Splendid Clothing Cotton Striped Cardigan

Splendid Clothing is known for their stripes, but we think this cotton stripe long sleeve tie cardigan is unique from their normal cotton striped tees.  There is also nothing better for this crazy cold winter weather than a long wrap cardigan sweater.  The thick, wide collar is a great feature for this very reason.  We love the tie around the waist complete with loops on the sides to hold it in place.

Splendid Cotton Stripe Long Sleeve Tie Waist Cardigan

Splendid Cotton Stripe Long Sleeve Tie Waist Cardigan

The stripes are also signature Splendid.  We love the contrasting colors of ivory and coral too.  This Splendid cardigan sweater is a perfect piece to replace your standard cardigan that you throw on in the winter to keep warm at home or at the office.  Splendid even takes it up a notch with a vivid stripe pattern so it will certainly freshen up your old basic cardigan wardrobe.  So we’ve given you the run down of why we love it, but we would love to get your thoughts about it as well!

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Women’s Fashion Trends

We’re always on the look out for fabulous fashion trends in women’s clothing and this season one such trend is ruffles.  We love the feminine touch and particularly love the use of ruffles in the Ruffle Bib Top by Zooey Clothing.  The ruffle bib top features a series of 4 columns of ruffles around the “bib” area of the top.  The top features a 4 button Henley collar in the middle of the ruffle columns.

Zooey by Alice Heller Ruffle Bib Top

Zooey by Alice Heller Ruffle Bib Top

Like most of Zooey’s tops, the Ruffle Bib Top is made of supima cotton so it is ultra soft and we love this top not just because of the feminine style touch with the ruffles, but also because of the versatility.  It is great with jeans, but we also love to rock it with a cute skirt and boots.   The sleeves are 3/4 sleeves so it is also great practically year round as well!  It’s machine washable and super comfortable.  The waist flares out a bit so it is best to wear it loose.  It is also long–another fashion trend that we love.   This is certainly one of our favorite pieces from Zooey by Alice Heller as it strikes the perfect balance with comfort and wearability and still incorporates feminine touches and adds that extra piece of “fringe”.  Available in Mouse (Grey), Black, Midnight (Navy), and White.

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Sweet Pea Clothing Vintage Style

We’ve mentioned how much we love Sweet Pea Clothing’s patterns, but today we wanted to rave about one that we think is a great modern twist on a vintage style trend.  When we saw this dot pattern by Sweet Pea it reminded us of a pattern found less frequently today…the polka dot pattern.  We really like polka dots and while they can sometimes be overdone, we wish we saw them more often in modern styles.

Sweet Pea Dot Pattern Hoop Dolman Top

Sweet Pea Dot Pattern Hoop Dolman Top

This Sweet Pea dot pattern is unique with its different size dots on vines or branches in either a black, white, lime green and purple color scheme or in a navy, white, red and pink color scheme.  We love the contrasting colors and in particular love the line green mixed in with the purple and white.  Shown to the left in the Sweet Pea Hoop Dolman top, this style features lime green lining that you can see peeking out at the bottom. Don’t miss this pattern in Sweet Pea’s long sleeve drawstring empire waist top too.

If these colors aren’t your cup of tea, check out Sweet Pea’s long sleeve combo cuff crewneck in the same pattern in the blue / red color scheme.

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Velvet Clothing Inaugural Style

It’s no secret that we love Velvet Clothing and think their brand is right at the top of the list in terms of creating feminine style tops that are fashionable and comfortable all in one.  In light of the the recent Inauguration and as a tribute to a fashion color trend that Michelle Obama made popular with her Inaugural outfit we want to highlight a top by Velvet Clothing that we currently carry in the Lemongrass color.

Velvet Clothing Coley Turtleneck in Lemongrass

Velvet Clothing Coley Turtleneck in Lemongrass

Velvet’s Coley turtleneck top is perfect for this time of year as it is still too chilly to wear basic short sleeve tops, but the elbow length sleeve gives enough coverage to keep you temperate if you wear this under a blazer or jacket and yet if you have to take that top layer off, it still keeps much of your arm covered.  It is a turtleneck, but not a tight one; it features a raw edge at the top, so it is looser than most turtlenecks and should just lay naturally.

