Monthly Archives: June 2016

Best Ways to Show Off Your Over The Knee Boots with a Skirt

Let’s just get this out of the way: Yes, Pretty Woman featured Julia Roberts working the corners of Hollywood Boulevard in a pair over-the-knee boots with a skintight cut-out dress and, no, we don’t endorse trying the same ensemble beyond Halloween. But after logging several, infinitely more respectable years on the runway and street style scene, the thigh high design has clearly redeemed itself. Where pre-Rodeo Drive makeover Vivian gave you one bad way to wear it, fashion can offer up dozens of chic and sophisticated alternatives.

Our favorite option of the moment? Teaming super tall footwear with skirts of all lengths (even short ones—more on that below!) in lieu of tights, especially when the two pieces contrast in an interesting way. Think of a lace and embroidery-clad Cara Delevingne on her Suicide Squad tour, her famously long stems encased in black suede, or Selena Gomez in March of 2015, who updated the old school denim mini by swathing two thirds or her legs in stretchy black fabric. Now it’s your turn to get in on the action! Scroll down for 6 skirt and over-the-knee boot formulas that feel so right now.

1. H&M SKIRT & SCHUTZ BOOTS
Making this combo work for the office is all about the right balance of full coverage and conservative elements: menswearish fabric, blocky heels, bottoms that pass the fingertip test. Patent finishes and pointy toes need not apply.

2. TOPSHOP SKIRT & YEEZY SEASON 2 BOOTS
Don’t let the prim-and-proper shape and girlish color fool you! Teamed with a leggy silhouette and rugged shade of forest, a blush mini has plenty of swagger.

3. BALENCIAGA SKIRT & SAM EDELMAN BOOTS
Anchoring an abbreviated hemline with rough-and-tumble details—rounded toes, lug soles, and matte leather are all good things to look for—let it feel more streetwise than sultry. (Editor Tip: This under-$70 mini from Zara is a less expensive, but equally awesome, way to finish this look.)

4. ZARA SKIRT & KENNETH COLE BOOTS
As spring’s ’70s-inspired craze continues straight into fall, take advantage by combining thigh-skimming footwear in tan suede—for a splurgier option, Saint Laurent just came out with this fantastic pair—with a retro-chic pleated midi.

5. JACQUEMUS SKIRT & ZARA BOOTS
Repeat after us: the frillier the skirt, the sleeker the boot. And if the fit hits extra high on your leg, aim for an asymmetrical finish or side slit to show the additional length off. (This Vince Camuto design would be a great way to go.)

6. ISABEL MARANT SKIRT & STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS
A brilliant way to take this trend into the weekend: with snuggly sweater textures and flat, window shopping-friendly soles.

Tips to Fake the Vetements Look with Men’s Pieces

In the battle to win the hearts, minds, and dollars of fashion insiders (and their notoriously short attention spans), Alessandro Michele of Gucci has found a worthy rival after seasons of standing solo in the spotlight—Demna Gvasalia, who, until his recent appointment as creative director of Balenciaga, was still relatively unknown in mainstream fashion. But on the streetwear scene, he had already made quite a name for himself in the last three years, with the launch of his and his brother Guram’s very buzzy Paris-based brand Vetements, which has not only earned the endorsement of Yeezus himself, but has become something of a status symbol of cool.

But to say Vetements is a “hypebeast-esque, streetwear brand” doesn’t quite cut it. Gvasalia has carved out a new category that’s a little androgynous, that pushes the envelope in a way that piques the interest of even the most jaded editor (aka industry veterans who have seen it all—trends, both the original and the remakes), yet doesn’t fall back on the more-is-more maximalist approach. The Vetements girl (or boy or whatever) wears outsize silhouettes—comically large, intentionally disproportionate shirts, boxy outerwear, extra-long hoodies—that’s boldly unapologetic in its untailored tailoring, without compromising magnetism.

