Adding More Fun to Your Summer Style

Guest Post by Tina Hamilton

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The summer sunshine, blooming flowers and clear skies are all reasons to be grateful for the wonderful season. It’s a perfect time to get outside, express your emotions and enjoy your blessings. Showcasing your personal style is a great way to express all of those emotions. This year, make your summer style as vibrant and happy as your personality to show everyone just how fabulous summertime can be.

There are a lot of different ways that you can make your summer style fun. No matter what, you should always let your personality shine through your wardrobe. Your daily fashion is the best way to express the way that you feel that day, so let everyone know how happy you are that summer is finally here. Here are some ways that you can add more fun to your summer style.

Choose bright colors

There are bright colors everywhere in summer, not only outside but also in fashion. Trends this year involve coral and orange tones that flatter almost every skin tone. Break the mold by trying out a few of these colors. You can even pair them with other bright colors for an outfit that screams summer fun. Be careful, however, that your colors are in the same color palate and that they complement each other. This means that one should be slightly more dominant than the other to balance your look out.

Show a little skin

The weather is heating up, so it’s time to push the limits and let a little more skin show this summer. You don’t have to strip down to a bikini every day, but there are some ways to can strategically show more skin to add more mystery and sex appeal to your look without being over the top.

You can take this in small steps, like wearing a high heel with skinny straps for your next night out, or be a little more dramatic with a crop top and high waist skirt to show just a little extra skin. Try perfect fitting bras in lace peeking out underneath some of your low cut racer back tank tops for a fun, flirty look.

Pull inspiration from nature

We love having fresh, bright flowers in our homes for summer, so why not let your love of nature show in your clothing choices? There are great floral patterns in every style of clothing that is perfect for summer every year. This season’s trends involve big prints, but you can work in last year’s tiny floral prints as well.

Wear clothes that are completely you

No matter what season it is or what trends are in fashion at the moment, you should always feel comfortable in the clothes that you are wearing. Wear things that you truly like, not just what you think it the trendiest at that particular time. Pick things that flatter your body and make you feel beautiful every day. If you do this, you can stick to a smaller wardrobe that you can mix and match to meet the needs of any day.

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Author Bio:

Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. You can find her on Twitter.

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Summer Espadrilles

by Sherria 

Espadrilles are back in style! The approximately 400 year-old style was said to have been worn by King of Aragons’ infantry men in the XIII century. The style has evolved into a popular shoe staple among women in the summer seasons.  Nowadays, anyone can shop for a pair of espadrilles in most department stores, including Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

I love espadrilles because they are multi-functional, cute and casual. Espadrilles can be worn from the rooftop party to the museum visit. On the other hand, if you work in an office setting, wedged espadrilles can be appropriate. However, I would not recommend the casual look for a business meeting. I would suggest wearing them on an average work day and casual Friday’s.

Below are A*cute’s top espadrille picks for summer: 

 

 

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1) Seville Wedge Espadrille (J.Crew, $128)

2) Lanii Espadrille Flats (STEVEN by Steve Madden, $99)

3) Ganessa Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandals (Calvin Klein, sale $54.50)

4) Galia Stripped Canvas Espadrille Flats (Christian Louboutin, $445)

Sherria’s Spring Wish List

by Sherria

The sun is finally starting to shine here on the East Coast and it’s putting me in “shopping mode.” Since I already have a ton of clothing in my closet from last spring, I’m planning to add only a few small accessories and dresses to my spring/summer wardrobe. I believe that small accessories can be mix and matched with the same outfit to create a totally different look (FYI: It’s also more economical than purchasing more clothes).

Below are three of my top picks to add to a spring wardrobe:

 

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Kealla Wedge Sandal (ALDO, $65)

Navy Enamel Bezel Silicone Metro Watch (Kate Spade, $175)

Botanical Woven Dress (Forever 21, $19.90)

 

UK Designer Takes On US Retail

by Sherria

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Nigeria-born, London-bred Fashion Designer Duro Olowu has teamed up with famed American retailer, JCPenney. Introduced this year at Fashion Week, the spring collection, “Duro Olowu for JCPenney” embraces vibrant colors and tribal prints. The collection not only features apparel, but jewelry, shoes and home goods as well.  Check out a  few of my favorite pieces below.

Floral Skirt

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Jacquard Sun Dress

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Abstract Leaf Print T-Strap Platform Sandals

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Small Tapestry Handbag

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Notebooks

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Click HERE for the home collection.

What to wear: Wedding Edition

by Jackie

Jackie's big day last November kicked off my wedding marathon.

My refrigerator is adorned with the happy, shiny faces of couples in love announcing their upcoming nuptuals with save-the-dates and ornately decorated invitations to much-anticipated weddings.  After I get over the initial excitement, the age old “What to wear?” question repeatedly plagues me as I mentally dig through my closet.  Last week, Sherria outlined the perfect gifts to buy for a just-wed couple.  Here are some A*cute suggestions on what you should wear to the blissful occasion:

Your best friend’s wedding

Stand out without out shining the bride in a colorful and flirty dress. Make sure to pair with nude sandals or pumps to elongate your legs and not compete with the dress. Top it off with bright accessories and you’ll be sure to catch the eye of the cute best man!

Old classmate’s wedding

Your old high school buddy is tying the knot! You’re bound to run into people that knew you back when you sported braces and didn’t quite know what to do with that hair of yours. Take it up a notch with a sexy, yet demure assymmetrical dress. By baring a shoulder, you can be sexy and classy. Again, keep your shoes neutral to elongate your legs and let the dress speak for itself.

The Usher

Sherria and I served as ushers for Jackie’s wedding last year. We kept it simple, yet elegant with black dresses and matching pashminas that coordinated with her vibrant wedding colors: hot pink, purple, and bright orange.

The bridesmaid

My roomie/BFF Jenn and I are honored to be bridesmaids in a friend’s wedding. We were so happy the bride and bridesmaids decided on Twobirds bridesmaids dresses. The dress is virtually one-size-fits-all and has a convertible top that can be worn in about 22 different styles to suit each girl’s unique body type and fit the mood of the wedding and reception.

And the winner is…

by Jackie

Last night’s BET Awards had many fashion hits and misses, but one winner stood above the rest.  Host Queen Latifah looked stunning during the awards show and definitely lived up to her regal name. From her throwback to the days of U-N-I-T-Y, to her show-stopping white dress seen here in the aftershow video, she let us all know why she is the “Queen.”

Queen Latifah took us back with this ensemble reminiscent of her early 90s style. Photo Credit: WashingtonPost.com

She ended the show on a bright note with this breezy white dress.

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