How to Build the Perfect Wardrobe for Work and Play

Written by Salina Jivani

Looking to have the perfect assortment of clothes for both the office and a day out with friends? You may think that means investing a bunch of money in a bevy of different tops and pants—one set for work and another for play. But you’re be wrong! Invest in a few key pieces of clothing and you’ll be set to sport them both in a business-casual setting at work and a laid-back hang-out scene with your best girl pals.

 

Printed Pants

Pants with prints are great for a casual day out or a business presentation. Just add a solid blouse for work, or a jazzy top with long necklaces for an evening out. It’s all about the way you wear it!

 

Loose blouses

Silk or flowy blouses are great and oh so comfortable! Wear them to work under a sophisticated scarf or blazer or remove the extra layers and wear the blouse solo when you’re entertaining friends or just meeting up at a local pub with your BFF.

 

Knee-length skirts

Skirts are the perfect companion to sexy heels and beautiful blouses alike. Luckily, they’re also perfect for casual and professional settings. Again, here, it’s all about what you wear it with. Add a work-appropriate blouse and modest shoes, and you’re all set to attend that team conference. Throw on some sexy heels and a daring top, and you’re ready to partaay!

 

Remember, for the right look, accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! It’s all about adorning yourself the right way for the right look!

5 Fashion Rules you Should Break This Instant

Written by Salina Jivani

Whoever said “Rules were made to be broken” was surely an icon straight out of the fashion industry. Because while we can’t speak to laws of the land, we can tell you that when it comes to clothes, breaking the rules can be a lot of fun, sending you into a crazy (and wild!) wardrobe adventure. Here are just a few of the old fashion taboos you should totally break this year. So go ahead—channel that inner diva and make your own statement by tossing these rules out the window. You never know; you might just end up making a bold fashion statement.

Don’t wear white after Labor Day

Borrinng! White is perhaps one of the sexiest colors on the planet—and it looks great on nearly everyone. Alluring and fresh, there’s just something about this color of purity that enhances your natural beauty. But remember to keep it appropriate before you starting yanking all the white out of your closet—the winter months are better suited for wool, cashmere, mohair and other warm fabrics. Reserve the linen and thin cottons for balmy, warm temperatures.

Don’t wear mixed prints

At one point, donning a floral print dress with zebra print clutch would have been so faux pas. But no more—we’re in 2017, baby! Mixing and matching prints is perceived as bold and zesty. If breaking the no-mixing-prints rule feels too daring for your comfort, start off easy by adding a leopard-print apparel or accessory to any color or pattern of print you’re sporting. Stripes? Leopard print. Polka dot? Leopard print. Once you have that down pat, it won’t be difficult to venture out into bolder mixing and matching possibilities.

Don’t wear silver and gold together

Scouring your wardrobe for the right color metal can be a drag—especially when you’re not “supposed to” mix and match. Luckily, you can completely scratch through that outdated rule this year. The trick here is to make the mixing appear natural, blended and deliberate, not tacky or haphazard. Try arranging the metals so they shift lightest to darkest or arrange them in a pattern: lighter ones on the outside, darker on the inside, or vice versa. Also consider arranging by widths (thinner on the inside, thicker on the outside or the other way around).

Don’t wear red to a wedding

Not sure why this crazy “rule” stuck around as long as it did, but contrary to thought, wearing red to someone’s wedding shouldn’t make feel like you’re guilty of a felony. Yes, red is sexy, but unless you’re trying to be sexier than the bride (which, let’s be honest, is just plain rude!), red is completely and totally acceptable. Just make sure you’re not flaunting it in the form of a skin-tight dress that appears glued to your every curve or in an outfit that’s sure to steal the limelight from the bride. In short, use some sense and decorum.

Don’t wear denim on denim

Ack. This one might seem like a doozy, but just hear us out before you completely skim past this one. Of course we’re not telling you to pair the exact same shade of denims on the top and bottom (even we have rules we never break!). The secret here is to select different washes of the material. For example, if you’re wearing a dark denim jacket, pair it with light/faded denim shorts. Try it out if you don’t believe us and you might surprise yourself!

