The Met Gala has long been known as fashion’s biggest night. But this year, it’s fashion’s most controversial as well.On Monday evening, all of Hollywood’s biggest stars and fashion influencers took to the carpeted red stairs of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the Costume Institute’s latest exhibit. This year, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination explores the intersection of the sartorial and sacred. In the exhibit curated by Andrew Bolton, pieces from the Vatican and design houses such as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and more will be on display. However, on the red carpet, a variety of celebs are wearing their own interpretation on the religious theme.Amal Clooney, Rihanna, and Donatella Versace are 2018’s co-hosts of the event alongside Anna Wintour. Other A-list attendees include Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, and Ashley Graham.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
A very pregnant Duchess of Cambridge made her final appearance before maternity leave on Thursday as she met with wheelchair basketball players at a SportsAid event at Olympic Park.Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, chicly marked the occasion in an ivory coat on top of a charming yet frugal floral print top from Hobbs London. The “Rosie” top retails for approx. $89 CAD (£49), features a modest boat neck and three quarter-length sleeves with notch detailing.What’s surprising is that Kate paired the outfit with a pair of fitted black pants — a rarity for the Duchess, and perhaps a sign she’s following Meghan Markle’s lead with unconventional royal wear.ALSO SEE: Video: 7 things you didn’t know about Kate Middleton The outfit was a stark contrast from Wednesday, where she marked the beginning of spring in a fresh mint green outfit as she co-hosted an event at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Wednesday. For the symposium, Kate ditched her palette of cream tones, blues and florals and opted for a bold knee-length dress with a matching bespoke Jenny Packham coat. Gorgeous!Click through our ongoing gallery to see more of Kate’s top pregnancy style moments.Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
One of fashion’s last great legends, Hubert de Givenchy, died on Saturday at age 91, in news that became public on Monday.The French fashion conglomerate LVMH acquired Givenchy’s brand in 1988, and the designer retired from fashion in 1995, succeeded by John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Riccardo Tisci, and Clare Waight Keller, each of whom has reimagined Givenchy’s design legacy in his or her own way. But to say that Givenchy’s influenced only the fashion world would be to shortchange a designer responsible for some of the iconic looks of old Hollywood — worn by Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, and, most famously, Audrey Hepburn.The French aristocrat founded his eponymous house in his mid-20s in 1952, and launched his ready-to-wear collection in 1954, coming into his own alongside fashion’s most recognizable names, including Christian Dior and his mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga. The fashion world celebrated Givenchy’s first collection, giving him credibility among Parisian couturiers and, soon after, Hollywood. The tale of Givenchy and Hepburn’s first meeting and subsequent designer-muse relationship has been told and retold countless times, at anniversary exhibitions of the designer’s work, at the time of Hepburn’s death in 1993, and again in 2014, when Givenchy dedicated a book of sketches to Hepburn, To Audrey with Love. The U.K. newspaper the Telegraph noted at the time “what fashion experts say is the couturier’s main contribution to his art, that he was responsible for keeping alive the standards of haute couture after the Second World War.”Givenchy met Hepburn on the set of her movie Sabrina, having been asked to help create costumes for the film. Givenchy declined, citing a mid-collection workload, but gravitated toward Hepburn, “inspired by her youth, gamine look, and elegant spirit,” according to the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in New York. Givenchy would ultimately be nominated for an Academy Award in costume design in 1958 for Hepburn’s film Funny Face, and of course, went on to create the Breakfast at Tiffany’s little black dress that cemented Hepburn’s place in cinematic iconography. Eventually, Givenchy would translate his working relationship with Hepburn in cinema into his own business, launching the first actress-designer perfume, L’interdit, which was to serve as a model for the way actresses carry perfume campaigns today (think: Charlize Theron promoting Dior’s J’adore and Natalie Portman’s Miss Dior campaigns.) Still, the pair’s great devotion to each other surmounted whatever financial success it brought them. Of Hepburn, Givenchy gushed in 1982: “Audrey knows everything that is good for her. She gives me direction.” As Hepburn said of Givenchy: “His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier; he is a creator of personality.”Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
