Because the wedding celebration is really just getting started after you say "I do," you might need yet another dress to keep the party going. Your wedding gown is one thing, but you may be after another look entirely to dance the night away once the ceremony's over. Whether you've kept it more conservative for your vows or you're just looking to switch it up for your entrance at the afterparty, we've culled 19 dresses for every bride. Some are all-out glam for the fanciest of fetes, others more casual, but all special. Whatever your wedding party needs, we guarantee there's a little something inside for every occasion and every bridal style. Click on for the 19 best dresses to celebrate your big day.
While we love any reason to dress up, wedding season presents a whole slew of new challenges when it comes to dressing for the occasion. Venues, destinations, weather, and budget all play a factor in our wedding-guest attire (not to mention the fact that any white, creamy, or ecru dress options are out). To make it a little easier on you — especially if you've got more than one friend's nuptial on the calendar — we're kicking off wedding season with 30 no-fail finds to outfit your whole look. From the right dress to the perfect shoes, clutch, and jewels, it's all inside. Click on to shop all the necessary pieces.
What better way to dress up your Summer wardrobe than with just that — the season's prettiest lineup of warm-weather dresses. We watched dresses in every color of the rainbow take a spin down the Spring '12 runways. Not to mention, these feminine frocks ran the gamut from ultra-diaphanous and flowy to edgier asymmetrical hems and colorblocked silhouettes. Now, we're transplanting those styles to our own closets, with a focus on the biggest trend takeaways and coolest details. From a '20s-inspired drop-waist shape to flirtier ruffled necklines and floral prints, we honed in on the hottest dress styles. So, let this roundup act as your guiding light for all things dress-related. Whether you're ready to make a serious investment or just want to amp up your Summer sheath quotient, we promise we've got what you're looking for. Click through to find the perfect dress to wear right now.
Come Spring and Summer, our sunglasses count for almost half the style battle. This season in particular, there's infinite cool to be added with the right pair of shades. From Stella McCartney's printed runway styles to Dolce & Gabbana's color-injected frames, we're looking to bolder, brighter iterations to play off of the bold patterned pants and fresh pastels pieces. That doesn't mean we still don't (pardon the pun) have an eye for the classics — aviators, cat-eyes, and glam oversize frames are still on our radar and the options for all are practically limitless. To make it easier for you to zero in on the one that's just right, we've curated a lookbook of every silhouette and style, at every price. Click on to find your perfect pair of frames.
Florals are a Spring staple, but for the upcoming season, flowers are covering everything from jackets to pants! Spring 2012 runways, including Peter Som, Proenza Schouler, Erdem, and Alexander Wang showed off head-to-toe prints, inspiring us to try out this trend ourselves. So in today's episode of Currently Trending, we headed to Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills to show you how to rock bold florals right now! On Allison McNamara: Stella McCartney top, Hermès bracelet.
For Spring 2012, designers dipped their collections into every shade and vibrancy of the Roy G. Biv spectrum. Simply put, it's all about placing your favorite colors on blast. From ladylike pastel pinks at Rochas and powdery floral blues at Erdem, to electric greens at Jean-Paul Gaultier and soft lemon iterations spotted at Jason Wu, it's safe to say where there's color, there's a way to wear it. We've rounded up the prettiest blues, reds, purples, and more to pop up on the runways and taken care to hone in on the coolest color combos we've seen this season. Time to put those chic black pieces away (for now), and click through to see which rainbow-inspired shade you'll be donning for Spring.
File this under Summer clothing we can't wait to wear: the Keds Spring 2012 apparel collection is filled with peg-leg pants, colorblock knits, sporty tank dresses, and gauzy Swiss dot blouses — all with a slightly vintage, prepped-up spin. In other words, exactly the kinds of easygoing separates that make warm-weather weekend dressing a snap. Priced from $70 to $300, these supercute pieces are available now — but only at Opening Ceremony stores. See the entire lookbook here.
Australia Fashion Week is in full swing, and with lines like Zimmermann, Ksubi, and Talulah on the schedule, it's no wonder that the streets of Sydney have been jam-packed with super chic attendees. In fact, the style inspiration has been so plentiful — think Christine Centenera in a sculptural peplum top, or Candice Lake in a too-cool woven-jute cap — that this Fashion Week might just give New York, London, Milan, and Paris a run for their money. See the best street-snapped looks spotted so far, here.
To capture all the inside fun at Australia Fashion Week, we've enlisted our good friends at Shopbop to be our eyes and ears on the ground. From behind the scenes at the Zimmermann studio to front row at the Spring 2012 Ellery show, they've been busy as bees capturing all the sights and bright lights of one of the most exciting Fashion Weeks around. Click through to see where they went and what they saw — with more to come as the shows wind to a close — right here in the exclusive photo diary.
At left: a harbor view of Sydney's iconic Opera House.
Nothing says new season like a fresh new bag. In honor of the start of May — and carefree warm-weather days — here are 50 of Spring 2012's most drool-worthy, highly covetable bags. Camera styles from Proenza Schouler and Lanvin, clean-lined totes from Celine and Phillip Lim, wild-hued satchels from Givenchy and Mulberry — they're all right here, they're all super chic, and they're all just perfect for starting the Summer off in style.
Photo: Greg Kessler