There was a particularly moody smattering of clouds hovering above downtown Los Angeles as I crept slowly along the 101 South. After weeks of dealing with nonstop rain, I was beginning to feel out of place in our reliably sun-soaked city. But as soon as I stepped foot in the space where we were shooting with Erica Cloud, I felt as though someone had dialed up the saturation—my mood lifted almost instantly.
I turned a corner to find an energetic Cloud standing next to a rack of clothes holding pieces she had pulled for the day’s shoot. Electric neons fused with rich earth tones and softer pastels. If the thought of such an uncanny mashup of colors makes you nervous, you’d be in good company, but Cloud is somewhat of a savant at styling color, so she breezed through the rack like a natural.
“I think about [color] a lot because I think it actually loans to confidence,” she muses, acknowledging the transformative quality it can have. “People are scared of it until they put it on.” Though she’s never one to shy away from a statement color (or three), she admits that for us civilians, wearing bright colors can be intimidating at best and truly fear-inducing at worst.
This is precisely why we tapped Cloud in the first place: to show us how to wear the spring colors we (and our readers) agree are most polarizing—neon green, orange, and chocolate brown, to be exact—and be able to pull them off like we know what we’re doing.
10 Items Jennifer Lopez, Amal Clooney, and Hailey Bieber Would Buy at Zara
Here at Who What Wear, Zara is our editors’ not-so-secret obsession. As our regular readers are well aware, we turn to the fast-fashion retail giant for everything from wardrobe staples to evening wear. (ICYMI, our fashion editor Lauren Eggertsen even has an entire Instagram account dedicated to culling through the brand’s overzealous amount of products.) All this to say we scroll through Zara’s new-arrivals section on the regular.
So naturally, we were bound to stumble across items that look as though they were taken straight out of some of our favorite celebrities’ closets. Ahead, we’re shopping out some of Jennifer Lopez’s, Amal Clooney’s, and Hailey Bieber’s best looks by linking only to—you guessed it—Zara products. Keep scrolling to shop some of their most recent outfits and find out how to steal their style for yourself. Hang on to your wallet—prices start at just $20.
Next up, Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite fashion trends are sitting at Zara.
7 Summer Wardrobe Staples NY Girls Never Forget to Buy
Summer in New York City is one of a kind. Alfresco dining, park picnics, and long evening strolls are all common, and the sidewalks are filled with tourists and locals alike dressed in their favorite warm-weather pieces. The not-so-glamorous side of Manhattan summers, however, is the extreme heat and humidity. Sure, we’ll take it over a snowstorm any day, but if you’re braving an 85-degree day, your wardrobe should reflect it. You probably know all the basics by now: Choose breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, avoid black unless you want to get heat stroke, and always wear sunscreen. However, if you’re curious to know which items specifically bode especially well in the city then continue ahead to see seven standout pieces NYC girls never forget to buy once summer rolls around.
Up Next: 5 sunglasses trends that are in for summer 2019.
How Much You Should Really Be Spending on Clothing Every Month
We can confidently say that we spend a substantial amount of our hard-earned paycheck on clothes, but what exactly should our clothing budget be? To be quite frank, we had no idea, which is why we were excited to research this story. And just in case you’re in the dark about your spending habits as well, we thought we’d bring the matter to light with a super-simple equation.
To get to the bottom of it, we looked to award-winning financial planner Pete Dunn. Based on his expertise, we calculated what your clothing budget should be per month based on your salary. And because we still fully condone adding a few pieces to your wardrobe each month, we included a few on-budget pieces that we recommend for each of the salaries listed below. Keep scrolling to get ready for your reality check.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you figure out how much you should be spending on clothes per month. But like we’ve said before, you know your financial situation best.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Anna LaPlaca.
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