Fashion in Color: Timeless Rouge Red

From fashion to beauty, this season’s trending color is a bold, intense red. Red lips dominated the Spring 2013 collections at Prada and Rocha, and bright red dresses lit up the runways for Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior and Diane von Furstenberg. Red can be elegant as it evokes timeless beauty with hints of contemporary passion. Plus, unlike some trendy colors, the right red will continue to look great year after year.

Rouge Red Fashion

1. Pair matte red lipstick with minimal makeup to keep your look modern.

Apply a coat of foundation to your lips to boost lipstick’s staying power, and
then lightly fill in your natural lip shape with a red lip liner. Sweep on your favorite red lipstick, like Wet’n’ Wild’s MegaLast Lip Color in Stoplight Red, and blot. Add a coat of mascara to your lashes and a quick dusting of nude blush to the apples of your cheeks, and you’re ready to go.

2. Steal the show in a rouge dress.

This vibrant color can make you the star of any room you enter, whether it is a prom, date, or night of on the town with the girls. Some retailers, such as Asos and David’s Bridal, allow you to browse dresses by color so you can find the fit that best suits you.

Unbroken, vertical lines makes your body look sleek, so opt for an empire waist and flowing fabrics, like the combination in David’s Bridal’s Flower One Shoulder Mesh Gown to elongate your silhouette. If you want the mid-length, below-the-knee fitted dress that flatters your legs– go for the Asos Lipsy Structured Pencil Dress. Pair with nude shoes to make legs look even longer, or opt for a pair of matching red heels, like Aldo’s Mawusi pumps, to showcase your playful side.

3. Add a pop of color with red accessories.

Red pairs well with staple wardrobe colors like black, white and navy. It
can be worn just as beautifully with silver jewelry as it can with gold.

Punch up a little black dress with a red clutch, like this Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock from Kohl’s or a Sondra Roberts clutch from Bloomingdale’s. Introduce a crocheted red bead necklace from Target, or Nine West’s Augustina ballet flats to a knee-length denim skirt and a solid color t-shirt for a stylish, casual look. When you need a piece that transitions flawlessly from the work day to the evening look, opt for classic, understated choices, like this gold-tone red epoxy buckle bangle bracelet from Michael Kors.

Heat things up by choosing red this season. Whether you fall in love with red lipstick, a red gown, or the perfect red accessory, you’ll look great and be on-trend.

 • This article was contributed by Tiffany L.


What to Wear With a Nude Lace Dress

What to Wear with a Nude Lace Dress

Lace dresses can convey softness and femininity. A nude lace dress can be paired with neutral colors—black, white, brown or nude; or with soft colors, like peach.

This set features a nude heel and metallic heels in both gold and bronze, gold bolero, bronze clutch, and two-tone nude clutch. Simple and classic multicolored pearls add to the air of sophistication—all in the name of modesty.

Thrifty Fashion: Where’s the Lining?

I love thrifting. There are essentials when it comes to finding great fashion on the thrift store run.

The presence or absence of lining makes a world of difference when it comes to skirts, dresses, jackets and blazers. I have a habit of looking inside the garment to check for lining.

Lining offers quality, smoothness and convenience. When given a choice, I go for the piece with the lining versus the one without.

Purpose of Lining

1. Built-in Slip

When it comes to skirts and dresses, lining functions as a built-in slip. This is definitely a convenience and the most obvious purpose of lining. If the skirt or dress is a bit see-through or you want a smoother fit, you don’t have to run around for the appropriate color and length of slip.

2. Protects the Fabric & Body

Lining—even in children’s clothes—provides a layer between the fabric and body, creating durability. Lining protects the fabric against friction and moisture from the body.

Some fabrics irritate the skin. Lining protects the body from irritation from fabric, such as wool.

3. Adds Warmth

Interlining and removable lining in jackets, coats and rain coats add warmth.

