We truly cannot wait for the arrival of sweater weather—chunky knits, cozy cashmere cardigans, and burgundy sweaters of all kinds are speaking to us at a whole other level for fall 2019. Because we’re always on the hunt for cool new ways to wear said toppers, we simply can’t get enough of the #sweaterweather posts popping up on our feeds. Trust: We’re double-tapping away faster than you can imagine on the below burgundy sweater outfits because they are just that good and swoon-worthy.
Curious to see what’s currently inspiring? Then you’ll want to keep reading to see exactly how some of our go-to fashion girls are wearing these crimson sweaters. From the one denim wash that just looks best with the rich hue (it might not be what you think) to another color combo we guarantee you didn’t think to try (Elle Woods would probably wear it, actually), ahead, 11 burgundy sweaters to buy ASAP and exactly how to wear them.
Wear the sweater with a patterned skirt.
Nothing beats the coziness of a longline cardigan.
It’s like dark-wash jeans were made to be worn with burgundy sweaters.
Contrast textures by pairing a fuzzy burgundy sweater with a leather skirt in the same shade.
The loose-fitting V-neck sweater will be your best friend this fall.
Sweater-and-shoe coordination? It’s a thing.
Team a burgundy sweater with fire-red pants for a cool color combo.
You probably didn’t think to wear burgundy and pink together, but you totally should.
When it comes to getting dressed in the morning, sometimes it’s easiest to wear outfit formulas that you know are foolproof and can rely on again and again. I tend to approach my outfits with this formula method in mind and gained some new inspiration for go-to looks from the street style scene at fashion month. Many of the looks I liked could be described as “boring,” but they’re endlessly chic and breathing some new life into what I’m wearing right now.
Each of these fall outfit formulas includes wardrobe essentials that you probably have in your closet already—utilizing basics like oversize blazers, knee-high boots, straight-leg jeans, suiting, and low heels. Here, find fresh ideas for how to wear these pieces with outfits that are perfect to wear everywhere from the office to post-work drinks. Go on to see the best fall outfit formulas to wear right now—these will no doubt dominate what fashion insiders will be wearing for the season ahead.
Working on the talent side of things here at Who What Wear, I get particularly thrilled when the fall season rolls around, as it’s during this time of year that I really get to celebrate the up-and-coming talent I’m most excited about. Last month, it was all about the ladies poised to make it big with notable television projects (anyone else obsessed with The Politician yet?!), but now it’s time to focus on the wonderful ladies in film (and one special woman on Broadway) who we can’t stop talking about.
Before you break out the popcorn, let us help you get better acquainted with these five women, whose projects range from the highly anticipated next take on Little Women to an important true story of an Indian warrior queen. There’s also the exciting new female lead from the next chapter of the Terminator series (for all you action film lovers out there), the ridiculously talented women stepping into Tina Turner’s shoes, and a new scream queen taking on a Stephen King adaptation. With talent in spades and cool projects to boot, these ladies have been placed firmly on our radar and should definitely be on yours too.
Ahead, we asked the women to give us the details on their upcoming projects and also give us a sneak peek of the items they’re eyeing for fall.
WHAT: When I see the words “warrior queen” in a film title, my first thought is Heck yes! Much to my delight, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is so much more than just an action-packed tale; it’s the true story of a real-life superwoman. Devika Bhise is the inspiring force behind the project, serving as the film’s executive producer, co-writer, and star, while her mother, Swati Bhise, is the director. The goal: to bring the incredible story of Indian queen Rani Lakshmibai to a global stage. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for this one, which is coming to screens in November.
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is an important story for audiences to see today because… “We live in such an exciting time where female superheroes and new kinds of female protagonists are entering the cinematic landscape, so I think it’s important to tell true stories of real-life superheroes, as well. Not many people know the story of Rani Lakshmibai, and sharing it with a global audience may inspire people to learn about all of the extraordinary women throughout history who have changed the world against all odds. Telling these stories reminds all women that we have the strength, courage, and determination to break down barriers that women have been breaking for decades before us and certainly will be for decades to come.”
The best part about working with my mother on this project was… “Having absolutely no formality on set. There’s a huge amount of trust and intimacy required in an actor-director relationship, and having my mother in that role took that to another level. Our interests were always aligned, and even through our disagreements we had a very clear end-goal in mind, which removed any of the clutter that can get in the way of the work. We had both been developing this project for so long that we really had to count on each other not to sink the ship!”
The most challenging part of this role was… “Definitely speaking in 19thcentury Hindi and Marathi. As an American, I knew there would be a lot of scrutiny about my dialect, so I practiced with the most discerning critic I knew: my grandmother! If it didn’t sound perfect to her, I wasn’t ready for the take.”
The women I look up to in Hollywood are… “Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt, and Frances McDormand. I admire them deeply—they carry themselves with tremendous grace and humility, are striving toward real progress and inclusion within the industry, and their performances are always flawless! I met Emily Blunt at a premiere a couple of years ago and was properly gobsmacked!”
The stories I want to tell as an actor are… “The ones that encourage people to see the world from a different perspective.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “The nine-yard nauvari saris I wore for this film! They had to start hand-weaving the saris one year before we started production, with intricate pearl inlay or fine lace and gold thread hand-stitching. There’s nothing like carefully being draped into a heavily embroidered sari fit only for royalty, jumping on horseback, galloping toward camera, and praying nothing rips!”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “A bathrobe. I have a few silk kimonos that I bought in Japan that I live out of. I rarely wear real clothes in my apartment and usually get comfy the second I walk through the door.”
When it comes to fashion, I’m a total sucker for… “Cheetah print! I have the most fun when I’m wearing animal prints. It makes you feel primal and outrageous all at once, which is why I’m so thrilled that so many designers are coming out with animal-themed lines this fall.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: My first introduction to Abby Quinn was a few months back while watching the film After the Wedding. In it, Quinn plays Julianne Moore’s daughter who gets caught up in a doozy of a plot twist involving Michelle Williams. (It’s a good watch, I highly recommend.) But that was simply the beginning of noteworthy projects to come for this fresh face. You can also find Quinn making the most of her final days of high school in the comedy Good Girls Get High and hanging around the March sisters in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough to keep Quinn busy, she is also joining the Mad About You TV series reboot.
The thing that surprised me most about Julianne Moore while working together on After the Wedding was… “That she and her husband, Bart Freundlich, who directed the film, are both very good at using Snapchat.”
My first thought reading the Good Girls Get High script was… “This is hilarious, and even if I don’t get the part, I know it will be one of my favorite movies of all time when it comes out.”
The best part of filming this project was… “Getting to work with the director Laura Terruso and also working with Stefanie Scott, who is now one of my very best friends.”
Greta Gerwig’s take on Little Women is… “Spectacular and incredibly heartfelt.”
The most valuable lesson I learned from Greta Gerwig as a director is… “How important it is to collaborate and to listen. Greta really gives actors the space to create and to bring their ideas about a character or a scene to life. She gives the actors the freedom to explore and to invent. This way of working created a very exciting energy on set.”
