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5 Dresses You Need for Your End of the Summer Party

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A soft melon in an on-trend ombre will look both lovely and stylish at your summer soirée. Young, Fabulous & Broke Fortune Maxi Dress also has a great v-strap detail on the back to really turn heads! Now that’s how you make a statement in pastels!

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Wow them in stripes with a great find like Lemieux’s Striped Dress. With a halter neckline and back keyhole cut-out, this maxi dress is the perfect antidote to your end of summer blues. Featuring a cinched waist and mini slit, this dress is bound to flatter almost every body type.

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You can’t go wrong in a LWD (a little WHITE dress that is). French Connection Sunflower Dress has a great flared skirt and summery eyelet design perfect for the last few days of warm weather.

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Try out a great print to stand out from the crowd. Forever 21’s Abstract Watercolor Maxi Dress features bold patterns in soft colors perfect for day or night. Plus at less than $25, it’s practically a steal!

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Going to a beach party? You’ll want something light and breezy. Karen Kane Smocked Maxi Dress feels sophisticated in all black but the touch of black and white tie-dye at the hem adds a relaxed fun feel, great for warm summer nights!

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Fashion Advice: Dressing for the Big Day

5 Summer Wedding Trends for 2012

While classic weddings will never go out of style—which is why they’re called classic—this summer’s bride is making choices that break away from traditional trends. This summer, the bride and groom are masters of their domain! Here are 5 trends for 2012.

1. Non-Traditional Colors Today’s bride can choose pastel colors such as blush, blue, green and pink, to dramatic colors such as red or black and white. This summer’s color options are a full range of muted palettes to bold, tropical colors.


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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Sandals for the season

By Paul McGregor of Brighterman Mens Accessories

Sandals are key for tropical weather and it has done for centuries. With inspiration deriving from historical fashion such as roman gladiators, sandals have since a rise in popularity this SS11. Belgian designer Dries Van Noten said: “As far as I’m aware, sandals are not work attire for most businessmen. I do, however, notice that as casual wear becomes more and more prevalent on a day-to-day basis, younger men wearing sandals or flip-flops in the city is part and parcel of this new trend.”

What’s the best way to pull off sandals this season? Think tailored. Sandals look great with tailored looks, such as tailored chino shorts, linen blazers and smart slim fit shirts. Accessorise with man bags to really add that masculine touch to your looks. Now what style should you go for? A lot of designers have took inspiration from all kinds of sources, creating a large variety in styles. My view is this: The simpler the sandal, the better. Here are a couple of product picks of some of my favourite men’s sandals this season:

Hudson Brown Leather Pontius Sandals

Lanvin Suede Strap Sandals

But then there’s that dreaded combination I still seem to see a lot of: sandals and men’s socks. It really is a no-no, so why do
people still keep insisting it works? I’m a huge fan of paying attention to details and the showing off your socks on occasion but sandals and socks just clash like whoa.

So remember, go for a simplistic high quality sandal. It adds that casual feel to a smart tailored summer look. Enjoy!

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Shorts for the Season

Summer is definitely the time for catching sun, sand and waves. Whether you’re walking along the shores of tropical destinations or just strolling along sunlit parks, you’ll surely notice what’s hot and what’s not decidedly not. So search your closets, raid your shopping malls and gear up for your summer getaways (or whatever summer gig you’re into).

Thank god: We live in an age where men are getting more in touch with their fashion sense, but what about guys who just have no idea about how to wear shorts? Here’s a primer:

Khaki Shorts

Khaki shorts are one of the must-haves this summer. Khaki shorts fit a little tighter than other types of shorts, but they are still loose enough to give that not-so-casual, not-so-formal look. Khaki shorts go well with a loose fit shirt or polo tee. Add on a pair of sockless loafers and you’re good to go. You can also go with white or beige canvas sneakers (or sandals, if you’re on the beach or just hanging out). If you want to lean more on the casual side, check out these cotton beach shorts from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Chino Shorts

Loose and comfortable, cotton chino shorts are essential for the summer heat primarily because they are lighter than khaki shorts. Strut your stuff with Dolce & Gabbana, Banana Republic or Ralph Lauren chino shorts. Wear them with a short-sleeved polo tee for a semi-casual, semi-formal look. You can also wear chino shorts for a more formal summer outing, or for dinner dates in high-end restaurants by the beach. Just pair it with sockless loafers, deck, shoes or suede shoes.

