Avocado Toast With Fried Egg and Gruyere

Recipe: How To Make Avocado Toast With Fried Egg and Gruyere

Travis Rathbone

Pro Tip: Make your eggs in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and use just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.

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Directions: 
Spread bread with butter, then toast.
In a bowl, mash together avocado with olive oil, kosher salt, and lemon juice. Divide avocado mixture between the toast.
Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Fry eggs, sunny-side up. Season eggs with sea salt and black pepper.
Just before eggs are finished cooking, use a vegetable peeler to shave several slices of Gruyère onto them; allow some of the cheese to melt onto the pan and crisp.
When eggs are cooked and cheese has melted, transfer an egg onto each slice of toast.

Roasted Chicken Breast With Sweet Potato Gratin

Recipe: How To Make Roasted Chicken Breast With Sweet Potato Gratin

Travis Rathbone

Pro Tip: By learning how to roast a whole chicken instead of alwaysdoing individual breasts, you’ll end up with an awesome meal for a group or more than one meal for yourself.

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Preheat oven to 425°F. Put chicken in a large pot, add 12 oz water, and heat until boiling. Put pot in oven for 90 minutes. Remove chicken, then let rest 15 minutes.
Melt butter in a large oven- proof sauté pan, then add a third of the potato slices. Sea- son with salt, add another third, season, and add the last third and season.
Place pan in oven; bake 15 minutes. Remove; use a spatula to flip the gratin in sections. Return to oven for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle Gruyère on top and return to oven for 1 minute.
Place gratin on plates. Remove breasts from chicken, slice, and place on top of gratin. (Reserve rest of chicken for another use.)
Toss kale with vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and avocado for a side salad.

Get the September 2018 Issue of ‘Muscle & Fitness’


Get the September 2018 Issue of 'M&F'

Steve Smith

The September 2018 issue of Muscle & Fitness has all the workout and nutrition tips you need to maintain your summer shred as the calendar flips toward fall. 

Want to start moving big-time weights like cover star and professional Men’s Physique competitor Raymont Edmonds? You can start by following the explosive eight-week workout plan concocted by strength and conditioning specialist and professional Strongman Matt Mills. He proves that any commercial gym can be turned into a full-fledged Strongman training ground with the right program in place. 

The September issue also has your NFL fix with a look at how stars like Dak Prescott, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Sam Darnold prepare for gameday, both in the gym and in the kitchen. 

Nagging injuries got you on the sidelines? Learn how to avoid forced time off from the gym with tips on how to beat those annoying muscle cramps and bounce back from shoulder pain. 

All that training would go to waste without the proper fuel to help you power through your workouts. With the keto diet routine featured in this month’s issue, you’ll learn how to eat fat to burn fat with delicious, muscle-building recipes for every meal. 

And since Muscle & Fitness now incorporates FLEX, you’ll find even more workout and diet tips to help you make serious gains in the gym. This month’s issue previews September’s Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas with a breakdown of the major competitions as well as tips on achieving powerful pecs from six-time Mr. O, Dorian Yates. 

For the latest training methods, no matter where you are on the fitness spectrum, we’ve got it all right here in Muscle & Fitness and FLEX.

Get the new issue of Muscle & Fitness on newsstands now!

 

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Justin Verlander’s Secrets to Defying Age


Justin Verlander's Secrets to Defying Age

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Justin Verlander compiled one hell of a résumé after more than a decade pitching for the Detroit Tigers. Two no-hitters. Six All-Star Game appearances. A Cy Young Award. Even an AL MVP honor. And the 6’5″, 225-pound ace didn’t waste any time adding “World Series Champion” to his CV, after being picked up by the Houston Astros in 2017. Not bad for a guy who turned 35 last February. 

So how does Verlander keep getting better with age?

“When I was younger, I focused a lot on brute strength. Now I’m focused more on mobility, and a big part of my off-season workouts is balancing those two,” he says. “I don’t want to risk getting injured.”

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In the off-season, Verlander trains five days a week, with a focus on functional strength.

“I do a lot of hex-bar deadlifts and mobility work, interval training, and explosive moves like med ball throws,” he says. He also trains his legs and core hard—a key for throwing heat.

“People have said, ‘You’re not that big in your upper body—how do you throw a baseball so hard?’” he says. “Legs and core are where you harness power. The arm is the end of the whip.”

With enough deadlifts and leg days, who knows—Verlander might power the Astros to another World Series.

