Match Your Shoes to Your Dress: Why To Try This Trend Now

Much has been made of Melania Trump’s First Lady fashion, from her robin’s-egg blue Ralph Lauren inauguration outfit (the color, the references to Jackie Kennedy, those long gloves) to her recent U.K. state visit outfits (which drew comparisons to the Royals). A common thread has been the matchy-matchiness of the styling: Often, her shoes will match the colors of her dress or suit. It’s the kind of outfit choice that, in recent years, has come to be seen as old-fashioned. Also, it should be said, who can afford to buy shoes to match everything in their closet?

Still, the look, which was popularized in the 1960s by the debutante set (Jackie Kennedy included), seems to be having a moment in fashion, even among women who definitely don’t want to take style cues from their grandmothers.

The Royals seem to be a fan. Kate Middleton has been employing this styling trick for years.

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Ever since becoming a Duchess herself, Meghan Markle has adopted it, too.

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Even Princess Diana did it.

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Simply put, wearing a dress with matching shoes has its perks. First, it makes picking out an outfit a lot easier, and second, it also gives a sort of unexpected polish to pretty much anything you’re wearing.

On the runway, designers including Chanel, Balenciaga, and Valentino have been showing clothes with matching shoes in everything from herringbone to intricate beaded patterns, while coordinating heels and gowns has become a bona fide red-carpet trend among celebrities lately. Street style, though, is really where to look for inspiration on how to pull this off like a true fashion person.

Here, a few tips and tricks for nailing matching your shoes to your outfit, while still looking very, very modern.

Choose shoes that are one shade darker than your outfit.

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To avoid the cringe factor that often comes from mixing two similar but slightly different colors, opt for a pair of shoes a hair darker than your outfit—a fire-engine red dress with pair of cherry-red heels, for example. The difference in color will be barely noticeable to most, but will prevent your reds from clashing.

Try styling an outfit with slight variations on a single color.

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It Sure Looks Like Meghan Markle Upgraded Her Engagement Ring With a Subtle Redesign

And here it is in January of this year, when she was on an official engagement—pre-pavé diamonds.

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We know that Prince Harry originally designed the ring for Markle with a diamond from Botswana in the center and two smaller jewels from Princess Diana’s personal collection on either side. “The little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” he said during the couple’s first interview together after their engagement.

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“I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Diana’s stones] and, obviously, not being able to meet his mom—it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Markle said at the time. “It’s incredibly special to be able to have this, which sort of links where [Harry comes] from and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.”

No word on what prompted the new design—but we love the subtle upgrade.

Just Give Laura Dern Every Award for Big Little Lies

Caution: Some light spoilers for Big Little Lies ahead.

Big Little Lies is nearly halfway through its second season, and most fans of the HBO drama have spent that time focused on Meryl Streep. That’s understandable: The Oscar winner joined an already A-list cast to deliver a truly stunning performance as Mary Louise, Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) enigmatic mother-in-law. She’s a great addition to the series, no question.

But I think we should all be putting more energy into praising Laura Dern for breathing dragonfire into my forever queen, Renata Klein.

THAT DRESS.

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This season, the Monterey Five—Celeste, Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), and Renata—are grappling with the aftermath of Perry’s death, which has permanently entangled them. While Renata’s problems are arguably less grave than her friends’—her husband Gordon was arrested for fraud, threatening the livelihood that Renata has worked so hard to achieve—that doesn’t mean they’re any less fascinating. She deals with her life being completely upended the only way she knows how: by is turning into a hilarious, nightmarish rich lady who can’t stop shoving her finger in others’ faces and calling people “puss-fuck.”

We know that Laura Dern is capable of reaching great depths just like Kidman, Streep, and Woodley have done this season on Big Little Lies. (She has an IMDB page full of examples of that.) But I don’t necessarily need that from Renata. Instead, I’m just enjoying watching Dern have a chance to play with the character. And she seems to be having the time of her life portraying a crumbling second grade mother, a woman the school principal described as “Shakespearean.” She’s flexing a comedy muscle that real Dernanators will remember from her past work in Enlightened, which suggests to me that Dern thrives when she’s playing emotionally embattled women who lash out in truly funny and watchable ways.

