FALL STREET FASHION…ON THE LOOSE IN NEW YORK CITY

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This week one of our fashion bloggers is set loose on the streets of New York City to discover and report the latest trends in Fall fashion street wear. What is the common girl on the street wearing to business, lunch, and evening? And how do New Yorkers incorporate fashion into their busy, non stop lifestyles? Let’s discover what’s trending and find out ways you can implement into your Seasonal wardrobe and your lifestyle needs this year.

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PRACTICAL COATS WITHOUT THE YAWN 

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In preparation for the trip, I ended up packing only one bomber leather jacket. However, I should have followed the chic coat option all of New York is wearing this Season. In the city that never sleeps, women know that an all purpose, durable coat is the way to go for Fall. Lighter than fur or wool, the camel trench coat is one of this Season’s favorite jacket options, suitable paired over your work suit and later with a chic midi dress and over the knee suede boots.

Be FURocious 

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Being from L.A., I had wondered if “fur” is a taboo touchy clothing piece for Fall so ended up leaving my faux fur vest and real fur jacket at home. That’s not the case here in NYC. Cozy fur vests and coats are all the rage paired over anything from business suits to a day out in Central Park, faux of course for the protection of animals.

And Don’t Forget The Brights

You hear the myth that all New Yorkers only wear black and dark colors, so as to not stand out too much as a tourist, I opted to pack and wear neutral colors only. Boy was I wrong. New York women know how to stand in color, but with a more sophisticated approach. They pair one brightly lit statement piece and accessorize with solid colors and minimal jewelry. Try your black slacks with a bright outer piece to stand out like an “Oh So Chic” New Yorker.

ALL WHITE IS STILL OK 

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Throw out the “no white” after Labor Day rule, and make your own rules like the New York women do. I tend to always push my white and ivory clothes to the back of the closet for Fall and Winter, but the New York women know that rules were made to be broken. They steer clear of silk and chiffon pieces, in favor of heavier fabrics like wool. I am actually on the look out for a white leather jacket for Fall here in the Fashion District.

Seen outside Carnegie Hall, I liked how she dressed up for the night in a tailored dress and crisp heels for a busy night out on the town.

Some Of Our Favorite White Pieces 
Ivory Tailored Bolero Jacket
Catrinah Lace Dress
Laszio Sequin Cocktail Dress
Silk Charmeuse Dress
Joe Ultra Suede Leggings
Bruna Embossed Faux Fur Jacket

SILKY SLIP DRESS

I’ve always been a bit leery of wearing a barely there silk slip dress during the Fall. But New Yorkers are pairing the slinky silhouette this Season with hardier fare, from tees underneath, to moto jackets, to long trenches. Combine with your favorite ankle boots for downtown shopping style and switch to strappy heels as you head to a Broadway show. Check out this flowy one I found at Bloomingdale’s in the heart of the city.
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Need a little romance in your afternoon? Try a glitter knit slip dress paired with a chunky oversized cardigan for a chic and comfortable New York errand running girl. No time for a trip home? Pull slinky heels from your tote and meet friends at Hudson Clearwater hidden restaurant.
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Check out the Brooklyn Museum  in a sophisticated black & white slip dress and leather jacket then dine at Saul for a NY evening to remember.

ANKLE LOVING BOOTS 

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And speaking of ankle boots, they are my “go to” shoes roaming the streets of NYC. As I expected, the streets are covered with every single boot style imaginable, from combat, to suede, to rocker style, to patent leather. My ankle boots were perfect to pair with my leggings all day and with my jumpsuit at night for the ballet. If you only get one shoe this Fall, get the versatile ankle boot.

LONG VESTS AND SKINNIES MESH

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What a great styling option, suitable for women from young to old. Skinnies are easy to pack and slim the leg on everyone. I brought a variety of these adaptable pants to switch out with different shirt options. How does New York style their skinnies? With an oversized chunky sweater and ankle boots or heels for a night on the town. I just had to head to Macy’s on 34th to grab me a pair of NYC’s favorite.
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The vest and skinny work easily for the office or a chill fall NY day. Pair your black lace skinnies with a long sleeve knit top and oversized vest for office days or shimmy into your favorite jeans and satin top and stroll Manhattan for a totally you afternoon.

