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2011 Fall Fashion Trends: Ruffles

In 2011 Fashion Trends, About Scarves, Fashion Scarves, Get the Look, Women's Scarves on September 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Ruffles are the perfect choice for every woman who wants to add a touch of creativity and feminine charm to her everyday style. Not only that, ruffles are perfect for hiding certain imperfections, like masking a bloated tummy for example, or creating the illusion of a perfect silhouette. It’s no wonder they are one of this season’s hottest trends.

Here at La Purse we have a weakness for ruffles – as you can see by browsing our scarf collections – so we have decided to present you with a couple of gorgeous ruffle fashion items, from clothing pieces to fashion accessories, all extremely stylish and at affordable prices. They are cute, fun and fashionable and we recommend you give ruffles a try this season!

Start with a flirty ruffled top, preferably in a bright color. This will soon become your go-to item since it is perfect for every occasion. Wear it with jeans and flats for a cute and comfy look and make your transition to nigh by pairing it with a black blazer, high-heeled pumps and statement accessories.

Ruffled Woven Top ($14.80) from Forever 21

Every girl needs at least one pretty dress is her wardrobe so why not opt for a ruffled one? It works perfectly as a summer dress and you can easily transition it into fall by pairing it with a pair of tights and a cardigan.

Women’s Ruffled Chiffon Dresses ($15.97) from Old Navy

Ruffled skirts are so much fun to wear, you’ll find yourself wanting to wear them all the time! Just give them try and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

Women’s Plus Ruffled Chiffon Skirts (Now $16.97) from Old Navy

Free People ‘Cascade’ Convertible Maxi Skirt ($34.97) from Nordstrom

You’ll be needing a new jacket for fall so why not opt for a stylish faux leather jacket with beautiful ruffle details?

Ruffle-Trimmed Pleather Jacket ($44.99) from Charlotte Russe

We have a feeling the ruffle blazer will become fall 2011 staple wardrobe piece. Feminine, elegant and stylish, this piece will add a touch of creativity to your business and casual outfits.

ELLE™ Ruffle Blazer (sale $38.40) from Kohl’s

The trench coat is an absolute must-have. Add a spin to the classic trench coat with ruffle details to make your fall outfit stand out in a crowd.

Ruffle Trim Trench Coat ($79.00) from Piperlime

Long Ruffle Trench Coat ($67.50) from Last Call by Neiman Marcus

Ruffle scarves are a gorgeous accessory, especially for fall. They will keep you warm and stylish all season long and during winter as well so if you’re loving ruffle details these are the fashion accessories you should invest in. Opt for a ruffle knit infinity to spice up your casual outfits and for a radiant satin ruffle scarf to add a double dose of elegance to your glam outfits.

Infinity Ruffle Scarf ($14.95) from La Purse

Satin Ruffle Scarf ($18.45) from La Purse

Pom Pom Ruffle Scarf ($14.95) from La Purse

What do you think? Will you be adding ruffles to your fall attire?

 

 

 

 

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Guest Blog: Fall Fashion According To The Stylish LittleLimeDress

In 2011 Fashion Trends, 2012 Fashion Trends, About Scarves, Fashion Scarves, Get the Look, Women's Scarves on September 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

We are beyond excited to present you with a fabulous guest blog post by the lovely Meaghan from LittleLimeDress.com. Just in time for fall, Meaghan has created four stylish looks consisting of this season’s key pieces, each look under $200. Scroll down because you’re in for a fall fashion treat!

When the fabulous La Purse team came and asked me to do a style piece for the La Purse blog, I was thrilled. I have been in a serious tweeting relationship with the LP team for a while now, and a post for their blog was just the thing to show I am committed 😉 In all seriousness though, I was excited to do a post and immediately started browsing their site for which scarves I would pull. Then panic set in, how was I supposed to narrow down all these options? It took a while, but I narrowed down my choices to four fabulous pieces that are perfect for any fashionistas wardrobe. I often start building my look around accessories, and so the below picks were built from the scarf down. The looks are my personal vision and style, but the scarves were my inspiration. Here are four looks, built around La Purse scarves, all under $200!

