Shift into the New Year

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Proenza Schouler splatter crepe shift dress with side slits looks great with high heels and bare legs

fnd_New-Years-Eve-Champagne_s4x3_lg11When one thinks of New Year’s Eve, images of girls scantily clad in body-con dresses immediately come to mind, right? Well, we’re here with a breathe of fresh air to let you breath easy (literally) with some great options that aren’t body-con. Ladies, embrace the shift and sheath dresses! Below, you’ll see just a couple of our beautiful dresses available at 2086 Chestnut Street, so come on in to shop some more options before your midnight kiss tomorrow night! Scroll on to be inspired, and check us out on Pinterest (Retail Therapy), Twitter (@RetailTherapySF), and Instagram (retailtherapysf) to see more of our merchandise and designer duds. Happy New Year!

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This Elizabeth and James silk watercolor shift dress looks great cinched with a belt and nude heels, or unbelted with black tights and heels

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This Catherine Malandrino sheath dress is a stark contrast to the LBDs and glitterati of NYE

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This sequined shift dress leaves them wanting more with its modest front and surprise open back

 

RT Street Style

Living in such a fashionable city, we need to pay homage to the lovely ladies lining the streets of SF everyday- the gals who treat the street as their runway- so we’re dedicating a new blog post to them! Here’s the first of many to come!

IMG_5697_3Katie T. is a fashion buyer, and she was spotted on her way to a birthday dinner wearing a flirty heather grey fit-and-flare dress with an over-sized black cardigan to keep her warm. What got her spotted was her bright red tartan plaid scarf, which she wore simply draped over her shoulders, allowing her silver statement necklace to shine. Her knee-high boots spiced things up, and let just a little bit of skin show- tres chic. Her top knot and red pout finished the look off for a fun yet sophisticated outfit for dinner with the girls. We asked her a few questions about herself, as well, and here’s what she had to say!

personal style mantra: Keep it a little disheveled & add a red lip.
favorite trend: 90’s inspired styling & menswear touches.
trend you can’t wait to see disappear: Palazzo pants
clothing item or accessory you can’t live without: My perfectly-broken-in leather jacket.
fashion icons: Kate Moss, Emmanuelle Alt, and Marissa Webb
Thanks, Katie!
Ladies- think you’ve got what it takes to grace the RT Street Style blog? Well, stay fabulous, and we’ll find you! We’re all over the Bay Area, so all you have to do is keep rockin’ your unique look. And, as always, stop into Retail Therapy on 2086 Chestnut to put together a dinner outfit a la Katie. Until next time! -RT xoxo

‘Tis the Season for LBDs

IMG_1582As Retail Therapists, we know nothing soothes frazzled fashion nerves like a Little Black Dress. Our gift to you this year is our Halston Heritage caped LBD styled for three occasions: work, friends, and family.

IMG_1633Work: Work can be a tricky affair, since you need a balance of IMG_1599formal yet conservative. We love this cape dress belted and topped off with a bright blazer- like our hot pink Elizabeth and James blazer. Throw on some black tights and heels to elongate your legs (see here), and add some pop with some amazing statement jewelry, like this London Manori druse necklace, et voila! A fun yet professional holiday look!IMG_1644

Friends: Pop off those tights, throw on some tan, strappy heels (another way to make legs look miles long!), IMG_1615and paint on some bright lippy (red is our go-to, but a bright fuschia would also be fun!). Trade that black blazer in for a leather moto-jacket and fun clutch, too! Amp up the jingle-factor with some layered gold chains IMG_1638 IMG_1639(the set shown here is actually two sets of chains from RT that look amazing together!) and let that hair hang loose and wild.

