Valentine’s Day in Nashville!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Still figuring out the perfect date night outfit? Or perhaps you don’t even have plans yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on both fronts. We’ve put together some fabulous ensembles that will hopefully inspire you to do something fun whether it’s with your better half or your favorite group of girl friends (Gal-entines Day, anyone?)!

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Dress- Girls From Savoy sz 4 $48

Vest- no label sz XS $16

Booties- Soda sz 6.5 $24

Necklace- Worth $28

Enjoy a night of laughs with your loved one at Music City Improv’s monthly show on Friday February 15th in a boho chic ensemble!

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valentines day 4valentines day 3Dress- Vintage sz 4 $28

Cardigan- Fornarina sz S $10

Cap Toe Maryjanes- Stuart Weitzman sz 7 $48

Necklace- Lydell $36

Make your reservations now for a lovely gourmet dinner at Margot in East Nashville. We’ve paired a floral vintage dress with a retro inspired cardigan and sweet cap toe heels!

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Blazer- Rachel Rachel Roy sz 4 $32

Blouse- Ann Taylor sz 8 $24

Jeans- J Crew sz 29 $24

Spike Heels- Stuart Weitzman sz 7 $140

Earrings- Betsey Johnson $20

Grab your favorite gal pals and head to The Belcourt for a showing of Amour. Not feeling the love? Then see the next installment of the SEVEN UP! documentary series, 56 UP! Dress up your favorite skinny jeans with some blingy Stuart Weitzman spike heels, but be careful on those Hillsboro Village sidewalks 😉

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Dress- Free People sz M $68

Jacket- Camilla & Marc sz M $100 (on sale from $400!!)

Boots- Dolce Vita sz 6.5 $100

Necklace- $36

After your fabulous dinner at Margot, go and hear some great local live music at the winter East Nashville Underground shows (Friday & Saturday Feb 15th & 16th!). Don’t have a great statement jacket to pair over that cozy knit dress? We’ve got a great selection of leather, faux fur, and funky pieces like the buckle detailed one above.

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Dreaming of Denim!

Denim – it’s an all-American classic, a trend that will never seem to go out of style. Each season new ways to wear it seem to surface, but you just can’t go wrong with a great pair of jeans or a classic riveted jacket. Do you share our love for this iconic twill textile? Check out some fun ways to wear the pieces we have in store now, below:

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Denim Blouse- Eddie Bauer sz S $12

Mustard Satin Top- Kersh sz M $16

Lace Skirt- Ann Taylor sz 10 $18

Necklace- RJ Graziano $28

Dress up a classic denim blouse with lace and satin! We paired our dark denim with yellow and raspberry jewel jones for a chic yet understated look.

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Plaid Shirt- Isabella Sinclair sz M $28

Taupe Zip Up- Eloise sz S $40

Embroidered Denim Vest- sz M $12

Purse- Melie $24

Bangles, $2-3

Jeans- Pikro sz 24 $68

Crocheted Hat- Ava Rose $16

 Marching to the beat of your own denim drum? Rock a kitschy embroidered vest! We layered ours over a plaid blouse and some fun rust colored pants. Pile on the bangles and you’re good to go!

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Floral Blouse- Ralph Lauren sz M $20

Turtkleneck- AG Plus sz M $16

Necklace- Urban Outfitters $6

Jeans- Diesel sz 24 $17 (75% off from $68!)

You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of dark jeans. Cuff a pair of skinny Diesel jeans and pair them with any combination of layered tops. Complete the outfit with some pointy toe flats!

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Long Sleeve Top- Merona sz L $12

Graphic Top- F21 sz M $12

Denim Jacket- Nic & Moe sz S $60

Belt- Sz S $12

Skirt- White House Black Market sz 4 $9

Necklace- $4

Tone down a wild outfit full of fun graphic prints with a fabulously soft chambray jacket!

Stay tuned, next we’ll show how our fabulous customers are rocking their denim pieces!

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

The Runway Recycled: Inspired by Pastels!

The weather may still be cold and dreary here in Nashville, but we’ve already started daydreaming about spring! The florals, the color palettes, and of course, getting to put away our heavy winter coats. Inspired by some of our favorite Spring 2013 Runway looks (below), we put together some pastel-colored ensembles that will tide you over until the weather warms up!

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*All above photos are from Style.com

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Lavender Dress (shown as a top)- Rebecca Taylor sz S $80

Hooded Sweater (worn underneath)- Oleg Cassini Sport sz S $24

Skirt- Pure Jill sz XS $16

Necklace- $24

Belt- Banana Republic sz S $12

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Green Linen Blouse- Tin Lizzie sz L $40

Cardigan- Guinevere sz S $32

Jeans- J Brand sz 28 $88

Belt- Banana Republic sz S/M $10

Scarf-$12

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Cardigan- Loft sz S $16

Lace Top- Topaz sz S $12

Printed Tank- Sparrow sz S $28

Green Bellbottoms- BDG sz 28 $36

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Strapless Dress- J Crew sz O $32

Lace Top- Ella Moss sz S $24

Crocheted Sweater- Free People sz S $28

Necklace- Talbots $18

Scarf- Cashmere $24

And just a reminder, all of our winter items are on sale 25 to 75% off to make room for fabulous new spring pieces!

