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.

This Day in Fashion History: The Debut of the Pillbox Hat

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On this day in fashion history, Jacqueline Kennedy debuted one of her key looks. She famously wore on of designer Halston’s famous pillbox hats to her husband’s presidential inauguration on January 20th, 1961. The pillbox hat became one of Jacqueline Kennedy’s defining fashion statements.

Designer Halston was known for his whimsical designs. Kennedy’s choice to accessorize with his design put Halston on the fashion map. After a very fashionable inauguration, Halston began dressing some of the most famous women in the world, including Liza Minnelli, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich!

Find your very own pillbox hat at Back in Style! And don’t forget to check back in for more haute history with the Vintage Fashionistas!

Celebrity Style: Golden Globes Fashion

The best part of any Hollywood awards show is without a doubt the red carpet before the big show. This year’s Golden Globes were no exception. What were your favorite looks?

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A favorite of this year”s Golden Globes fashion was Katie Holmes in her eggplant Marchesa dress. She paired the long, elegant dress with a sleek, ponytail and subtle accessories. The look stood out among the other red carpet outfits in its simple sophistication. The color and draping of the fabric were very flattering for this classic silhouette.

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Not all Golden Globes fashion has to stay on the red carpet! For a similar look, Back in Style has a similar evening dress to the Marchesa dress worn by Katie Holmes. The Rene Ruiz dress is a classic strapless floor length dress, with a fun back of an asymmetrical open triangle shaped area.

For even more red carpet looks, check out Back in Style’s evening dresses!

The Wardrobe Update: Shopping For Your Closet

Sometimes we all need a little retail therapy, but we only have so much space in our closets! To maximize your shopping and closet, the Vintage Fashionistas have a few easy tips for shopping for your closet!

Make a list of what you need.

Have you ever walked into your favorite store and wanted to buy everything? A list is useful in these situations to avoid buying things you will regret later. Avoid shopper’s remorse by making a list of all the items you need. Make a short list for specific days when you know you’re going shopping. Make a longer list for items you want to buy in general. This list method is a foolproof way to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchases in the long run.

Set a budget.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, setting a budget will ensure you focus on better quality clothing. If you only have a certain amount of your budget devoted to shopping for your closet, then you will be less likely to give into impulse purchases. Your closet will thank you when its filled with quality pieces and not so many lesser items.

Don’t think about an outfit, but a closet.

Lastly, when shopping, don’t look at a piece of clothing or accessory as part of an outfit. You should be able to envision it as fitting into your wardrobe. While that neon bracelet may work with one of your outfits, does it fit into the rest of your wardrobe? Can you wear it more than once? These questions will keep you on track when you’re shopping for your closet!

With these tips in mind, head over to Back in Style to keep you and your closet happy!

Designer Spotlight: Betsey Johnson

betsey_johnsonBetsey Johnson has been America’s quirkiest fashion designer for a long time. Her edgy style rose in popularity in the late 1970s during the new wave era and is still popular today. Her brand is undeniably both flirty and sassy. Her pioneering style cemented her role in the fashion industry in the 1970s and has persevered into today’s fashion world.

Much of her fashion designs were inspired from her childhood passion for dance and art. Inspiration  for much of her designs comes from her love of the elaborate costumes she wore in her dance recitals. Johnson discussed her earlier designs, “What I tried to do was a combination of dance and art.”

Betsey Johnson Strapless Sage Dress

Betsey Johnson Strapless Sage Dress

After college, Johnson started her design career at Paraphernalia, a New York boutique, that allowed her to hone her hippie-inspired style that she is so famous for. At this time, Johnson was especially inspired by designers and artists from London’s avant-garde scene, like Mary Quant and Andy Warhol.

After a brief career slump, Johnson started the Betsey Johnson label with ex-model Cantal Bacon in 1978, in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. The partnership has stayed strong throughout the years as their label has grown and flourished. Today, the company has 65 international stores.

In 2003, Johnson expanded the label into a lifestyle brand, incorporating signature prints and flair into a line of handbags, foot ware, swimwear and jewelry. There is no doubt that Johnson is an accomplished designer, winning countless awards and remaining a strong presence in the fashion industry after four decades.

Stylist Secrets: How to Stylishly Master Layering Clothes

As many fashionistas know, the key to staying warm in chilly climates is the art of layering clothes. But you don’t have to look frumpy while bundled up! Follow these tips to master layering this winter:

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Be mindful of color palettes.

When layering, an easy way to ensure a chic look is to be mindful of the colors of clothing you’re using. If you start with neutral, stick with colors in the neutral family. If you go with jewel tones, stick with jewel tone layers. This is a solid option to make sure you stay stylish, but all rules are meant to be broken! If something stands out and you know it will look good layered, then don’t feel the need to follow this suggestion.

Preview proportions.

