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It’s a Wrap: One Dress, a Million Possibilities

In 1974, Diane von Furstenburg was a working mom looking to create one effortless, elegant piece of clothing that would take her everywhere she needed to go (and look good doing it). Her wrap dress, first crafted in knit jersey, was the simple solution that became a global fashion phenomenon and remains a wardrobe essential today.

Feminine and flattering, but also practical, wrap dresses free us up to go about our day and still feel glamorous, whether that’s a full day at the office, taking care of kiddos, a night on the town, or a weekend with the family. As the embodiment of her work, Diane’s strength and style continues to be a great inspiration to women and entrepreneurs alike (including our founder).

On the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, we thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect occasion to celebrate this must-have style simplifier. Dressed up or dressed down, we’ve found a lot to love…and we think you will, too!

A Valentine’s Day brunch is a wonderful gift to get: a meal shared with the people you love most! This look has bold pops of color that complement the Pop Art print courtesy of Andy Warhol, the artist responsible for Diane’s most famous portrait.

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  1. DVF limited edition wrap dress
  2. Retro Super Future wayfarer sunglasses
  3. Daisy Nights heart and arrow stud earrings
  4. Banana Republic Carter flat
  5. Tory Burch Robinson dome satchel
  6. Priti NYC nailpolish in “American Beauty
  7. Gap 1969 denim jacket

wrap dress getaway

If you’ve been surprised with a special trip—whether that’s a stroll in the city, a walk in the park, or a plane to Paris—the wrap dress is the perfect companion to a romantic getaway. We’ve brought out the bohemian with some western touches and ’70s inspiration.

  1. Eugenia Kim Farrah floppy hat
  2. DVF python wrap dress
  3. Stella McCartney key and heart necklace
  4. Sequin enamel bangle
  5. Coach Honey bootie
  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors crossbody bag
  7. Unreal Fur vest

Wrap dress date night

Making time for the two of you can be a challenge, but Valentine’s Day can be a date night to remember when you’re wrapped up in each other (and a great dress). Take a gorgeous floral print and give it a modern spin with graphic accessories and sleek staples like this blazer and these boots.

  1. ASOS CURVE fedora
  2. Diane Von Furstenberg New Julian Two dress
  3. House of Harlow 1960 Meteora drop earrings
  4. C. Wonder love cuff
  5. Cole Haan Cassidy suede boot
  6. Milly Zoey Clutch
  7. Longline blazer

Diane’s best advice is also the most simple: “When in doubt, wear a wrap dress!” No doubt about it—nothing universally flatters like wrap dresses. This Valentine’s Day, make sure you’re a wrap star.


What is your go-to figure flattering outfit? Tell us in the comments!


5 Different Ways to Wear, Tie, and Style a Scarf

For the cooler fall temperatures, a scarf is a practical accessory. But more than just being functional, it’s a versatile style item. A neck warmer, a blanket, a shrug, or a disguise for baby-made messes…a scarf is the one wardrobe staple that you’re guaranteed to get a lot of mileage out of this season and beyond. Already dreaming of a tropical winter getaway? It even can be used as a beach cover up! Here are five ways you can wear, tie, and style a scarf this season that look equally chic from outerwear to jeans and t-shirt.

The Classic Drape

5 Ways to Style a Scarf

This classic way to wear a scarf—simply drape it around your neck—is a great way to liven up the basics.


The Loop Around with a Twist

5 Ways to Style a Scarf

To create Cristina’s look, drape the scarf along either side of your neck (like the classic drape above). Wrap each loose end around your neck to create one loop. Tuck each loose end through the loop and continue to wrap around the loop to create the twist.


The Muffler

5 Ways to Style a Scarf

This style works well with both winter and light weight scarves, and looks especially chic with the added touch of fringe. April wrapped her shawl style scarf around the back once and brought the loose ends back over her shoulders to the front.


The Slip Knot

5 Ways to Style a Scarf

Matt wears a classic style scarf, which works great under a coat because you can pull it close to your neck for warmth. To tie your scarf like this, fold your scarf in half, wrap it around your neck, and pull the ends through the looped side.


Warm Weather Wrap

5 Ways to Style a Scarf

Kathryn uses a light, flowing scarf to add a punch of color to her outfit and brighten her face. This is a great way to capture the spirit of Fall even when you live in a sunny climate.

For more inspired ways to wear a scarf, check out these additional ways you can tie them on our Honest Pinterest page.

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From Classic to Cool: A White Button-Down Worn 5 Ways

The white button-down shirt is a staple that should be in every woman’s closet. It’s crisp and classic. But it also can be sweet, casual, and edgy. Because we want to get the most out of a simplified wardrobe, we love that this top offers endless possibilities from the everyday to a special night out. And don’t worry, we promise this basic is anything but boring—just check out some of our Honest team and how they styled the same shirt five different ways.

5 Ways to Wear a White Button-Down Shirt


5 Ways to Wear a White Button-Down Shirt


5 Ways to Wear a White Button-Down Shirt


5 Ways to Wear a White Button-Down Shirt


5 Ways to Wear a White Button-Down Shirt


Want more inspiration? Share how you style the classic white button-down.…Comment below, Instagram or Tweet a photo using #HonestStyle or post on our Facebook page!


The Stylish Way to Throw an End of Summer BBQ

Now that the invites are sent, the food is prepped, and the table is set, it’s time to throw on your party clothes. So we’ve got you covered—whether you’re hosting or heading to the barbecue—with these casually chic picks that feel summery but will be fashionable (and wearable) when fall rolls around.

