6 Ways to Make a Simple Outfit Pop

Simple outfits are the foundation of fashion – a plain cake waiting to be decorated.   Just a few basic wardrobe essentials can be worn an endless number of ways if you know what you’re doing. A little black dress (LBD) in a classic silhouette can be dressed up for a wedding, worn to work, or hit a poolside barbecue. A T-shirt and jeans that fit well can go from rock-star glam to casual brunches.

But how can you make a simple outfit appropriate for any occasion? More important, how can you make an outfit pop and stand out in a crowd?

One word: accessories. These can be switched out and combined to liven up all your classic outfits. Choose from among these options to give yourself some personality and flair.

1. Nails

People don’t usually think of nails as an accessory the same way they think of purses and shoes, but they definitely can be, depending on their finish.

One easy way to make your look stand out is by having a statement nail. Bright colored nail polish, unique patterns, and glued-on pearls are just a few of this year’s top nail trends. You can get these looks with regular nail polish or with nail tips, in a nail salon or at home.

Some people naturally gravitate toward longer nails. If you’re undecided, longer nails are great for formal occasions, while for more casual outings, you might want to keep them short and sweet.

Rock your favorite LBD with a bright red polish on coffin shaped nails for your next cocktail or dinner party. There’s no doubt you’ll turn heads and get compliments on that duo.

2. Handbags

A stylish handbag is something you can swap out readily every day. Macramé, woven, or straw handbags are one of the top trends this year. As a bonus, it’s possible to find bags that are created from sustainable materials, an important consideration for those trying to live more sustainably. These purses are perfect for a casual, yet distinctive look. Look for a purse with a daring design or bright colors that expresses your personality and make it the focal point of your outfit.

Does the occasion call for something a bit dressier? Try accessorizing with a classy clutch in a head-turning design. Many clutches come with straps to turn into hands-free cross-body bags too, so you can use it for many different types of events.

3. Jewelry

Jewelry is one of the best ways to change up your outfit. Bigger pieces act as a focal point, especially when they’re in intense colors or sparkling hues.

Earrings: Some earring trends include resin or enamel earrings in large-scale designs and different metals to make unique statement earrings. Dangling earrings always make your neck look longer and draw attention to your face.

Necklaces: As far as necklaces, look for delicate gold chains that you can layer and unique chokers that will have your peers inspired.

Bracelets: A really distinctive bracelet can set off an entire outfit. Try a big cuff or something delicately beaded to make your look absolutely unique. Consider wearing your everyday watch with layers bangles or a leather wrap bracelet.

Rings: Bold rings also demand attention. Consider laying different metals and sizes across your hands for a real statement look. For more relaxed environment, pick a different finger on each hand to decorate with rings. Just wearing one can change the whole attitude of a simple outfit, making a black dress whimsical or jeans and a T-shirt sexy.

4. Outerwear

Depending on where you’re going, you can really change up your look by adding a jacket. A blazer will dress up a pair of jeans into casual business wear or make a sleeveless black dress suitable for the office. A kimono jacket is a pretty, romantic look that softens the streetwear hardness of denim.  A cardigan sweater worn with a pair of jeans gives your outfit a preppy, feminine air. Try it oversized or belted for a whole new look.

A printed, 90s-throwback bomber jacket is a cool twist on plain-material coverings.  And of course, a leather motorcycle jacket added to any outfit will instantly give you a rock-star flair with a tough edge.

5. Shoes

Nothing sets the mood for an outfit like footwear. Shoes give you the opportunity to add flare to any simple outfit. For example, leather boots provide a fierce look to the femininity of a little black dress, making the outfit less delicate. Knee-high riding boots always stand out in a crowd and likewise can balance out the sweetness of a dress. Or, wear either with your jeans for an all-around street-ready look.

A pair of stilettos in a fun color, like red or silver, can instantly take any outfit to date night or the club. Pair these shoes with a basic dress or go for a more casual look by adding stilettos to a black jean outfit.

Consider comfort when traveling any sort of distance, too. If you need to do some walking but want to look a little dressier, a low-heeled ankle bootie goes well with long skirts or slightly cuffed jeans. Sandals worn with any outfit make it instantly appropriate for any outdoorsy spring or summer occasion—choose a style that’s both practical and fashionable. If you’re headed to the beach, choose a shoe that pairs well with your cover up, for a beach-ready outfit.

