Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

November 18, 2013 12:00 am

How to Achieve a Monochrome Look

In one of our recent Style Bytes with Ty from Ty Style Me, we received some great tips for wearing the monochrome trend without looking costume-y. We love the look because it’s so easy to dress up and down, and can work for so many body types and with so many different styles. Take a look!

Aside from the two looks shown in the video above there are other ways to use the monochrome trend to your advantage…

If you’re petite – when you dress in a few similar shades of the same color you present a more unified and vertical appearance. That’s just a fact. So if you’re on the petite side always try and keep the various pieces of your outfit within the same color family. Dark skinny jeans paired with a stark white blouse will visually cut your body in half, making your already short silhouette appear even shorter – not what you want at all. Instead, try pairing dark bottoms with dark tops (we love this ensemble), and vice versa.

If you are smaller and you want to try a more dramatic look like the ones showcased in Tylar’s video, opt for vertical stripes on either the top or bottom half of your body (like this). It will help add some length to your torso. This would not be a look for you! Bold, graphic patterns will overwhelm your figure, so keep it simple!

If you’re curvy – you can dress in monochrome to either emphasize or minimize your curves. To emphasize, go with horizontal stripes in any monochromatic color scheme. But as with petite figures, I’d stick to only wearing stripes or a pattern on one half of your body – if your shape gets lost you risk looking frumpy. To minimize your curves, go the opposite and keep your colors simple and in the same family. This is a great example.

Some people worry that monochromatic dressing will look a bit dull. While that can sometimes be the case, it can easily be avoided by purchasing pieces in interesting cuts and fabrics, and getting creative with accessories. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun it!

Have you been wearing the monochrome trend this fall? Share your thoughts, or even links to your favorite monochrome outfits, in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out Tylar’s other Style Bytes on our YouTube channel.


August 10, 2013 9:00 am

How to Wear Summer Clothes Into Fall

how to wear summer clothes into fall

Just because the temperature will soon be dipping doesn’t mean you have to put away all your summer clothes just yet! Here at QC, we’re all about getting the most out of every purchase and creating the most versatile wardrobe possible. So, listen up! We’re about to give you some tips on how to wear your summer clothes into fall.

1. Wear it with Tights

If you have a favorite pair of shorts, a skirt, or a dress that you’re not quite ready to push to the back of the closet – wear it with tights. To avoid looking frumpy, opt for tights that aren’t too thick and stick to neutral black or dark grey. To make it fall-ready, grab your favorite pair of booties or calf-high boots. You’re ready to hit the autumn streets!

2. Bring On the Maxi Skirt!

The glorious thing about a maxi skirt? Well, it’s floor-length of course. This means your legs will remain sheltered from the wind and environment, even as the weather dips. Pair your favorite maxi skirt with a cropped chunky sweater or blazer to make it cool-weather appropriate. If it’s an extra chilly day, throw on a pair of tights. No one will know the difference anyways!

3. Slip on a Moto Jacket

There’s nearly nothing a motorcycle jacket can’t do. Pair a fall moto jacket in black leather with your go-to sundress or maxi dress to add warmth and dimension to your outfit. If you’ve got a chill, grab an infinity scarf and wrap it around your neck for a cozy yet polished outfit.

4. Scarves, Scarves and More Scarves

Even in the heat of summer, there’s at least one person in our office here at QC head quarters wearing a scarf. We love them, what can we say?! When the temperature starts to cool, stock up on interesting scarves – preferably a few you can wrap around a couple of times to create some bulk and drama. Suddenly, a sleeveless top becomes a cowl neck fit for fall. A long-sleeved t-shirt becomes just that much warmer.

What do you think of our style tips? Let us know what you’re not ready to part with – for us, it’s definitely our summer shorts!



July 4, 2013 9:00 am

How to Look Taller and Leaner

Fashion is a mix of style, illusion, and effect. It can take some time to master, but today we’ve got a quick and easy tip to share with you. If you’ve ever wondered how to look taller and leaner, this article’s for you. You’ll be looking taller, leaner, and oh-so polished in less than a minute. Read on!

How to Look Taller & Leaner


Creating the illusion of greater height and a streamlined silhouette all starts with the right pair of pants. In this case, we love a dark washed mid-rise denim jean with a flight flare. We’ve chosen to pair the jean with medium height heels in black. It’s important to note we chose heels with a slightly pointed toe. This helps to add height to the silhouette! If you’ve got another pair of shoes you’d rather wear, just be sure they’re in a dark color so there isn’t an obvious stop-and-start where the shoes end and the jeans begin.

