Short Sleeve Sweater

During colder weather we often find ourselves feeling a lot like Goldilocks as you want something warm, but at the same time you don’t want something too warm so that you have to wear layers of clothing in case you end up too hot and need to start shedding some of those layers.  The short sleeve sweater is the perfect solution to this problem and is a great way to incorporate lots of alternative options for warmer weather.  To give you an idea of some great ways to incorporate short sleeve sweaters into your wardrobe, here are a few examples of great short sleeve sweaters that will help add that versatility into your cold weather wardrobe and frankly many can even work in warmer weather too.

Cardigans and wraps are ever popular this season and for good reason.  They are great layering pieces and have really become main stream as a basic long sleeve top.  Many modern cardigans feature long sleeves and now range from heavy sweaters to light weight knits.  Consider the Rumba Puff Sleeve Cardigan / Wrap from Laurie B.  The Rumba short sleeve sweater is a great example of a short sleeve sweater that we wear year round.  It works great over long sleeve tops in the winter and over tanks and short sleeve tops in the spring and summer months.  We love the shorter length in the back and the longer flared front.  Of course another great touch is the puff sleeves that give this sweater a unique feminine look.

Another great short sleeve cardigan is the Cotton Bamboo Cardigan by Splendid.  This cardigan is long and features a more classic, traditional cardigan look.  The distinction for this short sleeve sweater is the great navy blue color and the contrasting white stitching design that complements the front and a pattern in the back.  This cardigan features front pockets and slightly gathered sleeves for added detail.  A great versatile piece again this cardigan can be worn over long sleeves in the winter and over short sleeves in the summer.

We love the distinctive elements on the Cotton Bamboo Cardigan and another example of a short sleeve sweater with similar attention to details and a third distinctive short sleeve sweater style is the Venice Keyhole Back Sweater by Laurie B.  Featuring lots of details including the layered keyhole back, the flared short sleeve, and the fitted waist in back giving it an added twist this top looks fairly standard from the front, but as you can see the back is loaded with detail.  The fabric is a cashmere blend and also feels very soft.  Of course our favorite piece of this sweater is the surprise details in back that really do make this sweater a perfect statement piece and certainly something you won’t find every day.

As you can see from these great examples of unique styles for short sleeve sweaters that you really can find a lot of stylish, versatile options for short sleeve sweaters that can work in your wardrobe practically all year round.

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Cowl Neck Sweaters

The cowl neck sweater is such a feminine, flirty style of sweater.  The cowl neck is great because it really is a loose turtleneck look with an edge.  As I am sure you already know, cowl necks and turtlenecks are very en vogue this season.  The cowl neck has infiltrated more than just sweaters too.  You will find cowl necks on lots of great tunic tops, long sleeve tops and even dresses.  The cowl neck top or sweater is really a great piece to have in your wardrobe during cold weather as it doesn’t look as stiff or formal as your basic turtleneck and gives an added feminine detail to any piece.   I’ll be honest the only thing I don’t like about cowl neck sweaters is that sometimes the cowl neck is too much.  It may be too low or not stay in place well enough so I end up fidgeting with it all day to get it to lay just right.   In the quest to find some great cowl neck pieces that do not fall into that excessive cowl neck category consider a few of these pieces that still give you that look, but are more comfortable and wearable which makes us love them all the more.

Aspen Motorcycle Sweater – This adorable sweater from Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a super versatile piece.  You can wear it as a jacket, as a sweater, zipped up – all the way, zipped up part of the way, or not zipped up at all.  This classic cropped motorcycle jacket/sweater features a zipper off center that goes from top to bottom.   Available in basic black, this sweater is so warm and cozy and features epaulets on the shoulders and zippered pockets at each side.  Of course it also has a tighter fitting cowl neck that you can wear a variety of ways with the functionality of the zipper.  We love that again this isn’t an excessive cowl neck, but a classic neckline that helps make this sweater the ultimate statement piece.

