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Bring Out The Sunshine: Chic Yellow Outfit Inspirations For You

Avoid the boring and strut in your own sunshine! How? Check out how to be chic in yellow outfits! Bring Out The Sunshine: Chic Yellow Outfit Inspirations For You Yellow Outfit Inspirations You Can Easily Recreate! The perky color that Mr. Sunshine brings forth everyday is something we should all be inspired about. Yellow - in…

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The Most Stylish Coats for Spring

Spring may have sprung, but there are still chilly days and nights ahead. It is cool enough to warrant wearing a coat, but not just any old coat. It's time to dig up the trenches, which is this season's go-to transitional topper.

Spring Coat Check

Let's get real. We've all had those days when we want to cover up what we're wearing underneath, and a stylish trench coat will do just that. It can be a great wear-to-work piece, an evening coat or a raincoat. Or, hey, just toss it over jeans and flip-flops for a casual Saturday morning coffee date. You can easily make a style statement with the right coat. spring The trench coat, especially at this time of year, is one of the wardrobe staples you can't live without -- next to the little black dress and the black pump. All three together make for the perfect outfit; you can pair any one of them with almost any outfit. However, the worst part about them is that after awhile, these key items can feel stale or dated. While a trench coat (created by Burberry in 1914 for British military troops in the "trenches") is a classic coat you'll turn to anytime of the year, this is the perfect season to update your whole "coat" wardrobe. No one coat does everything. A satin evening coat is not your best bet during a rainstorm or an Arctic blast of winter. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when choosing a coat from fashion expert Paula Reed, author of the new book, Style Clinic (Collins Living, 2009, $27.95): The most versatile for almost all figures is a narrow, figure-skimming, three-quarter length coat that hits right on or below the knee. It is both modern and flattering. Curvier figures look good in its figure-skimming sleekness. If you are big-bosomed, go for an open collar that is cut on the wide side. It will never appear dated. A soft, belted style is the next most versatile shape for most figures. It works as easily with jeans and trousers as dresses. Just make sure the fabric is supple enough to drape, not clump. Belts are great figure enhancers unless you have substantial hips. A belted coat will give almost anyone an hourglass figure. But those who are short-waisted or wide in the middle look better in slim, tailored coats without a belt. If you are curvy, accentuating the narrowest part of your body -- your waist -- will give you instant glamour. Choose belted coats, whether they hit below the knee or mid-thigh. But a three-quarter coat that skims the body will look even better. Short, boxy styles as well as voluminous A-lines, which drop from the shoulders, will make your curves look bulky. Stick to tailored and curve-friendly options. Puffy parkas only work on slim women. If you don't want to add extra poundage, opt for unpadded versions. On petite women, belted shapes that sit on or just above the knee will look great. Short coats increase leg length. Proportion is the most important flattering element when it comes to choosing a coat. There's no easier way to update your basic look than to slip on a coat with a little attitude: op-art patterns, vintage or printed leather. Mackage trench coats -- a celebrity favorite of Eva Mendes, Blake Lively and Jessica Biel -- are classic staples with "attitude" that will update a transitional spring wardrobe instantly.   Photo courtesy of Mackage trench coats. Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. To find out more about Sharon Mosley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2009 CREATORS SYNDICATE INC. RELEASE 3/24, 2009

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Spring Breakups for the season

Break out of a fashion style rut this spring. After a long winter of cocooning, it's time to peel back the layers and add on the personality. Put some fun back into your wardrobe, and break up all that winter monotony. Spring Breakups Reawaken! Refresh! Revive! Here are a few ways to take a vacation from…

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The Spring Shoe Scene

Spring is here and its time to clean out your shoe closet and add some fresh new kicks for the season. Sharon Mosley has all the exclusive shoes tips you'll need during shoe shopping! The Spring Shoe Scene Break out of those knee-high boots and put a little spring into your step with the season's newest…

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The Spring Checklist

Spring is official in, and with it comes new fashion trends and fun wardrobe changes. Read on as Sharon Mosley shares her essential spring checklist! The Spring Checklist Put away the parkas and stash the shearling. Spring has sprung, and it's time to take a look at what's happening in the fashion world. Add one or…

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Fashionable Swimwear Tips

It's summer somewhere... and if you're lucky enough to escape for a tropical getaway anytime soon, chances are you've been shopping for a swimsuit.  Read on as Sharon Mosley shares some great tips to help get you on the right track! Diving into Swimwear And whether you're suiting up for a vacation in paradise or just…

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Spring Dresses to Update Your Wardrobe

Spring and summer means the sun is shining and it's time to party. Whether it's a beach wedding, a college graduation or a class reunion, it's time to celebrate and dress up for that special occasion.

Spring Party Dressing

And while many of us may have a little black dress handy for those last-minute parties, there are a few new ways to update a festive wardrobe. Think ahead. Look at your calendar. Then check out these possibilities: --The jumpsuit. This one-piece wonder has recently become a fashion favorite, inspired by the '70s trend that keeps on generating lots of buzz. In white, the jumpsuit lends itself to all kinds of warm-weather appearances. There are lots of silhouettes to choose from. Pick the one that flatters you and jump in. (And yes, you can wear white to a wedding. Just be sure the bride isn't wearing a white jumpsuit, too!) --The fit and flare dress. Another popular trend this season, the "narrow on top and fuller skirt" dress is perfect for many occasions that call for a little more fancy option. The newest dresses for spring and summer feature colorful and fun graphic prints and stripes...perfect for everything from brunches to garden parties. --The palazzo pants. Wide and flowing, palazzo pants are like wearing pajamas to a party, and what could be more comfy than that? Another throwback from the '60s and '70s, these loungers can be dressed up with cut-out silky evening tops or dressed down for more casual occasions with simple, yet elegant cotton blouses or T-shirts. --The caftan. Want to feel like you're partying in Morocco? Or just like the freedom of a little looser dress? The full-length kaftan may be your best bet for a glamorous patio party or cocktails on the beach. Just accessorize with large hoop earrings, chunky cuff bracelets and flat sandals. --The longer skirt. Whether it's a midi (mid-calf) or an ankle-grazing maxi, the newest skirts are long on style. The midi may be a little trickier to wear, but it's also the chicest skirt length out there right now. Whatever hemline you wear, just make sure it doesn't fall at the widest part of your leg -- not flattering! --The sparkling top. Take those longer skirts and palazzo pants and add some shine on top. Sleeveless metallic tanks, beaded halters and sequined crops are all ways to glitter for a special occasion this spring and summer and an easy way to dress up casual sportswear separates like those longer skirts and palazzo pants. --The tailored suit. No, not the one you wear to work, please. Or if it is, please dress it up a bit! The fashion minimalist may show up at an art gallery opening in a short tailored jacket and flared pants, but she's always got something more interesting going on: a pair of knockout shoes, a jeweled statement necklace or a great vintage clutch. --Remember, it's a party, so have fun and get a little creative with your fashion choices. If the party is really formal, then a pants tuxedo may be an option. Try one in white for a change from basic black. We're talking celebrating. Dress to impress yourself!
The fit and flare dress is one of spring's best party looks.
To find out more about Sharon Mosley, and read features by other Creative Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2015 CREATORS.COM

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