Now that the cold weather is gone and summer is finally here, it’s time for a wardrobe update. The days of wrapping yourself up in loads of layers are over and you’ve got a bit more freedom about what you can wear. But a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they don’t have to follow any style rules still. Even though you can get away with more in the summer, you should still avoid these mistakes.
One of the best things about summer is that a lot of the clothes you buy like dresses and tops etc. you can pick up pretty cheap. You don’t need anything that’s a thick material so it doesn’t matter too much. If the stuff isn’t great quality and it only lasts you one summer, it doesn’t matter too much because you didn’t spend much on it. But when it comes to bikinis, that rule doesn’t apply. Most people think you can just grab a cheap bikini from any old place but you’re going to be wearing it a lot over the summer, especially when you’re out in the sun. A cheap one won’t fit very well and can be incredibly unflattering. It’ll also be uncomfortable if it doesn’t offer you enough support. Instead of the budget ones you normally get, buy a good quality one like a Michael Kors bikini. It’ll fit a lot better so it’ll be more comfortable and you’ll get better support. The better quality also means that it’ll last longer.
Animal prints are a bit of a contentious subject in fashion; some people love them, some people hate them. Whether you’re a big fan or not, you need to be careful with them. Summer seems to be a time when people bring out the animal prints in force but it can end up looking a bit rubbish. If you’re going to use animal prints in your outfit, it’s often much better to use accessories rather than wearing a leopard print dress or something like that. You’re also better off avoiding the brightly coloured animal print clothes because they look too garish. There are some great black and white animal print clothes that are a little more understated so maybe go for those instead.
Too Many Accessories
Accessorising is an important part of your outfit at all times of year, but in summer you’ve got more opportunity to boost your outfit with lots of great bangles, necklaces and big earrings. They can take a good outfit and make it great but you need to make sure you don’t go overboard. The whole point of accessorising is to compliment your outfit, not create an outfit in itself. When you’re putting together an outfit, it’s a lot better to choose a couple of pieces of jewellery that work well with the rest of your clothes and stick with them. If you use too many accessories, your outfit will look too crowded.
When you’re putting together your summer wardrobe, always make sure you avoid these big mistakes.
When it comes to having a day at home, the last thing you want to do is get all dressed up. While you may not want to stay in your pjs all day long, you don’t want to pick out an outfit that you just can’t get comfortable in. So, instead, you need to make sure that you get that balance between dressing down and feeling at home just right. Here’s how to do it.
Focus On The Materials
First of all, you need to choose clothes that feel soft to the touch. Anything ridged just won’t work. Instead, go for cotton, wool, or silk. With softer fabrics, you will find that you can lounge around all day long without feeling like you’re too dressed down.
Stick To Natural Beauty
When it comes to beauty, you might not want a full face on, but you will want to look and feel good. So brush your teeth, wash your face, and do your hair. Then add some lip balm and curl your eyelashes, just to feel a little more perked up!
Go All In
And finally, your last option is to stick to nightwear! But fresh nightwear! If you’ve had a busy day and you want to feel comfortable when you’re home, then going for a onesie is often the best move. Just taking a look at the below infographic, you can see that there are lots of different styles and characters that you could go for. So have fun with it, and hang at home dressed as your favorite animal!
If you want to get into running, the spring can be a great time to do so. The evenings are staying lighter for longer and the weather should be warming up. Plus, getting ready for running before summer comes mean that you’ll have improved your fitness level so that you’ll be feeling good as you carry on running over summer. The only thing with spring is that the weather can be a little changeable, April showers and all of that. So a few essentials to have in your running arsenal can help you to get out whatever the weather.
Because one minute you might have some light rain, and then the next might be sunny, a light breathable layer like a windbreaker jacket that covers you up is a must for spring. They can keep you warm, as well as be light enough to take off and tie around your waist if needed.
Another piece of workout gear that is great to have if you’re looking to get into running is some compression leggings. Compression leggings or tights are designed to improve how well your body deals with getting oxygenated blood to your muscles and respiratory organs, as they help by pushing blood back out of your lower extremities, so your heart and lungs can do their thing. Compression leggings also reduce muscle vibration as you run, which can help your legs feel fresher over longer distances.
Fitted Running Shoes
After a winter of being on the treadmill, or even just in the gym doing weights or things like yoga, your feet might get a little shocked when they are out pounding on the sidewalk. So getting some of the best running shoes for you is a good idea. If you can see a gait specialist then it can help you to have your gait checked and find the shoes that will compliment your style.
To monitor how you’re getting on, as well as check the time and to set a stopwatch, a sports watch is a must. You could use a sports watch to time splits, as well as check your pulse. The main brands like Casio are also weather resistant, so great if you may be out in some rain, or even if you’re going to take on something like a Tough Mudder.
If you’re going to be out running in potentially quite bright and sunny conditions, then having some sunglasses for running can be a really good idea. Polarized frames and lenses are a great way to shield from the sun and any windy conditions too. Proper sports sunglasses are lightweight, so they’ll feel like you’re not wearing them, and often come with nose grips so that they stay on your face, no matter how fast you are running.
Just wearing any old socks in your running shoes won’t do. The right kind of sock will absorb sweat and be comfortable to wear, so that you can just get on and enjoy running.
ToSave is an up-and-coming online retailer specializing in pretty much everything – clothes, accessories, beauty products, electronics, household items, cars accessories, etc. – at a ridiculously low price.
