How To Wear Bright Colors for Spring

It’s time to pack away those dark, wintery colors and bring on the pastels, neons and other bright colors for spring! We are seeing more bright colors than ever this season but it can be overwhelming if you are used to wearing neutrals. Don’t worry, incorporating bright colors into your spring wardrobe is easier (and less circus-like) than you think!

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT PANTS:

Pair brightly colored jeans or pants with a basic striped tee, a chambray shirt or denim jacket and nude flats. Easiest outfit EVER.

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT SHOES:

Pair bright shoes with denim skinnies, neutral blouse or tee (think white, gray, nude, pale pink), a neutral blazer (like navy, black, dark gray) and a brightly colored necklace or other bright accessories for a hint of color in your ensemble. Check out the bright accessories below for ideas!

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT ACCESSORIES:

If you are afraid of color, start with some fun, brightly colored accessories like this coral scarf or yellow bubble necklace. Pair them with anything you would normally wear from a sundress to jeans. Mix and match! I like to carry a bright bag or colorful wallet like the one above from MyWalit. It just screams happiness!

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT DRESSES:

If you are ready to pull out the big guns this spring, shop for a brightly colored dress in one of this season’s hottest hues like neon yellow or bright pink. Pair with a denim jacket or neutral colored blazer and nude heels for a look that is both fashion forward and ready for spring!

Whats your favorite way to wear bright colors? Are you afraid to step outside your comfort zone?

Celebrity Fashion: Tori Spelling & Brooke Burke wear Bailey44 Open Net Stripe Dress

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Photo Credit: Startraks Photo

Tori Spelling & Brooke Burke have both been spotted wearing the Bailey44 Open Net Dress that is figure flattering and super cute!

I love how Tori wore a floral print skinny belt with hers. Thinking of outfit ideas… I would probably wear this striped dress with a nautical necklace like this anchor one from Caroline Hill Collection and some cute heels.

How would you style this dress?

Price: $152.00

Available at: www.bailey44.com

We’re Giving Away This Ronen Chen Asymetric Tunic Dress worth $158!

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This asymmetric tunic dress features a flatteringly loose cut with a poncho inspired silhouette that will be flattering on most body types. The neutral colorblock tones make it totally on-trend for Spring and perfect to pair with cobalt blue, emerald green, mint green and this season’s must-have color – radiant orchid.

  • Boat neck
  • Short sleeve / poncho silhouette
  • Colorblock motif front and back
  • Slips on style
  • Machine wash at cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low heat. Iron medium heat.
  • 95% Viscose 5% Elastane

This gorgeous dress is not only super versatile, it will be so much fun to accessorize since your options are essentially limitless because of the neutral base.

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The Fashionable Housewife’s Favorite Fall Dresses

The beautiful thing about dresses is, even if you’re in a rush, just pulling on a dress makes you look so put together. You don’t have to worry about coordinating separates, just add a few accessories – unless the dress is already heavily adorned with embellishments – and shoes, and you’re good to go. This season, more than ever, the dress is incredibly versatile. Here are just a few of my favourite pieces from catwalk to catalogue, high end to high street, for the new autumn/winter season.

fall dresses

Asymmetric dress

Dipped hem dresses first burst into the fashion spotlight during the summer season and their popularity is showing no sign of waning. I love this printed one by Morgan because it has nods to this autumn and winter, with its animal print and gold embellishment around the neck. But, it’s also perfect to wear into spring and summer. I’m going to style it with a Victoria Beckham two-tone clutch and a pair of metallic heels for summer, switching to a pair of tan wedges and crossbody bag for summer holidays.

Two trends in one

The shirt dress has been seen on all the stylish A-listers this season with Rita Ora recently donning a white and gold version for a night out, and fellow popstar Taylor Swift opting for a simple shirt dress, worn with a burgundy bowler hat, while out and about in New York. This Alem number from La Redoute combines the shirt dress style with tartan, which was a key trend on the catwalks for this autumn. I’m going to be dressing it down for autumn, layering with chunky knitwear and a fluffy gilet, along with some biker boots.

If money were no object

If my other half wouldn’t mind me taking out a second mortgage to cover the cost of this dress, I’d be going for Dolce and Gabbana’s most stunning creation to date. Costing a whopping £32,000, there are only six of these in the world. It’s covered in hand-stitched resin crystals which sit atop superfine tulle and black chiffon so it’s more a work of art than a dress. You’d save on the cost of having to wear any jewellery though.

A bed of roses

While florals are usually the preserve of summer, partnered with pretty pastel shades, this season, the big name designers sent their models down the runways in moodier blooms – reds, deep pinks and mauves sitting against black backgrounds. For a more affordable option, I’m loving thismodcloth dress which combines winter flowers with subtle cut-outs to add a little sex appeal.

The Little White Dress

While years gone by may have been all about the Little Black Dress, this autumn, it’s all about the opposite number – the Little White Dress. Everyone from Taylor Swift to Sandra Bullock, Emma Watson to Julianne Moore has been wearing the purest of colours on the red carpet. Milly’s collection is one to look out for this season, with an array of gorgeous white dresses, including the Delilah, which has a cut out along the base of the back and edgy zip detailing. I’d match the black zip at the back to a black clutch and heels.

