With Winter steadily approaching, it's the perfect time to re-organize your closet to make room for your ever-growing collection of cozy sweaters. If the idea of cleaning out your closet seems daunting, don't worry; we’ve enlisted the help of organizational pro Beth Zeigler, founder of Bneato.com. With these quick and painless tips, you’ll transform your wardrobe into tip-top shape in no time. For more information, check out our closet organizing video!
Would you bite if someone told you that rather than examine the lines on your palm or a stack of tarot cards, they could glean a whole lot about your personality from peeking into your closet? We let out a resounding "yes" when we heard the premise coming out of off-price designer retailer TJ Maxx's recent study. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner and celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez teamed up to identify six specific types of closets and what they say about you as a shopper, a dresser, and, if you're inferring like we're inferring, a person.
Before we get in any deeper, take the retailer's online quiz to pinpoint your particular wardrobe MO, and then read below to understand what your organizational style (good or not) says about you, plus shopping tips from Chavez.
Who better to tell you what to pack for your next sandy getaway than the woman who runs the hottest boutique at the coolest hotel in Montauk? Bethany Mayer — owner of the Surf Bazaar boutique, located within The Surf Lodge — spends as much time on the beach, surfing some of the country's best waves, as she does running back to NYC to take meetings for her Surf Bazaar line and the collaborations she does with designers like Rachel Comey. So, here are our five favorite tips from Mayer
The crop top could be your best friend in sweltering 90-degree heat. Or, it could be your worst enemy . . . That all depends on how you wear it. It's a bit of a balancing act — keeping it classy and not revealing too much. Who better to help show the way than a crew of trendsetters who have already mastered the art of street style? Read on for five ways to style the bold trend right.
The Cool-Girl Crop
To achieve that cool, eclectic mix employed by the stylish downtown set, it's all about the proportions — not to mention a skilled play on leather and eyelet. Keep the waist on your skirt high to reveal only a sliver of skin. Then, pare down the head-turning effect with girlie flats.
Louis Vuitton started out as a trunkmaker to the European elite, so who would know more about packing the perfect suitcase? At last night's event to celebrate the new personalization atelier in the brand's SoHo store (you can get everything from a luggage tag to a purse to a trunk hand-painted or hot-stamped), we witnessed an incredible demonstration by expert packer Lamar of how exactly to fit a week's worth of wardrobe into one suitcase petite enough to go in an overhead compartment. While we didn't walk away with a Damier print bag, we did pick up some tips that we're definitely using for our next getaway.
- Do put your toiletries underneath your shoes. Your makeup bag or dopp kit will be a more structured item that will keep your gorgeous shoes from getting smushed.
- Do start by laying out everything you plan on packing in outfits. That way, if you are missing an accessory or packing one piece that goes with absolutely nothing else, you can fix it before you start putting things in your bag.
- Do use your jacket as a garment bag! Since you almost always pack some kind of outerwear, whether it's a trench, a leather jacket, or a blazer, you can use it to protect your most delicate items. Put the piece or pieces most likely to snag inside the jacket and close it up. Now, nothing can grab!
- Do put your shoes in a V formation, with the heels against the side structure of the bag so they can't be snapped. Flats go on the inside since they can bear a little more weight and pressure. Put each shoe in an individual shoe bag to not only protect, but to also provide padding that keeps them from sliding around. For extra support and space-saving, roll belts into the toes of your flats or boots.
- Do roll up your soft knits and denim as an underlayer that you can layer flat-packed items on top of. Rolling actually helps protect against wrinkles and takes up far less space.
For the latest edition of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop e-newsletter, the star teamed up with her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, to spotlight their favorite (and ultra-talented) gang of British designers: Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Antonio Berardi, Stella McCartney, Preen. . . the list goes on. The inspiration struck when the actress realized that most of the pieces she wore for her Iron Man 3 promotions tour were made by the folks across the pond. We pulled out the most crucial style tips from Gwyneth and Elizabeth just for you.
