Monthly Archives: May 2016
If you asked me to speak on silk camisoles two years ago, I’d have painted a bejeweled, over-tanned tale of the early aughts. It would start with the ladies of Laguna Beach (those innocent days when, siiigh, people still associated Speidi with the superhero), wearing the cut extra long with flared jeans and flip-flops, and veer to peak-O.C. Misha Barton in a newsboy cap. There’d be a few mentions of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan clubbing—a hot pink bra peeking beneath their dangerously low necklines—before declaring satin-y spaghetti strap tops over, done, dead.
But the style’s real glory days? Turns out those were yet to come. The coolest of cool girls have been revamping the dated design’s image this summer and, indeed, even this former naysayer likes what she sees. To wit: Emily Ratajkowski, spotted effortlessly balancing the sex appeal of a slinky negligee top with stiff and faded ‘90s-style jeans last spring, and the chic come hitherness of the Hadid sisters’ go-to cami/choker formula. Factor in Kendall Jenner, elevating a lace-trimmed yellow number from Gucci with a black mini skirt and matching booties on Jimmy Kimmel, and suddenly the recycled trend feels totally new.
Let’s make sure the rest of our outfits do, too. Here, courtesy of the InStyle market team’s styling wizardry, three perfect ways to revamp your approach to the look.
1. ON THE TOWN
Where your 2006 self would finish her camisole outfit with bootcut denim (bless her heart), an elegant midi-length skirt feels far more of-the-moment. Mix-and-match punchy, personality-filled accessories—like a printed clutch and lace-up metallic sandals—to put your own stamp on the finished ensemble.
2. WEEKEND ADVENTURES
Structured off-duty staples in this season’s coolest silhouettes (we’re looking at you, kick flares and bombers) not only dress a lingerie-inspired top down, but give it a modern twist. To create flattering curves, always tuck.
3. OFFICE HOURS
It’s time to give that white oxford a breather. In rich jewel tones, especially, a thin-strapped tank is equally sophisticated (but twice as special).
When you spend as much time style-stalking celebrities as we do, you start to take note of a few of their fashion habits, like slicing cut-offs at an alarmingly short length during peak it’s-too-hot-to-care summer temps or throwing a bomber jacket over anything, including post-gym looks, at the first sign of cold weather. While too-short shorts might be something that doesn’t translate as well on regular humans, this badass bomber jacket-layering trick to cool-ify any outfit is one that we can definitely get behind.
And since it looks as though the utiltarian trend is in for another strong season, we’re not going to settle for just any bomber jacket—we have every intention to slip on the bombers that are personal faves of today’s squad of It girls, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kate Bosworth, and Olivia Palermo. We did some serious Internet sleuthing, gathered insider intel, and located the exact pieces that our famous friends love during their off-duty days. Arm yourself with your credit card and get ready to ‘add to cart’—just in time for transitional weather.
1. GIGI HADID
Throw a quilted bomber in a traffic-stopping shade to turn your post-gym look into an athleisure-chic outfit. Gigi Hadid wore a KORAL Siphon Laser cut pullover ($110; saksoff5th.com) with a VFiles Sport Plus 2-way cropped bomber (vfiles.com for similar styles) and Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight ($148, shop.lululemon.com), completing her look with a Versace Palazzo Empire medium top-handle bag ($2,150; versace.com) and Vans Love me, Love me not SK8- Hi Slim (vans.com for similar styles).
2. OLIVIA PALERMO
Give inky separates a cool-girl effect by swapping your blazer for an embroidered bomber (bonus points if you do the editor drape). Olivia Palermo draped her Topshop Two-in-One reversible bomber jacket ($160; topshop.com) over a black blouse and Paige Edgemont leather pants ($899; paige.com), finishing her look with Alexander McQueen floral-embroidered satin loafers ($371; neimanmarcus.com for similar styles).
3. KATE BOSWORTH
Harden a sweet shade like blush pink with a bomber, slouchy wide-leg jeans, and chunky, thick-sole loafers. Kate Bosworth wore an Anine Bing satin reversible jacket ($349; aninebing.com) with Citizens of Humanity high-rise wide-leg jeans in Halo ($153; revolve.com), complete with Jacques Marie Mage Enzo sunglasses in Noir ($475; revolve.com for similar colors), complete with a Prada Cahier bag ($2,660; prada.com) and Christian Louboutin Laperouza embroidered leather loafers ($895; net-a-porter.com).
4. BELLA HADID
Transcend decades with an outfit that comprises retro shades, sporty elements, and high-waist denim. Bella Hadid wore a Maje Bacary two-tone satin jacket ($325; maje.com) with Made Gold 24K High Rise Skinny in Teddy Wash ($198; madegold.com) that she styled with a Fendi Dotcom bag ($2,900; fendi.com) and Nike NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal sneakers ($250; .net-a-porter.com).
5. EMMA ROBERTS
The easiest way to edge up a ditsy floral-print shirt? A satin bomber and a studded leather mini. Emma Roberts wore a Coach shirt and jacket (coach.com for similar styles) and a Coach Star stud leather mini skirt ($895; coach.com).
6. LILY ALDRIDGE
In the same way an oversize scarf can double as a blanket on the plane, we like to think that an exceptionally voluminous puffer can be a pillow on a long flight. Lily Aldridge wore an Unravel bomber in Lipstick ($1,490; fwrd.com) with J Brand L8001 Leather Super Skinny in Noir ($998; saksfifthavenue.com), styling them with The Row Drum Bag 10 ($2,950, barneys.com) and Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic sunglasses ($150; ray-ban.com).
