Taylor Swift has officially revealed her belly button, which is apparently news. The hotly anticipated shot arrived via her own Instagram account. The singer spent the weekend in Maui with the Haim sisters hiking, swimming, whale watching and aggressively instagramming the whole thing. We're impressed by the move. Posting a picture where you look better than everyone else is a classic betch move we didn’t know she had in her.
“When you start showing your belly button then you're really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing—you're only seeing lower rib cage. I don't want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I'm going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it's going to be right next to my belly button because no one's ever going to see that.”
The only other belly button picture on record is from Australia in 2012. Taylor's come a long way since those days and that questionable K-Mart suit.
We’ve all seen the memes that describe what makes a girl #basic. There’s something about the fall that leads 20-somethings to rejoice with their pumpkin spice lattes, North Face jackets, leggings and Ugg boots. I mean, it wouldn’t be a stereotype if it weren’t at least slightly true!
Trust me, ladies; I am not judging. As a fellow New Yorker, I am guilty of wearing the exact outfit described above, on several occasions. However, there comes a time in our lives when we have to retire the #basic attire.
Luckily, fall 2014’s trends make the transition easy, with comfortable wrap coats, structured boots and pops of color that will separate us from the most basic of basic styles:
1. Powerful Pops Of Pastel
Spring 2014’s soft hues got carried into fall 2014 and are here to stay. From vintage pastels, like mint green, baby blue and baby pink, these pastels work great with fall neutrals and eventually, winter whites.
Do not take these colors lightly. By mixing pastels with animal prints, fall neutrals and mixed fabrics, such as velvet or leather, these subtle hues will become powerful pops.
2. Wrap Coats And Capes To The Rescue!
Although it might be appealing to throw on the sneakers and an old sweatshirt for a weekend coffee run, how about upping your fashion game to separate you from the rest? An oversized wrap coat or cape is perfect for the transitional fall weather, and it’s just as easy to wear as your old college hoodie.
Pair the unstructured fabric with oversized sunglasses and a leggings/boot combo and you’ll be ready for a run-in with an ex or coworker. It is a small world after all, so it’s best to be prepared and looking chic than caught in a Saturday outfit slump.
3. Plaid: Not Just For School Girls Anymore
Plaid can be posh or grunge depending on the outfit.
There’s a little lumberjack in all of us. While this trend may reside in Brooklyn, plaid and plaid flannels are currently trending with the nostalgic 90s fashion obsession.
While a cute plaid flannel with skinny jeans gives off the “I’m relaxed but adorable look,” plaid skirts, pants and silk tops are perfect for a night out. If you’re not ready to plunge into the plaid world, try adding a plaid accessory, such as a hat, belt or Burberry scarf!
4. Make A Statement! Boots, Boots, Boots
It’s time to say goodbye to our Ugg boots. Like a pair of tight jeans we can’t seem to give away because of the memories, our Ugg boots have been there for the good and the bad (weather). Unfortunately, they’re not exactly what we want to wear for a night on the town.
I was once told that since many New Yorkers do not buy car tires, our shoes are our tires and are worth the investment. As a Manolo addict, Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t agree more. Treat yo’self and purchase structured leather boots. Fall 2014’s knee-high styles are an outfit’s focal point.
Sites like Piperlime and Overstock offer a variety of boots with different buckles, colors and heights so you can pick a pair that resembles your style. Don’t fear; you can still wear them with leggings, printed pants or skinny jeans and they’re much more versatile.
Also, they look less like you rolled out of bed and put on your slippers. RIP, UGGs.
5. The Boys’ Club: Blazers
Forgo the cardigan or hoodie and upgrade to a tailored blazer. Fall 2014 is all about mixing masculine menswear pieces with feminine accents. This business casual piece, paired with denim, skirts, dress pants, or boots and leggings adds a touch of refined structure to any look.
Spring 2014 celebrated oversized blazers. With bulkier sweaters, dresses and heavier weight items, save some money and use blazers as a transitional outerwear piece. For extra credit, head to your nearest thrift store and make an old blazer your own!
By changing the buttons, adding elbow detailing or having it custom-tailored, the blazer can reflect your personality.
Fall 2014 is all about details. By adding trendy pieces to basic outfits, you can separate yourself from the crowd.
The best thing about the fall season is our ability to layer. Although I was extremely comfortable in sweatpants as I stood in line at the grocery store, I can remember looking at the fashionable women in line who were handling the changing weather with stride and fashionable ease.
I couldn’t help but wonder, “Who has that much time to look good?” Our lives are fast-paced, and it’s hard to keep a good look together without ultimately resorting to the old comfort blanket trends. By adding a refreshed, trendy piece to your outfit, your quick grocery run won’t be a frump fest.
You will be prepared for any awkward run-in, any flirty eyes in the aisles and any happy hour encounters. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and make a trend your own.
