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Maxi Multi-Way!

Summer is all about skin: leg bearing, shoulder flaunting, sun-kissed skin. What if you’re sun burned and left to doubt the integrity of your sunscreen? What if you were too busy to shave your legs? What if you want a change from your typical shorts and sleeveless top outfit? A maxi dress can save the day.

The best part? It makes for an incredibly comfortable outfit that shorts or skinny jeans just can’t give you. A simple maxi dress is pretty versatile and can be as casual or dressed up as you want it to be. Eh, they’re not right for my body type — this is a lie. One big fat lie. So don’t believe it! A single item like a belt or a jacket can make these “intimidating” dresses conform to your body type. Whether you prefer a comfortable loose fit or something curve-hugging, something sleeveless or not, or something detailed or simple, changing up the look is super easy.

Don’t believe us? Check out the two outfits below that we made using Polyvore.

 

See? A change in accessories, handbags, or shoes turned a simple maxi dress into two very distinct looks. It can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Stylists and fashionistas will always vouch for having a set of great basics: plain tanks, classic solid v-necks, camis—you know, things that can be layered. A maxi dress (or skirt!) can be one of those wonderful things.

Try out mixing and matching 2 or 3 pieces around a maxi dress or skirt. You’ll be surprised how many different outfits you can make!

 

 

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It’s The Month Of Love!

Romantic FashionFebruary is known as the “month of love” because of Valentine’s Day, and we spend days, even weeks, getting ready for it. We start planning what we’re going to do, what we’re going to give to our special someone, and the most important thing, what we’re going to wear!

Everyone has their own style, but there’s still ways to add touches of romance to every look whether it’s punk, trendy, boho, or classic elegance.

Punk: If you like to wear punk, which can range in style from classic to glam to steampunk then your closet is full of dark clothing, studded leather jackets, military style boots, and fingerless leather gloves.

Romance it up! Add a pink or red ruffled lace camisole under the leather jacket, pink mesh tights with a leather mini skirt and boots, or pink fingerless gloves and studded leather jewelry.

Date Night Movie: Enjoy a classic punk movie like Valley Girl or Sid and Nancy, or the more recent What We Do is Secret.

 

Trendy: If you’re into the latest styles and trends, then your wardrobe consists of color block clothing with flashy embellishments, flared skirts, fur handbags, and high heels made with a mix of fabrics and patterns.

Romance it up! Make your look flirty and romantic by wearing a dress in a color block of reds and pinks, with either a sheer top or bottom block. A flared skirt is romantic by itself, but you can add a ruffled pink or red blouse and kitten heels to complete the look. Complete your look with an adorable handbag trimmed in pink or red fur.

Date Night Movie: Snuggle up with your favorite guy and watch P.S. I Love You, The Notebook, or the timeless Titanic.

 

Boho: One of the most versatile styles around, boho ranges from boho grunge to boho chic and everything in between. It’s a style that naturally incorporates romance from flowing skirts and dresses to ruffled shirts and lacy accessories.

Romance it up! Add a pink or red lacy camisole to a printed flowered skirt, pair crocheted UGG boots with lacy pink or red tights and a long sweater dress, or wear a delicate lace or ruffled scarf loosely around your neck.

Date Night Movie: Curl up in front of the fire and enjoy an indie favorite like Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, Happiness Runs, or a rom-com like Wanderlust.

 

Classic Elegance: If you dress in classic fashion, you prefer plaids, tweeds, slacks, button-down shirts and the like. It’s a timeless look that never goes out of style, and it’s easy to incorporate trendy or romantic touches.

Romance it up! Change out the button-down shirt to one with ruffles and lace or pair the slacks with flats decorated with a bow. Instead of slacks, wear a flared skirt with a peek-a-boo lace hem and heels for a romantic touch. Or, you can add a sheer wrap over a lacy camisole to wear with your favorite slacks and pumps.

Date Night Movie: Classic style calls for classic romantic movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ghost, or Sleepless in Seattle.

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Fur Fashion

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Fashionable Fur Handbags is the Hot New Accessory!

Women and handbags go, well, hand-in-hand, and this year we’re seeing a new trend when it comes to their design. Instead of simpler, darker and more practical looks with muted or neutral tones, purses, handbags, and clutches are covered in fur-whether genuine or faux. This accessory is becoming accessorized with genuine and fake fur, whether short-haired or long, colored fur, fur trim only, and even printed with fur.

