Fashion-able: Pour la tête

Brrrr! While we hate to admit it, it’s that time of year again – time for hats!!! From headbands to furs, today on the fourth floor we’ve amalgamated some of our favourite pieces for the fall season. ( the link below each hat for where to buy info.) 

Ever since Kate Moss rocked that gold turban at the MET ball, we’ve been a little obsessed. Not to mention, it’s great for the days when dry shampoo won’t do the trick. 😉 We found a few knit versions online at ASOS that we’re itching to order. 

The classic toque is always a cozy go-to. Worn rolled up or slouched back, it’s easy to throw on and run out the door. 

Headbands give us that retro early-90s vibe – and we love it. 

A warm, luxe statement piece, a fur hat adds a little oomph to any outfit. 

For a different aesthetic, felt and velour hats make us feel like a really on-trend Carmen Sandiego. Bonus points because you can rock ’em all year long. 

                                            Bowler                                                                       Boater.
Bowlers and boaters are great options for the fall/winter season. The difference between the two styles? The width of the brim.

Fashion-able: Mint is the new black.

If you’re anything like us, you’re sick of the sea of black winter coats and are ready to re-inject some colour into your wardrobe. This season, pastels are back in full force and we’ve selected some spring must haves for you. Now, we can already hear Miranda Priestly in our heads, “pastels for spring – how original.” But listen, we aren’t just talking about any ol’ pastel, we are talking about the pastel of Spring 2012: mint green.

These cropped beauties from ALC ($640) offer a fresh take on the classic tuxedo pant. Pair them with a crisp white shirt for a look that can go from office to a night out. If you’re feeling really bold, you can sport it with the matching jacket.

This sheer blouse from Zara ($59.99) is another great option. We especially love the knot collar detail.

Accessories are an easy way to add a pop of colour to an outfit. This perforated leather backpack from ASOS ($60) combines seafoam green with another popular spring trend – athletic wear. We can already picture ourselves sporting this while out for a spin on our bikes.
Acne can do little wrong in our eyes, and these crinkled-crepe shorts ($210) are no exception. We especially love that they’re named after one of our favourite silver screen stars – Lauren Bacall.
Not sure if you’re ready to give up your beloved black and white yet? Then this colour blocked dress from Tibi ($350) is the perfect way to inject a little bit of pastel into an otherwise monochromatic outfit.

Are you on board with the pastel trend?

Fashion-able: Office wear

After we style our hair, but before our morning Americano, we must get dressed. Each season brings amazing options, from the playfully printed to the chicest sportswear. We want to wear it all. And yet, when choosing our trends of choice, we must first consider our settings. 

Not every style fits in with every workplace. Just because you’re working in a corporate environment doesn’t mean you need to be without style, nor does working from home need to mean workout wear and pajamas. Our office-wear guide will help you work looks from the runway to your corner cubicle, open concept or kitchen table with ideas for corporate, creative and home work spaces.

From the fringe frenzy at Dior to the colour blocking schemes at Jil Sander, much of Spring 2011 fashion is bold. Despite the drama, the season also marks a return to fashion simplicity. With a minimalist comeback, fashion girls working in the corporate world need not feel limited.

Inspired by menswear, designers paired black with white for androgynous looks that were starkly simple but clearly current. A.L.C’s Tapered Jersey Pants have the right slouchy-meets-tailored look for any office. Mid-rise jersey with a drawstring waist and front pleating, these cool semi tapered pants have neat draped slit pockets. 

Contrast your black pants, with American Eagle’s Favourite Shirt ($14.95) in white. Made of soft stretchy cotton, this Oxford-style button-up has a chest pocket and double-button cuffs, which make it uber-preppy (in a good way). Complete the look with J. Crew’s Satin Bow Tie ($52). Expertly hand-finished English silk satin, it’s time to get suited up and looking sharp.

Creative Space
Bring on the feathers, rock out in neon and load up on print on print, because in a creative space, almost anything goes. From Prada to Miu Miu and beyond, designers clad their models in layers of fruit prints and polka dots.

