Frock On

Move over, little black dress, there is a new garment in town: the frock. OK, OK. “Frock” sounds very 18th century, but today the frock is a modern-style, boxy, loose-fitting dress. Whether it be dressy, casual, business day or summer night, the frock is interchangeable and versatile. The frock is the dress with no shape, comes in different types of sleeves and is available in all types of colors and lengths.

I typically think a dress with no shape is the best because you have so many options to style it. I  recommend getting a frock for your spring and summer wardrobes. I can promise you will never get bored with it.

Go for a solid color– By making sure it is a solid color, your frock will be the most versatile and you can get the most bang for your buck. Try colors like black, white or neutrals and then the frock can be worn in every season. If you’re looking for a spring or summer pick-me-up, try a bold and bright color.

Check for length– I find myself to be tall for a girl and whenever buying frocks, length is the number-one thing I check. I would prefer to have the dress fall beyond my finger tips rather than stopping right where they end. This way, I won’t be nervous about the dress riding up because of the loose fit. I also tend to like it a bit longer so if I want to add a belt to give a cinched waist, I will still be comfortable with it being a bit shorter.

Accessorize away– Think of the frock as a blank canvas. There are so many possibilities! Add a statement necklace, thin belt, summer scarf, denim vest — there are endless ways to accessorize the frock. By accessorizing it differently each day, you will never get tired of the look. It is like a new dress every day.

Day to Night– It is even possible to wear the frock to the office, then transform it before a night out. For a work or class outfit, try adding a cardigan and leggings with oxford shoes. Tie a belt over the cardigan and add a long chain necklace. For a night out, lose the leggings, change the jewelry and cardigan and add a pair of fun wedges.

Embellishments included–  While I suggest a simple frock, many are sold with details already included, like stripes, sequins and prints. If you are looking for an outfit that is already put together, go for this option, but if you are looking to have some fun with your wardrobe, then accessorize on your own.

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Trend Report: Emerald for spring!

The reports are in! By the look from what designers are putting on the runway this week at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and what the celebs wore on the red carpet this award show season, the color trend for spring is emerald.

From Pantone

From Pantone

Named color of the year by Pantone, who is the global authority on color, emerald will sure to be seen all the way through summer. The color of the year in 2012 was Tangerine.

My current favorite trend is colored jeans, and emerald fits this mold perfectly. Pair the green pants with a lemon zest blouse and linen colored flats. Or jazz up a work day outfit with a emerald blazer. There are so many possibilities with the trend that you will find it very easy to style emerald. It is also perfect for the color-blocking trend.

The gorgeous Anna Kendrick rocking emerald greens and a black blazer for a dressy casual look.

The gorgeous Anna Kendrick rocking emerald greens and a black blazer for a dressy casual look.

My all time favorite, Pipa Middleton, emerald jeans and navy sweater

My all time favorite, Pipa Middleton, emerald jeans and navy sweater

Color Blocking from AxThread

Color Blocking from AxThread

This color is not just for clothing, but also a great trend in accessories. Wear a chunky emerald necklace with a pink top or sport a green clutch at night. It is the perfect pop of color and such a cheery hue that screams spring! Also, the emerald trend in just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Even go for an emerald eye shadow, nail polish and dare I say it, mascara.

How are you wearing emerald this spring? Let me know! Leave a comment.


Perfect time to shop? Now!

Do not let those few warm days last week fool you. We are still in the middle of winter. Our friend, Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog, did not see his shadow so spring is not here until March 21. Prepare yourself for some more cold weeks ahead.

With that said, as you may have seen if you have been shopping recently, it is time for clothing stores to put out all their spring merchandise. Yes, it is all very exciting and pretty to look at, especially because all the bright colors that are more fun than the drab winter clothes, but don’t fall for it.

Spring clothing is at its highest price point right now. It is all a test by the store to see what consumers are buying, what sells and what doesn’t. After they do all their research, there tends to be a price change. Winter clothes, on the other hand, have all been sent to sales and clearance racks, and this is what you most definitely want to take part in.

Sweaters, boots, pants and winter coats are being marked down every day, and this is the chance for you to dive in. This is one of the few times I will pass up my go-to places such as H&M, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. I head straight to the department stores. Brands like Calvin Klein, BCBG, Kensie, Guess and more have their winter items marked at a fraction of the price. This is the time to stock up on good quality sweaters or even spoil yourself and get a new winter jacket. The prices will make you feel guilt free and you will surely be thankful for those new sweaters and jackets when you are walking to class in the cold.

January and February are the best months to buy a winter jacket because from the store’s point of view, they feel everyone already has one by this time. Stores need to make room for their spring collections, so the longer you wait, the better deal you may find. However, you may find less of a selection to choose from.

Take my advice and hit the nearest department store for not only quality winter clothes but incredible prices.

Gotten any killer winter deals recently? Let me know in the comments!