WHITE IS RIGHT THIS SPRING

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From Alexander McQueen to Chloe to Miu Miu, white is right this Season. Usher in Spring 2016 with a pure, clean head to toe white outfit. Flattering on all skin tones, you’re sure to be the talk of the town this year. Take a peek at our favorite fashion outfits and start shopping the trends today.

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BOHO LACE DRESS

Get groovy in this Season’s trendiest fashion blast from the past. From Chloe to Zimmermann to Rachel Zoe, designers have brought back the 70’s “Boho Chic” style from last year with new and updated silhouettes and adornments for 2016. Start your collection with Hale Bob’s embroidered mesh long sleeve lace dress paired with sandal clogs from MIA and crossbody bag NEW from Rebecca Minkoff. Accessorize with a silk scarf “head band” from Free People , or pull your hair into a high pony for a sleek look. Carry your look to the office in Hale Bob’s classic long sleeve A line lace dress combined with matching lace pumps from Benjamin Adams London, a white Bolero jacket, and croco-embossed leather mini case from L.A.P.A. On your next evening out, get in on one of this Season’s trendiest silhouettes in Hale Bob’s off the shoulder lace dress complete with a snug fit to show off those curves. Casual to formal, the white Boho lace dress can be incorporated into any event or activity this Spring.

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LACE MAXI DRESS

Another favorite “Boho” look to try this Spring is the flowy longer lace maxi dress. Cool and carefree, this style is perfect for days at the beach, errands out, lunch with the girls, or a hot night on the town. NEW from Liberty Garden, we like the sleeveless white lace crochet maxi or the charming vintage empire waist dress paired perfectly with matching flat gladiator sandals from Free People, straw floppy hat by Helen Kaminski, and Lucky Brand’s fringe crossbody for perfect “Boho Chic” style. If you prefer a more classic look, you can still get on the trend with Hale Bob’s sleek sleeveless long lace dress accessorized with gold floral flat sandals from Kate Spade on casual days and ankle strap satin heels from Menbur for dressier occasions. No matter your personal style, there is a white lace maxi dress to suit everyone this Spring.

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OFF THE SHOULDER BLOUSE + SKINNIES

As we mentioned in last week’s blog, off the shoulder is one of this Spring’s most popular blouse styles. Flattering on any body type, this silhouette elongates the neckline and hides “trouble” spots like a thick waist or bigger arms. We suggest pairing your billowy top with skinny pants to avoid a bulky or “heavy” appearance. Get the look pictured above with Marques Almeida’s gauzy white blouse combined with Citizen’s of Humanity’s mid rise skinny jeans, leather handbag from Vince Camuto, and classic heels from Christian Louboutin. If your day calls for a “no jeans” rule, simply swap out the denim for Hale Bob’s cotton sateen skinny pants or sleek ultra suede leggings for elegant Springtime style.

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WIDE LEG PANTS

In contract to the skinny, the second favorite pant style among designers on the runway this Spring is the wide leg. Suitable for any body type, the wide leg pant is easily adaptable for any occasion casual to dressy. For slimmer body shapes, you have the freedom to pair your pants with anything from a snug cami to a loose fit sweater to a “Boho” crop top. For fuller figures, avoid appearing too bulky by combining your look with a tucked in tee or a tailored crop jacket. On thinner silhouettes, try Hale Bob’s white studded satin wide leg pants accessorized with Liberty Garden’s pleated swing tank , short sleeve lace back swing tee, or crochet silk cotton halter by Hale Bob. On stocky figures, emphasize a smaller waistline by pairing your wide leg pants with Hale Bob’s fitted cotton lace tank top or a crop stretch Bolero jacket. You can also wear this look combined with your favorite swimsuit at the pool or beach. Swap out the dressier satin pants for Hale Bob’s crepe de chine wide leg palazzos with smocked waist for perfect all day comfort.

