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.

Some Pretty Plus Size Dresses for Spring

Whether you’re looking for a sleek silhouette or a pretty print, an ensemble for the office or a frock for a fete, we’ve got you covered.

1 Kiyonna Barcelona Wrap Dress

A classic wrap style (updated with cute shoulder cut-outs) in versatile navy makes this dress a year-round staple. Add a blazer and tall boots for work during the winter months, then slip on sandals and statement earrings for warm-weather get-togethers.

2 Ashley Stewart Pleated Tiered Maxi Dress

A tiered, pleated construction gives this maxi an ultra light and airy feel that can go casual with flat sandals or dressed up with heels (and eliminates any worry about clingy or tight-fitting fabric).

3 ASOS Curve Smart Midi Dress

Office appropriate without feeling stuffy, this modest style transitions effortlessly from desk to dinner, no wardrobe change needed.

4 Avenue Blue Mixed Floral Cold Shoulder Dress

There’s little not to love about a fit-and-flare frock. From the on-trend “cold shoulder” look to the leg-elongating asymmetric hem, this one will be on repeat for whatever your summer schedule throws at you.

5 City Chic Lace Underlay Chiffon Dress

A wardrobe not-so-secret weapon, every woman needs a go-to little black dress in her closet. With a lace pencil skirt and a floaty, sheer chiffon overlay, this one is anything but basic.

6 Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Denim Shirt Dress

Stock your closet with no-brainer summertime staples—like a denim dress—and you’ll never experience the “I have nothing to wear!” conundrum again. Just slip on your favorite shoes and you’re out the door.

7 Luxe by Carmen Marc Valvo Plus Size Floral Dress

This clever pattern centers the darkest part of the print right at your waist, creating a minimizing, nipped-in appearance that’s universally flattering

Top Raincoats for Women

London Fog and Burberry may have the market cornered, but they’re not the only brands who stock chic slickers.

1. Topshop

Not all fashion brands consistently carry a broad selection of macs, but Topshop never fails to have plenty of options available. Unexpected colors and design details like contrast lining set this trend-focused retail chain’s offerings apart from the more expected.

2. Lands’ End

Leave it to a retailer with a heritage in outdoor outfitting to turn out an abundance of raincoats in all colors and silhouettes. Whether you’re looking for basic black or something that makes a little bit more of a statement, you’ll find it here. (And like nearly every other item they sell, almost all of Lands’ End’s slickers are available in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes).

3. Stutterheim

If rain gear could be elevated to an actual art form, Stutterheim would be it. Inspired by Sweden’s gloomy weather (and Swedish artists like Ingmar Bergman), their jackets are handmade with high-end materials like rubberized cotton, and often designed in collaboration with contemporary artists and influencers, making them well worth the investment.

4. Joules

Based in Britain (where it rains more than 100 days out of the year), Joules recognized the need for outerwear that’s as stylish as it is functional. The company carries raincoats in a broad array of colors and prints with no detail left untouched—from waterproof taped seams to cozy linings. The fact that they also have wellies to match is just an added bonus.

5. Hunter

They already make the world’s most beloved rain boots, so it makes sense that Hunter’s updated collection of outerwear was just as well-received. The company paid special attention to fit and design details (like a flattering drawstring waist and contrasting inside print) so their pieces add to your outfit—instead of just covering it up.

Millennial Pink Fashion Finds

The hottest color of the season? Millennial Pink. Don’t let the name fool you—the soft, dusty shade is flattering at any age (and for any skin tone!).

1. Baublebar Earrings

Tassel earrings are adorning everyone’s ears lately. Pop this blush, beaded version on and let the compliments roll in. We suggest wearing them with your hair pulled back to really show off the style. Also available in eight other colors.

2. Topshop Blazer Dress

Try this daring take on the basic blazer—the muted color gives this menswear-inspired shift a more feminine vibe. The more adventurous may want to try it as a cocktail dress, but we like it best as a layering piece over a turtleneck and trousers (or leggings). Also available in two other colors.

3. J. Crew Top

Want to test drive the ruffle trend? Ease into it with this adorable frill-sleeved top. That little design detail can turn ho-hum staples—like white jeans and ballet flats—into a killer outfit. Also available in two other colors.

4. Adidas by Stella McCartney

Break away from your boring black gym leggings. This blush pair will set you apart from everyone else, while keeping you comfortable—the weave detail at the calf adds ventilation, while the flat seam equals chafe-free exercise. Also available in red.

5. H&M Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is a classic for a reason, but this updated version in pale pink feels like a breath of fresh air. Add it to a sun dress for those in-between days (or for over-zealous air conditioning).

6. Merona Tote

Pretty and practical, this satchel is done up with cute details (note the tassel), but it will also fit all of your workday essentials, like an iPad or laptop. Bonus: The pouch inside snaps in and out and can act as a crossbody on its own. Also available in green.

7. Free People Sandals

Slip into these sandals and put a little spring in your step. The block heel adds a little lift, but still feels comfortable (and sturdy) enough to wear all day. Also available in three other colors