Swimwear Cover-ups for Cool Girls

In the 90s it was a Hawaiian print sarong. In the early 2000s, it was all about board shorts. But today? It’s less about any one silhouette that’s popular and more what suits your own style — and of course, swimwear. An essential nearly as important to the summer season as the bikini itself, the swimwear cover-up eliminates the need for an entire outfit. It works as an easy-going look-topper to take you to the boardwalk, the cantina, and beyond.

Any single piece that’s light, airy and long enough to cover at least a little of your behind will do. With a little imagination, beach babes can set themselves apart on their next trip or vacation, shopping outside the beachwear section. There are exciting options everywhere — and if you get out into the other departments, you just might find something creative enough that you can work into your regular wardrobe when you aren’t waterside.

The Poncho Cover-up

For adventures on the coast that you know will turn into long evenings or maybe even a bonfire bash, there’s no better option than a throw-and-go poncho. Choose a classic Baja surf hoodie for when you want to get snuggly in the sand, or a juicy-hued pompom number that practically screams island getaway. Total opposites in terms of aesthetic, both the Baja surf hoodie and pompom version serve as a cool-girl cover-up iteration in their own right.

Batwing Sleeve Light Blue Asymmetric Blouse    Billabong Pacific Please Pullover Hoodie

The Kimono Cover-Up 

For the festival gal who loves a bit of vintage-inspired, rock-n-roll charm, the kimono is the lightweight number that makes pool outfits pop. In a desert oasis. your own backyard, or at a cabana in good ol’ Sin City, strutting your stuff with one of these showstoppers turns a bikini or one-piece into a tried-and-true ensemble. Sheer and full length or a shorter fringed bed jacket give you plenty of variety–and versatility–to conquer wild weekends.

     
Romwe Head Print Chiffon Long Kimono                          Giana Bini Vega Bed Jacket

The Oxford

For trips to the docks and setting sail that require that French girl-cool, pull a card from old cinema. For a look that screams The Talented Mr. Ripley, take a borrowed-from-the-boys approach and go for a men’s oxford. Think Gwyneth Paltrow and old-school Ray-Ban shades. This classic combination offers up a little European sex-appeal that’s  subtle and subdued. Take the soft cotton shirt and relaxed fit you love for lazy hours in the bedroom and simply bring it the boat or shore.
                  
Us Rags Oxford Shirt Tunic                                      Forever 21 Oversized Chambray Shirt

What cover-up look are you wearing this summer?

Fashion for Moms: Look Sharp in No Time

Life as a mom is chaotic. Between childcare, household chores, and a career, many women neglect their own needs. Fashion is an outlet for creativity and expression, and the right ensemble does wonders for your self-confidence. The trouble is, many moms are short on time, and this can translate into outfits that are simply thrown together. If you’re a crazy-busy mom, check out these fashion tips designed to save you time without sacrificing style.

1. Know Your Signature Look

Every woman has her own personal style, whether it’s casual chic, smart and sophisticated, or modern bohemian. Once you’ve narrowed down your go-to look, you won’t have to spend so much time thinking about what you’ll be comfortable wearing that day.

2. Stock Up on Staple Pieces

Staple pieces in your wardrobe include articles of clothing that are versatile enough to be mixed and matched with a number of other pieces. This allows you the opportunity to create a wide range of outfits using the same few pieces of clothing. Solid colored t-shirts, denim jeans, and neutral-colored jackets or blazers are standard staples that every busy mom should invest in.A photo of beautiful girl is in fashion style, glamur

3. Wear Weather-Friendly Layers

As a busy mom, you don’t have time to run home to change your clothing when the temperature drops or your toddler spills juice on your blouse. Layers are your best friend, because you can quickly freshen your look by peeling off your outermost layer. As a general rule of thumb, stick with a cami or tank top with a t-shirt or blouse overtop. If the weather is cool, slip on a sweater, cardigan, blazer, or jacket.

