Trend Time!: Celebrities Love Their Long(er) Sleeves

Call it the Kate Middleton effect: celebrities and mere mortals alike are suddenly flocking to dresses that don’t dare to bare arms. Instead, we’re spotting an entire crop of fashionable ladies who are actually covering up and truthfully, we couldn’t be more pleased. Why? ‘Cause sometimes the weather doesn’t permit for us to show off our delts and other times we haven’t been diligently doing our tricep curls which means our arms look more tired than toned. We put together a gallery featuring some of your fave style stars rocking long sleeves, but before that make sure to check out Kate, the one who started it all.

We know these dresses were ah-maz-ing, but we also realize that not every one of us can drop thousands of dollars on Pucci, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana. But, don’t worry ’cause we have you covered (literally, as well as figuratively). Below you’ll see a few of our fave dresses that are completely on trend and won’t break the bank.

1. lace trim back dress
2. peter pan collar dress
3. neon lace layered dress
4. crochet back knit dress

What other celeb-inspired trends are you loving? By the way, make sure to tell us how YOU wear long sleeves!

SXSW: South By Southwest Shows Us Some Serious Style

Want the intellectual rigor of a TED talk, the musical appeal of Coachella, and the potential movie stardom of Sundance? Enter South By Southwest. The mega-event that is South By Southwest, or  SXSW, lasts ten days and is a blitzkrieg of music, movies, and emerging technology. Last year the organizers of SXSW unveiled Style X- a fashion show featuring  festival performers rocking local designers and stores, as well as more established brands, including Keds and American Apparel.  And this year? Well, as the lookbook demonstrates, SXSW just keeps getting bigger and better. In honor of all things Austin awesomeness, we put together a post dedicated to the sartorial savvy of SXSW’s attendees.

As you can tell, the fashion vibe at SXSW stayed true to the festival’s Texas roots- lots of boots, shorts, and a general casual elegance. Wanna get the look? Keep scrolling for three must-have pieces if you’re eager to look like a SXSW veteran.

What look was your favorite? How would you style a look for SXSW?

Photos courtesy of Teen Vogue, Chictopia, Street Peeper, and Lucky 

Want to Look Cute on St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is admittedly a holiday dedicated to one thing: drinking wearing green. But, we aren’t going to let this ideological single-mindedness get in our way.  In fact, we’re going to go ahead and fully support everyone’s right to resemble a leprechaun and oh yeah, we’re gonna show you how to do it while looking sexy and stylish. Below you’ll find a few different looks perfect for all sorts of situations. By the way, make sure to tell us your fave look in the comments!

Scenario One: St. Patty’s Day Brunch

1. floral print pants
2. studded leatherette coin purse
3. cropped blazer
4. low scoop neck top
5. suede peep-toe chunky heel

Scenario Two: Stop by the Pub for a Drink with Friends

1. ribbed high-low long sleeve top
2. peacock feather necklace
3. skinny jeans
4. woven leatherette platform bootie
5. rhinestone trim stone ring

Scenario Three: Casual Get-Together with Friends or Family

1. high-waist skinny jeans
2. colorblock faux-pocket top
3. oversized tribal bangle
4. textured print bracelet
5. striped loafer

Scenario Four: Hit Up the Club

1. rhinestone trim shape earrings
2. snakeskin ring handle clutch
3. chunky suede platform heel
4. bandage tube dress

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments!

Luxe for Less: Charlize Theron

Depending on age and musical preferences, there are several possibilities that come to mind when you hear the word ‘monster’- maybe it’s Lady Gaga, the classic Nickelodeon cartoon, or the gritty film starring the lovely African-born Charlize Theron.  And while we could probably do a Luxe for Less on all these topics, today we’re focusing on the latter by way of Theron. After all, this beauty rarely fails to make a fashionable impression, but we suspect that it’s pretty easy to do that when you’re the face of Dior. For those of us not blessed with model good looks and a movie star budget, we created a similar look. Granted, our version will cost approximately $125 whereas Theron’s outfit was well over $2,000 thanks to her choice of a Stella McCartney blazer, J Brand jeans, a Thakoon top, Givenchy heels, and Anita Ko jewelry.

