Rockin’ Leather Pants

There is no doubt about it, leather pants are in stores and on celebs this season, making them a must try look. Leather pants give off that edgy vibe and when paired with the right top, can make you stand out. Think leather pants are not for you? Think again. I know the word leather can send a lot of ladies running, filled with thoughts of grungy 80s hair bands. Leather can sometimes make us feel like we have to be super thin to sport the look. And for many animal friendly fashionistas, leather is just a no-no. Ladies, I hear ya. But leather pants can be worn successfully with a few tips in mind.

1. Go faux: Real leather is well, real leather. That means it is pricy, which may not be in your budget. Faux leather pants look like the real deal, are more affordable and are a great option for my animal-lovin’ friends.
2. Wear color: Leather pants need not be “I’m in a rock band” black to look cool. Ditch the dark and make your style pop with a dose of color. Black is so expected….so change it up.
3. Resist the leather has to be tight idea: Tight leather pants may have been the thing for 80′s hair bands, but in the real world, most ladies are not about to step out like they are in a Whitesnake video. Too tight leather pants, or anything for that matter, is uncomfortable and looks stupid. Find a pair that fits right for your body and you will be one stylin’ fashionista.
4. Break things up: Just because you found the perfect pair of leather pants does not mean you have to show your excitement with matching leather tops and leather accessories. You are heading out for a night out, not attending a biker rally. Instead of getting into head to toe leather mode, temper your shiny legs with a loose cotton sweater or go for a lacy feminine top for contrast.
5. Ease into it: If the idea of leather pants intrigues you, but full leather from hip to ankle is too much, break into it slowly. Try wearing pants with leather on the front leg only or head out in ones with a side stripe of leather.

How to Dress in Super Hot Weather

Dressing in super hot weather can be very hard, particularly if you do not like to show too much skin. The fabric you choose is the most important. Something lightweight from a natural fiber will be way more comfortable than something polyester, which traps the heat in and makes you sweat. When you are in a hot climate you have two issues. The first is outside where it is hot and do not want to be weighed down with heavy fabrics, accessories or layers. The second is being inside where it is air conditioned. So you have dressed to go outside, but then you walk inside the mall or to the movies, and the air conditioning is up so high you start to freeze. So what do you do? Ideally you should have a range of tops that are loose and let air circulate. Look for tops with pattern or detail around the neckline, so that you have an automatic focal point around your portrait so you do not need to add more. Look for styles that do not cling at your waist, which can make you feel even hotter. If you go for sleeveless dresses or tops, find some lightweight shrugs that you can throw over the top should you go into air conditioning, or just want to cover your upper arms. Slim fitting long shorts are great for really hot weather, particularly if your thighs rub together. Remember, you want the colors of your bottoms and tops to mix and match for the maximum number of possible outfit options!

12 Pieces ~ 72 Outfits

Most women want a well functioning wardrobe, but are not sure exactly how to go about getting one. They want to stop wasting money on clothes, yet shop in a random fashion, without a list and then wonder why they have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear. Does this sound like you? Well, I have the answer. If you follow my formula below, you will have a fabulous wardrobe that mixes and matches easily and allows you countless options to wear. Here is the formula:

2 x jackets or cardigans (top layers)
4 x bottoms (skirts/pants)
6 x tops
Each jacket must work with all the tops and bottoms. Each top must work with all the bottoms.

As you can imagine, this formula is fabulous for traveling. Also, this is the way to go if you are in the process of losing weight, or just want a versatile wardrobe that does not cost a fortune. Now I imagine that you are thinking, how do I choose the right 12 garments? Consider the following tips.

1. Neutral Color – Choose any neutral as your base color. This way you easily wear the neutral garments multiple times, without drawing attention to them.

2. Accent Colors – Consider bold and bright accent colors. Pinks, green and shades of blue all work beautifully with the neutral navy base, plus work well with each other.

3. Patterns in Tops Only – Plain jacket and cardigan, plain skirts and pants, makes it much easier to mix them all together.

4. Versatility – The styles of tops and bottoms you chose should allow you to dress them up and down. From a pencil skirt, a jersey jacket to a navy cardigan, the range allowed you to go from smart casual to casual very easily.

5. No Two Garments are the Same – It would have been very easy to choose one of the tops and get it in 6 different colors, but then you tend to feel like you are wearing the same clothes over and over. Chose a variety, longer and shorter sleeves, different fabrics, cuts and necklines to give me the maximum ability to change up the look of each outfit.

Now these 12 garments will easily make 72 outfits. One extra top will take your outfit options to 84, or one extra cardigan or jacket to 96 outfits!