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Staying Chic on a Rainy Day

guest post by Lorraine K. Lee

Although April showers are approaching, there’s no reason to feel gloomy. Check out these reinvented classics that will help you stay fashionable in rain (and shine!). Rainy days just got a little bit brighter. 

Ponchos: a thing of the past

RainRaps are a welcome alternative to the typical ponchos and jackets that are often less-than-flattering. They come in vibrant color combinations such as pink and orange or navy and turquoise, as well as darker tones like brown and bronze or black and gray – and they’re reversible, too. RainRaps are also functional, with a water-resistant layer and lightweight fabric that allows you to easily stow it away in your bag once the sun comes out. 

Walk with a spring in your step

On the days where rain is lighter, try switching out your heavy rainboots for Neiman Marcus’ lace-front rubber/mesh loafer. Their rubber lining and soles will keep your feet dry and comfortable. They even come in five different colors!

Signed, sealed, delivered

Lastly, complete your outfit with a scarf by Silk by Bryony on those cooler spring days. Each scarf, made of 100 percent habotai silk, is sure to turn heads. British-born photographer Bryony Shearmur takes her outdoor photographs and hand-prints them on silk scarves, topping them off with her signature. Whether it’s a photo of cherry blossoms or the Los Angeles skyline, these limited edition, gorgeous pieces of art are sure to have a design that pleases even the pickiest of fashionistas. 

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How To Mix Patterns
Mixing and matching different patterns in one outfit is a bold statement and a trendy spring look, but there are some rules to follow if you want to pull it off well. Check out this example from our Polyvore and read the guidelines below to learn how to mix your patterns right.
1. Never wear more than two patterns. Wearing two patterns makes you look fashion-forward and trendy; more than two makes you look like a mess. Make sure that when you mix patterns, you stick to just two.
2. Pair detailed patterns with bold patterns. For example, if you’re wearing a floral pattern that has lots of small flowers, pair that with a wide stripe. Or, if you have tiny polka dots on your dress, wear a bold check or stripe pattern with it. Wearing two eye-popping bold patterns, or two intricate ones, makes for a busy, overwhelming look.
3. Pair patterns with coordinating colors. An orange and white polka dotted dress with a green striped coat and a pair of red heels is going to blind everyone who looks at you. Instead, choose colors that are coordinating or wear only one bold color with neutrals to keep your look classy.
4. No additional statement pieces. If you’re wearing two different patterns in one outfit, chances are that adding a statement collar necklace, chunky bangles or a contrasting pair of heels is going to send your outfit overboard. Your two different patterns are enough of a statement; everything else should be simple, subtle, and should complement your look.

How To Mix Patterns

Mixing and matching different patterns in one outfit is a bold statement and a trendy spring look, but there are some rules to follow if you want to pull it off well. Check out this example from our Polyvore and read the guidelines below to learn how to mix your patterns right.

1. Never wear more than two patterns. Wearing two patterns makes you look fashion-forward and trendy; more than two makes you look like a mess. Make sure that when you mix patterns, you stick to just two.

2. Pair detailed patterns with bold patterns. For example, if you’re wearing a floral pattern that has lots of small flowers, pair that with a wide stripe. Or, if you have tiny polka dots on your dress, wear a bold check or stripe pattern with it. Wearing two eye-popping bold patterns, or two intricate ones, makes for a busy, overwhelming look.

3. Pair patterns with coordinating colors. An orange and white polka dotted dress with a green striped coat and a pair of red heels is going to blind everyone who looks at you. Instead, choose colors that are coordinating or wear only one bold color with neutrals to keep your look classy.

4. No additional statement pieces. If you’re wearing two different patterns in one outfit, chances are that adding a statement collar necklace, chunky bangles or a contrasting pair of heels is going to send your outfit overboard. Your two different patterns are enough of a statement; everything else should be simple, subtle, and should complement your look.

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[trend alert] NEON

It’s almost spring, and the season’s trends are starting to surface. We’re particularly excited about the neon trend, but blindingly bright shades can be intimidating. We all want to be trendy, but without committing a faux pas! Here’s how to wear your neon right… without blinding your friends.

neon jewelry

neon jewelry

Accessories are a great way to brighten up your outfit without taking the neon too far. Try a bright pink collar necklace, a bright yellow wristwatch, or a set of neon bangles.

neon nails

neon nails

Nail polish is a subtle way to embrace this trend. Neon is in so bright colors are everywhere - just choose your favorite shade (or mix and match)!

neon shoes

neon shoes

Bright shoes are a bolder way to use some color. With such attention-grabbing shoes you’ll need a great pedicure to pull this off - if they’re open-toed, that is.

neon swimsuits

neon bikini

Neon swimsuits are not for the pale! Make sure you have a base tan before donning your bikini - but once you have it, the neon will make it pop.

neon bags

neon bag

Bags are a staple accessory and a great way to show off your fashionable side. Choose a bright purse or a neon work bag to pull this off!

neon eyeshadows

neon eyeshadow

Neon eye makeup is tricky, but if you get it right, it can be stunning. Check out this tutorial for some tips!

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Heard of a great spring trend you think we should hear about? Let us know in the comments!