FASHION TRUTHS FROM A WEST COAST GIRL

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Welcome to our two part blog series on West Coast fashion truths verses East Coast style. With our bloggers here at Posh at Play living on both sides of the fashion scale, we can give you first hand tips on the styles that rock our cities. This week, we start with our L.A. based fashion blogger Natalie Kramer:

There’s a reason why West Coast style is so often imitated and envied. Since the weather offers year round sun and eternal summer vibes, California girls have a way of putting together casual looks that can go practically anywhere. Whether we’re rocking tousled beachy waves or chic denim cut offs, L.A. girls know how to make fashion appear feminine yet effortless. Take a look at the 6 style truths every West Coast girl follows and you are on your way to a casual yet chic new year.

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SANDALS ARE YEAR ROUND

If there’s only one pair of shoes in your closet, West Coasters know it has to be the sandal. Since the region calls for year round sun and endless beach days, sandals are the most important shoe option. With just the right pair, your sandals can take you from work in the morning to lunch with the girls in the afternoon to cocktails with your agent at twilight to dancing the night away at your favorite club. I like Steve Madden’s lace up suede sandals paired with Blank Denim’s skinny overalls or Hudson’s cropped jeans and basic fitted tee from Eileen Fisher for the perfect “Cali Cool” effortless style. Segue into the evening hours by changing into a lovely lace dress from Hale Bob or go with something a bit more flashy in a copper sequined V neck cocktail frock. Morning to evening, casual to dressy, sandals are a “must have” staple to dressing “West Coast Style.”

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AND SO ARE BOOTS

The second shoe option everyone must own are boots. Not just reserved for wintertime, on the West Coast boots can be worn any time of day and any Season of the year. The key is to choose the style, material, and color that is suitable for all occasions. I like Aquatalia’s weatherproof beige ankle booties paired with Springtime’s favorite printed romper from Hale Bob. Accessorize one of Hale Bob’s swimsuit options and ivory lace kimono from Liberty Garden with a floppy hat from Free People, oversized tote from Tory Burch, and your ankle booties for a “Boho” chic style. Segue into the colder months by combining your ankle booties with Hudson’s classic skinny jeans, long sleeve tee from Liberty Garden, and Liberty Garden’s black slouchy sweatshirt for perfect layering effect. Rain or shine, boots are another shoe staple to add top your “West Coast” look.

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SLOUCHY SWEATERS + CUT OFFS = TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE 

Speaking of slouchy sweaters, this wardrobe item is definitely a “must have” for all West Coasters. With a desert-like climate, the weather tends to be warm during the day yet chilly at night, year round. L.A. girls everywhere are able to master the slouchy casual sweater and denim cut offs look to a tee, without looking messy. The key is to keep make up and hair as natural looking as possible and to accessorize in all the right places. Start by sweeping Senna’s mineral-based powdered bronzer across your face and tousling your hair with Bumble & Bumble’s surf infusion for those beachy waves. Next pair Citizen’s of Humanity’s denim cut offs with a white open-shoulder sweatshirt from Liberty Garden. Accessorize your look with classic Converse sneakers, statement watch from Betsey Johnson, and your oversized tote from Tory Burch. For the more daring, go for a pop of color in red denim shorts from Joe’s Jeans or tangerine hue from J Brand. West Coasters know that denim cut offs are a “can do” for even nighttime occasions by accessorizing with diamond studs, necklace from Dana Rebecca Designs, ankle strap heels from Stuart Weitzman, and a glittering clutch from Kate Spade. Trade out your top for Hale Bob’s elegant floral drape sweater and you are ready to hit the Red Carpet in style.

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LAYERING IS KEY FOR THOSE IN BETWEEN DAYS

Since the West Coast lies in a “desert like” climate with warm days and chilly nights, L.A. girls know that layering is key to staying warm yet chic. Get actress Vanessa Hudgen’s chill look above with Liberty Garden’s sleeveless lace maxi dress layered with a cozy plaid button down from Paige Denim, handbag from Zac Posen, and soft suede Birkenstocks. For another look, you could also pair Liberty Garden’s NEW layered crochet sweater or Hale Bob’s lace trimmed swing cardigan over a Derek Lam cami paired with Hudson’s cropped distressed jeans and your favorite wedge sandals. When the weather warms, simply tie your sweater around your waist for “no nonsense,” effortless style.