When layering clothing, its important that your different pieces fit together proportionally. You don’t want the hem of too extend too far past the hem of your coat. But, the hem can be longer if it’s floor length. When layering, there is a happy medium to strike between fashionable and frumpy. Avoid the awkward middle ground of a hem being just a bit too long or too short. That being said, also look at the proportions of clothing in terms of texture and bulkiness. You can wear something heavy with something light (think cashmere and silk) but avoid pairing bulky and heavy layers.

Mix and match prints.

Like yesterday’s style icon Olivia Palermo, don’t be afraid to mix and match prints when layering clothing! Try to keep a consistent element among the layers, like color tone, to keep the outfit looking polished and put together.

Scarf it up.

When in doubt, add a scarf to your layered look. Scarves are a great finishing touch and can easily replace jewelry to add flair to your wintry wardrobe. They can be worn and layered in so many different ways–the possibilities are endless!

Ready to master layering? Head to BackinStyle.com to complete any layered look!

Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

The Vintage Fashionistas usually gush about style icons of the past. But what about today’s style icons? Olivia Palermo is an example of a modern-day style icon. Her style is simple, chic and always put-together. In a world of celebrity “hot messes”, Palermo is an icon we want to keep around for a while.

Here are some tips on how to get the Olivia Palermo look:

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Olivia Palermo mixing prints

Always look polished.

Palermo always says that she never leaves the house unless she’s fully dressed, including hair and makeup. Incorporate this mindset into your own wardrobe choices. Strive for a complete outfit before leaving the house with evidence of thought put into your outfit. A polished look can make anyone look elegant and chic.

Dare to mix prints!

While Palermo goes for the polished look, she still shows that its ok to be playful with fashion. She isn’t afraid to mix unconventional prints. Like Palermo, you too can have fun with fashion. Don’t be afraid to mix two different prints if you know they’ll look good together.

Palermo's wedding look  © by Johannes Huebl

Palermo’s wedding look
© by Johannes Huebl

Break the rules.

There’s a reason Palermo is always on Best-Dressed lists and all over Pinterest. She’s this week’s style icon because she breaks the rules of conventional fashion in an incredibly chic way. She will wear white year round, a pink coat in October, fur in the spring, etc. In her recent wedding, she combined three Carolina Herrara pieces: a cream cashmere sweater, white shorts, and a full tulle skirt overlay. Her bridal look was definitely different, but undeniably chic.

 

The Wardrobe Update: Quality vs Quantity

Looking to update your wardrobe in 2015? The Vintage Fashionistas are here to help with tips on the best way to maximize your closet for a happy and fashionable you! First tip in The Wardrobe Update is choosing quality clothing over quantity. This is often easier said than done, but if you stick to this Quality vs. Quantity mindset, you’ll be more satisfied with your purchases in the long run!

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So what does Quality vs. Quantity actually mean?

When you walk into your favorite store or start browsing the Internet marketplace, remember the mantra “Fewer Better Things”. While its tempting to want to keep up with this season’s biggest trend, do you really want to buy that cheap, trendy top that will likely fall apart after a couple wears?

Instead, save the money you would have spent on trendy pieces and invest in classic clothing that may seem pricier upfront, but will fit and flatter you for significantly longer. While an investment mindset is a great approach to updating your wardrobe, this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with fashion! Just find the styles you genuinely like and opt for maybe a pricier item at the time of purchase, realizing it will actually cost you less over time. Replacing poor quality clothing again and again is a fate no fashionista wants to encounter!

For vintage lovers, this tip comes as good news! If a piece has survived this long, its definitely an indication of its quality! While you shouldn’t always be so focused on brand names, they may also help in your search for quality vintage fashion. And again, don’t shy away from a pricier item. If you really love the piece and its a quality item, then make room for it in your wardrobe!

Check back in for the next Wardrobe Update for more tips on how to shop for your closet!

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year! Many people think of the new year as a time for change or a fresh start (one popular hashtag this week is #newyearnewme), which is why the tradition of new years resolution is so popular.

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Did you know about 45% of Americans make resolutions for the new year, but only around 46% of those people keep their resolutions? The most popular resolutions have to do with self-improvement, weight loss or relationship-related goals. But the Vintage Fashionistas have more style-oriented resolutions in mind! Here’s what we’re planning to do in 2015:

Don’t shop for #Instagram.

When you’re buying a new purse or dress, are you buying it because you love it or because you want others to know you have the new it-bag? If you’re shopping habits are too linked to your social media mindset, maybe its time to add disconnecting when shopping for your new years resolutions.

Be wary of “one-season wonders”.

While its easy to get caught up in fun trends, make sure you’re not shelling out so much on fashion trends that don’t last long. Be sure to buy what you really love and not what is trending that season to stay happy with your wardrobe for longer.

Switch up the shopping bag.

Its easy to get into a style rut. We like to buy what we look good in and while everyone has their classic go-to look, its fun to switch up your look every so often. Don’t keep buying the same thing over and over again. Have fun with fashion and experiment with different pieces that may be equally flattering!

What are your New Years Resolutions? Cheers to a fashionable 2015 with Back in Style!

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