Top Five: Built-In Bra Tanks, Because Layers Should Be Used Sparingly In The Summer
If we could get away with it, we’d pretty much always be wearing built-in bras – these tanks are great for layering under cardigans and silk scarves now, or heavier sweaters in the fall and winter. 1. The classic cotton-spandex strappy camisole ($24.50, 2 for $30) comes in black, white, and nude. 2. A halter ($24.50) with a built-in bra is ingenious for small-chested women – it’s just not worth wearing a strapless. 3. This long stretch tank ($12) has more coverage, so you can wear it on its own. 4. Hard Tail’s scoop neck tank ($54) has some extra detail, with a subtle textured stripe pattern. 5. The floaty shape and extra support make this camisole ($22.50) viable as a real shirt, not just a base layer.
Top Five: Fringe Sandals Will Help You Look Earthy For Earth Day
This trend will look best with clothing that only hints at earthiness, like a solid-color maxi dress or a peasant-cut silk top; the cast of HAIR can wear these with tie dye …but only onstage. Rich black suede, long fringe and a silver buckle make these flats ($225) feel glamorous. This pair ($79) from Kenneth Cole incorporates the trend while still looking classic. These camel-colored flats ($98) are a mix of preppy oxford and laid-back thong. Statement-making Sergio Rossi heels ($850) are almost like a cool piece of jewelry for your ankles. A totally simple sandal ($39.50), brought up to date with all-around fringe.
Top Five: Start Off The Season With Cropped Pants…We’ll Deal With The Cold Ankles
Cropped pants are one easy way to incorporate spring into your April wardrobe, even if it’s still chilly enough for a jacket. 1. Balance the cuff and roomier leg on these pants ($69) with a chunky wood-heeled sandal. 2. If you’re long-waisted, tuck a slim black tee into these belted kakhi pants ($90) for a flattering proportion. 3. A good spring substitute for wool trousers, these lightweight pants ($40, were $58) are a steal for office attire. 4. Paige Black Label’s skinny ankle pants ($230) are fancy enough for evening, especially with metallic sandals. 5. The café capri ($79.50) from J. Crew has a classic, clean-cut fit and comes in eight preppy colors.
Top Five: Trenches For All Sorts Of In-Between Weather
Versatile colors mean you can wear these light coats for a little extra coverage now, then pull them out again for the first fall chill. 1. This twill trench ($103) comes in an unusual blue-green – perfect with white trousers till fall, when it’ll be just as appropriate with black or heather grey. 2. The details on this Mackage trench ($440) – like a thick belt and stan-up collar – make it look even sharper. 3. We like the contrasting buttons on this navy stretch canvas trench ($107). 4. This Simply Vera Vera Wang satin trench ($58, was $118) looks like it was made to throw over a black dress for evening. 5. If you insist upon black, this belted ¾ trench ($218) is a flatting, nipped-waist option.
Top Five: Wearable Neon – Yes, Wearable Neon
We’re sure we don’t have to tell you this twice, but a little neon goes a long way. To pull off this trend, we’d focus on accessories and pair them with neutrals – happy little pops of color are way more palatable than a Day-Glo muumuu, or something bizarre like that. 1. These plastic sunglasses ($15.50) cost exactly what a fun, trendy pair should cost. 2. A bright patent hobo ($295) is work-appropriate thanks to the classic shape. 3. The iconic Jimmy Choo strappy sandal ($535), in fun neon patent leather. 4. Wear these lacquered bracelets ($5) all together with a shift dress, or mix one or two with chunky wood bangles for more texture. 5. A comfortable everyday sandal ($59) looks punched-up in glowing yellow.
Top Five: Metallic Accessories Are Luxe In A Not-Obnoxious Kind Of Way
We saw lots of metallic accessories at Fashion Week, which was probably a sign of things to come, since they’re popping up on spring-y extras for the season to come. These Roberto Cavalli heels ($330, were $654) would add a little sex appeal to just about anything, and we like the sleek finish and darker color. Wear a gold braided belt ($9.50, was $12.50) to cinch a chiffon dress to channel a bohemian look or wrap it around a fitted black number for a glamorous night option. This snakeskin-embossed envelope clutch ($68) is big enough to comfortably fit the essentials. An easy-to-wear version of the gladiator trend, Bernardo’s Mars flats ($115) are a good choice with easy weekend dresses or beach-y maxis. The clean shape of this Rebecca Minkoff satchel ($550) does well carrying off allover gold.
Fashion Top Five: Payless’s Best Spring Shoes, And They’re All Under $40
We’ve been quite impressed with Payless lately, and their spring lines are no exception. We went through their spring arrivals to find five lovely pairs of shoes – all under $40. These on-trend gladiator-inspired sandals ($28) by Abaeté for Payless are ideal if you’re not ready to commit much cash to the trend. We love the Lucite-and-wood heel of these Lela Rose for Payless wedges ($38) – it complements the navy satin so well. If you’re partial to dark neutrals, even in spring, try a pink ballet flat ($25) to brighten up a casual outfit. Swap out your black booties for canvas wedges ($25) when it’s warmer out; they look particularly cute with footless tights. These cloth flats ($36), a solid addition to a spring work wardrobe, would look professional peeking out from black pants or trouser jeans.
Fashion Top Five: Those Quilted Bags Everyone Was Carrying At Fashion Week
In addition to all classic quilted Chanel bags we saw in the tents last week, we’ve also been spotting quilted handbags – and not just the interlocking C variety – out and about in real life, too.Marc Jacobs’s quilted shoulder bag ($1,095) is the luxe designer version of this trend. A versatile, classically shaped tote ($30) looks more original in quilted dark blue. This patent leather bag ($289) comes with a detachable brass chain – carry it as a clutch or over your shoulder. Lauren Merkin’s Edie Bag ($450) is big enough to wear to work, and the unique color still matches almost everything. This quilted duffle ($25) is a good size for carrying around all day on the weekends.
Fashion Top Five: Cheery Candy-Colored Flats
These bright flats will look just right with spring’s shorter hems and lighter fabrics. For now, wear them with jeans and slacks to add a little brightness to the final days of winter. The elastic panels on Delman’s Mona flats ($195) look like a cute design detail, not a concession for comfort. These turquoise flats ($13) are perfectly simple and really inexpensive – a great combo if you’re afraid of committing to bright color. A pointy toe and ruffles make this pair ($107.50, were $164) refined and office-appropriate. We love this green color, and the well-placed cutouts at the top of Sigerson Morrison’s patent skimmers ($236.68, were $429). The thick braid on these yellow flats ($69) lends a hint of preppy; they’ll add a clean, pulled-together feel to faded denim or cuffed boyfriend jeans.
Fashion Top Five: Bold Turquoise Jewelry
We’ve noticed this stone appearing in many more varied, more modern settings than just the intricate sterling silver of yore. There are plenty of delicate ways to wear turquoise, but lately our favorites incorporate the color in big, often unexpected ways. Turquoise looks stylish and modern in tiny bubbles on the band of this moonstone ring ($150). These drop earrings ($4) would make a laid-back low ponytail look fancier without being fussy.This sterling silver oval ring ($45) is closer to the way we’re used to seeing turquoise – a little rough-hewn and surrounded by silver – but sleeker. This bohemian-cool bead necklace ($230) won’t look out of place on top of an all-black outfit or with professional work wear. A big gold cuff ($475) with a big turquoise stone in the center will be statement-making with absolutely any outfit.
