“Legs for Days,” They’ll Say: Tricks to Make You Look Taller

Lady Gaga. Reese Witherspoon. Kourtney Kardashian. It’s not just stardom this threesome has in common. They’re part of the 5'1" club (along with a host of others). That’s right – each of these celebrities clocks in at or below five feet, one inch. If you’re part of this exclusive group, we’re here to tell you there’s more than sky-high heels to raise your petite stature.

Topknots for Looking Taller

Think all things vertical. From topknots and deep V necklines to single-hued jumpsuits and skinny accessories, this list points out specific styles any height-challenged chick can use to add inches.

When it comes to snapping pics? Unless all your friends are shorties, we advise staying seated.

Read all 14 tips at StyleCaster.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 10, 2013

Download This: An Outfit-Organizing App Cher Horowitz Would Love

Let’s just assume that by this point today, you have about 30 new items coming your way, courtesy of Cyber Monday. Major props.

Now, for reality: You will at some point have to turn those 30 items into outfits. And it will most likely happen at 7AM, five minutes before you sprint out the door.

Cloth for iPhone

Lucky for you and your purchases, Fashionista’s dishing on the closest thing to Cher Horowitz’s virtual closet we’ve found yet: an iPhone® app called Cloth (download it for free on iTunes). ”Every time I put together a new outfit, I snap a pic with my iPhone and save it to Cloth with some organizational tags, like ‘fall’ ‘fashion week’ or ‘black tie,’” co-editor in chief Lauren Indvik writes. “When I wake up on a weekday morning, I don’t go to my closet to pick out an outfit – I just open up Cloth.”

Smart.

Don’t have an iPhone? Hey, it’s still Monday…

Read more about Cloth on Fashionista.

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December 2, 2013

Pucker Up: Vogue’s Top 10 Red Lipsticks

Blood-red lips. It’s one of the most classic makeup looks in the book. A simple swipe of red lipstick, and boom – you instantly exude sex appeal (see: Marilyn Monroe). The only hard part? Picking out the right shade for your pout.

Red Lipstick

I’ve spent hours by the makeup counters testing out red lipsticks. Should I go blue-based? Or maybe more orange-toned? After puckering up for shade after shade, they all start to blend together and I wind up going home sans lipstick. Tragic, I know.  But, as if in answer to my prayers, Vogue has just rounded up the ten best red lipsticks out there – and just in time for all my holiday parties. Now I just need a few teeth whitening strips, and I’m good to go.

See the ten best lipsticks on Vogue.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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December 2, 2013

3 Quick Ways to Shake Up Your Thanksgivukkah

Obviously, you will eat cranberry sauce with your latkes. Obviously. But what else will you do to celebrate this unusual meeting of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah? Here, a little inspiration.

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November 28, 2013

Lazy Ladies Rejoice: The Low Ponytail Is Now Chic

Thank the hair gods – the ponytail is back in full force. And not just for spin class.

Image via Refinery29

Image via Refinery29

But before you throw your locks into a quick scrunchie and run, know this: This season, ponytails are worn low – at the nape of your neck or below. “The fall runways [showed] three main ponytail styles: the messy, the slick, and the voluminous,” theFashionSpot says.

Want to copy the look? Peep a season’s worth of pony inspiration at theFashionSpot, then watch this video for step-by-step tips to do the low pony justice.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 15, 2013

Skip the Falsies: Try This Lash-Thickening Trick

At first glance, this is admittedly a little freaky. Reminds me of the 90s when the inner-lid eyeliner was all the craze. But don’t panic – we’re not getting that close to our contact lenses this time. Tightlining, sometimes called “the invisible eyeliner,” is characterized by full, thick lashes and achieved through a subtle application of eyeliner.

Eye Can Do It: How To Tightline

How to apply? “Key to mastering tightlining is pulling up your eyelid slightly and then depositing pigment not above or below your lashes, but straight on them, so that you fill the ‘gaps’ left by the growth of your individual eyelashes,” writes New York Magazine: The Cut.

The trick is to appear as if you’re not wearing any eyeliner whatsoever. While I don’t suggest practicing while sitting in traffic on the way to work, tightlining can be an effective technique for adding definition to your eyes – in a super sneaky way.

Visit The Cut for a full GIF tutorial on tightlining.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 9, 2013

Try It Tonight: Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron

It’s almost the weekend, which means one thing: retreating to the couch with a really nice glass of Rioja and some Homeland reruns.

Okay, maybe that’s just me. For plans that require more than a messy topknot and bootlegged Showtime subscription, behold – a step-by-step tutorial on how to curl your hair with nothing but a flat iron (and maybe a brush and some hair spray).

Genius.

Watch the step-by-step video on refinery29.com.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 8, 2013

How to Make Your Skinny Jeans Feel Fresh

Refinery29 says it all: “When it comes to big fashion moments, there’s Before Skinny Jeans and After Skinny Jeans.”

10 Ways To Make Skinny Jeans Feel New

But while we’re (super) happy to be living in A.S.J. right now, we have to admit – our staple skinnies feel a smidge tired every once in a while.

To the rescue: ten new ways to wear them, straight from Refinery29.

1. Fold ‘Em Up — Buying your pants a few inches too long doesn’t have to mean a trip to the tailor. Roll them up, and wear your pair with a few chic layers and some killer heels. It’s an irreverent styling trick that makes an outfit feel undone in a good way.

2. Patches Make Perfect — Cover an old pair of jeans with a smattering of fun iron-ons, or buy a pair of pre-patched jeans like these from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Wear them with basics and sparse accessories.

3. Cut Copies — Clean, straight slits at the knees are a riff on all the distressed denim we’ve been seeing, but this trend is totally compelling in a perfectionist’s sort of way. Wear it with low-pro brogues and wild prints.

Read the source article at refinery29.com for seven more ways to make skinny jeans feel new.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 5, 2013

Take it from Our Stylist: 3 Boot & Skirt Pairings to Try

No one can deny that boots are synonymous with fall. So we asked Rue Stylist Caroline M. to pick three of her favorite styles and tell us how to rock each of them with a skirt.

3 Boot & Skirt Pairings to Try

Riding Boots with a Miniskirt
CM: “This is a classic look that can be revamped each season by choosing different shirt and sweater pairings. Incorporating colored or patterned tights adds a bit of texture. If the weather works in your favor, feel free to nix the tights.”

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November 2, 2013

Wardrobe Overhaul: Revamping My Closet with a Personal Stylist

Ever feel like you have nothing to wear despite overflowing racks and drawers? Me, too.

So I reached out to a fashion stylist and personal shopper for some major closet help. Our goals: create new outfits from clothes I already own, clear out dated and ill-fitting items, and identify the pieces I’m missing. Here’s what I learned.

Right Up Your Ali

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October 31, 2013