You know what they say: The more the merrier—and when it comes to fashion fare in extended sizes, that’s the philosophy we should all subscribe to. So, in today’s news, we’re happy to report that Swedish brand Ellos is launching stateside at ellos.us! Overseas, the brand is a full-size lifestyle powerhouse, not unlike H&M, which will run in sizes 10 to 34 here. In their own words, their mission is to, “bring an effortless and modern aesthetic at an accessible price point.” What’s not to like about that?
What’s actually for sale is a mix of sharp, simple work and weekend attire. But fair warning: plain doesn’t meant boring, it’s about nailing the minimal Scandinavian aesthetic. For work, you’ll love the shirtdresses (above), super-wide-leg pants, and bright knits. And for the weekend, it’s all about their jeans, leather separates (both below), and peasant tops. Michele Parsons, Ellos SVP and general brand manager, says: “The Ellos brand targets a modern sensibility rooted in Swedish design that has never been offered before. With excellent style and fit, the collection has tremendous potential in the market.”
Behind the scenes, Ellos falls under FullBeauty’s roster of plus-size collections, which includes the popular City Chic and SwimsuitsForAll’s Ashley Graham collection that made headlines this summer. Thanks to their increasingly innovative line-up, it’s the perfect home for Ellos. “The partnership with FullBeauty Brands represents our dedication to continue developing a wider range of product through a dedicated online destination based in the U.S.,” says Hans Ohlsson, Ellos CEO. Shop your heart out here and at ellos.us.
You guys, he heard us. After some not-so-subtle hints (ahem), Tommy Hilfiger is bringing back the most awesome of ’90s casual trends: his iconic ’90s logo T-shirts and jeans under the Tommy Denim label. The 10-piece collection is available exclusively at Urban Outfitters and it brings back so many feels for the decade, we can’t even. Form Britney Spears to NSYNC, every influential music star wore Tommy’s flag logo on their chests, underwear bands, and anywhere else they could make it work. Some of the most memorable Tommy Denim moments come courtesy of Aaliyah, TLC, and Salt-N-Pepa. This retro collection, which launches today on Urban Outfitters site, includes cropped tees, oversized sweatshirts, a bikini, overalls, denim, and a denim jacket, all emblazoned with the American designer’s patriotic logo. Prices range from $20 for a sports bra to $199 for a fierce denim jacket with star-print lining.
And while we’ve been supportive of the resurgence of ’90s Tommy logomania, we have to give credit to Bella Hadid, who’s rocked more than a couple of vintage Tommy logo looks this summer alone. But before we show you the new collection, let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? These are some of the most, hmm, noteworthy Tommy ’90s moments. Definitely go for the look, except in 2016, maybe don’t match exactly with you squad so much, OK?
No, you don’t need glasses. That is, in fact Beyoncé and the girls of Destiny’s Child posing with a wee Scarlett Johansson at a Tommy Hilfiger event in 1998. It doesn’t get better than that.
Here’s a look at the new collection, modeled by the singular Binx Walton, launching today:
Bella Hadid’s favorite song will definitely surprise you:
Ch-ch-ch-changes! Remember a couple of years ago when, in a most frustrating manner, Taylor Swift would emerge from her gym in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood dressed for formal brunch and, well, not sweaty? Thankfully, that phase of the singer’s life seems to be over. Just yesterday, she was spotted entering a different NYC gym rocking what most of us wear to work out: sports bra, printed leggings, bright Nike sneakers, and an off-the-shoulder top for transport. It’s certainly a far cry from the old look, which was all about floral prints, ladylike bags, and heels. See the difference for yourself:
Perhaps the switch-up is a response to the backlash Tay has received in recent weeks after a certain scandal was revealed. A more down-to-earth Taylor? It bears mentioning that the “This Is What You Came For” writer has had a bit of a style transformation of late, foregoing the sweeter, more feminine thing in favor of a more athleisture-inspired, downtown-cool aesthetic. Either way, we’re glad she’s hitting the gym like the rest of us—it’s all about that revenge body.
