So you forgot to pack a few key items in your weekender bag – stay calm. Your beachwear is about to save you. Seriously, check these styling secrets.

15-06-16_swimsuitinpublic_blog3Cover-Up Tunic
Over and out? Roger that. During the day, toss this versatile piece over a swimsuit. At night, pair with white jeans for a preppy look favored by the likes of Tory Burch. Continue reading “Follow Suit: 3 Beach Styles You Can Wear Out” »

June 17, 2015

There’s no denying mini bags are having a moment. Luxe labels – from Balenciaga to Givenchy – are shrinking down their most coveted designs with celebrity-approved results. Take a cue from these three starlets on how to style the silhouette.

mini bag trend

Hitting the festival circuit this summer? Give your crossbody a breather and try a small studded handheld bag for a touch of extra refinement.

Continue reading “Now Trending: The Mini Bag” »

June 15, 2015

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic style (both on and off screen) is just as relevant now as it was when we were first introduced to that famous white dress 60 years ago. So take it from the queen of Hollywood and add these four tips to your daily dressing regimen for a classic look that never gets old.

style lessons from marilyn monroe
1. Keep It Simple
She’s known for being the quintessential “glamour girl,” but in everyday off-screen life, Marilyn dressed much more casually. Easygoing ensembles like cropped pants paired with a fitted boat neck sweater were mainstays in her wardrobe.

2. Dress for Your Body
The icon was best known for her perfect hourglass shape (35″, 22″, 35″, and she knew how to dress for it. Marilyn was drawn to neutral-hued, figure-flattering silhouettes – think below-the-knee pencil skirts and halter, sweetheart, and plunging necklines.

3. Wear Heels
Marilyn’s pumps of choice? Salvatore Ferragamo. It was actually thought that she kept one heel a bit shorter than the other to create her famous side-to-side sway as she walked. However, a Salvatore Ferragamo exhibit of her shoes proved otherwise, as every heel on display was the exact same height.

4. Try Red Lips
To make her lips appear fuller, Marilyn’s makeup artist would apply up to five different lipsticks and glosses to create dimension.

Now it’s time to get your Marilyn on. Our Style Icon: Classic Looks Inspired by Marilyn Monroe Boutique opens Friday, June 12, at 3PM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Fashion Editor, and Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The Style Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

June 12, 2015

The looks we’ve been obsessing over? Africa-inspired graphics bursting with color and muted, wear-with-everything animal prints. Rock either with simple basics – or if you’re feeling daring, mix the two in one look.

African-Inspired Prints

Bold & Geometric
When it comes to eye-catching patterns, the bigger the better. Pick from abstract or floral designs in a medley of saturated hues. Only want a pop of color? Include a single focal point in the form of an A-line skirt or a button-front blouse.

Neutral & Chic
Sure, animal print is always in style. But this time around it pairs best with natural, soft color palettes and safari-inspired detailing. Think: subtle cheetah mixed with a khaki cargo-pocket skirt.

Find your next statement piece in our Passport to Africa: Bold Printed Style Boutique, which opens on Monday, June 8, at 3PM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

Not a Member and like The Style Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

June 8, 2015

These leading ladies may not have scored any awards at Broadway’s biggest night, but they certainly earned a style nomination in our books. Let us give you a quick red-carpet rundown.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Anne Hathaway
has ruled the red carpet in Oscar de la Renta more times than we can count. Our top pick? This classic LBD from 2009. Her feather-print sheer skirt added just the right amount of playfulness.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Lea Michele
 is no stranger to mixing sultry with sweet, and this look from 2010 proved it. Her strapless goldenrod gown put her tiny frame on display, while her pink lips added a touch of ladylike perfection.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Emmy Rossum 
was the essence of glamour (and drama) last year in Ralph Lauren. Between her dark flowing locks, sparkling chandelier earrings, and champagne dress, we couldn’t decide what we liked best.

It’s your turn to dress the part. Our Broadway’s Biggest Night: Awards-Inspired Style Boutique opens Sunday, June 7, at 11AM ET.

By Kelly Hamilton, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The Style Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

June 7, 2015

All dressed up and everywhere to go. Lucky for you, we’ve decoded the just-right shoes for wherever you’re headed. From desk to drinks, check our trusty chart before you choose.

what shoes to wear where

So go ahead – put your best foot forward.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The Style Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

June 6, 2015

Most of us have come to terms with the fact that we’ll never have Carrie Bradshaw’s closet. But if you’re on the lookout for the perfect pair of wedding shoes, Sarah Jessica Parker has you covered.

SJP Wedding-Shoe LineImage via Martha Stewart Weddings

The actress recently expanded her SJP collection to include wedding shoes, and they certainly live up to what you’d expect from the style icon. Bright hues? Check. Sparkling embellishments? Got ’em. There’s even a pair that looks exactly like the cobalt Manolos from Carrie’s wedding. (Coincidence? We think not.)

SJP told Martha Stewart Weddings, “At a wedding, people might strive for a more formal feeling, but a lot of the rules can be broken today.” So don’t expect total tradition from this line. It’s all about standout options and finding a pair fits your personality – and feet.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The Style Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

June 4, 2015

Getting rewarded for wearing designer threads on the red carpet sounds pretty fabulous, right? Well, your favorite celeb might be doing just that. Vulture Festival’s Hollywood Power Stylist Panel had the inside scoop.

15-06-03_redcarpetcelebs_blog

According to stylist Jessica Paster, whose clients include Emily Blunt and Eva Longoria, the financial deals between luxury brands and celebrities are “ambassadorships” and often lead to full-on ad campaigns. So when it comes to money, these luxury brands aren’t playing around.

In Jessica’s experience, stylists can receive anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 for these deals and actresses are offered figures ranging anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000. However, she argued money isn’t always the driving factor, saying, “If it looks awful on you, $100,000 or $250,000 is not worth it, but if it looks gorgeous on you and this was the dress we were going to pick anyway, why not get paid?”

Guess it just goes to show you can never underestimate the power of a great dress – or paycheck.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The Style Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

June 3, 2015

It can be dressed up or down, never goes out of style, and when you spill some of that chocolate soft-serve right down the front? Well, it can be bleached and come out looking just like new. If that’s not enough incentive to replenish your stash of trusty white tees, Rue La La Stylist Caroline M. has remastered the classic for every summer agenda. Say goodbye to what-to-wear woes and test-drive these three effortless looks instead.

15-06-02_whitetee_blog3 Continue reading “3 Ways to Style the Classic White Tee” »

June 2, 2015

When you’re always on the move, accidents are bound to happen – hello, snapped stiletto. To keep inevitable annoyances from ruining your day, take a cue from the cast of the movie Spy and ensure your personal toolkit is always stocked with daily essentials. Always in our arsenal? Shoe Goo.

How to Fix a Broken Heel

Step 1: Be sure the area you’re repairing is clean and dry, then apply a shoe adhesive (ahem, Shoe Goo) to both the heel and the sole.

Step 2: Allow the solvents in the glue to evaporate until it’s puttylike (about 5 to 10 minutes), then press both pieces back together in their proper positions.

Step 3: Keep pressure on the heel and the shoe with a rubber band for anywhere between 1 and 24 hours. The longer the glue cures, the stronger the bond.

Step 4: Remove the elastic and strut on with confidence.

Want more stylish life hacks? Our Movie-Inspired Style: Spy Boutique opens Monday, June 1, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

Not a Member and like The Style Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

Continue reading “Life Hacks Inspired by the Movie <i>Spy</i>: How to Fix a Broken Heel” »

June 1, 2015