GREASE IS THE WORD: FLASHBACK TO FIFTIES STYLE

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Grease is STILL the word. Even if you didn’t catch FOX’s “Grease Live” last Sunday, you can still be inspired by one of this Season’s most popular throwback trends. From Louis Vitton’s “pink ladies” jackets to Marc Jacobs’ varsity-inspired coats to Oscar de la Renta’s pastel A-line skirts, designers this year are paying homage to the time period beloved by many. So what are you waiting for? Get “hopelessly devoted” to your favorite 50’s style trends updated for a new generation while still maintaining the nostalgia of the time period. Turn on the movie soundtrack or pop in a little Elvis, peruse our favorite finds, and pick one or all that’ll keep you “summer lovin'” all year long.

T-BIRDS LEATHER

If you have a little rebel in you, then you will relate to the story’s favorite “bad boy” Danny Zucko and the T-Bird gang. The great thing about this look is it’s simple yet sophisticated, and can easily be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Start with a pair of black faux leather leggings from Hale Bob, your favorite comfy white Tee, and a cool black leather biker jacket from Topshop. On casual days, pair your look with classic Converse sneakers updated for 2016 with a wedge heel high top or simple velvet ballerina flats from Sam Edelman. For more formal events, accessorize your outfit with Vince Camuto’s asymmetrical heeled booties or Michael Kors’ kitten heel pumps, a popular style from the 1950’s. Complete your silhouette with retro cat eye sunglasses from BCBGMAXAZRIA and a box purse from Heather Offord. You could also update the look by substituting the predictable leather jacket with Liberty Garden’s faux leather long sleeve shirt with ruffles for a feminine touch. Everyday or special occasion, you can’t go wrong with a black leather outfit this Spring.

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PINK LADIES’ DENIM & LEATHER

Strut your style with ease this Season in a chic pairing of denim and leather a la the Pink Ladies. Grab the 50’s favorite pant silhouette and accessorize with a simple Tee, leather jacket, and cute ballerina flats. We like the dark blue super skinny jeans from Hudson or the Thompson cropped skinny jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity. If you prefer color, go with Citizen of Humanity’s sea green skinnies, Hudson Jeans’ marsala or white leopard from Joe’s Jeans. No matter which color combo you choose, complete your look with Liberty Garden’s comfy loose ivory T shirt, Michael Kors’ black leather jacket, and leopard print ballerina flats from Salvatore Ferragamo. You can still wear your skinnies to dressier events by pairing with Liberty Garden’s tailored ivory button down and swapping the flats for classic black pumps from French Connection or Vince Camuto’s “Frenchie” ankle strap sandals. “Rule the school” this Spring in your very own chic Pink Ladies style.

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SANDY’S A LINE SILHOUETTE

With Springtime nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to try out this year’s pretty pastel pinks, blues, yellows, and greens. And what better way to usher in the Season than with a vintage A line shaped skirt or dress just like good girl Sandy. Update the 50’s styled skirt by adding trendy modern accessories like chunky booties or wedge heels and a crop top or fitted bodysuit. Segue from chilly winter into Spring’s warmth in Vince Camuto’s sea green faux suede A line skirt paired with a frilly leopard print top from Nanette Lepore or sleek black lace bodysuit from Hale Bob. Curl your locks and accessorize with ankle strap pumps NEW from the Kendall + Kylie collection, an elegant string of pearls from MyHabit, a studded leather clutch from Diane von Furstenberg and you are ready to hit the drive-in. For more formal affairs, sweep your hair into a high pony and don Hale Bob’s bright blue A line  or stick to basic black in the sleeveless color block dress topped with Free People’s cozy faux fur stole. “Hand jive” your way through the upcoming Season in a flattering A line silhouette perfect for any body type.

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RIZZO’S HIGH WAISTED SHORT SHORTS

If girly Sandy isn’t quite you, play with the boys this Spring in high waisted short shorts just like bad girl Rizzo. No matter what body shape you have, the high waisted silhouette is perfect for slimming your waistline, lengthening your legs, and providing the perfect combination of cool yet classy. Start with AC Collection’s deep blue high waisted stretch denim shorts paired with Lulu’s teal backless sweater or a black crochet silk cotton halter from Hale Bob for sunnier Spring days. Finish off your vintage 50’s look with a colorful scarf tied around your hair, Jimmy Choo crochet wedges, and a swipe of red lipstick from MAC. Carry your short shorts into the evening hours by topping with a frilly faux leather tank from Liberty Garden, cherry red peep toes pumps from Jessica Simpson, and Hale Bob’s blue rayon knit cardigan if it turns chilly. Casual or dressy, you’ll stay cool and slender in your own pair of high waisted shorts this Season.

