Easy Ways To Transition Your Wardrobe from SS into AW

So September is finally here, and the weather will soon be turning a little chillier in most places. That means that it’s time to start thinking about making the transition from your spring summer wardrobe to your autumn winter one. Read on to find out how to make this transition as seamless as possible.

Gradual

Firstly it is not necessary to pack away every last summer dress and bikini top as soon as we hit autumn. Unless you live in an area with clearly demarked seasons, then you are likely to get some warm days mixed in with the chillier ones.

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The main issue with this is that it can mean running two wardrobes side by side, while you are waiting for the temperature to change. It can get pretty chaotic doing this and make keeping up with the laundry near impossible.

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It’s a good idea to pick items from each season wardrobe that would be suitable for cooler, but not freezing weather. There is no point getting out you winter puffa jackets and ski wear if it’s still 26 degrees outside.

So go through your current clothes and see what you can make sure of. Jeans and tank tops are a good bet, as you can put wraps or jumpers over the top if it’s a colder, day.

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A leather jacket is a classic piece too that will easily fit over the top of a retro summer dress and protect you from the falling temperatures.

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Capsule

Another easy way to move your SS look into AW is to use capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a selection of a few key pieces that make up the core of your outfits. Then you can choose to embellish and accessorize them as you see fit.

A capsule wardrobe works well for that difficult time in between seasons. This is because it uses the idea of multi-purpose pieces that can be added together to create a look. That means it’s very easy to adjust what you are wearing to the weather conditions outside.

A classic capsule can be built up of as little as nine essential items. These will include three bottoms, three tops and three jackets, jumpers & cardigans. An AW capsule will also include a few on-trend dresses and a heavy winter coat for when the weather turns.

If attempting to put an AW capsule wardrobe together for yourself, you will also need to consider your accessories. You will need a neutral colored umbrella, gloves, and a scarf.

Shoes are also essential. They not only have to match as many looks as possible within the capsule, but they also have to be practical for the type of weather that you can expect in AW.

Ankles boots work well with dresses, as they give you that rock chic look while keeping your feet dry in the wet weather. It may also be worth investing in some snow boots if you are likely to experience extreme weather on a regular basis.

Layers

One of they keys to transitioning from SS into AW is to master the technique of layering. Layering is using different items of clothing to build up an outfit that looks attractive and is suitable for the weather of your climate.

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When buying layering items, you need to think carefully about their utility. Some items can only really be used outside, when the weather is really bad, like heavy woolen overcoats. If you walk to work, then this will be an essential for you throughout the AW season. However, if you drive to work, a heavy winter coat can be an expensive purchase that spends most of its time, hung up in your wardrobe.

You also need to consider the temperature of the place you spend the most time in the day. Do you work in an office where you have no control over the heating and cooling systems? If this is the case and your colleagues prefer a warmer environment you may need to put together outfits that are lightweight and cool for the day. But layer a thick jumper or jacket over the top for when you need to step outside.

The great thing about layering is that the more layers you have, the more you can take off. So you have a much better control of your temperature throughout the day.

Colours

Of course, moving from a SS to an AW wardrobe is not all about the type of clothes you pick. It’s also a chance to change up the color scheme in your closet and wear some different shade.

This season’s AW colors trends includes a focus on mainly neutral tones like rust, olive, copper and indigo blue. There are also some brighter hues in their like baby blue and bright red.

Of course, as much as we’d all like to able to wear any color that we liked, our skin tone dictates the shades that will look best on us.

That means it’s vital, before you sprint to the mall, to know what your skin tone is, and which colors will compliment it.

Luckily there is lots of detailed information on the internet. But the basics look like this. If you have a pinkish tone with blue veins on the underside of your arm, then your skin is a cool tone. If you have a more golden tone and your veins appear greenish, then you have a warm skin tone.

For the warmer skin tone types, the natural colors such as olives and coppers will work wonderfully. For cooler skin tone try to stick to anything that has a hue of blue in it. So the indigo blue and baby blue for 2016 will work well for you.

Cooler skin tones need be careful of red through. This is because there are so many different shades of red. Some start with a blue base, while others work on an orange base. If you have a cooler tone, you can wear the reds with the blue base but not the orange ones.

 

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Four Steps You Should Take To Prepare Your Winter Wardrobe

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Winter is here. It’s time to move those summer dresses and t-shirts to the back of your wardrobe and bring your jumpers and jeans to the front. Here is a step by step guide to preparing your wardrobe for winter.

