Ladies Fashion Trends

Trendy Houndstooth Coat
By Genevieve Ang

Fashion Expert

Trends in fashion often reflect the state of the world — think shorter hemlines in the Roaring Twenties and the grunge look in the rebellious ’90s. Trends in recent years have been all about going back to the basics. Streamlined silhouettes with a nod to classics of times past are coming into fashion again, and are applicable to every woman’s closet. From must-have apparel to on-trend colors, it’s easy to update your wardrobe with modern trends.

Classic Fabrics

Houndstooth

Traditionally a men’s pattern, Houndstooth was taken to the next level under the hands of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Dries van Noten, who draped the traditionally stiff fabric in the same way one would with a looser fabric like silk, and embroidered feminine trim on their Houndstooth pieces. Houndstooth is a black and white checkered print that can be paired with any color. It would be perfect for a statement coat or skirt, or even as a pair of shoes.

Leopard Print

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Leopard print scarf

Many women are afraid of wearing leopard, but this print is extremely on-trend. A leopard scarf or a pair of shoes would be the perfect accessory to an otherwise neutral outfit. Leopard can be paired with warm colors – greens, browns, and even dark reds would look lovely with it.

Velvet

Velvet is extremely soft to the touch and is made from a unique texture that beautifully reflects color. Velvet dresses, stoles, and skirts have become increasingly ubiquitous on the runways, and would be especially lovely for the holiday season in a mossy green, dark red, or deep purple. For warmer seasons, velvet has been popping up in short circle skirts and blazers, reworking a fabric only typically worn during the wintertime into a seasonless fabric.

Timeless Apparel

Sheinside women's white turtle neck sweater

Turtle neck sweater

Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks have been making a come-back on the runways. The turtleneck is a sweater with an extended neckline, usually one that covers the length of a wearer’s neck and folds down back to the shoulder. Pear shaped ladies might want to try a chunky cable knit turtleneck over black pants, whereas apple shaped ladies might like to try a slim-cut turtleneck with an a-line skirt and some tall riding boots.For the warmer months, sleeveless turtlenecks with a cropped, tight fit have been coming into popularity. This style is best worn on younger ladies, and paired with high-waisted pants and skirts.

Midi Skirts

Best suited for taller ladies, the midi skirt is a longer, calf-length skirt that is best paired with heels for some height. Midi skirts come in a variety of silhouettes — from a-line, to pleated, to pencil. Younger ladies might want to try pairing the midi skirt with a cropped sweater, whereas more mature ladies might want to pair it with tucked in shirts and v-neck cashmere sweaters to balance out the longer skirt length.

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Women’s boyfriend cardigan

Oversized Fit

An oversized fit describes clothes that are particularly slouchy or hang away from a woman’s body. Retailers have begun designing for women who want loose-fitting clothes without losing one’s womanly shape. Jeans, tops, and outerwear would be the best pieces to try this trend out with, such as the “boyfriend jeans,” “boyfriend cardigans” and “menswear coats” that have been very much in vogue in recent years. Keep in mind the overall look of the outfit as well. For example, while wearing items with an oversized fit, contrasting with feminine accessories and shoes would be a very chic way to go.

Muted Color

One-Color Outfits

One-color outfits, so named because of their monochrome palette on top and bottom, as well as outerwear and accessory pieces, streamline the silhouette and take a lot of the guesswork out of having to match colors in an outfit. This trend has been seen all over the runways, and is typically presented in a neutral palette — grey on Alexander Wang, and winter white on Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler.

one color outfits

Designers: Issey Miyake, Max Mara, Paul Smith

Grey

Seen on runways at Reed Krakoff and Alexander Wang, the new grey does more than fade into the background. It’s the perfect neutral that subtly distinguishes you from the all-black-wearing pack come wintertime. Grey goes perfectly with traditional fall colors like burgundy and mustard, and is also the perfect neutral for spring.

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Designers: Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney

Green

Dark, mossy green is universally flattering to all women, and is particularly beautiful made in velvet. For older women, a dark green turtleneck or cashmere sweater would be the perfect piece for a cold winter’s night, while for younger women, a skater dress in green velvet would be a lovely evening party piece. Clothes in this color can be paired with tartan plaid for some festive cheer.

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Designers: Cushine et Ochs, Richard Chai, Marc Jacobs

Accessories

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Breckelles women’s boots

Over-the-Knee Boots

Over-the-knee boots have made a resurgence in recent years. They are tall boots that come over the knee, and a version of them was popularized in the 1990 movie Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts. The updated version of the over-the-knee boot is less provocative than seen in the movie, and often looser on the calf. They are best worn with tights and shorter skirts, or over jeans during the winter season.

