H& M Released New June Summer Items

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I’m always on the hunt for affordable, tasteful must haves, so when I opened the H&Mshopping site recently, I audibly gasped. The new Summer drop is filled with on-trend essentials. There are strappy sandals, versatile dresses, playful rompers, and plenty more. To be honest, it was difficult to narrow it down to my favorites because I have so many.

If you’d like to add some special pieces to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, take a look at these irresistible options. They’re all you’ll be able to think about. With prices so reasonable, it’s easy to make a full shopping cart for yourself in just minutes. Snag these releases while you can, because we have no doubt they’ll be gone once June rolls around.

H&M V-Neck Blouse
H&M Ankle-Length Jumpsuit
H&M Sandals
H&M Satin Kaftan
H&M Dress With Buttons
H&M Hairband With Knot
H&M Lyocell-Blend Circle Skirt
H&M V-Neck Top
H&M Leather Sandals
H&M Paisley-Patterned Dress
H&M Embroidered Jumpsuit
H&M Cotton Mesh Shopper
H&M V-Neck Jumpsuit
H&M Dress With Tie Detail
H&M Bow Slides
H&M Jumpsuit With Buttons

The 2020 Louis Vuitton Men’s Summer Fashion Show is Here

Livestream Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Show

From Complex.com

Virgil Abloh unveils his upcoming range for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week Men’s. You can livestream the show now in the video above.

The Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Show is going down at Place Dauphine in Paris, more than a year after Abloh was appointed LV’s men’s artistic director.

 

Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans

From Washington Post
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If you’re low-income, you’re not supposed to want — and you’re certainly not supposed to buy — anything considered a luxury.

And yet the poor do buy pricey items and clothing, because they often need something to combat bruised self-esteem.

In the early 1980s, I was living off my summer-internship earnings and the tiny part-time salary I made as a receptionist at my University of Maryland dorm. I was fortunate to have a full academic scholarship that covered tuition, room and board, but I still required income for necessities.

My grandmother, who was my guardian, did the best she could to help me financially, but her funds were limited with three of my siblings still living at home. So, it was up to me to buy whatever I needed or wanted for school, including all my clothes.

Understanding my financial limitations, I generally stayed away from buying popular brand-name items. But there was one thing I desired — one designer brand I longed to have. I wanted Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. However, for the price of one pair of the trendy denims, I could buy several articles of clothing at a discount store. That was the responsible thing to do.

Then one day I decided I had to get the jeans with the gold-stitched swan in front and Vanderbilt’s signature on the back pocket.

Vanderbilt’s passing this week made me reflect on why it mattered so much for me to get that pair of jeans.

“What is most puzzling to economists and decision theorists is that it is often those earning the least that spend the greatest fraction of their income on conspicuous consumption,” researchers wrote in a 2010 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

To solve the puzzle, the researchers conducted four studies in an effort to explore the motivating factors that lead to high-status consumption decisions. Here’s what they found.

●Individuals conspicuously consume to signal their wealth.

●Status items feed egos.

●Luxury purchases nurse psychological wounds.

●Low self-worth drives the willingness to spend on high-status goods.

I knew Vanderbilt’s story. Her wealthy aunt had fought the heiress’s mother for custody and won. It was an epic and nasty court battle that resulted in the media calling Vanderbilt the “poor little rich girl.”

“I had no relationship with her at all,” Vanderbilt said of her mother in a 2016 interview with her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “I felt no connection at all.”

I saw in Vanderbilt’s ordeal a little of my own life history. I, too, was estranged from my mother, who abandoned me at age 4 to be raised by my low-income grandmother, Big Mama.

I’ve longed for the kind of natural mother love that makes you feel secure. You could call me the “poor little poor girl.”

In the commercials for her jeans, Vanderbilt just seemed to want women to feel comfortable in clothing that could fit like a glove — no matter their shape or size. I wanted that feeling in my jeans and life.