Take a cue from the runways, and look spot on with ASOS’s Wilma Draped Pant ($82). The silky pants in black and tan cheetah print have back and hip pockets and a stretchy waist (bonus). Add another print to your outfit with the Black Stallion Blouse ($78) in black and ivory. Mix the horse print top with cheetah print pants, and you’ll be sure to stand out in this wild wear. 

Finally, to sparkle in your printed apparel, clasp on Dannijo’s Lilith necklace ($488). Made by hand with love, the bib necklace has rock chains and Swarovski crystals to balance even the boldest of patterns.

Home Office
Although the line of sweats may come in all the season’s colours, fashion girls working from home must beware of the Free City slump. So toss your hoodies aside for outfits that bring together the best in comfort and style.

Having a major fashion moment, Proenza Schouler offers its wearers not only the latest “it” bag, but also amazing crew neck tees. Available in cream and black narrow bar stripes, the Striped Tee ($375) long sleeve top is a true classic wardrobe staple.

Stay casual-cool wearing your nautical tee with J.Crew’s Minnie Pant ($98) in henna. Deemed the magic pants that look good on everyone, the bi-stretch fabric create a slimming fit that you’ll want to wear day after day. 

And because no casual look could be complete without a touch of denim, layer on Urban Renewal’s Vintage Cut-Off Denim Vest ($58). 

What’s your favourite office-appropriate look? Tweet us @rockitpromo

Fashion-able: Spring Trend Watch

Each season, the fashion-forward watch the runways. Whether sitting in the front row or behind their computer screens, they observe the latest designs from talented designers, mentally noting which pieces they can personally rock. Ultimately, from The Row’s precise androgynous tailoring to Proenza Schouler’s pajama-inspired gear, we can choose only a few pieces to add to our ever-growing collections.

We’ve outlined the top three trends that we’re digging (and digging into our wallets for) for the spring 2011 season. Use this guide to help you make your own decisions – it won’t be easy to choose! 

1. Maxis

If hemlines rise during times of depression, then 2011 should be a very happy year. That’s right, it’s time to move your micro-minis aside to make room for longer styles.

Luxe Label: Reach great lengths with A.L.C.’s Pleated Long Skirt ($693). The accordion-style maxi comes complete with an unfinished edged hem and elastic waistband. Made of lightweight woven polyester, this pleated skirt with ruffle trim is a perfect style basic that’s anything but. 

Cheap & Chic: Nasty Gal’s Pleated Maxi Dress ($78) offers a retro feel on a modern silhouette. Partially lined, this flowy dress has a full rayon pleated skirt, and cinches at the waist with a sash belt. From day to night, in this frock you’ll be a real maxi knockout. 

2. Floppy Hat

The floppy hat is not only this year’s “it” accessory, but it also the best shot you’ve got at getting street-styled. So wear this ’70s comeback head topper and smile for the camera. Bianca Jagger would be proud.

Luxe Label: For a look that’s all casual chic, try Rag & Bone’s Estelle Hat ($150) on for size. This retro-inspired accessory comes in a gorgeous tawny beige wool, with a wide brim and deep crown. The cotton lining will keep you feeling cool and fresh, while the style screams boho-chic. 

Cheap & Chic: Beat the heat in style with ASOS’s Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat ($47). Made of 100 per cent wool with a contrast band, choose this accessory in this knockout shade of cherry red. Trust us. This is one hat you’ll wear even on good hair days. 

3. Tribal Print

In past seasons you’ve gone black, but now it’s time to go back with bold colours done up in equally daring Aztec-inspired prints.

Luxe Label: Return to your tribal roots in Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent’s Long Ruffle Slip Dress ($429). For a colourful take on the tribal trend, wear this silk maxi dress in Zulu print with adjustable spaghetti straps and a ruffled hem. Done up in shades of blue and red, the punch of colour will work on so many skin tones. Try it.

Cheap & Chic: Embrace the call of the wild in Pepe Jeans’ Tribal Printed Sheered Bandeau Maxi Dress ($73). This vibrantly patterned maxi dress with multicolour stripes and shapes has a belted waist with a tassle, and as cool a ruffled hem as the dress above (but for a fraction of the price). With a bandeau-style top, this look is all fashion Aztec warrior. 

Luckily, with spring comes some killer style that will break you out of your winter blues. Two more months to go!