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Material World: A Breakdown of Everyday Fabrics

ssTshirtTag_FrontEver wonder what’s the best material to wear for hot sunny days or those chilly nights? Here’s a breakdown of some common fabrics that can help determine what you’ll be wearing tomorrow!

Cotton: Versatile? Yes. Will it keep you dry? No.

Ah, cotton. The friendliest of the materials. It’s soft, breathable–and absorbent. For some reason people have been mislead to believe that cotton “wicks” away moisture. “Absorbing” moisture is not at all the same as “wick away” moisture. Cotton doesn’t wick away anything. It simply absorbs. Drench a cotton shirt  in water or your morning coffee and it’ll be soaking wet for quite a while. Ask any fitness guru, outdoor explorer, or any expert who has to stay dry all day and they’ll tell you that cotton is the enemy. Cotton is great for a lot of clothing, just not when you are trying to stay dry.

Polyester: Keeping you dry.

If you want to stay dry, Polyester is where it’s at. Unlike cotton, it actually wicks away moisture. Polyester has low absorbency which allows moisture to evaporate quickly. That’s why most athletic clothing is made with it. Remember, this mostly applies to clothing that has been woven. A polyester shirt will keep you cool and dry, but a faux leather jacket that’s made of polyester will not.

Silk: The silly trickster.

Silk is luxurious, soft, and can be tricky to deal with. The tightness of the weave can vary how light or heavy it is, but one thing for sure is that it becomes particularly bothersome if you start to sweat in it. Our advice? Don’t wear it when it’s hot and humid outside or to the job interview of your life. There is nothing comfortable about clothing clinging to your skin. Also, since the material has a natural shimmer, wet spots are really obvious and stains are nearly impossible to remove. Save silk for special occasions, where there’s adequate air conditioning, or at least wear it with an undershirt.

Denim: All year round.

Denim is everywhere and can be made into anything from jeans to cell phone cases. You can find anything made of the stuff. Denim is great all year round, but it’s cotton based so it can stay wet for quite a while. If you want something a little lighter, look for a blend of materials. Otherwise, your best bet is to feel the heaviness and thickness of the denim to determine how hot or cool you’ll be in that garment.

Leather: It’s used for protection as well as style.

Remember, leather wasn’t always a fashion statement, but simply a rugged material that could take a beating. It’s used by anyone from cowboys, motorcycle groups, and city fashionistas and made into things like shoes, car seats, and exercise equipment. Leather is durable and heavy, but it can be made as stiff or as flexible as you need it to be. It’ll definitely keep you warm, so don’t try to play it off cool in the summer when you’re sweating a storm under your leather jacket.

Rayon/Viscose: Lightweight and breezy.

These materials are perfect for the warmer months because they’re so light. They may not wick away moisture like polyester, but they aren’t as absorbent as cotton.  The only issue to really look out for is how the material acts when you wash them. They can usually hold their own in the washer just fine, but it’s the dryer that may affect the size of your garment. We suggest to wash it like you normally would, but hang them up to air dry instead.

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Fashion Confusion

Accessorize correctly

Mixing and matching patterns and prints can certainly be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Just look at the women who wear the boho style – they’ve been mixing and matching prints, patterns, and fabrics with abandon for years! If they can do it, and do it well, then so can you.

With a new year upon us, it’s a great time to rethink old trends and embrace new ones. We’re in an age of anything goes, and the same can be said with fashion. The burning question is, “How do I do it and still look stylish?”

Here are a few tips to get you started on this fun, fashionable adventure:

1. Some patterns are so small they look like solids, so don’t be afraid to pair a skirt with tiny dots with floral tights and a block patterned shirt. The eyes can play tricks on us, and in this case, your skirt will look solid enough to pull off the entire outfit.

2. Keep it in the family by staying with the same color scheme throughout. You can boldly mix stripes and dots with abandon, as long as you use a mix of tan, taupe, red, and brown, for example. A brown and red plaid shirt pairs well with a tan blouse accented by a red floral scarf.

3. Don’t just stop with clothing; add accessories of different kinds to complement each other. Wear a mix of bangles and bracelets on one or both arms that range anywhere from leather to lace, and pearls to diamonds. Pairing stretchy pearl bracelets with silver bangles accented and a diamond studded clasp bracelet keeps it all within the color family (silver and white), and adds just the right mix you’re looking for.

So, pair that polka dot skirt with a striped black and white blouse, and break out your favorite floral patterned shawl to wrap around your geometric block patterned dress. You’ll turn heads in all the right ways and make a fashionable statement.

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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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Express Yourself with New Daring Looks!

New Year, New Looks!

New Year, New Looks!

With a new year comes a new perspective, a new way of doing things, and a new set of resolutions. Why not start the year with a daring attitude about your style and express yourself in a bold way? If you’re tired of the same old sweats, jeans, and t-shirts, or you want to wear vampy, sexy looks, let the New Year bring out the new you.

Now’s the time to have the courage to wear a skirt above your knee, a low-cut blouse, a mix and match of patterns, or just change your look completely. Maybe most people know you as the sporty type who only wears jeans, sneakers, and your favorite team shirt, or you’re the girl-next-door type who wears only slacks, flats, and conservative clothing. Dare to be different this year, and rock a whole new look!

We’ll help you find the right looks to bring out the new, “daring” you with a few simple tips.

Go glam!

Ramp up the vamp by changing out those sneakers for sexy high heels, and toss aside those faded blue jeans for a short mini-skirt to make this look work for you. Add a snug tee or sweater, or really go bold with an off-the-shoulder blouse or plunging neckline. Incorporate bold accessories like big bangles, colorful earrings, or a stylish hat and you’ll turn some heads!

Turn down the volume!

Maybe you’ve been the glamour girl for too long and want to take your style in a whole different direction by going sporty or taking on a more classic style. If your friends are used to seeing you covered in accessories, bright colors, funky shoes, and lots of flashy jewelry, make them take a double-take when you change out those bright colors for muted tones, funky shoes for sophisticated pumps, and the flashy jewelry for simple accessories.

Embrace the true You!

Do you wear certain styles because you want to please everyone but yourself? Ask yourself what you really want, and embrace it. If you’ve always worn earthy tones and classic styles like slacks, flats, button down shirts and few accessories but inside you’re a boho chic, then go for it! Dare to be different, so switch out the slacks to a flowing, flowery dress, slip your feet into sandals or moccasins, and mix and match fabrics, colors, and prints.

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Lov(Posh) is in the Air!

Romance…

Love…                  

Chocolates…                                                   

Roses…

and a

Candlelit Dinner…

The perfect ingredients for a fabulous Valentine’s Day!  It’s just around the corner and people everywhere are getting ready for that special day.  If you’re a guy you’re probably stressing about what to get your girl to show her how much you love her.  If you’re a girl, the one and only thing you’re stressing about is what to wear.

Keeping with the romantic theme isn’t hard if you focus your attention on LovPosh clothing line based out of Los Angeles, CA.  Their goal is selling contemporary clothing to modern women.  With soft, flowing dresses and pastel colors, their clothing has a vintage feel that harkens back to the days of the Roaring ‘20’s, which is a style that’s making its way back to the runways this year.

LovPosh has a beautiful collection of dresses and tops accented with layers, ruffles, and lace. If you’re not the dress wearing type, their tops are a great choice too.   The multi-colored eyelet knit top worn over a pair of jeans is an excellent choice if you’re going for a more casual feel.  Add a pair of strappy high heels or flats and a vintage purse or clutch to finish the look.

For a dressier choice, something like their flowing jersey dress with plenty of layers and ruffles will add just the right touch of flirty flair to your look.  Pair it with a delicate shrug, kitten heels and pearls and you’re ready for a very romantic night out.

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The Long and the Short of It

Jackets and coats come in all shapes and sizes – just like people!  There are so many to choose from that it’s hard to figure out what works best with certain outfits, the weather and your taste.  You might wear two or three different types of coats in one day depending on the weather and what you are wearing.  So, what are your options for jackets and coats and which ones should you choose?

Long Sleeved vs. Short Sleeved/Sleeveless:

Pairing a form fitted long sleeve shirt under a puffy vest or short sleeve jacket in contrasting colors is a very popular look right now.  This look is perfect for those days that are nippy but not too cold.  On the other hand, when there is snow on the ground and a cold wind blowing, a long sleeve jacket or parka will work every time.

Long, Short or In-Between:

The length of the jacket or coat is just as important as the length of the sleeves.  You can achieve different looks and various degrees of warmth and comfort this way.  On really cold days, wear a long trench coat over your boots and jeans, or bundle up with a parka or quilted down jacket that reaches mid-thigh.  If the weather is a little warmer or you prefer a shorter length, you can find jackets that stop at the waist or mid-hip area.

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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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Making the Cut

We’ve entered into a new decade where it seems that anything goes.   You can be a hippie chick one day with your favorite wide leg jeans and edgy the next day wearing your skinny jeans.  How do you know what to choose from and what cut of jean looks best?  We’ve put together a mini go-to style guide to help you figure out what works best as we head into 2012.

Boot-Cut/Flare:  These are an excellent choice for anyone who is a little curvier than most.  They flare out just enough towards the bottom to balance out your hips. They also look great worn with heels, flats and of course, boots.

Best fit for: Women with curvy or full-figures, Men with an average size or husky frame.

Seen on:  America Ferrera, Seth Rogen

 

Straight Leg:  This type of jean falls straight from the hip to create a balanced look.  Like boot-cut jeans, straight leg jeans look great worn with heels, flats, and boots.

Best fit for:  Women with slightly curvy to full-figures, Men with small to average frames.

Seen on:  Blake Lively, Shia LeBouf

 

Skinny:  If your style is edgy, punk, or skater, skinny jeans are for you.  Form fitting and body hugging, they are perfect for tucking into boots or wearing with canvas skater shoes.

Best fit for: Women with smaller frames, Men with small to average size frames.

Seen on:  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

 

Wide-Leg: Create a hippie/boho look with wide-leg jeans.  They are great paired with wedge heels or chunky heel shoes for a retro look.  As their name suggests, they flare out wide as they fall down from the hip and sweep the floor at their length.

Best fit for:  Women of small-medium build, Men with small-average frames.

Seen on:  Katie Holmes, Rachel Bilson

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