Take Her Look [For Less]

The Billboard and Jimmy Choo “Men of Style” party honors the most fashionable, trendsetting men in the music industry, celebrating the style of musicians including Nick Jonas, Mark Ronson and Leon Bridges. But the party held in Los Angeles on August 28 also featured some very fashionable ladies.

One of those fashionable ladies in attendance was Rashida Jones, who rocked printed shorts with a black button-down shirt and a black cardigan. Jones completed her look with black closed-toe ankle strap pumps and a simple clutch.

Jones’ effortless-chic look may have rivaled some of the male honorees in attendance, but her look comes at a hefty price. Her shoes alone, the Trinity 100 by Jimmy Choo, cost a lofty $895. But if you love Jones’ “Men of Style” ensemble, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for less. Read on for the results!

The first items on our shopping list were a black button-down shirt and black cardigan to imitate Jones’ set. We easily found the perfect options to recreate her look in the form of the Chaps No Iron Shirt from Kohl’s and the Classic V-Neck Cardigan from Forever 21. These classic pieces will be an asset to your wardrobe far beyond this look-alike ensemble, as they will easily pair with already-existing pieces in your wardrobe. And for only $39.99 and $8.90 respectively, these essentials won’t make a dent in your shopping budget.

The Chaps No Iron Shirt, found on Kohls.com.

The Chaps No Iron Shirt, found on Kohls.com.

The Classic V-Neck Cardigan, found on Forever21.com.

The Classic V-Neck Cardigan, found on Forever21.com.

Finding printed shorts to rival Rashida Jones’ pair was no easy task, but we finally landed on the Malibu Flutter Short by House of Harlow 1960. Featuring a similar floral print, these shorts will be the statement piece of your look-alike outfit. These shorts, available at Nordstrom Rack, will add visual interest to your look for a sale price of $8.47.

The House of Harlow 1960 Malibu Flutter Short, found on NordstromRack.com.

The House of Harlow 1960 Malibu Flutter Short, found on NordstromRack.com.

Our look for less wouldn’t be complete without a killer pair of pumps to match Jones’ Jimmy Choo style, and the Jessica Simpson Preya Two-Piece Ankle Strap Mesh Pumps from Macy’s do just that. These pumps feature a double ankle strap bound by mesh, creating the illusion of a thicker band to imitate Jone’s heels. These pumps will take your look to the next level for only $68.60.

The Jessica Simpson Preya Two-Piece Ankle Strap Mesh Pumps, found on Macys.com.

The Jessica Simpson Preya Two-Piece Ankle Strap Mesh Pumps, found on Macys.com.

Although Rashida Jones’ “Men of Style” look cost upwards of $895, you can recreate her entire look for less with these great pieces for only $125.96. Now you can look like a star without spending like a star!

Happy Shopping!

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She Leads, You Follow: MTV VMAs Edition

Award shows are as much about the awards and their recipients as they are about the pre-show red carpet fashion. And the MTV Video Music Awards, which took place on August 30 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, was no different. While the VMAs featured some zany performances and some shocking award results, the fashion on the red carpet was really what caught our attention!

In the midst of some over-the-top looks, there were some really beautiful red carpet fashions that may have been overlooked. Take for instance Demi Lovato‘s pink minidress by Nicolas Jebran. The semi-sheer dress features a pale pink geometric overlay done over sheer nude fabric, allowing for subtle peeks of skin without being too revealing. Lovato kept the rest of her look simple, letting her dress be the star of her red carpet appearance by slicking her hair back from her face and keeping her makeup dewy and soft.

Model Chrissy Teigen followed suit in an equally sexy, sheer number, stunning in what E! News reports is a black Marchesa gown with sheer panels in the skirt starting at the top of her thigh. The dress features beaded lace-like details at the bodice that cascades down into the the straight sheer skirt. Teigen completed her all-black ensemble with black teardrop earrings and a few bracelets and rings.

Hailee Steinfeld took an ultra-modern approach to her red carpet style, wearing a white jumpsuit that E! News says is designed by Stella McCartney. Steinfeld added a bid of edge to her look, pairing it with a large gold collar, a round gold clutch, and gold heels. She completed her fashion forward look with sleek pin-straight hair and dramatic eye makeup.

The last look to take our breath away came courtesy of Lily Aldridge, who wowed on the red carpet in yet another all-black ensemble featuring an ultra-low v-neckline. And if the neckline wasn’t sexy enough, her Alexandre Vauthier gown also has cutouts at the waist that extend onto her back. Aldridge let her gown speak for itself, completing her look with loose waves, natural makeup and minimal jewelry.