Marni Cowlneck Pocket Dress – The classic cowl neck piece this great dress or tunic length top also from Velvet by Graham and Spencer features the cowl neck line that is just right.  Of course the cowl neck is really on the beginning of the details on this dress with the drawstring waist and the pockets on the front below the waistline.  We love the wide rolled up sleeves and the amazing color choices with this dress.  It has been one of our most popular pieces at Vintage Fringe and we can’t get enough of it.  Of course it pairs perfectly with boots or leggings too. The Marni dress is a great stylish dress with lots of fringe to make this another fabulous statement dress for your wardrobe.

As you can see both of these pieces use the cowl neck features in different ways, but still the cowl neck adds to the amazing fashionable style that makes each of these items distinctive and super stylish.  You can’t go wrong with either of these pieces and we especially love that even though the cowl neck is a great aspect of each of these items it doesn’t overwhelm the dress or the sweater as there are loads of other details that make them perfect statement pieces for any wardrobe.

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Sequin Tops

If you’ve opened any fashion magazine this year you can’t miss noticing one of this seasons latest fashion trends – sequins.  Sequins are the big accent to lots of tops, dresses, handbags, shoes, skirts and even pants.   It used to be that sequins were only reserved for really special occasions or evening dresses, but not anymore.  Sequins are popping up literally everywhere in fashion these days and I must admit, we are actually big fans of sequins too.  You’ll see sequins all over dresses on the red carpet and award shows and while there is such a thing as too much sequins by and large most fashionable pieces use sequins to add the perfect amount of sparkle to casual tops and dresses.

Consider the Erin Sequin Long Sleeve Wrap Top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This is a gorgeous top with a sophisticated and elegant sequin pattern on your classic black deep v neck top.  The sequins are all over so this top is probably a little too dressy to wear to the office or out running errands, but looks awesome if you are trying to attract a little attention on a night out on the town or at a holiday party.  The fit is comfortable and this top in classic black looks hot with boots and even dare we say jeans.  This is a great example of the top that has the ability to be dressed up or down and this top is certainly at the high end in terms of use of sequins.

Alternatively the Scoop Neck Sequin Top by Collective Concepts also uses contrasting colors of sequins to adorn this Olive Green scoop neck top. Here the design is limited to the shoulders and a beautiful classy pattern that gives this basic top an added flair.  The shoulder detail is just enough to give turn this top into a great statement piece for your closet. Certainly this sequin top can be worn casually with just about anything, but yet the use of sequins really does help to dress up this top and give it a bit of extra attention and sparkle.

Sequin tops may not be the top you want to wear every single day, but they are great ways to insert a little variety and feminine touch to your wardrobe.  You’ll find a variety of large sequins or smaller sequins and sequins in a variety of colors.  Of course this year metallic colors are very popular too. You may even find little touches like sequin belts or earrings that can spice up your wardrobe too.  No matter how you decide to insert a little sparkle into your wardrobe rest assured in knowing that this isn’t a flash trend that will be gone tomorrow and that classic sequins will certainly be a stylish way to add more feminine touches to your wardrobe.  If nothing else a little bit of sequins can help turn a basic top into a statement piece for your closet for years to come.

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Cozy Bottoms for Christmas Morning

With Christmas almost here lets not forget about a comfy, cozy, and of course fashionable outfit for Christmas morning. You know pictures will be taken and who wants reindeer fleece pants to be what we are remembered as wearing for 2010? Check out some pants that fit all of our categories of comfortable, cozy, and fashionable. First up is the French Terry with Lycra Pants by Splendid. Available in black and navy, these pants fit great and especially help our booty look great.{and who doesn’t like that??}

French Terry with Lycra Pants by Splendid

French Terry with Lycra Pants by Splendid

I also love the Cotton Slub French Terry Pants by Splendid. They have super cute details like the extra long drawstring, and the darker back  pockets with grommets on the back. These would be another great more grown up option for Christmas morning attire.

Cotton Slub French Terry Pants by Spendid

Cotton Slub French Terry Pants by Spendid

If more of a slim cut legging would suit your style better, try the Swoosie Knit Leggings by Velvet. Wouldn’t this be so cute with a long tunic t-shirt? The soft cotton and elastic waistband are super comfortable and would easily switch to a Christmas dinner outfit with a sparkly top and blazer.

