GoJane Lookbook: Grey Matter

Remembering Oscar de la Renta + His Best Moments In Fashion

Oscar de la Renta, who died at age 82 this week, was more than just a household name. He was a legend. For multiple decades, de la Renta has dressed the likes of famed celebrities and politicians, such as Jackie Kennedy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, and Hillary Clinton. But behind the sequins and the layers of taffeta was a man who was so much more. Consistently deemed a true class-act amongst his peers, de la Renta was considered a gentleman of the highest order and as being just as elegant as the clothes he made. He will not only be remembered for his iconic designs, but his words of wisdom regarding women and fashion will live on forever and ever.

Ahead, we’ve listed our favorite Oscar de la Renta quotes and a gallery of some of his best moments in fashion…

Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.

Walk like you have three men walking behind you.

Being well-dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.

Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.

What women have achieved in the last 50 years, I wish men would have achieved in the last 100.

I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.

Find It + Win It: Different Brushstrokes For Different Folks

Updated 10/30/14:

Congrats, Ronisha R.!

Correct Link: http://www.gojane.com/103499.html

The rules are simple: If you want to win the sweatpants featured in the photo below, all you have to do is find these pants on GoJane.com. Leave a comment on this post with a link to these bottoms, and you’ll automatically be entered to win it. Good luck!

We are extending the deadline. You now have until Thursday, October 30, 2014 to enter!

FIWI-10-24-14

 

Click here to start searching!

Note: A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 6pm (PST). You have until then to comment. Please leave a valid email address. We can’t contact you as a winner if your email is ILoveCats@Potato.com (although that would be an awesome email address). We will reply to the winning comment, send a message to the email address listed, and update this post with the winner’s name. After a winner is chosen, he or she will have until Thursday, November 6, 2014, to claim the pictured prize and select his or her choice of any size and color available for the item. Please note that only correct entries posted to this blog post will be considered. Comments left on any of our other social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) do not qualify for the prize.

Only one unique entry per person, per email address.

*International winners will receive store credit in the amount of the prize.

**Please be advised that we do not ship to all countries. If a winner is chosen from a country we do not ship to, we can still issue store credit for the item, but he or she will be responsible for contacting a mail forwarding company.

Click here for more information regarding our shipping policy…

Getting (Un)Even: 4 Asymmetrical Must-Try Styles

There are many things in life that us girls prefer to be even. (Bangs, brows, and the wingtips of our eyeliner — just to name a few.) So when we first saw asymmetrical pieces hit the scene, we couldn’t help but feel a tad bit uncomfy at first sight. Well, we’ve come a long way since then, and because trying a new trend can be a little scary, we’re here to let you know that a little imbalance in your wardrobe can actually be a great thing. And if you think just for one second that you don’t have what it takes to get a little uneven… Girl, you are so wrong. Every single Jane can hop on board because taking on this trend only requires one key ingredient: confidence. In other words, you gotta own the look to make it convincing. Trust us, the results are gonna be amazeballs.

Ahead, check out 4 asymmetrical styles that you’ve gotta try:

1. Skirts – You’ve mastered the maxi skirt, the midi skirt, and the mini skirt, but what about something with a little unpredictability? Not everything in your life needs to be completely even, and the hemline on your asymmetrical skirt is certainly no exception.

2. Tops – Ever feel a little yawnsville with the basic tees and tanks you’ve been sporting lately? Step up your game by incorporating asymmetry on top the next time you leave the house. Whether it’s a one-shoulder number or a high-low option, you’re guaranteed to turn heads all day long.

3. Dresses – Forget the days when mom would be constantly adjusting your dress to ensure that it’s on straight. Slipping on an asymmetrical dress has the opposite effect, and we are so not complaining. If you’re looking for guaranteed chic, give this non-traditional take on a classic wardrobe piece a whirl.

4. Earrings – Thanks to the likes of Madonna and Janet Jackson, girls have been rocking the asymmetrical earring look for as long as we can remember. While the concept may be an old one, the styles are brand spankin’ new, so make sure you cop some updated pairs stat!

Shop the asymmetrical microtrend & more @ GoJane!

One And Only: Why You Should Be Going Monochrome! And How To Do It

They say that one is the loneliest number, and under normal circumstances we would probably have to agree. But when it comes to getting dressed in the morning? One can become the loveliest number if you know how to put together an entire outfit using a single color palette. Why should you do it? Let us count the ways…

1. It’ll get you out the door. Quick and easy. No messing, no matching, no morning mourning for what has become of your closet. Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma’am! (You’re welcome.)

2. It’ll funhouse-mirror you. Monochromatic dressing elongates your body, creating one fluid image that directs the eye up and down. And longer equals leaner. We all know how important that is.

3. It’ll be your Best Supporting Actor. You really wanna make a statement? Some solid scenery will perfectly highlight those new spiked booties or that awards-night-ready bib necklace.

4. It’ll make you a fashion star. Dressing in all one color is not only fast and flattering but also incredibly chic. Proof below. Just check out these celebrity sightings for some instant inspo.

And once you’ve decided on your one and only – color, that is – scroll down for our how-to tips on going monochrome, as well as some more single-lady looks…

Collage

7 Style Tips For Dressing In All 1 Color

1. Show some skin. You know what they say. Use what you’ve got! So if you’re afraid of walking around looking like a giant popsicle, let your natural skin color be that buffer zone. Slice into your flowy, one-tone maxi with a high slit that shows some lovely, luscious leg. Or opt for a cropped top and high-waisted bottom combo and have your cute little midriff be the welcome distraction.

2. Utilize prints. Don’t think that dressing in all one color means you have to stay completely in solids. You can still dress monochromatically with patterns as long as they stay within the same color spectrum. So go ahead with that camo, floral, plaid, striped, or all-of-the-above piece. (Don’t worry. We can’t stay away from prints either!)

Grey

3. Accessorize wisely. You can also break up a head-to-toe color with some cleverly chosen accessories, like a belt or that statement jewelry we were talking about earlier. Maybe even take a page out of Cher Horowitz’s book and use an under-shirt as a peekaboo accessory – a collar, cuffs, or some shirttails will definitely do the trick.

4. Clash on purpose. If your colors are too-too close together on the color wheel (even if you know they’re not supposed to match exactly), it can look like a mistake. Like you washed your top one too many times but not your bottoms. Or like you simply couldn’t afford the whole matching set. (Your co-workers will probably spend the day pondering whether they should let you know.) So if you wanna be safe, don’t be safe at all! Even if your instincts are telling you that red and pink don’t go together, because they’re in the same family – although several degrees apart – they will work. And so will your outfit.

5. Add visual interest. If think your monochromatic look will be too plain, pick something with some extra structure or detailing. Let’s see, maybe a contrast zipper, a mesh inset, a curved hem, a crisscrossing skinny strap, or a caged cut-out design… Too plain? As if!

White

 

6. Vary tones and textures. You can also choose mixed media items or separates in different materials to up the diversity. A faux leather skirt in black will have a sheen to it and most likely appear a few shades lighter than, say, a jersey top. Something that feels full, like faux fur or quilting, would be the perfect juxtaposition to an item with a sleek silhouette and smooth surface. Just do some comparing and contrasting. Emphasis on the contrast!

7. Stick with black. If all else fails, it’ll be black to the rescue. Some people might think you veer on the side of goth or even funeral attendee going all black, but unless you’re going out in drippy raccoon makeup or big shades and a veiled hat, it’s pretty hard to mess up. An all-black outfit is totally timeless, not to mention super sophisticated. Think Audrey Hepburn in her Breakfast At Tiffany’s dress and gloves. Or that too-chic-to-be-true turtleneck and cropped pants ensemble. But just be careful, okay? ‘Cause you know what they say. Once you go black…

Black

Shop monochrome and more at GoJane.com!

