Thursday, April 30, 2009

How To Wear Ikat Print

Keep your look boho and bright. We blogged about the ethnic ikat print back in the fall, but this trend continues into the sunshine with bright colors! This ikat print rompersuit by 3.1 Phillip Lim is popular on Polyvore and the ways to accessorize this are endless. Match your shoes and accessories to one of the bolder colors or keep this piece as the center of attention by wearing neutral metallics and earth tones. You can wear ethnic jewelry or more contemporary accessories. Here are some ways to style this look:

Like the ikat print but on a budget? Check out this Charlotte Russe ikat dress for only $26.99:

Undo & Redo

Don't you hate it when you accidentally delete or drag an item while making a set, ruining your 50-item masterpiece? Well, never fear, we have a solution for you!

Today we're pleased to announce the launch of Undo & Redo buttons in the Polyvore editor. We noticed it was a top feature request in all your Dear Polyvore Staff sets, so we decided to prioritize building it. We hope this makes it easier for you to continue creating all your gorgeous outfits and collages.

This feature was a bit tricky to launch, so you may have noticed the site being a bit slow or buggy lately. We apologize for that and thank you for your patience.

If you experience any problems using Undo/Redo, please leave a comment here on the blog with instructions on how to reproduce the problem. Make sure to include your operating system and browser version as well.

Thanks for being the greatest online community. We love you guys!

The Polyvore Team

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Gossip Girl Style Challenge

The Gossip Girl Style Challenge -- your one and only source into the scandalous lives (and closets!) of Manhattan's elite...

If you love the fabulous fashion on Gossip Girl, then you'll love our latest Polyvore contest, the Gossip Girl Style Challenge. We're asking you to create outfits inspired by your favorite Gossip Girl characters. 3 winners will receive $100 American Express cards and have their outfits featured on the Polyvore Explore page and blog.

So, which Upper East Sider's style do you most admire? Do you prefer polished, preppy headbands and blouses like queen bee Blair Waldorf? Or do you like the low-key glam of reformed wild child Serena Van Der Woodsen?

For more tips on Gossip Girl style, check out's great roundup of who wore what for every episode. For the latest news about the show & cast, go to and

Polyvore Featured on

Polyvore was mentioned on as a great place to help "refashion" and find new inspiration for the clothes in your wardrobe. You can check out the article by Sarah MacKay here: Virtual Style Inspiration.

Polyvore member, ♥♥Jennadette♥♥, had one of her sets featured in the article, too!

What Does Chic Mean To You? Contest Winners

This guest post was written by Helen Zhu from Chictopia. Helen is not only the CEO & founder of Chictopia, she's also a style maven who posts plenty of killer outfits on her Chictopia blog!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the What Does Chic Mean To You contest! The Chictopia team had the most unbelievably difficult time picking winners, but the three that we settled on were our standout favorites.

Third place winner Polka My Dot’s outfit inspired by Chictopia user xs_ played it hard and soft with killer Givenchy wedges and the sweetest tunic you've ever seen.

3rd place

Polyvore's suceve convinced us all to think pink (how'd she know that the thestylishwanderer always brings a smile to our faces?) and award her second place.

2nd place

But it was MarianaBrazil's delightfully quaint summery outfit (the flat-brimmed straw topper and round-framed sunglasses were especially clutch) that played close to our hearts. We've always been a fan of Chictopian strawb errykoi's idyllic and loved seeing it reinterprerated.

1st place

And despite the wildly different aesthetics of the three looks, we're thrilled to see that these--and all of the chicest outfits submitted--were brimming with personality. Thanks again for participating, and we'll catch you on Chictopia!

Check out all the entries here or below:
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Guest Blog: SATC Figure Flattery - Charlotte York

This guest post was written by Simone Riley director of Dress Moi image consultancy; she has years of experience in the retail industry and is also known as Dress Moi on Polyvore. Her fashion forward thinking has helped to transform the lives of many men and women; by understanding that beauty is also on the inside as well as out.

Charlotte is the slim pear shape.

