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Fashion For Work, Play and Travel

The modern woman wears many hats, and for each hat, there should be a number of corresponding outfits to suit the situation. After all, it would be a fashion fans pas to wear your party dress when donning your work hat or your power suit when we are wearing your party hat: mistakes in line with wearing white after labor day or wearing black panties under white pants. That is why it is so important that we have separate outfits for work, play, and travel. Here are some ideas for outfits to go with each of your many dimensions.

Work

Work outfit

Tailored
For a tailored work look, you want to emphasize a strong silhouette, adding structured accessories. Consider an all white look with a Banana Republic top and matching tailored slacks. Add metal cuffs to the wrists with a matching statement ring. Add a classy neutral clutch with coordinating Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Suits
When it comes to suits, you can mismatch separates or keep your pieces together. Try Diane Furstenberg blazer with matching pants in a beautiful ochre tone. Layer it it with a silky button down blouse and some cat eye sun glasses for a power look. Finish with a geometrical Proenza Schouler Clutch, delicate choker and showstopping Calvin Klein sandals.

Play

Woman in sequin dress

Sequins
For women, the ultimate playtime clothing would have to be the party dress. You can’t go wrong with black sequins, and Ashish is the name in sequined dresses. Match with killer heels.

Classic
If you’re looking for a more demure classic approach, you may want to try a Lanvin. Try a one shoulder design with a structured ruffle and figure hugging pencil skirt in a neutral beige. Add a colorful clutch for a color contrast.

Athleisure
If you want to wear your yoga pants all day long, fashionistas say, “Go ahead!” Invest in pieces which combine fashion with function., like Vie Active’s compression tights with moisture wicking performance. Accessorize with a pair of sleek sunglasses and a structured leather jacket to keep things classy.

Travel

Woman in trench coat

Mixed Prints
Travel clothing can be tricky. You need to be comfortable and practical, yet you need to arrive ready to make a statement, and running through airports in stiletto heels may not be the best idea. One way of maintaining comfort and style while traveling is by sticking to soft fabrics and bold prints. Why not go for an Alberta Ferretti multicolored printed shirt with blue and white multi patterned pants? Add a panama hat for an add of mystery and keep the jewelry to a minimum. Complete your look with Robert Vivier patent flats and brightly colored Globe Trotter suitcases to complement your color scheme.

Classic
Add and air of intrigue with a gray transparent Maison Martin Margiela trench coat. Layer over a white shirt and tailored slacks and pack the rest of your fashions in a Bettega Venteta suitcase.

What are your go to looks for work travel and play? Let us know how you dress for all your adventures!

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Accessories That Make Your Shirt Dress Look Chic

What is it about the shirt dress that is so appealing? Is it because the image of a woman wearing a men’s shirt conjures postcoital images? After all, doesn’t the emergence of a woman wearing a shirt belonging to her male partner from a bedroom indicate an omitted sex scene? Was it Jane Fonda emerging from an interrupted six days from a suite at the Plaza Hotel in “Barefoot in the Park” that made the style so desirable?

Woman in shirt dress

A “shirtdress” is a dress which borrows details of a man’s shirt such as a button front, collar, or cuffed sleeves. Because they are usually but without a seam at the waist, they often rely on a belt for definition. However, when it comes to accessorizing a shirtwaist, there are vast options for additions.

History of the Shirt Dress
Shirtdresses became fashionable in the 1950’s when Christian Dior launched his “New Look” line of couture designs. These early versions featured a full skirt supported by a crinoline. They were often characterized by a notched collar and elbow length cuffed sleeves. The T-shirt dress is a variation on the original shirtdress and first gained popularity in the 1960’s.

Accessories for the Shirt Dress

Belts
The greatest accessory for emphasizing the female waist, the belt is a crucial component in shirtdress fashion. Belts are available in chain, ribbon, beaded, or leather styles and complement a multitude of outfits. They are especially important in completing the look of a shirtdress because, in many cases, they are the only way to define the waist as most shirt dresses feature no seam at the waistline. Consider a bow belt for an ultra feminine look.

