How To Tie A Sarong

The Strapless Dress

Wrap the cover-up around your torso and tie it into a strapless dress.

The Halter

Fold the fabric into a triangle and place it beneath your shoulder blades. Crisscross the two ends over your bust and tie at the back of your neck.

The Long Skirt

Wear the sarong as a mid-calf skirt, tying it on a diagonal that slants down to one side of your hips.

 

The Hip Hugger

Fold the sarong into a triangle and wrap it around your midsection, high on the back and lower in front. Bring the two ends together to tie below your waist, creating a deep V in front.

Find Your Color Palette

1. Mix patterns from the same color family

Stick to a basic color palette when mixing patterns. This will create a subtle look, while still showing your fun creative side. For example, if you have a patterned shirt with dark berry colors and taupes than try to pair it with a bottom piece that has similar shades of the top color.

2. Think of some patterns/textures as solidS 

If you have a polka dot skirt, think of that as a solid. Same can go for thin stripes or checks. If the prints are small enough and understated, the eye can view them as a solid, even though they are not.

3. Look for patterns that complement each other

Complementing patterns like stripes and floral always mesh well, as do leopard and stripes or polka dots. If you're new to patterning pieces than start with a basic striped t-shirt and pair it with a structured floral pencil skirt, similar to the picture above!  

4. Don't go too matchy-matchy

Mixing patterns is really fun, if you have the right pieces. One rule of thumb, do not go out head-to-toe in one pattern. Instead, switch up the colors of the matching patterns. This will keep your look fresh and sophisticated. 

5. Space the patterns out

There is no need to wear a patterned skirt with a patterned jacket, or top. Sometimes mixing a top or skirt with patterned shoes can give your outfit a boost of edge while still appearing elegant. 

6. Include neutral pieces

When you add a solid with two or more patterns, you allow the visual space of the outfit to be segmented. You do this with stockings, shoes or accessories. Whatever you chose to add make sure it's a neutral color, it'll help your outfit look even better.

How to Pack Like a Pro!

Step 1: Decide what you're taking

Follow this simple formula: pack 3 tops for every bottom:
Pants and skirts usually take up more room so pack versatile neutral colored pieces.
Think about blending colors instead of piecing together outfits.
Be lightweight! Opt for lighter fabrics and leave the embellished pieces and heavy materials at home or keep it to a minimum.

Step 2: Roll it or fold it

Rolling: great for unstructured bags, like a duffel or carry-on tote 
How to roll pants- fold pants in half lengthwise so that the back pockets face outward
Roll tightly from the cuffs to the waistband

Folding: great for structured suitcases
How to fold a dress or shirt - put the piece in a plastic trash bag (keeps wrinkles from setting) then fold it in half lengthwise
After, fold the angled edge inward to form a rectangle
Fold it in half horizontally then place on top of everything else

Step 3: Placing your pieces

Place footwear and heavy stuff along the wheel base
Lay the foundation- start with tightly packed rolled clothes then gradually build the second layer with folded pieces
Move on to the third level-add thick sweaters, jackets and folded shirts
Lay crushable items, such as structured dresses or molded bras. Stack bras flat so they spoon each other, and stuff the cups with socks
Stock essentials in the lid compartments
Tuck swimsuits, hosiery and underwear in corners
Store fragile pieces in heavy sweaters and arrange them in the center of the bag

.....Bon Voyage!    

Fun Ways to Tie a Scarf!

What woman doesn't have a collection of scarves? We receive them as gifts, we buy a few every season for ourselves and we have dozens in different patterns and fabrics. While simply draping a scarf around your neck keeps your look classy, artfully tying your favorite scarf into a twist, knot or braid will not only draw attention to your creative tying skills but to your entire outfit!

The Knot

The Braided Knot

The Weave