LAYERED LIKE A LOCAL

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Since I only took 1 carryon, I had to think about layers while in NYC. How do they keep so warm, especially on brisk windy Fall days? I spotted jeans paired with a plaid long sleeveinfinity scarf, and a chic wool blazer; an A line skirt with long sleeve sweater tucked in; and I myself wore leggings, tight sweater, and warm vest that kept me comfy all night long.
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On the go? Shimmy into a pair of leggings, pullover an oversized sweater and slip into to some concrete loving kicks for a busy New York Minute.

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No matter how you choose to layer, the ONE item all New Yorkers never go without is a long warm scarf. From Central Park to Broadway to Greenwich, these girls know how to style a scarf. Layer a long draping sweater over a knit top and infinity scarf with your favorite jeans tucked into some serious leather combat boots for a NY City walk about.
So whether you’re in The City to see the sites, taste to food, listen to the music or everything in between. Be sure to dress like a local, but always remember to
Be YOU, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.
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OUR FAVORITE STREET STYLE TRENDS AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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New York City is a buzz this week as the city kicks off Spring 2016’s fashion trends and designs. As the fashion world gets a “sneak peek” at designers’ trends on the runway, we focus our attention on favorite street styles spotted across the city. What better way to spot trending Fall fashion as celebrities and fashion gurus across the world gather to celebrate Spring style. Scroll down to view our favorite styles spotted during New York Fashion Week and start shopping the Fall fashion trends today.

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BLUSH PINK

From J Crew to Oscar de la Renta to Jill Stuart, designers everywhere jumped on the “blush pink” color trend for 2015. Found on dresses, blouses, sweaters, pantsuits, and handbags, blush pink is the hottest new color trend to hit the fashion industry and it looks like the color is continuing into the Fall Season. Spruce up your winter wardrobe with this year’s color trend. We love Liberty Garden’s pink tattered long sleeve shirt paired with Hale Bob’s ivory ultra suede leggings for casual days out. On your next night on the town, forgo the predictable LBD and opt for Hale Bob’s chic powder pink suede shift dress accessorized with matching pink suede heels from Jeffrey Campbell. Be sure to add this trending color to your wardrobe collection this Fall.

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BRIGHT JEWEL TONES

Another color trend continuing into the cooler months ahead are bright jewel toned colors. Don’t let the cold dreary days of Fall and Winter dampen your style. Shine bright this Season in ruby red, cobalt blue, deep jade, or violet purple. Get a similar look as spotted street style at New York Fashion Week with Hale Bob’s bright blue A line dress. Accessorize with a chic handbag from Tory Burch and emerald green sandals from Jimmy Choo. For a different color scheme, go with Hale Bob’s long sleeve purple shirtdress paired with a warm purple Bolero jacket and Badgley Mischka’s Sherry lace booties. When the weather turns a bit chillier, grab Hale Bob’s warm black “mixed media” leggings paired with a long sleeve “Utiliarian Chic” turtleneck in deep jade. Or simply throw on Hale Bob’s ruby red fur vest over your outfit of the day for a trendy “jewel toned” touch to your Fall style.

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BOHO FRINGE

Cool festival style “Boho” fringe is still trending into the Fall season. Forgo summer’s sheer lace and gladiators and update the look for the cooler months with suede, leather, and knee high boots. Start with Hale Bob’s orange short sleeve shirt with fringe paired with Joe’s Jeans’ black jeggings and Ralph Lauren’s fringe suede knee high boots. Update your outerwear with a chic black leather fringe jacket from Rebecca Minkoff for those crisp, chilly Fall days and accessorize with your fringe handbag and “Boho” floppy hat from summer. Look for fringe on everything from handbags to boots to jackets to skirts this Season and keep the free spirit of Summer’s festival style alive throughout the Fall and Winter months ahead.