To keep the clean, vertical lines going we chose this peachy-cream lace sleeveless top. Note the vertical line where it buttons up in the front – this helps draw the eye up and down and further adds to the height you’ve created with the shoe/jean combo.

Lastly, grab a long necklace. Something that’s long and delicate with once again keep the vertical silhouette going. If you’d like to add even more height, opt for a high bun in your hair!

There you go – taller and leaner in less than a minute… no working out or magic required. Enjoy!

For more styling tips, be sure to like QC Style Academy on Facebook. To find out how you can turn your love for fashion into a career, read about our online Fashion Styling course.


June 10, 2013 8:00 am

How to Start a Fashion Blog

how to start a fashion blog

Blogging is a very productive past time. Not only does it help to get your name out there and build your credibility, but it also opens the flood gates for industry connections and for your styling capabilities to continuously evolve. While we’ve all seen at least one fashion blog, it can be intimidating when thinking of starting your own. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to start a fashion blog with an emphasis on starting small and keeping both the cost and time commitment as low as possible.

1. Deciding on a Platform

The two most popular blogging platforms are WordPress and Blogger. Both have their pros and cons, though WordPress generally requires a stronger understanding of HTML and CSS if you plan on customizing the appearance. If you’re an HTML rookie, you’ll likely prefer Blogger and its interactive template designer that does the bulk of the work for you. Blogger is owned by Google as well, so you get all the SEO benefits associated with that – bonus! While we do love WordPress (it’s what we use for The Blog), it can be a little overwhelming for the beginner blogger. If ever you should decide to start with one and switch to another, both offer ways to import your existing blog posts and content so don’t think you’re stuck with whatever you choose to start with.

2. Choosing a Name

When it comes to choosing your blog’s name, think carefully. If you to make it super easy for your visitors to check back in with you, you should purchase the domain name to match your blog’s name. So, if your blog is going to be called Kate’s Fashion Stories you should check to see if is available. What you name your blog should relate to its content and speak to who you are and what you’re saying. So, if you choose a name like “My Shoe Addiction”, readers will expect the bulk of your posts to be about shoes. You can always change your blog’s name down the road, but it’s better to be consistent and choose a great one from the start to avoid confusing readers and losing any page rank you might have gained.

3. Writing

If you’re not the best writer, don’t worry. Blogs are more informal than a website and are meant to be more conversational than formal. You should always check your writing for spelling and grammar errors (just copy and paste it into a Word doc or Google Drive to use one of their spell checkers) but it won’t be the end of the world if you make a mistake once in a while. If you really don’t feel comfortable writing, that’s okay too. Many of the most followed blogs are more image-heavy than anything else. Just be sure your images speak for themselves!

If you do plan on writing, be sure to write on-topic and in your own voice. Don’t try to sound like someone you’re not, and be consistent in the tone and type of language you use. Your readers want to hear from you and learn about your unique perspective, so really try to stay true to your opinion and voice whenever possible. Also, try not to look to other blogs for inspiration too regularly as you might unintentionally end up copying something they’ve done – another blogging no no. While looking at other blogs can be great once in a while and provide you with photo and topic ideas, you should never rely on what someone else is doing for your own blog. It’s about showing off who you are, after all.

4. Photos

If you plan on showcasing your daily outfits, be sure to either have a tripod and remote or have someone to snap some photos for you. Even the camera on most smart phones will do the trick when you’re just starting out. There’s no need to go out and buy an expensive DSLR when you’re just starting! Try different poses, play some music to feel more comfortable, and have fun. If you’re having a good time and smiling, your personality will come through much more in your photos than if you feel unhappy or out-of-place. We love Chiara of The Blonde Salad because she always looks like she’s having such a good time and it definitely comes through in her photos.

A second option for a fashion blog is to share “street style” photos. This would mean heading out on the town and snapping photos of other people. Be sure to get their permission before snapping a photo. It’s also a great chance to let them know who you are and what you do, so it’s kind of a two-in-one. Get pictures of outfits, textures, colors, and fabrics that inspire you. If you need some ideas as to how you should shoot street style, check out We love their mix of styles and photo types!

Thirdly, you could do something like My Style Diaries and post regular outfit inspiration and how-to collages. This eliminates the need for personal style photos or a camera at all, for that matter! Using Photoshop,, or Polyvore you can create eye-catching collages and link your readers to where they can find each piece or something similar. Blogging collages can help you show off your range and that you can work with different styles and body types, and is a good idea to throw in once in a while even if you plan on uploading primarily personal style photos.

