Killer Style: Lace-up & Choker Tops

Lace-up and choker tops

You’re in full-swing summer mode – rosé in hand, ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ on repeat, and beach wave hair that is actually from being on the beach. In search of finding a seriously sexy look that shows just the right amount of beautifully-bronzed skin? Well criss-cross the hunt off your list. Meet the lace-up and choker top. With a focus on the neck and shoulders (and just-right peek of the girls), this cutout trend is anything but cookie cutter (and leaps and bounds hotter than that risqué French maid costume you wore on Halloween – you know who you are). They show the perfect amount of unexpected skin, and choker and lace-up tops can be worn countless ways. They are the ultimate match to your summer staples.

Nail the Look

We’ve got you covered. Our choker and lace-up tops come in the form of sleek bodysuits, fun graphics, and über-hot crop-tops that ooze confident, sexy and cool. So many options, so much summer left. TG. When it comes to outfitting, choose denim. And, we like to follow this rule for the hem: the more roughed up, the better. Destroyed jeans and cut-offs are perfect for keeping the overall look casual with adding just the right amount of edge. When going barefoot isn’t an option, throw on a pair of strappy sandals or, for maximum Gigi Hadid-ness, pair with your fave white sneakers. Top the lace-up look off with a choker necklace – and you’re effortlessly chic and on point from day-drinking at Lolla to late-night bonfires. And don’t worry about sacrificing style when your party runs into the wee hours of the night: your leather jackets and bombers were born for nights like these. If you forget to pack something warm, even better – grab Bae and snuggle up.

Lace-up and choker tops


Hot-List_01Divide Music Festival

Camping, hiking, biking, music. If you like any of those things, the Divide Music Festival is for you. This three-day festival features A-list acts like Kid Cudi, Edwarde Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Saint Motel, Passion Pit and more. Toss in Colorado’s top craft beers, local grub, and an up-close and personal view of the Rocky Mountain stars and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable summer adventure.


Who ya gonna call? Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. The highly-anticipated and controversial reboot movie of the summer comes thirty years after the original hit the big screen. Ghosts be gone! Too bad we can’t say the same for the theme song running through your head.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in the age of technology

Now through August 14, the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases 170 ensembles and dresses that demonstrate how technology and hand are collaborating like never before to create innovative fashion. Now if only Kanye and Wiz could get along…

Hot-List_10Express Day at Wrigley Field

Mark your calendars on July 28th– it’s thirsty Thursday, the Cubs play the rival White Sox and it’s Express Day at Wrigley Field (we totally own this self-promotion because it’s going to be that good). 10,000 early arriving fans can snag limited edition t-shirts and one lucky contest winner will have the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch (follow @ExpressMen for more details). Spoiler alert: some tees may be signed by our main man, Kris Bryant.

Launderette in Austin

Just named one of Food & Wine’s Restaurants of the Year, this timeless neighborhood café gives you the feeling of being at home, but without the hassle of cooking and clean-up. We love the Tea Time Mule, (Moscow mule meets sweet tea with lemon), PEI Mussels, and think skipping dessert is like posting a pic of your friend without her permission – a definite no. Get the Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwich.

Lantern Fest

Music, s’mores, and thousands of glowing lanterns light up the sky at this fest that is soon touring the country. Guaranteed to be a memorable summer experience (and Instagram-worthy pic), Lantern Fest is one for the bucket list.


Hot-List_13Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Hold on to your broomsticks. On July 31, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” picks up on stage in London where the epilogue left off. Not planning a trip across the pond? Don’t worry – the script book will be published immediately after the premiere. #bringonthebutterbeer

Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

You’re a man’s man: you chop wood, build fires, and fend off bears. Or maybe you’ve been owning the beer pong table for a few rounds. Either way, this pocket-sized cleanser is just the ticket to grant you permission to hold your date’s hand. You’re welcome.

Meow Meow Tweet Herbal Insect Repellent

You’ve still got plenty of summer ahead and unfortunately that can mean bugs. Tell them to buzz off by coating your skin with an all-natural mix of skin toners and plant-based essential oils. Bonus: it actually smells good.