Scouted: Shop Six Jackets to Replace the One That Got Away

Such a Sell Out: Shop 6 Jackets to Replace the One That Got Away

The look from today's email (make sure you sign up to get on the list if you're not already) is right here, and would you look at that, we have a SOLD OUT situation.

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Unfortunately, this is nothing new over at The StyleShaker. It's something we try to avoid, but our stylists have an eye for pieces that have a tend to fly off virtual shelves in the online shopping world. Fortunately, we have back up plans in place.

Today, a few jackets were scouted to fill in the fashion holes on the above look. Six to be exact and as of this moment, (11/18/13), these puppies are IN STOCK.

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Here they are, one by one, starting at $120 (which is INSANE). So don't be a shopping slow poke. If you like what you see, click. You see styling notes for each piece that will let you know which body type each jacket works best for. Not sure which type you are? Check out our Style Guide here.

All set? Go for it:

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Who can wear it:  The oversized situation here is something a Rectangle body type could carry as long as you have height via mother nature or a heeled boot.

shop the MANGO Oversize herringbone biker jacket

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Who can wear it: Pear body types, this is a great cut for you. The details at the chest and shoulders will help balance out proportions.

shop the MANGO Combi biker jacket

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Who can wear it: Hourglass body type ladies, this is an option for you. The lapel is definitely there, but not overly dramatic so it won't throw off your naturally balanced proportions.

shop the MiH Jeans Denim-sleeved leather biker jacket

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Who can wear it: Pears & Rectangles, this is a great mixed print jacket look for you. There's tons of detail which you can handle on the top half of your shape like none other. Apples, if this was all one color, you could go all-in.

shop the MANGO Monochrome jacquard jacket

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Who can wear it: This wish-list item (i.e. the retail on this guy is no joke, but one does have to appreciate gorgeous construction now and then) is perfect for Rectangle and Hourglass body types. The asymmetrical zip front will add the structure both shapes need to look their best.

shop the Junya Watanabe Herringbone wool-blend biker jacket

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Who can wear it: Apple body types, play with this softer, more subtle take on the biker jacket. The neckline is simple, the asymmetrical zip will work in your favor, and the details on the sleeves bring the eyes to below chest level, keeping proportions in check.

American Vintage Rexburg French terry biker jacket

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend

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sources: 1 French Connection Lorelai Lace Top (www.usa.frenchconnection.com), 2 VELVET Ruby Army Jacket (www.shopbop.com), 3 J Brand 835 cropped mid-rise skinny jeans (www.net-a-porter.com), 4 ASOS Tumbled Leather Shopper With Panel detail (www.forever21.com), 5 FOREVER 21 Standout D'Orsay Flats (www.us.asos.com), 6 Ray-Ban Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.net-a-porter.com), 7 Monica Vinader Baja set of two rose gold-plated rings (www.shopbop.com) 

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The lace detail on the top is on-point for Pear Body Types. You can bring the drama on the top half of the fashion equation every time as it balances out your proportions with your bottom half. The layer of the army jacket on top of the feminine lace is a mix of masculine/femme, but when it comes to working with your body types, this look shows you how you can layer up and stick with the idea of adding to your top half to balance out the bottom half. Keep in mind, it's not about adding bulk or extra volume, and definitely make sure tops don't fall past your hips.

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The super-saturated, dark wash skinny jean is one solid color and dark enough that it will streamline while keeping things casual. If you want to elongate further with the skinny jean, you can add a pump or heeled boot.

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The rest of the look is all about keeping accessories simple. You already have plenty going on with the top and the jacket, so keep the rest toned down. The d'orsay flat is a classic black, but with some subtle hardware on the straps. It's an easy way to add some interest to a basic black flat. The sunnies are a classic Ray Ban wayfarer, but you could always swap things out with an aviator silhouette. The ring and the tote bring the look into focus without distracting from anything.

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Online Shopping List | 8 Jackets for Spring/Summer 2013

It's about that time for another compilation of our favorite, the Online Shopping List. The fashion focus today extends to the outer layer of an ensemble...

When you think of Spring/Summer, you usually don't think of jackets. Unless of course, you're me. I have an obsession with this outer layer and have for years (I blame the first Burberry jacket I tried on at a Neiman Marcus sample sale). My obsession does not discriminate against seasons. No Sir/Ma'm. For me, figuring out how to work a jacket into any fashion equation (it's not too much of a challenge mind you, unless we're breaching ninety degrees in Dallas) is a constant question floating through my mind at any given moment. If you could take a peek inside there (good luck with that), you'd probably also see the, "what's my purpose in life?" question floating around in there as well. Yes,I can delve a bit deeper than surface level people. I love a good Deepak moment just as much as the next spiritual guru-wannabe.

