FLIRTY FLORAL DRESSES PERFECT FOR SPRINGTIME FUN

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“April showers bring May flowers.” While the saying may or may not be true, there’s no doubt that floral prints of all kinds are “blooming” this Spring. From Zuhair Murad to Ralph & Russo to Dolce & Gabbana, the runways were full of flora and fauna of all shapes, sizes, and designs. Whether big and beautiful or minute and abstract, the motif is just feminine enough, playful without taking itself too seriously.  The key to styling your favorite floral frock is to avoid over accessorizing and opting instead for a restrained approach. Take a look at our top picks trending for Spring 2016.

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FLORALS FOR THE OFFICE

Start off your Monday morning with a breath of fresh florals for the office. The trick is to go with a sleek silhouette paired with shoes and accessories for all day comfort and style. We like Hale Bob’s sleeveless floral sheath dress combined with Sam Edelman’s lace up heels and simple gold bangles from Kendra Scott. When it’s time for a meeting with the Boss, throw on  Hale Bob’s black Bolero jacket over your floral frock for a perfectly polished professional look. As lunchtime approaches, pull out the homemade mini cupcakes decorated with lavender wild rose royal icing flowers from Confectionary House  and you are sure to start your co-workers’ week off right. Bring a little Springtime fun to the workplace this Season.

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BOHO FLORAL MAXI

Tap into your inner “hippy” this Season  with a flowy Boho floral maxi. Relax in style with Hale Bob’s floral printed maxi dress, Free People’s floppy hat, gladiators from Steve Madden, suede fringe tote from Patricia Nash, and chic hand chain from Lana Jewelry. De-stress this Season by creating your own personal space outside. Throw down a colorful floral rug from Loloi, add a string of lights, table, cozy chair or hammock and take a minute to enjoy the calmness of the outdoors. Consider even starting your own flower garden for luscious scents throughout the year. Check out the Gardener’s Supply Company for tips on how to grow the most perfect roses, America’s most popular flower. On weekends, add a few chairs and invite your best friends over for a garden party with cocktails and munchies. Whether alone or in good company, take the time to enjoy nature this Spring.

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VINTAGE FLORALS

You can’t go wrong in a classic vintage A line floral dress this Spring. Grab Eliza J’s floral print fit and flare dress paired with cute white kitten heels from Bella Vita and a vintage floral clutch from designer tu-anh. Even if you don’t have time to grow your own posies this Spring, you can still enjoy the Season’s fresh flowers by shopping your local Farmer’s Market or flower shop. Here in L.A., we enjoy the family owned and operated Athletic Club Flower Shop delivering flowers to customers since 1916. Search your area for the best place to buy flowers and add a little brightness to your Spring this year.

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FLORAL SHIRTDRESS

Whether vacationing in Cabo or simply tending the garden in your own backyard,  the very versatile floral shirtdress is one you’ll want to add into your wardrobe collection this Spring. We like Hale Bob’s “Cabana” cotton dress paired with trendy flat gladiator sandals NEW from Lucky Brand and color blocked straw tote from Straw Studios. Another styling tip is to fashion your shirtdress over a favorite pair of summer shorts or cropped pants such as Hudson’s cropped denim jeans. You can also bring your shirtdress along with you to pool or beach topped over one of Hale Bob’s colorful printed swimsuits. Lastly, don’t forget tie a comfy cotton plaid shirt around your waist when you need to layer as the sun sets. Casual or dressy, home or abroad, let your shirtdress work for you this Season.

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ROMANTIC FLUTTER FLORALS

Not sure what to wear to your next wedding event or formal Spring occasion? We suggest a lovely sheer ivory flutter floral dress paired with black sandals from Calvin Klein and matching crossbody bag by Rebecca Minkoff. Protect your peeps with stylish “Palm Beach” sunglasses from Illesteva to complete the ensemble. For a different silhouette, we also like the faux wrap neutral silk chiffon from Hale Bob accessorized with “flower” inspired Betsey Johnson glitter “rose” bangle, Simone Rocha stud earrings, and crystal pendant from Nina. In the spirit of the Season, why not surprise the bride and groom with an arrangement of fresh flowers from your favorite flower shop.

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COCKTAIL FLORALS

Take a cue from designer Emanuel Ungaro’s Spring 2016 collection with a flirty floral cocktail dress perfect for drinks with co-workers or date night out on the town. Glam it up this Spring in Hale Bob’s sequined embroidered cocktail dress paired with Betsey Johnson’s dainty flower detailed stilettos and kitsch “flower pot” crossbody. Or sparkle like a Hollywood star in a snug gold sequined floral dress accessorized with Vince Camuto’s embellished ankle strap sandals and 3D flower jeweled gold clutch. Spritz on a little romantic “Tea Rose” perfume and you’ll look and smell fresh as a Spring day.

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TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT

Finally, no Spring or Summer season can be complete without a tropical floral print tank dress. Whether or not you vacation in the tropics this year, you can still get in on the fun with your own flora and fauna “Cabana” style. We like Hale Bob’s blue sleeveless tropical print summer dress paired with your favorite flat sandals and floral headpiece from Free People. Segue into the evening hours by switching out your casual flats for Vince Camuto’s white ankle strap heels as pictured above or opt for Sam Edelman’s fun floral print sandals and you are ready to shimmy the night away. Even if your year doesn’t include a trip to a getaway desert island, you’ll feel “tropical” in your very own floral print sleeveless dress while making yourself a homemade coconut cocktail from Cooky Coconut’s fresh delicious recipes.

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From the workplace to destination getaway to date night, there’s a flirty floral dress to fit any occasion this Spring. Whether you choose a delicate feminine print or glamorous sequined pattern, florals are a “must do” this Season. Have fun, be you, and bring a little “flower power” style into your daily routine this Season. Don’t miss a single issue and
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FASHION TRUTHS FROM AN EAST COAST GIRL

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Last week, L.A. based fashion blogger Natalie Kramer gave you favorite West Coast Girl styling tips. This week, take some Preppy and Polished tips from the East Coast influenced by tradition as much as practical concerns.

Since weather patterns can be unpredictable, with sun one minute and rain the next, East Coasters are used to fashionably styling a light cardigan or sweater year round. The East Coast is the home of Ivy League schools and academia in the North and manners and charm in the South. This influences the region’s style and fashion with the popularity of pearls, polos, plaids, and sweaters. Take a look at our 6 tips on how to dress East Coast style.

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CLASSY GIRLS WEAR PEARLS

East Coasters know that the best way to add a bit of class to any style is to simply add a string of pearls. From work to play, any outfit can be enhanced with this simple embellishment. Whether you choose to don a charming A Line Dress or classic oxford shirt and blazer, pearls are a more than acceptable accessory day or night. So grab those heirloom strands of your grandmothers or splurge with Majorica’s Three-Strand Pearl Necklace as a way of initiation.

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RAIN BOOTS ARE A FASHION STATEMENT

Every East Coast girl knows that rain wear is not merely a necessity, it is a fashion statement all its own. From rain jackets to umbrellas to boots, an East Coast girl knows how to rock these items in style. Start your fashionable rain wear collection with a trendy pair of weatherproof boots. For a perfect Spring style, we like Hunters Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots paired with Vineyard Vines Cashmere Linen Tunic Sweater and skinny jeans from Hudson. Add a little novelty to your look with jewelry pieces in the Cape Cod Collection from East Wind Silver Co.

