- Tuesday is the jam. For some reason (and aside from Black Friday and Cyber Monday), Tuesday seems to be the universal day that ecommerce sites post new sales and update their merchandise. And if you plan on scouring your favorite online destinations on Tuesday, start really early. Most sites post these discounts in the wee hours of the morning, so your best bet has everything to do with the saying, "the early bird gets the worm."
- Promo codes are your best friend. If you're really serious about online shopping or you're just looking to score a great holiday deal, you should never be without a promo code. Quick ways to snag these discount-inducing passwords? Head to Retail Me Not for up-to-date coupon codes, do a general Google search for what you need (example: Shopbop discount code), or subscribe to your preferred brands and online retailers' emails for early access to sale promo codes. We've learned that Shopbop, ASOS, Net-A-Porter, and LOFT are great at notifying us with new discounts promptly.
- Know your free-shipping deadline. Mark it: Dec. 17 tends to be the last day most online retailers offer free shipping and guarantee it to arrive just in time for Christmas. Sure, you can spring for the more expensive same-day shipping if you're in a bind, but plan accordingly.
- Addendum: you should never pay for shipping. Where there's a will, there's a way, and where shipping is concerned, you shouldn't have to shell out. This means you'll have to do some extra digging, but if you follow our promo-code tip, you'll most likely come across a coupon that will give you the gift of free shipping.
We watched her found a career in fashion and pal around with The Hills costar Lauren Conrad; now, shortly after Lauren's engagement, Whitney Port is also ready to wed! That's right — Whitney and Tim Rosenman (an associate producer from The City) are making it official — and to celebrate the couple's engagement, we're going wedding dress shopping to find something perfect for Whitney's walk down the aisle.
And with other betrothed beauties like Hilary Rhoda, Olivia Wilde, and Poppy Delevingne getting ready to wed, we figured we'd also help them get a head start on the planning by suggesting some gorgeous gowns that fit their personal style. See our picks for each blushing bride-to-be, and share your celeb suggestions in the comments!
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil
Derek Lam made his Fashion Week debut in 2003, sending out a collection that would mark a new era in crisp, clean, American sportswear. He redefined the classics, crafting a cool line of looks that felt utterly modern thanks to smart tailoring and attention to detail. What remains in each reincarnation is an unmistakably chic aesthetic — effortless, easy, and wearable. He loves color as much as he loves black; he experiments as much with the classics as he does with edgier designs and prints, but continues to deliver a clever mix of the slick and the feminine. Click through for a look back at the San Francisco-born designer's runways and see exactly what we mean.
Looking back at Marc Jacobs's catwalk shows, it's not hard to see how much he enjoys taking risks and changing things up. No two collections are ever the same — and whether it's through the use of exaggerated layers, futuristic shapes, nostalgic undertones, or feminine silhouettes, he always delivers an array of fresh, covetable pieces. We can trace Marc Jacobs's chameleon tendencies with just a glance at his two-plus decades worth of design, high-profile accolades, and side projects (read: Louis Vuitton). It's a wonder this man ever sleeps. Click through to see some of his most memorable looks from seasons past.
By now, the Wang girl is totally iconic. It's hard to imagine the world without Alexander Wang's vision of the downtown, edgy-cool chick. While urban street style existed before 2007, the California-bred designer took that unmistakable look and refined it into something so insanely chic and wearable that every girl wanted a piece. Whether it's his slouchy denim, killer pebbled-leather bags, or body-con dresses, his creations never fail to impress with a unique brand of It factor. Currently, Alexander Wang is a globally recognized brand while also at the helm of the Balenciaga, where he infuses his aesthetic into the established brand. Take a look back with this runway retrospective of Alexander Wang's relatively short — but unstoppable — career.
Taipei-born designer Jason Wu has quite an eclectic background. He started out as a freelance doll-clothing designer but quickly made a name for himself with real girls in the fashion world with his luxe, superfeminine sportswear. Wu's easy, glamorous designs are a hit among stylish stars like Diane Kruger, Blake Lively, and Natalie Portman — not to mention First Lady Michelle Obama, whom he dressed for the Inaugural Ball both in 2008 and in 2013. And who could forget that Target collection! Each of Jason Wu's collections is impeccably crafted, blending classic haute couture techniques with a modern, sophisticated sensibility. Take a look back at Jason Wu's most notable runway moments now.
