Summer Fashion Must-Haves!

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While it’s a challenge to narrow down the top five fashion must-haves for summer, we have made the ultimate pick of items that add graceful style, class and flexibility. I love to shop and like most of you, I have to keep within my budget while getting the things that I do like to stay savvy. With this, I have provided some of summer’s mandatory items that I live by and that you can do as well.
Here is my list of summer basics:

1. Handbags
I am so excited when I talk about fashion; especially clothing and handbags. In fact, like most women, I am addicted to handbags. Do you remember the episode of the ‘Sex in the City,’ where one of the cast members, Carrie Bradshaw accepts her addiction to shoes and indicates that this addiction will literally make her the old woman that lived in a shoe? Well, you get the impression of what I am saying, right? A handbag is more than just a piece that you wear only in the summer. However, during the summer, it comes with expanded choices, styles and colors. A white purse is always going to be the usual summer model. In fact, you won’t go wrong with a white purse. You still have an overabundance of intriguing shades to select from. Red and yellow are two of my picks! A clutch this season is a must-have!

2. Sundresses
Nothing makes you feel more relaxed, unruffled, and stylish than putting on a sundress for the summer. They are informal, multipurpose, and not as restrictive as most shorts and skirts. You should try to own a wide range of summer outfits that meet the same criteria as the sundress. Maxis and mini-dresses are ideal. They can come in various colors, fabrics, shapes and fit. At all times, select dresses that are suitable, comfy, and fit all the right curves. Mini-dresses should never be too short and maxi dresses should never be dragging on the floor. They should outline your curves and emphasize your favorite areas. Always remember to accessorize every look with chunky items of jewelry in turquoise and coral colors, amazing sunglasses, and of course, remarkable shoes. For the summer, flip flops and wedges are going to be something for all women. Personalize your outfit by adding your own style and wear clothing that fit!

3. Camp shirts
An excellent trend this summer is going to be the long boyish shorts worn with female tops. To the ensemble, you would add flip flops, high heels or medium heels. A great return and throwback from the fifties and sixties is the camp styled short sleeve shirt. You will discover these shirts in great numbers on the racks of your preferred retail store. Look to see these neat little items in basic colors, as well as countless prints, designs, and stripes.
4. Sunglasses
You don’t wear designer frame eyewear just to protect your eyes from the sun, but also to make a fashion statement. A stylish pair of sunglasses can finish your look and add style to any ensemble. Prudently selected seasonal designer frames will help you to accomplish your trendy look, no matter what the natural elements outside are. Most of this summer’s fashion sunglasses come in various shapes, but the geometric shape is the trend for 2013. You will find bold colors to spruce up your personality and add grace to your style.

5. Hats
Capture the happy-go-lucky feeling of summer with a variety of hats. You will find that perfect hat for your summer vacation, unplanned shopping trips and barbecue in your neighbor’s backyard. Just add some sunscreen to prepare to have fun in the sun. Choose styles that consist of light and ventilated materials fit for warm weather. Choose light colors and hats that offers several possibilities for protection from the sun. There are so many opportunities to sport a new summer hat such as the beach, the pool, a baseball game and the office picnic.
Enjoy Shopping!

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How to Dress an Hourglass Body Type

150x200-hourglass-jacket-stylesFashion and women are joined at the hips. Most females have an innate sense of what is trendy and fashionable. This is why these women may most likely not mess up, once they know what body type they have.  Many fashion blunders are caused because women have no idea of the shape of their bodies. As it relates to women’s body shape, the hourglass outline has been the sought-after feminine figure. It is usually measured with matching hips and busts; analogized by a small waist.

If you have gone shopping and attempted to find the right outfit that was placed on the hourglass mannequin, I am sure that you may have felt disappointed. When you are dressing yourself, you have more to think about than the size and color of your attire or the texture of the garment, but more importantly, the specific shape of your body. You have to consider whether the clothing complements your body shape.

Hourglass figures are the most balanced body type. The shoulders and hips are comparatively equal. A full bust line, distinct waist line and curvaceous hips are the characteristics of the hourglass figure.

Dressing the hourglass shape

If you have an hourglass figure, when you are dressing, you should try to choose clothes that highlight the waist line and curves. Wear dresses, tops and skirts that hug the hips without being too tight. Select jeans that have flared legs and have some room in the hip section to show a more proportionate figure.

