Better Off Alone is a gender-neutral, sustainable fashion company specializing in biodegradable face masks and other protective gear that does not harm the environment. Cofounder and Asian American Bonnie Poon – who is one of three women of diverse backgrounds leading the charge at BOA – was ready and willing to talk to us about the specifics behind the environmental impact of single-use PPE.

“Most single-use masks (surgical, N95, etc.) are made from polypropylene or polyethylene, which is in essence the same as plastic, so it takes hundreds of years to degrade. When it breaks down, it becomes microplastics that can be ingested by animals, particularly marine life. Many cloth masks contain nylon or spandex, which is better, but has similar aftereffects on the environment,” Poon said.

Instead, BOA bases its designs – which also include jumpsuits and cover-ups, and eventually pajamas – on breathable fabric. The masks in particular … Read the rest

At this point in the season, we’ve pretty much been sticking to a uniform that involves bikinis, denim shorts, sandals, and little else. Typically, there’s only one objective during these summer weekends, and that’s to get as much sun as possible, wearing one of the barely there bikinis that are designed to maximize sun exposure and minimize tan lines. But if you thought settling for a plain triangle bikini was good enough, you thought wrong. Instead, we’ve noticed a new crop of barely there bikini trends on the rise—and these styles are so minimal they’re shocking.

Like most controversial swimsuit trends, celebrities and fashion girls are leading the pack here. We’ve spotted them in bikinis that are redefining what “barely there” even means and some that are straight-up optical illusions. I might be slightly shook at the thought of donning any of these styles, but I can’t deny how fire … Read the rest

When it comes to major collaborations, Draper James runs the gamut, from the super-cute collection with Eloquii to Crate & Barrel’s home-decor range – and you can add another to the list. The Reese Witherspoon-helmed label just unveiled a second partnership with Lands’ End, known for practical and durable basics for the great outdoors. Spoiler alert: it’s adorable.

The Draper James x Lands’ End collection fuses classics and Americana staples, with swimwear, apparel, and accessories in mixed prints and cheery gingham. Though undeniably perfect for warmer weather, the bathing suits could even be worn year-round if you get creative with pairings (ahem, high-waisted jeans). Perhaps most notably, the styles come in curve-flattering silhouettes (think: twist-front one-pieces and high-waisted bikini bottoms) and are available in sizes ranging from 0 to 24 and XS to 3X. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Girls Inc.

“At Draper James, we … Read the rest

We love when our latest binge-watch happens to deliver in the style department, too – cue the third season of Hulu’s quirky comedy, Shrill, starring Aidy Bryant as Annie, a journalist navigating body image, relationships, and workplace drama. Set in Portland, the show hits on just the right brand of dressing up without trying too hard.

Annie’s style is a refreshing mix of vintage-feeling finds and staples; it’s equal parts charming and cool. That’s all thanks to costume designer Amanda Needham, who picked up a couple of Emmys for her work on Portlandia. Here, Amanda excels at crafting a wardrobe that feels current, without getting caught up in trends. Needham captures Annie’s unique sense of style with a mix of off-the-rack finds, from stores like ASOS and designers like Rachel Antonoff, though as she told Vox in an interview shortly after the show’s release, she made many of … Read the rest

The Lineup is a monthly series where we’re giving you an inside peek at the beauty lineups of cool fashion people, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists, and estheticians—all the people we trust the most. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at all the can’t-live-without products that make their worlds go round.

After more than a year of social distancing, I’ve become a pro at adapting my beauty routine. I’ve swapped my airbrush tans for gradual lotions; switched out my gel nails for something more natural; and have even kept my facials on pause in favor of at-home treatments. If you’ve felt inspired to do the same, then there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the wizardry of Melanie Simon, aka the genius brainchild behind the Ziip Electrical Facial Device ($495) (and the woman responsible for Jennifer Aniston’s sculpted and glowy skin).

