FUNCTIONAL FASHION: MAXIMIZING YOUR WARDROBE

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We’d all like to make our lives a little easier and functional, spending less yet gaining a little more. Whether you’re an “on the go” girl who’s looking for transitional clothing to go from morning to evening, a traveler who needs to pack light, or you are just looking to simplify your wardrobe, take a look at our “Functional Fashion” picks that are a must have for this season.

ITEMS YOU CAN WEAR MORNING TO EVENING

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We all have busy lives to lead and who wants to think about packing a bunch of clothes for the entire day? Why not grab a great versatile piece that can carry you from morning to evening? Go with a chic black jumpsuit, demure enough for the office, yet spiced up in the evening with a quick change of shoes and a cozy feather or sequined jacket.

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Make like Kendall Jenner and have your jumpsuit work with you in your favorite comfy boat shoes or sneakers to keep you moving all day long. Your streamlined outfit might not come fashioned with enough pockets to hold all your necessities throughout all your activities.

THERE’S NO SHAME IN COMFY SHOES

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Let your comfy shoes take you places this Season. While we love a good heel now and again, there’s no problem with taking a “lower” road this year. When you are on the go, the last thing you want is for your feet to give out mid-day. We are loving the “ballerina” flat for Fall. Comfy and chic, this shoe can pair easily with your favorite skinnies, leggings, or midi skirts throughout the Season.

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AND bonus points: we love these “foldable” flats that can slip easily into your purse for a quick change throughout the day. Slip off your work heels and pull out your flats when you need to dash around town for a few errands or activities with the kids feeling fab and fashionable this Season.

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And you MUST include the ankle boot into your Autumn wardrobe. Warm, comfy, and stylish, the ankle boot is perfect to pair with everything from your favorite cropped jeans, to leggings, to even a maxi dress or skirt.

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OMG! Ugg boots are still in style for Fall? Of course they are. These are the perfect comfy functional shoe to fit into your daily routine. Able to pair with anything, these boots will keep you warm and stylish all Season long.

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Celebs from Sarah Jessica Parker, to Ashley Greene, to Kendall Jenner have been spotted sporting the trend. So what’s keeping you from pulling out your comfy Uggs? OR go ahead and buy some new ones for the current Season.

Need some more celeb “Ugg style” inspiration? Click here to check out more styles:
Celebrity Fall Ugg Style Options

GO MODERN WITH REVERSIBLE CLOTHING

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Clothing is having an era of re-birth with the reversible fashion trend. The simplest way to switch your outfit in an instant is with “reversible clothing,”an item that can be turned inside out to completely change the look, feel, and color. We are crushing on Jia Collection’s branding style. Now you can have several different styling options with just one simple garment.

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With their wide variety of dresses, knits, and jackets, you can go from morning at work to lunch with the girls to date night in the evening wearing a completely different look, but the same item all day long.

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We also like Helene Clarkson’s clean yet flattering line suitable to take you all over the world with just a few key pieces tucked into your carry-on. From business to pleasure, you’ll only have to pack a few items with her reversible skirts, blouses, and jackets.

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Don’t just stop at your daytime wardrobe. Why not try reversible active wear for your daily workout routine. No need to spend a fortune on sports attire- make your fitness fashion go double duty by investing in reversible sports bras, leggings, or jackets.

A comfy pair of leggings can work for you day or night, paired with a blazer for work, a Tee for daytime, your reversible crop for workouts, and a sequined top for nighttime activities.

Check out our favorite legging options here:
“Pascalla” Black Ultra Suede Leggings
“Jepson” Ponte Stretch Leggings
“Taylor” Blue Print Jersey Leggings

While you are on the go, consider clever travel pieces which include built in pockets that allow you to stay moving without the need of a purse or extra baggage. Check out the Clever Travel Companion fashion line suitable for workouts, travel, and active days. Not only are money belts, fanny packs, and vests the opposite of fashionable, but they can also make you more of a target for scams and crime, especially when traveling.

CONVERTIBLE CLOTHING 

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You can also make one item work for you without it being “reversible.” Why not try the convertible clothing option using one item in a variety of different ways. We are loving Elizabeth and James’s convertible trench and the multitude of different ways you can fashion one item of clothing. Traveling has never been easier and your closet will thank you. Wear as trench for cooler days, take off the sleeves for a cute shirt dress effect, then take away the bottom for a chic cropped jacket.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS THE ONESIE IS YOUR GO-TO

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It’s an expression of the need to disconnect from the pre-scheduled daily routines. Inspired by the ones who come alive when the shift ends, living life on an inverted schedule, as kings and queens of the moment, the onesie is a huge trend this Season. From celebs like Beyonce to Kylie Jenner, everyone is getting on board the newest fully functional wardrobe necessity.

Check out the site “Onepiece” who’s setting the mark on this Season’s latest trend. Whether you have a long flight ahead of you, pair with a jacket for errands around town, or snuggle up for a cozy night in, the onesie is a fashion statement that can travel with you wherever you go.

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On the go all day, flying through the airport, or just don’t have time to make it home, functional fashion can be your friend this Season. If you choose to slip a sweater over that maxi, switch out your handbag for a wristlet, pair your summer shorts with a cozy pair of tight, or take on the “onesie,” there are limitless ways to stay stylish while cozy this Season.

No matter how you decide to stay “functional,” remember:
Be YOU, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

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STYLE EDITORS TIPS & TRICKS FROM NY FALL FASHION WEEK 2016

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Whether you are attending the sartorial circus that is fashion month, are watching from a distance, or just want to look put together to welcome the new season, chances are you are in the market for some outfit inspiration. You’ve come to the right place. Take a few tips that we’ve chosen from NY fashion editors ensembles during fashion week this year and be inspired by the Fall runway looks.

(1) The Bright Bag Effect : Take The Yawn Out Of Neutrals

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Whether clutch, crossbody, or satchel, it’s time to put a little color into your Fall wardrobe this Season. Instantly spruce up Fall’s neutral and darker colors with a pop of color. In a morning rush, fashion editors know that they can turn a simple outfit into an eye catching look simply by grabbing a brightly hued handbag.

