Dec 30, 2013

An Alternative to Welcome the New Year...with Summer Style

It's always warm somewhere - whether you'll be one of the first in the world to welcome the New Year (hello Aussies) or you'd rather be waiting for the clock to strike twelve without wearing so many knitted items at once, why not ring in the New Year with a chic summer vibe as an alternative? Ditch the same old little black dress and make a head start with a renewed sense of style.


Women's Baker Deep Maroon Leather Watch by Marc by Marc Jacobs; Calice Embroidered Top by Isabel Marant Étoile; Solar Star Knitted Jumper by French Connection; Mini Digital Black Face Watch LA680WEGA by Casio; Satin Skort by Topshop; Dawn Clutch by Rafe New York; Eliza Chain Choker by Nasty Gal; Leather Trouser Shorts by Alexander Wang; Flora Metallic Textured Leather Point Toe Court Shoe by L.K. Bennett; Tara Black Leather Cut-Out Ankle Boots by Carvela Kurt Geiger.

Dec 16, 2013

3 Fashion Inspiration Pins: Rethinking Winter

1. Florals in winter; 2. Bulky sweater; 3. Leather biker jacket under a classic coat.

Dec 14, 2013

It's Everywhere: The Pale Pink Trend - The Coat



A must-have for the season - the pastel pink coat. So many hues and ways to wear it - it will make the season as sweet or as elegant as you want to make it.

From left: Rodarte Runway Show; Carven Coat; Miu Miu Runway Show.
Below: Christian Dior Runway Show; Marc Jacobs Runway Show; Dries Van Noten Runway Show; Rodarte Runway Show; Saint Laurent Runway Show; Chanel Runway Show; Miu Miu Runway Show.

More renditions of pink here.

Dec 5, 2013

Definite Trend: The Book Clutch

Book Clutches are all the rage right now and some of them don't come cheap. Olympia Le-Tan's Embroidered Book Clutches are handmade and embroidered (and even recently sported on the red carpet), but we wish they didn't cost so much more than the actual first editions of the books they portray - and somehow we still love them.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/105623553733396411/

Price rants aside, it's a clever way to revamp the clutch and make it a covetable object that can carry things inside. Another option are Kate Spade's book of the month clutches which are almost sold out and the handmade book clutches made of actual hardcovers and vintage books we found on Etsy.

Here are some of our favorites:



Olympia Le-Tan
Art Of Jazz Book Clutch



Bookarelli
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Book Clutch





Kate Spade
Book Emanuelle Box Clutch



Chick-Lit Designs
Sense and Sensibility Book Clutch

Which favorite book of yours is statement material?

Browse more clutches we have talked about here

Dec 3, 2013

Chic Things You Can Buy with a Month's Worth of Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Are you an avid seasonal coffee drinker? Recently, StyleCaster showed us what we can get for $5 - which happens to be the average price of a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.
We realized we could take it a step further: what if you resisted that daily Latte for a whole month and bought something fabulous with the money you saved? The following are our favorite fashion picks that you could get for $100 or less if you resist the temptation (and we only counted the weekdays!):


Talk about being rewarded for resisting one's cravings!

Browse more great finds here.

Dec 1, 2013

The power of the blouse: As chic as you want it to be

There's something empowering about simple outfits that make you feel great. It's all about choosing the right accessories to match how you want to feel. A silk blouse is a perfect way to create an outfit base that has no expiration date and is as feminine and strong as you want it to be. Go the elegant route (shown left) for a more timeless style and the edgy way for an attitude that will make you rock through the day.

Who do you want to be today?



Cream Pearl Collar by Miss Selfridge; Black Quilted Leather Round Flap Bag by Chanel Vintage Jewelry; Maroon Suede Low Island Platform Pumps by Charlotte Olympia; Polka Dot Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse by UNIQLO; Fabric Chain Necklace by Zara; Large Selma Jewel-Trim Satchel by Michael by Michael Kors; Patent-Leather Rockstud Pumps by Valentino.

Discover more ways to use a silk blouse here.

