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Blush Sneakers for Summer

1 Keds Champion Mini Daisy Sneakers

Classics, with a twist—the “Champion” silhouette gets a chic update, done up in daisy-patterned crochet. Pair them with a sundress for an easy summer look. Available in three other colors.

2 Nine West Sendy Slip-On Sneakers

Kiltie detailing and an almond-shaped toe add a little refinement to this pair, but real leather and a padded insole ensure they’re just as comfortable as their more casual counterparts. Also available in black.

3 Superga 2750 Cotmetu Metallic Sneaker

Rose gold isn’t just trending in jewerly and makeup—it’s also having a moment in footwear. Just like swiping on a rose gold highlighter works for any skin tone (because it straddles the line between cool and warm tones), the hue will work with any color ensemble as well.

4 Blue by Betsey Johnson Esme Sneakers

Floral embroidery and the palest pink add feminine touches to this menswear silhouette, making them the perfect pairing for casual weekend pieces like denim skirts. Also available in ivory.

5 Converse Pro Leather Botanical Gardens Low Top

Perforated leather doesn’t just look cool, it maximizes breathability to keep your feet feeling cool as well. We love that this pair comes with matching blush laces as well as a white pair, so you can add a little contrast if you like. Also available in blue.

6 Clarks Floura Mix Sneakers

This pair takes a page straight out of the current athleisure craze, with retro-cool design details like colorblocking and a sawtooth outsole. Also available in black.

7 Dolce Vita Zalen Sneaker

These low-profile, copper colored tennis shoes add a stylish pop to weekend ensembles like jeans and a tee. Also available in platinum.

Best Ways to Save Money on Your Wardrobe

Being on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cut new clothing out of your life for good. Follow these simple tips to save—while you shop.

1. Do Shop Slightly Out of Season

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Most retailers get new deliveries of clothing at least every two weeks (if not more often), and are under constant pressure to turn over their merchandise. This means that season-specific items—summer shorts and sandals, winter hats and gloves—hit the shelves a month or so early and are likely to be deeply discounted halfway through the season, despite still being the latest trends (making right now, for example, a great time to shop for swimwear). Resist the urge to stock up on the new pieces you want for the coming season—snag them when they’re marked down, but still wearable for months instead.

2. Do Buy Better Basics
When it comes to wardrobe staples (a white buttoned shirt, black trousers, a go-to tee), the options are endless, seemingly similar, and available at every price point, from Forever 21 to Fendi. But when it comes to these pieces—the ones you’ll wear over and over again, year after year—it makes more sense to invest in quality items. The cheap black pencil skirt and the more expensive one might not look so different on the rack, but paying a little more now will prevent you from having to constantly replace the lower-priced version (which will show telltale signs of wearing and washing much sooner), saving you money in the long run.
3. Don’t Get Sucked in By Sales
Do you have Black Friday marked on your calendar? What about Cyber Monday? Super Saturday? Amazon Prime Day? Are you on the mailing list for all of your favorite stores because they offer insider deals and discounts? You may think you’re being a savvy consumer by always scoring new things at lower-than-retail value, but you’re really just playing into well-known consumer psychology retailers use to get their customers to buy more—and more often. Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe from all of those email lists. The next time you’re tempted by a sale item, first ask yourself, “Is this something I would pay full value for? Or am I just tempted to buy it because it’s on sale?”

4. Don’t Dry Clean
Prevent your laundry bills from racking up by checking care tags before you walk out of the store. If you have any items that are “dry clean only,” keep in mind that the purchase price of that item isn’t the final amount that it will ultimately cost your bank account—you need to factor in the cost of dry cleaning for every wear. Keeping your closet stocked with pieces you can launder yourself will keep the cost of caring for your wardrobe down considerably.
5. Do Pay Attention to Care Tags
If avoiding “dry clean only” items is a maxim you already live by, take it one step further and ensure you’re taking proper care of the clothing you have—just because you don’t need to dry clean a piece doesn’t mean it won’t need special care. Check the care tag and always launder according to the manufacturers specifications, whether that’s with cold water only, laying flat to dry, or handwashing. It will greatly extend the lives of your clothes.

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for a Discount
Have you ever spotted a could-be perfect piece in store, reached for it, and realized, sadly, that it’s been damaged? Usually, the issue is minor—a small (removable) stain, a ripped seam, or a missing button—nothing you can’t fix at home for the cost of a small emergency sewing kit. Instead of putting the item back on the rack in defeat, recognize it as an opportunity to inquire about the retailer’s damage discount policy; they usually have one in place that will knock about 10 percent off of the price, even if it’s already on sale.