From Hugo Boss to Alexander Wang to Rag & Bone, bright colors are all across the runway for Fall 2016. Jazz up a simple jeans and tee outfit with your brightly lit handbag accessory and shine in style this Season.

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(2) Monochromatic Palette: One Color, Multiple Tones, Different Textures Equals A Slimming Polished Look

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On the other side of the spectrum, fashion editors go with a monochromatic ensemble consisting of various shades and textures to create a slimming and polished effect. Look for items in the same color scheme for a slimming effect against the mixture of different materials from leather to lace to cotton to suede.

Spice up the romance in a “girly” pale pink monochromatic look this Fall. Mix and match Pantone’s 2016 Rose Quartz “color of the year” with a variety of patterns and textures.

Check out our favorite pink Fall wear options:
“Cameo” Pink Suede Shift Dress
“Marty” Kimono Jacket
“Emely” Pink Draped Satin Blouse

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Camel, beige, and nude also gains attention this year. Mix things up by combining with a white or ivory color combo and intricate patterned accessories for an updated style.

Our favorite neutral monochromatic items for Fall:
“Lacy Sunday” Beige Textured Lace Blouse
“Cabana” Beaded Tie Dye Jersey Shirt
“Pascalla” Ultra Suede Ponte Leggings

A chic black and grey monochromatic ensemble creates a bit of drama for the Fall season with a nice mixture of textures from denim to leather to silk. Go from a grey tee by day to a silky sheer black by night.

(3)The Right Jacket Elevates Any Ensemble

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Take your outfits from casual to edgy this Season. While the September weather fluctuates back and forth, fashion editors know a good coat or jacket is handy to have. When the weather is warmer, drape the coat over your shoulders for a cute “cape” look. As the breeze picks up, wear your coat normally to stay warm.

For the office, pair your coat over comfy pants and a classic pair of heels.

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A basic “go to” tee and jeans outfit can go the next level by pairing with this Season’s chic blazer for a casual yet polished look. Will you go with a classic solid or try this Fall’s trending “text tees?”

Pair your jacket with our favorite classic skinny pant choices:
“Rogue Waves” Skinny Denim Jeans
“Bonded” Black Lace Skinny Pants
“Thompson” Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

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Don’t forget a moto jacket to keep you polished and styled with an edgy effect for Fall. Your leather jacket can be combined with not only your casual outfits by day but also your nighttime dresses by night.

(4) The Classic Button Down – Polished But Not Too Prim

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Whether tucked into classic skinny jeans, tied at the waist, or belted, fashion designers know you can’t go wrong with a traditional crisp button down top. Go with classic white or neutral or get into this Season’s style with a chic patterned print. Take a cue from fashion and celebrity icon Kim Kardashian with a half tucked in look. Why? It shows off your waist without looking too prim.

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Or go with the “frat tuck” for business in the front but a party in the back. Insert your button down at the waistline, pull slightly for a loose effect, and let the tail trail behind.

Need more button down shirt styling options? Check out this handy “how to” video on  chic ways to style your look:
Tips on Button Down Shirt Styling

Our favorite button down shirt styles to own today:
“Cristal” Ivory Gauze Button Down
“Tropical Punch” Short Sleeve Button Down
“Mariane” Floral Button Down

(5) The Jean Roll

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How to show off your favorite Fall heels and booties this Season? The”jean roll”
is your perfect solution while adding a polished look to the boyfriend jean. 

Whether you take your favorite straight leg jeans and roll the cuffs yourself or grab a pair of cropped boyfriends, be sure to include this style into your wardrobe. If you are feeling extra ambitious, you can combine your favorite heels with a pair of ankle socks for a super trendy fashion designer street style.

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And don’t forget, you can also wear your rolled jeans style paired with heels and a blazer for a business meeting and trade out your blazer for a sheer lacy top for a fun night out on the town. Allow your co-workers to see your relaxed side while still looking professional.

Check out our favorite rolled jean denim styles:
Hudson’s “The Leigh in City Kid” Cropped Denim Jeans
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Dani” Capri Denim
Joe’s Jeans Rolled Cropped Jeans

(6)The Scarf Effect – Artfully Tied Can Make You Stand Out or Be A Stand In For Accessories

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And finally, our favorite accessory for Fall that can add a bit of pizzaz to any outfit from casual to dressy is the colorful printed scarf. Tie your favorite scarf in a knot around your neck paired with your favorite jacket, wide leg pants, or sheath dress.

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Another Fall trend we’ve been seeing street style in NYC is using your favorite printed scarf as a chic bangle bracelet. Fold the scarf in sections, wrap, and tie in a knot for an instant jewelry piece.

You can also use your scarf as a chic belt option, cinched around your favorite boyfriend jeans or tied across the waistline of a dress for dressier occasions.

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Bad hair day? Have no fear. Cover up a messy do or bed head with a colorful printed scarf headband. Not just reserved for “Boho” this Season, you can rock this look in style from work to play. Simply fold scarf in sections and tie around head, securing with a few bobby pins and you are good to go

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Don’t settle for less. Go ahead and elevate your Fall fashion this Season. Stealing secrets from this year’s top fashion designers, which look will you try? Whether you go for a standard button down, cropped boyfriend jeans, or colorful scarf, let your fashion do the talking. Make this Season’s trends fit YOUR style and let the real YOU shine through.

We here at Posh at Play encourage you this Season to
“Be YOU, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.”

 

BOYFRIEND COOL FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

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Steal from the boys this Season and go “boyfriend cool for back to school.” As the kids return to higher learning, we can also learn a thing or two about incorporating our male counterpart’s fashion into our daily fashion wardrobe. Why not style your emotionally evocative, newly borrowed togs into your own wardrobe? Throw their blazer on for a borrowed-from-the-boys effect, or snag a perfectly worn-in musky hoodie- and pair it with a dress for some date night–ready appeal. It might just keep that good mood going. Whether you have a partner or not, let our “boys club” fashion rock your world this Fall. Take a look at our favorite finds below.

