Giving This Season’s Bold Color a Try

Orange, and its many shades, has been a key player in 2018 fashion trends… and we’ve heard so many people say that they can’t wear it! One major misconception in getting dressed is that there are colors we “can’t wear” and it sadly restricts many from having fun and playing with color. If you’re intrigued by the rich and vibrant terra cotta trend this autumn but are hesitant to try out the bold hue, try a bag or a scarf as an accent color. If you’re used to wearing bright colors, a monotone look with a pop of the spicy orange is a fun way to embrace the season. A surefire look is cashmere gray blazer over a lighter shade of gray turtleneck, black skinny jeans, and a vibrant pair of orange earrings or necklace is chic and easy to pull off. The color is everywhere, and it’s fresh, warm, and incredibly on trend this fall. Give it a shot!

Accessorizing is one of the trickier aspects of getting dressed. We have been given many different opinions. Coco Chanel said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Then there’s the more recent(ish) but nevertheless stylish Leandra Medine (a.k.a. Man Repeller), who coined and certainly popularized the quirky but fun “arm party.” More is more! According to her POV anyhow.

So what should you do? Well, truly, whatever you want! BUT! Keep in mind, balance. Figure out who you are. At least what look you’re going for that day. Are you feeling like pushing the edge, finding a little funk for your look? Cool. Then do the simple outfit + the over-the-top accessories and wild shoes. Find those highs and lows. Feeling like more of a Coco Chanel girl, thinking “it’s always better to be underdressed” like the legend herself? Then fall back on the old principles. Never big earrings with a big necklace, layer on the collarbone, never competing with the neckline of your top, and pick 2 regions at a time with space between. Example: arm party on the wrists & big ole’ earrings — letting your neck glow all by its gorgeous self. A fabulous printed hair scarf and oodles of necklaces — skipping the earrings this time. Make sense? Now have fun!

First, you’ll want a dress you can move in, not one that is too constricting. There’s a time and place for that fitted sexy number — but that’s not going to get much play time. For the dress you can wear throughout the seasons, this is your go-to… you can pack it and know you can wear it three times on one trip — with sandals, boots, AND heels. This is the dress. It makes you feel oh-so-thin and oh-so-curvy all at once. You want something made out of a blend of luxe fabrics that are not too high-maintenance, like a silk-blend or the perfect jersey. You can roll it up, pull it out of your bag and onto your body and it effortlessly glides over all the right places. You want it to be short sleeve, or three-quarter sleeve and lightweight (you can always layer in the colder months!) and a color that will look great with black tights and white sandals… think a heavenly gray, olive green, navy, or of course, black. Not too short — you want to be able to move! The details should be thoughtful and simple. Nothing that stands out, you’ll want to be able to select your own accessories so that the dress is like a chameleon, it changes with you and the moment of your choosing.

Does shopping overwhelm you? We get it. It can be a pain to find what you like (sometimes you don’t even know what you like!) and then combine that with the task of finding what works for your body… well, it can be a lot. Here are 4 things you can do to make it easier.

  1. Jot down what you find yourself “without” in the mornings. Head into a shopping trip knowing a handful of things you know that you need, with a general idea of the cut or color for what you want.
  2. Come as prepared and relaxed as possible, don’t shop hungry! Find a few hours you can be alone (or invite a trusted shopping buddy!) and make it as stress-free as possible.
  3. Wear clothes that are easy to get on and off, and slip on shoes as well.
  4. Lastly, employ the help of any of us at Rags, and we guarantee that we can help you build that dream outfit… at a fraction of the original cost with high-quality clothes you can afford.

Have you ever seen a super-stylish woman and wondered just ​what it is t​hat makes her outfit seem so polished and effortless all at once? Well, the trick stylists use to create that “cool girl chic” look is a little trick employing the use of “highs” and “lows” in every outfit. This means a sleek ponytail with a frilly dress (rather than long flowing curls), or a cute pair of sneakers with a floral skirt (skipping the cutesy heels). It’s all about balance… just because you are wearing a blazer does not mean you need to pair it with trousers and a pair of penny loafers. A blazer with a soft and comfy band tee, a plaid schoolgirl skirt, and an easy pair of ankle boots is infinitely cooler than going “full suit.” Try it out! It may require you going slightly out of your comfort zone, but it will be fun and you’ll be shocked to see how quickly you will feel more stylish, and mixing up your wardrobe with what you already have is a surefire way to inspire you to pull out some of your lesser-worn pieces again.