Style Trend: The Cozy Shirt Dress

Diya Stripe Cozy Jersey DressSimple and sweet… we love this Diya Stripe Cozy Jersey dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  Why? Because it’s so versatile. It’s soft, comfortable, and long sleeved.  Who could ask for anything more this winter, right?

Well that’s just the beginning.  These shirt style dresses are designed to skim your curves, making them apparent and flattering but without hugging every inch of you.  It’s loose without being baggy, but tight enough to highlight your assets while still hiding your liabilities.  The fabric, length, and style make it casual enough to throw on for a quick run to the grocery store, yet also easy to dress up to carry you through the work day and into those happy hour networking events that your boss loves to throw and while it is long sleeved it is a good transitional dress for warmer fall and spring days as well.

How does this one dress accomplish all of that? It’s all about how you accessorize.  It’s a blank canvas, ready to be transformed into your individual look of the day. For a casual afternoon, wear it with or without some leggings, your comfy flats or slip ons, throw on a scarf or a sweater and you’re golden.  Dress it up with some boots or booties, an elegant scarf, a nice vest, or a long statement necklace and some matching earrings. Other fun ideas include layering on a solid color blazer or a chunky knit sweater, wearing some fun tights underneath, or a leather jacket for faux suede jacket.  We love the Xandra Faux Suede Moto Jacket by Velvet or the Velma Jacket by ASTR.

No matter which way you decide to go with this dress, know that you have tons of options. It’s tiny stripes are fairly neutral, so don’t be afraid to add color or layer on larger prints. Your shoes will help set the tone, so you can use your shoes to guide you with your other accessories.  And finally, use longer accessories to draw the eyes vertically instead of horizontally to create the most slimming effect.

 

 

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Fashion Trend: Must Have Color for 2013 – Emerald Green

Double Breasted Cocoon Coat with Bow

Double Breasted Cocoon Coat with Bow

When it comes to fashionable colors, one of our favorite vintage colors is green.  So when we learned last week that Pantone had announced that the must-have color for 2013 was emerald green we were delighted.  This color is a great statement color that can easily be blended into your wardrobe in a variety of different clothing options.

It is that time of year where jackets are imperative and finding a fashionable jacket in emerald green is no problem at Vintage Fringe.  One of our favorite designers, new to Vintage Fringe is Tulle which does such a great job of creating vintage style fashions and this season they utilized a lot of emerald green colors in their designs.  Whether your favorite is the Double Breasted Cocoon Coat in Deep Emerald which features a 3/4 length and cute gathered sleeves and our favorite an adorable bow in back adding to the adorable vintage style elements.  If you need something with a little more of a trench style, then consider the Tie Waist Coat with Epaulettes also in an Emerald Green shade that features a more fitted style.  The tie waist is secured in back with wide sewn in belt loops so it won’t move around while you are wearing it and it gives you flexibility to wear it open or unbuttoned without worrying about the loose tie belt.  The Epaulettes are just the tip of the iceberg so to speak with the details on this jacket like the pockets at the top of the jacket and on the sides at the bottom and the matching belted detail around the cuffs on the jacket.  We have no shortage of green jackets including the previously mentioned Tie Waist Coat with Ruffles and the classic Single Breasted Coat which comes in both Green and Black.

Sui Kimono Top

Sui Kimono Top

If you are looking for something green to wear under your jacket, you can find a number of great options of tops and dresses in the gorgeous green color.  Check out the Dolman Sleeve Scoopneck top by Sunday in Brooklyn one of our great indie designers.  This top utilizes a number of great fashion trends like the dolman sleeves that are so popular right now and also colorblocking with the contrasting green and ivory colors. This top is silk and truly a luxurious statement top.  It features an elastic gathered waist giving it the over-sized flowing look around the waist.  This top looks great with a pair of skinny jeans or a pencil skirt and boots.  Another great green option is the Sui Kimono Top by Ogle which is loaded with great stylish details.  The Sui top is a great way to showcase the gorgeous green color and also features great style with the lattice detail down the back of the top and the cute kimono style sleeves with a tie in the middle of the waist.  A great top to wear out at night and classy enough to wear to the office as well.

Sammy Long Sleeve Belted Dress

Sammy Long Sleeve Belted Dress

If you want great dress options in green consider the Button Front Sleeveless Dress by Tulle which is a great retro style dress featuring ruffles around the sleeves, a tie waist and buttons down the center of the dress.  This dress is a great versatile party dress that is also stylish and comfortable while also being adorable.  The Zahara Knot Dress by Velvet in Lilypad features a great comfortable jersey cotton long sleeve dress with a knot detail at the base of the v neckline.  This dress also looks great with boots and is a great versatile go to dress. Finally, another great dress that you can pair with leggings and boots as well is the Sammy Long Sleeve Belted Dress also by Velvet.  This dress features a gorgeous Jellybean green color contrasted with a white on the modern pattern.  With a tie at the waist and a henley neckline accented with buttons, this tunic style dress is a great go to option for everyday while still looking super stylish.

