Say yes to a dress!

Yes,it is finally here Spring has arrived and with her arrival time to say “Yes to fabulous Dresses” No you are not getting married but a great dress will make you feel special. Get out of those big sweaters,baggy sweats and heavy coats and have some fun.

Easter,Mother’s day,Graduations and Wedding season are all upon us.So what do you wear? Divine one piece,sweet,romantic and so girly a great dress is your  universal answer to all questions what do I wear right now? The great thing about a dress is that it takes 30 seconds to put on and needs minimal accessorizing so it is very time efficient.

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.

1.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.

Not a fan of color and print or color get a simple navy or grey dress and brighten it up with some bold or printed accessories.

Here are some of this season’s bags and shoes that will go perfectly with a solid dress.

2.Age,remember it is just a number so go with a trend you relate to!

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-sweet and girly is the way to go,Ruffles or Polka dots are the best trend to rock this season.Pink,Yellow and Blue are your go to colors.

 

30’s and 40’s-Floral dresses with a little structure are your thing, If florals are not your thing rock a great lace dress with sharp lines.Plenty of dresses with sleeves and collars out there if sleeveless is not your thing.A classic  printed wrap dress is a great option as well and they never go out of style.

 

40’s and 50’s Animal is the trend for you to rock this season.Look for a sophisticated version with great details.

 

60’s and 70’s,I love the Shirt Dress it offers great structure,style and coverage and is so chic.

70’s and above opt for a modern streamlined sheath dress with sweet details.

 

 

3.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 wit 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.Pair with a great sneaker and a visor or a striped tote.

Bohemian-Ditzy printed Floral dresses in cotton gauze or voile.Look for this season amazing scarf 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 stripes 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.

 

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

Happy Easter ♥ Sunil

 

 

Fashion Tips from the Red Carpet

With the 2019 Awards season ending last night and all of us talking about our favourite dresses,the fashion hit and misses.There are real takeaways that will influence what we are going to wear.What is worn on the red carpet influences what we wear to prom,weddings and other events during the year.So what are the fashion lessons that you can use in your own life.

1.Fashion is having a big princess moment.The award season was all about full volume dresses with ruffles,bows and bodices often paired with some kind of cape detail.So if you are buying a dress this season make sure it has the princess vibe.

2.Black is king,after analysing all the award shows it was very clear that most of the unique cuts and shapes were in black.This is an important fashion lesson if you are taking a risk and going for a silhouette you usually do not wear do it in a color like black or navy. It is easier to step out of your comfort zone when you have the confidence and flattering effects of black on your side.

3.Red is the new black?What does that mean?Red is now on par with black and white when it comes to color for evening.Red was once considered a daring choice but not any more.Women have embraced the  sexy power vibe it brings and love how it makes heads turn.So if you already have a black dress opt for a red one and rotate them.Yes it is perfectly okay to wear red to a wedding,in may cultures it is a sign of good fortune.

4.Metallics are the key trend of the season.Metallics have been growing in strength over the past few years and have overtaken lace as the must have fabrication.Silver seems to be leading the way but we are also seeing gold and other Spring tones like lilac and pink.

5.Pink is the new player.Last year it was all about nude and understated color this year it is about pink.Pink is the new power color with all it’s old associations being tossed aside.So if you need to make a splash at your event pink is the way to go.

If you want to read more about color for this year go to http://sunilr.com/blog/must-wear-colors-for-spring-19/

6.Pants are now totally glam for evening.It used to be that if someone showed up in pants on the red carpet or at an event is was as if they were not even trying to dress up.However some celebrities have been rocking some high wattage pant looks.Think of tailored feminine tuxedos,glam pantsuits and pairing pants with overly dramatic tops.So if you are not a dress kind of girl this is your year to dazzle in pants.

 

“So be influenced by the stars and do take some fashion risks at your next event”

♥ Sunil

Find your perfect dress!

Your best option to shine during the holiday season is by wearing the perfect dress.Time to start thinking about your options for the Holiday Season.Fabulous Holiday dresses and attire arrived in the stores and online October 15th,so it is the best selection and size availability right now.Here are some simple tips to help you find the right dress to dazzle in.

1.Color

Black is the most popular color and universally flattering but Red is almost selling as well as Black.If you already have a Black dress do invest in a Red one this season as it is going to be a key item.Jewel tones are also big this season with Sapphire,Emerald and Amethyst leading the way.If you want something that will make a big splash go with a Metallics like Bronze,Copper,Gold and Silver.

2.Style

Make sure the style and details flatter your body,Here is what to look for that will flatter your body type when you shop.

