Pages: 496 (34 fewer than last year)
Hits: Tennis player Andy Murray pays tribute to his badass coach: his mom. Chris Hemsworth’s charming, self-effacing Q&A proves that the “Thor” star is truly Hollywood’s best Chris (bye for now, Mr. Pratt). The ELLE 25 decisively breaks down every book, TV show, movie and art show you need to consume through the end of the year.
Misses: Alicia Vikander is one of the most beautiful and stylish women alive, yet she’s wearing what looks like a glamorized hospital robe on the cover and snooze-worthy minimalist outfits inside. There’s a three-page feature in the front-of-book celebrating body diversity on the runway, yet there are no plus-size or curvy models in any of the editorials.
News you can use: Millennials are taking adulting classes. How to live a sustainable, trash-free life. According to style oracle Alexa Chung, we’ll all be wearing cargo pants, jelly shoes and turtlenecks under everything in six months — the apocalypse may indeed be on its way.
Glamour: ★★ ¹/₂
Pages: 216 (88 fewer than last year)
Hits: This is what America looks like. Glamour consistently features the most diverse range of bodies, races and ages on its pages, and this issue is no different. Love the spread featuring up-and-coming model Khadijha Red Thunder, of Native American descent, wearing a mix of designer and traditional clothing. And one of the alternate covers has Miss Minnesota contestant Halima Aden, a Somali-American who was born in a refugee camp and made waves when she appeared at Yeezy’s last Fashion Week show in a hijab.
Misses: The Blake Lively feature feels skimpy — it’s a two-page Q&A with just three outfits. In fact, the whole magazine doesn’t have the literal heft one expects from a September issue.
News you can use: Stylish clothes you can actually afford, like a disco-fabulous velvet gown from Banana Republic for $128 and…