Turn a summer day into a special occasion with a chic shift dress. You’ll be a hot little number in one of these A+ A-lines. This season’s vibrant colors and brilliant patterns have us shifting gears on ladylike style. The StyleShrink ladies like the more bold, less bored trend. Ted Baker London’s “Shattered Crystal” shift dress turns the ordinary into extraordinary with its abstract pattern. This dress offers a beautiful palette of color so have fun with accessories. Summerize your wardrobe with a flirty shift dress and see how everyone shifts their attention toward you.
Staying cool this summer is a top priority, but don't let a wardrobe of "casual tees" make you a fashion "casualty". Grin and bare the heat in an off-the-shoulder neckline. Let your hot pink bra straps show for a flirty daytime look. Go strapless for date night. Take your lead from celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe who beats the heat in her namesake Zoe tee by LnA. She's so chic they named a shirt after her. Just try and top that!
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With legs to bare, this summer’s short story may have you feeling pangs of June doom. Don’t worry. In short, there is something for everyone. Hudson’s Viceroy knee shorts offer great coverage and versatility. Wear them with a tank top and flip-flops for a daily dose of cool. Or, get a leg up on PM style by dressing them up with a feminine camisole, great jewelry and your favorite summer heels. Like short shorts? Take the hazard out of Daisy Duke’s by wearing them with flat sandals and simple, casual accessories. Add color to your short list with Alice + Olivia’s Cady satin shorts in bright green. This refreshing look is bound to make shorts the new normal for ladies’ lunches. Summer is short so enjoy these hot looks while you can.
Short and Sweet
Have you heard? Red is the new blue. We still love our cropped, skinny, bootcut and high-waisted denim, but red is our favorite new jean. Pair a neutral-colored tee with red denim to brighten your everyday look. Or be bold and beautiful in a complimentary duo like purple and red. Complete your look with rose gold jewelry and a neutral wedge. We love Steve Madden’s Fantasik wedge for it’s price and style. Paint the town red for date night too. A silk blouse and strappy sandal make J Brand's skinnys look red hot.
Look red hot on date night.
Don't want to be in the red? We get it.
Here comes the sun so it’s time to think about getting some shades. Sunglasses are the premier fashion accessory of the summer so don’t let the sun go down on you without finding the perfect pair. Ray-Ban has two enduring styles that will make you want to wear your sunglasses at night. Celebs have made classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers and Ray-Ban Aviators sizzle for decades. With technologically advanced lenses to protect eyes from UV rays, they actually offer style and substance. Another classic way to soak up the sun is in a pair of race-inspired Carreras. Not everyone can pull off Carreras, but if you can, do. On the right face, it’s a look that will definitely send temperatures soaring. Walk on sunshine everyday in a pair of oversized sunglasses. Tom Ford’s “Whitney” looks sunsational on just about everyone. If you’re more of a hot trend kind of girl, try colored rims. For the ultimate beach chic, shields offer the perfect combination of sexy and sporty. Now, get some shades and enjoy your island in the sun.
Drive Me Crazy
Made In The Shades
Hue's That Girl
Spring is here, so stash the winter parka. Instead, grab a Spring jacket that will keep you looking hot even when the weather is cool. Show off your sense of style and your spirit when you sport your team's color at the ball park. The orange ASOS '60s Trench is a great choice for Giants fans. For dressier occasions, we love a boyfriend jacket. But consider a change-up this season - with the jacket, not the boyfriend! Keep the boyfriend, but ditch the black jacket for a crisp, white color. Make it a cheap date with a blazer from ASOS, or splurge on a keeper by See by Chloe. You'll look and feel like a new woman, even though you're with the same old boyfriend.
We're huge fans of these jackets too!
Enjoy a night out with your new boyfriend...jacket.
May is typically the month for school fundraisers, which likely means you need cocktail attire faster than a shake and a stir. Make a bold statement at this year’s silent auction by bidding on a sure thing. Halston Heritage offers many hip and glamorous looks for fun raising moms. We love the lively neon coral Halston Heritage off the shoulder dress. The color is so right now and it looks breathtaking accessorized with gold and, for some of us, a spray tan. If you’re looking for an edgy alternative to the little black party dress, treat yourself to wow with Halston Heritage’s black and metallic silver stretch jersey jumpsuit. The dress and jumpsuit are reasonably priced so don’t haggle over whether to buy something new. Wear something amazing and put the fun in fundraiser.