For now though, it's all about those gorgeous layering options on the outside. Cue: eight of our top jacket picks for the season. From a classically unclassic Cavalli print to a clean, bright white pick from Zara, you're getting a little bite of everything.

Bon appetit:

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Time for a quick body type recap...

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When it comes to working with what's best for your body type, it's all about balancing out proportions. When it comes to jackets, the same guidelines hold true (note: I used the word guidelines because there are several factors when it comes to what we wear, no one fruit or shape is going to cover it all, but it will give you a strong fashion foundation to build from).

Knowing what to wear it one thing. Knowing how to wear it in a way that works for your body type? Well, that's something else all together. It's also a question that is the basis of the StyleShaker styling business. Let's get down to it:

To my Apples, my inverted triangles of the bunch, a good call when it comes to jackets, since you want to minimize the bulk on the top half of your body, is to go with smaller lapels and shoulders. No shoulder embellishments or pads for you. Think about pockets, drape-front jackets with gathering at the hem, and back-pleats. It's all about drawing the eye away from your shoulders and possibly bust, and balancing out your top with your bottom. V-necks are your friend as well so use that as a layering piece back to the jacket for added elongation.

Hourglass ladies, go for a peplum any day of the week. Cinch, gather, wrap, whatever you want to do, just make sure you emphasize the smallest part of you, the waist. That's going to be key. You can usually work with almost any silhouette and add some cinching action to make it work for your body type. Keep everything structured and not draped or loose and flowing. Oh, and try out a statement necklace to add some 'oomph' to the neckline as well.

Rectangles, you too can work with a peplum. Anything that has built in contouring and seaming is your friend. Your goal, should you choose to accept it, is to create definition at your waist where there may not be much currently. Easy, peasy. That said, a belt is not your best bet, that will only draw your eye to the part of the body you want to slim SO, use the top and bottom half of the ensemble to create volume, thereby making your waist a bit more defined. Go with a low rise pant or a drop-waist tee/dress under the jacket, use a billowly, loose blouse for added volume on top, and use your accessories to your advantage with a pair of statement earrings.

Finally, last but certainly not least, my Pear people. Ok well Pears, it's all about minimizing the lower half and doing so by emphasizing what you're working with on top. For fuller Pears, a great way to do this is with a solid wrap dress. If you're smaller at the bust line, don't go in this direction though. You're goal is to make your shoulders look a bit broader to balance out those curves below. Jackets should definitely hit no lower than the widest point of your hips. Above that is fine. Actually jackets are an amazing tool for you because they give you that added layer of volume and structure on top without going bulky. Cap sleeves are also your bestie since they help make your shoulder stand out.

 There you have it, pick your body type, pick your jacket, be on your way looking and feeling confident with what you have on. Love that.

 Keep the shopping momentum going strong and continue on to the StyleShaker Closet where our team edits down our top picks and lines them up along the virtual shelves every week. This is where you can really dig into whatever you happen to be looking for. It's the perfect shopping starting point:

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While you're at it, there's always time to get some more inspiration in:

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Get My Look | What I Wear When I Want to Show My Flare

Setting the intention: With everything I do on this site, my intention is simply to inspire you. It always has been and it always will be. Should you crack a smile on top of this, then my day is made. On to the Get My Look post..

Have you ever seen the movie Office Space? Better yet, have you ever watched it on a loop over the course of a weekend after a crazy (read: not-so-fun) week at work? Right, well, I used to do it back in the day, so inevitably, a few lines find their way into my life and writing every now and then. In this case, the line is one Jennifer Aniston delivered when she showed her boss both her 'flair' and her finger.

This time around you won't see any bumper-sticker-quote-buttons lining the fabric of suspenders. Actually, let's hope you never see anything like that EVER on this site. Instead of flair, I'm talking flare. Right. Stay with me...Check out how to pull off a flare leg jean with a little layer of color courtesy of a peach suede jacket:

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Clients often freak out (technical term) when I mention a flared leg on denim. They're picturing a throw back to disco, when all I'm envisioning is a slight flare attached to a classic boot-cut. It's all about a little emphasis at the hem, and when worn with a heel, the look (again, I'm talking a relatively subtle flare here) is ridiculously elongating, let alone flattering because it creates a proportion that balances any silhouette out.

Speaking of silhouettes, the million dollar question that follows 'what to wear,' and then, 'how to wear it,' would have to be: "how do I wear this for my body type?" Logical enough question and yet, it's one of the toughest ones out there.

