We're shelving our worn-in white tees for Spring's fresh crop of printed t-shirts. They fit and feel like your staples — albeit with florals, new takes on tie-dye, and eye-catching graphics — these are anything but your basics. For the high-fashion tilt, there's 3.1 Phillip Lim's take on a classic slogan covered in pretty florals; for something bright but more minimalist, look to J.Crew's geometric-feeling tee. The resulting look has infinitely more personality than your solid tops and tanks, and (bonus!) it's a fresh, Spring-ready update you can start layering under your blazers, leather jackets, and cardigans right now. Click through to see our favorites and usher in an easy outfit update.
Gwen Stefani dropped her kids off at school in LA, then headed to the car, showing off her new MICHAEL Michael Kors dotted sweater ($120). We've seen a lot of polka-dot tops, but this one definitely pops thanks to its mix of small and large dots. The white contrast collar, hem, and cuffs lend a sporty flair, and the the faded wash makes this affordable buy even more effortlessly adorable. We also love the way Gwen styled her sweater: with olive skinny jeans, black booties, and slick Karen Walker off-white sunglasses ($250). Score Gwen's exact polka-dot sweater now to work into your Winter wardrobe. Wear it with black trousers or leather pants to dress it up, with jeans for a laid-back vibe, and with leggings when you just feel like lounging at home.
Miranda Kerr injected major sophistication into her Nobody skinny jeans with an Equipment silky snake-print tee while on her way to a nail salon in LA. She completed her casual-cum-polished ensemble with a black blazer, black suede flats, a Givenchy bag, and snake-trim Linda Farrow sunglasses. With this outfit, Miranda reminded us how much we really love snake print. It's both wild and classic at the same time, which means it'll never go out of style. So we set off to find Miranda's exact top — and succeeded! — as well as a handful of other equally ssstunning snake-print pieces. Step inside to get a closer look at the model's latest look and to shop our picks.
The New Year provides us with one more, er, new excuse to revamp some of the basics in our closet. We're starting with the classic t-shirt, a wardrobe staple that never goes out of style. And the best part? They never go out of season either. During Fall and Winter, use them to layer up, and then come Spring and Summer, let them shine on their own. When we think of the ultimate tee, there isn't just one image that comes to mind. We love it all: solids, prints, bright colors, dark colors, asymmetrical cuts, sheer details, longer lengths, cropped iterations, and so on. That's precisely why you'll find all those — plus more — in our handpicked selection below. So c'mon, won't you join us in revitalizing your t-shirt collection by mixing in some of our editors' favorites?
The virtual shelves are brimming with fun holiday tops (just look for sequins, bows, and embellishments), but finding ones that won't break the bank, especially during the holidays when your money is spread thin, is more difficult. But we're always up for a good fashion challenge here, so we handpicked 10 holiday-perfect tops, all under $100, just for you. Exciting, right? Just wait until you see all the fabulous details coming your way: one shoulders, embellished collars, and pretty peplums. So step inside to see them all, then shop your favorite(s), and you'll be sure to turn many heads at your upcoming soirees.
Some style equations just add up without a lot of fuss, and this would be one of those times. Today, we have a key investment piece — the Gucci double-breasted jacquard coat — to thank you for it, and five holiday-perfect ways to wear it out the door. First order of business: don't be deterred by the coat's moody floral jacquard finish and romantic-print appeal. We promise you this coat can be worn with and over virtually anything (need proof? stop reading and click through). To give you a starting point, we've mapped out our favorite looks, which include a coat-turned-sexy cocktail dress ensemble and a classic take on prepster polish, to inspire your own whimsy. And our best advice to you? Embrace the power of print on print, the value of textural indulgence, and the infallibility of a cool neutral palette. Listen, if you're going to make a worthy outerwear splurge, you should know the dressing options that lie ahead. Inside, find your first five styling ideas at the ready.
We'll tell you this right now: this is as close as you'll get to wearing your sweats to a party. Seriously. In the same vein as other punched-up loungewear, you get the best of both worlds. Let's be clear, though: this is kind of a harvest-moon situation. Yes, you can don these dressy sweatshirts year-round, but we find that these ultraembellished, lace-covered, bejeweled, and feathered iterations make the best statement during the holidays. Instead of opting for a festive cocktail dress, go with something that's fun, eye-catching, and that basically solves all your styling problems in one go. There's a 3.1 Phillip Lim sequined, colorblocked top (pictured here) that we're betting even the sportiest styler will fall for, but if you're not one for the sparkle, don't sweat it. We've got more subtle metallic foiling and houndstooth print where that came from. Ten, to be exact. Now, all that's left to do is add a slick pair of black trousers and pumps — or a pencil skirt, if you're feeling sexy — and you're ready to hit the holiday party circuit.
Let's be honest: if there's one color you should be wearing this season, it's burgundy. In redder shades, it's oxblood, in brighter purple tinges, it's a sultry merlot, but this deeper purple-red iteration perfectly indulges our love of moodier hues. To offset the sensuous tone, we're styling (read: expertly coordinating) our favorite burgundy staples with equally cool camel-colored pieces. It's a matchup that works, no matter the occasion or the person wearing it. If you're a classicist, pair a camel peacoat with coated burgundy skinny jeans. If you're more of a bohemian girl, go for the combo of a chunky knitted sweater dress and lace-up boots. If you're a polished professional through and through, then chances are you'll love our duo of a slick burgundy pencil skirt and oversize knit sweater. Bottom line: this color combo deserves a test drive; inside, find five ways to wear it now.
The investment: $825
Why it's worth it: Think about how much you're willing to spend on a great dress — then how much you'll actually wear that dress more than once. While it's hard to get away with wearing the same dress again and again, a beautiful top (that you can pair with a hundred different pieces) is a lot easier to repeat again and again. It's a piece that's as practical as it's just downright pretty. Everything from the subtle silvery hue to the beautiful shimmer is just perfect for wearing through the whole holiday season ahead — it seems practically designed for the festive season of office get-togethers and cocktail parties. And, while it was made to be the complement to your lacy skirts or metallic trousers, we have a feeling it will make even your skinny jeans the life of the party.
Launched in 2012, Jeunesse (which translates to "youth") is a conceptual collection that recognizes the art of working together for common goal. The line, which is available online at Shopbop, Intermix, Saks, and more, focuses on the art of collaboration, and each season it partners up with emerging artists and industry tastemakers to bring a fresh twist to the classics. For Spring 2013, creative director Cynthia Mittweg teamed up with two LA-based artists to create a collection of silk blouses in eye-catching prints and billowy button-down silhouettes.
The prints for next season are the work of Emily Factor, great-granddaughter of legendary cosmetician Max Factor, and Grant Shumate, an up-and-coming print artist who is currently managing the Saint Laurent studio for Hedi Slimane. Emily created the painterly floral patterns in the collection, ranging from Poison Flower, Blocked Peony, and a large-scale feather design in contrasting Spring hues, while Grant pinpointed the Aztec trend by offering up vivid geometric prints in rich purples and reds. While the idea — a spin on the silk shirt — doesn't seem overly innovative, the outcome is remarkable. By combining an iconic silhouette with original prints from cutting-edge artists, Jeunesse is introducing a new way of creative clothing that everyone will love — and we'll be snapping up these lovely, light-as-air pieces as soon as possible. Click through to see some of our favorite tops from the Spring '13 lookbook now.