What to do while your significant other shops is a question that Western men have had to deal with since the birth of the shopping mall. Enterprising husband Steve Venegas has come up with a creative and fun game to play that will make shopping fun again. [Read more…]
The game is simple – dress up as a mannequin at the store you (or your significant other) is shopping at and take a picture. Venegas’ pictures are hilarious because, in most of them, he does his best to strike the same pose as the mannequin next to him. Each picture looks like he’s posing with a pale, decapitated twin brother. He shares the pictures, part of his Gap Mannequin Project, on the project’s Tumblr, gapmannequinproject.tumblr.com.
Now, instead of wasting money at cafes, bars or electronics stores, guys will finally have a way to have fun while their second halves shop. And obviously, the game translates well to women who are bored of shopping as well. If you try this “game” out, send us your pics!
You’re probably broke from buying all your friends, family members, and your SO Christmas presents (or Chanukah presents, I didn’t forget about you JABs), meaning you don’t have any money to buy a killer NYE dress. DW, we’ve got you covered.
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Take a look at these and tell me you’re not having major dress envy right now:
This is exactly what I’m wearing for NYE. It’s tight, sparkly, and…sparkly. That’s really all you need.
I’m pretty fucking obsessed with this dress. I have a total weakness for sexy backs, bows, and lace, meaning I might literally die if I don’t buy it. The color is great (it comes in blue, too), and between the long sleeves and the fact that it’s ridiculously cute, this would be the perfect dress to impress your bf’s mom in. Just don’t ask me what bra to wear with it.
Risque but with class, this dress is the definition of what makes a betch. It’s so versatile that I’d order it even though I’m a really short betch and maxis make me feel like a hobbit. #WorthIt.
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We’ve all been hearing that milk is good for us all of our lives. It is essential for building quality bones, but did you know it also can make high quality fabric? Anke Domaske has beauty and brains on her mind. She’s a biologist and fashion designer in Germany that has created milk yarn – real yarn made from milk that would be thrown out anyways. Now that’s really going green.
Spanish photographer Nacho Rojo made a playful series called “Couples”. 9 different shots of the same couple in the same angle but in different clothing styles, hair and makeup. Never underestimate the power of style.
Which ended up being pretty inspirational. If you’re in the L.A. area and interested in learning more about how to become a stylist, Anita’s hosting a seminar with the International Style Institute on Feb. 27.
4. Here’s what it’s like getting a red carpet look from a professional stylist!
5. Our expectations going into this:
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Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed
Candace: I mean, I LOVE dressing up, but I have a feeling I’ll be going up 1-2 sizes because of my rib cage and chest. IDK, that’s a weird thing for me. But I’m super excited to feel like a celeb for a moment.
Kirsten: I’m excited but a little nervous that I’ll need to go up a few sizes to fit into high-end, designer dresses. I’m really excited to get to essentially play dress-up for the day, although I’m not sure I’ll be able to rock it.
Leo: I’ll probably be a larger size in evening wear. I imagine feeling delicate, like I won’t want to break the dress. Or something bad might happen to me in it. OK, scared now.
Alex: Excited to try on beautiful clothes, but nervous that I’ll look like a little kid playing dress-up.
Kristin: I’m super nervous that I won’t fit into anything. Whenever I hear something about how a bigger actress can’t get someone to dress her, I get a little sad — if it’s that bad for them, it’s got to be impossible for me! Also, I’m normally anti-Spanx, because it’s basically just jail for your stomach.
8. Candace’s Red Carpet Look, Dress by Adrianna Papell
The experience: It was a freaking whirlwind. Anita and her assistants were working so fast, talking to each other about accessories in a stylist language I did not understand. I was trying on dresses like there was no tomorrow, and they finally gasped (in a good way) when I put on this dress. They made me feel BEAUTIFUL. I was SOCKED UP in that puppy, and I was pretty shocked my best look was a beaded dress with freakin’ sleeves, but I felt pretty good.
Seeing my picture: I definitely looked smaller than I felt! I never thought I’d look good in a tight, beaded dress, but I felt a lot better once I saw myself in it. I look like a Downton Abbey badass. Get me some tea, peasants…not really.
What I learned about my body: I saw flaws in places where people saw beauty, and that was interesting. I’m not a fan of my stomach and chest, so I usually try to show off my butt and legs more, but by pushing me out of my comfort zone in a tight dress, it made me see my body differently.
Anita, on Candace’s look: Having that empire look is really gorgeous. She’s got that lovely upper body and I wanted to show that off. I wanted something that felt very Downton Abbey with her gorgeous dark hair and playing off the dark and sexy with something really sweet and pretty.
10. Kirsten’s Red Carpet Look, Dress by Jay Godfrey:
The experience: I definitely felt beautiful once I was in the dress, but getting to that point was a little scary. There was a moment where I was like, “Yup, my butt is going to rip this dress.” (It didn’t, thankfully.) I think if I was on the red carpet I would be the girl walking around with her shoes off, or rocking a pair of shorts like Pharrell.
