Are 'Invisible Jeans' A Fashion YAY or NAY? Take The Poll
Kendall Jenner stepped out in Los Angeles on March 31 wearing one of the most questionable denim trends we’ve seen in a while, and that’s saying a lot.
The 21-year-old model was captured by paparazzi wearing what appeared to be a pair of denim shorts with an oversized, red-and-white-striped button-down Oxford shirt by Balenciaga tucked in asymmetrically, with one panel peeking out the bottom of one shorts leg. But upon closer inspection, it became clear that Jenner had invented a new trend for spring, and it’s being dubbed “invisible jeans.”
Attached to the jorts are frayed seams running down the sides of her legs and frayed cuffs around her ankles. Essentially, she’s wearing a pair of jeans with the majority of the legs cut out and only a three-dimensional outline remaining. (Kristine Solomon for Yahoo style)
White Ankle Boots
Whitney Kessler for WWD
While the array of white ankle boots presented for spring 2017 by designers such as Marni and Hermès may not have been a groundbreaking statement, the item’s continued popularity for fall and winter is less expected. Embraced both on and off of the runway, the white ankle boot was a choice shoe and was a widely featured offering at last week’s MAGIC, FN Platform and Project trade shows.
The Chelsea boot continues to uptrend, as mod influences within trade show footwear assortments resulted in a vast array of new white iterations of the style. At FN Platform, Via Spiga’s first collection from newly appointed head designer Carla de Freitas executed the concept well. The brand’s super-sleek assortment included a smart take on the Chelsea with contrasting black elastic gussets and a subtly flared high heel. Swedish shoemaker Vagabond also showcased a dramatic black-and-white palette on the label’s own modern version with a sturdy sole and very low heel.
At Project, eye-catching whites stood out at Dolce Vita’s footwear booth. Achromatic surfaces brightened the vendor’s new boot silhouettes, many of which had retro designs evocative of the styles seen on London’s Carnaby Street in the Sixties. One boot’s front zipper with a large circular pull provided both visual charm and function.
Trendy ankle-exposing booties, which are already ubiquitous at retail in black, look fresh in bleached whites. When applied to Western shapes, the color takes on rock-and-roll attitude that appeals to a broad spectrum of ages. This was especially true during Proenza Schouler’s fall 2017 showing that included a pieced white cowboy bootie, punctuating the style with a chunky black sole and comfortably low heel.
Offering versatility that rivals traditional black counterparts as well as dramatic impact comparable to that of boldly hued styles, the white ankle boot is a statement shoe without limitations — a trend worthy of investment.
Shop my picks below:
The Collaboration of Dreams is Here
In 2000, the closest Supreme got to an official cosign from Louis Vuitton was a cease & desist letter for its LV-inspired logo T-shirts, beanies, and skate decks. As a result, they were forced to issue a recall for the collection, albeit one that basically no customers abided by (why would you return something the minute you found out it just got even cooler?) Today when those rare items pop up on sites like Grailed, they fetch more than even some real Louis Vuitton merchandise.
Supreme x Louis Vuitton Is Real & Here's What You Need To Know:
How times have changed. Seventeen years later, Louis Vuitton hasn't just cosigned Supreme, but actually collaborated with the brand on a collection of dually branded clothes, accessories, shoes, and more, all of which debuted as part of LV's Fall-Winter 2017 show in Paris. Given the history of these brands and the sheer fire power of their respective logos, this may be the single hype-iest collaboration the century (if not ever).
The collection didn't exactly come out of nowhere. Rumors of this collab have been circling in menswear corners of the Internet for months. Last summer, Supreme's founder James Jebbia was spotted in the front row at the Louis Vuitton's Spring-Summer 2017 show, which, given the insatiable nature of the Internet, immediately spawned rumors of a potential collaboration. Furthermore, LV menswear designer Kim Jones is a known streetwear aficionado in his own right and one of his first jobs in college was to unpack boxes for the company that imported Supreme to the U.K., which only fueled the fire.
Then, a few weeks ago, a fuzzy shot of Louis Vuitton knit with a Supreme logo surfaced online, putting hypebeasts everywhere on red alert. And yesterday, A$AP Bari posted a photo to his Instagram story wearing what appeared to be a Supreme x Louis Vuitton Bandana, and at that point, the rumors seemed all but confirmed.
But it wasn't until today we got a full look at the entire offering of bags, shirts, a skate deck that comes with its own Louis Vuitton trunk, and an official Supreme x Louis Vuitton box logo tee. It's safe to say despite the rumors, no one could have predicted the depth and scope of the collaboration. It's big. Bigger than most one-off collections, which is sure to only drive the demand for these luxury pieces to new astronomical heights before they even hit store shelves.
In true Supreme fashion, the lineup will roll out in drops starting July 17 at Louis Vuitton stores and potentially at stand alone pop-up shops (which should be peaceful, not-at-all chaotic shopping experiences for hopeful customers). Also keep in mind that this is co-branded product, which means we're talking Louis Vuitton price points for the goods. In other words, we are about to learn just how die-hard Supreme's devotees really are for better or worse.
"No New York City conversation is complete without Supreme," said Jones in a press release. We might say no menswear conversation period can really be complete in 2017 without mentioning Supreme, and this Louis Vuitton collab further cements the brand's ability to blur the true definition of "luxury."
1/19/2017 Update (12PM EST): Supreme took to Instagram to unveil two pieces that were not in the runway show—a red leather bomber jacket and sneakers.
Top Spring 2017 Fashion Trends We're Looking Forward To
Andrea Cheng for InStyle
Woooo new year, new season—ergo, new you. What that means is an improved and a very-2017 (and not, ugh, 2016) wardrobe update that hits all of spring's major trends. Although, let's not dismiss 2016 in its entirety—it's more of an evolved look rather than a complete fashion overhaul. Take utilitarianism, for instance. The core elements are still there, like the khaki textiles and no-nonsense attitude, but there's more of a polished flair in the form of a clean-cut (albeit exaggerated) shape and playful parachute toggles, used to highlight the silhouette.
But then again, long, navel-grazing pendants can most definitely be seen as backlash to the never-ending choker trend that dominated the good part of 2016. Take a look at the fashion trends we're looking forward to the most in 2017
1. THE NEW ATHLEISURE
A sexy take on athleisure, with skin-skimming knits that outline every curve, color-block bodysuits, and cute sporty separates.
Runway looks, from left: Alexander Wang, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana
2. RAINBOW-BRIGHT STRIPES
In every color, shape, size, and form (think: both broad bands and skinny hypnotic stripes).
Runway looks, from left: Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Missoni
3. STREET-CHIC UTILITARIANISM
There's more to the trend than the khaki textile—in 2017, there are oversize cargo pockets, boxy shapes, and ripstops equipped with drawstring cords and toggles.
Runway looks, from left: Marni, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney
4. NEW SHIRTING
Every season, designers task themselves to reinvent everyone's most essential workwear staple—the button-down shirt. In 2017, that looks like one-shoulder split-shirt tops, shirtdresses with graphic lines (and only one shoe?!?!), and oversize shapes with extended sleeves.