 

  1. Clear out

It is a good idea to take this opportunity to do an overhaul of your wardrobe. Instead of putting summer items that are past their best back into your closet, you should get rid of them and make more room for your quality clothes. You will find it really helpful if you divide your clothes into four separate piles: toss, donate, fix and clean. Although it can be difficult to say goodbye to your favourite things, if they are permanently stained or have holes, they should be thrown out. Be as honest with yourself as possible when doing your clear out. If you haven’t worn an item for a very long time and you are hanging on to it “just in case” it should be donated to a charity shop. If you have items that have a loose threads or don’t fit you properly, get these fixed before putting them back into your closet. Finally, make sure you include the items in your laundry basket when you are doing your clear out. Some clothes just need a wash to make them look as good as new.

 

  1. Take stock

Once you have done a proper clear out of your wardrobe you can begin to take stock of your winter items. Start from the top and work your way down. So, first think about your hats. Are they warm enough and will they go with every outfit? Ask yourself these same questions about your scarves, tops, jumpers, trousers, dresses, skirts, etc. Make a list of any items that are missing from your winter wardrobe, or items that you need to get more of.

 

  1. Buy missing items

With your list, begin to browse online for items that you might like to purchase. Have a look online at the latest styles and make an online “lookbook” for inspiration. Remember that it is a better idea to buy one good quality item that will keep you warm for the whole winter instead of lots of cheap clothes and accessories that won’t last. If you are on a tight budget, keep an eye out for sale items that have decent reductions in price. If possible try to get all your new items bought quickly so that you are fully prepared for when it begins to get freezing outside.

 

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  1. Complete wardrobe

Once you have everything you need for your winter wardrobe, you might find it helpful to organise items by colour and style. Have all your trousers grouped together and arrange them from light to dark. This will make it much easier for you to coordinate your outfits and might make your routine on those dark and chilly mornings a little quicker and easier.

 

Although it might take time, and you may need to spend a little money, getting your wardrobe prepared for winter will ensure that you are ready to brave the cold in style.

 

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Best Tips for Looking Great in a Swimsuit This Summer

When summertime returns each year, most people just want to take their clothes off to escape the oppressive heat. After being bundled up for all those chilly months, showing a bit of skin can be extremely refreshing, and taking a dip in cooling waters is one of summer’s most popular activities. Wearing a swimsuit can be intimidating when just freshly out of winter, but there are plenty of things that you can do to make yourself look better in one this year.

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Get Fit

The best tip for looking good in your swimsuit this summer doesn’t even have anything to do with swimsuit selection at all. Treating your body right is the surest way to shine in any swimsuit. By working out regularly, eating a nutritious diet, and sleeping well at night, you are always prepping your physique for the pool or beach. Focus on resistance exercises and eating lots of lean protein to get toned and sexy.

 

Hide Your Worst Features, Show Off Your Best

Even with exercise and diet, it’s not always possible to get into tip-top shape before summer. If you have body parts that you aren’t especially proud of, keep them hidden. The stomach area, for example, should be covered up if you have a bit extra to lose. Other sensitive areas including the hips, butt, and thighs can be concealed under a stylish sarong. Choose a swimsuit that offers support and structure. When it does the work for you, you don’t have to worry about looking good.

 

Consider your Height

There are certain swimsuit styles that simply look better on certain body types. If you’re on the shorter side, you should try to look taller. Two-piece suits tend to elongate the body because the midsection is exposed. Bathing suits that reveal more of the hips and butt can make the legs looks longer. Low-cut tops are also ideal for shorter women.

 

Complement Your Skin Tone With the Right Color

Believe it or not, swimsuit colors can make or break your entire look. If you have very fair skin, pale colors and whites can make you look even paler. Go for bright or richly-colored shades. If you have a pretty good tan or are naturally darker, whites and pastels will pop on your skin.

 

Spray Tans Work Miracles

Spray tans aren’t for everybody, but when done correctly, they can really give you a great summer glow. A good tan can eliminate the unhealthy look associated with pasty skin, and give your body a more defined appearance. Many salons and spas offer spray tanning services and can help you achieve that summer glow without the skin damage. Look to http://www.skindeepmedspa.com for more information.

 

Most women don’t look like Victoria’s Secret models, but you don’t have to if you want to look good in a swimsuit. Pulling off a stunning look involves taking care of your body, and knowing how to pick out the right style for your build. Everyone’s body is unique, so you’ve got to work with what you have.

