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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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Step Up Your Footwear For Summer

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Why does it seem like the most functional parts of our wardrobes are often the least practical? While scientists contrive to make organic fabrics and safe skin products, shoe designers seem determined to make footwear designed to cause twisted ankles, bunions, blisters and ingrown toenails. If history is anything to go by, it would seem that most women like their food products safe, but their heels dangerous and summer 2017 is no exception. Here are some of the latest trends in keeping it real and high at the heel for this coming season.

Platforms

Platforms
When it comes to looking sexy and keeping funky, nothing does it quite like some outrageous platforms. This year’s Salavatore Ferragmo’s open toed boots in monochromatic hues brightened the 2017 runways, while Erdem showed off a snakeskin combo with lacing at the ankles. Hats off to Miu Miu and Proenza Scouler of their artful takes on the vintage shoe style.

Flatforms
They may be flatter than their platformed cousins, but make no mistake about the heel height. Flatforms simply refer to the soles. A sort of a one piece version of the classic platform, in which the heel and toe are both elevated, the flatform is all the rage this summer. Gucci brought a taste of the east with Oriental detail while Balmain couldn’t resist keeping things glittery with his multi-toned contributions.

Kitten Heels
The name alone is enticing enough. As their handle suggests, kitten heels are the tamer gentler version of their bigger sisters and are always a lovely addition to a spring or summer wardrobe. Celine’s used her kitten heels to support her strappy yellow sandals and the Dior logo got its fair share of play on these low heeled steppers.

Thin stilettos

Thin Stilettos
Keep off the escalator when wearing these. As long as there are fashionable women, there will be a place for thin stilettos. Altazurra brought his version of chic with open toe sandals and stockings while Gucci went sky high and thigh high in leg-hugging boots.

Sandals With Socks
While we’re busy pairing our summer shorts with sweaters, why not put wool socks on our tiny sandals? Sandals with socks were all over the runway, including Givenchy yellow lace up sandals with thick brown socks, creating a boot-like look with practically invisible stiletto sandals. Celine had a slightly different take with her funky slider and latex socks, giving new meaning to the term “sock boots”, and Off-White paired sequined socks with black leather tie-ups for some to die for disco glamour,

Branded Footwear
Talk about creative advertising! Dior’s kitten heels with J’ADIOR labels bandage taped on the back strap were reminders that the Dior name is still making a fashion statement while Yves Saint Laurent simply turned the heel of his pumps into a three-dimensional YSL logo.

Boots and socks

Socks and Boots
This is a great look with minis and shorts this summer. This year’s runway saw some interesting combinations of the two. Anna Sui displayed her Western boots with Nightmare Before Christmas socks while DKNY footwear showed off a lover like a shoe mixed with over the knee additions. Versace’s athletic stripes peered out from funky platforms and Saint Laurent paired his black booties with anklets.

What will be on your feet this summer? Let us know what your investing in when it comes to summer footwear. Keep it hot, keep it cool!

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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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Denim Does Business Casual

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In 1969, a writer for American Fabrics wrote, “Denim is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, yet it remains eternally young.” In the 1950’s, denim it became the outfit of the “juvenile delinquent” or “motorcycle boy” in films and television, banned by school administrators who feared its very presence on the teenage body would lead to rebellion against authority. So, how is it, you may ask, that this Satanic fabric ever became anywhere near what might be considered respectable wear? Well, according to another writer for American Fabrics, “What has happened to denim is really a capsule of what happened to America, it has climbed the ladder of taste.” Has it also climbed the ladder of success?

Tips On Denim In Business Casual

  • Balance
    It’s important that you keep a line between what constitutes business casual and normal casual. Keep your denim classy by pairing it with pieces that are a little more corporate. Instead of a sweater with jeans, try a classy blazer and dress shoes. This will tell your fellow employees that you know where to draw the line.
  • Silhouettes
    Since denim tends to be a more relaxed fabric, the cut is very important. A little styling can go a long way. Look for denim pieces that make a professional looking silhouette, like skirts, blazers, and trouser jeans. This will give a more pulled together appearance than baggy, shapeless comfort pieces.
  • Accessorize
    Accessories always class up an outfit. If you want to polish up your weekend look, try adding a belt, designer clutch, or some dressy shoes. This way you can add a weekday flair to your Saturday pieces.
  • Dark Wash Denim
    Darker denim is a much better workplace wash than faded and distressed. Dark wash denim can be a great comfortable substitute for trousers, provided they don’t feature a lot of contrast stitching to make them look more casual. If your denim must be of a lighter wash, try to balance by dressing up the other elements of your wardrobe.