Fashion Top Five: Red Things You Can Wear That Aren’t Dresses
Last week we showed you how to wear a red dress without looking like you belong in the produce aisle. But if you’re still itching to get in the National Wear Red Day (or Valentine’s Day) spirit and can’t quite take the full-body plunge, try one of these less-committal ways to wear the color. SheFindsBrynT loves her La Canadienne Pulley boots ($235), which are a deep, dark red that almost (almost) looks neutral. A thick red headband ($4) is flirty and feminine, and can keep unruly hair in check. Wear a silky red tank ($10) under a neutral blazer or cardigan to take a baby step towards incorporating the color. This bold patent clutch ($110.49) and its gold-chain handle can easily dress up your denim for evening. If you really want to take it slow with the color thing, wear a pair of red boy shorts ($8 for 3) to bed.
Fashion Top Five: Fingerless (And Abbreviated-Finger) Gloves
The pair of convertible fingerless gloves/mittens I bought late in the fall has become completely indispensable. Because it has always been annoying to take off your glove to rifle around your bag and find a lip gloss. Why these did not explode in popularity until now, I have no idea.These cashmere gloves ($31) are the no-frills version, in a pretty Kelly green. Convertible gloves ($12) are my personal favorite, because they offer the option of protecting fingers2009-01-26 from the lately ridiculous cold when you don’t need to use your hands. Portolano takes the fingerless thing a step farther with these gloves ($11, were $55), which free up the entire top part of your hand. Wear these long gloves ($24, were $48) with ¾ coats, or scrunch them down a bit for extra warmth with your regular jacket. The military-esque detail on this pair ($15) lends a bit more style.
Fashion Top Five: In A Down Economy, Invest In Watches
Except for the $10k-and-up, diamond-encrusted, pinkish variety, watches are one of the only fashion items that always have that practical slant; you need a watch every day, and they’re seasonless. The ones below range from $20 to $2,000.This chunky leather-strap watch ($225) would look just right with menswear-inspired or tailored separates. With Roman numerals and a beautiful blue strap, this David Webb watch ($2,000) is delicate enough to match evening ensembles. This classic bracelet watch ($160) from Michael Kors will become your every day, every outfit timepiece. If you’re packing for a trip or just don’t want to worry about losing/breaking/scratching your watch, choose a simple, inexpensive one ($20, was $40). More a bracelet than a watch, this Marc by Marc Jacobs piece ($140, was $200) is all the jewelry you need with a black tank and jeans.
Fashion Top Five: Non-Leather Handbags Are Cheaper And Not Made Of Cow
Leather handbags are expensive, and it’s annoying to get caught with one in a sudden downpour. Coated canvas and nylon handbags, however, are less expensive (usually – and we kind of think D&G is just being silly), lighter, and generally repel water. We’re not converting our whole handbag collection, but these stylish non-leather bags are definitely worth some consideration.LeSportsac’s Dana Tote ($98) is sleek enough for work, but can easily double as a gym bag – it’s 18” x 21” and made of patent-finish nylon. MAXX New York’s Monte Carlo Shopper ($145) is made of PVC, but doesn’t look fake-leather-y; it’s big and structured, easy to carry in-hand or over your shoulder. This coated nylon shoulder bag ($39.50) comes with a Too Faced lip balm and little makeup case – quite the deal at under $40. This sort-of-preppy coated canvas tote ($89) is perfect for work or weekend, and we love the contrasting color scheme. This Matt & Nat bag ($220) is made of “vegan leather,” which obviously makes no sense, but it’s still exceedingly well-styled and expensive-looking for a non-leather bag. Find more affordable handbags in our Best Handbags Under $250 Guide.
Cameos Are Just Plain Pretty
Cameo and cameo-inspired jewelry is beautiful – but could often cost around $2,000. We think you should be able to own one of these vintage-y, ladylike baubles without blowing the whole week’s paycheck.We like the way the charms on this two-strand necklace ($68) lay side-by-side; it looks a little imperfect, and offsets their sweetness. A substantial pin in an ornate little frame, this cameo brooch ($18) would be a cheeky addition to a slouchy white tee. A brighter peach background, plus rhinestones and a funky chain make Tarina Tarantino’s cameo necklace ($103) feel totally contemporary. On the other hand, the simple gold setting and ethereal carving give this Del Gatto ring ($320) a classic vibe. Little cameo studs ($16) are an unexpected (and very affordable) way to wear the trend. Find more ideas for your accessories wardrobe in our Jewelry Staples Guide.
Fashion Top Five: Tastefully Restrained Pendant Necklaces
While we adore statement necklaces, something tells us the fashion cycle might favor smaller, more modest jewelry in coming months. Wear these sensible pieces for day or evening, This three stone necklace ($45) from Dean Harris for Target is delicate without being prissy. Hand-carved bone and tiny jewels make this pendant necklace ($98) both feminine and original. The single turquoise-hued stone on this necklace ($39) will add a little pop of color to your outfit. The layered look of this monocle necklace ($28) gives the delicate pendants a bit more substance. This Marc Jacobs necklace ($71) displays the designer’s signature whimsy without screaming “MJMJMJ.”For more jewelry finds, visit our Jewelry Staples Guide.
Fashion Top Five: New Year’s Eve Clutches That Look Like A Party
These bags are a quick, one-accessory way to make your outfit pop. Add minimal (or no) jewelry, and make sure to master the under-arm hold so you can manage a champagne and communicative it’s-too-loud-I-can’t-hear-you hand gestures, too. This Abas clutch ($198) looks vintage-inspired, and has lots of inner compartments for coins, cards and your ID. If the beading/ruffles/fringe you’re wearing call for clean-lined simplicity, look for an inexpensive bag in a bright or metallic color, like La Regale’s Jersey Clutch ($25). This satin clutch costs $10, and is only available online. Deciding between the colors is a perfect, guilt-free break from reading online news and cleaning your desk. I’m surprised and impressed that this Shiny Pill Box Clutch ($56.25, was $75) comes from Jessica McClintock, of poufy prom dress fame. I’d wear it this dress in navy. A classic black clutch gets the special-occasion treatment with silver detail and shimmery fabric. The bag ($285) also comes with a removable strap.
Top Five: Gloves Always Look Better On. Foolproof Fashion Gifting
Everyone appreciates a good pair of gloves when it’s freezing out. The ones below would make an equally great – and relatively inexpensive – present to yourself. A whimsical take on elegant gloves, these Lady Button Gloves ($15) are kind of endearing, with the contrast stitching and little buttons.J. Crew has an adorable (though I’m not sure original) name for all the highly practical glove-mitten hybrids popping up: Oshawa glittens ($15). We love them in this sunny yellow. Contrast-cuff leather gloves ($130) are so ladylike – and can extend the season for your ¾ sleeve coats and sweaters. Cashmere gloves ($33.15) are a budget-friendly but still luxurious gift. These come in eight other colors. With UGG sheepskin gloves ($145), you get all the coziness of Uggs, but these are glamorous, not clunky.Check out more options below:
Fashion Top Five: Wear Your Wine (It Makes The Spills Less Obvious)
While red seems to rally during the holiday season, sometimes it can be a little too…red. Its deeper, mellower cousin – the makers of the products below call it “burgundy” and “spilled wine” – is quietly sophisticated, but not buttoned-up. See our party-ready picks below, all under $100. The exposed zipper at the back of this strapless dress ($40) is a simple but eye-catching detail. The brown tones in this croc-print pump ($91) bring down the brightness; the hidden platform means you can keep dancing a bit longer. The relaxed fit of this racer back tank ($47.60) would pair well with fitted denim, or even satiny black trousers.This satin and patent clutch ($12.50) would look just right with almost any evening outfit that incorporates black. This sequined chiffon tank ($23) has a flapper feel; go with the flowiness, or tuck it into a high-waist skirt for a sleeker look.
