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: Casual Blazers

For ladies, business casual will almost always mean one thing: a blazer jacket.  Don’t let the fashion staple get you down, there are plenty of unique, feminine blazers for women that can help spice up your business casual wardrobe.  Additionally, casual blazers can be worn outside the workplace.  You can take this staple and dress it down with these few tricks designed to help you get the most wear out of your clothing.

Don’t Shy Away from Stripes

While many women will avoid stripes as a tough-to-style element, as a layering piece stripes can really help to put a signature kick in your wardrobe.  Think about how this little bit of pattern can texture a classic piece.  Personality is really where it’s at in terms of business casual attire for women; and what can add more personality than taking something known and adding a little dash of the unknown?  Here are two slightly different, but no less stylish, options for wearing striped blazers.

The Striped Blazer: Option One

Consider this adorable piece from Tulle clothing. With 3/4 sleeves, peplum shaping, and front pockets, it’s an extremely versatile piece.  Can you imagine it styled over a simple sundress with a large straw hat for a day at the beach?   Tulle blazers are great for their trademark unexpectedness and cute feminine style which will help to add personality to your wardrobe.

Tulle Clothing Striped 3/4 Sleeve Blazer

Tulle Clothing Striped 3/4 Sleeve Blazer

Of course you’ll be tempted to wear this feminine fitting blazer over basic black for a sleek elegance, but consider adding color to your day.  How about a red under layer with a matching red accessories to tie everything together?  Try it over a white top and black bottom for coordination that’s not too matchy.    How about over a white shirt and colored skinny jeans for a casual chic look to take your blazer outside of the office?

A Slightly Different Take

Electra Striped Blazer by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Electra Striped Blazer by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Velvet by Graham and Spencer blazers offer you a similar look with a longer line.  The Velvet brand blazers offer more classic shapes than Tulle, and in the case of the striped blazer this brand distinction holds fast.  The Electra Striped blazer (pictured on model at right) has full-length sleeves and will hit your shape mid-hip.  What this means is that you can feel comfortable wearing it with cigarette pants or skinny jeans and a shorter under-layer. This Velvet by Graham and Spencer blazer offers you a similar look with a longer line.

The Electra is also striped white-on-black instead of black-on-white.  This lends a darker appearance to the jacket, and means that you will need to work to bring out “lighter” undertones.  Try it over pastels for a surprising springtime look; or over a cute flowy skirt to add some structure.

Both of these blazers feature different versions of another great blazer trend, the Black and White Women’s Blazer.  With each blazer featuring a different twist on the classic blazer style this fashion trend takes the timeless black suit to a new level with the contrasting white stripes.  Black and white blazers for women are much less muted than the black and white striped suit you would see a man wear and we are so glad as these styles are much more bold, fitted and are great statement blazers for your closet.

No matter your choice, just remember that stripes don’t have to be scary.  Just give them a try!

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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 and Spencer Sweaters: Cashmere and Cardigans

Vintage inspired cashmere sweaters were all the rage when it came to the runways during New York Fashion Week. Every designer and brand from Gucci to Velvet by Graham and Spencer has picked up the new trend, which pairs casual sweaters with luxury materials such as cashmere for a modern take on an old look.

While many of the sweaters that models wore may seem out of reach featuring bold styles and luxurious materials designers like Velvet by Graham and Spencer have created modern, wearable styles that are contemporary and stylish without the runway.  As you probably already know, cashmere offers an unforgettable texture and warmth which makes it a must have fashion piece for your winter wardrobe. Some of Velvet’s latest collection like the Jamila Cashmere Crewneck Sweater is a great demonstration of a mix of old and new styles with the retro sweatshirt style crew neckline combined with the current color blocking trend. This sweater is stylish and trendy while still being comfortable and easy to wear.

Jamila Cardigan by Velvet

Jamila Cardigan by Velvet

Don’t worry if you’ve never worn cashmere before. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

4 Ways to Wear Cashmere Sweaters by Velvet

  1. Pair cashmere sweaters with white or black skinny leg jeans to create the ultimate fashion statement. For a bolder look, try a royal blue, teal or bright pink color jeans or leggings to go with a white cashmere sweater.
  2. Wear a sweater with a form-fitting skirt over tights. White cashmere, bright skirts and navy or dark tights are perfect for days that are cool.
  3. Wear a button-down blouse under a V-neck cashmere sweater, allowing the hem and collar to pop through to provide contrast. Patterns on the button-down add interest to a solid-colored sweater, and this look is perfect for office casual.
  4. Opt for solid, color-on-color stripes or subtle patterns when it comes to picking leggings for cashmere sweater dresses. Dress up the style with a thick belt, bangles on the wrists and ankle boots for a comfortable look that will never go out of style.

Cardigans On the Runway

Retro sweaters and cropped jackets weren’t the only items to make a comeback on down the runway this year, either. Cardigans are everywhere this season and a piece this easy to wear is sure to fill up closet space quickly. Cardigans by Velvet promise comfort without sacrificing quality. Velvet’s Vandora cardigan as an example utilizes a blend of modal and cotton fabric which gives it a soft, textured look that is reminiscent to the popular burn-out fabric trend. Like Velvet by Graham and Spencer cashmere sweaters, these cardigans feel amazing to the touch, and the Velvet offers several styles for fashionistas to choose from: zipper front, flyaway and cropped, among them.

Grab a casual t-shirt and jeans to wear with cropped Velvet brand cardigan for a casual look during the day. You’ll be comfortable as you run errands and shop for groceries, but you’ll never look sloppy. The same cardigan becomes office appropriate when paired with pumps, black or charcoal slacks and a pretty blouse and you can even go out in the evening by swapping slacks and shoes for fitted dark wash jeans and boots.

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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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