Zanita Whittington, Michelle Koesnadi of Glisters & Blisters, and Justyna Baraniecki of Chichichic!.
Photo: Courtesy of 'Style Yourself'
If the glow of your computer screen is beginning to burn your retinas for your insatiable appetite for beautifully dressed fashion bloggers, boooooyyy do we have the solution for you. It's called a BOOK. You can, like, actually hold it in your hands. You know, take it to the beach and actually be able to read it under the bright sunlight, unlike your touch screen cell phone. Super amazeballs/famous blogger Jane Aldridge from Sea of Shoes wrote the foreword for the Style Yourself guide, which features outfits from all your fash faves (yes, even Tavi, Karla, and Susie) and offers sound advice on how to cop their looks. Our favorite part though? The "remixes"! Three bloggers are shown sporting a trend in three different ways (JUST LIKE WE DO EVERY WEEK!!), so of course we HAD to pick our favorite looks and share them with you! Buy the entire Style Yourself book for the full experience.
First up: monochromatic. Dressing in one color makes you long and lean, and Style Yourself says to "add lots of texture for visual variety." Zanita Whittington of Zanita wears head-to-toe yellow (daring) with a lemon motorcycle jacket, dandelion pleated skirt, and tangerine stacked sandals. Michelle Koesnadi of Glisters and Blisters took jeans and a tank top to new heights by coordinating her entire outfit (even her bag!) in shades of blue. Justyna Baraniecki of Chichichic! went for smooth dark chocolate brown from top to bottom, which we LOVE. The fur accent is purrrrfect.
Mira Berglind, Emma Hackett, and Kaelah Bee.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers 365 Days, Scrapbook De La Emma, and Little Chief Honeybee.
There's something about loud, graphic prints that look like they came straight from your mom's old Tupperware collection. A bit of bright design instantly adds punch to any outfit, and summer is ALL about bold, fun colors. Plus, in case you haven't heard, the '70s are BAAACCCCKKK. (Think we're lying? Please note two out of the three lovely ladies above are also wearing floppy hats. So THERE.) We scoured the interwebz to find three fashion bloggers who sported this look in three very different (but all awe-inspiring) ways, and we think you'll fall in love with ALL of them. Because, like us, you have eyes.
Models walk the D&G menswear fashion show in Milan, Italy, on June 20.
Photo: Getty Images
HOLLLLYYY SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS. Men. Lots of them. Shirtless. Coming DIRECTLY toward us. While we'd normally avoid mobs of 20+ ripped dudes at all costs, we literally cannot move. Like, we can't stop staring at their Ken Doll lines. Er, Brad Pitt in Fight Club lines. Er, muscle-y hip lines. WHAT ARE THEY CALLED? We need to lock down a name for this IMMEDIATELY because it's quite possibly the hottest. Thing. Ever. How does it happen? HOW DO THE HIPS GET SO RIPPED LIKE THAT? Also, why do we feel sooo naughty staring at them? It's like a big arrow pointing down to their, erm, manly bits. Too much? NEVARRRR.
Sometimes shielding yourself from the sun can look downright ADORABLE. Since this summer is all about florals, maxis, and sky-high platforms, the perfect way to beat those sunny rays is with a '70s-inspired wide-brimmed hat. We scoured the internetz for fashion bloggers who sported their chateaus in such steal-worthy styles that we literally had to chain ourselves to our desks to keep us from running to the nearest thrift shop immediately. Disclaimer: This might happen to you.
There's something sooooo pleasing about cinching an oversize blouse at the waist—it makes every girl appear sleeker and gives her curves the hug that they deserve. But it's also so awesomely '90s that you have to be careful not to go overboard. (We love you Brit Brit, but we're not going for your "Baby One More Time" look.) And that's why we admire how these bloggers kept the belly-baring to a minimum by pairing their blouses with high-waisted long skirts or dresses. This classy combination even inspired us to try this look. Like, we're actually wearing it right now. As we type. All of us. We even pulled out the shirts of our male counterparts and tied them up. As such we're not that popular in the building at the moment but we're more than alright with that. ANYWAY, on to the ladies.
Our dear old Aunt Gaga on the June cover of 'Spex'
Photo: Wolfgang Tillmans/Spex
Whoa. Just when we thought Lady Gaga was incapable of surprising us, she up and appears on German culture and music mag Spex doing the au natural thing like it's NBD. In fact, "surprise" is putting it mildly considering, "mind-frying shock" seems closer to the truth.
But here is what we're reminded of: Gaga is an empirically striking young lady. She has piercing eyes, a wide and expressive mouth, and as our mothers used to say, "When you wipe that stuff off of your face, you really do look much lovelier. Plus, you won't attract those horrible boys you normally do with your misleading harlot appearance." Oh moms...
Nacho Figueras at the Veuva Clicquot Polo Classic at Governor's Island in New York on June 5.