There were a number of trends spotted on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night, including thigh-high slits and plunging necklines. But the most important trend was a color choice that had real symbolic meaning.While this year’s Golden Globes and Grammys had notable dress codes that allowed celebrities to illustrate their solidarity with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, it seems that standing for equality is ingrained in some people’s style choices regardless of the sartorial rules. Whether done intentionally or not, white was the preferred color of celebs like Jane Fonda, Margot Robbie, and even Timothée Chalamet.White has long been considered a nod to one of the earliest women’s movements, the suffragettes, who were fighting for the right to vote. Because of this, the color has come to signify fairness, equality, and hope. This symbolism was especially evident during Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, which led women to voting booths in white suits to show support for the female presidential hopeful.White roses played an important role at the 2018 Grammys in late January, as a group called Voices in Entertainment made a call for artists to carry the flowers. “We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy, and resistance,” Voices in Entertainment wrote in a letter sent to invitees of the ceremony — and clearly the trend has stuck.Here’s a look at all of the celebrities who wore white for the night.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, are set to get married on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle — and although it’s no secret the gorgeous former actress has broken a number of unwritten royal traditions over the course of their year-and-a-half whirlwind courtship — she may have unwittingly broken another, simply by commenting on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.The bride-to-be made her first official royal engagement with Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Foundation Forum at the end of February. The “royal four,” as they have now been dubbed, appeared cozy as they discussed the future ambitions of the foundation — but while senior members of the British royal family typically don’t show support for political movements, Meghan was vocal about the Time’s Up and MeToo movements during the panel discussion.ALSO SEE: 18-year-old Meghan Markle first wore a tiara as homecoming queen!“Right now with so many campaigns like Me Too and Time’s Up there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them,” Markle noted. “I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s empowerment. You will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices. I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it, and people need to be urged to listen.”Again — this is pretty big for Markle, who will soon be a prominent senior member of the royal family, to make such opinionated remarks on two major political movements. Not even Kate Middleton wore black in solidarity with other stars at the 2018 BAFTAs, presumably in effort to keep up with protocol.If there was any protocol a royal should break, this would be a worthy one — don’t you think?Rule breaker or not, the public adores Meghan!Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
It’s no secret that Kim Kardashian was getting tired of her blonde locks, but instead of returning to her brunette roots (because … “the thought of going back dark” made her “sad,”) the reality star decided to go pink.Celebrity stylist Chris Appleton is responsible for the new colour, and Kim shared the pic and video of the ‘do on Twitter. Her followers couldn’t get over how gorgeous she looked.ALSO SEE: Kim Kardashian slammed for saying she wears ‘Bo Derek braids’“Is this permanent? You look AMAZING,” wrote one fan. While another fan wondered what her secret to being youthful is: “You’re 37 and flawless, how?”What do you think?Let us know your thoughts! Click through for all more photos — as well as our ongoing look at other celebrity hair transformations!Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
NYFW is in full swing and this season might have the most inclusive model casts yet.On Sunday, lingerie label, AnaOno collaborated with #Cancerland for an empowering fashion show that featured real women who were also breast cancer survivors. The designer behind the brand, Dana Donofree is known for providing women who have undergone a mastectomy, breast reconstruction or breast surgery an option for comfortable bras and other lingerie, that not only fit, but make them feel sexy. At the show, a few of the women proudly showed off their breast scars while strutting the catwalk in a powerful display of courage, bravery, and survival.That same day, 10 year-old drag kid, “Desmond the Amazing” (his real name is Desmond Napoles) stole the show at Gypsy Sport‘s runway show. The young drag kid had his hair frosted and slicked down. He wore a an oversized black blazer with an Elizabethan style ruffled neck. The sleeves were editorialized, scrunched up and his waist cinched by a wide black band. Every glide he strut on the catwalk was made with intention and style. A skill he closely studied beforehand