Survive the Heat in Style

The temperatures are rising high enough for many to abandon all sense of fashion and jump right into the shorts and t-shirt look. Here are some great picks for tops and dresses that can keep you looking hot while feeling cool during these simmering summer months.

Tank Tops
The key to a cool tank top is to pick breathable fabric that is also washable.  Dreamy Designer Sweet Pea’s signature nylon mesh is a great choice for summer. Like this 4 Tiered Ruffled Ruffle Tank in rain (blue).

4-Tiered Ruffle Tank by Sweet Pea

4-Tiered Ruffle Tank by Sweet Pea

This tank if full of flirty fashionable details but is soft and comfortable enough you will feel free and easy in it.  This tank is perfect for an outdoor bbq or even a a hot day at the park.

One of Vintage Fringe’s newest arrivals is also a perfect pick for a hot summer day.  Collective Concept’s trendy Racerback Flared Tunic Top is a great example of California style summer clothing.  First this nuetral color is both trendy and smart for hot summer days.  This tank is loose but has so many flattering details like the beaded straps, tunic length, and racerback.  Wear this tank anywhere this summer and you will stay cool and oh so stylish.

Racerback Flared Tunic Tank Top by Collective Concepts

Racerback Flared Tunic Tank Top by Collective Concepts

Short Sleeve Tops

Splendid no doubt had hot summer days in mind when designing it’s Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top.

Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top by Splendid

Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top by Splendid

The wide sleeves and signature jersey slub fabric makes this short sleeve top a great choice on a hot day.  I also love how Splendid infamously makes a clean and modern statement with color choices that are both flattering and classic.  Pair this top with khaki bermuda shorts or denim capris… the options truly are limitless.

Designer Dresses

On those scorching summer days summer dresses are the coolest choice to make.

I love love this Modal Jersey V Neck dress also designed by Splendid

Modal Jersey V Neck Dress from Splendid

Modal Jersey V Neck Dress from Splendid

You can feel cool and trendy in this adorable jersey dress in blueberry (light purple).  This dress has a flattering empire waist, is machine washable, and is the perfect length for a cool summer dress.

From tanks to tees and even dresses, being hot is no excuse for not being fashionably adorable.  Don’t miss Vintage Fringe’s Summer Steal’s Sale where you can get 30% off everything until July 28th.

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Trendy Tanks from Sweet Pea by Staci Frati

I might be jumping the gun a bit to already be blogging about tank tops, but the weather is so beautiful today, I am feeling the need to feature some adorable designer tanks designed by Sweet Pea.  Sweet Pea’s vivid patterns are a signature look at any time of the year but especially spring/summer these bold colors will help any gal stand out- in the best kind of way.

Sleeveless Front Tie Top by Sweet Pea

Sleeveless Front Tie Top by Sweet Pea

This Sleeveless Front Tie Top is adorable and the cut is really flattering on everyone.  I also really love this print- it is a dark navy background.  The neck ties make it fully adjustable and allows you to decide how to adjust the neckline.  As always this top is in Sweet Pea’s trademark mesh-nylon.

This solid blue 4-Tier  Ruffle Tank by Sweet Pea is favorite of mine.  While sweet pea mostly designs bold prints, this tank comes in solid blue (rain) or fuschia (cranapple).  I love how the 4-tiered ruffles makes this tank simple but trendy and feminine.  This tank is a perfect to stand alone piece but also looks great paired with a cardigan (see below).

Sweet Pea's 4 Tiered Ruffled Tank and The Rumba Puffsleeve Sweater by Laurie B

Sweet Pea's 4 Tiered Ruffled Tank and The Rumba Puffsleeve Sweater by Laurie B

Laurie ‘B.’s Puffsleeve Cardigan Sweater is one of my must have cardigans.  And I love the look of Sweet Pea’s Tank with it.  Find great designer tanks from Sweet Pea and other designers  at Vintage Fringe!!

