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Around the Office: Bevel Sunglass Fitting
A few weeks ago, I lost my sunglasses. It wouldn’t have been so tragic if it weren’t for the fact that a) the pair fit me to a T and b) the style was last season and thus sold out. Finding that specific frame that complements your face shape can be a near impossible feat. Often when I visit stores, I’m overwhelmed by the myriad of options and lack of assistance and end up walking out, defeated.
So when Richard Mewha, co-founder and president of Bevel dropped by our office to demonstrate a proper sunglass fitting, I was craving his advice. Founded in 1999, Bevel began with the fashion-centric ethos of turning eyewear into an accessory. Their aesthetic can best be described as sleek, modern, and minimalist. But most of all, the fit is extremely precise. 
"Fitting is best done by an expert," U.K.-born Mewha told me in his proper British accent, which will instinctively make you feel like he knows more than you (and he does—at least about optometry). Doubling as somewhat of an eyeglass wizard, he strongly believes that fitting should be a one-on-one experience, and therefore offers a fit service in every store where Bevel is sold. 
What I learned from Mewha is there’s a lot more to sunglass shopping than simply choosing a frame you like. There are various factors to consider whilst selecting your pair, such as width, ear size, ear proportions, and, most importantly, color. In fact, the first thing Mewha does when he sits down to design a new collection is create a color palette, ensuring there’s a soft hue inside the frame that works well with a range of skin tones and balances the outside color. 
The secret to finding the perfect frame? “Treat color combinations within the frame much like how you treat make up,” he said. And he was right: When Christina Shanahan (InStyle Associate Editor, pictured above, left), who favors neutral-colored cosmetics, tried on the Silvia in Burlywood (a citrus wood-colored style), the fit was flawless. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Bevel Sunglass Fitting

A few weeks ago, I lost my sunglasses. It wouldn’t have been so tragic if it weren’t for the fact that a) the pair fit me to a T and b) the style was last season and thus sold out. Finding that specific frame that complements your face shape can be a near impossible feat. Often when I visit stores, I’m overwhelmed by the myriad of options and lack of assistance and end up walking out, defeated.

So when Richard Mewha, co-founder and president of Bevel dropped by our office to demonstrate a proper sunglass fitting, I was craving his advice. Founded in 1999, Bevel began with the fashion-centric ethos of turning eyewear into an accessory. Their aesthetic can best be described as sleek, modern, and minimalist. But most of all, the fit is extremely precise. 

"Fitting is best done by an expert," U.K.-born Mewha told me in his proper British accent, which will instinctively make you feel like he knows more than you (and he does—at least about optometry). Doubling as somewhat of an eyeglass wizard, he strongly believes that fitting should be a one-on-one experience, and therefore offers a fit service in every store where Bevel is sold. 

What I learned from Mewha is there’s a lot more to sunglass shopping than simply choosing a frame you like. There are various factors to consider whilst selecting your pair, such as width, ear size, ear proportions, and, most importantly, color. In fact, the first thing Mewha does when he sits down to design a new collection is create a color palette, ensuring there’s a soft hue inside the frame that works well with a range of skin tones and balances the outside color. 

The secret to finding the perfect frame? “Treat color combinations within the frame much like how you treat make up,” he said. And he was right: When Christina Shanahan (InStyle Associate Editor, pictured above, left), who favors neutral-colored cosmetics, tried on the Silvia in Burlywood (a citrus wood-colored style), the fit was flawless. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing: Dana Avidan-Cohn in Dior
In celebration of the new Dior boutique (dedicated exclusively to accessories) that opened in luxury department store Holt Renfrew in Toronto, Dana Avidan-Cohn (InStyle Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent) hosted a private event where a few of fashion’s most influential ladies were able to shop to their hearts’ content—all for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds went to Artists for Peace and Justice, a philanthropic organization to benefit impoverished children in Haiti.
And as host, Dana definitely dressed the part—she was outfitted in head-to-toe Dior. “I had the option of wearing a runway look, but I thought it would be fun to piece together an outfit that reflected my personal style,” she says. “I picked a commercial midi-length version of the brocade runway finale dresses and matched it with mirrored silver pumps.”
She styled her metallic pieces with a soft knit top, a cascading cobalt blue beaded necklace and an adorable mini top-handle purse.
Our verdict: Perfection!
Photo credit: George Pimentel

What We’re Wearing: Dana Avidan-Cohn in Dior

In celebration of the new Dior boutique (dedicated exclusively to accessories) that opened in luxury department store Holt Renfrew in Toronto, Dana Avidan-Cohn (InStyle Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent) hosted a private event where a few of fashion’s most influential ladies were able to shop to their hearts’ content—all for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds went to Artists for Peace and Justice, a philanthropic organization to benefit impoverished children in Haiti.

