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Outsidelands 2016: StyleChat Edition 

If you’re a San Francisco native, a music lover, a festival lover, a combination of all three, or just the average fun-loving human, you will probably be in attendance at this year’s annual Outsidelands Music Festival from August 5-7.

With a week left until Ranger Dave welcomes us all into his loving lands of camaraderie, the tension is on to string together your funkiest fits.

Most likely, you A) have all of your outfits picked out B) have one or two cool pieces but nothing crazy or C) have a feeling you’ll be sporting your birthday suit during the 3 day extravaganza (it’s legal there).

If you’re an A person, well you’re an A person and you don’t need my help (go you). You B people, I understand your pain. At least you’re not completely lost? Now for all you C’s, listen and listen well. The key to serving looks at OSL is really quite simple; be yourself. That’s it! Fascinating, huh?

The beauty of OSL is that it is in San Francisco–a city built off of acceptance, funk, and freedom to dress however you please. Thus, the uniform for one of the city’s largest events is mirrored from SF’s greatest value:individuality.

With that being said, if you feel the need to drop $1,000 on some sweet ‘fits to feel yourself, do it! If you’re planning to dig into the chasm that is your mother’s closet, DO IT! There are no rules, no expectations, and no real judgments from anyone in the crowds. Take this festival weekend as an opportunity to really let yourself unwind–you know that Ranger Dave wouldn’t want it any other way.

As an OSL attendee, here are some pieces I’ve been scoping out to make me feel like myself all weekend long. OH and the best part about all of these looks: I shopped them all on the StyleChat app. It made my eclectic taste soo much easier to appease!

From top, left to right: Josefina Boyfriend With Destroy in Bright Blue Bell (7forallmankind.com/$129.00), Denim Shift Dress (forever21.com/$19.90), CHLOE CROPPED DENIM JACKET (aliceandolivia.com/$695.00), Frasier Sterling Night on the Tiles Choker (nastygal.com/$70.00), Flawed Leather Wrap Bolo (freepeople.com/$78.00), Anita K Barred for Life Sterling Silver Collar Necklace (nastygal.com/$60.00), Nasty Gal Well Versed Off-the-Shoulder Top (nastygal.com/$68.00), That’s a Wrap Top (freepeople.com/$98.00), Low Tide Off-the-Shoulder Top (nastygal.com/$48.00), Moondance Skirt Set (freepeople.com/$228.00), Cecile Ankle Boot (freepeople.com/$168.00), Gauze Overall Shorts (forever21.com/$17.90), Signature Loafer (freepeople.com/$128.00),  Magic Tapestry Boot (freepeople.com/$178.00)

Enjoy the festival, folks. Make me (and Ranger Dave) proud.

 

By: Leah Heyman

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Re-Create Street Style from #FW

 

We’ve sourced two of our fave looks from Fashion Week- and re-created affordable looks just for you! (Using the one and only StyleChat app.) Check out the looks below!

 

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Throw on a graphic sweatshirt over a collared button down for a comfy yet clean and crisp look. A great go-to for layering is the classic leather jacket! Finish off the look with a  blanket scarf for those blustery February mornings.

Jacket: BB Dakota Elias Leather Moto Jacket via Bloomingdales, $350; Sweatshirt Forever21, $20; Collared Shirt H&M, $20; Blanket Scarf H&M, $25

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Try a bright hue and a classic neck tie top for a professional silhouette- but don’t forget a patterned clutch and oversized sunglasses for a bit of funk!

Jacket Eileen Fisher via Bloomingdales, $196; Mango ruffle top, $50; AG Jeans, $198; D&G Sunglasses via Sunglass Hut, $275; MILLY Clutch via Bloomingdales, $450

By: Ashley Cooke

 

Photos via Vogue.com

 

Stay Fashionably Warm this Winter

Don’t let your desire to stay warm this winter hinder your style choices. December is a time to embrace your favorite scarves, strap on those high boots and wrap yourself in as many layers as needed.

