Nick VerreosTastefully Show Off Your ‘Assets’

There are great, simple fashion tricks to help balance your shape and let you tastefully show off those assets! I love answering this question because small style changes can instantly flatter a figure with a larger bust and reveal sexy (safe for work!) curves.

  • Open up the neckline. This will visually balance your torso. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to expose the “sisters” for everyone to see, but just a hint of a cleavage doesn’t hurt.
  • Showcase the “three-quarter shot”. The three-quarter shot draws focus from the waist up, the area you want to highlight. This is the part of you that your dinner date will see, and guests at an event or party will pay attention to when you’re having a conversation.

Style Suggestions

  • Say YES! To: Open necklines: u-neck, v-neck, scoop neck blouses, shirts, tank tops and sweaters. These tops will expose that sexy clavicle area and balance the top half of your body.
  • Now that you’ve opened up the neckline, you can add a great statement necklace to bring more attention to your beautiful neck and shoulder area.
  • Say NO! To: Cowl tops. These are the tops that feature drapy fabric across the bust; they will add bulk to a busty gal’s already plentiful top half.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 8.53.57 AM(L to R): U-Neck Top, Lane Bryant; V-Neck Empire Top by BCBGMAXAZRIA, thredUP (also available in black); V-Neck Empire Top by Tibi, thredUP

Balance a Pear-Shaped Figure

Do you carry more weight in your hips? OWN it, like Kim Kardashian and JLo! But first, consider a few of these “Nick Tips” to create a more balanced look.

Style Suggestions

  • Say “YES!” To: A-line skirts or dresses — flared, so they just skim your fabulous hips. If you want to bring out your inner Kim K. or JLo, go ahead and look for pencil skirts, but make sure they’re not TOO short. Knee-length or just above the knee — anything shorter will ride up!
  • Add a pair of straight or slim-leg pants to your style list. Look for flat front, tailored pieces. These silhouettes will skim your hips rather than emphasize them.
  • Say “NO!” To: Flared pants! And definitely NO bell bottoms or severe boot cut pants (this includes jeans). And no pleats please! Pleats on pants add more bulk to an area you are trying to minimize.

Triangle Figure Styles

(L to R): A-line Dress, J. Crew on thredUP (size 10); Curvy Fit Pencil Skirt, LOFT; Straight Leg, Tailored Pants, H&M (plus)

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Nick VerreosWe’re excited to have fashion designer, “Project Runway: Under The Gunn” winning mentor and red carpet expert, Nick Verreos here to share his style advice and famous “Nick Tips” with the thredUP community this month— our “September Issue” of styleUP! We’re kicking it off with a series of simple tips from Nick that we can incorporate into our style routines to put our most fashionable foot forward.

Hi there, thredUP fashionistas! I’m excited to bring some of my “Nick Tips” and style advice to EVERY WOMAN here on styleUP. Lots of women ask for helpful tips to dress for their body type. ”What styles will work best for me?” is a common question I hear, and I love answering it! I’ve put together some tips to help YOU look your best. I want fashion to be your friend and to show you that you don’t have to break the bank to look super FAB!

Get that Hourglass Figure! Is your bust-waist-hip ratio similar? Have a rather square-shaped figure? I have some “Nick Tips” to achieve curves instantly! It’s simple. Look for tops and dresses that create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 12.53.50 PM(L to R): Draped V-Neck Top, Banana Republic; Surplice Top by Carmen Marc Valvo, thredUP; Wrap Dress by Trina Turk, thredUP; A-line Wrap Dress, Lane Bryant

Style Suggestions

  • Say YES wrap dresses and surplice tops. Basically, anything that has a diagonal-shaped neckline. This does two things: opens up your neckline (showcasing that sexy clavicle area) and also draws the eye downward, giving the illusion of a curvier torso shape.
  • Look for tops, dresses, and tunics with diagonal gathering. This will draw the eye away from a square shape and helps create that hourglass illusion.
  • Finally, showcase your “underbust”. Look for Empire-line (high waist) tops that define the area under your bust. This is the smallest measurement on your torso, so highlighting this area instantly gives the illusion of a curvier shape.
  • Say NO to shapeless tunics and dresses. They won’t provide any flattering curves! Instead, look for dresses with seaming or tops with that important Empire seam.