 Look 1:

Colorblocking is not going anywhere for fall and winter, and what better way to work the trend than with a fun, playful scarf like this textured knot scarf with oval patterns in a fall inspired mustard color. I paired the scarf with a simple, more relaxed white blouse from Old Navy as a base for the mustard. The fun thing about this blouse is the round neck, long sleeves with button cuff and button tab to roll up the sleeve for a more casual look. I opted for this blouse instead of a classic button-down to give the look a more laid-back vibe. I then chose to color block the scarf with blue cropped slim fit trousers from Asos. I love the rolled cuff in the trouser, it makes the look playful and chic. Finally, keep your shoes (and handbag) neutral so not to take away from the look itself. I found these tan platform pumps for $35 from Payless; a great deal for stylish and versatile pump!

Mustard Textured Scarf, La Purse, $18

White Blouse, Old Navy, $30

Blue Slim Cropped Trousers, Asos, $37

Women’s Komet Platform Pump, Payless, $35

Total Cost of Look 1: $120

Look 2:

I started look two with the vibrant red striped lycra/viscose scarf. I had a hard time choosing the color for this scarf, but ultimately ended up with this red one. The colors reminded me of the leaves changing and the deep richness there is to the fall season. I paired the card with this chiffon maxi skirt from Forever 21. I love the idea of a chiffon maxi skirt. Ladylike, comfortable and versatile, the chiffon maxi is a great addition to a fall/winter wardrobe. It can be dressed up, or worn casual and while it may not seem like a simple base piece to build a look on, it is! At only $12.50, you can try out the look without breaking the bank. Wear the skirt with a classic turtleneck in a cream color. Not only will you get a million wears out of this Banana Republic turtleneck, but the color is a great base for all the other scarves in this post as well! I absolutely love the idea of mixing hard and soft, and so I chose to complete this look with a rugged ankle bootie from Piperlime. This is a great way to rock a rugged boot. Pair it with jeans, trousers, mini skirts & more.

Vibrant Red Stripped Lycra Viscose Scarf, La Purse, $18.45

Chiffon Maxi Skit, Forever21, $12.50

Essential Turtleneck, Banana Republic, $60

‘Velora’ by Blowfish Rugged Ankle Bootie, Piperlime, $69

Total Cost of Look 2: $160

Look 3, The Plus Size Look:

I always love to incorporate a plus size look into my styling, and while any of these looks can be translated to plus size, here is a specific look I designed around the La Purse double layer mixed purple print scarf. This scarf is so versatile, you can really wear it this  anything from from a white tee shirt and jeans to a wear to work dress, like this 2 in 1 pleated skirt dress from Asos. This dress is a great piece for the curvy girl’s closet, with a fitted bodice and high waistline it is a flattering silhouette and it isn’t bound to a specific season. Wear it through the fall and winter with boots, tights and blazers and bring it back into spring with bare legs and sandals. I thought the best way to “winterize” this look is with black opaque tights and these wedge ankle booties by Coconuts from Piperlime. If you don’t, for some strange reason, have a pair of black opaque tights you need to get them immediately. Seriously, please do not go another day without adding this simple basic hosiery choice into your wardrobe. The possibilities for your closet are endless when you have hosiery options. Throw a pair of tights under shorts, mini skirt, dresses for work- anything. Use your imagination, find inspiration and change your look for less than $20. Not feeling the wedge ankle bootie? Wear this look with pumps, flats or even boots- it is up to you, just be sure to be confident in whatever you decide! The best part of this outfit? You can rock this look to work and wear it right into the evening for drinks with friends! 

Double Layer Purple Print Scarf, La Purse, $19

2 in 1 Pleated Skirt Dress, Asos, $59

‘Josie’ Ankle Booties by Coconuts, Piperlime, $79

Black Opaque Tights, Torrid, $15

Total Cost of Look 3: $172

Look 4:

Getting dressed for a night out on the town with friends is one of my favorite things to do. There are so many options, so many fun ways to express myself, and so many accessories! I am usually a statement piece kind of girl, whether it is a huge necklace, bold earrings, or a playful scarf worn the right way, I love adding that final wow piece to my look. The lightweight metallic silver dot scarf is def one of those pieces. For $19, it can change an entire look. I chose this scarf to pair with these skinny jeans I found on Piperlime by Levis Curve. I have blogged about Levis Curve before, while they don’t fit me as a plus size 18, they certainly fit a ton of my clients and they love them. If you haven’t had the time to try them, I recommend it. The utility button up tunic from Forever 21 seemed like a great going-out top to me; lightweight, slightly oversized in that sexy way, and affordable enough where if you ruin it- its ok. Finish the look with a knee high heeled riding boot for that fall fashion effortless style we all hope to achieve.