Swoosie Knit Leggings by Velvet

Swoosie Knit Leggings by Velvet

So, what will you be sporting as you unwrap your gifts this year? I hope it is comfortable and fashionable!

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Long Sleeve Dresses

It’s the perfect time of year to be shopping for Long sleeve dresses.  We love finding stylish dresses and especially love finding distinctive styles to wear for special occasions or just for fun.  Pairing dresses with boots, leggings, scarves or even just great jewelry make finding good dresses even more worthwhile. A variety of designers notoriously have great dresses and a variety of long sleeve dresses.  Dresses by Velvet by Graham and Spencer have become some of our favorites.  They are typically made of their baby jersey or gauzy jersey cotton so they are comfortable, machine washable and wearable which can’t be said for a lot of dresses.  Here are a few of our favorite dresses by Velvet this season:

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Freda Gathered Waist Dress – This dress is a classic style, but we love the look of the gathered waist and the deep v neck giving it an elegant feminine look.  This dress style reminds us of a vintage Greta Garbo dress.  Since the Freda dress is made of a super soft jersey cotton this dress is versatile and works in warm and cool weather a great feature when you are trying to get the most out of every purchase these days.  One of my favorite things about this dress is that it is available in black, navy and white.  We love the look of the white dress in the spring and warmer weather as it is not a dress color you find every day.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Doreen Cutout Dress – A truly fashionable classic long sleeve dress with a bit of an edge.  The Doreen dress features long sleeves with cutouts on each arm just at the base of the shoulders.  Lengthwise it hits our models at about mid-thigh so it pairs perfectly with boots, and leggings or tights.  It is currently available at Vintage Fringe in Gazelle, a great purple color so it goes wonderfully with blacks and greys.  We love the cutout look giving this dress an added twist and the fitted look.  We are so hooked on boots and leggings this year that this dress is a must have this season.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Zahara Knot Dress – A timeless dress the Zahara Knot dress features an A line skirt and a knot at the base of the v neckline.  With long sleeves as well, this dress is another versatile piece for cold and warm weather. We love the simple, but elegant look of this dress and again the colors.  It is available at Vintage Fringe in Rain (a light blue), Black, Chisel (Grey), and Lilypad (Green).   The neckline on this dress is very flirty and distinctive and takes a classic style up a notch.

As you can see, long sleeve dresses can come in many styles and designs and naturally you have to find the right style for you, but we think you’ll find that these long sleeve dresses by Velvet are great additions to your wardrobe and many of them can be classic pieces that will not be out of style next season.

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Tights and Leggings

Tights and leggings have quickly become essential elements of the modern fashion wardrobe.   You frequently see them with skirts, tunic length tops, and dresses and they work perfectly with high boots, regular boots or even ballet slippers.  The look of an outfit with leggings or tights has become a fashion staple and is certainly something that you will want to consider when you think of great ways to incorporate this trend into your own wardrobe.

At Vintage Fringe, we currently sell leggings from Velvet by Graham and Spencer and have found them to be a great quality, fashionable legging.  You really do get what you pay for with leggings and what we love is the fabric and fit quality with the Swoozie Legging by Velvet.  These leggings are part of Velvet’s baby jersey collection so they are very soft and comfortable to wear.  Currently available at Vintage Fringe in great basic colors like Black and Grey, these leggings are long and work perfectly with boots.

When you are looking for the perfect pair of leggings you will want to be sure and consider both long and cropped leggings.  We love them both with different styles of outfits.  Cropped leggings are perfect for warmer weather and look adorable with ballet flats. Especially cute under shorter dresses, these leggings are great staple leggings that you will want to have in a few basic colors.

Tights are great accessories too, but personally I prefer leggings because they last longer.  Inevitably, I snag the tights or get a run in them, so when I have the option I prefer leggings.  You may also want to consider Spanx which has tights with panty hose like features like control tops.

