1 Top, 4 Ways – Workwear Edition

So you splurge at Revolver and buy a fabulous top.
Of course, you want to get your cost-per-use out of it
so you start brainstorming different ways to wear it.

Stop thinking so hard! We’ve done the work for you.
One of our favorite blouses in the shop is by Tibi.
It’s simple shape and eye-catching print
makes it perfect for the office
and maybe even drinks after work.

(Marc Jacobs flats size 11 $70, Good Girls Studio earrings $24, belt $14, Ralph Lauren skirt size 4 $128, Tibi top $78)

 

 

 

The first way to wear this Tibi blouse is to pair it with a basic black pencil skirt. Create an hourglass figure with a belt at the waist – this silver mesh belt also acts as “jewelry” so you can keep the accessories to a minimum.

 

 

(BCBGirls heels $24, earrings $18, Sisley pants $28, Tibi top $78)

 

 

 

 

 

For a more business-casual look swap the skirt for a pair of slacks; but not your typical black or khaki, we love this dusty lavender shade to play off the colors in the blouse. Remember, just because it’s work doesn’t mean you have to be boring, subdue colors are a great way to add a little style to the office.

(Gucci mules size 6.5 $126, earrings $16, Milly pants size 6 $108 NEW, Tibi top $78)

 

 

 

If your job description includes luncheons with clients, this top is your go-to. Not only is it chic, but paired with white pants the look becomes super sophisticated for any day event. Slip into a fabulous pair of mules (shoes say a lot about a girl!) and you won’t have to do too much wine&dining to close the deal.

(Coach sandals size 8 $68, vintage belt $16, Rachel Pally dress $38, Tibi top $78)

 

 

 

 

 

For those days when you wish you could bum it to work, a luxe blouse can transform the most basic pieces into a stunning ensemble. A jersey-knit dress is flattering on anyone and super comfortable – we love Rachel Pally for this. Wear the Tibi top over the dress to make it less casual; a belt completes the outfit and adds shape to the garment. Finish the look with designer flats and an easy, elegant chignon.

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Printed Matter

A collision of prints is in store for this Fall/Winter season.
Designers are taking this trend in all directions,
from 60’s style seen at Tory Burch
to a more Americana take by Michael Kors.

Mixing prints can be tricky,
so to start practicing work the trend into your Summer wardrobe.

(Madden Girl heels $16, Liz Paiacios bracelet $38, Patteron J Kincaid top $24, Ilkare skirt $55)

 

 

 

 

The easiest way to go about mixing prints is using two patterns in the same color scheme – we love stripes and florals together. As long as you use the same colors and the designs are of the same scale (relatively the same size) the look will work.

(Marc by Marc Jacobs heels size 8.5 $88, earrings $18, Michael Stars tank $10, Kova & T blouse $58, Rachel Pally skirt $48)

 

 

 

If too much color makes you nervous, try working in neutrals. With this version, the colors and print should be the same but don’t worry if they’re slightly off. This technique makes for a bold ensemble that’s easy to wear. We suggest neutrals with medium contrast and a geometric print.

 

(Indigo shoes $42, bracelets $8 & $12, MS Dynamite top $22, Bleulab jeans size 27 $58)

 

 

 

 

Another way to pull off this trend is to do a head-to-toe print with one piece having color and the other being neutral. This is a great opportunity to play with scale and balance; a colorful piece will highlight curves, same goes for a larger scale print, and if you want to minimize curves go for a neutral in a small all-over print.

(Cole Haan mules $58, J. Crew cardigan $22, Mary Michelle Little dress $38)

 

 

 

When in doubt, texture is a wonderful substitute for pattern. We love the crinkle of this silk dress and how it adds visual interest without being too outrageous. Paired with a printed cardigan in the same color scheme, the look is attention-getting while staying relatively minimal.

 

 

Need help working the print trend into your wardrobe? Sign up for a Personal Shopping appointment and let our In-house Stylist assist in personalizing the trend for you.

Into the Blue

From a clear, cloudless sky
to a shimmering sea,
shades of blue are everywhere.

We get inspired by blue
by creating monochromatic ensembles.
This hue works well on everyone
and is easy to incorporate prints, trends, and layers.

(Guess heels $26, Amrita bangle set $50, Theory skirt size 6 $68, The Limited top $14, Martin + Osa cardigan $18)

 

 

 

Like the ombré effect of the ocean changing depths, this Theory skirt evokes the serenity of the sea. We paired it with a watercolor-print top to play up the layering of color. Paired with silver accessories, this look is perfect for a gallery opening followed by dinner in the city.

 

 

(Keds $12, bracelet $18, earrings $18, Vintage shirt $16, Seven shorts $36)

 

 

 

On the other end of the spectrum, blue can be super casual. We love this “vintage” top from 1993 paired with pinstripe shorts. Throw on comfy Keds and statement hoops before you start the day’s adventure.

