Every woman needs a killer wardrobe. Racking up hangers full of trendy pieces may satisfy short-term needs, but it’s the timeless wardrobe additions that make for worthy investments. These closet staples should be of high quality fabric and construction; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be from a designer or well-known label.
As far as trends, variety is important as the colorful or patterned pieces can be filtered in each season to update your wardrobe essentials. This year, Radiant Orchid is in the spotlight, but do refrain from purchasing 50 shades of purple and narrow it down to only a few pieces in your favorite fit or style.
The challenge is to find the balance between trendy and timeless as you collect these must-have items that will become the foundation of your wardrobe. Oh, and don’t be alarmed, where just one bag won’t do or when just one pair of shoes isn’t enough, collecting a few options is perfectly fine. Let the wardrobe building begin!
Midriff, that is. Uncovering those arms and legs might not be enough to beat the heat this summer, so why not opt for a little more exposure? Sunblock is highly recommended, of course! One of this season’s hottest trends is the crop top – a staple in anyone’s wardrobe if you’re looking for a fun, simple look that’s equal parts versatile and unique.
Crop tops are completely interchangeable with any look, and since you’re only revealing a few inches of that toned waistline you’ve been working on, you don’t have to worry about showing too much.
Pair a crop top with high-waisted shorts, combat boots and a fun hat for a funky-edgy look. For the girly look, go for a white crop top with a floral skirt, chunky necklace and metallic sandals. These not-too-short, not-too-long tops can still have a cameo moment on a cool summer night – just layer with a light-weight cardigan or a flannel, and you’re out the door!
Now that you’ve spent the entire winter season (or a least the last few weeks) working on that hot summer bod, it’s time to shimmy into the season’s hottest swimwear trends. No matter your shape, there’s a suit for every body and almost every style is in style right now so pick your fave and head for the sandy beaches of wherever.
For you, we’ve created a mash-up of our favorite suits for laying about, soaking it up, and splashing around. Faherty Brand is doing their share to help on the environmental front with swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles, American Apparel keeps the one piece current with a grid print, and Victoria’s Secret blends classy and sexy with pretty sequins. For the bold, Topshop’s Rainbow Wolf one piece will help get your point across.
It’s no secret that scarves make the best accessory no matter the season. Not only are they super convenient for the cooler months of fall, but they’re comfortable and can add some serious style to an outfit too.
Look to the Marc by Marc Jacob’s RTW Spring/Summer 2013 collection for some fall inspiration. He displayed the true versatility of a scarf by using them for everything from bandanas to belts, and even head turbans.
Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2013
Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2013
We’ve searched high and low for the best fall scarves to be worn whichever way best compliments your personal style.
A stream of dresses for Spring/Summer RTW 2013 has us thinking of all things blue that nature has to offer. Shades of blue brought to mind unique reflections on water, ice-cold glaciers, scattered clouds against a clear blue sky, or a moonlit midnight sky.
From patterned to solid prints and streamlined to flowing silhouettes, spring/summer will have you feeling blue – in a good way.
With the trickle of casual crop tops invading stores this summer, it seemed that perhaps they had seen their last day. Imagine our surprise when the Spring 2013 runways were nearly covered in them. The 90′s trend of showing all lengths of midriff became the theme of many designers, proving to us that this look isn’t going anywhere but up.
Now that we are just a day away from the spring shows ending in New York (that went fast, didn’t it?), certain trends have emerged faster than others and this time it seems great minds think alike. Yes, spring usually brings out the lighter color palettes and floaty fabrics, but this year we couldn’t help noticing all the crisp, clean whites gracing the runways like glaciers pointing out from chilly water. Beautiful.
As we inch closer and closer to spring, we begin to drop the winter layers, down coats and heavy boots.
Spring is like a fresh start and we want to make sure you’re heading in the right direction – in regards to wardrobe choices that is.
It’s easy and common to revert to trends of the past because the pieces still exist in our wardrobes and repeating seems easier than starting anew. We’ve coined this habit “wardrobe recycling.” In this case however, recycling is bad!
There are trends out there that need to be shelved, boxed or removed completely from the list of options.
Ditch these trends, tell your friends to ditch them and don’t look back. In no particular order as they are all equally offensive:
Mini-skirts paired with leggings - This is only acceptable for children 13 and under. As an adult, the playful combination makes it difficult to take someone seriously.
Wearing Uggs with mini-skirts, short dresses or shorts – Uggs are not a transitional boot. They are meant to be worn when it is cold. If the entire outfit says “summer” and your feet are screaming “winter,” there is an obvious lack of communication that needs to be addressed.
Grown out roots -Most recently seen on Rihanna, the overgrown-roots-look from the latest recession of 2010 was not meant to last. If you’re still rocking this look because you haven’t made it to the salon yet, we suggest making an appointment or picking up a box of hair dye.
Sheer tights as pants – This was never right, and may have never been a trend because we hope it was just a mistake. We wonder if the ladies guilty of pulling on sheer tights as if they were pants are aware that we can see EVERYTHING!
Harem pants – The slouchy, over-pleated, MC-Hammer-like pants had their moment. As brief as it was, it was a high moment. And then it was over. Harem pants saturated the bottoms market at a crazy fast rate and therefore committed trend suicide.
Low rise jeans – Since Brittany Spears and Halle Berry made it acceptable to show some thong, everyone started doing it. Here’s a fashion rule to keep in mind – every trend is not meant for everyone. Unfortunately, this trend only translates well when worn on a toned figure. The low rise jeans trend went too far when everyone thought it was okay to let it all hang out and the people said “stop.” It’s over-exposure in it’s worst form but we constantly spot the low rise jean trend gone wrong showing up one time too many.
Gauchos – Cropped, wide-leg pants. When could this have ever been right? We also shudder at the thought of the gaucho-boot combo that is carried over when the warm weather subsides. They may offer that easy, breezy feel of spring but it’s not worth it. Ditch the gauchos and choose – short or long.
Skin-toned leggings – A monstrosity in the fashion world. The skin-toned leggings give the illusion that a person is naked. Furthermore, they accentuate every curve (in a bad way), every dimple and every roll. This is an awful look for the wearer and the viewing public.
Matching accessories – From top to bottom: earrings, nails, bracelets, necklaces, belts, shoes and bag. If they are all the same color, especially if that color is neon or the material is patent (p)leather, march right back into your home and un-match your accessories.
Velour Track Suits – The velour track suit put Juicy Couture on the map; but since the company has obviously moved on (the founders left to start a designer label), so should this velvety-soft trend. The upside, use the comfy two-piece to lounge around at home and continue to work on the CPW (cost per wear).
Bonus: All things Ed Hardy/counterfeit Ed Hardy – If an explanation is needed as to how and why the tattoo-art trend has run its course, need we mention the similar rise and fall of Von Dutch? Didn’t think so.