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GET NAUTICAL

For East Coasters, nautical pieces are tied in from north to south inspired by sailing whether for pleasure or toil due to the convenience of the Great Lakes and the length of the coastline. Since the weather along the East Coast tends to be chillier and not as mild as the West Coast, our “beach wear” often includes a light sweater, cardigan, floppy hat or scarf. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s white cropped shorts paired with a striped tee from Paige Denim, your string of pearls, and classic boat shoes from Sperry. Be inspired by Spring’s runway looks from Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren, and start shopping your favorite nautical items. Don’t forget the perfect nautical jewelry, we love the anchor inspired bracelets by Kiel James Patrick.

GO POLISHED IN POLOS & PLAID

On the East Coast, the popular “preppy” style derives mostly from the universities. The polos, plaids, and sweaters have evolved into a very chic yet proper style perfect for anyone to try this Spring. Let your hair go natural, and pair Washed Dayboat Classic Shorts  with a Short Sleeve Polo Shirt and Lacoste Slip On Sneakers. Accessorize your look by tying a plaid button up around your waist in case the weather turns chilly. On dressier occasions, combine your polo and pearls with a White A line Mini Skirt from Hale Bob or a Candy Pink Striped Midi Skirt from Chic Wash.  Who says that you have to be a college student to enjoy one of the East Coast’s favorite fashion statements?

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BE PLAYFUL IN PREPPY PRINTS

In contrast, on the lower regions of the East Coast, Southern charm omits the plaids opting for lovely and light shades boasting floral and sea faring prints yet the proper look is still maintained with clean cuts, A line skirts, and the like. And since it’s Spring, now is the perfect time to “be playful in preppy prints.” Look for light pastels, floral prints, flutter sleeves, and midi-length skirts. Lilly Pulitzer has got it down to a science with their eye pleasing shades, one of a kind prints and oh so Southern Charm. We’re particularly fond of the Shellabrate print this year that easily pairs with your lightweight cardigans and Georgica Jelly Sandals.

You can even carry the playful prints to the workplace with Hale Bob’s Beaded Blue Silk Blouse and Wide Leg Linen Trousers. Slide into a pair of Metallic Gold Wedges from Lilly and your sure to bring a refreshing outlook to the office. From dresses to skirts to shorts, be sure to include the East Coast’s favorite playful prints into your closet this Spring.

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MONOGRAMS ARE A MUST

Finally, our favorite “style” that every girl should choose not just for Springtime but throughout the entire year is monograming. East Coasters from North Carolina down are obsessed with monograming everything, making it their own. From jackets to handbags to jewelry to even iPhone cases. Putting your initials on your favorite styling items shows ownership and commitment to the things you love best. The East Coast is characterized by individualism and hard work, but with class, character, and charm. We love the classic East Coast look pictured above with your very own personalized with a Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater paired over a Polka Dot Blouse, and Cropped Denim Jeans. If you choose to try only one East Coast style this Season, pick your favorite item to monogram and take ownership of your fashion. Whether you choose to own your most loved handbag, hat or  hoodie Southern Charm Embroidery is the place to go to put your stamp on it.

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From our list above, there is sure to be an East Coast style that suits you this Season. Maybe you’ll decide to add a string of pearls on your next evening out. Or you may tie a cardigan around your outfit for lunch out with the girls. Or why not monogram your favorite fashion accessory or wardrobe essential, exuding style, class, and individuality.

Now that you have read both last week and this week’s blogs on West Coast vs East Coast fashion truths, we’d love to hear YOUR opinion on which style you think fits you best. Will you follow your region’s trends and styles, or will you choose to “go against the grain” and try something new and different? Let us hear from YOU and comment below. And remember, no matter what we here at Posh at Play want you to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

WEAR SPRING NOW!

 

bohemian-marie-claire2If you’re tired of the same old jeans and jacket outfit, don’t worry! You can start wearing your favorite Spring trends NOW. From Michael Kors to Naeem Khan to Gucci, flowy “Boho” is back in a big way this Season with flouncy floral print dresses, cropped wide leg pants, off-the-shoulder peasant tops, gladiator sandals, and floppy hats. Other trends include cropped tops, leggings, military jackets, peplum, and crochet shawls. We’ll show you how you can start to incorporate a little bit of Spring into your wardrobe now. Chilly or warm, workday or playtime, enjoy your favorite trends today.

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FLORAL DRESS AND MILITARY JACKET

No need to wait to bring out your favorite floral Springtime dress this year. Even if the weather proves too cold for your sheerest of dresses, there are many tips to stay warm against the elements without cramping your style. We like Hale Bob’s ruffled silk chiffon sundress contrasted with this Season’s trendy utilitarian military jacket, and accessorized with bright caged heels from Donald J Pliner and a neutral oversized handbag from Vince Camuto. Or start showing off your “beach body” curves with Hale Bob’s snug pink floral sheath dress paired with Jill Sander suede ankle booties when the weather is chilly and metallic triple strap sandals NEW from VANELi for warmer Spring days. Your military style jacket also looks great on your way to the office over the sleeveless jacquard floral dress from Hale Bob. From home to work to party time, go ahead and bring your flowery Springtime dress out to play.

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FLOUNCY FLUTTER DRESS AND CROPPED JACKET

Our second favorite dress and jacket combo is the fluttery flounce dress and cropped jacket look. Even if this year’s Easter proves rainy or cold, don’t let that stop you from wearing your favorite Springtime style. We like Hale Bob’s satin floral print silk sundress paired with the black Bolero jacket and black ultra suede leggings in case the weather is extra chilly. If the day becomes warmer, simply remove the leggings and swap out your heels for slip on wedge sandals from Jimmy Choo. You could also accessorize your look with a classic leather jacket as pictured above for a “rockin'” Spring style. Go neutral with Trouve’s classic black, Halogen’s pale pink cropped, or spice things up in Rag & Bone’s bright red. Whichever jacket style you choose, you’ll definitely be able to wear your flouncy Spring dress sooner rather than later this Season.

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MAXI DRESS AND SWEATER

Don’t leave your favorite maxi dress out of the mix either. With “Boho” trending now more than ever, it’s time to let your hair down and start feeling Summer’s carefree days to come. Start with Liberty Garden’s ivory embroidered strapless maxi and top with a simple ivory gauze button down also from Liberty Garden and flat gladiator sandals from Rebecca Minkoff. On chilly days, stay warmer in Hale Bob’s ivory cropped jacket or Liberty Garden’s terry knit lace. If you’d rather go with some color, shop Posh at Play’s wide selection of Hale Bob print maxi dresses from colorful coral to bright green to rosy red. Perfect the “Boho” style by accessorizing your look with Free People’s straw wide brim hat, hobo bag from Elliot Lucca, and fringe sandals from Diane von Furstenberg. On Spring’s colder days, swap out the sandals for fringe booties from Sam Edelman, and layer with suede leggings from Hale Bob. Warm or cold, either way, you can start wearing Spring’s favorite “Boho”trend now.

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TURTLENECK LAYERING

Another favorite way we love to style the maxi dress for now is by layering a sleek turtleneck underneath. The key to pulling off this look is to be sure that the material of your top is super thin with no embellishments to prevent your silhouette from looking too bunchy or bulky. If needed, you can also add a cropped coat or leather jacket over your outfit for added warmth. Turn heads this Season in Hale Bob’s teal printed silk maxi paired with the black knit long sleeve turtleneck, buckled ankle booties from Free People, and shoulder strap purse from Zac Posen. You can also use the turtleneck to pair under other trending Springtime fashions like Hale Bob’s silk floral blouse, the off the shoulder velvet top, or Liberty Garden’s black sheer lace chiffon. This versatile turtleneck can even be topped with rompers like Liberty Garden’s lace trimmed twill shorts set or any of the tank dress selections from Hale Bob and Liberty Garden. Don’t let cold weather dampen your Spring style. Simply grab a turtleneck to keep you warm underneath your favorite Spring trends.

