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Style Right Now: Birkenstocks Revival

Not at all the granola type, I never even considered Birkenstocks. Even during ’90s grunge, which I wholeheartedly embraced (after all, as a fashion editor in New York, I was at those runway shows), Birkenstocks were not on my style radar. They were shoes worn by people in Oregon. To me, Birkenstocks were the shoes of guys with long hair and thick wooly socks. No thank you.

I’ve stuck to that for the last twenty years, even as the social currency for hikers, makers, and locavores has risen. But now . . . Well, looking at these street style shots of indisputably elegant, chic, and just plain cool women, I’m re-thinking the Birkenstock. Maybe.

Birkenstock sandals hail from Germany, though to me they have a Dutch aesthetic. I must admit its minimalist vibe with these equally streamlined outfits. Should I?

 

Kate Moss In Vogue 1993 Wearing Birkenstock Sandals

Kate Moss wearing Birkenstocks with white jeans
Photographed by Corinne Day for Vogue, 1993

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birkenstocks-black-and-white

birkenstocks-black-colorblock-bag

birkenstocks-black-tote

birkenstocks-gray-coat

birkenstocks-leather-chambray

birkenstocks-neutral-tone

birkenstocks-white-windowpane-print-pant

birkenstocks-white-with-oversize-shirt

birkenstocks-with-red-handbag

birkenstocks-with-trench

birkenstocks-and-khaki-jacket

birkenstocks-floral-skirt-chanel-handbag

birkenstocks-on-a-bench

C E L E B   S T Y L E 

Mary Kate And Ashley Olsen Wear Birkenstocks

Ashley Olsen in black Birkenstock thongs
The Osen twins in Birkenstocks + socks (don’t do it)

R U N W A Y  R E V I E W 

Birkenstock Trends Marc Jacobs Celine SS13 SS14

Céine Spring 2013   |   Marc Jacobs Spring 2014

H I S T O R Y  L E S S O N 

The Birkenstock sandal of today was developed in 1964 by Karl Birkenstock, whose grandfather registered the brand in 1774 in Germany, where they are still made. They’re designed with contoured cork and rubber footbeds that conform somewhat to the shape of one’s feet. It became popular in the U.S. among 1960s hippies. In the early 199s the look was revived. (Wikipedia likens that trend, popular among high-school and college-aged Gen Xers, as comparable to the popularity of flip-flops today.) Birks showed up on European runways for Spring 2013. The Birkenstock sandal has now made its way to street style around the globe.

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Get the Look: 22 Digital Print Dresses

Following up on yesterday’s street style post “Style Right Now: 14 Digital Print Looks,” I pulled together 22 digital print dresses for you. (Actually, a couple of them are long T-shirts, but you could totally wear one as a summer dress if you’re petite, or thrown over a bathing suit.) Of course I won’t actually be wearing any (with red hair and freckles I’ve got enough going on without adding a print) but I really do love the digital print look, especially the landscape-y, photographic ones. I totally adore #1 and #14 is pretty cool, but then again, so is everything she does.

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 S H O P P I N G 

1. Emma Cook Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Tunic

2. Helmut Lang Printed Dress

3. Milly Print Raglan Sleeve Dress

4. Tibi Flore Di Cactus Dress

5. Keepsake Be My Escape Dress

6. Preen Issy Floral Collage Print Dress

7. Akris Punto Surfer Print Sheath Dress

8. Versus Green Jungle Print Safety Pin Dress

9. Tibi Sierra Dress

10. Peter Pilotto Kristen Printed Dress

11. Dolce & Gabbana Ancient Ruin Print Shift Dress

12. Collina Strada Shiloh Dress

13. Jean Pierre Braganza Digital Print Top

14. Mary Katrantzou Sao Paulo Print Tee 

15. Love Skater Dress In Digital Mirror Print

16. Beautifully Zebra Print Dress

17. Pippa Lynn T-Shirt Dress in Digital Print

18. Peter Pilotto Mira Printed Panel Dress

19. Clover Canyon Garden Plaid Neoprene Dress

20. MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Tokyo Print T-Shirt

21. Milly Graffiti Flowers Dress 

22. Shakuhachi Geo Print Tee Dress

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Style Right Now: 15 Digital Print Looks

For about a year now I’ve been putting together roundups for the Sunday Boston Globe spread called “The Enthusiast.” I alternate every other week between fashion and home decor items. This season has been particularly fun. While I’m not a huge fan of spring fashions for myself (much prefer to wear gray and black styles topped off with a beanie, but when it comes to pulling together stories, florals and brights are much more fun.

This week I’ve been working on sourcing digital prints. (It’s not always that easy to find the more interesting looks around here; everything I use must be available in and around Boston.) Getting into the spirit, I pulled a bunch of street style images of digital prints, from landscapes to florals to psychedelic blurriness. If you love them, make sure to check back tomorrow for an online shopping guide for digital print dresses.