Runway looks, from left: Monse, Celine, Off-White
5. '80S GLAM
After seasons of the '70s, we've finally moved onto another decade—the '80s, with dramatic ruffles, puffed-up sleeves, and unapologetic glam vibes.
Runway looks, from left: gucci, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo
6. BRA OUT
Nope, no more lurking beneath shirts and tops. In 2017, bras are getting their time in the spotlight.
Runway looks, from left: Victoria Beckham, Tory Burch, Giambattista Valli
7. HARDENED ROMANTIC
When accompanied by baseball caps, briefs, or in-your-face heart motifs, these delicate dresses feel like romance, but with a bite.
Runway looks, from left: Rodarte, Chanel, Dior
. XXXXL BAGS
Supersized to an exaggerated degree, these babies will hold anything and everything.
Runway looks, from left: Sonia Rykiel, Balenciaga, Celine
9. INSTA-WORTHY EARRINGS
Things that garner likes: decadent, over-the-top ear candy that’s worth its weight in social media gold.
Runway looks (from left to right): Proenza Schouler, CG by Chris Gelinas, Delpozo, Altuzarra, Creatures of the Wind
10. STATEMENT-MAKING SLOGANS
Perfect for the introvert—tees and dresses that do all the talking for you.
Runway looks: Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Sacai
A win for the girls who love the height, but hate the heels.
Runway looks, from left: Proenza Schouler, Erdem, Salvatore Ferragamo
12. LONG, NAVEL-GRAZING PENDANTS
2016, the Year of the Choker. As a result—2017, the Year of the Long Pendant.
Runway looks, from left: Chloe, Prada, Givenchy
This Is What The Athleisure Trend Is Going To Look Like In 2017
From the slinky mesh slips at Boss to the color-block tracksuits at Versace, athletic-inspired clothes won fashion month. But this isn't your usual athleisure, mind you. Come spring, we're seeing a modern update with streamlined and sexy designs that mean more time going out and less time at the gym. Scroll through to see subtle texture contrast and skin-baring pieces with attitude.
3. Alexander Wang
4. Proenza Schouler
It comes as no surprise that the most popular pair of pants in America isn't even classified as pants at all. According to a report by Slice Intelligence, legging sales have surpassed denim. It's probably because comfort has increasingly become a priority, and comfort looks like anything with plenty of stretch. But allow us to offer an alternative that's equally (if not more) comfortable and, more importantly, that you can wear with just about any top and not feel entirely exposed: the track pant.
Athleisure is partly responsible, as is the '90s comeback (remember TLC's penchant for shiny, baggy styles or Sporty Spice's uniform?). But the latest take on the sporty piece is a touch more sophisticated with slightly slimmer silhouettes that look tailored, but are every bit as relaxed as sweats. And the new way to wear them is a touch more sophisticated as well (sadly, that means no baby tees or sports bras). Style them with a button-down shirt and sleeveless knit, a la Olivia Palermo, or with a graphic tee tucked into a high-waist pair. From ones that boast zipper detailing to old-school Adidas, shop track pants that will take the place of your leggings.
Target's Next Designer Collaboration is a Major Surprise
Erin Fitzpatrick for WhoWhatWear
Brace yourselves: A collaboration between Victoria Beckham and Target is coming soon. The retailer announced in a press release that the limited-edition collection will be available on April 9, 2017, and will feature more than 200 pieces for both women and children. The best part? Prices range from $6 to $70.
"For a while now, I have been thinking how great it would be to work on clothes for a customer that either doesn't want to pay or can't pay designer prices," Beckham said in a statement. "I loved the idea of opening the brand up to a wider audience and being able to share my vision with a broader customer base."
The collaboration is Beckham's first venture into designing clothes for kids, but something tells us that the mom-of-four will hit it out of the park. "From the outset of my brand, I have always designed clothes that I want to wear, and that's exactly what I have done here," she said in a press release, "but this time there are also clothes that my daughter would love to wear, too!"
The Freshest Way to Wear Florals This Fall
Lauren Eggertsen for WhoWhatWear
The notion of florals is normally identified with the coming of spring, but this fall, expect to see the popular print presented in a way that even Wednesday Addams would be in support of. Floral prints don’t always have to be perceived as “girly,” as designers such as Miu Miu, Gucci, and even Topshop are churning out this familiar print with a gothic-meets-grunge vibe that we’re very excited about. With Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner, harnessing darker hues just makes sense, doesn’t it?
Thanks to the overwhelming amount of street style pictures and shoppable products to prove it, wearing floral prints in darker shades is officially a trend. Anticipate opaque ruffled blouses, delicate maxi dresses, and shoes that are almost too gorgeous to take out of the box, to grace your closets this fall as you embrace your dark side once and for all this season.
Why This Trend is Giving us Major Flashback's
Amy Lee for The Zoe Report
Some trends are blatantly obvious to the observer (read: head-turning corsets), while others are much more subtle. Lately we’re noticing a seemingly small detail—the ring zipper—quietly infiltrating the fashion sphere, bringing an unexpected but welcome sporty vibe to dresses, jackets and knitwear. Some may just see it as another closure, but its playful allusion to grade-school P.E. pullovers and retro track suits make it a fall must-have in our playbook. Whether you’re into an après-ski vibe or a more fashion-forward iteration for work or evening, shop our favorite versions of the look ahead
How Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger are about to make NYFW History
As if we weren’t already on the edge of our seats in anticipation of New York Fashion Week’s September kickoff, some recent news regarding Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger’s upcoming collaboration has us extra excited.
For their fall fashion presentation, Hadid and Hilfiger have planned an extravagant fashion experience (rather than a mere runway show) for those who attend. And by experience, we’re talking a full-fledged pop-up carnival as the venue for debuting their capsule collection.
The fair, which will span the entirety of Pier 16 in South Street Seaport on Friday, Sept. 9, will feature a 40-foot Ferris wheel, as well as other carnival rides, food stands, a record store, temporary tattoo and nail salons, and oodles of snap-worthy fashion moments.
Hadid, who stepped in alongside Hilfiger as brand ambassador, is the perfect choice to represent the youthful collection, which features footwear, accessories, and fragrance, as well as, Hadid’s go-to clothing of choice: athleisure wear.
Those looking to shop Hilfiger's designs on the spot will be able to buy directly following the show from pop-up shops located on the pier (or from online if tuning in remotely).
Should you want to check out the high-fashion fair for yourself, Hilfiger is keeping the doors open to his pop-up carnival for a whole day following the show. On Sept. 10, the fair will be open to the public from noon to 9 p.m. To see the show in real-time, visit tommy.com, where the entire Tommy x Gigi collection runway will be live-streamed as it happens.
The Denim That's In and Out for Fall, According to Experts
Bobby Schuessler for WhoWhatWear
You have a lot of choices when it comes to your denim selection. If you’re looking for the perfect casual Friday look, you can go for dark skinnies, cropped flares, denim culottes, and so on. Ideal weekend look? Perhaps that’s when you opt for boyfriend jeans or a distressed straight-leg find. Well, while you should wear whatever you love and feel most comfortable in, there are certain styles that are more forward than others for these different occasions.
