Fast-forward to Saturday night. You’re planning to hit the bar with the guys, but what are you about to put on? Not that sports jersey. Not a frayed baseball cap. And definitely not the T-shirt you slept in. Here, Rue Stylist Susie L. breaks down how to assemble a laid-back look that works.

How to Dress for Guys' Night

“If you’re planning a casual night out,” Susie says, “let your outfit look and feel that way. It’s simple. Start with a blank canvas – in this case, that’s your go-to pair of dark denim. Then reach for a lightweight knit or Henley shirt.”

You want to keep the look simple, but not too simple. Her solution? “Add the luxe extras. Belts or watches will work well here.” And when it comes to your shoes: “Let the venue dictate the vibe. Clean sneakers are cool, but a chukka boot is ideal for any dress code.”

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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February 24, 2014

If there’s one thing to know about the crop top, it’s that it doesn’t have to be reserved solely for summer. All you need is a quick lesson in layering to transform the warm-weather staple into a winter must-have. Since layering can be tricky, however, we enlisted the help of Rue Stylist Caroline M. to show us how it’s done.

How to Wear a Crop Top in Winter

“Go for a long-sleeve crop top that functions as a layering piece, and throw it on over a button-front shirt to protect your midriff through the colder months,” says Caroline. “Add tough-girl edge by pairing it with a high-waisted leather skirt and finishing it off with a bright statement necklace for a pop of color and a hint of glam.”

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 12, 2014

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, everyone has romance on the mind. And for those of us who are single, a first date might be on the horizon. But with that prospect comes the burning question: What should I wear?

Luckily, Rue Assistant Stylist Lindsay T. is taking away all your what-to-wear jitters – right down to the very last bangle and belt. So getting a second date? Pretty much guaranteed.

What to Wear on a First Date

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January 29, 2014

Out with the old, in with the new, right? Sort of. When it comes to starting the year off on a stylish note, it’s all about the classics. Whether you already own them or need to add a few to the lineup, these are the timeless staples your closet should be stocked with for 2014.

Wardrobe Staples for Women and Men

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January 1, 2014

The biggest night of the year? Coincidentally, it’s the last. But choosing a killer party outfit isn’t always easy. That’s why we enlisted the help of Rue Assistant Stylist Susie L. to help us kick off 2014 in style.

New Year's Eve StyleWomen
Wearing sparkles on New Year’s Eve is pretty much an unwritten rule. And this blush sequin dress fits the bill. Add a bright crossbody, strappy sandals, minimal jewelry (like these tiny gold bangles), and a flute of champagne for good measure.

Men
Even if you’re not attending a fancy ball on NYE, you can still rock dapper pieces. Add some festive interest with a navy velvet blazer and gold tie. Then throw on black pants and lace-up dress shoes for an extra-sharp touch. That midnight kiss is as good as yours.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 25, 2013

The decorations are in place. The presents are purchased – well, almost. Next up? The glorious stage of wrapping. For some of us, that’s the not-so-fun part. But for our Assistant Stylist, Emma L.? It’s a beloved holiday task. She even asks other people if they need any help wrapping theirs. (I’m totally taking her up on it.)

If you’re lacking talent in the wrapping department, here are some of Emma’s tricks to adding a bit more personality to any present, even if you usually default to the gift bag.

Gift-Wrapping Tips from Rue La La

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December 18, 2013

First, there was Friendsgiving. And now? The annual Yankee Swap. Mixed in with all those office parties and family get-togethers, this fete should be the most fun to dress for. Rue Assistant Stylist Emma L. shows us how it’s done.

Looks for the Holiday Circuit

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December 11, 2013

The time has come for holiday party after holiday party. And with a look that must be equal parts polished and festively fun, the office fete is the trickiest of them all.

Thankfully, Rue Assistant Stylist Lindsay T. is taking the guesswork out of dressing. Impressing the boss? Piece of cake.

What to Wear to the Office Holiday Party

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December 4, 2013

You’re brining the turkey. Pies are in the oven. And that stack of potatoes is ready to be mashed. But your outfit? It’s the one thing you’ve left up to chance this Thanksgiving. Lucky for you, Rue stylist Alexandra R. has some expert advice for what to wear on Turkey Day.

Rue Stylist Outfit Advice for ThanksgivingThe almighty sweaterdress should be the go-to Thanksgiving outfit for a busy hostess. “Ditch the heels and wear your sweaterdress with comfortable smoking slippers or flat ankle boots,” Alexandra advises. If you’re looking to offset the inherent casual nature of a flat shoe? “Dress up the look with a big statement necklace.” Even with an apron on, you’ll still look chic.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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November 27, 2013

Turkey. Pumpkin pie. Football. The ultimate lounge day is almost here. And if there’s one thing you should take into consideration when dressing for Thanksgiving, it’s comfort.

In an effort to still look presentable for the extended fam you only see a few times a year, sweatpants are off the table. But luckily, Rue stylist Chrissy B. chose an outfit and did all the styling work for you.

Guys' Thanksgiving Style

Photographer: Darren Setlow

“Go for classic denim, a relaxed button-front (to hide a full belly), and comfy yet refined chukka boots,” Chrissy recommended. “Tie the whole thing together with a canvas or leather belt so your mom will think you look finished.”

Copying her outfit pick verbatim is totally acceptable. We won’t say a word.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 20, 2013