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Step By Step Checklist To Guarantee You Look Incredible Every Day At The Office

Looking stylish every day might seem impossible, especially when you’re trying to find time to work out, eat breakfast, shave your legs and guzzle down half a gallon of coffee. But there’s no denying that there’s at least one woman in your offices who manages to look impeccable every day, so why can’t you?

Getting dressed in the mornings shouldn’t be a chore. It should be something that is fun and exciting and helps you to feel sassy and sexy, ready for the day. Feeling right from the outset can help improve your performance at work, make it more likely that you’ll get a promotion and help you to feel confident if you have to appear in front of a room of people.

The following is a sort of checklist, designed to help you make sure that you’re constructing your outfit according to some settled rules of fashion.

First Thing’s First: Does It Fit?

Having clothes that fit should be top of your list of priorities. Just as men who wear tailored suits tend to look great, women who wear clothes that hug all their curves tend to look better too. Unfortunately, the majority of women don’t wear clothes that fit them. Instead, they make do with clothes off the shop floor which are designed to fit generic body types, rather than unique, individual shapes.

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It might sound incredibly simple, but if you don’t choose clothes that fit, you risk looking either frumpy or teenage – neither of which you want. Either have your clothes made for you or modify dresses when you get home, like adding a cinch belt to bring in the waist.

Is It Flattering?

If you’ve got a Nordstrom coupon knocking about, you might be tempted to go out and buy a designer dress for work. But even though that dress looks fantastic on a six-foot-tall model, it might not necessarily look great on you. The reason? Different styles of clothes make different figures look good. The women who always look stunning in the office are those who understand which clothes they need to pair with their body shape.

As such, your entire wardrobe should be dedicated to your unique shape, from the lowliest jeans to the most expensive designer dress. If they’re not, you’ll be underselling yourself.

Is Your Outfit Balanced?

Having an outfit that flatters your figure is one thing, but having one that also works as an ensemble is quite another. Though mix-and-match might be in fashion right now, it’s probably best on the catwalk, not the office. When you go to work, focus on making sure that the styles, fabrics, and colors of your outfit are harmonious. Is the outfit you’ve chosen chic? Or is it overpowering? Do you have the right blend of colors and tones? Or are you wearing too many accessories with too many contrasting colors? All these questions are important to ask before you strut out of your front door.

When it comes to looking great at work, first impressions are everything. If you get your attire right, you’ll be giving off the right vibes all day long which could help your prospects enormously.

Complete The Look: Must-Wear Accessories For This Summer

It’s all well and good digging your favourite shorts and summer dresses out of your wardrobe in anticipation of the summer, but do you know what accessories to match them with? While some accessories are good for adding a little glamour to an outfit, summer accessories should also have a touch of practicality. After all, now that you’re not weighed down with a winter coat, you’ve also lost access to the pockets where you’d normally store your keys and purse. Here are the essential accessories to wear this summer, that are both functional and fabulous.

Sunglasses

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This essential accessory has the most important job of protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of UV rays, including blind spots, cataracts, or even complete loss of sight. Of course, buying a fashionable pair of sunglasses can be fun, and there is nothing wrong with choosing a few shades to complement several summer outfits, but be sure to check if they have adequate UV protection.

Light Scarves

Light summer scarves are a bold addition to any outfit, and can protect against overly cool breezes, or heavy air conditioning in restaurants. To stay warm, wrap a lightweight scarf around your neck to dress up jeans and a tee, or wear one with your favorite dress. Scarves also provide extra coverage at the beach or by the pool.

Handbags

With the loss of pockets from winter jackets, summer handbags must have plenty of space to hold other essentials such as water, sunscreen, or a towel for the beach. A large tote bag is usually the best solution, and they can look colourful, or neutral. However, if you’re just strolling in your summer dress, a small bag with a long chain and a lot of detail makes for a perfect match. Whatever the occasion, there are plenty of summer handbags to complement your summer dress.

Jewellery

Summer is the time to make an impact with your fashion jewellery. Let your imagination run wild and choose statement jewellery to combine with any outfit. Colourful necklaces, big stones, and large bracelets are all excellent for making a noticeable statement this summer.

