Tips for Wearing a Strapless Dress

Strapless dresses are great for an evening out, a special occasion or for just hanging out with friends. So how can you look absolutely fabulous in one? Check out these tips that will ensure you will wear your strapless dress flawlessly! First you want to make sure that the exposed parts of my body are exfoliated and smooth. Your shoulders, back and the décolletage area need to be exfoliated. Those are the areas that stay clothed for the most part and are exposed when you wear a strapless dress, so give them the attention they deserve in that awesome strapless dress! Secondly, make sure you have a good fit. No matter how cute, wonderful, colorful or amazing your dress is, it will not look good on you if it is too small or too large. Constantly tugging and re-adjusting your dress is not attractive. Next I suggest, glamming it up! You know your neck and shoulders will be exposed, so if a necklace will be flattering to wear with your strapless dress, try one. If you have long hair, pull your hair up to show those exposed areas. Also, heels are another great way to glam up a strapless dress. Lastly, but certain just as important, are the undergarments! No matter what your body type, if you are wearing a strapless dress, you need the right undergarments for a smooth svelte and wonderful fit. From a great strapless bra that provides support and lift, to the great garments you wear below for a smooth finish, seek undergarments that are flattering and will hold you in place.
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Not all V Necks are Created Equally

There is not just one kind of V neck. There are narrow ones and wide ones, deep ones and shallow ones. Saying “wear a V neck” does not really tell you that much about how flattering the V neck will be on you. Here are my quick tips to choosing the most flattering V neckline for you. First consider the depth of the V neck. A shallow V neck will make your neck look shorter than a deep V neck. A shallow V neck will not make your bust look smaller in the way that a deeper V neck will. A deep V neck will draw your eye lower and make your neck look longer. Secondly, think about the width of the V Neck. A wide V will draw your eyes outwards towards the shoulders making your shoulders look broader. A narrow V neck will draw your eyes inwards and narrow your shoulders and focus you on the point of the V. A wide V neck works best for more square jaws (rectangle and square face shapes). Lastly, the sharpness of the V Neck is important. A sharp V neck is more angular and works best with a more angular pointed chin (diamond or heart face shape). A soft V neck is more rounded and works best with a more curved jaw shape (oval, oblong, round face shapes). As you can see, there are some important elements to consider when choosing your V neck garment!
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How to Wear Crochet

All the Coachella craziness is over, but it got me to thinking about how boho chic crochet can be. With winter officially behind us, we are all starting to dream about a summer vacations. Why not plan some fab crochet outfits this season. Unlike past seasons, this year’s crochet pieces are meant to look more refined than hippie chic. For the girl who is not a fan of prints, this of the moment knit is a great way to create that unique aspect your ensemble may be missing. One of my favorite things about crochet is that the artistic detailing has the power to be as classic or edgy as its stylist sees fit. The best way to pair crochet items is with solid lights fabrics, such as cotton. And when in doubt wear pastels, they are always a good soft paring. Crochet can be boho, beachy or even dressy, depending on the style and more importantly the accessories. On the beach, a chic cover up can be a crochet dress or tunic. But in town, make sure you have an opaque slip. Opt for a blouse or dress with ladylike crochet trim for a conservative way to rock this craft fair fabric. Or, elevate your spring wardrobe with a pair of tiered crochet shorts or a jumpsuit for the ultimate crochet fix. If you love the look, and want some ideas on how to add it to your wardrobe, check out the pictures below.
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Figuring out YOUR colors

Have you ever tried on a blouse or a shade of lipstick that makes your skin, eyes, and face come alive, only to try another one that is almost exactly the same shade but it makes you look tired and washed out? The first one probably matched your skin’s surface tone and undertone perfectly, while the second shade may have a totally wrong undertone. If you kind of understand, but do not really know the difference between surface tone and undertone? Join the club. When it comes to fashion and beauty, there are few buzzwords as prevalent as cool undertones and warm undertones. In fact, we are always hearing that identifying which category we fall into is integral to our overall attractiveness, but finding out where we fall is still shrouded in confusion. The first step in grasping the concept is understanding that our skin’s surface tone is the color you would describe yourself as having (ivory, light, medium, tan, dark, etc.) Your skin’s undertone is the color underneath the surface. Here are some steps for figuring out which category you fit into.