It’s a great way to add an elegant touch to your look whether it’s a classic style suited for the office, or vamped up for a night on the town. Most women might leave home without make-up on or their hair fixed (that’s what hats are for!), but rarely do you see a woman without a handbag. Purses range from large to small, with or without straps or handles, and every look and size in between so you can accessorize with whatever you’re wearing.

Need to tone things down for the office? Grab a small purse printed in fur, and no one will be the wiser. If you’re heading out for a full day of shopping and sightseeing, throw a large handbag covered in fur over your shoulder and make a statement! Glam it up for a night on the town with a small fur-trimmed clutch that holds the bare essentials and still adds style.

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New Year, New You!

The start of a new year is always a great time to start new things.  One thing that can be added to your list of New Year’s resolutions is a wardrobe update.  Your clothing says a lot about you. So, if your stuff is old and out of date….well, that’s probably not the statement you want to make!

Kick off 2012 right by updating your wardrobe or even changing your look!  If you usually wear a
classic style, consider spicing your look up a bit by going glam.  Maybe you’re more of the sporty type and want to be more trendy but don’t know how.  Or, if you are getting unwanted attention, you could tone things down from a sexy look to something more casual.  No matter what look you want we’ve got the tips and the advice to help navigate your way through the world of fashion and style.

Sporty to Sexy:

If your wardrobe consists of mostly sneakers, jeans, and your favorite team shirt, then  your look is sporty. If you are ready to spice things up a bit, and go from tomboy to boy-catcher or jock to stud, there are a few easy tricks you can use to change your look.

One of the easiest things to do is dress up a pair of your own jeans with a sparkly top, high heels and a fashionable clutch. For the guys, simply trading in the sneakers and team shirt for some black oxfords, a black T-shirt and a sport coat is all you need to make a sexier statement.  You’ve instantly transformed from backyard softball game to club ready!

Glam to Casual:

What would you find if you looked in a glam girl’s closet?  Sparkly tops and dresses, high heeled shoes, and lots of accessories.  So, how can you go from glam to casual? First things first, a casual look usually translates to ‘less is more.’  That means, less sparkle and shine and more muted, neutral tones.  If you have a simple black A-line skirt, pair it with ballet flats and a button down shirt.  You still get a dressy look but with a casual feel.

 

Casual to Trendy:

For most people, this is probably the hardest wardrobe change to make.  Most of the time we settle for what’s simple and think only celebrity “it” girls and guys know how to dress trendy.  Not so! If you’re not sure what to do, sometimes just looking at pictures of your favorite celebrities can help you figure out what works for you.  You might even find that you already have a lot of those items in your closet and just didn’t know how to put them together!

Let’s say you have a pair of slacks and a cable knit sweater.  Simply accessorize with a scarf, fedora, beaded bracelets and wedge heels and you’re rocking a trendy look!  Guys can also get a fashionable look just by wearing a military style hat, leather wrist strap and loafers. Many other popular looks can be created just by piecing together what you already have with some new things and adding the right accessories.

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Accessories For Men

Whether they realize it or not, men need to accessorize too.  The little touches here and there help pull their look together.  Making just one simple change can help them go from day to night, casual to sophisticated, or edgy to formal.  We’ve made some suggestions and offered solutions to help even the most wardrobe-challenged guy head out the door.

Edgy: To rock the edgy look, combine some dark washed boot cut jeans, a leather lace-up boot , leather jacket, and a trucker style hat.

Sporty: Carry your basic black wallet, shades, sneakers or whatever else you might need on your way to the gym in a sporty carry-all.  Top your look with a baseball cap and you’re good to go.

Classic: Keep your tailored and classic look going when you add accessories like a portfolio organizer bag.  It has a simple style, holds documents for work or school and looks great with straight leg jeans and a button-down collared shirt.

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Accessories For Women

Little touches like jewelry, belts, hats, scarves, gloves, and shades add pop and pizazz to your look.  Believe it or not, you can actually create a signature look even while wearing something as basic as jeans and a sweater.  Just add a few accessories here and there and Voila!  Your signature look is created and ready for the world!  We’ve taken the time to give you some ideas on how to create certain looks that are fashionable right now.

Trendy: Choose accessories like a military style hat paired with a leather wrap bracelet accented with gold to compliment your skinny jeans and knee-high boots.

Boho: To create this look, go with a flowing skirt coupled with comfortable ankle high moccasin boots. Add a side sling bag and a floppy hat to complete the look.

Casual:  Jeans are always a go-to wardrobe choice.  To accessorize for this look, simply choose a pair of classic aviator shades and a cable knit cap and scarf set.

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