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

The Rule of Thirds: How to Dress Proportionately!

We all know the importance of dressing for your shape, but did you know there’s a specific math to it? We’ve been reading up about the Golden Mean of Fashion- it’s all about choosing pieces that break up your outfit into thirds!

We know, fashion and math?! But stay with us, it’s worth it! So why is this important? Dressing in uneven proportions elongates the body and is aesthetically pleasing. Basically you want to avoid cutting your body in half with the pieces you wear, because it makes you look boxy and unflattering.

We’ve put together a few outfits below to show you how you can use the rule of thirds when you get dressed every day:

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Sweater- Moda sz M $40

Blouse- Vintage sz M $32

Knit Pencil Skirt- American Apparel sz S $20

Wooden Bead Necklace- Happiness, $28

Long Necklace- $36

Metallic Heels- Jessica Simpson sz 8 $18

Pair a longer sweater with a pencil skirt for crisp look that puts 2/3 on top, and 1/3 on the bottom. It’s also important to note that the pieces both have the same lines, which helps elongate the body even more.

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Purple Dress- Amanda Uprichard sz XS $35

Blazer- H&M sz 4 $20

Belt- The Limited sz S $2.50

Metallic Heels- Jessica Simpson sz 9 $6

In this look we used color to break up the outfit into thirds. Pair a mid length shirt dress, and a long blazer in bright colors for a fun office appropriate look, and belt it to keep it from looking boxy.

rule of thirds 3Wrap Sweater- Krisa sz M $100

Leopard Top- Jones NY sz S $3

Denim Blouse- Eddie Bauer sz S $12

Skirt- Theory sz 2 $66

Necklace- Talbots $24

Perforated Heels- Seven for All Mankind sz 5.5 $51

If you’re a long skirt lover, make sure you’re wearing them with tops that are not too long (For example, you should not pair a long sweater like the one we used in the first outfit with maxi skirt!) . This ensemble puts 1/3 on top and 2/3 on bottom. You can still have fun with layering (you know we do!), just make sure you’re mixing pieces that are the right length for the skirt. And like the look above, the belt on the cardigan sweater cinches in the waist to give your body definition.

Did you know we can help you put together outfits if you come in and shop? If you need help figuring out this whole Golden Mean thing come and see us 🙂

Enjoy your fabulous Thursday!

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Layering: Inspired by Lucky Magazine

Happy New Year! We’re back from our holiday break- well rested and ready to share more fabulous finds. Yesterday we were flipping through the latest issue of Lucky Magazine and found ourselves inspired by their article about layering. We loved how they showed the progression of each outfit by adding more and more pieces to it. Check out our take, below, with some of the great pieces we’ve got in store now:

Look 1:

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Sweater- Club Monaco sz S $17

Skirt- Marni sz S $50 (on sale from $200!)

Necklace-$16

Start out with a simple sweater and swing skirt for a classic, easy look. We know you can rock this ensemble, but let’s see what we can add to it to give it more interest!

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Watercolor Print Dress- (worn as a blouse) Lela Rose sz M $400

One of our favorite things to do here at Designer Renaissance is to pair unexpected pieces. We layered this watercolor shift dress under the skirt to look like a blouse. This works best with a thin dress, but if that is still too much bulk for you, a short sleeved blouse will work fine for this look too!

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Scarf- $24

A cozy scarf adds new texture to the outfit, and keeps you warm in this bitter January cold.

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Corduroy Jacket- H&M sz 8 $7

Lastly, throw on a fitted jacket or blazer. We love that it’s open at the top so you can still see the printed top underneath. Voila!

Look 2:

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Sweater- Autumn Cashmere sz S $36

Teal Jeans- Love Fire sz 6 $16

Necklace- $18

For this look, we started off with a fun, bright pair of skinny jeans and a soft cashmere turtleneck. Come on, Plain Jane – let’s liven this ensemble up!

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Printed Tank- Lovely Day sz m $10

Layer a printed tank to add a pattern and more color to the neutral top!

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Ruffled Scarf- Renee’s NYC Acc $18

Again, throw a scarf on for added texture- this one’s ruching takes the outfit in a funkier direction.

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Cropped Jacket (It’s reversible!)- Diane Von Furstenberg sz 2 $30 (75% off from $120!)

Add a cropped textured jacket for a layer that’s ladylike but not overdone.

Look 3:

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Leopard Blouse- Ann Taylor sz M $4

Skirt- Express sz 6 $12

Short Necklace- Vintage $18

Heart Pendant- $12

Don’t be afraid to layer on the necklaces! Gold looks especially fun over leopard print. Channel the 1960s trend by tucking the blouse into a classic black mini skirt. We’re not done yet, though!

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Gray Cropped Cardigan- Charlie & Robin sz XS $10

Bring in a neutral with a cropped thickly knit cardigan, and scrunch the sleeves a bit so that the leopard blouse cuffs peek out.

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Jacket- Beppa sz M $36

Take the ensemble in a totally different direction with a Peruvian style jacket! The animal print in the blouse is the perfect complement to the rusty brown and reds in the jacket.

The best part of all of these outfits? You can mix and match the different layers to create multiple ensembles! Come and see us and let us help you put together a fabulous layered look of your own 🙂

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance