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Dedicated to the latest must haves in fashion and accessories, POPSUGAR Fashion provides the wishlist before the waitlist!



Published: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:34:15 -0700

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12 Pairs of Shoes No One Will Believe You Bought at Zara

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0700

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There are two kinds of fashion girls in this world: those who shop religiously at Zara and those who believe the retailer is vastly overrated. Even if you find yourself in the latter camp, I'm willing to wager you'll change your tune after a glimpse of the shoes you can find on the site right now. Crafted with luxe-looking details and the season's biggest trends in mind, these are the styles that'll make your friends do a double take and stare in disbelief when you tell them where you found 'em (and how much you paid!). Read on for the 12 pairs hanging out in our virtual carts.

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I Binge-Shopped Swimsuits at Forever 21 and Spent Less Than $100

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0700

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I write about swimsuits a lot, from the must-have piece to guides on bikini bottoms. Naturally, one would assume that when it comes to shopping for a swimsuit, I know the exact item I want and at an affordable price, too. Sadly, that is not the case. I have the same struggles as all shoppers when it comes to looking for "the one," including fit (I have a long torso and small bust) and style (some one-pieces look so weird on me). As you can see, I have plenty of problems working against me, and I know I'm not alone. Finding the right swimsuit for your body type is f*cking hard!

It took me two months to find bathing suits I wanted to wear on vacation in Jamaica (there's a story here, I promise). And where I found the lovely pieces is the most surprising part. I bought them online from - drum roll, please - Forever 21! I had not forgotten about this fast-fashion retailer, but I had shied away from shopping there to refrain from impulse buys. But my search for bikinis inevitably led me back to the website, and I discovered an assortment of cute, affordable swim pieces. There were trend-driven styles like off-the-shoulder and solid colors like beige and black for minimalists. The only downside was that some swimsuits were final sale, which meant I would be stuck with my selections whether they fit or not.

I weighed the pros and cons, ultimately deciding to buy an off-the-shoulder floral set and tropical floral one-piece. I really love floral prints. I punched in my credit card information and prayed that when my package came, everything would fit. A week later, my fears were eased when both swimsuits I ordered turned out to fit exactly right and I had only spent $52.70 total. I immediately regretted my previous one-piece purchase from a different store and rushed to return the $114 "seersucker underwire" style. It had promised a long-torso fit but only left me with extra saggy fabric at the butt.

Long story short, my blast-from-the-past store, Forever 21, gave me swimsuits that I really love and I'll definitely wear again for Summer. As for all the money I saved? It paid for all those piña coladas I drank on the beach.

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8 Ways to Score an Invite to the Met Gala

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:45:00 -0700

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Like the Oscars, but for fashion, a seat at the Met Gala is a sign of some serious clout in the style world. Sure, anyone can check out the exhibit after opening night, but the red carpet event is reserved for those who receive an exclusive invitation - or perhaps, finagle an invite from Anna Wintour herself.

A lot of the time, celebrities are invited with a designer who then dresses them for the event (and usually poses with them on the red carpet for photos), but there are a handful of other ways the 700 guests end up in the same room - let's break it down:

  1. You're loaded: Tickets run about $25,000 a pop, but if you've got the cash, you could theoretically buy your way in. Hey, it's for charity, after all.
  2. You're a benefactor: Along the same lines, if you've got the cash and you've been a big-time supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you'll likely get an invite for the annual gala.
  3. You're a sponsor: If you're not independently wealthy but you happen to work for a corporate sponsor of the gala, you could wind up rubbing elbows with Anna at the event. Past sponsors have included Amazon and Moda Operandi and 2017's sponsors include Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino. Talk about a job perk.
  4. You're famous: Buzzy stars like Lena Dunham and Gigi Hadid don't shell out for their tickets; they're invited. Each year, Vogue staffers pull together a list of the hottest names, then send them as suggestions to the fashion houses who've bought tables to take them as their guests. That's how the designer-celebrity matches are made.
  5. You're friends/dating/related to someone famous: OK, so maybe you're not Taylor Swift, but if you're a member of the squad, that could just be enough to score an invite.
  6. You work at Vogue: Anna's not the only one repping the publication - the guest list includes a handful of top editors and executives, and more junior editors who often work the event.
  7. You're performing: Each year, the Met Gala enlists a top performer to entertain the crowd. Past performances have included The Weeknd and Nas at the 2016 gala and Kanye performed in 2013 - so naturally, Kim got to come along.
  8. You're working: Maybe you couldn't convince Anna to sell you a ticket, but if you happen to work alongside a celebrity, say as a publicist, or you're part of the wait staff or an event photographer, you're in!