by watching old ’90s Anna Sui runway videos in a statement to The Cut. But at only 10, Napoles has not only walked in his first major fashion show, he is also the founder of Haus of Amazing, “the first and only drag house for kids.” Napoles first rose to prominence in 2015 after he was spotted dancing and twirling in a rainbow tutu dress at the NYC Pride Parade. In 2017, he “slayed” the runway at RuPaul’s DragCon. Now, in 2018 Napoles was modeled the Gypsy Sport runway alongside an inclusive cast with Shannon & Shannade Clermont, gender fluid model Jazzelle, plus size models, and more.A few days prior, Telfar Clemens broke tradition with a “concert” in lieu of a runway show made up of all-black musicians: Dev Hynes, Ian Isiah, Selah Marley, Kelela, Kelsey Lu, and Angel who modeled the clothes while performing. “We are not alone in questioning the show and season systems — so we are using fashion week to start to define something that can break free from it and be suited specifically to our vision. For us, this means working collaboratively with musicians and artists — not in the sense of “endorsement” and celebrity BS, but in a truly creative way to start figuring out a different cultural platform,” Clemens tells i-D.The clothes were deemed unisex, something Clemens also has been implementing since the early 2000s before many designers embraced it. But it wasn’t until 2017 that Clemens became formally recognized by Vogue and much of the industry after winning the prestigious CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund.The runner up in the competition to Clemens was Becca McCharren-Tran, of Chromat who also staged her fashion show the same day with an incredible display of women of all colors, size, and shapes—something McCharren-Tran, too, has been doing for quite some time. In her show, a woman with visible breast scars displayed her chest proudly, cinching her green caftan dress together to expose her scars. Mia Michaels, famed dance choreographer of So You Think You Can Dance made a surprise appearance showing off her curves in a black-and-red-color-block dress. The show also included an amputee and a hijabi model.PH5 also cast a mix of real women, including two girls from the Girls Who Code program, an NICU nurse, a sculptor, and more.Though, It was only a matter of time before New York Men’s Fashion Week followed in the footsteps of Fashion Week when it comes to inclusivity.The fall 2018 Fashion Week: Men’s got off to a great start thanks to a handful of labels. Krammer & Stoudt’s Autumn/Winter 18 collection was inspired by two people, according to the New York Times: playwright Sam Shepard and Terra Juano, a model known on Instagram as TJ or Skinnybonejones.And while Krammer & Stoudt’s show was a part of Men’s Fashion Week, there were no men in this show. And no women, either. Married couple Mike Rubin and Courtenay Nearburg made a revolutionary move to cast only nonbinary models in their show. Their soft yet rugged, stylish while still practical designs hung from the bodies of genderless figures: a model with short cropped blond hair looking dapper in a blue velvet suit, a model with a short Afro in a kimono-style robe, hats of all sizes atop shaved heads. Along with Terra Juano were gender-fluid and Instagram-famous models, such as Madison Paige, Rain Dove, and Merika Palmiste.And while seeing such feminine figures in a men’s fashion show could be distracting, after a few looks, onlookers stopped seeing gender altogether. It was just beautiful people in beautiful clothing.Willy Chavarria, a queer Chicano designer known for his streetwear-inspired collection infused with a bit of punk and edge, staged a show with a similarly nontraditional cast. Always one to shake things up, Chavarria cast a diverse array of models for this show. Owning the runway in “protective, comfortable clothing,” as Chavarria describes the collection, were an amputee, a woman, “real people” sprinkled in with professional models, and a baby.And it’s become somewhat of a trend. ASOS staged a formal show during NYFW for the first time, debuting its autumn-winter 2018 menswear collection. Rather than using traditional models, “ASOS cast some of its favorite guys, who continue to inspire the brand with their talent and passion across a range of industries, including fashion, food, music, and social activism,” the company wrote in a press release. Not all of these men were models, like Adam Eli Werner, a queer activist and writer, who looked sleek in a black button-down and shiny light pants.Meanwhile, women’s fashion continues to strive for greater diversity. Fashion label Teatum Jones is known for casting paralympians and amputees, and the September 2017 New York Fashion Week was the most diverse one yet. Not only did we see more plus models on the runways than in any other year in NYFW’s history, but we saw plus-exclusive shows like Addition Elle and Torrid, and queer fashion showcases like Dapper Q.We can’t wait to see how NYFW in 2018 continues to unfold and add to the inclusive fashion conversation.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• Everything you need to know about the amputee model in the new inclusive ASOS campaign• Is the term ‘skinny’ outdated?• What it’s like to break into plus-size modeling, from 4 women doing it nowFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
