Spring and Summer fashion tips

spring_ward1Spring is a time of growth and renewal, a time to shed winters layers and embrace the feeling of the sun on our bare skin. Flowers bloom, energy levels rise and attitudes are optimistic. Love is in the air.

Fashion designers have embraced the optimism of this season by unveiling some exciting new and recycled styles. According to the Macy Spring 2013 trend report, the top trends for spring are a reversal from last falls warm, ornate and bejewelled styles; this springs code words are fresh, feminine and full of contrast. Designers have pulled from iconic photography and the it color of the year to influence their best designs for this spring.

Elements of Floral and Lace

With people spending more time outdoors, shorter dresses are back. Bright florals are definitely in, reflecting the gardens that are showing off their best right now, and bright colors are showing up to chase the winter chill away.

Lace can be found in trims, dresses and accessories to complement spring pastels. Bright eyelet lace makes a simple sundress ready for a garden party, while lace cutouts in leather makes an edgier number more feminine.

Ruffles are big this spring as well, as the focus shifts to soft, flowing styles perfect for the soothing winds that comes with spring temperatures. Soft dresses and ruffled skirts mimic the array of blooming flowers, while frilly ruffled tops can hide a thicker winter middle. Peplum is still going strong with spring fashion, accenting waists and taking attention away from hips the overall effect helps create an hourglass figure. Find peplum shapes in a selection of dresses, skirts and tops.

Stripes are Back

Black and white is another big trend this spring. Designers drew inspiration from the iconic photographs of Helmut Newton, as we saw in the fashion mainstay, Vogue. Black and white is popping up everywhere, from contrasting lace panels, stripes and geometric prints, and the color combination is making bold statements in accessories.

Stripes are big this year, too. Patterns range from strong black-and-white versions to an array of colors on a candy-colored striped skirt. Mixing prints is still in, so pair your stripes with anything from a neutral, solid color to a bright floral print.

Iridescence is another big trend this spring. That rainbow-esque glimmer graced runways in small doses and big ways. Pick a piece that will highlight what you want to show off: a shiny bet for a great waist or a skirt to highlight legs. Or grab an iridescent accessory for a more conservative way of jumping on this spring fashion trend.

And the Color of Spring Is…

Arguably the biggest news for spring is the color, mint. It’s a sweet pastel version of emerald, the Pantone Color of the Year. Mint is perfect for blouses, dresses and enamel jewelry—pair it with emerald colors for a tonal take on the trend, or contrast it with bright red or orange for a fun, attention-grabbing outfit.

All pastel shades will complement the floaty skirts and retro-inspired fashions that are coming out in softer palettes. Add a bright accessory to add sass, black and white to add contrast or balance pastels with a nude piece to create a soft silhouette.

Color Picks

Whether it’s a creamy blouse, a bright pink dress or a sweet floral print on a scarf, color is a great way to brighten up your wardrobe. When deciding trends and themes for their fashion collections, designers take into account how different colors work with and against each other. Here are a few ways you can use color to your advantage this season:

Color blocking uses contrasting, vibrant blocks of color to generate some wow and highlight parts of the body. Pair unlikely color combinations: a soft yellow with a bright purple, emerald with a light pink, a bold blue with coral or orange details. Contrasting colors highlight what you want to bring attention to and adds interest to an outfit.

Use complementary colors (those across each other on the color wheel) and analogous colors (those close together on the color wheel) to contrast the seasons pastels with bright punches of color.

Try different shades of the same hue to throw together an outfit.

Spring is a fun season for fashion. Make use of the array of choices available in magazines, online and in retail stores. Pick out a flowing pastel frock, a striped shirt or a bold graphic bag to add some fun to your wardrobe and step out under springs sunny skies because before you know it, it’ll be time to organize your summer work wardrobe.

