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TV Fashion Recap: The VMAs and Pretty Little Liars

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TV Fashion Recap is a biweekly column featuring the best of TV fashion. Every other week, we recreate our favorite outfits from the most recent episodes of all of the hottest shows. Stay tuned; we may feature your favorite show next!

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Every other week, I break down the best of TV fashion, featuring my favorite looks from the last two weeks. This week, I was inspired by MTV’s Video Music Awards and Pretty Little Liars. Read on to see both looks:

1. MTV’s 2014 Video Music Awards: Miley’s Leather Bandeau and Matching Harem Pants

Miley Cyrus at the 2014 vmas
Photo: ELLE

MTV’s Video Music Awards are usually very controversial, like Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech (speaking of, I’mma let you finish reading this article, but Taylor Swift has the catchiest new single of all time) or Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s twerk-tastic duet last year. This year was blessedly drama-free, and America could focus on what really matters – the fashion.

Miley Cyrus may be known for her crazy antics, but she really deserves more credit for her daring yet admittedly love-it-or-hate-it style. While I admit I doubted her fashion sense in the past, I instantly fell in love with the outfit that she wore to this year’s VMAs. It was minimalist and edgy, yet still polished and chic.

VMAs Outfit Inspiration
Product Info: Jacket, Pants, Bustier, Lipgloss, Highlighter Powder, Sandals, Earrings, Necklace

To recreate the look, start with a faux leather bandeau or bustier and a pair of faux leather harem pants. To make this a little more fall-friendly, slip on a white cotton moto jacket – mixing black and white pieces is a huge trend this fall. A pair of high heels will emphasize your legs and keep the harem pants from making them look shorter. (The only possible downfall of my beloved, super-comfy harem pants.)

Despite the plethora of leather and bare skin, Miley’s outfit doesn’t look gaudy or overdone because she keeps the accessories to a minimum. A delicate necklace and a pair of studded earrings are all you really need. Instead of using accessories to jazz up her outfit, Miley lets her glowing skin take center stage. Finish the look by sweeping highlighter powder on the tops of your cheekbones, then swiping on a few coats of a peachy-pink lipgloss.

2. Pretty Little Liars (Season 5, Episode 12): Spencer’s Cropped Sweater and Skater Skirt

Pretty Little Liars Inspiration
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If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know that I love Pretty Little Liars, the most fashionable thriller on TV. I’m also obsessed with Game of Thrones, which is a good thing, because as it turns out, PLL’s summer finale took a dramatic, Red Wedding-esque turn. If you’re not familiar with GoT, the Red Wedding refers to a scene in which beloved (and, in Robb Stark’s case, very attractive) main characters are abruptly killed without any warning or apparent good reason, which is an apt summary of this frustrating yet still amazing episode.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but fellow Caleb lovers/creepily obsessed fangirls, don’t worry! He’s safe… at least for now. Gulp.

Pretty Little Liars Outfit Inspiration
Product Info: Purse, Sweater, Necklace, Earrings, Skirt, Boots, Tights

Spencer‘s outfit was adorable enough to distract me from the death in this episode (I know, I’m like a cat getting distracted by shiny objects). To recreate this preppy, comfy chic look, start with a blue cropped sweater. A skater skirt adds a little sass to your outfit (for only $6.95!), and slightly sheer black tights with heeled ankle booties create the illusion of longer legs – seriously, it’s like witchcraft.

A long pendant necklace breaks up the color blocking and adds visual interest, while a pair of sparkly studded earrings are a glam touch. Finish with a small, cream-colored purse to balance out the dark colors – this one looks exactly like Rebecca Minkoff’s drool-worthy Mini M.A.C. handbags, but without the heart attack-inducing price tag!

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these looks? Did we miss any amazing outfits from the past week of TV? Which shows do you think deserve a spot on the next TV Fashion Recap post? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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The CF Guide to Shopping Vintage Online

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Vintage store
Source: ELLE

Ever since I read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the founder and owner of NastyGalI’ve been intrigued by the world of vintage. (By the way, if you haven’t read #GIRLBOSS yet, I HIGHLY recommend it.) I’ve always admired girls who can rock vintage, and I enjoy browsing through vintage stores, but I never really got into it. Until now.

Wearing vintage is a way to preserve and admire history. That vintage shirt, dress, or skirt has a story to tell, and it’s always fun to imagine who might have worn a certain piece before you. Buying vintage is also environmentally friendly because it reduces waste in landfills. Not to mention, vintage clothing is also unique and often much higher quality than what you might buy at say, Forever 21.

If you’re interested in learning more about vintage clothing I recommend checking out Fashion Dig, which offers a range of resources and will help you find vintage stores in your area. Also, check out these CF articles on caring for vintage and how to thrift shop (cue “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore).

Let’s face it, we could all afford to add a little ’90s flair – à la Cluelessto our wardrobes!

Source: ELLE

The Top 5 Places to Shop Vintage Online

Unfortunately, the city where I go to school only has a few vintage stores, so the options are somewhat limited. Thank goodness for the internet! Once I started doing some research on vintage, I realized that there are a multitude of resources and places to shop for vintage clothing online.

Here are five of my favorite online stores to vintage shop:

1. NastyGal

Since I mentioned #GIRLBOSS above, I obviously have to include NastyGal on my list. The NastyGal brand started out with solely vintage clothing and you can tell through the artfully curated clothing that it is one of Amoruso’s passions.

