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Fashion Inspiration: Use Primary Colors to Mix Up a Winter Wardrobe

Feeling blue during the dead of winter? Me too. Especially when it comes to my wardrobe. My standard winter outfit consists of skinny jeans tucked into boots paired with a sweater or some kind of layered shirts combination. This outfit is starting to feel as boring as a sunless chilly day.

When brainstorming ways to spice up my wardrobe I immediately thought of the primary colors. What better way to brighten a dull winter day than with a vibrant red, yellow or blue? Check out my picks below to add a splash of color to a winter wardrobe.

[Wear this vibrant yellow dress to a party or on an evening out to add a bit of sunshine to a chilly winter night. Photo Courtesy Modcloth.]

Add a bit of sunshine to your winter wardrobe with this goldenrod dress from Modcloth. Stay warm by wearing it with funky tights and tall boots. This dress costs $50.

[With a chunky buckle and a quirky color, these aren’t your everyday Maryjanes. Photo Courtesy Plasticland.]

Give your everyday office wear a splash of color by pairing your pencil skirts with these edgy cross strap Maryjanes. These funky pumps are $72 from Plasticland.

[Give new life to your winter wardrobe by pairing your usual shirts with this vibrant red belt. Photo Courtesy Nordstrom.]

Wear this ruby red belt over a structured dress or a thin long sleeved tee to give your waist definition. Or try a skinnier version of this belt over a chunky cardigan. This wide faux leather belt by Betsey Johnson costs $25 from Nordstrom.

I hope these ideas bring a little cheer to your winter blues!

What do you think of primary colors? Would you wear them? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

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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:

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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?

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