There is something to be said for the perfect rainy day outfit. It can transform a gloomy, damp afternoon into a cozy and comfortable haven. Since Spring is the season of rain showers and puddle jumping, it only seems reasonable to have an outfit to go along. And, if there’s an outfit, well, it only seems reasonable that it be Burberry-inspired.
For all of you with a desire to try hot yoga, I highly recommend it. It adds an element to yoga that helps you to stretch your muscles further, with a multitude of various other benefits. So many people are nervous or afraid to try yoga because they are intimidated and have no idea what to expect. However, it’s so worth taking that risk, as there are so many benefits of yoga, from physical to emotional to psychological. In lieu of my certification to teach yoga in 2014 & my new(ish) blog Trends & Trikonasanas (oh yes, I went there…) dedicated to all things related to health & wellness, I felt inspired to try to take some worrisome aspect out of attending a yoga class by providing a simple template on what to wear (and some other good-to-know tidbits). Oh, and if you’re in the Minnesota area, be sure to check out MNYoga Magazine– it’s free!- where in this month’s issue, I highlight tips for what to wear to and from the studio (or you can read the online version here)!
Swimwear Trends for the Upcoming Season
Choosing the right bikini or one-piece is often a lifelong struggle for women. On one hand, there’s all those “rules” that tell you which body type you have and which swim suit suits you best. On the other hand, there are always such amazing fashion trends that don’t exactly work for your body type. It’s a difficult process, but there is something for every body type to choose from with the range of different cuts, designs, and products.
When it comes to the design of all types of swimsuits, it is easy to forget all that you know about them or you think you know. One thing is for sure, the one-piece swimsuits will be big this year, just as they were the previous season.
What makes them even more interesting are the alterations to the classical one piece swimsuits, like cut-outs. Also, don’t be surprised if you see some one piece swimsuits with leg openings that reach all the way over your hips, or those with collars or G-strings.
It seems that this year, the designers have attempted to reinvent the look of the swimsuits and break down all the rules. Two-piece swimsuits with long sleeves and those with many straps and ribbons will definitely leave some interesting tan lines on the beaches this year.
If you thought that the cuts will go nuts this season, you should definitely check out the colors and patterns. This season, you just cannot go wrong. The very colorful and complex patterns are a real hit this season. If they are on a two-piece swim suit they can be only on one piece while the other one can be single colored. Or it doesn’t have to be.
There are also some really nice, simple, one piece swimsuits with bright colors that resemble those of the ‘90s and even a whole trend of entirely black swimwear that combines some interesting materials and bring some classy elegance to the beach. While this extravaganza is in this year, there is also entirely different stream in trends this year, with very simple and sporty designs which go with those bright and simple colors and straight lines.
All these conclusions about the swim suits for the year to come are taken by analyzing and watching what the designers have come up with. To name the few: Department stores had some fun experimenting with new styles. Their choices for this season include straps, straps, and more straps which make one-piece suits look like two pieces connected with interesting cuts and designs.
Besides that, they used some crochet in their designs and focused their main colors on yellow and bright pink. On the other hand, Planet Blue has taken an entirely different direction with the colors. They are all for muted, earthy and skin tones and their prints are all scenery-like. The cuts and styles put the efficiency and sporty look as a priority. Alene Too wanted to make the swimwear something that will be worn outside the beach as well. Interesting cuts that resemble tops more than swim suits can be used as regular clothes as well.
What to expect to see in stores this Spring
All these ideas that come from the designers are interesting and fun, but once you go out in search of your go-to swimwear for this year, you can expect to see brands like Victoria Secret to have more universal versions of these design ideas, along with the classical cuts from past seasons.
Therefore, this year, it is very hard to go wrong. Perhaps, the best bet is to choose the suit according to your body type but go trendy with the choice of colors and patterns. The best thing about this trend is that if you cannot decide if you want a one color or patterned swimsuit, you can choose both!
Romeo climbs into the garden of his beloved and tells Juliet ‘With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for stony limits cannot hold love out.’
Most females (and men) out there are in awe of the beauty of the Victoria’s Secret angels, as well as the creativity shown in each of their annual fashion shows.
Taking some fashion inspiration from them, along with the genius known as Sophia Webster, angel wings are a beautiful complement to the season’s ethereal mood. From earrings to vests to heels, and from angel to butterfly to dragonfly wings, these romantic details add a subtle feminine touch to any outfit.
What do you think of the wing-inspired accessories and apparel? Which are your favorite pieces?
It seems as though everyone is always perpetually trying to get packing right. No matter how many times I travel, I never seem to do it exactly perfect. It’s either too much or too little. Thanks to the lovely ladies at College Fashion, they found the perfect 15 items that are versatile enough to interchange for however long your vacation is.
Bonus: You’ll still have room left for shopping!
A few other tips for packing:
1. Pack in advance. Add things to your suitcase as soon as you get your travel dates arranged. This way, you won’t be frantically throwing unnecessary items in your luggage the night before in an attempt to get some sleep before your 4 AM flight…. (Yes, I have been there before, and far too often).
2. Make a checklist. If you’re one of those people that know you will forget to pack socks for your hiking trip in Ecuador, make a checklist to remind yourself of those essentials.
3. Choose basics. Although it may seem a bit boring to pack basics, it will save you space to shop for all those unique items you’ll find along your trip. Plus, basics are easy to mix and match, thus creating a functional and minimalistic wardrobe.
