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Disclaimer: I used to hate culottes. When this trend emerged in Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler's Spring/Summer 2014 collections, I was devastated. Sure, they're super comfortable, but wide-legged, cropped pants are incredibly hard to wear and are historically uncool. (In fact, the Wiki entry on culottes refers to them as "knee-breeches." *barfing sound*) The longer this trend prevailed, though, the more I began to see it was possible to look decent in a pair of cropped pants, and—gasp—maybe even look cool. Let's just say they've come a long way since our moms wore them in the '90s. So, I decided to round up my favorite culottes at the moment to prove that in 2014, cropped pants don't totally suck.

Culottes

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First up, the most accessible form of the culotte pant: an all-black pair that doesn't overwhelm your silhouette ($63). I also love the pants-disguised-as-a-midi-skirt look, which Free People nailed perfectly in a ditsy floral print ($70). If you want to go with some statement pants, Topshop has a structured orange pair that I'd totally give a try ($100).

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Before you freak out, we know cutting off the back of your shoes seems crazy because, well, it totally is. Basically, this all started when a meme-y photo of all-white Nike Air Force Ones that got hacked into very (very) DIY slippers took over our Twitter feed. Even though most people publicly shamed this slashed set of sneaks, one person mentioned that it could actually be pretty cool—if only it were executed better. So, since it's summer, and we're feelin' free, we decided to do just that: cut up a pair of Nikes in hopes we could make it look less insane and, heck, maybe even wearable. Check out how it all went down (in GIFs!) below.

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

Congrats! You've decided to cut up a great pair of shoes for the sake of fashion. To start, you're gonna need some sneakers (duh). We swiped up a pair of pre-worn Nike BRS Classics ($40) at Crossroads, but, hey, if you want to splice up a pair of brand new sneaks, we won't judge. You'll also need a pencil with an eraser, a multi-purpose utility knife ($6), and super glue ($6).

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It happens at the beginning of every summer: I lay on the beach and envision my skin turning into a beautifully sun-kissed shade of bronze. By the time August hits, there's no tan in sight—just a peely nose, hot pink shoulders, and, ugh, freckles. As an adult, I've always shied away from too much sun time for fear of dark spots taking over my face, so when I saw Topshop was launching a freckle pencil this July, my speckled jaw dropped. Wait, people want melanin-pigmented abnormalities on their face? OK, fashion world. You've certainly got my attention.

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It's been a hot minute since we had some Fashion Fanfic on da blog, and when we spotted Joe Jonas having a grand ol' time during Milan Fashion Week these past few days, we couldn't help wondering what notes he'd jot down in his fashion week diary. So, we thought we'd make it up ourselves. Inspired by the (very!) real three-piece NYFW installment he wrote last season, here's a fabricated version of what went down overseas with Front Row Joe (as we're affectionately calling him) at MFW.

DAY 1: JOHN VARVATOS

Joe Jonas Milan Fashion Week

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Hey. It's me, Joe. (IDK if I'm supposed to introduce myself to a diary, but I'm a gentleman, and it seems rude not to.) I flew into Italy last night and headed to the John Varvatos show first thing in the morning. Instead of my normal AM juice run (kale FTW, am I right?), I did a shot of espresso because I'm in Europe, and I'm #living. Even though it's not seasonally appropriate, I decided to play it safe in an all-black outfit because that's what NYFW taught me, and I do everything they say. In this photo, I'm trying to force a smile while thinking about all the #worldcup games I'm missing because of this. (U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!)

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Peplum Hem

Looks from Balmain's RTW Spring/Summer 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week on Sept. 26, 2013.
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Peplum ain't anything new (its first appearance actually dates back to 500 B.C.), but this summer, we're resurfacing the hourglass-enhancing silhouette and taking it down a notch—literally. Right now, it's all about adding a little peplum to the bottom of our skirts and dresses, which transforms the ol' drop waist into an incredibly dramatic look. You can blame Balmain for officially making this a thing (their Spring/Summer 2014 collection was jam-packed with gorgeous, fluted goodness!), so we thought it was time for us regular folk to give it a go. Are y'all ready?

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We already know what you're thinking: "Swimsuits...with sleeves?" But trust us when we say it's really not as crazy as it sounds. Surfers are already super familiar with long-sleeved suits (or rash guards, as they call them) to prevent any friction from the board when it's too hot to wear a full wetsuit, and this year, they are making their way into the mainstream market (see: us normies who can't ride the waves) as a fresh silhouette to try at the beach this summer. Plus, these suits are a great solution for those who burn easily that refuse to do the ol' T-shirt-in-the-pool situation. (We don't blame you.) So, are you convinced yet? Here's 12 ways you can sport the long-sleeved swimsuit trend this summer.