Check back later this week for more Nick Tips on dressing for YOUR body!


Nick Verreos received national and international attention after appearing on Project Runway and has enjoyed great success as a red carpet fashion expert and correspondent for E! Entertainment , Style Network, NBC and CNN International. For the past five years, he has been a regular panelist on TV Guide Network’s Fashion Wrap for the Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG Awards, Primetime Emmys and the Academy Awards.Nick Verreos has had a Passion for Fashion long before appearing on Project Runway. In 2001, he co-founded NIKOLAKI with his design and business partner David Paul. His collections of high-end, red carpet gowns and cocktail dresses have been worn by Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria and Carrie Underwood. Last year, he launched his lower-priced NV Nick Verreos dress line in over 150 stores across the U.S. Recently, Nick became the Winning Mentor of the “Project Runway” spinoff, “Under The Gunn”. As a designer, red carpet commentator and throughout his many appearances and events, he has one mantra: “Every Woman deserves her own Red Carpet Moment.”

Way back in February, the thredUP team combed the runways at New York Fashion Week to predict the trends you’d be seeing on store shelves this fall. But the trip from the catwalk to your local mall is a long one, and not every trend makes the jump. Here’s our scorecard on which NYFW trends you’ll be seeing in store aisles and on your favorite fashion blogs (and which you won’t).

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1. Neutrals
What we said then: “Unexpected quilting, lace, leather, and color blocking give a boost to classic black, gray, cream, and camel.”
Did it happen? Obviously, none of these colors are ever truly out of style, but if anything, we’re seeing more color this year (with the exception of black and white– more on that below).

2. Vibrant red

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What we said then: “There’s nothing hotter than a rich, brilliant red, and the shows for Kye, Josie Natori, Tome, and Mark and Estel were filled with candy-apple shades for the fall.”
Did it happen? Oh yeah. You’re going to be seeing plenty of red this fall.
Try it out: Longchamp tote, Vince chunky cardigan, Bettina Liano pencil skirt 

3. Shimmer and shine

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What we said then: “Everyone loves a little glimmer and glamour, and modern takes on shiny metallics were all over the runways this year.”
Did it happen? Absolutely. Cool silver and bright gold tones are especially hot.
Try it out: J. Crew flats, Banana Republic dress, Shoe Mint flats4. Bold prints

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What we said then: “Fun and exciting geometric prints were a Fashion Week favorite this year, served up in shades of modern plum, camel, bronze, and black.”
Did it happen? You’ll definitely see some bold prints, but it’s not a major trend for fall– this trend hit a little early, in the summer, which makes sense given that it’s a more lively, party-centric time of year. The exception, once again, is black and white.5. Black & white

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What we said then: “The eternally dynamic duo stayed fresh thanks to intriguing patterns and fun shapes.”
Did it happen? Yup. Bold patterns, stripes, and swirls in the classic combo are all over the place.
What trend are you looking forward to trying out as the weather cools? Let us know in the comments.
sunniesAs you soak up the last of the summer rays this Labor Day weekend, it’s important to ensure that they stay out of your delicate eyes. Thankfully, sunglasses pretty much define cool, and this summer’s trendy shades are definitely on the mark. We’ve rounded up the hot new shapes that work best on different faces, at a couple of different price points that will satisfy the hardcore sunglass investor as well as the hardcore sunglass-forgetter (don’t worry, we’ve lost our share too). An added bonus: even when the temperatures cool, these shades will last you into the fall and beyond.
 