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CAMI AND SEQUINED CARDIGAN

Give your favorite snug winter sweater a Springtime update by pairing with a loose gauzy cami and lightweight skinny jeans or leggings. As the weather warms, you can tie the sweater around your waist for instant style. Grab Hale Bob’s grey sequin cardigan and top with AC Collection’s silver metallic skinny jeans and a rose quartz colored silk and lace tank, Pantone’s color of the year. We also like Hale Bob’s ivory silk tank with flounce or the mixed media flyaway cami from Liberty Garden accessorized with Hale Bob’s cool silver cargo leggings and glam round sunglasses from Tory Burch as seen across the runways this Season. Look ahead to warmer weather and start wearing your favorite flouncy tanks and camis now.

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SHORTS AND LEGGINGS

And lastly, what says “Summer” more than your favorite pair of shorts? Though the last of winter’s weather may leave your legs too chilly to wear alone, we’ll show you how you can still wear your favorite Seasonal style right now. Start with a pair of basic blue denim shorts and layer snug knit or suede leggings underneath, accessorizing with a cropped coat, oversized sweater, or wool scarf depending on how cold your climate is. We like Citizen’s of Humanity’s “distressed” denim shorts with Hale Bob’s matching ultra suede leggings , silk washed cami from Equipment, and Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono for a clean, streamlined look. Usher in Spring’s florals in flower print denim shorts from Joe’s Jeans paired over Hale Bob’s gray ultra suede leggings, cozy gray knit sweater from Shabby & Chic, and ankle booties from BP. If shorts are not quite your style, you might find Citizen’s of Humanity’s loose fit long denim shorts a more comfortable option, or if you are looking to take a few inches off your waistline, get AC Collection’s vintage high waisted denim. Whichever silhouette suits you best, you can start wearing your favorite Summer staple now.

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There’s no need to wait to wear all your favorite Spring and Summer trends. Go ahead and shop your favorite looks and use our layering tips to keep warm until the weather changes. If your city is still chilly, layer your outfit with your favorite winter jacket or overcoat and warm leggings or skinny jeans. If you happen to live in a warmer climate, forgo the leggings and skinny jeans and layer with lightweight fabrics to segue into cooler evening hours. Enjoy Spring today!

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING TRENDS SPOTTED AT THE GRAMMYS THAT YOU CAN TRY TOO

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A night of surprise winners and losers, the Grammy Awards 2016 proved an exciting night of music, entertainment, and fashion. While some celebs played it safe on the Red Carpet, others took unexpected chances and pushed the limit of this Season’s Spring trends. Let’s take a look at our favorite fashions spotted this year and we’ll show you how you can incorporate the styles into your wardrobe this Season. Be the star of your own life and start sparkling in style this Spring.

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When you think of “Red Carpet” looks, a tuxedo rarely comes to mind; however that didn’t stop celebs like Zendaya and Wiz Khalifa. Each updated the look to suit their own style, flair, and personality. Zendaya looked sharp in a smart Dsquared2 tux and Spring’s trendiest pant style- the wide leg. Meanwhile, Wiz re-styled his look in a Thom Browne long tailed coat and trendy cropped trousers paired with high top sneakers. Not just reserved for formal events, take the look to the streets in your own re-invention of the black tie requirement. Start with Hale Bob’s black satin cropped pant topped with a simple white Tee and black stretch Bolero jacket or Michael Kors’ tuxedo blazer. Accessorize with comfy striped adidas sneakers for daytime and simply segue into the evening hours by switching into chic strappy heels from Charles David. Fancy or free, the tux will have you feeling “rich” in style all Season long.

CUT OUT PANTSUIT

Our second favorite “menswear” spotted at the Grammys’ Red Carpet this year was the cut out pantsuit. Kaley Cuoco took two top trends from last year and combined them into one smashing white Naeem Khan jumpsuit. We like the sheer lace halter pantsuit NEW from Kendall + Kylie or go with Free People’s straight leg version. Shop Posh at Play’s wide selection of pantsuits at our convenient online store and you are just one click away from shining like the stars. The great thing about this wardrobe selection is that you can easily dress it up or down with just a few simple accessories and look fabulous without trying too hard. Make the pantsuit a wardrobe staple in your closet this Spring.

UPDATED POWER SUIT

Take a tip from Demi Lovato and play with the boys this Season. Her updated “power suit” style included a sleek Norisol Ferrari blazer and side slit maxi skirt. Wow them at the office this Season by topping Hale Bob’s charcoal maxi skirt with the cropped black Bolero jacket and black leather workday heels from Cole Haan for all day comfort. Break for lunch with the girls and swap out the heels with Nike’s Air Max shoes for a trendy “skirt and sneakers” look. Segue into the evening hours by accessorizing your style with a white silk crepe de chine tank from Joseph, black and white ankle strap heels from Chloe, and a matching clutch from L.A.M.B. Casual or dressy, work or play, the updated “power suit” is the perfect way to show off your strong yet feminine side this Season.

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In addition to being one of Pantone’s colors of the year, rose quartz brings out your sweet romantic side this Spring. Florence Welch shimmered on the Red Carpet at this year’s Grammys in a pretty pink maxi dress from Gucci. Get her similar style with Liberty Garden’s pale pink embroidered cami crinkle dress paired with matching Betsey Johnson Tee evening heels and a floral bow satchel. Gear up for festival season and go “Boho” by accessorizing with a straw floppy hat from Free People and Michael Kors gladiator sandals, still trending from last Season. If the weather turns a bit chilly, you can still wear your sundress by layering with Liberty Garden’s ivory terry knit lace jacket and topping with a black leather jacket from Trouve and ankle booties for a warm yet stylishly edgy look. Any climate and any occasion, be sure to include this dress into your wardrobe collection for Spring.

SAPPHIRE SIREN

We can’t get over how mature yet elegant Selena Gomez looked at the Grammys’ Red Carpet this year. Rocking a deep blue sequined dress from Calvin Klein, the singer completed her look with simple hoop earrings from Norman Silverman Diamonds and heels by Giuseppe Zanetti. Get her similar style for a fraction of the price with Hale Bob’s sleek blue lace dress with half slip paired with earrings from Adriana Orsini and crystal embellished sandals from Badgley Mischka. Your dress can easily segue into the warmer summer months with an oversized tote from Lily Pulitzer and Givenchy’s flat sandals on a day at the beach. If you’d rather go with a shorter length to show off your legs, grab Hale Bob’s peplum navy lace dress accessorized with your favorite knee high boots for colder Spring weather or sandals on warmer days. You are sure to be a “gem” in this stand out jewel tone all Season long.

