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7 trends to try this winter


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It’s the coolest season weather and fashion wise. Trying to stretch your summer and fall clothes can only go so far. This time of year, you want to layer up, explore new colors, and be compatible with the climate outside. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should be in a full bodysuit but it does mean making way for stunning new finds. From outerwear to dark colors, find your niche with these 7 trends to try this winter.

Monochromatic Suits

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This winter, try the fashion trend that makes you look like a top businesswoman with monochromatic suits. This look not only is ideal for work meetings but it’s a chic way to dress up when you want to try something other than a dress. We see a lot of celebrities today opting for a matching suit on the red carpet. Heels will dress up the attire entirely while flats or sneakers are a cool approach for casual chic.

 White Boots

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Turning a new leaf on go-go boots style, white boots are the it winter trend for fashionable shoes. This must have is the missing piece you never knew you needed. Coming in a variety of styles, dressing up white boots to dressing down has never been so easy. Dresses to jeans, light layers to heavy-duty outerwear, white boots will find their mark in your wardrobe.

Dark Florals

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Florals are making their way to be worn all year around. In different color schemes, dark florals are the winter trend you’ll learn to love. Burnt orange, emerald, bronze and golden tones on browns and blacks form design details that are always pleasing to the eyes. Dark florals come in blouses and skirts to outerwear which means you’ll be able to find your favorite to show off this winter season.


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Beanies have been through it all since the fashion game began. They were a huge hit in the 90’s and have progressed since. It keeps you warm, helps on bad hair days but it also represents cold weather. You can create stunningly chic to casual looks with beanies and layers. Find your beanie look by adding in your personal flare!

 Faux Fur Jackets

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Outerwear is your best friend during winter and you need a trend that surpasses all the others to keep warm. When you’re in cold climates, faux fur jackets are cozy and stylish. It instantly takes your outfits to a contemporary level when just wearing a pair of jeans and a tee or a simple dress. These fluffy coats can be found in a diverse range of styles and colors.

 Bold Stripes

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Stripes will be the trend that will never disappear or disappoint. This winter, try stripes but in a bold sense. The thicker the print, the better. Also, take into consideration the colors- darker to warmer tones are best for the winter season. Stripe tops, sweater dresses, matching sets, and oversized sweaters are all stylish in a bolder print. Incorporate this trend from weekday looks to weekend outings.

 Dark Red

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The color to wear this winter comes in the red family. Close to maroon, dark red is the crimson trending color. It’s festive but can also be daring. Red, in general, can be an intimidating color, but the darker tones are not as vibrant which makes it easy to wear. Velvets are a buzz-worthy style in dark red that you’ll be glad you invested in. Whether you wear it as an accent piece or from top to bottom, you’ll get compliments guaranteed.


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your fashion game has gone out the window. Be prepared and in the know of what’s new and what’s trending.

Winter soirees to daily looks, your style will be the highlight with these 7 trends to try this winter.

7 trends to try this summer

7 Trends to Try this Summer Sept 2018

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7 Trends to Try this Summer – Sept 2018

Time for sunny days, tons of fun weekends, and of course new fashion trends. With every season, there are the must-haves to wear and try. It’s a nice refresh for anyone to take their wardrobe to new levels. Summer is one of the best seasons for fashion and you are going to be head over heels for these new 7 trends to try this summer!

  1. Mix and Match Prints

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It’s daring but also attention worthy, mix and match print outfits are up and coming. The runways are starting to flood more and more with pairings that are the exact opposite in the print department. You can start slow with not so outlandish but familiar prints like a striped skirt and a floral top. To be a risk taker, go all out and opt for something bright and vibrant for both prints and we guarantee no matter what two designs you choose, you’ll ace this summer trend. Prints are a great way to step out of your comfort zone.

  1. Sheer Details

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Sheer designs are feminine and romantic. This recurring summer trend is still on the map for a beloved look. From high end, red carpet approved dresses to a top you can wear with culottes, sheer is a great choice for summer and it will keep you cool for those hot days. The great part about sheer details is that they aren’t hard to come across. No matter what your personal preference may be or if you’re searching for a certain occasion, it’ll be effortless to find that perfect sheer outfit.

  1. Fringe

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Fringe has been an ever-evolving fashion trend. This summer, take fringe to new heights! There is an abundance of designs that have brought out a new era for fringe. It’s not just a bohemian look anymore- it goes from the high fashion spectrum to dressing it your way and it will always have an eye-catching end result.