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RETRO 70’s

With Boho fringe still trending, retro 70’s style is grooving its way into the Fall and Winter Season. Look for wide leg jeans, flare overalls, peasant blouses, bold floral patterns and long sleeve maxi dresses. Get a similar “retro” look as pictured above at New York Fashion Week with Topshop’s floral print overalls paired with a sleek crop top from Blue Life and “70’s style” clogs from Steve Madden. We also like AC Collection’s wide leg jeans in a variety of washes to suit your “retro” style. Pair the dark blue color with Hale Bob’s ivory “peasant” style silk chiffon blouse for casual days out, the gray hue with Hale Bob’s red silk button down for the office and the sparkle tint with Hale Bob’s black satin blouse with lace detailing for cocktail hour. However you choose to style your “retro” look, groove into Fall with 70’s-inspired silhouettes and patterns.

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CROPPED WIDE LEG

Following the trend of retro 70’s, the wide leg pant gets an update this Season with a shorter, cropped style. Spotted all over the streets of New York for Fashion Week, the wide leg cropped pant is one of this Fall’s trendiest fashion statements. From daytime to evening, let your cropped pant style work for you this year. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s dark wash wide leg cropped denim jeans and pair with your favorite white Tee and sneakers for an everyday “Athleisure” look. Segue into the evening hours by accessorizing your denim with Liberty Garden’s NEW black long sleeve mesh blouse and gold sparkle heels from Betsey Johnson. You can create your own cropped style by rolling the cuffs of any of your favorite wide leg pants in your closet for a new and updated silhouette this Fall. Go ahead and give it a try.

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MAXI DRESS

A third “retro” look continuing into the cooler months of Autumn is the flowy maxi dress. With careful styling and just the right accessories, you can continue wearing your favorite Summer maxi dress style throughout Fall and Winter. Forgo the flat sandals and straw hat and layer your maxi with a heavier knit sweater, suede jacket, ankle booties, or strappy heels. Choose maxi dresses and skirts with warmer colors and darker floral prints for Fall. Check out our great selection of maxi dresses from Hale Bob and Liberty Garden in a variety of styles, colors, and prints to fit any occasion. We like Liberty Garden’s newest black and white strapless embroidered maxi dress perfect for a night on the town, or go with Hale Bob’s black lace maxi for a classic look. Carry your “Boho” style into the next Season with our favorite tribal print drop waist maxi dress paired with cozy BCBGeneration black booties and a black leather jacket. Don’t be afraid to keep your maxi dresses flowing for Fall.

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SHIRTDRESS

Our final favorite street style trend spotted at last week’s NYFW is the shirtdress. Take a tip from celebrities Vanessa Hudgens, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Olivia Palermo and give this look a try for Fall. The simplest way to work the look is to grab your husband’s large button down shirt from the closet, cinch with a skinny belt, and pair with your favorite knee high boots. Or, shop the look now with our top choices from Hale Bob. Try the black and white floral button down shirtdress accessorized with Michael Kors’ black knee high boots or suede wedges from Steve Madden. Dress up your shirtdress by adding delicate jewelry and pairing with your favorite strappy heels to dance the night away. Don’t miss out on one of this Season’s simplest yet chicest fashion statements.

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Which of our favorite New York Fashion Week street styles will you want to try this Season? From feminine blush pink to wide leg cropped to the simple shirtdress, this year’s Fall Fashion is comfortable and easy. No need for a closet overhaul. Simply swap out your sandals for boots or pair your look with a warm jacket and you can easily carry many of your favorite Summer styles into the next Season. Add a few simple accessories and you are ready for the cooler months ahead. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, pull on your ankle boots, and kick off the Fall fashion season in style.

