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How to Style Dresses

Styling is all about mixing and matching! There a lot of things to consider, but to easily style dresses there two areas you should focus on: the cut and the accessories. The accessories alone can dress up or dress down any look, but the right cut can really complement your figure. With summer in full gear, effortless style can truly be effortless if you add these tips to your stylish bag of tricks! Check out our dress collection from Dex for more inspiration!

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Model Phoebe Wearing a High-Low Dress from Dex

 

The High Low Hem

The high-low hem is a super trendy look these days. They’re flirty, elegant, and perfect for summer! However, the hem can make you seem shorter because the shape flows downward. So it’s a good idea to add some extra height. As you can see, our model, Phoebe, is wearing the Triss sandals by Tsubo. She’s already quite tall, but it adds a little more length to her legs to even out the hem. For casual looks, hair with soft waves and chunky bangles are great for the beach and outdoor lunches. The hem on more formal dresses are already a bold statement. Keep your jewelry simple and have your hair in an updo for an overall look that’s elegant, yet feisty!  

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Image from Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

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Model Phoebe wearing aDex Striped Convertible Dress/Skirt

 

 

Going Strapless 

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and our model, Phoebe, are wearing two very different strapless dresses with two very different hair lengths. When you go strapless, all the focus is drawn to your shoulders, neck, and face. In both examples above, these ladies let their natural attributes shine! For bolder looks, choose statement earrings or a statement necklace, but not both. It could result in looking cluttered rather than complementing your shoulders!

 

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Model Phoebe wearing Tropical Floral Dress from Dex®

 

 

Short and Chic 

Short hems elongate the legs for women of all heights, but not all short lengths are equal! For shorter women, hems that come to the knee can make you look shorter as your body may look disproportionately longer to your legs. We recommend hems that stop at least 2-3 inches above the knee. On the other hand, taller women face the issue of “showing too much leg” simply because of their height. The safest measure for all heights is to aim for hems that at least drop to the mid-thigh. It’s still elegant and sexy without seeming scandalous.  

 

 

 

 

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This style of dress isn’t usually a casual one whether it’s sheer, short, long, fitted, or loose. It’s too elegant to be just some ordinary dress. The accessory that will make the largest impact will probably be your purse! Bigger is not better in this case. Colors and patterns aside, the shape and size of your purse will pull the outfit together. In most cases, you should opt for a clutch or a small purse with a skinny strap. However, casual long sleeve dresses, like shirt dresses, are casually chic and fit nicely with bulkier bags.

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Model Phoebe wearing a Striped Maxi Dress from Dex®

 

Maxi Mayhem

Maxi dresses are a favorite for two major reasons: they are super easy to wear and transition seamlessly between seasons! They’re usually constructed in light weight materials with a hint of stretch fabric. It’s easy wear for summer and for colder months you just add on the layers. Maxi dresses are really easy to style too, especially solid colors or simple patterns. Since they are full length, you’re styling around a bigger space. You can almost over accessorize and still have an awesome look. Statement jewelry? Great! A denim jacket with a chunky bag? Fantastic! With maxi dresses, it truly is all about mixing and matching accessories and layers.  

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Spring Style Tips: Mixing Patterns

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Ami Menswear Spring 2014: www.style.com

A favorite spring trend for men and women is to be dressed in patterns from head to toe! Stripes will meet florals, demask may dance with plaid, and animal print will play in geometric jungles.  Mixing patterns may seem overwhelming, but it’s all about balance. Follow these tips and rock those bold patterns for Spring and Summer 2014!

 

Patterned Bottoms

If mixing a bunch of patterns seems too aggressive, start out subtle. Try out patterned pants, shorts, leggings, and skirts. It’s a nice break from standard blue jeans and black leggings, and styling them is easier than you think! You can start with solid colored tops. If you’re feeling particularly daring that day, wear brighter colors or add a solid jacket. It’s simple, bold, and very chic.

 

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*LEFT:  Just USA® Flower Print Skinny Jeans in WhiteYa Los Angeles® Shoulder Cut Out Top in CherryDex® Sleeveless Studded Top in Black 

**RIGHT:  7 For All Mankind® Pieced Skinny Jeans in Art Nouveau JacquardAngie® Style But With Buttons Top in IvoryAngie® Bronze Studded Sheer Top in Mustard

 

Stick With a Color Palette

Once you’re comfortable with styling patterned bottoms, you can mix in more colors and patterns up top. They can be as outrageous or as muted as you’d like, but for a cohesive look follow a theme of colors. More is not necessarily better! Using 2-3 colors is good range to start out with.

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Spring 2014 Vanessa Bruno: www.style.com

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Andrea Pampilio Menswear Spring 2014: www.style.com

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Spring 2014 Donna Karan: www.style.com

 

Remember, the more that’s involved, the more complex it gets. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just makes it a bit trickier to put an outfit together

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Spring 2014 Stella Jean: www.voigue.co.uk

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Thom Browne Spring 2014: www.style.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heidi Klum, Olivia Palermo, and Jennifer Hudson
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Size Matters

Take a look at these lovely ladies. Heidi’s horizontal black and white stripes are two very distinctive sizes. Olivia’s top has a much larger floral print than her skirt. On Jennifer’s outfit, the dots are fairly small, but the leopard print is still much smaller and are much more dense in certain areas. The point of mixing prints and patterns is to flaunt the contrasts! If you’re using similar prints, make sure one is significantly larger than the other, or a different color.

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Women’s Spring 2014 Fashion Trends

As 2013 came to a close, the fashion world was predicting the future. Fall Fashion Week took over style capitals of the world and revealed glimpses of 2014 Spring trends for women. There were things you would expect for spring: flirty frocks, flowing fabrics, floral prints, and pastel hues. Of course, there were some pleasantly bold surprises as well: clothing with geometric print, heavily structured dresses, and loud and proud colors. It’s still the season to cozy up while chilling out, but we’ve compiled the top 3 trends that we think will make it big this Spring.

1. The Return of Collars and Buttoned Downs

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Model is wearing Anthony Vaccarello. Source: www.style.com by Marcus Tondo

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Natalia is wearing a Long Sleeve Sheer Top by Cecico®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so women’s buttoned down shirts and tops never really went anywhere, but a piece like an oxford shirt is constantly reinventing itself! People love putting fresh spins on classic pieces because it’s new, yet familiar enough for an easy transition. This coming spring we’re predicting to see these classic pieces being paired with bold printed skirts and pants, having contrasting cuffs and collars, and turned into wonderful shirt dresses. Basically, they’ve become something beyond a piece for pant-suits and office wear. For that, fashionistas everywhere are thankful!

2. Heavy Metal

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Shaidelle is wearing a Sleeveless Sequins Top by Dex®

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Model is wearing Salvatore Ferragamo. Source: www.style.com by Yannis Vlamos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Spring, you should expect more metal than ever. The runways were filled with shimmery skirts, heavy sequined jackets, and metallic patterned tops. Instead of relying on jewelry and shoes to provide that hint of metallic flair to your outfit, you might just want to be adorned with it. Silver, gold, and copper just may be stealing the spotlight this time around.

3. Color Me Crazy

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Model is wearing Cushnie et Ochs. Source: www.style.com by Marcus Tondo

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Elizabeth is wearing the Naomi Dress in Algodon by Desigual®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there’s one thing you can expect from spring it’s that shapes and colors go in full bloom. With that said, get ready for pop and fine art influences. Anything from bold text, to abstract brush strokes, to political pop art can expected to be making it’s way to wardrobes everywhere. We have one brand that’s been ahead of the game. Desigual clothing is all about pushing boundaries, playing up the color, and bringing contrasting ideas together.

What do you think will be the top trends for Spring 2014?

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