5 Tips for Taking The Perfect Shoe Shot (For a Chance to Win a $2,000 Shopping Spree)

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Snapping a “perfectly laid-back, styled but not too” shoe shot does take a little bit of work, but it’s never been more worth it. Post yours for a chance to win a $2,000 Madewell shopping spree plus everything you need for a perfect day of strolling: two pairs of Madewell boots (your choice), Grado headphones, one year of Spotify Premium, a Mizu water bottle and snacks from Baked.* Now, to make sure you nail those photos, we gathered up five tried-and-true tips. Let’s get snapping.

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Meet Our Ex-Boyfriends (We Love Them All, Really)

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Breakups suck. But on the bright side, that’s how we often end up with that one really great piece of clothing, the one we “borrowed” enough to eventually own. One such trophy—the lovingly worn-in button-down shirt with a relaxed fit—plays a big part in our wardrobes, so we created a whole group of ’em called, fittingly, the Ex-Boyfriends. They come in a variety of shapes and, like all good past relationships, they’re all a little bit different. Here, our designer Ash introduces you to three of them, and explains why these relationships might just last.

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Five Rules to Dress By This Fall

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Hard to believe how fast summer has flown by once again, but fall is on its way. We’re craving sweaters, coats and jeans, because cooler temperatures mean layering. And layering means outfits with more textures, more colors and sometimes, a little more personality. These are five of the rules we get dressed by each fall and how we’re interpreting them right now.

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Must See (And Wear) Fall Wardrobes

Few items in your wardrobe scream “back to school” quite like the outerwear icon that is the peacoat. The name, reportedly derived from the Dutch word pij, meaning coarse wool, first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary way back in the early 18th century. Though it’s a collegiate classic now, the clean-lined, rugged coat actually has military roots—it was initially adopted by British midshipmen before becoming the go-to for many of Europe’s naval fleets.

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Despite its naval heritage, we can’t help but picture the peacoat as the ultimate school uniform, its broad collar flipped up to shield students against brisk fall breezes as they bound across campus. To celebrate a coat with serious school spirit (which we’re excited to offer a grown-up version of), we share eight of our favorite school-themed movies. Ready that Netflix queue.

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Robin “O captain, my captain” Williams plays an unconventional English professor at a private Vermont boarding school who inspires his wide-eyed students (Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard among them) to seize the day, or rather, carpe diem.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

“Aloha, my name is Mr. Hand.” Memorable lines abound in this cult classic comedy that traces (hilariously) the academic and romantic woes of a group of California high schoolers. It also boasts what is, quite possibly, the most memorable pool scene ever, involving Phoebe Cates, a red bikini and The Cars’ “Moving in Stereo.”

Fame (1980)

As the tagline goes: “If they’ve really got what it takes, it’s going to take everything they’ve got.” The film chronicles the lives of students at New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts (it actually exists; the current student roster includes Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes) who are working for much more than a diploma.

Election (1999)

Reese Witherspoon is pitch-perfect as Tracy Flick, a blindly ambitious high school student who refuses to let anyone (teachers included; that means you Matthew Broderick) get in the way of her destiny: class president.

Lean on Me (1989)

In this drama based on a true story, Morgan Freeman plays domineering principal “Crazy” Joe Clark, who is brought in to help revive an ailing inner-city school.

Rushmore (1998)

Quirky director par excellence Wes Anderson’s second feature stars Jason Schwartzman as precocious Max Fischer, a beret-wearing, extracurricular-obsessed student at prep school Rushmore who forges an unusual friendship with an eccentric mogul (Bill Murray) and falls hard for a teacher (“she was my Rushmore”).

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Step-siblings Sam and Patrick (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, respectively) adopt shy freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman), who is coping with mental illness and the suicide of his best friend, into their circle of friends in this honest, endearing portrait of high school, based on the Stephen Chbosky book of the same name.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

“Each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.” High school stereotypes dissolve, albeit temporarily, during weekend detention in this John Hughes masterpiece featuring brat pack queen Molly Ringwald and a killer soundtrack.

Meet our new style muse: Solange

No one pulls off a great style mix quite like Solange. The key to putting together your own style mix? It’s all about how you pair it—and make it your own.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video from our campaign shoot and read our exclusive Style Q&A with Solange below.

Describe your personal style in three words.
I. Can’t. Describe.

How about in a song title?
“Extraordinary Machine” by Fiona Apple.

You’re fearless when it comes to mixing and matching. Any advice on how to do it well?
It’s all about experimenting and instinct. Believe me, every once in a while, I might change clothes four times before I leave the house. You gotta play around until you can say, “OK, this works for me.” But you’ll never know until you try!

Do any past outfits make you say, “What was I thinking?”
I’ve worked some pretty outrageous things in the past—just Google “Fashion Rocks Solange.” But, hey, at least I went for it. Isn’t that what being in your ’20s is all about?

Top style icons?
“Queen Ross” (also known as Diana Ross), Erykah Badu, Fela Kuti’s queens, Björk, Lauryn Hill.

You have five minutes to get dressed. What do you throw on?
A white silk blouse (my saving grace—I own eight or so), a comfy colorful skirt and a simple nude sandal.

What’s your favorite style of jean?
Baggy boyfriend jeans rolled up on the bottom. Comfy, easy and playful!

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
I actually had an entire imaginary family named the Pintos. In my mind, they owned the best everything, so whenever my mother wouldn’t give me what I wanted, I’d tell her the Pintos let their daughter have it. I was guilt-tripping on a whole other level!

What recent books and films have you been loving?
For movies: Bernie, Being Elmo, Tomboy, Pariah and Beast of the Southern Wild. And books: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Little Bee by Chris Cleave and Zelda by Nancy Milford.