Archive for March, 2011

Men: How to Buy a Swimsuit

How to (Day 4): When searching for a summer suit, it’s important for men to find one that fits and highlights your abs. Gone are the days of hawaiian print shorts, show off your hard work at the gym in these ideal swim picks!

1. Shorter Is Better

When you’re wearing a swimsuit, you’re damn near naked. In public. So the last thing you want is a pair of knee-length board shorts that make you look like a pudgy tween. This summer, go shorter. A suit that fits will make you look trim, confident, and manly—and even let your thighs get some sun.

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  • Go for a Fly

Swimsuits always cling to you as you rise out of the surf or the pool. But the seams and construction of a fly add a little armor to keep your package private.

  • Keep the Front Flat

A flat front sits comfortably on even the softest waist, while a grabbing elastic band often emphasizes the fat you’re trying to conceal.

  • Know Your Brand

Everyone under the sun looks good in this pocketed, lined, triple-stitched high-quality nylon suit (it comes in more than twenty-five colors) by the decades-old Parisian brand Hartford.

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Speedo Swimsuit, BUY HERE, ~$24

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Gary Majdell Sport, BUY HERE, ~$30

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2. Rethink Those Board Shorts, Man! Buy ‘Em Short but Not Tight

Surf trunks haven’t disappeared, they’ve simply been brought up to date. While certain characteristics have never changed—you should still look for flat-front trunks with a Velcro fly and a lace tie—the cut is now more Dr. J and less Dwayne Wade.

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Nautica Anchor Solid Trunk, BUY HERE, ~$40

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Free Country Swimsuit, BUY HERE, ~$27

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3. Simple Solutions for Skinny Guys

  • First of all, if you’re a bit scrawny, quit whining—you’ve got it easy. All you have to do is make sure you don’t have too much swimsuit (an oversize suit will make you look even smaller).
  • What you want are short trunks with narrow leg openings: if the suit’s too long you’ll look like you’re in hand-me-down Bermudas, and if the leg openings are too wide, you’ll look like you’re in a hand-me-down cheerleading skirt.
  • So keep your trunks trim as you can, and feel free to experiment with vivid patterns and colors—something most of the big guys on the beach can’t get away with.
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Gary Majdell Sport Swimsuit, BUY HERE, ~$23

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4. Got Confidence? Go for a Suit that Grabs Attention

There are right and wrong ways to get noticed. Wrong way: shin-length board shorts with cargo pockets and a tattoo print of a fire-breathing dragon. Right way: classic, surf-inspired graphics in a variety of bright—but not obnoxious—colors. Just remember, you’ll be calling attention to yourself, so at least have something resembling a six-pack.

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Sauvage Turtle Beach Short, BUY HERE, ~$37

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Original Penguin Mid Thigh Swim Trunk, BUY HERE, ~$60

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5. Carrying Extra Weight? Learn to Make Less of a Splash

If you’re soft in the middle, bet on black and don’t hedge. Colors and patterns will draw attention to your heft, while black helps hide your size without sacrificing cool points. Resist the urge to over compensate for your girth by hiding it under a huge suit—the leg openings should still be modest (comfortably so) and the shorts should hit a couple of inches above your knee.

Rusty Men’s Blender Shorts, BUY HERE, ~$33

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6. Get Active in a Simple Athletic Suit

A little nervous about going shorter? Make the transition smooth with racing stripes. They come across as athletic, not flashy or fashiony, and—in the case of vertical stripes—the visual effect makes even a truncated suit look longer. With racing stripes, stick to the same primary colors that Formula One drivers use: black, white, red, and yellow.

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Original Penguin Boardshorts, BUY HERE, ~$65

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Quiksilver Manic Boardshort, BUY HERE, ~$36

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How to Look Great in a Bikini

How to (Day 4): Bathing suit season is almost upon us! Don’t fret, you still have ~6 weeks to tone that body off before extremely high temperatures land on us. It’s not too early to start learning about how to show off that fierce body before you hit the beach!