Nov 27, 2013

Wardrobe Import: The piece that becomes the unexpected wildcard


H&M
Kimono


This Kimono by H&M is one of those pieces that seems unpractical on the rack but has potential to become a go-to piece for any special occasion. Intricate and classic embroidery over a loose cut that can be belted, worn as a dress, to the beach, as a cover-up for a gown: the possibilities are endless. This is a clear example of how when a piece is unique enough (and still wearable) it's best to get it even when we're not sure where we'll wear it to - you'll know it when the right time comes.

Browse through more examples of how to dress it up.

Nov 19, 2013

New Found Blurb: Dior's sheer gown goes to the red carpet thanks to Jennifer Lawrence

Not your easiest of looks to take to the red carpet, but it's done now - Jennifer Lawrence wore it to the Hunger Games' premiere. Trading toplessness for a 50s-like leotard, the all-sheer lavender dress from the Fall 2013 Dior Collection has made its appearance in real life.
The sheer trend is all the rage right now but will this be remembered as a 2010s faux pas in a few years time? See her look here and decide.

from Fall 2013's Christian Dior Collection - nymag.com


A tough look to digest and yet, we give Jennifer's bravery and her stylist a thumbs up.

Browse throught the rest of the Dior collection looks here.

Nov 18, 2013

Mad about plaid: the trend is back and stronger than ever

There are trends that don't even deserve to be called that since they make their way time and time again with a new perspective or twist (a status studs have also gained). The plaid trend is just what it is - a classic that doesn't really go away but is able to reinvent itself and become a must-have again. This time around, the plaid pattern is somewhat monochromatic and the edginess will come from the cut and design of the pieces it appears on. Bomber and moto jackets, oversize coats, tapered pants and metallic details are examples of how plaid is back with a cool factor that is still elegant and timeless.

Browse through New Found Lust's past takes on plaid.

Plaid Wool-blend Coat by Burberry Brit; Plaid Wrap Blouse by Mango; Oxford Blazer by Merona; Statement Fitted Shift Dress by Karen Millen; "Plaid about you" Plaid Infinity Scarf by Lulu's; Eugene Plaid Bomber Jacket by ba&sh; Plaid Print Trouser by L.A.M.B.; Tartan Wool Dress by McQ Alexander McQueen; Shopper Tote Bag by Sperry Top-Sider; Gray Collection Etta Plaid Studded Pumps by J. Crew.

Nov 15, 2013

Why shopping your closet matters

There's at least one thing I have in common with you: I like clothes. Some people might not understand us, but we know that something doesn't have to be expensive to be valuable. When something gets ruined or lost (or doesn't fit anymore), we will care and be sad about it.
This doesn't mean that our whole life revolves around our wardrobe or what we wear (not that there's anything wrong with that), but they represent more than just fabric and shapes. Personally, I can remember what I was wearing when something important happened to me (good or bad) and will make certain choices that go beyond mere fashion that add meaning to the day I'm about to face.

If this sounds familiar to you, then closet shopping will deem important. Upon browsing, "what was I thinking?" moments will come, "glad I still have this" pieces will reappear and above all, a look at your past self (even if it's only a few months difference) will be imminent.
As most objects do, clothes tell a story and unless we are naturalists, they will accompany us throughout our lives.

Sex and the City's Carrie's closet (HBO.com)


The closet shopping mentality is not the same as a simple closet clean-up and its effects are even better:
  1. You will understand why you love something and try to use it again or revive it in some way soon.
  2. You'll be sure why something has to go - it might still look great but if something brings you bad memories, you shouldn't have to keep it.
  3. You'll know yourself better - yes, clothes are part of who we are.
  4. You will develop a fashion style that is truly yours, regardless of the trends - you have been yourself long before this fashion season.
 Now make way and let the closet shopping spree begin.

 More ramblings about our relationship with fashion, here and here. This way for closet inspiration.

Nov 12, 2013

Talking Jeans: 3 trends that will get you everywhere

Presenting the three most popular and versatile styles in jeans right now: the distressed and rolled up, the coated and the printed. Three absolutely different looks that will have you covered for any outfit creation you envision during the season.