And as host, Dana definitely dressed the part—she was outfitted in head-to-toe Dior. “I had the option of wearing a runway look, but I thought it would be fun to piece together an outfit that reflected my personal style,” she says. “I picked a commercial midi-length version of the brocade runway finale dresses and matched it with mirrored silver pumps.”

She styled her metallic pieces with a soft knit top, a cascading cobalt blue beaded necklace and an adorable mini top-handle purse.

Our verdict: Perfection!

Photo credit: George Pimentel

What We’re Wearing: Upper Arm Cuff
I wanted to add a new fun piece of jewelry to my wardrobe. I was inspired by how the ear cuff really took off, but the style just isn’t for me. I’m a bracelet kind of girl. And I’ve worn them every which way—I did the arm party when that was happening, sometimes I’ll do one on each arm, and other times I’ll slide on one statement-making cuff. But I wanted something new. I had an ah-ha moment when I came across a photo of Kate Moss wearing an upper arm cuff. And then off I went on my e-commerce search.
I stumbled upon this Nasty Gal piece and immediately placed an order. But when it arrived, it was a bit too perfect for my taste. So I twisted it around and played with it until it looked just right. (There were a few panicky moments when I thought I ruined it.)  You’d never know, right?
— Alexandra DeRosa, InStyle.com Fashion/Production Assistant
Outfit breakdown:Dress: ZaraSunglasses: Ray-BanArm Cuff: Nasty Gal
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing: Upper Arm Cuff

I wanted to add a new fun piece of jewelry to my wardrobe. I was inspired by how the ear cuff really took off, but the style just isn’t for me. I’m a bracelet kind of girl. And I’ve worn them every which way—I did the arm party when that was happening, sometimes I’ll do one on each arm, and other times I’ll slide on one statement-making cuff. But I wanted something new. I had an ah-ha moment when I came across a photo of Kate Moss wearing an upper arm cuff. And then off I went on my e-commerce search.

I stumbled upon this Nasty Gal piece and immediately placed an order. But when it arrived, it was a bit too perfect for my taste. So I twisted it around and played with it until it looked just right. (There were a few panicky moments when I thought I ruined it.)  You’d never know, right?

— Alexandra DeRosa, InStyle.com Fashion/Production Assistant

Outfit breakdown:
Dress: Zara
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Arm Cuff: Nasty Gal

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com


What We’re Wearing: Aglit Italy Soft-Leather Shoelaces
Since sneakers have gone luxe, from slip-ons to hidden wedges in everything from calf-hair to silk, we’ve been contentedly mumbling about our fashionably happy feet. But one element of the shoe’s design seems to still be largely ignored: the humble shoelace.
Enter Aglit Italy, the N.Y.C. “luxury laces” company that just might change everything. While copyediting InStyle’s July “Kickin’ It” story (on page 104; the issue is available now on newsstands and for digital download), freelancer Anne Egli happened to be sporting a pair of these next-level laces in a coppery color that popped against her metallic kicks .
"My friend Tarik Baker is cornering a niche market," she says. "These are the ultimate accessory for sneakerheads." She says she punches up all of her kicks using one of the many color, texture, and finish combinations (including suede), possible on the site. Even the aglets (those are the tips that stop the ends from fraying) can be upgraded to a nickel or gold plate. “And I already have my eyes on another pair—fiery red!”
Just in: Aglit’s next East Coast pop-up store in New York’s Chinatown on June 28 will feature a hot new release—black leather fat laces.
Shoes: Converse All-StarLaces: Aglit Italy leather 45-inch copper with gold-plated tips
— Stephanie Rushia, InStyle Deputy Copy Chief
Photo credit: Alex Reside

What We’re Wearing: Aglit Italy Soft-Leather Shoelaces

Since sneakers have gone luxe, from slip-ons to hidden wedges in everything from calf-hair to silk, we’ve been contentedly mumbling about our fashionably happy feet. But one element of the shoe’s design seems to still be largely ignored: the humble shoelace.

