32 Trendy Bags and Shoes That Also Happen to Be Under $100

The rest of the seasons are fine and all, but there’s just something special about summer fashion. Pieces are lighter, more eye-catching, often colorful, and usually a lot more fun. This is especially true when it comes to accessories. Even for those who, like myself, tend to dress on the simpler side, a trendy little bag or pair of special sandals can propel even the most basic of looks to another level—one which I very much enjoy dressing at.

If you’re on the same page, then I think you’ll like what we’ve got for you today. With the help of our very own Who What Wear collection, I’ve rounded up a whopping 32 trend-forward summer accessories, all of which are also under $100.

So whether you’re looking to add a bright bag to your collection or are still on the hunt for those perfect sandals, I’ve got you covered. To see and shop them all for yourself, plus take in a little styling inspiration along the way, just keep scrolling.

Picture perfect.

I love this color.

You can never go wrong with croc embossing.

These will make your legs look a million miles long.

These strappy sandals are fashion girl–approved.

Lime green for the win.

You’ll never get sick of this one.

Swap your basic flats for these.

This multicolor print will be so easy to pair with different colors.

Where have these mesh mules been all my life?

Ankle-wrap sandals are another summer must.

Who doesn’t love a sculptural heel that’s also comfortable?

A little zebra bag will make any outfit instantly cooler.

Fancy flip-flops are at the top of my shoe shopping list right now.

These white sandals will lighten up all your looks.

Just add a midi dress.

How could you not want this after seeing how cool it looks above?

I actually think I need these.

Simply pefect.

A little bag that packs a big punch.

I have been living in these over the last two weeks.

This bright-colored pair will look so good with jeans.

For a softer take on the sporty-sandal trend.

Another pair of white heels for the collection.

This will look just as good with other bright colors as it will with neutrals.

There’s just something so classic about a T-strap.

This chain comes off so you can use this bag as a clutch.

The perfect shade of blue for summer.

The combination of zebra print and this baguette shape is ideal.

For all the minimalists out there.

The wear-with-dresses sandals you’ve been missing.

The perfect little summer bag.

Next: Trust Me, Buy This—At-Home Edition

Scandi Girls Are Fixated on These 4 Home Décor Trends

I’ve been on an interior design kick in recent months, trying to make my apartment feel like the most comforting and enjoyable space possible. That quest led me to the impossibly chic world of Scandinavian homes on Instagram, where some of the coolest design trends are being born. 

Some home trends right now are very specific, like the Isamu Noguchi–inspired round paper lanterns that I keep seeing everywhere. Others leave room for interpretation, like the statement vase trend. It girl Nnenna Echem, for instance, has a beautifully colorful vase in her Oslo home, while Emili Sindlev decorated her Copenhagen dwelling with minimalist, sculptural versions. Scroll down to shop Scandinavian home décor trends that I hope will bring joy to your safe space. 

Next, three very specific colors trending at H&M, Madewell, and Mango right now

Opening Image: Hanna Stefansson

Fashion Girls Everywhere Are Wearing This $3 Item at Home

Back in November, we covered the rise of hero socks, which quickly became the centerpiece of many stylish outfits. Fast forward to spring, and amidst circumstances that have many of us staying at home, we’ve noticed many Instagram posts featuring cozy socks. This makes perfect sense (all the better to pad around the house in, right?). But upon closer inspection, we realized there was a clear preference for one sock brand, in particular: Nike.

With its socks at such an affordable price point, we couldn’t help but call out that Nike has the fashion crowd’s ringing endorsement. We think the popularity has something to do with the particular retro flavor of loungewear that has been bubbling since the beginning of the year. Throwback sweatsuits with the kind of sweatpants that bunch around the ankle have been trending since January, and as our Managing Editor Kristen Nichols demonstrated, a sweatpant’s best friend is a pair of classic white socks. Celebs like Kaia Gerber re-ignited the trend of wearing socks over leggings in a ’80s Jazzercise manner back in February, influencers are on board with the look too, and we all know Princess Diana’s nostalgic athleisure looks with her white tube socks pulled up high have always been an inspiration for the fashion community. Put that all together with the current penchant for comfort at home and it makes sense why a classic sportswear brand like Nike’s socks might come out on top. Don’t take my word for it, though. Scroll down to see how some of my favorite stylish ladies are sporting that signature check.

Ahh, the aforementioned Kaia Gerber–approved look. Extra points here for blending the sporty look with elevated elements like a standout gold bracelet and a hint of a leather blazer.

We all know matching sets are where it’s at right now. A few favorites are right below.

Shop the matching Grey Turn Up Longline Sweat Shorts ($25).

Shop the matching Curve Lounge Mix & Match Loopback Raw Edge Jogger ($29).

Shop the matching Reverse Weave Drawstring Shorts ($49).

The sport-meets-glamour marriage between Nike socks and an anklet is a partnership I can get behind.

This lovely shoot illustrates that socks worn solo are just as nice. A cute dog cameo doesn’t hurt either.

We’d like to supplement this image with a link to our favorite ways to style sweatpants. 

Why not go for a little frill flair?

A high-low mix will always set our sartorial hearts racing.

New Balance sneakers are coming back in a big way among the fashion crowd. 

This shot does it all: the it sock, sneaker, and sweatpants, styled in the most on-trend way.

We’re just waiting for a third image to call this a bona fide trend, but for now, our collective eyebrow is piqued. Ironic fashion can be fun, so we’re curious about these tongue-in-cheek Ikea socks.

Next up, check out how to get spring’s freshest accessory trend for as little as $31.

This One Ingredient in Your Moisturizer Could Be Making You Break Out

As a lifelong beauty enthusiast, I’ve always considered myself pretty knowledgeable on my combination skin type and the kinds of products that work best on it. I rotate through an artfully crafted regimen of cleansers, serumsmoisturizers and oils to combat the various zones of oiliness, dryness, and even occasional sensitivity on my face. When I met with acclaimed celebrity dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD, recently, he pointed to a small (but mighty) breakout I was experiencing and suggested a skincare swap I wasn’t expecting. “You should think about using an oil-free moisturizer,” he said plainly. “You want to hydrate, but oils can block the pores.” I. Was. Shook.

Although it’s no surprise that oil can clog the pores and lead to breakouts, I thought I was immune to such foolery since the slippery substance is among my favorite skincare ingredients. I love double-cleaning with an oil cleanser and even rely on a number of different types, especially during the winter months when the skin around my mouth gets straight-up parched. “Nowadays, technology allows for you to have great results without oils, and I think that’s a good move for you,” Gross explained.

Water-based moisturizers are a popular alternative to their oil-based counterparts. Simply put, they employ water as the main ingredient into which the other, water-attracting humectant ingredients are mixed. This helps to achieve hydration from within the skin as opposed to sealing in moisture from the outside. “It gives what’s called internal hydration, so it doesn’t sit on your skin like oils do. It gets inside the skin and brings water into the skin. Not only do you get hydration, you get some plumping, and this beautiful, dewy radiance without the possible side effects of excess oils,” says Gross. 

Though I was hesitant to fully jump on the oil-free train, the fact is that when the trusted dermatologist of stars from Zoë Kravitz to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes a suggestion, you listen. And so began my deep dive into this foreign skin territory. Ahead, 16 water-based moisturizers to quench the thirstiest skin.

Conversations about water-based moisturizers truly start and end with this OG offering from Tatcha. The water-burst technology is supported by Japanese Wild Rose to balance the skin and refine pores, and Japanese Leopard-Lily keeps oil production in check. The result is plump, clear skin.

Instead of oil-based humectants, this hydra-gel moisturizer employs lotus, cactus fruit, bamboo leaf, wild soybean, and green tea extract to not only deliver moisture but also keep it locked in the skin.

This oil-free water gel offering from Neutrogena feels refreshing and cool on application. Don’t let the lightweight consistency fool you, hyaluronic acid and olive extract make it a deeply moisturizing option.

K-beauty brand Laneige is long-beloved for its oil-free offerings, and this one is no different. The green mineral water base in this deeply moisturizing cream is extracted from brussel sprouts, artichoke, and lima bean, so it’s basically like a salad for your face. 

Marine algae, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and coconut extracts join forces to promote firm, hydrated skin by enhancing moisture content and plumping fine lines and wrinkles. If you want to look like you drink a gallon of water every day, this is a must-have.

This hydrating gel moisturizer contains anti-aging and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and B3 vitamins that penetrate the skin to condition from the inside out at a much lower price.

Another aptly named water-cream option, this one by Saturday Skin uses mineral-rich Alaska glacier water as its main ingredient. From there, a peptide formula and soothing moss keep the skin calm and balanced.

Not only does this water cream hydrate sans a potentially pore-clogging oil base, it also exfoliates to help rid your face of stubborn dark marks at the same time.

This lightweight gel emulsion employs watermelon extract to soothe the skin while hyaluronic acid carries water deep beneath the surface. It also smells good and looks so pretty sitting on your vanity.

Hero ingredients hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and niacinamides make sure this non-comedogenic formula moisturizes all day long. Plus, the added SPF protects from the sun’s harmful rays.

I mean, the name itself says everything you need to know about the heavenly concoction. A 30% concentration of hyaluronic acid at three different molecular sizes has the ability to hydrate the skin for up to 72 hours. Ceramides also help to lock in even more moisture.

Although not totally oil-free, this nourishing mineral water-based gel delivers lightweight hydration via herbal extracts and a conscious blend of jojoba oil, olive squalene, and shea butter to protect the skin and preserve moisture.

This innovative formula starts out like a water-cream but disperses into a hydrating toner and you rub it in. Sea water and vitamin C and E, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid all work together to hydrate, brighten, and smooth the skin.

This oil-free hydra-gel is the perfect combatant to both dryness and breakouts. It contains beta hydroxy acids, mallow extract, and a special blend of skin-defending extracts and antioxidants that offer as much protection as hydration.

Sophie Turner is a fan of this ultra-lightweight moisturizer, which deploys cactus water to nourish and impart heavy-hitting hydration without clogging the pores.

The soothing prebiotic thermal water base is one of only a handful of ingredients in this formulation, which makes it perfect for more sensitive skin types. Up next, a  top dermatologist says this is the best skincare regimen to treat acne. This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

This Expensive-Looking Trend Is Seriously Chic (If You Avoid Coffee and Kids)

At least once a week I like to live dangerously. And by that, I mean I slip into a chic head-to-toe white outfit despite the fact that a) I have one seriously messy toddler and b) I drink a copious amount of tea and coffee. Call me crazy, I know. But sometimes when it comes to fashion the heart wins over the head! An all white outfit is sumptuously sophisticated and inherently expensive-looking—even if you haven’t spent a fortune on it.

A flurry of all white outfits sashayed down the S/S 2020 runways this year—from billowy lace dresses at Alexander Mcqueen to sleek, relaxed tailoring at Tory Burch. And if that’s not enough to get you excited, Instagram’s style set have been showing us a myriad of cool and easy ways to wear the tricky trend—proving that there’s no better time than summer 2020—while we are mostly staying home and less risk averse to stains—to give a head-to-toe white outfit a whirl. (Although, I do advise to keep coffee and kids at a safe distance!)

The key to pulling off the trend this summer is to play with textures, layering, and volume which will keep your look interesting. Also don’t be afraid of breaking up the look with contrasting accessories from black sandals to gold jewelry. And if an all white outfit feels a little daunting, mix it up by adding buttery neutrals. Below I’m sharing some seriously cool all-white outfits to help you take on the trend this summer.

Lean into the preppy tennis trend we’re seeing all over the ‘gram this summer, and pair a tennis skirt with a chic asymmetric tank top, and finish with of-the-moment crew socks and crisp white retro sneakers.

Milkmaid-style tops are having a major moment this season—try a white one with a relaxed pair of high-waisted linen pants and complete your look with gold hoops and a hair scarf for one charming summer ensemble.

