It’s true – this cozy, ribbed autumn standby has come a long way since its days as a professor’s staple. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to style it to ensure you look more seasonally chic and less like an outdated math teacher.

According to TSB Men, cords can be worn for both casual and more formal occasions:

– Break the mold and sport a tan corduroy suit. The key to keeping the look modern is a very tailored cut and contemporary add-ons (think skinny ties, colorful or patterned socks, and sleek Oxfords – just make sure they’re not square-toed).

– Casual Friday no longer automatically means jeans and a button-down. Instead, swap in a black corduroy shirt to keep things business-appropriately casual but way more comfortable.

– Give your wool peacoat a rest and layer on a collegiate-style double-breasted corduroy coat. Tossed over a sweater and button-down (or even a turtleneck), this is the epitome of fall style.

The key to a flawless fall look is to keep it simple:

– Rather than trying to get too fancy with this velvety fabric, pair corduroy pants with a simple tee or oversized sweater (I’m also partial to the untidily tucked-in look), and add a soft scarf or pashmina.

– When it comes in blazer form, make sure the cut is exquisitely fitted (it should fall at the very end of your shoulders and cinch at the waist when buttoned), and layer it over jeans and tank to warm up the look. Gold-tone or wooden accessories add a charming, earthy touch.

– Corduroy skirts may scream “I’m in middle school,” but when paired with sheer tights, killer boots (heels are a must), and a fitted top – you’ve got an outfit that’s a guaranteed A.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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October 29, 2012

I am a very, very last-minute Halloween shopper. I’m talking lots and lots of costumes bought sans a dressing room. And this year was no different, of course. I scrounged up a costume a literal hour before Saturday night’s Halloweekend celebrations.

So for those of you with costumed events still left on the horizon, take note. Here’s what I’ve learned during my years of last-minute prep:

Know your sizing before you shop. 
Women’s sizes run large. Teen sizes? Not so much. (Surprised? I didn’t think so.)  So make sure you look – hard – at the sizing. If you’re a women’s medium regularly, choose a small or medium women’s, or a medium or large teen. If you’re ordering online (yes, there’s still time!), don’t order without referencing the size chart first.

Still unsure? Go a size up. There is literally nothing worse than trying on a costume at home, only to realize that the mere two inches of bum coverage are perhaps better suited to your first college frat party.

Or skip the store completely. My honest opinion? Boxed costumes are on their way out. Thinking outside the box is far more fun – and cheaper, to boot. Rely on what you have at home, and a quick DIY project or two. Some ideas:

Katniss Everdeen: All black + lace-up boots + side braid. Grab some white duct tape and fashion a “12” on the back of your shirt or jacket, then get creative and make a bow and arrow. I love this arrow DIY.

Mail-order bride: White dress + FedEx shipping labels + DIY veil.

Morticia Addams: Long black dress + white makeup + red lipstick = Addams family matriarch, in a flash.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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October 29, 2012

No matter where you spend your winters, there’s a boot to match. From shearling-lined styles to glammed up booties (and just about everything in between), our Running of the Boots: Moto Boots, Booties, & More Boutique has chilly temps covered.

1. Taryn Rose “Kura” Leather Wedge Tall Boot
Slip into these suede and patent-capped boots to add a touch of polish and a whole new look to that tried-and-true workweek frock.

2. Alberto Fermani “FE6304″ Suede Tall Boot
Pair these Italian-made suede stunners with that favorite leggings-and-sweater combo for a cozy, laid-back vibe.

3. Alberto Fermani “JB81315″ Leather Tall Boot
Brown leather, pointed toes, and an on-trend shape make these riding boots the wear-with-everything pair we just can’t survive winter without.

4. Klub Nico “Bria ” Suede Ankle Boot
Chill-battling booties? These faux fur-trimmed numbers do exactly that. Throw on your favorite jeans or oxblood skinnies then top them off with these for a spot-on chic look.

5. Plenty by Tracy Reese “Naia” Suede Wedge Bootie
Pull these wedges on over those new leather leggings to add a splash of sparkle to a night out. The best part? The wedge heel flawlessly mixes comfort and style.

Our Running of the Boots: Moto Boots, Booties, & More Boutique opens Monday, October 29, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 29, 2012


Guess: How many hours MAC Cosmetics spent doing makeup during SS13 Fashion Week. Hint: Let’s just say these guys deserve a serious vacation.

Watch: The teaser for Naomi Campbell’s new fashion reality show The Face. Tyra, you’ve got some serious competition.

Brush Up: On your fashion catchphrases with this Refinery29 video. And we can assure you – our lovely copyeditors are no Kelvins.

Check Out: A roundup of our crush Simon Doonan’s best Halloween costumes over the years. The man is such a trendsetter, he knew Amy Winehouse would be a thing before she was even born.

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October 29, 2012


From getting a headstart on sweets season to embracing the ultimate rubber clog, here’s a look at all the lovely things I’ll be snapping up off of Rue this week.

1) Seiko watch. Sure, this is a men’s watch. But the way an oversized gold ticker nestles into the rest of the bracelet party is, simply put, irresistible. Our SEIKO Men Boutique opens Sunday, October 28 at 11AM ET.

2) French Sole New York flat. My beloved black skimmers? They’re sporting holes in their respective toes as we speak. The quest for a replacement has been a long and desperate road, but I’m more than confident that this ballet flat czar has it finally coming to an end. Our French Sole New York Boutique opens Tuesday, October 30, at 11AM ET.

3) Brooklyn Cheesecake treats. The season of indulgence is rapidly approaching (YES), so I may as well start conditioning for it. Our Brooklyn Cheesecake & Bittersweet Pastries Boutique opens Wednesday, October 31, at 11AM ET.

