Our fellow Gloss editor Samantha Escobar recently moved to New York. Unfortunately, no one warned her about bringing really comfortable shoes (New Yorkers walk a lot). For many recent transplants, all those city blocks amount to a shitload of new calluses and blisters–and a constant hum of discomfort from the feet. Anyway, we’ve been there–so we decided to help her out and compile a list of some attractive, walkable flats perfect for all that Springtime galavanting about… on the cheap.
Without further ado: cute flats under $100. More
Hey, it’s really nice outside in New York this week! Colder climes everywhere are just now coming out of the frost and even verging on lightweight coat weather… which is to say, it may be time for a Spring trench. The versatile, practical middle ground between winter coats and, uh, tank tops is also one of those eternally cool wardrobe essentials. So, we put together a bunch we like at a moderate price (plus one porny aspirational Burberry, of course).
Thus, cute Spring trench coats in a variety of colors and shapes, all under $200. More
Spring is here and everyone is sloughing off their Winter essentials (coats, scarves, leather everything). Although we’re currently super into those crazy acid-trip prints we fawned over last week, another way to transition into Spring is stripes. Yes, we got more than a little sick of stripes last year, but now we’re ready to do it all over again. We just can’t quit them.
Ahead: bold, bright, graphic striped fashion for the assertive lady on a budget. Nothing over $150. More
A few weeks ago, we were walking by a nice boutique in our neighborhood and saw they were in the midst of a huge sale. We walked in and walked out with an amazing pair of trousers–a boyish, sensible cut in an insane print. They’ve been sitting in our closet since, slowly biding their time until the weather warms up.
This is a long way of saying that our hands down favorite warm weather trend will be acid-trip Spring prints–which is a wide category that includes florals and abstract doodles and all manner of bright colors, all of which look a little off… like they’re melting?
Anyway, it’s an awesome look that can easily be achieved for less than our $150 price cap. Just don’t go wearing more than one of these babies at once (unless you want to look like a damn fashion blogger). More
Last week we brought you a sneaker wedges Shopping Guide… but we secretly hoped you’d be pissed because they are hideous. This week we’re bringing you also-ridiculous wedge shoes but no sneakers in sight–instead, they are a riot of textures, colors and weirdness in the sub-$150 category. For those of you (like us) who tend to have a restrained aesthetic, sometimes a really oddball statement shoe can make an outfit look more deliberate.
Or… you know, just plain ridiculous. Whatever. Have fun. More
Thanksgiving is about two things: trying not to argue with your family and eating your face off. Sometimes those overlap!
Oh, Thanksgiving is also about pretty autumn colors like cranberry, pumpkin, wines and plums. Here, we have assembled a gallery of under $300 dresses (with a wide range of prices) that are nice enough for a formal dinner occasion but forgiving enough to account for that delicious third helping of stuffing. Please note that if you’re not embarrassed of your Thanksgiving potbelly, by all means buy a bodycon dress and own it.
For the rest of us–who go a little too overboard–here’s a handy guide to empire waists, generous cuts and shirt dresses with removable belts.
Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out of her Manhattan apartment this week looking all ready to attend an event as Sex & the City alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw. You may look at this photo and say to yourself, “Neon tights are a really interesting way to set off neutrals,” and you’d be right, but hopefully your first response was actually, “Holy shit! SJP has a servant follow her around with an umbrella?!” Anyway, Parker looks to be wearing a lovely Valentino lace dress and presumably thousands of dollars in accessories, so we set about trying to replicate her look on the cheap without looking cheap. More
Guess who needs no introduction? Debbie Harry. As much as her two-tone hair and bold makeup are imitated, that set of cheekbones is truly one in a million. This week’s Friday Style Icon celebrates the Blondie singer’s tough-downtown-New Wave-girly look. More
Who doesn’t like animal prints? We’ve stepped up our game and moved past the same old leopard/cheetah/zebra/snake prints and fallen in love with subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) prints of actual animals. From elephants to dogs to wolves, animals get chic ahead. More
From allegedly envelope-pushing editorials to church windows on runways, fashion loves a religious trope. But appropriating Christian symbols for the sake of provocation isn’t just the domain of outre French fashion glossies! With today’s shopping guide, mere mortals can wear a shirt or dress featuring deeply pointless religious iconography. Bless you! Here goes… More
Resort 2011 broadcast a lot of neon: the glowing accessories trend logged major runway time at Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler and more. The thing about neon is that it presents a problem (ugliness) if there’s too much, but it’s a perfect eye-popping accessory or simple piece–shorts or a tee– if your palette is otherwise muted. Here’s a few easy neon items to jolt your warm-weather look. More
The simple sundress has been a staple in summer wardrobes for years, but many women (of all ages) seem to have trouble finding ones that flatter the shape of their body over time. That balance (of an everyday essential and something that flatters different ages) is hard to maintain in many pieces, but here are a few sundresses–ranging from the graphic and eye-catching for teens to the sophisticated and lovely 50s–to help you beat the heat (and look fantastic while doing so) for any age.
Maybe I’m not a crazy handbag lady but, to me, a purse serves a practical purpose. It has to hold all the things I need on a daily basis, otherwise I’m stuck with a bag on one arm and a tote on the other. In this way, tiny bags, bags in delicate materials, bags without interior pockets, bags without multiple methods of handling seem like more trouble than they’re worth. Because of this, I’m a big fan of the practical, durable, roomy satchel style. And, since you can’t walk into a boutique without seeing a dozen PS1s in as many different sizes and colors, now’s the time. Here are some good choices at a multitude of price points. More