Outfits That Keep You Weekend Ready

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Weekend outfits should be casual and effortless, but many people feel as though they need to sacrifice fashion in order to achieve freedom. However, as these following outfits will show you, looking chic but being weekend-ready at the same time is much easier than you would think.

A Jumpsuit
When it comes to effortless fashion, jumpsuits are key, as these all-in-one pieces mean that you do not need to worry about mixing and matching garments to put an outfit together. When it comes to choosing a jumpsuit, opt for one with a print and style that really suits your personality rather than current trends, as this is a piece that you will be able to wear over and over again. From artistic geometric prints to military-chic styles, this is a weekend-ready outfit that can easily be dressed both up and down.

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Pleated/Full Skirts
Full and pleated skirts are a great way to dress up a casual street style look, and can be weekend-ready depending on what you pair it with. Chunky heeled sandals and a chunky sweater will emphasize a casual look, as will a tank top or tee. Alternatively, if you are seeking a more feminine and sophisticated look, you could always wear the skirt with a chic blouse and delicate heels.

Fitted Jeans and a Blazer
Denim jeans are a wardrobe staple, and pairing them with a smart, fitted blazer immediately ups their smart factor. If you want to give this outfit even more of a flair, opt for a pair of jeans in a bold and daring color, such as red or yellow. While this may seem over-the-top at first, the blazer will help to keep it all relatively toned down.

Leather Shorts
Shorts are so versatile, making them perfect for a weekend filled with activities, as they allow for plenty of movement. However, rather than going for a denim or cotton pair, jazz your outfit up a bit by choosing a pair of leather shorts. Not only are these durable, but they will also make a statement, although you need to make sure that you always keep them as the focal point of your outfit. Ensure that the rest of your outfit is quite simple and minimal, pairing dark shorts with a light colored top. Since leather shorts draw the eye to your legs, your choice of footwear is equally important, and you will likely need to experiment with a few styles before you find a pair that works with the look you are going for.

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Printed Pants
Printed pants are usually bold and bright, with the print that you choose reflecting your personality. Prints can also be used to highlight certain features of your body, or to downplay any that you would like to hide, and they will always add some extra interest to your look. In order to keep your outfit looking cohesive, pair your printed pants with a plain-colored top, unless you want to emulate the fashion-forward trend of wearing prints with prints.

No matter what you may have planned for the day, putting together a weekend-ready outfit does not need to be difficult. From feminine pleated skirts to edgy leather shorts, these outfits should provide you with plenty of inspiration to experiment with.

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.

Look Your Best for Valentine’s Day

Woman at Valentine's Day

There is not long to go until Valentine’s Day, meaning that now is the perfect time to begin planning your look. Whether you want to look sweet and flirtatious or sexy and mysterious, here are some hair, makeup and outfit tips to help you to look your very best.

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Hair
If cute and feminine is the direction that you are wanting to go in, then an updo is absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. There are many that you could opt for, although this does depend on your skill level and the amount of time that you will have. A French twist is a timeless hairstyle, and this can be created in a slightly messier way than usual, to make it more relaxed for Valentine’s Day. A chignon is also elegant, and is actually one of the easiest updos to put together, while a braided bun will give your hair some extra texture. For those of you who are going for the sexy and mysterious look, cascading waves are perfect for this, and can be easily achieved with a curling iron, but be sure to also curl the roots of your hair in order to give your look the right amount of bounce.

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Makeup
For a sweet and flirty makeup look that perfectly sets off the updo that you have created, begin by applying a bronze cream eyeshadow to your lids, before adding a shimmery champagne powder to your inner eyes and just below the brow bone. Line your eyes with a brown eyeliner before swiping on a few layers of mascara, and then apply some bronzer to your forehead, cheekbones and jaw bone to give your face a warm glow. Finish the look off with a rosy pink blush and some pink lip liner and gloss, as this will sweeten up your look even more, but in a subtle way. For a more dramatic but vintage-inspired makeup look, winged cat eyes drawn along the top lash line are beautifully sultry, and should be followed up with quite a few coats of mascara to emphasize this. Use a matte bronzer to contour your cheekbones, and go for a vibrant, bold red for your lips.

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Outfit
When it comes to choosing an outfit the flirty, girly look, there are many options to pick from, but a printed dress featuring sugary pastels will work perfectly with your hair and makeup. Alternatively, opt for a ruffled skirt, but pair this with a toned-down top so that it does not distract from the ruffles. If you have decided to go for the sexy and mysterious look, then you need to be careful with your outfit choice, as your hair and makeup are already quite bold. A classic little black dress is a great garment to consider, as this is timeless and will allow your hair and makeup to really stand out. To give your outfit an extra pop of color, look for a bag or other accessories that make a statement.

