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Classic Women’s Summer Fashions Are Nautical, Seersucker, Country Checks, and Tropical Prints

Four flattering and classic looks in women’s summer fashion are

  • the nautical look
  • crisp seersucker suits and dresses
  • country cotton red-and-white checks
  • and tropical print fabric.

How flattering any style is depends on how it looks on you. Buy clothing that fits or spend money to have it fitted. Check the finishing for hanging threads and loose buttons. Choose fabrics that feel nice against your skin and drape well.

The nautical look can be achieved by pairing sparkling, crisp white with darker shades of blue. A horizontally-striped cotton knit T-shirt is a good start. Add earrings with a nautical motif such as an anchor, dolphins, seahorses, or a ship’s wheel. A hemp braid belt and comfortable rubber-soled deck shoes complete this fashion style.

We no longer see many blouses with the traditional large, square sailor’s collar. MIddy blouses, as they were called (for midshipman, a rank in the Navy) were popular in years past and may come into style again.

Red is a dramatic accent color. Try red shoes, bag, and belt to spark your white-and-blue nautical ensemble. Red lipstick is appropriate, if you can find a shade that complements your skin tone.

Red-and-white cotton checks are another summer fashion classic. County checks have an easy-going, cheerful look, especially in carefree cotton. Stick to a smaller check so you don’t end up looking like a picnic tablecloth.

Country red checks are ideal for a pretty blouse or a summer sun dress. Pair the blouse with bright yellow shorts or yellow accent sandals and handbag, for a combination that is fresh. Fred Perry has two styles and a handbag in red-and-white checks for summer 2009. This is an innovative way to add this classic women’s summer fashion to update clothing you already own.

A third summer fashion classic is crisp, cool seersucker suits and dresses. This timeless cotton fabric traditionally is a subtle stripe of white and an alternative color, with little puckers in the white stripes. Ironing is mostly unnecessary because of these natural wrinkles in seersucker natural cotton. Today’s stretch blends make it easier than ever to wash and air-dry seersucker suits, dresses, and blouses. Seersucker is perfect for robes and sleepwear, too.

Once upon a time, the only seersucker color was pinstripe navy blue and white. Now, stripe widths vary and occasionally we see a seersucker check. Gray and white, green and white, red and white are among the expanding range of colors for seersucker clothing.

A fourth summer fashion classic is tropical print fabric. Hawaiian print dresses, blouses, and shirts evoke umbrella drinks and white beaches.

Tropical print fabric became popular in the wake of World War II, chiefly as patterns for draperies and furniture in the warmer United States. These big, bold tropical print fabric designs have been scaled down for the colorful shirts and dresses we wear today. Florals and travel themes are among choices you will find available for women’s summer clothing.

To wrap it all up, four summer fashion wardrobe investments that will pay off for years to come are the blue-and-white nautical look, red-and-white country cotton checks, crisp seersucker, and tropical print fabric in shirts, dresses, and skirts.

Popular Clothing Brands

Style and fashion is one of the biggest things people pay attention to these days. Everyone has to wear clothes, but there are those people who take getting dressed in the morning to a whole new level. They don’t get dressed to be dressed, they get dressed to make a statement. Whatever that statement may be, there are tons of different clothing brands that will cater to whatever style you need. What look you decide to go with and how much you want to spend are up to you.

For those who choose a prestige and high profile style, there are certain clothing brands that are classics and will always be popular clothing brands. Those that come to mind are Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Ralph Lauren and Armani. The brand names sell themselves, but these are the styles that people see most of the celebrities wearing. People idolise celebrities, so they will shell out huge amounts of money to be just like them.

Classic brands for the younger age that are the popular clothing brands would be Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Nautica and Lucky Brand. These are a bit high-profile for teenagers (they can get pricey) but they have become a staple for that “all-American” look that so many teenagers are into these days. They started the torn jeans and layered shirt looks that so many people today wear.

Other popular clothing brands that are driven towards the teenagers and young adults are those like Vans, Bench, Skin Industries, MOB Inc, DrunkNmunky, Gas, Hooch, Old Glory, Urbanstone, DC and other skater and motocross related styles. They have all kinds of styles, but tend to be more moderately priced and are therefore more appealing, making them popular with those who want to look good but not break the bank.