ORANGE AND HOT PINK COLOR COMBO

And finally, not only did she win “Best Album of the Year,” but Taylor Swift topped our list of “Best Dressed at the 2016 Grammys. Designed by Donatella Versace, the bright orange bandeau top and hot pink maxi skirt were the perfect blend of sultry yet stylish. While the color combo isn’t new, Taylor brought back the look in her own fresh style, sass, and class, updated for a new era. And isn’t that just what women’s fashion should be today? Taking what has gone before, and reinventing the looks to flatter your own figure and express your unique individuality. Follow Taylor’s lead in Hale Bob’s pink and orange pleated maxi dress paired with an Elle Sasson draped crop top or floral lace top from A.L.C. Or keep it simple on errand day by accessorizing your skirt with Alice + Olivia’s orange chiffon shirt accessorized with leather sandals from Tory Burch or “Superstar”sneakers from adidas. Mix and match the colors together in Hale Bob’s coral floral maxi dress at the pool or top pink floral cropped pants with your favorite Tee and blazer on your next business meeting. Be a “winner” in style this Spring in your favorite orange and hot pink color combos. You are sure to keep the cameras flashing your way.

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Tuxedo or Power Suit? Rose Quartz or Sapphire? Pantsuit or hot pink maxi? These are all “winners” in our book for Spring. Take a tip from our favorite celebs at the Grammy Awards this year and customize your favorite trends to suit your own personal style and taste. Be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

 

FALL’S DRESS TRENDS

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Fall festivals. Halloween parties. Thanksgiving family gatherings. Work Christmas cocktails. With the many special events and holiday celebrations near at hand, this week’s blog focuses on Fall’s favorite dress trends. This Season you’ll see a wealth of old traditional styles updated with new silhouettes and shapes for the modern woman. So set aside your comfy jeans, take a look at our top dress picks, and start adding some of this year’s favorite dresses to your wardrobe collection for Fall and Winter 2015.

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MAD FOR PLAID

One of our favorite Fall styles that we’ve already added to our wardrobe is the plaid dress. From Tommy Hilfiger to Phillip Lim to Badgley Mischka, the runways were filled with plaid on shirt dresses, A-lines, flair skirts, and sheaths. This Season, there’s a plaid dress for every figure and any type of style. On errand day, go casual in Sam Edelman’s blue plaid shirtdress paired with your favorite sneakers or cinch with Ralph Lauren’s black stretch belt combined with a chunky ankle boot and chic cross body bag from Fossil for lunch with the girls. If you prefer a more feminine style, go with Sanctuary’s red plaid fit and flare dress paired with black and gold buckle heels from Ralph Lauren for perfect holiday style. Take the trend to the office in Felicity & Coco’s plaid crepe shift dress, black bolero blazer from Hale Bob, and black heels from Softwalk for all day comfort and style.

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Your plaid dress can also go double duty as an accessory tied around another of your favorite Fall dresses. For extra chilly days, use your plaid dress as another option other than a jacket to keep you warm against the elements. Whichever style you choose, be sure to add the plaid dress to your wardrobe collection this Season.

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SPARKLE & SHINE

Now’s the time to pull out your favorite sparkle and shine in style. Not just reserved for dressier occasions, designers this Season have made your sequined dress suitable for work or play. With just the right accessories, you can shimmer morning, noon, and night. We love Hale Bob’s pewter cami sequined dress with V neck or go with the long sleeved wrap version paired with a cozy gray Ombre pullover sweater from Hale Bob and leather buckle booties from Calvin Klein for a chic everyday street style look. Carry your look into the cocktail hour by combining your sequined dress with Stuart Weitzman’s silver strappy heels and Pedro Garcia’s Swarovski Crystal studded clutch. Make your look suitable for work by topping with Hale Bob’s black Bolero jacket, warm black tights, and Nine West wedge heels.

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VINTAGE VICTORIAN

Hail to the Queen. From Marc Jacobs to Gianni Pucci to Alberta Ferretti, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016’s runways were filled with an updated take on vintage Victorian fashion. To keep your throwback look fresh and new, look for lace inserts, shorter hemlines, sheer fabrics, and tight bodices. Try Hale Bob’s black embroidered mesh long sleeve lace dress or the long sleeve stretch dress paired with  vintage black lace up booties from Schutz and a faux fur wrap from Ted Baker to stay cozy and warm on chillier nights. For a night on the town or your upcoming Fall party, go with Hale Bob’s black stretch lace maxi dress, flattering for all body types. Accessorize to play up the “Victorian vibe” with a Mother-of- Pearl cameo necklace and a limited edition vintage floral clutch from the Victorian Trading Company.

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COLD SHOULDER

Look ahead to one of Spring 2016’s hottest silhouette trends on the runway with the cold shoulder dress. While Summer was all about the strapless look, designers this Season are moving onto the one shoulder style. From J Mendel to Tome to Verses to Tanya Taylor, this Spring’s preview shows are all about letting that one shoulder shine. Start your holiday Season in style and wear the trend now with Hale Bob’s vintage bright pink Charmeuse one shoulder dress paired with your favorite heels and sparkle clutch. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, on your next evening out opt for the vintage one shoulder peplum dress from Hale Bob combined with Vince Camuto suede black booties and a black leather jacket from Trouve for a rockin good time. Mini or maxi. A line or sheath. Stay ahead of the trends and include the one shoulder dress into your holiday wardrobe collection.

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WINTER BLOOMS

Just because the weather is turning chilly and the flowers are fading doesn’t mean your fashion has to. On Fall’s gloomiest days, point to the coming Spring with a flowy floral printed dress. Look for darker colored floral patterns and accessorize with heavier fabrics like leather and suede to reflect the changing Seasons. We like Hale Bob’s pleated floral sheath dress paired with River Island’s peep toe ankle boots and a classic leather jacket from AG Jeans. On casual days, go with Hale Bob’s black and white floral shirt dress combined with wedges and Liberty Garden’s black Menswear sweatshirt tied loosely around your waist. Complete with Free People’s luxe leather cross body bag and you are ready to take on the day ahead.

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PRETTY IN PASTELS

Another favorite trend to carry into the cooler Season is light colored pastels. No need to throw your powder pink or seaside blue to the back of the closet. With just the right accessories, you can continue wearing your favorite Summer hues throughout the Fall and Winter ahead. Try pairing your pastels with cool gray and ivory white for a warmer feel. For Lauren Conrad’s look as pictured above, try Liberty Garden’s pale pink maxi dress combined with gray suede booties from Michael Kors, a soft cropped jacket from Derek Lam, and a floppy “Boho” hat from Calvin Klein. Think pink at the office with Hale Bob’s blush suede sheath dress complete with the white washed silk jacket, ivory heels and matching briefcase from L.A.P.A. Segue into the cocktail hour by slipping into VC Signature’s dainty crystal embellished strappy heels and shaping the jacket for a chic faux fur stole from Eliza J.

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LADY IN RED

Lastly, what would the holiday Season be without a classic red color dress.  From Zac Posen to Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino, Fall 2015’s fashion runway was sizzling with red from head to toe. On your most elegant evening affair, we love Hale Bob’s luscious ruby red silk gown paired with your favorite dancing heels and a glittering crystal clutch. Or, go for this Season’s favorite “Marsala” red color with Hale Bob’s short lace long sleeved dress accessorized with matching peep toed pumps from Charles by Charles David and dangle earrings. From Cherry to Marsala,  Berry to Scarlet, don’t forget to include your favorite shade of red into your closet this Fall.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2015 collection show at New York Fashion Week

From basic plaid to sparkling sequins, from bright red to subtle pink, there is a trending dress style to fit any shape and suit every personality this Fall.  Whether you choose to go modern with the mini one shoulder dress or throwback to Vintage Victorian, choose a dress that suits your style and reflects your unique YOU. For all of your Fall and Winter needs, don’t forget to visit our convenient online shop POSH AT PLAY, constantly updated with all the latest trends and fashions.

