I’m heading to Chicago for my first CrossFit competition today, so I’ve got fitness on my mind. (Though, as a workout enthusiast—my co-workers might say, workout fanatic—I pretty much always have fitness on my mind.) Before I start swinging kettlebells in my floral Lucas Hugh ensemble, here are a few inspiring articles to kick-start an active weekend. 3…2…1… read!
The only thing better than working out is talking about how hard you worked out. There are several wearable tracking devices that you can use to help quantify your effort (and add a digital, sporty look to a stack of bangles). But how accurate is the data?
One of the greatest things exercising gives you is a sense of confidence. Knowing what your body can do, and knowing you’ll look great in your favorite pair of skinny jeans, is a real boost. And sadly, women are less likely to feel self-assured than men. The Atlantic looks into this disparity and what can be done about it.
OK, that was a little heavy. This is not. You know those inspirational fitness posters? The ones with the buff, tanned athlete telling you to “push it harder”? Well, The Chive switched out the healthy images for some, er…less healthy, alcohol-themes shots. The result is hilarious.
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Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.
The Steal: Cropped House of Harlow 1960 top
The Price: $58 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Sweet embroidery and a peplum hem give this top a breezy, summery feel.
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Wide leg Rachel Zoe jeans look super retro with a breezy, tucked in top.
Recently, I was in the fitting room of a clothing store trying on my go-to style of jeans—high-waisted—when I overheard a woman lament to a friend from over the partition, “I look like my grandmother!” She stepped out of the room to show her friend her perceived horror, and lo and behold, she is wearing the same pair of pants I am admiring on myself in the mirror. And if I may say so myself, we both looked awesome.
High-waisted jeans get a bum rap for their close ties to bad acid-wash fads and ’90s sitcom mothers, but my friends, it is a new era! There are endless perks to the updated high-waist jean. Now available in a range of styles—straight, skinny, wide, flared—there is truly a pair for every gal’s body shape.
A contrasting belt creates playful proportions on these BLK DNM jeans.
While I am an equal fan of low-rise styles, they seem more prone to fashion mishaps: the sloppy tuck, the muffin top, the coin slot (you know exactly what I mean). High-waist pants eliminate all aforementioned issues. Simultaneously modest and sexy, they keep us covered but hug our curves in all the right places.
In order to find a flattering pair, pay close attention to cut and fabrication. Look for some that come right up to your natural waist and are tailored to your frame—snug, but not suffocating. The idea is to make sure there are no geometric shapes happening in the front region and no sagging in the rear. Smaller back pockets and a wide belt will minimize the dreaded “long butt” effect, and adding pumps will keep those legs looking long and lean.
Cheap Monday skinnies pair nicely with a crop top without showing too much skin.
If you’ve never sported a high waist before, let me just say that it can be hard to adjust at first. You may feel like you’re neck-deep in denim, but I promise: you look normal to the world. Be patient with your new proportions, and pretty soon, you won’t be able to go back!
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What it is: Edith A. Miller Combo Crew Neck Mini Dress
Why we love it: A body-con mini dress with contrast stripes looks casual and flirty for summer.
Wear it with: Acne Studios oxfords and a Jules Smith bracelet.
Every day, 700 children are infected with HIV, primarily via mother-to-child transmission at birth. Ninety-eight percent of those cases are preventable. All it takes is one pill a day.
This is where Born Free comes in. Founded by a group of like-minded, private-sector individuals, Born Free is set on eliminating the transmission of HIV from mother to child by Dec. 31, 2015. That’s right, they aim to make it possible for an entire generation to be born HIV-free. Ambitious? You bet. But it’s an exciting initiative, and it’s going to take the support of a small army to make it happen.
And that’s where Shopbop, Amazon Fashion, and Vogue come in. We’ve partnered with 22 of the fashion industry’s top female designers—each one a mother herself—to create an exclusive capsule collection of apparel and accessories for women and children, with 100% of the profits benefitting the Born Free initiative. From Shopbop favorites like Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch, to industry darlings like Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, Miuccia Prada, and Donatella Versace, the industry’s top creatives have put their unique take on this worthy cause, incorporating prints by acclaimed African artist Wangechi Mutu.
Clare Waight Keller, Chloé
Consuelo Castiglioni, Marni
Diane von Furstenberg
Donna Karan, DKNY & Urban Zen
Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Marchesa
Jenna Lyons, J. Crew
Liya Kebede, lemlem
Phoebe Philo, Céline
Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen
What they are: House of Harlow 1960 Kat Studded Espadrilles
Why we love them: Colorful beading and embroidery give these espadrilles an easy, bohemian feel.
Wear them with: A Free People tee and a Blank Denim shorts.
Our staffers are a chic bunch, each with their own unique spin on fashion. This month we chatted with stylist Dokia about her personal style philosophy.
Name: Dokiang, or as many call me, “Doks”
Position: Apparel Stylist
Go-to brand: It’s so hard to pick only one since there are different reasons to love each, but I am a total sucker for brands that are aesthetically edgy or use animal prints. Both work well in my closet and seriously scream “me.” Lately, I’ve been excited about the IRO, Emma Cook, and Rodarte collections.
How did you get into styling? I grew up with two women who really influenced my eye for fashion—my mom and my sister. My mom always made sure she was perfectly put-together from head to toe when she and my father went out to social gatherings. I remember having to buckle her high heels for her because she didn’t want to wrinkle her outfits. She had a great eye for design and made beautiful, traditional costumes for us as well. My sister, who is seven years older than I am, used to bribe me to be her fashion photographer as she changed in and out of outfits she had styled so she could give keepsake pictures to her friends. She also happened to buy me my first recognizable name brand item—Nike Air sneakers. As I got older, my eyes were always on fashion magazines, editorials, and TV specials. I remember when I was 13, I hoped to work for Contempo Casuals one day because I thought it was the coolest store. Little did I know, I had a knack for fashion. I worked my way up in retail, but never considered pursuing fashion seriously until college, when my sister suggested it was “more me” than my initial focus on interior design. So I decided to wing it, switched majors, and never looked back. What can I say—you know when you know!
What’s your style philosophy? Like I mentioned, edginess and animal prints are two things that scream “me,” so that being said, I wear what I love! Confidence is what makes style. Fashion is ever-changing, so I think it’s good to switch things up, as long as you make a look your own.
What one item in your closet could you not live without? Goodness! There are a few I could list, like my white suede IRO booties or my indigo-wash high-waist jeans, but let's be real—those items could be replaced. The one thing for sure that I could not live without would be my traditional Hmong costumes that my mom designed for me. Even though they aren’t for day-to-day wear, they’re pieces that no one else could ever make so beautifully with that much sentimental value.
What it is: Flynn Skye Not Just A Jumpsuit
Why we love it: Wide legs and exaggerated arm openings lend breezy structure to an arrow-printed jumpsuit.
Wear it with: Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent sandals and a Chan Luu bracelet.