July 2013

Brand Spotlight: Kiyonna

Kiyonna Founder and President Kim Khanbeigi

We are excited to bring you another brand spotlight, this time from Kiyonna. With over 100 unique styles in our collection, Kiyonna is a Gwynnie Bee favorite, offering great variety from sumptuous wrap dresses in vibrant colors to versatile convertible pieces to breezy chiffon blouses. Passionate founder and Kiyonna President Kim Khanbeigi gives us some background and insight into the brand. read more

An Afternoon Playing Dress-Up with Ashlie Atkinson

GB staffer Melissa, Ashlie, and our CEO Christine

Award winning actress Ashlie Atkinson is used to dressing the part. Or rather, parts,   plural – from appearances in hit TV series like Rescue Me, Bored to Death, and Louie to big screen roles in Margot at the Wedding and Eat Pray Love. So needless to say, we were more than a little excited when she showed up at our doorstep for an afternoon of dress-up in preparation for a photo shoot promoting her upcoming FOX TV series Us & Them. read more

Shape Report: Triangle Styles

Today we launch the collection of pieces set to flatter those who are triangle-shaped. For this shape report, we turned to triangle and Queen Bee at Gwynnie Bee, Christine Hunsicker. Triangles are women with hips that are wider than their shoulders. I can thank years of field hockey for this booty! Most women of this shape have smaller busts. My biggest tip for those of us who are triangle-shaped is to work with balance. This means creating a wider look at our narrow shoulders that will balance out our hips. Here are some more specific tips and some of my favorite Gwynnie Bee pieces for triangle shapes: Tip: Balance the smaller upper body with visual details at the neckline and/or shoulders. Wide straps, cap sleeves, or sleeve with detail like ruching work best. You can also layer any narrow-strapped items with a piece like a jacket or cardigan that contains the desired visual interest at the shoulders – it will achieve the same balancing effect.  Consider the Alfani Scroll Print Top, sizes L-3X. The contrast-color scroll print at the shoulders helps balance out the width of wider hips and draw the eye up. Consider the Igigi Barossa Scarf Print Tunic, sizes 12-30/32. The wide neckline and kimono sleeves brings width to the shoulders that balances out hips well. Consider the Kiyonna Sandy Striped Top, sizes 0-5. The combination of the stripes, elbow-length sleeves and tie detail creates a proportion-balancing effect for triangles. Tip: Stick to A-line or fuller skirt/dress cuts. Pencil skirts and slimmer silhouettes accentuate the widest part of the triangle-shaped body. Although, if you’re going for a body-con look or want to emphasize your booty, pencil skirts are great no matter what your shape! Consider the Lucie Lu Glynis Dress in Coral, sizes 1X-3X. The skirt floats away from the waist, which de-emphasizes the hips and keeps focus on the triangle shape’s narrower waist. Consider the Jessica Howard Scoop Neck Polka Dot Dress, sizes 10-24. This flirty dress has a forgiving, flowing skirt that skims across the hips instead of clinging where you don’t want it to. To balance out the top more, you can add a cardigan and chunky statement necklace to bring the visual interest up. Check out the full Triangle Shape Collection here. For our other Shape Reports, check out these posts.  Are you triangle-shaped? What are your favorite styling tips or your favorite GB items? We’d love to expand this collection with your suggestions. read more