Effortlessly Chic Maxi Dresses

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Effortlessly Chic Maxi Dresses

 

Have you ever thought how to look effortlessly chic when it’s hot and your legs are swollen so much that you can’t fit the jeans you wore a week ago?

This happened to me this summertime. The problem of water retention is not new to me but this year it has shown a new (puffy ;)) face.

And although whole my body was swollen and my face was round and puffy like a full moon, I found a way to look effortlessly chic and feel comfortable even in the hottest day of the year. How? Please let me share with you my secret weapon: maxi long dress. Believe me, there is nothing more gorgeous and feminine than an ethereal maxi dress! I find it very romantic and glamorous. And no, long dresses are not only for skinny, tall models with incredibly long legs.

I strongly believe than every woman despite the body shape can look gorgeous in a maxi dress as long as she is respecting some rules.

The rule of thumb is to keep the right proportions. Choose a full-length dress that fits well your body especially around hips, thighs, and waist. Opt for maxi dresses with a v-neck in natural colors as they will make you look taller and leaner. If you want more variety, choose the prints that are scaled to your body size.

Naturally long, vertical prints are the most favorable for the body, as they have a great elongating and slimming down effect. Be careful with color blocks – they may make you look shorter and wider.

I’m not very tall, but I’m not a pettite either (171cm) and I love wearing my maxi dresses with ballerinas or simple elegant sandals. However if you want to add yourself few more cm you can wear the maxi dresses with pumps, espadrilles, or high-heeled sandals.

With the right accessories you can create a look you want, but always keep in mind that “less is more”.

Hands up who else is a maxi dress lover?

Let’s get shine!

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Let's get shine!

Some of you may already know that I am not a trend follower. I prefer invest in timeless classy pieces than in something that will be out of fashion in next few months.

However if I really like a trend and I think it may become a classic or I want to twist my outfit, I buy 1 or 2 trendy pieces. I never spend too much money on it though. Depending on the item, I find a quality of Zara good enough for my needs. Lower quality can ruin your classy look; too expensive piece can ruin your wallet.

Metallic fabric is one of this season’s trend. It is funny yet dangerous trend, because it is very easy to overdo it and end up looking tacky instead of classy. So today I would like to give you few tips how to wear the shiny fabrics in a classy way.

First of all, yes you guessed, less is more. Choose only one metallic item and keep the rest of your attire neutral.

Second of all, keep metallic wardrobe pieces simple and understated.

Third of all, for work choose the fabrics with metallic yarns woven in them rather the shiny ones. They will look much more elegant and less flashy.

Last but not least (advice for girls with skin condition but not only): metallic fabrics reflect the light so I do not recommend to wear them close to your face, because they will highlight any imperfection of your face, therefore rather choose skirt than top.

If you want to buy something timeless yet trendy, I suggest you to buy a pair of nice shiny ballerina flats/pumps or a handbag. With these items you easily upgrade your everyday look and the return on the investment will be much faster. And remember, sharing is caring, so share with me how you shine. 

Dressing for success

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Dressing for success

My personal day-to-day style is about comfort and practicality. However I always try to incorporate fashion and sense of style. For me the simplicity and structure are crucial. I was thinking yesterday what would be my 3 tips of dressing for success if somebody have asked me. Here are my secrets :

– find what works for you instead of copying somebody else’s style

– look attractive not sexy (at least when we talk about the on-duty style)

– be chic and classy, not trendy – timeless pieces are what you should stick to.

Remember : True style is a personal thing. It is more than following trends.

Splash your neutrals with lime!

Off-duty Chic, On-duty Chic
Splash your neutrals with lime!

Do you know what is the easiest way to raise your energy level? Yes, you are right, by regular sport effort! However your can do it also by using the right color palette. One of the color that can put us in a good mood and restore depleted energy is lime. Not everybody knows though how to wear this powerful colour. Here is an idea for energizing and effortlessly chic outfit: loose striped grey-and-white chiffon blouse match with the cotton cropped trousers. Put a lime raised loafers on your feet, grab a color-block-tote, add a lime enamel bracelet on your wrist and here you go! You are ready for any challenge of the day!