Top Five: Not Your Average Houndstooth
Menswear-inspired fashion is everywhere this season, but putting an outfit together and still looking feminine can be tough when choosing manly pieces. The trick is to select items that either have a menswear-inspired cut OR a masculine fabric pattern, but not both. We think houndstooth is an ideal way to sport the look, especially when you seek out this pattern in non-traditional colors and sizes (like the nearly identical parkas we featured in a recent Taste Test). Take a look at our top five picks for subversive houndstooth. This tiered A-line coat ($140) will keep you warm while looking chic this season. Alice + Olivia plays on the traditional black-and-white houndstooth pattern on a smaller scale with these wide waistband pants ($275). The black-on-black houndstooth pattern of this ABS pleated dress ($170) is a subtle twist on the usual LBD, and it’s a flattering cut. You’ll love this Kelly cloche ($95) because it goes with just about everything. This grey houndstooth jacquard skirt ($125) has a sheen that will let you dress it up for holiday parties or down for the office.
Fashion Top Five: Sane-Looking Patterned Tights
We love certain patterned tights, but we’re conflicted about supporting the category as a whole. Some patterns, like complicated flowery lace or horizontal stripes, can make legs look bizarre or stumpy. But others – including the five below – are a flattering way to add texture to an outfit. As a bonus, they’ll probably help keep your legs from freezing off.These Diamond-Knit Tights ($9.50) will keep the chill out – no holes here – but the nylon/spandex knit isn’t too chunky. SPANX Tight-End Tights in Geo Stripe ($42) are my new favorite fall tights; they add interest to my extensive LBD collection and have a flattering vertical pattern. Probably the most out-there pick in the bunch, Urban Outfitters’ two-tone tights ($14) mimic the look of Sarah Jessica Parker’s absurdly expensive Chanel pair (they sell for $250). These ribbed tights ($16.50) have a subtler pattern than the pair above – you could even pair them with a printed dress. We think every woman should own a pair of fishnet stockings ($12.50 at Bare Necessities); just make sure the knit is relatively small, and please promise not to wear them with miniskirts.
Fashion Top Five: Cloches Aren’t Just For Train Travel And Speakeasys
We fell for Mad Men styles earlier this year, and now fashion seems to be turning the clock back even further with styles from the 1920s – including cloche hats, most famously worn over flappers’ defiant bobs. Wear yours with glossy waves for the same glamorous effect.The combination of feathers, ribbon, and a saturated jewel tone make this hat ($42) look far more expensive than it is.This graphic plaid wool version ($95) is a more modern take. A clean, classic option ($12.80) in wool with a no-fuss bow. This velour felt hat ($275) by Eugenia Kim is technically a fedora…but we think its retro vibe and low brim are enough to deserve a spot on this list. With just a stripe of velvet detail, this Croft & Barrow cloche ($19.60, was $28) could have come right off the set of The Changeling.
Fashion Top Five: Shooties
This shoe-bootie hybrid was really just the next logical step after the ever-shrinking boot shaft hit below the ankle. Shooties work well with skinny jeans or pants and can add a hit of toughness to a sheath dress. But if you're feeling too tame to show off your shooties, slip them under a pair of trousers and no one will be the wiser. This top five wouldn’t be complete without at least one peep-toe shootie: I do find the peep-toe bootie/shootie odd, but this STEVEN by Steve Madden pair ($150) might be cool enough to sway me. A big elasticized panel is surprisingly sleek on these Miu Miu patent shoe-boots ($530). These faux-snakeskin shooties ($66) look rich – and even office-appropriate – in dark brown. A graduated heel and streamline styling give this Kenneth Cole pair ($225) retro appeal. These Botique 9 shooties ($150) are entirely season-appropriate in dark grey suede.
Fashion Top Five: Comfy Scarves For Fall And Winter
These five scarves will be particularly helpful in the varying climates (sidewalk to subway to office to bar…) we all encounter through fall and winter. So much easier to slip on and off than a sweater. The essential Love Quotes scarf ($88) is like the hobo bag of neckwear: it matches a slightly slouchy vibe without looking messy. Love Quotes fan Vanessa Hudgens wears the Merlot color here. The fringes on the ends of this cable knit scarf ($24) keep the classic style from looking dated. This solid wrap scarf ($19.50) made of viscose, not wool, so it’ll let you bundle up without overheating, and it’s large enough to use as a wrap, too. We like Sir Alistair scarves for their ethnic prints and versatility (wear it as a scarf, wrap or sarong) – this pink-print version ($130) looks great with Rachel Bilson’s black and white basics. When you need a scarf that matches cocktail dresses and champagne, this super soft cashmere fringe scarf ($150) will fit the bill.
Fashion Top Five: Satin Tops For The Office
The ladies strutting around town just love their satin tops for work. Every morning I see one in just about every color, from short-sleeved to long, simple to super ruffled. Take your pick and pair one of these bold beauties with a black skirt or pair of slacks for a polished, yet feminine and fashionable look that easily goes from day to night. And, for an added bonus, these tops are all affordable. Ralph Lauren makes a $560 silk blend sleeveless bow-tie top for showing off the guns you've been working on at the gym, but for those who want the look for less, try this near carbon copy from Target's Isaac Mizrahi line: the Satin Shell ($28) in black, beige, or sea blue. Another super value is this cheery pink blouse ($29) with pin-tuck details, trendy balloon sleeves, and a low-slung belted waist. This hot gold ruffle neck blouse by NY and Company will put you back a trifling $25. The bright yellow is a very in-style color and instantly adds life to a dreary Monday morning.On the lighter side (colorphobes, I'm talking to you) is this fair and easy to wear champagne-hued, cowl neck top with a drawstring waist by BCBGMaxAzria (on sale for $90). For ladies with a big personality, here's one top that will be equally as vivacious. This shimmering ruffle neck blouse by 7 for All Mankind is 100 percent pure silk and will only put you back $150.
Fashion Top Five: Chunky Heels
The chunky heel--a perfect amalgam of an easy-to-wear wedge and the sexy stiletto--is back for fall 2008. Not only are these more comfortable and easy to walk in than stilettos, but they are more refined and streamlined than the wedge. What's more, the chunky heel comes in a variety of flavors for all fashion senses this fall; some are uber-stacked, others more dainty. Here are the top five styles to have you stepping stylishly into fall. Stacked heel loafers are professional and polished for day time, but with all that elevation, they also transition nicely into night. Shine 24/7 with these $750 Dolce & Gabbana PDNY Loafer Pumps with a one of a kind golden heel. Get art deco with these chubby, stubby Peep-Toe Mary Janes by Vince Camuto ($125) that feature a Velcro strap and top-stich detailing. Steal the oxford look and save some green with these sexy two-toned Bibliotheque Heels from Anthropologie ($98) featuring menswear-inspired laces and a sturdy wooden heel. From the famed Tory Burch, who can resist her flannel Laura Chain Pumps ($375) with their sophisticated styling and a gold-trimmed, stacked wooden heel? Command attention with a pair of ultra-mod gold and black patent Sumee Pumps by Steve Madden ($159.95) that take the chunky heel to new architectural heights.Are you up on all that's funky and chunky? Tell us about your favorite fat heels for fall.
Fashion Top Five: Illusion Dresses To Whittle Your Middle
Sure, empire waist dresses, wraps, pouffy sleeve numbers and billowy tunics help hide flaws, but this fall is all about streamlined, femme-fatale dress styles with tapered waists and slim silhouettes. Illusory colorblocking and delicate belts help to create the illusion of a thinner waist and are glamorous ways to update your cool weather wardrobe. Professional: You can look office appropriate and stylish in this Tibi Kensington Knit Pencil Dress ($350) featuring a slimming dark bottom accented by an elongating chevron waist. Mod: Oh, behave... or not. This geometric Cynthia Steffe Sloan Shift ($265) in candy apple red with contrasting black trim and a popping white mock belt thins as much as it impresses. Wear it to work or to your next soiree for major impact. Bargain: This asymmetrical print, cap-sleeve Lelya Dress by Antonio Melani is made of comfortable stretch material for an easy fit ($159). Luxe: The fashion mavens were all about this dress in September's glossies. The high-charged fuschia and contrasting lime green are tied into this architecturally satisfying 100 percent silk sheath Rocket Dress by Roksanda Ilincic ($1895).Sexy: Get your groove on in this devastatingly slinky rayon blend dress by BCBG Max Azria ($288). The deep scoop neck and ultra-cling shape is settled by the neutral taupe and black color combo.
Fashion Top Five: Eco-Chic Fashion Sites
It’s never been easier to be fashionably green – from recycled jewelry to organic bamboo, lots of designers are taking the step from eco-friendly to eco-chic. We found five sites that specialize in green stuff that’s stylish and wearable; below, check out one of the offerings from each.Where: Fashion-Conscience.com Why: A veritable eco-fashion emporium, this place stocks clothes, jewelry, footwear and accessories like scarves and bags. You can shop by “ethic” – recycled, vegan, sustainable and organic wares all have their own sections on the site.What: This chain and jet necklace ($126) is made of recycled (or vintage, depending how you want to spin it) materials Where: Greenloop Why: There’s a great selection of earth-friendly basics here, like black trousers, wide-leg jeans and everyday tees – I could build a green wardrobe from the ground up on this site.What: A dress made of woven bamboo ($132, was $220) and accented with a coconut belt can handle the day-to-night transition seamlessly.Where: Alternative Outfitters Why: Everything here is vegan, and the offerings include lots of shoes (organized by occasion) and handbags, plus other accessories like jewelry, scarves and gloves.What: This patent hobo ($56) has the slouchy look I adore in big day bags. Where: Beyond Skin Why: Vegan shoes that aren’t hideous/bizarre.What: Beyond Skin shoes have a retro look – which I think is cool all the time and fashion people say is in this fall – and the Lily pumps ($227) are no exception. They have a cute rounded toe and conical heel, and are covered in organic denim. Where: The Natural Store Why: With separate “boutiques” for couture-like clothes and every-day wear (plus active wear, lingerie, and tons of other stuff), this site is tres easy to browse and search.What: The People Tree Jersey Cardigan ($54) has the long, lean silhouette of a boyfriend cardigan.
Fashion Top Five: Faux-Two-Piece Dresses
I was a little indignant about this trend at first, miffed that designers would take away the mix-and-match versatility of my separates and just sew them together. But then the other day I wore a tucked-in shirt-and-skirt combo, and the whole thing kept slipping and sliding around, changing the proportions every time I stood up or crossed my legs. These pieces will stay put – and there’s never been a better time to find the one that fits you perfectly, because we’ve been seeing them in fall collections all over the place.A completely classic incarnation of the look, Lauren Ralph Lauren’s Tropical Wool Dress ($180) comes with a wide patent belt. This crochet dress ($128), with a sweater-like top and flowing skirt, is a softer version than the pencil dresses we’ve seen. The cowl neck is a nice contrast to the pencil-skirt bottom of this jersey dress ($278). Theory’s Ciarah Dress ($295) is perfectly put-together, with a jersey “tee” and just the right amount of volume at the waist. Nine West even added an attached cami underneath the ivory silk bodice in this bell-sleeve dress ($150).
Fashion Top Five: Light Transition-Weather Jackets
Whether you’re trying to extend some of those beloved summer pieces or gearing up for cool-weather layering (I can wear all my scarves again! No joke, I am counting down the days), light jackets make getting dressed much easier come fall. Carry this Flounced Sleeve Burlap Jacket ($146) for protection against overbearing AC now; for fall, take advantage of the wide sleeves and create a slimming contrast with a long-sleeved turtleneck underneath. The combo of sharp shape and movable fabric make this Mini Trench Jacket ($260) so easy to wear – plus, it’s made of organic cotton. The way they have it styled here is a little washed-out hippie, but we think this Half-Snap Jacket ($58) from the Gap would look casually smart over a slim black tank and straight-leg pants. The shape of this Lux blazer ($68) is relaxed and flattering, with cropped sleeves and a button at the waist. There’s nothing easier or more versatile than this Theory jacket ($295) for a sophisticated extra layer.
Fashion Top Five: Low-High-Heeled Work Shoes
There’s nothing worse than getting to the office in a spectacular pair of new pumps, and dreading your trips to the bathroom/newsstand/conference room more and more as the day wears on. Uncomfortable shoes are actually not as terrible on a night out as they are at the office. You can have an extra cosmo, sit out that last song, and take a cab home – at work, nobody’s going to give you a piggy back to your next meeting. We found five pairs of work-appropriate heels at the very reasonable heights of 2” – 2 ½”. And because we know you won’t settle for anything less, they actually look like heels, not like grandma’s flats with a little lift.Paired with covered-up work wear, these snakeskin slingbacks ($79) are completely office-appropriate. The indispensable black pump ($89), made partially of stretchy fabric for added comfort; with a shape this streamlined, we don’t think it’s in the same category as elastic-waist jeans. These Seychelles peep toe pumps ($94) have an appearing vintage vibe that’s very on-point for fall. Delman’s Half D’Orsay pumps ($295) are exceedingly glamorous, with a substantial stacked heel. Grey is the go-to color for fall, which makes these Nine West Vaserlin peep toes ($90) perfect for transitioning into September.
Fashion Top Five: Long Layering Tanks
Do you often find yourself wishing that your long black layering tank wasn’t balled up in your hamper, because if it wasn’t quite so balled up (and sweaty – click here to fix that one), you’d probably pull it out and wear it again? Yeah, me too.There is a solution to this problem. Buy more layering tanks. It's not an unreasonable thing to do, either, because when you buy more than one of these, they get cheaper. Except the American Apparel tank…which I’m fine with, as long as those extra couple of bucks are going towards company-subsidized healthcare for workers, not skeevy ad campaigns. American Apparel’s Sheer Jersey Spaghetti Tank ($17) is wonderfully soft and superthin. An Old Navy Long Layering Cami ($8.50, 2 for $10) is a good choice if you’re partial to the V-neck. Ann Taylor calls this a “Seamles Cami With Novelty Trim” ($28, 2 for $42), but don’t get scared by the “novelty trim”; it’s really a fantastic fitted tank with a tiny bit of sheer fabric by the neckline. In the fall, I pretty much live in a Sparkle Strappy Tank ($12, 2 for $20) or two with some sort of cardigan, a scarf, and rotating pairs of pants. This Seamless Lace Camisole ($30, 2 for $45) would add a nice feminine touch to a serious pantsuit.
