Laurie B. Sweaters

Laurie B. sweaters are some of our favorite sweaters and this is the perfect time of year to find amazing deals on great sweaters.  Laurie B. is perhaps one of the most distinctive of all of the designers available at Vintage Fringe.  The American knitwear line: Laurie B. is the creation of Laurie Brazeau.  Laurie was born in Mexico, raised in the United States and traveled the world searching for work and inspiration.  After working for years in Paris as a private label designer she returned home and launched her own knit line Laurie B. working from her own home in Oakland, California.  While Laurie has no formal design school training she has managed to build her brand and her style into a recognizable icon for knitwear internationally.  She credits her international travels, vintage shopping skills, and her color outside the lines mentality as her inspiration behind her one of a kind designer style.  Here are a few examples of great outside the lines sweaters that will help you create your own distinctive style:

Laurie B. Milan Sweater – This great short wrap cardigan features a tie that can go in front or in back depending on how you like to wear it.  It also features a lightly gathered seam at the empire waist line giving it added elements of detail.  In addition, the wide ¾ length sleeve something you don’t see on every wrap these days.  You’ll love the rich Truffle brown color and the ivory Parmesan color too.  This sweater is certainly versatile and works as a great substitute for a blazer at work or to throw over your tank top on a cool night out.

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 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.

Laurie B. Gable Stripe Cardigan – Featuring a dramatic contrasting zipper that is front and center in this distinctive cardigan, the Gable Stripe grey and black pattern looks so classy and elegant.  Laurie B. still manages to weave in fashion forward elements with the dolman flared sleeve on this sweater, a scoop neckline and the contrasting black trim around the neckline and cuffs and hem.   You also would not believe how luxuriously soft the knit on this sweater feels.  It is made from a viscose, nylon blend and it feels super soft and very comfortable.  One of our favorite looks is wearing this over a long sleeve black top with a black skirt and boots in the winter.

Laurie B.’s sweaters are always excellent quality and as you can see from the few pieces mentioned in this post that so many of her designs are not your run of the mill boxy sweater that you find at so many stores.  Each Laurie B. sweater features great unique design elements and will always be a statement piece in your wardrobe.

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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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Sweaters for summer

Sweaters for summer? I know you must be thinking that I am nuts, but hear me out. Light weight, breezy sweaters are perfect for summer outings and layering for summer nights. I am also really digging sweater vests for summer, such an easy way to look chic. This 1×1 Pocket Cardigan by Splendid is cute, this picture shows how it could work well for a cooler summer night. It would also be great for day with a short sleeve shirt, bermuda shorts, chunky necklace, and metallic strappy sandals. Love this look!

1x1 Pocket Cardigan by Splendid
1×1 Pocket Cardigan by Splendid

Another great way to make sweater work for summer is to do something really sheer, then put on a bright tank top underneath it. I like the Textured Rib LS Hoodie by Splendid for this look. It would be great over a swimsuit, or even with something warmer underneath it for cooler weater.

Textured Rib LS Hoodie by Splendid

Textured Rib LS Hoodie by Splendid

Another great light weight summer sweater option is the Loose Knit 3/4 Sleeve Tie Hoodie by Splendid. I love the oatmeal color and the sleeve length is perfect for warmer weather. The banded bottom with tie gives this sweater a more casual laid back look which pairs perfectly for summer.  

Loose Knit 3/4 Sleeve Tie Hoodie by Splendid

Loose Knit 3/4 Sleeve Tie Hoodie by Splendid

Enjoy summer in a sweater! Find all these and more at Vintage Fringe.

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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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Fashionable Essentials for Fall: The Sweater

Laurie B. Rumba Cardigan

Laurie B. Rumba Cardigan

The sweater is another fashionable essential this fall.  Since fall can be cool one day and freezing the next I would recommend a lightweight sweater and a thicker layering sweater. For the lightweight sweater this season I have fallen in love with the Laurie B. Rumba Puff Sleeve Sweater. This sweater can be worn so many different ways. Pictured here unbuttoned and over a tank top you can wear it in warmer weather too.  In cooler weather, we love to wear it over a long sleeved shirt. The snap in the front makes it possible to wear it open or closed.  My favorite detail are the pockets in front.  I love also that it comes in classic black and a sweatshirt grey.

Splendid Cotton Stripe Cardigan

Splendid Cotton Stripe Cardigan

Another fashionable sweater that I love to wear on those chilly fall days is Cotton Stripe Long Sleeve Cardigan from Splendid. This sweater has the adorable thick stripes that look great with denim pants.  This sweater is more flattering than most chunky sweater wraps because the collar gets wider closer to the face. We love the tie around the waist too giving it a flattering fit.

Best of all both of these sweaters are currently on sale. What do you think?  What are your favorite sweaters?  Post a comment and let us know.

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Five Fabulous Fall Essentials

Velvet Nanelle Scoop Neck

This week we’re focused on fashion essentials for fall.  The first key to fall fashion this year and every year for that matter is layering.  The key to any layered look in fall starts for me with a  few great long sleeve tee shirts. Long sleeve tees not only keep you warm, but are the  essential first step to any layered look.  Add a vest, cardigan or sweater on top of it and you have a versatile and fashionable outfit.

