Friday, August 29, 2008

Elizabeth and James

The Olsen twins have had their own fashion line since they were kids. They started out with a self-titled Wal-Mart line and have worked their way up into launching two more upscale brands. The Row, named after Savile Row in London, is their couture line and is said to be Ashley's baby. Elizabeth and James, named after their younger siblings, is spearheaded by Mary-Kate. The pieces from Elizabeth and James look very much like items out of Mary-Kate's wardrobe -- eclectic, funky, and highly textured.

Feather skirt - $765

Cotton, viscose, and metal skirt - $295

Feather vest - $565

Red bubble shrug - $420

Teal viscose blouse - $295

Black & white plaid check shirt - $245

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Interview with Jasna2

This is the 8th in our series of interview with top Polyvore members.

Today's interview is with Jasna2, a 23-year-old physics major living in Croatia. Jasna2 is a prolific contest winner and is much beloved on Polyvore, as evidenced by the pages of sets dedicated to her by her Polyvore friends. Her sets are always beautifully composed and tend to be very cheerful. She's a versatile stylist, capable of creating sets with styles ranging from glam to ultra-feminine to menswear to wedding.

1st place in the Celebrity Look contest

12th place in the Gala Darling: How to Wear contest



Tell us about yourself.

I'm from Croatia and am 23 years old. I'm only one exam away from getting my degree in Physics! After that, I'm planning to go for a PhD in Economics because my future job is closely related to that. In my free time, I love to watch movies and TV. Some of my favorite series are Sex and the City and Star Trek.

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

Well, I read fashion magazines and know all the latest trends, but I have my own unique sense of style. I like gold, heels, short skirts, and jewelry, and my style always revolves around that. :)

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore through the Polyvore Facebook application. I don't use Facebook anymore, but I'm still a regular on Polyvore! :)

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why.

I mostly use Polyvore as a great stress reliever, after a hard day of studying. I also use Polyvore to find ideas for what to wear for certain occasions. It has expanded my sense of style. But I've also made great friends on Polyvore, so even when I'm not feeling creative, I love to come by to see how they're doing and what interesting sets have they've made since my last visit. I more or less visit Polyvore every day.

Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?

My set creation process usually starts with an item I found, which gives me inspiration for the entire set. Usually it's some fabulous dress. Then I pick a theme, whatever theme the item makes me feel, such as "summery", "lonely", or "happy". I find other background items later on, usually by browsing through the items. Overall I tend to be a cheerful person and I think it shows in my sets.

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Hmm... I would like if my contacts list could be a little more organized. Also, I would like to have some kind of a spam control and an option to delete messages because my inbox is constantly full!!!

How to Wear Houndstooth

Plaid is making a big comeback this fall. But for those of you who associate plaid with Nirvana & lumberjacks, and simply can't bear to wear it, we suggest you try its near cousin, houndstooth. It looks especially sharp in classic black & white.

Houndstooth dress

Houndstooth coat

Houndstooth fedora

Houndstooth skirt

Houndtooth hat

Houndstooth scarf, sneakers, and purse

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Summer-Fall Cardigans

A lightweight cardigan is the perfect item to help transition your wardrobe from summer to fall, when it's too warm to wear winter clothes but too cool to wear your summery tank tops and shorts. Buy a cardigan in a non-bulky fabric like jersey or tencel, since those can be scrunched up and stored in your bag. When it cools off in the evenings, you can throw it over your summer clothes for a warmer but still seasonally appropriate look. I'm a big fan of this slouchy, gray grandpa cardigan from Urban Outfitters.

Here are a few ideas for how to wear it.

Over a pretty dress with flats

With a tank top, jeans, and gladiator sandals

Over a tank, colorful skirt, and cute hat

Belted over shorts

With a cami and jeans

Over a high-waisted skirt and heels

With a t-shirt and skirt

Inspired by Insects





Owl butterfly




Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Geek Icons

Geek stock is on the rise! These Polyvore sets were inspired by famous geek icons.

Napoleon Dynamite

Steve Urkel

Lisa Simpson

McLovin from Superbad

Ugly Betty

Dwight Shrute from The Office


Gladiator Thigh Highs

The gladiator sandal is slowly creeping further up the leg. At first the straps merely reached to your ankles, but now we're seeing straps that go past the knee. Soon they may reach such great heights that we'll call them gladiator thigh-highs. What do you think -- is this a passing fad or is the trend here to stay?