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Dying for Tie Dye: How to Wear the Trend at Any Age

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Trends are a little funny, aren’t they? Just as you clean out your closet of things you feel like will never come back in style they do. It’s a vicious cycle of waiting the 20 or so years for trends to cycle back around, and who knows where we’ll be in 20 years?

20 years ago I was a mere tween, wearing the bold print loud and proud, and even DIYing some pieces at summer camp. Youch, it’s been that long. Now that it’s back around, though, I’m digging through my vintage bins and old DIY projects and pulling out some pieces to pair alongside some new cuts. After all, every trend resurgence comes with a little bit of an upgrade.

While I believe style doesn’t know gender or age, there’s certain ways to make tie dye look cool and cohesive with your current wardrobe. I’ll break these down by age, sharing some styling tips and tricks to make you look your best when riding the colorful waves.

How to Wear Tie Dye in your 20s

Your 20s are all about being bold and embracing trends to in a maximalist sense. Go for the brightest and boldest colors while you can, embracing head to toe tie dye or bold casual pieces like oversized sweaters and skateboard sneakers. I love a tie dye bike short with a cropped or oversized sweatshirt and some colorful sandals or slides. Even better if you can DIY yourself some tie dye pieces in your favorite colors.

How to Wear Tie Dye in your 30s

Once you’re in your 30s you want to be taken a little bit more seriously; you’re established in your career and interested in flexing your style skills, showing that you can seamlessly work trends into your closet of curates staples mixed with quick trends. You can still have some fun with color, but I’d tame it down ever so slightly to something a little less loud. The tie dye should be more linear, almost intentional in your pieces, and less like the splotchy DIYaesthetic. Pair your swirly dyed piece with a matching or complimentary colored basic to bring the whole thing to a trendy monochromatic.

How to Wear Tie Dye in your 40s

As we mature, our style must mature with us. In your 40s we’re going to bring trends a bit more tailored and polished. Take the classic tie dye trend and imprint it on unexpected fabrics and silhouettes and then wear it stylishly. For color, I would stick with one to two color tie dyes, forgoing (for the most part) the ubiquitous bold and brights that scream “young and wild and free”. Unless that's your vibe; like I said these are just some guidelines based on age but in the end, you are the master of how old you FEEL.

How to Wear Tie Dye at 50

If you’re in your 50s and above you’ve probably seen the tie dye trend come and go a number of times (the flower power child of the 70s, the grunge vibes of the 90s, and again now). You’re over having fun with the bright and bold, and you may be done with the corporate world, or close to it, and you still want to have fun with style and trends. At this age, we’re going to take some pieces from what the 40year olds are wearing, but bring it casual and drapey - comfort is absolute key. I love keeping it classic in a shibori dyed (blue indigo, a concept done mostly in Japan) and bringing it into your favorite silhouettes and then wearing them with classic and simple basics that are on the same level of casual.

How to Wear Tie Dye at any age

What do you think of the tie dye trend? Would love to know how YOU would feel confident wearing these pieces!

Spring's Must-Have Skirt is the SLIP SKIRT

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Unless you’ve been living in your own world, then you know the printed silky slip skirt is EVERYWHERE right now! We love the versatility of this piece - it can be worn with a cozy knit sweater and slides, a casual tee shirt and sneakers, or a blouse and heels.

How to Wear Slip Skirts for Summer 2019
How to wear a slip skirt

Slip skirts are a new jean - a new neutral if you will. I have yet to see a wrong way to wear them, meaning you can have as much fun as possible with these!

Personally, your style guru behind Shop The City, Sahra loves this skirt with some flat slides or sneakers and a printed tee shirt - go big or go home!

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Now, for which to shop. There’s the ubiquitous Realisation Paris version, but if you want something a little more accessible you can see below for our top picks.

Spring Trend: Monochromatic Sets

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Monochromatic suiting is IN for Spring 2019

It’s spring which means it’s time to awaken to sunny mornings, long days, and closets full of bright color. Trending now? Full on Monochromatic suiting! We love this bold way to ring spring in and make a statement in the workplace, the streets, or wherever life takes you. Scroll down for our favorite inspirations, ways to shop, and ways to style this trend!

