It's time to store away all of those layering pieces (so long, Spring!) and start focusing on all things Summer. We're not talking about tees and cutoff shorts here, either. This season, it's all about investing in the new basics: a statement bag, metallic sandals, the perfect white dress, and lightweight chambray make the cut. Additionally, we can't live without a pair of sleek heels, tailored shorts, and a wear-everywhere maxi dress. To keep your wallet (and your closet) happy, we've culled 13 picks — all currently on sale — for you to kick-start your warm-weather wardrobe. Click on for your Summer style (on sale) cheat sheet, then start shopping!
Lucite clutches are (clearly) having a major moment in the spotlight — all you have to do is zoom in on the red carpet for further proof. First spotted on the Spring '13 runways at Gucci and Chanel, these Lucite handhelds have made their way to the Hollywood circuit, and with that comes even more inspired ways to wear them. Solange Knowles is the proud owner of not one, but two styles, while Sophia Bush and Olivia Palermo have both sported brighter neon versions. Step inside to get a closer look at how the stars are styling their Lucite clutches and score your own.
Plus, you can shop our editors' (other) clear-bag picks directly from the ultimate Spring '13 bag guide.
Our latest shoe — rather, shoe color — obsession may not exactly fall into this season's lighter, brighter palette, but it certainly does make a serious case for red's unequivocal statement-making power. It boils down to this: we love the idea of sticking to the outfit basics (we're talking white tee and denim cutoffs here). So, when one accessory can do all the work, that's kind of like styling nirvana — herein lies the appeal of a great red sandal.
Whether the shoe be flat-soled and adorned with the bare two-strap minimum or come complete with a chunky platform and sexier lace-up details, the idea is to turn heads with one fell swoop of standout red and a cool silhouette to match. And let us remind you that these sandals were made to be worn for day and night. So, if this weekend's brunch calls for a red-hot pick-me-up, then look no further than our picks — at every heel height and price point — below.
H&M has tapped Beyoncé to be the face of its Summer campaign. And with her Mrs. Carter world tour under way, today marks the simultaneous launch of the singer's H&M commercial, too. The video, along with the campaign images, show Beyoncé lounging on the beach in the Bahamas, looking (not surprisingly) amazing in a flurry of H&M swimwear and beachy cover-ups. But here's the best part: the commercial also features her new song, "Standing on the Sun," which feels (and sounds) just as Summer-perfect as the pieces she's wearing. Click on for a look at the commercial, plus the latest campaign images, inside the gallery.
Statement pieces plus basics give way to one pretty flawless (and pretty easy) outfit formula. That's what you'll learn in H&M's latest Spring styling lookbook, where t-shirts, staple cotton maxi skirts, and denim cutoffs are reinvented with embellished tops, textured jackets, and printed miniskirts. It's the "it doesn't take much" approach to elevated dressing that's employed here — just a hint of bohemian print on a sweatshirt or a touch of lace on a skirt has a major effect on how the whole outfit adds up (even when the other half of that look is just a pair of your favorite well-worn Summer shorts). And if you're looking for serious outfit perks that come in the form of just one great piece, you'll want to check out the label's graphic-printed t-shirt dress or revamp on the heat-wave-ready LBD. Just click through to see Frida Gustavsson showing off the latest Spring pieces — and the styling lessons that come with them.
We're pretty sure Coach and Saint James have heard our Summer-styling prayers, as evidenced by the new limited-edition collaboration between the two iconic labels. Translation: the nautical Breton stripe — a staple print of Saint James's heritage — takes shape on Coach's bag silhouettes, as well as on an assortment of must-have beach essentials. Canvas duffel bags, colorblocked panama hats, a long sleeveless dress, a drawstring top, and a retro-inspired bikini all made the collaboration cut, and each piece rightfully belongs somewhere near the sand and surf. This collaboration hits just in time for Summer's impending getaways, and with prices ranging from $98 for a Legacy Weekend wristlet to $498 for a leather and canvas tote, you can actually shop the Saint James for Coach collection online and in select Coach stores now. Click on to see some of our favorite pieces, right this way.
Among Coachella's best-dressed A-list pack, Kate Bosworth certainly ranks high, and it has a lot to do with her day-one look. The blond actress hit the fairgrounds in a scalloped white leather shorts set that not only proved fresh and just a tad bit girlie, but also — thanks to the allover laser-cut perforations — supplied a new way to wear white this Summer. The best part? This outfit comes courtesy of Topshop's not-yet-debuted Festival collection, which promises a 360-degree campaign dedicated to the music, clothes, film, and attitude of the British music festival scene. And who better to test drive the Festival lineup than a bona fide cool girl (that just so happens to have her own ties to Topshop, too)?
We love that she stuck to her signature "less is more" styling approaching, adding only the minimum in festival-going necessities. Her brown shoulder bag, aviator sunglasses, metal-tipped ankle boots, and Jennifer Fisher cuff were the only accessories thrown into the mix. As for actually getting our hands on her Topshop Festival combo, we're counting the days until we hear more about this unreleased collection — stay tuned.
To say that the (seasonal) return of the romper — playsuit, jumper, or whatever fun name you deem a moniker for this shortened onesie — has us excited would be an understatement. Warmer temps and a season-long circuit of music festivals ahead mean primetime romper wearing, and it's not limited to the casual jersey variations or the over-the-top girlie iterations, either. We've found a romper for every degree of styling — that, of course, includes ones meant for the office and for cocktail hour, too. From there, you've got subtle batik-inspired prints, halter-style florals perfect for an outdoor wedding, and a midriff-baring version that just begs to be worn to Coachella this weekend. Find 22 of our favorite rompers inside.
Miranda Kerr, who signed on as the face of Mango in the Spring, is back — and she's the star of the brand's Summer '13 campaign. Shot by photographer duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Kerr shows off a lineup of perfectly styled ensembles that makes us wish for warmer days, the kind that instantly makes you think, "I want to dress like her." Among the standouts? A crisp white blazer, the perfect floral jacket, and printed pants we can't wait to live in. Click on to see the complete Mango Summer '13 campaign here.
From hamming it up in H&M's Kiss For a Cause photo booth to hanging out at the Armani Exchange neon carnival, to rocking out to the likes of The Black Keys and Snoop, Coachella brought out a slew of style stars hitting the grounds, the concert stages, and the weekend's pool parties last year. We spotted the likes of Kate Bosworth out and about in a tiger-printed t-shirt, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showing off her own daisy-adorned shorts, and Emma Roberts going sheer. Each sighting supplied the perfect opportunity to also garner a little celebrity styling inspiration with our favorites showing off the standout trends and festival essentials. Click on for our favorite looks from last year before we jump into this year's best.