4. Try Skinny Jeans

If you have yet to try skinny jeans, you don’t know what you’re missing. Not just for the younger generation, the right pair of skinny jeans can make women of all sizes and shapes appear shapely and feminine. Stay on the conservative side though. Don’t match your skinny jeans with a form-fitting top. Opt for a loose-fitting tee or tunic instead.portrait of beautiful a woman with flying silk scarf

5. Choose Shirtdresses as Casual Wear

When you need to be out the door in five, just slip on a comfy shirtdress and you’re ready to go. Shirtdresses are simple, yet stylish, and flatter most figures. To prevent a shirtdress from looking too frumpy, wear a belt around the smallest part of your waist to show off your feminine curves. Slip on a pair of ballet flats to complete the outfit.

6. Add a Complementing Accessory

The accessories you wear can instantly enhance even the plainest of outfits. Handbags, scarves, belts, and headpieces offer color, texture, and function. If you’re wearing solid colored clothing, a patterned clutch or sparkling headpiece can make the entire ensemble stand out as a whole. Jewelry is another popular way to improve nearly any look, casual or formal.Depositphotos_21539769_l-2015

7. Opt for Stylish, Yet Practical Footwear

High heels may look appealing, but are certainly not practical when you have young children in tow. Busy moms require footwear that is comfy, practical, and stylish. Ballet flats, high-top sneakers, and wide-strapped sandals are suitable for the warmer seasons, while easy slip-on boots are excellent for colder temperatures.

Mom fashionistas – what’s your favorite fashion secret?

Zoe Kravitz: Steal Her Style

Irrefutably the girl of the summer, Zoe Kravitz is firing on all cylinders as a style icon in her own right. While she may be the offspring of rock and Hollywood royalty, we’re pretty sure Dad Lenny Kravitz and Mom Lisa Bonet have plenty to be proud of. Starring in two big summer flicks, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and Rick Famuyiwa’s DOPE, and fronting her band, Lolawolf, the 26-year-old is certainly grinding her out her own star in the fame game. But besides some serious acting chops and killer vocals, the girl just has vision. Case in point: her enviable LA cool girl style.She hails from Venice, so it shouldn’t be a surprise she’s mastered the laid-back Californian thing, but this art babe takes it to new heights with plenty of plaid, platforms and other punk inspirations. She’s rebellious yet relaxed, and nailing down Zoe Kravitz signature style is one part Williamsburg, one part Coachella, all parts easy and excellent. A big fan of the popular 90s throwback trend, you’ll find Kravitz channeling all sorts of Seattle-inspired and norm core moments.

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Whether it’s with a slip dress or a romper, Zoe loves a good grunge ensemble complete with boots and a strappy little summer number. Snag this festival-ready look with a plaid or vintage-print one-piece-wonder, a pair of Doc Martens and a tattoo choker. Retro shades and a bucket bag finish it all off in eclectic style.

Aeropostale Plaid Strappy Slip Dress, $32

H&M Platform Boots, $34.99

Gypsy Warrior Evil Eye Velvet Choker Necklace, $4.99

Norm Core

On off-duty days, you’ll catch Kravitz blending norm core and minimal trends for relaxed, errand-running outfits that can be dressed up for catching a concert or hitting the wine bar with some gal pals. All about the neutrals, mix khaki, black and blue with classic shades and a multi-tasking messenger to be well on your own.

Project Social T Sheer Super-Scoop Tee, Urban Outfitters $19.99

Side Slit Longline Blazer, Charlotte Russe $27.99

ASOS Deep Turn Up Beanie, $11

Witchy Woman

On the red carpet, Kravitz turns up the drama with a whole lotta of vampy glam. Mesh fabrics, grayscale shades and chic sheers crank up the volume on edgy cocktail looks. Special events are where she blends contemporary trends and couture for an artistic, high-fashion aesthetic that’s all her own.

