The New Way to Wear a Cuff Bracelet

The New York Fashion Week shows are finally winding down, which means it’s time to suss out the trends we’ve seen thus far. Something I’m definitely excited to try? This new way to style cuff bracelets or bangles.


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Spotted at Steven Alan (who decided to launch jewelry for his 20th anniversary) and Ralph Lauren, both designers layered the jewelry over the sleeves of thin knit sweaters rather than under or at the end of them. Cool and different, huh? Are you willing to give this a try or will you wear your bracelets the regular ol’ way? Discuss!


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These Colorful Spring Bags, Shoes, and Sunglasses Are Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day

The brighter the better when it comes to accessorizing this spring—so whether you’re choosing a new bag, a pair of sunglasses, or shoes, be sure to add a punch of color. There is something about color that brightens the mood of any day, don’t you think?
Take a look at my inspiration: A bright bag or necklace can be transformative.
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What are your favorites? Are you ready for a colorful accessory?


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U.S. Winter Olympics Uniforms: Glamour Goes Behind the Seams

by Sophia Chabbott
Senior online fashion editor, Alaïa enthusiast, collector of white button down shirts, shredded jean shorts, and huge fan of beach waves.

The Winter Olympics are almost upon us! The drama, the ambition, the…fashion? Well, yes! I recently had the chance to speak with Debra Criss, lead outerwear designer at Columbia Sportswear, a.k.a. the woman who is responsible for outfitting the U.S. Winter Olympics ski team in style and optimum function.

debra-crissHere’s Deb with Dylan Ferguson (USA Aerials) and Heather McPhie (USA Moguls).

Take a look at Deb and the design team at Columbia’s handiwork for Team USA:
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USA Moguls Uniform by Columbia Sportswear
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USA Aerials Uniform by Columbia Sportswear

Some fun and fascinating facts about creating uniforms for the Winter Olympics:

Glamour: How does Columbia go about starting to create Olympics uniforms?
Debra Criss: Columbia’s design team engaged directly with the athletes on multiple occasions to gain insight into how the uniforms could enhance performance. Based on extensive athlete input, Columbia’s design team integrated a slew of innovative details such as a unique Snow Camo pattern to help mask body movement—a key-judging component—for moguls skiers.

Glamour: What are some details that make the suits unique and high-functioning?
DC: The uniforms feature a patent-pending Columbia-designed ultra-lightweight and low-profile LightRail Zipper, which is bonded directly onto laser-cut fabric, completely eliminating the need for zipper tape and resulting in the lightest-weight waterproof zipper in the world. And, of course, all uniforms include Columbia’s Omni-Heat Reflective technology, for more warmth with less bulk

Glamour: Can you describe a few different needs for athletes of different sports?
DC:When it comes to moguls, moguls skiers face the unenviable task of having to appear completely calm and smooth as they’re pummeled by the mountain’s most challenging terrain. To help mask body movement, we developed a custom snow camouflage that actually mimics the look of moguls themselves, using gray tones to break up white space.
For aerials, [we employed] elongated, tight stretchable uniforms are critical to ensure scoring is accurate. They are judged on keep their bodies straight and long, which is why the uniforms have bold lines and are extremely fitted, which the jackets attaching to the pants with an inner zipper at the waist.

Glamour: What is the most outlandish thing an athlete has asked you for?
DC:One of our athletes had used shoelaces to extend the suspenders of his previous uniform in order to keep his pants low according to the style on the half-pipe. We went to work to develop extra-long suspenders that adjust easily to accommodate the super-low look that a few of the athletes told us they preferred.
The athletes also told us that to differentiate between their jackets, they wrote their names directly on the fabric. Thus, we put a nameplate on each piece for their names or an inspirational message.

Glamour: Does Sochi present tough climatic challenges?
DC: The conditions in Sochi are quite variable and could be quite warm and raining to snowy and cold. Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective helps regulate body temperature with little silver dots that reflect and retain the warmth your body generates. The breathable material also dissipates moisture and excess heat. For freestyle skiers who compete in varying temperatures and weather, this versatility is critical to staying focused on their performance. This technology also means more warmth with less bulk, which is ideal for maintaining maximum athletic mobility.