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TOP + SHORTS

As Spring’s weather warms, switch out the white pants outfit for much cooler shorts. Not just reserved for casual outings, this fashion style can also be worn in more formal occasions if paired with the correct accessories. Look for a “dress short” such as Liberty Garden’s loose fitting lace skort or go with a longer version in Marni’s Bermuda style knee length shorts. Keep it classy by accessorizing with Hale Bob’s silk satin burnout blouse or go a little “Boho” in Liberty Garden’s lace trimmed chiffon top combined with a matching tote from Michael Kors and trendy clear suede toed heels from Gianvito Rossi. On more casual days swap out the dress shorts for Hale Bob’s lace crochet  or  Citizen’s of Humanity’s white denim distressed shorts and switch the heels for Jeffrey Campbell’s clear platform oxfords. Remember our tips on how you can look classy not trashy this Season in a head to toe white shorts outfit and you’re sure to turn heads wherever you go.

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ROMPER

A second shorts outfit to try this Season is the romper, connecting a blouse and bottoms together in one. Though this fashion was popular last Spring and Summer, designers have updated the look for 2016 by loosening up the silhouette and adding a “cold shoulder” neckline. Try this outfit today with the white lace crochet romper NEW from Liberty Garden paired with Castaner’s wedge sandals and rag + bone’s Panama hat for daytime fun. Segue into the evening hours by switching out the wedges and hat for lace up ankle strap heels from Aldo and matching white crystal trim clutch from Whiting & Davis. If your style is a bit more traditional, go with the long sleeve lace trimmed twill romper from Liberty Garden accessorized with flat sandals or even a pair of your favorite comfy white sneakers for the perfect “athleisure” look.

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STRUCTURED DRESS

And finally, for those who prefer a more structured silhouette, the all white style can still work for you this Season. In addition to all the suggestions we’ve listed above on how to turn the “Boho” style into a classic look, you can also include the trendy solid color sheath or shift dress into your daily wardrobe. Popularized by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn in the 1950’s, the shift is characterized as a usually sleeveless short dress featuring little to no detailed shaping. We like Hale Bob’s ultra suede filigree short sleeve dress, perfect for work, play, or your next Springtime party. In contrast, the sheath dress fits snuggly, emphasizing the curvy female form. For this style, go with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve mixed media sheath dress paired with your favorite booties or strappy heels for nighttime fun. As mentioned above, don’t forget that you can also accessorize your dress with sneakers or flat sandals for a casual, comfy style.

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From dresses to pants, casual to dressy, Boho to classic, head to toe white is a “must do” this Spring. With all of our fashion tips listed above, there is a perfect style to suit any taste and flatter every figure. Start your Spring off right with a clean, bright new Season.

 

 

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.

Italian Chic, Caio Bella!

Italians are well known for their great sense of style, rich culture, art and music.  In the 11th and 12th centuries during the peak of the Renaissance, fashion and art became an important staple in Italian society.  This was a time when artistic development was at its peak bringing about the beautiful fashion and culture we know today.  When you hear such words as Bella, Graziosa and Simpatica, a beautiful Italian woman comes to mind.  They are known for their unrivaled beauty, passion for life, and uncanny ability to put together an outfit with impeccable style and ease.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 4.30.26 PM  Sophia Loren and Monica Belluci are two famous Italian icons.  They are among the most beautiful actresses of all time and have won countless awards for their acting.  With their stunning beauty and classic style, they are the epitome of the Italian woman.  Milan, Italy is known to be one of the top fashion capitals next to Paris, London, and New York City.  It’s home to the most celebrated fashion houses in the world such as Dolce & Gabbana and Versace.  Some of the best fashion magazines have come from Italy such as Glamour, Vanity Fair, Elle and Vogue.

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Italian women aren’t the only ones turning heads on the streets of Milan.  The men take great pride in their appearance and have a timeless sense of style.  They have managed to make an art out of looking polished with little to no effort.  A few of the great Italian designers responsible for these hot men walking the streets in Italy are Giorgio Armani and Prada.