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“BOYFRIEND JEANS”

When in doubt, grab your boyfriend’s jeans. Whether going to the office, running errands, or cocktails out with the girls, you can never go wrong with this style. You can borrow his or buy your own, but the great thing about this look is it flatters every figure from curvy to slim. Since the “boyfriend jean” tends to be looser, compliment the style by pairing with a fitted tank or tee.

Check out our Facebook page on how you can create your own distressed boyfriend jeans:
DIY DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND JEANS

Or if you don’t have the time to create your own, just for you, we have a special sale going on NOW through Labor Day. Save $10 on our Collection Boyfriend jeans using coupon code BFJEANS at checkout. Simply click the link below to start shopping today!
BFJEANS SALE

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Of course you can wear the look to the office (as long as they permit denim). Pair your look with a fitted top, chic overcoat, and chunky heels for a perfectly put together style.

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Go a step further and segue into the evening hours like fashion icon Gigi Hadid by pairing your jeans with a chic pair of heels and a crop top. We like her body chain for extra appeal. Not quite so adventurous? Top with a sequined tank and you are ready to rock the night away.

However you choose to style, select one of our favorite “boyfriend jeans”:
“The Leigh” Cropped Distressed Jeans
“Mystique” Boyfriend Jeans
“Frenzy” Fun & Flirty Jeans

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OVERSIZED BLAZER

Late for work or a lunch meeting? Throw your bf’s blazer over a simple jeans and tee outfit for perfect polished poise. Add a pair of chic stilettos and you’re good to go. Heels not your style? Combine with ballerina flats or printed loafers for instant glam.

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Actually, your blazer will also go perfectly with your “boyfriend jeans” and heels for an elegant uptown vibe. Sweep your hair into a chic topknot (no hair products required) and you are ready to hit the streets in style.

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 Weather still feels like summer? Throw your boyfriend blazer over a pair of cut offs and simple tee, accessorized with minimal jewelry and a clutch, you’ll look chic without trying too hard.

Even if you don’t have a “boyfriend” you can borrow from, try these chic jacket choices instead :
“East Meets West” Taupe Beaded Jacket
“Bolero” Black Stretch Ponte Jacket
“Tailored” Ivory Bolero Jacket

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COZY PLAID FLANNEL

Nothing says “Fall” more than a cozy flannel button down. Snatch from your boyfriend’s closet– bonus points if a hint of husky musk scent remains. Feminize the plaid by pairing with your skinniest pair of denim jeans, a fitted tee, and accessorized with bangles and layered necklaces.

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Weather a little toasty? Simply tie the plaid around your waist during the day. As the sun sets, you have the perfect “go to” cover up against the chilly night air.

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And don’t just reserve your plaid shirt for casual affairs. Switch out your jeans for a vintage A line or pencil skirt to glam up your evening. Keep hair loose and flowing and makeup fresh and clean for a “no nonsense” style. Your bf wouldn’t want to trade you for anyone else.

How to achieve the “no makeup” makeup look? Click here for this handy tutorial to see how you can appear naturally beautiful in every way:
DIY Makeup
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JOGGER PANTS

What about your BF’s jogger pants? Not classy? Think again. Throw on his jogging pants, paired with a tee cinched at the waist and a classy pair of heels and you are ready to rock the streets in style.

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You can also pair your jogger pants with your boyfriend blazer for a more sophisticated look for the office or lunch out with the girls.

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Get ready to shake things up as you pair your joggers with a chic crop top and heels to shimmy the night away.

Get our favorite jogger pants here if you don’t snatch your BF’s:
“Rylie” Black Satin Jogger Pants
“Quilted” Grey Jogger Pants
“Kenzie” Blue Distressed Skinny Sweat Pants

PLAIN WHITE TEE

And finally, what can be more obvious than borrowing your BF’s plain white Tee. Pair with fitted copped or straight leg jeans accessorized with “girly” bangles and necklaces to bring that feminine touch.

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Take a tip from celeb Miranda Kerr and go for street style cool while the weather stays warm in your BF’s white tee paired with black leather shorts and matching black leather purse. Accessorize with sneakers by day and segue into the evening hours by switching to strappy heels by night.

You can also pair your plain white Tee with a chic floral pencil skirt for cocktails at twilight or even combine with a maxi for more formal occasions. However you choose to fashion your BF’s tee, this style can go to work for you this Season.

Check out our favorite items to pair with a plain white Tee:
“Corra” Black Lace Midi Skirt
“Emily” Zebra Print Maxi Skirt
“Camden” Coral Lace Trimmed Silk Wide Leg Pants

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From jeans to blazers to tees, you can steal from your boyfriend’s closet this year. It doesn’t have to be all casual when paired with the right accessories and given a “feminine” touch. Even if you don’t have a “significant other,” you can take a tip from the boys this Season and pair casual with classy.

And don’t forget, our special sale going on NOW through Labor Day. You can save $10 on our Collection Boyfriend jeans using coupon code BFJEANS at checkout.

Remember, we here at Posh at Play want YOU to remember to
Be YOU, Be Fabulous, and always Be feminine.

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8 KEY FALL ITEMS THAT INSTANTLY WILL MAKE YOU MORE PUT TOGETHER

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While the heat of August’s Summer sun still swells, it’s time to start thinking about Fall’s fun accessory fashion. Below, we’ll show you the 7 key items you’ll need to keep you looking put together no matter what you’re wearing. Take a look and start shopping Fall’s favorite fashion trends that you can start to wear NOW!

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PATTERNED SKIRT

Pencil, maxi, or mini, a pretty patterned skirt is all you need to make a splash this Season. No matter what your other accessories are, you are sure to turn heads with this one trendy fashion item. Whether you opt for floral, paisley, or polka dot, pick a pattern that’s right for you.