We realize you've only got a few days till the event to make it happen, but if all else fails, consider our red carpet coverage here for your back-up plan!

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You May Not Know the Ladies of Twin Peaks, but You've Been Taking Cues From Their Looks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:30:00 -0700

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What can I say about David Lynch's cult '90s TV show, Twin Peaks? At first, I didn't know what to think when my boyfriend suggested we watch the show. Side note: he's a massive Lynch fan and constantly sings James's cringe-worthy song "Just You" for giggles. One episode in, I was hooked not just for the suspenseful storyline and Agent Dale Cooper's undying love of coffee (because same) but for the leading ladies' style, too. I even bought a David Lynch illustrated t-shirt by NYC brand DeerDana, for crying out loud.

The mastermind behind these iconic looks was costume designer Patricia Norris, and the show earned her an Emmy for outstanding costume design in a series in 1990. A majority of the show's costumes are quintessential '90s, and as you probably know, this era, including these sunglasses, is having a major moment. From Audrey Horne to Laura Palmer (and yes, even the Log Lady), let's revisit their biggest style moments from the classic '90s show just in time for the new season to air on Showtime on May 21.

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The 2 Things This Fashion Editor Always Shops at Target

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:20:00 -0700

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Upon entering Target, some ladies run to the swimsuit section while others immediately start to search for leftover pieces from the latest designer collaboration. And maybe the shoe connoisseurs head to footwear, knowing they can shop the Converse brand for less. Me? I go straight to the men's department. It's here that I secure two of my biggest wardrobe staples: plain white tees and crewneck sweatshirts, both of which happen to be Hanes.

While these are the most casual pieces in my closet, I wear them regularly. I own the fleece-lined sweatshirts in almost every color, and I use them to help balance out my fancy metallic midi skirts at least once a week. The t-shirts are made from fabric so soft that I practically live in them, from the gym to brunch to a night out, once I've added a leather jacket. Scroll to see why I'll never stop buying these must haves from the great land of Target, and why I highly suggest you follow suit.

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An Urban Outfitters Employee Just Spilled 12 Must-Know Secrets

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:15:00 -0700

Urban Outfitters offers a shopping experience like no other. One moment you're knee-deep in a glorious assortment of mom jeans that rival your local thrift store, and just steps away, a stunning array of candles and beauty products await your perusal. Call it what you want, but this hipster haven of a store is definitely one of our go-to options for trendy clothes with a guaranteed cool-girl edge (even if it does drain our piggy banks). But there's a lot more to the popular store than meets the eye, so we reached out to an Urban Outfitters employee to get the inside scoop on the shopping deals and hacks you may not know about. Read on for the 12 tips that'll change your shopping experience. 1. You can get a 10-15 percent discount for clothing imperfections - even deodorant marks! Yes, you read that correctly. If you fall in love with the perfect sundress in the fitting room only to find there's a tiny hole or stain on it, you can ask for a discount on the item. And those pesky white deodorant marks fall under the list of imperfections. "Deodorant marks are up to the manager's discretion, but with all URBN companies, the most important thing is to make the customer happy, so if they give us a hard time on it, we will just try to please them," the Urban employee explained. If you stumble upon something in the home decor section, the same discount holds true. "The same discount does apply to home items, and sales associates will generally look for scratches, dents, or any other imperfection," the UO employee said. 2. Basics sell out the fastest, so stock up while you can! Much to our surprise, those tried-and-true white t-shirts fly off the racks way faster than the store's of-the-moment items we assumed everyone would be pining to snatch up, like iridescent jackets and backpacks. "I would say that our basics sell out quicker than our on-trend items," the employee said. "For example, our basic Out From Under gray and black sweatpants sell out quicker than our supertrendy dresses." 3. The beauty products are worth a browse - and you can land some pretty sweet deals! If you need a break from your usual drugstore finds, Urban offers a pretty sweet collection of beauty products that customers can't get enough of. The employee noted that Mario Badescu, NYX, Lime Crime, and Milk products are typically the most popular. But the best deal of them all? The face masks, which are always four for $10. What a steal! Related10 Shopping Hacks That'll Save You Big Time at Your Favorite Stores 4. You can hack your way to free shipping. If you fall in love with an item while online shopping but don't feel like spending extra for shipping costs, there's an easy hack to help you avoid that additional charge. "You can get free shipping on any order if you call the store directly and have them order it for you instead of placing it yourself online," the employee said. Just be sure to have the product's SKU number and your debit or credit card handy! 5. There's really only one way to avoid the hectic fitting room madness. "The biggest tip I have for the fitting room is to make sure you only have to do one trip. So, make sure you spend time on the floor getting everything you want so you don't have to do more than one trip to the fitting room." 6. Items on the store floor are moved around frequently - like, super frequently. We've all been there: Against your better judgment, you walk into a store the day before payday only to find seven items you absolutely need in your wardrobe but don't have the money for. So you place them back on the racks and vow to come back the very next day to grab them. But it turns out you may not be able to find those same items the following day as quickly as you'd hoped. "Things on the floor are moved around every day and are merchandised by the store merchandiser and display artist. They are usually moved around based on how in trend items are and how things are selling." 7. Ther[...]