Going Once, Going Twice
Sold to the Beauty in Black
Place Your Bids
All eyes are on Kate this week, but let’s not forget Queen Mum. She's deserving of a celebration too just one week from Sunday! Give mum the royal treatment this Mother’s Day. For loyal subjects in need of gift ideas, we're ready with a list of jewels befitting her role.
- Purse-sized perfumes are perfect for the busy mom who reigns over the locker room, the classroom and the boardroom.
- How about a new pocketbook for the mum who is always out of money, yet never buys herself a thing.
- Pretty new pajamas and a coupon to “Sleep in One Morning” will make mom feel like the queen she is.
- A cocktail ring will carry her from common to carriage.
- Forego the World’s Best Mom coffee mug. Instead, splurge on the world’s best hairbrush by Mason Pearson. Her crown will thank you!
We have such fond memories of last summer…the sun, the sand, the clogs. What began as an innocent summer-style romance is now a full-blown obsession. We’ve been longing for clogs to return to our closet and open up a new world of outfit possibilities. How do we love thee clogs? Let us count a few of the ways. We adore clogs for their versatility. Day or night, they quench our style desire by giving an outfit that extra edge. Pair clogs with shorts and a tee and you instantly have a “look”. Another reason to love clogs is they can complete you, or said another way, make you taller. We’ve been forever pining for a heeled shoe that is comfortable and appropriate for casual daywear. We’re also crazy about how flattering clogs make legs look. Slide into a pair of clogs and your legs will instantly look like you’ve been doing extra reps at the gym. Clogs. What’s not to love?
Love at First Sight
Head Over Heels
Searching for the One
Kids love an Easter egg hunt. We stylists love the hunt for egg-stra special attire. We’ve already filled our baskets with fancy pieces for our peeps. Her Ralph Lauren plaid dress coordinated with his plaid tie is to dye for. Is she more of a flower-girl? She’ll be the season’s prettiest bouquet in the Rare Editions Tulip dress from Macys. He’ll think it’s Easter Son-day in new sneakers and a gingham shirt that can be dressed up or down. Easter is just around the corner. We’ve made the hunt easy, so hop to it!
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The chicks will love his sporty style.
Disco isn’t the only thing staying alive from the 70s. We’re just digging this season's 70s-inspired style. Floor length maxi dresses, platform sandals and oversized accessories are enjoying a comeback. Make casual encounters dynamite by pairing Karin Grimaldi’s scoop-neck jersey maxi dress with Max & Chloe’s psychedelic “mood” ring. Hive & Honey’s wrap maxi offers a lot of cool for a little bread. If your social calendar reads party, shake your grove thing in Trina Turk’s one-shoulder prism striped maxi and Mira platform sandals by DVF. For a more dramatic evening look, try Leifsdottir’s retro-chic python print maxi. Go ahead and indulge your inner foxy lady with this retro trend. Just take it easy on the blue eye shadow.
How Deep Is Your Love
More Than A Woman
You Should Be Dancing
Last week we spread island fever with our hot swimsuit picks. Next on our vacation style itinerary? Swimsuit cover-ups. Turn your next trip seaside into a real beach ball with one of these must-have cover-ups. Topshop’s coral dress is definitely going in our suitcase. Its fresh color and asymmetrical hemline are just right for flirting with a balmy breeze. Vibrant colors are making a splash this year so dive into one of Trina Turk’s lively tunics. Passport protect your look with a versatile sarong. These beautiful beach wraps are known around the world and can literally turn a bikini into a work of art. For those of you who prefer a more sophisticated sand-between-your-toes style, try neutral tones. We like the San Sebastian Hooded Caftan in sand. Just add (salt) water.