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A MOTO JACKET IS THE ONLY KIND YOU’LL NEED

In addition to layering, West Coasters know that the leather moto jacket is the only jacket you need year round to carry you through any and every occasion. Once you find the perfect feel and shape for you, you won’t need to ever shop for another wrap. I like the clean, simple silhouette of Trouve’s black leather moto jacket paired with Hale Bob’s flowy satin blouse, floral cropped pants, and black ankle strap sandals from Alexander Wang. Complete your look with colorful accessories such as a yellow clutch from Kenzo, colorful bangles from Lead, and sunglasses from sunglasses from L.A. based company Wildfox. Your jacket will look just as polished over your outfit to the office, paired with Joe’s Jeans’ floral shorts for beach time fun, or combined with your favorite cocktail dress at night. As you shop for your perfect moto jacket, consider top quality to last you a lifetime of events to come.

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HIKING OUTFITS > GYM WEAR

Take a peek around L.A. and you’ll see Angelenos everywhere “getting their exercise on” outside of the gym. With busy schedules, constant traffic, and often no time to run home to change, West Coast girls have perfected the art of “athleisure” style: athletic gear suitable for everyday wear. And since the weather is always nice year round, we have the benefit of outdoor workout options rather than gym fees. The key to your perfect “athleisure” style is to stick to neutral colors and steer away from spandex, bra tops, and other “gym” items. I suggest starting with Hale Bob’s smock waist printed shorts topped with Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or yellow scoop neck tank for a pop of color. If the weather turns chilly, layer with Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede long sleeve top or black and white menswear sweatshirt rather than your usual “hoodie.” You can also substitute shorts for ultra suede black leggings on colder days. This Season, be an L.A. girl and look chic WHILE working out.

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Even if your city doesn’t have that carefree, beach vibe or it rains more than sees the sun, you can still take some tips from us West Coast girls. Whether you opt to wear boots in the summertime or try layering or switch up your workout attire, make your style this Season effortless, beautiful, and all about YOU.

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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.

LUXE TUX

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.

PRETTY IN PINK

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.

 

BALLET IS FASHION

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In celebration of last weekend’s National Dance Day across America, this week we focus our blog on how dance is infiltrating fashion and social media. While dance has always had a strong presence in the European culture, the U.S. has lagged behind when it comes to infusing the performing arts into mainstream media. With Vogue’s recent article on the rise of ballet in fashion as well as the trending crop of “Ballet Barre” and “Bar Method” workout programs, perhaps our country is ready to embrace the mixture of this cultured art form with everyday living. Take a look at our favorite “ballet” inspired fashion finds and start incorporating a little classical ballet into your everyday wardrobe.

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PINK LEGGINGS

If the idea of chiffon and tulle are little too much for you, start your collection with the colors of ballet. From Altuzarra to Oscar de la Renta, the runways this year were filled with ballet’s favorite colors: blush, pale pink, and ivory. Part of a ballet dancer’s required performance wear includes pink tights, in order to lengthen the line of the leg in her pointe shoes. Take a tip from the stage, and grab a pair of pale pink leggings to add to your Summer collection. We love Hale Bob’s newest pink suede leggings now available at our online store Posh at Play. Pair with a cami and ivory lace Kimono from Liberty Garden for a sweet Summer style. Carry the look into the Fall months by topping with a cozy powder pink sweatshirt from Liberty Garden and low ankle boots.

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ALL BLACK 

One of the simplest ways to achieve a dancer’s sleek figure is to dress head-to-toe in all black. In order to achieve the longest lines possible and a perfect shape, a dancer’s “go to” class wear outfit will always be either a solid black unitard or a black leotard and black stirrup tights. Get the look with this Season’s popular jumpsuit trend. From Giuliana Rancic at this year’s Grammys to Monica Potter at the People’s Choice Awards, celebrities are embracing the jumpsuit trend not only for everyday wear but also on the Red Carpet as well. Get your own sleek ballerina look with Liberty Garden’s black lace jumpsuit paired with your favorite black pumps for extra length. Or go “Athleisure” with Hale Bob’s black stretch Ponte leggings paired with a fitted black laser cut cami or stretch black lace bodysuit from Hale Bob for cooler Fall days.