Smoking Slippers

Another trend that is inspired by menswear, smoking slippers have made a huge resurgence in recent seasons. They are flat shoes that have a higher and more angular toe box than a regular ballet flat. Some popular styles include contrast trim, velvet, and crests embroidered on the toe box. They can be worn by women of all ages and would complement most outfits.

Jane Stone mixed colored earrings

Jane Stone mixed color earrings

Statement Jewelry

Chunky statement jewelry in a mix of jewel tones and vintage-inspired pieces are extremely on-trend. Jeweled earrings are perfect for dressing up a neutral work dress, whereas a statement necklace would dress up a plain white t-shirt with ease. Designers have begun incorporating large faceted gems and chains of sparkly diamantes for accessories that add a touch of flair to any outfit.

Add Trendy Pieces to Your Wardrobe

It’s easier than ever to incorporate some trendy pieces into your closet no matter what your age or tastes. Contemporary trends have been less about particular pieces and more about patterns, colors, and fabrics. With so many options, it is easy to be on-trend without breaking the bank

Steampunk Fashions for Women

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By Kate Miller-Wilson

With its intriguing combination of Victorian romance and industrial chic, it’s no surprise that the Steampunk movement has found its way into everyday fashion. From full Steampunk-inspired outfits to cool accessories and details, there are lots of ways to incorporate this fantastic style into your wardrobe.

Five Fun Steampunk Trends to Try

If you want to add some Victorian industrial style to your look, you have lots of options.

1. Victorian Menswear Styling

Part of the appeal of this fashion trend is the way it blurs the boundaries between masculine and feminine. One cool way to do this is to incorporate Victorian menswear styles that are actually designed for the female body. Try some of these options:

  • Try a women’s tuxedo jacket, such as the Chic Star Three-Quarter Sleeve Women’s Tuxedo Jacket with Tails from Atomic Cherry. This slim-fitting cotton spandex jacket features six buttons and is fully lined. You can pair it with a full skirt and corset for a complete Steampunk outfit or simply wear it with jeans for a more subtle look. It comes in sizes six through 16 and retails for about $45.
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    Low Top Hat in Tan

    Add a good quality top hat like the Low Top Hat (pictured) from HatCrafters.com. This classic shape comes in black, gray, brown, and tan and fits head sizes between 6 7/8 and 7 7/8. It would look great with a full costume or as a decidedly Victorian accessory with your regular clothing. It retails for just under $90.

  • Make a tuxedo shirt part of your look to incorporate Victorian menswear in a subtle way. The Swiss-Dot Tuxedo Shirt from J. Crew is a great option because the sheer fabric is feminine and flirty while the cut is masculine. It comes in sizes 00 through 16 and retails for just under $90.

2. Leather Elements

Part of the Steampunk look involves a lot of leather, from small details like straps and jewelry to full leather coats or other clothing items. You can add Victorian-style leather elements to your wardrobe with some key purchases:

  • Add a Steampunk vibe to your look with a great jacket, like the Leather Tuxedo Blazer from Victoria’s Secret. Crafted in black leather and fully lined, this slim jacket has a Victorian feel while being modern at the same time. Wear it with anything from a ruffled shirt to a simple tank top. It comes in sizes 0 through 12 and retails for about $250.
  • Shaper Corset Leather Bustier

    Shaper Corset Leather Bustier

    Leather leggings can give you a full Victorian industrial look or simply add a touch of whimsy to your regular clothing. Try the Collection Leather Leggings in Tuxedo Stripe from J. Crew. The slim, head-turning design has a white stripe up the outside of each leg. They come in sizes 00 through 12 and retail for $650.

  • Incorporate a leather bustier or corset, which you can wear over a blouse or knit shirt or on its own. The Shaper Corset Real Leather Overbust Bustier (pictured) from Amazon.com is an ideal choice. You can pair it with jeans and a jacket or rock a bustle skirt and laced boots. It features steel boning and a comfortable cotton lining. It comes in sizes 34 through 56 and retails for about $130.