Nasty Gal Stella Mesh Pencil Skirt, $24

Beautiful Halo Black Cap Sleeve Stripe Mesh Panel Crew Neck Cop T-Shirt, $12.99

Vince Camuto Rittel Leather Strap High Heel Shoe, $59.99

Hilary Duff: Steal Her Style

Hilary Duff has undergone one heck of a style transformation since her former tween star days. From fresh-faced Disney star to fully fledged hot mother-of-one, Duff’s winning street style has been capturing our attention for all of the right reasons lately. Steal her laidback, boho look for yourself with these Hilary Duff fashion tricks.

 Flared Jeans

Hilary Duff Sighted at Cafe Zinque in West Hollywood on July 21, 2015

 

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The seventies trend is back in a big way. Take your cue from Hilary and swap your skinnies for flares this season. If you prefer a more conservative look, try bootcuts. Not only are they a subtle way to try out the trend, but they are flattering — bootcut jeans balance out hips and lengthen legs. Team them with platform heels for added height and you’ve got a foolproof off-duty look.

Boho Maxi Skirts

Hilary Duff Sighted Walking in Beverly Hills on April 26, 2015

 

Sheer Maxi Skirt, $47, ASOS

Maxi skirts are a staple in every wardrobe, and Hilary makes hers works for more than just the high summer months. Teaming maxi skirts with her trusty ankle boots, the actress and singer gives floaty, feminine skirts a serious dose of attitude. Throw on a leather jacket to make it work for the transitional months, or team with a simple tee and sandals when the weather heats up. For extra style points, add a fedora to take your outfit up a notch.

Leather Midi

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Wet look midi skirt, $16, Missguided

While we’re big fans of Hilary’s casual looks, her partywear style is also memorable. Showcasing her feminine figure with knee-length midi-skirts, the actress always manages to turn heads. Opting for leather takes a simple clean cut skirt from sensible to sexy in an instant.

Denim Overalls

Hilary Duff Sighted in Beverly Hills on July 24, 2015

Slim Leg Denim Dungarees, $90, Topshop

We’ve spotted Hilary working a pair of denim overalls on more than one occasion. The actress ensures hers look chic rather than shabby by teaming her dungarees with simple, plain basics. Wear your overalls with a classic white button up shirt or tee. Slip on a pair of loafers or sandals and you have a perfect comfortable, casual look.

80s Fashion: Styles to Try this Fall

Feeling a bit nostalgic? Well, this fashion flashback is sure to inspire great memories from the 1980s. From shoulder pads and frilly collars to sequins and angora, fashion styles of the 80s are making a comeback this fall season. Show your love for decades past by trying some of these five old-fashioned-made-modern fall trends.

1. Metallic Fabrics and Accessories

During the 1980s, metallic was considered futuristic. Gold and silver were particularly popular hues, with the occasional copper, bronze, and vibrant colors mixed in. Today’s metallic trend features a full scope of colorful designs, including pinks, purples, blues, and greens. For a flashy everyday look, opt for subtle pops of metallic, such as gold heels, a pink clutch, or a silver belt.zb>QñøÛãýpz^?󢬁ž

2. Shoulder Pads

Bold shoulder pads were a common sight in the 80s. Powerful female characters on soap operas rocked shoulder pads in blazers and dresses, and the rest of us followed suit. The extra shape of the shoulder pad gives the illusion of broad shoulders, which in turn makes the rest of your body look smaller.

Shoulder pads are now popping up on runways and on many big name celebs (Rihanna, for one). If you’re up to try this 80s-inspired, power look, start with a long-sleeved jacket and keep the rest of the outfit simple.

3. Frilled Collars

Frilled garments have been on-again, off-again for decades. This girly look is ultra-feminine, but can also appear too-cutesy if not executed properly. To make this 80s look work in the 21st century, choose to have the frilled collar as the primary appeal of the ensemble, and keep the rest of the outfit tame. Opt for neutral, solid colors with minimal patterns or textures. Black and white combinations work nicely with this trend.Depositphotos_57868573_l-2015

4. Chunky Heels

Most women remember the chunky heel trend that was popular throughout the 80s and into the 90s. Compared to the skinny stilettos of modern times, the eye-catching clunky footwear is at the opposite side of the spectrum. However, chunky heels do have their place this fall season. Pair your favorite pair of chunky heels with some skinny jeans and a form-fitting top to make the ensemble appear seamless and sophisticated.