Hats

They shield your face from the sun, and complement your beach outfit. A wide-brimmed raffia sunhat gives a nice boho style to any outfit, and looks good with just about anything. Straw beach hats are now more commonly seen by the seaside, but there are a wide range of hats to suit any excursion this summer.

Sandals

Wedges and sandals are the most versatile footwear of the summer, because they can go from poolside casual, match perfectly to a flirty sundress, and can carry you on a night on the town. However, if you’re going to be wearing them all the time, you need to be 100 percent certain that they provide adequate arch support and heel cushioning before you consider spending money on them. A cute pair of natural wedges quickly lose their appeal if you find yourself hobbling in pain only a few hours into your outing.

How To Make Your Look By Adding The Perfect Accessories

The designer Marc Jacobs once said ‘Any opportunity to adorn oneself is human, and accessories are an easy way to do it’. Accessories are an easy way of making yourself look and feel beautiful, of adding a little extra sparkle to an outfit that you’ve had for a long time. Here are a few ways to add accessories to your look

Shoes

As pretty much all women know, shoes can make or break an outfit. A lot of us have known instinctively that a date just isn’t going to go anywhere when we look down and see his shoes, so we know that shoes can say a lot about the person who’s wearing them. If you’re in stiletto heels, you’re more focused on looking great and having fun than being able to move around in comfort; likewise, if you’re wearing boots with stacked heels, you probably want to be able to dance the night away. If you’re shorter, remember that nude shoes with nude tights and black shoes with black tights will make your legs look longer – but why not have a little more fun than that and go for brightly coloured heels in jewel tones? Just make sure you put pads in the balls of the shoes so you don’t get too uncomfortable.

Jewellery

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If you love wearing colours like black and navy blue, you probably already know that the best way to catch a little attention and make them look gorgeous is by adding some extra brilliance with your jewellery. If you’re not sure where to begin with jewellery, check out this website for a few ideas. Hoop earrings can draw attention to your face if you have a plain outfit – pull back your hair for an elegant silhouette. A statement necklace can also completely change an outfit – go for a chunky crystal pendant to add some style or maybe even some kind of pocketwatch for some added quirkiness. Bangles in different colours can also add a lot to your look, and chokers are also extremely in at the moment – pair them with lower necklines to add different dimensions to your outfits.

Bags

With bags, the main dilemma is usually about style versus practicality. A lot of us either go for glamorous clutch bags with jewels and sequins on them for a night out, but on the other hand some of us are big fans of carting our usual enormous satchels everywhere with us. One of the best tips for a good bag is to pay a little extra and get one that’s great quality – unless you’re vegan, it’s a good idea to buy leather and suede instead of plastic alternatives. They age better and crack less, so you can keep, use and enjoy your bag for longer. You should also make sure that you empty out your bag every two weeks so that you can trash any used tissues and receipts and return all your favourite lipsticks to your makeup drawer. Remember that a bag that’s too heavy can give you a very sore back.

Tips And Tricks To Have Great Style On A Budget

 

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Having style can be difficult, especially when sticking to a budget. It seems that when you have no money to spend you want everything. But when the opposite happens you can’t find anything you like. However, it is possible to have incredible style on a budget. By being savvy with your choices and frugal with your spending, you can up your fashion game while still taking care of the bank balance. Here’s how to have style on a budget.

Shop in the sales

Shopping in the sales gives you a great opportunity to get some of those clothes you have been lusting after at a lower price. The trick is to keep an eye online and instore when a sale is advertised or due to happen. Most establishments will hold sales twice a year. An end of summer and end of winter sale. Some shops go one step further and have a mid season sale. A great tip is to check our money saving websites which tend to give you an idea about when big sales are due to happen. Shopping in the sales can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Use discount codes and vouchers

A great tip to take care of how much you spend is to use discount codes and voucher when purchasing. Many shops including some of the bigger brands offer a great incentive on websites. Many of these can be used online so that you can take advantage of things like the Dorothy Perkins free delivery offers. Or the next day delivery options from other stores like House Of Fraser. Sometimes the savings they can offer can be quite large. It can depend on the time of year, so it’s always essential to keep an eye on these types of websites.