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WWE ‘Raw’ Recap: ‘The Shield’ Reunite to Stop Braun Strowman’s ‘Money in the Bank’ Cash-in


WWE 'Raw' Recap: 'The Shield' Reunite to Stop Braun Strowman's 'Money in the Bank' Cash-in

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“The Big Dog” finally has control of his yard, and he’s making it clear that he’s not the same sort of champ Brock Lesnar was.

After finally defeating Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Summerslam, Roman Reigns vowed to be a universal champion who, unlike Lesnar, would regularly show up on Raw to defend his title. This week, he backed up his words by challenging Finn Bálor, the first-ever universal champion.

While the match was competitive and Bálor’s athletic ability was on full display, he ultimately lost to the champ, proving that Reigns’ win against Lesnar wasn’t just a fluke.

But just when things were starting to die down, “The Monster Among Men” showed up.

Braun Strowman, who was none too happy that about his defeat during Reigns and Lesnar’s match at Summerslam, decided to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on a winded Reigns, giving him an instant title opportunity.

With Strowman firing on all cylinders and Reigns running on empty, it seemed his victory was assured.

Fortunately for Reigns, it some friends showed up to back him up: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, his fellow members of the iconic WWE stable “The Shield.”

While Strowman clearly had the advantage in a 1-on-1 duel, 3-on-1 was a different story. He briefly managed to fend them off, but he eventually got caught in a three-man powerslam through the announcer’s table.

It’s worth mentioning that since the match never actually started, Strowman still has his title opportunity despite his attempt to cash in tonight. With “The Shield” back together, it’s clear that he’s going to have to re-think his gameplan going forward.

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The Circuit-Based Kettlebell Routine to Build Muscle and Burn Calories

The Circuit-Based Kettlebell Routine to Build Muscle and Burn Calories

Per Bernal

Build muscle and blast calories with this warmup and circuit-based kettlebell routine designed and demonstrated by Beachbody Super Trainer Jericho McMatthews.

Directions

Do this workout twice per week. You’ll need a set of light, medium, and heavy kettlebells. Perform 12 to 15 reps of each exercise. In Week 1, repeat each circuit three times before moving on to the next circuit. Starting in Week 2, you’ll do each circuit four times through. Begin with the warmup and then finish with five to 10 minutes of stretching and foam rolling.

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Kettlebell Workouts
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Build Muscle

5 Quick Tips For Shopping for the Right Width Shoes

Size Matters

Just like your waistline, the size of your foot can increase in width. Unfortunately, a regimen of diet and exercise will not likely get it back in shape. The causes can range from expansion due to heat, standing for long periods, or even pregnancy. Advancing age can also contribute to changes in foot size, both length and width.

Although less common, there are also those whose feet are narrow, an issue among children as well as adults and seniors.

Proper Foot Health

To maintain good foot health, it’s essential you have your feet measured on a regular basis, ensuring you’re wearing properly fitting shoes. Footwear that’s too narrow can lead to issues including bunions, calluses and blisters, besides the discomfort of simply squeezing your foot into a shoe that’s too small.

Conversely, footwear that’s too wide can cause feet to move about in shoes. This can lead to friction inside the shoe that can result in skin conditions. Shoes that are too big can also lead to unsteadiness, resulting in slips and falls in older adults.

Getting Your Feet Measured

Of course, the best way to find out exactly what size you need is to visit a shoe store where trained associates can accurately measure your feet. If there isn’t a local retailer in town, there are a range of online foot measurement charts that can be downloaded, allowing you to determine your own size and width.

Brand Selection

While it can take some work to find styles that meet your unique fit requirements, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on fashion. Increasingly, brands are adding wider widths to the mix, particularly as the population ages. And, European comfort brands typically design shoes with a wider fit, making them another option.

For those with narrow feet, the choices can be more limiting. However, there are a number of American shoe brands that continue to cater to this market.

For women in search of that Cinderella fit, there’s J. Renee, Walking Cradles, Easy Spirit and Naturalizer offer styles that run the gamut from slim and to wide and even extra-wide. Men can also find a selection of brands and styles. On the dress and casual sides, there’s Johnston & Murphy, Allen Edmonds, Merrell and Skechers, that serve these markets, in addition to athletic brands including New Balance and Nike.

If you still can’t find that perfect fit, companies across the board are increasingly adding adjustability features to their designs, such as buckle and Velcro-strap closures, giving you even the opportunity to adjust the fit.

Shopping Destinations

When starting your search shoe, the internet’s a good place to start. If there’s a brand you’re already familiar with, a simple search will determine if styles are offered in  extended widths. However, if you want to expand your choices, a Google search will yield plenty of options.

Since not all shoes are created equal when it comes to sizing, it will likely be a case of trial and error until you find the style that best suits your foot type.