6 Major Fall Boot Trends to Start Shopping Now
At the start of fall shopping season, there's always one piece that we want to buy first: boots. A fresh pair in suede or leather just feels so distinctly autumnal; it's the perfect way to usher the weather's impending shift without completely overhauling our wardrobes. And, as new collections are finally beginning to hit stores, the search begins now.
Below, our editors have broken down the biggest trends of the moment and found amazing options for each. We've got classic designs, like flat riding silhouettes and mod Chelsea shapes, that feel perpetually wearable; on the other end of the spectrum, you'll find statement-making metallic finishes and outdoorsy-inspired details, like lug soles and lace-ups, that have us craving a foliage-filled weekend in the Catskills.
Keep scrolling to find the perfect style for you.
1. Flat Riding Boots
2. Ankle Boots
3. Chelsea Boots
4. Metallic Boots
5. Over-the knee boots
Prediction: Every Celeb Will Wear This Trend in 2 Months
We know that you, like us, prefer to be the first in your friend group to jump on the latest trends (i.e., before anyone else). Well, celebrities are the same way, and the look that fashion A-listers are loving right now? Velvet, which also happens to be one of the biggest fall trends, as designers like Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Prada, and Valentino showcased. To top things off, Hailey Baldwin just stepped out in a gorgeous velvet Vatanika dress, and Kendall Jenner also recently went for pretty Gianvito Rossi booties in the finish. We have a feeling more and more celebrities will test out this look in the coming months. Will you?
THE INSTAGRAMMABLE OUTDOOR SWAG YOU SERIOUSLY NEED THIS SUMMER
2015 was the year of the swan—the inflatable swan, that is. (You know, the one that made an appearance in practically every poolside pic on social media.)
Yes, styling your outdoor activities is now officially a thing—and this summer there’s a whole new crop of upgraded accessories to choose from.
So what’s destined to dominate the “popular” page in 2016? We scoured Instagram to find the latest and greatest in summer swag, from the most photogenic pool toys to the perfect cups for your daily green juice. But act fast—you’ll definitely want to be the first to snap them before they blow up (or sell out faster than a “Kale” sweatshirt).
David Yurman's Latest Solari Collection
David Yurman just launched their new Solari collection this spring. The Solari collection features 18k gold spiral forms with a constellation of celestial movements - the sun, moon and stars - designed with vivid gemstones, 18k gold spheres, and statement pearls. The collection is one where you can stack and style in infinite ways - layer color stones, gold and pearls
Coach's New Mickey Mouse Collaboration with Disney
When Stuart Vevers, the executive creative director of Coach, tells you this is a very important year, he isn’t referring to the upcoming election or the looming Brexit vote—no, what he means is, Shanghai Disney Resort is opening!
Vevers, in addition to being the British guy at the helm of this iconic American leather firm (are we not all citizens of the world?), is a total, complete, unapologetic, proud Disney freak, who cheerfully confesses that he spends his downtime not in Capri or Cannes, but trolling Main Streets in Disneylands from Paris to Orlando to Anaheim.
Which is why it makes prefect sense that Coach and Vevers have created a gaggle of limited-edition bags, sportswear, and sneakers in collaboration with Disney. All of the items in this irresistible collection—from the leather jacket with the studded silhouette on its back, to the T-shirts, to an impressive array of handbags, backpacks, purses, and totes, feature a certain mouse, caught in a variety of irreverent poses. Sometimes he is offering a thumbs up, sometimes whoops!—he appears to have fallen right through the bag!—and sometimes, despite being a California native, he is giving you a Bronx cheer. (This of-mice-and-men confab launches today exclusively at the Coach store in Soho, New York, and at Colette, in Paris, and will be released on June 17 on coach.com and Coach stores worldwide.)
Though Vevers is a fan of the entire extended Disney cartoon clan, “We only did Mickey, the icon—it’s America’s leather house with America’s mouse!” For inspiration, he turned to the cheeky Mickey of the ’70s and ’80s, “Mickey in a cool context,” as he puts it. “Madonna with the ears, Emilio Estevez in The Outsiders. Something tougher!” (Well, as tough as a mouse in shorts can be.) The results are sometimes overt—a snap-top purse with giant ears—but frequently more subtle, offering a graphic small enough to slip into a board meeting, but sufficiently visible to raise a smile to your lips on a dark day. (How bad can your mood be if you have a roller-skating Mickey on your arm?)
A number of the bags were inspired by shapes that the famed American designer Bonnie Cashin created for the house decades ago—the classic Saddle; the Dinky, a small zip-top number; the Skinny tote, based on a paper bag, now all further enhanced by guess who? The line also includes leather display cases holding rare Mickey comic books (and with a mouse on their spines), coasters, frames, and even a group of free-standing—well, actually sitting—mice in black leather from miniature to gargantuan (a home-decorating item none of your friends will have!).
Musing on the veil of secrecy that has surrounded the project, Vevers says, “It’s fun to do something you don’t tell anyone about, sort of buy-it-now, a big surprise! Fashion should be like that.” And why this mouse, these bags, these tees, right now? Vevers says laughing. “You go straight to what you love.”
The 10 Coolest Things You Need to Know About the Gucci Cruise 2017 Runway Show
1. IT WAS SET IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY
The Cloisters in Westminster Abbey was the location for Gucci's first-ever show in London. On the flip side, it was also the first time any brand staged a runway at the British landmark, which has previously hosted history-making events, like one Royal Wedding.
3. THERE WERE EMBROIDERED GUCCI SEAT CUSHIONS (THAT YOU GOT TO TAKE HOME)
Each guest got to take home a Gucci seat cushion embroidered with a signature motif. Best goodie bag ever? We think so.
4. GUCCI'S ZOO OF ANIMALS
There weren't just cat ladies—there were peacocks! wolves! dogs! snakes! The cruise 2017 collection ran wild with animals.
5. NEW SHOES ALERT
New footwear included towering rainbow-striped platforms and darling cherry-adorned kitten heels (all worn with tube Bobby socks).
6. GUCCI LOGOMANIA
Oversize hoodies and soft, vintage-y tees got the logo treatment with its signature Web stripe—the Gucci version of streetwear, which paired quite nicely with arty florals.
7. THE DIONYSUS GETS A PUNK MAKEOVER
The Brit punk version of the Dionysus is crafted in all black leather and blinged-out with studs. Grip it with a retro double-G cardi and a pussybow blouse. So artfully eccentric, so Gucci.
8. GUCCI LAUNCHES WEARABLE TECH
Gucci debuted a "wearable smart device" on the runway—metal earphones in a joint design collaboration between Alessandro Michele and will.i.am.
9. A LOVE LETTER TO LONDON
The entire 96-look cruise collection was a love letter to London, which was blatantly done with Union Jack jumpers, headscarves (the Queen's preferred accessory), and Staffordshire spaniel motifs.
10. AN EDGY TAKE ON ACCESSORIES
British punk (another personal area of fascination for Alessandro Michele) influences were seen here and there, like studded Gucci watches and chunky rings on every digit (a stylistic flourish probably taken from the designer himself).
