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Fashion Diaries: Hot Pants

Written on April 27, 2012 at 10:17 am , by

We got you hooked on colored denim last season, and while it is still a hot trend (we can’t get enough hot pink and yellow!), we’re totally swooning over printed jeans for the spring. Floral, ikat and tie-dye prints are all over the place, and they are a great way to jazz up a casual look. Keep the look simple by pairing a solid colored top (this denim shirt is a great option!) with cute flats or sandals, or if you feel like being super daring, you can try mixing and matching prints, like these jeans with this top. Make sure that one print is less understated than the other—two overwhelming prints paired together can create quite the fashion disaster!

Here are some of our favorite prints, in prices that are both budge-friendly and splurge-worthy!

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Make 2012 Your Most Stylish Year Yet

Written on January 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm , by

Rock bright heels to add some personality to any outfit. (Photo by Anna Wolf)

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern

If your style could use some freshening up—the confidence that comes with it translates to every place in your life!—look no further than these tips from fashion editor, style expert and TV personality Jacqui Stafford. Get the skinny about slimming clothes, and since we are FITNESS, we had to ask about her stay-fit secrets.

What is your favorite current fashion trend?

My favorite trend of the moment is a bold cuff. Really great accessories make you stand out when you walk into the room.

What are five essential items or accessories we need in our wardrobes?

  1. To slim over those areas that you are less confident about and get the perfect feminine silhouette, try a dress with draping or ruching.
  2. A waist-cinching belt, creates an hourglass figure for any body type.
  3. Opaque tights are an essential wardrobe item for any woman who wants to appear slimmer. They open up your entire wardrobe, so you feel comfortable to wear shorts, short dresses and skirts.
  4. If you have great legs, boldly-colored heels will draw attention to shapely calves and slender ankles.
  5. For a great accessory that shows off your neckline and shoulders, try a bib necklace. It will create a visual illusion that makes you look longer and leaner.

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Get Gorgeous for the Gym or Any Get-Together: Tips From The X Factor Style Team

Written on December 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm , by

Rock your party—or your fitness class—with these stylin' tips. (Photo by Sara Forrest)

Part of the appeal of many reality shows is picturing yourself as a potential star or competitor…That’s not just me, right? But how do everyday folks get so glam for all of the lights and cameras? On The X Factor, they do so with the help of a style team—a trio of beauty experts who have transformed some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for films, music videos or red carpet events.

We asked each of the members of the dream beauty/fashion team to share a few tricks for looking great anywhere from the gym to the street to a holiday party. (You can also find more pointers on the team’s Facebook page and on Twitter @thestyleteamusa.)

June Ambrose, the fashion guru of The X Factor, celebrity stylist and author of Effortless Style

  • Go ’80s. “I live in the Flashdance look for the gym—a sports bra layered beneath a sweatshirt that falls off the shoulder! Pair that with leggings and leg warmers and you are ready to go while ‘under construction.’”
  • Take some help. When dressing up, “a good foundation is key, no matter how fit you are. I always encourage my clients to wear shapewear. It’s like a petticoat back in the day—a bare necessity.”
  • Look hot for the holidays. “I love playing with lace as a texture. It’s romantic and festive with velvet. Sequin jackets are also great to pair with a dark matte dress, pant or shirt. You’ll look slim with shine on top!”

Ken Paves, the hair guru for The X Factor, A-List hairstylist, coif makeover king for The Biggest Loser and BFF of Jessica Simpson

  • Leave the product at home. “Less is more when you go to the gym. Hair product + sweat = mess! I think Nicole Richie always looks great going to and from the gym. She looks like she means business while staying cute!”
  • Your go-to ‘do from gym to gorgeous. “Apply a little dry shampoo near your roots and pull your hair up in a great ponytail or chignon—high or low—and add a chic headband. Done!”
  • Accept your imperfections. “Jessica [Simpson] was so excited for me when I told her I was doing the X Factor, but we had to laugh because she knows I’m a tortured singer at heart. I just can’t sing!”

