Strut Your Summer Style on Your Next Beach Vacay

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Whether you plan on spending time at a local beach, or are heading off for a tropical island getaway, everybody always wants to look their best when strutting their stuff on the sand. From boho chic to feminine and flirty, here is some inspiration for those who are looking to update their summer style.

Boho Chic
For those who are looking to create a boho chic look, a bikini is best, and preferably one that has some added stitching details or embroidery. Crocheted bikinis also fit into this style well, but they often do not hold up properly in the water, so this is something to consider if you were hoping to do a fair amount of swimming or try out some water sports. To complete your boho look, add a flowing beach cover-up, such as a caftan, and top this with a wide-brimmed hat.

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Colourful and Fun
Summer is all about brightness and vibrancy, meaning that it is a great time to put together a fun and colourful beach outfit. Look for a bikini or a one piece that features a bold print, whether this may be feminine florals or statement graphics. For a cover-up, opt for some white shorts and a single coloured tank top, as you do not want these to clash with your bikini, but jazz this look up with accessories, whether this be colourful stacked bracelets or beaded sandals.

Mismatched Two-Pieces
Buying new swimwear each season can be tiresome, especially if you already have a wardrobe full of different styles. This year, rather than purchasing several more, try to mix up your look by donning a mismatched two-piece. Whether this means mixing a printed top with solid bottoms, or a frilly top with bikini shorts, this is a great way to add more of your own personal style into your look.

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Maxi Dress
If you do not plan on baring all of your skin at the beach, then a maxi dress is the perfect style to go for, whether you wear this on its own or over your swimwear. A bright print is ideal for a day at the beach, and can easily be dressed up later on in the evening with a pair of heels and some added accessories.

Tankinis
Tankinis are similar to bikinis, except for the fact that, instead of featuring a regular bikini top, the top section is styled in a similar way to that of a tank top, offering you more coverage. This makes it well-suited for those who do not want to show off their stomach on the beach, but who still want a two piece style. Tankinis are available in so many different styles, colours and prints, meaning that they can be adapted into all of the beach looks mentioned above.

Now that spring is here, this is the perfect time to begin planning your summer wardrobe. Whether your style is boho and down-to-earth or bold and colourful, these ideas will ensure that you look nothing but stylish this summer on the beach.

Smart Street Styles for the Savvy Woman

Street style fashion always has a fresh and edgy feel to it, but when a smarter dress code is required, many of these looks are simply not suitable. For all of you savvy women out there who want to incorporate some street style into your look, while still keeping it smart, here are a few ideas to inspire you.

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A Voluminous Midi Skirt
A voluminous midi skirt will never fail to add some drama to your silhouette, and are always a popular street style look during major fashion weeks. The added benefit of a voluminous midi skirt is that it can be dressed both up or down depending on what you wear it with, and can even be styled to make it suitable for a day at the office.

A Cropped Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are an investment piece that will end up being a go-to item in your wardrobe, as they are so incredibly versatile and will work with such a wide range of outfits. When paired with a feminine dress, a cropped leather jacket gives the look so much attitude, while pairing it with skinny pants and a tailored shirt will always be chic. If you are struggling to choose a color, black is always the safest bet, as this gives you the most choice when it comes to styling it with other garments.

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A Pencil Skirt and a Fuzzy Sweater
Pencil skirts are beautifully classy, and they are also the perfect canvas onto which designers can add statement details, which is why they are constantly being photographed by street style photographers. When a pencil skirt is paired with a fuzzy sweater, this creates a look of contrasts, but, when worn with some chic heels, the look is toned down quite a bit, and becomes much more wearable.

On-Trend Jeans
Jean trends are constantly changing, and street style fashion is often the best place to look when seeking out the hottest new jean styles. While jeans may not be that smart on their own, you can most definitely dress them up by picking the right elements for the rest of your outfit. From a tailored shirt and jacket to simple accessories to enhance the clean lines in your look, there is no denying just how versatile jeans are.

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Play with Silhouettes and Colors
Street style is all about taking chances and trying something new, so even if you do not own many specific street style pieces, it is still easy to incorporate the concept into your look. The majority of successful street style outfits tend to play with silhouettes quite a bit, creating dramatic and unusual shapes, and this is something that you can try with whatever you may already have in your wardrobe. You should also be brave when it comes to colorful clothing, making sure that at least some part of your outfit contains a striking, vibrant shade that really stands out.

Smart street style is all about having fun with your outfit, but refining it down at the same time. From pencil skirts to trendy jeans, these are all ideas that you can easily incorporate into your own style.

That Hat Gives You Attitude

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Hats are an important wardrobe staple for the spring and summer seasons, as they not only provide your skin with some added protection from the sun, but they also add a sense of attitude and refinement to just about any outfit. From cowboy hats to berets, these are set to be some of the hottest hat styles for 2017.