Hunt out bargains

If you are serious about saving money on clothes purchases, then you may need to think outside of the box. This is where hunting out for bargains on websites like eBay can help. Or heading to your local thrift shops and picking up some unique pieces. All of which can be a fraction of the cost buying something new. Many items that get online on eBay or in thrift shops can be unworn and even have the label on. Enabling you to pick up some amazing deals and bargains.

Consider smaller boutiques

A lot of the time, looking into buying from smaller boutiques and shops can save you money. Websites like Etsy allow some individuals to sell their own work online. Many small collections are advertised this way meaning you can pick up the latest trends without involving the cost. Look into your local community and see what some of the shops have available, you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Swap clothes with friends

A great idea is to chat amongst your friends and see if you can arrange a swap evening. This is where you all bring some clothes and swap with one another. It gives you the chance to refresh your wardrobe for little cost. Not only are you helping yourself but also your friends as well.

I hope this has inspired you to believe that you can be super stylish on a budget.

Presents for the Stylish Man in your Life

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When you’re in a relationship, it can be difficult to think of ways of how to tell someone that you love them, outside of those three little words. There are a number of ways of doing it, but presents are one of the best, especially when they are not prompted by an occasion.

Something They Can Wear

If your man is as stylish as he can be, he probably already has a whole wardrobe of clothes that he looks good in. so, you can either buy him something that you know he looks good in, like something similar to that burgundy shirt that you love, or something that’s one of a kind, like a vintage military shirt from Rokit..

Something They Can Drink

Whatever your boyfriend or husband drinks, there will always be a fancier version. From beautifully bottled whiskey to interesting craft beer, you can spend more than you might on a regular drink, but it will be a delight to them.

Equally, if they’re not into alcohol, you can do something similar with coffee or tea, and give them a premium version of something that they regularly drink.

You shouldn’t forget the receptacles that your boyfriend will drink out of when he gets your gift, so a set of glasses or coffee cups will always go down well.

Something They Can Use in the Kitchen

Every foodie loves a kitchen gadget. Whether it’s a pizza stone, a spiralizer, a recipe book or a new set of knives, there are a number of different things that you can buy for him. Take a look at what he moans about when he cooks (like a worn out chopping board), or note when he says that he wants to try a new kind of cuisine (a perfect opportunity for a new recipe book).

Something They Can Read

Whether they’re big on reading or not, a book is a great way to show that you listen and appreciate their taste and interests. For example, if they love a certain period of history, or a certain film – there’ll be a book on it. If it’s an artist that they are interested in, or they want to learn a new skill – there’ll be a book on it.

Novels may require more finesse, and you could either replace a book that they have that’s falling apart, or look for a story and style that’s the same as what they like.

 

Getting Knee High Boots Right this Winter

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As one of the main trends to have dominated winter 2015/16 knee high boots are a must have. It’s time to say goodbye to chilly ankle boots and invest in a pair of luscious knee highs now before the season is over. But despite being the season’s go-to boot, they can be tricky to wear, so here’s how to get knee highs right this winter before you take the plunge on a pair:

Choose the right style boot for you

Getting the right style of knee high boot for you can be difficult so it’s best to try a few different styles before deciding on a pair. Depending on the shape of your legs where you want them to sit can completely transform your whole look. M and M Direct have a great range of knee high boots to suit all styles from cosy Uggs to quilted leather and heeled varieties. Choose a pair that you’ll be able to get lots of wear out of. A mid-sized heel in black is a good choice as they’re not too dressy for daytime but can still be worn on an evening and always go with a lot of different outfits.

Wear with jeans

Knee highs look best with jeans. It’s a fact, although they can be worn with skirts, boots that sit just over the knee boots tend to suit skirts better. Jeans work for knee highs perfectly and flatter all shapes and sizes so shorter girls can rock them too. For a day time casual look either black or tanned boots look great and go with all different varieties of denim. A quilted pair tends to look more expensive than a plain pair and heeled boots really lengthen legs and work really well if you’re wanting to wear jeans and knee highs for an evening event. Black boots are more appropriate as evening wear than tan as a rule.

