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With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, and even more quick Summer getaways on the docket, we're prepping with a refresher in minimalist packing. Because as much as we love feeling ready for any dress code, it's not exactly fun lugging around an overpacked bag, either. Cutting down on what makes it inside your weekender bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, and collected. Ask yourself: What's the weather going to be like? Are there any formal evening events involved? Is there room to recycle outfit pieces? Those answers should help shape the contents of your packing strategy, along with employing a level of self-restraint, of course. Read on for our quick tips for packing (light) like a pro. Have one to share? Do so below!
- Don't underestimate the power of making a list. Write down the bare essentials of what you'll need for your trip, wherever the final destination may be. Key word here is basic: bras, underwear, socks, a pair of jeans, a warmer layer for the evenings, a chic go-with-everything dress, and so on. Then, follow your list without exception — it'll help you to not go overboard when you start digging into your wardrobe.
- Do be reasonable. Override that voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need six tops for a three-day trip. You don't . . . and the practical you knows that.
- Don't skimp too much. If you know that you're going to a wedding with formal dinners planned every night, then yes pack a few extra dresses. The trade-off? Include a neutral-toned pair of ankle-strap sandals that go with each outfit, so you don't have to overload on the shoe front.
The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is under way with the help of our favorite A-listers, who aren't afraid to show off their style or beauty chops. With every sunny (and even not-so-sunny) photocall in the French Riviera, we're highlighting the chic daytime ensembles the stars wear before they hit the red carpet — just check out Jessica Biel looking cool in colorblock; Rachel Bilson in a polished ensemble; and Karolína Kurková rocking crisp white denim. Then click through to see stars doing what they do best: showing off their perfectly chic daytime outfits for the cameras.
The Cannes Film Festival is easily one of the biggest red carpet fashion spectacles of the year. The latest star to steal the show is Jessica Chastain, who walked the carpet wearing a Bulgari necklace that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor. Watch on for the full scoop. On Allison: Rebecca Taylor jacket, Line & Dot top, G Star jeans.
One of the first things we spotted when Beyoncé shared snaps of her and Jay-Z's recent anniversary trip to Cuba was her smashing Tabitha Simmons striped espadrille sneakers ($395). Against the backdrop of her black blazer and leather pants, they stood out in the best way. Even if you're not jet-setting to exotic locales like Bey, you can still get her look locally. Work her exact Simmons espadrilles into your Summer wardrobe with everything from dresses to denim cutoffs. We also love the idea of sporting them with other bold patterns for a mixed-prints styling. Ready to treat your feet? Score Beyoncé's shoes, then be sure to shop other celebrity must-have items while you're at it.
One of our favorite things about Summer is being outside and basking in the sun. With the amazing weather and late-night sunsets, there are endless opportunities to do so. Beach days, barbecues, and evenings spent enjoying cocktails on the patio are all crucial seasonal experiences and require equally cute, Summer-ready ensembles — and Memorial Day is just the tip of the iceberg. The biggest things to be mindful of when dressing for an outdoor fete are your hemlines (in case you want to sit cross-legged on that picnic blanket), your accessories (superlong necklaces can be cumbersome), and your choice of footwear (heels sinking into grass are never a good thing). We're helping you find the perfect fashion formula by styling up three examples of what to wear when you're invited to an outdoor bash. Click through to see and shop them all now.
While we love the traditional brick-and-mortar stores, nothing quite beats shopping at your fingertips. That being said, we can't get enough of our sister site ShopStyle.com's mobile app, where you can shop the hottest fashion and beauty trends from more than 300 of your favorite retailers, including ShopBop, Nordstrom, Sephora, Net-A-Porter, and more. This handy-dandy app lets you browse the latest trends by brand or category, set up sale alerts on your shopping wish list, "favorite" the items you love, and email, tweet, or Facebook products directly to your friends and family (the perfect "hint, hint," right?). Even more, you can now search items from the home screen on your iPhone and sort your shopping search by price point, most popular, and new arrivals. It doesn't get any easier than that, people. Download this shopper's dream app right here.
Day eight at Cannes is proving just as glamorous as the very first day on the festival's red carpet. On par with Cannes past, this season's stylish set kicked off the glamour Gatsby-style with the film's premiere on day one, and continued to wow with every subsequent premiere and party. Yesterday's round of events were no exception — just click through for jaw-dropping arrivals from the supermodel crew at the Behind the Candelabra premiere, plus Jessica Chastain and even Sharon Stone at the postpremiere parties. It doesn't stop there; inside you'll find every Cannes appearance so far, so just keep clicking — and stay tuned for all the red carpet action right here.
Sienna Miller took to the streets of NYC sporting cool distressed boyfriend jeans — but she didn't style them in the traditional slouchy fashion we've grown accustomed to. The actress opted to go the opposite direction with feminine pieces from head to toe by choosing a white lace blouse and a pair of blue suede pumps. She then tied a printed scarf around her waist for a unique alternative to a belt and added round retro-style tortoiseshell sunglasses. So the next time you reach for your boyfriend jeans, channel Sienna. In fact, start now by shopping our picks of similar pieces below.
Father's Day is just around the corner, and you're in luck, because we have the perfect gift — our POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Summer For Him box! We've already revealed one of the exciting items inside — these cool wooden Proof sunglasses — and there's lots more exciting things inside to help your dad, grad, or any guy in your life tackle Summer looking sharp, drinking well, and getting into BBQ mode. Sign up by May 28, and we'll make sure to get the box there in time for Father's Day!
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