Wednesday, August 31, 2011


How gorgeous is this Naeem Kahn sequin gown? Simply perfection.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Here we are, loving the cropped tee shirt again. This time we've paired it with a narrow, higher waisted skirt. We are digging the casual feel this cropped shirt is giving what would otherwise be a somewhat prim skirt. Tee shirt H&M, skirt vintage, heels Chinese Laundry, and necklace from the Kennecott Copper Mine gift shop. There are also great cropped tee shirts at Zara, Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yes, this is an entirely designer look (Rick Owens jacket, Helmut Lang shirt, Chloe skirt, Lanvin shoes, Proenza Schouler bag), BUT you can find similar pieces to recreate this look in a much more affordable way. There are faux leather jackets at Target and Lulu's that will get you in on the moto trend without breaking your budget and a  Trouve skirt from Nordstrom that is high end looking but much more affordable than the Chloe one Anja Rubick is wearing here. What a lovely way to start the transition into cooler weather.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


We love pieces that have that special something - a distinct detail or something that keeps the clothing out of the ordinary. We even worked with a stylist once at one of our photo shoots who would describe beautiful clothing with detailing as 'special',"Oh, this blouse is special....and this dress is really special with all these ruffles' etc. It got repetitive after a while but the description has kind of stuck in my head. I'd have to say this silk blouse has some special pleating that makes it, well, special. Blouse vintage, jeans and belt Urban Outfitters, bag from Target, and Michael Kors wedges. Also, I happened to be wearing just this outfit when a correspondent for another fashion blog took my picture. Check it out here. The See by Chloe and Joie tops she suggests are really pretty.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Inspired by the Tommy Hilfiger ad campaign for this year - "Meet the Hilfigers" - this is definitely a reference to the polo/nautical/tennis look suggested.  We've unearthed our inner Hilfiger (or Royal Tenenbaum) and donned the red white and blue combination. The sweater is vintage, pants are H&M and flats are Kelly and Katie. By the way, if you happen to have the preppy look down you could snap a shot and send it to Tommy... you never know, you could end up spending a "prepped-out weekend" somewhere.

Friday, August 19, 2011


I think you know by now that we think Valentino's recent collections are to-die-for, but his latest Fall 2011 Couture show out of Paris is out-of-this-world and a modest girl's dream show. With this collection Valentino again proves that the chic-est and most modern shape for evening is cut up to the neck and down to the wrists, knees and ankles. Nothing skimpy here, just pure elegance. We've shown a few looks but the whole collection is so beautiful. You should view it here...

Remember, runway looks are taken as inspiration. We at Thread Ethic are lovers of lining sheer pieces, buttoning lower necklines, etc, etc. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


The summer isn't over yet, which means you probably still have a few weddings to attend. What to wear? Why, a perfectly sleek Mad Men-esque dress! This dress is vintage but Banana Republic has teamed up with Janie Bryant, the costume designer for the hit AMC 1960's television drama, and is offering Mad Men inspired clothing. You'll find the line full of lovely, ladylike dresses and skirts that will give you that polished, retro look. You can also easily go online to sites like or Ebay and find the real deal - actual fabulous vintage dresses from the 1960's.

Monday, August 15, 2011


This is one of our favorite dresses lately - it reminds us of the cool, boxy shift dresses with crew necklines that came down the Calvin Klein runway. You can find similar looks at Shabby Apple and Zara, though if you're on the taller side this one at Zara may be a bit too short for you (one of us girls here at Thread Ethic is shorter than the other so this dress would probably be modest on only one of us).

Friday, August 12, 2011


We have been loving these gorgeous dresses from the Miu Miu Fall 2011 collection for a while now. Young Hailee Steinfeld is featured in the ad campaign.We know it's not quite fall yet but we can't help but look ahead...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Who doesn't love a little vintage bohemia in their arsenal every now and then? It's lovely to look and feel authentic in a vintage dress. It's also nice to know that you won't be looking like every mass marketed, crisp trend walking down the street. We found this dress on Ebay.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Bright colors have obviously been prevalent for Spring and Summer but they will be still going strong come Fall. During this last bit of summer we have styled this marigold blouse with our favorite white summer jeans but come fall we can't wait to mix  this bright color into a more rich palette, as was shown at the Proenza Schouler Fall 2011 show. Blouse and necklace H&M, jeans Forever 21, sandals Target.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Isn't she adorable? We want to recreate this modest look pronto. Skirt Club Monaco, T-shirt Helmut Lang, gray clutch Surface to Air. And we love the socks.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


How can a modest girl make the new cropped T-shirts work? Just pair them with high waisted skirts, be they full or penciled. Here we've gone casual in a plaid full skirt and cropped tee, both from H&M, and zipper trim rosette sandals from Roxy.

Monday, August 1, 2011


We had to show a couple fabulous shots taken outside the most recent Paris Couture shows via The first photo is a shot of some of the most sought after fashionistas walking together. Notice that out of the six women visible, five of them are wearing perfectly modest looks (and frankly, the less modest green dress seems to feel less current than the other looks). The colors are luscious and the denim shirt looks great amidst all the vibrancy. The second shot is a better look at Elizabeth Von Guttman wearing the Giambattista Valli dress that seems to be stealing the show.