For Activists, The Garment Worker Protection Act Is Just The Beginning

For the past 30 years, Maria has worked in Los Angeles as a seamstress, steamer, and trimmer. Back in the ‘90s, she made $20 per...
For the past 30 years, Maria has worked in Los Angeles as a seamstress, steamer, and trimmer. Back in the ‘90s, she made $20 per week, a salary she used to support herself and her three kids who lived in Mexico.  “The world was collapsing for me,” Maria, who wished to keep her last name private, tells Refinery29 in Spanish. “[The United States] was supposed to be the land of opportunity.” Her salary wasn’t enough to cover her basic needs in Los Angeles, let alone succeed as a breadwinner for her family.  But as of January 2022, she is covered...
12 Must-Have Winter Wardrobe Staples For 2022, According to Fashion Insiders

12 Must-Have Winter Wardrobe Staples For 2022, According to Fashion Insiders

Every season, a new selection of soon-to-be bestsellers hits our favorite fashion retailers. With so many products and trends to keep up with, it’s hard...
Every season, a new selection of soon-to-be bestsellers hits our favorite fashion retailers. With so many products and trends to keep up with, it’s hard to know what to “add to cart” when the time comes. In our New Arrivals series, we consult the buyers, editors, and fashion insiders at our go-to shopping destinations to find out their best bets for the season’s MVPs (most valuable products). If the beginning of a new year has inspired you to clean out and streamline your closet, you may have found some gaps. But just because you’ve committed to a capsule closet this...
THE YES App Will Transform The Way You Shop

THE YES App Will Transform The Way You Shop

When looking for a new fashion item, how do you shop for it? Maybe you first do a general Google search for “black puffer” or...
When looking for a new fashion item, how do you shop for it? Maybe you first do a general Google search for “black puffer” or “wedding guest dress.” Inevitably, that will lead you to random, non-curated results. So then maybe you go to a few popular clothing retailers to endlessly browse their selections to see what’s out there. But, shoot, maybe what you want is sold out in your size and preferred color. Or maybe it’s not in your price range. Maybe it’s back to the drawing board. Maybe you need a nap. If shopping feels like a time-consuming scroll,...
Sandy Liang & Vans’ Newest Collab Is A Joyful Spin On ‘90s Fashion Trends

Sandy Liang & Vans’ Newest Collab Is A Joyful Spin On ‘90s Fashion Trends

Vans and Sandy Liang are back to induce more nostalgia in 2022. On Wednesday, the New York-based designer and the skateboarding giant announced their third...
Vans and Sandy Liang are back to induce more nostalgia in 2022. On Wednesday, the New York-based designer and the skateboarding giant announced their third collaborative collection, set to launch on January 28, and it’s ‘90s-inspired.  The drop includes Vans classics, like the Sk8-Hi Platform 2.0, Style 73 DX, and Authentic 44 DX sneakers, which Liang transformed with floral embroidery, gingham fabric, and lace collars. It also includes a new model, the Sk8-Hi Tapered Modular, a high-top style with a deconstructed collar and removable outsole. On the clothing front, the lineup includes a fleece jacket and canvas coat reminiscent of...
These Are The Warmest Coats, According To The R29 Style Team

These Are The Warmest Coats, According To The R29 Style Team

Come winter, the hunt for a high-quality, warm, and fashionable winter coat seems never-ending. If you're lucky to find one that checks all three boxes,...
Come winter, the hunt for a high-quality, warm, and fashionable winter coat seems never-ending. If you're lucky to find one that checks all three boxes, it can become a wardrobe staple for years to come — a type of armor from the season’s dropping temperatures.  When it comes to the outerwear department, the editors at Refinery29 have tested it all, from winter-ready trench coats to padded parkas. In the process, some jackets have become their go-to pieces season after season. Ahead the warmest winter coats that are worth the investment, according to the R29 Style team.  At Refinery29, we’re here...
The Bonnet: Not A Beanie, Not Yet A Balaclava

