The Best Bustiers For Women 2019 And How To Wear Them

One of the most frequently referenced celebrity looks is Selena Quintanilla’s signature bustier. She’d wear bedazzled ones and strappy ones; she’d wear them with flared pants and with cowboy boots. Every single one was iconic. And for years, it’s been replicated by celebrities like Cardi B, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj. Off stage (or off the red carpet), though, it has remained a pretty puzzling garment, one that doesn’t easily translate to everyday wear. But it’s 2019—flip flops have been sent down more than the runway and it’s generally understood that tie-dye isn’t just for sleep away camp anymore. Which is to say: Anything feels possible in the realm of fashion. And that means it’s time to embrace bustiers, even if you’re not performing a sold-out concert.

According to Google, people are, at the very least, intrigued by bustiers. The term gets about 60,000 searches a month, and interest has remained steady over time. Once you commit, the question becomes: How do you wear a bustier? Do you go down the suit route or embrace its femininity by styling it with a pair of oversized trousers and nothing else?

The next step might be to check Instagram for ideas. And odds are you’ll eventually end up on Lucia Zolea‘s profile. She’s the owner of the eponymous vintage store and makes bustiers look as easy to wear as your favorite white T-shirt to her her 136,000 Instagram followers.

“I love the freedom of being able to have fun with style, especially with things I feel strong in,” Zolea says. “Bustiers make me feel beautiful, and I feel they add a delicateness and feminine silhouette to any outfit.”

We asked Zolea to share her knowledge on how to wear a bustier. As she told us: “There’s no limit to where clothing can and cannot be worn.” Challenge accepted.

The Best New Makeup Launches Coming This Year | May 2019

It seems like every time you open Instagram, a beauty brand is launching a new palette, lipstick, or contour kit. While it certainly keeps getting ready fun, the sheer volume of products dropping on the regular makes it impossible to try everything—or even know where to start. That’s where our beauty team comes in. Luckily for you (and us), it’s our job to sort through the piles (and piles) of makeup that cross our desks each month to narrow down the best new makeup launches that are worth adding to your collection. From a highlighter that’s (maybe) too pretty to use to a game-changing mascara, this month’s launches are damn good. Check in all month as we add our favorites from May to the list.

Buckingham Palace Just Gave a Status Update on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Baby

Apologies to anyone who’s spent hours crafting a detailed theory that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal baby is already here, but Buckingham Palace just made a rare statement that basically told everyone to chill out.

In an interview with CBS News on Thursday morning, May 2, the institution denied rumors that Markle had already given birth and confirmed that the child “hasn’t been born yet.”

The update comes after weeks of jam-packed speculation: Last Friday the Internet went nuts when reports emerged of an ambulance spotted near Frogmore Cottage, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live. Some thought it meant that the big moment had finally come and Markle had gone into labor, but many changed their minds when they saw that Prince Harry was out and about in London alongside his sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. He recently offered another hint by announcing a trip to the Netherlands on May 8 and 9, leading people to think that his kid will be born before then.

Still, questions have lingered—but this is the first firm “no baby” we’ve received from Buckingham Palace, which has been quiet about the whole situation. We did hear from the palace in early April, when representatives shared that, to the chagrin of eager fans, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want their baby news to remain private until they’re ready to share.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the statement said. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The duke and duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

Unfortunately, the new Buckingham Palace update doesn’t give us any other details. Looks like everyone is going to have to keep scouring every corner of the Internet for potential clues.

Adele Broke Her Silence on Her Divorce in the Funniest Way Possible

In mid-April, news broke that Adele and her husband, Simon Konecki, were [separating( after two years of marriage. “Adele and her partner have separated,” an email statement from the singer read. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

And the pop icon has stayed true to her word: She hasn’t said anything else about her split from Konecki—but a meme she just posted to her Instagram low-key acknowledges it. On Wednesday, May 1, Adele put up two side-by-side photos of herself: one where she’s crying and another where she’s cackling with her middle finger up. Alongside she posted this hilarious message: “When you catch yourself in your feelings, then you remember who you are.” Granted, Adele doesn’t specifically mention her split here, but it’s safe to assume any sadness she’s feeling—about Konecki or anything else—has passed.

Check out the meme for yourself, below:

Konecki and Adele started dating in 2011, and one year later they welcomed their son, Angelo. The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony five years later. Adele confirmed as much at the 2017 Grammys when she called Knoecki her husband in an acceptance speech.

