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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 shopstyle.com or polyvore.com 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!

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May 5, 2013 8:00 am

How to become a fashion stylist

become a fashion stylist with qc style academy

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 stylewhipped.com).

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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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

A-Line

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

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.

 

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April 15, 2013 8:00 am

Get Nicole’s Dainty Girl Style!

Nicole Dainty Girl Printed Floral Jeans

Image via Dainty Girl

Toronto-native Nicole of Dainty Girl has stolen our hearts and has our closets crying out for floral denim! We were reading one of her recent posts in which she showcases a gorgeous pair of light blue floral printed jeans from BCBGeneration and knew we just had to share it with you. We love that she’s taken a blue printed denim in a floral pattern and paired it with a soft pink blouse and bold blue cross body bag. Read on to see how you can achieve this stylish ensemble for yourself.

Ingredients:

1. Printed Floral Denim

2. Soft Colored Blouse

3. Bright Cross Body Bag

4. Basic Black Shoe

Printed Floral DEnim

PRINTED FLORAL DENIM
Image via Nordstrom
Floral Print Skinny Jeans (Nordstrom Exclusive) by Wit & Wisdom – $27 USD

Light pInk Blouse

LIGHT COLORED BLOUSE
Image via Topshop
Cape Pussybow Blouse from Topshop – $54

Nine west blue bag

BRIGHT CROSS BODY BAG
Image via Ninewest
Hippie Shake Cross Body Bag from Nine West – $75

nine west patent black leather pump

BASIC BLACK SHOE
Image via Ninewest
Caress from Nine West – $120

Dainty Girl Outfit

Image via Dainty Girl

We think the above ensemble will have you looking super stylish and spring-ready in no time at all. We’ve done our best to replicate Nicole’s outfit with the budget-conscious shopper in mind and would love to hear what you think of our recommendations. Leave a comment below and be sure to check out Nicole over at Dainty Girl, too!

 

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We love a good style blog, and think you would too! We’ve compiled our Top 8 Must Read Style Blogs below. Are we missing one you think we should know about? What do you think of our list? Let us know in a comment at the end. We’d love to add more to our bookmark collection!

1. Man Repeller

Leandra Medine is a New York City-based fashion and style blogger who loves arm parties, extravagent everyday outfits, and anything she believes men don’t like. Medine is a 20-something year old New Yorker with one of the most well known fashion blogs in the world. From sitting front row at New York Fashion week to rubbing shoulders with close friend Rebecca Minkoff, Medine’s days are full of fashion and fun. We love her blog because it gives us a peak into the life of someone who wears something for herself and not for anyone else. Plus, the photographs are pretty gorgeous too.

2. Style and Pepper

Jessie is the young woman behind New Jersey-based style blog, Style and Pepper. Between speaking at Independent Fashion Blogger conferences, posting her daily outfits, and conducting style and creative consultations – she finds time to spend with her boyfriend and dog. We love Style and Pepper because of the fun and youthful outfits and Jessie’s trademark matte red lipstick.

3. This Time Tomorrow

This Time Tomorrow is a San Francisco-based style blogger who doubles as a full time Fashion Editor at Google. We love her mix of corporate and feminine pieces and, of course, looking at the ocean and scenery in her photographs. Her low-key mix of fashion news, outfits, and daily musings give us a good idea of who she is as a person and make us appreciate her personal style even more.

4. Paper Fashion

Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion shares digital versions of her hand crafted fashion drawings. We love looking through her ultra feminine collection of musings, and love that she places them for sale through her own shop even more! We enjoy Paper Fashion because it’s not your traditional style blog and ventures more onto the creative side of things. It’s a must-read for any creative individual, artist or otherwise.

5. Peace Love Shea

Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea (formerly Cheyenne Meets Chanel) is the classic California coast fashionista. Her mix of laid back cool and high fashion pieces have us green with envy! We love the regular appearance of baseball caps, high shine reflective sunglasses, and the Californian sun. Once in a while you can catch a glimpse of her with BFF Chiara of The Blonde Salad. Between the two of them, they essentially have endless wardrobes and regularly collaborate with high profile designers like Balenciaga, Armani, and more.

6. Gabi Fresh

Gabi of Gabi Fresh is a gorgeous young woman living and working between Detroit, Chicago and NYC. Her blog breaks out of the typical rules for plus size fashion and explores creative ways to rock the latest trends, boldest prints imaginable, and look fabulous while doing it. We love Gabi’s blog because of her fresh take on fashion, her hair that has us craving curls, and her unique take on the style world.