1. Cap Off Your Look

A straw hat keeps hair out of your eyes, sun off your face, and you looking chic in one fell swoop. “For texture, braid hair on the way to the beach and let it down once you arrive,” says L.A. stylist Christine Symonds. “Fill a spray bottle with ocean water and spritz hair thoughout the day—the waves will look effortless.”

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Large Straw Stripe Sun Hat, BUY HERE, ~$24

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2. Get a Lift

Durapore Medical Tape, BUY HERE, ~$5

Properly supported breasts sit higher, magically slimming the waist. Try suits with an underwire—or fake a lift with strategically placed medical tape (it’s waterproof). Starting under the arm, tape inward, pulling tape taut to lift and build cleavage; repeat with three strips on each side, suggest image consultants Michelle Anderson and Christopher Willshire. A full-coverage bikini top will hide your handiwork. Note: This extreme trick works best for beach loungers, not long-distance swimmers.

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3. Say Buh-Bye to Bloat

Rodial Skincare Tummy Tuck Stick, BUY HERE, ~$45

Scale back carbs and salty foods for two to three days before you slip into a bikini, says N.Y.C. nutritionist Cynthia Sass. Also, replace gas-producing vegetables like beans, onions and broccoli with cooked asparagus, spinach, celery and tomatoes, which are diuretics. Double your bloat-reducing efforts by taking supplements that include natural ingredients like seeds and green clay, which minimize gas.

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4. Nix Nicks

Venus Embrace disposable razor, BUY HERE, ~$10

Satin Care shave gel, BUY HERE, ~$3

To avoid any stinging when you hit the salt water, shave the day before. “Use a razor with a moisturizing strip and shaving cream to keep legs silky,” says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spas. If you must defuzz that morning, opt for a depilatory—no cuts, no bumps. Newer ones, like Sally Hansen Pure Scent-sation, smell fresh, not fetid.

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5. Trim Down with a Tan

St. Tropez Self Tan bronzing spray, BUY HERE, ~$31

“A good fake tan is like a little black dress,” says N.Y.C. tanning specialist Anna Stankiewicz. “It makes you look thinner.” Exfoliate, then spray on a thin, even layer of self-tanner. Look for a can with a nozzle that works at any angle so you don’t miss a spot.

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6. Go Nuts for Coconut Oil

The pressed white meat of the fruit produces coconut oil, a unique saturated fat that actually increases calorie burning. “It’s made of medium-chain tri glycerides [MCT] instead of long chains, making it easier to digest,” explains Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center. “Studies show that after a meal containing MCT, metabolism increases 48 percent.” The sweet-tasting oil is great for searing seafood or as a butter substitute in baking.

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7. Position Yourself Perfectly

Sitting with your knees up is like getting virtual liposuction. “Not only does it lift the fat off your thighs, it also draws eyes to your upper body and knees, creating a slim line,” says body-language expert Patti Wood. While you’re at it, try our little secret: Dig a 1-inch ditch in the sand and plant your rear in it. Any spillover from saddlebags or thighs will be cleverly concealed.

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8. Eat Meals the Size of Your Fist

“When the stomach is empty, it is about the size of your fist,” says Sass. “If you put only a fistful of food in there at a time, the abdomen will look flat because it doesn’t have to stretch to accommodate the food.” The best nutritional bang for your bulk: dried fruits and nuts—a serving size of each is about the size of a golf ball.

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9. Hoop to It

Weighted Sports Hula Hoop for Weight Loss, BUY HERE, ~$34

Hula hooping may sound silly, but it’s a serious abdominal workout. “Hooping rivals running—it burns 600 calories an hour—but it’s a lot more fun,” says Gabriella Redding, CEO of Hoopnotica. “It engages your upper and lower abdominals and your obliques, perfect for getting into a bikini.” Try it an hour a day, three times a week, for the best results.