Check out our favorite printed patterned skirts here:
“Sailing Away” Printed Chiffon Maxi Skirt
“Cherelle” Rayon Pencil Skirt
“Emily” Pink Pleated Maxi Skirt

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Get her similar look here:
“Zebra” Printed Patterned Skirt

SIGNATURE SUNGLASSES

Our second favorite “must have” for Fall no matter what climate you are in is a pair of signature sunglasses. Whether you choose this Season’s vintage circular glasses, retro cat eye, oversized, or classic aviators, choose a style that suits your unique look and complements your facial structure. Take our suggestion: Square and cat eye tend to look best on heart shaped and round faces, while aviator and oversized suit oval faces, and circular and shield compliment square shapes.

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Choose your favorite from among the unique “Field Series” of polarized sunglass lenses from Warby Parker, designed to keep you stylish and protect your eyes at the same time.

Choose from our favorite styles below:
“Piper” Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses
“Grady” Circular Glasses
“Dempsey” Aviators

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STATEMENT EARRINGS

From Alberta Ferretti to Elie Saab to Naeem Khan, designers across the runways made the statement earring a “must have” for 2016. Whether you prefer hoop or dangle or jeweled, be sure to create your own style and look this Season. A pair of dynamic earrings can take a basic outfit from OK to WOW in one simple step, so get to shopping your favorite today!

OR- DIY! Check our Facebook page to create your own unique style of personalized earrings:
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We’ve made it easy. Shop these favorites below:
Kate Spade’s Chandelier Dangle Earrings
Free People’s “Ghost Dancer” Beaded Earrings
Betsey Johnson’s Gold Tone Hoops

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A REAL LEATHER BAG

Instead of keeping your “go to” canvas or worn out Summer tote, why not up your game with a genuine leather handbag. A top handle bag is extra ladylike even worn with boyfriend jeans and a tee. Or go with our favorite “bucket bag,” trending this Season. Whichever style, your leather bag will elevate your look to “professional” status this year.

Here are our top leather bag choices:
Marc Jacobs’ Black Crossbody
Tory Burch Leather Tote
Lodis Leather Bucket Bag

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AN ADULT TEE

An adult tee can be just what you need to pull an otherwise “stuffy” outfit together. Choose one that has a little extra flare: a patterned tee, a tee with an interesting back, or a fringed front. The one rule: Your. Bra. Can’t. Show.

Check out our favorite fashionable “Adult Tee” finds:
“Della” Ivory Lace Swing Back Tee
“Sophia” Terry Knit Short Sleeve Shirt
“Esperanza” Crochet Back Shirt

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JEANS THAT FIT YOU

The key to this Season’s denim trend is finding a fit that’s just right for your body type. And don’t forget, you can also tailor your jeans as well. Find your favorite brand and size, give them one wash, and run to your favorite tailor for perfect custom style. Slender silhouettes look great in a fit and flare jean, accentuating small waist and hips.

Try these favorites:
AC Collection’s Medium Wash Flare Denim
1921’s Distressed Flare
Hudson’s Ferries Flap Pocket Jean

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Actress Minka Kelly stays stylish in smooth straight leg jeans paired with a simple button down. Straight leg jeans are perfect for petite frames or bodies with wider hips, as the clean line elongates the leg and provides an even balance.

Shop our favorite straight leg styles here:
Goldsign’s Green “Misfit” Straight Leg Jean
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Ava” Straight Leg Jean
Chip & Pepper’s “Pamela” Medium Wash Straight Leg

Don’t forget Fall’s other favorite jean styles which look great on all body types- the skinny and the cropped. Pair the skinny jean with elevated wedges, ballerina flats, or classic pumps for a smooth, clean leg line. The cropped is perfect combined with your favorite tee or chunky sweater when the weather cools, and a chic pair of ankle boots.

Check out our favorite jean styles here:
AC Collection’s Black High Waisted Skinny Jeans
Hudson’s Distressed Cropped Skinny Jeans
Citizen’s of Humanity’s Ivory Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

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MOTO JACKET

Just like your real leather handbag, you’ll feel an aura of “city life sophistication” in your own leather moto jacket. You don’t have to look like a “groupie” when wearing this kind of jacket- it’s all in how you style it. Look for authentic leather with a fitted silhouette to achieve clean lines.

Don’t just stick to jeans when styling. Your jacket will bring instant sophistication to a basic pair of leggings and plain white Tee for days out on the town. You can also combine with your favorite pencil dress for upscale class at the office. And when the sun sets, layer over your favorite flowing maxi or sequined cocktail dress to offset the tough “rocker” look.

And don’t just limit your color to black. Carry a little Summer into the Fall Season with a pure white or pale pink leather jacket. Or, go for this Season’s bright jeweled colors in sapphire, ruby or emerald.

However you choose to style, the moto leather jacket is “must do” to stand out from among the rest this year.

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BRIGHT COLORED FLATS

And finally, what to complete your Fall accessory ensemble? Why not give your feet a break and try this Season’s popular bright colored flat. We are a big fan of Tieks by Gavrieli, the reinvented ballerina flat. Each pair of Tieks is crafted from the finest leathers (or vegan textiles if you prefer) and specially treated to be flexible yet durable. In total, it takes three days and over 150 steps to create a single pair of Tieks, and they can slip easily into your purse for a quick change from your heels.

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Fashionista Olivia Palermo was just spotted this week in NYC sporting a bright canary yellow pair of classic flats. Your shoes can complete and even elevate the most basic outfit of cropped boyfriend jeans and white tee.

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If you feel like being fancy, try this Season’s hottest lace up flat shoes. Throw on some jeans and a tee and you are ready to hit the streets in style.

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 So whether you are going to try a patterned skirt or a REAL leather bag or colorful flats, make a point to go beyond your “comfort zone ” this Fall. You can begin to implement the coming Season’s fashion trends today by incorporating them into your current style staples.

And remember we here at Posh at Play what you to always
Be You, Be Fabulous, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

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OLYMPICS 2016: GET INSPIRED

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The Olympic 2016 Games are upon us and it’s time to get to know the US athletes and be inspired by their dedication, enthusiasm, and patriotism. And why not take a few tips from our top athletes at the same time on how they maintain body and mental health, strength, and endurance.

