Ten Ways to Wear Ankle Boots

The best part about the upcoming fall ~ winter season has got to be all the fabulous pair of boots. One such boot is the ankle boot.  I am seeing them everywhere. These booties are an asset to any wardrobe and are a great solution for ladies living in warmer climates where it is ridiculous to wear high boots in the barely there winter. Get your hands on a pair or few as I give you styling tips on different ways to wear ankle boots. Get ready to nail some serious winter style!

1. Wear a spunky pair of wedge heeled or chunky heeled ankle boots with your favorite pair of skinnies or trusty leggings to add a dash of chic to your daily dressing. Tucked in or out….cute booties can really posh up a simple ensemble.

2. Layering is a good way to always look trendy, especially in the cold weather. A cool and unexpected way to achieve a nice layered style can be with socks on top of your leggings peeping out above a cool pair of laced-up booties.

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3. Another trendy way to amp up your everyday style is by rolling or cuffing your denims just to the top of your ankle boots. You will be surprised how skinny it will make you look.

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4. Pairing your dress with ankle boots is a super way to take it up a notch. Make sure your dress ends much above the knee to make your legs look slender and long. A tip to remember is the higher the boots, the shorter the hemline.

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5. Jazz up your classic LBD with a metallic pair of stiletto booties or ankle boots in a bright red or pink to bring some edge to your party wardrobe.

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6. When rolling your jeans, you can also experiment with folding them a little higher then usual so there is a small gap between the boots and your skinnies, enough to expose a bit of your ankle. This can transform your whole outfit while highlighting the skinny area of your ankles.

7. Ankle boots can be worn with shorts as well for a chic, new style. Wear stiletto booties with a cute pair of shorts to add a glam twist to it for a night on the town.  For a more dressed down look, pair your shorts with flat ankle boots, giving you a very cowgirl feel.

8. Sport high top ankle boots with slim-cut trousers, a sophisticated blouse a skinny belt and a blazer to really take your office style up a few notches.

9. Look anything but boring by styling a girly skirt with spunky pair of booties and a leather jacket for some rocker-chic glam.

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10. Believe it or not but the chunkiness of an ankle boot compliment the femininity of a flowy maxi skirt amazingly. Pick a semi-sheer maxi so you can flaunt your boots through it while staying warm at the same time.

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Challenge Time

Guess who has a challenge for you?  I love to think outside of the box, especially with fashion.  Fashion should be fun.  So,  I am blogging about this challenge on Friday to allow plenty of time to accept, prepare, execute and smash this challenge.

Starting Monday, I want you to mix up your wardrobe every day of the week.  The idea is to wear something different every day.  This does not mean you have to go out and buy all new clothes or accessories.  You can mix up your outfits with everything you already own.  For example, I have a black and white print dress that I typically wear with red heels with to complete the look.  Next week I am going to wear this dress with black heels and add a different color necklace.  It is not a big change, but it could make the outfit look completely different.  We tend to be creatures of habit.  We wear the same shirt with the same skirt with the same shoes and so on.  Why not create a completely different and exciting look without purchasing a new item?  It is so easy.  You can add different accessories or shoes.  Maybe you would like to add a scarf instead of a necklace like you always do.  Your options are limitless.  I would love for you to share with me what you did this coming week to mix it up!  Come on ladies, accept my challenge and have fun with it!!

Bring Your Favorite Sundress into Fall

Whether it was from a mom or your grandmother, we have all heard some variation of “go change; you are going to freeze to death.”  But before you go reluctantly move your favorite summer dress to the back of the closet, let us show you some fabulous ways you can keep those dresses around for fall.

1. Pull on a Bottom Layer

Tights: When wearing a dress in the fall or winter, adding tights is an easy way to warm up your outfit. You can keep it classic with a simple pair of opaque black tights or experiment with colors and patterns.

Leggings: Other than tights, leggings are definitely the warmer option to wear.  Leggings with leather elements or studs would definitely add some flair to your outfit and some edge to your summer pieces.

2.  Layer Sweaters

Cardigans: Maxi dresses already have enough length to endure the fall season, so add a cardigan, belt and scarf for a cute fall variation.