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10. Tighten Up Jiggles

Nivea Cellulite Smoothing Cream, BUY HERE, ~$8

Borba’s Firming Body Cleansing serum, BUY HERE, ~$20

The only place you want dimples is on your face. And while the latest anti-cellulite serums won’t magically make your backside look like a swimsuit model’s anytime soon, they do deliver a more concentrated dose of ingredients that can give skin a smoother appearance for a few hours, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Jeannette Graf. Try Nivea’s Good-Bye Cellulite serum and Borba’s Firming Body Cleansing serum ($20; borba.com).

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Referenced article HERE.

How to Wear Work-Friendly Accessories

How to (Day 3): We’re all working woman (except for most of the cast of the Real Housewives) and it’s important to be able to carry your style from street to boardroom. These work-friendly springe accessories will keep you on trend and on point.

1. Colorblock Totes

Bold two-tone color updates the carryall. Durable leather turned up on the Fendi runway (far left) or try a canvas style.

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Trina Turk Mykonos Tote, BUY HERE, ~$138

Courtesy of Endless.com

2. Tassel Belt

Take inspiration from Chris Benz (far left) and smarten up a skirt or dress with a waist-wrapping belt. Craft the look yourself with a length of cord and a pair of tassels from a trimmings store.

Courtesy Chris Benz

Fossil Isla Tassel Belt, BUY HERE, ~$27

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3. Suede Heels

Velvety suede shoes in neutral hues soften sharp clothes at Dries Van Noten this season (far left). A pair of wedges from Pour la Victoire add height without sacrificing comfort—just don’t forget to treat the leather before braving spring showers!

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Joan & David Wedge Sandal, BUY HERE, ~$240

Courtesy of Endless.com

4. Silk Scarf

Easiest styling trick ever: tie a silk scarf around your neck bandana-like for an instant print pick-me-up. Echo DKNY (far left) with matching shoes for a bright finish.

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Mango Women’s Scarf, BUY HERE, ~$40

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5. Oversize Clutch

An extra large clutch contrasts with a nubbly suit at Proenza Schouler (far left). Use a super-sized bag to store your workday essentials, or stash it inside a larger tote for an after dark switch-up.

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Oversized Clutch, BUY HERE, ~$128

Courtesy of Endless.com

6. Layered Chains

Cascading strands are an unabashedly feminine complement to a dress or suit (note Oscar de la Renta’s take on the look, far left).

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Kenneth Cole New York Layered Necklace, BUY HERE, ~$48

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7. Lace-Up Peep-Toes

A high-heeled oxford conjures prep school pep when paired with a trendy shorts suit. (J. Crew’s spring collection, far left, got it right.) Choose a two-tone version for retro flair or go neutral.

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Stuart Weitzman Peep-Toe Bootie, BUY HERE, ~$220

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8. Woven Bags

Channel ’70s era suburban chic with a classic woven leather tote. Contrast the earthy look with crisp workday separates, a la Stella McCartney (far left).

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Magid Matte Straw Wood Shopper, BUY HERE, ~$60

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9. Flower Pins

A silk corsage adds a welcome dose of femininity to menswear-inspired separates at Jason Wu, far left. Get plucky and cluster a trio together, using rosettes like this one from Lane Bryant.

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Sara Monica Flower Hair Clip and Pin Rose, BUY HERE, ~$8

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10. Double Cuffs

A chunky bracelet on each wrist lends stylish symmetry to a pretty work dress. (Etro mastered the look, far left.) A resin design from BCBG or a pair of weighty metal cuffs will deliver maximum impact.

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Leslie Danzis Bangle Bracelet With Crystal, BUY HERE, ~$80

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11. Top Handle Satchels

The structured top handle bag brings polish to seasonal pastels like those seen on the Mulberry runway (far left). Look for an option with a clip-on shoulder strap like Cole Haan’s simple sophisticated pieces.

Courtesy Mulberry

Cole Haan Leather shoulder bag, BUY HERE, ~$398

Referenced article HERE.