The Skinny Scarf
If there's one accessory trend we saw over and over again during New York Fashion Week, it's the skinny scarf. On the runway and around the necks of your favorite street style stars and celebrities, this simple piece can put a fresh spin on any outfit. And while the skinny scarf fits right in with the '70s-inspired styles that are all the rage, it's surprisingly versatile, working just as well with more modern looks. Shop my favorites below:
Platforms to Elevate your Spring Look
Jenna Pizzuta for InStyle
With spring now officially in full force, we’re excited to shed those winter layers and start sporting our newest purchases. One of those happens to be getting us high, literally—of course, we are talking about the platform shoe. This must-have '70s style has been seen on the recent Chanel, Miu Miu, and Ralph Lauren runways, and looks great with breezy dresses, cool midi skirts, and, naturally, flared jeans. Ahead, platforms you won't be able to say no to.
Shop the Best Jeans for Summer
We take our denim seriously. From the office to weekend outings, there is a reason that our editors practically live in their jeans—they are at once chic and comfortable. While we may rely on our trusty blue and black pairs for fall and winter, we're trading them for lighter washes, cropped styles, and floral-print options now that the temperatures are warming up for spring and summer. Ahead, you'll find several pairs of denim that go beyond your baby blues.
Why We're Loving these Unexpected Colors for Spring
Now, we know it's not easy to get dressed in the morning, which is why we often rely on our neutrals when putting together an outfit. We're pretty much guilty of wearing black and white separates almost every day of the week! Still, as we shed our winter layers, spring gives us the opportunity to experiment with color—yup, color, we said it. While your usual inclination may be to reach for pale pastel shades, like pretty pinks, lavenders, andperiwinkle blues, this season is rich with spice market shades that are saturated, but not shocking. Tones like rust, mustard, and parsley liven up one's wardrobe and still look chic when mixed with your tried-and-true neutrals.
The New Bag We Want to Carry all Spring
With the changing of seasons comes the tough decision of whether you should keep the same bag you've been using all winter or trade it in for something more warm-weather appropriate. As much as we love our trusty bucket bag and dependable tote (and as hard as change can be), we've been looking for something new and fresh for spring. Luckily, Marni, Céline, and Michael Kors were just a few designers in a sea of many that showcased a new style—a flat satchel with an easy and relaxed silhouette that can carry all your belongings—minus the bulk. Check out and shop modern-day versions of the '70s-inspired bag that will leave you wanting to make the switch.
The Chloe Sunnies from Capital Eyewear
The season of sunshine means you're never fully dressed without a pair of great shades. So we're setting our sights on sunglasses with enough personality to punch up any outfit
This frame is bold and feminine and definitely a statement piece for spring. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s in these iconic cat eye frames from Capital Eyewear and instantly feel glamorous and chic.
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What to Buy for Spring 2016
Even though we're still facing chilly temps and potential snow storms, spring is, in fact, on its way. While we can't wait to watch buds bloom and hear birds chirp, what we're really looking forward to is the new batch of stellar spring fashion. And rest assured, there's a lot to look forward for the season. Sure, there are your usual suspects, like crisp white basics with unique twists, but there are some new items to become familiar with, like fringed jeans and futuristic sunnies.
Other newbies? Block heels. Whether they’re lace-ups with oh-so-fun fringe or chunky and strappy, the good news is that they’ll be easy to walk in. Speaking of footwear, the other style to know, love, and well, buy, is the flat slide-on mule—a fresh iteration of the Gucci shoe that took over last fall. Ahead, a crash course on the must have spring fashion items.
1. BOMBER JACKETS
There's a reason all the cool girls (Gigi! Kendall!) are loving bomber jackets: They evoke an unmatched level of casual cool—plus, they're perfect for transitional dressing.
2. FAR FROM BASIC WHITE BLOUSES
The white shirt has never been so fun. This season, unique draping techniques and design elements, like extra wide sleeves, reign supreme.
3. MULE SLIDES
Gucci's furry backless loafers were one of the most coveted items for fall. This Jenni Kayne slide is a fresh version of the trend.
4. WRAP SKIRTS
This season's batch of wrap skirts feature suede finishes, grommet details, and chic tie closures.
5. ARCHITECTURAL SUNNIES
Sure, everyone loves a classic tortoise shell cat eye, but this season it's all about futuristic shapes and colorful frames.
6. FRINGED JEANS
Fringe + Denim = The Ultimate Dream Team. Psst, Rihanna has a pair of these!
7. SLIP DRESSES
The grunge nonchalance of the '90s are back and the key piece headlining? The slip dress.
8. BLOCK HEELS
The block heel craze kicked off last season, but it's still going strong for spring.
How to Wear Spring's Most Colorful Trend:Rainbow Stripes
While wearing saturated multi-toned stripes may conjure up an image of the most colorful girl in the world—i.e., Rainbow Brite from the '80s cartoon—designers have tasked themselves with giving the rainbow print a polished spin. For spring, Alessandro Michele at Gucci and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel have gone beyond the classics (think: navy-and-white nautical strokes), striking forth with bold hues, like red, green, yellow, and fuchsia.
Certainly this trend is not for the faint of heart, but it offers a welcome alternative to our traditional uniform of black and gray separates—in fact, it serves as a reminder that spring is just around the corner (despite how far away it may seem currently). To get a head start on the spectrum of stripes, get schooled on the vibrant prismatic movement now via the runway, as these pieces are just hitting stores.
The Colorful Spring Handbag Trend You Can Start Wearing Right Now
While every fashion girl loves her some navy, black, bordeaux, gray, and a slew of dark cold-weather hues, we could all stand to have punch of color during the doldrums of winter. Enter, the spring 2016 fashion trend that—mark our words—will be everywhere: bold, bright handbags.
From cobalt, to cherry red, a vibrant bag the simplest way to perk up even your most basic outfits. The best part? The trend is offered in every silhouette you can imagine, from mini box bags to slouchy satchels and oversize totes; so you can certainly find one that'll make your heart skip a beat and be practical at the same time. It's a win-win, we say. Shop Below:
Colorful Faux Fur Coats to Brighten up your Winter
Snuggle up this winter in something other than a traditional black coat. A bright faux fur topper will instantly cheer you up when the chill hits. From exuberant patterns to head turning hues, below shop fabulous faux fur coats we love:
Swap Your Black Leather Jacket for a Colorful One
Fashion editors may have varying opinions on what items are truly considered "must-haves," but none will argue about the quintessential black leather jacket. It transcends seasons and trends and universally matches with every outfit imaginable. Convenient? Yes. But to avoid getting stuck in a style rut, try alternating with a bright option for a pop of color. Shop our favorite picks below, from luxe fire engine-red to faux suede forest green.
DIY Deconstructed Shirt Trend
Everyone loves a white button up. It’s the classic go-to for a fresh punch of polish or a crisp injection of Goldman Sachs banker-boy authority. And even if you’re in a pinch (whether out of laundry or have coffee dribbling down your front), it’s easy to pull a Brooks Brothers’s drop-in and immediately transform a look from sloppy to chic by buying one of those starchy suckers. But between the wrinkle-free stiffness and clinical cleanliness, the dependable look can easily teeter on the verge of being, well, boring. And like everyone, from cubicle-chained bankers to the oft-cited French girl, the white shirt deserves some out-of-character fun once in a while. And this spring 2016 season, it finally got its makeover. Look no further than the up-and-coming label Monse, who gave the staple a dash of evening elegance, or Altuzarra, where a thigh-skimming skirt slit was actually the button front of a shirt. The same new-wave shirting riff was also apparent at Joseph, in the form of a strapless dress with cuts of fabric gathered at the bust, and at Zac Posen, where the shirt was made to coyly expose one shoulder.