Are you thinking what we're thinking? Halle Berry has discovered the Fountain of Youth, right? Today, the bombshell actress celebrates her 47th birthday, and honestly, she doesn't look like she's a day over 25. She knows how to highlight her enviable frame, opting for formfitting Dolce & Gabbana sheaths and Roberto Cavalli pantsuits on the red carpet, but she also knows that the key to styling success is to never overdo a good thing. Thus, Halle consistently sticks to a "less is more" mantra, always choosing understated accessories and au naturel makeup and hair over more opulent accents. To top it all off, she's one serious actress — with an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a SAG Award to prove it. She's making it too easy for us to be totally jealous of her, but the truth is, she's pretty awesome. In honor of her birthday, here are our 15 reasons Halle Berry is the hottest 47-year-old we know.
We're taking a trip down Lollapalooza-memory lane ahead of the Festival's kickoff this weekend. What better way to gear up for another season of Lollapalooza's style-palooza than to click back through last year's festival standouts? From bright feather earrings and floral tops to cool dress-and-sneaker combos and serious statement jewelry accents, these concertgoers paid homage to classic '90s ensembles and the most bohemian Woodstock-appropriate outfits.
If you're making the trip to the festival grounds this year, take cues from the plethora of prints, crossbody bags, and enviable eyewear. It's not hard to draw end-of-Summer styling inspiration from 20 of our favorite festival style snaps, so just keep clicking.
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil
Kate Middleton is a mom! We can't think of a better time to take a moment to look back on her best style moments. Her maternity ensembles are a testament to her polished-meets-fashion-conscious aesthetic. For her last pregnant appearance, Kate chose a soft-pink coat, and true to form, she accessorized with a matching pink fascinator.
See close-ups of her sweet ensemble, plus some of our other favorite fashion moments from the duchess, right here. From her stunning teal Jenny Packham gown and Issa wrap dresses to her perfect Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress and countless tartan-print coats, it's virtually impossible not to fall a little bit in love with Kate's easy elegance.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian
Diane Kruger turns 37 today, and we can say without a doubt that there are few people who can pull off a look the way she can. Bringing fashionable risk to red carpet fruition, she's not only adept at crafting the perfect ensemble, but Diane also stuns in them, too. With supermodel genetics, a serious acting talent, and a gift for styling, she's a triple threat — at the very least. No matter what you put her in, whether it be high drama in Chanel Haute Couture or a sultry formfitting Calvin Klein number, she brings it to life, both in aesthetic and in attitude. Floor-length gowns, minidresses, full-skirted Victorian-inspired bustles, and lacy back cutouts — there's not a piece or silhouette she doesn't wear well. Join us in celebrating Diane's 37th birthday with a look at her best (and some of our absolute favorite) red carpet looks to date.
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We're getting deep into July, and with still more quick Summer getaways on the docket, we're prepping with a refresher in minimalist packing. Because as much as we love feeling ready for any dress code, it's not exactly fun lugging around an overpacked bag, either. Cutting down on what makes it inside your weekender bag has everything to do with staying calm, cool, and collected. Ask yourself: What's the weather going to be like? Are there any formal evening events involved? Is there room to recycle outfit pieces? Those answers should help shape the contents of your packing strategy, along with employing a level of self-restraint, of course. Read on for our quick tips for packing (light) like a pro. Have one to share? Do so below!
- Don't underestimate the power of making a list. Write down the bare essentials of what you'll need for your trip, wherever the final destination may be. Key word here is basic: bras, underwear, socks, a pair of jeans, a warmer layer for the evenings, a chic go-with-everything dress, and so on. Then, follow your list without exception — it'll help you to not go overboard when you start digging into your wardrobe.
- Do be reasonable. Override that voice in your head trying to convince you that you absolutely need six tops for a three-day trip. You don't . . . and the practical you knows that.