There’s nothing more simple and effortless than a crisp white tee and jeans. Pair it with a summer-ready straw bag and sophisticated flip-flops.

As sunbathing weather hits, opt for a minimalist-chic white bikini paired with an oversize white button down. A smattering of gold jewelry will add interest to the look. Classic yet chic.

Nothing says summer quite like a dreamy white maxi dress. Pair with contrasting sporty sandals and a biscuit hued cardi for cool summer nights.

Relaxed short suits were all over the S/S 2020 runways. Opt for long shorts and a blazer in lightweight fabrics and break the look up with a contrasting black tee.

All-white outfits don’t need to be complicated. In fact a chic white slip dress and sporty sandals is striking in its simplicity. Finish the look with a white crochet bag.

Up next, 15 under-$100 key items to invest in for summer.

Shorts Are the New Skirts—See the Proof and Shop My Favorite Pairs

Sorry, skirt lovers, but it’s true. Shorts are the new skirts, and your girl here can prove it. At first, I just thought that the abundance of cool shorts outfits on my feed was another quarantine thing. After all, skirts don’t make quite as much sense as a pair of stretchy bike shorts or breezy sweatshorts for doing anything from dialing into Zoom meetings to lying on the couch in between tasks. However, as we inch closer and closer to summer’s official arrival—June 20, for anyone who’s counting down the days—it’s become increasingly clear that this trend is neither short-lived nor confined to the home.

As someone who has been a longtime champion of shorts over skirts, I’m excited to both show you some of the “proof” I’ve gathered as well as help you shop out the five main categories fashion girls are wearing now. From athletic styles to tailored picks to classic denim (sometimes with a twist), I guarantee something for everyone but likely more than just one pair you’ll love below. To get started, just keep scrolling.  

Next: Trust me, buy this—at-home edition.

6 “Ugly” Summer Sandal Trends I’m Refusing to Ditch

If I had it my way, my summer wardrobe would consist solely of bikinis and big T-shirts, but since that doesn’t really fly in the real world, I find myself letting loose a bit more in other areas of the sartorial spectrum. One of those areas just so happens to be footwear. While I am all for a chic shoe moment, summer always gives me the courage to get experimental with my shoes, and this season, I am leaning hard into the six “ugly” sandal trends ahead. 

As we’ve said time and again, “ugly” trends aren’t really ugly at all; they simply aren’t as “pretty” as, let’s say, a delicate kitten heel and definitely feel a tad riskier to test out. Make sense? Ahead, I have listed out the six “ugly” summer sandal trends that I love a lot. Some of the selected are ones you’ve certainly heard of before, while others are fresh to the scene, but either way, I am here to welcome them into my closet with open arms. After you see how versatile and fun each trend is for yourself, you’ll most likely be in full agreement. 

Fisherman-style sandals are just the new sandal trend we needed this summer. These caged-in shoes are practical but feel oddly exciting. While it’s definitely on the chunkier side, this is one sandal trend that doesn’t appear to be “pretty” on the foot, but it sure as hell looks good nonetheless. 

We started to see the rise of clogs back in the fall, and now, the clog-sandal movement is well underway. Fit with a clunky wooden sole and a simple leather buckle across the toes, once again, this is not a trend that necessarily flatters the foot, but I don’t remember the last time I cared about that, so here we are. 

This one is not new by any means, yet it continues to show up on the feet of fashion girls across the globe. This sporty sandal trend looks perfect with everything from dresses to athletic shorts and doubles as an easy house shoe, which we all need right now.

Having a piece of leather or fabric tied around your big toe is definitely an interesting look, but it’s one that continues to bubble as the temperatures rise. From flat sandals to wrapped-up high heels, this is one sandal detail that will have heads turning all summer long. 

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen flatforms pop up as a major trend, but apparently, summer 2020 is their time to shine. These large and loud shoes require a brave wearer, but as we’ve seen all across social platforms, this sartorial platform is worth the risk for a killer ensemble. 

Heeled thongs also rose up to fame last summer, but there is no slowing their roll as we head full-force into summer 2020. These fancy flip-flops are the perfect versatile shoes to wear with everything from formal to casual seasonal attire. And while the trend itself might make you cringe a tad at the 2000s nostalgia, it’s one that I plan on diving back into ASAP.

Next up: 19 black-owned fashion brands you can support now and forever. 

Nordstrom Shoppers Think These 25 Closet Staples Are Supreme (and I Do Too)

I, like many, tend to read product reviews before I actually purchase something. Sure, I first ensure an item fits my personal style and will work well in my wardrobe, but if other shoppers have less than positive things to say about a piece, there’s a strong chance I’ll skip it. I also practice this same method when I’m recommending products to my inner circle. I recently scrolled through one of my go-to stores, Nordstrom, to uncover some fresh staples to suggest to a few friends. I ended up pulling out those particularly noteworthy pieces that were not only chic and versatile from my perspective but also had strong reviews with four stars and above.

Naturally, I wanted to share these supreme staples with you in case you’re interested in adding a few into your weekly rotation. Keep scrolling for a breakdown of top-rated pieces worth considering from Nordstrom, complete with actual customer testimonials.

“Just what I expected. Soft, oversized and made to relax.” — aslick

“Cute, comfy and stylish. I wear a 7 and my foot is a little narrow. This fits well and will also be ok if your not a narrow foot too!” — VivR

“These jeans are so soft and comfortable I highly recommend them.” — Good21

“The fabric quality is great and so is the fit. The material is super soft and comfortable. It’s a simple top but it goes well with everything from high waisted jeans to skirts.” — JasmineTea1

“My go to sandals!!!! love it! worth the price.” — gd0918

“I couldn’t believe how beautiful this dress is! Good material, fits perfect, true size, good quality! Very surprised and happy. I received lots of compliments!” — Chiesa

“Love these shorts. True to size. Great length.” — Noelcodi

“Wonderful material, great fit, and color. Material is comfortable and classy.” — GiGiDuck

“I’m going to eventually get one in every color. It’s so comfortable and you can wear it everywhere. Super cute!” — Sabrina M

“Gorgeous dress. The material is so satiny and soft. It just runs a bit big. Definitely go down a size. Much prettier and of higher quality than picture suggests.” — Osofjord

“This top is one of my favorites, and I wear it SO much! It runs slightly large, so I would suggest sizing down. I normally wear a size Small/Medium, and I ended up going with a small. Highly recommend!” — StyleandSequins

“These shorts fit great and the material is incredible for the price.” — Melismt

“Bought in all three colors! Lovely tank that you can wear on its own or underneath things. Thin, but not see-through.” — jeans_jan

“So cute! So comfortable! Love the raw edge!” — AFlip

“Glad to get this cardigan. I love the color and fabric. Just what I need for the night this summer.” — Ocean007

“This skirt fits so well and is so cute. Can be casual or dressed up. Just don’t wear it in the wind…. It’s a wrap-around!” — My2centa

“This top is perfect to either dress up or down with high waisted pants or shorts.” — Ambie88

“I loved this top so much that I ended up purchasing in two other colors! Dresses up and down so well, and the fray in the neckline is a cute addition. Sizing is accurate, no need to go up or down.” — KatieeeeB

“Very comfortable and flattering, definitely one of my favorite leggings.” — N1993

“In love with these sandals!” — Mak97

“Highly recommend these pants…amazing fit, love this brand!” — SammyBennysMom

“Love this top it’s soft and really comfortable, got it in light color blue, going to order in black and white now.” — mrsluna

“The fit is perfect and I love the waistband. So comfortable. Will purchase other colors.” — trscott

“I love my bag, seriously my everyday bag….goes with everything, holds everything….can make it look dressy or casual, I love it and I get all the compliments 🙂 you won’t regret the purchase!” — Carmen_yoga

“I love Vans and these are no exception! They are roomy, super comfy footbed and barely a need for breaking in. I do size down a half size in the slip-ons.” — Gmemery93

Next, check out affordable summer clothing options to shop now.

5 Summer Trends You Won’t Regret in 10 Years

Trends come and go (and come back again), but some things will truly stand the test of time. Why is it that I look at my outfits from 2010 and cringe, but I see 60-year-old photos of Jackie Kennedy’s style and want to dress just like her? Because she stuck to the classics. Experimenting with trends is definitely fun, but certain pieces have much more staying power. 

For all of you classic dressers out there, I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorite trends that I believe will still look chic in 10 years (and beyond). For instance, monochrome dressing is such an easy way to look put-together without really trying. Just grab a few pieces in the same color, and you’re good to go. Scroll down to shop the other classic summer clothing trends I love, along with outfit ideas courtesy of IG’s coolest ladies. 

Next, three very specific colors trending at H&M, Madewell, and Mango right now

32 Summer Picks I Found on Amazon That Look Way More Expensive Than $70

Even though summer is looking a lot different this year, all I want to do is wear flowy dresses, tanks, smocked tops, and everything in between. Honestly, I just miss getting dressed in “normal” clothes and wearing them outside my house. So I’ve really tried to make an effort this last month to wear pieces other than sweat shorts—not just for my sanity and productivity but to prove to myself that my clothes actually still fit. (I may or may not be baking a lot these days.)

It’s hard to justify spending a lot of money on clothes right now, even if they do bring me joy. So I’ve turned to good ole Amazon to feed my shopping urge and make me feel like I’m still filling my closet with seasonal staples without having any buyer’s remorse. Here are 32 summer picks I found that look way more expensive than they are (the most expensive item is $70) that I’ll happily wear at home and know you’ll be happy doing the same. You can thank me later.

Meet the top that goes with everything. 

Obsessed with this patchwork. 

This floral print is everything.

I love the unique twist (no pun intended) on this basic racer tank top.

For when you want to wear something other than sweat shorts but still be comfortable.

I’m a sucker for romantic dresses.

The smocked top of my dreams. 

I’ll be living in these linen pants all summer long.

This print sparks major joy for me.

Ribbed tops are having a moment, and this $12 one deserves a spot in your closet.

Thank goodness for denim skirts.

A blazer that’s actually light enough to wear through summer.

These shorts are equal parts relaxed and cool.

Pair this ’70s-inspired tank with high-waist jeans, and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer uniform.

The cream piping has me smitten.

It’s not really summer until you pull out your white purses.

The only beaded bag worth your attention.

Just in case you don’t own a handwoven tote yet.

I dare you to find a $40 bag that’s chicer than this one. (That doesn’t apply to the other bags I’ve featured!)

PSA: You can’t own too many small bags.

Tortoise-shell anything makes every outfit more elevated.

I’m a sucker for beaded bracelets.

See? I can’t be stopped.

I plan to layer my beaded necklaces with gold chains.

Gold hoops that look way more expensive than $55. 

Did you really think I wouldn’t include an anklet?

Sunglass chains = the summer accessory you never knew you needed.

The perfect throw-on-and-go sandals.

A $40 pair of lace-up sandals? Yes, please.

If there’s one style of sandal to own this summer, it’s a sporty pair.

The cutest Mary Janes I ever did see.

Your summer wardrobe isn’t complete until you own a pair of woven slides.

Next up, Black-owned fashion brands and boutiques to support now and forever.

Kevin Chappell: Back in the Game and Better Than Ever

After taking almost a full year off to recover from surgery, Kevin Chappell, one of the PGA’s top golfers, has made an epic comeback to the sport he loves. While his road to recovery was anything but easy, Kevin credits his amazing family, a dedicated rehab routine, and a newfound appreciation for CBD that helped him emerge stronger than ever.

MJ: Golf has been your life and your career for so many years. What was it like to have to take a full year off from the game to recover from your surgery?

KC: For about 5 years I had been experiencing on and off again problems but things really began to progress in the wrong direction the summer of 2018. My quality of life meant more to me at that point than my golfing career.

Kevin Chappell

MJ: What type of rehab did you do? Did you have a certain routine that worked best for you?

