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.
Back in the day, the color orange was saved for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but thanks to brands like J.Mendel, Helmut Lang, and Carolina Herrera, the once unpopular hue is now bigger than ever. The latest installment on the virtual shelves highlights chic skirts from J.Crew, bold printed tops from Etro, and romantic maxis from ASOS. Basically, there's a style for everyone. Style tip: make sure to accessorize your citrus look with neutral accessories for a chicer appeal. From sweet tangerine to poppy orange, shop our top 13 picks below.
Left to right: J. Mendel, Helmut Lang, and Carolina Herrera.
Back by popular demand (and thanks to the Spring '13 runways), we're getting another dose of pretty peplum. It's not just the ladylike feel or ultraflattering, waist-cinching silhouette we love — Spring-perfect finishes like lace, graphic print, florals, and fresh stripes make this set way more appealing than your average tees. The fact that they can transition seamlessly from day to night or work to happy hour is just a bonus — in fact, we can hardly think of an occasion that you couldn't wear one of these pieces with the right accoutrements. We've handpicked 18 of our favorites; all you have to do is click through to shop yours.
Statement pieces plus basics give way to one pretty flawless (and pretty easy) outfit formula. That's what you'll learn in H&M's latest Spring styling lookbook, where t-shirts, staple cotton maxi skirts, and denim cutoffs are reinvented with embellished tops, textured jackets, and printed miniskirts. It's the "it doesn't take much" approach to elevated dressing that's employed here — just a hint of bohemian print on a sweatshirt or a touch of lace on a skirt has a major effect on how the whole outfit adds up (even when the other half of that look is just a pair of your favorite well-worn Summer shorts). And if you're looking for serious outfit perks that come in the form of just one great piece, you'll want to check out the label's graphic-printed t-shirt dress or revamp on the heat-wave-ready LBD. Just click through to see Frida Gustavsson showing off the latest Spring pieces — and the styling lessons that come with them.
Feeling the Monday blues? With its virtual designer shelves stocked to capacity, the Saks friends and family event is sure to lift your style spirits. From now through April 28, enjoy 25 percent off clothing, shoes, accessories, and 20 percent off jewelry (some exclusions apply), from the likes of Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, and Joie. Basically, everything you need to amp up your warm-weather wardrobe in one place. See our top 14 picks in the slideshow, then click over here to shop the sale.
The quintessential sheath dress is the easiest way to getting out the door in one polished piece. Season after season, we rely on the ladylike silhouette as a staple in our closets — though, admittedly, we're partial to this season's lineup of fresh prints, silk finishes, and slightly more body-conscious cut. In fact, it's almost impossible to think of a place that we couldn't wear them. From the workweek to the weekend to dinners out and cocktail parties (and just about everything in between), these dresses are perfectly suited for almost anything in your itinerary. We've culled a few of the front-runners — aka the 14 reasons why you need a sheath dress in your closet right now. Start clicking to shop.
This season's turn to all things '90s nostalgic has us looking for ways to make that Kurt Cobain aesthetic work beyond the concert venues and the downtown street scene. Think of it as "grown-up grunge," a more sophisticated take on the standout trends that you most closely associate the '90s with — namely plaid, mixed prints, beat-up Converse, ripped denim, and slouchier tied-waist silhouettes. With 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries van Noten's Spring collections providing serious styling inspiration — OK, we also referenced Saint Laurent's Fall '13 lineup, too — we promise this is a grunge look that even the girlier set will want to try. Click through for three ways to wear it now.
Not everyone is blessed with supermodel genes, so with warmer weather springing up, we're looking for ways to lengthen our stems before slipping into our cute shorts and Summer dresses. Our secret weapon to instantly longer legs? Nude sandals — and this season, the virtual shelves are stocked with covetable styles to complete your ensembles. The key to maximum leg-lengthening appeal is making sure your ankle straps are always nude-hued; it's also amazing what a nude-hued pedicure can do (we love Essie's Sand Tropez option) for an even more seamless look. From white dresses to bright prints, nude sandals work with just about any outfit (the power of neutrals!), so needless to say, they're worth the investment. Big budget or small, we've got you covered — click on to see and shop our favorite nude sandals on the market right now!
Blue is easily one of the colors we are most excited about wearing this season. Many designers looked to the water and sky for inspiration this season and translated these themes onto the runway with pretty cloud prints, varying shades of blues, and fluid fabrics. We're giving you an inside look at our process — from how we spot the trend on the runway to the moment the trend comes to fruition on our shoot. Watch on and enjoy today's installment of Currently Trending. On Allison McNamara: Club Monaco top, Forever 21 pants, Target belt, Rag & Bone booties.
There's nothing quite like scoring that must-have piece — and thanks to Shopbop's friends and family event, you'll undoubtedly experience that familiar rush again soon. From now through Thursday, the retailer is offering a sweet 20 percent discount off your entire order with special code WEAREFAMILY13. There are a ton of irresistible pieces to perk up your wardrobe (think pretty printed tops, gorgeous sandals, and standout accessories), and we already highlighted a few of our favorite picks from the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Tibi, and Elizabeth and James to help you get on your way. Shop them below, then head over to Shopbop for even more can't-miss finds!