The Accessories You Need for a Beach Weekend

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Summer is now beginning to draw to a close, meaning that if you were looking to get away to the beach for a weekend, now is the time to plan it. From sunglasses to a waterproof phone case, these are the accessories that you should not forget to pack.

Waterproof Phone Case
Water is everywhere at the beach, and even if you do not plan on taking your phone into the sea with you, you should still consider some extra protection for it. A protective waterproof phone case will not only ensure that your phone stays dry, but it will also prevent any sand or dirt from entering it, leaving you free to use your phone throughout the weekend without having to worry about causing any damage.

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A Beach Bag
A beach bag is absolutely essential to tote all of your belongings around in, but you need to ensure that this properly fastens up, so that your bag will not end up filled with sand. A bag that has separate compartments will always be useful, especially if you are carrying valuables, and you should also try to opt for one that has been crafted from a waterproof material.

Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is much more delicate than that on the rest of your face, which is why this is often the first area to show signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Since the sun is responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles, sunglasses are one of the best ways to protect your eye area from the damaging effects of the sun. Make sure that your sunglasses are UV blocking, and opt for a wraparound style if you want extra protection on the sides of your face.

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A Sarong
While you will likely be wearing swimwear throughout the weekend, there will always come times when you need to cover up, and a sarong is perfect for this. This is one of the most versatile items of clothing out there, as it can be used in so many ways. Whether you wrap it into a dress or a skirt, or use it as a beach blanket, this is an accessory that you will definitely want by your side, and it will also not take up too much room in your luggage.

Flat Sandals
If you are planning a night out on the town, you may want to pack a pair of heels, but, during the day, nothing beats a pair of quality flat sandals. These match with just about everything, and you could even opt for a pair that features elaborate beading or leather straps if you want them to take on a dressier edge. Sandals can also easily fit into just about any beach bag, meaning that you can conveniently swap them for another pair of shoes if you need to.

Deciding what to pack for a beach weekend can be difficult, as you do not want to overpack, but you also do not want to leave anything important behind. From your sunglasses to your sandals, make sure that all of these items have a place in your luggage before you set off.

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Take Your Summer Maxi Into Fall

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Maxi dresses are synonymous with the summer months, but there is no reason why you have to put your favorite maxi dresses away once fall rolls around. By keeping these styling tips in mind, you will be able to rock your maxi dress well into the autumn months, and even into the start of winter.

Add in a Vest
Once the end of summer rolls around, you are likely to want a bit of extra warmth, but will still want to show some skin. This is where a vest comes in, as this can be worn over your maxi dress but left open, meaning that your whole dress is still on show, but the upper half of your body will have some extra coverage. While a vest works best with a maxi dress with sleeves, you would still be able to pull this look off with a sleeveless dress, although you may need to be more careful with the accessories you choose.

A Light Sweater and Ankle Boots
Layering your maxi dress with a light sweater and a pair of ankle boots is a great way to take it into the months of fall. If your sweater makes the whole outfit appear too bulky, try cinching in the waist of your maxi dress with a skinny belt, as this will really flatter your figure.

Add in a Scarf
Scarves are perfect for giving your body that extra bit of warmth, and can also add a completely new dimension to your maxi dress. As a general rule of thumb, try to opt for a solid colored scarf if your maxi dress features prints, or a printed scarf if your maxi dress is a solid color, as you want the two to work together rather than compete with each other.

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A Cropped Jacket
The shorter length of a cropped jacket is perfect for accentuating a maxi dress, while giving you some extra coverage at the same time. A cropped denim jacket is a classic way to go if you are seeking out a more casual vibe, while those who are after something slightly dressier may want to opt for a cropped leather or military-style jacket.

Wear a Shirt Underneath
Layering your maxi dress with a shirt underneath will help to keep you warmer, while really adding a sense of personal style to your outfit. A t-shirt is all you would need for those warmer days, while a turtle-neck may be a better option if it is quite chilly outside.

Wear It As a Skirt
A maxi dress can quickly be transformed into a maxi skirt, giving you a whole new item of clothing to play with in your wardrobe. All you need to do is wear a blouse or a sweater over the top of your dress, leaving just the bottom half showing.

While wearing a maxi dress in the fall does take a bit more effort and thought than it does in the winter, you will no doubt be able to put together some stunning outfits for the cooler months. Whether you pair your dress with a scarf and a cropped jacket, or layer it up with a shirt, do not be afraid to experiment when it comes to creating new looks with your maxi dresses.

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.

Vintage Accessories Are Making a Comeback

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The vintage trend has been around for quite a few seasons now, and while it used to be mainly focussed on clothing, so many brands have now given their accessories a vintage makeover. From corsets to sunglasses, here are a few of the must-have vintage accessories for this summer.