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TWO TONED

Maybe it’s the years of disciplined training as a student wearing the same boring black leotard and pink tights everyday to class. Maybe it’s not being able to afford a lot of new dancewear on a dancer’s tight budget. Or maybe it’s the drafty theaters that teach dancers to layer up. Whatever the reason, step into a professional ballet class and you will see an array of mismatched colors and layers on each dancer. Pictured above, professional ballerina Svetlana Zakharova of the Kirov Ballet nails the trending “two toned” look by layering her basic black unitard with a bright cap sleeve leotard and white practice tutu as she rehearses her role in “Swan Lake.” Get a similar style this Season with Liberty Garden’s two-toned Terry knit short sleeve shirt paired with Hale Bob’s black mixed media leggings. Complete your “ballerina style” with Ballet Beautiful’s newest satin ballet flats in pale pink or hot red, featured in this week’s Vogue.

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GRAY SWEATER

Speaking of layers, if it’s one thing all dancers know, it’s to always bring along a sweater or sweatshirt. In order to prevent injury throughout the long day of rehearsals, a dancer’s muscles must stay warm and stretched. In every dancer’s bag, you will find an array of leg warmers, back warmers, baggy sweatshirts, ballet sweaters, knit shorts, insulated pants, and more. Get your own dancer style with a loose fit soft gray sweater and black leggings. We like Hale Bob’s Gray Ombre knit sweater paired with black faux leather leggings and ankle boots. For warmer days, layer your sweater with Liberty Garden’s cool ivory lace skort and Cole Haan’s Stagedoor Ballet flats specially designed by 3 New York City Ballet dancers combining functionality, form, and fit.

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BALLET PINK DRESS

Channel your inner ballerina this Season with the epitome of elegance and grace in a pale pink dress. Since the color pink is trending this year on the runways, there is no better time than now to bring out this luscious and feminine color in style. You can go classic in a pale pink shift dress paired with tailored heels and a simple clutch. Or, modernize the look with your favorite comfy sneakers, a crossbody bag, and oversized sunglasses for an “Athleisure” style. If you can’t decide which look you like best, go with Hale Bob’s blush pink ultra suede shift dress perfect for work or play, dressy or casual. No matter what the occasion, you’ll look pretty in pink this Summer and Fall Season.

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“CARMEN” RED

Another common color used in the ballet world is bright red. In ballets like “Carmen,” “Don Quixote,” and “The Nutcracker,” the color red is used to depict the playful or “fiery” personality of the character. What better way to express your inner “diva” this Season than with bright red. Get a similar look to Russian ballerina Svetlana Zakharova’s “Carmen” in Hale Bob’s long sleeve red lace dress with a slight flare skirt for extra sass. If red from head to toe is a bit much for you, try just a touch with Hale Bob’s red suede leggings paired with Liberty Garden’s lace back swing Tee or Hale Bob’s flowy long sleeve red silk blouse paired with your favorite jeans, perfect for now through the Winter holidays.

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CLASSIC WHITE

Finally, if all the pinks and flowy fabrics are too “girly” for your taste, no need to fear. You can still get in on the “ballet” trend with a classic white A line dress, flattering on any size and figure. Go a la “The Red Shoes” by pairing your dress with bright red flats for a pop of color, adding a belt and handbag for perfect street style. We love Hale Bob’s classic ivory floral lace A line dress accessorized with Sam Edelman ballerina flats or “get on pointe” with Topshop’s NEW Pointy toe lace up shoes. We also love Hale Bob’s “Cinderella” tank A line dress with a perfectly fit “ballerina” bodice for a flattering figure.