As an actor, the characters I love to play are… “All very different from one another.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “My all-corduroy outfit in Landline.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “A large jean jacket and Mary Jane Doc Martens. I will usually find an outfit that I love and then wear it for a week straight. So if I’m being honest, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing whatever I was wearing the day before.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: While I realize musical theater doesn’t necessarily fit under the film category, sometimes you have to make an exception when someone truly special comes along, and that is Adrienne Warren. On November 7, Tina—the Tina Turner Musical will open on Broadway (after a successful run in London’s West End) and Warren will reprise her role as the eponymous singer. The Tony nominee received critical praise for her performance, and when you hear her belt out Turner favorites like “River Deep” and “Mountain High,” you’ll understand why. Basically, what I’m saying is it’s time to secure tickets and book a trip to NYC stat.
I’m most excited to bring Tina—the Tina Turner Musical to Broadway because… “It is a homecoming for Tina! I believe her American fans have missed her presence and music.”
The one thing you can expect from this show is… “Power! Power in the music, power in the emotional journey, power in the dancing, etc.”
Working with the legendary Tina Turner on this project has been… “Life-changing. I am so blessed to have spent time with her, and in that time I learned so much.”
My favorite Tina Turner song to perform is… “‘We Don’t Need Another Hero.’ I’ve grown to love singing this song. It has one of my favorite bridges of all time.”
The most nervous I’ve ever been on stage was… “Performing Tina for Tina Turner. Do I even need to explain?”
The most confident I’ve ever been on stage was… “Performing Tina on a normal show day. This role requires all the confidence I can muster up. It’s the most difficult yet most rewarding role I’ve had in my career thus far.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “All of my incredible custom dresses designed by the incomparable Ann Roth, while performing in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “Mom or boyfriend jeans.”
When it comes to fashion, I’m a total sucker for… “Statement jackets or dusters.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: When the Terminator: Dark Fate trailer hit the interwebs back in May, fans lost it over the return of Linda Hamilton as franchise favorite Sarah Connor. But there was another female lead grabbing my attention: Natalia Reyes. A household name in Latin America, the Colombian actress is set to make her U.S. debut with this role. And although details are still under wraps surrounding her character, Dani Ramos, we’re excited to see what she brings to the franchise.
Terminator: Dark Fate in five words is… “Epic, exciting, action, relevant, and diverse.”
Joining Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger to tell this next chapter was… “Such a surreal experience and an honor. Meeting those legends and the human beings behind them was unforgettable.”
I can’t reveal much about my character Dani, but what I can say is… “She is a brave young Latina, a go-getter, she says what she thinks, and does everything for her family. She’s now the one being chased by the new Terminator.”
This being my first American role, the thing that surprised me most working in Hollywood was… “The scale of this production. Having 600 hundred professionals behind the scenes was impressive.”
The actor/actress I’m dying to work with next is… “Meryl Streep.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “The beautiful indigenous dresses I wore for Birds of Passage, a movie we premiered in Cannes last year. They were all handmade and full of colors and symbols of the Wayuu culture.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “Jeans, sneakers and a faux-leather jacket.”
The people and/or fashion accounts I love to follow on Instagram are… “Fashion Revolution (@fash_rev) is a really useful platform that has made me more conscious and gives great data about the fashion industry. FashionKind (@fashionkind) ‘cause luxury can also be sustainable. Disfunkshion Mag (@disfunkshionmag) for those who like a colorful boho style.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: I’m usually the person covering my eyes during a scary movie, but come October I do enjoy throwing on a horror film or two—’tis the season, after all. Considering that, might I recommend Netflix’s In the Tall Grass, based on the Stephen King and Joe Hill novella? While the film will have you avoiding any kind of grass field for the foreseeable future, it happens to be a great introduction to Laysla De Oliveira, someone you will be seeing quite a lot of over the next few months. The Canadian-Brazilian actress is also starring in Guest of Honour, which premiered at the Venice and Toronto film festivals last month, and will appear again on Netflix with the series Locke & Key, due out next year.
The best part about premiering Guest of Honour at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals was… ”Getting to witness some of my dreams coming true while being able to celebrate it with family and friends. Also the clothes. THE CLOTHES!”
I love this film because… “It challenged me. I would say Veronica’s personality is very different from my own, so to be able to explore the depths of that with a director like Atom Egoyan was a very fulfilling acting experience.”
Next I have In the Tall Grass, which is sure to have audiences… “Mowing their lawns!”
The scariest moment for me filming In the Tall Grass had to be… “Being hidden in actual 10-foot tall grass waiting for Vincenzo Natali to call ‘action’ while I hear what I assume was some type of creepy creature getting closer to me by the second. No acting required when he called ‘action.’ I definitely ran for my life.”
The stories I want to tell as an actor are… “Any stories with compelling women where their truths are being told.”
The actor/actress I’m dying to work with next is… “There are so many I’m inspired by, but I would probably faint if I got to work with Julia Roberts. She was my idol growing up. That laugh!”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “All of my outfits for Netflix’s upcoming Locke & Key were pretty epic. There’s this one YSL trench coat, in particular, that had me feeling some type of way. I think of it often.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “A bodysuit/T-shirt, jeans, and chunky sneakers.”
The people and/or fashion accounts I love to follow on Instagram are… “I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the Vogue accounts. Also Law Roach, who I now get to call my stylist, is a total fashion guru. And last but not least, @dog makes me so happy.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
As a digital fashion editor, I’m introduced to a dizzying number of fashion brands each month. But to be honest, only a few of these new discoveries will catch my eye and even fewer will land in my own wardrobe. (What can I say? Being picky comes with the territory.) So even though I’m always on the hunt for new fashion designers to feature in my Who What Wear stories, it takes a brand that’s as wearable as it is cool for me to add it to my own outfit mix—and the following seven labels have nailed that tricky balance.
Uncovering these brands has made getting dressed that much more exciting for me, so I’m sharing them here in the hopes that they might do the same for you. In the below lineup, you’ll discover the comfortable shoe brand I’ve been wearing to the office nonstop and the vintage-inspired sweatshirts that are making me question how I ever traveled before without them. Keep reading to find out why I’m obsessed with these seven new fashion brands, see how I’m wearing them, and then shop my favorites from each.
Working as a digital editor definitely has its perks. Even though fashion is my wheelhouse here at Who What Wear, I’m still privy to luxurious beauty brands whether I’m testing out a new product launch for a story or am lucky enough to receive a sample from a brand or co-worker. Trust me—I don’t take it for granted that I have access to all these free expensive beauty products. It’s a blessing. But I got to thinking about my makeup products, in particular, and how my routine has changed (and stayed the same) since I discovered the world of makeup at the age of 13.
Celebrity stylists are responsible for dreaming up gorgeous outfits that make the A-listers they work with feel confident and comfortable for the red carpet, events, and the like. While a particular dress or tailored silhouette is key to that sartorial success, appropriate undergarments are also of utmost importance. After all, dressing does begin with the items you put on first—underwear.
While we’ve covered a few of the specific underwear styles celeb stylists swear by in the past, we thought we’d dig a little deeper into the key brands this in-the-know group recommends (and sometimes wears) not just for comfort but for quality—aka brands that actually last. Because come on, we all get frustrated when we think we invested in a legit pair of underwear, only to find it coming apart after the third time washing it.