This Magical Handbag Merges Your 2 Favorite Accessories Together as 1

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:55:00 -0700

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Fashion's latest must-have bag comes complete with a bangle for the handle. The OG design comes from Chloé. Called the Nile, the crescent-like pouch is equipped with a metal bracelet, making for a look that's dainty and ladylike on the streets. For Fall 2017, Clare Waight Keller updated the silhouette and introduced the Pixie, another satchel with jewelry-like hardware. Soon after, Simon Miller rolled out a miniature bucket bag in an array of colors, complete with two silver rings - it's similar but a touch more minimal.

This only ensures the trend is here to stay - the handful of alternative carry-alls you can buy provide the same look. All have metal-top handles for you to slip onto your wrist, allowing you to forgo a cuff or extra jewels altogether. Get inspired ahead, then read up on all the accessories that have staying power this year.

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A Former Forever 21 Employee Breaks Down Everything You Need to Know

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:35:00 -0700

Forever 21 is a girl's dream come true when it comes to fast fashion. I worked there for almost two years, and I learned a lot of insider shopping secrets during my time at the store. It's probably why half of my closet comes from there - I know exactly what to look for. There are so many strategies for finding standout pieces with small price tags. You should take my word for it when I say that these are genius hacks that will take your shopping experience to the next level. Read on to find out what you need to know. 1. The good stuff is "blended" in the back. When there's only one size left of a particular item, sales associates are taught to take those onesies and "blend" them into a rack of other clothes. Basically, they hang that product behind a batch of clothes in a similar shade. If there's only one item of a certain style left, that usually means it was very popular and on trend so it sold fast. Look at the back of racks to find cute pieces you wouldn't normally see while walking around. They're literally hidden gems. 2. You can get a 10 percent discount on flawed or damaged products. If you find something with a stain, tear, or missing button, a store manager will give you a 10 percent discount without blinking an eye. If the damage is too terrible, the store won't sell it to you and will return it back to the warehouse. This is a great way to get a little money off of your purchase if it's an easy stain to remove or button to sew. 3. Shop between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on weekdays. Most customers think it's best to rush into the store right when it opens (for many locations that's 9 a.m.), but they've got it all wrong. Employees are still unpackaging new products and putting misplaced items where they belong, so 10 a.m. on a weekday is the perfect time to go. There are very few customers, so you'll avoid a long line. Plus, the brand-new items were just put out on the floor. It doesn't get any better than that. 4. No, everything is not out on the floor. If an employee tells you that all their stock is on the store floor for you to see, they're lying. Forever 21 stores have back rooms with all sorts of clothes and shoes. That being said, if a product is out, all the sizes are probably out. All the inventory of one particular item goes out all at once. But if you're looking for a new product you saw online, it might be hiding in the back, waiting for its debut. 5. Each section of the store is organized by style and targeted to specific women. If you find yourself gravitating toward a certain area of the store, it's probably because all the clothing in that section falls under a particular style. Every few weeks, Forever 21's merchandising team goes into the store after business hours and organizes each section of the store by trends. The store is changing constantly. One of my favorite lines is called Forever 21 Contemporary. It consists of sleek basics with special details; the fabrics tend to be a higher quality than most of the other clothes. 6. There are online-only pieces that are on trend and well made. If you're shopping online, keep an eye out for items labeled "web exclusive" right below the listed price. These are limited-edition pieces you won't find in stores. Most of these products are sourced from other brands with great fabric qualities and designs. I always find myself filling up my shopping cart with these products. 7. The store mannequins are changed every week. One of the downsides of shopping at Forever 21 is that employees are absolutely not allowed to give you clothes off the mannequin. However, the mannequins have a clothing change day that occurs once a week. If you're longing for a product that a mannequin is wearing, you can give a sales associate your name and number, and they will call you when the outfit change is happening. They will usually keep those items on hold for you for one day so you can [...]



