Survive April Showers with These Five Spring Essentials

At last, spring is upon us – we got the memo because of all the rain we’ve been having. As long as it stays in the 60-degree-range, we don’t have too much to complain about, especially after this brutal winter. Still, we all know how hard it is to be fashion-forward in a downpour, but the difficult is not impossible!

As a matter of fact, if you add the right things to your wardrobe, you’ll actually look forward to puddle-jumping weather. We’ve created a list of just the gear to keep you looking chic even when it’s damp.

First things first: you need to protect your outfit. We don’t want any garments becoming see-through or getting all stretched out of proportion due to a sudden shower. Luckily, there’s plenty of cute rain-friendly outerwear this year. Our favorite is this brown jacket with leather sleeves, but you could also go for a double-breasted trench, a utility jacket, or even a printed poncho!

Don’t ruin your nice suede oxfords or canvas shoes by getting caught in the rain! Jelly flats are the perfect footwear for unpredictable weather. No one wants to buy yet another pair of boots – we lived in them all winter long and our feet are ready to breathe! Jelly flats are a great compromise because they can stand up to wet weather but still come in plenty of styles to go with any outfit.

Athletic wear is getting trendier and trendier as the weather starts to warm up this year, and we’re absolutely thrilled about the baseball cap trend. Retailers from J.Crew to DKNY are putting baseball caps on the shelves, which is a blessing when you’re having a bad hair day. Keep one in your bag just in case the rain or humidity brings on a case of the frizz, and you’ll be ready for anything.

Protective weather gear doesn’t have to be lame. Dome umbrellas keep you drier than a traditional umbrella, and a lot of them are super cute! The shape of these umbrellas provides plenty of shelter so you can keep your hair and makeup intact and feel safe while holding a coffee or talking on the phone. Get one to complement your rain jacket!

Perhaps it’s not an addition to your wardrobe, but it’s just as important: waterproof mascara (and other makeup). You don’t want to be on your way to a job interview, a business meeting, or class only to find that you’ve got black streaks running down your cheeks! Go drugstore or high-end, just make sure your lashes are coated in a waterproof formula. Pick some up on your way back from spring dress shopping!

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Ladies’ Night: Simple Ways to Make Your Dress Really Stand Out

When it comes time for a night out with the ladies, you’ll want the perfect dress. Surprisingly, finding a dress can actually be the easy part. Even if your dress is on the unadorned side, you can easily help it stand out with the right accessories. It’s often the right jewelry, shoes, and hairstyle that take your dress to the next level – it’s the difference between getting dressed and getting dressed up.

Below are a few easy ways to help your dress really stand out:

 

Complement your dress with jewelry

Jewelry can go a long way towards enhancing your dress. To really make a statement, go bold. A small, thin silver bracelet won’t stand out nearly as much as a thick one. With regards to color, pick jewelry that contrasts the hue of your dress. For example, if you’re wearing a black dress, opt for bright turquoise or salmon-colored jewelry to help it stand out. Also, make sure that your pieces are noticeable and don’t let your hair or clothing cover them – you want to flaunt this stuff!

 

Wear the right shoes

The best way to pick out the right footwear is to pair simple shoes with dresses that have a busy print or a lot of embellishment and vice versa. You want to avoid pairing a dress with shoes that are the same color. Always remember that too much of anything is a bad thing.

Whether you should wear heels or flats is dependent upon how long or short the dress is. If you wear a dress that falls to your feet, then flats are ideal. If you prefer short, sexy dresses, then high heels are the perfect way to help complement them. If you have short legs, you’ll want to avoid heels that are over four inches tall. Wedges are very popular and give you the added height without the narrow constriction on your feet.

Also, while it’s your night out, you don’t want to be left in pain after the night ends. Find shoes that complement your dress and won’t leave your feet aching.

 

Get stylish with your hair

Although there are thousands of ways you can style your hair, your main options are straightening it, curling it or creating an up-do. No matter what, you want to aim for a somewhat natural look that complements your dress. If you have curly hair, accentuate it rather than hide it. If you have frizzy hair or wavy hair, you can straighten it, but avoid flattening it too much.