So with all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out how stylists rank the top underwear brands out there in reference to those that actually (truly) last the longest, are comfortable, and have the ability to be unseen and lay flat against the body. Oh, and fun fact—you’ll see a lot of similarities among each of their must-have brands below. Ahem, Commando…
We often turn to women over the age of 40 for top-notch style advice. Yes, age is just a number (and you should always wear whatever you want), but it’s women in this bracket that are often considered sartorial experts, as they’ve been able to really hone in on their personal style over the years. And given their expert status, they’ve more or less developed a wardrobe of timeless essentials as a result. While we recently highlighted the going-out basics this set swears by, we thought we’d shift the focus next to the shoe staples women over 40 can’t live without.
Because we look to celebrities in general for shopping inspo, it seemed appropriate to showcase the footwear A-listers like Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, and Katie Holmes love. With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out the seven basic shoes some of the chicest women out there never forget to buy—and shop the coolest selects in each category as well.
Imagine this: You’re on a noisy street in SoHo, which leads you to a modern office building. You enter through unmarked doors, then take a sleek elevator up a few floors. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by friendly faces, and on the wall in front of you is a beautiful close-up of a woman; her skin is radiant. To your left is a midcentury-modern pink couch with pink orchids. You have arrived at the headquarters of the beloved millennial makeup brand Glossier. But this is just the beginning. Sure, this is where the magic happens, and it doesn’t take long to understand why this brand has garnered a cult-like following. But besides its straight-up-chic offices, hyped product drops, and highly Instagramable packaging, there are two things, in particular, that have made this beauty brand stand out since its inception five years ago: its connection with its consumers and its approach to beauty.
No other beauty brand has quite harnessed the power of consumer feedback and turned it into products like Glossier has—and its most recent development is no exception. In fact, inspired by our cultural obsession with dewy skin, CEO and founder Emily Weiss and her team created the first-of-its-kind, easy-to-use, long-wear hybrid serum-oil, Futuredew, which drops today. Designed to give people the dewy glowy that is most often the result of a multi-step skincare regimen, this oil-based serum, a fountain of youth for your skin, is available for only $24.
Read on to learn more about the magic behind Glossier’s new skincare product, plus what happened when yours truly incorporated this wonderous serum into her previously nonexistent skincare routine.
“Skincare can be a waiting game,” Weiss explained to several editors at a product preview last week. “So we wanted to create something that kept the post–skincare routine glow instantly while also helping skin over the long term.” She continued, “A lot of people outside the beauty industry struggle with how to build a skincare routine, so we wanted Futuredew to be easy to use no matter your routine.”
Surprisingly, Weiss confessed that since Glossier began formulating this serum, it’s the only skincare product she’s been using—yes, really. Her trick to applying it? After washing her face, she quickly applies two pumps all over. Then, based on what she’s feeling, she wears it as a standalone or will apply her everyday makeup. One of the great things about the serum is that you can easily incorporate it into any skincare routine, whether you have a full regimen or nothing at all. It can act as a post-skincare base to makeup, or you can just apply it and go.
Like other Glossier products, Futuredew is certified-vegan and cruelty-free. It’s made with a blend of four oils, minerals, sugarcane, and the fruit extract evodia rutaecarpa. The jojoba, grape-seed, evening primrose, and rose-hip oils provide an instant dewy effect while delivering vital moisture, so if you wanted to, you could ditch your moisturizer entirely. The fruit extract is meant to enhance the skin’s brightness over time, the sugarcane locks in moisture, and the minerals create a reflective glow.
The question we had was, Is the glow-up actually real? For a skincare novice like myself, I was curious to see if using just the recommended two pumps of Futuredew could change my skin for the better? So I decided to put it to the test. Take a look at my before and after photos coupled with my honest assessment of Glossier’s Futuredew below.
Ease of Use: Honestly, I love how easy this product is to use, especially for someone who has limited experience with serums. I’m admittedly not a skincare-routine person—I dedicate more time to my curly hair routine and choosing an outfit every morning—but after washing my face, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Futuredew is super easy and not at all time-consuming to apply.
How to Apply: At first, I was skeptical. Upon first glance, it can look a bit too greasy for my liking, but keep in mind this is from the perspective of a woman who typically uses zero products. The serum itself clings nicely to the skin, so once it evaporates a bit, the dewy glow becomes more natural-looking. As far as pairing it with makeup, I added some of my usual Pat McGrath foundation on top of my red spots. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there wasn’t the oiliness I often feel when pairing other products together, which was great.
Duration Expectation: After a few days, I got used to the dewiness, and, dare I say, I looked forward to applying my two little pumps in the morning. I was quite surprised to see my skin still looked pretty dewy after a full day in the office, and it kept my skin feeling effervescent throughout the rest of the evening.
Long-Term Effects: I will be the first to admit that the first day I tried Futuredew, my skin was a hot mess. I had a few pimples; a mosquito had attacked me; it was not great. But over a few days of using the serum, my redness died down, and I started to look less like a walking vampire—it seemed to be working. As far as serious long-term usage, I’ll have to keep using it to really feel any lasting effects. That said, using this single product has me sold on this whole skincare routine thing.
Final Verdict: It’s definitely a great intro product for anyone who is skincare-averse and prefers a minimalistic approach to their skincare and makeup routines. I honestly can’t be bothered most days to do anything to my face, but I found Futuredew to be a fun way to begin to build my skincare routine, and it was exciting to see myself glisten a bit. As far as if it’s my new holy-grail skincare product, only the future will tell.
Welcome to Second Life, a podcast spotlighting successful women who’ve made major career changes—and fearlessly mastered the pivot. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief content officer at Who What Wear, each episode will give you a direct line to women who are game changers in their fields. Subscribe to Second Lifeon iTunes, and stay tuned.
If you’re one of the 16 million people (and counting) who follow the wildly popular The Shade Room on Instagram (which reports on celebrity news, culture, entertainment, and politics), you might be familiar with Angelica Nwandu. If not, allow us to introduce you. Five years ago, Los Angeles–based Nwandu had just earned a degree in accounting and was hired to do bookkeeping at a motorcycle company, where she was to work toward becoming an accountant. But her real dream was to be a screenwriter, so she began writing on the side.
After making some connections in Hollywood, Nwandu quit her job and was given a small grant to write, but it didn’t go far. Then came her idea to start The Shade Room. She had applied for a slew of odd jobs with no luck and thought, “Well, if nobody’s calling me back, then I have to create this opportunity for myself.” And given that she was her friends’ source for instant celebrity gossip, they suggested she start a blog. That night, she came up with The Shade Room and knew Instagram was the perfect place to launch it since she wasn’t particularly technologically savvy.
The Shade Room rapidly grew to 100,000 followers in just a few weeks, and today, thanks to its over 16 million followers, it’s a media empire with a website and original programming in the works with Hollywood production companies.
Head to iTunes to subscribe to Second Life, and listen to this brand-new episode to hear more about Nwandu’s inspiring career story and road to creating The Shade Room. Keep scrolling for a glimpse at the content that makes the account a must-follow for millions of people.
Next up, find out how Kelly Oxford went from stay-at-home mom to successful writer.
