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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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Poolside Fashion For Summer 2017

The scene. A sparkling pool area filled with beautiful sunbathers. The focus, a sharply dressed man, handsome man by the pool looking appreciatively from his lounge chair sipping a gin and tonic. You emerge from the pool in slow motion, the water glistening on your skin and slowly walk to an empty lounge chair. The man excuses himself and walks over. The rest, as they say, is history.

The summer season is newly upon us and that means its time to think about how you’re going to make a splash this year in poolside fashion. Here’s a small preview.

Tie Neck Deep Front
Do retro glamour in the one piece. Cut to the naval to reveal more or crisscross for a more modest look, and tie at the neck with a big pussycat bow. Try the Salinas Tie Neck Deep Front Swimsuit with a big floppy hat for a pinup vibe.

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Topshop Sprinkles Frill Bardot Top and Bottom
If the waves are not cooperating, this is sure to stir things up a little. Super feminine with a white ruffled bardot top patterned with black sprinkles and a white on black contrasting bottom, these pieces can be worn together or mix matched for some customizable creations. Also, great for complementing the smaller bust.

Shade and Shore Halter Bikini Top and Bottom
They say there’s something for everyone, and this bikini may be just that thing. This Target Shade and Shore Line bikini offers size selections ranging from 32 A to 38DDD and comes in a push up or bandeau style. It’s bright tribal pattern is also right on trend for 2017.

Triangl Gigi Bikini
It may be crocheted, but it definitely doesn’t look like anything your Grandma would make. In bright yellow, this eeny meeny teeny weeny bikini screams summer fun.

Print swimsuit

Printed Waves Swimsuit
It’s all about quality when it comes to the Maria Hoffman Printed Waves Swimsuit. Its high cut sides, low cut back, and digital stained glass print may exude pleasure, but the SPF 50 treated fabric talks business for the serious swimmer.

Bettini’s Strappy Halter Top and Cheeky Bottom

This one combines the old and the new with a traditional vintage, gingham print on an ultra modern design. Check out this strappy, sexy take on the halter lace up with this two piece style of the season.

Marrakesh Cutout Top and Puka Puka Briefs
With the high neck and sturdy design of a sports suit and the daring cutouts of a high glamour gown, you can’t miss with this Mikoh Style. This suit combines elegance and sexiness in a navy two piece with a little peekaboo on the hips and neckline.

One-piece swimsuit

The Alix Nautilus Convertible

How about a convertible this summer? The Alix Nautilus Convertible swimsuit is for the girl who just can’t seem to make up her mind. Swimming with the parents? Go one piece by buttoning the high rise bottom to the bandeau top. Looking to make a big splash? Leave the bottom off for a traditional bikini.

Convertible One Piece Swimsuit
So, we’ve all been there, We want to wear a strapless number for an even tan, but when we get in the water, we find the neckline at out waste line. Well, the Ted Baker Layaya Convertible one piece solves that problem with a built in halter neck to anticipate all your wardrobe malfunctions.

What are you doing for poolside fashion in 2017? Let us know your ideas for your water side wardrobe!

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The Perfect Accent Pieces for Any Woman’s Wardrobe

A flash of a silver chain, the elegance of a well-placed belt, the glimpse of lace from under a flowing skirt. So fleeting, yet so effective. Why is it we still talk about the pearls Sienna Miller wore on the red carpet months after the event? The Henry Mendel necklace draped down the back of Thandie Newton’s gown at the Golden Globe Awards? Natalie Portman’s 1910 vintage earrings or Michelle William’s velvet choker?

Fashionistas know that it’s sometimes the small things that make the biggest statements. If you want to say so much by adding so little, here are some fashion accents you won’t want your wardrobe to be without.

Loafers

Snazzy Loafers
If you’re looking to jazz up an outfit without compromising comfort, try adding some snazzy loafers. Think silver and gold metallics or flashy bold colors. If heels are more your speed, go for a pair with a little elevation. Isaac Mizrahi’s New York Kimmie loafers lend the perfect amount of height to complete a well tailored look.

Big Blowsy Scarf
If you want to make a statement, a big flowing scarf can be just the thing. Try something with a mixed pattern. The Loft Brocade Print Scarf features a combination of solids stripes and graphics in warm bold colors that will make any outfit memorable.

