What Trends to Leave in 2019

It’s a new year, so let’s focus not only on a new you, but on what trends to leave in 2019. We all know some trends should disappear. The year 2020 should have a focus on modesty and natural beauty when it comes to your appearance. Clean out your closet, throw away the clothes you’ve had for years, and say hello to 2020.

Leave the Bell Sleeves to the 1970s Era

You won’t be able to walk into your local department store – or any store for that matter – and find these shirts. In fact, some people believe that this particular trend shouldn’t have been resurrected. These shirts originated in the 1970’s era and bode well for festivals, concerts, and themed parties. Suede, bell bottoms, and bell sleeves were the definition of fashion in the 1970s.

Ditch the Boxy Crop Tops

When looking for something figure-flattering, these shirts aren’t your best options. They show off your stomach but they don’t compliment anyone. They most definitely don’t compliment your figure. It’s time to say, “hasta luego” to these shirts and bury them deep with 2019.

If you want to wear crop tops during the summer in 2020, find some that are fitting and that flatter your figure – but please, nothing too short.

Get Rid of the Plaid

The only thing that matches plaid is plaid. Let’s ditch the plaid and stick with simple floral patterns or just solid colors. Yeah, plaid became a hot trend in 2018 and 2019, but let’s let it go in 2020, empty your closet and get rid of the plaid!

Unlike other closet staples, you can’t wear plaid all the time because it’s the type of fashion that is memorable. You can wear the same blue jeans 3 times a week without a second glance, but the same cannot be said for a plaid skirt. Why have something in your closet that you can wear only a few times a year? The history of plaid attire dates back thousands of years, so we think it’s time to leave it behind.

Say Bye to Oversized

Bigger is no longer better for the new year. Why would we want to wear oversized tees with oversized shorts, or even jewelry? If you decide to bring in oversized clothing please make sure you pair your oversized tee with a pair of skinny jeans, but let’s hope you leave the oversized in the past.

Rather than opting for big clothing, opt for a big statement. Clothing sets are a great way to add comfort and style to your wardrobe this year.

Ditch the Biker Shorts and Yoga Pants 

In 2020, biker shorts and yoga pants should be used for exactly what they were made for. Most of these pieces are cheaply made and consequently, unflattering. Maybe it shows off your curves, but it should never be apart of your daily fashion. If you want to keep them, go for it, just please leave them for exercise-use only.

The year 2020 could do without these trends. The “new year, new me” is a typical saying, but let’s focus on “new year, new trends” too. No more of those boxy crop tops or old, unflattering patterns; 2020 is the year to let your fashion grow.

The Ultimate Winter Wedding Outfit Guide

When it comes to finding the perfect winter wedding outfit, there’s a lot of aspects to consider. You want to stay warm but you also want to dress for the occasion and be fashionable. Being invited to a winter wedding can give you the chance to experiment with a new look, but just make sure you follow the dress code and acknowledge the location of the wedding. Check out this guide for being fashionable and functional at your next winter wedding.

Go for Something Form Fitting

Every woman loves something that fits her perfectly. When shopping for the perfect ensemble, find something that fits you and that is flattering to your body type. If it’s a formal affair, don’t go with something flashy or sexy, but something that is modest and appealing.

Make sure you find out if the wedding is black tie, white tie, or casual ahead of time so you can dress accordingly.

Opt for a Shorter Heel

We all love wearing high heels, but let’s save those for summer weddings. Give your feet a break and head out in a smaller heel. Your dancing feet will you love for that.

If the wedding you are attending brings colder weather, opt for a booty so your toes stay warm or make sure your heels are closed-toed. We don’t want your feet freezing, especially if the reception is outdoors.

Keep your Makeup Natural

It’s the holidays, but we don’t need to go all-in on the makeup when attending a formal wedding. Keep the natural look in your mind when you start to get ready. Stick with nudes, light pinks, and subtle shimmer. If you want to spice it up a little consider wearing a bold lipstick or gloss.

Settle for Dainty with Jewelry 

When pairing your jewelry with your outfit, keep it chic and simple. Save the bigger pieces of jewelry for the holiday parties.