Borrowing from the boys is not, by any means, an original concept, especially not since Diane Keaton made it effortlessly cool in Annie Hall or every time a French girl would drape her boyfriend’s blazer over her shoulders or clasp her father’s watch around her wrist. And these days, menswear, womenswear—it’s all one giant blur in today’s gender-fluid, free-for-all, androgyny-happy society. Yet, there’s still something to be said about the quintessential girl-boy pairing of all time: a pretty, flirty dress anchored by a pair of I-mean-business brogues.
It’s a classic combo so maddeningly simple, it’s no wonder it continues to prevail, regardless of season, year, or what’s “on-trend.” It achieves the same effect as throwing on a leather jacket to toughen up a delicate top or gripping a briefcase-like purse to add structure to a soft silhouette, but stepping into wingtip brogues or two-tone Oxfords brings a degree of versatility and functionality that the others lack. Versatile, in that, as Victoria Beckham pointed out to us on her fall/winter 2016 runway, menswear-inspired brogues can complement a look as formal as an evening dress or as casual as sporty separates (pictured, above). And functional, in the sense that your feet won’t turn against you after a particularly active day (no heels, no arches, no pain). With that said, we present to you a very practical (and very chic) present—five ways to integrate menswear-inspired shoes into your wardrobe.
1. AN ASYMMETRICAL SKIRT + STRIPED BROGUES
Flash a hint of leg with an asymmetric skirt, but counter that hit of sexiness with a pair of polished brogues (we love solids, but even we can’t resist playful stripes).
2. A DENIM PENCIL SKIRT + DERBY SHOES
Only a pair of eccentrically cool green croc derby shoes (with a contrasting detachable fringe!) can give something as classic as a clean-cut denim skirt a healthy dose of quirk.
3. A SHIRTDRESS + WHITE CHUNKY DERBIES
Kick up the drama with white statement-making derbies with a thick rubber sole (conducive for stomping) that won’t compromise professionalism, especially when paired with a modest shirtdress.
4. FIT-AND-FLARE DRESS + PENNY LOAFERS
Unless it’s Halloween (and even then), skip the plaid and, for the love of God, the knee-high socks, to avoid being mistaken for a schoolgirl. For a sophisticated, grown-up take, pair your penny loafers with a cool tie-sleeve, mock-neck dress in a spicy shade, like paprika.
5. KNIT DRESS + OXFORD D’ORSAY FLATS
Achieve cool-girl swagger with a textured knit dress with a patent Oxford-slash-d’Orsay flat hybrid.
The advent of street style has given us many things: fresh outfit ideas, haircut inspiration, and plenty of new fashion faces to follow among them. What it’s also delivered is an exhaustive study of how to look good in a picture, showing us a million different ways to move in front of camera in a more casual, IRL way than, say, that Peter Lindbergh shoot of supermodels galavanting on the beach (though, what greatness).
Why simply stand there for a photographer when you can stretch your limbs to sinewy proportions while marching confidently out of the shot? Or who needs a rather on-the-nose smile and direct gaze into the lens when you can feign all sorts of indifferent cool and importance by simply texting your roommate that you’re bored and maybe going to stop by Whole Foods from some Quicos on the way home?
With fashion week fast approaching, we put together a primer of the best poses to steal from the sidewalk step-and-repeat, in hopes that your next candid Instagram or vacation snaps be free of any awkwardness.
1. THE “REPLY ALL”
While some may argue that the advent of the smart phone has ruined any hope of real human connection in our modern age, what a genius prop it makes for when you don’t know what to do with your hands while being photographed. All of that self-conscious fidgeting and alternating between grasping your hips and then lightly clasping your fingers in front of your body—no more!
2. THE “WHAT?”
Generally, the fashion crowd prefers to look forward rather than back, but this is an exception. A red-carpet mainstay, the over-the-shoulder glance continues to be a popular choice for its unassuming “who me?” attitude and the special attention it places on an ensemble that’s got a lot going on in the rear view.
3. THE “FIX THE FLYAWAYS”
Gently tucking one’s hair behind one’s ear is the kind of gesture male authors use to characterize their heroines with a certain “there’s just something about her” allure. That charm translates to a pic, giving the viewer the feeling that they’re witnessing a super candid moment.
4. THE “I NEED TO TAKE THIS”
Another phone move. We find that this one only solves the problem of what to do with your hands, but also helps with getting a normal facial expression. Without fail, most people look the most uncomfortable in photos when someone is telling them to “just relax and act natural.” In this case, ignoring the person taking the picture in favor of a VIP (Very Important Phone call ) certainly helps with that. And it gives you the option of serving some major profile while you’re at it.
5. THE “WALK-OFF”
Take a page from the Beatles’ playbook and recreate the band’s infamous Abbey Road cover with a self-assured stride. The ensuing angles make for an interesting composition, and the movement lends a wind-machine effect to a flowy midi skirt or wide-leg pajama pants.
6. THE “COUPLE’S STROLL”
Fact: There is safety in numbers. Two people in a photo means you only have to put in half the work to make it look good. And if you truly like your costar, odds are you’ll genuinely appear to be enjoying yourself, which, as noted above, always makes the shot better. To note: While the street style set has shown a predilection for literally locking arms a la Laverne and Shirley skipping down the block or Truman Capote escorting Gloria Vanderbilt to a society dinner, proceed with caution as typically only pros can pull this off without looking too precious.