Spring Trends: Nylon’s Rachael Wang Shows Us How to Wear Black & White

Does anyone know the ins and outs of trends better than the fashion editors who help distill them? Our thoughts exactly. And since spring fashion has officially arrived, we’ve tapped some of the industry’s chicest pros for the inside scoop on how to incorporate right-this-minute pieces into your wardrobe all season in our spring trends series.

First up is Nylon’s Fashion Market Director, Rachael Wang, who’s fallen particularly hard for one of spring’s biggest stories: Black and white. “What I love about the trend this season is that it doesn’t feel mod or retro at all — the shapes are modern and the fabrics are innovative,” she says. Try her graphic, mix-and-match approach, or test the waters with a bit of sleek color-blocking: “You don’t have to go all out. Try beige accessories to break up the starkness, and err on more white than black.”

Ready to follow suit? Shop the first of our spring trends now, then check back each week for what’s new (plus a few choice styling tips from more of fashion’s finest).

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Trend to Try: Gorjana’s Stackable Rings

Stackable rings are having a major moment this season — and everyday jewelry mainstay Gorjana has created two seriously chic sets (in rose and yellow gold) exclusively for Gilt. Ready to play mix master? The combinations are as limitless as your imagination, so pile them on to create the ultimate cool-girl look. Get inspired by our Instagram video above (Gilt’s first!), then shop these rings and more must-have pieces on mobile only today and tomorrow on site, starting at noon ET.

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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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