New Styles in Fashion
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Let’s face it girl, we all want to look sensual and wear clothes that absolutely catch the eye. There always seem to be people in your life that just know how to put things together and come off in a classic seductive way. But in our search for the eternally sexy, there are those that sometimes forget the rules and instead of attractively seductive, they give off the slut look. So how do you circumvent that fine line? It’s easy with a few simple rules.
First rule is that terribly tight is not right. Really look at your shape and make sure that the outfit dress, top or skirt is body hugging, but not too much. The difference between slutty and sexy are very obvious in something that is just too tight.
The next rule of thumb is to choose the right color and cut. Follow the guidelines for your skin and hair tone for the best colors for you. Black may be a fall back color, but black is not always the best color for everyone. Just because it’s a designer favorite, also doesn’t mean that the cut of an outfit is good for your body shape. Too many cut outs or choppiness stops the eyes in too many places. Short and cut everything loses the effect. However, a gentle cut that accents the curves can be sexy, even if it’s in a long look.
Choosing the right bikini goes beyond just a fav color or look. Your suit has to fit your body shape and compliment your particular dips and curves. You are probably tired of last year’s bikini and have begun your trek for a new and more spectacular suit. Don’t let this decision overwhelm you, the good news is there are some delicious choices and styles for the season that are designed to impress.
First, you need to know that vintage is back. The sultry and curvaceous Marilyn Monroe suit has made a return to the runway and has a modern twist. The shorts style bottoms and sexy support top that Marilyn was known for has been updated with belts and cut outs. Another hot trend is the mismatched look: a different bottom and top in colors that complement each other and you. In your search for the perfect bikini you will also be seeing a lot of digital prints. There are some incredibly sizzling prints including seascapes, city landscapes and full animal prints. Many of these offer alternating print styles that compliment and accent the body. The always popular Greek Goddess look has returned, bringing luscious wraps and one shoulder twists. This style is a definite eye-catcher, but be sure to select the color that works with your skin tone and highlights your tan.
There are an awful lot of people walking around in fashion colors that they simply love, but that look devastatingly horrible on them. The usual reason for this is that they have selected a favorite color that simply doesn’t compliment their skin and hair color. No matter what we may love, some colors and shades look better and others can be a disaster.
The general rule of thumb for colors that match skin tones relates to the seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter. Winter colors are usually of the lighter skin tone variety and your colors can include yellow. Darker tones for winter include anything with a blue or pink blend. Black can look great, but the browns are shades you need to stay away from. Pinkish skin tone means you are a summer and you should be wearing pastels. Keep away from Halloween colors (except on the holiday). Autumn skin tones usually fall into the category for people with auburn, red hair and brunettes. The best colors for autumn people are oranges, browns and earth tones. The worst selection is black or white. If you are a lighter skin tone, you are a spring and your colors are greens, yellows and blues. Stay away from black and white, as they will not do you justice.
The origins of the fashion maxi print is probably due to the sixties pop culture. Bold, brash and sometimes bizarre color combinations were meant to express the artistic exposures of the day. The maxi dress became a popular concept and was adopted by the free love culture all the way to suburban housewives. Some of these creations were flowing images of beauty, however, there were, some moments of the fashion past that needed to be forgotten and advice to everyone to not repeat them again.
The right maxi can be a fashion delight. The color combination, pattern and motif needs to be one that accents your personal color palette. It can be a perfect grab and go item that needs only minor accessories and still makes you look fabulous. The choice of the wrong maxi can be a disaster for you personally and due to its length make you look more akin to a circus tent or street advertisement than the fashion statement that you wanted.
We are in the middle of a technology explosion that is supposed to have made our lives easier. While we hurry to read and text, respond to emails and keep up with our bff’s, there seems to be a lot of confusion about identity. Fashion and colors are a perfect example of this confusion as we add new colors to our wardrobe palette that combine the tech with a desire to return to nature.
Our world is becoming very ecology savvy and this brings a new attitude in what and how we wear fashion. The infusion of khaki, greens and neutral tones bring a level of sanity to our existence, while we are inspired by the bursts of rich blues and purples that entice the senses. The wildly bold take a leap into the crimson, cinnamon and tomato tones and we don’t even realize that these are all colors of the natural world. We are being driven by technology but our inner selves are demanding natural beauty which means new colors.
The shades of blue are being seen more and more, as we adapt to the calming influence of that tone. Pastels, sea blue, turquoise, dark regal blue: all are appearing in outfits and on the runways. Easy to wear denim in all of its forms are being taken to another level with variations on a more natural and carefree look. Some wear it well in its simplest form, but others seem to express their confusion with just a bit too much. Alas, the beauty of denim is lost in the maze of color and mess.
Is there anything better than cut off shorts? They are a statement, a feeling, playful and fun. Cut off shorts take denim into the world of the sensual, while giving us an easy way to enjoy. Of course you have to take your body shape into consideration when choosing the right cut-offs, and sometimes, even the celebrities get it wrong.
Fashion designers have taken the topic of cut off shorts to a whole new level of intrigue. The simple cut offs have been changed, dyed, altered, embellished and shredded. You can wear them very short with pocket exposure or sans the pockets for a cleaner shorter look. Sometimes cut off shorts should be simply left alone with a nice top. The feeling that we just have to keep adding to a look (and adding…and adding) can create a flat out disaster. But when you do it the right way, you are the city chic uptown girl.
For the next two years, anticipate seeing cut off shorts as the highlight of both spring and summer. Denim is being shown in pastels, scalloped faux leather, lace, silk, tie dyes and studs. Whatever mood you are in, there is a pair of shorts that will be a perfect fit. The most popular seems to be the beach look . Based on a concept of simplicity, the cut off shorts, paired with a summer tank top and a hat is probably as sexy as it gets.
The latest trend for this year seems to be the candy colored shorts, in sizzling colors like bubblegum and daisy yellow, paired with a wide belt. This is a great combination and even a boho top looks fab with the bright colors.
Color is part of our world, and each one of us has not only a personal favorite color, but a palette of colors that we look best in. This does not mean that these two choices are always the same and they can actually clash terribly. Color can be a reflection of a mood, a moment, a fad and a time and which color we select can be an important topic.
The lives of celebrities seem to dictate what colors are right to wear (and not) and doesn’t seem to deter people (including celebrities) even when the colors and patterns are poorly chosen. The colors and shades of blue are here to stay, in variations that require almost a palette of their own. Ocean blue, deep rich navy blue and pale pastels are currently incredibly hot and designers are taking that into the next year. But there is such a thing as too-much-blue. Choosing a very boho dress in shades of blue, then adding more blue for shoes and even more blue for a matching headband is going overboard. Now don’t get me wrong, with some shades, especially pastel solids, this can be accomplished to bring a fresh airy look and feel.
These last few days of sunshine that we’ve been experiencing here in San Francisco have us dreaming of warmer weather and counting down the days until we can start wearing some of our favorite Spring ’13 looks.
Here are some looks that will inspire us get out of our cozy/comfortable winter wear and into something a little more bold, yet polished and sophisticated – for it is a season of change, after all!
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