Belt

Bolster
Hats, fascinators, shoes, and bags. They can change your look from day to night. Whether you choose a baseball cap or elaborate fascinator, sneakers or stiletto pumps, a shirtdress can take them all on. You can use a shirtdress as a light jacket in the summer over a pretty summer dress, Keep it fun and casual with high top sneakers and incorporate feminine accessories to remain stylish.

Layers
There are several options when it comes to layering your shirtdress. You can keep it open and add an underskirt that hits right above or below the hemline to vary the fullness of the skirt. You can also use it as a jacket and experiment with proportions underneath or over. For a real head turner, consider a bustier underneath a flouncy, silky dress, adding tough rocker accessories like cowboy boots, chain belts and sunglasses.

Other Options
When it comes to shirtdress style, the options are almost unlimited. Button all the way up for a preppy look or all the way down for some sexy dishevelment. Belts can be made of any materials, and suitable shoe styles are endless. When choosing the ideal shirtdress, remember less is more. Try and avoid distracting ruffles and attached belts and make sure the buttons go all the way down. Extra touches will limit the versatility of the piece.

Woman in shirt

Also, you might want to take the following into consideration:

Quality
Don’t skimp on fabric. Make sure the garment is durable and breathable and that buttons and seams are well sewn. Look for a specimen that is easy to care for and will last a long time.

Fit
Make sure your shirtdress is comfortable and not too tight. Look for simplicity in style and make sure you feel great when you put it on and can wear it with confidence.

Application
Make sure it will work with the pieces already in your closet. You don’t want your purchase to require more purchases.

Tell us about how you accessorize your shirtdress! We want to hear about your personal style!

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2017 Prom Styles Teens Will Love

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Anyone who has ever been to prom night knows that it is not about what you do at the prom, it’s about what goes on after. In fact, from the way proms are portrayed in American culture, it might be disappointing if your prom night turned out anything less than a version of “American Graffiti,” complete with cruising, drinking, crashing, and fumbling around in the backseat. Of course, we all know that, however we end up spending this right of passage, it will end up memorialized in selfies and Instagrams, so what you wear will be just as important as what you do while you are wearing it. Here are some 2017 prom styles that will ensure your dress, as well as your night, will go down in history.

The High Halter Neck Line
If you want to steal the show at the prom this year, try a high halter neckline, low cut down the bustline to the navel. Not for the faint of heart, try a long Jovani fitted ensemble in a creamy white or midnight blue with strategically placed see-through lace and glittering beads.

Short and Flirty
Just because its formal doesn’t mean it can’t be short. Why not be bold in a short taffeta dress? Try a Sherri Hill with high halter neck and beaded bodice flaring into a pleated skater skirt.

Woman in short dress

Two-Piece
If you want to be very on trend this year, go for a two-piece gown with midriff exposing top and fitted skirt. You can pull off a Primavera Couture dress with a bead embellished crop showcasing a high neckline and hip hugging jersey skirt with a matching belt or an A- line skirt for a classic silhouette.

Mermaid dress with tulle skirt
For something sexy and classy, don a dreamy Morilee strapless mermaid dress. Complete with a floral embroidered dotted bodice, this figure hugger flares daintily into a tulle skirt above the knee.

Long and slinky
You can never of wrong with something long, slinky, and shiny. A classic version by Sherri Hill features a v-neckline and thin straps with a long train to make a stunning entrance. The iridescent sequins in alternating linear patterns will guarantee a glittering evening.

Teen couple

Ball Gown
Of course, there is no girl who has not wanted to dress up like a princess at one point in her life, and why not use prom night to take advantage? Go ultra feminine in a jewel embellished bodice with a multi- tiered organza full-length skirt. Try a pretty pastel for a true Cinderella look.

A line
Channel your inner Scarlet O’Hara with a traditional Tiffany prom dress with a plunging v- neckline. Dainty straps complement a lavishly embroidered bodice and the satin A- line even features side pockets for quick cell phone access.