Although these ladies are all dressed up for the red carpet, there are certain things we can take away from their looks to apply to our daily fashion choices:

  1. Go for a deep v-neck – Demi Lovato’s sheer pink number and Lily Aldridge’s all-black ensemble both feature deep v-necklines, but they are done in different ways. Lovato’s neckline is a slimmer v-shape, flanked by pink details; this provides a little extra coverage while still opening up the neckline. Aldridge’s gown features a plunging neckline, which, while it’s a sexier look, still opens up her neckline and draws attention upward to her face and shoulders. Deep v-necklines in a top or dress not only direct attention to your face, they also lengthen your body and make you appear slimmer.
  2. Sheer doesn’t always mean revealing – Both Demi Lovato and Chrissy Teigen wore sheer styles, but they didn’t show off so much skin that it rendered the outfit too revealing. Lovato’s sheer dress shows small peeks of skin in between its pink geometric pattern, while Teigen wore a dress with a sheer skirt, which showed off her legs while covering her neck with its high neckline. If you decide to wear a semi-sheer dress, top or skirt, be sure to let the sheer details be the main focal point of the outfit; this would mean wearing a higher neckline if you’ll be wearing a sheer skirt or wearing a longer skirt if you’ll be wearing a piece with a sheer neckline.
  3. Try a statement piece – Hailee Steinfeld took a risk not only by wearing a modern jumpsuit, but also by pairing it with a statement collar. Doing this creates a very dramatic, high-fashion look, which paid off. If you want to go for a statement piece like Steinfeld’s thick collar, be sure to make that the star piece of your outfit; keep your other jewelry to a minimum to let your statement piece be the main focal point of your look. You can also take your statement piece to the next level by pairing it with a sleek modern look (like Steinfeld’s jumpsuit!) to create a bold, fashionable look.

Style 101: Utility Jackets

Bombers, bikers and blazers — these are only a few of the many styles of jackets available in stores and awaiting arrival into your closet. While each of these jackets play an integral part in a well-rounded wardrobe, there is one equally versatile piece that you may need to add to your jacket rotation — the utility jacket.

Holding true to their name, utility jackets are lightweight jackets often done in a cotton blend that are the perfect transition pieces to get you through the changing seasons. These jackets are replete with pockets, allowing you to easily store your essentials so you can, if you so desire, forgo carrying a purse.

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Due to their indicative name, it should come as no surprise that utility jackets can also be paired with a wide variety of clothing that probably already exists in your wardrobe; from your go-to jeans and white tee to a girly floral dress and ankle booties, utility jackets act as a completer piece on outfits such as these, adding a casual, yet slightly edgy element to your look. If a utility jacket sounds like something your wardrobe might be lacking, we found three great options for you to incorporate into your ever-expanding closet.

Every girl needs a versatile black jacket, and there is no better option than the Levi’s Washed Cotton Four-Pocket Utility Jacket from 6pm. Its four-pocket design allows for plenty of storage, while its hardware details deliver a subtle military-inspired look. Available for $89, this jacket will be worth the splurge since you’ll be wearing it with basically everything!

The Levi's Washed Cotton Four-Pocket Utility Jacket, found on 6pm.com.

The Levi’s Washed Cotton Four-Pocket Utility Jacket, found on 6pm.com.

Nothing could be more practical than a utility jacket with a hood, and the Longline Utility Jacket from Forever 21 delivers a fashionable style for an accessible price. Featuring a drawstring waist and oversized pockets at the hip, this jacket will not only allow you to define your shape within the straight silhouette, it will also provide you with ample storage for your phone, cash and even your favorite lipstick. Available in traditional olive, dark grey (shown) and rust, this jacket is certainly a fashionable find for only $29.90.

The Longline Hooded Utility Jacket, found on Forever21.com.

The Longline Hooded Utility Jacket, found on Forever21.com.

If you want to test out the utility jacket but have grown weary of their lackluster colors, try the Military Anorak Jacket from Land’s End. Featuring shiny gold hardware, this jacket comes in a variety of classic tones, including concrete grey, soft sand, sunset poppy (shown), black and classic navy. This jacket will be an asset to even the most well-rounded wardrobes, and it’s on sale for only $59.99.

The Women's Military Anorak Jacket, found on LandsEnd.com.

The Women’s Military Anorak Jacket, found on LandsEnd.com.

Pair your newfound knowledge of utility jackets with our three styles to try out, and you have no reason not to add a utility jacket to your wardrobe!

Happy Shopping!

#BornandMade with Love

“Born in Brooklyn and made with love,” haircare company Carol’s Daughter began from humble beginnings in a New York kitchen and grew to a successful line of hair lotions and creams available in Target stores across the country. And according to PopSugarfounder Lisa Price has started a new initiative to honor not only her own personal background, but also those of her faithful customers and fans.