Fashion Top Five: Sculptural Cutout Wedges
These substantial shoes offer a refreshing change from spiked stilettos and skinny straps. Wear them with day dresses for an eccentric bit of glamour, or hide the heels with wide-leg trousers and you’ve found a new favorite pair of work shoes.There’s no pair of shoes more sleek-looking than these black patent leather slides ($60). This Peep Toe Cutout Wedge ($94.50, were $315) feels a little bit fifties pinup from the front, with a completely modern twist at the heel. These KORS Michael Kors Debutante See-Through Wedges ($149.50, were $230) turn a classic evening shoe into an interesting, outfit-making piece. A muted color palette and flowing lines make the Nine West Taildrop Sandal ($40, were $80) look like a piece of modern art. These Franco Sarto sandals ($85) have a cool rounded cutout that mirrors the shape of the strap in the center.
Fashion Top Five: Swingy Cropped Jackets
More structure than a cardigan, less confining than a blazer, these short jackets are an easy way to top slim silhouettes in over-air-conditioned environments, or add shape and tailoring to an otherwise breezy summer work outfit.Tommy Hilfiger’s Cropped Jacket with Rounded Collar ($89.50) is an easy outfit addition in versatile khaki. A rounded hemline, wide collar, and puffed shoulders make this Cropped Swing Jacket ($210) fun and feminine. While it's not quite a neutral, the vibrant green on this Swing Coat ($89) from Jones New York will match just about any subdued color.A patterned layer like this Maestro Swing Jacket ($88) can make plain jeans and a solid tee really pop. This Pincord Jacket ($139) would look great worn open over slim trousers and a long tank or as pictured, buttoned up with a full skirt.
Fashion Top Five: Summer Denim
For most of the summer, my collection of jeans – much as I love them – hangs lonely in my closet while I flit about in skirts and sundresses. But there’s room for both denim and summertime in one outfit – lighter denim looks have even been popular among the celebrity and designer sets recently. Below are five styles we love, ranging from work-appropriate to beachy. Lux’s Full Denim Mini Skirt ($20, was $48) is slightly swingy, making it softer-looking than your average mini. This Magaschoni Collection Stretch Denim Dress ($398) has a bunch of perfect little details: the slightly puffed sleeves, the adorable belt and the gathering at the back add up to an incredibly well-tailored piece. AKA New York’s Baha Top ($168) would be perfect over a bikini or paired with slim white pants.The lightweight chambray makes this Denim Bateau Neck Dress ($89) gather nicely around the removable belt. This Denim Safari Dress ($169.40, was $242) would look great over a white tank, with the first couple of buttons undone. And check out our Denim Guide for more classic denim styles.
Fashion Top Five: Bug Jewelry
It seems like jewelry featuring insects is everywhere, and just in time for cicada season. We’re not talking about inherently beautiful bugs like butterflies, either – using ick-inducing insects and pretty materials like gold and glass, this jewelry creates a cool contrast that'll make passersby do a double-take. A white Lucite cuff offsets the sparkly greens of the rhinestone bee on Subversive for Target’s Bee Lucite Hinge Cuff ($14.99). The result is a statement bracelet for less than $20. Subversive for Target, you are awesome. This gold-plated Alex Monroe Necklace ($245) features textured detailing on the bee pendant's body and wings. We love that the length is adjustable, and the gold tag in the back makes it pretty to look at from any angle. Juicy Couture’s Bumble Bee Charm ($48) and Beehive Charm ($48) would look cute alone on a charm bracelet, but we also like the idea of stringing them side by side on a gold chain or black cord to be worn as a convertible right-now necklace. Rendered in light, handmade glass and strung on a brown leather cord, these Dragonfly Necklaces ($215) are a little bit hippie, a little bit luxe. Giles & Brother’s Tiny Fly Necklace (was $75, now $52.50) is small and simple enough to stand in for your everyday necklace. The tiny fly is a chic and unexpected twist on the normal diamond/heart/bean pendant.
Fashion Top Five: Little Black Chemises
Every time I pass a lingerie department, I think, “I really should get some nice lingerie and stop sleeping in t-shirts and boxers.” Then I look at the prices, think about how I’d have to be drunk or mocking something to wear one of those sheer lace things, and decide it’s not worth it. The only thing that’s actually worked for me as semi-sexy sleepwear is a simple black chemise. It beats a t-shirt, and they’re usually less expensive than the bells-and-whistles varieties. The five below are all under $100*.*All except this Hanro Babydoll Chemise ($110), because it seriously looks like a cotton summer dress, and I’d pay the extra $10 for a little black number that does double duty as sleepwear and, say, a poolside cover-up. The empire waist on Vera Wang’s Modern Flair Chemise ($73.90) ensures you’ll be able to move around during the night, plus it creates a sexy, body-skimming silhouette that’s forgiving around the middle. The Simply Vera by Vera Wang line from Kohl’s offers similar style and even more purse-friendly prices – the Lace Chemise ($25.20) also has an empire waist; details like lace trim and a baby blue bow make it more interesting. This Sheer Jersey Chemise ($22) creates a lovely long line as a going-out tank – especially layered under a cardigan or cropped jacket – and is super comfortable as sleepwear. Hanky Panky’s Silky Skin Babydoll ($80) comes with a thong. We love Hanky Panky thongs. We also love that they incorporated the lace from those thongs into this chemise at the empire waistline. Brilliant, brilliant.