4. Polishes the Finished Product

Lining is great for hiding unsightly seams and thread. Lining polishes the finished product and adds a wow factor. It takes additional time to add lining.

6. Lining is Fashionable

Have you seen a jacket or blazer with an awesome patterned lining? This creates contrast and makes the piece more fashionable. I even dare to say, luxurious.

Thrifty Fashion Finds

I found two nice skirts with lining on my most recent thrifting run. The wool-nylon blend Brooks Brothers skirt and khaki Banana Republic skirt was $3.99 each.

I took pics of the skirts to show the lining.


‘Get Glammed’ With Brooches

These are not your grandmother’s brooches. Okay, maybe they are. Vintage is nice. Whether timeless treasures, hot off the costume jewelry display, from your craft corner or high–end jewelry boutique, you can get glammed with brooches.












I’m a fan of denim jackets and vests. (Can you tell by the sets I design?) I like to go glam with a nice brooch every now and then. It adds great contrast—the casualness of the denim adorned with an elegant statement piece—the brooch. There are so many designs to choose from, although I’m more of the sparkle type.

Denim and Brooch


Hold the Sparkle

Maybe you don’t like rhinestones or diamonds. If you’re not a fan of the glitz and glam, you can always opt for a resin brooch, go geek chic, err on the side of “artsy couture” or pick up a classic piece like this vintage Chanel stag brooch.

Chanel Brooch













Set of three resin brooches

A Wee Bit of Sparkle

Some ladies want a little sparkle without feeling overpowered by it. A wee bit of sparkle is for you.

moustache brooch










Shirt and Tie Brooch

More Style Ideas

Trust me when I say brooches are not limited to jackets and tops. Pin one on a sash, your boots, or go all out and make a brooch bouquet.

Boots and Brooches

Brooch bouquet











The Ruana Wrap is Functional Fashion


Featured in set (L–R): {Minnie Rose Cashmere Ruana} {Reversible Leopard Print Echo Wrap} {Brooks Brothers Pure Cashmere Ruana} {Calvin Klein Drop Stitch Evening Ruana in Cream} {Echo Hooded Ruana} {CeJon Shimmer Ruana}

Let’s be real. Every fashion item isn’t necessarily functional. Oddly shaped heels on shoes, for one, that make for great photography, but not so much for walking, come to mind. That’s just one of many “What were you thinking?” fashion pooh-poohs.

Enter the ruana. What’s not to like about it? It’s functional without sacrificing style.

The ruana’s super chic poncho–style gives it versatility that makes it a great fashion staple. Throw it over your shoulder and secure with a brooch, wrap it around your waist to transform it into a skirt, or wear as a belted wrap. Have double the fun using it as a wrap and blanket. Travel ideas, anyone?

The traditional ruana is thick, sleeveless, made of wool and knee–length, although you can find some that come with a hood.

With many prints and fabrics, from Aztec motifs to glittering metallic, the ruana can complement day or evening wear. You can get a budget-friendly ruana, or break the bank with a pure cashmere ruana.

Do you have any tips about functional fashion? Let’s chat!

Minnie Rose Aztec Ruana in Chili Pepper and Sapphire

Boots to Wear: It’s Time to Choose Yours

With the official first day of winter just four days away, many of us have an important fashion question in mind—What kind of boots to wear? I love wearing boots but sometimes I even skip buying them, and think that winter is here for a short time. Why invest in boots when I already have a pair with me? But I have changed the way I think and I feel. Wearing boots is a must in winter and it will be unfair to your wardrobe, style and yourself if you don’t invest in at least one pair of great boots for this season. There is a variety of boots available in stores—from casual to formal, to leather and warm woolen boots.

When it comes to winter boots for women, there are thousands of different boots. Women  can choose among many styles, fabrics and type of heel they prefer. There are no limits.

