The Levi’s x Air Jordan 6 is another collaboration between Jordan Brand and the denim company which will release during 2020.
History of Levi’s x Air Jordan Collaborations
Both Levi and Jordan Brand has an extensive partnership which dates back to 2008. The two connected on the Air Jordan 1, but didn’t stop at that. This was actually a pack that included a pair of jeans and special packaging.
Fast forward to 2018, Jordan Brand and Levi’s connected once again, this time on the Air Jordan 4. This resulted in three colorways releasing in Blue Denim, White Denim and Black Denim.
Although images have yet to leak of this Air Jordan 6 by Levi’s, they are expected to feature Blue denim across the upper while the signature Red Levi’s branding is placed on the side. Completing the look is a translucent outsole.
Levi’s Air Jordan 6 Release Details
At the time of writing, a specific release date for the Levi’s x Air Jordan 6 is unknown. However they are expected to launch at select retailers including online at Nike.com sometime in 2020. Once more information is available we will make sure to update.
Kevin Garnett originally wore the Air Flightposite 2 which is part of Nike Sportswear’s Alpha Project. During 2019 we will see original colorways and new ones return in retro form.
Although there is minor changes, this pair was worn by Kevin Garnett during the 2000 Olympics and features a White and Blue color combination. Nike has swapped out where it say ‘Garnett’ on the upper with Alpha Project dots. In addition they come with a zipper closure, inner bootie, Foamposite on the overlays and Zoom Air units in the forefoot.
At the time of writing, a release date for the Nike Air Flightposite 2 has yet to be announced. However they are expected to launch Fall 2019 at select retailers and online at Nike.com. Additional colorways will also be available soon.
Celebrating Kobe Bryant Day, aka Mamba Day, Nike is set to release the latest version of the Nike Kobe AD NXT and one of the upcoming colorways includes ‘Vast Grey’.
This Nike Kobe AD comes dressed in a Vast Grey and Thunder Grey color combination. Constructed with QuadFit mesh across the upper along with the new FastFit system in Red across the mid-foot. In addition we have a React cushioned midsole and translucent outsole to complete the look.
Nike Kobe AD NXT FF Vast Grey Release Details
You can expect the Nike Kobe AD NXT FF ‘Vast Grey’ to release at select retailers and online at Nike.com on August 24th. Retail price is set at $200. Below you can check out the official photos which will give you a closer look.
The clean and classic Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage is set to launch with a premium and luxurious look thanks to the addition of Snakeskin.
Looking closer, this Nike Blazer Mid comes with White leather on the upper while Grey suede is applied on overlays by the toe. Standing out the most is the use of snakeskin across the Swoosh logos and heel. Other highlights includes padded collar, vintage inspired midsole and Sail rubber outsole.
Continue to scroll below to check out more images of the Nike Blazer Mid 77 Vintage ‘Snakeskin’ which will give you a closer look. Although a release date is not available, they are expected to launch at select retailers and online at Nike.com soon. Retail price is set at $100.
It looks like Levi’s and Jordan Brand will be linking up once more to release a collaborative version of the Air Jordan 6.
Slated to release sometime next year, the Levi’s x Air Jordan 6 is is expected to feature a Blue denim upper with Levi’s signature Red branding. The reason we say “expected” is because no images of the collab have leaked just yet. That said, the rendering by House of Heat that you see on here gives you an idea of what the collab could end up looking like. Stay tuned as more info begins to surface.
Update: (8/16/2019): It is being reprted that a Levi’s x Air Jordan 6 collab will be releasing sometime in 2020 at select retailers and Nike.com. No images of the collab have leaked just yet.
As we get ready to transition to the Fall season, adidas is providing us with a new colorway of their Temper Run model which comes with a couple of different vibes. First the shoe starts off with earth tones on the base that include a brown mesh and burgundy suede. For that contrast in hues we see bright shades of green and blue on the leather and suede overlays most notable on the mudguard and eyestay. Black nubuck is also spotted on the shoe along with a minty green adiPRENE midsole with a midfoot shank for stability. Take in the official images above and look for this adidas Temper Run to make its way to select three stripes retailers soon for $140.
