MADE IN THE SUEDE

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I don’t know about you but I love suede; it is luxurious without being pretentious and is the perfect transition fabric from fall to winter or winter to spring because it provides a layer of extra warmth that many of the new manufactured textiles are lacking. The other great thing about suede is it doesn’t take the eye of a stylist to pull a look together you can pair it with almost anything for an instant pop of style. There are only two simple rules to follow when wearing suede:

RULE #1-BEWARE OF TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT layer yourself on suede. It is so rich and distinctive that too much of it leaves your outfit looking heavy and overdone, kind of like the feeling you have after eating too much chocolate cake. These two outfits above are the perfect examples.

RULE #2-MAKE SUEDE YOUR STATEMENT PIECE

Suede will inevitably always be the statement piece of your outfit so let it stand alone or pair it with items that are more subdued and act as a complement to highlight your statement.
Outfit 1:
Tan Suede Minidress
Outfit 2:
Olive Suede Dress
Future Glory Bag

These jackets are the perfect example of making a statement without going over the top.
Outfit 1:
Veda Jayne Suede Biker Jacket
Outfit 2:
Maroon Suede Trench
J Brand Leather Pants

The other great thing about suede is it can be dressed up or down, the two examples above illustrate this perfectly; shabby chic versus being casually refined.
Outfit 1:
Maison Skotch Jacket
Weekday T-Shirt
Zalando Mini Skirt
Outfit 2:
Camel Suede Mini Skirt

Use suede to add depth and texture to leggings or a simple silk shirt.
Outfit 1:
Tenia Silk Blouse
J Crew Suede Pants

The reach out and touch me allure of this fabric adds a pop of posh to Boho Chic.
Outfit 1:
Arin Boho Top
Abbi Suede Shorts
Outfit 2:
Camel Suede Skinny Pants

And last but not least if you want to capture a small slice of luxury you can always incorporate accessories; a suede hat, shoes or handbag into your style.

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FIND YOUR OWN SUMMER WEDDING INSPIRED STYLE

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Let the Summer wedding Season begin! Don’t let the hot seasonal weather get you down. Get our best wedding party trend ideas and style tips hot off the runways for Summer 2016. Don’t have a Summer wedding planned? You can still get in on the Season’s romantic designs, or even take our advice for your next outdoor summer garden party.

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GARDEN WEDDING

There’s nothing quite as lovely as a romantic garden wedding. With Summer’s florals out in full bloom, nature provides the perfect backdrop to the celebratory day. If the weather turns hot, be sure to dress accordingly in a flowing whimsical maxi or a even butterfly print palazzo pants. Accessorize with strappy sandals and dainty jewelry, and keep makeup to a minimum for a light, fresh- faced look.

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You can’t go wrong with a classic vintage “A line” silhouette, flattering on any body type with a tight waistline and a full skirt. Add a pretty ruffled petticoat underneath for true 50’s flare.

Our favorite “A line” dress options:
“Keira” Blue Lace and Ponte A Line Dress
“Cinderella” Tank Dress
“Jayleen” Ivory Lace A Line Dress

Other favorite garden wedding dresses we like are the chic sheath dress, accentuating a tiny waist and narrow hips, or a flowy chiffon skirted dress, guaranteed to keep you feeling fresh and cool all day long.

Other Sheath Dress Options:
“Spring Into Fashion” Fuchsia Floral Sheath Dress
“Alondra” Neoprene Sheath Dress
“Magdalena”Pink Stretch Sheath Dress

Whichever dress style you decide on, be sure to accessorize in style with a pretty yet simple pastel envelope clutch holding all your necessities. Pull hair back with your favorite fresh cut flowers from the garden and you are sure to stay smelling “sweet as a rose” from morning to evening.

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BEACH WEDDING

Nothing says “summer” quite like a romantic beach wedding. Since the weather can be unpredictable, be sure to include sunscreen for day and a light wrap by night.

Summer Wedding Cover-ups we like:
“Azaria” Lace Trimmed Kimono
“Polina” Ivory Swing Cardigan
“Daisy” Lace Poncho

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You can’t go wrong in a flowy maxi dress, perfectly paired with your favorite embellished sandals.

Other maxi styles we like for a beach wedding:
“Maria” Ivory White Split Lace Dress
“Sonnie” Light Pink Strapless Maxi Dress

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Stay cool while looking lovely in a short lace dress accessorized with a simple clutch and gold flats for perfect all day comfort.

Other short lace dresses to consider:
“Treva” Ivory White Lace Tank Dress
“Prisca” Silk Chiffon Lace Dress
“Lacy Afternoon” Coral Lace Dress

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RUSTIC RANCH WEDDING

Kick up your heels and get ready for a rootin’, tootin’ good time at a rustic ranch style wedding. At untraditional weddings, no sense to play by all the rules. Get creative and join in the fun of the theme.