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The Clutch
While shoulder bags and cross bodies can be fun and easy, when it comes to fashion, you can’t beat the clutch. The bold and most classic of all purses and handbags, the clutch completes an outfit without interfering with sleek lines and tailored cuts. When it comes to clutches, its all about color and detail. Olivia and Joy’s green Gallery Clutch brings on the edge with gold studding and elegant closure.

The Silk Scarf
One of the most versatile pieces, the silk scarf offers a host of fashion possibilites. Tie it in a bow around the collar of a button front for some mod appeal, tie it to your purse, or wear it as a turban to channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor.

Fingerless gloves

Fingerless Gloves
They sure worked for Madonna in the eighties! Fingerless gloves add just the right amount of bad girl to any outfit, plus you can still text! Leather, lace, or wool, wrist length or sleeve, fingerless gloves can capture any style from punk to sporty to glam.

Drop Earrings
A glimpse of a strategically placed shining stone can never go wrong, especially if its near your face. Baroque earrings, costume or real, will make any woman sparkle. Pick up some beautiful Bon Voyage stunners in vintage blue and green to make your eyes pop.

What accents do you think no wardrobe should be without? Let us know how you make your fashion statements!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Makeup Trend: Strobing – Vine Vera Reviews

Contouring is a widely used and fantastic way to get the defined, elegant, radiant look you want by carefully accenting specific areas of the face to draw attention to the features you’re proud of, hide or alter the features you’d prefer the world didn’t see, and just create an overall sharper and fiercer look.

However, the one big problem with contouring is that it’s difficult and time-consuming. Contouring is an art, and a tricky one to learn, easy to mess up, and can take a frustratingly long time to finish with.

So, what’s a girl to do if you don’t want to or can’t afford to put the requisite time and effort into learning how to contour, or if you don’t want to be stuck in front of the mirror for ages longer than you already spend before every night out? Vine Vera introduces the new makeup trend – strobing – as one of the top solutions.

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Enter Strobing
While the name of this trending makeup technique may sound a bit odd and call to mind images of disco balls or flashing lights at raves, strobing is simply a shortened version of contouring which allows you to achieve a look of natural radiance. It’s called strobing because of the way light plays off your skin when you’re all done, and because the set of techniques involved in strobing aims to accomplish more or less the same thing as contouring—elegant, defined features—using light alone, thanks to careful, specific placement of highlighting products that play with light in different ways.

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Start with Good, Clean Skin
For strobing to work its wonders in the most effective way, you need to start with clean, moisturized skin. Make sure you’re using a good cleanser, and really massage it in when you wash your face before makeup application. Don’t be too rough, but carefully massage all over your face while you wash it to plump up the skin.

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Advanced Layering Techniques
The essence of strobing is carefully layering specifically chosen products in a specifically chosen order. There are a few ways you can go about this, but Vine Vera will outline the basic strategy below.

  1. If we have said it once, we will say it a million times: great looks start with great skin. So to start your strobing technique we recommend combining your skincare with your makeup. Mix your moisturizer with your foundation, or use a product that combines the two, this gives you a base layer of healthy looking skin to work with.
  2. When selecting a foundation, look for one with a dewy or luminous finish like Yves Saint Laurent’s LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT Illuminating Foundation. Since strobing is all about illumination, starting with a luminous foundation is the perfect first step for this look. 
  3. Apply some type of highlighter to the high points of the face – think brow bone, tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, down the bridge of the nose, or any other place you want to enhance. You can use different types of products for this, whether they are made specifically as highlighters or a opalescent eye shadow appropriated for this use or even some lip gloss, as long as you choose a color that is right for your skin tone. We recommend using a product with cream or liquid consistency for best results. Try a Nars The Multiple stick in a lighter shade or Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Illuminzer. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder are also very popular options. Don’t worry overmuch about it being too shiny, as you’ll be putting a bit of matte powder in the next step to even things out and create the perfect combination of matte and shine.
  4. Finish with a finely milled, luminescent setting powder, this type of powder won’t ruin all the hard work you have put into illumination your skin but rather will enhance it while also helping give your look staying power. Lightly dust over the top, and enjoy your new simple but radiant look.

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