If you feel like your closet is heading further and further west with each passing day, you’re not wrong — the Americana trend is enjoying a moment in the spotlight. From cowboy boots to swingy fringe and color blocked button-ups à la Calvin Klein, the western wardrobe influences are omnipresent. But the one piece we’re gravitating more and more towards is much more simple: the prairie dress.
Thanks to the reimagining of designers like Ciao Lucia and Staud, the prairie dress is far from its old-fashioned and frumpy ways. And with the perfect balance of casual and chic, it’s the ultimate uniform for a lady of leisure. However, its usual bold floral and gingham prints can be quite intimidating if you’re looking to buy into the trend for the first time. That’s why we suggest a flowy, all-white number. You can keep the frills, the overly dramatic sleeves, and the embroidery without feeling like you’re actually living in the 1800s.
Ahead, we've rounded up 24 easy white dresses to wear this summer. Reminder: Cowboy boots are optional, but strongly encouraged.
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With every new season comes a new crop of eye candy to shop for. But navigating the new arrivals section can feel daunting: With the overload of emerging trends, we tend to shop with eyes bigger than our wallet. It's easy to get caught up adding everything you see to cart, only to have a small cry when the price on your checkout page lists too many zeros. To offer a helping hand, every month, we'll be breaking down the best items in the market that you can buy for under-$150. Think of our curated shopping guide as an easy way to keep you in the know, without the need for a splurge. From warm-weather essentials to WFH must-haves, you'll be able to give your closet a mini boost on the cheap. Click on — these summer collections are calling your name. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commissionLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Mask Accessories Are Taking Over InstagramGirlfriend Is Launching Underwear & SocksYou Don't Want To Miss Zara’s Biannual Sale
Summer shopping means one thing to us: new dresses! If you're on a mission to add a few new silhouettes to your closet this season, try going for a cool design with sleeves. These smart designs are not only flattering, but also functional. Whether it's a little chilly and it offers you some extra warmth, or you're not into tank tops, these cute picks are the solutions. To help you find your next match (or two) we scoured the internet for the best choices you can find. From cute minis you can pair with sneakers to beautiful maxi dresses you can wear with sandals, there's no shortage of cute finds ahead. The best part: prices start at just $30, so what are you waiting for? Keep reading to shop them all. Related: 21 Comfortable Minidresses That Are Just as Ready For Summer as We Are
Some days we just can’t bear the thought of wearing actual clothes to face the summer heat. And while tank tops and low-cut frocks offer some relief, this year we’re seeing a major uptick in another breezy...
Our summer clothes have to be lightweight for some very important reasons. We're moving around and doing things even though the temperature's rising, and we need to be wearing clothes that keep us feeling comfortably cool. Heavy, thick fabrics are strictly forbidden in the summer months, and we've found 30 gorgeous dresses that fit the bill perfectly. From gorgeous silky silhouettes to classic cotton styles and seasonal linen picks, these are the dresses you'll be able to go absolutely anywhere in this summer. They're perfect for running errands or lounging around the house, so no matter what you're doing, know you have a beautiful, lightweight dress to get you there. Related: Old Navy Has a Bunch of Cute 5-Star Dresses That Have All Been Discounted
In his first comment on the matter, President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that “nobody briefed or told me” about the “so-called attacks,” a comment that his former national security adviser termed “remarkable.”
President Donald Trump is the subject of another flattering Twitter hashtag after he retweeting a video promoting white supremacy. On Sunday, the president shared a clip of a June 14 rally held in his honor at the Villages, a retirement home in Florida. In the first few second of the video, a man driving a golf cart past the group of supporters and yelling “White power!” at them. Another can be heard loudly agreeing, yelling back “Yeah, white power!” The video was up for three hours on the president’s page before it was taken down and later shared by other accounts. Prior to deleting the tweet, Trump praised the crowd, writing “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere was quick to reply to the controversial tweet, noting in a released statement that “President Trump is a big fan of the Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”But for the many who watched the video, the impossibly unsubtle chants of “white power” are inexcusable. As a result of Trump’s tweet and his praise of the actions caught on camera, TrumpIsARacist began trending on the social media platform. Users slammed the president for applauding the clearly racist action, leading to a reexamination of how Trump has touted practices of fascism and white supremacy in recent months.Trump has long looked down on communities of color going against his agenda, ignoring the cries of thousands of protestors who, for weeks, have stood against police brutality of Black people in America. However, just a few months ago, at the peak of COVID-19, Trump was praising protesters against statewide lockdowns. Those protestors, who were mostly white and donning MAGA hats, stood outside the homes of state leaders with rifles and other firearms. They made open threats and Trump referred to them in press conferences as “great people.” But examples where the president has supported white supremacy aren’t all recent either: In 2017, he called white nationalists who wreaked havoc during the Charlottesville rallies “very fine people.”Meanwhile, after