5. Sequins

Sequins were once a symbol of glamour and fabulousness. Today, too much sparkle can make it look like you’re trying too hard. Shine bright by choosing one article of clothing or an accessory to bedazzle. Sequin embellishments on a trench coat or blazer can add extra pizzazz to your outerwear. Twinkling sequins also work well for accessories, such as handbags, clutches, and belts.
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The Bodycon Dress: Do’s and Don’ts

Bodycon, short for body-conscious, is a popular style of dress characterized by its stretch, figure-hugging fabric and seductive style designed to show off a woman’s curves. The bodycon dress was first introduced to the fashion scene in the nineties, offering women of all ages a chance to flaunt their bodies instead of hide them under baggy clothes.

Over the years, the bodycon dress has gotten a bad rap, essentially going from classy to trashy. But the trashy side of bodycon is not a given. You can go bold and wear bodycon without feeling self-conscious. You just have to choose a more chic and sophisticated approach. These bodycon dress do’s and don’ts will show you how.
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Bodycon Dress Do’s

Show off your best features

Want to show off your long, slender legs? Choose a mid-thigh bodycon dress, and opt for a more modest top with a high neckline or long sleeves. If you prefer to show off your cleavage, choose a longer dress that reaches your knees.

Consider your body size and shape

While nearly any woman can rock a bodycon dress, it’s best to pick a style that best accentuates your size and shape to avoid appearing unbalanced. For example, if you’re pear shaped, try to find a dress that emphasizes your upper half.

Create a stunning silhouette with the right underclothes

By sliding on some body-control underwear, you can create a clean, streamlined look that will display your feminine curves and hide minor imperfections.

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Stay neutral when it comes to color

While the occasional pop of color is great, too many colors or patterns can make a bodycon dress appear too overwhelming. Opt for neutral colors, preferably darker ones, such as black, grey, or navy.

Bodycon Dress Don’ts

Avoid thin material

Thinner materials can be too revealing, especially for formal occasions. Opt for a bodycon dress made from a slightly thicker material, and choose elegant details for formal events, such as ribbed or paneled designs.woman in cocktail dress

Don’t go too heavy on the accessories

Allow the bodycon dress to be the main showstopper, and keep the rest of out the ensemble low key. Choose a few key pieces of jewelry or accessories to wear with the dress, such as some dangling earrings and a clutch. Depositphotos_50580671_l-2015

Don’t wear a pair of flats

Instead, sport a pair of stylish heels or pumps. Flats can make a woman appear shorter than she really is, especially when wearing a tight-fitting dress like a bodycon. Both heels and pumps help to elongate the body, which is the look you want to go for.

Don’t eat or drink fizzy beverages

Many foods and fizzy drinks can lead to bloating, which certainly doesn’t look good under a form-fitting bodycon dress. If you must eat, stick to a healthy, light meal or snack, and skip the fizzy pop.

Trendy Tailgate Tips: Your Best Tailgate Ever

Crisp, cooling weather and turning leaves means one thing to collegiate and NFL fans:

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Back to school means back to the field for a whole lot of families. And this year, we’re challenging you to step up your party plans. It’s safe to say we’ve upgraded our eats from the basic hot dogs or hamburgers, so what’s stopping you from doing the same around the rest of your camp?

When you’ve graduated from Victoria’s Secret-esque logo tees and beer pong BBQs, take a turn for the polished with grown tailgate essentials that elevate your Game Day to new heights. Weekend kickoffs call for a trunk–or truck bed–full of supplies. But, you’re no longer relegated to the old staples. Today, you can pack up trendy picks that help you celebrate the grand tradition in a more adult and sophisticated style. Whether you’re a fashionista making your entry into the world of pre-game parties or a seasoned vet, we’re putting all sorts of points on the scoreboard and making your tailgate truly Instagram-ready.Read on for stadium-ready tailgate tips that will class up your al fresco affair.