How to Style Monochromatics for Spring 2019
How to style Monochromatics for Spring 2019
How to Style Monochromatics for 2019
Monochromatic Suiting

Play with Contrast

Pair a simple top with a bold suit set to break up the monotony and be more approachable

How to Style Monochromatics for 2019
How to Style Monochromatics for Spring 2019
Bold Pink Suiting and Black Overcoat

Mixing Textures

silk meets wool in this monochrome fuchsia look, giving it dimension

Girls Trip MonoChromatic Dressing

Better with Friends

have the whole crew matching on your next girls trip

And now, let’s shop by color!

How to Shop Used Items and Still Look Like a Million Bucks

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Last week we chatted about how style stars and influencers are renting their pieces to look stylish on a budget (and also not overcrowding their closets).

Not into the bidding and waiting? It’s time to shop RESALE.

Shopping The Real Real

The number one place I suggest is TheRealReal; what’s great about them is that they have a team of buyers who choose the best pieces based on condition, style, and of course, proper authentication. Since there’s no bidding, you can easily browse their site and find amazing pieces for great prices, albeit it may be more than you could potentially find it for on eBay, but again, it comes with a lack of stress.

Another favorite site I love for shopping consignment is Current Boutique - a DC based, woman owned business that has been growing over the past few years! I love that you can send them your pre-loved gems and earn credit/money for future purchases (like these Lucky Brand jeans I scored there last fall). AND If you’re in the DC area you can shop in-person at any of their four locations!

Want to shop IRL? Head to Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads Trading for great deals all the time. Especially here on the West Coast I’ve found Crossroads to be a haven for affordable gems; I’ve found everything from Alice and Olivia pants (for $35!) to a Helmut Lang skirt for $20, a vintage Fendi bag for $75, and so much more. BONUS: If you bring in items to sell to one of these shops you can instant money back or store credit - something I LOVE to use whenever I’m there!

Shopping Consignment Stores Can be worth the Deals

Lastly, of course, there are the consumer to consumer re-sale sites like Tradesy, Poshmark, ThredUp, DePop, et cetera. In my experience, I’ve found these great for “fast fashion” brands, but designer labels tend to have inflated prices. However, especially on PoshMark, people can send you exclusive deals and you can barter with people for an item you absolutely love. I recently paid $125 for a pair of Christian Louboutin espadrilles (perfect for spring!).



There you have it - more ways to shop designer styles without breaking the bank!




How Style Stars Afford Luxury on a Budget (and you can too!)

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Shhhh… it’s a secret, but today’s most stylish people are NOT spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on clothes and accessories; they’re spending a monthly stipend and RENTING them.

Renting Everyday Style from Rent The Runway

To get started, my number one way that I always look fab on a budget is… Rent The Runway! I am a Rent The Runway Unlimited member, meaning I can rent and return as much clothes as I want in a month. It’s only $159 a month, but on the average month I am renting over $2,000 worth of clothes, bags, and jewelry! With top designer brands like DVF, Vince, The Kooples, Rebecca Minkoff, Furla, Derek Lam, and so so many more, fahsionistas can look fab so easily. I’ll rent pieces for blog events, blog shoots, vacations, parties, weddings, and more. Considering the average rental price for a single piece is $125, $159 a month for unlimited is such a good deal, especially if you’re the kind of person who wants to always be trendy but not shop fast fashion or have an overflowing closet. Want to try it for yourself? Get $30 off right here.

Looking Luxe on a budget with Bag Borrow Steal

Next up, there’s the subscription to RocksBox! For $21 a month I receive three jewelry items that I’ve hand selected to wear for the month. With brands like Perry Street, Kendra Scott, Gorjana, Kate Spade, and more it’s a dream come true to have stylish pieces each month with out the price tag! Want to try RocksBox for yourself? Click here for your first month FREE or use code “SAHRABFF2”.

Love luxury bags but don’t want to shell out hundreds, or even thousands of dollars? Bag Borrow Steal is a REAL thing with REAL designer bags. While Rent the Runway has favorites like DVF, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kate Spade, Bag Borrow Steal has the brands you completely covet - Gucci, Chanel, Louis, Fendi… you get the gist. These bags rent for as low as $50 a month, you can rock the designer duds for such a reasonable rate! Want to keep it for realsies? Their “Buy” Section is full of pre-used gems at a steal of a deal.

There you go - three ways your favorite style stars are shopping and wearing luxury on a budget by RENTING their fave pieces!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post all about shopping for USED items that will make you look boujee and stylish!

