Accessories Access: How To Style The New Warby Parker Fall Collection!


New York Fashion Week (#NYFW) is upon us (certainly my favorite time of year), but what’s also exciting is to keep an eye out for the newest collections at our favorite & affordable retailers that don’t preview their designs on a traditional runway. I know when it comes to accessories, I generally lean toward scarves & jewelry, but one important & oh-so fashionable accessory for both men & women is a chic frame of eyeglasses- especially styles from Warby Parker‘s new fall line of eyewear. Hey, guess what? It debuts today! Sporting frames just because you have to is a thing of the past! However, a brand like Warby Parker is a long-awaited trendy gift for those of us with eyes needing assistance. I’ve been wearing glasses for over 20 years & was psyched when I was approached by the company to showcase the new styles right here on Style Darling

Warber Parker collection

In getting to know the brand a little better, I learned so much & was especially impressed with the company’s target unisex audience: “those who own their style, exercise their wit, & add life to the party. Personality is what makes a good pair of glasses great.” Not to mention that investing in one of these 9 new styles (in titanium & acetate), you’ll be investing ($95.00 for a single vision pair) in a good cause since Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to someone in need with the help of their partnered non-profit organizations. Click here for more info on this very worthy cause!

When I got a good look at the promotional shots & different styles, my blog-ready brain was eager to pair up some of my favorite designs with outfits for various occasions. This includes a relaxed day look for when you’re running errands & an evening outfit, á la Zooey Deschanel‘s lovable character, Jess, on New Girl. Also, I must share my vision for wearing chic frames to the office, as well as when you’re headed out of town for a weekend getaway of luxury & style!

Warby Parker - Hardy Striped Pacific Day Look

My first outfit can be easily recreated with basic wardrobe staples so that the Hardy frames in striped pacific can be the star player. Keeping  a budget in mind, I choose a short-sleeve bike graphic tee ($14.99) in blue from JC Penney & Old Navy‘s flirt skinny jean ($22.00) in eyre. To top off the look, I love the luxe feel of the zippered faux leather moto jacket ($24.80) in camel from Forever 21. Additional accessories to finish off the outfit include the American Eagle ‘Boulevard’ brogue flat ($16.99) in cognac from Payless, Freemont zipper tote ($29.98) in black from Francesca’s, & the Jennifer Lopez textured concentric hoop drop earrings ($13.50) from Kohl’s.

Then switch things up in the evening with a blend of timeless pieces that can be mixed & matched with other separates, especially when paired with the 80s-inspired Coley frames in crystal. This includes the ‘Gorgeous Gems’ dress ($21.99) from Modcloth (now 70% off), cotton slub moto jacket ($39.00) from Dress Barn, & buckled faux suede booties ($29.80) in light grey from Forever 21. For some extra flair, since the Coley frames offer so much versatility, I styled the look with the Mossimo Supply Co. stud belt ($14.99) in grey from Target, a super cute novelty cat wallet ($14.95) in black from H&M, & lastly, Charming Charlie‘s fair & square earrings ($6.00) & big bash stretch bracelet ($10.00) in silver.

Warby Parker - Coley Crystal Night Look

 

For a professional & polished look when headed to work, I immediately thought of the Oliver frames in striped olive. The hue is spot-on for fall, & perfect for coordinating with neutrals like black, navy, chocolate, & charcoal. I was excited to style these frames with Dress Barn‘s solid cowl neck tank ($19.50) in olive, Jaclyn Smith’s tuxedo style knit jacket ($13.99) in black onyx from KMart, LOFT‘s ponte trouser pencil skirt ($69.50) in black, & DSW‘s Franco Sarto ‘Mumba’ pump ($29.94) in black.

Warby Parker - Oliver Striped Olive Work Look

Accessorizing when it comes to work looks can be tricky, especially when you want to impress your boss & colleagues, which is why I simply added the braided chain bracelet ($9.97) from New York & Company & the diamond texture full tights ($16.03) from Express. Both mixed metals & textured tights are staples for any fall wardrobe & allow for a sophisticated layered & interesting overall look.  

Warby Parker - Annette Petal Tortoise Weekend Look

Finally, my absolute favorite new design in the Wary Parker collection is the Annette frames in petal tortoise, which immediately makes me think of spectacle-wearing icons of old Hollywood. These are perfect for the weekend look since they capture the playful side of any Style Darling. I started building the outfit with the patterned cotton shirt ($29.95) from H&M, Old Navy‘s sweetheart gray super-skinny jeans ($34.94) in mudcave, & the Rocket Dog ‘Sayla’ vintage worn boots ($49.95) in mushroom from Zappos. For such a minimal outfit, I wanted to dress it up with some elegant & effortless accessories, which is what a weekend look is all about. For example, the gauzy crinkled infinity scarf ($9.99) from Charlotte Russe works well with the colors in the shirt. Also, I haven’t shared anything with pearls & here’s my chance with the pearl hinge bangle bracelet ($34.00) from BaubleBar & Ann Taylor‘s modern pearlized triangle studs ($29.50) in gold.

And since we’re still on the topic of glasses, I wanted to share some more notable designs in the collection, for their shape, colors, & androgynous appeal:

Warby Parker Fall Collection frames

The above styles include (clockwise, starting at upper left) Baxter Ti in sugar maple, Chandler Ti in English oak, Durand in whiskey tortoise, Greenleaf in woodgrain tortoise, Annette in striped sassafras, & Eli in crystal.

