Monthly Archives: June 2010

3 Fun Hats For Summer

When you’re not as meticulous with the sunscreen applications as you should be, just remember to throw on a hat.

Not all skin is the same. And the delicate skin on your face is especially susceptible to harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays because it gets a lot of sun exposure, according to the American Cancer Society.

Wearing stylish summer hats is an an easy way to protect your skin. Check out my favorite hats for summer.

Floppy hats

These hats are the ultimate beachwear accessory. Plus the wider brimmed ones keep sun off your neck and shoulders, as well as your face.

[Wear this classic floppy hat to the pool or beach. Photo courtesy Forever 21.]

The elegant look of this wide brimmed floppy hat makes me feel like it should be perched on the head of a Southern belle while she watches the Kentucky Derby. But it’s also perfect for lounging by the pool. I like the classic, simple design. This hat also comes in a light straw color and is only $7 from Forever 21.

Cowboy hats

What kind of midwesterner would I be if I didn’t add a cowboy hat to my list of favorites? I’m not saying you should go all out and complete the outfit with distressed cowboy boots and a button down shirt tied up to reveal your belly button, but a simple cowboy hat can still be fashionable.

[Wear this cute cowboy hat with a flirty dress. Photo courtesy Urban Outfitters.]

Not all cowboy hats have to look masculine, as this über-feminine hat shows. The delicate cutouts and floppy structure scream “girly.” Wear this flirty cowboy hat to the beach. This hat is $34 from Urban Outfitters.

Military caps

Lightweight canvas caps are the ultimate versatile hats for summer. Pull one over your beach hair or wear one to an outdoor get-together to add a little fun to your outfit.

[Wear this classic hat with lightweight khakis. Photo courtesy Target.]

Crisp, clean, white is the perfect summer color. You’ll be reaching for this simple white military cap all summer long. This cap is $22 from Target.

What’s your favorite summer hat? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more summer fashion from everyday threads? Check these out:

  • Do you need the height of a model to wear the maxi dress? Find out with these tips.
  • Can you guess these four questionably fashionable summer accessories?
  • Come autumn, you don’t want to have to purchase a whole new wardrobe. Learn how to transition your wardrobe between summer and fall with these tricks.
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Fashion Trend: The Maxi Dress

Since summer clothes began hitting stores a few months ago, I’ve seen the maxi dress popping up everywhere. This floor length flowy gown is made of lightweight fabric and often comes in tropical prints and bright colors.

[The maxi dress is a hot trend right now, but this long dress doesn’t look flattering on many women. Photo courtesy Forever 21.]

Maybe I’m just jealous because my five-foot stature would never allow me to wear a maxi dress, but it doesn’t seem like this trend can appeal to the masses. These dresses seem to be fit only for models and Amazonian women.

According to a National Health Statistics Report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2003 to 2006, the average woman’s height in the U.S. is about 5 foot 3 inches. Meaning most women in the U.S. would look like toddlers playing dress up in their mothers’ clothes if they wore maxi dresses.

Everything about the maxi dress isn’t all bad, though. The dress appears to be a fashionable and easy alternative to a swimsuit cover up. It also would be a nice, breezy outfit on a hot summer day. It’s just not a good trend for anyone who doesn’t have miles of legs.

What do you think about the maxi dress? Do you own one? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more summer fashion from everyday threads?

  • Keep your face shaded in style. These three fun hats are perfect for summer.
  • Can you guess these four questionably fashionable summer accessories?
  • Come autumn, you don’t want to have to purchase a whole new wardrobe. Learn how to transition your wardrobe between summer and fall with these tricks.

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Tip Of The Day: When NOT To Wear High Heels

A killer pair of heels can make a woman feel tall, powerful and sexy. Wearing them at inappropriate times, though, can make her look lean more towards the trashy or the ridiculous. Avoid wearing heels to these locations and you’ll never have a questionable shoe moment.

[Sometimes it’s best not to break out the stilettos. Avoid wearing high heels at the beach, sporting events and the airport. Photo courtesy cowbite/Flickr.]

The beach or the swimming pool

Only models and the ultimate fashionistas in the fantasy world of Sex and the City can pull off the swimsuit and high heels combination. Otherwise that outfit looks, well, more like that of a Playboy bunny. Plus no one can walk on sand in heels. Stick with some good ole flip-flops.

Sporting events

Keep the girly girl accessories to a minimum at sporting events. You can still look feminine without bringing out the stilettos at the ball game. Wear a cute outfit and some flats instead.

The airport

You may want to channel your inner adorable world traveler by wearing heels and carrying matching luggage, but the reality of the airport makes that shoe choice a bit unsuitable. Do you really want to hightail through the airport in four-inch heels because of a last-minute gate change? Or balance on one precarious spike while trying to take off your other shoe in the security line? You won’t be sorry if you wear your slightly beaten up, but most comfy shoes when traveling.

Do you have an embarrassing shoe moment? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more (often quirky) fashion tips of the day from everyday threads? Get your fix here:

  • Does something feel “off” about your outfit? Maybe it’s this problem.
  • Sometimes we sacrifice comfort in the name of fashion. Find out when the determination to be fashionable has gone too far.
  • Ever wonder about the wearing black with brown rule? Find out when it’s acceptable.

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Get Samantha’s Look From Sex and the City 2 For Cheap

The girls were back May 27 in all of their fashion glory. Because a majority of Sex and the City 2 was set in Abu Dhabi, many of the foursome’s outfits had a modern-woman-meets-traditional-Arab style.  I think the girls’ best fashion moments in the movie, though, were when they were still in New York.

