You’ve probably heard it a thousand times: every girl should own an LBD! It’s simple, elegant, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. But like most things, all LBD’s are not created equal. Here are the top three little black dress styles that no wardrobe should be without.
#1 Fun and Flirty LBD
Paint It Red ‘Dirty Diamonds’ Embellished Side Skater Dress, $76.64; Asos.com
Whether it’s for a last minute date or impromptu girl’s night out, every girl needs a curve skimming little black dress that she can slip into at a moment’s notice. Unlike your classic LBD, this fun and flirty number should be ready to party. Pay attention to the details; modern stitching and embellishments are the perfect mix of classic and trendy.
#2 It’s a Wrap LBD
Petite Ramona Dress in Cotton Taffeta, $99.99; J.Crew
Not only is a black cotton wrap dress universally flattering on every body type, it’s the go-everywhere dress that can easily transition from work to weekend.
Peplum styles are one of this year’s most flattering trends, so it should come as no surprise that Peplum will still be hot for fall. Take your look from work to play by pairing a peplum top with your favorite pair of jeans and choice pumps.
A girl can never have too many animal print accessories, but it’s probably best not to wear them all at once. Choose one item, like this leopard print scarf, to update your look without being over the top.
Peek-a-boo cut-out tops and dresses have been quite popular throughout the last few seasons, but if you’re looking for a more subtle update to this revealing trend, you might just want to “give them the cold shoulder.”
The cut-out trend will certainly continue to be huge this season, so if you’re looking for style that’s just about always flattering, opt for cut-out shoulders and show off a little skin, without being too revealing.
Trade in your summer flip-flops and sky-high heels for some of these fabulous fall flats!
Slipper: The “smoking slipper” is one of fall 2012’s hottest new styles, making its way off the runways and into our hearts. Pull off this “borrowed from the boys” trend by pairing it with a cotton swing skirt and a tailored blouse.
Cap Toe:Spring trends may come and go, but this Coco Chanel comeback is here to stay for another season. Color-blocked styles have taken over the spring/summer season and will continue to be hot for the fall. Opt for a spiked or metallic cap toe to give your look a bit of feminine edge.
Studded: From spiked flats to studded loafers, this funky fall flat is a definite trend to try. Tap into your inner DIY diva and Add Rock ‘n’ Roll Studsto flatsat home with an old pair of cotton canvas flats.
Tasseled: Not your grandfather’s footwear, tasseled skimmers are the newest item on his and hers fall hot list. For casual style that’s as chic as it is comfortable, pair these flats with a pair of colored skinnies, your favorite basic tee, and an oversized cardi.
Colorful: Bright flats are an easy way to add a burst of color to your fall wardrobe. For a look that’s sophisticated and chic, try pairing with a pair of black cotton leggings, black blazer and a color blocked bag that complements your fun flats.
Printed: Ditsy florals and abstract styles are another summer favorite you’ll want to carry over into the fall. For the perfect balance of masculine and feminine style, try a pair of floral print oxfords.
GB Gianni Bini Tom Boy Floral Print Oxfords, $49.99; Dillards.com
Which of these fabulous flats is your favorite for Fall 2012?
You wouldn’t show up in shredded skinnies or an Aztec print mini to an elegant sit-down dinner, and the same goes for an interview at a traditional, corporate environment. While you’ll want to stay true to your individual style, your clothing needs to show the interviewer that you’ll be able to conform to the company’s culture.
Keep it classic and chic! Stay away from bright and bold color trends or distracting geometric prints. If you’re going to wear a suit, opt for styles that are streamlined and tailored. If pants just aren’t your style, try pairing a basic collared shirt with a knee length pencil skirt to avoid style that is too revealing.
It’s no big secret that the fashionistas and cottonistas of the world operate by a slightly different set of rules. If you’re interviewing for a dream job at a fashion power house or style publication, it’s okay to bend some of the more traditional style rules.
The keyword here is balance. You’ll want to pair trendier items with classic interview staples to avoid looking a bit over-the-top. You can make a subtle statement by experimenting with a hint of color. Opt for classic staples with a modern update, like this polka dot cotton blazer from Anthropologie. Pair with classic slacks to keep it conservative and interview style appropriate.
As a general rule of thumb, your interview style should always be one step up from the company’s dress code. If you have any doubts about what to wear, play it safe by inquiring about the company’s dress code in advance.
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Are you on the hunt for a seasonal “it” bag? Whether you’re into casual carryalls or practical and polished, these must-have handbags are sure to keep you on trend. “Purse-onally,” we’re finding it hard to choose just one.
Cotton is literally The Fabric Of Our Lives ®, making its way beyond the awesome styles in your wardrobe and into your beauty regimen.
The soothing properties found in cottonseed are known for softening the skin and shielding it from potential irritants that can be found in harsh soaps or cleansers- great for those who have sensitive or dry skin.
Burt’s Bees ®, Clean ™ and many of your other favorite brands are already taking advantage of the soothing characteristics found in cotton seed extract. So, next time you’re shopping for beauty products, make sure to take a quick peek at the label. If it leaves your skin feeling as good as it looks, chances are that it’s cotton!
Did you know cotton could be found in your beauty products?
Why: This curvaceous diva was recently bashed by critics after posting a photo on her blog wearing a “fatkini.”
“I think people should be really aware of what they’re putting in their bodies and try to get more active. The truth is, we have to live in our bodies and be happy with the bodies we have right now, regardless of where we are in our journey to health,” said Gabi during a recent interview for TODAY.
Some may have labeled her as a poster girl for an unhealthy lifestyle, but we applaud her for being confident and comfortable in her own skin.
Images Courtesy of Nadiaaboulhosn.com
Who: Nadia Aboulhosn
What: Plus size model, blogger and aspiring fashion designer.
Why: This fashionista’s blog is full of originality and passion. Not only do we dig her eclectic style and willingness to push the limits, but we also love that all of her blog posts begin with an inspirational quote.
The latest: “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” -Beverly Sills
Shorts at work are up for constant debate, but if you work in an environment with a relaxed dress code, there is a way to take these summer favorites from beach to business. Think of the “work short” as you would a skirt: opt for styles that are longer in length and pair with a pretty blouse, a chic cotton blazer and a stylish pair of heels.
Add an element of style to business attire by pairing basics like the cotton trouser and pencil skirt with vibrant, colorful separates. Bold accessories are also a great way to add a signature style to otherwise ordinary office attire.