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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Black Bomber Jacket

A classic jacket style is the bomber jacket.  Modern twists on the bomber jacket have taken a typically masculine jacket and often convert it into something more feminine and fitted.  Many modern jackets featuring some elements of the bomber jacket in a variety of fabrics and styles.

One of our favorite modern twists on the classic bomber jacket style is the Jersey Bomber Jacket by Zooey by Alice Heller.  This bomber jacket is available in both black and navy. We love the fact that it isn’t leather the traditional bomber jacket fabric.  Since we are always searching for pieces that help you create your own individual style, we were thrilled that this jersey bomber jacket is truly a distinctive piece.  With a fold over collar if you decide to button it up all the way or a wide v neck type collar if you don’t.  My personal favorite detail is the back which arches up giving it a completely unique surprise in back.  Added modern, feminine touches include the oversized buttons, front pockets and a flared waist only in front.   This version by Zooey features thick cotton so it is thicker than your basic sweatshirt, but equally soft which makes it a pleasure to wear.

Another alternative to the basic black bomber jacket is a beautiful Motorcycle Sweater by Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  The Aspen Motorcycle sweater features an off center zipper all the way up to the top of the sweater.  Of course you can’t forget the added details with zipper pockets and epaulets on the shoulders.   This sweater still manages to be soft even though it is made with a wool nylon blend. This fabric of course makes it extremely warm!  With a cropped length, this sweater really does have a modern, distinctive look and is the perfect piece for winter weather.

We also can’t forget mentioning other jacket alternatives like the Cropped Double Breasted Jacket also by Zooey by Alice Heller.  The sister to the Black Bomber Jacket, this jacket features a fitted look with big buttons and a tie belt around the waist with belt loops.  With a wide collar and also available in Black and Navy, this jacket is the perfect piece for fall or warmer winter weather.  This jacket is also made with the heavy sweatshirt fabric that is so soft and machine washable.  This great alternative to the Bomber Jacket is a great modern spin on another classic look of the pea coat.

In short, we love finding great modern versions of classic vintage favorites like the bomber jacket or the pea coat.  These jacket alternatives are great examples of how many vintage elements are making comebacks in modern fashions.  The bomber jacket look will always be a classic traditional style of jacket and we love finding jackets that really bring those classic fashions to the modern shopper with twists of details that add a modern flair to really make each of these pieces statement pieces that will become some of your favorite ways to create your own individual style.

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Cowl Neck Sweaters

The cowl neck sweater is such a feminine, flirty style of sweater.  The cowl neck is great because it really is a loose turtleneck look with an edge.  As I am sure you already know, cowl necks and turtlenecks are very en vogue this season.  The cowl neck has infiltrated more than just sweaters too.  You will find cowl necks on lots of great tunic tops, long sleeve tops and even dresses.  The cowl neck top or sweater is really a great piece to have in your wardrobe during cold weather as it doesn’t look as stiff or formal as your basic turtleneck and gives an added feminine detail to any piece.   I’ll be honest the only thing I don’t like about cowl neck sweaters is that sometimes the cowl neck is too much.  It may be too low or not stay in place well enough so I end up fidgeting with it all day to get it to lay just right.   In the quest to find some great cowl neck pieces that do not fall into that excessive cowl neck category consider a few of these pieces that still give you that look, but are more comfortable and wearable which makes us love them all the more.

Aspen Motorcycle Sweater – This adorable sweater from Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a super versatile piece.  You can wear it as a jacket, as a sweater, zipped up – all the way, zipped up part of the way, or not zipped up at all.  This classic cropped motorcycle jacket/sweater features a zipper off center that goes from top to bottom.   Available in basic black, this sweater is so warm and cozy and features epaulets on the shoulders and zippered pockets at each side.  Of course it also has a tighter fitting cowl neck that you can wear a variety of ways with the functionality of the zipper.  We love that again this isn’t an excessive cowl neck, but a classic neckline that helps make this sweater the ultimate statement piece.

Marni Cowlneck Pocket Dress – The classic cowl neck piece this great dress or tunic length top also from Velvet by Graham and Spencer features the cowl neck line that is just right.  Of course the cowl neck is really on the beginning of the details on this dress with the drawstring waist and the pockets on the front below the waistline.  We love the wide rolled up sleeves and the amazing color choices with this dress.  It has been one of our most popular pieces at Vintage Fringe and we can’t get enough of it.  Of course it pairs perfectly with boots or leggings too. The Marni dress is a great stylish dress with lots of fringe to make this another fabulous statement dress for your wardrobe.

As you can see both of these pieces use the cowl neck features in different ways, but still the cowl neck adds to the amazing fashionable style that makes each of these items distinctive and super stylish.  You can’t go wrong with either of these pieces and we especially love that even though the cowl neck is a great aspect of each of these items it doesn’t overwhelm the dress or the sweater as there are loads of other details that make them perfect statement pieces for any wardrobe.