And while you’re out there being a contraband and breaking all these age-old rules, make sure you don’t forget to trust your gut and keep it classy. Because while fashion gurus and experts are forever brimming with advice and tips, only you can decide what works for you and what doesn’t. After all, when you walk out that door to stop traffic, you’ll want to make sure you’re nothing short of fleek and street-ready in an ensemble you’re proud to flaunt.

5 Ways to Compliment Your Waistline

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Written by Salina Jivani

Everyone wants a slimmer waist. And while joining the gym and keeping an eye on your calories is a great way to keep yourself in shape, they’re not a practical solution when you’re looking for something to instantaneously help you look your slender best—say when you’re asked out on an impromptu date or have agreed to make a sudden next-day presentation in front of tons of people.

Luckily, there are ways you can immediately make your waist appear slimmer. Just follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to shaving extra inches off your frame with no diet or exercise!

High-waisted clothes

Your waist is the tiniest part of your torso, so opting for clothes that highlight this part of your body give you a more slender appearance. Make sure you place the waistline of your pants, skirts, shorts, etc., above your belly button to maximize on the waist portion of your body.

Belts

Loose or baggy clothes can make you look like you have no curves or figure, or that you’re drowning in your own clothing. Add a belt to give definition to your form and highlight your hips or waist. Doing so will instantly give you a slimming effect.

Vertical stripes

Anything that has vertical stripes will automatically make you appear longer and slimmer. So opt for vertical stripes in tops, blouses, and even dresses to give you an extra slender look.

Wrap dress

Unlike most dresses, which either hug your figure or cling to the contours of your body, elaborating every inch of extra flab, wrap dresses are loose, comfortable and form friendly. And because they’re not fitted or clingy, they’re extremely awesome when it comes to successfully helping you bury some of those extra rolls around your hips.

Peplum tops

This goes back to our trick about highlighting your waist as the most slender part of your body. Since peplum tops, by design, automatically close around your waist, they already emphasize its smaller circumference, but then flatter it further by flaring out at the bottom, creating a complementary contrast that makes it appear even smaller.

In addition to these tricks, don’t forget to go black to add that extra barrier of slimness to your frame and hips. Employing these tips will always help you look lean and trim, which will help you feel your best!

Hot up-and-Coming Fashion Trends of Spring 2017

Written by Salina Jivani

You’re pouring through magazines, scoping out your favorite department stores and eyeing every woman up and down (surreptitiously of course!) trying to uncover this year’s most happening style. It’s early yet, but a fashionista can’t get started soon enough, right?

How do we know? Because we’re doing it too! With 2017 already underway, we’re eager to uncover its chicest styles—and ASAP. So we took a quick peek at this year’s spring runway designs and collaborated a list of five easy ways you (ahem, and we) can get an early start on 2017’s spring wardrobe.

Choose vibrant colors

This year, you’ll notice a shift from the neutral, “safe” colors like black and taupe as we dab with more vivid ones such as shades of pinks, bronze, reds and yellows. The great thing is that these hues work with nearly every skin tone and can help you stand out in pictures and apart from the crowd.

Flaunt those legs

Get that cardio in early this year, because spring 2017 is the season of legs! Dresses and skirts will be either mini or mid length, meaning you’ll be baring a lot more skin just shortly after weathering these colder (calorie-laden) winter months.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

If you’ve already gotten a good grasp on accessorizing and aren’t yet ready to see those long necklaces and arm candy disappear around the bend of 2016, you’re in luck. This year, you’ll see even more of an emphasis on accessorizing. So gather your treasures and get ready to use them in more fabulous, creative ways!

Be comfortable

Luckily for those of us who’ve grown accustomed to the comfort of sweats and leggings in the winter, spring styles won’t require a drastic transition. This year is all about comfort, comfort, comfort with flowing pants, loose clothing and even (gasp!) PJs on the streets! So long as your look is put together and not sloppy, this is one season you’ll be able to get away with a lot of the “comfort crimes” that haven’t been so openly embraced in years past.

