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Linen is definitely one of the best fabrics to wear during the summer, but unfortunately, there’s no proven way to keep linen from wrinkling while wearing it. However, the heat and humidity can sometimes act as a natural steamer that smoothes out the fibers to maintain their original shape. My advice is to iron it before wearing and embrace the inevitable textures as your day goes on. It’s what makes the charm of wearing linen clothing!
Peplum is a timeless trend and is generally most flattering on women with an hourglass figure. The peplum silhouette accentuates the waist and adds dimension to the ensemble. I suggest pairing a peplum top with either a pencil skirt or narrow tailored pants.
Absolutely! We have exclusive designers like Paule Ka, Jude Connally, Gretchen Scott and Bella Tu, which tend to feature shorter hemlines and smaller silhouettes. You may also want to consider Piazza Sempione, which offers pants with a shorter inseam and a higher cut at the leg to flatter a smaller shape. Smythe is another great option for blazers and jackets because they are designed for a very tailored fit.
To flatter any outfit, belts are a go-to accessory! There are a few things to note when styling belts on dresses. If a dress doesn’t have belt loops at the waist, the belt may need to be adjusted. When choosing the size of the belt, pay attention to your proportions. If you’re short-waisted, petite or curvy, a wide belt will take up the entirety of your torso. If you're long-waisted, skinny belts may look a bit too skinny, but wider styles will create great proportions. To be safe, I recommend choosing a 1½-inch-wide belt. This size works on most figures! As for the fabric choice of the belt, it all depends on the fabric of the dress you’re wearing. In most cases, a leather or suede belt will be the best option as they go with any fabric. If you’re looking to make a stylish statement, choose a metal belt and drape it at or just below your waistline. This goes best with knit dresses.
The Gretchen Scott ruffle neck dress is a statement piece to have in your closet! So how to dress it up with jewelry? Try pairing the dress with a simple necklace, cuff or earring, so the attention doesn’t take away from the dress. I recommend looking to Dean Davidson, our newest jewelry designer who features delicate and elegant designs!
The common fashion myth is “don’t mix your metals” but, personally, I believe mixing gold and silver toned jewelry is a modern take on elevating your style. Mixing the gold and silver tones helps spice up your look by adding an extra splash of color to any outfit.
Jumpsuits are one of the most popular trends for spring and summer, but understandably, they can be the one trend people are nervous to try. With all the different styles out there, it’s hard to know which ones will look best on your body type. Here are a few suggestions. For petites, try more fitted styles with a higher waist; this will look better on you, so you don’t appear to get lost in fabric. For an hourglass shape, try styles that accentuate your smaller waist and are fitted throughout the torso. For an apple shape, look for a jumpsuit that has a belt or ties at an empire waist (right below the bust line) to create the illusion of a smaller waist. Bottom line, keep your proportions and body type in mind and don’t be afraid to try it out!
The Connie Roberson tops are perfect for dressing up for formal events while still staying comfortable! If you choose to wear your top closed, I recommend wearing a simple tank underneath. Pair yours with any of our dress pants and you can do no wrong! If you choose to wear your top open, try styling it with an underpinning that shares a color with the print of the top. Add a necklace or earrings to accessorize and complete the look!
One of my favorite new designers we’ve added this year is Sylvia Toledano. She has a penchant for mixing and matching colors to create eclectic and interesting designs. She plays with peaches, teals and golds. Her pieces are perfect for any occasion!
Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your wardrobe! My recommended pieces to elevate your style this season are floral dresses, printed jeans, embroidered tops, pastel blazers and white denim. Choosing lighter fabrics and softer colors gives you an opportunity to freshen up your look!
For day to night dressing, I advise clients to focus on key pieces that can be worn as the base of an outfit and can elevate your look. These pieces include: a tailored blazer, a wrap dress, a pencil skirt and a clutch. Styling your outfit with any of these items gives you an extra dose of sophistication that translates from day to night. Really in doubt? Try accessorizing. An extra sparkle can glam up any look!
I consider accessories to be the cherry on top of any outfit! When dressing for a wedding, I recommend taking a good look at your outfit and keeping the silhouette in mind while gradually adding pieces that accent your best features. For example, if you’re wearing a dress that shows off your neckline, try accessorizing with a necklace to draw attention to that area. Feeling like you want to focus on your waist? Add a belt to your dress! Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to accessorize, as long as you feel your most confident.
One of fashion’s age-old myths is that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Have the rules changed? The short answer is — yes! With white boots becoming a wardrobe staple and plenty of white winter coat options to choose from, this fashion myth has been debunked. The trick is to pay attention to fabrics. As long as your fabrics are appropriate for the season, wearing the color white is something that can be played with all year round!
Believe it or not, black and navy have actually become a trendy pairing in recent years! There is no simple answer here because color combinations can vary based on shades, tones, fabric, etc. Having said this, though, there are some color combinations that tend to be unflattering more often than not. Here are a few to steer clear of:
Spring has arrived, and the trends this year are instant classics! You may already have many of these in your closet. If you do decide to invest in something new this season, there are plenty of styles you could wear year after year. See the full list below!
Polka Dots: This timeless print has been seen all over the catwalks and in fashion editorials this season. Wear as a spring dress or a top to pair with jeans for a classic look!
Scarf Prints & Ties: There’s no need to only wear your scarf styled as a scarf! Try adding to a handbag or as a headband around your hair.
Bold Black & White: This spring, the trend is for a very bold, monochromatic look. You can always add a little color with your accessories if you don’t want to stick entirely to neutrals.