When you are shopping for leggings, you will want to be sure and get a few pairs in staple colors.  Of course you will want a pair of leggings in black.  You cannot go wrong with black and just like any other fashion piece you will always default to the basic black.  My second choice for getting into leggings is either a grey or brown.  Both are colors that accessorize well with all sorts of other colors.  Grey pairs wonderfully with purples, reds and blues and of course works well with blacks.  I love the look of grey leggings with a black dress and black boots.   A good basic brown works perfectly with warmer colors like taupe, other shades of brown, pinks, whites, and some red or blue shades.  Once you have covered the basic colors, then we suggest adding other splurge colors like navy or purple that may not go with everything you have, but fits exactly with that one outfit.

As you can see, we have really come to embrace the tights and leggings trend and think that it really is a trend that is here to stay.  The distinctive look of adding leggings or tights to an outfit is a look that we have really come to love and think you will find that leggings are a great comfortable way to incorporate a little added edge into your wardrobe.

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Laurie B. Sweaters

Laurie B. sweaters are some of our favorite sweaters and this is the perfect time of year to find amazing deals on great sweaters.  Laurie B. is perhaps one of the most distinctive of all of the designers available at Vintage Fringe.  The American knitwear line: Laurie B. is the creation of Laurie Brazeau.  Laurie was born in Mexico, raised in the United States and traveled the world searching for work and inspiration.  After working for years in Paris as a private label designer she returned home and launched her own knit line Laurie B. working from her own home in Oakland, California.  While Laurie has no formal design school training she has managed to build her brand and her style into a recognizable icon for knitwear internationally.  She credits her international travels, vintage shopping skills, and her color outside the lines mentality as her inspiration behind her one of a kind designer style.  Here are a few examples of great outside the lines sweaters that will help you create your own distinctive style:

Laurie B. Milan Sweater – This great short wrap cardigan features a tie that can go in front or in back depending on how you like to wear it.  It also features a lightly gathered seam at the empire waist line giving it added elements of detail.  In addition, the wide ¾ length sleeve something you don’t see on every wrap these days.  You’ll love the rich Truffle brown color and the ivory Parmesan color too.  This sweater is certainly versatile and works as a great substitute for a blazer at work or to throw over your tank top on a cool night out.

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater – You’ll love this distinctive sweater and its fashion forward look.  Complete with a flowing look of the wide v neck with the tie around the waist giving it a contemporary, fitted look.  This sweater is available in a variety of colors and is perfect to go over a long sleeve top in just about any color.  You’ll love the slight shimmer on the knit and the distinctive, modern look.   It is a perfect wrap to layer and looks stunning with boots or leggings.

Laurie B. Gable Stripe Cardigan – Featuring a dramatic contrasting zipper that is front and center in this distinctive cardigan, the Gable Stripe grey and black pattern looks so classy and elegant.  Laurie B. still manages to weave in fashion forward elements with the dolman flared sleeve on this sweater, a scoop neckline and the contrasting black trim around the neckline and cuffs and hem.   You also would not believe how luxuriously soft the knit on this sweater feels.  It is made from a viscose, nylon blend and it feels super soft and very comfortable.  One of our favorite looks is wearing this over a long sleeve black top with a black skirt and boots in the winter.

Laurie B.’s sweaters are always excellent quality and as you can see from the few pieces mentioned in this post that so many of her designs are not your run of the mill boxy sweater that you find at so many stores.  Each Laurie B. sweater features great unique design elements and will always be a statement piece in your wardrobe.

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Splendid Hoodies

This season hoodies are a great fashion trend that we have come to love at Vintage Fringe.  Of course you can find lots of great hoodies from a variety of designers, but today we wanted to focus on several of our favorite Splendid Hoodies.  As many of you who are familiar with the Splendid brand know, we love Splendid’s great use of classic colors and amazing fabrics and styles.  With classic signature patterns of stripes and solids, the Splendid line features wonderful wearable pieces that are simple and still super stylish.  They have a variety of styles ranging from dressier hoodies to your simple basics, but we think you will love each of them.

Splendid 2×1 White Stripe Hoodie – A perfect piece for everyday this hoodie features a white stripe on either a Mud (light brown) color or Blueberry (light purple) color.  With a wide pocket front and center on this top giving it a casual yet distinctive look.  This top also features 8 snap buttons in front giving you flexibility to wear it by itself or layer it over a tee or tank.  Of course we can’t forget to mention the ¾ length sleeves which give it great versatility to wear in a variety of temperatures.