 

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Style Guide: How to Wear Trendy Patterned Leggings

Recent fashion trends that featured bright and patterned pieces of clothing have caused quite a stir around fashion capitals of the world. Women rejoiced for the opportunity to truly express their personality through the bright patterned leggings, but while they look fantastic on the runway, it can be a bit risky to do so in the real world. So here’s a quick guide to help you update your look and wear your bright and patterned tights out proud.

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Go for Subtle Shades

Nervous about how you pull the chic bright geometric-patterned fuchsia leggings off?  Opt for more subtle colors such as plum or khaki. You’d still be wearing the latest trend this season by in a bit demure way.

Show a Glimpse of Prints

Some may worry that decorated leggings can be too overpowering, but if you really want to subdue it, wear it under a skirt and boots. This fab and fashionable combination is great especially for fall and winter. Geometric or tribal prints warm up your overall look despite the cold and dreary weather.

 

Shorts and Trouser Cut-Offs

More fashion forward females have experimented with bright and patterned leggings and found you don’t really have to wear skirts to subdue your look. Worn out trousers and even denim shorts go strikingly wonderful with patterned leggings especially when paired with sky high heels!

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Hot Looks: Real Style for Real Women

If you’re a real woman you recognise how essential it is to look hot by drawing attention to your stunning curves while camouflaging and minimising additional weight. Thankfully, there are many fantastic clothing options out there that are excellent for the curvy lady so you will have no problem meeting your fashion goals with ease and poise. Let’s take a moment to consider a number of these.

 

An all time classic are bootcut jeans

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You may have noticed that bootcut jeans come in a variety of leg sizes. A couple other popular and similar cuts are flare jeans and wide leg jeans. These jeans have legs that begin to widen out from the knee down. Unlike their slim legged cousins, they facilitate balance and even out the dimensions of your thighs and hips by increasing the visual size of your lower leg. Instead of making you legs look bigger, they have a visual slimming effect and will make you look smaller and nicely proportioned. Try on many pairs when you go shopping and pick the cut that gives your individual curves the best appearance.

 

The belted trench is another perennial classic

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This wardrobe basic might only be surpassed by the ubiquitous black dress, and there’s a reason this coat has endured for so many years in women’s fashion. It’s flattering, functional, and trendy decade after decade. For the curvy lady, the belted trench is especially fetching. Cinch that belt around your waist, and your entire figure will gain an instant, shapely edge. The cinched belt helps emphasise your figure and creates the illusion of a smaller waist and a classic hourglass silhouette.

 

Patterned Leggings

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Leggings are quite stylish these days, and they can make a girl look smoking hot. Leggings hug your curves and have a smoothing and lifting effect similar to wearing a quality pair of stockings. One popular choice right now, that looks great on curvy women, are patterned leggings. Patterned leggings add pretty and fashionable female flair to many outfits, and also the pattern will make your thighs and hips look slimmer. Combine these with a drapey, solid coloured shirt that skims over your hips and a spunky set of heels for a really fabulous look.

 

Pencil Skirts

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If you’re headed out to the office, you can really flatter your curves with a classic pencil skirt. This skirt will give you some serious wow factor and is a classic, stand out favourite when worn by a curvy girl. A pencil skirt will draw loads of attention to your hips, showing off that nice curve down to your knees. This emphasis will make your waist seem even smaller. Pick a pencil skirt in a thicker fabric to help camouflage any lumps or bumps you might want to hide, and then pair it with a curve revealing top to really make this outfit a show stopper.

A Twill Colourblock Dress

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If you’re headed out for an evening on the town, consider a trendy colourblock dress. These dresses are super popular right now and are made for women with curves. Before you run out to buy one, just remember this dress is cut to fit closely and hug all your curves. Buy one that’s made of a quality fabric such as cotton twill. Twill is a heavier fabric, and this fabric will produce a more flattering drape. It also looks classy and, best of all, will not cling to any lumps or bumps you might have. You will also want to pick a colourblock dress that emphasises vertical rather than horizontal lines to add length to your figure. This fashion rule is especially important for a curvy lady when choosing a colourblock dress. You want those vertical lines to be an echo of your curves. You can wear this look as is for a night on the town, or you can pair it with a stylish blazer for the work day.

With that we will wrap up, but keep in mind that there are many more designs out there which will make a curvy lady look hot. Wrap dresses, structured sheath dresses, and pinstriped pants are a some other fashion trends which will hug your curves and give you a superb figure. So, get out there and do a bit of fashion experimentation.

Megan Barnes has a heart for beautiful style. She enjoys turning trendy looks into beautiful and flattering fashion.

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