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August 6, 2015

Fresh Prints & Patterns: Refresh Your Casual Look

Did you check out our “ Clothes & Conversation” this week? We talked about the key trends in prints and patterns for the new Fall season and here, we’re wrapping up the week with our favorite casual picks. Whether you pair them with your white jeans and sandals now, or wait to wear a cozy sweater with your new jeans for Fall, there are truly lovely options this season that are stylish AND sophisticated. In casual silhouettes and fabrics, they take on the ideal Mark Shale aesthetic…modern, yet timeless. Not an easy feat, but happily accomplished.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed our favorite prints and patterns for work or after 5 this week, check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
http://www.vince.com/wool-cashmere-texture-stripe-short-sleeve-open-front-cardigan/invt/vnv287076137&color=Rutabagacoastal
http://www.vince.com/wool-cashmere-texture-stripe-short-sleeve-open-front-cardigan/invt/vnv287076137&color=Rutabagacoastal
Sometimes, we think we look forward to Fall just to fawn over Vince sweaters. While you can easily reach for Vince sweaters that you bought in previous years – the high quality and clean, modern styling holds up with ease – you’ll want to add a couple new ones each season, too. They are worth every penny. And this open striped cardigan is a great start. In only 2 sizes (XS/S, M/L) and a relaxed fit, the wool/cashmere fabric makes it an easy jacket alternative until the weather really cools off. As part of your outfit, it looks great over a simple black turtleneck and trousers for a polished look, over leggings and even belted for a casual weekend look. We love it with a simple tee and jeans, too. The rich shades of purple in the stripe are simply gorgeous – and there is a neutral tan/black combination through the ‘shop it’ button, too. We’re sending you directly to Vince’s website, where they offer free shipping and returns.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/free-people-peppy-in-plaid-button-front-shirt/4079333 Free People - Peppy in Plaid Button Front Shirt
Free People - Peppy in Plaid Button Front Shirt
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Free People - Peppy in Plaid Button Front Shirt
Peppy in Plaid Button Front Shirt
Free People
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Plaid is just as prevalent this season as it has been in seasons past. Free People’s interpretation gives a feminine flare to the menswear-inspired print. The front of this shirt is a timeless button down, but click through the ‘shop it’ button to get a great view of the back that ends with a super flattering flounced hem. The swingy shape is not only modern, but perfectly concealing and super comfortable. If you have a hard time with button downs, this one is a no brainer with any skinny jeans or cargo pants. The rich brown and red combination is gorgeous for Fall, and there are a couple of other great options through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joie-cherree-print-split-neck-top/3989224 Joie - Cherree Print Split Neck Top
Joie - Cherree Print Split Neck Top
With graphic patterns and boho inspirations being so strong for the upcoming season, Joie’s easy-fitting cotton peasant blouse is stylish and an easy go-to on a casual day. The pop of color pattern at the bottom of the top is embroidered, so it has some beautiful texture that justifies leaving this top untucked with your favorite jeans. The rest of the print is blue and black, making it easy to tie back to denim and black with ease. And you're going to love the sale price.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dresses/4130075284169.jsp?color=015#/ Weston - Amaya Dress
Weston - Amaya Dress
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Weston - Amaya Dress
Amaya Dress
Weston
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This colorblock dress is easy to wear now, and it will look just as great in the Fall with an open grey or oatmeal cardigan (try a fair isle pattern for fun) and booties. The swingy silhouette plays into the neutral blocks of color perfectly and you can even add a skinny belt if you want to show off your waist. In XS-XL, and Petites, the modern fit is an effortless choice as you head out for brunch or errands. Note: This comes in another pattern through the 'shop it' button, too, but this one is our top pick to transition into Fall.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Soft-Joie-Matricia-Poncho-Cardigan-with-Fringe/prod180870120_cat41160752__/p.prod Soft Joie - Matricia Poncho Cardigan with Fringe
Soft Joie - Matricia Poncho Cardigan with Fringe
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Soft Joie - Matricia Poncho Cardigan with Fringe
Matricia Poncho Cardigan with Fringe
