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 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.

The Checkerboard look for Spring

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For most women, putting together an outfit this spring will be definitely less of a stress and this is all due to the March Jacobs collection with all its cool and inspiring looks that make it OK to show up at an event wearing the same outfit as your best friend. You will also have the go ahead to wear two altogether different feet of shoes at the same time. Are you kidding, you may ask? Yes, fashion is what you make it and the checkerboard quirky look makes it appealing to try anything crazy this spring; especially if you cannot afford the designer looks right now!

About ninety three percent of Louis Vuitton’s fashion ensembles this spring are featuring contrasted checkers previously known as Damier and graphic prints. These are signature looks from Louis Vuitton that have stood the test of time. You may recognize the same look in their bags, suitcases and leather products that you may have lusted after in the airport duty free shops. Now you can emulate the same  look with your clothing. These prints are iconic and have gone through the fashion mill by designers who have blown them up, super-sized them and even sprinkled all types of pattern on the fabric.

You will find these little checkerboard numbers in:

  • Fitted Jackets
  • Shift Dresses
  • Pencil Skirts
  • Rompers
  • Crop Tops and other trendy outfits

The Louis Vuitton fashion show for spring 2013 has already passed, but who could overlook the big yellow and white checkerboard runway? Models graced the runway in almost identical ensembles and looked as if they were talented twins. This reminded you of a renaissance event that appealed to the bold and beautiful who aren’t afraid to try these and other additional prints.

Celebrities and checkerboard

Celebrities are gravitating towards the checkerboard apparel and the red carpet has seen many so far. It has been in various colors and styles of late. Kristen Stewart received the debut honor of wearing a Louis Vuitton checkerboard romper to a night affair in Tokyo after the same outfit was shown on a Paris runway. She loved the piece and secured it before anyone else could. She may have worn a sample that she received from the fashion show itself.

Kerry Washington, Kate Upton and Jessica Alba also wore the checkerboard on the red carpet and on magazine front covers. Kerry Washington wore her dress baggy and below the knees. She combined the look with pointed brown pumps and white accessory.

This trend may find itself being one of the most dominant in spring collections and editorial pieces. It is presented as a high impact, easy-to-recognize and wearable outfit. Be prepared to see a lot of checkerboard outfits over the next several months in even bolder colors.

Kirsten Dunst rocked the checkerboard dress made by Louis Vuitton at an event in Los Angeles. She wore fashionable accessories and a white clutch purse.

Jessica Alba wore her form fitting black and white checkerboard dress at the after party event of InStyle Golden Globe Awards. She completed the look with black clutch purse and black pumps.

You can pay tribute to this square and unique fashion trend by also implementing it in the accessories, shoes and sunglasses that you wear.

2013 Fashion Trends for the Office

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Spring 2013 is showing aloofness for the corporate appearance for the office. It is bringing instead belted floral attire for the 9 to 5 statement. You should expect to add feminine, longer hemline and snapped shaped clothing to your wardrobe. These are appropriate for work and so is the belted floral that can be worn for a lot of other occasions.

Forget about the uncomfortable business shirts and choose either the high necked or plummeting and soft collarless tops for a sensory Mediterranean temperament. You can easily drop into a fashion rut at the office, but we have brought some inspiring ideas that will become wardrobe staples for you that you can share with your co-workers. It doesn’t matter if your office accommodates casual, formal or a creative look, you will find some great ideas here.

If the office culture is more relaxed or strict, you have to work with certain pieces and maintain the rules of the office, but there are general fashion rules that you should always adhere to. Here they are:

  1. Dress according to what your office decrees – this will place a good impression on your boss and show respect for your colleagues
  2. You should never reveal your midriff. Wear tops that are appropriate in length and avoid wearing low cut pants.
  3. Leave the cleavage for parties. The office is certainly not the ideal place for this.
  4. Do not show your bra straps. Be sure that your top is properly buttoned.
  5. No see-through clothing
  6. Check your hemline – not too short for the office. Save that look for evening outings and weekends.
  7. No flip flops allowed – keep it for the beach
  8. No sneakers – keep that for the gym unless your office allows it.
  9. Your best judgment should be maintained.
  10. Slinky styles, laced camisoles and strapless dresses are for evening wear
  11. Don’t do tight because work is certainly not the place for hugging your noticeable curves.
  12. Express your individual taste, but in a distinguished way.
  13. Tone down the makeup and the loud patterns and choose colors that are not as bold

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What to wear at the office?