3. High-Contrast Stripes

One of the most iconic looks in Victorian fashion is the use of high contrast stripes, and this pattern has a strong presence in Steampunk-inspired clothing. Try some of these ideas for incorporating stripes into your look:

  • Try a vertical stripe in the form of a jacket, such as the Sleek Striped Moto Jacket from Forever 21. The cream and black polyester blend jacket has zippers and hardware that make it modern as well as Victorian. It would look great with black capris or a leather corset. It comes in sizes small, medium, and large and retails for just over $20.
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    I Can Seed Clearly Top

    A skirt is another great way to incorporate high-contrast stripes, especially when you choose a full style. The Striped Skirt from Zara is a short design that would look beautiful with a tuxedo jacket and tall boots. It comes in sizes small, medium, and large and retails for about $50.

  • You can also add stripes to your outfit in the form of a top. The I Can Seed Clearly Top ( (pictured) from ModCloth features a Victorian-style peplum and ivory and black stripes. It comes in sizes small through large and retails for $40.

4. Clockwork Prints

A huge part of the Steampunk movement is the use of mechanical and industrial elements. Clockwork prints have found their way onto clothing of all types. Consider these options:

  • Clockwork-printed fabrics can add Victorian industrial style to your modern wardrobe. The Versace Collection Short Sleeve Gear Print Dress is a great option. The black background on this simple sheath highlights the gold and silver gears that adorn the fabric. It comes in sizes 40 through 48 and retails for about $650 on Lyst.
  • 2LUV Clockwork Print Top

    2LUV Clockwork Print Top

    You can also use clockwork prints in a more casual, affordable way. The 2LUV Women’s Clockwork Print Top (pictured) is a cute sleeveless options that’s ideal for showing a little Steampunk style. The sheer chiffon fabric is light and pretty and is the perfect complement to denim or leather. It comes in sizes small through large and retails for under $20 on Amazon.com.

  • The Cute O’Clock Dress from ModCloth is another stylish option. Pair this clock-printed black chiffon number with leather leggings and a military jacket for a full Steampunk look, or opt for a more traditional style with sweet ballet flats and a brightly colored handbag. It comes in sizes small through extra large and retails for about $73.

5. Bustle Skirts and Corsets

Nothing calls to mind the Victorian era like bustle skirts and corset bodices. Steampunk fashion puts a modern spin on these antique styles with shorten hemlines, industrial hardware, and other fun touches. Try some of these looks:

  • An ethereal, modern take on the bustle dress, the Best of the Bunch Dress from ModCloth is a lovely choice. Wear this black and white dotted number on its own or pair it with leather. This fantastic chiffon dress has a flattering empire waist and comes in sizes XXS through 4X. It retails for about $125.
  • Mabella Steampunk Corset

    Mabella Steampunk Corset

    A corset with industrial-style chains and clasps is an ideal choice, whether you wear it with modern jeans or a full Steampunk costume. The Mabella Women’s Sexy Steampunk Corset (pictured) from Amazon.com is available in three colors and features a luxurious brocade fabric, quality steel boning, and cool chains and hardware. It comes in sizes small through XXL and retails for about $45.

  • A high-low hemline is an easy way to update a bustle skirt, and this means you can wear it with a full costume or with your favorite knit top. The Lorena Skirt from Ladies Emporium is a good option. The subtle gray stripe, flounces, and bustle are full of Victorian charm, and the higher front hem is fun and contemporary. It comes in sizes small through 3X and retails for about $80.

Complete Guide to Skirt Styles

Mini-Skirt

Mini-skirt
By Genevieve Ang

Fashion Expert

Skirts come in a wide variety of lengths and types. This comprehensive guide is laid out in order of length, starting from the shortest skirts and ending with the longest. As with all apparel, skirts can be made in a variety of different fabrics — which typically determines if the skirt is casual, professional, or evening wear.

Short Skirt Styles

Mini-skirt

The term mini-skirt is used to describe skirts with hemlines that are well above the knee, often halfway up the thigh. This skirt was popularized in the “Swinging Sixties,” with designer Mary Quant and model Jean Shrimpton bringing the style into prominence.

  • Mini-skirts can be paired with a variety of different tops, depending on the situation and one’s personal style. For a night out with friends, a tighter, more fitted top would be appropriate; for a more casual day out, it would be best to wear a more conservative top – long sleeved, with a looser fit – to balance out the shortness of the skirt.
  • The mini-skirt is best worn by younger women with either an apple-shaped body type or boyish shape.

Skater Skirt

Also known as a circle skirt, the skater skirt is a casual skirt with a waistband that sits at one’s true waist and is flared so that it will form a circle when laid flat. Because of the way the skirt is cut, it often falls in an a-line shape.

