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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Wrap Cardigan Sweaters

Wrap cardigan sweaters are a must have for every wardrobe this winter.  You’ll see lots of layers this year and wrap or cardigan sweaters are at the forefront again this season.  With variations in lengths and styles you have all sorts of options to create your own individual style with these wrap sweaters.  Wraps and cardigans are perfect for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter and can be perfect to accent a short sleeve top or tank in the spring and summer. Since they are such versatile pieces, you will definitely want to have more than just one!  Here are a few of our favorites:

Joy Joy Heart Button Cardigan – A truly adorable piece featuring a button up cardigan literally with heart shaped buttons in the center and then with an accented multi-color arrangement of a variety of fabric colored buttons in the shape of a heart on the lapel.  With a puff at the shoulder and a ¾ length sleeve, this cardigan is so feminine and a super stylish cardigan.  It is currently available at Vintage Fringe in black, pink and a couple remaining in yellow and green.

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 still 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.

Ella Moss Victoria Cardigan – This versatile cardigan or features cotton voile around the shoulders that wraps from front to back. The balance of this cardigan is modal jersey fabric so super soft.  We love the Haze grey color too.  It pairs so well with black, white, navy, purples and so much more. This great cardigan is also dressy enough to wear to the office and casual enough to wear to run errands or out at night.  It is also lightweight so it is the perfect piece for layering in spring, fall and even in the summer.

Zooey Satin Trim Cropped Cardigan – Need a wrap or cardigan for your holiday party this year? This cardigan by Zooey is perfect for special occasions. This cropped cardigan features a contrasting satin trim around the hem and the front of the cardigan giving it a dressy touch.  The fabric is a super soft jersey which gives it an element of versatility so it is dressy enough that you can wear it with a dress to the holiday party and also over a t shirt and jeans.  In a black color that really works with just about anything.  The jersey also makes it lightweight enough to wear on a cool summer evening as well.  A great piece to add to your wardrobe as this cardigan is the perfect blend of dressy and casual.

These are just a few of our favorite wraps or cardigans this season.  You can see that they are great staple pieces with lots of distinctive style options and loads of versatility.

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Shop Online for Designer Clothes

Shop online For Designer Clothing You’ve probably heard on the news lately the statistics about how more and more people are shopping online for clothing.  Of course, shopping online for designer clothing is no exception to this statistic.   If you’re new to the online shopping arena, let me explain a few reasons why it is advantageous to shop online for designer clothes.

First, shopping online is more convenient.  You don’t have to fight for parking, you don’t have to wait in lines, you don’t have to check multiple stores to find out the lowest price and which store has what sizes or colors, you don’t have to chase your kids around the store or even find time to drive to the store during their hours.  The online channel is truly revolutionizing shopping for designer clothes.  When you shop online, you can do so in your pajamas in the convenience of your own home (or even at work) once your kids have gone to bed or if even late at night when you can’t sleep.  Many online sites even offer free returns which can save you another trip to the store to return your item.

Second, shopping online is often cheaper.  For designer clothes specifically, you can find a variety of comparison shopping sites that will allow you to compare prices and sizes and colors for multiple stores at once.  Such sites allow you to quickly scour the internet for deals on designer clothing and can frequently find sites offering free shipping.  One of our favorites is Like.com, which allows you to name your designer, a type of clothing, or a color or size that you are looking for and will return a variety of great results based on your search terms.   You can also be on the lookout for sites with coupon codes for many online retailers that allow you to find additional discounts.

Third, shopping online often allows you the ability to find niche designer clothing items.  Perhaps it is that Chloe purse that is sold out at the mall, but still available at an online boutique store, or that pair of jeans that you know your size in and don’t want to try and chase down at the mall.  You can also more easily find niche designers online as well.  For example, at Vintage Fringe, we carry pieces from designers such as Laurie B. or Joy Joy that you would struggle to find in stores.   The expansiveness of searching on a global level when searching online allows you to find much greater selection than shopping in your local department stores if you know what you are looking for.

In short, if you’re someone who knows which designers you love and wants to find more designer clothes than what your local department store may carry, be sure to shop online.  I’m sure you will discover that shopping online for designer clothes is much more convenient, often more affordable, and easier to locate pieces once you know what you have in mind.  At Vintage Fringe, we offer year round free shipping for all non-outlet items, free returns for all non-outlet items, and shop by color, price and designer options.  We purposely try to carry designer clothes that are high quality and are not found at every other department store or boutique.  Our goal is to always have your friends asking “Where did you get that?”

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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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What to wear on Valentine’s day

Dresses, and skirts, and shoes, oh my! Deciding what to wear for a special occasion, lets just say Valentine’s Day, can be tricky. But look no further ladies, I’ve got the advice and looks for a sure fire hit for V-Day 2010.  No matter if you are doing a fancy dinner out or a cozy night in, we all want to look our best for cupid, that special someone, or just your self! The first look is the ever popular dress. Dresses can be very flattering and a bit more dressed up then normal day to day wear. I suggest going with a pattern, maybe something you wouldn’t normally wear.  This gorgeous dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer fits the bill and will surely turn a head or two when worn.  It is also available in Red/White which would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Chapel Dress by Velvet

Chapel Dress by Velvet

The second look is more casual, a simple cardigan and jeans. Cardigans are always a classic look and I just adore the cute heart detail on this one.  It could easily be dressed up with skinny jeans and some killer heels or kept casual as shown.

Heart Button Cardigan by Joy Joy

Heart Button Cardigan by Joy Joy

Whatever your plans are, remember this: No outfit looks sexy if you are uncomfortable with yourself in it! Choose something that you feel confident in and you will look your best, because you feel your best.  So what are your V-Day plans, going out or staying in?? Me, I think a cozy night in will be perfect for this year…I’ll be the one in the cute cardigan and jeans!

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Fashion Madness Savings

Joy Joy Heart Button Cardigan

Joy Joy Heart Button Cardigan

March Madness at Vintage Fringe features our own spin on the traditional with our latest sale.  We’re having a Fashion Madness sale featuring an additional 20% discount on every order over $150.  Check out latest fashion arrivals from fabulous designers like Ella Moss, Splendid, Velvet by Graham and Spencer, Sweet Pea, Zooey, Laurie B., AlixK and featuring some of our newest designers such as Joy Joy.

The Joy Joy Heart Button Cardigan exemplifies femininity with this adorable cardigan.  With a heart shaped collection of cloth covered buttons over the heart down to the heart shaped buttons with tiny bows on them, this cardigan will quickly be one that you will truly love.  We also love the feminine puff sleeve and the elbow length sleeves.  Available in Black, Green, Pink and Yellow, this light-weight sweater will be a perfect piece over your summer sun dresses or on its own.

This sweater is just one of the many items that can be purchased with the latest Fashion Madness savings.  Don’t forget that this discount is in addition to any existing sale items which can mean savings up to 70% on select sale items.  Hurry, the Madness won’t last forever!

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