Price’s new ‘#BornandMade’ campaign allows women to proudly proclaim who they are and what they’re made of by visiting BornandMade.com. Here, users can upload an image of themselves and add a text overlay describing themselves to the world in a few short sentences. The website proudly boasts example images of the #BornandMade photos, none of which feature models — one of the women featured is Youtube vlogger Whitney White.

Price told PopSugar that although the words are positioned over the face, each woman’s natural beauty and inner radiance breaks through the text and shines through. “It almost takes the superficial and puts it in the background,” she said, “so your beauty is still there but it’s as though it’s shining from within, and what’s paramount is your message.”

#BornandMade photos are not only a creative way to profess our heritages, it also works in tandem with I Am That Girl, an organization that “gives young women a forum to hash out all their problems,” PopSugar says. Price explained to PopSugar that I Am That Girl aims to provide a safe and comfortable environment for women and girls to freely express themselves and surrender their insecurities, saying “They come to an I Am That Girl setting and they realize the insecurity and awkwardness doesn’t have to be there.”

Thank you, Lisa Price, for not only teaching us to be proud of where we came from, but also how to help our future generations of female leaders.

Hollaback! and ModCloth Team Up for Change

Clothing company ModCloth doesn’t just sell clothes to up your street style game, they’re also teaching us that women’s uninhibited street style is not the reason for verbal harassment and catcalling on the street.

The Huffington Post reports that in a new video created by ModCloth and anti-street harassment organization Hollback!, women stand alone before a camera to share that they “don’t dress for a guy,” and they ” don’t dress for a girl,” nor do they dress to please other passers-by. Instead, the eleven women in the video profess that they dress to please themselves, because “no one should ever censor their style to feel safe on the streets.”

The video also sheds light on some startling statistics, informing viewers that 70 to 90 percent of women internationally have experienced street harassment at some point in their lives, while “67 percent of US female college students have experienced harassment on their campus.” Because of such harassment, “66 percent of women change their style just to avoid being catcalled.”

As the video draws to a close, the women explain that “it is not [their] job to change … just to be treated with respect.”

Thank you, ModCloth and Hollaback!, for teaching us that women don’t need to compromise their style to receive the respect they deserve.

To watch the whole video, click here.

She Leads, You Follow: Just Jared’s Way Too Wonderland

With summer drawing to a close, autumn is coming ever so quickly and bringing with it all our favorite things associated with the season, from fall fashion to fall television. But while Just Jared’s Way Too Wonderland event on August 27 celebrated the arrival of animated series Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland to Netflix, celebrities in attendance held on to what’s left of summer with their colorful fashion choices.

Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka showed up to the Greystone Manor Supperclub in West Hollywood, California in a whimsical pink dress, featuring a sweet ruffled neckline and matching hemline. She paired her fun frock with what InStyle says are multicolored Valentino heels done in green, orange, blue and purple.

Arriving in an equally cheery outfit was Modern Family star Ariel Winter, who wore a bright yellow top and an asymmetrical skirt in a matching hue. She paired her eye-popping look with simple nude strappy heels and a metallic clutch.

Although Shipka and Winter are dressed to impress at an event teeming with celebrities, there are some things we can learn from their style and apply to the way we dress everyday:

  1. Ruffles aren’t just pretty – Kiernan Shipka’s ladylike dress features ruffles at the neck and hemline of the dress, but don’t be quick to dismiss them as merely a girly detail. These ruffles actually act as shape-creators, giving structure to a dress with a very straight cut. The ruffle at the neckline serves to emphasize her shoulders and frame her face, drawing attention up toward her collarbone and shoulders. The ruffle at the hemline flares out just slightly, balancing out the width created at her shoulders while also enhancing the curve of the dress at her hips. Ruffles like these on a dress or top/skirt combination are great ways to use clothing to trick the eye and make others see proportionate, structured silhouettes without doing too much work.
  2. Nude heels and high waists are a girl’s best friend – Wearing a blouse tucked into a high-waisted skirt, Ariel Winter not only showed us how to effectively define a waist in a monochromatic outfit, she also showed us how to create the illusion of long legs by wearing simple nude heels that blend into her skin tone. Nude heels are a great way to fool the eye into seeing one long, uninterrupted legline, which makes the legs look even longer and leaner than they are. Pair this with cinching in your waist at its natural location, and not only will your legs look like they go on for miles, you will also look taller and leaner in two easy steps. What’s not to love about that?!

Picture-Perfect Feminists

If you’ve ever wondered what feminists think about Photoshop, look no further than a recent video from t-shirt company FCKH8.