New clothing lines are constantly coming and going but only a few of them seem to stay course. The main fashion staples are already out there and people tend to stay true to them. It’s usually the classics that will always be the most popular brands (whether they be the high end brands or not). If they weren’t the popular brands then they wouldn’t be the classics now would they?

Happy and Shopping.

5 Best Women’s Clothing Options for Summer

Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas? Or have fun during spring break? Summer has arrived swiftly and it’s time to get creative with fun summer outfits! Every woman should have some essential summer items in her closet – whether it’s simple shorts or dresses, you can mix and match your most important clothing items and create memorable outfits! If you could choose 5 summer clothing items to include in your wardrobe, these are your best choices-these items are versatile, easy to wear and offer comfort during summer days when you need to not only look good but also feel good in what you’re wearing.

#1 High-waisted shorts

Shorts with a high waist have been a classic item in a woman’s wardrobe for decades. but in recent years they have been extremely trendy among young people, and for a good reason. The upper part of the shorts shapes a woman’s body beautifully, hiding her belly and accentuating curves. It is a very flattering clothing item if you need a bit of tummy coverage or if you want to create the illusion of having more curves. High-waisted shorts are a very versatile clothing item since you can style them in so many great ways- you can pair them with a simple top tucked in at the front or wear them with a crop top, which is perfect for hotter days! High-waisted shots are a truly versatile clothing item that will not be going out of style any time soon.

#2 Cargo Shorts

If you’re into a more classic, European look, you will definitely have fun wearing cargo shorts. They are chic and yet super comfortable and allow you to experiment with different styling options. Cargo shorts can be combined with a simple t-shirt and sneakers when you need to run errands or just feel very comfortable. They can also be dressed up by pairing them with a blouse and high heels. Whether you’re dressing for a casual event or for something more chic, cargo shorts are an excellent choice for looking good and feeling comfortable at the same time.

#3 Crop Tops

Crop tops aren’t just a trend from the past- they are here to stay. Very easy to pair up with different clothing styles, sexy and flattering, crop tops come in different shapes and sizes. You don’t have to go for the skin-tight top if you don’t feel like it-crop tops can be loose-fitting or just barely cropped, the styling is only limited by your imagination! You can wear a simple crop top with all kinds of skirts, shorts or jeans and look great. Crop tops can be paired up with high waistlines, maxi and miniskirts, casual jeans or flashy, patterned pants. Dare to show a little skin, it’s summer after all!

#4 Summer Dresses

Want a truly classic summer item? Take a pick from dozens of unique patterns and colors and wear a classic summer dress to work, the beach or to a party. A Summer dress doesn’t have to be just a long dress, there are so many styles out there, flattering to different body types and complimenting different styles. Maxi dresses are feminine, flirty and they are very easy to wear. Go for a bold print and leave the rest minimal and you will have a quick outfit you don’t even have to think about-just slip on the dress and you’re ready to go! If you love to accessorize, consider a more minimalistic dress, preferably in one single color. You can style a simple dress by adding a statement necklace, contrasting bag or a headpiece. Maxi dresses are one of the easiest summer clothing items to wear and they are so so comfy!

#5 Rompers

Rompers have made a huge comeback. They are very easy to wear and style and, like maxi dresses, don’t require a lot of styling. Due to having shorts part on the bottom, rompers can be a great choice if you want to wear something short but don’t want to worry about being uncomfortable or showing a bit too much by accident. Just slip a romper on, pair it with a cool belt and you’re ready to go! Another trendy way to style your romper is to pair it with a kimono and sandals. But romper can also look very sophisticated- pairing it with a blazer and heels can look very classy and yet still have you feel comfortable throughout the whole day.

Fashion Theory – How To Calculate Your Clothing Budget

I suggested to Aisha, a recent client, that she invest in a durable leather handbag. Aisha argued that she simply couldn’t afford to spend upwards of $300. The remarkable thing about this was that once we analyzed her recent clothing purchases we realized that she was spending about $300 monthly on clothing! Aisha was actually suffering from sticker shock and had kind of become accustomed to buying quantity instead of quality. The end result was that her closet was essentially bursting at the seams with discount and poorly constructed clothing. In the end, Aisha was in effect spending $3,600 annually (nearly 10% of her $37,000 salary) on a wardrobe that lacked both function and style.