The highly-anticipated luxurious Air Jordan 1 WMNS Satin Black Toe has finally landed at select retailers today. Draped in the iconic “Bred” and “Black Toe” theme, the timeless sneaker is composed of premium black leather overlays, with white for the side panels. The highlight red satin material is prominent on the collar area and heel, while the silhouette is topped off with metallic black Wings logo across the ankles, a white midsole and red outsole.
The Nike Kyrie 5 Team Bank is a new variation of Kyrie Irving’s silhouette that continues Nike Basketball’s TB (Team Bank) range, and it’s arriving in six colorways. Featured in “Red/White,” “Navy/White,” “Grey/White,” “Blue/White,” “White/Black,” and “Black/White” — each version features the two-tone theme across with contrasting lace shrouds, Swoosh branding, speckled midsoles and matching outsoles to complete the look.
Retailing for $130, look for these colorways of the Nike Kyrie 5 Team Bank at select Nike stores and online in September. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
The Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “LA to Chicago” (Court Purple) made its debut this past spring, but the style just restocked at select European retailers once again this weekend. This rendition of the shoe pays homage to Jordan Brand and skateboarding history, while tying in iconic color references. In its original state, the sneakers bear Los Angeles Lakers-inspired flair across its leather uppers via Court Purple/Gold and White. Once the colors are rubbed off, the sneakers reveal its Chicago color scheme with red and black replacing the purple and gold hues to complete the two colorway design.
The newly introduced Nike Air Max 200 is unveiled in a new “Red/White” colorway, as the silhouette that is defined by a new side-vis Air unit that offers 200% more Air compared to the traditional side-vis Air unit, in addition to boasting a full-length cushlon foam for underfoot cushioning. Composed of mesh and suede with synthetics, the runner is also detailed with an eye-catching wavy pattern. Finally, a white midsole and icy translucent outsole solidifies the style.
Retailing for $120, look for this colorway of the Nike Air Max 200 at select Nike stores overseas on August 23. A stateside relesae is coming soon. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low is introduced in a timeless colorway with a premium twist for summer. Covered in sleek black for its leather upper and rubber sole, the tonal style is highlighted by removable velcro Swoosh logos. Buyers will have the option to choose gold, silver or bronze Swooshes, which can be reapplied on the side panels to give the style a bold look.
At the end of the month, the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will commence, but later this coming weekend will be the debut of the Air Jordan 12 “FIBA” to commemorate the international basketball competition. Flaunting a pristine white tone covering its tumbled leather construction, the smoother forefoot panel bears an intricate embossed pattern to further honor FIBA. Finally, completing the look are hits of metallic gold accents on the upper eyelets and mini branded side panels to represent the ultimate goal, winning the gold. Additionally, Chinese characters applied on the red heel tab remind us what it’s all about; loving the game.
Retailing for $190 in adult sizes, look for this Air Jordan 12 at select Jordan Brand stores and online on August 23 in full family sizing. Click and bookmark our official Air Jordan 12 “FIBA” hub page now for everything you need to know about the silhouette and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
The Vivienne Westwood x ASICS GEL-Saga is an exclusive variation of the runner by esteemed British fashion designer, as it’s defined by ethereal imprints of Renaissance art. Flaunting a clean white leather construction, the model’s theme is inspired by Westwood’s Fall/Winter 1990 collection, with its insoles featuring an imagery of French painter François Boucher’s paintings – Daphnis and Chloe. Other details include small “CHAOS” tags, logos at the tongue, embroidered Westwood orbs on the heels and patterned outsoles to top it off.
The adidas Yeezy Basketball “Quantum” is noted as Kanye West’s next silhouette that is infused with basketball DNA, and it’s slated to debut next year. Featured in its inaugural “Quantum” colorway, the sneaker’s design is reflective of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 but elevated with more performance as the Primeknit and neoprene upper allows quick movements without missing firmness. Additionally, its wavy construction is further detailed with an extended ankle collar, beige suede overlays on the toe and reflective accents throughout. Finally, Boost cushioning and a milky translucent outsole tops off the design.
