It’s spring already? Physics explains why time flies as we age

Researchers have a new explanation for why those endless days of childhood seemed to last so much longer than they do now — physics. According to the theory, the apparent temporal discrepancy can be blamed on the ever-slowing speed at which images are obtained and processed by the human brain as the body ages.
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Spring Cleaning for Your Budget: 9 Strategies for Organizing Your Finances

I want to like spring cleaning. I go nuts for the New Year and Lent, because I’m all about self-improvement. Similarly, spring cleaning is a time to reorganize and start over in many areas.

But I despise it. I hate any cleaning, really. Folding laundry is about the only thing I do that qualifies as housework.

Lately, however, I’ve been seeing posts about “financial spring cleaning.” Applying spring cleaning to money? This idea is perfect for me! I can work toward self-betterment without having to pick up a sponge.

How to Spring Clean Your Finances and Organize Your Personal Budget

Here are a few ways you can scrub the dirt off your finances this spring.

By the way, you don’t have to take on all nine of these goals. Actually, please don’t! When I read lists like this one, my perfectionism kicks in and I get overwhelmed by how many changes I think I should make.

Just choose one way to clean your financial home this spring. Maybe two ways, if you’re feeling adventurous. Remember, your goal is progress, not perfection.

Start with one small, measurable goal. The sense of empowerment you will experience from being successful in that area can give you the confidence to take on the next small challenge.

1. Reevaluate Your New Year’s Resolutions

Maybe you set financial New Year’s resolutions for 2019. But considering the success rate for resolutions (how’s that exercise program going?), there’s a good chance you’ve let at least one of those goals fall by the wayside.

Resist the urge to see yourself as weak; instead, consider yourself older and wiser. Spring is the perfect time to modify resolutions that weren’t realistic.

So you didn’t make any resolutions? That’s OK. Peruse the rest of the ideas on this list and choose one or two personal spring cleaning goals that feel manageable.

2. Start an Emergency Fund

It’s a common opinion that people should have at least three months’ expenses in savings at any given time. Then if you lose your job or your car breaks down, your life doesn’t suddenly fall apart.

Guess how much money I have in my emergency fund? A whopping $ 0. Yeah, starting an emergency fund has earned its place at the top of my spring cleaning list.

To start your emergency fund, calculate your expenses for one month. Consider the cost of rent, utilities, transportation, insurance and debt. Don’t forget sneaky expenses such as personal hygiene products.

Then multiply that number by three. That’s how much money you should aim to have in your emergency fund.

Where should you open an account? The key is that you want your money to be accessible in case of an emergency, but not so accessible that you’re tempted to withdraw it when you want to go on a weekend trip with your friends.

I recommend opening a separate savings account with your bank or a money market account. Money market accounts typically require a higher minimum balance, but the interest rate can be higher — which means more money for you!

3. Keep Track of Your Debts

For six months, I was aware that I had debts to repay. I knew that I owed my in-laws money, that my husband had some vague amount to repay on his student loans, and that I had a little credit card debt (although precisely how much was on each of my three cards was a bit fuzzy).

I finally took 30 minutes to create a spreadsheet in Excel listing all our debts, including the grand total. I update that document every Monday.

Seeing everything in print gives me a better idea of where we are financially. And every time that grand total gets smaller, I do a little dance in my chair!

Looking at those numbers every Monday, especially the total, gives me the momentum to keep chipping away at our debt.

4. Sort Out Your Credit Cards

Everyone’s credit card situation is different.

If you have eight credit cards and little willpower, consider canceling a few of those cards. (But first, check how canceling your credit card could affect your credit score. Canceling isn’t always the best idea.)

If you have a low credit score but high willpower, maybe you should get a card and use it responsibly to establish good credit.

I (incorrectly) held the belief that credit cards were pure evil for years. But some credit cards pay you for signing up, hook you up with travel points, or give you extended warranties on certain purchases.

Do your research and find out how you can make credit cards work for you rather than against you. I recently paid off the last of my credit cards that carried a balance. Yay, me! Now I’m trying to decide on my next step.

5. Act to Improve Your Credit

First of all, if you don’t already know your credit score, get a free credit report. If you don’t like what you see, don’t freak out; there are plenty of ways to boost that number!

Simply paying off your debts and paying your bills on time can improve your score. If you’re not sure what’s keeping your credit score so low, check out Credit Sesame. The free site lays out exactly what factors are affecting your credit score and offers advice on how to change them.

A few years ago, I had good credit, but I wanted excellent credit. So I set up a loan with my bank. They gave me $ 2,000 to pay back over two years. I immediately put that money in a separate account, set up automatic withdrawals and never had to worry about it. (Except when I had to take out money a couple times for emergencies. See why I’m motivated to set up an emergency fund?)

That was the easiest way I could have imagined to improve my credit score. I got it all set up in just one trip to the bank and ended up raising my credit score to 787.

6. Set Short Term Goals for Your Side Hustle

Whether you’re a freelance writer, Uber driver or Etsy shop owner, it’s always good to set clear objectives.

Setting concrete goals has helped me understand my long-term vision for my freelance writing side gig. I created a list of aims, and that document acts as a source of accountability. I look at that list whenever I decide whether to take on a new project.

I ask myself, “Is this decision in line with my goals? Is it helping me move toward my long-term vision?” Setting goals has motivated me to take action.

I now have a couple of steady gigs, so I’ve started setting monthly and weekly financial goals, as well.  With fewer surprises, I can plan for how much of this extra money I want to channel toward paying off my debts.

7. Contribute More to Your Retirement Account

If you’re contributing anything to your retirement account, high five!

But if the very thought of doing financial spring cleaning depresses you, make your “one thing” to bump up your 401(k) or IRA contributions a tad. If you currently contribute 4% of your income, try bumping it up to 5% or 6%. Chances are, your wallet won’t feel the difference. If you find out your budget can’t handle the financial strain, you can decrease your contribution later.

Increasing your contribution by such a small amount may not seem worth it. But don’t forget the power of compound interest!

If you haven’t opened a retirement account yet and don’t know what all these letters mean, don’t panic. Read this simple explanation of a 401(k) and IRA. It’s never too late to start. My mom is kicking herself for putting off contributing to a 401(k) until 10 years ago, but hey, at least she started!

8. Begin Investing

Making your first investment is daunting. Especially if you’re like me and know nothing about the subject.

I urge you to take that leap, though. When you invest, your money makes you more money. There are several ways to take your first step.

My husband and I chose to pass the torch to our financial advisor. We set up automatic withdrawals with his company to put money into our IRAs. Since we are still in the early stages of saving for retirement, once we hit a certain balance in those accounts, our advisor will start making investments from our IRA nest eggs to help the accounts grow. We won’t have to worry at all.

If you don’t want to pay an advisor, ask a family member or friend who understands investing to take you under their wing and explain their strategy.

You can also use apps to get started. We checked them and found the best apps to help you start investing here.

9. Consider Your Insurance Needs

My brother’s apartment burned down at 32 years old, and he lost almost everything. Believe it or not, the exact same thing happened when he was 20! (Neither fire was his fault, by the way.)

While upsetting, the second fire was far less financially devastating because he had renter’s insurance. The insurance company paid for food and a hotel while he looked for a new place to live and gave him $ 10,000 to replace items lost in the fire.

We like to think we don’t need insurance. Hopefully, we’ll never have to use it. But if you don’t have renter’s, homeowner’s, life or catastrophic insurance (for those of you whose employers don’t offer medical insurance)… seriously look into it.

Of course, not everyone needs all these types of insurance! Carefully review your needs to see which ones you should consider, and which aren’t necessary for you.

Don’t freak out if you haven’t already accomplished all nine of these tasks. That’s what spring cleaning is for! Focus on one thing this season, whether it’s purchasing renter’s insurance or bumping up your credit score. Happy spring!

