Don’t feel tied to standard stars and stripes. | Images via Pinterest, Man Repeller and Fashion Vibe.
During Fourth of July weekend, expect to see a parade of distressed denim cut-offs, red crop tops and white jeans. For a less literal outfit this Independence Day, consider the iconic bandana. From headbands to bracelets, there are multiple ways to style the paisley print into your holiday weekend wardrobe. Here, five techniques you need to bring the old-school bandana back into the fold.
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When it comes to polarizing accessories, a few items stand out for the intensity which with people either love or hate them: mules, jeggings, and hats. That last one is particularly tricky: Hipsters have all but ruined the fedora for most people, Britney Spears killed the newsboy, and Princess Beatrice took the fascinator to a new, terrifying level.
But it’s not all bad. In fact, the hat is making a stylish, wearable comeback (see: the berets at Gucci’s fall 2015 show; the wide-brimmed toppers at Lanvin’s fall 2015 show). And with summer’s crop of styles, it’s never been easier to dip your toe into the trend. Here are Philly’s top shops for hats — from floppy to fedora, subdued to splashy, and everything in between.
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- Rental bridesmaid dresses? Yes, please. Meet the new way to get the dress that, let’s face it, you’ll never wear again. [Bloomberg]
- Just after Pinterest announced it was becoming shoppable, Instagram has unveiled a ‘Buy’ button, so you can shop directly from your feed. The downside: It’s only available for sponsored posts. [Racked]
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Each summer brings with it a sudden yearning for the sea, evidenced by Breton stripes, anchor-adorned jewelry, a surplus of navy. And while going literal can lead to murky waters (twee sailor dresses), there is an exception: Gabriella Kiss’s clipper ship earrings, intricate works of art that somehow manage to be chic, not kitschy. The whimsical earrings are handmade, with delicate horn sails and an 18-karat yellow-gold hull, set adrift on a dangling sapphire sea. Bon voyage! $9,000 at Egan Day, Rittenhouse.
If you’re lucky, come summertime, the purse you’ll carry most is your beach bag. So why do these sandy-day bags always play second fiddle to their leather and suede sisters? I say it’s time for an upgrade. These eight woven numbers are rugged enough for the shore (and large enough to stash beach-day essentials) but they’re stylish enough to replace your ol’ landlubber bags. While they might not be entirely appropriate for the workplace, they certainly play nice with weekend-wear and casual cocktail dresses. Plus: pom poms! Click here for price and where to buy.
As accessories get splashier (see: tricked-out iPhone cases, bejeweled Birkenstocks), staid Ray-Bans take a backseat to whimsical, statement-making specs. Here are the sunnies worth taking for a spin this spring.
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The most lust-worthy bag this season is Valentino’s exotic confection, festooned with feathers and beads, and shot through with gleaming dashes of brand’s now-iconic pyramid studs. It speaks to spring’s luxe bohemia, with funky embellishments that let it fly far above the rest of the flock. Valentino Lock Glam Feather bag, $4,450 by special order at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd.
The jewelry designs of Bala Cynwyd-based designer Joie DiGiovanni lean to bohemian side, with a splash of the spiritual — beads, stones, horns, evil eyes, Buddhas. But a few tricks keep the collection from feeling same-old, and my favorite of the bunch is this quartet of bracelets, made from vintage African vinyl discs. The glitzy bar keeps the jewelry from feeling too twee, but the childlike bent is why I’ve fallen for them. After all, who doesn’t wish to wear a version of the candy necklace every day? Read more »
Time for spring weddings! | Shutterstock.
- Welcome to spring wedding season, which means you’ll need to start thinking about dresses. Here are 30 gorgeous options for fetes both fancy and casual. [PopSugar]
- Your go-to guide for getting rid of “allergy face” (you know, a puffy face, red eyes, raw nose). [The Zoe Report]
- Bespoke Jenny Packham dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, mani and blowout: Here are the details behind Kate Middleton’s baby-reveal look on Saturday. [Daily Mail]
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