From Left to Right: Zara, Farfetch, Zara
From Left to Right: Zara, Farfetch, Zara

Mix up your winter jacket routine with some funky colors, cool patterns, and intriguing silhouettes. Having two jackets in your closet would be ideal. One could be your solid colored neutral jacket like the grey one featured above on the left. This could take you from work to dinner and out with friends on the weekend. It’s neutral so it will go with almost anything! When you’re ready to spice up an outfit, having a second coat that is colorful and patterned will help keep your look fresh and fun!

Net-a-porter
Net-a-porter

Next, you should care about what’s underneath the coat. Layers are your best friend in the winter. You want to choose your sweaters wisely. After all, when you step indoors and take off your jacket, your sweater will be the focal point of the look. Choose anything from a sweater with an asymmetrical hemline to one that features a vibrant colorblocked pattern. Choose one with a luxurious fabric. A soft cashmere sweater will keep you warm and comfortable all day long. On those really cold days, wearing a long sweater will have you feeling like you’re still wearing your cozy morning bathrobe.

From Left to Right: Farfetch, Bloomingdales, Farfetch
From Left to Right: Farfetch, Bloomingdales, Farfetch

While your skinny jeans or tights will help keep you warm, an extra layer can never hurt! These black over-the-knee boots will transform any look from casual and basic to stylish and bold, while giving you an extra layer of warmth against your legs.

Mango
Mango

Now it’s time to put the finishing touch on your look with a warm, chunky scarf. This season we’re seeing everything from solid-colored chunky infinity scarves to multi-colored long scarves. Try choosing one with neutral colors like black or beige so that it won’t clash with the other colors in your ensemble.

Ready to buy all your stylish winter essentials? Use the StyleChat app to make your mobile shopping experience easy and fun!

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

Hit the Slopes in Style with the Trendiest Skiwear this Winter Season

This winter season as you’re swooshing your way down the slopes, ride down in style with skiwear in the hottest colors. Skitotal highlights some new skiwear trends this winter season.

To make a statement, Skitotal suggests wearing bright colors.  Whether it’s a bright orange or an orange-red color, your jacket will be the center of attention.  Try a bright orange coat with faux fur around the collar.  According to Skitotal, people can’t get enough of faux fur collars this season!

If you’re ready to be a bit daring, try wearing a jacket or pair of snow pants that have an animal print. An animal print jacket will be sure to make you stand out as you speed down the hill.

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Zebra print jacket. Photo Courtesy of Windsor Star, click through to original post

 

If you’re looking for something a little more subdued, Skitotal suggests opting for a snowsuit in an understated monochrome color.  Wearing an all black snowsuit will make you look slim and trim as you fly down the hill.

If you want to show off your femininity, there’s no better way to do it than with a hot pink jacket.  Try wearing a hot pink coat with black ski pants for an unbeatable combination.   The jacket featured below has the perfect touch of white detailing to create a little bit of intrigue in the look.

Bright Pink Spyder Jacket, Courtesy of SunandSki.com
Bright Pink Spyder Jacket, Courtesy of SunandSki.com

Match your jacket with a cool pair of pink goggles and you’ll be the most stylish lady speeding down the hill.

What does your ski outfit look like this season?  Share in the comments below!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Saying “Fur Sure” to Wearing Fur

Wearing fur can be intimidating. Whether it’s real fur or faux fur, here are some tips to get you saying, “Fur sure!” to wearing fur.

Think back: Perhaps you’ve forgotten about a fur item that you already own.  Instead of going all out in a fur coat, opt for an item with a bit of a fur trim like the jacket featured below.

Courtesy of Hollister, Click to original post.
Courtesy of Hollister, Click to original post.

Keep it simple: This will be easy if you already own boots. Do you have any boots with an exterior fur lining? If not, go get yourself a pair! Your feet will thank you for the extra warmth, and it’s a super simple way to rock some fur in your outfit!

Courtesy of UGG Australia, Click to original post.
Courtesy of UGG Australia, Click to original post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fur on top: Don’t catch a cold this winter. Surely you’ll remember to bundle up in layers, but don’t forget about your head! Keep your ears warm and your bedhead covered with a fur hat.

