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Finding the best apparel for our lovely members is our mission here at Tog + Porter, and the Las Vegas Magic tradeshow is the place to go to find the best of the best. At the Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay I got to check out all the exciting new trends for fall, winter and beyond. Here are just a few of the standout styles that’ll be hitting stores in the coming months:

Patterned Bottoms: Although denim and khaki are wardrobe staples that will never go out of style, let’s admit it — sometimes jeans can get a little dull. To add some pizazz to your bottom half, designers like Sanctuary have created new pant styles in unique textures and patterns. Paisley, stripes and floral prints decorate knit bottoms, offering an alternative to the typical.

Crop tops: Don’t worry, this up-and-coming style is not a total flashback of the ’80’s. This updated look can be sophisticated and work appropriate when made with luxurious fabrics, like silk and charmeuse.

Slouchy Pants: Also referred to as harem pants, slouchy bottoms are this year’s leggings. Almost every designer I previewed offered a version of this relaxed fit style. Loose-fitting in the bum and crotch region, harem pants comes in a variety of fabrics and are great for both work and play. But be warned: This style can look more saggy than sexy if they’re not done right, so make sure you have a friend (or T+P stylist) present to offer honest feedback on fit.

Not only did I get to preview all the exciting designs for the upcoming seasons, I also discovered some  fabulous new designers to add to our list. Get ready T+P ladies..some amazing new product is coming your way!

~ Caitlin

No matter the season, belts never go out of style. A fashionable belt is a great way to add interest to an outfit, but not all belts fit every body type.

Athletic body types: Medium-width belts are great for highlighting a lean frame. This body type can most easily sport belts around the hips, which adds curves to an otherwise narrow frame. In order to pull this look off with pizazz, make sure the belt is proportional to your shape.

Jennifer Anniston, courtesy of the Tastemaker Diaries

Petite body types: The skinnier the belt the better for this body type. Petite frames look great in skinny belts wrapped around the smallest part of the waist, especially when wearing loose-fitting tops or dresses. A thin belt can add dimension to a smaller figure, making you look taller and less short-waisted.

Vanessa Hudgens, courtesy of InStyle

Curvaceous body types: There’s nothing like a waist-cinching belt to show off curves. Women with rounder hips and tiny middles do best with medium-width belts. You can dare to go a little wider with your belt, but make sure it enhances your waist line rather than add bulk to your silhouette, as demonstrated so elegantly by Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks.

Christina Hendricks

Whether its rugged leather or stretchy spandex, belts are an easy way to accessorize an outfit… so always remember to buckle up 🙂


Links of the Week

I die… Rachel Zoe’s high school year book photo. Check out those bangs!

Last season’s Project Runway winner Seth Aaron (who is awesome and just happens to be from Portland) is debuting his line at Portland Fashion Week in October. I am definitely going to have to check it out!

Target collaborates with T+P designer Dolce Vita on a new shoe line. They will be focusing on leather this fall, featuring a fun motorcycle boot, a military-inspired oxford and other shoes.

MAC makeup cancels controversial Rodarte ‘Mexican inspired’ line. Check out why here.

Real Simple magazine features T+P designer Sanctuary!

Millionaire Matchmaker’s Patti Stanger and Elle’s Joe Zee team up to create the perfect date looks!

Get ready to have the Kardashians invade your home a little more! They signed on to launch their own line of home goods.

Fall’s hot hairstyle: the Flapper Bob? Check out celebs who have done it.

Happy Birthday to Betsey Johnson who turned a fabulous 68 this week!

Links of the Week

Rachel Bilson loves her some Paige Premium Denim

Have a job interview in the fashion industry? Check out this and more guides for what to wear to creative and corporate job interviews!

The Everygirl’s guide to fall’s top styles. Also, speaking of interviews J needs a new daytime gig. We’re super impressed by the effort she puts into her blog everyday, just imagine what she could do for your company.

Loving this Dallas, TX home interior featured on Apartment Therapy this week. Makes us just want to curl up and finish off our summer reading list this weekend.

Hot, late summer weather wreaking havoc on your hair, check out this Daily Candy video on giving yourself a salon-quality blowout.

How We Style It!

One of our biggest requests we have from clients right now is “transition pieces, please!” It’s that time of year when fall is on the mind, but the thermostat is still bursting. Layers are still out of the questions, but here’s an easy way to take a great tunic and transition to fall, while still savoring those last few sweet drops of summer. We love this Piko1988 Tunic ($59) paired with the Joe’s Jeans Honey ($158) and the Steve Madden “Bride” ($79). The look is simple, easy to pull off and both the tunic and jeans can be worn all year-round.

How do I make this tunic work for early fall when it’s cold in the morning and hot by the afternoon?

Take the Tunic and denim into Fall: Pair the tunic and denim with a heavyweight twill jacket like this one by Freebird and add a fabulous pair of boots by Seychelles.

Pair the striped tunic with a heavy pair of heather gray leggings, boots and the ever popular surplus jacket.

T+P Designer, Sanctuary, is featured in the latest issue of InStyle Makeover. The Elbow Patch blazer brings a collegiate sensibility to soften the otherwise hard-edged trends for fall. Pair this blazer with dark straight denim and riding boots to embrace the lecture hall life or consider teaming up with a full skirt and heels to create a creative and feminine look.