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

Simple Tips to Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

Historically men have rolled up their shirt sleeves in preparation for work (or an occasional fight) as clothing was expensive and they didn’t want to damage it.

Watch any old Western film and notice how men take that extra moment to carefully fold their sleeves before landing a punch!

Sleeves would also be rolled up at the end of a long day as men headed to the bar for a drink with their mates.

In the modern world – the act of rolling sleeves has evolved into a style statement.

Men fold their shirt sleeves to indicate a relaxed mood, for freedom of movement or simply to bare their arms.

 

I’m going to give you a five methods to roll sleeves below. You can decide for yourself after reading this article which method suits you best.

Before you roll your sleeves – remember to undo the buttons on the cuff and gauntlet of your shirt.

Also, let me answer a question about rolling up sleeves – should the sleeve stop above or below the elbow?

The simple answer would be – above the elbow if you’re about to do work. Roll your sleeves below the elbow if you’re just cooling off and want to let in some air or to signal that it’s the end of the day.

The Easiest Method To Roll Sleeves

Many people haven’t heard of the AIFA method to roll shirt sleeves. It involves a simple and it also adheres to the rule of thirds – a design principle that has implications in men’s style too. In the AIFA roll, the sleeves expose only a third of your arm. This ratio is visually appealing according to the rule of thirds.

One fold, about the width of the cuff.
Then a second fold of similar width.
My arms are not terribly big or long – so the AIFA roll makes my arms look proportional to the rest of my body.

This roll is below the elbow and is more of a casual fashion statement. Perfect for a day out with the family – with a dress shirt and your favorite denims.

2. The Basic Roll – The Intuitive Way To Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

This roll is how it sounds – very basic. If you’ve ever watched someone who hasn’t been around people who roll their sleeves, you’ll see them use the basic roll.

Depending on the shirt and fit – the basic roll is time-consuming. It can restrict your hand movements and is difficult to undo.

However – it’s the most intuitive way to roll sleeves:

Using the cuff as a measuring point, fold the cuff once.
Repeat the first step several times, tugging at the fabric to make sure it is straight and smooth.
Roll up until you go past the elbow.

3. The High Roller – Sleeve Rolling For Men With Arms Worth Displaying

Most often used by men with big biceps and tattoos on their arms, the sleeves are rolled well above the elbows.

Lay your shirt down on a flat surface.
Slip your hand into the sleeve through the wrist opening. Pinch the fabric half-way up the sleeve.
With your other hand, roll the sleeve fabric inside out up to the shoulder seam. Flatten out the sleeve.
Roll the sleeve half way to the bottom of the turned out cuff.
Roll the sleeve a third time to cover the entire cuff. You can leave the top part of the cuff exposed if it has a contrasting color or design.
The High Roller works best with semi-casual or informal shirts. The Master Roll is better suited for fitted formal shirts.

 

4. The Master Roll – My Favorite Way To Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

My favorite way to roll shirt sleeves, and one I find many men have never heard of!

You’ll notice that some shirts have a contrasting color detail or design pattern under the cuff, which is visible only when you use the master roll.

Roll the sleeves up to about two widths of the cuff
Smooth the fabric, taking out folds.
Roll the bottom once more – covering the cuff and leaving just the top of it exposed.
If there is a contrasting color or design on the cuff – show just a hint of it.
To undo the fold – simply hold the edge of the cuff and pull down.
The master roll is the least constructive method of folding shirt sleeves.

It gets the sleeve completely out of the way – allowing for natural arm movement. It keeps the whole appearance neat and in place.

Modern sartorialists accept the master roll as the preferred way to roll up sleeves.

5 Ways To Roll Your Shirt Sleeves5. The Band Roll – Retro & Practical Method To Keep Shirt Sleeves In Place

Over time – the shirt sleeve tends to lose its elasticity. They tend to unroll and create some frustration especially if you are doing something important. Like helping the wife with the dishes.

New York restaurant waiters in the 1960’s came up with the smart idea of securing their shirt sleeves with a sleeve band. A sleeve band or sleeve garter holds the folded sleeve firmly in place.

The sleeve band disappeared for a few decades and regained popularity after soccer player David Beckham used them to give his sleeves a slim and neat appearance. Here’s how you can use one..

Secure the upper part of your shirt sleeve using a sleeve band.
Pull the shirt up few inches to hide the sleeve band under the shirt folds.
A bonus option is to secure a master roll using a sleek and smart sleeve band.
It works really well to secure and keep your folded cuff in place. A strong rubber band can also be used, but ensure the band is hidden in the shirt sleeve folds.