There are so many beautiful choices this autumn and winter that trying to narrow it down to just a few to update my wardrobe is proving tricky.

 

Mother of The Bride Dresses for Fall / Winter

Cooler weather is coming, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice warmth for fashion. There are many beautiful, flattering and affordable mother of the bride dresses out there. With so many options these days, you don’t have to be stuck looking like a stuffy First Lady. Your daughter’s wedding day is a time to celebrate and you don’t have to trade in your good style sense for the occasion.

mother of the bride dresses

Take for example, these three gorgeous dresses above from DressFirst.com. Absolutely gorgeous and just a small taste of what can be found out there for fashionable mother of the bride dresses.

Here are 5 things to keep in mind when you go mother of the bride dress shopping…

  1. Find out exactly what the bride wants. You are playing a “leading role” in her special production so make sure you know what part your “director” wants you to play.
  2. Always avoid creams, whites, off-whites, pale yellows and ivories when selecting a dress. You don’t want to steal the spotlight!
  3. Consult with the groom’s mother and try to coordinate hem length and sleeve length, not necessarily color.
  4. Start shopping for your own dress as soon as your daughter has selected her bridal gown and the bridesmaids gowns.
  5. Make sure whatever you select keeps with the “theme” of the wedding and that your level of formality matches that of the bride and bridesmaids.

mother of the bride

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When it comes time for the big day, don’t go overboard with your makeup. Most mother of the brides find that it’s easier to let someone else do their hair or makeup the morning of the wedding. I know when I’m stressed out that I am much more likely to get frustrated with my hair and makeup, sometimes causing me to have to start over from the beginning. Not something you want to be doing the morning of your precious daughter’s wedding. Find a salon or spa to do your hair and makeup instead, of even enlist the help of a friend. This can take a huge weight off of you!

Most important of all, don’t wear uncomfortable shoes! If your dress is floor length, you can wear comfortable flats that won’t have you aching and reaching for the advil by the end of the evening. If you have a shorter dress and your shoes will show, check out brands like Sofft, Softspots, Born and Clarks for a comfortable pair of high heels that won’t stop you from dancing the night away!

How to Save Money on your Wedding

happy bride

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So, you’re planing a wedding and on your way to becoming a Fashionable Housewife? Congrats! Let’s start you off on the right foot by offering some useful tips on how to save money on your wedding so you’ll have plenty of money left over for a Fashionable Housewife approved wardrobe after the big day!

According to Reuters, the average wedding costs $27,021, which is equivalent to a new car!!! Depending on where you live, the average can be even more. The most expensive place to get married is New York, where the average cost is $65,825. When averaging the total amount, the venue, catering, florist, cake, videographer and photographer, band or DJ, invitations, rings, catering, and even the rehearsal dinner are included. With simple adjustments, you can still have the wedding of your dreams while staying within budget without sacrificing.

The Venue

One of the major expenses for a wedding is the venue. One easy way to save money is to have the ceremony and reception in one location. Additionally, have your wedding during off peak times. Saturdays in June will not only be booked way in advance, they also will cost you more. Instead of a Saturday, consider a Sunday or even a Friday evening. Additionally, think off peak season. Fall and spring can offer beautiful scenery at a less expensive price than the summer. Another way to save on a venue is to opt for a simple but inexpensive place. Some parks, churches or other religious institutions may cost less than a fancy hotel. If you are having a small wedding, consider having it in your backyard or that of a close friend or family member. Through thinking creatively, you can easily find a beautiful location that will not take your entire budget.

The Dress

For many brides, the dress is the most important part of the event. However, wedding dresses can be very expensive. Luckily, there are some options for a beautiful dress without the cost. Some budget stores, like Costco and Target, have a wedding range. Additionally, there are places like David’s Bridal that specializes in less expensive gowns, although they can still be expensive. If you do not mind a used dress, you can often find people selling their dress on eBay or other sites. Similarly, you can always rent a dress through services that offer high-end designer dresses you can rent for the day at a reasonable price. Although you want to look great on your wedding day, just remember you are only wearing the dress once.

The Food

Food and alcohol can be very expensive for a wedding. One easy way to limit the cost of food is to limit the amount of food you need. You can either cut the guest list, as the fewer people attending the wedding equals less cost. Additionally, some venues will offer good catering deals as part of an overall package. If you are having a small enough wedding, try to do it yourself. You don’t have to have a lot of food at the reception. Instead of a large meal, have just nibbles and the cake, which will save you money. Additionally, limiting the amount of alcohol you buy will save money. You can always look at having a cash bar instead, especially if the venue has one to offer.

What’s your best tip for how to save money on a wedding?

Trend Alert: Get In Mint Condition

There is no doubt, mint is definitely the IT color for Spring 2013! You can get yourself in mint condition right quick with these fabulous minty pieces…

Don’t worry, it’s super easy to wear mint! All of these pieces would work great mixed with black and white, denim or chambray, and if you’re brave you can even wear other pastels with it like yellow or coral. Whether you wear head to toe mint or whether you use it as the pop of color in your ensemble, you are sure to be stylish!

Wondering how to wear mint? Leave a comment below and let us know which minty items you are having trouble working into your wardrobe and we’ll help! :-)

Are you wearing mint this season?