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Don your favorite flowing mixed print dress and accessorize with your favorite cowboy styled boots and western jewelry.

Our other favorite printed summer maxi dresses to choose from:
“Brea” Bright Yellow High Low Chiffon Maxi
“Jules” Printed Drop Waist Maxi Dress
“Janis” Teal Crepe De Chine Dress

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Or, grab your favorite little white lace dress and tie a pretty fringed scarf around your neck for classic “cowboy” style.

Other Lovely Lace “Ranch Wedding” Options to enjoy:
“Eda” Long Sleeve White Lace Dress
“Katrina” Embroidered Lace Mesh Dress
“Ready to Glow” Off the Shoulder Ivory Lace Dress

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DESTINATION WEDDING

Whether staying at a castle in France, chilling in the Virgin Islands, or scoping the Alps, destination weddings are a great excuse to pack up for a quick little Summer vacation. Pay attention to the country’s local climate and pack accordingly.

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For your European destination, think classy and chic. Keep it crisp and clean with a fitted sheath dress paired with classic pumps, girly hats, and a simple string of pearls.

We like these “European” styled outfits:
“Spring Into Fashion” Floral Sheath Dress
“Morgan” White Long Sleeve Knit Dress
“Bolero” Ivory Fitted Jacket

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For your tropical destination, include a  “Cabana” print maxi dress as well as your favorite swimwear. After the wedding festivities are over, you’ll have time to frolic in the white sandy beaches and crystal blue ocean.

“Tropical” Wedding Destination outfits to pack:
“Time To Turn Heads” Teal Drop Waist Maxi Dress
“Cabana Botanical Bliss” Coral Floral Jersey Maxi Dress
“Tropical Punch” Silk Cotton Shirtdress

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For your Alpine wedding destination, you can still wear your same flowy chiffon maxi dress. Instead of your sandals, pair with open toed ankle booties to hike the trails to your party event. Don’t forget to pack a Summer jacket to keep warm against the chilly Summer nights in the mountains.

Favorite “Alpine” Summer jackets to include:
“Deani” Ivory Knit Lace Jacket
“Vacation Time” Blue Knit Cardigan
“Chain Reaction” White Washed Silk Jacket

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TRADITIONAL CHURCH WEDDING

Lastly, many brides today still choose to embrace the traditions of old and opt for a classic church wedding and reception. In direct contrast to the Beach, Ranch, or wedding, be sure to understand the proper dress codes and formalities that come with this type of wedding.

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Classic church weddings are a bit more formal than other weddings. Some even require “Black Tie” only. Be sure to consider this while choosing your best wedding outfit. Go classic cool in an embroidered lace skirt and flowy blouse, paired with nude heels to elongate your legs and a simple leather clutch.

Other “Proper” Church Wedding Options:
“Corra” A Line Ivory Lace Midi Skirt
“Kenley” Black Lace Pencil Skirt With Half Slip
“Timeless” Gray Floral Lace Pencil Skirt
Crepe de Chine” Silk Button Down Blouse

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And finally, no matter which wedding you go to this Summer, a “little black dress” will ALWAYS be fashionable. Spruce up your look for Summer with bright accessories and shiny gold jewelry to enhance your style.

Our favorite “LBDs”:
“Treva” Black Lace Crochet Gauze Dress
“Sweet” Black Silk Washed Ruffled Sundress
“Keira” A Line Lace Dress

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Whichever wedding you plan to attend this Summer, you are sure to have fun with our top fashion picks. And even if you don’t have a wedding or reception planned in the near future, you can still take our advice for your next Summer dinner party or outdoor event.

We here at POSH AT PLAY want you to remember to
Be You, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine!

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COUNTRY CHIC

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With fringe, floppy hats, and cowboy booties trending for Spring 2015, it’s time to add a little “country” into your wardrobe this Season. From Emilio Pucci’s fringe to Diane Von Furstenberg’s gingham, country style chic was all the rage on the runways for Spring 2015. As the weather warms and we move into the Spring and Summer months, chill out, relax, and adapt a bit of Southern charm to your style. Take a look at some of our favorite “country chic” outfits and accessories that we can’t wait to try this year.

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DENIM AND LACE

A quintessential “country” style is pairing lace with denim. Look through your own wardrobe and pair these two items together for perfect Southern style. Or get to shopping with Hale Bob’s white lace tunic paired with Citizen’s of Humanity’s denim shorts. For chillier Spring nights, top your lace tunic with “The Chelsea” skinny jeans from Joe’s Jeans. Complete the “country” look with a pair of Boot Barn’s “Shyanne” western boots with an embroidered floral pattern for a touch of feminine charm.

