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REQUESTED! GLOOMY DAY GLAM

Just because the weather is gross doesn’t mean your look has to match! Be functional and fab at the same d@mn time! Opt for classic pieces like the trench, stay comfy in a trendy tomboy look or let your accessories take you back to the blue skies of summer. Dress Dresss to the nines rain or shine.

THE TRENCH

Do I really have to elaborate? No matter if you chose to don a classic Burberry trench (which is an investment piece for budget ballers like me) or a wallet saver version, the mercury on the chic-o-meter will soar despite the low outdoor temps.

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Tip: Continue your classic look with straight or boot cut jeans and a sleek pair of booties.

TRENDY TOMBOY

Ignite chilly fall days with a subtle but smokin’ tomboy look.  Vintage 90s grunge looks are fitting for grey days as they provide fashion forward warmth and comfort.

Pair a roomy sweat shirt with slightly distressed denim and flat combat inspired boots. Create an autumn inferno if you dare; take that same sweat shirt pair it with a mini and boots that go up-to-there à la Rihanna.

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Tip: Keep the shapes and shades of your garments simple and on the darker end of the color spectrum to avoid a Halloween costume vibe. And don’t be afraid to reintroduce your Jordans from yesteryear if they are still in good condition.

SENSATIONAL SCARVES

Scarves in vibrant hues boost your mood and restore summertime cheer. Create a look reminiscent of beach days by repurposing your sarong as an oversized neck scarf. When shopping for new scarves, go for varieties boasting pretty prints and touchable textures.

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Tip: Don’t forget your umbrella is a part of your overall look! Instead of the typical tiny size, go for a striking candy color, animal print or whimsical pattern.

How do you glamorize gloomy days?

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For lots of women (including me) shopping for swim wear is quite the daunting task. We all have physical imperfections we want to conceal, which is almost impossible in a bikini. Instead of speculating on how quickly Quick Trim trims, I have [proudly] abandoned the dreaded bikini and adopted the forgiving and flattering one piece.

Yes, I chose bread over bikinis.

I find that I am especially attracted to two trends in swimwear; the flirty 50’s style one pieces and come-hither cut out swimsuits.

1 pieces

Plein Sud one piece bikini
£269 – farfetch.com

Betsey Johnson 1 piece bathing suit
$178 – nordstrom.com

Seafolly 1 piece bathing suit
$155 – asos.com

Seafolly 1 piece bathing suit
$155 – asos.com

6 SHORE ROAD 1 piece bathing suit
$138 – revolveclothing.com

Robin Piccone one piece swimwear
$130 – nordstrom.com

La blanca
$129 – bloomingdales.com

Splendid one piece bikini
$97 – swimspot.com

Vintage swimwear
$86 – unique-vintage.com

Forever 21 halter bikini
$23 – forever21.com

Seafolly bandeau bathing suit
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50’s style suits are perfect for enhancing curvy, voluptuous shapes. With styles boasting strategic ruching and cinched waists, you can strut with pin-up poise! Halter varieties draw the eye away from tummy troubles. This same attribute also highlights the décolletage and provide increased support for the girls.  And for those who would rather die than show that thigh, those flirty retro swimskirts can hide a multitude of cellulite.

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Cut outs can seem racy and revealing but can actually be very flattering depending on their placement. Case in point, my favorite swim suit purchased from H&M last summer! The contoured side cut outs create the illusion of a smaller waist. The slightly high cut creates a lengthier leg. And the flash of unexpected skin is tempered by the otherwise modest cut of the swimsuit.

My choosing bread over bikinis has not staggered my beach style.

I for one will not be omitting the bun from my grilled burger on Memorial Day.

 I assert that the one piece can be modern, attractive, and youthful without being childish. What’s your 411 on the one piece trends? Are they a life-saver or a ship-sinker?

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Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

BREAD OVER BIKINIS! My Perfect One Piece

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MEN: CASUAL SWAG

I will dare to say that any man can look handsome in a suit or formal wear. It’s a no brainer. But if you are not certain about your taste in tailoring, there are throngs of professionals available in any department or formal wear store to get you correctly suited and booted! The real test of style for men is casual wear. Fellas, you can majorly flop or fly eagle high in your choices for day wear. Here are five must have garments that belong in your closet!

