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Real Housewives Style: Erika Girardi’s Rules on Leggings, What She Buys at Target, and How to Dress for the Camera


In the name of doing business, chats with fashion designers and top models regularly pop up on our radar. And while we'll never run out of things to learn, there are entirely different grounds to cover when your interview subject is a Housewife—capital H intended—whose wardrobe is on display for viewers across America every week. One of the very first questions we asked The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's Erika Girardi when she popped by the Glamour offices? How in the world does one approach a show like that, where the wardrobe is your own responsibility and looking impeccably pulled-together is a must? Does a whirlwind of shopping take place before filming commences? Is it crazy stressful?

Real Housewives Style: Erika Girardi's Rules on Leggings, What She Buys at Target, and How to Dress for the Camera

"Very stressful. Fashion is a part of not only my personal life, but also my stage persona. I was fortunate enough to already have a big collection, but I definitely added to it for the show," she told us, mentioning Alexander McQueen and Versace pieces she immediately knew she wanted to pull out of her archive. "It's a job, and you always want to maintain your persona and your whole thing."

That stage persona she's talking about is Erika Jayne, the vixen-like singer who's starred in some pseudo NSFW music videos. And while she knows how to dress for literal spotlights, Bravo cameras presented new challenges. "I know what reads better for the stage or video, but not for reality TV with bad lighting. I had to figure it out quickly, and I had to dress appropriately for the situation [we were filming]. I couldn't be decked out if we were going to build homes," she said in reference to the Habitat for Humanity episode that's aired this season. When it comes for dressing for the camera, it's "the simpler the better. I'll tell you what's not camera-friendly. Something that makes your bust not shapely. Too much fabric can give you a matronly look. It needs architecture even if it's just a t-shirt."

Her pre-Housewives life had more fashion skills that translated nicely to the show. She's a pro packer, having adopted the sort of industrial, rectangular wardrobe trunks magazines use when sending clothes to fashion shoots (you might have spotted her arriving with them before her flight to Dubai). She's used to working with stylists and has it down to a science, shopping herself and then asking someone to locate certain pieces to tie a look together. "We photographed every outfit so we never repeated it. Just for the show though, not in real life—I don't have that much money," she laughed (note: she did re-wear jeans and shoes during taping, but nothing else).

Real Housewives Style: Erika Girardi's Rules on Leggings, What She Buys at Target, and How to Dress for the Camera

Girardi at the premiere party of this season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Another question any Bravo fan would ask? Are these ladies always so done? Because, honestly, it seems exhausting. Girardi assured us she wears sweatpants and t-shirts all the time, even though we shot her a surprised look at the statement since she's become the season's breakout glamourpuss.

"It's because I'm on TV! If we were at home right now I'd be in sweats and a t-shirt with my hair up and no makeup. I believe it's important to relax and let all of that go," she said. "You can't be totally identified by that 100 percent of the time. I still go through Starbucks every morning with no makeup, looking crazy, and they know who I am. And they're like, 'We watch the show!' and I'm like, 'Okay, cool!'" The fact that Mrs. Girardi doesn't feel pressured to dress up for her barista shouldn't surprise viewers of the show who know that this is a woman who does what she wants.

Our entire chat made the Erika Jayne girl crush we've been nursing swell to greater proportions, not least because this is a girl who adores leggings.

"I always say I'm going to be buried in black leggings," she said with a smile, citing a favorite Kiki de Montparnasse pair is one of the most worn items in her closet. "I've worn them so many times they're thin in places. I wear leggings every day of my life." She pairs them with tees and funky sneakers for daytime; at night, it's all about a sexy top, a short jacket, and heels. She's found high-rise, ankle-length styles the most flattering (mid-calf crops "chop off your leg—you want as much length as possible"), and when probed for a stance on whether leggings need to be worn with a shirt that covers your rear, she seemed aghast.

"No! Absolutely not! The whole reason you're wearing leggings is so your ass looks good, and your body looks long." If that sounds bold, her other how-to-wear rules are downright aggressive. She'd rather you skip underwear altogether, though if you are rocking a pair, forget caring about whether they're see-through. "I don't care if they are. Actually, I kind of prefer if they are."

And just in case you needed another reason to be a full-fledged Erika fan, know that she's a total fan of bargain shopping. She's in on the style secrets that Target harbors, stocking up on cozy chenille socks and sweatpants from the bullseye, and prefers Forever 21 for rehearsal gear over pricy athleisure brands. And for leggings? "Zara—they have this panel that sucks you in."

More reality TV style? Check out these fashion secrets about The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Real Housewives Style: Erika Girardi's Rules on Leggings, What She Buys at Target, and How to Dress for the Camera

The Bloggers Behind Target’s Ava & Viv on What Always Makes an Outfit More Flattering


Style-wise, last year was a major one for plus-size fashion, due in part to the strides Target took to address a need in the market. Along with responding to shopper critiques about designer collaborations that didn't offer extended sizing, they went all in, revealing Ava & Viv, a fashion-forward brand that relied on the expertise and intel from some major bloggers. While it's designed by a team at Target, the influencers tapped to advise have been important; spring 2016 marks the third time they've worked together.

