Its beauty is in its simplicity, how it is barely there but so noticeably lovely. A simple sheath that is retro and modern at once. But for all its spareness, a slipdress is not easy to pull off. It shows a lot of skin. It clings. It offers very little structure or support. Nevertheless, not since the ’90s has this dress silhouette been so prevalent and relevant.
Here are five ways that we’ve seen the dress worn successfully in recent months. Take them as an invitation to experiment with your own interpretation of this sexy summer staple.
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Ready to celebrate long, post-solstice days in the great outdoors? We’ve pulled some of our favorite (and ultra-useful) provisions from our new Pop-In Shop so you can hit the open road, climb every mountainside or glamp like a champ with the best wilderness gear and down-with-nature home goods.
Time to pack it up and pack it down.
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After its debut last week at Paris Fashion Week, the Y-3 Noci sneaker is now available at Nordstrom. Usually, you can’t buy products fresh off the runway from Fashion Week. But sometimes you can, and now is one of those times.
Y-3, of course, is the partnership between legendary designer Yohji Yamamoto (hence the Y) and adidas (hence the 3, for three stripes). The brand has been envisioning the future of sports fashion for 13 years now.
We spoke with Y-3 senior design director Lawrence Midwood about sci-fi aesthetics, what it’s like working with Yamamoto, and the inspiration behind the Noci–a bruiser of a sneaker.
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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and with it, hopefully a long summer full of sunny days and plenty of time outdoors—and many barbecues to come. Whether you’re looking for Independence Day recipe ideas, a menu for your next big cookout with friends, or inspiration for what to serve (or bring along) to your next potluck picnic, we’ve got more than a menu’s worth of food and drink recipes to keep this season full of good times and good flavor.
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Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 22, 2016, in Glastonbury, England. Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images.
It’s almost tradition now—ever since Kate Moss was the first to be smart enough to slip on a pair of the rain boots with her teeny cutoffs in the ’90s, Hunter boots are the official footwear of Glastonbury. After all, the storied music festival gets muddy—and this year was thought by many to be the muckiest. But braving the elements is part of the fun, right?
In 2016, Moss’s kid sister, Lottie, was among the throngs of festivalgoers—along with Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, the Delevingne sisters—who did likewise. See our slideshow after the jump to watch how the style set handles puddles while the music plays on.
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Elegant and practical, road-ready but refined, Troubadour bags are the perfect travel companions for daily excursions or epic adventures. Samuel Bail and Abel Samet’s line of leather goods is a passion project that sprung from a noticeable gap in the luggage market for overnight bags suitable for a weekend with friends or a business trip. Their sleek styles bridge destinations and occupations. World-class artisans help the founders create the enduring designs in their collection. And every aspect of a Troubadour bag is carefully considered, from the zippers and buckles to the vegetable-tanned leathers crafted in Tuscany.
We spoke with the two jet setters, who were at the Pitti Uomo trade show at the time, about how to select and care for leather, and about the material’s enduring appeal. Read on to the end to learn how you should be caring for your leather goods at every stage in its life cycle.
What is your favorite thing about leather?
Samuel Bail: We love the way leather wears–its character, patina, uniqueness and ability to age beautifully.
Do you have a memory of discovering how smitten you were by quality leather products?
Abel Samet: An old leather wallet my grandfather always had on him. It literally looked like it had been to hell and back, which is absolutely what made it so cool to me as a little kid.
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One of our favorite things about makeup is its ability to empower both expression and experimentation. And one of the best places to see people expressing their personality and experimenting with their makeup is at a music festival. The looks out there run the gamut from wacky to out-and-out glam. You can get away with almost anything, and we love seeing it all.
Our super-shooter global street-style reporter, Kristin Yamada, just got back from the Governors Ball. Get inspired with some of our favorite beauty looks that she snapped at the festival this summer.
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There’s nothing like a made-to-measure shirt. There just isn’t. You look good, you feel good, you don’t futz with your collar or pull on the fabric when you check yourself out in the mirror. The shirt does not require extra finessing. It’s almost like it was…specifically fitted to your frame? Exactly.
Some trepidation about buying such a specialty item over the Internet is normal. But do not fear, the process is simple: two measurements you can take at home (neck and sleeve, detailed here) and five easy decisions to make. Then you’re done.
Alternatively, come see us in person. We’ll take care of you.
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As stunning on the court as off, Dallas Wings point guard, All-Star player and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Skylar Diggins has scored pretty big in the game of life. She’s charming, talented and a social media enchantress, even wooing Drake, who posted a series of admiring pictures of Diggins on his Instagram.
We asked the WNBA star, one of the faces of our Anniversary Sale, which begins July 22, for some words to live by. And check back once the sale starts to see what Skylar is shopping.
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At just 25 years old, Joey Graceffa has over eight million followers combined on his two YouTube channels, JoeyGraceffa and JoeyGraceffaGames. The bubbly host of this self-made media empire walks his viewers through experiences like getting a tattoo, making a sour gummy worm popsicle, online gaming and virtual reality. Recurring appearances by friends like Miranda Sings and Joey’s boyfriend and dogs create an intimate atmosphere of vicarious familiarity. Interspersed with these more casual videos are Graceffa’s forays into filmmaking such as his web series Storytellers and Escape the Night.
We spoke with the digital maven—one of the celebrity faces of our Anniversary Sale, which begins July 22—about some of his favorite things in life, on-screen and off.
First thing I do when I wake up in the morning:
Check my phone and wait for kisses from my puppies!
Three things that are getting me through the day right now:
My viewers, I love interacting with them on a daily basis! Also living for Yerba matte tea! And of course my handsome boyfriend!
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