Must haves for a Stylish Summer!

This weekend is the unofficial start of Summer here are some things you must have to rock Summer style,even if it is just for yourself

BOHO BANGLESHave plenty of them in all colors.

STATEMENT SANDALS

Make sure you have a couple of different heel heights for day and night.

BRIGHT BAGS

 A great Tote for a day and a Cute Clutch for Night

STRAW FEDORA

Not only will it keep you cool during the day, it will give you a touch of mystery at night.

COOL SUNNIES

Not only will they protect your eyes but they will flatter your face.

 

 

This is the must have item of the summer,find one that makes you happy.Do take a minute and check out the floral dress and 2 piece jumpsuit that I designed for Storyline.

Here is the link to the dress.https://storylinecollection.com/products/tunic-dress

The great thing about this is not only can you wear the pieces separately,it makes going to the restroom a lot easier.Check out the link for the pant

https://storylinecollection.com/products/wide-leg-pant

The great thing about the top is that it reverses to solid black and a crew neck giving you two looks for the price of one.

https://storylinecollection.com/products/turnaround-top

 

 

“Always stay stylish in the summer and remember it is all about how you feel.Looking good makes you feel great”

♥ Sunil

 

 

 

Hi Summer,Hello Shorts!

Shorts season is  almost here.Some of you love them and others hate them.For a lot of women finding the right pair of shorts can be challenging.Shorts are now a Summer fashion staple and a must have in every woman’s wardrobe.They are versatile,simple and so comfortable as the temperature rises.Do make shorts a staple of your Summer wardrobe.

Here are some simple tips to help you find the right pair of shorts and then to rock them.

1.Make sure they fit-

They should be comfortable.The waistband should sit smooth and flat.There should not be any bunching in the rise and they should not cut in to your leg at the hem.The shorts should never end at the widest part of your thigh.Always make sure they sit below that point in you are tall or above that point if you are petite.Check the rear view,they should not pull across your hip and the top of the waistband should sit against the curve of your back.Plumbers crack is not sexy so if you are seeing some,the rise is too short for your body type.

2.Find the right style that flatters your body type-

Apple-Look for slightly shorter options with higher waists.Keep details and embellishment to a minimum,stay away from prints.No waistband flat front styles in a stretch fabric work best for you.Do not tuck in your top under any circumstances.The key to pulling off shorts for you is to showcase your legs.Always wear them with wedges or a sandal with a small heel.Always wear your shorts with statement sunglasses,you will be amazed on how it will elongate you.

Pear-Look for shorts that are roomy in the thigh.Aline shorts in dark colors work best for you.Try longer Bermuda or Boyfriend shorts that just skim your hips and thighs as they are very flattering.Culottes and Skorts are a great option for you as well.Do wear slightly longer length tops in prints and bright colors with them.Pair them with a nude shoe and complete your look with statement earrings or a great scarf.

Pencil-Your goal is to add curves to your lower half.So paper bag shorts,bubble shorts and ruffle shorts are all perfect for you.You have the body shape that can rock a romper.Do not be afraid to show off your long legs.Prints,textures and pocket details all flatter you.Make sure you always wear it with a blousy top tucked in and cute ballet flats.

Hourglass-Your body was made to rock shorts,nothing is off limits to you but make sure that your top is tucked in and your waist is always showcased.Wider contoured waistbands and waist detailing will always flatter you.Do opt for bright colors and prints.Shorts look best on you when paired with an open toe sandal.

Strawberry-Mid length shorts work best for you.Prints and bright colors will help balance your top.Cargo shorts and Embellished shorts are the most figure flattering.Do pair them with dark top and bright shoes.Accessorize with lots of cuffs and even a cocktail ring.

If you are not sure of your body type here is a quick cheat sheet.

 

3.It is all about balance-

The key to pulling of shorts in style is to balance your bottom with your top.Do not wear long tops with shorter length shorts.Pair longer length shorts with a tank or a tee,never a long sleeve shirt.

If your shorts and fitted and shorter wear them with a top that has volume.If your shorts are loose and baggy wear them with a fitted tank or camisole.

Shorts are a great daytime look and give out the perfect casual vibe.

  It is perfectly acceptable to rock shorts from day to night.Here are tips on how to do it well.

 

Anchor your look with the right accessories.Shoes are the most important.Make sure you carry a great bag as well.

Make sure the skin on your legs is glowing and a great pedicure helps as well.

No matter what body shape you have,you can look amazing in shorts as long as you know what works best with your frame and you rock the hell out of them.”Attitude is everything”.

