Shopbop’s Annual Spring Sale Is Here, And These Are The Pieces We Want

Since I am an underpaid peasant, most of my clothes are from Zara. Tbh I have nothing against Zara because I like looking fancy as f*ck in my crisp, cropped blazer over my tea-length flowy skirt, and knowing that I spent less than $100 on the lewk. However, as I enter my 27th year, I want to wean myself off of fast-fashion and invest in higher-quality pieces, AKA shirts that won’t unravel on the gentle cycle of my washing machine. That said, I’m not about to walk into Saks and buy myself a new wardrobe because, like I said, I’m poor. The solution? Shopbop’s bi-annual sale

Now, if you’re not familiar with Shopbop, climb out of the hole you’re living in and join society. Shopbop, which finally has its own storefront on Amazon, carries literally thousands of designers that are perfect for people who want to graduate from Zara but not quite reach Saks. Shopbop is affordable and that is why I love it on any given day; obviously, I love it a little more when everything is up to 25% off (with the code SPRING). If you get overwhelmed easily, allow me to share our favorite things on sale, and make sure to buy before the sale ends on March 8th!

Shoes

Rag & Bone Razor Booties, $495

I am that annoying girl who wears boots in the peak of summer and guess what, idgaf. I have no shame in my game because boots—booties, to be more specific—are stylish all damn year. Rag & Bone sells all sorts of stuff, but the brand is most-loved for its amazing leather boots. My bank account weeps every time I admit that I own three pairs, but there’s a very logical reason for that! The leather is thick af, which makes me feel a little fearless when I wear them because they’re basically indestructible. I will say, though, the white definitely gets dirty, so make sure you get yourself a good leather balm to keep them clean. 

Soludos Lauren Espadrille Sandals, $85

I never would have bought these because they are obviously a tad loud, but I got them in one of my Trunk Club boxes and they are literally my favorite shoes. They are so f*cking cute and they surprisingly go with everything. I’ve worn them with a pale blue fit-and-flare dress, I’ve worn them with denim cut-offs and an oversized white tee, and I’ve worn them with skinny jeans and a cropped denim jacket. Seriously, they’re more versatile than they seem. The only tiny issue is that they are definitely not made for long strolls. They do have a rubber sole, but it’s very thin, so be careful where you wear them. Other than that, they’re perfect.

Schutz Cloe Sandals, $170

Schutz is the underdog of shoe brands because I always forget about it when I’m on the hunt for a specific style, but they always end up having the exact pair I’m looking for. I have a pair of kitten-heeled boots, silver ballet flats, and sky-high, strappy stilettos from Schutz (can you tell I have a shoe addiction?) and the one thing they all have in common is that they are f*cking comfortable. Like the Soludos, they aren’t meant for a walk along the beach, but if you are going to a dressy event and know you’ll be on your feet for most of the night, these babies are the move. 

Tops

Tiger Mist Toronto Top, $75

Tbh, I can’t really say why this top is speaking to me so much because I haven’t worn a crop top since 2012, but there’s something about this hot pink number that I absolutely love. I would probably wear it with an aggressively high-waisted skirt, but I am also loving the way the model is wearing it. Even though it’s obviously a very specific look, you can pack it for a trip and wear it a few different ways. I would, however, make sure it’s the highlight of the outfit because anything that would compete with a top like this wouldn’t be a good look. 

Stateside Poplin Twist Front Shirt, $162

I have a weakness for white button downs. Whether they’re boyfriend style or super crisp, I don’t even care. I want them all—especially this one. I am absolutely loving the menswear vibe and think it would look chic af French tucked into a pair of tailored bootcut jeans. A classic white shirt is timelessly elegant, but I love that this one has a little bit of a style moment with the subtle twist on the front. Obsessed. 

Birds of Paradis Carla Blouse, $218

For the record, I would not classify my style as preppy, but I appreciate very preppy pieces when they’re paired with something a little grungy. For instance, this top, which screams Blair Waldorf circa season one, would look amazing with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and a pair of beat up high-tops. Or, of course, you could go the more neutral route and wear it over a pair of skinny jeans and metallic flats. Either way, this top wins.

