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Let’s Neckcesssorize

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It’s no secret the neck scarf has become the biggest accessory of the season. This look has plenty of 70s flavor, but the real question is how do we use this trend to separate ourselves above the rest? Think outside the box with these these très français outfit necessities and connect even more varying aesthetics: think biker-girl-meets-bohemian, in the words of Refinery29.

Try these scarf looks with the classic leather jackets over overalls, midi-skirts, or dresses, all toughened up with some ~neckcessory~ flair. Each look, regardless of how different it may be, was tied together with the simplest of accessories- and one that definitely won’t break the bank. Check out our favorite scarf options on your very own StyleChat feed!

-Ashley Cooke, Social Media Intern

Outfit of the Week: Nov. 2nd

Photo Courtesy of the TF Diaries blog
Photo Courtesy of the TF Diaries blog

This week’s outfit of the week goes to a look featured on the TF Diaries blog. Megan has created a chic look for fall with a pair of suede over-the-knee high heel boots. The high neck long-sleeve shirt with the jean skirt overalls give this outfit a casual and cute vibe! The oversized bag is perfect for your daily tasks, whether that involves carrying your laptop around or transporting schoolbooks! Last but not least, Megan’s black sunglasses add that extra touch of flavor that ties together the whole ensemble. Check out the outfit below to see how you can get a similar look.

By: Jaclyn Parker

Created with the StyleChat App
Created with the StyleChat App

Overalls: AMI Clubwear ($11.99), Shirt: Shopbop ($67.00), Boots: Topshop at Nordstrom ($210.00), Bag: Fossil at Macy’s ($228.00), Sunglasses: Ray-Ban at Bloomingdales ($190.00)

The Hottest Trends from Milan Fashion Week

Looking for a little style inspiration? The 2015 Spring/Summer Milan fashion week impressed us with bold colors, feminine designs, sleek cutouts, and slinky silhouettes. Fashionista.com points out some of the hottest trends we saw that week. First, we took a ride on the softer side with designers from Roberto Cavalli to Gucci, featuring sheer ruffled dresses in feminine pastel colors.

Francesco Scognamiglio, No. 21, Roberto Cavalli, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Gucci Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Francesco Scognamiglio, No. 21, Roberto Cavalli, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Gucci
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

The Milan runway shows featured colors all over the spectrum: from soft and pastel to dark and bold. Green was a standout color being featured by many designers including Prada, Marni, and more. From army matte greens to shiny metallic aqua greens, this color was all over the runways in fun and refreshing ways!

Versace, Prada, Marni, Sergei Grinko, and Ermanno Scervino Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Versace, Prada, Marni, Sergei Grinko, and Ermanno Scervino
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

Many of the runway shows turned up the heat with dresses and blazers featuring side-midriff cutouts. While we’ve seen cutouts a lot in the past couple of years, these outfits featured cutouts in a whole new way, making us rethink our standard blazers.

Fendi, Emporio Armani, DSquared2, Laura Biagiotti, and John Richmond Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Fendi, Emporio Armani, DSquared2, Laura Biagiotti, and John Richmond
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

Last but not least, the runways featured looks with shimmering metallic silver, sometimes from head to toe! While I couldn’t imagine sporting a pair of shiny silver stretch pants, the silver dresses would be a cool, sexy alternative to your typical little black dress look.

Costume National, Aquilano.Rimondi, Philipp Plein, Iceberg, and Genny Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Costume National, Aquilano.Rimondi, Philipp Plein, Iceberg, and Genny
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

Hopefully these four hot trends will give you some inspiration to try wearing something new, something bold, or something refreshing! What was your favorite trend from the Spring/Summer Milan fashion week?