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Switch around your lace and denim with lace on the bottom and denim on the top for a completely different look. We love Hale Bob’s cool cotton ivory crochet maxi dress paired with a light denim top from J Crew. Accessorize with a turquoise necklace, bangles, and K. Jacques fringed flat sandals from Neiman Marcus and you are ready to hit the trails.

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PLAID

Another look to add to your denim shorts is a checkered plaid shirt. With checkers and gingham hitting the runways this Season, now is the perfect time to bring out the plaid. Pair your cut offs with a red plaid shirt from J Crew or go sleeveless with Hudson’s soft blue plaid button up. Just add a pair of Born Torrin booties from Macy’s and you’ll have the perfect western “country” style fashion for Spring.

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DISTRESSED FLARE DENIM

Nothing says “country casual” more than distressed denim jeans. Update the look for Spring 2015 with this Season’s trendy flare wide leg style. To get the look pictured above, we love True Religion’s distressed “patchwork” denim jeans paired with wedge sandals and a graphic tee from Free People. For another distressed style, go with 1921’s light wash flare jeans paired with a plain white camisole topped with Free People’s silky duster for perfect summer styling.

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TUNIC DRESS

A quick, easy solution to achieve chic country styling this Season is the tunic dress. Simply throw on the dress, pair with booties by Kate Spade and you are ready for any occasion morning, noon, and night. Check out the great selection of Hale Bob tunic dresses online and grab a few for fashionable Spring and Summer styling without all the fuss. Perfect for those busy days when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. The tunic dress will have you staying chic and fashionable with a touch of that “western” flare.

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FLOPPY WESTERN HAT

A simple way to add a little “country” to your everyday style without changing your entire wardrobe is to accessorize. The floppy hat easily pairs with any of your wardrobe staples and is a cost effective addition to your Spring fashion. By adding this one accessory, you can bring a whole new look to your usual outfits. We love San Diego Hat Company’s floppy western hats in a wide variety of colors and styles. Try pairing your floppy hat with black stretch leggings from Hale Bob and a sheer lace black tunic for a little feminine touch. Add a pair of black suede booties from Sam Edelman for the perfect finishing look.

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EMBELLISHED HANDBAG

Another easy but stylish accessory to add to your “western” style collection is the embellished handbag. Look for an oversized clutch or over-the-shoulder purse decorated with silver, turquoise and coral, quintessential “country” gems. We love the embellished beaded clutch from Berry or the beaded cross body handbag from Street Level. Check out the great selection of authentic “southern” handbags with unique leather beaded designs, including this year’s trending fringe, at Cimarron River Company.

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THE COWBOY BOOT

This Season designers brought back western wear’s iconic cowboy boot. From Felder Felder’s knee highs to Gucci’s suede to Louis Vuitton’s booties, be sure to add this shoe into your wardrobe collection for Spring. For a classic cowboy style, we love Shepler’s. The online store allows you to shop your own boot style according to toe shape, height, material, and price for a “personalized” shopping experience. If you are less inclined to adapt full western wear, Steve Madden’s fringe booties are a perfect option, great to pair with your summer shorts or cropped jeans.

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LEATHER VEST

Adapting the “country chic” style this Season can be as simple as throwing on a leather western vest over your outfit. The leather vest is a great layering option for chillier days, and perfect to pair with your evening attire for cool nights. You can dress up your western leather vest by layering over Hale Bob’s pink floral maxi dress or dress down by pairing with your favorite denim jeans and a tee. We love AC Collection’s “Kim Leather Look” vest fitted perfectly to hug your feminine silhouette.

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FRINGE

If all of our favorite “western” styled fashions just seem a little too country to suit your taste, stay in style with a bit of fringe. A huge trend on the Spring 2015 Runways, fringe is cropping up everywhere from handbags, to skirts, to dresses, to jackets, to shoes. Or take a tip from celebrities like Jessica Chastain and Rose Byrne with a new “fringe” haircut fresh for the Season. We are loving this trend so much that one of our staff just bought a fringe handbag for her Spring and Summer purse. We love the bright blue Rebecca Minkoff fringe handbag from Neiman Marcus or try a suede fringe skirt from Cusp. Stand out in style at the beach or pool with a chic fringe bikini top from Free People, perfect to pair with a maxi skirt or shorts for summer styling.

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Spring is the time to kick up your heels and hit the trails with “country chic” fashion wear. Whether it’s pairing lace with denim, shopping for a plaid shirt, wide leg pant, or tunic dress to add to your wardrobe, or including an accessory like a floppy hat, an embellished handbag, boots, or a leather vest to your outfit, be sure to incorporate a little “western” touch this Season. Be on the lookout for our favorite fringe trend this Spring and Summer, and include into your fashion collection.  Have a little fun this year and find ways to adapt to the best in fashion while modifying different elements to suit your style and taste.