Trending for 2019: RAINBOWS

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Sometimes a trend comes a long so subtly but so perfectly that you can’t help but love it. This years easy and accessible trend is rainbow accents. From here, we’ll break it down by the inspirations, how to style rainbow accents, and end with some options for every budget. Scroll below to find your lucky charm at the end of this rainbow post!

The Inspiration

Hit TV shows like The Good Place, Blackish, Fuller House, and more are showcasing the coming trend of subtle rainbow accents, mostly in tops for their female stars. Top bloggers and style stars have quickly followed suit, working rainbows into their Outfits of The Day.

How to Style

When styling the rainbow you need to pick your style - are you going for BOLD? In which case, doing an all over rainbow piece like a dress or jumpsuit are the perfect pieces to wear the print loud and proud.

More of an eclectic styler? We love pairing a rainbow piece with a colored top or bottom (depending on the rainbow piece you’re wearing) that would complement the rainbow piece and show your style skills. Even better if its a subtle print like a small polka dot or plaid to play off the strips.

Now, if you want to dabble in the trend, I suggest going simple with just a rainbow accessory or top that has just one row of rainbow stripes as opposed to an all over print. I love the idea of a rainbow bag or rainbow shoes to make a simple outfit of jeans and a solid color top really pop.

TRENDING for 2019: How to Style Rainbows
TRENDING for 2019: How to Style Rainbows

The Goods (By Budget!)

Under $100 Rainbow Pieces

$100-$300 Rainbow Pieces

$300+ Rainbow Pieces

What’s your favorite piece? Will you be wearing any rainbow pieces in the coming seasons?

The Best Sweater Dresses for Every Budget

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Fall is in full swing and full on winter is upon us! While sweater dresses are a seasonal staple, it’s probably time to update your decades old staples to something more in the present. Scroll down for a look at 15+ sweater dresses for ANY budget and some styling inspirations!

How To Style a Sweater Dress

This is the most classicaly modern way to style a sweater dress; opt for one that hits above the knee and pair with over the knee boots (heel or no heel)

Sweater Dresses under $100

How to Style a Sweater Dress

A ribbed sweater dress is a perfect piece for 2018 - its slimming and flattering, and looks great with almost any shoe! We love it here paired with smart block heeled loafers, but would also love it with bright white sneakers or pointed toe flats.

Sweater Dresses $100-$300

How To Style A Sweater Dress - over jeans

we know fall is all about the layers, but this time take your sweater dress up a notch with jeans underneath! we love it here with white sneakers, but could see it working with bright colored loafers too.

Sweater Dresses $300-$500

How to Style a Sweater Dress

Take your sweater from drab to sexy with a little extra layer of lace! Paired with booties like shown or some pointed toe heels and you’re totally date night ready!

Sweater Dresses $500 +

There you have it - four ways to style a sweater dress and 10+ pieces to shop for ANY budget. Be sure to book your remote styling or personal shopping today to get more specific pieces and styles to buy for the season!

3 Coats To Buy Now

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January blues got you down? Need a wardrobe update? Why not pep it up with the seasons hottest coat trends! Here's what we're loving now, and as always you can shop these styles on any of our It Girl tours!

1. The Teddy Bear Coat

It Girls are going crazy with the bear emoji, and this cozy jacket. The best part about this jacket is that it literally goes with any personal style; whether you're a jeans and a tee shirt kind of girl, a minimalist babe, and edgy girl, or a total trend babe, you can ROCK THIS style.

 

2. The Long Line Plaid

Trendy and minimalist babes line up and grab your plaid! This is a perfect overcoat and the length adds some extra warmth.

 

3. The Statements on the Sleeve

Can't decide if you want fur or a form fitting jacket? This trend pairs the best of both worlds in a totally fabulous way. You can go minimal with classic fur, or go bold with a bright color.

Fall 17 Color Report

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We previously chatted about our favorite trends for the upcoming fall season. This week, we wanted to chat about the colors we're loving for fall!

First up, Burnt Orange (AKA: "Pumpkin Spice") is making a huge splash this fall! Not sure if that's because it reminds us of pumpkin spice everything or the rusty hue creates a warm fuzziness over our eyes but we LOVE IT.

Fall 2017 Color Trend Orange Pumpkin Spice

Next up, we'll go with "irridescent". While not a color per se, holographic hues are about to have a MAJ moment. Whether it's a shimmering knit, pearly nails, or shoes with a sheen, you can't go wrong with a little glimmer.

