According to Esquire, eBay’s sales numbers suggest hipsterdom is on its way out. Razor sales are up 56% (hipster scruff, be gone). Clear-framed glasses are also seeing a new-found sales increase, in lieu of those thick black rims. And the messenger bag? It’s been replaced by the 90s-inspired leather backpack.

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The hipster phenomenon Topman even rocked faded boot-cut denim during its Spring and Summer 2015 runways. That’s quite the opposite of skinny jeans if you ask me. But I’m not totally convinced that eBay’s “evidence” of hipster extinction is exactly that. Perhaps our idea of “hipster” is simply being redefined. Or maybe, just maybe, said hipsters have moved on from online auctions to flash sales… 

Read more on Esquire.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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July 23, 2014

Bold trends and summer go hand in hand. Everything’s a bit more carefree, and taking fashion risks doesn’t seem as daunting. So whether you’ve been dying to rock colorblocking, neon, or lots of little stripes, all of this season’s of-the-moment looks are right here (from nine have-forever labels). Not quite sure which ones to own? The five below are a good starting point. And don’t worry, there’s nothing too crazy or hard to pull off. Just step into a pair of sandals and flaunt away.

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 16, 2013

Celestial prints are at the top of my list of trends to work into my wardrobe this spring. Their pastel, watercolor hues and geometric motifs make them perfect for a season of warming temps and budding flowers.

Whether it be leggings, shoes, tops, or accessories, I can’t wait to get my hands on more pieces to make some far-out combos – but to do it without looking like a wannabe astronaut? That’s the tricky part. Lucky for you, I’m here to try it out before you land yourself on a tabloid’s “Don’t” fashion list.

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Out there
For a futuristic, space-age look, wear this print with a holographic clutch, studded bangles, and neon accents like a belt or shoes. I tried pairing a celestial crop top with a high-waisted neon green scuba skirt and a light-wash denim jacket for a casual weekend night out.

More grounded
Think this trend is a little too much? Bring it down to a safer level by pairing a celestial-print top with a solid basic, such as an ivory skirt or tailored boot-cut denim. Throw a blazer on top to make it office-chic.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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March 21, 2013

My floral pants have been practically banging down my closet door since the first blades of grass poked through the snow. And with daylight savings behind us, I fully intend on rocking them every which way – effective immediately. That is, until (let’s face it) I eventually cut them into jorts, which is the inevitable end of the life cycle for all denim. Here, three different ways to rock the trend:

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With denim. This look is perfect for running errands during the day. Slip them on with a white V-neck and jean jacket or a chambray button-up and fresh Keds, and you’re ready to make some serious moves. Warning: This look can go Michelle Tanner faster than you can say “You got it, dude,” if paired with the wrong hairstyle or accessories, so avoid high ponytails and keep it casual, not cutesy.

With a blazer. Make printed bottoms office-appropriate by pairing them with a blazer and some smart pumps. I love the pattern play a striped lining creates at the cuffs when they’re rolled. Don’t be afraid of mixing floral with a flash of another print.

With leather. I can’t get enough of the juxtaposition of a soft, girly print with some gritty leather. The gunmetal hardware with a pair of sky-high black suede wedges will take this trend right from day into night.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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March 14, 2013

With daylight savings on the horizon, dressing for warmer weather is the only thing on my mind now. But these in-between months of waiting to free my dresses from the back of the closet pose big wardrobe challenges, especially in the accessories department. My go-to knit beanie feels out of place with my lighter-weight jackets, but early AM coffee runs simply aren’t an option without a hat (trust me, you don’t want to see my hair when I first wake up).

I’m typically not a fan of “fashion hats” – maybe I’m just bitter that fedoras don’t suit me. But after trying this floppy wide-brimmed hat, I decided it was the perfect compromise, as the felted wool still offers some warmth without looking too wintry, and its slouchy shape gives it an effortless Janis Joplin vibe.

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When to rock it
Day or night, fall or spring. From running errands around town to shopping to brunching with friends, this is one accessory that can accompany you just about everywhere.

What to pair it with
I wore mine with a striped maxi dress, leather jacket, and wavy bedhead hair to venture out for my caffeine fix. It would also work well paired with jeans, wedges, and a chunky loose-knit sweater for running around the city on a weekend.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2013

6 Trends To Watch

Spring means warm weather – but it also means a veritable bevy of styles we’re dying to try for ourselves. So, consider this a primer to get you geared up to take on a whole season’s worth of new trends.

The Abstract Print
Why: These prints are anything but bland. In a range of colors and designs, they’re a departure from traditional patterns. Bonus: this trend is one that will carry over through the seasons.

How: Let the print do the talking. Pair with basic dark or neutral shoes and accessories.

The Suited Suit
Why: Suits are the ultimate power player, but now? It’s all about the tailoring. Make sure those lines are clean and (of course) flattering.

How: Girly touches – like a cute patterned shirt, statement earrings, or even a bright scarf – are key here.

Fit & Flare Dresses
Why: This classic shape is reminiscent of retro Americana. I can’t help but think Michelle Obama had a little something to do with it.

How: Rock it solo with pumps (for the warmer seasons) or pair with a cropped jacket. With all eyes on the skirt, make sure you’re not covering it with anything too slouchy.

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February 13, 2013