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!
As a perfect transitional piece, there's no time like the present to incorporate a vest into your look. You can throw them on top of your favorite sweaters, tees, dresses (you name it!), and they'll instantly give your outfit added interest — not to mention a little added warmth. The best part? The many cool styles to choose from: tuxedo, denim, anorak, biker — essentially a vest well-suited for every personality. We've done the work for you, supplying our favorite vests and five easy (and chic!) ways to put them to good use. Just keep clicking to check them all out and to shop your preferred ensembles.
There's no such thing as an "off" day with Jessica Alba, and her latest book-signing outfit serves as proof. Her black Fendi top and printed ankle-cropped trousers, also by Fendi, supplied us with a look that's equal parts subtle and high impact. Meanwhile, her blue Elizabeth and James Stella pumps provided a trifecta of color, texture, and metallic sheen. Consider this a perfectly chic — and dynamic — antidote to the average black pantsuit option, courtesy of the updated colorblocked print, tailored silhouette, and sophisticated shoe choice. Of course, if you need to inject another layer of polish, a fitted blazer should do the trick. The best part? These three pieces are versatile styling tools that go way beyond the 9-to-5 grind. The monochromatic blouse can be tucked into a high-waisted skirt for cocktail hour; the pants can be worn with a relaxed t-shirt and flat patent oxfords for a cheekier laid-back edge; and the heels will provide the finishing touch on a flirtier Spring shiftdress ensemble. Now, all you have to do is shop the essentials below.
Shop clockwise from top left: Mango Metal Fastening Blouse ($40), AllSaints Masson Collarless Blazer ($378), Ottoman Hands Drop Stone Earrings ($71), House of Harlow 1960 Blackened Metal Arrowhead Cocktail Ring ($84), Yasuko Azuma Four Bezel Ring ($450), Elizabeth and James Blue Suede Clark Pump ($148, originally $295), Topshop Unique Silk Devoree Trousers ($300)
We can't wait to shed all of our heavy Winter coats for lighter fare, and with warmer temps within reach, we're looking to update our wardrobe with the perfect Spring jacket. Our favorite styles this season range from chic trench coats — perfect for wearing with just about anything — to sportier renditions, like 3.1 Phillip Lim's gorgeous silk-embroidered bomber. To help you get on the right Spring track, we've handpicked 11 irresistible options (at all price points) for you to shop right now.
The Outnet, one of our favorite designer outlets, is treating us this weekend with an extra 50 percent off its already-discounted designer pieces! In addition to stocking Winter wares, the massive sale selection also includes a covetable array of Spring-ready dresses, jackets, and accessories. Since we're thinking of the warm weather ahead, we picked out the best transitional pieces for you to shop now. Act fast — everything is selling quickly!
If their collection for The Row was similarly focused, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Fall 2013 offering for Elizabeth and James was all about shapes. The twins sidestepped big gestures (they usually do) in favor of a brilliantly edited series of looks that layered wool, leather, and faux-shearling outerwear with pieces cut from cotton jersey and silk jacquard. The looks also showed off the brand's new range of handbags, a selection of five purses that will retail starting at $295.
Photos courtesy of Elizabeth and James
For Fall '13, Elizabeth and James offered up perfectly wearable pieces for its downtown crowd. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen played to a simple palette — mainly black, along with a few jewel tones — and modern silhouettes. Leather played a key role, making its way onto quilted jackets and a pair of chic slouchy sweatpants. See the complete collection — including close-up shots of the duo's debut handbag collection — and come back soon for our full review.
Photos courtesy of Elizabeth and James
Luxurious but not exactly affordable is probably the most obvious — and most accurate — way to describe Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen's collection of handbags for The Row, which includes a $39,000 backpack (that we've only ever seen the designers themselves wearing). Now the sister duo is looking to change all of that with the launch of a bag collection for their Elizabeth and James label. The major difference in this endeavor is the price point. While The Row skews towards the high end of the market, Elizabeth and James is the designers' more accessible brand, and Mary-Kate and Ashley have crafted these bags with that focus. "The price point is below [Alexander] Wang and [Phillip] Lim but above Marc [Jacobs] and Tory [Burch]." "And Rebecca Minkoff," Ashley interrupted. "We wanted these bags to be affordable." That means the full range of bags — which includes satchels, shoppers, messenger bags, backpacks, hobo bags, crossbody bags, clutches, pouches, and wallets — will stay between $125 to $395 for small leather goods and $395 to $625 for bags. Not bad considering this duo won't be sacrificing quality to meet their lower price points. Looking to Italian suede and leather, calf hair, lambskin, and strong hardware, these accessories will be getting the signature Olsen design treatment without the exclusive, Olsen-only price tag. Stay tuned: the bags hit stores this July.
Elizabeth and James's Spring '13 Textile lookbook is fresh off the press, which means you can start taking notes on the latest denim trends. For the season ahead, Olsen sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley showed off their penchant for effortless denim and basics via distressed boyfriend jeans, cutoff shorts, chambray tops, and our favorite burgeoning trend, denim overalls. No Farmer Joe here, the Olsens refreshed the style with clean lines, flattering fit, and a cool downtown workwear sensibility — and we can't wait to wear it. Denim washes range from dark blue to black, with a heavy focus on the lighter washes that were featured on an array of destroyed and distressed skinny leg and flared silhouettes. In fact, we can easily picture MK and Ashley in all of these pieces, can't you? Check out the complete Textile Elizabeth and James Spring '13 lookbook in the slideshow now and tell us what you think.
This week, our favorite celebrities worked dynamic color duos, sweet-cum-sexy styles, and festive ensembles fit for any holiday soiree. And they inspired us to follow suit. We particularly loved Lauren Conrad's cheeky "Ho! Ho! Ho!" sweater, Kim Kardashian's plunging black jumpsuit, and Miranda Kerr's classy take on short leather shorts. Cruise through to see who else was crowned a CelebStyle top star, then shop their noteworthy looks, including exact pieces, for yourself.