With Fashion Week kicking off in New York City, it is time to consider what the most popular fashion trends for women in 2014 will be. This is an exciting time of year for many women. Whether the trends are experimental, retro, or bold, the possibilities are positively thrilling.
What’s hot and what’s not in 2014
Every year, the fashion season brings forth a new decade from which it draws inspiration. In 2014, that decade happens to be the 1960s. In fact, the 60s are back in a big way with miniskirts, knee-high boots, and clunky jewelry reminiscent of Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy. However, retro chic isn’t the only theme this season.
Just in time for the fall, knits are paving the way for fashionistas that want to look good and stay warm. Designers such as Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs are going the distance with the sweater – it’s not just for your top half anymore. Look for sweater pants, skirts, and dresses in simple colors as well as intricate Fair Isle prints. Remember that this season, nothing is too big or too detailed. The extreme turtleneck is going to be what’s hot – say goodbye to tight-fitting turtlenecks this year.
Thought your little black dress would never go out of style? It probably won’t, but wearing dresses by themselves is a fading trend. Think dresses over pants for a more rugged look with just the right touch of femininity. If you want to look hot this season, go for your favorite pants and dress!
Saving money on the top trends
If you splurged every season on the latest styles and trends, you might quickly run out of money – especially if you think you’ve got to order straight off the runway. Don’t break the bank, especially on duds that might not be so hot next season. Instead of heading to the big retailers and department stores, why not consider discount chains?
Another great way to save big bucks on fashion is to check online. Sign up for newsletters and notifications from your favorite retailers, designers, and brands and you’ll find out about their secret sales, get coupons, and save on your next purchase. You can also look for online discount codes before checking out – you might be surprised at what you find and how much you can save.
Shopping out of season is also a good way to get great fashion accessories and clothing at a discount. Shop for spring and summer in the fall months, then look for your summer garb during the winter. Pay attention to Fashion Week previews and trends to get the most of your bargains on styles that will likely last more than one season.
Clothing, shoes and accessories aren’t the only trends to keep an eye out for this year. If you want to look good in your dazzling duds, you will need to watch your weight and stay as healthy as possible. Every year it seems that there are several fad diets that come out – so be careful! Often, these fads are just that – fads – and won’t do much for your weight loss efforts or stylish figure.
Stick to the tried-and-true diet tips such as eating a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise and sleep – and drinking lots of water. You can also add herbal teas – Jasmine Tea in particular – to your daily routine. Herbal teas are rich in antioxidants, those nifty little compounds that fight the free radicals in your body to prevent certain types of cancer, heart disease, weight gain, and aging.
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This past Monday was the 66th annual Emmy Awards ceremony that was held in the infamous Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Celebrities, who had been celebrating for the previous week at sponsored parties, arrived at the Nokia Theatre to honor their fellow actors and actresses for their works of excellence in the television industry. Just as in every celebrity event, the star gazers are interested to see what the celebrities were wearing, whether it be good or bad.
When looking at the color scheme this year at the Emmy’s, not only was red prominent, but white seemed to dominate the red carpet. One of the women in the stunning category was Sofia Vergara, from the popular show Modern Family. She arrived to the Nokia Theatre is a beautiful, curve-loving white gown by Roberto Cavalli. This strapless creation has a structured top that is accented with vertical shimmering lines and pleats that bring your attention to Sofia’s tiny waist, then follow over her hips to the floor with the seaming. It is the grown- up version of The Little Mermaid for sure.
Next, is actor and TV personality Mario Lopez. Even though some may hate him for it, it is almost impossible to make him look bad. Here he arrived to the Emmy’s in a basic black tuxedo with a crisp white dress shirt and white pocket square accent. Mario departs from the traditional look with his skinny tie, in place of a bow tie. He definitely would win in the handsome category.
The red carpet also welcomed a pair who usually fit in to the fashionable couple category: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model/wife Camilla Alves. Camilla joins the ladies in white with this beautiful, lacey cut-out gown by Zuhar Murad’s 2015 Ready to Wear Collection. Matthew, who is a devoted fan of Dolce & Gabbana, is wearing one of their tuxedos in cobalt blue with black accents. Normally, I am a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey’s fashion choices, but not this one. I can’t quite decide what is throwing me off, maybe not the right coloring for him, but his tuxedo looks too prom-ish for my taste.
Halloween is weeks away but you’re probably spooked when it comes to the number of sooner-to-be-expected costume parties and your current level of preparation. Don’t fret. These last-minute adult Halloween costumes and ideas have got you covered.
In one of his younger appearances and leads in a Hollywood production, Tom Cruise played a curious yet obedient teen home alone. Peer pressure and train rides follow an iconic scene, where Tom, dressed in a button-down shirt, socks, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a winning smile, slides across the wooden floor.
Get a dark pair of shades, a light-colored (collared) shirt, and knee-high white socks. Wear a short and tight-fitting bathing suit or pair of shorts underneath. In the film, Tom’swears tighty-whities, so those willing to take the risk can do the same.
