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Collegiate Cool

Collegiate Cool

Back to school season is here - just look at your Instagram feed - which means its time to switch gears and get into the fall/winter routine. Whether you have kids in school or not, it's hard not to feel the changes that come with this time of year.

Rather than get too blue, we're taking some inspiration from that classic college staple, the varsity jacket. No longer limited to the prepsters, this piece has taken a cue from the cool girls and been updated in a shrunken silhouette in the inkiest black. Pair yours with distressed denim and a slinky white tee for day and throw it over your favorite mini dress worn with white sneakers for a relaxed, date-night look.

From L to R: Rag & Bone "Camden" jacket. RtA "Jewel" tee, Citizens of Humanity "Rocket" high-rise skinny jeans, Anzie medallion, McQ cotton scarf & Vince "Park Collection" small cross-body.

The varsity jacket is a timeless and totally versatile addition to your fall wardrobe, and a piece you'll grab again and again.

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Distressed Denim

Distressed Denim

These days, distressed denim can transition easily from day to evening and is certainly not limited to weekend wear.  We love dressing our denim up for brunch or date night (don't be afraid to rock yours after dark) and especially like the contrast of preppy white with frayed edges. 

From R to L: Derek Lam 10 Crosby crop sweater, Mother Denim "Looker" high rise jeans, Rene Escobar oxidized sterling silver necklaces, Rag & Bone wide brim fedora & Max Mara "Hobo" leather bag.

Slim silhouettes and sophisticated washes paired with a graphic sweater and luxe accessories elevates this once exclusively casual wardrobe staple while keeping your look totally cool.

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Tailored Trench

Tailored Trench

A piece every woman should own in her closet is a classic trench.  It is the ultimate piece of outerwear that will take you from season to season and every phase of your life.  Think of the women who've made this piece iconic, Catherine Deneuve, Diane Keaton, Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss and Audrey Hepburn to name a few.  We love the standard khaki, but can't help but get excited about a trench with a twist - whether it's the color, details or fabrication - sometimes a little change can make a piece totally new again.

From L to R: Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora, Frame "Le Stripe" shirt, Vince leather camera bag, Rag & Bone "Siggy" suede skirt, ALC trench coat, Frame "Le Crop Mini Boot" jean, T by Alexander Wang stripe tee, Vince convertible leather backpack.

From L to R: Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora, Frame "Le Stripe" shirt, Vince leather camera bag, Rag & Bone "Siggy" suede skirt, ALC trench coat, Frame "Le Crop Mini Boot" jean, T by Alexander Wang stripe tee, Vince convertible leather backpack.

You really don't have to worry what you pair your trench with (it goes with everything) throw it on over a dress or jeans and a tee, and you'll look sleek, polished and totally chic.

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Now/Later

Now/Later

The joy of Fall and Pre-Fall collections arriving in-store now, is that you can wear many of the pieces during midsummer and on through September and October. 

Don't limit cashmere and silk to winter, a poncho or oversized cardigan can be a summer staple that you throw over your breeziest sundress or cami. Those pieces will then take you the extra mile when layered over long sleeves in the fall. 

We've styled one of our favorite Vincecashmere ponchos for a summer date night and also an easy daytime look for fall. 

From L to R: Rag & Bone Moto crossbody, Sara Weinstock 18k gold, oxidized silver and diamond bangles, Shay 18k rose gold and diamond choker, Theory lace trim cami, Derek Lam 10 Crosby crop flare trousers, Vince cashmere cardigan, Rag & Bone lace up jeans, Vince silk water color print popover, Rag & Bone wide brim fedora, Rene Escobar 18k gold and diamond pendant & Vince leather crossbody.

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90's Vibes

90's Vibes

The dream of the nineties is alive in fashion. We've seen it all over the runways and on the pages of magazines. From Rag & Bone to Louis Vuitton: slinky slip dresses layered over sheer t-shirts, delicate chokers, distressed everything with fishnets and combat boots. 

Unlike the thrift store gear of decades past, this season is a stark contrast with luxe fabrics, sleek silhouettes and accents of fur, leather, subtle sparkle and washed silk.

From L to R: Cotton by Autumn Cashmere maxi cardigan, Vince convertible backpack, Shay 18k rose gold and diamond choker, Vince silk slip dress, McQ knit pullover, Vince leather skirt, Rene Escobar 18k gold, oxidized silver and diamond bangles, Shay 18k white gold and diamond choker and Rag & Bone moto cross-body.

The 90's vibe is a great transitional look that will take you from grey days like today to the heat of the summer (hello slip dress, sandals and backpack!) all the way through fall (remember that fur we mentioned?) while staying edgy and current.

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