KC: My team and I took a holistic approach and monitored everything I was doing. One of my biggest goals was to get rid of the inflammation in my body. I stayed away from alcohol and red meat and added CBD to my daily routine.

Kevin Chappell

MJ: You’re a big family man with a wife, two children and one on the way — congratulations! What role did your family play in your recovery?

KC: They were a huge part in my recovery. They had to sacrifice as much as I did during the recovery process. They did a great job of reminding me what I was supposed to be doing if they thought I was deviating from the plan. It was not uncommon to hear my daughter Collins tell me to “go lay down” if I had been on my feet to much, or to have Elizabeth remind me that they could handle only one of these rehabs so to make sure I did it correctly.

MJ: You mention you love Hemp Hydrate. When/how did you discover Hemp Hydrate?

KC: It was towards the end of my rehab process when I got introduced to Hemp Hydrate by a friend. I had been trying to hydrate as much as I could and had been using CBD. To be able to get both in one serving was great for me and the Hemp Hydrate Relief topical is the best I had ever used.

HEMP Hydrate

MJ: How do you use the products and specifically how have they helped your recovery and your game?

KC: My day to day recovery is something I monitor closely. I noticed right away that my resting heart rate lowered when sleeping and my HRV increased the more I used the Hemp Hydrate products.

HEMP Hydrate

MJ: How emotional was it to play golf for the first time since your surgery?

KC: It was a very emotional and spiritual experience the first time I got to play after surgery. I recorded a video immediately after playing to remind myself what a great experience it was.

MJ: What’s next for you both professionally and personally?

KC: Professionally I look forward to getting back to competing once the COVID-19 virus is under control. In the meantime, I have been working on my game but also enjoying the last few months as a family of 4.

 

 

Don Cheadle Reflects on Jim Harrison’s Poetic Zen, a Blues Icon, and More Recent Obsessions

Don Cheadle, the star of Quibi’s Don’t Look Deeper and Showtime’s Black Monday discusses a blues icon, Jim Harrison’s poetic Zen, and his other recent obsessions. — as told to J.R. Sullivan

Kelp noodle cacio e pepe at Plant Food + Wine
Kelp noodle cacio e pepe at Plant Food + Wine Courtesy Image

DINING
I’m a vegetarian, and I just started eating at this vegan place in Venice, California, called Plant Food + Wine. It’s really clean, simply prepared food. The gem Caesar and the raw lasagna are really good, but the kelp noodle cacio e pepe (above) is my favorite dish.

FILM
Dr. Strangelove is amazing, but I’m also a big fan of Fail Safe, which came out the same year, 1964, and is less remembered. Both movies address Cold War paranoia. But whereas Dr. Strangelove was a parody, Fail Safe was serious, and very good in its own right.

After Ikkyu and Other Poems by Jim Harrison
After Ikkyu and Other Poems by Jim Harrison Courtesy Image

BOOKS
I’ve been thumbing through After Ikkyu and Other Poems by Jim Harrison. The pieces are beautiful and short, and rooted in Zen studies. I haven’t read Harrison’s novels yet, but I like his vibe.

MUSIC
My musical interests tend to shift with whatever project I’m working on. I’m about to do a film set in Detroit in the 1950s, so I’ve been listening to a lot of John Lee Hooker, working through his entire library. The song “Boogie Chillen’” is a good place to start.

The Red Bull Illume Special Image Quest 2020 Is Open for Entries

One of the most imaginative and innovative photo contests on the planet, Red Bull Illume, has recently announced a brand new imagery competition: Red Bull Illume Special Image Quest 2020. Celebrating all the wonderful things about the adventure and action sports world, this new contest opens up a world of possibilities for photographers across the globe. The competition runs for five weeks, starting June 1 and ending July 5.

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Steven Bafus with a creative line in Seattle , WA. Photo: Courtesy of Paris Gore/Red Bull Illume

Here’s how it works: Simply capture epic moments in the action sports or adventure space. There are four categories you can choose from: “Homework” (content made in/around your home), “Throwback” (content that compares “then” and “now”), “Unseen” (content that employs a unique photography technique), or “Storytale” (content that comprises up to six Instagram stories to tell a narrative).

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Julien Lange, Pierre Chedal, Flo Bastien, and Yann Barthelemy havibg some fun. Photo: Courtesy of Fabrice Whittner/Red Bull Illume

To enter the “Throwback,” “Homework” or “Unseen” categories, upload your best content (up to 1-minute long, if video) to your public Instagram feed and tag @redbullillume. You must also use the hashtag “#rbi20,” followed by the category you wish to enter (e.g. #rbi20throwback). Feel free to tag any/all friends to help spread the word.

To submit an Instagram story to the “Storytale” category, simply upload your Instagram story and tag @redbullillume and “#rbi20submission.” You may include up to six Instagram stories. Add the entry to your “Highlights” with the title “RBI 2020.” You can submit multiple entries by uploading to your Instagram Stories and adding them to a new Story Highlight in your profile—just add a number to the Highlight title (i.e. “RBI 2020 #2“).

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Ryan “Peabody” McWhirter with an indoor banger. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Burnett/Red Bull Illume

That’s all it takes to be a part of this one-of-kind photo contest. Pull out your camera gear and get shooting. Good luck!

More info about entering and voting here.

Early Studies Suggest Outdoor Environments Are Low Risk for COVID-19

It’s been a frustrating time to be a surfer for the past three months. When officials across the country began issuing shelter-in-place orders to head off an emerging pandemic, they simultaneously closed many public outdoor spaces to prevent crowding. Some beaches were closed, some were open only for exercise, others had parking restrictions but were otherwise wide open. Depending on where in the country you live, surfing was either outright banned, a major pain in the ass because of parking and access restrictions, or really no different at all.

The idea was simple: keep people from gathering on beaches where they can easily spread the virus. Because police and lifeguards weren’t really prepared to distinguish between surfing and general beach chilling, or just didn’t want to split hairs, at many beaches they just said: “nobody allowed.”

Surfers were perplexed. How were we supposed to be spreading a virus by surfing, some of us wondered, when we’re already social distancing and are outside in a UV-ray-bombarded environment inhospitable to the coronavirus? Epidemiologists, most of us are not, but we tried to apply common sense. Then, an article from the Los Angeles Times suggested coronavirus might easily spread in seafoam, and suddenly it seemed maybe there was danger.

Recent research, however, suggests our initial instincts had merit. Sort of.

A May 15, an article in the New York Times dove into studies around how the virus spreads—not simply how it can be dispersed into the air, but how it actually moves through the world in enough quantities to infect people—and, as it turns out, surfing seems relatively safe when respecting the common laws of social distancing.

The article cited a study of 7,300 cases in China in which researchers cataloged how the virus was caught. Only one of the cases involved someone catching the virus while outside, and it was after a prolonged conversation one-on-one with someone who had the virus, not from paddling around 10 to 15 feet away from someone who is sick.

“The risk is lower outdoors, but it’s not zero,” said Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. “And I think the risk is higher if you have two people who are stationary next to each other for a long time, like on a beach blanket, rather than people who are walking and passing each other.”

You can see here the thinking that led to closed beaches, but it also makes it seem as though surfing is relatively safe, with the most basic of precautions taken. Bobbing right next to strangers or friends you don’t live with during long south swell sets is a bad idea right now, but that’s easily remedied with commonsensical distancing.

Erin Bromage, an infectious disease expert at the University of Massachusetts, wrote an article that’s recently drawn a great deal of media attention, summing up what he’s seen in researching the coronavirus and how other viruses spread, and outdoor recreation can be put at the bottom of his list of concerns.

Bromage points out that sneezing and coughing emit the most virus particles at once, which is bad news if you’re indoors in close proximity to someone hacking away, but it’s the prolonged contact and breathing in the same air that’s the big risk, and how we’ve seen the most spreading, by far. It’s people in nursing homes, churches, parties, business meetings. Close contact, continuous talking, and singing, etc., in which case continuous shedding of the virus lingers in air people breathe a whole lot of—this is what’s gonna get you sick.

One, or a few viruses or virus particles isn’t enough to cause infection, researchers say. You need enough virus that overwhelms the body’s immediate immune response, which requires either a concentrated dose of virus particles at once or being in the same space as someone who is constantly emitting the virus.

“The exposure to virus x time formula is the basis of contact tracing,” writes Bromage. “Anyone you spend greater than 10 minutes within a face-to-face situation is potentially infected. Anyone who shares a space with you (say an office) for an extended period is potentially infected.”

Angela Rasmussen, a Columbia University virologist, pointed out recently that being in water outdoors is a likely good place to be these days, in a NYT interview.

“In my opinion, pool water, freshwater in a lake or river, or seawater exposure would be extremely low transmission risk even without dilution (which would reduce risk further),” said Dr. Rasmussen. “Probably the biggest risk for summer water recreation is crowds—a crowded pool locker room, dock or beach, especially if coupled with limited physical distancing or prolonged proximity to others. The most concentrated sources of virus in such an environment will be the people hanging out at the pool, not the pool itself.”

Researchers have yet to dive into the specifics of how the virus that causes COVID-19 dilutes in seawater, but other coronaviruses typically don’t handle water well. We do know that UV light kills the virus quickly. Is there a chance that a surfer paddling ahead of you spits into the water, then you paddle through it, and pick up whatever virus particles they emitted? Sure. Which is where common sense comes in.

Give people some space in the lineup, which you should be doing anyway, and surfing sure looks like about as minimal risk as there can be. [… and surfing sure looks like a fairly safe outlet during these trying times.]

This article originally appeared on Surfer.com and was republished with permission.

Check Out Tyler McCaul’s Biggest ‘Rampage’ Drops

“Still trying to get over an ankle injury and I’ve been pretty bored, so I spliced together some clips of my biggest drops from Red Bull Rampage over the years. Which one’s your favorite?” – Tyler McCaul

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Photo: Courtesy of Satchel Cronk/BIKE Magazine

More from Red Bull Rampage 2019.

This article originally appeared on Bikemag.com and was republished with permission.

The At-home Workout George Kittle Uses to Build Unilateral Strength and Power

Despite some serious uncertainty, the NFL season is still on track despite COVID-19—and 49ers tight end George Kittle hasn’t been resting on his laurels. In fact, the two-time All-Pro player is putting in some of the biggest workouts of his life in the garage gym of his home in Nashville, TN, programmed by strength coach Josh Cuthbert. The motivation? Seizing the Lombardi trophy and bringing it back to Levi’s Stadium.

“There’s a lot of success from last season to celebrate,” Kittle told Mens Journal. “Coming together as a team, winning all of those close games, and taking home the NFC Championship. I wouldn’t trade those accomplishments for the world. But do I want to win a Super Bowl? Of course. That’s my dream. So no matter the situation, I’m going to try to outwork everyone in the weightroom and on the field.”

In order to make sure he didn’t miss a beat, Kittle immediately jumped online as training facilities started to close, outfitting his garage with everything from a full set of kettlebells to a stair climber from GymSource. The setup has allowed him to complete Cuthbert’s off-season program as it was written pre-pandemic. He also made sure he was taking his recovery just as seriously.

How George Kittle Recovers From At-home Workouts

Being a professional athlete for one of the best teams in the league, Kittle has enough recovery devices to rival a physical therapy clinic. Back in San Francisco, training days start with an hour of active mobility, getting the body prepped for a walloping. Following intense sessions at home, Kittle will use a Hyperice Hypervolt percussion massage tool and NormaTec recovery sleeves on his arms and legs.

Kittle does regular yoga sessions with his sister, Emma, who’s an instructor, making sure to keep his body both strong and limber. He’s also a big believer that mindset is a huge part of winning, so he works with his father, a former college coach, on visualization. The impact of their work together has inspired them to create their own coaching company Thunderbird Performance. Kittle’s wellness is a family affair, and the benefits are evident.

