Summer Fashion Trends

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Now that summer is upon us, it is the perfect time to take a look through your wardrobe and put together a few go-to outfits for the season. To ensure that all of your looks are as current as can be, here are some of the hottest summer fashion trends to keep in mind.

Retro-Kinis
Retro-inspired swimwear is bang on trend for this summer, so be sure to keep this in mind when shopping for new swimwear. Whether you opt for a feminine one-piece or a high-waisted bikini bottom with a bandeau top, make sure that the style that you pick also works well with your own body shape and flatters your figure.

Gingham
Thanks to designers such as Altuzarra and J.W Anderson, gingham has gone from being preppy to trendy and is a great alternative to the stripes that are usually seen everywhere in the spring and summer months. This is a timeless pattern and works extremely well when styled into a casual outfit.

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Statement Drop Earrings
Statement jewellery has been making headlines recently, and this is set to continue throughout the summer. When it comes to earrings, drop styles are what you should be going for, whether they be graphic metal shapes or elongated, elegant drops. Just make sure that the style you choose is large, bold, and makes a statement.

The Wrap Dress
The wrap dress always tends to make a comeback during the summer months, and this is because it is such a versatile style that is absolutely perfect for the season. This dress can be worn with just about anything, whether it be thrown over a bikini as a beach cover-up, or worn over jeans for a casual city look.

Micro Florals
Just like with stripes, florals are another print that always makes a comeback in the warmer months, but, rather than featuring big, bold, graphic florals, this season’s prints are micro and delicate. From Marco de Vincenzo to Ulla Johnson, the gorgeous, feminine micro florals that are being created are absolutely perfect for special events, as well as worn casually on a daily basis.

Slides

Slides
When it comes to summer shoes, there are so many options out there, but slides always grow in popularity once the weather turns warmer. Whether this may be because of how easy and convenient they are, or how cool and breezy they are in the heat, make sure that you have a pair of go-to slides in your wardrobe. There is so much choice when it comes to the actual style that you choose, so feel free to experiment with designs that work well with your personal style, from embellished mules to colorful ballet flats.

The warm summer months are perfect for experimenting with different looks, and sticking to some of the main trends for the season will help to tie all of your outfits together while keeping them looking fresh and modern. From a classic wrap dress to a retro-inspired bikini, these are the pieces that you will want in your wardrobe this season.

Style Advice for Summer

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With the heat of the summer months quickly approaching, it is time to refresh your wardrobe and get it ready for all of the new looks that you will be creating in the upcoming months. However, looking chic while staying comfortable and sweat-free can be difficult, so here are a few snippets of summer style advice to help you out.

Summer Shoe Sizes
Whether you like it or not, your feet are going to swell during the summer months, although the rate at which it does so depends on the individual. Nevertheless, any shoes that are in your regular shoe size are likely to start feeling quite tight and uncomfortable, which is why it is important to have a few pairs of summer shoes that are either half a size, or a whole size, larger than what you would usually buy. Natural materials, such as canvas and suede, are much stretchier than synthetic materials, such as faux leather or plastic, so keep this in mind too when determining your summer shoe size.

Loose Clothing
While you may think that some skintight shorts and a matching tight tank top will be the best way to keep your body cool during the summer, this is not actually true. Instead, the less fabric that you have touching your body, the cooler you will feel, so try to opt for looser clothes rather than tighter clothes.

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Natural, Breathable Fabrics
The most breathable fabrics tend to be natural, and this means that they are better at absorbing sweat, and dry much faster, leaving you feeling cooler and fresher. This means that you should try to wear clothing that is made from fabrics such as cotton or silk, instead of polyester and rayon.

Do Not Re-Wear Clothes
While you may be able to re-wear your favorite top a couple of times in the winter before it needs a wash, this is something that you should try to avoid in the summer months. Your clothes are likely to contain much larger amounts of sweat, dirt, skin cells and cosmetics, which will make them less breathable, and make you feel hotter, so be sure to wash them after every wear.