2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Day 4

SIMONE BILES, WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

Expected to bring home the gold, Simone Biles is set to dominate the women’s gymnastic competition this year. Raised by her grandparents, she’s always had a natural “spunk” and athletic ability, and now she’s ready to show the world her amazing talent. Not only must athletes stay mentally strong to handle the pressure, they must also maintain a balanced diet and exercise plan to allow their muscles full potential. At only 4’9″ and 105lbs, how does she maintain a strong, trim physique? On training as well as off season, she likes to stay disciplined with her diet with no greasy, salty, sugary or all-around heavy meals. She says,“Pre-workout I love drinking Core Power; it’s a recovery drink. And then a banana and peanut butter because bananas have potassium, which helps with muscle cramps. And then afterwards, I like having a good fish, like salmon, and rice and carrots.”

Check out our favorite healthy recipe that’ll keep you in tip top shape just like Simone:

Baked Grouper with Chunky Tomato Sauce

What you’ll need:
3 1/2 cups chopped seeded tomato (about 4 medium)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets

Directions:
(1) Preheat oven to 425°.
(2) Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium bowl.
(3) Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Place fish, skin sides up, in pan; cook 2 minutes.
(4) Turn fish over; top with tomato mixture. Bring to a boil. Place pan in oven; bake at 425° for 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

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KRISTIN ARMSTRONG, WOMEN’S CYCLING

No one knows dedication more than this year’s women’s cycling team. Comprised of 4 unique individuals, each of the US women is strong enough in their own right to medal. One to watch is 43-year-old Kristin Armstrong, already a 2 time Olympic medalist and favored to place at the Games. When asked why she would want to come back for her fourth Olympics after retiring she states, “Simply because I can.” But how does she balance work, career, and family? By maintaining an exercise regime, eating healthy, enjoying nature, and scheduling in quality time with her son and husband. You really CAN do it all; it’s just a matter of planning and maintaining a positive attitude. When you feel life start to bog you down, take our handy tips for relieving stress and regaining balance:

(1) Yoga: It combines the practices of several other stress management techniques such as breathing, meditation, imagery and movement, giving you a lot of benefit for the amount of time and energy required. Check your local listing for a Yoga studio near you.
(2) Breathing: Deep breathing is an easy stress reliever that has numerous benefits for the body, including relaxing muscles and quieting the mind. Breathing exercises are especially helpful because you can do them anywhere, and they work quickly so you can de-stress in a flash.
(3) Music: When dealing with stress, the right music can actually lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind.

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KERRI WALSH JENNINGS, BEACH VOLLEYBALL

One to watch this week is Kerri Walsh Jennings on the US Beach Volleyball Team. Gold medalist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, she seeks to regain her title and beat out the host country’s record 11 medal Olympic Beach Volleyball win. We’ll be rooting her on, but how does she keep those incredible abs and picture perfect tan? Says Kerri, “I do Pilates three times a week—twice in the studio and once on the beach, I lift weights twice a week, I do physical therapy, and I do brain training and meet with my sports psychiatrist, so I’m really taken care of from head to toe. I eat a lot of oatmeal and drink a lot of shakes—anything I can put in a cup and take with me!” On maintaining a picture perfect tan: “I’m a little bigger than normal and really pale! When you have a tan, everything seems a little tighter, so I’m a big fan of organic spray tans, like Chocolate Sun.” Check out our Facebook for a perfect DIY Tanning lotion you can use today to get Kerri’s sun kissed look.

Show off your tan with the perfect bright bold Summer bikini:
“Bollywood” Blue Beaded Bikini
“Guilty Pleasures” Teal Lace Swimsuit
“Summertime” Coral Crochet Bikini

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U.S. WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Mix swimming, basketball, and soccer, toss in some wrestling for good measure, and you have a pretty good description of the exciting, fast-paced sport of water polo. The U.S. women’s water polo team is ranked No. 1 in the world and is considered the favorite to bring home the gold medal at the Rio Olympics. To watch water polo is to see a frenzy of churn and motion.

That’s what you see on the surface. What you don’t see are the players’ legs, circling constantly underwater. The players aren’t allowed to touch the bottom of the pool. They’re treading water the whole time, each leg circling in an opposite direction. It’s a motion that has an excellent name: eggbeater.

Just how do these women stay in shape to maintain that type of stamina? Take our three step exercise regime to stay “Olympic” ready:

(1) Jumping Jacks: Simple yet to the point, this exercise builds strength and stamina. Hold 3-5lb weights for extra muscle tone. Do 3 sets of 20 reps and build from there.
(2) Planks: Builds core strength and abdomen muscle tone. Descend onto elbows and hold body in a “plank” position for 1 minute, maintaining straight back and elongating neckline. Turn sideways onto right elbow, tucking left leg under right for a sideways “plank” extending left arm up, holding for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Repeat entire set 3x.
(3) Resistance Band: You will need an exercise resistance band. Secure band behind you by tying to a door or bar. Position body away from the band. Grab the band from behind and pull extending your arm as far in front of you as you can, maintaining a 90 degree angle with the elbow.
NOTE: Check out our Posh at Play Facebook Page for more exercises you can do.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

Defeating New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, the US Women’s soccer team is already off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. Up against the host country team favored to win, the US women will have an uphill battle to win but are confident based on camaraderie and team spirit. Get in the “game” and try a little one-on-one with a friend or family. Soccer is a great way to build stamina and coordination with the fast foot work and cardio, and you’ll have so much fun you will forget you are exercising.

Try out our favorite lightweight Summer shorts perfect for playing the game:
“Livia” Floral Printed Shorts
“Cari” Blue Crepe de Chine Shorts
“Summer” Coral Printed Viscose Crepe Shorts

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WOMEN’S SWIMMING TEAM

Veterans mixed with novices make up this year’s US Women’s Swimming Team. Ones to watch are Missy Franklin who scored 4 golds in 2012’s London Olympics and Katie Ledecky, who might just be the best swimmer in this year’s Rio Olympics. Though these athletes appear poised, calm, and confident, female swimmers talk about the pressures of basically being half naked your entire life and not fitting in with your peers at an early age.