For the 60th annual Grammy awards, celebrities are continuing to use their voices — and fashion — to promote the #TimesUp movement. On Sunday night, a number of attendees wore white roses, in one way or another, for an important reason.Following the Golden Globes blackout that kicked off awards season with a statement of solidarity, artists have found another way to express their unity around the cause of gender equality with a white rose. A group called Voices of Entertainment sent a statement to attendees of the event to explain the push to wear the accessory, writing, “We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy, and resistance.”White carried the same powerful meaning throughout Hillary Clinton’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, as the candidate and her female voters often wore white as a nod to the suffrage movement. And now, on the red carpet, it’s adding an additional beautiful touch to all of the glamorous looks.From the evening’s host, James Corden, to first-time nominees Khalid and SZA, here are all of the stars showing off their white roses.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Sunday evening’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was a celebration of the talent of today’s actors, along with their incredible fashion.While conversations on the red carpet continued to embrace current politics, every star at the SAGs was ready to make a sartorial statement as well, with some of the best and boldest looks of the year so far. From bright colors — many of them pink — to sheer dresses with lots of sequin details, the women of the evening, all took center stage (just as the organizers intended).From the young Millie Bobby Brown, who arrived in a pair of Converse, to the show’s first-ever host Kristen Bell, who stunned in the evening’s brightest shade of pink, here are all of the best dressed stars of the evening.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• Millie Bobby Brown wears $49.99 sneakers to a fancy awards show• Goldie Hawn, 72, steals the fashion spotlight in one-shoulder gown• Alison Brie responds to James Franco sexual harassment allegationsFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Jane Fonda rocked a snakeskin-patterned suit for the season four premiere of her hit Netflix show “Grace & Frankie” on Thursday. Her wide-legged pants were fitted in at the waist with a sharp black belt and she complemented the look with a matching calf-length patterned blazer, pointed heels and a Western-inspired hat. A rather unusual look for an 80-year-old woman, but quite fitting for Fonda!Fonda, who recently had a cancerous growth removed from her lip, also sported a chin bandage — and she still managed to look divine!Click through the gallery to too see our ongoing gallery of all the times Jane Fonda rocked looks that some considered “too young” for her.Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Many people randomly touch their faces throughout the day — a hand on the cheek, a palm against the forehead, resting the chin on the back of the hand — but by doing so may inadvertently transfer bacteria and allergens from the fingers to the skin.ALSO SEE: 4 body parts you should be cleaning (but probably aren’t)Dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban, author of Heal Your Skin, told the Huffington Post that touching your face might not technically cause acne, but it could exacerbate or trigger it. This is because your hands contain oils that can lead to bacteria spreading to other pores, resulting in more pimples. Touching your face often can also make you more susceptible to catching a cold or a flu since your hands can come into contact with millions of germs.In addition to your face, click through the gallery for other body parts you should avoid touching.Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Celebrities are notorious for dressing for the wrong weather, often being seen in looks that don’t correspond with the temperature. But from the looks of Zendaya’s recent spree wearing super chic coats, it seems like some celebs are finally catching onto the cold.In a number of her appearances for the upcoming film The Greatest Showman, Zendaya has been rocking gorgeous coats that actually seem to be serving a weather-related purpose. From stepping out in designer knee-length statement coats to layering with a puffer, the actress is making coats look cool — and she’s not alone.Gigi and Bella Hadid have both recently been seen layering up in jackets of their own, while Meryl Streep kept warm on a red carpet. Click through to see how all these celebs are rocking coats in the cutest — and most sensible — ways.