Boyfriend Jeans - Distressed and rolled up: Dress them up, be chic yet totally comfy.



Ash
J Brand Jeans Distressed Boyfriend in Ringer Wash



Coated Jeans - Colored: Add an oversize top and you're ready to go out.


True Religion
Halle Coated Super Skinny Jeans



Printed Jeans: Wear them as loud or discrete as you like to match your mood.


Forever 21
Ikat Skinny Jeans



Find more jeans and outfits here.

Nov 9, 2013

Stripes for the weekend: the casual yet stylish look



A striped sweater and boyfriend jeans combo? It doesn't get more easy than that. Style it up by going the ripped and rolled-up way for the jeans and add a few extras that will make it a covetable outfit:
  • an oversize coat is the season's must-have: a camel or mustard color is the current trend but there are a myriad of choices out there.
  • pump up the coolness by adding a pair of cap toe ankle boots.
  • balance the masculine proportions and the carefree attitude by adding a touch of floral and a colorful and classic statement necklace.
That's it! A deliciously wearable yet über chic look that will get you through a relaxed weekend.





Wool Oversize Coat by W Studio; Stripes Knitted Sweater by H&M; Chunky Orange Jade Statement Necklace by Kluster; Ripped Boyfriend Jeans by Zara; Granada Bag by Patricia Nash; Cap Black Toe Ankle Boots by Miu Miu.

Oct 30, 2013

Wardrobe Import: The best thing since leather? Tweed and leather.

The perfect addition to one's closet is a piece so versatile and chic it will speak volumes whatever you wear it with.
Vince Camuto's Black Tweed Faux Leather Moto Jacket
is the best of two worlds: elegant tweed with an edgy touch of zippers, a motorcycle cut and leather patches.

http://www.lyst.com/clothing/vince-camuto-tweed-faux-leather-moto-jacket-rich-black/?ctx=68246&lyst_source=68246&lyst_medium=product&lyst_campaign=link
Get it:
Vince Camuto
Tweed Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Oct 25, 2013

If skirts could speak


One fashion item, so many stories. Have you ever realized how many incredible things you have experienced wearing this or that? Better yet, think of that precious piece you're always happy to wear and live the best days in. Your favorite moments can be relived over and over again when that connection with what you wore is made and remembered for years to come both in pictures and good memories.
Well, the six skirts we present tell a story by themselves and are unique enough to become that wardrobe favorite of yours to live all that and more: have a blast, go get the job you want or just fall in love.


White Kal Printed Twill Mini Skirt by Mary Katrantzou; Mini Split Lucille Skirt by All Saints; Gradient Grid Knit A-Line Skirt by Ohne Titel; Empire Printed Stretch-Denim Pencil Skirt by Tibi; Printed Stretch Cotton Pencil Skirt by DKNY; Pleated Skirt New Vintage Ivory/Black by Lauren by Ralph Lauren.


Oct 16, 2013

Embrace the season: 3 winter-ready pieces to bring into your wardrobe

Get into the impending winter season with three pieces that will make you forget the cold and want to wear right away: an unexpected and fun faux shearling clutch from Nasty Gal, a coatigan from Asos you'll want to live in and a statement accessory like Asos' faux fur lapel collar.

Which one will you be sad to let go by spring?

Nasty Gal
Stevie Faux Shearling Clutch


Asos
Mixed Fabric Coatigan


Asos
Faux Fur Lapel Collar



Get into winter fashion by exploring more here.

Oct 2, 2013

3 pairs of shoes to revamp your wardrobe this season

In need of sprucing up your shoe wardrobe? Getting tired of your loyal yet safe shoe style choices? We hear you. Now's the perfect time to bring in new best friends that will make your wardrobe alive again and ready for the new season. It's time your old favorites mingle with the coolest fashion picks:


You'll never want to take them off

When the season is over you'll miss wearing these fab ankle boots by Zara - chic, stylish and oh so relevant. Wish they'd come in a myriad of colors.



