Holiday Gift Ideas

We haven’t even broken off a turkey leg yet, but we’re going to go ahead and accept that it’s time to start thinking about holiday gift ideas. This year our holiday gift guide features some of our favorite new arrivals, and fit nicely in a stocking (and a limited budget). From blinged-out watches to snuggly sweaters, the For Elyse elves have been working hard to bring you the best of the best in this year’s holiday assortment! Perhaps with the extra time and money you’ll be saving you’ll be able to get a little something for yourself – one for you, one for me…Cheers!

Give the gift of time…no really! These watches feature perfect holiday colors and a touch of sparkle.

Berry WatchTime Flies By WatchRight On Time Watch

From left: Time Flies By Watch, Right On Time Watch

Snuggly sweaters…the universal gift. Who doesn’t love a cozy cardigan?

Lush Coastal Winter SweaterDreamers Tribal CardiganSnuggle Up Cardigan

From left: Coastal Winter Sweater, Aztec-nically Cardigan, Snuggle Up Cardigan

Sparkly knit headbands…they fit perfectly (in your budget that is).

Snowflake HeadbandJoia Knitted HeadbandDaisy Dreams Headband

From left: Jeweled Snowflake Headband, Joia Purple Knitted Headband, Daisy Dreams Headband

What do you think of our holiday gift guide? For more ideas be sure to check out our New Arrivals and Accessories on!



Get The Look: Miley Cyrus!

Last week Miley Cyrus was spotted in Los Angeles wearing a unique overalls/ crop top outfit that we just loved! With that in mind, today we’re taking you through a few different ways to recreate this super cute look!

Miley CyrusWe’ve put together a few different options for you to recreate this cute, seasonal look. In the photo below, the overalls on the left are our medium wash Denim Overalls from Big Star! They’re super soft and comfy, and to get the Miley look we recommend pairing them with the Malia Lace Up Boots from Soda. These vegan leather black boots feature a zipper on each side for a look that’s cute with a little edge.

overallsIf you’re more a fan of the light wash look, try our Little Bit Country Overalls from Sneak Peek! We love how these feature lace detailing on each side, for a hint of playfulness. You might try pairing these with our Autumn Lover Wedges from Soda. With a high wedge heel and lace up front, these are flattering and really on trend!

overallsAnd now, onto crop tops! Miley paired her denim overalls with a dark crop top, so to get her look we recommend either the Crossfire Crop Top from Lush (left), or the Up To No Good Crop Top from BLVD.

crop topsIf you want your denim overalls look to be a little lighter, try pairing them with a nude-colored lace crop top like the ones below. For a little more coverage (or slightly more warmth), try a long sleeved crop top like the Take Me Away Crop Top from Blu Pepper (left), or the Romantic Getaway Crop Top from Lush.

crop topFinally, to accessorize your Miley lookalike outfit, try layering some necklaces and wearing some simple post earrings. We love the Natural Crystal Necklace, and Sweet Frances Earrings show below.


That’s all for this installment of Get The Look! Be sure to share with us in the comments below, how would you wear this denim overalls look?





Trend Alert: Florals!

Some trends are just timeless. Winged eyeliner, the little black dress, and of course, florals! Today we’re taking you through some of our favorite looks featuring florals that we’ve seen over the years, and how to update the trend to be wearable now.

If there were one quintessential ’90s it-girl who rocked florals like no other, it would have to be Drew Barrymore. This gorgeous wild child managed to rock florals at every occasion, from the red carpet to her laid back street style. We couldn’t think of any other it-girl beauty that was a better fit to kick off our homage to ’90s florals!

Drew BarrymoreLiv Tyler/Floral Bustier

FloralsLiv Tyler rocked this lace-up floral bustier during a ’90s photo shoot. We love this updated version, with a trendy peplum hem and zipper closure at the front. This piece is surprisingly easy to dress up or down, by pairing it with dark wash jeans for day, and a black pencil skirt and heels for night!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Long Sleeved Florals

FloralsLong before she was playing the Vice President on HBO’s Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus played Elane Benes, the hilarious spitfire on cultural phenomenon Seinfeld. Although her style changed throughout the seasons, her iconic look was definitely the floral Laura Ashley dresses she wore with lace-up flats and white socks. We still love the long-sleeved floral look, but we much prefer this super flattering floral romper from Lush. With long sleeves and a flattering v-neck, this piece is super easy to take from day to night.