How George Kittle Trains in the Off Season

Kittle has a background of heavy strength training, which comes with the territory as a tight end. That meant Cuthbert didn’t really need to work on foundational lifts with Kittle. It was more about taking that existing power and giving it a more defined purpose. So the eight- to 10-week program he created is based on making him stronger unilaterally, targeting each limb to strengthen weaknesses and imbalances. The workout that follows is a taste of that program.

The Workout George Kittle Uses to Build Unilateral Strength and Power

Directions: Kick off the workout with a 5-10 minute ride on an assault bike (you can sub in a traditional stationary bike or jog outside). Next, perform two rounds of the dynamic warmup (described below) taking little to no rest between moves.

For the main workout, perform the first two exercises as straight sets, completing all reps and sets before moving on to the next exercise. Perform the remaining exercises as supersets, completing the pair consecutively with little to no rest in between (but taking a breather for prescribed rest between rounds).

The Finisher: Cap off the workout with another 5-10 minute effort on the assault bike (again, you can sub in a stationary bike or hit the pavement outside).

What Happens to Your Body When You Train in Hot-Weather Conditions?

It’s 90 degrees and humid outside. The last thing you want to do is workout in the heat—but did you know that training in the heat could actually work to your advantage?

I had the opportunity to visit the Mission Heat Lab at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs, CT. In the lab is a heat chamber that can be set to up to 110 degrees, and the humidity set between 10 and 90 percent. Inside the chamber, you can hop on one of the bikes or treadmills which will track your heart rate, core temperature, body mass, wattage, pace/speed and sweat rate.

All of these factors are then used for sweat electrolyte and sodium balance tests, which can tell a person the amount of electrolytes he or she loses at a particular temperature, going a specific wattage, for a set amount of time.

“For athletes, they can set the temperature and humidity to match specific race conditions,” explains Robert Huggins, PhD, ATC, vice president of research and athletic performance and safety at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut. This would allow, for example, a triathlete to set Kona, Hawaii-like conditions so that they test in the same environment in which they’ll be racing.

“Using the electrolyte test, which involves sweat weight before and after, and a distilled water wash-down to remove electrolytes to back calculate the concentrations, we can give recommendations that the athlete would need for that race based on the amount [of weight and electrolytes] they lost during the test.” That number can then be taken and used to help map out proper hydration and fueling for a longer race if need be.

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Tracking core temperature and sweat rate inside the temperature-controlled lab. Photo: Mission Heat Lab

Since I’m obviously not a professional athlete, I was just curious to find out my sweat rate running in the heat for a half hour. By taking an ingestible core body temperature sensor pill, which wirelessly transmitted readings to a recorder device outside my body, measuring my weight before and after the test, and exactly how much water I drank during the heated run, I was able to learn that I lose .74 liters per hour. That means that at that same temperature, if I were to run an hour, the perfect amount of fluid I should be taking in would be .74 liters because that’s how much I was sweating out.

Running in the heat for that long didn’t seem all too daunting at first, but by the end, I was so sweaty that I was counting down the minutes for it to be over. But I learned that when done safely, working out in the heat is actually very beneficial.

“With as little as five to seven days of training in the heat, and keeping your core temp between 101.5 to 103.0 with proper hydration for 60 minutes, you can achieve lots of benefits,” explained Huggins. Achieving this stabilization of core temperature and proper hydration is often called heat acclimatization.

“From a physiological standpoint [with heat acclimatization], your heart rate is lower at a given intensity, and blood volume expands allowing you to deliver more blood to the exercising muscles and to the skin for cooling via sweat,” Huggins said. “Most importantly, your core temperature is lower both at rest and during exercise and your body becomes a more efficient sweater.”

And, he explained, if you can push heat training up to 10 to 14 days consecutively, you can also hold onto electrolytes and fluids better. Overall, you can become a more efficient athlete by sweating more efficiently, adjusting to the heat and maximizing your use of electrolytes.

For most athletes or people who exercise three to five times per week, it can take about two to three sessions of training in the heat for someone to feel more comfortable moving the body in hot conditions. But each person is different—some may take a full week depending on their fitness level.

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Training your body to adapt to the heat during workouts could make your performance that much better. Photo: Justyn Warner/Unsplash

“In general, the more aerobically fit you are, the quicker you get used to it,” explains Huggins. “Once you achieve heat acclimatization, or ‘Heat Acc’ for short, in order to hold onto the benefits of the adaptations your body has made, you need to continue to exercise once every five days in the heat.” However, even after achieving Heat Acc, “if you go 10 to 14 days without exercising in the heat, a majority of those adaptations will be lost,” Huggins adds.

Of course, it’s easy to track your core temperature in a lab like the one I was in. For everyday athletes who don’t have access to a lab, the only way to accurately track your core temp—to be sure it’s in the correct range without spiking to an unsafe level—is to take your temperature rectally. That would mean pausing your run, bike or workout to get your temperature—not exactly ideal, or likely to happen.

The good news is you can track your sweat rate to find out how much fluid you’re losing when you exercise for a certain amount of time in a particular environment. Simply step onto a scale with a full water bottle before your workout, then work out and drink the water, and when you finish, step back onto the scale. The difference in your weight is your sweat rate or how much fluid you lost.

For athletes looking to improve performance, or for those who are just trying to stay hydrated on that next summer trail run, this could be a game-changer. “If you’re having fueling issues, whether it’s over or under hydrating, this is a great way to hone in on that and figure out exactly how much fluids your body needs in specific conditions for a specified amount of time,” Huggins concludes.

What Happens to Your Body When You Train in Hot-Weather Conditions?

It’s 90 degrees and humid outside. The last thing you want to do is workout in the heat—but did you know that training in the heat could actually work to your advantage?

I had the opportunity to visit the Mission Heat Lab at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs, CT. In the lab is a heat chamber that can be set to up to 110 degrees, and the humidity set between 10 and 90 percent. Inside the chamber, you can hop on one of the bikes or treadmills which will track your heart rate, core temperature, body mass, wattage, pace/speed and sweat rate.

All of these factors are then used for sweat electrolyte and sodium balance tests, which can tell a person the amount of electrolytes he or she loses at a particular temperature, going a specific wattage, for a set amount of time.

“For athletes, they can set the temperature and humidity to match specific race conditions,” explains Robert Huggins, PhD, ATC, vice president of research and athletic performance and safety at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut. This would allow, for example, a triathlete to set Kona, Hawaii-like conditions so that they test in the same environment in which they’ll be racing.

“Using the electrolyte test, which involves sweat weight before and after, and a distilled water wash-down to remove electrolytes to back calculate the concentrations, we can give recommendations that the athlete would need for that race based on the amount [of weight and electrolytes] they lost during the test.” That number can then be taken and used to help map out proper hydration and fueling for a longer race if need be.

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Tracking core temperature and sweat rate inside the temperature-controlled lab. Photo: Mission Heat Lab

Since I’m obviously not a professional athlete, I was just curious to find out my sweat rate running in the heat for a half hour. By taking an ingestible core body temperature sensor pill, which wirelessly transmitted readings to a recorder device outside my body, measuring my weight before and after the test, and exactly how much water I drank during the heated run, I was able to learn that I lose .74 liters per hour. That means that at that same temperature, if I were to run an hour, the perfect amount of fluid I should be taking in would be .74 liters because that’s how much I was sweating out.

Running in the heat for that long didn’t seem all too daunting at first, but by the end, I was so sweaty that I was counting down the minutes for it to be over. But I learned that when done safely, working out in the heat is actually very beneficial.

“With as little as five to seven days of training in the heat, and keeping your core temp between 101.5 to 103.0 with proper hydration for 60 minutes, you can achieve lots of benefits,” explained Huggins. Achieving this stabilization of core temperature and proper hydration is often called heat acclimatization.

“From a physiological standpoint [with heat acclimatization], your heart rate is lower at a given intensity, and blood volume expands allowing you to deliver more blood to the exercising muscles and to the skin for cooling via sweat,” Huggins said. “Most importantly, your core temperature is lower both at rest and during exercise and your body becomes a more efficient sweater.”

And, he explained, if you can push heat training up to 10 to 14 days consecutively, you can also hold onto electrolytes and fluids better. Overall, you can become a more efficient athlete by sweating more efficiently, adjusting to the heat and maximizing your use of electrolytes.

For most athletes or people who exercise three to five times per week, it can take about two to three sessions of training in the heat for someone to feel more comfortable moving the body in hot conditions. But each person is different—some may take a full week depending on their fitness level.

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Training your body to adapt to the heat during workouts could make your performance that much better. Photo: Justyn Warner/Unsplash

“In general, the more aerobically fit you are, the quicker you get used to it,” explains Huggins. “Once you achieve heat acclimatization, or ‘Heat Acc’ for short, in order to hold onto the benefits of the adaptations your body has made, you need to continue to exercise once every five days in the heat.” However, even after achieving Heat Acc, “if you go 10 to 14 days without exercising in the heat, a majority of those adaptations will be lost,” Huggins adds.

Of course, it’s easy to track your core temperature in a lab like the one I was in. For everyday athletes who don’t have access to a lab, the only way to accurately track your core temp—to be sure it’s in the correct range without spiking to an unsafe level—is to take your temperature rectally. That would mean pausing your run, bike or workout to get your temperature—not exactly ideal, or likely to happen.

The good news is you can track your sweat rate to find out how much fluid you’re losing when you exercise for a certain amount of time in a particular environment. Simply step onto a scale with a full water bottle before your workout, then work out and drink the water, and when you finish, step back onto the scale. The difference in your weight is your sweat rate or how much fluid you lost.

For athletes looking to improve performance, or for those who are just trying to stay hydrated on that next summer trail run, this could be a game-changer. “If you’re having fueling issues, whether it’s over or under hydrating, this is a great way to hone in on that and figure out exactly how much fluids your body needs in specific conditions for a specified amount of time,” Huggins concludes.

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

Having the perfect wardrobe is a lot like dating: The first step is getting what you want, and the second step is maintaining it. And when it comes to your most beloved clothing items, nothing is more important than protecting them from the elements. Hands down, one of the worst threats to your closet is clothes moths, which can infiltrate your wardrobe with disastrous results. Fortunately there are a few simple ways to deter these pesky creatures and keep your clothing in top form. Get rid of clothes moths with these five essential tips.

Like many of nature’s most destructive culprits, moths thrive on dark, dank, and not-so-clean environments. Warmth is another factor, and some areas may see a seasonal spike in the presence of moths. To get rid of clothes moths, first remove everything from your closet; then wipe down every surface and corner with a clean cloth. Launder all of your clothing while you allow the closet interior to thoroughly dry, after which it’s safe to put your clothing back inside. This step may be time-intensive, but if you’re not sure of the last time your closet was properly cleaned, it’s definitely worth the effort.

This tip is essential for higher-end items you don’t wear year-round (and to which moths are especially likely to be attracted), like that wool sweater you won’t see for another eight months. Use garment bags that zip to keep clothing protected, and opt for variations that are specifically designed to deter moths.

Not all hangers are created equal, and opting for cedar wood rather than plastic can be a helpful step in keeping moths at bay. As an added incentive, cedar hangers do a lovely job of smoothing shoulder lines on blouses, jackets, and sweaters.

No wardrobe is complete without a few fabulous vintage pieces, but be sure to thoroughly launder them before hanging them in the closet. Older clothing items are some of the worst offenders when it comes to dust and residual particles, which can create a breeding ground for clothes moths.

If all else fails, the best way to get rid of clothes moths may be to use an approved insecticide. Opt for a product specifically geared toward moths—ideally one that minimizes vapors, such as the No-Moth Closet Hanger. While this option may not be ideal for moth prevention, it’s a strong solution for addressing a current infestation—and a good method to try before calling in the fumigators.

Up next, find out how to get oil stains out of your clothesin just five simple steps.

This story was published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.