Soft Joie
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Joie’s Soft Joie line of knits has all the easy appeal of Joie’s main line, with an effortlessly casual angle. This stylish poncho can represent a bunch of great trends – fringe, blanket-inspired sweaters – and today it’s one of our picks for the just-right stripe. The marled knit (mixing white into the tan and grey) keeps the pattern soft and muted, while the neutral color combination ensures you can wear it with everything. It looks so pretty thrown over a white tank and jeans for a cool end-of-Summer night. And it’s just as pretty over a long-sleeve tee or turtleneck (especially in heather grey or white) with jeans and boots in the Fall.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-engineered-stripe-long-sleeve-tee/4017507 Vince - Engineered Stripe Long Sleeve Tee
Vince - Engineered Stripe Long Sleeve Tee
Another pick from Vince, this elevated tee comes in 2 stripe variations – the white/black we’re showing here – and a soft grey/blush, also available through the ‘shop it’ button. Ignore those rules about horizontal stripes. The easy fit in a longer length really gives you the opportunity to show off the stripe pattern, and the silhouette doesn’t cling, so it's quite slimming. The width variation is the perfect eye trick, and the jersey fabric has beautiful drape…a nice step up from a basic tee. Wear it with your favorite skinny jeans or even leggings, if you are on the petite side. You can also do a stylish partial tuck-in at the front if you want a more polished look. If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Shopbop is carrying it, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Essentiel-Antwerp-Kersten-Open-Front-Diamond-Cardigan-Cream-Black/prod180250201_cat41160752__/p.prod Essentiel Antwerp - Kersten Open-Front Diamond Cardigan
Essentiel Antwerp - Kersten Open-Front Diamond Cardigan
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Essentiel Antwerp - Kersten Open-Front Diamond Cardigan
Kersten Open-Front Diamond Cardigan
Essentiel Antwerp
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Essentiel Antwerp is a contemporary Belgian line that started with a simple knit t-shirt and has grown from there. Lucky for us or we wouldn’t have this awesome cardigan. Made of wool, in a relaxed silhouette, it’s not too heavy so you’ll get a lot of use out of it. The diamond pattern highlights the trend of wintery sweater patterns that are so big this upcoming season, and the neutral color combination is great with jeans or comfortable black stretchy ponte pants. The longer length and open shape creates a long, lean line that covers you up and is really slimming at the same time.
https://www.shopbop.com/duncan-wool-blanket-vest-bb/vp/v=1/1518231802.htm BB Dakota - Duncan Wool Blanket Vest
BB Dakota - Duncan Wool Blanket Vest
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BB Dakota - Duncan Wool Blanket Vest
Duncan Wool Blanket Vest
BB Dakota
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BB Dakota makes some fun, contemporary fashion at a great price. This long vest is made of a wool blend that steps up a really casual silhouette so that you can even wear it on a casual Friday at the office. The color palette is perfectly menswear-inspired, using browns, greys, and black for a just-right Fall palette. The stripe pattern is far from basic – click through the ‘shop it’ button and see how the stripe is actually vertical in the back, which breaks it up for a really slimming appearance. The hem is longer on the sides, gently concealing your hips without being too voluminous. It can be worn open or belted, and the versatility doesn’t end there. A simple tee on the weekend looks just as good as a black turtleneck or a white button down any day of the week. Jeans are the easy solution, but black pants and leggings look great, too.
https://www.shopbop.com/twiggy-pocket-legging-jeans-james/vp/v=1/1518110414.htm James Jeans - Twiggy 5 Pocket Legging Jeans
James Jeans - Twiggy 5 Pocket Legging Jeans
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James Jeans - Twiggy 5 Pocket Legging Jeans
Twiggy 5 Pocket Legging Jeans
James Jeans
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Plaid can be worn on the bottom too, ladies, especially in this dark grey/black combination that is really slimming. And it’s subtle, which is what makes it a Mark Shale favorite. You can play in to the trend without being over the top. The dark tones go with everything – a dark denim button down, simple black tee, or sweater look especially great. James Jeans’ mid-rise (it sits just at the belly button, helping to eliminate that dreaded muffin top) and super soft stretch denim are the perfect compliments to ensure a sleek, contemporary look.
 

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