 

(Michael by MK wedges $48, earrings $32, American Eagle cami $6, Paul & Joe top $88, Theory pants size 4 $58)

 

 

 

For business causal attire, we love these jersey knit pants by Theory. Keep it comfortable but add some pizzaz with a fun printed top, like this one from Paul & Joe. Pretty earrings and a fabulous wedge complete the look and will have your coworkers giving compliments from across the cubicle.

 

(Enzo Angliolini heels $36, Artwear by Natis necklace $20, J. Crew dress $34, Vince shirt size XS $102 NEW)

 

 

If you’re bold enough to experiment with a one-color ensemble, try using a large print and layering. We love how this Vince shirt makes a strapless J. Crew dress feel more low-key. Give the outfit shape with a simple belt and add interest with funky jewelry and heels.

White Gold

We all know that white is the neutral for Spring/Summer.
But how do you wear white without feeling washed-out?

Our solution: metallic. Specifically gold.
While silver will do the trick to add shimmer to your ensemble,
the combination of gold and white has a greater impact;
think Rococo lady, Egyptian princess, and Grecian goddess.
The pairing is elegant, etherial, and strong.

(Steve Madden heels size 6.5 $60, Good Girls Studio necklace $58, Rachel by Rachel Roy cardigan $40, J. Crew dress $58)

 

 

 

We love how this cardi looks like powder gold swirled into marble. This look is super luxe while staying simple and streamline; with such rich fabrics and textures accessories should be kept at a minimum.

 

 

 

(Andre Assous wedges $34, earrings $16, Lela Rose dress size 4 $48, 120% Lino blazer size 2 $110)

 

 

 

 

Because of the color scheme’s statuesque quality, it translates well into workwear. This blazer by 120% Lino has a wonderfully natural texture with an all-over hint of gold; it’s worn over a Lela Rose dress with a delicately draped, white satin bodice.

 

 

(Bebe heels $40, bangle $18, Tucker top $68, J. Crew skirt $26)

 

 

 

Of course, gold is also a go-to hue for nights out. Get inspired by Mata Hari for an ensemble that’s exotic and glamorous. We love the abstract print on this Tucker top; the colors play off the gold and draw the eye up to your face.

 

 

 

(BCBG Maxazria heels size 9 $98, earrings $12, bangles $16, Cejon scarf $18 NEW, J. Crew shirt $12, Gap jeans SOLD)

 

 

 

 

Surprisingly, this theme is easy to pull-off as casual day-wear. Keep the garments basic as to not distract from the shine. If you’re afraid to go too bold, try a lighter tint of gold – we love champaign, like the scarf pictured.

Pastel Perfection

Pastels have rulled the runway this season.
From Louis Vuitton to Philip Lim,
sorbet shades and ice cream colors
are hot for Spring/Summer ’12.

We love pastels;
because whether you have a glowing tan
or are of a fairer nature
these hues are easy to wear and fun to pair.

(Cole Haan heels $52, Good Girls Studio earrings $24, vintage 1950’s clutch $26, Rebecca Taylor top size 6 $58, Alvin Valley pants size 2 $116 NEW)

 

 

The top color for this season is a faded aqua, or “mint”. We love this color paired with pale lavenders and soft pinks. Rebecca Taylor incorporates these colors, plus a little shimmer, in a beautiful light-weight top that’s the perfect piece to beat the heat we’ve been experiencing.

 

 

(Pucci sandals size 10 $68, Good Girls Studio earrings $24, Kate Spade top size 8 $68 NEW, J. Crew shorts $12)

 

 

 

We’ve also been seeing a lot of coral, especially paired with pink. This combo has a beachy vibe, so it works well with shell or tropical prints. Keep this look simple with light neutral accessories in a minimal amount – let the color do the “talking”!

 

 

(Victoria’s Secret mules $22, Calypso belt $24, Good Girls Studio earrings $24, Martin + Osa top $18, Banana Republic skirt $14)

 

 

Lavender and ice blue is a beautiful combination: it tells people you’re strong, but a little whimsical at the same time. This look commands attention and respect in the office, without the scary severity of a dark suit.

 

 

 

(Gucci mules size 6.5 $126, earrings $18, Coach handbag $62, Odille top $20, Rubgy shorts $34)

 

 

If you’re into brights and just can’t get used to faded colors, try finding a piece that incorporates both. We love this Odille top; everything from the colors to the print are ever so lovely. To keep the look from going too soft, bring out one of the more saturated tones in the rest of your outfit – we chose these green shorts to compliment the mint background of the top.

 

You don’t have to be afraid of color, no matter how dark or light. Find the shades that work for you and just have fun with them! Need help creating pretty pastel ensembles? Sign up for a personal shopping appointment with out stylist! She’ll create a personalized color palette and show you how to work those hues into your wardrobe.

