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Jetset Style :: Ode to Boyfriend Jeans

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Editor's Note: In observance of Remembrance Day {Tuesday, Nov 11th} in Canada, we will only be posting on Thursday.

The ultimate weekend look, boyfriend jeans have evolved from trendy to timeless since Katie Holmes pranced around New York in a pair of baggy, pegged jeans six years ago and we all noticed. The look arguably goes back another decade; before we borrowed from our boyfriends, we poached from our dads. The height of 90s high school style was oversized jeans, belted and paired with a tank top, a flannel shirt and MAC Spice lip liner {set to a soundtrack of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Cranberries}.

Whether you call them boyfriend jeans, mom jeans or normcore, this modern classic is a relaxed fit alternative to skinny jeans. The new boyfriend jean is slim and slouchy with endless styling possibilities.

Trip Styler Tip: Feel the breeze in warmer climates by choosing boyfriend jeans over skinny jeans. They don’t cling, they don’t need to be peeled off and they’ll keep you cool especially when they’re ripped and cropped.

Styling tips

  • Show a little skin with heels, sneakers or ankle boots for a feminine touch. Avoid stuffing your jeans into tall boots or rain boots.
  • Perfect the cuff. For a classic look, fold 1” two times. For a casual look, fold 2” two times and then tug down. For a pegged look, pinch at the seam and roll 1-2” two times.
  • Cut your hems 1” above your ankles and toss your jeans in the washer/dryer for some DIY. While you’re at it, slice a couple holes at your knees.
  • A belt, a slight crop top, a tucked-in tee and an oversized blazer or jacket will highlight your waistline.
  • For a laid-back look I saw in Sweden, wear a white tee, bomber jacket or leather moto jacket and low-profile sneakers.
  • For a French look, wear with a crisp button-up shirt and loafers or heels.
  • For fall and winter, wear with an untucked button-up and top with an oversized sweater.

GUYS :: Calling all dads, Seinfeld fans and Obama-on-the-weekend copycats, the boyfriend jean equivalent for men is a lighter wash, relaxed fit denim. For an elevated approach to this style, avoid the clothing section at Costco and opt for a light-to-medium wash, soft, slim cut jean instead of the dark raw denim you’re already sporting.

Left to right: Acne Studios pop it vintage jean, Hope stay patch jean, River Island mid wash ashley boyfriend jean, Madewell slim boyjean, Mother drop out tequila jeans

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

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[images via imaxtree, pinterest, pacific coast news, sincerely jules, song of style, alessia gammarota, victoria tornegren]

Jetset Style :: Right As Rainwear

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Sometimes the weather isn't all sunshine and roses. When the forecast predicts precipitationfrom drizzle to downpoura rain jacket becomes your best friend. And now, more than ever, bad weather doesn't have to compromise good style.

Here are three of my favorite brands of stylish rainwear. I fell in sartorial love with Stutterheim and Rains while traveling through Scandinavia this summer and I couldn't help but track down the unisex camo print coat {shown below} upon my return. When you live in a city that sees over 1,000mm of annual rainfall, you know coats. These ones are so slick, you might even wish for showers. That's crazy talk! They could, however, save your tripand your clothesfrom being a total wash. 

Trip Styler Tip: Wear a sweater when you try on a raincoat so you'll know how it looks when you need to layer. Ask yourself: Is it breathable? Is it tight? Is it bulky?

Stutterheim Raincoats {Sweden}

Styles: Stockholm Bred / Stockholm / Inferno / Opal

Styles: Stockholm Bred / Stockholm / Inferno / Opal

Rains {Denmark}

Styles: A-Jacket / Long Coat / Mac Coat / Breaker

Styles: A-Jacket / Long Coat / Mac Coat / Breaker

Styles: Sevan Cape / Humboldt / Baby Gila / Bonneville

Styles: Sevan Cape / Humboldt / Baby Gila / Bonneville

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

[top image by philip messmann for rains & all other images via brands, collages by @heatherlovesit]

Jetset Style :: Kimonos

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This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

A nouveau boho movement is sweeping the planet faster than you can say flower crown. Less Coachella and more style staple, the kimono is the perfect packable piece for anytime, anywhere travel. 

I wear my kimonos at the beach as a cover-up, with an all-black ensemble of skinny jeans and tank top, over denim cut-offs paired with a wide-brimmed hat {see our favorites here}, or even at the office belted over a slim maxi dress.

Whether you're into cheap and cheerful, fringed and flowing, short and simple, or long and loud, there's a kimono for you at a price you can handle.

Men: Feeling left out? Look for a shirt with a kimono print this Spring.

