Is That You, Summer?

The sun is out and it’s heating up (finally!) That’s right ladies, summer is calling! Let’s say goodbye to spring and hello to sandal season! It’s time to get your pedicure on and grab some trendy new sandals.  Below is a guide to what’s trending…

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The Dressy Flip Flop

This Tory Burch flip-flop is just one option out of many easy slip-on styles.  Forgo the buckles and bending for a slide or mule.  Incredibly versatile and effortless, this flip-flop style is a go-to.  It can be worn from day to casual evenings and still be appropriately chic. Try them in place of your Havianas, with polished shorts and tees, with jeans, and with summery sundresses, especially when the party attire calls for casual but you still want to look stylish and put together.

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Ankle Strap Kitten Heel Sandal

Ankle Strap Heels- Snakeskin and Beyond

This sexy sandal style is great for a hot summer evening, a sunny day party or for jazzing up your work attire. The ankle strap is trendy and current, but be aware that ankle straps can shorten the appearance of your legs. The kitten heel style looks elegant without the discomfort of a 4-incher, though high heels always rock.  In neutral metallic or snake skin, or the many colors these two styles come in, you are sure to find a favorite to add style to your summer.

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Flat Tassel Sandal

This metallic tassel sandal is a great shoe to glam up an everyday, casual outfit- it is right on trend with the fringe-y tassel, and comfortable, too.  Metallics make for a great neutral because they go with everything, yet this one comes in three different colors.

 

 

Denim Blue Slingback Wedge Espadrille

Blush Ankle Wrap Wedge Espadrille

The Espadrille is the perfect summer wedge!  Plus, anything denim or blush is in.  Pair either with white ankle pants, shorts or a summer dress.  The slingback style also comes in orange poppy, which can brighten up a cloudy day, and a basic outfit.

 

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Brown tassel tie gladiator

Lace-up neutral cage sandal

Lace-up orange fringe flat

Lace-ups are up this summer… even all the way up the calves!  Though we’re not necessarily a fan of those (and chose to omit them), a little lacing is a little racy, so why not have a little fun?

 

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The Block Heel

This brown block heel sandal is très au courant.  The block heel is super trendy in open and closed toes this spring (and fall) and the medium brown leather goes with everything: think navy, denim, grey, khaki, white, and even tonal orange. Wear it with jeans, a flippy skirt or a fun sundress.

 

 

 

Blush Tassel Tie Open Toe Heels

Blush d’Orsay Ankle Tie Pumps

Start blushing.  A blush heel is feminine and elegant, but with these two that go up the ankle, a little edgy, too. Blush is trending and some say is the new nude. Blush is a perfect color for summer and it goes with everything.  Adding some height and some heat, these heels are sexy and glam.  The nearly-nude color, in open or closed toes, is a wardrobe staple that will add some length to your leg and spring in your step!

 

 

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Spring Trends 2015

Spring into Style!

 

Wave goodbye to your winter wardrobe, because spring is upon us at last! This year’s spring trends are fun, easy, and best of all: you don’t even have to get rid of last year’s essentials. Last spring’s hot colors, white and pink, have outlived the winter and are back in full blast! Florals, botanicals and painterly prints are also hot this spring, so embrace this quintessential trend. However, if you want to stand out, keep in mind the following trends and tips to look fresh and stylish:

1) Denim All the Way: Don’t be afraid to mix and match denim, because you’ll just look cool and classic. Whether it’s a denim skirt or jeans with a light weight chambray shirt, make sure you vary the shades of blue to contrast your outfit.

2) Painterly Prints: If you’re not a huge fan of florals or botanicals and crave a more unique spring pattern, look for abstract “painted” looks. Printed dresses are an easy solution, or if you have a great printed blouse, pair this with a solid or denim bottom.

3) Bohemian & 70’s Vibe: Give your outfit a dose of hippie with some fringe accessories, such as shoes or purses! Also, flowy-sleeved blouses, long dresses/skirts, and deep colors like burgundy, green or spice market hues will greatly enhance your free spirited look.

4) Head-to-Toe White: Forever classy and always chic, wearing all white is the perfect spring look whether you’re taking it easy or going out for dinner.

5) Army/Navy:  Military-influenced styles endure with army green, neutral khakis and always classic, nautical navy.  Think utilitarian jackets, trench coats, anoraks, uniform-inspired dresses, and even fashion cargo pants.

6) Marsala Wine: Looks like an autumn tone? Time to think outside the crayon box. Wear it in spring, summer, fall & winter, sleeveless or not, and mix it with soft, cool tones of blush or aqua for a fresh mix. Flattering on just about everyone, Marsala is the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year.

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Cold Spring Fever

It’s that time of year again, when despite the lingering cool weather, it’s an exciting time to welcome spring fashion into your wardrobe.  Spring is a time to freshen up your style, shed some heavy layers and incorporate new trends into your outfits. There are many ways to transition into spring, such as selecting softer colors, floral prints and lighter fabrics, though still layering for warmth and added style.

