Some girls blossom in floral prints and bright hues during Spring, while others prefer to take a more minimalistic approach. For the latter population, J Brand's Spring '13 lookbook serves up endless styling inspiration. White on white on white is a huge theme, as are Spring leather, dresses over pants, and hints of pastel balanced with edgier pieces. But even if you don't follow the less-is-more school of thought, you can still appreciate J Brand's strong Spring styling cues. Head inside to soak up a slew of streamlined ensembles, and then shop J Brand's Spring collection here.
Printed shorts are the natural evolution of those printed pants we lived in all Winter long. With Spring finally here, we love nothing more than the idea of livening up our basic tops with everything from flat-front to pleated to more-modest bermuda shorts, all in a kaleidoscope of prints and colors. The best part of these are how incredibly versatile they are. For daytime, add on a tee and strappy flat sandals. For night, take a page out of Solange Knowles's how-to book on wearing a rocking shorts suit with sexy heels. Ready? Head inside to see and shop your soon-to-be favorite pairs.
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What's your sign? Whether you're an astrology buff or not, there's no denying that the stars have stylishly aligned for Charlotte Olympia's new Cosmic Birthday capsule shoe collection. Debuting online and in select stores this month, the 12-piece loafer collection features gorgeous hand-painted enamel zodiac symbols, luxurious suede, and to finish it all off, gold trim detailing. Each pair costs $695, but they're well worth it in our eyes; how cute would they look with all of your Spring-ready cropped trousers, printed dresses, and chic shorts? Even more, every pair of Cosmic shoes comes with a Charlotte Olympia horoscope book, so you can learn all about your special sign. And if you're into the whole zodiac scene, don't forget to check out the designer's color-coordinated clutch collection. We can't think of a better birthday gift for your deserving BFF, or better yet, why not treat yourself.
The year of Beyoncé continues with an epic #BeyHereNow teaser-turned-Pepsi-commercial, and it couldn't have debuted on a more appropriate day. Today — April 4 — also marks the singer and Jay-Z's fifth wedding anniversary. The ad, which plays her rumored new single, "Mirrors," in the background, takes us through a pretty awesome sequence of Beyoncé incarnations. Among the mix, her pink sari-inspired "Bootylicious" look, her sexier white tank and denim shorts combo from "Crazy in Love," and her black off-the-shoulder "Single Ladies" unitard all make an appearance. But modern-day Beyoncé might just be our (new) favorite look to date.
She layered a black sheer patchwork lace AllSaints Kyoto t-shirt ($68) over a black sports-bra-like top, then paired it with black leather shorts. It's a dark monochromatic look with just the right amount of sex appeal, edge, and, well, legginess. And while it certainly fits the Coachella bill, if you're not quite ready to take on the same approach, we think this see-through top would work just as well over a strappy floral slip dress and ankle boots.
With Coachella about a week away, we've been on the hunt for some fun festival-inspired looks for what's guaranteed to be a weekend filled with stylish eye candy, music, and lots of dancing. In comes Jessica Stroup to the rescue: the actress made an appearance at the H&M Conscious Collection event in San Francisco looking like a bohemian beauty in her high-low ivory lace H&M dress and cowboy boots. Between the vintage-inspired lace and perfectly rugged boots, we can easily picture ourselves prancing around the festival grounds in a similar look. In fact, all you need is a diaphanous little lace dress, cowboy boots, and if you really want to take your festival style up a notch, finish the look with a pretty braid. Even if Coachella isn't in the cards for you this year, this sweet dress and boots pairings is just as ideal for a weekend brunch date or a casual day in the city. Shop our similar shopping picks below!
Spring's ruffled runways — seen at Chloé, Gucci, and Givenchy, to name a few — are proof that you don't have to be the quintessential girlie-girl type to join in on the fun. If frilly dresses aren't your thing, then try pairing a ruffled top with a pair of tailored trousers and minimal ankle-strap sandals for a look that's simultaneously whimsical and sleek. For a dressier aesthetic, opt for silkier textures, and if you're looking for something more casual, then pair a sweet ruffled confection with a pair of loose jeans. Or, add a sportier tilt to your style with a gray-and-navy color combo punctuated with a pair of black-and-green shoes. Jonesing to add this look to your warm weather repertoire? Shop our three irresistible outfits below.
Left to right: See by Chloé Ruffle Blouse ($188, originally $314), Vera Wang High-Rise Jacquard Pants ($850), Vince Lara Huarache Sandals ($375), J.W. Anderson Asymmetric Ruffle Tank ($640), Mango Cropped Suit Trousers ($60), Narciso Rodriguez Ankle-Strap Side-Buckle Sandals ($1,050), Romwe Cut-Out Rose Blouse ($37), Tibi Vintage-Wash Denim Pants ($250), Steve Madden Realove Evening Sandals ($79)
Jessica Alba knows her way around a bright color palette — whether it be blue mirrored Westward Leaning sunglasses paired with emerald green trousers or a statement necklace worn over an electric yellow sweater, she's got it down. It comes as no surprise (but rather, a welcomed reinvention), then, that her latest outfit is a subtle play on pink-hued accents. And let's just skip right to the good part: her bright neon pink Charles Philip smoking slippers.
These shoes provide a standout example of how one serious pop of Spring-perfect color can energize even the most casual off-duty ensembles. It also doesn't hurt that the menswear-inspired silhouette supplies an instant does of sophistication, flat sole and all. But the most important styling takeaway? Alba's colorful shoes have inspired us to invest in our own versions. So, to jump-start the process, we've got some bold, printed, preppy, and floral iterations to shop below.
Now that you've found the perfect dress, it's time to complete the look with the right accessories. Think vintage-inspired veils by Jenny Packham, blue satin Manolo Blahnik pumps, and beaded Marchesa clutches for the bride, and sparkly rhinestone necklaces from Tom Binns, statement Jason Wu bags, and floral-embellished sandals for the wedding guest. See and shop our top jewelry, shoes, and bag picks for the Spring wedding season right now.
Shopbop is making it a little easier to get our hands on everything we want for Spring, thanks to the site's (pretty major) midseason sale. The retailer's virtual racks are always stocked with designer must haves from the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Tibi, DVF — we could go on — but with these sale prices (we're talking up to 70 percent off), we're one step closer to stocking our closets with the same covet-worthy wares. Think colorblocked bags and tops, metallic-finished sandals, cutout party dresses, and the perfect pair of white jeans. In short, it's a lineup that could quite easily and stylishly get you through the whole season — without any buyer's remorse.