Floral Print Dresses

In your search for that perfect summer dress, don’t forget to include the classic floral print dress.  Dresses can currently be found in a variety of patterns, but good floral patterns can be a bit more elusive.  You want to find a pattern that isn’t over the top and sometimes floral patterns can be just that.

Consider the Cherry Short Sleeve Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This dress features a sheer silk cotton blend fabric that feels light and airy on.  We love pairing it over a pair of leggings and worn as a tunic for added versatility.  The dress features a lightly plunging neckline and a brown tie around the waist for added contrast.  The floral pattern features blues and reds along with a tile pattern in back for added detail.

Floral patterns are great because they are always distinctive and unique.   In addition they always feature bright colors that blend well together.  The multiple colors also give you a number of options for colors to accessorize floral print dresses.  From shoes to leggings and jewelry you really do have a variety of ways to add accent to any floral print dress.

Another great example of a floral print dress featuring more of a retro vibe is the Mod Retro Tunic and the Retro Boatneck dress by designer Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  These dresses feature the same retro floral pattern with blocks of flowers juxtaposed on a black and white Spanish tile pattern.  The colors are in purples and blues and pinks giving a bright floral look on the style of each dress.  These dresses are great examples of different styles of dresses available for floral print dresses as well.  The boatneck dress with a tie around the waist is a great option for a more fitted look.  The retro tunic / dress features a 70s style sleeveless A line dress with a solid black stripe down the center for added contrast.  Each dress has a distinctive vibe and the floral pattern adds depth and character to the already stylish dress.

As you can see, you have a number of different options to find designer dresses with floral prints.  You can vary not only the floral pattern and colors but also the style of dress to create that perfect individual look you are going for.  We also love the ability to pair floral print dresses with so many options for accessories.  They are a great way to layer in solid color scarves, leggings, boots, shoes, jewelry and belts depending on the style of dress.   You also want to be sure to avoid floral patterns that overdo it.   While I can’t describe exactly what that means because it is so pattern specific, it generally is one of those you know it when you see it type of rules of thumb.  For all of these reasons, floral print dresses are a great way to express your own individual style and a great way to give your closet a pop of color and style.

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Spring Trend: Bright and Bold Color

As you start shopping for spring and summer clothing you will want to be looking for the latest spring trend this season bright and bold colors.  You will see these bold colors in a variety of solids, stripes and patterns in lots of different pieces of clothing.

This spring and summer you will see lots of great patterns ranging from python prints or floral patterns all the way to more subtle infusions of tie dye.  You’ll most definitely want to look for great tops and dresses with the patterns that suit your own individual style.  Patterns utilizing bold colors will range from distinctive animal prints like python to bold floral patterns, lots of elements of tie dye patterns and of course stripes in a host of great fabrics and distinctive style tops.

Bright colors will be popular in both patterns and solids colors. Be on the lookout for a variety of bold shades of coral colors, blues and purples.  This spring you will continue to see lots of clothing utilizing shimmer and shine with the use of fabrics instead of more matte fabrics and colors.  Satins, sequins and sheer are another great way to incorporate bold colors.   Wearing bold colors is all about your own personal style.  A few rules of thumb to help make sure you don’t overdo it with bold, bright colors.

We love incorporating bold colors as accents or contrast especially with shiny or shimmery materials like satins or sequins.  This is a great way to add subtle touches of color that still stand out.  This way if the color doesn’t survive many more seasons, you can still pull off the pop of color because it is an accent rather than the primary color.  Another great way to add hints of a color is with patterns.  You can find lots of great tops by designer Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati, as an example, that include lots of patterns with base colors like black accented by hints of fuscia or other bright colors.  This pattern allows you to wear bolder colors because they are offset with the basic black or basic core color.

Spring is also a perfect time to incorporate bright spring colors like yellows, greens, and pinks.  These spring colors are perfect bright colors for spring and summer and we love mixing these colors with other core colors to mix it up.  One of my favorite spring dresses is the Blaire Widesleeve Crew Dress.   This great dress by designer Ella Moss features a yellow lemonade color contrasted with grey stripes at the hem or at the waistline. This dress is a perfect example of a great bright color that doesn’t go over the top.

The bottom line is that you have to decide how bright and bold you are willing to go with incorporating color trends into your closet.  Adding a few key pieces in the latest trend color such as a coral this season is a great way to spruce up your wardrobe.

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New Fashion Trends for 2011

When you are shopping this year you will want to be mindful of the latest new fashion trends for 2011 and be on the lookout for great ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe and individual style.  Today we’re going to highlight a new trend in style of tops, trends in lengths and trends in color and patterns.

As for style trends for tops you will see looser fits.  Lots of wide, long tops ranging from the retro Flashdance inspired baggy sweatshirt top that you can rock with leggings or jeans or jeggings as they will still be popular.  You will see tops that are tunic length and many that are wider in the waist and shoulders giving you a distinctive look from the short fitted tops of seasons past.  You will also find peasant blouses back in full steam this year.  Frilly lightweight, sheer fabrics with solid colors or patterns with ruffles and/or ties at the waist will be big this upcoming season.

Another trend that you will continue to see this season is the popularity of cropped jackets.  This trend is working its way into sweaters with lots of cropped sweaters and cardigans for your more casual attire.   Cropped jackets or blazers adorned with epaulets, buttons, zippers and many more accent details will be all the rage this season.  You’ll see the magazines showcase these jackets with long tops underneath and often over leggings or skinny jeans.  Of course, you will want to work these into your wardrobe as you like to fit your own individual style, but this short cropped length is a big trend this season.

In 2011 you are sure to see lots of great patterns ranging from python prints or floral patterns all the way to more subtle infusions of tie dye.  You’ll most definitely want to look for great tops with the patterns that suit your individual style.   This season bright colors will be popular. Be on the lookout for coral colors, blues and purples.  You will also see lots of clothing utilizing shimmer and shine with the use of fabrics instead of more matte fabrics and colors.  Satins, sequins and sheer are our rule of thumb this season.  Patterns will range from distinctive animal prints like python to bold floral patterns, lots of elements of tie dye patterns and of course stripes in a host of great fabrics and distinctive style tops.

Of course how you choose to utilize these trends is completely up to you, but we think you’ll find having a piece or two that fit these trends will help spruce up your wardrobe for 2011.  Also don’t think that you will have to spend a small fortune on these fashion trends.  In keeping with the prior year trends you’ll see these trends implemented in the high end lines as well as in the more economical lines so it won’t simply be a trend you see on the runway.   We recommend investing in a few great pieces with these trends that you can wear for years to come.

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