Shop for jewelry to match your outfit go with a dainty bracelet and a thin hoop earring, leave the necklace at home this time. We are going for the delicate look this winter wedding season.

Wear Dark Tones that Compliment the Season

Keep to dark and warm tones when planning your outfit. It is the winter season and we should keep that in mind when dressing for the occasion.

Stray away from bright and vibrant colors, we don’t want to take the attention away from the bride. Look for a dark maroon or even black for the occasion. This way, you’ll be able to pair silver jewelry with your outfit.

Choose Long Dresses and Pants

It is winter, so leave the cocktail dresses tucked away. Look for a long dress that flows off of your legs nicely or even a mid-shin length. You either want to show off your shoes or you don’t.

If you want to show off a little leg, shop for a long sleeve so you aren’t showing too much skin. Plus, you’ll be able to stay warm without compromising your look with a jacket.

Consider Layering  

Layering is a must, especially if the event is outdoors. Winter weddings are the perfect opportunity to layer up. Even if the wedding is not outside, wear a scarf and a nice long coat just in case you end up outdoors for a breath of fresh air.

If it is outside you’ll want to make sure you have a heavy coat, leather gloves, and an appropriate hat or headband. You don’t want to be shivering as your friends walk down the aisle.

When planning for a winter wedding outfit, always make sure you plan and acknowledge the formality and the location. Keep it modest and delicate when planning your outfit.

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7 Style Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are finally here, which means your calendar is likely full of Christmas festivities! Getting a look together can be challenging at times but we have created a great list that can help guide you through this holiday season! Don’t be shy until after New Year’s, go out with a bang and stand out!

Leave the Denim Out

There is no reason you need to wear denim all 12 months of the year. Ditch the denim the month of straight holiday parties and go out with tapered black trousers or a pair of pants in a fun, festive color scheme. Store away the denim for just the holiday month and try something new!

Choose a Statement-making Coat

Chances are, it is going to be cold outside, so why not cover yourself in a coat that’ll make a statement? Go for a chic coat when headed to your holiday parties. It’ll be the first thing people notice when entering your festivities.

If you want to stand out, you can always get a fur, leather, or embroidered coat. Don’t forget to make sure it fits you properly. If it doesn’t, find a neighborhood tailor and have them make the perfect fit.

Go Bold with Jewelry

If you’ve ever wanted to go bold with jewelry, the holidays are a perfect time. Sparkle up your arm up with a gold and emerald cuff bracelet. Match that bold piece with a pair of unique gold hoops and finish it off with the bulky necklace you have been wanting to show off.

Holiday parties are the perfect place to make a statement, but if you plan on making a bold move with your jewelry, make sure to keep your outfit simple.

Opt for a High Boot

Skip the booties; go for a high boot! Chances are, you have at least a couple pairs of booties in your closet but let’s tuck those away this holiday season.

Nothing stands out more than a woman who can strut in high boots. Go for a solid black or if you are feeling bold, a tall, red velvet boot is sure to stand out.

Add Some Color and Sparkle

There is no better time than the holidays to add some shimmer to your outfit. You can add a sequined skirt, metallic top, or crystal-embellished shoe. Just remember not to go overboard with the sparkle, we don’t want you looking like a Christmas tree!

Nothing says, “Happy Holidays” more than some festive color throughout your attire. Don’t be afraid to add some neon or some acid brights to help your outfit pop. You can even incorporate Christmas colors into your jewelry if you are feeling extra jolly.

Plus, if your outfit is simple, you can opt for a festive piece of jewelry. Festive, charmed earrings and bracelets are a great way to be festive without going overboard.

Experiment with Lipstick Color

Maybe bold lipstick isn’t in your everyday makeup routine, but the holidays are a great reason to try new things! Red lipstick is always a good choice but make sure to buy the proper red tone to match your skin color.

If you aren’t a fan of red lipstick opt for something calmer, like a light pink or glittery gloss. Shimmery lips are perfect to bring in the New Year!

Don’t Shy Away from a Fierce Pattern

Leopard print is making a comeback and we are all about it. You can throw leopard into your outfit to add a little sass at any point of the day. If you want to keep it mellow, add it to your jewelry or even your shoes. If you are trying to keep it casual, go with some leopard flats.