Zara
Wedge Ankle Boot




The memorable flat

Create a unique outfit without stumbling. Luscious oxblood reds and contrasting snake style finish make these lace ups from Red Antipodium for Asos true winners.




Straight from the runway yet actually wearable

Over-the-knee boots you can actually walk in? Try this wonderful pair from Steven by Steve Madden. You'll translate the runway trend without looking trashy plus remaining practical (and certainly toasty).



Steven By Steve Madden
Edeen Over The Knee Boots




Get more shoe inspiration here.



Sep 21, 2013

Remixing your wardrobe palette: Pantone's color report



Presenting four colors from Pantone's Fashion Color Report Fall 2013: Mykonos Blue, Linden Green, Vivacious and Samba. A fresh and modern palette can be instantly created when mixing the blue, green and pink. It will give a sense of softness from the Mykonos Blue and Linden Green and a statement from Vivacious. Now, to take it to the next level, we suggest adding a pop of an unexpected color: Samba's ultra rich hue will make this outfit definitely stand out.

Learn more outfit techniques here.

Beige Watercolor Bottles Print Shirt and Jeans by Ted Baker; Evan Dãgradã Leather Biker Jacket by W118 by Walter Baker; Raw Cut Satchel by The Cambridge Satchel Company.


Sep 17, 2013

The only coat you will need this year


 It's time to think transition. Fall is around the corner and a great coat is a must-have that can be styled since the last days of summer. This neutral, textured drape coat by Oasis is a perfect example of what transition fashion should be like: classic, chic and easy to incorporate to more than one season. The simplicity of its design screams style and there's no need to wait any longer to wear it: pair it with a summer dress and you're good to go.


Check out what else we picked for you.

Aug 9, 2013

Love or Loathe? The midi patent skirt

Hate it or love it? We stumbled upon this midi patent skirt from ASOS and we have not made our minds yet. Is it too much or the coolest new alternative to a mid-length skirt? You decide! Vote for it below and if you love it we will create an outfit set around it and if not, it will go straight to the NFLust Hall of Shame.

This patent skirt: Love or loathe?

Jul 31, 2013

The best outfits don't match


 

To match or not to match? That is the question. The best part of styling an outfit is to decide whether to go matchy matchy or make it work without being obvious. 

In this example, we chose three colors as the base palette: white, nude and burgundy. Then added a few touches of black, salmon and other colors from the printed pants. But since we can't stand an obvious combination, we added a bright yellow cropped top that makes a statement while uniting the rest of the palette. It's simple: the more you try out new styling possibilities, the better your outfits will get.

 Outfitology cheat sheet - Get the look (links open in a new window)
Browse Nude Cardigans, Bib Necklaces, Long Blazers, Colorblock Bags, White Short Dresses, Crop Tops, Floral Pants, Colorblock Heels, Chain Bangles.


Outfit pieces:
Openwork Jacket by Pull & Bear; Short Ombre Sequin Bib Necklace by LOFT; Seamed Ponte Jacket by Oasis; Max Satchel by Vince Camuto; Crinkle Effect Dress by CUTIE; Short sleeveless top by H&M; Floral Print Trousers by Adriana Voloshchuk; Rafferty High Gladiator Sandals by Topshop; Chain Black Wrap Leather Bracelet by LK Designs.

Jul 17, 2013

Fashion quickie: the perfect little summer dress

Introducing the LSD: the little summer dress. Perfect for summer soirees, margaritas on the beach or running around town, the ideal summer dress is stylish yet easy to wear. We present you with a quick fix: upscale it with high-end accessories and shoes that make it posh and perfect for night outs or just tone it down with an easygoing yet unique selection of flat sandals and versatile complements. It's up to you!

Dip O'2nd Dress by UNIQLO;
Upscale: Intersecting Cuff in Gold by Kelly Wearstler; Hexagonal-frame acetate and metal sunglasses by Miu Miu; Navy Falabella Shaggy Fold Over Bag by Stella McCartney; Strappy platforms by Go Jane;
Easygoing: Pebbles Bracelet by Cheap & So Chic; Hepcat Shades by MADEWELL; Marfa Bag by MADEWELL; Ipanema Sandal by O'Neill.