Taylor Swift attended a Madonna concert in NYC last night and wore a cozy-looking Free People dress with trendy ankle boots for the occasion. Now that we’re knee-deep in ankle-boot season and the end is nowhere in sight, I’m looking to amass as much outfit inspiration with the standby boots as I can manage. So thank you, Taylor Swift. This look is my next outfit goal. She chose a sweaterdress from Free People that looks insanely comfortable and paired it with epic lace-up ankle boots (a major fall shoe trend, mind you) from Prada, and the whole ensemble nailed everything I love about fall fashion.
I’m very fond of the lace-up-boot trend and added several pairs to my arsenal for fall, so I’m thrilled to test Swift’s outfit idea at my earliest convenience. The good news is that a luxurious pair like hers isn’t crucial. You can easily achieve the same look with affordable options from boot brands such as Jeffrey Campbell and Dr. Martens, and the same goes for her dress. It hardly needs an explanation as to why a sweaterdress is an ideal item to wear this time of year. (Hello, sweater weather.) Simply scroll down to let T.Swift prove how powerful this outfit combo is, and then shop the look if you’re so inclined.
When it comes to a well-rounded wardrobe, there a few staples that you simply can never own too many of. A good pair (or two, or three) of jeans will take you far, last you years, and save you whenever you’re struggling to find something to wear. They’re the thing you can always fall back on. Crisp white tees are the basic that’s essential come layering season. And blazers—the refined topper that’s surged back on the radar, thanks to the ever-popular suit craze—are a savior when you’re looking to add a dash of refinement to any getup.
But blazers don’t always come cheap. The topper can cost quite a pretty penny, especially if you’re on the market for one that’s well-made and timeless. Being the solution-hungry shopping experts we are, though, we decided to show you that cheap blazers for women do, in fact, exist, and no, they don’t actually look cheap. Ahead, the affordable blazers to add to your lineup now, from the cool cropped iteration Bella Hadid loves to the classic double-breasted silhouette that will never fail you.
Cropped blazers are the coolest piece to own now. Better yet, Bella Hadid is totally on board with the trend, too.
It doesn’t get more classic than a double-breasted blazer. It’s formal but can easily be worn as an everyday staple as well. Opt for a fun print this fall.
If you prefer a single button, then this blazer style is for you. It’s refined and classic but can still feel laid back, especially if you keep it unbuttoned.
I love Halloween, but I’m notorious for trying to throw together a costume at 8 p.m. on October 31 just a few minutes before heading out the door to a spooky soirée with my best friends. This year, however, I vowed to do it differently. I’m planning ahead, and my goal (as it usually is) is to buy pieces that have a lifecycle that extends far beyond October 31 (aka pieces that I can actually wear in the real-world).
My solution? An ASOS Halloween costume, which simply means buying pieces from the retailer’s vast section that reference a pop icon, a literary character, or more and that also seamlessly fit into my wardrobe. The best part about an ASOS Halloween costume, though? I don’t even have to leave my house to get it—all I do is order it and it’ll be at my doorstep in a few shorts days.
As you’d expect, you can really find all the makings of practically every costume imaginable at ASOS. But I narrowed it down to seven ideas that I think you’ll want to try this year. See the costumes and shop the key pieces, below.
Learning about what the latest fall boot trends are is nothing compared to learning how to style them. We never want you to think Platform boots are trending—now what? For that very reason, we snatched up all the popular and stylish celebrities who are wearing this season’s hottest fall boot trends the right way. Seeing these trends in action will hopefully encourage you to stop starring and start shopping because the boots ahead need a home, and we think your closet is just the spot.
Below you will see seven popular fall boot trends that celebrities have taken a particular liking to this season, in addition to the 14 inventive ways they are taking each trend and making it their own. Style types of all kinds are represented here thanks to the notable array of women partaking in all the fresh new styles this season has to offer. The new styles ahead are the boots everyone will be wearing after reading this story—including you.
Alright, let’s get one thing straight: Although there isn’t technically a right or wrong way to wear jeans with sneakers (you do you), there are certain styles tend to look better together. We’re not here to tell you what you can and can’t wear; we’re just here to offer up a bit of guidance if you, too, often find yourself staring at the mirror asking yourself, Does this look good?
The most tried-and-true pant-and-shoe combo? Jeans and sneakers. It’s equal parts comfy and cute, and it has risen in popularity since trainers became every street styler’s footwear of choice (Bella Hadid, we know you’re a fan). If you, too, are an admirer of the duo, or you’re considering working it into your routine, may we suggest checking out our guide on some best (and worst) jeans to wear with sneakers?
Ahead, a guide to the jean cuts to wear with your cool kicks this season, plus those we recommend skipping.
If there’s one thing you can never own too many of, it’s basics. We’re talking crisp white tees, sleek black camis, and versatile white tank tops—basically everything we’re going to rely on now that layering season is underway. However, these crisp ivory pieces sometimes pose a problem: They can be sheer and see-through if you don’t pick the right fabric. Because we shouldn’t have to worry about our undergarments showing through—no one wants a wardrobe malfunction like that, right?— we decided to go on a mission to find the absolute best non-see-through white tank tops on the Internet.
Our method? We used our knowledge of brands known to churn out top-quality tank tops (aka The Range, Agolde, La Ligne), plus what we know about the materials that typically tend to be sheerer than others. Ribbed-knit finds are your best friend for full coverage, as is thick cotton and stretchy, workout-friendly nylon. Whenever you buy online, just make sure to check out the material in the product description. And, of course, you can count on our below roundup of the best non-see-through white tank tops to serve you well as you enter layering season. Shop the best of the best below.
As a fashion market editor, I undoubtedly enjoy some job perks (travel, clothes, events… to name a few), but my favorite part of going into the office every day is the conversation among the editors, particularly when it comes to advice. I can’t tell you how many new brands I’ve learned about, the amount of fashion celebrity news I’ve kept up with, or even the number of cool new dinner spots I’ve discovered, all thanks to my colleagues. Another bonus is that I sit right behind the Who What Wear beauty team, which means I get to eavesdrop on everything they discuss, from amazing supplements to the newest makeup launches to a facial they recently tried. Luckily, I also get to test-drive some of the products they receive, sometimes acting as a guinea pig for a new lipstick or skincare item that landed on their desks.
I always want to know everything about how to make my beauty, skincare, and wellness regimens better (especially now that my wrinkles are real), so I’m always open to hearing their expert tips and thoughts on the latest and greatest in the wellness-and-beauty space. From what products help you feel less bloated to the items you should never use on your face and how to prevent breakouts, below I’m sharing the essential tips and tricks that I’ve learned from our beauty-and-wellness team—and the must-have products they swear by.
As someone who has a 71-year-old beauty fanatic as her mother (surprising I became a beauty editor, right?), I know all too well the trials and tribulations surrounding foundation and mature skin. Of course, finding the best foundation for your skin texture, tone, and type is hard enough at any age, but when you throw into the mix age-related conundrums like discoloration from sun damage, fine lines or wrinkles, and dehydration, the challenge only gets steeper.
Being that my mom is an actual makeup artist, I’ve definitely absorbed some of her wisdom and tips over the years—minimal, if any, powder and absolutely no super-matte formulas. She has flawless skin (both with and without makeup), so I’ve taken her guidance to heart. That said, I was interested to compare notes with some of the top celebrity makeup artists in the industry who regularly cater to Hollywood’s leading ladies 40 and over. What foundations do they always have on hand for red carpet prep, and what application tips do they hold gospel to ensure their clients with mature skin look as radiant and healthy as possible? They’re covering all that and more below. Keep scrolling!