"The [Target] team has made investing in the brand and their plus-size customers a true priority. They have an earnest desire to listen to feedback and incorporate the asks of their customers and our readers into the growth of the brand," blogger Nicolette Mason told us. "Readers give amazing feedback, both on the design and the in-store experience." All the ladies (Gabi Gregg and Chastity Garner plus Mason) said that it was very important to them that the brand went beyond offering basics, including exciting, trend-based pieces in the mix. "My biggest goal was to push Target in a more fashion-forward direction for their plus-size customers," Gregg said, sentiments echoed by Mason. "At the end of the day, the trends plus-size women want to shop aren't different than her size 0 to 12 peers."

The outfits you see here—shared with us first—have been styled by the women using new Ava & Viv pieces and accessories from other Target brands

The Bloggers Behind Target's Ava & Viv on What Always Makes an Outfit More Flattering

Gregg and Mason

Along with bringing a devoted readership, the trio offered style expertise that's been honed through years of working in the fashion industry—and dressing themselves. "Forget all the old school rules about dressing for your shape. Experiment until you find something you like," Gregg said when asked about the best advice she's ever received. "Embrace your body type. Don't hide it," Garner added.

As for how to make any outfit instantly more flattering, all three had stellar advice. Gregg's found a motorcycle jacket adds structure and an edgy feel that works with any outfit, while Garner said she's learned that tailoring is invaluable. "There's nothing worse than seeing someone tugging at their clothes all day because they don't fit correctly," she explained. "When clothing fits you like a glove, it looks more expensive and you're more confident in the way you move. I've heard, 'This would be perfect if...' too many times. Perfection is a seamstress away."

The Bloggers Behind Target's Ava & Viv on What Always Makes an Outfit More Flattering

Mason, meanwhile, has a tip that requires no extra shopping or visits to the tailor. Making the pieces you already own look even chicer is all about your attitude. "Confidence!" she answered readily when quizzed about what makes a look more flattering. "There's no style you can't pull off or piece that won't look amazing on you if you wear it with a confident sense of self."

The idea of loving your body is a fashion trend we're way into. Come check out the feel-good conversation we had with a buzzy new model who's all about the body-positive movement.

The Bloggers Behind Target's Ava & Viv on What Always Makes an Outfit More Flattering

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality


Quick: Why did you pick whatever you're wearing right now? While there's practicality behind our clothing choices (like weather and the day's agenda), we're also motivated subconsciously by our personalities. It's a fascinating way to look at your style selections and can even help inform your shopping decisions. Just in time for spring, psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner partnered with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to focus in on the season's classic prints, revealing what a fondness for, say, leopard print has to say about the woman wearing the piece.

If you like florals:
If come spring you're all about blooms and buds, you're likely someone who routinely embraces her femininity. You rock jeans and tees with the best of them, but there's a good chance you're a girl who appreciates her high heels and a slash of bright lipstick too.

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

If you like plaid:
"You may be a true traditionalist at heart," the doc wrote, reminding us that plaid was used primarily for domestic textiles before it became popular for clothing. Those that reach for plaid tend to place a high value on stability, endurance, and loyalty.

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

If you like stripes:
The classic spring favorite appeals to practical types who enjoy knowing something will never go out of style (and can be worn with practically everything in your closet). You're "confident by nature," and strong stripes show that you're ready to buckle down and take care of business.

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

If you like tie-dye:
"You're someone who tends to break boundaries and are keen on charting your own course," she explained, pointing to the unique nature of the print as being one that's close to your heart. You're not likely to do something just because, and instead prefer to march to the beat of your own drum.

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

If you like paisley:
The whimsy of paisley attracts daydreamers who'd be most happy stamping their passports at exotic ports all around the globe. "Paisley asserts a feeling of movement, helping to unleash your inner passion for journey and discovering the wonders of life," Dr. Baumgartner explained. That love of the unknown means you also like a good dose of mystery woven into things.

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

If you like animal prints:
Closets with a fair amount of leopard and snakeskin typically belong to ambitious women who are after success in all aspects of life. "You exude sheer strength and are an unstoppable force no matter what life throws at you."

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

If you like geometric prints:
Dr. Baumgartner says these sorts have "an eye on the future." The sharp lines and intersections of geometric prints appeal to your love of balance and order.

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

Now, watch how to pull off spring’s trickiest fashion trends with model Iskra Lawrence.

Floral, Stripes, Leopard: What Your Favorite Spring Print Says About Your Personality

A New Study Says THIS Is the Age When Women Are Most Stylish


We can likely all agree that the college years were not our most stylish, but beyond that? It stands to reason that just like everything else, your fashion sense ought to peak at some point. A recent investigation by a British company set out to tackle the question and came up with an answer: A woman is at her most stylish at age 30 (men take longer, not peaking until 36).

A New Study Says THIS Is the Age When Women Are Most Stylish

Miroslava Duma, 30-year-old street-style star

The contributing factors include confidence, a general knowledge of self, and earning power—by 30 we're all more likely to have moved up the rungs at work, taking home larger paychecks and with it, the ability to spend more on our clothes and accessories. At this age ladies average 212 pieces in their closets, with 24 pieces of jewelry and seven pairs of designer shoes. The 30-year-old wardrobe is pricier than before too, registering just shy of $11,000 (the shoes alone are worth nearly $3,000).

