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Add Some Sparkle To Your Wardrobe

vine vera banner presents Add Some Sparkle To Your WardrobeThere you are looking through the racks at your favorite clothing store for something a bit unusual, something that speaks to you a little more than all of the other stuff. Then, you see it, a few hangers down. Of course, it speaks to you- it sparkles. Every woman is drawn to glittery things! You walk over and pull it off the rack. You love it; the only problem is: how are you going to wear it without looking like you’re going to a bar mitzvah? If you have some sparkly clothes in your wardrobe that are waiting for the right occasion, your wait may be over. Here are some ways you can take sparkle to the streets.

Keep it Classy
A higher neckline is a quick way to earn a few sophistication points when you’re bringing the bling. Avoid revealing necklines on all -over sparkle dresses, and finish your look with black accessories to tone it down a bit.

A Glittery Jacket
The glitter says “fun” the jacket says “style.” Drape a glittery metallic jacket over your shoulders to add a little sparkle without overdoing it.

Sparkly Accents
A twinkle here, a glimmer there. Glittery accessories and accents are always eye-catching and subtle. Try a shiny belt or waistband, or a jeweled neckline to add some fun to a casual look.

Patent Leather
Here’s a no- sequin way to shine. Patent leather boots and jackets always make a statement. A patent moto jacket or knee high boots are great ways to complete your look, day or night.

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Shiny Shoes and Clutch
A shiny bag and clutch are just what you need to take your LBD from day time to night time. Grab a mirrored clutch or rock some killer stilettos to jazz up your all black ensemble.

Darker Metallics
Pewters and coppers tend to look a little more classic than silvers and golds. Show a little skin with a dark gold sequin top paired with a black leather mini for a toned down upgrade.

Jewelry
Shiny metallic necklaces, big glittering earrings, and cocktail rings all contribute to the sparkle factor of an outfit without going overboard. Keep your jewelry box well stocked to keep shine within reach.

Prints
Prints don’t call for over accessorizing, which makes them ideal for wearing embellishment free, for a more streamlined, less cluttered sparkle.

Nudes with sparkles
The nude look is in. Try a nude fabric with sequins and a higher neck to keep the party stylish. Pair with some glitter heels and you’re set.

How are you bringing your sparkle this year? Let us know how you keep it fun without going overboard.

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What to Wear For Your Long Haul Flight

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You are women who know that travel is glamourous. You will be meeting, greeting and sharing seat and you know that requires looking your best. However, you also know that chances are that if you wear anything for a thirteen-hour flight, you may want to it burn afterward. Not only will you be sick of looking at it, chances are, you will have slept in it, eaten in it, and possibly been a little sick in it. And herein lies the dilemma. What do you have in your closet that is elegant, evolved, and potentially disposable? If you are looking for something to wear for the long haul flight, here are a few suggestions.

The Turtleneck
Curling up in a blanket in a plane seat can be pretty hard to do, and scarves have a strange way of becoming misplaced; you may appreciate some less adjustable warmth. You can snuggle into a turtleneck during your flight, and still manage to look polished when you come off the plane.

The Cardigan
A longline cardigan sweater can serve as a blanket in disguise. Plus, you can always throw it over anything that gets dripped on, sweated on, or wrinkled during the flight.

The Hoodie
When is a hoodie not useful? When traveling, a hoodie with a slim fit and substantial hood is best; you don’t want to look like you’re going to the gym. Fashion hoodies are appropriate for daily wear, but you may not want to wear your sweats on the bottom.

Midi Skirt
A full, long length skirt provides comfort and range of movement. Look for one in a thick heavy material for maximum comfort and minimum wrinkles that will let you curl your legs or spread them in transit.

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Zip Boot
Ankle boots with a zip are the most stylish way to move quickly through a security line.

Gaucho Pants
Gaucho pants are a great way to go, provided the fabric is substantial enough to stand up to the challenges of a long flight. They’re cozy without being restrictive, are easy to move in, and will guarantee a smart and stylish arrival.

The Casual Dress
A below the knee dress made of a jersey, soft cotton, or viscose can work really well on a flight. Look for something tight fitting that provides easy movement without fussy detail.

Silk Blend Top
Although silk is generally thought to be airy, it can actually be quite warm, which makes it great for a drafty cabin. However, whereas 100% silk notoriously wrinkles as soon as you move, a silk-poly blend will remain crisp for a longer time and is a better choice for flight. Prints are also a good bet if camouflaging wrinkles is a priority.