Favorite Things – Dresses Edition

With Revolver’s ever-changing inventory
we see a gazillion dresses come through the shop each season.
Of course everyone has their favorites
and all of the pieces are lovely in their own way,
but some dresses just POP.
These are the dresses everyone wishes was in their size
and you can already imagine a million ways&places to wear it.

So in case you haven’t been in the shop recently,
here are our current favorites…

(Diane von Furstenberg dress size 2 $112, necklace $12)

When we saw this DVF piece we fell in love. It’s vibrant and flattering; it practically sings “Summer is here!” We picture it being worn on a wedding guest somewhere tropical, like Hawaii.

(Trina Turk dress size 2 $88, Artwear by Natis necklace $25)

 

 

 

 

 

This Trina Turk dress came to us recently; it caught our eye as we tried to make sense of the print. But what does that matter? The fact is this dress is eye-catching without being over-the-top, it’s structural without being rigid. We think it’d be great worn to a cocktail-meets-cookout event.

(Ann Taylor Loft dress size 6 $30, Aldo handbag $20)

 

 

 

 

 

The colors on this one made us smile. So soft and delicate – not to mention pastels are so in right now – this piece is feminine in an artsy way. We think it’d be perfect for a gallery opening paired with a colorful heel.

(David Meister dress size 6 $130, clutch $14)

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Print! How cool is this Asian-inspired design? For anyone who isn’t super girly but frequently attends cocktail events, this is the dress for you. The sleek silhouette helps to balance out a wild print and keep the focus on the wearer. Design bonus – topstitch details create panels that accentuate curves and visually “corset” the waist.

 

(French Connection dress size 10 $52, Ann Taylor Loft cardigan $12)

 

 

 

 

 

This little number by French Connection has been tried on by many but has yet to find the perfect wearer. We are surprised every day it stays in the shop because really, what’s not to love? The color and print are beautiful, the retro cut is flattering, and the light-weight cotton is just what a girl needs with the weather we’ve been having!

(Nanette Lepore dress size 4 $98, Sharagano blazer $32)

 

 

 

 

 

This Nanette Lepore dress belongs in the closet of a young, stylish professional. It’s sophisticated for the office when worn with a blazer – the lining on this one matches the dress perfectly! – and if you should ditch the blazer the dress is ready to hit the downtown bars for Happy Hour. What more could a girl ask for?

(Betsy Johnson dress size small $148 NEW, Good Girls Studio necklace $58)

 

 

 

 

 

It was love at first sight when we saw the beautiful beadwork and wispy teal material; this piece by Betsy Johnson is truly stunning. We’d suggest you wear it to an evening wedding where the soft lighting would make you glow, but then we worry you may out-shine the bride. Oh well! Wear this dress to your heart’s delight, the occasion doesn’t really matter.

(David Meister dress size 8 $198 NEW, vintage necklace $14)

 

 

 

 

 

Hot pink and lace, what more could a girl ask for? We would stock this dress in every size if we could: it’s suited for business events, cocktail parties with friends, attending your kid’s high school graduation, a Summer wedding… the list could go on and on. Just switch up the accessories for infinite variety!

See a dress that’s calling your name? Don’t wait, try it on today!

I <3 Eyelet

When it comes to summertime apparel
there’s a fabric we just can’t get enough of.
That’s right, it’s eyelet.
The delicate and detailed material can be seen on
anything from skirts to dresses, and even shorts.
And although white eyelet is the typical color
you can now find eyelet in every color imaginable.

(Bandolino heels $20, vintage 60’s handbag $42, necklace $18, Nanette Lepore top $52, The Limited skirt $14)

 

You always see white eyelet in stores, but how about black? We love how it still feels light even in a dark color. Paired with a bright skirt the look is summery and perfect for an evening out. Dinner al fresco, anyone?

 

 

 

 

(MIA wedges $48, scarf $8, necklace $16, bangles $18, $28, and $12, J. Crew hat $22, Kensie sweater $32, Talbots shorts $16)

 

 

An eyelet dress may be a Summer staple, but eyelet shorts are the newest trend. This pair in forest green work well with a boho-style. Chunky wedges, eclectic accessories, and a floppy hat make the look ready to hit the streets of NYC.

 

 

(C. Label heels $28, earrings $8, J. Crew belt $10, Floreat shirt $26, Cynthia Steffe skirt $52)

 

 

Sometimes it’s hard to feel the summer spirit when dressing for the office. To liven things up, try swapping your navy skirt for a champaign eyelet one – we love this one by Cynthia Steffe. Pair it with other light-colored pieces for an almost etherial work ensemble.

 

 

(Frye heels $44, vintage 60’s handbag $42, Trende Femme earrings $33, Revue jacket size medium $78, Nanette Lepore dress size 6 $78)

 

 

One of our favorite ways to wear eyelet is in yellow. Pile on different shades of this hue for a sunny look that could put a smile on anyone’s face. A little retro twist makes the outfit less childish and more lady-like; we love this vintage handbag with floral details and the Fry heels with their laser-cut design.