Fly Nation

This is not a blog. Okay, technically it is, but the point is, we didn’t create it to dispense lofty fashion counsel from behind oversized Jackie O shades. We built it because we ultimately want to interact with a Fly Nation of fashion lovers of every stripe (or floral). So whether you’re a professional fashion personality, card-carrying fashionista, or a closet shopaholic, if there’s an insane designer you think EVERYONE should check out, a great article/blog post you want to share/rant about, or you simply need to point out how crazy amazing Ann Curry’s been looking on the Today Show lately, this is the place to blog it—or read all about it!


 

For the woman who has everything…

We’re in the midst of our holiday shopping and online ordering and there are a few ladies on our lists that are hard to shop for! Either they see something they love and buy it for themselves or they have such a unique taste and style that we don’t feel comfortable shopping for them. Sound familiar?

 

Or maybe you’re looking for a gift to by yourself! Lucky you! We compiled a list of gifts to buy the woman who has everything. All can be found online and many are available from companies with very fast (or free) shipping! Who are you shopping for? Are you buying yourself a present? Visit us at estylechat.com and leave it in the comments!

 

This mirror from Linens N Things would go with nearly anyone’s style. Whether they have a vintage flair or are super feminine or they love modern, clean finishes, it fits! Click here to find it for $217.

Stackable rings are chic and classic. Plus, they’re easy to buy when you don’t know their size because they can be worn on any finger! This set from Shopbop for just under $300 has gold, silver and stones to match any taste.

 

Smells like pink champagne, looks like art. Love it! Check out this L’Objet gold crocodile candle for $95. Yes, it’s expensive and quite literally goes up in smoke (hehe) but with a jar as beautiful as that, it’s worth keeping after the candle is gone.

This flowy, sexy top can be worn by women of nearly any size and shape. It works by itself, with a skirt, under a jacket or layered with a cardigan. So many options! Click here to find it on the Outnet for $92.

Part rocker, part hippie but all love, check out this leather and metal bracelet for $50. So cool.

Guess who can wear scarves? Everyone! It’s a wonderful one-size-fits-all gift that’s affordable. This bright and beautiful scarf is $30 from JCrew and a full circle so it will never slip off. Plus, you’ll be so en vogue because “infinity” scarves are all the rage right now.

 
 

My favorite leather jacket

This is a post from Emily, the founder of eStyle Chat. You can learn more about Emily, the dog that keeps appearing in her pictures and why she started eStyle Chat by clicking here.

 

I love my leather jacket. However, it’s probably one of less than five purchases that has given me serious buyer’s remorse. Hey, it’s tough to dish out a couple hundred bucks for a leather coat…when it’s June in Denver. I bought it last year on final sale at Banana Republic and couldn’t believe I bought something that I’d have to wait at least five months to wear. But now that colder temps are here, I love it. I wear it at least once a week and have even loaned it to a friend for a first date.

 

Leather jackets are expensive but they are an investment piece. Bluefly right now has some insane coupons coming to their e-mail customers so if you haven’t signed up for Bluefly e-mails, DO IT. Then use your discount to buy a leather jacket you’ll love.

 

Here’s me in my favorite leather jacket with some sort of volumous rocker hair I got thanks to my new Pureology shampoo.

 

 

 

After you follow my lead and sign up for Bluefly, check out these black leather jackets:


Marc New York black leather jacket for $665

Michael Kors zip front leather jacket for $500

 

Amazing Soia and Kyo asymmetrical zip leather jacket for $475

 

Andrew Marc wide collar leather jacket for $595, one of my favorites

 

And just for fun, here’s one more picture. This is me and Henry, who loves to be in pictures and follows the camera around sneaking into all the shots.

 

 

 
 

So fly: Booties

This week on eStyle Chat we had an entire blog post dedicated to booties. You can find it here but eStyle Chat is limited to things under $300. Not Fly and Mighty!  From wild, to practical, here are our booty picks in a price range from $300 on up.

 

Rag and Bone booties for $495, find them here on Shop Les Nouvelles

 

Fendi, lace up leather booties for $385 are definitely unlike anything we’ve seen so far this season (in person, that is) in the booty department.

Camilla Skovgaard wedge booties for $400, click here to find them on ssense.com. Check out that saw tooth heel.

Balenciaga two-tone lady-like booties. A good transition through the seasons for $339

This is such a beautiful color. Grey is so chic and Emily from eStyleChat has a new grey purse she adores! Check out these Miu Miu Suede platform booties here for $689

What booties are you wearing this fall and winter? What are you wearing them with? Tweet @fly_mighty and @eStyleChat to let us know!

 
 

Grrrrrrowl We’re Loving Leopard

Take a walk on the wild side. Okay, that was cheesy. But you know what’s not cheesy? Awesome leopard clothes and accessories. As with any trend, use the mantra “everything in moderation” when wearing and buying leopard. However, on the same note, if leopard isn’t something you would normally wear, don’t knock it ’til you try it!

 

There are ways to wear this fun trend that aren’t expensive and therefore don’t lock you in to a three-year commitment to the piece. Plus, just because you want to try it doesn’t mean you need to go all out with full leopard pants or a printed coat. Test out an accessory or a pair of shoes and see what you think.

 

Of course, we know we’re preaching to the choir here and many of our lovely readers have already stocked their closets with fun spotted pieces! What leopard do you love? Leave it in the comments on eStyleChat.com or tweet us @estylechat!

 

Here are our favorite online leopard trends:

 

Michael Kors Leopard sequin top from Zappos.com for $80.