Accessories

Gorjana Farrah Huggies, $45

I am a big earrings gal and I am proud to admit that I have about a million pairs. It’s a rough estimate. Anyway, as you can guess, I have multiple piercings and I would probably wear these with a few studs or smaller hoops in my other holes. **Cringes** These are a nice, contemporary shift from the classic gold hoop and I’m definitely into it. They aren’t the kind of earrings someone will stop you on the street to ask about, but they can be the finishing touch on any look. Next!

Botkier Cobble Hill Mini Crossbody Bag, $198

If color scares you, fear not because this very chic bag also comes in white with a tortoise shell handle.  Tbh I love the yellow because it’s attention-grabbing, but not too in-your-face because it’s pretty pale. Another thing I love about this bag, aside from the sharp, structured shape, is the fact that the leather is textured, as opposed to smooth. If you’re wondering what the f*ck difference that makes, let me just say, it makes a huge difference because all you have to do for smooth leather to scuff and scratch is, like, breathe near it. Textured leather, however, is tough af and, in my experience, is incapable of scuffs/scratches. 

Krewe Prytania Sunglasses, $275

I lose every pair of sunglasses I come into contact with, so I never spend too much on them. These are definitely a little bit of a splurge, but they’re so stylish and timeless that I will put extra effort into not losing them. Of course, these will look good or horrible depending on your face, but this oversized rounded square shape is generally pretty flattering. The tri-color detailing on the upper rims make them a serious fashion find.

Dresses

FARM Rio Mini Cashew Mini Dress, $155

Yes, this is a dress with a cashew pattern, but it’s so cute that it’s nuts! I hate me, too. Personally, I think all dresses with a snatched waist like this are flattering regardless of your body type. You obviously have to be pro-color if you’re going to buy this dress, but one thing I love about the palette is that it’s pretty muted. This is something I’d wear to dinner on a beach trip with a pair of straw wedges and a big-ass pair of sunglasses.

LOVESHACKFANCY Edie Dress, $295

I don’t know how they do it, but the designers at LSF make extremely flattering and sexy peasant dresses. This is the kind of dress, though, that would only look good in white. If it were in any other color, it would look like a nightgown my grandma would love, but in white, it looks like something a Grecian goddess would show up to brunch wearing. The eyelet details and the high slit in the front make it young-person friendly, and I am excited to wear it since I fully just purchased it as I am writing this article. I’d wear this with a pair of lace-up flat leather sandals or a pair of cork wedges. I seriously cannot get enough of this dress; it better fit me.

Z Supply The Reverie Dress, $60

As you can tell, I like a good oversized piece of clothing, and this dress is no exception. I love that it’s cotton because that means I can get away with wearing it as a cover-up to the beach and to dinner later that same day! It is my personal opinion that everything looks good with heels, but I actually think this dress would look pretty stupid with anything other than a sensible flat. The dress is so casual that trying to dress it up with any type of heel just wouldn’t work.

Images: Jakob Owens / Unsplash; Shopbop

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5 Matching Sets You Don’t Have To Be Perfectly Proportional To Buy

It may seem like the majority of fashion trends that exist are those worth sh*tting on, but actually, there are a handful that don’t make you choke on your lunch, and are worth trying out. One of those (and a personal favorite of mine) is the matching set trend. This has been a thing since like, Clueless last summer, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. Matching sets are literally the best thing to happen to us since the discovery of iced coffee. I mean, even if you know close to nothing about fashion, the work is already done for you–just wear the coordinating separates. What, like it’s hard?

Matching sets are the best, because you’re killing two birds with one stone when you buy them. In addition to one matching set, you’re also getting two separate pieces of clothing that you can wear a bunch of different times with different tops and bottoms you already own. Seriously, I feel like matching sets don’t get as much appreciation as they deserve. No one can make any excuses about why they don’t work. The only annoying thing can sometimes be if you are forced to buy the matching set as a set, as in, you can’t purchase the top and bottom separately. I’m sorry, name one person who is neither a Jenner nor a Hadid who is perfectly proportional on top and bottom. I’ll wait. Luckily for you, I found a number of adorable matching sets whose pieces can be purchased separately, so you don’t have to sacrifice fit.