Lightweight metallic silver dot scarf, La Purse, $19

Levis Curve Skinny Jeans, Piperlime, $55

Utility Button up Tunic, Forever 21, $25

Divine’ by Very Volatile Boot, Piperlime, $79

Total Cost of Look 4: 178

 

If you loved LittleLimeDress’ four looks, and we know you did, check out her fabulous website for online personal styling and shopping service that finds items that flatter your figure, personality and budget.

Tweet her your thoughts and style questions at @littlelimedress

Show her some love on Facebook at LittleLimeDress.com

Don’t forget to leave us a comment with your favorite look or looks!

10 Most Popular Scarf Styles

In 2011 Fashion Trends, 2012 Fashion Trends, About Scarves, Bridesmaid Pashmina Shawls, Fashion Scarves, Infinity Scarves, Pashmina Scarves, Pashmina Shawls and Scarves, Summer Scarves, Women's Scarves on September 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

There is no fashion accessory like a gorgeous high-quality scarf. Offering both warmth and great style, this women’s accessory can liven up your outfits in an instant. And let’s not forget about its versatility: wear it as a neck warmer, as a shawl, as a turban or as a headscarf.

Thanks to its popularity the scarf has been constantly reinvented and is now featured in a multitude of styles, ranging from classic pashmina to modern infinity scarves.

Here are the ten  most popular scarf styles from which you can choose the ones that you like best:

Cashmere Pashmina Shawls or Pashminas


Classic and elegant, Cashmere Pashmina Shawls  are the perfect choice in fashion accessories and the perfect gift for any occasion, especially for bridesmaids. These also offer an incredibly soft feel and exceptional look so if there’s one accessory that should not be missing from your wardrobe that’s the pashmina.

Double Layered Silk Print Scarves

Ultra chic and stylish, the silk scarves are another classic style that goes in the category of wardrobe must-haves. Use them to add a touch of glam to your everyday look.

Handmade Crochet Scarves

Inspired by the romantic and relaxed vibe the boho-chic look promotes, the handmade crochet scarves are a great addition to your scarf collection. They are light enough to be worn during the summer but they also offer the right amount of warmth for winter. The ways one can wear this scarves are unlimited, from shawl-style to sarong style.

Ruffle Scarves

The satin ruffle scarves the “It” item in fashion. Incredibly elegant and radiant, these scarves are very fashion-forward and can add the ‘x’ factor to every outfit.

Infinity Scarves

The Infinity Scarves are a modern take on a classic fashion accessory, the overly popular scarf. Being one of the most versatile women’s fashion accessories, the infinity loop scarf  can be wrapped around for a cowl-neck effect, or simply draped around for a more dramatic touch.

Lycra Viscose Scarves

Fun and colorful, the lycra viscose scarf is a great accessory for the modern woman looking to liven up her look.

Pom Pom Ruffle Scarves

Now this is the cutest scarf style ever! Adorable ruffle details and little pom pom balls add a flirty feel to each scarf irresistible.

Light Weight Scarves

This type of scarf comes available in two styles: the plain lightweight scarves and the silver dots scarves. Scarf enthusiasts will love both styles as they are both characterized by light transparency which adds elegance to the overall look of these lovely shawls.

Patterned Knit Scarves

One of the hottest winter scarves are, without any doubt, the patterned knit scarves. The great look, the warmth and the comfort this style has to offer makes them irreplaceable during the cold season.

Keyhole Scarves

For a secure fit, the scarf features a discrete keyhole slit to slide through one end of the scarf. This style is perfect if you are looking for a great accessory for your coats and jackets. Just throw a keyhole scarf on and you’re ready to go!

Which scarf style is your favorite? Leave us a comment with your choice!

 

Top 10 Fall 2011 Fashion Must-Haves

In 2011 Fashion Trends, Fashion Scarves, Get the Look, Women's Scarves on September 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Straight from the runway, here are the top 10 Fall 2011 fashion must-have pieces:

1. A pair of brightly colored pants

This is definitely one of this season’s hottest trends that requires lots of confidence and a pair of lean, long legs to pull off. The runway shows featured a variety of colored pants, from bright orange to pink and green, but if you’re not comfortable with such bright colors you can always opt for less flashy shades like royal blue or burgundy.