Laura Grace Tarpley is a freelance writer who is always looking for ways to save money.

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Scouted: Save Up to $500 on a Burrow Flatpack Couch During Their Spring Sale

There’s a lot to love when it comes to flatpack furniture. It’s easy to assemble, affordable, and can fit through any narrow doorway, stairwell, or hallway. Burrow mastered the art of the flatpack sofa and right now they’re taking up to $ 500 your purchase.

The Burrow Spring Sale is a tiered discount, with savings on purchases starting at $ 450. Grab $ 75 off purchases over $ 450, $ 150 off purchases over $ 800, $ 225 off purchases over $ 1,150, $ 300 off purchases over $ 1,500, and $ 500 off purchases over $ 2,000 when you stock your shopping cart and use the code TULIP2019 at checkout.

Burrow has many size options to choose from: You can stick with just the sofa or you can add on a chaise or ottoman. Or opt for the larger King Sofa that gives you 111” of seating area.  Not in the market for a sofa? They have loveseats and armchairs that are sleek and simple and will fit into practically any design style. You can even add an optional USB port (which I think should be an essential part of all couches).

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Gradient Nails Are the Prettiest New Manicure Trend for Spring

Spring’s new nail trend are “gradient nails,” a rainbow-inspired type of nail art that uses a different color on each nail to create the gradient effect of a paint sample. Artists are trying the trend in rainbow colors and nudes, taking it all the way from dramatically vibrant to soft and subtle.
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These 21 Apps Will Prevent Your Spring Break Turning Into Spring Broke

If you’re a college student, the best part of your year is quickly approaching: spring break, baby!

Your goal? To have as much fun as you can.

But you know what can quickly put a damper on that fun? Worrying about money.

21 Apps That Help You Save Money on Spring Break

While you could always figure out a way to earn money during spring break, another strategy is to simply keep your costs as low as possible.

Put your money concerns aside, and save money on spring break with these apps.

Apps for Transportation

1. Hopper

Buy your flight now? Or wait? This old favorite takes the guessing game out of when to purchase tickets by analyzing billions of flights and telling you whether the price is likely to go up or down.

2. GasBuddy

Driving to your destination? Don’t leave home without this app. It lists the cost of gas at nearby stations so you can easily find the best deal.

(Want other options? Check out this list of apps that help you find cheap gas.)

3. Uber / 4. Lyft

Instead of paying for a taxi, get a safe (and cheaper) ride home with one of these services.

5. What3Words

Never get separated from your friends again.

When you’re in a new city with unfamiliar landmarks, it can be tough to describe where you are to your companions — especially if you’ve had a few drinks. This app aims to change that by dividing the world into 57 trillion 10-foot squares.

6. Parkmobile

In a big city or a beach town that’s littered with parking meters? Rather than digging up your quarters reserved for laundry, pay for your spot through this app.

7. Citymapper

You can save big by taking public transportation. However, that can get tricky — especially if you’re not used to it. Citymapper helps you plan trips from point A to point B the cheapest and most efficient way possible.

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8. Airbnb

If you’re traveling with a group of friends, renting a house with Airbnb is both economical and fun. Check out these awesome places under $ 100 per night across the U.S.

And if your own place will be empty while you’re away, why not consider listing it on Airbnb and making some money while you’re partying?

9. Roomer

Want to book a hotel, but don’t want to pay hotel prices? Try Roomer. This innovative app allows you to book deeply-discounted hotel rooms from people who had to cancel their trips.

10. HotelTonight

If you’re really bad at planning ahead or find yourself in a pickle, book a hotel through HotelTonight. It promises last-minute deals for top-rated hotels.

11. Couchsurfing

If you’re down with staying on strangers’ couches, you can snag some awesome, free sleeping spaces. It’s a great way to meet other travelers and gain a local’s point of view.

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12. Price Per Pint

One of the best ways to save money on food and drinks? Hitting up happy hour. But in an unfamiliar city, it’s hard to figure out where to go. Enter this app, which allows you to search by drink type, day, time and city for the lowest priced drink in your area..

13. Drizly

Because the bar can get expensive, you probably want to spend a few nights drinking at home with your friends. Use this app to compare prices at local stores and order booze for delivery.

14. Open Table / 15. Yelp

These two staples help you find nearby restaurants, peruse customer reviews and survey menus and prices.

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16. TUN Student Discounts

Embrace your student status. Use this app to help you find all of the student discounts available in your destination.

17. Groupon

You probably subscribe to Groupon updates in your home city — but what about when you’re traveling? Though some of the discounts may only be available to local residents, you’re bound to find some great deals on tickets or activities in your destination.

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18. Whatsapp

If you’re traveling internationally, this app is a must. Don’t get slammed by exorbitant international data charges and keep track of your friends by using this app to text over WiFi.

19. Wifi Finder

You use a lot of data when you travel. Avoid going over your limit by connecting to wifi whenever possible; use this app to find hotspots near you. You can also find passwords, so you don’t have to ask your barista.

20. Cost Split

If you’re traveling in a group, figuring out who owes what can be a royal pain. This handy app does it for you, so nobody ends up unfairly paying more than their share. At the end of the trip, it’ll even email out a detailed report.

Then, check out these five money-sharing apps.

21. Noonlight

You can’t put a price on your safety. This app (formerly known as SafeTrek) has several features to give you (and your mom) peace of mind. Hold down the safety button until you’re safely where you need to be. When you get there, release the button and enter your pin. If you’re in danger, release — don’t enter your pin — and it’ll contact 911.

With a few downloads before you leave, you’re bound to enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. Appy Spring Break!

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10 Outdoor Spots in Need of Spring Cleaning

Spring has (almost) sprung, which means that warmer days, blooming flowers, and singing birds are just around the corner. It also means that the ravages left behind by winter are on full display, and that mud, leaves, and other debris have turned the exterior of your home into an unsightly mess. So, as you get started on spring cleaning, don’t forget to tend to the outside of your house too. Here are 10 outdoor spots that could use some special attention now that the worst of winter is behind us.
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Spring Checks & Groovy Boots

A new outfit from Paulien Riemis of Polienne, whom we introduced to YLF in April 2014.

The groovy cowboy boots and playful checked blazer are the stars of this very trendy outfit. Paulien has tucked a lightweight cream pullover into cream high-rise jeans to create a column of colour that lengthens the leg line. Her on-trend straight leg jeans are cropped sufficiently to showcase an eye-catching pair of two-toned statement cowboy boots in their full glory. The neutral-toned blazer has an oversized fit with narrower cut shoulders, which streamlines the silhouette. Our blogger’s vintage Chanel bag echoes the camel in the checked print. She finishes off the outfit with oversized sunnies, and big hoop earrings, a gold necklace, bracelet and ring that match the bag’s gold chain strap.

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15 dresses that prove florals for spring ARE groundbreaking

Because we need at least one or two (OK, 5) floral dresses in our lives…

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Don’t let Miranda Priestly fool you, floral dresses are just as versatile as your LBD, especially when it comes to summer dressing. Nothing says wedding season quite like a floral frock, and luckily there’s a host of brands updating the classic print for the new season.

Floaty, midi, mini or super-structured – there’s plenty of ways to work the trend this season. See our SS19 summer fashion trends report, to see this season’s twist on the trend. Hint: it’s not all about ditzy florals.

Floral dresses for weddings

Print-wise, anything goes for wedding guest season. Those new to the trend and looking to avoid anything too girly should look to abstract prints, seen everywhere on the catwalk, it’s a sure fire way to liven up occasion dressing and a great way to break up any dull wardrobe shades. If you’re a fan of mixing prints, look to Rixo, GANNI and Richard Quinn for a riot of colour and print.