My grandmother had taught me that what you wear is not the measure of who you are. “It makes no sense to pay more money for a pair of jeans just because somebody’s name is on it,” Big Mama would say. “The only one who’s going to get rich is the person whose name is on your behind. And that makes you the ass.”

But when I got to college, my self-esteem was threatened. Working at the front desk at my all-female dorm, I became depressed watching so many fathers and mothers pick up their daughters to take them out to dinner and then drop them off after a shopping spree. I didn’t get such visits.

I wanted to soothe my soul with a pair of chic jeans.

But “inflating our egos through consumption, while helpful in the short-term, is an untenable long-term solution that only exacerbates the cycle of consumption and consumer debt,” the researchers wrote.

Although those Gloria Vanderbilt jeans made me feel good about myself, it wasn’t a pattern of behavior I could afford to repeat.

“If the desire to repair self-worth is one of the impetuses for status consumption, then providing individuals alternate means to restore their self-worth should alleviate this need,” the researchers concluded.

I realized completing my college degree and working in journalism gave me a purpose I couldn’t purchase in a store. I also found self-worth in my community service and church.

I loved those jeans. And while I don’t regret buying them, I’ve tried not to let my emotions dictate what I buy. High-status consumption just isn’t worth your financial security.

Readers may write to Michelle Singletary at The Washington Post, 1301 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 or michelle.singletary@washpost.com.  To read previous Color of Money columns, go to http://wapo.st/michelle-singletary.

 

Look Like Your Favorite Actor For the Summer

14 Stylish, Summer-Friendly Outfits to Wear to Work

You’re not about to catch us complaining about warmer weather. Summer, however, does pose its own complications, specifically when it comes to keeping your look sharp. When it’s hot, it’s hard to fathom the idea of putting together a multilayer outfit. Which, of course, means it’s hard to craft an outfit at all, given you only have a few pieces to work with.

Not to worry: Some of the most stylish globe-trotting celebrities have been tested with the same kind of challenge—and with the added bonus of paparazzi capturing those fits. That gives us documentation and inspiration for our own summer-friendly style. Here are 14 of the best outfits to wear to work this summer.

Don Cheadle
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If you have to wear a suit all year long, it’s worth investing in one meant specifically for warm weather. Lighten up the fabric, color, and construction to stay comfortable all day.

Finn Cole
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Speaking of summer suits, you can make your year-round-ish ones work by lightening up the layers. A sleek white tee is the perfect summer layer.

Simon Pegg
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For a more casual office, keep a denim jacket on hand. You can commute to work in a tee to stay cool and put on the jacket once you’re inside.

Tom Holland
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A striped polo is the perfect way to nail business casual. Not sure what kind of polo shirt feels modern? Start here.

Alexander Skarsgard
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Those polos look good layered with a suit, too. The short sleeves and lighter fabric mean less intense layering—but it still feels like a proper outfit if you take the jacket off.

James Marsden
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While the winter might be about outdoor layers, the summer is all about indoor ones. Wear a short-sleeve button-down to the office and throw on a jacket once you get there.

Armie Hammer
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Same goes for sweaters. Wear a T-shirt and pack a knit in your bag.

Nicholas Hoult
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For suits-only offices, you still have some room for movement. Ditch the tie and go for a printed lightweight shirt instead of a more traditional dress shirt.

Ryan Reynolds
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Ryan Reynolds flexes the power of a printed shirt. This one still looks put-together with trousers.

Ryan Reynolds
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Business casual is often open to interpretation. But if your office leans into the casual of business casual, dark chinos and white sneakers are the way to go.

Nicholas Hoult
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A base for any good outfit: black jeans and a white tee. Put on and remove your jacket at your leisure.

Seth Rogen
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Suits work best in the summer when you still have an outfit once that jacket comes off. A contrast-collar polo is a good way to ensure that.

Seth Rogen
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Think beyond your standard dress shirt for summer. A linen-blend, mandarin-collar shirt is much more aired-out than the norm.

Rami Malek
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