Ruby Army Jacket by Velvet – A Spring Must Have

While designer clothing with feminine details are always in style, the runways have quickly been filling with a different style in 2014.  Designers have been experimenting with cuts that are more boxy and are generally considered more masculine than the types of jackets we’ve seen lately, which have featured contoured waists and peplum silhouettes. However, these pieces remain trendy when paired with bold colors, bright accessories and soft materials.

Ruby Army Jacket by Velvet in Stone

Ruby Army Jacket by Velvet in Stone

Military styles are of a perfect example of the latest trends, and this spring the Velvet military jacket known as Ruby will be flying off the shelves. Part of Velvet’s collection featuring designer Lily Aldridge, the button-down coat also features a zipper closure in front and cargo-style pockets isn’t overly feminine at first, but it looks chic when paired with skinny jeans and a cute pair of flats. Available in an olive green known as “forest,” navy blue, vintage black, and stone this cotton twill jacket is lightweight, breathable, easy to care for and just as easy to wear. The jacket also features a drawstring tie inside the jacket which gives you the ability to make the waist as tight and fitted at the waist or as loose as you prefer.

The sleeves can be worn cuffed or rolled up which makes the jacket wearable even during hot summer months.  The rolled up sleeves add contrast to the boxy style with a shorter fitted sleeve. That’s one of the perks of women’s military style jackets — they’re actually as versatile as they are comfortable. These new jackets by Velvet are perfect if you just don’t have time to spare to run to the dry cleaner’s every week.

Worn open, the spring jacket has a casual look that works well over tees, turtlenecks and button-shown shirts. However, the Velvet black jacket looks especially smart when closed. The jacket stands on its own, however. Zipper and and button details add both visual and tactile feedback to this military jacket.

4 Ways to Wear This Velvet by Graham and Spencer Jacket

  1. Choose colorful skinny jeans and matching accessories with the Ruby Jacket in black, navy or stone to really make a fashion statement.
  2. Wear the forest green jacket over a white tee or tank with distresses blue jeans for a casual day.
  3. Slip the stone jacket over your favorite little black dress before going out on the town.
  4. Dress up the navy blue jacket with a sleeveless sweater dress or shift dress in a solid color, patterned tights and your favorite booties to keep warm and chic.

There are so many ways to wear this jacket that you just might want to buy all the colors! Plus, this Velvet jacket can be dressed up with pumps or heeled boots or worn casually with kicks or flats.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer promises show stopping fashion at affordable price. The trendy pieces on the collection are stylish but never dated, and it’s easy to pair them with what’s already in your wardrobe. Velvet jackets like this one are hot commodity this spring, so get yours before they’re all gone.

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Velvet by Graham & Spencer Tops

Ramona Dolman Top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Ramona Dolman Top

Velvet by Graham & Spencer tops are a must have for your wardrobe.  The Velvet collection is at its core an upscale tee shirt brand, but their collections always take traditional looks to new heights with distinctive fabrics and styles and it doesn’t take much observation to realize that they are so much more than a contemporary tee shirt line.  Some of our favorite pieces by Velvet are their dresses, leggings and jackets, but of course their tops certainly do not disappoint.  Here are a few of our favorite Velvet by Graham and Spencer Tops which are currently available at Vintage Fringe.

The Ramona Dolman Sleeve Top is a total must have shirt if you love the dolman sleeve style as much as we do.  The dolman sleeve tops are always a favorite because of their spin on the over-sized sweatshirt style combined with a fitted shirt look.  The Ramona features an luxurious waffle weave pattern which gives it a great texture and a dressy, distinctive style.  The top is meant to look over-sized, and it is super comfortable to wear, while still being delicate and lightweight. The top is available in both Heather Grey and White and is perfect to wear in fall/spring weather or depending on your preference even on a cool summer day.