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Is Camuto Group Getting Closer to Finding a New Owner?

After months of speculation and at least one failed sale, Camuto Group could be getting closer to finding a new owner.

In a note last week, Susquehanna Financial LLLP analyst Sam Poser said he has gotten wind of a series of potential deals, which involve Authentic Brands Group (ABG) purchasing the firm founded by the late Vince Camuto and DSW Inc. becoming the licensee of Camuto’s footwear brands.

“We believe that DSW will likely buy the sourcing arm of the Camuto Group, either from Camuto Group itself or from ABG,” Poser wrote on August 17, adding that his industry checks indicate a ABG buyout of Camuto is likely to take place. “We do not know how much the acquisition will cost DSW, but our checks indicate that it will cost 33 percent of the Camuto Group’s total selling price.”

It has been mere weeks since ABG — owner and licensor for a range of lifestyle, celebrity and entertainment brands including Frye, Juicy Couture, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe — reportedly beat out DSW to acquire the Nine West and Bandolino brands from their bankrupt parent firm. (In what was viewed as a full-circle moment for Nine West, ABG appointed Marc Fisher Footwear — the company launched by Marc Fisher, son of late Nine West cofounder Jerome Fisher — to run both brands’ shoe business.)

But a marriage between DSW and Camuto Group, which owns the Vince Camuto and Louise et Cie brands and holds the footwear license for Jessica Simpson and Tory Burch, among others, is not likely to be the rebound either side may be looking for, according to Poser.

“DSW is a retail company, with plenty on its plate [and] wholesale is a different skill set,” Poser wrote.

Poser also cautioned that were such a deal to go through, retailers such as Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s, which do a “great deal” of business with Camuto Group brands, “will likely stop doing business because those retailers will be unwilling to provide data regarding what works and what does not work to a large competitor.”

Poser further speculates that Dillard’s would nix its private label development deal with Camuto in the wake of a supposed DSW partnership.

He also sees financial impediments to DSW’s ability to drive the sales needed to meet the minimum financial requirement built into an agreement with ABG.

Nearly a year ago, Camuto Group made headlines when it announced a blockbuster merger with privately held Canadian giant Aldo. Less than three months later, the deal — in which Aldo was to purchase the Camuto Group — was killed.

While the companies said that merger was scrapped after “careful consideration and thoughtful discussion” on both sides, executives inside the Greenwich, Connecticut-based Camuto told FN last month that they were disappointed.

“You always regret it if any transaction doesn’t come through in the end,” said Camuto CEO Alex Del Cielo in an FN story in July. “The hardest part was the time that it took. Let’s face it — we are all very busy at work. That’s every company in every industry. And when you’re doing a deal, you have something else taking time away from that. That’s always a challenge.”

Nevertheless, in recent months, the company has hired turnaround adviser Clear Thinking Group, made an aggressive entry into the kids’ market, launched a costume jewelry business and acquired Sole Society, a multibranded site offering women’s shoes, bags and apparel that expects to enhance its offerings.

Only time will tell whether Camuto will end up with ABG — and its footwear businesses with DSW — but Del Cielo said the company is open to deals and has had its share of suitors.

“Lots of people call us all the time,” he said in July.

But when it comes to his preferred buyer, Camuto’s chief has a preference.

“I think someone from the shoe industry is probably more appealing,” he said. “Strategic people have a longer-term view of things. But again, ultimately, our job is to get value for the shareholders.”

At press time, comments from Camuto Group were not available. ABG declined to comment for this story, and DSW did not respond to FN’s request for comment.

Normani Praises Nicki Minaj for VMAs Shoutout Post-Tiffany Haddish Diss

Fifth Harmony’s latest solo breakout act Normani has a powerful fan by way of rap megastar Nicki Minaj.

At last night’s MTV VMAs, Tiffany Haddish — while praising former Fifth Harmony frontrunner Camila Cabello — jokingly downplayed the current status of Camila Cabello’s four previous bandmates.

“Camila Cabello is nominated for five VMAs tonight. Five of ‘em! I’m super proud of her. So those of you watching at home, hi Fifth Harmony,” said Haddish. Little did she know that mere seconds later Minaj would come to rectify the situation while accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Chun Li.”

“Don’t be coming for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that b*tch,” said Minaj, prompting an outpouring of love from Normani on social media.


Nicki MinajMTV Video Music Awards, Show, New York, USA - 20 Aug 2018

Nicki Minaj
MTV Video Music Awards, Show, New York, USA – 20 Aug 2018
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“I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you. You perfect queen you! Thank you for lifting me up,” Normani tweeted. The singer continued to retweet messages from fans all praising Minaj’s approving words.