1. Petersyn Crop Top and Amalfi Shorts

This set is fun, with a cute silhouette and flirty spring florals (so groundbreaking, I know). The puffy sleeves even add an element of “See, I can be trendy without even trying” to a casual summer outfit. The top looks amazing with high-rise jeans, and you can totes wear the shorts with a neutral colored bodysuit, too.

2. Alice McCall A Foreign Affair Top and Mini Skirt

I love this playful, feminine brand, because one time I saw Kristen Cavallari wear it, so…I guess she #influenced me. It’s all around ridiculously cute with boho chic vibes. This set is perfect for summertime because white is the season’s best color, and enhances everyone’s fake tan. The top is kind of flowy, so no one will notice whether you’ve been working on your beach bod or not, and the skater skirt will look fab with any other color top, too.

3. Faithfull The Brand First Light Top and Celeste Wrap Skirt

There’s something about red florals that I’m particularly drawn to. I think it’s the combination of a bright color with a festive print that makes me automatically feel like a fashion blogger or some sh*t. Imagine all of the Instas you can take in this outfit! When worn together, it basically is a cute wrap dress you can wear out anywhere, from bottomless brunch to a casual wedding

4. Pink Clove Duster Jacket and Wide Leg Pants in Leopard

Another major trend this year is animal print. I mean, f*cking duh. You can’t walk two blocks without seeing someone dressed head-to-toe in snake or leopard print these days. I love this set because yeah, you’ll look like an influencer, but also because it comes with a duster jacket you can wear a million times to dress up any other outfit.

5. Endless Summer Cha Cha Crop Top and Gigi Pant

Bohemian pants are always a big win when the weather permits, aka when it reaches 70 degrees and above. Look, sometimes jeans just aren’t worth it. Anyway, these soft, stretchy pants make your legs look miles long, and also help elongate your torso. The overall effect is that you look like you’ve been hitting the treadmill, even if you the only time you run is to catch a train. The tie-front crop top is just an added bonus if you’re feelin’ frisky at like, a beach bar, but the day after, you can always pair it with high waisted shorts, too.

Matching sets are the ultimate spring and summer wardrobe staple this season, and with these, you can seriously mix and match to find your best and most flattering fit.

Photo: Ben Weber / Unsplash; Giphy; Revolve (2); Shopbop; Alice McCall; Showpo; Asos
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Spring Break Essentials That Are Currently On Sale

From one professional spring break yo-yo dieter to another, if you haven’t started your intense workout regimen (aka 40 min on the treadmill while texting), then it’s time to get on it. Remember, unlike January which DRAGGED, February is a short month. Meaning, March is going to be here before you know it, which means spring break trips are just around the corner. So besides just prepping your bod for your getaway, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your wardrobe as well. Like, I know you’re not drunk-eating celery just to wear your dumpy-ass summer clothes from last year, are you??? I sure as hell hope not. I know you’re a smart girl. Which means I also know that you’re currently trying to save for your spring break vacay, or are currently paying off your credit card charge for that expensive plane ticket. So I’ve taken the liberty of finding you guys some essential spring break clothes that are all currently on sale. Uhhh, you’re sooo welc.

1. Brixton Bondi Palm Visor ($56.82, $28.43)

I know you’re not upping your spring break clothes and current workout routine JUST to like, look good for you, or anything. Nah, you do it for the ‘gram!!  And this visor is the epitome of Instagram perfection. Oh, and it will also help protect your delicate young skin from the sun, so that’s cool too! It’s on sale of course, so get it while you still can.

2. BEACH RIOT x Revolve Devin Bikini Top and Bottom ($171, $74)

Rainbow stripes are v v v trendy right now. And if you don’t believe me, visit your favorite Intsa blogger’s account right now and I guarantee there will be some variation of the trend on her grid. Not only is this bikini super adorable, it’s insanely on sale. Plus, it’s part of an exclusive collab with Revolve and Beach Riot, so, primarily for all my spring break college betches, you don’t have to worry about your ex’s new gf showing up on the beach in the same suit. She probs doesn’t have good enough taste to order this one anyway, just saying.