Next the Grace 3/4 Sleeve Top really typifies a classic tee shirt style amped up with a bit of added feminine flair.  The top itself is a straightforward scoop neck with 3/4 length sleeves.  The stylish twist that is typical of great Velvet brand tops comes with the rouching on one side of the top.  The top also has a long length hitting below the hips.  The Grace top is part of Velvet’s Gauzy Whisper collection which features a thinner cotton fabric with a touch of spandex giving this top the perfect amount of cling or fit. I am also a big fan of the Red Vine color.  It is a total stand out and a great top for spring/summer.

Another great top for summer, the Bianca Dolman Top takes the classic striped top to another level.  With dolman sleeves and an over-sized fit  this top is perfectly stylish.  The top also features diagonal stripes on each side that contrast the horizontal stripes in the center which is a great twist on the classic striped top.  The top is narrower at the bottom than at the top which is typical of the traditional dolman style. The Tide green stripes are also the must have color this season.  The Bianca top is sheer and the stripes are contrasted with an ivory/oatmeal color.  This is a great top to wear with jeans or a skirt this summer.

Bianca Striped Dolman Sleeve Top by Velvet

Bianca Striped Top

These are just a few examples of some of our latest favorite tops by Velvet this season.  As you can see these tops really do transcend from being just classic tee shirts to trendsetting statement pieces that you can truly wear everyday.  Of course these tops are just a few of our favorites and there are so many more amazing stylish Velvet tops to choose from. What are some of your favorites?

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Summer Dress Trend: Designer Charlie Jade

Designer Charlie Jade is one of our newest designers available at Vintage Fringe.  We have fallen in love their stylish dresses which are the perfect summer statement dress.  What’s not to love about their bold colors and patterns combined with feminine styles and fabrics.  Charlie Jade’s penchant for silk fabric blends and stunning patterns and styles are displayed in a variety of ways in their dress collection.  Best of all this collection is the perfect solution for that perpetual search for a great dress to wear to a summer wedding.

April Pleated V Neck Dress by Charlie Jade

April Pleated V Neck Dress

Charlie Jade’s collection exhibits a lot depth and variety all with feminine touches and style.  The April Pleated V Neck Dress is a great example of the stunning Charlie Jade designer dress style.  This dress harkens back to yesterday with a classic retro dress style with the pleats around the neckline and the belted waist.  The modern pattern features a spin on the traditional animal print with spots that are varied in size and color giving it a modern, stylish look.  The dress features utilizes an ivory backdrop accented by baby blue e black spots of color.  This dress looks professional and sophisticated and is perfect for the office or a night out.

Another great example of the range of Charlie Jade dresses is the Diana Ditzy Print Maxi Dress.  This dress features a more complicated pattern with mixes of orange, red, baby blue and white.  The dress features an empire waistline and shoulder straps which then flares all the way down the long maxi length.  The back of the dress features racer back detail giving the dress added distinction.  This is a great maxi dress option this summer.  As with pretty much all of Charlie Jade’s fabrics, this dress is 100% silk.

Finally, the Janie Scoopneck Dress by Charlie Jade gives you another example of Charlie Jade’s distinctive design.  The dress is more than your simple summer sundress, as it features a braided fabric trim around the straps and neckline.  In addition, the dress features layered panels in front that give it an added pop of style and a feminine touch.  The colors are a baby blue and an eggplant purple which pair beautifully together.  The pattern features abstract lines of striping giving it a modern edge.

If you are in the market for a statement piece summer dress, then be sure to consider Charlie Jade dresses for their excellent style and patterns as well as their beautiful use of silk fabrics.  Each dress truly represents a statement piece that will add more distinction to your individual wardrobe.  Best of all, none of these dresses is so trendy that it will be out of season by the end of the summer.  Each dress provides a timeless style that is sure to last for multiple seasons making these dresses a great fashion investment.

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How To: Nude and Orange

One of the season’s hottest colors are nudes and oranges.  These tones are great colors and add an element of brightness and boldness to otherwise drab wardrobes.  It is refreshing to see the mix of colors as orange tones often end up being reserved for sports team gear.  Finding the right shade of oranges is essential to making orange a long lasting color and not just a short-term fashion fad.  When you are looking for these colors, here are a few pointers to consider in your search for the perfect pieces in nude and orange.

