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.
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!
We usually want pretty much everything Olivia Palermo is wearing — here's the proof — fortunately, we can actually get it this time around. When the style star stepped out last night in NYC, she mixed and matched three of Zara's high-street pieces in one evening-chic ensemble, giving us the off-the-rack proof of each piece's potential. She gave Zara's Double Breasted Blazer ($100) a cool-girl makeover when she paired it with leather bottoms, then proved the power of great accessories with both Zara's Neon Minaudière ($36) and Zara's Multi-Strap High Heel Sandals ($90). No, it's not the first time Miss Palermo has relied on the label as the foundation for a killer outfit, but it's another testament to the fashion darling's high-low styling skills that you can apply to your own wardrobe — starting with these three pieces.
Love adding celebrity-approved staples to your closet? Then you're in luck, because we've tracked down plenty of must-have items to shop right now (and we're going to keep adding new pieces as they come!). Our latest finds include Kerry Washington's red leather Miss Wu dress and white Jason Wu bag, Kate Hannah Simone's blue printed Tory Burch dress, Hudson's 291 love sweater, Olivia Wilde's Paige Premiun Denim bicycle-print jeans, Julianne Hough's floral Madewell jeans, Jessica Alba's floral Tory Burch caftan, and Diane Kruger's colorblocked Rachel Zoe flats. Get a closer look at all of the standout celebrity style, then shop their exact must-have pieces inside.
Part of what we love about Olivia Palermo's style is that it's all at once inspirational and totally accessible. The fashion pro knows how to mix and match our favorite high-street labels with her own eclectic-chic angle. Case in point: her latest Spring party look relied on two great pieces that you might never suspect are from Zara — and totaling just under $220. Her peachy-hued Zara lightweight coat ($159) is sophisticated enough to top your Spring party dresses or provide a sleek outer layer to your workwear, while her printed Zara miniskirt ($60) could provide the standout counter to a basic black tee or white blouse, just like it did here. Both make worthy investments to wear together, à la Olivia, or mix and match all season long — and the best part? They're not really major investments after all. And, if you're in need of more Olivia Palermo outfit inspiration? Check out all of her recent looks here.
Warmer weather is finally on the way, and there's no better way to freshen up your Spring look than with the addition of a white shoe. Heels, brogues, and sneakers in optic white were seen all over the Spring 2013 runways, and they're surprisingly easy to mix in with the clothes and accessories you already love. Herein, five pairs of must-have white shoes perfect for any occasion. Click play to watch.
Consider Zara's TRF April edition a look at Spring's pastels, florals, and '90s-inspired denim through a cooler lens. Essentially, if you've deemed any of the season's big trends too sweet or maybe just not wearable, this lineup could quickly change your mind with its easy, albeit eye-catching, ways to outfit everything from softer color palettes to printed sandals. White boyfriend jeans are topped with a sporty zip-up that's washed in a global, graphic pattern; flower-print separates feel more sporty than girlie, thanks to a sweatshirt-style top; and acid-washed denim gets a moto-inspired makeover. In short, Zara does what it does best (yet again), turning out the most wearable versions of even the trickiest trends and styling it all just right. Needless to say, the lineup invokes an immediate "we have to have it" reaction to just about every piece. Click through and you'll see just what we mean.
Your Spring wardrobe revamp doesn't always have to be a dramatic one, and we're looking to this street-style subject for proof of a more subdued kind of seasonal overhaul. Between the eye-catching distressed jeans, the abundance of classic white layers, and the polished shoe choice, this is the kind of outfit that makes it impossibly easy to strike a balance between casual and chic. To achieve a similar effect, keep your worn-in, distressed jeans handy, then pair them with a white t-shirt (the more relaxed, the better) and an oversize white jacket. A white blazer or longer car-coat style will work just as well. As for the accessories, stick to the sophisticated basics, like black slingback pumps, a gold watch, and a neutral-toned bag. Now, shop the essentials below.
Shop, clockwise from top left: J.Crew Perfect-Fit Boatneck Button Tee ($27, originally $33), Reiss Finlee Gathered Back Coat ($425), Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Marci Mirror Watch ($200), Mango Touch Zipped Bowling Bag ($90), Zara Chain Court Shoe ($50), Topshop Moto Vintage Lacey Rip Jeans ($84)
- Minnie Mouse debuted a gown Alber Elbaz designed for her during a runway show at Disneyland Paris this weekend. [Telegraph]
- Shoppers at Vera Wang's Shanghai boutique should be prepared to spend money even if they don't purchase a dress. Customers at the store will be charged a ¥3,000 fee (approximately $482) to try the designer's work on. [Vogue UK]
- Kering, the company formerly known as PPR, has acquired France Croco, a luxury tannery which specializes in crocodile skins. [WWD]
- Nick Wooster's plan for helping JCPenney become America's favorite department store is simple. "I'm going to get in trouble for saying this," he said during WWD's Menswear Retail Summit, "but [we need to] make cute sh*t." [Racked]
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Zara's April lookbook is rife with the kind of pieces that perfectly capture Spring's breezier sensibility. That's not to say there aren't more polished styling counterparts — because there are — but if we're to forecast the month ahead according to Zara, it's looking like a laid-back affair. The floral prints, which are reminiscent of scenes stolen right off of a vintage china plate, take shape on cap-sleeved shifts, shorts sets, relaxed blouses, and pencil skirts. The quintessential blazer comes oversized with bold buttons, in a soft pastel blue tuxedo iteration, and cut in a longer double-breasted silhouette. And where there's silky texture, there's a flowing red jumpsuit, a sportier colorblocked maxi dress, and palazzo trousers to indulge in. Zara's latest is certainly something to be inspired by, and lucky for us, it's also within our wallet's reach. See the complete lookbook here.