5. Getting Social

Use the power of social media to your advantage and drive more traffic to your blog from Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and more. Pinterest is one of the easiest social platforms to use for a blogger, since all you have to do is upload a picture and it automatically links back to the page from which you grabbed it – meaning your blog! Twitter is a fabulous tool for a blogger as well, as it lets you follow fashion news and connect with like-minded people. Maybe you’ll meet another local blogger and can meet up to do outfit photos together? Perhaps you’ll connect with a local shop that wants to send an item to you to feature on your blog? The possibilities are endless.

6. Have Fun

Lastly, have fun with your blog. Don’t take it too seriously, but do understand that some people manage to blog full time and make quite a successful living from it! Try not to restrict yourself to a rigid posting schedule, but make sure you are uploading consistently. So, if you can only post something new once a week, then stick with it. If you want, and can, to post every single day – go for it. It’s your blog and how you choose to run it is up to you at the end of the day. 🙂

If you have a fashion blog, please leave your link in a comment. We’d love to check it out!



Are you still trying to find your perfect denim shorts for summer? You know, the ones that fit you just right in all the right places? The ones that aren’t too short and aren’t too long? In this post, I’m sharing with you my top four picks for denim shorts that are the right mix of versatile and trendy, and won’t break the bank.

Denim shorts are a summer time staple and the right pair can make any outfit look fantastic. The tricky part can be finding a pair that are thick enough but not too thick, that fit your body, and compliment your skin tone. While those listed below are some of my personal favorites, you might have better luck checking out a site like or that lets you browse many designers and brands at once. You can even input the size and price range you’re looking for to help you from falling in love with something outside your budget!

“Hawks” Shorts from One Teaspoon

one teaspoon hawks shorts denim shorts for summerImage via One Teaspoon

These shorts are for the girl looking for something a little edgy, but that can still be worn with a feminine heel. One Teaspoon shorts generally retail for anywhere in between $80 and $130, and are designed in Australia. I recently picked up a pair of these beauties myself and love them! I especially like how each pair is unique and features a slightly different wash and fray.

Cuffed Denim Shorts by Blank

black shorts denim shorts for summerImage via Neiman Marcus

This second pair of shorts is a safe bet for nearly anyone. The classic blue jean wash typically compliments most skin tones and the length is not too short and not too long – they’re not quite “bermuda” shorts but aren’t “short shorts” either. They’d look great with a casual belt and sandals, or with a summer tank and wedges. They might not be the easiest to dress up, so if you’re looking for something slightly more glam – check out the pair below.

High Rise Shorts by Abercrombie & Fitch

high rise denim shorts for summerImage via Abercrombie and Fitch

These side studded shorts are perfect for the boho-chic girl, glam girl, and any girl in between. This pair features less destruction than the first, and a darker wash than both pairs above – making it a little easier to dress up. Pair with nude heels and a punchy colored blouse for a night out or gladiator sandals and a tank for a day of shopping. The options are endless!

Urban Renewal Boyfriend Denim Shorts by Urban Outfitters

urban outfitters denim shorts for summerImage via Urban Outfitters

This last pair of denim shorts is sort of a mix of the three before it. It has a whiskered pattern, dark and light wash, minor destruction, and hits lower on the thigh with a cuff. These are the short equivalent of the “boyfriend jean”. These are a comfortable and flattering option for any body type.

Which pair is your favorite? Let me know in a comment!


May 5, 2013 8:00 am

How to become a fashion stylist

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The life of a fashion stylist involves a lot of organization, a lot of running around, and a lot of taking your good taste and using it to help other people. If you’ve ever wondered how to become a fashion stylist, we’ve got the answer for you – QC Style Academy‘s brand new Fashion Styling online course.

What is QC Style Academy?

QC Style Academy is so excited to announce the launch of its first course in Fashion Styling. Within the course, you’ll learn exactly how to become a personal stylist – and how to become a successful stylist at that. From working with textures, colors, and fabrics to working with brides, bridal parties, and maternity clients – this course has it all. Plus, you’ll enjoy hours of videos featuring NYC editorial and personal stylist Alison Stewart (founder of

This is QC Career School’s first ever course that’s completed totally online, so you’ll be able to study from virtually anywhere in the world and on any device. Whether you’d like to read through your e-books on the computer, your tablet, Kindle, or phone – the choice is yours. If you’d like to pop in your complimentary DVDs or stream the videos online – it’s up to you. Not to worry though, you’ll still receive plenty of hands-on experience when it comes time to complete the 34 assignments within the course.