Long Boots

Carlos by Carlos Santana at ShopStyle


You can choose long boots, which are the most popular. Long winter boots are easy to wear and the perfect winter footwear. You don’t get snow in them and they keep you warm from the freezing cold. Long boots are made of fur, leather, suede and man-made materials. Long boots often go up to and over your knees. Although high heels are not the most functional winter boots, you can get winter boots with different heels to match your style and personality.

Flat Winter Boots

I personally think flat winter boots are the most versatile ones to go with any outfit. They look super chic. Suede boots for women can suit casual wear, as well as formal wear. They can be a comfortable and easy fit. Suede boots are available for different dresses in different designs and patterns like ankle-length suede boots, knee-length suede boots and thigh-high suede boots. You can also get variations in size and style of toes—square, pointy, round—and heel of suede boots for women.

Knee-High Boots

The knee-high boots for women can be worn with dresses and skirts, such as with a short or mid-length skirt worn with stockings or leggings. They come in many colors as well as designs and patterns. They can be made of materials like synthetic rubber, polyvinyl carbonate or from pure leather. These boots can also be given a party look by making them glossy, shiny or sparkly.

I am definitely going to buy some cool and designer boots for myself. What about you? I am also buying some woolen and warm boots for my casual and chilly winter.

Coldwater Creek at ShopStyle


Author’s Bio: Suzy Walsh is a fashion blogger and style expert with ‘The House of Elegance Fashion’. She is one of the most prominent and active online fashion bloggers and has a huge fan following in varied parts of the globe that believe in her style statements and stick to her for advice.

Modest Style Ideas: Denim Jackets/Shirts With Dresses & Skirts

What’s not to love about a great denim jacket or shirt? Both are wonderful additions to any outfit. Full, pleated, or glitter skirt; Bohemian or Maxi style dress—your options are endless.

There are so many denim jacket, shirts, and one of my favorites—vests—to suit you. Your denim piece can come in many styles and cuts. Cropped, fitted, studs, rhinestones, elbow length, frayed, light, dark, ruched sleeves, and a multitude of embellishments and stitching add personality.

Casual-Dressy Denim
Denim and Pleated Skirt
Denim and Tulle

Pantone Chooses Emerald as 2013 Color of the Year

To the Emerald City!


There’s no need to be green with envy. Instead, opt for the classy, luxurious green emerald to make a fashion statement. Pantone, LLC revealed the lush emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year.

Now a little color theory. Green is associated with nature: spring, regeneration, life and growth. We also think of newness, hope, youthfulness, and of course envy and sickness. Green is a status symbol and relates to wealth. Where there’s wealth, we think of elegance and luxury; and the emerald is a precious gemstone.

[pullquote align=”right”]“As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.” –Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®[/pullquote]

Be prepared to see emerald all over—fashion, beauty, home interiors. Emerald City anyone?

Farfetch Guest Post: The Party Dress Guide

With parties, banquets and galas looming ever closer, we’re faced with the ultimate dilemma of what to wear—Formal? Informal? Black tie? Who knows?! Luckily we’re on hand to help. We’ve put together a little guide of what to wear to any festive soiree—from casual canapés in the office to a sit down dinner affair. From brilliant seasonal colors to fun prints, and the classic little black dress, you will have it all together.

Let’s face it, you simply can’t go wrong with the classic little black dress. It’s an ultimate wardrobe essential. Completely timeless, the little black dress is an absolute must have. If your budget’s a bit tight this month and you can’t afford to fork out for a new outfit, you can always turn to your trusty little black dress. Don’t worry about it being dull. There are a few clever tricks you can do to make your threads really stand out. Add a bright pop of color by wearing a nice lipstick, or use your accessories to add color. A bright pair of heels or a sparkly clutch really adds something special to any outfit.


