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.

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Retro Swimsuit Ideas

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Retro swimsuits have made a huge comeback this year, and, with the summer season in full swing, now is the perfect time to invest in one. For those who do not know where to start looking, here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

Polka Dots
Polka dots are fabulously retro, and will always be a showstopper on the beach. For a flattering two-piece swimsuit with polka dots all over, in either black or red, click on over to Modcloth and check out their Esther Williams swimsuit. With a bold print, low-cut legs and ruching at the front, this style is fun and flirty and has just the right amount of retro flair. For polka dots that are slightly more subtle, check out the demi-bikini from American Eagle, which comes in black with tiny white dots, and features a sweetheart neckline with a front keyhole. Alternatively, for a look that will really stop traffic, try on the Pearly King bikini from Johanna Ortiz, which boasts a ruffle at the front that simply exudes a vintage vibe.

Florals
Retro floral prints are beautifully feminine, and Stella McCartney has one that you will not want to miss out on. This two-piece features a tie-back bikini top with a plunging neckline but has adjustable shoulder straps that make it fit like a dream. Old Navy also has a floral style that is equally stunning, with a bandeau-style bikini top, featuring a removable halter strap and molded balconette cups, and high-waisted bottoms. For those who would like some extra coverage around their chest, Adriana Degreas has a floral bikini that features layered straps and a square neckline and has a retro but tropical vibe at the same time.

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Stripes
Stripes are another print that is never out of place on the beach, and the Brigitte bikini from Solid and Striped is the best place to begin looking. This piece was inspired by styles from the 50’s and features high-waisted bottoms along with a triangle top. Free from wire and padding, this is a swimsuit that will hug your figure and will truly be comfortable to wear. If you would prefer a halter neck, check out the striped bikini from Fendi’s Spring Summer 17 collection, which comes in a striking yellow and beige shade, and would go perfectly with some square-framed retro-inspired sunglasses.

Off-Shoulder
The off-shoulder look is another trend that is so hot this summer, so combining it with a retro-style bikini will leave you with the perfect beach look for 2017. For a fun, carefree, off-shoulder one-piece, head to J Crew, who have one that has been inspired by a vintage top. With a shelf bra for extra support, the bright print was inspired by the southern coast of Spain and is one that will no doubt ensure that all eyes are on you.

Your swimsuit says so much about you, which is why it is important to choose a style that really makes you feel confident. Whether this may be an off-shoulder one-piece or a daring polka dot bikini, there are so many ideas out there to consider when it comes to retro-inspired swimsuits.

Different Ways to Wear the Off-Shoulder Look

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A shoulder-baring top is a feminine style that never gets old, and is back in full force for this summer. For those of you who need some inspiration for new ways to style an off-shoulder look, here are some ideas to consider.

Wear it to Work
While an off-shoulder top is not usually something that would be deemed appropriate for the office, there are ways in which you can style it to make it completely work-friendly. A buttoned-down off-shoulder top still gives off that professional edge, especially when paired with tailored black trousers and heels. Throw a blazer over the top if you need some extra coverage, but keep your accessories to a minimum.

Play with Proportions
Voluminous off-shoulder tops are always fun to wear, as they create such interesting silhouettes. However, in order to ensure that your figure does not get drowned out, you need to ensure that you pair a voluminous top with fitted bottoms, as this will also really enhance your bare shoulders.

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The Bohemian Look
Off-shoulder tops lend themselves perfectly to a bohemian vibe, and this can be really played up depending on what you style your top with. If you have an off-shoulder crop top, try wearing this with some high-waisted shorts, as well as a floppy hat and a choker. Keep your hair loose and wavy, completing the look with a pair of retro sunglasses.

Chilly Days
The off-shoulder style is not something that you need to only save for warm weather days, as it works well when it is layered with other clothing too. If you are experiencing quite a chilly summer’s day, try wearing an off-shoulder top with some high-waisted jeans and boots, throwing a cardigan or light jacket over the top.

Transform a Regular Tee
If you would like to try out the off-shoulder look without having to make a significant investment in your wardrobe, there are ways in which you can transform a regular t-shirt into a stylish off-shoulder top. Simply tie it at the hem on one side, so that the other side ends up gently falling off your shoulder. This can be paired with a high-waisted skirt or just a pair of jeans, for a casual, carefree look.

Tuck It In
When off-shoulder tops are tucked in, this creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette. Whether you tuck it into a skirt, shorts or jeans, this really modernizes just about any off-shoulder top, while giving your outfit a smarter appeal.

Woman posing in off-shoulder white crop top and jeans

Don’t Forget About Accessories
With your shoulders being left bare, do not forget to add in a few accessories, as off-shoulder garments are perfect for this. Whether you opt for long, shoulder-grazing earrings, or multiple necklaces, this is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite items of jewelry.

Off-shoulder styles are so on trend for this season, and are actually extremely versatile. Whether you wear it to work or save it for casual weekends, try experimenting with the off-shoulder clothes that you already own, as you are likely to be able to create multiple new looks from this.

Most Wearable Trends for Fall 16

Each season brings with it a dazzling array of new fashion trends, but many of them end up being completely unsuitable for the demands of daily life. For those looking to update their wardrobe for the upcoming season, take a look at these ultra-stylish, yet totally wearable, trends for fall 2016.

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Sweetheart Necklines
Sweetheart necklines are a classic style, and are set to make a huge comeback this fall. From Kenzo to Dior to Miu Miu, sweetheart necklines were seen all over major runways, and were styled in many interesting ways. Whether you decide to bare some skin or layer it over another garment, this is an extremely wearable style to add to your wardrobe this season.

Statement Chokers
Statement accessories have been in trend all this year, and chokers have come into their own over the summer. This fall combines both of these trends, making statement chokers the hottest accessory to have this season. Rather than opting for the thinner, velvet styles of the 90’s, look for chunkier pieces that fully cover your neck.

Dresses Layered Over Turtlenecks
Layers are vital during the unpredictable weather of fall, but, if you do not want to put away your summer dresses quite just yet, then this is the perfect trend for you. Whether you opt for a low-cut cocktail dress or a long and flowing summer dress, this trend is easy to put together using items that you already own.

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Animal Print
Animal prints frequently come and go, and, this fall, they will be back once again. From leopard spots to tiger stripes, designers such as Givenchy and Calvin Klein have some fantastic examples of sophisticated animal prints for this season.

Tan Shades
When it comes to neutral colors for fall, tan is one of the chicest, and can be worn in so many different ways. This fall, try to incorporate multiple shades of tan into your outfit, whether this be with your pants, skirt, top, knits and more, going with everything from a sandy khaki to a muted camel.

Metallic Gold
Gold is another fantastic shade to wear in the fall, and while designers such as Rachel Zoe and Suno may have used metallic gold in a way that makes it difficult to wear on a daily basis, you can still easily incorporate the color into your look yourself. Whether you opt for a metallic gold top that is paired with flats to dress it down, or metallic gold detailing on a classic black dress, this is a great way to add some bling to your look.

Off-shoulder dress

Off-Shoulder
Off-shoulder tops and dresses were a huge trend this past spring and summer, and will be continuing on well into the months of fall. The main difference this season is in the silhouette of the looks that they should be styled in, opting for a subtle but sexy silhouette rather than the boho-inspired summer silhouette.

While avant-garde fashion is always inspiring to look at, many pieces are often impractical when it comes to wearing them on a daily basis. From pops of metallic gold to subtle off-shoulder silhouettes, these trends are all easy to adopt, and will keep you looking stylish throughout the fall.