3.Fabric

Make sure that the fabric drapes without clinging it should also be breathable and allow you to move.Jersey and Ponte are the best bets for something more classic and versatile.If you want to step it up go with Lace or Velvet.If you are going all out gravitate towards Beading,Embroidery or Sequins.

4.Length

If you go to a lot of formal events that are black tie or black tie optional do go for a long dress but for most people cocktail dresses just below the knee are the best bet.On the other hand if you go to more edgy events at art galleries and clubs then short is a must.Find the length that flatters you and do not be afraid to get a dress hemmed to the right length.The good news is that all lengths are in this season.

5.Top Trends this season

There are lots of option this season but I picked the top 5 trends that I think are current and also have longevity.If you invest in a great dress you want to make sure you have more than one seasons wear out of it.

Lace is once again the #1 trend this season with pieced and placed versions leading the way.If you can afford it go with a 3d lace which has a total wow quality.If all lace is not you thing look for versions mixed with chiffon,velvet or satin.This is great for a work event or something slightly more formal.

Sequins are front and center for the holidays.These are not the boring sequins from your grandma’s closet, they have texture and pattern.Look for the ones that look like molten metal or have new bolder shapes.If a Gala or a fabulous New Years event is in you cards do rock this trend.

Asymmetry is a great way to add instant drama,this seasons versions have ruffles,hems and sleeves all designed to flatter,if you are petite this is the trend for you as it elongates your body.

We are finally seeing a wave of Boho Holiday dresses in both short and long versions that incorporate floral prints,embroidery,fringe and feathers.They truly reflect the haute hippie trend that is so strong right now.It is all about eclectic luxury and personal expression.If you tend to go to more creative events at museums and art galleries this is the dress you must buy this season. Holiday dressing does not have to be boring.

Disco days are back big time.This is probably the most fashion forward trend that we are seeing.The dresses have statement sleeves and strong shoulders and are usually short.If the holiday season is all about dancing the night away this is a must have for you.

Take a little time to find the right dress for you this holiday season and do become the life of the party and the belle of the ball.

♥ Sunil

 

 

Find the right dress for you!

Yes,it is finally here Spring has arrived and with her arrival time to dress it up. Time to get out of those big sweaters,baggy sweats and heavy coats and have some fun.Easter,Mother’s day,Graduations and Wedding season are all upon us.So what do you wear?That is easy say “Yes to the Dress”.One piece,sweet,romantic and so girly a great dress is your  universal answer to all questions what do I wear?.

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.

1.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.

Not a fan of color and print get a simple black, navy or grey dress and brighten it up with some bold or printed accessories.

2.Age

The good news is there are so many trends this season that there is a trend for every age group to rock.Remember that age is just a number so if you feel 30 by all means rock that trend.

20’s and 30’s-sweet and girly is the way to go,Ruffles or Polka dots are the best trend to rock this season.

40’s and 50’s-Floral dresses with a little structure are your thing,look for tailoring in the dress as well. If florals are not your thing rock a great Spring Plaid with sharp lines.Plenty of dresses with sleeves and collars out there.

 

60’s and above,I love the Shirt Dress it offers great structure,style and coverage and is so chic.I also love the Fringe Dress as it conceals and reveals at the same time.Yes I said it you must rock some fringe.

3.Style

Classic-Shirt dresses and Sheath dresses in crisp cottons.Gingham is a great option as well.

Sporty-Polo Dresses and  Tee Shirt dresses in soft cotton jersey.Look for active dresses as well.

Bohemian-Ditzy printed Floral dresses in cotton gauze or voile.

Fashionista-Ruffles in sheer chiffon.

Avante-Garde-All about zany mixed dots in innovative fabrics.

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

Happy Easter ♥ Sunil

 

 

Holiday 2017 Dress Codes, Simply explained!

Dress Codes Explained

It is the season for invites to holiday events that usually have a dress code.Here are some of the common dress codes I am seeing this season broken down for you to easily understand.Very often you get one or two words that say attire and it is really up to you to figure out what to wear,

Formal and Semi Formal

Black Tie

For Men-It is clear you have to wear a tuxedo.Make sure you rent one asap,rentals can get scarce around this season.Also pair it with the right accessories.

For Women-If it is a high-end wedding or a charity gala it requires you to wear a gown. If it is a work related function like an awards dinner you can wear a formal cocktail dress but make sure you accessorize it to the hilt. Your hair and makeup should be elegant and elevated at the same time. If you have any doubts, the best way to figure out what to wear, is to dress according to what you expect the hostess to wear. Do go online and look at the space and pictures of prior events.Social media coverage from last years event is the best place to get a lot of visual cues. This will guide you to select the best option.If you do not want to buy a dress you can easily rent one.