And it’s not just on the runway where the 9-to-5 staple has been taken for a new-and-improved go. Vogue.com Assistant Market Editor Anny Choi already wears her button-up shirts in any manner of remixed forms, ranging from skirts to strapless. “This past summer, I was at a party where this girl was wearing a white button-down shirt. It was so hot that she unbuttoned her shirt a little, took the sleeves off, and tied it at the front to make a chic strapless top. I thought she looked so incredibly cool!” says Choi. “Now I take the same idea but transform it into a skirt, which can be office-friendly, or even an off-the-shoulder top, which can be for a night out.” It’s the most basic interpretation of an actual work-to-play transitional piece, where the sum of its parts is actually more than the whole—or as Choi puts it, “the deconstructed button-up is about taking the white shirt to the next level.” Want to get the look? Roll up your sleeves and follow our easy guide on how to make the white shirt your own. An off-the-runway trend has never been more accessible—and a loosened collar has never looked so good.
The Off-the-Shoulder Top
1. Unbutton the first four buttons.
2. Slide off the shoulder.
3. Pop the collar.
The One-Shoulder Blouse
1. Unbutton three buttons.
2. Take the sleeves off completely.
3. Bring one sleeve to the front and the other sleeve to the back.
4. Bring the sleeve at the back over your shoulder.
5. Tie both sleeves together at the front.
The Strapless Shirt
1. Unbutton the buttons.
2. Take off the sleeves completely.
3. Tie both sleeves at the front.
A Skirt With a Button-Up Slit
1. Unbutton the buttons.
2. Slide the shirt down so it sits at your waist.
3. Shift the shirt so the buttons are at the side.
4. Unbutton a couple more buttons from the bottom to create a slit.
5. Lastly, tie the sleeves around your waist.
Ever since we spotted the navy suede Edun boots on the runways earlier this year (above), we could hardly contain our excitement for fall. The color, the fabric, the height—these boots possessed every quality we love about a good pair of shoes. Now, with fall upon us, we are still dreaming about the Edun pair, but the editors in us can't commit to a shoe purchase without first scoping out the market.
Shop suede boots that will step your fall shoe game up below:
How to Wear a Midi Skirt Without Looking Dowdy
With a nipped-in waist and body-accentuating shape, the midi skirt should be flattering on everyone, but styling details often get in the way of nailing the trend. Not anymore—we break down five easy ways to wear this piece with style.
1.Wear a Statement Shoe
Considering the midi skirt’s length, the right shoe can make your outfit. We recommend sporting a heel (sorry, no flats allowed) with interesting details. This lace-up bootie continues the long, lean line of the skirt.
2. Choose Unexpected Hues and Prints
Though black and gray midis are always chic, we like the idea of injecting color and pattern into this silhouette. It’s a statement-making choice, and is the perfect counterpoint to dreary fall days.
3. Get Playful with Socks
We get it—it’s starting to get cold, but function doesn’t always have to trump fashion. For a warm, but still cool look, try wearing a knitted sock instead of tights. You’ll look like a street style star traipsing the streets of Paris in a flash.
4. Look for DetailsChoose
Well-placed details like this oversized grommet takes this navy midi skirt up a notch. Additionally, the wrap style offers an extra lean feel.
5. Sport a Slit
Traditionally, a midi isn’t about showing leg, but we like to push the limits of convention. A thigh-high slit lends a sexy vibe, but when paired with an over-the-knee boot, it’s still cold-weather appropriate.
Colorful Printed Headscarves
Backstage earlier today at Dolce & Gabbana, a photograph of Jane Mansfield on the mood board said it all: Framed against the Trevi Fountain on vacation in the early ’60s, the actress seemed to have caught the la dolce vita spirit in a curve-hugging black lace dress and voluptuous platinum waves. Nearby, images captured Audrey Hepburn rapturously holding a gelato in a candid moment on set in Roman Holiday, and Grace Kelly wearing oversized sunglasses while keeping stride with Prince Rainier in Capri.
“The joy of Italian holiday—Amalfi, Portofino, Venezia!” said makeup artist Pat McGrath, summarizing the day’s exuberant theme. And while the icons of Cinecittà, from Sophia Loren to Claudia Cardinale, have long inspired the house’s runway beauty aesthetic, this season Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were looking just left of screen. “You know how American girls come to visit and are inspired [by the country’s infectious glamour]?” explained McGrath. In their look and in their attitude, “they somehow start to become it.”
So then, how to channel the country’s contagious va-va-voom beauty? With a small flick of liquid liner, said McGrath, and a sunny disposition. She was dipping into the fashion house’s self-titled makeup line for the occasion: “Blush on the cheeks and slight stain on the lips—each girl is getting a different shade of peach, apricot, pink, or coral that’s been pressed on with a fingertip.” Hair was piled into a flyaway knot—“it’s that ease of throwing your hair up,” said hairstylist Guido Palau, who was using Redken Windblown to give it a rumpled texture—then cinched with a colorful jeweled headband or printed headscarf that was knotted just so at the crown. He may have been onto something. Those buoyant, life-affirming accessories will look cool in the city heat come summer, but why not use them as the perfect excuse to book a one-way ticket to Sicily?
Here's How To Double Bag it
the recent resort runways was the double bag trend. Houses like Fendi, Chloé, and Mulberry proved that two really is better than one by accessorizing models with a larger tote or top handle style and then a micro bag to go with it. Some of us are known to carry everything but the kitchen sink around, so we like the idea of two purses—it makes going to work and happy hour as easy as can be. We expect to see this all over the It street-style gals this fashion week, so scoop up your perfect pair today.
Maje is joining forces with the Minnetonka label. This collaboration chosen by Judith Milgrom gives the designer a new opportunity to put a new spin on key pieces in the female wardrobe. Urban and bohemian. Whether in fringe suede thigh-high boots or ankle boots with ties, share the desire for freedom and independence with Maje and Minnetonka.
Shoulder-Grazing Statement Earring
From the 16th-century Guild of the Passementiers to the present-day offices of Vogue, the tassel earring, with its fringe detailing, shoulder-grazing dangle, and Baroque origins, has a particularly appealing sway. Whether paired with a simple white tee or a bare neck, as the Fred Leighton emerald pair seen famously dangling from Julianne Moore at the 2012 Academy Awards, the ruffled and long beaded strands can set a look in motion.
While working on set recently, Vogue.com Accessories Editor Brooke Ely Danielson came across a lavish pair that harked back to the OTT drop beads Alber Elbaz created for Lanvin’s Fall 2015 collection. The dramatic shape immediately grabbed her attention, and had a flattering, neck-elongating effect to boot. With a host of options to choose from this season, from Oscar de la Renta’s ombré-beaded version to Shaun Leane’s diamond horned danglers, it’s safe to say the trend is on the move.