Jul 13, 2013

Straightforward Style: Simplicity with an impact

Clean lines, monochrome palettes and lots of character. The straightforward style is comprised by interesting cuts and one of a kind patterns yet always remaining modernly simple. To achieve this taste in fashion, look for pieces that will accentuate your existing wardrobe and give it a new point of view while avoiding overly colorful or complicated designs. Easy on the eye repetition will be your ally and therefore symmetry, geometry, colorblocking, laser and crochet-like cuts are the way to go.


Cross Print Chiffon Cardigan by Forever 21; Scarf Lace by Saako Design; Days of Night Bustier Bra by Sass & Bide; Skater Dress in Nude by BeFree; Beaded Peter Pan Collar Necklace by Lust Boutique; Tank Top by Holt Renfrew; Neon Coral Classic Crochet Shoes by TOMS; Ida Geometric Flat Sandals by Reiss; Straw Wristlet by Ann Taylor; Flote Intarsia Skirt by Diane von Furstenberg.


Jul 2, 2013

Outfitology: a studded vest and a skater skirt with 2 twists

We picked two current summer favorites for today's exercise in outfitology: a cropped studded vest and a black skater skirt. Making one of a kind outfits relies on choosing the perfect complements (or opposites) to an outfit core. Our first outfit core's accompaniments are all very classic and when paired with a casual denim vest and short skirt, balance and interest is created. What was fairly boring (pearls, white blouse, clutch, black heels) is now quirky and unexpected yet remains very chic.

For the second example, we chose three equally trendy pieces that portray different styles and will enhance the vest and skirt's versatility and en vogue status. However, the pale rose blouse is still an uncommon top for an edgy vest which creates contrast while the popping necklace and clutch ooze personality making the outfit trendy yet entirely new.


Outfit Core: Studded Denim Moto Vest by Aeropostale; Black Textured Skater Skirt by Dorothy Perkins.
First outfit: Pussybow Waisted Blouse by Warehouse; Maxi Pearl Chain Necklace by Zara; Dune Colour Block Clutch Bag by John Lewis;
Pigalle 120 Patent Nude Pump by Christian Louboutin.
Second outfit: Long Sleeve Silk Pleat Shirt by Topshop; Brown & White Stripe Laser Cut Mini Bag by Henri Bendel;
The Bekett Suede Wedge Sneakers by Isabel Marant; Call Me Necklace in Neon Yellow by Bowie.


Feb 13, 2013

Texture, richness and boldness: Translating Mulberry's runway look

The key of being inspired by fashion runways is knowing how to translate what we see and feel from them. We might want to get the exact pieces just as they are presented and dream about someday getting that gorgeous dress we fell in love with. However, runways are full of movement, color and styling which can give our wardrobe new inspiration that is even better than having the exact same outfit at hand. Learning to translate a runway look's vibe is essential and especially, understand what we loved about it. This will make the end result be true to one's style.

Belted cape by Weekday; Maya Velvet Sweater Jacket by Weekday; Printed Silk Blouse by Luisa Spagnoli; Essential Skinny Jeans by Jane Norman;  Horrigan Boots by H by Hudson; Ombre Aztec Snood by Topshop; Upwardly Mobile Satchel in Black "Croc" by The Cambridge Satchel Company.

In this example, we chose a look from Mulberry's Fall-Winter 2013 collection that we truly loved. The rich blues, the careless yet chic attitude, the mix of textures and unexpected touches...the list goes on. The easiest would be to pick up a Navajo printed poncho or cape, add a navy blue sequin skirt, a belted oversized sweater, etc...a bit too predictable. What is most interesting is to learn to read the look's key features and make it our own. For us, what stood out beyond the particular pieces were the rich textures and color palette, the freedom of the printed poncho, the unexpected preppy shoe and sweater choice, the clashy-yet-perfect prints and materials and the overall carefree but stylish mood of the look. It can even be toned up or down, and in this case, we chose to make it an everyday staple.


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