Add a Pop of Color to Your Neutral Attire

Woman posing with pink jacket

Wearing neutrals together is an easy and convenient way to dress, as this does not require too much planning. However, while neutrals are great, adding a pop of color to your outfit can really help to brighten it up and give it that extra special edge.

Bold Shoes
While you likely already own plenty of neutral colored shoes, investing in a couple of pairs of bright and bold footwear is always worthwhile. Since you are going to be pairing them with neutrals, the colors that you go for do not matter too much, as just about any bright color will match, so go for a shade that makes you feel confident and sexy.

A Bright Jacket
With the colder months quickly approaching, it is time to bring out all of your coats and jackets that you stored away for the summer. If you own a brightly colored jacket or coat, this is a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit, and, since it is just outerwear, it means that you will not have to wear that color throughout the day, and can remove it whenever you need to. If your outfit is predominantly black and white, cool colors, or even neons and hot pinks, look great with this, while warmer neutrals tend to work best with rich, jewel tones.

Woman with a printed scarf

A Printed Scarf
Scarves are a fantastic way to add some color, as well as pattern, to your outfit, and because of how versatile they are, they can be worn in so many different ways. Whether you wear it as a sash, a headband, around your neck, or as a pocket square, position your scarf in a location that you want to draw the eye to, as the scarf will create a great focal point. Do not be afraid to opt for vibrant prints either, as printed scarves are perfect for adding multiple colors to an outfit.

A Bright Belt
Belts are not only perfect for accentuating the waist, but can also add a burst of color to your outfit, especially if this is the only colorful item that you are wearing. When it comes to color combinations, there are many classic pairings that work brilliantly when it comes to belts, such as a red belt on a black dress, or an electric blue belt on a grey outfit.

Woman in white dress and striking blue necklace and bag

Striking Jewellery
Neutral clothing provides a beautifully clean background to showcase striking jewellery shades, making this a fun and interesting way to add some color to your outfit. A necklace is the easiest way to go, and you could even opt for multiple necklace strands, each featuring a different color.

Outfits that consist of neutral colors are clean and sophisticated, but adding a pop of color does give them a bit more personality. Whether you opt for some bold red shoes or a vibrant printed scarf, do not be afraid to experiment with your outfits and accessories, as you will no doubt come up with some combinations that you love.

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New in Fall Footwear

Woman sitting by the lake during fall

Each season brings with it exciting new trends, and this fall is no exception, especially when it comes to footwear. From flats to block heels, these are the styles that you need to be keeping an eye out for this upcoming season.

Block Heels
In addition to being easier than thin, stiletto heels to walk in, block heels are also much better for the health of your feet, making them a trend that many women will welcome in this fall. While block heels were featured on quite a few shoe styles, they were most prevalent on ankle boots, making them shoes that you will be able to wear through the winter too. To allow your shoes to really make a statement, opt for a pair that boasts a more unique and interesting style, such as one that has been decorated with studs, or crafted from a richly colored velvet.

Slouchy Boots
Boots are often back on trend when fall rolls around, but, this season, it is slouchy boots that have really made their mark in the fashion industry. These boots are tall, but are quite slouchy around the ankles, and promise to instantly bring your wardrobe into the new season.

Woman posing with loafers as part of fall fashion

Loafers
Rather than traditional loafers, the loafers that you will be seeing everywhere this fall are more of a hybrid style, as they look as though they have been crossed with slides. These shoes are so convenient, as they are a slip-on style and do not feature any buckles or straps while being just as comfortable as a pair of slippers. These are best worn with cropped pants or dark denim, and should also be worn with bare feet, as socks will only make your whole outfit appear cluttered and chunky.

Red Ankle Boots
If you are only going to invest in one new pair of shoes this fall, let that be red ankle boots, as these were seen on just about every fall 2017 runway. Red is a bold color that exudes confidence and will give your fall outfits an instant update. When it comes to the heel, block heels are best to go for, as mentioned above, and this is also quite a classic heel, meaning that you are likely going to be able to wear these boots for years to come.

Seated woman with cowboy boots on

Cowboy Boots
Whether you love them or hate them, cowboy boots have been making quite an appearance on fashion runways, and are set to be a big trend this fall. While many designers styled their clothing with cowboy boots, it was the Calvin Klein runway that really stood out, as the boots here were styled in a casual but chic way, worn underneath track pants.

