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
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!
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.
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.
If you’re more into a fun layered look, try wearing white overtop of a colored bralette with a jacket thrown overtop.
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.
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.
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:
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.
You can totally wear all those houndstooth-printed items, we just suggest not wearing them all at once.
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!
It’s that time of year again: the time when summer comes to an end and school begins. The best part of starting a fresh year of school is picking out a fresh wardrobe. What will your style be this year? Are you ready to embrace the trends coming off the Fall Runways or will you start your own?
On redding.com, writer Clint Davis from Scripps National Desk, highlights the fashion predictions that fashion experts have made for this Fall’s trends. I’m happy to report that fashionista.com referenced this Fall’s trends as “cozy and relaxed.” This means that you can be stylish as well as comfortable while you spend your days in class.
Be prepared to see glimpses of 90’s fashion, including turtlenecks and plaid shirts (as shown in this stories feature photo). Davis rejoices over the fact that overalls and scrunchies haven’t been included in the 90’s comeback. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t be too upset to see overalls with a modern and stylish twist make their way back onto the scene. 😉
Yes, the beginning of school means the end of summer, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon your sunglasses quite yet. Foldable wayfarer Ray-Bans are perfect for fitting into a small purse or pocket.
If you’re looking to amaze people with your style choices, fashionista.com predicts that fringe skirts, bows, diagonal prints, and the color orange will be a big hit this season. Have fun with your outfit; experiment with color, textures, and prints to create a look that will make your classmates do a double-take.
Teen Vogue predicts that graphic prints will continue being popular this school year. Davis writes that no matter what your taste is, there will be a print to satisfy it. With so many stores showing graphic-printed shirts and dresses, I agree that it’s easy to find a pattern and color combo that will flatter your body and enhance your style. Whether you want a more flamboyant and colorful print or a classic more subdued one, always be fearless and confident with your choice.
Last but not least, let’s take a look at this season’s fashionable jewelry. Vogue highlights single earrings, creole hoops, and hand-bracelets as popular accessories for Fall 2014. If you opt for the single earring look, go crazy! Find a single earring that wraps around your ear and makes a statement. If you’re a hoop-earring-kind-of-gal, try a pair of large silver creole hoop earrings and pair it with a luscious curly hairstyle. Hand bracelets can be a fun and flirty way to make a statement. Find one that wraps from your wrist to your finger, without being too heavy or distracting.
What fashion trends are you most looking forward to this back-to-school season? Create your favorite looks on StyleChat and share them with your friends. Going back to school doesn’t have to be a bad thing. After all, your great fashion choices deserve a captive audience, and who’s better than your friends and classmates to fill that role?!
By: Jaclyn Parker
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The Fall 2014 runway shows left us with a myriad of trends to embrace, some of which are better than others. Gucci takes us back a step to the swinging sixties with feminine colors, short dresses, and shiny leather. Dana Kruspe, writer for Fashionista.com, highlights the fact that the sixties made some noise in Milan. She states, “There’s no chance of ignoring it now,” and it’s very clear that she’s right. This trend has already trickled down into stores. Forever 21 features several high-neck swing dresses in bold colors, but nothing compares to Gucci’s ability to represent the sixties with a slightly off-kilter color scheme that channels femininity more than the color scheme of the sixties.
The next trend should definitely be a crowd pleaser. The runway shows emphasized coziness. Yes, finally! Clothes can be fashionable, comfortable, and wearable all at the same time. “Designers seem to be catching onto comfortable dressing more than ever,” states Kruspe.
No need to resort to your sweatshirts when you want comfort because everyday sweaters and dresses are becoming more and more relaxed. For instance, the blanket coat dazzled on runways from Roberto Cavalli to DKNY. What could possibly be better than feeling like you’re wrapped up in a blanket as you’re barring the cold weather? Knit layers also surfaced on the runways, providing a look of effortless comfort without any obtrusive bulkiness.
I am a little bit skeptical of this next trend, and I’m hoping it doesn’t see the light of day in stores. Velvet. Yes, velvet was used for ankle-skimming dresses on the Fall 2014 runways. Frankly, it gives me too many flashbacks to the velvet sweatshirts and sweatpants that I had as a kid. I’d say skip the velvet and move onto a fabric that isn’t so dramatic.
The choker necklace is making its way back onto the scene, referencing goth, grunge, and minimalism. For me, chokers have always seemed like a trend that adolescents go through, but I find it hard to imagine them on an adult. To turn up the heat even more, designers featured a generous amount of red on the runway.
Some outfits were red from head to toe. “Red looks managed to overtake blue in New York…and it’s no surprise that London, Milan and Paris were also caught red-handed,” says Kruspe. Although red seems to be a popular color this year, it’s definitely one that I stay away from because I find it sometimes overbearing and unattractive with certain hair colors, including my own brownish-red locks. But if it looks good on you, I’d say give it a go! It’s definitely a hot trend this year.
On a softer note, pastel colors were surprisingly popular for Fall fashion week. According to Kruspe the increasing amount of pastel colors shown on the Fall runway could be a result of “an increasing focus on seasonless dressing…” I think it’s quite a breath of fresh air to see outfits that are less influenced by the season.
Although it’s good to live by some rules, fashion should be more about breaking them. After all, creativity stems from thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries. Get ready to diversify your wardrobe this Fall. Try something new and make these trends coming off the runway uniquely you.
By Jaclyn Parker
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