7. Do Try Alternative Ways to Shop
Mass retailers aren’t the only options out there to keep your closet well-stocked. Try hosting a clothing swap with friends, scouring eBay for coveted investment pieces, and keeping an eye on the offerings at your local thrift, consignment, and off-price stores

Some Attractive Fashion for Sun Protection

Spending some time in the summer sun? Snap up one of these styles with built-in UV protection.

1 Wallaroo Hat Company Savannah Hat

This chic hat has a 5-inch brim that not only throws some serious shade, but also blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays with an Ultraviolent Protection Factor of 50+. A wire-edged rim means it will sit exactly where you want it to. It rolls up easily, so you can pack this for all of your summer vacations, too. Also available in black with camel stripes.

2 J. Crew Sun Shirt

Rash guards aren’t just for the surf set anymore; since the rise of athleisure, they’ve also been popping up as chic après swim attire. Fitting a bit looser than your average rash guard, you’ll feel cool and comfortable all summer long with room to move around. Also available in white and yellow.

3 Athleta Tie Dye Salutation 7/8 Ankle Tight

Take your yoga practice outside, or just rock these while you’re running errands—they’ll keep you comfortable and your skin protected. Designed to fit and flatter, Athleta has cut these in a full range of sizes: regular, tall, petite, and plus. The 7/8 length should hit you just above the ankle for a figure-friendly look that elongates your leg and has a non-restricting feel.

4 Mott50 Long Sleeve Woven Boyfriend Button Down

Super versatile, you’ll find a surprising amount of ways to style this top. Wear it over a bathing suit with embellished sandals to hit the beach, or with embroidered jeans and heels for your next lunch date. Dressed up or down, you’ll be safe from the sun with UPF 50 right in the fabric. Also available in navy.

5 White Sierra Bug Free Printed Gauze Scarf

The ultimate line of defense, in addition to UPF material, this scarf has a built-in insect repellant, so you won’t have to worry about pesky mosquitoes at your next summer BBQ. Drape this around your neck with your favorite white summer dress for a look that will protect you from UV rays during the day and bugs when you venture out at night. Also available in purple and yellow.

6 Coolibar Beach Cover Up Dress

This casual, cozy cover up is perfect for long days spent by the pool or on the beach. The lightweight material will be a breeze to pack—making it a no-brainer for summer vacations. Worried about damage to your highlights? Pop the hood up to keep your hair protected from UV rays, too. Available in ten other colors.

7 Title Nine Shield One Piece Swimsuit

Wear this sporty swimsuit on its own or over a bikini as a sleeveless wet suit. The print in the middle adds some interest, but the black panels on the sides of the print help enhance an hourglass figure.

Gap’s Big Sale Perfect for Your Fourth of July Barbecue

Looking for the perfect Fourth of July ensemble? Head to Gap—the heritage brand’s summer collection is full of pieces in Americana-inspired prints and festive colors that are suitable for the holiday, but also slide seamlessly into your regular summer rotation. And what’s more? Everything is on sale! Use code HAPPY for an extra 40 percent off your purchase from now until 11:59 EST on June 17, 2017. Shop some of our favorite picks from the sale here:

1. One-Shoulder Tie Top

Summer 2017 is all about showing off the shoulders—and this cotton one-shoulder tank is a perfect way to get in on the trend. Wear it untucked with jeans for a billowy, casual vibe, or tucked in with shorts and a belt for a more structured look. Also available in navy and white.

2. Flutter Tier Midi Dress

Want to try a midi prairie dress without looking too Laura Ingalls Wilder? Try this ultra-flattering kerchief-inspired number. Its paisley print, flutter sleeves, and subtle ruffles add the perfect amount of Western-influence without being overwhelming. Also available in red.

3. Stripe Linen Drapey Shorts

Maybe your summer be-all and end-all is a sturdy (but fluid) pair of shorts. Add to your collection with a pair of these linen, railroad-striped beauties. Their shape combines the best of the always-flattering skater-skirt silhouette, with all the flexibility that comes with wearing shorts. Also comes in neutral and black stripe.

4. Midi Wrap Dress

This flowy, geometric-print wrap dress is the perfect example of a desk-to-play workhorse. Its geometric print is classic, yet versatile enough to pair it with heels for a day at the office or white sneaks for your Independence Day barbecue.

