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Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015 (Part 2)

17 Apr

Here are the other top 5 Most Wanted items for the man in your life for Spring and Summer 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.  Who doesn’t like a well-dressed man?!

This season the Shorter Shorts are in trend.  Check these out from Ralph Lauren paired with a button down shirt and a bow-tie!  (I love a bow-tie!)

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We women aren’t the only ones who think a good-looking comfortable shoe is important.  These Sneaker Style Slip-Ons are from Sperry and are perfect for that tropical vacation he is going to take you on this year!

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Perfect for going to your friend’s wedding this year is the Spring Suit!  This Seersucker coat and pants are from Nautica.

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Color is everywhere and why not on your man?  Check out this Updated Colorblocked Polo from Calvin Klein.

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White Pants are a great staple for men this season and can be dressed up or down.  These are from MADE by Camp Newton.

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I hope this has helped you make your list for when you go shopping for the man in your life this season to keep him right on trend!

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Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015

16 Apr

Since I am sharing the Most Wanted items for Spring and Summer 2015 for the Women, I thought it is only fair I share the top 10 Most Wanted items for the Men too!  Whether you dress your man in the clothes you find for him or you know of a man who has a style all his own, these items are sure to make an impression on the most fashionable man you know! According to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. these are the top must-have items for the men this season.

Women aren’t the only ones who can accessorize with style.  These Fashion Add-Ons are a great way for a man to express his personal style.  The colorful socks are from Hot Sox, the belt is from Bosca and the bag is from Fossil.

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The gym-inspired trend is really hot for men this season too.  This Athletic Inspired Knit is from Buffalo David Bitton and looks great with jeans.

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As much as I am seeing Bold Prints for women this season I am also seeing them for men.  Check out this great shirt from Tommy Bahama to pair with shorts for that spring-time BBQ!

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Another inspiration from the gym this season are the Jog Shorts.  These are from CK Jeans.  These are great with his favorite pair of tennis shoes.

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Gingham and plaids are everywhere right now!  And in all kinds of colors!  This bold Plaid Sport Coat is a style statement all it’s own.

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Keep watching for the other top 5 Most Wanted items for you man for this season coming soon!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015 (Part 2)

14 Apr

As promised, here are the remaining Women’s top 5 Most Wanted items for Spring 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.

The Kimono is very trendy this season and makes for a nice cover-up.  This one is from Jessica Simpson.

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The Jumpsuit is oh so trendy right now!  I am seeing them everywhere. You can certainly do a lot with them by adding belts, scarves or statement jewelry to jazz them up!  You can make them casual or formal. This one is from Karen Kane.

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For a fun and casual look, an Easy-Fit Top makes perfect sense and can be paired with your favorite pair of jeans.  This striped one is from Kensie.

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Flowers are not only popping up in your yard this season, they are popping up in clothes everywhere.  I think this is the hottest pattern of the season!  I am seeing floral prints everywhere and on everything from dresses to jewelry to shoes. This Floral Dress is from Vince Camuto.

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Ever so popular this season is the statement jewelry and I LOVE it! Not only is it the statement necklace that we have seen the previous couple of seasons but now it is the Statement Earring more than ever.  These add a great “pop” to any outfit!  These pictured are from Vince Camuto.

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I hope you have been making your list of the most wanted items you must have for your spring and summer wardrobe this year!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015

13 Apr

I am excited to share with you the “Most Wanted List” for Spring 2015 compiled by Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. I have listed below 5 of the top 10 items on the Women’s Most Wanted List this spring.

First off are these Glitzy Sandals from Vince Camuto.  I am loving all the colorful and bedazzled looks of bling on the sandals this year.  It adds some “pop” to a very simple shoe statement and they can be worn with just about everything!

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The “Soft Pant” is in trend again this season.  However, the length for spring has gotten shorter.  Culottes are making a comeback in a powerful way.  These are from 1.State Culottes

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I am seeing a lot of “Matched Sets” this season in tops and bottoms in various prints.  This matching top and skirt is from Kiind Of. Buying in separates is always nice because you can purchase a different size in the top and bottom if your body style needs it.

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Not only should your clothes change with the seasons but also your make-up colors can change.  Check out these “Look at me Lips” from Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour.

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I love this Longer Skirt from Fever which is very trendy this season. Just remember to make sure the length is right for you and falls within the diamond openings of your legs to be the most flattering look for you.  It looks great paired with this chambray top for a refreshing springtime look.

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Stay tuned for the other top 5 must-have items for your wardrobe coming soon!

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Sport Chic Style Statement

10 Apr

More fun Spring/Summer styles to love this season! The fourth Style Statement I want to share with you is called “Sport Chic” 

This trend is borrowed from the gym. We saw a lot of this style in the fall and it is carrying over into spring. Performance fabrics like jersey, double knits, nylon mesh and scuba are complemented by innovative color blocking and contrast zippers. Athletic-inspired hoodies, bombers, halters and jog pants are paired with more polished items. Stylish sneakers as well as sneaker-influenced sandals and sport-style booties with new-age backpacks and totes go right along with this sporty chic style.

