Fall Colors, and we’re not talking about leaves

Fall Fashion!

As the leaves begin to change and the weather turns crisper, I inevitably pull out my fall colors, dark red, burnt umber, mustard, orange, olive green.. those colors that remind me of the turning leaves and the changing season.  If you’re sick of those colors, or if they don’t particularly flatter your skin tone, don’t worry, you have other options!

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.35.15 PMEvery year Pantone, the authority on color, puts out a list of 10 colors for each season.  The Fall 2015 color palette does offer some new options that still have an autumn feel, the key is how you pair them.  Half the colors on this seasons list are exactly what you would expect for fall.  Marsala red, oak buff (looks like mustard to me), dried herb (grungy green).  The other half, on the other hand, are completely unexpected, Biscayne Bay (teal), Cadmium Orange (like a bright peach), and Cashmere Rose (dusty pink).

The trick to making these unexpected colors feel like fall is how you wear them.  Here are four options:

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.37.50 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.39.26 PM1. Pattern  Chose patterns that are reminiscent of fall, like plaid.  Rachel Pally for example chose cashmere rose for a plaid dress.

2. Fabric  Lela Rose used the same color in a tweed coat.  Heavier fabrics with lots of texture feel more like colder weather.  Fabrics like tweed, boucle, wool are obviously for fall, no matter what color.

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.41.07 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.41.21 PM3. Style Cynthia Steffe and Daniel Silverstain both used biscayne bay in a mod looking long sleeve, high neck dress.  Chose styles that are more covered up.  After all, it’s getting too chilly outside to show lots of skin.



4. Color combinations  If you pair cadmium orange with marsala red like Yoana Baraschi, you’ll get a distinctly autumn feeling, but one that feels fresh and contemporary because cadmium orange provides an modern pop of color. Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.44.24 PM

Now that you’ve got some new options for fall colors, spend the weekend digging through your closet and see what new outfits you can put together.  It’s like shopping without spending any money!  For more info on Fall 2015 Fashion Color Report visit Pantone!

Designer Spotlight: Emanuel Ungaro

Emanuel Ungaro is a French haute-couture and pret-a-porter fashion designer born in 1933 in Aix-en-Provence. He learned to sew from his Italian father, who fled the Fascist uprising in the Thirties. At the age of 23 he moved to Paris and two years later he began to work as an assistant to Cristobal Balenciaga. In 1963, he worked for Courreges and he left in 1965. The same year he launched his own label and boutique in Paris with partner Sonia Knapp, who later became his wife.

The Balenciaga Fashion House in Paris, France

The Balenciaga Fashion House in Paris, France

Ungaro became known for his body-skimming silhouettes, splashy use of pattern, bold and often-mismatched floral prints. His clothes are most often made in rich, boldly printed fabrics with very unique designs.  As such, they exude a certain amount of luxury and a whole lot of energy. At the opening show of his first boutique he refused to show evening dresses saying: “They are not my style. I am a man of this age and I will design for women of this age.” 

A beautiful example of Ungaro's style.

A beautiful example of Ungaro’s style. Notice the texture, metallic weave, shapely silhouette, and rich colors.

In 1968, he created the first pret-a-porter collection, Parallele, and opened a second boutique in Paris. A few years later, in 1973, he launched his first menswear collection, Ungaro Uomo. Quickly his designs were favorites of many celebrities, including Jacqueline Kennedy and Catherine Deneuve. Over the years, Ungaro expanded and opened boutiques and secured several licencing agreements worldwide.

In 1996, Ungaro sold a majority stake of his business to Salvatore Ferragamo SpA. Emanuel Ungaro retired from the fashion business in 2005. His label continues to create a women’s collection, menswear and fragrances. Emanuel_ungaroEmanuel Ungaro fitting model in 1968



To see some more great examples of Ungaro’s work, and to get one fore yourself, shop on our Emanuel Ungaro Designer Page.

Corduroy: A Royal and Luxurious Fall Fabric

When I think of fall fashion, the first thing that comes to mind after plaid is corduroy.  Corduroy is soft, and warm, yet very durable and versatile making it perfect for fall.

Corduroy Closeup

Origin of Corduroy

The word corduroy comes from “Corde du roi” which is French for the cord of the King.  In the 17th Century, French royal servants were known to wear a fine but durable woven velvet fustian-style fabric made from silk.  The word corduroy was coined in England around the late 18th Century as an early form of branding using the French translation of ‘cloth of the King’ (corde du roi). This is perhaps to promote an image of royal quality and to give the English-manufactured cotton cloth an air of French prestige.