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One of the most demanding art forms, a ballerina’s goal is always to achieve the perfect balance of form, grace, beauty, pose, strength, and confidence with an air of calm and ease. Become your own ballerina this Summer and Fall with our great fashion tips. Whether you choose to wear blush pink or a tulle skirt or the newest lace up ballerina flats, you are sure to exude your graceful yet confident presence this Season wherever you go. Remember our Posh at Play motto and you can do no wrong this year: Be You, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.

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.

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.

FALL FASHION YOU CAN WEAR NOW

Paris Fashion Week, Paris, France 2015-2016

Though Summer’s heat waves are still hitting most of America, Paris looks to signs of crisp, cool days ahead at this week’s Paris Fall Fashion Week 2015-2016. It may seem unbearable to already think about putting on a fur vest or bundling up in a cozy wool jacket. Nevertheless, the Fall season is just around the corner so it is time to start thinking about segueing into Autumn’s favorite fashion finds and we have selected the top trending picks for Fall. The weather may still be a bit warm, but we’ll show you how to make Fall’s fashion fit your Summer wardrobe perfectly. Take a look at our top styles and start thinking of pumpkin lattes, autumn leaves, and cooler temperatures with our favorites.

HALF SLIP SKIRTS

Bouchra  Jarrar 2015-2016 look Paris Fashion Week  black lace maxi skirt with half slip

One of our favorite skirt styles trending into the Fall season on is the sheer midi or maxi skirt with half slip. We’ve been seeing this look on the Red Carpet all Summer long and are excited that the trend is carrying into the next Season. Designer Bouchra Jarrar displayed dozens of half slip skirts in sweeping silk and sheer lace fabrics at this year’s Paris Fall Fashion runway. In the Summer months, get your own half slip style with Liberty Garden’s newest black lace midi skirt paired perfectly with an ivory ultra suede muscle tank . Segue into the Fall season by trading out your tank with Liberty Garden’s black menswear sweatshirt for a great “Athleisure” look. Dress up your style Summer or Fall with Hale Bob’s versatile yet chic black lace bodysuit, a trending fashion silhouette throughout the rest of the year.

BRIGHT FUCHSIA

Armani bright fuchsia top and black pants   fuchsia blouse and black leggings for Summer and Fall 2015

Giorgio Armani dazzled the runways this week with an array of bright fuchsia colored blouses, gowns, jackets, furs, and shoes. The designer definitely left no doubt in our minds what color pallet he prefers for Fall 2015-2016. All Summer we have been talking about going bold with brights, so why not take the look into the Autumn season? Start with a bold fuchsia Mayan Tribal print tunic from Hale Bob paired with Citizen’s of Humanity’s ivory cut offs for Summer and easily switch to Hale Bob’s black faux leather leggings or even black zip up ultra suede leggings as the weather cools. Keep shining bright no matter what Season you are in.

CUT OUT

Alexandre Vauthier haute couture Fall 2015-2016  mesh cut out black blouse Liberty Garden

Keeping Summer alive, the half top and cut out style is not retreating for Fall 2015/2016. From Yiqing Yin to Alexander Vauthier, designers are favoring one of Summer’s hottest silhouettes for Fall. What better motivation to keep your body toned and in shape throughout the year than to grab onto the cut-out fashion style. We love Liberty Garden’s black mesh long sleeve cut out top paired with basic jean cut offs or Hale Bob’s black lace eyelet shorts for dressier Summer occasions. Switch it up for Fall by combining your cut out top with your favorite skinny black jeans from 7 For All Mankind or go “Boho” (still trending for Fall) with AC Collection’s medium wash flare jeans. Dare to bare your body all Season long with the tastefully flirty cut out style.

BOHO MAXI DRESSES

Alexandre Vauthier violet Boho cut out maxi dress  Liberty Garden Pink Lace Maxi Dress

As we have mentioned all Season long, “Boho” styled maxi dresses and skirts are a huge trend on the runways, street style, and in stores. We are glad to see the trend continue into the Fall. No need to bundle up your “Boho” floppy hats, dresses, jeans, lace vests, or gladiator sandals, this trend is here to stay. Let your hair down and stay cool in the remaining hot Summer months with Liberty Garden’s pale pink embroidered cami maxi dress paired with your favorite wedges or gladiator sandals from Steve Madden. We also love the great selection of “Boho” maxi dresses and skirts from Hale Bob available now at Posh at Play. As the Summer fades into Fall, dress up your maxi dress with platform shoes, popular at this year’s Paris Fashion Week, or go with knee length leather boots   seen at the Versace Collection, also trending for Fall.

