Rock the Trend: Culottes

Like many fashion trends that fade and return, culottes are back and making a big splash. But unlike some trends, this wide-legged look has proven to be more of a staple than a fad. In fact, store shelves are showing that culottes are sticking around for yet another season, highlighting their versatility and staying power. From street style stars to A-listers, everyone seems to have jumped aboard the culottes train, making them an “It” silhouette for all seasons.

The loose cropped pants are not only fashionable and polished, but also incredibly comfortable for busy workdays. The main reason to add culottes to your wardrobe is because of their versatility. The wide-legged pants can be worn with a collared shirt for a professional look during the day or with an elegant blouse and heels for a night out. Culottes flatter woman of all heights and are the perfect way to elevate your look.

Culottes are super comfy and they’re perfect for spring or summer because they’re breezy, chic, and look better without lots of layers. The problem? They can seem very intimidating and tricky to wear, because they come off as very high-fashion. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them a part of your wardrobe! Here are some style tips on how to wear culottes:

1) Keep it chic and professional yet cool with solid culottes, a graphic tank and a pair of strappy heels.

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2) A cropped tee with culottes keeps these casual, fun and different.

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3) Printed culottes make a big statement on their own. Keep the rest of your outfit simple with a solid-colored tee.

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4) Wear a pair of culottes that ties at the waist and show that off by tucking your shirt in.

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5) Pair culottes with a matching top to create a jumpsuit-like look.

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6) Feeling chilly? Add a leather jacket to toughen up even the most feminine culottes.

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7) Add a blazer and heels for a professional outfit.

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8) Pair culottes with a shirt to get a formal look.

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9) Pair culottes with a denim jacket for a casual, yet chic look.

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10) Go for an outfit that is all one color. White on white is super summery and makes this almost look like a jumpsuit.

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Gucci Garden – The Perfect Collection for 2016

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While floral prints have been a big thing over the past few seasons, they are split into abstracts and rather realistic designs. This time around, however, the abstract floral prints are ruling the fashion world, what with the gauzy skirts and very summery bodies lending to its appeal. Alessandro Michele brought in the abstract floral patterns for 2016 with the launch of the new Gucci Garden Collection. This exclusive collection is characterized by the flora and fauna symbols that are part of the House’s new design lexicon.

“Gucci Garden” is a line of women’s ready-to-wear clothes and accessories printed with a veritable jungle of florals. But amongst the flowers are prints that feature ornately laden birds, bees, bugs, a king snake and all manner of flora and fauna wrought in a Rococo-esque style. Inspired by antique oil paintings, the pattern’s key motifs include the bee, which symbolizes nature’s life cycle and the snake, which represents wisdom and power.

The 20-piece collection, which has already been worn by the likes of Caroline Issa and Georgia May Jagger, offers a range of Alessandro Michele’s greatest hits, including a pleated ankle-length dress, ’70s-style shorts and a reversible zip-up bomber jacket. The collection also includes the brand’s iconic accessories. Exciting additions include wardrobe staples like a neoprene sweatshirt, a cotton T-shirt and denim flares that have already become part of most Gucci fans’ shopping wishlist.

The only catch with Gucci Garden is that the collection is available online only, that is, it will only be available in countries where Gucci runs its e-commerce site. Translation: India is excluded. Your best bet? Get a friend from a region where Gucci Garden is available to ship your purchases back here for you. When there’s a will for Gucci, there’s always a way.

Rainy Day Outfit

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

~ Langston Hughes

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The most beautiful season is here. The rain is in itself so beautiful, but it also makes everything so beautiful – the trees, the gardens, the streets. Now since everything is so beautiful in the rains, lets make our outfits also beautiful.

Here is a beautiful inspired rainy day outfit –

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True Decadence Structured Skater Dress

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L. K. Bennett Sandra Grey Coat

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Burberry Giberth Rainboot

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Fulton Bloomsbury Mono Floral Umbrella

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10 Ways To Mickey Mouse

Michael Theodore Mouse (Mickey Mouse) is Disney’s most famous character and serves as the company’s mascot. President Jimmy Carter once said, “Mickey Mouse is the symbol of goodwill, surpassing all languages and cultures. When one sees Mickey Mouse, they see happiness”.

To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.

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The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

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It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

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Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

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Happiness is not about having or not having problems. Everyone has problems, but not everyone is unhappy.

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If you can dream it, you can do it.

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Your ability to grow is dependent on your ability to forgive.