  1. Espadrille Sandals

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Espadrille sandals are the it shoes of summer trends. The style themselves have a sort of beach, resort style feel to them. A great shoe for vacation looks, the platform on most espadrille sandals is a new option for a heel. Heels during summer can at times be a bit too dressy while espadrille platforms fit in with almost any summer outfit. Plus side, they’re comfortable and easy to style.

  1. Ruffles

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If you have a love for all things chic, ruffles are the summer trend for you. Ruffles are being reinvented left and right, and some designers make it their signature details. It can be ruffles from head to toe, all ruffled sleeves, or just some slight accents and your wardrobe goes from 0 to 100 in an instant. It’s a look you can wear from the office to after work drinks and be named best dressed.

  1. Gingham Print

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It comes from the 50’s and has surpassed most other prints as the new hot ticket, Gingham print is a look that shows summer has arrived. Gingham comes in many different color variations from classic black and white to basically any other color. Dress it as an accent piece or all over, this summer trend takes a retro style to a new age favorite.

  1. Statement Gold Earrings

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Summertime is where updo hairstyles come out most. It’s hot out, dealing with your hair down can be a pain- you may love to wear a top knot or a sleek ponytail. With this in mind, you need to dress up your ears a little to complete your look. Statement gold earrings take the win for jewelry summer fashion trends. All over gold matches with it all and when you find big, oversized designs, your earring game will be top notch.

These go-to 7 trends to try this summer are going to make wonders in your wardrobe.

Quick tip: consider your closet, you may have some of these pieces without even knowing. Investing in new fashion will keep your style everlasting.

Create new summer memories while creating new summer outfits.



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Now that October is around the corner, it’s a great time to preview the next lot of trends coming your way. It’s always good to be a little bit ahead of the sartorial curve when it comes to integrating key trends into your closet. As with every year, there’s something for everyone, these are just the ones that have taken my fancy. Remember that you don’t have to fill your closet with trends; just choose the one that best suit your personality and gorgeous shape.


Crushed velvet in various jewel tones set the stage to give your fall style a luxe romantic feel. The lush texture and feel plus the visual allure of velvet give your fall/winter ensembles a magnetic appeal. Worn for daytime or evening, velvet is a statement all its own. Contrast the luxe feel with casual pieces or play up the luxurious feel of velvet and pair it up with high-fashion accessories.


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Corporate Chic

Corporate style has spilled over to the fashion trend hemisphere in a big way. Pantsuits and double-breasted jackets moved from the boardroom to the runway this season. You’ll see them mainly in hues of grey and subtle pinstripe/check patterns and oversized silhouettes. To successfully pull off the trend incorporate some feminine touches like bow-tie blouses or wear with sleek trousers. 

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Less gossamer and flowing, this seasons lace is more about structure and details, pattern and texture. Cutwork lace is more prevalent than the sheer lace kind. Designers really want you to revel in, and appreciate the intricate lace patterns and use them as a focal point for your outfits. You can even try a lace on lace outfit!  Oh, and don’t discount lighter coloured laces for the season. As has been proven over time, blush tones aren’t  just for the spring and summer. This year it’s on-trend to wear pastel-hued cutwork lace for the colder months – it’s practically de rigueur. If you’d prefer to be bolder with your lace, try red or navy lace on for size. Pair your lace items with fall staples like leather jackets and chunky knits.

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Pearl Embellishments

Girls in pearls are classy and elegant. This winter you can inject some sophistication into your casual, everyday pieces with pearl embellishments. You’ll find the pearls mainly on denim clothing and knitwear.

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Seeing Red

Every season there’s always a color that rises to the top of the trend radar. This winter, red is the ‘it’ color of this season. Though the temperature might be cooling, red really turns the heat up and makes sure you and your style never go unnoticed. Going monochromatic in varying hues of red is your best bet in unlocking the power of this color trend.

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Arts and Crafts

Inspired by the folkloric arts and crafts movement, the runways were awash in patchwork and colourful tapestry-like textures. Combining elements of quilting, fringe, and embroidery may seem like a lot, but this trend is perfect for creative boho gals. Don’t get intimidated by the art influence of this trend, it’s all about finding a piece that speaks to you and that you love. This look is best worn with straight hair and a minimal makeup.