Enter Aglit Italy, the N.Y.C. “luxury laces” company that just might change everything. While copyediting InStyle’s July “Kickin’ It” story (on page 104; the issue is available now on newsstands and for digital download), freelancer Anne Egli happened to be sporting a pair of these next-level laces in a coppery color that popped against her metallic kicks .

"My friend Tarik Baker is cornering a niche market," she says. "These are the ultimate accessory for sneakerheads." She says she punches up all of her kicks using one of the many color, texture, and finish combinations (including suede), possible on the site. Even the aglets (those are the tips that stop the ends from fraying) can be upgraded to a nickel or gold plate. “And I already have my eyes on another pair—fiery red!”

Just in: Aglit’s next East Coast pop-up store in New York’s Chinatown on June 28 will feature a hot new release—black leather fat laces.

Shoes: Converse All-Star
Laces: Aglit Italy leather 45-inch copper with gold-plated tips

— Stephanie Rushia, InStyle Deputy Copy Chief

Photo credit: Alex Reside

The voluminous midi skirt trend is sweeping the InStyle office in all of its tea-length glory. What we have here is one ladylike silhouette, styled two ways:
Kim Peiffer (InStyle.com Senior Fashion News Editor): Sunglasses: Dolce & GabbanaDenim jacket: PaigeWhite tee: J. CrewSkirt: Banana Republic x MarimekkoWedges: Chloe
Andrea Cheng (InStyle.com Associate Fashion Editor):Sunglasses: AshcroftCrop tank: American ApparelSkirt: H&MWedges: Stuart Weitzman (similar style)
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

The voluminous midi skirt trend is sweeping the InStyle office in all of its tea-length glory. What we have here is one ladylike silhouette, styled two ways:

Kim Peiffer (InStyle.com Senior Fashion News Editor):
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Denim jacket: Paige
White tee: J. Crew
Skirt: Banana Republic x Marimekko
Wedges: Chloe

Andrea Cheng (InStyle.com Associate Fashion Editor):
Sunglasses: Ashcroft
Crop tank: American Apparel
Skirt: H&M
Wedges: Stuart Weitzman (similar style)

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing in the Rain: Marc Jacobs x Native Boots
The fashion industry has been hit with resort 2015 previews (collections that fall between fall and spring), which means back-to-back market appointments for weeks on end. There’s a lot of legwork, for sure, but even more so when there’s a torrential downpour outside. What’s a fashion editor to do?
InStyle Market Director Wendy Wallace’s go-to shoes for those dreadful rainy days are these too-cool Marc Jacobs x Native boots (a collab that launched several years ago), singing their praises for “not looking like regular rain boots.” 
She wore them with black coated J Brand jeans (joking that they repel water. “Just wear all plastic,” she drily advises on how to stay dry), and a casual-chic heather gray tee. As for her purse, she always goes for a cross-body style, leaving her hands free to hold an umbrella and coffee (or, her kid’s hand for school drop-offs). Chic rain-proof fashion has never been easier!
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing in the Rain: Marc Jacobs x Native Boots

The fashion industry has been hit with resort 2015 previews (collections that fall between fall and spring), which means back-to-back market appointments for weeks on end. There’s a lot of legwork, for sure, but even more so when there’s a torrential downpour outside. What’s a fashion editor to do?

InStyle Market Director Wendy Wallace’s go-to shoes for those dreadful rainy days are these too-cool Marc Jacobs x Native boots (a collab that launched several years ago), singing their praises for “not looking like regular rain boots.” 

She wore them with black coated J Brand jeans (joking that they repel water. “Just wear all plastic,” she drily advises on how to stay dry), and a casual-chic heather gray tee. As for her purse, she always goes for a cross-body style, leaving her hands free to hold an umbrella and coffee (or, her kid’s hand for school drop-offs). Chic rain-proof fashion has never been easier!