Unfortunately for us, and so many others like us who are desperate for Vetements greatness, the goods run upwards of a thousand dollars each, which, to get the full look, totals to a heart attack-inducing, bankrupt-resulting amount. On the flip side, we’ve found a terrific fashion loophole: raiding the menswear section. It’s been pointed out that menswear on women comes with its fair share of problems when it comes to fit, but in the case of Vetements, that’s kind of the whole point. And so, we shopped out the men’s pieces for that natural oversized shape (all at a considerably more affordable price point, we might add), styled them with women’s, and—voilà—three Vetements-inspired looks that are worthy of the attention of street-style paps.

1. WITH A MEN’S TRENCH AND SHIRT
Classic staples with structured shapes, like a trench coat and a shirt, still look put-together even when they’re deliberately oversized. But to avoid the drowning effect (or looking as though you’re a child playing dress up in adult clothing), we suggest finding a pair of pants designed to fit your body (aka in the women’s section) and stepping into a killer heeled booties for a hit of femme fatale sexiness.

2. WITH A MEN’S PUFFER AND HOODIE
Counter a bulky top, courtesy of an enveloping men’s hoodie and puffer, with slim-fitting jeans and skin-tight thigh-high boots. When in doubt, just remember: unsexy above the waist, and sexy below, for a no-fail get-the-Vetements-look formula.

3. WITH A MEN’S SHIRT, DENIM JACKET, AND CAP
Nix the librarian, no-nonsense feel of a plaid skirt with cool streetwear separates, like a men’s shirt and a denim jacket (and when it gets cooler, a gray hoodie). Bad hair day? Hide strands underneath a nondescript baseball cap, and no one will ever know.

The Best Outfits to Wear for Every Activity This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, it unofficially, heartbreakingly marks the end of summer—the end of sunshine, the end of rosé (or frosé) season, the end of wearing cut-offs with carefree abandon, and so on. On the other hand, we get a bonus day! A three-day break without any obligations! (Unless, that is, you have a wedding to attend, then we’re sorry.)

But for the rest of you—the unburdened folk, whose plans are to roll with whatever the weekend throws at you and to take advantage of everything that summer has to offer (even if you are in denial about autumn’s arrival)—the last thing that you want to stand between you and fun is figuring out what to wear. Ugh, talk about an instant buzzkill. To minimize time spent indoors and maximize everything else, we did you a solid and pieced together five outfits for any activity that may happen your way. Looking to practice your serve? Rival Serena Williams’ style with a hit of on-court tennis fashion. Or, got an invite to an impromptu bar crawl? A sexy off-shoulder top and walkable block-sandals are for you.

Treat this weekend as your last summer fashion hurrah, and save the adulting and outfit decision-making for Tuesday morning.

1. BACKYARD BBQ
Achieve a sporty, laidback-cool vibe for a day of barbecuing with an easy striped tee, shorts, white sneaks, and a cross-body bucket bag (a hands-free option that’s perfect for when you’re manning the grill).

2. TENNIS MATCH
Practice your serve for next year’s U.S. Open with a preppy knit and darling skorts—a look that even Serena Williams would be jealous of. And when the sun’s set, store your racket in Tory’s ingenious sling backpack.

3. BAR CRAWL
Get all your summer fashion in before temps drop with a breezy off-shoulder top and white kick flares. And since you’ll be making multiple pit stops, we suggest walkable block heels and a hands-free bag to accommodate any double-fisting action.

4. BEACH PARTY
Clock in quality beach time a nautical-inspired one-piece, and once cockhail hour rolls around, throw on a fun fringe-y cover-up to take your look from the beach to, well, wherever the party’s at.

5. WHITE-OUT PARTY
When the dress code is all white, pack a visual punch with textures, like ruffles or intricate cut-outs, and statement-making extras (ie graphic raffia clutch and embroidered lace-up sandals).