Cold Spring Fever

For a casual everyday look, contrast ankle-length dark denim with a lightweight pale-colored blouse. Go even farther with your spring look by adding blush pink accents, such as a light pink leather jacket, spring coat or shoes.  Not only is pale pink the hottest color this spring, but it is also very feminine and flattering.  A styling trick that works wonders is simply adding color- either in small pops such as shoes or in statement-making pieces in soft tones, which will help you to look effortlessly stylish.

Another way you can transition into spring is by selecting more patterns, such as botanical and abstract prints. Switch out your typical jeans for loose-fitting printed trousers, or instead of wearing a solid blazer try one with a floral pattern. If these trends are too daring for your style, go instead for a printed blouse or a printed shoe.   Wearing printed clothing also allows you to complement your outfit with more colors. For instance, the white flowers on the blazer can be accented with white accessories.  White is another big trend for spring, as well as black and white together and color-blocked shoes and bags, which will give any outfit an ultra-chic, sophisticated edge.

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Find your flattering denim

No matter how you style your look, it’s imperative to start with the right fit for your figure.  Spring is a great time to edit your wardrobe and add some new things to freshen your look for the season’s transition.  But as you go through your closet and hit the stores, be discerning about the way things fit, including your jeans.  If you’re not sure of the best silhouette for you, follow these guidelines… (click to read article in The Denver Post, and see more tips below.)
Denim for your figure type
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“Curvy” figure

Though most jeans out there are skinnies, most women have curves!  If your curves are mainly in your hip area, then balance your figure by adding some flare at your pant leg with a boot cut jean.  This proportion will straighten your silhouette and minimize the width of your hips.

Also forgo the low rise and choose the mid or high variety to smooth out the tummy and avoid “muffin top.”

Back pockets are important, too- be sure the pockets aren’t too high, which could create the look of a larger back side then desired. And be sure to minimize the bling and bright stitching and say no to pocket flaps.

“Slim, straight or boyish figure”

If your figure is slim, or perhaps you want to add more curves, as many women with “boyish” type figures do, go for silhouettes that will accentuate your figure.  Skinny jeans that hug your hips and calves will create a curvy line.  Accented pockets will add shape to your derriere, and so will the narrow ankle width.   The wash of the denim is also important- when the jeans are faded in certain areas like the backside, the fading can contribute to a curvier look.

Skinny jeans can look sexy, but mystery is sexier.  Style your skinnies with a hip-skimming untucked top for a little coverage.  Straighter leg options can look great with or without your top tucked in.  And remember when styling your outfit, that third piece such as a jacket or cardigan will instantly amp up your look.

“Petite figure”

For the ladies who would prefer a little more height, create the illusion of a longer leg with a straight leg jean, or a skinny.  At the end of your hem, choose a pointed toe shoe to extend the length for as long as possible.   Beware the boot cut style which can visually shorten the leg, since there is not a lot of length between the hip and the flared hem.

However, if you need a boot cut to balance your hip (see “curvy figure” above) then go for a minimally flared version.  This subtle boot cut also works for the days when you want to wear boots and functionally need the width of the hem.  Keeping your jeans outside your boots (instead of doing the trendy jean tuck) will create a longer line to add height to your petite frame.

“Denim Wash”

For the most flattering and dressiest look, go for a dark wash.  This is also the best option for casual Friday if jeans are allowed.  (This is true for the guys, too.)

Subtle vertical fading down the center of the thigh can slim and elongate the leg, because the inner thigh and outer thigh will appear darker.  However, beware extreme fading, as well as fading at the backside which can make it appear larger.

While it’s cool to have the look of distressed denim, beware of bold or too much whiskering (the thin horizontal lines and folds created by linear fading and wrinkling around the fly and upper thigh area.) This denim finish can be unflattering and will draw attention to this area of the body.  Whiskering can often look too young, but also- why would you want attention at your fly area?

Lighter denim wash washes are more casual, and will also draw more attention to your lower figure then dark washes.

“Colored, coated and printed denim”

Pastel colored denim carries the same rules as white jeans- they will definitely draw attention to your lower half.  Bright colors do the same, though their depth of color can conceal slightly better than their lighter cousins.

If you want to go for a light color for a fresh spring look, but are self-conscious of your hip area, then wear a long, hip covering tunic or blazer in a color that’s at least a little darker, to deemphasize this area and bring attention down to your legs.

Deep jewel tone colors are easier to wear, and more flattering to pull off because they’re darker.

Printed denim for spring is au courant, but beware of patterns that accent the wrong places or appear too busy.

For rocking your patterned denim, I recommend keeping the rest of the outfit neutral and fairly simple.  A dark top will ground the look, and a long top will minimize the intensity, while providing more of a subtle “wow” factor.

Colored denim and patterned denim are fun fashion trends, but as with all trends—decide if these are right for your style (and your figure), don’t spend too much, and don’t be a slave to fashion!

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