Look for the adidas Yeezy Basketball “Quantum” to debut sometime next year, perhaps during the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Ye’s hometown, Chicago. Click and bookmark our official adidas Yeezy Basketball “Quantum” hub page now for everything you need to know about the sneaker and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
It’s the summer of the tariff. President Donald Trump ignited more conversation around impending duties on Chinese imports when he delayed the 10% tariff on some products until December. But the headlines didn’t tell the full story: Most shoes are still in the batch of goods that will be hit starting Sept. 1
Meanwhile, it was a dramatic week for retail earnings. Macy’s shocked Wall Street with its disappointing report, sending most retail stocks down on Wednesday. A day later, Walmart and Alibaba fueled some recovery after both companies turned in solid numbers.
Both the tariffs and the tough retail climate were hot topics at FN Platform in Las Vegas. A special panel discussion featuring Pensole’s D’Wayne Edwards and Aldo’s Valerie Martin also examined another burning issue — how companies can enact real change when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
Plus, Steve Madden snapped up two more brands and Tapestry’s Kate Spade continued to face challenges.
Read on for five big stories that defined footwear this week.
For more than a year, President Donald Trump has suggested that China was footing the bill for the tariffs slapped on United States imports. On Tuesday, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it would postpone the 10% duty on some of the $300 billion worth of Chinese products. The fourth tranche of tariffs has thus been split, with one set impacted with the additional duty on Sept. 1 and another on Dec. 15. “We’re doing this for the Christmas season,” Trump told reporters. “Just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers.” But according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, more than three quarters (or 77%) of all shoes, clothes and home textile imports to the U.S. from China — amounting to about $39 billion worth of goods — will be taxed when the first wave of tariffs hits in less than three weeks.
Steven Madden Ltd. is on an acquisition streak. A day after completing the purchase of sneaker startup Greats Brands Inc., the New York-based footwear firm announced it snapped up women’s apparel label BB Dakota. Madden has been making big deals in the past few years, adding Dolce Vita, Blondo and Schwartz & Benjamin to its growing portfolio. And its sales numbers continue to impress, even amid a challenging retail climate: For Q2, the Long Island City, N.Y.-based firm reported revenues of $445 million — a 12% gain over the year-ago period.
Blame it on Macy’s. After the department store reported a disappointing Q2 that missed — by a wide margin — analyst expectations, investors punished other retail stocks over concerns that Macy’s disappointing figures were a sign of larger problems in the retail sector. A day later, however, Walmart and Alibaba posted solid results, providing a glimmer of hope to the market and Wall Street.
Tapestry Inc. shares took a hit as progress at Kate Spade — a brand in the middle of an overhaul — stalled during Q4. But company CEO Victor Luis said the company is working to fix it fast. How so? It will focus on reinvigorating product (starting with handbags), launch more whimsical novelty items and unveil a healthy amount of collaborations. The company also is banking on China to fuel growth across all of its brands.
More companies are prioritizing diversity and equality, but change is coming slow. In a conversation at FN Platform, D’Wayne Edwards of Pensole Footwear Design Academy explained that pay equity can be a “two-way” street. “You should also make an effort to increase your value through knowledge you’ve acquired every single year you’re on that job. You want to make yourself undeniable,” he said.
Sophie Turner certainly knows how to pull off one of the year’s hottest trends. The Game of Thrones actress, known for her edgy, risk-taking fashion, has once again mastered the art of wearing biker shorts while out and about in New York City with her husband Joe Jonas.
Turner was spotted holdings hands with her hubby in a pair of skin-tight white biker shorts, a pinstripe menswear-inspired button-down shirt, and casual white sneakers and ankle socks. The low-top leather shoes are the perfect summer accessory for hitting the town thanks to its versatile appeal and maximum comfort. The biker shorts trend, made popular by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, appears to show no signs of slowing down.
This is not the first time Turner has rocked the popular street-style trend. The actress was just recently seen in another pair of biker shorts while out on a shopping trip with her friend Priyanka Chopra in Miami. On that occasion, she opted for an army green version while pairing it with another button-down shirt and sneakers.