Gwyneth wearing Erdem at Iron Man 3 Paris photocall.
- Start with a print-on-print look, then according to Elizabeth: "Take it from morning, to day, to night with sneakers for the school run, flats for the office, and heels for nighttime."
- "Finish off the look by mixing in black basics like a tote bag and a leather jacket," Elizabeth suggests.
- Shop Elizabeth's picks here to get the look.
Gwyneth in sheer Antonio Berardi at Iron Man 3 LA premiere.
- "This season is all about having a sneak peek at body parts, whether it be a midriff, shoulder, cleavage or thigh," says Elizabeth.
- Elizabeth also noted she's coveting new British design duo Trager Delaney's mesh-back dress "for an outfit with a bit of edge to it."
- Shop peek-a-boo pieces here.
To put an end to ever uttering the phrase "I have nothing to wear," we've culled our editors' styling tips to bring you a wealth of one-minute, change-up-your-wardrobe styling tricks. Sometimes you only have a minute and in those moments, it helps to have a few quick techniques on hand to steer you straight through a style conundrum. Read on to crib some simple style solutions to use when you're pressed for time.
- Layer up with a vest. A vest is an easy way to transition from day to night — just add a denim or leather version for a cool, downtown vibe over a dress or top.
- A bold bag can literally be a bright spot in an otherwise corporate wardrobe. If your office dress code doesn't leave lots of room to indulge your stylish side, a splash of color on your bag might be the best way to get your fashion fix.
- Add a statement necklace — it instantly dresses up a look! The addition of a bold jeweled necklace even on a dull tee or tank instantly draws the eye in and makes your basics feel infinitely more special. Forget the t-shirt lurking under that standout necklace — everyone else will too.
- Rule of thumb this season? The bolder, the better. After seeing wildly fun versions on the runways of Erdem, Prabal Gurung, Peter Som, and Jason Wu, we know that a great graphic print is versatile. Style a colorful floral blouse paired with a slick leather skirt for a more evening feel or go daytime polish in cropped kaleidoscope-hued pants with a casual button-up.
- Cinch your look at the waist. By adding a textured, embellished, or bold belt, you're not only injecting a cool accessory into the mix, you're also adding extra shape and dynamic to your silhouette. Let's put some stock into the saying, "if you got it, flaunt it."
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- Do remember to keep things professional. Nothing is worse than being the one person in the office that's totally overdressed (or underdressed) for their environment, but you should always verge on the polished side. If you're nervous about making the wrong move, just get the sartorial scoop ahead of time: ask your manager what the overall vibe is and what she wears to the office every day. If you're allowed to wear jeans, stick to flares or a dark-wash skinny pair, or play around with fun printed trousers. Also, don't show up looking entirely different from your interview. If you made a great impression in a tailored blazer, definitely be sure to bring one along with you on your first day (it'll also come in handy when the air conditioner is on full blast).
- Don't forget that it's still Summer — and that dressing professionally doesn't mean you have to cover every inch of your body in fabric. Pop a chambray button-down or thin crewneck sweater over a floral dress, or tuck a classic white shirt into a printed skirt, then cinch it at the waist with a bright belt — it's a look that still reads office-appropriate, but with a hip, personal touch. If you can't get away with a Summery pair of wedges or pumps, you can always stick to bright ballet flats.
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In the post-Carrie Bradshaw fashion world, anything goes — bras over t-shirts, socks with sandals, evening dresses with Converse, you get the gist. Regardless of this new-age "break the rules" approach to dressing, we're holding firm to one nugget of wisdom from mom: leave something to the imagination. We're not surrendering our right to wear miniskirts or tube tops — or even the slit or crop-top trend — but we are suggesting that it's done with a little more awareness of the skin we bare. Just a look at Kate Middleton's turn in a slit Roland Mouret gown and Anja Rubik's Met Gala appearance in a hip-bone-revealing slit gown calls to mind the differences between a skin-baring do and don't (we'll let you guess which one is which).