Here is a quick cheat sheet that you can take shopping with you.

 

As the words of a well known song go“She has legs and she knows how to use them”

♥ Sunil

 

 

Dressing for Zoom!

The one thing we have left to dress for right now is our Zoom calls.Dressing for Zoom is slightly different than dressing for a normal work day.

 

What are the differences?

1.Offices tend to be a little more formal,it would be strange to be taking a Zoom call in a tailored suit from home.

2.Your outfit has to multitask as between calls you may be a cook, a teacher ,a referee or even a PE instructor.

3.The focus is on the top half but wearing something on the bottom does help.

4.Your look has to be professional and casual at the same time.

With a little planning and some last minute effort you can look sensational on your call

 

Here is how you do it.
  • Start with a great base outfit that embodies your shape and style.Make sure you Zoom outfit reflects how you normally dress for work
  •  Keep it Simple-no fussy detail or lines
  •  Make it Streamlined-great fabric that does not wrinkle
  • Monochromatic-dark colors in rich tones of blue, red, pink, grey and black look best
  • Comfortable- fits your body, elastic waistbands and styles that drape without cling

 

What to avoid at all costs
  • Busy prints-they can pixelate on camera and are distracting
  • Stiff fabrics-can wrinkle and pull
  • Green and Yellow-unless you have a great tan they can wash you out
  • Ill-fitting and Tight clothing-If you are uncomfortable people can sense it

 

Once you have your outfit on look in the mirror and make sure it meets the following criteria

It should do the following

  • Make you feel Confident
  • Look Beautiful
  • Be Pulled Together
  • Read Chic
  • Flattering to you on camera,do a quick check on your computer or phone

 

Just before your call-set an alarm 5 minutes before start time and do the following

CHANGE OUT OR ADD ONE ITEM-this elevates your all day look a notch

  • Replace a tee shirt with soft dressy top
  • Add a jacket or a cardigan for instant polish

ADD AN ACCESSORYthis gives your look a little more polish,never add sunglasses or hair accessories they can be distracting

  • Put on a flattering necklace
  • Add some interesting earrings
  • Add a scarf close to your neck

TIP-you can balance your face shape and complement it by adding a necklace that hits your flattering neck point here is how.

 

APPLY A TOUCH OF COLOR-it is unrealistic to be walking around you house with a full face of makeup so..

Apply a touch of muted eyeshadow

Add a sharp lipstick in an appropriate color(stay away from red)

Dust your cheeks with a soft blush

or just add a filter to your camera

 

BEFORE YOU HIT CONNECT

Check your background or create one on Zoom

Make sure your lighting is right,it should be to the side of you or in front never behind YOU

Check your microphone

Smile

If you feel like you do not have the right work from home wardrobe do check out my jersey capsule collection at Storyline Collection it is designed to look good on camera and keep you comfortable and stylish.It is a mix and match concept that will give you many Zoom outfits.

https://storylinecollection.com/

 

Since you do need way more many tops than you do bottoms we are doing a special where you can get our turnaround top which gives you 2 different neckline options for your calls  for $25 including shipping in the United States.(US $40 for Canada)

 

Dress like it is Easter Sunday!

 

There are valuable fashion lessons we can learn from how we dress for Easter Sunday and apply them to our daily life especially right now.

 

1.Putting on your Sunday Best

When it comes to this holiday we go through our closet and pick out an outfit that makes us feel and look our best.This is very important right now because we can easily go into a downward spiral where our entire wardrobe is sweat pants and pj’s.I saw this sign in a store window and it captured the role of clothing in our life,

It is more important that at this time that we do good and it starts with looking good.

 

2.Planning your Outfit

Many of us start a couple of weeks ahead look in our closet and pull a few options together.If something needs to be mended,cleaned or pressed we take care of it.Taking a few minutes the night before or the first thing in the morning can helps us look good and not feel stressed about what to wear.

 

3.Do not be afraid of Color

Nature at this time of year gives us a bounty of color,here are some pictures that I took one Easter I spent in San Diego with my fabulous friend Marijane Relth(Who is never afraid of Color).So take this time of year to add some color to your life and to your wardrobe.

 

4.Embrace Print

It is all around us right now so say come on in.Print is a great way to make you feel good.

 

5.And Finally Dress for Joy…

Easter Sunday is about JOY so make your wardrobe a source of  joy in your life and not a source of stress.I have created a coloring book for you to download and print so you can have some fun with the little fashionistas in your life playing with color and print.It is based on some of my fashion illustrations for my line Storyline Collection.Click on the link below to print it.

Storyline Coloring Book

Spring is about the Dress!