Adele hasn’t released new music since 2015’s 25, but she’s had quite the exciting year. In March, she and good friend Jennifer Lawrence hit up a popular New York City gay bar, Pieces, for what many believed was Lawrence’s bachelorette party. (She’s engaged to Cooke Maroney.) I’m still sad I wasn’t invited to this, TBH.

If Adele’s funny divorce meme surprises you, you’re obviously not looking at her Instagram enough. The Grammy winner is a riot on social media. Just look at this text exchange with her friends that she shared:

Or this photo of her dressed as June Carter Cash.

Follow her immediately, please. You won’t regret it.

There’s a Very Awkward Fact You Don’t Know About Emilia Clarke’s *Game of Thrones* Sex Scenes

Game of Thrones is famous for many things: surprise beheadings, complex political machinations, dragons, and, yes, sex scenes. Over the course of the past eight seasons, there have been a lot of them—many involving actress Emilia Clarke, who plays the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.

Honestly, I can’t even imagine filming something so intimate in front of a crew of people. But Clarke revealed last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live that there was another factor that made her feel even more awkward than usual: Her brother works in the camera department on the show. Most of the time, Clarke says it’s “brilliant” to have family around, but not so much when it came time to shoot her sex scenes with Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow.

“Yeah, there’s some days when he’s like ‘Oh I’ll swing by’ and I’m like, ‘No it’s good! You can stay there,'” she says. When Kimmel asked who would be more embarrassed in that situation, Clarke emphatically answers, “Definitely him.” Oof. Luckily, it seems she was able to keep him away on those days.

The actress also revealed she “felt a little weird” when it came time for Harington ride a dragon, but that he was sure he could do it easily. “He was kind of arrogant about it,” she says. “But that’s when I learned that men riding dragons is like a whole other thing than a lady who rides a dragon. [It’s] a little more uncomfortable for them.” To this, Kimmel responded, “Because of the human testicles,” which, fair point.

Next up: Dany, Jon, and their dragons appear to be heading to King’s Landing to take on Cersei and her army. We can’t wait.

While we wait for Sunday night to arrive, you can watch Emilia Clarke’s full interview in the video, above.

Sophie Turner Wore a Bridal Jumpsuit to Her Surprise Vegas Wedding to Joe Jonas

On Thursday morning, the world woke up to some exciting celebrity news. No, it wasn’t the birth of Meghan Markle’s baby. Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas got hitched in Las Vegas. After the Billboard Music Awards, the couple, who have been engaged since 2017, made their way to the Chapel L’Amour inside A Little White Wedding Chapel and made it official (with an Elvis impersonator present, because Vegas). And though they’re expected to have a bigger ceremony in the summer, Turner and Jonas still dressed for the occasion—him in a suit, her in a white jumpsuit.

In an Instagram Story posted by Diplo last night, Turner is seen wearing a strappy, silky jumpsuit and white veil. And it wasn’t from her usual go-to fashion brand, Louis Vuitton (which she wore to the Billboard red carpet earlier that evening). Rather, she picked it out from Ukrainian label Bevza.

Turner’s jumpsuit is from the brand’s Fall 2019 collection, which debuted at New York Fashion Week in February. This morning, it went up for pre-order on Bevza’s website. It’ll cost you €580—or about $650 at the current exchange rate.


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We wouldn’t be surprised if Turner has another look planned for her bigger nuptials over the summer. (And maybe she’s saving the custom Louis Vuitton moment for that.) Still, how very Sansa of her to go for something a little bit different—i.e. not the traditional poufy gown—for the occasion.

The Unexpected Pleasure of Being Mediocre

So I persevere. I am a terribly competitive person. (That adjective is chosen with precision. I care about winning and it’s terrible.) This is my father’s legacy; he loved to win. After decades of playing poker, he decided to stop, declaring with uncharacteristic self-knowledge: “I mourned a dollar lost more than I ever celebrated a dollar won.” My father was the competitor I faced most often. In checkers, gin rummy, Parcheesi, dominoes and, sometimes, tennis. An indifferent, not particularly skilled player, he always rose to the occasion when I was on the other side of the net. He beat me like a drum, sometimes singing a taunting tune to boot. He wanted to be the kind of parent who could lose gracefully, maybe even intentionally, to his child. But once the game was afoot, he wanted to win.

Once, when I was eight, he decided to teach me an important lesson about gambling. I needed $2 to buy a Sonny & Cher album from Korvette’s. (I think that sentence has more anachronisms per character count than any sentence ever written.) He asked if I was willing to bet the money I had saved by playing the No Game. All I had to do was answer “no” to every question asked. How hard could that be? Such a simple game. Just say no.

“Are you ready to play, do you understand the rules?”