Everyone's going to be slightly different, both in when they feel the best and how much they spend shopping, but it makes sense for the big 3-0 to count as your feel-good fashion year. It's a milestone birthday, and plenty of women will report feeling a real sense of self when the new decade rolled around.

Hitting it soon? Study up on the 10 pieces every woman should have in her closet by age 30.

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A New Study Says THIS Is the Age When Women Are Most Stylish

Ruby Rose on How the Fashion Industry Is Like Acting (and the Justin Bieber Outfit She’d Never Wear)


Once you peel back the orange jumpsuit, there's a whole lot of fashion in Orange is the New Black's Ruby Rose. From a childhood spent scouring thrift stores to design work in her native Australia, the actress knows a thing or two about clothes. The latest chapter in her style life? A plum spot for the Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply spring 2016 campaign. With the new ads recently released, we got a chance to talk style with the actress.

"I experimented with fashion as it being more like art, allowing what I wore to express what I was feeling on the inside. Androgyny, rock culture, and grunge—they definitely had an effect on the things that made me feel cool and comfortable. As I moved into [the acting] industry and got access to and education about more brands, I got to experiment more."

MORE: See Ruby Rose's Best Style Moments

Ruby Rose on How the Fashion Industry Is Like Acting (and the Justin Bieber Outfit She'd Never Wear)

If you try telling Rose how cool her style is, she'll just brush it off in a self-effacing manner that, sigh, only makes her even cooler. She's sure some of the outfits she's put together were "terrible" and doesn't waste much time stressing over clothes.

"I feel the most confident in whatever I'm feeling at that time. Sometimes it's leather pants, a leather jacket, and a band tee, and it's motorcycle-chic. Then there are times that it's skinny jeans, a tank top, and a denim jacket. It's whatever I'm feeling that day."

She's not an actress forced into caring about clothes and looking put-together due to the pressures of her profession either. Nope—this is a woman with legitimate fashion experience, having designed multiple collections for Aussie brand Milk & Honey and currently working on Scallywags, a zany range that benefits shelter animals. Rose reports similarities between the fashion and acting worlds, with the biggest being an unquenchable desire to learn.

Ruby Rose on How the Fashion Industry Is Like Acting (and the Justin Bieber Outfit She'd Never Wear)

"When I was designing I really wanted to know where the fabrics were from, what it felt like, what it was like to get samples made. There was a lot of learning, and I really enjoyed it," she explained. "Both industries are high-pressure too. I showed two collections at fashion week in Australia, and it was the same thing as TV. When you put everything out there, it's there for the world to critique. You have to have thick skin."

"Fashion is such a weird thing. Growing up I just made do with whatever I had access to—a lot of hand-me-downs and thrift store shopping," she said, remembering viewing the Ralph Lauren brand in childhood as something she was aware of, but couldn't shop. "It was nothing I'd ever be able to afford. It seemed like a very prestige brand that people who had money wore."

MORE: 10 Reasons Australian-Girl Style Is Awesome

Ruby Rose on How the Fashion Industry Is Like Acting (and the Justin Bieber Outfit She'd Never Wear)

Rose in the Denim & Supply spring 2016 campaign

Going from viewing the brand from afar to posing for its camera is certainly a sweet role reversal of sorts, though Rose didn't really spend time thinking about the complexities of the universe's grand plan while on-set. She was having too much fun.

"It was organic and didn't feel like a photo shoot, like we were trying to get these looks in. It felt like, 'Here's our whole wardrobe, pick what you're going to wear,'" she explained. "I just got to be myself and have fun with my friends and someone was taking photos at the same time. It was like a diary photo experience."

Ruby Rose on How the Fashion Industry Is Like Acting (and the Justin Bieber Outfit She'd Never Wear)

L to R: Edward Granger, Hailey Baldwin, Rose, Thiago Santos, Alyssa Miller

You should know that it took approximately 15 seconds to understand that that enthusiastic response wasn't part of an act practiced for interviews with journalists. Rose is really that sunny and appreciative of all the good stuff that's going on in her life.

"Never say no to anything, whatever the universe brings me. I've always lived by that. I knew I wanted to get into acting and for some reason it's taken me 15 years to do so. Before Orange I'd done everything in the acting world [but act]. I could not break into it," she said. "I feel like the universe put me on a path that was the right one for me to end up where I needed to be, teach me the lessons I needed to learn. Now I know that my next eight months are back-to-back filming three films and that literally makes me one of the happiest people in the entire world."

Sweet, right? And seeing as we couldn't let Rose hop off the phone without asking her about her much-reported-on doppelgänger Justin Bieber, we had to know: Anything that the Biebs worn that she'd never, ever be caught in?

"I don't follow what he wears that much," she said, laughing. "Unless I'm physically with him, I wouldn't have any idea what he was wearing."

Another spring campaign that grabbed our attention recently? Jaden Smith, wearing a leather skirt and posing for Louis Vuitton. Come see the pics!

Now, see what Ruby Rose has to say—in 60 seconds:

Ruby Rose on How the Fashion Industry Is Like Acting (and the Justin Bieber Outfit She'd Never Wear)

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style


Geographically, it feels like Australia is directly flip-flopped from the United States. But style-wise? Not so much. Ladies down under routinely inspire sartorial wanderlust in us Americans, keen to replicate their beachy cool take on just about every fashion situation. It's vital too to remember that Oz isn't made up of a gaggle of bikini babes lounging beachside: The country has turned up some design talent (like Kate Middleton favorite Zimmerman and Sass & Bide), plus bloggers galore. For insight into what makes style-setters down under tick, we connected with Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson, the best-friend duo behind They All Hate Us.