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Cozy Bottoms for Christmas Morning

With Christmas almost here lets not forget about a comfy, cozy, and of course fashionable outfit for Christmas morning. You know pictures will be taken and who wants reindeer fleece pants to be what we are remembered as wearing for 2010? Check out some pants that fit all of our categories of comfortable, cozy, and fashionable. First up is the French Terry with Lycra Pants by Splendid. Available in black and navy, these pants fit great and especially help our booty look great.{and who doesn’t like that??}

French Terry with Lycra Pants by Splendid

French Terry with Lycra Pants by Splendid

I also love the Cotton Slub French Terry Pants by Splendid. They have super cute details like the extra long drawstring, and the darker back  pockets with grommets on the back. These would be another great more grown up option for Christmas morning attire.

Cotton Slub French Terry Pants by Spendid

Cotton Slub French Terry Pants by Spendid

If more of a slim cut legging would suit your style better, try the Swoosie Knit Leggings by Velvet. Wouldn’t this be so cute with a long tunic t-shirt? The soft cotton and elastic waistband are super comfortable and would easily switch to a Christmas dinner outfit with a sparkly top and blazer.

Swoosie Knit Leggings by Velvet

Swoosie Knit Leggings by Velvet

So, what will you be sporting as you unwrap your gifts this year? I hope it is comfortable and fashionable!

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Tights and Leggings

Tights and leggings have quickly become essential elements of the modern fashion wardrobe.   You frequently see them with skirts, tunic length tops, and dresses and they work perfectly with high boots, regular boots or even ballet slippers.  The look of an outfit with leggings or tights has become a fashion staple and is certainly something that you will want to consider when you think of great ways to incorporate this trend into your own wardrobe.

At Vintage Fringe, we currently sell leggings from Velvet by Graham and Spencer and have found them to be a great quality, fashionable legging.  You really do get what you pay for with leggings and what we love is the fabric and fit quality with the Swoozie Legging by Velvet.  These leggings are part of Velvet’s baby jersey collection so they are very soft and comfortable to wear.  Currently available at Vintage Fringe in great basic colors like Black and Grey, these leggings are long and work perfectly with boots.

When you are looking for the perfect pair of leggings you will want to be sure and consider both long and cropped leggings.  We love them both with different styles of outfits.  Cropped leggings are perfect for warmer weather and look adorable with ballet flats. Especially cute under shorter dresses, these leggings are great staple leggings that you will want to have in a few basic colors.

Tights are great accessories too, but personally I prefer leggings because they last longer.  Inevitably, I snag the tights or get a run in them, so when I have the option I prefer leggings.  You may also want to consider Spanx which has tights with panty hose like features like control tops.

When you are shopping for leggings, you will want to be sure and get a few pairs in staple colors.  Of course you will want a pair of leggings in black.  You cannot go wrong with black and just like any other fashion piece you will always default to the basic black.  My second choice for getting into leggings is either a grey or brown.  Both are colors that accessorize well with all sorts of other colors.  Grey pairs wonderfully with purples, reds and blues and of course works well with blacks.  I love the look of grey leggings with a black dress and black boots.   A good basic brown works perfectly with warmer colors like taupe, other shades of brown, pinks, whites, and some red or blue shades.  Once you have covered the basic colors, then we suggest adding other splurge colors like navy or purple that may not go with everything you have, but fits exactly with that one outfit.

As you can see, we have really come to embrace the tights and leggings trend and think that it really is a trend that is here to stay.  The distinctive look of adding leggings or tights to an outfit is a look that we have really come to love and think you will find that leggings are a great comfortable way to incorporate a little added edge into your wardrobe.

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Christmas Gifts From Vintage Fringe

If you love winter fashion and love to give your other fashionista friends and family members fashion, then look no further then Vintage Fringe for all your gifting needs. A sure bet for any gal is the Cotton Stripe Tie Cardigan by Splendid. I love the big, bold stripes and the ultra comfortable wrap style.

Cotton Stripe Tie Cardigan by Splendid

Cotton Stripe Tie Cardigan by Splendid

For any girl who likes to stand out in the crowd{in a good way} try the Keelin Squareneck Lace Top by Velvet. I love the super cute print and the chic loose fit is perfect for hiding a few “holiday” pounds!

Keelin Square Neck Lace Top by Velvet

Keelin Square Neck Lace Top by Velvet

The next sweater is just perfect for any lady at any age. The Audrey Wrap Sweater by Laurie B. is super classy and a perfect staple piece that I’m sure anyone would love to add to their wardrobe.
Audrey Wrap Sweater by Laurie B.

Audrey Wrap Sweater by Laurie B.

The best part about all these perfect gifts?? They are in the sale section at Vintage Fringe! So hurry and shop now and then enjoy this holiday season!

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Winter Fashion: Staying Warm and Chic

Can Thanksgiving really be over?? Winter is upon us ladies and it is time to embrace our cozy and warm sweaters. I love sweaters because not only are they warm, but they add texture and dimension to an outfit. First up is the Ballet 3/4 Sleeve Wrap sweater by Laurie B. Have you tried a Laurie B. sweater yet?? If not, get on it girl, they are fabulous, so soft and always fit beautifully.

Ballet 3/4 Sleeve Wrap by Laurie B.