What’s Beautiful This Spring? Nada Manley Reveals Her Insider Secrets – 5 Of You Will Win Her Book
Want to know what the elite beauty experts think about sunless tanning? How about what top pros recommend for combatting stretch marks? Instead of browsing through endless copies of Cosmo, Nada Manley has made it easy for you by gathering the advice and recommendations of the top industry experts in her book, Secrets of the Beauty Insiders. An expert herself, Nada has written over 1,000 articles on fashion and beauty, doling out advice to the masses on the most flattering makeup to the most effective skincare. Need some expert advice on Spring looks? Below are Nada's Top 5 Spring Beauty Trends You Can Take to the Street. We are giving away copies of Nada's book to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and tell us what hot beauty trend you'll be rocking this Spring. 1. A Powerful Pout: Say goodbye to gloss. The most glamorous lips on the runway sported the types of colors we haven’t seen in years: ravishing red, fantastic fuchsia, and outrageous orange. Dare to wear this trend? Pick a color that complements your skin tone for a more subtle look, or a contrasting color for a more shocking look. This look requires time and precision, not a slipshod coat of color applied in the car. Line lips and fill in completely, then blot and reapply color for a long-lasting effect. Both matte and gloss finishes are hot, so pick your favorite, and keep the rest of the face simple yet polished. SheFinds suggests Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in fierce shades like Stunning, Legendary, and Lavish. 2. Lips That Don’t Shout: Can’t see yourself in brightly colored lips? Then the season’s other lip trend might appeal to you – soft, pale, barely-there lip color, again done in either matte or gloss versions. Look for beiges or pinks that are a few shades lighter than your lip color. Warm up the rest of the face with a rosy blush and a couple of coats of mascara to avoid appearing washed out. SheFinds suggests NARS Lip Gloss in Striptease or Greek Holiday. 3. Messy Tresses: Late sleepers, rejoice. Bedhead is back, and it’s better than ever. Tousled tresses suited the romantic, girly mood of spring, and, as we all know, are very easy to pull off. To pull this look off, everything else should be polished and perfect: beautiful clothing, artfully-applied makeup, manicured nails. Otherwise you’ll risk looking slovenly instead of sexy. SheFinds suggests L'Oreal Out Of Bed Weightless Texturizer to perfect the not-so-perfect look. 4. The Big Bouffant: At the other extreme, some designers showed hair that was piled high and styled in true retro fashion. Avoid a costumey effect by pairing old-fashioned hair with very modern clothes and makeup. A true bouffant should be reserved for evening; daytime calls for subtler versions, such as a sleep updo worn a bit higher on the crown. SheFinds suggests Rusk BloFoam Root Lifter to get the volume you need for those out-there bouffants. 5. The Island Glow: The quintessentially spring, tropical vibe took off on a few runways, where golden girls ruled. Easy to pull off and almost universally flattering, it’s spring’s answer to an effortless daytime face. Switch blush for bronzer and swipe a shimmery, coppery hue on the lids for an easy, breezy sun-kissed look, without any skin-damaging exposure. SheFinds suggests Bare Escentuals Faux Tan All-Over Face Color for a quick, easy tan in a jar.Want more expert beauty advice from Nada and her peers? Check out her blog at beautyinsiderblog.com. And pick up a copy of her book, Secrets of the Beauty Insiders, available on Amazon. Or...Win a copy of the book from SheFinds! We are giving away copies to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us what Spring beauty trend you'll be stealing from the catwalk. On Friday, we will choose the 5 winners! And check out the Top 5's from our other experts: Nadine Haobsh, author of Beauty Confidential .. and Kat James, author of The Truth About Beauty
Fashion Top Five: Feminine Gold Hoops That Won’t Weigh You Down
It’s no secret that gold looks great with a tan (regardless of whether it’s real). And next to necks and shoulders left bare by summer’s spare tops, elegant hoops look more elegant than overtly glitzy accessories - especially in smaller sizes with understated design details.These Gold Hoop Earrings by Herve van der Straeten ($180) aren’t quite circular, making them the ideal addition to a slightly-undone beachy hairdo. Gold Hoop Earrings by O by Oscar de la Renta ($60) have a rich, antique look, thanks to the etched detail. These Juicy Couture earrings ($58) have tiny buckles at the front. These Hammered Metal Hoops ($7.50) from Old Navy are glamorous, simple, and ridiculously affordable. We’ve been loving Kipepeo’s Sakura Earrings ($129) for a while - the design inside is a clever way to make the classic gold hoop unique.
Fashion Top Five: Swingy Black And White Skirts
These skirts give off the feminine vibe of a dress and offer a bit more versatility; tuck in a fitted tank and wear it with pearls to play up the retro cut, or complement the crispness of the color combo with a cropped white jacket. The A-line cuts are flattering and flowing, so your clothes won’t cling on a sticky day. A bit shorter than the others, this geometric print skirt ($88) has just enough volume to let you move around without looking pouffy. Lithe’s Right to Roam Skirt ($118) has cute chevron and check embroidery peeking through the strips of black and white. The slightly slimmer cut of Lafayette 148’s New York Metal Dot Skirt ($348) allows you to wear a longer layer on top. This cotton skirt ($19.80) has an extra wide waistband, so you can choose to tuck your top in or wear it pulled over the flat front. The knit waistband on this color block skirt ($218) can be folded over for a lower waistline or worn high for a more dramatic silhouette.
Perfumes: The Guide Keeps You From Making A Stink – 5 Of You Will Win The Book
Ever try a perfume on in the store, love it, buy it, and take it home only to discover that after wearing it around it makes you nauseous? Or worse yet, you get perfume from Grandma that smells like air freshener and have to wear it every time you go and visit? Maybe if you and Granny had taken some advice from perfume experts Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, you could have steered away from those icky scents. These two have devoted their time to sniffing hundreds of fragrances and figuring out the best and worst of the bunch. And now they've come out with a fabulous book, Perfumes: The Guide to share with you their finds. Perfumes: The Guide, mentioned in Thursday's NY Times Style Section, not only rates fragrances, but gives you info on top questions about perfumes, such as the difference between perfume and eau de toilette and how long you should keep your fragrance before it goes bad. And now we've got some exclusive expert advice from the fragrance connoisseurs themselves! Below are Luca and Tania's picks for the perfect perfumes for those oh-so-important occasions. And along with their expert advice, we are giving away copies of Perfumes: The Guide to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us your favorite fragrance and why. The winners will receive a copy of the book. The office: When you go into work, you don't want to overwhelm your colleagues. Chanel's Cristalle is a light, fresh, floral scent that won't walk into the room before you do. First date: For a first date, you want to be flirty, mysterious, and a little bit sexy. Bois de Voilette by Serge Lutens bottles all three perfectly in a light cedar fragrance. Exotic Weekend Getaway: Escape the everyday with Osmanthus by the Different Company. Hints of apricots, blossoms, and musk will whisk you away to foreign lands, even if your passport remains unstamped. Everday: Even if your lounging around on a lazy Sunday afternoon, you still want to smell amazing. That's where Odalisque steps in. Its faint lily of the valley scent is subtle, sweet, and lingering. Special Occasion: An intense, romantic fragrance, Guerlain L'Heure Bleue Eau de Parfum will make any special occasion a night to remember. To learn more about finding your perfect perfume from Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, buy their book on amazon.com. Or win a copy from SheFinds! We are giving away copies to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us your favorite fragrance.And check out the Top 5s from our other experts: Nadine Haobsh, author of Beauty Confidential, Kat James, author of The Truth About Beauty, Nada Manley, author of Secrets of the Beauty Insiders, Charla Krupp, author of Hot Not to Look Old, Bridgette Raes, author of Style Rx, Christie Matheson, author of Green Chic, and Dr. Perricone, author of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind. Be sure to read SheFinds' Fragrance Guide for more great scents.
Fashion Top Five: Glam Gold Clutches You Won’t Want To Put Down
Since you’re usually carrying a clutch for evening only, why not choose a color that dresses up the whole ensemble? These luxe-looking accessories add a touch of sophisticated bling to sleek monochrome outfits, but they also play beautifully off light chiffons and spring-y floral patterns. Bottom line: they’ll look great with what you’re wearing now, and they’ll still look great with what you’re wearing six months from now.The ruching on this oversized clutch ($228) adds just enough interest without making the dramatic light-gold bag look too busy. The structured leather trim on this BCBG Max Azria Mesh Clutch ($178) is a nice counterpoint to the slouchy metal mesh – which, by the way, looks great draped effortlessly around your clutch-carrying arm. Gustto’s Scopio Molino Clutch ($520) has a sculptural quality that makes it look like a piece of art, but open it up and you’ll find two very practical, roomy pockets. This gold clutch ($38) from Steve Madden is super shiny, and the simple design – just a flap closure and subtle seams on the edges – makes the reflective gold look sleek and modern.Michael Kors’s Buckled Metallic Leather Clutch ($395) has a streamlined design and geometric gold buckle that lend a put-together vibe – with a low heel, it can pull a sundress into nighttime territory.
Fashion Top Five: Swap Heavy Suit Jackets For Lighter Blazer Alternatives
Wearing a stiff, dark jacket when it’s getting warm out is no fun – office attire that signals the spirit of spring is much more pleasant. With shorter sleeves and lighter fabrics, these five jackets can be paired with trousers during the day and work as a convenient layer you can carry around a bar at night. And when they turn on the air in your office in a couple of weeks, these jackets will work wonders providing a layer of protection from freezing hallways.Banana Republic’s Cotton Sweater Jacket ($98) is shaped like a jacket, with the weight and movement of a spring sweater. The cheery yellow color will brighten up neutral-colored work attire.The hint of metallic woven into this BB Dakota Paulette Jacket (was $64, now $45) will add some pop to the solid black and white pieces you already own. The slightly crinkly fabric and puff sleeves on this Funnel Neck Jacket ($295) make it a good go-to blazer for the slightly more relaxed sunny seasons.This Kensie Lace Jacket ($98) has a vintage sensibility, with charming details like the lace pattern, pleated cuffs and faux wood buttons.The big buttons on this Sunny Leigh Three-Quarter-Sleeve (was $129, now $96.75) tone down the black-jacket seriousness.