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The face shape: Wide at the temples and narrower at the chin.
The sunglass shape: It’s best to choose a shape of lens that’s similar to the heart-shape of the face. Classic aviators are a perfect choice, and won’t overwhelm the smaller bottom half of your face.
The affordable option: $19 gold aviators from ASOS.
 
Oval
The face shape: Generally balanced, with cheekbones as the widest point of the face. The chin might be slightly narrower than the forehead.
The sunglass shape: This face shape can pull off the boldest looks. Cat-eye frames, with their exaggerated proportions, will make your face look narrower.
 
Round
The face shape: Round faces tend to have foreheads with a similar width to the chin, and fuller cheeks.
The sunglass shape: Square and rectangular shapes help define the features of a round face.
The affordable option: $6 square shades from Forever 21.
 
Square
The face shape: The name says it all– square faces are pretty much the same width from top to bottom.
The sunglass shape: Round frames balance out the angular features of a square face.

Thanks to lazy days, long vacations, and body-baring temperatures, summer is the perfect time to try on– and show off– a new trend. And as fashion followers know, the big designers are always ready to offer a smorgasbord of ideas that quickly trickle down to average Janes with average pocketbooks. Here are some of the biggest trends going in fashion this year, and where you can score them without spending a fortune.

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1. Slip dresses
Remember those filmy, spaghetti-strapped numbers from the ’90s? They’re back in action, with updated fabrics. Try this affordable black basic from Bcbgmaxazria as a starter.
 
How to wear it: Channel ’90s grunge by tying a flannel around your waist or neck and throwing on some Doc Martens, or layer a striped tee underneath and add some cool oxfords.
 
2. A pastel moto jacket
The classic moto silhouette will never go out of style, but it’s gotten a fresh update in bright pastel shades of pink and aqua green. Or stick with the stand-by colors and save-splurge on this Etiqueta Negra Mujer jacket or classic Markoo Leather moto.
 
How to wear it: Add a touch of toughness over a flowy floral dress, or brighten up a simple skinny jeans and white tank combo.
 
3. Crop tops
These are the hottest thing going for summer, and even if you’re self-conscious about your stomach, there are ways to pull it off. Look for combos that bare the flesh just under your bra line, like a black Adrianna Papell top. Then opt for a long, flowy, bright bottom like this aqua Windsor maxi skirt or whimsical black number, to balance out the bared skin.
 
How to wear it: Since this look is definitely a bit revealing, keep accessories simple: sleek heels and a streamlined matching bag.
 
4. Culottes
We can’t believe it either, but these longish, flared ’70s skirt-pants are very much a trend at the moment. A relaxed pair from ASOS goes nicely with anything formal and fitted– think tucked in button-ups or slim-cut crewneck sweaters.
 
How to wear it: Look for a pair that hits mid-calf and has a flowy feel. Heels are pretty much a must for this look, in order to elongate your legs; try slim stilettos or a pair of mules with chunky, squarish heels. Most of all, don’t wear anything sloppy on top, or else you’ll look like you’re wearing sweats.
 
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5. Ear cuffs
Earrings are so last year. The new trend: decorating one lobe with a long cuff, featuring punky rhinestones or warm rose gold. Add chunky studs in your actual lobes to give it an extra-hip feel, or dip your toe in with this combo earring-cuff.
 
How to wear it: With anything– just be sure to keep it to one ear, and pull your hair back or side-part it for the full effect!
 
6. Knife-pleat skirts
Hello, Marilyn Monroe! These ladylike skirts are perfect for summer, with their loose, flowy, chiffon-y feel. Add a twist to the traditional style with short and colorful picks like this this mint-green one from Last Tango and this one from Forever21.
 
How to wear it: Their classic shape makes knife-pleat skirts exceptionally easy to wear: pair a high-waisted one with a crop top, make it office-appropriate by tucking in a button-up, or dress it down with a chic sweatshirt.
 