Family: Lots of food, nieces and nephews, cousins, grandparents,IMG_1619 parents, etc.- this needs to be the easiest look of all. But, going easy doesn’t mean sacrificing style (you knew that already). This time, we’re pairing the LBD with OTK (over the knee) boots for a fun play on proportions. We say skip the tights for this look, but if you decide to go with it (there are colder places than San Francisco, we hear), try a sheer, patterned pair to make the look a little playful. We’ve cinched it with a pastel pink leather belt from RT, and IMG_1640added our purple statement chandelier earrings for some extra drama. Then, to finish the look off, this cropped tweed jacket is a fun topper.

And, don’t forget to keep things chic even whileIMG_1636 travelling from soiree to soiree! Keep warm with this Theory coat!

‘Tis the Season for Tights!

3eec7b2d6b3250f430b55b5b68fd091dNo girl’s wardrobe is complete with at least one pair of black tights, and this is the time of year when this becomes most evident- especially with the San Francisco climate! And, with the holidays approaching quickly, a pair of black tights make the transition from dressy to casual- and back again- easier than ever. Face it- wouldn’t you be thrilled to have several outfits that effortlessly went from day to night?

One of the best things about tights is that they transform a summer staple- denim shorts- into a year ’round basic. One look that we’re loving here at RT is this new Haute Hippie sheer blouse tucked into IMG_2356our high waisted denim cutoff shorts. This look is perfect for the weekend because it can take you from shopping around with a pair of flat boots, like we’ve shown here, and can transition with a pair of black heels and a red lip for a night on the town. Or, put a more IMG_2371whimsical twist on the look with an airy white Phillip Lim 3.1 top with a white and lavender embellished neckline. The options are endless with the shorts and tights combo!

Then of course, there is the more classic option of tights with skirts and dresses. What’d we’d like to point out here though isIMG_2362 the universally flattering effects of pairing black tights with just about anything. For example, our printed bell sleeve shift dress that we featured in our last holiday installment (see here for some great ideas you might’ve missed!). Pair this somewhat shapeless but short dress with black tights and black heels, and you’ve got legs for days.

And now for a bit of a wildcard pairing (but equally do-able!): a curve hugging, lace pencil IMG_2365skirt with a basic tank tucked in, all weighted with the black tights and black heels. A sexy silhouette is made demure with the black tights, and the finishing touch could either be a black blazer for a more corporate event, or a black leather moto-inspired jacket for a girls’ night out.

Follow us on Pinterest, Twitter (@RetailTherapySF), and Instagram (retailtherapysf) to see more looks with black tights and to keep up with what’s inspiring our fashion philosophy! As always, see you next Tuesday with another installment!

 

‘Tis The Season for Prints!

la foto (19)Deck the halls with crazy, fun prints! That’s right, holiday season has begun, and at Retail Therapy we are more than prepared! What’s that you say? Too soon? We understand- the holidays can be a stressful time, and thinking of outfits for every event can sometimes become more of a chore than a game of dress-up. Come into 2086 Chestnut, and our personal shoppers and quirky collection will help you ease into the spirit and into each occasion. We’ll be dedicating the blog to holiday style for the next couple of weeks, so keep checking in here, on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram for plenty of ideas, and as always- come see us in-store to hash out your Christmahanukwanzika plans!

It’s still early in the season, so here’s a great idea- add a little bit of festivity with some unexpected prints and shapes. A bright floral on a dark background might not be the traditional winter-wear, but surprise everyone with our stylish tunic. Pair it with some leather leggings,la foto (10) and stack some silver bangles under the bell sleeves to up the glamour factor. Or, slip into our swinging shift dress. The neutral palette is perfect with pair with flashy accessories and the best holiday ornament- a bright red lip. It also looks great cinched in with a belt to IMG_4196emphasize a tiny waist, like one of our personal shoppers did here. Mix it up with tights and boots for a daytime look, or step it up in a pair of sky-high black heels for night.

Ok, we don’t want to wear out the holiday spirit before Santa comes, so we’ll walk you through this with weekly installments! Check out the blog next Tuesday for some more great looks (think pencil skirts, cocktail dresses, textures, glitz and glam!). Just a little #RetailTherapy can go a long way!