Dressing Up a Basic T

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A basic t-shirt is a staple that just about everybody has in their wardrobe. While you may think that this is an item of clothing that only really works for casual occasions, there are actually many ways in which you can dress up a basic tee and completely elevate your look.

Add a Scarf
A silk scarf is a great way to add color and pattern to a simple t-shirt, while giving the overall look so much more sophistication. Scarves are extremely versatile and can be tied in so many different ways, so whether you opt for a knotted loop or a reverse drape, experiment with pairing your t-shirt with different scarves.

A Statement Necklace
Statement accessories are bang on trend at the moment, and also happen to be a fantastic way to dress up a basic t-shirt. A chunky, attention-seeking necklace, or even several different strands of beads or pearls, will give your t-shirt a whole new focal point.

Edgy with Leather
If your personal style tends to veer towards the edgy side, then this look will be perfect for you. Simply tuck your t-shirt into a leather skirt, pairing this with strappy heels, for an edgy, street style look. This also works with leather trousers, or even a leather jacket.

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Chic Tomboy
There is more to dressing up a basic tee than just adding a few extra feminine touches. Instead, you could try to dress it up in more of a tomboy look, wearing it with a tailored blazer, boyfriend jeans, and a pair of heels.

Shorter Sleeves
Scrunching up the sleeves of your t-shirt and pushing them up even higher is a great way to transform this humble item of clothing. When doing this, try to keep the rest of your outfit quite fitted, so that emphasis is placed on the extra volume that your shorter sleeves have created.

A Knotted Tee
By tying a knot at the hem of your t-shirt, you will be able to experiment with new proportions. This style works especially well when paired with high waisted bottoms, whether this may be pants or a skirt, and, when worn with heels, results in quite the party look.

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Knee-Length Pencil Skirt
Knee-length pencil skirts can often be quite difficult to style, but work beautifully with a simple t-shirt. Make sure that you tuck the t-shirt into your skirt, as this creates the perfect balance between elegance and ease.

Style it With a Blazer
As mentioned above in the Chic Tomboy look, a blazer is a great way to dress up a t-shirt. While this may not add quite enough formality to make the t-shirt suitable to be worn to the office, it still makes your t-shirt look so much classier, and the sleeves of the blazer can easily be rolled up if you want the look to have more of a laid back feel.

A t-shirt is an item that just about everybody owns, but the majority of people out there do not tend to experiment with different ways in which to style a basic tee. However, while a t-shirt may be one of the simplest of garments out there, it is also one of the most versatile, so the next time you put yours on, try dressing it up with one of these looks.

Tips For Looking Better When You Dress

No matter how polished your personal style may already be, there are always a few adjustments that can be made to take your outfit to the next level. No matter the occasion that you may be dressing for, here are some tips that will help you to look even better than usual.

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Pay Attention to Fit
No matter how important style and trends may be, the most crucial aspect to dressing well is only wearing garments that fit your body perfectly, accentuating it rather than having an unflattering effect. Since clothing sizing varies greatly between brands, it is time to stop paying attention to the number, and instead focus on how each garment fits your body. If you find that you own a large amount of clothing that is ill-fitting, it could be well worth visiting a tailor and having your clothing customized to suit your shape.

Statement Accessories
Not only are statement accessories bang on trend right now, but they are also a great way to instantly add a fashionable flair to your outfit. Even if you are just wearing jeans and a t-shirt, adding in a statement necklace and ring, along with some bangles and a colorful headband, can completely transform your look.

Upgrade Your Shoes
Your footwear has a huge impact on the rest of your outfit, and can alone be the one accessory that dresses your look up or down. For example, a simple shorts and t-shirt combination can instantly be made more chic with a pair of wedges, while a fitted dress takes on a more relaxed edge when worn with some casual flats. If you want your outfit to seem more polished overall, then investing in shoes that are stylish and sophisticated could be an easy way to do so.

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What’s Underneath Counts
While you may think that it is only the clothes that are actually visible on your body that contribute to an outfit, your undergarments are just as important. If you have not been measured for a bra for a few years now, then it is time to have this done, as your exact size will change over the years. A bra that fits perfectly will instantly give your upper body a lift, resulting in a much more slender figure and silhouette.