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Decide to be happy when you start your day. React with joy, whatever comes your way. You may be hurt by what people say, but don’t let anyone spoil your day.

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I don’t hate anyone. The only people I know well enough to hate, I love.

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Disney Villains Outfits

Similar to the Disney Princesses, the Disney Villains have their own franchise. The franchise consists of Disney’s most well-known and beloved villains. These are some of my favourite Disney villains –

Maleficent

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Maleficent is an evil fairy and the main antagonist of Sleeping Beauty. She is ruthless and devious and will do whatever it takes to achieve her goals. She is soft spoken, proper and elegant and has two possible motivations for her crimes, either out of pride or she is simply a monster who enjoys being evil. However, Maleficent is also very lonely and hurt inside.

The Evil Queen

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The Evil Queen or Queen Grimhilde is the main villain in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She is cold, cruel and has an extreme vanity that made her utterly intolerant of rivals. Her evil and hatred come from nothing more than her fiendishly obsessive desire to remain the “fairest in the land”. Despite her insanity, she is also extremely intelligent and calculating, wanting to ensure that she does not overlook anything in order to make her plans an absolute success.

Scar

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Scar is egotistical and prides himself on his intelligence and is a narcissist. He is highly intelligent, easily able to manipulate situations and conversations to his advantage. However, he is lazy, hedonistic and self-centered, causing him to be a desperate ruler. Scar is a coward at heart, preferring to run away from violence and manipulate others into fighting his own battles for him. However, he is really strong-willed and determined, defending his throne to his last breath.

The Queen of Hearts

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The Queen of Hearts is the main antagonist of Alice in Wonderland. She is the tyrannical and deranged ruler of Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts has a very psychotic personality. She is incredibly impatient, irrationally sensitive, prone to temper tantrums and rather egotistical. Like any insane person, she has huge mood swings, from content to enraged at a moment’s notice. 

The Big Bad Wolf

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The Big Bad Wolf believes that being bad is what wolves are supposed to do. He is scheming, crafty, sneaky, mean, tricky, dishonest and greedy. Though, he adores his sons and has, on occasion, passed up the possibility of pork chops for the safety of his sons.

Cruella De Vil

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Cruella De Vil is the main antagonist of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. She is a wealthy, fashion-obsessed heiress who wishes to use the skins of 99 Dalmatian puppies for a fur coat. She is evil, sarcastic, ambitious, greedy, relentless, rude, reckless, psychotic, egotistical, bipolar, short-tempered, cruel, ruthless, sadistic, glamorous and obnoxious.

Captain Hook

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Captain James Bartholomew Hook is the main antagonist of the Peter Pan franchise. Captain Hook acts as a menacing and cunning villain. Due to this, he has made a fool of himself quite often. Despite this, he’s still a very furious character. He is very murderous. Hook is extremely intelligent and manipulative. He is incredibly cruel, deadly and short tempered.

Mr. Smee

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In spite of serving a feared captain and a crew of brutal pirates, Mr. Smee is, ultimately, a kind-hearted character. Though he makes attempts to perform villainous acts, his gentle nature often gets in the way of this; his ultimate agenda usually focusing around keeping peace and some form of stability within Captain Hook’s life. Overly eager to please, Smee can easily be described as a chronic bumbler and appears to have minimal intelligence, overall. Though, he is extremely loyal and obedient.

Jafar

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Jafar is portrayed as an amoral psychopath who’ll not hesitate to destroy anyone he perceives as a threat to his own sinister designs. Jafar also displays narcissistic tendencies, his most obvious ones being his obsessive desire for power and sense of entitlement. He is attracted to a beautiful girl or woman that is a protagonist. He is cunning, evil, dark, mysterious, conceited, snobby, selfish, power-hungry, vindictive, dramatic, sneaky, persuasive and smooth-talking.

Gaston

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Gaston is the main antagonist of Beauty and the Beast. He is strong and handsome and is all too aware of this. A narcissist who sees himself as superior to everyone around him, Gaston is boorish, uncultured and sexist. He also is very arrogant. He is extremely shallow, petty and unfair. Gaston is rude, conceited, selfish, chauvinistic, stubborn, persistent, pompous and a beast within.

Disney Personalities & Fashion

Minnie Mouse

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Minnie mouse is sweet in nature, romantic and fun-loving. She is strong-willed She is often described as “feisty” by other characters. Minnie has a habit of becoming easily frustrated, can be impulsive, obsessive and occasionally naïve.