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The “Barbie Dreams” rapper even held her stance this morning on her Queen Radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1.

“Last night at the VMAs, I said Normani is that b*tch. Because she is. And I won’t allow anyone to disrespect a black woman in my f—ing face. I’ve had it with this s—,” she said.

Minaj’s descriptor for Normani may be questionable but she is not alone in her sentiments for the 22-year-old.

Just last week, the singer announced her first Puma campaign, in which she models the brand’s RS-0 sound sneakers exclusive to Foot Locker Europe.

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No word on whether this is a long-term partnership between the sportswear company, and Normani but for the latter, it’s clearly only the beginning of what’s to come.

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Nike Stirs Controversy for Selling Balaclava, Which Some Say Cashes in on Gang Culture

It’s been a tumultuous few months for Nike, with its latest challenge going past the boardroom and into the sportswear giant’s very stores.

The Swoosh has recently come under fire for selling a head garment that critics have argued cashes in on gang culture in the black community. The product in question? A balaclava from the brand’s collaborative apparel line with Matthew M. Williams.

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The item, which is characterized by minimal visibility of the face, features a pocket for small items as well as a foldable head that includes a carabiner. Modeled on the site by a black man with tattoos down his arm, the balaclava also has straps that some on the Internet have likened to holsters. It was designed in partnership with Matthew M. Williams, whose streetwear label Alyx has seen patrons from Virgil Abloh to Kanye West.

The online backlash came swiftly, with complaints that the balaclava exploits gang culture and concerns about the recent wave of knife attacks that has been spreading in London. “This is a disgrace… #knifecrime is out of control, especially in London. Gang Culture is becoming out of control. This is disgusting gang culture fashion for profit,” said Pete Price, a Twitter user whose bio describes him as a broadcaster, journalist and entertainer based in Liverpool, just over 200 miles northwest of England’s capital city.

Separately, in a video posted on Facebook, social media commentator Paul Mckenzie brought even more attention to the product, urging viewers to share their opinion on an item that he described as “menacing.”

“We look at images of young people on the streets, and they look menacing already,” he said. “So Nike decides to bring out a balaclava range, which looks absolutely menacing. Maybe I’m getting old, maybe I’m a dinosaur — but this balaclava range looks like it’s quite inciteful [sic].”

Although the product is no longer listed on Nike’s e-commerce platform, it can still be found on the Alyx website — albeit sold out at a retail price of $92.

In a statement sent to FN, a Nike spokesperson said, “These products were part of a wider Nike Training collection, styled on different models and available in multiple markets around the world. We are in no way condoning or encouraging the serious issue of criminal and gang culture.”

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I Guess Thong Bikinis Are Becoming a Mainstream Trend

A-list celebrities. Bloggers. Victoria’s Secret Angels. Fashion designers. I’m fairly certain almost every category of Insta-famous fashion person wore a thong bikini this summer. Let’s discuss.

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Top and High Leg Bikini Bottoms ($38) available in sizes XS to L.
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Top and Catalina Bottoms ($74) available in sizes XS to L.
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Top and Sol Searcher Tanga Bikini Bottoms ($35) available in sizes S to XL.
Top and High Cut Bikini Bottoms ($68) available in sizes XS to L.
Top and Brasil Scrunch Bottoms ($80) available in one size, fitting XS to M.
Top and The Jerry Bottoms ($68) available in sizes XXS to L.
Top and Classic Bikini Bottoms ($68) available in sizes XS to L.
The Love Triangle Bottom ($75). Available in sizes 1-3.
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Top and Lotti Thong Bottoms ($56) available in sizes XS to L.
Top and Knot Minimal High Leg Thong Bikini Bottoms ($16) available in sizes 0 to 14.
Thong Bikini Brief ($11). Available in sizes 0-12.

Everything I’ve Stopped Wearing Since Becoming a Fashion Editor

In many ways, my style has stayed the same since I became a fashion editor at Who What Wear, but it occurred to me recently that it has evolved in certain areas—some quite noticeable. While my style has always been rooted in classic items and investment pieces (and that hasn’t changed), I discovered that I now have a low tolerance for uncomfortable shoes and clothes that haven’t been tailored. These are unquestionable changes that have improved my everyday looks.

There are a few other, more dramatic areas of change, though. This comes down to the colors I’m wearing and the silhouettes I’m experimenting with. Ahead, I’m breaking down the six major ways my style has changed since becoming a fashion editor and shopping out the pieces to tap into it yourself.

