Spring Has Sprung

cherry-blossomSpring is the season of letting go and starting fresh. There is nothing more therapeutic than cleaning out your closet; out with the old, in with the new. After all is said and done, you step back to admire all of your hard work and you can’t help but get a sense that you are renewed as well. We here at Retail Therapy hope you give yourself a moment to recognize this. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, smell the scent of flowers drift in the air, and know that as the seasons change, so do you. As the flowers bloom, so do you. Allow yourself to be open to the endless possibilities and new adventures summer may bring. We can think of no better way to prepare than to have a few fresh frocks and fun new outfits.

Let’s face it- we’ve all said it. The ultimate excuse, the never-ending clothes-but-no-clothes-crisis,IMG_1216 and the cry heard ’round the world: “I have nothing to wear”. Out of all of the things that could hold you back from enjoying these warm days, your clothes should not be one of them. You’re much more likely to say “yes” to any spontaneous invitations if you have something you are excited about wearing. A sundress could be like your knight in shinning armor, twirling with you out the door, and saving you from hiding away in your home watching Netflix all day. This floral beauty can be thrown on at the spur of the moment with a messy top-knot, some Wayfarers, and some broken-in sandals for a quick, flirty look. The only accessories you’d need are a great tan and a cross-body to throw everything in at the last moment. Or, give yourself some more time, put some curls in that mane of yours, step into some strappy wedges and finish it off with a ladylike purse (like this amazing Lush Leather cutie we’re donning here) and you’re ready to go for a brunch date in the sun or even a bridal shower.

IMG_1198Speaking of bridal showers- wedding season is definitely starting, isn’t it? Well, lucky for you, you can wear white to a bridal shower, and even luckier for you, we’ve got the most darling white dress ever. This Catherine Malandrino sheath dress is as soft as it is sweet, and could be worn with any sort of bright colors, or toughened up a bit with black accessories. Maybe even cinch it at the waist with a belt for some contrast.

And for the ultimate Spring awakening outfit to lead you right intoIMG_1194 the summer months, try this shorts-cami combo. With a fresh bouquet of exotic flowers and a light as cherry blossoms tank to match, this look is girly, fun, and easy to wear to the park or the beach. Pair it with flats or heels; cover up with a biker jacket or a chunky cardigan; carry a clutch at night or a boho bucket bag for day. You won’t be able to help but stop and smell the roses in this getup!

So, when you start clearing out your closet and need some ideas for fresh fashion, breeze by 2086 Chestnut for some refreshing Retail Therapy!

 

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The Beauty of Basics

As you all well know, we here at Retail Therapy cannot get enough of wild prints and fun patterns. But, there is something to be said about basics. To be honest, they get a bad rep with that name. “Basic” sounds so… boring. But, in reality, they are anything but. A basic white tee can be worn with a leather mini-skirt to create an chic, alternative look. And what goes better with your printed palazzo pants? A solid, black camisole, right? Of course, the best canvas for a bright red lip (which we never tire of) is always jeans and a tee. So, basics may be “basic” but they can be real game changers, too. So, we’re giving them the credit they deserve in this post, and of course, showing you some amazing looks that we’ve got here at 2086 Chestnut. Just some basic Retail Therapy, ya know?

IMG_1133The other great thing about basics is that you really notice details much more when they are set against a simple background. For example, this Alexander Wang crew neck t-shirt. From afar, it looks like a very soft, very flattering t-shirt, right? Well, it is that, no doubt about it (C’mon, it’s so flattering that our personal shopper here felt comfortable enough to actually show her face!). But takeIMG_1139 a closer look at it and you can see that it has very fine ribbing and a sheer collar that would probably go unnoticed in a different style. And, look how amazing this simple yet beautiful London Manori double ring gold-filled necklace looks resting upon the soft, heather grey of the t-shirt.

IMG_1125Anyone who thinks basics are black, white, and boring could not be more wrong. This feather-weight, army green tee is anything but boring. For one thing, the color is universally flattering, and should pretty much be a staple in anyone’s closet since it goes with everything (even different shades of theIMG_1130 same color!), and the high-low hem and flowing shape create a shirt that can be worn dressed up with some nice trousers and heels, or dressed down with boyfriend jeans and a scarf for coffee in the sun. And, we couldn’t help but throw in another London Manori necklace to show how pretty this top looks with a little bit of bling.

IMG_1143This tank top is definitely not your typical white tank top. The ribbing and soft fabric are that of your favorite t-shirt, but the grecian inspired draping is unique and can be worn for a night out or a morning in. What’s really great about this top is that the draping in the front hides any sort of lumpsIMG_1145 or bumps that sometimes white t-shirts tend to highlight. The bag we’ve paired it with is a fun twist on a basic hand-bag in that it can also be worn as a backpack. Who’s basic now?

IMG_1192For this last look we are digging into the personal closet of one of our personal shoppers. She has paired her Retail Therapy grey crop top with a striped, jersey pencil skirt and her favorite booties. Now, when you see this outfit, do you say “Look how boring that t-shirt is!” or “Look how cute that simple t-shirt looks with that skirt!”? That’s what we thought.

So, come into Retail Therapy on 2086 Chestnut Street to replenish your basics supply, and to try out some different outfit ideas with our expert stylists!

 

 

Woodstock Revival

Coachella-2013-Live-Stream-Channel-1Festival season is upon us, and the mismatched mavens and sparkle unicorns are starting to rear their trippy heads as the weather gets warmer and the hype gets hotter. As excited as we are about the fashion and the music, we can’t help but long for a simpler time, when music wasn’t about fashion, but about music! Woodstock epitomized the flower child- not just the clothes, but the attitude. As a matter of fact, the clothing was very unimportant (c’mon,tumblr_njq5lz345J1tld2y0o3_500 we’ve all seen the photos of the bare-bottomed men and women dancing around in the mud). Ok, ok,we’re reminiscing of a time long gone, so let’s get back to the issue at hand- festival fashion. This year, we’re not going to get dressed with our eyes closed in hopes of having the most outrageous outfit. We’re going to pay homage to hippies, and wear some Woodstock-inspired pieces, like the ones you’ll see below!

IMG_0983The first piece we’ve got is a simple tank. It looks great paired with skinny jeans, as we’ve done here, but it would also be great with cut-off shorts. It’s so soft, and hangs just perfectly in the front and the back that it’s just slinky enough without revealing too much. And the navy blue and white floral print inspires peace, love, and happiness in anyone who takes this cami home with her.IMG_1041

Speaking of cut-off shorts, we’ve paired our Retail Therapy Signature 8 high-rise cut off denim shorts with this flower-power crop top. The cap sleeves can be worn on, or as we’re showing here, off the shoulders for a super-cool, laid-back look. Pair the whole look with black tights, booties, and your very own aqua impala, and you’re good to go for the road to Coachella.

IMG_0992The next look is free love at its finest, with dolman sleeves and a short hemline. It can be worn as a dress or a tunic, and paired with sandals or slouchy boots, it’s perfect for listening to music in the sun. And speaking of IMG_0978flowing dresses, this last one epitomizes boho-chic with low cut neckline in the front and back, adjustable straps, and an uneven hem. It’s so airy and free that it even has our personal shopper giggling gleefully in the sun.

Before starting your festival frenzy, come into Retail Therapy on 2086 Chestnut Street in the Marina and stock up on Woodstock wear!