Summer 2016 Essentials Style Guide!

With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to start re-organising your wardrobe and picking up some new summer party dresses from Axparis.com. Of course it is tempting to get rid of clothes you no longer wear, but before you go too mad, read our guide to 2016’s summer fashion essentials. You may find that some of your old favourites are back in style after an extended hiatus.

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Suede Skirts

Suede skirts were very popular in the 60s, so if you still have one lurking at the back of your wardrobe, you are in luck. This time around, suede skirts are a bit more demure, so less of the micro mini and more of an A-line style. Wear your suede skirt with knee length boots and a vintage blouse, or accessorise with a pretty scarf for a real 60s vibe.

Gothic Blouses

Gothic Victorian fashion was big last winter and is still very much in style for summer 2016. Long sleeved gothic lase blouses are perfect for cool summer days (of which there are many in the UK). Wear your pretty gothic blouse with a trendy denim skirt, or team it with boot-leg jeans and some leather boots. And if the weather is truly vile, layer it with a chunky knit and keep the chill at bay.

Bomber Jackets

Bomber jackets were 2015s top trend. Rita Ora was regular papped wearing a black bomber jacket, so this is one summer trend you can’t afford to ignore. Look for bomber jackets with oriental prints, as these are hot right now. Team your sexy jacket with some denim daisy dukes or white jeans. Just be sure to grab a pair of mirrored aviator sunglasses to complete the celeb look.

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Boho Dresses

Boho has been around for a while now and it shows no sign of disappearing. Boho dresses are a regular feature at music festivals, with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift fond of the look. Every woman should have a cute boho dress in her wardrobe, for hot summer days or cool summer nights. Wear with boots if the weather is poor, or dress up with a pair of sandals on warm days.

Pretty in Pink

Pink is the colour of the season. According to Pantone, Rose Quartz, a pretty dusky pink is the colour we all need to be wearing. Consequently, pink is everywhere. Pink knitwear is a good choice for early spring days, or cool evenings in late summer, when autumn is just around the corner. Pink t-shirts can be worn with faded denim jeans, or be pretty in pink in a cute retro bikini.

Retro Swimwear

Speaking of swimwear, retro pin-up bikinis are hot this summer. This style flatters most figures, but high-waist bikini bottoms are especially good for fuller-figured women.

Pick a few key items for your summer wardrobe and you have this year covered. You don’t need to go too crazy – buy your fashion essentials online and save a fortune.

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The 147th Kentucky Derby Fashion: It is Not Just About the Horses

Saturday, May 7th 2016 was the 147th run of the Kentucky Derby.  It is an annual horse race that takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville Kentucky and has been named by some as, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”  Since 1875, thoroughbred horses have competed for a substantial money purse, but the Kentucky Derby is just as much about the fashion, as it is the race.  Brightly colored outfits and fanciful hats abound at Churchill Downs, as well as “Derby Parties” around the globe.

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This year at the Kentucky Derby, citrus-y bright fabrics were all the rage.  For example, this man is sporting some orange sherbet trousers, a petal pink tie, and a simulated rosebud pocket square.  He manages to tone it down with the monochromatic white button-down and sports coat.  His date is the perfect accompaniment to his bright attire, with her grey and navy geometric skinny skirt, plain white cropped tank, and of course her wide-brimmed hat that has a flowing navy fabric bow.

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One adorable daddy/daughter duo at the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby was Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielyn and her father Larry Birkhead.  Dannielyn’s mint green dress and Larry’s matching sports coat was the essence of the popular derby drink “Mint Julep”.  The embellishment of pink flowers draping down on Dannielyn’s dress and in her up-doo was reminiscent of the blanket of flowers that is draped across the winning horse.  Daddy Larry picked up the pink in his button-down, bow-tie, and pocket square.

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Last, but not least, Hank Bassett and Kendra Wilkins show how black and blue can be a winning combination.  Hank looks all “summery” in his column of white, which is accented by his slate blue sports coat and navy bow tie.  Kendra looks super chic in her tailored white blouse and high-waisted black pants, which was accessorized with a stylish wide-brimmed hat, black leather clutch, and saturated red platform sandals.

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Time to Purge Your Wardrobe for Spring

Keep your boxes at the ready as it is the while to get up and be prepared for a major wardrobe cleanup. We have discussed the tips with Lyst and now, it is the perfect time to share them with you. It is better for you to bring out your inner-minimalist approach and thoroughly purge your closet for the summer ahead. We believe in the summer season, you won’t have the courage to scuttle off towards your wardrobe for once, so it’s best to do things when you have the mood and energy as well.