THE NEW ATHLEISURE

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Originating a few years ago, the “Athleisure” trend shows no signs of slowing down as we head into the 2015 Fall Season. Characterized by athletic wear OUTSIDE of the gym, designers like Kate Spade, Alexander Wang, and Tory Burch have recently started delving into the current trend  by designing entire separate lines focused on athletic wear for the streets. With our busy lifestyles, women today need to be able to “do it all” yet still maintain style and class. This week, we focus on the current and continuing Athleisure trend and show you how to incorporate the look into your daily fashion style. Go beyond the simple leggings and white Tee and take our tips on how you can stay fit and fabulous this Fall Season.

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AT THE OFFICE

A perfect place to try out your new “Athleisure” wear is at the office. Start with your favorite comfy jogger pants and layer with a tailored blouse, jacket and booties for a structured look. We love Liberty Garden’s new grey quilted jogger pants topped with a metallic faux suede detailed black long sleeve top and leather jacket from Barney’s. Accessorize with black suede ankle boots from Sam Edelman, bangles from Betsey Johnson, and a chic leather bag from Alexander Wang.

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Make your track pants go the extra mile in our second favorite look for the office. No need to pack an extra outfit after your early morning run. Simply sweep your hair into a loose bun and pair your exercise pants with a comfy sweater and heels for a perfect workday outfit. Try the side stripe pants from Finders Keepers or go with black and white striped Ponte leggings from Hale Bob. Top with Liberty Garden’s black fur sleeved pullover and classic black pumps from Kate Spade and you are ready to rock the office place in style.

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LUNCH WITH THE GIRLS

Squeeze in a quick run around the block or a trip to the gym before lunching with the girls. This Season, look for running shorts in a variety of trendy metallic colors like copper, silver, or bronze. Segue into the lunch hour by forgoing your running sneakers and pairing your look with wedges, ankle boots, or even chic strappy heels accessorized with a zip-up sweater and long gold chain. We like the metallic nylon shorts from Luisviaroma topped with a matching metallic jacket from Just Cavalli and Chinese Laundry’s silver strappy heels or go prep school cool in Steve Madden’s the “Driller,” an updated take on the classic oxford. If copper is more your style, pair your metallic shorts with Hale Bob’s sequined copper jacket and sparkle in style this Season.

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As the weather cools, trade your running shorts for long leggings to fend off the chill and keep your muscles warm. No time to run home to change? No sweat. Just pair your leggings with a “sports inspired” fashion top and ankle strap heels for your mid-day meeting. We love Hale Bob’s ivory ultra suede leggings or try the newest color in pale powder pink. Pair your look with Liberty Garden’s loose white open shoulder sweatshirt or try the pink pleated long sleeve top. For chiller days, you can layer your sweatshirt over your favorite button down blouse for extra warmth against the elements. However you choose to style your shorts or leggings, your friends will never know you didn’t labor over your beauty routine.

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WEEKDAY ERRANDS

Drop the kids at school. Head to the gym. Shop at the market. Answer emails. Pick up the dry cleaning. Get dinner. With all the little worries each day brings, don’t let your fashion style be one of them. Make it easy on yourself this Season and opt for a morning to evening Athleisure look that will carry you through any occasion the day may bring. Start with Hale Bob’s comfy stretch silver Cargo Ponte leggings paired with Liberty Garden’s cozy black and white Menswear sweatshirt and Steve Madden’s brand new “Vexxed” black leather ankle strap pump for all day styling. No need to worry. You’ll still be able to squeeze in a mid-day Spin class or jog around the park with your favorite sneakers and Hale Bob’s ivory lace trimmed jersey tank.

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For another look, we also like Hale Bob’s floral lace crochet sweater or white lace top with gray sweater knit paired with Liberty Garden’s quilted skinny sweatpants and Isaac Mizrahi textured classic pumps. Slip into Sketchers’ newest GoWalk3 gray sneakers for perfect lift and support as you hit your workout regime. Dressing comfortable yet fashionable doesn’t have to be complicated this Season. Let your wardrobe work for you.

