4 Shoe Trends to Try this Fall

What are you favorite fashions to wear during the fall? Are you excited to be able to pair your favorite summer outfits with leggings and scarves, or can you not wait to wear knit sweaters and sweater dresses? Everyone has their own favorite things to wear during the fall, but there’s something that everyone needs in order to complete their autumn look: shoes. Unique shoes can help put a personal touch on every outfit you wear, and can really bring a look together. Curious about what shoes people are wearing this fall? Try out some of this footwear with your favorite clothing in the next few months.

Cute boots
Unique shoes

Is there anything better than slipping on a pair of boots and heading off to work? The only thing that can top it is being able to wear the same boots when you go out for dinner and drinks at the end of the day. Fall is officially the start of boot season, and you need to get your look in order. A nice suede boot can go with almost any outfit that you have, but they may not be able to hold up against some of the late fall weather. Pick out a pair of leather boots for when it starts to get really cold, and they’ll blend in seamlessly with your winter wardrobe.

Block heels

Do you feel like you have to play a balancing act every time you put on a pair of skinny heels? If so, you’ll be happy to know that block and chunky heels are back in style this fall. It seems like ’90s fashions are making a comeback this season, and classic big heels are a big part of that! Get your Clueless on with a pair of block heels and tall socks or, for a more My So-Called Life look, opt for a pair of chunky combat boots and a plaid skirt.

Sneakers
Image of dress, sneakers, and necklace

This summer, people couldn’t get enough of the sneakers and dress look, and it doesn’t seem like the trend is going anywhere this fall. Sneakers are comfortable, stylish, and can be paired with almost any outfit. You may not be able to get away with wearing a pair of sneakers to the office, but you can easily wear them out on almost any occasion.

Strappy boots

The summer season may be over, but its shoes are finding their way into fall fashion. You’ve heard of strappy sandals and heels before, but have you heard about strappy boots? Some boots have a simple strap adorning the top or the bottom, and others have buckles and straps everywhere. Either way, the look is in this fall, and your boots should reflect the trend.

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Tips for Looking Great This Fall

If you were to ask most people what the best season to show off your curves is, they would probably all say summer. Though the summer temperatures often make skimpier clothing choices appealing, that doesn’t mean that there’s only one season in which to show off your body. Fall isn’t just about donning bulky sweaters, scarves, and boots; it also provides some great opportunities for wearing skinny jeans, clingy sweater dresses, and fun indie clothing. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing form-fitting fall outfits.

Remember your proportions

When you’re getting dressed this fall, try to keep your proportions in mind. It can be easy to get lost in bulky clothing, but by taking the time to evaluate how each piece will look and function on your body, you’ll look great every time you step outside. Think about how your top half looks in relation to your bottom half, and also be sure to pay attention to the width of your shoulders and the length of your neck. If your top half is larger than your bottom half, you should choose styles that minimize the top and draw more attention to your bottom half and vice versa. Be sure to pay attention to body details like your torso (long or short), bosom (high or low, large or small), and hips (wide side-to-side, wide front-to-back, small and narrow, etc.), and recognize where you carry the most weight.

Update your makeup

Good foundation and blush is important during every season. Pick up a 3-toned blush palette and put the darkest shade a little below your cheek, brush the medium tone just above the dark one, and use the lightest color to finish it off. Also, if you want to draw attention upward, try toning down the rest of your makeup so that you can accentuate one area on your face like your lips or eyes. Remember, now that it’s fall you can experiment with richer hues – you can always go for dark earth tones if you want to experiment with something that is bold, but still subdued.

Add the right accessories
Image of indie clothing accessories
The right shoes or accessories can really bring an outfit together during any season, and this is especially true once the weather starts to cool. When fall arrives, colors get blander as subdued grays and blacks start reappearing in wardrobes. It’s imperative at this time to jazz up your accessories and add something that pops to your color palette.

Boots are an obvious place to start, as they serve the practical function of keeping you warm while also coming in tons of varieties that will highlight your personal style. And if you don’t have a lot of belts, try adding them! You can go plain or embellished, depending on what you need for a specific outfit, and they also help to define your body shape. And fall wouldn’t be complete without a couple of hats. Get some comfortable crocheted slouchy hats or an ultra-cool fedora and match them with an outfit that needs something extra.

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A Quick Guide to Dressing for a First Date

There’s nothing more exciting and stressful than planning out a first date. First you need to make sure that your schedules sync up, and then you have to pick a location that has just the right mixture of casual and romantic elements. On top of that and hoping that the two of you are compatible, you’re probably going to be tearing your closet apart trying to put an outfit together. Women’s clothes can set the whole tone of the date, and if you pick out something inappropriate to the occasion, you could give off some mixed signals.

Some women swear by wearing their sexiest little black dress out on every date, and others have a pair of jeans that always make them feel confident. Break out of your usual “first date” outfit, and keep these things in mind when you start to plan:

Focus on one feature to highlight

A lot of people worry about being a bit over-dressed for their first date. If you want to be subtle and fashionable, choose one feature that you want to highlight instead of going for your most attention-grabbing outfit. If you have great legs, pick out a flashy skirt to show them off. If you love your eyes, try some bold eyeliner and eye shadow and choose a dress in a complementary color.