White Outfits After Labor Day
The age-old adage advising not to wear white after Labor Day has never looked as wrong as it does for Fall 2015. Head-to-toe ivory ensembles come in all shapes and sizes this season, from the oversized and cozy layers at Ralph Lauren to the experimental separates at Sacai. Find the look best suited to you in the slideshow.
Fall Fashion:Bird Prints are Rising to the Surface
Earthbound styles, step aside. For Fall, designers took flight with a host of avian-inspired looks that ranged from the fanciful (Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s abstracted swallows at Rochas) to the downright jaw-dropping (the sumptuous black eagle gown that opened Valentino’s Roman couture extravaganza). If fledglings and fowl have not typically enjoyed the same industry limelight as some of their slinkier peers in the animal kingdom (leopards, et al), feathered creatures feel right in step with the season’s glorious, aristocratic mishmash, an aesthetic best represented by Alessandro Michele, who made a beaded bird the centerpiece of a gorgeous plunging gown at Gucci.
Are you game? Click through fourteen feathered outfits
The Saddle Bag is the Must-Have Handbag for Fall
Every so often an It bag makes its mark. The Vuitton Speedy 30 (#throwback!), the Hermès Birken, the Proenza Schouler PS1, and the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag have been on nearly every celebrity's arm and, subsequently, on every woman's wish list. But for fall, it's a whole new ball game. Instead of one designer handbag dominating the season, it's all about a single silhouette: the saddle bag.
The curved shape at the bottom, flap detail at top, and cross body and/or shoulder strap are the design elements that make this shape a force to reckon with. What's also nice about this trend is that the styles range in size: You can carry a mini or a larger bag (like the size of a standard piece of paper). The greatest part of all? Nearly every designer and retailer—from Tom Ford to Forever 21—crafted their own version of the saddle bag. What's better than an It bag that's so easy to get your hands on?
Birkenstocks are Back
If there's one thing that the style-obsessed can agree on, it's that Miranda Kerr can pull off pretty much any trend or look, whether it's doubling up on denim (aka the Canadian suit) or wearing head-to-toe nude. With a series of impeccable off-duty ensembles as proof, the supermodel boasts an impressive (practically superhuman) sartorial prowess to make any given piece of clothing the chicest thing ever. Her latest target? Birkenstocks.
Yes, the Queen of Style has even made Birks impossibly chic. The birth of the comfy flat phenom can be traced back to a singular point in time, when Phoebe Philo debuted shearling-lined "furkenstocks" on the Celine spring/summer 2013 runway. Since then, the fashion crowd has traded their sky-high stilettos for their more practical counterpart—Kerr, included.
The street style star took on a laidback downtown-chic aesthetic when she styled her black leather Birks ($120; birkenstockusa.com) with hip-slung destroyed boyfriend jeans and a sleeveless knit top, complete with her leopard print A.L.C. duffel ($1,095; barneys.com) and round aviators. So effortless, so chic!
Leopard Is Still In, But Looks A Tad Different These Days
It wasn't too long ago that anything with a leopard print meant that it was stylish. From faux fur coats to silk button-downs to loafers, the feline pattern covered everything we bought during that time. But while yesteryear favored true-to-life prints in neutral shades and photo-realistic shapes, the new crop of spots is a little more Lisa Frank leopard than sub-Saharan big cat.
In cartoonish, bubbly designs, these spots are a whole different species than their naturalistic predecessors. Even when they do come in browns and tans, the shape of each whorl is more abstract and artful, and there's none of that subtle graduation that real leopard skin has.
Borrowed From Ballet
We’d like to say we’ve finally seen the back of sports luxe and we sort-of have. We’ve moved from the gym to the barre. Think plenty of tulle (as seen at Burberry), long, floating tutu-style skirts, and a delicate pinky-nude colour palette. Armani, Valentino and Alberta Ferretti all showed this trend.
It's hard for a piece to feel sophisticated and genuinely fun to wear at the same time, which is why we're psyched that fringe is everywhere and inescapable for spring (and even fall) '15. We're not trying to outrun it. Instead, we're embracing it on the sides of pants, loving it on the edges of skirts, and looking for it on the sleeves of jackets.
Yes, it feels a little daring, but small fashion risks have big rewards — like getting to spin around in a fringed wrap skirt or standing out with a '20s-inspired number. Leather Perfectos get updated with just a little trim, and suede pieces become luxe, western, and wearable. In the video above, we continue our defense of one of this (and next) season's biggest trends. Are you ready to join the fringe group?
Crochet Your way into spring
There's something inherently bohemian about crochet, but somehow designer's like Derek Lam and Diane von Furstenberg discovered a way to modernize a knit most correspond with sofa throws. DVF's crochet tank is worn with a sheer, white suit for something sporty, while Lam's airy white crochet dress is utterly sophisticated under a short sleeved two-toned leather.
Kaelen took the look back to its roots in a slouchy, made-for-the-music-festival-circuit dress that will have laidback ladies lining up. No matter how you knit it, it seems crochet is on it's way to full-on Spring trend
The sleeveless coat(Vogue)
Figuring out stylish ways to bridge the gap between winter and spring isn’t always easy. Enter Victoria Beckham and the transitional piece that is destined to become a closet staple: the sleeveless coat. A chic alternative to the April shower trench, this topper is easily dressed up or down, and works just as well with a cocktail dress as it does with jeans and ankle boots à la VB. Beckham’s version is one of her own design and features exposed buttons, a trend we’ve spied on the runways for fall—and that’s all the more reason to get a head start on it now.
suede: the new fur(style.com)
Thanks to the polar vortex temperatures, fur—real and faux—had its moment in 2014. It was the only way to beat the cold, and designers embraced the medium with brightly colored and wildly patterned options ideal for being photographed outside the shows. 2015 is going for something a little more subtle: suede. Spotted on a myriad of Spring 2015 runways: Michael Kors, Loewe, Chloé, Jason Wu…the list goes on, and the fabric is returning to the spotlight. You name it, you can buy it in suede—and not just in neutral or black. The brighter the better is our motto about 2015’s smoothest suedes.
How To Wear it? See Here
Need a shoe that’s as powerful as it is pretty? Well, get laced up in spring’s gladiator sandal. The deity-derived (think Hercules, Aphrodite, et al) sandal fits anywhere you want it, as seen on the runways when translated into a sky-high, embellished statement at Rodarte or minimal and pared-back at Stella McCartney. From suede and snakeskin to buckled and buff, here are SEVEN gladiator sandals that will have you feeling—and looking—like a total goddess come spring, or your next sunny vacation spot.
Currently Craving:Fendi Colorblock Cage Sandal, Pearl
Return to Retro
THE newest, latest, next big thing: isn't that what this industry thrives upon!? Craving a diet of never-seen-before ideas. Or does it? Because judging by spring/summer 2015's nostalgic wander through the archives, fashion is primed to do a fierce trade in memories this season, right back to the Seventies.
Flash forward to the current resort collections - Miu Miu showcased knitted crop-tops, and the bell-bottoms at Giambattista Valli put a Seventies stamp on the season ahead. Do we need any more proof that retro has reached its apex? Only now does it feel entirely credible to covet and cavort in flares and fringing without it feeling like costume; this season that throwback sensibility is on the rails and it's all for sale.