Romantic ruffles with a 70s vibe are having a moment and the trend is here to stay. From super long styles with splits to shorter shifts, frills are in. Just add heels and a clutch – et voila!

But don’t feel like you’ve wasted money by buying a dress you’ll only wear once. The beauty of most floral dresses is that they can easily be dressed down. Influencers like Fashion Guitar, Hannah Crosskey, Monikh and Lucy Williams, wear theirs with box-fresh trainers and ugly sandals.

Floral dresses with sleeves

The high-street’s love affair with shirt dresses means there is plethora of gorgeous long-sleeved floral dresses (see Kitri’s updated version of last season’s sell-out dress), and it’s a style that is perfect for the office too. Pick a flattering midi length, which you can easily wear with heels or smart sandals.

Floral maxi dresses

Maxi dresses are having a bit of a moment, and they’re the ideal length for a summer holiday on the coast. We love wraparound styles with a pleated skirt for that elegant touch, or a silk cami for a sexy spin.

Floral midi dresses

You’ll never go wrong with a flattering midi length, which suits most body shapes. From vintage floral prints to digital works of art, you’ll find a print to suit all tastes.

Shop our edit of the best floral dresses below.

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Spring Forward Signals Daylight Saving Time and … Jet Lag?

March 10, 2019, is the start of daylight saving time. Daylight saving time normally signals the incoming spring season and extra sunshine in the evenings for those late walks, but some people, like parents with young children, are dreading the hour of sleep we are all going to lose on Sunday — and the effects can be noticeable.

We are living in a time when numerous studies are showing that one-third of Americans are sleep deprived and weekend sleep can’t quite make up for our reduced sleep time during the work week! Basically, if you’re already somewhat sleep-deprived, giving up just 1 hour of shut-eye can negatively impact how you feel and function during the day; it’s as if you are experiencing a mild case of jet lag.

“This is due to your body’s internal clock, also known as circadian rhythm, being thrown off,” said Dennis Hwang, MD, at Kaiser Permanente Southern California Sleep Center in San Bernardino, California. “During daylight saving time, the internal sleep clock becomes misaligned. This complex timekeeper is controlled by areas of the brain that respond to light and can suppress the release of melatonin and affect your ability to sleep.”

While this shift is unlikely to cause serious health consequences, a disruption in your circadian rhythm does not only affect your ability to sleep but can also affect the function of many of your body’s systems. In addition to sleepiness, it can cause:

  • Problems with concentration and mental functioning
  • Neurologic symptoms
  • Stomach and intestinal symptoms
  • Elevations in blood pressure and heart rate (and can possibly even lead to irregular heartbeats)

Dr. Hwang offers tips to prepare for daylight saving time and to reset your internal clock:

  • A couple days before daylight saving time, start going to bed 15-20 minutes earlier than your normal bedtime (or at least go to bed earlier on the night of the time change).
  • Sleep an extra half hour on the morning of daylight saving time.
  • A dose of 0.25 to 1 mg of melatonin about 2 hours before bedtime can sometimes help you fall asleep.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake (and consume none after lunchtime).
  • Avoid alcohol and exercising before bedtime.
  • Put your phone (and tablets/computers) away at least an hour before bedtime!
  • When using your electronic device in the night, wearing blue-light blocking glasses or turning on the blue light filter on your phone or tablet can be good for your sleep.
  • Spend some time with your family and enjoy a relaxing evening at home.

To learn more about sleep, visit a Kaiser Permanente sleep center or visit www.kp.org.

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Spring and Summer collections are making their mark, although there’s lots of Wintery merchandise too. It’s all good depending on whether you want to refresh for a long and cold Winter, or get cracking with Spring and Summer. 

Here are items that have been winners on clients and forum members recently.

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Best places to travel for Spring Break that won’t break the bank

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Few events in the yearly calendar are more exciting than Spring Break. For college students everywhere, it’s the time to leave classes behind and party until they can’t party anymore. It’s the last moment of freedom before they have to buckle down and complete their exams, so students rarely hold back when it comes to having fun. Unfortunately, the best Spring Break destinations aren’t always the cheapest. Undergrads aren’t exactly known for having much money, which means finding somewhere affordable to travel to is of the utmost importance.

Cabo San Lucas

Anyone living near, or looking to visit, the West Coast should find all they need at Cabo San Lucas. The gorgeous getaway offers many all-inclusive deals that will ensure you get everything you need without blowing your budget. With so much money saved on accommodation, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more when you’re out and about. Luckily, the area is super lively, so you’re never short of things to do here, even when your wallet starts to look a little thin.

Myrtle Beach

If you intend to be on the beach during your Spring Break – and why wouldn’t you? – then Myrtle Beach has you covered. 60 miles of coastline means there’s plenty of space for you to do your thing without having to spend a cent. Plus, with some great nightlife options that typically cater to a younger population, you know you and your money will definitely be in good hands here.

Key West

Perhaps not the place that most people would think to visit for Spring Break, it’s lower popularity is exactly why it’s great to visit. Not only are crowds less of an issue, but prices are a lot more affordable. There are plenty of great budget hotels in the area, so accommodation is never a problem either, leaving you more money to spend on having the Spring Break of your life.

New Orleans

No-one does food quite like the South. Eating might not be the top priority on your Spring Break list, but you’ll be wanting something good to fill you up between nights of non-stop partying. New Orleans has plenty of great comfort food on offer to keep you going, and it’s a pretty cheap place to visit too. There are loads of rental deals to help you find somewhere affordable to stay, especially if you don’t mind lodging further away from the center.

Puerto Vallarta

With so many all-inclusive packages available, you’ve got to wonder why you’d have your Spring Break anywhere other than Puerto Vallarta. There are so many rental choices here that make staying in the area cheap and easy, especially if you book in advance. What’s more, with sun, sand, and sea as far as the eye can see, do you really need anything else for your Spring Break vacation?

 

You don’t get many opportunities to do Spring Break, so it’s important to make the most of each one while you can. Thankfully, you can still do that even if you’re low on funds; you just have to be a bit more picky about where you go to enjoy them.

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5 Things Under $50 You Can Get Right Now To Prep Your Wardrobe For Spring

One of the ways we build our wardrobes is “upgrading”–buying better versions of things we already know we like. And the fashion industry knows this. We’ve been buying designer jeans for decades, and for a long time now, brands have been selling pretty much every basic with “lux” in front of it, from cargo pants to white tees. It sometimes seems like a race to see who can make the most expensive X.

That said, clothing in general is as inexpensive as ever. Low inflation and cheap labor have kept prices for basic consumer goods low for a long time. A Hanes 3-pack costs $ 10 in 2019 ($ 3.33/shirt), compared to a $ 5.31 retail price in 1970  ($ 34.45 in 2019 dollars) for a 3-pack of Sears t-shirts (over $ 11/shirt).

Bottom line, if you’re looking for cloth to cover your body, you can find it cheap; maybe cheaper than ever. If you’re looking for interesting things, it can be more difficult. In an era of $ 1,000 sneakers and $ 3 tshirts, what can $ 50 get you today? I did some shopping and found 10 items worth buying right now for $ 50.