Trousers
Stretchy pants give a little without wrinkling too much. Aim to find a pair with a bit of Lycra and synthetic fibers for best staying power during your flight.

Vest
The vest is always good for keeping your body and neck warm while leaving your arms free to move. Plus, the pockets can be great for holding anything you need quick access to, like plane tickets and chapstick.

Are you traveling this year? Tell us how you maintain elegance while staying comfortable for the long haul.

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Clothing That Shows Off Your Personality

You’ve just been given a gift card to select your dream outfit. You grab armfuls of clothing and sweep shoe racks of shoes, empty display tables, and head for the dressing rooms. How do you emerge? In an ultra-feminine ruffled frock with antique drop earrings and dainty heels? Or did you chose a moto jacket with a leather micro mini and studded boots? Are you in a gown that has you questioning what kind of underwear is meant to be worn under it, if any? Whatever clothing you chose to wear, it needs to be an expression of yourself. And whether you’re romantic, dramatic, adventurous, or creative, your clothing has to show off your personality. Are you:

Bombshell

The Bombshell?
If you want to scream bombshell, look for clothes that hug the curves. Think plunging necklines and high slits. Remember, bombshells, form is the norm. Show off the hourglass figure with tight fitting pieces and clingy fabrics.

The Classicist?
Classicist, you probably prefer the basics, and the same goes for their clothing. T-shirts, blazers, suits, white shirts, and trousers all round out your wardrobe. The classicist manages to look chic while embracing simplicity. The key to perfection when it comes to this look is embracing tradition. You skip the trends and look for things that have stood the test of time.

Bohemian girl

The Bohemian?
If you’ve got a bit of the flower child spirit, you probably dream in maxi gowns and bell bottoms. You keep it shabby chic in earthy ethic prints. and accessorize with chunky turquoise and feather earrings. You make sure to keep the balance and choose pieces that complement your figure and flattering prints.

The Lady?
The ultra feminine type, you can’t resist adding a little pearls and lace. While you probably want to leave the white gloves home, you can channel your inner Grace Kelly by silhouetting your waist with a look of classic elegance, but remember to avoid looking too flirty. Ladies know how to keep the emphasis on class.

Woman in leather

The Maverick?
If you’ve got the heart of a rebel, you probably want to challenge a few fashion rules. You’re looking at the latest thing to hit the runways and you’re not afraid to wear it first. Go for the avant-garde and don’t be afraid to be fashion forward. Lead and they will follow!

The Eclectic?
Fun is motivation for this look. Go for bold prints and patterns and improbable pairings. Chunky shoes and dangling earrings. When it comes to life, you follow your heart and its no different with clothing, You wear what you love and you do what you love and live life to the fullest.

Which one do you think you are? None of the above? All of the above? Let us know.

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Fashion and Style For The Full Figured Woman

If the average US women is 162.9 pounds, and wears a size 14, how did fashion brands and retailers ever get the idea that anyone over a size 10 could not be fashionable? Flemish Painter Peter Paul Rubens would have been horrified with the dimensions of the average runway model and the Venus de Milo would probably have been rejected by standard modeling agencies.

Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was certainly not waif -like, and Superwoman Lynda Carter was never shy about her curves. Rock and roll’s Queen sang the praises of the “Fat Bottomed Girls” in the 1970’s and even U2 had to admit that “Big Girls Are Best.”

So, why should it be that fuller figures are not accepted in the fashion world? Well, if Full Figured Fashion Week is anything to go by, things are changing. Here’s some expert style and fashion advice for the full figured woman.

Work To Play
According to Lawrence Zarian, a.k.a. the Fashion Guy, a white tailored French cuff shirt and a brick red sweater duster are must haves for every day fashion. These pieces can be worn separately, or paired with neutral colored boot cut slacks and a thick belt for waist line definition.

Jacket

The Icon Collection
Inspired by the runways of Fashion Week Milan, Paris, and London, the Icon Collection offers sophisticated women more savvy fashion choices. Try some black harem waist pants with a grey off the shoulder top for a touch of elegance; pair with a riding coat and signature jewelry pieces. Zarian ensures that harem pants can be a great look for fuller figured women, as long as it is balanced with a full cut top. The riding coat will lend the illusion of a sleek silhouette. See Jennifer Hudson modeling her new harem pants for inspiration!

Mad Women
Although the finale is behind us, the influence of the TV show “Mad Men” is still very much alive. The character of Joan Holloway, portrayed by Christina Hendricks, combines curvy with vintage in the hit show, putting the pencil skirt and skinny belt back on the list of “must have” items.