Alyson Hannigan/Sheer Kimono

FloralsWatching Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a huge part of our ’90s upbringing, and each awards season we loved seeing what the stars wore on the red carpet. This floral and fur-trimmed kimono stuck in our memories, and for good reason! We love this updated version shown on the right, with fringe instead of fur, but still the same sheer detail.

Alicia Silverstone/Eye-Catching Floral Print

FloralsAlicia Silverstone is another fabulous celeb that the ’90s wouldn’t have been the same without! We love this ultra ’90s trend she’s rocking on the left, pattern mixing and adding an eye-catching floral print with a tee shirt underneath. Nowadays we probably wouldn’t put the tee under a dress, but the eye-catching florals trend is one that isn’t going anywhere. We love this gorgeous dress from Lucy Love!

Alicia Silverstone/Floral Sundress

FloralsWe couldn’t resist adding in an extra dash of Miss Silverstone. Her ’90s floral frock on the left is surprisingly current looking, although we’d probably ditch the clogs. To try this look with an updated feel, try the super comfy Autumn Bliss Dress from Lush!

Drew Barrymore/Floral Blouse

FloralsIt seemed fitting to bookend this post with the lovely Miss Barrymore again. The floral button-up blouse is another timeless style, but for a more updated and fitted piece, try this super flattering one from Sis Sis!

What do you think? How do you wear this timeless trend? Tell us in the comments below!



You are Beautiful | Pledging to Promote Positive Body Image

You Are Beautiful Without Photoshop
For Elyse is taking a stand against unhealthy photo-manipulation. (Feel free to share this image!)

In today’s media, it can be difficult to tell when you’re looking at a real human being or a digital impersonation. That’s why we at For Elyse are pledging to promote positive, realistic, and healthy body image among men and women by limiting how much we manipulate images of our models.

Our pledge:
We pledge to never alter a photo to change the size, shape, or color of our models.

This is our public commitment, but we are proud to say not much needs to change on account of it. For Elyse has always been conscious of our models’ appearance integrity. When you look through our website, you will see images of men and women that have only been Photoshopped for things like accurate clothing color depiction and to remove tattoos, but you won’t find models whose proportions have been pushed, stretched, or distorted to fit a so-called ideal. We are Photoshop minimalists.

If you’ve been following the ongoing photo-manipulation controversy in the media, you’ve probably already heard about ModCloth. This August, they were the first large retailer to sign the Heroes Pledge for Advertisers. Like For Elyse, they are frustrated by the over-use of Photoshop in advertising. You can check out their blog and website for more about on how they edit images.

Here’s an example of how we edit our photos:

Before and after photo-editing
Before and after editing with the Sweet Lace Dress by Mystic.

Check out the before and after. We brightened the entire photo so you can see the dress better, evened the background lighting, smoothed out the backdrop, and removed any dirt spots. There’s a big difference, but just about all our changes weren’t to the model. Most of the edits were exclusive to the vinyl sheet she stands atop.

As you can see, programs like Photoshop and Lightroom are wonderful for correcting lighting settings that didn’t get shot perfectly in camera. They’re also great for editing out distractions like wrinkles in the backdrop and removing unwanted objects that made their way in frame. When we Photoshop, we’re working to give you the best shopping experience, not to mislead you into thinking our models look different than they do. After all, each of us is beautiful without Photoshop.

For further reading and ways to get involved in promoting healthy body image, head over to The Brave Girls Alliance at They are asking the media “to expand their version of what it means to be a girl, and recognize our girls as whole, complex people and not as gender stereotypes. Stop profiting from selling girls short.” More detailed information on the consequences of negative media can be found here.

