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It’s officially the season of shopping, and we couldn’t be more excited. Okay, so maybe it’s about shopping for gifts, but we all still deserve to spoil ourselves now and then. After all, what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with a festive wardrobe? Whether you’re attending or hosting a party this season, it’s time to start planning that perfect party outfit. And if you’re not quite sure how to give your look that holiday feel, add some sparkle and experiment with sequins!
Whether you go all out, or try just a touch, sequins are guaranteed to spread holiday cheer. It’s hard to go wrong with a sequin dress, which can work for both formal events or your casual soiree. Try all-over sparkle or a dress with sequin details! This statement dress makes it easy to pair with all of your go-to basic accessories. To mute the sequined number, pair it with rich textiles, like leather or velvet. It will tone down the sequins while still giving you that holiday formality.
If that seems like too much too soon, take a shot at sequin separates. A top, skirt, blazer, or even pants are all amazing holiday pieces. The possibilities are endless, but be careful not to out gleam the Christmas tree. Pair these dazzling separates with basic pieces. A sequin skirt is just right with a black sweater. Or throw on a sequin blazer over a t-shirt and jeans for an instant party outfit! For an even muted take on this look, pair it with traditional holiday pieces, such as a tartan skirt.
If you already have your favorite LBD set aside for the festivities, introduce sequin accessories as something special for the holidays. Heels or a clutch are a great way to add a little glimmer to your timeless looks. While sequin-covered attire might seem like a bold purchase, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. After all, you can bring them out again for New Year’s! And even though trends change over the years, the holidays will always be a season to sparkle.
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I’m sure all fashionistas would agree, we hate having to cover up our outfit every time we go outside when it’s cold out. In the winter, your coat is the outfit the world sees, and at STA we love sporting jackets that are as fashionable as we are. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which coat best suits you?! Like your outfit, have your winter coat reflect your personality! Here are a few celebrity style inspirations to help you pinpoint your coat personality:
Trench Coats and Wool Blends
Personality Traits: Elegant, classic, classy, pretty, composed, girl-next-door
Inspiration: Kate Middleton and Jennifer AnistonAt STA:
A wool peacoat or a classic trench are the perfect cover for a nice occasion, or when you feel like looking sleek and put together. The simple addition to your outfit not only keeps you warm, but exudes your beautiful and confident personality. It’s impossible to go wrong with this sophisticated outerwear.
- Susana Monaco mohair/wool – STA 219 Newbury St.
- Alexander McQueen short peacoat wool/cashmere – STA Portsmouth
- Burberry Olive Trench – STA Wellesley
Personality Traits: Bold, Fearless, Confident, Diva, Glam
Inspiration: Victoria Beckham and BeyonceAt STA:
The look speaks for itself. Nothing says “I’m a star” like fur.
- Lapin cat vest – STA Gramercy Park
- Mink – STA Gramercy Park
- Ombre dyed fox fur – STA Brookline
Personality Traits: Easy-going, fun, casual, big personality, lovable
Inspiration: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia VergaraAt STA:
The puffer is the “ready for anything” coat. Whether your running errands, off to work, or out for the night, the puffer can handle anything. Its versatility and undeniable warmth gives that “girl next door” feel, who’s easy going and up for anything. And who doesn’t love a little fur trim when trying to add a little bit of edge?
- Northface Puffer Jacket – STA Portsmouth
- Moncler Puffer – STA Charles St.
- Cole Haan quilted jacket – STA Portsmouth
Unconventional and Daring
Personality Traits: Bold, Daring, Confident, Striking, Show-stoppers, risk-taker, trend-setter
Inspiration: Jessica AlbaAt STA:
Vests, bright colors, and different textures are all ways to bring unique flair to your outerwear. Who needs to follow trends when you can set your own? Whatever your heart desires, there’s a coat out there to match. And when you flaunt it on the streets, everyone can tell that’s a girl with a fun, unique, and glamorous style.
- T by Alexander Wang jacket with leather sleeves – STA Nolita
- Barbour vest – STA Charles St.
- Bod n Christensen bomber jacket – STA Brookline
- Barneys leather vest – STA Gramercy Park
Whatever your personality, flaunt it to the world through your winter coat!
Thanksgiving, the one holiday that is actually about food. If you’re anything like me, I don’t necessarily feel my most beautiful and put-together self when I’m stuffing my face for 24 hours. It’s hard to resist those comfy and stretchy yoga pants, but don’t give in! Here are three fabulous outfit inspirations to keep you looking fabulous (as usual) this Thanksgiving.
1. Cozy and Versatile
This outfit is great for all of the active ladies. Whether lounging with the family or running around with the kids, this outfit is comfortable but ready to go! Citizen jeans are the epitome of classic casual, and the Theory knit sweater is a subtle touch of cozy and confident. Tory Burch boots add a little glam, and the Burberry scarf ties the whole thing together for an unstoppable ensemble.
And wouldn’t you know, this Burberry quilted jacket from STA 324 Newbury St. goes perfectly when it’s time for the family football game.
2. Elegant and Feminine
Sometimes we celebrate Thanksgiving with a loved-one’s family instead of our own. But don’t let that frighten your holiday fashion sense! A feminine, chic outfit is appropriate for any Thanksgiving atmosphere. We love this blouse from Ralph Lauren, which you can dress down with Calvin Klein black skinny jeans. Then add your personality in the accessories! We added some sparkle with Rebecca Minkoff loafers and a Marc Jacobs bracelet.
These Prada silver jeweled flats from STA Armitage are a fabulous way to add some glam to your sophisticated ensembles. And If you’re a guest, the Chanel cross body from STA Haddonfield can carry all of your little necessities while you’re out!
3. Stylish, Yet Forgiving
Maybe you’re like me and love to spend Thanksgiving with a glass of wine in the kitchen with the women of the family. All I know is I don’t want to wear anything too restricting, especially as I’m nibbling all day! A dress is a great way to stay comfortable and fashionable. This Marc by Marc Jacobs short dress allows you to move freely around the house. Paired with black tights and Chanel boots, it screams bold and down to business. And we can never resist a good accessory, like this Michael Kors collar necklace.
And don’t forget a Michael Kors boyfriend watch from STA 176 Newbury St. is a mandatory accessory on Thanksgiving to keep track of all the madness!
Happy Thanksgiving fashioniSTAs!
Around the middle of November, I have a little extra spring in my step. Right around the corner is the most wonderful day of the year: Black Friday. Since the bigger retailers now start their sales on Thanksgiving night, it gives me the perfect opportunity to get my general gifts out of the way and spend the rest of the day making the world (and my closet) a more stylish place. STA always runs a big sale for a couple hours in the morning, so I’m gearing up to shop the best for less for my closet and a select number of gifts for my most fashionable friends. For the next couple of weeks, you can get the inside look at our extensive planning process!
Countdown: 14 Days…let the planning begin!
Taking on a sale of this magnitude is impossible to do alone, so I’ve enlisted the help of my best shopping buddies.
Meet the Team
Strength: Quick and efficient shopper. Can sort through an entire store’s inventory in record time to capture the best, hidden pieces. She knows what she does and doesn’t like and won’t waste any time over something that isn’t absolutely perfect.
Style: Classic with a touch of chic
Go-to’s: Jackets and Jewelry
Jeanne and Catherine
Strength: Two shoppers in one. Jeanne and her sister are an inseparable pair, so we let them go do their sister takeover of STA. With twice the eyes, twice the hands, and twice the style expertise, they are unstoppable when it comes to Black Friday. Don’t try to battle them for a piece. They will win.
Style: Sophisticated and trendy
Go-to’s: Shoes and Handbags
Strength: Pro gift-giver. Laura has a knack for knowing exactly how to match personality to style, both for herself and her friends. When I’m ready to take a breather after snagging my own pieces, I’ll definitely be going to Laura for help with picking out gifts for the rest of the girls. (And my mom on speed dial of course.)
Style: Preppy and Feminine
Go-to’s: Dresses and Tops
We’ve got a great team assembled, but it’s still essential that my black Friday execution is flawless and foolproof. The girls agree that we’ll hit the three STA locations on Newbury street.
1) 176 Newbury St. Boston, MA
2) 219 Newbury St. Boston, MA
3) 324 Newbury St. Boston, MA
Can’t forget to factor in walking times! Calculated a 3-minute walk from STA (1) to STA (2). 6-minute walk from STA (2) to STA (3). And since I’m hoping Starbucks won’t be as crowded as usual, we’ve budgeted in a five minute coffee break in between stores two and three.
Bonus tip: We’ve already started our seasonal Black Friday work-out plan, walking two miles a day to build up our stamina for the real event.
Check back in with us next week as we tackle our closets and holiday gift lists to come up with the perfect Black Friday shopping list!
Fashionistas, we all know neutral doesn’t mean boring. This season especially, Pantone has introduced some enchanting new shades to change up your usual neutral looks.
