Your Belt Questions, Answered

Belts. One is enough, right? Wrong. Belts are a great way to switch up an outfit or repurpose the same one you’ve been wearing week after week (you can’t fool us). Here are the answers to three questions about belt-ology.

The Men's Guide to Belts

1. What kind of belt should I wear with jeans? With a suit?
For jeans, throw on a leather, tweed, wool, or cotton belt – all these options look great against denim. On the other hand, a suit requires a sleek and simple belt. For navy suits, go with dark brown. For black and grey, look toward black leather.

2. How long should my belt be? 
Dress belts should have at least a few inches to the left once fastened. Too-short lengths make the belt appear too tight (you don’t want people to think you’re going to pop a button or anything). Casual belts can be worn looser since they’re not as stiff.

3. Should I choose a thin or thick belt? 
It’s all about the occasion. Never wear a thin (less than 1 inch in width) belt with jeans. That’s strictly for the ladies, and let’s keep it that way. With denim, go for a heftier buckle and thicker belt (between 1 and 1.5 inches in width). A thin(ner) option is, however, appropriate for formal and dressy events.

Still can’t decide? Own one black and one brown belt. You can’t go wrong.

Our Below the Belt: Denim, Boxers, Socks, & More Boutique opens Thursday, June 26 at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 26, 2014

Sip on This: Drink Recipes Inspired by Summer’s Dresses

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Scoot aside, statement necklaces. Splashed with fruity prints, these brightly hued dresses call for a more refreshing accessory: a tasty summer drink. Simply click on your preferred pairing below for a recipe, blend (or mix), and serve at your summer soiree of choice.

Berries & Blossoms
Social butterflies, rejoice. This healthy smoothie and eye-catching dress let you run from one event to the next without skipping a single beat.

Lemonade & Lace
Remember your childhood lemonade stand? Time to take it to the next level. Whether it’s your skirt or this concoction bringing in the customers is anyone’s guess.

Cocktails & Confetti
No rooftop party is complete without a signature cocktail and showstopping dress. Thankfully, this bold combo has both covered – so go ahead, dance the night away.

Our Lilly Pulitzer Boutique opens Thursday, July 31, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Editorial Intern

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August 1, 2013

Make a Statement: Earrings Packed with Personality

These accessories speak louder than words

You probably think of earrings as an outfit’s supporting players. They add the just-right finishing touches you crave to any center-stage ensemble. But why not give them a little more power and let them do the talking? It’s totally possible – it just requires finding that too-perfect pair that speaks not only to your fashion sense, but to your personality as well.

For Francophiles, nature lovers, and everyone in between, these earrings speak (some very stylish) volumes about who you are.

Statement Earrings

Our Add On the Extras: Statement-Making Earrings Boutique opens Tuesday, February 26, at 11AM.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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February 26, 2013

Five-Minute Powwow: Designer Elaine Turner

When it comes to luxe extras, this designer has the magic touch. From her structured satchels to her calf hair loafers, Elaine Turner churns out the investment accessories every ensemble (from jeans and a tee to LBDs) can benefit from. Here, we caught up with the handbag guru to talk must-have add-ons and festive dressing.

Rue La La: Your line is incredible. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Elaine: I’m always inspired by exotic destinations and locales and my collection has a real global spirit. This season is a little closer to home and inspired by Ali MacGraw and Wellesley and Cambridge. The collection is about strong shapes, structure, and that feminine meets masculine feel.

Rue La La: If you had to describe the Elaine Turner style in three words, what would they be?
Elaine: Feminine. Glamorous. Classic.
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November 8, 2012

Accessory Matchmaking: Necklines and Necklaces

 

If you ask me, when it comes to what types of necklaces go best with each neckline, I say – almost anything goes. High crewneck? Layer on the long beads. Plunging V-neck? Show it off with a sparkly number that hits right at the collar bone.

Bear in mind that with accessory freedom, comes great responsibility to avoid fashion no nos. These cardinal rules may be few, but they are the difference between genius pairings and accidental appearances on the “don’t” pages of a tabloid.

