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Fall for Autumn Fashion

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“Women must be colorful inside and out.” This is what designer Gudrun Sjoden replied when asked why she chose to use such a brilliant array of colors in her latest fashion line.

It was all about comfort, style, and anything go at this fashion show. Dresses and skirts were worn layered over color coordinated pants. Knee high stocking and socks offered alternatives to the constraints of pantyhose, and there were no such things as unmatching colors or bad print combinations. No season was out of season. Loose fitting clothes freed the body and graphic designs freed the mind. It was a utopia of fashion and an ideal vision of the future. Here’s a look at the Gudrun Sjoden fashion show from the inside.

The Setting
The stage is set at the Swedish Residence on Park Avenue at 64th Street. The temperature, a scorching 92 degrees, and its still morning. The occasion, the unveiling of designer Gudrun Sjoden’s summer ’17 collection. The runway, a multicolored striped rug in the hotel lobby. The clothes, eclectic cutting edge, bohemian. The message: freedom.

The Designer
Gudrun Sjoden has been creating a clothing line for women for over 40 years. But not just any woman. No supermodels grace this runway. Sjoden chooses women who represent the message of her clothing line. Water activist and former Miss Africa Georgie Biel and model turned actress Angel Pai model the brightly colored hand painted designs and eco-friendly fabrics that are the hallmarks of Sjoden’s collection.

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The Look
Patterns were in abundance in this display. Sjoden employs a technique called Ikat weave and indigo dying, in addition to her geometrical zigzags, and circles.There was no shortage of rich fabrics and embroidery and the designer’s preference for roses and stripes was clear. However, despite the profusion of show-stopping fashion, most stunning, perhaps, is the fact that 93% of Gudrun’s garments are made from sustainable materials. Says she, “This year, we are celebrating 25 years of organic cotton production in Greece.”

The Influence
Where does Sjoden’s inspiration come from? “While designing this collection, we visited India to explore the traditional crafts techniques for dying, using indigo and rose madder red. This craft combined with an earlier trip to Lisbon with its tiled walls, went on to inspire the autumn collection.” the designer revealed.

The Lowdown
S Joden’s first store opened in Stockholm, Sweden in 1976. Her concept of designing colorful comfortable clothes with Nordic influences in natural materials continue to dominate her collection. Her clothes are available through her catalog and website in markets including Germany, the US, and the UK.

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Living Well From Your Suitcase

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James Bond; international spy. Always jet-setting across the country, tending to mysterious assignations and covert operations, complete with a full supply of weapons, infrared binoculars, microchip voice recorders, and knives that can be concealed in his cufflinks. You may wonder, where does he pack his three-piece suits? Living out of a suitcase can definitely be limiting. Luggage weight limits, different activities, and changeable weather are only part of the things that make packing for a trip challenging. However, if Bond can do it so can you. Here are some ways you can use your Bondlike powers to maximize your luggage capacity.

Mix and Match
One of the greatest challenges to suitcase living is finding a matching outfit. You may find the perfect sweater mercifully at the top of your bag, but the matching pants nowhere to be seen. Pack versatile pieces that you can easily mix and match. That way, not only will a coordinated outfit be easier to find, you will also have a variety of outfits to chose from using the same five or so pieces. A good rule of thumb is: if it can’t be a part of at least two different outfits, leave it out.

Color Scheme
A good way to make sure your clothes match is by sticking to the same general colors. Dark and neutrals tend to be the easiest to work with. Bring a lot of white, black. and gray and add in pops of color, like red or teal, to keep it interesting.

Dress Up or Down
Usually, trips require both dressy and casual outfits, some of which will require some on the spot wardrobe adjustment. Accessories are the answer. Bring outfits that can go either fancy or sporty with the addition or omission of different shoes and pieces of jewelry. Shoes are great outfit transformers. Skinny jeans can instantly go from day to night be swapping your tennis for some super spiked heels.

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Layers
Layers are both practical and fashionable, especially when you’re traveling. Weather is hard to anticipate and even seasonal averages are no guarantee. Layers are a crucial component to keeping comfortable while traveling. Make sure to throw in a few scarves, tanks to go under shirts, hoodies, hats and extra socks, that can be easily removed or added.