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Craving Cardigans

This is about the time of year when I dump my coat and jacket and start wearing the cardigan.  A cardigan is a versatile addition to your fashion wardrobe.  A cardigan can be worn with jeans, pants, skirts, dresses or almost any garment.  Designer Cardigans will be a great addition to your wardrobe for both the cardigan’s versatility and those added designer details that make your clothes stand apart from your friend’s clothes.  Below are some of  my favorite cardigans for spring.

Ella Moss Miley Striped Cardigan
Ella Moss Miley Striped Cardigan

I love love love the bold colors of this cardigan.  Ella Moss designed this cardigan in Candy Apple (red) with with blue and yellow stitch detail or in Admiral (blue) with red, white, and yellow stitched detail.  This Miley Cardigan is cropped and features a button top.  Below is a picture of the detail in the back of this cardigan in Admiral (blue).

Back of Miley Cardigan in Admiral (blue)
Back of Miley Cardigan in Admiral (blue)

Another cardigan I can’t get enough of is the the Gable Stripe Cardigan designe by renowned knit designer Laurie B.

Laurie B. Stripe Zipper Cardigan
Laurie B. Stripe Zipper Cardigan

I love to wear this Gable Stripe Cardigan on its ow as a top or as a cardigan with a black dress or black top.  You essentially get two great looks in one top!  As always designer Laurie B.’s taste is immpecable.

Joy Joy Heart Button Cardigan
Joy Joy Heart Button Cardigan

I love this Heart Button Cardigan for all it’s adorable little details.  Joy Joy designed this cardigan in black, yellow (picture above), green, and hot pink.  I love the adorable heart buttons and the perfect elbow length in the sleeves.

For these cardigans and more visit Vintage Fringe today!!!

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Versatile Tops at Vintage Fringe

As things finally start to warm up outside, I thought I would finally do a blog about some of my favorite tops and designers that I am wearing these days to look fashionable in this transitional weather.  I love layering and since it is still a little too cold to wear tanks and short sleeves in Colorado I have found this tank works great over a basic long sleeve scoop neck.

Tie Tank by La Bafana

Tie Tank by La Bafana

This tie tank is perfect for layering or wearing alone.  I also love its sister tank which is the same style, but with an adorable polka dot pattern.

La Befana Polka Dot Tie Tank

La Befana Polka Dot Tie Tank

Hampton Widesleeve Scoop Neck by Ella Moss

Hampton Widesleeve Scoop Neck by Ella Moss

I’ve been wearing this Hampton widesleeve scoop neck top by Ella Moss with jeans all over the place lately.  The scoop neck with the empire waist tie allows this top to be loose but also flattering at the same time.  I also love this deep crimson color. I tend to pair this top with Splendid’s Very Light Jersey Draped Cardigan in white.

Splendid's Very Lighe Jersey Draped Cardigan in Coffee

Splendid's Very Lighe Jersey Draped Cardigan in Coffee

This jersey cardigan comes in coffee (brown), white, black, and parsley (green).  It is super comfortable and perfect to add a little extra warmth on a chilly spring night.

These are just some of my favorite tops lately, you can see these tops and more at Vintage Fringe.

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Spotlight on Ella Moss designer tops

Ella Moss clothes can be described as hip, quirky and fashionable.  But my favorite thing about this clothing line is that the pieces are so comfortable! They are as stylish as ever, yet feel like you are wearing your favorite old t-shirt.  I also appreciate how versatile these clothes are, they can easily go from day to night depending on what you pair them with. Here are a few of my favorite pieces, starting with this ultra flattering Costa Puffsleeve V Neck. The draping at the bust line looks elegant and stylish, this would be great with white jeans and embellished flats for summer.
Ella Moss Costa Puffsleeve V Neck

Ella Moss Costa Puffsleeve V Neck

Right on target with the nautical trend, Ella Moss’s Melbourne line is chic, comfortable and features wide stripes in a variety of colors. I particularly like the Melbourne Puffsleeve Front Tie Top, the oatmeal color is great and the v neck in front and back add great detail to this slouchy top. It could be paired nicely with just about any color and dressed up with dark denim and heels or dressed down with cute cut offs and sandals.
Ella Moss Melbourne Puffsleeve Front Tie Top