With regards to the dress you’ll be wearing, if it has a deep V-neck, then wearing your hair down is ideal. If your dress covers up the majority of your upper body, then an up-do is better, as it will help your dress to stand out.

Make sure you’re not only happy with the way your hair looks, but also with how it feels. You don’t want the style to be too tight, as it will hurt your scalp. If it’s an active girl’s night out, like at a club, go for a style that won’t fall out when you’re moving.

 

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Attending a Wedding This Year? Tips to Choose the Perfect Dress

It’s no wonder that May through October are the most popular wedding months. The days are longer and the weather is nicer so you can opt for a picturesque outdoor wedding. If you’ll be attending a wedding this year, then now is the time to start shopping for your killer dress for the event. Even if the wedding isn’t until October, it’s never too early to start searching for the perfect dress. To help you pick the perfect dress, we’ve provided some tips to help you.

When is the wedding?

The season in which the wedding takes place factors into which colors you should wear. For example, spring and summer are associated with lighter and brighter colors whereas in the fall you want to aim for darker colors. If the wedding is in the spring or summer, aim for pink, orange, yellow and light blue and green. If it’s in the fall, dark purple, red and brown are ideal.

Also, the season will impact whether you should aim for a short or long dress, and if you should wear a dress with or without straps.

Where is the wedding?

Think about where the wedding will be held. Will it be indoors or outdoors?

If it will be outdoors, you want to avoid a dress that may get caught in the wind. Also, if it’s at the beach or a sandy area, then you want to avoid high heels since your shoes will get caught in the sand. If it’s a hot location, then you’ll want a breezy dress to keep you cool.

If the event will be indoors, then you have some more leeway. You can wear something dressier and any type of shoes that complement your dress.

Is the wedding in the daytime or evening?

The time of day when a wedding is held can affect the formality of the attire. If it’s a daytime wedding, a floral sun dress or skirt is suitable. If it’s an evening wedding, a cocktail dress is perfect. It’s not too sexy and you can have fun dancing in it.

What’s the wedding theme?

Even though it’s just a theme, it can help you decide on just how formal you should go with the dress. For example, if you’re attending a country-themed wedding and the groomsmen are wearing jeans, then you don’t have to go too formal. But, if it’s a formal black tie event then a beautiful sequin dress is ideal.

 

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The Seven Dresses you should have in your Wardrobe

Needless to say, there is no single wardrobe that will work for every woman. We each have our own unique style, and that’s what makes fashion so interesting. If you’re a newbie, though, or starting from scratch on a wardrobe that you want to be versatile, there are seven main types of dresses that you want to have so that you’ll never, ever be without something to wear, no matter what type of event comes up. As long as you have a dress that fits the criteria of each of these, you can choose any color or style you like and you’ll be good to go.

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Dress #1: The LBD.

Even if you know nothing about fashion, you’ve probably heard about the infamous LBD, or the Little Black Dress. This is exactly what it sounds like: a black dress! This is the dress that we recommend spending the most time looking for, because it should be that one dress that makes you feel like a bombshell. Shape and silhouette can be whatever you like, but it should be able to take you from a party to an evening wedding to a date night and everywhere in-between. As your go-to, make sure it fits you like a glove.

Dress #2: The Perfect Wrap.

Wrap dresses are regarded by fashion gurus everywhere to be universally flattering. Their low necklines, layering, and ruching mean they conceal any problem areas while drawing attention to your favorite assets. They’re great for work, meeting your significant other’s parents, or just going out with the girls for some mimosas. They work well with cardigans, blazers, flats, pumps, sandals, and pretty much anything else in your wardrobe.

Dress #3: The Breezy Sundress.

Sundresses are usually brightly-colored, but you can choose any color that suits you. They are always made of a lightweight material and don’t cling to the body, which makes them comfortable for hot summer weather. They’re easy to just throw on without any thought and still make you look put together, whether you’re going to an outdoor concert, walking around the city, or attending a barbecue.

Dress #4: The Sexy Club Dress

If you’re not the type to go out to the bar or club, this one is optional, but everyone likes to have something tight-fitting that makes them feel sexy, even if it only gets worn once in a while. Wear it to a bachelorette party or for going out dancing with the girls. It’s your “getting-done-up” dress!