RED FROM HEAD TO TOE

red jumpsuit Paris Fall Fashion Week   Red silk maxi dress

Bright cherry red is not going away for Fall. From Zuhair Murad to Valentino, designers are staying with head-to-toe red for Fall Fashion. Try Hale Bob’s ultra suede red leggings paired with red silk blouse and flat leather sandals to keep you chic and cool throughout the remaining Summer months. Trade your sandals for ankle high boots as Fall approaches. We also love Hale Bob’s versatile cherry red silk maxi dress paired with your favorite strappy heels and clutch for hot Summer nights. Layer with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace Kimono and flat sandals for a casual “Boho” look. Carry your red maxi dress into the cooler months with chic red pumps and red rabbit fur vest from Hale Bob for the perfect “holiday” look.

FUR

Fendi fur Paris Fashion Week 2015 2016   Hale Bob black rabbit fur vest

Speaking of fur, designer Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi caused quite a controversy at this week’s Paris Fashion Week with jackets, scarves, dresses, and sweaters made entirely of all real fur. Animal rights activists had were prevented from stopping the runway show altogether and ultimately, the show was able to go on. Whatever your view on animal fur, real or faux, the designer’s creations were a beautiful yet surreal collection of illusion. A piece of fur adds a hint of dignity yet glamour to any outfit from casual to evening. We love Hale Bob’s rabbit fur vests in red, teal, and black, a color to suit everyone. If you prefer a more subtle approach, we suggest Hale Bob’s wool sweater with rabbit fur trim, great over denim shorts for chilly Summer nights or perfect for a brisk Fall day paired with your favorite jeans. What is your opinion on the latest Fall fur trend?

SEQUINED METALLICS

Alexander Vauthier gold sequined mini dress    gold sequined skirt and grey Tee

Finally, one of our favorite trends for Fall 2015-2016 is the metallic colored sequin material found on dresses, skirts, pants, and jackets. From Alexandre Vauthier to Armanisequined metallics are a continuing trend from Fall 2014. For Summer, look for a sequined sleeveless cami or pair your white tee and jeans with a chic copper sequined jacket from Hale Bob. Perfect for Summer or Fall, we love Hale Bob’s great selection of sequined metallic dresses from the silver cami sequined dress to the copper sequined dress to the multi-colored floral sequined dress. Don’t just reserve your sequins for formal evening occasions. Bring your sequins out to play during the daytime by pairing with your favorite Tee, leggings, and sneakers for a perfect “Athlesiure” style.

Paris Fashion Week 2015 2016

Though there are dozens and dozens of many wonderful trends to choose from, half slip skirts, bright fuchsia, cut outs, Boho maxi dresses, head-to-toe red, fur, and sequined metallics are our favorite Fall looks. This Season’s designers are blurring the lines between “Summer” and “Winter” wear, adapting styles from both Seasons to merge into one unique look. This is great for us, the consumers, since it means we do not have to completely change the items in our closets for every Season. We can utilize Summer season’s purchases through the cooler months in new and creative ways, adding a few accessories and trending items for a fresh look. The designs from Paris Fashion Week 2015-2016 all centered on utilizing and accentuating the feminine female form and embracing your inner romantic. What trending Fall style will YOU incorporate into your wardrobe this Season?

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

red, white, and blue patriotic  shirt for July 4th

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.

july 4th celebration

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!