the death of George Floyd and countless other unarmed Black folks at the hands of police, Trump sided with law enforcement, threatening to call in the National Guard, and supported tear gassing and rubber bullets. He referred to Black Lives Matter protesters “hoodlums” and “anarchists,” and vowed to support the racist monuments they sought to topple over the lives lost that they continue to fight for. Ahead of November’s presidential election, Trump supporters must now grapple with his outright racism and support of white supremacy as the country continues to see massive unrest and a cry for change.Former Vice President and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted on Sunday in response to the video,“Today the President shared a video of people shouting “white power” and said they were “great.” Just like he did after Charlottesville. We’re in a battle for the soul of the nation — and the President has picked a side. But make no mistake: it’s a battle we will win.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Trump Is Willing To Protect Monuments Over PeopleHow Teens On TikTok Derailed Trump's Tulsa RallyThe Hypocrisy Of Trump's Police Reform Order
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While there's nothing quite like New York City in the summer, we're quickly learning that there's also nothing like New York City in the summer amidst a global pandemic. The scent of garbage infiltrates the air, A/C units are constantly leaking, and face masks are a must for the foreseeable future (regardless of what that means for our tan lines). So, while an Aperol Spritz can alleviate some of those summer bummers, another way to escape the city's hottest season is by planning a little getaway to a beach nearby. And, with Airbnb's enhanced cleaning protocols in place, finding a rental that feels safe to stay in during these uncertain times is now possible. If you thought your only seaside escape was a house in the Hamptons, think again. A prime location in NYC gives you access to plenty of alternative beaches — from Fire Island to Ocean City. To make your vacation planning just a little simpler, we went ahead and collected the best beach rentals in and around New York City. Accessible by subway, train, or car in under a few hours, these houses are the perfect spots to plan a quick trip. Just be sure to book before all the July through September dates are taken — and do your research on travel restrictions that may prohibit you from visiting. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How To Support The Black Community Using Airbnb33 Beach Essentials We're Shopping For Summer 2020The Most Beautiful Lake-House Retreats On Airbnb
We may be trading in beach days for socially-distanced backyard hangs this July 4th, but that doesn't mean that the holiday is without its requisite sale bonanza. In fact, this year's online deals are coming out to play in a major way. Go ahead and treat yourself to that beauty something-something you've been eyeing because chances are it's going to be discounted. We know there's a lot out there, from brands to categories and specific products — so, we went ahead and broke down the deals on everything from skincare to makeup and hair by highlighting the star score from the sale. From 25% off a top-rated lash serum to Ulta Beauty's can't-miss summer event, these are the hottest steals worth carting through the weekend. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Our Readers' Top Stay-At-Home Buys Are On SaleWayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% OffThe Most Star-Spangled Fashion Sales
I'm someone who loves spending time outside. Whether I'm chatting with neighbors or walking my dog, I love a good healthy dose of vitamin D when I can schedule it in. Now that it's consistently hot outside, I realized I needed to find more warm-weather outfits that were easy to put together. Sure I could go for denim shorts or my biker shorts, but I always feel like I have to put a lot of effort into styling; I wanted to find something more turnkey. I set out to find the perfect Summer dress and set a few rules before I started shopping: the dress had to have a fun print (prints just make me happy), it couldn't hug my waist (nothing more uncomfortable than being hot in a dress that's also tight), and it had to be machine washable (dry cleaning is for the birds). It didn't take long before I found it: the Old Navy Jersey Swing Dress ($25) checked all my boxes. I took a look at the fabric before ordering (a mix of rayon and spandex) and decided to actually order down a size, which sounds crazy considering I wanted to find an easy-going and roomy dress, but it ended up being the right move. The dress fits exactly like a t-shirt up top and is relaxed through the body with a flared hem that swings out as you walk, so there is a ton of space to move around. I also didn't want it to be too long because I knew I'd want to wear the dress with socks and sneakers; I like when dresses hit a few inches up above the knee. This dress has been my absolute favorite purchase this Summer. I plan on wrapping a denim shirt around my waist when I wear it for the Fourth of July, and down the line I can wear it with sandals and a straw bag. Related: I've Probably Tried On 100+ T-Shirts, but This $8 Find Is My New Holy Grail Staple
As stores, outdoor restaurants, and workplaces begin to open up around the world — even if, in some places, they really shouldn’t — so, too, do opportunities to get dressed again, in something other than pajamas and nightgowns, that is. After two months spent indoors wearing nothing more than sweatsuits and fuzzy socks, followed by two more months in boxers and tank tops, changing back into non-quarantine attire is going to take some adjusting to; as I recently discovered, putting together a truly, well-put-together outfit these days isn’t quite as easy as riding a bike. At least not without a dose of inspiration to get you started. To solve the sartorial dilemma at hand, we went ahead and scoured Instagram’s finest fashion accounts for summer looks worth copying, from bikini tops paired with wide-leg trousers to slinky sundresses dressed up with cowboy boots (practical, I know). Find an outfit (or 31, for every day in July) that’ll get you excited to get dressed again by clicking through the slideshow ahead. You’ll be back to winning best-dressed again in no time. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Under-$150 Buys Of The MonthThe Best Fashion Looks From The 2020 BET AwardsBlack Queer People In Fashion To Support Now
