Your secret style weapon for spring? Anything military-inspired. Utilitarian touches (think cargo pockets and olive green) were spotted on runways from Marc Jacobs to Salvatore Ferragamo. Read on to find out what’s so different about this take on the time-tested trend.

Military Trend

Unlike the rigid, uniform-like looks of years past, both structured and relaxed silhouettes are fair game this season. Start with a sharper shape on bottom, like a pencil skirt or tailored trousers. Then, layer on a looser-fitting jacket or button-front top to balance it out. The finishing touch? Minimalist accessories with sleek lines and gold-toned details that tie the outfit together.

Stock up on this trend and more spring must-haves in our Rue’s Spring Checklist Boutique, which opens Thursday, March 19, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 16, 2015

Cheers to a fresh crop of color – from a subdued yellow-and-plum combo to a complete dusty-peach ensemble – courtesy of our favorite style stars.

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1. All Valentino? Yes, please. Kate Mara nailed a playfully mismatched look from the label at its Fall 2015 runway show in Paris.

2. There’s a lot to love about Camilla Belle’s look at the Moët & Chandon celebration for Roger Federer, from the colorful prints on her Preen kimono-inspired wrap dress to her strappy Brian Atwood sandals.

3. Head-to-toe peach has never looked so polished. Jessica Alba paired voluminous silhouettes from Narciso Rodriguez for an appearance at Morgan Stanley’s Executive Women’s Conference to speak about her company, Honest.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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March 13, 2015

Go ahead – look twice. Taiwan-based accessory brand JumpFromPaper is poised for street-style fame with its cartoonish 2D bags. Staring at these playful pieces for too long might make your brain hurt, but it’s worth it.

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The collection features a range of backpacks, crossbodies, and handbags with bright blue, yellow, and red accents. In sporty styles and bold hues, the bags look pretty unreal.

Now this is an optical illusion we can get behind. And the onlookers these quirky pieces guarantee is incentive enough to buy one.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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March 11, 2015

Longer, sun-filled days can only mean one thing: it’s sunglasses season. Celebrate the rising temps with a pair that plays up your best features. Not sure which style to go for? Just find your face shape below, choose any of the corresponding frame silhouettes, and flaunt away.

Sunglasses by Face Shape

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March 11, 2015

Blue and black or white and gold? No matter your answer, we can bet that you had at least one heated discussion about #TheDress this week. In honor of all the buzz, we’re taking a look at three dress-focused looks. There’s nothing to debate about these stunners.

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1. Emma Roberts stepped out in the always-classic LBD. But ruffled trim and lace-up heels give her Cynthia Rowley frock a flirty twist.

2. Lily James played the part of a real-life princess in Elie Saab Haute Couture at the Los Angeles premiere of Cinderella. Staying true to her character, she wore crystal-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels and carried a Charlotte Olympia Time Piece clutch.

3. Sarah Hyland let her bright pink dress do the talking at The Kindred Foundation for Adoption fundraiser. The hot hue was balanced by a simple and sophisticated silhouette.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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March 6, 2015

Per usual, Chanel has caused a very chic stir. With Kristen Stewart headlining its just-released handbag campaign (and Vanessa Paradis baring all), the iconic French brand introduced the Girl bag. And in true Karl Lagerfeld fashion, the silhouette is anything but ordinary.

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Image via style.com

With a decorative button placket and dual front pockets, the Girl resembles a classic Chanel cardigan. The best part? It’s meant to be tossed over the shoulder just like a sweater.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the label released a boundary-pushing shape. (Chanel No. 5 Bottle Bag, anyone?) As a general rule of thumb, we’ve learned to always expect the unexpected when it comes to Karl’s team.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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March 5, 2015

Is life in plastic actually fantastic? Anna Dello Russo seems to think so. Her latest Vogue Japan spread pays homage to Barbie, with a spot-on impersonation from model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Barbie in Vogue Japan

Image via @anna_dello_russo

With Rosie dressed in signature pink and stiffly posed, the Anna Dello Russo–styled shoot nails Barbie’s iconic look. Rosie even has the vacant stare and frozen smile down pat – which is pretty comical, if not slightly unsettling. And in case you were wondering, yes, Ken makes an appearance too.

Now, this isn’t the only recent high-fashion venture from the doll. The Moschino Spring 2015 collection brought the look to life, with several pieces showcased in this shoot. I’d sure like to add one of those cheeky purses to my Barbie collection.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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March 4, 2015

Ulyana Sergeenko, the Russian street-style sensation and couture fashion designer, is known for dressing to the nines. Her signature look combines old-world luxe with uber-feminine details. And in this week’s picks, there’s no denying she’d catch a photographer’s eye.

Most Coveted

  1. Chanel Leather Kisses Tote. This bag? It’s one for the ages. Let the artsy pattern stand out against a neutral look.
  2. IPPOLITA Rock Candy Diamond and Amethyst Earrings. So maybe you’re not a regular at the ballet or in the front row at every fashion show. You’ll still sparkle with these translucent chandelier earrings.
  3. Jimmy Choo “Avril” Pump. Rethink the ladylike trend with a bold hue. Just stick to a pointy-toed pump.
  4. Albert Nipon Satin Dress Suit. A matching dress and coat has always been a calling card for royals. Satin makes the look even more regal.


By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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March 2, 2015

We’ve been patiently waiting to trade in clunky boots and parkas for ankle-baring wedges and breezy dresses. The good news? Warmer weather is oh-so-close. While it’s not exactly time for a full-blown closet swap yet – keep the bikinis and beach towels tucked away for now – you can start making subtle switches.

Spring Style Swaps

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March 2, 2015

What do House of CardsVeep, and The Good Wife have in common? Other than the fact that we all binge-watch them, each TV show pays homage to female empowerment in an utterly stylish wayNow that they have overtaken your DVR, it’s about time they found their way into your closet. Below, we break down the one key piece to each leading lady’s look.

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Images via Netflix, HBO/Paul Schiraldi, Getty

Claire Underwood, House of Cards
First Ladies are always in the spotlight, which means impeccable style is a must. An elegant-meets-minimalist sheath dress in a neutral hue commands attention – from campaigning to press interviews – like a true shot-caller.

Selina Meyer, Veep
This Vice President shakes up Capitol Hill with form-fitting shift dresses in a host of look-at-me colors. Always adding a pop of personality, she proves that professional panache doesn’t have to be so serious.

Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife
A power suit with style? This tenacious lawyer nails it every time. Flawlessly tailored and just curve-hugging enough, her blazer and pencil skirt combos intimidate in all the right ways.

Suddenly craving a little wardrobe update? Our Power Dressing: Inspired by TV’s Leading Ladies Boutique opened Friday, February 27, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 27, 2015