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.

Hot Lipstick Colors for Spring

Boldly painted lips were all the rage across spring 2017 fashion week runways, and are the perfect way to add some polish to your look. From glamorously glossy to fluorescent finishes, these are the hottest lipstick colors for this spring.

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Poppy Pink
Pink is set to be one of the key colors for this spring, but, when it comes to your lipstick, pretty pastel pinks are out, and bold magentas are in. Poppy pink is one of the hottest shades out there, especially with a matte finish, but you need to ensure that your lips have been primed in advance if you want this look to be long-lasting, as matte finishes do tend to require a bit of extra upkeep.

Fluorescent Orange
Orange has been making a comeback for a while, but, just like with pink, the key orange lipstick shades for this year are bold and bright, never failing to make a statement. Opt for shades that are as pigmented as possible, with a glossy, shiny finish.

Dusty Rose
Muted, dusty hues of rose were seen all over the spring 2017 runways, and are the ideal shade for those who want something slightly darker than their natural color, but still relatively subtle. While this color can be incorporated into so many different beauty looks, wearing it with a matching eye shadow and blush will give you a chic and modern monochromatic look.

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Nude, Beige and Brown
Nudes, beiges and browns have been popular lipstick colors for a few seasons now, and this shows no signs of changing. The great aspect to these neutral shades is that they are so versatile, and will work no matter your skin tone.

Bright and Vivid Editorial Colors
While green, blue or purple may not be lipstick shades that you are able to wear on an everyday basis, they are fresh, modern, and absolutely perfect for a special occasion when you really want to make a statement. As edgy and daring as these colors may be, you do need to pay special attention to the rest of your look, so as to keep it all high fashion and avant garde rather than over-the-top.

Glitter Lips
Glitter lips work with just about every shade, and are the perfect way to add a sultry sparkle to your look. There are two ways in which you can do this, with the first being to pat loose glitter onto your lips. Alternatively, you can opt for a glitter-infused lip gloss to apply over your lipstick, which is often the easiest and most convenient method.

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Glamorously Glossy
Just like with glitter lips, ultra glossy lips can be created with every color. Whether you opt for a subtle nude or a deep wine, just make sure you apply plenty of reflecting gloss on top.

There is quite a variety when it comes to the hottest lipstick colors for this spring, giving you plenty of options for finding something that works with your personal style. Whether you opt for poppy pink with a coating of gloss and glitter, or an understated matte dusty rose, take advantage of these trends and allow your lips to really make a statement.

Tips For Looking Better When You Dress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York Fashion Week Trends

New York Fashion Week 2017

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

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

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

New York Fashion Week 2017

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

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

New York Fashion Week 2017

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

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

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

Putting Together the Perfect Date Night Ensemble

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chic Winter Coats to Perfect Your Style

Chic Winter Coats to Perfect Your Style

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Add Festive Flair with These Sparkling Hairstyles

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Whether you are dressing up for a Christmas party or styling your hair for some New Year celebrations, it is always fun to add some festive flair to your look. While you likely already have your outfit all planned out, here are a few hairstyle ideas to really make your locks sparkle.

Glitter Roots
Glitter roots is a trend that has made its way around the festival circuit over the year, and is now making a comeback just in time for the festive season. A few different types of glitter will really help to make this look stand out, especially if you can find festive shapes and varying sizes. Once you have chosen your glitter, simply spray your roots with a layer of hairspray, and then sprinkle the glitter over this while it is still wet. You can style your hair in just about any way that you want with this look, and choose the placement of the glitter depending on where your roots are showing.

Ribboned French Braid
A French braid is a classic hairstyle that is perfect for the holidays, and adding a sparkly ribbon to it gives it the perfect festive twist. Choose a ribbon that is a few inches longer than the hair that you are braiding, and use this as one of the four sections of hair that you braid. In addition to creating a standard French braid, you can also use the ribbon technique with many of the other French braid variations out there, whether this may be twisting it up into a bun or tying it around your face into a crown.

Textured Middle Bun
A textured middle bun is a romantic festive updo that is perfect for a holiday party or a special Christmas date. To begin with, you need to create gentle tousles through your hair with a curling iron, making sure to use a heat protecting spray beforehand, before twisting this up into an airy bun that has a slightly messier feel to it. Pull a few strands of hair out from either side, as this will beautifully frame your face. To finish this look off, decorate your bun with a sparkly hair accessory, either in metallic or jewel tones.

Glittering Headband
If you simply do not have the time to spend on a complicated holiday hairstyle this year, then invest in a festive, glittering headband instead. This will add an element of chic to just about any style, and will also hide any hair flaws that you may be dealing with, whether this may be flyaway strands or a layer of frizz. Headbands actually work much better with styles that are slightly messy, as perfectly finished hairstyles paired with a headband can often look quite stiff.

When it comes to adding some sparkle to your hair for a festive event, there are so many different options out there. Whether you want to sprinkle glitter onto your roots, invest in a few sparkly hair accessories, or go for sophisticated jewel tones, these styles are all perfect for the holidays.