Tara Blumenthal for Shape Magazine
Each season brings a new ‘en vogue’ accessory, and the past few months have been all about hats, from the wide brimmed hats all over the streets this autumn to voluminous furry toppers for these bitterly cold winter days and even—my prediction!—structured berets this spring. But in the midst of these frigid January temps, keeping your ears covered in style—with a great knit hat—is where it’s at.
Yes, knit hats have been a winter staple for years. But people have really taken it to the next level this year: The slouchy beanie, the stand–up smurf-style knit hats, and fitted caps are all still holding strong as an it accessory. Knit hats can really transform a perfectly put-together look into an ideal mix of effortless swag and chicness, adding edge to any ensemble.
Most knit hats lean toward a more masculine silhouette, and I think the key to rocking one well lies in finding that perfect masculine/feminine balance—which is why my favorite standout style from this season is the pom pom hat. It brings a playful femininity to the otherwise bulky look, and it keeps fashion fun! When you’re all bundled up with a little bouncing puff on top of your head, it not only adds texture and a pop of color to your look, but it is also bound to provoke a much-needed smile to the face of those around you.
The most trendy way to execute one of these knit toppers is to disregard previously established rules that enforce causal to be paired with casual. Instead, I encourage you to mix and match styles. These hats have such a distinct shapes, so they’re great to add some excitement to your outfits. And knit toppers are so universal (and practical) that they can help keep you from looking too uniform, while adding excitement to preppy, sleek, casual or even dressy outfits—all while keeping you warm.
So pop on one of these snuggly headpieces and cheerfully give winter the peace sign.
Tara Blumenthal for Shape Magazine
As the potato pancakes, gingerbread cookies, and Champagne toasts come to a close, the last thing I feel like doing is getting dressed up—which is why rocking a pair of fashion sweatpants sounds so appealing. Fashion and sweatpants are not two words that go together without some hesitation; however a new set of chic and sleek options are causing me to change my mind. Following in the footsteps of the velour tracksuit and Juicy pants, the sweatpant trend continues to enjoy its status as totally acceptable streetwear—although arguably more stylish this time around.
When paired with the right pieces, this slouchy style works for more than the gym or a quick run to the supermarket. Whether dressed up or down, rocking sweats can add a perfect little mix of careless confidence to help you kick off these first weeks of the new year in style.
Try swapping out a tailored trouser for some soft sweats, throw on a classic blouse and pointed-toe heel, and you have yourself a trendy getup that will comfortably take you from office to happy hour. Or keep your sweats weekend-casual by pairing them with a loose t-shirt or knit and a street sneaker. Top your look off with a leather moto jacket or tailored blazer to give your outfit some added structure.
So go ahead, get comfy and funky in some sweatpants. But try to stick to these three tips to keep your look on point and flattering:
- Opt for shades of gray or black. Anything bright or colorful will make you look too collegiate. You can still embrace those lazy mornings and bad weather, but if you keep your sweats muted in color, they can look sharp.
- Keep that tush tight. Fit them like you would your favorite pair of jeans, not too tight in the front but perfectly snug around your bum—no sagging! Don’t forget the best part about sweatpants is that they stretch, so there is no need to oversize.
- Scrunch them up. Push the elastic up, or peg and roll up the ankle like you would a pair of boyfriend jeans. This will prevent the pants from overwhelming your frame while offering some extra swag.
Winter Accessories: Not Your Grandmother's Gloves
The Zoe Report
Gone are the days of humdrum gloves you secretly hope get left behind in a cab never to be seen again. With the frigid temps in full swing, keeping your digits warm becomes top priority. Here, we’ve rounded up 5 options that do just that while keeping to your strict style standards.
1. Fancy Fingers (Currently Craving!!!)
A collaboration with conceptual jeweler Yazbukey, these clever gloves are a fresh take on their classic leather counterparts.
2. Fringe Benefit's
These fancy, fringed gloves are a major statement. Keep the rest of your look simple with a sleek LBD and over-the-knee boots.
3. Built-In Bracelet
Just because your fingers are freezing doesn't mean your wrists have to suffer. These otherwise-classic wool gloves are embellished with some much-needed glitz.
4. It's All Fluff
These fuzzy creations are the equivalent of tiny fur coats for your hands.
5. Shine Bright
Let these sequined stunners peek out from under a cropped sleeve for a truly stunning effect.
Leopard Print: The New Neutral
While leopard print has never truly gone out of style, it is particularly "in" this season. This wild trend has a long history. The current leopard fanaticism stems from a time when people wore actual leopard skin clothing---a symbol of great wealth and status. During the Jazz Age, silver screen startlets such as Carole Lombard favored the fiesty print thus sparking a surge in its popularity. Bombshell Jayne Mansfield was an avid follower of the fad in the 1950s, which perhaps contributed to leopard print's seductive connotation. Leopard print has had many associations over the years (elite, exotic, edgy, risqué), but today, most fashion lovers regard it as a wardrobe staple. Leopard is the perfect way to add pizzazz to your look.
Ways to wear
If you want to embrace leopard clothing items likes coats and pants, you'll look polished if you keep the rest of your outfit simple. Put a leopard print coat or vest over a classic, white button-down with dark jeans, red pumps, and gold jewelry. Pair an emerald green blouse with a leopard print pencil skirt or a pair of leopard skinnies.
Should you simply wish to add pops of the print to your ensemble, then treat leopard as you would a neutral. For example, instead of wearing nude patent pumps, wear leopard calf-hair heels---which are, by the way, a worthy investment; they go with virtually everything. Little bits of leopard go a long way. A leopard skin clutch, cuff, scarf, or belt adds instant panache to your look.
Don't be afraid to mix leopard print with patterns! It looks lovely with stripes, polka dots, and plaid. Most fabrics complement it as well. Chambray, leather, and metallic are particulary compatible options. Leopard print is remarkably versatile. Everyone can wear it. It's even en vogue for men this year!
By: Sarah Ashley Turner
Borrow From The Boys: The White Button Down
(The Zoe Report)
Today we’re taking styling cues from the gents who’ve long since relied on the white shirt as their wardrobes’ MVPs. A crisp button down is the fashion equivalent of a blank canvas: you can dress it down, style it up or use it as a key layering element. And in our opinion, we don’t implement it into our outfits nearly enough.
Here, we’ll show you 3 ultra femme ways to incorporate this tried-and-true boy basic, into the everyday. So go ahead, raid his closet (or better yet, snag a sleek, snow-white shirt of your own).
Elevate a printed day dress to new, extra elegant heights with a crisp peek-a-boo collar. To keep things streamlined, take care to button the layering shirt all the way up to the top and pair with a lady pump in the same color.
Successfully incorporating a voluminous top into a casual day look is all about playing with proportions: try rolling up the sleeves and partially tucking it into a skirt or skinny pants.
The Shirt Dress
Though technically not a shirt, per se, the white shirtdress is the ultimate wardrobe must-have thanks to its virtually endless styling potential. Whether you pair it with gravity-defying platforms like Leandra, or take a less glam approach with sporty kicks, you'll feel comfortable and put together no matter what the day may bring.
