Choose the Perfect Dress to Complement Your Style

Someone once said, ‘Style is one’s own unique interpretation of fashion’. You may not be born with it, but you gradually learn to develop it. Your style defines your personality and is instrumental in casting impressions. While choosing a dress to fit your style, it’s important to be absolutely clear about what you want. Also, one needs to remember that ‘style’ follows no set rules, it goes much beyond.

Choosing The Right Dress to Suit Your Style

When one talks about picking a dress according to one’s style, Jovani short dresses come in handy. The sophisticated world of the Jovani fashion house, offers elegant, contemporary and sensuous cocktail dresses to fit all kinds of styles and tastes. Here’s how you can choose the perfect dress that mirrors you in every way:

* Body-Type and Style Go Hand In Hand – Every good style of dressing is woven around individual body-types. Basically, your figure (hourglass, pear, slender, apple etc) will determine your style. For instance, if you are a pear shape, pick a wrap-dress or an A-line design from the chic Jovani collection of short dresses to boost your style quotient.

* If your style is subtle, you can opt for solid block of colors like black, navy or green with graceful cuts that flatter your figure. For those who follow a flirty bold style, one-shoulder dresses, lace and ruffle dresses, sequined and beaded dresses and the like can prove to be a chic option to explore. There are a number of dresses with stunning hemlines that are not only sexy but highlight the confident ‘diva’ in you. Jovani showcases all styles and every short dress makes a statement in more ways than one.

* Before you go shopping for that style-complementing dress, it will help to conceptualize the look that you want in your mind. A focused approach will always fetch better results. Design your look by thinking about how to put it all together in a way that best reflects your style. Famous styles have a lot of thought, inspiration, talent and dedication behind them. Therefore, every dress that’s chosen needs to be a labor of love

* Look out for features like pleats, necklines, collars, sleeves and other detailing that gives a particular dress its character. Pick the features that blend with your style and also serve to accentuate it further. Also, don’t let your style stagnate. Keep working on it and don’t be afraid of experimenting every now and then. With Jovani short dresses at your aid, your style will always have a fresh dimension.

* Many of the dazzling short dresses are available with sheer shrugs to enhance the overall effect of the dress. If your style borders on the conservative, this is a lovely option for you.

* Short dresses give fashionistas a bright chance to show off their legs and shoes to their best advantage too.

Style is the whole package deal. Once the dress is chosen, get the right accessories and shoes to make it more appealing. Step out in style and when people stare, make it worth their while!

Dos and Don’ts of This Season’s Sportswear Chic

Thanks in part to the recent Olympics, the sportswear as casual wear trend is hitting hard and strong for 2013. Just because the sporty look is casual doesn’t mean it has to be sloppy. Baggy sweatpants, drooping T-shirts and ill-fitting cropped tops are not the key to achieving sports chic.

Do: Be tailored

Swap the baggy sweatpants for alluring leggings, the droopy tee for a jazzy yoga tank and the ill-fitting cropped top for a well-fitting hoodie. You get the idea. You can be comfy and casual and still look good.

Don’t: Go glitzy

The sportswear look is meant to be casual, which means you can really muss it up with over-the-top accessories. Massive bling, high heels, loads of makeup or a super-dressy purse are prime ways to wreck the entire vibe of the outfit.

Do: Matching accessories

Opt instead for accessories that add to the overall sporty chic-ness, such as a small canvas cross-body bag or a nifty pair of wedge sneakers. You can also go for what Fashionising.com calls the “dudette cap,” which is basically a sporty baseball cap that happens to go with your outfit. Real team logos are not necessary, although there is nothing wrong with donning a Yankees cap, for instance, if you happen to be wearing navy blue.

Don’t: Dress “as if”

Decking yourself out in a full-fledged surfer’s outfit for a night on the town is going to look, well, stupid. So is wearing a full-fledged soccer uniform as your daytime casual fashion. You do not want to appear as if you are actually on your way to participate in a sporting event when you’re really just heading out to dinner.

Do: Steal the details

Since you don’t have to be true to the actual sport outfit from which you’re stealing, you can instead focus on nabbing the coolest details. That means taking the neon vibe from the surfer’s gear, the stripes from the soccer goalie’s garb or the fab pants and shirts from the yogi. Feel free to mix and match to your heart’s content, pairing yoga pants with a striped, goalie-like shirt or a neon skort inspired by the beachiest surfers. You can apply these principles to any situation in your life as when going to the prom or homecoming parties.