4. Check the weather. If the weather forecast shows highs in the mid-50’s throughout your trip, it probably won’t be necessary to pack those amazing new striped high-waisted shorts (even though you’re dying to wear ’em).
Product Info (all under $100!): Trench Coat – H&M, Hooded Jacket – Blackfive, Chunky Sweater – Blackfive, Long Tee – Abercrombie & Fitch, Leggings – New Look, Jeans – Blackfive, Chambray Shirt – American Eagle, Short Sleeve Blouse – H&M, Short Tee – Athleta, Dress – Abercrombie & Fitch, Sneakers – Adidas, Flats – ModCloth, Booties – ModCloth, Satchel – ModCloth, Infinity Scarf – Nordstrom
Here are a four sample outfits made from the above 15:
Do you have any other essentials to add to the list?
One of the best fashion trends from this year was pencil skirts. Although they are a classic staple in every woman’s wardrobe, in 2014 they became more daring than ever. With extreme (and sometimes multiple) slits, as seen from Aquazurra, to varied hemlines to unique fabrics, especially see-through sheer. Here are some of the top favorites below:
Whether there’s snow on the ground or not, white is everywhere in fashion this season. Wear it in an oversized, fuzzy wool sweater, on your feet or bag, or in fur (faux or real, we won’t tell!). It looks great in an all-white ensemble, especially with metallic elements and white gold jewelry.
It’s almost the time of Halloween parties, and you realize you’ve forgotten to pull anything together or stop by your nearest costume shop. Don’t fret- try this easy Harry Potter DIY costume using pieces you most likely already own.
What to wear:
- White button-up
- Black skirt
- Black socks or tights
- Black heels
- Wand (this one is questionable…)
The Perfect Swimwear for Your Vacation Destination
If you’ve planned a fall or winter vacation to somewhere warm, you’ve probably already thought about what you’re going to take with you. With the summer coming to an end, what are your options for finding a vacation-ready swimsuit (not to mention cover-up) that will look great and fit into the local vibe? Believe it or not, your options are not as limited as you might think.
When it comes to finding swimwear at the end of the summer, your best bet could be the Internet. Why? Because as stores are phasing out summer inventory to make way for fall and winter clothing and accessories, their Internet sites are not, because it doesn’t take up any precious floor space to offer swim apparel all year long on a website!
Keep in mind that online shopping, with all of its conveniences, does have one main drawback: shipping. Shipping may cost a few extra dollars (not always), but mainly, it takes time. So if you have less than a month before your departure, don’t wait another day to start perusing websites and ordering suits that you like.
Remember, you can always return what doesn’t work. Save the packaging and online receipt and you will have no trouble returning for full credit what doesn’t “suit” you!
If you do want to shop for swimsuits in person, your best option as the summer winds down is larger, national department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Barneys New York, etc. These stores have so much retail space that they can afford to have some “resort wear” or seasonal items like swim suits all year long. You will be far less likely to find out-of-season items at smaller stores and boutiques, which must devote their space to what is in season and sought after by the majority of their customers.
So now that you know where to look, what do you wear poolside in different destinations? Again, your go-to source is the Internet. Find out what’s hot by searching online: magazines published in those countries or regions where you will be traveling are great sources of trendy looks.
Here are a few ideas to get you going:
As most people know, more is more (is more) in Miami when it comes to bling. Rhinestones, animal prints, jeweled looks and lots of straps and ties are what’s hot.
They’re called “Brazilian waxes” for a reason. Swimwear in Rio and other hot spots in the southern hemisphere are skimpy, as Brazilians believe in flaunting it if you’ve got it. Basically, the swimsuits in Brazil make what women are wearing in the United States look like giant diapers. However, contrary to some rumors, Brazilian women do not go topless on the beach. If you want to fit in with what the locals are wearing, leave very little to the imagination…and don’t forget your waxing appointment before you go.
Another tip: If you want to blend in at the beaches, don’t bring a towel. Brazilian women bring sarongs, or “cangas” to lay out on, and the men rent chairs to sit on in the sunshine. And if you really want to fit in, a pair of havaianas should do the trick.
· Las Vegas:
Notorious for its lavish day clubs where the party starts shortly after the sun comes up (and continues as long as you want), the swimwear styles in Vegas are chic and sleek, while also eye-catching and swanky. This sizzling two-piece (above) by Agent Provocateur complements tanned skin, and commands attention.
The land down under fairly closely follows American fashion, give or take a few details. Right now, the hot look in Australia is the high-waisted bikini bottom, just like in the United States. In fact, big bows, polka dots and plenty of material won’t make you look dowdy, but it will make you look like you’re on the cutting edge of fashion.
· Southern California:
Like most things in California, anything goes. Grab a pair of swim shorts (also called board shorts), a rash guard and a pair of flip-flops and fit right in! Or throw on a strappy bikini or polkadot, high-waisted 50s throwback and you’re all set.
Don’t forget the most important rule when it comes to picking out a swimsuit: how you feel when wearing it. The last thing you want to be doing is fidgeting or feeling self-conscious. Buy what you feel good in and you will look great and have fun!
About our guest author, Patricia:
Patricia Hogenes is a full time mom who spends time taking her youngest child to his activities or helping him with homework. In her free time, she enjoys writing articles for PoolProducts.com and particularly likes researching new topics.