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The Hunt: White Tops for Spring

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Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Pictured at top, clockwise: V-neck / crew / relaxed / scalloped / sleeveless / polka dotted sweater / Swiss dot button front

I would guess that 60% of my closet — if not more — is black. White appears far less frequently — but even I love to herald the beginning of spring by buying a few new white tops every year, and (if they’ve held up well enough), pulling out old favorites from previous years.  The white blouse, of course, is a classic — but sometimes you want something that isn’t quite as fussy or as formal as a blouse with collars or buttons. (If you’re on the hunt for a basic button-front blouse, a silky collared blouse, or a basic tee or shell to wear beneath a suit, check out our latest roundups on those topics.) I never know what to call these items (tops? shirts? white non-blouses?) but I do think they’re something that makes every outfit more versatile — and can be an easy way to take your more formal suits away from the dreaded “I’ve got a secret interview today” territory. Of course I am on #teamwhitecamisole as well, but that’s me…

In my mind, white tops break down into basic general categories, which I’ll lay out below…. I’ll note at the outset that a lot of these tops come in colors other than white, which show the details FAR better than the white versions, at least online. In fact, the very fact that there IS a white option may be hidden because the color doesn’t show up against your screen — so use the dropdown color picker menu if in doubt (screenshot of what I mean here).

The Slightly Fancy White Tee

These shirts — usually in jersey or some other t-shirt like material — have a few great details that elevate them from your basic white t-shirt.  The details are usually near the neck — but sometimes also down the back or at the hem; the material may also be different or nicer in some way than your usual t-shirt.  Pro: these can be easy to care for, and if you have fit problems because of your bust/waist ratio, these can be easier to wear than a button-front shirt. Cons: opacity can be a problem, and some details (like a sheer shoulder like the lace one below) may give you pause for your office or wardrobe. (For my $ .02 I think they look lovely as a layering piece, particularly beneath a blazer – I just layer a camisole beneath them and a regular nude-for-me bra.)

fancy white t-shirt for suits



The Blouse Tee

These tops are shaped like a tee (and are usually pullovers), but usually made from a blousy material. They can look nice and crisp, but can be high maintenance (e.g., required dry cleaning or ironing). They also can cross into the “too informal” category pretty easily.

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The White Knit Short-Sleeved Sweater

These can be difficult to find online — so when you see them in the store at places like Ann Taylor or Banana Republic, do stock up! Pros: they’re definitely fancier than a t-shirt material, and sometimes more opaque (be on the safe side here and wear a camisole and nude-for-you bra the first time, though). Cons: they may need extra care in the laundry, or they may fade or look “dirty” too soon.

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The Non-Blousy Blouse

I normally think of a blouse as having buttons and/or a collar — these tops lack that, but they definitely still feel like a blouse in formality, usually because of their material.  These can be a more modern option, as well as being easier to fit if gaping is a problem… but they can be harder to care for and be more sheer.

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The Casual/Feminine Blouse

These are blouses that may have buttons up the front and/or a collar — but there’s something about it that makes it more feminine, such as a burnout pattern (like the polka dots below), a peplum detail, eyelet/lace, a wrap effect, or an unusual fabric (like the jersey one we featured a while ago from Anne Fontaine). If you work in a very conservative office and are striving to add more feminine details to your workwear, start here because it’s hard to go wrong (beyond wrinkles/sheerness/etc) — for all but the most formal of occasions they’re appropriate, and an easy, chic addition to your wardrobe that goes with everything else.

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The White Shell

This can be a huge category — or a very narrow one if going sleeveless isn’t appropriate at your office. To be honest, unless you wear a lot of cardigans or washable blazers, I’d avoid these tops in general — I always think it’s better to wear a sleeved layer beneath a blazer, if only to make trips to the dry cleaner more minimal (not only is it expensive, but it can be really hard on clothes too). I think they can work best with cardigans because you don’t get that line on your arm where your sleeve ends — but if you’re going for bang for your buck, I’d stick with sleeved options. Still, if you’re on the hunt, here are a few cute ones:

white sleeveless shell for work



This is a huge category (and this was a big of a runaway post!) — but what categories am I missing? What white tops do you need in your wardrobe, or have proven themselves to be real workhorses? How do you guys like to make your work outfits more springlike?

* Hunting for maternity sizes? Don’t forget to check out our Guide to Maternity Shopping for Work.

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I mostly consider black to be my base for my work wear -- but even I love a white top for spring; they have a way of freshening up your entire work wardrobe and making all of your work outfits that much crisper and lighter! These are the six tops every career woman should consider adding to her wardrobe in spring -- great for wearing under suits, layering under cardigans, and adding as a simple topper to skirts and trousers.

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After running around outside in nearly every weather element that could happen over the course of winter during New York Fashion Week, I think it’s safe to say that I’m ready as hell for spring to get here. My dear and trusty arsenal of wool coats, you’ve kept me warm and cozy for the past three …

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The best spring break destinations

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Let’s be honest; college is pretty darn stressful. You have deadlines, you have essays, you have exams, and you have 9am lectures (whose bright idea was that?). Because of this, college students often need to give themselves a break, let their hair down, and let their worries simply float away. More specifically, they need to let these worries float away as they jump on a giant inflatable unicorn on spring break. Go hard or go home, right? Spring break is an unforgettable college experience, and these are the hottest spring break destinations.

Cancun

Cancun is perhaps one of the most popular spring break destinations out there, and it’s not hard to see why. This Mexican city offers endless beaches and resorts that are perfect for college revellers. Don your all-inclusive band for limitless drinks, enough food to fill you up for the next semester, and entertainment that will leave you with ringing in your ears. In a good way, of course. Could you pick a better destination for your spring break? We think not.

Dominican Republic

Considering the United States is so close to the Caribbean, it’s easier than ever for students to cross the ocean and set up their spring break shenanigans on these beautiful islands. The Dominican Republic is one of the top spring break destinations on the list and is also one of the most beautiful. From rolling sand to bending palm trees, the beaches here are screaming out to be used for party games, drinking contest, and friendly frolics.

Miami

What could be better than rollerblading down Miami beach with a drink in each hand? Not a lot. Miami has largely been associated with celebrity hangouts, but it’s becoming more accessible and affordable for college students on a budget. Yes, you can hang out on the beach, on rooftop bars, or even quirky dive bars to quench your thirst, before hitting the town and keeping an eye out for

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is just a short drive away from Texas, but it seems as though it’s a world away. While everyday travelers do make their way to this destination, the tourism board of South Padre Island knows they’ve got a good thing going on with their college students. They put on concerts for their spring breakers, they provide them with awesome accommodation, and more than enough water sports to keep them busy.

Las Vegas

Just like Vegas, what happens on spring break stays in spring break. This infamous city is becoming more and more popular with college students across the country because this Sin City is where anything goes. Although you might not be able to enjoy the beach, there are more than enough hotels and casinos that will keep you entertained for hours. As if that wasn’t enough, the nightclubs in Vegas are off the chain.

With spring break just around the corner, you should probably start thinking about where you’re going next. Are you going just down the road? Or are you going a bit further afield? These destinations will certainly spark your interest.

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20 Spring and Summer Trends

I’ve worked my way through the Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear collections, pinning directional looks along the way. Through the chaos of over-the-top outfits, unrelatable looks, kitchen-sink combinations, messy hair, scary make-up, and very ugly outfits, an interesting and cohesive set of fashion themes emerged. This makes it easier to extrapolate and predict the trends that we’ll see for the next few Springs and Summers.

Here are a few things that stood out:

  • Chaos, complexity, drama and uncertainty describe the state of modern fashion for the third year in a row.
  • The lack of diversity across the body type and age of the models was disappointing. I had high hopes for change this season, but nothing. It’s surprising since we’re seeing many more brands offer extended sizes, and retail campaigns are using older models more regularly. It would have been powerful and complementary if designers were equally inclusive when showcasing collections on the runway. In that respect, designer runway shows are dated.
  • The emphasis is on creativity, juxtaposition, and comfort, so there is little regard for creating conventionally flattering proportions.
  • The enormous and overwhelming variety in today’s fashion supports what I call the Individualism and Maximalism trends. In other words, just about anything goes if you are confident and comfortable in your outfit.
  • Athleisure — wearing sports gear and workout clothing as regular casual wear — was nonexistent.
  • Sporty Luxe is alive, with sneakers often combined with dressier items.
  • Skinnies and hem lengths above the knee took a big backseat in lieu of wider and roomier silhouettes, and midi and maxi lengths.
  • Denim was featured as a staple in many of the collections.

