From 20th-century work wear to standard-issue U.S. Navy shirting, chambray has taken quite a journey since its earliest appearances centuries ago in Cambrai, France. Now a closet staple for ladies and gents alike, the fabric boasts classically good looks – but it’s also a fresh canvas for trending details. Read on, then button up.

Chambray 101

What it is: Chambray is a lightweight woven fabric (generally cotton) comprised of colored thread and complemented by bleached horizontal yarns. Traditionally, it tends to be indigo or light blue in color.

What it isn’t: Though the hue may suggest otherwise, it’s not denim. So those of you who haven’t jumped on the all-jean bandwagon yet can layer your blues without hesitation. Wondering how to nail the look? Mix a dark-wash top with lighter bottoms (or vice versa).

Build your collection: Go beyond the classic-cut button-front shirt. Try a sheath dress for another wardrobe multitasker. While chambray is best known for blue, colors like red and grey put a spin on the tried-and-true fabric. To take it to the next level, just play with pattern (think white floral or tonal stripes).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 7, 2015

The AMC drama Mad Men may be entering its final season, but its raved-about style is primed to live on. So instead of bidding a (tear-filled) goodbye to your friends at Sterling Cooper & Partners, take cues from these put-together characters and pay homage to their looks in your own wardrobe.

Mad Men Style

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April 4, 2015

Every outfit needs its finishing touch, but with so many eye-catching extras, how’s a girl to choose just one? Let us guide you to the ultimate statement piece for your personal style.

 

Find your next head-turning accessory in our Street-Style Roundup: Trending Looks to Own Now Boutique, which opened Friday, April 3, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 3, 2015

A great suit is a power confidence-booster from the boardroom to the taproom. And chances are, your guy already has one dutifully hanging in his closet. Whether he wears it daily or it’s been collecting dust, help his suit live up to its full potential with these easy styling tips.

Suit for a Day Date

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April 2, 2015

If you’ve ever wanted to profess your love for Karl Lagerfeld and his feline friend Choupette – now is the time. The designer partnered with French artist Tiffany Cooper on a collection of illustrated tops, launching soon on STYLEBOP.com.

Karl and Choupette

Among the selection? Cartoon-printed sweatshirts and tees, including renditions featuring Karl and his beloved pet sharing sundaes and hula skirts. With prices starting at $85, we predict a street-style cult following in the near future.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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April 2, 2015

We’ve all been there. Trying on countless pairs of jeans just to walk out of the fitting room empty-handed. Well, those days are long gone. All you have to do? Find your body shape below, then choose a pair that’s guaranteed to flatter.

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Athletic
Opt For: Straight or Boyfriend Jeans
Play up your shape with a fitted pair. Or try a looser style to add curves. (You can rock both.)

Petite
Opt For: Skinny Jeans
Their leg-lengthening powers make you look supermodel tall. Plus, they’re easy to hem.

Curvy
Opt For: Flared or Boot-Cut Jeans
Hello, hourglass figure. Wider leg openings balance you and highlight your assets.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 31, 2015

Pair models in the hottest sandals with pups galore and what do you get? An utter treat. Vogue tapped photographer Bruce Weber for an April 2015 shoot entitled “3 Models, 16 Dogs, and Spring’s 12 Best Sandals.” And it’s safe to say that the mag knows the way to my (and everyone else’s) heart.

Vogue Puppies

Image via Vogue

The main focus here should be this season’s must-have gladiator sandal. But honestly, I can barely handle the cuteness. From Gigi Hadid and Jessica Hart in gilded knee-highs to a border collie named Diva rocking laced-up pairs of her own, this shoot is just too doggone great.

Vogue, please keep these high fashion pups coming. (Don’t make me beg.)

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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March 31, 2015

For costume jewelry: Prevent baubles from turning your skin green with the help of clear nail polish. Swipe a thin layer onto any part of your jewelry that comes in contact with your body (like the inside of rings or the back of necklace pendants).

For earrings on the go: Say bye to lost earrings in your weekender bag. Keep pairs together by securing each earring in the hole of a spare button. Now you can travel without the worry of stranded studs.

For tangled necklaces: Next time you encounter a jewelry tangle, grab baby oil and a sewing needle. Apply a couple drops of oil to the knot and lay on a flat surface. Then patiently work your way out from the center, using the needle for grip while detangling.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 30, 2015

Orange has become the color of the moment, perhaps due to the heavy 70s influence this season. It’s popped up both on and off the runways for spring – and these three starlets worked the hue with ease.

Best Dressed

1. Effortlessly cool, Dree Hemingway paired an earthy orange clutch with her high-waisted Chloé trousers for an undone nautical vibe.

2. Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel showed off a winning color combo with a bright, figure-flattering midi skirt and an athletic-cut, light blue top, both from Mugler. The metallic accents and fresh makeup finished off her modern look.

3. Orange floral embroidery stole the show on January Jones’s navy Preen dress. The Mad Men actress tied the ensemble together from tip to toe, debuting a fiery new hair color for the occasion.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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March 27, 2015

Haven’t kept those get-fit resolutions from January? Me neither. Fortunately, with a little help from our friends (in this case, SPANX®), a smoother silhouette is just an undergarment away. Whichever style you choose, these three shaping all-stars will be there to back you up.

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March 26, 2015