7. Tropical prints
This isn’t your dad’s Hawaiian shirt. Leafy, colorful prints are showing up on cute, loose button-ups and tanks that call out for beach days (like this Joie top and this one from Ted Baker), as well as sleek and sexy dresses (this one from Tibi is a head-turner).
 
How to wear it: Like any pattern, you’ll want to ease up on the accessories to let it take center stage. The good news: these prints are full of color, meaning they’ll coordinate with any number of basic tees, tanks, and shorts in your closet.
 
8. Blingy patterns
Pieces patterned with constellations of crystals and beads can still be surprisingly slim and sleek, as recent runway trends have proved. These embellished Zara shorts and bejeweled J. Crew sweatshirt embody the sparkly, yet minimal aesthetic.
 
How to wear it: Avoid looking grandmotherly by keeping your ensemble to one embellished piece, and ensuring the rest of your outfit is sleek. If you wouldn’t buy a piece unadorned, then don’t buy it because it’s bedecked in bling.
 
What’s your favorite trend for summer? Let us know in the comments.

Lupita

A year ago, Lupita Nyong’o was a relative unknown, but the Kenyan-Mexican beauty is now a household name thanks to her Oscar-winning turn in 12 Years a Slave. She’s also quickly risen to iconic status in the fashion world, thanks to the endlessly chic sense of style she displayed in gown after gown this awards season. But even when she’s not strolling a red carpet, People‘s recently-crowned Most Beautiful Woman still looks pretty and put-together. Here are three of her best casual looks, and how you can score them for less.

Pretty in pink: If there’s one thing any woman can learn from Lupita’s style, it’s this: don’t be afraid of bright colors. Time after time, she’s not afraid to wear (and rock) electric shades like this fun hot pink sheath. You, too, can brighten up a night out with a pink dress from Calvin Klein or Trina Turk. With all that color doing the talking, it’s best to keep the rest of your look minimal, with sheer black Anthropologie tights and classic black Antonio Melani stilettos. Add a touch of glitz with some smaller rhinestone drop earrings.

A pop of blue: With its dual powers of slimming everything and going with everything, black tends to show up again and again in our closets, to the detriment of other colors. If, like us, you’re tempted to throw on another mostly-black ensemble and call it a day, steal a page from Lupita’s book and make just one element of the outfit pop, while keeping the rest of the pieces black. She chose these electric-blue pants (here are some similar ones from American Eagle and Rock & Republic), but you could just as easily opt for a bright pink or blue shell and black jeans. Complete the look with a black cotton biker jacket and a crisp, tucked-in black button-up, plus those staple black stilettos.

Office chic: While a typical day at the office for Lupita is giving talks at film festivals, the ensemble she wore above would look great in any business-casual setting. Again, it’s defined by a shot of bold color, this time via some gorgeous coral skinny jeans (try this Jack Wills pair). Add on a sand-colored blazer like this one from Reiss, a simple black shell, and some turquoise ball earrings to echo the jeans’ tropical vibe. And if you need glasses, some chunky Ray-Ban Wayfarers will make you look like the genius that you are.

Got a star style you’re itching to steal? Share a photo or link in the comments, and our fashion experts will work their magic to help find it for less.

hats

Before the dawn of SPF, hats were the first line of defense against punishing summer rays. And while we wouldn’t recommend tossing out your sunscreen, hats are still a chic summer style statement that have the side benefit of protecting your face. Yet many women tend to avoid summer hats, fearing they can’t pull them off. The good news: you absolutely can, and affordably to boot. Here are some of our favorite hats for warmer weather, and suggestions for the best looks to wear them with.

Floppy hats: The workhorses of a summer wardrobe, these will look great with a flowing maxi-dress or a cool bikini and sarong by the pool. By day, you’ll want something made of breathable straw, like this sleek black option from ASOS. As evening sets in and the temperature cools, you can opt for a hat made of fabric or felt, like this classic design from Urban Outfitters.