Everybody wants to look their best for Valentine’s Day, which is why it is always a good idea to spend some time planning your look. From your hair to your makeup to your outfit, each element needs to be carefully thought out in advance so that it can all be perfectly brought together on the day itself.

The Perfect Date Night Outfit

When deciding what to wear for date night, you have to take your destination into consideration. Whether you are heading to the movies, or for a romantic dinner, here are some ideas for the perfect date night outfit.

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Dinner and Drinks
If you have a romantic evening planned with dinner and drinks, a classy, feminine outfit will always work well. A casual dress can be dressed up with a pair of strappy heels, while a more formal dress can be toned down with a pair of flats. Keep your color palette relatively simple, although if you are opting for a printed dress, vibrant colors may be better. Once you have narrowed down your outfit choices, make sure to test them out while you are seated as well as standing, as hem lengths and necklines can often look quite different in various positions.

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Movie Night
A date night at the cinema calls for a casual but stylish outfit, making tailored or skinny jeans the perfect choice. A sweater is also a good idea to keep you warm, but add some edge and personality to your look by picking quirky shoes and accessories.

Staying In
For those that will be spending date night at home together on the sofa, an outfit that is comfortable yet feminine is perfect. A flirty skirt paired with a cozy jumper and some flats is a fail-proof option, as is an easy dress with a cardigan and some wedged heels. By putting together a timeless but comfortable look, your outfit will have that effortless quality that is always desired when dressing for a date.

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An Active Date
Whether you will be spending the evening at a bowling alley or on an evening hike, active dates can be difficult to dress for, but you just need to have the right combination of functional and stylish. A classic pair of jeans will work for just about every activity, but make sure that they are not too tight and restricting. Comfortable shoes are also a must, but there is no reason why you cannot be more creative with the top, and accessories, that you choose. However, be sure to bring along a sturdy jacket, such as denim or leather, in case you need to cover up for your activity, as well as a bag that is large enough to carry any extras that you may need. Finally, do not forget about your hair, as an active date will require your hair to be pulled back and kept away from your face, so spend some time experimenting with styles that are more interesting than the standard ponytail.

As important as it is that you look good in your date night outfit, you also need to ensure that you are completely comfortable in it, as this will give you much more confidence. Make sure that you have worn each of the garments in your date night outfit before, so that you know exactly what they look and feel like before the big night.

Sparkle at Holiday Events

Woman at a holiday party

Whether you are dressing for an office holiday party or a glitzy charity event, it does not take much to add some festive cheer to your look. From metallic gold garments to glittering accessories, here are some ways in which you can add some sparkle to your outfit for your next holiday event.

Office Holiday Party
Office holiday parties are not usually that formal, meaning that if you want to add some sparkle to your look, you need to do this in a way that is not too over-the-top. With metallic gold being bang on trend for this season, this is a great color to opt for, and can be paired with so many other contrasting shades. While you will not likely want to opt for an entire outfit in metallic gold, a shimmering gold top, or even a top with just metallic gold detailing, can be paired with more conventional pants or a skirt, making this the ideal outfit for your office holiday party.

Meeting the Parents
The holiday season is often when new couples meet each other’s parents for the first time, and working out what to wear can definitely be nerve-wracking. This is another occasion in which your sparkle needs to be quite subtle and toned down, making festive accessories your best bet. From your handbag to your shoes to your jewelry, allow one or two aspects of your outfit to sparkle, but try to keep the rest of it relatively demure.

Woman wearing a sparkling gown

Charity Event
The majority of formal charity events will have a dress code that guests need to stick to, making it slightly easier to put together an outfit. A glittering cocktail dress is always a good choice, whether you opt for a full length or a shorter design. For those who want to go all out, a sparkly evening gown will definitely make you feel like the belle of the ball, but when wearing an evening gown that sparkles, you need to make sure that everything else that you wear is quite toned down. Rather than donning all of your favorite festive accessories, keep jewelry to a minimum, and choose some simple sandals rather than a more extravagant style.

Holiday Dinner
Holiday feasts are a big part of the festive season, and while your usual daytime look would likely suffice, it never hurts to jazz up your outfit a little. For those who want to keep their sparkle to their accessories, garments in traditional festive colors, from red to green to gold, will act as the perfect backdrop. Wearing separates should also be considered for a holiday dinner, as this means that you will be able to combine a variety of different textures and silhouettes. A sequinned skirt or an embellished top can really add some festive flair to your look, and can be paired with a slightly more simple garment to keep the outfit in the casual realm.