 

Calvin Klein Neila leopard heel

If you’re feeling a little more wild, a taller pair of Sam Edelman heels from Zappos. They come in multiple amazing colors actually but here is the leopard:

Long cashmere cardigan from The Outnet.com for $100.

Spitfire Leopard Tortise Shell Glasses for $35 could have easily been included in our Retro Rundown. Love the vintage shape!

Guess gold face leopard watch for $85 isn’t a huge investment in leopard, but it sure is practical.

A stretch leopard belt by Brighton from Bluefly for $125

And finally, a little leopard splurge right above the $300 price point we try to stick to. Check out the Rebecca Minkoff Fling Minaudiere Clutch. It’s $325 on ShopBop and so fun.

 
 

How to wear dresses with flowy fabric

Have you ever tried on a dress and it added an instant 20 pounds? Did it just seem like there was too much fabric? Since buying a dress online makes it that much harder to find the right cut and fit for you, here is a helpful guide to choosing dresses, tops and skirts that are loose, flowy and romantic.

 

Where the waist hits

Is the waist of the dress at your waist ie- the smallest part of your middle? It’s absolutely find to have a dress that brings the waistline down a bit but if the waist of the dress and the area where most of the fabric gathers is at one of your larger spots (hips or waist) it’s not a good fit for you.

Example: If you aren’t an hourglass or carry more of your weight in your middle, a dress like the chiffon ASOS dress might not be the right choice for you. But with larger thighs, the sleeves on this dress will even out your bottom half, accentuate your middle and give you a beautiful hourglass. How much fabric gathers?

Don’t worry! If you carry a little extra in your middle, this dress will be perfect. With no gather in the middle, toss on some amazing shoes and earrings with this Marchesa metallic dress and you’ll look like a zillion bucks! With no middle gather, it’s an easy shift-like choice. Add a Belt

Never hesitate to cinch in some of this season’s flowy dresses and shirts! You can click on any image to find the belt and here are some great stylish choices:

Add some color! Find this at ShopBop

Classic, beautiful and would dress up a nicer outfit or any work clothes.

Love this! It’s two layers of chain and closes with leather. Very cool and only $30.Other Flowy Styles:

Rule of thumb: a loose top requires fitted pants and a loose skirt requires a fitted top. That will keep you from adding the 20 pounds of weight created by too much fabric! Here are some separates to mix and match following that rule, some flowy and some fitted: A flowy, flattering dress without too much fabric! Pleated skirt with a JCrew blazer for some retro flair.

 
 

Cozy & Sexy: The Best Sweater Dresses

It snowed last night in Denver! This was our first snow of the year and we’re excited to break out the boots, tights, and sweater dresses!

 

Sweater dresses can be beautiful and flattering or chunky and lumpy. The first rule of wearing a sweater dress is also wearing spanks. Spanks are not for bigger people or celebrities, they are for everyone!! We also like this Calvin Klein stretch satin slip from Net-a-Porter. It will keep you smooth and trim under your beautiful dress.

 

Now for our favorite choices in sweater dresses this season. All are available online and some of the accessories can be found on Bluefly! As a special treat for Fly & Mighty readers, we’ve noted the most popular item EVER on eStyleChat…the Ciao Bella Two Tone Boot. Check it out below!

 

For slimmer shoulders and a petite frame, check out this cable sweater from Tibi. It’s $210 on the Outnet.

Layering with a slim jersey sweater dress is also a fun option! Put a brightly-colored tee under this jersey sweater and wear it with fun boots. Find it here on Net a Porter for $61.

Everyone needs a black sweater dress. With black heeled boots and amazing jewelry, you can wear it to a dinner party or with flats and a scarf, you can wear it shopping. This Max and Cleo dress is less than $150 and has a slightly ruffled neck and flowing hem. Find it on Zappos.

Another classic choices is this Sonia Rykiel dress that’s a wool-cashmere blend. Beautiful!

And for something totally fun, the BCBG Ruffle Tiered dress is amazing and available here at Macys.com.

 

Accessories to go with sweater dresses, click any image to find the item online:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This boot has been one of the most popular items on estylechat.com! Everyone loves it and you can guess why, it’s like getting two boots in one! Click on the Ciao Bella boot to check it out on Bluefly.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Finding Retro Looks…Online!

Sometimes you have to hunt for an hour in a cool thrift shop to find a paisley top from the ’70s or sweet sunglasses from the ’80s. Today, we’ve put together a whole list of retro clothing from a variety of decades and all of it can be found online!

 

From tights to sunglasses and pumps to peep toes, here’s the eStyle Retro Rundown:

 

High-waisted, high-quality twill pants from ShopBop.com for $275.

EZRA top from Modcloth.com for $40

Mustard yellow, daisy print jacket from Topshop.com, super fun. $110.

“Secret Crush” (love the name) tights from ModCloth.com for $14

Ribbed purple tights from Neiman Marcus for $14. Colored tights and especially colored jeans are back this season.

Kate Spade Kitten Heel pumps for $325, can’t you just see Betty from Mad Men wearing these for a night out with Don?

Loafers, retro but always in style. Made by Eastland and found on Zappos.com for $85.

Mango Suede Pump from ASOS.com for $56

Karen Walker Perfect Day Sunglasses, $180 from Shopbop.com

 

 

Big, comfy, cozy cable in a perfect fall color, $54. Wear with the loafers and sunglasses above and cigarette pants.

 

 

DVF beautiful silk tie blouse for $$245 from Shopbop.com. This has a completely hidden 4-button closure and is a great alternative to a button down. For more info on the best button down shirts, especially if you have a larger bust, check out our post by clicking here.

 

 

xoxo

The ladies at eStyleChat.com