Top Spring Accessory Trends to Try Now

How to (Day 4): When spring fashion hits, it’s important not to forget your accessories. They may not be able to break an outfit but they can take your look from meh to “WHOA” in a heartbeat. Try these spring accessories on for size!

1. Brights

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Sleek shapes in vibrant hues deliver a high-impact punch.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Ozzie Purse, BUY HERE, ~$228

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Chinese Laundry Flat, BUY HERE, $40

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AJ Morgan Rectangular Sunglasses, BUY HERE, ~$25

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2. Mixed Materials

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Straw, beads, coins, suede and stones create a blend of textures that brings to mind a glamorous souk.

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Cocobelle Satya Sandal, BUY HERE, ~$120

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SR SQUARED Clutch, BUY HERE, ~$40

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3. Sporty Stripes

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Less nautical than traditional navy and white, the peppy pattern gets an extra jolt with flashes of neon.

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Kate Spade Tote, BUY HERE, ~$225

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Magid Stripe Hobo, BUY HERE, ~$31

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4. Earthy Accents

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Sturdy fabrics like canvas and jute coexist with leather and exotic patterns for an intriguing combination of textures.

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Maria Sharapova by Cole Haan Gladiator Sandal, BUY HERE, ~$110

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Matt Bernson Wedge Sandal, BUY HERE, ~$187

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5. Cream & Gold

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Clean lines and minimal embellishment recall the disco era’s chic and fabulous groove.

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Trina Turk Bracelet, BUY HERE, ~$98

Courtesy of Endless.com

House of Harlow 1960 Baron Skimmer, BUY HERE, ~$195

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Kate Spade New York “Double Bow” Gold Bangle Bracelet, BUY HERE, $78

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6. Boho Leather

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Rich skins provide the ideal backdrop for grommets, knots, braiding, tassels and topstitching.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Hobo, BUY HERE, ~$398

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Leighelena Gold Buckle Wide Bracelet, BUY HERE, ~$105

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Vince Camuto Adita Sandal, BUY HERE, ~$129

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7. Color Blocks

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM Unexpected pairings (camel and mustard, sky and crimson) complement spring’s sophisticated clothing palettes.

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Trina Turk Block Tote, BUY HERE, ~$138

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Ros Hommerson Colored Block Sandal, BUY HERE, ~$95

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Referenced article HERE.

7 New Ways to Wear White

How to (Day 2): I LOVE summer whites looks. They are the perfect way of saying: “The sun is shining, I feel fabulous and I don’t stain my outfits!” After you’ve gotten your summer glow, here are the best way to wear simple yet refreshing white looks through the spring/summer season.

1. Make Your White Skirt a Full Skirt

Brighten your spring wardrobe with pieces of white: the color dominated spring runways, and celebrities were quick to embrace updated ways to rock the timeless hue. To start, put away your pencil skirts in favor of one that’s full and white. Pair it with a skinny neutral belt and loose tank blouse, as seen on the Bottega Veneta runway, or try a lightweight skirt like Diane Kruger.

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Mango Women’s Skirt, BUY HERE, ~$50

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Jones New York Full Skirt, BUY HERE, ~$87

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French Connection Dress, BUY HERE, ~$103

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2. Layer It On

White looks just as good as a single item as it does on an entire outfit, as shown here onLeighton Meester. On the runway, Alexander Wang layered white upon white upon white and finished the look with white hair accessories, a white purse and white shoes. Think it’s too much? Not this spring.

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Chinese Laundry Sandals, BUY HERE, ~$90

Courtesy of Endless.com

Trina Turk Bracelet, BUY HERE, ~$98

Courtesy of Amazon.com

Michael Kors White Sandals, BUY HERE, ~$175

Courtesy of Endless.com

3. Keep It Minimal for Evening

Long white dresses aren’t just for bridal gowns anymore. The elegant look is streamlined and stripped of extras in favor of sleek silhouettes with long sleeves. Gwyneth Paltrow mastered the chic, minimal look in anEmilio Pucci gown and Derek Lam showed off his version on his spring runway.

