Spring Moto

Whether your signature look is a t-shirt-and-jeans, all-black everything, or a polished dress, trading in your go-to leather jacket for a spring-ready version is an easy way to brighten your look this Season. And with an array of light and bright styles now available, this quick switch is a no-brainer!

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To achieve that model-off-duty vibe, balance a bright fitted jacket with relaxed pieces, like a gray t-shirt and black jeans.

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Make sure your metallic jacket doesn’t compete with the rest of your look by pairing it with minimal separates.

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For even more visual intrigue, pick a leather jacket with interesting details, like perforation.

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Even a gray jacket can make an all-black outfit feel appropriate for both spring and daytime.

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In of-the-moment cobalt blue, a motorcycle jacket makes a striking statement against a mix of pared-down neutrals.

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If your looking for something that goes with everything, a white biker jacket is the perfect spring alternative to your favorite black styles.

Get The Look

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Rebecca Minkoff Wes Moto Jacket ($598) in Blush

Wear this peachy pick with a t-shirt and your favorite denim on the weekend. Bonus- if you go printed!

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Forever 21 Bold Quilted Moto Jacket ($33) in Red

This quilted style would be the perfect addition of texture to a monochrome ensemble.

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Club Monaco Delaine Moto Jacket ($595) in Pale Pink

Like you, this pale pink jacket is sweet with a hint of edge, thanks to the black zipper detailing.

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Lovers + Friends Babe Moto Jacket ($217) in White

Just when you thought that this jacket couldn’t get any better, it also has sleeves that are removable, allowing it to do double duty as a vest.

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Muuba Presley Biker Jacket ($575)

Try this green jacket over a floral frock or black and white basics for a cool contrast.

Get your Moto Running!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Gifts for the Guys

Here is the scoop on the coolest apparel, gadgets, accessories, and more that guys will be excited to get this Holiday!

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Never afraid to experiment with his personal style, this fashion plate knows all the hidden gems worth a stop. Alexander Wang Lizard iPad Case, $239, available at Barneys New York; hello mr. Magazine, $20; A. OK Beanie, $36, available at Oak; ASSK Bisoux Sweatshirt, $125, available at V Files; Alexander McQueen Brogue Boots, $850, available at Mr. Porter.

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Back To Basics

No guy likes to shop for the basics. Give his necessities a major refresh this season with sleek new accessories, funky undergarments, and maybe a cool techie find: Shinola Runwell Chrono, $750; Ernest Alexander Bedford Overnight Bag, $465; Shipley & Halmos Highland Sock, $30; Jawbone Mini Jambox, $179.99; Mack Weldon Boxer Brief, $24; Remee Sleep Mask, $95.

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The Coin Toss
A care-free skater who also possesses intellectual, theater-critic-esque sensibilities? Opt for gifts that hone in on one of his intricacies for something he’ll actually love: Kenzo Kenyon Trainers, $366, available at Matches FashionTodd Snyder Blue Selvedge Denim, $250; Boosted Board, $1,299, available for pre-order; Belovedshirts Cat Sweatshirt, $59.99; Grand Theft Auto V, $39.99, available at AmazonTwelfth Night and Richard III, tickets available at Telecharge.

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The Pragmatist

“Practical” doesn’t have to be “boring.” In fact, sometimes those gifts that are both useful and fun are more appreciated than ones we don’t really need: Izola Launder With Care Laundry Bag, $39; Ernest Alexander Cooper British Shave Kit Bag, $110; Coin, $55, available for pre-order; Bespoken Crewneck Sweatshirt, $360 ; Le Specs Revolution Rouge, $59.95.

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The Stumper
Whether he’s tough to buy for or you’re simply puzzled when it comes to gifting the guys, cool trinkets and one-of-a-kind accessories are great conversation starters and outlets for new discoveries: Oliver Brown Cup Sets, $41.07; Kapital Skull Patch, $76.48, available at Pancho and Lefty; Miansai Brummel Hook Bracelet, $95; Iacoli & McAllister Hex Opener, $48; Occulter Black Pyramid Salt, $10; Bee Raw 9 Varietal Honey Flight, $78.
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Winter’s Warden
Sometimes it’s just too cold to do anything but binge-watch your favorite shows. And, he’ll be needing plenty of “surviving winter” essentials to help him brave the brr: Diptyque Genevrier Candle, $60; Topman Black Leather Biker Jacket, $300; Reigning Champ Fleece Hoodie, $112, available at Steven Alan; Roku Roku 3, $99.99 ; Beats By Dr. Dre Solo HD Headphones, $199.95.

Give the guys a gift they will love!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Staples that Flatter Every Woman

Check out these ten staples deemed universally flattering!

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1. Pointed Pumps

Nothing lengthens the leg like a classic heel, especially when they are a similar shade to your skin. Kate Bosworth demonstrated this technique with a pair of Jimmy Choo Agnes Suede Pumps.

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2. Paneled Dress

Rita Ora pulled out everyone’s favorite slimming secret weapon for date night: the paneled dress. Her Vionnet Pre Fall 13 black & white dress is a fab rendition of this staple.

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3. Menswear Coat

Whether or not you’re bold enough to go for the electric blue Tibi Bonded Techy Twill Coat that Lucky Editor-in-Chief, Eva Chen, wore you can’t deny the appeal of a menswear-inspired coat. The sharply tailored piece looks good on just about everyone.

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4. Collared Button-Down

You can’t go wrong with a classic button-down shirt. Wear it tucked in if you want to highlight your waist, or leave it loose like Jessica Alba did with her Bella Dahl Patch Pocket Button Down Shirt In White.