VARSITY JACKETS

We can’t leave out the athletic teams that Danny joins in order to impress his love Sandy. From G-Star RAW to Marc Jacobs, designers are bringing back the 1950’s iconic coat for Spring and Summer 2016. Jump on the style trend this Season and pair with anything from your black leggings on the way to the gym to your denim mini to your maxi skirt for a evening on the town. Start with Opening Ceremony’s black and white varsity style jacket  over Hale Bob’s black cargo leggings , Liberty Garden’s gray draping sweatshirt, and Nike’s NEW running sneaker. Swap your leggings and shoes for a denim mini from Mother  or AC Collection’s faded black pencil skirt and Topshop’s NEW black booties for lunch with the girls. Segue into the evening hours by accessorizing your varsity jacket with a blouse, Hale Bob’s black studded high low skirt, and ankle strap “Patti” heels from Sam Edelman. This season take Principal McGee’s advice:  “if you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.”

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Whether you’re a “Sandy” or a “Pink Lady,” a “T Bird” or a “Rydell Ranger,” there’s a throwback fifties style you can try this Season.  You’re only a click away from shopping some of your favorite Grease-inspired outfits, from A line dresses to skinny jeans to high waisted shorts. Sure to keep you “rockin’ around the clock,” get to shopping the 50’s fashions today.

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RESORTWEAR: My Favorite Breezy Attire

 

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I have recently discovered that as the recent holiday weekend comes to an end, more and more people are beginning to set sail towards their cruise destinations.  But before they embark on their travels, they all search for two things: Resort wear and sunscreen! With the rapid increase of humidity, we are all in need of some new loose and breezy attire.  This versatile fashion is perfect, from the pool to the country club, it is flattering on everyone.

As the stormy North-Eastern weather continues to put a damper on my vacation, I am starting to enjoy the rising summer temperatures. So yes, when the occasional appearance of the blaring sun appears, we welcome it with open arms.  From my personal experience, the only thing that keeps me cool in 90°+ weather is my favorite print maxi dress and just in case my tunic tops are always nearby.

As Google states resort wear is not only a summer favorite but is worn by those of us during the year who escapes the cold winter months.  Whether you’re in fall, winter, spring or summer this stylish fashion gives off a classy nautical vibe that we all crave!  Check out our new Wild Thing Cut-Out Halter Swim Suit paired with our Tangerine “Cabana” Cotton Crochet Tunic for your new pool favorite.

 

 

Resortwear Tunic

TAUPE “TIE DYE” SATIN V-NECK TUNIC

Tunic tops are a timeless way to dress up a skirt or pants.  This tunic is made out of satin which gives it luster and fluidity.  Here it’s shown with a white skirt, perfect for lunch outdoors or perusing the local shops.  Complete your resort wear outfit with cat eye sunglasses by Persol to get an iconic Hollywood style.

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BLACK SILK RUFFLE STRAPLESS DRESS

Cocktail parties, candlelit dinners, and night clubs…all things to look forward to at a resort.  Be ready with a Hale Bob dress that gives new meaning to the term “little black dress”.  Ruffles at the bodice and hemline are a playful touch and the silk fabric has a luxurious feel.  Give this strapless dress a splash of color, add an Abstract Graffiti Scarf by Anthropologie.

Print Maxi Dress

BLUE SCOOP NECK  MAXI DRESS

You’ll feel bright and sunny in this print maxi dress.  A resort has a variety of choices of how to spend your day.  Take a boat tour with that special someone and then head to the spa for some alone time.  This maxi dress is versatile to wear to both.  The knit fabric is always flattering and with a pair of Blue ‘Spark’ Crystal Embellished Thong Sandals by Betsey Johnson, very fashionable too.

Halter Swimsuit

WILD THING CUT-OUT HALTER SWIM SUIT

Even though this year’s summer trend is the one-piece bathing suit, it’s hard to stray too far away from our beloved bikinis.  That’s why I love our very chic animal print suit with side cut-outs that nips in at the waist giving you an hourglass shape.  This halter swimsuit has a deep V neckline with an attractive ring to add to its fashion at the pool or keep you confident when braving the waves.

Resortwear Crochet Tunic

 TANGERINE “CABANA” COTTON CROCHET TUNIC

A feminine crochet tunic is an attractive cover after a day soaking up the sun.  Pair it with a bold statement piece like a Treska Single Row Chunky Bracelet and some skinny jeans for an evening look.  This tunic is a great double duty addition to your resort wear collection.