So You’re Going To Another Wedding…

It’s pretty hard to avoid wedding season, between the floods of Napa bachelorette ‘grams in your feed and the very real possibility that you, yourself, might too be shipping up to Napa for a wedding weekend. But wine aside, we’ve also talked a lot about weddings here on ITG. There’s no reason to hide from true love, whether it’s your own or your friend’s. The bottom line is that you’ll probably (hopefully?) attend a lot of weddings in your life—and you’ll need something to wear to those weddings.

Maybe it’s not as stressful as finding a wedding gown, but figuring out what to wear to someone else’s big day can be up there, stress-wise. Each ceremony promises a slightly different feel—there’s no getting away with a floor-length gown at a beach wedding when the groomsmen are in Hawaiian shirts—so coming up with a personal formula will help simplify the production. But maybe you already have something of a uniform (good for you!). Here’s mine: The dress varies from fitted to a longer, looser, and easier kind, but it’s always worn with a low heel to add a little height. From there, it’s all just details, really—earring, clutch, etc. Keep makeup natural and carry a good multitasking product or two along with. All of this leaves more time to focus on the things that matter—dancing all night and celebrating the happy couple. Cheers to that.

1. Ganni Long Beach Knit Dress: Navy is safer bet than black at a wedding* and you’ll be happy you’re wearing a lightweight knit if it gets hot. In terms of cut, a slight side slit is breezy and hits just so on the leg, and the turtleneck top simplifies things—you’ll feel confident and look better when you’re relaxed and not pulling up some strapless gown all night (while also probably having terrible flashbacks to the last time you tried to wear a strapless gown—PROM).

*unless it’s black tie, but still

2. Azlee Lone Burst Stud: For jewelry, go with something that’s present but not ostentatious. Wear just one of these studs (mismatched with something else from your collection) with your hair down and pulled slightly to the side for a laid-back look, or load these individual earrings up on both ears for a feel that’s significantly more glam. Earrings, too, are easy to wear during social events because they’re out of your way and pretty impossible to snag on your dress—or worse, on somebody else’s.

3. M. Gemi The Cornetto: Here’s a mule that’s not too high but that will work some Manolo-style magic on your legs. All the bang but with an easy-to-wear heel height, notable quality, and attached to a timeless but current shape.

4. Trademark Kagen Miniaudiere: Look for a bag with some character but that’s also neutral enough to wear often—because that’s the point of having a formula, right? With that, I’ll just leave you this wooden miniaudiere, sans other comment.

5. Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Peony: Feels like a cloud, works mysteriously well on both cheeks and lips, and comes in saturated colors like this one that falls somewhere between cherry and strawberry. Throw it in said mini bag, and use it to refresh as the night goes on—it’s that fun to apply. Bonus: You’ll appear just flushed enough in photos. Look alive, people.

Image via Getty. Flying to a destination wedding? Here are five cool plane essentials you don’t want to go without.

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The Hot Cold Shoulder

If you’ve found yourself at a throwback shindig recently, you may have noticed that when DIY-ing ’80s-style tops, they’re most often worn open-necked and exposing one shoulder—accompanied by leggings and maybe a scrunchie. That’s all well and good for afterhours dress-up, but not of much use if you’re trying to go out in public and have people take you seriously.

But the general concept of exposing one’s shoulder feels new again these days, particularly if it’s a tad more sophisticated than a cut up sweatshirt. The breezy dress by Caroline Constas, above, is a good example. And what follows is a selection of five pieces that similarly skew more Rosie Assoulin and a lot less Carrie Diaries. They show the collarbone without screaming, “Hey! Hey, you! Look at my collarbone.” Because, after all, it pays to be polite.

1. Topshop Floral Print Bardot Dress: This color looks best with darker skin tones, but it’s attached to a silhouette that will work for those on both the shorter and the taller sides, as long as you make it past the (admittedly somewhat challenging) task of going braless or strapless. But from there on out, it’s all blue skies and bright fluro daisies.