6. Tights

One of the simplest ways to give a twist to the little black dress is to add a pair of unique tights. Lacy, polka-dotted, or colored, tights add a stylish flair to a simple outfit. Try a bold color or pattern to really stand out. Consider wearing tights under your most distressed jeans, to add a distinctive flare to an otherwise basic outfit.

No matter what accessories you choose, remember that if you let your personality shine through, you can’t go wrong. Online accessory shopping can be the perfect way to spring up your simple outfits. Have fun and be bold!

 

6 Items Every Woman Needs In Her Wardrobe

Fashion can take many forms. Not only is fashion a way to protect you against the elements, but it also serves as a means to express yourself. The best quality of fashion is that it is both a language and an art form. Just a few simple additions to your outfit can have a tremendous effect, oftentimes boosting your confidence through the roof.

The idea of having closet essentials is both exciting and intimidating. How are you supposed to find items that play such a substantial role in your wardrobe? We are here to help streamline your wardrobe so that picking the perfect outfit is painless and easy. While no two styles are identical, there are a handful of wardrobe staples that every woman should have in their closets regardless of your daily “look.” Here are the six items every woman needs in her wardrobe:

Little Black Dress
The timeless Little Black Dress, or ‘LBD’, is an absolute must-have for your wardrobe. The term “little black dress” was first used in 1926, in an American Vogue illustration of Coco Chanel’s first black ‘Ford.’ It has since emerged as a staple suitable for a wide array of social events.

An LBD, while simple, is a versatile piece that has survived the tumultuous ongoings of the ever-growing fashion industry. An LBD can easily be dressed up or down and looks great on anybody (note: the color black does wonders). Plus, they are easy and comfortable whether you’re headed to a pedicure or to an important business meeting. Throw on a moto jacket and booties or some classic pearl earrings to serve some seriously righteous looks.

 

White Sneakers
Like the LBD, white sneaks have emerged as another basic staple that should find a home in every woman’s closet. Household brand names like Adidas, Reebok, and K-Swiss and high-end, luxury names like Gucci and Balenciaga have catapulted these delightfully simple staple pieces to the forefront of the fashion industry.

White sneakers were initially introduced to the market in the 80s and 90s. Today, white sneakers are a part of the retro fashion revival that has completely taken over contemporary street fashion. This wardrobe must-have makes the day a breeze by allowing an easy transition from work, to the gym, and out on the town.  Pair your white kicks with an LBD and a denim jacket for an effortlessly casual look.

 

Gold Necklace
Regardless of how many necklaces you own, delicate gold chains are the types of accessories that you’ll most likely be wearing on the day-to-day. They can be easily paired with other items in your closet and they’ll never go out of style. One of the best aspects of fine jewelry is that these items are easy to layer with other necklaces that you have in your closet. Similar to clothing, layering jewelry adds dimension and can be the defining factor to tie your look together.

 

An “everyday” bag
Having an “everyday” bag that is ideally unbranded and neutral-colored is another essential piece that every woman should have in her closet. As women, we are already well aware of our limited pocket space, and so it’s important to purchase a bag that has enough space to hold all of your belongings. This bag should also be sturdy enough to handle everyday wear and tear.

Plain White Tee
Plain white tees are another basic must-have that you can dress up or dress down. It’s one of the most versatile pieces that you will ever get your hands on, so it’s important to have a few in your closet. A white tee is also a great addition to a comfortable travel outfit.

Pair your white tee with a pair of boyfriend-cut jeans, a trendy brown belt and cute wedge for something comfortable and casual. Or, spruce it up a big with a skirt and some simple accessories—the choice is yours. All you need to know is that with a plain white tee, any look is perfectly achievable.

A Collared Shirt
Collared shirts are the types of items that look good with almost anything you pair it with. Whether you’re headed to a night out on the town or to your weekly business meeting, a collared shirt is both comfortable and versatile. This shirt has been reinvented in many different colors, shapes, and forms from your classic striped button down, to a modern deconstructed, off-the-shoulder blouse.

Wear it with solid color jeans or mix it up with a printed skirt for something more fun and daring (striped shirts look amazing with bright colors and animal prints.) Tuck it into a denim skirt for some feminine flair, layer it with a sweater, or try throwing it over a crop top. Keep a few of these shirts in different colors and patterns and they’ll surely get good use.