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This benign guide only wishes to motivate you to spring up and clean your closet. This is not only for an aesthetic approach but a clean ambience inside and out helps to cleanse the mind and purify the soul. This assists you to refocus on your life and discard the fragments which you aren’t a great fan of. We’ll take you through the basics and in the end; you will thank us for the inspiration. So, fashion buddies, here’s the list of points you need to act upon!

Pull Out All the Clothes from Your Wardrobe

You might be wondering why we are ordering you to clutter an already messy room. Well dearie, so you can assess the contents of your closet through a trained and practiced eye. Scan each item individually and start to keep aside those pieces which are beloved to you and you even so enjoy slipping them on. Keep aside the ones that are off-season, ones that you are in doubt about and ones that are just too worn out to be sported again. Once a category is formed in front of you, you will easily be able to gauge what needs to be kept and what not.

Don’t Make Lame Excuses

Now, there are clothes which you fall in love with again and again but never wear them anywhere. Rather than keeping such decade’s old clothes in your stowage, give them away to charities where they will be of double value. Stop encouraging yourself to wear the pieces you’ve never worn because it simply implies that you never wish to do so. It is a prodigious thing if you cast them aside to some charitable institution.

Only think of the space these pieces take and you will save yourself from the tons of clothes you’ll have to hang and fold each time you clean your closet. Also, there are some pieces that are of sentimental value and you should store them somewhere else because you know that they are just keepsakes.

Have Your Clothes Repaired

There might be some pieces in your wardrobe that are still wearable but the lost button or a few loose threads hinder you to pull it on. You should sort out these gears and once you have amassed all of them, it is time to call a mender and have them dealt with because a few adjustments can make a big impact on a solo piece of clothing.

Sell the Pieces You Wish To Throw Out

Just because you are no longer in love with some of your clothing, doesn’t indicate someone else wouldn’t be either. Yes, certain second-hand devotees will be pleased as punch to acquire your pieces even if they have misplaced their wow factor. At this period, these shops can be of importance to you and you must make use of them. If a website services you to sell your old clothing, there is no harm in that. Instead of chucking the clothes out, try to make some dosh, which will be advantageous later on.

Re-Process Your Closet into Something Refined

There should be stability in your closet because if you are a working woman, having decent clothes to wear daily is very crucial. Keep fit and solid clothes in your closet and after so much eradication, you will realize what you must buy as soon as possible. You should categorize your clothes according to your work life, party life and your simple home life. Let this statement get to your mind and you will comprehend what we are talking about.

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How to Wear Sheepskin with Style!

Sheepskin has been around for as long as man has been able to catch a sheep. For the record, catching sheep has never been easy as they can move surprisingly fast for creatures with relatively short legs. Anyway, we digress so back to the benefits of sheep and their skin:

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Yes, sheep are very useful in many ways. Sheep meat is tasty, nutritious, and a staple on many menus. Sheep’s wool is used to make wool, which in turn is woven into fabric and used to make sweaters. Lastly, sheepskin is used to create garments and soft furnishings for the home.

The Benefits of Sheepskin

Genuine sheepskin is warm, waterproof, and easy to work with, which is why it is a perennially popular fabric for coats, jackets, gloves, and boots. The history of sheepskin as a garment is long. Shepherds once used sheepskin to keep warm at night and the use of sheepskin for boots has been traced back to 500BC.

For much of history, sheepskin has been viewed as a utilitarian material, used for its insulating qualities. Working men used sheepskin to protect their bodies and extremities from the cold and a pair of sheepskin lined boots was essential for anyone toiling away in sub-zero temperatures.

Sheepskin in Fashion

Today, things are a bit different and although sheepskin is still an important material for working people, it is increasingly becoming a fashion accessory for the rich and famous. It became popular in the 60s, with a sheepskin coat essential wear for the Beatnik Generation. Fast-forward to the 80s, Vivienne Westwood used sheepskin in her collections and sheepskin rocketed into the mainstream.

Today, sheepskin is still as popular as it ever was, but if you want to be a trendsetter and wear sheepskin in style, there is a right way and a wrong way to wear this amazing fabric.

Sheepskin coats are an enduring trend and 2015 saw a revival of long, floor length coats that were so popular in the 1970s. On the Chloe catwalk, models wore long sheepskin coats over floaty dresses, accessories with thin belts. Burberry took a slightly different approach – their designers gave traditional brown sheepskin a new look with navy blue and grey dye.

Classic Sheepskin

Today there are lots of ways to wear sheepskin. A classic sheepskin coat is the perfect accompaniment to skinny jeans and a cute woollen sweater, especially on a cold winter’s day. These make a great date outfit, or why not throw on a sheepskin coat if you are heading out for a walk in the park with the kids?