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SUMMER STYLE: WEST COAST VS EAST COAST

West Coast VS East Coast summer fashion

Always the big debate in music, entertainment, food, and culture,  the battle between the West and East Coasts also extends into the fashion industry. Though once considered the prime “hub” of the fashion industry, New York City in recent years has taken a back seat to Los Angeles with new designers and up-and-coming fashion labels setting up practice on the West Coast. Many new designers today are starting their lines in L.A. rather than New York since they have a better chance of gaining notice, as well as the appeal of having a celebrity wear the clothing. A few years ago after working a decade in the East Coast’s fashion world, leading stylist Rachel Zoe relocated to L.A. with the concept of merging Hollywood glamour with fashion. She along with other prominent designers have helped pave the way for the fashion industry to grow and expand across the U.S. With diversity comes creativity, as today’s fashion world encompasses the tradition and class of the East Coast along with the novelty and free spirit of the West Coast. So which style do you prefer? Take our “West Coast VS East Coast Summer Style” quiz below and find out which fashion type you fit most.

Karlie Kloss peasant Boho blouse  white peasant blouse with denim shorts

LATEST TRENDS

When the latest trends hit the Runway, how does the West Coast verses the East Coast handle it? This Season, Boho 70’s style was, and continues to be, a huge fashion trend. The West Coast tends to embrace the current fashion styles in creative and casual ways, utilizing fashion as a personal means of expression. The East Coast, on the other hand, gives a “nod” to current fashion trends and finds ways to incorporate the latest trends with traditional classic looks. With music festivals like Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, the West Coast fully embraced the “Boho” look this Season, taking it to the max with gladiator sandals, floppy hats, fringe, and peasant blouses. Get your West Coast “Boho” style with Hale Bob’s “peasant Style” ivory beaded and embroidered silk washed tunic paired with Citizen’s of Humanity’s white cut-off shorts and Free People’s floppy hat. We also like Hale Bob’s beaded long sleeve black and white peasant blouse layered with Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono for a true “Boho” feel. If you like the “Boho” look in a more conservative style, go with the East Coast look with Hale Bob’s ivory silk drop waist tunic paired with your favorite cut-off denim shorts and comfy sneakers for all-day Summer style.

Summer black wrap dress for the workplace  black blouse and cropped pants for the office

OFFICE WEAR

Summer office wear gets two different looks when it comes to West verses East. Though both climates tend to get hot in the Summer, each Coast handles the heat a bit differently. West Coast office wear always tends to go a bit more casual and funky than East Coasters. Get your West Coast Summer office style with a cool yet casual jersey knit “V” neck dress from Hale Bob paired with funky booties from Christian Dior. Go East Coast clean and streamlined with Hale Bob’s metallic cropped pants layered with a black satin blouse and matching black pumps from Charles David. Either way, you will dazzle your co-workers with the perfect Summer work wear style.

tropical printed tunic and shorts  striped tee and white tailored shorts

CASUAL

At home and at play, how do West Coasters verses East Coasters handle their casual Summer style? Since the weather is mild all year around and the beach is prevalent, the West Coast casual style favors flip flops, swimsuits, tunics, and beach hats. Even if you don’t live by the beach, emulate the style with Hale Bob’s floral silk crinkle tunic paired with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace skort and nude leather sandals. The East Coast leans towards sophisticated tailored casual styles in the warmest months of Summer. Get the classic “sailor” look with a striped 3/4 sleeved cotton top from Paige layered over Citizen’s of Humanity’s white denim shorts and accessorizing with a white boater hat from Luisaviaroma and leather t-strap sandals from Sam Edelman.

Boho lace crochet swimwear at the beach  Khloe Kardashian East Coast swimwear

SWIMWEAR

Cool off at the beach or pool with stylish Summer swimwear. The West Coast leans towards the Season’s hottest Summer trends when sun bathing outdoors, never missing an opportunity to stay fashionable and up-to-date. While embracing modern styles, the East Coast, however, leans towards classic trends that never go out of date. Get the West Coast style by pairing your favorite Summer swimsuit with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace skort or floral chambray lace shorts topped with Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono and floppy hat from Nordstrom. Get Khloe Kardashian’s style with a printed “East Coast” swimsuit from BitDazzle accessorized with a chic sailor hat and white leather sandals. Whether West Coast or East Coast swimwear, you’re sure to turn heads either way with this Season’s Summer style.

Boho printed maxi dress  black and white maxi dress with belt

SUMMER CONCERT

When work is done and it’s time to have some fun at your favorite Summer concert, which style will you turn to? West Coast favors “Boho” and 70’s style carefree looks while the East Coast embraces flowy, feminine styles suitable for a concert in the park or a show on Broadway. If you favor the West Coast, get the look with Hale Bob’s selection of maxi dresses, perfectly suited for any outdoor Summer event. We especially love the Hale Bob’s multi-colored drop waist maxi dress or the mint tie dye maxi dress. If the East Coast is more your style, try Liberty Garden’s newest black and white strapless maxi dress or the slightly more tailored black twill jumpsuit ,perfect for any nighttime Summer activities.

summer floral dress at the beach  Eva Mendes floral sheath dress for Summer date night

DATE NIGHT

And finally, when it’s time to hit the town with your favorite someone, which style will you favor for “date night,” West Coast or East Coast? As we’ve mentioned, the West Coast tends to favor a more casual approach to even the more formal of occasions. You won’t see many jewels or sparkles with the West Coast girl. She lets her natural beauty shine through with just a fresh bronzed glow and a touch of lip gloss. The East Coast girl knows how to play up her assets and is always perfectly groomed, without trying too hard. Toss your hair into beachy waves, and get your West Coast city style with Hale Bob’s newest printed neoprene strapless mini dress paired with your favorite flat sandals and seashell jewelry. Go East Coast glam with Hale Bob’s pleated floral sheath dress or mint green snake and paisley dress, perfect for wherever your date may take you.

East Coast VS West Coast style

Today’s woman has a wealth of fashion choices depending on her style and personality. There is no right or wrong when it comes to style. Feel free to express yourself through your own unique fashion and taste. When it come to fashion, you are your own designer and judge. We’ve shown you what West Coast women prefer verses East Coast, but ultimately it is you who takes charge of your own life and what makes you feel most confident. You may identify completely with one Coast or the other, or on the other hand, may feel like you are a little bit of both. Embrace who you are and what makes you unique, and remember our motto, be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

SIZZLING SUMMER WORK STYLES

Hugo Boss Spring-Summer Office Work Wear

Don’t let the hottest weeks of Summer cramp your work day style. This week, we’ll show you “cool” ways you can beat the heat and still stay fashionable at the office. Many of this Season’s trendiest styles that we’ve mentioned in our Summer blogs are perfectly suited to fit the workplace. With just the right accessories, your office outfit can transition from day to night, from playtime to work time. Take a look at our top picks that’ll keep you looking fabulous at the office and chic on the streets.

patterned pencil skirt and blouse Summer work wear

PATTERNED PENCIL SKIRT

Forgo the solids, and brighten up your Summer work style with a tribal patterned pencil skirt. As the weather warms, pair your skirt with a cool silk camisole and slide on heels, adding a bright fuchsia jacket for chilly offices or after work cocktails. We love Hale Bob’s brightly patterned knit stretch Ponte pencil skirt paired perfectly with a black faux leather tank top. For extra hot days, go with Hale Bob’s silk stretch black embroidered tank or black studded sleeveless top made from 100% silk to help keep you cool. Complete your look with Hale Bob’s bright blue or purple Bolero jacket or go a bit more neutral in black or white.