First, check your veins. Seriously, push your sleeves up right now and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist!! Are they blue or green? If they look more blue, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you are warm. Next is the neutral test. Think about what neutral shades flatter you best. Does your skin, eyes, and face look better in bright white and black hues, or ivory, off whites, and brown / tan shades? The former means you are probably cool toned, and the latter, warm. Now think about your natural eye and hair color, as they can help you figure out your coloring as well. Customarily, cool people have eyes that are blue, gray, or green and have blond, brown, or black hair with blue, silver, violet and ash undertones. Conversely, warm toned women usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Their hair tends to have gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones. Lastly, find which colors look best on you. There is no denying that certain colors will make you look better regardless of your skin’s undertone. Warm toned girls should lean toward yellows, oranges, browns, yellow-greens, and warm reds, while cool toned girls should wear blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and true blue based reds.

Selecting the Right Handbag

I was at the grocery store the other day and noticed that many women carry the same handbag everywhere, to work, to the gym, out for an evening, never stopping to consider that this one size fits all solution may be doing then an injustice. So is it time you thought about your handbag, and whether or not you may need more than one to create that overall stylish look you are trying to create?
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Relate the color to your outfit. It does have to match, it just needs to go. A floral sundress does not suit a large black bag. A pair of jeans does not work with a briefcase style bag. A suit does not meld with a sparkly clutch. An evening dress needs a smaller, more refined bag than you everyday variety. So in brief you need to match the formality, satin works for formal, but not casual. Relate the colors, or choose colors that do not clash to provide an accent color. Relate the size for the purpose, day bags are larger and more roomy than evening bags. Unless your personality is very conservative, do not match your bag to your shoes, unless they are both black or brown.

Understanding Color Properties

Every color has three unique properties. When you are finding colors that suit you, you are looking for those colors that replicate your natural color properties. The first property is VALUE. The lightness to darkness of the color. You can change a color from it’s natural pure hue by tint, which is adding white, or shade, which is adding black. Some colors are naturally light in value, such as yellow. Some are deep in value, such as indigo. The next property is UNDERTONE. This is how warm or cool the undertone of the color appears. Colors have both overtones and undertones. Overtone is how we describe the color psychologically. We describe yellow, orange and red as warm because they relate to things that make us feel hot, such as the sun and fire. We describe blue and green as cool, as they relate to things that make us feel cool, such as water or cool lush foliage that shades us from the sun. The undertone of the color is how the color is created when mixing colors to create that unique hue. Every color, except orange, can have a warm or cool undertone by adding yellow or blue. INTENSITY is the final property. The intensity of a color is all about the saturation and brightness of it. It may be pure and bright, with little or no grey added or a tone. The brighter the color, the more advancing it appears. The more muted or toned down the color, the softer and smokier and more receding it appears. So when you are selecting colors to wear, if you discover your own color properties and work with them, you will find that the colors harmonize with you.
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Overtone vs Undertone by imogenl

Splashes of Orange

Summer is a time to bid adieu to the bulky, layered looks that dominate winter and even parts of spring. Each season the runways help dictate which fashions will dominate stores across the country. Orange is a vibrant hue poised to take this season by storm. Evoking feelings of warmth and sunshine, orange is an unexpected and bold color choice. Daring women can don head to toe orange, and really make a splash. However, there are some more subtle ways to don orange this season, including adding a pop of this vibrant color to shoes or belts. An orange lip and a peachy eye flatter many skin types. Such coral colors are reminiscent of tropical, coral backdrops, making them perfect for summers by the shore.
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