With Fall steadily approaching and cooler months on the horizon, it's the perfect time to re-organize your closet and clear out everything you didn’t wear last season. 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!
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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You may have scored a Summer internship, but the hardest part is just beginning. Before you start perfecting your coffee-making and folder-filing skills, you need to figure out what you'll be wearing each day. While your overall look may depend on the field you're working in (for instance, dressing up a pair of jeans will probably fly in a fashion environment, but not so much in a law office), it's always encouraged to err on the side of daytime conservative. We've put together the main dos and don'ts to keep in mind while getting dressed for your Summer internship — peep them below.
- 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).
From Fashion Week to glamorous red carpets, and everything in between, we rounded up the best style advice we've received this year from our favorite style icons. Whether it's starting with a basic canvas à la Rachel Bilson, playing a character for the evening like Alexa Chung, or channeling Jenna Lyons by pairing unexpected pieces, take a cue from these trendsetting ladies (and gents!) and try out their go-to style tips. On Allison: Theory jacket and H&M blouse.
We caught up with a bevy of British designers at the London Show Rooms closing cocktail event in LA last week. Standout shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood and Marios Schwab tell us their go-to style tips. Fenton Fallon designer Dana Lorenz and Erdem Moralioglu reveal the items every girl needs to have in her wardrobe. It's all in today's Fab Flash. On Allison: H&M jacket, necklace from CharmandChain.com
Brad Goreski styled Kate Spade's Spring 2012 collection filled with black and white florals, nautical stripes, and pops of brilliant coral and pink. We caught up with Brad at the Kate Spade preview event, where he told us that he learned his best styling advice from his seventh grade French teacher — turns out going with you first instinct doesn't just apply to multiple-choice questions. Brad also told us the lust-worthy item he's determined to get this season. Hint, he's got his eye on a pair of red souls. Watch our entire interview in today's FabFlash! On Allison: Elizabeth and James blazer, StyleMint top
The colorblock trend was seen on both the Spring and Fall '11 runways; we're taking notes on its minimalist structure and bold effect. It's a standout ensemble that only requires some creative color combinations, and for inspiration, we're looking to celebrity style. A whole week of colorblocked cool looks is not as hard as you might think. The proof is in this batch of celebrity styling — a call to try colorblocking every day of the week. Click through to see how it's done, and how you can pull it off, too.
Wearing a sexy red dress is one thing: you're looking to make a statement. Working some red into everyday wear is a slightly more daunting task — how do you balance the boldness of the color in a way that isn't overwhelming? We've spotted the color in a variety of easy-to-wear outfits from some very chic stars and took some notes. What if we wore red every day? If we follow these looks, we imagine it would be a pretty cute week. Click our slideshow to learn how they did it, and how you can too.
Katie Holmes went on The Tonight Show last night to discuss her new movie, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, but we were really just eyeing her pants. The normally classic Katie went for a sportier, slightly edgier look in cropped red leather Isabel Marant pants. We love cropped leather pants; they're luxurious without being too serious and are easy to dress up or down. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova also donned leather pants, showing that they can offer a casually sophisticated vibe for evening. Here are the two tips we're taking from these stylish women:
Leather pants feel a bit less dressy and bikery when in a cropped length; it's also a great opportunity to show off cute heels, like Katie did with her Prada Fall 2011 heels.
Both women chose sportier tops to give the look a more laid-back vibe; Katie layered a Madewell mesh sweater ($98) over a white tank, while Karolina went for a sleeveless silk camp shirt. Both chose the camel color...we love the combination of camel and red for Katie, while Karolina's earthy tones give her look a desert queen appeal.
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