Spring Has Arrived: Here’s How to Outfit Your Wardrobe Accordingly

With the arrival of spring comes the need for whole new wardrobe (insert happy dance here). Whether your agenda is chock-full of meetings, weddings, getaways, or all three, we have you covered. Just take a peek at the outfits below, recreate them with a few key pieces, and then get ready to nab the top spot on this season’s best-dressed list.

Outfit Your Wardrobe for Spring

For the 9-to-5
Bright hues paired with standout stripes? Yes, you can pull it off at the office – just stick to one punchy piece at a time. Hello, instant style promotion.

For Spring Weddings
Although outshining the bride is simply not an option, this sparkle-infused number brings you as close as it gets.

For Hitting the Beach
The return to sun and sand is right at our fingertips. Seal the deal with an airy cover-up and some oversized shades.

Our Laundry by Shelli Segal Boutique opens Wednesday, April 2, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 2, 2014

Diamond Decoder: The Four Cs, Explained

Fact: Diamonds are forever. So, before you commit to one, a little sparkle rundown is in order. Just read up and prepare to flaunt away.

The Four Cs of Diamonds
Cut
Cut determines a diamond’s brilliance. Meaning? The better it’s cut, the more showstopping sparkle the diamond will have.

Color
A diamond’s color grade actually refers to its lack of color. Completely colorless stones receive the highest quality grades.

Clarity
Clarity refers to a diamond’s tiny natural imperfections, called inclusions. The fewer the flaws, the higher the clarity grade.

Carat
The carat of a diamond refers to its weight, not the actual size of the stone.

The Rue Diamond Shop Boutique opens Tuesday, April 1, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 1, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from March 23 to 29

Each week our fashion editor decides who deserves top style honors

 
From stripes in Sydney to Louboutins in L.A., celebs brought their spring-style A-game this week. See who earned a spot on my roster below.

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March 28, 2014

Meet the Founder: Jerome Dahan of Citizens of Humanity

After over 35 years in the business, Parisian-born designer Jerome Dahan has earned his place in premium denim history. But just how did he get there? Take a peek below.

Jerome Dahan

1977: At the age of 15, Jerome Dahan moves from Paris to Montreal, where he designs his first pair of jeans while working in a denim shop.
1981: Jerome follows his father to Los Angeles, where the two work on a shirt line.
1981 – 1984: Partnering with his father, he launches his first line, Oxygen, and pioneers the acid-wash jean style.
1986 – 1989: Jerome leaves Oxygen to work for the Marciano brothers (of GUESS) and they form another company called Circa.
1990 – 1991: He decides to leave Circa to create A Gold E jeans with Ron Herman.
1991 – 1999: After a few short stints at other companies, the Parisian designer takes a position with Lucky Brand that lasts for nine years.
1999 – 2003: After 20 years of experience in the business, Jerome creates 7 For All Mankind (a name he gets from his favorite movie, Armageddon), a more refined version of Lucky Brand.
2003 – Present: Both Jerome and his partner leave 7 For All Mankind to start a new denim giant, Citizens of Humanity, which is an instant success. This label, too, gets its name from Armageddon.

Our Citizens of Humanity Boutique opens on Friday, March 28, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 28, 2014

Accessories to <3: Edie Parker & Del Toro’s Emoji Collaboration

Cheeky, clever, and occasionally offbeat, emoticons have wiggled their way into our everyday. But the latest collaboration between designers Edie Parker and Del Toro has transformed them into something even more special: an accessories collection.

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

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March 27, 2014

Trend Report: Crochet Clothing

It’s official. Crochet clothing is going to be big this spring – but unlike in past seasons, it’s meant to be more refined than boho-looking. So, to make sure we’re pulling off the 70s-inspired trend in a polished way, we turned to our fashion director, Jackie, for a few tips.

Jackie Nasser on the Crochet Trend

Our Lilly Pulitzer Boutique opened Thursday, March 27, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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March 27, 2014

Best Friends Fur-Ever: Designers and Their Pet Doppelgängers

People who resemble their pets – it’s an interesting phenomenon that I still haven’t quite figured out. But when the owner is a household name in fashion and Fido shares his or her impeccable style, I’m easily obsessed.

Karl and His Cat

Image via The Coveteur

You see, these fashionable duos may not be the identical types that often go viral online, but they do share the same love of style and the finer things in life. For example, Donatella Versace’s terrier is treated to daily deep-conditioning treatments, while Carolina Herrera’s pooch was immortalized in a print for her line back in 2012.

But is all that champagne and caviar kibble all it’s cracked up to be? So far, the BFFs (best furry friends) have yet to comment. Personally, if Karl Lagerfeld ever asked me to jump, I’d probably do one of two things: instinctively say “how high,” or just roll over and die.

Check out The Coveteur to see all of fashion’s furry friends.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2014

4 Up-and-Coming Men’s Brands to Mix Into Your Wardrobe

Spring is officially here, and you can admit it – your closet’s in need of a refresh. To the rescue? Four brands that should definitely be on your radar. Gritty. Edgy. Laid-back. They each have their own spin on what’s new and right now. Here’s why they belong in your rotation.

Up-and-Coming Men's Brands

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March 22, 2014

The Almighty Sport Coat is Back: Here’s How to Style It

Originally a staple for things like hunting, outdoor sports, and school uniforms, sport coats are back – big time. Rue Men Buyer Peter T. shows you how to master the look.

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Dress It Up
Peter suggests “an oxford-cloth button-down shirt with a knit tie and a pair of chinos or tropical-weight wool trousers.”

Dress It Down
“A plaid button-front worn open-collar along with dark denim and colorful suede shoes or chukka boots.”

Want Inspiration?
Check out Bradley Cooper and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Or simply open a men’s magazine – they’re everywhere this season.

Our Trend Revival: The Classic Sport Coat Boutique opens Saturday, March 22, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 22, 2014

History in the Making: Alexander McQueen’s Iconic Skull Scarf

Alexander McQueen’s iconic silk skull-print scarf (you know, the one featured in every major magazine) has been oh-so-coveted since the day it debuted. Here, discover how the celebrated accessory – and its label – came to be such an It-crowd staple.

How to Wear the Iconic Skull Scarf

1992: British designer Lee Alexander McQueen graduates from the prestigious MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London.

1993: He presents his first collection, Taxi Driver, under his namesake label Alexander McQueen on a clothing rack at The Ritz London.

2003: Ten years after making his debut, Lee introduces the iconic skull-print scarf in his Spring/Summer 2003 Collection.

2013: To celebrate the scarf’s ten-year anniversary, the label taps British artist Damien Hirst to create a 30-piece limited-edition line.

Today: Available in over 60 color combinations, the original skull scarf has solidified itself as a fashion-fanatic must-have – adding a little edge to outfits everywhere.

Our 10 Ways to Wear: The Lightweight Scarf Boutique opens Friday, March 21, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 21, 2014