1. flyaway blazer
2. dotted peter pan collar top
3. pocketed jeggings
4. strappy peep-toe platforms

Were you a fan of this look? Truthfully, we are definitely loving this- it’s simple, elegant, and could transition nicely from the office to a date.

Inspiration Gallery: Tights with Shorts

Anxious to wear shorts, but concerned about frostbite? Sure, you could stay inside and stage your own personal runway show, but we have a more practical solution: shorts with tights. Below you’ll find a few looks from stylish gals from all over the ‘net showing us how to don this sexy and stylish look. Oh, and if the weather is particularly temperamental, let us pass along a tip we’ve seen several fashionable females indulge in: add thickly knitted socks and boots to the trusty tights and shorts combo.

Okay, so you’re probably officially in serious lust with this look, but don’t where to start, right? Our solution?  Opaque tights. We particularly love the fact that they’ll add some much needed warmth to your ensemble and visually slim you down.

What other trends are you obsessing over? Any trends you just don’t get? By the way, we were thinking of doing a style gallery devoted exclusively about GoJane girls. What do you think?

What Are the Trendiest Shoes for Spring 2012? Check Out Our Guide!

After taking in shows in Milan, Paris, New York, and LA, we feel pretty confident when it comes to predicting what trends we’re all going to be loving this year. But, while it may be easy to cry, “Colorblocking is mah-jor!”, it’s not so easy to you know, actually colorblock. GoJane’s solution? Get on the trend bandwagon and do so by adding one super simple thing to your outfit: shoes. Below you’ll find the most styling shoes and they’re embracing some of your fave trends.

1. Colorblocking

2. Lace

3. Neon

What other trends are you loving for spring? Do you have any tips when it comes to trying new trends?

PS: If you love any of these hot shoes just click on the pic and it’ll take you to the GoJane site where you can buy ’em (and check out tons of other stuff including nightclub dresses, accessories, and yes, even cosmetics).

Celebrities Really Love Their… Ankle Strap Heels!

Throughout the ‘oughts we’ve been privileged to enjoy the unprecedented rise of heels. Runways and city streets alike have seen women tottering on five, six, and seven inch heel stilettos, often times supported by a hidden platform. Yet, 2012 appears to be ushering in a new trend: ankle straps. These Forties’-inspired heels offer a certain ladylike glamour to any ensemble and as the gallery of celebs below shows, stars love their ankle strap heels.

If you’re looking to jump on this trend, but aren’t sure of where to find the perfect pair of heels, look below because we found a few pairs we’re in serious lust with. Just click on the shoe and voila! you could soon be rocking these seriously trendy heels.

What is your fave celeb look? What is your fave GoJane heel?

PS: What are some other trends you’re obsessed with? If we like your idea we might just do a post about it…

Trend Alert! Lace is Huge for Spring

As we’ve pored over blogs, studied fashion shows, and read numerous glossies we have come to the conclusion that lace is huge for spring. Why? Well, we suspect that it’s because of how versatile and pretty a little lace is. Sure, you can keep it classic and rock a brightly hued lace dress, but we are also loving all the different ways you can look hot and styling in lace, including shoes and shirts.  If you’re in need of inspiration take a look at our celeb gallery and oh yeah, make sure to tell us how YOU wear lace.

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We know you’re thinking, “I need more lace in my wardrobe, pronto!” and fortunately, we have some perfect pieces for every type of girl, from partying vixen to preppy princess.

What was your favorite lacy item? What other spring trends are you obsessing over? We don’t wanna give away next week’s trend report, but here’s a hint: it’ll brighten your day up!

Luxe for Less: Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba initially stole our hearts in Never Been Kissed which was an impressive feat owing to the fact that the swoon-worthy Michael Vartan played Drew Barrymore’s love interest. However, since then she has also received acclaim for her roles in films such as Fantastic Four, Good Luck Chuck, and Valentine’s Day.  Below we re-created one of her signature look, except for one major detail: the price. In particular, Alba’s Joe’s Jeans may have cost $170, but this entire ensemble is a mere $250. Yep, that’s right- we’re giving nearly identical style to one of the hottest mamas in showbiz at a fraction of the price.