Purchasing a pair of on-trend shoes is a quick and easy way to give your whole wardrobe an update for the upcoming season, as your shoes can have a huge impact on the rest of your outfit. From red ankle boots to slide-on loafers, these are the top trends to keep in mind the next time you are out shopping for footwear.

Avoiding Knee Pain and Injuries

Woman attending to her injured knee

Knee pain becomes more prevalent with age, and can be caused by either a one-off injury, or from repetitive knee motions. To keep your knees in the best shape possible and avoid any pain or injury, take a look at these useful tips.

Maintain a Healthy Weight
Carrying excess weight can cause unnecessary stress on your knees, and will seriously increase your chances of developing knee pain. By maintaining a weight that is healthy for your size, you will be able to prevent this extra stress, while also lowering your chances of developing osteoarthritis.

Pay Attention to Your Running Technique
If you are a runner, then you have a far greater chance of injuring your knees, unless you pay close attention to your running technique. You should be leaning forward from your ankles, and landing mid-foot, while keeping your knees soft and bent each time you land, to minimize the amount of impact that they receive. You should also keep your feet pointing in the direction at which you are running, as having your feet splay out to the side will end up torquing your knee each time your foot hits the ground.

Warming Up
Before you do any type of exercise, it is important that you first warm up and do a few stretches. Stretching the muscles in the front and back of your thighs is especially important, as this decreases the tension that is placed on your tendons, which therefore alleviates the pressure that your knees would otherwise have faced.

Woman stretching and staying active

Stay Active
Even if you are already experiencing minor pain in your knees, it is important to stay active on a regular basis. Allowing your activity levels to decrease will only lead to weakness, which would then make your knees much more susceptible to injury. Even just walking will be extremely beneficial to your knees, as walking is a great form of cardiovascular exercise, and puts minimum stress on your joints.

Don’t Neglect Your Shoes
When it comes to avoiding knee pain, wearing sensible shoes that fit your feet well is an effective method. This will help your legs to maintain the correct alignment and balance, which protects your knees from extra stress. If you are a runner, the way in which your shoes fit your feet is especially important, and you should also make sure that you replace your shoes either every three months, or after 500 miles of wear, as this is what is recommended by experts.

Avoid Activities that Stress Your Knees
While staying fit and active is important, you should also try to avoid specific activities that will cause extra stress to your knees. Examples of these are deep knee bend exercises and downhill running, both of which place a huge amount of tension on your knees.

A knee injury can be incredibly painful and frustrating, which is why you should take all of the necessary steps to prevent this from happening. From ensuring that you warm up before exercising to keeping your weight under control, these tips will help you to keep your knees healthy for years to come.

Tips for Updating Your Look

Woman of high fashion

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.

Woman applying blue lipstick

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.

Pointed heels

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.

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.

Elegant woman

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.

Shoes

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.

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.

Woman looking at dresses
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.

Outdoor Wedding Outfits

Beautiful bride

Choosing an outfit for an outdoor wedding can be quite tricky, especially during the summer, because not only do you have to take into account the weather and the time of day, but you also need to make sure that your outfit is well-suited to the actual location. From the most breathable fabrics to the most suitable colors, here are some tips for putting together fabulous outdoor wedding outfits.

Breathable Fabrics
Enabling a good rate of air flow around your body is important in the summer, but this can only be done if your outfit has been made from breathable fabrics. A quality, lightweight cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics out there, absorbing moisture, while polyester should always be avoided, as its water resistant qualities mean that any sweat will be trapped beneath your clothes, causing discomfort and irritation. Linen is another natural fibre that will not cling to your body, whereas rayon is another synthetic fabric that repels water, meaning that any sweat will end up gathering in unsightly places. Silk and chiffon are also great fabrics to wear and are often more suited to a wedding than cotton or linen.

Beautiful bride

Colors
For a summertime outdoor wedding, keep your outfit’s colors as light and airy as possible. Floral dresses are often an obvious choice during the summer months, but opt for pastels or bright colors rather than dark and moody prints, as these are much better suited to the happy ambience of a wedding.

Location of the Wedding
Of course, your wedding outfit needs to be well-suited to the actual location of the wedding. If it is going to be somewhere hot and dry, a breezy dress will work well as you will need help staying cool, while if the location is somewhere that is known to be quite windy and blustery, you will need to pick an outfit that will not be affected by any strong gusts.

