Fitting Room Bike

The bicycle commute. What a blissfully environmentally friendly, cost-effective way to bookend your 9-to-5. Except for that whole arriving at Monday’s meeting in spandex part.

Here’s how to perfect the commute – in a skirt. (Yes, it’s possible.)

Choose the right bike. Biking in a skirt is exponentially more awkward if your bike has a top tube, which is the bar that connects the seat straight across to the handlebars (you might think of it as a feature on a “man’s bike”). Instead, try a step-through number like a Dutch-style bike, dubbed a “Dutchie.” Unlike your everyday mountain bike, it’s designed to be ridden in your work attire – billowy skirt included. You ride sitting up straight, an enclosed chain casing protects your skirt from grease, and removable skirt guards on the rear wheel keep clothes from snagging.

Choose the right skirtLeave the minis and pencil skirts at home. Try a knee-length A-line or circle skirt, midi skirt, or flowy maxi for a wide range of motion – and to prevent pre-work flashing. Look for heavier fabrics or ones with a bit of stretch.

If all else fails – layer, layer, layer. Still not sure the skirt will fly? Throw on leggings or tights underneath (like Elizabeth does here). You can always take them off the moment you get to the office.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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July 29, 2013

The fashion world may be looking toward fall (guilty), but there’s still quite a few weeks of summer left to enjoy. As one of the hottest months of the season, August is a great time to add those last few warm-weather pieces to your arsenal. You’ll get some good use out of them now and they’ll still feel fresh when you break them out next year. If these three items haven’t made their way into your closet yet, scoop them up now and rock them through to September – and beyond.

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1. Striped Sandals
By now, your go-to sandals are probably on their last legs. Trade them for this modern yet totally timeless pair and every coordinating outfit will feel refreshed.

2. Cobalt Lace Dress
Summer is home to plenty of parties, and they don’t seem to be slowing down one bit. With 3/4-length sleeves and bright lace, this dress is ideal for starlit soirees. Plus, word on the street is that cobalt will be everywhere this fall. Add a pair of opaque tights and some booties for an instant year-round look.

3. Brushed Silk Skirt
Casual yet formal. Statement-making but goes with everything. This tie-waist skirt is an end-of-summer must. Tone it down for day with a tank and flat sandals. Or dress it up at night with wedges and a blouse. Keeping cool in those steamy temps has never looked better.

Our The Wear-Now Sale. Carpe Diem. Boutique opens Monday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 29, 2013

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Check Out: The latest baby must-have. Okay, so these aren’t actually real diapers (trivial detail), but it’s what we like to imagine Prince George is currently rocking.

Know: New York Fashion Week just can’t seem to stay put. After only two years at Lincoln Center, it’s rumored the weeklong event will be moving, yet again, to Hudson Yards. Remember the good old days in Bryant Park?

See: How far fashion devotion can go in the new “Mode Als Religion” (“Fashion as Religion”) documentary. One big follower who also makes a guest appearance? Karl Lagerfeld.

Watch: Lady Gaga make her triumphant return to the stage at this year’s VMAs. We know our DVR is already set.

Tell us what you’re buzzing about this week, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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July 29, 2013


Photos by Dan Whalen

On our menu this week: Southern food. First course: fried pickles. From foodie Dan Whalen‘s blog, The Food in my Beard (it’s one of our faves), this bite-sized appetizer is equal parts crunch and flavor.

Kick it up a notch by making your own tart pickles soaked in apple cidar vinegar. Then finish with a spicy horseradish aioli. Just one bite. Mood = instantly improved. There’s a reason it’s called “comfort food,” after all.

Our Sunday Supper: Serve Up the South Boutique opens Sunday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

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July 28, 2013

Big, comfy sweaters. Relaxed boyfriend jeans. We thought we had the guys’ easygoing style covered – until now. A little bit masculine and a touch feminine, getting in on the menswear trend starts with shoes this fall. Keep the rest of your outfit on the ladylike side (think lace, polka dots, and bows), then step into a pair of these toughened-up kicks for just the right contrast.