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A Printed Dress
A printed dress will soon become your go-to item for the summer, so make sure that you have one in your wardrobe. This could be anything from a short and flirty mini dress to a long and flowing maxi dress, because, whichever you choose, you are bound to look delightfully feminine.

Wear a Hat
Hats can often feel quite suffocating, especially in the heat, but they are absolutely essential for protecting your head and face from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Try to have a couple of different hats in your wardrobe, so that you can easily mix and match them between outfits. If you can find a style that features built-in ventilation, then this is a huge bonus, as it will really help to keep you cool.

Staying chic and stylish in the heat of the summer can often be quite tricky. However, as long as you have stuck to breathable fabrics in loose cuts, and have not forgotten about changing shoe sizes and the need for a hat, you will be free to experiment with as many new looks as you want.

Make Culottes a Wardrobe Staple

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Culottes are making a comeback this season, and the summer months are the perfect time to give this style a try. For those of you who are not quite sure how to wear them, here are a few ideas on different ways in which you can style your culottes so that they will quickly become a wardrobe staple.

A Matching Top
Matching your culottes with your top will result in a sophisticated coordinated look, and is a great way to style your culottes so that they look smart and tailored. The actual colors that you choose are completely up to you, and you could opt for anything from soft pastels to matching prints.

Tuck in a Shirt
Culottes make the silhouette so much more interesting, and this is amplified if you wear them with a button down shirt that you tuck in. This really balances out the silhouette, and the shirt that you choose should depend on the occasion that you are dressing for. For formal events, try wearing a fitted shirt, perhaps with short sleeves, while casual occasions are a great excuse to wear a baggier shirt.

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Pay Attention to Footwear
The majority of the culottes that you will see in fashion magazines will be paired with some high heels, but this is not the only footwear option that you have when it comes to styling culottes. If you are trying to go for a more casual look, wear your culottes with a pair of sneakers, as this can work for both day and night.

Keep it Simple
Culottes are a relatively bold item of clothing and make a bit of a statement, which is why you should generally try to keep the rest of your outfit quite simple. This not only applies to the color palette that you choose but also the accessories that you wear with the outfit.

Experiment with Proportions
As mentioned above, culottes add so much interest to a silhouette but keep in mind that everybody’s body shape is different, so you are likely to need to experiment with different looks before finding the best ways in which culottes can work for you. If you are put off by the voluminous nature of culottes, try pairing them with a fitted top that cinches in at the waist, as this will help to offset all of the extra volume below.

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Wearing Culottes to Work
If you have been looking for a way to mix up your work outfits, adding in a pair of culottes could be exactly what you need. This style is perfect for the office because while they are quite trendy, they are also chic enough to not draw too much attention. Wear your culottes with a pair of office-appropriate wedges, as well as a white blouse and black jacket, for a look that is perfect for a work day.

Culottes first became popular in Victorian England, as they gave women the opportunity to wear shorts, while still looking as though they were wearing a skirt, meaning that they could easily partake in activities such as horse riding or tennis, while still maintaining their modesty. Although this may not be your main reason for wearing them today, culottes are still extremely comfortable, and incredibly chic, so do give this item of clothing pride of place in your wardrobe.

What to Look for in Luxury and Designer Styles

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When it comes to luxury clothing, many people assume that the high price tag automatically means high quality and the utmost of style, but this is not always the case. While there is nothing wrong with trusting certain brands, here are a few tips on what to look for when you are choosing designer clothing.

Global Variations
Designers from different countries will produce distinctly unique styles, so this is something to consider if you already have quite a particular style in mind. For example, Italian designers often favor brighter colors, while French designers tend to veer towards femininity, and many American designers opt for a sportswear vibe. By deciphering the different design aspects that tend to come from different countries, you will know exactly where to look when seeking out a new piece of clothing that flatters your own personal style.