Kristofer Buckle, the makeup artist for The X Factor, get-gorgeous pro who has worked with the likes of J. Lo, Mariah and Demi

  • Go fresh-faced…or not. “I am a true makeup advocate! I think it’s important to do what you can to look your best no matter where you go. For the gym, I tell my clients to try just a little concealer around their eyes, waterproof mascara, blush and tinted lip balm.”
  • The big trend: there are no trends (except eyes). “People are following their own personal style instead of forcing trends. What is true to you will never go out of style. Lashes and mascara are big—everyone looks great with more lashes, whether it’s from a great volumizing mascara or individual lashes glued on.”
  • Hands off! “Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated, but keep whatever you do neat. And don’t touch your face…ever!”

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Fashion Diaries: All Teed Out

Written on November 11, 2011 at 10:12 am , by

Early morning gym sessions can be hard to get up for, let alone dress for. Sometimes you just can’t put on that hot pink spandex tank! If you are a t-shirt and sweats kind of girl—we all are once in a while!—try reaching for a tee that makes you feel fabulous rather than frumpy! Instead of throwing on an oversized t-shirt that your hubby wears to mow the lawn in, try a cute cropped graphic tee. It is loose enough that you can still have that comfy, just-rolled-out-of-bed-feel, but you look a little more put together and less like you walked in the gym in your pajamas. Pair it with cute yoga pants or cropped leggings, a colored sports bra and your favorite sneaks. The best part is, your tee can double as a fun top to wear while running errands, on a lunch date or even out with friends! Check out some of our favorites:

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Fashion Diaries: Closet Mashup with a Sweater Dress

Written on November 4, 2011 at 9:58 am , by

Waking up on a chilly morning tends to make me veer towards the comfy section of my closet (i.e. sweatpants, sweatshirts, cozy slippers and a warm blanket). But then reality sets in, and unless it’s the weekend when I know I can bum around the house all day, I realize that I can’t head into work in my sweats. Considering I work in the fashion department, it just doesn’t seem appropriate!

Jeans and a cute top or sweater are usually a staple for me during the colder months, since wearing dresses during November through February screams freezing legs, especially here in the Northeast. For the days that I am feeling ambitious though, my go-to dresses are usually sweater dresses. They are comfy, cozy, warm and usually incredibly versatile. I like to wear mine with colored tights and boots, but below are some ideas on how to take a simple sweater dress (I chose this super cute grey Brochu Walker dress, but I’m also digging this one, and this one!) and style it three different ways!

Feeling Fancy. Pair your dress with cute printed tights, like these star-printed ones (I love them!), and a cool pair of wedges. And for some extra glitz, add a sparkly headband or necklace! This look is perfect for those days that you wake up for work feeling like you want to shine, and also for a fun party or night out!

Classic Chic. A structured handbag, colorful peep-toe pumps and a bold necklace are great accessories for your sweater dress. Sophistication at it’s finest!

Forever Funky. Layering is a great way to change the look of your sweater dress. Whether it be a grandfather sweater, a cool bolero or this adorable 1970s inspired vest, you can make your dress look like a totally different piece. Throw on some flats (metallic is hot this season) and some cool bracelets and you are ready to go!

Fashion Diaries: Closet Mashup with a Striped Tee

Written on October 21, 2011 at 9:40 am , by

In our last closet mashup, we showed you how the same pair of pants could create three totally different looks. This time we are going to show you how one basic striped tee (we chose this sequin Michael Kors top, but feel free to supplement your own favorite tee!) can take you from edgy chic to glammy sleek.

Striped T-shirts will never go out of style. They are simple, comfy and can be paired with just about anything. Polka dots, checks and stripes can actually be paired together! Don’t be afraid to play around with patterns.

But for those of you who prefer to stick to a simpler look, here are some fun ways to mix up your basic striped tee.