3. Tom Petty Boyfriend Tee ($78, $49.95)

An oversize graphic tee may not be the first thing you think of to add to your spring break arsenal, but hear me out. It’s easily the most versatile piece you can pack because it can be worn sooo many different ways. To start, you can wear it on the plane with a pair of cute joggers and oversized sunnies, and you’ll give a total undercover celeb vibe. Well, until you walk past first class to your middle seat in coach, of course. You can also wear it casually during the day with a cute pair of distressed denim shorts and stylish sandals or sneakers. Another way to wear it is as an effortlessly cool cover-up for the beach. And lastly, you could even wear it out to “da club” paired with a leather skirt and heels. Just… don’t end up making it the legit only shirt you wear all spring break, lol.

4. Lovers + Friends Jack High Short ($138, $83)

Speaking of distressed denim shorts, these ones are the ideal pair to wear all vacation long. They too can be worn during the day, as a cover-up, or even out at night. Not to mention, they’re the perfect shade of denim to match whatever top (or even bikini top) you want to pair them with. There’s currently almost a full size-run available, but if you’re all as smart as I think you are, I know they won’t be there for long.

5. Urban Outfitters Oval Metal Sunglasses ($16, $10)

Sunnies are an essential spring break wardrobe piece—you all know that already. But a spring break trip isn’t the time to bring your best Gucci sunglasses that legit cost you half your paycheck. Spring break is for getting drunk, and getting drunk and designer sunglasses simply don’t mix. Trust me, I’ve lost three pairs of Ray-Bans amidst day drinking festivities (RIP). And yes, it still pains me to think of all those sunglasses lost, and the lucky bitches who found them. UGH! Anyway, avoid the self-loathing of losing expensive sunnies and get a cheaper pair that won’t ruin the rest of your trip when you do inevitably lose them. You don’t need another reason to go into an even deeper tequila-induced spiral.

6. Cleobella Swindel Tote ($218, $109)

This amazing tote bag is going to be your new vacation bff. Not only does it work as a beach bag, it can also work as your carry-on bag for the plane! The crochet fabric gives it getaway vibes, but unlike most crochet bags that are white, this one is black, so you don’t have to worry about it looking gross the second it leaves your house. It’s legit the cutest bag EVER, and is conveniently half off! BRB, I’m buying five.

7. All My Love Wrap Slip ($68, $49.95)

This is the perfect little dress to pack in your new crochet bag (see above) for all your spring break activities. Like, sooo many activities!! Wear it during the day with a pair of sandals or cute sneakers, or throw it on for dinner with a pair of heels or wedges. It also comes in a variety of prints and colors, so maybe get yourself a few and you’ll have all your vacation outfits covered. I mean, it is on sale, so why not, right???

Like I’ve emphasized, all of these spring break clothes are on sale, so don’t wait until the last minute or your size will def be gone. Beyond these essentials, don’t forget to pack sunscreen and hangover patches. Both are going to be necessary, and honestly, I don’t know which you’ll realistically need more. Just be prepared.

Images: @laurenboww / Unsplash; Princess Polly; Revolve (2); Free People (2); Urban Outfitters; Shopbop

How To Make The Toughest Spring Trends Work For You

With each new season comes new trends. Some are practical and comfortable, like the athleisure trend, while others are more obnoxious and ridiculous, like the neon biker shorts trend. Of course, as with everything in life, there’s a spectrum. You could either be the girl (or guy #staywoke) who embraces the animal print trend with a simple cheetah belt, or be the person who goes full throttle in a latex animal print onesie. So, rather than just writing off every ridiculous-sounding trend as something you could “never” pull off, try incorporating the trend in a less dramatic way instead! Here are seven of this spring’s most anxiety-inducing style trends, and how to rock each one in a more simplified, natural way. 