Black jumpsuit for the office place

WIDE LEG JUMPSUIT

For an all-in-one chic Summer style, try the wide leg jumpsuit. Easily adaptable for the workplace, go “Boho” by pairing your stylish jumpsuit with thick nude wedges or go classic with black patent leather pumps. When the weather is at it’s warmest, look for strapless or tank-styled jumpsuits to keep you cool. We love Liberty Garden’s black lace and twill jumpsuit, newly arrived at our online store Posh at Play. Complete your office style with a trendy lace Kimono from Liberty Garden or top with a sophisticated silk purple scarf from Hale Bob.

Summer Lace dress for the office

IVORY LACE DRESS

From Helo Rocha to Dolce & Gabbana, ivory lace from head-to-toe is all the rage on this year’s runways, and continuing into the Fall Season. Don’t just reserve your lace for weddings or formal occasions. Bring your dress out to work with you this Summer by pairing with leg-lengthening nude ankle strap pumps like Steve Madden’s best seller “Anibell” or go retro with Sergio Rossi’s suede kitten heel pump. Three of our favorite Summer ivory lace dresses to try are Hale Bob’s tailored cool cotton crocheted dress, romantic tank dress, or embroidered mesh dress for chillier workplaces. Your lace dress is sure to keep you cool in the office as well as for after-hours cocktails.

floral summer dress for the workplace

FLORAL DRESS

Nothing says “Summer” more than a bright floral patterned sundress. Don’t be afraid to bring a little touch of sunshine to the office on your next workday. In order to keep your look “professional,” steer clear from sandals and wedges, and look for more tailored and structured accessories to complete your look. Start with Hale Bob’s purple floral tank dress, featuring a mock-wrap silhouette to hug your feminine curves. Complete your look with Steve Madden’s ankle strap pumps and elegant pearl strand from St. John Collection. We also love Hale Bob’s purple printed long sleeve floral dress if you tend to get chilly at the office or the black and white floral print shirtdress, perfect to pair with a black blazer for a shabby chic style.

Summer shorts and blazer for the office

SHORTS AND BLAZER

When the weather becomes unbearable, simply switch out your tailored pants for shorts in the hottest months of Summer. Look for cotton shorts with pleating and cuffs, or patterned silk shorts to keep you cool yet sophisticated at the office. Don’t forget to complete your style with a white button down or silk tank and structured blazer. We love Hale Bob’s black cotton eyelet shorts, sure to keep you cool, or go with the silky black and white printed shorts for a fun patterned style. Complete your look with Hale Bob’s black studded silk tank top and coral printed silk jacket and you are sure to turn heads at the office with your chic work fashion.

black wide leg trousers and floral blouse

WIDE LEG PANTS AND FLORAL BLOUSE

Bring the Hawaiian Islands to work with you in a colorful floral print blouse paired perfectly with wide leg pants to allow air flow on the hottest Summer days. Not only are wide leg trousers a trending look this Season, but also they will help keep you cooler rather than tight, constricting leggings and pants. We love Hale Bob’s coral silk crinkle tunic or try the black silk floral button down for a more tailored approach. Pair with AC Collection’s black flare jeans or go breezy in Hale Bob’s black studded satin wide leg pants. For after hours errands or dinner with the girls, roll up the cuffs of your blouse and tie in front for a more relaxed, post- work Summer style.

black Summer maxi dress for work

MAXI DRESS

And finally, as we’ve been talking about the trend all Season long, what better way to wear the maxi dress than in the office. Dress up your maxi dress style by pairing with a vest or jacket at work. Get a similar look as pictured above with Liberty Garden’s black cami crinkle dress topped with AC Collection’s grey scoop neck vest. Change up your maxi dress style by adding Hale Bob’s ivory Bolero jacket or pair with the white studded sleeveless jacket for a bit of glamour. No need to save your maxi dress for the beach or pool. Bring out your Summer style Monday morning at the office.

all white cute office outfit for Summer

What will you add to your weekly office fashion style from your Summer wardrobe collection: your favorite pattered pencil dress and cami, sleeveless jumpsuit, ivory lace dress, floral dress, shorts and blazer, wide leg pants and floral blouse, or maxi dress? This weekend, peruse your closet and see what you have to brighten up your workday week. Too busy to spruce up your Summer work wardrobe? Shop conveniently from your office or home with our easy online store Posh at Play, perfect for the busy working woman. Shop day or night, and with quick delivery service and FREE USPS priority shipping, you’ll be the “fashionista” of your own workplace.

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE: FAVORITE FASHION FINDS FOR THE FOURTH

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Let’s Celebrate Freedom! Independence Day celebrations are upon us and it’s time to think about our favorite fashion finds for the Fourth. No need to overdo with over the top flag related apparel. We’ve got the perfect fashion trends for any and every occasion for you to choose from. Take a look at our favorite Fourth related fashion finds available NOW and start shopping our favorite looks today.

Patriotic outfit for the office

PATRIOTIC LOOK FOR THE OFFICE

Carry your “independence” to the workplace with a chic striped A-line skirt and polka dot blazer. We love P.A.R.O.S.H.’s embellished A-line red striped skirt paired with Free People’s polka dot blazer. Complete your “July 4th” look with flattering nude colored pumps, cat eye sunglasses, and chunky gold jewelry. Though we love the model’s classic Christian Louboutin “So Kate” nude heels with red soles, get a similar affordable style with Diane Von Furstenberg’s “Bethany” nude pumps, perfect for working hours and easily adaptable to cocktail hour before seeing the fireworks. Don’t be afraid to express your freedom this Season, even at the office.

white wide leg pants and striped tank top

STRIPED TOP AND WHITE WIDE LEG PANTS

A great look for office, beach, cocktail hour, or BBQ is a simple blue striped top paired with flowing wide leg silk pants. We love Olive + Oak’s striped button down tank paired with Hale Bob’s studded white wide leg silk pants. Accessorize with sunglasses, Free People’s straw Boho hat, Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono, and flat sandals for daytime July 4th celebrations. Segue into the evening hours by pairing with Tori Burch nude wedges or dance the night away in Alice + Olivia white strappy heels.

cobalt blue lace dress and red clutch

COBALT BLUE LACE DRESS

Nothing says “Patriotic” more than a bright cobalt blue lace dress with red clutch. As mentioned in our “Summer Sundress Style” blog last week, cobalt blue and bright jewel tones were trending on 2015 Spring and Summer Runways this season from Dion Lee to Daniel K to Alexander Wang. Grab Hale Bob’s newest cobalt blue lace trimmed dress paired with Diane Von Furstenberg’s red lizard clutch for perfect July 4th style. You’ll shine in this Season’s trendiest color while also celebrating the red, white, and BLUE.

striped shorts and white button down for July 4th

STRIPED SHORTS

Perfect for a stroll down the beach or shopping along the Boardwalk before seeing fireworks. Look crisp and clean in a simple button down blouse paired with blue striped shorts and your favorite wedges. Beat the heat by accessorizing with a chic straw hat and cool aviators while waiting for the sun to go down. We love Cusp’s comfy boyfriend striped shorts with Tommy Hilfiger’s patriotic blue button down. Switch up your holiday colors by pairing your shorts with Hale Bob’s white silk button down or go bold and bright in Hale Bob’s bright red silk blouse for perfect July 4th style.