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Leopard Everywhere

Leopard prints will be everywhere, this time around though, leopard print is more in-your-face and paired with larger-than-life pieces. Play up the drama of this animal print by being bold and wearing it with sportswear, bright yellow, and statement band tees.

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All of my senses can feel summer coming. Soon I’ll be enjoying alfresco meals with friends and family, weekends lounging by my pool with endless blue skies (and a few Aussie flies buzzing) overhead. I’m not a lover of winter; warm weather and blue skies always bring out the best in me and I LOVE the heat.  Do you feel the same way?

Summer fashion is always carefree and playful but I especially love what’s happening this year. Which ones will you choose?

Bum Bags

The once-reviled accessory is now being heralded as the must-have bag come spring/summer. With the added bonus of being incredibly practical, the humble bum bag (or as my American friends hilariously call it the fanny pack) has now reached high fashion heights. Being sported by the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner has certainly helped resurrect this retro bag from the ashes of being a fashion faux pas. With this one, trend meets functionality – but do you dare?

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The two must-have jumpsuits this coming spring/summer are the denim mechanic jumpsuit and the boxy striped jumpsuit. Inspired more by masculine silhouettes and utilitarian influences, these jumpsuits are all about maximum comfort and style. Jumpsuits are an easy way to stand out in a crowd. Both styles of jumpsuits have a definite 70s inspiration and look best when accessorized with a skinny printed silk scarf and oversized retro sunnies.

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Silky and emblazoned with vibrant floral prints, this season’s robes and kimonos are opaque and floor-length. High on drama and unbelievably easy to wear, simply slip into your kimono of choice and watch as it skyrockets your outfit from blah to ooh-la-la. You can even wear your kimonos as dresses by tying it securely around your waist. Almost like walking art, you’ll be turning heads in your printed floor-dusting kimono all summer long. The best part is that it’s so easy to look this chic, just scout your bold kimono/robe of choice, slip it on and go.

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Whether it’s multiple tiers of ruffles or ruffled detailing along the hem or cuffs, ruffles are back in a big way for the summer. Ruffles this season have tailored details as well as structured elements. Rather than being all romantic, these ruffles are more modern and architectural. Pulling them off is a matter of proportion – oversized ruffles can be flattering if you balance them with slimmer pieces or tapering.

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Full On Floral

Florals for spring are standard. However this year, florals skew more toward the quirky and kitschy side of the spectrum. They are less girly and feminine, and more bold and retro. They have a distinctly 70s nostalgic feel that will lend a vintage vibe to your look. Play up the kitsch factor by wearing it full on bold styles and let the print make the statement for you. When you match the color depth of the background of the print to the color depth of your hair – magic happens (note my arrows).

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Tie It Up

Just look to sleeves this summer and you’ll see knots and ties abound. Minor detail as it may be, ribboned/tied up sleeves can lend a certain je ne sais quoi to an otherwise plain top. I’m really loving the juxtaposition between crisp button down shirts or a blazer with very feminine ribboned tie-up sleeves. This is an easy trend to incorporate into your wardrobe.

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The New Oxford Shirt

Heaps of designers have taken inspiration from menswear for their spring/summer collections. The classic oxford shirt in all its starched and ironed glory has been totally reincarnated. Oxford shirts transformed into shirt dresses or boxy tops are both easy items to update your summer wardrobe with.

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Turtlenecks are seeing a resurgence as one of this Fall’s must-have wardrobe items. What was once a standard nondescript sweater for fall/winter has now become a full-on industry-wide trend. Celine and Jil Sander are the two fashion houses that initiated the revival. As modern and minimalist brands they heavily influenced the this season’s interpretation of the turtleneck. 


Turtlenecks were first spotted in fashion history back in the 1860s. English polo players pioneered this style of sweater which was known back then as the ‘polo neck.’ From the 1920s onward, those who are perceived to be against the grain, those who are unconventional, have adopted the turtleneck. From feminists to beatniks, artists, and philosophers, the turtleneck became an iconic fashion item that expresses rebellion from the norm. It’s no wonder why one of the most visionary creative of our time adopted the black turtleneck as his own personal uniform. Who am I talking about? None other than Steve Jobs, of course. Other than Steve Jobs, the turtleneck enjoyed an iconic fashion moment when Audrey Hepburn donned it in true gamine style in the movie Funny Face.


