With warm weather comes the exciting opportunity to bare your arms (or sometimes even your abs) — and we couldn't be more excited at the prospect of picking up some sweet new tops for the season ahead. From hot tops to wear at night and not-so-basic button-downs to pretty pieces in lightweight lace, crochet, and chiffon, we've got you covered when it comes to updating your wardrobe from the waist up. We've rounded up 50 Summer-perfect tops, all coming in under a cool 50 bucks — click through now to see and shop them all.
Like Memorial Day BBQs and Fourth of July fireworks, we count a perfect white dress as a Summer essential. It's the go-to staple that's as fit for a cocktail party as it is for a weekend at the beach. Whether you are replacing an old favorite or need inspiration for a totally new twist, consider this your one-stop shop to finding your perfect white dress — for any body type or budget. From an office-appropriate shift to a special-occasion gown, it's all inside. Click through to find them all or choose your style from the list below.
- Shift dresses
- Evening dresses
- Body-con dresses
- Maxi dresses
- Fit-and-flare dresses
- Tank dresses
- Lace and eyelet dresses
- Strapless dresses
- Draped dresses
The bridal trends for Spring 2014 leave room to try something a bit different. While gorgeous white gowns and traditional strapless silhouettes certainly made their customary appearance, it wasn't all run of the mill. Vera Wang surprised with black-and-white looks, finished with dramatic black opera-length gloves. Oscar de la Renta dipped into the color wheel for a true "something blue," Reem Acra turned out cocktail minis topped with veiled umbrellas, and Carolina Herrera debuted a sexier kind of wedding-day ensemble (think deep V-front necklines). For inspiration aplenty — and a closer look at what exactly the Spring '14 bridal forecast means for your own wedding-dress search — click on.
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Nothing slows down a Summer commute like four-inch heels. Hot sticky days require an easier way to run around the city or hang outdoors on the lawn, so we're trading in our stilettos for a more functional set of flats that, we promise, are just as stylish. This lineup still delivers on the season's biggest trends — think metallics, perfect Summer stripes, brights, and pops of print — and lends polish and a little personality to everything from pencil skirts and button-downs to your sweet date-night dress. We've done the work for you — just click through to shop the flat-out most stylish ways to go without heels this Summer.
It's officially wedding season, and if the slew of invites filling your mailbox (or inbox) have you thinking "What am I going to wear?" we've got you covered. Finding the perfect dress — one that simultaneously fits the dress code and will make you stand out (in a good way, of course) — can be difficult, so we culled the top 30 gorgeous dresses for you to shop. Just keep in mind: never, ever wear white and never go too short, or too tight for that matter. If it sounds complicated, we're making it easy — from sophisticated lace sheaths to black-tie-appropriate gowns, we found the perfect dress options for every kind of budget. After all, you never want to be that girl at the wedding. Click through to see and shop our editors' picks now.
Not just for the girlie girl, this season's ruffles have taken a turn toward modernism via structural silhouettes and minimal design. The results? Swooping modern-romantic pieces from brands like Chloé, Diane von Furstenberg, and newcomer Nha Khanh. Style tip: let your ruffles do all the talking and accessorize your look with simple jewelry and neutral footwear. Shop more than 40 gorgeous picks below.
To become a professional cook, it takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears . . . as well as equipment. Here are some items you'll want to give to someone starting her career a chef. It's easy to pull together these essential items for both home kitchen and professional use.
Prince may have monopolized purple in the '80s, but we're happy to report its comeback for this millenium. Think of it as the exotic lovechild of classic red and blue — a warm-meets-cool tone that plays well on both sides of the color spectrum. Be it bold jewel tones or ladylike lavenders that tickle your fancy, these pieces make a convincing case for purple accents.
- Overdyed Terai Chair ($198): Folding chairs get a style upgrade with fabric that looks like it could have been cut from vintage kantha quilts.
- Sloop Dec Pillow ($125): The block-printed fabric on this pillow creates a slightly faded pattern that just gets better with time.
- Button-Tufted Ottoman ($330): We'd pair this feminine ottoman with a charcoal-gray palette for a surprisingly sophisticated take on lavender.
- Lamp Finial ($55): Give lamps a bespoke edge by adding this jewel-like finial.
- Plum Herringbone Throw ($250): This graphic pattern catches the eye but can easily be mixed with other patterns, thanks to its perfect scale.
- Hobnail Pitcher ($155): You'll look forward to dishwashing duties just to touch the bubble-like surface on this amethyst pitcher.
- Purple Pouf Ottoman ($200): This Moroccan staple works equally well as a footrest, seating, or a small table (with a tray).
- Suzani and Diamond Ikat Napkins ($12 each): Set these on your table, and you'll never go back to paper again.
- Goblets ($82 for six): Whether you're sipping sangria or water, these glasses might tempt you to put your pinky up.
- Balboa Rug ($31-$207): There's nothing lowbrow about this colorful rag rug.
With the right pieces, adding a sporty touch to your Summer arsenal can look extremely chic. Just follow suit in sharp pieces from designers like Rag and Bone, Proenza Schouler, and Helmut Lang, then finish off the look with minimal accompaniments and sleek accessories. Neoprene dresses, racerback tops, and zippered skirts — shop the hottest pieces on the market right now.
Stripes will never go out of style, and this season's latest delivery from Michael Kors, Jason Wu, and Marc Jacobs is all about making a bold statement. From striking wide rugby stripes to more traditional nautical interpretations, see and shop over 40 of the boldest striped pieces for Summer right now.
Source: Phil Oh