Colored Mock Jegging ($24.80) from FOREVER21

2. A leather skirt

If you were looking for sassy fashion items to rock this fall, this is your day! Whether you opt for skintight, ’70s inspired, short or knee-length, make sure you pair your leather skirt with a casual-chic top or a relaxed blouse for maximum style.

ASOS Leather Stripe Mini Skirt ($71.35) from ASOS

3. A poncho

Here is a piece that never goes out of style. Cute and comfy, the poncho is one of this season’s must-have items. Invest in one with confidence as you’ll probably get to wear it again next year.

Colorblock Knit Poncho ($24.80) from FOREVER21

4. A high-slit dress

You might think that as fall comes, the dresses get less sexy but you’re wrong. This season make sure your wardrobe has at least one daring high-slit dress.

Chevron Racerback Maxi Dress ($49.99) from ARDEN B.

5. A tuxedo jacket

Menswear-inspired pieces continue to be on trend so for this season, make sure you rock the sexy tuxedo-style.

Oasis Tux Jacket ($127.07) from ASOS

6. A pashmina shawl

This is a fashion accessory that needs no introduction. An absolute must-have, the pashmina shawl will make a great addition to your fall wardrobe and we’ll keep you warm and stylish all season.

Midnight Blue Pashmina Shawl ($24.95) from La Purse

7. Leopard print ballet falts

Complete your fall outfits with a cute and stylish pair of leopard print flats.

Steve Madden ‘Koool’ Flats ($69.95) from Nordstrom

8. A tartan coat

This is another piece you should invest in with confidence. The tartan coat will continue as a winter 2011 trend as well so it’s recommended that you shop for one asap.

Vivienne Westwood Limpish wool-blend tartan coat ($815) from Net-a-porter

9. A mid-calf skirt

A style that’s universally flattering, the mid-calf skirt is one of this season’s must-have pieces. Perfect for a day at the office, a stylish pencil skirt will help you create amazing fall fashion.

Calf Length Pencil Skirt ($34.99) from ARDEN B.

10. An oversized sweater

This is such a versatile piece! Wear it as a dress, wear it with leggings or skinny jeans and even with a cute miniskirt.

FULL TILT Sheer Womens Sweater ($24.99) from Tillys.com

What are your fall 2011 must-have fashion items?

Fashion Accessories For Fall: Scarves, Headbands and More!

In 2011 Fashion Trends, Fashion Scarves, Get the Look, Infinity Scarves, Pashmina Scarves, Pashmina Shawls and Scarves, Women's Scarves on September 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to re-think and re-organize not only our wardrobes but also our accessories.

It is well-known that accessories make or break an outfit so we must make sure that when it comes to our wardrobes, nothing goes wrong this season. So, when you go shopping for your fall attire make sure your shopping bag will include a couple of stylish accessories like fashion scarves, cute headbands and other fashionable things that will make your outfits pop on a cloudy day.

Here’s what we think shouldn’t be missing from your accessory box this season:

A big bow headband.

And we have just the perfect one for you: this adorable baby blue plastic bow with black outlines, affixed to a metal headband! Handmade by JenniferHeartsArt this is the statement piece you need whether you’re having a bad hair day or want to put something nice in your hair. Get it here.

A fashionable scarf. Or two.

The scarf is this season’s ‘It’ accessory. Made for both comfort and style, a great scarf will completely transform your outfits from dull to fab! Picking just one was way too hard so we went for two: a very elegant patchwork scarf in a gorgeous salmon color and, for when the weather gets cold, a warm and comfy infinity knit scarf.

Get it here.

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A touch of sparkle.

And by that we mean a lovely pair of earrings to compliment your new fashion scarf. We just love this gorgeous pair from FOREVER21 in antic gold and purple.

Get it here.

A cute brooch.

Decorate your fall jackets, your trench coat and your blazer with a cute accessory like this unique flower pin we found at ColdwaterCreek.com

It will work perfectly with your sweaters and military jackets. Get it here.

A red handbag.

As seen on the runways, add a touch of color to an all black ensemble with a fiery red handbag. We have our eyes set on this fabulous KLINGNER handbag from ALDO.com

Scarves, cute headbands, a red handbag and a pretty pin are just some of this fall’s accessory essentials that we think should not be missing from your wardrobe.

What accessories will you be wearing this fall?