PRETTY PRINTS

Long sleeve swimsuits

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Just because the cut is sporty doesn't mean it can't be pretty! We're obsessed with this watercolor pastel-print shirt by Insight ($93) (which you can pair with practically any black bottoms), this purple floral one-piece from Free People ($148), and this seafoam mixed print O'Neill onesie ($65).

CUTOUT MESH

Long sleeve swimsuits

Photo: Shopbop/Urban Outfitters

If you can't quite get on board with being fully covered all day long, a cutout mesh swimsuit offers the best of both worlds. Michi makes a "shocking blue epic bodysuit" (seriously, it's called that) with splashes of mesh in all the right places ($325). But if you're willing to show more skin, Minimale Animale's barely-there sheer rash guard ($185) or Skye & Staghorn's graphic top might do the trick ($130).

BOLD GRAPHICS

Long sleeve swimsuits

Photo: Shopbop/Bloomingdales/Revolve Clothing

If you really want to make a statement poolside, we highly suggest these eye-catching graphic long-sleeve pieces. Our favorite bold look definitely has to be this faux-bustier print patchwork number by Seea ($143) (seriously, can we just wear this IRL?), but we also love this mod black, white and coral Trina Turk two-piece ($72) and this futuristic '80s-inspired-grid rash guard by Suboo ($118).

COLORFUL COLOR-BLOCKING

Long sleeve swimsuits

Photo: Urban Outfitters/Shopbop

Ah, we love any reason to color-block, and lucky for us, long-sleeved suits lend themselves beautifully to this trend. For just a touch of brightness, try Seea's neon sleeve rash guard ($68), and for full-on color, go for Roxy's cropped teal top ($48) or Cynthia Rowley's muted jewel-tone wetsuit ($210).

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Rose and Ono

Amber Rose and Priscilla Ono.
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We've always been mega fans of Amber Rose's signature shaved head and giant sunglasses, so we were super stoked when we she announced she'd be launching a boutique with bestie/makeup artist Priscilla Ono. Her online shop, called Rose and Ono, features bold crop-top-and-skirt sets, neon faux-fur jackets, and quirky, one-off patterned pieces (like this killer pizza-print tee and leggings)—all styled to emulate Amber's personal look, of course. Rose and Ono also have a fab plus-size section, which is filled with printed bodycon dresses, faux leather tracksuits, and statement leggings.

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Girl Gangs

Girls, girls, girls.
Photo: Net-A-Porter/Etsy/Nylon Shop/Opening Ceremony

Dudes are cool and everything, but nothing gets between us and our main girl crew. Now that summer's here, it's officially time to gather your favorite ladies and take over the whole dang city—in the most badass outfit possible, of course. As it turns out, some of our favorite designers are creating some killer girl gang-worthy pieces as of late, and we're so stoked to see the lady love everywhere we turn. At the very top of our list, obviously, is the Zoe Karssen jersey sweatshirt that spells out our agenda pretty clearly. We'd also kill to get our hands on (heh) the Charlotte Olympia technicolor "Girls" clutch, which comes with a glorious gold pouch inside. (Warning: Before you fall in love, just know that this bad boy costs a steep $1,495. We give it to you straight here at MTV Style.)

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According to the internets it's National Splurge Day, which means, yep, we finally have an excuse to swipe up that Nyan Cat Ferrari we always wanted—JK, we'd totally buy clothes! To celebrate the occasion, we started doing some online shopping only to uncover tons of side-eye-worthy, super-expensive designer pieces that we just had to share with y'all. Basically, there's a lot of weird (and weirdly expensive!) shiz out there, people, and it's our duty to let y'all know about it. Onward!

FISH CLUTCH: $1,560
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Sure, this Olympia Le Tan clutch is hand-beaded and lined in gorgeous fabric, but carrying around a seemingly dead fish with creepy eyes and a gaping mouth is a pretty hard sell.

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Kanye West

Kanye West at the 2014 Cannes Lions on June 17 in Cannes, France.
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Even after his balls-out wedding weekend in France and Italy, it seems that Kanye West still can't get enough of ye olde Europe. Today, he made a surprise appearance at the Cannes Lions Festival for the "Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape" seminar and talked about—you guessed it—all things tech and style. After dropping a few sentimental words for his idol Steve Jobs ("Steve Jobs, as everyone knows, was my biggest influence—just seeing the way he fought to make things easier for people. After he passed, I made it my life's mission to do what he did inside of that company"), he mentioned how his first-ever Vogue cover also seriously (seriously!) impacted his life.

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