Bride with natural makeup

Accessories
When it comes to your accessories, as well as your hair and makeup, it is best to keep everything as minimal as possible. Chunky or large jewellery is likely to only end up irritating your skin in the heat, while any heavy makeup will just slide off, requiring plenty of tiresome retouching sessions.

Shoes
While stilettos may usually be your footwear of choice for a wedding, these will not work so well for an outdoor wedding, as they will cause you to keep sinking into any grass. If you do not want to wear flats, then look for some stylish wedges instead, as this will keep you steady on your feet while still giving you a bit of extra height.

Everybody wants to look their best at a wedding, but this can often be more difficult to accomplish when the wedding is being held outdoors in the summertime. Fortunately, by knowing which fabrics and styles to pick, you will be able to put together an outfit that not only looks stylish, but will also keep you comfortable and happy throughout the day.

Tips for More Comfortable Shoes

Woman looking at a shoe store display window

Shoes can end up taking up a substantial amount of closet space just to make sure there’s a pair of shoes for most occasions. Even the most practical people have to make concessions and typically have at least two or three pairs depending on their hobbies. You don’t necessarily have to wear shoes, but calloused feet have yet to be “in” for fashion. Their ubiquity means facing the fact that, despite our best efforts, shoes aren’t all that comfortable sometimes. OROGOLD has assembled a few tips for trying to ensure that your shoes are as comfortable as they can be though. They won’t necessarily keep any pair your wear for too long from eventually getting uncomfortable, but they may buy you a few more hours in the shoes before that happens.

Avoid Crushing Your Toes
Beauty hurts sometimes. Everyone goes to great lengths to try to look their best at least some of the time. The trick is that you have to admit some styles aren’t actually worth it. Pointy toed shoes are among some of the worst offenders when it comes to being able to wear them for any length of time. Ideally, your shoes should let your toes fall into a mostly natural shape. Shoes they use sharp, tapering toes crush your toes together. Most people can stand this for a little while, but it rapidly becomes uncomfortable. It can also cause long term issues for your feet if you make a habit of only wearing such shoes. Don’t think of this rule as a reason to ditch your favorite pointy shoes, but do try cutting back how often and how long you wear them.

Woman looking at a shoe.

Check Your Shoe Size
This may seem like an overly simple rule, but different brands often use measurements that differ from one another slightly. Your size can go up or down in shoes only slightly less often than it will in tops. As a result, try to use in-store shoe measurements to make the best selection whenever possible. Focus on all of your foot as well. OROGOLD understands that some people might not want to admit to themselves they wear a wide of their shoe size, but it is far better for your feet to get the wide shoe than to try to squish your feet into shoes that aren’t quite the shape you need. Any shoe, stylish or not, needs to fit properly if you’re going to wear it for an extended time.

Support Your Feet
A good set of heels is wonderful and can make you feel confident and beautiful. You do need to remember that your feet need extra support in heels though. The arching they put your feet through can cause issues if the shoes isn’t designed properly. In general, you should favor flats as they are the most likely to include adequate support for your full foot. Don’t write off your heels though. You can still wear those, but you’re better offer favoring heels with thicker heels rather than thinner. Weight distribution is the biggest part of a shoe having proper support and thinner heels are unable to do that with nearly the effectiveness of thicker ones. Don’t forget to check the inside of all shoes for proper arch support either.

A good set of shoes can make an outfit, but it can also break your feet if you’re not careful. You should always strive to feel happy, confident, and beautiful. OROGOLD exists to help you with that. But ignoring taking proper care of yourself for one aspect of beauty will only hurt you in the long run. You can look stylish even as you select shoes to be kind to your feet. Once you find those perfects pairs, you’ll be able to walk into a room with your head held high without limping out a half hour later.

Faux Fur Trends for Fall 2015

We have seen many seasons come and go since faux fur made a welcome return our wardrobes.  I for one have a few pieces that I look forward to wearing every year when the cold weather kicks in.

Thankfully the styles hitting the shops for Fall/Winter 2015 are no different.

Hot off the catwalk from shows like Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton faux fur was the centerpiece in many collections.