Genuine Pieces
If you are visiting a brand’s official store, then you will not really need to worry about purchasing fakes. However, if you are shopping online, you definitely need to be quite wary about whether or not what you are buying is actually a genuine designer piece of clothing. The label is the best place to turn your attention to, making sure that the brand name has not been misspelled. You should also look at the material that the clothing has been made from, as well as the style of stitching, as this will help you to see whether or not they fall in line with what the designer usually produces.

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Know Your Measurements
While many brands used to use standardized clothing sizes back in the day, this has all changed now, as brands are increasingly seeking out new ways to set themselves apart from the competition. This means that they have done away with standardized sizes, and are now creating their own unique versions. While this may be great in some ways, it can make shopping for clothing much harder, as the size on the labels do not really mean that much any more. To make your life a little easier, make sure that you know your measurements before setting off on your shopping trip, as this will make it much faster to find clothing that fits you perfectly.

Trendy Styles vs Classic Looks
When shopping for luxury clothing, you will likely come across many pieces that embody the season’s latest trends, and these will always seem incredibly tempting. However, designer clothing is an investment, meaning that you will want to be able to wear your pieces time and time again, meaning that you are best staying away from trends and fads, and opting for classic cuts instead, as these will never go out of style.

There is no denying that shopping for designer clothing can be plenty of fun, but you also want to ensure that you come away from it with pieces that you truly love. From opting for classic cuts to knowing how to spot a fake, these are all tips that you should keep in mind the next time you set off on a shopping spree.

Two Fun Styles for Women Over 50

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Once women reach the age of 50, many of them feel as though they have to be so much more conservative with their clothing choices, but this is not necessarily the case. For those who are looking to inject some fun into their look, here are two new styles to try.

Distressed Jeans
Distressed jeans are extremely on trend at the moment, but many women over the age of 50 tend to leave this style for the younger generation, believing that it will not suit them. However, this is such a fun style, and if you have never worn distressed jeans before, you can begin by creating a really simple look that does not overpower. Pair your jeans with a simple top, some fun shoes, and a couple of statement accessories, rolling up the hems of your jeans if you want to give the look an added twist.

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Choosing Distressed Jeans
When it comes to purchasing your very first pair of distressed jeans, there are a number of factors that you will want to keep in mind. The holes that make up the distressed look should not be wider than the leg of the jeans, and should also not be more than an inch high, otherwise you will end up baring too much leg when you sit down. While horizontal tears will make you look wider, vertical tears can make you look leaner, so pick the one that best flatters your body shape. Alternatively, if you have the right tools at home, you can create distressed jeans yourself, and there is plenty of inspiration for this to be found online.

A Dress Over Pants
Wearing a dress over a pair of pants is a great idea for women over 50, as this gives them the opportunity to try shorter dresses that they would not have otherwise opted to wear. For a simple version of this look, opt for a long tunic top instead of a dress, as this will keep everything looking much more subtle and toned down. A flowing top with fitted pants is the best way to go, as this will balance out your silhouette in the best way possible. When choosing your pants, make sure that they are a relatively streamlined design, meaning that they do not contain too many pockets, belt loops or pleats, as you do not want any bumps showing up underneath your dress. If you are still not convinced about this style, give it a go with thin leggings instead of pants, as this will still give you a similar overall look.

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Just because you have reached the age of 50 does not mean that you have to shun all future fashion trends. Instead, whether it may be distressed jeans or wearing a dress over pants, find a way to make each trend work for you and your body in the best way possible. Do not be afraid to experiment, as this is really the only way in which your own personal style is going to develop and improve.

Choosing the Perfect Statement Earrings

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Statement earrings are on trend for this summer, but choosing the perfect pair can be tricky. Not only do you need to take your hair style and face shape into consideration, but the earrings should also show off your own personal sense of style.

