Hot Swimsuit Trend: The Retro Pin-Up Girl

Barely-there bikinis are a dime a dozen at the beach, which means the Bettie Page-inspired bombshell will definitely steal the spotlight in the surf. Dial it back a few decades and get in on the ultra-hot trend that’s making serious waves this summer: Pin-up-style swimwear. Covering up never looked so sexy, thanks to high-waisted cuts and clever ruching that draw attention to the teeniest part of your waist, creating hourglass curves to rival those cheeky Vargas girl paintings. Eco-friendly brand Jungle Gurl serves up made-to-flatter suits for every body type, including the chic Ali Bikini Set and the Laila One-Piece Swimsuit here. And lest you think you’re headed toward Pleasantville territory, keep things fresh and modern with slick metal shades, colored sun hats, and a classic red lip (Taylor Swift and Rihanna show you how it’s done).

Shop these retro picks and more must-have silhouettes in our sale today.

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3 Ways…To Flatter Your Figure

If you’re among the endless women who find trends kinda tricky–just how, exactly, are we supposed to wear harem pants while maintaining any sense of dignity!?–rejoice in the arrival of one of the season’s most universally flattering fashion moments. The illusion dress was all over the runways, and now, it’s on Gilt in our latest Spring Trend Alert sale. Here are three chic ways to wear it:

1. Carve out an hourglass with black: It’s one of the oldest–and easiest-to-execute–tricks in the book. If you want to appear more slender, choose a dress (like this one, $99) with black panels on the side to slim your hips, waist, and thighs.

2. Use piping to similar effect: You don’t need to be so obvious about your figure flattery trick–fine lines, like the piping on this dress ($129), will get the job done, too.

3. Let contours create the silhouette you want: Not a born Joan Holloway? Nobody really is! Fake it with contoured lines, like the one on this dress ($349), which essentially draw out the figure you wish you had. Emphasis on the waist–for most women, the smallest part of the body–will always make you look slimmer.

Ready to look your absolute best this spring? Shop our Spring Trend Alert: Ultra-Flattering Illusions sale now!

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Spotted: The Mint Bag

 

Take a cue from three of Hollywood’s hottest style stars — mint is going to be major this spring. And as Eva Mendes, Naomi Watts, and Emmy Rossum perfectly showcase here, the soft spring color works with almost everything including bright solids, crisp whites, and bold prints.

Try this laser cut tote by Buco or check out many more mint and fellow sorbet-colored accessories in our sale that starts tomorrow at noon ET.

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Fall Trend Alert: Retro Office Chic

Admit it, you’ve coveted Joan Holloway’s wardrobe on Mad Men more than once. Apparently, you’re not alone. Designers from Derek Lam to Anna Sui to Diane von Furstenberg filled the Fall 2012 runways with curvy silhouettes meant for the workplace.

Start with the basic silhouette by getting a pencil skirt or a sheath dress (we love the slim styles from Rachel Roy and Ava & Aiden). Then layer on a sweet and saucy cropped cardigan or a peplum jacket from Z Spoke.

And let’s not forget about the accessories! That’s what will take this look from everyday office attire to a fashionable ’50s flair. Tie a printed silk scarf around your neck, or slip on a multi-strand pearl necklace. Pointy kitten heels or cap-toe flats let you stride in style and comfort. Your work tote gets an upgrade in classic, structured shapes in neutral tones. If it’s cooler outside, short leather gloves in a bright color from Portolano are the perfect finishing touch.

Are you ready to conquer the workplace this fall in style? We are! Shop Fall Trend Alert: Retro Office Chic on September 4, starting at noon ET.

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