Charlotte York

Charlotte is a cross between an English Rose and a typical Stepford wife. Her outfits are conservative yet never too revealing which shows off her feminine charm. Charlotte lives by the rules. Her preppy style is classic and chic and is always accompanied by matching shoes and accessories.

Charlotte has a slim pear shape where her bottom half is larger than her top half. With this body shape you need to wear clothes that minimize your hips and draws the eyes upwards.

Key: It’s all about balance, it is important to give the appearance of wider shoulders and bigger bust as this will help to take the attention away from the widest part of the body by bringing the eyes up to your face, neck, bust and waist. This can be done by using color on top, wide neck lines, accentuate your waste and wear dark colors on the bottom.

What to wear?

* Dresses and skirts should be A Lined and flared at the hips, putting a bow into your outfit will also add a zest of femininity.

* If wearing jackets choose those that are double breasted as it will balance out your silhouette.

* Reduce the size of your hips by wearing dark coloured trousers or jeans that flair out at the knee.

* Try wearing darker colours on your lower half. Obvious as it may sound; black is always slimming, and can detract attention away from those problem areas team with colourful tops to add colour to your outfit.

* Look for necklines that are scooped, draped, rounded or squared. Any neckline that has a lower and wider neckline will look great. These will emphasize your bust and draw attention to your face.

* A halter top that ties at the neck will give the shoulders the appearance of width they need, and this will help balance out your hips and thighs.

* Wear boots to cover chunky calves or heels to elongate your legs and slim your ankles.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Guest Blog: Harem Pants

This guest post is by Jael Paris, also known as Fashion Me Fabulous on Polyvore. Check out more of her daily posts on great trends and fashion goodies at the Fashion Me Fabulous blog.

This will shock you, but...I kind of like harem pants. They're huge this season. All the fashion magazines say we must have them, while all the fashion critics cry "Hammer Time!" Despite any of that, I think they just may be the pant solution I've been looking for as the worst fit is in my thighs. With harem pants, the thighs are loose and draped. No more tears on bloated days. No more pulling down my trousers when I stand after a long period in a chair. If you style them with understated basics and a structured jacket, like the Polyvorians below did, they they are quite wearable and flattering.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Interview with torilink

Today's interview is with torilink. Her sets are very feminine, soft and polished and her fashion combinations are more than pleasing to the eye! Torilink has been hooked on Polyvore for almost a year now and moderates three groups, too. When she's not working, she's usually channeling her creative side here on Polyvore.

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Vicki, and at 43 I'm probably one of your older Polyvorians. I am currently residing in Northwest Indiana, within the Chicago Metro area. I design and build websites for a living, which is nice because it allows me the freedom to work at home! Most of my days are spent between working & Polyvore. I plan to return to school in the near future to take some courses in graphic design and perhaps even advertising!

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

My style is very relaxed and feminine. I love playing with different color combinations and mixing patterns & textures, but anyone who knows my sets also knows I'm a very matchy matchy person. If my shoes don't match my purse, and they don't match my earrings or scarf, well just forget about it! I'm the same way in real life too!

I love dresses and heels, anything frilly, floral, and soft is my cup of tea. Since having children my style has become much more casual and practical and I've long since traded in my office heels for flats! Since I no longer need to dress up and go into an office everyday it makes it really easy to fall into the jeans and tee's habit, but with Polyvore I still get to live out my fashion fantasies!! I adore designer clothing, I love to daydream about fashion and build sets with those types of clothes, they just aren't very practical in my day to day life experience right now.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I was checking my stats on a blog I write and saw a hit coming in from this site called Polyvore and just had to see what it was, the rest is history.

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?

Polyvore allows me a quick and easy creative fix anytime, day or night. I can take 10 minutes or two hours and the creative possibilities are endless. Each set is a mini work of art and I just love browsing other member's sets. I see so many lovely and creative sets every single day, it not only inspires me but feeds into my own creativity!

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?

