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Spring & Summer 2013 - Top 10

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and So Sultry"
Or 
"As Cool as a Cucumber"

"Megan, Betty and of course - Don Draper"


    

Spring and Summer 2013 remains feminine and romantic this season with a rich juxtaposition between sultry hot and cucumber cool hues.  Once again, television and film captures the mood and essence of eye popping fashion.  Downton Abbey (Masterpiece Theatre) inspires frocks with lace exuding effortless manners and charm.  The movie, Life of Pi, (2012) delves into ocean and sky shades of blue so popular this spring.  Or the film, Oz (2013) from the trailers is drenched in smouldering sunshine shades and emerald greens following the yellow brick road capturing the essence of fun and laughter.  Mad Men (AMC), paints the room in dresses, pointy toes and ladylike ensembles. Lastly, black and white or just white always makes a show stopping statement performance amongst lavish colors.  Get ready to pack away fall and embrace this golden and beautifully sun kissed Spring and Summer 2013.

    


    I.   Rainbow of Fiery and Pastel Hues:   Shimmer in bold orange, buttery yellow, glorious grass green, flirty fuschia or indulge in a playful sky blue, lively turquoise, blue tones with hits of yellow and deep navy.  Bottom line, either hot or cool colors this season are the "it" tones to embrace and especially orange!  Wear saturated color head to toe for a flawless look.  "Orange you glad!"

    


II.   Pointy Toes Everywhere:  Put away rounded toe flats, pumps and boots.   Instead, take pleasure in the array of pointy toe flats and pumps.  A pointy toe slims the feet, flatters the ankle and leg,
while adding elegance and femininity to any outfit. Choose shoes that have a lower heel, in color infused prints or in solid colors.  Charm suitors by being "Oh, So Jackie 'O or So Audreyesq!"

Brands: Ivanka Trump; Jimmy Choo
www.nordstrom.com



        III.  Classic Sheath Dress: Morning show commentators or evening show cable newscasters frequently wear the simple "sheath frock" in spring and summer 2013 tints. The scoop neck flatters the face with sleeveless shoulders spelling out minimal and chic.  Jewelry is classically easy with long decorative earrings or diamond studs.  The lace sheath is divine for a cocktail evening affair.  Wear sparkling studs and glam up with bracelets that twinkle by the firelight. 
"To be or Not to be Holy Golighty from the film, Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) mmmm that is the question?"


    IV.
   The Quintessential Accessory - The Scarf:
  The must have accessory this spring is the effortless  scarf in a lush hue or playful print wrapped or draped around the the neck.  The swirl of fabric is the bauble that adds a spot of color and a sense of style with a blouse and jeans to a dress with pearls.    "Heighten the allure with a plush scarf knotted or draped in a memorable manner!"



    

V.   The "It" Handbag:  Every magazine or online fashion site states own an "orange" handbag in 2013.   The brightly colored hue is dramatic when paired with almost any shade on the color wheel.   This season orange radiates  warmth and happiness combining the action of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.  Choose a medium sized top handle square handbag with simple detail made of rich patina leather.  "Be the toast of the town and radiate energy while signaling fun!"

Brands: Doncaster has a gorgeous "orange" handbag.  www.doncaster.com


    


    VI.
  Leopard and Polka Dot Spots:
  Lions, tigers and bears - oh my!  The animal remains forefront and center from leopard patterns, snakeskin and along with polka dot pieces.  Investing in pelt copies from the wild is Forever Chic Style.   Leather in leopard and cardigans or a snakeskin skirt is divinely spell binding. Polka Dots are refreshingly feminine in a blouse or sweater.  Of course, avoid a head to toe appearance in animal prints or of polka dots.    The goal is to be scintillating sexy with only a little of animal flair either in a top, a skirt or leather jacket.  The same logic applies for polka dots. "Enhance the ensemble with wild flair!"

    

    VII.
  Black  & Black & White Suiting Reigns:
  A suit, blouse and pumps is always refined, elegant and promotes self confidence.   It is a known fact for interviews that "the suit" is a priority.  Some will say, "the work force has changed" and it isn't necessary to suit up and dress for success.   Forever Chic Style mavens disagree and understand clearly that arriving for any event, business meeting,  presentation or interview - the suit seals the deal.  Choose a black suit, 3 piece - skirt, pants and jacket, mix together with hot or cool tones, add a scarf, jewelry and pumps of instance respect.  Additionally, a white pant suit is ever so sharp and essential during the sunshine months of the year.  Mix up black and white for a sharp and chic minimalist and unforgettable moment.   "I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.Coco Chanel

Brands: Theory, Nordstrom - Individualist department
www.nordstrom.com
    
    VIII.
   One Piece Swimsuit:
 
The one piece bathing suit is eye-catching on a beach or by a pool with Jackie 'O sunglasses and a large sun hat. Sublime! Bikini's are everywhere and often on the youthful looking sleek and sassy.  Yet, adorn a one piece bathing suit and transform into a woman of mystery.  Add an sarong, cover up and wide brim hat an send all heads turning.  "Bikinis are for the youth and the one piece is for the woman who is sure of herself! More importantly be unforgettable"
    

IX.   Royal Statement Jewelry:  Costume or real jewelry is a key component to any ensemble.  Select colorful face framing necklaces and numerous hued bangles for bracelets. Add a ring or two on manicured fingers and vibrate happiness with whimsical pieces. "After all, sunshine combined with bling is over the top sensational!"

X.    Forever Chic Style Tips:  
  • Stay away from trendy apparel.  Fringes, geometric designs are indeed show stopping.  However, the eye gravitates towards the design or embellishment instead of the overall ensemble showcasing the person.  Never let apparel wear the person.   If so inclined to purchase a trend, chose inexpensive pieces that are expendable.  
  • Show off a thin or curvy body. Think of Nicole Kidman or Sophia Vegara.   Don't hide a great figure - flaunt it.
  • Seek out balance with apparel.  When wearing a loose top combine with cigarette jeans or stove pipe pants.  Conversely, when wearing trouser jeans or pants that are wide add a slim fitting top
  • Embrace stripes and sailor attire.  Summer boating and sailing - blue, red and white. Always in fashion.
  • Give into Flower Power.  Wear a flower infused blouse with white capris or a pencil skirt and pointy toed flats or pumps.

Remember - Trends are "Here today and gone tomorrow!" 
Forever Chic Style apparel remains in fashion for the longevity.



"You want to be taken seriously. Stop dressing like a little girl."
-Joan Holloway - Mad Men
 
    
 

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years."
-Audrey Hepburn





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