While my closet is still heavily built around pieces in the neutral family of black and white, I’ve been wearing more and more colors, notably bold shades like pastel blue and vibrant green.
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I spent too many years wearing sky-high heels and have since learned there are plenty of shoes that are both comfortable and cool. I’ve retired any footwear that’s difficult to walk in and instead have been wearing kitten or block heels.
One of the biggest changes in my wardrobe since becoming a fashion editor? Learning the importance of tailoring. Having a pair of pants taken in at the waist or a top nipped at the shoulder for a perfect fit makes a big difference in having my outfits come off as polished.
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I still slip into basic T-shirts and button-downs on a regular basis, but I’ve been adding more and more daring silhouettes into the rotation too. My favorite of the moment? Tops with voluminous, puffy sleeves.
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While I still take a measured approach when it comes to the season’s biggest trends, I’ve been taking some bigger risks too. The key is making sure the items (like these tiger-stripe pants) still fit in with my personal sense of style.
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Instead of focusing my shopping habits on only new-in merchandise from contemporary brands, I’ve been buying more and more vintage pieces from retailers like The RealReal. It’s an editor secret for tapping into the latest trends with designer pieces at a fraction of the price.

The Summer Trends You Should Ditch First

I know, I know—summer is almost over, but you’re going to have to face the facts sooner or later. (We’re pushing for the former.) Instead of getting teary-eyed as we stow away our bikinis, sandals, and tank tops, we are using this as an opportunity to show you just how exciting all the trends are you’re going to replace them with really are.

Ahead, we are walking you through which summer trends you should ditch first as we prepare for fall 2018. This doesn’t mean the trends to ditch are “out,” per se. It just means those are not the most practical of the bunch, and frankly, when the temperatures drop below 50 degrees, you’re going to regret your outfit choice in that tube top of yours. Consider this the most pain-free way to get acclimated to the change of the season. There’s a cooler fall version just waiting for you to swap it out with, we promise. Ready to see the exciting fall 2018 trends we have waiting for you?

We saw rainbow stripes touch every aspect of the marketplace from swimwear to trousers this summer, meaning it’s time to tire the trend for now. The ultimate statement-making swap for the festive colorway? Neon, of course.
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Flip-flops couldn’t be more of a summer shoe style if they tried. Swap the beachy footwear staple for the It shoes of the moment—cowboy boots. We’ve already been seeing tons of fun takes on this shoe trend, and we know the plethora of styles will only go up from here.
The windbreaker provided a reliable sporty lightweight jacket option for the warmer months, but sadly, the trendy outerwear piece won’t cut it in the cooler temperatures. Instead, swap your windbreakers for unique cardigans this fall. Wear them around your waist, over your shoulders, or, you know, as actual cardigans.
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Those netted fisherman bags come around summer after summer. Chances are yours is mildly wrecked by the saltwater and sand, so give it a rest and fasten a chic belt bag around your waist instead. The look will read on trend and ready for the season ahead.
The resurgence of the ’90s included everything from baggy jeans to mini sunglasses. I don’t know what it is about that era, but they really must have loved summer as the most popular ’90s trends are not well equipped for the cooler months, especially tube tops. Instead, go bold with an animal-print blouse.
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If you are looking to add some sort of oomph to your face via accessories, put the mini sunglasses aside and opt for crystal fringe earrings instead. They will frame your face well and make any outfit pop.

Next up, shop the perfect rings for a fast engagement.

The One Lingerie Trend It Girls Have Worn for Decades

We live in a world where trends come and go at the drop of a hat. Most of the time, we’re talking about shoe trends and accessories trends, but yes, lingerie items aren’t immune to the trend cycle, either. Remeber when we shared which underwear trends are quickly on the way out? But while we’re quick to inform you on the trends to get rid of, there are others so classic that we’d never think of ditching them.

Not just for years, but for the better half of the last century (!), celebs and It girls have worn the same lingerie trend: slip dresses. From Marilyn Monroe in the ’50s to Emily Ratajkowski in 2018, the slip dress trend has proven to be virtually immortal. What originally served as the inner lining to a gown is now a full-blown dress category, and for this particular editor, it’s a favorite for cocktail events, nights out, or just a layering piece. Go on to see how the slip dress trend has evolved throughout the years, and then shop today’s chicest styles.

Marilyn Monroe, 1952
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Cindy Crawford, 1988
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Naomi Campbell, 1996
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Selma Hayek, 2005
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Speaking of trends that will never die, find out which shoe trend I’m betting will never bite the dust.

