Tag Archives: fashion trends

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.

white blazer

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.

colorful outfits

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!

floral prints

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.”

Leave a comment

Filed under Style

Fashion Choices That Hide Problem Areas

So you’ve got your dad’s eyes, grandma’s freckles, Aunt Suzie’s infectious laugh, and your mom’s thighs. And though you may never want to trade in your mom, you may sometimes want to trade in your thighs. But so what? Perfection is overrated and that’s what baggy clothes were made for. So things being as they are, let’s talk about the best fashion choices for hiding those problem areas.

Woman with white top

Create Curves On Top
You can draw attention away from your curves by wearing something that adds visual dimension to your shoulder and bust area. It will play up the top of your body while drawing attention away from your hips and thighs. Look for:

  • Horizontal necklines, like boat necks or straight necks. Wrap necklines may slim your torso, but focus attention on your bust.
  • Light colors, like light pink or white.
  • Bright colors, like electric blues, reds, and oranges.Eye-catching details like polka dots, stripes, sequins, or large collars.
  • Kimono or bell sleeves.
  • A good push up bra or bust enhancing neckline, like a bustier.
  • Scarves. Need we say more?

Downplay Curves
If you want to minimize hips, butt, and thighs, try the following:

  • Dark colors, especially dark wash jeans or dress pants.
  • Vertical details like stitches, pleats, and decorative zippers.
  • Tops that end just below the hip bone. (Avoid lengths across the across your thighs and hip length tops.)
  • Thigh and hip hugging shapewear.
  • Heels.

shift dress

Minimize Middle
If weight gain around the midsection is problematic, you probably want to choose something that fits loosely around the middle and more tightly elsewhere. Your best choices include:

  • Slim cut pants, to show off slim legs.
  • Shift dresses: These will look very flattering, especially with high heels.
  • Tunics, which glide over the middle, emphasizing other body parts.
  • Empire waist tops.

You want to avoid wearing anything that draws too much attention to the middle, such as belts, waist cinching tops, and high-rise pants.

Pencil skirt

Hourglass
If you’ve got that hourglass body, proportions are no problem, but some clothes may make your curves look more like angles. You need to find clothes that move with your body naturally. Stay away from shapeless styles, like cardigans, tunics, and baby doll dresses. To make the most of your curves, look for:

  • Pencil skirts, great for cinching the waist and skimming the hips.
  • V-Neck shirts: A tight fitting top will flatter without exaggerating.
  • High waisted pants draw attention to a slim waist.
  • Wrap dress: The diagonal cut will hit all the right places.

Bottom Slimming Pants
To create a lean line on your lower body, the best pants are flare legs, straight and skinny, boot cuts, and pants with simple waistbands.

Skirts and Dresses with Width and Volume
It may seem counterintuitive, but skirts that are wider at the bottom usually balance out wider hips. Steer away from too-full skirts in favor of something with an a-line shape. Flared skirts and full circle skirts will also flatter, as will maxi and gypsy skirts.

statement necklace

Statement Jewelry
Eye-catching earrings and necklaces draw attention upward. Examples include gemstones, metal discs, and chandelier and feather earrings.

Short Jackets
Jackets that hit a few inches above the hipline will help to make your legs look thinner and longer. Hip length jackets can also work, as long as you wear a suitable bottom, such as a dark colored A-line skirt or pair of dress pants. Short leather jackets are a good choice, as are cropped denims.

Never underestimate the power of good underwear! It can hide a multitude of sins!

Let us know what you wear to make your problem areas less problematic. We want to know!

1 Comment

Filed under Style

What To Wear For Easter

Where will this Easter find you? Will it be a parade with a stop at the cathedral for midday services? Or, maybe a sunrise service followed by champagne brunch aboard a cruise ship with the setting sun as a backdrop? Or maybe it’s a family day Eggstravaganza featuring face painting, egg hunts, and bouncy castles. Wherever Easter finds you, two things are for sure: there’s going to be elaborate headwear, and there will be incredibly well-dressed pets.

If you’re wondering where exactly you will fit in fashion wise this Easter, here are a number of ¬†stylish ideas.

church suit

The Church Suit
If you want to look elegant and dazzling this Easter, the Church suit is ideal, and guaranteed, when you see how great you look in it, you’re going to want to wear this to hit quite a few destinations, besides church. Here are some great options for worship and beyond.

The Caped Crusader
You’ll feel an absolute princess in your turquoise blue silk church dress decorated with silver studs and rhinestone buttons with the attached cape. Be sure to crown with a matching embellished bonnet and some rhinestone drop earrings and shiny necklace.

The Color Block
Be the talk of the church in a color blocking knit two-piece with gold trim and rhinestone buttons. Keep your hat high and you earrings sparkling.

maxi skirt

The Maxi Dress
Of course, the maxi dress! What a perfect choice this Easter. You’ll look lovely in an earthy floral or an ethereal lavender with a colorful clutch and studded sandals.

