Not too long ago, I was in the market for a pair of sparkly shorts to wear around the holidays. Problem was, each one was more expensive than the next. So, regrettably I didn't have a pair to wear around for New Year's, but a month later I'm still after the style. So, when these BCBG Pleated Metallic Shorts ($30, originally $98) surfaced on sale, I scooped them up. Not only will they make as much of a statement at next year's NYE fete, I'd argue that they're even better-suited for Spring. Just picture them paired with a draped white tank and a chambray button-down — Jenna Lyons would be proud.
Savvy shoppers know that right now is the ultimate time to score some incredible buys for Spring. Now that so many styles are seasonless, you can dig through deeply discounted past-season merch to find something fabulous. We love the airy softness we saw on the Spring '11 runways at Doo Ri, Alberta Ferretti, and Max Azria, which is why we are freaking out over this Twenty8Twelve silk chiffon dress ($120, originally $400). The asymmetrical hem and faded print make the dress feel dreamy, and we can wear it now with tights and a chunky sweater, or later with strappy sandals and a loose-knit cardigan. Point is, at 70 percent off this dress is an incredible get right now.
Never underestimate the power of a good-looking jacket. It can instantly polish a casual look, take a simple pair of jeans to a whole other chic level. We previously showed you 10 statement jackets, now add to that this Anthropologie Line-Me-Up Jacket ($100, originally $198). It has must have written all over it. Everything from the drapey collar to the red and black color to the plaid pattern to the price is downright perfect — too good to pass up. Sizes extra small through large are still available so start making a statement now!
In a sea of trying-too-hard and not-trying-hard-enough ensembles, there's something to be said about an outfit that melds laid-back and polished at the same time. This California cool look is what I'm talking about. The baggy sweater ($62, originally $88), lightwash jeans, and tan backpack ($160, originally $200) are chill, while a gray blazer ($51, originally $128), slingback heels, and chunky watch step in to provide suave flair. Click above to get the entire outfit, or just the pieces you dig.
The previous ensemble I created was aimed at the cool chick. This time around, let's cater to the gal with a preppy aesthetic. Setting a sweet tone is the Gap Oversized V-Neck Sweater ($30, originally $45), while Vince Denim Ankle Skinny Jeans ($110, originally $220) lend laid-back flair. But those BC Footwear Loafers ($33, originally $60) are the key component, sending the look off on a preppy-chic adventure.
While I always love a good sale, I don't think I've ever worn an ensemble comprised entirely of sale items! But there's a first time for everything, right? Here's my latest styling job — an ensemble that would undoubtedly make the wearer look like a cool chick. The clothing pieces, especially the Tory Burch Embellished Sleeve Top ($99, originally $165) and Ella Moss French Terry Eased Track Pants, ($50, originally $110) are the highlights, while the accessories add further spice. Click on the items to shop them now!
I did a double take when I saw the reduced price tag on this BB Dakota Damon Leather Jacket ($90, originally $225), so you don't have to. Spending under $100 for a genuine leather jacket, especially when it looks this good, is a major score. If you've been fiending for a leather jacket sans the tough-chick vibe, this beauty might just be it. The draped front keeps it from looking too stiff, and the contrasting detail lends gorgeous depth.
We're in the midst of the Summer-to-Fall transition. To make it easier, I'd suggest a dress just like this Quiksilver Lost and Found Dress ($39, originally $78). The sweet gingham print isn't Summer-exclusive — in fact, I almost prefer the look with socks or tights and a Fab pair of your favorite booties or clogs. It's perfect transitional dressing, perfectly priced for the taking.
The first thought that came to mind when I discovered these adorable BCBGeneration Studded Crossbody Bags is: I want to eat them up! Not only are they the perfect little bag for Summer, but they're also easy on the wallet — they went from $88 to $66 to now $43. Not too bad, right? And the different sized studs are super fresh; the pyramid design reminds me of Vena Cava's signature pyramid cutouts. Depending on your style, you can get it in sunset, white, canary, or black. Throw one over any outfit for instant wow-appeal.
We flashed forward by showing you a stylish Fall transition outfit — now let's rewind back to right now. This Kenneth Cole New York Epaulet Silk Dress ($79, originally $119) is a safari-chic place to start. But to keep it from looking too muted, we opted to give a pop of color via Luichiny Yellow Bootie Sandals ($92, originally $220). The Prophecy Embroidered Waistcoat ($21, originally $43) adds a cool layer, while the MICHAEL Michael Kors Vanilla Braided Grommet Bag ($117, originally $168) finishes it nice and softly. Love the look? Shop it by clicking on the items above.