Plan Your Outfits in Advance
If you often end up finding yourself in quite the rush when you are getting dressed, then this means that you will not be putting your full focus on choosing an outfit. You are also likely to opt for an outfit out of convenience rather than style, which can often end up looking quite drab. To avoid this, spend five minutes each evening browsing through your wardrobe and deciding what to wear the next day, so that you can take the time to plan an outfit that really pops.

While the fashionable looks gleaming in magazines can sometimes seem unobtainable, it actually does not take too much effort to upgrade the way in which you dress. With the right garments, and a little bit of advance planning, you will soon be dressing better than you ever have.

New York Fashion Week Trends

New York Fashion Week 2017

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With spring quickly approaching, it is time to turn your attention to the season’s upcoming fashion trends, with some of the hottest ones having been spotted at New York Fashion Week. From energetic stripes to feminine florals, here is all you need to know if you are looking to update your wardrobe for spring 2017.

Energetic Stripes
Stripes often tend to make a comeback in the spring, but rather than featuring delicate pastels, 2017 is all about bold, vibrant and energetic stripes. Just about every color was seen in stripe form on the runways, with graphic primary colors being the most popular, especially when anchored down with a base of black.

80’s Glam
Garments inspired by 80’s glam were also extremely prevalent on the runways of New York Fashion Week, with everything from metallic fabrics to graphic t-shirts. Leather jackets, mini skirts and 80’s inspired sneakers are also set to be popular this season, and can easily be styled with items that you already own to give your look more of a modern edge.

New York Fashion Week 2017

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Feminine Florals
Florals are another print that are always a hit in the spring, and while this may not be anything new, this season’s florals are bright, bold and fresh. From Tanya Taylor to Tibi, florals appeared on just about everything on the runways, from long-tiered skirts to ruffled jumpsuits, resulting in many show-stopping outfits.

Ruffles
Ruffles are beautifully feminine, and made a huge appearance at New York Fashion Week, with just about every runway show featuring a certain amount of flounce. However, while some of these looks may have seemed slightly over-the-top, other designers managed to perfectly balance out their ruffles with some tailored sleekness, such as the one-shouldered dress from J. Crew, which also featured stripes, and the voluminous skirt from Zimmerman.

New York Fashion Week 2017

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Key Colors
There are always certain colors that dominate each season, and, as seen at New York Fashion Week, the shades that you can expect to see more of this spring are nude colors, such as hazelnut and khaki, as well as soft, pretty shades, with pink being especially popular. However, neon shades have also made a comeback, as seen on the runways of DKNY, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu and so many more, from bright blues to neon greens, promising to add a bright pop of color to any outfit.

Statement Earrings
Statement jewelry has been all the rage for a while, but this trend has usually focused on items such as rings and necklaces, with earrings being neglected. However, New York Fashion Week turned this all around with their incredible selection of statement earrings. From the neon pink shoulder-grazing shapes from Delpozo to the large double hoops from Hellessy, these pieces not only make quite the statement, but also beautifully frame the face and make it the focal point of your look.

Fashion trends are always coming and going, with each season bringing with it new and exciting looks. While some of these trends may be common in the spring, they were all presented in fresh and innovative ways at New York Fashion Week, exuding a huge amount of creativity and style.

Putting Together the Perfect Date Night Ensemble

The way that you dress can really say so much about you and your personality, which is why it is important to choose your date night outfit carefully. While it may seem as though the younger generations have so many more options, these tips will help you to put together the perfect date night ensemble if you are “getting back out there” at a later stage in your life.

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A True First Impression
First impressions can have a huge impact on the rest of the date, which is why it is important to ensure that the first impression that you give off is one that is true to you and your personality. This means that, if you have a more demure personality, then a skin-tight outfit with a plunging neckline will exude quite the opposite impression, and vice versa. Have a think about the sort of message you want your outfit to send to your date, and try to dress in a way that works with this.

Choosing a Dress
When it comes to picking a date night outfit, a dress is always a classic choice, but choosing the actual style of dress needs to be done carefully. A fitted dress always works well, but make sure that it is not skin-tight. In terms of hem length, at the knee, or slightly above the knee, will be most flattering, so avoid going too long or too short. If you are trying to minimize your mid-section, then a wrap dress is the style for you, whereas if you want to give off the impression of a narrower waist, opt for a sheath or tunic dress that is fitted around the waist.