Wait - It's Been How Long Since These Iconic Outfits Made Their Onscreen Debuts?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:25:00 -0700

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Want to feel nostalgic super quick? Just rewatch an old movie or TV show. For fashion girls, we particularly gravitate toward oldies (but goodies) like The Devil Wears Prada for both the storylines and the clothes. There's something so satisfying about watching a style transformation or witnessing past onscreen trends reemerge IRL. We've come to realize too just how much time has passed since our favorite screen-style moments occurred. Did you know it's been 14 years (?!) since Kate Hudson wore that yellow dress in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? If that doesn't already shock you, read on to see the other movie dates we've uncovered. You'll feel a huge dose of nostalgia in an instant.

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Your Met Gala Horoscope Determines What You'd Wear to the Ball

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0700

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We don't know if you trust your horoscope, but we are familiar with your zodiac sign, along with its associated power colors and personality traits. From that, along with our extensive knowledge about the Met Gala and our memory of past looks, we're able to connect you with just the right dress. Yes, if you received a golden ticket from the one and only Anna Wintour, we suggest you start here with the look we've matched to your sign. Scroll to check out our well-founded options.

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We've Gone Starry-Eyed For This 1 Print

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:40:00 -0700

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Once in a blue moon, there's a motif that catches on like wildfire in the fashion world, and the one we've been seeing everywhere? Stars. You've probably already spotted this trend in one of your fitness classes with everyone fangirling over these amazing star-print leggings, and since then, this print has really taken off. At the risk of sounding super corny (who am I kidding, I love corny), this starry print is truly out of this world. From star-covered bandanas to matching printed pajama sets, there's no amount of overkill when it comes to this galactic print. Have a look at our starry roundup and shop the trend ahead.

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14 Gorgeous Dresses Under $100 to Get You Through Spring

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:25:00 -0700

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After you've finished your annual Spring cleaning session and packed away all of your Winter jackets and puffers, you're probably left wondering what to do with all of that empty space? Go shopping and fill it back up with the latest trends and Spring essentials, of course.

Dresses are the perfect way to update your wardrobe for the Spring weather. They're easy to slip on when you're crunched for time and they're a breeze to wear. From a slinky slip dress to a pom-pom-lined number, we're covering the best styles you need to know this Spring. The best part? All of these 14 dresses are under $100, which means you look and feel like a million bucks without having to break the bank.

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Meet Nike's Most Instagramable Sneakers - the VaporMax

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:05:00 -0700

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Let's be a real for a minute - when are we not looking for a pair of Instagram-worthy sneakers? Since their release in March, one pair of sneakers we've been seeing all over our social media feeds is the Nike Air VaporMax. Sure, these lightweight sneakers were created to provide runners with the feeling that they're running on air, but fashion girls everywhere have a different idea.

We've seen these knitted sneakers, which feature Nike's revolutionary clear sole, being paired with leather pants, culottes, and slip dresses. Needless to say, it seems like these kicks can match anything in your closet. Have a look at some of the most stylish outfits and buy yourself a pair of the Flyknit ones below. Also, keep your eyes out for the new Asphalt color scheme which drops tomorrow.