This fun casual dress is a striped midi from Cynthia Rowley.

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This cute crop top and skirt is from the Kiind Of brand.

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This fun casual look goes easily from the gym to running errands with the kids.  It is a Marc New York Performance pullover and leggings.

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These sneaker-influenced style sandals are by Steve Madden.

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This is another casual dress from Marc New York Performance.

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This is a cute, casual and sporty dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Check out the colorful tennis shoes from Nike!  The more colorful the better this season.

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This matching set of jacket and pants is from Jones Sport.  Great for the gym or running out to the store.

 

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The skinny jeans are still the rage this season and these are from Calvin Klein as well as the colorful tee and matching denim jacket.

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Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Spare Me Style Statement

2 Apr

Here is another Style Statement from the Spring 2015 Fashion Trend forecast from Belk this season.

It is called “Spare Me”

You will see a modern aesthetic highlighting architectural forms like A-line, columns and trumpet skirts, along with tunics, over-sized shirtings and trapeze dresses. Some of the modern fabric options you will see are advanced shine, sheers, unexpected fabric mixes and coated surfaces, along with bold stripes, artistic scribble, grids and photo realism. Bold cuffs, chokers, over-sized clutches, mini bags, and shoes with bottom interest will have you putting your best foot forward.

This strapless romper features the still popular chevron print and split front panel.  You can add sophistication to your look with this single-button blazer. It features peplum detail at the waist and easily layers over any outfit.  Both are from 1.State

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Check out this highlighting on this Paint Stroke dress from CeCe by Cynthia Steffe

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This is a sleeveless top worn with the longer skirt by Eileen Fisher

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With a color-blocked design and a chic silhouette, this gorgeous sandal is perfect for adding city-inspired style to any look. This style is “Melody” by French Connection.

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This is a striped open back dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal

 

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This is a beautiful Swing Coat worn over a scoop neck dress by Pink Tartan

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Beautiful gold jewelry, which is hot this season, by Vince Camuto

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This is a printed Scuba Dress by Vince Camuto

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This is a beautiful statement necklace by Michael Kors that could easily be worn to dress up or down any outfit.

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Spring & Summer 2014 Fashion Trends – Part 3

24 Mar

As I promised, here is the final Style Statement I learned about from Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction,  for Spring and Summer 2014!  There are three specific Style Statements that have been created to give you an idea of what to look for and to add to your current wardrobe for the upcoming seasons. I shared Feminine Charms  and Clean Slate in my previous two posts (if you missed them, make sure and go back and look at them).

This Style Statement is called Jetsetter.  This is a tribal twist with a multi-cultural mix.  Details will include zippers, pockets, studs, grommets as well as ornate embellishments, tassels, fringe and frayed edges.  In all three of the Style Statements I have shared with you there has been a various range of textiles being used such as jacquards, silks, sheers, and linen.

hawian-inspired-dress-320x336   This fit and flare dress from Cynthia Rowley is shown in the popular floral print with a tribal twist. You will see some print mixes this season as well.  I know it is not for everyone but if done correctly, it can be fun.

print-skirt-shirt-320x480   This Karen Kane top and skirt has cut-outs and is in navy, which is a popular color this season as well.

bright-color-bag-320x444  Again, we are seeing the popular floral motif in accessories as well as in clothing as shown in this Kate Spade style handbag.

necklace-bracelet-320x480    This is a great Kenneth Cole white top with a statement necklace of beads and stones.  Mixing materials in an elegant way really makes a statement!

parrot-bag-320x477  This novel Mary Frances clutch purse is a whimsical work of art and definitely makes a fashion statement.

leather-jacket-320x213    Animal prints are still very hot this season.  Shown here is a zebra print Michael Kors dress with a soft leather jacket.  It looks very polished and very chic.

tied-heels1-320x482  These great Dolce Vita  shoes combine leather, animal print, rope and twine for a unique artistic style.

gold-jewelry-320x480  This Vince Camuto statement jewelry gives an ethnic feel to this basic top and adds a splash of adventure and fun.

bold-jewelry-320x482     This Michael Kors jewelry is made of tortoise and chains.  The longer length can be very flattering to elongate the body.  Layering of necklaces is also a very popular trend right now.  

As I mentioned in my last post, just choose two or three of your favorite trends to add to your current wardrobe to update your look. Making sure they are in your best colors and styles for your body shape will be the key to a polished and very chic look.  Feel free to go out of your comfort zone and have fun with the different styles and accessories for the Spring and Summer seasons and express your individual Fashion Personality!   I don’t know about you but I am ready for Spring!      

Spring & Summer 2014 Fashion Trends- Part 2

18 Mar

As I promised, here is another Style Statement I learned about from Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction,  for Spring and Summer 2014!  There are three specific Style Statements that have been created to give you an idea of what to look for and to add to your current wardrobe for the upcoming seasons. I shared Feminine Charms in my last post (if you missed it, make sure and go back and look at it) and I will be sharing the last Style Statement in my next post (so make sure you click the button to follow my posts).