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson

The biggest sartorial takeaway from Aussies? Don't let the season dictate your shopping list. It's a curse of living in the southern hemisphere, where seasons are opposite from what's happening in most global style capitals like Manhattan, Paris, and London—the women are constantly tempted to buy pieces from other seasons. "We buy wool coats and over-the-knee boots in summer because we see the girls in the States looking amazing in their winter," Ferguson shared. Apply her shopping strategy to your own situation, buying what catches your eye and simply wearing it when the weather's right.

More aspects of Aussie style to learn from?

Australian girls wear ripped-up denim better than anyone else.
Jeans are a global closet staple, but women are wearing them differently everywhere. In Australia, that means looser and typically ripped, plus styles other than skinnies. "You see so many girls wearing bootleg and flare jeans here," Sefton told us.

Australian girls don't stress over pre-planning outfits.
The relaxed-chic of Aussie girls is achieved, in part, by not thinking too much about what they'll be wearing. "As a whole, we're really laid-back. When we go out, we've probably been for a swim beforehand or a walk on the beach," Ferguson explained. "I think of American girls as being so beautifully 'done' with weekly blow-outs and outfits styled from head to toe."

They are very brand-loyal.
It was a point both women made multiple times: Aussies stay true to brands they love, whereas ladies in the U.S. will flit between multiple options. "There are shared spaces when shopping in the states. You go into a boutique and there are five or six different brands, and you're intended to mix it up," Ferguson said, explaining that for her, shopping is often about popping into individual brand stores.

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

They work denim at the office.
"We get away with dressing down," Sefton pointed out. "Even denim is becoming more acceptable in the work place." Ferguson seconded the thought, saying that Australian workwear isn't as tailored as that in the U.S.

They size up.
"We love American style, but when we take inspiration from it we make it a little more relaxed," Sefton said. Specifically, it can be about what size we decide to buy. "We all have the same items in our closets, but an Australian girl's white t-shirt would be a size large and worn oversized. An American's would fit her properly and be a smaller size," added Ferguson.

They love high-street shops.
After existing without budget-friendly staples like H&M, Zara, and Topshop for awhile, the women in Oz are still rabid for them. "It's like Christmas for us!" Sefton reported. "We finally have access to brands like never before—in turn we sometimes go a little crazy."

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

Wearing best friend t-shirts you can buy here

They keep the jewelry to a limit.
As a generalization, the ladies report that they tend to see American girls in more accessories than they do on their countrywomen. The term "arm party" felt distinctly American to them, and while they love it, both said the Aussie way is to wear one bangle, not a stack of five.

They don't focus on brands when shopping.
"Wearing head-to-toe designer labels isn't big here. We mix it up with high street and aren't as brand-focused as you see in the U.S., mainly due to availability," Sefton explained. It's a shopping attitude that's likely to fill your closet with pieces you truly love: Keep an eye out for pieces that call to you, ignoring whether they're the "right" brand.

They shop knowing that eventually they'll be able to wear an occasion-piece
Ever shopped with an event in mind, hunting for a dress to wear to that particular party you've got on the calendar? It's not something Aussies relate to as much. The girls, superstar Instagrammers, say they feel led by the desire to buy—and wear—something immediately. Saving it for a Saturday night four weeks from now? Impossible.

Another reason we love the They All Hate Us girls? Beyond reliably peppering our Insta-feed with Aussie-cool outfits, they oversee a shoppable arm of their brand that brings their curated picks from Australian brands to international shoppers (Sefton says 40% of their customers are outside of their country, mostly from the U.S.). "I think the customer loves seeing our local brands as a point of difference to global-dominated brands. It's exciting for us to spread the word of what great designers we have here!"

More international fashion? Come see 10 style differences between American and French girl-style.

The 10 Reasons You Should Start Paying Attention to Australian Girl Style

What It’s Really Like to Be a Ballerina: Isabella Boylston Spills Her Style Secrets


With a work wardrobe that doesn't allow for much beyond leotards and tights, ballerinas that love fashion will tend to have some serious off-duty style chops. Such is the case for Isabella Boylston, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre (the highest rank, and a position that sees her jete'ing alongside Women of the Year Misty Copeland). The 29-year-old is making her mark on the dance world onstage, but it's away from the bright lights where she really catches our style eye. The dance world is attracting more and more public intrigue, and the pros at the top of the field are morphing from delicate sylphlike beauties to strong athletes who know a thing or two about fashion to boot. Boylston? At the forefront of the new crop of stylish ballet stars.

What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina: Isabella Boylston Spills Her Style Secrets

On a chilly fall day when Glamour met her at ABT's studio space to talk fashion, it wasn't her dance togs or amazing moves that got the chatter going as much as the cool pieces she wore in: chunky black Opening Ceremony boots, a floor-sweeping Reformation coat that looked tailored exactly to her frame, and skinny Acne jeans, her far-and-away denim favorite.

MORE: There's a Major Fashion Campaign Starring World-Class Ballerinas—Come See!