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Business Casual Outfits

  • Dark Wash Denim Blazer
    Blazers have a way of always looking professional, even in denim. You’ll create a professional silhouette, and the dark wash is perfect for the business setting. Pair it with a white knit top and some skinny pants in a contrasting color. Throw on a statement necklace and some brightly colored flats and you’re set.
  • Dark Wash Pencil Skirt
    If you’re lucky enough to find a dark wash pencil skirt that hugs your figure, grab it. Dark wash pencil skirts are ideal for work or play. For work, try combining a quality sweater or top and add a scarf and necklace with some out of the box flats.
  • Dark Wash Jeans
    You can never go wrong with a good pair of dark wash jeans. Keep the stitching low key for the office. Top with a blazer layered over a scoop neck top. Accessorize with a belt and necklace. You’re good to go!

How are you classing up the world’s oldest fabric? Let us know how you’re denim does business casual. We love to hear from you!

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Hip Fashion Trends For The 40+ Crowd

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You may have heard the expression, “Forty is the new 20,” ad nauseum by now, and of course, it is true that middle-aged women are looking and feeling better than ever. However, as most over 40 women know this expression not a license to use Forever 21 and H&M as the sole source of your wardrobe. Sure, you can look young and lovely, but sophistication must not be sacrificed. If you are struggling to toe the line between cut out leotards and muumuus, this article may be helpful.

No-no’s For Women Over 40

  1. Don’t try to look too polished, or too perfectly matched. Show your creative side. A two piece suit will always be interpreted as ‘safer’ fashion choice. Pairing the blazer with a more out of the box choice to look will show off your inner confidence and highlight your maturity in a more positive way.
  2. Don’t buy cheap fabrics. They will not flatter your body well, and will not last. While you may still wear “young style,” you have graduated from cheap.
  3. Don’t wear a tight top with a tight bottom. It is always better to leave something to the imagination. Keep it classy with by choosing a loose top with a tight skirt or pants.
  4. Here are some clothes that might be better left hanging on the racks at Charlotte Russe: Super short shorts and minis, mom jeans, baggy sweats, and unfitted blazers

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The Over 40 ‘Do’ List

  1. Do be aware of your personal style. It is important to dress in a way that showcases your body and personality.
  2. Wardrobe essentials: Here are some wardrobe staples for every over 40 sophisticates: A long coat, a white button-down dress shirt, a well fitting blazer, a good pair of dark denim jeans, and an elegant dress
  3. Mix designer pieces with non-designer pieces. This will upgrade your non-designer items while helping to dress down fancier pieces.
  4. Try not to look too overdone. Aim for an effortless look. If you think you look too done up before you leave the house, leave something off or choose a more casual replacement.
  5. Make sure to wear a good bra and no panty lines. Shapewear helps to skillfully hide some of the bulges.
  6. Wear fashionable shoes. Shoes can make or break an outfit. Mid-high heels are a great bet and there are plenty of current choices especially designed to provide comprehensive arch support to maximize comfort.
  7. Wear skirts that grace the knee. Go too far over the knees, and your calves will not be shown to their best advantage, providing for an older overall look. Also, try not wear anything too shapeless. Pencil skirts are a very stylish flattering choice.

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Are you fabulously over 40? Let us know what your wearing and what you’re not.

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Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They’re Gone

It’s summer and it’s that ‘fry an egg on the sidewalk” type of weather. Your friends are sending you selfies and texts from their exotic vacation spots while you lie on the couch in front of the air conditioner trying to keep your hair from frizzing. What’s a girl to do? Her nails!

It may be the dog days of summer, but that’s no excuse for letting your nails go! Put on the air conditioner and get out that polish! And do it soon, because the colors of summer may not be around for too long. Here are some of the best summer colors you simply have to have!

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Candy Crush
With all the fireworks of summer, its always a great idea to glitter bomb your nails. Get those nails looking just as hot as the weather with some multi-color glitter nail polish. Finish the look with some eye catching rings on every finger top and bottom.

