With snow blanketing much of the continent this month, our sweatpants are in heavier rotation than we’d like to admit. Wondering how to walk out of the house with that oh-so-fleecy feeling intact? Read up on how to style them for work, play, and the weekend.

How to Style Sweatpants

Looks via Native Fox, Song of Style, and Northern Light 

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February 25, 2015

This spring, the LWD (little white dress) is poised to be much more than simply a wedding staple. Just look to this Diane von Furstenberg sheer black-and-white lace number that is anything but bridal. Then, channel the combo from head-to-toe with these four monochrome must-haves.

Most Coveted

  1. Cameo Dress. The open racer-style back combined with black stripes along the hemline give this LWD a modern silhouette.
  2. R.J. Graziano Charm Bracelets. Look to these sweet pearl beads and locket charms for a touch of white in your wrist stack.
  3. Chanel Vintage Flap Bag. Subtle cross-stitching and black leather trim are chic updates to this classic carryall.
  4. JOIE Leather Sandal. The always-flattering ankle-strap sandal kicks it up a notch with colorblocking and a snakeskin-embossed finish.


By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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February 23, 2015

New York Fashion Week allows style lovers from all walks of life to showcase their wardrobe – and celebs are no exception. Check out a few of our front-row favorites from the past week.

Best Dressed

1. Sarah Jessica Parker arrived at Lincoln Center in a sleeveless plaid coat over a pale pink dress, adding olive-green accessories for an interesting twist.

2. Dianna Agron was picture-perfect in head-to-toe Carolina Herrera at the designer’s Fall 2015 show.

3. Beyoncé took her seat in the much-talked-about front row at the Kanye West x adidas Originals show in a bold look by HARBISON.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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February 20, 2015

Following Pantone’s lead, an eclectic color palette has paraded down the New York Fashion Week runways this past week. The main takeaway? Everyday neutrals have been punched up with soft brights and pastels. Yep, the hues you’re stocking up on for spring will transition right into next fall.

Fall 2015 Color Combos at NYFW

Classic Combos
Say hello to the usual suspects. Winter white, rich navy, and camel all took their turns anchoring looks on the runway. Midnight shades were spotted on timeless coats at Oscar de la Renta and Kendall Jenner opened Diane von Furstenberg in a white wrap dress, while camel suede further cemented the season’s 70s revival.

Lively Complements
Pastels and brights serve as ladylike partners for those tried-and-true neutrals. But come fall, they move beyond mint and lavender. Marigold and peach tones (perfectly paired at J.Crew) are your fast-pass to making a statement without going overboard.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 18, 2015

Trendsetting probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Oval Office. But some surprising brands have become iconic thanks to their presidential ties. While Michelle Obama is committed to up-and-coming talent, we’re turning our attention to three style standbys made popular by America’s executive suite.

Presidential Style

Brooks Brothers
This men’s clothier has a deep-rooted American history. It gifted Abraham Lincoln a custom coat, outfitted World War I troops, and has supported stateside manufacturing. Not to mention, 39 out of 44 sitting Presidents have worn the label.

Jack Rogers
That signature whipstitched leather sandal? It was inspired by none other than Jackie Kennedy. Following an early-60s Italian vacation, the impeccably stylish First Lady asked a Palm Beach cobbler to recreate her favorite vacation-ready shoe.

Oscar de la Renta
This Dominican-born designer managed to dress an impressive roster of first ladies. His inauguration gowns for Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush made headlines, but his hue-happy skirt suits added a touch of whimsy to Capitol Hill–style throughout his fifty-year career.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 16, 2015

The most stylish room in the White House? The First Lady’s closet, of course. With an agenda that spans galas to press events, her wardrobe has to be ready for it all. Take a cue from every fashionable FLOTUS with three looks that work both on and beyond Pennsylvania Avenue.

