Summer Trends

Wide Leg Pants

The Wide-Leg Pants offer some of the most diversified and spectacular design solutions ever!  While channeling a free-style 70's appeal, this summer's modern approach is evident in the textures and styling.  Here are some suggestions on how to capitalize on the instant style these pants generate:

- pair them with a shorter, cropped top
- pair stripes with bright colors like reds and whites
- pair with a longer, tunic top....either cinch it at the waist with a wider belt for proportion, or let it flow! (This look also works well with matching pieces.)
- try tucking in a soft blouse and use a wide belt to emphasize the waist.c

Lace Everything

Romantic Lace and Delicate Laser-Cut Details exploded on the Runway!  From the gorgeous bohemian takes on lace to the super cute laser-cut lace patterns...the options are endless.  The designs create incredible transparency plays and curious textural effects with mainly monochromatic pieces.

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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.