Weekend Debrief: The Most Popular Style Stories Of The Week

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* The greatest sneakers of all time — as imagined on Kanye West
* What to wear to a wedding this summer (without spending a fortune)
* Get to know the Venice Beach brand hoping to change men’s grooming habits

They say summer is the best time to switch up your style, and if you need some inspiration, we’ve got five key pieces for you to read. Whether you need a new pair of kicks, or want that coveted California beach hair look, here’s what you need to know to win some style points this weekend — and all summer long.

1. The Best Sneakers Of All Time (As Seen On Kanye West)

Say what you want about Kanye West but you can’t deny the incredible influence he’s had on sneaker culture.

While Kanye has said he draws inspiration from art and architecture, he’s also well-versed in the history of fashion and footwear, so we’d like to think he’s done his research on past sneaker trends as well.

To do our part, we surveyed our SPY team and rounded up ten of the best sneakers of all time, both in terms of style and impact on fashion and popular culture. Then we got LA-based illustrator Ben Matsuya to imagine Kanye in these looks, as they would have first been worn back in the day.

kanye west sneakers Image by Ben Matsuya

The Best Sneakers Of All Time (As Seen On Kanye West)


2. The Best Wedding Guest Dresses You Can Buy on Amazon Under $50

Wedding season is upon us and the invitations will soon start rolling in. As fun as weddings can be, there comes a point when you find yourself either not having anything to wear, nothing that fits anymore, or outfits you have worn multiple times already. With that in mind, we looked through Amazon’s amazing catalog of stylish and wedding-appropriate dresses and found some great styles at affordable price points. These dresses are so affordable in fact that you can buy multiples for different events and you won’t feel guilty if you only have the chance to wear it once.

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The Best Wedding Dresses Under $50 On Amazon


3. This Surfer-Turned-Hair Care Pro On How To Get Those Beach-Inspired Locks For Summer

We’ve all heard of beachy waves for women (think Giselle’s long, gorgeous flowing locks) but that sea salt-inspired look is making waves — no pun intended — with guys right now, too. Everyone from GQ to your favorite men’s subscription service, is touting the tussled look, and “surfer hair” is quickly becoming a go-to hairstyle for the summer.

Whether you’re looking to get that surf-inspired look, or just looking to tame your bedhead, you’d be wise to take a few tips from Chase Wilson. The Newport Beach-native (and former professional surfer) is the founder of BYRD, a men’s grooming line inspired by the ocean, while paying homage to Wilson’s great grandfather’s iconic barbershop at the storied Metropole hotel in Fargo, North Dakota.

We caught up with Wilson to find out more about how he launched a grooming line, why everyone wants that Cali-inspired style, and why guys should start paying more attention to their hair.

byrd chase wilson Image courtesy of BYRD | Chase Wilson, left

On the Record: BYRD Founder Chase Wilson


4. The 6 Best Activewear Pieces To Buy From Victoria’s Secret

No longer just for lingerie, Victoria’s Secret’s popular Sport line is designed for women that don’t sacrifice style for function. With the athleisure obsession showing no signs of slowing down, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite activewear pieces from the Victoria’s Secret Sport collection that are not only great for hitting the gym, but can be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe too. The best part: like the brand’s lingerie, these workout-ready pieces aren’t just sporty — they’re super sexy as well.

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The Best Activewear Pieces To Buy From Victoria's Secret


5. The Best Slides To Slip Into This Summer

When the weather is nice and balmy, it’s nice to kick off your shoes and slip into something more comfortable. Looking for ways to step out of the box but stay in your comfort zone? We’ve found six knockout pairs of slides that have arrived just in time for the start of summer. Wear them on vacation or for casual errands and pair some of these with denim and dresses too. Grab a pair or two and start your summer style revamp now.

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The 6 Best Slides to Wear This Summer