Splendid Textured Rib Long Sleeve Hoodie – One of the dressier hoodies we’ve seen this hoodie is made of a cotton cashmere blend giving it a light weight sweater feel.  It is sheer enough that it works perfectly layered over a short sleeve top or tank and we even like to wear it over a long sleeve tee in the winter.  With a drawstring tie at the waist and a wide v neck this hoodie really is a perfect piece for that beach vacation where you want something a little warm and love the sheer, light weight look of this hoodie.

Splendid Long Sleeve Stripe Hoodie – Another great example of Splendid’s classic stripe patterns, this wide stripe hoodie is a great everyday piece that is still very distinctive.  With contrasting stripes in solid colors and then also a heathered color this hoodie looks so classy.  The criss cross v neck is slightly gathered and this top does feature a solid wide v neck.  This hoodie has a long length and a drawstring tie around the hoodie.  This hoodie is made of a cotton poly blend and feels extremely soft which makes it super comfortable to wear.

Splendid Baby Fleece Tie Waist Hoodie – A wonderful example of a simple yet very distinctive style from Splendid.  The Baby Fleece Tie Waist Hoodie features an empire waist with a drawstring and short sleeves.  It is not every day that you run across a short sleeved hoodie, but we love the look of this Baby Fleece Tie Waist Hoodie.  The Baby Fleece fabric is really a good quality sweatshirt fabric and we love the green color and the long tunic length of this hoodie.  We wear it over leggings or jeans and love to wear it year round over short or long sleeve tops.

As you can see, these hoodies give you a range of styles and unique looks with a variety of fabrics and colors.  You really can’t go wrong with hoodies this season and we love layering them over other tops in the cooler weather.

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Fabulous Winter Jewlery

Winter fashion is so fun with all the sweaters, boots and scarfs but don’t forget to add final accessories, like jewelry to finish every look. I am loving all the new jewelry styles that are emerging this season and think that not only are they perfect for you, but perfect gifts as well! For instance, have you been loving, like me, all the stone jewelry out there right now?? Check out the Petal Miscellany Necklace, so perfect with all the different colors to coordinate with so many outfits.

Petal Miscellany Necklace by Anthropologie

Petal Miscellany Necklace by Anthropologie

If earrings are more your style, then you will love the Hatchling Earring. The soft pink/peach quartz wrapped in gold is so delicate, but also makes a statement. I really like the two extra little charms that hang off, they add more dimension and help these earring really stand out.

Hatchling Earrings by Anthropologie

Hatchling Earrings by Anthropologie

And lastly, any girl that is looking for statement piece, a conversation piece, or just a gorgeous cuff, then look no further then the Teak Treasure Cuff. It is available with green, red, or purple stone center and the polished, carved wood is so beautfiful. What a great accent this cuff would be!

Teak Treasure Cuff

Teak Treasure Cuff

How do you feel about the stone jewlery craze?? Love it or leave it? Let me know and have a great weekend!

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Christmas Gifts From Vintage Fringe

If you love winter fashion and love to give your other fashionista friends and family members fashion, then look no further then Vintage Fringe for all your gifting needs. A sure bet for any gal is the Cotton Stripe Tie Cardigan by Splendid. I love the big, bold stripes and the ultra comfortable wrap style.

Cotton Stripe Tie Cardigan by Splendid

Cotton Stripe Tie Cardigan by Splendid

For any girl who likes to stand out in the crowd{in a good way} try the Keelin Squareneck Lace Top by Velvet. I love the super cute print and the chic loose fit is perfect for hiding a few “holiday” pounds!

Keelin Square Neck Lace Top by Velvet

Keelin Square Neck Lace Top by Velvet

The next sweater is just perfect for any lady at any age. The Audrey Wrap Sweater by Laurie B. is super classy and a perfect staple piece that I’m sure anyone would love to add to their wardrobe.
Audrey Wrap Sweater by Laurie B.

Audrey Wrap Sweater by Laurie B.

The best part about all these perfect gifts?? They are in the sale section at Vintage Fringe! So hurry and shop now and then enjoy this holiday season!

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