How was your prom night? Or, more importantly, what did you wear? Let us know1

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Athleisure Is Not Business Casual

Business women in workplace

It seemed to have begun with the movie “Flashdance” in the 80’s; the movement to combine workout clothes with streetwear. Remember the leg warmers? How about those off-the-shoulder sweats and headbands? At the time, it seemed like the optimal solution in combining the elements of comfort with fashion. At least we could feel good and look good at the same time. As the trend evolved, the clothing did as well with designers constantly coming up with ways to make their clothes even more flattering to the female body. The clothes began to feature built in support, and the patterns and materials became more attractive. More and more, this “athleisure” became a staple of the average woman’s wardrobe. It might even be safe to say that many women preferred these clothes to more formal wear, feeling they better complemented her body and enabled her to move more freely. The growing popularity of these clothes began to bring up questions about propriety. While they might be appropriate for the grocery store or picking the kids up from school, were women crossing a line by wearing these clothes to the office?

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman,” Coco Chanel
One can hardly deny that Coco Chanel may have the last word in fashion. Well, then that decides it right? If you want to give a professional look, no athleisure, right? But maybe we should define shabby before we draw any conclusions. A Bloomberg Business article described $400 couture yoga pants and another told of sweatpants going for upwards of $800. These clothes are constructed impeccably with strong seams and quality fabrics and, of course sport designer labels. Does this make them acceptable office wear?

Not Acceptable
Kara Martin Snyder, a lifestyle strategist from Massachusetts, reported wearing workout pants as a CPA for a New York tech startup. She reports, “Occasionally, people confused me for an intern….” Mae Demdam, a digital analyst from Sydney says, “leggings are slim fit and they hug thighs, which aren’t appropriate to the workplace…. I mean, imagine if guys wore that to work.” Demdam added that she preferred clingy pants, which while relaxed, were sexy and appropriate. Fashion publicist Samantha Slaven-Bick admits to wearing assessor pants to work, but says she would “want my employees to dress a little nicer” and “feels a little self-conscious when others around me are more dressed up.” Slaven-Bick also claims that dressing up makes her feel “more productive at work.”

Acceptable
Stylist, Monaco believes it is all in the delivery. He believes that pairing the right pants with office appropriate wear such as a blazer and heels would convey, “a certain air of cool confidence,” but adds the best rule of thumb for determining whether or not athletic pants are ok for work is to, “simply look around. Is everyone else in suits and day dresses? Probably not a good idea. Jeans and t-shirts? Might be ok.”

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Dress The Part

The weather can often seem like an unpredictable and temperamental beast.   It’s hard remembering what the weather at different times of the year feels like and how to dress appropriately.   Wanting to look sharp while being appropriately shielded from the worst the weather has to offer can be a tall order, particularly when the outside world can throw anything at you from sweltering, sweat-making heat to bitter chill-causing cold to wind that never fails to mess up your hair unless you take proper precautions, and everything in between or even worse. All that said, it is entirely possible to be well-dressed and avoid suffering overmuch at the hands of an unpredictable forecast.

Versatility
One thing that must be stressed heavily when it comes to preparing cute outfits that fulfill both form and function in any given weather type is to reuse items as appropriate in different ways. Versatile items like a button up long-sleeve blouse with rollable sleeves (especially if it has button clasps farther up the sleeve to keep it rolled up) can serve well in both warm and cool weather, for example. Further, a sturdy, stylish shirt made of medium-heavy fabric can help keep your legs cool in the summer or complement a nice pair of toasty-warm leggings in the winter. The more versatile items you can include in your wardrobe, the better prepared you’ll be. With that said, let’s take a look at a variety of forecasts and some ideas for stylishly functional outfits that would work on such days. Note that all temperatures are in Fahrenheit first, then translated to Celsius. Do also note that you should be using SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum sunscreen EVERY day, even if it’s overcast.

street style for winters

50s and lower (10 C and under)
Bundle up tight! It’s quite cold outside, and you’ll want a warm jacket (and don’t forget to moisturize!). Try not to leave any part of your body uncovered except the face, and consider a scarf to put over your mouth and nose if it gets chilly enough. Combinations that look great and keep you warm include the classic Pea coat with coordinated shoes and scarf over a nice blouse, or perhaps a leather biker jacket with chain jewelry, with an undershirt and tee underneath for lots of layering.