I’ve Completely Stopped Wearing This Shoe Style With Skinny Jeans

We’ve covered what shoes to wear and not to wear with pretty much everything under the sun, including skinny jeans (naturally). And even though my head is always filled with what shoes pair best with what, I was still surprised when I recently realized that I’d subconsciously stopped wearing a certain style with skinny jeans, as it’s a big one.

There were a good 12 or so years in my life when the only type of jeans I wore were skinny jeans. But as I got more and more into fashion and eventually started working in it, I branched out. That said, I still wear skinny jeans on occasion but, unlike my skinny-jean-obsessed years, never with heels. Not even low heels or block heels.

It’s 100% a personal preference, but there’s something about tight jeans that just looks dated to me when combined with heels. (But I will say that 100% cotton, high-waisted skinny jeans are more forgiving.) On the flip side, several different styles of flats are a no-brainer for me when wearing skinny jeans. Shop each type of flat shoes I swear by when wearing skinny jeans below.

Next up, shop the five denim brands celebrities always choose.

Jennifer Lopez Designed Leggings Guaranteed to Make Your Butt Look Good

Last month, Jennifer Lopez called out Niyama Sol’s super-flattering leggings via the epic hashtag #whentheleggingsmakethebootylookgood. Now, Lopez has teamed up with the brand to create her very own leggings—and you might want to scoop up the under-$100 styles before they sell out. Plus, each of the three legging looks also comes with a matching sports bra for the full J.Lo-approved workout look.

“Niyama Sol is focused on contentment, self-love, and other principals for healthy living, which really resonated with Lopez who was heavily involved in the concept and design process,” the press release reads. Scroll down to see how Lopez wears the brand and to shop the collaboration for yourself. And be sure to check back next month, as new pieces will drop monthly until January 2019. Thank you for the gift that keeps on giving, J.Lo.

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These Trendy $100 Nike Sneakers Are Quietly Selling Out Everywhere

Keeping up with the latest and greatest It sneakers can be exhausting. We get it, and that’s what we’re here for. We’re proud to call ourselves sleuths in this department to ensure that you’re well equipped with said It sneakers before everyone else acquires them. That said, the various iterations of the beloved Air Max It sneakers are still very relevant, but there’s a new Nike sneaker style in town to rival their popularity: the M2K Tekno.

Like all the other It sneakers these days, they’re clunky and futuristic, drawing inspiration from the ultimate “dad” shoes, the Nike Monarchs, which originated in the early 2000s. Of course, one look at the M2K Technos confirms that they’re as 2018 as sneakers come, and unlike the Monarchs, they were initially designed for women.

After spotting the sneakers on Hypebeast (which says they’re not going anywhere) and searching the depths of the internet, we’re declaring these the It sneakers for fall. They’re sold out in every color pretty much everywhere, and the buzz is building since their initial release in May. The new colors (beige, gray, and multicolored) are said to be released soon, but for now, we tracked them down in black and white. Shop them, and a few other fall It sneakers, below.

So many It girls have been wearing Adidas Falcons lately.
Gigi Hadid is particularly fond of this style.
Hailey Baldwin, for one, can’t get enough of this style.
We challenge you to find a prettier Air Max 1.
The buzz around these couldn’t be louder (and the price couldn’t be higher).
Not new, but still going strong.
Puma is finally getting in on the clunky-sneaker trend.
Exactly what your fall wardrobe needs.
Leopard-print anything and everything is a must this season.

Veronica Mars Is Coming Back—Do You Remember These Fashion-Girl Cameos?

It’s been a big week for 2000s-era television. First, MTV announced a reboot of The Hills at last night’s VMAs, and now we’ve learned that Veronica Mars is also getting a second life (well technically a third life, since a Kickstarter-fueled movie version debuted back in 2014). According to Entertainment Weekly, Kristen Bell is on board for a reboot that will air on Hulu. The magazine also reports that creator Rob Thomas has signed onto the project as well, but further details remain under wraps.

In the spirit of the revival, we decided to take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the show’s stylish celebrity cameos, as well as Kristen Bell’s very 2000s outfits. Scroll down to see Paris Hilton, Leighton Meester, and more from the original Veronica Mars series.

Why You Only Need 10 Work Outfits—Seriously

As anyone who works in an office knows, figuring out a different outfit for every day of the week is quite the challenge. And what working woman has time to rifle through their entire wardrobe day after day, searching for an appropriate work outfit that’s both stylish and comfortable? That’s exactly why we went straight to one of our favorite brands for work basics (and everything else), AYR. AYR’s minimalistic pieces are the actual definition of what we want to wear every single day. They’re high-quality, versatile, and timeless yet fresh, ideal for your office outfits.