Wear low rider jeans or skirt because it will flatter your figure by conservatively hugging the hips instead of hiding it. Boot cut legged jeans will balance your curves and tone down the hips.

Try to find tops that showcase the waist without being too tight around the chest area. Wear fabric that is soft and stretchy. With your low rider pants, wear a cotton shirt or V-neck blouse, which will both lengthen your figure and flow smoothly over your bust line.

Wear clothing that are fitted, but skimmed and not clingy. If you have a loose fitting dress, you can add a belt to it to cinch your waist.

150x200-hourglass-skirt-stylesWhat to avoid


One of the issues that you may have as an hourglass shape is finding clothing that fits well around the hips and small around the waist. Avoid wearing fabric that hides your small abdomen. Try to avoid fabric that is stiff, which could be a taffeta top. Try to avoid any type of clothing that has straight darts. Don’t hide your curvaceous body by wearing baggy clothes. These will just appear as if you have gained weight.

 

Conclusion

All women should be well conscious of their body type so that they can dress correctly and aesthetically. Women are inclined to have both positives and negatives about their bodies. However, with the right attire, women are able to emphasize their shapes and hide their flaws. In order to achieve this goal, women should know their bodies; inside and out.

How to Choose Perfect (and Appropriate) Cruise Wear

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It is apparent that when you are approaching the age before and after retirement, one of your aspirations is to go on various cruises. However, what do you wear for your cruise wear is the question that needs to be answered for many? Of course, for every woman who wants to enjoy her later years, a cruise is essential to relieving the stress, having fun and meeting new people.

Preparing for the cruise means that you have to do your research. Included in your research should be different ports where you will stop; the weather that you will encounter and how long you will be allowed on land. You also want to know what kind of entertainment the ship provides for its guests.

cruisewearQuite likely, most ships will have a band with live entertainment on specific nights. Most ships have an indoor and outdoor pool where you can lounge at the poolside all day if you want to. There are casinos on many ships if you love to play the slot machines. Of course, you cannot avoid eating various meals in the restaurants. Most ships will also have guests congregate to play games and offer prizes.

With all of this being said, you will need semi-formal attire for the casinos or you can choose comfort in flats, capri pants and trendy top. A nice top and pair of pants or skirt will also do for such occasion. For the pool side, you will need a nice, sexy bikini, if you choose to be bold or a one piece bathing suit, if you want to be less conspicuous. A tankini and bottom is also another option, if you don’t want to wear the bikini or one piece bathing suit. This is more conservative than the bikini. For the live entertainment night, you can dress up more formally with a stunning dress or pant suit.

When going off the ship, think about comfort. You want to have one or two shorts set; baggy shorts and loose top because you will be doing a lot of walking and may get hot. You can also wear a long maxi dress; loosely fitted as well and a pair of slipper. For bedtime, you can wear nice lingerie or pajamas will do.

There is not much to shopping for cruise wear since the most obvious have already been mentioned. You don’t have to pack a punch when traveling on a cruise ship, but be sure to have no less than two bathing suits and two sets of clothing for the different events; especially if you are the kind of person who is indecisive about what to wear.

How to Dress an athletic or rectangular shaped woman

Every woman has her own sense of style and beauty. She uses clothing to express herself in a fun and lighthearted way sometimes and then in a serious way for more formal occasions. Her choice of clothing should accentuate her best features and highlight her personality. Therefore, every woman should know her body type in order to enhance her personality and taste.

However, you should wear what you feel is most comfortable and what improves your level of confidence. Focus more on what fits your body rather than only on what is trendy. Women who have rectangular shaped bodies will usually be athletic with less curves and a broader back. This female will be smaller busted, have a lengthy torso and possibly a flat rear end.

With an athletic figure, you may not have any definition in your waist, which means you have a shorter waistline or ruler shape. Rectangular shaped women can be either tall or short. Some of them have lean and petite figures because of their athleticism.

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Dressing a rectangular shaped woman

When you are dressing as an athletic figure, it is best to choose clothing that gives the impression of a curvy figure. Choose V-neck and wrap blouses that place emphasis on the bust line and put the focus on the face. To add shape to the body, you should wear a padded bra.