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5. Trench Coat

There’s a reason the trench coat never goes out of style: the built-in belt is ideal for enhancing an hourglass shape. Laura Whitmore accentuated her curves in a Warehouse trench, despite layering up for the weather.

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6. A-Line Skirt

Why does an A-line skirt look good on everyone? It’s all about the cut: it nips in at the smallest part of your waist and then conveniently flares out over the hips like Hannah Holman’s printed skirt.

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7. Silk Blouse

Veteran Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio knows fashion that flatters. The flowy fabric of a silk blouse camouflages any flaws or unfavorable angles.

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8. Structured Blazer

A properly tailored blazer, like the one Karlie Kloss wore, is always a smart decision for defining your shoulders and waistline.

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9. Slim-Cut Trouser

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the most flattering pant cut of all? The slim (not too tight, not too loose) trouser with a slightly cropped hem, of course. Take note of the fit of Ashley Madekwe’s Topshop Unique trousers.

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10. Motorcycle Jacket

The magic of a moto jacket is twofold: it fits close to the body, and the thick leather material has an overall smoothing effect. Example: the ultra-flattering Balmain Quilted Jacket that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore.

Have a Flattering Weekend!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Layer Your Coat

During the brisk months ahead, It’s recommended that you build your outfit around your outerwear. To show you how it’s done, I’m peeling back the layers of 7 different coat-centric looks.

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A bold evening coat looks great with a cocktail dress, but try taking it out of its element with a pair of worn-in boyfriend jeans and a knit cap.

Alice + Olivia Shawl Collar Coat ($898); Joe’s Jeans Tux Tee Shirt ($88); Big Star Rolled Slim Jeans ($142); Gap Chevron Hat ($20); Loeffler Randall Rider Bag($650); Bruno Magli Kitten Heels ($595).

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A sleeveless plaid coat serves as an excellent layering piece over a jacket. Balance the coat’s longer length with a sleek biker jacket that rests at the hips.

Phillip Lim Cape Vest ($895); Phillip Lim Biker Jacket ($1,695); Chaser Tank ($60); Blank NYC Skinny Jeans ($88); BCBG MAXAZRIA Knit Hat ($68); Annelise Michelson Necklace ($420); Rag & Bone Pilot Bag ($925); Dolce Vita Quid Heels ($209).

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The peacoat is an outerwear crowd pleaser, it goes with everything. Since the piece itself is a bit understated, add interest to your look with a mix of textures and prints.

A.L.C. Cannady Peacoat ($795); LOFT Stripe Sweater Tee ($40); Joe’s Jeans Dandy Woven Shirt ($168); Lover Mini Skirt ($400); A.P.C.Chain Strap Bag ($620); HUE Opaque Tights ($14); Giuseppe Zanotti Boots ($1,895).

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The long and short of it: an ankle-grazing coat functions as the perfect balance for a minidress and combat boots.

Mara Hoffman Coat (similar style here); Guess Denim Skirtall($108); Rag & Bone Marigold Top ($290); The 2 Bandits Wharf Earrings ($128); Rachel Zoe Montana Backpack ($395); Burberry Silk Scarf ($495, similar style here); HUE Luster Tights ($14); Rag & Bone Boots ($595).

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Pink is the new black, so treat this fuzzy coat as a neutral with washed-out skinny jeans and a muted plaid shirt.

H&M Coat ($149); Equipment Cardigan ($318); April, May Top ($209, similar style here); McGuire Boyfriend Jeans ($218, 877.746.7267, similar style here); The Elder Statesman Cashmere Beanie ($270); DKNY Crossbody Bag ($265, similar style here); Paul Smith Loafers ($437).

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The quickest way to toughen up a menswear coat: add a biker vest on top. To further the look’s no holds barred vibe, throw on a sheer lace blouse and metallic heels.

Tibi Moto Vest ($950, 212.226.5852, similar style here); BLK DNM Coat ($1,195); 7 For All Mankind Lace Top ($218); Triarchy Tie Dye Jeans ($245, similar style here); Gucci  Sunglasses ($345); French Connection Bag ($348); Fendi T-Strap Pumps($1,190).

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Hit on the season’s grunge look, while simultaneously indulging your daring side, by pairing a faux fur coat with a plaid oxford, zipper-detail skinnies, and printed ankle boots.

Opening Ceremony Cocoon Coat ($795); Juicy Couture Sheer Plaid Blouse ($108); Paige Denim Skinny Coated Jeans ($269); Chloè Tote ($2,320); Shoe Cult Chelsea Boots ($120).

Are you Coat-Centric?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Lighten Up: Bright Moto Jackets

In energetic shades like sunny yellow, and neon green, the moto jacket takes on a playful look that’s perfect for the season. See how designers and celebs address this vibrant trend and get the look.

brightmoto-Rag&BoneRag & Bone’s oversized, fluorescent green Monaco Jacket ($1795) takes center stage against a neutral palette. Similar Essential: Lauren Ralph Lauren Leather Moto Jacket ($510) in Green.

brightmoto-jessica-albaJessica Alba looked picture perfect arriving at her Soho hotel in NYC earlier this month in Burberry’s Tourmaline Yellow Leather Cropped Biker Jacket ($2795, available June) paired with Dolce & Gabbana’s Printed Sleeveless Dress ($1775) and Sigerson Morrison’s Cool Corista Pumps ($450) in Green Suede. Similar Essential:  ​Mackage Hidi Leather Jacket ($790)

On You!

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brightmoto-burberry-britBurberry Brit: Leather Biker Jacket ($1795)

brightmoto-karl-lagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld: Jovanna Neon Stretch-Denim Biker Jacket ($335)

brightmoto-twenty8twelveTwenty8Twelve: Leather Ottilie Jacket ($740) in Coral

Have a Bright and Stylish day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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