"My everyday style is pretty basic, with a lot of black or white t-shirts and skinny jeans," she said, also listing the on-trend flare as a favorite silhouette. The pared-down look, something she's innately drawn to, was also perfected by early years of scrimping by on a junior dancer's salary.

"When I first moved to New York at 18 to join ABT, I was only making about $200 per week. I'd shop at thrift stores and get really creative with my outfits." Combine that budget-based creativity with a gifted Vogue subscription in high school and parents that let her experiment with fashion as a child, and you've got the makings of true style.

"For better or for worse, my parents always let me dress myself. One time I showed up at school in a bathing suit with an inflatable tire around my waist—this was in the middle of winter in Idaho when there were four feet of snow on the ground," says the Sun Valley native.

What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina: Isabella Boylston Spills Her Style Secrets

Frame jeans, Wolford bodysuit

As a big-name dancer at one of the world's preeminent ballet companies, Boylston is also counted on to do some entertaining (read: galas and black-tie dinners that require glamorous looks, including the star-speckled Valentino gown she wore to this year's event). Her career choice has her used to wearing amazing pieces like decadent tutus that took hours of intricate work and satiny slick pointe shoes, but the magical costumes don't have her any less excited about dressing up for big nights. It's something she loves.

"I like to wear pieces that stand out, whether they're flowy and ethereal, or tight and revealing." She takes inspiration from Jane Birkin and Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, the design team behind Cushnie et Ochs (they're personal friends of hers and designed her to-die-for wedding dress and the one she changed in to for the reception). While she likes to mix it up for formal events, there's one color you definitely won't spot her in.

"For years I've never worn anything pink outside of ballet. No pink!"

What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina: Isabella Boylston Spills Her Style Secrets

Zimmerman skirt, Wolford bodysuit

One of the clearest ways of gauging how fashion-minded someone is is to ask what brands they love—when the answers include young designers and niche labels, you know you're talking with someone who knows their stuff. Boylston fell in the later camp, clearing calling out Cushnie, Zimmerman, Suno, and Valentina Kova. Even her holiday wish list hints at a shopper in the know.

"Sweaters from Gudrun & Gudrun!" she answered when quizzed on what she's hoping to see wrapped under the tree. "They're handmade in the Faroe Islands." Just as lust-worthy as the knits is the special gift her husband bought her when she was promoted to principal in 2014: a monogramed Louis Vuitton suitcase she travels with religiously (peep it here).

What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina: Isabella Boylston Spills Her Style Secrets

Burberry sweater, Club Monaco skirt

Unlike ballet documentaries or movies you've binged on, actual dancers aren't likely to spend every day in a pristine black leotard and short chiffon skirt. Boylston said she's really gotten into the athleisure trend and often attends daily class in leggings or workout tops rather than the artform's classic togs.

"Most professional ballet dancers inevitably have an individual look to their studio style. I'd say mine is sporty with bright colors and lots of clashing and layering. I don't put much thought into it, so it's basically whatever I find in my locker that's clean that day."

If you're a little bit jealous contrasting the idea of a 9-to-5 in leggings versus your more buttoned-up work wardrobe, know that the stylish side of Boylston insists that the grass is always greener on the other side.

"It would be so fun to dress up on a daily basis! Honestly, I love seeing a strong, successful woman in a beautifully cut suit. I'm actually dreaming about a white tuxedo myself, maybe for ABT's spring gala this year."

What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina: Isabella Boylston Spills Her Style Secrets

H&M sweater

The ballerina will probably never totally shed the feeling of being a mystical creature walking among earthlings, but social media is doing to the profession what it's done for models, turning them into characters with personalities and giving them an easy way to engage with fans. For the dance world, it's also meant casting attention on personal style in a completely new way, with Boylston at the front of the ones-to-watch pack.

Love dancing? (Or watching other people dance?). Prepare to be so beyond obsessed with these YouTube videos.

What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina: Isabella Boylston Spills Her Style Secrets

This American Heiress-Turned-Fashion Designer Wants To Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere


While we don't have stylish royals like Duchess Kate and Queen Letizia to obsess over in America, we do however have heiresses who take on the role of sartorial beacon stateside. And one such famous American lady is now a bonafide fashion designer. The name is Rockefeller. Ariana Rockefeller. As the great-great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller (famously named the the world's first billionaire in 1916), Ariana's no stranger to the finer things in life. But, for her eponymous line, she's all about real-life luxurious dresses, pants, and jackets that are everything a classy, elegant young woman would want to wear to the office. And big bonus: The pieces are an "affordable investment" with retails averaging at $200.

But just because she has a fancy pedigree (the Rockefellers rank #22 on Forbes's list of wealthiest American families), doesn't mean the designer is out of touch with what women want and need in their clothes. "My lifestyle definitely led to the manifestation of the brand because I felt the need for certain pieces that worked with my lifestyle," she explained to us of the line, which has grown over the years to have four collections each year. "I'm either with horses or running around to board meetings or cocktail parties. Between my family obligations, my work in the design district, and the farm, I need to be put together, but clothes can't be too precious. They need to travel well and be versatile, and I need to be able to throw them on after I'm riding for a meeting in Manhattan." (FYI: She's a serious horsewoman, placing fourth in this summer's prestigious Hampton Classic).

