The Sleeve Detail

I am a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have learned so much. In fact, I have taken countless classes that explain the fashion industry as a business and I’ve also taken classes that study sleeves in great detail—yes, sleeves.

Do you know how many different sleeve styles there are?

Here’s a hint: there’s more than one. To name a few, there’s the Bell, Peasant, Puff, Bishop, Juliet, and Dolman. Yup, you’ve guessed it. The list continues.

Sleeve details are one of my favorite trends. The trend is currently dominating fast fashion and I LOVE IT! I personally prefer wearing a great sleeve in either the spring or summer season so that it doesn’t get lost behind my jackets or coats. Bring on the warmer weather, Mother Nature! A detailed sleeve is truly an epic fashion statement.

I generally like to think of the sleeve as an added accessory. When wearing a shirt that includes this trend, I avoid bracelets or rings to keep the focus on my top rather than my jewelry. I also try not to spend a lot of money when purchasing a shirt with this dramatic concept because I prefer to invest in staple or basic pieces. One typically wears this type of shirt a few times before it is quickly remembered by friends and family. I can only get away with wearing it so many times before I look like a serial outfit repeater. Yes, the struggles of a true fashion gal.

If I haven’t already sold you on the sleeve detail trend I will now. A sleeve statement can be worn on a dress or a jacket too! It does not have to be strictly limited to tops.

The dramatic sleeve is a chic look—picture yourself with a sleek updo and fitted pants, with that perfect sleeve hanging over each hand. Here are of few photos of me braving yesterday’s snowstorm wearing a Zara striped bell sleeve top!

With Love,
Ashley Attianese
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Why You Should Invest in a Choker

[title subtitle=”Has a definite chokehold on me”]Fashion’s “It” Necklace[/title] If you haven’t already noticed, the choker trend has been on quite the rise. And, truth be told, I’ve had my breath held, unsure of how successful it would all turn out. You see, chokers remind me of my 10-year-old self–a period in time when I thought I could pull off anything because no one courageous enough to tell me otherwise.

 

As I sit here, typing away, casually glancing at the six different choker necklaces that hang precariously on my jewelry tree, it’s no secret I’m sold on the marvelous comeback of my favorite 90’s style. Thank you, thank you, Kourtney K.

 

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Today’s chokers are a huge improvement from their black, stretchy, twisted, plastic wire counterparts. In fact, we’re talking a revolution of velvet, leather, beads and pearls. I mean, they accessorize any outfit, even bathing suits!

So, if you have yet to purchase one, browse below for some of my favorites. Treat yourself! It’s totally worth it. Your 10-year-old self might even thank you 😉

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Feature image via Modage Styles

SLIP DRESSES

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I don’t know about you, but when I think slip dresses, I think of my first job as a sales assistant at a fashion boutique in Westport, Connecticut. ODDZ was the place to shop in the good old 06880. In fact, I owe my high school senior superlative, “best dressed”, to the boutique. It was there that I learned the importance of styling and of first impressions. As brutal as the “stock days” were, the hard work was worth it because I was allowed to style the window mannequins. That being said, I could dress away as I pleased as long as I layered as much as possible.

Enter: the slip dress. Free People was a highly sought after brand at the store. We’d buy from them a ton of slip dresses, particularly this one bodycon style that came in a variety of colors. To be honest, I probably own one of each color, thanks to my employee discount. Quite frankly, I loved them so much, I even bought one for my current roommate, Brooke.

Twinning in our infamous slip dresses!

You’re probably thinking why would Brittany buy the same slip dress in different colors, I mean, they’re just slip dresses, right? Wrong. Slip dresses are extremely versatile. They function as a crucial layering piece (trust me, I am speaking from experience). At the same time, slip dresses also look amazing without anything on top of them. The easiness to it all is probably why it’s becoming such a hot trend for 2016 both on and off the runway.

Browse some of my favorites!

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Ready, Set, Velvet!

[title subtitle=”When I Think Velvet…”]Velveteen Dreams[/title] When I think velvet, I think velour Juicy Couture sweat-suits—my middle school uniform. Yes, I was a sucker for them.

Fast forward to the now-me, velvet and I still get along quite nicely, probably because it IS one of Winter 2016’s most popular trends. My first velvet purchase since the infamous Juciy outfits was dun, dun, dun: a romper—big surprise there. It’s navy blue and will definitely be worn many times this season with or without a pair of black tights. Trust me, it’s an awesome look anyone can pull off.

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Velvet is amazing for all women of all ages. Why? Becase there are velvet dresses, rompers, pants, tops, blazers, and hats galore. This year, velvet is making its comeback (hello 90’s!) and is, without a doubt, here to stay.

Toss out Save those Juicy sweats for a rainy day with Netflix. Seriously though, browse some even better velvet inspo!

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Calligraphy by @bristlesprouts

New Year’s Day Outfit Guide

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The best cure to a NYE hangover? A New Year’s Day brunch, of course! Oh, and an outfit for the day that is easy and effortless—basically one that doesn’t give away how tired you actually may be. After a long night filled with dancing and drinks (or just drinks and the ball drop on TV), you’ll want to feel as good as possible the morning after NYE, trust me.

Since it’s the vey first day of the year, why not go out with a bang? Assuming you looked amazing on the last night of the year, what is one more day? I mean, the way you start 2016 is key.

Below, I’ve put together some options, most which are on the more comfortable side but still brunch appropriate. Nothing more perfect for a Bloody Mary. Happy New Year!

