Want to add ladylike intrigue to your ensemble? From a Rebecca Minkoff lasercut purse to a Christopher Kane pencil skirt to Erdem D'Orsay pumps, these lady-adorned separates, dresses, and accessories are just the ticket. Shop our picks below to infuse just a hint of lace into your Summer wardrobe.
Top all manner of ensembles — from dainty sundresses to high-waisted trousers — with a cropped jacket for a polished, grab-and-go Summer look. With silhouettes in every color under the sun and a handful of powerful prints, the cropped jacket will be your new favorite layer.
When taking stock of the biggest red carpet moments at the Cannes Film Festival, the standouts are pretty black and white — quite literally. The style set ditched their rainbow hues in favor of chic two-toned gowns. Just look to Emma Watson in Chanel, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, and Carey Mulligan in Vionnet for the proof — and evidence of just how chic the black-and-white palette looks on a variety of evening gowns.
Sure, the color scheme is particularly hot this season, but it's also a classic. So whether you're looking to be at the forefront of fashion or seeking something a little more timeless for your wardrobe, a great black-and-white gown is kind of like the win-win of both style camps. It's an elegant, seasonless look that's bound to get you noticed at your best friend's formal wedding this Summer or your cousin's black-tie nuptials this Fall — or years from now. Need another reason to invest? We've pulled 12. Shop our editors' picks to channel a little Cannes glamour for your next big event.
The bridal trends for Spring 2014 leave room to try something a bit different. While gorgeous white gowns and traditional strapless silhouettes certainly made their customary appearance, it wasn't all run of the mill. Vera Wang surprised with black-and-white looks, finished with dramatic black opera-length gloves. Oscar de la Renta dipped into the color wheel for a true "something blue," Reem Acra turned out cocktail minis topped with veiled umbrellas, and Carolina Herrera debuted a sexier kind of wedding-day ensemble (think deep V-front necklines). For inspiration aplenty — and a closer look at what exactly the Spring '14 bridal forecast means for your own wedding-dress search — click on.
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The sunnier seasons herald in a much more relaxed approach to dressing. For most, that means shedding the layers, and keeping it basic. For others — we count repeat performer Diane Kruger among them — it means breaking out the crop top. Last year, we saw the resurgence of bare midriffs in a noticeable way, and now it's becoming the go-to trend for Hollywood's A-list.
And thanks to Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs, the latest set of crop top-wearing stars aren't limiting the silhouette to the usual sculpted bralette style. Instead, Kruger chose a sportier version, Doutzen Kroes went with stripes and long sleeves, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld's breezy white iteration reminded us of a sexy slip dress. Since it's only mid-May and Summer hasn't even officially started, we're wondering: Will you be taking the crop-top look for a spin this season?
Baseball caps used to be relegated to sports games and bad hair days, but now they're one of the coolest, easiest ways to accessorize for Summer. It was a look we spotted around the Fashion Week tents on style insiders, not to mention on the runways at Alexander Wang and DKNY — and it has quickly become one of our favorite trends. We've picked five baseball caps that are perfect for your Summer adventures, whether you're headed to the beach or kicking it at an outdoor music festival. Watch on to see how you can protect your face from the sun in the chicest way possible.
On Allie: Club Monaco blouse and jacket. On Britt: Rag & Bone Jean tee, BCBG Max Azria jacket and necklace.
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.
Leather is mainly reserved for cooler months, but for Spring and Summer 2013, designers displayed loads of leather on their runways in varying shades and styles. On that note, we're giving our leather jackets a rest for now and reaching for sumptuous leather shorts, vibrant circle skirts, and buttery shell tops that can be worn for both work and play. Click on for this episode of Currently Trending and start slipping into leather right now.