Celebrity Style to Watch: Justin Timberlake

When it comes to style moves, Justin Timberlake has it down to a science. From tailored suits with patterned shirts to your not-so-average basic tees, there’s no denying he brought sexy back (to the style game, of course). But it’s his chill, laid-back vibe we love the most: relaxed jeans, casual kicks, and sleek shades.

Celebrity Style to Watch: Justin Timberlake
To snag one of his signature looks, follow these simple steps:

  1. Skip the suit and tie for this one. Start with a pair of relaxed straight-leg jeans in a medium or dark wash.
  2. Casually layer on a loose-fitting graphic tee and button-front shirt. Undo the buttons, give the collar a little push, and wear it untucked. Loosely roll the sleeves up to your elbows to show off some arm candy.
  3. You can’t go wrong with stylish shades. And throw on a hat, like a newsboy cap or fedora.

 
All you need is JT’s confident smirk and you’re ready to go.

For extra inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Justin Timberlake’s Off-Duty Look Boutique. Opens Monday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 29, 2014

A Harem-Pant History: From the Persian Empire to Hammertime

With a relaxed fit and cinched hem, the harem pant is a cool option on a hot day. But before you seek stylish relief in this versatile piece, find out where it has cropped up in the past.
History of the Harem Pant

First appearing in Persia 2,000 years ago, the original loose-fitting pant was a practical and modest choice for women. The baggy fit allowed them to comfortably complete household chores without revealing their feminine shape (to do so at the time was frowned upon).

Fast-forward a few centuries and head over to the Western world, where harem pants were worn by women’s-rights activists in hopes of breaking gender stereotypes.

In more recent years, “drop-crotch” pants have popped up on TV (NBC’s I Dream of Jeannie), the silver screen (Disney’s Aladdin), and on stage (Hammertime, anyone?). Now, while these may not be the most stylish of examples, you can rest assured that today, we’ve finally mastered the slouchy look.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 27, 2014

The Best-Dressed Bachelorette: Our Fashion Director Weighs In

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
Okay, I admit it. I watch The Bachelor (and The Bachelorette). And I’m not the only one. Every Tuesday morning in the Rue offices, it’s always the topic of conversation: What was Andi wearing? Is he [insert name] there for the right reasons? Was it really the “most dramatic rose ceremony ever”? Now that we’ve safely put Juan “It’s okay” Pablo behind us, we can once again focus on someone who really deserves to find love and can look great doing it.

Jackie Nasser on Andi Dorfman's Bachelorette Style

Andi Dorfman has definitely mastered the casual look, from her chic black and white ensemble while on a miming group date in France to her skinny white jeans, sandals, and tunic for the lie-detector test in Italy.  But it’s her more glamorous looks that really shine. Whether in a long, shimmery gown or a sexy cocktail dress, she gets it right every single time.

To pull off an Andi-inspired look, I spoke with Rue La La Dress Buyer (and fellow Bachelor fan) Ilana S. Here, she gives us her tips for the summer wedding season, chic cocktail parties, and even black-tie events:
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June 27, 2014

Vogue Puts Cara Delevingne to Sleep – Literally

It looks like this year’s most-talked-about model, Cara Delevingne, is neglecting her beauty sleep. The stunner fell asleep not once, but twice the day of her much-anticipated Vogue profile.

First, she showed up late to her interview because, as she told writer Plum Sykes, she never wakes up more than ten minutes before she has to go anywhere. Then, as the two were getting massages, Cara proceeded to snooze again, leaving Plum waiting in the lobby.

In her defense, she was just dubbed the face of Topshop, and her schedule is jam-packed with appearances, photo shoots, and parties. But maybe before her next interview, she should grab a triple shot of espresso.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 27, 2014

Seen On & Off the Runways: Men’s White Sneakers

The white sneaker has graduated from grade school. According to the New York Times, these classic kicks were a recurring trend at this month’s men’s fashion weeks, all the way from the models’ feet down to the front-row audience.

White Sneakers for Men

Image via the New York Times

But unlike grade school? These are white leather, not canvas. And they’re a whole lot more versatile. In Milan, Giorgio Armani’s menswear collection, “Echoes of Armani,” showed them with classic, tailored suits. Also, Gucci’s collection paired white sneakers with every color, pattern, and type of suit. London’s Alexander McQueen put a modern twist on this happening trend with printed graphic suits, combining British tailoring with an urban approach.

Off the runways? The white sneaker adds a more finished and tailored look than your everyday running sneaker. Josh Peskowitz, the men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, claims he’s “been wearing them a lot more than expected.” He rocks them with formal suits and everyday outfits, on both sunny and rainy days. Jian DeLeon, the deputy style editor at Complex, even went so far as to pair a plaid suit with white sneakers out to the ballet (how bold).

