though Valentines Day didn’t become an official holiday until the early 20th century, the traditions that come with the holiday began in the Middle Ages. Did you know that the phrase “Wear your heart on your sleeve” began as a Valentines Day tradition?

The Middle Age Valentines Day celebration included young men and women pulling out paper hearts from a bowl. The paper hearts had a name written on it. They would wear this heart pinned on their sleeves for a week heart and claim that person as their Valentine.

Valentines Day traditions have definitely changed a lot from this early tradition. Today, this one holiday is an industry in itself, with a dramatic $19 billion spent on the holiday. But the spirit of the holiday is the same, though people don’t literally wear their hearts on their sleeves anymore.

Red Carpet Recap: Grammys Style 2015

The 2015 Grammys Awards Show was an exciting event last night, with many shocks and surprises. Of course, the Vintage Fashionistas’ favorite part was the red carpet glam of Grammys style. Here are some of our favorite and most talked about looks from the red carpet:

The Best of 2015’s Grammys Style…

AFP / Getty Images VALERIE MACON

AFP / Getty Images VALERIE MACON

Beyonce always stuns on the red carpet, but we were initially surprised by her choice this year. For this year’s Grammys, she opted for a Proenze Schouler gown. The dress seemed like the standard all black attire of the red carpet, but at a closer glance, the beading and embroidery of the semi-sheer dress were captivating. Her beachy waves almost hid a pair of emerald chandelier earrings that added even more glam to her fierce look.

To get a similar look, check out Back In Style’s vintage pick: A Vintage 1980’s Pantagis Black Jersey Dress. The sequined waist is reminiscent of Beyonce’s Grammys look, as well as the silhouette, cinching at the waist for the coveted hourglass figure silhouette and including a similar plunging neckline for the daring fashionista. The jersey material makes this vintage 1980s cocktail dress a comfortable option for your next formal occasion, without sacrificing Beyonce’s signature chic red carpet glam.

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Taylor Swift wore Ellie Saab to this year’s Grammy Awards show. We love the playful coloring of the dress. The blues and teals are a fun and sophisticated option in a sea of black dresses. The silhouette of the dress was unique but suited to Swift, who loves a leggy but classy look. The balance of a reserved neckline with the surprise hem make it a classy but sassy look. We love the extra pop of color of her fuchsia shoes. Swift is becoming a fashion icon to look out for, especially for young, vintage lovers.

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Chrissy Teigen wore Pucci to this years award show. Her Grammys style took a subtle silhouette and added a fun flair with the cutouts of the gown. The loosely stitched cut-outs made this Pucci dress the perfect amount of wild for the Grammys, which is known for its quirky red carpet looks. Her beachy, natural waves were the perfect complement to the dress, showing that red carpet glam doesn’t always need to be overdone to be stylish.

…And the Worst

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Madonna never fails to surprise us with her red carpet style. She chose to wear Givenchy Haute Couture, to channel her “Living for Love” music video. But while this material girl shocked the red carpet, it wasn’t the most flattering option. While we admire Madonna’s ability to wear such an ensemble at 56, we don’t think the dominatrix/matador look was the best choice for the red carpet and should be reserved just for her stage act.

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KEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE

While we applaud Kim Kardashian for always trying to be chic, this Jean Paul Gaultier felt more like a robe than a Grammys gown. The gold and beading of the dress, while impressive, seemed a bit excessive. While the artists are competing for a Grammy award, she should not be trying to compete with the physical gold award itself.

What were your favorite Grammys red carpet looks?

 

Celebrity Style: Nicole Richie’s LAX Look

 

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Mastering a chic airport look is no easy task. Nicole Richie takes her own style to the skies with her LAX look. She was spotted on Sunday wearing this relaxed yet whimsical look.

In addition to the go-to leggings and top look underneath her faux fur coat, Richie tops off the look with a vintage Pucci scarf.The bright style of the scarf and her fun hair color make an ordinary airport outfit exciting.

Get your own Pucci accessories at Back in Style!

Trend Alert: Return of the Ugg-ly Shoe

Picture Credit: Rex Features

Picture Credit: Rex Features

Fashion has noticeably embraced some questionable footwear lately. From Birkenstock’s to Bean Boots, there has been a revival in the fashion community of many quirky footwear options. But the revival of Uggs, a notoriously “ugg-ly shoe”, is a trend that has the fashion community talking!