Stan Smiths are awesome, and they’ve definitely had a wonderful run, but at this point we wouldn’t really be shocked if you were itching to try something new. Thanks to stylish celebs like the Hadid sisters and Rihanna, sneaker trends have come a really long way—like, pretty much anything goes. Nike trainers, 80’s-mom-style Reebok’s, and those New Balance’s you wore in grade school (remember those?) are all cool again. And some of those nostalgic styles have even been upgraded—yep, we’re totally referring to Rihanna’s sneakers for Puma that are nearly all gone. With so many different options out there now, there’s no need to hold yourself back. Here are some styles are all the rage RN:
STEP 1: Find Your Real Size I’ve never felt comfortable in my bras (my go-to one, above, is highly unsupportive). So when I meet lingerie expert Jenny Altman at an Aerie store in New York City, and she tells me I’m a 30C, not the 34B I thought I was, I have a cup identity crisis. To find your correct size, visit a department or lingerie store in person; many have fitters on site. Or download the ThirdLove app, which sizes you virtually.
STEP 2: Go Forth and Browse Altman says pay attention not only to size but to shape, style, and even seams. There’s a lot more to these contraptions that I would have suspected. Cups can be: demi, full, balconette, molded, padded, wireless, and multi-part, meaning they’re cut from two or more pieces of fabric. If your cup size fluctuates, four-part bras offer flexibility (the pieces are sewn together and each seam does a different job). For full coverage, choose a molded bra. Padded bras can disguise uneven breasts; just take out one pad, and voilà!
STEP 3: Try It On Right The first one I put on is an unlined demi cup and it feels all wrong. Altman comes to my rescue. She adjusts the straps so they are even and taut, something I never do. And news flash: It’s the band around the bottom, not the straps, that provides the support. Altman says it should run parallel to the floor and be tight enough to fit only one finger under it.
STEP 4: Do the Scoop This move is Altman’s number-one tip, slightly less awkward than a bad Tinder date but way, way more, shall we say, uplifting. You bend forward at the waist, reach through your bra, and scoop all your breast tissue and the fleshy bits behind it forward. Not only do I fill my cups like never before, but the slight bulges at my sides and back are smoothed out.
STEP 5: Test Out a Ton Finding the right bra involves trial and error. “Fitting is different with every brand,” says Altman. And even if a bra is the right size, the style might be all wrong. breast shape matters too: if you’re mostly round you might need more coverage on top; if you’re teardrop shaped you might want something with more lift. The first bra I try fits perfectly, but the underwire digs into the center of my chest. Another, a demi-cup, is more comfortable but gapes at the top. A plunge specially designed for petite people like myself proves far too narrow. After trying on dozens of styles, I discover the ones that fit me best: balconettes, plunges, and bralettes.
STEP 6: The Winner! You know that feeling when everything falls into place? That was this bra for me—literally and figuratively. I felt comfortable, supported, and a little giddy. Plus, it passed the clothing test: It’s smooth and seamless under shirts. The only thing that bummed me out was that I hadn’t taken the time to do this sooner. “Isn’t this so much better?” asks Altman, a.k.a. my new fairy bra-mother. It is!
My story is one of ups and downs. It’s made up of tastes of success, and a lot more rejection. And before I ultimately learned to grow confident and love myself from the inside out, I let the low points win. Like virtually all of the women I know, I spent my teenage years battling with my body and feeling I wasn’t good enough. A lot of that negativity is because I was pursuing a career in modeling and was told countless times that my body was too big. My hips and thighs were too wide. So, I went on extreme diets, obsessed over calorie counting, kept up excessive exercise, and dealt with body dysmorphia so badly I would Google surgeries that would make my calves smaller—all to try to change my body into something it wasn’t meant to be. I may have been at my thinnest then, but I was the most unhealthy I’ve ever been.
After years of desperately trying to change my body, I decided to make the switch from straight size to plus-sizemodeling, though I ultimately faced similar rejection for being too small (I have actually worn padding and beenphotoshopped to look bigger). Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice… Well, you know. I decided not to make the same mistake with my health again and shifted my mentality instead. I no longer looked at other models as a comparison, and instead focused on being the best version of myself. I embraced what made me different and used that to my advantage, which actually worked. The more time I invested in myself and finding out what made me unique and special, the more jobs and campaigns I booked. Like magic!