The customary two-piece attire is typical of office wear. If you don a well-tailored jacket with corresponding pants or a skirt, you will always be considered cool. Even if you depend on one as your daily solution to dressing for the office or you think of it as an occasional choice, a suit is a definite must. It has never been out of the fashion arena and there is a reason why.

Suit trends have changed from drastic sizes with large shoulders and slouched cuts, to lean and tailored lines. It can give you the self-assurance that you need in the office to do your job well. You will look polished and fearless. Everyone has a suit that flatters their physique, but if you choose the classic look, you won’t go wrong. Although, the pantsuit can be quite characteristic of elegance, you would be so astonished at how many different ways you can wear it. Here are some examples:

  • Wide legs
  • Slouched style
  • Modern look
  • Sleek outline
  • Retro fit
  • Pinstripes like the ones worn by many bankers
  • Checkered
  • Traditional tweed that reminds you of the English countryside

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In the meantime, a simple suit can become that blank canvas to forming your own style. Choosing the look that makes you comfortable and is the most suitable for work is the important thing to consider. No matter which style of pantsuit you choose, you should ensure that this manly cut is balanced with a touch of femininity, which means you can add a ruffled top or a distinct waist. Never leave your sex appeal out of the mix.

A matching jacket with a skirt provides the ideal balance between a serious look and a feminine one. This also gives you many style options such as a boxy shaped tweed suit that carries the retro look. When you begin hunting for the right ensemble, you should first begin with the hemline of the skirt. Start from a pencil to a pleated hemline and then work from there. If you opt for a fuller looking skirt, then you should wear a fitted jacket. If you choose a peplum jacket, be sure you select a body-sensible skirt to complete the outfit. Wear skirts an inch above or over the knee.

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Professional dress is important for the office environment.  It gives you a sophisticated look. You don’t have to dress in a suit all the time; however. You can wear the appropriate dress that will give you just as much power as the suit. Dresses also tend to be more economical because it is just one outfit and you don’t have anything to be paired or matched. Consider wearing simple and comfortable shift dresses, well-designed shirt dresses and belted dresses. Stay away from tight dresses in knit material. Wear neutral and dark colors such as navy blue, beige, brown and black. Pick the dresses that fit your body type. If your personal taste is conservative, choose a cardigan or blazer to wear over a sleeveless dress.

The sky is the limit to what you can wear at the office. Your options should be chic, stylish and appropriate. You should keep the rules of the office by wearing clothes that you like, but refined enough to please your boss.

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Cut outs are IN for Spring 2013!

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Put your fashion foot forward by showing a little skin! Fashion is waving hello to all types of cut outs! With cut outs, you will find areas of skin showing at the waist, chest, back, shoulders, hips and every other body part. It is evident that cut outs will have their sex appeal come this spring 2013. Yes, cutouts for the spring are the new trend. Carven has a classic fashion collection specifically made with small cutouts. Versace has been inducted into the famous cut out trend; bringing vibrant colors and soft materials. Exotic is the name of the game with the Prabal Gurund cut out fashion collection.

 

There are so many fashion designers taking heed to the fashionable cut outs on the runway this spring 2013. The pieces are beautiful, chic, stylish and engaging; so much so that retailers are filling up the stores with them because they are such a hot commodity!

You will find them in textured and hip looks. Alexander Wang is one of the most infamous fashion designers and he, too, has graced the runway with cut out pieces that are layered and laser cut. During the 2013 spring and summer fashion Week in New York City, the runway looked the part with new favorite pieces and older repetitive pieces, but cut outs were definitely among the most liked and shown pieces.

During the same fashion week, Alexander Wang showcased his work to reveal once again how creative and inventive he always is by literally cutting his garments apart and reattaching them using fish-line embroidery in such a way that they appeared to be floating on the catwalk. He used the deconstruction idea to create his glow in the dark fashion collection. He even went as far as to dismember shoes to create a cut out look.

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Laser cut version

Fashion designers this spring are favoring laser cut garments:

  • Laser cut skirts and dresses
  • Laser cut sweatshirts

The cut out fashion movement has been prevalent for the past several seasons, but especially in evening wear, but the trend has received a revamping for this 2013 spring season.