Vogue, what many fashionistas consider the authority on all fashion matters, recently declared that uggs were back. This came at no surprise to college girls and women in the north, where the trend never really died. Ugg boots are cozy and comfortable, but admittedly, not the chicest pair in your closet.

With this Ugg revival, take note of how you choose to sport your pair. Rather than using the boots as an addition to a sloppy Saturday morning look, try to channel a cool, bohemian look for a “throwback, grungy San Francisco look”. Try one of Back in Style’s many vintage dresses or a chunky knit to wear your Uggs in style!

Miami Blogger shares tips on Fiercely Thirftin’

Veronica in a Vintage Fur Coat and Thigh High Boots

We invited Miami fashion blogger Veronica Canales (Fiercly Thriftin’) over for some fun! Veronica is an avid thrifter and has a true passion for fashion. We played dress up and hung out while chatting about blogging, Miami Fashion, and style. Her love for vintage, fur, and costume jewelry gives this blogger a slightly different edge than the rest: she’s an old soul. As Veronica browsed our showroom of fur coats, vintage and designer gowns; we couldn’t help but giggle as she would yell out “This is fierce!” and “This is killing the game!” Scroll down to see more pics and what tips she has for you when thrifting.

Walls of Vintage Shoes and a Little Bling Veronica's Vintage Outfit, getting her hair just right :-) Miami Cool, Fiercly Posin'

Hittin' the streets in a Vintage Fascinator, vintage sunglasses, and a vintage cocktail dress.

BIS: Where would you say you get your style inspiration from? 

FiercelyThiftin': I would probably say Street Style.

BIS: Why and when did you start blogging?

FiercelyThiftin': I started blogging January 1, 2012. I started because I went to a high school that was filled with very wealthy students. I guess because of my age I was a little envious. So, I would just go to thrift stores and buy a bunch of clothing to try to look like them. They would buy a pair of Steve Madden sandals that would cost $180, and I would have to work like nine hours to be able to afford that. So once I graduated, I kind of got over it and came up with the idea of starting a blog for people who can’t really afford things like that but love to dress up. I started blogging about thrift stores, since I had been thrifting from the age of 11 and 12. My mom would take us. And I just started to do it because I was broke.

BIS: That’s cool! So you’re kind of like a budget fashionista.

FiercelyThiftin': Yeah, its budget fashionista. I think it’s really relatable. I know not everyone focuses on dressing well, or on their exterior, but I care about it. I like to dress up, because that’s how I feel good about myself. I also think that it helps with self esteem! You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money to dress well. If you have the funds go for it! But if you don’t, it’s cool to see blogs that can give you inspiration on $5 outfits.

BIS: Do you have any advice for fellow thrifters?

FiercelyThiftin': If you go to Goodwill and Salvation Army they have fitting rooms so you’re fine. If you visit Red, White, and Blue or garage sales always wear very fitted workout shorts or leggings because there will be no fitting rooms and you’ll have to try things over your clothes. Always check clothes inside and out! (Pit stains!) Check purses and shoes well inside!

 

Veronica is wearing the following items that can be found on our website:

Vintage 1960s Christian Dior Black Mini Dress

Vintage Dark Mink Fur Capelet

Calvin Klein Black Leather Thigh High Boots

Vintage Jacques Fath Green Oversized Round Sunglasses

St. John Vintage 1980s Black Dress with Feather & Sequin Collar (she styled the belt as a choker!)

1960s Off Black Textured Handbag

How to style: Vintage Cardigans

Although wearing vintage is both fabulous and fun, many times it can seem challenging. See below as our Style Consultant Janessa shows us how to style a vintage cardigan for a modern look.

Transcript from Video:

Hi everyone my name is Janessa and I’m the style consultant here at Back In Style.

Today we’re going to talk a little bit about how to style a vintage cardigan.

How often do we find vintage pieces that we just can’t figure out how to style in a modern way? Style bloggers and fashionistas alike love vintage cardigans. There’s something about wearing that dated knit, crochet, wool, or fur collar that really make you feel fabulous.

In our showroom we have a variety of vintage pieces that we’d love to show you how to style with pieces that you probably already own.

So a great way to wear a vintage cardigan is as a casual throw-over. You can wear it with some jeans, a neutral boots, printed pants, cropped jeans, and even some sneakers.