Cargo Shorts

If you plan on walking, camping or hiking, you’ll need shorts with lots of pockets for all your essentials. Light, loose and comfortable, cargo shorts are a fine addition to your wardrobe. You can use comfy sneakers if you want to go walking along familiar paths. If you plan to go up the mountains for your summer holiday, you can use more durable hiking shoes with socks on for comfort. Just make sure to wear a comfy cotton top for all that action.


Comfortable shorts in which you can easily move are perfect for your usual workout or casual day out. Drawstring waists, pockets or no pockets, sweatshorts come in different styles. Check out Diesel or Moncler sweatshorts and choose your preferred designs. You can pair it up with sneakers (the not-so-bulky ones) without socks. You can also wear sweatshorts when you want to relax at home and spend the day playing console games or just plain being a couch potato.

Swim Trunks

If you plan on going to the beach, it goes without saying that swim trunks are a must-have. Plain white tees go great with plaid swim trunks or trunks with designs or patterns. Ralph Lauren swim trunks with an elastic waistband give you a great fit. Look for quick-drying swim trunks made of cotton and nylon. Flip-flops are the perfect match for your sandy retreat.

And while you may normally think summer is all about pastel, light and bright colors, but black is still a classic. Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trendsetters like Louis Vuitton and Burberry rigged their collections with the staple black. If you think the summer bug hasn’t bitten yet and you feel somewhat on the “emo” side, you can go for all black—black top, black shorts, black loafers or deck shoes. Sockless, of course.

Lastly, since summer is all about the heat, pay more attention to the material of your clothes. Steer clear of non-absorbent material. Remember to wear clothes made of light, comfy and breathable fabric to stay cool under the sun.

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Festival-wear

Post provided by Make The Man: Mens Fashion Blog British fashion and style guide

It’s official: summer is just around the corner! Longer days, afternoons in beer gardens and weekends spent in muddy fields listening to your favourite live music. Great stuff awaits.

Summertime has always got a really great set of festivals and parties to look forward to, from Glastonbury, V festival and Leeds Fest to name a few. With amazing line-ups it’s easy to forget about one of the primary concerns about attending festivals: What do you wear?

Being a resident of (not so) sunny Britain, spending a long weekend in a field would usually be ill advised due to the near certain possibility of rain fall, which makes dressing for a festival difficult. How do you land the combination right between making the most of the sun (with a small chance of getting a tan) but also not dying of hyperthermia at night time? Plus, you don’t really want to go over board and end up looking like Bear Grylls.

For all you guys that are having trouble with this kind of thing, here’s a ready-made look
so that you concentrate on remembering the vitals, your tent and wellies! If you can’t afford to splash out on some of the more expensive items then just try and remember the key items, make sure you go for a lightweight waterproof and a canvas rucksack to sneak all your booze in! Enjoy!

Waterproof: Farah Vintage Howe Waxed Green Cagoule

Woolly hat: Norse Projects Lambswool Beanie (Available for £35)

Trousers: Moncler Maglia Sport Chino (Available for £189)

Canvas rucksack: Penfield Canvas Backpack (Available for £55)

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Lesson #113: Summer shorts

Shorts are a staple piece in a summertime wardrobe – and that’s a good thing for those of us with sweaty legs. Though thoroughly casual, shorts still have the potential to make or break your ensemble for park or beach excursions.

Nike Crested Plaid Men’s Shorts
INFEASIBLE: Plaid shorts 
Regardless of the colors involved, plaid is a difficult to work with on upper garments – let alone pants. I can’t think of what one would wear to match any checkered design below the waist, besides something so boring as a white polo shirt. Frankly, this particular pair makes me think of the henchmen uniforms from some bad space opera, so no dice.

Vineyard Vines Men`s Seersucker Club Shorts
Feasible: Seersucker shorts
Like I said earlier in “Seersucker and You”, seersucker is a great cloth to don during the summertime. Better yet, I bet you can instantly imagine how the example above would match a whole spectrum of flowery or seasonally colored shirts. They’re also comfy as what.
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