- Don't skimp too much. If you know that you're going to a wedding with formal dinners planned every night, then yes pack a few extra dresses. The trade-off? Include a neutral-toned pair of ankle-strap sandals that go with each outfit, so you don't have to overload on the shoe front.
The latest batch of designer collaborations has us plotting all the ways we can style these ingenious seasonal matchups. From the high-low partnerships to the unexpected duos to the capsules that continue to reinvent the wheel (hello, Charlotte Olympia x Tom Binns!), this Spring's — and Summer's — most exciting collaborations promise to supply us with our fair share of warm-weather-perfect pieces. Think quirky zebra-head prints à la Peter Som for Anthropologie, cool-girl sandals courtesy of the third annual J.Crew x CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund partnership, and colorful beach totes and caftans from the exclusive Mario Testino for MATE lineup. Click on to see all this, plus all the other designer collaborations we're excited to get our hands on.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian
Whether you're a denim loyalist or just on the hunt for the perfect pair of cutoffs, you've come to the right place. But as a warning, this season's play on bold prints isn't for the faint of heart, nor are the cool-girl takes on ultradistressed silhouettes. For the casual dresser, the tomboy short is ideal for the laziest days of Summer. And if you're already riding the '90s throwback wave, then why not embrace the overalls revival while you're at it? Edgier moto vests, fresh pastel skinnies, and a totally new interpretation on patchwork can only mean one thing: the denim lover will be well stocked this Summer. See — and shop — all the standout denim, or choose a key trend below.
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Welcome to the new school of low-heeled heels. Here you'll find a slick range of sexy sling-back kitten heels (in brocade finishes and floral prints), polished ankle-strap pumps with crystal embellishments, and classic nude iterations, too. The common denominator? Despite the "under three inches" rule, these shoes pack a just-as-cool punch. And if you're worried about not fully maximizing the leggy look (yes, we know a killer pair of sky-high stilettos does wonders for lengthening your frame), then have a little fun with it. Go for a thigh-skimming skirt instead. All the convincing you'll need to take the low-heel plunge — aside from the obvious comfort perk — is just a click, or 20, ahead.
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil
Despite her surprising arrest and arrest videos back in April, Reese Witherspoon has maintained her status as America's sweetheart since breaking onto the scene in the 1991 film The Man in the Moon. Since we've come to expect the blond actress to also dress the part of red carpet sweetheart (with Louis Vuitton and Nina Ricci creating gowns just for her), we're playing devil's advocate. Instead of the usual Witherspoon fare, we're looking to her sexier side for a glimpse of the good girl gone bad. Her recent red carpet appearances have led to some seriously formfitting (read: corset bodices) minidresses, and most recently, she stepped out in a sexy short LBD at Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project inaugural gala in LA. While we have a feeling Witherspoon will always be the classic style setter at heart, we've got to admit: we love when she surprises us.
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After four fun-filled days, Bonnaroo has come to a close. And while we may be packing away our concert wares (for now), we've still got one more fashion dispatch fresh from the farm. This Tennessee festival was unlike anything we'd ever experienced before — that applies to the physical location, the music lineup, and, of course, the people watching. Festivalgoers flooded the fields in (as expected) less-is-more attire, dressed in a mix of frayed cutoffs, airy tops, bikini tops peeking through, and a mashup of sandals, beat-up sneakers, and flat ankle boots. For other Bonnaroovians, it was all about flowers in the hair, slick accessories, and lacy white dresses. The best looks from Bonnaroo 2013, here in the gallery.
We're all about Summer fun, but sometimes that's difficult to do in heels. That's where the borrowed-from-the-boys oxford comes in. The lower-heel profile makes them comfortable, but don't fret, they don't lose an ounce of cool. Whether the silhouette is classic (think brogue detailing and a patent finish) or culls fashion-forward accents like metallic shine, exotic texture, leather cutouts, or colorblocking, there's certainly a more dynamic way to interpret (read: wear) the flat oxford look. Luckily, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and even Zara have all crafted their own versions to appeal to a handful of style personalities. As for execution? Remember that these shoes work for day and night — and as long as you show a little ankle (at the very least), you're good to go. Click on for 19 of our favorite Summer oxford picks now.