Right now with all the bad news around us I am taking a minute to focus on something that makes me Happy and thinking about fabulous dresses make me very happy.I always remember growing up that I would say that I wanted to be a “Dress Designer” like designing any other category of clothing did not matter.When it comes to this Spring this is so true.

So even if you have no place to go the simple action of putting on a dress can make you feel divine. One piece,sweet,romantic and yes powerful a great dress is your  universal answer to all questions “what do I wear when I want to feel good“.

When you find the right dress or it finds you it is a match made in heaven.  I believe whatever your body type,age or style you can find the right dress for you by following these simple guidelines.The right dress first of all flatters your body type.

Body type

The key points are the details,the shape and the neckline.If you follow these simple rules it will help you find the right dress for you.

This season is all about Color and Print. To find out what colors you should be wearing for Spring 2020 check out my previous post http://sunilr.com/blog/must-have-colors-for-spring-2020/  Not a fan of color and print the good news is that the LBD that Audrey Hepburn made iconic is one of the strongest trends this Spring.One retailer I looked at had 965 options on their website when I typed in Little Black Dress.What is new this season Sleeves are the big trend so if you are not a fan of showing your arms this is the season for you.

I love a LBD so much that I had to design one for my collaboration with Storyline.I was inspired by the concept of a tee shirt dress that can work as a tunic.My version has pockets and looks amazing belted as well.Check it out at https://storylinecollection.com/products/tunic-dress

This dress looks fantastic on an hourglass shape when it is belted and really flatters both a pear and pencil shape.

Age,remember it is just a number so go with a trend from this season that you relate to and showcase!

The good news is there are so many trends this season that there is a trend for every age group to rock.

20’s and 30’s-Ruffles are the best trend to rock this season.Go with bold Ruffles for both day and night.Do try a floral printed ruffle dress for maximum drama.Want something more sleek and minimal,go for the structured little dress option.

Here are some Little Red Dress options that will flatter your body type.

40’s and 50’s-Floral dresses with a little structure are your thing,Plenty of dresses with sleeves and collars out there if sleeveless is not your thing.Every store window in NYC right now features some version of a floral print dress.What is new is that they are being shown with booties and sneakers for a touch of edge.

 

I was so inspired by the beautiful tropical flowers that I grew up with that I worked with my friend Dusty Hope to create a fabulous limited edition Floral Print Dress for Storyline Collection.Do grab one while they last at https://storylinecollection.com/products/tunic-dress

 

50’s and 60’s Volume is the trend for you to rock this season.Look for a sophisticated version with great drama.

60’s and 70’s,Go classic this season with a statement LBD accessorize it with bright colors.Red, White, and Pink Bags and Shoes are the way to go this season.You can also pop it with a great print jacket.

 

So go out there and grab hold of a trend you love and “Rock it”

Style-Find the dress that reflects your personality!

The good news is even if you are not a dress person there are styles out there this spring that will reflect your personality.The way you accessorize a dress can also make it your style.

Classic-Shirt dresses and Sheath dresses in crisp cottons or linens.Gingham and seersucker are great options as well.Accessorize with a simple flat shoe,a leather belt and a classic cardigan.

Sporty-Polo Dresses and  Tee Shirt dresses in soft cotton jersey.Look for active dresses as well both Lululemon and Athleta have some great options.Pair with a great sneaker and a visor or a striped backpack.

Bohemian- Floral dresses in cotton gauze or voile.Look for this season amazing pieced print dresses.Mix with an embroidered shoe and a straw bag.

Fashionista-Ruffles in sheer chiffon is your go to option this season.Match it with a feather shoe and an art inspired clutch.Set it off with an over the top statement earring.

Avante-Garde-All about zany mixed dots or florals in innovative fabrics.Contrast it with a bold shoe in yellow or bright blue and pair it with an oversized bag.Feel free to mix prints for the season’s edgiest look.

Dresses do not Fit You

I am often told that people find it hard to find a dress that fits because they are not the same size on the top and bottom.40% of American Women fall into this category.Also if you are a person that just does not wear dresses that often you may not want to invest in one.Do look at the option of buying a top and a skirt that when worn together look like a dress.This way you can get a different size top and bottom and also wear them separately.

I am always a fan of this and have created 4 dress looks for Storyline that come from separates so click on this link if this is for you. http://storylinecollection.com/collections/all

This is also a great option when you travel if you have an occasion that needs a dress wear it together and then mix it up for the rest of your trip.

“Now you have no reason not to try a dress or a dress look this season.”

 ♥ Sunil