Thursday, May 21, 2009

Keys to Easy Summer Style

Zillions of women have issues with summer dressing. Whether you're missing a tan, added a few extra pounds, or complain about the wrong muscle tone, we understand. But we can keep cool and still dress cleverly this summer.

1. Pesky Pounds
If you want to camouflage those pesky pounds, you can still wear black and tell everyone you’re doing seasonless dressing. Black trousers might seem dull, but not if you focus on slim, ankle-length or above-ankle shapes in lustrous fabrics such as silk. For example, 3.1 Phillip Lim’s karate harem pants. And then add color to your top half. Certain brights like yellow, orange, fuchsia tend to look grim on pale skin, but red, emerald and cobalt look dramatic. Try Ports 1961 red boat neck top.

2. A Lighter Shade of Pale
Take the color white. This is the shade of the season every spring/summer, but it can make pale skin look washed-out. If you want pale, go for putties, greys and palest nude pinks – this summer’s most fashionable color – and layer them to subtle, charming effect. Some of the best examples are Kain's wearable and layerable tees and tanks.

3. Arms
If exposed arms are your issue, invest in thin cardigans for layering. Brochu Walker's grey linen blend button-up cardi allows you to control the amount of arm exposure you want.

4. Fluidity vs Tailoring
If you need tailoring to pull you together, this is your moment: the hip-length tailored waistcoat pioneered at YSL is now on the rage or add a classic, of-the-moment trench coat done in the most luscious and fluid of silks. We love 3.1 Phillip Lim's knit double breasted blazer version. It's like wearing a T-shirt, but so much better! Try it with a floaty summer tunic or dress and Grecian sandals.

Happy Summer Styling!

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