The F-Word: Fashion

Men’s Sandals Get A Makeover

Huff Post: ‘As a man of summer, you know some things. You know that flip-flops are not meant for the city. You know that shorts are, but they better be good ones. You know your swim trunks can be a little bit shorter this year and that they pair well with a floral shirt. The traditional rules of menswear are bending and sandals are next up for your consideration. Those flat, leather-strapped sandals you see women wearing right now are on trend for you, too. And, yes, that does include Birkenstocks. Designer brands like Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bottega Veneta are all putting their luxury spin on sandals this summer. Gucci even riffed on the classic Adidas pool slides with their own version in the iconic Gucci stripes. An upgrade to standard locker room fare, to say the least.

‘These open shoes are a hot weather alternative to the sneakers and casual shoes you’ve been wearing all spring. So, go ahead and wear them with cuffed chinos or shorts and give them a chance. Your toes deserve it. Just never attempt to pair them with socks.’

Met Gala: Best Looks

Here are some of the dozens of celebs who walked the red carpet for the Metropolitan Museum’s annual gala, which opened an exhibit devoted to Charles James. Rihanna, in Stella McCartney, did her usual nipple-hinting number. Other photos here.

Kate Middleton Plays Cricket

When we woke up to these hilarious photos of Kate Middleton playing cricket in high heels, we imagine Meek Mill’s “Ima Boss” playing in the duchess’ head. Because how else would she get in the mindset to swing a cricket bat and maintain her balance? The royal couple engaged in a series of sports over the weekend during their tour of New Zealand. However, Kate was dressed more comfortably while coaching a game of tag rugby and crushing waves on a jet boat ride. On Monday, she wore a repeat red peplum Luisa Spagnoli suit with black pumps during a Cricket World Cup event at Latimer Squareon in Christchurch, New Zealand. With her lush locks styled in a half-up, half-down hairdo, Kate makes wearing high heels while playing sports easy. But don’t try this look at home.

Kate Middleton’s Worst Looks

Kate Middleton and her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, where she will be relentlessly chronicled by style watchers. It seems like a good opportunity to take a look back at her best and worst looks over the years. She certainly missed the mark in this shiny, patterned dress, which might be better suited as a tablecloth or window valance.

Kate Moss’s 35th Vogue Cover

This has got to break some kind of world record or something. Kate Moss is back on the cover of Vogue UK this month for their May issue, marking the 35th time (!) the supermodel has graced the glossy. This time, though, she’s more than just the model. Moss debuted some pieces from her upcoming Topshop collection not only on herself but on Freja Beha Erichsen, the model she styled inside the issue, as well. The 40-year-old was brought on as a contributing editor back in October, and this marks her second shoot for the mag. While the look is a bit more conservative than some of her recent covers, we have to admit, we are digging that sparkly fringe number.

Royal Kate’s Awkward Weekend

Well, this is the kind of awkward situation the Queen would NEVER have gotten into. In her first appearance since the adorable new family photo which surfaced over the weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge proved once again that she is for some reason choosing to repeat an outfit — this time for the wedding of friends Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett. Kate looked gorgeous as usual in a Missoni coat, Whistles dress, Johnny Lock & Co hat and Mulberry clutch, but in a SHOCKING TWIST, another guest wore the very same coat as her. And even though Kate can seemingly do no wrong in the style department, we have to admit that the other guest’s matching lipstick/shoe game is seriously on point. Now, we just want to know how their interaction went down:
Did they take a “who wore it best” selfie?
Did they glare at each other from opposite corners of the room all night?
Did they not mention it at all?

Broke Girl’s Guide To Shopping

Refinery29: ‘In a dream world, our closet closets would be chock-full of Chanel, Céline, Dior, and all of the fanciful spring offerings that come from our favorite luxury fashion houses. In reality? Not. Happening. Because, while we can sometimes swing one luxe handbag or pair of shoes per season, shelling out six figures for a full-on designer wardrobe doesn’t fit within our budget. And, like most people, we’d actually prefer to see our savings-account balance stay above the $2 mark.

‘But, just because you don’t have Daddy Warbucks’ income doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things. It just takes a little shopping finesse to discover those affordable must-buys that could easily pass for Prada or Lagerfeld. And, we went ahead and tracked them down for you. From adorable sandals to fun dresses, the spring goods we’re bringing you all look high-end, but they actually ring in under $50. Because, you definitely don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like it.’