And if looking like a real life Clark Kent or the (insert your hometown here)-equivalent of Tina Fey isn’t enough, here are a few other incredibly attractive famous people to help inspire your frames fetish for fall! Whether you’re trying to recreate a vintage look, sport some menswear inspiration, or play with different trends, eyeglasses are a must-have, as seen on actress Anne Hathaway, musician / singer Alicia Keys, No Doubt frontwoman & fashion icon Gwen Stefani, R&B crooner Ne-Yo, mega hottie Ryan Gosling, & talented boy-next-door Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Neyo, Ryan Gosling, & Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Which frames are your favorites? How would you wear some of these new designs? What trends are you most looking forward to during this season’s fashion week? Who are your favorite spec-donning celebs? For more fashionable posts, be sure to check out Emma Stone’s Venice Film Festival looks, buzzworthy music videos from Iggy Azalea & Nicki Minaj, shoe inspiration from Tom Ford, & budget-friendly skirts as seen on Chrissy Teigen & Lily Collins. Happy Styling!

P.S.: Thanks to Warby Parker for the exciting opportunity to form a marriage of stylish eyewear with Style Darling! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Headlines: A First Look At L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic, Olivia Wilde is InStyle’s August Cover Girl, & More!


Haute Headlines

It’s summer & there’s always so much to talk about when it comes to fashion, like what the best must-haves are for this season, as well as what the most famous designers are up to for fall. Not to mention that our favorite celebrities are at work making the world a more fashionable & entertaining place. Which stories are you following? What topic is trending on your twitter feed? Happy Styling!

*Get a first look at L’Wren Scott‘s new line for Banana Republic*

*Actress Kate Hudson is collaborating on an athletic apparel line with JustFab*

*Olivia Wilde is InStyle‘s August cover girl*

*Shop Marie Claire‘s top summer road-trip essentials*

*Isabel Marant debuts an image from her new collection for H&M*

*Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Chanel‘s Fall 2013 Haute Couture runway*

*Shop Taylor Swift‘s fall line of cute sneakers for Ked’s*

*Singer Ciara shares a video teaser for her new single “Read My Lips“*

Ad Madness: H&M’s Lana Del Rey Ads For Fall Are Finally Here!


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Lana Del Rey has been making headlines in the music industry for quite some time now, but her bombshell style & old Hollywood allure have been raising eyebrows in the fashion world as well.  Naturally, the talented singer has snagged herself a modeling gig for H&M‘s latest fall ad campaign.  Thanks to Fashionologie, I’m sharing these 10 images of Lana, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin which H&M has recently released.

In addition, H&M creative director Donald Schneider explains, “Lana is totally unique, and we wanted to create a print and film campaign that’s just as special… The mood is very LA noir and is inspired by our Fall collection, which also fits with Lana’s own personal style.

Not to mention that the NYC-born chanteuse will release a music video covering “Blue Velvet,” which will also feature looks from the latest fall collection from H&M.  The style doesn’t end here either since the video will be edited down for commercial-length to appear on television.  Also, Lana’s relationship with the Swedish-based retailer will continue on into the winter with ads shot by photographer Solve Sundsbo.

For more celebrity-fronted ad campaigns, check out more from Ad Madness including Lily Collins for Movado, Blake Lively’s commercial for Gucci’s Premiere fragrance, & Kate Hudson’s latest as spokesmodel for Ann Taylor! Happy Styling!

Super Style Wishlist: It’s All About The Knees This Fall @Barneys New York!


I remember on an episode of Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester’s character, Blair Waldorf, said something about loving Barneys New York, & why wouldn’t she? Of course here, you can score big on designers like Proenza Schouler, Helmut Lang, & Bottega Veneta.  Be warned that you’ll also be spending big on these fabulous high-end designer creations.  However, I love turning to luxury stores like this one to find out what’s going on for next season & all eyes are on the knees… knee-length skirts that is.  Whether you love pencil skirts, a-lines, peplum skirts, or bubbles, there’s something available @Barneys for everyone.  However, while searching through their collection of skirts, I’ve found these four which have my head spinning. 

I’d love to style the Prabal Gurung lace pencil skirt ($895.00) with a feminine blouse, sequined tank, or crisp white button-down skirt. As for the Lanvin tipped pencil skirt ($549.00, marked down from the original $2,215.00 price), I love the black & white mod design of it & its side slit, but this can be matched with a belted red cardigan or sleeveless silk top & some beads. The Balenciaga pencil skirt ($1,495.00) is a leather dream come true, sure to emphasize your curves, especially when paired with masculine pieces like something in argyle or a bold-shouldered blazer.  Because there’s no such thing as too much lace, I also found this Lanvin lace pencil skirt ($2,210.00), which is a perfectly feminine pick for any Style Darling who likes bows, flowers, or beadwork details to make a look all the more ladylike!

Which skirts are your favorite? How would you style these? What kinds of shoes do you think look best with a knee-length or pencil skirt? Be sure to check out previous Super Style Wishlist posts, including the best Hamptons-ready dresses @Neiman Marcus, Prada’s newest fall runway shoes, & Miu Miu’s glittery ankle boots! Happy Styling!

Ad Madness: Kate Hudson’s Latest Campaign For Ann Taylor!


Back in March, Kate Hudson debuted as the new face & body of Ann Taylor (see post here), sharing with the world that as a busy mom, she’s all about making it work without the fuss, especially when it comes to the elegant day & evening designs that are sold @Ann Taylor.  For the latest fall collection, the actress shares with In Style: Ann Taylor is about making sure women have one place to go where they can shop and still feel chic.

In this same article, I’ve found some behind the scenes images during the shooting for the new campaign, including some fabulous dresses, tops, & skirts. If you’re an AT shopper, be sure to check out the newest arrivals to build your new fall wardrobe! Happy Styling!