The clothes have a trendy vibe, which is living proof that fashion trends are constantly being recycled. While the prices range from $30 to hundreds of dollars, there are plenty of affordable finds for a college budget.

2. The Kissing Tree

In general, Etsy is an excellent place to look for vintage. You could spend hours browsing through their virtual catalog of vintage goods. One of the shops I instantly fell in love with was The Kissing Tree. The clothing is styled impeccably, in a way that doesn’t scream costume. The prices are totally reasonable as well, which makes it a win-win.

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3. Nifty Thrifty

With a catchy name like this, what’s not to love about Nifty Thrifty? You won’t find designer labels here, but the website is organized exceptionally well and the prices are very inexpensive. Almost everything is under $50 and many items are under $10. As as added bonus, each listing features exact measurements, so you know exactly how an item will fit.

Nifty Thrifty is also home of the $5 mystery tee. Just tell them your size and they will select a surprise vintage t-shirt just for you!

4. Goodwill

I know what you’re thinking, Goodwill has an online store? I never knew it myself until recently, but Shop Goodwill is the first internet auction site operated by a nonprofit organization. It works much like eBay in that you have to bid on items, and that means there are some incredible scores to be had.

While you may have to do quite a bit of browsing to find something vintage you like, it’s absolutely worth it. Think of it as an adventure!

5. Vintage Trends

Vintage Trends offers an eclectic selection of vintage clothing for men, women, and children. They have a wide variety of items: everything from 1950’s motorcycle jackets to 1930’s cocktail dresses.

Each piece of clothing is hand-selected by professional vintage consultants so you know it’s of the utmost quality. Also, all of the clothing is categorized by the type of garment or era, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

CF Vintage Favorites

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite vintage pieces from the stores mentioned above. Get ‘em before they’re gone!

Vintage fashion finds
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Your Thoughts?

What do you think of vintage? Are you an avid wearer of vintage? What are your favorite places to shop for vintage online? Let us know in the comments!

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Back-to-School Shopping: 5 Color Trends for Fall 2014


Elle blue suit runwayElle yellow coat runwayElle red dress runwayElle gray suit runway
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With autumn quickly approaching and New York Fashion Week just around the corner, fall trends are starting to crop up everywhere. So how can you incorporate some seasonal trendiness into your wardrobe? Well, one of the easiest ways is to mix in some new colors.

Pantone has already released its Fashion Color Report for Fall 2014, so you can check out the top 10 colors from this season’s runways. Primary reds and yellows, rich blues, and flirty pinks and purples are some of the hottest colors right now.

To help you update your wardrobe and shop for back-to-school, I’ve pre-picked some stylish fall clothes and accessories in my top 5 Pantone colors. Just scroll on down to see which color most tickles your fancy:

1. Radiant Orchid

Shopping fall 2014 radiant orchid
Product Info: Shirt, Bag, Sneakers, Boots, Necklace, Tank, Dress

As Pantone’s official “Color of the Year,” Radiant Orchid is a must-have for your fall wardrobe. If you absolutely love this shade of purple, make a bold statement with a structured dress for a night out or incorporate a fun pop of color with orchid rain boots. If you’re a little color-shy, try a tank in a lighter tone of purple or a subtle jeweled necklace.

2. Royal Blue

Fall 2014 royal blue color trend
Product Info: Earrings, Skirt, Sweater, Pants, Blouse, Bag

Royal Blue and other deep, rich hues are always a good bet for fall. As the name suggests, this particular shade gives off a luxurious and upscale feel. If you want it to make more of a statement, try a pair of blue skinny pants or a blue handbag. For a subtler touch, try a knit sweater with streaks of blue or a delicate pair of stud earrings.

3. Aluminum

Shopping fall 2014 aluminum
Product Info: Bracelets, Skirt, Boots, Jeans, Sneakers, Cardigan

While bright, bold colors are always fun, I never forget to save a place in my closet for some go-with-everything neutrals. This fall, aluminum gray is the go-to. For a trendy touch, try a pair of gray-washed jeans, which are a nice change from your typical denim. If you want a classic piece that won’t go out of style, try a draped knit cardigan or a gray pencil skirt.

4. Aurora Red

Shopping fall 2014 aurora red
Product Info: Blazer, Ring, Shorts, Bag, Scarf, Heels, Dress

Aurora Red is an eye-catching, classic shade of red that every fashionista should include in her wardrobe. For fun nights out, you can never go wrong with a figure-hugging red dress or a cute pair of red heels. For a more adventurous look, try a pair of vintage-inspired high-waisted shorts or a bold red blazer.

5. Misted Yellow

Shopping fall 2014 misted yellow
Product Info: Boots, Blouse, Dress, Bag, Scarf, Sweater, Flats

Misted Yellow is my personal favorite of the bunch, because it’s the perfect summer-into-fall transitional color. If you just want a little pop of yellow, try an infinity scarf, satchel bag, or pair of cutout flats. But if yellow is your absolute fave, go for a sweet striped dress or comfy knit sweater.


Which fall color trend is your favorite? What other tones would you pair with these colors? Which piece would you add to your fall wardrobe? Let us know in the comments!

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