Turtlenecks have been around for years and have been consistently worn by the masses as part of a casual wardrobe. Though they have fell out of favor for a while being associated with 80s and 90s fashion, turtlenecks are now back with a vengeance and are chicer than ever.

When and Where to Wear

The great thing about turtlenecks is that they are a wear any time, any where item – it just depends on what you wear it with, and how you style it. Turtlenecks of the 80s and 90s were of a more casual style in loose silhouettes and oversized funnel necks. The turtlenecks of the Audrey Hepburn era, it’s sleeker and more sophisticated. These two depictions of how turtlenecks can be worn is a testament to the fact that this piece can be worn for day or evening, for formal or informal occasions, and for work or play. Take a look at the first set of two images below; both ladies are clad in black turtlenecks with one outfit being for evening formal and the other daytime casual. To make the black turtleneck formal, it’s paired with a lace pencil skirt. On the other hand, when paired with jeans it instantly becomes easygoing casual. In the second set you can see how the bulk and fitting of the turtle necks make a world of difference to the formality of the total outfit. Close fitting, fine gauge, close set necks will always trump loose, textured styles in the formality stakes.

What you wear Turtlenecks with

Turtleneck bulk
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Work Days

When cool weather prevails, a turtleneck is a great work wear wardrobe staple. Striped or neutral, the turtleneck can work wonders in elevating your existing office closet basics like trousers, blazers, and solid colored pumps. You can even try monochromatic work ensembles with your turtleneck for extra chic points. Opt for fitted styles since that tends to look more dressy than large, oversized silhouettes. If your turtleneck has a little slouch in it, pair with a sleek pencil skirt and sleek pumps to keep it office appropriate. Also keep the neckline in mind when selecting your turtleneck, avoid oversized necklines as well.

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Formal Events

Your trusty turtleneck can save you from having to freeze in a cocktail dress and comes in handy to make an even summery dresses transition into fall. It also adds a downtown vibe to your glitzy evening pieces. Take a look at how Zendaya styled her grey turtleneck to perfection for a red carpet event; you can learn a thing or two from her styling prowess.

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Casual Days

Turtlenecks are a marked upgrade from a slouchy sweater, hoodie or long-sleeved tee. Elevate your casual and everyday uniform during the fall/winter season by swapping out those wardrobe staples with a modern and fitted turtleneck. A fitted and smooth turtleneck will add some more polish to your daily looks, and give it a bit of panache.

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To recap, here are a few styling reminders to keep in mind when wearing turtlenecks:

  • Fitted styles and tailored fits tend to be more flattering and appear dressier. Oversized turtleneck sweater styles and loose fit turtlenecks are more casual and can be less flattering due to its tendency to appear shapeless. This same rule applies to the fit of the neckline itself of turtleneck pieces.
  • When choosing the fabric of your turtleneck, remember that chunkier textures like large open weave knits appear more casual while those that have smooth body fitting materials will look more polished and formal.
  • Length, i.e. where the turtleneck ends on your leg, is another factor to consider. If you’re going for an evening formal look, select a turtleneck that ends above your hipline. Anything below the hipline will be seen as casual.

 How to Accessorize

Accessorizing turtlenecks are easy. The high neckline provides the perfect canvas for statement jewelry up top. Think bib necklaces or multiple layered delicate necklaces, or even a shoulder-grazing pair of statement earrings to accessorize your turtleneck with. Steer clear of wearing neck scarves since that will prove to be too much fabric around your neck area. Finish off your look with your necklace or earrings of choice; it’s all up to you.  

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Modern Turtleneck Styling  

There are so many options on how to style your turtleneck. Allow us to shine the spotlight on 3 modern ways to style your turtleneck. Whether you prefer trendy or classic, these styling ideas can be your source of inspiration and outfit ideas too!  

Slip Dress

Commonly believed to be too racy to wear outside the house, a turtleneck worn under a slip dress is a refreshing way to style this trendy piece. The classic and conservative feel of the turtleneck balances the sexiness of the slip dress. Finish off this ensemble with either sneakers or boots.

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Fur is a definite must-have for the fall/winter, add a turtleneck into the mix and you’ve hit the sartorial jackpot.

