Often times, girls tend to dress like clones and just copy everything that other girls wear to look cool. Try to refrain from purchasing all of your clothing from Hollister and Lululemon simply because that is the “thing” to do. It is best to buy clothing that looks great on you and still looks fashionable! Purchase clothing from all different stores, while still keeping tabs on fashion trends. Don’t only limit yourself to purchasing expensive clothing, you can buy excellent second hand clothing but for much less money from many stores as well. Look for clothing that fits your personality and that people will recognize as your style! Be the girl that looks stylish and cute, instead of the girl that blends into the crowd and looks like everyone else….be a trendsetter. Look different then others yet still look much more fashion forward! If others like what you are wearing, then they will catch on, and it is likely that you will see some people wearing the same clothing the next week. Keep in mind, however, that setting trends does not mean you have to create a completely new trend that was entirely unheard of. Instead, follow trends that are all the rage in fashion but that most people have not caught on to.
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For those of you that find business casual attire quite difficult and confusing, no worries, I have got it all figured out. When wearing clothing for work, you want to give the professional impression that will make people take you seriously. Now, when wearing clothing for school, it is simply called casual because it is much less formal then work, which means that you can wear jeans and sweatshirts. So business casual is just a less formal and laid-back option of traditional business wear. In a nutshell, business casual is a sweet combination of business clothing with everyday clothing.
People tend to adopt this dress code because it gives them more leeway to dress more comfortably and allows them to express themselves with their clothing. For example, bright colors, bold prints, and casual blouses, may be frowned upon with regular business attire but is good for business casual. However, although bold colors and patterns can be great, it is also important to have a sense of when neutral and classic colors are appropriate depending on your job, employer, or the type of event that you are attending. Opt for any kind of pants that are not jeans. I really love the skinny and cropped pants that women are sporting for work; you don’t have to only wear wide legged trousers! Five splendid universal pieces that work very well for this look are are cotton-blend trousers, a cardigan, blouse, collared shirt, and skirt. Ultimately, try your best to look polished, professional, and fashionable!
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Recently, my sister brought me back two awesome bracelets from her trip to Europe, and I have been loving them! In the first picture below I am wearing the two bracelets, and I also added a cute watch from Francesca’s. I could have either added a couple more bracelets or finished off my look with a thick watch, which is what I chose to do. You don’t have to go out and buy any expensive bracelets. I’m sure you can dig up some old charm bracelets, biker bracelets, vintage bracelets, etc. Anything goes! Just remember not to go overboard! You want to look classy and hip with your bracelets, not like someone who decided her arm is her new Christmas tree. Enjoy these other examples of fashionistas layering a bunch of different bracelets on their arm.
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My obsession this summer is hats. Not only do they give you extra sun protection but they are also super cute and feminine. I am loving the big floppy hats and fedoras. The over sized floppy hats have their ring on the runway and their 70s diva vibe and elegance makes them especially fabulous. The factor that makes hats especially awesome is that they come in all different kinds of styles. For example, you can find hats with stripe patterns, pops of neon color, and more. The over sized floppy hat may be ridiculous, but it brings back memories of Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady” for me, and it still shows up on the runway! The best thing about Fedora hats is that they are very versatile because they can be warn casually or fancy! A woman that knows how to style a hat and actually wears them, because many of us don’t risk that, is very admirable and plainly amazing. We all want to be her.
Use this tip when buying a fedora: a fedora with a raised top will elongate a round face, and if you have an oval and thin face you may opt for a smaller hat. Originally the fedora was a men’s hat, so it would be smart to style it with a menswear-inspired outfit. You can also jazz up a super casual outfit with a fedora hat to make it stand out. A fedora is also perfect for fall; with nice coats like pea coats or military-inspired coats.
The best way to rock the wide brimmed or floppy hat look is with a swimsuit on the beach, a fancy dress, or a boho-chic outfit.
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While in Paris, I noticed a very peculiar clothing choice that lots of men are sporting. This however was not my first time seeing the spectacle. This spring when I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to New York, I noticed an elderly men’s socks. The man was dressed in a pea coat, a tailored suit, and nice shoes; however, since he was sitting, the bottom of his pants rode up about two inches and this drew my attention to his multicolored striped socks. I initially thought to myself: why would he ruin a perfectly good outfit with a pair of socks fit for a clown! So I pointed this man’s socks out to my dad, who immediately speculated that this man has a very good taste and possibly even works in fashion or in something having to do with art. After hearing this explanation I realized that his funky socks reveal about his quirky, artsy, and fun personality. Since then I have been on the lookout for stylish men completing their outfits with an awesome pair of socks.
I noticed lots of men on the metro in Paris with polka-dotted, striped, plaid, bright-colored, and all kinds of socks. I was thoroughly impressed with this small effort to show off their personality and type of style with a pair of socks. The funny thing is that probably nobody even notices their socks, only people who see the little things will notice. So if you do notice their socks, they probably wouldn’t mind if you let them know that they have some pretty great socks on. Because I know that I learned to appreciate socks a lot more and the next time I see someone wearing cool socks, I will surely compliment them!
If you are not already following this trend sock it up guys!
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Today is my first day back from my amazing trip to Paris. Here are a few of my favorite outfit combinations that I wore throughout my trip. It was quite chilly in Paris so I took my vintage jean jacket with me and wore it whenever it was cold. I took shoes that I knew I could walk the whole day around in. I alternated between my gold colored gladiator sandals and my black Converse high tops. Something that I learned about style and clothing choices in Paris is that both men and women live in their pants all year long and you can hardly ever spot them wearing shorts (unless with tights). So I thought that I fit in rather smoothly with my dark denim skinny jeans. As for my black skater skirt; I ended up matching with other teenage girls from America. However, I do not regret taking the skirt to Paris because Parisians also love dresses and skirts and my skirt is especially easy to pair with almost anything since it is black and high-waisted. I do regret not taking a scarf because Parisians do wear a lot of scarves, even in the summer, and make their outfits look so effortless and chic by just throwing on a scarf, jacket, leaving their hair messy, and pulling their whole look together with a bold lip hue.
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Express yourself with these really cute nail polish colors that are perfect for summer!
Let me know in the comments which colors are your favorite!
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