For today's DIY, we're taking inspiration from CFDA Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year winner, Joseph Altuzarra, by channeling the gypset embellishments from his Fall 2012 collection. We started off with a sleeveless chambray button-up, and gave it an unexpected twist with a cool metal collar. Watch today's DIY to put your own quirky-cool touch on your collared top. On Allison McNamara: Rebecca Taylor dress, Lia Sophia necklace.
With the move toward bell-bottoms and '70s flares, it's a nice change-up to see Jordana Brewster sporting the slim style we've loved for seasons. Even more classic is her button-down, tucked in, to take the denim from casual-wear to event-worthy wear. Really, the style isn't exclusive to skinnies; in fact, if you tuck it in to high-waisted flares you'll achieve the same clean look — and a flattering waistline. Face it, mom was right, tucking it makes you look way more put together. Just shop any of my button-down picks below to achieve the style, and feel free to mix and match with the denim you wear best.
I love this casual-chic look from Fab reader neonbee. She looks relaxed and buttoned-down in an oversize maroon shirt — effortlessly belted and rolled-up at the sleeve — a high-waisted black mini, tights, and suede ankle booties. It's a totally laid-back look that can easily go from day to night.
Congrats to neonbee!
Everyone else, submit your looks, and I might feature you on FabSugar!
Not so fast, Rih! Let me examine your cool top before you rush off to dinner. I love how boyfriend shirts give off a sexy, masculine appeal. In fact, I have a couple from a past boyfriend that have lasted me longer than our relationship. Ha. When wearing this looser cut, keep the rest of your outfit feminine via accessories, a la Rihanna — skinny jeans, skirts, or tailored shorts. Word to the wise: check out the men's section for a greater variety. A men's extra-small fits me perfectly . . .
In high school, it's all about boys, popularity, and clothes. Yep, sounds about right. No movie portrayed that better than Clueless. In her most outstanding role, Alicia Silverstone played Cher, and along with her BF Dione, took newbie Tai under their wings and transformed her into one of the most coveted girls in school. All it took was a couple knee-high socks, short plaid skirts, platform pumps, and a Beverly Hills attitude. See, it's so easy to go from clueless to coolness. As if!
Thomas Pink has big plans. The shirt-maker, known for his collection of immaculate shirts for men and women, is set to add a trendy women's line to his repertoire.
Designed by Londoner Richard Nicoll, the womenswear collection will include delicate shirt-inspired jackets, skirts, and dresses in muted color palettes such as the ruffled silk dress pictured. "It was my intention to do something more soft and fluid, as my signature is more structured pieces," said Nicoll. Prices for the women's collection will range between $150 for a shirt to $750 for a dress.
This J. Crew Whisper Lamé Slim Shirt ($110) is a far cry from your average button-down shirt. The lamé sheen adds sass to this classic cut shirt, and wouldn't it be fun way to spice up your work garb? I'm sold, are you?
It was lust at first sight with this Oak Cropped Button Pocket Shirt in Chambray ($127). It's such a simple idea, taking a men's shirt and cropping it, but I think it makes a world of a difference. It's a more girlie and modern take on the boyfriend shirt. I can so see Ashley Olsen sporting it with black stovepipes and crazy shoes, but would you wear it, too?
If you love it like I do, but you're not ready to spend the dough, take on a DIY project by cropping one of your boyfriend's or dad's chambray shirts yourself.
Once in a while a trend comes along we borrow from the boys - literally. There are so many ways to wear his classic white men's button-down shirt, or his Hanes white v-neck (and, for some reason, the color white is always ideal). Wear it cool and collected like Ashley, wear it effortlessly tomboy style like Kirstin, or wear it to bed undone sexy style. Oh, and it's also a comfy cool beach cover-up!
Anyway you slice it, borrowing your boyfriend's shirt can be styling fun - just remember to femme it up with an undone button, or three, something sleek and tight on bottom, and a good attitude.
Busty girls can understand this fashion dilemma: you're wearing a button down blouse for a job interview or a business meeting and realize (when it's a little too late) that anyone standing within a foot of you can see your sexy lace bra through the crack between the buttons and your chest. The well endowed can now cover up those horrible gaps with No See 'ems from Atlanta-based company, Bug Catcherz.
Here's how to use the clear strip of heavy tape that's sticky on both sides.
- Place the strip vertically on the part of your shirt with the buttons, and slip the opening in the middle of the strip around the problem area button.
- Remove the two strips in the back and press firmly against your shirt.
- Remove the two top strips, slip your button back on and press the strip against the other side of your shirt.
For a video tutorial, click here