Dress #5: The Essential Cocktail Dress.

It’s short, semi-formal, and totally clutch when you have a sudden sorority event or wedding to attend. Even if it’s the only formal-ish thing in your closet, you’ll be glad you don’t have to run to the mall every time you get an invite to a charity event or decide to go to the homecoming dance. Pick something that suits your personality perfectly so you’ll get a lot of use out of it!

Dress #6: The Easy Maxi

Maxi dresses are known as the “pajamas of fashion,” because they look great but are comfy enough to wear on a long car ride. Flying into LA? That maxi will keep you comfy on the plane ride but have you looking chic the moment you step off. Meeting mom and dad for brunch? It’s not-too-sexy but as stylish as ever. Even for days where you’re not feeling your best, the maxi makes you look like you have it together even though you feel like you’re in loungewear.

Dress #7: The T-Shirt Dress

It’s that dress that you can wear in the winter with tights, boots, and a chunky cardigan, or pair with some Chuck Taylors and a beanie for festival season. It’s your old faithful casual dress, and you’d be lost without it! Find one in a color that’s versatile and you can wear it to any casual event, whether it’s the movies, studying, or a concert.

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Dress Shopping Basics: Which Body Type Are You?

Dress shopping can be frustrating. What may look great on the mannequin or hanger alone may not look all that great on you. Like all clothing, there are several factors that come into play to determine how a dress will look and the biggest one is your body type.

With spring here and summer right around the corner, everyone’s out looking for cute dresses. But how do you avoid disappointment and find a dress that perfectly suits your body type? Don’t fret! We’ve laid out the most common body types to help you find a dress that will look great on you!


Pear shape

This is the most common figure for women. It simply means that the widest part of your body is below your waist and around your hips. Your top half (from your shoulders to your waist) is narrow, and you will most likely find yourself to be a dress size bigger on the bottom than on the top.

If you are a pear shape, you will want a dress that will balance out your proportions. Choose dresses with an empire waist and aim for flowy fabrics. V-neck dresses are actually ideal options that lengthen your torso and draw attention to the upper half of your body. You’ll want to avoid clingy fabrics, since they will draw attention to unwanted areas.

Apple shape

The apple shape is usually defined by a large chest area, round stomach area and broad hips and thighs. You’ll want a dress that will skim your body and take attention away from the wider mid-section. The empire neckline is best, since it makes your body look longer and leaner. An A-line is another option, as it also skims your body.

Hourglass figure

Think Kim Kardashian. The hourglass is a figure that very few women have and is the classic Hollywood physique. Ultimately, it means that your bust and hips are the same measurement. You have a well-defined waist and your body makes the perfect 8 shape.

With regards to dresses, your options are really endless. Medium or low neckline dresses and strapless dresses look stunning on you. A-lines and bodices are also perfect styles. You’ll want to avoid bulk, embellishments and heavy patterns.

Curvy

If you’ve got a curvier figure, you’ll want a dress that will softly follow your body’s lines and show off your waist. You’ll also want a dress that has structure, but won’t be tight and uncomfortable. Wraps and fluid dresses are perfect to help minimize your curves. Sundresses and sheath dresses will help complement your curves and show off your waistline. You can also go for a long dress to help balance your look.

Busty

You have a larger sized chest, but you don’t want to draw all of the attention there. You want a dress that is structured on top and fuller below your waist. A belted dress is ideal for this.

Athletic

A great athletic build and a straight and narrow shape all around, how do you make the dress stand out? You want to create the illusion of curves, so choose a dress that adds them to your body. A swingy dress, an oversized one, or a dress that is cinched at the waist is perfect for this purpose. Also, choose a neckline that will accentuate your bust (like a halter top).

Petite

Those who are 5’4″ or shorter generally fall into this category. To help you look taller, opt for a tight, slim silhouette and a high-waisted dress to make your legs look longer. Vertical patterns are ideal, and buttoned shirt dresses that fall just above the knee will help to create a standing line.

 

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