Remember to keep your outfit easy, breezy and clean and you’ll be able to hit a home run with the sporty chic look just about every time. And no matter how cool a sports outfit looked before the gym, please don’t keep wearing it all day long after your workout is done.

Cool Ways to Wear a Brooch

Brooches may have been hip in your grandmother’s time, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone out of style. These fabulous, striking pins can add a jazzy dash to just any outfit, whether you’re going formal or casual, and they can even work with a boyfriend sweater and your favorite jeans!

On buttons or closures. A brooch can make an eye-catching statement on a boyfriend sweater or your favorite cardigan if you put it where a top button would normally be. The jewelry also works where other closures normally sit, such as your jeans’ waistband, your dress’s back clasp or a shirt’s button on your wrist.

 

As a conglomeration. If your outfit lacks pizzazz, you can jazz it up instantly by wearing a cool collection of brooches! The only caveat is to make sure you situate them in an area that has ample room to show them off, such as the chest area right above your heart. Heck, if one brooch is good, just imagine how great a whole collection of them can be.

As a hairpiece. Instead of reaching for that ho-hum barrette, grab a bobby pin and a bit of wire to accessorize your hair with a brooch. A brooch can look especially fab with an up-sweep and instantly cool with a side part and fastened piece of hair. You can also clip a brooch on a fabric headband or ponytail holder for extra oomph.

As a hoker. Forget scouring the flea markets for a dazzling choker pendant. If you have a brooch, you may already have one. Fasten your brooch to a velvet ribbon that you connect under the pin around your neck. Voila! Instant chic.

Along a hemline. A cute short skirt or dress becomes a killer short skirt or dress if you add an amazing brooch along the hemline. Practice the placement to make sure you don’t put it where it may uncomfortably hit your leg, and sashay out the door with a creative twist!

One of the best ways to sizzle with a brooch is to wear it where it’s unexpected. Because many brooches are fabulously showy and bold, they can add a unique touch to even the blandest outfits or add one more layer of dazzle to an outfit that already rocks.

 

Tips for Wearing Bright Colors at Your Formal Affair

Bright colors can be the main feature of your glamorous look, as long as you give them the space they need to really sizzle. More modern gowns look best decked out in splashy, vibrant colors, with the mermaid gown and sheath gown styles at the top of the list.

Both body-hugging styles can offer a full-length splash of a sizzling color, with the mermaid gown adding extra pizzazz in a contrasting flare of skirt that kicks into existence at the knee. Short cocktail dresses can also rock the look, especially if they have modern cuts or features.

Skin tone. Vibrant colors look dazzling on a wide range of skin tones. These include lighter skin with or without freckles, medium tones with brown or auburn hair, super-pale skin and darker tones that make bright colors absolutely pop.

Accessories. Going all-out with a full palette of matching, bright colors on your accessories might be enough to make your date’s head spin. Instead opt for neutrals or a complimentary pastel shade that neither detracts nor tries to exactly match the main hue.

Another major caveat for wearing bright tones is to make sure nothing clashes. This goes for the colors of your clutch, shoes and gemstones as well as your hair. Bright red hair, for instance, may not look its best next to a bright orange dress, although it could look dazzling next to a jazzy emerald green.

Use these tips to make your own splash in a vibrant gown, but be prepared for plenty of compliments and attention!

Tips for Wearing a Mermaid Dress

Wearing a mermaid dress can be a thrill, but it can also be a challenge. The gown is so named because it resembles a mermaid, with a tight-fitting body and a poufy skirt that flares out from the knee. Use these tips to find a mermaid dress you love, and to make it work for you.

 Focus on Fit. Because mermaid gowns hug every curve and expose every possible bump, finding one that fits you smoothly is your top priority. The form-fitting sheath of the gown can easily create bumps that are not usually there if you pick a gown that is simply too tight. Seamless undergarments are another rule to further avoid bumps and lumps that can ruin your look.

 Kneeling and walking. Kneeling down in a mermaid gown can be a bit difficult, but you can master the art if you practice. Rather than kneeling in the typical fashion of putting one leg far in front of the other, try kneeling by keeping your legs as close together as possible and gently moving your body down toward the floor. Use a chair for support if necessary.

