Add a Pop of Color to Your Neutral Attire

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Wearing neutrals together is an easy and convenient way to dress, as this does not require too much planning. However, while neutrals are great, adding a pop of color to your outfit can really help to brighten it up and give it that extra special edge.

Bold Shoes
While you likely already own plenty of neutral colored shoes, investing in a couple of pairs of bright and bold footwear is always worthwhile. Since you are going to be pairing them with neutrals, the colors that you go for do not matter too much, as just about any bright color will match, so go for a shade that makes you feel confident and sexy.

A Bright Jacket
With the colder months quickly approaching, it is time to bring out all of your coats and jackets that you stored away for the summer. If you own a brightly colored jacket or coat, this is a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit, and, since it is just outerwear, it means that you will not have to wear that color throughout the day, and can remove it whenever you need to. If your outfit is predominantly black and white, cool colors, or even neons and hot pinks, look great with this, while warmer neutrals tend to work best with rich, jewel tones.

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A Printed Scarf
Scarves are a fantastic way to add some color, as well as pattern, to your outfit, and because of how versatile they are, they can be worn in so many different ways. Whether you wear it as a sash, a headband, around your neck, or as a pocket square, position your scarf in a location that you want to draw the eye to, as the scarf will create a great focal point. Do not be afraid to opt for vibrant prints either, as printed scarves are perfect for adding multiple colors to an outfit.

A Bright Belt
Belts are not only perfect for accentuating the waist, but can also add a burst of color to your outfit, especially if this is the only colorful item that you are wearing. When it comes to color combinations, there are many classic pairings that work brilliantly when it comes to belts, such as a red belt on a black dress, or an electric blue belt on a grey outfit.

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Striking Jewellery
Neutral clothing provides a beautifully clean background to showcase striking jewellery shades, making this a fun and interesting way to add some color to your outfit. A necklace is the easiest way to go, and you could even opt for multiple necklace strands, each featuring a different color.

Outfits that consist of neutral colors are clean and sophisticated, but adding a pop of color does give them a bit more personality. Whether you opt for some bold red shoes or a vibrant printed scarf, do not be afraid to experiment with your outfits and accessories, as you will no doubt come up with some combinations that you love.

Incorporating Capris Into Your Business Casual Wardrobe

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While many people may initially think that capris are just too casual to wear to work, even if the attire calls for business casual, this really all depends on how you style them, as well as the style of your capris themselves. For those who want to incorporate capris into their business casual wardrobe, here are a few tips to help you to put together some chic but professional looks.

Choose the Length Wisely
The length of your capris will have a huge impact on your overall look, which is why you need to ensure that you choose their length wisely. They should fall to just below the muscular part of your calf, preferably between your calf and your ankle. The reason for this is because this is the narrowest part of your leg, meaning that this is the area that you should be emphasizing. However, keep in mind that everybody is different, and it is always worth visiting a tailor to have your capris altered to a length that flatters your shape the best. You should always opt for a tapered or straight legged capri pant, rather than wide legs, as you want to create a long and sleek look.

Stay Away From Details
As mentioned above, the look that you are going for is long, sleek and professional, which is why you should stay away from any added design details. Whether this may be accentuated side pockets or large cuffs, opt for capris that are minimal and elegant.

Woman in capris talking to her colleague at work

Colors and Patterns
When it comes to choosing colors and patterns for your capris, sticking to neutral colors is always going to be best for the workplace. You should also try to go for a solid color rather than a pattern or print, as prints can be much harder to style, and it can be difficult finding patterns that are appropriate for the workplace.

Choosing a Top
While long tops, and even short dresses or flowy tunics, can look incredibly stylish with a pair of capris, this will only work if you are quite tall. For everyone else, try to opt for tops that fall just to the top of your capris, as this will create the impression of a longer leg. Alternatively, you can also wear a longer top but tuck this in, as this will ensure that your figure is not drowned out.

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Footwear
Many people tend to wear platform heels with capris, and while this can sometimes look great, it can also often end up looking clunky. Sandals or ankle-strap flats are a better option, while a kitten heel will really help to accentuate your exposed calf. If you want to create the illusion of longer legs, opt for shoes that are a nude color, or, if not, go for footwear that is the same color as your capris.

Dressy capris are wonderfully suited to the workplace, as long as you know how to style them. From wearing the right heels to choosing the most flattering top, these tips should give you plenty of ideas when it comes to styling your capris.

Let Leggings Transition You From Summer to Fall

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Transitioning your favorite summer outfits into the cooler days of fall can often be quite difficult, but, as long as you have a couple of pairs of leggings, you should not have a problem. Leggings are extremely versatile, and are ideal for providing you with that extra bit of coverage and warmth, without detracting too much from the essence of your summery look.

Summer Slip Dress
Summer slip dresses can be slightly tricky to style for fall, but leggings make this so much easier. Simply wear a button-down shirt underneath your dress, and then a pair of leggings underneath. Pair this with some heeled ankle boots, as well as a pair of sunglasses to finish off the look.

Denim Jacket
Denim jackets are perfect for the cooler fall months, and, whether you opt for a longer or a cropped style, they work so well with leggings. Depending on how heavy your jacket is, you could wear just a tank top underneath, or a short sleeved summer t-shirt. If the day turns particularly warm, simply tie your denim jacket around your waist for a laid back, casual look.

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Sweatshirts and Cardigans
If you have some summer tops that you usually wear with shorts, try pairing them with some leggings instead. Then, all you need to do is add a sweatshirt or a cardigan, and you are good to go. If you have opted for a summer crop top, try finding a cropped sweatshirt to wear with this, as this should give you enough coverage to ensure that you do not feel cold with your bare stomach.

Tailored Blazer
A black tailored blazer paired with some black leggings is beautifully chic, and works well with just a plain white t-shirt underneath. This look can be worn with some sneakers for the daytime, or with some heels for the evening, making it a fantastic transitional outfit if you need to quickly and easily go from day to night. Do not forget to bring along a spare bag too, as a large black leather bucket bag would be great for the day, whereas a smaller, colorful, clutch bag would add an extra stylish touch to an evening outfit.

Cropped Leggings
While full-length leggings tend to be most popular, cropped leggings are a great alternative, especially for fall. These allow you to reap all of the benefits of leggings, but still show a little bit of skin, which is always great before you need to cover up for the cold winter months.

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Oversized Scarf
An oversized scarf can really give you a surprising amount of warmth, meaning that you can still wear your flowy summer tops well into fall. Simply pair this with an oversized scarf and some sunglasses, and you will have an outfit that is perfect for a sunny fall day.

One of the main advantages to leggings is that they are so incredibly versatile, and can be styled in ways that allow you to wear them just about anywhere. Whether you pair them with your favorite summer dress, or with a t-shirt and a sweatshirt, these outfits are perfect for transitioning you to the next season.

New in Fall Footwear

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Each season brings with it exciting new trends, and this fall is no exception, especially when it comes to footwear. From flats to block heels, these are the styles that you need to be keeping an eye out for this upcoming season.

Block Heels
In addition to being easier than thin, stiletto heels to walk in, block heels are also much better for the health of your feet, making them a trend that many women will welcome in this fall. While block heels were featured on quite a few shoe styles, they were most prevalent on ankle boots, making them shoes that you will be able to wear through the winter too. To allow your shoes to really make a statement, opt for a pair that boasts a more unique and interesting style, such as one that has been decorated with studs, or crafted from a richly colored velvet.

Slouchy Boots
Boots are often back on trend when fall rolls around, but, this season, it is slouchy boots that have really made their mark in the fashion industry. These boots are tall, but are quite slouchy around the ankles, and promise to instantly bring your wardrobe into the new season.

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Loafers
Rather than traditional loafers, the loafers that you will be seeing everywhere this fall are more of a hybrid style, as they look as though they have been crossed with slides. These shoes are so convenient, as they are a slip-on style and do not feature any buckles or straps while being just as comfortable as a pair of slippers. These are best worn with cropped pants or dark denim, and should also be worn with bare feet, as socks will only make your whole outfit appear cluttered and chunky.

Red Ankle Boots
If you are only going to invest in one new pair of shoes this fall, let that be red ankle boots, as these were seen on just about every fall 2017 runway. Red is a bold color that exudes confidence and will give your fall outfits an instant update. When it comes to the heel, block heels are best to go for, as mentioned above, and this is also quite a classic heel, meaning that you are likely going to be able to wear these boots for years to come.

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Cowboy Boots
Whether you love them or hate them, cowboy boots have been making quite an appearance on fashion runways, and are set to be a big trend this fall. While many designers styled their clothing with cowboy boots, it was the Calvin Klein runway that really stood out, as the boots here were styled in a casual but chic way, worn underneath track pants.

Purchasing a pair of on-trend shoes is a quick and easy way to give your whole wardrobe an update for the upcoming season, as your shoes can have a huge impact on the rest of your outfit. From red ankle boots to slide-on loafers, these are the top trends to keep in mind the next time you are out shopping for footwear.

Signs That He Just Wants To Be Friends

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Working out whether or not the man you are interested in finds you sexually attractive can sometimes be difficult, especially if he is giving you mixed signals. However, a recent study carried out by the University of Kansas has managed to pinpoint certain signs that you can keep an eye out for, so that you can know once and for all whether or not he just wants to be friends.

Keeping the Focus on Your Face
While the study carried out by the University of Kansas showed that men who look at a woman’s head could potentially be considering her as a romantic partner, staring at the face for an extended period of time could actually mean that they are less interested in you than you think. However, if his gaze keeps falling to your chest and hip regions, this does show a romantic interest, and correlates with past research that states that this is an evolutionary response to the way in which a woman is able to reproduce.

Looking at Your Legs and Feet
While a potential love interest looking at your chest and hips could be a good sign, this is not the case if he keeps glancing towards your feet and legs instead. Researchers believe that this is a firm sign that he considers you to be just a friend, so do keep a look out for his eye movements.

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His Posture and Proximity
A man’s posture and proximity in relation to you can tell you quite a bit about his feelings towards you. A man who wants to be more than friends with you would lean into you during conversations, and try to stand quite close to you, finding excuses to place his hand on your shoulder. However, if you have not noticed any of this happening, and he has the same posture and proximity to you as he does his other friends, then it is likely that he also classifies you as a friend, rather than more.

He Rarely Initiates the Conversation
In addition to looking out for physical signs that he wants to be friends, there are many others that you can keep an eye out for too. If the man you are interested in rarely initiates the conversation with you, and it is always you that has to start it, this is a sign that he does not have romantic feelings for you. It likely means that he is happy to chat to you here and there, just like he would be with his other friends. If he was interested in you romantically, he would be more likely to frequently initiate conversations with you, as he would want to speak to you much more often.

While it can be difficult deciding whether someone has romantic feelings for you or not, there are certain signs that you can look out for. From his eye movements to his posture, keep all of these tips in mind the next time you are spending time with that potential special someone.

Fitness Changes to Make in Your Fifties

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As people age, they tend to slow down a bit and take life a little easier, but this can actually have quite a detrimental effect on your overall health, as it causes a decrease in metabolism and therefore muscle mass. Studies have shown that a significant chunk of the population do little to no exercise after the age of 50, and this is something that really does need to change.

Start with a Physical Activity That You Enjoy
For people who are generally quite sedentary, the best way to begin making positive fitness changes in your life is by introducing a physically activity that you genuinely enjoy. This can be anything from walking the dog to taking a sunset stroll after dinner to going dancing a couple of times a week. Starting off slow will help to gradually increase your fitness levels, which will then make other fitness activities seem far less daunting.

Strength Training
Bone density peaks around the age of 30, and after this begins to slowly drop, which is why strength training is so important, as this will give you the strong bones that you need to keep your body healthy. Strength training basically refers to lifting heavy objects, and should be carried out around two to three times a week in order to really build muscle strength and mass. Lifting weights is the best way to do this, and you should try to begin with dumbbells that weigh between five to eight pounds, increasing this to eight to ten pounds as your body gets stronger.

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Realistic Goals
While you may have been able to build up strong muscles in just a few weeks while you were in your 20’s, you need to be realistic about the fact that this is going to take a bit longer now that you are over the age of 50. Make sure that you allow for this when coming up with your fitness goals, while also taking into account that your body will need more recovery time after intense workouts. Patience and consistency are key here, and while the results may take longer to appear, working out regularly will end up giving you the stronger body that you desire.

Cross Training
Many people believe that activities such as high impact aerobics, which work the same muscles over and over again, is beneficial, but this is actually a sure-fire way to cause an injury to your body. Cross training makes use of several different types of fitness activities in one session, resulting in a far more balanced workout that prevents injuries from occurring.

There are many different types of chronic diseases that commonly affect people who are 50 and over, from heart disease to diabetes to osteoporosis, and your chances of developing one of these increases drastically if you are generally quite inactive. However, keeping fit and exercising on a regular basis is one of the best ways to prevent these diseases from occurring, while keeping your body healthy and strong as it continues to age.

The Pros and Cons of Group Travel

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Travelling as part of a larger group can have many advantages, but this method of travel is definitely not for everyone. For those of you who are considering signing up for a group trip, here are a few pros and cons to think about before making your decision.

Following the Rules
Having a set of rules to follow can often be off-putting for many people, but this is something that is usually a part of travelling as a group. Since the company who is leading the trip is in charge of so many people, they will often come up with a set of guidelines that everybody needs to follow. If you are someone that does not like following rules, and would prefer to be in charge, then group travel may not be for you.

Inclusive Extras
With the majority of group trips, you will usually pay for the whole trip upfront, meaning that you do not have to worry about having to constantly be spending money while you are travelling, as you will have already taken care of all costs. However, keep in mind that there will always be optional activities that you may have to fork out for, whether this be a special meal or a sporting activity, as well as souvenirs that you will likely want to purchase. Nevertheless, for those who have quite a strict budget, a group trip can really help you to stick to this while still enjoying the travel experience.

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Following a Fixed Itinerary
Travelling as a group means that you will have an itinerary that everybody needs to stick to, and this can often be frustrating for some. However, keep in mind that the itinerary would have been planned in a certain way for a reason, and will usually feature all of the main highlights of the destination that you are visiting. While some trips will offer quite a flexible itinerary, others will be quite rigid, meaning that you will not be able to have much of a say in the things that you see and do. On the other hand, this is often convenient for those who do not have the time to research and plan a trip themselves, as all of this work will have been already done for you.

Travelling Alone as Part of a Group
One of the biggest advantages for many solo travellers is the extra company that comes along with a group trip. While travelling solo can be plenty of fun, taking a group trip can be a great way to make new friends, especially with like-minded people. Travelling with strangers can really help you to form a tight bond, even if it is in quite a short amount of time, and this can really make the whole experience so much more valuable.

Group travel definitely does have its share of pros and cons, and this is something that you will really need to think about before signing up for a trip. For those who enjoy planning their own itineraries and staying in control, a group trip may not be for you, but for those who do not enjoy the planning stage, and enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, a group trip could be exactly what you need.

Steps for Dealing with a Personal Loss

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A personal loss can be so hard to deal with and can hit some much more severely than it does others. For those of you who are trying to come to terms with your grief, here are a few steps that you can take.

Understand the Grieving Process
While the grieving process is hugely individual, there are five general stages that people tend to experience. These are denial, followed by anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. However, not everybody goes through all of these five stages, and the grieving process can take different amounts of time for different people, sometimes just weeks but sometimes years.

Establish a Support Network
Although you may not particularly feel like speaking to anyone, it is so important that you reach out to others and establish a support network for yourself. Withdrawing from the world is all-too-common, but this is only going to be extremely detrimental in the long run, so try to speak to others who have been through similar experiences, as they will be able to share a valuable perspective with you.

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Professional Help
If your grief or anger really starts to overtake you and feels like it is all getting too much to bear, then this is a sign that you may need to turn to a professional for help. An experienced therapist will be able to help you to work through any intense emotions that you may be feeling, which will enable you to overcome any obstacles or blocks that are holding you back.

Express Your Feelings
Whether it may be a piece of art or writing in a journal, expressing yourself in a creative way will always be helpful when dealing with a personal loss. This is especially useful when your emotions are really threatening to bubble over, as you will have an outlet into which you can channel this energy, turning it into something productive.

Exercise
Exercising when you are feeling so down may be the last thing that you want to do, but exercise focuses your mind on the task at hand, while also releasing serotonin and other beneficial hormones into your brain. Whether you go to the gym, take the dog for a walk, or sign up for some lessons to learn a new sport, this will also be a great time for you to do some self-reflection, which can really help you to move past any painful memories.

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Don’t Try to Numb the Pain
It can be tempting to turn to mind-altering substances when you are dealing with a personal loss, as these can often numb the pain that you are feeling. However, not only will this make it much harder for you to deal with the loss in the long run, but it can also lead to an addiction, as you will end up turning to this substance whenever you begin to feel down.

A personal loss, as well as the grieving process that accompanies it, can be caused by a wide range of things. Whether it be the death of a loved one, the loss of a friendship, or a divorce or breakup, make sure that you take the necessary steps to help you to deal with your loss, as this is what will help you to really move on.

Take Your Summer Maxi Into Fall

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Maxi dresses are synonymous with the summer months, but there is no reason why you have to put your favorite maxi dresses away once fall rolls around. By keeping these styling tips in mind, you will be able to rock your maxi dress well into the autumn months, and even into the start of winter.

Add in a Vest
Once the end of summer rolls around, you are likely to want a bit of extra warmth, but will still want to show some skin. This is where a vest comes in, as this can be worn over your maxi dress but left open, meaning that your whole dress is still on show, but the upper half of your body will have some extra coverage. While a vest works best with a maxi dress with sleeves, you would still be able to pull this look off with a sleeveless dress, although you may need to be more careful with the accessories you choose.

A Light Sweater and Ankle Boots
Layering your maxi dress with a light sweater and a pair of ankle boots is a great way to take it into the months of fall. If your sweater makes the whole outfit appear too bulky, try cinching in the waist of your maxi dress with a skinny belt, as this will really flatter your figure.

Add in a Scarf
Scarves are perfect for giving your body that extra bit of warmth, and can also add a completely new dimension to your maxi dress. As a general rule of thumb, try to opt for a solid colored scarf if your maxi dress features prints, or a printed scarf if your maxi dress is a solid color, as you want the two to work together rather than compete with each other.

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A Cropped Jacket
The shorter length of a cropped jacket is perfect for accentuating a maxi dress, while giving you some extra coverage at the same time. A cropped denim jacket is a classic way to go if you are seeking out a more casual vibe, while those who are after something slightly dressier may want to opt for a cropped leather or military-style jacket.

Wear a Shirt Underneath
Layering your maxi dress with a shirt underneath will help to keep you warmer, while really adding a sense of personal style to your outfit. A t-shirt is all you would need for those warmer days, while a turtle-neck may be a better option if it is quite chilly outside.

Wear It As a Skirt
A maxi dress can quickly be transformed into a maxi skirt, giving you a whole new item of clothing to play with in your wardrobe. All you need to do is wear a blouse or a sweater over the top of your dress, leaving just the bottom half showing.

While wearing a maxi dress in the fall does take a bit more effort and thought than it does in the winter, you will no doubt be able to put together some stunning outfits for the cooler months. Whether you pair your dress with a scarf and a cropped jacket, or layer it up with a shirt, do not be afraid to experiment when it comes to creating new looks with your maxi dresses.

Fashion and Flair With Denim

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Denim is a classic material, and while it used to be mainly used for just jeans, this adaptable fabric can now be found in just about every garment type possible. If you want to add some denim flair to your wardrobe, without purchasing yet another pair of jeans, a denim dress could be exactly what you need.

Simplicity is Key
While denim dress styles have evolved quite a bit over the decades, the current trend for denim dresses is veering towards simplicity. A flowing silhouette that just about skims the body is always a great option, as is a shirtdress that features a darker wash of denim.

Dress It Up
When it comes to denim dresses, one of the main problems that many have is that it can often look slightly too casual. However, it is actually quite easy to dress a denim dress up, as all you need are a few statement accessories. Whether you opt for shoulder-grazing earrings or a pair of killer heels, the accessories that you choose can really transform your whole outfit.

Woman in denim dress with bicycle

Cinch in the Waist
If your denim dress skims your figure, then there may be times at which you want to enhance your shape. This can easily be done by cinching in your waist, either with a skinny belt or a wider sash. This will give your look so much more definition, and will make your dress fit your body in a different way.

Denim Maxi Dresses
For those looking for something even more unique than a short denim dress, a denim maxi dress may be perfect for you. These usually tend to have quite a vintage vibe, so be sure to keep it modern with your shoes and other accessories.

A Harder Edge
Denim dresses are usually quite casual, but if you would like to give your look a bit more attitude, there are a couple of ways in which you can do this. Try pairing your denim dress with some combat boots, and even add in a leather jacket if you want it to be even more edgy.

Off-Shoulder
The off-shoulder trend has been hot for quite a while now, and shows no sign of slowing down. Opting for an off-shoulder denim dress is a great way to embrace this style, and will give your dress a gorgeous, flirty, feminine quality. If you do not want to show too much skin, tie a thin silk scarf around your neck, as this will keep your chest covered while highlighting your bare shoulders.

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Cool and Casual
There are many ways in which you can dress a denim dress up, but it is sometimes always best to wear it in a casual way. Try wearing your dress with a baseball cap and a pair of sneakers for a cool, down-to-earth look.

Denim is such a versatile material, which is why every woman should have a denim dress in her wardrobe. Whether you dress it up with high heels and a statement clutch bag, or go for a casual vibe with sneakers and a baseball cap, your denim dress will soon become your go-to item in your wardrobe.