Nationwide, police officers have responded to recent uprisings against police brutality with force, attacking protestors with batons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. But even as viral videos have shown officers beating protestors senselessly one day, the next day there have been others that show officers taking a knee or giving an impassioned speech about standing united with protestors. This kind of cognitive dissonance continued during Pride Month, as New York’s police department politicized rainbow logos by putting them on cop cars in a seeming show of support for pride, before then showing up at the city’s Queer Liberation March with pepper spray and a brutal show of force. But, over a month into this latest period of mass civil unrest, and one thing seems to be clear: The police that continue to brutalize protestors are also trying to appeal to them. As cities around the country entered the fifth straight week of demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd, the Metro Nashville Police Department in Tennessee released a country music ballad of a “good cop” who is deeply emotional about Floyd’s killing.“I’m angry and sad. I’m a whole lot confused,” Sergeant Henry Particelli sings along with his guitar. He later continues, “I’m just trying to get a grip on what happened that night. I’m sure you never wanted this kind of fame, I’m so sorry that’s how we know your name.”The music video for the song includes people holding signs with slogans like, “Peace,” “Unity,” and “Embrace everyone’s differences.” Most of the people featured in the video are other MNPD officers, a spokesperson said. While the intention behind the song, according to Particelli — who doesn’t reveal he’s a cop until the end of the video — was to demonstrate how people in law enforcement and across the country feel about Floyd’s death, it’s actually a pretty classic example of cop propaganda, or copaganda. Copaganda typically encompasses things like fictionalized, positive TV depictions of police officers, heartfelt social media posts made by police departments, and videos of cops kneeling with anti-police brutality protestors; it is all the media made in an effort to show police as being uncomplicatedly friendly, heroic, and good. But these one-dimensional displays actually do harm by presenting cops as being solely friends and allies to the public at-large, rather than offering a truthful depiction of the deeply violent and racist nature of police work in America. Despite the MNPD’s supposedly “feel good” video of a cop singing about George Floyd’s death, the department also engages in a more insidious form of copaganda on social media. The MNPD has used its Twitter account to push a mix of content, including feel-good photos of cops posing with children wearing badges of their own, followed by mugshots of people who participated in anti-police riots. This bizarre social media binary makes it clear that the department wants the public to think they’re solely a force for good, who like to hang out with little kids, while protestors are all criminals, who belong behind bars. This isn’t unique to just one police department in one city, though. Since the national demonstrations have started, those in power have employed their own counterinsurgency tactics, which include various forms of copaganda. Most prominently, officers have performed faux solidarity with protestors by making speeches and taking knees. In Bellevue, WA, Police Chief Steve Mylett got on his knee in the middle of a crowd of protestors, saying, “What happened to George Floyd is a crime.” After a passionate speech to the sounds of cheers, Mylett told protestors, “We are with you, we are not against you.” A month later, the same police department reportedly arrested 23 protestors. In NYC’s Washington Square Park, on June 1, the highest ranking NYPD officer was filmed on his knees, linking arms with protestors and hugging them in the street. But in the days before and after, NYPD officers in downtown Manhattan were reportedly kettling crowds, using batons, and pepper-spraying demonstrators. These police-led actions are not only meant to assuage a public that’s uneasy about brutal police tactics, but it also serves to discredit the demands of abolitionist and Black liberation movements, and to make them potentially complicit in copaganda. I watched firsthand at a recent protest in Louisiana when several activists urged police to march with them, while others on the frontlines questioned this demand, arguing that whether or not cops march or kneel with activists, they’re still in uniform, wearing their badges, and have the power to continue killing people. When cops coerce activists into allowing them to kneel with them or join marches, it becomes easier for them to push their “good cop” narrative, at the expense of the march’s true goals. The recent wave of copaganda aside, a deep dive into the history of policing shows a corrupt system that doesn’t leave much room for sympathy. Police have always been “a force of violence against Black people,” as the abolitionist organizer Mariame Kaba wrote for The New York Times. Modern police departments first emerged as slave patrols in the South in the 18th and 19th Centuries; they have always been an adversary to labor movements; and they regularly terrorize communities and kill people with impunity. It’s no coincidence that in a moment of national unrest, when demands to “abolish the police” are gaining widespread popularity, that cops would ramp up propaganda to paint themselves in a different light. Forms of “feel-good” propaganda pull on American nationalism, too. One such example is a video that made the rounds earlier this month of a cop fixing a fallen American flag.Regardless of these copaganda displays, though, the abolition movement is not about singular officers and their intentions. Rather, the movement is about reevaluating the systems that have put those officers in charge of deciding whether certain people deserve to live or die. It’s quite possible, and probable even, that Sergeant Henry Particelli, who sang how sorry he is to George Floyd, was sincere. But Particelli, and all the other officers who have engaged in forms of copaganda, are missing the point. The problem with the police is not simply about individual officer’s intentions; it’s not about the “good guy” narrative. Instead, it’s about an authoritative policing system that has oppressed Black and brown people for centuries, a system that needs to be dismantled now.