Spring Dressing 101: Jackie’s Ideal Warm-Weather Outfit

Fact: Our fashion director knows a thing or two about spring style. So, naturally, we turned to her for a little warm-weather outfit inspiration. Here, she shares her ideal day-to-night ensemble.

The Easiest Chic Spring Outfit

“In spring, I like to make dressing easy and fuss-free. One of my favorite pieces is a jumpsuit, as you only have to think about the accessories,” she says. “For day, pair your jumpsuit with strappy metallic flats, a mini crossbody bag, and a straw fedora. For night, dress it up with a pair of sultry snakeskin heels and a sparkly crystal necklace.”

Our The Spring Edit Boutique opens Saturday, April 12, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2014

Color-Coded: The Masculine History of Soft Pink

Pink is for girls and blue is for boys, right? Not always the case. Yes, when it comes to color, it’s time to rethink those gender stereotypes. Because, as it turns out, it was men who first identified with the hue (and this is long before pink polos were popular).

Masculine History of Pink

You see, before WWII, society looked at these two colors in a very different light. In fact, in a 1918 Ladies’ Home Journal article, readers were informed that “blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” At the time, pink was a stronger color signifying masculinity (as derived from red), so it was considered better suited for boys.

The pink-is-for-men trend continued through 1925, when pink suits – like the one shown in The Great Gatsby – were worn by men as stylish symbols of wealth. Somewhere along the line, however, the postwar generation decided to switch things up. Evidence of that change first came in 1947 when Christian Dior introduced the ultra-feminine New Look and offered it in pink. And ever since, women have taken to the decidedly feminine color with abandon.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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April 10, 2014

One-Piece Wonder: J.Crew Brings an Archived Swimsuit Back for a Fan

How many times have you tried to buy a replacement pair of perfectly fitting ballet flats or boyfriend jeans only to find they’re no longer available? Not just temporarily out of stock. Gone. For. Good. So was the case for New York Magazine: The Cut writer Jenni Avins and her beloved scoop-back swimsuit from J.Crew. That is, until she wrote an open letter to the brand’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, and Lyons responded – in a big way.

J.Crew Brings Back an Archived Swimsuit
                                                                                                              Image via ABC News

In her August 2013 letter to Lyons, Avins waxed rhapsodic about the “clean, open-backed one-pieces” she loved and lamented the lesser-quality knockoffs she wore in their wake. Fast-forward and the suit, looking modern and marvelous, now stars in a full-spread ad in the magazine’s print edition. Occupying the adjacent page is a scrawled note from Lyons letting Avins know that her request had been received – and realized. The moral of the story? Ask and you shall receive. Or, at the very least, it pays to have friends in high places.

Visit New York Magazine: The Cut to read the whole story.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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April 9, 2014

A Guide to Spring Soirees: Designer Lela Rose Shares Her Dress Picks & Hosting Tips

With a fashion label just as chic as her Tribeca home, designer Lela Rose knows how to entertain in style. So, we asked her to share a few of her dress picks and hosting tips for the season ahead. Just read up, then send out those invites – because after this, you’ll be looking for any excuse to throw a party.

Lela Rose Dress and Decor Tips

On Hosting a Tasteful Luncheon:
 “Try fruits or veggies on the table instead of flowers. Then tie it together with a specialty drink that matches your dress.”

On Throwing a Designer Dinner Party:
“Mix glamorous and natural elements on the table and bring that same vibe to your outfit.”

Our Lela Rose Boutique opens Wednesday, April 9, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 9, 2014

2014 Met Ball Dress Code Announced: White Tie and Decorations

The Met Gala, an annual ball hosted by Vogue’s editor-in chief Anna Wintour, always has a theme. Last year, it was punk. This year? White Tie and Decorations. (Cue that collective huh?)

Met Gala Dress Code

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April 7, 2014

The Chambray Shirt: A Man’s Spring Staple

We’re obsessed with chambray. It’s capable of tackling Saturdays at the dive bar just as well as Monday-afternoon meetings. It’s lightweight, which makes wearing long sleeves in the summer bearable. And it looks good – plain and simple.

But before we get all sappy, a little lesson: What is chambray?

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April 7, 2014

The Statement Pant: Our Fashion Director on the Season’s Boldest Bottoms

Spring is finally here. Meaning? It’s time to break out those statement pants. And from bold hues to print mixing, no one knows how to pull off the trend better than our fashion director. Check out her tips below.

How to Wear the Statement Pant

  1. You don’t always have to fall back on a white top with bright pants. Play with bold colors on top, too.
  2. Opt for minimal makeup and accessories (think one sleek gold bangle) and let your outfit do all the talking.
  3. When wearing a bold pant, keep shoes simple. You can’t go wrong with a pair of neutral, pointed-toe pumps.

 
Our Lafayette 148 New York Boutique opens Monday, April 7, at 11AM ET.

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April 7, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Top Looks from March 30 to April 5

Each week our fashion editor decides who deserves top style honors

 
Black and white dominated the red carpets this week, along with another home run from Emma Watson (does she ever get it wrong?). Check out who else made my list below.

Top Looks of the Week

  1. Emma Roberts in Finders Keepers and Jimmy Choo at PaleyFest.
  2. The cast of The Other Woman at the film’s London premiere.
  3. Emma Watson in Ralph Lauren Collection at the London premiere of Noah.

 
By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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April 4, 2014

#CastMeMarc: Label Picks New Face via Social Media

Last night, ultra-cool label Marc by Marc Jacobs announced that it will be selecting the face of its latest campaign through a social media “casting call.” Yes, you read that right – one of us mere tweeting mortals might just skyrocket to glossy-paged stardom.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Social Media Casting Call

Image via nylonmag.com

The audition process is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is snap a picture, hashtag it with #CastMeMarc, and post it to Instagram or Twitter. So expect your feeds to get slammed with artfully staged selfies over the next few days. I mean, who could resist the opportunity to join the ranks of Victoria Beckham, Sofia Coppola, Miley Cyrus, and the Fanning sisters? Not this writer.

Now, go get that selfie game on point. The “casting call” ends April 9.

Read more on marcjacobs.com.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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April 3, 2014

Fashion Throwback: The Bucket Bag Reemerges

It’s official: Bucket bags are back. So if you held onto one from a decade ago – or inherited an aunt’s 70s original – you’re in luck. But before you set out on a recon mission to secure said bag, let’s take a closer look at this carry-all’s past.

Bucket Bags Are Back

It all began in the 1970s, when women opted for breezy, easygoing looks that went hand-in-hand with their free-spirited lifestyle. And the bucket bag, with its long, hands-free shoulder strap and roomy shape, fit that to a T. Equal parts form and function, it quickly became a must-have accessory for every woman of the era.

Today, designers have updated this boho style with new materials and luxe accents, making it a true modern classic – and it’s topping every trend list this spring.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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April 3, 2014