Corduroy is, in essence, a ridged form of velvet, made from cotton instead of silk, that’s why it is often referred to as the “poor man’s velvet,”.  This also has its advantages.  The cotton makes it durable and more affordable, allowing it to be a good choice for a wide variety of uses, among all classes, not just royalty.  Corduroy has been popular among people of all classes for almost two centuries and has been used for everything from clothing to upholstery because it feels luxurious, but is so practical.

The Classic Corduroy Jacket

Making Corduroy

So how it is made, and why is it so fuzzy?  This fabric is usually made of cotton and is woven with loose twisted threads that are then cut to create a thick, soft texture called pile. How does this differ from velvet?  The pile of most corduroy is in ridges that run the length of the fabric giving it a ribbed or a striped appearance.  This is called the wale, which refers to the width of these ridges. Fine or pinwale corduroy is thin and has sixteen ridges to the inch, while wide wale corduroy has eight ridges to the inch.  Finewale corduroy is more commonly used for women’s clothing and finer garments, while wide wale corduroy is used for sporting clothing, drapes and upholstery.

Some Big Moments

  • In 1918 auto manufacturer Henry Ford (1863–1947) chose hard-wearing, luxurious corduroy as upholstery in his new Ford Model T automobile.
  • 1982 popular fashion designer Gianni Versace (1946–1997) introduced an entire line of men’s clothing in the “cord of the king”.


Chic in corduroy


This fabric is so popular, we have a hard time keeping it in stock, so be sure to check out these four jackets, which will be marked down by 40% this week! At these prices we will sell out quickly!

Cashmere, the Transitional Fabric for Fall

Cashmere for Fall

Fall is just around the corner and there is no better fabric to ease the transition into cooler months than cashmere. Light weight, yet still warm, this special kind of wool is easy to throw over anything, even a sundress.

A Kashmir Goat by the RiverCashmere Facts – Did you know?

  • The insulating capacity of cashmere wool is approximately 3 times that of regular sheep wool. That’s why even a thin cashmere sweater can be so warm. This is also what makes it a great material for seasonal transitions. It adds warmth with out bulk!  Because it is so thin, it also makes a great layering piece.  Wear a cardigan over a sundress, or a V neck over a collared shirt.  Because of the light weight nature of the fibers you’ll still look trim and shapely.  No tents here!
  • Like most things, there is a wide range of quality of this fabric. Vintage cashmere tends to be of much better quality (as the cheap stuff would not have stood the test of time). If you want to do a test for yourself, here are a few ways to tell if your cashmere is good quality.
    • Rub the surface of the garment with your fingers. Poor quality cashmere will pill almost immediately.
    • Crush the sweater in your hand. Squish it into a ball. The fewer wrinkles, the higher the quality.
    • Gently pull the garment; good quality springs back to its original shape.
    • Look for pure fibers or wool blends only. Blends with synthetics can indicate that poorer quality cashmere was used.
  • Cashmere isn’t expensive because it is so soft and warm. It’s expensive because each Kashmir goat only produces 4-6 ounces of underdown (that’s where the cashmere comes from) per year! That’s what makes cashmere a luxury fiber.

J. Crew Pink & White Argyle Cashmere Henley SweaterLA Made Gray Tissue Cashmere V Neck Hooded Sweater Brunello Cucinelli Pale Green Cashmere Cable Knit Short Sleeve Sweater

Despite the luxury, we have managed to form a nice collection of high quality, excellent condition garments, and to help ease the pain, Back In Style is offering you 40% off all of our cashmere items.  That means you can buy a high quality sweater for just $25! Shop our entire Cashmere Category now! Begin your transition into fall and let us know how you will be pairing your new items!

Mad for Plaid – Fall Fashion Sale


It’s September, which means it’s time to start shopping for fall.  There is nothing that makes me think of fall fashion more than plaid, so right now, all or our plaid items are marked down an additional 40%!  That makes us all:

Mad for Plaid!

No coupon necessary.  Just click plaid to start shopping!

 2014-01-17 15.36.16 Sonia Rykiel Plaid Button Front ShirtVintage-Adolfo-1970s-Red-and-White-Silk-Tie-Front-Blouse-1Want to see more plaid items on sale now?


Designer Spotlight: Susan and Diane Freis

logo-diane-fres_compactDiane Freis is American fashion designer known for her bohemian inspired dresses in multiple fabrics and bright colors. With her eye-catching prints, and comfortable fit she captured the boho chic style of the late 1970s and 1980’s. Diana Freis was famous for creating one-size, easy to wear dresses. Her flowing polyester georgette dresses were popular among the jet set crowd because of their great functionality while traveling. They are light-weighted, loose fitting and comfortable (often with an elastic waist!) and they don’t wrinkle. Her style exudes excess, opulence, glamor and femininity.