Packing
Packing is often something learned from mistakes. Begin with shoes and toiletries and be sure to multitask socks and underwear by using them to protect nice shoes and fragile jewelry. Shove the rest of the undies into crevices. Roll up your jeans, camisole, sweaters, and t-shirts for maximum space and minimal wrinkles, and put them in the suitcase next. Blouses and dress shirts should be folded minimally and placed on top. You may want also want to put the pajamas on the top for easy access after a tiring trip. Ironing spray is your best friend; it will eliminate wrinkles without the burden of a space-hogging, heavy iron.

Do you have any traveling tips for us? Be sure to take some time from your jet setting to make a few notes. We would love to hear from the experts.

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Summer Sun Dress Styles To Look For

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For every red-blooded American “hot mess on a hot day, ” the sundress is truly a godsend. While our grandmothers sweated it out in flower-printed shirts, wrap around skirts, and unwieldy loafers, with the ever-present shirt tail flopping our awkwardly somewhere, we pull a ready-to-go outfit effortlessly from our closet, strap on some sandals, and leave the house looking sexy and confident. Since Lily Pulitzer first introduced the sundress to America in 1966 with the motto, “Everything is possible with sunshine¬†and a little pink dress,” it seems almost unthinkable that any woman survived summer without one. Here are some variations on a classic style.

Creating Summer Outfits
Sundresses can be extremely versatile in going from day to night with a few basic changes. Just start out with a cute sundress in a basic color. For a casual look, add some practical sandals and a few choice necklaces. For the night, trade the sandals for some studded heels and throw on a leather jacket and you’re set.

For a day out with friends, booties can liven up a casual outfit, and a pair of heels and light sequined jacket can be added for date night.

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Florals, Laces, And Linens
The floral sundress is an absolute wardrobe staple and great for daytime wear. You can go light by pairing it with sandals or make it boho chic with a pair of suede or cowboy boots.

Lace dresses are perfect for special occasions and parties. If you’re looking for something to wear to a wedding or cocktail party, lace embellishments are a great summer look.

Loose comfortable linen dresses are not just for the beach. Simple lines and closures are key to these elegant and casual summer time options.

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Maxi Dresses
Long gowns are no longer just for evening wear. Maxi summer dresses can be great on the beach, or even for a day of shopping. They flatter every height and body shape, so you can’t go wrong.

Maxi dresses come in a series of styles. There are strapless, v-neck, backless, and halter maxis, maxis with side slits, maxis with graphic prints, bold prints, ruffles, layers and lace. In considering what maxi is right for you, consider your personal style, the part of your figure you want to call attention to ( or away from) and the occasion you are looking to wear it to. You may want to channel your modern boho princess, or go for a long sexy halter.

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Vintage Summer Dresses
Vintage summer dresses tend to be more fitted and may have less of the “throw on” appeal than most sun dresses, but are well worth the sacrifice considering the fashionability. Channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor with cinched waists, padded tops and flared skirts. Off¬†shoulder looks are a common feature of the vintage summer dress, as are bright prints and colors. Halter looks also often fall into the vintage category.

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Clubwear Summer Dress
Just because it’s called a “sundress” doesn’t mean you can’t wear it at night. Try a sequined club dress with a halter top or super sexy strapless number tight-fitting number with a sweetheart bodice. Looking for something more free-flowing? Try a loose sequined dress in silver with some drapy necklaces or go for a sexy cut out with geometric print.

What’s new in your closet this summer? Let us know how you are effortlessly beating the heat and looking chic, We love to hear from you!

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Summer Gingham Style

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Bridget Bardot was married in a pink Gingham dress, Taylor Swift wore a vintage gingham bikini to hobnob with the Kennedys at the Cape, and Shirley Temple will be eternally embedded in the public memory wearing a gingham dress. How is it that the original “French Sex Kitten” was able to wear the same pattern as “America’s Sweetheart,” both with tremendous success? It is true that gingham denotes innocence. When worn by a sex symbol, it becomes a study, in contrast, a link between innocence and sexuality, the good girl being naughty. When worn by a child, the connotation is a little more direct. But what if you are neither? Is there a way for the sensible woman to wear gingham without looking like a giant toddler? Read on to find out how to pull off a timeless look.

