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Spring Trend: Straw

Straw is everywhere this season. From bags to jewelry to shoes, it is a material to be reckoned with. I have been traveling the world (as I love to do) and from Greece to Columbia, straw is all the rage. 

So what are the best straw pieces for any gal to own? Well that depends on how much straw you can handle.  I’m privy to say that all your summer looks will pop with a great straw addition!

Panama Hat

The most obvious addition to your wardrobe should be the Panama Hat. It is a classic piece and will long out-run the straw trend. Not to mention this topper protects your face from the sun AND it adds that extra oomph that your look deserves. I’m typically not a “matchy” stylist, but pairing your Panama Hat with neutral straw earrings is chic as shit. Yup, I said it.

 


 

Earrings

Yay to a colorful straw earring!!! I bought this fabulous pair in Columbia for $35, yes, 35 bucks!! The beauty of these straw earrings is that they are huge statement earrings and they weigh NOTHING. So go big or go home, why not? They are such a fun accent piece for your look and definitely a conversation starter!

 


 

Crossbody Bag

My straw obsession is truly focused on all things bags right now. I might argue that getting a straw bag is MORE important than getting a Panama Hat. Might. It is the easiest way to incorporate the straw trend into any look instantly. There are a TON of straw bag styles on the market that are fun and flirty, I’m loving the messenger bag. They are typically pretty inexpensive making it easy to say YES to the straw bag trend!

 


 

Clutch

 

Another popular straw bag style is the clutch. Adding a colorful tassel incorporates your personality and steps up the neutral color of the straw material. I bought all those attending my 40th birthday in the Dominican Republic a clutch with a personalized tassel. I love this trend so much that I passed it on to 17 people!!!

 

 


 

Sandals

And finally, the straw sandal. What can I say but, “YAAAASSSSSSSSSS!!!” These are amazing AND they will go with almost everything. Jean shorts? Yup. Sundress? Hell yes. Sassy drawstring pants? Duh. Don’t even question this, buy them. I know I’m promoting owning all of these straw trend items, but that is because I seriously love them. Not to mention, they aren’t that expensive so the commitment will only sting a little…..

 


 

 

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SHOP NOW: End of Season Sales

It is my favorite time of year. That’s right, end of season sales!!!! Don’t be shy, buy. As if you really need a reason, but in case you did, please see all that I listed below. You’re welcome.

You WILL wear it next year.

Your wallet will thank you.

Timeless items at a GREAT price.

Because getting a deal feels SO good.

NOW, WHAT TO BUY!!!!! Your personal shopping list should include a great wool coat, a warm puffer, winter boots built for comfort, a neutral bag that goes with everything and that fun piece you have had your eye on…..

 

Coat

A great end of season purchase should have several components:

A great price tag.

The ability to be worn for seasons to come.

Be a quality item. Buy splurge pieces.

 

This coat is a perfect example. It is by Mackage, one of my favorite designers. The quality is there and the style is fun yet classic meaning you will rock this bad boy for years to come.It is originally $750, now $562. That’s 43% off!!! It may still be pricey, but if you think about the cost per wear (how much you will wear it vs. the price) it is WAY worth it.

 




 Puffer

A warm and cute puff coat is a must in anyone’s life if you are forced to live through a frigid winter. Why not get a great coat at a great price if you know your life involves future winter weather? This is your “DUH” moment.This Vince Camuto coat with faux fur trim was originally $400 but is now on sale for $280. Yes, please. Time to click and buy.

 


 



Boots

Another “Oh hell, I have to live through this crap again next year” item is a great winter boot. This pair by Aquatalia is water proof and is seriously the best cold weather boot on the market. You want to invest in your snow boots, cold and wet feet are NOT cute. Originally $650, these boots are on sale for a mere $386. Again, we are not looking for cheap, we are looking for a great deal. That means steep discounts off of GREAT quality items.

 


 


Purse

You will always end up using a basic black bag so why not purchase a super stylish one at a fantastic price? This designer Calvin Klein bag was originally $1290 and is now $645. This classic bag is your “everyday, for seasons to come, throw everything in, make your outfit look good no matter what” bag. If there is any item on this list that you should go for, it’s this one.

 


 

 Faux Fur Vest

Now it’s time for some fun. There are always those pieces you see that you want, but refuse to pay full price for.
They always seem like something that you shouldn’t buy because there are so many other things you “need”. Now is the time to buy those items! Get your “fun” piece on sale. That item you have been longing for is now within your reach…..

 

 

 

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Trends for Your Shape: Pear

As a stylist I come across lots of beautiful silhouettes one of the most feminine being the pear shape. I joke with people that I am more of a shrink than a stylist because convincing women of their ultimate and unbelievable beauty is sometimes more of a mental challenge. Women are incredibly hard on themselves and are convinced they do not have of an “ideal shape” (thank you filters and media). There is no such thing, hell, even I filter my photos. Being comfortable in your own skin will always be a challenge, but dressing correctly for your shape will not (now that I’m here to help!). 

pear

 

The pear shape is defined by having smaller shoulders and curvier hips often times with a more voluptuous bum and thighs. This is a fairly common body type as women genetically tend to get curvier around the hips and thighs as they mature. It’s just science people. Dressing for this body type is often times not as complicated as one would think, you just need to highlight your luck in having such a fabulously small waist!