Vintage Glasses
While it is usually vintage sunglasses that are seen on the runway, normal reading glasses have now also been given a vintage makeover, and are being seen as quite the accessory. Clear lens aviators are the way to go, and will really add a retro vibe to your look.

Corsets
Not only are corsets stylishly retro, but they also do so much to enhance the figure, while slimming down the waist and really giving you that hourglass shape. Do not feel as though you need to dress a corset up, as designers have been styling them in so many different ways. From worn underneath a button-down shirt to worn over a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, adding a corset to your outfit will really help it to make a statement.

Straw Hats
Breathable and lightweight, straw hats have been a wardrobe staple in hot countries for centuries, but these styles have been making a huge comeback, and would be the perfect addition to your summer closet. While the wide-brimmed floppy sun hat may have had its moment last summer, this year milliners are trying to set new boundaries with their designs, coming up with eclectic and contemporary styles. From twisted brims to grommets and lacing, straw hats will work well with just about any summer outfit.

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Chokers
While the 90’s may not really be considered to be vintage, chokers are a trend that should not be ignored. These began to make their comeback in 2016, but, instead of dying down in popularity this year, are continuing full steam ahead. Rather than the minimalist chokers of last year, this summer sees chokers that are bold and statement-making, with an emphasis on DIY styles that really showcase their wearer’s personality.

Vintage-Inspired Bags
For those who want to try out the vintage trend but in a more subtle way, a vintage-inspired bag is always a safe bet. Just about every designer will have one of these, such as the Giant Envelope Shoulder Bag from Balenciaga, which is made from a gorgeous white leather. The Salvatore Ferragamo Vintage Vara Bow 2 Way Handbag is also worth considering if you are looking for something for the daytime, as is the Prada Vintage Bowler Tote Bag. The latter is in a striking red and white color, with decorative perforations and round top handles, exuding a sporty yet luxurious feel. Of course, a classic vintage Chanel backpack is also great for the day, and is a fantastic bag to travel with, as it is large enough for you to cart around any bulky belongings.

Vintage accessories are a great way to add a retro edge to your look, without having to make too much of an investment. From a versatile straw hat to a pair of stylish vintage glasses, these accessories are each worth considering.

Gold Fashion for Summer

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Metallics have been seen all over the Spring Summer 2017 runways, so it only makes sense to try to embrace this show-stopping trend. When it comes to the metallic shades, nothing quite beats a glamorous gold for the summer months, so here are a few pieces that you could invest in.

Pleated Gold Midi Skirt
Although the summer months may be warm enough to bare more skin than usual, there are always those occasions when you do not want to flash quite so much leg, making a midi skirt a great way to go. The pleated gold midi skirt from Zara is made from a frayed metallic fabric, giving it an edgy, down-to-earth vibe, but it still swings and flows in a way that is delightfully feminine.

Gold Loafers
Traditional loafers are a classic, and are being seen just about everywhere this summer. While your go-to black loafers may be looking slightly tired, a pair of metallic gold loafers, such as the style from Tod’s, will never fail to brighten up your day. Whether you wear them with cropped denim jeans or dark workwear, gold loafers will add a slightly futuristic edge to any outfit.

Gold Sandals
For those who are still not quite sold on the idea of wearing gold, trying this trend out with a pair of understated gold sandals is a great way to get your feet wet. Marc Jacobs has a pair that is perfect for this, as they are made from a cracked metallic leather and feature a covered heel and a buckled ankle strap, making them casual and perfect for lazy summer days.

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Gold Swimwear
If you have been wanting to buy a new swimsuit for this summer, try on a few gold swimsuits and see how much the color flatters your skin tone. Gold works with just about every skin color out there, making a gold swimsuit the perfect way to stand out on the beach this summer. From Melissa Odabash to Topshop to Martha Medeiros, there are so many brands out there that have their own stunning version of a gold swimsuit, so do explore all of the options.

Sequins and Crystals
With everything from sequins and crystals to beads and Art Deco motifs, the gold Patty Silk Chiffon Mini Dress from Alice and Olivia is perfectly suited for the summer. The dress boasts a plunging neckline and a flared silhouette, and would work well when paired with a clutch bag and some strappy summer sandals.

Rose Gold
If the idea of gold is still too bold for you, give rose gold a try instead. With its pinkish hue, rose gold is much more subtle, but just as on-trend. For a rose-gold dress that will soon become your go-to number for special occasions, take a look at Herve Leger, who have a figure-hugging metallic gold bandage dress that will beautifully accentuate your shape.

The subtle shimmer that metallic shades give to your outfit are enhanced even more by the bright summer light, making this the perfect trend for the summer months. Whether you opt for gold shoes or a gold skirt, these are some of the gold must-haves for your wardrobe this summer.