Leather is more timeless (and ageless!) than many tend to think. Luckily, there are ways to introduce this into your wardrobe without worrying about overdoing it. If you’re unsure how to start, try incorporating leather in your accessories, such as choosing a leather belt or a handbag. Playing with different textures can also make your outfit more interesting while easing into the leather trend, such as wearing a leather skirt with cotton or a knit top. There are many ways to play around with leather, but as long as you feel your best, there’s no right or wrong answer!
Packing for a trip can be challenging at times, especially when you want your clothes to stay in good condition while traveling! Keep these wrinkle-free fabrics in mind the next time you are shopping or packing for a trip:
A great way to introduce animal print to your wardrobe is by starting small, maintaining smaller proportions of the print and using it as an accent to your outfit. Think accessories or shoes! A pair of animal print flats can go a long way by adding texture and depth to any look. Or try a leopard print belt, such as our B-Low the Belt Milla belt, as another chic piece to incorporate in your wardrobe and to elevate any outfit.
When it comes to layering, it is most important to stick to the right proportions. Try to keep most of the layers on the lighter side and mix in one big piece. For example, a bulky coat can be layered over a slim vest and a fitted button-down top. Or, you can wear a chunky sweater layered over a fitted turtleneck or dress. As long as you limit your ensemble to only one large piece, layering is always a flattering and stylish way to dress for all seasons!
Black has been and always will be a fashion statement, but there are other colors that are equally versatile. When investing in a handbag that works for all seasons, I recommend gravitating towards shades of red, green or tan. These colors ultimately can be worn with both lighter and darker tones across all seasons. Plus, a fresh pop of color always contributes to the overall outfit, leaving you looking current and stylish!
Finding the perfect dress is all about looking for silhouettes that highlight your figure in the best way. For your body type, I recommend dresses with elongated necklines such as scoop, square or v-necklines. Moreover, focusing on the waistline will give you the most flattering result! Try gravitating towards wrap dresses or any dresses that are narrow and nipped in at the waistline; they tend to give the illusion of an hourglass figure.
A cuffed sleeve can instantly give your outfit that cool factor in just a few simple steps. The trick is to unbutton your cuff first, then fold your sleeve halfway up your forearm. Then fold it in half again, leaving the cuff peeking out. This will give you a stylish, yet put together, look!
Pay attention to how you feel in clothes by understanding your body type. Focus on your favorite feature and what kind of fit or silhouette makes you feel your best. Fashion is more emotional than people think! Building a closet with clothes that inspire you to be your best self is most important, no matter the occasion.
Items that are worth splurging on are always going to be items you can make the most use out of. Consider investing in pieces that can be worn through various seasons and that will last over time. Coats, blazers, trousers and shoes are great examples.
Mixing prints is a trend that never goes out of style and pulling off the look is totally doable. For starters, I recommend keeping the prints in the same color family for a polished tonal look. Another tip is to treat stripes as a neutral and pair with a floral or graphic print.
Every woman needs wardrobe staples, and I recommend choosing essential pieces that can be dressed up or down and are versatile enough to be worn together:
There are many different styles of pants out there, so it's easy to feel overwhelmed! My biggest advice is to keep proportions in mind when planning outfits around these styles. For example, if you’re planning on wearing a pair of wide leg pants, try to avoid tops that have a billowy silhouette. Instead, I suggest pairing wide leg pants with a slim cut blouse to avoid making your frame appear disproportionate. Also, pay attention to which proportions flatter your features. For example, skinny jeans tend to be more versatile than bootleg jeans for different body types because they accent the most slimming parts of the frame.
Midi dresses are a great transition into spring. For a petite woman, I suggest aiming for a hemline that falls above or below mid-calf where the leg is a little slimmer. Another suggestion is to draw attention to your waistline; choose silhouettes with a tie or a sash to highlight the most flattering part of the frame. Lastly, wear styles that have a slit that shows off some leg to draw the eye up, making your silhouette seem longer and your frame taller. And, don’t forget a good pair of heels always helps elongate your figure.
Understanding which colors complement your complexion is essential in building your wardrobe. First, I suggest looking in the mirror and asking yourself “am I warm or am I cool”. If you have cool undertones, you likely have light eyes, hair and skin. Choose colors that reflect those hues such as light greens, blues, purples and anything pastel. Try to steer clear of palettes that are too orange or bright yellow; they’re too strong for your complexion. If you have warm toned skin, you likely have darker hair, eyes and skin. Look for colors that take inspiration from the warmer end of the spectrum such as bright reds, oranges, creams, camel and all things earth tones.
In order to add more color into your wardrobe, it's important to understand your complexion and which tones flatter you most. Determine whether you have a cool complexion or a warm complexion in order to identify the safest colors for you to gravitate towards. Cool complexions pair well with light greens, blues, purples and anything pastel. Warm complexions work well with bright reds, oranges, creams, camel and other earth tones. Still not sure where you stand? Colors that flatter all skin types include teal, eggplant, blush and red!
Accessories have the ability to jazz up any outfit! So, where do you start? Focus on the outfit itself; I like to think of it as the foundation. Is it neutral? Colorful? Does it feature textural details or an intricate print? The complexity of your outfit informs the complexity of the layer you'll add to your foundation. If you feel that your outfit is on the complex side, I recommend keeping the accessorizing simple by adding a necklace or an earring to accent the look. If you think your outfit is more simplistic, add more layers to your foundation. Try pairing a scarf with a belt or a bracelet for a little something extra.