1. Surfer Girl

I know you won’t believe me when I say this, but it’s officially time to whip back out those puka shell necklaces and Tamagotchis. Okay, maybe you don’t need the Tamagotchi, but those things were fun as hell, so might as well while you’re already getting out your pukas. And like, by the time you’re done with this list, you’ll realize that literally everything from your pre-pubescent past is coming back for spring. So really, it’s just a matter of time before we’re all playing with our long-forgotten, starved to death Tamagotchis and Ferbies again. But anyway, if you’re not ready to go full Johnny Tsunami with this trend then just pick a cute surfer girl vibe accessory that’s more subtle, like these cute hoop earrings from Free People!

Free People River Way Hoop Earrings ($28)

2. Western

Let me start by saying that this isn’t permission for you to wear your best cowgirl look from that one rodeo-themed frat mixer in college. Please keep your cheap-*ss cowgirl boots in the back of your closet or like, donate them to charity or the trash or something. It’s very easy to look costume-y with this trend if you’re not careful. Add one too many fringe pieces or buckle belts and you’ll look like a bad country singer reaaaal quick. So basically, the key with this trend is to only wear one piece at a time that has a Western vibe. For example, wear these Steve Madden boots with jeans and a tee and you’ll look stylish af without going over the top. 

Steve Madden Billey Bootie ($129)

3. Tie-Dye

Just like all terrible things we want to leave in the past, like that pathetic on-again-off-again cheating ex, tie-dye is back and rearing its ugly head for spring. It’s time to summon your inner adolescent summer camper-self, because tie-dye is about to be big. I’d even go so far as to suggest dragging yourself over to Michael’s to get one of those “As Seen On TV” suped-up tie-dying kits ASAP because like, that’s how trendy it’s going to be. Or, maybe have that aforementioned ex go pick one up for you; at least make him useful for something. If you’re not ready to go tie-dying everything you own, take on the trend in a little less dramatic way with a cute tie-dye scrunchie or maybe just a cropped crewneck tee. 

Velvet Tie Dye Scrunchie ($4)

4. Feathers

My beloved childhood icon, the one and only Big Bird, clearly served as the muse for several designers’ Spring 2019 collections. Feathers are a huge trend for spring, with everything from feather dresses, jackets, and lots of accessories. If you’re not ready to go all out “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird,” then embrace the trend with a simple pair of feather earrings like this super cheap pair from Forever21. They add just the right touch of elevated style to even the most seemingly basic outfit.

Faux Feather Drop Earrings ($5)

5. Crafty

I told you this spring’s trends are all nostalgic of our youth, so it should come as no surprise that the crafty look is another trend we can expect for Spring. I mean, between tie-dye tees and beaded accessories plus crochet tops, you could just look to those ’90s summer camp photos for outfit inspo. You could probs even post one to Insta right now and get a ton of likes since vintage-style photos are like, soooo in.

Free People Rainbow Tank Top ($108)

6. Animal Print

As Lil Jon would say, “Welcome to the jungle, b*tch.” Everyone and their mom is already currently wearing animal print, and we can all expect this trend to continue well into Spring. This trend is one of the easier ones, given that most animal print pieces come in neutral shades, which means they’re naturally more subtle and more versatile. I suggest getting an animal print accessory or pair of boots to incorporate the trend while looking the least tacky. If you’re feeling more bold, try rocking a chic leopard coat or jacket.

Pretty Little Thing Leopard Skinny Belt ($15)

7. Neon Pastels

If you simply have an Instagram, then you know that lately, the Kardashians have been more into neon than dating NBA players. But you don’t have to go Kardashian-level-extra to embrace this trend. Add on a simple neon accessory, but in more of a pastel shade, and it’s all you need to brighten up your look while incorporating this Spring trend. Take this Rebecca Minkoff bag, which can be added to any outfit as a statement accessory and make you look stylish af.

Rebecca Minkoff Avery Crossbody Bag ($87.50)

I get it, no one wants to look like they’re trying too hard to be “trendy.” Rather, we all want to look stylish and on-trend. So skip the tacky-trendy and unleash your inner Insta blogger by incorporating these spring trends in more subtle ways. And like, not by going to Charlotte Russe and just buying an ugly af bodycon cheetah dress.