Pssssst. If you’re looking for a color in particular, just enter it in the search box! Or browse one of the categories and filter by color to see your options. Here’s hoping you find a hue that’s totally you. Happy shopping:)

Color

Happy Birthday, Kim Kardashian!

Whether you loathe her or love her, you can’t deny that her style game has gone off the charts. Sure, cleavage and side boob still make appearances, but her overall sleek makeover hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Not sure of how you heard the Kardashian name? Perhaps it was Kim’s iPhone game. No? Maybe her makeup line or clothing collections? Not to mention Keeping Up With The Kardashians, of course. What with being the famous mommy of a famous baby and one half of KimyeWell, Kim Kardashian has been a busy bee.

So it’s not surprising that there are over 20 million people who follow her on Instagram and 24.5 million people who read her tweets. She’s probably getting a lot of birthday wishes right now, one of which shall be ours: Happy birthday, Kim!

Peep this gallery for those looks we were gabbing about.

Also, can we just pause (“Imma-let-you-finish”) and look at this by the way? Kanye being a gentleman. Ugh, so cute. Even some of the iciest Kimye haters must have thawed a tiny bit when they saw these photos.

All image credits in captions.

So, diggin’ Kim’s style? You know she’s all about heels, right? What a coincidence… We’re totally having a super rad sale on heels right now. Stock up, ladies, and check out our GoJane picks below.

 gjheels1. Put Four Rings On It Ankle Strap Heels, 2. Square-Studded Affair Caged Heels, 3. Tight Laced Corset Heels, 4. I-Catching Strappy Reptile Heels, 5. Feelin’ Single Studded Heels, 6. Corset It Off Lace-Up Cut-Out Heels

Click here for more GoJane goodies!

DIY: Cute, Clever + Creative Halloween Costumes (Using GoJane Gear)

There are only a couple weeks left before Halloween, and we’re getting you ready with three amazing costume ideas. Whether Halloween is a time for you to be sexy, scary, or straight-up hilarious, we’ve got some clever costume inspirations that will turn heads and hopefully win you the grand prize at any Halloween costume contest. (Unless some girl shows up dressed as a sexy football player… That girl always seems to win! Gag.) The best thing about these costume ideas? We used all GoJane gear that can be worn year-round. How very practical of us, right?

Creepy Little Dancer

(Sia’s Chandelier Video)
GoJane's Version: Sia "Chandelier" Video

What you’ll need: Sheen Queen Nylon Muscle Bodysuit + Wig (purchased at our local Halloween supply shop)

Sia "Chandelier" Video

If we had to create a soundtrack for the summer of 2014, Sia’s Chandelier would definitely be included. Not only was the song addicting, but the video was pretty freaking mesmerizing. Something about a creepy little girl (AKA Maddie from reality TV hit Dance Moms) wearing a skin-toned leotard and dancing like a possessed maniac in a rundown loft…just screams Halloween.

Mental Mellie

(The First Lady in Scandal)

GoJane's Version of Mental Mellie (Scandal)

What you’ll need: Adios Amigos Graphic Leaf Sweatpants + Getaway Basic Cropped Tee + Floral Watercolor Kimono Duster + Cozy Faux Suede Boots

Mental Mellie (Scandal)

Spoiler Alert: If you’re a fan of Scandal and are all caught up on the current season, then you will definitely appreciate this costume idea. After all that the First Lady has been through (being raped by her father-in-law during her first presidential campaign and dealing with her husband’s years-long affair with his press secretary), she finally lost her mind. But having your son murdered by your husband’s mistress’ diabolical terrorist father will do that to a person. When dressing up as Mental Mellie, don’t forget two major things…a bag of potato chips and a shitload of self-pity and IDGAFs.

Feminist LumberJackJane

(She’ll chop her own dang wood!)

GoJane's LumberJane

What you’ll need: Plaid On The Back Flannel Shirt + Gone Plaid Shredded Skinny Jeans + Quilty As Charged Short Combat Boots + Belted Faux Leather Suspenders + Bad Hair Day Distressed Knit Beanie

Paul Bunyan

Because…feminism. (And also because plaid is kinda having a moment right now.)

GoJane Lookbook: Go Monochrome

Find It + Win It: The Perfect Patent Pumps!

Updated 10/27/14:

Congrats, Kita Oats!

Correct Link: http://www.gojane.com/92543-shoes-clear-the-way-pointy-pumps.html

The rules are simple: If you are crazy for heels and want to win the pair featured in the photo below, all you have to do is find this item on GoJane.com. Leave a comment on this post with a link to that item, and you’ll automatically be entered to win it. Good luck!

We are extending this giveaway. You now have until Thursday, October 23, 2014 to enter!

Find these heels on GoJane.com!

Click here to start searching!

Note: A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 6pm (PST). You have until then to comment. Please leave a valid email address. We can’t contact you as a winner if your email is ILoveCats@Potato.com (although that would be an awesome email address). We will reply to the winning comment, send a message to the email address listed, and update this post with the winner’s name. After a winner is chosen, he or she will have until Thursday, October 30, 2014, to claim the pictured prize and select his or her choice of any size and color available for the item. Please note that only correct entries posted to this blog post will be considered. Comments left on any of our other social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) do not qualify for the prize.

Only one unique entry per person, per email address.

*International winners will receive store credit in the amount of the prize.

**Please be advised that we do not ship to all countries. If a winner is chosen from a country we do not ship to, we can still issue store credit for the item, but he or she will be responsible for contacting a mail forwarding company.

Click here for more information regarding our shipping policy…

You Are Cordially Invited! To Our What-To-Wear Wedding Guide

You Are Cordially Invited

You don’t have to be married (some of us never plan to be!) to know that a lot goes into organizing a wedding. You’ve gotta get a venue, a florist, a caterer, an officiator, entertainment, invitations, a cake… The list goes on and on. But there’s also a little bit of anxiety involved with being a wedding guest, and the biggest issue is usually what the hell you’re going to wear. But not to worry. We’ve come prepared. So let’s let the bride stress about the “I Do”s, while we do a little talkin’ about the do’s and don’ts! Here are our tips on how to dress for a wedding…

10 Do’s And Don’ts Of Wedding Dressing

DON’T take away from the bride. The number one rule of any wedding? Don’t upset the bride. This should go without saying, but you never want to steal the spotlight when it’s someone else’s big day. Like we said, planning a wedding isn’t easy, and chances are this bridezilla girl has buckets of blood, sweat, tears, and hairspray to prove it. So stay away from anything bride-esque (white, cream, ivory) or princess-like (a tiara or flowers in your hair), and don’t put on anything that will make you the center of attention (like a Celine Dion backwards tuxedo circa 1999). ‘Cause for today that job belongs to someone else!

Jumpsuits

1. Slit Happens Strappy Split Jumpsuit, 2. Stripe It On Strapless Jumpsuit, 3. Lacy Daze Jumpsuit, 4. Game Changer Surplice Dolman Jumpsuit, 5. Best Of The Vest Pinstripe Jumpsuit, 6. Abstract Doodles Sweetheart Jumpsuit

DO consider a jumpsuit. That’s not to say that you can’t think a little outside the box. Who says you have to go with a dress? Jumpsuits have risen in popularity over the last few years, and there are tons of variations that would be suitable options (pun totally intended!) for wedding-guest gear. If you’re worried about not looking dressy enough, just keep the color dark and make sure to pair the jumpsuit with heels and some glam jewelry. Similarly…

DON’T think you have to wear heels. If you’re already cringing at the thought of having to do the bunny hop in your four-inchers, don’t worry. The heel may be a dressy shoe, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only choice for a wedding. Opt instead for wedges or some sleek, dressy booties. If the wedding is outdoors and you think there will be something of a trek involved, go with your kitten heels or even some dressed-up sandals. Think metallic or bejeweled, and make up for the casualness somewhere else, like with extra glitzy jewelry.