FLOTUS Style

The On-the-Go Outfit
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n ensemble-making dress is essential for last-minute appearances and interviews. Mimic Michelle Obama’s polish with a fit-and-flare number that commands attention on any podium.

The Ball Gown
Dressing up is fun for everyone, including America’s leading lady. And no one does it better in the gala department than Laura Bush. Just channel her elegant style with a floor-sweeping gown in a rich jewel tone for your next black-tie event.

The Off-Duty Look
All work and no play? Negative – even FLOTUS gets a vacation. Take a cue from Jackie O. and rock your brightest dress with a pair of boardwalk-ready sandals. Palm Beach, here you come.

Now exercise your constitutional right to shop. Our Make It Your Own: Iconic First Lady Style Boutique opened Monday, February 16, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 16, 2015

When it comes to matters of the heart, fashion ranks high on our list. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are three romantic looks that tugged at our heartstrings this week.

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1. Natalie Portman defined elegance for the Knight of Cups premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. She walked the red carpet in a custom velvet and taffeta Lanvin creation.

2. Elizabeth Banks was dressed for a real-life fairy tale in a ruby Elie Saab gown at the Love & Mercy premiere, also at the Berlin International Film Festival.

3. Keira Knightley disguised her baby bump in a sweet Giambattista Valli floral and tulle dress at the 2015 BAFTA Film Awards in London.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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February 13, 2015

Dried Herb. Reflecting Pond. Cashmere Rose. The vibe of Pantone’s top hues for Fall 2015? Overwhelmingly 70s. And this clashing mix is totally reminiscent of the psychedelic yet nature-focused decade.

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Dusty swatches like Stormy Weather, golden Oak Buff, and rich Marsala are paired with tropical Biscay Bay, striking Cadmium Orange, and jewel-toned Amethyst Orchid. But the reasoning behind the picks is not all disco balls and groovy hair.

Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman told WWD that the era’s societal climate mirrors our own. She notes emerging from a recession and an interest in the preservation of nature as links to the 70s. Of the varied hues, our own Fashion Director Jackie (one of Pantone’s Influencers) adds, “Without the classics, a wardrobe can’t be built. But without a little color chaos, a wardrobe can’t come to life.”

I can’t wait to see how designers interpret this palette into their collections. Pin-straight Marcia Brady locks coming down the runways? I’m all for it.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2015

According to Karl Lagerfeld, “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” Need we say more? Here are three starlets who favored the LBD recently.

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1. Mila Kunis wore a Dolce & Gabbana number featuring a bustier top and full skirt to the Jupiter Ascending premiere. The sultry look was punctuated by T-strap Christian Louboutin pumps.

2. Rosamund Pike opted for a a more demure style, wearing this floor-length lace Erdem dress at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

3. Julianne Moore stepped out in a halter-neck Balenciaga dress at the Seventh Son screening in New York. Swept-back hair and a rouge lip make this a perfect minimalist look.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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February 6, 2015

Raf Simons, the creative genius behind Dior, channeled David Bowie’s “chameleon quality” for last week’s couture show. Just like Mr. Bowie (and the color-changing reptiles), we can all benefit from a new look every now and then. Take a cue from these high-voltage brights and prepare to make a statement.

Most Coveted

  1. Elizabeth McKay Gumball Shift Dress. Wondering how to pull off neon at the office? Opt for a demure style like this feminine scalloped pattern.
  2. Amrita Singh “Rock Princess” Drop Earrings. Pump up your favorite T-shirt with a statement earring. On-trend, colorful gems really do the trick.
  3. Cinzia Rocca White Cocoon Raincoat. White coats are instant attention-grabbers. Use one to top off a head-to-toe monochrome ensemble.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Color in Baby Rose. A natural, rosy-hued lipstick is all it takes to balance a vibrant outfit.
  5. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Clip” Leather Sneaker. Slip-ons have never been more versatile. Try them with sleek dresses, flirty skirts, and boyfriend jeans.


By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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February 2, 2015