EASY BREEZY SUMMER SUNDRESS STYLE

Summer sundress at the beach

Summer is here and as the sun’s hot rays beat down upon us, we know you will want to find ways to stay cool yet chic this Season. When the weather gets hot and sticky, your best bet to beat the heat is an easy, breezy summer sundress. With no restrictive fabric around your legs and waistline, now is the time to start shopping your favorite Summer dress style. With a variety of shapes, fabrics, and colors, you are sure to find the perfect dress to fit your lifestyle and flatter your figure. Cool off with our favorite Sundress styles trending for Summer 2015.

white strapless maxi dress for summer

WHITE STRAPLESS MAXI DRESS

Not just reserved for weddings anymore, Summer is the perfect time to bring out the romantic white lace. Maxi or mini, long sleeved or strapless, fitted or drop waist, the white lace dress is your “go to” style this year, perfect for any occasion. Dress up your look by pairing with delicate strappy heels and gold clutch, or go casual with fringe sandals and a floppy Boho hat. We have the perfect lace dress for you newly arrived to our store. Check out Liberty Garden’s elegant ivory maxi dress with delicate embroidered detailing, suitable for any occasion and flattering on any figure. Your lace maxi dress will keep you cool at the beach layered over your swimsuit and chic into the twilight hours paired with your favorite dancing heels.

Liberty Garden Pink Lace Dress

BLUSH PINK

Another one of our favorite trends this Season is the maxi dress in delicate blush pink. From Oscar de la Renta to Jill Stuart, designers this Spring showed us an array of delicious soft pink dresses and skirts, perfect to add to your Summer collection. New from Liberty Garden, we love the breezy pale pink embroidered maxi dress paired with flat white sandals and a matching white sunhat for hot summer days. Transition into the evening hours by adding beige stappy sandals from Michael Kors and a blush pink clutch from Badgley Mischka. This dress is also perfect for summer weddings and garden parties with the girls. Don’t forget to include blush pink into your closet this Season.

tribal print tank sundress

TRIBAL PRINT SUNDRESS

From Mara Hoffman to Etro, tribal prints and patterns were a favorite on the runways this Season. Why not add a tribal tank dress to your wardrobe collection this Summer? The trick to updating this pattern style without looking too “80’s” is to accessorize with trendy new jewelry, shoes, handbags, and throws. Also look for the print on updated dress shapes like the strapless, maxi, and shift dress. For perfect beach style, we love Hale Bob’s tribal print shift dress or maxi dress paired with Liberty Garden’s romantic lace “Boho” Kimono and Steve Madden’s flat gladiator sandals. Stay cool at the office with your tribal printed dress paired with favorite basic black pumps or dance the night away paired with Jimmy Choo strappy heels.

Floral print maxi sundress

FLORAL PRINT MAXI DRESS

We’ve been talking all Season long about the big bold floral print trending on the Runways for Spring so why not carry the look into your Summer wardrobe? Look for the print on a cool cotton jersey maxi dress for easy, comfortable, yet chic Summer style. We love Hale Bob’s ivory floral print maxi dress with racer back perfect to pair with your favorite wedges or flat sandals. Throw on over a swimsuit and “chillax” on the beach or dress up with strappy sandals and a contrasting striped Betsey Johnson clutch.

Red tropical floral romper dress

TROPICAL “ROMPER” DRESS

With “rompers” all the rage this Season, why not go for a similar style with a short tropical loose fitted tank dress. Like the floral for Spring, tropical print is Summer’s most popular pattern. Try Hale Bob’s red silk Tropical tank dress with drop waist for all day comfort and style.  Pair your dress with flat sandals for the beach or pool or you can even pair with your favorite Converse canvas sneakers for an “Athleisure” look. Don’t forget to carry your style into the evening hours by combining with wedge sandals or go glam with Stuart Weitzman’s trendy lace up strappy heels.

cobalt blue jewel toned A line sundress

JEWEL TONES

Bright jewel toned colors were a big hit on the Spring and Summer runways this Season. Celebrities took note and appeared on the Red Carpet at The Oscars, The Grammys and The Tonys dressed in an array of jewel toned frocks. Since black attracts heat, why not stay cool in a bright color combo this Summer? We especially love the bright cobalt blue color trending on the Runways this year from J Crew to Versace to Diane Von Furstenberg. Try your own jeweled toned cobalt blue dress with Hale Bob’s A-line flare, especially flattering on figures with wider hip and thighs.

emerald green strapless sundress for summer

EMERALD GREEN

Of the jewel toned colors, emerald green emerges as a favorite this Summer. From Derek Lam to Christian Siriano, designers this season took the hue to new heights with green jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, dresses, and even shoes. “Follow your own yellow brick road” to the Emerald City with a Hale Bob emerald green strapless ruffled sundressPair your bright style with flat T-strap sandals and a straw tote for a day at the beach. Simply switch out the tote for a clutch and sweep your hair into a chic topknot for a quick transition into the cocktail hour. Go bold this Season, and try adding this bright color to your Summer wardrobe.