Get Pulled Over: Try layering a sweater over a loose-fitting tank dress for a totally cute new look!  Allowing the dress to peek out the bottom adds flair and color, while simultaneously giving you the layers to survive the temperature drop.

3. Pair it With Fall Shoes

Booties: You do not have to tell me twice that when the temperature drops it is officially boot season! It is time to retire your sandals and replace them with super cute booties.  Booties are probably the only shoe that looks great with skinny jeans, tights or pretty much any other bottom. Whether you go flat or heeled, an ankle boot will never let you down.

4. Throw on a Scarf

Scarves: They are a great addition to sundresses to make them fit for cooler weather. In order to incorporate this warm and stylish accessory, try using the scarf as a bright accent piece or mix and match the prints of the dress and scarf.

5. Cover With a Jacket

Leather: Leather jackets are great for transitioning an outfit to fall.  A classic black leather jacket or a brown leather jacket will keep your arms warm, and wearing matching black or brown booties creates an awesome urban-chic look!

Blazer: For a more professional or daytime look, add a blazer to a dress and a pair of tights. My favorite fall trend is tweed blazers!

6. Don Some Denim

Denim:  A denim shirt looks great over almost every pattern and color of dress.  You can let the shirt hang loose or try adding a skinny brown or black belt. Not only can you wear a denim shirt over a summer dress to keep warm on a chilly day, but you can also try a denim jacket as well.

11 Ways to Bump up Your Style

Do you think your wardrobe is getting boring?  Are you ready to update your style?  Here are some easy ways to add renovate your current closet.

1. Edit your wardrobe – keep what you love and the items that make your outfits work for you.  Toss the villains, those garments that do not make you feel good.  Let go of the past, and live in the now.

2. Love how it feels – if clothes do not feel good to you, on your skin, are uncomfortable….then get rid of them. If they do not fit properly, you will fidget and fiddle with your clothes which is an instant style killer.  You are wearing them against your skin all the time, you want them to feel great.

3. Your clothes should be beautiful to you – these are items you are wearing all the time.  You want to love how they look.  If they are only so-so, bland or boring, then they do not earn a place in your wardrobe.  You are special and your clothes should be special to you too.

4. Add a hero – an outfit purely of supporting acts is bland and boring.  Purchase a signature jacket that has a “wow” factor.

5. Discover your signature style – spend some time getting to know who you are and what you love. Notice the garments and accessories you turn to again and again and figure out why, they may be part of your signature style.

6. Start collecting accessories – create beauty bundles so that you can easily change up your look with different accessories. You want some more formal and some more casual, so you can dress your supporting acts up or down.

7. Do not keep anything for Sunday Best – remember that clothes are like milk, they go off. Fashions change, and there is no point in not wearing your best clothes. Get your cost-per-wear from your best pieces.  You will be glad you made the investment in them, plus you will feel great when you wear them.

8. Try something different – every now and again, pick up a trend or fad item that is a little out of your comfort zone, so you do not become complacent and your style stale.

9. Do not forget the foundations – get rid of your terrible under garments.  Only wear foundation garments that do not add extra bulges or lumps, that fit and lift and do what they need to to make your whole outfit look great.

10. Be brave – push yourself out of your comfort zone periodically so that you do not get into a style rut. Try styling something different or wearing an accessory like a hat, scarf or necklace that is right out of your comfort zone. There are so many places to be inspired by the styles of others.

11. Play in your wardrobe – every now and again challenge yourself to style one garment five ways for different occasions. Take photos of the outfits you put together, you may be surprised at the new looks you create that become new parts of your style.

Summer Espadrilles ~ Under $100

There is no better compliment to an effortless sundress than an espadrille sandal. They are the nonchalant accessory of the season. And the best part is these comfy woven soles will keep you sturdy at beach-side soirees and backyard barbecues. Check out these styles, all under $100.