Every makeup artist we spoke to explained that without a well-prepped base (i.e. hydrated and healthy skin) any foundation application will flounder. Prepping the skin with the right products and ample moisture is crucial for a seamless, long-lasting finish.
“I am really, really big on prep—prep is EVERYTHING,” exclaims celebrity makeup artist Tamah Krinsky, whose clients include Julianna Margulies, Mary Steenburgen, Judy Greer, Idina Menzel, and Christy Turlington. “Regardless of age, how you prep your skin determines how your foundation will sit on your skin, and the more hydrated and healthy your skin is to start, the better your foundation will look. My clients would tell you skin prep is the longest part of their time in the makeup chair with me!”
Krinsky recommends starting the process with a luxe spray like Josh Rosebrook’s Hydration Accelerator ($22) before moving onto an oil. She typically applies around six drops, although it depends on the day and client. “I take three to five minutes to massage the oil from the hairline to the collarbones. It’s amazing what that alone can do for your complexion! My favorites are Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Oil ($72), Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil ($80), and the Josh Rosebrook Herbal Infusion Oil ($44),” she says.
Afterward, she’ll press a pea-size amount of moisturizer into the skin to lock all the magic in. She loves anything from Tatcha, Drunk Elephant, Dr. Hauschka, or La Roche-Posay.
So the jury is out on whether or not it’s best to use brushes or a damp sponge (like our beloved Beautyblender, $20) for foundation application. Our makeup artists were equally divided in their preference! So we recommend trying both methods to see what you prefer. That said, if you go the brush route, Krinsky recommends using multiple sizes and always reaching for a brush with synthetic brush fibers versus natural hair.
“No matter what foundation I’m using, I always use two brushes—one to deposit the formula and one to blend,” she confirms. “I like to use brushes on the smaller side so I can be specific and blend around the structure of the face. To deposit foundation, I use a small flat synthetic eye shadow brush. Synthetic brushes don’t hold onto pigment and products as much as natural hair brushes, so you save your products from being wasted, and they leave the foundation where you put them.”
To blend, Krinsky tells us she switches to a medium-size fluffy eye shadow contour brush. Although her brush process takes more time than using a Beautyblender, she thinks it offers more precision in addition to a more seamless result.
Sorry, but finding the right foundation—consistency, finish, and shade—takes some time and effort. And Krinsky is especially adamant about taking the time to find your perfect shade.
“Make sure you are matching your skin tone,” she advises. “Always ask for a sample (or better yet, multiple!) and look at yourself in daylight. It should look 100% seamless, and if it isn’t, it’s the wrong shade for you.”
“Only use foundation where you need it,” Krinsky adds. “Use small amounts, and take your time to blend them into your skin. You don’t have to apply a huge amount of foundation to your entire face. You should be using it to even out your skin tone—not to cover your skin.”
Both Murphy and Chanel makeup artist Kate Lee (who counts women like Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain as regular clients) recommend eliminating—or at least limiting—your powder usage since it can sit into mature skin’s fine lines and make a person look older.
“Let’s be real—online swatches are never 100% accurate, and shade names aren’t standardized, so it’s best to tap into a brand’s customer service or, in the case of Violet Grey, a trained makeup artist, whose job it is to know everything, from the curation of foundations to formulation to finish,” explains Violet Grey’s beauty director, Maureen Choi. “A quick email exchange or phone call with a trusted resource who understands your skin and makeup concerns can make all the difference in receiving the perfect fit on your doorstep.
“Sometimes you have to try before you buy, particularly when it comes to foundation. A good rule of thumb is to ask for samples in three shades—the one you’ve shade-matched to your complexion, then one shade lighter and one shade deeper. That way, you can test all three in broad daylight and get an accurate sense of what looks best. According to makeup artist and Violet Grey committee member Pati Dubroff, using two shades of foundation—a light shade down the center of the face and one a shade darker along the perimeter—is the secret to getting the most natural, subtly defined, second-skin look.”
I’ve never been the type to have just one favorite brand or stick to a single designer head to toe. With each new season, I tend to notice that there’s a group of labels that are very clearly getting it right and designing all the things I want to wear at that moment. For fall, there are a whopping eight of them, and they range from fast fashion to ultra luxe—just like my taste itself.
From Kat’s tweed jacket (seen above) to the below cardigan that I couldn’t help but order for myself, there are so many Alexander Wang pieces that I have my eyes on this season; it was actually the brand that inspired this story.
Every time I come across Scandi brand Stand online, I ask myself How soon is too soon to buy my winter coat? The good news, however, is that this season its offerings have expanded to also include equally amazing separates and bags, so I’ll probably end up snagging something well before the temperatures drop.
Looking to invest in a cool pair of boots for fall and winter? Whether you’re searching for something subtle or statement-making, knee-high or ankle length, Paris Texas is the brand for you thanks to its unparalleled fall offerings.
It feels like every time I go on Instagram, I find myself saving at least one post to my “buy” collection that features one or more Mango items in it. At the top of my list is the above miniskirt suit, but its boots and sweaters are pretty high up there, too.
Given that Khaite’s first-ever runway show was one of my favorites back in February, it’s no surprise that those items, which have now become available to shop, are among my most-hearted and bookmarked of the season. The brand’s boots, bags, and RTW are all perfect updates on basics I thought I had covered.
Another brand I’ve been wearing quite a bit myself this season is Nanushka. From its ultra-luxe looking faux leather to the cozy but polished knits, there’s something for every day of the week and any type of outfit.
Totême has been steadily gaining steam for many seasons now, but thanks to recent hits such as its smocked dress and heeled thong sandals, the brand has gained more exposure than ever before. The latest fall collection is definitely worthy of the fandom.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Revolve’s many in-house brands and, while choosing a favorite is typically hard, right now I am so into GRLFRND’s denim and recent RTW launch I can’t help but put them on the list.
With my affinity for basic wardrobe staples (I live in solid knits, jeans, and leather jackets), I often turn to celebrities who seem to share the same classic sartorial sensibilities for outfit inspiration. While I recently dove into the must-haves I covet in Jennifer Aniston’s closet, I thought I’d shift my focus to another A-lister I draw inspo from thanks to her fashion-forward yet relatable point of view. Yep, I’m talking about Chrissy Teigen.
I’m obviously always feeling Teigen’s gorgeous red carpet fits, but I’m especially into her street style. Why? The looks are essentially timeless because they span classic essentials I love like tried-and-true denim silhouettes and versatile shoe picks.
In fact, if I had the chance to spend an afternoon shopping with her, I think she’d go for the range of fresh basic staples I’m all about right now. With that in mind, keep scrolling to check out the seven fall essentials I bet Teigen would love based on items she’s been wearing over the last year. And of course, shop each inspired must-have as well.
Trends and It products come and go—we know this. It’s part of the gospel truth pertaining to the world of fashion and beauty. But when certain cool-girl products and trends from our elementary and high school days become suddenly cool again, we can’t help but brim with excitement. The cozy feelings of nostalgia are a force to be reckoned with, and when hair accessories we glorified thanks to the Spice Girls and jars of spacey body glitter we hoarded from Claire’s become not only acceptable but encouraged, we’re the first to pounce. We’re very much embracing the trending onslaught of products previously dubbed outdated, and right now, there are a lot of them.
