The (Style) Guide

How’s the Economy Doing? Just Ask Your Boxers

Decided to buy a single pair of Hanes instead of splurging on a pack of three? That girl standing in the checkout line behind you isn’t the only one who noticed.

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According to Esquire, economists have linked fluctuations in underwear sales to fluctuations in the economy. The theory, dubbed “The Underwear Index,” operates under the assumption that men don’t just want underwear, they need underwear. So when they buy less, it’s for a reason: the state of the economy. In times of financial downturn, men are more likely to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to drop.

Which brings us back to that three-pack. In the years leading up to and including the recession, there was a 2% decrease in men buying multi-packs of underwear, and a 3% increase in guys like you who grab a single pair.

But don’t let all this influence your buying patterns going forward. You wouldn’t want to skew all that underwear data, would you?

Learn more on Esquire

By Joanna Berliner, Senior Editor

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September 15, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

As temperatures dip, coats will quickly become the finishing touch on every outfit. Whether you sport a classic trench or a belted cape, the extra layer adds visual interest, tying together the rest of your look. Along with a cape-sleeved topper, here are bold picks from this week’s Boutiques, including rose-tinted accessories and a graphic black-and-white dress.

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1. French Connection Dress. Add dimension with this printed dress.

2. Hilary Radley Coat. Exaggerated sleeves and a stand-up collar give this classic style a modern twist.

3. Saint Laurent Tassel Clutch. This rose-hued clutch softens an otherwise heavy look.

4. gorjana Double Bar Ring. Rings have stolen the spotlight from bracelets – but the same rules still apply. More is more!

5. Valentino Rockstud Pump. Trade your black pumps for this coveted pair in patent leather.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 15, 2014

London Calling: Boden Through the Years

Twenty-three years in the making, Boden prides itself on being a polished-meets-playful label with a cheeky British sense of humor. But how did it get where it is today? We break it down below.

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1991: With just eight products, Boden’s initial catalogue hits doorsteps.
1996: To the delight of little ones everywhere, Mini Boden is born.
1998: Boden hits the 100-employee mark (that’s enough for nine cricket teams).
2002: America is introduced to Boden’s signature British style.
2008: The cropped cashmere cardigan sells enough styles to fill the Royal Opera House – 66 times.
2012: Boden hits the 1,000-employee mark.
2014: The first Boston office opens on top of a tequila bar. Cheers.

Our Boden Boutique launched Monday, September 15, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 15, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For fragrances: Perfume wearing off too quickly? Moisturize before applying and spray onto heat-activating pulse points (wrist, neck, behind the knee).

For eyeshadow: Foundation might act as a base layer on your face, but on eyelids, it may crease. Equip yourself with eyeshadow primer for a smooth surface.

For your skin: Create a DIY microdermabrasion mask using baking soda and your favorite face wash. Combine and massage into congested skin, then rinse and follow with a swipe of toner.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 15, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from September 7 to 13

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
All eyes have been on the streets and runways of New York Fashion Week, but another city caught our eye as well. Celebs flocked to Canada for photo calls and premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival – and as always, they brought their red carpet A-game.

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1. Kate Bosworth wore the color of the season – a lipstick red – in a sparkling gown from BOSS at the premiere of Still Alice. 

2. Keira Knightly dazzled in an embellished Chanel Couture dress from the Fall 2014 runway at the premiere of The Imitation Game. 

3. Chloë Grace Moretz let her asymmetrical Christian Dior Couture dress shine at the premiere of The Equalizer, keeping jewelry and accessories minimal.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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September 12, 2014

The Donna Karan Story: Coming to a Bookstore Near You

Good news for all you fashion-industry hopefuls – designer Donna Karan is starting to work on her memoir, complete with every detail on how she got to where she is today.

The title, just acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, will chronicle Donna’s upbringing with her tailor father through the creation of DKNY and Donna Karan (and the label’s sale to industry powerhouse LVMH). “As I look back and reflect on my journey, I see how one chapter led to another, how something ended and something else began,” Donna said. “I’m very excited to share my story.”

We’re excited too, Donna. The release may be a year away, but this is one read I don’t want to miss.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 12, 2014

The Louis Vuitton Monogram, Reimagined 6 Ways

It’s no shock that Louis Vuitton, part of the monogram elite, would craft an entire collection in honor of its beloved L.V. initials. For its “Celebrating Monogram” collaboration, the French fashion house tapped the creative genius of six influential designers, artists, and architects, including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, and Frank Gehry. In 160 years of business, the LV pattern has catapulted to one of the world’s most recognizable brand logos – but this group was asked to reinterpret as they saw fit.

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Images via harpersbazaar.com

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September 11, 2014

Pull Off the Look: Bold Socks for Fall

Chances are you follow the so-called rule that blue socks are for jeans, tan socks are for khakis, and charcoal and black are reserved for your dark suits. Our advice? Live a little. Working in a stripe or a bit of argyle can easily bring a small but healthy dose of fun to your look. Here’s how to work bold socks into your wardrobe this fall.

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September 11, 2014

Trends to Try: How to Wear Slip-On Sneakers & Western Boots

Buckles, laces, and pin-thin stilettos. Wearing shoe trends often requires some sartorial bravery. The Fall 2014 runways featured Western details like fringe and distressed leather (as spotted at Alexander Wang) and comfy-casual kicks (recall those couture-quality sneakers at Chanel). Here, Rue La La stylist Caroline M. shows us how to tackle these two talked-about trends.

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September 11, 2014

Anna Wintour Answers 73 Questions in 5 Minutes

Vogue recently turned the camera on itself for the fifth edition of its “73 Questions” web series, asking Editor in Chief Anna Wintour a rapid-fire round of mind-probing inquiries. From Anna’s morning routine (5AM wake-up call, Starbucks in hand) to her biggest phobia (like many of us, it’s spiders), we get a personal peek at the famously guarded power player.

Among the predictable questions (Favorite flower? Tuberose.), there were plenty of style-related matters peppered in. The one word Anna wishes the industry would quit using? “Journey.” Thoughts on Brooklyn? “It’s the new Silicon Valley.” And contrary to the fashion stereotype, she would never be caught wearing head-to-toe black.

Spare five minutes this morning to see Anna answer the other 66 questions at vogue.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 11, 2014