The Trophy
You’ll be a vision in gold with a three-piece satin designer Sunday suit with lace detail on the skirt. Top off with gold turban or fascinator and prepare to steal the show.

The Lacy Dress
Easter and lace are always a no brainer. Try a little pastel dress with lacy cutouts, in a springy turquoise or traditional, summery white. Accessorize with pearls for a vintage look or leather bracelets for an earthy take.

blouse and skirt

Blouse and Skirt
You can go a number of ways with this combination. You can try a bright mint tee with a hot pink floral skirt, or maybe it’s a tulle skirt. Polka dot blouses cam be very Easter chic with brightly colored skirt in a primary color, like yellow, or red.

Slacks
Easter can be the perfect opportunity to show off your spring slacks. Pastel skinny jeans with a patterned tee can make a great Easter look with a showy necklace, sandals and a clutch. The jumpsuit is also an option, or try some high-waisted loose legs with a fitted top.

What are you doing this Easter, and more importantly, what will you be wearing while you do it? Let us know and Happy Easter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Special Events

Spring and Summer Colors For Lips, Hair, and Nails

When makeup first became widely available in the twenties, the color palette was limited. Powders were cream and ivory, lips were almost invariably some shade of red, and smoky eyes were de rigeur. Woe to those who couldn’t carry it off. True summers had to choose from the same palettes as dark autumns, bright winters were confined to the same choices as light springs, and soft autumns were offered the same options as soft summers. Oh, how times have changed. Nowadays, it seems as if we can’t walk into Sephora without emerging an hour later finally having determined that the Plum Attraction was more flattering than the #61 Wine.

Woman with red lipstick

If you’re having trouble navigating through the color options, here are a few pointers to set you in the right direction. Check out the colors trending for spring and summer 2017 for lips, hair, and nails.

Lipstick
Vivid lips were on display on the 2017 spring runways. Textures ranged from the glittery, (Fendi) to the matte, (Giambattista Valli, and Jason Wu), and of course Carolina Herrera and Chanel brought the high gloss. Jason Wu make up artists created a sporty fluorescent look by layering a cherry with a matte orange. Valentino and Cushnie et Ochs chose semi matte shades ranging from electric pink to ruby. And, if your partial to the ultra shine, take a cue form the Kenzo and Simone Rocha runway with some eye catching shine. If your looking for some hot colors for your lips this season, look for:

  • Poppy Pink or Fuschia – Nothing says spring like a fushia lip.
  • Deep Berry – If you’re aiming to bring some drama into the spring, you can’t go wrong with a deep berry.
  • Bright Purple – Try some violet and twilight hues to recall the warm summer sunset.
  • Hot Red – There is always a call for a good strong red. Use it to spice up your 2017 spring summer pout.

Hair Color

Bronze ombre

Bronze Ombre
If you have dark hair and not much time to spend on upkeep, celebrity colorist David Adams advises going two or three complementary shades lighter. He describes this look as an ombre 2.0 “blended through the middle and slightly lighter ones on the ends and around the face, which keeps color away from new growth to minimize maintenance.”

Warm Honey
Faithful brunettes who want to lighten up a touch might consider adding some natural amber to honey highlights to soften their natural color.

Baby Blonde
Already convinced that blondes have more fun? Think about going blonder. Stylist Sharon Dorram recommends lightening up with “strategically placed baby blond highlights around the face and crown.”

Creamy Blonde
If you don’t mind frequent trips to the colorist, a creamy platinum may be for you. Check out the look on Jennifer Lawrence for celebrity inspo.

Nail Polish

yellow nail polish

Sunflower Yellow
You’ll be seeing a lot of sunflower hello on nails this season. Check out versions form Essie, OPI and Christian Louboutin.

Valentine Pink
Taking break from red? Bright pink is a great alternative. Nails Inc. and Dior are both offering up takes on vibrant pink. FYI: Valentine pink was also spotted popping up the runways of Moshino, Fendi, and Valentino.

Tropical Green
Nothing says spring quite like green. Straight from the D and G runways, the earth friendly shade is currently available from both Essie and OPI.

Salmon Pink
For a more neutral approach to pink, try a salmon for the office and the beach.

Hope this clears things up! What colors are you sporting for spring and summer 2017? Let us know! We want your fabulous input!

Leave a comment

Filed under Style

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Style

Show Off Your Couple Style

When couples with style come to mind, few can compete with fashion icons, Sonny and Cher. Be it Nehru jackets, bell-bottoms, straight bangs, or platforms, this couple rocked it, and nothing was off the table, with little separating “his” from “hers.”

A couple that shops together stays together, as they say, and if you’re lucky enough to share a passion for fashion with your significant other, it can be a great bonding experience and garner a lot of second looks from passersby.

If you’re looking for couple fashion inspiration, here’re a few ways to show off your inner Barbie and Ken.