Said five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin: “There’s so much that’s coming at you from so many different angles. You’re impressed upon really, really easily. When I was 13, I had size 13 feet. I was very different, and it made me stand out. It makes you feel a little uncomfortable when you’re so different from your peers — and from what you’re seeing.”

But these athletes used their differences in a positive way- something we can all learn from. That’s why we here at Posh at Play are always encouraging you to be YOU and embrace who you are from within, while wearing the fashion that expresses your individuality.

Be inspired by the bright colors of the Swimmer’s leggings with our top choices:
“Taylor” Bright Blue Patterned Leggings
“Fire” Red Printed Jersey Leggings
“Royal” Purple Patterned Leggings

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TEAM USA

And finally, how can YOU support our Olympic Team and feel a part of The Games? Why not show your Patriotic pride and wear red, white, and blue. While the athletes march in the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening donning custom made Ralph Lauren gear, shop your own “USA” wear here:
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Thompson” Skinny Jean
“Manic” White Cheeky Shorts
“Chain Reaction” Blue Washed Silk Jacket
“Kiss and Tell” Red Lace Tunic
Joe’s Jeans’ “Fifty Five Colors” Red Denim Shorts

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No matter which sport or which athlete is your favorite, show your patriotic pride for the good old USA by watching this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics. Cheer on your favorites and be inspired by our athletes’ dedication and passion.

And remember our mantra here at Posh at Play:
Be YOU, be fashionable, and always be feminine.

STAY CLASSY IN SUMMER’S OFF THE SHOULDER TREND

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This week, the fashion world exploded with the Duchess of Cambridge’s slightly “daring” off the shoulder tailored look at the Museum of Natural History’s benefit in London. Flattering on all body types by accentuating the décolletage, you too can “class” up this silhouette. Take a tip from Kate and incorporate Summer’s favorite “off shoulder” style into your fashion wardrobe this Season.

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 Created by designer Barbara Casasola for her Spring 2016 collection, the pinstripe cream colored dress is the perfect cross between classy yet cool. The Duchess dressed things up with dainty dangle earrings and strappy heels, but you could easily pair this look with  sandals for lunch with the girls, or your favorite comfy sneakers for the perfect “Athleisure” look.

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At the workplace, keep your off the shoulder dress sophisticated by accessorizing with skinny cotton pants and classic oxfords for all day comfort and style.

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On another day, create a different outfit with your skinnies by pairing with a lightweight cotton lace off the shoulder top for perfect polish.

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Great for work or play, streamline your look with all neutrals. Go with a cream colored knit top paired with wide leg “culottes,” making a fashion comeback this year.

Other neutral cropped pant styles we like:
“Rylie” Taupe Jogger Pants
“Margaux” Metallic Floral Capri Pants
“Crepe” Black Satin Cropped Pants

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Don’t limit your style to just black and white. Jazz things up with a pretty floral print off the shoulder blouse paired with your favorite skinny jeans, if appropriate. On other occasions, you can accessorize your top with a chic midi skirt or wide leg trousers for perfect sophistication.

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Substitute your pants with a classy chic A line skirt for a fun, flirty look. Go all black in an off shoulder lace tunic and matching skirt, or switch things up in a “black and white” style with a white jacquard knit A line.

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Another chic off the shoulder style that can be adapted to both work and “classy” events is Summer’s favorite romper.  Feel light and airy this Summer in a breezy white lace shorts set accessorized with nude colored sandals and handbag. Or, go with a  classic basic black style paired with minimal gold jewelry and a colorful handbag. Keep your look sophisticated by keeping hemlines longer for extra coverage, combining with classic handbags, jewelry, and shoes, and styling hair in a chic topknot, sleek pony, or loose curls carefully shaped in place.

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Feeling a little daring? Go with a pretty printed cotton romper combined with solid colored accessorizes to streamline your look. From florals to Aztec to animal print, you’ll feel confident and polished in a whimsical print romper this Season.

Other printed romper options to try:
“Essie” Coral Printed Off the Shoulder Romper
“Summer” Ivory Printed Strapless Shorts Set

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Extend the romper look to full length pants in a trendy printed jumpsuit, perfect for any Summer occasion.

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Straight off the Spring 2016 runways, try a printed strapless jumpsuit for pure class and style. Whether on your way to the office or out and about for the day, you are sure to turn heads.

Our Favorite Printed Jumpsuit Styles:
“Cierra” Printed Jersey Jumpsuit
“Denna” Crepe de Chine Pantsuit
“On the Go” Purple Printed Jumpsuit

 

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Feeling a bit whimsical? Forgo the solids and try a silky floral patterned cold shoulder top. Paired with skinny denim pants, a mini skirt, or trousers, you’ll be the talk of the town everywhere you go.

Our favorite patterned “cold shoulder” finds:
“Agne” Printed Cold Shoulder Tunic
“Ariana” Black Printed Blouse
“Cabana” Ivory Animal Print Tunic
“Cabana Sanctuary” Fuchsia Tunic
“Chain Reaction” White Silk Crop Waist Blouse

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And finally, you must add a chic cold shoulder dress to the mix this Season. Whether for work or play, your dress will have you looking stylish without all the fuss. Tussle your hair and you are ready to rock. Choose a bold color to brighten your day, or an intricate pattern for some whimsy and fun.

Get similar cold shoulder dresses featured here:
“Naida” Coral Cold Shoulder Shirt Dress
“Floria” Printed Cold Shoulder Dress
“Design To Mezmorize” Printed Knit Dress

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Whichever you choose, from tops, to rompers, to jumpsuits, to dresses, you can add in the romantic off shoulder style to your fashion wardrobe this Summer and still stay classy. Pair with tailored items for a classic, timeless look. No matter what remember, it is the confidence and inner charm you exude that people will notice most, so be sure to dress in the clothes that make you feel the best YOU can be. Let us know which off shoulder look YOU dare to try this Summer by commenting below.