Pantone’s new take on neutrals can turn your look from basic to fashion forward without being flashy. The calm lush shade of deep lichen is perfect for an earthy yet edgy feel. The smoky turbulence shade is cool yet sophisticated. And the ever smooth and sensational shade of brown is carafe, for a classic and upscale look.
We can’t get enough of these fresh non-traditional neutrals. Pantone also features subtle yet stunning jewel tones and vivid, upbeat brights in this season’s palate, which beautifully enhance the neutral hues.
The new neutral shades are a great way to change up your usual black, navy, brown, or khaki go-to’s. Mix and match them together or pair them with Pantone’s Fall 2013 jewel tones and brights. You can do just a splash of color or go all out, whatever your mood may inspire.
We love these fashionista’s color combos! The turbulence coat with an acai pant is perfect for a cool, urban look. Pairing carafe tights with a samba skirt perfectly embraces the warm, fall feel. Get the rustic, yet chic, style with a deep lichen skirt and a pop of color, like a samba cross-body bag. And finally, we are loving the layering of a lichen green jacket over a vibrant color like koi!
Get creative! These hues can mix and match to best embrace your unique and stunning style.
Halloween. The one day of the year where you get to be someone other than your fantastic self. We know how tricky it can be to think of a killer costume that people will remember for the next twelve months … in a good way. And with Halloween being on a Thursday this year, it can be difficult to change from your darling work attire to your costume without being TOO fashionably late for the festivities.
Here are some tricks and treats for how to transform your work clothes to an awesome costume quickly, easily, and fashionably.
Fashion Traits: Feminine, sophisticated, preppy, chic, classy
For Work: Pencil skirt, sheath dress, skirt suit, khakis
- Pearl necklace and earrings
- Loafers or flats
- Trench coat
- Sweater tied around the shoulders
- Big sunglasses
Jess from New Girl
Fashion Traits: Feminine, quirky, off-beat, colorful
For Work: Bold A-line dress, either solid or patterned
- Colorful flats
- Colored cardigan
- Colorful belt
- Tights (black)
- Big tortoise glasses frames
- Clip-in bangs (should your hair be fringe-free at the moment)
(All items should be bold colors and clash)
Style Traits: Clean and Crisp
For Work: Bright blue, green or winter white dress, and a fabulous blowout
- White coat or blazer (print out and attach little Orbit “O”)
- Aqua or light blue scarf
- Pack of Orbit gum
For Work: Black Dress and a bun (we recommend the sock bun)
- Black Gloves
- Big Pearl or Silver Necklace
- Rhinestone hair jewel
- Glitter and bold makeup
- Pink Lipstick
Flo from Progressive
Style Trends: …white (and perky)
For Work: White t-shirt or collared shirt under an autumn-perfect sweater, paired with white jeans (embrace the style dare!)
- White apron with “Progressive” logo
- “I heart Insurance” Pin
- Flo nametag
- Blue headband (We recommend teasing your hair to get her bump!)
- Red lipstick
Style Traits: Dark, Black, Dull, Unimpressed
For Work: Black Dress and tights (optional white blouse under the dress)
- White blouse (either under or over the dress)
- Big grey sweater (over blouse)
- Nude lips
- 2 braids
Trick or Treat FashioniSTAs!
Let’s admit it, we all love a good dress. An understatement I know, but who can resist their cute and flirty feel while also being the most comfortable option out there? We mostly think of dresses as a summer essential. But just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you have to hide those legs just yet. To get that perfect fall feel, bring on the textures!
That’s right, this season leather is making a comeback once again, and we couldn’t be more excited. Whether it’s a jacket, boots, or bag, what better way to add both edge and sophistication? Just take your summer dress and throw on your favorite leather pieces. The simple accents can turn any dress into a fearless fall ensemble. We love complementing the flirty feel of a dress with the cool confidence of a leather jacket. Add a leather bag for a timeless sophisticated touch. And don’t forget your leather boots to enhance that autumn feel. Goodbye sandals, these boots were made for walking.
Quilted pieces are a must-have this fall. Channel your inner diva and rock your dress with a quilted bag, or strut your stuff in quilted shoes. Even try a dress that’s partially quilted (but careful not to overdo it!). We love playing up the little black dress with a pop of color from a quilted cross-body bag. Even pair your go-to floral dress with a quilted jacket or purse! The soft pillow-y texture can perfectly transform any dress to a killer outfit for the colder season.
Stay warm and cozy with a classic fall look, wool and knit. Add a knit scarf or sweater to bundle up for the brisk days, or add a touch of bohemian with wool tights. We love extending the life of our summer florals or stripes by pairing them with an over-sized cardigan. And we can’t resist the good old-fashioned sweater dress for an instant autumn style. This texture is a timeless fall fashion that’s fantastic for embracing the season.