FW 2017 Color Trend Holographic

Millennials and Gen-Zers are in love with the fantastical; unicorns, and mermaids inspired the rise of Muted Teal through all facets of art and design for the coming season. This pretty hue pairs well with oranges and burgundy's for a bold statement, or even by itself or with a navy for a more monochromatic mod aesthetic.

FW 17 Color Trend Teal

What do you think of these colors for fall?  We're loving how versatile they are; they paid well with the ever-present-for-fall burgundy, mustard,  and navy tones, while also being beautiful stand alone hues for a monochromatic mod aesthetic.

 

Need help finding these color trends for fall? Book your Shop The City tour today and we'll get you fall ready!

The Hottest Things to Buy for Pre-Fall

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August is here and with that comes back to school shopping (*cough*perfect opportunity for our teen tours*cough*) or, if you're an adult, fall style shopping! Even though we're still bikini clad it's time to start thinking about the layers to stock up on for fall. Here's what we're predicting to be the top trends that you NEED to buy now! Want to know where to shop them? Join us on an It Girl tour in any city and we'll make sure you're ready for fall with all the trends.

1. The Kimono Jacket - This silky layering piece gives a luxe PJ aesthetic that's perfect for dressing up or down.

2. Smart Slides - Flat slides, or flat mules if you will, give a bohemian yet tailored look to any outfit made even better if they have a pointed toe, fun print, or a special embellishment to make a statement.

3. Embroidered Denim - Bring back some 70s and 90s nostalgia with this cool trend - we love embroidered jackets with patches or floral appliqued trousers. The coolest part about this trend is the opportunity to customize and DIY - after all, true style is personal.

4. Netting - Fishnets are on an uptick; we love a fishnet top paired with a cool leather jacket, or fishnet tights peeking over jeans or even under at the ankle for a fun bit of edge.

5. Low Tops - Whether you're bougie with the embroidered Gucci's, or more casual with the Adidas Superstars, this trend is an instant street style hit for fall.

What trends are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

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Summer 2017 Pop Ups

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One of the best parts about booking a tour with Shop The City is the insider knowledge to visit local pop up shops and sample sales that, as someone visiting from out of town or out state, you might not know about otherwise. Summer is full of shopping festivals, weekend soirees, and dope sample sales, many of them proving you don't need to be in a fashion capital to find great style.

1. DC's Femme Fatale Pop Up

Femme Fatale DC Pop Shop

DC's baddest bishes have joined together in a 3-month summer stay in the city's hip neighborhood, H st. Their style is urban-contemporary; ideal for the girl who knows her style and isn't afraid to get funky with it. Their temporary abode is as instagrammable as it is shoppable, and makes it the perfect spot on our DC It Girl tour.

2. Alexandria's 116 King

Alexandria Pop Up Shop

Maybe you're not an edgy girl; maybe you err on the side of preppy, with a taste for quality and color. Alexandria's 116 King is the place for you, flying in designer and handmade goods from Africa, Charleston, and more. Between budding prep-fame The Skinny Dip and adorable baby clothes mixed with men's polos and accessories there's something fore everyone at this spot. Our fave pick? the Artemis woven loafers - a perfect flat or slide to transition through summer into fall.

3.  NYC's Smart & Sexy

Smart and Sexy Bra Bar

If there's one thing we love it's Bachelorette Parties (ahem, bride-to-be's always shop free on our tours!). This summer we're planning to put the Bra in Bra-ide Babe with the Smart & Sexy pop up in Soho. We'll shop for fun intimates and frilly things at their special pop-up discounts., along with other special discounts on our NYC It Girl tour.

4. NYC's Mizzen and Main

Mizzen and Main

We're always working to add more tour options, and this summer we'll be adding the NYC Man's Tour. here we'll shop the coolest in men's style and fashion and plan to make Mizzen and Main's Soho pop up a focal point for dressing these men.

 

 

Want to shop the coolest shops? book your tour now!

Trend Talk: Millennial Pink

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millennial pink

Believe it or not, but pink is the hottest color of the decade, but not just any pink. We're talking the newly coined "millennial pink"; a soft subdued hue reminiscent of pepto bismal and 80s décor. It's androgynous, which makes it perfect for our post-gender-identifying generation, while still being able to be feminine and masculine when it needs to be. It works for the home and the wardrobe, from rose gold and copper metals to lush velvets and crisp cottons. It's safe to say that millennial pink is our fave trend to look forward to this coming season.

Shop our fave Millennial Pink picks from our partner stores and shop online or on tour with us!

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