ONE- WELL FITTED STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

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Images from truereligionjeans.com

Jeans are an American classic you must have them. They are great for casual events for day or night. Your jeans have to have a great fit! No sagging! No drooping! Guys stick to straight leg or boot cut fits for a look that is modern without being fussy. Don’t take things to the extreme and start buying skinnies and jeggings. Unless, you happen to be Lil Wayne or a contestant in RuPaul’s Drag Race.

TWO – PANTS IN A HUE OTHER THAN BLUE

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 Step out in army green, tan, white, brown or gray chinos, cargos and jeans. Don’t be afraid to add color to your wardrobe. If you are brave try a very trendy pair of red pants. Temper their brightness by wearing all your other articles of clothing in neutrals like gray and black. Step out of the box! You can’t wear blue jeans every day! Your casual look should not resemble a uniform.

THREE – CARDIGAN SWEATERS

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 You need a nice sweater or two. For spring/summer days wear it in place of a jacket. Go for cardigans with detailed buttons, toggle closures or suede elbow patches. Pair your cardigan with a cotton V-neck t-shirt, chinos and deck shoes for a relaxed weekend look.

FOUR – A BOMBER JACKET

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A bomber jacket reads polished and fashion forward. You can really express your individuality in the style you choose. Minimalist men, opt for a neutral shade in suede or leather. Attention grabbing gents, opt for colorful versions or letterman style bombers.

FIVE – CASUAL SHOES

The school of thought that gym shoes are only for the gym is dated. Take your queue from rappers Pharelle, Kanye and Wiz Kahlifa they invest in stylish gym shoes that you would never dare wear for a pick up game at the gym, as they are too special for the hardwood.

You also need casual shoes that are not gym shoes! Deck shoes are a great choice and they are clearly having a moment this spring. Don’t leave the house in those flip-flops with socks. Invest in a Manly-Pedi and a pair of sandals. Also consider loafers. They can add a bit of sophistication to your jeans, throw on a gray sport coat and t-shirt and you are ready for happy hour with your lady.

Ok Fellas, now that you have the basics there is only one thing to say… READY SET DRESSS!

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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

@Crrristen captured a few of my favorite things on film.

 

Sunglasses & earrings – Forever XXI

Cream button down top- H&M

Cream belt- Besty Johnson

Gray Purse Alice + Joy (thrifted!)

Jeggings- Target

Orange Peep Toe Pumps- BCBG Girls

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SEVEN STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL VINTAGE SHOPPING

You can create a luxurious look without cashing in your 401K! Making a strong style statement has less to do with price tags and more to do with creativity and taste. That said one of the best places to find unique clothing can be your local thrift store. So before you head out to scour for your prize winning find, note these seven tips to successful vintage shopping.

#1 SHOP IN GENERAL TERMS.

I find it best to go to the thrift store looking for a general article of clothing as opposed to a specific item. Your heart will be broken and your temper boiling if you go in looking for an orange sheer button down top with cream polka dots and one breast pocket.

#2 THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM!

You should arrive just before the doors open. Think Black Friday! The longer you wait to arrive the more opportunities you give other savvy shoppers to snatch your trophy piece. Additionally, the clothing is freshly organized and the store is in its best shape which can be a time saver.

#3 LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT ALONE…

No, seriously. I say this enough to make it my personal style mantra. If you don’t love an item, don’t buy it. There is a strong possibility you will be distracted by the insanely low prices but stick to your guns! You don’t need anything less than show stopping in your closet.

#4 CREATURE COMFORTS

Athletic wear is en vogue so step into your kicks and shop in comfort. You need to be in the proper attire to stand, walk and bend without restraint. Make sure you eat your Wheaties; it is after all the breakfast of champions.

#5 KNOW WHEN TO SHOP

Some thrift stores offer even more discounts on their merchandise certain days of the week. Don’t be shy, call ahead and inquire about special discount days! Get more bang for the buck.

#6 SEARCH HIGH AND LOW!

A lot of times shoes hide atop racks and purses are tucked away in alcoves. All it might require to score a new broach is a bit of elbow grease. Call it your barre class for the day, plié for those purses!

#7 TRY IT ON!

Take a few extra minutes to find the fitting room and make sure your finds have fantastic fit. If the piece is not perfect but can be made right with a bit of tailoring then go for it! If you are one of those people who swears to have items altered just to have it end up as closet décor, see #3!

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HAPPY SHOPPING!

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