So search your closet to its deepest corners, hit the racks at your favorite store, and flaunt your fall dress with confidence!
Before the leaves even hit the ground, we’re ready to break out our boots and suede handbags. Summer’s graceful transition into fall can only be matched with equally elegant style, from luxurious leather dresses to beanies that have suddenly gone high style.
The Labor Day no white apparel rule has fallen by the wayside the past few years, but embracing the color has taken an additional step forward. Winter white started popping up heavily at the beginning of 2013, and we’re rejoicing that it’s popping up as a trend for fall as well. Heavier fabrics – like wool and cashmere – are the perfect compliments to this lighter hue. Play it safe with just one piece, or go bolder with an entire white ensemble, accented with the season’s signature red lip, of course.
If warmer staples are your M.O., then you’ve probably got the market cornered on houndstooth and autumn plaid. Play it up with leather details or pairing your preppy tweed blazer with a leather dress. Should you be more into the bohemian persuasion of fashion, give your summer maxi dresses a little extra time to shine by pairing them with a leather jacket or vest to carry them over into fall. And to channel your inner ’90s punk, choose a beanie in a bright color and pair it with your leather fall staples.
Kristen Stewart made headlines when she ditched the heels for her favorite Converse sneakers at the 2009 VMAs.
A trend we LOVE this summer that we definitely anticipate carrying over into this fall is the return of the old school sneakers. Lots of designers are catching on to this trend as well, and designing their own exclusive lines with shoe companies while putting their twists on the classic looks. If you’re a Converse lover like myself, one line definitely worth checking out is Free People’s unique twist on the classic Chuck Taylor’s. Even J. Crew has caught the sneaker fever and collaborated with Vans to create a vintage-looking line of sneakers.
With a celebrity endorsement like Taylor Swift, it is no wonder that Keds are making a killer comeback on women of all ages. Keds complete a simple and classic look while being the epitome of comfort. If you’re looking to add a pop of color, or spice up a simple look with some floral patterns, both Vans and Keds have released new lines for women that be may be just what you’re looking for.
One of the best part about stocking up on new sneaks is that you can find some amazing deals and don’t have to worry about making too big of a dent in your wallet. If looking to add a bit of edge to your look, a graphic print pair of Vans, or studded pair of Chuck Taylor’s would do just the trick. Pictured below, Whitney Port completed her edgy red carpet look with a pair of leopard print vans that really stand out, even next to those graphic print leggings.
If you’re a fashionista who values comfort as much as I do, invest in a pair of sneakers that you love! By adding a pair of plain white Vans or simple black Chucks, you will always have a simple and comfortable shoe to pair with just about anything. The greatest part about this sneaker comeback is the amount of variety being offered in the stores right now, there is a unique pair to match every gal’s personal style!
(Image Credits: mtv.com, pinterest.com, tumblr.com, justjared.com)
No matter where it is you’re spending your summer, we know you fashioniSTAs are doing it in style! This summer is all about making a statement, while also remaining true to your individuality and personal style. When dressing for your vacation getaway, we are seeing a huge nautical influence on the latest trends. Some of the hottest trends this season are simple patterns with a preppy vibe, think classic Tommy Hilfiger and Tory Burch. When seaside no matter what your style is, you cannot go wrong with a brightly colored Lily Pulitzer ensemble. Whether headed to the ocean or traveling to the countryside, vacation style is all about simple, elegant, and classy.
This summer’s urban style has a much edgier vibe. When it comes to looking your best in the city streets, it is all about making a bold statement. Lots of trends we are seeing this season are pushing boundaries, the streets definitely have an 80’s vibe when they are full of destroyed denim, studs, and leather. What we recommend trying is mixing older trends with newer ones or pairing two totally different items to make a unique look. Next time you decide to wear a floral pattern, add some edge with some leather or destroyed denim! If there is ever a time to try something new and different, it is when strutting down the city sidewalks.
It is hard to ignore how much of a bohemian influence there has been on this summer’s trends. With maxi dresses and cross body bags being two of this summer’s must haves, this summer you can’t resist the catching the bohemian fever. Even if you don’t consider your personal style particularly bohemian, this style is absolutely worth trying, even if just for the comfort factor alone! From crochet and fringe to vintage looking over-sized jewelry, we are loving everything about this style. We recommend you try pairing a floral pattern with an over sized sheer shall to get just the right vibe.
(Image credits: pinterest.com, tumblr.com)