When we heard the news that Elizabeth and James was launching a line of handbags, "excitement" barely begins to describe what we were feeling. Joy, curiosity, worry we'd be disappointed — a lot of emotions flowed through our accessory-loving selves. And so, it was with great pleasure that we spotted them at the brand's presentation during last Fashion Week and left feeling floored. Simple, professional pieces devoid of too much hardware or overly conspicuous labels, each and every piece is special. With Pre-Fall and Fall items rolling out to stores, now's the time to preorder your own!
Hit up the Summer party circuit in sexy, back-baring dresses. With the sun shining bright, now is the time to show a little — or a lot of — skin in our favorite picks from brands like Alice and Olivia, Kate Spade, BCBG Max Azria, and Elizabeth and James. Don a slinky little black silhouette with nude pumps at the next rooftop party, or try out a colorful print for picnics in the park. From subversive cutouts to chic draping, our picks are sure to turn heads.
To celebrate Elizabeth and James's new handbag line (spoiler alert: it's awesome!), celebrities flocked to the Chateau Marmont for a fun night hosted by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. As is the case with many a party, guests showed up in outfits that fell up and down the style spectrum. Naya Rivera was our formal favorite in a Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2013 beaded silk dress, accented with sparkly gold pumps and gobstopper Kara Ackerman studs. Willa Holland went for a tougher, downtown vibe with a leather motorcycle jacket and black shorts, feminized by minty pointed-toe heels. Ashley Madekwe was the most laid-back looker of all, pairing a floral t-shirt with boyfriend jeans, sandals, and a bright blue clutch. What kind of look do you prefer for a Summer shindig? Ultracasual or more polished?
The Elizabeth and James Resort 2014 collection didn't pull any punches, aside from the few and far between pops of color. And in doing so, designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stuck to a fairly strict black and white palette, supplying the dynamic with the details. Embossed polka dots, sheer Greek key patterns, bright oversize clutches, and subtly placed ruffles were among the collection's most noticeable "affectations."
Through a larger lens, the Resort silhouette leaned toward a sportier kind of simplicity (just look to the racerback-style necklines and shower-esque sandal slides). But unlike the boyish attitude of other athletically inclined collections, this one felt clean and perfectly feminine.
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.