Cowboy Hats
Out of all of the headwear trends for 2017, the cowboy hat is one of the most down-to-earth styles, but, as always, has been significantly jazzed up by a number of different designers. For those who are after a more eccentric design, Anna Sui’s cowboy hats feature everything from topless dancing female figures to purring cats, all in statement-making vivid shades. If you were hoping for something slightly more subtle, take a look at the collection from Blugirl, which honors the color white, while Sonia Rykiel has some beautifully chic two-toned cowboy hats made from straw instead of leather.

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Boater Hats 
Boater hats are another key hat style for this season, with unisex versions being especially popular in streetwear looks. This is another style that is incredibly versatile and can be styled in so many different ways, adding a sporty element to your outfit.

Headscarves 
While not technically a hat, headscarves are beautifully elegant, and, when worn in the right way, incredibly chic and stylish. At Miu Miu, the headscarves are bright, with graphic prints, and, in their runway shows, were tied over the hair in a style that was reminiscent of the 50’s. However, at Giorgio Armani, the 20’s were the decade of choice, as the brightly colored scarves here were tied tighter around the models’ heads, keeping the overall silhouette much smaller. Gucci took it a step further when it came to experimenting with headscarves, opting for luxurious satin fabrics and tying them off in bows or buns at the front of the head rather than the back.

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Berets 
French in origin, berets seem to frequently come and go in the fashion world, and this season they are back with a vengeance. Rather than subtle, classic French styles, the most popular berets this spring and summer will no doubt add a blast of attitude to your outfit. From the mythical jungles featured on the Desigual berets to the graphic piano keys and bold shades at Undercover, these hats will definitely add a whole new focal point to your outfit.

Baseball Caps
There are always some wonderfully wearable styles that are produced when fashion meets active wear, which is exactly what can be said for the baseball caps making an appearance this season. Chanel’s baseball caps in feminine pastel shades are simple and sweet, while the caps from Moschino are much more urban. At Phillipp Plein, expect the hats to be much more extravagant in vibrant shades of gold, while the Elie Saab baseball caps are fantastically flamboyant with all of their sparkling sequins.

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Of course, when it comes to baseball caps, you can add even more attitude to your outfit with the way in which you wear them. On the Chanel runway, the hats were worn sideways, nodding to the 80’s, while many of the Moschino models were wearing their hats backwards, adding an edgier feel to their look.

A hat has the ability to really shake up an outfit, adding a whole new element to it. Whether you opt for a sparkly sequinned baseball cap or a low-key, straw boater hat, there is no denying that each of these styles will give your look so much more attitude.

Tips for Updating Your Look

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Spring is all about fresh starts and new beginnings, making this the perfect time to update your look and add something new to your personal style. Whether you are seeking a few subtle adjustments or a huge dramatic change, here are some tips to help you get started.

Part Your Hair on the Other Side
If you have been parting your hair in the same place for years, flipping this over to the other side is an extremely easy way to update your look. While this may seem simple, a new part will add volume to your roots while changing the way in which the front sections frame your face. If your hair keeps flipping itself back over to the original part, try using some hair-setting tape to secure your new part in place before you go to bed, as this will help it to set overnight.

A New Lip Color
Everybody has their go-to lip shades, but trying out a new lip color can really help to shake up your look. If you tend to stick to classic shades, opt for something bold and bright instead, or, for those who are used to taking risks with lipstick, try swapping this for a subtle nude gloss. If lipstick is something that you never really wear, start off by experimenting with shades of red, as this is timeless and you are likely to easily be able to find a shade that complements you.

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Experiment With Belts
Belts are an accessory that many people only use if they really need to, but they can really add a whole new element to your outfit, even if they are not necessarily needed. Using a belt to cinch in a blazer or fitted jacket can really enhance your feminine shape, while a belt on a loose dress can instantly turn it from casual to preppy.

Invest in a Pair of Pointy-Toed Shoes
While the tapered toe may come and go in terms of shoe trends, this is a classic style that many would consider to be the most flattering of all shoe shapes. The reason for this is because of the way in which pointed-toe shoes visually elongate the leg, especially when paired with an elegant pencil skirt or wide trousers. No matter what you wear them with, ensure that your shoes fit comfortably around the toes, without any pinching, and opt for a color that is similar to your skin tone if you want to elongate your legs as much as possible.

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Overhaul Your Skin Care Routine
Your skin is constantly on show to the rest of the world, and a great way to freshen up your whole look is by giving your skin a bit of a boost. Whether this means adding a few new serums and essences to your skin care routine, or trying out a new method of exfoliation, making a few changes at such a basic level will have a huge influence over your look.

Now that the dreary days of winter are just about over, this is the perfect time to think about updating your look. Whether this means styling your hair in a new way, or experimenting with different accessories, give these tips a go if you have been wanting to try something different.