Every episode this season has been laced with Dern’s sharp-tongued glory. In the premiere we saw Dern living her best life, doing some nebulous “Women in Power” photoshoot on her pool deck. In a shimmery, extra, red power suit-dress, she stands arms akimbo and proudly sings, “It’s my house, and I live here.” She tells the photographer, “I’m so tired of those shots of women—I mean, they’re in power, right? They own banks and they’re all like demure? Bullshit.” In the second episode she tells her behind-bars husband, “I will not not be rich” before slamming the prison phone back into its receiver.

But her one-liners were especially savage last night, like when she told her criminal husband, surrounded by his model airplanes and other freaky adult male paraphernalia, “Sell your fucking toys.” In one particularly memorable monologue, Renata chewed out the school principal for teaching the kids about climate change, which led to her daughter Amabella having an anxiety attack about the world ending. “I will be rich again,” she spat. “I will rise up. I will buy a fucking polar bear for every kid in this school, and then I will squish you like the bug that you are.” She then turned to her daughter’s teacher and added, “And you. I can’t be bothered to squish you.”

I mean, sure, Renata is somewhat one-dimensional and superficial this season. But she’s giving us so much mean, rich lady energy that it makes me want to glimpse into the depths of my soul and discover my own mean, rich lady—despite having, uh, no money. Regardless, Renata is the inspiration I need to keep going in this hell-world of medical bills and student debt loans. I want to own a chic house on a cliff, be constantly dusted with salt spray, yell “I will not not be rich,” and chill my (nonexistent) daughter’s schoolteachers to the bone.

Renata has already snapped this season, and I’m excited to see what joy Dern can bring in the next four episodes. But if Renata really loses everything she owns, after working so hard to earn it, she will truly, irreversibly, terrifyingly, snap. I can’t wait to watch.

Best Sweatpants for Women: Outdoor Voices CloudKnit Pants Review

I won’t lie: Sweatpants have never been a part of my wardrobe. In fact, I can’t even remember owning any after high school. Even then, I wasn’t really on board with them. I’d have to wear them to sports practice, but would always prefer a track pant, or something a little more performance-driven. If I wanted something soft and comfy to lounge in, I’d just wear pajama pants; if I needed to look presentable in front of other people, I’d splurge on a cashmere pant. As far as I was concerned, there was never a need for sweatpants.

I’m well aware that sweatpants, as a category, have evolved significantly since my teen years. I see the latest and greatest in clothing as a fashion editor, and I’ve come across my fair share of fleece-lined, tailored, sophisticated options that are much nicer than the slouchy ones I reluctantly owned way back when. Still, nothing has made me want to cross to the other side, to Team Sweatpants. I was pretty content with my other so-called comfort pants.

This stance has only been challenged once. I was at a press preview, checking out Outdoor Voices’ new activewear collection. I was looking at the women’s section, but eventually meandered over to the men’s—I always like to check it out, to see if there’s something my husband might like. Unlike me, he’s an avid sweatpant-wearer—and a discerning sweatpant-shopper at that: His one rule is that sweatpants must have pockets, to hold a set of keys and a phone. He won’t buy a pair without them.

I noticed the Outdoor Voices’ Cloud Knit pants because of the pockets, and I liked the heathered fabric they came in. The communications director for the brand noticed, and came over to rave about these sweatpants for women, eventually insisting that I try a pair myself.

Little did I know: This would change everything.

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For me, the main draw of Outdoor Voices’ CloudKnit pants is the slim-fit construction. It keeps you looking polished, but comfortable—something I’d never been able to find in sweats. The material has just enough give that you don’t feel like you’re wearing actual pants (it’s made from a polyester-spandex blend), but they’re not too stretchy that they lose their shape. They’re also so soft. And they don’t get any less soft after a wash. (Mine have gone through the washing machine a good 50 times, and they’re still one of the coziest pieces I own.)

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With these, I don’t feel like I’m wearing sweats pretending to be real pants. I feel incredibly put together when I put them on. I often pair them with a cashmere sweater or on a warmer day, a Breton stripe top. It’s a nice option for when I have a more casual day ahead, but still need to go out and look presentable. I now own them in two different colors—heather grey and navy—and wear them at least once a week.