We need to get this out of our system: AHAHAHAHHA. His name is Nacho! WHEWWW. Wow. OK, we're cool. Once you get past his delicious name, it's easy to see that Nacho Figueras basically is the hottest and best-dressed polo player alive. We don't actually know tons of polo players, but SERIOUSLY. He's the living reason why people even study abroad in the first place. We were never really into Argentina... UNTIL NOW. If we were promised endless amounts of suave dudes like this from the MOMENT we stepped off the plane, we would drop everything and catch the next flight to South America. Right now. We would even pretend to like school again because having him as a study buddy would be SO WORTH IT.
But first off, let us draw your attention to what he is wearing. On the surface is a preppy polo player in a seersucker shirt, beige suit jacket (with a nice crisp white pocket square, kudos to that), and white jeans. But if you look realllllyyy close you can see what is really going on with Nacho.
Ashley Bell, Emma Watson, and Katie Cassidy at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on June 5, 2011.
Photo: Getty Images
Nothing quite says, "Summer's Here" like a perfectly fitted crisp white dress. Ashley Bell, Emma Watson, and Katie Cassidy all sported summery ensembles that popped on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet without looking like brides-to-be. Each gorgeous lady kept their accessories minimal and let their intricate gowns do ALL the talking.
The Last Exorcism star and Best Scared-As-S**t Performance nominee Ashley Bell opted for a lace overlay Club Monaco dress with an incredibly flattering sweetheart neckline and soft pleats, which oozed youthful gorgeousness. She swept her hair up in a loose side chignon to show off her to-die-for décolletage and accessorized with white and gold drop earrings, gold bangles, and a gold ring. The best part? Her SHOES!! Her beige satin platform peep-toe ankle-strap pumps give us juuuust a hint of sexy in her sweet ensemble, which we LOVE.
Rain for MCM.
Photo: Courtesy of Taiwan & Hong Kong AppleDaily
So Rain is basically a pop singer GOD in Korea (and in our office, too). He's kiiiinndd of like our Justin Timberlake. He sings, he dances, he acts, he even cares about FASHUN just like JT (his clothing line is called Six to Five. Obvi you can't read anything on the site unless you know Korean, but STILL.) So we're WELL AWARE of his hotness and his, um, ability to seduce us.
Luckily, Rain's fans (who call themselves Clouds! AWWWW.) posted his latest campaign with German accessories house MCM, which OOZES of luxury travel. We can just imagine him rocking all of the next looks in different cities around the globe.
Matthew Gray Gubler in New York City.
Photo: Jacob Sutton/Mr Porter
Ever since I found out about this Criminal Minds crime drama hottie Matthew Gray Gubler, my life has been RUINED. I used to, you know, go outside. I used to have friends. I used to have a future. But now I just sit on my computer patiently awaiting his next hilariously witty tweet or silly little creature watercolor painting or artsy-fartsy short film. And you know what? I don't even CARE that his website takes me about two hours to load and that sometimes (OK, most times) it crashes my entire computer system because, damn it, it's WORTH IT TO SEE HIS FLASH SPLASH PAGE OF HAND-DRAWN CREATURES MILLING AROUND HIS LITTLE IMAGINARY "GUBER-LAND" WHILE THE SOUNDS OF MONSTERS GROANING ECHOS IN MY HEADPHONES. I mean, the minute I found out he had a Tumblr, WHEWWWWWW. I just completely stopped eating. Because, really, what's the point? I need to dedicate every living, breathing second to Matthew Gray Gubler and his whereabouts.
Recently, he made some super cute tweet (since I follow his Twitter, a-duhhh!) about him wearing shorts for the first time in SEVEN YEARS. First off, MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER + FASHION = STOP EVERYTHING. So I clicked the link and it took me to the most magical place on the internet: MrPorter.com. Upon landing we see Mr. Gubler in a sweet, sweet beige Ralph Lauren cardigan and Levi's shirt and pants. BUT THEN, I find FIVE MORE delicious images of Matthew hanging around the cobblestone streets of Soho (I only put in three to spare you. Also, I don't want to get fired. Hi, Mary!) On the top left, we see Matty (my nickname for him, obvi) basking in his newfound Ralph Lauren shorts glory. He's also wearing cozy cowl neck J. Crew sweater (which he would let me borrow if we were dating because he's nice like that) and Band Of Outsiders tee. Then, if/when Matty decides to take me out on the town, he'd probably pick me up in something like this Band of Outsiders suit and Hartford shirt. Finally, when he's ready to meet my parents because he asked for my hand in marriage (the proposal was PHENOMENAL!!!) he'd look casual cool in a military-inspired J. Crew jacket, heather gray Levi's tee and Jean Shop jeans. SIIGGH. Also, there's an entire interview along with these photos and blahblahblah and Matthew says something like "I have zero interest in being the biggest thing right now," to which I respond, "IT'S TOO LATE BUDDY. You ARE my biggest thing. In the past. Now. And forever. Love you, Mattycakes."
Matthew Gray Gubler in New York City.
Photo: Jacob Sutton/Mr Porter