While you likely already have a few favorite go-to festive outfits, it never hurts to experiment with your style and mix things up a bit. Whether you are heading to a formal charity event or a festive office party, these ideas will ensure that you always have something fabulous to wear.

Do’s and Don’ts on Broadway

Attending a Broadway show is an iconic New York experience that everybody should do at least once in their lifetime. However, for those planning to see a performance for the very first time, make sure that you are aware of all of the important Broadway do’s and don’ts beforehand.

Don’t Bring Food With You
Most theaters sport a concession stand at the entrance, allowing theater-goers to buy beverages and candy to bring to the show with them. While it may be tempting to sneak in a larger meal, this is not only considered to be rude to the rest of the audience, but also disrespectful to those performing, as the sounds and smells of your meal will be incredibly distracting. For those that missed the pre-theater special at their favorite restaurant, wait until the intermission, as you will be able to purchase a few snacks to tide you over until the end.

Broadway Show Signs

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Do Arrive on Time
Arriving late to a Broadway performance will likely mean that you will not be able to access your seat until the second act, meaning that you will miss the entire first act. Theater doors usually open around 30 minutes before curtain, and if you are sitting in a center seat, it is vital that you arrive at this time, in order to avoid having to climb over everybody else. For those that have an aisle seat, it would be best to wait until about 15 minutes before curtain to make your way to your seat, otherwise you may have to repeatedly stand in order to let those with the center seats pass through.

Don’t Talk During the Show
While a quick whisper to the person sitting next to you is perfectly acceptable during a performance, having a louder conversation is definitely not. While you may be desperate to share your theories on upcoming plot twists, the rest of the audience around you most likely does not want to hear this, and would much rather watch the show in peace, making it important that you refrain from talking.

Broadway show line

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Do Dress Comfortably
Many choose to dress up when attending a Broadway show, but there is actually no strict dress code, meaning that you can wear anything that you want, although this is often different for opening night performances. While this is not an invitation to turn up in some tiny shorts and a pair of flip flops, it is important that you dress comfortably, so that you can focus on enjoying the show. You must also keep in mind that many theaters also turn up the air conditioning during performances, so you may want to bring a warmer garment with you for the show.

No matter what type of Broadway show you choose to attend, these guidelines will still apply. From using your seat number to work out when to arrive, to knowing what to wear, these tips will help you to make the most of your next Broadway performance, and give you an idea of the Broadway etiquette that is required of you.

Cruise Wardrobe Essentials

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With different temperatures along the way, a few specific dress codes to adhere to, and limited storage space in cabins, packing for a cruise is definitely not easy. Fortunately, with some clever advance planning, you will be able to put together a concise selection of cruise wardrobe essentials that will work for just about every occasion while you are away.

Swimwear and Accessories
If your cruise ship has a swimming pool, then swimwear is a must. It is always a good idea to bring along at least two pairs, so that you have something to wear while the other is being washed and dried. Cover-ups are also necessary, so that you can easily transition from the pool to other parts of the ship. When it comes to accessories, sun protection is a must, as are sunglasses and sun hats.

Woman enjoying a cruise

Casual Day Wear
During the day, you will generally be dressing quite casually, so items such as shorts, jeans, t-shirts and tank tops are essential. You will also need a few warmer items in case you encounter some unseasonably cold days out at sea, as well as some sandals or other comfortable shoes to walk around the ship,

Shore Excursions
You are likely to be making a few shore excursions along your cruise ship’s points of call, so keep in mind that you will need appropriate clothing for this. If you plan on doing some snorkeling or diving, function swimwear is a must, while those that want to visit religious or cultural sites should bring along some modest clothing, so as not to offend.

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Evening Wear
When it comes to evening wear, each cruise ship will usually have their own dress code that passengers must follow, and while shorts and tank tops are generally not allowed, casual wear is still accepted. This can include dress slacks with a blouse, or a casual cocktail dress. Of course, there may be a few formal nights where some passengers do go all out with tuxedos and gowns, but this is not usually essential.

Extras
There are a few other essentials that are likely to come in handy whilst you are on your cruise. A lightweight rain jacket will be your go-to item on rainy days, both on board as well as on shore, while a dressy shawl will not only keep you warm in chilly air-conditioned rooms, but will also instantly make your outfit appear much more formal. If your cruise ship has a gym on board that you will be making use of, then a pair of workout clothes will also be needed.

When choosing individual items to bring on your cruise with you, try to pick garments that can be worn interchangeably, and that can be used to create a number of different outfits, so that you still have some choice while out at sea. Your cruise ship is also likely to have some laundry or dry cleaning facilities, meaning that you will be able to wear your items multiple times, saving you some valuable space.