Christina Hendricks

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Pair your classic tweed pencil skirt with an electric blue light weight sweater; something with a ribbed waistline can be very flattering. Top with a leather jacket for a modern twist on this 60’s look and grab a croc bag to complete it.

Beyond the Workplace
If you’ve got a dinner date planned after your nine to five shirt is over, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go home and change. You can wear your turtle green key-hole neck dress with your faux leather belt topped by a cardigan for a chic workplace look, and strip off the cardigan and belt before dinner. Grab your croc bag and you’re good to go.

LBD
No female wardrobe should be without the little black dress, regardless of size.

LBD

A black drape front dress is a great sexy look, and don’t forget to show off those shoulders. As for jewelry, Zarian says, “The hottest trend right now is to double up on your cuffs and bump it with bohemian pieces.” He recommends a back smoothing bra for a smooth, shapely look.

What other items do you think belong in the full figured wardrobe? Let us know your version of sexy!

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Choosing The Power Outfit

Ah, the power outfit. Did it begin with the suit of armor that Joan of Arc so bravely, and rather unflatteringly, wore to do battle in the 1400’s, or was it the traditional business suit, immortalized by Coco Chanel and the suffragettes of the 1920’s? Or perhaps it was the famous red bathing suit worn by Farrah Fawcett on her 1976 pinup poster, or the shoulder pads and white sneakers worn by Melanie Griffith in her 1990’s portrayal of business woman Tess McGill.

Whatever the interpretation, it is undeniable that behind every good woman there must be a good power outfit. Let’s look at what you should be considering when you choose yours.

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International Standard Business Attire
Sometimes, the professional world calls for a strictly professional look. Standard business attire generally refers to tailored dresses and skirts paired with blouses and jackets. When in doubt, this dress code is always safest.

Business Casual
Business casual is a little more open to interpretation. For some companies, Capri pants may be fine in the office, but they may not send the right message for certain business meetings. Here are some tips for sending the right messages.

Tailored clothing
Clothing always looks more polished when its been properly tailored. That means investing in a few interchangeable high quality pieces, as opposed to a lot of poor quality outfits.

Patterns and Colors
Conservative colors are standard business attire for man and women alike. Dark grey and navy are powerful neutrals, and women can also wear black, provided the clothing is professional. (No LBDs, ladies).

Woman in purple outfit

Avoid Extreme Colors and Patterns
Although your polka dot dress may be the height of fashion, it may not impress business executives. You need to appear solid and so does your clothing. If patterns are your thing, choose plaids that appear solid from a distance and avoid wide stripes that make a bold statement.

Pants and Suits
When it comes to pants, think Marlene Deitrich in the tailored pantsuit of the 1930’s, with a crease. Twill, khaki and corduroy will make a good impression, as will suits made from wool and wool blends, but try to avoid denim and heavy cotton, which tend to give a less professional appearance. Also, avoid synthetic fabrics like rayon and polyester that tend to wrinkle. Pants should be pressed and hems should cover the ankle, but not drape to the floor. Tight pants are also a business no no.

Skirts and Dresses
When it comes to dresses, the most important criteria is length. If you see too much thigh when you sit in a chair, the skirt is too short. If the skirt features a slit, it should be centered and in the back and should not rise above the back of the knee. Skirts should not impede mobility and, if you cannot walk comfortably in it, you probably don’t want to wear it to a business meeting.

Woman in black power outfit

Sweater and Shirts
Cleavage is a big no no for business. Go for a tailored blouse which coordinates with your outfit and avoid see- through materials.

Undergarments
Bras and panties should not show through clothing. if your panty line shows, consider wearing something looser, or adding a slip.

Shoes
The classic woman’s business shoe has been, and still is, a closed toe pump. Avoid stilettos. clunky heels, and flats. Do not sacrifice comfort, as it is important to walk confidently. Shoe color should match your purse.

How do you dress for power? Let us know what you wore to your most successful meetings! We want to know!

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Make Your Wardrobe Work for You

Looking through a well organized wardrobeStanding before the closet, your mind drifting back and forth between a million different outfit combinations, unsure which one to go with. You feel paralyzed, debilitated by too many options. Generally, choice is good, but too much is paralyzing, and you can’t decide for the life of you what to wear today.

Does the above scenario sound familiar at all? If so, you’re certainly not the only one. It can be all too common to accumulate clothes overtime, until you have way too many and are debilitated by too many choices. If you have too few multitasking items in your wardrobe (pieces that can be paired with multiple other pieces to create various outfit combinations), or just too much in general, it can get overwhelming.