I Have a Weakness for Cardigans—Here Are My Favorite Summer Versions

Some people have a thing for floors or shoes or chocolate, but when it comes to my own weaknesses, I absolutely cannot resist a charming cardigan. While they might be simple layering basics to some, I find there’s something so irresistibly appealing about them—especially the type with pretty detailing like puff sleeves or fancy buttons and sleek silhouettes. While you may associate them with fall and winter as an extra layer of coziness, today I’m sharing some of my absolute favorites for the summer months ahead.

A stylish summer cardigan is not only versatile—easy to wear as a top or layer over a tank top on cool summer nights and breezy summer days—but they are pretty darn cute too, and fashion girls have been embracing them all over the ’gram. Fitted, cropped cardigans, in particular, are having a moment right now, with unique and captivating fabrics and details. If you too have a bit of a weakness for cardigans like me, then scroll below to see the best summer cardigans to wear this warm-weather season.

You can never go wrong with a crisp white summer cardi.

Crochet is trending this summer.

Guaranteed to uplift your spirit.

Obsessed us an understatement! Layer over a tank and pair with cream-colored shorts.

For a luxe look, pair it with its matching skirt.

Replace your basic white tee with a short sleeve-cardigan top.

A pretty lightweight layer to throw on over all your summer basics.

Yellow is surprisingly so versatile.

A long ribbed cardigan will elevate your summer ensembles.

We’re 100% here for the preppy tennis trend that’s been all over Instagram.

All the cool girls have been spotted in Tach cardis.

A subtler take on the tie-dye trend.

How pretty is this though?

We can’t resist these tie-front details.

Throw on over your bikini for an Insta-worthy look.

The collar adds a trendy retro feel.

The lace trim is dreamy.

Timeless and classic.

It’s not summer without a bright and bold hue.

Wear as a top or over a fitted tank.

Perfect for the warmer months ahead.

Puff sleeves + crochet = a match made in heaven. 

Spotted on all our favorite fashion girls.

Create a flattering silhouette with a tie waist.

You can get this with matching knit shorts!

A forever staple.

Ideal for layering over shorts, dresses, and tees alike.

These will look great with vintage high-waisted denim shorts.

You can’t beat the price.

Super versatile.

Up next, these are the nine summer upgrades I’m making to my wardrobe now.

I’m in Love With Summer Dresses—Here Are 17 I’m Wearing on Repeat

Even though I won’t be parading my summer dresses all around New York this summer, I’m still in love with frivolous frocks right now. There are a handful of items that define summertime—your favorite swimsuit, cutoff denim shorts, sandy flip-flops—and even though summer will certainly look and feel a lot different this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to celebrate the items that might help make it feel a tad more normal. For me, that item is summer dresses. There is truly no summer dress that I won’t wear—maxi, floral, knit, poplin, you name it—this seasonal item officially becomes a basic in my closet the second the temperatures rise. 

Since there are so many summer dresses on the rise right now, I wanted to do a deep dive into what some of the popular pieces actually look like on. How did I do this? Through Instagram, of course. After stalking some of my favorite fashion accounts, I was able to narrow down my top picks to 17 of the best summer dresses on the market. From fruit prints to sultry lace slips, the below assortment of dresses is my dream summer wardrobe, and I’m sure it will be yours too. 

This is the kind of slip dress I need right now—one that’s 100% leveled-up.  Pictured: Rixo Holly Rainbow Check-Print Dress ($287) 

Pretty sure you can do everything from nap to brunch in this dress. Pictured: H&M Ruffle-Trimmed Dress ($20)

Cutouts are one of the summer’s hottest dress trends, and this little number right here proves why. Pictured: Cult Gaia Serita Ribbed Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress ($460)

This dress comes in so many fun colors and fabrics. I highly recommend you take a look at all your options.  Pictured: Vanessa Mooney The Original Elisabeth Dress ($175)

Everything from the smocking to the delicate print makes this one a home run. Pictured: Faithfull the Brand Gombardy Mini Dress in Bisset Floral ($189)

Since we will be doing a lot of lounging this summer, might I recommend a sultry lace slip to do it in? Pictured: Sir the Label Aries Cut Out Dress ($450)

I don’t care what anyone says—you will always have room for one more floral dress in your summer wardrobe.  Pictured: LPA Samantha Dress in Amali Floral ($238)

Mixed prints and fruity palettes are the exact energy I need from a summer dress right now.  Pictured: Farm Rio Farm Mix Maxi Dress ($245)

If you’re looking to wear thin knits all throughout the warm summer months, make sure they have just enough detail to look summer appropriate as well. Pictured: Jacquemus Off-the-Shoulder Jersey Maxi Dress ($423)

Pastel florals, tiny ruffles, pretty puff-sleeves, can’t loose.  Pictured: With Jéan Bella Dress Pansies ($189)

But have you ever seen anything more breathtaking? Let me know. Pictured: Christopher Esber Bandeau Tie Dress ($517)

Cinderella vibes. Oh, and just wait until you see the back.  Pictured: & Other Stories Voluminous Open Back Midi Dress ($179)

Bet you never knew how much you needed a picnic dress until now. Pictured: For Love & Lemons Zinna Mini Dress in Lemonade ($194)

Backless dresses are a weak spot of mine. Once I see one, I must have it. Pictured: Reformation Harleen Dress ($248)

If you’ve been searching for the perfect white summer dress, look no further. Pictured: Song of Style Maven Dress in White ($238)

Have you noticed that pale yellow is thing this summer? Because it’s definitely a thing.  Pictured: Réalisation The Allegra Verona ($240)

If you think the front of this dress is pretty, just wait until you see the back.  Pictured: Sézane Carlotta Dress ($250)

Next up, discover the new mermaid bikini trend that is just picking up steam. 

27 Chic Cover-Ups That Work With Every Type of Swimsuit

While I love a cute swimsuit as much as the next person, I’m equally invested in what I’m going to wear on top of them each summer. In fact, unless you’re only ever wearing a swimsuit in your own backyard, you probably bring along some sort of cover-up every time you wear a swimsuit out in the world. So why shouldn’t it be as cute as the carefully chosen swimwear?

In my case, and I’m guessing it’s the same for you, I don’t want to have to wear a different cover-up with every swimsuit I own, but they are all quite different, so I only ever shop for swimsuit cover-ups that are versatile. And truth be told, it’s not always easy. How are you expected to wear the same cover-up with a halterneck one-piece as with a strapless bikini? Good question, and my short answer is that I stick to cover-ups that are relatively loose, somewhat neutral, and have simple necklines that work with a variety of swimwear style. Keep scrolling for my chic selections.

This lovely print is refreshingly different for a swimsuit cover-up.

Linen pants are becoming quite the trend this summer.

I love the way this sheer dress allows your swimsuit to show through.

Just imagine how cute these will look with a simple one-piece.

I’m so glad this subtly sultry cover-up is on sale.

I’m very into the idea of wearing a button-down shirt as a cover-up.

You can’t go wrong with tie-dye when it comes to beachwear.

So timeless, chic, and versatile.

I love the way this looks over a black one-piece swimsuit.

Seven dollars well spent.

These are sure to keep you cool and comfortable.

For when your swimsuit is too cute to cover up completely.

Can you blame me for wanting this breezy minidress in ever color (but especially this one)?

Solid & Striped always makes exactly what I’m looking for.

This is the perfect amount of oversize (and would also be cute with bike shorts).

I’d reach for this on the hottest of summer days.

If you identify as a minimalist, this one’s for you.

This would also make a great house dress.

Linen and tie-dye? Sold.

Wow, I definitely wouldn’t want to take this off.

This also comes in two neon options, if that’s more your style.

I can’t get over how pretty this is.

Kaftans are perhaps the perfect swimsuit cover-up.

Free People does beachy clothes so well.

This entire look is spot-on.

I want these for beach days and every other occasion.

The flowy cover-up you’ll reach for year after year.

Next up, how people are wearing swimsuits inside.

3 Denim Trends My Mom Just Doesn’t “Get” and 3 She Wants to Try

My mom and I have some 30-odd years between us. Although we may agree on a lot of things when we shop together (we’re both loyal to Nordstrom, for instance, and always shop these brands), because of our generational gap, how we shop for things like jeans couldn’t be more different. I, for one, banned skinny jeans from my closet for years while my mom, Joanne, has been reaching for them on repeat.

Recently, I was talking to her about ways to update her style post-60 and she mentioned that she was growing tired of only wearing skinny jeans when she wanted to wear denim. I have a feeling she’s not the only one searching for another go-to jean style that’s just as easy to wear as skinnies but feels more current, so I thought it would be fun to present some of the new denim trends I’ve personally been excited about to her and gauge her reactions to each of them. And that’s how this story was born.

I called her up last week to brief her on all things denim in 2020 and dutifully jotted down her reactions to each of them, noting which jean styles she just doesn’t understand and which ones she sounded especially excited about. Ahead, the three denim trends she wants to try most—and three she won’t be any time soon.

“Straight-leg jeans are exactly what I want to wear right now because they’re tapered and straight like a skinny jean but don’t cling like a legging. They feel like an updated version of the skinny jeans I usually reach for and I like that they’re just as easy.”

“I don’t like the slouchy fit of these. It irks me when there’s too much material and they bunch up around the ankle. I know that might be the look they’re going for, but it just looks funny to me.”

“I’m still graduating from skinnies, so for me, I’m not quite ready to try very voluminous wide-leg jeans. Instead, I’d rather go for something more structured and slim-fitting but that still has the trouser look of a true wide-leg pair.”

“I don’t think I could be ready for a flare. It’s too much. When I’m wearing jeans, I feel like I’m more casual and the flares feel too fancy for me.”

“I love a crisp white jean, especially for the summer. I’m looking to add a pair to my closet now that are more of a straight fit.”

“The same reason I’m not drawn to those baggy-fit jeans is that I’m not a fan of the way they are so slouchy and pool around the ankle, so I much prefer a cropped or at-the-ankle length for my jeans.”

Next up, five sunglasses trends that are in for summer 2020 (plus five that are out).

I’m 55, a Former Nordstrom Buyer—These 9 Summer Items Go With Everything

We’re always down for a bit of sartorial advice from Susie Wright—the 55-year-old former Nordstrom buyer, current stylist, and mastermind behind So Susie. And while age should have nothing to do with your style preferences, Wright’s style perspective over 50 is particularly intriguing given her long fashion career and experience over the years crafting well-rounded wardrobes for herself and her clients. Basically, she just knows what’s up.

Last month, we asked for her tips on the chicest pieces that pair well with jeans. Next, we thought there might be interest in the summer items she swears by. But we’re not talking about just any warm-weather pieces here. The staples Wright turns to are especially noteworthy because they’re all highly versatile and can be paired easily with other basics in her wardrobe. 

With all that in mind, keep scrolling for a digest on the nine summer items Wright loves because they go with so much. You’ll also find a bit of visual and shopping inspiration if you’re interested in adding a piece or two into your rotation this season.

“A white shirtdress goes with every summer shoe you own. From sneakers to slide sandals to higher heels, this is a dress style you’ll enjoy all season long.” — Wright

“One of the most versatile pieces to own in the summer is a denim shirt. Pair it with more denim for a cool double-denim look, throw it on over any sundress (fasten the first couple of buttons and tie it as the waist), or leave it open over a tighter tank top and scrunch up the sleeves.” — Wright

“Whether you add new shorts, a skirt, or a pair of jeans, white denim will be your go-to piece for every summery top.” — Wright

“Graphic tees are always a favorite and are perfect for summer. They’ll go with a breezy summer skirt, your favorite denim shorts, and of course with every single jean you own!” — Wright

“Not only are slide sandals super comfy, but they work with all outfits—dresses, jeans, shorts, and even beachwear. Find a neutral go-with-everything color, and you’ll wear them 24/7.” — Wright

“Known for its versatility and comfort, a simple maxi dress can take you from running errands to a backyard barbecue to cocktails on the patio. If you’re chilly, throw on an oversize white shirt and tie it at the waist for a stylish way to stay warm on a cool summer night!” — Wright

“My clients thank me when I convince them to buy a smaller crossbody bag. It’s perfect for running around hands-free, and it feels good to only carry around the essentials. And, they are the finishing touch to every outfit.” — Wright

“A great denim jacket is the year-round staple we can’t live without. Wear it over a summer dress with the sleeves casually rolled, or tie it around your waist.” — Wright

“The two most popular summer accessories are a cute hat and stylish sunglasses for style and protection.” — Wright

Next, check out the items Wright is loving from the big Nordstrom sale.