Fashion After 50

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Around the age of 50, a woman’s body will usually begin to really change, which can make the idea of dressing fashionably seem like quite the challenge. If you have been finding it difficult to navigate the world of fashion in order to find looks that are both stylish and comfortable, here are some tips to take along with you on your next shopping trip.

Show Off Those Arms
The arms can be an area of the body that are a giveaway when it comes to age, and can sometimes even make you appear older than you really are. However, more often than not, they are not as aging as you may think, and there is no reason why you should not show them off in a sleeveless top once in a while. However, if you would prefer to keep a small part of your arm hidden, opt for cap sleeves, or try draping a scarf over a sleeveless top for some extra coverage.

Wedges for Some Height
Heel height can be a tricky area for women over 50, but wearing flat shoes all the time will only end up making you look drab. To counter this, invest in a pair of timeless wedges, as these will not only give you height, but also lengthen your leg and work with a wide range of outfits. To top it all off, just about every designer out there has a pair of wedges under their name, from Christian Louboutin to Prada, meaning that you are guaranteed to find something that works for you.

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Slim and Tailored
It can be easy to fall into the trap of wearing oversized, baggy clothing in order to cover up any unwanted lumps or bumps, but this is definitely not going to be flattering. A slim and tailored look is always going to be the better option, as this will be cut close enough to the body to flatter your figure, but with enough room to cover up any problem areas. If you already own several oversized garments, find an experienced tailor and take these in, as they may be able to transform them into beautifully flattering outfits.

A Trendy Handbag
Once you have reached the age of 50, it can sometimes be best to simply opt for timeless, classic looks that flatter your body and reflect your personal style, rather than following the latest trends and fads. However, there is no denying the excitement that comes from owning a just-off-the-runway piece, or from experimenting with bold and unusual trends, so rather than shying away from these completely, incorporate the trends that appeal to you into your handbag. Whether this may be metallic shades or embroidered details, your handbag is the perfect accessory to embody your favorite seasonal trends.

When it comes to fashion after 50, you need to remember that you can still have plenty of freedom when it comes to your outfit choices. Rather than being weighed down by the thought of needing age-appropriate garments, simply seek out what works best for you as an individual, and allow your personal style to continue blossoming and thriving.

Denim Style for Spring

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Denim is classic, and just about everyone has a denim item of clothing in their wardrobe. While denim may have certainly had its high and low points over the years, this spring it is making quite the comeback in so many different versatile ways.

White, Ivory and Sand
When it comes to denim, blue is usually the color that dominates, but, this spring, white, ivory and sand shades of denim are set to be the hottest colors. Being such neutral colors, a pair of jeans in one of these shades will work with just about every piece of clothing you own, and will really bring your whole outfit together in a new and interesting way.

Denim Accessories
Denim accessories are often overlooked, but this spring you can expect to see them everywhere. While many designers have their take on denim accessories, some of the highlights include the sophisticated clutch from Baraboux, as well as the studded denim heels from Sam Edelman. The denim choker from Migonne Gavigan is also a great piece to add to your collection, as it is quite a contemporary take on a retro item.

Set Your Ankles Free
While tight-legged skinny jeans may have dominated the runways in recent years, this spring is all about wider hems. Although slim-cut shapes will never really be out of style, the silhouettes for this spring are everything but. Whether you opt for ultra wide legs or 70s-inspired bell bottoms, give those restricted jeans a miss this spring.

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Customized Jean Shorts
In recent seasons, jeans are an item of clothing that have definitely undergone the customization trend, and jean shorts are now following suit. Whether they are ripped, bleached, raw hemmed, or patched, the key to this look is individuality, and allowing your jeans to be an extension of your personal style and personality.

Embellished
As mentioned above, customization has been a huge trend recently, especially when it come to distressed jeans. This spring, distressed jeans are being taken to the next level with embellishments. These are not in-your-face add-ons, but rather subtle embellished patches that give your jeans, or jacket, a unique twist. In addition to embellishments, hand embroidery is another way to go, as this adds a beautifully delicate touch to the structured nature of denim.

A Pop of Color
While neutral shades of denim may be popular this season, spring is all about color, and cheerful, vibrant shades of denim will never go amiss. When paired with down-to-earth neutrals, the result is always chic and elegant, elevating the denim within your outfit.

A Feminine Touch
Denim can often seem quite masculine, but there is no reason why you cannot sport denim that has its own special feminine touch. Whether lace, pearls or hints of pink, denim will be taking on a soft, feminine quality this spring.

Denim is such a versatile fabric, and can be worn in so many different ways. Whether you are dressing up or dressing down, these denim looks are wonderfully diverse, and will work no matter your personal style.

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

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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.

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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.