More 80s style

Fads, as we know, are cyclical and pull from trends of previous decades. This year, we’re veering away from the 90s and shifting toward 80s styles, which sport leather pants and miniskirts and nod to tops that emphasize more prominent shoulders.

If you’re excited about what’s to come and can’t wait to get your closet in order for an onslaught of new wardrobe goodies, consider doing an early spring cleaning by gathering your gently used clothing and donating them to organizations that will make the most use of your contributions. Check out our earlier post of best places to donate your items here. In the meantime, let’s give a quick cheer to 2017—off to a spectacular start with great styles and comfort in mind, it doesn’t get any better than that!

4 Things You Should NEVER Wear to a Holiday Party

Written by Salina Jivani

Now that Christmas is over, there is still one more thing to celebrate this holiday season, bringing in the NEW YEARS! And for all you fashion divas out there, it’s also the perfect time to flaunt your style and optimize on the several opportunities you’ll have to get decked out…en vogue, of course.

So while you’re caught up in the excitement of getting ready to get all glitzed and dolled up, we thought why not let us help you out by reminding you of things you absolutely should NOT do…no matter how carried away you may get in the holiday thrills. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time excitement would lead to fashion disaster for even the most level-headed dressers (i.e. celebrity red carpet appearances—need we say more?!). Follow these four rules to make sure you keep it sizzling, while keeping it classy.

Too short

If you are at risk of baring your secret treasures when you bend over, reconsider. The holiday season is a time to keep yourself looking great—the cold doesn’t have to be an excuse to bundle up from head to toe, but there are other ways of showing off your legs or amazing boots than sporting something way too short. You’ll be sure to draw attention this way…but probably not in the way you’d like. Keep it classy. If you’re in the mood for something sexy, make sure it’s at comfortable length where if you were to drop your clutch you wouldn’t be at risk of exposing your jewels.

Too tight

If by some miracle you’ve managed to keep the flab at bay from all the holiday treats and that scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner—hats off to you! And you should be proud of your amazing bod…but in a modest and appropriate way. Wearing something that’s too tight may only end up emphasizing the little bumps and bits of flesh that don’t really exist (or if they do, exist in infinitesimal amounts). Why draw that kind of attention to yourself? Plus, if you’re expected to eat at the gathering or event you’re attending, it’s likely you’ll need a little breathing space for all that delicious food yet to settle in. The last thing we’d want is for you to transform that lithe, amazing bod to one that’s instantly spotting a not so fabulous post-meal bulge (thanks to a skin tight outfit)!

Low cut

Ever seen a woman who’s close to baring it all? It’s pretty distracting…and not in a great way. Yes, you might be out with a group of friends and your man. Sure enough he has a right to enjoy the view, right? But everyone else at the gathering likely doesn’t…so don’t forget about the audience! Save the sexy for when the two of you are alone. And don something that will maybe hint at your amazing décolletage without exposing your prized curves too much. After all, leaving a little to the imagination can go a long way…especially in the way of class and fashion.

Uncomfortable shoes

Ever had a pair of shoes you absolutely adored but could not for the life of you walk in? Yeah…been there, done that.

But remember, if you’re at a holiday party, you’re out to have fun—not to worry about bunions and chaffed heels! Plus, prancing about like a walking hazard or like you have a stick up your tush is no way to enjoy any event.

Opt for something sexy and comfortable that will keep you rocking the dance floor, or at least give you an opportunity to make a grand entrance without the struggle or hassle of shoes that are simply more trouble than they’re worth.

The selections and techniques to look ravishing are limitless. In the end, just remember to focus the purpose of your ensemble around one thing: having a brilliant time wherever you go and whomever you celebrate the holidays with. After all, a great outfit may make for a fantastic picture, but the memories you’ll create will truly be priceless.

Traveling Down 2016’s Fashion Memory Lane

Written by Salina Jivani

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It’s the month of snow, chilly weather and holiday cheer. It’s also the last month of 2016—a year, just like any other, that will never return. But, luckily, that fate may not apply to every style that made it big this year’s fashion books.