The difference for this season is that cut outs are getting:

  • Bolder
  • More Colorful
  • Bolder
  • More Intricate
  • More Revealing
  • Risk Taking
  • Dramatic

Fashion designers are staying away from the basic norm of cutting out the chest and the waist. They are getting very experimental by opting for laser cutting methods that have allowed them to be more detailed in their cut. For example, Just Cavalli has created a cut out sweater using wool instead of basic cotton. This creates a more see-through look, but yet functional enough to change your mood this spring. Cut outs are going to be also created using clear fabric for a specific and distinctive design.

You should anticipate cut out fashion this spring in a variety of ways apart from bigger and bolder. No matter what type of cut outs you choose, however, this spring 2013 you will make a fashion statement.

How to dress sexy and not look like a cougar!

Are you at that age when you think that it doesn’t matter what you wear or how anyone else thinks you look? Well, if your answer is yes, let me know for certain what age that is because I and many other women are not there yet.

It doesn’t matter your age- you can still look good, classy, sexy and flattering all at the same time. You may already be a cougar or approaching one, but you can still dress in a sexy outfit once in a while or when it is appropriate. You don’t want anyone to think that you look like a cougar, which in simple fashion terms means ‘too old and unfashionable.”

You should be conscious of how you dress so you don’t seem that way. You should dress feminine and alluring without appearing as if you are on the prowl looking for a possible partner. But what if you are? Nothing is wrong with that either.

1486910530_4345833cb8How did the term cougar originate?

Many people have the misconception that a cougar is an older woman who hunts for a younger man. Many cougars are married, so that is besides the truth. Some think it is kind of cool and hip to be a sexy cougar and I agree. The cougar is considered a confident woman who is also vibrant and goes for what she wants. When Demi Moore, for example married Ashton Kocher, many women her age felt liberated as she flaunted her sex appeal and nicely shaped body to give them some hope of having the same forward thinking.

Some people still think that a cougar is someone who is desperately holding on to her youthful appearance, but that is a myth that can be broken – only by you. No one should determine how you live your life – no one. You should be the captain of your own ship. If you are a cougar over the age of forty, your fashion statement should be about feeling good about yourself. Everything else will follow suit. So if a man appreciates how you take care of yourself and he happens to be young, why not go for it? Who says you can’t? Society should not dictate your happiness. You should!

The way that the public conceives the term cougar, has made it difficult for women who honestly just want to maintain their confidence while aging.

Dressing your best

You can dress your best at age 40 and over without caring about the public profile of cougar. Here is how you can do it:

  • Stay away from anything that fits too tight such as skinny jeans and a cropped top. If you are going to wear a skinny bottom, match it with a loose top or skinny top and loose bottom. Some fashion experts wouldn’t encourage all over tight fit.
  • If you choose to wear an off-the-shoulder top or dress, make sure that it fits lose. Avoid the tight stretch tops. You can opt for a slouched sweater or dress.
  • Choose sexy fabrics such as lace, satin or velvet. Avoid wearing these with wet look tights or leggings.
  • Avoid the strapless mini dress. However, you can choose a strapless gown, which will make you look chic and classy.
  • You can wear animal prints, but choose a typical silhouette, such as a leopard trench coat, but stay away from the fitted leopard knit dress.
  • Don’t show too much cleavage, but make it subtle.
  • Stay away from corsets that others wear as a top.
  • Don’t think about the 5 inch high heels.
  • Avoid micro-minis.
  • Dress up your outfit with accessories: scarves, rings, bangles, earrings, and bracelets to match. It does wonders for an outfit.
  • If you are losing your hair or getting gray, you have the option to wear a snappy wig. In fact, you can create your own wig collection for different seasons and occasions. The way that they are making wigs and hair extensions these days, you cannot often tell that they are wigs. You can get away with it easily. Many of the younger celebrities wear hair extensions. So don’t be afraid to try something new!

Conclusion

Readapt your eye for fashion and choose what seems sexy over the age of forty. Go for a more natural look and don’t emulate the older women who do plastic surgery to look younger. You can still maintain your natural appearance and be stylish at the same time. Susan Sarandon and Lauren Hutton are two prime examples. They are aging actresses, but have stayed current and yet elegant.

The Top 5 Style Confidence Boosters

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