 

Black Tie Optional or Creative Black Tie

For Men-One of the murkier dress codes, men are given the option of either wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit and a tie or bowtie. If you chose to wear a suit make sure it is with a white shirt and step up your accessories specially your shoes.

For Women-The Dress code is a little more open here, you can wear anything from a long dress to a fun cocktail number. If you opt for pants make sure you pair them with a very extravagant top. Think of it like this: You aren’t expected to look as if you’re en route the Oscars, but you should still make an effort to dazzle. Hair, makeup and accessories should be stepped up and try and wear the highest heel you are comfortable with.

 

Cocktail

For Men-For guys, this dress code calls for a dark suit preferably with a tie,stripes and plaids are great. This is an opportunity to have some fun with your shirt adding print, color or texture. Dress it up with a fun pocket square.

For Women, short dresses that are party-ready. If you feel like wearing separates go for a pencil skirt or cigarette pant with a lace or beaded top. Stay away from a traditional suit but try a velvet jumpsuit or tuxedo with statement accessories for a more fun look with a little edge. When in doubt, wear a little black dress or a little red dress and dress it up with fantastic jewelry and over the top shoes.. Cocktail attire is meant to be fun.

 

Festive

Dress code that tends to pop up on invitations around the holidays, festive attire is similar to cocktail attire, but with a holiday bent for men that could be a holiday tie or bow tie.You could also do a fashion forward blazer in a bright color.Velvet blazers for men are very popular this season. Women this is the time to have a little fun opt for red, purple, pink or sapphire blue and add a holiday themed necklace or clutch. This is a great place to opt for the metallic trend specially the silver shine we are seeing this holiday season. Make sure you look is chic, stay away from holiday sweaters and holiday hats.

 

Work Related

Business

For Men this is a dress code suggestion at many daytime semi-formal events (particularly work lunches and conferences), this dress code calls for a suit and tie if you are in a more formal industry or a shirt and blazer for a more creative industry. Do go for a grey or suit instead of black and use this opportunity to sport some pattern.

For Women a tailored dress or a pantsuit or skirt suit. Make sure you go with a very feminine blouse, as it is the holiday season. Color is a great way to stand out here,try red,sapphire blue or wine tones. The idea is to wear something business appropriate that also feels dressed-up. Your outfit is your real star here so keep your accessories sleek and simple.

 

Business Cocktail

For Men-This is pretty much the same as cocktail it calls for  dark suit with a tie.Again step up your accessories and shirt so it does not look like a normal work outfit.

For Women-This is pretty much the same as business,it is telling you not to wear anything too revealing or sexy as cocktail dresses can sometimes be.Again step up your attire with fun feminine and glam accessories.

 

Business Casual

For Men-A great pair of pants or chinos with a collared shirt, you can add a cashmere sweater in a fun color. No jeans and sneakers and do stay away from hoodies.

For Women-This is the opportunity to wear a fun top paired with a great pair of black pants or a pencil skirt. A simple sophisticated dress works just as well, pair it with a pastel cashmere cardigan and marijanes for this seasons key statement. Do sport a monochromatic dark floral print with pop color accessories.

 

 

Smart Casual

For Men-his dress code calls for a dressier version of your casual look.Dress up your favorite jeans with a blazer and leather sneakers. Pair a casual pant with dress shirt and boots. To find the perfect balance make sure at least one item in your outfit is from the dressier section of your closet.

For Women-Dress up your go-to pair of pants with a fun pair of shoes and a wow top. If you chose to wear jeans make sure they are not too distressed and mix them up with heels and a fun jacket. Your outfit should be all about comfort and confidence.

 

 

Casual

For both men and women this can end up being a minefield. It is best to stay away from team logo attire and sweats. If you keep in mind that after all this is an event,even if it is in someone’s home so put some effort in to your appearance. Do not wear the clothes that you lounge around in and the same time try not to look like you came straight from work. Your host wants you to be comfortable and focus on all the fun that is going to take place. So make sure your outfit does just that.

 

Theme

We are seeing more of these around the holiday’s parties, people love to be creative and add a special twist to their holiday event. Do wear something that reflects the theme of the evening as your host is putting a lot of effort into the decor, music and food. If the theme reflects a particular decade like 70’s disco or 50’s glam stay away from the costume shop and go with vintage clothing or contemporary clothing that reflects that era. Go more for tasteful than kitsch unless it is an ugly Christmas sweater party then by all means throw taste right out of the window.This is a big trend this holiday season and stores are full of amazing options.

Even if you are not into dressing up sport a couple of accessories that reflect the theme they will enable you to get in the spirit of the evening and have fun. A hat,earrings or a scarf that reflects the theme is usually a good bet.

 

 When in doubt always dress better than expected!
Sunil