A Bit of Faux Fur For Your Wardrobe

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Fur can really add a sense of luxury to just about any outfit, but with the poor animal welfare standards that surround the fur industry, more and more people are now choosing to turn to cruelty-free faux fur instead. For those who want to add a bit of eco-fur to their wardrobe, here are some of the most stylish pieces out there.

Shrimps
Shrimps is a London-based brand that launched in 2013, and has caught the eye of many fashion editors and industry experts since then. The faux fur used by Shrimps is a modacrylic blend that feels just as plush as real fur, and this is the backbone upon which the company has thrived. The latest collection from Shrimps features a wide range of faux fur outerwear, from patchwork faux shearlings to floral printed faux fur coats, and while many other brands out there may be trying to copy the designs produced by Shrimps, no one has been able to replicate the authenticity of the brand’s signature faux fur fabric.

Charly Calder
Charly Calder creates faux fur garments for both men and women, as well as a selection of pieces for the home. This San Francisco-based designer makes use of fabrics that give her fur an extra long and lustrous pile, while the designs themselves feature bold colors, avant-garde silhouettes and dramatic cuts.

Adolfo Dominguez
Although Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez never formally studied fashion, he is known for redefining luxury style in Spain, and, thanks to his early days in Paris and London when he became involved with the green movement, faux fur is one of the designer’s signature fabrics. These creations stand out from the competition due to the way in which they utilize faux fur in such a sleek and elegant way, making the material even more wearable for everyday occasions.

Only Me
Russian brand Only Me really had to work hard to make its mark on the Russian fashion industry, as the Russians are known for having a historical love for fur. However, with exquisite faux fur designs that are all insulated with Thinsulate, a breathable yet heat-retaining material, the outerwear produced by Only Me was soon seen as being absolutely ideal for the cold Russian winters, and were actually able to provide more warmth to its wearer than regular fur.

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney has long since been an advocate for cruelty-free fashion, with each of her fur coats sporting a label that clearly states “Fur Free Fur”. There are many different faux fur pieces to choose from, and in addition to this, Stella McCartney also places a strong emphasis on vegan suede and leather, meaning that you can update your wardrobe with plenty of cruelty-free garments if you shop at Stella McCartney.

Fur is one of the most divisive and controversial subjects in the fashion industry, and for good reason too. With more and more designers now choosing to take a stand against fur, you can expect to see even more faux fur fashion options available in the future.

5 Signs You’re In a Beauty Rut

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It can be all too easy to fall into a beauty rut, especially if you have found a look or routine that really works well for you. However, these habits can often end up feeling stale and boring, so if you find yourself relating to these following beauty rut signs, then it may be time to shake things up a bit and refresh your look.

Your Nails and Lips are Always the Same Color
Using the same shade of nail polish or lipstick can quickly make your look seem dated, even if the shade may work perfectly with your skin tone. If new colors tend to scare you, opt for different shades of the color that you use, for example, a bright pillar box red instead of a deep, dark red. Your lips and your nails are a great way to begin experimenting with other colors, so once you have tried a few different shades, move on to new colors.

Your Skin Care Routine Has Remained Unchanged for Years
Your skin changes in so many different ways as you age, and if you are still using the same skin care routine that you did a few years ago, it is likely that your skin lacks the radiance that it could otherwise be sporting. Not only does age affect your skin, but so do the seasons and many other factors, so you should try to update your skin care routine every few months, paying attention to the evolving needs of your skin.

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Your Hair Always Looks the Same
If you tend to always return to the same haircut time and time again, or style your hair in the same way everyday, then this is another sign that you may have fallen into quite the beauty rut. The next time you are having your hair cut, ask for a bit more variety, or, if you would still prefer to stick with the same cut, experiment more when it comes to styling, as you will likely find a few looks that really take your hair to the next level.

You Can Apply Your Makeup With Your Eyes Closed
If you know your makeup routine so well that you can pretty much apply it with your eyes closed, then this means that you may be slightly stuck in your ways. While it is always handy to have a go-to makeup routine, pull yourself out of your rut by either trying a new look, or simply making a few small but noticeable changes to your existing routine.

You Cannot Live Without Your Black Eyeliner or Mascara
Black eyeliner and mascara make for classic beauty looks, and work well with just about every outfit, making it all too easy to become too dependent on these products. If going without is just too frightening a prospect, try to mix up the way in which you apply them, swiping your liner on both your top and bottom lids if you usually only just go for one. Colors can also be experimented with here, as a dark navy or a smoky gray are often great alternatives to standard black.

People that find themselves in a beauty rut are usually those that are quite resistant to change, for whatever reason. Rather than being afraid of change, it is time to begin embracing it and taking the time to experiment with some of the many exciting beauty looks and styles out there.

Cardigans Don’t Have to be Frumpy

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

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

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

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

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

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