Donald Duck

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Donald’s most famous personality trait is his uncontrollable temper. Although Donald can be loud, rude and selfish, he is extremely loyal and will do anything to help a friend in need. Donald is basically an easy going person and is quite fearless and more than willing to take on any fight no matter who the foe may be.

Cinderella

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Cinderella is a headstrong and independent young woman who doesn’t let her anger and sorrow get the better of her. She is kind to most and is very sweet. She is also very patient, calm, intelligent and hardworking. She has been shown to have a slightly sarcastic side to her.

Aurora

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Aurora is kind, shy, elegant and sophisticated, as well as a hopeless romantic. She is a slightly naive and carefree young woman. She is kind-hearted, blissful and dreamy.

Daisy Duck

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Daisy Duck is fun-loving and a lover of glamour. She often annoys her friends as she loves to talk, is easily bored and at times, can overstay her welcome. She loves the spotlight and can be very competitive, but always looks for the best way to apologize, knowing her right and wrongs and is very loving and caring towards her friends. She’s worldly, sophisticated, wellbred and loves to be surrounded by pretty things. She is confident and is capable of going into rages when upset.

Snow White

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Snow White is the sweetest and the most gentle of all the Disney Princesses. She’s naive, resilient, sentimental, helpful and kind, but can also be quite assertive and has the sternness of a mother. However, her kindness and generosity can often blind her judgment and she’s quick to break rules if it means to help someone in trouble. She’s always quick to rebel against anything that will go against her high moral values. Snow White is well known as an optimist; she always had a positive outlook on life. She is the most pure-hearted of the Disney Princesses.

Belle

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Belle is very intelligent and has an amazing vocabulary, active imagination and an open mind. She is very confident and outspoken in her opinions and seldom likes being told what to do. Belle isn’t concerned about hers or other’s appearances, and is able to look past how people appear and into their hearts. She is quite obstinate when it comes to stating her points, upholding her opinions and maintaining her ideas.

Ariel

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Ariel is a bright, spirited mermaid who is also adventurous and stubborn. Her curiosity and love for adventure sometimes gets her into trouble. She is very protective of her friends and is very forgiving and compassionate. She has a bad temper and is feisty.

Mulan

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Mulan is courageous and self-reliant. She is clumsy, outspoken and independent rather than graceful, obedient, silent and demure. She is also intelligent and determined. She is also kind and warm-hearted. 

Jasmine

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Jasmine is incredibly independent and strong in many ways. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind, no matter who she’s up against. Jasmine won’t hesitate to stand up for what’s right. She is extremely compassionate and caring. She can, at times, be too fussy and opinionated, as well as incredibly stubborn. She can also speak without thinking at times. Jasmine is also sassy and seductive in her ways.

Winnie the Pooh

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Pooh is described as being a bear of very little brain. He is generally kind and friendly towards everyone; he is also very childlike and likable. He can be very courageous in tough times. Pooh is very loyal to his friends and has a knack for being very optimistic during times of despair. He is also very forgetful and slow on the uptake.

Tinker Bell

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Tinker Bell is very independent, opinionated, sassy, stubborn and hot-tempered. She is very devoted and loyal to those she loves. She dislikes being told what to do and is impulsive, reckless and rebellious.

Merida

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Merida is a very brave, bold, daring, courageous, stubborn, rebellious and headstrong girl who does not fit the stereotypical princess role. She is very athletic and tends to be ungraceful, has bad manners and is extremely tomboyish. She is very adventurous, brave and free spirited. Merida is kind and caring to those she really cares about and who are very close to her.

Nemo

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Nemo is very energetic and friendly. He is very adventurous and curious. However, he does not accept that he cannot do everything.

Flounder

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Flounder is Ariel’s best and the most loyal friend. He easily gets scared and is prone to panicking under stressful situations. He is very loyal and lovable.

Giselle

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Giselle displays similar traits to the Disney Princesses. She is often described as 80% Snow White, with some traits borrowed from Cinderella and Aurora and her spunky attitude comes from Ariel. She is eternally optimistic and romantic, but is also very independent and true to her convictions. She is innocent, optimistic and kind hearted.

Zarina

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Zarina, also known as the pirate fairy, is curious and feisty. She is very determined, roguish, ambitious, sneaky, crafty, convincing, persuasive, tricky and is not afraid to speak her mind.

The Evil Queen

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The Evil Queen is cold, cruel and has an extreme vanity that makes her utterly intolerant of rivals. She is also extremely intelligent and calculating, wanting to ensure that she does not overlook anything in order to make her plans an absolute success. She is ruthless, conniving and deceiving.