Fashion Friday: Rockin’ the Monochrome Look

Spring fashion is often associated with bright floral and colorful prints but this year’s trend is somehow different. Black and white monochrome which previously been a hit during 60s is now back to impress our fashion conscious ladies. It’s elegant, it’s catchy and definitely not your ordinary chic outfit but dressing up in monochrome can be a real steal when perfectly pulled together.

Monochrome look is basically wearing one color and this commonly includes the black and white combination. Catwalk for spring-summer 2013 is recently filled with bold, chic and stylish black and white items from dresses, to bags and even shoes. Famous designers gave this interesting fashion pieces a modern twist to fit today’s trends.

If you think you’re ready to rock the monochrome look, here are some items you should consider adding to your wardrobe.

Patterned Skirts and Bottoms

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When wearing monochromatic outfit, it is recommended that you put on items with structured prints such as stripes, polka dots, or herringbone. This will give you a polished look that can be appropriate for formal occasions or for office attire.

This striped mini skirt looks neat and can be paired with plain black top plus white purse and accessories. Throw in some blazer to achieve the classy professional look for your office attire. White shoes with black toe cap can also be worn to complete this ensemble.

If you’re a fan of ankle boots, wearing printed leggings or black and white miniskirt can be ideal for you. Wear a laced up ankle boots for casual look or sleek black booties for a more formal look. Leggings with vertical stripes will also make your legs look even more slender and sexy.

Glam and Sexy Tops

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Create a leaner and sexier look with a tulip back striped top. This modern meets old fashioned look can be really stunning even when attending casual dates or meetings.

Color blocking can also be done when wearing monochromatic outfit. Get a plain white top and wear it with black leggings or pull on black top with white skinny jeans. Glam up your look with scarfs, bangles or necklaces and be ready for a night out in just a snap.

Chic and Stylish Dresses

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Ready for a night out with your friends? How about wearing these fashionable dresses in monochrome? This Black White strapless cut out maxi dress will have you walking down the runway! Pair it with your platform ankle boots for an even sexier look.

If you’re in the mood for extra chic dresses, this Polka Dot Mesh Peplum dress is surely a head turner. Another High Contrast A Line Dress can also give you a simple but sweet look. You can also bring your black cardigan or trench coat just in case the night gets a little cooler.

Black and white is known for being a color of poise and glamour. But this year’s fashion trend made this monochrome made it more stylish and edgy. Raid your closet for your black and white items or shop for these fashionable items because monochromatic fashion is surely here to stay!

About the Author:

Scarlett Lee Rios is from Fullerton, California, a fashion writer and blogger for Makemechic.com,  where you can buy a wide variety of women’s fashion clothing, shoes, boots like ankle boots and wedge boots as well as accessories at affordable prices. She is also doing part-time modeling for almost four years now.  Follow her on Twitter @scarlettleerios and check out her blog: MissSassyGirl.

 

 

How to Ring in the New Year in Style

New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated nights of the year. It’s all about sparkles, midnight moments, tuxedos and champagne toasts. Regardless of who you plan on kissing at midnight, our quick style guide will help you ring in the New Year while looking and feeling your best. Whether you are dancing the night away at a hip club or spending a cozy night in with friends, we have an outfit for you.

New Years Dress

New Years Dress

New Year’s Eve Soiree

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward the new beginnings, so it would be fitting to head to a glamorous party to celebrate! Hotels, clubs and bars all over the country often offer deals for galas and parties that are guaranteed to help you start your year off right! For the occasion, pair a long flowing evening dress with a stylish up-do. There aren’t many opportunities to dress up now-a-days, so take advantage of it!

Cocktail New Years Dress

A Cocktail Party with Friends

If you are headed to an intimate cocktail party, the most important rule is this: sparkle! New Year’s Eve is your night to start off 2013 right, so why not look fabulous while doing it? A cocktail dress covered in sequins paired with dark tights is a look that any fashionista can pull off. Experiment with some fun make up that night; try some fake lashes or a new shimmery eye shadow to complete your whole look.