I narrowed my eyes and shouted: “NO!”

He sputtered with surprise, outraged and proud.

Who would I be if my father had allowed me to take tennis lessons? I have a great life; I’m not worried about some existential tennis pro road not taken. But the yips. All this time, I have remained a choker par excellence. Once at a bowling competition between two teams of crime novelists, I clenched the game with a spare. “Ah, but did you know you needed to get that many pins?” asked my now husband. He knows me too well. I won the game for my team only because I had no idea that the onus was on me to do just that. That’s why the worst part of tennis class is the last 10 minutes, when our instructor makes us play mock points. My friend is 15 years younger, with a formidable serve and smash. I suspect that she, too, will outgrow me as my mother did. She wins more points. She maintains that she’s not a superior athlete and that she can’t envision a day she won’t want to hit with me. And maybe that’s true because I think we both prefer to stand on the baseline and rally to one another, aiming to keep the ball in play as long as possible. It’s not about winners and losers, even though it’s my genetic birthright to think in those terms.

The rap on my father is that he was an indulged only child who never learned to lose. He had the best intentions. He would start a game of checkers, spot me four pieces and, inevitably, find himself about to lose. So he would point to something behind me—“What’s that in the corner?”—knock over the board with his knee and blame our Scottish terrier.

What will the rap on me be when my daughter is grown? I try to model the behavior of a good sport, but I feel this insistent desire to win—and an equal desire to hide the compulsion. I wouldn’t want the world to know what goes through my mind during a game of “Go Fish.” But in the end, I am happy—truly happy—to lose to my daughter, who has a staggering confidence I can only envy. “I’m pretty much better at everything than you are, Mom,” she says, and I agree. Although she conceded, after watching me on the court recently, that I seemed to be making steady progress at tennis.

This ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory Suggests Sansa Stark Will Be the One to Kill Cersei Lannister

Warning: Some spoilers for this season of Game of Thrones ahead.

Sansa Stark has been rising in the Game of Thrones power rankings for weeks—seasons, really. Once a privileged young girl of Winterfell who didn’t care to focus on much outside of herself, Sansa has become a true force in the Seven Kingdoms. She’s my personal choice to sit on the Iron Throne when this saga wraps up in three weeks.

And now, a new theory (from Hollywood Life) suggests that Sansa will actually be the one to kill Cersei Lannister as focus returns to King’s Landing after the defeat of the Night King.

The most popular guesses as to who might take down the queen are her brothers, Jaime and Tyrion, or Arya. This is thanks to the prophecy from Maggy the Frog, which Cersei heard as a child. In the books it says, “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar means “little brother,” which at first glance would mean Tyrion. But it could apply to Jamie, too, considering he’s the younger twin. Notably, thought, that specific part was left out in the show. And then, of course, Cersei sits high on Arya’s kill list.

But it would be super cool if it was Sansa, especially since Arya just had a big moment in killing the Night King.

Don’t forget that Maggy’s prophesy also includes this bit: “Queen you shall be…until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” Sounds like Sansa, no?

So, how might this all go down? The dagger that Arya gave to her older sister during the Battle of Winterfell plays a big part. “Stick ’em with the pointy end,” Arya says, in a callback to the same advice Jon Snow gave to her in season one. While Sansa has never trained to be a physical fighter like Arya, she has learned a lot about politics and manipulation by Littlefinger and Cersei herself. The theory points out that, in season seven, Sansa admitted to “learning a lot” from Cersei.

“What if it’s actually the person she least suspects? It would be satisfying as hell to watch Sansa kill Cersei with Arya’s dagger,” Avery Thompson writes for Hollywood Life. “Sansa learned so much from the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Cersei helped shape Sansa into the woman she is today. But just like Arya, Sansa harbors a hatred for Cersei. Cersei had a hand in having Sansa’s father, Ned, killed, which Sansa had to watch from just inches away. She helped keep Sansa in King’s Landing and away from her family for years.”

The motive is definitely there—and thanks to the dagger from Arya, Sansa now has the means. But will she take her shot when the opportunity arises? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

At Long Last, Allbirds Is Making Ballet Flats: Review

Allbirds is known as the maker of the “world’s most comfortable” sneakers. It was only a matter of time until it went after the title in other shoe categories. Up next is another beloved wardrobe staple: ballet flats.

