White Blouses and Tops

I love white blouses and tops.  So much so that my sister even makes fun of me because of the number of white tops I have in my closet.  In my mind, few things are better than a white top that is so versatile it really can go with just about anything and I love the look with my skintone.  Luckily for me, this season the white top is even more en vogue and is really a must have in your closet.

The white top is an essential staple in your closet because they really can be timeless pieces that work seamlessly in your wardrobe from season to season.  They can be worn underneath cardigans or wraps or as standalone statement pieces in your closet.  Consider a few of my favorite white blouses in different styles that will give you a variety of alternatives for your wardrobe and your individual style.

First, check out the Darvey top by Velvet a great long tunic length top in baby jersey cotton, this top in white features long buttons down the center of the top.  A great top to wear over a Kelisha long tank by Velvet for added contrast and even works great over leggings.  This top is distinctive and a perfect blend of casual and yet classy.  As we mentioned it is available in white, but also brown and green.

Next up consider the Pintuck Empire top by designer Zooey by Alice Heller.  This great top features contrasting textures of shirting cotton or cotton voile and jersey cotton.  With an empire waist for added feminine touches, this top features buttons in front as an added detail element.  The top features the cotton voile for accents around the base of the sleeves and around the neckline.  The sleeves have a slight flare to them and the waist is slightly flared giving this top a fluid bohemian style look.  It is a great casual piece that can also be dressed up when necessary.

Finally, consider the Bermuda V Neck Stripe Top by designer Ella Moss as a great top with a hint of color.  This top features yet another style with a fitted waistband and a v neck with contrasting stripes in smokey purple, orange and yellow colors.  The v neck features a knot at the center giving it a gathered look in front for added distinction.  This top is a rayon blend so it is ultra soft and comfortable to wear.  It is a great way to mix in a touch of color with the basic white top.

All of these tops are great white staple tops, but each of them has their own bit of flare or fringe to make them each distinctive and depending on your individual style these examples are great ways to incorporate that basic white top or blouse into your closet.  In my opinion you really can’t have enough white tops in your closet and I would be the first to admit that there is nothing wrong with having a number of go to white tops in your closet.

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Hot Spring Clothes

Spring is right around the corner and finding hot spring clothes is a must for every fashionista.  Spring fashions are already making a debut in stores now and when you are shopping for spring fashion you will want to make sure you are on the lookout for a few key pieces that you will want to either dust off or add into your spring wardrobe.

Maxi Dresses – the trend continues this spring with a variety of different styles of maxi dresses.  You will see the strapless, halter top, racerback or standard necklines in those ankle length maxi dresses.  This style trend can also be fashionable in patterns or in solids.  Floral patterns are always great for spring and this season you will find lots of bright colors and even retro patterns like tie dyes.  Of course for spring you will also want to have a few cropped cardigans or wraps to go with those maxi dresses with the cooler temperatures.  We love the look of rugged cargo jackets and maxi dresses.

Leggings – Another must have for spring weather are cropped leggings.  Leggings are the must have for shorter dresses or the longer tunic length tops.  We find so many tunic length tops that are popular for spring work perfectly with leggings.  We’ve discussed how to shop for leggings and the pros and cons of different lengths and what colors you should start with when investing in leggings, but in short we suggest that you invest in basic colors like black, grey and browns and then branch out into splurge colors depending on what suits your wardrobe.

Tank Tops and Cardigans – If you are like us by the time spring rolls around we are so tired of long sleeves and turtlenecks that we are dying to get back into wearing some of our favorite tanks.  Of course most spring weather isn’t warm enough to wear tanks by themselves, but we like to wear our tanks with cardigans.  You’ll see lots of scarves and great neckline accessories to complement the different necklines.  Spring fashion trends include mixed lengths and tanks and cardigans are a great way to play off of the different hemlines.  As an example, we love Velvet’s long Kelisha Tank and love wearing that with the cropped Sartee drape cardigan.  This look for us creates a modern feminine look that we love to see this spring.

Skirts – These are classic pieces for spring, summer and fall and this spring we love the simple, yet elegant pencil skirt.  I have a friend who I always admired her fashion style and she would always wear these stretchy pencil skirts that she would wear just about anywhere with practically any top and shoes.  It always looked so comfortable and so fashionable and feminine.  Finding that perfect stretchy pencil skirt is a great addition to any spring wardrobe.  We love the Sintia pencil skirt by Velvet because it has just enough stretch and cling.