  • This casual skirt is extremely versatile, and can be paired with fitted tops to contrast with the flared shape or even looser tops tucked into the waistband. It has become trendy to wear skater skirts with a fitted cropped top, showing off a sliver of skin.
  • The skater skirt comes in a variety of lengths, and is universally flattering for all body types.
  • Longer skater skirts can be worn by women of all ages; shorter skater skirts should be worn by younger women.
Basic Skater Skirt

Skater Skirt

Skort

Also known as a scooter skirt, a skort is a combination of shorts and a skirt. It is usually designed as a pair of shorts with a piece of fabric over them, to give the appearance of a skirt. This style was particularly popular in the ’90s, when they were knee-length and were most frequently paired with a polo t-shirt. The skort has saw a recent revival in spring-summer 2013 with the popularization of Zara’s modern version. It has a mid-thigh length, with the “skirt” having an asymmetric hem.

  • This style is suited for women with an active lifestyle – it has the style of a skirt but with the ease of a pair of shorts, and is to be worn only in the daytime and for more casual occasions.
  • A more modern way of wearing this style is with a loose t-shirt or a cable-knit sweater.
  • This style suits all body types.
Columbia Women's Armadale II Skort

Columbia Women’s Armadale II Skort

Bubble Hem

The bubble hem skirt puffs out at the bottom due to the hem being tucked back under, resulting in a voluminous style. This skirt has waned in popularity since its peak in the late 1990’s.

  • This skirt is best worn with a fitted top to balance out the rounded shape of the skirt.
  • This style is best suited for younger women who have apple-shaped body types.
Bubble Hem Skirt

Bubble Hem Skirt

Knee-Length Styles

Bell-Shaped

The bell-shaped skirt, as the name implies, resembles a bell in that the skirt flares from the waist but falls in a straight line to the knee from that initial flare. It is typically made from heavier fabrics that hold their shape well. The most famous proponent of the bell-shaped skirt is Jackie Kennedy, who frequently wore dresses with bell-shaped skirts to glamorous effect.

  • This skirt is best worn in the evening at formal occasions, with a fitted top.
  • It is best worn by apple-shaped ladies.
Belle-Shaped Skirt

Belle-Shaped Skirt

Full

The full, knee-length skirt is flattering for all women. The waistband of a full skirt typically cinches at one’s true waist, the smallest part of a woman’s body, with the rest of the skirt falling to the knee.

  • Its conservative length makes it extremely versatile – depending on the fabric and the print, it can be worn to work and to religious and family occasions, and even to formal evening events if made in a fabric like jacquard or lace.
  • The best way to wear a full skirt is with a fitted top tucked into the waistband in order to highlight the nipped-in waist.
  • This skirt can be worn by ladies of all ages and body shapes.
50s Style Full Skirt

50s Style Full Skirt

Pleated

Traditionally associated with private school uniforms, the pleated skirt has become ubiquitous in recent years. The effect varies based on size of the pleats. For example, thicker pleats are more reminiscent of schoolgirl days, whereas thinner pleats are more contemporary and on-trend. The pleated skirt can come in a variety of lengths – mid-thigh (mini), knee-length, calf-length (midi), and even maxi. A more modern take on the skirt is using fabrics like leather or chiffon, as opposed to the more traditional wool-blend.

  • This type of skirt is best worn with a top tucked into the waistband.
  • Pleated skirts can be worn by women of all body types and shapes.
Cookie's Kids Long Pleated Skirt

Pleated Skirt

A-Line

The A-Line skirt, when laid flat, forms a triangle shape where the skirt flares out gently from the waistband.

  • The A-line skirt is traditionally knee-length, making it an appropriate choice for most occasions.
  • This style is perfect for pear-shaped ladies as it emphasizes the waist and does not cling to the hips.
A-Line Skirt

A-Line Skirt

Pencil

The pencil skirt is a staple for many professional women closet – and rightly so. This style is cut straight down, and when laid flat, forms a rectangle.

  • Often paired with a suit jacket, the pencil skirt is best worn in professional environments. A pencil skirt in a suiting fabric is appropriate for business formal dressing, and an appropriate top would be a formal button-down shirt or a silk shell to be worn under a suit jacket.
  • Retailers like J.Crew have started making pencil skirts in a variety of fabrics, including colorful wools, printed cotton blends, and heavier jacquard prints. These skirts are better suited for business casual environments and, in the case of the heavier jacquard fabrics, at nighttime professional events. In these situations, a loose silk top or a sweater in a complementary color would work best.
  • Women of all body types and all ages, with the exception of pear-shaped figures who might find it challenging to find a well-fitting pencil skirt, can wear the pencil skirt.
    Ann Klein Pencil Skirt

    Pencil Skirt

Jean

The jean skirt is a variant of the pencil skirt, but made with denim. Typically done in a lighter wash, the jean skirt comes in varying lengths, including above the knee and right at knee-length. The jean skirt rose in prominence during the early 1990’s, but has undergone a revival in recent years.