Splash of Color
Just Add (Salt) Water
Surfing for Spring Break attire? We know shopping for a bathing suit is no vacation. You can relax. We've already been site-seeing. We've shopped our favorite online destinations so you'll look great at your tropical destination. Make waves in a flirty Juicy Couture ruffle halter swimdress. It's so flattering, it's sure to raise temperatures. Or, be your own point of interest in J Crew's madras string bikini. Saving your money for Mai Tai's? Old Navy and Target have a great selection of suits for less money than an umbrella drink. Remember, when you look good you feel good, so make confidence your souvenir from this trip.
Old Navy suits
More suits that make us want to travel.
We just love it when fashion smarts are a no-brainer. The denim shoe trend is as easy as ABC but will make you look like you’ve been working extra hard with a style tutor. Ace your next casual event by pairing a denim wedge or platform with boot-cut pants. We think the signature Hudson style in wheat makes the grade. For a look that’s more “meeting with the professor”, try a white cotton dress accented by denim pumps. Either way, you’ll get extra-credit for taking a fresh approach to a rote style. Now go do your homework and invest in a pair of denim shoes. You’ll graduate with style savvy and you don't even have to study.
Beauty and Brains
Jeanius Cheat Sheet
You’re not dreaming. High-rise denim is back, and this is your wake-up call! Fashion early-birds have already embraced this flattering style. Don’t snooze another season. High-waisted jeans are a dream come true for those who want to look taller and thinner. It’s an especially refreshing style for anyone with short legs. Put to rest the image of Jessica Simpson in her high-waisted “Mom” jeans. That was a nightmare. We promise you’ll have sweet dreams in the Georgia Trouser by 7 for All Mankind. Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba already have a pair. Better hurry - you snooze, you lose!
Daydreaming of more than one pair? Check out these styles.
It’s the time of year when the promise of a new season of wardrobe wonderfulness is upon us. We’d love nothing more than to put a little spring in our step with a fabulous new peep-toe or accent our closet with the colors of fresh cut flowers. But even though the calendar indicates spring will be here faster than bunnies hopping across the green grass, the temperature is still pretty chill. So, here we are, in between days. No need for seasonal style paralysis. The StyleShrinks are here to ease you out of this style transition and warm up your look. We’ve got fashion remedies to freshen your wardrobe now and keep you styling in sunnier days.
Spring It On
You may not be attending the Oscars, but we know you have other events and a desire to look good. You'll win best dressed in all categories wearing our Spring pick. The one-shoulder Diane Von Furstenberg mini is fun, flirty and comfortable. Unlike the coveted Oscar gowns, this is a dress you'll wear again and again. For a wedding, pair it with high-heels and red-carpet jewels. Even the bride will be yelling, "Who are you wearing?" Go effortlessly chic to your shower or school function in a denim jacket and strappy sandals. Or bum it at the beach, movie-star-style, in an oversized hat and flat, leather sandals. Enjoy your red-carpet moment!
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Start spreading the news, it’s Fashion Week in NYC and the StyleShrinks have the latest on spring style. For color, think bold. Hyper colors mixed with other electric hues are popping up everywhere. We’re also seeing bright whites from the Big City. Get spring chic instantly by pairing a flowing or lacey white top with super flare denim and platforms. Hemlines are being taken to new lengths in skirts. Designers are also embracing lace for spring, an effortlessly feminine look that we just love. And what would spring be without flowers? Floral prints are blooming in tops and dresses. If NYC style has you feeling fashion weak, get over it. Let your lack of confidence melt away with the snow and spring into some fresh looks.
Bright Whites, Big City
Going to New Lengths
There’s a storm brewing. Flare denim is gaining momentum and will likely strike your closet soon. Moderate to severe credit card damage is expected depending on your brand preference.
In a fog about what to wear with these new blues? You’ll be blown away with the options. Flare denim looks great with drapey tees, cropped sweaters, and tunics. We’ve especially warmed to the wider-leg paired with blousy, feminine tops.
The flare is all-weather denim. Wear them now with boots, in the spring with clogs, and in the summer with strappy sandals or espadrilles. StyleShrink Advisory: Unless you’re in a flood zone, keep your flare denim long and pair with a 2-3 inch heel. Flares paired with flats is, in our opinion, a snow-day look.