Morton Salt Girl
There’s little competition when it comes to large containers of salt available at the grocer. A majority of cupboards host Morton Salt, and whether knowing it or not, most of us have seen that girl holding a big purple-colored umbrella on the logo.
Find a yellow sundress, a yellow pair of shoes, a yellow sweater (optional), and a large-sized purple umbrella. The last-minute costume idea is perfect for a woman but clever enough for a spicy male or man counterpart, such as theCaptain Morgan’s character. If finding clothes items to clinch the costume is not as easy as finding salt in the cupboard, head to Spirithalloween.com for a wide selection.
Fonz is a well-known TV character and symbol of the ‘nifty fifties.’ Little is needed to conjure the popular character other than a calm, cool, and collected attitude along with a few staple items. This costume is fit for a lady, but there’s no way to pull off the Fonz without short, greased-back hair or a really convincing wig.
You’ll need a white t-shirt, black leather (or leather-looking) jacket, a pair of blue jeans, dark boots, and some hair grease or mousse to elicit the ‘wet effect,’ waxed to perfection by men of the fifties and sixties. Remember to give out an “Ehhhh” every now and again, and if there’s a malfunctioning jukebox nearby, don’t punch it.
Beavis and Butthead
Beavis, and his appropriately-named counterpart, Butthead, were popular in the early 90’s, yet movies, guest appearances, and endeavors to reintroduce them to newer generations perpetuates this tenacious force forward, and like Bart Simpson, cartoons impervious to aging.
Beavis and Butthead haven’t changed much, clothes included. Therefore, you’ll need to hunt down Beavis’ Metallica t-shirt and the black, AC/DC concert-style shirt Butthead dons. Butthead wears red shorts, and his partner, a darker blue than his same-colored Metallica shirt. Making faces like the duo is definitely optional, but you have to get the hair color and teeth discoloration just right.
Napoleon and Pedro
Napoleon and Pedro were two guys who would stop at nothing to attain world domination and chaos; no, that’ not true, but it is easy to dress like the popular characters of the film, Napoleon Dynamite. Before your costumes inspire anyone to vote for you and Pedro for best costume, you need the following.
Red flaming hair for Napoleon, along with a ‘Vote for Pedro’ t-shirt, baggy and awkward-fitting pants, with dark-colored snow boots to top it off. Pedro wears a dark-colored wig, with a Western-style button-down shirt and Bolo tie.
Anatolii Oslovskii is a big-time Halloween fan. An avid writer, he likes to share his passion for the holiday with others. Look for his entertaining posts on a variety of websites.
Necessary and shoes are not usually two words that come together in a woman’s vocabulary. Although we may think that having a closet just for shoes is totally worth it, you may not actually need as many pairs of shoes as you thought. There are seven essentials when it comes to a fashionable woman on the go; pumps, wedges, flats, sneakers, sandals, boots, and boat shoes.
If you choose the right pair of each, there is no stopping how many combinations you can create to make every outfit work in any weather condition while still staying current in the ever changing fashion world. Buying shoes can be expensive, not to mention they take up a lot of space, so follow these tips to a thriftier you and more spacious closet.
Black Pumps with a Red Sole
There are two types of material that are recommended for black pumps, either leather or suede. Both are easy to clean; the dark color will hide most scuffs and won’t clash with any other material you are wearing.
If you are in for the long run, buying the well-known red sole heels, aka Louboutin’s, are going to be not only luxurious but durable. If your budget is a little slimmer, splurge out on an excellent pair from Steve Madden’s collection that will still last at a discount.
Nude Wedges to Match Everything
Some days full on pumps just aren’t an option, so dress it down a little and give your feet a break with a pair of nude wedges. Great for going out to the club, summer wedding, or even a first date matched up with a pair of denim jeans.
Wedges make seem durable but with their wide angled platform and usually flimsy strap material they are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. This means finding a good leather face or thickly woven rope strap style of wedge is necessary for support and longevity. Try to stay away from cork and string backed platforms as they are most likely to break after a few nights out.
Simple Flats for an Interview
Since we have already advised on getting a good pair of black and nude shoes, a pop of color in your flats can be very stylish. Just remember to match your wardrobe appropriately and stay away from overly flashy prints or embellishments as these should be your go to shoe for business casual.
Again suede and leather are a preferred material especially as cheaper brands make a lot of plastic styles and can rub your feet the wrong way.
Sneakers to Hit the Gym
Not just for the gym, sneakers can be good for any high movement activity, volunteering, gardening, ect. Even if they do get dirty you can conveniently but carefully throw them right in the washer! During these time periods your body is at its most vulnerable, one little slip and your ankle could be in serious trouble.
That means choosing the right kind of sneaker for your activity should be a top priority. Nike is always good for runners but doesn’t rule out the other brands. Adidas, Puma, Lacoste and Reebok form a great variety of products to suit your needs and unique style.
Comfy Sandals with a Touch of Bling
Your feet give off much heat and during the summer keeping them cooped up in closed toe shoes may not be ideal. Sandals are very casual but if you keep it classy and choose a pair with just a touch of bling/metallic they can work for a walk in the park or a nice dinner party.
We recommend earthy tones but light pastels are a summer favorite and match most of the colors you’ll be wearing in the summer and spring.
Fur lined Boots for Chilly Winters
We’ve covered all the bases for warm weather but what about for the colder weather at night or when winter rolls in you may ask? Obviously a boot is necessary, but specifically a fur lined one. The fur will give you the look of big spending without sacrificing your warmth or comfort.
Uggs are very popular and for a reason! If you buy them on sale during the summer, they can be extremely affordable for the quality even though other brands such as Bearpaw will surely do the trick.
Boat Shoes for Long Walks
If you are not a fan of the classic boat shoes such as Sperry’s, there are a multitude of closed toe options that you can choose from. Sneakers are great for high volume activity but for long periods of walking your feet need support without the workout spandex to match.
Keds and Toms are another alternative and come in over a hundred different materials and prints for every look.
Just remember, shoes take a lot of abuse from our feet, but the repairs are worth it when you invest in a good solid set of seven pairs. So go big or go home on these few and know that your budget and your closet will eventually thank you!
Wearing one color head to toe is a very flattering concept. You look taller and leaner, streamlining your appearance. So how can you take one color dressing from blasé to chic? Follow our do’s and don’ts and you can’t go wrong!
Do introduce another color with fun and interesting accessories to add a touch of pizzaz. Try a fun statement bag or an interesting pair of shoes. This is a great time to focus on the details, as the single color will act as a great canvas to really make them stand out!
Don’t introduce a whole rainbow of colors in your accessories. Not only does that take away from the monochromatic concept, it also takes away from you!
Do play with different shades. No reason to go too matchy-matchy, play up light and dark shades in the same family. Try jewel tones and pastels or rich and soft neutrals.
Don’t get colors that are close together but not exact. While you can wear head to toe in the exact same shade and look like you stepped out of a magazine, you can’t really achieve that effect with colors that look similar but aren’t the same. It just gives the impression that you tried too hard to make it work, but probably didn’t. Think of a suit you bought separately- while the pants may be navy and the jacket might also be navy, each designer plays with a slightly different shade so pairing two different pieces together isn’t a great idea.
Do concentrate on fit. The slimming concept is lost if your garments are ill-fitting. We’re not suggesting it needs to be tight, just that fit you perfectly.
Don’t worry so much about what everyone else is wearing, wear what looks good on you!
Gone are the days of the hat being a male-only athletic accessory. Women’s fashion is ever-evolving, and hats are the next best thing. Curious about the latest craze in women’s hats but not sure what you can or can’t do? I’ll tell you something – there is no such thing as not being able to pull something off. If you want to wear it, rock it!
From baseball caps and hats to jaunty berets, here are our favorite women’s hats, and how you can rock them.
Baseball Caps and Hats
You don’t play baseball? That’s cool, you’re not a tomboy? That’s cool too. Baseball caps and hats aren’t just for the guys anymore! Girls are totally rocking them too now, and with hair-up or hair-down; the right baseball style cap can really pull together an outfit. While many on the market tend to be a little gimmicky, bold block colours or monochromatic blacks and whites in leather are a great accompaniment to any baseball cap or hat look. Check out some of the themed baseball caps and hats available at Spencer’s website.
Felt Wide Brim
Hats aren’t solely seasonal either, and hats for women can typically be worn year-round – score! My favourite style for summer or winter is the felt brimmed hat: soft, feminine and beautiful, while still keeping the sun out of your eyes, this hat suits both a bikini and flip-flops, or a big woollen winter coat. Style blog Who What Wear have a great guide to styling wide brim hats.
Oversize Floppy Hat
Oozing sophistication, this oversized hat is perfect for the warmer months and gives off the vibes of lounging around by a pool and sipping mimosas. Great for beachwear, the oversized floppy hat totally rocks over the summer – keeping your face completely shaded. Style blog Always Dolled Up has lots of tips on styling a floppy hat.
Despite what you’ve heard, the Bowler hat is simply reserved for old men and Charlie Chaplin. The bowler is an example of women’s fashion – particularly accessories – becoming increasingly androgynous. Girls can totally rock the bowler, sat back high on the head, with your hair down for an effortlessly chic look that says, “What? I just threw this hat on …” Check out the Definitive Guide to Wearing Bowler Hats – yes, there IS a Definitive guide!
The Trilby, (often known also as a Fedora) has been getting a bit of a bad rap lately among our male counterparts. That won’t stop us ladies, however! The trilby is super-cool, and is both fashionable and functional – becoming somewhat a summer staple. A great way to style a trilby is with classic vintage pieces with a feminine flair – think pastels and florals. Add a bit of punch with some killer heels or edgy boots. Check out celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Liv Tyler rocking their trilbys.
Hats do more than just keep your head warm – they look awesome and stylish, too. Which hat are you going to rock this season: sporty baseball caps and hats, or the funky trilby or bowler?