The 69th annual Venice Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and we've already spotted a few stars arriving in Italy, including Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, and Laetitia Casta. The Venice Film Festival is one of the most glamorous events of Summer, and we can't wait to see what these ladies wear stepping out for the red carpet. In the past, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Williams, and Keira Knightley, to name a few, have wowed us with their dazzling Venice Film Festival ensembles. On Allison McNamara: Elizabeth and James vest, Topshop blouse, Blank NYC jeans.
Today we're putting the spotlight on one of our favorite accessories: statement necklaces. Whether you're elevating jeans and a tee or adding personality to an LBD, a great necklace can instantly transform any outfit. We've rounded up our five favorite statement necklaces on the market right now. Just watch to see what made our list. On Allison McNamara: Winter Kate top, BaubleBar necklace.
The real test of a trend's likeability and longevity can be narrowed down to one factor: are people wearing it? This Summer, there's no argument as to what pieces have been coveted most and what staples will most likely live to see the leaves change — as showcased (brilliantly, we might add) by a global batch of street-style pros. This chic crew has proven in stylish spades that the loudest prints are in demand, that the '90s-Americana denim jacket was made for complementing your most romantic dresses, and that your edgiest leather accents certainly have a place in your warm-weather wardrobe. From statement hues and dynamic bottoms to crisp, all-white ensembles and ultrafeminine details, we're breaking down the Summer's best (and boldest) trends with some help from our favorite street stylers.
Your shortcut to street-style trendspotting:
- Opt for Americana-cool in a denim jacket
- Add interest via the eclectic printed tee
- Go the slick route with a black blazer
- Get flirty with an extra dose of femme
- Work it in a dynamic printed bottom
- See the maxi effect in action
- Channel some serious statement hue power
- Punch it up with luxe leather
- Witness the all-white ensemble takeover
- Join the head-to-toe print revolution
On dreamy Cape Cod landscape and Kennedy beau alone, we've been pretty swept away with Taylor Swift's seaside adventures. More than that, though, the singer has proven herself a worthy style fixture on the Hyannis Port scene, dressing the part in a casual mix of retro-inspired wares and preppy pieces. We can't blame Taylor for using her surroundings as serious styling inspiration — we would, too — and the result has revealed her modern-day take on Jackie Kennedy's windblown Camelot wares. Think vintage floral prints, nostalgic polka-dot bikinis, pinup silhouettes, classic leather accessories, silky headscarves, and a great pair of go-with-everything Ray-Bans. Each summery look is easy to emulate, which leads us to our next thought: how perfect are these outfits for your own upcoming Labor Day weekend plans? Chances are, you already own the basics (stripes and solid Americana hues top the list), so give them a refreshed vacation-ready spin with cues from Taylor's current Cape closet and our essential retro-inspired styling musts below.
- Don't be afraid to mix and match. In this case, the more, the merrier. Take your polka-dotted bikini top and amplify its dimension with a striped short, or pair a floral-printed sheath with an equally quirky headscarf. We like to take liberties with our print-on-print approach, especially when it comes to weekend flair.
- Stick to old-school shapes. Sure, you can show some skin (hello, gingham-printed cropped blouses) and you can adhere to a form-fitted MO. What we're referring to is that pinup girl silhouette — bustier-enhancing tops, high-waisted bottoms, and so on. Own your sexy shape and let your inner Marilyn Monroe shine through.
- It's all about the Americana approach. Seriously. From wide horizontal stripes in navy blues and cherry reds to crisp white tie-front button-ups, you'll instantly evoke a retro vibe just by erring on the side of styling with classic pieces.
- Keep your accents minimal. You'll notice Taylor hasn't gone overboard on the accessorizing front — and there's reason for that: you just don't have to. A slick leather crossbody bag, in neutral tones, of course, simple sandals, black sunglasses, and stud earrings are enough to provide that holiday-weekend polish without landing you in overdressed territory.
Add a little sparkle to your step by adding embellishments to a pair of neutral flats! Today's DIY is simple and will only take you several minutes to instantly update your go-to sandals with rhinestones. All you need are neutral flats, bead glue, and embellishments — watch to see how it's done!
We were recently treated to three days' worth of Lollapalooza street-styled wares — all with a rain-or-shine twist, of course. Even the festival's temporary storm evacuation couldn't put a damper on the crowd's fun take on festival fashion. From bright feather earrings and floral tops to cool dress-and-sneaker combos and serious statement jewelry accents, these concertgoers paid homage to classic '90s ensembles and the most bohemian Woodstock-appropriate outfits. If you happen to be heading to Outside Lands this weekend, take cues from the plethora of prints, crossbody bags, and enviable eyewear. It's not hard to draw end-of-Summer styling inspiration from 20 of our favorite festival style snaps, so just keep clicking.
Whether you're pear-shaped, curvy, or boyish, we've got some helpful tips on how to find the perfect swimsuit for your body type. In today's Currently Trending, we headed over to Everything But Water at the Beverly Center to tackle all of your swimsuit questions and queries. From minimizing your backside to creating the illusion of curves for slim figures, we've got you covered. Watch today's episode to feel your best on the beach all Summer long. On Allison McNamara: H&M top, American Apparel skirt.
Summer may be winding down, but let us not forget the handful of starlets who wowed us again and again with their standout warm-weather wardrobes. Yes, it's time for our first-ever Summer style superlatives, and we're doling them out to the A-list ladies who caught our eye. From effortlessly cool printed dresses and sandal combos (the kind that look great no matter what) to stunning Cannes Film Festival gowns that border on ethereal masterpieces, to masterful brights and neons that beg to be noticed, these style setters consistently impressed us with their unmatched seasonal panache. Ready to see who earned a Summer style superlative? Just click ahead.
Not that we're keeping count or anything, but Michelle Williams is definitely playing Summer sandal favorites — and her Ancient Greek "Iphigenia" sandals are the clear winner. The blond starlet's latest daytime outing in LA called for ultimate warm-weather simplicity, and we weren't disappointed by Michelle's seasonal styling. She wore a breezy blue-and-black printed tank dress with those now recognizable lace-up gladiator-inspired sandals, accenting the look with classic black Ray-Ban sunglasses and an exotic-textured blue wallet. We think this ensemble is perfect for weekend-warrior activities, and because the dress happens to be a darker hue, you can easily switch into sexier footwear — perhaps a black patent-leather heel? — for drinks at sunset. Feeling Michelle's shoes and laid-back look? Emulate it with our editors' key shopping picks below.
The final Summer stretch has us preoccupied with our final days of Summer style. Before the weather cools (and we have a little while before that happens), we're taking inventory of the biggest trends to hit the streets and the red carpet, quite literally, on the feet of our favorite celebrities. Consider this bit of shoe stalking your guide to the biggest footwear trends of Summer — and the style setters who made them famous. There are, of course, the obvious seasonal favorites like espadrilles and walkable flat sandals, but we also watched a few standouts rise to the top; Givenchy's ankle-strap heels may just have been the silhouette of choice for fashion fixtures and Hollywood style stars, while high-tops and ankle boots from Isabel Marant rounded out every cool-girl's Summer wardrobe. Click on to see the celebs who rocked our favorite footwear — then shop the trends for yourself. And keep in mind, some of these styles work just as well for the transition to Fall.