I feel powerful when I wear all black.
At $12 each, the Urban Outfitters boatneck
tees are an awesome buy!
Pink is all the rage right now...
Stripes and gray go with everything in my world...
Not long ago a friend asked me what kinds of tops look best with skirts. I've not stopped thinking about this question, and I've bought several tops for this very purpose since she asked. One option that stands out is boatneck tees, handy with shorts and some pants but especially with skirts, I think. Here's a selection in various colors, at reasonable prices.
Baby, it's cold outside
Do you remember back in December when you were admiring everyone's beautiful coats? Did you have your eye on a particular one? Maybe you should look it up now. I was longing for this prAna Sylvie coat, but it was too expensive. But not now! Although it's not so fun to have to wait to wear something, the best time to buy a coat is in the heat of summer. Be sure to check Sierratradingpost.com, Campmor.com, Altrec.com, REI.com, Backcountry.com, WinterWomen.com, Departmentofgoods.com, Moosejaw.com, Campsaver.com and Buckmans.com for the lowest prices on name brands.
Ironically, I work pretty hard at trying not to look like I'm trying too hard. Usually this means making some last minute changes to an outfit before I head out the door.
:) Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" is
the quintessential example of
someone looking like she's
trying too hard
Here's what I do to keep from looking like I spent hours getting ready:
I try not to match every element in my outfit too perfectly.
-For instance, let's say there's white trim around your navy top, and you've put on white sandals--too matchy, wouldn't you say? (actually I never wear white sandals)
-Talking about this same outfit (that doesn't exist), I wouldn't want to add a white purse just making everything worse (more matchy).
-The exception would be all black--all black from head to toe=all good with me.
The best bag might be one with a mix of colors that goes with everything like this one...
I slip in a casual element.
If everything looks formal, dressy, or perfect, you'll definitely look like you're trying too hard. So I downplay the outfit by substituting something casual for a dressy element such as...
-a chambray or denim shirt or t-shirt instead of a dressy shirt with a dressy skirt
-a leather or simple necklace instead of pearls
-bare legs instead of hose
-flat sandals instead of high heels with a maxi or silky dress
Layering makes everything look less serious.
-A single dramatic necklace, a brightly-patterned tunic can make a big statement. Add a second or third necklace, throw on a cami or even a swimsuit top underneath, and a lot of the drama subsides. Vera Wang talks more about this in a wonderful short article here.
-The irony here is that it takes a lot more work to layer your clothes. I have a drawer full of camis I choose from each day. And, further irony, if you layer too much, you'll look like you're trying too hard :-) Example, you say? Let's say you've layered two camis under your tee, added a vest on top, a few necklaces...that's too much going on.
In short, I don't want to look like I'm not trying at all. Instead, I want to look nice without drawing attention to it. It's a game of subtleties, don't you think?
What do you do not to look like you're trying too hard?
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Iconic symbols & classic designs from Sknddy Clothing Co:
The truth is I've never been to the French Riviera. But I've always loved French nautical clothing, especially the breton stripes in the French Navy uniform.
This season, stripes are everywhere--on swimsuits, tops, dresses, even sandals. If we can't get to France this summer, at least we can dress with French flair. Salut!
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The one skirt you need this summer
When in doubt what to wear these hot summer days, I turn to one of my Zand Amsterdam snap-on skirts.
Here are some of the reasons I love them:
1. They snap to fit--you decide any given day if you'd like a tighter or looser fit or for the skirt to fall higher or lower on your waist. Since one skirt can snap to any size between 2 and 18, they're excellent for pregnant women too! And they make a great gift.Zand employees in India
2. You can dress them up or down. Great as a swimsuit cover-up or with a nice blouse for work or a night out.
3. They are fair trade. Zand is a kind company that treats its employees and its customers respectfully. They pay their Indian tailors three times more than the average wage tailor, and they ensure that no children contribute to the manufacture of their products.
5. Every Zand skirt is one of a kind. Zand skirts are made of beautiful fabrics, and every Zand skirt is unique.
6. Inspired designs. The prints seem to be the perfect colors, the perfect designs, paired beautifully.
These are the two Zand skirts I own and wear weekly. I bought both at Blue Ruby boutique. Zand skirts are also available online and ship worldwide.
Caroline long skirt with pouch, €55
7. Many Zand skirts are reversible. Some offer up to 4 different ways to wear the same skirt.
(this Caroline skirt is my favorite in their collection right now)
8. New designs come out every season. Zand offers light fabrics like cotton and lace for summer & heavier fabrics like corduroy for fall.
10. Zand skirts are affordably priced--between €50 and €65 euros each (your credit card company will convert the price to your currency). You can order Zand skirts online; they ship worldwide. They are also available in some local boutiques.
Zand Amsterdam has an extensive selection of skirts and will soon add bags to its product line. Visit them online at www.zandamsterdam.com. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Summer style checklist
I hope you'll read my first article published in The Epoch Times: "Cool, Calm, and Collected: Summer Fashion Checklist."
These five items will hopefully take the worry out of what to wear this summer, so you can run around making memories to last throughout the year.
Huge thanks to The Epoch Times Style Editor Sarita Coren (@saritacoren) for this opportunity!
What's your summer fashion essential?
The third item in the checklist: A Zand Amsterdam skirt...
Is vanity sizing still around?
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Both also come in gold.
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Yet more red...
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