[Use these three tips to get Samantha’s stylish look from Sex and the City 2 (while on a budget.) Photo courtesy Warner Bros.]

In the beginning of the movie Samantha wears a sultry black cutout dress with white high-heeled slides. Only she can pull this look off during the day. For us regular women, her outfit would work better at night. Many of us also can’t afford to dish out thousands of dollars for a single outfit. Here’s how to get Samantha’s look while on a tight budget.

This is a similar version of Samantha’s black cutout dress for only $25 from Forever 21.

[Wear this Samantha-inspired little black dress on a night out. Photo courtesy Forever 21.]

These shoes are a similar version of Samantha’s white high-heeled slides for only $30 from Charlotte Russe.

[These versatile platform sandals work great for day or night. Photo courtesy Charlotte Russe.]

These gold hoop earrings are a similar version to the ones Samantha wears. They are only $5 from Forever 21.

[Classic hoop earrings never go out of style. Photo courtesy Forever 21.]

What do you think about the girls’ looks in Sex and the City 2? Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

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Question Of The Day: Is It Ever OK To Wear Black And Brown Together?

Fashion rules have routinely dictated that blacks and browns remain separate. For me, however, the combination of the two neutrals can work—sometimes. If you’re wearing a black dress and brown shoes to a wedding, you might be the subject of a bit of “fashion don’t” gossip. But these traditionally unmixable colors truly can work together in an outfit. Find out how:

[Not sure about pairing brown and black? The combination of these traditionally unmixable colors can work if you follow a few easy tips. Photo courtesy Huzzah Vintage/Flickr.]

Mix “warm” browns with black.

One of my favorite outfit combinations is a black sweater dress with rust-colored knee length boots. The colors compliment each other and the black-on-brown makes my shoes (my favorite part of any outfit) “pop.” Metallic browns also go well with black.

Don’t play it safe.

Don’t be too wimpy when combining black and brown in an outfit. The combination of a black shirt, black pants, black shoes and a brown belt will look odd. If you’re still unsure about the black/brown combo, start with adding a larger brown element to your outfit such as a purse or a leather jacket.

That said, don’t go too crazy.

Try not to make your entire outfit consist of different shades of browns and blacks. As always, make sure your blacks match, otherwise your outfit will look off. When mixing brown with black, also try to keep the shades of the brown elements similar as well, otherwise the outfit will be overkill.

Remember fashion “rules” are just guidelines. Having your own style means choosing when to follow and when to break the “rules.”

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Do you have more fashion questions? Well, everyday threads has answers:

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4 Questionably Fashionable Summer Accessories

While warmer temperatures mean sunny days spent at the pool, lazy summer nights and lots of sunscreen applications, the temperature rise also brings a new season of fashion trends. Designers and clothing stores try to shake up the summer usual of the T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops combo by putting forth a profusion of summer fashion accessories.

You may be tempted to add some visual interest to the typically laidback style of summer clothes with new accessories, but be careful how you wear them—they could turn your outfit into a fashion mishap. Watch out for how you wear these four summer accessories.

[Flip-flops are a great summer fashion accessory. But when they get grungy and stained, it’s time to toss them. Photo courtesy c.a.s.e.y./Flickr.]

1. Fedora hat

This summer, lightweight straw Fedoras are all over stores. I don’t want to rule out this style completely. These summer hats can look good with a simple outfit and the right hairstyle, but if combined with too many other accessories such as large frame sunglasses, chunky earrings and iPod headphones, (yes, these tend to be an accessory for some) they can make you look like you’re trying too hard to “accessorize.”

If you want to try this look, limit your other accessories, keep your outfit simple (the hat should be the attention-grabber) and pull your hair into a loose side ponytail or wear it down, but slightly messy.

2. Summer scarf

Unless it’s an uncharacteristically chilly night, wearing a scarf during the summer looks ridiculous. Even though summer scarves are usually smaller and made of more lightweight fabrics than their winter counterparts, save scarves for a brisk day.

If you want to try this look, though, keep your scarf to wear for a nice occasion, such as a wedding or a party. Don’t wear it with shorts and sandals. Pair a fancier scarf with a dress, but make sure to wear the scarf loose around your neck.

3. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a summer staple—and my favorite fashion accessory on sunny days. But like anything that you choose to put on your body, clothes and accessories say something about you to others. And wearing sunglasses indoors makes a person appear standoffish and unapproachable. Nobody wants to talk to a pair of black lenses instead of eyes.

Other than that minor pet peeve of mine, I say go crazy with your sunnies. Try some shades with bright colors or even patterns for a fun summer look. These retro bamboo sunglasses are super fun!

4. Flip-flops

Letting your tootsies “be free” in a pair of flip-flops is one of the best parts of summer. But one of the most disgusting parts of summer is seeing someone wearing a pair of grungy flip-flops. When there are visible footprint stains on your flops or they’ve obviously been well worn, it’s time to toss them.  Also keep in mind that certain flip-flops, the cheap plastic ones, are really only appropriate for the beach, not for everyday wear.

What do you think about the summer fashion accessories? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more summer fashion from everyday threads?

  • Keep your face shaded in style. These three types of hats are perfect for summer.
  • Do you need the height of a model to wear the maxi dress? Find out with these tips.
  • Come autumn, you don’t want to have to purchase a whole new wardrobe. Learn how to transition your wardrobe between summer and fall with these tricks.

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