  • A modern way to wear the jean skirt would be with a silk, button-up shirt to add a sleek contrast to its casualness, or with a t-shirt paired with a statement necklace.
  • This skirt is best suited for pear-shaped ladies and women with more boyish figures.
Carhartt Denim Skirt

Jean Skirt

Long Styles

Maxi

The longest skirt of this list, the maxi skirt is an ankle-length skirt. It comes in a variety of styles and fabrics. Depending on the fabric, the maxi skirt can either be tight and form-fitting, or it can flow away from the body in a looser manner.

  • The maxi skirt is typically worn for more casual occasions, though it can be possible to wear one for more formal evening occasions. It is an extremely versatile style, and typically suits taller women.
  • There is a maxi skirt for every kind of body type – apple-shaped ladies can wear the more form-fitting skirts, whereas pear-shaped ladies should try on the looser versions with a tucked shirt.
Azules Rayon Maxi Skirt

Maxi Skirt

High-Low

The high-low skirt is one where the hemline is shorter at the front and longer at the back. This style has become quite popular, and is a trendy alternative to a full maxi skirt.

  • It is best worn on casual occasions or for parties, and can be worn with a variety of different tops.
  • The high-low skirt can be worn by ladies of all body types and heights.
Hi-Low Skirt

Hi-Low Skirt

Midi

A skirt that falls to the mid-calf, the midi skirt is also known as the tea-length skirt. It’s conservative length makes it perfect for more formal occasions. A recent take on the midi skirt is to have a sheer overlay that reaches to the calf, and a shorter opaque half-slip inside the skirt.

  • The midi skirt can be paired with a variety of tops including looser tops tucked into the waistband, fitted tops, and even crop tops – a recent trend best suited for younger women.
  • It is best to wear this style with high heels.
  • The midi skirt suits all body types, but is best worn by taller ladies, as the in-between length truncates the leg and shortens the leg line
Monsoon Midi Skirt

Midi Skirt

Sarong

The sarong is an extremely casual skirt best suited for beach vacations. The sarong skirt is a rectangle of fabric that is tied at the waist, typically made from a printed cotton. It originates from the indigenous communities of Asia, Africa, and the Pacific islands.

  • The sarong is mostly used as a beach cover up.
  • It is best paired with casual sandals.
  • It suits all body types as the waistband is adjustable and it comes in a variety of lengths.
Swimsuit Cover-up Sarong

Swimsuit Cover-up Sarong

Vast Selection

With so many styles to choose among, there are plenty of skirt options to suit everyone. No matter what your taste or body style – or the type of occasion you are dressing for – there’s a skirt that will meet your needs.

Metallic Fashion Accessories

By Emily McCarthy

Metallic accessories are a must-have for any stylish wardrobe, and it’s easy to see why: they’re a great way to add a touch of glamour to any outfit. They are the perfect compliment to casual and dressy looks and can take you from day to night in one easy step.

Types of Metallic Accessories

Bags

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Clutches and small metallic handbags are the perfect way to transition your outfit from day to night. Medium-sized metallic bags can be a subsitute for your day bag. However, avoid really large totes and handbags in metallics; they’re overwhelming. If you are carrying a bag that is bigger than an evening size, make that your only metallic accessory.

  • Sequins are a fun way to incorporate metallics into your look; try something like this small shoulder bag by Diane von Furstenberg for evenings out.
  • This metallic clutch by Glint is the perfect evening look. Bring it out when you wear your favorite little black dress.

Shoes

metallic shoes

Shoes in metallic shades are a great way to wear the trend. Metallic ballet flats and sandals dress up jeans and casual dresses while staying appropriate for daytime and work, and pumps are a must for a night out.

  • The J Crew Cece ballet flat, available in gold or silver, is a fabulous everyday shoe. Wear it to the office or out to brunch with jeans and a tee.
  • Silver Marc by Marc Jacobs pumps are the perfect example of a new take on a classic; the color goes with almost everything and instantly glams up your evening look.