Heels to wear for a date
Shoes and Accessories
Heels are perfect for date night, as they will show off your legs and make you feel sexy. The height of the heel you choose is completely up to you, as is the style of heel, although wedges are great if you want the extra height along with some stability. With the rest of your accessories, opt for statement pieces that tell a story about your personality, whether this may be a signature clutch bag or a chunky ring. However, once you have chosen your statement accessories, make sure the rest of the accessories that you wear are toned down, so that your outfit does not end up looking over the top.

Comfort is Key
Feeling comfortable in the outfit that you pick will really boost your confidence on your date, so always remember that comfort is key when putting together an ensemble. No matter what look you think may be perfect for the evening, you will not be able to pull this off properly unless you really feel comfortable in it.

Fashion is all about having fun with your clothing, and there really is no age limit to this. If the outfit that you choose is not only stylish and comfortable, but also reflects your true personality, then you know for sure that you are onto a winner.

Chic Winter Coats to Perfect Your Style

Chic Winter Coats to Perfect Your Style

 

Whether you are combating blustery winds or fighting your way through deep snow, a reliable coat is a must if you want to stay on top of all that the season may throw at you. To ensure that you have the right combination of style and practicality, here are some chic winter coats that will not only keep you warm and dry, but also give you a fashion forward edge.

Hooded Wool-Felt Duffle Coat – Burberry
Burberry’s outerwear always seems to have quite the timeless quality about it, and this hooded duffle coat, which comes in a striking red color, is definitely no exception. Woven from a thick and ultra-warm wool-felt, the coat boasts a generous hood, as well as large patch pockets and Burberry’s signature checked lining, and can be styled with everything from jeans and a sweater to a sleek party dress.

Oversized Shearling-Lined Cotton-Twill Parka – Balenciaga
This luxurious parka is an updated interpretation of archival Balenciaga couture, making it no surprise that it has been one of the most sought-after winter coats this season. The oversized cocoon shape can be cinched in at the waist with a drawstring, giving you the option to add some extra shape, while the quilted shell cuffs give the coat an added modern twist. To ensure your comfort and warmth, the coat is lined with a decadent shearling, which is known for being one of the best winter fabrics out there.

Lilia Belted Cashmere Coat – Max Mara
The Lilia Belted Cashmere Coat from Max Mara comes in a sophisticated gray, and features a relaxed silhouette that makes it extremely versatile when it comes to styling. This coat is one that oozes elegance and style, largely due to the way in which it has been meticulously handcrafted in Italy, and is made from the finest and purest of cashmere. The soft lapels help to give the coat just the right amount of structure, and the detachable waist belt gives you the opportunity to experiment with different silhouettes.

Kinsley Oversized Striped Faux Fur Coat – Alice + Olivia
The majority of winter coats are usually created from relatively neutral colors, which is why this striped faux fur coat from Alice + Olivia really stands out. If you want to add a vibrant pop of color to your winter outfits, then this coat, which features stripes in a deep claret, black and white, is perfect for you. This is a coat that really makes a statement, not only due to its bold exterior, but also its smooth satin lining, and, with its oversized fit, it can be styled in so many different ways.

A stylish go-to winter coat is an absolute must at this time of the year, and if yours is not as chic as you would like, then it may be worth investing in one of these pieces. Whether you make a statement with a striped faux fur number, or stay sleek and elegant in cashmere, these coats would all be a great addition to your winter wardrobe.

Chic Accessories for a Holiday Formal

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Accessories can really make or break an outfit, so, for a holiday formal, you really want to make sure that your accessories are on point. From a stylish smart watch to help you count calories to bold, varnished brass earrings, these chic accessories each promise to inject your outfit with a powerful dose of style.

Poppy Petal Earrings, Celine
When it comes to earrings for a holiday formal, many tend to go down the route of extravagance and sparkle, but, if the rest of your outfit is quite statement-making, it is best to keep your earrings relatively minimal. The simple yet stunning Poppy Petal Earrings from Celine have been created from a beautiful varnished brass, and their deep red shade is perfectly in-keeping with the festive season.

Q Smartwatch, Fossil
One of the most popular accessories out there is the watch, and while smartwatches have not been exceptionally stylish up until now, the sleek Q Smartwatch from Fossil is set to change this. These beautiful watches are crafted from refined steel and boast classic leather accents, along with high-tech touchscreen displays, and are ideal for those who are trying to eat healthily during the holidays, as they will do everything from track your steps to count your calories.

Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, Agnes B
Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, which means “nothing can be done without love” in English, is the title of the latest accessories collection from designer Agnes B. Each one of these exquisite pieces would be perfectly suited to a holiday formal, as they have been created from red gold and rose gold, resulting in luxurious yet sleek and sophisticated pieces.

Woman in heelsPax Heels, Kate Spade
If your holiday formal involves a night of dancing, then you need to pay careful attention to the shoes that you wear. While needle-thin stilettos might be your go-to pair, these are likely to become uncomfortable during the evening, and will prevent you from really enjoying yourself. To ensure that you really will be able to dance the night away while rocking a pair of heels, invest in a pair of the Pax Heels from Kate Spade, which feature thick, stacked heels for added comfort, but which are also encrusted in sparkling stones for a perfect festive flair.

Double T Bag, Tod’s
The deep red Double T Bag from Tod’s is the ideal color for the holidays, and is an evening bag that will allow you to remain hands-free during the night, which is always a bonus at a holiday formal. This cross-body style features a chain and leather strap that gives the bag quite an edgy feel, and these can also be extended or shortened so that they can work with just about any outfit.

These high fashion accessories are all perfect for a holiday formal, no matter what the rest of your outfit may look like. From the chic and minimal Celine earrings to the sparkly but practical Kate Spade heels, each of these pieces exude a sense of modern style.

Cardigans Don’t Have to be Frumpy

While historically a menswear piece, cardigans are now a classic unisex garment that just about every woman will have in her wardrobe. Although many tend to shy away from wearing cardigans, due to fears of looking frumpy, there are many ways to style a cardigan to give your outfit a modern and contemporary edge.

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Oversized Cardigans
Also known as boyfriend cardigans, oversized cardigans are a popular choice by many, and work especially well when they have been created with chunky knits. Deep v-necks and longer hemlines help to keep oversized cardigans looking modern, but they also need to be worn over a relatively fitting outfit so as not to look frumpy, such as a simple t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans. Another option is to pair a long, oversized cardigan with a crop top and some fitted pants. This look is great for a mild winter climate, and enables you to wear your favorite summer crop tops in the winter too. Stay away from full skirts or dresses with a long, oversized cardigan, as these will only cut your body off at an unflattering place. Full dresses are best worn with shorter cardigans, which is explained further below.

Wrap Cardigans
Wrap cardigans have a similar shape to oversized cardigans, but they tend to be more streamlined and less bulky. Nevertheless, this is another style that makes use of draping, meaning that you need to be careful with what you pair it with, as this can often interfere with proportions. While it can be tempting to wear a wrap cardigan with a short skirt, you are best off wearing it with dark pants so that the cardigan will elongate your figure rather than breaking it up. If your wrap cardigan is extremely bulky, try cinching it in at the waist with a belt, and wearing it like a coat.

Short Cardigans
Short cardigans are often paired with a longer top, but this silhouette is never really flattering. Instead, try wearing a short cardigan buttoned up on its own as a top, or pair it with a flared dress, or a high waisted skirt. Keep in mind that your cardigan hemline should not fall more than a couple of inches below the waistband of your dress, otherwise you begin to venture into the frumpy zone.

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Colors
The color of your cardigan can also make quite the difference in the overall look that you create. Shades such as beige and brown can instantly look matronly, whereas bright and bold shades will add a pop of color to your outfit. However, if you do opt for a bright shade, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple, so as not to take your look over the top. Dark neutral colors, such as black and navy, are also good choices, as these can be styled in so many different ways.

Cardigans are a classic garment and are available in so many different styles. From a chunky oversized cardigan to a delicate short cardigan, the versatility of the classic cardigan is what has helped to carry this garment through into the modern day.

Tying in Crop Tops with Your Winter Wardrobe

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While crop tops are usually extremely popular during the summer months, most people tend to put them away for the year once winter rolls around. However, with some careful styling, there is no reason at all why you cannot incorporate … Continue reading

The Perfect Date Night Outfit

When deciding what to wear for date night, you have to take your destination into consideration. Whether you are heading to the movies, or for a romantic dinner, here are some ideas for the perfect date night outfit.