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GUESS Kora Dress, BUY HERE, ~$148

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GUESS Monroe Dress, BUY HERE, ~$98

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Halston Heritage Pleated Dress, BUY HERE, ~$895

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4. Show Off Sheer

Spring offers a way to wear sheer for all styles. For a full-out sheer look, D&G showed off a whimsical see-through dress, layered over a bra top and bloomer shorts on the spring runway. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman tried a more attainable approach, with sheer sleeves on her white frock.

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bebe Boatneck Top, BUY HERE, ~$42

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Flux Nouveau by Fluxus Sheer V-Neck Top, BUY HERE, ~$15

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5. Wear It Tailored

Precisely tailored white jackets and pants appeared on the runways, as shown here atStella McCartney. Wear tailored white top-to-bottom, like Heidi Klum (in Ann Taylor), or mix and match your separates to vary your outfit options.

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Mango Women’s Suit, BUY HERE, ~$80

Courtesy of Amazon.com

Halston Heritage Blazer, BUY HERE, ~$395

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BUY HEREbebe Linen Blazer, BUY HERE, ~$159

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6. Trenchcoats Move Beyond Khaki

Sure, a good khaki trenchcoat is a wardrobe staple. But this season, try the same cut you love in white instead. Michael Kors designed a great belted version with a wide lapel and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe was recently spotted in her own white trench, which she cinched with a wide black belt.

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Miss Sixty Trench, BUY HERE, ~102

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London Fog Double Breasted Trench Coat, BUY HERE, ~$80

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Spiegel Trench Style Jacket, BUY HERE, ~$80

Courtesy of Amazon.com

7. Add Some Shine With Metallics

Turn a casual outfit into something party-worthy with shades of metallic, especially silver. Balmain showed off a tailored white blazer and camisole with fitted silver pants, and Glee star Lea Michele tucked a white blouse into a silver and white printed skirt byJenni Kayne.

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BCBG Maxazria Sequin Dress, BUY HERE, ~$498

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Women’s Chain Vest, BUY HERE, ~$87

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Referenced article HERE.

How to Give Your Jeans a Spring Makeover

How to (Day 2): Jeans are a classic staple but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. As the spring sun starts to warm up the air, try something new with these denim styles that give new life to any boring look!

1. If You Like Skinnies, Try Trouser Jeans

Allow yourself to exhale in tab-front jeans with low-slung pockets. Copy the Celinerunway with an oversize version worn with a plain top or roll up a pleat-front pair a laSienna Miller for a more casual look made for layering.

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7 For All Mankind Kaylie Sexy Trouser, BUY HERE, ~$178

Courtesy of Amazon.com

!iT Jeans Denim Trouser, BUY HERE, ~$78

Courtesy of Amazon.com

2. If You Like Jean Skirts, Try a Denim Dress

Cozy and cool, a chambray minidress is chic in a single step. For the office, choose a polished denim number like Valentino’sladylike offering (left); for a Saturday excursion, try a loose tunic like Jessica Alba’sboho look from Isabel Marant (right).

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Mango Dress Jamie, BUY HERE, ~$90

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Mango Dress Athina, BUY HERE, ~$80

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3If You Like Boyfriend Jeans, Try High-Waist Jeans

Trade in your baggies for sleek ’70s-inspired trousers that emphasize your natural waist. Get inspired by Derek Lam’s elegant addition of a soft blouse (left) or follow Miranda Kerr’slead and dress up a pair with a structured blazer (right).

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Earnest Sewn High-Rise Straight Leg Jean, BUY HERE, ~$80

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7 For All Mankind High Waist Straight Leg Jean, BUY HERE, ~$100

Courtesy of Amazon.com

4. If You Like Straight-Leg, Try Cropped

Show off the season’s pointy-toe pumps with slim, ankle-grazing stovepipes. Rock out a distressed pair Balmain-style with a tight roll or go sleek like January Jones in dark-wash J Brand jeans with an impeccable fit.