Cake Pop
Nails that look like ten cake pops! What could be better? This pink pastel color will look great against your skin and while making a super feminine statement that can complement your inner lady or provide a contrast to your tomboy side.

Floss Gloss
Summer nail polish doesn’t have to be bright. Try a neutral palm tree color. It will work like color correcting concealer to tone down summer weathered hands, and look great while doing it.

Electric Orange
Anything starting with the word electric has to be great for summer. Besides, since your not doing tans anymore, you need something to give you color. Orange is a great cheery summer color and will provide a great contrast to your more expected pinks and reds.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Coral
Coral is always a great classy choice for all of your cosmetics and summer fashion. Its really on trend this 2017 and is guaranteed to fully complement your entire summer wardrobe. The pinky peach color is a great way to keep things lively, and you can always add a glitter topcoat for a little extra kick.

Red
There will always be a place for classic red in every nail polish collection. No matter the season, red will always make a strong, sexy feminine statement. You can never go wrong with red.

Subtle Grey
Every once in a while, it is a good idea to take it down a notch. With all the summer colors heating things up, you may want to cool off with a nice subtle grey. Look for the color in matte finish to keep it fun and bright.

Sweet Almond
They say variety is the spice of life, and if you’re always looking to change things up, this may be the color for you. Sweet almond is somewhere between gray and lilac, but there is nothing boring or sleepy about this light purple. Definitely a color for the ages.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Nude
Nothing like going nude in the summer. If its the barer the better, try this neutral on for size. It’s summer in a bottle.

What are you putting on your nails this summer? Drop us a line and let us know how your nailing your nails in the midst of all the heat.

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Accessories That Will Have You Looking Forward To April Showers

It’s raining. So your new sandals will have to wait for another day to make their planned debut, and you’ll have to consign your spring faux fur to another day in the closet. But, you are the prepared fashionista, and that means that there is no stylistic challenge too great for you to overcome. The rain has nothing on you because you have a wild arsenal of accessories to make the rain slicked streets into your high fashion runway. So spray on the frizz-ease, brush on the water proof mascara, and bring on the rain.

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Rain Boots
If your idea of rain boots is a footwear version of a plastic bag, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

Heels
If you can’t bear to part with your heels, you don’t have to! You can get the elevation and the dainty look without sacrificing the comfort and protection of galoshes. Look for Kate Spade’s rain boots complete with two inch heals and ladylike ribbon. Available in black and hot pink for a literal splash of color.

Classic Galoshes
if you’re looking for fun and functionality, classic rain galoshes are available in all colors and prints. Hunter boots offer traditional durability with a stylish buckle at the side and cushioned footbed for extra support. See by Chloe offers a little extra with a rubber exterior and lace up embellishments, or look for rain boots in the trademark Burberry plaid of some rainy weather class.

Outerwear
Just because you need to cover up, doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style.

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Metallics
You may not be able to go furry in the rain, but you sure can go shiny! Try a paper reflective metallic Mac or the ultra cool multi color transparent hologram jacket with a detailed metallic finish from Boohoo. If classic is more your style, you can’t go wrong with a traditional bright yellow.

Florals
April Showers do bring spring flowers. Look for undisputed Queen of Florals Betsey Johnson’s flowery slicker complete with heart shaped buttons. Or, check out the water proof peony adorned mac from Joules with matching wellies.

Windbreaker
For warm rainy days, a hooded windproof rainproof topper may be just the thing, Northface offers a variety of sporty windbreakers or try a fashionably monogrammed appliquéd version in purple petunia.

Umbrellas
Make a weatherproofing into a fashion statement with these umbrella choices.

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Classic Umbrellas
If you’re a traditionalist, the classic foldable umbrella is available in a variety of colors and prints. Made with a wooden, metal, or polyester shaft, and microfiber fabric canopy, these umbrellas can be both fashionable and practical.

Bubble Umbrellas
Ah, life in a bubble. These are those spherical shaped umbrellas recognizable by their transparent plastic canopy. While their purpose is increased visibility, these umbrellas have the added bonus of fashionability, available in polkadot printed or color trimmed options.

Gadget Umbrellas
If you love novelty, you may be interested in investing in one of these. These fun umbrellas may house cup holders or feature a handle resembling the head of a bird or samurai sword, Always guaranteed to lend a bit of fun to the dreariest of days.

How do you gear up for the rain? We want to know how you’re staying waterproof during this year’s April showers.

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