1. layered tribal necklace set
2. flyaway blazer
3. lace back v-neck top
4. colored skinny jeans
5. convertible leatherette backpack
6. lace-up platform bootie

What did you think of this look? Who else would you like to see?

PS: We’re thinking of doing a post with lots of hints as to how to rock colored denim. Do you guys wanna see it or do you have another suggestion for how-to guides?

How to: Wear Printed Bottoms

Sometimes it seems that printed tops get all the attention. But, 2012 looks to be the year of the printed bottoms (and ludicrous GOP behavior). And sure, we’ve seen the usual suspects when it comes to prints- florals, polka dots, and tribal, but designers have also shown us some unexpected prints. In celebration of all things printed and patterned that can cover your booty we present a how-to guide when it comes to printed bottoms.

1. leatherette clutch
2. flare chiffon skirt
3. long sleeve chambray top
4. suede finish bootie

Why it works: We combined a super girly chiffon skirt with tough vaguely Western elements, including faux-suede booties and a chambray top. Additionally, the color scheme is pulled together by the leatherette clutch and fairly neutral booties and shirt.

1. slouchy magazine print top
2. studded skull brooch clutch
3. nail polish
4. tribal print leggings
5. cut-out textured leatherette wedge

Why it works: Yep, we added a graphic top to these printed pants, but the muted color scheme keeps this casual ensemble from feeling overwhelming. Of course we did make sure to add a pop of color courtesy of a bright and girly shade of nail polish.

1. floral harem pants
2. studded quilted leatherette wallet
3. semi-sheer pussy bow top
4. open front blazer
5. patent pointed toe pump
6. shimmer jewel triangle ring

Why it works: We decided to maintain the girly vibe of the floral harem pants by layering ’em with a semi-sheer pussy bow blouse and sexy patent leatherette heels. Additionally, the fitted jacket won’t overwhelm your shape and the similarly hued accessories result in a polished and calculated look.

What was your favorite look? How do YOU rock printed bottoms?

Fashion Gallery: Sheer

Sheer fabric may show skin, but if done right it can be far more haute than harlot. The trick to making sheer work? Loose silhouettes, strategic layering, and a sense of proportion. Specifically, if you’re donning an elegant semi-sheer skirt you probably shouldn’t pair it with a mesh bodysuit. Moreover, because sheer clothing tends to have a feminine shape and texture we enjoy adding some unexpected elements, such as motorcycle jackets, architectural wedges, and chunky accessories. Additionally, we wouldn’t advise wearing anything tight or formfitting while rocking the sheer look because you don’t want to resemble Coco of Ice Loves Coco fame. We’ve gathered some of our favorite looks in order to give you an idea on how to do sheer and how to do it well. By the way, if you fancy yourself fashion savvy when it comes to sheer, or any other trends, send us a pic and you could see yourself on the GoJane blog!

What was your favorite look? We’re not going to pick favorites, but we’ll give you a hint: loving the monochromatic look with ombre hair!

Photos courtesy of Chictopia

Emma Roberts: Luxe for Less

Maybe you’re familiar with Emma Roberts due to her performance in films such as Valentine’s Day, Twelve, and Hotel for Dogs. Or maybe you hear her surname and immediately think of Julia Roberts, Emma’s aunt. If you’re still having trouble placing her we suggest watching The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” video to get a sneak peek of her father. Okay, we admit that doing so won’t help you figure out who she is, but the combination of tasty man meat in the form of Brandon Flowers and Eric Roberts will completely atone for this oversight. Regardless of how you know her, there is something inexplicably intriguing about Ms. Roberts. The particular look showcased below is sleek, sophisticated, and young. But, we knew that we couldn’t quite afford to drop $140 on a jacket, let alone additional bling, and that’s why we put together this look. The cost? Less than the Dylan Alexa blazer Roberts is sporting. Oh, and after you score her look, you’ll still have enough to buy a cocktail to celebrate just how fabulous you look.

1. layered tribal necklace set
2. lace back tank
3. collarless jacket
4. pocketed jeggings
5. strappy peep-toe platforms

We think this look could work really well for Casual Friday (if you happen to work somewhere that doesn’t allow for jeans to be worn every day). Conversely, this is definitely a great first date outfit. What do you think?