T Shirt cotton dress

T SHIRT DRESS

Lastly, what better way to stay cool on hot summer days than to throw on your favorite T-shirt dress. A “no nonsense” style which looks great on anyone, the T-shirt dress is perfect for those sweltering sticky days when you don’t feel like anything touching your skin. You can throw on your favorite sneakers and a pair of sunglasses for the perfect “Athleisure” summer style. A simple coverup option, pair your T-shirt dress with flat sandals and your favorite swimsuit at the pool or beach. When hot summer days turn into warm summer nights, your T-shirt dress is the perfect evening wear choice paired with gold wedges and a matching gold clutch. We love Hale Bob’s printed Charmeuse T-shirt dress made with 100% silk to keep you cool and an empire waistline to emphasize trim arms and legs. To accentuate a skinny waist, we love the jersey knit printed T-shirt dress from Hale Bob with ruching along the sides. Whichever silhouette you choose, be sure to include a T-shirt dress into your Summer wear for easy, breezy style.

Liberty Garden Black Lace Dress

We hope you enjoyed our top selections for cool Summer style. As the weather warms, flowy sundresses are the perfect choice to beat the heat yet keep up with the latest trends. From maxi to midi to mini, there’s an array of chic dresses waiting for you to enjoy. White strapless maxi, blush pink, tribal, floral, tropical, jewel toned, T-shirt- which sundress style suits YOU the best? We’d love to hear your top pick for cool Summer fashion.

MAXI DRESSES TO FIT EVERY STYLE

Summer floral maxi dress on vacation

Now that Summer is upon us, it is time to take a step back, relax, and enjoy the warmer weather. And nothing says “Summer” better than the return of the ever popular Maxi Dress. This Season, designers from Emilio Pucci to Roberto Cavalli to BCBG Max Azria updated the Maxi Dress style to incorporate bolder patterns, sweeping fabrics, and newer silhouettes. Even if you don’t normally prefer the “Maxi Dress” look, we are confident you will find one this year to perfectly fit your personality, fashion, and body shape. With a simple change of accessories, this dress will take you from the beach to the city streets to evenings out on the town Take a look at our favorite trending Maxi Dresses for Summer 2015 and pick your favorite style.

floral long summer maxi dress

FLORAL MAXI DRESS

The floral Maxi Dress has been a popular Summer staple for the past few years, but designers this Season updated the look with bolder print and brighter colors. Look for the floral gown in bright pinks and purples or show off your summer tan with a neon green and yellow Maxi. We love Hale Bob’s colorful pink crocheted silk Maxi Dress with purple and aqua detailing. Pair your Maxi perfectly with Steve Madden’s newest “Carrlitta” flat sandals for casual everyday styling or dress it up with Betsey Johnson’s “Ritzyy” strappy heels. Either way, you are sure to “shine bright as diamonds” this Summer.

Tie Dye Boho 70's Maxi Dress for Summer 2015

TIE DYE 70’S BOHO MAXI DRESS

With the 70’s style back in a big way this Season, now is the perfect time to try the throwback “Boho” trend. Perfect for Summer concerts, outdoor festivals, and beach days, look for drop waist, tie dye, and floor length Maxi Dresses to add to your wardrobe collection. Shop the above look with Hale Bob’s mint tie dye halter Maxi Dress, on sale now for a limited time only. Complete your “Boho” look with a Rag and Bone floppy hat, Free People’s gladiator sandals, and a chic fringe cross body from Street Level and you are ready to groove to Summer’s latest trend.