Here at Posh at Play, we want you to remember to,
Be You, Be Fabulous, and Always Be Feminine.

HOW TO STAY COOL IN SUMMER’S HEAT

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With Monday being the official first day of Summer, it’s time to start preparing for the hot weather ahead. No matter which region you live in, there are bound to be some hot times ahead. But don’t fret! We’ve gathered together our favorite “chill” Summer tips that’ll keep you refreshed and revived all Season long. From fashion to food to drinks to fragrances, take a look and start feeling cooler already.

HOST A POOL PARTY

On the hottest of Summer’s days, why not take the opportunity to host your own pool party. Not only will everyone cool off, but it’s a good time to catch up with your best friends and have a little fun as well. Be sure to include lots of floats for young and old alike, and stay cool and fresh in your favorite patterned print romper paired over your favorite Summer swimsuit.

Our favorite Summer Party wear to try:
 “Aliza” Printed Rayon Romper
“Iara” Handkerchief Shorts Set
“Cabana” Teal Bikini

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STAY HYDRATED

Whether hosting a party, having a friend over, or indulging yourself, be sure to stay hydrated with cold, refreshing beverages throughout the Season’s hottest days. While we all know that nature’s chilled water is always best, dare to have a little fun now and again with some tasty alternatives. And why not dazzle in style as well in your favorite cool cotton tank sundress.

Additional  cool “hostess” Sundress options to try:
“Adelaide” Pink Jersey Dress
“Romantic” Ruffled Floral Sundress

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Our favorite unique Summer “adult” beverage is Captain Morgan’s Guava Nectar drink:

Recipe: 1.5oz grapefruit rum
1.5oz Goya guava nectar
2oz club soda
0.5oz lime juice

Throwback to Summer fun as a kid at your favorite amusement park with homemade frozen lemonades or spice things up with a “Blue Hawaii” direct from the Hilton Hawaii Village. Click below to get the recipes:

Frozen Lemonade
Blue Hawaii

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You are sure to be the “hostess with the mostess” in a cool, flowy maxi this Summer. Look for dresses made with sheer silk or soft cotton to stay cool thought the day as you entertain your guests.

Our other favorite Maxi Dress options to choose from:
“Brea” Yellow Silk Chiffon High Low Dress
“Billie” Coral Pink Satin Maxi
“Sonnie” Pastel Pink Strapless Twill Dress

GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN

On a hot summer day, the last thing you want to do is heat up the kitchen. We suggest making cold salads and dishes throughout the Season to keep the house cool. Start with personalized seven layer dip and chip cup appetizers, layering refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese, and freshly diced tomatoes on top. Take advantage of Seasonal fruit at your local market, and fill ice cream waffle cones with freshly cut melons, berries, kiwi, apples, and whatever else appeals to you.

Next, serve a luscious cold Mexican chopped salad tossed in a light vinaigrette and packed with nutritious  iron, vitamin C, iron, and potassium. Not only will your taste buds have a party, but also you won’t have to work twice as hard for that perfect “bikini” ready body.

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Click here for the full recipe
Summer Mexican Chopped Salad

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CREATE SUMMER SCENTS

Make your living space fresh and cool with sunny scents of Summer paired with romantic floral arrangements. Fill a simple mason jar or vase with water and freshly cut lemons, adding your favorite Summer posies for fun yet easy DIY interior decor.

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Not only can you keep your home smelling fresh, but you can also refresh yourself 0n the hottest of Summer’s days. Create your own cool mist spritzers, perfect for everyday or when you are hosting an outdoor Summer party. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and julienned cucumber or a few sprigs of mint and lavender. Bonus: cucumber is known for its hydrating properties, and lavender and mint are reputed insect repellents.

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HEAD TO THE BEACH

When you feel like getting out of the house, pack up some sunscreen, a good read, a  floppy hat, sunglasses, and a cooler filled with plenty of cold beverages to stay hydrated against the Summer sun. Now is the perfect time to show a little skin and bring out that Summer body you’ve been working on in a chic ivory lace crochet swimsuit.

Want a little color? Try these other swimsuit options:
“Flight of Fancy” Purple Ruffle Bikini
“Guilty Pleasures” Teal Crochet Swimsuit

Bring a touch of romance to your Summer beach look and pair your lace bikini with a cool off the shoulder romper or lace tunic.

Other favorite “lacy” cover up options:
“Prisca” Ivory White Lace Chiffon Dress
“Naomh” Strapless Maxi Dress
Azaria” Lace Trimmed Kimono

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COOL OFF AT THE LAKE

If your region doesn’t offer a sandy beach, another alternative  is a visit to your local lake. Whether you decide to bunk overnight in one of the lake houses, tootle around in your own canoe, or enjoy a good read while soaking your feet, you’ll bask in the beauty of nature while cooling off against Summer’s hot sun.

Stay cool while chillin’ in a casual “Cabana” drop waist dress or flowy blouse over your swimsuit, just in case you decide to go for a dip.

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Other “lake view” Summer options? Try a chic shirtdress, cool, stylish, and free.
“Femi” Flutter Crepe Navy Dress
“Cabana” Silk Cotton Shirt Dress
“Eda” Lace Trimmed Tunic Dress

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THERAPY SHOP

Finally, at the hottest part of the day when the heat becomes unbearable, head to your local indoor mall to cool off and do a little retail therapy. Give your air conditioning at home a break while you enjoy the cool open air at the mall. Grab an ice cold tea and take advantage of the Summer sales.

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Don’t go at it alone. Don your favorite “boyfriend” jeans and take your best girlfriends with you.

Consider these other cool denim options as well:
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Gibson” loose fit shorts
Joe’s Jeans’ Floral Denim
J Brand’s Cut Off Tangerine Shorts

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On Summer’s hottest days, stay cool while shopping the sales in a pretty cotton floral sundress or breezy silky shorts.

