Trending: Dark, Romantic Floral Prints

Inject your fall wardrobe with a touch of flowery edge

Moody, romantic flower prints are fashionably modern and seasonably perfect. The trend is unexpectedly dark and wintry and feminine with an edge.
 
This season’s dresses and skirts bloom in bold prints of tossed stems and scattered bouquets, for day. For evening, long airy dresses shine in oversized flowery prints, adorned with sequins, beading and appliques. Embroidered blooms give a tough and tender edge to outerwear on leather moto jackets, satiny bomber styles, and cold weather coats.  The bold floral arrangements have even made their way onto accessories, embellishing shoes, boots, bags and belts.
 
With a garden of wonderful flowery options available to update your cold weather wardrobe, here are tips on how to make the trend work for you.
 
Pick a Flower Print
Big, bold blooms on black, navy and aubergine backgrounds are not your usual ladylike flower prints. For those who find the new prints a bit overwhelming on dresses or long skirts, shop for one accent item instead, as a trendy update to the basics you already own –especially in black. A brand new short satiny floral skirt worn with your own black tights, black booties, and a crunchy cropped sweater is just one easy way to go for the trend and make it your own.
 
Style Them With An Edge
What’s most important, when pulling together a flowery look is to style it with an edge. In other words pair floral dresses, skirts and pants with a leather jacket, bag or boots.  Pieces with studs or zippers and metal hammered jewelry, will also add the balance fall florals need to look romantic in that very modern way.
 
If you are one of the brave fashionistas for whom layering is your favorite fashion challenge, you probably already know that a mix of multiple floral prints and blooms worn with plaid or herringbone are more unexpected options. 
 
Floral Accessories Aren’t Dainty
The edgy flower patterns on boots, party pumps, sneakers, bags and more, might be your best garden variety investment for fall and winter. They’ll make everything “old” look fresh again.

Hot Summer 2016 Sandals

Best looks that slide right into fall

Summer’s winding down, yet you’re probably still not ready to ditch the sandals. No wonder, there are so many super stylish sandals this season that summer must never end. Lucky for you, many of the season’s best sandals can be worn straight into fall. Here are our favorite season-bending styles:
 
The Block Heel
Block heel sandals are the little black dress of footwear. They’re perfect for any occasion, day or night, and give a modern kick to any outfit. Choose low-block heels such as these Sandro Avril Sandals for maximum comfort, or elevate to a funkier level with these patent leather Steve Madden Kierra sandals. When the weather gets chillier, don’t pack away your block heels, instead, add a pair of black tights to your outfit.
 
Strappy & Nude
Nude (for many skin types), strappy sandals are wardrobe basics that defy seasons. Celebrities love them because they’re photo-friendly and because they blend into the foot, magically elongating any look. Strappy sandals also go with any outfit, especially those hard-to-match ones. These sandals are the perfect choice for a flaming hot red dress or a super busy print. If you want to turn it up even more with a stiletto heel, try the Rachel Zoe T-Strap Sandal. But even down-to-earth versions such as the Klub Nico Antonia are super sexy! And the laser cut straps add a little something something.
 
The Gladiator
The appropriately named Gladiator is the shoe trend that refuses to die. This season the hottest gladiators are decorated to the hilt. Embrace the fun and whimsy of these Chinese Laundry Posh Embellished Lace Up sandals and show the world you’re a lot of fun.   
 
The Decorated Wedge
The wedge is the petite woman’s best friend because it offers just as much height as a stiletto, but it doesn’t scream “My heels look like weapons!”  It’s boho, chic and modern, and you can walk around the block (or at least to your car) with nary a wobble. Look for the latest decorated styles – much more fun than a solid!-- in floral, dots or denim. We like the Newbark Maggie Wedge in a black Chinese floral print. 

Denim Watch 2016

How to wear the latest trends…

A tried and true wardrobe staple, denim has everything we love – style, comfort and versatility. Now, more than ever, this long familiar fabric goes far beyond every day jeans – with denim options available in everything from swimwear to shoes. So, whether you’re ready to rock a denim dress or trying to figure out what to wear with your favorite skinnies, here’s a round-up on the latest looks!

Boyfriend jeans

Loose-fitting, maybe a little torn, definitely worn in and cut somewhere at or above the ankle (or cuffed to be there) these are definitely this year’s standby. Equally at home with a t-shirt and sneakers as they are with a blouse or button down and heels, boyfriend jeans are universally flattering (especially since they come in different rises) and just of the moment enough that you’ll be on trend without being too cutesy.

Shirt dresses

From the classic denim button down (pressed and perfect or loose and lived in) to this year’s borderline craze level crop tops, denim shirts have been all the rage for a few seasons. This year, however, they’ve been joined by the denim shirt dress, a surprisingly chic option that’s also available in a range of styles from tailored to boxy. That means there’s no reason you can’t wear denim on all kinds of occasions you’d never have previously considered. Throw on a wide-brimmed hat and woven sandals to head off to the weekend farmer’s market. Transition to the office with a sleek belt and dressy flats. The options are endless.

One piece items

You’ve probably noticed overalls are back – though thankfully not exactly in 90’s form (a.k.a. engulfing anyone who dared to don them). Instead, 2016’s one-pieces are more form-fitting and include shorts, pants, dresses and combos that actually look like two pieces. The result is a more grown up take on the trend that can be fun for all ages.

Cut offs

And finally, what summer denim piece would be complete without cut offs? Not this one. And with good reason. This year’s trend is special because length, rise and style vary with equal results. From trim and high-waisted to distressed and mid-rise, the key is your body type. Hint: it may even be time for that denim miniskirt! The bottom line with this fabric in all incarnations is to work what works for you! 

The Art of Creating Your Personal Style

How to make a powerful fashion statement

Developing a wardrobe that shows off your personal style is a powerful asset to have under your belt for a number of reasons: It will help you look your best consistently, it will boost your self-confidence, you will feel comfortable in your day to day life, and will make an impression to the world that genuinely helps others see who you really are. Developing a wardrobe is also fun, chic and works to your benefit in both business and relationships.

Cultivating your own fashion statement is a mix of knowing what flatters your body and takes into consideration the practical needs your clothes must fulfill throughout your day. The idea is to pull together outfits only using pieces you really like and feel good in that express your tastes in fashion. There’s no need to have a professional stylist, a hefty fashion budget, or be a slave to style to curate a look of your own. Here are the basics:

We are generally at our best when we are comfortable in our clothes.

Don’t wear what doesn’t fit, or causes you to walk or sit self-consciously. Ask yourself, what do I wear over and over that makes me feel good and gets compliments? Start there. If you try on pieces that are too tight, too loose or fit only here or there, don’t put down your credit card, even if the salesperson is applauding your reflection in the three way mirror. If some minor nip and tuck tailoring has an excellent possibility of making the piece a perfect fit, then go for it.

What’s the story you want your clothes to tell about you?

I’m a mom. I’m an artist. I’m an attorney with an edgy side. To make a more personal impression, don’t wear one designer or one trend head to toe. Train your eye to put together outfits that suit you and are current by doing a little fashion research each season before you shop. Start by working with the basics you already have in your closet and then change the mood to fit yours - romantic, sultry, modern—just with accessories. Peruse your favorite fashion blogs, magazines, catalogs, and do some window shopping without your wallet in tow, just to get a sense of what’s in stores and to find looks you that you love and that will work for your body, job and lifestyle.
 
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