9 Stylish Brands L.A.Girls Know About (That NYC Girls Don’t)

New York tends to get all the attention for emerging fashion brands, but this L.A. girl is starting to feel a bit, well, jealous. It’s just that the East Coast has shined in the spotlight as this country’s fashion capital for long enough and, biased as I may be, there’s a lot happening over here on the Pacific side of the continental U.S. that’s just as buzz-worthy.

In reality, I hate even comparing the two cities because they’re almost too different to warrant such a comparison, but I have a feeling the rivalry will persist, which is why I’m going out of my way today to point out the thriving scene of smaller indie and emerging names we Angelenos have. Don’t worry—I’m not trying to slam you, New York, only to show that the following Los Angeles clothing brands are the kind that every stylish Angeleno knows about but won’t be spilling to her NYC friends anytime soon. Hey, we have to have some of our own nice things, right?

It’s only natural, then, that the overarching theme of the following nine brands is of the laid-back, fun-loving, and dare I say “chill” variety that this sunny city is known for. Expect to discover everything from retro-inspired denim to romantic swimwear and slinky satin two-piece sets in the below roundup. You might even find yourself arguing that L.A. is the better coast (if so, I’ll have taught you well).

Meaning “lucky wolf” in Danish, Lykke Wullf marries Scandinavian minimalism with more eccentric Western motifs. Take the silhouette it’s best known for, for example: a rancher-style shirt-jacket and matching high-waisted, wide-leg pants that are just begging to be styled with a sleek cowboy boot.

Eliana Gil Rodriguez’s namesake line focuses on a few things and does them really well—e.g., simply cut bodysuits and cotton pieces that evoke the late ’80s and early ’90s. Everything is handmade ethically and transparently in Downtown Los Angeles.

You know Rails, but you don’t know that you know Rails. This is because the line has become the best-kept secret for wardrobe basics in all of Hollywood. Celebrities flock to the brand for its selection of easygoing button-downs and breezy sundresses that are meticulously crafted from the softest fabrics.

There’s denim, and then there’s really good denim. Fans of Eve Denim are camped squarely in the latter category thanks to founder Adélaïde Bourbon’s meticulous search for the perfect vintage pair. The line has a narrow focus on a few key silhouettes, like its wide-leg Charlotte jeans that nod to the ’70s.

Designer Roxana Salehoun was inspired by images of vintage beachside glamour when creating her namesake swimwear line filled with the prettiest retro details and timeless fits.

Stylist Linda Meltzer is the reason baby tees were even a thing in the ’90s. Her shrunken, cropped tees ended up on everyone from Jennifer Aniston in Friends to the cast in Clueless and nearly every other style icon of the decade, fictional and not. Pretties Lingerie is the modern-day iteration of her ’90s project, ensuring the O.G. Baby Tee and other pieces like lace camis are still relevant today.

Native Californian Aza Ziegler actually launched Calle del Mar while studying fashion design NYC, but we still think it’s as California a brand as they come. (I mean, the name basically translates to “beachside street.”) The knitted varsity-striped tees are the perfect pieces to toss on with denim cutoffs and sandals and, well, head to the beach.

Rezek Studio is a brand-new line of silky, disco-inspired pieces designed to hug your body in all the right places. Wear the Boogie Dress with strappy sandals for a warm-weather night out or style the Foxy Top with vintage jeans. Each piece is meant to be special yet versatile.

Cherry is a line of graphic tees and hoodies that’s earned a loyal following from celebs like Kaia Gerber and Hailey Baldwin, making it one of the coolest “insider” brands to know and wear.

Next, seven summer shoe trends that have it all.

This Entrepreneur Is Bringing Some of Africa’s Best Designer Brands to the U.S.

Welcome to our newest editorial initiative, Who What Wear Spotlight, where we’ll be using our editorial platform, social following, and ad inventory to turn the spotlight on small businesses that need our support now more than ever. Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new fashion or beauty company. If you own a small brand and would like to be considered for the program, please apply here.

Amira Rasool was first inspired to launch her own business while studying African American and African studies as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. “Many of the people I studied the most during college, like James Baldwin, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, all produced work that was impactful and pushed Black social, economic, and political agendas forward,” explains Rasool. “I decided then that I would dedicate all of my career pursuits to serve the same purpose.”

Fast forward to when Rasool was 22: A year and a half after leaving her job at V Magazine, while working on her master’s degree, freelance writing, and living between New York City and Cape Town, Rasool felt it was the perfect time to launch her business, The Folklore. “I noticed African brands were receiving more notoriety from the international press but not much traction from international retailers,” says Rasool. Given her experience in fashion media and e-commerce, a knack for storytelling and merchandising, and a vast network, Rasool was confident she could address the gap in the market. And that’s exactly what she’s been focused on since launching in late 2018.

Not only is The Folklore a carefully curated online concept store carrying high-end and emerging designer brands from Africa and the diaspora, but it has turned into a hub for brands, artists, and creatives to share their personal stories, too. “[Since the safer-at-home orders were put in place], we shifted from being just an e-commerce channel to being a source of support,” explains Rasool. To raise funds for African-based brands impacted by COVID-19, Rasool hosted a virtual fashion conference with a number of its designers and fashion editors from Condé Nast. And now, Rasool is planning to offer more business services to The Folklore’s designers in addition to partnering with other industry people to build a non-profit that could continue to help these brands even after the pandemic.

Even though Rasool has had to shift her efforts and restructure her finances and business model to reflect the current state of the world, she’s not discouraged. In fact, she’s more determined than ever to provide African designers the opportunity to further monetize their brands with The Folklore’s platform. We’re inspired and thankful Rasool took the time to chat with us about everything from starting her business to all the things bringing her comfort these days, and everything in between. Keep scrolling to read our interview, and if you’re able to show support, Rasool shared some of her favorite pieces from The Folklore that you can shop online.

First of all, how are you?

I’m doing very well actually. This time off has been good for me. It’s allowed me to refocus my goals, touch base with family and friends more, start new projects, and catch up on some much-needed sleep. I’m healthy and well-fed. I have a roof over my head, and all of my loved ones are doing well. There is nothing for me to complain about at a time like this.

Tell us a little about yourself and your business.

I launched my online concept store The Folklore in September 2018 as a destination for global customers to shop a curated selection of contemporary designer brands from Africa and the diaspora. It was about 18 months after I left V Magazine, where I worked full-time as the fashion coordinator. At the time, I was living between New York City and Cape Town while working on my master’s degree and freelance writing.

I was only 22 and I was juggling a lot of responsibilities, but I knew that the moment was right to start the business. After noticing African brands were receiving more notoriety from the international press but not much traction from international retailers, I knew it was time to leverage my knack for storytelling and merchandising and my extensive network to address the gap in the market.

What inspired you to start your business?

My undergraduate experience inspired me to start The Folklore. While attending Rutgers, I majored in African American and African Studies. Before I started the program, I had not been exposed to that much Black literature, art, and innovation. Many of the people I studied the most during college—James Baldwin, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston—all produced work that was impactful and pushed Black social, economic, and political agendas forward. I decided then that I would dedicate all of my career pursuits to serve the same purpose.

Having had experience in the fashion media space and in e-commerce, I knew I could build a platform that would provide African designers with the ability to further monetize their brands through capturing the attention of global audiences. Fashion is a major revenue driver in countries around the world—it employs so many people. I wanted to start a business that could leave that type of impact in Black and brown communities.

How have social distancing and stay-at-home orders affected your business? How have your priorities shifted?

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders affected my business a great deal. I was in the middle of raising our pre-seed round right when the orders were put in place. Many of the investors I was speaking to told me they had to focus their attention on their current portfolio companies before they could return to having conversations with me. That was hard because I was confident that I would raise the money by spring.

Instead of being discouraged, I decided to shift my efforts to restructure our finances and business model to fit our current financial position and our deep decline in sales. I moved our products out of our space in NYC and brought them home to New Jersey so I could ship orders without leaving my home. I cut over a dozen $10- and $15-a-month subscriptions and brought my expenses down to the bare minimum.

After figuring out our new financial plan, we connected with the 30-plus designer brands that we work with. We checked to see how they were doing, how COVID-19 affected their business, and how we could help. We shifted from being just an e-commerce channel to being a source of support almost immediately. We hosted a virtual fashion conference alongside a number of our designers and fashion editors from Condé Nast to raise funds for African-based brands impacted by COVID-19.

We are now making plans to offer more business services that will allow brands to create online direct-to-consumer businesses of their own instead of relying solely on multi-brand retailers. We are also partnering with other people in the industry to build a nonprofit that could continue to help these brands long after the orders are lifted.

Some people are finding joy in getting dressed and doing their beauty routine, even if they have nowhere to go. What do you think fashion and beauty can offer people right now? What has it done for you?

I honestly rarely take off my sweats and sweatshirts when I’m home. Dressing up has always been a way for me to present my personality and creativity to the world, so when I’m inside with no one to present this side of myself to, I’m in a bonnet and sweats. I’ve been doing a number of virtual talks, so I’ve put on makeup four times since March, but I’m honestly enjoying not being a fashion girl right now.

I love dressing up and it always makes me feel good, so I understand why others have continued to do so even while at home. It’s just not something I have taken to quite yet. I do have some great outfits I’m planning to debut once the city opens back up.

Speaking of fashion, how would you describe your working-from-home style?

A rotating selection of Warby Parker eyeglasses (I always keep at least three pairs by my bedside), my University of Cape Town hoodie, and sweat pants are pretty much my thing at the moment. I tried on some new items we got in for S/S 20, but other than that, I keep it comfy and casual.

Aside from fashion and beauty, what are some things that are currently bringing you comfort?

I started reading again. I have always loved reading, but I fell off for a few months. I’m having a great time reading short stories and articles from authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., also has these amazing six to eight hour-long PBS documentaries about African and African American history that my dad encouraged me to watch. I watch them and then have two-hour history nerd fights with my dad over FaceTime. I love it. I also love organizing. I’m a Virgo, and I just started using Asana, so obviously I’m making plans for 2031 right now.

What are your favorite brands?

I always love supporting Orange Culture, Pichulik, and Maxhosa Africa. It’s not necessarily because they are my favorite brands to wear or that I prefer them over all of the other wonderful brands I work with, it’s just that they have built really strong businesses and I admire that. I love supporting brands who run their brand like a business. It’s rare to find good designers who are also good entrepreneurs. I love knowing that their products will be around for me to buy for years to come. My goal is to help more African-based brands reach that position.

What’s one fashion or beauty trend we shouldn’t sleep on and why?

The no-makeup makeup look is my go-to. I can get on my NJ Transit train to New York at 1:45 with a bare face, and at 1:50, have my make-up routine done. A dash of Fenty Beauty concealer, some powder, a bit of blush, and mascara can be a game changer.

I have not met a customer who tried this jumpsuit on and didn’t love it. During our pop-up shops, these fly off the racks. It’s comfortable, made of a really light breathable linen, and the wrap-around design is super unique. It’s also great for our more petite customers who struggle to find jumpsuits with legs short enough to stop above the ankle.

If you love the jumpsuit, you’ll love the romper, too; especially if you’re a shorts person. Whenever I sell it, I always tell customers to picture themselves at a cookout with low-cut sneakers and a cool hat.