5. Tencel Wide-Leg Utility Crop Trousers

Trying to beat the heat? Grab yourself a pair of these comfortable chambray culottes—summer’s most comfortable pant. Made from lightweight Tencel material, these are super soft and breathable, making them an all-around perfect pant for a humid summer day.

6. Web Handle Straw Tote

Though we think any straw tote is a summer essential, we think this one’s 70s-inspired woven handles and colorful, fancy fringe take it to the next level. Plus, it’s roomy enough to lug your essentials to work or your pile of must-reads to the beach.

7. Maternity Stripe Tie-Front Linen Shirt

The classic stripes and tie-front detailing on this collared tank evoke days of candy stores, drive-ins, and waiting for the ice cream man—all the best parts of retro summer fun. The best part? It’s 100 percent linen, so you’ll keep breezy while waiting for baby

Tips To Pull Off an Off the Shoulder Top

A guide to wearing summer’s trickiest trend.

1. Find the Right Underpinnings.

A strapless bra is a no-brainer—and if you’re on the bustier side, it’s also a necessity—but if you can, opt for reusable cover-ups instead. That way you won’t have to worry about constantly readjusting both your strapless bra and your strapless neckline. (We love that Bristols Six makes them in two different sizes and a range of skin tones).

2. Try Cut-Outs Instead.

Not sure if going completely cold-shouldered is for you? Test the waters with a top that has cut-outs rather than an entirely off-the-shoulder neckline. It’s an option that is equally as on-point, will allow you to wear your favorite bra, and will stay easily in place—no tugging involved. That’s a win-win-win.

3.Dare to Bare.

If you’re a sartorial risk-taker, try a twist on the trend that combines convenience and style: Pick a bra with pretty, embellished straps in a color that contrasts or complements your top, and let them act as an accessory to your ensemble.

Some Pieces for Summer Travel

Gear up for your warm-weather getaways with these essentials that will keep you looking perfectly polished—no matter where you roam.

1. Calpack Astyll 22 Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On

Perfectly sized for overhead compartments—but with a surprisingly spacious interior—this lightweight case is also easy to spot on the bag carousel should you decide to check instead. Also available in midnight.

 

2. Soludos Knotted Platform Smoking Slippers

These beach-ready espadrilles are also TSA-friendly—they slip on and off in a snap so you can breeze through airport security.

3. J. Crew Perfect Shirt In Piece-Dyed Irish Linen

Lightweight and breathable linen dresses easily up (tucked into a midi skirt) and down (with jeans or over a swimsuit), making it a versatile piece to pack. Also available in black.

4. Banana Republic Floral Tiered Flounced Maxi Dress

Toss this breezy frock on to go seamlessly from the pool to your dinner reservation (it even has removable straps so you can convert it to a slightly fancier strapless style). Also available in pink.

5. Cara New York Bandana Trim Hat

No summer ensemble is complete without an outfit-making hat (and we love that it adds another layer of sun protection, too). Wear it en route so it won’t get squished in your bag.

6. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Cord Earrings

Bright baubles are the perfect complement to this summer’s cut-out shoulder tops.

7. Jet&Bo 100% Cashmere Travel Set

A little luxury on the go, this set includes a blanket, eye mask, socks, and cashmere carrying case (use it as a pillowcase for airline pillows), so you’ll arrive looking and feeling refreshed

Best Bridal Gown Trends This Spring

If you’re currently on the hunt for your dream wedding dress, you know how confusing and overwhelming the endless array of options can be—from princess-worthy ball gowns to sleek, simple sheaths, the amount of gorgeous gowns out there can make it hard to choose “the one.” To take some of the pressure off, we’ve zeroed in on only the best trends.

1. Capes and Caplets

A great option for the untraditional bride, capes and caplets offer all the drama and dimension of a veil, with a definitively modern spin (plus, the option to remove it post-ceremony to create a “new” look). Ranging from capes that form a cathedral length train, to shorter pieces with a more retro appeal, there’s something to fit nearly every bride’s vibe.

2. Black Accessories

The sheer contrast between wedding-gown white and bold black accessories makes this trend a standout. The pairing feels at once timeless (thanks to these always-in-style colors) and daring (thanks to the graphic appeal). For a more subtle approach, skip a black belt and opt for only the striking statement earrings instead.

3. High Necklines

The return to modesty that’s been so prevalent on all the runways in the fashion world has extended to bridal style as well (and after a few seasons of the “naked” sheer dress trend, we couldn’t be happier). High necklines are the “it” silhouette, but that doesn’t mean the designs look dowdy—the cuts, fabric, and embellishments (like the embroidery at Temperley London) all feel very fresh.