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With olive-green leather and a sturdy stacked heel, these shoes are far from the ones your grandpa used to wear. Slip into some skinnies and toss on a chunky knit sweater. Or rock them at the office with tights, a pencil skirt, and a fitted sweater.

Fashion icons like Alexa Chung have been rocking these lace-up flats for a while. But this pair takes the trend up a notch with an allover suede upper and a slightly elevated sole. Just throw on a pair of skinny ankle jeans and classic chambray, and go.


Ruffles add a girly twist to otherwise edgy combat boots. Pair these with black opaque tights and a miniskirt come cooler weather. Hello, ideal balance.

Our Borrowed from the Boys: Women’s Oxfords & More Boutique opens Sunday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2013

Hi there, Project Runway fans! Last week, Season 12 opened with a fresh batch of designers and materials literally falling from the sky. This week, they were asked to create evening wear based around diamonds – over $30 million worth. That’s right. Thirty. Million. Dollars. Here’s how it went:

The good: The designers showed us a whole lot of pretty on the runway. Kate and Justin both presented gorgeous, flowing gowns, though Kate’s bodice is what really won me over. I’m finally aware of Alexander – kind of like the first time a boy makes you laugh in grade school – thanks to the pop of yellow on his chiffon-loaded piece. And Bradon’s dramatic, sparkly dress showcased the diamonds brilliantly, which was, after all, the goal.

The bad (and the ugly): On the flip side, while Timothy transformed his dress entirely after Tim’s critique, its racerfront didn’t impress. Helen tried to make bust cups for the first time ever, and the result had her sobbing in the sidelines during the runway show. Kahindo’s camo cocktail dress, while sewn well, was just too simple to shine against those rocks. And the award for boxiest and most ill-fitting went to Karen’s blue number. I won’t tell you who the judges sent packing, but I will say this: Tim (wisely) opted not to use his save.

The last laugh: Let’s play a little game. Which designer said, “I’m not inspired by jewelry. I’m not inspired by money. We have to pick the prettiest diamond, and I think that that’s very superficial.”? Did you guess our unicorn-loving pal, Timothy? If so, you win! He also picked his fabric from the remnant bags at Mood, so I’m officially past being surprised by anything he does or says – though I’ll continue to laugh at it.

How about you, Runway friends? Did you have a favorite moment – whether it’s Justin switching off his hearing aid to avoid Ken and Sandro’s bickering, or Sue still being unable to work a sewing machine?

Talk to you next week. And, as always, auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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July 26, 2013

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July 26, 2013


Since its commercialization in the 1800s, cotton has prevailed as Egypt’s biggest cash crop. The secret behind this luxe fabric’s super softness? Its inordinately long natural fibers, which allow for finer yarns without sacrificing strength. It’s also resistant to wear (growing softer with every wash), and can absorb deeper, brighter dyes.

Well, we’re officially ready to sink in.

Our Egyptian Cotton: For the Luxe Bed & Bath Boutique opens Friday, July 26, at 3PM ET.

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July 26, 2013

Our killer (think: 25,000 pairs) Semi-Annual Shoe Sale returns Wednesday, July 31, and we’re celebrating by giving you – yes, you – Credit to shop.

Here’s the deal: Show us your shoes, and you’ll be entered to win Rue Credit.

What’s at stake?: One Member will walk away with a $500 Credit, and five lucky runners-up each win a $100 Credit.

How to enter: All you need to do is snap a photo of your shoes, then post it to Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to tag us at @ruelala and use the hashtag #shoelala so we can keep score.

Ready, set, snap away!

Read on for the fine print

July 26, 2013

Confession: we’re a little Beyoncé-obsessed – but then again, who isn’t? After watching this video of her wind machine turning against her, our love for the queen diva only grew. What a true professional.

By Jessica Smith, Staff Writer

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July 25, 2013