Esmeralda

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Esmeralda is fearless and streetwise with a heart of gold and is very capable of defending herself. She is righteous, defiant, outspoken, fearless, charitable, selfless, wise, flirtatious, alluring, sassy, elusive and caring. She’s also able to look beyond physical appearances.

Alice

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Alice is a daydreamer and has a vivid imagination. She is polite, honest, adventurous, well spoken, lovely and respectful, if not given a reason to be otherwise. She is also very adventurous and curious.  

Violet Parr

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Violet Parr is generally shy and withdrawing. She has a curious and experimental nature to her. She also has a sharp and observational sense of humor. She is intelligent, insecure, stubborn, sarcastic, tomboyish, reserved, easily annoyed, protective, sisterly and is very brave.

Last comes Disney’s most famous and my favourite……

Mickey Mouse

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Mickey prefers to be laid back and enjoys the serene moments of life above all. He can be forgetful, but is extremely imaginative. He sometimes chooses fun and adventure over working. Mickey believes there is at least a small dose of kindness in everyone’s heart, resulting in him being quite forgiving. He is also understanding, sympathetic and incredibly brave. He is optimistic and is very noble and generally puts the people he loves in front of his own well being.

The Art of Doing Nothing

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We are always told that in order to get anywhere, we must always be striving, working and pushing our way through the barriers standing between our reality and our dreams. But what if we stopped for a moment, took a deep breath and instead of doing, just spent some time not doing? 

Doing nothing calms the soul. It helps create meaningful action and lets you start your something. When you start doing nothing, you start working towards meaning. Our natural state is not to be idle, but to be in constant motion. But in order to make sure our motion is going in the right direction, we first need to be still. We need to remove the noise of our busy lives, stop our movement and let gravity pull us down.

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Sure, we all know how to do nothing. We all know how to lay around and waste time. But many of us are too busy to do it much and when we do it, our minds are often on other things. We cannot relax and enjoy the nothingness.

We live in a world that views doing nothing as laziness. But doing nothing isn’t about being lazy or passive. Doing nothing is about being still. The amount of time doesn’t matter whether it is ten seconds or ten minutes. What matters is that you’re still. You need to slow down, stop and center yourself.

When you start doing nothing, you start working towards meaning. Our natural state is not to be idle, but to be in constant motion. But in order to make sure our motion is going in the right direction, we first need to be still. We need to remove the noise of our busy lives, stop our movement, and let gravity pull us down.

In order to start doing nothing, you need to be able to stop doing things, especially in the mornings as early mornings are the easiest times to do nothing. The world is quiet, most people are still asleep and your mind is generally free of all the busy stuff that comes with a normal day. Treat your mornings as sacred times to do nothing each day.

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Doing nothing by sitting still and breathing can transform your life. You’ll be more confident, more compassionate and mindful of others. You’ll be grateful for every moment of your life and you’ll be happier because you are more grateful and content.

When you wake up each day, start your day off right by doing the most important thing first, that is, doing nothing.

While there are certainly some who might perceive this notion as a recipe for economic collapse and cultural ruin, there is also ample evidence to suggest that doing nothing on a regular basis can actually inspire greater creativity and lead to a more productive life.

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Doing nothing can be a waste of time or it can be an art form. Cats are very good at doing nothing. It is difficult to approach their level of mastery, but they make for great inspiration.

YOLO

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YOLO is an acronym that pop culture has developed for the term “You Only Live Once”. It is probably one of the most popular and also one of the most misinterpreted concepts among the youth. This concept was popularized by the 2011 song “The Motto” by Canadian rapper Drake.

The Urban Dictionary has defined YOLO as – “The stupid person’s excuse for something stupid that they did.” 

X: “Hey I heard you went to a party and used drugs?”

Stupid person: ” Ya man, but hey YOLO.”

Y: “Hey I heard that you broke your leg falling off the bike while doing some stunts?” 

Stupid person: “Ya but hey YOLO”

Believing that you should do something that can cause harm to something or someone else because ‘you only live once’ is demoralising and frankly, sad. Driving extremely rashly because YOLO or taking drugs at the club because YOLO is not what this concept is intended for. Unfortunately, its overusage has stripped away the deeper meaning, that dates back to the days of “Carpe Diem”, meaning, “seize the day”.

YOLO is not about making stupid decisions or being complete fools just for the sake of it. YOLO is a phrase meant to remind people that you really do only live once, so make the most of the days that you do have.