Let’s start with orange, we don’t like the solid bright orange color.  Finding a shade of orange that is more muted or more red tones makes it a longer lasting color shade.  Rust colors or corals are great examples of more friendly orange shades.   For ideas about these tones consider a few of our favorite orange shade examples with the Vika Button Down Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This dress features a beautiful peach tone fabric styled in a gorgeous button up dress.  This colors looks great with a tan complexion so it is a perfect dress for summer and fall.  For a deeper orange color, consider the Rust tones such as the Split V Henley top from designer Zooey by Alice Heller.  This top features a beautiful rust color that is a sort of burnt orange tone.  It is not a red, but really does exemplify a good use of the orange tones.   This color looks great with blues like deep denim colors as well as blacks and tans.

Next on deck are the nude colors.  Nudes are a challenging color to find and often straddle the blend of pinks or tan or taupe colors.  You also want to make sure that these colors don’t wash you out depending on your skin tone.  These light colors work well on olive or dark complexions and can work on fair skins depending on the shade.  Good nude colors have a range.  The pink nude shades include warm pink tones as an example in the Vevina Long Sleeve Empire Waist top in Nude.  This top features a gorgeous pink shade of nude and is simultaneously feminine and flattering while also being fashionable and distinctive.   On the tan side of the nude scale consider a great top Loose Knit ¾ Sleeve Tie Hoodie.  This top features an Oatmeal color that is a great neutral tone this is very popular this season.  We’ve seen it in skirts, dresses and tops as well and it is a great light color to contrast with darker shades or ivory colors.

As you can see, nudes and orange tones are great ways to insert new life into drab closets with the same old colors.  Depending on your own skin tone and personal preferences, you should certainly look to incorporate great stylish pieces in these fantastic colors.

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Flowy Summer Dresses and Shirts

Flowy summer dresses and shirts are really the ultimate comfort pieces for your summer wardrobe and are often the best style of clothing to throw in your suitcase for your fabulous beach vacation.  Flowing dresses and tops are by definition loose and potentially flared rather than straight or fitted styles.  In terms of dresses, perhaps the best examples of this style trend are maxi dresses.

One of our favorite maxi dress that is sophisticated and flowing simultaneously is the Rhetta Long Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This maxi dress features a low cut scoop back which gives this maxi dress a dressier even sexy evening look.  Best of all this dress features a jersey cotton fabric which makes it versatile such that you could easily wear it for casual or daytime events as well.  This maxi dress features elbow length sleeves and an elegant fit which is a fabulous way to wear a flowing maxi dress.  This dress is currently available at Vintage Fringe in both black and malachite a teal blue color

Another great example of a flowing summer dress is the Sanni Short Sleeve Maxi Dress also by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This is another great casual long maxi dress which features a button-up neckline and a contrasting brown tie around the waist to make this a t shirt style long maxi dress.  The style of this dress makes it very distinctive and with the fitted style at the top of this dress gives it a more feminine, flirty look. This dress also by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer features a light jersey cotton fabric which makes it perfect for summer weather.  The belted tie in a contrasting brown fabric is a great way to break up an otherwise long straight maxi dress.  This dress also is available at Vintage Fringe in a gorgeous Jasper blue green color.

Finally, as a loose fitted flowing shirt option consider the Eugina Poet Sleeve Top.  Poet tops by nature are loose and also feature a gathered neckline.  The Eugina top by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer is no exception.  With contrasting cotton fabrics and textures on the sleeves and body of this top the Eugina top provides a deep scoop neck and loose fitted sleeves in comfortable, wearable cotton fabrics.  The top is also long and fits loosely at the waist so it isn’t a constrictive top.  Yet it still has shape and body and isn’t so loose that it looks baggy.  It is currently available at Vintage Fringe in White a perfect summer color.