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• Kaia Gerber wears a bucket hat and crop top while out with Kendall Jenner• From ‘Nasty Woman’ to ‘Feminist AF’: What the year in T-shirt politics looked like• 3 coats you should wear this winterFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Selena Gomez changed her outfit a record five times in one day while promoting the release of her new single “Wolves” in London on Monday. But it was a Prada turtle neck that she wore for a Global radio appearance that left little to the imagination — the garment was very sheer and Gomez decided to go braless. This isn’t the first time Gomez left the bra at home, but thankfully there were no wardrobe malfunctions!The singer paired the sweater with high-waisted Derek Lam shorts, a menswear-inspired Fay houndstooth coat and $475 cherry red Mansur Gavriel suede kitten heels.ALSO SEE: Kim Kardashian stuns in see-through white dress for fragrance launchOne thing is for certain — Gomez certainly knows how to get attention! Are you a fan of the outfit?Click through the gallery to see other celebrities who took sheer dresses, high slits, mini skirts and plunging necklines to the extreme!Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
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Amal Clooney accompanied her husband George on the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of his latest film “Suburbicon” on Sunday, but the 39-year-old human rights lawyer also brought along a special guest: her equally stylish mother, Baria Alamuddin! While Amal kept it simple in a strapless blue and white print maxi dress, Baria dazzled in a floor-length deep green kaftan dress and an elegant chin-length bob.Amal complemented her outfit with long, flowing side-swept locks, large silver earrings and a bold burgundy-red lip. She’s been hitting all the right style marks since returning to the public eye after the birth of her twins, Ella and Alexander, in June.One thing is for certain–Amal never disappoints when it comes to fashion (and apparently neither does her mother)! Are you a fan?Click through the gallery to see more of Amal’s stunning looks!Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
You know that feeling when you turn up to a bar in your brand new Zara dress and spot someone else wearing exactly the same outfit?Of course you do, it’s happened to the best of us. But it’s not just us mere mortals who are subjected to this type of style shame – it happens to celebs too.Clearly, there just aren’t enough outfits in the world.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.Read more from Yahoo Style: Beyonce’s best fashion moments, from flawless red carpet dresses to sensational street style12 times the Duchess of Cambridge has channelled Princess Diana 30 of the most memorable Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show looks
Late night snack cravings, Kim?Kim Kardashian was spotted shopping for Haribo gummy bears at a gas station in L.A. on Monday night after having dinner with friends in Brentwood. The reality star showed off her freshly-dyed long blonde locks and wore a sheer Gucci bra underneath a long, black matrix-style trench. She paired the risqué outfit with a waist-fitted midi length pencil skirt and clear lucite wedges from husband Kanye West’s fashion line.Is this outfit a little too revealing for a late-night grocery shopping trip?Click through the gallery to see more outfits the Kardashian-Jenner clan have rocked while shopping!Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
Couples’ costumes for Halloween are at least two times the fun. After all, what is Ken without Barbie, Batman without his Catwoman, or a bag of cookies without milk? Beyoncé and Jay-Z, exes Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, and other stars are making sure we never have to find out. Treat yourself to photos of some of the best costumes that celebrity couples have worn in recent years.
Meghan Markle took in a wheelchair tennis match with her boyfriend Prince Harry at the Invictus Games earlier this week in Toronto — but in doing so, reportedly broke a few (unwritten) royal rules. For one, unless a senior member of the royal family is married or engaged, he/she will typically go solo at an official public event (apart from, say, a grad ceremony or an occasional playful polo match) — so Meghan essentially broke tradition by making a public appearance with Harry at an official event!ALSO SEE: Why Prince George isn’t allowed to have a best friend at school (and other things royals aren’t allowed to do)As it stands, Harry and Meghan may be making their own rules — and that might not be so bad.“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been so open about the fact that they are dating, and have spoken about their relationship in this way,” said royal historian Carolyn Harris in an interview with Global News. “(They) are conducting this relationship on their own terms.”Click through the gallery to see other ways Meghan broke unofficial royal rules on her day out with Harry.Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
For movie buffs, the annual Venice Film Festival kicks off the Oscars race; but for fashion fans, it’s equally as exciting. With major stars such as Jane Fonda, Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Octavia Spencer, and others wearing gorgeous gowns against picturesque Italian backdrops, it’s certainly a stunning sartorial sight. Click through above for what everyone’s wearing.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty.