For an softer and warmer version of a leather jacket, look no further then the Aspen Motorcycle Sweater by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. I love all the zipper details, the over sized neck and of course the cute and cozy knit pattern. This sweater is a total must for winter.

Aspen Motorcycle Sweater by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Aspen Motorcycle Sweater by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

 We all need the perfect long cardigan for wearing over leggings that are tucked into boots. This is literally my winter everyday look. So polished and chic and comfortable, does it get any better. Try the 1×1 8 Button Cardigan by Splendid to create this look. It is the perfect length and a great weight for layering.

1x1 8 Button Cardigan by Splendid

1x1 8 Button Cardigan by Splendid

 Stay warm and chic this winter with all the sweater available at Vintage Fringe!

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Holiday Dresses

With the Holidays around the corner, it is time to start thinking about what to wear to all of those parties. It is always a good idea to have a solid holiday dress on hand. Here are a few perfect choices from Vintage Fringe. First up is the Chapel Dress by Velvet Brand Clothing. I love the look at me pattern and perfect fit of this dress, and if you really want to turn heads check out this gorgeous dress is red. So festive!

Chapel Dress by Velvet Brand Clothing

Chapel Dress by Velvet Brand Clothing

For a more subdued look, try the Zarhara Knot Dressby Velvet brand Clothing. It is available in several colors, so finding one that suits you and your accessories will be easy.

Zahara Knot Dress by Velvet Brand Clothing

Zahara Knot Dress by Velvet Brand Clothing

If the edgy, rocker chic look fits you best, then you will love the Burca Scoopneck Silky Rayon Dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. I love the cut and fit of this dress, so perfect for a more casual event, but can also easily be dressed up with some spicy heels!

 Burca Scoopneck Slinky Rayon Dress by Velvet By Graham and Spencer

Burca Scoopneck Slinky Rayon Dress by Velvet By Graham and Spencer

And Lastly, for a near perfect LBD look no further then the Wrap Dress by Sweet Pea. With its super flattering wrap waist and v-neck this is a no brainer choice for a great backdrop to your fun accessories.

Wrap Dress by Sweet Pea

Wrap Dress by Sweet Pea

Have fun at all those holiday events and of course make sure you are looking chic and fabulous!

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Planning your Thanksgiving Outfit

One thing that I love even more then all the holiday food, is planning fun and dressy holiday outfits. With Thanksgiving coming up soon, now is the time to start putting together those fabulous fashions. First, check out this perfect for all types of events, Erin Sequin Long Sleeve Wrap Top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. I love the black sequins and of course a wrap top is flattering on almost all women. This would be fabulous with jeans and some rockin heels or leggings and boots or even a skirt.

Erin Sequin Long Sleeve Wrap Top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Erin Sequin Long Sleeve Wrap Top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

 If you looking for more of a casual look for your Thanksgiving look , try the Paola Drape Cardigan by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. I love the comfortable draping of this top and since it has a gorgeous sheer metallic stripe it can easily be dressy enough for all your holiday events or casual for errands.

Paola Drap Wrap Cardigan by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Paola Drap Wrap Cardigan by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Lastly, If you need a dress you are going to love Sweet Pea’s version of the little black dress. The Wrap Dress is ultra flattering with a v neck and I personally love black dresses because that means you can do all type of different things with the accessories.

Wrap Dress by Sweet Pea

Wrap Dress by Sweet Pea

 Have a fabulous Thanksgiving season and of course enjoy dressing up a bit!

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Designer Light Weight Long Sleeve Tops

For fall and winter fashion, I love having a variety of light weight long sleeve tops in my closet. They are perfect in helping my spring and summer wardrobe transform for cooler weather. Sometimes I even just layer two of my long sleeve shirts with a fur or sweater vest and am out the door. Here are some fabulous options in the light weight long sleeve department. I have to start with the Ganet Long Sleeve Tunic by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. I love the color, such a great blue and the cute buttons on the sleeve make this a stand out all on its own.

Ganet Long Sleeve Tunic by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Ganet Long Sleeve Tunic by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Another great top is the Long Sleeve Crew Neck  by Zooey. Again it is a tunic length, which is perfect with jeggings or leggings. I love the bright and cheery yellow that it is available in as well as the other basic colors.

Long Sleeve Crew Neck by Zooey Clothing

Long Sleeve Crew Neck by Zooey Clothing

I am so in love with the scoop neck and beautiful aqua color{its Rain} of this Nanelle Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Top by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. I also think the green, light brown or ivory would be awesome additions to anyone’s fall wardrobe. This is the perfect layering top with a perfect fit.

Nanelle Long SLeeve Scoop Neck by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Nanelle Long SLeeve Scoop Neck by Velvet by Graham and Spencer

The Darvey Long Sleeve Button-up Tunic Top by Velvet Brand Clothingis another great light weight long sleeve top. I love the buttons down the front of this top making it even more versatile being able to layer a cute tank top under neath and unbuttoning to show it off. 

Darvey Long Sleeve Button-up Tunic Top

Darvey Long Sleeve Button-up Tunic Top

  So do you love long sleeve tops for fall and winter as much as I do?? What are your secrets to incorporating them into your fall wardrobe?? Please share!

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