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Kim Kardashian's Bikini Will Give You Logomania Like You Haven't Seen Since 2001

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:50:00 -0700

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If you're getting the sense that Kim Kardashian and her younger sister Kylie Jenner have been on the same wavelength recently, you wouldn't be far off. Right after Kylie announced new Lip Kit shades based on Kim's personal style, Kim went on vacation for Kourtney's 38th birthday, and she packed her vintage Dior bikini. So what's the connection, you ask? Well, we immediately got flashbacks to the Louis Vuitton monokini Kylie wore to Coachella in 2016.

The immediately recognizable monograms on both suits make them iconic, and both Kim and Kylie snapped selfies to show all their fans. Of course, with the news that luxury fashion group LVMH just bought Christian Dior for a whopping $13 billion, Kim's two-piece seems like the real prized possession. But maybe it all just boils down to this: Kim and Kylie make quite the case for logo swimwear. Scroll for a look at their own investments, then shop for similar designs from alternative brands.

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5 Classic Wedding Dress Silhouettes and the Undergarments You Should Wear With Them

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:45:00 -0700

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Wedding dress shopping can be stressful enough, so we're hardly thinking about what we'll be wearing underneath once we've found it. Fortunately, we have experts to think about these things. So, we enlisted the help of Lanie List from Lovely Bride to give us the rundown on the undergarments you'll need for when you say yes to the dress. Hey, the last thing you want is a rogue bra strap popping up in your wedding portraits. Read on to get all the solutions, tips, and tricks straight from Lanie - and take them with you to your next fitting.

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How Edgy Girls Are Doing Pastels This Spring

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:20:00 -0700

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Looking forward to Spring fashion means we can ceremoniously peel off our heavy wools and other itchy Winter pieces. Shedding the moody hues that have been dominating our wardrobes all season is practically a reason to celebrate. What better way to showcase our enthusiasm than by injecting our closets with color?

This Spring, everyone from the ultrafeminine style setter to the downtown fashion girl is eagerly adding a little pastel to her closet. Inspired by this behavior, we looked to must-have pieces from Macy's Spring collection. Curious how to get the look? We styled four head-to-toe outfits that blend the cool-girl aesthetic with fresh, seasonal updates.

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We Have a Huge Style Crush on Yara Shahidi and Don't Care Who Knows It

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:15:00 -0700

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A new crop of young, talented stars are taking over Hollywood, and one of them is Yara Shahidi. The 17-year-old actress and teen activist is best known for her role in Black-ish, playing the older daughter of Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross). TV credits aside, Yara has scored fashion covers on Essence and Teen Vogue and was the face of Beyoncé's Ivy Park line, which officially solidified her status as a cool girl.

Yara's journey to stardom, of course, includes attending red carpet events and award shows. This is where she really shines as a fashion chameleon, wearing the likes of Naeem Khan and Off-White. Her youthful and sophisticated fashion sense easily makes her one of our style crushes, and she even has fashion icon Michelle Obama's stamp of approval. Ahead, glance at Yara's carefully crafted looks and you'll end up enchanted with her too.

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How a Foot Injury Changed My Style For the Better

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

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Get Your Wardrobe Inspiration From the Magical City of Tulum

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:55:00 -0700

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Tulum, Mexico, has quickly become a hotspot for fashion bloggers and wanderlust travelers looking for a vacation. From its pristine sandy beaches (that serve as the perfect Instagram backdrop) to the amazing local culture, it's no surprise that we're seeing this destination all over our social media feeds. But there's something else we've noticed when double-tapping those 'grams, and that's the amazing wardrobe it has inspired.

We've been seeing the city's love of ruffles, pom-poms, and tassels influence brands halfway across the world. Tularosa and Faithfull the Brand have perfectly captured the laid-back aesthetic with pieces that look like they're specifically made for vacationing on this little slice of beachy heaven. We're talking everything from off-the-shoulder tops, striped rompers, and colorful pom-pom-covered sandals - it's hard not to see the influence Tulum has had on some of Spring's biggest trends. From statement-making one-pieces to wicker basket bags, here's how you can steal the style without having to hop on a plane.

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The Fashionable Sister/DJ Duo You've Been Seeing All Over Instagram

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:45:00 -0700

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When you're best friends with Gigi Hadid and Selena Gomez, you better have the style to match. Luckily for sisters/DJs Simi and Haze Khadra (aka SIMIHAZE), one could even argue that their fashion choices surpass their famous friends.