PS:  Make sure to tell us what other celebs you’re dying to see.

How to: Wear Florals Without Looking Like a Second Grader

You have probably figured out that GoJane is kind of obsessed with florals. After all, is there anything prettier than some finely placed floral action? Yeah, we didn’t think so. But, there is one issue that arises when it comes to florals: the possibility that you may end up looking like a second grader.  But, have no fear because GoJane is to the rescue! We’ve put together three distinctly different looks all featuring florals and we know you’ll adore ’em just as much as we do.

1. colorblock long sleeve shirt
2. beaded tribal necklace set
3. basic five pocket skinny jeans
4. floral toe booties

Why it works: We kept a color palette of muted earth tones, but this particular look features some very hot and complimentary trends, namely florals, colorblocking, and tribal.

1. suede peep-toe platform
2. floral chiffon dress
3. textured cuff bracelet
4. colorblock bucket handbag

Why it works: The color scheme is fresh and trendy, as is the combination of colorblocking and florals.

1. lace cami tank
2. flower print skinny jeans
3. graphic perfume top
4. canvas espadrille sandal

Why it works: Printed jeans and pants are having a revival, but it can be an admittedly tough look to work. The solution? Complimentary colors. As this look illustrates, we did a floral jean, but kept everything else relatively muted.

What was your fave look? What other how-to guides would you like to see?

Luxe for Less: Look Like British Beauty, Rochelle Wiseman, Without Breaking the Bank

Jeans and a cute tee may seem like a simple and uninspired combo, but we like to think that a few well placed extras can take you from blah to bombshell. As we searched high and low for lovely ladies to emulate for Luxe for Less we couldn’t help but keep coming back to The Saturdays’ Rochelle Wiseman.  Her style, when not on stage, is simple, girly, and oh yeah, fashionable. We put together a look we recently saw her rocking, but our version will cost you the same as her J.Brand jeans. Yes, we’re offering UK celeb style for less than $175.

1. long fur vest
2. striped open back bodysuit
3. five pocket solid color jeans
4. leatherette envelope design handbag
5. faux shearling boot

Did you guys like this look? What other celebs do you wanna see get the GoJane treatment?

How to: Wear Peplums

Peplums rear their pretty head every few decades or so. We saw ’em in the Forties and then the Eighties. But, the modern peplum is not that of your mother or grandmother’s generation. Instead, the peplum features a little bit more sass and can often be found in the most unexpected of places.

We’ve put together four looks for you, all of which feature peplums, but in dramatically different ways. So, take a look and make sure to tell us which one you love and why, okay?

1. lace peplum dress
2. stitch leatherette clutch
3. embellished bow pearl bracelet
4. bowed platform pump

1. cross back short sleeve top
2. stone square shape ring
3. linked box chain necklace set
4. peplum skirt
5. striped strappy wedge

1. quilted leatherette wallet
2. strappy back leopard tube
3. jeweled feather stretch ring
4. lace-up platform boot
5. bandage style knit mini

1. strapless leopard print ruffle dress
2. retro patent clutch
3. design frame sunglasses
4. easter egg ring
5. cut-out laced wedges

What other fashion and style questions do you have? Let us know and you could soon see it here!

How to: Wear Stripes Without Visually Packing on the Pounds

Regardless of how little or how much you know about fashion, you’re probably familiar with the adage, “Horizontal stripes will make you look fat.” Yet, it’s ever so difficult to keep these words in mind when we’re lusting over thickly knitted cardigans, body con sheaths, or high waisted leggings, all with those delicious and taboo horizontal stripes. Yet, GoJane knows that rules, even those of fashion, are meant to be broken. As such, we present you with three distinct looks, all of which feature horizontal stripes.

1. woven square clutch
2. beaded fruit ring
3. stripe knit flare dress
4. bowed wayfarer sunglasses
5. strappy leatherette platform heel

Why it works: Your legs will look miles long thanks to the nude* heels. Additionally, the simple and flattering cut won’t overwhelm your frame or create added bulk.