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Paige Premium Crop Jean with Chandler Pocket, BUY HERE, ~$72

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Paige Premium Crop Jean, BUY HERE, ~$85

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5. If You Like Dark-Wash, Try Light-Wash

Lighten up your wardrobe with slouchy-cool pale blue denim. Go all-out ’70s with a structured trouser design like Thakoon’s or try ’80s-style baby blue baggies a la Kate Bosworth in MiH.

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Levi’s 515 Petite Regular Boot Cut Jean, BUY HERE, ~$40

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Rock & Republic Jeans COSBIE, BUY HERE, ~$134

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6. If You Like Jean Jackets, Try a Blazer

Swap out your classic-but-casual jean jacket for a versatile denim blazer that can go from work to weekend. Belt a version over a silky pair of shorts a la the Elie Tahari runway (left) or pair a two-button design with skinny black jeans just like Kristin Cavallari did with her Boy Band of Outsiders jacket (right).

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BCBGeneration Denim Jacket, BUY HERE, ~$128

Courtesy of Amazon.com

Torrid Plus Size Belted Denim Blazer, BUY HERE, ~$58

Courtesy of Amazon.com

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How to Update Your Spring Wardrobe

How to (Day 1): Let’s face it, not all of us have time for a deep spring cleaning to get rid of “I may wear this one day” pieces. If you don’t have time to spring clean your wardrobe, add a few simple au courant pieces to instantly stay on-trend with spring’s new styles!

1. Ballet-Inspired Dresses

Pretend you’re a Black Swan—or a white or even ecru one—in a flowing arabesque-ready gown like those shown on the Chloe runway. Need a slightly less ethereal (read: see-through) design? This one should do the double pique trick.

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French Connection Dress, BUY HERE, ~$268

Courtesy of Amazon.com

Roxy Tropics Dress, BUY HERE, ~$44

Courtesy of Amazon.com

2. ’70s Single-Sleeve Tops

Bring a little Studio 54 into your wardrobe (sans the Bianca Jagger white horse) with a flowy shoulder-baring blouse from Marc Jacobs. Pair one with an equally slouchy skirt for a disco goddess effect or add to slim-fitting jeans for a more millennial take.

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aryn K One Shoulder Top, BUY HERE, ~$25

Courtesy of Amazon.com

3. Lace Skirts

Go seductive in lingerie-inspired black and white pieces like those seen at Nina Ricci. A full skirt with a lace overlay can sweetly sashay from office to cocktail hour—even without an accessory swap.

Imaxtree, Courtesy Marc by Marc Jacobs

Ann Taylor Petite Lace Tiered Skirt, BUY HERE, ~$138

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Newport News Lace Pencil Skirt, BUY HERE, ~$40

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4. Colorblock Dresses

Come on, get happy in a cheerful colorful dress like those from Prabal Gurung’s spring collection. Add patent sandals to a smile-inducing sheath for a full nod to the mod.

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Spiegel Colorblock Jersey Dress, BUY HERE, ~$64

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Sleeveless Color-Block Dress, BUY HERE, ~$178

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5. Denim Shirts

Y’all listen up: the jean shirt is no longer tied to the hokey western yoke. Try a loose denim tunic like Stella McCartney’s subtle design for spring. Or this simple shell silhouette looks equally chic with slim trousers or shorts in a bright print.

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7 For All Mankind Chambray Shirt, BUY HERE, ~$145

Courtesy of Amazon.com

Mango Women’s Shirt Mariposa, BUY HERE, ~$70

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Derek Heart Chambray Denim Shirt Dress, BUY HERE, ~$16

Courtesy of Amazon.com

6. Striped Tunics

Sporty rugby stripes have never looked as girly as they did on the Isabel Marant runway for spring. A more muted version conjures a romantic boho vibe when layered over a floral skirt.

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bebe Asymmetric Stripe Tunic, BUY HERE, ~$49

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bebe Directional Striped Tunic, BUY HERE, ~$49

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7. Boldly Printed Pieces

The secret to mixing eye-popping patterns? Choose graphic designs in the same color family a la Diane von Furstenberg. For a more conservative take on the trend, opt for a sleeveless sheath in a single oversize print.