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digital-print- landscape-outfit-bazaar

digital-print-top-skirt-

digital-print-h-&-m

digital-print-skirt

digital-print-leather-moto

digital-print-gray-flannel-coat

digital-print-Atlantic-Pacific

digital-print-dress-milan-harpers-bazaar

digital-print-birds

digital-print-alexa-chung

digital-print-green-milan-elle

digital-print-leggings

digital-print-blue-green

digital-print-anna-dello-russo

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Just In: Madewell Fall 2014

As usual, seeing how I live in Boston, I was unable to attend the press preview of the Madewell Fall 2014 collection. However, my darling friend Meredith was up for the schlepp downtown, and snapped these photos for me. I know it’s barely even spring here, but who doesn’t appreciate a sneak peek? Although many of the items were scattered with French phrases,  and had a bit of a French hippie grunge flavor, the official Madewell Fall 2014 theme is actually more along the lines of easy living in urban America.

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Style Right Now: 32 Coats Worn As Capes

For a few years now, bloggers have been writing about how fashion editors don’t exactly wear their coats; rather, these slaves to fashion drape said coat over their shoulders. This may well be the influence of Jenna Lyons (see last Friday’s post: “Jenna Lyons’ Signature Over the Shoulders Look“). I wonder if these ladies find it annoying (though at least not painful like heels). Can one make decent progress on a city street wearing a coat as a cape? Or is the coat constantly sliding off? I may just try it out, but not until (if) the weather gets warmer. I’m thinking a full-length Patagonia puffer isn’t exactly the look we’re trying to achieve.

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coat-over-shoulders-black-leather-over-white

coat-over-shoulders-blue-and-orange-knit

coat-over-shoulders-blue-stripes

coat-over-shoulders-boyfriend-jeans

coat-over-shoulders-stripe-sweater

coat-over-shoulders-camel-with-scarf

coat-over-shoulders-converse

coat-over-shoulders-black-and-white-stripe-shag

coat-cape-camo

coat-over-shoulders-camel-and-black

coat-over-shoulders-geometric

Elina Halimi at Alberta Ferretti

coat-over-shoulders-white-jacket

coat-over-shoulders-white

over-shoulders-mongolian-lambswool

coat-over-shoulders-navy-blazercoat-cape-green

coat-over-shoulders-gray-with-knit

coat-over-shoulders-light-gray

coat-over-shoulders-with-chickens

coat-over-shoulders-pinstripes

coat-cape-faux-fur

coat-over-shoulders-chanel

over-shoulders-navy-and-polka-dots

over-shoulders-stripes

over-shoulders-varsity

over-shoulders-camel

coat-cape-stripey

over-shoulders-leather

over-shoulders-redhead

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Get the Look: Colorful Overcoats

If you were feeling inspired by yesterday’s display of street style featuring colorful coats, now’s a good time to buy one. Many coats (and winter clothing in general) are on sale. Plus, at least in Boston, temperatures are rising a tiny bit. Here are 13 coats in pretty hues, from peacock and coral to dusty rose and pinot. And let’s not forget neon yellow and mint.Get shopping.

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S H O P P I N G
1 Blue Knit Coat by DSquared2 

2 Laurant Coat by Club Monaco

3 Dust Melton Coat by Acne Studios 

4 Straight Cut Coat by Reiss

5 Rally Zip Off Coat by Rag & Bone

6 Double Cloth Tipped Coat by J.Crew

7 Textured Felt Coat by Milly

8 Street-Chic Coat by Oasap

9 Double Faced Cashmere Coat by Bottega Veneta

10 Neon Peacoat by J.Crew Collection

11 Contrast Oversized Coat by Oasap

12 Standout Straight Coat by Oasap

13 Minnie Coat by Pink Martini 

 

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Style Right Now: 22 Colorful Coats

When I was in high school, I had to, had to, have a Kelly green overcoat. I went to multiple stores to find the perfect one. I think someone once told me I looked like an old lady. Yes, that was the style. It was the 1980s. That’s all I need to say, right? I’m sure I must have spotted jewel tone overcoats in Vogue. While my friends were being all sporty Connecticut, I was wishing I lived in New York. If you spend the time scrolling through these overcoats in hues that range from cotton candy to robin’s egg blue, you will be treated with a photo I plucked out of a box last night.

These days, I don’t even wear an overcoat. Sure, I have the luscious camel one I purchased in Florence years ago, still pristine, and a black Max Mara oversize cocoon from, hell, I don’t remember. As a work-from-home writer who lives in Boston, I’m way more partial to my ankle length gray Patagonia. But if I did have reason to dress well again, and I lived somewhere a tad less chilly, I might be tempted to dip back into a pastel, neon, or candy colored overcoat. These women wear them well. Here are 22 colorful coats, street style.