The Bonnet: Not A Beanie, Not Yet A Balaclava

Flash-fashion events are like lightning, only lasting a hot second before disappearing into the seasonal ether — but even such fleeting fads can leave a...
Flash-fashion events are like lightning, only lasting a hot second before disappearing into the seasonal ether — but even such fleeting fads can leave a lasting mark. Welcome to Micro Trends, where we explore the latest and greatest of these blink-and-you’ll-miss-them style moments. It seems as though the winter beanie is taking a backseat this season. Instead, we’re seeing an influx for fuller head-coverage pieces like balaclavas, ski masks, and puffer hoods — but perhaps the next great hat alternative that ought to be on your radar is the bonnet. Yes, the kind of bonnet you’d usually see on babies but,...
For Some Millennials, The Y2K Comeback Is A Second Chance At The Era’s Biggest Fashion Trends

For Some Millennials, The Y2K Comeback Is A Second Chance At The Era’s Biggest Fashion Trends

As a kid growing up in the early 2000s, Neena Rouhani used to envy the women who could wear belly chains and scarf tops popular...
As a kid growing up in the early 2000s, Neena Rouhani used to envy the women who could wear belly chains and scarf tops popular at the time. For the then-nine-year-old, the styles of the era seemed like the epitome of adult sophistication and confidence. That said, they were far from being playground-appropriate (or parent-approved). This is why now, at 27, she’s embracing the Y2K fashion comeback.  “I have an income, a social life, and boobs, so it’s fun to wear all the trends I didn’t get to fully take advantage of [because of my young age at the time],”...
We Spent Way Too Many Hours Digging Up These 63 Amazon Fashion Finds

We Spent Way Too Many Hours Digging Up These 63 Amazon Fashion Finds

Despite being the biggest e-tailer known to man (with something like 300 million users), Amazon isn't exactly easy to navigate. Anyone who's spent hours scouring...
Despite being the biggest e-tailer known to man (with something like 300 million users), Amazon isn't exactly easy to navigate. Anyone who's spent hours scouring pages of padded headbands for the best Amazon fashion finds can attest to that. We get it, there's no simple way to organize 3 billion products on a single website. But c'mon, Bezos. Help a girl (and her search for the perfect $3 headband) out. Since we might be waiting a while for the tech team over at Amazon to solve our shopping woes, a temporary solution will have to do — that solution being...
Balenciaga Is Coming To Gap, Thanks To Yeezy

Balenciaga Is Coming To Gap, Thanks To Yeezy

Balenciaga is coming to a Gap near you. At least, that’s the memo from Ye (formerly Kanye West) and Demna (Gvasalia). The two designers are partnering...
Balenciaga is coming to a Gap near you. At least, that’s the memo from Ye (formerly Kanye West) and Demna (Gvasalia). The two designers are partnering for an upcoming collaboration for Yeezy Gap, titled “Yeezy Gap Engineered By Balenciaga.” Set to launch in June 2022, the collection is part of Ye’s partnership with Gap, which was first announced in 2020. The 10-year contract has already given us plenty to talk about, beginning with last year’s release of the Yeezy Gap puffer collection. And judging by how fast those sold out at $200, it’s safe to predict Balenciaga’s offering will be no...
The Best Parkas Most Loved By Chic, Sub-Zero Folks

The Best Parkas Most Loved By Chic, Sub-Zero Folks

Are you feeling the nip in the air? The tingle in the breeze? The goosebumps on your skin? It means winter is rudely approaching and...
Are you feeling the nip in the air? The tingle in the breeze? The goosebumps on your skin? It means winter is rudely approaching and you best be prepared with durable outerwear that will keep you warm from the first snowfall to the still-frigid days in March (sorry). Luckily, this year’s offerings of women’s parkas, down jackets, and winter puffers are impossibly stylish considering the sub-zero temps we’ll eventually have to deal with. And, if you’re looking for a crash course in parka jargon, here are the main details to know: “Down” refers to small, wispy feathers that are generally...
5 Brands Fashion Insiders Are Excited For In 2022

