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.
Come May 22, you can shop three J.Crew-exclusive collections, courtesy of 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Greg Chait, of The Elder Statesman, and runners-up Tabitha Simmons and Jennifer Meyer. This latest collaboration trifecta marks the third year in a row that J.Crew and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have teamed up to show off an emerging lineup of American designers, and to celebrate the trend, shoppers are getting a little treat.
Currently, you can sign up on jcrew.com to receive a link to snag the limited-edition collections on May 21 — a whole day earlier. In the meantime, here's your first look at the respective collections.
Consider this your color-coded field guide to finding the perfect dress — for your bridesmaids, that is. Whether you've nailed down your color scheme for the big day or you're seeking a little dressing inspiration, we've done the legwork to make finding the perfect shade, cut, and price point for your bridal party a little easier. From soft shades of nude and blush to metallic silver and gray, we've handpicked the standouts from our favorite bridesmaid collections — like Monique Lhuillier and J.Crew — and some right off the racks of our favorite contemporary labels like Tibi and Rebecca Taylor in every hue. Get ready to shop, ROYGBIV style, right here.
With just under two weeks until Mother's Day, it's time to hit the virtual online stores — stat. With a budget of $100 or less, treat the incredible mom in your life with classic essentials, with a twist. We're talking about pretty J.Crew blouses, sleek accessories from Tory Burch, and the perfect blue coin (or card) case from Tiffany & Co. that's sure to please the mom (OK, everyone) on your shopping list. Shop all of that, plus lots more right below.
Thanks to the crazy amount of friends and family sales and seasonal markdowns, this weekend is bound to be filled with a lot of online shopping. Tory Burch just kicked off its amazing familial event, Club Monaco is offering a sale on top of a sale, and we're also coveting Bloomingdale's irresistible private sale event. Even more, J.Crew is offering 25 percent off everything and BCBG's Summer event is a must-visit. See our complete list of online weekend sales below, then start shopping!
- Tory Burch: The brand's friends and family sale just kicked off, which means you an enjoy offering 25% off everything sitewide, excluding Reva, Serena, and Quinn flats; with special code TBSPRING.
- BCBG Max Azria: Step inside for the Summer trend event with 25 percent off sitewide. Even more, grab a free scarf with all purchases over $300 (while supplies last).
- The Outnet: Right now, the luxe tailoring edit featuring brands like Stella McCartney, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Alexander McQueen marked an additional 30 percent off their already discounted prices.
- Saks Fifth Avenue: Hit up the friends and family event and enjoy 25 percent off clothing, shoes, accessories, and 20 percent off jewelry (some exclusions apply), from the likes of Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, and Joie.
- Alice and Olivia: Treat yourself with a cute dress or top at the friends and family event where everything is marked 20 percent off, plus enjoy free shipping off all purchases over $250.
- Bloomingdales: Right now, the luxury retailer is hosting its amazing private sale with up to 40 percent savings, plus, rake in those extra power points with your purchases.
- Reiss: Stock up on your accessories and enjoy a special offer of 30 percent off select shoes and bags ranging from chic clutches to pretty Summer sandals.
- J.Crew: Guess what? Our favorite stop for basics is offering 25 percent off every single purchase with special code SPRINGBEST.
J.Crew's high-end Collection lineup always elicits a ton of "oohs" and "ahhs" at every Fashion Week showing. And who can blame us? With embellishments and fancy finishes aplenty, we immediately want to buy each and every single piece — stat. But once the looks hit stores (and once we see the hefty price tags), it takes a little more than Jenna Lyons's expert styling for us to fork over the big bucks for a piece of the collection. That being said, we're taking a zoomed-in look at the latest J.Crew Collection lookbook and breaking down the gorgeous looks really worth your hard-earned cash — and what you should consider skipping. Just step inside for our complete guide to buying smart.
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)
The denim jacket is a season-enduring wardrobe staple — this, we know — and with Spring layers in mind, we're loving the resurgence of lighter washes, distressed finishes, and sleeveless iterations to fete the shift in mood. Along with what we saw on the Spring '13 runways (think 3.1 Phillip Lim's downtown girl or Dries van Noten's '90s plaid-wearing femme), it's safe to say that the once-Americana jean-jacket look has taken a turn for a more girlie-meets-grunge sensibility this time around. Whether you employ a little bit of that street-styled edge à la wearing your jacket draped around the shoulders, layering a longer vest with a breezy printed dress, or working in a peplum silhouette for more "dressed-up" occasions, the denim jackets we've picked out below are meant to keep your warmer-weather looks on point. Shop our editors' favorites below.
Our girl crush on J.Crew president and executive creative director Jenna Lyons has increased exponentially with the brand's latest behind-the-scenes video. How to sum up the video in one word? Shoes. Just shoes on shoes on shoes; and to top it off, Lyons provides her own shoe-lover commentary, which is punctuated with anecdotes about how J.Crew produces all their shoes in Italy, how many pairs she (currently) owns, and what the difference is between "ugly dollies" and "shiny ponies." Read on for the best bits from Lyons's shoe-themed talk, then watch the video in full (you won't be disappointed).
On styling: "As far as I'm concerned, leopard [print] is a neutral."
On how many pairs of shoes she has: "I have far too many shoes. I think I have 289 pairs, I believe . . . yeah. Some of them I realize I haven't actually worn but I like to look at them."
On the power of a great shoe: "Anyone who thinks your shoe isn't informative about who you are is making a mistake. A five-inch stiletto sends a very different message than beaten-up oxfords."
The latest batch of Liberty Art Fabrics for J.Crew pieces have supplied us with ample reason to start the process of styling out some easy, Spring-friendly looks. These sleek tailored essentials, covered in even brighter floral-print patterns, are actually much easier to mix and match than you might (initially) think. For the casual style-setter, opt for subtle stripes paired with bold floral shorts. For the sophisticate, don't discount the power of a beautifully embellished Peter Pan collar and denim jacket combo to hold its own against floral pumps. And for the girl who borrows from the boys, there's nothing a slick metallic oxford and two-toned jean trouser can't do to punch up a floral-infused tee. Click on for our styling tips — inspired by the Liberty Art Fabrics for J.Crew lineup — plus the complete Spring '13 lookbook inside.