Big news, y’all! thredUP and Blitsy are teaming up for a Fall Fashion DIY giveaway! If you like fall fashion (duh, of course you do) and enjoy a little DIY action, then this one’s for you. We’re giving away $250 in thredUP shopping credit, and Blitsy is giving away $250 in DIY craft supplies! Click here to enter.
Now that you’re all signed up, check out these fabulous DIY projects the crafty folks over at Blitsy came up with for their newest thredUP finds!
We took a plain, everyday red sweater and added black yoyos and crystal buttons to the collar. The sparkle addition transformed the sweater into a holiday ready top! For the hat, we added a layered felt flower, because, why not?! To jazz up the scarf, we added some super fluffy pom-poms. Pom poms make everything better!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sweater from Thread-Up
- Black Cotton Fabric
- Black Thread
- 19mm Crystal Buttons (6)
- Clover Yo-Yo Maker
- Scarf from Thread-Up
- Clover Pom-Pom Maker
- Red Heart Yarn
- Yarn Needle
- Hat from Thread-Up
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Let’s get crafty!
Step 1: Create 6 yo-yos.
Step 2: Sew your button to the center of your yo-yo. Repeat this step with all of your yo-yos
Step 3: Sew your yo-yo to the center of your sweater.
Step 4: Next, sew one of your yo-yos to the end of your collar. Center your other yo-yo between your two yo-yos. Repeat this on the other side of your sweater with your three remaining yo-yos.
Step 1: Make 6 pom-poms.
Step 2: Leave the two strands of yarn that you used to tie your pom-pom. Trim any long pieces of yarn. Put one end of your yarn strand through your needle and sew to the center of one end of your scarf.
Step 3: Once through, tie a couple of knots in the back with your other piece of yarn.
Step 4: Sew a pom-pom on each side of your center pom. Repeat on the other side of your scarf with your 3 remaining poms.
Love these DIYs? Make sure you enter the giveaway so you can create your own fall fashion projects!
Named the best-dressed celebrity of 2014 by People, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift knows how to work a red carpet. But even when she’s strolling to lunch or a meeting, Taylor (who’s set to release a new album, 1989, next month) generally looks amazing, earning her monikers like “the queen of street style.” Here are three of our favorite casual looks from the lovely Ms. Swift, and how to score them without breaking the bank. To really go full Taylor, don’t forget to top these looks off with a swipe of her signature red lipstick– we like Neutrogena’s MoistureShine Lip Soother in Sheen or L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Rouge in Red Fatale, both of which are under $10.
Flannel and jeans: This outfit couldn’t be simpler, but Taylor gussies it up with cool shoes, a great bag, and of course, those famous red lips. Start with a colorful flannel like this one from American Eagle Outfitters (or even a more muted version like this one from Gap), then throw on some light-gray skinnies like this J Brand pair. High-heeled ShoeMint lace-up boots and a cheerful Forever 21 red satchel complete the look.
A ladylike skirt: This ensemble is both on-trend and office-appropriate, thanks to its ladylike vibe. This accordion-pleated pink Charlotte Russe skirt is a dead ringer for Taylor’s, and looks great with a form-fitting black Splendid tee. Add on a Salvatore Ferragamo satchel and some black Brooks Brothers loafers for the full Audrey Hepburn-esque effect.
Sweet and summery: This ensemble screams summer lightness, but a cardigan could easily take it into fall. Start with an easygoing fit-and-flare dress like this one from Marc by Marc Jacobs or this one by Sparkle and Fade, then accent it with a long gold initial necklace (Taylor is wearing an “S” for her best friend Selena Gomez, but using your own initial is perfectly OK.) A classic beige Ivanka Trump satchel is very ladies-who-lunch, so it’s OK to add a little intensity with a pair of bright-pink peep-toe heels from Vince Camuto.
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.
1. “Would love for him to give examples of great summer to fall transition pieces” – Joelle
Hi Joelle! Thanks for the great question! We are officially into fall, though it might not feel like it in some parts of the country – so this is a perfect topic to discuss. Here are my “Nick Tips” for you:
Add Tights to Your Summer Dresses
Dresses were big for Spring/Summer and I’m sure you have several light chiffon or cotton voile pieces in your closet. These were great for that summer weekend in 110 degree Palm Springs, but what do you do when it’s now 65 degrees? Just add tights or leggings! You’ll still have that casual summer chic feeling, but you won’t be chilly (or get glances from people on the street wondering why you are still dressed for summer). I’m guessing you already own several pairs of tights or leggings, so you can transition your closet from summer to fall overnight.