Images: Free People; Pretty Little Thing; Revolve; South Moon Under (2); Shopbop; Forever21

Should We Let ‘Gen-Z Yellow’ Become The New Millennial Pink?
It’s official: millennial pink is sooo 2017. I mean, it’s seriously about time. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to tolerate another “candid” Insta in front of Wynwood Walls, or yet another person documenting that one time they tried Starbucks’s Pink Drink. Like, out with the old, and in with the new trending color of 2018: Gen-Z yellow (yes, as in the next generation after the millennials). It’s a vibe, though. Whether it’s mustard, canary, or Easter yellow that you prefer, it’s all the same thing. What was once seen as tacky (yellow) is now considered the bolder, more outgoing, attention-whore sister to basic bitch millennial pink. NGL, the more I’ve seen it, the more I find myself digging the happy summery color. You kind of have to admit that its obnoxious brightness is, like, extra in all the ways we aspire to be. In case you have no idea how to start wearing Gen-Z yellow (because same), here are 7 trendy pieces worth adding to your closet.

1. ASOS Highwaist Yellow Pants

Since we’ve already established the fact that Gen-Z yellow is a straight up #mood, especially for this upcoming summer, bring the vibes into work with high waisted business casual pants. These also come in clutch because fuck jeans, obviously.

2. MINKPINK Tokyo Romper

Don’t be, like, a plain Polly. Add some patterns to that shit with flowers and other things reminiscent of a tropical vacation. Wear this out to the beach, or slip it on before you head to the bar. Throw on your fave wedges and you’ll be craving a tequila sunrise immediately.

3. Vince Camuto Tie Cuff Bubble Sleeve Top

Wearing yellow is most def risky. You can’t just go walking around looking like a highlighter, so for a v chic option that makes you feel poised and a bit preppy, you’ll want a yellow shade like this so-called lemon cream top. Wear this to Mother’s Day brunch and your mother will be too busy complimenting your blouse to notice how hungover you are. Cute.

4. Faithfull the Brand Rodeo Gingham Dress

In addition to plaid, gingham is like, everywhere this spring. It’s flirty, fun, and everything else I aspire to be as a person. In yellow, you’ll be dying to wear this when it’s finally warm enough to day drink on a weekly basis.

5. Topshop Plain Bandeau Top

There are far worse trends from the Spice Girls era than a basic tube top, tbh. Quite frankly, I’m loving this throwback because you can own a dozen in every color and have an endless array of options to mix and match with—which is obviously super ideal, considering how annoying it is just to do laundry for one fucking clean shirt.

6. YEEZY Calabasas California Hat

Somehow, cute, pastel-colored baseball hats make you look sexy and sporty at the same time. Boys love that shit. With this pale yellow that will slowly but surely grow on you, you’ll find yourself taking plenty of Instas. But mostly because it’s Yeezy, says Calabasas, and has you wishing you were neighbors with the Kardashians.

 

7. UO Adonita Zip Front Mini Skirt

A-line skirts are always in and always look great on everyone. The style isn’t so short that you’ll pull a Britney Spears, but it’s not a long granny style either. It fits as a high-rise skirt that falls on your upper thighs and gives you a voluptuous, curvy shape. The front closure zipper may teeter on the slutty side, but who actually cares? You lewk good and you deserve to feel good, too. YAY, YELLOW.

Images: ASOS (1); Revolve (1); Nordstrom (1); Bloomingdales (1); Topshop (1); Farfetch (1); Urban Outfitters (1)

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5 Crop Tops You Can Wear From Work To Happy Hour

One of the biggest takeaways from attending private school is the number of ways you can bend the rules for a dress code and still get away with it. Where is this most commonly applied? The buzzkill known as the 9-to-5 workplace that prides itself on being “business casual.” Yeah, fuck that. As a twentysomething woman who still enjoys a classic mini skirt and getting ratchet on the weekends, I’d like to say that it’s 2018 and about damn time for office attire to expand beyond boring trousers and granny pencil skirts. I demand my crop tops! The only thing that has gotten me through these five miserable months of winter at work (spring has obviously been cancelled, in case you couldn’t fucking tell), would be my daily outfit of oversized sweaters with leggings. I literally dare someone to make a complaint.