1. skull embellished tee
2. studded stripe design sunglasses
3. striped high waist leggings
4. microstud platform bootie

Why it works: The close fit of the leggins won’t add weight.  Furthermore, your frame will appear longer because of the dark colored heeled booties.
1. crocheted button-up cardigan
2. wired tribal necklace
3. solid color sheer top
4. maxi pencil skirt
5. leatherette zip-up bootie

Why it works: The combination of a maxi skirt and platforms means that your bottom half will look lengthy and svelte. Therefore, pairing the striped sweater with this stunning duo won’t make you appear chunky. Finally, a pop of color will draw the eye towards your shirt and not towards the stripes.

What was your favorite look? What other how-to guides do you wanna see?

* The phrase nude refers to wearing shoes similar in shade to your skin. If these shoes don’t match your skin tone find a pair that will flatter your gams. Oh, and trust us- we have heels, booties, and boots in a wide assortment of colors so it won’t be a challenge to find the perfect pair.

Luxe for Less: Rihanna

If you’re still searching for a fashion icon you may want to settle on Barbabos beauty, Rihanna. This good girl gone bad has had some major style transformations throughout the years- she shed her lengthy locks for a cool mohawk-inspired ‘do, routinely rocks neon-hued eyes, and prances around on stage in plenty of naughty leather.  No matter what this singing sensation wears, we have noticed a trend: she looks perpetually fashion-forward. But, we guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise- she has unlimited access to J Brand Jeans, Dolce & Gabanna , and Brian Atwood. Yet, resembling RiRi shouldn’t feel like an exercise in S&M- that’s why we put together this outfit. The look is cool, casual, and chic, but certainty not costly- it’ll cost you around $105.

1. collared open front coat
2. three ring cross necklace
3. studded love glamour top
4. chain trim animal print bracelet
5. belted cuff dress pants
6. pointed toe pump

What do you like about this look? What celebs do you want to see next?

Valentine’s Day Swag Bag Giveaway!

Hearts and heels, red and rings, lips and lockets- yes, you know what that means, right? It’s Valentine’s Day and GoJane is set to make your day a little bit more beautiful. How? With girly accessories, shoes, and plenty of love. So, mosey on over to our Facebook and enter for a chance to win a swag bag. Oh, and did we mention that the second place winner will win two items from their fave swag bag and the third place winner will score one item from their favorite bag? Finally, in case you needed additional incentives to enter, we included pics below.

Bag One:

Bag Two:

Bag Three:

What was your fave collection? And remember, you could soon be the proud owner of some hot heels, stylish accessories, and designer-inspired clutches- just enter for a chance to win!

Sh!t My Boyfriend Says About My Clothes

As a fashionable female you undoubtedly understand that harem pants, high-low tops, and cutout wedges are so of this moment it threatens to give us vertigo. Unfortunately, your special someone won’t always share these sentiments and in fact you may hear some of the following:

1. Did you know your shirt ripped in back?

1. acid wash high waist jeans
2. round neck short sleeve top
3. suede cutout booties
4. pleated colorblock handbag

2. Did you go to the bathroom in your pants?

1. distressed design blah top
2. slouchy pocket pants
3. spike trim ring
4. crinkle patent platform pump

3. You look like a Muppets character.

1. rhinestone button front pocket jeans
2. long fur vest
3. pocketed racerback tank
4. mini triangle earrings
5. feather suede booties

4. Your dress has a mullet.

1. oversized owl necklace
2. lace-up back dress
3. leopard print platforms
5. Did your shirt shrink?
1. wrapped chainmail bracelet set
2. two tone sequin top
3. basic five pocket skinny jeans
4. velvet platform pump
5. snake print rhinestone brooch clutch

What has your significant other said about your clothes? By the way, all of our examples were things our boyfriends and husbands actually said to us.

How to: Dress for Valentine’s Day (Like You Really Mean It)

Perhaps you previously thought us Valentine’s Day scrooges on account of our thoroughly modern take on fashion for the upcoming holiday.  Yet, we assure you that we unabashedly love this day and as such, we offer you four looks so sweet, so romantic, so quintessentially Valentine’s Day-y, that you may find yourself changing your position that we love this particular day too much.