These are only a few examples of great flowy summer dresses and shirts, but they each show that you can find great flowing statement pieces in either dresses or shirts while also finding pieces that are comfortable and easy to wear.  In short, each of these designer dresses or tops are pieces that are stylish while also being comfortable which is exactly what we love to find.

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Chic Summer Neutrals

Trying to survive the heat this summer has really helped to entrench an existing fashion trend of incorporating more neutrals into your closet.  Finding chic summer neutrals can be a difficult task, but this season it really isn’t impossible to find great summer neutral options that are distinctive while also being chic and stylish.  We should also warn you, that white is a huge fashion trend this summer so today in honor of summer neutrals, we are focusing on great white pieces that will be must haves for warm summer weather.

First, the ultimate feminine short sleeve top, the Adore top by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a top from Velvet’s baby jersey collection features a feminine cap sleeve with a slight pouf to it and a gathered collar in contrasting cotton fabric providing that added element of detail or fringe. This top is basic enough to wear with jeans and dressy enough to wear out at night.  Naturally, this top is available in White, a great neutral color.

Next up, the Buffy Drape Cardigan by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer, features a cotton voile drape cardigan with cotton around the neckline, shoulders and sleeves.  The contrasting fabrics really give it that added gauzy look which makes it the perfect beach vacation throw or cardigan. Part of Velvet’s Cotton Voile Collection.  The sleeves are 3/4 length and jersey cotton.  The cardigan drapes in front with longer length in front than in back.  This top is a great versatile neutral cardigan option that really can last into seasons with cool temperatures.  Available in White and Rust, a coral color, the white is the best option for a neutral color this season.

Finally, consider the stylish Pintuck Empire top by Zooey by Alice Heller. This bohemian style vintage empire waist top is truly adorable and also very comfortable. We love the contrasting cotton voile fabric on the sleeves and body with a gauzy shirting fabric at the bottom of the sleeve, the collar and the center of the bodice. You’ll love the feel of the 100% supima cotton combined with the cotton shirting fabric it feels truly comfortable as it fits loose adding to its vintage style.  It also helps to give this top a breathable fabric which makes it conducive to summer weather and of course it also works well for fall weather too. This top is also available in white our favorite neutral color this season.

As you can see, there are a number of great alternatives and options in white and of course there are other neutral colors out there for another post including taupe, beiges, ivory or cream colors just to name a few.   Neutrals have had a recent resurgence, largely, I believe because of the goal of searching for pieces with added versatility beyond just one season due to the prevalent budget cuts that plague the current shopping market.   Each of these options are also extremely wearable, comfortable and still manage to remain stylish despite the basic white fabric choice.

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Bright Sleeveless Tops

Bright Sleeveless tops are a great way to add additional flair to your summer wardrobe.  Of course you can find bright sleeveless tops or bright tank tops in a variety of styles and made by a variety of different designers, but one of our favorite designers for such tops is Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  Stacy Frati is a clothing line made for warm weather and features a signature nylon fabric designed for warm, humid weather.  While of course you can find bright sleeveless tops in a variety of clothing lines, today we are going to discuss a few great options for bright sleeveless tops designed by Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati because her line features lots of bold, bright patterns and colors which work wonderfully in summer weather.

First, the Hi-Lo Tank top is a great tank for summer.  This tank top features bright blues in a floral pattern on the top and then with an accent flower and ruffle in a contrasting blue polka dot pattern around the left shoulder.  This tank also flares at the waist and features a longer length in back than in front which gives rise to the Hi-Lo name and of course provides added detail on a feminine tank top.  This bright blue top features Sweet Pea’s Exhale pattern with Polka Dots.  This tank really brings us back to retro vintage styles with great floral patterns and polka dots and best of all, this piece is a great example of modern vintage inspired style.