— Additional reporting by Melody Nazarian
The pilgrimage to Bonnaroo is upon us, and unlike its Summer festival counterparts, this massive amalgamation of music, comedy, health, wellness, and nature takes place over the course of four days on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN. With a projected weather forecast of temps in the high 80s with a slight chance of rain, it's fair to expect the unexpected. And because of that, you've got to pack the part. The key is to stick to light layers, functional add-ons, and when all else fails, just don't forget your bikini, sunglasses, and hat. Here's what we're packing (no, really, we'll see you there!), courtesy of our no-fail checklist — and below that, be sure to shop our product picks for each must-have item.
- Lightweight Tops
- Hands-Free Carryalls
- Mix-and-Match Jewelry
- Flowy Dresses
- Weather-Ready Essentials
Outdoor festivals, especially ones held on a farm, mean lots of daylong exposure to the Summer elements. We're intentionally skipping anything that adds unnecessary bulk. Instead, the lightweight top — the lighter the material, the better — will be our go-to. Pick breathable fabrics, and if you're really committed, go with skin-revealing details like cutouts and sheer paneling.
A required accessory for any sunny excursion, and Bonnaroo certainly warrants one. Whether you're more of a classic aviator type or want to get into the indie spirit with a colorful mirrored pair, sunglasses are an easy way to add flair to an outfit.
Our main goal is to be carefree as we make our way to This Tent, That Tent, What Stage, and Which Stage. With that said, it's important to also have the essentials (camera, money, water, and sunscreen) with you. The compromise? A compact bag that requires little handling. Our favorite picks include a belt bag that proves a modern-day answer to the fanny pack, a polka-dotted backpack, and a utilitarian knapsack.
Don't limit yourself to the regular "diet" of denim. Spring for a lightweight vintage jean vest, embroidered white cutoffs, and if you're feeling just the slightest bit nostalgic, don a pair of short-alls with a printed bikini top.
This is not the festival nor the terrain to wear heels — and you will regret it if you try. Believe us. Instead, waterproof jelly sandals are perfect for dusty days, sneakers will keep you comfortable long into the third set of the night, and gladiator sandals are a cool combination of everything in between. Be sure to bring a few Band-Aids just in case you do incur some first-day blisters.
The focus may not be on accessorizing, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with it — a true bohemian would. We can't wait to pile on the brightly colored bracelets, and it may even be time to try out the ear-cuff trend for real. If you're feeling the Stevie Nicks vibe, go with long barely-there chains and stone pendants.
If the plan is to go with the flow, then surely that philosophy applies to your way of styling, too. Here, we've found the sweetest array of dresses — airy, breezy, and, yes, flowy — to keep you "ventilated" but chic enough that you don't have to worry about doing much else.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: protect yourself from too much sun exposure. Sunglasses is one way, but double up on top with a hat. For the girlie girl, we've got a wide-brimmed floppy hat, and for the girl who wants something sporty and unobtrusive, we've picked out the season's coolest baseball caps.
Whether it rains or just cools down come nighttime, we want to be prepared for all Mother Nature has to offer. Our solution comes in the form of light ponchos, fringed kimonos, open-weave knits, and a quirky cover-up that doubles as a daytime dress.
Jessica Chastain went the LBD route, courtesy of Givenchy, at the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards. She paired her strapless black knee-length dress with matching black ankle-strap sandals, also by Givenchy. And in true Jessica form, everything else was understated and refined — right down to the one-of-a-kind Irene Neuwirth boulder opal and emerald bracelet she wore. Fun fact: not only did Jessica walk the red carpet with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, but she's also set to present Tisci with the International Award during tonight's ceremony. How's that for loyal?
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The 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards are under way, and Lily Aldridge was one of the first to arrive on the red carpet. Dressed in head-to-toe The Row, the Victoria's Secret model opted for a striking kind of glamour. Her cream-colored strapless gown — made dramatic by a kimono-like draping in the back — was embroidered with a subtle all-over floral print, and her red kitten heels were enhanced with voluminous ruffles. As for everything else? Aldridge kept it simple, wearing barely there gold jewelry and natural makeup. Are you a fan of her look?
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