When you are selecting a pair of pants, you need to look for pants with wide back pockets or flaps that are spaced out. This adds roundness to the bottom and creates a curvier appearance. Choose attire that is flattering to the hips such as a flared skirt that begins from the waist; add a wide belt to your dress or wear  a dress with a lot of different elements around the bust line.

The fundamental in dressing an athletic or rectangular shaped figure is to define the waistline as much as possible by:

  • Selecting empire styles
  • Wrap tops or bottoms
  • Shirt waist
  • Adding a camisole
  • Avoiding fabric that is stiff

Of course, there is more to dressing an athletic figure than just the basics. You have to also think about the vertical measurements that would include women with:

  • A long trunk with short legs
  • A short trunk with long legs
  • Specifically shaped arms and legs

Athletic women don’t have to be concerned with gaining weight because they are so active. Therefore, clothing size is not going to be a big worry. Full skirts are suitable as well as thick clothing that will bring out their ideal features.

 

Conclusion

Some athletic figured women should try to accentuate their best assets, which could be the arms, shoulders, neck and legs. Halter back dresses as well as one shoulder tops and dresses are some of the wisest choices. These will highlight the arms and the shoulders. It will also divert the eyes from the bust line. Rectangular shaped women may not have the hour glass shape, but they can show off those nice legs with chic dresses and short skirts.

How to dress a Pear-shaped figure

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Women who have pear shaped figures usually have a triangular shaped body, which means that her torso is narrow, she usually has smaller bust and large hips. She may have a small waist, but not one that will give her an hourglass shape. For transformation into the illusion of an hourglass shape, the woman has to be successful in creating a stark variance between her bust, waist and hip.

A pear shaped woman can accomplish balance in quite a few ways:

2327Tops: She should consider wearing tops that are embellished around the bust and shoulder areas. Tops that fit the waist will also add length and proportion to the lower part of her body.  To achieve wider shoulders, she can wear off the shoulder tops with a tight fitting skirt to accentuate her waist.

Bottoms: Wearing A-line skirts will smoothen out the hips and emphasize the waist. The A-line highlights the middle section of the body. Instead of lighter color slacks and jeans, go darker; choose bottoms that flow straight down from the hip. Opt for straight legged pants as well.

Dresses: Similar to bottoms, an A-line dress will become your best friend! Wear the ones that have capped or flutter sleeves. To get the attention away from your hips, A-Line dresses that fit around or below the knee will work best. The wrap dress is also a good option.

Accessories: Every pear shaped woman should have certain undergarments like girdles, padded under wears and body shapers that do justice to the hips, butt and thighs. Accessorize the top portion of the body rather than wearing heavy belts on the lower portion.

What you should avoid

  • Don’t wear pants that have high waist
  • Avoid bottoms that make your hips look wider
  • Avoid clothing with heavy patterns, flashy prints or large pockets in the hip area
  • Stay away from tapered or flared pants.
  • Avoid extremely tight or loose-fitting shirts and tops. As an alternative, choose fitted or button down tops. Select bold and bright colors on the top and simplify the lower half
  • Stay away from very long jackets because they will make your bottom portion look bigger

3045Good examples of pear shaped women are Rihanna and Beyonce. You may disagree because they look more like hourglass shaped women rather than pear shaped. However, one thing you probably didn’t notice is that their busts are not big enough to place them into the hourglass group. Now those two examples indicate that pear shaped women can be curvy. Rihanna is a size 4 and she is curvy, but still a pear shaped female. The same is true for women of any size. A woman’s body shape is commonly based on measurements and not necessarily on dress size or even her weight.

Ok – so you may not have that curvaceous body that you really want. So what? You can certainly fix that with how you wear your clothing, exercise and body enhancement tricks that form the right illusion of an hourglass figure.

Expert Tips on Organizing Your Closet

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It doesn’t make sense to own the most up-to-date handbag or trendy apparel and you cannot find space in your wardrobe to put them and you cannot find a certain outfit or purse when you need it. With a clean and organized closet, you can maximize your options and discover a refined look that you may need for a business meeting. You don’t want to deal with a scattered mess of clothing because it takes so much to fix clutter, so why create it?
Here are some tips to easier de-cluttering. Soon you will not just have full access to every piece of clothing, but you will have an orderly space like never before.