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Overalls/Pinafore Dress

Overalls and pinafore dresses can feel too youthful and it might skew a little bit too summery. When you wear it with a turtleneck, though, it tones down the playfulness of the overalls and pinafore and makes it look more polished and grown up too.

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The word “bohemian” literally means travellers and was originally associated with gypsies.

In the 16th century the Bohemian culture movement was formed and Bohemians became those who lived alternative lifestyles and existed on the fringes of society. In the 1960s, bohemian lifestyles and fashion shot to mainstream fame largely due to the hippie movement. Hippies and bohemians are the same when it comes to both their style of dress and way of living. The laidback ease and free spirited essence of bohemian fashion was seen as a rejection of the overtly feminine and sexualized women’s wear. Thus, boho style was in vogue in the 60s, and quickly felt like home to the burgeoning bra-burning feminist movement.

For many the resurgence of the bohemian look heralds a welcome departure from the conformity, speed and structure of many trends and lifestyles. A liberating fashion tree-change if you will that with its inherent irreverence and its self-embracing free spirit allows the wearer to just ‘be’. Just like the trend’s origin, its popularity is less about the clothes and more about the spirit you embody when wearing them. That is precisely what makes bohemian fashion so enticing for women all over the world.

Here’s what you need to embrace a Boho chic look

Hair and Makeup

A hippie girl has that au naturel look down pat. Keep your makeup look as natural as possible. All you need for this look is minimum coverage, a touch of blush on your cheeks and lips, and a swipe of mascara; you’re all set. As for a true boho hair look, you’ve got two options. You can either go with tousled waves or a poker straight look. But when it comes to the boho look, braids and flowers are always winners.

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Key Pieces

These 5 items are what you should keep at the top of your shopping list for that quintessential hippie chic vibe. Mix and match them with classic pieces in your closet to avoid looking like a bad retro flashback.

  1. Platform Shoes
  2. Bell Bottoms / Wide Leg Pants
  3. Aviator/Round Sunnies
  4. Peasant Tops
  5. Fringes
  6. Floppy and Rimmed hats

Other classic Boho items to include on your list: flowing maxi skirts and dresses, patchwork denim, suede mini skirts, fur collars and coats, crochet tops, and jumpsuits.

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Prints are a great way to integrate some boho hippie charm into your look. Paisley, tie-dye, and floral prints are popular patterns for this trend.


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Women who defined the look

Who better to look to for inspiration than these style icons that made bohemian style what it is today, take a cue from these amazing women and you’ll be on the right track. Whether you fancy a girly type of boho a la Ali McGraw (scarf headbands and flowing dresses), rock n’ roll influenced boho a la Stevie Nicks (bell sleeves and long dresses), out-of-this-world prints like Janis Joplin, or effortlessly chic peasant tops and denim like Jane Birkin; you’ll get endless inspiration from this range of historic bohemian and hippie looks.

  • Ali McGraw
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Janis Joplin
  • Jane Birkin

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Movies that define the look

Sometimes you need moving images to kick-start you sartorial creativity, these movies ought to give you enough material to work with for your next show stopping boho look. Take your pick from the ultimate hippie chic costume of the ensemble cast of Hair, or from Almost Famous’ Penny Lane’s platform knee-high boots, fur, and embroidered tops, or from the youthful characters on Dazed and Confused.

  • Hair
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Almost Famous

Boho Movies

Modern Style Icons

Now that you know the key pieces for the hippie look, and have seen the classic style icons and movies that embody it, it’s time to make the boho trend your own. Let’s look to our modern boho-loving celeb style icons for styling tips and tricks in updating the bohemian style and making it work for you.

Vanessa Hudgens
For modern boho inspiration, look no further than Vanessa Hudgens. This petite style star knows how to make the boho look work for her. Given her petite frame, she chooses lower hemlines and balances the voluminous sleeves at the top with sleek booties. Also take note of the trendy mirrored sunnies that give a contemporary flair to this hippie chic ensemble. Always mix the old and the new, and never forget to take your body type into account.

Florence Welch
A bold paisley print coat with a Stevie Nicks inspired wide brim hat makes for a strong boho style statement. Balance that with understated leather accessories for an edgier take on the bohemian trend.

Nicole Richie
One of the original boho style mavens in Hollywood, take a cue from Nicole Richie’s leather wide leg pants and seek out unique materials done in classic boho silhouettes.