As you can see, there will be no shortage of green pieces at Vintage Fringe this year with lots of great stylish options of ways to insert a little green into your wardrobe.  The gorgeous green color is a great statement color and what a better way to wear it than with a great statement piece.  Whether it is a great jacket, dress or top, you will be sure to find lots of ways to work a little emerald into your closet.

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Winter Must Have: Elan Sweaters

As the colder temperatures settle in, it’s time spruce up your Sweater wardrobe and today we wanted to talk about one of our latest must have pieces for your closet this season – Elan Sweaters.  We recently started carrying this line at Vintage Fringe and their sweaters are probably one of Elan’s most well known staples.  Personally, what I love about these sweaters are their distinctive style.  These sweaters are not the classic cable knit v neck sweater or cardigans that you see in many of the retail chain stores.  Rather the Elan Sweaters we carry at Vintage Fringe have been chosen by our buyers because of their distinctive styles.

Elan Butterfly Turtleneck Sweater

Elan Butterfly Turtleneck Sweater

Consider the Elan Butterfly Turtleneck Sweater.  This sweater utilizes a stylish oversized turtleneck at the top and then the dolman sleeve which is so popular this season.  In addition, the sweater also features a loose fit at the waist that actually flares.  In fact the center of the sweater is actually shorter than the sides.  These two components warranted the Butterfly description. There is also the contrasting ribbed textured knit down the center which is also a great modern way to mix it up with the style of this sweater.  For all of these reasons it really is a statement sweater, but best of all it can be dressed up or down.  My favorite look is with skinny jeans and high boots to really create that modern edgy look. It’s available in Ash Grey a light shade of grey so it pairs well with both whites and blacks for layering. The sweater knit is acrylic and definitely keeps you warm, but not at the expense of looking fashionable.

Elan Striped Hoodie Sweater

Elan Striped Hoodie Sweater

Next with a different style all together, the Elan Striped Hoodie Sweater captures more of a vintage style blended with modern fashion trends like the hoodie and the wide stripes.  This sweater features contrasting wide stripes in ash grey and creme.  A long tunic length sweater this sweater also looks stunning with boots my favorite are tall suede grey boots for a dressy look or even with Uggs for a more casual look.  As for the great details, this sweater has a pin closure in front which is actually a large pin that is covered with matching grey yarn.  Of course we have to mention the hoodie which also gives this sweater more of a retro look.  In short, this sweater is another great statement sweater for your closet that you won’t find everywhere.

As you can see both of these sweaters are great fashion statement pieces, and best of all they won’t break the bank with reasonable pricing for sweaters both currently on sale for under $75.  Finding distinctive sweaters can often be a frustrating task as you can find yourself drowning in a sea of v necks and cardigans.  At Vintage Fringe we try to find pieces that you are not going to find everywhere else and our goal is always to help you find statement pieces for your wardrobe.

 

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Tulle Jackets – Essential Vintage Style

This season Tulle Jackets are a must have for new jacket additions to your Vintage Style wardrobe.  For those of you who are just learning about Tulle and their amazing vintage inspired new jackets, Tulle’s goal is to design vintage inspired modern clothing. They initially began as a line focused on Outerwear, but are currently also designing adorable dresses, cardigans, tops, skirts and accessories. Since this is the peak of jacket season, we wanted to focus on some of our favorite Tulle Jackets and how they can be a great addition to your vintage style wardrobe.

Tulle Tie Waist Coat with Ruffle

Tulle Tie Waist Coat with Ruffle

The Tulle Tie Waist Coat with Ruffle is the perfect example of an adorable vintage inspired jacket with ruffle detail down the center and accenting the pockets on this collared jacket.  I am a big fan of the stylish Deep Emerald Green color as well.  The jacket also looks stylish and cute with the tie around the waist.  The embellishments like the ruffles, the large buttons, the pockets and the tie waist make this a great vintage inspired statement coat for your closet this season.   Tulle Jackets are fashion jackets and not going to be the best thing for your ski vacation, but are perfect for those chilly days.  I love to wear this jacket with boots and a pencil skirt giving it that modern vintage edge.