It’s rare to find a one-piece swimsuit that has the same sex appeal as a two-piece. Andrea Iyamah always does a great job of making sexy wearable swimwear. This is the swimsuit you take on vacation with you to capture some great pics.

These earrings remind me of the bamboo earrings I used to wear when I was a teenager. I feel like these earrings are made for the girl who used to wear bamboo earrings but has a more minimalist and subtle style now.

Not many designers can integrate pine green into their collections, but Edas found a way to make it work. A pine green shoulder bag with a super-large tortoiseshell buckle? It’s definitely a wildcard bag.

This skirt is just fun. That’s literally the only way I know how to describe it. Everyone is always attracted to the color, but I think the really special element is the pink panel draping.

This dress is for someone who likes feeling like a boss outside of the office, too. Pinstripes always project a sense of strength. Because of the high slit I never recommend people wear it to work, but I highly encourage a woman to pull it out for a post-work drink date.

There’s nothing like a good mismatch earring, especially when it still looks like a cohesive pairing. The Quad earring gives you an oversize look without weighing down your ear. That’s rare nowadays, and that’s what really makes it special.

These earrings are for the jewelry fanatic who wants to add something fresh to their collection. Lorne’s jewelry is artistic and playful. I always show visual artists and entertainers this piece first.

If Sex in the City 3 ever happens, I could definitely see Carrie Bradshaw making an appearance in these sandals. These bold sandals are for shoe girls who curate their look around what’s on the foot. I always have fun selling these at pop-up shops.

I personally own these sandals so I can 100% confirm that these are a must-have. I’ve worn them for NYE, on a date, and on vacation. They are so versatile and comfortable, but also a real style statement. Ankle cropped jeans, an oversize off-the-shoulder white top, and a hat is just one of the casual looks that will make this shoe pop.

I always pair these earrings with the Selfi oval sleeve jumpsuit because I find that there’s so much symmetry there. Both pieces are minimal but have really great elements that make them stand out.

These are for the girls who don’t normally like wearing jewelry but have a special occasion to go to. They are super light and subtle, so you barely notice they’re on, but when you’re looking back at images later, you’ll see how much beauty they adds to a beautiful garden-wedding or cocktail-party look.

These wrap dresses fly off the shelves at pop-up shops. They fit every kind of body type because it’s so adjustable and can easily be layered. I have worn it as a top with wide-leg pants, a skirt; and I even pinned it at the bottom once and turned it into a minidress that I wore for a night on the town. The versatility combined with the print makes it a fan favorite.

Anything that Beyoncé loves we should also love, and Beyoncé loves this bangle. Every time she wears it, I find new ways to style it. You can either do an all-white suit like she did or pair it with a casual jean look.

You can’t have the bangle without the ring. It’s great to have a ring like this that plays with shapes without obstructing your ability to use your hands. The lightness of the ring is what I love most.

The classic Moroccan shoe received a major upgrade by Casablanca-based designer Rhita Sebti. I love how she combined the flatform trend with this traditional shoe style. These are a great casual brunch shoe that provides both height and comfort.

Another great example of the old-meets-new trend is this special hat. Fez hats have been around for ages, but they’ve never looked or felt quite like this before. Most people’s favorite element about the hat is that it’s unisex, so they can always swap colors with their partners.

A belt bag is never a bad idea. Who doesn’t love having a place to store your personal items while being hands and shoulder free. I always tell people that this is the bag that allows you to still feel luxurious. The ombre fur and smooth leather is a major bonus.

I bothered Leonie for months to get Studio Badge on the site. I had never seen serving platters like this in my life. Ghanian teak wood and cement? I couldn’t think of a better combination. These platters make entertaining at home a lot more stylish.

Up next, this former fashion editor wants to bring luxury style to all body types.

Black-Owned Fashion Brands and Boutiques to Support Now and Forever

In the wake of recent events—most recently, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—many people, including the Who What Wear editorial team, have been asking what they can do. Aurora James, the founder and designer of Brother Vellies, answered that question by creating the 15% Pledge, which calls major retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. Swipe through her Instagram post below to read more about the reasoning and impact.

But what if you’re an individual? You can put pressure on these major retailers by contacting the company or commenting on their social posts. You can also consider dedicating 15% or more of your personal fashion spending to Black-owned brands.

It’s also important to note that the financial impact of COVID-19 has generally hit Black-owned brands harder than others, as illustrated in the graphic below by Mona Chalabi. This New York Times opinion article “How We Spend Tells Us Whose Lives Matter” delves into one of the reasons, inequality around stimulus packages. Thinking longer-term about positive economic change for the Black community, it’s crucial to support these businesses now so that we don’t lose them due to financial hardships associated with the pandemic. To that end, we’re listing some of our favorite businesses here in the fashion category. Shop if you can, and if not, bookmark for later, knowing that your purchase is doing more than just satisfying your shopping habit.

Get to know Brother Vellies: Handcrafted, sustainable shoes with personality, designed in Brooklyn and made by artisans from Nairobi to New York. The fashion girl–beloved brand helps keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. 

Get to know Sincerely Tommy: A Brooklyn-based concept store that stocks the coolest emerging womenswear and lifestyle brands, often at very accessible prices. The woman behind the boutique, Kai Avent-deLeon, also runs a coffee bar in the store and is opening up a boutique hostel and vegan eatery.

Get to know Fe Noel: A vibrant, colorful brand inspired by the designer’s Caribbean heritage. In addition to her Brooklyn-based brand, the founder, Fe Noel, also has a namesake foundation that mentors young women passionate about entrepreneurship. 

Get to know Proclaim: Eco-friendly, ethically made nude bras and underwear with inclusive sizing. Fun fact: The brand’s materials are currently made from recycled water bottles and wood pulp from sustainably managed sources.

Get to know Lemlem: Supermodel Liya Kebede founded the artisan-driven collection over twelve years ago, which includes women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, and home goods all made in Africa. The clothing line beloved for vacation-ready pieces also has a philanthropic arm to help women artisans thrive in Africa by connecting them to healthcare and education.

Get to know Slashed by Tia: A modern take on renaissance-inspired clothing by a young NYC-based designer. Though Tia’s line is only three years old, her signature ruffles have been worn by everyone from Lizzo to Gigi Hadid. “She’s ready to be one of the greatest female couture designers in the world,” Teen Vogue said of the recent grad.

Get to know Jade Swim: Minimalist, luxury swimwear that’s eco-conscious too, designed by a former fashion editor and stylist. The Los Angeles–made brand boasts a long list of celeb and influencer fans.  

Get to know The Folklore: This NYC-based online concept store stocks a very tight edit of Africa and the diaspora’s top designer brands with the goal of helping brands grow through global exposure. Beyond an online boutique, the brand also offers wholesale services to other brands.

Get to know Pyer Moss: The brand’s collections and shows combine storytelling, activism, debate, theatre, and social commentary to make a statement that goes way beyond just clothing. From gowns to streetwear, it’s hard to describe the multi-faceted brand in just a few words, which is why the designer Kerby Jean-Raymond often refers to his brand as an “art project,”⁠ a CFDA Award–winning art project, we’ll add. 

Get to know McMullen: Founded by Sherri McMullen over twelve years ago, the Oakland-based boutique (now with a Palo Alto location too) is credited with helping bring global luxury womenswear to the Bay Area. Whether shopping online or IRL, you’ll find emerging designers alongside your well-established favorites, as well as a selection of African and African-American apparel and home décor designers.

Get to Know Telfar: The unisex NYC-based line is known for its iconic logo bags in a rainbow of colors. It’s rare that a relatively affordable purse cements its status as an It bag, which is one of the reasons why Telfar Clemens’s namesake brand is so intriguing. 

Get to Know Cushnie: Designer Carly Cushnie has perfected her craft over twelve years helming her namesake brand: luxury clothing in sculptural, clean silhouettes. Cushnie also launched a refreshing bridal line a couple years ago and is debuting a dress collection with Target on June 6.

Get to know Christopher John Rogers: The designer’s eponymous line is only a handful of seasons old, yet he has already secured 2019’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. It’s no wonder his collections have captivated many—his bold, joyful clothes are for dressing like you’ve got one life to live and it’s a party. 

Get to know Heron Preston: Designing clothing is just one of Heron Preston’s talents⁠—the designer is also an artist, DJ, consultant, art director, and sustainability advocate. The multi-hyphenate’s varied sources of inspiration come through in his utility-minded streetwear pieces.

Get to know Stella Jean: The Haitian-Italian designer is well-known for her colorful, printed pieces and impeccable tailoring. She stands out for her meaningful activism woven into the very fabrics of her designs. Read about how she supported the Kalash people in Pakistan with her spring 2020 collection.

Get to know Sami Miró Vintage: Sami Miró is the queen of re-worked vintage, as we’re sure her celebrity fans like Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid would attest. The L.A.-based designer is laser-focused on sustainability and her limited-run clothing line is made solely from vintage and recycled fabrics.

Get to know Victor Glemaud: The designer launched his eponymous statement knitwear line back in 2006, “for all people, genders, races, sizes and personalities.” Recently, the designer took that that commitment even further by extending the sizes offered for his line.

Get to know Wales Bonner: When you see Grace Wales Bonner’s collection of luxury womenswear and menswear all together, her focus on “soulful tailoring” feels so spot on. Her latest collection dubbed “MAMBO” is a true delight. It’s no wonder Maria Grazia Chiuri asked the designer to present her interpretation of the revolutionary “New Look” silhouette at Dior’s Cruise ’20 show.

Get to know Oma the Label: This line of affordable basics will create the backbone of your wardrobe. And if you need a little something extra for your look, you’re in luck: The brand is launching jewelry soon. 

Next: 33 Black Fashion Powerhouses Name Changes They’d Like to See in the Industry

24 Black-Owned Skincare, Hair, and Makeup Brands We Love and Support

While supporting the Black community and Black-owned businesses feels especially important right now, there is a need and an opportunity to supply this kind of support, love, and commitment every single day. Now and forever. Black culture has informed and inspired the beauty space for decades—a fact that we need to celebrate and sustain.

There is a lot of work to be done. As we’ve communicated on-site and on our social platforms, now is the time for us to rise above (not simply to) the occasion and make actionable steps with deep indentations. Here, our Who What Wear editorial team has outlined a collection of ways you can make a difference in the fight against racism, in addition to a list of resources to get you started. 

One such way to support and take a stand right now is, if you’re able, to put money where your mouth is. Alongside educating ourselves, attending protests, signing petitions, making donations, and calling our government officials to demand justice, buying fashion and beauty products from Black-owned brands is extremely helpful, especially considering the financial impactCOVID-19 has had on Black-owned brands, which have been hit harder than others. (Please familiarize yourself with this helpful graphic to understand why.)  

Below, we’re sharing 24 Black-owned beauty brands to support (now and forever). Keep scrolling to start shopping, or, if your funds don’t allow, simply take screenshots or bookmark for a later shopping date. 

Uoma Beauty (pronounced uh-mah) was founded by Nigerian beauty executive Sharon Chuter and supports the belief that beauty starts the moment you decide to be yourself. The goal: to rewrite the rules of inclusivity and diversity within the beauty industry.

As for shopping, we recommend the brand’s Say What?! Foundation—choose from 51 shades. (Chuter used the Fitzpatrick scale to make sure each tone uniquely complements the skin based on the color groups it falls into.) The foundation is also long-lasting, lightweight, and wonderfully buildable to suit your coverage needs. 

Trust us—you haven’t had a truly luxurious shaving experience until you’ve invested in Oui the People’s stunning collection of shaving and body essentials. The brand, founded by Karen Young, embodies a commitment to The reConstitution of Beauty—a mission to “watch their language” with the knowledge that brands hugely inform culture and language.  Additionally, rather than enforcing the jaded ideal of perfectly smooth, hair-free skin, the brand places its focus on truly well-built and effective products that are carefully and beautifully designed to help you feel great in your own unique skin.