Convertible Dress

Chic-Shifter Convertible Maxi Dress

DO invest in a convertible dress. We don’t think there’s anything wrong with recycling your wedding-wear (so long as it is made appropriate for each occasion), but if you’re tired of looking the same in every one of your friends’ wedding photos on Instagram (“How many weddings did she go to that day?”) you should look into a convertible infinity dress. One that can go from strapless to halter to one-shoulder to short-sleeved to infinity! A single dress can take you all the way through the wedding season, looking like a goddess no less. (Not to mention it would be the perfect dress for bridesmaids to get that matching but not-too-matchy-matchy look.) Click here if you need some inspiration…

DO keep it respectable. In the same vein as the whole letting-the-bride-have-her-moment thing, you should definitely also try to keep your attire PG-13 and under. Something super tight, super short, or super sheer (basically anything appropriate for da club) will not only put all eyes on you, but it could very well offend older, more conservative relatives or a mother or father of the bride who did not pay good money to make this your coming out party. Keep your underwear and belly button to yourself, please. But at the same time…

Open Back

1. Cowl At The Moon Slit Sleeve Dress, 2. Crossing Paths Skater Dress, 3. Plunging Embroidered Maxi Dress, 4. Lace Inset Bandage Bodycon Dress

DON’T be afraid to give a little sex appeal. Clubwear may not be suitable for a wedding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show any skin. These days you won’t be hard-pressed to find a dress with a sophisticated lace or mesh inset, which gives you that peekaboo factor, just enough to catch the eye of the guy or girl at the next table. And you’ve heard of “Business in the front, party in the back”? Try a piece with an open back. Baring the back is sexy but not raunchy, and you can still look completely covered up from the front. Just back away when you have to chat up that super religious great auntie, and you’ll be fine.

Dresses

1. Get High-Low Strapless Dress, 2. Rose Bunch Pleated Dress, 3. Blooming Floral Lace Midi Dress, 4. Asymmetrical Peplum Dress, 5. Ombre Crochet Off-The-Shoulder Dress

DO think about time and place. Just as you should dress for the weather, the environment at a wedding should dictate your getup. Consider the season, and keep in mind any dressing cues on the invitation. For a casual daytime wedding you’re fine in a short dress or even business attire (maybe keep the black and sequins to a minimum so you don’t look too somber or overdressed). Black-tie indicates a more formal cocktail dress or a full-length dress. And if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a rare white-tie wedding, think Oscar gowns or the inaugural ball. But if the invitation isn’t very specific, you usually can’t go wrong with pastels, florals, and cocktail dresses. A wedding is a romantic affair, after all. If you’re worried about flowers looking too casual or springy (for winter weddings) try a dark-grounded floral. Which brings us to the tip…

DO go with your LBD. There was a time when wearing black to a wedding was considered a faux pas (it was basically a non-verbal objection to the marriage-to-be), but nowadays black is not only proper but pretty much perfect. The dark color has a serious vibe that can make even the simplest tank dress look formal. The Little Black Dress just has a knack for fitting in wherever it goes. And you wonder why it’s your go-to!

Separates

1. Stripe My Fancy Pleated Banded Skirt, 2. Striped Bandage Skater Skirt, 3. It’s My Birthday Metallic Peplum Skirt, 4. Solid Scuba Skater Skirt, 5. Textured Pleated Culottes

DON’T just dismiss your separates. Just as your good ol’ LBD can be dusted off for a wedding, some of your bottoms could work just as well. A cropped top and high-waisted bottom combo would be very chic, for instance. But keep that sliver of skin at your mid-section just that, a sliver, and try a matching set for a slick variation on the normal one-piece frock. Meanwhile, a structured statement skirt needs only a simple solid tank and some clever accessorizing to be party-ready. And if you’re really adventurous, maybe try a pair of culottes. The wide legs have a skirt-like silhouette without any of the fly-up potential. But whatever you decide, please, for the love of weddings and fashion and all that is good and proper in this world…

DON’T wear jeans. That is all.

Shop wedding-ready attire and more at GoJane.com!

Heads Up! 5 Reasons To Wear A Hat This Fall

Cuddling by the fire, jumping into a pile of leaves, and pumpkin-flavored, well, everything. If you’re anything like us, then you’re fully aware that there are about a million reasons why fall is the best season ever. But our latest cold-weather obsession has got to be the hat styles that are totally having a moment right now. Why are we diggin’ this microtrend, you ask? Oh, let us count the ways! Literally.

Here are 5 reasons to wear a hat this fall:

  1. It’s a legit excuse to say “I woke up like this.” If effortlessly-chic is the look you’re going for, leave it to a hat, like a fedora or a beanie, to instantly take you there. Don’t believe us? Just wait until the compliments start to roll in.
  2. It’s a tried-and-true bed head repellent. Not diggin’ your ‘do this AM? Psh, that’s nothing that a chic hat can’t cover up. Plus, we luuuuurrrrve any excuse to ditch our straighteners in the morning.
  3. Fashion and function. Not only will your fall #OOTD be complete, but the right kind of hat can really keep that noggin of yours warm and cozy. (We’re all about multi-tasking over here.)
  4. It saves you time. #LBH, less hair styling in the morning equates to a plethora of possibilities. The most important? More time to snooze in your sea of blankets, obvi.
  5. Instant swag-appeal guaranteed. A woman who wears a hat on her pretty head instantly appears confident wherever she goes. It’s just science, guys.

Shop our fall hat styles & more @ GoJane!

Style (Rookie) Crush: Tavi Gevinson

Several years ago, 2008-ish, we started following a diminutive twelve-year-old named Tavi Gevinson on her blog Style Rookie. Tavi doesn’t seem to use it much anymore, but we completely understand since she’s involved in a way bigger project, Rookie Mag.

But rewind, because many couldn’t believe the mature voice coming out of Style Rookie could be that of a pre-teen. Guess what? It was all her. Over the years, Tavi has grown up a lot, and we’re pretty proud to see what she’s accomplished. Here are a few facts about Tavi:

  • At the age of fifteen, she started (as founder and editor-in-chief) Rookie Mag, primarily aimed at teenage girls.
  • Rookie broke one million page views within five days of launching in September 2011.
  • She’s appeared on the 2011 and 2012 Forbes “30 Under 30” list.
  • Tavi has authored articles for Harper’s Bazaar, Barney’s, Jezebel, Lula, Pop, and GARAGE Magazine.
  • She was the muse and model for the Rodarte x Target designer collaboration.
  • She spoke at the 2012 TEDxTEEN conference (video here).
  • And she’s currently starring in This Is Our Youth with Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin.

Whoa, dude – that’s not even all of it. We’re feeling pretty lazy as we sit on the couch with Cheeto-dusted fingertips, y’know? Our laziness aside, we appreciate that Tavi has taken feminism to a new platform, along with her BFF Emma Watson. And Rookie isn’t just for teenagers, by the way. We know quite a few ladies who aren’t teens but still love to read and peruse Rookie. And who could resist advice and contributions from guests like Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd, Lena Dunham, Joss Whedon, Jon Hamm, and Stephen Colbert? Who, we should point out, posted one of the best “Ask A Grown Man” advice videos:

Since Tavi started with fashion, we’ve included a little collage (in the spirit of Rookie Mag) of her looks over the years, Anna Wintour included.

tavi collage

We’ve always admired Tavi’s sense of daring, confidence, and individuality. Check out some of our inspired GoJane picks below!

 

 

Happy Columbus Day (Sitewide Sale)!