We want you to be confident when you shop at For Elyse. Our goal is to empower you to find fashion that fits your personality, style, and body. That’s why we’re taking a stand against misleading media—especially the over-use of Photoshop and other image editors.

+ Tell us how you feel. Have you been affected by photo-manipulation and the media’s interpretation of ideal beauty? Comment below. ♥

WCW: Elle Fanning!

Elle Fanning, younger sister to Dakota Fanning, has definitely grown up in the spotlight. Walking the red carpets as a very young child, and having an older sister who found fame as a child, Elle has managed to skip the awkward, uncomfortable stage of being a teenager, and skipped straight to being a self-possessed young woman with impeccable style.

Elle Fanning

Elle has become know for taking fashion risks, and has certainly become the muse of many high fashion designers from Rodarte to Valentino. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite and most memorable looks worn by Elle on the red carpet.

Elle Fanning

Elle perfectly embodied a princess at the premiere of Malificent. With an off-the-shoulder Elie Saab gown in a beautiful baby blue, her entire look from head-to-toe read demure and regal. We also love her deep side part and delicate silver accessories. Showing that she can also rock a playful take on high fashion, Elle wore this gold Rodarte mini dress to a film premiere.

Elle FanningElle wore this stunning Marc Jacobs baby blue mini dress to the premiere of her film Somewhere at the Venice Film Festival. This is definitely a girl who does minimalist styling right, and how perfect are those gold mary janes? It’s pretty incredible when you think about the fact that this is a 16 year old young woman! At 16 it’s safe to say that we were nowhere near this pulled together.

Elle FanningFor the Met Gala last year, Elle broke the tradition of wearing primarily black by choosing this colorful Rodarte dress with playful eye makeup and simple styling. We also love this cream-colored dress with delicate beading and sheer sleeves. Seriously, is there anything this fashion powerhouse can’t wear?

Elle Fanning Fanning wore this chic vintage 1930′s dress in 2012 at the New York Film Festival and we are loving the way she kept it looking young and fresh with the addition of simple makeup and gold metallic shoes.

Elle FanningOne thing is certain, if this is what Elle Fanning has been bringing to the table for her 16 years of age, we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

We want to hear from you! What’s your favorite Fanning look? Tell us below in the comments.

California Cool: West Coast Inspired Looks

As a Northern California native who has spent quite a bit of time all over the golden state, I’d have to say there’s definitely a certain “laid-back cool” vibe that emits from the general fashion aesthetic. What’s wonderful about west coast style is that it’s more about an easy confidence rather than a strict trend guide. For the most part, west coast inspired looks incorporate soft fabrics, basic, comfortable, silhouettes, and small accents that make it unique. With new arrivals arriving everyday to the store, I definitely found what I was looking for in a west coast wardrobe.

Laid Back & Lovely:


 Get the look: Lazy Days Dress by Lani, Durham Sandal by Fortune Dynamic, Into the Sunset Tote, Come Sail Away Necklace.


 Blue Jean Baby:

Miss Me JeansRock Revival Jeans

Get the look: Angie B18 Bootcut Jeans by Rock Revival, MK 285 Skinny Jeans by Miss Me, Autumn Romance Blush in Olive by Lush, Summer Love Tank in White by Sis Sis, Life Side Wedges by Delicious.


California Cozy:

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Get the look: Ring Around the Rosy Scarf, Breeze Through Cropped Sweater by Guess, Reversible Tank by M. Rena in Cameo Rose, Jenny High Waisted Skinny Jeans by Flying Monkey, Dome Combat Boots by Soda.

What do you think? Let us know what your favorite look is in the comments below!




WCW: Sarah Hyland!

Known best for her role as Haley Dunphy, Sarah Hyland is an up-and-coming actress from whom we are definitely expecting big things. Today we’re sharing with you some of her most memorable red carpet looks!