2. Lisa Marie Fernandez Leigh Army Flounce Maillot: I type this with anxiety in the event that the only site to find half-off LMF suits will now sell out, but here goes nothin’… OK, go to this site—skip or watch the intro, the choice is yours—then scroll back to about page 45 of the e-commerce section. BAM. Suits on suits on ruffled, zippered one-piece suits on sale.

3. Torn By Ronny Kobo Striped Off The Shoulder Top: Bell sleeves balance out the crop on this, along with any bustiness on top (though it looks great on flatter ladies, too). This is a piece that prefers to be worn with high-rise jeans or wide-leg trousers, and is, at its core, just looking for a good time.

4. Claudie Pierlot Tahitienne Off-The-Shoulder Jersey Dress: Navy is the black of summer. And a short dress is easy to wear. Summer, especially in the city, is hard to dress for, so this one’s a no-brainer.

5. Tibi Satin Poplin Off-The-Shoulder Top: The most refined of the bunch, this one’s more blouse than festival top. Think culottes for your arms—which is really something worth trying.

—Claire Knebl

Photographed by Tom Newton. Consider decorating your shins too—five cool pairs of gladiator sandals.

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Like A Gladiator

What makes a gladiator a gladiator? There’s working full time for Olivia Pope, and then there’s the ankle-to-knee bands of black leather resting on Elle Macpherson’s tub (Paul Andrew’s craftsmanship, if you’re curious). All Scandal jokes aside (it’s just too easy, guys), sandals worthy of a Shonda Rhimes spinoff will probably be inescapable for the next several months, thanks to the likes of Chloe and Valentino, so maybe it’s best to just lean into the trend. Now, if you’re thinking: A) I’m no runway model (and those straps look like they’re inching mighty high up the calf) and/or B) Those shoes sound expensive, that’s OK. We’re with you, and we’ve found some options that can appeal to many a style sensibility. Thumbs up (but disregard the historical meaning).

1. Tomas Maier Leather Sandals: If you enjoy long walks on the beach and simple, easy-fitting clothing, you’re going to want everything from Tomas Maier’s line (or from his side gig, being creative director at Bottega Veneta). These sandals are pretty much perfect—they sit low on the leg and leave your heel free, so walking is comfortable.

2. Ancient Greek Sandals Ikaria Metallic Leather Wing Sandals: For those who want to approach humid, 90-degree days on the subway with a sense of humor and the perseverance of Russell Crowe.

3. Zara Leather Gladiator Sandals: This shoe might not look overly exciting right now, but when you see Anja Rubik’s After Dark in a few weeks, I guarantee you’ll be on board. It may not be Valentino, but….

4. Proenza Schouler Studded Gladiator Sandals: Welcome to the glam side of the spectrum. A heel, studs, and being at least 50-percent off make this a good bet for summer nights out and about.

5. Freda Salvador Fly Gladiator Sandals: For your inner hippie—or not. This fringe is removable, so you can have it both ways.

—Claire Knebl

Image of Chloe S/S 2015 Runway via Getty.

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A Little Weekend Brunch Al Fresco

Last time brunch was a topic of discussion on ITG, the results were largely along the lines of this, courtesy of Alyssa, a reader: “Brunch is about doing what you want. Do you want a steak? Okay. Do you want a steak and eggs and champagne? Super okay.” I super agree, and that way of thinking carries over to what you’re wearing, too. Brunch should be all fun and bacon, and when it’s 65 degrees out, clothing options should all be built for spring (wear them all at the same time for maximum effect). That being said, each of these items on their own can be worn separately throughout the season. Versatility—it’s a beautiful feeling.

1. Levi’s Pins Skinny Jeans: Lately, it seems like everyone’s in light-wash vintage denim that’s been revamped with an updated fit. It looks good, for sure, but sometimes you just want a little newness. So if you want a throwback almost-Mom-jean look (but in a brand new pair), look no further than these Levi’s. If you’re cool with vintage, well, cool—consider Redone or Reformation.

2. Intermix Sleeveless Trench Vest: Chop off the sleeves of a trench, and you’re left with something you can also wear inside, even if it’s not pouring outside. Layer this over jeans, a skirt, and add a sweater up top if you’re chilly.