No school. No work. No worries. Amiright? We’re sure you are having no problems finding something to do on this glorious day off. Maybe you’re celebrating Columbus Day by setting sail with some of your besties in your own party-hardy version of the Santa Maria. (Sailing is still a thing, right?) Maybe you’re discovering new-to-you lands by taking a hike with your bae. Or maybe you’re just sitting around watching the many Christopher Columbus specials on the History Channel? (We’re not judging. Lies, we kind of are.) However you choose to recognize the day an Italian explorer arrived to The Americas over 500 years ago, we hope you remember what this holiday is really about…sales, sales, and more sales!

We gathered up our biggest markdowns from our Columbus Day Sitewide Sale, and we’ve not only hooked you up with some major deals, but also some sick outfit inspirations.

OUTFIT 1

WAS: $63.40     NOW: $36.12

GoJane

1) Just Drape It Asymmetrical Skirt 2) Cat Eye Sunglasses 3) Brushed N Cut-Out Midi Ring Set 4) Keep It Simple Faux Nubuck Heels

OUTFIT 2

WAS: $135.30     NOW: $84.62

GoJane

1) Acid Washed Denim Bustier Jumpsuit 2) Roman Numeral Five Cuff 3) Tribal Tapestry Fringed Bucket Bag 4) To Diamond For Strappy Caged Sandals

More Columbus Day  Savings @ GoJane:

(All items pictured are over 40% Off!)

GoJane Sitewide Columbus Day Sale

GoJane Lookbook: RE(de)FINED!

Find It + Win It: Sk8er Gurl

Updated 10/13/14:

Congrats, Christina Truong!

Correct Link: http://www.gojane.com/102820.html

The rules are simple: If you’re into the “skater” trend and want to win the dress featured in the photo below, all you have to do is find this item on GoJane.com. Leave a comment on this post with a link to that item, and you’ll automatically be entered to win it. Good luck!

Win this dress from GoJane.com!

 

Click here to start searching!

Note: A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, October 13, 2014, at 6pm (PST). You have until then to comment. Please leave a valid email address. We can’t contact you as a winner if your email is ILoveCats@Potato.com (although that would be an awesome email address). We will reply to the winning comment, send a message to the email address listed, and update this post with the winner’s name. After a winner is chosen, he or she will have until Friday, October 17, 2014, to claim the pictured prize and select his or her choice of any size and color available for the item. Please note that only correct entries posted to this blog post will be considered. Comments left on any of our other social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) do not qualify for the prize.

*International winners will receive store credit in the amount of the prize.

**Please be advised that we do not ship to all countries. If a winner is chosen from a country we do not ship to, we can still issue store credit for the item, but he or she will be responsible for contacting a mail forwarding company.

Click here for more information regarding our shipping policy…

DIY: Embellished Hairpins

We’re all about not having to fuss with our hair, but if you need a pin or two to tame your mane, then opt for an embellished one instead. This super easy DIY requires only a few materials and a little bit of patience (it’s a virtue)… And voilà – edgy hairpins!

What you need:

Materials

  • Adhesive (we used E6000)
  • Studs (ours are 5 mm)
  • Hairpins (an assortment of bobby pins and barrettes)
  • Wooden popsicle or stir stick (to help spread the adhesive)

And all you have to do is squeeze out a blob of glue, spread it on a small area, and start sticking on the studs! Depending on the size of the studs, you may find tweezers helpful with refining your lines and placement. We usually put on half of the studs and let it set a bit before starting on the second half. Check out our in progress photo versus the finished product!

Still need more “hair-spiration”? Peep GoJane’s selection of hair goodies!

Toast Of The Town: Fall Drinks! And The Clothes To Pair With Them

Fall has found itself in full swing (even if the weather hasn’t caught up yet here in LA, but we digress), and as the holidays begin their slow but steady creep-up on us, we’re starting to daydream (no, not at work; we would never!) about leaves falling, fireplaces burning, and of course glasses clinking. So we couldn’t help but think back on the easy summer drink recipes we learned a few months ago for our post on beverage and clothing pairings. And we decided to do the same thing, just with fall-appropriate beverages this time. (Click here for summer drinks if you need a refresher. Get it? See what we did there? Fine, nevermind.) These would be perfect for a fancy-pants holiday party or just an extra festive lunch or dinner at home. You decide. We’re just wishing you an awesome autumn.
Mulled Hibiscus Punch

1. Turtleneck Zipper Dress, 2. Quilt Trip Textured Bralette, 3. She Wants The V Strapless Dress, 4. Go With The Flowy Wide Cut Top

Mulled Hibiscus Punch – Nothing says autumn like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and this hot holiday punch will have you wanting to give your fall wardrobe some hot holiday punch – some warmth, some tartness…just like your personality, right? (Wink, wink.) Burgundy is the perfect palette for this, and details like turtlenecks and stitched quilting are just what you need to give a nod to the crisp autumn weather.Apple-Ginger Spritzers

1. Keep It Simple Dress, 2. To The Tee Shirt Tunic Dress, 3. Basic Instincts Off-Shoulder Dress, 4. Goddess Draped Tulip Maxi Dress

Apple-Ginger Spritzers – But that’s not to say that you have to give up your summer brights. A sunny citron has those green tones that pair smashingly with the deep reds of the season, and an apple-ginger spritzer will heat you right up (ginger warms you from the inside, and this has got three different kinds!) even if you’re wearing a barely-there, barely-appropriate dress to this year’s office holiday party.

Hot Dulce De Leche

1. Lace Go All The Way Cropped Top, 2. Trends In High Places Side Slit Maxi, 3. Crochet Top It Off Strappy Dress, 4. Main Chick Solid Slit Maxi Skirt

Hot Dulce De Leche – Forget the hot cocoa this fall, ’cause it’s all about the hot dulce de leche, complete with a shot of your favorite rum (we’re partial to the Captain). It’s hot and sweet and a little dangerous, like sheer lace or that little bit of space in between your crop top and high-waisted bottoms. Maybe pair your creamy confection with a little spice – cinnamon for your drink, leopard accents for your outfit.

Sugar Plum Soda

1. Knotty Feeling Draped Dress, 2. Take The Plunge Shiny Romper, 3. Off The Deep-Cut End Bodycon Dress, 4. Come To The Halter Bodysuit

Sugar Plum Soda – Sure, it may be a little early for holly-red or The Nutcracker in the middle of October, but think of this drink as an ode to what is arguably the fruit of the season – the cranberry. Which is packed with so much flavor that it can stand on its own against everything else at the table, so likewise, you don’t need much detail on your ruby-red dress. A plunging V-neck or a knotted skirt, and it’s already berry, berry nice.

Drink photos and recipes courtesy of The Food Network

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Tuesday Tunes: LP

Here’s the lowdown on LP, AKA Laura Pergolizzi.

  • Her name may ring a bell. Do you recognize the single “Into the Wild”? It was in a Citibank ad. Refresh your memory and click play.

  • She’s originally from New York and moved to Los Angeles in 2010.
  • After singing at SXSW there was a bidding war between major music labels.
  • She can play the shit out of a ukulele and will also slay you with her whistling. Seriously, she can whistle like crazy.
  • LP has a head of glorious hair.
  • She is a successful songwriter. Her credits include Christina Aguilera and Rihanna.
  • Her album “Forever For Now” dropped just this past summer.
  • She was featured on Vogue’s list of “People To Watch.”
  • Her suit and tie game is ridiculously strong.

And speaking of her suit and tie game, check out our gallery of LP rocking amazing curls + super rad menswear inspired looks.

All image sources in captions.

We’ve included one of our favorite LP tunes “Night Like This,” so click play and peruse our GoJane inspired picks (included a blazer, obvi).