7. The Blonde Salad

Chiara Ferragni is a 25-year old blogger based in Milan, but she travels the world on what seems to be a regular basis. From making trips to Japan to Brazil to Los Angeles and New York City – she’s absolutely a fashionista on-the-go. Chiara’s blog, The Blonde Salad, is widely considered one of the first highly successful personal blogs and now consists of a full team of photographers, assistants, and more. Her boyfriend takes most of her photographs and videos while traveling, and her outfits of the day are never short of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, Armani, and other haute couture pieces.

8. LLYMLRS

Lily Melrose of LLYMLRS and ETCLLMLRS is a well-known British style and beauty blogger. She’s recently started up a YouTube channel full of OOTD videos and beauty reviews. Lily’s style incorporates mainly high street retail fashion and gives everyday young women easy-to-achieve outfit inspiration at an affordable cost. We love Lily’s trademark ombre hair and cat liner, plus we love her regular Instagrams of various London UK restaurants. Mmm!

Image Sources: All images taken from blogger websites, linked to in numbered headings.

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April 1, 2013 6:51 pm

How to Wear High-Waisted Pants

I’ve seriously lusted after high-waisted pants for a very long time. If I’m being completely honest, it’s become a bit of an obsession. All I ever want to do is throw on a pair, tuck in a flirty top, slip on some slim black flats and channel my inner Audrey Hepburn. The problem is that high-waisted pants scare me. I hate to betray my deep love for them, but I must say…they aren’t the most universally flattering garment ever made. So, if you’re like me and you love the trend but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, here are a few tips for making it work with your body type.

If you’re on the petite side, then this style of pant will look great on you. Wearing a slim-fitting high-waisted slack or jean will do wonders for elongating your legs and giving the illusion that you’re at least a bit taller than you actually are. For all my fellow shorties out there, I know you know this is a big deal!

If you’re on the curvier side don’t worry! This trend can totally work for you as well, though you will need to be more careful with the types of garments you choose. If you have wide hips you’ll want to balance things out by choosing a pant with a looser leg. If that doesn’t work for you, instead try opting for a high wasted skirt or wearing a dress and belting it right at your waist.

On the other hand, if you’re lacking in curves and have a rather boyish figure, high waisted bottoms can really help to give you some hips! Your waist is the thinnest part of your torso and accentuating it will give the illusion of fuller curves – in the most flattering way. Just be sure to choose pieces that hit right at your waist. Extra detailing around the pockets will also add to the illusion of fullness.

Are you on board with the high waisted trend? What are your favorite ways of wearing it? Share them with us in a comment below!

Image 1 & 2 via www.denimology.com

Image 3 via www.sorakeem.tumblr.com

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March 26, 2013 8:04 pm

The Sweater Poncho – Wear It Right!

The sweater poncho has been a must-have item this winter, and it looks like lighter versions are going to be just as popular this coming spring! I personally love this style and am happy to see it stay, but have often seen it cross the line from casual chic to casual sloppy. Today I’m going to share with you my tips for keeping this look pulled together.

First thing’s first. When choosing a sweater poncho, make sure it is long enough. The biggest mistake most women make when trying this style is choosing one that is too short. A too-short poncho will visually cut your body in half and make you appear shorter and wider than you actually are. Choosing one that just skims your thighs will balance out the bulk and give your torso some length. This will keep the look sophisticated and chic, especially if paired with slim fitting bottoms.

That brings me to my second tip. Never wear a wide leg or loose pant with a sweater poncho as it won’t do your figure any favors. If you’re going to try out this loose fitting style you want to make sure your legs are well defined. Try opting for skinny jeans or leggings to keep the ensemble from looking frumpy, and if you’re comfortable in them, definitely throw on a pair of slim heels. Keep them close to the same color of your bottoms and opt for pointed toes. This will visually add more length to your legs.

Lastly, you want to keep the look current. A great way to do this is to choose a sweater poncho with a relaxed round or V-neck. This style already has you pretty covered up, so there’s no need to add a restrictive turtleneck to the mix. Also, as this style does add some width to your torso, it’s nice to show some delicate neckline.

Another quick tip: You can incorporate the sweater poncho into your wardrobe almost all year round, even in the summer. With warmer months fast approaching more poncho sweater styles are being introduced in lighter fabrics with looser necklines, so they make perfect cover-ups for chilly evenings spent on the beach or by a camp fire!

Have you fallen in love with this comfy trend? How do you wear it? Share with us in a comment below!

Image 1 via www.longhairstyleshowto.com

Image 2 via www.martofchina.com

Image 3 via www1.bloomingdales.com

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