What it is: Marc by Marc Jacobs Downtown Lola Bag
Why we love it: Neutral colorblocking gives this perfectly sized cross-body bag a classic feel.
Wear it with: All your best fall looks.
Straight-leg jeans—sometimes called stovepipe jeans—are picking up steam as far as denim trends go. With the figure-flattering capability of a flare, and the cool factor of a skinny, this sometimes tricky style might just be the compromise you’re looking for. Here are a few tricks to keep in mind when picking out a pair.
Length is key. If you're long legged, consider hemming your jeans so they graze the ground when you're barefoot. This ensures a clean look with most any shoe choice. If you're looking to elongate your silhouette, try my style technique: keep the jeans longer and cuff them to fall perfectly over a tall pump. It feels casual and allows some flexibility in terms of how long you want your legs to look. This option can take some commitment to styling though, since the jeans tend to creep up and require repositioning. I like to wear a suede shoe since it grabs the denim a bit more.
Pumps are a great option for straight-leg styles. The openness in the heel breaks up the solid stretch of leg, whereas a wedge can feel too blocky. Another option is a boot. Straight-leg shapes usually have enough of a leg opening to pull over the top of a bootie or slim, mid-calf boot. I love this option to evoke a rock-and-roll sensibility. Also, you never have to worry about your boot-cut jeans grazing the floor since the jean stays slim!
Finally, consider rise. There are so many chic, high-waisted styles out there that really aid in a mission to elongate. These pairs also read dressier, so they look great with pumps and a structured top. If you going for more of a casual, flat boot look, try a mid- to low-rise version. These styles are comfortable and just a bit tomboyish, perfect with short cowboy boots, a great belt, and an easy cotton shirt.
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What they are: Diane von Furstenberg Cecily Combo Suede Pants
Why we love them: Leather panels at the hem balance the soft suede with cool contrast.
Wear them with: Studded Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps and a sexy black turtleneck.
Designer of incredibly luxurious gowns and dresses, Monique Lhuillier’s namesake line has become synonymous with glamour. Her creations are a red carpet standard, and fit the female body with flattering perfection. Shopbop chatted with Monique about her early start in design, her inspiration, and the secret to looking great.
SHOPBOP: You’ve been sketching from a very young age. How did you bring your early pieces to life?
MONIQUE LHUILLIER: When I was young and attending events, I worked with local tailors to alter dresses I had bought or created looks from scratch. I always had a vision in my mind, and would adjust garments until I got them just right. I grew up with a very glamorous mother. Her elegance and chic style were my earliest influences. I was naturally inclined to design specialty dresses and gowns.
SB: Your designs are incredibly glamorous and luxurious. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
ML: I’ve always gravitated toward a more glamorous aesthetic. My mother is such a sophisticated, regal woman, and when I was growing up, I didn’t know anything different. I thought all women lived life that way! My sister and I loved watching her get ready and transform. She entertained beautifully and was always the belle of the night.
SB: What trends were you excited to work into your collection this year?
ML: For pre-fall, I enjoyed really pushing the envelope on some of my signature elements. Lace is reoccurring in my collections, and this season I introduced a melted lace. It’s romantic, but with a bit of an edge. The Leather Armor Sheath Dress was one of my favorite looks, and was a reinterpretation of classic embellishment. The layered leather paillettes add texture and create depth, but the look is light, effortless, and totally glamorous.
SB: What advice do you have for a woman looking for a special occasion gown?
ML: Wear what makes you feel confident! Women look their most beautiful when they feel their most confident. Especially if you’re attending a big event, it’s important to be comfortable. Choose a silhouette that flatters your figure, and if you want to stand out, wear color.
SB: If you could design for any woman in history, who would it be and why?
ML: For a long time, I dreamt of designing for First Lady Michelle Obama. I had the honor of dressing her for the White House Correspondents’ dinner earlier this year, and it was a career and life highlight! I think it would have been incredible to design for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She was the epitome of sophistication and was such a confident, fearless woman.
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What it is: Rag & Bone Aviator Bomber
Why we love it: Bouclé tweed gives the traditionally tough silhouette a sense of refinement.
Wear it with: Rag & Bone skinny jeans, Newbury booties, and cool leather jewelry.
Miami Swim Week wraps up today, and to celebrate, we asked swimwear designer Mara Hoffman to create a hot summer playlist of her favorite party tunes.
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On any given day in the Shopbop office, several staffers are sparkling in DANNIJO jewelry. We snapped some them in their eye-catching pieces and asked them why they love their DANNIJO.
Merchandiser Holly paired her bright yellow necklace with a faded jean jacket and easy maxi dress. “I’m a sucker for a good statement piece in a bright color,” she says. Monica, another merchandiser, invested in a more antique-style cuff, saying, “This bracelet takes me back to playing dress-up with my grandma’s costume jewelry.”
Downstairs in the studio, we saw a duo of bold necklaces on writer Annie and photo stylist Kate. “The easy glamour gives my casual outfit a pretty boost of color,” says Annie. And Kate, she likes the bright splash of jewels: “It reminds me of fancy candy!”
What they are: AG Adriano Goldschmied The Cocktail Mid-Rise Shorts
Why we love them: Coated denim shorts are a cool alternative to leather.
Wear them with: A slouchy Anine Bing sweatshirt and tough Sergio Rossi booties.
Swimsuit season is in full swing, but there may be some of you out there who are still putting off buying a new suit. Enter Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, who designs incredibly flattering swimwear for her namesake line, Shoshanna. She chatted with us about confidence, accessories, and finding the perfect swimsuit.
SHOPBOP: How do I narrow down what style to buy?
SHOSHANNA LONSTEIN GRUSS: It’s so important to wear a style that works for your body type. Try on different silhouettes and shapes to find one that flatters your figure, and remember, not all trends works for everyone.
SB: Any tips for feeling your best while trying on suits?
SLG: When you’re shopping for your summer swimsuit, make sure you’re bikini ready. I always say, shop for your suit the way you would go to the beach! You want to feel confident, so put some makeup on and a little self-tanner to get in the mood.
SB: How can I find a suit that best fits my body?
SLG: To me, fit is the MOST important thing to consider when finding the right suit. Keep in mind what you will be doing in your bathing suit. If your suit is more for lounging by the pool or on the beach, you can go with something a bit more fashionable, but if you’re planning to be active, look for a style that is functional and can handle movement. Many companies—like Shoshanna—sell bikinis as separates, so it's much easier to tailor the suit to your needs.
SB: How long will a suit last? Do I need to buy a new one every year?
SLG: I usually invest in a few new suits every year, but with proper care, your swimsuit can last several seasons. I always step right into the shower in my suit at the end of each day and give it a good rinse, then hang dry. Once summer is over, I give them a good soak in a delicate lingerie wash, then two good rinses in cold water before putting them away. I can never have too many swimsuits, so for me, the more the better!
SB: What is the best accessory to a great swimsuit?
SLG: I am a cover-up addict. Not only do I wear them to the beach, but as day dresses too. My favorite beach accessory, though, is Jennifer Meyer jewelry. I’ve always admired how chic European women wear their signature jewelry pieces at the beach, just as they would with any outfit —I think it looks sexy and unique. Delicate pieces are a great look, and a big straw tote from Mar Y Sol is also a must!
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