 

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Fashion Flashback: The Wonder Years

1988 brought us the most beautiful (and tortured) love story of all time.  People followed young Kevin Arnold through six season, and 114 episodes of Jr. High fails, puberty-fueled drama, and school dances that usually ended up in tears. Set in the late 60s and early 70s, in anywhere America, The Wonder Years first premiered after the 1988 Super Bowl (Redskins VS. Broncos) and remained on American televisions until 1993. Millennials have been enjoying it via Netflix marathons (guilty!), and after 20+ years, it’s finally being released as a complete DVD set this week! Why was the show such a big freaking hit with everyone? Here are a few of our theories…

Kevin + Winnie = 4EVER:

  • Kevin Arnold said thought out loud what every teenager wish they could — no matter how idiotic and self-obsessed it sounded. Remember when he freaked out because he couldn’t parallel park and then lied to everyone about passing his driving test…when he actually hadn’t? Oh, Kevin…you nut.
  • Paul Pfeiffer was the bestest friend Kevin ever had but didn’t deserve. That’s why every time someone does you a solid, you should consider it some real Paul Pfeiffer-type shit… Remember when he tried out for the basketball team and was pretty damn good at it, but Kevin’s hating ass got jealous and tried to bring him down? But then he still found a way to forgive Kevin? He’s kinda amazing like that. Don’t worry, The Pfeif…haters gon’ hate.
  • Winnie Cooper was no basic bitch. Behind all that shiny, brown, doe-eyed sweetness was a hot mess. Her parents divorced! She had to transfer schools right before high school! She started hanging out with douche bags that got her in a pretty gnarly car accident! She kissed more frogs than princes! Girl had issues, and it made us all say, “If Winnie Cooper can get through those six seasons, we can get through anything!”
  • Jack Arnold was a beast of a man. Next time you’re considering paying for a new lawn mower or manning up and fixing the old one, ask yourself, “WWJAD?” He was simply the best role model a kid could have, and he was a complete badass. Was it the mysterious scars on his face? The pinky rings? The grunting? All of the above.
  • Because…Becky Slater!
  • The history lessons. If history class makes you want to set yourself on fire, just watch the show. You’ll learn everything you need to know about American history from the late 1960s to early 1970s.
  • And with all the wonderful life lessons came throwback tunes like its iconic theme song by Joe Cocker, “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Seriously, every hit from the 60s and 70s in one nostalgic show. This is also the main reason it took so long for the entire DVD collection to be released. The music licensing game struggle is real, people.
  • The guest appearances. You’ll die at the sight of today’s stars as pimple-faced teeny-boppers. Everyone from David Schwimmer, Juliette Lewis, Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, to Breckin Meyer. They’re so adorable and little!
  • The clothes. All the mustard-colored, crazy printed fashions you could take. Here are a few words that sum up The Wonder Years fashion: plaid, turtlenecks, cardigans, varsity jackets, knee-high socks, and high-top sneakers.

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Find It + Win It: Tough ‘N Sweet

Updated 10/7/14:

Congrats, Kristal Carter!

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The rules are simple: If you’re into the “crochet” trend and want to win the jacket featured in the photo below, all you have to do is find this item on GoJane.com. Leave a comment on this post with a link to that item, and you’ll automatically be entered to win it. Good luck!

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Note: A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 6pm (PST). You have until then to comment. Please leave a valid email address. We can’t contact you as a winner if your email is ILoveCats@Potato.com (although that would be an awesome email address). We will reply to the winning comment, send a message to the email address listed, and update this post with the winner’s name. After a winner is chosen, he or she will have until Friday, October 10, 2014, to claim the pictured prize and select his or her choice of any size available for the item. Please note that only correct entries posted to this blog post will be considered. Comments left on any of our other social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) do not qualify for the prize.

*International winners will receive store credit in the amount of the prize.

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Lumber-Jane? 7 Ways To Wear Flannel And Not Look Like A Lumberjack

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Fall has fallen upon us, and we here in SoCal could not be more excited for the change. It’ll be a small one, mind you (we’re not so much with the seasons), but transitioning into autumn means – drumroll, please – flannel weather. The only downside to the toasty tartan treasure though? It can be hard not to look like a lumberjack in it. Or a cowboy for that matter. And you probably don’t wanna be mistaken for a carpenter. Or a hunter. Or even a handyman, even if you do idolize Al Borland, as we all do. Especially if we’re talking buffalo plaid (a two-toned checkered pattern) or a too-familiar color palette (read: red). But today we’ve compiled a few tips on downplaying that, uh, occupational aspect of flannel and put together some pretty-in-plaid outfits for your consideration. So read on. Or should we say check it out…

7 Ways To Wear Flannel And Not Look Like A Lumberjack

1. Incorporate it into other fashion genres – The cowboy, handyman, and lumberjack will all have to take a sabbatical if you combine the flannel shirt with pieces specific to other genres. With a pleated tennis skirt, your whole look is more country club than open country. With big, bold, gold jewelry it’s street instead of dirt road. And with some faux leather leggings, moto instead of mountain.

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Plaid On The Back Flannel Shirt, Floral Necessity Cropped Sweater, Show Off Distressed Skinny Jeans, Get U Intro Trouble Lace-Up Combat Boots

2. Minimize the surface area – Take the plaid potency down a notch by demoting bumping it to more of an accessory. Don’t worry, it won’t be offended. The flannel knows how great it looks tied around your waist. And it loves peeking out of sweaters as a Clueless-worthy collar and cuffs. So don’t think you can’t wear it inside or underneath other pieces. Sometimes it needs to be a supporting actor.

3. Mix it with a contrasting pattern – You can also dial flannel down a bit by matching it with a competitive but cooperative print. Floral, for one, would be great, as it’s a starkly different motif, providing the juxtaposition of its roundness against the lines of the plaid, its delicacy against the masculinity. Just play around with color and scale until you find the perfect balance.

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Lumberjane Buffalo Flannel Shirt, Faux Leather Mixed Media Blazer, City Slicker Pleated SkirtBadass Babe Caged Peep-Toe Heels

4. Choose a feminine cut in a different material – Your Brawny Man button-up won’t evoke a woodsman vibe if it has the markings of women’s clothing. For instance, if it’s fitted. Or if it has an empire waist for a babydoll look, smocking in the back for a more defined waist. You might also want to try the print in a non-flannel fabric, like a lightweight chiffon or a textured crepe.

5. Change the silhouette – But if you’re set on borrowing your carpenter boyfriend’s plaid shirt, there are plenty of no-sew ways to alter it a little bit. Try rolling up those too-long sleeves and tying it up for a saucy Daisy Duke look. Wear it as a shirt-dress by cinching it with a belt. Or get super creative a la our convertible maxi dress with a tied strapless look. Who knew, right?

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6. Pair it with girlier pieces – As an alternative you can just wear the shirt with a bottom that sports a flirty or womanly silhouette. You can’t go wrong with a skater skirt, for example, or its more demure older sister, the A-line. And pile on additional femme contrast with accessories. Ladylike faux pearls, schoolgirl knee-high socks, a glam lace headband, sleek and sexy stilettos…

7. Skip suggestive accessories – Be careful, though. The plaid shirt is so iconic of the professions we mentioned before that certain finishing touches can have you veering into costumey territory. Like you probably shouldn’t top your plaid outfit off with a big ol’ cowboy hat. We would stay away from cowgirl boots too. Also overalls and trapper hats. And definitely, definitely leave that axe at home.

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5 Reasons Why We Love Karlie Kloss

We don’t know about you, but supermodel Karlie Kloss is killing it at twenty-two. So if you think the St. Louis native is new to the catwalk, you better think again. This girl-next-door has actually been doing the whole modeling gig for years (seven to be exact), and she has added plenty of major fashion accolades along the way. (Not only is she a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she has also walked for Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Valentino, and Versace to name a few). Kloss is practically a vet at this point in her career. But just what is it about our latest crush that has the guys, the girls, and the designers swooning? We’re happy you asked…

Here are 5 reasons why we love Karlie Kloss:

1. The Walk. Dubbed “the panther,” Kloss’ fierce catwalk strut is one that simply cannot be forgotten. In fact, when Karlie was only sixteen-years-old (and only one year into her career mind you), she walked a total of 64 shows in a single season.