Face Shape
To begin with, you need to first identify what your face shape is, whether this may be oval, oblong, or triangle-shaped, and there are a number of guides online to help you with this. Those with a longer face shape will tend to suit lengthy drop or dangling earrings best, as this accentuates the shape of the face, rather than working against it. From shoulder dusters to large hoops, there are so many options available to you. For those with a shorter face shape, short and high statement earrings will be the most flattering, so make sure that they do not fall below the chin. Wider face shapes with prominent cheekbones can get away with just about any style of statement earring, so feel free to experiment with all that is out there.

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Hair Style
When it comes to those with long hair, your statement earrings should always be quite long and dramatic, otherwise they will just end up getting lost in your hair. Earrings with some movement, such as tassel earrings, will move with your hair, resulting in a gorgeous, flowing look. Those who have short hair should opt for shorter earrings, such as statement earrings that are just on the ear lobe itself. These can be anything from colorful buttons to large baroque pearl clips, but be sure to also keep your face shape in mind. While it can be hard to merge the styles that would suit both your face shape and hair style, the extra effort that you put into this will be more than worth it, as you will no doubt end up with earrings that really flatter your face.

Personal Style
Everybody’s personal style is unique, and, with so many different options out there for statement earrings, you are bound to be able to find something that you will really fall in love with. For those who like bold and sassy looks, just about every pair of statement earrings are like this, while those who prefer a more demure look can opt for a stiletto style statement earring, or even dramatic studs or styles that feature lace. You should also take into account the outfits that you plan to wear these earrings with, as your accessories should always work with your clothes. When wearing statement earrings, you will want to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple, so that your earrings can really stand out and speak for themselves. Your other accessories should also be kept to a minimum, otherwise your overall look will just appear too over-the-top and messy.

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Everyone with fashion know-how will be sporting statement earrings this summer, as they are set to be one of the hugest trends this year. Whether you opt for dangling tassels or bold, dramatic studs, these tips should help you to choose the perfect pair of earrings for you.

Bright and Colorful Pieces to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe

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Summer is a season for bright colors and vibrancy, so if your wardrobe is filled with dark and neutral shades, then it may be time for an update. From high-waisted trousers to fun, summer dresses, here is some inspiration for some colorful pieces to add to your closet.

Jelly Sandals
Sandals are essential in the summer months, and the Geli is a sandal, by Katy Perry Collections, that is so fun and retro. Inspired by the classic jelly sandal, the Geli comes in three different colors, lemon, watermelon, and peach, and features a print of their respective fruit. To top it all off, fruity prints themselves are bang on trend for the summer, making this a must-buy.

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High Waisted Trousers
High-waisted trousers are flattering on so many different body types, and are a great way to enhance your feminine curves. While the majority of women opt for darker shades when it comes to high waisted trousers, use the summer as an excuse to purchase a pair in a brighter, bolder color. Whether this may be the pink trousers from River Island, or the yellow/orange pair from Wolf & Badger, these will soon become one of your go-to pieces of clothing this summer.

A Printed Tote Bag
Even if you would like to keep your outfit relatively simple, bags are a great way to still add a pop of color to your look. The Kerrington Square Tote by Tory Burch is a fantastic example of this, as the style itself is ideal for summer, its water-resistant fabric perfect for the beach, and the wide variety of seasonal prints are right on trend.

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Summer Dresses
Flirty and fun summer dresses are a must at this time of the year, and while soft, pastel shades may be perfect for spring, summer is the time to brighten up your looks a bit more. The Fit and Flare dresses from Jack Wills are a great choice, as these will beautifully flatter your figure, while the summer dresses from Boden come in a wide variety of styles and prints, meaning that you are bound to find one that you love.

Floral Hair Accessories
Floral hair accessories are another popular item in the summer months and are a great way to add some style to your look. For those who would prefer something subtle yet delightfully feminine, give the Tropical Flower Hair Comb by Lizzie Fortunato a try, as this features floral and beaded accents, as well as a freshwater cultured pearl detailing.