Panama hats: For daytime exploring while on vacation, this timeless favorite is tough to beat, and it packs nicely in a suitcase, too. Cuyana offers a streamlined version that would look great with a cheerful red dressa light denim jacket, and simple sandals. Or opt for a funky Eugenia Kim hat with a decorative brim, which would look great with a white shift and wild Elizabeth and James wedges in the evening.

Baseball caps: These are definitely a bit trickier to pull off, but with the resurgence in athletic-inspired fashion like baseball jackets and slip-on shoes, there’s never been a better time to try out a fashionable ball cap off the field. For a preppy, put-together look, this chambray J. Crew cap is perfect with white jeans and a crisp green polo. Or go for a hard-edged rocker style with a leather ball cap, paired with a vibrant floral-print dress and a Current/Elliott biker jacket.

Got styling questions when it comes to hats? Leave ‘em in the comments and we’ll offer our advice.

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All of us at thredUP update our closets pretty frequently – and we don’t mind doing it! But we’ll never turn down sage advice on how to make the routine task easier. We recently met Laurie Palau, founder of simplyBorganized.com, who offered some clever organization tips that couldn’t be easier to remember. So we invited her to share them here:

I’ve come up with a simple three-step method for navigating through the daunting task of organizing your closet, whether large or small. I call it my Organizing ESP – not mind reading, but rather Empty, Sort and Purge.

Empty. Don’t try to organize your closet while it’s filled. Instead empty your entire closet into piles in your bedroom. Working with a clean slate allows you to see your space and determine the best layout moving forward.

Sort. As you empty, begin to group like items into five piles: Keep, Relocate, Sell (with a consignment store or site), Donate or Trash. Identifying each item into their proper group will help to keep you from getting sidetracked along the way.

Purge. Typically I apply the one-year rule. If you haven’t worn something in a year you need to get rid of it: either donate or resell it through a consignment shop, or if it’s a keepsake, move it to your memorabilia bin.

Unless you have a large walk-in closet, the only items that should live in your closet are the ones currently in rotation. Cycle seasonal clothes out bi-annually, storing the out-of-season clothes elsewhere! There is no reason your closet should be bursting at the seams with clothes you’re not wearing.

Organizing Expert, Laurie Palau is the founder & CEO of simply B organized, LLC.   A home, work and life organizing service. For additional information on simply B organized visit www.simplyBorganized.com  

forgottenfave

We all have that piece that’s hiding in the shadows and tucked into the back of our closets. It’s not that we don’t love this piece — it’s gorgeous after all — it’s just been forgotten. When we happen to push today’s go-to pieces aside as we dig for a summer clutch or pair of sandals, we’re delighted to rediscover our old pals.  

Want to reunite with your #forgottenfave and win a $250 shopping spree on thredUP? Enter the contest by snapping a photo of yourself modeling your #forgottenfave and share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Tag #forgottenfave and @thredup for the chance to win a $250 thredUP shopping spree! (Note: if you’re sharing on Instagram please make sure your account is public so we can see the photo). 

You have until July 11th to enter. So go on, explore that closet of yours and see what you can find! 

 

 

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Our CEO and co-founder, James Reinhart, was a teacher before starting thredUP and was always amazed by how hard parents (moms especially!) work to get their kids ready to head back to school. We wanted to acknowledge this hard work and treat mom after the hectic back to school preparations. Last year we tested a program called Back-To-You where moms earned cash back for themselves on every item they purchased for their kids.

We’re pleased to announce that this program is back by popular demand! Between July 7th and September 15th, moms will earn 10% back on every item they purchase for their kids. Consider it our way of saying thanks for all your tireless work, and know that a little shopping spree (for you!) awaits.

We’ll calculate how much you’ve earned and send an email notifying you of the credit that has been issued to your account on October 3. You’ll have until December 31st to redeem the credit in the women’s shop. Please note that credit will not be earned on kids’ items that have been returned.

Happy Back To School shopping!

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