Of course these are just a few of our highlights for spring fashion this season.   You will want to incorporate any and all of these great trends in your spring wardrobe as they suit your own style.  If you’re trying to save a little money we suggest picking your favorite of these spring fashion trends and then add others over time.  Don’t forget, that above all you will want to make sure that whatever spring fashion you wear you will want to make sure that you are true to your own individual style.

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Cute Juniors Clothes

Part of every girl’s wardrobe are those night on the town pieces that work are so much fun.  When we shop for night out clothes it is easy to find cute juniors clothes and lots of pieces that work for a fabulous girl’s night out.

A few of our favorite pieces include the Burca scoopneck dress that is part of Velvet by Graham and Spencer’s slinky rayon collection.  We love rocking this dress for a night out with the great details on this piece including the exposed zipper in back, the fitted waist and the flared top.  This dress looks stunning with boots and/or with leggings.  The slinky rayon fabric feels amazing on and gives the fabric the perfect amount of cling so that it does stay fitted and doesn’t stretch out over time.

Another perfect piece for a night out is the Sonia Ruffle Sleeve Studded top by Ella Moss.  This top features a v neck in back and accenting metal grommets on the v neck and down the back of the top.  The neckline in front is square, but slightly loose giving it a great modern, feminine look. Complete with a fitted waist band and a loose short sleeve, this top is an edgier statement piece that is a must have for any fashion forward gal.

Of course many nights out you need a great dressy cardigan or wrap to wear over that perfect tank or top.  We love the Zooey Satin Trim Cropped Cardigan for dressy occasions and nights out.  This top features a great contrast of textures and fabrics with a satin trim down the front of the cardigan and then with a knit fabric for the body of the top.  This top is super versatile and works well with dressy pants or skirts but also works well with jeans for more casual occasions. Not to mention pairing it with boots for an alternate look.

Zooey also has another great statement piece that is fabulous for a night out with their Folded Cowl Neck Top.  We love love love the flared sleeves, the fitted waist and the loose cowl neck on this top.  Available in classic black or in Dungeon a steel blue color that is so stunning you really can’t go wrong with either color.  We love this top with jeans or with a skirt and boots in the fall.  The fabric is an amazing rayon/lycra blend so it feels amazing on.

Of course this is just a sample of some of our favorite clothes for that night out on the town.  Many of these tops feature great trends in colors and in styles and practically all of them work really well this fall when paired with boots and/or leggings another great fashion trend this season.  This added versatility is so important for most of us as we continue to try and make every purchase count.  You’ll also note that all of these pieces feature great fabrics another one of our essential components at Vintage Fringe for our favorite statement pieces.

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Velvet by Graham and Spencer

Velvet by Graham and SpencerVelvet by Graham and Spencer has become one of our signature lines at Vintage Fringe.  Designers Jenny Graham and Toni Spencer started this contemporary casual collection with a desire to mix quality, comfort and yet still maintain a distinctive fashion style.  This philosophy is found in all of Velvet’s pieces.   While Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a contemporary T-shirt collection, a majority of their pieces are far more than simple T-Shirts.    Made with a range of soft and wearable fabrics including baby jersey knits, slinky rayon, and even cashmere, the combination of different fabrics and distinctive styles and designs gives Velvet’s line a broad distinction from other lines.

Velvet has a variety of constant fabrics that you can always rely on to provide comfortable and fashionable looks.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Velvet’s Baby Jersey collection features a super soft jersey knit fabric and of course is machine washable.  Velvet features their basics within this fabric and then also offers their Novelty pieces which include feminine touches and more contemporary looks.   Another Velvet constant is their Gauzy whisper collection.  Made of thinner knit fabric that is sheerer than the thicker baby jersey fabrics, the Gauzy whisper pieces often feature raw hem edges and often include rucheing or gathered fabric incorporated into various aspects of the tops.  One of our absolute favorites is the Slinky Rayon collection by Velvet.  Made of a luxurious feeling Rayon, the Slinky Rayon collection often features more contemporary styles that exude contemporary femininity. Slinky rayon pieces feature fewer colors, but deep, rich colors such as black, navy, some type of an awesome silver color, and often a wine purple color.   Slinky rayon is dry clean only, but oh so worth it!