 

Cinch Waist Blouse

 

Cinch Waist Blouse

A cinched longer blouse is definitely a friend to the pear shape. It allows you to highlight your smallest feature (your waist) and add length to elongate your torso. This not only creates a longer and leaner you, but it camouflages your hips. As I’ve mentioned in past posts, styling is truly just smoke and mirrors. Make sure that the bottom part of the top is not clinging to your hips and has enough width to be “silhouette conscious”, but not skin tight.

Structured bag

Structured Bag

 

A structured bag might not necessarily be the perfect trend for a pear shape, but it certainly does make any lady look more fabulous! I didn’t want to forget about the accessories when chatting about upcoming trends for the season. I’m obsessed with this fall trend even though it truly isn’t as functional as I would like it to be. It is hard to shove  your life in a bag when it is super structured. I would stick to a smaller evening bag if you love this trend for both function and price point.

 

 

A-line skirt

A-Line Skirt

A structured aline skirt is the BEST and most flattering style for a pear shape hands down. I’m featuring it in a leopard print because I’ve gone totally nuts over this trend, I can’t get enough. This skirt is your new best friend because it cinches your small waist while concealing your curvier hips. Be sure the skirt style is more structured and tuck in your top to truly highlight your waist. Choosing a completely different color top and bottom will only enhance the effect!

 

 

Trends For your Shape: Round

Next up on our tour de force of the best trends for your shape is the round body type. There are significant benefits to this body type if styled correctly because you have the ability to look good AND be comfy. The key is to showing off your fabulous arms and legs while camouflaging your torso. This does not mean getting into your best hunting gear, it merely means you should not have on anything super fitted through the middle.

 

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The round body type is defined by having a circular middle with more slender legs and arms. You typically do not have a defined waist so either foregoing a cinched style or actually creating a waist through styling are your two best options. Read on to learn my expert tips….

 

 

blazer

Single Breasted Blazer

 

The first trend that we are working into your fall look is plaid menswear. A lot of what is in the stores tends to lean towards oversized, but this is NOT your friend. I would strongly suggest a structured, single-breasted blazer that is a little longer then your hips. As with the example above, look for a one-button option to create a waist for your body type. You are quite literally giving the illusion of an hourglass shape. The structured blazer actually creates a differing silhouette that what your body type truly is. Styling is all just smoke and mirrors….

 

 

Tweed Dress

Tweed Dress

The tweed dress above is the perfect “one and done” piece for any round body type. Dress on, outfit complete. A great silhouette is the fit and flare. This is defined by cinching at the waist and having the skirt flare into an A-line (smaller at the top, wider at the bottom). The example above even has gold buttons at the waist drawing the eye to the center and defining your waist even more. It should be slightly shorter in length to show off your great gams.

 

 

 

Black leather leggings

Leather Leggings

The final trend I’m obsessed with is the 80’s. Yes, Dynasty and big hair bands are back. Even though I know you are dying to go all out, brining in just an ode to the 80’s will suffice. These black leather leggings are the perfect tip of the hat to 1987. Pair an oversized top (NOT a dress) with your new, awesome leggings and get ready for a rockin’ night. You are showing off your slender, sexy legs while keeping it loose and easy in your mid-section. This is the second option for styling a round body type, leaving it unstructured in the torso and NOT cinching at the waist. 

Trends for Your Shape: Rectangle

Every season new and fabulous trends hit the fashion runways and every season I get the same question, “But what works for ME???”. Finding the perfect trend for your body type can be tough. Not to mention that some trends are just flat out crazy and no one, no matter what body type, should be trying them. Let me be your “what the hell is my body type and which of these crazy trends do I choose” guide.

The first step is knowing what body type you are (which is difficult enough). Know this, none of us fit into one body type, we are typically a mixture of a few. Don’t let this overwhelm you, just go with the basics of your body type and utilize the general rules of those body types. I will be doing a series focusing on 5 body types, rectangle, apple, pear, hourglass and upside down triangle. I will be sure to explain the criteria for each so you can finally figure out what body type you are! 

  

bodyshaperectangle

First up is the rectangle body type. This body type is defined by being very straight with narrow shoulders and hips. You typically have no super definable parts, smaller bust, smaller bum, straighter and less curvy.  Your weight is evenly distributed throughout your entire body.

 

oversize blazer

 

Double Breasted Blazer

 

The first trend that will be huge this year is plaid suiting, it is going to be everywhere. There are a lot of ways to rock this look, but as a ruler body type, go big or go home. You have the amazing luxury of wearing things oversized without having it make you look bigger. A double breasted blazer is insanely difficult for most body types to wear (you can’t really have boobs), but you can do it! Go super over-sized and long (this allows you to pair it with leggings too). You even have the option to pair it with slender or wide pants, the world is your oyster. Less curve= the ability to wear over-sized pieces.

 

Puff sleeve

Puff Sleeves

The next trend that is making a strong comeback is the puff sleeve. The rectangle body type is very straight and even allowing you to add volume in unexpected areas. You will not look big as long as you pair this puff blouse with a slender bottom half, think skinny jeans, ankle pants or a pencil skirt.

slouch boots

Slouch Boots

And the final trend I strongly suggest for the rectangle body type is slouchy boots. You may not think of shoes as being good for a specific body type, but slouchy boots can be difficult. On a wider leg they will only add more width and be very heavy looking. On a rectangle body type, you typically have a more slender, straight leg allowing you to add slouchy volume to your foot.

So my rectangle body type readers, now you have the beginnings of your fall shopping list! These trends are perfect for your straight, rectangular shape and will add that extra pizazz without looking like your poured on every trend of 2018!