If you’re at an event and the thought of shaking hands with a stranger isn’t your cup of tea, then you might want to invest in a good clutch bag. As reported in Good Housekeeping, when the Duchess of Cambridge is at an event, she holds her clutch in front of her, in both hands, “when shaking hands might be awkward.”“It is protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family (blood royal or those who have married into the family) unless their hand extends first,” further explained The Daily Mail’s royal expert William Hanson. Hence why the royal wants something she can hold with both hands.The style then allows her to easily switch to one hand when necessary.ALSO SEE: Why Kate Middleton won’t sign autographs (and 5 other things royals aren’t allowed to do)Kate isn’t the only royal whose fashion statements hold a deeper meaning. Scroll through the gallery above to see more hidden meanings of royal fashion.Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
In a 1994 Seinfeld episode, Elaine Benes, the fictional character played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, spends an afternoon shopping a “huge sale” at Barney’s department store in New York City. Elaine finds a dress she loves, and she thinks it loves her back. That is, until she gets home.“I try this dress on. Stunning. Stunning. I couldn’t take my eyes off myself,” Elaine tells Jerry Seinfeld. “OK, so then I put it on at home. It looks like I’m carrying twins!”And in that comedic moment, Elaine identified the arch nemesis of every frustrated shopper: skinny mirrors. “Skinny mirrors! They make you look, like, 10 pounds lighter!” she cries.If Elaine’s plight sounds familiar, then you too may have fallen victim to the skinny mirror snafu, in which a particularly cheap or warped mirror reflects to you a morphed version of your size, perhaps taller and thinner than you see yourself IRL. But more on that later.While Elaine was certainly on to something, the truth is, there’s so much more to a disheartening fitting room experiences than the culpable skinny mirror. There are actually dozens of things that affect how you feel about yourself when you try something on in-store, and retailers have struggled for years to perfect the fitting room formula.“Fitting rooms are a psychological land mine for everybody,” Marge Laney, CEO of retail consulting company Alert Tech said in 2015. “Retailers can’t do anything about that at all, and they shouldn’t even try to address that. What they can do is ride as lightly as they can on psychological problems by creating an environment that makes the customer look and feel good.”Laney’s son Brian, the vice president of sales and product for Alert Tech, has worked with his mother for the last 20-plus years, and talked to Yahoo Style about how he tries to help retailers be successful and shoppers comfortable.Brian Laney says that until the 2010s, “fitting rooms were horribly utilized” and retailers really didn’t pay attention to how fitting rooms impact sales.“Spending money on a high quality mirror is really important, but labor is also one of the largest costs that retailers spend money on,” he adds, “and they weren’t training their labor to address fitting room problems, like connecting people with associates.”According to the National Retail Federation, more than two-thirds of shoppers who use fitting rooms are likely to buy something, and those who use fitting rooms are twice as likely to buy than people who don’t use them. Other fitting room factors that majorly affect sales: the availability of a salesperson to pull another size and the length of the fitting room line to begin with.Some retailers have tried to bring too much technology into what should be a simple, comfortable space, which can ultimately make fitting room lines longer, says Laney. The so-called “magic mirror” craze in 2015, in which “smart” mirrors that displayed widgets and touch screen functionality to shoppers, never quite caught on, despite industry fanfare and implementation at stores like Rebecca Minkoff.Laney says it’s because adding high-tech features to a space where shoppers already feel vulnerable adds another layer of stress to the mix. Plus, shoppers who aren’t tech savvy end up spending too much time in fitting rooms trying to figure out how to work the machinery, creating even longer fitting room lines.So, if all this tech isn’t the answer to fitting room woes, what is? The formula for a perfect fitting room isn’t as tough as retailers make it out to be, according Laney, who boils it down in the following way: Fitting rooms shouldn’t make shoppers feel claustrophobic or like they need a flashlight; if you’re sweating before you’ve unzipped your pants, it’s too hot; if there are leftover clothes or debris from previous shoppers, that’s a deterrent for buyers.Regarding those pesky mirrors, Yahoo Style spoke with Michael Tuts, physics department chair at Columbia University, for the skinny on how to spot a mirror you can trust. When a mirror is vertically convex (“the top and bottom of the mirror bends and bulges out in the middle”) or horizontally convex (“the sides are squeezed until the middle bulges out”), the way the light reflects off the mirror can reveal an image that isn’t true to size. Meaning that you might appear shorter and fatter or taller and thinner than you truly are.Tuts says “flat” mirrors will the reflect the same height and width of the object (in this case, you).