Next, the 4 Tiered Ruffle Tank features at Vintage Fringe features solid colors and also showcases one of this season’s biggest fashion trends—Ruffles.  This Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati sleeveless top is a perfect illustration of simply feminine ruffles.  The ruffles are tiered on over each other with 4 tiers which gives the tank a sophisticated feminine look, but isn’t overdone. This top in Cranapple (Fuscia) and Rain (Lt. Blue) also has adjustable spaghetti straps.  The colors are bold and vibrant making them great statement pieces in your closet.

We also love the adorable pattern on the Criss Cross Tank top from Sweet Pea.  Here the mix of bright colors such as dark navy, lilac, light blue, and fuscia make this top a unique style with a feather pattern that isn’t too busy, but gives the top lots of detail and distinction. The criss cross at the bust and the empire waist that is so classic Sweet Pea and you can even see this similar style in the Surplice V Neck top.    This great tank from Sweet Pea features a bright, beautiful yellow background with a great black, orange Felix pattern.  With a black accent around the top of the top in front and back, this top is great at giving you a sexy summer look. The empire waist also makes this tank super feminine and it works well under a blazer.

As you can see, there are numerous great options for bright sleeveless tops that are sophisticated and classy without being over the top and tacky.

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Summer Fashion Trends

summer fashion trendsAs the temperatures rise, shopping summer fashion trends is in full swing.   You may have already seen many of these trends in stores or on fashion trendsetter friends, but consider a few of these great summer fashion trends that you can easily incorporate into your summer wardrobe.

First, maxi dresses.  These are just as popular as ever so if you had previously been wondering if this was a trend with staying power, rest assured that great maxi dresses are here to stay and are a prominent summer fashion trend.  Of course you can find a variety of great maxi dresses ranging from high end designer prints and fabrics to casual cotton pool dresses.  The key is finding the right maxi dress for your personal body type and fashion style.  Maxi dresses may not be for everyone, but if they are for you keep in mind a few great rules of thumb when shopping for the maxi dresses summer fashion trend.  First, be sure that you find a dress that works height wise.  You don’t want it to be too short and you don’t want it to be too long.  Each dress naturally has its own length so be sure to find a dress length that hits at least at the ankle and depending on your shoe choice hits you at approximately the ankle with shoes on.  Much longer and you will be tripping over it and much shorter and it isn’t a true maxi dress.  Second, be sure that you find a maxi dress that is figure flattering from top to bottom.  You don’t want to have bra straps showing and make sure that you don’t show too much cleavage or that it doesn’t fit so snuggly that you can see everything too closely.  We’ve all seen people with a dress that is so tight that you can unfortunately see rolls where the dress fits so tightly and that is certainly not the point of wearing a maxi dress.  A great example of one of our favorite maxi dresses is the Sanni Maxi Dress by Velvet that is a great cotton dress with a high slit in front.  It also features a button up neckline and a belted tie around the waist.

The second great fashion trend we have seen this summer is white.  Of course white is always a great classic color, but this summer you will see lots of white from white clothing to white shoes and white jewelry or accessories.  Of course this is a great time of year to celebrate white and we love the great options that are out there.  Eyelets and lace are also big fashion trends, but white is a perfect way to wear both of them as great statement pieces or complements to other colors.  We love the elegant Freda dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer in White as a great way to incorporate this summer fashion trend.

Finally, you may have noticed a lot of people incorporating feathers into their hair, but feathers as accessories are also a popular summer fashion trend.  Whether it is finding jewelry in feather shapes or jewelry with actual feathers you will see feathers in lots of great accessories.  You will also see a lot of feather patterns that will carry over into fall fashions in clothing as well.

As you can see, there are several great ways to implement this season’s best summer fashion trends into your personal wardrobe and of course with all of these ideas you are sure to find pieces that fit work well with many other pieces in your closet.

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White Summer Dress

Finding that perfect white summer dress can seem like a daunting task, but consider several possible options for the white summer dress.

If you are looking for a great white summer dress, look no further than the Freda Gathered Waist dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  The Freda dress features a gorgeous v neck complemented by a gathered waist and flared skirt.  The gathered waist does really do a great job of separating the top of the dress from the flared skirt to give it a very classic style dress. It is great blend of fitted at the top and flared at the waist which also can be so flattering to your figure.