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Printed Shorts
Printed shorts may be harder to style than solid colors, but the effort is definitely worth it in the end. The Ruffle Floral Printed Bermuda Shorts from Zara are a great style to opt for, as these are high waisted and ruffled at the hem. Pair this with a casual white t-shirt and some sandals for day wear, or dress them up with heels and a blouse for the evening.

Your summer wardrobe should be bright and cheerful, and each of these pieces mentioned above will help you to achieve this. From fun, floral printed ruffled shorts to flirty and flattering summer dresses, these items are guaranteed to add some color and vibrancy to your closet.

Keep These Fruits in Your Closet

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In terms of keeping your body healthy, fruits are vital, but, this season, they are key to your fashion looks too. From tropical fruit earrings to fruity printed dresses, these are the fruits that you should be adding to your closet.

Tropical Earrings by Noir Jewelry
Noir Jewelry has a range of tropical-inspired earrings, and there are quite a few that feature fruit. Their Tropical Linear Drop Earrings are guaranteed to bring a tropical flair to your outfit, with parrots, leaves, and watermelons, while their Strawberry Hoop Earrings boast cubic zirconia accents.

Watermelon Basket Bag by Charlotte Olympia
Charlotte Olympia’s Watermelon Basket Bag was inspired by Carmen Miranda’s fruit headdress, and it is easy to see this when you look at the bag. Shaped to resemble a wedge of watermelon, complete with black seeds, this pink, white and green bag will look stunning against a chic white summer dress.

Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals by Gianvito Rossi
Gianvito Rossi showed his first footwear collection at Milan Fashion Week in 2007 and received plenty of praise for it, which is no surprise considering he learned his skills from his father, Sergio Rossi, a legendary shoe designer. Gianvito Rossi’s Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals are chic but fun at the same time, with the denim stonewashed sandals featuring a crystal cherry, and cherry leaf, appliqué. Made in Italy, these shoes have an adjustable ankle strap and a four-inch block heel, making them elegant but so comfortable at the same time.

Hammond Printed Silk Top by Altuzarra
The Hammond top by Altuzarra is another item that features cherries and has been seen being worn by Jennifer Lawrence on numerous occasions. This plunging top is in a sky blue shade of silk and features a print of navy and red cherries, a kitsch but chic motif that has been seen throughout Altuzarra’s latest collection. While this may be quite a standout piece, it is surprisingly versatile, and can be worn on its own with a ruffled skirt, or layered over a t-shirt and worn with jeans.

Tie Banana Top by MSGM
The MSGM Tie Banana Top is so fun and playful, and will definitely be the focal point of your outfit. The banana print on this top is in a watercolor style, adding a softness and feminine quality, while the sleeves are accentuated with knotted ties, which really enhances the fruity aspect of this top.

The Geli by Katy Perry Collections
Jelly sandals were once loved by just about everybody, and Katy Perry Collections have given this classic style a modern makeover. The Geli comes in either lemon, peach or watermelon, each style in the color of their respective fruit, as well as featuring a small print of that fruit at the top of the shoe.

While you are likely adding a number of summer fruits to your kitchen, think about incorporating some fruit into your outfits too. Whether this may be a fruity printed top of a fruit-shaped bag, these items are guaranteed to brighten up your look and provide any outfit with a one-of-a-kind flair.

Five Must-Have Memorial Day Fashion Picks

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Memorial day is just around the corner, along with the three-day weekend that this brings. No matter what your plans for the holiday may be, here are five must-have fashion picks that promise to inject a dose of serious style into your weekend.

Maxi dress

A Printed Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are always a go-to item in the spring and summer months and are able to flatter just about every body shape. While there is nothing wrong with choosing a dress in a solid color, a bold print will never fail to brighten up your day, while giving your outfit a strong focal point. Try to find a dress that is made from a lightweight material, with comfortable and secure straps and sleeves, as this makes it more versatile, and means that you will not have to worry about accidentally showing too much skin if there is a breeze in the air.