Jada Pinkett Smith brought her mix-and-match, high-low style to the premiere of her new film “Angel Has Fallen.” The actress attended the Los Angeles photocall in a luxurious tweed coat from Chanel’s Metiers d’Art collection. She paired the high-end outerwear with a gold embroidered top, dark wash blue jeans, and gold sandals. The T-strap shoes are detailed with small studs and spikes on top of clear PVC.
Pinkett Smith’s coat is from Karl Lagerfeld’s final runway show for Chanel before the designer’s death earlier this year. The pre-fall collection (which debuted last fall) was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in an Egyptian themed setting.
Pinkett Smith loves to play with sparkly, glittery looks, especially when it comes to footwear. She recently sported a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti black patent leather slingbacks with a shiny bejeweled back at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Her shiny silver tuxedo was the perfect match to go along with her dazzling shoes.
Rachel Brosnahan was spotted in New York City yesterday in full costume filming for the new season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the hit comedy on Amazon Video that won her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress. “Mrs. Maisel” costume designer Donna Zakowska styled Brosnahan in a 1950s bright green dress, matching fascinator hat, and teal coat. She paired the look with light blue pumps with a sensible heel.
The Emmy-award-winning actress was seen on set carrying boxes and walking the streets of New York. The show is set in the late 1950s, where Brosnahan’s character “Midge” lives a comfortable life in the Upper West Side, often sporting fit-and-flare dresses, elongated coats, and bright colors.
“The transformation process isn’t complete without putting on these gorgeous costumes,” Brosnahan previously told FN. “Having my hair done, putting on that red lip — without any single one of those elements, I don’t feel like Midge when I look in the mirror.” The vintage heels Brosnahan has to wear are reportedly so small that she has to go up a size and a half in all the shoes, which proved to be a challenge in the beginning.
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Rachel Brosnahan on What It’s Really Like to Walk in 1950s Shoes
Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in Los Angeles yesterday after leaving her go-to yoga spot. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel was seen wearing a gray sports bra and short leggings while holding her yoga mat and a change of clothes. Her hair was up in a bun and she had on black aviators, layered necklaces and a watch. Instead of sporting sneakers, she had on a simple pair of Havaianas sandal flip flops, presumably to take them off easier for her yoga class.
The Brazilian supermodel and mother of two is an avid yoga practitioner and has been spotted leaving yoga classes before. On one occasion, she was seen exiting the venue wearing purple leggings emblazoned with palm trees, a T-shirt, and another pair of flip flops. Outside of working out, Ambrosio keeps her look flexible and appropriate for the occasion, whether it’s a black-tie gala or a work function. For her more relaxed days, she’s been known to slip into high-tech sneakers or slip-ons for her day-to-day affairs.
Alessandra Ambrosio leaving yoga.
Ambrosio is perhaps known more for her stunning red carpet looks that show off her statuesque figure. She tends to gravitate towards sexy, sky-high stilettos and strappy sandals that elongate her toned legs from designer brands like Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Louboutin. She likes to pair them with short hemlines and minidresses for her more formal events. She was recently spotted at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in an ethereal white Ralph & Russo couture gown and silver gladiator sandals.
Nick Jonas is in the middle of his world tour with the Jonas Brothers, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting a round of golf in between performances. The singer was spotted out and about in New York City this morning on his way to play golf. He sported a navy polo with white piping, white shorts with golf gloves in the back pocket, a navy cap, and black aviators. His black leather fanny pack was slung across his torso, and he also wore a pair of simple, white slip-on shoes. Jonas was also seen holding his golf bag with equipment and gear inside.
Jonas is an avid golfer (as is his brother, Joe) and took some time this morning to get a few rounds in before his concert with the Jonas Brothers tonight in Boston. The group is in the middle of the North American leg of their “Happiness Begins” tour, which kicked off this month in Miami. Nick and Joe were also spotted playing golf together there before their performance.