The Rules:

Don’ts

  1. The choker had its time (circa 1996), but it has since taken the backseat in today’s wardrobe. As a general rule, I say stay away, but if you’re working with a deep V neckline, I say lock it in a vault and sink it in the ocean. Deep necklines and chokers don’t mix.
  2. Make sure your necklace ends ½-1 inch above the beginning of your neckline (this doesn’t apply to long necklaces, of course). Partially covered jewels can look sloppy.
  3. If you’re petite, avoid long necklaces if possible. They tend to accentuate your short stature. If you’re like me and simply must wear them, make sure you layer them with lots of different lengths to pull the eye up.

 

Dos

  1. A classic word of advice: mimic your neckline with your necklace. This is always a fail-proof way to complement your neck, no matter how much (or how little) you’re trying to show.
  2. Save your most statement-making neck candy for simple necklines, be it a crewneck or strapless. I’m partial to keeping the top neutral so my necklace is the real focal point, but play with different patterns to find your favorite combo.
  3. Double up. Triple up. Quadruple up. Seriously, one is never enough in my opinion.

 

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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September 26, 2012

Understatement is Overrated

Since it’s almost Friendship Day (and in honor of a blogger we’d love to be friends with, The Man Repeller) we’re throwing an arm party and inviting all of our pals, both new and old, silver and gold. Whether we’re stitching candy stripe patterns with embroidery floss or shopping for our own signature wrist style, you can bet your bottom dollar that a Rue time will be had by all.


August 5, 2011

A Decade of Design

AN INTERVIEW WITH SHOE AND HANDBAG DESIGNER ELAINE TURNER

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Elaine Turner is turning 10. And what a decade it’s been. We sat down for a one-on-one chat with the designer who always knows how to make resort wear uber chic. Read our interview as Elaine dishes on the past decade, her hopes for the future, and how one little flowerpot-top handle bag started it all.

Rue La La: Who and what have been some of your biggest influences over the past decade?
Elaine: I am influenced by many things – seaside destinations, modern art, architecture, and interior design. Over the past decade I have been primarily influenced by iconic fashion and interior designers – Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Trina Turk, and Milly – to name a few.
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June 18, 2010

ELLE: Black & White

BY VIOLET MOON GAYNOR, SENIOR FASHION AND ACCESSORIES EDITOR, ELLE.COM

ELLE Black & White

Black and white are my personal staples. As a New York City girl, black has always been part of my uniform (for work and play). If you were to take a peek inside my closet, these two colors would stand out more than any other. They’re an integral part of history (books have been written about the legendary chicness of Truman Capote’s 1966 Black & White Ball), and fashion right now (I adored the first ten looks at Riccardo Tisci’s spring 2010 Givenchy show). But it’s the cool combinations and unique twists you can give these shades that really bring them to life and make them feel modern.

Cut is everything
Black and white are two of the most versatile colors. They always look crisp, and can easily go from fancy (the classic LBD) to laid-back (white oversize tee paired with basic black mini). With simple pieces, it’s all about the cut. Select well-tailored pieces to pair back with more relaxed (yet still refined) separates. A perfectly cut white button-down can completely elevate the look of your favorite jeans.
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April 8, 2010

The Crib Sheet: How to Wear the Latest Spring Accessories

BY MARGARET MCDERMOTT, AUTHOR OF “FIERCE: A FASHION AND BEAUTY BLOG”

Spring is here (or at least en route, depending on your degree of optimism), and the easiest way to dive in is with new accessories. Here’s how to pluck ideas from the runways of New York and Milan and make them yours:

Floral Print Shoes
Nothing screams spring louder than floral prints, and I saw them all over the runways this year. Floral shoes can feminize denim, which is a definite trend for spring – from a light denim mini to marble wash jeans. An airy chiffon tunic or a ruffle top completes the look. Just avoid competing flower prints. Although print mixing looks right this season, double flower power can be overkill.
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March 12, 2010