Glamour: We hear the uniforms are somewhat customizable….
DC: If there’s one thing that our multiple focus groups with freestyle ski athletes taught us, it’s that they’re fiercely individual. Because of that, we built in opportunities for self-expression wherever we could. The interchangeable patches feature country-specific graphics that range from playful to traditional—they’re also great for trading with new international friends.

It’s something you wouldn’t normally see on an Olympic uniform but an important extra touch to offer the athletes.

In addition to Team USA, Columbia also designed the uniforms for Canada’s and Russia’s Olympic ski teams. Take a look:

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Russia Aerials Uniform by Columbia Sportswear

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Canada’s Ski Uniform by Columbia Sportswear

So, what do you think of Team USA’s uniforms? It’s getting me all kinds of excited for the Olympics next month. What about you?

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The Understated Handbag Worth Investing in This Spring

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the label A.L.C.
Any design house that understands that women want to look chic, feel sexy, and have their bra straps covered at all times has my utmost devotion. So when I visited the designer’s showroom recently to discover the brand’s first-ever handbags, you can imagine my glee (ask anyone at the Glamour offices: I showed the look books to seemingly the entire staff—that’s how excited I was). Hooray for everyone, because today they become available for sale on Shopbop, Barneys New York, and Nordstrom, to name some.


What I love about the collection is the simplicity—white, black, leopard, gray go perfectly with every spring trend— but also their specialness. The bags are unique, sculptural almost, which validates their investment status. They also have tons of pockets (either hidden or exposed), shoulder straps options or top handles, and a mini cross-body that can go from Coachella to an elegant dinner out. So while I won’t be buying many bags this spring, I’m going to go for this leopard one below, and I plan to wear it throughout the fall as well (it’s all about cost per wear, right? Right.). They retail from $495 to $895.


Take a look at some highlights from the collection, and let me know what you think!

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Have you chosen a spring bag yet? What shape and color are you looking for?


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What Are Fashion Editors Really Buying This Spring? This Glamour Editor Reveals Her Spring Shopping List!

It’s a balmy 40 degrees in New York City today (practically bikini weather, by Polar Vortex standards) and I’ve got a jones to shop for spring clothes! While we’ve been looking at spring collections since last September, it’s still sometimes overwhelming to get your wardrobe started (Which trends will you invest in? Which will you pass on? What’s a lust or a must?). So, I’m super excited to play with our shopping site, Shop Glamour. As Christina mentioned, our editors have curated the best of the best—the chic of the chic, if you will—of clothes, accessories and fabulous beauty products all for you.


Here’s what I’m excited for. Check out all of my picks here:
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I choose my outfits based on my shoes and I cannot wait to get these high-heeled gladiators from Belle by Sigerson Morrison. They make the most comfortable heels for spring and summer. I will LIVE in these (fair warning: you might get tired of me talking about these. That’s how much I love them).


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I’ve been carrying a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag all winter and really like the bucket shape. So this one, by Ofantique, will be a good transition for summer. I like the boho-vibe of it.


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This scarf by Ketzali will keep me warm on cool spring nights, not to mention the soon-to-be air conditioned office!


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This ring by Ayaka Nishi is so organic and cool. So me!


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A mid-length pleated skirt in copper? Etienne Aigner, you just know me so well. This skirt is EVERYTHING.


Tell me: what’s on your spring shopping list?


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Date-Night Makeup Idea: Pair Your Irresistible Bold Lipstick With Sweet Shimmery Eye Makeup

by Beth Shapouri Email me
Beauty and lifestyle writer, ’80s pop culture enthusiast and self-proclaimed best person alive.

Whatever you and your significant other have planned for the weekend, this pretty makeup option on Julianne Hough is sure to please. I mean, a bold lipstick and shimmery eye makeup? Kind of a no-brainer.

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You’ll notice that her lips are semi-matte. That makes them a little less dressy than a matte but not as pinup-y as shiny lipstick. That’s the first date-friendly key here.

The second is the exactly choice of shimmery eye makeup.
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There’s a warmth to the gold here that almost blends in with her skin tone. It’s subtle but glowing and smoldering and makes her look like a pretty fairy any dude would be lucky to take to the opera or to dinner or to coffee or whatever.

Gold eye and red lips—that’s a match I promise you is made in heaven. You and your date, well, that I can’t promise, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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