Why Couple Style Is In

For a while, the image of a couple with matching outfits brought forth images of matching sweatsuits and retirement communities. However, all that seems to be changing. Even Drake and Rhianna, whose relationship status is still up in the air, were rocking the twin look at several paparazzi-worthy events. So why the sudden acceptance?

Couple style with sunglasses

One thing that may explain the fashion resurgence is the movement toward the blurring of gender lines in today’s fashions. Designers like J.W. Anderson employ male runway models that are just likely to wear makeup and skirts as their female counterparts. Another reason might be the onset of the digital age: dressing alike makes it seem like you’ve got a follower in real life.

If you and your mate want to look more fashionably compatible, here are a few suggestions.

Black and white stripes
If you want to spice up a casual date, you might want to try his and her black and white striped shirts. Hers can be black on white, his white on black. Complete her look with a mini or pencil skirt, while he can stick to shorts or trousers.

Suspenders
Suspenders are a great way to show couple solidarity. You can wear jeans or pants in contrasting or matching colors and add extra pizzazz with a scarf knotted at the neck or a wool cap for an “Oliver Twist” look.

Justin and Selena
Even if the couple didn’t survive, the fashion legacy lives on. Who could forget the images of Selena’s red silk dress complemented by Justin’s red pocket hanky?

Matching Suits
If you want to put the “power” in “power couple” try matching pinstriped tailored suits. Layer over black turtlenecks or button fronts.

Couple style

Movie Attire
For trips to the movies, keep it casual. Guys can pair some nice khakis with a button down or polo. Ladies can dress down to match your man with some boyfriend jeans, and match button-downs or tees with flats, or dress it up with printed pants, a solid top, and heels.

Dinner and Dancing
If am upscale restaurant and lounge is on the agenda, guys can stick with a business casual look. Think nice slacks, a shirt, and blazer jacket. Ladies can go for a bit more of the glitz and glam with a beaded LBD, killer heels, and some shiny accessories.

Sporting Events
If you’re looking for a great way to connect as a couple, you can show off your style at a sporting event. Guys can just stick to jeans and team jersey, and girls can do pretty much the same thing, or feminize with skinny jeans, tank, and heels. Team baseball caps are a great touch for either guy or gal.

So what do you do to show your couple style? Let us know how the two of you coordinate!

Leave a comment

Filed under Style

Chic, Casual Wardrobe Basics

Have you heard? Barbie’s gone casual chic. It should be no surprise. After all, if anyone has more clothes than all the Kardashians put together, it’s Barbie. Barbie’s casual chic 2-pack is standard Barbie fare. She’s got some black and pink leggings printed with electric guitars and a Barbie Rockers jersey, as well as a tie dyed denim shorts set. The only anomaly? The pack comes with a pair of patent leather lace up Lady Gaga boots with three centimeter heels. (scaled down, of course) Who is this woman’s stylist? While you can spend all day debating the propriety of Barbie dolls in S and M heels, it may be more productive for you to cultivate your own casual chic collection. Let’s talk about the comfortable basics no woman’s wardrobe should be without.

The White Cotton T
Crew neck or V neck, you need a white T shirt. Whether you’re layering or making a statement look, the white T shirt is an absolute casual essential.

Woman in sweater
Crewneck Sweater
If you want to stay comfortable cozy in the cooler months, a lightweight knit is the way to go. Wear it over a collared blouse for a preppy look or as a sexy topper for jeans or a pencil skirt.

Skinny Jeans
Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Adam Levine, the importance of a great fitting pair of skinny jeans can never be overestimated. High rise styles help to lengthen and slim legs in classic blue or black.

Black Pumps
As any dyed in the wool fashionista will tell you, if there is anything no wardrobe should be without, it’s a pair of classic black pumps. They go with everything from jeans to business suits to cocktail dresses and can be suited to any occasion.

Bright Colored Cross Body Bag
Want to add some pep to your look? Grab a colorful cross-body. Smaller than a tote and larger than a clutch, these bags are just the right size to do some serious shopping while still being able to fit down the aisle.

White Button Down
You’ve got your crew neck sweater, now you’ve got the collared shirt to put under it. Do a crisp classic look in all white or put it under a blazer for some professional polish.

Woman in pencil skirt
Pencil Skirt
Slenderizing and slinky, the pencil skirt can be great for the office or for the weekends. Paired with a silk camp or t-shirt and go retro, glam or preppy.

Cropped Moto Jacket
Add a bit of tough to your sexy. The moto jacket is an ageless fashion piece that can be worn with jeans or over a silky slip dress, it’s worth the splurge.

Menswear Look Watch
Women know the sexy look and feel of wearing men’s clothing, why not a men’s watch. It can be a great fashion piece for basics and can also be layered with a chain bracelet and bangle.

Wrap Dress
No need to coordinate an outfit. If you’ve got a wrap dress, it’s all grab, wrap and go. Plus, it makes for a flattering silhouette,

What’s your casual chic go to? Let us know what you think every woman needs to put in her wardrobe! We love to hear from you.

Leave a comment

Filed under Style, Uncategorized