The Saudi-born Palestinian sisters attended their first Chanel show at the tender age of 14 and haven't slowed down since. These identical twins have a penchant for vintage attire (think old graphic tees, newsboy hats, and Gucci/Louis Vuitton sets). They've also been spotted in those tiny '90s sunglasses that have been making a comeback this season. Scroll on to see some of their best looks ahead.

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Bella Hadid's Hip Cleavage Is the New Thighbrow

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:30:00 -0700

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Oh, the fashion trends the world's sexiest models and stars dream up. From the Kardashian family's "lampshading" to the "thighbrow" they create by striking a pose in their swimsuits, there is no end to the little tweaks they make to their clothes, all to turn heads. Bella Hadid's got a new trick she's been employing, slipping into high-leg bodysuits and tugging her track pants down below her hip bone to create a makeshift cutout.

The sliver of skin is what we're calling "hip cleavage," and it seems Kylie Jenner is on board, too. She was spotted rocking the look with a bikini underwear set and sweats months ago. Of course, it's not difficult to create a leisure outfit like this one if you're into the style. Just scroll to get inspired, then shop baggy trousers and tight-fitting bodysuits to coordinate on your own.

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How to Get Away With Wearing Activewear to Work

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:30:00 -0700

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Listen, we've all thought about how we could wear yoga pants to work without looking like a slob. In fact, we've all probably worn them when we definitely had no intention of going to the gym in the first place.

With the athleisure trend getting stronger than ever, we thought it was about time we answered this age-old question on how to make these off-the-clock staples work-appropriate. Plus, we're listing the key sportswear pieces you need to make this happen. From a full tracksuit to a modern cleat, here's how you can get away with wearing activewear to the office.

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Bella Hadid Has a Thing For This Type of Bikini

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:05:00 -0700

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Let's be real, who would want to be at Coachella when you could be hanging out on a yacht in Dubai? Bella Hadid ditched the festival for that exact reason. The supermodel was in Dubai to host a dinner for Dior (she's the brand ambassador for Dior Beauty). She might not have been in Indio, but she still delivered on festival-ready style.

Bella relaxed on a boat in a cobalt blue triangle bikini top and high-waisted bottoms. This wasn't the first time we've seen her in this style - she wore a similar two-piece in red during her trip to Mexico. Take a look at her simple, yet sexy bikini and shop similar versions below.

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You'll Want to Zoom In on the Electric Blue Clutch Princess Victoria's Carrying

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:20:00 -0700

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We've given you many reasons (44 to be exact) Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is the royal glamazon you need to follow. And, if that wasn't enough, the princess's recent monochrome outfit is another one to add to the ever-growing list.

Princess Victoria stunned at an event in The Netherlands in a head-to-toe electric blue ensemble. While her Escada dress and matching blue pumps were gorgeous, we couldn't help zoom in on that amazing oversize clutch she was carrying. The sold-out Stella McCartney bag is officially the silhouette of the Summer, and you can bet you'll be seeing a lot more of this style in the upcoming months. Shop similar versions of the clutch for your own closet below.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Fashion Force Behind Comme des Garcons

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0700

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Rei Kawakubo is undoubtedly considered a visionary in the fashion world. Since the Japanese designer's work is being examined at this year's Met Gala - which takes place every year on the first Monday of May - we wanted to give you a little more background on the designer. After all, Rei's unique aesthetic has earned her the title of the second living designer to be honored at the Costume Institute (Yves Saint Laurent was the first with his 1983 exhibit).

Rei founded Comme des Garcons back in 1969 and is the mastermind behind some of the most jaw-dropping designs. Comme des Garcons, which is French for "like boys," is based in both Tokyo and Paris. Interestingly enough, Rei has never had any formal design training and is completely self-taught. Another thing you may not know? Rei along with her husband, Adrian Joffe, founded the cult retail bazaar Dover Street Market in 2004.

Rei's known for avant-garde designs that are full of voluminous proportions and shapes. Over 150 pieces from Rei's designs dating back to the early 1980s will be showcased at the Costume Institute. They will be broken up into eight dichotomies, including Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes, blurring the line between fashion and art.

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