Wearing with skirts

You can wear knee highs with skirts, if you get it right. Boots then tend to sit higher up the calf look better with skirts. Wear a seventies style suede skirt, pair of black tights and your knee highs for a look that’s got a 70s boho vibe. Seventies styles tend to suit this trend best so pairing with loose fitting dresses and tights is also a good combination. Knee highs don’t really work with anything too fitted so try and wear floatier styles for a more stylish look.

Explore Fantastic New Trends In Women’s Swimwear

It’s winter time, but that doesn’t mean that you are done with swimsuits for the year. If you or your partner has planned a winter get away or a tropical beach retreat, you still need to find a swimsuit that fits — even though the snow if falling in your home town. That means that even though it’s ten below, it could be dreaded bikini season again. You go to the mall, and you only see swimsuits that look like they were made to fit someone with absolutely no curves or worse — they are matronly, black one-pieces. The ones that do fit are not flattering whatsoever, and so no wonder you’re suffering from fitting room dread. The world is made up of different sizes of women, and every woman deserves to feel hot and sexy — with a swimsuit selection that suits her body. Unfortunately, the mall and other physical retailers just haven’t seemed to get that memo that every woman is not a size two.

Luckily, the online revolution has hearkened in a new era in plus size swimsuit shopping: every online vendor nowhas a wide variety of plus-sized swimwear that will flatter every shape. The internet is a big place, however, and you may not know what kind of swimsuit will flatter your body the most. This is why the best online swimsuit retailers will have a body type calculator available, so that you can learn not only your size, but also your body type. This will allow you to find the right swimsuit right away. Using the internet to shop for a swimsuit will also give you a chance to see different kind of plus-sized swimwear that a physical location normally does not carry.

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When you are in need of a swimsuit to take on that tropical get away, don’t worry that most styles are already out of seasons at the brick-and-mortar stores. A body type calculator like the one at swimsuitsforall will help you find the plus-sized swimwear of your dreams so that you can go out and rock your sexy curves.

The tankiniis a style with comfort and flare in mind, and is designed with overband bottoms to give you full coverage while also looking sexy. The overband bottoms will give you enough coverage that it will stitch the lower part of your stomach. A sweetheart tankini with high waisted bottoms will help sculpt your body shape and show all the flattering parts of your curves. A trendy razorback set where the top is much lighter than the bottom will flatter your body in all the right places.

You’ve heard of the wrap dress — well now there is the faux wrap one piece. Not only is this shape super trendy, but it will also give you the illusion of the desired coke bottle shape.A trendy ruched up top and brief skirted bottom will have all heads turning and have your body looking amazing. If you’re still unsure, check out the incredible selection of sexy new swimwear from swimsuitsforall and lay all doubts to rest.

The internet has so many breezy and bodacious swimsuits to choose from, so you do not have to feel discouraged any longer. If you are looking for more information on the different types of plus size swimwear, there are plenty of articles online to help you get started. Or you can head right over to swimsuitsforall to try out their body type calculator because no woman deserves not to be able to feel sexy in their swimsuit. By shopping online, you’re sure to find a swimsuit that will show your curves how they were meant to be shown.

Trend Alert: LACE UP FRONT

It’s been a while since I last made one of my inspirational Sunday cravings posts so I’m renewing this section with one of the hottest trends happening now. You’ve probably noticed that 2015 is about all things lace up. First we had these shoes that I’m personally crazy about, and now we have bodysuits and tops and dresses, which are so 70’s and yet flattering and sexy (let’s face it, not all of the the 70s-inspired garments can boast that!).

Surfing the web I was actually surprised the online stores already have so much diversity in the lace up department. How do you guys feel about this trend, YAY or NAY?

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How To Get An Expensive Look For Less

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We would all love a wardrobe bursting with chic and expensive items. In reality, most of us can’t afford this. However, that doesn’t mean we should be deprived of looking and feeling glamorous. There are many style tricks and techniques you can use to spruce up your wardrobe without having to bankrupt yourself. Follow these tips, and you can get achieve an expensive look for less.