As we inch forward into the last days of December, we thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least take a moment to reflect back on the most smashing trends of the year. Ones that may see the light of 2017 and still some that may be left behind only to be picked up in the future, like so many others trends of times past.

So without further adieu, here we go:

Chokers: Oh boy, did chokers make their presence known or what this year? And isn’t it amazing how incredibly stylish and sexy they make your neck look, whether you have one like a swan’s or a tree stump’s? This is one look we definitely still see around as the year comes to a close…and seems like this is one that might actually stick it through the new year.

Leopard print: Leopards, leopards everywhere. There was a time when animal print was so faux pas, style icons anywhere wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. Yet this year carried forward a trend from 2015 where leopard print tops, skirts, shoes, socks, even undergarments were snatched up like trees in a wildfire. We’ve got to admit after having had this print completely out-of-sight, out-of-mind for so long, it was a welcome treat to our eyes and a special addition to our wardrobes.

One-arm tops: We’ve seen them everywhere this year, yet they’ve never failed to look utterly exquisite, sexy and chic all at once. One-arm tops made a reappearance this year and—dare we say—they’ve never looked better. The trend surfaced in the warm summer months with one-arm shoulder straps and asymmetrical dresses, only to be carried forward into the chillier season in the form of one-arm blouses and sweaters.

We’re excited to see what exciting vogue and fashion statements are yet to be made in 2017. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out, with the new year eagerly awaiting just around the corner. Or perhaps Santa will lend a helping hand and seek the aid of his fashion elves to deliver us the perfect outfits for the new year…a girl can always hope!

(Pictured chokers from CreationZ From A Dove  available online at www.creationzfromadove.com)

3 Ways to Brave the Cold Stylishly This Winter

Written by Salina Jivani

imageWith cold weather comes the overwhelming urge to cuddle up under the covers and hibernate till warmer weather resurfaces, bringing with it the sunny days of bikinis and halter tops. Unfortunately, most of us work, which means hiding under the covers for the next five months is simply out of the question.

But don’t worry. Even though the sexy season of summer is now behind us, you can still make the most of winter fashion by flaunting some happening styles that will keep you both toasty and en vogue.

This winter’s fashion won’t disappoint you. Here are three must-haves that’ll keep you styling and comfy all at once.

Turtlenecks: They’re around pretty much every winter season, but this year turtlenecks are sporting a new style. Throw them on under one of your summer dresses and you’ll be in sync with this year’s winter trend. What better way to save on a winter wardrobe, cling on to the not-too-distant memory of summer and stay warm and snuggly throughout the winter months?

Leggings: These stretchy pants initially made their reappearance two seasons ago by Phoebe Philo, and it seems like they’re here to stay for a while. To the glee of many women who love the comfort and allure of these trendsetters, leggings are back again in the fashion books this winter. Throw them on under a dress or a long, baggy top and you’ve got a good mixture of comfort and style—a dream come true for any fashionista who wants to look amazing without freezing in the name of fashion.

Boots: We can’t forget the most important accessory of them all, right? And let’s just be honest, we all look forward to winter because of one reason and one reason only…boots! The highlight of winter, boots can transform even the sloppiest of outfits from an utter fail to a complete traffic stopper. There’s something completely sexy about strutting around in something that modestly covers the curves and contours of your feet while still managing to make your legs utterly irresistible, lean and taut. This winter season in particular, platform boots are all the rave…so don’t miss out!

Bonus: We couldn’t stop at three, so we thought we’d throw in number four—for fashion’s sake. A quick peek at fashion sites, and you’ll see that trench coats are a big must-have this winter. Stylish and most effective at keeping you warm all around, trench coats are most definitely a great investment, if not for the sake of style then certainly for the total warmth they’ll embody you in—from head to toe!

We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely rejoicing that the most popular fashion choices this season are all about making you look your best while keeping the frost bite at bay! Cheers to looking great and staying healthy this winter.