This story has a happy ending, and it’s one I’ve been fortunate to share with Aerie. The first time I learned about Aerie, I was blown away by how beautiful and confident the models appeared in their ads—and more so that they were un-retouched. I can confidently say that my life changed that day I began working for them: I saw my body in their beautiful images as it really was, not distorted or edited, and I actually looked and felt happy. It was the first time I fully embraced the confidence and self-love I had been denying myself for so many years. When, those images later went up on a billboard in Times Square (something I would have been mortified about years earlier) I felt fulfilled. In that moment a mission came to mind: if I could finally learn to love myself other women could too.
As the #AerieReal Role Model, I’m able to do that. I tour around the country meeting young Aerie women spreading the message of self-love. We’ve now launched the #ShareYourSpark campaign (Iskra means spark and my nick name is Sparky, BTW!), where women and girls come together to share what they’ve learned about self-esteem, body positivity, confidence, and mental health. The more we can talk about important issues and learn from one another, the happier and healthier we become.
The most impactful person I’ve yet to meet is a young woman named Maria, who spent four years of her teenage life battling a dangerous eating disorder. When I met her, we shed a few tears and shared our personal stories. After meeting Maria and the thousands of others who connected with me and the #AerieReal and #ShareYourSpark campaigns, I realized the impact of sharing our struggles and rising above them. My next mission: sharing my spark so that I can educate girls on how to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. If my spark can inspire just one girl, then that is a win for me. Get in on it at #ShareYourSpark!
It’s official: Black neck bows (a.k.a. pussy bows, a.k.a. pussycat bows, a.k.a. floppy bows) are the new chokers. The staple, beloved by ’60s icons like Betty Catroux and Catherine Deneuve and made famous by Coco Chaneland Yves Saint Laurent, has recently been embraced again by super-cool and very influential brands like Saint Laurent and Gucci, and now we’re seeing them on our favorite It-girls, too. Whether thick or thin, worn with a menswear or girlish twist, there’s no denying this bold add-on is having a moment again.
Here’s why we love it: It’s a really good statement accessory for your office wardrobe. Bold, confident, and yet conservative enough to feel at home in the average American conference room, it’s a genius way to update your silk blouses and high-neck dresses without breaking the dress code at work. (In fact, that’s the exact reason it was also a big trend in the 1980s.) What’s more, you can pick one up in practically any length, fabric, and price. That is, if you don’t feel like marching down to the fabric store and getting the job done yourself. Here are a few we’re into, from designer brands and high-street stores alike.
Ah, the Olympics: The pinnacle of athleticism, international cooperation, competition, and spirit. The historic games are even a hallmark of fashion, documenting athletic and formal style for decades. The look of Team USA has evolved since the early 20th century, when the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year and the Parade of Nations was gender-segregated. Society has come a long way since then, and so has Olympic fashion.
Let’s take a look:
1932 – Los Angeles, California
Golf may have made a comeback in 2016, but in 1932, all the athletes dressed like golfers, complete with nifty hats that scream “pre-World War II.”
1936 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Winter in Europe can be unforgiving, so Team USA bundled up in the local garb for the 1936 Games.
1948 – St. Moritz, Switzerland
The Swiss Games saw Team USA looking less like athletes and more like a cross between medical examiners and your local Orkin man, but what could put a damper on the Olympics?
1956 – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
These outfits embrace the scientist vibe by veering more toward lab coats, adding in heavy padding and straps that are not full-on strait jacket, but just close enough.
1960 – Squaw Valley, California
Finally in color, our countrymen swap red, white, and blue for the grimmer red, gray, and blue. The effect is understandably muted.
1960 – Rome, Italy
Holy stripes, Batman. The matching ties and hats on the athletes are a little dizzying, but points to the designer whose cheeky secret was that these barbershop quartet hats kind of look like the Colosseum if you squint.
1968 – Mexico City, Mexico
The ladies of Team USA kept it classy with these accented white dresses, while the men rock the blue shirt-red jacket combo with a swagger that must have been the envy of every nation with the same colors on its flag.
1972 – Munich, Germany
The red jackets are back, but this time it’s the women’s turn! The tricolor returns for the male athletes, probably because it was so successful in Mexico City.
1976 – Montreal, Canada
The U.S. men look like bankers in this, the least-interesting color combination for the red, white, and blue suit—but Team USA’s female athletes in power pant suits? Yes, please.
1980 – Lake Placid, New York
Yup, all Americans are cowboys. Yee-haw.
