For patent leather: To get your shiniest accessories glistening again, just wipe them with a bit of glass cleaner. To remove scuffs, gently scrub with a Q-tip and petroleum jelly.

For a too-big belt: When even the smallest notch is loose, pull your belt through its buckle to the desired tightness. Then loop it under and back over to create a secure knot.

For slippery soles: Prep shoes for icy surfaces by roughing up leather soles with sandpaper. Now you have enough grip to stay afoot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 24, 2014

The goes-with-everything cable-knit sweater: it either lives in your closet or sits on your wish list. And while it looks great with skinnies and knee-high boots, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to style one. Here, Rue Stylist Emma L. offers up three ensembles that highlight this seasonal superstar.

Cable-Knit Style Tips

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November 4, 2014

Bringing style to your 9-to-5 routine isn’t always an easy feat. So, to help our fellow career women out, we asked three fashion-industry experts to show us how it’s done. Read up on their styling tips below, then prepare yourself for a promotion – to resident office trendsetter.

Office Styling Tips

Lynn G., Tahari Head Designer of Suits & Separates
“It’s hard to choose just one of my designs, but this black and white combo effortlessly goes from day to evening.”

Jackie N., Rue La La Fashion Director
“I always gravitate toward dresses as they’re so easy. And the color of this jacquard number is perfect for post-work cocktails.”

Leslie P., Racked National Editor
“A simple white shift is always cool. Even better? This one’s done in chic leather with seams and darts for an extra-flattering fit.”

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 17, 2014

While winter may feel like the never-ending season, spring will be here before we know it. So, with that in mind, we asked Rue Assistant Stylist Susie L. to help us style an outfit that works now and in the warmer months.

Take an Outfit from Winter to Spring

“While the weather’s still chilly, pair your favorite blazer with a light tank, and then throw on a colorful scarf and booties for added warmth,” says Susie. “Once the weather starts to heat up, trade the scarf for a bright statement necklace and reach for a neutral pair of ankle-strap flats.”

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 5, 2014

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, everyone has romance on the mind. And for those of us who are single, a first date might be on the horizon. But with that prospect comes the burning question: What should I wear?

Luckily, Rue Assistant Stylist Lindsay T. is taking away all your what-to-wear jitters – right down to the very last bangle and belt. So getting a second date? Pretty much guaranteed.

What to Wear on a First Date

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January 29, 2014

The biggest night of the year? Coincidentally, it’s the last. But choosing a killer party outfit isn’t always easy. That’s why we enlisted the help of Rue Assistant Stylist Susie L. to help us kick off 2014 in style.

New Year's Eve StyleWomen
Wearing sparkles on New Year’s Eve is pretty much an unwritten rule. And this blush sequin dress fits the bill. Add a bright crossbody, strappy sandals, minimal jewelry (like these tiny gold bangles), and a flute of champagne for good measure.

Men
Even if you’re not attending a fancy ball on NYE, you can still rock dapper pieces. Add some festive interest with a navy velvet blazer and gold tie. Then throw on black pants and lace-up dress shoes for an extra-sharp touch. That midnight kiss is as good as yours.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 25, 2013

The time has come for holiday party after holiday party. And with a look that must be equal parts polished and festively fun, the office fete is the trickiest of them all.

Thankfully, Rue Assistant Stylist Lindsay T. is taking the guesswork out of dressing. Impressing the boss? Piece of cake.

What to Wear to the Office Holiday Party

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December 4, 2013

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

You’ve finally nabbed all your fall must-haves (insert happy dance here). All that’s left? Mastering the best ways to style them. Thankfully, our all-knowing Fashion Director, Jackie, tells us just what to do with those newly acquired duds.

fall edit

Chunky Knit Sweater
“Make sure you opt for something skinny on the bottom – whether it’s a sleek pencil skirt or leather leggings. Add a waist belt to define your shape, then wear a button-down shirt underneath and let your collar peek out.”

Polished Blazer
“If you don’t have your best friend, the blazer, you need to get one. Stat. This item goes with absolutely everything and can easily take you from day to night.”

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October 22, 2013

With the slowly warming temps starting to gain momentum, it’s hard to not get into a vacation-like frame of mind. But if I can’t be flanked by palm trees on a daily basis, then donning Rio de Janeiro–inspired, retro jungle prints will have to do instead. To pull off this tropical trend (without going full-on “tourist”), mix neutrals with smaller doses of the energetic print. Note: Umbrella drinks are optional, but highly recommended.

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A printed scarf is the simplest way to inject this bold pattern into an everyday look without going overboard. I paired one with a tailored white blazer for an urban vibe that can go straight from the office to a night out on the town. For a more casual day look, wear it wrapped around your neck over a cami, then when the sun goes down, fashion it into a halter top and slip on your favorite pair of espadrilles to take the night by storm.

Ready to commit full force? Jungle-fauna print pants are wildly cool when paired with a brightly colored sleeveless blouse, and best accessorized by some bossa nova playing on your headphones, a straw Panama hat, and arms piled with wooden bangles.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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