This Velvet by Graham and Spencer top is perfect for the in-between seasons when it isn’t warm enough to wear short sleeves and tanks alone, but yet not cold enough to warrant a heavy sweater.  Part of Velvet’s Gauzy Whisper collection this season, this light weight top is available at Vintage Fringe in Lemongrass as shown here as well as Cherrywood (Red), Sprig (Light Brown), and Brimstone (Grey).  We love the lemongrass color because it is so sunny and unique.  In addition, it is great for contrasting under  black, grey and even navy.   The Coley turtleneck is machine washable and the jersey fabric is super soft and so comfortable to wear!

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Splendid Clothing French Terry

As we’ve previously mentioned, we love Splendid Clothing for their fabulous fabrics and patterns, but we would be remiss if we didn’t discuss one of our favorites of their styles their Cotton Slub French Terry.  We love this Cotton Slub French Terry Hoodie and in the current temperatures it is perfect for layering over a long sleeve top.  We love the empire waist and the tie to keep it as loose or as fitted as you prefer.  While it is technically a dress, in these cold temperatures this would be super cute over leggings or jeans and we love the length.  It does fit roughly mid-thigh so it would truly be perfect with leggings.   Plus we think you could wear this Splendid hoodie for sure in Fall/Winter/Spring giving you more bang for your buck in the current economic environment.

Splendid Clothing Cotton Slub French Terry Hoodie

Splendid Clothing Cotton Slub French Terry Hoodie

Of course, it wouldn’t be Splendid Clothing if the fabrics weren’t fabulous too.  The cotton slub french terry is a soft sweatshirt fabric and it is truly soft.   It is naturally machine washable and easy to care for.  Best of all it is super comfortable.  You’ll love wearing this top just about everywhere!  Available in a great color, Parsley (Green), it is a great piece to help us each create our own distinctive individual style.

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Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

In our quest for distinctive sweaters, this Laurie B. sweater takes the cake!  We love the distinctive look of this Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater from Laurie B.  We love that Laurie B.’s designs are not just the same old basic turtleneck sweater or the same old cardigan.  Instead they take those basic designs and then add feminine details like a ruffle sleeve or a twist on the cardigan that is open at the bottom rather than the top like the Emmy Cardigan sweater.

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

The Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater is another example featuring a belted waist that ties an over sized wrap sweater.  We love to wear it as shown in the shot on our model below creating a wide V when the sweater falls naturally.  Others prefer to wear it with more of a flare at the waist as demonstrated on the mannequin shot shown here as well.  With short sleeves this sweater is perfect for layering this winter and with a skirt and boots is the perfect winter sweater this season.

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

It is dry clean only and available at Vintage Fringe in Black, White, Navy Blue and Pink.

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Ella Moss Originals

Ella Moss is certainly on most people’s list of favorite designers!  We love many of their tops and wanted to highlight one of our best sellers.  The Skye Button Sleeve Scoop Neck top features a grey diagonal stripe on the white top or a black stripe on the slate grey fabric.

Ella Moss Sky Button Sleeve Top
Ella Moss Skye Button Sleeve Top

The stripe has a bit of a metallic shimmer to it.  The scoop neck is loose giving it a sultry look.  Of course we can’t forget the adorable buttons on the cuffs of the sleeves.  With a banded waist , this top is fitted, but not clingy–another perk.

Ella Moss Skye Button Top
Ella Moss Skye Button Top

We love it for all of these reasons, but mostly because it is certainly an original top that is sure to be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.  In the current economy, this top is perfect because it can be worn easily through Fall, Winter and Spring.

When it comes to designer women’s clothing, we love the look of Ella Moss and think that this top typifies one of the fashion trends in 2009 with the metallic shimmer strip.  It is totally in right now and with the cut and style of this top it exudes the perfect balance of distinction and sophistication.

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