Interestingly, despite what’s happening on the runways, retailers continue to flood the market with body-con skinnies, stretchy leggings or jeggings, and Athleisure, because consumers buy it. Remember that designers do not have the power to control trends as much as we do collectively as consumers. Retailers will stock items when it’s a sure sell at retail, despite what the trend forecasts predict.

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On to the trends.

1. Individualism

There is no one way to be stylish, and fashion is a melting pot of sartorial choices. Increasing diversity in fashion with each passing year means that there is something for everyone. Trends are no longer seasonal and fads no longer exist. To some extent trends are becoming harder to define, and at some point they will be irrelevant.

Creating a signature style, milking the one you have, or evolving it over time is the most important and relevant trend of them all. Take the PERSONAL in personal style to heart because you have the power to pick and choose from the trend buffet, and sport it your way.

2. Maximalism

Maximalism means wearing it all together to create a harmonized whole. Think of wearing complex silhouettes, combining them in one outfit, layering all sorts of pieces to create interesting proportions, accessorizing to your limit, pattern mixing, texture mixing, patchwork, embellishment, remixing high-contrast colours and clashing colours, wearing statement make-up, and adding nail polish and rainbow hair.

3. A Billion Shades of Beige

Most runway shows had a beige component, which is a nod to the early and mid ‘90s. Beige ranges from the lightest tan to the gentlest caramel across every wardrobe item, but was especially apparent in pants, shorts and toppers. Long flowing beige layers of pant-tunic-gilet were there, and make me think of 1993.

4. Explosion of Pattern

There was SO MUCH neutral and non-neutral pattern coming down the runway. Everything from the classics like leopard, snake, stripes, florals, dots, chevrons and checks, to quirky paisleys, novelty prints, slogan prints, blurry watercolour looks, geometric designs, insects, flags, birds, tie-dye, iconic scarf prints, and botanical designs. Lots and lots of subtle and hectic pattern mixing.

5. ‘80s & ‘90s Redux

Modern Retro means that you’re incorporating a style, trend or design from a bygone era AND adding a good dose of modern to the look. Retro items are new pieces, not vintage items that actually come from those eras. The ‘80s continue to hugely influence today’s fashion. Think oversized tops and toppers, ruffles, flounces, pleating, ruching, fringe, flares, sharp shoulders, jumpsuits, acid wash, pleated trousers, one-shoulder dressing, boho, pleated skirts, disco, dandy, high rises, paper-bag waists, New Romantic, lace anything, bows, wrap tops, graphic statements, crop tops, embellishment, punk, neon, waist belting, oversized eyewear, and white footwear.

The ‘90s are influencing today’s fashion too. Slip dresses and pinafores worn with tees. Prairie dresses worn with sneakers and combat boots. Beige from head-to toe, palazzo pants, flowing looks with relaxed gilets, bias-cut skirts, head-to-toe black goth vibes, long blazers, lots of long flowing layers, dresses over pants, bootcuts, bootcuts with sneakers, wide pants with flats, a bit of grunge, chunky black footwear, flatforms, crystal and broomstick pleated skirts, lug soles, square toes, snip toes, bangles, shrunken blazers, ditsy florals, Hermès and Versace patterns, slides, round eyewear, maxi skirts, body-con black dresses and dungarees.

6. Jumpsuit Jive

There was some type of jumpsuit or romper in almost every collection. From stiff and rigid ‘80s boiler suits, to soft and flowing styles of the ‘90s. Patterned, solid, short, long, wide, tapered, pretty, mechanics overalls, sleeved, collared, bright, muted. You name it and it was there.

7. Acid Wash

It’s all about light and not dark denim. ‘80s acid wash jeans, shorts, crops, skirts, jackets, handbags, dresses and vests were aplenty. Acid-wash denim was remixed with both casual and dressier items, and used as a trim.

8. High Rises

Most dressy trousers, shorts, cropped pants and jeans rises were high or very high, which goes hand in hand with the structured waist definition trend. It’s also a strong ‘80s flashback. The point is to showcase the high rise, and not cover it up with a top. Tucking or semi-tucking is key, or wear a shorter top. This is a hard trend to wear if you’re short-waisted and apple-shaped, so grab those mid and low-rise jeans and trousers while they’re available.

9. Midi Mania

’Tis another midi dress and skirt season. Wooohoooo! The runways were swarming with dresses and skirts across all sorts of silhouettes, colours, patterns and fabrics. Some were soft and romantic, and others were strict, avant-garde and rigid. There is sleeved, sleeveless, structured, unstructured, casual and formal. Some were layered over cropped pants and worn as long tunics. Most lengths were midis that finished between the knee and calf. ‘90s maxi dresses are on the rise, and minis were few and far between.

10. Playful Suiting

There was lots of warm-weather matchy-matchy trouser suiting in fun colours. Pastels, brights, earth tones, and all sorts of light neutrals like beige. A handy way to stay warm and look Summery in arctic a/c, dress up in a covered way, or wear pants when you don’t like dresses.

11. Structure & No Structure

There was an incredible amount of structured waist definition coming down the runway. AGAIN. This was created by garment tailoring, fit-and-flare frocks, peplums, belting, garments with attached belts, and tucking tops into high-rise bottoms. Showcasing the waistline is trendy. If that’s not your thing, allow garments to hint at a waistline for a bit of structure. Oversized, extremely oversized, fluid fits, and gently fluid fits are there. Tailoring is definitely gaining momentum, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

12. Denim on Denim on Denim

There was more denim at the shows than ever, which makes me think that jeans might become more popular than leggings (like they were a decade ago). The emphasis was on statement jeans with bells and whistles, and design detailing. Nothing basic, and lots of it worn in one outfit in the same or different wash.

13. Utility

There was an earth-toned utility theme running through a lot of the looks. Cargo pockets, carpenter pants, field jackets, camouflage, netting, webbing and drawstrings are popular. These casual items and design details were remixed with dressy and casual vibes.

14. Wide Cropped Pants

Most of the pants coming down the runway were wide or extremely wide, and most of them were cropped. Some silhouettes were fitted on the thighs and flared at the hems. Many were wide all the way down the leg. Fabrics were both soft and rigid.

15. Roomy Full-Length Pants

Dramatic, soft and very wide floor sweeping pant lengths are making a comeback, and another nod to the ‘90s. Some lengths looked very luxurious and leg lengthening, whereas the extra longer lengths looked dreadfully precarious and impractical. Interestingly, many extra long lengths were paired with flat footwear like strappy sandals, mules and sneakers.

16. An Assortment of Shorts

There was a huge assortment of both casual and dressy shorts across all sorts of lengths, colours, fabrics and patterns. 99% of them had high rises. From the shortest hot pants, to the longest Bermudas. Vibes were both straight, stiff and boxy, or as pretty, structured and soft as can be. Thigh length and knee-length spandex cycling shorts across neutrals and non-neutrals made a statement. Most were worn under mini dresses or combined with blazers.

17. Mustard, Earth Tones, Orange and Coral

These days we see all the neutrals every season, which is a beautiful thing. For Spring and Summer this year, I see an emphasis on shades of beige and white, dark blue, light blue denim, and some black. That said, earth tones like cinnamon, toffee, olive and mustard continue to make a meaningful warm-weather statement. All shades of red and orange are strong, like coral, burnt orange, Dutch orange, tomato red, fire engine, watermelon and berry tones. Pastel pinks like blush and ice pink continue to be strong, and can be considered a neutral.