The white dress is such a stunning color and the color alone transforms practically any dress into a classy statement dress.  The Freda dress is also lined with an added layer of baby jersey cotton fabric which is so helpful with a white dress to ensure that it isn’t too sheer.  Since the Freda dress is baby jersey cotton so it is lightweight and breathable which is another essential element for a good summer dress.  It also has a truly elegant vintage vibe that looks like it just walked out of an Audrey Hepburn movie.  It also reminds us of the dress Kate Middleton wore in her engagement photos, although in a different color.

Beyond just this dress, there are a number of great options for ways to incorporate white dresses into your closet.  If you still haven’t found that perfect white dress consider utilizing a solid white top or skirt to accent with contrasting colored or patterned pieces and accessories.   Personally, I love wearing the Freda dress in White with bold accessories in black or red whether it be boots, big chunky necklaces, or the right belt to accent the waist.  In that sense, the white dress has a number of versatile options and gives you a number of options to wear it with great accessories and shoes.

Of course when you are considering a great white summer dress, you will want to make sure that it is not too sheer, that it gives you options for a variety of ways to accessorize it and of course that it fits you well to give you that confidence to wear it.   You can find such dresses by a number of great designers including Velvet by Graham and Spencer and many others.  Summer is the best time to shop for white and depending on your personal school of thought you can wear white dresses between Memorial Day and Labor Day, although many people prefer to wear white year round.  With the right accessories, a white dress could be a great year-round dress obviously depending on the style of the dress.  The Freda dress, for example, can work year round as it does have ¾ length sleeves which makes it very versatile.  A tank dress, however, may not be the best option for year round, but in any case you can certainly find a great white summer dress for your closet this season.

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Maxi Belted Dress

Maxi dresses are all the rage this season and even though it may seem like you are searching between seas of similar dresses, you can find a number of great distinctive elements in maxi dresses as well. Not to mention there are a number of great ways to accessorize maxi dresses. As an example, you can find dresses that come belted or you can find maxi dresses that work with belts. Either way, there are several great maxi dress options that work with belts this summer.

First consider what we think is truly the perfect casual long maxi dress, the Sammi dress features a button-up neckline and a tie around the waist to make this a t shirt style long maxi dress. This dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer features a light cotton fabric which makes it perfect for hot summer weather. The belted tie around the natural waist in a contrasting brown fabric is a great way to break up an otherwise long straight maxi dress. This dress also features short sleeves and a high slit on one side to give it an added flirty twist and to make it easier to move around in a straight long dress. I also love that this maxi dress doesn’t have to totally cover up your legs like a lot of maxi dresses do. This Sammi dress comes in a gorgeous Jasper blue green color.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a more elegant look for a maxi dress that you can accessorize yourself consider the Rhetta Maxi Dress also by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer. This jersey cotton maxi dress features a low cut back which gives this long maxi dress a dressier even sexy evening look. This dress is also versatile enough to be dressed up or down for casual or dressy occasions all with the right accessories. This long maxi dress features elbow length sleeves and a classically elegant fit that silhouettes the feminine curves. We love to belt this dress as shown on our model with an elegant rose belt in grey for added contrast. This dress is available in both black and malachite a gorgeous teal blue color. This dress is a must have for your summer wardrobe. Of course you can accessorize this dress with any belt options or

As you can see each of these examples can be a clean slate for you to accessorize with whatever belts you prefer or can be worn as is. In addition, accessorizing with belts is simply one way to accessorize each of these dresses. You can dress them up with shoes, necklaces, earrings, etc. Best of all, both of these dresses are cotton so they are lightweight enough to be very comfortable during warm weather and are also machine washable.

Whatever maxi dress suits your personal style, you will want to have at least one or two great maxi dresses in your closet as go to dresses for dressy summer occasions and even just for casual summer days as well.

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