  1. Invest in a small number luxury items

You may not be able to afford an entire designer wardrobe, but you can perhaps manage a few quality items that you can wear with many different ensembles. You’ll get great use out of a good quality and versatile overcoat or handbag, and these wardrobe essentials will instantly lift all of your outfits. Even a pair of fab sunnies can make a huge difference. The Karen Walker eyewear collection includes many on-trend sunglasses, so take a look. Even if you can’t afford these items right now, set aside a little bit each week, and you’ll be hitting the shops in no time. Just remember to think quality rather than quantity. One good handbag is more practical and better looking than several cheap ones.

  1. Keep your clothes and shoes in good condition

Make sure you look after all your items of clothing and footwear, whether they are expensive or not. Items that aren’t cared for will just look tired and shabby on. Whereas even your inexpensive vest tops or t-shirts will look very smart if they are maintained in good condition. Looking after you clothes means washing, drying and ironing them properly. Well pressed clothes make a huge difference. You should also deal with stains or other flaws immediately and not let them become worse or permanent. Shoes should be regularly buffed and shined.

  1. Make sure your clothes fit you well

Your overall look will improve significantly if your clothes fit your body properly. Clothing that is too big or too small looks odd and can cause damage to these articles. Whereas when clothes fit you properly you’ll achieve a seamless and chic silhouette. If you are not good with a sewing machine, get your clothing professionally tailored. This will cost you far less than buying a new item of clothing that does fit your properly.

  1. Customise

Clothes can take on a whole new expensive look with a little customisation. For example, add some embellishment to the collar of a dress or shirt for an affordable way to achieve a very trendy look. Not only will these alterations make you look like a million dollars, but they’ll also be one of a kind!

  1. Keep your outfits simple

Simple is elegant so don’t overdo the colours, patterns and layering of clothing. A pair of good fitting jeans, a loose shirt and chelsea boots is a chic look that suits everyone.

  1. Hold yourself with confidence

It’s true. If you feel confident, you look confident. So throw those shoulders back and feel fabulous in your new expensive look (for less!)

The Ultimate Guide to Styling Your Watch

A watch is a must have these days, for both men and women. However, women don’t like to stop when it comes to their watch. Most women enjoy styling it up with other trendy pieces of jewelry to create something affectionately called an ‘arm party’. Take a look on Pinterest or Instagram and you’ll see what we mean! This post will help you to style your watch just the way you want it.

The Patterned Watch

To style a patterned watch, you need to add bracelets that tie in with it nicely and add character. The watch will be the foundation of your arm party, but you should add a statement bracelet too for personality. You can then add a more simple bracelet that ties in, and a few others that don’t overwhelm the look. Make sure the colors and styles tie in nicely.

The Expensive Watch

For an expensive watch, such as a Rolex, you can afford to be a bit classier with your bracelet choices. Most Rolexes are very glam, so pile on at least 4 sparkly, glam bracelets to go with it. They can be cheap fashion bracelets, just make sure they don’t look cheap or tacky!

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The Leather Strapped Watch

A watch with a leather strap is nice because it can look casual or dressed up depending on how you style it. When you want a watch with something like these watch bands made in the USA, they make a great foundation to this kind of arm party. You can then simply pair it with a few friendship style bracelets. You could even pair it with one glam bracelet to contrast the leather strap.

Here are some tips that should help you to create amazing arm parties each and every time:

  • Keep your arm party simple by choosing one metal or color family and sticking to it.
  • Feel free to wear mismatched bracelets if they are dainty and uncomplicated.
  • Just pile on your favorite jewelry if you dare.
  • Mix metal and a contrasting color such as turquoise to create a striking effect.
  • Use friendship bracelets if you don’t want your arm party to look too ‘fierce’. This can look really cute.
  • Pile on rings along with bracelets to make an eye catching look.
  • Choose a bracelet with a word on it, such as ‘love’, to make a statement.
  • Pair a rock chick arm party with a classy look to contrast nicely. Black bracelets with silver studs and lots of rhinestones can look great! Just skip the heavy eyeliner and choker.
  • Balance out both wrists by creating different arm parties on each one. I’d only wear one watch though (unless you want people to look at you a funny way).

Use this guide to style your watch and create an arm party, and there’s no way you can go wrong. Sure, you could wear your watch on its own, but where’s the fun in that? Pile on bracelets, experiment, and have fun with it. Thanks for reading!

 

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