The Olsen Twins
A style lesson to learn from the Olsens is this: if you love it, wear it and own it. Despite frequent criticism, the Olsen Twins continue to rock boho frocks that ooze vintage glamour and individual style.

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DOUBLE TROUBLE: how to wear a double-breasted jacket

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Love them or hate them double breasted jackets are raising their heads again as we once again borrow from men’swear to fulfill our fashion fancies.

Adding a jacket to any outfit instantly increases its formality however a double breasted jacket lifts the bar still higher. With its strong structured shape and military origin, an instant air of command and confident is immediately evident.

Whether for the office or to dress up a pair of denim cutoffs, a double-breasted jacket will lend your look a certain panache that can’t be beaten.

It’s true that a double-breasted jacket can be a little tricky for women petite women, those with a large bust and those who are curvy. These sartorial challenges should not be avoided, but rather embraced. Love the skin you’re in and let your curves guide you, there are always ways to make a style work for your frame and your body type.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when opting to wear a double-breasted jacket:

  • Skim Don’t Swamp.

Lighter fabrics and trim a fit will skim your curves nicely and won’t overpower a petite frame. Bulkier fabrics and over-sized styles necessitates broad shoulders and are more suited to taller frames. They also add unnecessary visual weight and can be aging. 

The key here is to look like your jacket is “borrowed from the boys.” There is a fine line between trendy oversized blazers, and looking like you fished it out blindly from your boyfriend’s closet. 

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  • Shape Trumps Straight.

Jackets with a semi to very fitted shape, are much more flattering and elongating. Boxy jackets on all but the tall and slender can leave the wearer shapeless and chunky around the middle. If you are unsatisfied with the silhouette of off-the-rack jackets, consider taking it to a tailor and getting it taken in at the waist to emphasize and show off your figure more.

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  • Break the Rules

Men have always be taught that double breasted must always be worn closed but as women like everything else we love to break free of masculine constraints. The straighter the fit of your DB jacket the better you are to wear it open to regain an elongating line and break the overpowering horizontal effect.  All but the most fitted and/or flared DB jackets are best left open – weather and common sense permitting.

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  • Think Low Hip to Thigh.

For all women except those with balanced boyish figure short, straight DB jackets will be difficult to pull off and will easily highlight any vertical or horizontal disproportions. To counteract the effect: wear it open, opt for fit ‘n’ flare varieties or those that are nipped in at the waist and accompanied by a full skirt or pants.  


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  • Perfect Fit.

When it comes to tailored pieces such as this jacket, fit is everything. Lapels should lie flat against the chest and there should be no ripples of fabric across the back or shoulders and every button should be able to be buttoned without strain. Sleeve hems should not fall below the base of your thumb.

Jackets that close low on the body will rarely sit smoothly over a large bust. Made to measure double-breasted jackets will be the exception. 

  • Be Clever with Closures.

The greater number of buttons in the front and the closer the buttons are set, the more slimming the jacket will be. Buttons set wide apart make the upper torso appear broader.

Eight or more buttons lead the eye up and down the jacket creating the illusion of height, rather than width.

If you are large busted, avoid buttons that splay out into an inverted triangle shape, as this will increase the apparent size of your bust. However, these are wonderful if you are smaller above your waist than below or would like to appear a little taller.

Almost all buttons are focal points which pull attention towards them. This calls for wise placement to ensure all the attention is focused towards/onto your smallest area.

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Every fashion industry insider and style lover worth their salt will tell you to hold onto to your mom’s or grandma’s vintage threads since they’re bound to come back in vogue in the not to distant future. All trends are cyclical and this season, the 70s are again taking the fashion world by storm. Now before you conjure up images of Studio 54 and Woodstock, let me remind you that this year’s 70s revival is more modern and definitely more tailored.

Just like with every other trend that resurfaces, the key to pulling off the 70s trend is to strategically mix classic or personal sartorial staples from your closet to some choice pieces from the prevailing trend. Decking yourself out in head to toe 70s garb will have you labeled fashion victim in a snap. The trick is to carefully choose iconic 70s pieces that speak to your personal style and work with your lifestyle, and figure.

The following is a rundown of trend wardrobe items worth considering adding to your wardrobe to embrace 70s flair.