Armed with the mission to narrow an entire wardrobe of options down to just 10 work outfits that can be mixed and matched with abandon, we tapped AYR Creative Director Jac Cameron to fill us in on a few of the essentials every woman needs to create a work wardrobe comprising two weeks’ worth of go-to outfits. All you need to do is stock your closet with the prescribed styles and keep the outfit formulas on hand! Keep scrolling to read Cameron’s expert advice, and see and shop the 10 outfits.

The Robe Coat is one of AYR’s best sellers for a good reason: “It’s one of the most versatile pieces in the line, as you can style it back to multiple outfits,” says Cameron. She describes it as “a perfect layer piece [that’s] unconstructed with no closure and looks good over anything from a dress to a tailored pant.” We couldn’t agree more. (Bonus: It comes in three neutral hues, with the camel version being a Who What Wear editor favorite.)
Available in sizes S–M to M–L.
Cameron recommends having silk tanks with high necklines on hand, like the AYR Echo Tank: “It’s an essential layering piece that goes back to so many looks with simplicity—just elevated.” She also condones a basic white button-down: “I think a clean white shirt is the most classic item in the wardrobe and something you’ll never tire of,” she notes. Round your work-shirt collection out with short-sleeve sweaters and striped button-downs.
Available in sizes 00 to 16.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 10 to 18.
Available in sizes S to XL.
One can never have too many pencil midi skirts. The longer length looks more directional than knee-length and pairs perfectly with every top and jacket in your closet. For polish, tuck your shirt into the skirt if it’s on the longer side, or wear it loose if it’s more cropped. We recommend having neutral and patterned and/or colorful versions on hand.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 24 to 32.
AYR made quite possibly the perfect dress for the working girl. Cameron says, “This sophisticated silk dress comes in a neutral palette of navy or silver and can be worn as a dress or jacket interchangeably. Perfect for dressier office environments with a pair of pumps a dress or over the shoulders as a jacket with the sleeves rolled up for fashion-forward office environments.” We can see why it sold out completely.
Available in sizes P to L.
Cameron is a proponent of two pairs of work pants in particular—dark-wash skinny jeans (for casual Fridays and the like) and slim black pants. AYR’s flattering The Arrow Pant “has a lot of stretch, and the recovery is phenomenal so it never bags out,” according to Cameron. Fun fact: She divulges that the “fabric was originally created for equestrian wear because riders would get docked points when they came off the horse for baggy knees.” She also recommends a skinny-jean style named after the creative director herself—Jac’s Jean. “They give you a more elevated feel because of the nature of the shade and perfect fit,” she notes.
Available in sizes UK 6 to 12.
Available in sizes 23 to 32.
Mules, loafers, and pumps are versatile enough to wear with every single one of your 10 work outfits, so stock up and mix and match to your heart’s content!

This post was previously published on an earlier date and has been updated.

What Color Shoes Can I Wear With That?

So, you’ve treated yourself to your dream pair of statement shoes. Now, you’re faced with a dilemma: how to make them work with what you already own. If you’ve ever wondered what shoe color goes with what sort of outfit, we’re here to offer some ideas to help get you started. Since you’ll be building an outfit around your shoes, you want to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward, so to speak.

At the end of the day, there are no hard and fast rules that you must abide by. Style is personal, and wearing what makes you happy is priority one. In case you’re stumped on where to start, though, we’ve rounded up a few colors that really lend themselves to being paired together. So, if you’re ready to break out those blue suede shoes, we’ve got some ideas to help you figure out the rest of your ensemble. Check them out below and shop a few of our favorite statement shoes worth showing off along the way.