From nail and hair trends to makeup and skincare product musts, there has been a resurgence in outdated beauty trends. In fact, brown lipstick and butterfly-bedecked strands are practically taking over our Instagram feeds and, by association, our shopping carts. To celebrate (and because we’re secretly hoping they never fall back out of vogue), we’re highlighting all the must-try viral beauty trends we previously considered outdated. Keep scrolling!
In case you didn’t know, ’60s Hollywood icons like Diana Ross were the queens of graphic liner. Almost 50 years later, the graphic-liner trend has come back with the most exciting surge of vengeance. Every makeup artist is doing it, every celebrity is wearing it, and every makeup brand is debuting cool new pencils and pens to help us achieve it. Up-and-coming stars such as Ella Balinska are favoring the trend as of late. Her makeup artist, Vincent Oquendo, used Shiseido.
Glowing, healthy-looking skin is always in vogue, but we’d go as far as to say that we’ve surpassed “glow” at this point and treaded into very shimmery, very glittery, very glossy territory. And, honestly, we love it. It’s fun, it looks damn good in photographs, and all of our favorite brands taking part—Dior, Huda Beauty, Patrick Ta Beauty, and Fenty—are spiking their glimmering products with good-for-your-skin ingredients to boot.
We get it: It can take serious time, thought, and saving (of course) before pulling the trigger on a designer bag. Buying full-price items is a much more stressful shopping task than buying secondhand, because, well, new bags come with a pretty hefty price tag while secondhand options tend to be heavily reduced. If you’re itching to add a new piece of arm candy to your collection, but you aren’t ready to dish out a cool $2000, you’ll be so happy to know that more affordable designer bags do exist—and today we found the absolute best previously owned Gucci bags at The RealReal and Rebag that ring in at or under $500. In other words, run, don’t walk, because these purses are destined to fly off the shelves.
If you’re still thinking, though, that $500 is a bit outside your budget, it’s important to mention the value of a Gucci bag—it’s a true investment piece that you’ll have in your closet for years and years to come and will hold its value season after season. In fact, sales for vintage Gucci bags have seriously spiked in recent months, so it’s actually quite surprising that these bags are still on the shelves.
Ahead, the best Gucci bags that you won’t have any buyer’s remorse about.
Now that sweaters and boots are well and truly in our daily rotation, the thought of springtime dresses seems like a lifetime away. Luckily, fashion month brings the warm-weather season that little bit closer, giving us a glimpse into what fashion-forward frocks we have to look forward to when we can bask in the sun once again. But don’t get your minidresses out too soon. One of the most unexpected and dominant dress trends we saw coming out of S/S 20 runways was one that involved fabric—a lot of it.
Long, billowy, trapeze-like dresses were seen everywhere from Roksanda to Valentino. Hemlines were dropped, often grazing the floor. Many hung loosely from collarbone to calf with no restrictions, like an artist’s smock—often with equally modest Victorian high-neck collars and long sleeves that hung past the wrist. These are dresses that take up space—long and often voluminous with practically no focus on exposure—exuding a sense of ease, comfort, and security.
If you’re eager to take on the trend before everyone else does, you can shop the gorgeous dress style set to be draped all over our favorite fashion muses in 2020 right now with our coolest picks below. Style them with edgy combat boots or chunky Chelsea boots for a cool-girl look this season.
If you’ve purchased something pricey on a whim only to be met with a wave of buyer’s remorse shortly thereafter, you’re not alone. Buying new, luxe, on-trend items is incredibly tempting, and as editors, we really do have to practice restraint because, well, shopping is kind of our MO. We’ve learned some great tips in our time though, like sale season is your best friend, buying winter clothes in the summer can save you major bucks, and last but certainly not least, don’t buy a designer handbag without first doing some thorough research.
Buying a Dior bag, for example, is a big life decision. Sure, it might not be as big a decision as picking your engagement ring, but the designer arm candy is an investment piece that certainly doesn’t come cheap. So before you pull the trigger, research is key. But there’s more to the process of buying a Dior bag, too, according to Amanda Joseph, ThredUp Merchandising Manager and Luxe Specialist.
Ahead, her expert tips on everything you should keep in mind before you hand over your credit card and purchase a Dior bag for yourself. Trust us, this is 100% worth the read.
“Study the styles and attributes that are most popular among Dior bags to learn which bags have endured over the years, and familiarize yourself with fabrications and price points (check out thredUP’s Resale Reportand save your search so you’re the first to know about new arrivals).”
“Even on the resale market, Dior bags are a splurge, so it helps to understand what you have in your closet to ensure the bag you pick will work with your style. Keep a cleanout baghandy to sell anything you’re no longer wearing. Plus, you can put your earnings toward your purchase!”
“Some things never go out of style, like Chanel flats or this black leather bucket bag. Buying with resale in mind is a smarter way to shop and will help your dollar go further by ensuring you can recoup some costs down the line.”
“While Dior is the epitome of chic, the house also knows how to have fun! As demonstrated by celebs from Paris Hilton to Bella Hadid, wearing a Dior bag like this Dog Tag styleor embracing a fun color is sure to make you look the life of the party.”
“As a society, we’re collectively buying two times as much and keeping it for half as long, but it’s better for the planet (and your wallet!) to thoroughly consider purchases to avoid waste. If you stop thinking about a bag the second you put it in your cart, it’s probably not meant to be.If you’re unsure, it’s best to go classic and invest in a leather handbag with minimal logos like this onesince leather bags are most likely to wear well and hold their value over time. Plus, neutral bags will match pretty much anything in your closet, so the cost per wear will be lower in the long run.”
1. Check your charm: “Dior bags often feature the brand’s lettered DIOR charms, and the “O” charm should be in the back. Often, fakes will use cheaper metal hardware that will have “waving” in it. True Christian Dior hardware should have a nice finish, with no waves or brush strokes.”
2. Zoom in on the stitching: “The Lady Dior, in particular, is known for its iconic, nearly impossible-to-replicate Cannage stitching. Stitching that is inconsistent in length strongly suggests the item is inauthentic. Pro tip: Look for stitches that go from a long to short length over the bulkier/thicker portions of the bag. If there are significant stitch length changes, it may be a cause for concern.”
3. Open it up: “Don’t forget to take a look at the interior heat stamp. It should be perfectly centered on the leather tag inside the bag, and the tag itself should have rounded corners (not square). The stamp is typically metallic (silver or gold). But look closely—many fake items also feature this metallic print, but generally fail to perfectly replicate the font.”
4. Use all your senses: “Smell that bag! The leather handles should never have a chemical scent. And while you’re checking the handles, the arched handles of the iconic Lady Dior handbag stay in place when not being held, an attribute that’s extremely difficult for non-authentic productions to replicate. Steer clear of Lady bags whose handles make noise when moving or move from side to side too much.”
Over the last few months, we’ve done a lot of guessing—albeit, educated guessing—as to what fashion girls all over the world will be wearing this fall. I must say we were pretty spot on, but there are always trends (and even micro-trends) that only come out or blow up even more than expected once a season actually starts.
