The (Style) Guide

The Almighty Blazer: How to Get the Right Fit

Nothing brings instant polish like a blazer, which is quite possibly your most versatile layer. Toss it on over straight-leg chinos and a button-front shirt for work, or on top of dark jeans and a graphic tee for date night. It’s a total game changer. But it also needs to fit like a glove – too big or too tight can throw off the whole look. Quit second-guessing with these tips to get your proportions on point.

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The Size: Know your measurements. Wrap a soft measuring tape just below your arms around the fullest part of your chest. Use that number as your starting point for size. When you try on a blazer, the shoulder seam should rest on the points of your shoulders and you should be able to move your arms freely.

The Jacket Length: Choosing the right length helps ensure the blazer drapes correctly on your frame. Use your height as a guide. Are you 5’7” or under? Opt for a short jacket length. If you’re in the 5’8” to 6’ range, go with regular. Men between 6’ and 6’3” should try long. Anyone over 6’3”? Extra long.

The Sleeve Length: Put on the blazer and stand up straight. Does the sleeve hit right at the wrist bone? That means it’s just right. If it rests on the back of your hand or touches your palm, it’s too long and calls for a visit to the tailor. When the length is set, only 1/4” – 3/4” of shirt cuff should peek through.

The Vent: This cut in the blazer is designed to make sitting a bit more comfortable. A single center vent (versus no vent or a double vent) is probably the most versatile and is least likely to wrinkle. If the vent pulls apart when you walk, the blazer is too small or narrow.

Round out your blazer collection. Shop The Essential: Fall Blazer for Men Boutique, which opened Saturday, August 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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August 30, 2014

The Best-Dressed List: Looks from August 24 to 30

Each Week, Our Fashion Editor Decides Who Deserves Top Honors

 
While the VMAs kicked off the week with an “anything goes” theme, the Emmys and remaining red carpet events brought a fresh take on more classic looks.

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  1. Selena Gomez was red-hot in a Valentino jumpsuit and Saint Laurent pumps at the Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration.
  2. Emma Stone debuted her new long bob in a plunging Valentino gown at the Venice Film Festival’s Birdman premiere.
  3. Sarah Hyland looked perfectly polished in a Georges Hobeika embellished top and wide-leg pants at the Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 29, 2014

Follow Back: Barbie Is Instagram’s Newest Member

Just when you thought Barbie had done it all, she’s back at it again. With over 150 careers on her résumé, the iconic doll’s newest endeavor might be her most fashionable one yet. Next month, Barbie will play Instagram street style sensation, taking on fashion weeks in four cities: New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

Under the handle @BarbieStyle, Barbie has already started documenting her #OOTDs, packing essentials, and accessories close-ups, as well as her favorite places in each fashion capital. Yup, shes got the blogger routine down.

Of course, this isn’t Barbie’s first time in the style ring. She’s collaborated with some of fashion’s finest – Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, and Vera Wang to name a few – and she also held a runway show in New York to celebrate her 50th anniversary. This year, she’ll kick off NYFW by co-hosting a party with the CFDA.

I followed this account quicker than I begged for that Barbie Dream House back in Christmas of 1993.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 29, 2014

Beyoncé Stars in a September Issue (Surfbort Included)

The magazine world is really delivering this September. A star roster of supermodels covers Vogue, Rihanna looks wild on W, and now Beyoncé is dropping jaws with her CR Fashion Book spotlight. The glossy’s fifth issue comes out on September 4 – Queen Bey’s birthday, obviously – with a high-fashion spread devoted to the culture-dominating idol. And yes, it even includes a very chic Chanel surfboard. Excuse me, surfbort.

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Image via New York Magazine: The Cut

The front cover teases with a sequined mask covering Beyoncé’s face. On the opposite side she appears in all her glory, wearing a voluminous floral Yohji Yamamoto garment. Inside, the Carine Roitfeld–led magazine opted for a prose poem, written by the singer, instead of an article. The rest of the spread, shot by Pierre Debusschere, displays looks from Comme des Garçons, CÉLINE, and Saint Laurent.

Last month, critics debated whether or not Mrs. Carter is a fashion icon. I’m pretty sure this feature puts those questions to rest.