This fall I have found two essential designer long sleeve tees that will get you through both fall and winter. The first long sleeve tee I love is the Nanelle long sleeve tee from Velvet by Graham and Spencer. It’s easy to see how versatile this shirt is, but what is hard to see is how amazingly soft and comfortable this baby jersey fabric feels.  I also love the colors it comes in. Pictured above in Rain, it also comes in a darker green, ivory, and a taupe color.

Splendid Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee

Splendid Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee

Another great choice for best long sleeve shirt for fall is by Splendid. This tee is also super soft, durable, and washable. The length on this shirt is perfect, and the colors available are black, white, brown, and green.  I wear this shirt under many of my other splendid tees to add warmth and style to many tops.  The fabric on this top is a lightweight, super soft cotton that feels truly amazing on.  It is a sheerer fabric than the Nanelle scoop neck because the fabric is a lighter cotton than the Nanelle.  I love layering this top under cardigans or blazers.

Stay tuned for my 4 other fabulous fall essentials…. and as always visit www.VintageFringe.com for these and many more fashion must haves.

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Fashion Trends: The Long Cardigan a Must Have for Every Wardrobe

1x1 8 Button Cardigan

Splendid 8 Button Cardigan

It’s an undeniable and unexpected fashion trend that has become a must have for every wardrobe…the long cardigan. Today’s cardigans are not the cardigans we used to see on Mr. Rogers or your Grandpa, they are actually the perfect layer for almost every occasion. Some of our favorite summer/fall cardigans have more of a lightweight feel than a jacket and are certainly more versatile. Cardigans can also be paired with so many accessories from scarfs to leggings to skinny jeans.

At Vintage Fringe we have numerous cardigans to choose from. My favorite cardigan is Splendid’s 1×1 8 Button Cardigan. What I love about this cardigan is the waist band at the end of the long cardigan. This added detail flatters every body. I can wear this cardigan anywhere with anything. I actually wear this cardigan every time I fly because it is the perfect fashionable and lightweight layer that can cover some of my midsection flaws and let’s be honest, most of us have a few flaws we would like to cover up.

Splendid Cotton Bamboo Short Sleeve Cardigan

Splendid Cotton Bamboo Cardigan

Another favorite cardigan I also adore is the Cotton Bamboo Short Sleeve Cardigan also by Splendid. What I love about this cardigan is the added seam detail which is so hot this season as well as the flared cut to the short sleeves that actually slims the look of my arms. This cardigan is fun to wear and especially with the pocket detail that only looks cute with a cardigan this length.

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Splendid Clothing is Worth Every Penny

The Splendid Clothing line is all about fashionable and flattering clothing made from the softest and highest quality fabrics, which are almost always machine washable. One of my favorite versatile pieces this summer is the Splendid Cotton Slub Hoodie.  Made of Splendid’s french terry fabric, which is a great soft, sweatshirt fabric, this top can be worn as a short dress, swim cover up, or sporty top.

Splendid Clothing

Splendid Clothing

Just like so much of stylish designer clothing this season, the length is trendy and flattering allowing this top to be worn in so many different styles with so many different combinations.   Not to mention the great empire waist with a tie giving this top that added feminine touch.  I love the green color that is so in this summer.    Another favorite Splendid tee that I have been wearing this summer is the sublime Oscelot Print silk/cotton boat neck tee.

Splendid Tees

Splendid Tees

Also machine washable, this top is a lightweight and can be worn with almost everything in my closet from jeans to capris or even dressier pants.  To find more fabulous summer tops and dresses from Splendid or any shirts from any of our amazing designers like Ella Moss or Joy Joy just visit Vintage Fringe!!!

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Velvet Brand Clothing Piree Top

Velvet Brand Clothing consistently incorporates simple feminine details in many of their fabulous tops and the Piree top is no exception.  This amazing top features a wide V neck with an empire waist.  Nothing novel about that, but we love the feminine rouching detail around the bust on this top and around the side seams around the body of the top.  Part of Velvet by Graham and Spencer’s Gauzy Whisper collection, we love the soft, cotton fabric and the fact that it is machine washable!  These tops are also perfect because they won’t break the budget.  At $75 this top is an economical addition to your spring wardrobe.  With 3/4 length sleeves this top is also perfect for those warm spring days.  We also love the colors available at Vintage Fringe in Bracken (Green), Magnolia (Purple as shown), and Black.

Velvet Brand Clothing Piree Top

Velvet Brand Clothing Piree Top

Our priority at Vintage Fringe is finding tops like the Piree top from great designers like Velvet Brand Clothing, Sweet Pea, Ella Moss and Splendid who all consistently manage to find amazing fabrics and patterns and weave them into great styles and designs with feminine details.  In the current economic environment, there is nothing better than finding a versatile top like the Piree from Velvet by Graham and Spencer that looks great with jeans or under a blazer to the office.   Velvet’s feminine style clothing certainly fits the bill with practical, easy to wear fabrics, great colors, versatile styles with feminine touches that make every outfit feel amazing while looking stylish and distinctive.

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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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