Platform Sandals

Now this kind of footwear is a no-brainer to add to your closet. Platform Sandals don’t just give you height, it has the added appeal of being comfy too. These sandals are perfect for the summer with breezy pants or sundresses. However, platform sandals look just as good when worn with tights and socks during transitional weather. Platforms certainly have a 70s appeal that women of all ages and body types can confidently rock. These look best when paired with another item on this list, the flared pant.

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Wear anything fringed and you’ll be well on your way to a 70′s vibe. The texture and bohemian feel of a fringed bag is a fun and low commitment way to add some 70s trend to your wardrobe. If you’re feeling more daring, you can try your hand at fringe jackets, skirts or shorts. A fringed clutch is a quirky way to add a contemporary edge to an evening outfit. 

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For a straight shot into the 70s don some flares. Whether its denim or a more polished trouser, wide legs pants and flares are versatile and fashion forward.

The wide leg bottom works especially well to balance wide hips and tall frames. If you’re of a more petite stature, consider a slight flare so as not to overwhelm your look. Denim bell-bottoms will look great with your favorite staple tees, while tailored wide leg trousers is a great departure from standard office wear.


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70s Floral

Floral prints are another vital part of the 70s trend. The late 60s to the early 70s was the flower power age after all, and this was when the bohemian and hippie movement started. Florals were a big part of that fashion history. Reach for a vintage floral piece if you can, and opt for bolder and larger print florals over the more dainty feminine type of floral print. Sweeping florals from head to toe can be your go-to maximum drama high impact look this season.


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Fur Movement

The opulence and elegance of those 70s disco days, of Studio 54, and Andy Warhol downtown parties are manifested in the dominance and richness of fur. It may be a fur vest worn with denim or fur-lined collar, or even a luxurious fur stole, the texture that fur gives to a look cannot be overlooked and demands the right kind of attention.


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Oversized Sunnies

Again, just like with every fashion trends, accessories are the quickest, most hassle free, and least risky way to get into a trend. Oversized eyewear especially in oval shapes or in rose-tinted styles are a great way to hint at some 70s bohemian vibe in your look. As always, try a pair on and see what works with your face shape.


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Floppy Hats

Wide brim floppy hats aren’t just exclusively for the summer anymore, this head accessory looks just as stunning in the fall/winter too. Floppy hats are a bohemian style staple that is fast becoming a must-have outfit add-on that every fashionistas reaches out for, especially when in need of some extra glam. Neutrals are an easy pick, but picking more bold hued hats like in royal blue or Marsala will give your look a definite upgrade.


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Peasant Tops

Another bohemian 70s piece that will work for all ages and body types, the peasant top is a great investment for your summer/vacation wardrobe. If you’re younger, go for more vibrant prints and off-shoulder variations and pair with denim cutoff and boots. For a more mature wardrobe, opt for earthy tones and breezy fabrics that you can work for a variety of occasions.

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Lace-up Sandals

Instead of your boring, old flip-flops or ballet flats, you should mix it up with lace-up gladiator sandals. Thinner straps in nude and blush tones are universally flattering and will go amazingly with your maxi dresses and denims.


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Think Bianca Jagger’s all white jumpsuit in Studio 54. This one-piece closet workhorse is a chic investment that will outlast this current 70s trend. The clean lines and wearability of this piece make it an easy pick. If you’re going to update your closet this season, let the jumpsuit be a part of your style overhaul. Whether in more structured silhouettes and dressed up fabrics or whether done in denim or more casual and playful prints, jumpsuits are stunning on just about everyone. As an added bonus, this piece can easily go from work to play, AM to PM.


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Mastering Monochromatic Styling


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Containing or using only one color Monochromatic outfits are created by wearing colors based from a single base hue and extended shades, tones and tints 

Have you ever considered wearing a monochromatic outfit but shied away unsure how to pull it off?  

If you have you’re not alone; many women fear they may end up looking bland or boring but with a little a little fashion aplomb you can look fantastic.

Monochromatic outfits have a lot going for them: they’re always in fashion, they can be worn at any time of the day or year and any occasion, they’re chic and can always be counted on to convey a polished and modern elegance. Plus they have the added bonus of being slimming when not comprised of bulky items.

The aim is to create visual interest.  This week we tackle how to wear outfits based on multiple hues of the one color and in a few weeks I’ll follow with how to wear outfits of one color and depth. 