“The way you could tell [a mirror is flat] is by taking in a nice straight ruler in with you — hold it vertically on the mirror and see that it touches everywhere. There should be no gaps between the ruler and the mirror surface,” Tuts explains. “Now hold it horizontally. If there are no gaps, then it is a flat mirror, whereas if you see a gap at the end of the ruler, then you are looking in a ’skinny-making’ mirror.”The horror of all horrors when it comes to mirrors might be when the mirror itself is placed outside an individual’s fitting room, a cardinal sin according to Laney. Still, some retailers like Aritzia stand by their decision to use communal mirrors in a “spacious, well-lit environment” that “allows for a more social shopping experience and greater access to our highly knowledgeable stylists,” says an Aritzia spokesperson.And if anything else in that fitting room is making you feel uncomfortable, consider whether you’d feel better trying on the clothes at home (depending, of course, on the store’s return policy). That’s always been this writer’s MO, and it probably would’ve helped one Elaine Benes 20 years ago, too.Read more from Yahoo Style + Beauty: • Angelina Jolie, One of Hollywood’s Highest Paid Stars, Wore an Affordable Everlane Outfit • Tiffany Trump Quotes Muhammad Ali in Stylish Memorial Day Photo • Teen Faced Her ‘Biggest Fear’ and Wore a Swimsuit at the Beach Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. 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As it turns out, airports and airplanes are much dirtier than your home.A team from TravelMath sent a microbiologist to collect 26 samples from five airports and four flights — samples were sent to a lab to estimate the total bacteria population per square inch to to find out the dirtiest of all the locations and surfaces tested. Surprisingly, the bathroom didn’t top the list.No. 1 is a surface commonly used on an airplane, but that most people wouldn’t think of sanitizing.“The good news is that all 26 samples from airports and flights were negative for the presence of fecal coliforms such as E. coli, which can potentially be infectious,” study researchers stated.Scroll through the gallery for the locations and surfaces you should steer clear from (or at least clean before and after using).ALSO SEE: The unhealthiest fast food burgers in Canada Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
Macaulay Culkin was spotted out and about with 29-year-old actress (and rumoured girlfriend) Brenda Song at Craig’s in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, and although the 36-year-old appeared a bit shy in front of the cameras, he looked a good 10 years younger with his new haircut.The “Home Alone” star has keep his natural blonde locks long and unruly throughout the years, so the fresh cut allowed cameras to get the first good look at Culkin’s face in a long time.The former child star was also seen picking up cigarettes as a gas station on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood on Monday — a tad less camera shy on this occasion, and we get a better look at Culkin’s youthful features before he heads back to a car waiting outside. The “Richie Rich” star sat in the back of the vehicle with Song, the actress who played London Tipton on the “Suite Life Of Zack and Cody,” while fellow actor Seth Green sat in the front. Song and Culkin will star in the upcoming flick “Changeland,” a dramedy written and directed by Green.Culkin most recently appeared in the TV series “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” but the last movie he starred in was in 2007, “Sex and Breakfast.”What do you think of Macaulay Culkin’s new ‘do — does it cut years off his age? Scroll through for more images of Culkin as well as other major celeb hair transformations!ALSO SEE:Alicia Keys debuts fiery orange box braids15-year-old Kaia Gerber looks exactly like mom Cindy Crawford with new hairdoSarah Jessica Parker ditches her long hair, gets a chic lobLet us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
Kim Kardashian, 36, went out shopping with her supermodel sister on Tuesday, but in true Kim fashion — she made sure all eyes were on her amazingly toned physique.While Kendall opted for an open neckline ruffled mini dress by Alexandre Vauthier, Kim ditched the bra and left very little to the imagination. The reality star wore a pair of high-rise camouflage cargo shorts cut off just above her knee and paired it with a form-fitting see-through black bodysuit that profiled her tiny waist.What do you think — did she go too far with the sheer?ALSO SEE: Ashley Judd just wore the classiest version of the naked dress we’ve ever seenClick through the gallery to see other celebrities who took sheer dresses, high slits, mini skirts and plunging necklines to the extreme.Let us know what you think by tweeting @YahooStyleCA!