Jewelry

metallic jewelry

Jewelry is the most common and versatile metallic accessory. You will always be able to find a diverse selection of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. to suit any occasion from the most casual to the most formal. Gold and silver are some of the more popular metals used in jewelry, but copper and rose gold are also widely available and give a chic, unexpected metallic element to any look.

  • This rose gold and black ceramic, menswear style​, Vince Camuto watch from Macy’s is a great statement piece.
  • These ‘Layers of Love’ bangles are classic and will compliment other gold jewelry and accessories well.
  • Dangling earrings like this silver pair from Novica are a delicate addition to day and evening looks.

Belts

metallic belt

Metallic belts are the perfect way to add a subdued shine to your look. They look amazing with jeans and dresses, and you can be use them to dress up a day look or put the finishing touch on an evening look. They’re also a great, simple way to transition an outfit from work or day to night. Stay with skinny belts when wearing a metallic shade; they’re more refined than wider styles.

  • A chain link belt like this one from Ralph Lauren can jazz up a sundress or an LBD with an elegant touch of sparkle.
  • This Cole Haan platinum leather belt is a great twist on a wardrobe staple; the color and style are versatile and classicly chic.

Scarves

metallic scarf

Scarves with metallic threads woven throughout are an elegant, subtle way to dress up jeans and a blouse. They also make great wraps with a cocktail look. If you’re wearing a bolder style scarf that is fully metallic, tread carefully with other accessories. Keep your jewelry simple and leave your other statement metallics at home.

  • This Luxury Divas scarf is simple, versatile, and effortlessly chic.
  • A metallic scarf like this one from stella & dot is a great statement piece.

Where to Buy Them

Because of their popularity and versatility, metallic accessories are widely available. You’ll find the best selection at these retailers:

  • J Crew: J Crew makes fabulous shoes in metallic shades and has an extensive jewelry line. Orders over $175 ship for free.
  • Urban Outfitters: Urban Outfitters is a great source for affordable accessories. They have a fantastic jewelry selection and tons of bags, shoes, belts, and other items. All orders over $50 get free shipping.
  • Zappos: You can find all kinds of metallic accessories from various designers at Zappos, and every order ships free.
  • Amazon: Amazon has a seemingly endless selection of metallic accessories from a wide range of designers and stores. Look for vendors that offer free shipping.
  • Ebay: Check out Ebay for deals on all kinds of designer accessories like Rebecca Minkoff bags. Narrow your search by designer and/or category and be sure to buy from reputable sellers with good feedback.

Styling Tips

Metallic accessories are fantastic. But like anything, you can have too much of a good thing. Here are a few tips to keep you looking sparkly-chic:

  • Keep your metallic items other than jewelry to two at most. For example, if you’re wearing a metallic belt and shoes, don’t wear a metallic bag.
  • As a general rule, you shouldn’t wear more than three pieces of jewelry at once. However, it’s largely a matter of personal taste. Just keep in mind that when wearing multiple pieces together, you should stick to one statement item and keep the rest simple.
  • Stick to simple jewelry at a minimal level when incorporating bolder metallic items like shoes or a bag into your outfit.
  • Don’t mix metals. Choose one shade when wearing multiple metallic accessories.
  • Choose a level of shine you’re comfortable with. If you don’t want to go full-on metallic, items with a pearlized finish are subtler but still provide a glamorous touch.

Add Glamour and Fun

Accessories with a metallic sheen are a stylish way to modernize basic pieces in your wardrobe. They instantly add an element of glamour to any outfit and are a fun alternative to more classic neutral colors. When using metallic accessories, the most important thing to remember, as always, is to have fun and wear whatever makes you feel good.

8 Reasons Successful People Are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day

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The capsule wardrobe movement continues to gain momentum.

Fast fashion deserves criticism. And our culture’s obsession with ever-changing fashion trends is an artificial pursuit manufactured by those who benefit from it.

The capsule wardrobe movement is far from mainstream. But, elevated in the social consciousness by some high-profile personalities, more and more people are applying minimalist principles to their fashion.

Many people outside the movement remain skeptical. They wonder why anybody would intentionally choose to wear the same outfit every day—especially when financial resources are not in question.

Evaluating my personal experience with a minimal wardrobe and studying recent profiles in various publications, I have created this list of reasons.

If you have ever wondered why some successful people choose to wear the same outfit everyday, or better yet, if you are considering adopting a more streamlined wardrobe yourself, here are 8 convincing reasons:

1. Fewer decisions. Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. For people who make significant decisions every day, the removal of even one—choosing clothes in the morning—leaves them with more mental space and better productivity throughout the day.

