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The Best Rompers for Under $50

Our love of the jumpsuit is no secret. But when temps start to climb, we’ve got to lighten up. The answer? A romper. The one-piece wonder gets a chop, giving the statement-making silhouette a major makeover that’s perfect for summertime. Paired with everything from gladiator sandals to wedges (an yes, last year’s Birks!), it’s an easy way to get dressed when your head is filled with visions of beaches, BBQs and pi±a coladas (we’ll take one right now, thank you very much).

Shop our favorite picks for rompers that’ll work for day, night and everything between. Trust us though, this easy do-it-all outfit is addictive €” you’ll find yourself with a closet full of rompers in no time.

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The 50 Shades of Grey Tie is Available in Beverly Hills

The 50 Shades of Grey tie

This Valentine’s Day, the biggest thing to happen to the written word since Harry Potter is moving from the page to the silver screen with the film adaptation of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey. If you’ve read the book — and admit it, you’ve done more than just skim the pages — you’ll know that there’s a certain necktie in the story that’s used for something other than mere male peacocking. Guys can get the real deal and channel their inner Christian Grey, because the tie used in the film for those pivotal scenes is from hometown shirtmaker Anto of Beverly Hills.

Anto of Beverly Hills has been supplying Hollywood’s leading men (Frank Sinatra included) with custom shirts — and ties — for over 50 years. It’s a family business. Co-owner Jack Sepetjian’s father, Anto, started the shop, which has grown along with its glittering clientele.

Sepetijan told the L.A.

Times that the store provided the film’s crew and Jamie Dornan, that would be Christian Grey himself, with shirts for filming, but that’s not all. The necktie that’s prominently featured on the movie’s posters and in the trailer is also by Anto, and just to be safe, the store crafted over four dozen of the silver ties for use in the film.

While Sepetijan and his team aren’t telling guys — and the girls who are buying up these ties — exactly what to do with them, traditional methods of wearing one are encouraged, though we’re sure that after the film’s premiere, more than one of these ties will be knotted up in some not so conventional ways.

To make things easy (though that’s definitely not Christian Grey’s M.O.), Anto’s e-commerce site has the tie avaialable for $185. It’s also available in-store.

Anto of Beverly Hills is located at 258 North Beverly Drive, in Beverly Hills. For more information, visit www.antoshirt.com.

 

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The Season’s Best Palazzo Pants For Under $60

We all have (and need) black pants. They’re a wardrobe staple that work for every situation, from interview to after hours and even, in a pinch, weddings. But just because they’re perfect for more buttoned-up situations, there’s no reason they can’t relax a little. This season, we’re opting for a flowing, swingy pair of palazzo pants in deep dark black and nearly black navy.

Think you can’t pull this silhouette off? Think again. They’re as easy (and as comfortable) as wearing your pajamas. With your favorite silk blouse and pumps, palazzos are a work-to-play no-brainer. Dress them up with a fitted blazer (or go full Tilda Swinton with a boxy menswear-inspired topper) and you’ve got an outfit worthy of the flashbulbs.

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MAC and Proenza Schouler Come Together for Makeup Must-Haves

MAC Proenza Schouler

It takes a lot for a beauty collaboration to make waves these days, but when one of fashion’s biggest names teams with a brand that’s available just about everywhere, it’s reason to celebrate. Proenza Schouler (who are no strangers to collaboration, having done a collection for Target and a special limited-edition eye shadow with Shiseido in the past) is teaming with MAC Cosmetics for a tightly edited selection of beauty bag staples that’ll have their coterie of downtown girls lining up — even the ones that are too cool might just deign to put their names on a waiting list. The collection, which will arrive online stores on March 27, is all about essentials. Must-haves? We’ll say it — each and every item is something you definitely need in your collection.

€œWe love color, it€™s a huge part of what we do,” Proenza Schouler co-designer Jack McCullough told Vogue. “But because we go so heavy on it with the clothes, we€™ve tried to keep the makeup fresh, to give it a nonchalance. It€™s a bit of a balancing act.€

MAC Proenza Schouler

So instead of bulking up their capsule collection with extras such as faux lashes, another mascara — after all, what girl isn’t already devoted to a certain formula? — or re-packaged MAC favorites, the MAC Proenza Schouler collection edits everything down to essentials. You’ve got the perfect  polishes, a few universally flattering lipsticks, eyeliners and ombr© blushes that’ll have beauty bloggers clamoring but are still be easy enough to use so that everyone can get highlighting and contouring down without a master class.