Your Tailgate Uniform
Thant Women’s Packable Ultra Light Weight Down Vest, $19.99-$29.99 Amazon

Rhinestone tees might be fine for the younger set, but we’re going for a more mature look. You don’t have to think dressier–it’s all about relaxed but refined pieces in your designated team colors. Our go to? The classic tee and jean, paired with an autumn-appropriate puffer vest for colder weekends. Matching the tailgate’s easygoing convenience, this little number is packable and saves space.

Tailgate Hydration

Reusable Party Cup, $8.00 Etsy

As part of the ongoing efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, encourage your ‘gate mates to skip the party cups and go with an unbreakable, plastic version that keeps with the team spirit. Customize a small collection via Etsy for a one-of-a-kind touch.

Tailgate Snack Set Up


Moka Picnic Time Metro Insulated Basket, $35.99 Amazon

Eats are essential to keeping the tailgate going all day long. Whether you’re grilling or whipping up more green and healthy fare, a stylish cooler or basket makes for the ultimate presentation from farmer’s market to table.

Game Conditions

Authentic 6’x5′ Mexican Siesta Blanket, $16.06 Amazon

The only bad part about being in the great outdoors for a fall and winter sport? The climate. Sure, you could bundle up in some cheap polyester logo fleece or you could keep with the cool factor of this festive shop and go for something a little more chic. We love the way a trendy Baja blanket looks in the mix and these oversized guys can typically fit more than one person underneath.

Sweaters for Petite Women: Dos and Don’ts

Sweaters are a favorite fall and winter staple in many women’s wardrobes. But if you’re petite, the onset of cooler weather reminds you that sweaters are just not that flattering. There’s good news here though. Being petite doesn’t mean you need to avoid bulkier items like sweaters altogether. Read on and I’ll show you how to find a sweater that suits your frame.

Shop the Petite Department

Don’t make the mistake of buying regular-sized sweaters. Those full size sweaters are going to be too wide or too long for you. Petite-sized sweaters typically have higher waists, shorter sleeves, and less material across the shoulder region. Don’t underestimate those differences — the end result is a better, more flattering fit.  blonde woman in jeans and sweater

Avoid Dolman Sleeves

Dolman sleeves, also referred to as ‘batwings’, should be avoided if you’re petite. The excess material found on the sleeves are likely to make you look wider and shorter, instead of having the desirable effect of elongating the body. While your sweaters certainly don’t have to be skin tight, they should be close-fitting, with minimal loose fabric.Depositphotos_34654971_l-2015

Stick with Cashmere-Type Fabrics

Thick knits tend to make you look shorter and wider than you are. I know that’s not the look you’re going for. To avoid a fashion disaster, opt for closer-fitting sweater materials, such as a soft and snug cashmere. The right cashmere can help you achieve that warm sweater look while still displaying a slim, feminine figure.Fashion women

Choose a Flattering Neckline

Sweaters are available in a variety of neckline styles that give each piece a sense of character. A universally flattering neckline to try is the V-neck, which helps to make shorter ladies appear taller. Women with pear-shaped figures can also benefit from boatneck styles, which give the illusion of broader shoulders, visually balancing the upper and lower body.A photo of beautiful girl is in fashion style ,vintag

Cinch the Waist with a Skinny Belt

The right belt can help define the waist and make a sweater appear more form-fitting and feminine. Note I said the right belt. Stay away from chunky belts, as they make they shorten the top half of your body. Stick with a skinny belt over your sweater. They are super-trendy right now and very appropriate for your petite figure. Opt for a solid color styling to make your figure appear leaner.Fashionable young and cheerful woman

You don’t have to compromise style to wear a comfy sweater. The right choices make the difference between frumpy and sleek. Wear sweaters proudly this fall and love the way you look in them.

Bella Thorne Fashion: Steal Her Style

We may be envious of teen sensation Bella Thorne’s killer body and glossy hair, but it’s the Disney star’s wardrobe that has been capturing our attention recently. Though still be a teen, she’s firmly earned her status as one to watch in the style stakes, thanks to her fashionable ensembles. From her foolproof red-carpet looks to her elegant off-duty outfits, check out our top tips to inject some of Bella’s style into your wardrobe.

Color Pop Prom Dress

 

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Ponte Fit and Flare Dress, $19.58, target

Sure, Bella may have a model figure, but her go-to prom dresses work equally well on different body types. A-line dresses with nipped-in waists balance out larger hips, or create the illusion of curves on those with boyish figures. A bold hue, such as hot pink injects some fun back into a simple shape. Take your cue from Bella and team with killer heels for evening occasions, or pair with sandals and a structured blazer to keep things casual.

Plunge Jumpsuit

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Warehouse Plunge Neck Jumpsuit, $40, ASOS.COM

Printed Midi Skirt

Most of reach for our trusty LBD for evening events and parties, but follow Bella’s lead with a tailored jumpsuit to shake up your style. While the plunging neckline may be daring, the clean lines give her jumpsuit and elegant feel. Pair with heels and a clutch, for a winning party wear formula.

 

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Jolie Midi Skirt, $30, Boohoo.com

A lover of feminine fashion, Bella’s printed midi skirt is the ultimate in ladylike dressing. While the young actress frequently teams her knee-length skirts with ab-flashing crop tops, this look works equally well with tanks, tees and blouses. Pretty prints are a great way to express some personality through your look.

Muted Pink Skinnies

Junior Women’s Standards & Practices Zip Cuff Coated Skinny Jeans (Coated Rose) $54 at Nordstrom

 

LoveGold Honors Michelle Dockery for a Day of Gold and Glamour at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on January 9, 2014

Skinnies may be a closet staple for many women, but step out of your comfort zone with a color other than blue or black. Soft pastels and barely-there neutrals are perfect for the spring and summer time paired with cream, white and grey blouses. throw on a pair of sandals for an easy breezy summer look, or pair with trusty ankle boots during the cooler months.

umpsuits for Women Over 50: How to Look Stylish

Sure, jumpsuits for women may conjure up images of dodgy 80s pop stars, but the all-in-one has come a long way since the era of the ra-ra skirt. The latest offerings are chic and comfortable, and they eliminate the stress of styling separates. Jump on the jumpsuit bandwagon and follow these tips to wear the wardrobe must-have with ease.

Get the Leg Width Right

When it comes to jumpsuits, one size doesn’t fit all. From tailored to floaty, wide-leg to tapered, there are a confusing array of styles to decipher. If you’re tall with long legs, wide-legged and palazzo style shapes should be your go-to. If you’re petite, avoid draping yourself in excess fabrics that will swamp your frame, and instead opt for tailored or cigarette trouser styles.

Try this jumpsuit from Modcloth for $119

Highlight Your Waist

The key to ensuring your jumpsuit is flattering, is to highlight your waist. Look out for a jumpsuit that cinches you in with a belt, wrap, tie or even elastic detailing. The nipped in middle will give shape and definition whilst drawing attention to one of the slimmest parts of your body. Baggy styles can make you appear larger than you are and do little for your figure.

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Color vs. Print

As a general rule of thumb, single color jumpsuits are always more slimming. If you want to break things up, prints are a good way to add some interest to your look. Oversized prints, on a all-in-one can look a little costume party, so stick to smaller ditsy or graphic prints to stay chic.

ASOS Floral Jumpsuit, $81, ASOS.COM

Add a Blazer

It can be tricky to find a jumpsuit with three-quarter or long sleeves in the sea of strappy styles. However, you don’t need to give up on the idea altogether just because you prefer more coverage. Team a tailored blazer with your jumpsuit for a stylish solution. Not only will it keep your arms covered, but it’s a sophisticated way to smarten up your look.

Pink Tie Blazer, $59, DOROTHYPERKINS.COM