LOFT, also known as Ann Taylor's younger, super-independent sister, is taking its Fall 2012 collection for a youthfully chic spin, offering up countless ways to master the "art of print" with cool takes on classic pieces and covet-worthy accessories. Divided into four stylized apartments — think artsy style setter, sleek Francophile, sophisticated lady about town, and polished bohemian — LOFT's autumnal lineup showed off everything from chunky knits and nude suede booties to silky polka-dot printed blouses paired with equally patterned trousers. We spotted slick tortoise shell bow-tie belts, metallic snakeskin satchels, tribal-inspired statement necklaces, and softer than soft scarves just waiting to be draped around your neck. The best part? These pieces are totally affordable; nothing's priced over $150 and most pieces are under $75. Keep clicking to take a closer look at LOFT's complete Fall '12 line.
Baby blue is all grown up for Spring, paired with beige accents, à la Emmy Rossum. It's a color combo that feels fresh and chic for the season ahead, and key pieces play off trends we already love, like a bit of chambray or a pair of boyfriend-style chinos. Even if a baby-blue day dress isn't your thing, you can still channel the pretty blues on a pair of cheerful sunnies just to offset your khakis. Just click the items above to shop the color-coded style.
It's the posh statement piece that catches our eye in any Olivia Palermo look, the pop of something luxe. And it helps to make even a basic look a standout — it's why we love the statement jacket. Gorgeous and totally chic, it pairs perfectly over printed cocktail dresses, though we love it with our Fall staples too — skinnies or cargos would make an ideal casual counterpart. Step inside for 10 of our favorite styles.
Have you noticed how fabulous LOFT has been as of late? They've majorly stepped up their fashion game, so much so that I even got my favorite pair of baggy boyfriend denim shorts from there recently. To add more fashion to that fire, they've hired famous faces Chanel Iman and Behati Prinsloo to model their latest Fall collection. Boxy tweet jackets, dotted tops, perfectly cropped trousers, faux fur vests, chunky sweaters, and more are awaiting your approval. Be sure to also check out parent company Ann Taylor's newest celeb face, Naomi Watts.
Time to raid your hippie aunt in Big Sur's jewelry box. And who would have thought Jessica Alba to be the naturally stoned necklace type of gal? Her chunky metal and stone necklace wears well with her loose neutral hues, but you can also glam up a raw necklace with a sexy sundress or cool onesie. It does send a message of laid back, nature lovin' lady, and to that I say: right on.
Marchesa strikes again — this time on Anna Kendrick in a fabulously funky swirl of midnight leopard and sequin details. And, before we proceed, let's talk about the shoes: canary yellow Jimmy Choo "Mendez" platform sandals. If Anna's frock had any more flashy sequins it could have been overkill with the spicy shoes. Instead, we have a lesson in balance. Give allover sequins a rest, and try a detailed top, skirt, or dress for a refreshing change.
Emmanuelle Chriqui knows high fashion doesn't have to come at a high price. Case in point: the actress attended the Ann Taylor Loft event in LA looking sporty yet refined in her Loft duds. Her silky pants played a key role in getting it all right. This textile is effortlessly sophisticated, and the loose fit furthers the casual luxe vibe. Want a funkier vibe? Experiment with patterns and baggier silhouettes!
My closet is cardigan central, but I have yet to come across a sheer cardigan that walks the fine line between girlie and sporty. This Brunello Cucinelli Striped Gauze Cardigan ($745) is perfect in every way, except for the price. I can't justify paying that much for a sweater, no matter how much I love it. Moving on . . .
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Denim — what would we do without it? Now that it's Springtime, it's time to get rid of all your bulky, dark denim and replace it with more light-wash, airy picks. Boyfriend shorts are totally fresh at the moment, as are denim frocks, oversized button-down shirts, and blazers. For the denim super-fan there are denim bags, jewels, and shoes, too. We scoured the web for essential pieces that will give your Spring a casual cute flair.
Fab's a huge advocate of the ever-so-calculated disheveled chic look. While some scoff at the layers and mismatched pieces, we revel in them. We love how Ally Hilfiger created her own messy masterpiece with a striped shirt dress, trench, tights, and platform pumps. Hone in on her striped frock: not only do the vertical lines add length, they also evoke a posh, preppy feel — even when wrinkled.