Jonas’s white slip-on shoes are a signature look for him as he’s usually seen in white styles from several different footwear brands, including Common Projects and Adidas. The singer does like to mix it up for date night, however, as evident from a recent outing with his wife Priyanka Chopra in London. Jonas sported a pair of classic grey New Balance 990v5 sneakers on that occasion.
Every time Jennifer Lopez leaves the gym after a workout (does she exercise three times a day?!), Emily Ratajkowski walks her dog in a completely over-the-top outfit, or Kate Middleton does, well, pretty much anything, there are photographers waiting to capture their “everyday style.” While the lives of celebrities seem to be filled with glitz and glamour, on a daily basis, they opt for casual pieces. Stars—they’re just like us!
For every picture of Bella Hadid bathed in jewels on Venetian boat, there’s another picture of the model wearing an Adidas sweatshirt. The same goes for Kate Middleton, whose elegant but attainable style is what childhood princess dreams are made of. Thanks to stars providing fashion inspiration for the masses, we’ve rounded up affordable celebrity shoe brands so you too can go to the gym three times a day (or walk your dog looking supremely stylish).
Schutz is my go-to whenever I need a pair of wedges, heels, or sultry shoes to add a certain flair to my outfit. This seems to be the case with celebs, as the brand is loved by Camila Mendes, Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, Alessandra Ambrosio, and more. Best of all, most styles ring in at under $200, making it more affordable than the majority of items in my closet. Schutz has been with me at pivotal moments in life, from college graduation to fashion events in New York.
If you haven’t heard of Veja, you’ve probably seen the brand everywhere without even realizing it. Specializing in simple, affordable sneakers, this brand is a go-to whenever Ratajkowski walks her dog on the streets of NYC wearing a totally inappropriate outfit for said activity (which is, um, always). The only part of these admittedly stylish looks are her shoes: Veja will take you from casual to sleek in no time.
Whenever I’m walking through SoHo, which is too often for my wallet, I make a stop in Sam Edelman. That’s because any time I’m looking for an affordable version of a specific shoe style, Sam Edelman has it. Thanks to its equally fun slide-on sandals and ankle boots, it’s no wonder celebs like Gabrielle Union and Victoria Justice favor the brand.
A classic choice for easy footwear, Adidas is loved by including Kate Middleton, Gigi Hadid, and many more. No one sticks to using them as exercise shoes… In fact, Adidas even makes appearances at royal events and at Paris Fashion Week. Fortunately, they’re always an affordable choice (and comfortable to boot).
Yes, you read that correctly. Love it or hate it (perhaps you have traumatic memories of wearing them in middle school), Uggs are making a comeback. Diverting from its traditional slouchy comfortable boots, Ugg is exploring the world of slides and over-the-knee boots, and celebs like Vanessa Hudgens seem to be on board.
I’m pretty sure everyone owns a pair of classic Nikes at this point. I have at least five pairs, and I’m pretty sure Bella Hadid has 500. Nike shoes are easy and accessible, and they can be styled with everything from workout leggings to a ball gown (if you’re Serena Williams).
If you ask me, aside from the holiday sale season, this is one of the most exciting times of the year to shop. Let me tell you why: We’re currently in summer, and with at least a month before the temperatures cool, warm-weather buys are still on the table. However, the most fashionable time of the year (also known as fall) is on the horizon, too, so splurging on a pair of boots or good jacket isn’t necessarily a bad idea either. In other words, the world is your oyster and, as a result, this editor is having a blast scrolling through new arrivals. Speaking of which…
From dresses and going-out tops to basics, accessories, even a wedding-worthy dress, and more, there’s so much to love on Zara, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter at the moment that I actually had trouble narrowing my favorites down to just 42. Nonetheless, I did, so to shop my top picks from each site—including a few that are already in my cart—simply scroll down and thank me later.
If there’s one aesthetic I aspire to every fall—a look I’ll happily embrace each and every day—it’s all-neutral tones. In shades of caramel, beige, tan, and white (yes, even past Labor Day), I long for the elegantly sophisticated feel that this narrow breadth of warm tones brings. In truth, there’s no color scheme that makes me feel more divine in my femininity or closer to Angelina Jolie. Contrasted with a pair of bright red lips, it helps me feel classically chic and incredibly powerful.