A Dinner Party

Even if you are planning on ringing in the New Year having dinner at home with a few close friends, that doesn’t mean that you have to skip on the glam. Add a bit of sparkle to your outfit with a sequin top or skirt. This will give you the New Year’s Eve look you want, without looking too overdressed.

The Concert

If you were lucky enough to snag tickets to a concert this New Year’s Eve, it’s important to remember that you’ll want to be comfortable while standing on your feet! Pair a sequin top with a pair of leather pants and boots for a look that is as hip as you are. Leave your heavy winter coat at home and top the whole look off with a blazer.

Whatever your plans for New Year’s Eve may be, it is important to remember the true meaning of the day: celebrating the past while looking forward to the future. Dress right for the night and kick off the New Year feeling like the best version of yourself!

Megan Hasbrouck is a staff writer for Cache, a nationwide specialty retailer of women’s clothing, dresses, formal wear and accessories.

Things to never wear at the office

Guest post by Michelle Andrews from Fashionstepz.com

While I don’t think that fashion is what defines a person, or that it is important to have the latest fashions lined up in your office, I do believe that there are certain things better left at home and never taken into the office. Office wardrobes can be tricky to define because each office is different. However, there is a group of special items of clothing that shouldn’t be included in any office wardrobe.

Uggs. These are not boots. They are slippers. Don’t pretend like they go well with skirts or dresses because they don’t. Leave the pajama wear at home this time.

Flip-flops. These are unprofessional and lazy. They signify to everyone that you are either going to the beach or about to shower in an unsanitary area. There are better alternatives to comfortable shoe-wear.

Torn clothing. You’re ripped jeans might seem cool to you, but they make you look like a punk teenager or just that you don’t care at all. You don’t want to give the impression of being  a grungy slacker while at work. So save the ripped jeans for when you are painting or something.

Sweats. Sweatshirts and sweatpants give off the vibe of wanting to lounge around all day. The office isn’t somewhere to be lazy and you definitely don’t want your boss thinking that’s your work ethic.

Leggings as pants. Leggings are supposed to be for yoga or working out. They can also be used to keep you warm around the house. Just don’t try wearing them as pants to the office.

If you keep these items away from the workplace, you will be all the more respected. People will take you more seriously and you will avoid any awkward conversations with your boss about appropriate articles of clothing for the office.

Summer work wardrobe: Do’s and Don’ts

The summer months bring about an air of casualness and freedom. We can run around outside sans jackets and boots. However, this casualness often tries to sneak itself into the workplace with sounds of flip-flops and the sight of upper thighs that should never be seen in public. People can get summer living wear and summer office-wear mixed up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t:

  • Wear flip-flops. These are unprofessional, way too casual, and people will not take you seriously. Leave these for days at the beach or lake. Don’t wear them into the office.
  • Wear clothes that are too revealing. We know it’s hot, but you don’t have to bear all to stay cool. Avoid spaghetti straps and short skirts.
  • Wear shorts. Even if you think they are dressy shorts, don’t wear them. Shorts are generally not appropriate for work at any time, unless you have super casual Fridays.
  • Wear mostly dark clothing. Dark colors absorb light and will make the summer heat feel even hotter. Plus, it doesn’t exude the fun and lively atmosphere that is enjoyed during the summer.

Do:

  • Wear bright colors. You can have more fun with patterns and colors in the summer. Just make sure that you don’t go too crazy and you match the appropriateness with your work atmosphere.
  • Wear lighter fabrics. Cotton and linen will keep you cooler and allow you to still dress appropriately.
  • Layer and keep a jacket in the office. While it’s warm outside, the AC is usually blasting in the office. So make sure to have something to keep you warm while you are inside all day.
  • Wear modest summer dresses. These are usually conservative enough for the office, but still let you have a summer alternative to the usual blouse and pencil skirt.