At this point, I’m just prepping myself for how sweltering this summer will be once it actually reaches a temperature other than the mid-40s. Once that happens, I will gladly take the opportunity to go shopping and spend a ridiculous amount of money I’ll hate myself for on cute af crop tops I can (possibly) get away with wearing to work. Here are five styles to help a sista out when you’re stuck inside a dreary cubicle this summer.

1. Missguided Ruched Floral Top & Skirt Co-Ord

While we’re trying to show a tiny bit of skin, I’m obviously not a fucking idiot. I don’t advise letting your belly ring show in your morning meeting, unless you literally are trying to get fired. The key to rocking a crop top at work is pairing it with something high-waisted. The higher it is, the less noticeable your shirt length. A trendy matching set basically ensures you’re 95% getting away with it, because you look too put-together for someone to call you out for a flash of skin.

2. Diane von Furstenberg Cropped Cotton-Poplin Top

If you absolutely must wear trousers, consider going for a wide-legged style. If you can do without them completely, skip the trousers all together and go for something more casual like the beloved palazzo pant. A flowy, long-ish crop top blends in well with flowy bottoms. HR may call it improper, but Tyra would call it fashion. And quite frankly, that’s all that matters.

3. Leal Daccarett Venus Top

Cropped tank tops are def underestimated. They’re just as cute as cropped T-shirts, so we should definitely take advantage of a sleeveless high-low cropped top. Pair the style with a tighter bottom, like one with a drawstring waist. It creates a look that says you’re totally making hoe fashion fashion forward, but also, like, really profesh.

4. Love, Fire Ribbed Off The Shoulder Top

We betches effing love a good off the shoulder style. It’s sexy af, but low-key classy at the same time, and the fit looks flattering on literally every body type. Make it fashion at work by pairing with a high-waisted pencil skirt, booties, and long cardigan. The moment 5:01 pm hits, you happen to be (coincidentally and not at all on purpose) dressed for happy hour faster than you can say “tequila.”

5. The Fifth Label Barbados Stripe Long Sleeve Top

Prints that fall under the business casual category (so like, stripes…) make it look a lot less inappropriate and more on the sophisticated side. Style with a midi-length skirt or fitted trousers for a sleek and boss betch outfit. When in doubt, layer crop tops with a jacket to help disguise the fact that your shirt falls above your navel. No one will suspect shit.

Images: Debora Cardenas / Unsplash; ASOS (1); Net-a-porter (1); Shopbop (1); Nordstrom (1); Revolve (1)

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The Comfiest Spring Pants That Aren’t Leggings

Among the many fashion trends spring has to offer, the biggest (and def the best), would be the millions of pant styles sitting in our online carts. No one in their right mind likes to wear tight, uncomfortable denim jeans 24/7 (um, hello, social suicide) and like, unfortunately, we cannot possibly wear leggings to every single occasion that involves leaving the house. Praise fucking be that there are chic alternatives to both of these—Palazzos, culottes, trousers, and basically everything in between. They’re all comfy AF, versatile for the office to bar hopping, and you can literally match any top with them. Here are six spring pants styles to you get obsessed because fuck jeans. For real.

1. Brandy Melville Tilden Pants

These spring pants come in black and white, so perfect. We’re off to a fan-fucking-tastic start because they’re clearly neutral af. They’re high-rise trousers with an elastic waistband, so they not only hide your bloat, but they also have some stretch to them in case carbonated drinks get the best of you. Oh, and they make your butt look like you do squats on the regular.

2. BCBGeneration Self Tie Pant

Well, obviously, you need at least one pair of all-black pants in a style that’s neither denim nor leggings. That’s a given. Get a straight-legged fit that you can pair with heels or booties so you can quickly switch from office profesh to happy hour hoe. These spring pants have a trendy belt you can adjust and v convenient pockets. Bless.

3. Alice + Olivia Dylan High Waisted Leg Pants

The higher the rise, the more often you can say you hit the treadmill. Everyone knows high-waisted anything makes you look lean and toned. It’s only an added bonus that the wide-legged ’70s style also adds a few inches on your frame, so your legs will look miles long. The blush is def a go-to when it comes to amping up your spring wardrobe.