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Police Conspiracy Theories Put Workers At RiskPolice Are Going On Strike. Should Anyone Care?NYPD Pepper Sprayed Queer Liberation Protestors
Fashion has always had a way of taking our core wardrobe essentials — outerwear, underwear, and everything in between — and turning them into statement pieces. Consider the trusty trench coat, for example, which was originally created to shield soldiers from the elements but, over time, turned into one of the most distinctive utility apparel items a person could own. And don't get us started on how the functional bike short has morphed into a top streetwear trend that will not go away (even after its initial rise and fall in the '90s). It's no surprise, then, that the protective face coverings we've been advised (and in some cases, ordered) to wear outdoors to curb the spread of the coronavirus have quickly been embraced and beautified by the fashion world. "It just felt like there was a need [for a stylish face mask]," says Hillary Taymour, founder of the sustainable clothing brand Collina Strada. "I was wearing brightly colored masks walking over the bridge daily to the studio and it put a smile on everyone’s face. So why not bring that to the general public?" Taymour began producing non-medical face masks in mid-March, drawing on the crafty skills of model and friend Sasha Melnychuk to design something protective yet personal. The final product was a remarkable marriage of motifs featuring Collina Strada's signature ribbons — a fixture of the brand's runway shows — and the vibrant patterns of already available deadstock fabric. This kind of creative take on meeting consumer needs during the pandemic allows shoppers to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines without losing touch with the familiarity of their personal style. Masks may still feel like an unusual addition to our daily routines because of the way they conceal the parts of ourselves that are normally exposed, but that doesn't mean our identities have to be hidden too. By opting for the right print to suit your own aesthetic and making a purchase you know will benefit those in need, wearing a face mask can become more than just our collective responsibility — it can be an entirely new form of self-expression. "With every purchase [of a Collina Strada mask], you are donating five masks to healthcare workers," Taymour says. "The design just brings a little sunshine during one of the most difficult times we have seen in this lifetime." Taymour was one of many designers to pivot to non-medical face mask production with the goal of giving back as the coronavirus crisis hit its devastating crescendo. Companies like Reformation and Sanctuary also reacted quickly by organizing local manufacturers to do the same using fabrics from their warehouses. New York-based label Alice+Olivia announced that it would donate 5,000 face masks to medical centers around the country while selling consumer-friendly options online. In addition to equipping customers with the coverings they need, founder Stacey Bendet pointed out a greater purpose of this initiative: "Let's show support for our community and the doctors, nurses, delivery workers, and first responders who are combatting this crisis on the front lines,” she said in a press release. The more non-medical face masks made available to the public, the less of a strain there will be on the medical-grade materials our heroes on the front lines require to protect themselves on the job. Ahead, we've rounded up a list of fashion brands that are enhancing the process of mask manufacturing with their unique brands of sartorial savoir-faire. Face coverings are a crucial way for us to keep one another safe when we're in public, and they aren't going anywhere. So go ahead and get comfortable with one that speaks to your own style, be that in the form of something upcycled, a badass camo print, delicate florals — even toile, if that's your thing. You do you, as long as you're doing it responsibly. COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. Go to the CDC website for the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and other resources. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Here's Where To Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online17 Bandanas To Shop Now For DIY Face MasksWhere To Buy DIY Face Mask Filters
Life didn't just give us lemons in 2020, it pelted us with them. And, coincidentally, the sour-fruit print has been trending across more than a few of this season's top-carted items — from lemon-printed inflatable pools to face masks and more. Whether Refinery29 readers decided to make a big ol' batch of figurative lemonade by shopping patterned versions of the stuff OR the sunny hue simply reminds them of summer, lemons are having a moment. So, we rounded up the most wanted of these buys along with some other fresh finds to help sweeten the sour moments. A preview of what's ahead: lemon-infused beauty products, lemony snacks, lemon fashion, lemon-scented bug repellents, actual lemons, etc. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Society6's New Face Masks Support Black ArtThe Best Inflatable Pools For Your Backyard SummerUpgrade Your Bedroom Decor With This Design Hack