Ella Moss Melbourne Puffsleeve Front Tie Top

The last Ella Moss top I want to highlight is this light and breezy Jocelyn Puffsleeve Boatneck Top. I love the bright color {this beauty is also available in Lemonade aka yellow, which is fab!} and the gathered cuff, collar, and hem which make this shirt all the more flattering and forgiving for those of us without the picture perfect body shape.  This shirt could easily do double duty this summer as a swim cover up, and because of the fun print you don’t need loads of accessories. {Although I have always been one to do a bit more rather then a bit less when it comes to accessories!} 

Ella Moss Jocelyn Puffsleeve Boat Neck Top

Ella Moss Jocelyn Puffsleeve Boat Neck Top

All of these tops and more Ella Moss beauties are available at Vintage Fringe, go check it out and tell me your fav!

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Laurie B. Short Sleeve Sweaters

Whoever thought sweaters were out for spring was certainly wrong!!!  Short sleeved sweaters are a perfect must have for this time of year.  Especially on those days that seem to be warm, but could easily turn cooler.  This time of year I find is perfect for short sleeved knitwear.

Look Perfect for Spring in Sweet Pea's 4 Tiered Ruffled Tank and The Rumba Puffsleeve Sweater by Laurie B

Look Perfect for Spring in Sweet Pea's 4 Tiered Ruffled Tank and The Rumba Puffsleeve Sweater by Laurie B

Laurie ‘B.’s Puffsleeve Cardigan Sweater is one of my must have cardigans.  I love how this cardigan sweater snaps closed for one kind of look, but can also be worn unsnapped as a cardigan.  The puff sleeves and pocket detail sets this cardigan sweater apart from any of your friends clothing.  Available in Grey or Black this sweater is perfect for layering this spring.

Laurie B.'s Venice Keyhole Sweater

Laurie B.'s Venice Keyhole Sweater

This short sleeve sweater with it’s traditional design with a few modern “fringe” details is the perfect sweater for spring.  The front features flared sleeves and a traditional cut, while the back has a unique and subtle double keyhole detail. Laurie B.’s Venice Keyhole sweater looks great for work or play and is available in purple and ivory.

Whether you are going for a spring walk or walking into work, these short sleeve sweaters will keep you just warm enough without looking too wintry.  For these and other knitwear designs perfect for spring, just visit www.vintagefringe.com.

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Go Green for Spring

Whether it’s chartreuse, jade, emerald, or lime, green seems to be my favorite color for spring.

Velvet's Martha Boatneck Tunic Dress is Perfect for Spring

Velvet's Martha Boatneck Tunic Dress is Perfect for Spring

This tunic dress designed by Velvet is a great choice for spring. Pair it with legging, jeans or wear it as a dress and you have an adorable look for spring.  This green color also pairs perfectly with blue, denim, red, or yellow so don’t be afraid to spotlight more than one color this spring.

Splendid's 1x1 buttonup long sleeve shirt

Splendid's 1x1 buttonup long sleeve shirt

This long sleeve top made of the softest supima cotton  is so versatile you can really pair it with anything.  I love to wear it buttoned down with a cami underneath.  I love how Splendid designed this top with a layering effect that makes this shirt unique from any other long sleeve shirt you have in your closet.

Splendid's Baby Fleece Hoodie

Splendid's Baby Fleece Hoodie

Also designed by Splendid this Tie Waist Hoodie is perfect for spring and summer.  Featuring an empire waist and a hoodie this top/dress is great to style for any occasion.