Sometimes I'll see a piece of clothing and start with that, other times it will be an accessory or a background image that inspires me. Every now and then I'll just pick a theme or concept out of thin air and start there. Contests are always a great way to come up with a theme or concept for a set as well. Most of the time I put a lot of time and thought into the backgrounds of my sets but try to keep the focus on the beauty of the clothing items.

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

That's a tough one!

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I would love to be able to rotate images. When creating a set, I'd love to be able to search through the 'My Items' folder by color!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

How To Wear a Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

Ah, the boyfriend fit shirt. This plaid design is perfectly comfy, yet still stylish in its own right. As you can tell from the outfits below, Polyvorians like to style this shirt with shorts. And why not? You can go casual with some sandals or pump up the volume with some to-die-for heels. You can't call this piece frumpy, proof that your boyfriend's clothes can sometimes make you look fabulous!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Yellow Alert!

Thanks to everyone who has written to us about sets that have yellow backgrounds and items that have yellow blocks around them. We're aware of this issue and we're working hard to fix it. Things should be back to normal soon enough, and we appreciate all your patience in the meantime!

Welcome Koodos

We can't get enough of designer discounts! So we wanted to introduce you to Koodos (in case you haven't already discovered them), an online retailer from the UK that offers stylish brands ranging from Chloe, to Marc Jacobs, to J Brand, to 7 For All Mankind at amazing prices. Check out the camisole below for only $15! The best part is that they deliver to the US, Canada and a bunch of other European countries!

Take a peek at for some great steals and deals and also see their styles here on Polyvore:

View 'Koodos' on Polyvore

Guest Blog: SATC Figure Flattery - Miranda Hobbs

This guest post was written by Simone Riley director of Dress Moi image consultancy; she has years of experience in the retail industry and is also known as Dress Moi on Polyvore. Her fashion forward thinking has helped to transform the lives of many men and women; by understanding that beauty is also on the inside as well as out.

Miranda is the classic triangular shape.

Miranda Hobbs

Miranda is a career girl who wears structured, classic and practical suits, which have been softened to reflect her role as mum. As a career girl, Miranda’s focus is on getting the job done rather than following fashion trends. To inject some style into her wardrobe she will add a dash of colour or experiment with funky accessories.

Miranda has what is known as a triangular figure that is fuller on the top due to large boobs or broad shoulders and narrow on the bottom.

Key: your main aim is to balance your figure so that you don't look top heavy, accessorize and dress to achieve a look that gives you an hourglass silhouette.

What To Wear?

This is the opposite of the pear shape so the focus is on drawing eyes downwards. This can be done by wearing thick material and bright colours on the bottom half.

* Hipster jeans will flatter your waistline and boot cut jeans will widen your lower legs.

* Give the illusion of larger hips by wearing skirts and trousers with side pockets and button details in contrast keep the top simple.

* Accessorise with chunky necklaces.

* Draw attention to your long legs by wearing coloured shoes as this will add an edge to your look and why not add a matching bag or coloured bracelets

* Avoid sweetheart necklines or low scoop tops as emphasizing the bust can result in a Dolly Partonesque look. Instead, a V-neck can draw attention from a large bust as it guides the eye inwards and down the midline of the dress

* Avoid shoulder pads – as there is no need to accentuate the broad shoulder, instead try to bring attention down to the narrow end of the body.

**Next week we will look at the final SATC character Charlotte

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

17 Again Contest Winners

17 Again takes 30-year old Mike O'Donnell back to the age of 17. He has no clue how to dress and blend in with high school kids, so we asked you to create the perfect outfit to help him fit in!

Congratulations to **lena**, heyjetaime and -=original=- who placed in our 17 Again contest!



Check out more great menswear outfits inspired by 17 Again:
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How To Wear High-Waisted Shorts

Want a great pair of shorts to dress up for any occasion? Go high-waisted! These look great paired with wide belts and a simple tank top. Or give your look some fluff by layering with a fancy cardigan. A great pair of heels will top your outfit off. Perfect for day or night, these shorts are versatile for any type of look.

On a budget? Try a pair of high-waisted shorts from Charlotte Russe for only $22.99!