Feel free to wear them with (almost) anything in your closet, from casual Friday to lazy Sunday. But for how long? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if white is here to stay.

Read more on the New York Times.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Your Belt Questions, Answered

Belts. One is enough, right? Wrong. Belts are a great way to switch up an outfit or repurpose the same one you’ve been wearing week after week (you can’t fool us). Here are the answers to three questions about belt-ology.

The Men's Guide to Belts

1. What kind of belt should I wear with jeans? With a suit?
For jeans, throw on a leather, tweed, wool, or cotton belt – all these options look great against denim. On the other hand, a suit requires a sleek and simple belt. For navy suits, go with dark brown. For black and grey, look toward black leather.

2. How long should my belt be? 
Dress belts should have at least a few inches to the left once fastened. Too-short lengths make the belt appear too tight (you don’t want people to think you’re going to pop a button or anything). Casual belts can be worn looser since they’re not as stiff.

3. Should I choose a thin or thick belt? 
It’s all about the occasion. Never wear a thin (less than 1 inch in width) belt with jeans. That’s strictly for the ladies, and let’s keep it that way. With denim, go for a heftier buckle and thicker belt (between 1 and 1.5 inches in width). A thin(ner) option is, however, appropriate for formal and dressy events.

Still can’t decide? Own one black and one brown belt. You can’t go wrong.

Our Below the Belt: Denim, Boxers, Socks, & More Boutique opens Thursday, June 26 at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Put a Ring on It: Mix, Match, & Stack Like a Pro

The bracelet stack had its moment in the spotlight. Now, it’s the ring’s time to shine. Whether you’re piling on two or 12, here’s everything you need to know.

Ring-Stacking Tips & Tricks from PANDORA

  1. Vary metals and gemstones. Your rings will feel like a personal collection that’s been acquired over time.
  2. There’s no such thing as too many. Balance proportions by spreading several styles over all your fingers.
  3. Consider size. If you plan to stack multiple rings on one finger, go up a size for the bands closest to your knuckle.
  4. Let statement rings shine. Instead of layering on top of them, add complementary rings to other fingers.

 
Our PANDORA Boutique opens Thursday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2014

Spotted: Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo is upon us, and images of sharply dressed men are starting to flood our news feeds.

Not sure what that is, or why it’s such a big deal? Don’t worry, Rue is here. A biannual menswear trade show that takes place in Florence, Italy, Pitti Uomo is where retailers, editors, and buyers come together to view the upcoming collection. In this case, it’s the Fall 2014 preview. And the good news for men across the world? One prominent emerging trend – the blue suit – is achievable for everyone.

Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo 2014

Image via gq.com

Trying to impress the boss at that business meeting? Try a striped navy suit. Have an upcoming wedding and want to catch a bridesmaid’s eye? Why not give a brighter shade of blue a shot? “If you find yourself in need of a suit this summer, rest assured that if you go blue, you’ll be on par with the most stylish men in the world,” says John Jannuzzi of gq.com. “It’s official, we’re in menswear’s blue period.” (Picasso would be oh-so-very proud.)

Read more on GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 25, 2014

The Top 3 Street-Style Trends: Our Fashion Director Breaks It Down

From bloggers to It girls and editors, the street-style set knows a thing or two about fashion. (Just Google “street style” and you’ll see what we mean.) Want in on their sartorial secret? Below, our fashion director, Jackie, defines the most popular trends coming down the sidewalks.

The Top 3 Street-Style Trends: Our Fashion Director Breaks It Down

1. Bold Printed Dresses
“They’re a summer must-have. Pair with high-wattage extras, like mirrored sunglasses, for more impact.”

2. Edgy-Meets-Refined Ensembles
“Sweet-yet-edgy outfits are everywhere right now. Mix feminine and daring pieces (like an A-line dress and moto jacket) for an instantly cool look.”

3. Statement Accessories
“This season, the bolder the accessories, the better. Try combining studded bags with sky-high heels. And when it comes to jewelry, think big – the right necklace can make even a basic tee shine.”

Our Street-Style Star: Trending Looks to Own Now Boutique opens Wednesday, June 25, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 25, 2014

Yeezus Walks: Kanye West Does Community Service at Fashion School

Back in March, Kayne West pleaded no contest to attacking a photographer. His sentence? Two hundred fifty hours of community service that he kicked off on Monday – in style.

Kanye West Paris Spring 2013 fashion week stree style

Instead of donning the traditional orange jumpsuit while picking up trash, Yeezy gave his time to students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College to talk about his experience in the fashion industry – for three hours. Which means only 247 hours to go for Mr. West. And while we’re not sure where his sentence will take him next, visits to other schools are expected.

Leave it to Kanye to use his community service as another means to infiltrate the fashion industry.

Head on over to Harper’s BAZAAR for more on Kanye’s community service.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 25, 2014