Fashion Top Five: Substantial Chunky-Heeled Pumps
Lately we've been noticing a whole bunch of beautiful wide-heeled shoes next to the more traditional, pointy-toed pencil-heeled designer fare. The heels are generally pretty high – all of the ones below are 3" or more – so you won't feel like you're clopping around in those frumpy low-heeled chunky loafers that cast a shadow over the early '90s. Below, five choices that would work well with wide-leg pants, bootcut jeans or as the don't-mess-with-me punctuation mark at the bottom of a clean-lined cocktail dress.These Marc by Marc Jacobs sandals ($440) have a linen-and-leather upper, translating the heavier chunky-heeled look seamlessly into springtime. While we swore off Juicy Couture's sweatsuits a long, long time ago (nobody knows I'm wearing the sweatpants around my apartment, right?), we love the rich look and snug elastic heel support of their Mariska pump ($275). This open-toed t-strap pump ($99.95) comes in the most appealing royal blue color; the elegant double t-strap balances out the thick heel. While the heel is a bit thinner than the others, this Prada pump ($475) still has enough substance – not to mention the hidden platform – to make these shoes an object of desire, even with a 4" heel. The sculpted metallic heel on these patent leather pumps ($275) adds some interest to a trend that's been re-imagined every which way since the fall.
Top Five Of J.Crew’s Amazing Gems
I rarely read any of the catalogs that somehow manage to find their way to my mailbox - it's funny, I don't remember signing up for most of them. But I must confess that lately I actually look forward to getting my J.Crew catalog (although, J. Crew is among the guiltiest of the bunch when it comes to wasting that paper). When it comes to design, my own inner prepster swoons every season over their argyles and A-line dresses, but I am particularly blown away by this jewelry collection, which seems to have come out of nowhere. The pieces are unique and expensive looking without costing a fortune. Just in case you've been living on another planet for the last few months and haven't seen the collection, allow me to introduce you to it:1. Jeweled Starburst Cuff Bracelet ($150): A dramatic piece in bright summer colors with hand-painted resin and Czech-glass beads arranged on 18k gold plated metal. Simply stunning. 2. Wood Bead & Fireball Necklace ($98): Wood beads are very much back in style (as seen in our guide to Celeb Jewelry). J.Crew spices this beaded strand up a little with some interspersed rhinestone "fireballs" that give the necklace a more glamorous and less earthy appeal. 3. Bubble Necklace ($150): Do yourself a favor and get yourself a statement necklace this season. This bubble necklace made of hand-set enamel stones and beads will make you an instant fashionista. I like to wear mine with a $5 Hanes T-shirt -- it still makes me look like a million bucks! 4. Cabochon Bouquet Cocktail Ring ($65): Another statement to be made is on your ring finger. How fun is this cocktail ring with candy-colored resin stones? 5. Diamond Mosaic Enamel Bangle ($78): Just one of the many beautiful hand-painted enamel bangles that you can find on JCrew.com. I love this mosaic style but they also have cool ones in animal prints.
Dr. Perricone Helps You Fight Father Time: 5 Of You Will Win His Book
Nobody wants to get old - well, at least nobody wants to look old. We shell out money, time, and energy into anti-aging, wrinkle-fighting, youth re-capturing products that usually don't do a darn thing. But why don't they? According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone and his latest book, Ageless Face, Ageless Mind, there are hidden causes of aging called AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) that are both detrimental to our health and our appearance. But it's not all bad news: Dr. Perricone offers tips and products to help fight these nasty buggers and help you get back on track towards a healthier more beneficial lifestyle. And he's helping our SheFinds readers too! Below are Dr. Perricone's top 5 products to keep your skin looking its best. And along with his expert advice, we are giving away copies of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us your favorite anti-aging miracle product. The winners will receive a copy of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind. 1. Get plenty of sleep - or look like you did with Ceramic Eye Smoother ($50). This new formula for the eye area is a combination of new and signature sciences such as Fullerenes- a new powerful antioxidant, microspheres to fill in fine lines, and an invisible tint to create the appearance of youth and rest. This topical will provide immediate results so the concealer step may now become optional. 2. Do your eyes need their own intensive care unit? Then take care of them with Advanced Eye Area Therapy ($95). Stress and constant strain to the eyes creates a loss of firmness, elasticity, and radiance which makes itself apparent in the way of sagging, discolorations, and fine lines from squinting. An innovative collection of natural compounds and vitamins creates a circulation in the skin around the eyes to reduce darkness and discoloration., while Alpha Lipoic Acid deduces puffiness. Patented DMAE will continue to provide that youthful instant lift to the eyes. 3. Your personal patch kit for large pores can be found in the Ceramic Skin Smoother ($75). Ceramic microspheres will immediately fill in pores so the powerful antioxidant-Fullerenes can comfort and protect stressed skin while an advanced hydrating system attracts and locks in moisture which adds more density to the skin. We then added DMAE for an immediate lifting effect so the skin appears much more finished and therefore can look great with less foundation. 4. Keep wrinkles away with StimulCell ($155), a new booster treatment that uses youth generating signals filtered from skin stem cells to communicate rejuvenation to all other skin cells, thereby extending their productive efficiency and lifespan. We no longer need to age as our parents did. Prevention from daily damage is now available and effective in maintaining one's youthful appearance. 5. Anti-aging must begin from withing. Skin and Total Body supplements ($130) now offer us the intrinsic method of fighting damage from where it begins, from within. What we eat, and how we live dicate how our skin will look. 2 packets of Skin and Total body a day provide your system with all the necessary nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins to keep energy naturally high, thinking more clear, and the look of skin, hair, and body firm, flexible, and radiant. To learn more about fighting Father Time from Dr. Perricone, buy his book on amazon.com. Or win a copy from SheFinds! We are giving away copies to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us your favorite anti-aging miracle product.And check out the Top 5s from our other experts: Nadine Haobsh, author of Beauty Confidential, Kat James, author of The Truth About Beauty, Nada Manley, author of Secrets of the Beauty Insiders, Charla Krupp, author of Hot Not to Look Old, Bridgette Raes, author of Style Rx, and Christie Matheson, author of Green Chic.