A brand-new silhouette joins the Allbirds family today. The “Tree Breezers” are almond-toe flats with a knit upper, padded soles, and an overall cloud-soft feeling. They’re no-frills, available in four colorways (navy, gray, fuschia, and turquoise). And like other Allbirds shoes, they’re made with the brand’s commitment to responsible sourcing and production in mind: Instead of traditional materials like leather, these flats are constructed with eucalyptus tree pulp (for the uppers), wool (for the insoles) and sugar (for the bottom sole). They’ll retail for $95.

Allbirds’ latest launch isn’t just about bringing more comfort to more shoe styles (though, that’s certainly part of the equation). It’s also about catching up with their customers’ lifestyle: They’re likely spending their weekdays at work—and, sure, offices are getting more casual with their dress codes, but not everyone has permission to wear sneakers 24/7.

“Almost from the beginning, we were hearing our female fans telling us that they love the shoes, but they couldn’t really wait until Saturday rolled around so they could put their Allbirds on,” Julie Channing, chief marketing officer at Allbirds, tells Glamour.

Allbirds wanted to create something a little more polished than a sneaker for weekdays and special occasions, based on this consumer demand. Some were so desperate to make their own non-Allbirds flats more comfortable, Channing says, they’d take apart their sneakers to make their own: “Women in particular were taking the wool liner out [of the sneakers] and putting it in their flats, to get a little piece of that Allbirds comfort in a silhouette that we didn’t offer them.”

Armed with that feedback, the brand took extra measures to ensure that break-in pains weren’t part of customers’ purchases. “So, when we decided to go into designing the silhouette, it was really important for us to think about that comfort experience, not just being through the materials but also that first wear and having no break-in period,” Channing says. The designers added extra cushioning to the inner heels to achieve that, meaning there’s little risk of the blisters or cuts endemic to most ballet flats’ early wears.

Extra insight from the women on the Allbirds team was crucial to making ballet flats finally happen, and happen the right way. (The brand was founded by two men, but its team is more than 50 percent women, Channing says.)

“There were a lot of people in the office able to use as case studies for wear-testing,” Channing explains. “I think we were able to infuse a lot of the female point of view in the design process, and it certainly helped that there’s a female designer who could think about balancing the pain points with the aesthetic and the comfort experience that we’re known and loved for.”

It’s only a matter of time before Allbirds ballet flats are as ubiquitous as its sneakers—among women and men. “We’re based in San Francisco,” Channing laughs. “We’ve had that conversation.”


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Halie LeSavage is the fashion associate at Glamour. Follow her: @halielesavage.

Chrissy Teigen Is Helping Launch a New Campaign Focused on Maternal Mental Health

One of the things we love most about Chrissy Teigen is her complete and total honesty. That can take hilarious form when she’s roasting one of her famous friends, but she’s also not afraid to offer up real talk about the serious stuff like post-pregnancy weight gain or her own postpartum depression.

Teigen first opened up to Glamour about her struggle with postpartum depression after her daughter, Luna, was born in a 2017 essay and now she’s partnering with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) on a social initiative called #MyWishForMoms that is focused on maternal mental health. “I wish I had known that postpartum depression can happen to anyone because I didn’t think it could happen to me. Here I was, with my perfect little Luna and a supportive husband, yet I was truly struggling,” Teigen said in a press release.

Throughout the month of May, which is Maternal Mental Health month, Teigen is using her platform to help reduce the stigma surrounding maternal mental health issues. As part of her partnership with AHN, she’s asking moms to share what they wish they would have known about postpartum depression and anxiety using the hashtag #MyWishForMoms. AHN Women is also launching which will educate families on the warning signs of postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as available treatment options.

Teigen knows the power of talking about such a deeply personal issue, which is so isolating for many women. “I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy,” she wrote in her Glamour article. “I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: ‘Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore’“ she thought. But identifying her postpartum depression gave her a chance to use her experience for good. “I’ve had a hard time coming to terms with [my postpartum depression], and I hesitated to even talk about this, as everything becomes such a ‘thing’…But it’s such a major part of my life and so, so many other women’s lives. It would feel wrong to write anything else.”

The response to her honesty has been incredible, Teigen explains in a video for the #MyWishForMoms initiative. “There’s nothing that I’ve done, to this day, that I get more comments on when I’m out and about,” she says. “It was so crazy to me, it’s so unspoken about but when it’s such a big part of your life, it’s like what is there to hide? It was weird for me not to share it with everybody because everybody knows so much about my life. It was very different to have people knowing this other side of you.”

“My wish for moms is that they know they aren’t alone, and they are supported by the more than 500,000 women who share their experience each year,” Teigen says. “Imagine if we can get as many people talking about postpartum depression and anxiety as those experiencing it, and let them know help is available.”

We hope so, too.