4) W.H. Petronela clutch. There’s no two ways about it – I absolutely have to wean myself off lugging an extra-large purse (in which I can stash my shoes and jacket) to parties. Hitting people with it gets awkward, and dancing just isn’t the same. With this killer clutch, though, my phone, ID, cash, and lip gloss are about to become all that I need. (Let the party resume.) Our W.H. Petronela Boutique opens Monday, October 29, at 11AM ET.

5) Crocs clogs. If a shoe is navy, slip-on, waterproof, ankle-skinnifying, and weighs pretty much nothing, guess what – I’ll always have a soft spot for it. Our Crocs Men Boutique opens Wednesday, October 31, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 28, 2012

Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, Hermès – consider these names the fab four of handbag designers. From their sought-after silhouettes to the have-to-have-them labels, Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH talks details. Having trouble seeing your life without one? Snap them up in our From the Reserve: Handbags by Louis Vuitton & More Boutique.

Rue La La: You’ve seen your fair share of designer handbags. How can you tell the real from the knockoffs?
Roberto: Over the years, our authenticators have acquired these skills by looking at thousands and thousands of what is real and what is a knockoff. The authenticity of a handbag is determined by many factors, among them certain aspects of bags like serial numbers, date codes, materials, hardware, and other criteria like patterns of leather, etc. Continue reading “The Fab Four: Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH Talks Designer Handbags” »

October 28, 2012


One of the things that makes winter feel so long, in my opinion, is wearing the same heavy coat day after day. Here in New England, the first chill hits and suddenly it’s full-blown parka-and-peacoat season. Not quite ready to be swaddled in wool or down feathers, I made the executive decision to in-vest this season. Yes, this fall I fell for vests of every kind – from fur, to leather, to denim. Look out jackets, I may never go back.

Drawing inspiration from the two-tone motorcycle jackets and contrast-sleeve utilitarian jackets that took over street fashion pics from NYFW, I decided to strategically layer up using vests and some pieces I already had in my closet. The great thing about vests (and one of my favorite things about fall) is all the layering options they present. With a denim and leather vest and an assortment of lightweight jackets, there are countless looks you can rock to suit any fall occasion, from apple picking to a night out in the Big Apple.

Perfect Pairings:

Leather vests – An army green anorak with a leather motorcycle vest has become my daily go-to. But the same vest can be worn with a light wash denim jacket, black skinny jeans, and heels for a night out. I also love the way a tough leather vest looks when paired with a delicate piece, like a long-sleeve lace cocktail dress.

Denim vests – A denim vest over a brown leather jacket will have you looking as retro-cool as Mila Kunis in That 70s Show. Or, pair it with a red flannel and a pair of bean boots and you’re hayride-ready.

Fur vests– I like to wear something more form-fitting underneath my fur vest (let’s be honest, it doesn’t create the most flattering silhouette). Opt for a long sleeve black bodysuit or fitted turtleneck with a pair of dark wash skinnies and boots for the perfect après-ski ensemble.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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October 27, 2012

Gourds. They’re petite, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are pretty prevalent during the autumn months. While pumpkin picking this year, I noticed a bountiful table covered with these not-so-much-loved vegetables and scooped up an armful to create my next craft: gourd candle holders. Instant fall chic.


Pumpkin carving knife
Tea light, votive, or candlestick


1. Cut a circle around the stem of the gourd. Try to match the diameter of the candle you will be using.

2. Scoop out some seeds and wedge the candle in.

3. Light the wick and set out for the perfect harvest ambiance.

If you plan to use these later on, take out the candle and store them in the fridge. They’re perfect for dinner-party table décor.

By Emily Gibbons of, Staff Writer

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October 26, 2012

Well hello there, Project Runway fans! We’re but a week out from Dmitry’s win, and it’s already time to re-meet our second All Stars cast. Though this season doesn’t have the same purposeful, righting-a-wrong vibe as the first, it’s exciting to have some P-Way to kick back with on Thursday nights.

The designers were well-behaved in the workroom this week, but with a mix including Ivy Higa, Joshua McKinley, and the original Runway villainess, Wendy Pepper (who can officially be added to this video after last night), I wouldn’t expect the lovefest to last. Tim Gunn–replacement Joanna Coles held a schoolyard pick to decide teams (cue the groan chorus) for this week’s challenge: create a mini collection inspired by an attitude.

Emilio, Peach, Andrae, Suede, Laura Kathleen, and Joshua made up Team Bold, and Ivy, Althea, Casanova, Anthony Ryan, Wendy, Kayne, and Uli decided to call themselves Team Confident. (Did no one notice that “bold” and “confident” are basically same thing?)

Though Joanna wasn’t necessarily a fan (her one-liners included “When I think of lace and black leather, the word that comes to mind is hooker!” and “I’m thinking stegosaurus”), Confident’s collection clearly outshone Bold’s less-than-fresh, black-and-blue color story.

Ivy’s jacket was slimming, original, and gorgeous, though I agree that it would have paired better with lace shorts or Anthony Ryan’s stunning white pants. Overall, the runway show seemed underwhelming for an all-stars season, especially considering Emilio’s tube-top-and-jumper ensemble, Peach’s ill-fitting, two-tone sleeves, Wendy’s batwing bodice, and Suede’s breast-cup shoulders (though I liked his handkerchief skirt – its movement was lovely).

What did you think? Did the judges (returners Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi, new host Carolyn Murphy, and guest judges Rachel Roy and Mondo) choose the best designer to win, and send the right person home?

See you next week. For now – auf Wiedersehen. 

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer 

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October 26, 2012

Spring 2013 fashion season wrapped up with the Paris shows earlier this month. From larger-than-life bags at Chanel to Raf Simons’s Dior debut, here’s a look at what went down the runway – and what you’ll be dying to wear once the weather warms up.

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October 26, 2012