Texture Play

A surefire way to update your monochromatic look is to experiment with various textures and how they visually work together. Consider the surface quality of your clothing, or maybe even vintage finishes, and fabrics with some sheen when shopping for pieces to pull together your monochromatic look. Knit with corduroy, dark denim with leather, faux fur with animal skin, satin and shantung; these texture duos add depth and dimension to these one-color ensembles.


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The Bling Ring

There’s nothing some sparkle and glitter can’t fix. Upgrade your monochromatic look with choice embellishments on one of the main components of your outfit. Some sparkles on your sweater neckline gives a head to toe hunter green look a little pop and a lot more chicness. An embellished mini skirt, on the other hand, gives your autumn sweater and one color look glittery glamour, just like how layering a bejeweled boxy top breaks up an all white outfit with some glitz.


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Belt It Out

Use one of this season’s hottest accessories, the statement belt, to give your monochromatic ensemble a trendy flourish. This is also a great way to personalize this trend as you can pick a belt that reflects your own style. If you love a bit of glamour, opt for belt with gold hardware. You can also use your belt as a subtle yet effective way to integrate a color splash into your look. For maximum impact and high street style fab quotient, an oversized belt in an interesting shape is the way to go.

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Full Spectrum

Harness the full visual impact of monochromatic by creating an outfit using a single color in a variety of its hues and shades to make encompass the current fashion trend. Using colors like gray and pink will increase the elegance of your look, and display your fashion forward smarts at its best. Don’t be afraid to experiment when trying your hand at the monochrome trend. You can integrate different extremes of color depth in a single outfit, i.e., you can wear dark purple and plum or mix together pale pinks with bright bubblegum pink or the extremes of dark to light with black and white combinations – see image above..


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Read the Fine Print

Give some complexity to your monochromatic fashion by incorporating a subtle print into it. Pinstripes, snakeskin, and checks are muted prints that subtly add some visual richness to the singular color of your look. Understated sophistication should be your watchwords as you select patterns that are more fine and subdued to complement the color you choose to don that day.

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how to wear a bomber jacket


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There is no question—the bomber style jacket is the “it” jacket of the season. Everyone from Karlie Kloss to Olivia Palermo has been spotted rocking their own take of this style. Once known as a “flight jacket” created for pilots, the bomber has come a very long way in the fashion industry!

Now and Then Jackets

Vibrant colors, wild embellishments and delicate details have lent themselves to the success of the modern version of the classic jacket. 

So exactly how many different ways can you style the bomber jacket? From preppy to pretty there’s plenty!

Borrow Inspiration from the Boys

Blake Lively gets a gold star with this look. Her rolled skinny jeans, floppy hat, and knotted scarf over this outfit a touch of femme. On the other hand her menswear inspired shoes and grey bomber mix well with the rest of her look. It’s very appropriate to use your bomber as a way of dressing down an ensemble. You can even rock it with a feminine dress for a cool vibe.


Play With Colors and Textures

Quilted textures, leather shoulders, brocade panels, satin sleeves—it is very possible to have fun with a bomber and let it be the main event of your look. If the masculine style frightens you, then choose a bomber in a pastel hue, or with girly prints and embellishments. Don’t let the original idea of a bomber jacket fool you, you can surely use your jacket to dress up any look.


Dress It Up

Gwen Steffani’s look is very easy to steal! A solid colored bomber jacket can be paired with floral print tuxedo pants and your best pair of colorful pumps. Reverse the look with patterned bomber and solid colored pants.

Bombers a little more fitted look edgy yet refined especially when paired with dressier separates. Use your jacket to make your outfit appear more easygoing. A zipper closure also lets you have more control over how much to cover as opposed to just buttons.


Turn Heads

Going back to basics with a leather bomber can easily be stylish enough to turn the heads of everyone you pass when it possesses a smooth surface and is in a sophisticated camel or caramel color and teamed with the polish of pure white or cream.

Or go to the other extreme and take the lead from Tina Leung in a duo of brocade bomber and pants from J Crew for a look that will diva up your image for instant attention.


Keep Things Simple

Karlie Kloss knows all about keeping her off duty wear plain and simple without looking boring. Want to go for a casual look, then dark jeans or fitted pants with a simple top can go a long way with a standard satin bomber draped over your shoulders. Ballet flats are comfy essentials that help you breeze through your day.