Read more over on New York Magazine: The Cut.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 28, 2014

In Motion: Instagram’s Time-Lapse App Is Perfect for NYFW

Yesterday, Instagram launched a standalone app that will put your existing video uploads to shame. Called Hyperlapse, it lets users record time-lapse video from their iPhone®, accelerating footage anywhere from two to twelve times the normal speed. And it didn’t take long for the fashion set to realize it’ll be a handy New York Fashion Week Tool.

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August 27, 2014

The 2014 Emmy Awards Best-Dressed List: Men’s Edition

Normally when it comes to red carpet fashion, all eyes are on the leading (and supporting!) ladies. Post–awards show, the Internet is abuzz with “What was she thinking?” and “Oh my, she really nailed it.” But now it’s time to pay the men of the Emmy Awards the respect they so deserve. In old-school formal outfits, a whole lot of blue, and some fresh takes on traditional tuxes, these guys dressed to impress. But who came out on top?

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GQ cast its vote in a recent articleSeth Meyers in navy Valentino (pictured above) hit it out of the park – not only with his dapper tux and bow tie, but with his monologues too. Bryan Cranston in Ralph Lauren Black Label proved that when you channel Clark Gable, you win a boatload of Emmys.

And then there was Ryan Sweeting in a striking blue tuxedo jacket. “We really expected the night’s A-list TV actors to make bolder moves on the red carpet,” said Matt Sebra of GQ. “Not the tennis pro husband of that blond girl from the Big Bang Theory. But the actors didn’t, Sweeting did, and that’s why he makes the list.” (Hey Ryan, can I borrow your jacket? I promise I’ll give it back.)

See other Emmy standouts at GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 27, 2014

They Can’t Stop: Miley & Jeremy Are Teaming Up for NYFW

If gigantic teddy bears and cartoons are your thing, then you’re in for a treat. Miley Cyrus (well-known for both) and Moschino’s colorful tongue-in-cheek creative director Jeremy Scott have something big up their sleeves for New York Fashion Week.

At Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Jeremy announced, “Miley and I have something very exciting we’re brewing up for the future.” He was tight-lipped about details, but revealed that the show will feature “a group of cool kids” instead of models.

No word yet on what they’re plotting, but I have some ideas. Miley had a homeless teen, Jesse Helt, accept her Moonman on her behalf to raise awareness for the issue. Could those be the cool kids Jeremy’s talking about? Will it involve another group of performers? Perhaps his show will use Miley’s Bangerz as a soundtrack? Only time will tell. Until then, the duo will have everyone (including the front row) on the edge of their seats.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 27, 2014

Shoe Lovers, the Brooklyn Museum Has a Show for You

Many consider heels to be wearable works of art – including the Brooklyn Museum. On September 10, the New York institution will launch a 160-piece exhibit, Killer Heels, that explores the high heel’s long history and its enduring place in fashion.

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Image via hintmag.com

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August 26, 2014

The 2014 Emmy Awards Best-Dressed List

BY JACKIE NASSER, RUE LA LA FASHION DIRECTOR

 

Last night, the biggest stars of television partied in Los Angeles for the Emmys. Red was definitely the color of the night, with Claire Danes, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks all choosing the striking shade.

On stage, there were hilarious presenters (check out Jimmy Kimmel’s roasting of Matthew McConaughey here), a surprising kiss between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston, and a Breaking Bad sweep. But the real winners of the night were on the red carpet. See who made my top-five list below.

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August 26, 2014

Our Fashion Director Tackles the Black & White Trend

There’s no color combination more versatile than black and white. The proof? Just check out the three distinctive outfits our fashion director put together below.

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  1. Black-and-white looks don’t have to be basic. Paired with a simple bodysuit, these striped, sequined pants make for a fun party ensemble.
  2. With stripes, don’t always think in one direction. Try them every which way to make a flowy top (like the one above) surprisingly flattering.
  3. Give a nod to the trend’s mod roots with this houndstooth number. For an extra kick, add over-the-knee boots.

 

Our alice + olivia Boutique opened Tuesday, August 26, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 26, 2014