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Low 60s to 70s (10 to 23 C)
Cool, but not quite chilly, you definitely want to cover up in this temperature range, but don’t overdo the layers. A nice sleeveless leather or vinyl jacket over a long-sleeved t-shirt and jeans for a casual look, or a slim, long dress with a light jacket over the top and a coordinated purse and heels or flats to match is also a solid plan. Basically, cover yourself to avoid chills, but don’t bundle up or you’ll start sweating. If it’s sunny, throw on some broad-spectrum shades. If not, throw the shades in your purse in case the sun peeks out of the clouds at any point, or tuck them on your shirt for a nice casual look that also makes sure they’re close at hand when you need them.

Stylish woman wearing a skirt

Mid to High 70s (23 to 27 C)
This temperature is getting to where you’ll want sleeveless or short-sleeved tops for sure, but pants or long skirts should be okay. Avoid jackets or vests at this temperature unless they’re very light. A classy sleeveless dress or even the ubiquitous short-sleeved tee and distressed jeans could be nice in this weather. Always keep sunglasses with you whether the sun’s out or not, because if it does peek out in the middle of the day, it’ll be pretty bright at these temperatures.

Woman wearing sunglasses

80s and Higher (27 C and up)
Forget long sleeves and pants. It’s time to break out the tank tops, short sleeved blouses, open-toed shoes shorts and short skirts, and consider using SPF 50 sunscreen today, and maybe donning a broad-rimmed sun hat. Sunglasses are a MUST on days like this.

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Dress for Confidence

Smartly dressed woman

There are a whole lot of things that affect our perception of and attitude toward ourselves, from the company we keep, to our demeanor, personality, and temperament, to really just about every facet of our life.

One thing that can have a surprisingly substantial effect on our confidence and self-esteem (they are different things, though closely related) is actually the clothes you wear. See, clothing is more than just something we drape ourselves into cover certain body parts because of the artificially created concept of modesty (though it is that, too), it’s also a form of expression, and how we express ourselves to others through clothing can affect our perceptions of ourselves just as much as it affects others’ perceptions of us.

If this idea intrigues you, and you’re ready to boost your own confidence by revamping your wardrobe, keep reading, and get ready to feel fabulous.

Dress Appropriately
And by “appropriately” we mean appropriately for the setting and/or occasion. A lot of this is common sense: you wouldn’t wear a t-shirt to most weddings, an elegant gown to the office, or a business suit to a casual get-together, right? Right. But it’s more than that; consider where you’re going to be and what, exactly, you’re dressing for. At the office, you’re dressing to exude professional competence and responsibility, which can be achieved through structured, clean garments with straight lines and stiff fabrics. For a casual party or get together, you’re dressing in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable and relaxed is generally the best bet.

Forget Traditional Gender Norms
Really, please throw them out the window right now. Once you’re done figuring out how to manifest and throw a metaphorical concept out the window (which, really, would be quite an impressive feat, bending the laws of physics like that), try to take it to heart that you should be able to wear what you want, and that doesn’t have to be defined by traditionally divisive gender norms.

If you’re a woman wanting to try a more “masculine” style, go for it! If you’re a man and want to embrace a “feminine” aesthetic, do it! If you’re a person of any gender who wants to mix and match to create an androgynous look (for whatever reason, whether it be related to gender or simply a, go right ahead, you have every right to.

If You Don’t Love it, Don’t Wear it!
Regardless of the setting or purpose, you should never have to wear anything you hate. While there are certain rules and guidelines for certain settings, especially formal and business settings, there is still room to work within them. If you have to wear a suit for work, for instance, shop around until you find a suit you actually want to wear, and consider different options like pantsuits vs. skirt suits. If you’re going to a wedding or formal dance, keep your personal style in mind while you search for a dress or outfit, and accessorize as you wish to really personalize things. Whatever the setting, even when limited, you generally have some options; always chose the ones that make you happiest, while still fitting the occasion.

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