Daree Widesleeved Boatneck by Velvet

Daree Widesleeved Boatneck by Velvet

This boatneck top is one of my favorite tops in my closet right now.  I love how Velvet found the perfect shade of green that looks great with every color.  Seen here accesorized with a yellow belt, I wear this top with a red belt,dark jeans, and red shoes.  I have often worn this shirt with a long sleeve underneath and it still looks adorable.  Grab this top and  any of the other green tops I’ve featured at:   VintageFringe.com

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Vintage Fringe Giveaway

Enter to win a $50 gift certificate at Vintage Fringe at our latest giveaway at The Funky Monkey blog.   The giveaway ends March 7th and the winner will be announced on March 8th.  With multiple ways to enter you get additional entries for mentioning that you are a Fan of Vintage Fringe on Facebook.  You can also get 10 additional entries for every purchase at Vintage Fringe between March 1-7 and during that period we’re even offering a special 10% discount.  Enter the code FUNKY at checkout.  Best of luck and happy shopping!

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Sweet Pea Designs by Staci Frati

Sweet Pea Sleeveless Front Tie Tank

Sweet Pea's Sleeveless Front Tie Tank

Life is sweet for Sweet Pea’s designer and brainchild Stacy Frati.  This Miami based designer launched her first mesh top over 10 years ago because she felt “there was a void in the market for something very beautiful that could just be a day-into-night style blouse.” Few knew then that Staci’s nylon mesh line she titled “Sweet Pea” would become a landmark of feminine vintage-inspired clothing that could “fly by night”.

It is easy to go from day to night in this short sleeve v-neck by Wweet Pea

It's easy to go from day to night in this short sleeve v-neck by Sweet Pea

At Vintage Fringe we love how Sweet Pea designs can be worn not only in the boardroom with a suit but also on the beach with sandals.  Sweet Pea has also crafted its own niche with very feminine and flirty prints and designs that also have that Miami-inspired bohemian vibe as well.  The center of Sweet Pea’s trademark look is the nylon mesh fabric that transcends seasons as well as easily slipping from day to night.  At Vintage Fringe we love Sweet Pea for it’s bold colors and vibrant prints.  Pick your Sweet Pea designs at Vintage Fringe and get in gear for spring.

Sweet Pea's Dolman Sleeve Hoop Top

Sweet Pea's Dolman Sleeve Hoop Top

Sweet Pea's Orange and Black Dress

Sweet Pea's Orange and Black Dress

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Trends

Fashion Trends were not hard to spot last week in New York at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  New York’s Bryant Park hosted the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week for the last time.  The every popular semi-annual fashion event will now move to Lincoln Center starting with September 2010.  As usual Hollywood’s royalty found front row tickets to admire the couture fashions and be seen and heard.  From my observance there were three major trends to this past week’s events: texture, color, and celebrity.

Texture

A model walks the runway of Carolina Herera's fashion show in New York phot credit: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

A model walks the runway of Carolina Herera's fashion show in New York photo credit: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

From fur to textured material to knitwear texture was all over the place last week.

Fur was all the rage at Zac Posen's runway show in New York last week Photograph: Stefan Gosatti/ Getty Images

Fur was all the rage at Zac Posen's runway show in New York last week Photograph: Stefan Gosatti/ Getty Images

Color

While black and grey are always the most popular colors some other colors made their mark: orange, red and purple notably

Nicole Miller's Fashion Show Highlighted a Pop of Red photography by: Fernanda Calfat/ Getty Images

Nicole Miller's Fashion Show Highlighted a Pop of Red photography by: Fernanda Calfat/ Getty Images

Model Walks the Runway in Purple at Donna Karen's Fashion Show

Model Walks the Runway in Purple at Donna Karen's Fashion Show photography by Slavin Vlasic/ Getty Images

Celebrities:

As always Celebs and other Hollywood types flock to New York to take in the couture and get photographed while doing it.  At many shows it was young hollywood versus old hollywood.  Which celebrity do you think looked the most fashionable at fashion week?

Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl), Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Mena Suvari at the Rebecca Taylor show photo by: Bryan Beddar/ Getty Images

Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl), Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Mena Suvari at the Rebecca Taylor show photo by: Bryan Beddar/ Getty Images

Susan Sarandon, Demi Moore, and Brooke Shields at Donna Karens show

Susan Sarandon, Demi Moore, and Brooke Shields at Donna Karen's show

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