Memorial Day weekend marks the start of all things Summer — beaches, BBQs, block parties — and to help you prepare for the three-day event, we culled the perfect pieces for every kind of festive scenario. From J.Crew's chic white eyelet dresses to Opening Ceremony's whimsical gingham-print shades, see and shop our amazing picks.
The recent release of Club Monaco's Fall 2013 lookbook, spanning releases from July through September, has us excited to shop — and even more jazzed about getting dressed tomorrow. The street-style shots were released on Tumblr and available to all, embracing the power of social-network-fueled fashion democracy.
You might recognize some familiar faces, too, as the stylish subjects were mined from popular bloggers like Jules Sarinana of Sincerely Jules, Betty Autier of Le Blog de Betty, and Alice Gao of After the Cups.
Start drafting your shopping list now — items will begin hitting stores in July.
May marks the official kickoff of all things Summer-worthy, and this month, we can't wait to slip into an endless array of easy, effortless dresses, breezy tops, and fun skirts and shorts. With that in mind, our May shopping list highlights the aforementioned in a refreshing array of floral prints, stripes, and chic basics to carry us through the warm seasonal shift. Additionally, we're amping up our accessory game with wear-everywhere d'Orsay flats, statement clutches, and sleek high-heeled sandals for those evenings out on the town. Click through to shop all of our editors' May must haves now.
A black pencil skirt is arguably one of the most versatile items in any lady's closet, and accordingly, should be a mandatory part of any style arsenal. It may have started as an office essential, but that doesn't mean this knee-length sheath is strictly business. Don't believe us? Watch as we put this basic to the test and style it out seven different ways — from work presentations to date-night and Sunday strolling, you'll be covered every day of the week.
Layering your Winter clothes — without adding bulk — can be one of the biggest styling challenges during the cold-weather season. But when the temperatures drop, there's no other way to stay seriously warm than to pile it on. That's why we're showing you five ways to layer like a pro. We guarantee you'll look sleek and chic — without ever sacrificing heat!
Camel is one of those colors that just refuses to go out of style and we totally appreciate its stubborn nature. No matter what time of day or what season you wear it, it still manages to look relevant, not to mention supersophisticated. That's why we think it's a good idea to invest in a few camel items that will add instant posh and polish to all your outfits. One of our favorite finds is 3.1 Phillip Lim's camel-colored satchel — we envision it breathing major life into your work wardrobe. Another easier way to get in on the look is to throw on a camel scarf or cinch your dresses and pants with a skinny camel belt. Or, if you want something more in your face, there's always chic camel coats, tops, pants, and shoes. Step inside to discover our favorite camel-colored pieces right now, then shop the one(s) that speak to your unique aesthetic.
Club Monaco might have been in a New York state of mind for its first Spring lookbook, but has since looked west for its latest round of styling inspiration. For its second Spring installment, the mass retailer honed in on Los Angeles, highlighting sport-inspired pieces with a refreshingly chic twist. Sharp color-blocked sheath dresses, effortless windbreaker jackets, and structured floral separates dipped in hues of azure, white, and green emote a clean and modern spirit. Meanwhile, pop of yellow, floral patterns, and reptilian blue prints inject a bold tilt to the effortlessly refined collection. Click through now to see the just-released campaign.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Rumor has it the producers of the UK talent show X Factor will ask Kate Moss to serve as the program's style consultant. [The Mirror]
- In March, Louis Vuitton will release an anthology of short stories inspired by its legendary luggage entitled The Trunk. [WWD]
- Designer Tanya Taylor offers a tour of her light-filled New York studio. [Refinery29]
- Asked to describe 2012 in just one word, Moda Operandi cofounder Áslaug Magnúsdóttir simply replied, "Prints." [Racked]
- Bar Refaeli, Hilary Rhoda, Molly Sims, and other models shared pictures of how they spent the holidays. [Modelinia]
- Barneys's best-kept secret may be the vintage boutique at its Madison Avenue flagship store. [Style.com]
- For Club Monaco's head men's designer Aaron Levine, the most important style rule is to "dress comfortably and in a way that's honest to who I am as a person." [The Daily Telegraph]
Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
There were many noteworthy online retailers that opened up for virtual business this year — check out the list here — but you know how it goes, there can only be one winner. And this year we're happy to announce that it's Club Monaco! The brand opened its proverbial ecommerce doors at the end of March and has been serving up understated style to both men and women ever since. Amid all this, Club Monaco also produced many inspirational lookbooks: Fall 2012 referenced Scottish luxury, William Morris prints, and art nouveau, and Spring 2013 offered up cool-girl wares inspired by a New York state of mind. What's more, the retailer collaborated with Mayle on a collection of awesome bags, too. Given all that, we think this win is very well-deserved. Congrats to our friends over at Club Monaco!
Online shopping continued to rock our fashion socks off in 2012. Our new favorite sites in 2012 included Club Monaco, which debuted its ecommerce portion in March; Uniqlo, which opened a US ecommerce site in October; J.Crew Factory, which also got started up in October; Aritzia, which debuted at the end of November; as well as Moda Operandi and Rent the Runway. We loved Club Monaco's sleek look and even sleeker designs, Uniqlo's minimalistic aesthetic, Moda Operandi's fabulous access to preorder covetable designer wear (and now buy in-season as well), J.Crew Factory's amazing discounts, Rent the Runway for allowing us to borrow, not buy, designer dresses, and Aritzia for finally bringing its must-have Vancouver designs to America. So now it's time to vote. Which online retailer do you think deserves the retailer of the year award?