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Dinner and Drinks
If you have a romantic evening planned with dinner and drinks, a classy, feminine outfit will always work well. A casual dress can be dressed up with a pair of strappy heels, while a more formal dress can be toned down with a pair of flats. Keep your color palette relatively simple, although if you are opting for a printed dress, vibrant colors may be better. Once you have narrowed down your outfit choices, make sure to test them out while you are seated as well as standing, as hem lengths and necklines can often look quite different in various positions.

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Movie Night
A date night at the cinema calls for a casual but stylish outfit, making tailored or skinny jeans the perfect choice. A sweater is also a good idea to keep you warm, but add some edge and personality to your look by picking quirky shoes and accessories.

Staying In
For those that will be spending date night at home together on the sofa, an outfit that is comfortable yet feminine is perfect. A flirty skirt paired with a cozy jumper and some flats is a fail-proof option, as is an easy dress with a cardigan and some wedged heels. By putting together a timeless but comfortable look, your outfit will have that effortless quality that is always desired when dressing for a date.

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An Active Date
Whether you will be spending the evening at a bowling alley or on an evening hike, active dates can be difficult to dress for, but you just need to have the right combination of functional and stylish. A classic pair of jeans will work for just about every activity, but make sure that they are not too tight and restricting. Comfortable shoes are also a must, but there is no reason why you cannot be more creative with the top, and accessories, that you choose. However, be sure to bring along a sturdy jacket, such as denim or leather, in case you need to cover up for your activity, as well as a bag that is large enough to carry any extras that you may need. Finally, do not forget about your hair, as an active date will require your hair to be pulled back and kept away from your face, so spend some time experimenting with styles that are more interesting than the standard ponytail.

As important as it is that you look good in your date night outfit, you also need to ensure that you are completely comfortable in it, as this will give you much more confidence. Make sure that you have worn each of the garments in your date night outfit before, so that you know exactly what they look and feel like before the big night.

Sparkle at Holiday Events

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Whether you are dressing for an office holiday party or a glitzy charity event, it does not take much to add some festive cheer to your look. From metallic gold garments to glittering accessories, here are some ways in which you can add some sparkle to your outfit for your next holiday event.

Office Holiday Party
Office holiday parties are not usually that formal, meaning that if you want to add some sparkle to your look, you need to do this in a way that is not too over-the-top. With metallic gold being bang on trend for this season, this is a great color to opt for, and can be paired with so many other contrasting shades. While you will not likely want to opt for an entire outfit in metallic gold, a shimmering gold top, or even a top with just metallic gold detailing, can be paired with more conventional pants or a skirt, making this the ideal outfit for your office holiday party.

Meeting the Parents
The holiday season is often when new couples meet each other’s parents for the first time, and working out what to wear can definitely be nerve-wracking. This is another occasion in which your sparkle needs to be quite subtle and toned down, making festive accessories your best bet. From your handbag to your shoes to your jewelry, allow one or two aspects of your outfit to sparkle, but try to keep the rest of it relatively demure.

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Charity Event
The majority of formal charity events will have a dress code that guests need to stick to, making it slightly easier to put together an outfit. A glittering cocktail dress is always a good choice, whether you opt for a full length or a shorter design. For those who want to go all out, a sparkly evening gown will definitely make you feel like the belle of the ball, but when wearing an evening gown that sparkles, you need to make sure that everything else that you wear is quite toned down. Rather than donning all of your favorite festive accessories, keep jewelry to a minimum, and choose some simple sandals rather than a more extravagant style.

Holiday Dinner
Holiday feasts are a big part of the festive season, and while your usual daytime look would likely suffice, it never hurts to jazz up your outfit a little. For those who want to keep their sparkle to their accessories, garments in traditional festive colors, from red to green to gold, will act as the perfect backdrop. Wearing separates should also be considered for a holiday dinner, as this means that you will be able to combine a variety of different textures and silhouettes. A sequinned skirt or an embellished top can really add some festive flair to your look, and can be paired with a slightly more simple garment to keep the outfit in the casual realm.

While you likely already have a few favorite go-to festive outfits, it never hurts to experiment with your style and mix things up a bit. Whether you are heading to a formal charity event or a festive office party, these ideas will ensure that you always have something fabulous to wear.