Trip Styler Tip: Board shops are a great place to begin looking for inexpensive printed kimonos for the beach.

Where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4

Where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4

Where to buy: #1 / #2 / #3 / #4

[top image via spell & the gypsy collective]

Fashion Friday :: Mad for Hats

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This post is written by Trip Styler fashion and lifestyle blogger Heather.

I've accumulated a handful of hats over the years---straw hats for summer, wool toques for winter, ball caps for weekends and my absolute favorite, wide-brimmed fedoras for any d*mn time I please. While working as a television stylist and wardrobe consultant, I learned that there are generally two types of people when it comes to hats: people who think they look ah-mazing and people who think they look TERRIBLE. If you don't think you're a hat person, I challenge you to try some on, and then some more, like you're trying on sunglasses---super embarrassing until you the find the perfect style and fit.

Hats are memorable. They don't just make you and your outfit memorable, they also remind you of the times in your life when you wore them, like a favorite song or band. I can tell you about all the trips I've taken with my Steven Alan Janis Fedora like I can tell you about all the road trips I've taken listening to "Viva La Vida" or Milo Greene.

Here are a few more benefits of hats:
- They're better than dry shampoo for bad hair days.
- They give you an air of mystery.
- They stave off the cold.
- They automatically create a "look."

Trip Styler Tip: Don't pack your felt hat in your suitcase---wear it on the plane to avoid a "crushing" discovery upon arrival.

When looking for a hat:
- Forget trends and go for one that makes you feel fabulous.
- Try it on in person.
- Know your hat size.

Check out my nine picks for timeless toppers that will change your game at the drop of a ... hat.

1/ Rag & Bone wide brim fedora, 2/ Janessa Leone lucy, 3/ Shade + Slouch the alexandra fedora, 4/ Janessa Leone vera, 5/ Iron and Resin ranchero hat, 6/ Catarzi for ASOS classic fedora, 7/ Free People matador hat, 8/ Etudes unisex midnight hat, 9/ Federica Moretti torero hat

More Fashion Friday
Celeb Travel Must-Haves
Make a Statement
Red and Green Reimagined
Shop Seattle

[b&w photos via because i'm addicted, ascot friday, tommy ton for gq, janessa leone]

Fashion Friday :: Shop Seattle

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This post is written by Trip Styler fashion and lifestyle blogger Heather.

I must confess that I've been cheating on Seattle with Portland for the past few years, but the Emerald City has been calling me back. While Portland has tax-free shopping and killer restaurants, its larger neighbor to the north has more to offer than Nordstrom and corporate coffee outposts. Here are a few neighborhood picks -- shops and eats -- away from the established shopping zones of Downtown, Bellevue and the U District, where you'll find unique clothing and lifestyle goods for the discerning, fashion-forward shopper.

Capitol Hill - 10th Ave
Totokaelo makes an impact even before you've set foot inside its doors. It's the kind of shop you can't just walk past; it calls you in. The store has three separate spaces for women, home goods and, most recently, men. Beyond the incredible selection of items from designers like Dries Van Noten, Acne, Rachel Comey, Apiece Apart and Henrik Vibskov, Totokaelo {pronounced toh-toh-kye-oh} sets itself apart with impeccable customer service. Cruise your favorite items online before coming in and save them in your online account to try on in store. Buy a few items and get a beautifully designed card in the mail to follow. It's details that these that keep me coming back -- especially during sale season!

{More great shops on Capitol Hill's 10th Avenue: Elliott Bay Book Company and Nube Green}

Trip Styler Tip: Rest and refuel at Oddfellows Cafe & Bar next door and Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream Shop around the corner.

Ballard - Ballard Ave
Prism is a retail and art space I came across this summer on one of my favorite streets in the city, Ballard Avenue. This restrained yet gorgeously curated lifestyle shop carries home goods, jewelry from local designers like Iacoli & McAllister, apothecary items from Blackbird and both new and vintage mens and womenswear. Only a little over a year old, Prism is the sister space to Capitol Hill's Cairo. On my first visit, I couldn't help but leave with two necklaces, the bangles shown above and a list of must-buy items for my next stop in town.

{More great shops on Ballard Avenue: Ketch and The Palm Room}

Trip Styler Tip: Take a load off and get your eat on at The Walrus & The Carpenter, La Carta de Oaxaca and Hot Cakes.

A Few Other Seattle Gems
- E. Smith Mercantile {Pioneer Square}
- Les Amis {Fremont}
- Hammer & Awl {Madrona}

More Fashion Friday
Falling for Portland
High/Low Fall Trends
Make a Statement

[photos via visit seattle, totokaelo & prism, collages by @heatherlovesit]