Courtesy of Nasty Gal, Click to original post.
Courtesy of Nasty Gal, Click to original post.

Be bold: While the first three ideas play with fur subtly, you can kick it up a notch with a good fur vest. Be bold and confident! If you don’t think you can pull it off, no one else will believe it either!

Courtesy of Macy's, Click to original post.
Courtesy of Macy’s, Click to original post.

Go for it: Do you want to be a modern-day Cruella? Go for it, girl! You’ll definitely be warm in a full fur coat.

Courtesy of Asos, Click to original post.
Courtesy of Asos, Click to original post.

Whether you want to just experiment with fur or go all out, you’ve got options. Show us your fur-filled outfits on our free fashion app, StyleChat. Share your creations with us on social media using the hashtag #StyleChatMobile!

By: Stephanie Wong

Baby it’s Cold Outside

With the holidays underway, it is time to break out those holiday sweaters and booties to keep warm from the cold. No, I am not talking about your grandmother’s holiday sweater with a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer riding in Santa’s sleigh on it.  I am talking about this season’s biggest fashion rage: loose and baggy comfy knit sweaters that pair perfectly with short ankle booties.

In Vicky’s Style Fashion blog, she features a variety of winter outfits that will be sure to send you those warm holiday fuzzes. In one outfit, she pairs white denim jeans with a periwinkle blue trench coat, which is a great statement piece to add a pop of color this holiday season. To complete the look she adds brown suede booties, a striped sweater and a crisp white knit beanie to complete the wintry feel.

Click to Vicky's Style Blog
Click to Vicky’s Style Blog

Baggy sweaters and booties are not only trending here in the US, but across the globe in Antwerp.  A collection of pastel colored knit sweaters and black lace up booties featured at a local H&M has left mannequins hanging off the edge of their seats.

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Whether you are in the US or traveling across the globe, a baggy sweater and booties are the way to go. Just be sure to wear your favorite scarf and knit beanie because “baby its cold outside.”

By: Kiana Kuns

How to Revitalize your Winter Wardrobe

With winter on its way, many people will choose to either hibernate indoors or bear the cold in frumpy, bulky sweatshirts that don’t satisfy their desire to feel fashionable.  But have no fear because there’s another option!  Your winter wardrobe doesn’t have to be dull and drab like the grey winter sky.  Margaret Abrams of the College Candy blog gives some great tips on how to keep your winter wardrobe fun and fashionable!

Photo Courtesy of College Candy, click through to original article
Chunky Necklace: Photo Courtesy of College Candy, click through to original article

First, add some statement jewelry to your look to make your dull winter clothes come to life!  Try a chunky necklace overtop of your warm sweaters.  Pairing a colorful necklace on top of a neutral-colored sweater can be the perfect way to liven up your look.

Second, Abrams suggests opting for a deconstructed blazer to keep you warm.  If you can’t find a deconstructed blazer, try wearing one that has a bold-color, perhaps blue or pink.  Adding a splash of color to your winter outfit can be the perfect way to make it look less drab. Next, pair your outfit with the perfect pair of booties.  Choose your favorite, whether it’s moto booties or cowboy booties, the options are endless!

Booties: Photo courtesy of College Candy. Click through to original article
Booties. Photo courtesy of College Candy. Click through to original article

Last but not least, arrive at your destination in style with a moto jacket.  Abrams suggests pairing it with a pair of skinny jeans for the ultimate chic look.  I suggest that if you want to wear the moto jacket open but it’s really cold outside, add a scarf around your neck to provide extra warmth.

Moto Jacket: Photo courtesy of College Candy. Click through to original article
Moto Jacket: Photo courtesy of College Candy. Click through to original article

Follow these tips to make your transition from fall weather to cold winter weather, a little bit smoother.  Share with us your favorite way to freshen up your winter look.  Don’t let the cold weather hinder your sense of style!

By: Jaclyn Parker