18. Hints of Turquoise and Bright Green

I was VERY excited to see shades of turquoise come down the runway. It’s been a decade since we’ve seen it make a fashionable statement so it’s about time. From the bluest turquoises of the Mediterranean sea, to light aqua, and Tiffany blue across tops, bottoms, dresses, toppers, footwear, patterns, or used as a trim. Bright lime and apple green were there in small doses and looked great with turquoise. FRESH.

19. Every Style of Footwear

It’s reached the stage where it’s hard to wear dated footwear because it all came down the runway. Just about every style of heel and toe box is having either a small or big fashion moment. Chunky styles to dainty styles and everything in between. Pointy toes, very pointy witchy toes, almond toes, round toes, square toes, rounded-square toes, slanted toes, blunt toes, snipped toes – it’s all there. Block heels, stilettos, Cuban heels, lug soles, kitten heels, wedges and ornate heels. Boots, Western boots, perforated booties, mules, slides, pumps, ankle-strap footwear, pool slides, T-straps, loafers, oxfords, ballet flats, Mary Janes, espadrilles, Birkenstocks and sandal booties. Every style of sandal and sneaker, and hybrids thereof.

Flat sandals with either dainty or broad straps were the most popular, as were flat slides, flat mules, white sneakers, loafers, booties, and variations on the classic pump. Most of the footwear coming down the runway was flat or low heeled. Footwear was very brown, white, beige or black. A bit of red and metallic too.

20. Irregular Outfit Juxtaposition

Irregular outfit juxtaposition continues to be THE styling tool of our fashion era. The more contrasting and odd-to-the-eye a combination may seem, the more 2019 and fashion-forward it is. Sneakers both refined and athletically chunky are styled with every outfit. Faux-pas looks of the past are all the rage. What was thought of as unattractive and dowdy decades ago is hip and fab, and proportions that are just flattering enough reign supreme.

WOW. There are lots of trends that make me happy. I adore the ‘80s, high rises, white footwear, lace, acid wash, sour brights, statement denim, all shades of orange, flat footwear, cropped pants, structured fluidity, irregular outfit juxtaposition, anything that looks pretty, classic patterns, and pattern mixing. I’m going to milk the midi dress trend until the cows come home, add turquoise and bright green to my wardrobe, try a little beige with white, throw in a bright pants suit, and continue sporting my signature style. I’ll say no thank you to shorts, most things ‘90s, jumpsuits and oversized silhouettes.

Filter through the trends. Keep the ones that tickle your fancy on your radar, and leave the rest. Don’t stop rocking your signature looks, but do try something new. The “personal” in personal style means styling the trends YOUR way, which is the best part in all of this. Feel refreshed and empowered as the new season unfolds.

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Aganovich Couture Spring 2019

It was a striking scene. Ghostly couture silhouettes designed by Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor, the duo behind Aganovich, seemed eerier still once set against the backdrop of a carpenter’s workshop.
A roaring fire rattled the panes of the Parisian atelier to the sound of pigeons cooing while models slowly navigated their way along the machines, surrounded by wood planks and various hardware. The label’s second couture collection explored the story of a woman on a journey: “She’s armed and protected, but as she goes through life things happen and she becomes someone different,” Aganovich explained.
This was expressed by trailing unfinished hems, giving the impression of the looks unraveling before the viewers’ eyes. The models’ faces were constricted by veils, with the occasional addition of fake locks of hair piled on top of their heads.
The looks were all about contrast. White billowing silhouettes were pitted against yellow plaid suits, a Victorian gown followed a jacket with a structured waist, and a delicate feather-rimmed skirt was given a hard edge when paired with leather boots held up by safety pins.
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Maison Margiela Artisanal Spring 2019 Couture

Decadence — a word tingling with intrigue, and the new object of John Galliano’s fascination for his Maison Margiela Artisanal collection.
The designer spent the past four couture seasons defining “a New Glamour,” the results of which are the “blood coursing through the veins of the Maison Margiela,” he notes in the latest installment of the podcast, created to provide context to his collections. Now, he’s ready to move on.
The collection Galliano showed on Monday was all about decadence, which he equates with excess, and what’s more excessive today than the insatiable thirst for technology, especially among Gen Z types? “The overstimulation of computer-generated imagery alters reality and degenerates the truth. Chaotic and unsettling, it is a confusion of the senses rooted in an over-satiation that inevitably overspills,” his program read. He thus wondered if now is the time for a counter movement, one from frenzy to something resembling restraint.
The show space at Margiela headquarters fueled overstimulation, covered in a wild, aggressive graffiti motif made all the more dizzying by the mirrored floor. The only image to emerge with clarity from the visual dissonance was that of a poodle in a color Galliano loves — vibrant Yves Klein blue.

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GameStop Might Re-Invest in Core Gaming after $700 Million Spring Mobile Sale

GameStop will use proceeds from the recent $ 700 million sale of its Spring Mobile business to reduce outstanding debt, repurchase shares, or re-invest in the core gaming and collectibles business. The company announced the completion of the sale for the mobile company, which owns and operates 1,289 AT&T wireless stores, on Wednesday. Spring Mobile was […]

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Best Posts of 2018 – Spring Fling and a Mixed Bag

Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2018, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2018. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.

 

10 Men’s Style Things to Change Up for Spring / Summer

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Hey, you know what’s less than 3 months away? The first day of spring. For those of you that would choose warm weather over cold, and prefer fewer layers, let this bring you some solace. We’ll be able to use the advice in this post before you know it.

 

Style Scenario: Spring Temptation – On the Casual Side

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And to put a little more pep in your winter doldrums step, this Style Scenario was assembled utilizing picks from Spring Temptation: New Affordable Men’s Style Arrivals for 2018. We also put together a Middle Ground and Dressed Up look from the same batch of goods. Snow may still be flying, but we’ll be seeing spring retail arrivals before we know it.

 

Happy WIWT Stereotypical Dappered™ Look Day…

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If imitation is the best form of flattery, we were pretty flattered around these parts when a group of guys on Threads decided to create a Stereotypical Dappered Look Day. As can be seen on the WIWT thread, several readers dressed the part, and even found (or built) brick walls to pose in front of. We thought that was pretty damn cool.

 

In Review

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Over the years Dappered has reviewed a lot of offerings in the affordable men’s style arena, and 2018 saw the addition of several reviews, including the Target Goodfellow Keanu single monk (as seen above), selvedge denim from Amazon, a Timex x Todd Snyder collaboration, the Flight Bag from Saddleback, and more. We hope you guys find these reviews informative, and if you ever have an idea for a review send an email to joe@dappered.com.

 

This is my bag of buttons.

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Leave it to Joe to find existential meaning in one small bag of buttons.

 

Style Scenario: Spring/Summer Dad Style!

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The best part about this Style Scenario was that some guys on social media actually thought we were serious about this. You know who you are.

That wraps it up fellas. Once again, thank you so much for your readership of this site. Uncle Dappered wants you to know that without you he’d feel as useless as a button relegated to a bag of eternal inertia. Or something.