Wondering if this denim forecast means you should ice your skinnies? Absolutely not. Keep you skinnies, buy a flare and enjoy your denim accumulation!
Add a little flare to your everyday look...
A flare for all seasons...
All dressed up and no flare to go?
There are so many great flare styles, it makes our temperatures rise! Find your favorite below.
Wanna start a conversation close to the StyleShrinks’ hearts? Then let's talk about what you’re wearing this Valentine’s Day. Be a cutie at the classroom Valentine’s party with festive pieces that you’ll love to wear. Don’t give love a bad name by showing up in a predictable red or pink tee with jeans. That look will break our hearts. Try a long denim skirt and red clog instead. Get flirty with your outfit by adding heart-shaped jewelry or a love-inspired purse.
If your heart desires a date night look, we’ve fallen in love with Paige Denim’s Jaydn pants. They’re easy-to-wear, flattering and red hot with Marc Jacob’s lip-smacked pumps. If you’re really lucky in love and heading out for a night of romance, Nanette Lepore’s Latin Lover Dress will send a quiver of arrows straight to your date’s heart. Make a special effort to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb-Fourteen. After all, this is LOVE we’re talking about here. Remember the love.
With just eleven days until the Super Bowl, it’s time to tackle your party attire. Sport a team jersey with cargo skinnys and win best-dressed. Or sack the jersey and wear a plaid shirt in your teams colors. A military jacket is safety only for Packers fans. Team that with True Religion jeans with cool sideline stitching.
Punt the sneakers for this event. A pump or clog is a much better play. We’re loyal fans of a nude pump. It lengthens your legs and runs no interference with the rest of your outfit. But the shoe we keep runningback to is the clog. Its casual, and comfortable, with just enough style to show you’re in the game. Post-season, they’ll carry you to school plays, baseball practice and other mommy turf.
Here is a second string of clogs we're cheering for!
Let us guess, you resolved to exercise more this year? We did too, but being StyleShrinks, we had to work-out our style before breaking a sweat. In fact, pychologists say that when you look good, you feel good. That’s the conclusion from real doctors, not us self-proclaimed style shrinks. So, work-out your style, then hit the gym. We can’t weight to hear the results.
It’s never bad form to wear Lululemon. Be it long pants or cropped, black or bright, your booty will look like you’ve already done your squats. But maybe you're looking for a new routine? You’ll be in good shape with our pant picks from Adidas and Athleta.
Post workout showers are fabulous, but not realistic for the busy mom. So, tone your aerobic look with a bright track jacket. We found styles so cute, its a stretch to call them sportswear.
Finally, fully flex your unique style with a great choice in kicks. We’re talking sneakers here, not roundhouse.
Grey skies got you in a brittle mood? We’ve got a cure - a pedicure. Polish your 2011 wardrobe with a colorful new pair of shoes, a chemical-free remover for winter-blues. Keep your base coat simple, like jeans and a scoop neck top. Then add shine with a whimsical flat or boot. With just this simple pampering, you’ll buff the blues and look oh-so-cuticle!
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Think you can't pull off the legging look? You've braved low rise denim, platform shoes and skinny jeans. You’ve earned the right to a pair of leggings! They are the ultimate in comfort and quite flattering when worn correctly. Disclaimer: Leggings are not pants, but they are a perfect undergarment for a tunic, dress or cardigan. So, don’t deny yourself the most comfortable trend since the juciy sweatsuit. Our only fear is that you’ll never take them off.
Trust us, we’ve been naughty a lot this year but we’ve also been really nice. And we were nice even when we didn’t feel like it. So hopefully we won’t end up with anything practicoal under the tree. Just to be sure, here are a few things that would make the StyleShrinks’ Christmas merry and bright. We just can’t get enough cuff. Even though these bracelets are ridiculously cool, they aren’t prohibitively expensive. We’re also seeing red this year. Red handbags, that is. We've had our eyes on this red hot accessory all season. A girl’s got to prioritize her style budget so something pretty for the PM usually doesn’t make the cut. A little beauty sleep would be dreamy. See something you like? Borrow our list. The StyleShrinks make great Santa's helpers.