6 Totally '90s Trends That Are Totally Now
How to look '90s-cool without going old-school.
(Cosmopolitan Magazine, March 2014)
Chokers were the accessory of choice in the '90s. There were plastic tattoo chokers, neon raver chokers, candy chokers, and if you were Princess Diana, even pearl-and-diamond-encrusted chokers. Well, guess what? They're back, and they're so much better this time around. Now chokers often rest at the base of your neck, instead of on your throat, and the pendants that hang from them aren't just dinky little hearts and "hope" medallions — they're bigger, heavier, and more abstract. In a word: badass!
They look great with high crew-neck tops, but they work even better with deep plunging Vs. And they're perfect for bringing a cool, sexy edge to blazer or tuxedo jacket. Also, because they're so short, they're great for framing your face, and unlike with longer necklaces, you'll never have to worry about them getting lost in your cleavage when you wear them with something low-cut.
2. Destroyed, High-Waisted Denim
In the '90s jeans were high, tight and often ripped up. I'm not just talking about a little distressing at the knees. These jeans were wrecked, and they looked all the better for it.
Back then it was all about wearing those high, tight jeans with a tight, usually cropped, top, but these days the look is a bit more relaxed. The jeans are boyfriend cut, so they're a little looser and sit lower on your hips (sort of like sagging — another oh-so-'90s trend), and you should wear them with something loose and slouchy, like an oversize T-shirt, or stiff and boxy, like a neoprene sweatshirt. Dress them up with high heels and sparkly jewelry, and add a little extra '90s flavor with fun prints and neon.
3. Baby Tees
Back in the '90s it was all about showing off your stomach with low-cut jeans and a high-cut top, but nowadays wearing a tiny tee doesn't necessarily have to mean flashing your belly button. The chicest crop tops now come with matching skirts that usually sit at or just below your natural waist, so that just a slice of skin is visible instead of your whole stomach. They come in every imaginable color, texture, and shape, and they're pretty much the sexiest things happening.
4. Slip Dresses
These barely-there spaghetti-strapped dresses were all over the spring runways, but this time around, you don't have to be Kate Moss-skinny to pull one off. The new slip dress is softer, less clingy, and sometimes even pleated. You can wear it on its own with a nude strappy shoe, which is also very '90s. Or you can have a little fun with it and go more boho — a flat leather sandal, some stackable rings, and a jacket or oversize cardigan covered in another major trend: fringe!
5. Fanny Packs
They're calling them belt bags now, but you get the gist. Karl Lagerfeld sent them down the runway at the spring Chanel Couture show, and Cameron Diaz said she's designing a few for the next Pour La Victoire collection, so, yes, they're making a comeback.
It's not just the name that's different, though. It's the styling too. While fanny packs are bulky and usually made of nylon or cotton, belt bags are sleek; they're leather and they've got real metal hardware, not just some big plastic buckle. You can wear them around your waist or across your back like a messenger bag. They also look totally cool with a miniskirt and coordinating accessories.
You thought you were through with them forever after elementary school, but they're back with a vengeance — this time in denim and leather — and there's definitely a trick to pulling them off. First, the fit. A good pair of overalls should be a little slouchy, but still skim the body — none of that TLC-JNCO-jeans nonsense. The shirt, too, should be a little loose, but not so big that it sticks out the sides of the overalls. A cool leather jacket over your shoulders is never a bad idea, and high heels or a dressy pair of flats is a must. And one more thing: One strap undone might have been the thing in the '90s, but in 2014 it's two straps all the way.
How to Wear the Cape
17 October 2014 by Vogue
THAT charming Little Red Riding Hood sensibility, a heavy dose of practicality and a dash of super hero kapow! There's a lot to love about the cape, and it's making a play for your wardrobe this season.
So which to buy? If you opt for a cropped cape - or capelet as it's known (defined as a miniature style that swings above the hip), then wear with short-length skirts. If your cape has plenty of fabric and folds, then counterbalance the voluminosity with a pencil skirt. If your choice is more narrow and tailored, then a mini makes the perfect partner. Whichever skirt silhouette you swing for, wear your cape with cosy tights and knee-high boots. The longer the cape, the better it looks with skinny trousers. Elevate the look for evening with a pair of heels, or go for a cape dress
White Sneakers: Inside The Comfy, Classic Shoe Trend That Has Us Obsessed
Step aside, Birkenstocks. See you later, Tevas. There's a new crazy-comfortable footwear trend in town—and fortunately for those of us who were hesitant to slip into the ugly shoes of recent seasons past, it's a far more conventionally attractive one.
Over the past several months, snow-white sneakers have been popping up on the feet of the fashion world's finest, landing magazine editorials and dominating the street style scene. The ideal, minimalist answer to the aching arches and cramped toes that go hand-in-hand with heels, they pair perfectly with everything from cocktail dresses to mixed prints to boyfriend jeans.
Over the past few years, "more is more" has been the general attitude towards athletic footwear; just look at Nike's floral collaboration with Liberty of London or the bold, multicolored Flyknits we've been spotting both in and outside of the gym for several seasons running. Perhaps that's exactly why a classic, bright white court sneaker feels so fresh right now: it's a perfect palate cleanser, the rubber-soled remedy for a closet full of neon.
And shoe brands are stepping right up, so to speak, to satisfy our white trainer cravings. Just last month, Adidas reissued its beloved Stan Smith style—a shoe first introduced in the '70s—to the delight of editors, bloggers and designers (Marc Jacobs and Céline's Phoebe Philo are both fans) alike. As for Nike? Earlier this month, the sportswear brand teamed up with A.P.C. on a pair of no-frills, all-white Blazers that flew off of shelves in record time. And don't overlook Superga, Keds or Converse—all three of these heritage labels offer snowy white sneaks in canvas and leather that are right in line with the look. Happy Shopping!!
Boot season is officially here and while there are a variety of styles to choose from, my personal favorite are over-the-knee boots. They can add a touch of appeal or edge to an outfit ……..and options are plentiful:
- High Heel
Over-the-knee boots break up the naked leg. Pair them with over-the- knee socks and a skirt, a shirt dress with a great sweater, a pair of leggings or your favorite skinny jeans for a sexy and chic look. See some of my favorites below and happy shopping!!!
FALL TREND REPORT
Mad for Plaid
The classic print is IN. Plaid, commonly seen as a cold-weather print has taken over the runway with a grown-up twist. Ranging from clothing items to handbags and accessories...the classic remains
Now that the plaid is back in action, we thought we would break down some great ways to sport the plaid trend. We like to keep our statement pieces bold — but that means keeping the rest of the outfit more subdued. Hold off on the full plaid look for now and instead wear a little bit at a time. A great sweater with plaid detailing is perfect with a cute mini skirt and tall boots. If you’re going for a more casual look, wear a plaid button down opened with a graphic tee underneath and pair it with your favorite skinny jeans and low booties. Heading out on an evening date? Don’t be afraid of a chic plaid shirtdress or jumper! And, finally, if you’re not sure you can pull off the plaid trend, start out slow with a pop of plaid and rock a purse or headband.
-Sarah Lombard, 2014
Current plaid obsession: No. 21 Feather Trim Flannel Plaid Shirt: