Choosing the Perfect Statement Coat

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With the colder months creeping up on us, it is time to update your wardrobe to reflect the changing seasons, and this means adding in some fall and winter coats. While neutral colors and styles may be great to wear year upon year, a statement coat is always fun to have, as this will instantly brighten up your cold weather outfits, and help you to stand out from the crowd.

Bold but Classic Colors and Prints
While you want your coat to make a statement, you do not want it to appear too trendy, as this will mean that you will not be able to wear it next year. When it comes to choosing colors and prints, opt for ones that are bold and vibrant, but still elegantly classic, such as stripes, checks or animal prints. These patterns tend to not go out of style, making your statement coat quite the investment piece.

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Dramatic Silhouettes
Not everybody enjoys wearing bold colors and prints, and, if this is the case for you, then you can always look to the silhouette of your coat to make a statement. There are so many different styles out there that can really add some drama to your outfit, even if they are in neutral colors, such as oversized coats, vintage-inspired coats, and exaggerated details, from zippers to buttons to pockets. However, when it comes to picking a silhouette, you still need to make sure that it suits your body shape. Those who are taller can go for longer styles of coats, while those who are more petite should opt for styles that are shorter and well-tailored.

Try Out Different Fabrics and Textures
The majority of winter coats out there will be made from a waterproof fabric, as winters tend to be wet. However, do not be afraid to opt for alternative fabrics and textures when it comes to picking out a statement coat, whether this may be leather, tweed, cashmere, faux fur, or a knit. If the choices are too overwhelming, try to consider the types of outfits that you will be wearing your coat with, and opt for a fabric and texture that will contrast with this.

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Do Not Forget About Warmth
While you are thinking about color, print, silhouette, fabric and texture, you need to ensure that you do not forget to pick out a coat that will provide you with sufficient warmth, because this is, after all, its purpose. When it comes to warmth, wool coats tend to be the warmest, but, if you have opted for a cooler fabric or cut, you can still make sure that the coat features a warm lining, whether this may be fleece, shearling, or another cosy fabric.

A statement coat is a great way to add some attitude to your winter outfits, but you need to ensure that you pick one that not only flatters you, but also complements the rest of your winter wardrobe. Do not forget that when wearing a statement coat, you should try to keep the rest of your accessories simple, as this will help your coat to really stand out.

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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.

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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.

Should You Hand-Wash Your Delicates?

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Whether it be a silk shirt or a lace bra, delicate clothing requires a different level of care compared to your everyday clothing. While you may be able to put these into the washing machine a few times, this will only end up ruining them in the long-term, making it important that you understand exactly how they need to be cared for.

What Exactly are Delicates?
Delicate items of clothing include those made from materials such as linen, silk and wool, as well as those that have been embellished or embroidered. Soft, thin cottons can also be classed as delicate clothing, as these can quickly become damaged in a washing machine due to the high heat and intense spinning cycles.

The Benefits of Hand Washing
While hand washing may take more time than throwing your clothes into a washing machine, it does come with some benefits. By hand washing, you have complete control over the whole washing process, meaning not just over how the garment is handled, but also the water temperature used. With hand washing, you are also able to stop washing as soon as your delicates are clean, whereas a machine would keep going until that cycle has ended, even if your clothing does not need the extra washing time.

How to Hand Wash Delicates
When hand washing delicates, you should always group together similar items, such as having all silk items together and all embellished items together, as this will prevent the materials from each one interfering with the others. Simply fill a basin with lukewarm water, as well as some detergent, making sure to pick one that has been designed for delicate clothing. These will usually be milder, meaning that they will be far more gentle on your clothes. Swirl your delicates around in the basin, paying close attention to any spots or stains, before leaving them to air dry. If you have delicates that can easily be stretched, leave these lying flat on a towel rather than hanging them.

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Machine Washing Delicates
Some washing machines have a special setting for delicate clothing, but, even if yours does not, there are still ways in which you can wash your delicates in a machine, although this does come with a few risks. To prevent the delicate fabrics from becoming tangled, use the half load option on your machine, and make sure to set it to a cool or lukewarm water temperature, as well as the slowest spin cycle there is. Again, just like with hand washing, delicates should be air dried rather than put into a dryer.

Your delicate clothing is likely to be amongst your favorite items of clothing, so it is important to wash them in the right way, so that they will be able to last for as long as possible. Even if you are not able to hand wash them, make sure that you take the necessary steps before putting them into a machine, as this will prevent them from experiencing any damage.

Polynesian Inspired Fashion

With vibrant colors and bold, graphic prints, Polynesian-inspired clothing is perfectly suited to the warm summer months. From beautifully exotic dresses to bold, printed heels, these are some of the highlights of the Polynesian inspired fashion styles that are currently out there.

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Resort Collections
Resort wear is ideally suited to Polynesian elements, with Mena being one brand that does this extremely well. With flowing silhouettes that feature graphic yet subtle prints, these styles provide an elegant taste of Polynesia. If there are designers that are particular favorites of yours, take a look through some of their resort collections, as you are bound to find a number of pieces that feature elements taken from Polynesia.

Polynesian Inspired Footwear
Polynesian inspired footwear is a great way to add an exotic element to your outfit, and there are some gorgeous custom-made designs available on Etsy. From casual Vans to towering stilettos, there are a number of talented artists that are using authentic Polynesian ink to create stunning prints on plain shades of these shoes.

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Kimonos
The kimono was first brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants, and its style became quite popular on the islands. Today, the kimono continues to inspire designers all over the world, and Polynesian-printed kimonos are easily available. Pupuka is a Hawaiian brand that creates beautifully-structured kimonos, each one handmade using custom block-printed pieces of fabric, while Natalie Wood is an Australian designer that produces elegant kimonos that are favored by celebrities and the fashion elite. These are fantastic for the summertime, as they can be worn over swimwear to the beach, or over shorts and a tank top as a casual piece of outerwear. For a beachy look, opt for a brightly printed kimono in a semi-transparent fabric, while a solid-colored kimono with a few sophisticated details works well in the evenings.

Vintage Polynesian Prints
Alfred Shaheen was one of the masters of Polynesian prints, and there were many others just like him that produced truly incredible designs. Shaheen, in particular, revolutionized the print manufacturing industry at the time and was extraordinarily passionate about creating the finest prints, often using gold to trace around certain fabric details. While garments by masters such as Shaheen may be difficult to get hold of, Polynesian prints are widely available, and can brighten up just about any item of clothing.

Polynesian maxi dress

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Polynesian Inspired Maxi Dresses
With a simple but flowing silhouette, maxi dresses lend themselves extremely well to Polynesian design details, especially when it comes to placement prints. Maxi dresses started to become more popular in Polynesia in the 70’s, many of them featuring plunging necklines and layered¬†graphic prints.

Tropical Accessories
Accessories make it easy to bring some island life into your outfit, and there is so much out there to choose from. From hand-carved wooden jewelry to colorful floral headpieces, Polynesian-inspired accessories are fun and currently extremely on trend.

Reminiscent of tropical islands and a calmer way of life, designers have long since taken inspiration from Polynesia. From flowing maxi dresses to artistically printed shoes, these styles are a great way to add a sunny and exotic element to any outfit.