On that note, today we’ll be looking at such trends through the lens of our favorite NYC girls who, quite frankly, get it right every time. They’ve mastered combining fashion and function better than any other style set around—and I’m not just saying that because I am one of them now. From the print you should definitely adopt into your wardrobe to the boot style I’ve already acquired multiple pairs of to the simple suiting updates that will have you looking so of-the-moment, see the six fall trends stylish New Yorkers are actually wearing right now and shop them along the way below.
If you feel like I talk about this trend every single day, you’re right. I do, but it’s only because it’s so widespread that it would be irresponsible not to! From the runways to retailers to, of course, or favorite NYC girls on Instagram, leather (both real and faux) is everywhere right now, so I definitely suggest hopping on board if you haven’t already.
As a fellow NYC girl, I totally get the appeal of the snake-print boot trend. It’s unusually understated for an animal print and acts as a neutral so you can style them with any outfit, Plus, they are perfect for wearing from day to night. Fashionable and functional. What else could one ask for in a boot?
Statement trenches were all over the F/W 19 runways so, naturally, they’re on the streets of NYC too. And, while they are especially perfect for fall weather, heavier styles will work in winter, too, as long as you remember to layer.
Cardigans are already trending right now, and styling them alone (as a top) just makes an outfit one-degree cooler. Whether you wear yours with jeans, trousers, mini, or midi skirts—I know there’s no way to get the look wrong because I’ve tried them all myself.
I’m took the liberty of lumping in zebra with tiger here because I can’t be the only one who feels that they are highly similar and relatively interchangeable for our purposes. Now that that’s out of the way, the two animal prints are having a major moment this season, and fashion girls (including those from NYC) have been quick to make the patterns part of their regular rotations.
From blazer dresses to skirt suits to tailored vests to pantsuits in oversize cuts or with unexpected details, there are so many ways fashion girls are taking on the traditional suit this season, and we can’t help but love them all.
There are certain fashion items that, no matter their actual price tag, always look expensive. We could point to an endless number of styling hacks to help you look the part, but there’s one trending print in particular—’80s-inspired chain print—that always looks luxe. Maybe it’s because the scarf-inspired print was made popular by luxury labels Hermès and Versace, but it somehow feels more elevated than any of the other trendy prints we’re seeing right now, and we’re not the only ones who agree.
Meghan Markle and Victoria Beckham, two women who are experts in elevated style, are both fans of chain-print dresses. We also spotted various iterations on the print all over the street style scene during fashion month, and just like we’ve done with trends in the past, we created our affordable own spin on it. Thanks to our Who What Wear collection, the luxe-looking chain-print trend can be yours for less than $50. Style our midi dress like Markle did with a sleek coat and heels or wear our printed top with jeans; the styling ideas are endless.
Ahead, see how celebs like Meghan Markle and Victoria Beckham wear chain print, get inspired by the street style take on the trend, and then shop our affordable versions at Target.
I don’t think there’s a certain way one is “supposed to” look or feel in their 30s. I know that aging is a part of life that we all experience, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t amp up my beauty routine as I progress through life. Some embrace the signs of aging; I’ve chosen to fight them in the most noninvasive ways that I can for now.
Truth be told, I have always looked young for my age. (Just an example: When I was 11, I was being cast as 7-year-olds in plays.) Even now, at 35 years old, I get carded from time to time and get a lot of comments from strangers about not looking my age when I share it. I like to think that my current skincare routine has something to do with that—at least I hope so, given the amount of time and money I spend on it. (It’s worth noting that something I don’t often spend money on is facials—I prefer to invest in products I can use again and again).
As you know, one of the most important things you can do to offset aging is to avoid the sun, which I’ve always done (save for a few of my teenage years…). I wear sunscreen every single day, and if you don’t, it’s definitely never too late to start. Aside from that, read for the details of my daily beauty routine from morning to night, including makeup, and shop the products I swear by (like my holy-grail sunscreen).
I don’t get enough sleep, and my morning routine is usually pretty rushed, so I focus on trying to fake looking awake and protecting my skin from the elements.
I don’t really leave the house without makeup on, but I definitely don’t wear a lot of it. I find that heavy, dramatic makeup is aging on me, so I keep things fresh and light with the focus being on rosy cheeks and dewy skin.
The focus of my evening routine is on anti-aging and repairing. I have dry skin, so I stay away from anything too harsh, but I’ve found that my skin can handle more acids and exfoliants as I get older. That said, I’ve had to find alternatives to strong retinols, as they’re much too drying for me.
Below are a few products that I don’t use every night but that I always have on hand and highly recommend.
Do you ever look at someone’s necklace stack and think Dang, why don’t my necklaces look like that? If the answer to that question is yes, we have a feeling we know exactly why you are unsatisfied with your current jewelry arrangement, and it has everything to do with your chains. Beyond the necklace or bracelet layering itself, one of the biggest keys to making an assortment of any jewelry is quality, not quantity, and when it comes to necklaces specifically, the quality of your chain can take an average pendant from cheap to chic in seconds.
All this quality chain talk is not to say you have to spend thousands of dollars on a chain to make your jewelry look expensive. If you want to do that, that’s another story, and we support you fully. For now, we’re here to learn about what to look for in a chain of all price points that will read more fine than costume and more chic than cheap. Whether you are one to wear an abundance of simple, delicate chains around your neck and never take them off, or you love swapping out charms on a single statement chain and calling it a day, the kind of chain and the look of it can make or break your look. The jewelry designers ahead are here to explain to you why and how to avoid that exact thing.
“We love to mix textures and shapes of the chain and spend a lot of time looking at the balance of chain to what it’s interacting with. We stress test everything in our studio to make sure that the scale we work in (tiny—we like to call it sparkly air) isn’t compromising the durability of a piece. An easily overlooked but really important part of a chain is the clasp. Definitely spend a minute making sure it latches properly, and if your clasp is giving out, replace it! Jewelry does need some low-key maintenance in the same way you might need to have the zipper on a favorite dress replaced. Or, you could go clasp-free. Our welded Forever Sweet Nothing Bracelet is a signature for us—it wears really well over time, and because it is diamond cut that shine will never fade. And no one wants their shine to fade.” — Leigh Plessner, Co-Creative Director at Catbird
“Gold chains are an instant classic and very much at the core of Jemma Wynne’s styling ethos, casual luxury. We’re all about layering, so we recommend collecting chains in a variety of link types and sizes. The shape and size of a link can really dictate the difference between something that looks a bit cheap, versus something super luxe, so it’s important to keep that in mind while you consider what to buy. It’s all about the mix to create a look that’s effortless but rich.” — Jenny Klatt & Stephanie Wynne Lalin, of Jemma Wynne
“A good chain can make or break you’re entire look. You want to look for something weighty; this makes the piece more luxurious. You may end up spending more, but it’s worth the investment. My preference is always vintage. You can’t go wrong with a Bulgari or Cartier chain from the ’70s or ’80s. They are guaranteed to be chic forever. I also always love a good ball chain for layering—again, just make sure it has a nice weight to it.” — Jill Heller, Vintage Jewelry Expert
“When it comes to chains, it’s all about quality. There’s nothing worse than a dinky chain. You want to feel the weight—it caresses your neck, embraces you. Weighty can still be delicate; it’s all about how it feels around your neck. You can have the most beautiful pendant, but if you have it on the wrong chain, it loses its beauty. The chain should always showcase and enhance the pendant.” — Deborah Pagani, Designer
“Perhaps it’s because I’m a little lazy (but probably more because all of my jewelry is worn in honor of a loved one or a treasured moment in my life), but I tend to wear the same jewelry for years. I want to be able to live in it—I sleep in it, shower in it, work out in it. I don’t want to worry about it tarnishing or turning my skin green. So all of my jewelry is solid 14K gold. That’s a non-negotiable for me. You really can’t fake that look.