Which is why today, Vine Vera would like to help you learn how to make your wardrobe work for you. We’ll show you how to whip your closet into shape so that instead of debilitating excess, you’ll be greeted every morning with coordinated, simple, easy, well-organized bliss.

Categorize
First thing’s first, you need to get things sorted before you can really give your closet the makeover it desperately needs. Start by putting things into categories such as professional attire, casual wear, loungewear, etc. Just don’t make too many categories; three or four is plenty. Once you’ve grouped everything together by category, sort things in order of color. Throughout this whole process, you will likely encounter several items you forgot you had. If you haven’t worn something in months, and you don’t want to wear it now, get rid of it. There’s no reason to hold onto something if you don’t love it and aren’t going to use it.

Analyze
Now, with everything laid out before you, examine each category, and consider the following questions:

  • Do I have more items than I realistically need in this category?
  • Do I realistically intend to wear every item in this category at some point?

Then, you’ll probably weed out a few items you don’t need, and a few more besides that you’re uncertain about. For the items that you’re uncertain about, try them on. If they don’t make you feel amazing in them, get rid of them!

Strategize
Take a good, long look at your wardrobe. With everything sorted into categories and thinned out now, you should start to be able to see various possibilities and combinations. Try to look at different combinations of items and see the possible outfits they could make. With your wardrobe more streamlined now, this should be easier to do than before.

In the future, when you buy new clothes, think carefully about whether you need them or not. Then think again, about whether you really need them or not. Further, as you add clothes overtime, don’t be afraid to get rid of old items you don’t need or want to wear anymore! Try to keep your wardrobe limited to things you actually like and will actually use. Finally, whenever you buy new items, aim for things that can easily combine with others to make a variety of outfits, so you can have lots of possible combinations with a small pool of garments.

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Our Top Vacation Must Haves

Vacation can be an exciting time for anyone who loves fun, excitement, new experiences, and relaxation. Many people look forward to the summer months for just this reason, because it means sorely needed break from the grind and monotony of daily life. To make sure you get the absolute most out of your summer vacation, Vine Vera put together a list of a few items we think you simply must bring with you.

Woman packing clothes for her holiday

Basic Clothes
This should go without saying, of course (unless, perhaps, your vacation is to a nudist resort), but there are a few things to note here. For one, look up the weather at the place you’re going; you can’t assume that it will be the same as what you’re used to, and you can’t guarantee that just because it’s summer, you’ll never need a jacket or sweater. It all depends on your destination and the climate there, so use that to inform your clothing decisions, and no matter what you end up doing, pack at least one jacket and one short-sleeved outfit, just in case.

In terms of how much to bring, a potentially helpful metric is to think about how many days you’ll be away. If you’ll be gone less than a week, pack enough to make one outfit for every day you’ll be gone. If you’ll be gone more than a week, but less than a month, just pack seven days’ worth of outfits. It won’t be the end of the world if you have to wear some outfits more than once, and if you coordinate all the clothing items you bring well, you’ll be able to mix and match so that you never really wear quite the same thing twice. If you’re going to be gone for more than a month, go all out and bring as much of your wardrobe as you can manage. For a trip that long, you’re probably bringing pretty big suitcases anyway.

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Something to Pass the Time
You’d be surprised how many people forget this one. Yes, you’re going on vacation to do fun things and have neat experiences, but there will be downtime in between all that (and not to mention in transit) when you’ll want a good book, favorite magazine, music, laptop or tablet, or whatever other enjoyable thing you like to use to pass the time.

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Sunscreen
As with any other day, every day of vacation, you should apply broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply several times a day. Bring some travel sized stuff with you, and don’t forget to put it on for the travel days themselves! Especially if you’re driving (but even if you’re not), you’ll need sun protection simply from all the sunlight streaming in through the glass.

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Cash
In addition to whatever credit or debit cards you may like to use, you should bring a bit of cash in your wallet. It’s always a shame to see something you have to have at a market or festival booth, and realize that you only have your card, and they’re cash-only.

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Basic Skin Care Regimen
We’ll keep this one brief, as we’ve talked at length about skin care basics for vacation already, but in essence, when packing for a vacation, think very carefully about what you will actually need in the time you’re gone. For example, if you normally exfoliate every week, and you’ll be gone a week and a half, you probably don’t need your exfoliant on hand; your skin will survive the few extra days.

 

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