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French Connection Print Long Sleeve Dress , BUY HERE, ~$118

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Women’s Feather Print Dress, BUY HERE, ~$168

Courtesy of Amazon.com

8. Embellished Leather Jackets

You don’t need a motorcycle to rock these leathers. Sparkling embellishment (like the studs on Burberry’s cropped runway version) add a feminine touch to tough biker cuts.

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Referenced article HERE.

How to Wear Spring's Most Vibrant Hues

How to (Day 1): Now that we’ve gotten a handle of the best spring trends, this week will focus on how to make them a real part of your wardrobe. Step 1, how to wear spring’s hottest colors!

1. Indigo

It’s no wonder that this luxurious hue’s the color of royalty—opulent indigo ruled the runway in sleek silhouettes and decadent fabrics. Work this lavish color with metallic accessories, choosing a shift for the office but letting your hemline flow at night.

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French Connection Dress , BUY HERE, ~$228

Courtesy of Amazon.com

2. Fuchsia

Feminine pink gets a jolt this spring in its hottest variation: fuchsia. Since this hue is edgier than its paler cousins, an ultra-girly silhouette paired with punchy coral cheeks doesn’t look too sweet. Round out your ensemble with black or neutral heels that won’t compete with this color.

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Betsey Johnson Sheath Dress, Betsey Johnson Sheath Dress, BUY HERE, ~$147

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3. Chartreuse

What’s more refreshing than citrus on a warm day? Make a sunny statement in this surprisingly flattering florescent. Deeper, more saturated versions of this hue pair best with lighter skin while brighter tones pop against darker complexions.

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Amanda Chartreuse Pearl Teardrop Earring, BUY HERE, ~$148

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4. Tangerine

This orange is anything but subtle. Bright and bold, tangerine looks best worn in solid blocks. Stick to a classic silhouette and experiment with fun, high-contrast accessories for day or accent with basic black for a chic evening look.

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Electric Women’s Sunglasses, BUY HERE, ~$110

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Kate Spade Key Pouch, BUY HERE, ~$125

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5. Turquoise

Don’t shy away from blue’s tropical cousin. Instead, channel turquoise’s aquatic inspiration with cascading ruffles or voluminous sleeves. For a ready-to-wear take on this runway trend, break up your palette with neutral accessories, or up the drama with a solid wash of turquoise—head-to-toe if you dare.

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Michael Antonio Pump, BUY HERE, ~$44

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Turquoise Skinny Jeans, BUY HERE, ~$29

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Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone 4 Cover, BUY HERE, $28

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Crystal Renn Covers Vogue Mexico!

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Fashion, Lifestyle | March 25, 2011

Crystal Renn snapped up her very first Vogue cover (April issue of Vogue Mexico). The spread is called Neon Returns, and features Renn against a solid white backdrop, wearing incredible garments in luminous colors.
(Shot by David Roemer)

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Men's Spring Trends #9: Man-Bags

No matter how hard a man tries, there is no way he can fit everything he needs into a flat wallet in the back of his pants. Just like women need purses for essentials, men need man-bags (do not call it a murse) to carry their essentials (at minimum: iPhone, iPad, gym shirt, laptop). Enjoy the selections below!

1. Latico Heritage Laptop Large Messenger, BUY HERE, ~$138

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2. Ben Sherman Messenger, BUY HERE, ~$99

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3. Ben Sherman Accessories Canvas Commuter Bag, BUY HERE, ~$32

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4. Latico Heritage Laptop Merger Briefcase, BUY HERE, ~$189

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5. AmeriBag Small Distressed Nylon Healthy Back Bag, BUY HERE, ~$55

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6. adidas Aero XS Backpack, BUY HERE, ~$20

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7. This bag is a great option to store gym clothes/equipment.

Novel Duffle Bag, BUY HERE, ~$75

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