It's also an incremental piece of the fashion/wardrobe puzzle. You could have the most well-stocked closet out there, and sure, you have some inspiration on how to pull off the pieces, but if you don't know how to pull them off for your body type, then all you have is a full closet with nothing to wear. Sound familiar? I know, it's what makes my world go 'round here at the StyleShaker, and the basis for 100% of the services I offer to my fabulous clients.

Check out what body types can pull this look off flawlessly and how the rest of us can make a couple of key alterations to keep things moving in the right direction, stylistically speaking of course:

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Pears: you can do this but keep in mind just a couple of things. You want the hem of the underpinning (read: tank top, sorry about the retail lingo, after a decade you can take the girl out of retail but you can't take the retail out of the girl) to pop out from under the jacket. This will elongate your torso. Have it hit right at the hips. I repeat Pear ladies, DO NOT get tricky and think that allowing the tank to fall over your bum is a clever cover-up, it just accentuates your naturally beautiful silhouette in the area you don't want to. Also, lean towards a darker wash on the denim. And finally, make sure the hem goes past the ankle. If you have the hem falling too high you will crop the vertical eye-line and lose any extension. Never good.

Moving along...Rectangles, you're all set here. You're made for this and so many other looks so at this point, you should know you've got the universal body type (almost all the time). You're like the O negative of body types, the universal donor if you will. Hemoglobin talk aside, it's time to talk to my Hourglasses. This is a great option for you. Stick with all the notes I gave to the Pear shapes above. And finally, my Apples. I'm going to recommend going with a layering piece that has a bit less bulk. Maybe a more streamlined blazer to throw over in a pop color or cardigan with a peplum.

For petite women, if you don't have a heel nearby or you want to give your feet a break and wear flats, you can do this, but you'd need to go with a boot cut jean and lose the flare leg all together.

You can (and hopefully have) shopped the above look, but things sell out or you may just want to see more options when it comes to the categories above (i.e. a different tank, alternative to the peach jacket, and the list goes on). If it's options you want, then options you shall have. I aim to please. Shop the StyleShaker Closet by clicking below and see where the magic happens:

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I'm a broken record here, but to me it never hurts to repeat something I hold near and dear to the core of what I do on this site.

The StyleShaker is all about inspiration. Shopping inspiration, fashion inspiration, Look inspiration, and now quote inspiration.

It's one of my favorite things to do, share quotes that resonate with me, so I'm incorporating into a few posts, just, cause. Take a minute, take a breath, take a step back and just be for a second. Fill up that part of yourself. Like I said, my intention is to inspire so have at it, and by all means, get inspired:

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Get back to more inspiration when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop:

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Online Shopping List | 20 Just-In Picks This Week

Good 'online shopping list' morning StyleShakers. It's about that time again.

Welcome to the edited, super-condensed, Cliffs Notes (if you will) online shopping list serving up 20 of my top picks from my top shopping spots out there. Thousands of pieces of merchandise hit the virtual floors every week, scratch that, every day. I should know, I managed millions of dollars worth of said 'merch' for Neiman Marcus (in-store and then online) for oh ya know, just a few years (translation: ten).

On the e-comm side of things we quickly realized that the highest click-thrus on our product pages were found right at the 'VIEW ALL' link. And, if you follow the analytics, you'd then see another pattern develop. After clicking on 'VIEW ALL,' browsing would go for about two solid pages of merchandise (about 200-400 pictures of product) and go bye-bye or to another part of the site. The goal was obviously to get the customer to exactly where she/he wanted to go in an inordinately small amount of time (one must factor in the A.D.D. culture we live in), but one can only take so much new product before getting overwhelmed and moving on to something else. Attentions are tough to hold these days.

That's the game. There's plenty more to it, let alone more qualified analytical e-commerce minds out there that can spell it out for you far better than I can. But essentially, that's what's up.

Enter: The StyleShaker and my personal shopping services that have me scouring the web every day for the right pieces to fill in wardrobe 'holes' and/or update things a bit.

I'm here to edit, weed out and boil things down to give you the perfect shopping starting point using not one site, but ALL of my top shopping spots on the web (a 'hit list' I've been developing over the past six years). This is your shopping starting line that should save you time and hence, money (not to mention, I love a good markdown as much as the next girl when I find them).

There are 20 favorites (reminder: these selections are completely unbiased) below pulled from just a few sites (I go little by little; check out last list), but the list doesn't end there. Check out the Closet (link below) to keep the shopping momentum going strong. For now, check out my top 20 online shopping list picks of 'just in' fashion favorites:

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