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Featuring looks from Jessica Alba, Kourtney Kardashian, and Minka Kelly.
This week we clicked though our amazing inventory of over 500 items to select layer-friendly fashion essentials that are the building blocks of a solid, stylish wardrobe— 5 gotta-have-'em pieces that will get you through even the coldest of cold-weather seasons.
Read on for more outfit ideas, including our Level 99 Janice Ultra Skinny Jeans in Zarah, Sen Gabby Maxi Cardigan In Marengo, Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt in Sky, Pencey V Blazer in Cream, Tolani Infinity Scarf in Leopard, Tolani Cashmere Scarf in Olive, and the Sen Aspen Cardigan Sweater In Grey.
Get in shape this holiday with Shop Opal’s fitness & athletic apparel. Who says you can’t be fashionable while working out? Look amazing in Solow tanks and leggings in the gym, at yoga, at home, or around town. Not only do they give you incredible support, they transition perfectly to loungewear any day of the week. Featured this week: Solow Tencel Racerback Tank in Black (or try their Tank in Graphite, shown above), Solow Geo Block Legging, Solow Dotted Herringbone Tank. Break a sweat and look great!Read More
Just in! Although Australia’s One Teaspoon is a brand most sought after for their denim and infamous shorts, they kill the game with their edgy yet laid back tops. Shopping new arrivals, the three tops that I find are perfect fashion essentials for every woman’s wardrobe are the “Le Pure Shirt” in White, the Parisienne Nights Roll Neck Sweater in Black, and the Kitty Liberty Shirt. These tops add a high end, yet contemporary and relaxed style with a “fantastically rebellious” twist to any outfit.
Our top 5 fashion trends of Fall 2015 for women's designer clothing and accessories. Shop Opal's new arrivals for this season are here!Read More
Level 99—Anatomy of a Classic
There was a time when women in the U.S. wore dresses. Not much else … just dresses. They looked great, sure. But with dresses day-in, day-out came certain restrictions, limitations, sacrifices and added fuss. Then there was a time when women wore dresses … and “slacks” on the side. Now (thankfully) a woman wears whatever she wants. And, to say jeans are a “popular” look or varied in their options is an understatement. Since the 1960s when women started really getting ahead and going for it, jeans have pretty much become the “uniform” of the day. They go where we go; they can withstand some harsh resistance; and they face the day with a cool grace.
With such a high wearability ranking, this is one of those things that you want to get right. You want a flattering fit and a durable fabric. You want different looks from day to day. Sophisticated-casual clothiers Level 99 is helping women get their comfort classics one stitch at a time. Since 2004 they’ve offered quality jeans made with cutting edge textile trends and techniques. The chic brand offers a lot of different fits (loose and casual, form-fitting and tailored) and style ideations. With a little help from Level 99 all women can dress with confidence and ease, channeling Charlotte Gainsbourg’s minimalist wisdom or Rachel Zoe’s personalized boho mastery. Charlize Theron, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and Miranda Kerr are fans of this fashion house, and the brand’s already been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, Nylon, Cosmo and more. We love what they do with linen, twill, leather and faux suede, too.
Admit it—the jeans in your closet work hard. Like, really hard. They go from an errand-filled Saturday morning to an oyster-slurping Saturday night. We throw a pair of dark skinnies in with our blazers and pumps for abbreviated work trips—just in case—and make sure our best boyfriends are washed and ready for the weekend at the lake house. It’s comforting to know a great pair of jeans could last us years … maybe even decades. Like wine or cheese or other little luxuries, your favorite denims only get better with age—with each wash and fold and Friday night this unsung hero of fashion becomes only more lived in and more your own. So next time you wax poetic about some of the more colorful or glam clothing articles of life consider this: What is American style without the simple jean? Take a glance back in time and then study today’s possibilities. We’ve come a long way, no?Read More
Jessica Alba: Tolani Super Fan
Jessica Alba, we salute you! You are a shining example of beauty and brains on the West Coast. You are a busy mom and talented actress who also happens to be involved in numerous charities that promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles. Beyond all that, you are also the visionary founder of The Honest Company--a brand which promotes convenient, affordable products that are good for the body and good for the earth.
Oh yeah, you’ve got some solid style skills, too. We’ve noticed.
It’s no secret JA loves her scarves. But what many people don’t know is that the Little Fockers polished-but-feisty “Andi Garcia” is a huge (super?) fan of the Tolani collection and Tolani scarves in particular...even in hot L.A. Alba’s love affair with the Tolani scarf was first documented way back in 2007 when People StyleWatch noted her brand loyalty as she sported Tolani’s Honeycomb model.