For that reason, my beige turtlenecks and neutral crepe pants were thrilled when I came across the resurfacing of tan boots for fall. There’s something incredibly sumptuous about finishing off a neutral outfit with tan boots—it brings the entire look together in a way black ankle boots could never hope to. If you, too, feel that neutrals are necessary and tan is to die for, shop the best tan-boot outfits below. (Nars’s semi-matte lipstick in Jungle Red is my go-to, in case you were wondering.)
Make like Chrissy Teigen and get yourself an all-neutral outfit in various tones of cream. This outfit is giving me all of the fall vibes—in fact, it’s headed right to my mood board.
There are few things I enjoy more than a good monochrome outfit, and this tan look is no exception. J.Lo looks like she’s ready to stroll extravagantly through the streets of Paris, peering into the windows of Fendi and Chanel before grabbing a single espresso.
The easiest way to style tan boots? With boyfriend jeans and a white tee. Priyanka Chopra is giving us all a lesson is casual chic combinations, and I, for one, am taking notes.
Pantsuits, specifically those that are military-inspired, are made for the bold of heart (you know, ladies like Lily Aldridge). While this outfit would fit in seamlessly on the set of Top Gun, it also looks fabulous on the streets while running errands.
Gigi is giving off major beach vibes as she channels the energy of a mermaid and the golden hues of a sandy Caribbean beach. These warm hues are perfectly complemented by her tan boots—she practically radiates warmth and light.
Pasta, clothing, and pretty lingerie are three things Italians have mastered. Want to make homemade spaghetti? Check Google. But when it comes to the best fashion brands, we did the grunt work for you, scouring the internet and Instagram to find a handful of affordable Italian clothing brands fashion girls love. Last but not least, today, we’re rounding up the best Italian bra brands.
In order to hone on the dreamiest Italian lingerie brands, we tapped Michela D’Angelo, an Italy-based influencer, stylist, and fashion consultant. In the past, D’Angelo’s modeled for Valentino and Marc Jacobs, though she now dedicates much of her time to consulting in the fashion world and working with brands such as Calvin Klein and Bottega Veneta. (In other words, she’s a girl who knows good labels.)
Prepare yourselves: D’Angelo’s picks are quite impossible to pass up. From the prettiest lacey bralettes in the game to comfy, affordable options you can always reach for, ahead, the three bra brands one Italian girl swears by (and you will, too).
“I go there to buy all stretch basics in black. They’re very comfortable, and the price point is great, but best of all, the brand recently introduced a line in plain, simple silk, which is amazing. I got three co-ords in black, champagne, and white—all classic and very beautiful.”
“If you want to treat yourself with something really extra, you definitely have to go for La Perla’s pieces. I love the embroidered lace-trimmed silk camisoles and brief set (got one in pink last week), but most of all, the bras in black stretch tulle. There are so many options!”
“I recently discovered this little gem on Instagram. It’s a small company that produces all its pieces in ‘slow couture’ in Italy, paying attention to social values and supporting local craftsmanship. Shop the customizable briefs, which are already a must. Also lovely as a gift for your girlfriends.”
Confession: I was not always an avid thrifter. For a long time, I, like many other shoppers, was intimidated and turned off by the process of thrifting. It’s hard to find the motivation to sift through your local consignment store when Zara makes it so easy to see the latest collection drop. But there came a point where I looked at my closet and realized it was filled with disposable pieces I didn’t love, so I decided to change the way I shopped. My solution was to start buying quality secondhand pieces over fast-fashion buys. The transition wasn’t easy, but I can honestly say it’s been for the best. Read on to discover the unexpected benefits of thrift shopping and how it’s made me happier…
I’m just going to say something you’re not supposed to say here… I used to think thrifting was gross. (Yes, I know I was a snob and a half.) But to be fair, thrifting was part of my childhood, so I found pleasure in shopping for items that were brand-new. There’s a level of reckoning with privilege when you’re reassessing how you shop; being able to choose between buying new clothing and going thrifting is a privilege in and of itself. And unfortunately society places value on having the latest styles over seeking out sustainable pieces. But for me, thrifting flipped that narrative: It taught me to not only love the hunt but to ditch the guilt around not being able to afford the trendiest bag. As it turns out, great style doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny.