This forms the basis for President Barack Obama’s limited fashion options, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Mark Zuckerberg cites similar rationale. One less frivolous decision in the morning leads to better decisions on things that really matter.

2. Less time wasted. We have no idea how much of a burden our possessions have become until we begin to remove them. But when we do, we immediately discover a new life of freedom and opportunity. It was almost five years ago that I first experimented with Project 333—a personal challenge of wearing only 33 articles of clothing for a period of 3 months. The project is simple, life-changing, and wildly beneficial. I quickly discovered one of the greatest benefits of limiting my wardrobe: the gift of time. Getting ready in the morning became easier, quicker, and more efficient.

3. Less stress. Matilda Kahl, an art director in New York cites both decision fatigue and less time getting ready as her reason for wearing the same outfit everyday. But she adds another: less stress—specifically, less stress during the day over the decision she originally made in the morning. “Is this too formal? Is that too out there? Is this dress too short? Almost always, I’d choose something to wear I regretted as soon as I hit the subway platform.” But now, in her trademark silk white shirt and black trousers, she has one less source of anxiety during the day.

4. Less wasted energy. Christopher Nolan has created several of the most critically and commercially successful films of the early 21st century. But, according to New York Times Magazine, he decided long ago it was “a waste of energy to choose anew what to wear each day.” Now, he settles instead for a dark, narrow-lapeled jacket over a blue dress shirt with black trousers over sensible shoes to wear each day.

Christopher offers an important distinction when he refers to “wasted energy.” Not only do large wardrobes require more decision-making, they also require more maintenance, more organization, and more shuffling around. Additionally, while a capsule wardrobe may not result in less laundry, it does result in both easier laundry and storage.

5. Feeling put together. Denaye Barahona is a young mother in Dallas, TX. This spring, she exchanged her full, disorganized closet for a minimal wardrobe of versatile pieces she loves to wear. She summarizes the difference like this, “Pre-capsule, my wardrobe was like the Cheesecake Factory menu. It went on for days and was overwhelming. Most of my options didn’t fit right, didn’t look right, or I just plain didn’t like. On the other hand, my capsule wardrobe is like a fine-dining restaurant. I have fewer choices but I can be sure all of the choices will be amazing. Not only do I look better, I feel better.”

Easy, versatile, and always put together. This is the promise and opportunity of a capsule wardrobe—and just one more reason the movement continues to grow.

6. Iconic. Alice Gregory is a writer living in New York City. Last year, her piece for J. Crew magazine brought a new word into my reasoning for wearing a uniform. She called it “Iconic. A cheap and easy way to feel famous.” She continues, “A uniform can be a way of performing maturity or, less charitably, impersonating it. A uniform insinuates the sort of sober priorities that ossify with age, as well as a deliberate past of editing and improving.”

Alice points out that wearing the same outfit everyday is a way of asserting your status as a protagonist. “This is the reason why characters in picture books never change their clothes: Children—like adults, if they’d only admit it—crave continuity. Adopting the habit of wearing a uniform is not unstylish—this is a classification that no longer applies.”

7. Less expense. Our closets are full of clothes and shoes purchased, but rarely worn. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually. Which may not seem like a lot—until you consider that most clothing purchases are not based on need at all. In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30—one for every day of the month.

Living with a capsule wardrobe or adopting an iconic uniform removes most of the waste and expense from trial-and-error clothing purchases—not to mention all the time wasted shopping for items only to return later.

8. More peace. Last month, Drew Barrymore wrote an article for Refinery 29 highlighting her new stage of life and relationship with clothes. “For starters, I’m almost 40, and the 20s clothes don’t make sense anymore. And, after two babies, the 30s clothes don’t fit anymore. I am at a clothing crossroads, and it’s a painful one at times.” To counter these feelings, Drew put herself on a closet diet limiting her wardrobe and only buying items thoughtfully. Months later, her closet is “sane and happy.” Getting dressed is no longer a battle. And her fashion sense is “now calmer and more peaceful.”

We are a society drowning in our possessions. People are looking for freedom and rescue. They are searching for new solutions. No wonder the capsule wardrobe movement continues to grow.

Those who adopt minimalist principles in their wardrobe choices are discovering more productivity, less stress, less distraction, less expense, and more peace.

knitwear specialists to high street favourites

It’s time to set aside the plain knitwear and make this season the one to experiment with print.

With patterned designs landing themselves a place in our top trend countdown for autumn/winter 2015, it’s only right we showcase some of the best in the market.