2. The Hair. It was the haircut heard around the world when Karlie chopped off seven inches of locks at the end of 2012. Her new look was such a hit that the New York Times actually started referring to it as “The Karlie.” Today, Kloss is still rockin’ the side-swept bangs and short, slightly layered hair, and we’re still just as obsessed with it.

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3. The Style. Sure, a top fashion designer can put her in the season’s sartorial best, but what about Karlie’s style on the sidewalks? Not to worry, Janes. She’s got the off-duty thing down pat. Karlie’s style can best be described of as classic and chic, never going over the top and always accentuating her best features.

4. The Family. Although she is constantly traveling the world and just recently purchased a place of her own in New York, Karlie remains very close to her family. The Klosses can often be seen on the supermodel’s Instagram account, and for her 20th birthday, she took her entire family on a trip to Denmark.

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5. The Philanthropist. Kloss recently partnered with Momofuku Milk Bar to create Karlie’s Kookies, a wholesome cookie line in which a portion of the proceeds is donated to help provide nutritious meals to those in need. To date, over 500,000 meals have been donated. She also partnered with Warby Parker to create a line of sunglasses to benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC, an organization that is dear to Karlie.

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Check out our favorite Karlie Kloss moments in fashion in the gallery below:

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Sweater Weather: Fall Knit Trends

Yeah, we said trends, but what we really meant to address is one specific sweater trend: oversized, fluid fits. And we feel it’s especially fitting for a season rife with Netflix marathons, cozy dinners, and windy weather. Oversized sweaters are totally A+ at hiding a soup food baby. (Total tangent, but LA sort of had “fall” weather this past weekend. It was a miracle.) Anyway, check out these lovely ladies sporting snuggly fall sweaters. Which one is your fave? (We’re partial to Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper in a cropped tomato red number.)

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We’ve got our own oversized sweater action going on here. Check out our GoJane picks below.

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Fall Transitional Pieces: Bold Booties + Basic Bottoms

These first weeks of Fall 2014 have been pretty chill so far. The days are feeling a bit crisper, the nights a bit cooler, which means it’s time for some of our favorite outfits to undergo a fall revision. We’re still in that weird transition where it’s not as hot anymore, but it’s still not freezing yet. The best way to dress for this fickle weather? Booties and light bottoms. Booties aren’t as intense as chunky boots, making them perfect for the next few months. They kind of say, “It’s time to put the flip-flops and slip-prone stilettos away, but there’s no need to bust the rain boots out quite yet.” If you don’t know what a bootie is…it’s basically a boot, but with a shorter shaft. It’s for the girl who can’t quite decide between heels and boots. It’s a hybrid of comfort and sexiness that every fashion-focused babe should definitely try. And what bottoms should you be pairing with these booties? Well, it’s not quite time for thermal underwear layered under jeans, but it is time for lightweight trousers, mid-length skirts, faux leather overalls, and heavier textured shorts.

Still can’t picture? No need. We’ve collected a bunch of pictures of our favorite fashion bloggers who’ve got the look down cold. Enjoy…

Photo sources are credited in gallery.

To celebrate this joyous season of covering up (just a little bit), GoJane is having a major booties + bottoms sale. We’re talking over 500+ bootie and bottom styles on sale! Up to 70% off. Hurry and shop the sale before it ends Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 11:59pm PST.

GoJane.com Booties + Bottoms Sale

GoJane Lookbook: Fall 2014’s To-Wear List

Find It + Win It: Leggings For Days (Literally)

Updated 9/29/14:

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The rules are simple: If you want to win the leggings featured in the photo below, all you have to do is find this item on GoJane.com. The winner will receive these leggings in every color. That’s a pair of leggings for almost every day of the week. And who doesn’t wish they could rock comfy leggings all day, every day? That’s what we thought.

Leave a comment on this post with a link to these leggings, and you’ll automatically be entered to win them. Good luck!

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Note: A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 29, 2014, at 6pm (PST). You have until then to comment. Please leave a valid email address. We can’t contact you as a winner if your email is ILoveCats@Potato.com (although that would be an awesome email address). We will reply to the winning comment, send a message to the email address listed, and update this post with the winner’s name. After a winner is chosen, he or she will have until Friday, October 3, 2014, to claim the pictured prize and select his or her choice of any size available for the item. Please note that only correct entries posted to this blog post will be considered. Comments left on any of our other social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) do not qualify for the prize.

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Biker Chic(k): Why You Need A New Jacket

It’s officially fall now – yay! Well, according to the calendar. LA may not have many “changing” seasons, but we’re totally on board with dressing for fall regardless of the temperature, dangit. Shorts are so last week.

So, you’ve unpacked your sweaters from winter storage, you’ve hopefully gone shopping for new bottoms… But what are you gonna sport on top? Obvi, a leather moto jacket. As you can see in our gallery, there are plenty of dapper dudes and chic chicks sporting leather outerwear. Plus, we’ve included two vintage photos of biker ladies (look for the ones in black and white) which go to show that a moto jacket truly is timeless. Peep our gallery to see how many different ways you can style a leather jacket.

All image credits in photo captions.

Now that you’ve hopefully gotten some inspirational ideas, check out our faux leather GoJane picks below (cruelty-free and way easy on the wallet – woohoo).

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Clockwise from top left: Mad 4 Plaid Moto Zippered Vest, Sherpa Thing Drape Front Jacket, Mixed Media Houndstooth Blazer, Houndstooth Mixed Media Moto Jacket, Moto Dreams Faux Leather Jacket, Faux Leather Moto Jacket, Moto Dreams Faux Leather Jacket (in grey)

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Rock This Way: 7 Ways To Grunge Up Your Look

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Anyone who ever doubts that fashion is a cycle only need look at each season’s runway recaps to see that something is always making a comeback – a style or an article of clothing, if not an entire decade enjoying a resurgence. We’ve known for a while now that the nineties are back, and if that’s the case there’s no way you can talk about it and not mention the heyday of grunge fashion. The grunge movement may have begun years earlier in the Northwest, but by the early nineties it was a full-blown fashion genre as well, and a lasting one at that, surely to the surprise of some. Now, we can’t purport to know more about its musical origins, but we also can’t help but appreciate the comfortably nonchalant, perfectly imperfect dress style that came along with the aloof and sometimes angst-ridden attitudes of the time. Here are some of our favorite features of grunge-chic fashion along with a few girly-grunge looks…

7 Ways To Grunge Up Your Look

1. The Layers Club – Perhaps a nod to the crisp Seattle weather, layering is a major distinction of grungy dressing. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a thermal under a graphic tee under a flannel under a dumpster peacoat. (And that’s just on top!) Even if nothing is neatly tucked in, a layered outfit just tends to look put-together. Effortlessly so. Choose less substantial materials of varied lengths if you’re worried about too much bulk, and don’t forget you can always peel those layers off as the day goes on.

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Moto Dreams Faux Leather Jacket, Ribbed Apart Racerback Midi DressPlaid On The Back Flannel Shirt, Ride It Out Lace-Up Booties

2. Sweet-Tartan – Let’s face it, one of those layers should probably be plaid. The classic flannel is almost synonymous with this style of dress, and simply tying one around your waist is enough. But the checkered print is so signature that you could even get away with a flirtier, more fitted silhouette, so long as you pair it with some other genre-characteristic pieces. When matched with a slouchy sweater, heavy work boots, and maybe some faux leather jewelry, even a sweet skater dress can evoke the grunge vibe.