Goes best with pink, orange, black and white, neutrals, and navy blue. Pro tip: Red shoes are a great way to add a punch to a more casual outfit, but consider avoiding an outfit that feels too racy; fire-engine footwear offers enough sizzle factor on its own. Stay away from monochrome too; red on red can feel like overkill.
Goes best with blue, white, earth tones, red, and yellow. Pro tip: Orange shoes look great with tawny neutrals, tans, and beiges—they provide a warm canvas from which the orange can really pop. If you’re wearing lighter shades, mix in some brown accessories for a cool ’70s  vibe. While color-blocking may feel like overkill for some, if you’re up to the challenge, try power-clashing by styling them with green or purple.
Goes best with any shade of blue, black and white, and green. Pro tip: Although purple and yellow are complementary colors, the two together can be a bold move (shoutout to the L.A. Lakers). More buttery tones look great with other warm colors such as red or orange. For neon yellow, consider cooler colors or a simple black or white.
Goes best with brown, black, blue, neutrals, and yellow. Pro tip: Green shoes are surprisingly versatile. Just try to keep red and orange out of the equation, unless you’re invested in making a high-saturated statement.
Goes best with yellow, red, neutrals, brown, and white. Pro tip: Skinny jeans with a pair of blue shoes a shade lighter or darker than the denim is a no-fail look. (This time of year, finish it off with a fisherman’s sweater in ivory or beige.) It’s also worth noting that navy is like black’s punchier cousin; it adds a bit of color but at minimum risk.
Goes best with neutrals, navy, pink, and green. Pro tip: For a surprisingly chic combination, look to purple and metallics. Try a pair of plum-colored pumps with a silver skirt and blue jacket. Since purple is a rich hue, it also pairs well with simple neutrals.
Goes best with white, red, purple, neutrals, indigo, and black (for silver). Black, red, white, emerald, royal blue, and burgundy go best with gold. Pro tip: Whether you opt for silver or gold shoes, it’s best to stay away from bold prints and colors for the rest of your outfit and let the footwear, ahem, shine.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Lauren Eggertsen.

World’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Surprises in Tom Ford Mini Dress

Kylie Jenner, who will soon become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, surprised everyone by looking very cute at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She was joined by Blake Lively, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Blac Chyna, and Amber Rose.

The 21-year-old reality star and makeup mogul donned a white Tom Ford Fall 2018 RTW blazer dress that was both sexy and sophisticated. Accessorizing with jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz and earrings by Harry Kotlar, Kylie added sparkle to her outfit with jeweled Olgana Paris ‘Mon Bijoux’ sandals.

Kylie Jenner shows off her Harry Kotlar stud diamond earringsKylie Jenner shows off her Harry Kotlar stud diamond earrings

Kylie Jenner surprised everyone by looking very cute at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20, 2018Kylie Jenner surprised everyone by looking very cute at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20, 2018

While the couple walked the pink carpet separately, Kylie was in attendance to support her boyfriend Travis Scott. They welcomed a baby girl, Stormi Webster, in February.

According to the Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, Kylie has an estimated net worth of $900 million. At some point during the next few months, the American reality television personality is expected to become the youngest self-made billionaire ever. The title was previously held by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Her sudden boost in wealth comes primarily from Kylie Cosmetics, her successful makeup company. Founded in 2016, it is projected to rake in $1 billion in lifetime sales by 2022.

The world's youngest self-made billionaire, Kylie Jenner, donned a white Tom Ford Fall 2018 RTW blazer dressThe world’s youngest self-made billionaire, Kylie Jenner, donned a white Tom Ford Fall 2018 RTW blazer dress

Kylie Jenner flaunts her sexy legs in Olgana Paris shoesKylie Jenner flaunts her sexy legs in Olgana Paris shoes

Kylie Jenner shows off her feet in Olgana Paris 'Mon Bijoux' sandalsKylie Jenner shows off her feet in Olgana Paris ‘Mon Bijoux’ sandals

Credit: WENN / Ian Wilson

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Ariana Grande Kisses Pete Davidson in Le Silla Naomi Boots

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson couldn’t get enough of each other at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson kissing at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20, 2018Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson kissing at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20, 2018

The 25-year-old ‘Sweetener’ pop singer and the 24-year-old Saturday Night Live comedian got engaged earlier this year after only a few weeks of dating. When asked by Ebro Darden of Apple Music Beats 1 if she’ll hyphenate her name, Ariana confirmed that she intends to change her name to Ariana Grande-Davidson.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson got engaged after only a few weeks of datingAriana Grande and Pete Davidson got engaged after only a few weeks of dating

Ariana hit the pink carpet in a latex chrome bustier from Venus paired with a matching miniskirt, white biker shorts, and Le Silla ‘Naomi’ over-the-knee sock boots in stretch knitted lurex. How do you like her sculptural metallic minidress?

Ariana Grande's Le Silla 'Naomi' over the knee sock boots in stretch knitted lurexAriana Grande’s Le Silla ‘Naomi’ over the knee sock boots in stretch knitted lurex

Le Silla Naomi over the knee boot in stretch knitted lurex at Farfetch

Le Silla Naomi over the knee boot in stretch knitted lurex

During the show, the 25-year-old singer performed her current single “God is a Woman” from her album Sweetener. Her performance started with a visual of The Last Supper featuring only women. She was also joined on stage by her mom Joan and her grandma Nonna.

Credit: WENN / Patricia Schlein

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