Dress with the date in mind

Try to find out as much as you can about your date plan to make sure that you’re dressed appropriately. If you’re going to be going to a baseball game or a walk in the park, you may want to save your high heels and clingy dress for another night. If you’re going to be going out to a nice dinner, avoid wearing your usual jeans and blouse. If you are unsure of where you’re going, you can never go wrong with a casual dress and flats.

For a nice dinner

Image of outfit for a nice dinner.

For a casual date

Image of casual date outfit

Don’t dress for them, dress for you

If you really want to wear something that makes you feel sexy and confident, don’t spend too much time thinking about what you think they want to see. That may sound like the opposite of what you want to do, but sometimes dressing to impress can have the opposite effect. For one thing, dressing in a way that you normally wouldn’t will make you feel edgy and uncomfortable during your date, which is the last thing that you need when you’re already a bundle of nerves. Also, your first date outfit should express your own personal sense of style. This is, after all, a getting-to-know-you date – you’ll want them to see you for who you really are.

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3 Quick Fashion Tips for Fall 2014

How many of you reading this refuse to believe that summer has ended? Unfortunately, warm summer temperatures and long days will be gone but, luckily for us, that means that we get to put our fall wardrobe together! It can be hard to go from sun dresses and sandals to boots and coats, but if you love to express your own personal sense of style you won’t have a problem.

There are a few universal fashions that dominate the fall. Everyone has their favorite flannel shirt that they can’t wait to wear, and are counting down the days until they can slip into their new fall boots and plaid skirts. The fashion world is always changing, so there are a few things that you need to have in your closet this fall.

Bold colors
Green knit oversize sweater

Who said that bright colors are only for the spring and summer? Bold color statements can help add some extra flair to your outfit this fall. You may want to put away your neon shirts and hot pink pants, but you can still have fun some bolder (though slightly more subdued) shades. Look for jewel tones this fall: emerald green and amethyst look excellent on everyone, and can be paired with a pair of black pants or a skirt effortlessly. Bright reds and blues can also help add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

Southwestern prints

Tribal printed dress

If you loved wearing prints this past summer, you won’t have to worry about giving them up for the fall. Patterns, especially southwestern prints, are sticking around in the fashion world for a little while longer. Look for fringed blanket skirts to pair with your favorite shoes this fall, and generally any indie clothing with a folksy or boho vibe. Knit fringe is going to be big this year, and will help you stay warm and still feel fashionable. Make sure to pick up a big fringed scarf to pair with some of your favorite outfits.

Boots
Weathered Brown Leather Lace-up Combats Boots

If you love fall fashion, you don’t need to be told that you’re going to need a new pair of boots for the season. In the past, people couldn’t get enough of suede boots, but now people are swinging in a different direction for their footwear. Hiking boots and combat boots are big this fall, and you’d be surprised by how many shoemakers are getting in on the trend. If you want a fierce and fashionable look, you can never go wrong with a pair of these tough-looking boots. They can be paired with a variety of outfits, and they’ll last you a lot longer than the fall.

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How to Show the Right Amount of Skin

Is there anybody alive that doesn’t enjoy feeling attractive? Far too many people assume that women dress for men, but the vast majority choose their clothes to feel beautiful and confident in themselves. However, a lot of people have trouble toeing the line between looking sexy and trashy, and thanks to a lot of mixed messages, that line gets more and more difficult to see. People want to look desirable, but they don’t want to look trashy or unfashionable. If you want to find the perfect balance, remember this the next time you plan your outfits:

A little goes a long way cleavage-wise

Twisted Gold Knot necklace

A lot of women like to show a little cleavage, but are worried about revealing too much. The beauty of showing off your chest is that you really don’t have to do much to get your desired look. Try sexy party dresses that gently graze the top of your chest, or something with a low “v” neck. If you want to draw attention to your chest without showing a lot of skin, top off your outfit with a statement-making necklace or simple chain.

Showing off your legs doesn’t mean that you have to wear a skirt

Gray shorts with pockets

There’s nothing wrong with wearing a skirt or a short dress to show off your legs, but you shouldn’t think that it’s your only option. Shorts have been slowly becoming more popular, and now you can even get away with wearing a dressy pair to work if you combine them with tights or leggings (depending on your job, of course). You should also consider getting some high-waisted skinny jeans that will hug your curves – the higher cut will also help highlight the length of your legs.

Sheer clothes can give you the right amount of sexy without showing a ton of skin

Black and White detailed lace dress

Do you want to feel sexier without revealing practically all of your assets? Sheer clothing is the way to go! The key to wearing sheer clothing stylishly is to make sure that it’s paired with a non-sheer layering piece. If you have a sheer top, make sure that you have a bandeau underneath it. If you’re wearing a sheer slip-like dress, make sure you pair it with some leggings or tights.

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