This Style Statement is called Clean Slate.  It is going to consist of strong, sculptural shapes and understated elegance causing minimal chic to have maximum impact.  Sportif elements will also be a part of this style.

color-block-dress-320x428   You will see asymmetric detailing and architectural lines like in this shift dress from DKNY. The shift dress will be the dress of choice.

black-white-skirt-320x480  Black and White is showing up everywhere I go.This is from Kensie.  This is a great transition from winter to spring.  Add a pop of color to the black and white with a necklace, scarf, handbag or shoes.

lucite-heels-320x413  Speaking of shoes…. The “mule” style shoes shown in the picture above will be popular this season as well as these great Michael Kors shoes shown here.  You will see a lot of innovative materials being used like the lucite material in these.  Metallics will be prominent in shoes like silver, gold, pewter and rose gold.

black-pant-jacket-320x480  This is a jumpsuit with a “harem” pant and a cropped boxy jacket.  I haven’t seen much of this look yet and not sure I am a big fan but we will see….  This is from Eileen Fisher in the popular black and white.  Notice also these shoes that have a lot of coverage on the top of the shoe and ankle.

   white-purse-320x444  This black and white Dooney & Bourke handbag is boxy in shape.  Some other  great accessories to add to your wardrobe will be bold cuffs, geometric pendants and  multi rings.  Strong and powerful accessories will be a must.

white-shell-skirt-320x480  This skirt is ruffled in more of a geometric way to go along with this strong style statement. It is from BCBG.

white-melon-sheath-320x480        This dress from Rachel Roy shows the color blocking that is still very popular but with a different twist.  The color blocking you will see this season is more curvy rather than the straight lines we have seen in previous seasons. I have already been seeing this trend in the stores.  

Remember, you don’t have to try every trend for the new season.  Just pick one or two that fits your personal style and fashion personality and have fun with it.  Make sure what you choose are in colors and styles that are going to be most flattering  for your Dominant Color Characteristic and Body Shape so it will be the most flattering for YOU!  Make sure and follow my Blog for the next post in a few days where I will show you the final Style Statement for Spring/Summer 2014!

    

 

Spring & Summer 2014 Fashion Statements

13 Mar

Hello Friends!

Let me start out by saying I am sorry it has been a few weeks since my last Blog post.  I have been very blessed with several speaking engagements and I have enjoyed meeting so many of you beautiful ladies!! If you know of a women’s group that is looking for a speaker, please contact me because I would love to meet you and share valuable information on fashion and creating your own personal style!

I am so excited to share with you some great information I learned recently from Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction, about the current trends for Spring and Summer 2014!  There are three specific Style Statements that have been created to give you an idea of what to look for and to add to your current wardrobe for the upcoming spring season. I will share the first one today and the other two in the next two Blog posts (I promise they will follow very soon).

The first Style Statement I want to tell you about is called “Feminine Charms”. You are definitely going to be seeing clothing and accessories with a feminine flare! 

floral-pleat-dress-320x480  You will see dresses in fit and flare silhouettes like this one from Adriana Papell.  They will be in a little bit longer lengths (mid-calf /over the knee).  You will also see the floral patterns everywhere and in everything!        

sweater-dress-320x482  Various types of textiles are being used in clothing this season but you will still see a lot of lace which has been very popular for a couple of seasons now. The shift (away from the body) and sheath (more fitting with a waist definition) dresses are very popular as well.  This one is from Marc Jacobs. Lots of white, white, white this season!

floral-necklace-320x428   Here you see accessories from Kate Spade in both the floral motif and in the popular white.  The statement necklace can add pizzazz to your outfit.

eyelet-ribbed-dress-320x423   You will want to make sure you look just as good leaving the room as you did coming into the room.  Many of the dresses and blouses this season will have some sort of cutout design in the back like this one from French Connection.

pastel-heels-320x427   These dreamy shoes from Steven are just an example of the new style of shoes you will be seeing everywhere.  Notice the details of the single-sole, the block-heel, and the ankle strap.

box-stitched-bag-320x427     Of course you know my favorite accessory is the perfect purse!  I love this one from Jessica Simpson in a beautiful blush shade of pink. You will see purses in smaller sizes, beautiful spring colors, quilting material, and lots of chains and metal accents.  Make sure to choose the metal (silver or gold) that is most flattering for your dominant color characteristic. 

     white-dress-320x480 Even though Pantone decided that “Radiant Orchid” is the color of the year for 2014, you are still going to see a lot of pink (my favorite color of course) in just about everything like this Pink Tartan dress.  You will see layers of pink from light to deep in a shade for almost everyone.

So even if the weather is still a little chilly where you are, it is time to start thinking Spring!  If you think it— it will come, right?!  I can’t wait to start wearing all the beautiful fashions and accessories for the new season!  What will be your favorite?

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