This American Heiress-Turned-Fashion Designer Wants To Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere

Rockefeller in Alice + Olivia at this fall's American Ballet Theatre gala

Finding the right materials and assembling an ace team were a big part of the designer's M.O. She didn't study design in school, but relied instead on practical lessons learned as she went and an upbringing in one of America's most famous families. (You might guess that Rockefeller children aren't the sort to step out in wack-a-doo ensembles crafted by a 5-year-old's preferences that maybe, you know, include bits and pieces of old Halloween costumes and princess outfits.)

"For going out in public my mother or our nanny would definitely dress us in put-together outfits. We were taught that for going out, you were always presentable," she explained. "When I wasn't in little dresses, I was either in riding clothes or at ballet class. I felt like I always had my little uniform."

This American Heiress-Turned-Fashion Designer Wants To Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere

Ariana Rockefeller Lily dress, $253, arianarockefeller.com

This American Heiress-Turned-Fashion Designer Wants To Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere

Ariana Rockefeller Ellie tunic dress, $242, arianarockefeller.com

This American Heiress-Turned-Fashion Designer Wants To Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere

Ariana Rockefeller top and skirt, available for spring 2016

And while the grand age of Rockefellers might make your mind cast back to the early part of the 20th century—a.k.a. when Ariana was definitely not around and picking up fashion lessons—her grandparents lived a posh life that's undoubtedly what you think of when you envision grand American families. The designer, after all, is a woman who attended this year's Met Gala in jewels not borrowed from designers but lifted from the family vault (plus a cherry-red gown of her own making).

"My grandmother had this amazing dressmaker named Sybil Connolly, and she had a lot of her gowns and evening wear designed by her. The attention to detail and quality of fabric—it's all made me realize the importance of fit and the drape of fabric. It's the craftsmanship of the garment," she said. Connolly is a pretty major influence to have had—the Irish designer created pieces for Jackie Kennedy and cut her teeth working for British royals.

And while the lifestyle of bespoke clothing and tuxedos for dinner that she grew up seeing doesn't quite translate to most of our modern lives, there are still lessons to be learned. The elegance and opulent feeling of previous generations has influenced her current work since, after all, classic style works equally well for a formal sit-down dinner or an everyday Thursday at the office.

"Growing up, I learned you should be comfortable, and clothing should be something you have for fun. You'll exude elegance and self-confidence if you're wearing something that feels like yourself."

This American Heiress-Turned-Fashion Designer Wants To Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere

Rockefeller in a dress she designed and family jewels at this year's Met Gala

Beyond being a Rockefeller, ever wondered about the style lessons you'd learn growing up French or British? Come read how Parisian girls differ from Americans, plus the style rules all chic Londoners know.

This American Heiress-Turned-Fashion Designer Wants To Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30


By the time you turn 30, there's a whole host of life experiences you've likely had (some you wanted, some you could do without). And while a life-long bucket list has plenty of soul-searching type items to tick off, it's not fair to ignore the importance of your closet. When you enter your fourth decade of life, there are some pieces you ought to have found because, honestly, they make the style part of life easier. See what from our list you've already found, and if you're still searching, let us know in the comments—we'd love to help!

1. A work bag
The majority of purses aren't meant to last forever. They sustain wear and tear or can fall victim to a particularly nasty spill (ink! red wine! pasta sauce!). Others you bought as a trend piece and eventually start to feel tired. But by thirty? You should have a solid work bag in your rotation: It's roomy enough for papers, looks structured enough to bring to a professional meeting or job interview, and shows that you're successful enough to have splashed out a little.

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2. Comfortable, neutral heels or flats
From jeans to a cocktail dress, everything in your closet matches with these babies. You can pull them on without thinking whether they'll match, and, blessedly, they're comfortable (both because they work for your foot shape and because they've been properly broken in). For plenty of women, it's a pair of black or beige heels, but classic pointy-toe flats can fit the bill too.

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30

Jessica Alba in classic black heels

3. A simple, tailored dress
It's the clothing version of the aforementioned shoes that fits you perfectly and makes for a good palette to dress up or down with different accessories or a blazer (or motorcycle jacket). Need something for a last-minute cocktail party? Done. Just got asked to attend a nice sit-down dinner with clients? Perfect-o.

4. Something you feel confident in
Really, this one is so up to you. The piece itself can range between any category imaginable, whether a dress, a simple top, or a pair of amazing shoes. Whatever it is, it's become a piece you can count on for an instant dose of personal pizazz and a boost of confidence.

5. Something you feel sexy in
Re-read everything from the above description. This is the same sort of decided-by-you category, though it's less about impressing your boss and more about feeling like you look like a sensual goddess. And yeah, it can be a super steamy little black dress, but it can also be an oversized cardigan that slips off your shoulder just so or a pair of jeans that makes you butt look good.

6. An evening bag
Unless you find yourself attending a slew of formal parties for work or personal reasons, you really only need one good clutch or minaudière. Your chosen piece should be small enough to not be bulky, but large enough to fit the basics. Keeping it fairly simple means it'll match with everything, but do look for something that makes you smile with a special detail (be it a fun embellishment or a spot of fringe).

7. Jeans you love
By age 30, you've had a lot of jeans, some good, some bad. And now you should have landed on a brand that just works with your body. It's different for everyone, and shopping trial and error is the only way to get there. Once you find your jeans, stick with them.

