The cliché “New Year, New Me” is almost inescapable. It’s been plastered all over memes, blogs and social media sites, and is a viable mantra for those who had a horrid 2014. In hopes that 2015 will be brighter and more favorable, we encourage readers to inject pizzazz into their wardrobes. Use these five reinvention tips to escape a fashion (and personal) rut in 2015.
Jumpsuits are one of the sleekest, chicest and sexist spring and summer trends. The wardrobe staple’s retail popularity is resurging after emerging during the 1970’s. Jumpsuits adorned the bodies of Pam Grier, Farah Fawcett and a number of other fabulous 70’s heroines, and are a throwback to a time of effortless sexiness. Now, jumpsuits are offered in an array of colors, textures, and fabrics, which is ideal for fashion enthusiasts seeking a versatile summer wardrobe. That versatility extends into the multiple fashion functions of jumpsuits.
Different jumpsuits can be worn to different locales, like on a vacation, to the office or on a first date, and can easily be dressed-up or down depending on the destination. Yet, many women avoid the jumpsuit. It can be an intimidating garment to conquer, but don’t fret. We’ve turned to three amazing bloggers – Jessica of Tuula, Karen Blanchard of Where Did U Get That and Sandee of Curve Envy – to ease the fear and encourage the plunge into the world of jumpsuits as fashion staples.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o’s reign just won’t let up. After winning an Academy Award for her superb debut role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” landing a coveted spokesmodel contract with Lancôme Paris and setting red carpets from New York to Paris ablaze, People Magazine’s named Nyong’o their “Most Beautiful.”
Nyong’o graces the cover of People’s May issue, an honor that’s previously been bestowed on starlets and supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
In her candid interview with People, Nyong’o said she “never dreamed” of being named “Most Beautiful.”
There are few greater freedoms than feeling the hem of an a-line dress swishing against the kneecaps in the blazing heat. The cascading bodice of an a-line dress makes it a spring and summer staple because it allows space for the slight breezes to grace the legs and thighs. Flirty is a term often used to describe the a-line dress, since it nips at the waist and shows just enough leg to tempt potential suitors.
Besides that, the a-line dress is a complete outfit. It doesn’t require additional garments, unless you want to layer it under a cardigan or blazer. You can pluck an a-line dress from the closet, put on dope shoes and accessories and hit the door without much fuss. Ask Christina, who was ***flawless in a printed dress from ASOS.
Transnational muses are common in fashion. It’s not accidental that there are fashion weeks in London, Milan, Paris and a multitude of other cities across the globe. Like music, fashion is one of those universal denominators that transcend language, cultural, religious and other boundaries to connect people. In the spring 2014 collections, designers located inspiration all over the world.
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I can never remember a time when I was slim. There were moments, of course. My angular face – devoid of chub around the cheeks – peers back at me in singular photographs. I was thin between the ages of one and eight. I was smaller at 17, 18 and 19. I dropped some pounds at 21. But slimness was never permanent. Asthmatic steroids stripped me of my thin dreams before I ever knew what thin was, or how much it’s idealized in American culture.
Monochromatic prints are a huge trend invading fashion blogs, celebrity wardrobes and other fashion spheres, and still popular among everyday women. Purchasing matching top-and-bottom separates in an array of prints and colors makes dressing for work, business lunches and other outings simpler, and it also adds instant flavor to otherwise boring wardrobes.
Solange Knowles is in a harvesting season. After spending years paying her dues as a musician/DJ/burgeoning fashion icon/spokesmodel, Solange is cashing in on the seeds she’s sown. The dynamic diva is blazing Harper’s Bazaar in their “cool girl on the block” editorial. Solange showcases her signature style, including contrasting prints, bright colors and retro silhouettes, in clothing from Moshino, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and other elite designers.
There is no doubt that Lupita Nyong’o has cast a spell on Hollywood and the world. The Academy Award-winning actress has catapulted to the top of best-dressed lists, A-lists and fashion-muses list, and she is basking in the moment. Given the few roles available for female actresses of color, Nyong’o’s success beyond 12 Years a Slave is in flux. Our fixation with her is not.
Despite Hollywood’s flightiness, there’s no limit to the fashion greatness in Nyong’o’s future. She earned a coveted spot as the face of Miu Miu’s spring advertising campaign. Additionally, she’s been featured on the covers and in the pages of W, Dujour, Dazed & Confused, New York Magazine, the Hollywood Reporter and Vanity Fair.
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Lupita Nyong’o is quickly ascending into the stratosphere, and here are five reasons we’re thrilled to witness her journey.
Shopping is an expensive habit, especially for fashionistas who continuously stock their wardrobes with essentials and trend pieces. The arrival of subscription services, like Rent the Runway, have erased some of the costs for women attending cocktail parties and other formal events. But women in need of a blouse or dress for a simple affair haven’t had the option to rent casual attire … until now.
Gwynnie Bee, an online retailer, has launched a monthly subscription service for the ladies in need of a quick wardrobe change. For a small fee, Gwynnie Bee sends subscribers as many clothing options as they can fit in their virtual closet. Gwynnie Bee is a new option, but among fashion bloggers and writers, including Lesley Kinzel of XOJane, it is a major hit. I’m also smitten with the service for these five simple, but important reasons.