And yes, my husband owns them, too. It’s actually the first item of clothing we both own. And we’re not embarrassed to wear them at the same time.

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I’m proud to say everyone in my family has jumped on the #doingthings bandwagon—me, my husband, and every other relative that’s gotten it as a holiday gift. (Seriously, these pants are a great present.) I’m considering investing in the remaining two colors I don’t own, just so I always have a pair on hand, whenever the others are in the wash. You could say I’m obsessed.

15 Best Off the Shoulder Tops 2019

When Kate Middleton wore an off-the-shoulder dress late last summer, it was a sign that the collarbone-skimming silhouette would see another season. If a top can be equally loved by a British royal and legions of Zara shoppers, it’s not going anywhere. Sure enough, the off-the-shoulder trend persevered, and it’s still going strong for spring 2018. This time around we’re seeing a new wave of skin-bearing tops, dresses, and jumpsuits that put any rumors of the style’s demise to rest. And between all the upbeat patterns, bold colors, and playful embellishments, there’s one for everyone.

So even if fashion on The Bachelor isn’t your main source of style inspiration, you’ll likely end up with an off-the-shoulder top in your closet this season. Give in to fashion’s most persistent neckline with these 15 new takes on the trend, ahead.

BET Awards 2019: See the Best Makeup and Hair Looks

While the bulk of awards season takes place earlier in the year, the summer still gives us a few awards shows to look forward to, namely the BET Awards. While the internet is buzzing over that truly iconic Lizzo performance, and Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus riding in on actual horses, the red carpet hair and makeup isn’t something to sleep on.

We love any show that crosses genres—it widens the pool of our faves we get to spot on the red carpet, plus the BET’s more relaxed feel means guests get to have a little more fun with their looks. From Rihanna debuting a new hair color that may or may not mean her album is coming soon to Yara Shahidi’s embellished braids, there were some truly stellar beauty moments. Check out all the very best looks from the night, below.

Amelia Gray Hamlin: ‘If I Hadn’t Come Out About My Eating Disorder, I Probably Would Have Relapsed’

In 2018, Amelia Gray Hamlin, daughter of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Rinna, revealed on Instagram she had been struggling with an eating disorder—a year later, she’s reliving some of those moments as they air on RHOBH. Hamlin opened up to Glamour about her recovery, dealing with an eating disorder in the public eye, and the best advice her mom’s ever given her.


Trigger warning: This post contains descriptions of eating disorder behavior.

A year ago this past spring, I was at a resort in Mexico, enjoying the beach with my best friend and living in a bikini. The year before, I’d been at the same resort but back then I almost didn’t recognize myself—I was really struggling at the time. As I posted photos from the trip, one thing quickly became apparent: same resort, same girl, very different body. I’d gained weight over the previous year and my followers were noticing the drastic change. “Oh look, she’s just hit puberty,” commenters speculated. But they were so off base—the year before I’d been struggling with anorexia.

Since the last time I was in that Mexican resort, I had gained weight. I’d gotten help and gotten healthier. All these young girls were following me and commenting on my posts and I realized I didn’t want them to be following a lie. I couldn’t allow little girls, or little boys, or whoever, to look at the changes in my body and think I’d just hit puberty—that the really skinny photos of me from the year before were just a normal prepubescent body. I couldn’t stop thinking about the message those comments about my body sent.

I couldn’t hide behind the screen anymore. That’s when I started speaking publicly about my eating disorder.

I didn’t tell anyone I planned to “come out,” so to speak. Instead, I took my phone down to the beach to be alone and started drafting an Instagram post—just writing it down helped me a lot. I started crying. Even for me, it was powerful to read the truth. I felt lighter.

The photo of me in the white bikini I chose to accompany the post has become my infamous anorexia photo. When I’d taken it a year earlier, I remember I wasn’t allowed to post it. My mom knew I looked unhealthy and she didn’t want me to open myself up to a flood of public shaming from the internet. I think that’s ultimately why I used that photo—it was taken at one of my worst moments and it showed just how far I’d come.