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

What We Wore: Tony Awards Edition!
The Tony Awards are the Super Bowl of Broadway, and as a superfan, I count down to watching the ceremony every June. Luckily, I get to actually attend—last night’s show marked my third time going.
In 2012, I chose a short dress (that I can’t even remember), and last year, I wore a long black gown with sleeves that restricted movement (I couldn’t even lift my arms). But I’ve learned. In a true Goldilocks moment, this midi-length color-block BCBG Max Azria dress and J.Crew earrings from Net-A-Porter combo was just right. It was flexible enough to let me walk across town to Radio City Music Hall (through the Puerto Rican Day Parade, mind you!), professional enough to interview the stars on the red carpet (including Lena Hall, Tony Goldwyn, Zach Braff, Fantasia, and more) before the show, and fancy enough to go inside Radio City Music Hall and join the hoity-toity guests to watch the main event.
As for the main event? It was incredible. Hugh Jackman was so lovable, Audra McDonald got an emotional standing ovation for her record-breaking win, and (my favorite) Neil Patrick Harris performed a number from Hedwig and the Angry Inch!
—Sharon Clott, InStyle Senior Editor

What We Wore: Tony Awards Edition!

The Tony Awards are the Super Bowl of Broadway, and as a superfan, I count down to watching the ceremony every June. Luckily, I get to actually attend—last night’s show marked my third time going.

In 2012, I chose a short dress (that I can’t even remember), and last year, I wore a long black gown with sleeves that restricted movement (I couldn’t even lift my arms). But I’ve learned. In a true Goldilocks moment, this midi-length color-block BCBG Max Azria dress and J.Crew earrings from Net-A-Porter combo was just right. It was flexible enough to let me walk across town to Radio City Music Hall (through the Puerto Rican Day Parade, mind you!), professional enough to interview the stars on the red carpet (including Lena Hall, Tony Goldwyn, Zach Braff, Fantasia, and more) before the show, and fancy enough to go inside Radio City Music Hall and join the hoity-toity guests to watch the main event.

As for the main event? It was incredible. Hugh Jackman was so lovable, Audra McDonald got an emotional standing ovation for her record-breaking win, and (my favorite) Neil Patrick Harris performed a number from Hedwig and the Angry Inch!

—Sharon Clott, InStyle Senior Editor

Where We Went: AYR’s New York Guideshop
Seeing as I’m just barely over five feet tall, getting jeans that fit lengthwise has always been somewhat of an issue. Sizing that’s incongruous to brand websites and escalating tailoring prices can get old really fast. So my heart sang a little bit when I heard that AYR—Bonobos’s new basics brand—was launching a denim fitting service, conveniently at its New York office. 
The so-called “guideshop” totally exceeded my expectations. After several other InStyle staffers and I made an appointment, we arrived at AYR’s office in the Flatiron District (which, p.s., is flawlessly designed and furnished) and sampled all the styles we wanted with co-founder and brand director Maggie Winter and design director Jac Cameron on-hand to chime in with styling tips. 
After we all tried on the same pair, we were shocked to discover that they fit us all perfectly (Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor, aptly dubbed them “the traveling pants,” referencing Ann Brashares seminal YA novel). As is custom at these fittings, we were also offered glasses of white wine, which only made us feel all the more confident in our jeans. And to save us the legwork, for every purchase made, AYR offered to ship the order directly to us—so we left plus clothing, minus shopping bags.
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Where We Went: AYR’s New York Guideshop

Seeing as I’m just barely over five feet tall, getting jeans that fit lengthwise has always been somewhat of an issue. Sizing that’s incongruous to brand websites and escalating tailoring prices can get old really fast. So my heart sang a little bit when I heard that AYR—Bonobos’s new basics brand—was launching a denim fitting service, conveniently at its New York office. 

The so-called “guideshop” totally exceeded my expectations. After several other InStyle staffers and I made an appointment, we arrived at AYR’s office in the Flatiron District (which, p.s., is flawlessly designed and furnished) and sampled all the styles we wanted with co-founder and brand director Maggie Winter and design director Jac Cameron on-hand to chime in with styling tips.

After we all tried on the same pair, we were shocked to discover that they fit us all perfectly (Brooke Mazurek, InStyle Assistant Editor, aptly dubbed them “the traveling pants,” referencing Ann Brashares seminal YA novel). As is custom at these fittings, we were also offered glasses of white wine, which only made us feel all the more confident in our jeans. And to save us the legwork, for every purchase made, AYR offered to ship the order directly to us—so we left plus clothing, minus shopping bags.

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com