Walking in the gown can also take practice. Avoiding long strides is the key to successfully staying on your feet. Walk instead with short graceful steps that do not pull at the sides of the gown. Also pay attention to your poufy mermaid skirt to ensure it flows behind you or to the sides.

With plenty of practice and the proper choice of undergarments, these tips can help you wear a mermaid dress with confidence and spend your special evening in style.

Tips for Wearing Pastels at Your Formal Event

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Pastels usually give off a feminine and delicate vibe, and you can play up that feel by opting for a feminine and delicate dress. Ideal styles for pastels include the much beloved ball gown and its shorter cousin the ballerina gown, both of which feature a form-fitting bodice and a bell-shaped skirt.

The ball gown typically reaches to the floor while the ballerina gown is cut at the mid-calf. You can even go one shorter while keeping the feminine feel in a short cocktail dress that rocks the same silhouette.

 Skin tone. Pastels can add an air of angelic beauty, or they can totally wash you out. Much of the harmony depends on your skin tone, with rosy pink tones usually look best in pastels. From there, the pastel palette is wide open! Rosy tones look equally as smashing in a luxurious lavender as they do in a soft and cuddly pink, with light yellow and sky blue also on the list.

Accessories. Don’t disrupt the soft tone or delicate look of a pastel by weighing it down with clunky shoes and heavy jewelry. Opt instead for a light-colored or neutral delicate pair of heels and equally delicate jewelry. Either silver or gold can work, depending on the shade of pastel you choose.

Pick one pastel and stick with it, as mixing more than one can leave you looking like an Easter egg! Use these tips to instead stay soft, sweet and simply stunning.

Tips on Avoiding the Fashion Accessories Police

The fashion accessories police are on the prowl when it comes to the bag and outerwear you choose to go with your gown. Every gal needs a bag, and you may also need a jacket or wrap.

The big danger is getting too bulky with your bag or drowning your gown with your outerwear. Big handbags rock, but not for the prom! Straps on big bags can pull at your gown and the bulk can ruin your silhouette.  Regardless of how gorgeous your gown is its beauty means nothing beneath a ratty or over sized wrap or jacket.

Do go small and sleek but functional. Clutches are the way to go to fully compliment your gorgeous look. Make sure it’s large enough to accommodate the bare essentials and make sure you pare down the bare essentials to what you honestly may need.

Opt for outerwear that keeps you warm and offers the protection you need while blending into your ensemble. A cozy wrap may work as can a tailored jacket that follows the silhouette of your dress.

Color and style. The color and style of your bag, wrap or jacket should compliment your gown without overpowering it or distracting from it. Opt for matching hues and the same elegant, vintage or playful style that graces your dress. If your dress is overly wild or embellished, however, stick on the simple side with your accessories.

These tips can help you remember that your gown is taking center stage and your accessories are there to support it, not take away from its glory!

Tips for Channeling a Hollywood Goddess in Your Formal Attire

The Hollywood goddess look is once again hot on the red carpet and you can channel that look with a few tips.

Gown style. Hollywood goddess gowns are definitely long, lean and super-sultry! A floor-length sheath dress is your best bet to get the Hollywood glam style, with a body-hugging fabric that shows off your curves. Hourglass figures have a heyday in the Hollywood goddess style, but the look can also work for anyone who is comfortable enough to show off in a form-fitting gown.

A sweetheart neckline rocks on the body-hugging sheath, and you can go strapless or with prominent straps that are part of a sizzling halter. The waist should be fitted and the skirt long and lean, accented with a high, leg-baring slit if you dare!

Accessories. Strappy shoes compliment the goddess look, preferably in a hue that also compliments the dress. Small, beaded clutches can add one more layer of pizzazz; opt for one in a 1940s-era vintage style. Chandelier or other prominent earrings can top off the dazzle, especially if you get them in rhinestones! Forget about the necklace if you go for eye-catching earrings and let your dress’s neckline speak for itself.

Hair. Big, loose curls were the rage for this bygone era, as long as they were contained in a smooth and polished style. Think Marilyn Monroe. Another option is a dramatic upsweep that once again highlights your neckline.

The only other tip is to be read for gads of attention as your enter your prom or big night, as the look has a way of turning heads in your direction!