“Here is a jeweler’s secret for you: To keep your chains from tangling, the secret is to wear different weights and styles. If you wear 2 thin cable chains, they are sure to tangle. But if you wear a thin cable with a thick curb with a twisted rope, they will play nice together.” — Ariel Gordon, Designer + Founder of Ariel Gordon
“When selecting chains, I really prefer a chain that is cleaner and smooth that has tighter links. I think you have to be careful with the diamond cut or cut/textures links because while in certain cases they can work, I find those can often look cheap. The closer the links are together, the heavier and more expensive the chain looks—even in a delicate chain. So I always look for chains that don’t have a lot of open space to get that heavier more luxe feel.” — Zoe Chicco, Designer + Founder of Zoe Chicco
Lingerie, although a relatively tiny article of clothing, can come with a very steep price point. Most, like the La Perlas and Fleur du Mals of the world, come with high price tags for good reason: The craftsmanship of each piece shows it. But at the end of the day, spending beyond one’s means on undergarments might not be at the top of the priority list. That’s why cheap lingerie exists.
We use the word “cheap” here for dramatic effect, of course—what we really mean is affordable, but so affordable, you won’t think twice about throwing down for any of the under $50 pieces of lingerie below. The assortment we have for you here includes bras, teddys, underwear, and more, and each piece looks more expensive than the next. Buy any of the cheap lingerie here and you’ll instantly walk away with two new secrets: One being that your lingerie only looks really expensive, and the other that you have a new pair of beautiful underwear on underneath your outfit. It’s okay, we won’t tell.
For the record: I like my face, and I don’t think it needs changing. But you know what else I like? Gorgeous, full eyelashes. I’m one of those girls who wear mascara to the gym. I honestly feel 100% more equipped to do life when I know those little hairs around my eyeballs are on point. Who’s with me?
Therefore, I’m a mascara enthusiast and have even tried my hand at wearing falsies on the daily. But I guess when it comes down to it, I’m just more committed to convenience than serving epic looks. I haven’t dipped my toe into the more permanent solutions up to this point, partly out of fear of damaging my already-decent-looking lashes and partly because these things tend to be quite expensive and time-consuming.
So when Sugarlash Pro, a company that specializes in lash-lifts and extensions, reached out with the opportunity to test its signature lash-lift service in the comfort of my office (where I spend more time than I spend at my own home), I jumped at the chance. Yes, this is essentially a perm for your eyelashes, but I’m no stranger to perms and hair treatments. I grew up in the 2000s when black women were all about relaxers, and, honestly, all kinds of women were still down with a good perm. (It was a wild time.) Could a lash-lift be the answer to that coveted I-woke-up-like-this confidence? Would it shave any time at all off my morning makeup routine? These were the burning questions I was eager to answer. Read on to learn all about the full experience from start to finish.
I was instructed to come ready with a clean face and told that I would not be able to get my lashes wet for a full 24 hours after the lift. I did wear makeup that day since I had a few meetings and didn’t want to look tired, so I needed to do a deep cleanse to make sure there was no trace of makeup left behind that might interfere.
I dug into my collection of cleansers and grabbed three that would effectively remove every stitch of eye-makeup residue. And knowing it would be the last time I’d be able to thoroughly wash my face until the following day, I decided micellar water, a concentrated eye-makeup cleanser, and an allover foam cleanser were all necessary.
Overall, the lash-lift went off without a hitch, and I’m beyond pleased with the results. Although I don’t feel like I could skip mascara altogether in my morning routine, I do see a major difference in my bare lashes. They look like they’ve been curled, even when I’m fresh out of bed. And as far as damage to my delicate lash hairs, I haven’t noticed any. In fact, I’ve seen no change in the texture or health of my natural eyelashes. I’d caution anyone with highly sensitive skin to consult a physician before having their lashes permed, as the keratin cream used is pretty strong and could cause a reaction. Also, be prepared for some residual glue from the process to linger on your lids until you can go in with a real wash. I’m antsy, so I found myself picking at the stuff for 24 hours.
The Sugarlash Pro team explained to me that the ideal candidate for a lift is someone who already has good length to their lashes, so that’s definitely something to consider before taking the plunge. For a service that can cost upward of $150, you definitely want to be sure that the results will be up to snuff. There are Sugarlash Pro partners all over the world who can help you determine whether a lash-lift is the right solution.
Maintenance-wise, I was advised that the lash-lift should last for six to eight weeks, meaning that I might be looking at two full months of beautifully permed lashes. According to my Sugarlash Pro tech, I’ll know it’s time for a touch-up when I see some of my lashes starting to revert to their original, less pronounced state.
Months ago when I posted a photo of one of SkinCeuticals’ latest launches to my Instagram Stories, pandemonium ensued. Instantly, I was flooded with DMs questioning what it was, if I’d tried it, when it would be available, if it was single (jk, but you get my point).
The reaction was insane, and honestly, I think I would have drawn less attention if I had posted a selfie with Chris Hemsworth. You see, SkinCeuticals is beloved by too many celebrities to count and often recommended by the top dermatologists It’s lusted after by us mere mortals too. The price points are high, but so is the efficacy, and the brand’s most popular formula, C E Ferulic ($166), might just be the most iconic, famous, and universally used and/or wish-listed skincare item in the universe.
I realize this sounds dramatic, but I’m actually being quite serious. Due to the popularity of the brand, whenever there’s a new launch (which isn’t often, mind you), we skincare lovers get very excited. Especially when said launches promise to work overnight to gift us with a smoother, brighter, and healthier complexion. Featuring a free-acid value of 10% glycolic acid, the brand’s still relatively new exfoliating night cream promises effective exfoliation and natural turnover all before you slap snooze the following morning.
The term “free acid value” refers to the pure strength of the glycolic acid itself, and according to the brand’s website, it’s influenced by the concentration of the acid in tandem with the pH of the formula. To ensure utmost quality and efficacy, SkinCeuticals went ahead and blended the exciting new cream with 2% phytic acid, which further encourages the clarity and brightness of a dull, fatigued complexion. But does it actually work?
Although the formula claims to work for all skin types (the website insinuates oily, normal, sensitive, and dry), in addition to its triple action-soothing complex for a happy and healthy skin barrier, an experiment was definitely called for. So I grabbed my fellow beauty editor, Courtney Higgs, in addition to a couple other beauty-loving co-workers at the Who What Wear office and passed out some samples.
Since all of us have different skin types, different skincare routines, and different expectations when it comes to the products we choose, it was the perfect way to put one of SkinCeuticals’ buzziest launches to the ultimate test. Keep scrolling for our honest reviews and some bare-faced selfies for good measure.