Green Is Cool Again Thanks To Christie Matheson And Her Eco-Savvy Style: 5 Of You Will Win Her Book
Feel like going green will force you to lose your chic factor? Do you want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle but think you'll turn into a granola-loving, Birkenstock-wearing, knapsack-toting planet lover in the process? Not so! Style expert and author Christie Matheson guides us step by step towards a more eco-chic lifestyle in her book, Green Chic: Saving The Earth In Style. Christie's work has appeared in Glamour, Shape, Yoga Journal, and The Boston Globe Magazine among other publications. With tips on how to travel consciously and stylishly to how to fill your wardrobe and your home with trendy organic goods, Christie dispels the myth that going green and staying fashion forward can't go hand in hand. And now Christie is imparting her know-how on SheFinds. Below are her top 5 ways to green your beauty routine. And we are giving away copies of Christie's book to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us your favorite eco-friendly beauty product. The winners will receive a copy of Green Chic: Saving The Earth In Style. 1. Exfoliate: Gently slough off pore-clogging gunk with Farmaesthetics’ Sweet Milk and Lavender Exfoliate ($14.70). It’s made with nothing but dried powdered milk, fine yellow cornmeal, and ground organic lavender buds, and it comes in a beautiful recycled glass bottle. 2. Cleanse: Get rid of the impurities your skin encounters throughout the day with the Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Cleanser from Pangea Organics ($23) . This effective yet gentle organic cleanser works for all skin types and is free of preservatives, petrochemicals, and parabens. 3. Moisturize: Keep skin hydrated—and protected from the sun—with Juice Beauty’s Green Apple SPF 15 moisturizer ($38). Hydroxy acids from organic apple and lemon juices brighten the skin; the sun protection comes from titanium dioxide, one of the healthier sun-blocking ingredients. 4. Sleep: Making time for enough sleep may be the most important thing you can do to look great. During sleep your cells repair themselves, so your skin improves. Adequate sleep also helps you maintain a healthy weight. Rest in pesticide-free luxury: Try the elegant organic cotton sheets from Loop Organic ($20 per pillowcase; $160 for queen sheet set). 5. Pamper: Also key for reducing stress—and thereby improving your appearance—is adequate pampering. Come on, you deserve it! Treat yourself to a Fusion Massage from Exhale ($115) or your favorite local sustainability-minded spa.To learn more about going green in style, go to amazon.com to buy Christie's book. Or..Win a copy of the book from SheFinds! We are giving away copies to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us your favorite eco-friendly beauty product.And check out the Top 5's from our other experts: Nadine Haobsh, author of Beauty Confidential, Kat James, author of The Truth About Beauty, Nada Manley, author of Secrets of the Beauty Insiders, Charla Krupp, author of Hot Not to Look Old, and Bridgette Raes, author of Style Rx.
Top Five: Not-Too-Heavy-Not-Too-Light Cardigans To Wear Right Now
Lightweight, versatile cardigans are a blessing when the weather’s changing, and after it’s warm outside, we can’t live without a few of these sweaters to throw over tanks and tees in hyper-air-conditioned indoor environments. We found five mid-weight cardigans that are thin enough to wear now under a light jacket, but provide the coverage to keep you from shivering at your desk through late spring and summer.J. Crew's Academy Cardigan ($78) has cute patch pockets and contrasting brown buttons for a fun spin on the prim-and-proper classic. The buttonless design of this Cotton Shrug Cardigan ($24.50) makes it the ideal relaxed top layer. This Summerweight Cashmere Cardigan ($158) is the perfect goes-with-everything shade of heather gray. We adore the vintage-y vibe of the crocheted buttons on Banana Republic's 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan ($64), and the length is just right for layering under long tanks. The tiny gathers at the wide neckline and the slightly puffed cuff of this 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan ($39.50) make it feel feminine and airy.
Fashion Top Five: A Modern Take On June Cleaver
After years of doing myself up to go out – sparkly tanks, miniskirts, stilettos, and skinny jeans (on alternate evenings), I recently attended a costume party dressed as a member of the Cult of June Cleaver. I was completely taken aback: I’ve never gotten so many compliments on an outfit. It seems that in this age of overexposure (must I make a pantyless Britney allusion?) a well-tailored, tasteful, covered-up party dress is a welcome sight. Below, find our five favorite ’50s-inspired frocks. These structured, full-skirted pieces look great with flats or heels, and for a more modern look – and to make sure you stay warm until spring – try them with footless tights underneath. Plenty by Tracy Reese’s Tessellated Shirtdress ($268) has a casual cut but gets dressed up with details like glitzy buttons and an intricate brocade pattern. This Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress ($69.99) comes in a rich brown that is understated enough to actually stand out among louder look-at-me colors. This boldly patterned silk dress ($158) boasts sweet accents like a grosgrain bow and ribbon-like overlay on the front, but rendered in black and bright yellow it’s sophisticated, not over the top. With a slightly more revealing cut, Moschino Cheap and Chic’s Brocade Corset Halter Dress ($950) is perfect for a fancy springtime event. J. Crew’s Silk Faille Mirabelle Dress ($395) is reminiscent of the impossibly chic Jackie O. Wear it with or without the removable belt.
Make Nice With Your Clothes! Bridgette Raes Shows You How To Make It Work:5 Of You Will Win Her Book
"Unwieldy thighs, a round belly, a flat chest... no matter what your challenge, Bridgette Raes helps you understand the unique proportions of your body, part by part, and prescribes cuts, styling details, and fabrics that make the most of your body's diversity." What more could a girl ask for? In black and white, style expert Bridgette Raes gives solid, essential advice on how to dress for your body in her amazing new book, Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want. Bridgette outlines which outfits flatter - or worsen - all of your body parts, from your upper arms down to your calves. Bridgette's contributed her style expertise to SheFinds in the past, and we're psyched to have her back to share her Top 5 Ways To Hide Fat And Still Look Sexy In Every Situation. And it gets better, ladies - we are giving away copies of Bridgette's book to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and tell us what body part you need some help camouflaging. The winners will not only receive a copy of the book, but SheFinds will offer you some tips in an upcoming post! Body Issue #1: TummySolution: Get Control. Want to hide the tummy? Choose a shirt with ruching or gathers over the tummy area. Nobody will be able to tell if it is your tummy or the shirt. You can run, but you can’t hide out. Get some control over your tummy and contain it with shirts with shape and structure. SheFinds suggests this long sleeve draped tee with side ruching detail ($100). Body Issue #2: Big ButtSolution: Go with the flow. Have some extra curve in your derriere? Choose a fit and flare skirt style that counterbalances the fullness of your backside while embracing your God-given curves. Boxy skirts just make your butt look boxy and wide. SheFinds suggests a classic linen skirt for the warm spring days ahead (was $69.50, now $48.65). Body Issue #3: Large ThighsSolution: Go straight and avoid the narrow. Choose pants that fall straight from the widest point of your thighs or go for boot-cut style pants. Avoid pants that taper at the hem. SheFinds suggests these Super Lux Trousers ($178). Body Issue #4: Large ChestSolution: Rein the girls in. If your chest is large, don’t hide out! Rein the “girls” in and always wear shirts, sweaters, and jackets that shape in the waist. Shapeless tops just make you and your chest look bigger. SheFinds suggests this Safari Top by Ann Taylor Loft ($44). Body Issue #5: Large calves and AnklesSolution: Get un-strapped. If you have large calves or ankles get un-strapped and avoid ankle straps on your shoes! Ankle straps make your calves and ankles look bigger! Also, hem your skirts to the slimmest part of your calves to help them appear slimmer. SheFinds loves this elegant Stuart Weitzman Sandal ($275). To learn more about Bridgette, check out her website - www.bridgetteraes.com. And go to amazon.com to buy her book. Or..Win a copy of the book from SheFinds! We are giving away copies to 5 lucky readers. In order to be considered, you have to write to us in the comments section and share with us what body part you'd rather keep under wraps. On Friday, we will choose the 5 winners! And check out the Top 5's from our other experts: Nadine Haobsh, author of Beauty Confidential, Kat James, author of The Truth About Beauty, Nada Manley, author of Secrets of the Beauty Insiders, and Charla Krupp, author of Hot Not to Look Old. *All before and after shots are courtesy of Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want.