3. Aged Before Beauty – It’s also okay if you’ve scuffed up those boots or wore a hole through that graphic tee. And no problem if you’ve snagged your sweater or washed the color out of your jeans. Again, you’re not going for pretty and picture perfect here. Faded, worn-in clothing is a total do when you’re rocking the thrift store look; it gives you that edge. We’re talkin’ vintage T-shirts, secondhand jackets, ripped denim, even holey tights. Disheveled was never this desirable, busted never this beautiful.

Outfits

Mixed Media Faux Leather Cargo Jacket, I’m So Fanci Muscle Tee Tank Top, Back To Basics Slub Raglan Top, Major Crush Velvet Shift Dress, Get Laced Up Flat Booties

4. Hair-Don’t-Do – No need to go in for that Brazilian blowout this week, because the last thing you want here is a not-a-hair-out-of-place ‘do. As seen on the NYFW runways, bedhead and hat hair are totally in right now and exactly what you need as a finishing touch for your greasy grunge look. So tousle up that perfect mane of yours, and skip the dry shampoo and comb-through. Top it all off with a knit beanie if you can’t stand to look at it. But for once, limp, tangled tresses are gonna work for ya.

5. Boyfriend Tag – There’s something a little androgynous about the grunge look. Kurt Cobain famously wore a leopard print fur coat and floral shirt dresses. For us girls, we can forget about what our mothers taught us, ’cause it’s totally okay to slouch a little…in oversized clothes, that is. Which makes it only natural that our boyfriend jeans and boyfriend sweaters fit into the equation here. Got a big cardigan that droops a little in the front or some relaxed-fit denim that sags a little in the back? Perfect.

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New BF Crochet Back Knit Sweater, Rad Plaid World Skater Dress, Cut-Out Double Buckle Booties, Moto Babe Faux Leather Hand Bracelet

6. Floral History – At the same time, don’t think you have to forgo all things girly to don grunge fashion. Allover floral prints are totally indicative of the decade, and you can’t go wrong with a dark-grounded motif with a small repeating pattern. Try a floral slip dress paired with a flannel and boots for a cute but carefree look. You know, a la Claire Danes during her My So-Called Life years, uh, year. Or floral combat boots, which seem to remain both classic and modern no matter what decade we are in.

7. Cool Combat – And speaking of combat boots, how did we go this long without mentioning them? A casual pair of loosely-laced work boots can transform an entire outfit, taking a flat- or heel-paired dress from cute and pretty to cool and edgy. Don’t have a pair yet? You can substitute with some buckled moto boots. Or almost anything in faux leather with a chunky heel or rugged sole. For a great modern update, try the exaggerated platform lug sole we’re seeing on shoes today. It would fit right in.

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Tuesday Tunes: Tove Lo

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In anticipation of the release of her debut album Queen of the Clouds in a week, it’s only natural that we’ve chosen to blast Tove Lo’s EP Truth Serum around the office today. You may not know this Swedish pop singer, songwriter, and musician by name just yet, but you’ve probably already heard her hit single Habits (Stay High). You know, the one that’s currently #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 List. Yeah, that song. We’re just as obsessed as you are, trust.

And sure, maybe the lyrics conjure up the aftermath of a really shitty past relationship of ours, but we just can’t help but dance the pain away to this totally raw and heartbreaking track. Like the Courtney Loves and the Janis Joplins of the world, Tove is just being real and honest, which is exactly what we need in a genre that is typically known for being way too sugary-sweet (lookin’ at you, T. Swift and One Direction). And if the new album is anything like her hit single… Well, ya’ll better be prepared for Tove to blow up in the best way possible.

Counting down the days until the release of Queen of the Clouds like we are? Here are four things you should probably know about Tove Lo.

1. Think you’re saying her name correctly? Think again. This Swede’s name is actually pronounced “too-vey loo.” But since everyone in America is getting it wrong, she’s not mad about it.

2. Tove doesn’t just write her own songs. She has written tracks for Glee‘s Lea Michele, Cher Lloyd, Victoria Justice, and Icona Pop.

3. The 26-year-old went on an actual bender for her Habits video (the camera was attached to her via a harness). In other words, all of the drinks, the debauchery, and the tears were real, yo.

4. The new album will be broken up into three parts: “The Sex,” “The Love,” and “The Pain.” According to Tove:

You should put the first chapter on at the pre-party before going out Friday night. On Saturday, when you’re going with your friends to talk about what happened, put on the “Love” part in the car. And on Sunday, when you’re completely ruined from the weekend, you should put on “The Pain.”

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Man Crush(es) Monday: Gorgeous Guys In Flannel Shirts

Who tried to make a deal with the devil this morning when their alarm went off? Ain’t no shame in offering to sell your soul for just 30 more minutes of sleep. Ugh. We totally get it. Mondays are the worst thing since paper cuts came into existence. You know what would make waking up on Mondays bearable? Waking up next to some dude wearing a flannel. Or better yet, waking up in bed wearing nothing but some dude’s flannel…next to said dude.

Why a flannel? There’s something sexy about flannel shirts. Maybe it’s the 90s grunge thing that brought us dark-hearted poets like Kurt Cobain and Gavin Rossdale. Maybe you think lumberjacks are sexy…no judging. We can totally dig the strong, silent (could totally build you a log cabin with his bare hands) type. Oh, just imagine it. That warm, cozy, kinda-scratchy-in-a-good-way flannel shirt brushing up against your body…sending chills up and down your spine. Are you having a little trouble imagining it? Don’t sweat it — we hooked you up with a gallery full of sexy guys wearing flannel shirts. Pick your imaginary mate and throw him this line… “Hey, boo. You think you can turn down the heat a little? Because you’re too hot to flannel!” Boom. His panties just dropped. Your panties just dropped. Now it’s a party.

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Find It + Win It: What’s Poppin’?

Updated 9/22/14: Congrats, Nikita P.!

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The rules are simple: If your favorite snack happens to be popcorn and you want to win the clutch featured in the photo below, all you have to do is find this item on GoJane.com. Leave a comment on this post with a link to that item, and you’ll automatically be entered to win it. Good luck!

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4 Ways To Wear Booties, Like, Now

#LBH, Janes, it’s still pretty freakin’ hot outside. And while shopping is always a priority around this time of year (new season = new wardrobe, duh), we know how hard it is to imagine wearing fall gear when the temperature has been on the high side as of late. Well, ladies, we want to let you in on a little secret… Believe it or not, there is one fall essential that you can already start incorporating into your #OOTDs. We’re talking about a pair of booties, the perfect transitional shoe that you can wear now and later. Yeaaah, we’re pretty stoked about it, too.

If you don’t already know, a pair of booties is just like a pair of boots, only much shorter in height (typically stopping around your ankles). And because of their classic shape and style, it’s likely that the booties of your choice will go with most of the outfits you’ve already been rockin’ all summer. Not sure how to incorporate this trend today? That’s where we come in…

Here are 4 ways we’re wearing our booties right now:

1. Maxi Dress –  No need to put away your favorite maxi dress just yet, ladies. We’re definitely still wearing ours, except we’ve switched out our sandals and wedges for a pair of booties instead. If you do decide to go the bootie route (which you should), be sure to wear ones with a bit of height, like our Werking Girl Zipped Peep-Toe Booties or our Cutting Class Platform Booties. And when it gets chilly out, just add a scarf and a jacket. Easy as that.

2. Mini Dress – Since the sun is still blaring, you definitely have our permission to continue to show off those gams of yours. Slip on a mini dress (or skirt) and a pair of booties, like our Zip To It Pointy Toe Booties or our Tri Buckle ‘N Zip Booties, for the perfect day-to-night outfit. Once fall finally hits, just add a blazer and a pair of opaque tights to the mix.

