The Anatomy of a Ledbury Shirt: See How It’s Made

Chances are, you button up your shirts day in and day out without ever really considering all the thought and work that went into their creation. If the button-fronts you’re shrugging on are from Virginia-based Ledbury, know that deliberate decisions have been made in terms of where to place the buttons, how to prevent the collars from flopping over, and what materials to use.

The founders of the company got their technical tailoring know-how by working with a London pro. View the video below to see how they put that knowledge into practice and what they’ve done to ensure their shirts are a cut above.

Our Ledbury: Brand to Know Boutique opens Wednesday, April 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 23, 2014

How to Finally Start Wearing the Right Bra Size

Just like next season’s True Detective, the bra – that girlhood rite of passage – is no stranger to myth. At this point in life, however, I can proudly bust a couple of them. No, you do not need to wear your bra at night. And that white push-up you put on under white tees? We can see it. Plain as day.

But what about fit? According  to INTIMACY founder Susan Nethero (whom Oprah calls “The Bra Whisperer”) and her slew of nationwide Bra Fit experts, the myth here is easy: We’re not all 34Bs. Or 36Cs. Or any other number-letter combination that seems to fly off the shelves. There are over 90 bra sizes out there, from A through K. And those INTIMACY experts? They know just which one you are.

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April 22, 2014

Red-Carpet Recap: Kate Upton Talks Style at The Other Woman Premiere

Last night, Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton took to the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of their movie, The Other Woman. And once again, the ladies didn’t disappoint on the fashion front. (Be sure to shop their style from the film in our Movie-Inspired Style: The Other Woman Boutique, live now.)

Leslie Mann, joined by husband Judd Apatow and their two daughters, worked this season’s colorblocking trend, pairing a hot-pink strapless crop top with a coral high-waisted skirt. Cameron Diaz showed off her famous gams in a short little black dress with a plunging neckline, while Kate Upton shone bright in a sparkling Dolce & Gabbana mini dress topped with Chanel jewelry.

The Other Woman L.A. Premiere

Now, while Leslie and Cameron are no strangers to movie-premiere fashion, this is 21-year-old Kate’s first movie press tour – but the bombshell sure seems to be holding her own just fine. Before she headed into the Regency Village Theater to take in the premiere, we grabbed her for a few questions. Here, she talks red-carpet style and more.

Rue La La: You’ve had some great looks this press tour, from the Christian Siriano dress you wore in the Netherlands to the red mini you rocked in Germany. Do you have a favorite?
Kate Upton: That’s tough, but honestly, probably this one. I love Dolce & Gabbana.

Rue La La: In The Other Woman, your character Amber has a very laid-back, Cali-cool look. Is your personal style anything like Amber’s?
Kate Upton: It’s not. It was actually really funny, whenever I was looking through her clothes I was like, “Well, I wouldn’t wear that, I wouldn’t wear that,” because that’s how I am on modeling sets. But I’d stop and realize, I’m not looking for myself, this is for Amber. And it was really cool to create a style for a character. 

Rue La La: If you could steal the style of one of your costars – Leslie or Cameron – who would it be?
Kate Upton: I love both of their styles. When we’re out together I’m always like, “I want that shirt, and those shoes.” It’s just so much fun being on tour with them and seeing how they put together outfits.

Our Movie-Inspired Style: The Other Woman Boutique opened Monday, April 14, at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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April 22, 2014

Get in Marathon Shape: 3 Brands That Can Help

Today, tens of thousands of runners from all over the world are hitting the streets, from Hopkinton to Boston, in the 2014 Boston Marathon. It’s always an inspiring scene to watch. But this year, in the aftermath of last year’s tragedy, the dedication and determination of each and every runner feels all the more profound. Putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles is no easy feat, yet more people than ever are rising to the challenge.

Looking to complete a marathon of your own? These three brands make that journey to the finish line just a little bit easier.

Brands That Make Running Better

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April 21, 2014

Keep the Support Going: Alex and Ani’s “Boston Strong” Bangles

This morning, the world heard as thousands of us supported today’s Boston Marathon runners with our virtual cheers. And this afternoon, we wanted to keep the support going. So, we teamed up with our friends at Alex and Ani to create a limited-edition “Boston Strong” bangle set for sale on Rue today. 100% of the net proceeds from the bangle set will go directly to The One Fund Boston.