The palm-sized device isn’t your average skin tool. Every … Read the rest

“[I just want] people to discover a love and appreciation for what ballroom is and the people that are on the scene and in the culture.”

HBO Max’s Legendary, which is a reality TV competition that explores ballroom culture, is now streaming season two. And if you’re not watching, you’re missing out on some incredible voguing and the fashion to match – curated by costume designer Johnny Wujek – along with expert judging tips from Image Architect Law Roach. Law (whose celebrity clients include Zendaya and Anya Taylor-Joy) focuses on the wardrobe in the show and joins fellow judges Leiomy Maldonado, Megan Thee Stallion, and Jameela Jamil, all of whom dole out scores on runway walks and performances throughout each episode, ultimately making for some major house victories. While season one was filmed with a live audience, due to COVID regulations, season two involves just the cast and crew. … Read the rest

Most Wanted is a weekly series in which one editor, staffer, or influencer shares their top 30 must-haves or current wish-list items.

There are perks to being an editor, sure, but the truth is I’m faced with so much shopping temptation on the daily that I have to get creative (aka thrifty) when building my wardrobe. I’ve basically become BFFs with the high-low mix: For every occasional splurge, I offset it with a handful of more affordable buys. I swear this logic makes total sense in my head.

Nordstrom gets it. I’m certain that’s why it’s always well-stocked with five-star gems, from $395 sandals that go with essentially everything to $20 tanks that are perfect for layering. With all of that in mind, I thought I’d take you on a little tour of the spendy finds and sartorial steals I have stashed in my cart for summer. Consider it your … Read the rest

You’d better believe Cardi B is going all out for her second Mother’s Day as a mom, and she’s struttin’ into year three with a pair of stylish monochrome sneakers on her feet. Inspired by “the indescribable feeling of love” she experienced when her daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, was born in 2018, Cardi collaborated with Reebok on her final Club C Cardi drop: a “Mommy & Me” collection! The best part? It comes in sizes for moms and kids!

The shoe line is available in adult, junior, and infant sizing and comes in two monochrome shades: Rose Gold and Aqua Dust. Since having Kulture, Cardi has seen her as a breath of fresh air, which is why the Aqua Dust shoes – reminiscent of the aquamarine stone – represent calm, clarity, and relaxation. “Even after I’ve had a long day – like today was a long day – at night, … Read the rest

Hey, don’t roll your eyes just yet—underwear goes through trend cycles just like the rest of the ready-to-wear world, and we have a lingerie expert here to prove it. I don’t know about you, but lingerie fascinates me, as it’s an article of clothing basically everyone wears but never really talks about. It’s not necessarily taboo, but since it’s rarely seen, it goes undiscussed. If you’re someone who takes great pride and joy in your negligee drawer, this is quite disappointing.

Clearly, we’re about to talk in great detail about summer lingerie trends—summer underwear trends to be specific. We reached out to an expert on the matter to give us the 411 on which underwear styles are on the rise, and more importantly, which are quickly dying. Read on as Sandra Rose, VP of merchandising and brand at Journelle (one of the best lingerie destinations, if you ask me), spills … Read the rest

It’s sad to admit, but I truly neglected my underwear collection all 2020. With loungewear firmly dominating last year, all of my fancy dresses and pants were sort of shoved to the back of the closet, and suddenly intricate lingerie didn’t feel like much of a priority. But as we all know, good underwear is the workhorse of any wardrobe, and I’m looking to redeem myself here in 2021.

In the spirit of January’s unofficial motto of “new year, new me” I decided to do a full-on purge of my lingerie drawer, and rebuild my collection of panties from scratch. Fortunately, revamping was as simple as clicking over to Amazon, Nordstrom, and Target for a quick browse. If you’re like me, you have different underwear for different occasions; thongs and seamless styles to avoid visible panty lines, pretty panties to feel fancy, and cotton or full coverage briefs for when … Read the rest