A Wide-Legged Jumpsuit
A wide-legged jumpsuit, in a neutral color, is a great piece to have for Memorial Day, as it can easily be taken from day into night. Whether you dress it down with some flip flops and daytime accessories or dress it up with a pair of stylish heels, this is a garment that will give you plenty of freedom to move around in, making it perfect for everything from a day of sightseeing to a night of dancing.

Sandals

Comfortable Sandals
No matter what you may have planned for the weekend, it is likely that there will be quite a bit of walking involved, which is why your footwear needs to be comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. Sandals are ideal for the warmer weather, but, if you plan on spending your weekend around the beach or pool, make sure that they can hold up to the water. A low heel, as well as good arch support and a cushioned footbed, may be necessary if you plan on staying active, so make sure that you take all of your plans into consideration before choosing a style.

A Chambray Button Down Shirt
If the weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend is warm and humid, then you will likely not need a jacket or sweatshirt. Instead, opt for a chambray button-down shirt, as this can be worn on its own, or as outerwear to give you a bit of extra coverage and warmth.

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A Leather Backpack
Backpacks are bang on trend for this season, and, unlike many of the other accessory trends you have likely experienced, this one is extremely practical too. Rather than opting for a cool tote to cart your belongings around in this Memorial Day, go for a chic and durable leather backpack instead.

Long weekends do not come around very often, so you are likely to want to enjoy your time rather than worrying about what to wear. By planning all of your Memorial Day outfits in advance, you will be all set when the weekend arrives to simply kick back, unwind, and make the most of the three days.

Outfits That Keep You Weekend Ready

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Weekend outfits should be casual and effortless, but many people feel as though they need to sacrifice fashion in order to achieve freedom. However, as these following outfits will show you, looking chic but being weekend-ready at the same time is much easier than you would think.

A Jumpsuit
When it comes to effortless fashion, jumpsuits are key, as these all-in-one pieces mean that you do not need to worry about mixing and matching garments to put an outfit together. When it comes to choosing a jumpsuit, opt for one with a print and style that really suits your personality rather than current trends, as this is a piece that you will be able to wear over and over again. From artistic geometric prints to military-chic styles, this is a weekend-ready outfit that can easily be dressed both up and down.

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Pleated/Full Skirts
Full and pleated skirts are a great way to dress up a casual street style look, and can be weekend-ready depending on what you pair it with. Chunky heeled sandals and a chunky sweater will emphasize a casual look, as will a tank top or tee. Alternatively, if you are seeking a more feminine and sophisticated look, you could always wear the skirt with a chic blouse and delicate heels.

Fitted Jeans and a Blazer
Denim jeans are a wardrobe staple, and pairing them with a smart, fitted blazer immediately ups their smart factor. If you want to give this outfit even more of a flair, opt for a pair of jeans in a bold and daring color, such as red or yellow. While this may seem over-the-top at first, the blazer will help to keep it all relatively toned down.

Leather Shorts
Shorts are so versatile, making them perfect for a weekend filled with activities, as they allow for plenty of movement. However, rather than going for a denim or cotton pair, jazz your outfit up a bit by choosing a pair of leather shorts. Not only are these durable, but they will also make a statement, although you need to make sure that you always keep them as the focal point of your outfit. Ensure that the rest of your outfit is quite simple and minimal, pairing dark shorts with a light colored top. Since leather shorts draw the eye to your legs, your choice of footwear is equally important, and you will likely need to experiment with a few styles before you find a pair that works with the look you are going for.

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Printed Pants
Printed pants are usually bold and bright, with the print that you choose reflecting your personality. Prints can also be used to highlight certain features of your body, or to downplay any that you would like to hide, and they will always add some extra interest to your look. In order to keep your outfit looking cohesive, pair your printed pants with a plain-colored top, unless you want to emulate the fashion-forward trend of wearing prints with prints.

No matter what you may have planned for the day, putting together a weekend-ready outfit does not need to be difficult. From feminine pleated skirts to edgy leather shorts, these outfits should provide you with plenty of inspiration to experiment with.