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DATE NIGHT

No time to head home before a night out on the town? No problem. Start with your favorite cropped yoga pants or striped leggings and add a chic cropped top. Celebrities from Taylor Swift to Jennifer Lawrence have been spotted this year sporting the crop top, so why not jump on one of this Season’s hottest trends. Nothing helps keep your Ab workout and healthy eating habits in check more than adding this wardrobe staple to your closet for Fall. We like Jill Stuart’s black silk cropped top paired with Hale Bob’s black and brown striped ultra suede leggings, Kenneth Cole’s black ankle strap heels, and White House Black Market oversize handbag.

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Another easy daytime to evening look we love is the crop top paired with your favorite “go to” leggings. Top with a jean jacket and walking sneakers during the day, and segue into nightlife with your favorite heels and handbag. Try Joe’s Jeans’ black “jeggings,” a cross between jeans and leggings, trending for Fall to complete your look and you are sure to turn heads as you walk the streets in style.

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WEEKEND COOL

As things wind down and you begin to look forward to the weekend, don’t let your fashion sense take a break. You can still stay trendy and fashionable while looking effortless and feeling relaxed. Spruce up your favorite lounge outfit and bring it to the streets by adding a chic pair of heels and a classic leather jacket. We love Liberty Garden’s white distressed lounge pants paired with an ivory lace swing back Tee, French Connection’s white studded pumps, and Vince Camuto black leather jacket.

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Another cool casual weekend style we love is the comfy heather grey knit Tee shirt dress paired with a sweatshirt and white tennies. Get cozy with Current/Elliot’s short grey T-shirt dress or go maxi in Marc Jacobs’ sleeveless cotton dress. Complete your weekend look by tying Liberty Garden’s ivory layered ultra suede sweatshirt around your shoulders and stepping into a pair of classic Adidas “Superstar Foundation” white sneakers. You could also go with Liberty Garden’s “tuxedo-style” high low hemmed gray knit Tee paired with Hale Bob’s simple 5 pocket gray leggings. Whichever way you choose, give your weekend some cool, comfortable style this Season.

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Let your lounge wear go double duty this Season and try one of our favorite “Athleisure” looks for Fall. Whether you settle for leggings and a crop top or a T-shirt dress and sneakers, let your wardrobe work for you. Shop your favorite “Athleisure” styles TODAY at poshatplay.com. Shop your favorite trends now and stay fit and fabulous all Season long.

SUMMER STYLE: WEST COAST VS EAST COAST

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

FASHION WITH PARISIAN POISE

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As the Fall Fashion Week 2015 Runway shows come to a close in Paris, the City of Lights, we can’t help but be inspired by the quintessential French woman style. The iconic “French Woman” is so comfortable in her own skin, she is beautiful yet natural, exciting yet calm, fashionable yet simple. This Season why not be inspired head to toe by the organic yet trendy lifestyle of the Parisian woman. Try some tips from top French designers on what exactly constitutes the French woman’s mindset and lifestyle, making her an icon for the fashion world to follow.

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NATURAL HAIR

To start your “Parisian” style, begin with the French woman’s undone, “I just woke up like this” natural beauty. Caroline de Maigret states that French women rarely spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting every little detail. Though they do care about beauty, French women take a more holistic approach. She suggests a few hairstyle tips that French women never do, in order to keep their hair healthy, stylish, and natural: never dye your hair, never use a hair dryer, never wash your hair everyday, and never accessorize your hair. Try going to bed at night with slightly damp hair. In the morning, shake your hair out, style with L’Oreal Elnett styling spray to keep strands in place, and embrace your natural hair just like a French woman.

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A SCENT OF ROMANCE

The second thing to consider in achieving the “Parisian” look is never forgetting the power of scent. In Caroline de Maigret’s book “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are,” she states “a touch of perfume on your hair, behind you ear, or on the nape of your neck never did anyone any harm.” The French woman knows the art of seduction and romance in a subtle yet irresistible way. Try a romantic look with a Hale Bob sweeping floral maxi skirt paired with a classic Burberry fitted cashmere sweater for chillier Spring days. Choose Audrey Hepburn’s favorite with a sweep of Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick and, of course, a splash of Chanel No. 5 (or your favorite scent) for a romantic Parisian touch.

