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.

 

ASOS: Spring Midi Dress Trends with a Modest Twist

The rising trend of the midi-skirt over the last few seasons has been to modest, yet fashion-forward girls everywhere. Once dismissed as dowdy and out of date, length is back with a vengeance, and we’re finding it right at the cutting edge of this season’s styles.

SS13 catwalks were bursting with midi skirts and dresses from hot designers like Jason Wu and Proenza Schouler, and the look is quickly filtering through to our favorite retailers. Paying special attention to details like sleeves and necklines, we’ve gathered up a few of the most wearable, modest spring midi dress trends of the season.

Spring Midi Dress Trends

ASOS Midi Dress In Tapestry Style Print

ASOS Midi Style Dress in Tapestry Style Print

Feminizing grunge and pulling it up to date, this carefree 90s inspired casual dress is as comfortable as it is cute. Winter florals are reworked to pull looks from day to night, and soft scoop necklines with gently gathered waists are sweet and flattering. Pair this with ankle boots, a pastel sweater, and a knit hat for day, or a leather jacket and top knot for night.

ASOS Midi Dress In Washed Woven

ASOS Midi Dress in Washed Woven

The flow of this sky-blue, silk-touch fabric is mesmerizing, skimming without ever clinging. This gorgeous midi dress is hugely versatile: you can dress it up or down with just a few accessories.

ASOS Midi Dress in Floral Stripe Print

ASOS Midi Dress In Floral Stripe Print

Here’s a dress that combines the best of several decades into one amazing look. With a nod to recent homespun trends, this structured cut, with slightly puffed sleeves, creates an hourglass shape, bringing in a fitted waistline and strong neckshape to elongate. Warm up with a vibrant lip and braided hair styles.

ASOS Midi Dress With Full Skirt And Belt

ASOS Midi Dress with Full Skirt & Belt

The classic  bettylook. A full pleated skirt, high boat neck, and sweet ¾ length sleeves conjure up visions of Audrey Hepburn in her heyday. The effect is restrained and elegant, ladylike without ever being stuffy. The contrasting skinny belt works overtime to define a tiny waist.

ASOS Skater Dress With Waist Tab Detail

ASOS Skater Dress with Waist Tab Detail

The stunning color of this flowing chiffon beauty will stop you in your tracks. Lovely cropped blouson sleeves and clever button tab details at the nipped-in waist give this dress a timeless air.

ASOS Tulip Dress With Waterfall Skirt

ASOS Tulip Dress with Waterfall Skirt

We’re nuts about this polka dot day dress with adorable ruffled detail. Demure but spirited, it’s easy to wear, and the lightweight woven fabric moves beautifully wherever you go. Pair it with pretty pumps for a blast of vintage style.

The White Pepper Shirt Dress with Sheer Top

The White Pepper Shirt Dress with Sheer Top

A playful breath of fresh air, this flirty dress just shouts spring.From cute and creative designers The White Pepper, this sweet-as-candy color is kept in check with smart tailored details: cuffed sleeves and shirt styling on the top, and soft but neat pleats through the skirt.

ASOS Midi Dress With Victorian Detailing

ASOS Midi Dress with Victorian Detailing

Lace insets and pretty pintucks give this lovely gray dress a taste of Victorian styling, while the asymmetrical hem brings a modern edge. Layer and wear it with tights until the mornings warm up for a look with a lot of storybook charm.

Find the Perfect Spring Midi Dress

Fun, practical, and endlessly adaptable, this spring’s midis are a great staple to
get you through those in-between days as winter lets go and the sun reappears.
They’re the perfect length to show off a new pair of shoes and they pair
beautifully with cardigans and scarves. Have you found a favorite on or off the
runway this spring?

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.

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.

Pear

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!

Apple

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!

Athletic

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 farfetch.com. 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 farfetch.com who specializes in designer dresses.