Thanks to their cool, clean, and crisp demeanor, white jeans were made for every kind of laid-back Summer situation. This season, brands like 7 For All Mankind and J Brand have supplied us with every kind of silhouette to pair with your bright tops, sandals, and statement clutches. Shop them all now.
Finding a chic carryall that can easily take you from lounging in the sand to drinks afterwards is a seasonal essential. This Summer, beach-worthy totes from Club Monaco, and Marc by Marc Jacobs feature a range of water-resistant and lightweight silhouettes that are as cool as they are functional.
May marks the official kickoff of all things Summer-worthy, and this month, we can't wait to slip into an endless array of easy, effortless dresses, breezy tops, and fun skirts and shorts. With that in mind, our May shopping list highlights the aforementioned in a refreshing array of floral prints, stripes, and chic basics to carry us through the warm seasonal shift. Additionally, we're amping up our accessory game with wear-everywhere d'Orsay flats, statement clutches, and sleek high-heeled sandals for those evenings out on the town. Click through to shop all of our editors' May must haves now.
It's time to store away all of those layering pieces (so long, Spring!) and start focusing on all things Summer. We're not talking about tees and cutoff shorts here, either. This season, it's all about investing in the new basics: a statement bag, metallic sandals, the perfect white dress, and lightweight chambray make the cut. Additionally, we can't live without a pair of sleek heels, tailored shorts, and a wear-everywhere maxi dress. To keep your wallet (and your closet) happy, we've culled 13 picks — all currently on sale — for you to kick-start your warm-weather wardrobe. Click on for your Summer style (on sale) cheat sheet, then start shopping!
Vests made a big statement on the Spring/Summer 2013 runways. Proenza Schouler, Isabel Marant, and 3.1 Phillip Lim made good use of this warm-weather layering piece, showing us everything from patchwork pieces to utilitarian styles. We've rounded up our favorite vests on the market right now, from eclectic finds to the must-have distressed vest. On Allison: BCBG Max Azria blazer, Club Monaco top, Cameo shorts.
On the eve of the launch of her latest collection for GapKids, we spent a few minutes chatting with the fabulous Diane von Furstenberg. The designer has been creating her iconic wrap dress since 1972, and last year marked her first collaboration with Gap, scaling her eponymous look down to little girls' sizes. Click through for photos of the launch party for DVF's latest "Young Explorers" collection, and read our interview with the designer.
For Fall 2013, Gap turns its focus to classic denim pieces, boxier silhouettes, and colorblocked styling. In effect, the casual dresser has a wardrobe that's both polished and easy to wear again and again. We love the slightly unexpected inclusion of Spring hues (soft peaches, cotton-candy pinks, and tangerine corals) against chunkier cold-weather layers. But then again, that seems to be the brand's aim here — to bring about unlikely seasonal pairings, the kind that actually make a lot of sense. Take, for instance, the knitted mock pastel-colored turtleneck and cuffed khaki trousers, or the dark jean jacket layered with a thin puffer coat and black skater skirt. Both looks render an aesthetic that's equal parts lighthearted and functional. But most of all, Gap has inspired us to rework our own denim staples not just for Fall, but for right now. See what we mean inside.
Sneak a Peek at Diane von Furstenberg's New Collection For GapKids and BabyGap Before It Hits Stores!
Diane von Furstenberg is at it again . . . and we couldn't be happier! As announced last month, the iconic designer is lending her hand to a second collection for GapKids and BabyGap that will hit store shelves (it will be available at GapKids, BabyGap, and DVF stores, as well as online) on April 25, and based on this sneak peek, it's bound to fly off store shelves.
This year's theme, Explorers, is filled with African-inspired prints and wild-animal illustrations all meant to express girls' natural desire to discover the world around them. Of course, the capsule collection includes the iconic DVF wrap dress — though it is reworked into a shorts romper to be a bit more child-friendly — as well as printed skinny jeans, rompers, tees, swimwear, shirtdresses, leggings, lace-up espadrilles, sunhats, and more. Expect to see plenty of safari-themed and hibiscus bud graphics, the DVF signature heart, and some Gap/DVF graffiti on the various pieces.
The first collaboration, which featured the DVF Loves GapKids theme, was an instant hit with parents and kids alike, so click through our first look at the collection, and start making your shopping lists now!