The Best Drugstore Makeup Celebrities Have Worn in 2019

We don’t have to tell you that red carpets are fancy affairs. As one of Hollywood’s greatest traditions, it’s when you can expect celebrities to really do it big. After all, we’re talking about awards shows and after-parties that give away vouchers for $1,900 vampire breast lifts and luxury TP in their gift bags. So it’d be unsurprising if the beauty products too were accessible to only the one percent, right?

While that might be the case for “penis facials,” many of the hair, makeup, and skin care products glam squads use during the awards circuit are refreshingly affordable. Brands often broker deals with makeup artists and hairstylists to use their newest launches for red-carpet looks. And why not? As the “who are you wearing” question proves, celebrities on the red carpet are essentially walking billboards. Plus, this is also good news for the rest of us. We might not be able to drop thousands on a designer gown, but $10 on a highlighter Katy Perry slayed the Met Gala in? You bet we want—and can have—that.

Ahead, keep tabs as we track all the best drugstore beauty finds from the red carpet. Something tells us you’re going to want to make a pit stop on the way home from work tomorrow.

Lizzo’s Performance at the 2019 BET Awards Was So Good Even Rihanna Gave It a Standing Ovation

Lizzo continued her domination of summer 2019 with an incredible performance of her song “Truth Hurts” at the BET Awards Sunday night, where she appeared atop a wedding cake in a veil, bridal lingerie, a killer pair of sunglasses, and twerked while playing the flute. This comes on the heels of her MTV Movie & TV Awards performance of “Juice” that featured a tribute to the movie Sister Act.

Basically, Lizzo is giving us all the viral performance clips we need and even Rihanna—and her new red hair—could not deny her excellence last night, giving her a standing ovation. Could anything feel better than a Riri standing “O”? We’re guessing not.

Watch the performance for yourself below:

Now you know why Rihanna loved it—and the Internet went nuts for the moment. “Had to make a GIF of Rihanna applauding Lizzo, I now release the GIF into the wild, for the benefit of the human race,” one person tweeted.

Lizzo, herself, tweeted an image of Rihanna clapping and wrote, “That’s it… that’s the tweet 🤷🏾‍♀️.”

But praise from Rihanna aside, Lizzo’s motivation for the performance was much deeper. There’s nothing I’d rather see than black girls falling in love with themselves on T.V.,” she tweeted. “Big girls— you are IT! YOU ARE ALWAYS the bride in a marriage of SELF-LOVE!”

The social media reactions from fans watching on television was incredibly positive. “Ok @lizzo you did that shit!! When you pull that flute bitch I jump out my chair!!!” Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones tweeted. “MY GIRL @LIZZO WILL GIVE YOU A PRODUCTION! THE ENERGY! THE NARRATIVE! THE COSTUMES! THE THIGHS! THE BUNDLES! THE DAGGONE FLUTE PLAYING WHILE TWERKING!” another Twitter user wrote. “@RIHANNA knows what it is everyone should be standing. The category issssss 100% THAT BISH!”

Do you think it’s too much to ask for a Lizzo and Rihanna collaboration—perhaps for RiRi’s new album?

The Best Looks From the 2019 BET Awards Red Carpet

No matter the event, you can always expect Lizzo, Ciara, and Yara Shahidi to simply show up and receive “best dressed” status. And at the 2019 BET Awards, their looks—woodsy House of Holland, orange Jean-Paul Gaultier, and sparkling Prabal Gurung, respectively—certainly deserved the honor. But the red carpet also revealed some other style stars to watch, like host Regina Hall in balloon-sleeved Cong Tri (an emerging celebrity-favorite designer) and model Khoudia Diop in a glittery gown. Then, there was the fashion that only revealed itself later in the evening: Cardi B appeared onstage to perform alongside husband Offset and to accept the Album of the Year award in a custom Nicolas Jebran dress with a dramatic train; similarly, Rihanna presented Mary J Blige with a Lifetime Achievement Award (and give Lizzo’s performance a standing ovation) wearing a black leather matching set—and red hair that already has people speculating.

Catch up on the best looks from the 2019 BET Awards right here.