So how are we wearing it this season?
Well believe it or not, faux fur is extremely versatile, whether you like to go all out and don your fur from head to toe or prefer to just add a hint with a fabulously fluffy accessory, there is something for everyone.  The fash-pack has been favoring all things over-sized, coats, jumpers you name it.

Faux Fur Gillet

The Vest
You don’t need to be a five year old to pull off a vest.  It is one of those faux fur pieces that can be paired with anything from jeans and a shirt to your favorite party dress.

Faux Fur Coat

The Coat
Of course we can’t talk about faux fur without including the all-important coat.  A wardrobe staple, if you make the right investment you will have it for many seasons to come.  Perfect for keeping you warm on cold mornings over your work wear or evenings heading out to dinner.

Faux Fur Accessories

The Accessories
If you like to keep things simple but want to be on trend, then adding a fluffy accessory will have you bang up to date without feeling out of your comfort zone.  From faux fur stoles and scarves to positively fluffy puppy-dog-like bags you can update your wardrobe to suit your individual style.

Faux Fur Shoes

The Shoes
Dare to bare?  How much do you suffer for your style?  Well, this trend will push all kinds of limits.  Some of this season’s shoes pretty much border on adding a fur pompom to your summer sandal.  If, like me, you’d rather not risk it then stick to either fur topped boots or all out furry snow stoppers.

Regardless of how you wish to sport this season’s faux fur, the key to this re-occurring trend is to just enjoy it, have fun and never think you need to save it for a special occasion.  It is here to stay.  So swish your way down the supermarket aisle in your stunning coat and have your stylish Hollywood moment with your burger and fries.  You only live once!!

The Cutest Fancy Sandals for Your Hawaii Vacation – OROGOLD Reviews

With the intense heat that you will experience in Hawaii, it is important to give your feet the opportunity to breathe. OROGOLD reviews the cutest fancy sandals for your vacation in Hawaii.

The Cutest Fancy Sandals for Your Hawaii Vacation

Metallic Leather Sandals
Opting for a metallic leather is a great way to jazz up a pair of flat sandals that would have otherwise been slightly boring, and will add a touch of glamour to even the most casual of looks. OROGOLD loves the Raffia Horsebit Espadrille from Gucci, in a metallic gold, with a braided cord base and a horsebit detailed strap, adding a slightly sporty edge. If you would prefer slightly more height, Gucci also have a pair of metallic silver sandals with a wide, one-inch heel, featuring Swarovski crystals to give you that extra bit of sparkle.

Floral Wedges
Wedges are the best type of heel to wear during the day when you are on vacation, as they give you the most support and, unlike thin heels, will even allow you to walk on sand, something which is inevitable in Hawaii! OROGOLD absolutely adores the range of printed brocade wedge sandals from Dolce & Gabbana, and there is an amazing range of floral prints to choose from. Charlotte Olympia also have a pair of printed floral wedges, with a print that is even more abstract and fascinating to look at. For something slightly more toned down, take a look at the Alice + Olivia espadrille wedge sandals, which feature a more subtle, color block print, and are available at Bloomingdales, either online or in store.

Crystal-Embellished Sandals
Crystal embellishments are always cute to wear, and when you’re somewhere as sunny as Hawaii, your sandals look extra special when the crystals glitter with light from the sun. OROGOLD loves the Rene Caovilla snakeskin sandals, embellished with Swarovski crystals. Snakeskin is very much in trend when it comes to sandals, and you are likely to see snakeskin in every shoe shop. Rene Caovilla have a whole range of jeweled sandals that are worth checking out if you like their style. Dolce & Gabbana also have a printed pair of embellished flat sandals that would really stand out on the beach, and reflect the bright colors of the Aloha state.

Floral Design Sandals
For flat sandals that have flowers winding their way over your feet, take a look at the Rosario sandals from Charlotte Olympia, crafted from a green calf leather that will stand out against all skin tones. The pink flowers add a delicate and feminine touch, and are a great choice for somewhere like Hawaii. As great as flat sandals may be for the day, Hawaii is full of entertaining night spots, and you are likely to want some fancy sandals for a night on the town. OROGOLD recommends the climbing rose sandals from Dolce & Gabbana, which features a four-inch stiletto heel with a rose climbing its way up.

No matter how long you visit Hawaii for, you are bound to be kept busy by all that the state has to offer. These cute sandals will help to pull any outfit together, making packing for your vacation much easier!