4. Pearl Embellishments

Craving serious glamour for your wedding day? While sequins and crystals will always have their place in bridal fashion, pearls are making a serious comeback, in a less-than-traditional way. Whether looming large in serious statement accessories or covering a gown almost completely, their luster is hard to beat.

5. Bold Bows

If the idea of a bridal gown done up in bows sounds saccharine or a little too girlish to you, think again. Designers are reimagining this feminine detail in a surprising new way, turning what could be an overly sweet design into something more fashion-forward and sculptural instead (minimalists, rejoice!).

The Only Shoes You Need in Your Closet

What is it with women and shoes? It’s like we feel the need to collect these fancy objects, but most of them are not as functional (or as comfortable) as they are pretty, so we stick to our favorites and the rest wind up collecting dust.
We took a good hard look at the day-to-day lives of many women, and figured out that we can make it through virtually any situation with only seven pairs on hand. Not only is that going to save you some serious closet space, it will also cut down on those mornings when you stare into the abyss of your closet wondering what to wear—sometimes, the problem is just too many options.
Paring the choices down to a “capsule closet”—that is, a collection that has only the best essentials—makes getting dressed in the morning a breeze (and your wallet will thank you, too). The seven shoes you should really have in your closet range from a comfortable sandal to a high-powered pump, so you will be covered for every occasion, from the beach to the boardroom. We considered every season, so you will be set for the whole year.
Having less than ten pairs of footwear may sound scary, but we promise that you will be pleasantly surprised by how versatile these options can be. Declutter your closet of the shoes you never wear—these seven pairs are about to make your life so much simpler (without sacrificing an ounce of style)

Know More About Flattering Striped Styles

Get in line (pun intended) for this fresh take on a classic trend: one part retro, one part refined.

1. Ann Taylor Striped Doubleface Tee

A graphic color combination (royal blue with black and white) lends a sophisticated air to this lightweight doubleface knit top.

2. Kate Spade “How Charming” Idiom Hinged Bangle

These bold colors add ‘60s appeal to a simple shift (and the hidden message will add a smile to your face every time you put this piece on).

3. Monki Stripe Beach Bag

A roomy tote embellished with bright bars of cheerful color holds all the essentials you need for the beach or pool (and its cotton construction makes care a breeze).

4. Kaanas Simi Sand Espadrilles

Eye-catching slides toe the line between laid-back and fashion-forward.

5. Topshop Striped Linen Paper Bag Skirt

This skirt is ultra-flattering, thanks to its middle cinching paper bag waist and leg lengthening stripes.

6. Boden Martha Dress

Summer-ready sailor stripes in a crisp silhouette you can dress up or down—what’s not to love. Available in 13 other colors.

7. Old Navy Patterned Linear Scarf

A staple summer accessory everyone should have stashed away, this oversized scarf is just right for wrapping up in when the air conditioning turns overzealous. It tucks away neatly into a beach bag, too, should you need an impromptu sarong.

Tips To Clean and Care for a Wool Sweater

It’s about time to store wintry knits for the season. Here’s your pestproof plan.

Wash Gently
“Clean sweaters before storage, because moths, carpet beetles, and silverfish feed off sweat and stains,” says Brian Johnson, the director of education and analysis at the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute, in Laurel, Maryland. Dry cleaning works well but can get pricey. In most cases, it’s safe to hand wash wool (including blends), but let the care label be your guide. Add 2 squirts of a delicates wash, like Wool & Cashmere Shampoo ($19 for 16 ounces, thelaundress.com), to a sinkful of tepid water. Turn the garment inside out; submerge, swish, then soak for 10 minutes. Rinse twice, pressing out the water. Never wring or hang-dry, since wet wool stretches easily.

Dry Flat
Lay the garment on a clean towel and roll it up like a jelly roll to extract water. Unfurl and let dry on a new towel or a mesh rack. Reshape, or “block,” the knit. You can adjust the fit slightly bigger or smaller, and as the garment dries it will set in place.

Depill
Shave off fuzz balls with the Gleener ($20, gleener.com), a fabric-safe device with different blades for heavy, medium, and fine knits.

Stash Safely
Creepie crawlies can worm their way through cracks in a cedar chest; also, cedar’s effectiveness wears off. Instead, fold knits and place them in an airtight plastic bin, says Michelle A. Lee, the country manager for the American division of the Woolmark Company. Finally, throw in a sachet filled with ½ cup dry lavender (bugs hate the stuff) and store in a cool, dry place.