1984 – Los Angeles, California
The light blue is confusing to a true patriot, and there’s way too much of it to digest in these outfits. And the visors! The posing! Could this picture be more ’80s?
1988 – Seoul, South Korea
This was the first time that summer and winter sports were separated, so perhaps Team USA’s clashing outfits speak to inner turmoil and confusion. Theory: The lighter the blue, the weirder the outfit.
1992 – Albertville, France
If cowboy hats with heavy winter coats upsets you aesthetically, it’s because the two aren’t usually worn together. Picture a Stetson and you picture the sunlight and warmth of the grand American South—not snow.
1992 – Barcelona, Spain
“Okay, new plan: We keep the hats, but just hold them in our hands. And what neutral color haven’t we done? Bland-beige khaki? Perfect.”
1994 – Lillehammer, Norway
One step forward, three steps back. As cowboys go, though, they look very official.
1996 – Atlanta, Georgia
The barbershop look resurfaces with the hat + red jacket combo. Do we need to go back to the drawing board?
1998 – Nagano, Japan
Hats for everyone! You get a hat! And you get a hat! And you get a raincoat—and you get a hat!
2000 – Sydney, Australia
Go big or go home, so goes the mantra of one of the world’s great athletes. This parade outfit has everything: hats, colorful jackets, patterned ties, and khakis. It’s like every previous Team USA Parade of Nations outfit jumped into a scrap heap and emerged as a genetically enhanced super-outfit gone wrong.
2002 – Salt Lake City, Utah
Understated, weather appropriate, a little heavy on the navy.
2004 – Athens, Greece
Look at those swaggy jackets! Now scroll between this and Sydney and tell us humankind isn’t capable of progress.
2006 – Turin, Italy
Writing the country’s initials on the backs of the jackets, where they can be seen from above, is a power move. Extra cool points in 2006 for being reminiscent of the Mr. Robot logo.
2008 – Beijing, China
A little country-club chic, but aesthetically pleasing and gender-neutral.
2010 – Vancouver, Canada
This looks like the Beijing outfits on a lower budget, which is also how you could describe every Olympic Games that followed.
2012 – London, England
“Please direct your attention toward the front of the cabin, where the flight attendants will now lead a brief safety demonstration.”
We’re not going to try and sell you on the appeal of Kendall Jenner—we’re speaking to the converted. If the second youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan wasn’t considered a supermodel before, her cover of Vogue‘sSeptember issue cements her status among the best strutting down the catwalk as she rocks a Gucci matador-inspired look.
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Inside the issue, the 20-year-old discloses that she was initially nervous to break out into the high fashion world we now so closely associate her with because of her family’s overwhelming fame. “Two years ago, when I first started this, I thought: This is going to be so embarrassing. No one is going to accept me, and it’s going to be a complete failure.” Luckily, a couple of super famous designers helped rebuild her confidence. Maybe you’ve heard of them:Marc Jacobs and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci. “We wanted to book her on her merit as a model,” says Jacobs, “not because she’s a Kardashian. Every bit of her success is a testament to her hard work and her passion.” Tisci, who’s besties with brother-in-law Kanye West and older sister Kim, adds: “She’s very special.”
Jenner also works her best angles in a 14-page shoot highlighting the best looks of the season. See a preview below:
Women are frequently encouraged to find their “signature” styles and develop their “personal” uniforms but what if your tastes can’t be summarized in one perfectly coordinated rack of clothes? Cara Delevingne is proof that it’s possible to have two completely different sides to your style that, while completely at odds with each other, look equally fantastic on you. One day she’s a streetwear tomboy, all track pants and bomber jackets; and the next day, she’s taking a turn on the red carpet in edgy over-the-knee boots or a jumpsuit with mesh sleeves.
We know what you’re thinking: Her publicist made her put on that jumpsuit. While there’s no doubt Delevingne tends to dress up for the cameras, she also looks comfortable, happy, and at ease in the clothes. We have a feeling if she didn’t want to wear them, she simply wouldn’t. A woman with a lion’s face tattooed on her pointer finger doesn’t strike us as the type to let others force her to wear high heels.
And so, in honor of the actress’s 24th birthday today, and the fact that it’s Friday and you have the universe’s permission to let your inner Cara out, why not take your fashion alter ego for a spin tonight? You can wear your basics on Sunday.