Top Pieces That Will Never Go Out of Fashion

“Does this spark joy?” That’s the question author and tidying queen Marie Kondo wants us to ask ourselves when we want to declutter and purge our closets, and better our lives. No offense to the organizational guru, but when it comes to the foundation of our wardrobes, the very pieces that have made what our closets are today, there is an exception to that rule, and it’s: If you’re paralyzed by indecision on something that falls on this list, we beg of you, don’t toss it in the donation pile.

Because obviously, a black pencil skirt isn’t going to stir up the same kind of happiness as a colorful tassel-tastic caftan that reminds you of sipping pina coladas on the beach. As it shouldn’t, but as boring as that black pencil is, it’s one of those wear-forever staples that remain a constant in your life, despite fashion’s revolving door of trends. And much like a reliable BFF, these oldies-but-goodies see you through both the good days (when you’re feeling creatively inspired to ‘breathe new life’ into said pencil skirt) and the bad (stuck in a style rut? Meh, a shirt and a pencil skirt will do).

Basically, all we’re trying to say is, do declutter for the sake of mental health and to free up precious closet real estate, but don’t discard the pieces that will never, ever go out of fashion (because you’ll regret it, believe us). So before you tidy up, scroll through and double-check our list first, and if you don’t happen to own one or two of the pieces, buy them now so you can wear them forever.

1. TOTEME SHIRT
The white button-down will forever be the hardest-working piece in your closet. Suit up with menswear-inspired separates for the office, dress it down, half-tucking it into skinnies on the weekend, or fully tucking it into an evening skirt for a fancy affair. We especially addore the stitching along the cuffs and collar for a little something special.

2. MELISSA JOY MANNING EARRINGS
For an unfussy earring situation, studs are, obviously, a go-to. But you can always count on a pair of delicate 14k gold hoops to fill that negative space.

3. STELLA MCCARTNEY COAT
A versatile clean-cut wool-blend coat that has the tailoring of menswear, but fitted to mold to a women’s is, without a doubt, a cold-weather fashion fixture.

4. ZARA TROUSERS
Create a fluid, languid line with relaxed silk shirt tucked in (Victoria Beckham would approve).

5. LOEWE BAG
A classic shape in a classic color (that just so happens to be completely on-trend for fall).

COURTESY
6. A.P.C. TRENCH COAT
The chicest solution to looking put-together during a torrential downpour.

7. CHURCH’S LOAFERS
The loafer gets an update every season, with metallic coats, cool embellishments, embroidered fabrics, and backless silhouettes, but the original—a patent black penny—will continue to remain a tried-and-true staple.

8. UNIQLO SWEATER
Out of all the knits in the world, you’ll get the most mileage out of a classic cashmere V-neck sweater in a soft shade of gray.

9. VINCE SLIP DRESS
The slip dress had a major ’90s moment (in no small part to Kate Moss), but it’s returned to prove its immense staying power. Layer it over a button-down shirt, a sweater, a turtleneck, or tee; or under a sweater to fake separates or a see-through dress—the possibilities are infinite.

10. JENNI KAYNE
A black blazer. Enough said.

11. H&M CREWNECK TEE
If we could get away with wearing a white tee every day, we totally would. Buy these in bulk.

12. TOTEME PENCIL SKIRT
OK, so we know we said a black pencil skirt is boring, but this one, while simple, is anything but, with its thigh-high slit and ribbed knit waistband.

13. THEORY TIE-NECK BLOUSE
An elegant, more feminine alternative to a white button-down shirt.

14. ARITZIA TURTLENECK
A solid base layer (wear it under a button-down shirt, a sleeveless dress, or a silky cami) that you can wear solo (with jeans for a “Steve Jobs” look or with a classic pencil).

15. MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS SHIRTDRESS
A crisp white shirtdress is just as much a classic as its abbreviated counterpart.

16. J. CREW PUMPS
Oh, the black pointy-toe pump—an oldie, but definitely a goodie.