Stylish and warm, the sweater dress is a staple in every girl's closet, whether she's 2 or 20. We found nine adorable dresses from some of our favorite shops, including Hanna Andersson, Gap, Mini Boden, and more, that can be worn casually during the day, or dressed up with some fun printed tights and fancy shoes for a holiday event. Keep clicking to find your favorite.
All the bits that are fit to print — here, in our daily news roundup.
- If the rumors are true, Versace will design Lady Gaga's costumes for her upcoming Born This Way Ball tour. [Vogue UK]
- Burberry just landed in Chicago, outfitting the largest store on the Magnificent Mile with the brand's signature Burberry plaid. [WWD]
- Move over Michelle, America has two new fashion plates: Malia and Sasha Obama. [NY Times]
- Fashion vocab word of the day: showrooming (v), the act of visiting a brick and mortar store, seeing an item you like, then using your phone to find and purchase it at a lower price. [Glamour]
- Trend forecasters report that consumers are growing weary of fast-fashion brands like Zara, H&M, and Forever 21. [Racked]
- Joanna Lumley's wardrobe from Absolutely Fabulous raised £15,010 (or $23,786 in the current exchange rate) at a recent auction. The sum was nearly triple what was expected. [Vogue UK]
- Charles Philip, whose slipper designs are favored by celebrities like Jessica Alba and Rihanna, has filed a lawsuit against The Gap, claiming the retailer has not only copied his designs, but even used a similar name for a collection of shoes selling at an 80 percent discount. [NY Post]
- Ralph Lauren celebrated its Downton Abbey-inspired Fall collection with a dinner and fashion show at Highclere Castle — the setting of the show itself. Carson, the butler, was, sadly, not present. [Ralph Lauren Facebook]
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$100 $60 finds. Sometimes we strike shopping gold without even seeking it out. Such a moment occurred when this perfect Gap leopard-print sheath ($60) stopped us dead in our tracks. It may have started with the standout print, but upon closer inspection, it's also a pretty perfect silhouette. The cinched waist and figure-flattering darting earned a universal stamp of approval here at Fab. We also agreed that it could pretty much pull double- or even triple-duty as far as occasions are concerned. It's office-appropriate, date-appropriate, cocktail-appropriate . . . We could keep going, but we're sure you get the point. And, this universally appealing little sheath would work just as well with edgy biker boots and a leather jacket as it would with a blazer and a pair of pumps. It's really up to you to put your own spin on it.
Carr had kept a low profile since leaving his post as creative director of Pringle of Scotland in April, where he spent a little over a year reinvigorating the sweater brand with lots edgy knits and contemporary appeal. He'll present his first McQ collection for Pre-Fall 2013.
Bay, meanwhile, is known for founding H&M's higher-end line COS in 2006. She left in 2011 to become creative director at Bruuns Bazaar, but will start as Gap's creative director and executive vice president of design on Oct. 1. She'll be responsible for all product sold in the brand's 1,600 stores worldwide and online.
She replaces the brand's last creative director, Patrick Robinson, who was let go in May 2011.
Photo: a look from McQ's Fall 2012 show.
All of Gap's winning classics have been updated with a refreshing twist in its upcoming Holiday '12 collection showing lots of color and cozy textural prints. (Faux) fur-lined parka jackets were dipped in saturated yellow, pink, and red hues, sweaters were given the colorblock treatment, while prints made its way onto an array of clean and easy trousers. There's a pair of camouflage pants we can't wait to try out, and a pair of navy suede ankle boots for pairing with just about anything. Basically, it's everything you need to stock up on before it gets chilly outside. Check out the styling cues we culled from our top looks below, then see whole lookbook.
- Instead of the usual army green parka jacket this year, swap it out with a bolder hue, like this standout yellow rendition
- When it gets really cold outside, make a dramatic statement by flipping up the collar of your Winter coat and pairing it with an exaggerated turtleneck collar for a decidedly cozy and chic look.
- Printed pants aren't just for summertime fun; try out one in a darker hue, like this polished navy and white pair, and finish off with a neutral hued sweater and suede ankle boots.
While hunting down a pair of Gap's ballet flats, we happily came across the brand's fresh crop of other flats — a lineup of on-trend, suede and calf-hair loafers and slippers that — ready for the best part? — retail under $50. So, whether your tootsies need a break from your Summer heels and wedges, or you're looking to stock up on some new, preppy-cool wares for Fall, look no further. We're particularly drawn to the leopard-print calf-hair versions for a playfully on-trend feel; though in any finish, they're a stylish solution for our tired feet (and tired footwear!).
There are few items as versatile as a denim jacket, and as these five celebrities prove, there are countless ways to work them for Summer. Rachel showcased her warm-weather style with a flirty white dress, a jean jacket, and ShoeMint sandals, Keira Knightley topped her abstract maxi and cap-toe Chanel flats with a light-wash denim jacket, while Cameron Diaz showed off her denim-on-denim style in a Levi's jacket. Check out five celebrity-inspired ways to work your denim topper, then shop similar pieces for yourself.
Welcome to Friday, the wonderful day when we reveal CelebStyle's top stars of the week. We had quite the fashionable crew this week from Gwen Stefani's crisp and cool Cali look to Solange Knowles's vibrant printed blazer pairing and Dita Von Teese's sexy red sheath and leopard combo, with a few more including Dianna Agron, Katie Holmes, Selena Gomez, and Kate Moss. Check out all of our style-setting winners, find out why they were crowned, then shop one or all of their looks for yourself.
While exiting her NYC apartment, Katie Holmes showed off her bold Summer style by pairing this Gap ikat braided tank ($50) with a purple pleated maxi skirt. Flat espadrilles, round tortoise sunglasses, a tan braided bag, and her everyday Jennifer Meyer gold "S" necklace ($1,800) served as fabulous accessories to her warm-weather look. We admire Katie's fearlessness in matching up two contrast colors and think green and purple make quite the happy couple. Get her exact Gap top — it also comes in pink and blue — to sport with a contrasting maxi, miniskirt, or jeans.
Just in time for weekend jaunts to the beach, Gap released its new swim collection filled with cute prints and colors to help you kick off the beginning of many sunny days to come. The line, now available in stores and online, features Spring's bold tropic prints trend, Parisian stripes, delicate eyelet details, and throwback prints in a bevy of silhouettes. "There are styles to suit everyone including vintage-inspired triangle tops and pushup balconets along with flirty skirted bottoms and fun, flattering one pieces," said Gap's vice president of GapBody design, Mireille Gindrey. "The collection is very playful with its black and white polka dot print and retro accents, but it’s also very wearable with features like removable pads and convertible straps." Start clicking to see and shop Gap's swim collection now.