5 Brands Fashion Insiders Are Excited For In 2022

With the new year here, the style-loving crowd is on the hunt for 2022’s emerging fashion talent. Last year, Markarian’s Alexandra O’Neill, Christopher John Rogers,...
With the new year here, the style-loving crowd is on the hunt for 2022’s emerging fashion talent. Last year, Markarian’s Alexandra O’Neill, Christopher John Rogers, and Sergio Hudson made headlines in January,  dressing First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former First Lady Michelle Obama for Inauguration Day. Later in the year, brands like Peter Do and Theophilio secured their spots as the most sought-after shows in town when New York Fashion Week made its IRL return in September, while Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton took a crew of emerging designers, including Kenneth Nicholson and Jason Rembert of...
A Petite Person’s Guide To The Best Jeans For Short Legs

A Petite Person’s Guide To The Best Jeans For Short Legs

As a person who stands at 5’3″, I understand firsthand the struggle of finding a solid pair of jeans that doesn’t need further alteration besides...
As a person who stands at 5’3″, I understand firsthand the struggle of finding a solid pair of jeans that doesn’t need further alteration besides the usual cuff. While I’ve personally become very comfortable with buying regular-length denim and slicing the bottoms with a pair of fabric shears, I get that not everyone is into the frayed hem look. Additionally, not everyone has the budget or time to take their pants to a tailor who can preserve the original hem on their jeans. You’ll always meet fashion people who swear by a certain style of jeans or only wear jeans...
7 Engagement Ring Trends That Will Be Big In 2022, According to Experts

7 Engagement Ring Trends That Will Be Big In 2022, According to Experts

Pairing the notion of a fashion trend with something as long-lasting as an engagement ring can seem counterintuitive — the latter is equated with timelessness...
Pairing the notion of a fashion trend with something as long-lasting as an engagement ring can seem counterintuitive — the latter is equated with timelessness while the former is usually thought of as fleeting. But in reality, everyone’s personal taste varies and what’s classic to one individual is out-of-date for another, which is why brushing up on the most anticipated engagement ring trends of 2022 feels like a worthy undertaking if you’re currently shopping around.  “There’s always a reaction to every action, so we expect engagement rings trends to continue to evolve as a new generation comes of engagement age,”...
Transition Lenses: The Functional-Fashionable “Dad” Trend We Support

Transition Lenses: The Functional-Fashionable “Dad” Trend We Support

If you’re reading this, I’m assuming that you’re a person who, like me, experiences some level of vision impairment. Or maybe you see the world...
If you’re reading this, I’m assuming that you’re a person who, like me, experiences some level of vision impairment. Or maybe you see the world in 20/20 but you’re down to clown with the “dad” aesthetic and are curious about the style potential of a longtime boomer eyewear trend synonymous with ur-curmudgeon Larry David. Either way, you’ve come to the right place, because I’m about to spew some knowledge on transition lenses — also known as light-responsive, light-intelligent, or photochromic lenses — and how they have significantly improved my day-to-day viewing experience.   I was introduced to these high-tech lenses via...
Are Skinny Jeans Actually Over?

Are Skinny Jeans Actually Over?

I remember my first pair of skinny jeans tragically. Maybe because they were. At 12 years old, I convinced my mom to get me a...
I remember my first pair of skinny jeans tragically. Maybe because they were. At 12 years old, I convinced my mom to get me a pair from Wet Seal because I was tired of the bootcut and bell bottom styles she’d always buy me. But mainly, I wanted to look cool. Back then, cropped hemlines were not a thing. Instead, we wore ours a tad longer than needed, scrunching the hemlines to mask our ankles. With platforms on our feet, of course. But 15 years later, I have no skinny jeans in my closet. The last pair I bought (a...