Short Attire

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the second week of July and I feel as though we have had only a glimpse of spring followed by a short and almost non-existent summer.  What has happened to our months of comfortable weather suited for days of dresses and layered looks?

Let’s face it, these past few weeks of hot temperatures mixed with unbearable humidity makes the thought of wearing anything but the bare minimum dreadful.  The only things I have wanted to wear lately are cotton shorts and cotton tank tops because they are breathable, comfortable, lightweight, and moisture wicking friendly!  The thought of synthetic fibers touching my skin has the same appeal to me as jumping into a burning fire!

While wearing  your easy going shorts and tank tops during the day is great, problems can arise when the heat refuses to decease and you have an evening function to attend that requires a bit dressier attire than cut-offs and a racerback.

Well, you can think again about changing out of your beloved shorts for a heavier, most likely polyester, dress.  Instead, simply re-think the pieces of clothing you’re wearing your shorts with.

My first suggestion would be to exchange any frayed bottom shorts out for tailored ones but even that is not necessary to make a positive change for an evening outfit.  Once you have your shorts picked out, picking out the proper heel to pair with it is the next move. Heels at any height instantly lengthen your legs and step up your entire look seconds after slipping them on.  My personal favorites are Mary-Jane pumps with a rounded toe or elegant black slingbacks.

Reiss

After choosing your appropriate shoe, return the focus to your shorts before you take the next step.  Depending on what shorts you have chosen to wear will help decide how to dress them up accordingly. Bright colored shorts are everywhere this season and if you choose to wear a pair of bold red shorts, I suggest pairing it with a silk, sleeveless, top, preferably in black and one with a ruching or decorative beading to add a bit of femininity.

Patterned shorts are always fun for summer and if they are your choice for the night make sure that the top you choose to pair it with is simple and understated. The shorts make enough of a statement that you want to let them speak for themselves.  A crisply ironed button down in a soft hue offers a relaxed and comfortable feel while giving showcasing a fun and flirty look. Pair your off-beat shorts with a structured clutch to bring in a hint of glamour and throw off the preppy feel.

If you’ve decided that you simply cannot part with your cutoffs for the evening, bring the elegance to them.  Lace is about as elegant as it comes next to diamonds. Pair a clean lace top with your cutoffs and add a well fitted blazer over it for an exquisite, put-together outfit.  Add a pair of drop pearl or diamond earrings in the mix to step it up even further and bring a sense of formality.

Lauren Conrad

Besides jewelry, makeup is the final step in pulling a look together.  Throw on a bold red lip or wear a smokey eye to take your look from daytime casual to night time fun! No matter which pairing you choose, you’ll end up being one of the best dressed ones there! Not to mention, most comfortable, as well – but nobody needs to know that! Let everyone think you put in much more effort than you really did!

Shine On 2011

Get ready to bring in the New Year with a dash of sparkle and oomph of panache!  For many, New Year’s Eve represents a night for parties and get-togethers, to get dolled up in your best dressed outfit and take those fashion risks that you normally can’t during the rest of the year.  This year that daring outfit that is now stocked in most stores from department to boutique is shine!

Don’t be afraid to get a little flashy!  If you’ve stepped into any clothing store these past two months, you’ve most likely laid eyes on sparkle.  Sequins are taking over every outfit this holiday season from entire dresses, miniskirts, and shoes, to bags, hairpieces, and jewelry!  Available now in all shapes and sizes, you can find sequined looks in new bold colors such as bronze and navy, as opposed to the classic and commonly seen black and silver.  What I love best about these dazzling additions is the way they can step up an outfit without cleaning out your wallet and can be worn at any age.  The high shine element offers a look of luxury while the cut and style of the piece tells you for what age group it could be worn. For example, an all sequins dress suggests a more contemporary feel while a garnished bolero or suit jacket, be more appropriate for an older, modest individual.

Lauren Conrad

Running alongside sequins this season are metallic inspired ensembles.  High profile celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Alexa Chung, and Lauren Conrad have been trend setters in showing off their metallic wear and how to differentiate a popular look with another bold accessory.   When you wear such a strong piece as a sparkled out dress or skirt, it’s important to remember to keep the other pieces of your look clean and simple.  A little can go a long way as Nicole Richie and Scarlett Johannson have demonstrated by wearing the metallic trend with their make-up, such as pretty champagne colored eyeliner or all over gold eye shadow.  Even try a metallic nail polish a la Ginnifer Goodwin to show off your glitz and New Year spirit!

I know many of you, as I am myself, are thinking about how to save a penny or two after much gift buying and holiday shopping.  We all want to start off the New Year being financially on track.  With that being said, don’t be ashamed about wearing that same dress in your closet, yet again, to another social event.  You can easily change the view and feel of your garment by adding on a girl’s best friend – accessories!  Opt for a chunky necklace instead of the classic pearl drop for your evening; or try a favorite of mine and add a glitz and glamour enthused headpiece into your hairstyle.  Just in time for mixing and mingling, put a sparkle into your step with glitter dusted heels.  There are endless options to consider when choosing an accessory.  While I always think you should be comfortable and confident in your choices, I urge you to think and dress “outside your box” for New Year’s Eve because for that night, there is no such thing as being overly dressed up.

TopShop Headband

 

Since New Year’s Eve is all about the glitz and glamour, fashion, and celebrating making it through another year, I wish everyone an enjoyable evening filled with laughter, love, and inner shine.  May 2011 be all you hope for and more!