€œWe€™re around a lot of girls a lot of the time.

We know what they€™re into,€ says Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler co-designer. €œThey€™re working all day, then they put on a heel and red lipstick, and for some reason, those two things make you ready for evening. It€™s amazing.€

One thing that always makes a collab even more swoon-worthy is the packaging, and this one’s got an X factor that you can’t deny. The shades pull right from the Proenza Schouler archives, blending green, yellow and purple hues together on the outside of lipstick bullets, compacts and even on the a brush handle. It’s something that will stand out from the rest of the crowd, which is exactly what a Proenza Schouler girl does. The collection’s perfect for no-makeup girls that just want a little bit of a finishing touch and die-hard beauty junkies, too. Don’t believe us? When these compacts start making their way to eBay, they’ll be just as covetable as those beloved PS11 bags.

The MAC Proenza Schouler collection will be available online and in select stores March 27.

Shop our favorite Proenza Schouler looks:

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Go Boho! Our Favorite Dresses Under $80

It might be the heat wave getting to us, but we’re definitely in a sunny state of mind. And why not? It’s always sunny in California, right? Like a street style trend, the showers come and go pretty quick in these parts. But one style that never goes out? Boho €” it’s basically California’s calling card.

Well, we’re gearing up for festival season, beach days and, well, every day by getting our boho on with these dresses. Pair these picks now with skinny jeans or your favorite leggings, and when the temps do stabilize in the the 80s, wear them on their own. Fun, flirty and totally comfortable, these boho staples will serve you well no matter what the season €” whether you’re talking weather or wardrobe.

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Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen Fªte a Decade of the Skull Scarf

Damien Hirst

Alexander McQueen Spring 2003

If you can believe it, it’s been a decade since the debut of the Alexander McQueen skull scarf. It’s still going strong, and if you think about it, a decade in human years is more like eons in the world of fashion. But the skull scarf has withstood the test of time, as they say, because it’s still one of the brand’s most recognizable pieces and continues to sell today. It might be in part to the scarf’s celebrity appeal — Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate Olsen and even Keith Richards have been spotted brandishing the skull motif — but it might also be because that simple scarf is still an enduring reminder of a designer that we lost too soon.

To celebrate a decade of the skulls, Alexander McQueen asked fellow skull enthusiast and modern artist Damien Hirst to collaborate on a small collection inspired by McQueen’s iconic images, which is set to debut November 15.

Damien Hirst x Alexander McQueen

Damien Hirst x Alexander McQueen

Don’t expect Hirst to just rehash the classic skulls, however.

He’s blended McQueen’s standby into the vein of his latest works, which are influenced by both nature and kaleidoscopes. Hirst’s Entomology series, which combines butterflies, moths, scarabs and spiders look perfect tied just so around your neck and we’d think they’d look picture-perfect hung on your wall, too. The motif isn’t so out-there if you consider that Alexander McQueen’s collections, which are now designed by Sarah Burton, are always exploring the interplay between man and nature.

Damien Hirst x Alexander McQueen

Damien Hirst x Alexander McQueen

Available in chiffon, pong©, twill and cashmere and priced at £315 (that’ll set you back about $467), they’re a bit steeper than your run-of-the-mill skull scarf, but think of it as purchasing a piece of fine art and the sticker shock won’t be so alarming.

The house of McQueen also enlisted S¸lve Sundsb¸ to direct a film to showcase the scarves in their full glory. Check it out below:

Starting at $515, the Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst scarves will be available at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and www.alexandermcqueen.com.

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Save Steal Splurge: The Wide-Brimmed Hat

You’ve spent the spring toning your beach body (or saying you will, at least) and you know all about sunscreen, sarongs, sunglasses and string bikinis. But if you really want to up your style quotient this summer, the easiest way to do it is to throw on a fun summer hat. Pair it with your swimsuit poolside and you’ll be keeping the sun’s rays away in style, but don’t think of it only when you’re by the water. Throw on one of these straw hats with a sundress or your cutoffs and you’ll look like a boho babe.

We’ve got a loosely woven crocheted hat that’s a chic addition to any outfit as well as packable hats that you can throw into any bag (roll it up to save room in your carryon) and take along with you to any summertime vacation.

Steal: Whistles Wide Brim Sun Hat ($85.74)

Splurge: Melissa Obidash Laurianne Hat ($143)