4. ASOS Miss Selfridge Petite Checkered Tailored Pants

If you live in the 21st century read our shit, you’d know by now that plaid and gingham prints are v trendy rn. Shamelessly take on Clueless vibes by swapping out an “ensemble-y challenged” plaid set for retro checkered pants you can wear while day drinking, but also to like, corporate meetings and other adult-y events.

5. Topshop Side Stripe Slim Joggers

I hate to break it to you, but it’s true. Track pants are a thing whether you like it or not, and they are not limited to Fridays. Don’t hate me, hate Corporate America and the trends your favorite stores carry. On the bright side, these are probably your best bet (and most pathetic excuse for street style) when you’re too hungover to put an outfit together, much less get off of the couch on Sunday.

6. Lush Paperbag Waist Wide Leg Crop Pants

You’ll obvs want something that transitions from spring to summertime, easy livin’ vibes like this white pair of billowy spring pants that make you look boho chic and 10 times tanner. Pair with a black crop top or like, literally any other cute shirt that makes your summer bod (or lack of) look good.

 

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The Hottest Spring Fashion Trend Is A Major Throwback

Has anybody else noticed that, despite the fact that Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for The Devil Wears Prada in 2006, designers have still basically just given us florals, pastels and chiffon tank tops for the 12 spring seasons that have happened since? Like, hello? Why haven’t you guys noticed that we pretty much only wear black during the other nine months of the year? What makes you think we’re going to squish our still-not-ready-for-summer bodies into a pair of floral cigarette trousers?  Well, it appears that in the same movement that has allowed female comedians to almost be able to get a laugh for talking about their periods, we’ve finally been blessed with a spring trend that doesn’t look like it belongs in a mall Easter Bunny photo set. I present to you: spring plaid.

You’ve probably already seen spring plaid on the tan Australian microinfluencers who dominate the Instagram Explore tab. Here’s how to wear it this spring without looking like you’re rocking a last-minute schoolgirl Halloween costume. Oh, and side note, we’re not talking about gingham here. If you don’t know the difference, you’re going to have to take to Google. I do not have the patience.

Go For Lighter Materials

One of the biggest differences between a pair of plaid pants for winter and a pair of plaid pants acceptable for spring is the material they’re made with. Obviously, for spring plaid, you’re going to want to go for something lighter and more breathable. Most trousers with a jogger look should do the trick.

Zara Checked Jogging Trousers 

Choose Unexpected Colors

Try to stay away from winter colors in your spring plaid. If it looks like something your mom would force you to wear in a Christmas card with your siblings, *Randy Jackson voice* it’s a no from me, dawg. Yes, I realize that the last time it was okay for us to wear pink plaid, we were shopping at Limited, Too. Luckily, choosing this print in brighter and lighter colors isn’t just for third graders and Playboy Playmates anymore. This pink plaid set is v cute for spring.

I.AM.GIA Polaris Top

Dress Down A Plaid Skirt

Everyone kind of already has this skirt, and I’m pretty sure I’m already sick of it, but let’s throw it on this list anyway. It’s kind of like shit with embroidered roses. It felt tired almost a week after the trend emerged, but everyone is obsessed with it, so we all just embrace it and agree to wear it for a few more months. Just like, drop a line in the group chat and call dibs on wearing it before brunch so nobody matches you. Dress this down for spring with a graphic tee or a very basic top.

River Island Check Frill Front A-Line Mini Skirt

Take Advantage Of The Paper Bag Waist Trend

If you haven’t ever tried on bottoms with a paper bag waist, you def should. It’s like, the most flattering thing ever. If you work somewhere with a business or business casual dress code, this is how you can basically get away with wearing the next best thing to sweatpants. You’re welcome.

Topshop Check Wrap Paperbag Mini Skirt

Channel Your Inner Cher Horowitz

Silhouettes that are really obviously designed for warmer weather, like mini dresses, won’t have anyone wondering if you’re making a statement or just too lazy to bring your spring clothes out from your under bed storage. Duh.

Tiger Mist Sadie Dress

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