While plenty of these items seem basic, it’s important to remember that these are the items that make up the majority of your looks. They’re meant to help build a wardrobe that you’ll be able to pull ensembles out of every single day. These kinds of closets are enduring, and allow you to eliminate the stress when you’re trying to put an outfit together.  Whether you’re going for an easy, breezy casual look to take a trip to the supermarket or full-on star-studded glam look, these wardrobe essentials will be able to fully prepare you, no matter the occasion.

8 Comfortable Yet Stylish Outfits to Wear While Traveling

Travel can be an uncomfortable experience, but it doesn’t have to be! Often times you’re squished into a tight seat, the temperature is either too hot or too cold, and it’s hard to relax until you get to your final destination.

One way that can be remedied is to dress in a way that’ll help you relax and get as cozy as possible. Sitting in a car for a road trip or on a plane for an oversees flight can certainly be difficult, but if you have an outfit that fits and looks stylish, you’ll be all the more comfortable!

Here are a few outfit ideas to consider for your next trip to ensure that you’re comfortable in whatever travel situation you find yourself in.

Refined Cozy

Instead of putting on sweatpants, leggings or pajamas, opt for a fashionable tracksuit. Many brands make cute joggers with matching bomber jackets. Pair this duo with some all-white athletic shoes and your surrounding passengers will envy your comfort and style!

From Cool to Warm

When traveling a long distance, chances are that the climate between destinations with vary. Plus, planes are kept cool to avoid anyone from overheating and getting sweaty (and consequently smelly). Traveling to NYC during the winter almost guarantees the need for some warmer-than-normal attire. Even the most comfortable sedans and SUVS don’t allow for ideal temperature control.

To avoid being cold throughout your travel, wrap a flannel around your waist, wear a detailed short-sleeved shirt, and top with a zip-up fleece jacket. This allows you to carry multiple layers without filling up the minimal space in your carry on.

Warm and Classy

Dresses are one of the most comfortable clothing options when traveling, plus you’re guaranteed to look stylish. Sweater dresses are all the rage in 2019, and they are easy to pair with other accessories. If you’re headed to town right when you get to your destination, this is a perfect outfit choice. Grab your favorite handbag and dress up the look with a pair of high-fashion earrings and you’re ready to go!

Celebrity Inspired

Celebrities are well rehearsed in the world of travel. Because of this, it’s easy to turn to them for comfortable and stylish travel outfit inspiration. One of the most common looks you’ll see among start in airports is a short wedge shoe, designer jeans, detailed belt, and simple t-shirt. Not only is this outfit comfortable for travel, but it also allows for easy accessorizing. Add a hat, cute handbag, and some trendy jewelry to round out this look!

 

Athleisure

Put the “leisure” into “athleisure” with this comfortable outfit that’s perfect to travel in. Throw on a pair of high-quality yoga pants and a soft, breathable crewneck sweatshirt. Pair this with your favorite Vans and you’re ready to travel! You’ll be able to squeeze into tight seat and not feel uncomfortable, plus you’ll be warm and ready for a power nap.

 

From Day to Night

A simple black dress is one of the most versatile items you can own. With your favorite flannel around your waist, you’re guaranteed warmth, plus you’ll be ready to go out to the bar, club, or favorite restaurant when you arrive!

This day-to-night look is an opportunity to look and feel great. You can also use a variety of different scarves or necklaces to dress it up, as well as various cardigans or sweaters, depending on the weather.

Straight to the Office

While it’s not ideal, it’s sometimes necessary to travel in business attire. If you’re headed straight to the office, consider these outfit ideas first. White or black ankle-length dress pants are always appropriate for business attire, plus they allow for flexibility with the rest of the outfit. Pair them with a button-down, collared shirt and some cozy slip-on shoes, like ballet slippers or flats. It’s the perfect type of shoe to pop on and off easily while traveling, plus you won’t blister your heels. You can also put on a trench coat or a stylish silk scarf to pull the outfit together in its entirety.

What Not to Wear: Pajamas

There are plenty of options for comfortable travel outfits. While fashion might not be first on your list of priorities, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get dressed at all. Wearing pajamas in public is not a good option, especially when there are so many other ways to be comfortable yet stylish when traveling. If all else fails, fall back on the “Athleisure” option. It’s not pajamas, but it’s still comfortable and an acceptable travel outfit.