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Organization: Yumi KimWeb Site: http://www.yumikim.com Yumi Kim, a growing contemporary women’s brand based out of Soho, is looking for enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate interns for this Spring / Summer 2019 to assist in our corporate office. Design/production, wholesale, ecommerce, …

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ICYMI: Skin-Care Tools, Top Fashion Schools & Uniqlo U Spring 2019

Sure, we’re all glued to our phones/tablets/laptops/watches that barely tell time, but even the best of us miss out on some important #content from time to time. That’s why, in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories of the week to help you stay in the loop. No need to thank …

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AVENUE Q Will Close After 15 Years in NYC This Spring

AVENUE Q winner of three 2004 Tony Awards including Best Musical will conclude its celebrated 15 year run in New York on April 28, 2019, it has been announced by the show’s producers. Produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group, AVENUE Q will have played a total of 6537 performances upon closing from its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003 to its final performance at New World Stages 340 W. 50 St. on April 28 next year.
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Kim Jones Debuts Dior Men’s Spring Collection at Tokyo Pop-Up

BUZZING INTO TOKYO: Roughly 100 customers lined up outside Isetan’s men’s building in Shinjuku on Wednesday morning, waiting for the doors to open so they could get their hands on the spring 2019 men’s capsule collection that Kim Jones designed for Dior. It is the first offering released by the designer since he took over as artistic director.
For the capsule, Jones tapped New York-based artist Brian Donnelly, known professionally as Kaws, to reimagine the brand’s classic bee motif, as well as to create a new Dior logo specially for the collection.
At the pop-up, customers can purchase T-shirts to be customized in front of them with a spray gun that dispenses permanent ink in the chosen design. They are also printed with the date and the number of their purchase.
Exclusive to the Tokyo store are items that feature the Kaws bee in pink rather than yellow, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and small leather goods. Also available are Japanese selvedge denim jeans embroidered with the traditional boro method, and the iconic Dior Saddle bag, which Jones has reinterpreted for men for the first time.
Sunglasses and belts with buckles designed by Matthew Williams of Alyx and jewelry by Yoon Ahn complete the offering.
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Mistergentleman Men’s Spring 2019

Takeshi Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii’s shows have come to be known as a highlight of Tokyo Fashion Week, and this season was no different. Since they began staging runway shows, they have honed their style so that each collection is fun and uplifting, and stylish with a hint of humor. The theme for spring was “vibrant,” which was clearly illustrated through their diverse color palette.
The designers layered sheer T-shirts over solid ones, sheer bomber jackets over button-down shirts, and sheer shorts over khaki ones. Bright neon trim appeared on the cuffs of dress shirts and at the back of trenchcoats, and panels of contrasting fabric were added to moto jackets and short-sleeved shirts. A series of color-blocked leggings and body-hugging jumpsuits in mixed prints were worn under more formal pieces such as blazers and toggle coats.
From socks with sporty drawcord tops to bags made by Outdoor Products, Karrimor and Speedo, the accessories rounded out the collection with fun and function.

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Rabd Men’s Spring 2019

Name: Rabd
Main message: According to its profile, this brand aims to make “clothing that adds colors and [an] uplifting feeling for everyday life,” but you would never guess it from its spring collection. Designer Kanya Miki, a former assistant to John Galliano, showed a severe collection in shades of black, white and gray. He paired wide-legged, extralong pants with motorcycle jackets or a variety of T-shirts, some with asymmetric lines. While designed for men, the offering was shown on models of both genders to demonstrate its versatility.
The result: Rabd’s first runway outing showed a cohesive and consistent collection, but the looks were so similar that it often seemed they were being repeated over and over.

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Memuse RTW Spring 2019

Name: Memuse
Main message: Risa Aizawa evoked a child’s dress-up party with her latest show, seating a group of models in nude undergarments, neutral colored heels and blonde bob wigs on the floor in the center of her runway. Around them walked more models, who wore her fairytale-esque designs. With sweet, girly looks such as tulle or lace dresses covered in bows, frills and ruffles shown alongside more casual, real-world pieces including see-through raincoats and an oversize, gathered T-shirt dress printed with a cartoon character with eyes in her hair, it was like a modern-day “Alice in Wonderland.” Aizawa’s pastel palette and opulent textures, which included velour and jacquard, were contrasted by an out-of-place ankle-length, frilled frock in bright magenta, yellow, orange, blue and green.
The result: Considering her background working in a “maid café” and as a Japanese pop star, it’s not surprising that Aizawa’s design sensibility draws heavily from Tokyo subculture. And while the collection is unlikely to garner a widespread following, it’s sure to appeal to her fans and target audience.

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Berluti Men’s Spring 2019

While fellow designers Kim Jones at Dior and Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton were making splashy runway debuts in June, Kris Van Assche was quietly unveiling his first collection for Berluti to buyers in showroom appointments.
Editors discovered the collection this week, when it was presented in a temporary glass-walled pavilion designed by Jean Prouvé, set up on the Place de la Concorde in Paris to coincide with the FIAC contemporary art fair.
Designed as a prologue to his first runway show, scheduled for January, the capsule line reflected the mix of tailoring and sportswear that has been a trademark of Van Assche’s previous work, both at Dior men’s and for his own label.
Cropped-leg suits and white shirts, some with black leather patches, rubbed shoulders with smart cashmere blousons and hoodies, including one in paper-thin red lamb leather.
Van Assche used the Scritto, an 18th-century manuscript motif that normally appears on Berluti shoes, in a variety of guises: as a graphic black print on a white T-shirt, a multicolored pattern on a black shirt, or tone-on-tone jacquard accents on a cream tuxedo.
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Figue RTW Spring 2019

Stephanie von Watzdorf was awash in the afterglow of the Meghan Markle effect when presenting her spring Figue collection. The Duchess of Sussex wore a floral dress from the collection for her first speech on the royal tour in Fiji earlier this week. “She’s in Fiji, which is one of my dream destinations, and she’s talking about women’s empowerment and education, which is so on my radar, aside from animals and outfits,” said von Watzdorf, adding that Markle’s effect on sales is real.
As for the spring collection, von Watzdorf titled it Nomad Love. She culled decorative elements — stripes, beading, florals, embroidery — from nomadic tribes the world over and coalesced them into pajama tops and bottoms, silk and cotton caftans, peasant tops and robes that fit the bill for pretty, bohemian style whether you’re wandering the globe or going about your everyday life and want something that telegraphs “summer.” What felt newest were airy, voluminous cotton dresses in polka dots, a quilted ikat robe and a great pearl and evil eye jewelry collaboration with Beck Jewels.

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Tory Sport RTW Spring 2019

Two-and-a-half years after Tory Burch launched Tory Sport, the brand’s performance results are coming in. “It’s interesting to start to see what the business is coming to,” Burch said last week during a preview of the spring collection. “We’re starting to see what makes sense, less is more, and what is working for us.” The collection is not just cute, colorful and branded, although it is definitively all of those things — it’s also become a viable player in terms of performance wear. Yoga and running, particularly the seamless pieces, are doing well, as is golf.
For spring, Burch amped up the color with the Bauhaus principles of form and function in mind, working in fuchsia, red, green, blue and white in graphic stripes and lots of chevron. The clothes she wore to play sports in high school in the Seventies were on her mind, so chevron track jackets and silky soccer jerseys were updated in lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics as opposed to the pure polyester the vintage styles came in. Weatherproof outerwear stood out, as did a few fabulous chunky hand knit cotton sweaters that fell into Tory Sport’s “coming and going” category. There was a new tennis skort and

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Shohei RTW Spring 2019

Name: Shohei
Main message: Austrian designer Lisa Pek lived in Japan for two years, designing for a Japanese company. Not only did she meet her Japanese husband during this time, but the experience also shaped her design sensibility. She focuses on unique materials, including both sustainable fabrics and innovative performance textiles “in order to create fashion with a dynamic attitude.” In her debut Tokyo show, she used tech fabrics to craft color-blocked parkas, shorts and tube tops in navy, black, beige and orange. While Pek designs for both genders, the men’s offerings mimicked the designs for women, including jackets with zip-off sleeves and pants that unzipped to create shorts. Asymmetrical cutting and folding techniques added an edge to athleisure-style tube tops and dresses with drawstring details, while shirting fabrics were layered with jersey and other textiles to create deconstructed blouses.
The result: Pek’s European interpretation of Japanese style was an interesting addition to Tokyo Fashion Week, and demonstrated that the designer has potential to succeed both at home and abroad.