Celebrity Trend: Red Shoes

In 2011 Fashion Trends, Get the Look on September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

We’re spotting a new fashion trend! The red shoes have invaded the red carpet and we love what we’re seeing! From Leona Lewis who rocked a  stunning pair of red pumps to the 2011 GQ Men Of The Years Awards to Gwyneth Paltrow who paired a summery orange frock with fiery open-toe ankle booties, more and more celebrities are showing off their love for ruby red slippers.

Here are two gorgeous outfits featuring fiery footwear to get you inspired:

Leona’s look is perfect for fall.

Salma Hayek donned a summery ensemble, but if you add a cardigan or a boyfriend blazer you could easily create a gorgeous fall attire.

Now that we’ve seen the celebrity looks, here are a couple of stunning red shoes every fashionista should incorporate in her fall wardrobe:

Perfect to recreate Leona’s look, take a look at these gorgeous red patent pumps from Madden Girl ($49.99)

To add a little edge to your outfits, we suggest these rock and roll inspired pumps with bow and metallic studs ($50.00) from Endless.com

For both style and comfort, we suggest the Knotted Faux Suede Flats ($14.50) from wet seal

Need a new pair of fall booties? You might like the red 2 Lips Too Too Capture Wedge Bootie ($49.95) from DSW.

So, what do you say? Will you be buying a new pair of red shoes this fall?

We know we are!

 

 

 

Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Pashmina Shawl Colors

In 2011 Fashion Trends, 2012 Fashion Trends, Fashion Scarves, Get the Look, Infinity Scarves, Pashmina Scarves, Pashmina Shawls and Scarves, Women's Scarves on September 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Fall is officially here,ladies! This means it’s time to whip our your best pashmina shawls and accessorize your fall outfits the best way you can.

Here is the highly anticipated pashmina shawl colors palette for the Fall/Winter 2011/2012!

Chocolate Hues

Sounds irresistible? Wait ’till you see our chocolaty recommendations:

*Details: Dark Chocolate Pashmina Shawl ($24.95), Chocolate Pashmina Shawl ($24.95), Dark Brown Scarf with Two Rose Details ($17.99), Dark Brown Pom Pom Ruffle Scarf ($14.95), Brown Fancy Patchwork Scarf ($29.99)

Purple

Nothing like rich purple tones to compliment your autumn style!

*Details: Purple Holes Scarf  ($14.95), Deep Studded Purple Scarf with Two Rose Details & Contrasting Edges ($17.99), Purple Cable Knit Infinity Scarf ($17.99), Light Weight Purple Scarf ($9.95), Ruffle Scarf Purple ($18.45)

Red and Orange Hues

Stay warm but do it in style with a fiery red scarf!

 

*Details: Red Infinity Ruffle Scarf ($14.95), Red Scarf with Two Rose Details ($17.99), Red Plush Knit Infinity Scarf ($17.99), Vibrant Red & Pink Stripped Lycra Viscose Scarf ($18.45), Light Weight Red Scarf ($9.95)

Make your fall and winter outfits vibrate by accessorizing with a fabulous orange pashmina shawl!

*Details: Orange Pashmina Shawl ($24.95), Light Weight Metallic Silver Dot Orange Scarf ($18.95), Silk Metallic Silver Dot Orange Scarf ($24.95), Reversible Gold & Orange Patterned Shawl ($29.45), Neon Orange Pashmina Shawl ($24.95)

Gold

Add the golden touch to your winter fashion with an exquisite pashmina shawl in one of the trendiest hues of the year.

*Details: Reversible Yellow and Gold Shawl ($29.45), Reversible Gold and Peach Shawl ($29.45), Reversible Cinnamon & Gold Patterned Shawl ($29.45)

Turquoise

Each time you’re starting to miss summer, put on a beautiful turquoise scarf or pashmina shawl to remind you of that amazing vacation you had by the seaside!

*Details: Turquoise Pashmina Shawl ($24.95), Pale Turquoise Pashmina Shawl ($24.95)

Of course, the F/W 2011/2011 pashmina shawl and scarf color trends palette is not all to take into consideration when you are shopping for fashion scarves. Keep in mind that the color of the pashmina must compliment your skin, the fabric must be high-quality, soft and silky and the style should be pretty.

Also, make sure your scarf collection also has a nice set of classic pashmina shawls, true wardrobe staples.

*Note: At the time when this post was published all the pashmina shawls and scarves featured were in stock. Shop for them at lapurse.com .

What pashmina colors will you be rocking for the F/W 2011/2012 season?