By: Jaclyn Parker

Outfit of the Week: Sept. 28th

Photo Courtesy of the Natalie Off Duty blog
Photo Courtesy of the Natalie Off Duty blog

This week’s outfit of the week goes to a look featured on the Natalie Off Duty blog. Natalie shows off her chic street style with a trendy jean miniskirt and a textured cream long-sleeve pullover sweater. This outfit combines comfort and style thereby creating the perfect look for fall! She turns a casual look into a fashionable statement by accessorizing with a wide-brimmed fedora hat and a pair of rustic booties. When you’re shopping for booties this fall, look for ones in a neutral color that will go with many different outfits like the booties featured in this look! Check out the outfit below to see how you can get a similar look!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Created with the StyleChat App
Created with the StyleChat App

Top: Topshop at Nordstrom ($68.00), Skirt: Forever 21 ($17.90), Shoes: Nordstrom ($139.95), Hat: Bloomingdales ($78.00)

Ride on the Wild Side with the Trendiest Sunglasses this Season

We all search for that perfect pair of sunglasses that will suit our face shape, give us star quality, and keep our eyes protected. This season’s trendiest sunglasses beg us to take a ride on the wild side while we experiment with bold colors and bold shapes. Inspired by the mod ‘60s, we’re seeing an outpour of sunglasses that have taken the cat-eye shape to the next level!

These bold navy sunglasses from Le Spec, will give you an old school intensity that will have everyone turning their heads to look at you!

Le Specs ($119.00), Featured on The Zoe Report
Le Specs ($119.00), Featured on The Zoe Report

Step into the limelight with these hot red Kate Spade sunglasses. The color’s bold, but the shape is less severe or dramatic.

Kate Spade New York at Neiman Marcus ($170.00)
Kate Spade New York at Neiman Marcus ($170.00)

Ready to experiment with a bright lens color? These sunglasses with a white frame and a fiery yellow lens will have people staring from miles away!

Anna-Karin Karlsson at Neiman Marcus ($690.00)
Anna-Karin Karlsson at Neiman Marcus ($690.00)

Are these bold styles just a little too over the top for you? Have no fear because there are subtle cat-eye sunglasses that will give you just the right amount of style and comfort without taking you too far out of your comfort zone.

These black sunglasses have a subtle cat-eye shape, a simple light-colored lens, and a delicate thin frame.

MARC by Marc Jacobs at Neiman Marcus ($120.00)
MARC by Marc Jacobs at Neiman Marcus ($120.00)

No matter which style you choose, rock it with confidence! Pair your favorite bold sunglasses with your hottest skinny jeans and a t-shirt, and you’ll steal the spotlight wherever you go!

Download the StyleChat app to see a variety of looks styled with the trendiest sunglasses this season!

By: Jaclyn Parker

OUT with the Mood Ring, IN with the Chameleon Scarf

Photo: Courtesy of thisnext.com
Photo: Courtesy of thisnext.com

Flashback to the 1980’s and 90’s, and you’ll remember the mass appeal of mood rings amongst kids. I remember watching my mood ring as it turned colors, waiting to see if it could accurately depict my mood. Now in the 21st Century we have graduated from mood rings to “Chameleon Scarves.”

Photo: Courtesy of Neffa, Featured on Refinery 29
Photo: Courtesy of Neffa, Featured on Refinery 29

The Amsterdam textile company, Neffa, has created a silk-chiffon scarf that changes pattern according to temperature, UV light, and the wearer’s mood. A recent Refinery 29 article explains how this scarf works. The colors and prints turn to a bright color when the user’s body temperature is normal like it would be when a person is content.   When a person gets stressed or angry, their body temperature often rises. When this happens, the heat-responsive thermochromic ink in the scarf detects it and makes the pattern disappear.

Ever feel like it’s hard to decipher your own emotions? There are more items besides this scarf that can help! Mood-clothing technology has been seen in items such as sweaters, nail polish, and evening wear. I wonder what’s next! Mood detecting shoes perhaps? What’s your opinion on this kind of technology? Would you wear the Chameleon Scarf?

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By: Jaclyn Parker

Find your Perfect Summer Hairstyle

Summer is here and you are ready to embrace the sun-kissed, cloudless, care-free days, but what about your hair? Still have the same shoulder length straight cut you did two years ago? Looking for a fresh and effortless way to update your look this season? We give you the top two simple yet totally hot hairstyles for you to try this summer.

1. The Lob

Photo Cred: Getty Images
Photo Cred: Getty Images, Featured on Marie Claire

The lob is essentially a long-bob style with the tips of the strands slightly above, or just grazing the shoulder bones. This hairstyle can be worn sleek and straight for a more classy look, or wavy and textured for a more casual yet equally chic look. The best part of the lob is that it looks great with all hair textures!

