10 Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Spring Style

When it comes to reworking your wardrobe for spring, there’s no need to throw everything out and start over. Just put the puffers and parkas away, ditch the wool socks, and work these small adjustments into your look. Trust us – they make a big impact.

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April 17, 2014

Hey, Guys: Coach’s New Collaboration Is Just for You (Sort Of)

Coach has long claimed legions of lady fans who love everything from its signature “C”-print bags to its colorful leather loafers. But, guys, hold on before you yawn and turn away. The company has unveiled a new collaboration that was conceived with you in mind.

Coach Collaboration

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In its new partnership with Philip Crangi – the New York City jewelry designer behind Giles & Brother and a poster boy of cool – Coach has rolled out a limited-edition collection of “rugged jewelry and accessories.” The belts, braided toggle bracelets, and slim key fobs all bear a combination of Coach’s smooth, iconic leather and Crangi’s trademark hardware. The result? A just-right marriage of grit and polish. There’s only one caveat: We can’t guarantee that, if left unattended, your girlfriends, wives, and sisters won’t snatch these pieces up to add a touch of tomboy chic to their own ensembles.

Visit Refinery29 to read more.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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April 16, 2014

Cheerio, New York: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Moves to London

It’s official: The 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will be held across the pond. At an early-morning press conference inside the brand’s London flagship store, CMO Ed Razek (alongside veteran Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel) revealed his plans for the runway’s relocation.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Relocates to London

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According to Razek, the brand wanted to move the show from New York to London back in 1998 (when it first landed overseas), but “it just kind of all came together this year.”

My guess is that the show – slated for December 2 – will be packed with British celebs. In fact, it’s rumored that Cara Delevingne has already saved the date. (And I, for one, can’t wait.)

Check out ELLE for more on the VS press conference.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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April 15, 2014

Fashion Industry Shake-Up: Joe Zee Leaves ELLE, Joins Bobbi Brown at Yahoo

Yahoo is at it again. Barely a week after announcing Bobbi Brown as its new beauty editor in chief, the Internet giant has poached Joe Zee from ELLE.

Joe Zee Leaves ELLE

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April 14, 2014

Which The Other Woman Character Are You?

The lawyer. The wife. The girl next door. In The Other Woman, Fox’s upcoming comedy, each character has a personality (and style) all her own. Which one are you most like? Follow our flowchart below to find out.

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Carly, Played by Cameron Diaz
You’re a sophisticated siren and the true definition of a modern businesswoman. In the office, you’re known for your collection of sharp suits the watercooler crowd can’t stop talking about. But when five o’clock hits, your friends can spot you in a LBD at the nearby cocktail lounge.

Amber, Played by Kate Upton
An all-American girl through and through, you have a sandal-and-denim collection that would make every Cali girl jealous. When headed out with your friends, you’re not afraid to throw on a deep V-neck – your carefree spirit exudes confidence no matter what you wear.

Kate, Played by Leslie Mann
Classic and put-together, A-line dresses, ballet flats, and cigarette pants fill your closet. You wouldn’t be caught dead leaving the house without a tube of lipstick and, when going out, you never say no to a martini (or three).

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

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 14, 2014

How to Dress Like Mad Men (But Still Look 2014)

The final season of Mad Men premieres tonight. So let’s take a moment to wax rhapsodic about the series that’s been making waves since it first aired in July 2007. The emotional creative pitches. The smoking, the drinking, and the sex. And yes, the oh-so-dapper style of Don Draper and the whole Sterling Cooper crowd. The show may be in its final stretch, but the influence of its classic suiting? That’s not going away anytime soon. Here’s how to make that Mad Men–inspired look work for you.

How to Dress Like Don Draper

The Suit: Keep it dark. Charcoal, navy, or black if you’re going all out. Always pair with a crisp, white shirt. And add a sharply folded pocket square if you’re feeling extra dapper.

The Tie: Don’t get too trendy. Stick with classic diagonal stripes or a geometric pattern. Make the look fresh and current by picking a bold, punchy color.

The Shoes: This is where you can really put your own stamp on the ensemble. Keep your kicks classic with a twist. Leather oxfords with colored soles or laces. Derbies in high-shine patent leather.

Most importantly, remember – you can still be your own man. Pick up a hint of that Don Draper vibe, but don’t turn into a literal carbon copy.

Our Inspired by Mad Men: Dark Suits, Ties, & More Boutique opens Sunday, April 13, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 13, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from April 6 to 12

Each week, our fashion editor decides who deserves top honors

  
From crop tops to jumpsuits, these celebs nailed some of the hottest spring trends.

Rue's Picks for Best Looks

  1. Kate Bosworth in Giambattista Valli at the Museum of Moving Image’s 28th Annual Salute honoring Kevin Spacey.
  2. Mena Suvari in Sachin + Babi at Marie Claire‘s Fresh Faces party.
  3. Jennifer Garner in Max Mara at the Los Angeles premiere of Draft Day.

 
 
By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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April 11, 2014

Duchess-Inspired Style: Get the Look with Tips from Our Fashion Director

It’s no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge has some serious style. But her put-together polish isn’t just reserved for royals. Here, our fashion director shows us how to recreate Kate Middleton’s refined look in three easy steps.

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  1. Start with a fitted sheath in a neutral or pastel hue.
  2. Keep accessories minimal. A simple box clutch and diamond studs will do the trick.
  3. Step into a pair of nude patent heels to tie everything together (the Duchess swears by them).

 
Our L.K.Bennett Boutique opens Friday, April 11, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2014

Spring Dressing 101: Jackie’s Ideal Warm-Weather Outfit

Fact: Our fashion director knows a thing or two about spring style. So, naturally, we turned to her for a little warm-weather outfit inspiration. Here, she shares her ideal day-to-night ensemble.

The Easiest Chic Spring Outfit

“In spring, I like to make dressing easy and fuss-free. One of my favorite pieces is a jumpsuit, as you only have to think about the accessories,” she says. “For day, pair your jumpsuit with strappy metallic flats, a mini crossbody bag, and a straw fedora. For night, dress it up with a pair of sultry snakeskin heels and a sparkly crystal necklace.”

Our The Spring Edit Boutique opens Saturday, April 12, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2014

Color-Coded: The Masculine History of Soft Pink

Pink is for girls and blue is for boys, right? Not always the case. Yes, when it comes to color, it’s time to rethink those gender stereotypes. Because, as it turns out, it was men who first identified with the hue (and this is long before pink polos were popular).

Masculine History of Pink

You see, before WWII, society looked at these two colors in a very different light. In fact, in a 1918 Ladies’ Home Journal article, readers were informed that “blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” At the time, pink was a stronger color signifying masculinity (as derived from red), so it was considered better suited for boys.

The pink-is-for-men trend continued through 1925, when pink suits – like the one shown in The Great Gatsby – were worn by men as stylish symbols of wealth. Somewhere along the line, however, the postwar generation decided to switch things up. Evidence of that change first came in 1947 when Christian Dior introduced the ultra-feminine New Look and offered it in pink. And ever since, women have taken to the decidedly feminine color with abandon.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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April 10, 2014