More recently, we can’t help but notice the glowing entrepreneur looks very Old Hollywood when she dons the Tolani Leopard Infinity Scarf with a neutral top, skinny jeans and shades.
Tolani scarves and Jessica Alba. Might they be the new peanut butter and jelly?Read More
Rails Hunter Button Down
Comfort is Calling
Never venture into the woods without the right supplies. Make sure you’ll have a roof over your head (either nylon tent or glass-walled cottage nestled deep in the trees). Appropriate footwear, of course. Some edibles (take-out menus will suffice at some venues), survival supplies (ropes, knives, fishing poles and things) and lots of books. The next part is key: when communing with nature it is imperative one pack lightly, but well. Wool socks for warmth. Your best nubby sweater. A shirt that couldn’t feel more natural ... in which case, the Rails Hunter Button Down might be just the ticket.
This is the type of shirt you unapologetically frolic in, live in, lend out, perpetually look for and love. The Rails Hunter Button Down comes in all sorts of great plaid color combos like Ultra Violet, Coral/Navy, Midnight/Forest, and the ever-classic Red/Black Mini Check. Even fashion gurus Gisele and Kourtney Kardashian (pregnant Kourtney and not pregnant Kourtney, mind you) were spotted wearing the finely crafted Rails Hunter Shirt with its fold-over collar and jaunty patch breast pocket. It’s a wearable style that offers a more casual option for breezy summer nights on the beach or sitting around a fire for a while in the woods. Its long sleeves and button cuffs are sure to ward away the chill.
Rail shirts stand out from the pack with their vibrant colors (mentioned above), loose weave and ultra soft texture. The fit on the Hunter is super relaxed. Just hand wash and hang dry for a shirt that won’t shrink on you or do other strange and unwelcome things.
For daily wear, you can’t go wrong pairing this lovable top with a quilted vest and your favorite, boyfriend jeans. Or, layer it beneath a roomy anorak with grey skinny jeans and buttery brown leather riding boots. To venture into territory a little more unexpected--the single-layer, 100 percent Rayon Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt would wake things up under a leather jacket; or cap off a black skirt and tight black crop. How creative can you get?
Rails Clothing’s motto is “relaxed but always refined”, and this shirt certainly fits that philosophy to a T. Creator Jeff Abrams started his business back in 2008 with a single hat. Rails has now emerged as a lifestyle brand with a distinct focus on comfort, careful tailoring and of-the-moment designs--like this beaut of a long-sleeved, buttoned-up, plaid-as-plaid-can-be shirt.Read More
Born to Design: A Story about Lines
Although Donna Mizani is barely in her 30s, the avant-garde designer knows exactly who she is. The rising star with long, dark hair and intelligent brown eyes is making a name for herself in the business of cutouts, front slits … and a little thoughtfully executed mesh. And so far the bird’s eye view of her work is breathtakingly cool and collected. When you think “Donna Mizani Clothing” think racerfront tops and crops that do justice to gorgeous abs. She is also known for her sleek skirts and mod dresses with sweet cap sleeves and sassy hemlines. You’ll notice some of her stuff featured in the pages of People StyleWatch, Cosmopolitan and In Touch Weekly. The Donna Mizani Clothing Facebook page showcases young celebs and an inviting, editorial fashion sense. She recently had a “Who Wore it Best” with Giuliana Rancic and Mara Teigan in a simple white mock-neck crop top. Rancic paired the top with a pretty print skirt and white pumps, while Teigan kept it basic with a white slit skirt (also Mizani).
So? Who is this newbie, dealing in fresh fashion? And how does she get it so right?
Mizani is a native New Yorker who graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown L.A. Her goal: create all-new looks that would “enhance and flatter the female physique”. Mizani debuted her first Ready-to-Wear collection in 2009, and now she and her sister run the biz in L.A.’s Garment District, where each piece is manufactured with care. She says she is influence by her urban lifestyle, travels to Europe, Asia and Latin America, and her close-knit Family. Mizani also has a deep love for drawing and art—and it shows. She is nothing if not faithful to her vision.
These are clothes with strong lines, created for women who don’t mind standing out in the crowd. Donna Mizani Dresses can be playful or structured. She often toys with asymmetrical lines and see-through fabrics, and her skirts follow suit. Perhaps most popular is the Donna Mizani Midi Skirt—with its shapely lines and classic Mizani touches here and there.
