Archive: ‘Trends’ Category

2013 Spring/Summer: Black & White Color Combination

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Black and white.  This high contrast color combination is very popular this season.  It is in color blocking, pattern, on shirts, skirts, dresses, even pants (proceed with caution)!  When wearing these two colors together, you can add a pop of another color or just leave the two colors to stand alone.  There isn’t too much to this trend, pretty straight forward…black…and white!

THE TAKE-AWAY:  This “trend” is easy.  Odds are, most of you have some combination of black and white already in your wardrobe.  So, be intentional and give this one a try!

black & white color combination

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2013 Spring/Summer: Stripes

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Stripes.  You probably have noticed tons of stripes lately and you will continue to see them during your spring/summer shopping.  There are different types of stripes for whatever your preference might be.  Thick, thin, a combination of the two, subtly contrasted, highly contrasted, vertical, horizontal…you get the point!  If you want them, you can find them.

A side note on horizontal stripes…they are great for creating volume.  So, if you are slender and want added volume, this is great.  If you do not want added volume, but you still like stripes, you can pair a horizontally striped shirt with a little jacket or cardigan and the stripes will still be seen just not in their entirety!

THE TAKE-AWAY:  Stripes are a pattern, so if you need to add some visual interest to your wardrobe this could be your ticket.  This could also be a strategy for implementing some color into your closet!  Have fun and be mindful of what kind of stripe might be best for you!

 

Stripes 1

Stripes 2

Stripes 3

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2013 Spring/Summer: Bermuda Shorts

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Bermuda shorts are longer in length than the average pair of shorts.  When purchasing Bermuda shorts, be certain to buy a pair that fits well and isn’t too loose.  Adding a loose fit to the length of Bermuda shorts will cause you to not look your best.  You want the material to skim the shape of your leg.

Bermuda shorts

THE TAKE-AWAY:  You will find Bermuda shorts in neutral shades and also in some rockin’ fun colors!  If you struggle implementing color into your wardrobe, the coming season is the perfect time!  This is a colorful time of year, so you can add some pops of color without feeling like you are standing out too much!

An addendum:  If you are buying Bermuda shorts in plus sizes…same thing goes for you…not too loose!  I know sometimes you can feel tempted to try and “hide” your shape, but don’t!  You certainly don’t want your shorts to be too tight, but you want them to fit your shape as to not add bulk.  I would also encourage you to have fun with color when purchasing Bermuda shorts.  To keep attention on the outfit as a whole, as opposed to just your shorts, choose colors you are comfortable with.  If you are adventurous…go for it!  If you are a little apprehensive, try a darker shade of a fun color (royal blue, emerald green, crimson red).  In the example photos, lots of the women have their shirts tucked in (I think it is to see the shorts in their entirety).  I wouldn’t recommend that look for a plus size woman…mostly because it will most likely end up looking fuddy duddy!

Plus Size Bermuda Shorts

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2013 Spring/Summer

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The warmer temperatures are quickly approaching…for some of us!  I know some of you are still in the middle of cool weather, but the sun will eventually come for you too!  I wanted to let you in on a few wearable trends for 2013 spring and summer.  You can easily add one or two of these to your wardrobe and feel right on trend…NOT trend-y…two different things!  I do not feel like every person needs to be “trendy.”  That is a style choice all your own…I digress!

So, here you go:

Over the next few days, I will be posting some example pictures and helpful tips for wearing these “trends.”  Stay tuned!

THE TAKE-AWAY:  Try something new!  Even if it only makes it into the dressing room! Be adventurous and try something on you normally never would.  It’s fun and sometimes surprising!

 

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Buying The Trends

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Buying trendy items can often feel confusing.  Most peoples’ tendency is to wait for the items to go on sale at the end of the season.  The risk with buying a trendy item at the end of a season is it might not be in style the following season.  The better way to purchase a trend is at the BEGINNING of the season.  You will pay full price for the item, but you can wear it during the time of year it looks best and you will have more opportunity to wear it.  And the more you wear it; the more you will get your money’s worth!  Limit your number of trendy item purchases as well!  If you have too many trends to wear during a season, it will be difficult to wear them enough to get your money’s worth.  Just choose a couple.

THE TAKE-AWAY: Not all trends are worth wearing!  Make sure the ones that pique your curiosity are good for you before they turn into purchases!

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