Boho tie dye flowy dress for July 4th

BOHO TIE DYE

Express your freedom and individuality with this Season’s trendiest “Boho” fashion style. From Etro to Emilio Pucci, designers this Season put a fresh twist on 70’s style Bohemian fashion, updating the look for 2015. Why not try the style this July 4th? Start with Hale Bob’s red, white, and blue tie dyed jersey knit maxi skirt paired with a simple white lace trimmed cami. Complete your “Boho” look with a BCBG white striped floppy hat and gladiator sandals from Steve Madden. If the night turns chilly, grab your ivory lace Kimono from Liberty Garden, and settle down on a cotton beach fringe blanket from Free People to watch the fireworks above.

Citizen's of Humanity red skinny jeans for Fourth of July

RED SKINNY JEANS

Shine bright in one of this Season’s most popular colors- bright red. And what better way to try the latest color trend than with a pair of skinnies at your Fourth of July celebration this weekend. Take a tip from celebrities Solange Knowles and Caitriona Balfe and go red head to toe with DSquared2’s skinny cropped jeans paired with Cusp’s sleeveless red collared blouse or Hale Bob’s red silk long sleeve button down for chillier evenings. Complete your look with Steve Madden black ankle strap sandals and matching black floppy hat from Rag and Bone and you are ready to celebrate in style.

white lace blouse and white lace cotton skirt

WHITE LACE

Another popular solid color style for Summer is pure white from head to toe. From Rachel Zoe to Vogue to Elle, fashion advisors across the board are picking up on this Season’s freshest yet romantic take on the all white look. Get your own feminine style with one of Liberty Garden’s newest arrivals and a blast from the fashion past- the white lace skort. First developed in the 1960’s, the “skort” is a pair of shorts with a panel across the front resembling a skirt. The style was revived in the 90’s and is back in a big way this Season. Pair your lace skort with a matching stretch lace floral tunic from Hale Bob or go breezy with Hale Bob’s silk drop waist blouse, accessorized with your favorite wedge sandals or sling back pumps for an elegant fashionable Fourth.

white shorts and blue blouse for July 4th

WHITE SHORTS AND BLUE BLOUSE

Finally, if all else fails and you need to throw together a quick “Fourth of July” look, simply grab a pair of white cut-offs and a flowy blue blouse. If you don’t have white shorts, make your own by cutting off a pair of your favorite white denim jeans. Add a few rips and tears for a “distressed” look. Or get to shopping the style with Citizen’s of Humanity’s white “Manic” cheeky shorts paired perfectly with Hale Bob’s navy silk cotton tunic. Complete your red, white, and blue look by adding red accessories you already have in your closet such as a red handbag, red earrings, a red bracelet, or chic red sandals. If you don’t have any red accessories at home, check out the unique selections at ModCloth.com and find your perfect pieces today.

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This weekend is all about celebrating “the Land of the Free” and what better time to express your individuality than by putting together your own unique Fourth of July style. Whether you’re a “free love child” and prefer the Boho look or you’re a classic and enjoy tailored blouses, there’s a “July 4th” style waiting just for you. We’ve shown you our top fashion picks for the Fourth but we’d love to hear from you, our readers, on just what type of “Independence Day” girl are you? Comment below on what style you will be wearing this weekend. Let freedom ring!

SUMMER GLAM: THE BEST OF THE CFDA FASHION AWARDS

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Over the weekend, the fashion industry celebrated one of the biggest and most important events of the year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York City. Held at the posh Lincoln Center, fashion designers, models, celebrities, and editors from around the world converged to celebrate the accomplishments and highlights from this year’s fashion innovation. This week, we highlight our favorite looks spotted at the event for you to incorporate into your Summer wardrobe. You don’t have to be an “A List” celebrity or model to glam up your Summer style. Take a look at our top picks and start shopping the trends.

Bella Hadid in Misha Nonoo black jumpsuit at CADF Fashion Awards 2015    black jumpsuit for Summer

BLACK JUMPSUIT

Nothing says classic cool more than a chic black jumpsuit, a perfect mix of trendy yet sophisticated. This Season channel your inner “Marlene Dietrich” and look for loose flare leg, tailored jumpsuits with a plunging neckline reminiscent for the 1930’s silhouette. Bella Hadid sizzles on the Red Carpet in a black jumpsuit from Misha Nonoo, styled perfectly with a slick parted bun, bright red lipstick, and dangle earrings for a delicate touch. Get a similar style with Liberty Garden’s new black lace and twill jumpsuit paired with classic black pointed toe pumps from Sam Edelman for a glam summer night. Chill during the day with embellished flat sandals and a Boho floppy hat from Free People.

Katie Ermilio's black sheer lace gown   Half Line Lace Maxi Skirt

SHEER LACE 

One of this Summer’s most popular fabrics makes its way to the Red Carpet on Karen Elson in Katie Ermilio’s black sheer lace gown. From the Grammys to the Met Gala, sheer lace is all the rage with celebrities this Season. Get the celebrity’s similar look with Liberty Garden’s new black lace midi skirt paired with a lace top, Topshop’s black chunky ankle strap sandals and a white Lulu Townsend pearl clutch. Or go with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace A Line midi skirt with matching ivory muscle blouse for a clean, streamlined look. On casual days, pair your lace midi skirt with Liberty Garden’s loose ivory “flyaway” tank and Tory Burch flat leather sandals for easy, breezy Summer stye.

Jason Wu's cherry red dress    Cherry red maxi dress

CHERRY RED DRESS

Put some “pop” in your Summer wardrobe with a bright cherry red dress. From designers Zac Posen to Michael Kors to Rosie Assoulin, bright red was a favorite color of the night at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Our favorite cherry red dress of the evening was Jason Wu’s on Julia Nobis. We loved the unique contrast of the delicate cami top paired with a more structured skirt complete with side slit for a hint of leg. Sizzle in style this summer with Hale Bob’s floor length silk charmeuse red maxi dress paired with black heels and a matching black clutch. Copy Julia Nobis’ natural look with a slick low ponytail, minimal neutral make up, and a swipe of MAC’s “Russian Red” lipstick, a favorite of celebrity make up artists. You are sure to turn heads and dazzle like a star on your next evening out on the town.

Anna Wintour and daughter in floral Summer dresses  floral summer maxi dress

BOLD FLORAL MAXI

When picking a new formal dress this Summer, mix things up and go with this Season’s most popular bold multi- color floral pattern. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, and her daughter Bee Shaffer show us how it’s done with colorful floral dresses from Diane von Furstenberg. We love the romantic flowing maxi dress contrasted against the more structured 50’s styled A line floral dress, both trending silhouettes for Summer 2015. Get your own look with Hale Bob’s floral printed jersey knit maxi dress paired with chunky heels and matching clutch. Your floral maxi can also go double duty by accessorizing with Prada flat slip-on sandals and a contrasting Betsey Johnson striped tote for casual days out or a walk on the beach.

Diane von Furstenberg's polka dot maxi dress   Black and white polka dot maxi dress

POLKA DOTS

One of our favorite looks of the evening was Karlie Kloss in Diane von Furstenberg’s polka dot maxi dress with bright red clutch. What a great way to bring one of this Season’s most popular patterns to evening wear. Get a similar look with a polka dot maxi dress from Swell paired with strappy heels for night and flat gold sandals for day. Go short with Hale Bob’s polka dot printed long sleeve dress perfect for a day at the beach or a garden party. You can even carry the polka dot trend to work with Hale Bob’s black and white blouse layered over Hale Bob’s white satin wide leg pants and Ivanka Trump black leather heels.