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The Top Spring 2019 Fashion Trends From the Runways

From New York and London to Milan and Paris, designers have dictated the top spring fashion trends. The trends ranged from voluminous drama to insta-ready bike shorts. See below and click through the gallery above for WWD’s analysis of the overall strong season.
Here, a look at WWD’s top nine fashion trends from the spring runways.
 
BIKE SHORTS: The spring runways gave a new spin to traditional bike shorts through sartorial styling, updated fabrics and even a few unitard silhouettes.
COCKTAIL SHAKERS: WWD’s genre of the short, sexy dresses, garnished with ample sass and retro feel.
CRAFT FAIR: Artisanal flourishes lent an artful aura to the spring collections. Craft elements such as patchwork, fringing, fabric bundles and hand-painting infused the clothes with personality and emotion.
PASTELS: Gentle pastels were everywhere for spring. While frothy dresses worked the expected side of a gentle palette, designers also drew from it to infuse sporty and street looks with an offbeat prettiness.
PICTORIALS: Pictorials were all over the spring runways in jacquards, intarsias and a multitude of prints. Interpretations ranged from beachside imagery and outdoor scenery at Etro and Prada to Jeremy Scott’s Polaroid self-portraits with edge.
PLEATS: These aren’t your typical folds. Designers pushed their creative juices to make this season’s standout

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St. John RTW Spring 2019

St. John presented a more streamlined and sleek collection during an intimate cocktail presentation in place of a showroom appointment for spring 2019. The brand felt even more elevated with mostly mannequins dressed in neutrals at the forefront of the floor-to-ceiling walls of the Glass Houses penthouse venue.
“We thought highlighting black, navy and white just sort of synthesized and streamlined it to the silhouette and form — to highlight slacks, jackets, dresses. There’s tons more color as well though,” explained Tom Jarrold, the brand’s senior vice president of marketing, branding and communications.
The silhouettes were light and easy: a long caftan continued from resort was updated in white, but also offered short and in fiery red. Transparencies made for important details in the collection on dresses and blazers. The brand is making due diligence to keep new collections close to its core DNA — continuing long line and tweed jackets, a wide array of “New Standard” basics, and dresses — while maintaining a less embellished, tightly edited and focused approach going forward.

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Anton Belinskiy RTW Spring 2019

Ukrainian designer Anton Belinskiy’s first fashion show had religious airs. Incense burned on the steps inside the Palais de Tokyo, while some models sported wimples.
Belinskiy explored the concept of belief, whether religious or just as a way of giving meaning to life. He relied on the imagery of the Orthodox Church, in reference to his mother’s faith and his own trips to the local church in Kiev. Religious nods were given a pop-culture spin: tiny icons were printed on simple cotton T-shirts, while a rainbow-hued circular icon was depicted on a pink beaded crop top.
Models, both male and female, carried big sports bags. “When people retreat into religion, they pack up all their belongings and disappear,” explained the designer, who founded his brand in 2009. Film stills from “Adam and Eve” were printed on leggings, skirts and trousers. Some models wore seashell necklaces, other carried ceramic donation baskets.
The show was fast-paced and youthful, but the looks were a bit all over the place. An orange shiny jumpsuit was followed by a denim leotard worn with colorful leggings, then a Hawaiian shirt, finally a black deconstructed bustier dress. Despite this, the whole offering was energetic and exciting. The finalist for the

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Pihakapi RTW Spring 2019

Canadian designer Vejas Kruszewski, who won the LVMH Prix Spécial prize in 2016, chose to put his namesake brand on hold to focus on a new project. Now in its second season, Pihakapi, a brand developed in partnership with Italian leather manufacturer Pellemoda, blends high-quality leather with the 21-year-old-designer’s radical vision.
“Because the brand is leather-focused, I like to build the collection around the outerwear,” said Kruszewski at the presentation of his spring collection (the first offering was shown during men’s fashion week, Pihakapi being a unisex brand.)
A black leather trenchcoat featured details from this season’s key inspirations: mini leather horns recalling the anatomy of the stag beetle on the sleeves and a flame shaped cowboy collar. The same details were reworked on denim and jersey, as well as on a side-slit black slipdress, a welcome update to the wardrobe staple.
“I was really interested in reworking Western wear,” said the designer, gesturing to a white linen skirt with a black leather holster detail. He also created a pair of “refined chaps,” playing on the dichotomy between leather and fabric. The chocolate-colored leather added texture and serious flair to a pair of well-cut black trousers. Throwing in a couple of Grecian draped

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Kolor RTW Spring 2019

A campaign video filmed in Hollywood and a tacky karaoke bar on the outskirts of Tokyo served as the perfect backdrop for this fun, crafty collection, with the models sped up and slowed down.
The signature inventiveness of Junichi Abe, an experienced patternmaker, was in fine form with offbeat touches like an accumulation of fabric textures on a skirt, the haphazard embroidery on lace collars of sweaters, and lines of tape used to join layers to garments — including a red tulle layer on a black T-shirt — or rework volumes, giving a DIY spin.
A series of triple-layered hi-tech anoraks mixing colors and materials to create depth were terrific. More cute in mood were the colored marled knits with contrast lace accents.
The designer also revisited traditional checks in polyester on neo-geek shirts, with oversized shapes used throughout the collection.

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Inès de la Fressange RTW Spring 2019

The collection, presented in a salon at the Ritz Paris, was strangely wrinkled. Not to worry — it was all part of Inès de la Fressange’s vision of Parisian chic. “People are scared of linen and see it as a difficult fabric,” said the designer. “But I wanted to show that things needn’t be perfectly ironed. It gives the feeling that you’re still on holiday.”
Nevertheless the effect was scruffy, and diverted the attention from the stronger points of the collection. There was a pair of “new denim” straight leg trousers in dark blue linen, created in reaction to the Parisian heat wave; a cowboy style red shirt — “because you can look Parisian wearing a shirt from Texas” — and an elegant two-piece beige checked suit, that de la Fressange herself was wearing.
Masculine-inspired tailoring was as efficient as always, but the designer seemed tired of churning out the same old “Parisienne” ideal. “People always think that chic has to be conventional, when there isn’t necessarily a link between the two things,” she said. “I’m bored with conventionalism.”
In reaction to that, the collection went full Seventies, with colorful printed silk shirts and flared trousers. The whole offering seemed to miss the

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Faces are officially out for spring, according to fashion

Apparently, nothing says spring 2019 like covering a runway model’s face. Catwalks across Europe have been filled with eye-catching, eyebrow-raising face coverings, from veiled beekeeper headwear to balaclavas. In London, avant garde designer Gareth Pugh paid homage to his late mentor, punk stylist Judy Blame, sending models down the runway wearing red-and-black printed masks with…
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Sacai RTW Spring 2019

Chitose Abe does what she does and she does it incredibly well. The colors, the patterns, the references change from season to season but the template remains the same — hybrid dressing. She makes it look easy. She makes it wearable. Keeping it current is a matter of her impeccable taste and exacting eye.
For spring, she cast her gaze on crisp white cottons, tuxedo shirts, fisherman jackets, florescent colors, trenchcoat khaki, denim, madras, polo shirts and painterly collages. That’s a lot of ground to cover and material blend without making a mess. Abe has pared down from her earlier collections. The volumes are more controlled, the number of garments fused together limited so a woman can break out a piece and work it into her wardrobe without fear of looking like a clown.
To list off all the looks in the spring lineup would be exhausting. The whites were worn with white. Trenches were fused with denim jackets. Polos merged into the painterly. It all made sense, if it didn’t warrant much in terms of critical assessment. It is what it is. It’s very good. How will it advance? It very well might not.

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