2010 Emmy Awards

Sarah HylandHyland wore this silvery Pamella Roland gown at the 2010 Emmy Awards. We love the Grecian-inspired details like twisted straps and crisscrossing train. Many of Hyland’s looks can border on looking a little more suited to prom, but this was a perfect choice for the Emmy Awards.

2010 SAG Awards/ Glamour Awards

Sarah HylandWe love this perfectly tailored, Gatsby-esque gown worn at the 2010 SAG Awards. With delicate beading and a plunging neckline, Hyland looked both elegant and demure. At the 2014 Glamour Awards (where she picked up the award in the Comedy Actress category), she wore this glittery Gucci dress, and it’s our favorite look yet! With voluminous hair and simple accessories, this dress has stuck out as our favorite to date. Here’s hoping Hyland starts testing the waters of a more daring style like this number!

Emmy Awards

Sarah HylandAt the 64th annual Emmy Awards, Hyland wore this elegant gown by Marchesa. Although tailored beautifully, we feel that the color slightly washes out her beautiful complexion.

2014 Golden Globe Awards

Sarah Hyland A departure from her normal style, Hyland wore this coral-colored dress-pants hybrid by Georges Hobeika to the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. Once again Hyland took a fashion risk, and it totally paid off! With a simple braided hairstyle and subdued makeup, her whole look from head-to-toe is understated but really glamorous!

2013 Emmy Awards

Sarah HylandThis look got mixed reviews, and although we agree that the makeup and hair are a little too severe for such a heavy gown, with a little change this could be a showstopper. In our humble opinion, with a more nude-colored lip and relaxed hairstyle, the overall look would look worlds better. It’s definitely a look that stuck with us, albeit not for the best reasons.


Did we cover your favorite looks worn by Sarah Hyland? Tell us below in the comments!

WCW: Imogen Poots!

British actress Imogen Poots has been slowly gaining popularity and garnering attention for her work in films like Jane Eyre, Need For Speed, and That Awkward Moment. We’ve been loving her film choices, but we’re much more smitten with the gorgeous looks she wears on the red carpet. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite head-to-toe looks that have left us wanting to see more!

Imogen PootsMiss Poots wore this gorgeous, gauzy, Grecian-inspired gown at a Need For Speed premiere. We love her slightly undone hair and minimalist styling. One of the best things about this silver Nina Ricci chiffon and lace dress? It looks beautiful and interesting from every angle!

Imogen Poots

Imogen PootsThis gorgeous and impeccably tailored gown was worn by Poots at the 2014 BAFTA ceremony, and it’s one our favorites. With a high neck and innovative cutouts, this red dress stood out in the crowd of black tie looks. We also adore the black and gold Proenza Schouler dress Poots wore to the Zurich premiere of A Long Way Down. Although she’s covered from head to toe, the playful texture and belted detailing keeps it from looking stuffy.

Imogen PootsPoots wore this cute mini dress to a Mui Mui runway show during Paris Fashion Week, and although the black accessory, smudged lipstick and grey heels are a little mismatched, Poots pulls it off with her quirkiness and charm. An example of that quirky fashion sense taken to the red carpet, this unique-cut Proenza Schouler dress is a head-turner for sure, and an unexpected choice for the Met Gala. Our favorite part of the look is definitely her flattering black mules!

Imogen Poots

Poots wore this deep green Marc Jacobs dress in Berlin at a film premiere, and it definitely has us rethinking midi length skirts. We how she paired it with these peep toe heels and messy updo for a look that says vintage without looking like a costume. At the Berlin premiere of A Long Way Down, Poots wore this daring see-through gown, also by Marc Jacobs. Again, her slightly undone styling played a huge role in helping this look be chic rather than gimmicky.

Did we include your favorite Imogen Poots red carpet looks? We want to hear from you!

One Item Three Ways!

We know that as soon as September hits, there seems to be a trend of everyone forgetting that fall doesn’t officially start until the 23rd. As excited as we are for pumpkin spice-flavored everything and layered knits, we’re still loving the last days of summer. Today we’re excited to share with you our newest installment of One Item Three Ways, featuring a few of the wonderful bloggers we love working with!