Accessorize to Blend Summer and Fall Style
My second summer-fall transition suggestion involves accessories, in particular, shoes. You might want to keep wearing that lightweight summer frock or even your favorite denim shorty-shorts, and you can — just swap out your sandals for booties or riding boots. And if the temp gets cool enough, pull on a pair of knee-length boots to add a fall style twist to your basic t-shirt and skinny jeans look.
A third transition suggestion is to keep wearing those great jacket vests that were UBER popular this Spring/Summer. These are cut longer and looser than a traditional long-sleeve jacket with lapels. For summer, these were great with a tank top underneath, and in the fall, you can wear them with long sleeve blouses or t-shirts.
The Easiest Way: Throw on a Scarf!
Not a silky Hermes wrap, but a knit or cotton/wool one that you can wrap around your neck for warmth and style. I love “infinity scarves,” the scarves that are already draped, so all you need to do is put it throw it around your neck like a necklace!
2. “I love prints but I’m stumped on how to effectively mix them w/o looking like an eyesore. Any tips on mixing prints?” — Shervon
I get asked this style question often, and I have the answer! When mixing prints, make sure to stay within the SAME COLOR FAMILY. In other words, if your top is a blue floral print, then your bottom (skirt or pants) should be in the same shade of blue or a complimentary one. If you have blue and white striped pants, you can pair them with a violet blue floral.
And just one more “Nick Tip” when it comes to mixing prints: alternate the sizes of your printed garments. What I mean by that is don’t wear pants with a large floral print paired with a large striped top. Instead pair the large floral print pants with a top that has thin stripes (or vice versa). And if your shape is more pear-like, keep the smaller print on the bottom and the bigger print up top for a most flattering look.
It’s October! If you haven’t come up with the perfect Halloween costume yet, don’t worry. We have an easy solution to looking festive without running out to the costume shop. Halloween nails! We’ve scoured Pinterest to find the the cutest, spookiest, and most glam DIY nail looks of the season — most of which can be created with only a thin brush and a couple of shades that you probably already own.
Mild: Harvest French Tips
These are pretty, festive and fun! Not to mention, super easy to create. All you need is a nude base and a shimmery orange for the tips! Pro tip: Use a pointed Q-tip dipped in polish remover to correct any smudges or mistakes.
Mild: Werewolf Claws
These are cute and clever, but subtle enough that they’d be acceptable at most workplaces. They’re also super easy to create. Use your favorite nude polish to paint a base on the whole nail. Once it’s dry, use a shiny black polish to paint the claws over it. Pro tip: to get the claws to come to perfect points, use sticky notes. Put the adhesive edge on your nail and paint over it to create the straight line. The adhesive is gentle, so it won’t mess us the base coat when you pull it off (just be sure the base is fully dried before you do it).
Wild: Spooky Halloween Trees
We love this DIY because the finished product looks so complicated, but the steps are all pretty simple. You’ll need orange, a darker orange, red, and black polish, and a toothpick for drawing the tree and branches. Simply follow the steps pictured, and voila, spooky tree nails!
Wilder: Jack Skellington Nails
We’re HUGE Nightmare Before Christmas fans over here, so naturally we couldn’t leave this tutorial out. Again, we love that the finished project looks complicated, but the steps are super easy.
Wildest: Frankenstein Nails!
So, green nails aren’t for everyone, but this monstrous DIY is too perfect to pass up. Paint a green base, then use a small bristle brush to paint on the faces. Bonus points for Frankenstein a different facial expression on each nail!
In February, the thredUP team studied the looks at New York Fashion Week to predict the trends you’d be seeing on store shelves this fall. We’re happy to report, we nailed the color trends, but while it’s easy to predict color patterns, it’s harder to know which pieces are going to make the grade for fall wear. Here are five that you’ll be seeing everywhere:
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
We’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.
- 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.”
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
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
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
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
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.