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30

Naomie Harris in a sophisticated Burberry coat

8. A great coat
The down-filled puffer coat is awesome on a sub-zero type of day, but relying on it as your only piece of outerwear is something that should end with college. Nothing signals grown-up style quite like a tailored coat. Make yours last forever by looking for a well tailored piece with clean lines.

9. A good bra
And it doesn't have to be pricey, but should fit properly and work with your ladies (ahem, did you know there are seven different types of breasts, with ideal bra shapes for each?).

10. An investment piece
There's a special feeling that comes with identifying something you really want, saving up, and then—hurrah!—buying it. At this age, you've probably moved up a few notches professionally and received a few raises here and there. As such, let yourself have a big-girl purchase. Whether it's a pair of classic Louboutins or a nice pair of earrings you know you'd wear on the daily, set aside a bit of cash each month and then go for it, knowing you'll wear them for the next four decades.

And style lessons you should be brushing up on? See the 10 rules all chic French women know.

10 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet By the Time She Turns 30

9 Things Every Preppy Girl Knows About Fall Fashion


The time for fall fashion has arrived, and we've loving it, celebrating with scarves, jackets, and the six types of sweaters every woman needs. While your approach to the season will surely differ based on what the weather's like in your hometown, key differences also pop up due to your individual style. We've talked Southern girls, country ladies, and French fashion plates, and now we're focusing in on classic preppy types.

1. It's all about the sweater.
"Cozy sweaters are my go-to for fall—everything from cable knits and fair isles to turtlenecks, crewnecks, and anything cashmere," Meg Velleca, senior designer director of women's at preppy staple Vineyard Vines told Glamour.

9 Things Every Preppy Girl Knows About Fall Fashion

2. A good blazer can take you anywhere.
It's a seasonal must for Connecticut-raised jewelry designer Emma McKinstry. "Fall weather is so up and down that a tailored blazer in a classic fabric and color is the best way to layer," she explained, saying her favorite piece is a tweed style with leather elbow patches and a "poppable collar."

3. Layer, layer, layer.
The prepster's love of outdoor activities means they're a pro at layering. Useful pieces to mix in with your autumn wardrobe? Striped tops, plaid button-downs, down vests, and cozy capes or ponchos.

4. Summer's nautical theme is replaced with equestrian anything.
It's a seasonal standard according to McKinstry, who subs out the anchors and sailor stripes of summer with bits and leather buckle details. The motif works pretty much everywhere, but it's especially easy to try on items like loafers and boots or silk scarves.

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5. Never underestimate a good pop of color.
While spring and summer are the typical space for neons and ultra-vivid hues, the preppy girl knows they can add a lot to the colder months too. Velleca balances them with somber shades like navy and camel to feel fall-ready. "They keep me feeling preppy, but the neturals keep them appropriate as the weather cools down."

6. Stock up on statement jewelry.
Statement jewelry is an easy way to make any look feel more festive, but it has an everyday spot too. Find a chunky cuff or necklace you love and wear it with everything, including a beloved sweater or practical jacket.

9 Things Every Preppy Girl Knows About Fall Fashion

7. Practicality is important.
A lot of preppy staples are actually super sensible. Velleca named wellies, waxed outerwear, and plenty of warm layering pieces as her seasonal must-haves, while McKinstry said the field jacket is an autumn essential.

8. A football game doesn't require a team jersey or t-shirt.
Many an autumn weekend involves a tailgate or football game, and the preppy girl knows that the perfect outfit doesn't involve a boxy cotton T-shirt. McKinstry broke down her sporty formula for us: "I usually do a good pair of jeans, chunky booties, a sweater in one of my team colors, and a statement necklace in their other color," adding in a neutral coat when necessary.

9. For family events like Thanksgiving dinner, go classic.
Both ladies named classic a-line skirts and fun jewelry as perfect for wearing to a festive dinner or get-together. It's not a boozy night out with friends, so skip super-high heels or tight fits; instead, reach for a white button-down or flat riding boots.

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9 Things Every Preppy Girl Knows About Fall Fashion

10 Things Girls Who Love Country Music Understand About Style


Style tribes are dotted all across the country—groups of sartorially like-minded people who might have adopted an unofficial uniform or just approach getting dressed in a similar manner (think the way preppy southern girls approach football fashion or the unique style tricks that all tall girls have figured out). Fashion-wise, country music fans are joined by some shared loves and attitudes that guarantee closet similarities no matter what area of the U.S. they call home. To talk style, we reached out to some of the women who actually make the music, asking them to open their closet doors and reveal what their fashion DNA says about how they approach clothing and accessories.

1. You can never have too many easy breezy cotton sundresses.
"I'm a little bit country and a little bit vintage," singer, actress, and the woman behind new YouTube show Skits-o-Frenic Laura Bell Bundy told Glamour. "I mostly wear short vintage country- and bohemian-looking dresses with cowboy boots."

2. And the very best shoes to wear with said sundresses? Boots.
Singer Cassadee Pope seconds Bell Bundy's dress love, but prefers to finish hers off with booties. "It's carefree, classy, and sexy, such a great go-to for everyday life," she explained, adding that she loves seeing fans rock the look at concerts and engagements.