No matter what you wear, your priority when traveling should be to get as comfortable as possible while still looking presentable. Hopefully some of these outfit choices can help you find a combination of clothes that’ll help you fit in a car, plane, or train with the most comfort. There are likely a lot of ways you can mix and match your clothes to find the combination that works best for you.

 

Photo credits: Vogue Magazine, The Daily Mail, Glamour, Celebsfirst

 

4 Fashion Trends Taking Charge in 2019

We know you were just getting into the swing of things with your winter wardrobe. That said, now that 2018 is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming fashion trends taking charge in 2019. Don’t worry—spring isn’t quite here yet, so there are a couple of months to transition your wardrobe for the new season.

If you’re already feeling the pressure to immediately clean out your closet, we suggest a piecemeal approach. Purchase one thing at a time, stick to trends that work for you, and don’t feel like you need to completely revamp your look. Trends can be subtly woven in, in the ways that work for you and your budget. That’s what true style is all about.

Here’s what fashion trends you can expect as 2019 rolls on:

BIKE SHORTS 

While bike shorts are certainly an unexpected twist in fashion trends, they are an easy addition to your new wardrobe. You might be asking yourself, bike shorts are for the Tour de France, not Paris Fashion Week, right? Believe it or not, elevated bike shorts as a trend have been slowly creeping into the fashion world since 2018, when Off-White’s Spring runway collection prominently featured the look. They’ve since appeared in a number of Spring 2019 shows, and everyone – from Fashionista to Women’s Wear Daily – is forecasting them as one of the hottest trends of 2019.

Bike shorts are surprisingly versatile and easy to style. You can dress them up with a loose fitting blazer, pumps, and a chunky, top handle bag. Another one of our favorite looks is to wear them under your favorite slip dress that’s just a touch too short. They add a unique flare and are a great way to add a subtle splash of color to any look.

NEONS 

Remember neon? It seems like the last time we saw neon was sometime during the mid-aughts. Neon is one of those trends that comes to us in waves every couple of years and we are pleased to announce the look’s addition to 2019 fashion trends.

Neon is great because it can be bold subtle and bold. You can go with a luminous statement dress, or you can use it as an accent on a more down-to-earth look. in 2019, try to complement neon accents with more sober color palettes. One way to incorporate neon into your wardrobe is to wear a pair of neon earrings with a black dress, or pair neon stilettos with simple jeans and a cotton tee.

 

 

Neon is interesting because it pairs well with a larger profile of colors than you might expect it to. Whether you’re wearing neon with more neutral colors, jewel tones, or other neon, you’ll be impressed with how it livens up your look this year.

PVC AND LATEX

In 2018, PVC and latex were popular materials in accessories, and according to StyleCaster, they’re back in a big way in 2019. Expect to see PVC and latex coats, skirts, bags, shoes, dresses, and pants…everywhere. Although they’re fun, eye-catching, and definitely a breath of fresh air from the usual fashion fare, they’re not immediately intuitive materials to style. We recommend limiting how many PVC or latex pieces you include in a look because they can quickly become hot and uncomfortable.

 

In addition to that, it can be difficult to find a shape that works well with your body type. One easy work around for this is picking up a pair of PVC or latex leggings. They work well with most body shapes and you won’t get as overheated in them as you might in a full PVC or latex dress. When styling a full look, keep mind that the materials are best paired with light, simple embellishments, like this drum gold chain necklace.

FRINGE, FRINGE, FRINGE 

Fringing is all the rage right now, and it’s a trend that’s going international. One explanation for this might be the “modern hippie” renaissance that’s going on in the fashion world. We’re also seeing a resurgence of tie-dye, wider cut pants, feathers-as-accessories, and denim vests. Fringe is a great look on everything from dresses to blouses, but we love it most on purses.

We hope you’re as excited for the trends ahead as we are. So far, the 2019 trend forecast is fun, youthful, and most importantly, easy. The looks we’re seeing pop up across runway shows and on racks work for every body type and price point. If you’re feeling a little shy, our general recommendation is to test with accessories before committing to the full look. It’s one of the best ways to see if a look is working for you, without the hassle of having to dive into the deep end with something that might be less familiar.