Fashion Diaries: Leopard Lovin’

Written on October 14, 2011 at 10:06 am , by

So we’ve covered the colored denim and python trends for fall, but let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t love a good leopard print? And what better way to rock it than on your feet in a fun loafer? They’re perfect for the office and will look super cute when you are out running errands on the weekend. And comfy too! In our eyes, they’re a staple this fall. What do you think? Is leopard a trend you’d be willing to try?

  1. Tory Burch Kendrick Calf Hair Driver ($295, bergdorfgoodman.com)
  2. Buckled Leopard Oxfords ($24.80, forever21.com)
  3. Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Slip-On Boat Shoe ($68, sperrytopsider.com)
  4. DV Dolce Vita Wentz Tassel Oxford ($79, bloomingdales.com)
  5. Stuart Weitzman Tag Flay Loafer ($355, endless.com)
  6. Steven by Steve Madden Madee ($119, piperlime.com)
  7. Prada Classic Leopard Loafer ($790, bergdorfgoodman.com)

Fashion Diaries: Playing with Python

Written on October 7, 2011 at 9:14 am , by

This fall season is chock-full of amazing fashion trends, like colored denim (seen here!), but one of my personal favorites is python. Snake skin can be hard to pull off in terms of apparel—it can be a little overwhelming as a full print depending on your body type—so I like to incorporate it into my accessories. Fun accessories always amp up an outfit from basic to fantastic anyway, so why not take a walk on the wild side and play with python?

We are really into subtle python prints, whether its an accent on a handbag like the Rebecca Minkoff featured below, or the solid green python band on the Timex watch. For more of my favorite python pieces, check out the links below!

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Fashion Diaries: Closet Mashup with Utility Pants

Written on September 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm , by

Let’s face it: Not all of us can afford to go out and drop tons of money on a new wardrobe every season. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t be trendy and up-to-date with the latest fashions, right? Right. We just have to be selective with our purchases and make sure that we buy pieces that can be versatile and worn from day-to-night and for different occasions.

One Pair Three Ways

One of the easiest ways to mixup your wardrobe is to mix and match tops and bottoms. I am a huge jean lover, but sometimes jeans just don’t cut it, which is why I love these J. Crew army green utility pants (or these cheapy pairs from Forever 21 and H&M!) . They are causal enough to run your errands in on the weekend with a slouchy sweater and a pair of kicks, or they can be dressed up with a sexy top and a pair of heels for date night with your hubby or a fun girls night out. What’s better than two for the price of one?! How about three for the price of one, when you factor in pairing these pants with a blazer or a button down and a pair of loafers for work. Genius! See, three outfits, one pair of pants—like music to my ears.

For styling tips to capture each look perfectly,  Read more

Fashion Diaries: Candy-Colored Denim

Written on September 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm , by

Fall is upon us and it seems like it is here to stay—in fact, today is the first official day of the season. You know what that means don’t you? Time to whip out your new fall purchases! If you are like me and have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the brisk breezes and cooler temperatures so that you could wear those new cords or that new wool dress, the time has finally arrived! Bring on the cable knit sweaters, riding boots, and of course, one of our favorite 2011 fall trends, candy-colored denim.

Spicing up your wardrobe with jeans in a variety of colors like purple, cobalt blue, yellow, orange, red and pink, can be a great way to make a bold statement. Our favorite way to wear colored denim: Pair them with a solid color top (bright blue top with red jeans, hot pink top with green jeans, purple top with yellow jeans), a skinny belt (printed or bright colors add for a dramatic effect), and either fun booties or flats. And of course some killer confidence. You can’t wear brightly colored jeans and not have some attitude!

Here are some of our favorite styles:

From left to right: Mother jeans, $200, net-a-porter.com. J Brand jeans, $175, net-a-porter.com. Current/Elliott jeans, $170, net-a-porter.com. Topshop jeans, $76, topshop.com. Ksubi jeans, $170, net-a-porter.com.