Don’t @ me for the following statement: I’m over the way everyone seems to dress the same. While I love that Instagram has democratized fashion, it’s also made it that much easier to find yourself wearing the same bag as everyone else—and I’m not about that life. If you, too, find yourself wanting to stand out in a sea of style influencers, thrifting is for you. In general, wherever you choose to shop, I cannot stress enough how important it is to buy pieces that are worth the investment and represent your personal style. Bonus: If you choose to thrift, you may score a secondhand I Am Gia leather duster that is not only practical and unique, but can also be worn for years to come. (True story.)
If you live for getting those “I love your outfit” compliments, it’s time you take thrifting seriously. I’ve never gotten more compliments in my life than when I started thrifting (my secondhand Rebecca Minkoff dress is a compliment magnet). There’s something magical about wearing something you love—you just glow in a different way.
I was definitely sleeping on the consignment life—but I’m awake now. The majority of my designer pieces have been found digging through the trenches of a consignment store. But how do you know you’re saving money? I suggest doing some research on your favorite brands. I always try to find the original price of a piece (unless it’s true vintage) before purchasing it.
In addition to looking for the original retail value, I compare prices on consignment sites like The Real Real, Versatile Collective, and eBay to get an idea of how much I’m saving, because some pieces are actually worth buying new. I also try to find pieces priced at 50% (or less) off the original price; this ratio won’t always apply to collectible pieces or a newer designer piece, but it can be a great way to keep track of your savings.
Honestly, there’s no feeling that really rivals scoring a designer piece at a third of the price. Some of my best secondhand finds include my body-con YSL dress and my Cult Gaia ark bag. I’ll admit, however, that it takes some work: I frequently spend my weekends knee-deep in the racks at consignment shops looking for my next gem.
If you don’t have the time or the patience, let me introduce you to… the internet. Sarcasm aside, thrifting has been made easier thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi. Not only can you find some of the best online consignment stores and online vintage shops, but by using specific search terms, you can also set up notifications for the pieces you’re looking for. (In other words, that Fendi Baguette you’ve been eyeing will soon be yours.)
Of all the reasons to abstain from fast fashion, this is the most important. The fast-fashion industry produces over 15.1 million tons of textile waste every year. Because rather than donating or recycling unsold sale items, fast-fashion brands often burn or toss them, and the debris can end up in the ocean where the plastic microfibers are being consumed by fish and subsequently humans. Terrifying, right? But you don’t need to feel powerless; in addition to voting for politicians and policies that help ensure ethical and environmental practices, you can personally adopt sustainable shopping practices. Because in truth, that affordable fast-fashion piece costs a lot more than you think.
There are so many reasons I love thrifting, but maybe the simplest one is the joy it has brought into my life. And while that may seem trivial, your wardrobe should make you look and feel your best, and if you do happen to find the pieces you love most at Goodwill, well, even better.
Okay, you already know it’s no longer taboo to wear your lingerie outside of the bedroom. And now that we’ve reached the height of summer—with all the heat and humidity that comes along with it—the last thing you want to wear is more layers than necessary. Luckily, with all of the stylish racerback bras on the market, you can have a top that’ll act as your bra and your top—sounds like a win-win situation to us.
This year, whether it’s a style that feels parallel to a classic sports bra or a more delicate lace option, fashion girls are swapping out their everyday summer tops for a cool racerback style. Wear them under a denim jacket or looser tops when you need more coverage, or wear them on their own with a pair of high-waisted jeans for your next night out. If you’re on board with this easy trend, scroll down to shop 17 chic racerback bras to add into your wardrobe now.
When Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2019, I was eager to hear the intel on which hue would dominate in fashion and design and ultimately set the trends for the year ahead. But upon learning the news that Living Coral, a salmon-pink color, would be crowned the title, I just laughed (sorry if you’re reading this, Pantone). As a fashion editor, I pride myself on staying abreast of the latest trends, and nowhere in my view was this coral color. Not to mention, I had avoided the shade for a long time, knowing it did nothing to complement my skin tone or my hair color and never knowing what colors pair well with it. I was surprised, to say the least.
It got me wondering: What are the fashion color trends of 2019 that I do stand behind? I dove headfirst into some trend research and decided upon the following five color trends. These are the ones you’ll be double-tapping, adding to cart, and ultimately wearing throughout the year, so I suggest you get to know them if you, like me, are proposing a ban on Living Coral.
From reinvented pastels that are actually groundbreaking for spring to the one non-color color trend that Instagram’s already having a field day with, keep reading to see and shop them all.
Slime green may have emerged as the buzziest color trend only a few months earlier, but the overpowering shade of green will be replaced by a much softer (and easier-to-style) hue for the remainder of 2019: sage green.
Pastels for spring—groundbreaking, I know. This dreamy shade of blue comes with all the apropos springtime pastels without any of the clichés.
Remember when Gen Z yellow was all anyone could talk about? Well, the sunny color is being revamped this year with a particularly saturated, zingy twist. Think of farmers market lemons or, I don’t know, a Post-it note.
No lie: I used to be anti-pink, associating too many negative “overly girly” connotations with the color, but the rise of this more subdued take on the color has me reconsidering. The dustier shade feels like a more grown-up version of Millennial Pink.
Okay, so technically, this color trend isn’t really a color at all. With the influx of earth-toned ensembles and #stickofbutter outfit ‘grams, one of the chicest spring color trends may actually be a far subtler and more sophisticated shade than anything else of high saturation.
At 5’4″, I’m considered to be the average height for a woman in America, and it’s still technically considered petite. I buy pretty much 100% of my wardrobe online, so it can be frustrating when all I have to go off of is a photo of a model that’s 5’8″ or taller wearing a particular item, which is often the case. But as someone who has been an avid shopper for life and has been writing about fashion for more than five years, I’ve learned to be able to tell what works and doesn’t work for my frame just by looking at an item.
I’m certainly not here to tell you what trends to wear and not wear, as everyone’s style preferences and bodies are different. I’m simply here to share what styles I’m avoiding this coming season, in case you, too, are on the shorter side and need a little guidance navigating the trends.
Read on to find out which fall 2019 trends I’m skipping and supporting, based on my height.
I find frilly ruffled pieces to be a bit overpowering on me (although a few here and there never hurt anyone). On the other hand, feathers are an accent that feels lighter and less voluminous. Carrie Bradshaw was on to something…
Unless I wear very high heels (which I’m not particularly fond of doing), I haven’t had much luck with long, loose pants. But the non-cropped straight-leg denim styles that are trending are quite leg-lengthening, which I can get on board with.
I find leather clothing to be a chic trend that anyone can wear. But a trend that I don’t feel that way about is quilted pieces that could easily be mistaken for a duvet insert.
I’ve seen photos of myself with oversize bags when they were a trend in the past, and I’ve decided that it’s not a look I want to repeat, even though they’re already everywhere this season. The proportions just don’t mesh with my height, so I’m sticking to other trends for now, like bags with chunky chain straps.
Capes are certainly chic on some people, but they have a tendency to swallow me. An outerwear trend I am looking forward to, though, is trench coats, especially since they can be belted at the waist for some definition.
Puff sleeves have been a major trend for the majority of 2019, but I love it so much that I plan on continuing to wear them into fall. I find them to be much more flattering than pieces with broad shoulder pads, which is an ’80s look that has returned.
Don’t get me wrong—I’d happily put on a tent dress (they were all over Copenhagen Fashion Week street style) and call it a day, but as with capes, at 5’4″, I’m swallowed whole. That said, two trends I’m wearing instead are maxi skirts (especially ones that are cut on the slimmer side) and boilersuits, my current favorite one-and-done trend.