According to The Huffington Postthe company created the video “This is What a #Feminist Looks Like,” in which “women of all sizes, shapes and colors take off t-shirts with the message ‘This is what a #feminist looks like’ printed across them.” Stripping away the veneer of the t-shirt, the ladies share what it looks like to be unretouched by Photoshop, standing in nothing but a bra and panties. As they bare their raw, natural selves, it is clear that each woman is beautiful in her own unique way.

Throughout the video, the women share what makes “real” women, such as having wrinkles, a flat chest, curves and muscles. As the video draws to a close, the ladies state that “real women can be whatever the f*** they are.” They also let us know exactly how they feel about Photoshop — as they slowly repeat the name of the infamous image-editing software, they fearlessly flip their middle fingers to the camera.

Thanks, FCKH8, for showing us that “real” women are picture-perfect just as they are.

Click here to see the full video.

Gaga for Good

Lady Gaga has been known to shed light on important social issues, so it should come as no surprise that the pop star is using her talent yet again to literally give voice to another important issue of our day: campus rape culture.

According to HerCampus, Lady Gaga has recently released a new song for a documentary on campus rape culture called “Till It Happens to You.” The track, co-written by Gaga and Diane Warren, was “inspired by the singer’s struggle with the aftermath of being sexually assaulted by a record producer when she was nineteen years old.”

HerCampus says that the song will not only be featured in the documentary The Hunting Grounda film that details “rape culture and sexual assault on college campuses,” it will also be featured in “a PSA video about campus sexual assault directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Nikki Reed.”

Gaga told of her own experience with sexual assault in a 2014 interview with Howard Stern, explaining that she did not want to be defined by the traumatizing event. She went on to assert her strength over the experience, saying “I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one [expletive] that did that to me.”

Thank you, Lady Gaga, for not only shedding light on this important issue, but also teaching us that victims shouldn’t be defined by their circumstances.

Raised to ‘Breathe Fire’

Headlines have been ablaze the past week with the news of Josh Duggar’s (19 Kids and Counting) cheating confession after it was discovered from a recent system hack that he had an Ashley Madison account. Although his wife, Anna Duggar, seems to be sticking by his side, a Georgia mom thinks she should do otherwise.

Jessica Kirkland, a mother of two daughters from Atlanta, took to Facebook to express her outrage over Anna Duggar’s decision to remain with her alleged unfaithful husband. According to UsWeekly, who provided the full post, Kirkland wrote that Anna Duggar is “in the worst position she could possibly be in right now,” because she “was crippled by her parents by receiving no education, having no work experience (or life experience, for that matter) and then was shackled to this loser [Josh] because his family was famous in their religious circle.”

She went on to write in her August 20 post that Anna Duggar was taught only one thing growing up, and that was to be “chaste and proper, a devout wife, and a mother.” She fulfilled her duty, Kirkland said, but it apparently wasn’t enough for her unfaithful husband.

Further in her post, Kirkland offers that the blame for Anna’s current position rests on her parents for depriving her of an education and raising her in a religious environment that would place the blame for her failed marriage on her if the pair were to divorce. “Her parents have utterly, utterly failed her,” Kirkland wrote. “Think of this: somewhere, Anna Duggar is sitting in prayer, praying not for the strength to get out and stand on her own, but for the strength to stand by this man she is unfortunately married to. To lower herself so that he may rise up on her back.”

As Kirkland drew her post to a close, she called on Anna Duggar’s example to explain that it is the duty of all parents to empower their daughters to “command” the power they so deserve. She offered that parents should teach their daughters that they are “not beholden to men,” nor should they remain in a relationship with a man who has proven himself to be unworthy of their time, love and attention.

Extending one final plea, Kirkland wrote, “Please, instill your daughters with the resolve to make a man cower if he must.” Kirkland concluded her argument with a note on how she’s raising her own daughters, saying “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.”

Thank you, Jessica Kirkland, for teaching us to be powerful women who fearlessly “breathe fire.” May that sentiment spread like wildfire.

‘Real’ is Beautiful

Photoshopped images have recently been the subject of much controversy, receiving opposition from the public against altered and retouched photos. Very rarely, however, does an entire brand decide to take a stand against the issue, but Aerie is doing just that in their latest ad campaign.

According to The Huffington Postthe lingerie brand released the first photos of their new “Real” ad series on Monday, August 24. Their “Real” initiative, which features actress Emma Roberts and other unretouched celebrities, seeks to “‘challenge supermodel standards by featuring unretouched models.'”

Ahead of her ads’ official debut in Aerie stores on September 3, Roberts explained in a press release that the #AerieReal campaign’s message was one that resonated with her, since she works “in an industry that is quick to judge flaws.”

Roberts went on to express her excitement for the project, saying “I feel so honored to be part of a movement that reassures women that real doesn’t mean flawed — real is sexy, real is cool.”

Thank you, Emma Roberts and Aerie, for showing us that real is beautiful.