3. Shorts – Don’t lie, we know you still can’t get enough of your favorite cut-offs! Well, do us a solid and ditch the sandals for a pair of booties instead. A flat or a low heeled bootie, like the Tough ‘N Chic Faux Leather Booties, are perfect for a daytime look, but you can also switch those out for something like the Double Take Chunky Peep-Toe Booties when the sun goes down. Fall-ify this look the same way you would with a mini dress.

4. Boyfriend Jeans – Okay, so maybe boyfriend jeans have become a year-round staple, whatever. There’s just something ultra chic about sporting them with a pair of booties! Be a game changer and go with a bold pair, like the Studded Queen Pointy Booties or the Twisted Classic Chelsea Booties, to flawlessly contrast the denim. Add some layers, like a scarf and jacket, when it gets cold. You know the drill.

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Rush To Print: How To Wear Patterned Shoes

For the fashion-conscious, not much is better than a really good shoe or a really good print. Unless what you have on your hands (or feet!) is a pair of really good shoes with a really good print. We’ve learned over the years from Imelda Marcos and Carrie Bradshaw that your shoes can be just as important as the rest of your outfit, and with today’s selection they can easily be its main focal point. But when you have a pair of patterned statement shoes, it may be a little tricky deciding what to wear up top. May it be a neutral? Can you only work in solid colors? Do you (gasp!) mix prints? The answer is yes, yes, and hell to the yes! So no more shying away from rainbow-colored heels or floral-bottomed wedges. We’ve put together ten tips and outfits that we know will have you rushing to print…

10 Tips For Wearing Printed Shoes

Geometric

Shoes:  Contrasting Triangulated Platform Pumps, Outfits: Drawstring You In Chambray Romper, Work Your Angles Geo-Tribal Kimono, Sleek Attack Shiny Leotard Romper

1. You can’t go wrong with denim. There’s a reason why every man, woman, and child has a pair of jeans (or twenty) in the closet. They go with everything. And while most denim is some shade of blue, the neutrality of it trumps its color, so a one-piece like a chambray romper is a super-easy-to-wear outfit for some super-difficult-to-match heels.

2. Play with the scale of your prints. Say you’ve got some large triangles going on down below. Maybe opt for a smaller pattern on top. It strikes a great balance, and the prints are working together, not battling it out for attention. And it doesn’t hurt if the prints have a little bit in common too. Think geometric and geo-tribal, for example.

Tribal

Shoes: Tribal Necessity Rugged Platform Heels, Outfits: Rock Out Faux Leather Shift Dress, Jackie Boucle Tweed Blazer, Rad Plaid World Skater Dress

3. Consider textures and finishes. If you are going for an all-black look but don’t want it to be too all-black, choose something with an interesting finish, like a velvety faux suede or a shiny faux leather. It’ll add a cool texture on your body that will be able to compete with what’s on your feet.

4. Work with classic prints. The easiest way to combine prints is to include at least one that is so classic that it’s practically a solid. Plaid, for instance, has been around forever and is still everywhere, so there’s no need for a person to process it like he would a new pattern. Perfect for the mixing pot.

Animal

Shoes: Wild Thing Crisscrossed Heels, Outfits: Bold Babe Contrast Flyaway Blazer, Mesh With You T-Back Bra Top, Get Suspended Striped Skater Skirt, Into The Deep End Muscle Jumpsuit, Strapped In Bralette

5. Use prints in neutral colors. Want to ease into patterns? No problem. Maybe choose a black and white motif. You won’t have to contend with a myriad of different colors, but you’ll still have that graphic pop. Add that to a classic print like a stripe, and you’ve got yourself a versatile piece that will not only go with a million outfits but a million, billion, trillion shoes too.

6. Find solids with some cool details. Again, there’s nothing wrong with going all-black (our favorite color to wear), but if you want a little something more than blackness going on up top, choose those all-black pieces that have some creative details. Like cropped legs on a jumpsuit or muscle-tee cut-outs to show off some side-boob and that new strappy bralette of yours.

Floral

Shoes: Double Play Chunky Platform Heels, Outfits: Dope Life Bandana Bordered Tee, Every Which Way Striped Leggings, Embellished Camo Print Backpack, Sleek Attack Shiny Leotard Romper, Sheer Bliss Asymmetrical Chiffon Skirt

7. Choose very different prints with very similar colors. How can you mix camo, paisley, stripes, and floral? It’s no sweat if they all stem from the same color palette. Just go off of your busiest, most multi-colored print and make sure the rest of your prints match the colors in it. Not only will you look effortlessly but immaculately put-together. You’ll be everyone’s fashion hero too.

8. Or choose solid separates that match the print’s colors. Of course, we’re not gonna hate if you wanna just take it slow for now. You can always work up to that later. Meanwhile, all you have to do is find a top that matches one of those colors (yes, it can be a different shade!) and then a bottom that does the same. You want those shoes to be the star of the show anyway, right?Striped

Shoes: Clear The Way Strappy Striped Wedges, Outfits: Sex Bomb Crisscross Bandage Bodysuit, Perfect Basic Skinny Jeans, Flowers 4 U Sleeveless Bodycon Dress, Striped Jelly Belt

9. Match up complementary colors. So you like the idea of solid separates, but you don’t wanna be too matchy-matchy? A great alternative is to work with complementary colors, pairs of colors that look great together because of their contrast, like red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple. (You didn’t think those Laker uniforms were an accident, did you?) The result is pleasing to the eye, and you don’t look like you scoured the mall looking for the perfect matching color.

10. Find accessories that can tie different prints together. We’ve talked already about finding patterns in the same color family and choosing prints that vary in size and shape, but you can take it a little bit further with accessories! Say you’ve got a floral print dress and some wedges with a clear PVC ankle strap. How about a belt in the same material that picks up a color in the dress as well as the stripes on the shoes? Ohhhhh, yeah. So ready to give it a try? Let’s help you find your prints.

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Style Crush: Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner has thirteen million Instagram followers and almost nine million Twitter followers and was only twelve years old six-ish years ago. Like, whoa. Whether you love her or hate her, there’s no way you can deny her universal appeal to the media and fashion community.

You may know her from Keeping Up With The Kardashians (let’s be real, reality TV isn’t the most beneficial addition to a résumé), but Kendall is all about moving on with an independent lifestyle. Note that “Jenner” was dropped because last names are so passé, especially when you’re making it on your own. Don’t forget, it’s just Kendall now, thank you very much. Anyway, girlfriend is seriously cranking up her fashion game each season and has moved from prom dresses to Givenchy. What a leap. Check out some of our favorite Kendall pics in the gallery below.

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Stay High: How To Style Over-The-Knee Boots

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Julia Roberts Vivian made them every sexpot’s go-to in Pretty Women. Kylie Jenner can’t go a week without roaming the naughty streets of Hollywood in them. And moms and dads all around the world are saying, “Helllllllllllll no!” to the desperate pleas of their teenage daughters. Ladies and gents, we present to you the thigh-high boot (AKA over-the-knee).

So we agree that they aren’t meant for pre-teen girls and back-to-school outfits, especially if you’re still carrying a lunch box or getting dropped of at the pep rallies by your mama. But there is a place for these sultry boots in every grown woman’s life. (And we’re not talking just for Halloween.) So how do you style thigh-high or over-the-knee boots and make them appropriate for everyday wear? Listen up… or should we say take a look? We’ve compiled a load of lust-worthy photos of our favorite bloggers doing their best to make this sexy trend happen.

There’s really no wrong way to wear them. Little bit of thigh showing…no thigh showing. With pants…without pants. Cold weather…not-so-cold weather. These ladies show you that it doesn’t matter — it’s really all about the confidence you pair them with.