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NO FASHION RULES

When selecting an outfit for the day, the French woman makes up her own rules and dresses herself in the styles that make her shine. This Season do not be afraid to mix and match patterns from your own wardrobe for a unique Spring style. Pair a chic Hale Bob purple floral wrap dress with Hale Bob’s long teal boucle coat. Accessorize with Carmen Marc Valvo leopard heels and a Rebecca Minkoff silver industrial handbag for a contrasting look. Be uniquely you and make up your own fashion design to suit your lifestyle and taste.

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 THE PARISIAN SCARF

To perfectly accessorize the “Parisian” way, a scarf is one of the most simple yet stylish items that can be used to enhance your daily outfit. In America, we tend to to just wrap a scarf around our necks and think nothing of it. The French woman can transform any outfit instantly by utilizing a scarf in new and unique ways. We love Hale Bob’s selection of beautiful silk scarves, perfect for any occasion. To get you started, check out Wendy’s Lookbook “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf” for styling inspiration. No need to spend a fortune to update your look this Spring.

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COMFORTABLE ELEGANCE

For evenings out, the French woman seeks comfort and ease with no fuss, while still remaining chic and classy. The French woman’s evening style, therefore, is any style she feels comfortable and confident in- being the best woman she can be. On your next night out, capture the French woman’s casual elegance with Hale Bob’s black floral lace pencil skirt, paired with an Eileen Fisher silk tank, and Michael Kors’ black cage heels. Top with a camel leather jacket from Kenneth Cole for a casual yet sophisticated “Parisian” style.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

The Parisian woman is all about natural health and fitness both inside and out. Paris-based editorial make-up artist Violette says “A French woman would rather kill herself than go to the gym. Never get stuck in a hardcore, rigid habit.” Though she admits that classes like The Barre Method are starting to become popular in France, Violette says that the French woman stays fit by just living life. Biking, walking, and hiking are much more popular methods of exercise for the French woman on the go. Incorporate new ways to exercise this Spring by enjoying the warmer weather outside, nurturing your body and soul at the same time. “What we want to be is a better version of ourselves.”

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OWN YOUR OWN SILHOUETTE

Forget skinny jeans and bodycon dresses. The French woman embraces her own figure in confidence with no need to flaunt or emphasize it. The French style embodies floaty summer dresses, cigarette pants, and undercoats that flatter and highlight the female form. Parisian shops are full of materials that create beautiful shapes and shadows that enhance your shape and style. We love Hale Bob’s vintage nude pleated shift dress paired with chic Giuseppe Zanotti black heel booties for daytime activities or Valentino nude flat sandals for a day at the beach. Accessorize with a stylish AQUA straw hat from Bloomingdale’s and a straw tote from Moda Operandi and you will look like you just spent a day in the City of Lights.

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QUINTESSENTIAL PARISIAN STYLE

The French style is timeless and never goes out of style. In shopping for your next wardrobe essentials, think quality not quantity. The French woman chooses materials that are durable yet classy for any time and mixes and matches clothing items for the latest trends. We love Citizen of Humanity’s relaxed cropped jeans paired with a Rag and Bone striped top and a draped navy cardigan from Neiman Marcus to keep you warm against Spring’s chillier days. Accessorize with ballerina flats from Repetto,  a classic Parisian shoe and ballet shoe company founded by Rose Repetto on advice from her son Roland Petit, a famous dancer, choreographer, and director with the Paris Opera Ballet.

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Be uniquely you this Spring by embodying the Parisian style of quality, class, and fashion. Try simplifying your daily beauty routine with natural hair, a moisturizing tint, and a swipe of bright red lipstick. Don’t forget to add a touch of romance to your look with a hint of your favorite scent. Create your unique outfit by mixing and matching items in your closet in new and creative ways that flatter your physique and give you confidence. Accent with a scarf, the most basic of accessories, styled in different ways.  Finally, enjoy the Season and get active outside doing what you love to do most. For true Parisian glamour, forget about trying to look like someone else and be the best you can be.