  1. Super long tresses

This one is pretty simple; long, healthy natural hair is in again! Grow out your hair and wear it down to the beach, and totally nail the boho beachy waves look. For a more formal event, wear it in a simple elegant high ponytail. If you are feeling exceptionally fearless, add some choppy bangs to your long hair for a unique look.

Photo Cred: Getty Images
Photo Cred: Getty Images, Featured on Harper’s Bazaar

By: Sarayu Krishna

Wearing White in Winter

A great Refinery 29 article talks about the pro’s and con’s of wearing white in the winter.  Sure, it probably looks great when you see models wearing it in the magazines, or people wearing it on Instagram, but is it really practical?

Ana Colon, writer for Refinery 29 points out the stress that a spilled coffee or dinner date at an Italian restaurant could cause you when you’re sporting a white outfit.  However, there’s nothing like a great white dress or a pair of white skinny jeans to freshen up your day.  Don’t wait until the spring season to wear your favorite white apparel.

Whether you’re hanging out with friends on the weekend, or going to work, white can enhance your look in so many ways.  In the image featured below Aimee Song rocks a white fringe lace dress.

Photo Courtesy of Song of Style
Photo Courtesy of Song of Style

If you’re more into a fun layered look, try wearing white overtop of a colored bralette with a jacket thrown overtop.

Photo Courtesy of The Grey
Photo Courtesy of The Grey

Last but not least, try creating a business casual look by combining a white blouse with a black skirt or a pair of black pants.

Photo Courtesy of Kaity Modern
Photo Courtesy of Kaity Modern

If you’re going to experiment with white apparel, have fun adding colored accessories into the mix.  A bold-colored handbag or a chunky necklace can be perfect additions to a white outfit.  Check out the StyleChat app to search for the hottest white garments in stores now.

By: Jaclyn Parker

How to Wear Houndstooth this Fall

When I say the word “houndstooth,” the reaction I get is usually, “Huh?” Many people are familiar with the houndstooth print when they see it, but have no idea what it’s called.

This is what houndstooth print looks like:houndstooth3

Now you know what I’m talking about, right?

Although you can find many different colorful houndstooth prints, it is a classic, black and white, jagged-checkered print.

So why should you care? Houndstooth is a hot print this fall.

But how do you wear something so bold? Have no fear, we’ve got ideas on how to look your best in houndstooth print.

But why would you need tips on how to wear houndstooth?

Well, as much as we love Lady Gaga, this is what we want to stay away from when wearing houndstooth:

Yikes! This really is too much of a good thing at once.

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You can totally wear all those houndstooth-printed items, we just suggest not wearing them all at once.

Houndstooth overload!

So where do we begin? Let’s start with a houndstooth dress. The one Lady Gaga has on above is gorgeous! If you’re going to attempt to wear so much of this print, dress everything else down so that the dress takes center stage. I mean, if you look at her for too long, you might start to get dizzy because there’s just so much going on at once!

This means wear simple or no jewelry at all. Aim for either simple makeup or classic makeup. Go for light mascara and a light lip color, or a smooth cat eye and a bold red lip color. Go for a solid purse as well as a solid shoe. Wear your hair down for a casual look, or pull it back in a bun or high ponytail for a sleeker look.

Most of all, have confidence when you walk around in a dress this bold! If you don’t walk around like you know you’re rockin’ that look, no one will believe it!

So what if you want to accessorize using houndstooth, instead of having it being the center of attention in your outfit? No problem at all! If you’re in a simple outfit and want to spice it up with some houndstooth print, try a pair of houndstooth heels or flats. I can guarantee your feet will be the most interesting ones in an elevator full of plain work shoes! 😉

Not a big shoe person? That’s OK. Try a small houndstooth clutch or scarf. Or do you love jewelry? Houndstooth earrings or a necklace would be cute! Or maybe you like showing off your style via your nails! Houndstooth nail art is all the rage!

No matter how you wear it, wear it proudly!

Here are some of our houndstooth favorites:

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By: Stephanie Wong