Establishing a budget is a very difficult question to answer from a general perspective because everyone’s financial and clothing situation is different. If you have a job that allows you to work in a casual environment where some of your everyday clothing can be incorporated into you daily work outfits, I would estimate the overall clothing allowance to be somewhere around 7%. For those that work in a more professional office environment where you are expected to dress the part and dressing the part may overall affect your promotion-ability factor; I would estimate around 10% of your salary. Keep in mind, this budget should include the costs of alterations and professional cleaning services. It is also important to note that if you are maintaining a household on this salary, i.e. you have children or a spouse you must allocate a portion of this amount to their clothing allowance as well.

Example 1: Aisha works in a business casual environment. Her salary is $37,000. Her clothing allowance is: $2,590.

Example 2: Elaine works in a professional business environment. Her salary is $85,000. Her clothing allowance is: $8,500.

1. Invest in Investment Pieces: Investment pieces are just that – “investment” pieces! So, don’t be afraid to spend a little more money on the classics which are required to create a functional wardrobe. Discount stores such as Marshalls, Century 21, and DSW could produce some very valuable finds, however it is important that you don’t become distracted and divert from the standard classics when shopping at these stores. For classics, I recommend shopping at a formula store. A formula store is typically a specialty retail store that stocks key basics. Some great formula stores are Gap, Ann Taylor LOFT and The Limited. The great thing about a formula store is that once you find the sizes and styles that suit you best, you can shop there season to season with little difficulty. These are great stores for purchasing a classic a-line skirt, trousers, jeans, button-ups, and tees, tanks and camis of variety.

2. Don’t Be a Label Whore: When it comes to beautiful dresses, handbags, shoes and scarves there are some designers that are simply ahead of the par, however to simply focus all of your efforts into collecting clothing that has a designer label tag regardless of how flattering or well-fitting the item is – is simply not a good option.

3. Do Apply The Cost-Per-Wear Concept: To get back to the example I gave previously of Aisha spending $300 on a leather handbag. The leather handbag is an investment piece which can be carried for months or possibly years to come. If Aisha carried this handbag for just six months her cost per wear would be $50. I discuss the Cost per Wear Concept in more detail in a recent post.

4. Don’t Charge: I know to some people this may seem unthinkable; however I think whenever you shop with credit cards you are always tempted to get caught up in the emotional buzz of said item and go well over your budget. If you’re carrying a lot of debt (particularly from past shopping activities) you really need to think long and hard about plunking 7-10% of your income towards clothing. A simple rule of thumb I often use is “Don’t buy it unless you can afford to buy two.” No, I’m not saying that you should buy two of everything; rather what I am suggesting is that every time you buy something, you take that same dollar amount and apply it towards paying off debt or towards savings. So in effect, that $300 handbag will now cost you $600; $300 to purchase and another $300 in savings or debt payment. The amount of your clothing budget should match or exceed the amount you are saving or applying towards debt repayment.

5. Make It Automatic: Now that you have established your clothing budget, the only sure fire way to stick to it is to make it automatic. Here are two great ideas for actually staying on budget.
Low Tech Option: If your budget allows for $200 to be spent a month on clothing. Place this amount of cash in an envelope. When shopping for clothing only spend what is in the envelope. Once this amount is gone you have exhausted your clothing budget for the month.
High Tech Option: Set up a separate checking account (I suggest an ING Orange account) and have a specific amount deposited into your account periodically; for example $50 a week. When shopping for clothing only use the debit card associated with this checking account. The nice thing about this option is that if you are not someone who shops on a weekly or monthly basis the money continues to grow towards your much anticipated shopping spree.

6. Maximize Your Budget: A pair of Jimmy Choo shoes is no longer $500. It’s $500 minus the $165 you will get for selling them on EBay the following year. EBay and consignment stores are a great source for stretching your clothing allowance. If you don’t have a lot of designer clothing in your closet you can still receive some financial benefit from making a tax-deductible donation to your local goodwill or charity.