Get Started on Your Wardrobe Early – What to Wear This Summer

With new fashions for this year rolling in, it’s time for you to consider a wardrobe makeover. Before you start though, you need to know what is hot and what is not in the coming year. So, here is a guide on what you can pick if you are looking for some nice trendy things to wear this summer.

Spice Trail

If you are looking for something beautiful and somewhat formal, you can pick up these blends of metal and embroidery over exquisite colors. If you are bold enough to carry them off, vibrant people will compliment your style since these colors are going to be the talk of the town. Lame, sequins, jacquards and a variety of other materials scream summer. So, pick something from this collection and look completely chic.

Formal dress

From: Nordstrom

Go Back In Time

The 90’s is the era fashion circles will be redoing this year, making them the perfect choice for your summer wardrobe. Look for geometric designs, cabana stripes, A-line dresses, and cropped tops. Also, consider multicolor palettes that create elegant contrasts together. Taking advantage of the simple cuts that were popular back then, new retro-chic dresses will surely transport you back into time.

Pink suit

From: Neiman Marcus

Patterns and Safaris Prints

One of the most noticeable changes in fashion circles today is the introduction of patterns and prints. From floral prints to checks and stripes, you can find a variety of patterns that will look great on you regardless of your body shape and size. Safari suits are also something making an entry in the fashion market this year. From chic shorts to enticing dresses, you can find a lot of summer apparel designed around the Safari theme. However, stick to one piece at a time to avoid looking too exotic while moving around the town.

safari print

From: Neiman Marcus

With these three exclusive suggestions, you now have something to think about before you go looking for dresses to wear in the summer of 2014. Once you have decided which of the three new styles – patterns, safaris and retro designs – suits you best, get your credit card ready to go shopping for the warm season.

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How to Wear Patterened Leggings and Look Fabulous

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Just when you had worked up the courage to give leggings a try, the fashion industry changed the rules. Oh, solid color leggings are still in, but the brave ladies are wearing patterns. All kinds of patterns, in all kinds of colors. Not to worry – whether you’re a leggings fashionista or a relative newby, you can rock patterned leggings. It’s really not about the leggings, after all. It’s about what you pair them with. Wearing patterned leggings with a bold top or head-turning jewelry is like tying two alpha-male dogs to the same leash. A clash is inevitable. But you wouldn’t do that, would you? Not if you follow these common-sense tips.

pattern leggings

Let the leggings shine.

Top Buttons suggests that your patterned leggings need to be the central piece of your outfit. They’re right – everything else needs to revolve around that bright sun. Never buy a pair of leggings to go with a particular shirt, because then you’ll be wondering what shoes to wear or what jewelry to put on. Buy the leggings first – because you love them, not because you have something that might go with them – then build the rest of the outfit around that core.

A long, simple top.

While few people can pull off a short top with leggings, it’s a particular danger with patterned leggings. You don’t want people to be calculating how many repeats of the pattern it takes to cover your rear. Wear a long, loose-fitting top that falls to mid-thigh. Paper blog suggests that a chunky cardigan over a form-fitting tee is a great choice, as is a simple tunic. Any top you choose should be a solid color and free of eye-catching details. Think of it as the picture frame for the leggings, or foundation for your makeup. It has a major supporting role, but it’s not the star.

A belt.

Depending on the top, you may or may not want to wear a belt. A loose belt just above the waist can give shape to an otherwise boring top; just make sure it’s close in color; you want that belt to shape, not pop.

Accessories.

Like a belt, accessories should support the leggings, not try to steal the show. This is not the time to pull out your “look at me!” jewelry or scarves. Pick one color – two at the most – from the leggings to tie together with jewelry or a scarf. Simplicity is key. With patterned leggings, you want to attract attention without looking like you’re trying to attract attention.

Shoes.

Like accessories, shoes belong in a supporting role. Ideally, choose shoes that match one of the more subtle colors in the leggings. And boots can be great if you’re nervous about wearing those patterned leggings for the first time. With a long tunic and tall boots, there’s only a limited amount of leg showing. It’s a great way to get your feet wet (pun recognized, if not intended).

