The Rule of Three

I know you have heard the expression “things happen in threes”. The Rule of Three is the principle that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more aesthetically pleasing, or more effective, than other grouped number of things.  Even slogans and catchphrases are regularly three words…”Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”…”Stop, Drop and Roll.”

So, how does this apply to fashion?  It is simple…the third piece in an outfit adds pizzazz to an otherwise basic outfit, making you look more stylish and put together. Essentially, it is a simple trick that creates more chic outfits.  Start with your basic shirt and jeans, then add a scarf as your third piece.  This adds visual interest and pulls the entire look together.  You could take a simple A-line skirt and blouse and add a statement necklace jazzing up your office look.  The third piece could also be a jacket, cardigan or vest as well.  The third piece just completes any look.  Try it!!

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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

 

 

 

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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Super Simple Ways to Master Color Mixing

Color mixing is not the sort of thing that anyone is born knowing how to do, but that is a good thing. It is not a talent. It is a skill. And like any other skill, it can be learned. Here are six strategies to make it easier.
1. Keep it in the family. It is pretty straightforward: pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, jewel tones with jewel tones, and so on.
2. Use a color wheel to find complimentary colors. When you are talking about colors, “complimentary” actually means “opposite.” Black and white, for instance, are complimentary colors. That is why they look so great together. You know, “opposites attract.” Yeah, like that whole thing. Every color has a complimentary color. It is just whatever is on the opposite side of the color wheel. True complimentary colors are the same distance from the center of the wheel, but it can be very striking to combine a color from the center, like a pale yellow green, with its complimentary color from the outside edge, like a deep mauve.
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3. Give it the ombré test. Different shades of the same color or similar colors almost always look good together. If you need some help, do a Google image search for “ombré [insert color here]” and see what pops up.
4. Try the “J.Crew Hack.” J.Crew shoots all their clothes fully styled on a model, and they have a really great way with color. Take the piece of clothing you are looking to build into an outfit, then go on JCrew.com or open one of their catalogs and find something, anything, the same color. Then just make a note of the colors they are combining and copy it with clothes from your own wardrobe. I call it a “J.Crew Hack,” but really it works with any brand or site that shoots their clothes on-model: Nasty Gal, Net-A-Porter, Zara. It’s just a matter of finding a brand you like and copying the combos they use.
5. Let a print be your guide. Find a print from a designer you love (or even something in your own wardrobe) and break it down into its different colors; then make an outfit. If you want to take it to the next level, rank the colors in the print from most used to least used and wear larger items like dresses, coats, or sweaters in the most-used colors and smaller items and accessories in the least-used colors.
6. When in doubt, black and white. Neutrals in general (navy, khaki, gray, denim, gold, silver, etc.) are great for color mixing, but black and white, especially together, are definitely the superstars of the family. You literally cannot go wrong.

Jumpsuits!!

Jumpsuits are everywhere right now, but they can be a little intimidating if you have never worn one before. They may be inspired by men’s coveralls, but they can be totally feminine and sophisticated in the right cuts and with the right styling. Let these ten stylish tips show you how it is done — it is easier to pull off than you think.

1. Define your waist ~ A slouchy, straight-up-and-down jumpsuit can be cool too, but cinching in the waist is a great way to define your shape add a little extra femininity to your look. Belts are the go to, of course, but tying a lightweight jacket or shirt around your waist can look pretty chic too and it has the added benefit of hiding that whole oblong-butt thing that sometimes happens when you cinch in the waist on a loose, flowy jumpsuit.
2. Break it up ~ Break up that big block of color with a lightweight jacket. Leave it open to elongate your body or wear it on your shoulders for some instant street style cred. A crossbody bag, worn in front, is also good for adding a little visual interest to your look.
3. Glam it up ~ Jumpsuits are just as good for evening as they are for day, especially when worn with glitzy metallic accessories and a sleek tuxedo jacket — perfect for a fancy dinner or a chic black tie cocktail party.
4. Show some cleavage ~ A deep, plunging neckline is hella sexy, but it is also great for breaking up a graphic all over print. Use a short necklace, bold earring, or face framing hat to help draw the eye up, away from your cleavage.
5. Make it sheer ~ Peek-a-boo sheer panels are a great way to show skin without giving it all away — sexy and feminine and just the right amount of subtlety.
6. Mix hard and soft ~ A leather jacket and chunky metallic jewelry are great for adding a little edge to a feminine and flowy pastel jumpsuit.
7. Choose a feminine print ~ Polka dots, florals, hearts, kisses, whatever. A good, feminine print can make even the most masculine silhouette look totally girly. Also, backless is always feminine.
8.Go for a bold color ~ Bright colors are automatic attention-getters — great for those times when you want to show off your shape.
9. Release your inner animal ~ If a full-on leopard jumpsuit is not for you, try a modified or abstracted animal print like this one and pair it with neutral layering pieces and accessories for a more subtle and sophisticated look.
10. Just add a heel ~ When in doubt, add a high heel — even the most utilitarian-looking jumpsuit can be completely transformed by a good pair of heels.

Essential Item for Spring 2015: An A-line Dress

As I mentioned the other day, one of the must have items for spring is an A-line dress. An A-line dress is very girly and romantic. It is a perfect way to show your feminine side. It is not difficult to wear an A-line dress. In fact, it is one of the most versatile styles of dresses that one can wear. An A-line dress looks and works best with most body shapes and figures, especially the rectangular, oval, inverted triangle and pear body shapes. It is the perfect dress for graduation parties, wedding, baby showers, afternoon cocktails with girls or a date.
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Inspiration from Pinterest.