Seeing my picture: After seeing my picture I thought, OK, I get it. It made me realize a lot of my insecurities were more in my head than based in reality. That was a nice feeling for sure.
What I learned about my body: I think it’s easy to feel more comfortable in baggy clothes, but it felt pretty empowering to be put in a tight, curve-hugging dress and still feel beautiful. Although to be honest I did think about how the hell I would comfortably be able to eat a piece of pizza in that dress — that’s important.
Anita, on Kirsten’s look: I wanted something sleek and modern and edgy for her. It worked really well with her body shape, and just keeping the accessories really clean and just having that bright pop of color, she carries the color really well.
The experience: The dress itself was spectacular. It’s always funny how you can look at something on the rack and think, Hmm, I dunno, but once it’s on, you can really appreciate how it’s crafted to make a woman’s body look like the best version of itself.
Seeing my picture: I feel like I only ever tend to focus on certain parts of myself, so seeing all of me in one go felt like looking at a stranger! I wish I knew how to pose not like a middle schooler on picture day, but some things are just never going to happen.
What I learned about my body: I like that I can wear a plunging neckline without having to worry about, like, lassoing parts in. A lot of women are socialized to worry about or apologize for parts of their bodies instead of working to appreciate and accentuate the things that make us unique. I’m glad I’ve gotten better at that.
Anita, on Alex’s look: It just felt very old Hollywood, and she arrived with her darker lip, and it just kind of all came together really beautifully. I wanted to emphasize her height, and the neckline — she can carry off that deep plunging neckline.
The experience: When I saw my dress on the hanger, I was like, “Nope. Nope. Nope.” But when I saw myself in the mirror, it was kind of awesome, although it was like looking at a picture of someone else. I was also downright shocked when Anita told me the dress was a size 2. Like, that couldn’t be right. It just goes to show you how crazy-different sizing is across the board, like WTF.
Seeing my picture: I just wondered: Does this look really silly? Or does it look really good? I felt like such an impostor posing for those photos, but I could also see how much fun I had. Weird quandary.
What I learned about my body: Candace and Kristin both told me, “I had no idea your body looked like that.” I guess I try to deny having curves. It made me realize that I often have this weird rule in my head that I’m not allowed to dress “sexy,” which is clearly a really dumb rule. So fuck that from now on.
Anita, on Leo’s look: The blond hair with the red lips was such a classic Marilyn Monroe combination, you can’t go wrong. And the neckline was great, and she’s got these gorgeous curves and it just hugged her in all the right places. It was a match made in heaven.
16. Kristin’s Red Carpet Look, Dress Ralph by Ralph Lauren
The experience: I FIT INTO THE FIRST DRESS I TRIED ON. Truth talk, I got a very serious Italian funeral vibe the first time I saw my dress. But then I put it on and I was like, oh, right, professionals are dressing me, maybe I should just chill out and try new things. Plus, I went first, and everyone was so excited when I walked up the stairs — even if I was feeling self-conscious, it was basically impossible to feel bad with that kind of reaction.
Seeing my picture: Damn, my body looks good. I actually don’t regret putting on Spanx for this — I don’t feel like I’m trying to fool anyone, I just look like a superhero version of myself. Still not wearing Spanx every day, though.
What I learned about my body: I HAVE LEGGGGGGGGS!
Anita, on Kristin’s look: I wanted something really sleek and sexy. She’s got such gorgeous long hair, and we really wanted to embrace that. And something that just sort of showed off the shape and gave her some waist with the ruching in the middle. Black is always just so sleek, you cannot go wrong.
18. Was this experience what we expected it to be?
Leo: It was actually way more special than I thought it’d be! Like, if you are a celebrity and complain about being a celebrity, you need to shut up because getting dressed professionally is AWESOME. It does make me wonder to what extent celebs feel like characters versus their real selves on the red carpet, because I certainly felt like a real-life alien. A cute one, maybe.
Kirsten: It actually went a lot better than I anticipated. The whole day I was a little nervous — I imagined myself ripping a dress or getting thrown in something that really wasn’t my style. However, I think the stylist knew how to dress all of our bodies. I’ve never had a team swarming around me for the mere purpose of making me look good — but yeah, that was something I could get used to.
Alex: It was better than I expected. I wish it could have lasted longer and we could have played around with different styles a bit more. I also wish champagne was involved.
Candace: It was crazy, the pressure I felt on myself, as a simpleton, when preparing for this. I was drinking green tea and eating foods that would settle well just for ONE PICTURE. I just loved the fact that I felt safe and confident with a stylist who knew what she was doing.
Kristin: I learned two things. 1) I shouldn’t be so mean to clothes before I try them on, and 2) bigger or curvier actresses really shouldn’t have a tough time finding people to style them for awards shows. If a stylist has talent, they can make anybody look like a million bucks.