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Italy has many hidden gems such as Positano and Manarola.  These small towns were built on mountainsides and display breathtaking views of the ocean.  Italy is famous for its beautiful architecture such as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, The Colosseum in Rome, and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.  You can also find some of the most sought after paintings in the world in Italy such as The Birth of Venus, or The Creation of Adam painted by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.  The charm and character of this country is endless.  This is probably why there has been such a fascination with the Italian culture.  So bring a little Italy into your lives with our Italian inspired dresses, maxi skirts and wide leg pants.

Silk Print Dress SILK PRINT DRESS

Feel as though you just stepped into Venice with our Italian Riviera Silk Dress.  Its vibrant colors and feminine style will add a little Italian Chic to your wardrobe.  Pair with the Dina Suede Pump by Alice + Olivia to get this look.

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Spring forward with this Italian inspired Silk Shirt Dress.  With its easy effortless style, this is sure to become one of your favorites.  For added flare, wear the Kiri Teardrop Pendant Necklace by Kendra Scott.

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Walk under the Tuscan sun in this season’s hottest colors.  This Hale Bob Silk Sleeveless Top has a macrame fringe that frames the neckline.  With its unique style it will definitely be a great addition to your summer wardrobe.  Pair this top with our Cotton Sateen White Skinny Pants to complete this look.

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Add a twist of bold and beautiful to your wardrobe.  This Maxi Skirt is fun and flirty.  With its vibrant colors and attention-grabbing bold prints, you will be the talk of the Riviera. 

Wide Leg Pants “CAMDEN, SLICE OF SUMMER” STUDDED WIDE LEG PANTS

Get an instant Italian chic look in these Wide Leg White Pants.  These pants offer a fresh, sophisticated look that can be worn casually strolling on the beach or dressed up with the Mallory Ankle Strap Pump at Nordstrom.  These are a must-have in every girl’s wardrobe this season.

 

 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Boho chic is popping up in mainstream fashion everywhere you look. This free spirited, carefree and simple lifestyle is catching the eye of women of all ages. From celebrities to street goers, you run into this bohemian vibe everywhere from weddings to the workplace. For a 200-year-old fashion statement, it has been an incredibly popular way for people to express their own carefree energy, it’s been seen by many as an exotic alternative to mainstream clothing. The Bohemian style has a certain exotic and feminine appeal to it that is characterized by long maxi skirts, loose fitting blouses, an armful of bangles and long flowing tousled hair. Also very popular staples of the boho chic vibe are feathers, leather sandals and belts. To truly live the Bohemian lifestyle there are a few must-haves, the first is the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, second is Manu Dibango on iTunes and third is a cool pad with lots of floor cushions and rugs. So if you want to embrace the boho vibe, go get out your sunflower headbands, chunky bracelets, loose shirts and have fun.

Ivory Maxi Dress

 CROCHETED COTTON IVORY MAXI DRESS

This loose fitting, earthy, Bohemian-inspired ivory maxi dress is embellished with beaded and crochet detailing. Combined with style and comfort, this dress is sure to become your favorite. Pair this with the LUCAS FLAT SANDAL by Tori Burch to complete the look. 

Long Sleeve Silk Tunic SATIN BURNOUT LONG SLEEVE SILK TUNIC

Kick your look up a notch in this Long Sleeve Silk Tunic. This embellished tunic is truly breathtaking with its bright colors and unique style. Pair this with our Sateen White Skinny Pants and Michael Kors Hara Bow-Detail Thong Sandals to get this boho chic look.

Cabana Tie Dye Skirt

NEUTRAL “MAI TAI” CABANA TIE DYE SKIRT

Bring back the 60’s with this Cabana Tie Dye Skirt. This skirt is fun and flirty with its stunning ombre color scheme. Pair with a wide-brim hat and New York ‘Amaras’ Sunglasses by Kate Spade to dive back into the past! 

Silk Chiffon Blouse

“SUN KISSED FABULOUS” SILK CHIFFON BLOUSE 

Brighten up your day in this Silk Chiffon Blouse. With its eye-catching bold colors and beaded neckline, you’re sure to shine! For added flare, wear this with the 5-Stone Bangle by Ippolita