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overcoat-blue

orange-coat-cobalt-trousers

navy-cape-denim

neon-green-coat-blue-clutch

sky-blue-overcoat

blush-coat-leather-skirt-graphic-tee

rust-coat-black-clutch

palest-blue-mohair-coat

colorful-coat-pink

burnt-orange-overcoat

green-cocoon-coat

clutch-blue-faux-fur-overcoat

green-coat-with-sneakers

hanneli-coral-coat

light-blue-coat-black-boots

cobalt-blue-coat-patterned-pant-fur-clutch

marigold-overcoat-jeggings

mint-green-acne-coat

hanelli-in-neon-green-acne-coat

mustard-overcoat-fur-hat

blake-lively-blue-overcoat

Blake Lively, who goes bare under hers.

And, for comedic value, this is me in high school,
doing street style, or rather, backyard style, before it was a thing.
I loved that green overcoat. Yikes. Let’s not discuss the Angora beret.
It was the mid ’80s. That’s all I can say.

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Gift Guide: Marimekko Fashions for Women, Men, & Kids

As I mentioned last Monday, StyleCarrot has partnered with Finnish design house Marimekko  with a series of holiday gift guides, among other projects. (Tomorrow evening I’ll be live blogging from the Marimekko flagship on Newbury Street in Boston—please stop by if you’re around.)

Las Monday’s gift guide, Marimekko for the Host, focused on tabletop and kitchen items. For our second installment, we bring you Marimekko fashions for your best friend, cousins, etc.— Marimekko clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids.

Marimekko Clothing Jewelry Accessories Presents

S H O P P I N G  for H E R

1 Lumimarja Scarf

2 Purkkis Necklace

3 Keinu Bangle 

4 Soiree Keilat Clutch

Räsymatto iPhone Case

6 Soma Dress

7 Ihvi Dress

8 Mini-Unikko Kinto Make-up Bag 

9 Paakkelsi Tote

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Marimekko Clothing & Accessories For Men
S H O P P I N G  for H I M

1 Kolja Socks

2 Kieppi Scarf

3 Erkki Silk Pocket Square

4 Reipas Scarf

5 Rainer Tie 

6 Tensori Sweater

7 Aikapoika Weekender

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S H O P P I N G  for K I D S 

Marimekko Clothing For Girls Boys Baby

Rekkomekko 2 Tunic

Uniasu Pyjamas

3 Nakke Coverall

Rakki 2 Shirt

Maalari Shirt

6 Pohjantähti 1 Tunic

 

 

 

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Gift Guide: 12 Gifts for Her Under $50

Raising the bar a few dollars. . .  Last Wednesday it was Gifts for Her Under $25. Do I see see $50? Splurge a little on your sister or your BFF. These presents under $50 are all seriously cute. I’d love the earrings. The tape holder is tres chic, but not sure my desk is glam enough. The note blocks are cool though. And if you’re not totally into camo fashion, but want a taste of the trend, the cosmetic pouch is perfect.

Gift Guide Presents For Women Under $50

S H O P P I N G 

1 Camo Printed Cosmetic Case

Lucite Tape Dispenser

3 Cable Beanie with Fur Pom Pom

4 Painted iPhone 5 Case

5 Hay & Scholten & Baijings Tower Blocks Paper Notes 

6 Tassel Necklace

7 Wishbone Jewelry Holder

8 Bamboo Mortar & Pestle

9 Turkish Bath Towel

10 Evil Eye Bangle

11 LaVanilla Laboratories Candle Tin

12 Elizabeth Cole Chinese Turquoise Earrings

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Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For Her Under $25

Here’s a compilation of  lovely presents for a friend or sister, all under $25. A few are from online boutiques you may not have heard of, , sites that are worth exploring whether you’re buying for yourself or choosing holiday gifts.

ModCloth has really cute clothing at great prices (I just bought this adorable camera tee). Furbish Studio, a boutique in Raleigh owned by designer Jamie Meares, has fun home furnishings, as well as gifty gems. And, I just discovered including Waiting on Martha, an e-boutique and  blog by Mandy Kellogg Rye, who plans to open a brick and mortar outpost in Atlanta next year.

 

Gift Guide Affordable Presents For Her

S H O P P I N G

1 Chevron Cocktail Napkin Set

2 Tapas Tools

3 Ceramic Jewelry Tray

Across the Universe Nail Polish

5 Matte Mint Bud Vase

6 Hunter Gems

7 Turkish Hand Towel

Chanel Noir Perfume Print

9 Fawn Cosmetics Case

10 Colorblock Key Fob

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