Firstly, it’s important to make sure you choose a style that suits and flatters your body type. There’s nothing worse than a dress that’s a size too big, or not being able to fit in delicious festive food because you’re squeezed into a dress that’s a size too small. If you’ve got a bit of a pear shape with bigger hips, A-line dresses are an ideal fit for you, cleverly skimming over your lower body. A good idea is to pick a dress with a broad neckline or embellishment to draw attention away from problem areas and balance out your body. The above A-line dress from Mango is a perfect choice and the lace panel top is pretty as well as practical!


If you happen to have more of an apple shape with a bit of weight around your mid-section, then an empire line dress will be perfect for you. Avoid dresses with a clinched waist or embellishment around the middle. Featured above, the River Island Chelsea Girl skater dress would be a great choice and on trend in cool silver velvet, too!

Hour Glass

For those who are rocking an hour glass shape with a big bust and hips and a slimmer waist, be confident and highlight your fantastic curves in a cute waist cinching dress. A nice fitting body-con dress will also suit your body type, and looks fantastic teamed with a pair of chunky heels and some great accessories.  This lace body-con dress looks superb and comes in a great cheerful red color!


Finally, for those of you sporting athletic figures (excuse the pun), you can wear pretty much whatever you like. If you want to create the illusion of a slightly more feminine shape, your best bet is to find yourself a cool puffball dress or go for an incredibly stylish peplum dress to create more shape around your hips like this cool, mid-length peplum dress from Next.

What Party Dress to Wear?

So you’ve got a good idea of how to dress for your shape. Now comes the difficult part of actually choosing the perfect party dress. Pick a classic little black dress or why not go for something on trend for a fashionable outfit that won’t let you down. This year’s autumn/winter trends offer a great opportunity to really look great. Whether you choose leather, baroque, Eastern or oxblood; you’ll be the center of attention for all of the right reasons!

1. Oriental Jacquard Dress – Oasis – £95

Opt for oriental style like this amazing jacquard dress from Oasis. Embrace the east with sumptuous fabrics, vivid colours, oriental motifs and brilliant patterns. Team this dress with a pair of heeled boots and a great up-do!

2. Block Leather Dress – French Connection – £295

One of the most popular trends of the season is the leather trend. To work this trend, add a touch of leather to your outfit like a leather skirt or top, or be bold and try all leather. Avoid looking like Cat Woman and opt for a more fashion forward dress like this sheath dress from French Connection. Just add a cool statement necklace for a fantastic finished look.

3. Military Style Dress – Zara – £49.99

For the fashion nod of approval, the military style is spot on. Work cool military colors like black, red and khaki. Or for a cool interpretation of the trend, this cool teal dress has great military style button detailing along the sleeve and neckline.

4. Reagan Dress – All Saints – £175

Finally, one of the most wearable of this year’s autumn/winter trends is oxblood. Wear it head to toe for a really dramatic look or add touches of this on-trend color like an oxblood scarf or belt. This Reagan dress is definitely on the top of our winter wish list.

Modest Fashion Tips

Don’t forget there’s no harm in modest-fy-ing your dress. Found the perfect strapless dress but don’t want to show off too much skin? A faux fur stole will help cover you up.  Dress a little too short? Get out the sewing kit and let down the hem, and don’t underestimate the benefits of a thick pair of tights!

Investment Pieces

So there you have it—a hopefully useful guide to make the decision of what to wear a little more bearable this winter. Choose a beautiful dress and cross your fingers that no one else is wearing the same one.

If you’re feeling a bit more flushed than usual and want to get your hands on one of those breath-taking “investment” pieces, then look no further than the incredible collection of high-end designer party dresses that are available online at A couple of our favorites include this beautiful pink Stella McCartney dress, stunning white Alexander McQueen dress, and for something really special and sparkly, this mid-length graphic printed Gareth Pugh dress is really fun!

This blog post was written by Lucinda Bounsall from who specializes in designer dresses.

How to Tie a Scarf

Model Me Girl

How many ways can you tie a scarf? The possibilities are almost endless.

Source: via ModelMeGirl on Pinterest

How to Tie a Scarf