The d’Orsay: A Look at This Season’s Must-Have Shoe

Flat or heeled, d’Orsays are officially the shoe of the spring season. But before you grab a pair of both (like I did), let’s take a look at the origin of this namesake style.

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March 27, 2014

Fashion Flashback: The Return of Overalls

It’s official: 90s grunge is back. Which means your favorite childhood overalls are about to become a wardrobe must-have. But before you track down an old pair and start partying like it’s 1999, let’s take a look back at how this denim one-piece became popular in the first place.

The Return of Overalls

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March 18, 2014

The Platform Shoe: A High-Style History

Fashion, like history, often repeats itself. Case in point: platforms. With each generation, the high-style shoe seems to reappear. So, before you go tossing out last season’s wedges, let’s take a look at where platforms came from and how they’ve been reinvented time and again.

A History of Platform Shoes

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March 11, 2014

Textile Talk: The History Behind Spring’s 4 Must-Have Tribal Prints

According to the runways, tribal prints are spring’s new floral. So, since these eye-catching designs are set to take over our closets in just a couple of months, let’s look back to where the most popular ones originated.

Must-Have Prints for Spring

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February 25, 2014

Details, Details: The Features That Set Designer Bags Apart

The Louis Vuitton Speedy. The Chanel 2.55. And, of course, the Birkin. Certain handbags are simply timeless – but what gives them their staying power? To truly understand the beauty of an iconic piece of arm candy, take a closer look at the details.

Features of Designer Bags

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February 18, 2014

Fashion Phonetics: How to Pronounce Designer Names

So you have dressing like a NYFW pro down pat. But can you talk the talk? That’s essential. For a crash course in label pronunciation, take a look at the designer cheat sheet below. You’ll have Fashion Week’s must-know names mastered in no time.

Rue La La's Designer Name Pronunciation Guide

To get even more designers down, check out Harper’s BAZAAR for an A – Z guide.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2014

So Tight: A History of Hosiery and Rising Hemlines

No matter what the groundhog predicts this Sunday, I’ll be adding a few dresses to my wardrobe rotation. Sure, chances are it’ll still be cold, but that’s what tights are for. Ahh, tights – the ultimate way to extend the life of your favorite dresses. Let’s take a look back at just how they became so popular.A History of Tights in Women's Fashion

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January 28, 2014

Faux Real: A Look at 3 Alternative-Leather Options

If you’re thinking of opting for something synthetic this season, you’re right on trend. But with so many leather alternatives out there, it’s tough to know which one to pick. Here’s a rundown of your options.

3 Faux Leather Types to Try

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January 21, 2014

If All Else Fails, Make the Heel Higher: A History of Stilettos

Believe it or not, sky-high heels weren’t always in style. But, rest assured, they are today (like you needed me to tell you). Read on to see just how the stiletto gained popularity in the fashion world at the height of the 20th century.

A History of Stiletto Heels

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January 14, 2014

Shear Genius: A Look at Winter’s Warmest Fabric

With temperatures dropping below the national average, shearling is about to become your new best friend. But before you invest in a new fleece-lined layer, check out just what makes it this season’s must-have material.

 

All About Shearling

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January 7, 2014