It means chasing your true dreams because you only get one shot. It means standing up for your beliefs even if no one else agrees with you. It also means doing something you maybe normally wouldn’t do.

That is when things get ambiguous and people start using YOLO for every little action. Of course, you should let loose and have a little fun, but remember that YOLO was never meant to be an excuse for dumb decisions.

There is a popular saying, “The concept of YOLO isn’t to smoke and drink and make a fool of yourself. It is to go out and do something with your life that matters.”

Use YOLO as a reminder to do what you love and take advantage of each day.

Special Days – Special Outfits

Special days call for special outfits. Here are some outfits for special days-

Valentine’s Day

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On Valentine’s Day, friendship, family and love mean a lot more than looks. Deciding what to wear on Valentine’s Day depends on where you are going and what you’re doing. You can wear a cute, formal outfit or a sexy red dress or a skirt and a pretty top. If it is cold, you can wear skinny jeans with a fashionable top. Generally, red and pink are typical colors for Valentine’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with all things green. The great thing about this holiday is you are free to go as subtle or as wild as you like. You can wear a green t-shirt or a green-striped polo or collared shirt with skirts or pants or green dresses or maxi dresses or a green plaid skirt.

Halloween

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You don’t HAVE to dress up scary or gory at a Halloween party. Go as simple or as complex as you like. Popular Halloween costumes include zombies, monsters, witches, demons, serial killers, horror movie characters, warlocks & ghosts, celebrities, super heroes, Disney Princesses, mickey or minnie mouse, devils, vampires, Greek Gods or Goddesses, animals, fairies, pirates etc.

Easter

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Easter clothing typically evokes bright, spring-like colors, patterns and styles. Traditional Easter Sunday attire includes dresses and hats, but nowadays, formal Easter attire is being replaced by more casual clothes. A sundress with a cardigan or an a-line skirt with a sweater or pants with a lightweight top are some options.

Thanksgiving

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What you wear for a Thanksgiving dinner on the type of the event. You should know whether the dinner is casual or dressy. Keep it simple for a casual Thanksgiving. For a dressy Thanksgiving, you can wear a fancy dress with tights or a fancy top with patterned skirt or pants. Colors like burgundy, orange, tan, brown, black, white, nude, gold, peach, yellow, red, orange or purple look great.

Christmas

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Christmas calls for a festive outfit. A bit of glitz and glamour is a must and can be incorporated in your Christmas outfit in a number of different ways. For a comfortable Christmas outfit, you can wear a sparkly top with slouchy jeans. For a smarter outfit, you can team some glitzy shoes with a smart, festive dress or jumpsuit.

New Year

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Most new year parties are festive and a little wild and your style needs to reflect that. You can wear daring, glitzy outfits with bold shoes and accessories. Short skirts are relatively standard for New Year’s Eve. Try a sequined dress or a sequined skirt with a simple fitted tank top or blouse or wear a sequined top with a black pencil skirt or trousers.

Beach Fashion

Cute mini or maxi dresses, shorts or mini or maxi skirts paired with a tee or with a cool, loose shirt look great. Printed dresses, jumpsuits or rompers in a light material and in cool and bright colors are perfect for the beach because they’re fun, easy and breezy without much hassle involved.

Well, you can’t think of a beach without thinking about a swimsuit. You can wear a one piece or a two piece swimsuit depending on your body type, your culture and background, on the location of the beach and also on your personality. A cover up is also essential for the beach. You can wear a sarong or try a one-piece kaftan or a beach cover up dress. Palazzo pants or yoga pants with a cool top are also great for the beach.

Hats and sunglasses are essential for sun protection on the beach. A cute hat that coordinates with your dress and outfits can be worn. You can wear a panama hat as it goes with almost everything. You will also need a handbag for the beach. A cute oversized handbag is ideal.

For a beach party, you have to dress up casually. You can wear a cute summery dress or shorts or skirts in cool colors like blue, yellow, white, pink, mint, coral etc.

Light breezy dresses and strappy sandals are perfect for a beach wedding. Of course, you can’t wear white for a wedding, but you can opt for cool colors like yellow, blue, pink, mint and so on.

Here are some dresses for the beach-

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Here are some shorts and skirt outfits for the beach-

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Here are some jumpsuits and rompers for the beach-

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Here are some swimsuits and cover ups for the beach-

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Here are some palazzo pants outfits for the beach-

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Here are some handbags, sunglasses and hats for the beach-

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Here are some outfits for a beach party-

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Here are some outfits for a beach wedding-

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