Belted sheepskin coats can be dressed up with a belt and stylish knee-length boots. There are also some seriously trendy biker-style sheepskin jackets for those of you who want to rock the biker chick look.

How Not to Wear Sheepskin

Sheepskin is eminently wearable, but for the record, sheepskin Ugg boots are no longer a good look. D-List celebrities have killed off Ugg boots completely. Wear them at your peril.

You can’t go wrong with sheepskin. It looks great on and it also looks great in the home, so check out sheepskin rugs by Sheep Skin Town if your home needs a makeover.

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Our Favorite Spring / Summer 2016 Fashion Trends

Now that the long winter season is coming to an end, it’s time to look forward to spring, to the return of the sun and the longer days, and to the incredible new fashion trends that you can embrace as you revamp your entire wardrobe and your look.

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Photo by Mike Monaghan

What are the best spring and summer fashion trends for 2016? Keep reading to learn more.

The Slip Dress

The slip dress is one fashion trend that definitely made headlines this year, as it’s back and it’s looking sexier than ever. Look for these dresses in chiffon, satin, layered with knits, and more. Basically, you can consider this underwear that works as outerwear, so it is a way to be sexy and edgy all at the same time.

Plenty of Bright, Bold Colors

Look for clothes this spring and summer in colors that you may never have encountered before, and don’t worry if the colors clash or if they go together. This year, it is all about getting as many colors as possible onto one outfit, so there is no need to stick with a monochrome outfit if you don’t want to. In fact, even sparkly colors are in fashion for the upcoming warmer seasons of the year, so go ahead and be adventurous while shining like the sun.

Stripes Galore

A lot of the incredibly talented designers who showcased their designs on the spring and summer runways this year were proud to show off their many pieces that featured bold stripes. Whether thin or thick, colorful or black and white, stripes are definitely a trend that you can embrace this year as well. And if you are petite, vertical lines will even help to make you appear taller, so definitely consider adding this trend to your closet.

Ruffles, and Lots of Them

Ruffles are also a big trend this year, with gorgeous dresses having ruffles as their key detail. When shopping for these types of dresses, though, look for quality, not just the price of the outfit. This trend is all about structured tiers set in design that is minimal, as well as ruffles that take over an entire outfit, so you can go for a little or a lot.

Snag Great Styles Online

If you are unable to find these great styles in stores, or if you have difficulty shopping at local retailers because they don’t carry the clothing and accessories that you like or that fit your body perfectly, you can always shop online. There are plenty of reputable online shops to choose from, so go ahead and find your favorite online dress boutique and shop for your favorite new fashion trends from the comfort of your home.

As you can see, there are plenty of great new spring and summer fashion trends to look forward to this year. No matter what your sense of style is, you should certainly try incorporating one or more of these great ideas into your wardrobe to liven things up a bit and try something new.

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Cape Coats Are More Than A Novelty

Love ’em or hate ’em, cape coats are here to stay. While they may not be the most practical addition to your wardrobe for a snowstorm, they are a great way to inject a little style into your layered cold weather ensemble.

Wayf's Collarless Woven Cape Camel is a great autumn color and will bring your style “on fleek” in a gorgeous cape. One of our favorites is Wayf’s Collarless Woven Cape. While some capes look dated and old (or worse, like you’re a super hero) Wayf’s, with it’s front button tab closure and a sleek silhouette, is modern and sophisticated.

Kinglsey Pinstripe Wool Cape Coat

Alice + Olivia really hit the mark with their Kinglsey Pinstripe Wool Cape Coat. With it’s “chic mock-neck,” pinstripe design and leather trim, you’re sure to look like your favorite fashion blogger or Hollywood It girl.

Take the trend to another level with this cape and jacket hybrid. Akris’ Aldona is an alpaca and wool cape jacket perfect for those chillier days. In a soft romantic Quartzite hue, the Aldona is the perfect addition to any outfit. Who says you can’t rock a cape and have the warmth of sleeves too?

Mural's Cape Blazer

For an office ready cape, try Mural’s Cape Blazer. Featuring the structure of a traditional blazer with spliced sleeves for a cape-like feel. We love the idea of incorporating this fun piece into your work or weekend look. Try adding some rolled up boyfriend jeans and a casual tee for the perfect airport/ grocery shopping/ running around town look, just in case the paparazzi are following you. Or pair with a contrasting color trouser (heather gray would look amazing!) to really shake up those Monday blues.

Since the cape is such a statement piece, keeping the rest of your outfit simple is the way to go. You may not be superwoman, but that’s no reason not to wear a cape all fall long!

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