ASK THE EXPERTS: OUR TEAM ANSWERS YOUR SUMMER STYLING QUESTIONS

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We loved tackling your denim styling questions so much we’re back for another round of Q&A, this time with summer in mind. While the sunny season has many perks (open-toe shoes, post-beach naps, general good vibes), it also poses a fair share of outfit conundrums. Don’t fret though, our styling team has you covered with everything from what to wear in your icebox of an office to doing the effortless bandana-hair-tie thing.

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STYLING TIPS & TRICKS WITH KARIN BERESON, FOUNDER OF NO.6

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We’re longtime admirers of stylist and founder Karin Bereson’s NYC-based label, No.6, both for its vintage-meets-right-now aesthetic and impressive selection of prints. So we took that admiration and turned it into a collection—teaming up on an exclusive capsule of party-ready dresses and jumpsuits based on the line’s most-loved pieces (special archival prints included). For Karin’s expert tips on adding edge to feminine pieces, dressing for the holidays without overdoing it and feeling confident in whatever you’re wearing, read on. Continue reading

HOW TO: STYLE SNEAKERS (WITH MORE THAN JUST SWEATS)

We’re not shy about our love for sneaks, by any means. But wearing ’em all day every day could lead to unintentional I-just-got-back-from-the-gym vibes (not that there’s anything wrong with comfy clothes). Take your sneaker-based outfits to the next level with these easy styling tips—no sweatpants involved.

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Our Designer Joyce Answers 6 of Your Denim Styling Questions

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Last winter, our designer Joyce answered denim styling questions on our blog that came straight from you. The questions were so great—and Joyce had such a good time tackling them—we asked for more this summer. In just a few hours, we had burning denim-related Qs on some major common themes, from the best maternity jeans and petite fits to mixing washes and Joyce’s own go-to pair. We’ll let Joyce take it from here…

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A Stylist and Her Library

by Khira Jordan (Madewell)

Resident stylist and day brightener Lisa Schulner is the girl you’ll find holding down the fort at each and every Madewell photo shoot. She’s also that girl with the towering stack of amazing-looking books on her desk. We knew beautiful things must be hiding between all those covers, so we did a little investigating. Check out the story behind (and the gems inside) Lisa’s impressive styling library.

When would you say you started your collection?

I’ve been collecting books forever, but working at Madewell has been a huge influence. Berenice Abbott’s New York in the Thirties and powerHouse’s Disfarmer probably wouldn’t have been on my radar before Madewell.

Where do you hunt your books down?

I love a museum bookshop! And there’s this great jewel box of a shop near our office called Dashwood Books.

Did any imagery influence the way you styled the Fall ‘11 Madewell collection?

Martin Munkácsi shot these sunbathers in the late ’30s, and their swimming costumes were tailored, graphic and mensy. The art direction was modern and very angular. It’s not a direct influence for fall, obviously, but there’s an ingrained image you can’t shake when something resonates—and that shapes everything you create after.

What are some of your favorite standout looks?

There’s this image in Shoot of a commuter train in India, and the passengers are practically hanging out of the open doors, ready to jump off at their stop. They’re all in these amazingly bright colors: chartreuse, bright pink, citrus yellow—an energetic, spring-forward lineup. It’s so beautiful!

Learn anything funny/notable/curious from the books?

Well, I can tell you what the funniest and most curious book I own is: Anu Tuominen’s collection of beautiful and hilarious textile “sculptures.” It’s a quietly funny reimagination of banal objects.