Born in Los Angeles, Diane Freis began designing clothes while studying Fine Arts at the University of California. Her big break was in the late 1970’s she crafted military inspired jacket and sold them to Hollywood boutique where they were popular among celebrities such as John Lennon and Diana Ross. Her sister, Susan is also a fashion designer and collaborates with Diane on multiple lines.Vintage-Assorti-for-Susan-Freis-1970s-Boho-Chic-Dress-1diane-freis-purple-flower-dress

  Diane was the primary designer in the Diane Freis label and as demand grew, she brought her sister, Susan, on board. You can find Susan’s name on a line called “Assorti” as well, which is also under the Freis sisters’ design umbrella. In 1985 Susan decided to start with her own company and separated from the Diana Freis label because liked simpler things with more structure. This was quite a contradiction to the free flowing, multi-print dresses she designed previously. In contrast to Diane’s designs Susan’s dresses were figure revealing and form fitting, and she started to use shoulder pads.

Together, the Freis sisters are excellent examples of vintage American fashion design from the 70’s and 80’s and we are happy to carry several items from their lines!

Redefine Chic and Dress Like A Parisian

What is it that makes French women always look chic and put together? The perfect mix of je’ ne se quoi, and joie de vivre makes for an enchanting wardrobe. So how do you get that look if you can’t even pin point what it is? If you can’t plan a trip to Paris to admire French fashion style then keep reading. Here are the top 5 tips dressing like a Parisian.

Parisian Chic Fashion Example


1. Stick to basic colors! Black, White, Navy…

Yes, it can sound a bit boring, but Parisian women stick with neutral basic colors. That makes your entire wardrobe easy to mix and match, creating lots of different outfits with relatively few clothes. This also makes it easy to mix patterns and shapes and always look pulled together, another fashion skill of Parisian women. The most popular colors are black, white, grey, beige, brown and of course navy. Save the red for your lips. Keep it neutral and classic. This look is timeless and elegant, and always chic.

2. Dress like a Lady

That means modest clothing that fits well and flatters your body. French women love to be feminine without being overly sexy. Their style is well tailored and demure. You will hardly meet a Parisian woman dressed in a short tight dress with many embellishments. They would rather choose a simple chic dress in muted colors that fits perfectly and flatter their body.

3. Don’t follow Trends

French women have their own sense of style. They don’t need to follow trends. They know what looks good on them and they wear what flatters their body. Isn’t that the point of fashion anyway? To make you look your best? Do this by dressing for your body type not just following the most recent trends. Wear classic shapes like an shift dress, an A-line skirt, a bateau neckline top that never go out of style. Try on the clothes in your closet and decide what is most flattering, then stick with those shapes.


Vintage Parisian Fashion Mosaic

4. Keep it comfortable

Part of French fashion is the effortless elegance and grace. It’s very hard to look chic when you’re uncomfortable, especially when it comes to shoes. That is why French women love flats! They are one of the essentials when creating truly Parisian style. Many people think that you need to be wearing high heels to be stylish, but the truth is that few women in Paris wear them for everyday occasions. Paris is a walking city with many beautiful places, and old streets. Classic ballet flats in black, tan or navy are the perfect choice for traversing the city.

5. Less is more

Coco Chanel once said, “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Parisian style is famous for its simplicity. Do not over accessorize. Wear only the essentials. A designer handbag, a gold tone watch, sunglasses, and one accessory are all you need for the perfect classy Parisian look.

Now that you are armed with these 5 tips, you can hit the streets in style for your cafe.  Don’t forget your poodle!

Silk for Summer? Why Silk Does A Body Good.

Silk for summer? Contrary to what you might believe, silk is a great fabric to pack for summer vacation.  It’s probably not the first fabric that comes to mind, but it actually has a lot of unique qualities that lend itself to traveling in the heat of summer. Read on and master this versatile and stylish material.

Silk Dresses, Tops, and Scarves for Summer

A Brief History of Silk

Silk, one of the oldest fabrics known to man, was first developed in China in 3000BC and was only allowed to be worm by the Emperor and his family. Even nowadays, 5000 years later, it has kept its status as a luxury fabric and has become one of the most popular fabrics because of its unique comfort benefits and durable properties.

Silk vs. Heat and Humidity

One great quality of silk is that it is a natural fiber and will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer! It is also highly absorbent and dries quickly. Did you know silk can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp? This is a great benefit in the heat of summer because it will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.