Tulle Funnel Collar Coat

Next is the Tulle Funnel Collar Coat.  This jacket features a wide oversized collar accented with buttons and snaps to hold it in place.  The jacket features oversized buttons which add a stylish detail to the collar, sleeves and center of the jacket.  Also adding to the vintage feel is the faux belt in back secured by two more large buttons for contrast.  This jacket is also a bit longer which pulls in more of the vintage style.  That length is also so great to pair with boots and skinny jeans or leggings.  My favorite part is the teal blue color.  It is not your everyday coat color and is sure to stand out in a good way. The fabric on the coat also features a textured weave which gives it added depth and adds to the vintage style.

 

Tulle Leopard Long Sleeve Faux Fur Coat

Tulle Leopard Long Sleeve Faux Fur Coat

Finally, what is more vintage than a cropped faux fur jacket?  The Leopard Long Sleeve Coat features a gorgeous and soft faux fur leopard print fabric in a cropped button-up almost blazer style jacket.  This jacket features big black beaded buttons in front and a well done faux fur animal print.  Sometimes faux fur doesn’t turn out well and looks cheap and very obviously faux fur.  This is well done and looks stylish and classic as much as any leopard print can be classic.  Our stylists love to style this jacket with tall black boots to give it that modern edgy look that works so well with any sort of leopard print pattern.  A true statement piece, this jacket is a must have to round out your vintage style wardrobe.

As you can see there are a variety of stylish looks that utilize great vintage style trends from fabrics to collars and it is so wonderful to find them in jackets which really are such an essential part of your vintage style wardrobe.  Most importantly vintage style jackets can be such a fun way to add vintage style to any outfit.  Tulle Jackets are a great way to do that and the three jackets highlighted in this post today are really just a sample of what makes Tulle jackets such great vintage style pieces.  These jackets are just a few examples of our favorite vintage style coats this season.  What are some of yours?

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Designer Feature: Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Ruz Poncho

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Ruz Poncho

Velvet by Graham and Spencer is one of our favorite designers at Vintage Fringe.  Today we wanted to spotlight a few of our favorite pieces in their latest collections and highlight some of the reasons why we are such big fans.

At its core, Velvet’s line centers around staple jersey cottons and comfortable casual styles; however, they have also expanded their collections to include elements of faux fur, lace, vibrant patterns, cashmere, and so much more.  Consider a few of our latest favorite pieces as examples of their fabulous wearable fashions.

Consider the Ruz Faux Fur Poncho/Cape.  This jacket truly typifies a modern approach that incorporates a gorgeous vintage style.  The Ruz poncho really reminds us of something you would see on any of the ladies in Mad Men.  It also feels as luxurious as it looks and in a sleek black color makes for a true statement piece.  True to the poncho style, the Ruz jacket is a pullover jacket and flares toward the waist.  This piece is a true paradox as it is bold and yet classic simultaneously.  Elegant ponchos are a big fashion trend this season and a great way to add a new distinctive feminine piece into your wardrobe.

Next the Odet Asymmetrical Hem Skirt features another fashion trend you will see this season with the asymmetrical hemline.  The skirt flares out at the knee with the cascading hemline and off-center seam that gives this skirt added depth and texture.  The Odet skirt also features a gathered waistline that is fitted, but not tight.  The sister to the Odet skirt, the Pia Long Asymmetrical Hem skirt features the same style, but with a longer length. Both skirts are comfortable, sophisticated and feminine which makes them great staples for your wardrobe his season. These skirts are also great options for dressy events as well as casual and I love pairing them with a top like the Giann Cowlneck top also by Velvet.

Velvet Kayin Scoopneck Dress

Velvet Kayin Scoopneck Dress

Finally the Kayin Scoop Neck Dress is another great example of Velvet’s expanded collections.  This dress, like the Odet Skirt, features a rayon blend which feels super soft and adds to the comfortable feel.  The Kayin skirt features a loose gathered waistband and a wide short sleeve.  This dress looks stunning with boots and can also be paired with a belt.  It is available at Vintage Fringe in Charcoal and Navy, and is a great option for your fall wardrobe.

As you can see, Velvet by Graham and Spencer’s latest collection features a variety of distinctive clothing options incorporating the latest in fashion trends in a stylish and wearable way.  These few pieces are just a few great examples of the depth of style and fashion that Velvet’s lines have to offer.  Best of all, all of their clothing is Made in the USA, in Los Angeles in fact which in the current economy is a great advantage.

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What Jewelry Should I Wear With Winter Clothes

Dressing in colder weather can make accessorizing your outfits much more of a challenge.  Say no more as there are a lot of great ways to remedy the winter wardrobe blues and dress it up with jewelry.  To balance out the heavier fabrics and layers you will want to find pieces of jewelry that are a bit heavier and bolder than some you might wear in warmer weather.