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Consider these fun options as well:
“Time to Turn Heads” Coral Cotton Sundress
“Denise” Sleeveless Printed Tank Dress
“Livia” Printed Crepe de Chine Shorts

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Whatever you have planned as the temps rise, we hope you follow our easy breezy ways to stay cool this Summer. Don’t let the heat get you down. Kick back, stay cool, and be fashionable this Season, and let the good times role.

And remember we here at Posh at Play always want you remember that no matter what
Be You, Be Fabulous, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

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GET STYLED BY SUMMER’S FAVORITE “FANCY PANTS”

 

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This week, fashion critics and magazine editors worldwide are buzzing over iconic model Kate Moss’s latest “going out” style. It’s time to toss basic denim to the side, and take note of this Summer’s “fancy pant” trend.

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“Yana” Printed Jersey Pants
“Gretchen” Printed Palazzos 

On and off the runway, the model has consistently made fashion’s key looks her own by  putting a luxe spin on boho chic, elevating rock star style, and even giving a haute twist to girl-boss dressing. We admire her way of adapting trending fashion, making it suit her body, and putting her own unique style into it.

Rock Kate Moss’s look here:
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TAILORED WIDE LEG PANTS

Take a cue from Kate Moss and forgo basic black in favor of pastels and bold colors this Summer. Turn heads like a star and shine bright in your own favorite color pants this season. We like cool coral wide leg pants offset by a lovely polka dot blouse, perfect for the office or business meetings. Carry your look to lunch with the girls by changing into your favorite ballerina flats, or chill at the pool by switching to sandals, a straw floppy hat, unbuttoning your blouse at the bottom and tying the ends for a loose “crop top” style.

Also try this pretty printed tailored style:
“Celeste” Crepe De Chine Printed Trousers

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RETRO 70’S TIE DYE PRINT

For the young at heart, why not throwback to vintage 70’s style with a pair of tie dye wide leg pants. With”Boho chic” trending this season, now is the perfect time to have a little fun with fashion. We like black and white printed wide leg pants paired with a flowy button down and strappy sandals for the perfect summer office look. Or, if you’re feeling a bit daring, go with a bright teal tie dye look over your favorite swimsuit on the way to the pool or beach. Get groovy and have a little throwback fun with your Summer style.

Go retro 70’s with these pants:
“Josefa” Black And White Tie Dye
“Sawyer” Teal Tie Dye

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LOVELY LACE

Our other favorite “Boho chic” style this Summer is lace crochet. From ponchos, to shorts, to blouses, to dresses, this is the perfect Season to feel free and fancy in lovely lace. Dressed up or dressed down, try out Summer’s lacy style with your own pair of white ivory lace crochet palazzo pants. To avoid clashing and too much “bulk”, be sure to offset your lace wide leg bottoms with a smooth, fitted top, accentuating a small waistline. You can dress up your lace pant style with a pretty pink satin draped top  and strappy sandals for nighttime dinner and dancing. However you choose to wear your lace, you are sure to bring a touch of romance to your summer fun.

Try these other lacy favorites as well:
“Sosanna”Black Lace Crochet Pants
“Ines”Grey Crepe De Chine Lace Pants
Black “Summer” Printed Lace Pants

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TROPICAL FLORAL

Life can move by at a frantic pace at times so take some time to stop and smell the roses. And while you’re relaxing, why not wear the pattern on pretty wide leg pants this Summer. Perfect for the beach, a trip to the pool, or “on holiday,” these comfy yet stylish floral pants are sure to become your favorite Summer wardrobe essential this season.

Other favorite floral prints to try:
“Lili” Crepe De Chine Pants
“Basia” Butterfly Beat Pants

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FLORAL FOR WORKOUTS

Summer is the perfect time to keep working on that “bikini body.” In addition to working out at your favorite gym, you can also take advantage of the nicer weather and take your exercise regime to the great outdoors. Enjoy and indulge in nature as you jog along the coastline, take a walk in the park, bike the trails, or hike the mountains. Toss your basic black to the side, and put a little fun into your workout wardrobe this Season with a pair of bold, floral leggings. And, when your routine is finished, simply trade out your sneakers with sandals and you are ready for all your favorite Summer activities.

Check out our favorite:
Coral Floral Pink Leggings

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PRINTED PANTSUIT

It’s not just models like Kate Moss that we can learn fashion ideas from. Superstar and singer Beyonce rocks a warm mustard colored tribal print jumpsuit, cropped at the cuffs for an updated Summer style. Get her similar look with a sleeveless patterned pantsuitWith such a lovely pattern, you don’t need a lot of accessories to complete your look. A simple pair of sunnies and your favorite sandals or heels will do. Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold this Summer.

Get a similar Look to Beyonce:
“Cierra” Tribal Print Jumpsuit

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CROPPED FLORALS

Jumpsuits aren’t your style? You can still get in on the floral trend with a pair of pretty floral patterned cropped pants. Perfect for any occasion casual to dressy, the cropped pant is also a fabulous transitional piece from Summer to Fall. Not only can you enjoy your cropped pants now paired with tanks and tees, but also take them into the chillier Season layered over your favorite sweaters and jackets.

In addition to our favorite mentioned above, try these too:
Printed Pink Floral Capris

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Don’t be afraid to go big and go bold this Summer with a pair of pretty pastel wide legs, lovely lace, tribal jumpsuit, or floral crop pants. Embrace the colors of the Season, from the softness of Pantone’s “quartz rose” color of the year, to Summer’s sunny yellow, to the romance of bright floral patterns. Store your denim and darker colors at the back of your closet for Summer and bring out the brights. Not only will you “feel” the fun of the Season, but you might also just brighten someone else’s day with your energetic spirit.

Try these bold favs:
“Psychedelic” Blue Printed Wide Leg Pants
“Briella” Bright Pink Printed Palazzos
“Reptile” Printed Lime Green Silk Pants

Whichever “fancy pants” choice you decide to try this Summer, always remember to
 be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.