In this collection you’ll find a Donna Mizani Dress or skirt has tons of mix-and-match potential with the right shoe, top or jewelry … which is just what women want: a comfortable, high quality item that can easily go anywhere. This line is an A+ for women who are bold, confident, style conscious, and always on-the-go.Read More
A Pretty Plaid for Anywhere
This shirt reminds me of a confident “city girl” who always keeps her country roots close to her heart. She’s full of life, living it up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and riding the L Train into Manhattan every morning with her fellow stylists, bloggers, researchers, call center mavens and marketers. A carload of folks doing the daily grind and, every now and then, making dreams come true. The daytime is all business and street style. But when she returns home in the evening the laptop hits the floor. This girl rolls up her sleeves and goes to town making a London Broil and a batch of Guinness cupcakes for her roommates. She strategizes which weekend, exactly, she’ll pack up her pickup with pup Nigel and head back to her chestnut Appaloosa and chicken coop on a little patch of land in Somewhere, Virginia.
When you spy this extra sweet Rails Britt Button Down Shirt, in a myriad of pretty color combinations (we’re partial to the Pink/Marine) and 100% Rayon, your first instinct may be “toss it on over cutoffs and grab the hobo bag”. That works. Of course it does. But now look a little closer: this easygoing button-up with double chest pockets will go almost anywhere you go. The tender, rolled short-sleeve adds panache (and we love what a good cap sleeve does to our arms!) while the semi-relaxed fit paints a sophisticated silhouette for an ensemble that can traverse urban boulevards or down-home country lanes.
Lifestyle brand Rails Clothing has made the radar of fashion bloggers and celebrities for years now. Mila Kunis wore the Rails Britt Shirt when she had little Wyatt Isabelle in utero. And Kourtney K. (a devoted fan of Los Angeles native Jeff Abrams and his tailored designs) sported the Britt while filming on Keeping Up.
Fashion bloggers seem to be in love with the easy wearability of Rails and this sinfully soft topper in particular. Throw on an A-line skirt over the top of the Britt, step into some short suede booties, and don your aviators and fave fall bag ala Arielle Nachmani of the haute blog Something Navy.
This is one of those pieces that manages to be classic and comfortable. A timeless top that feels good to put on over and over … and over again. Once again, wearable proof that a little simplicity can feel so rich.Read More
Nation Ltd. Clothing is a fun, laid-back brand on a mission. You can see it in the precise perfection behind every Nation Ltd. dress, Nation Ltd. tank and of course, Nation Ltd. t-shirt. Nation’s founder, Jen Menchaca, claims that after studying PR in school, waitressing in NYC, and working for Hollywood in LA, she finally segued into the fashion and design biz (naturally) by looking to recreate her dad’s uber soft, white (in theory), v-neck tees. So she toiled and toiled until she got it just right. A noble pursuit indeed. Because let’s be honest, like a modern-day Cinderella, we are all looking for our own ‘perfect white tee’.
Menchada says the 100% cotton jersey Classic V-Neck Fall tee is “the shirt I’m most proud of … my friends say it’s like Dad’s old tee shirt (minus the yellow underarm stains and smell of Pierre Cardin).” Hm. Sounds (smells?) like success! And this baby is machine wash and tumble dry so that makes life a tad easier, too.
It doesn’t end with shirts, though. Nation Ltd. dresses keep the theme of comfy goodness going in dress format, too. The Cassidy Dress short sleeved mini with its deep-v and ruched sides is 38% cotton and has a burnout wash. This one comes in heather gray, marsala or moss. Cassidy would no doubt be awesome with booties and bracelets ...maybe a long, warm wrap sweater over the top.
I can’t get enough of a Dolman silhouette and the Nation Ltd. brand has those, too. The Ginny Dolman Mini makes for a super comfortable option to wear for drinks and dinner at someone’s house or decked out with jewels at a nicer restaurant. Always appreciate the longer sleeves paired with a short, sassy skirt.
Nation Ltd.tanks are good, solid staples in everyday neutrals. The Lulu Tank is one of those you’d be bummed to find in the dirty clothes pile because it would get so much wear alone or underneath a blazer.
In short, Nation makes a v-neck you can feel really, really good about. The brand’s vibrant website, instagram, etc. tell the story of a fun, fashionable company that has tons of good intuition and even better goodwill vives. Check them out for behind-the-scenes fashion shoots and to learn about the company’s use of eco-friendly fabric and blends.
Viva la v-neck!