Make Culottes a Wardrobe Staple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fashion Subscription Services

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With a package of new and exciting styles arriving at your front door on a regular basis, it is no wonder that fashion subscription services have been rising in popularity, meaning that there are even more to choose from. Whether you opt for a stylist that puts together a customized monthly box based on your own lifestyle, or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that you would not have been able to find on your own, these fashion subscription boxes ensure that you are always looking chic and stylish.

Tog + Porter
Tog + Porter’s fashion subscription service is truly personalized, and once you have set your monthly price point, which can range anywhere from $250 to $1500, the site will pair you up with your very own personal stylist. You will be able to chat to your stylist one on one using Skype or other video chatting programs, during which your stylist will try to learn as much as possible about your personality and your lifestyle. Following on from this, your stylist will then put together monthly boxes that are filled with clothing that suits you and your personality, and once you have seen or worn each item, you can then follow up with your stylist, sharing your thoughts on the choices and seeking advice on different ways to style certain pieces.

The Style Box
The Style Box offers more of a one size fits all fashion subscription service, focussing more on fashion accessories and lifestyle products that have a wide appeal. Boxes are delivered each month, with each box containing between three and six products.

RX Vintage
Searching for stylish, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces can often be time-consuming, but RX Vintage takes all of the work out of it for you. No matter which subscription plan you opt for, you will be able to receive unique vintage pieces on a monthly basis, with the company ensuring that each piece that they send out is in top condition. The fact that these garments are one-of-a-kind mean that RX Vintage needs to be select about how many subscribers they cater to, which is why customers usually have to wait for a subscription spot to open up, unless they are lucky enough to be referred to the site by a friend.

Wantable
The Wantable subscription box is affordable and delivers monthly statement accessories straight to your door. From bold necklaces to chunky bangles, each item that is delivered is always bang on trend, helping you to mix up your wardrobe with new pieces that you may not have otherwise tried. Wantable also delivers boxes of intimates, which are ideal for those who enjoy trying different styles of delicate lingerie.

Fashion subscription services are a great way to try out new styles and trends without having to make too much of an investment. Most companies will usually offer a range of subscription plans, so that you can choose a monthly price point that works for you, before beginning to receive your goods that are worth so much more in value!

In for Spring: Strong Shoulders

This spring is going to be all about exposed shoulders, giving any outfit a sexy and playful edge. Whether your style is romantic and bohemian or classically chic, this is a trend that will be seen in so many different forms this spring.

In for Spring: Strong Shoulders

Shoulder Cut-Outs
Shoulder cut-outs are a great way to show some skin this spring, without having to bare too much. The beauty of shoulder cut-outs is that they are so versatile, and have been seen on a diverse range of garments. From Nicole Miller’s stunning navy jumpsuit to a tailored Vera Wang coat to a Jonathan Simkhai crop top, all of these garments may boast shoulder cut-outs, but they have each incorporated them in a beautifully unique way. Whether you prefer smaller, graphic cut-outs that show just a glimpse of the shoulder, or larger ones that expose a large portion of the arm as well, this is a style that just about everybody can embrace.

Off-the-Shoulder
Off-the-shoulder looks can be traced back to many centuries ago, giving them a distinctly vintage feel. However, designers have been bringing this style back into modern times by adding contemporary touches to off-the-shoulder outfits. Salvatore Ferragamo and The Row is where you will find off-the-shoulder tops with romantic billowing sleeves, creating a gorgeous bohemian silhouette, while Michael Kors, Chloe and Francesca Liberatore all have off-the-shoulder tops that feature ruffles and frills, giving the garments an ultra-feminine feel. For something more fitted, take a look at Prabal Gurung, who has a cord knit midi dress that cuts a sleek and flattering silhouette.

Asymmetrical Necklines
Asymmetrical necklines tend to only reveal one shoulder¬†and are a stylish way to show just a small amount of skin. Versace, Christopher Kane and Antonio Marras have paired their asymmetrical necklines with vibrant prints, while Stella McCartney’s asymmetrical necklines are all black and very sleek. Vivienne Westwood, Mugler and Sonia Rykiel also have designs featuring asymmetrical necklines that are definitely worth checking out for those who love the style.

Halter Necks
Halter necks have been embraced by a number of different designers for this spring. Rag & Bone opted for spaghetti strap style halter necks, while Andrea Jiapei Li emphasized the sport elements of the halter neck. Other designers who have their finger on the pulse of this trend are Brandon Maxwell, who pairs halter necks with skirts, Oscar de la Renta, who designed some quirky plaid printed ruffled halter tops, and Givenchy, with a stunning halter top champagne evening gown that would be perfectly suited to the red carpet.

Exposed shoulders are set to be one of the biggest fashion and style trends this spring, and it would seem as though the majority of designers out there have at least one garment that exposes the shoulders. Whether you want a romantic billowing off-the-shoulder silhouette, or a sexy, floor-lengthed exposed shoulder evening gown, this trend works for so many different body shapes, giving an outfit a sexy yet flattering edge.