Christmas parties are just beginning, step out of your comfort zone with one of these tips. Mix up your Holiday wardrobe and make a bold statement!

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How to Shift Your Wardrobe From Winter to Spring

There’s nothing like those few weeks when winter (finally) feels like it’s shifting to spring and the outdoors suddenly becomes bearable. With these monumental atmospheric changes, though, come a whole new set of wardrobe needs. The gloves you wore every day might suddenly become unnecessary, while your most reliable scarf might start making you break a sweat when you walk in the sun. In short, it’s time to switch up your style.

Here’s exactly how to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring like the fashion pro you are:

  1. Say goodbye to your winter clothes, for now.

It’s finally time to start putting away those reliable winter coats that kept you warm throughout even the coldest of winter days. It’s important to take proper care of your winter wardrobe during the warmer months of the year to ensure that they don’t acquire mildew or attract bugs.

The best way to protect coats from all the elements is to store them in canvas bags or vacuum seal bags. Then, carefully place each bag into a clear storage bin so you can easily find what you need when the next burst of winter chill comes around.

  1. Make it a smooth, gradual process.

The weather doesn’t transform overnight, so neither should your wardrobe. Instead, think of the change to spring as a gradual process of retiring less-necessary fashion pieces to free up space in your wardrobe. You’ll want to focus on items that take up a lot of room, such as your puffiest coat or chunkiest sweatshirt. You can probably retire your long underwear. Make it a goal to put away at least a few items every Sunday. If your warmer clothes were tucked away during the winter, start to break out your standard pieces and let them air out.

  1. Let your lighter-coats take center stage.

The right peacoat is the perfect way to transition an outfit from winter to spring, keeping you just warm enough to appreciate the sounds of the birds chirping away in the no-longer-bare trees.  For a warmer afternoon, pair a sweet, pastel jacket with a nice flat, and you’ll feel like the perfect image of spring!

  1. Give your closet a facelift.

Now that you’ve cleared away some of the heavier winter items, it’s a great time for some wardrobe spring cleaning. Go through your closet and get rid of old pieces of clothing that you never wear, or anything with visible wear and tear. Once you’ve cleaned out your entire closet, give it a fresh coat of paint so that your walls are fresh and ready for a new season. Then, reorganize all of your clothing based on color so you can fill your spring with carefully matched bright colors as beautiful as the flowers blooming all around you.

  1. Combine your lighter winter clothes and prettiest spring looks in unexpected ways. 

This time of year is the best for experimenting by mixing items from your winter wardrobe with your freshest spring purchases. Get creative! For instance, your burgundy cardigan could be combined with a light-colored chiffon skirt for a look that is uniquely spring. Combining different fabric textures is an easy way to make even simple outfits really pop. Just don’t mix winter accessories, like gloves, with summer accessories, like open-toed heels. That’s a major fashion no-no.

  1. Invest in some new accessories.

Accessories are one of the easiest ways to shift your look from season to season. The right straw bag can make your sweater dress feel easy and breezy, particularly if it’s a fun and casual bucket bag.  Meanwhile, tropical earrings bring a burst of springtime to your cozy cardigan.

  1. Switch over your jeans.

Your dark-wash and black jeans have served you well all through the winter, protecting you from the elements and keeping you warm. But as the sun starts peaking out, it’s time to lighten things up a little. Fold away your dark jeans to be resurrected next winter, and bust out your favorite light-wash jeans. Nothing says “spring” quite like a pair of light boyfriend jeans and a slouchy blazer.

  1. As the weather changes, think in layers.

Spring weather can be remarkably unpredictable, with a chilly morning quickly transforming into a sunny afternoon. Be ready for anything by cleverly layering those thinner items of clothing in unexpected ways. For example, sneak a light cardigan under your blazer for a look that is both fashionable and highly-adjustable, should the weather warm up a little.

As you can see, changing your closet over from winter to springtime doesn’t have to be a pain. Instead, think of it as a slow transition from your warmest dark jeans to your flirtiest spring dresses, with a few high boots and cardigans linking your wardrobe across all seasons. And most of all, have fun!

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