Tell me about the assignments…

For the assignments, you’ll be asked to complete short quizzes, submit photos and collages, create your own marketing materials and more. All assignments will be submitted online to your Style Mentor, a working fashion stylist. You’ll receive thorough audio recorded feedback as well as the chance to speak with your tutor during his/her virtual office hours once a month. Oh, and you’ll always have unlimited access to your Online Student Center and student forum.

how to become a fashion stylist

Who is your course designed for?

Our Fashion Styling course is designed for anyone and everyone looking to become a fashion stylist. With a focus on achieving balance and working with body types of both men and women, this course will have you prepared to begin a successful personal styling career in any location. We’ve taken the time to ensure all our teachings are applicable to any environment, whether you live in a fashion hub such as NYC or LA or a more remote community. We’ll provide you with concrete examples of ways you can build your portfolio on a budget, no matter where you live or how much experience you already have.

The course contains an unparalleled amount of career training, too. You’ll learn how to properly harness the power of social media to expand your research and build your client list, how to accurately complete paperwork like invoices, quotes, and receipts, how to register your business and file taxes, and more. We’ll also provide you with business forms, printable guides, and all the templates you’ll need to get started. You’ll continue to have unlimited access to these materials even after you graduate!

How to become a fashion stylist – now!

It’s easy. Click here to enroll with QC Style Academy today, or call 1-800-267-1829. We’re an international online school, so we accept students from all over the globe. We can’t wait to welcome you, too!


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With Coachella behind us and a handful of music festivals on the horizon, our office is buzzing with music festival style suggestions and inspiration photos. I figured, why not share some with you?

Summer music festival season is one of our favorite times of years because of the creative and diverse fashions we get to see (fall is our absolute favorite!). From Western-inspired pieces to bohemian-hippie chic, music festivals have it all. Read on to see a few of our favorite looks and explanations as to why we love them, and how you can recreate the look whether you’re at a festival or not.


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We love this look because of its simplicity. If the shade proves too chilly, she could easily toss on a jean jacket or light sweater and remain casually cool. To recreate this look, we recommend picking up some Ray-Ban glasses (or some look-a-likes from Forever 21), a sheer cotton tank, printed bandeau, khaki shorts, and your favorite gladiator sandals. Oh, and don’t forget to layer on the friendship bracelets!

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This is a second look we love. A knotted headband helps to keep hair out of your face when it’s windy, plus it has you looking festival-ready in no time at all. Her loose fitting top allows plenty of movement while keeping in some warmth – perfect for dancing the afternoon and evening away. We imagine she’s wearing denim shorts and has paired them with slip on sandals. We’d advise to opt for a sandal with a strap so you don’t lose them when jumping around!

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This is an easy, go-to festival style for a lot of music lovers. Pair comfortable moccasin shoes with destroyed denim shorts and a cropped sweater of your choosing. Finish the look off with a classic topknot and black sunglasses. This look is the ultimate in festival comfort!

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This festival look is for the fashion forward music lover. Pair lace-up gladiator shoes with a girly frock, fringed bag, and statement necklace. Keep hair away from your face by tying it back in a ponytail or bun, and finish everything off with a pair of tortoise shell sunglasses. Who says outdoor concerts can’t be a fashion show, too?

What do you think, readers? Do you love our festival picks? Do you have a picture you think we should add? Let us know in a comment!


Pink hair has been tweeted, pinned, and blogged too many times to count. It’s incredibly “in fashion” and “of the moment” and has even been the choice of celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry, Rachel McAdams, and others. This is all to say this somewhat extreme trend is not going anywhere too quickly. If anything, pastel hair color – such as pink – is becoming more mainstream fashion and more widely accepted as the seasons go by.

After seeing it so much and on so many people, I’m starting to wonder – is pink hair becoming the latest must-have accessory?

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To be completely honest, I’m not sure how I feel about it. Sure, it would be fun for a night our or for a music festival, but I don’t think it would be all that easy to pull off on a day-to-day basis. In photographs and in the right setting it could look absolutely gorgeous, but I just can’t picture it going over well at work or when visiting with grandparents! Yes, I know different people have different social and work environments and might be able to get away with bubblegum colored hair – but I’m guessing the vast majority can’t.

If I were to advise any of my friends on the trend, I’d recommend going with a non-permanent option – like a Kevin Murphy colorbug or clip in extensions. That way, you can put them in when you please and take them out just as easily. Like I said, some pink streaks or a bubblebum ombre would look fabulous at a concert, day at the beach, or night on the town – but there are likely some scenarios in which you’d feel better off with less extreme locks.