One jewelry trend that works great with heavy winter clothes this season are the big, chunky necklaces and earrings in great contrasting colors that help bring attention to your neckline and add a hint of femininity to it.  Depending on whether you prefer warm or cool colors you may want to find great accent colors like reds, light blues or greens.  Wonderful accent colors like jade green or even coral pinks that are very in style this season.  Another great contrast color is white or ivory in large beads or stones.  You can find a variety of different styles of necklaces in long or short lengths depending on what you prefer and what works best with your own individual style and wardrobe.  Chunky necklaces work well with long sleeve scoop necks and can even work with other necklines that are popular in winter clothing such as turtlenecks.  We love the look of classy long bold necklaces with turtlenecks in the winter.

Long necklaces are a great way to break up the look of heavy sweaters or cardigans in the winter and are also great ways to accent heavier tops.  You’ll find a variety of styles of long necklaces that feature an oversized pendant on the necklace. These longer necklaces are a great way to break up the monotony of heavy textures and less skin that is characteristic of winter clothing.

Another great way to help break up the heavier winter textures is long earrings.  They really do help to bring attention up to your face and help lighten up the winter clothing layers.  Long hoops or other big earrings are my go to piece whenever I don’t have that perfect necklace to go with an outfit.  Big earrings are a great way to bring a little more shine and sparkle to your winter wardrobe.  We love the look of long dangle earrings with high necklines to help break up or spice up an outfit.

In short, the basic theme for finding the perfect jewelry to help accessorize any winter outfit is generally long lengths for earrings and necklaces and bold chunky pieces to help offset the heavy, thick textures and fabrics so prevalent with winter clothing.  You will want to find good accent colors that work with your typical wardrobe pieces and will want to make sure that you have a few good staple pieces.  When you can’t find the perfect necklace to go with your outfit you will want to have some good fallback earrings that help give your look that added sparkle and shine and help breakup the monotony of so many layers of clothes.

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Long Sleeve Cardigans

It is cold weather time which means it is sweater time and this season cardigans have really become must haves for every wardrobe.  Cardigans give you so many styling options such as the flared look of the flowing cardigan or the tighter fitted cardigan.  They also come with long sleeves or short sleeves although predominantly long sleeves.  The short sleeve cardigan is a more modern look that is finding its way into more fashion styles and is great for layering, but the long sleeve cardigan will never go out of style.  Of course, today’s cardigans are nothing like the bulky cardigans of the 80s with lots of shoulder pads and that classic boxy look.   This season you’ll find everyone wearing a mix of loose and tight fitted cardigans, cropped and long, in basic colors or with patterns or embellishments.  Here are a few great examples of distinctive cardigan styles:

A modern long sleeve cardigan look by Velvet by Graham and Spencer the Eloise Winter Slub Long Pocket Cardigan has quickly become one of our favorites.  Part of Velvet’s Winter Slub collection that is so popular this season the Eloise cardigan is a great long cardigan option.  We love the long length that works so well with leggings or boots this fall/winter season.  The loose, open look of the cardigan which adds to the versatility of the cardigan gives you a variety of alternative ways to wear and accessorize it. Our model wears it with an adorable scarf and scoop neck top and jeans.  Don’t forget to notice the pockets in front too which give it an added element of distinction compared to other cardigans this season. The winter slub fabric is a great blend of texture as the fabric has variation which adds to the uniqueness.  Of course we also love the deep purple color called Damask.

The ultimate feminine long sleeve cardigan is the Heart Button Cardigan by designer Joy Joy.  This lightweight, long sleeve cardigan really does feature amazing feminine details such as bows on the heart shaped buttons down the front of the cardigan; another heart on the lapel made of a variety of patterned fabric covered buttons for an added touch of contrast; and gathered puff sleeves on the shoulders.  This knit fabric of this cardigan is light enough that it works really well in fall, spring or even summer.  We love wearing this cardi over our favorite summer sundress.

A modern cropped long sleeve cardigan is also by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer and that is the Paola Drape Cardigan.  Featuring long sleeves and a long flowing drape in front and a cropped length in back, this cardigan is a popular style this season.   An added distinction is the great metallic stripe fabric which features a contrasting heather grey and a sheer metallic stripe that allows you to make it dressy or casual depending on how you accessorize it.  It is so stylish and classy that you really can’t go wrong when wearing it.

We think you’ll agree that these cardigans are must haves this season and you will want a variety of long sleeves cardigans with different lengths and looks to work with your boots and leggings that will be part of all the best fashion trends this season.

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