How To Wear Gingham
There’s no denying gingham is big this summer, and of course, if it’s on trend, you want it in your closet. However, it may not be that practical for everyday wear. According to Yahoo Style’s editor in chief, Joe Zee, “I think when you see something on the runway, I always call that sort of fashion trends on steroids. It’s really such an amplified version of what you see. But take a little bit of it and don’t be scared. ” Here are some of Zee’s recommendations for sophisticated denim wearing:

  • Look for sophisticated silhouettes and structured, clean lines. “Because,” as Zee says, “if it becomes too casual, it can look like a weekend picnic dress, and I think –that’s not what you want. I think it’s about that contrast.”
  • Do gingham in neutral. Says Zee, “You should try to, maybe, do it in a very sort of core neutral color – black and white gingham I love. You know, I think you want to stay away maybe from the blue and white, because it feels too picnic, too costume.”
  • Keep your gingham up to date. Don’t make it look as if you’re recycling your gingham from the 1950’s, and, if you are, it may be time for a trip to Goodwill.

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Gingham Looks

  • Swimsuits
    If you’re looking to get sexy at the beach or for just some lazing around the pool, try some gingham swim wear. You’ll want to show off a little with a gingham bikini bottom and off the shoulder tee or halter top for some seaside style
  • Bras
    Don’t know if you’ll want to keep this inside your shirt. Try an elastic trim gingham bra top with some Daisy Dukes for a 4th of July barbecue and bring the fireworks.
  • Dress
    Gingham can also be done preppy style. Try a short-sleeved number with a generously full skirt for some mod style sixties vintage.
  • Sunglasses
    No one will suspect you were being naughty last night if you show up with a pair of gingham sunglasses covering your eyes.
  • Cardholder
    Just think of how savvy you’ll look when you pull out your gingham cardholder when you’re asked for your Beauty Insider card at your favorite makeup store. You’ll be the envy of the cue.
  • A-line Two Piece
    Modernize your gingham look by pairing a sexy tank with a wraparound style ruffles skirt with an asymmetrical hem. The gold buttons and bows on the straps complete the picture for some added irresistibility.
  • Clutch
    If you’re doing your gingham in moderation this summer, you may want to jazz up your solids with a statement gingham clutch, Look for something in a red and white check due out from “Opening Ceremony” this summer.

How are you wearing your gingham this summer? Let us know how you’re making a splash in his classic material.

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Summer Fashion That Keeps You Looking Sophisticated and Put Together

According to the Urban Dictionary, a “hot mess” is “when one’s thoughts and appearance are in a state of disarray, but they maintain an undeniable attractiveness and beauty.” Summertime conditions the likes of heat and humidity may make “hot mess” the best look you can hope for. However, there are some situations in which hot mess is simply not cutting it.

So what can you do when you absolutely need to look sophisticated, even though the weather conditions seem determined to defeat you? Here are a few ideas for looking put together even in the deadliest of the summer heat.

The Shirtdress
The shirtdress is a lightweight choice that epitomizes summer office fashion. Go for a neutral color and play around with accessories. A colorful scarf or brightly colored purse will help you to own the look.

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The White Blazer
A summer office atmosphere demands the accessibility to a light blazer for quick removal or cover. White is the perfect choice for summer weather with a touch of class. Pair it with skirts, dresses, trousers, or layer it over the hottest colors of the season.

Tribal Prints
Not just for rock festivals, tribal prints can be perfect for the workplace, as long as they are done right. Style your prints with neutral colors in coordinated tones to keep it office appropriate.

Light Colored Accessories
Even if your committed to wearing black, you can lighten the look with the right choice of accessories. Try some gold tone jewelry or a beige leather handbag to subtract from the heaviness of dark colors.

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Tropical Colors
Why not add a splash of the tropics to your office? Your enthusiasm will be contagious. Be bold in bright greens and turquoise blues, just keep a navy blazer handy in case you’re feeling too conspicuous.

The Linen Dress
Linen is a great breathable fabric that works well for professionals. A classic linen summer dress can be an easy office choice. Accessorize with sunglasses, belts, and even funky sandals.

Colorful Accessories
If you want to keep things lively, think about accessorizing with some bold colors and styles. Consider bright green pumps with tailored trousers and an electric blue purse. Add a bright yellow lightweight scarf and you’re set!

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Floral Prints
What office couldn’t use a few flowers? Keep your florals from looking too girly by pairing with solid colors in a refined palette. Stick with simple structures over frills.

Pastel Dress
What about a solid pastel colored dress? If you go for a structured design, you can keep it professional, especially if you incorporate some darker or neutral colored accessories, like a nude belt or pumps.

Straight Leg Trousers
Straight leg trousers look professional in every weather, and the light weight and loose fit is an added bonus in the sticky summer heat. Top with a tapered blouse and keep the sunhat handy if you’re planning to venture outdoors.

What are you wearing to the office this summer? Let us know how you keep it sophisticated when the thermometer says “hot mess.”

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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