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What causes me the most hesitation is how difficult it would be to maintain the color. There’s a major difference between freshly colored pink hair and the faded results you’d be left with after 6 weeks of washing. Plus, you’d have to lift your roots to be light enough to take the pink if your hair is naturally dark. It sounds like a lot of work to me!

And, what happens when you no longer want pink hair? If it doesn’t wash out on its own, you’d need to re-bleach to return to blonde or dye over it with a darker color – something you might not want to do. On the other hand, you might find pink hair to be your “thing” and want to keep it forever. I suppose it depends on the person at the end of the day, but if you’re thinking about trying it out – you’re probably best to test it with something removable before playing with anything that reads “permanent” on the box.


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What do you think? Is the work worth it? Would you ever rock pink locks? Let me know in a comment. I’m really interested to know your opinion!


April 21, 2013 10:00 am

Wedding Dress Silhouettes 101

Unlike most stores, bridal shops don’t carry dresses in every size. Often, they restrict their size selection to only a few. Some brands will only carry sample sizes in 2 or 4, while others prefer sample sizes in 8 and 10. It all depends on where you’re shopping and the brands that a particular shop carries. Given the limited size selection, you may find it difficult to fit into the dresses you’re most drawn to – or that they’re far too large on you.

While the bridal consultant will help as much as possible by clamping and pinning a dress that’s too large, it’s possible to make a bad purchasing decision because you simply can’t envision the dress after alterations, in its proper size. We’ve designed the follow Bridal Gown Crash course with you in mind, with the aim of making your dress shopping experience just a little bit smoother and more enjoyable. Enjoy!

Learn the basics of wedding dress silhouettes

The Ball Gown

The ball gown silhouette is a dress you’d envision a princess to wear. Generally, it’s fitted around the bodice and then darts out at the waist. This kind of dress is a great option if your client is uncomfortable with her tummy, hip, or thigh areas, since those regions are hidden beneath the dress’s full skirt. If your client is slightly overweight, however, the added material and fullness could make her look larger than she actually is – something you want to avoid.

Because of the princess look it creates, the ball gown’s silhouette is most often associated with formal events. If your client plans to have an outdoor wedding or is jetting off to Mexico for a destination wedding, you may want to work with a simpler silhouette. The additional material a ball gown needs for the full skirt could make a summer bride much too hot and she might feel too weighed down to properly enjoy her outdoor event.

Body Types It Works With: Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle
Style with Care: Apple, Strawberry


The a-line bridal gown is widely considered to be the most universally flattering silhouette. This silhouette typically features a fitted bodice and a skirt that begins to flare out and away at the hips. Looking at the dress straight on would allow the viewer to see an “A” shape – hence the name of the cut.
Less extreme than the ball gown, the a-line is a great choice for anyone looking to camouflage any areas they’re insecure about on the lower half without overdoing it, and without losing the fitted bodice. You’ll find many variations of the a-line silhouette, including the fit and flare, princess, slim a-line, and dropped waist.

Body Types It Works With: Apple, Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle, Strawberry


Sheath dresses are body-skimming dresses that typically do not flare out and are not overly fitted in the bodice. Jennifer Lopez has been a fan of sheath dresses time and time again for red carpet appearances and award shows, as they hug her curves and really show off her body.

The sheath dress is best reserved for someone who is slim with a well-balanced figure, or is very comfortable in her own skin. This is because the sheath silhouette leaves little to the imagination and can highlight flaws when made in certain fabrics such as clingy silk or satin. While you may find a sheath dress you absolutely love, make sure you try it on, walk around in it, and have someone snap a few photos from different angles before actually buying it. The photos will help you check it out from another perspective and to decide whether or not  you’ll truly be comfortable and confident in the dress. Some variations of the sheath dress include mermaid, trumpet, and tunic.

Body Types It Works With: Hourglass, Rectangle
Style with Care: Apple, Pear, Strawberry

Empire waist

An empire waist is when the natural waist of a dress sits high, like the dress pictured above, and is most fitted right underneath the bride’s chest. The waist gives a baby doll feel to the dress, and is typically best reserved for casual weddings, outdoor affairs, or destination ceremonies. Most commonly, dresses with an empire waist are made of light and flowing fabric. The empire waist is a common choice for a pregnant bride as it works with her belly shape, not against it, and is a more comfortable option than something very fitted in the bodice.

Body Types It Works With: Hourglass, Rectangle, Strawberry
Style with Care: Pear, Apple

Want to learn more about style? Click HERE to learn about our Personal Styling course from QC Style Academy. Launches May 1 2013.