We can’t recommend Oui’s iconic single razors enough—a few of the models are currently sold out but still available for preorder.

Founder Desiree Verdejo launched Hyper Skin after she experienced intense acne flares while pregnant with her first child. As she explains on the brand’s website, stubborn breakouts had always been an ongoing struggle, but the flurried hormones and pregnancy-related pigmentation sent the situation into overdrive.

Unable to find any products that catered to her needs, Verdejo set out to create her own solution in the form of Hyper Clear, a unique vitamin C serum that blends potent, clean, and natural ingredients like vitamin E, kojic acid, turmeric, and bearberry to effectively smooth uneven skin texture while also brightening and treating dullness and hyperpigmentation.

Think 100% vegan, cruelty-free, epically nutritious (for your skin) makeup products that are designed to look beautiful on every complexion. Founded in 2012 by former Shark Tank contestant Wall Street stockbroker Melissa Butler, The Lip Bar was launched with the goal of redefining beauty standards. Because, as Butler points out on the brand’s website, “there is no standard, we are the standard.”

There are plenty of exciting places to begin where shopping is concerned, but we’d recommend starting with the best-selling liquid matte lipsticks. The fan favorite applies like a gloss but dries down to a well-hydrated, albeit pristinely matte, finish. 

When it comes to inclusivity, sunscreen (which almost always casts a white, ashen finish on top of the skin) is notoriously problematic. Founder Katonya Breaux launched Unsun in 2016 after years of frustration regarding the lack of options for clear, clean, and no-reside SPF formulas women of color could safely use on their skin. 

In addition to its SPF-spiked hand cream, the brand offers two different versions of its beloved mineral-based tinted SPF—Medium/Dark or Light/Medium.

Founder Nyakio Kamoche Grieco grew up visiting her grandmother in Kenya, who used coffee beans to exfoliate and take care of her skin. Inspired by this, Kamoche Grieco has created one of the most luxe skincare lines on the market. The eponymous line, Nyakio Beauty, features five different collections for ultimate customization, everything is handcrafted in small batches, and only vegan, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced ingredients are used. (Think delicious inclusions like Spanish almond oil and African Black Soap from Ghana.) 

The beauty world collectively celebrated when word spread Tracee Ellis Ross would be creating her very own haircare line, Pattern Beauty, last year. (You can click here for more details and our editor Courtney Higgs’s in-depth review of the line.) The range offers everything from luxe, microfiber hair towels to hair ties and clips to nutritive treatment oils and curl-conditioning leave-ins. The argan oil–based serum, below, is a standout.

Sweet, serotonin-inducing, deliciously beautiful makeup products are the name of the game when it comes to Beauty Bakerie, founded by Cashmere Nicole. The brand as a whole is truly a feast for sore eyes, but if you’re looking for your first appetizer, we suggest the highly beloved Lip Whip that’s formulated to endure through even the highest water pressure. In other words, apply, and don’t worry about retouching until you’re forced to remove it.

“Affordable, high-performance, clean beauty for the forgotten shades” is how Range Beauty describes its stunning cosmetics offerings, which meld two of the most important needs within the industry—far more inclusive shades and far fewer toxic ingredients. Founder Alicia Scott began her career in the fashion industry and immediately noticed the lack of shades available for women of all skin tones during photo shoots and runway shows. According to the brand’s website, Range Beauty was formed for people representing all shades, all skin types, and all genders who want wallet-friendly options without being forced to forgo high-quality and safe ingredients. In fact, the brand’s all-star foundation is one of the only formulas available that’s specifically designed with skin conditions like eczema and acne in mind. 

Briogeo is another magical hair brand we love to support, which was born from founder Nancy Twine’s realization that the majority of store-bought haircare on the market seriously lacked when it came to ingredients and performance. So Twine set to work to create her own line of strand-saving beauty elixirs inspired by the homemade hair formulas she grew up concocting with her grandmother in West Virginia. Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is award-winning and a renowned best seller. You’ll find it in every single beauty editor’s haircare closet.

Think of KNC Beauty as the ultimate destination for affordable, whimsical, and collagen-plumped lip and eye masks. The brainchild of founder Kristen Noel Crawley, KNC Beauty was born after Crawley took a trip to Tokyo, where she fell in love with a wall of lip masks. When she realized there weren’t any natural lip masks on the market here in the U.S., she got to work. Now, the brand offers said coveted lip mask formula alongside other skin-enhancing options like under-eye masks, a lip scrub, and lip balm. We recommend snapping up a little bit of everything.

Pat McGrath is one of the most iconic makeup artists in history, and her namesake makeup brand, Pat McGrath Labs, more than lives up to her legendary name. Fun fact: The brand also just announced iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell as its first-ever global face of Pat Mcgrath Labs.

“The entire planet is just as cosmetics obsessed as I’ve always been,” McGrath explains on the brand’s website. “Makeup is a movement. Makeup is mesmerizing. Makeup is major. Mantra-esque, three words have repeated over and over in my mind ever since I was young. Obsession. Inspiration. Addiction. Those words became my guiding principles, my manifesto as I brought this brand to life.” 

Visit the brand’s website and you’ll be faced with a kid-in-a-candy-shop array of lipsticks, eye shadow palettes, and glittering highlighters, but our favorite staple is still the brand’s skin-enhancing foundation. For best results, we recommend investing in the entire system, which also features a primer and face powder.

Specifically designed for women of color, Mented came about when founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson couldn’t find a nude lipstick on the market that suited deep skin tones. So they pulled up their sleeves and began their goal of creating a stunning assortment of nude lipsticks and liners to complement rich lips shades. Now, there are plenty of other makeup extensions to choose from (think everything from eye shadow palettes to brow essentials), but their lipsticks have remained an iconic favorite. 

BeautyStat Cosmetics founder and chemist Ron Robinson is one of the most well-known and highly respected experts in the beauty business. But it was only after Robinson’s team discovered a holy-grail technology to answer consumers’ main skincare needs that he took the plunge to debut his own line. Currently, it features three game-changing products—the Universal C Skin Refiner, the Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream, and the Universal C Eye Protector. The brand’s mission? Tosearch the planet with the goal of discovering new beauty ingredients and innovative technology and to continue to develop envelope-pushing products centered around high-performance.

Created in 2001 by Jamyla Bennu (a self-proclaimed lifelong naturalist and ingredient-conscious maker), Oyin Handmade (“oyin” is the Yoruba word for honey, BTW) was born when Bennu couldn’t find commercially available natural and organic products for her highly textured, natural hair. As you may have gathered, honey is the MVP ingredient of the brand’s lush product assortment and is famed for its natural hydrating and protective qualities. 

“We remain family-owned and operated, and manufacture our products with pride and care,” the brand explains on its website. “We are passionate about our commitment to high-quality, effective formulations made from natural, organic, and food-grade ingredients. Our products are gentle, cruelty-free, and moisture focused, providing impeccable nutrition and styling for dry, curly, and highly textured hair types.”

Ooli is a unisex haircare line featuring recognizable and pronounceable ingredients that naturally nurture and care for every texture of hair. “Whether locs are short, long, curled, or coiffed, there’s a little something for everyone looking to keep their crown of glory refreshed and on point!” notes the brand’s founder Jessica Pritchett.

Haircare products that specifically work with dreadlocks is another area where Ooli excels. This strong-hold shine-enhancing gel is a known favorite featuring beautiful ingredients like baobab and aloe vera to promote a happy, healthy scalp and strands. 

Founded by Shelley Davis back in 2003, Kinky-Curly’s collection of hair products is designed to add moisture, environmental protection, and hold to natural hair without leaving strands dry and brittle. 

The brand’s Curling Custard is an award-winning top seller that delivers a hydrating shot of moisture plus weightless definition well-suited for curls and waves. As for the formula, it’s made with advanced botanicals like humectant agave nectar to rejuvenate and strengthen the hair sans crease or crunch. 

Created by dynamic duo CEO Christine Martey-Ochola, Ph.D., and CFO Anne Cheatham, Nuele came about due to their goal of wanting to have healthy, happy, shiny, and manageable hair without the need for chemical relaxers or keratin treatments, which are notoriously hard and damaging on the hair. 

“Basically, we wanted to have it all; to be able to show the many sides of hair that we have been blessed with,” they explain on their website. “Curls one day. Straight the next. We put our heads together with our chemistry and biology backgrounds and voilà! Nuele was born.”

As of right now, you can shop their single all-star hair product, the Hair Serum, which they cite as the only clean, all-in-one, lightweight, residue-free yet oil-rich formula on the market.

Meet Loraine R. Dowdy, a Brooklyn-born woman of Caribbean descent who founded Coloured Raine in 2013 after leaving behind her career in the finance industry. Noticing a gaping hole in the industry, Dowdy dreamt of creating her own cosmetics line that would encourage vibrant self-expression, diversity, and loads of inclusive shades for people of color. 

Dowdy’s deep love for rich color can be found throughout her stunning line of makeup, with her highly coveted eye shadow palettes falling front and center on our radar. (Although, if you explore the brand’s website, you will find equally wonderful face products, highlighters, and lip essentials.)

This vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand is one of the newest on our radar right now. Businesswoman and YouTube personality B.Simone launched her namesake brand, B.Simone Beauty, last year, and the brand has already gained immense popularity. You’ll find lots of stunning lip products like liners, glosses, and lipsticks, in addition to makeup bags and accessories. Oh, and did we mention everything is surprisingly affordable? 

Created by Rachel James in 2012, Pear Nova is a sleek collection of gorgeous nail lacquers uniquely inspired by the most innovative fashion designers and the coolest runway trends. James spent a full year and a half curating the perfect polish formula that would not only stay true to her theme of custom color choices but would hold to other high polish standards like being made in the USA (they’re designed in Chicago), along with being cruelty-free, vegan, and 5-free. In other words, your polish won’t play host to formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate DBP.

Despite the popularity of clip-in hair extensions, there is a serious void when it comes to inclusive clip-in options for curls, coils, and natural texture. Enter Kurly Klips, an award-winning brand featuring the first-ever (and highest-rated) natural clip-in hair extensions on the internet. 

Founder Lana Boone proclaims herself as entirely type A when it comes to executing the art of the perfect natural hair extensions, and she explains on her website that she’s rejected more than $20,000 worth of hair because it simply wasn’t up to her high standards. “I am obsessed with making you look good and that means sending you hair that meets my strict standards,” she says. Sometimes that means we’re out of stock, but my clients know it’s worth the wait.” She’s also one of the few CEOs we know of who will literally respond to every single email within 24 hours Monday through Friday.

Founded by none other than iconic supermodel Iman, her eponymous beauty brand, Iman Cosmetics, has been heralded as one of the most well-loved, shade-inclusive brands, well, ever. (It launched back in 1994.)

Tired of always having to bring her own makeup to photo shoots and sets, she began her venture into the industry by first creating the Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation, and plenty of other equally stellar makeup and skincare formulations launched from there. This Cover Cream concealer below is another favorite. 

If you’re looking to browse some of the most vibrant, gem-like eye shadow palettes available, look no further than Juvia’s Place. Founder Chichi Eburu launched the line with the intent to celebrate the beauty of rich, highly pigmented colors that define African tribes.

“Africa is not only the birthplace of humanity, it’s the birthplace of all beauty,” the brand notes on its website. “Juvia’s Place was created to celebrate the rebels, rulers, and queens of the African kingdoms of long ago, who emulated and honored beauty through their soulful and innovative techniques that the top beauty gurus still use today.”

Of course, the brand offers far more than just eye shadows, but the stunning palettes are true eye candy and have the habit of selling out at lightning speed. 

Editor’s note: Each day, we will continue to grow and evolve this list, as there are so many more Black-owned beauty brands we love and will continue to support.  Up next: Black-Owned Fashion Brands to Support Now and Forever