Memorial Day weekend marks the start of all things Summer — beaches, BBQs, block parties — and to help you prepare for the three-day event, we culled the perfect pieces for every kind of festive scenario. From J.Crew's chic white eyelet dresses to Opening Ceremony's whimsical gingham-print shades, see and shop our amazing picks.
Not just for the girlie girl, this season's ruffles have taken a turn toward modernism via structural silhouettes and minimal design. The results? Swooping modern-romantic pieces from brands like Chloé, Diane von Furstenberg, and newcomer Nha Khanh. Style tip: let your ruffles do all the talking and accessorize your look with simple jewelry and neutral footwear. Shop more than 40 gorgeous picks below.
Come May 22, you can shop three J.Crew-exclusive collections, courtesy of 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Greg Chait, of The Elder Statesman, and runners-up Tabitha Simmons and Jennifer Meyer. This latest collaboration trifecta marks the third year in a row that J.Crew and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have teamed up to show off an emerging lineup of American designers, and to celebrate the trend, shoppers are getting a little treat.
Currently, you can sign up on jcrew.com to receive a link to snag the limited-edition collections on May 21 — a whole day earlier. In the meantime, here's your first look at the respective collections.
Our weekend motto to slow down and take it easy certainly applies to our wardrobes, too. Borrowing from Emma Watson's effortless travel style, we're putting that philosophy into practice with a figure-flattering, fit-and-flare white dress, like Emma's A.L.C. version, that's brunch- or even cocktail-appropriate with the right accompaniments (read: a great all-occasion investment piece). But for a low-key day, you don't have to add much — just stick to Emma's flirty-gone-tough-girl styling formula and add in ankle boots, your go-to shades, and a hands-free crossbody bag. Simple, right?
Shop clockwise from top: Rag & Bone white Niki flare dress ($570), Rebecca Minkoff Craig crossbody camera bag ($195), Steve Madden double-buckle cutout ankle boot ($130), Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses ($150)
We can't deny a good sale, and it's no secret that we love adding celebrity pieces to our wardrobes. Put them together, and you have a total win-win scenario. That being said, we've found 20 "seen on celebrities" pieces on sale, and now's the time to snag them for yourself! We're talking about Rihanna's black Siwy denim cutoffs, Alessandra Ambrosio's hot-pink Topshop sweater, Reese Witherspoon's two-toned 3.1 Phillip Lim pumps, and Julianne Hough's Madewell floral jeans. But wait, there's more, so just keep clicking.
With the right pieces, adding a sporty touch to your Summer arsenal can look extremely chic. Just follow suit in sharp pieces from designers like Rag and Bone, Proenza Schouler, and Helmut Lang, then finish off the look with minimal accompaniments and sleek accessories. Neoprene dresses, racerback tops, and zippered skirts — shop the hottest pieces on the market right now.
Find your sole mate .Ann Taylor has just kicked off a stellar shoe sale, offering 30% off all full-priced footwear for a limited time. We have a few pairs on our wish list, including geometric-print sling-back sandals, pink striped wedge espadrilles, flat slip-on sandals, and embossed-leather ballet flats.
Want a carefree, polished look this Summer? Spend your days in Theory’s luxurious basics. The brand’s new arrivals have a throw-it-on-and-look-gorgeous appeal that gives “je ne sais quoi” a run for its money. Look flawless in a formfitting LBD, a collarless blazer, or a front-zipper jumpsuit.
Treat the man in your life to our Special Edition Must Have Summer For Him box. The editor-curated $100 box (which ships free) features a handful of awesome items, including a stylish pair of wooden Proof sunglasses (a $115 MSRP value), made exclusively for POPSUGAR. It's the perfect gift for dads, grads, or to kick off Summer.