However, bold doesn’t need to mean brash. Many labels are combining striking motifs with quality fabrics to create standout yet sophisticated garments you can slip on any day of the week.

From knitwear specialists to high street favourites, these ten pieces will help you tap into this trend with ease.

1. PS By Paul Smith Arrow-Intarsia Wool Sweater

British designer label Paul Smith’s PS diffusion line always brings the fun.

This arrow printed number adds a playful edge to a simple grey crew neck. A perfect statement piece to mix in with basics and smarter pieces, it offers plenty of colour without going overboard.

Available at Mr Porter, priced £165.

PS BY PAUL SMITH ARROW-INTARSIA WOOL SWEATER

2. John Smedley Lithic Jumper

Fresh from its autumn/winter 2015 presentation, this printed jumper by John Smedley recreates the intricate pattern of Derbyshire’s Blue John stone on extra fine merino wool.

Modern and refined in equal measure, this option will add a directional aspect to any outfit.

Available at John Smedley, priced £225.

Lithic In Midnight

3. ASOS Jumper with Fluffy Yarn & Grid Check

Go geometric with this grid print jumper by ASOS. The monochrome pattern is strong enough to stand out, but not too brash that you’ll find it hard to work into your existing wardrobe.

Wear over a black shirt and with your favourite skinny jeans for an alternative smart-casual look.

Available at ASOS, priced £34.

ASOS Jumper with Fluffy Yarn and Grid Check

4. Neil Barrett Lightning Bolt Intarsia-Wool Sweater

Fashion designer Neil Barrett perfected his craft at the likes of Gucci and Prada before establishing his own label in 1999. The Englishman has since made waves in the menswear world, thanks to his statement streetwear, which comes with a refined twist.

This playful jumper stays true to form, offering an unmissable print on a high quality knit that others are sure to want.

Available at Mr Porter, priced £280.

NEIL BARRETT LIGHTNING BOLT-INTARSIA WOOL SWEATER

5. H&M Jacquard-Knit Jumper

Swedish fast fashion retailer H&M has brought an Aztec touch to knitwear this season, producing this colourful piece to brighten up those cold and dark days.

Crafted from soft cotton, team with plain dark denim and a simple pair of trainers to keep your outfit feeling tidy and balanced.

Available at H&M, priced £29.99.

Jacquard-knit jumper

6. Maison Kitsuné Fox Head Sweater

Parisian brand Maison Kitsuné embraced its Japanese translation, ‘fox’, to create a statement knit this season.

Set against a black backdrop, the quirky animal emblem acts as the centrepiece, while lambswool construction offers light and easy wear. Slip this on with tailored trousers and a clean-cut white shirt for a true European vibe.

Available at END Clothing, priced £279.

MAISON KITSUNÉ FOX HEAD SWEATER Black

7. Zara Striped Sweater

This striped Zara jumper sticks to the simple and classic. Despite embracing standard cream and navy nautical stripes, it’s the ribbed texture that really brings the piece to life.

Plus, with its light colouring, this sweater will see you through the tail end of summer and right into winter.

Available at Zara, priced £25.99.

STRIPED SWEATER

8. Reiss Church Printed Lightweight Jumper

Reiss rarely steers towards bold patterns, however it seems to have bent its rules slightly for autumn/winter 2015.

This printed wool and cotton option shows off the retailer’s take on camouflage, coming in a rich burgundy palette with tonal patches of purple and brown.

Stick to muted shades elsewhere to let the jumper really pop.

Available at Reiss, priced £85.

CHURCH PRINTED LIGHTWEIGHT JUMPER BORDEAUX

9. Scotch & Soda Giant Spot Jumper

Since its relaunch in the early 2000s, Dutch label Scotch & Soda has once again become a firm favourite of stylish men across the globe.

This polka dot jumper is just one example of its dedication to contemporary design, offering a fun standout print on an everyday garment. Don’t be put off by the striking pattern, this piece is as versatile as they come, looking just as great layered over a button-down shirt as it does a plain tee.

Available at John Lewis, priced £145.

Scotch & Soda Giant Spot Jumper, Navy

10. Ted Baker Carguy Zigzag Pattern Wool Jumper

Graphic lines bring a flashy edge to this soft merino wool jumper from Ted Baker, while the rich purple shade will help you stand out in a heard of black-coated commuters.

Team with clean white leather trainers and dark skinny jeans for a super-slick urban look.

Available at Ted Baker, priced £95.

CARGUY Zigzag pattern wool jumper