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MIXED MEDIA

Another one of our favorite looks from the evening was Amanda Seyfried in Rodarte’s “mixed media” metallic dress. We loved the actress’s matching natural nude make up and T-strap heels to accentuate the colorful patterns on the dress. Get your own sequined dress with Hale Bob’s floral metallic dress with peplum paired with Steve Madden’s “Stecy” nude heels. We suggest following Amanda’s similar look by spritzing your locks with Tigi Catwalk Haute iron spray ,straightening your hair with T3’s Single Pass straightener, and finishing up with Urban Decay’s “Naked 2” neutral eyecolor palette. You’ll need your own Red Carpet as you step out in style this Summer.

Victoria Beckham's black maxi dress   Black jersey knit maxi dress

BLACK MAXI DRESS

Lastly, if sequins and patterns are too much for you, our favorite “minimalist” look of the evening was Victoria Beckham’s black maxi dress from her own line. Proving that basic can be beautiful, we love her classy cool, yet slightly tousled Red Carpet look. Her dress tells us that she appreciates the latest trends and fashions, yet her slightly messy low ponytail lets us know she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Get the celebrity’s similar style with Hale Bob’s black draped maxi dress, now on sale at the lowest price of the Season. Dress it up with Stuart Weitzman strappy heels and a Tory Burch black envelope clutch or go casual in flat sandals and a Boho floppy straw hat. Hurry and shop the style today while supplies last.

fashion at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards

Jumpsuit, sheer lace, cherry red, bold floral, polka dot, mixed media, or minimalist maxi- which evening style will you try this Summer? With such a wide variety of colors and styles, this Season proves there is a fashion statement out there to suit every taste and flatter any figure. Take a tip from our favorite celebrities and designers at this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards and you can start dressing like the stars. Shop our favorite looks listed above at our convenient online store Posh at Play and you are sure to turn heads this Summer. Remember, be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

SPRING DRESSES TO FIT YOUR FIGURE

Dresses To Fit Your Figure

Athletic, Hourglass, Apple, Triangle, or Inverted Triangle- which figure are you? We’ve selected the best Spring and Summer dresses to fit and flatter each body type for the most stylish Season ever. Embrace your silhouette this year and choose clothing that enhances your every curve. First, determine which shape you are, peruse our dress selections, then get to shopping your best dress fashion. Get ready to sizzle in style this year with dresses that bring out the best in you.

ATHELETIC FIGURE

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Athletic figures are basically square shaped with minimal definition. Enhance the curves you do have with a ruched or wrap dress. A cinched mid-section is also ideal for giving the illusion of a more feminine waistline. From Carolina Herrera to Michael Kors, get in on Spring’s latest bold floral trend with Hale Bob’s fuchsia floral jacquard tank dress, perfect for the athletic figure. Another flattering option we love is the purple vintage jersey mock wrap dress also from Hale Bob. To play up your curves, streamline your look with a simple gold watch from Betsey Johnson and matching gold strappy heels from Guess. Add a gold clutch by Sarah Jessica Parker and you are ready to rock this Spring in style.

Hourglass Wrap Dress

Sizzle up your nightlife with a bright ruched fitted dress to play up the slight curves of your silhouette. We love Hale Bob’s short sleeved ruched dress paired with Steve Madden ankle strap heels and a Hale Bob black stretch Bolero jacket for chillier evenings. Embrace your fit althetic shape this Season and look for form-fitting dress styles to enhance your sleek shape.

HOURGLASS FIGURE

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Show off your curves with an adjustable belted dress to highlight just how tiny your waist is. Look for dresses with belts or fitted waistlines to enhance and flatter your figure. We love Hale Bob’s silk jersey shirt dress with adjustable tie belt to suit your every curve. Accessorize with a bold Marc Jacobs black handbag, suitable for all Seasons, and Miu Miu embellished black sunglasses for a glam Spring style.

Spring Dresses

We also love Hale Bob’s blue silk chiffon shirt dress, belted at the waist to flatter the hourglass silhouette. For chillier Spring days, pair with a light sweater or white silk jacket from Hale Bob. Be proud of your body this Season, and look for dress shapes to flatter and enhance your natural curves.

APPLE FIGURE

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Apples usually have thin legs and tend to carry most of their weight around the mid-section. Look for swing or empire waist dresses to flow over your waistline and draw attention to your lower body. We love Hale Bob’s ivory jeweled silk tunic dress paired with Spring’s hottest gladiator sandal from Free People and Topshop’s fringe handbag. Dress up the look with black and gold strappy heels from Michael Kors and a Tory Burch black clutch and you are ready to dine in style.

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Flatter your “Apple” shape and go “Boho Chic” this Spring with a Hale Bob black and white Cabana silk cotton shirt dress paired with Free People’s black ankle booties and a floppy hat from Urban Outfitters. Embrace your shape and look for dresses that emphasize your toned legs, drawing attention away from the mid-section for a perfectly styled YOU this Season.

TRIANGLE FIGURE

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Triangles are defined by a small upper body and wider hips and thighs. Look for “fit-and-flare” dresses to enhance your thin bust and waistline, and  hide your thicker lower body. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s blue sleeveless silk jersey tank dress paired with ankle strap heels from Kate Spade and Diane Von Furstenberg’s newest oversized ready-to-go black tote. If you want, you can further emphasize your small mid-section with a black leather studded belt from Versace.

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For a classic LBD style, we love Hale Bob’s black color block flare dress, perfect for any occasion. Pair with Lucky Brand flat sandals and a chic Ralph Lauren sunhat for a day at the beach or casual days out. Dress up your look and dance the night away with embellished heels from River Island and jewelry from Betsey Johnson.

INVERTED TRIANGLE

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Directly opposite of the triangle figure is the inverted triangle shape, defined by a broad upper body and smaller lower body. Minimize your broad shoulders and emphasize your smaller waist and hipline with “A-line” dresses that flare out slightly. Channel your inner princess with a Kate Middleton inspired outfit by pairing Hale Bob’s embroidered jacquard knit A-line dress with classic Jimmy Choo black pumps and a simple yet sleek black satin clutch by White House Black Market. 

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We also love Hale Bob’s chic black color block A-line dress paired with Sam Edelman ankle strap heels and gold bangles for a sizzling night on the town. Or go “athleisure” with your favorite Adidas sneakers, a Tory Burch tote, and Kate Spade sunhat for simple Summer styling.

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This Season embrace the body you were born with and take our tips on how to style your natural beauty. Instead of agonizing over the figure you wish you had, aim to eat healthy and stay fit in order to feel energized and vibrant each and every day. Be your own stylist and select the perfect clothing shape to suit you particular silhouette: ruched dresses for Athletic bodies, belted for Hourglass figures, swing dresses for Apples, fit-and-flare for Triangles, and “A-line” dresses for Inverted Triangles. If you still aren’t sure which body type you are, take “Who What Wear’s” quick and easy three question test to determine your silhouette shape. Here at Posh at Play we are all about being the best YOU can be. We believe in quality products to enhance your lifestyle and friendly personalized customer service. Check out our wide election of Spring dress styles to suit your figure and remember to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

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