Scalloping Along

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I’m in love with scalloped edges.  I can’t divulge the details now, but I’ve used the scalloped edge in several ways at my upcoming wedding (I promise to dish after August 7 but want to leave all of that a SURPRISE for now).  My interest in the accent is not newfound, however — I’ve had and dearly loved my Matouk “Scallops” bedding for three years now!

This feminine detailing has defined a number of Chloe’s seasons over the past few years (thanks to head designer Hannah MacGibbon, Chloe has rapidly become one of my favorite fashion lines), and I just can’t get enough of it.

Soon-to-earn-Magpie-Maven-status Kate Bosworth sported the Chloe runway look and just killed in it:

(So did Chloe Sevigny, but she scares me.)  See by Chloe (diffusion line) came out with a whole series of scalloped shorts, some of which are still available on Farfetch, on sale for $181 and at La Garconne, on sale for $206:

I’m not bananas about the silky sleepwear vibe several versions (including the pair above) flaunt, so I’ll pass on them (power to you if you can make them work!) — but check out these fashion-forward trouser shorts from Queen’s Wardrobe ($72, Queen’s Wardrobe):

The editorial style of the shop’s photos leave me absolutely giddy.  I had to do a double take when I saw the price — they honestly look much higher end!  I feel as though you’d be channeling a 70s-era Olivia Palermo in them.  Love.  If you’re not so much into the shorts look, how precious is this little skirt from Urban Outfitters ($59)?!

It also comes in crisp navy and versatile white (white could be the perfect option when worn with a blush-toned blouse if you’re trying to channel Chloe’s runway look).  If you’re like me, however, and often opt for the easy-on, all-in-one DRESS above all else, how much do you covet this Lilly “Pearce” frock ($278, Lilly Pulitzer)?

Ah!  Just seeing it makes me want to make an impulse purchase — perhaps I need it for one of the events leading up to the wedding?!  (No.  I already have 4 white dresses set aside for various pre-wedding festivities.  Drat.)  For something a bit bolder in print, I’m loving this Calypso Mendosa dress (on sale for $99, Calypso):

I’m thinking it would be spot-on with these blue-stone Mystique ankle-strap sandals ($155, Mystique Shop) and this herringbone-patterned Magid brand tote (the style is so unexpected — $70, Endless):

Another bordering-on-boho look incorporating the fetching scalloped edge?  This Vanessa Bruno Athe white silk dress (on sale for $291, La Garconne):

(I’m Very — capital V — into Vanessa Bruno’s stuff at the moment.  She defines chic Parisian streetwear.  I just snapped up her awesome lavender dress at 55% off at TheOutnet and can’t wait to wear it to work with a big pearl statement necklace and my ivory Louboutin pumps — or just as readily with a pair of gold t-straps and an oversized tote for shopping.  Hurry, mail!)  I’d pair the above dress with these street-cool gladiators from Mango (on sale for $39) and this killer Foley + Corinna bag ($395, Bloomingdale’s) for the perfect Saturday shopping getup:

And if you’re of the minimalist school of fashion decision-making (…which I doubt you are if you’re reading my often over-the-top posts), consider adding the above accessories to this unfussy scallop-edged See by Chloe dress (on sale for $252, Otte NY):

With this dress, I think an eye-catching necklace would nicely break up the borderline severity of the torso design.  I’m head over heels for clinking coin necklaces after seeing them all over the place in a spread for Lucky magazine, and this vintage find from Brook & Lyn boutique is right on the money ($85, Brook and Lyn):

Jewelry designer Katie Costello also has some cool little coin-accented trinkets, like this necklace (on sale for $44) and this bracelet ($77):

While we’re on the subject of metallic accessories, how about these scalloped Tapeet flats (on sale for $214, Zappos)?  I dig them, especially with an all-black ensemble (black skinny pants and a trim black blouse) for a Parisian-chic look.

Or, for just a HINT of scalloping, these dainty Gorjana earrings ($50, Gorjana):

I’m equally bowled over by this darling little Anya Hindmarch pouch, which reads: “Manicure Money” ($155, Diani Boutique).  This is truly something I need for myself, as I get weekly (occasionally bi-weekly) manicures…sigh.

And, for a dose of pure fantasy, let’s ogle over two of my favorite pictures from Cherry Blossom Girl’s unbelievable shoot for the designer Alexandra Grecco, whose line features quite a bit of scalloping:

Swooning yet?  In a similar vein of thought, we’ll conclude this post with a fanciful scallop-edged blouse from the Designer Remix Collection at Farfetch (on sale for $181):

I like the idea of pairing it with these Alice & Olivia “butterfly” shorts (also have a kind of “scallop” to them — $188, Shopbop):

And then I’d keep things totally neutral and unfussy on the bottom — maybe just these Enzo Angiolini blush-colored peep toes ($45, Zappos):

(Label lust-worthy Giuseppe Zanotti also has some kickin blush colored pumps for $595 — check them out at Endless.)  I’d mix it up with these funky-cool Lizzie Fortunato earrings ($108, Shopbop):

The above earrings would look equally smashing with this silky peach dress by Ali Ro (on sale for $195, Neiman Marcus):

But — because we aren’t all BRIGHT color people — I’ll include a perfect LBD as the closer: a Catherine Malandrino at an unbeatable price (on sale for $294, The Outnet):

Ooh la la!

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