10 Things Girls Who Love Country Music Understand About Style

3. Being comfortable is essential to looking good.
"I feel the most confident when I'm wearing something I can move around in and refuse to wear anything else because it ruins an event for me," Maddie Marlow, half of the duo Maddie & Tae, said. Comfort's also key for Racheal Lynn Woodward (you know her as RaeLynn) who counts rompers and leggings as constants when she's busy traveling.

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4. Leather and lace are a great combination.
It's a favorite of Pope, who counts the combo as a go-to way to keep a bit of girly softness in any look. "If I'm wearing a more delicate dress or top, I'll pair it with rock 'n' roll boots or stilettos."

5. Boots win. Always.
It's not some silly stereotype without basis: almost all of the country girls we talked to admitted to loving and owning cowboy boots. Bell Bundy counts at least 15 pairs of cowboy and riding styles in her closet (including vintage finds). "I have one pair that I can go hunting in and also perform in, which is awesome," Marlow mused.

6. Delicate jewelry works with everything.
With big baubles, it's usually necessary to switch out and change up your jewelry daily. Conversely, delicate, thin necklaces and bracelets look pretty with any outfit.

8. Experimenting is good.
Just because a girl loves a good flirty dress doesn't mean she can't try other looks. "The average country listener wears leather pants, fun T-shirts, dresses, and Converse," RaeLynn said, adding that the women she's surrounded by switch up their look constantly. Bell Bundy changes things up depending on her mood, often leaving the classic sundress at home in favor of a '50s-style dress with flat oxfords.

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9. Shoes should be made for walking.
It goes hand-in-hand with loving cowboy boots, but these ladies aren't the type to suffer impossibly high, achingly constructed stilettos. "I have a pair of metallic studded Frye boots that go with everything. I can perform in them, walk miles in them...it's important to have full mobility in my shoes and for them to be cute," Bell Bundy said. "They've been to over 15 countries and 25 states. If they could talk, I'd be in trouble."

10. The key to true style is staying true to yourself.
Far and away, all the ladies agreed that the core basis of their style approach is being true to whoever you are. "Never wear something that isn't you because you'll just end up looking uncomfortable. People should wear what they feel most beautiful in, no matter what," Tae Dye of Maddie & Tae said.

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10 Things Girls Who Love Country Music Understand About Style

The 7 Style Rules that Fashionable British Women Swear By


We might speak the same language as our sisters across the pond, but are we fluent in our fashion vernacular? There are some things women can be counted on to obsess over globally (gorgeous shoes and the perfect little dress that makes you feel like a million bucks pop to mind), but past that? To dive into what makes a British girl tick, style-wise, we sought comment from designer Misha Nonoo, a Brit who's currently based in Manhattan to work on her eponymous label. During a British-themed breakfast held to celebrate her third collaboration with ALDO Rise, we worked at figuring out the sartorial sensibilities of a classic English rose.

1. Value investment buys.
"In London, there's more of a focus on shopping for traditional investment pieces with history," Nonoo mused. Be it an item that she knows she'll have forever (like a great trench coat) or something from a fashion house that's been around for hundreds of years, the Brit's shopping spoils are meant to last the test of time.

The 7 Style Rules that Fashionable British Women Swear By

2. Just say no to athleisure.
The athleisure trend hasn't taken root as firmly in the U.K. as it has here. Whereas spending a full Saturday in leggings and a tank, workout class or not, isn't likely to get you any second glances stateside, the look would stand out more overseas.

3. Trenchcoats are everything.
British girls are 99.99% more likely than American women to own a trench coat. Reference our very first point. "Everyone in London owns a trench!" Nonoo told us.

4. Go for bold outerwear.
Nonoo hasn't noticed the same coat game here that she sees when she's home in England, revealing Americans to be more prone to sticking with basic cuts and colors. Meanwhile, London ladies love the bright shades and prints that create statement jackets.

5. Layer, layer, layer—artfully.
"British women layer more due to the weather. They do a lot of cotton shirting under sweaters and dresses. I love the look, which is why the cotton shirt is a staple in each of my collections."

6. Mixing and matching? Not so much.
In the U.S., we're more likely to mix it up and indulge a new persona every time we get dressed. Brits, on the other hand, typically embrace more uniform dressing, identifying a style that resonates with them and sticking with it.

7. Shop antique jewelry.
Nonoo says she isn't drawn to a lot of statement jewelry, instead shopping for subtle antique picks. Our theory as to why? With hundreds of years on us, English shoppers might have easier access to fantastic markets and an early education for shopping vintage.

And how are we similar? Nonoo says she notices women on both continents swapping purses out for different seasons and embracing the trend toward tinier bags. We've all collectively gotten better at high-low mixing too, helped in large part by the amount of designer collaborations we're seeing.

"Both American and British tastes have become more open-minded when it comes to shopping. People know they don't necessarily need to splurge on high-end designers to make a statement," she said. "Collaborations between designers and brands have helped deepen the pool of options, offering shoppers styles that are accessible while still looking like they came straight off the runway."

We love shopping collabs, but Nonoo confirmed it's just as exciting of a time to be on the creative side of the equation too. "The shoes and bags [from my ALDO Rise collection] are progressive yet classic, designed for women who embrace their femininity while pursuing their goals. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out."

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The 7 Style Rules that Fashionable British Women Swear By