Another great way to wear these vintage cardigans is to use them as an insulating layer. Throw it under for cold weather as a layering piece.  For example, you can wear this 1950s cashmere and fur collar cardigan that we have here in our showroom as a layering piece under a great coat (Dusty Blue Cashmere Coat). Pop the collar out for a different look!

Style these great vintage pieces as a business casual look. Throw it over a dress or a nice top and slacks to give you some classic style. Use it to cover up exposed shoulders during an important meeting.

And my personal favorite is to use these vintage pieces for a night out on the town. Pick out a sequined cardigan and pair it with any evening look. Put it under a biker jacket and add a pencil skirt. Or how about over a slip dress and some cool combat boots? Also, pair these cardigans with a midi skirt and heels!

All these tips will surely keep you on trend when wearing vintage. Visit our website at http://www.backinstyle.com for more vintage and designer pieces you can incorporate into your wardrobe. Stay tuned for our next “How To” video, and if you have any suggestions on things you want to see or want us to touch on, please e-mail me at Janessa@backinstyle.com. Thanks for watching!

 

Posh & Professional: Bad Weather Blues

With a potentially record-breaking winter blizzard heading towards the Northeast this week, all fashionistas are very aware of the need to combine fashion with utility in these situations. Never fear, you can still look posh & professional even in harsh wintry conditions. Beat the bad weather blues in your 9-to-5 with these tips!

*Dec 19 - 00:05*Invest in a good coat.

A good option for bad weather is a trench coat. This style of coat maintains the professional yet chic appearance you’ve worked at during the sunny months. Its a classic coat with the ability to cinch at the waist, a flattering option in a sea of big, puffy coats. But, make sure that your coat is big enough to fit over your blazer without wrinkling it. Another option is the classic pea coat to keep you warm, posh and professional!

Don’t forget your umbrella!

Knowing what the weather will be like throughout the day can be tricky. Err on the side of caution and bring your umbrella with you! It may be helpful to keep one umbrella at work and another at home or in your car to make sure you won’t get caught in the rain. Avoid cheap umbrellas because they will be more likely to fly back in windy weather.

Wear boots, but bring a change of shoes.

Wear you rain boots or snow boots to work. Everyone is in the same boat, trying to both be professional and dry for a day at the office. Bring another pair of nice shoes in your purse, or keep them at the office, so you can change once you’re indoors.

Maintain your mane!

Keep your hair simple on bad weather days. Your chances of having a good hair day in these conditions is not likely, so go for the simple, easy look for a professional appearance. If your coat has a hood, use it or carry your umbrella to somewhat save your style.

Layer, layer, layer!

Layering is probably the most important aspect of winter fashion. Wear tights, thick sweaters, whatever it takes to stay warm! For corporate offices, nude or sheer tights are preferred, but black tights are also acceptable.

Want to make sure you dress your best for your office? Keep checking back for the next segment of Posh & Professional!

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Anna Wintour’s First Vogue Cover

Vogue, November 1988

Vogue, November 1988

Vogue’s most famous editor is always polished and ladylike, but did you know that her first Vogue cover was shockingly casual? In fact, the November 1988 Vogue cover was actually an accident.

Model Michaela Bercu wore a shocking mix of high and low fashion– a Christian Lacroix jacket with her own jeans. The makeup-free face, candid smiles and casual attire made magazine printers of the ’80s think this cover was a mistake.

Bercu was supposed to wear a the Lacroix jacket in a skirt suit ensemble, but had gained a little weight after coming back from vacation. This change of looks made a splash in fashion history and a memorable first impression of Anna Wintour in her first Vogue cover!

 

American Designer Vince Camuto Passes

American Fashion Designer, New Yorker, and Husband Vince Camuto died of cancer at the age of 78 yesterday, January 21, 2015. Vince is best known for his work in women’s shoe fashions, and as co-founder of Nine West.

Vince Camuto Passion QuoteAlthough Nine West was founded in 1978, it would be 27 years later before he started his namesake footwear line, later expanding into other areas of fashion.  At this time, Vince also mentored Jessica Simpson, helping build her brand to a value of over 1 billion USD.

We are all so very sad to hear when we lose a great fashion designer.  Our thoughts go out to the Camuto family.

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