Step 1: Spring clean your closet
Getting rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in two years or more is the ideal way to clear your closet. This may be a difficult process since you have been attached to some of your outfits for so long. If it makes you feel any better, donate those items to people who need it more. This will make room for the items that you do want to keep. If you have clothing that is too small or too big, eliminate them from your wardrobe; especially if you are looking to buy new clothing.

Step 2: Hire a professional organizer or come up with a solution for appropriate storage
If it gets too overwhelming for you, then hire a professional organizer to deal with your overstuffed closet. This may be more cost effective for you. You just may need the help to create storage space such as additional shelving, new drawers and storage units. If you want to do it yourself, then go to your home department store and evaluate the different storage options such as plastic containers with multiple drawers as well as shoe trees.

Step 3: Begin the organizing process
Remember that if you can see it, then you will wear it. So begin the process by taking all similar items and putting them in one place. Organize tops seasonally. For example, all sweaters could be folded and placed in drawers or on shelves so that they still keep their shape rather than putting them on hangers. Put them in color coded order using cubbies or dividing them. Organize them according to how light and heavy they are.

Organize your jeans either by:
• Brand
• Cut
• Style
• Size
• Color (the most simple and easier way)

Items such as your pants, shorts or skirts can be hanged or folded for uniformity. Your dresses can be hung by color instead of length. Begin with the strapless dresses first and then the long sleeved dresses. Make sure that your dresses are not left in a garment bag or dry cleaning plastic. Organize your dresses seasonally as well.

Other options
For your handbags, hats, scarves and shoes, use the same process. Make them all as noticeable as possible. How are you going to change your shoes or bag without first seeing them? Fold your scarves in a color coordinated way or by material. Use hat boxes and identify the hats by labeling the boxes and putting photos on the outside.

Organize your shoes by giving the toe of the right shoe a frontal positioning and the left shoe heel the same. Put your tennis shoes and your slippers in the back of your closet.

Organize your lingerie by size, material and color. So that you don’t wear the same thing over and over again, alternate the organization process.
You should have a different location for your jewelry; preferably a drawer built into your closet or dresser. This will keep everything neat and organized.

How to Wear Lace for Spring

For every season, you should get a new and fashion forward wardrobe.  Lace is in for spring 2013 – with its delicate feel, the fabric proves to offer up femininity on more than a platter. Cool and confident, a woman in lace will have heads turning when she walks by. Whether this is created as a full dress, skirt or top, lacey attire is lightweight and fun. It can also be worn as a sophisticated insert on any piece of garment.

I really love the way how lace looks on any woman. With its feminine touch, it creates softness, elegance and looks striking. However, there is a wrong and right way to wear lace. If you don’t do it right, it may appear as if you are donning your underwear for public view. This will transform you from a classy female to one who is only trying to get unwanted attention.

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Wearing lace

Lace has many different colors and cuts. Leather with lace is the ultimate combination! This is one of the cuts that have graced many runways. Here are some examples of wearing lace:

Example 1:

Combine two different types of lace; one for your top and another for your bottom in order to pull off the fashionista look. Add a leather bag, dark shades and rocker bracelet to complete the ensemble.

Example 2:

For a night out with the girls, dress in a laced peplum top and a Bermuda shorts with pumps.

If you have any idea about the eighties, you may have heard that Madonna rocked many lace outfits including the racy lace bustier and lace gloves she wore during her magnetic performance. Don’t get me wrong. This look can be rocked, but mature women may not be able to pull this off like Madonna did. There is no reason be subjected to that if it makes you uncomfortable! The Material Girl should keep her place on the stage, but not when you are out with friends.

On the runway, designers such as Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen and Roberto Cavalli boldly brought out the lace looks for spring 2013 and they were modern, classy and chic. In fact, they were a huge inspiration to so many women who were in attendance.

Example 3:

You can bring spring trends in right now by wearing a lace tank top with a quick look-see from underneath your blazer.  You can also don a pencil skirt with lace at the bottom. Don’t try this yet if you are not living in frigid climate.

Wait until the spring to show off your well chiseled arms from those pushups you did by wearing a sleeveless lace dress. You can wear a shift dress with lace inserts in the sides and back.

Lace has found its way in leggings. Many designers use the lace inserts in leggings to create a sexy look to wear when you are going out to the club.

So, how will you be incorporating lace into your wardrobe this season? Inquisitive minds want to know!