Silk vs. Your Suitcase

Silk is incredibly comfortable and light-weight, making it a must-have for summer packing. It  also has very good resistance to wrinkling. If your silk clothes wrinkled in your carry on luggage, let it hang for a while and it will fall back into a shape.

It Does Your Skin Good Too

Also, if you have sensitive skin, pay attention!  Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics.  If warmer temperatures make you break out in a rash, wearing silk will help prevent that.  Silk clothing is also very easy to wash and care for. If you get it dirty on your trip, just was it with mild soap in your hotel sink and let it dry.

Popularity in Fashion

From a fashion standpoint, silk is a good choice for clothing because it takes color well and creates vibrant colors with a high luster. Although it feels like a delicate feminine fabric, it is actually the strongest natural fiber and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength.

Have a look at our beautiful Silk Dresses, Scarves, and Tops, and do your body right!

Pack Lightly and Still be Ready for Every Occasion? Here’s How

What’s the least you can pack and still be prepared for every occasion on your summer vacation?  That is the annual rhetorical question.  We are firm believers in the 5-4-3-2-1 packing rule.  It sounds simple, and it really is.  For any two week vacation, whether you are relaxing in the tropics, or sightseeing in Europe, all you need is 22 items.  I know it sounds crazy, but it really works, and it’s all in the planning.  Just pick separates that you can mix and match, in a variety of coordinated colors and levels of dress, and you’ll be ready for any event, planned or unplanned! packing guidePack 5 tops:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.20.51 PMDon’t forget to include a loose fitting silk top, a cardigan for chilly weather and airports, and a top for evening outgoing.

Pack 4 bottoms:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.21.54 PM Include comfy shorts, skirts that you can mix and match with your tops, and jeans for when it gets cooler in the evenings, or in air conditioning.

Pack 3 dresses and 3 pairs of shoes:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.22.05 PMJersey dresses are perfect.  Why?  See last weeks blog post. And make sure to include one dress that will work as  a cover-up dress for sunny beach day.

I know it may come as a shock, but you only need 3 pairs of shoes, a comfortable pair that you can walk all day in, sandals for the beach/pool/spa, and a pair of shoes for evening.  Heels are probably the first thing that come to mind, but bejeweled or metallic flats may be a better choice depending on your location, and how much walking you plan on doing.

Pack 2 bags and 2 bathing suits:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.22.17 PMOne bigger handbag for day trips so that you can bring all of your things with you, and one smaller purse for evenings, just for the essentials.

There’s nothing worse than putting on a wet bathing suit, so a second bathing suit comes in handy. You will also want to vary your tan lines so they don’t show too much with your many outfits!

Pack 1 Hat,1 sunglasses, and 1 scarf:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.22.26 PMA rafia straw summer hat with wide brim is perfect for keeping the sun off your face.

Sunglasses, enough said

Scarves can be worn in your hair, around your neck, or on your handbag to add some color and diversity to your look.

Now just stack it all in a suitcase, and you’re ready to go!

Summer Travels? Be Sure to Pack This!

Summer is here and no doubt it is the season of traveling! What are your summer travel plans? Road trip around the country? Or heading to Europe?  Maybe a festival with friends?

Vintage Suitcase and Vintage ClothingAnd then there is the age old dilemma.  What do you pack to look and feel fabulous for any occasion with out bringing your entire wardrobe?  Nothing kills the relaxation of a vacation like schlepping around a huge suitcase.  And nobody looks chic toting tons of stuff.  But you want to make sure you have the appropriate clothes for any event that might pop up!  So what do you pack?  BackInStyle has one jet setters secret for you that will looking stylish and packing light while you are far from home!

Make sure to pack your jersey dress!  It’s perfect for all your summer plans, any occasion, any location.  Ready on to find out why.

1. It won’t wrinkle!  Just throw one in your suitcase, and pull it out when you arrive.  It’s that simple.  Jersey doesn’t wrinkle so you’ll be ready to go as soon as you arrive.

2. Flexible fit!  Not only will you look great in a vintage jersey dress, but you’ll also feel great.  Jersey is made from soft materials and is forgiving in fit.  Jersey fabric stretches and then it pulls back into a shape. Amazing, isn’t it?  So go ahead and order dessert, you’re on vacation after all, and if you packed a jersey dress you won’t have to worry about your dress not fitting.

3. A jersey dress can go anywhere!  A jersey dress can be dressed down or dressed up for any occasion.  For daytime wear with flat gladiator sandals, a cross body bag and a straw hat and you’re ready for sightseeing.  For evening add chandelier earrings, high heels and a clutch and you’re ready for a sexy dinner.

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Pictured above are a selection of jersey dresses available at BackInStyle.com starting at just $10!  Check out all of our vintage and designer dresses.


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