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Summer Accessory Trends

Summer Accessory Trends

by Melody Plumb

Backpacks and Buckets
This back-to-school staple, the backpack, and its trendier cousin, the bucket bag, continue to be the season’s hottest shoulder accessory. Both bag types are versatile and can hold just about anything, even Mary Poppins would own one in every color. If you really want to turn up the volume, pick up one in leopard or with fringe.

Statement Jewelry
Who doesn’t like making a statement? This summer is all about big impact, bigger jewelry. From earrings to necklaces to rings, the bolder, the bigger, the better. Just make sure to choose your jewelry pieces wisely, because you only get one chance to make a statement.

Seeing Blue

Soon enough you will begin planning your summer vacation if you haven’t already and with that, comes the ever-so-important packing list. You can’t leave for the beach, or skiing for that matter, without the perfect shades. Not only is it important to find the right sunglasses for your face shape, the color can be just as important. Make sure to complete your collection with a pair of blue hue sunglasses in either solid or printed. These are sure to keep you cool on the waves or the slopes.

Step Up Your Gladiator Game

It is time to take inventory and make room for your new favorite laces. Whether it is a sandal or a heel, gladiator-style footwear is a must-have this summer. These shoes are ultra-versatile and can be worn to take a casual look to the next level or tone down a dressy occasion. Not to mention, the comfort factor makes this all-the-more effortless and a no-brainer.

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Trends for Spring

Trends for Spring

by Melody Dennis

Gingham
Better start emptying those dresser drawers and make some room for plaid’s trendy cousin, Gingham. This trend can be best revitalized in the form of a wide leg trouser, the ever-popular crop top, or a simple summer dress. Check? Yes, please!

All Dressed in White
Newsflash: White is the new Black and just in time for Spring. Head-to-toe white was all over the fashion runways this season, with a range of textures, layers over layers, and varying shades of white. If you aren’t a bride to be this Spring, you will want to be!

Show Some Shoulder

It didn’t take a genius to figure out that after watching all the award shows this season, that shoulders were in. Whether it is one-shoulder or off the shoulder, this trend is a refreshing update to the midriff-bearing looks that consumed last Spring. Turn up the volume by adding a statement necklace.

Flutter Your Florals
Bright colors and fun prints were blossoming straight from the runways this season with all things floral. Add some botanicals to that dreary winter wardrobe by incorporating this trend in a blouse or shorts!

The 70’s
Every season, a specific decade takes over the runways. This time, it’s all about subtle touches in 1970’s retro lapel shapes, color combinations, an abundance of denim, and pant silhouettes that are sometimes flared, sometimes full and wide.

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Boots for All Body Shapes

Boots for All Body Shapes

When thinking about what are the best shapes of boots for different body shapes, consider your shape and what will balance it.
Knee high boots are universally flattering. If you can’t find one that fits your calf, don’t forget boots can be taken in, or even stretched a little, if you have calves outside the manufacturing standards, and there are boots with stretch material in the back. Knee high boots make your legs look longer and slimmer, which is why they are so great, but if you have shorter legs, avoid those with lots of buckles, straps or other horizontal details as this will shorten their apparent length.
Motorcycle (mid-calf) boots are only good for those with very slim calves as they cut you across the calf and visually widen the size of your legs.
Ankle length boots can be worn by anyone under pants. For a youthful look, try them with skirts/dresses. They need to fit closely at the ankle, and your skirt/dress needs to end above the knee.
The more you want to elongate your leg, then choose longer, well-fitting boots with little detail and a heel.  Match hosiery to your boot colour to further elongate. If you have long legs you can add more detail to your boots and you don’t have to match hosiery.
And, the every popular Ugg brand boot is still considered the “winter flip flop” because of it’s great comfort and appeal. Thankfully the days of wearing the Ugg boot with shorts or a miniskirt have faded, so please keep them to only cold weather days and over jeans or tights.

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Fall Trends To Watch

Fall Trends To Watch

Robe Coats

This season, the house coat makes a major comeback. All the top designers showed toppers that could double as bathrobes. The coats are lightweight material with a belt that ties.

The Mod ‘60s

Perhaps designers binge-watched the show Mad Men, because this season is full of  mini skirts, knee-high boots, and accessories that remind us of yesteryear. Plus who doesn’t love a little shift dress?

Western

Let’s say it together: Yeehaw for the cowboy trend for fall! It’s perfect for North Texas – so bring on the rodeo. Boots, blue jeans jackets, soft lace tops and plenty of turquoise.  Think updated Urban Cowboy.

Dresses Over Pants

Who wants to just wear a dress anymore? No one. It’s just too easy. For next season, designers are challenging us to wear pants and a dress. Try and keep both flowing and soft.

Sneakers

Your feet can rejoice because they are officially getting a break from heels. Designers have declared sneakers as the footwear of the moment, continuing from trends we saw this summer. Hooray for comfortable footwear!

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Update Your Summer Look

Update Your Summer Look

Cap Off Your Look

Baseball caps shouldn’t be reserved for bad hair days or a ballgame. Look for styles that echo summer’s vibrant feeling like ones that feature graphic patterns or bold colors. Skip the faded vintage-looking versions and refrain from anything with rhinestones. Pair with sneakers or simple, flat sandals.

Think Pink

Classic red is always chic but the runways were awash with unusual lipstick hues. While bold shades might be tricky to pull off, why not try an opaque medium pink, and look for a matte formula instead of a sticky gloss. And should it be too daunting, a sheer stain can be equally as appealing.

Embrace Electric Orange

So if you’re not sold on the mule and you’re dead set on sticking to your pumps, skip the expected basic black and try one in a bright orange. Wearing the shade can be daunting in large doses so the easiest update can be a shoe, which adds a bold touch. It looks especially great worn with tattered jeans or white trousers.

Rethink Pearls

Pearls get a bad rap for being stuffy, prim and quite frankly, old lady-like. Update by skipping the expected strand of pearls in favor of pieces set in gold. Look for updated silhouettes like gumball style earrings. Then go against type by wearing them with casual outfits like a t-shirt with cutoffs or a button up and jeans.

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Spring Trends

Spring Trends

Orange Is the New Black

No doubt the creators behind the addictive new Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black, realized they were predicting a major New York Fashion Week color moment when they dreamed up the show’s title. The fiery hue, and various shades, has been spotted all over this spring, becoming the season’s “it” color from clothes, bags, and shoes to lip color.

Not feeling florals for Spring? Art prints are popular, as well as logo names.

Need a winter to spring transition outfit for office? Try a lace top with a denim shirt or jacket and pair this with a leather skirt and pumps.

Long sleeve pastel button-down shirts are popping up like Spring flowers. Take one from office to evening by changing jewelry, and topping with a lightweight jacket.

Popular color for the men this Spring? Cobalt blue, or think Dodger Blue, also gray. And for the daring man, florals are a big trend.

Lady-like tea length dresses and skirts are a welcomed trend this year, comparable to days of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Patterns are feminine and floral to denim and classic black.

And finally, the one staple that never goes out of style and is again a big hit this season – the crisp white blouse.

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