It’s not hard to pull off patterned leggings. But if it makes you feel better, there are plenty of people ready and waiting to take “mistakes” off your hands. On this website, for instance, you can sell your fashion “oopsies” with ease. Because we’re all so different, there’s bound to be someone out there looking for exactly the thing that didn’t work for you.

But let’s not worry about that. With a little courage and a strong dose of common sense, you can put together a look that makes you feel and look fabulous. Find a pair of leggings you love, then finish the rest of the outfit with items that will make your leggings shine…so you can, too.

Mason Williamson is passionate about fashion. He enjoys blogging about ways the everyday woman can stay stylish and on trend.

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Real Women, Real Curves: Wearing Skinny Jeans to Slim You and Trim You

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Skinny jeans have been a popular trend for a few seasons now and it appears that they may be here to stay. But they can be a tricky trend to pull off without looking too imbalanced. The trick to wearing skinny jeans is to know how to complete your outfit with pieces that make your body look stylish and well-proportioned.

skinny jeans

Know Your Body Type

All body types and weights can wear skinny jeans with the right pieces. No matter her weight, there are four basic body types a woman falls into. Triangle-shaped women, also known as pear shaped, have wider hips with a narrow bust. Hourglass shapes have about the same measurements around their busts as around their hips, with a well-defined waist. Linear-shaped women also have similar measurements for both their busts and hips, but unlike the hourglass, they have little definition to their waists. Finally, the inverted triangle-shaped woman is the opposite of the triangle: her bust is wider with narrow hips. Examine your own shape in a mirror or ask a trusted friend to determine which shape defines you. Then read on for style tips to suit your body.

The Triangle

The triangle-shaped woman needs to balance her wider hips with the rest of her body. Pair skinny jeans with boots to add to the leg line. The triangle woman should also wear a longer, loose top that flows over the hips to add balance to the upper half of the body. Or use accessories to draw the eye away from the hips. A statement necklace draws the eye up, or try adding a belt at the narrowest part of the waist.

The Hourglass

The hourglass woman has a balanced body type, but even she can appear too bottom heavy in skinny jeans without the right styling. Like the triangle-shaped woman, the hourglass woman should wear longer shirts that help minimize the hips. Again, boots will help add balance to the line of the legs and keep hips from appearing too wide. The hourglass woman can incorporate many of the same tricks the triangle woman uses, such as adding accessories to draw the eye to certain body parts she wants to highlight.

The Linear-shaped

Linear-shaped women look great in skinny jeans! While baggier jeans can appear overwhelming on the linear shape, skinny jeans provide the perfect balanced look. They hug every line of the body, so they can make a linear shape appear to have more curves in places where she feels too small. The linear-shaped woman should take advantage of this by wearing jeans with bigger back pockets to accentuate her bottom.

The Inverted Triangle

The inverted triangle-shaped woman wants to make her bottom half match her top half, so unlike triangle shapes, the idea for the inverted triangle is to draw the eye down. Skinny jeans will add curves to the hips, and embellishments such as large back pockets or sequin details will create focal points. Wear simple shirts to minimize distractions on the upper half of the body and keep attention on the lower portion.

One Size Fits All

No matter your body type, if you carry extra weight don’t think that skinny jeans is a trend you can’t master. Keep the tips above in mind when styling skinny jeans, as well as opting for a mid-rise jean rather than low-rise or high-rise. The low-rise jean can create a muffin top effect, which is not something any woman wants. In addition, high-rise jeans can accentuate any bulges in the stomach. Mid-rise jeans help to evenly distribute any extra weight in the stomach area. Use layers to add balance to your body shape. A well-fitted jacket creates a smooth line from bust to hips, and the right top is essential to looking great in skinny jeans. Since the jeans are already so tight, don’t pair them with a tight or short top. A looser, longer top looks better and balances the body.

Get Them On

One final trick to pulling off skinny jeans? Wear great shoes! A great pair of boots is a natural choice for skinny jeans, but heels or ballet flats can also work well. Choose a shoe that is eye-catching enough to draw attention to your feet and away from any extra curves you may want to hide.

Don’t be afraid of skinny jeans just because you may have extra weight or a lot of curves. With these tips, any woman can rock the skinny jean trend, no matter her shape.

Megan Barnes is a full-figured fashionista. She enjoys writing about beautiful styles for every woman on fashion blogs.

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