Below, we sat down with Lauren, Alex and Ani’s brand communications manager, to talk about the design of the “Boston Strong” bangle set and learn more about Alex and Ani’s charitable division, Charity by Design.

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April 21, 2014

The 3 Jeans Men Need (And How on Earth to Wear Them)

That one pair of jeans you wear for every occasion? Give it a bit of well-deserved rest. (Seriously, it must be just about falling apart.) When it comes to all the different denim washes and cuts, there’s a time and place for everything. But don’t panic. Here’s the breakdown of what pair to wear where and how to style it right for the occasion.

Men's Denim by Occasion

Date Night: An evening out with your significant other (or latest conquest) calls for a pair of relaxed or boot-cut jeans in a dark blue hue. Play it cool by adding a graphic tee and blazer or go all out in a button-front and sport coat.

Casual Friday: When it comes to working denim into your office look, stick to dark, narrow-leg styles. Pair your jeans with a button-front. Tuck the shirt in – because hey, you’re still at work – but roll the sleeves for a more laid-back vibe.

The Weekend: This is where you can break out your lighter, distressed styles. Just throw on a graphic tee, Henley, or hoodie. Add a pair of canvas or leather sneakers and hit the bar to watch the game and have a few brews with the guys.

Our Men’s Denim for Every Occasion: Date Night & More Boutique opens on Sunday, April 20, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Posh: See the Style Icon’s 40 Most Memorable Looks

Spice Girls fans, hold your breath – Posh just turned 40. Now, while her days of choker necklaces and spaghetti straps are long gone (for now), Victoria Beckham has managed to carry that simple, timeless, “little Gucci dress” aesthetic from pop stardom to businesswoman to motherhood. In honor of her big day, elle.com has catalogued 40 of her most memorable looks – and they’re, not surprisingly, much more versatile than her Spice World getups.

Victoria Beckham Turns 40

Images via elle.com

For as long as this celeb has been in the spotlight, she’s seldom let her style guard down. As in, every time she wears flats, it’s breaking news. (In a quick Google search, I counted all of two times. In 17 years. No biggie.) With the possible exception of her no-flats rule, we should all take cues. Because if this is what 40 looks like, sign me up.

Check out ELLE for all 40 of Beckham’s most memorable looks.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 18, 2014

The Duchess in DVF: Kate Middleton’s Dress Sells Out in Minutes

Between her amazingly good-looking family (little George included) and her enviable sense of style, it’s no wonder everyone wants to be just like Kate Middleton. So much so, in fact, that the outfits she’s worn while on tour Down Under have been selling out like wildfire. First up? Her Tory Burch dress during a New Zealand playdate. Then there was the flawless Erdem coat while visiting a children’s hospice. And most recently? The ultra-chic navy and white Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress she wore to tour Australia’s Blue Mountains on Thursday.

The Duchess in DVF

Image via Us Magazine & Getty Images

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April 18, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from April 13 to 19

Each week, our fashion editor decides who deserves top honors

 
With the perfect dose of color, this week’s top looks gave us a fresh reprieve from the persisting dreary weather.

Rue La La's Best-Dressed List for April 13 to 19

  1. Lupita Nyong’o in Chanel at the MTV Movie Awards.
  2. Kiernan Shipka in Preen at the Jimmy Choo CHOO.08° launch.
  3. Jessica Alba in Piece d’Anarchive and Kenzo at the MTV Movie Awards.

 
By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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April 18, 2014

Links of London the Rue Way: Our Style Experts’ Take on the Everyday Stack

With so many watches and bracelets to choose from, Links of London makes for endless stacking possibilities. Just check out how three of our very own associates mixed and matched their favorite pieces to create looks all their own.

How Rue Associates Style Links of London

Nicole A., Fashion Editor
“White, silver, and gold is such a versatile palette. For an extra feminine touch, I added a sleek charm bracelet.”

Alexandra R., Lead Stylist
“Leather-strap watches are back this season, and they make layering super easy. I went with a pebbled style and mixed in a bit of edge with woven bracelets.”

Lindsey D., Assistant Men’s Fashion Editor
“I bought this watch for my boyfriend. Unfortunately for him, I love how it looks layered with my delicate bracelets.”

Our Links of London Boutique opens Friday, April 18, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 18, 2014