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Banana Republic ~ $98

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IIse Jacobsen, $99

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TopShop, $85

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Zara, $80

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Soludus x Wren, $65

 

 

 

Top Ten Color Trends for Spring ~ Summer 2015

Pantone has released the top hues for spring ~ summer 2015.  With colors like Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Classic Blue, and Lucite Green, expect a lot of cool and calming colors come spring. The top color trends have an eclectic mix of understated brights, pale pastels, and nature-like neutrals. According to Pantone, designers are stepping toward a minimalistic theme drawing from daydreams of simpler times as we head into the warmer months.  I love the cooler and softer side of this color spectrum I cannot wait to update my spring wardrobe!

Aquamarine ~ A cool and calming blue with a wet and watery feel. This light and airy shade also acts as a stress reducer.

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Scuba Blue ~ An invigorating turquoise that’s reminiscent of a tropical ocean.

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Lucite Green ~ A soothing green shade with a minty glow.

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Classic Blue ~ A classic shade that works well with just about every shade on this top ten list.

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Toasted Almond ~ A sun-tanned hue that offers warmth and comfort.

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Strawberry Ice ~ A shade that evokes a feeling of being “in the pink” and gives women a healthy glow.

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Tangerine ~ A juicy orange shade that is energizing and adds vitality to a printed pattern.

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Custard ~ A soft and cheerful hue that brings thought of relaxation.

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Marsala ~ A warm wine color with a brown undertone.

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Glacier Gray ~ A lighter, softer gray and nature’s most perfect neutral. It is a great color for combinations.

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Wearing Seersucker

Blue and white stripes are the seersucker of old, but they still rule the roost in modern looks. Yellow, pink, pale orange, gray and soft green all show their stripes in spring and summer seersucker, but of the variations in color, there is only one rule: Seersucker is seasonal and specifically for times that are warm.  Wearing the thin, almost crepe-like cotton and always slightly crinkled stripes of seersucker is simplicity at its finest unless it becomes too complicated. Guys and girls can wear too much of it and it is possible to go from casual cool to, well, wrinkled fool.  Here are some ways to show your stripes in moderation or in saturation, so you can stay comfortable as well as traditional, on-trend or a bit of both.

Seersucker got its start in suit form, with jackets and pants worn together on warm Southern days, and suits are still in fashion depending on the occasion and the way they are worn. There can be too much of a cool thing, but top-to-toe stripes is generally the way to go for guys at the Kentucky Derby, a Mint Julep-themed party or in locales where a seersucker suit is the only suit in the closet. Wearing the thin, crumply matching jacket and pants works in cities and northern towns too, as long as it is balanced with an unpatterned or subtle shirt. The reverse works, as well. A seersucker shirt underneath a classic solid suit is cooler and cool.

Probably the most wearable choice is the seersucker short.  They are widely available in a variety of lengths and colors, and can be dressed up or down from spring to late summer. Pleat-front women’s shorts look cool and fashionable with a crisp white shirt. Pulling in a third color, for example wearing a pink button-down with blue and white seersucker shorts or a pastel yellow T-shirt with gray and white bermudas is an easy look that adds a lot of options for a single pair of shorts.

While suits may offer the most square inches of seersucker fabric, miniskirts probably bear the least. Women in the East Coast boat set have long worn longer versions of the seersucker mini by keeping lengths at about or just above the knee. More recent versions take the classic stripes to micro-mini shortness or to several inches above the knee while keeping the patterns and fabric of days gone by.

Pairing seersucker with funkier blouses, ironic T-shirts, fitted solid blazers and even cotton tanks is trendy with a touch of class…a combination that rarely fails. Wearing flats in a solid color or even in a clashing pattern, for instance with flowers, animal print or polka dots, keeps a seersucker miniskirt looking cute, while high heels notch up the sexiness.

Although women can sport the look, too, there is something almost iconic about seeing a man in a seersucker blazer with pants or shorts. Where a seersucker suit can sometimes get it wrong by being over-the-top, a jacket most often adds just the right touch of both warm weather casualness and up-one-notch style than going without.  Flat-front chinos in shades of tan and khaki or white are staples for the seersucker blazer, but well-tailored black pants or even jeans — in black, blue or even white — look great with a loose but not oversized blazer of any color combination. And some added benefits of dressing up in dress-down seersucker are being able to worry less about ironing, sweating and dry cleaning; within reason, of course.
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