Some of our best sellers at Vintage Fringe are Velvet pieces including the Kelisha tank, a long tank top, which is part of Velvet’s Baby Jersey collection.  Featuring a length that is difficult to find in most tanks, this tank hits our 5’7” model about mid-thigh.  This is the perfect piece to layer under the ever popular tunic tops right now and works great with leggings.    Another great piece by Velvet is one of our newer arrivals at Vintage Fringe the Marni Slub Dress.  This dress features a cowlneck at the top, wide short sleeves, a drawstring waist and pockets on the front at waist level. Made of their winter slub fabric it includes a heavier slub fabric that still feels ultra luxurious and oh so stylish.  It is still 100% cotton, but has some texture to it and is machine washable.

In short, we are confident that you will fall in love with Velvet by Graham and Spencer just as we have.  We love the contemporary look and while some of the pieces are basics, we think you’ll agree that high quality pieces may be more expensive, but often outlast their cheaper counterparts.  Not to mention that when Velvet does go modern and incorporate distinctive trends such as ruffles or tunic length tops, their tops are absolutely stunning.  For all of these reasons, Velvet by Graham and Spencer should be one of your wardrobe staples.

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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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Fashionable Essentials for Fall: The Turtleneck

Zooey Turtleneck and Velvet Lucca Top

Zooey Turtleneck and Velvet Lucca Top

Another essential fall fashion this season is the turtleneck.  In terms of necklines the  turtleneck is one of my favorites.  First of all, turtlenecks are universally flattering because they elongate your neck and place the focus onto your face.  I also love how extremely versatile turtlenecks are.  Wear a turtleneck with a suit, with a vest, with a skirt, with pants, or your favorite pair of jeans.  Wear a chunky necklace or wear your favorite scarf, with a turtleneck almost anything goes.  My absolute favorite turtleneck is the classic long sleeve turtleneck by Zooey.  Perfect for layering, this top is shown here under the Velvet by Graham and Spencer Lucca tunic top in Drift. This turtleneck is made of supima cotton which is seriously one of the softest cottons I have ever worn.  This turtleneck is simple, but perfect in every way.  The length falls below the waist, the turtleneck itself is loose and soft so it doesn’t feel to tight around your neck or uncomfortable.  This Zooey turtleneck comes in ten different colors, is machine washable, and is currently 50% off in our Vintage Fringe Outlet so hurry to Vintage Fringe and pick up your fall essentials now.

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Trend Alert: The Little Black and White Dress

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart Black and White Dress

In this Fashion Trend Alert, we’ve noticed that celebrities everywhere have graced red carpets and late night clubs with a modern twist on the classic “little black dress”.  High contrast print dresses in black and white are popping up everywhere on everyone.  From Pamela Anderson to Blake Lively or Kristen Stewart the black and white dress is definitely a must have this season.  What we at Vintage Fringe love about the black and white combo is it’s extreme versatility and classic style.  Glam up your look with colorful jewelry or shoes (red or yellow would be adorable) to make it your own unique style.  Here at Vintage Fringe we love the Chapel Dress by Velvet.

Blake Lively Black and White Dress

Blake Lively Black and White Dress

The sleeves are just long enough that this dress can easily be worn in summer with heels or in the fall with your favorite black boots. We also love how the V-neck gives you a perfect neckline to add a chunky or dangly necklace.

Velvet's Chapel Dress

Velvet's Chapel Dress

In short, I could wear this dress in so many ways with so many shoes and bags I already have, and the look is so classic I will be wearing this dress for many seasons to come! Check it out today at Vintage Fringe.

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Velvet Brand Dresses

We love Velvet by Graham and Spencer and one of our must have recommendations to start out the new year is this amazing Chapel dress by Velvet.  Part of Velvet brand’s Spanish Tile collection, this rayon blend dress is ultra comfortable.  A truly versatile piece that looks hot with your black boots in the winter and perfect with your open toed shoes in the summer.

Velvet Brand Clothing

Velvet Brand Clothing

This Velvet brand dress has elbow length sleeves and features a v neck with a knot at the base of the v giving it an added element of “fringe.”  We love the pattern too as it isn’t overbearing and instead is bold enough to get noticed, but not over the top making it too much of a fad.  This dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer will certainly be one that can be part of your wardrobe for multiple seasons.  In terms of length, it hits just at or below the knee depending on your body type.  Shown here in black this dress is also available at Vintage Fringe in red.

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