tribal print drop waist maxi dress

TRIBAL PRINT MAXI DRESS

Another trending “Boho” look seen across the Runways is the drop waist tribal print Maxi Dress. From Etros to Roberto Cavalli to Stella Jean, these designers mixed intricate tribal patterns and animal style print with bolder, brighter blues, greens, and pinks for an updated, modern style. Get the look now and keep up with one of this Season’s trendiest designs with Hale Bob’s multi-colored silk charmeuse drop waist Maxi Dress. Go “Boho” with a lace suede vest from Liberty Garden and flat leather sandals or dress it up with delicate red heeled sandals from Stuart Weitzman and a matching Marc Jacobs red clutch. Or try Liberty Garden’s newest strapless drop waist tribal print Maxi Dress perfect to dress up or down all Summer long.

coral pink sleeveless Maxi Dress for summer weddings

SUMMER WEDDING MAXI DRESS

If the “Boho” trend is not quite for you, try a more fitted silhouette with a cinched waist and tiered skirt, a perfect option for all of your family and friends’ Summer weddings. Instead of opting for the usual white or black, stand out in style with this Season’s bright corals, hot pinks, and emerald greens. We love Hale Bob’s coral pink halter Maxi Dress with delicate lace tiered skirt perfectly paired with Steve Madden’s “Silly” nude sandals and matching clutch for perfect party fashion.

white lace maxi dress

LACE MAXI DRESS

Another great option apart from the loose “Boho” style, is the delicate but sleek fitted “mermaid” shaped lace Maxi Dress. A perfect staple for weddings and garden parties, this Maxi Dress will carry you through all of Summer’s best memories. You can also pack your lace Maxi Dress on your next getaway, perfect to pair with one of Hale Bob’s great selections of flattering swimsuits or throw your hair in a topknot and accessorize with strappy sandals for a hot evening out on the town. Stay trendy with Hale Bob’s ivory sleeveless lace Maxi Dress with half slip, one of this Season’s most popular silhouettes.

Rachel Zoe maxi dress for the office with black leather jacket

OFFICE DAY MAXI DRESS

Bring the Maxi Dress look into the workplace and wow your co-workers the next time you step into the office. Take a tip from fashion advisor Rachel Zoe and dress up your style with a matching leather jacket and handbag case paired with Tory Burch black strappy heels and chic Roberto Cavalli oversized sunglasses. Shop Rachel Zoe’s similar style dress with Hale Bob’s animal print silk charmeuse Maxi Dress.

black maxi dress for the office

Some tips when styling your Maxi Dress for the office include pairing with a solid colored blazer, jacket, or suit coat, accessorizing with bold bangles, a watch, and earrings, and sticking to a moderate heel height for all day comfort. Liven up a basic black Maxi Dress with a bright jacket, a gold belt and bangles, and a leopard print clutch. To achieve the look, try Hale Bob’s black jersey Maxi Dress paired with a crisp ivory or purple Bolero Jacket and surprise your workplace with dazzling Summer office style.

blush pink maxi dress for summer

BLUSH COLORED MAXI DRESS

Step into this Season’s trendiest color with a blush pink pleated Maxi Dress. From Ralph Lauren to Emerson, the Spring runways were filled with blush pink dresses, blouses, pants, and skirts. The feminine color also promises to carry into the Fall and Winter Seasons paired with soft grey jackets, coats, and boots, so now is the time to get in on the trend. Try Liberty Garden’s newest blush colored Maxi Dress, perfect for a Summer wedding or paired with flat sandals for a walk on the beach. Easily segue into cooler Seasons by layering an ivory or trendy grey terry knit lace jacket from Liberty Garden over your dress for multi-Season styling.

Strapless tropical print Maxi Dress for the beach

 Whether floral, Boho, lace, tribal, or blush, the Maxi Dress is you “go to” essential for Summer styling. The Maxi Dress is perfect for any occasion, formal to casual. Pair with sandals and your favorite swimsuit for the beach, or a jacket and heels for the office, or dance the night away with chic strappy heels and a sparkly clutch. Here at Posh at Play we have a great selection of Maxi Dresses to fit any style and flatter every figure. Now it’s time to start shopping your favorite Maxi Dress fashion. And even if Maxi Dresses aren’t quite your style, check out the newest selections on our “New Arrivals” page.