Give Me Lip

1. embellished heart ring
2. kiss graphic top
3. bow shorts
4. lizard print rosette t-strap wedge

Pink Lady
1. solid color zip back dress
2. plumping lip gloss
3. oversized heart charm necklace
4. velvet mary jane platform

Sequin and Striped Sistah

1. matte frame sunglasses
2. graphic sequin heart top
3. solid color jeans
4. striped leatherette toe flat

Lovely in Lace

1. lace open back dress
2. heart charm necklace
3. snake print rhinestone brooch clutch
4. patent platform pump

So, what was your favorite look? What do you plan to wear for Valentine’s Day? By the way, make sure to vote in our poll about your plans- we love seeing the results!

How to: Dress for Valentine’s Day (Without Being Too Obvious)

Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a special holiday reserved exclusively for couples and Hallmark executives. However, we know that the GoJane girl, regardless of relationship status, always wants to look good. As such, we put together a few looks just for you.

Date With Your Sweetheart:

1. stone square shaped ring
2. lace design open bow back dress
3. ruffled satin peep toe platform

Clubbing with Your (Single) Friends:

1. strappy back tribal tube top
2. woven chainmail bracelet
3. mineral wash skinny jeans
4. wrap around ankle strap wedge

Movie Night with the Bestie (No Romantic Comedies Allowed!):

1. rhinestone trim love ring
2. metallic zipper top
3. fringe slingback wedge
4. basic legging

What was your favorite look? What are you planning to wear on Valentine’s Day?

Luxe For Less: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian may have a questionable claim to fame, but this particular Kardashian has managed to leverage that booty into billions. Additionally, she’s not shy about flaunting her enviable posterior or her status as a member of the 1%. We often see Kimmy K in some of the world’s hottest, and therefore most pricey, designers such as Herve Leger, Christian Louboutin, and Dolce & Gabanna. But, these quadruple digit duds are far more than we can afford and that’s why we put together this look- it’s cute, it’s a lil’ sexy, and of course, it’s totally Kim for under $275.

1. colorblock design sunglasses
2. long fur vest
3. peacock feather necklace
4. cross back cut-out top
5. woven chevron bangle set
6. liquid finish jeggings
7. double buckle leatherette handbag
8. suede platform pump

What celebrities and designers would you like to see next? We have a few more of your faves lined up, but we definitely want to know who else you’re dying to see.

Ladies in Leopard

Much like Gwen Stefani, we maintain that leopard can and should be paired with anything in your fashion arsenal.  Yep, we’re talking leopard and plaid, leopard and neon, leopard and… well, you get it, right? (Of course you do- you are a GoJane girl, after all) We’ve put together a mini-gallery of leopard looks we love and after taking ’em in we wanna know: what leopard look do YOU love and why? Oh, and if you’re feeling all sorts of fashionista then go ahead and show us how you rock leopard- we double dare ya.

We love how each girl managed to put her personal spin on leopard, from geeky chic to leather and leopard.

By the way, what gallery would you like to see next? As always, we are your stylish servants and want to put a smile on your gorgeous face.

Photos courtesy of Chictopia

Luxe For Less: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana pranced onto the movie scene in 2000’s completely underrated Center Stage as a trash-talking rebel ballerina and over a decade later she continues to epitomize understated elegance. In a recent look, the Avatar beauty rocked simple royal blue jeans and a cute tank. And, while the ensemble may have seemed completely casual and low-key, the cost most definitely was not. Why? Zoe was strutting her stuff in J Brand jeans- the same jeans favored by the likes of Kim Kardashian and  Katherine Heigl. If you’re familiar with the brand you know that their designer denim starts at around $175 and that’s most definitely on the low end of the price spectrum. Conversely, our entire look will run you less than $150. Yes, that’s right- snag designer style for less than a pair of jeans.

1. metal checker print sunglasses
2. shirred sleeve pocket cardigan
3. scoop neck tank
4. patent textured design purse
5. woven chevron bangle set
6. five pocket solid color jeans
7. strappy espadrille wedge

So, how do you guys like the look?

PS: Next week we’re doing a requested look for one of your favorite ladies in the game. But, we don’t want to spoil the surprise and therefore, we’ll only give you a hint: she managed to rake in some serious kash from her short-lived nuptials.

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