As a consummate entertainer and amateur chef, Jessica’s barbecue style staples include a breezy tank, comfy pants in a fashion-forward cut, flats because she knows she’ll be cooking a feast, a cute jacket to put on when her apron comes off, her signature edgy but minimalist earrings, and of course a scarf to ward off the late evening chill.  “I always want to look polished but at the same time be dressed down, so my guests feel relaxed and at home,” she says.

To get Jessica’s look, check out these high and low options that will leave you looking and feeling at ease in the crowd:

{1} Jessica raves about the virtues of a scarf—it’s an accessory that provides style, warmth, and much needed cover for those unexpected spills (watch out for ketchup!). This Love Quotes NYC Eyelash scarf is lightweight enough for August.

{2} Nothing says effortless like Joie’s Balsa Top featured above. If you want a similar breezy look at a must-have price, Frenchi offers a similar style.

{3} Jessica would trade her fave apron from Anthropologie for this Line & Dot Ink Blazer, which lends a tough edge to the sweet softness of the BBQ ensemble. Plus, it’s perfect for adding flair to Ts and jeans this fall. A Gap Terry Moto Jacket or Free People Canvas Motorcycle Jacket would look equally cute too.

{4} Of-the-moment harem pants are Jessica’s relaxed pick for the evening. Jessica liked these smudge tie dye jersey trousers from Top Shop because they’re an airy riff on the trend and the pink tones say summer night. If you’re looking for a solid-colored harem pant or loose trouser, try these Helmut black jersey pants or alice + olivia lavender Arthur Pants.

{5} Jessica’s favorite pyramid stud earrings are handmade in Wendy Nichol’s Soho studio in NYC. Stores like H&M, Nordstrom, and The Limited also sell geometric stud earrings.

{6} Because she’ll be manning the grill or standing around it chatting for most of the evening, Jessica likes to slip on comfy flats like this ballet style from TOMS. Bonus: For every shoe purchase made, TOMS donates a pair of new shoes to a child in need.


As a classic, modern dad (and chocolate lover), Christopher opts for timeless pieces that can be styled up or down during all seasons.

To get Christopher’s look, check out his cool but comfortable choices that are perfect for entertaining outdoors:

{1} Because the summer sun doesn’t set until the later hours, Christopher loves sporting his fave Tortoise Shell Knockaround sunglasses (a brand that has many affordable, fashionable styles).

{2} The wallet is one of the few accessories men have to choose from and Christopher selected this handmade wood wallet by Slim Timber.

{3} Christopher’s burnt red Worker Trousers from Oliver Spencer at the Need Supply Co. are a twist on the classic chino and were made for an end-of-summer barbecue. Looking for other colored options that are a good deal, Gap’s lived-in slim khaki are a good fit.

{4} Summer weather in LA is warm during the day and cool at night, so Christopher picked a sustainably designed Nau m1 polo stripe shirt. This Gap sun-washed pique polo also offers a versatile relaxed feel.

{5} You can’t go wrong with Christopher’s classic kicks. Bonus: these Ethletic All White Low-top Sneakers from the Autonomie Project are made from fair trade, organic, and sustainable materials.

{6} Now that smartphones are accessories we can’t live without, Christopher opts for a radiation reducing iPhone cover from Pong to protect his and others’ health.

{7} Mast Brothers Chocolate bars make a special dessert or thank you gift for the barbecue’s host (but watch out because it’s Christopher’s favorite).

What would you wear to an end-of-summer party?

This is the final post in a series of four about how to throw an inspired and easy end-of-summer barbecue. Read more about our favorite recipes, the eco-friendly household items we’d use to host this party, and our DIY decor.

Go Bold With Natural Nail Polish

Nothing screams summer more than a fresh mani-pedi in bright, bold colors. And if you’re like us, there’s nothing better than sneaking away solo or with girlfriends for a little pampering at the nail salon because it’s fun, relatively inexpensive, and can be squeezed in during naptime.

Sometimes, though, it’s hard to choose which color or brand to use. We can be sooo indecisive when it comes to making a decision between metallic rose gold, neon yellow, and peacock blue. Not to mention one needs a chemistry degree to figure out the ingredients label!  So, there have been plenty of times we’ve just grabbed a pretty color without knowing what’s in it (mama just needed a manicure). But not surprisingly, many traditional nail polishes are known to contain a toxic trio of chemicals—toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and formaldehyde—that are linked to cancer, asthma, hormone disruption, and birth defects.

Because nail polish labeling doesn’t always reflect the chemicals inside, we’ve rounded up our favorite “three-free” natural and non-toxic paints so you don’t have to waste time wondering at the salon or store and can enjoy your colored digits without the worry.

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Priti NYCScotch Naturals, and Zoya are brands we honestly love and pack in our makeup bag to take to the salon. Their polishes glide on smooth and stay shiny, so we breathe better (pun intended) knowing that we haven’t sacrificed style and quality. Because these colors are bold, don’t be shy about having fun with nail art either.

New to using your hands as a canvas? Take a page out of your favorite designer’s book or look to an artist for inspiration by creating an abstract, whimsical, or crazy design—we love color blocking and think it would be fun to pair a naturally painted nail with a neon-colored tip. Honest Jessica loves the idea of wearing multiple colors, incorporating stickers and designs, and even borrowing from trends she sees when traveling in Asia, like flashing a wild nail design on weekends or a fun night out. Flowers, polka dots, or glitter dusted tips your thing? Check out Pinterest and HelloGiggles for more playful inspiration.

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These brands also offer natural kid-safe polishes, which are perfect for DIY spa parties at home. (P.S. Because kids are more sensitive to chemicals, it’s best to treat them to a polish outside of the salon).

For more information on the ingredients in your nail polish, visit EWG’s skin deep database.