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Photography Via Strawberry with Lemon

 

 

New Years Eve Outfit Guide

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New Years Eve is all about ringing in the new year with nothing but style and, of course, lots of champange—so why not rock the best combinations of sparkle and glitter while celebrating the new year? From a wild night out with friends to a low key night with your significant other, let’s still make sure your outfit turns some heads!

I’m all about the glitz and glam this New Years Eve. Sequin shift dress with some killer heels totally get my vote.

Below, I’ve selected some of my favorite NYE pieces. Take your pick! There’s everything from a glitter dress, top, to even jumpsuit. Whichever you decide upon, be sure to raise your glass and welcome 2016 with your best self. Cheers!

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Photography via Topknots & Polkadots

Holiday Hairstyles 2015

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Listen up people, we are just days away from Christmas! Since you all know that I’m always on my A game when it comes to planning looks in advance, I hope that maybe, justttttt maybe I’m rubbing off on you and you too. Actually I’d be super proud if you already have a holiday outfit planned with a potential makeup look to match.

There is, however, one last thing we need to cover—your hairstyle, duh! I mean behind every fabulous outfit and flawless face is a perfected hairstyle. Whether it an up-do or simply worn down, a hairstyle can pretty much make or break all that you’ve achieved to stand out as Ms. Fashionista.

I’ve picked three easy-to-copy tutorials to help bring your entire look together. Why not try them out now so you don’t miss a minute of the champagne toasting and hors d’oeuvres?

 

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Photography via Huckleberry Love

Listen Up, Party People!

 
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With winter weather in the mid 50’s, it’s hard to believe we’ve already begun holiday celebrations. Truth be told, the funky weather has me convinced Mother Nature is trying to pull a fast one.

That said, the warm spell shouldn’t impede your cheerful mood because it’s done quite the opposite for mine. Despite the weather, there’s still no time like the present to go shopping for yourself and your loved ones.

This week, I’m cramming for my last two finals. The realization that I’m about to become a second semester senior at Manhattan College is also beginning to sink in. Uh, real world here I come? Ha!

For both studying motivation and procrastination, I’ve put together a few of my favorite holiday party looks. Pick one of these dresses and there’s no way you won’t be the belle of the ball at your upcoming festivities!

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Photography via Funzine

 

TURKEY DAY 2015

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Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with family and friends. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting months for the day to finally arrive. There is no shame in preparing yourself way in advance for all the familiar and unfamiliar faces, the incredible food, and of course, the grand entrance (aka your perfect outfit).

Unbeknownst to most, choosing the perfect Thanksgiving wear is harder than it looks. You’ll need to wear something that perfectly hides the oh-so-dreadful food baby. To cleverly disguise your second or third (no judgment) serving of turkey and stuffing, I’d recommend a basic shift dress—suede or leather for edge. Otherwise, if you’re thinking pants, go for a looser top. Remember, the goal is to treat yourself and to look good while you’re at it!

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Photography via Wheretogetit

How To: Sweat In Style + Giveaway!

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Working out is never a bummer when you’re rocking sweet new gear at the same time.  Or, perhaps you’re more of an athleisure type of lady instead, running errands and picking up an almond-milk latte in your fitness tights and a leather jacket.  Whatever the case may be, fresh gear is always a must – especially as we head into a new season.

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Wearing Lorna Jane’s Luxe Wrap Pant & Lauper Excel Tank

I’ve been a fan of Lorna Jane for years.  I love the versatility of the fitness line for women: all kinds of pieces in all kinds of colors, with cuts and shapes that are flattering to all.  We’ve done a few giveaways before together and with the weather getting chillier we thought it would be fun to line another up for you, dear reader, right this very second!

I’m obsessed with the Luxe Wrap Pant pictured above – they’re absolutely perfect for a stroll around the neighborhood paired with nice kicks, or for layering on top of tights for when you’re heading out the door in cold weather.  Very Alexander Wang vibey, right?

My favorite new top is the Lauper Excel Tank – finally, a crop tank from a fitness line that isn’t too short or revealing!  My prayers have been answered!  I want it in like 7 more colors (can we make that happen, LJ? Hint, hint!).

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Next question I ask myself often: how many pairs of tights are too many?  Well, when they’re the Be Seen Ankle Biker Tight the answer is NO AMOUNT, EVER.

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Lorna Jane Be Seen Ankle Biker Tight

Like, I’m sorry but how dope are these!  They are everything!  Sexy cut-outs, mesh, black, tight, long?  Hello, gym!!!!  Hello, every place in New York City and beyond!  Hello, Shanghai!

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Lorna Jane Tough Girl Active Jacket

Moving on to some jackets I’m loving right now…the one pictured above is for tough ladies only (you). The camo print on the Tough Girl Active Jacket literally changes my mood as I bound down the street towards my pilates studio.  I feel bold and in charge – the right way to feel on the way to a workout, or anytime really!

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Lorna Jane Night Runner Active Jacket

Finally, lets throw a little COLOR into this mix, shall we?  My favorite piece from all the new goodies on Lorna Jane right now is the Night Runner Active Jacket.  Its cozy, with a nice mesh lining on the inside that’s perfect for layering on top of literally anything.  I love the bright blue color, too.

SO – if you’re digging LJ as much as I am right now, why not enter this sweet little giveaway below?  No reason I can think of not to!  The giveaway is open until October 28th and we’ll notify the winner by email. Good luck!

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