Simple & Chic with Jennifer Hsieh!

Jennifer HsiehJen paired our soft, stretchy maxi skirt with a comfy, basic white tee and canvas/leather backpack. We love her style, and how she takes basics and breathes life into them with simple accessories which balance them perfectly without feeling plain or overly casual. Check out her blog here for more tips and examples of how to style your wardrobe like this stylish recent college graduate!

Current & Trendy with Freedom of Wardrobe!

Freedom Of WardrobeWe love how Katie of Freedom of Wardrobe has the innate ability to perfectly accessorize her looks for a trendy, fun look without feeling overly so. Here she paired our mint green maxi skirt with a striped crop top, lace-covered boots, chunky jewelry and tribal print backpack. Follow her blog here for inspiration on how to wear current trends in fun and unexpected ways!

Wild Animal Prints with The Drawing Mannequin!

Drawing MannequinAli of The Drawing Mannequin walked on the wild side with this cute leopard-print crop top and colorful jewelry. As a studio art major at the University of Alabama, she shows off how to mix bold colors and prints like a pro. Check out her blog here to check out her tips on being bold with fashion!


We loved how these bloggers styled our super comfy Millions of Maxi Skirt from Promesa! This particular maxi comes in many different colors and is available here. We want to hear from you! Tell us about your favorite way to style a maxi skirt in the comments below!




WCW: AnnaSophia Robb!

Whether you know her from her breakout role in the remake of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory as the ill-fated and demanding Violet Beauregarde, or her more recent stint as the star of The Carrie Diaries, it seems clear that AnnaSophia Robb is a star who is still on the rise. With two films in post-production (Jack of the Red Hearts, A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island), and another which was recently announced (Life At These Speeds), Robb has been popping up on our radar for quite some time. We’ve been so fond of her red carpet looks that we thought we’d share some of our favorites with you today! She’s definitely a pro at taking fashion risks and mixing bright colors and fun prints, and her ability to wear any look with ease has us looking to her for style tips.


AnnaSophia RobbAnnaSophia Robb has never been one to shy away from a print, and it seems she’s never met one she didn’t love! We adore the vintage-inspired cut of this LBD with bright floral print above, and we’ll definitely be pulling our t-straps out of retirement to emulate this feminine and chic style. Likewise, we’re also drooling over the baroque-inspired print of this strapless gown by Alice + Olive.

FloralIt’s obvious that Robb definitely loves her prints, and vintage-inspired ones seem to be her favorite. We love this unexpected combination of slate mixed with pink and blue, and the accent pop of metallic gold provided by her clutch. Head to toe, this look is definitely something to pull inspiration from, whether it’s her chic updo, defined brows, or flattering fit-and-flare dress cut.


MetallicWith imprecise tailoring, or awkward styling, this halter minidress by Georges Chakra could have looked more figure skating costume than red carpet worthy, but she looks flawless in this gorgeous piece she wore to the CMT Music Awards. In 2011 Robb wore this playful beaded All Saints dress with a simple gold necklace and nude peeptoes, and we love the whole head to toe look!

BasicsProving that you don’t need to spend a ton to look like a perfect ten, Robb wore this casual, fun look that played with textures at an H&M event with a bronze sequined jacket from H&M, and eye-catching metallic pumps with flattering pointy toes. In 2013 Robb pulled off this demure, sheer red dress from Diane Von Furstenberg at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for a Furstenberg runway show. We love how these black and gold t-strap heels are making another appearance!

Crisp White

WhiteThrowing on a crisp white dress is an easy way to feel chic in a snap, and we love how Robb shows how versatile this look can be! On the left, at Tiffany & Co for the release of Rachel Zoe’s book, Robb chose this sheath dress with plunging neckline and black clutch. Likewise, we just adore this high neck LWD with cap sleeves and feathered skirt by Alice + Olive, and how she gave it a metallic twist with the addition of her gorgeous pointy toed pumps.

Which look is your favorite? Tell us below in the comments!