3. Illesteva Frieda Eco Clear Marble With Blue Mirrored Lenses Sunglasses: These sunglasses are made entirely of recycled, repurposed materials, and they’re also 100-percent biodegradable. They’ll stand up to your hangover and be by your side for at least two Bloody Marys, but eventually, they’ll decompose. It is Earth Day after all.

4. Mophie iPhone 6 Juice Pack Air: This one’s pretty self-explanatory—who likes having their phone die? And who has the foresight to charge up before brunch? A Mophie is a luxury that will change life for the better.

5. Rosetta Getty Leather and Wood Platform Clogs: Slip them on, slip them off. Enjoy a little lift via this platform, and let your pedicure see the light. Cheers to all of the above.

—Claire Knebl

Image via Getty. When in doubt, dress like Riri. Read the Playoffs Five Cool Things and others in the series, right here.

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How To Properly Vintage Shop, With Sami Miro

Usually when someone’s answer to “What do you do?” involves multiple clauses and hyphens, it means one of two things: They’re indecisive or just seriously multi-faceted that to confine themselves to just one arena would deprive the world of some much needed creativity. In the case of Sami Miro, marketing-nerd-turned-model-turned-vintage-curator-and-personal-stylist, it’s certainly well-grounded in the latter. Raised on a college campus in San Francisco, she fell so in love with vintage hunting enough to turn it into part of her career (unsurprisingly, when you learn her father was a professor with a Master’s in global entrepreneurship). And when you’ve been collecting bits of clothing history since you were a teen, your collection can get relatively massive—or is it archival? Now that she lives in LA, Sami lends hers out to style music videos, films, photoshoots, and even individual clients’ wardrobes. Now, if any kind of shopping has the ability to impart some serious FOMO, it is of the vintage variety, so Sami was kind enough to pass along some tips for those chasing the dragon that is pristine, straight from the ’70s Halston, or whatever else floats your consignment boat.

“My style used to go through major transitions, whether it was bringing in new color to my wardrobe or being in a phase of a specific kind of shoe, jacket, material, or hang or something like that. But now, I feel like because I have this collection of clothes that I love so much…I have an identified style. Even though the pieces are really different, it’s like, ‘OK, that’s Sami’s style.’ It’s like a runway show. Every piece is different, but when you see it all together, it makes sense.”

“There are two kinds of vintage stores today. There’s your What Goes Around Comes Around type of store, which has amazing pieces. You know when you go there, it’s all authentic vintage, as opposed to a knockoff. But that’s quite expensive for the average person. The other kind of vintage, which I would say is like Jet Rag, is kind of a gem because it’s a massive store with racks and racks of clothes, and it’s also very affordable.”

“If you’re going for the more affordable route, you kind of have to be prepared to go through piles of clothes. What’s important before you go there is to have an idea of what you want. Is it jackets you are looking for or t-shirts? Just be prepared to focus your attention on that one section in a huge store like that.”

“You have to try on a lot of stuff. When you’re going vintage shopping, it’s all about trying it on and seeing how it works. Fit and sizes were really different back then. When I shop vintage, I don’t ever look at sizes. Ever. Because to me, it’s all about the hang of everything. That’s honestly the most important thing in my wardrobe and styling. I think that’s one of the best things about vintage t-shirts—the fabric is so worn, so thin, and hangs so perfectly. When you’re getting a vintage shirt, jacket, or something, you don’t ever have to look at the size because you just put it on and see how it hangs on you.”

“I think it’s always worth it to tailor your stuff. If it doesn’t fit perfectly but you love the color or fabric, or it’s just a fun, unique piece that you probably are not going to find anywhere else, just go to a great tailor and make it last forever.”

“I think what’s really great about thrift stores like Goodwill is the fact that you’ll go and some stuff is really total garbage, but you can always find gems if you look. Again, it’s all about being patient and digging until you find something. If you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean that you have to wear some generic stuff from Forever 21. Go to Goodwill and find some really cool unique things. People of all economic categories donate things to Goodwill, and it shows. Go to a Goodwill closest to the fanciest neighborhood, and you’ll find some amazing stuff.”

—as told to ITG

Photographed by Nate Walton. For more vintage tips, read How To Buy (Good) Vintage Clothing On The Internet.

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