As someone that adores (online) shopping and loves a good discount, I couldn’t help but check out ToSave and see what their quality was like and what they had in stock. For me, fashion isn’t a big deal in my life but I still prefer getting quality goods at an affordable price, especially when I’m trying to pay off student loans and travel in the near future.
So, I grabbed a nice grey sweater, in time for the chilly Vancouver weather, and an everyday bag.
Okay, let me just start off by saying I love this sweater the moment I received it in the mail. I know that sounds extreme to say because c’mon… love? But seriously.
It arrived just in time for the cold weather to kick in. I tossed it the wash and wore it the next day. Much to my surprise, the sweater is extremely comfy and did not itch one bit. It was has a pleasant weave/braid design in the front and was true to its size. To this day, this sweater is still one of few items I wear consistently on a weekly basis.
However, given the price, you must know that it’s not 100% wool blend because otherwise, it’ll shrink in the wash. I tossed it in the washer and dryer and it didn’t shrink at all. Unfortunately, I’m not too sure what the mix of materials is but regardless, it’s easy to care for and still comfy after many washes. Since it is a mix of materials, the back of my sweater isn’t pure grey – it has bits of black scattered across the back but it’s not extremely noticeable until you examine it close up. When I wear it, it blends right in.
But, despite this (and better on the back than the front of the sweater), I still adore this item! If you’re in need of a new sweater that’s comfy, easy on the eyes and easy to care for, ToSave definitely has some good stock!
The next item I chose from ToSave is a nice everyday beige purse. I’ve been in the market for a new bag for a bit but hasn’t actively pursued anything because of the cost. I hated the idea of spending $30-50 on a bag and have it sit in the closet for some time after getting tired of using a bag (I switch from bags to backpacks throughout the year).
When I saw this bag on their site, I knew I wanted it. It was basic, trendy, unique and the ideal size for what I want in a bag. The bag was quite roomy inside with low pockets on the outside. There were two straps – a multicolour thick strap and a slightly longer, black strap. Top it off, it closed with a magnetic button. When it arrived, it was a slight overall disappointment with this bag.
To start off, it advertises as PU leather which is fine by me. I thought the material was fine, for the price that is, but it was incredibly thin. I felt extremely nervous at the thought of stuffing a lot of things into the bag thinking it may rip out of nowhere.
The multicolour strap was such a unique feature of this bag, I couldn’t help but love it. It was big, bright and of decent quality – you can definitely feel confident wearing the bag without the strap digging in your shoulders or snapping. However, the black strap was very cheap, you can tell by the look and feel of it. I definitely wouldn’t trust carrying my bag with such a flimsy strap.
Another disappointing factor was the quality of the strap buckles. If the straps won’t give way first, then these buckles definitely will. I couldn’t believe these flimsy things is what holding the bag together. I understand that it’s a $10 bag so I shouldn’t be too surprised by the build quality.
Lastly, the bag also came with a little pouch. I think this is a coin purse? I wasn’t too sure because the opening was so small and thin, you couldn’t fit anything else but small coins in there… I struggled to even fit my fingers in there. This small pouch is probably the worst of the bunch – I felt that it was made from leftover materials and didn’t give much post-care to it as the zipper was sticky and threads were sticking out.
All in all, this bag looks fancy but built poorly in my opinion. I’m not into brand names so I’m not sure if this is an “original” design or a knockoff of a designer brand. It’s not to say that you can’t wear it in public, I’d still continue using it, but I think I’ll take a bit more caution in what I put in this bag. If it was damaged or lost, it’s not the end of the world.
Final thoughts on ToSave? It’s a great website to buy your clothes and accessories without breaking the bank. However, be wary of the quality – it’s sometimes a hit or miss, and don’t get too overly excited when they arrive. Don’t know what to get off of these cheap online retailers? Here are six items you should consider buying online to save some money!
Also, a lot of these products ship from China. I ordered late November, and it didn’t arrive until early January. Granted, the post office was closed for the holidays and was extremely busy but it took just a little over a month to deliver. If you’re patient, this website can be a great resource for shopping.
I would also say, don’t trust the pictures too much, as well. It’s a business – all these pictures are going to look great and high quality. I was fooled by the model and stock pictures of the bag, and sadly, the quality wasn’t as great as what they portrayed it to be. The products on the site are so cheap, you can’t even get hung up if expectations don’t meet!
Let me know if you’ve tried ToSave! What did you like or not like about it?
*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ToSave. ToSave has sent me these two products as compensation for a review. However, this does not affect my opinions or bias towards this brand whatsoever. I promise my readers my opinions and thoughts on these products remains honest and unbias. Interested in working with me? Get in contact with me here!
You may be the ultimate fashionista, keeping your eyes very much glued to the latest trends on the catwalk and styles on the high street. You adore the world of fashion and make it your mission to stay ahead of the crowd. However, when you head to the gym or partake in an exercise class, it can be hard to maintain your fashion credentials. Sweatpants and a t-shirt don’t exude high-end sophistication. How can you keep your finger on the fashion pulse when your busy sweating it out during a mammoth cardio workout or you’re busy pounding the pads during a boxercise class?
At the gym, your physique is being looked at more times than when you’re simply walking along the street. While someone may be admiring your cute little chiffon dress in town, they’ll be focusing on your hip to waist ratio at the gym. You need to choose clothing that accentuates the positive aspects of your build.
Under no circumstances should you attempt to be a bit kooky and opt for the neon yellow, orange, pink or green sports clothes ranges that are on the market. You’re not going to the gym in the dark, you don’t need to glow or bring attention to yourself. Opt for muted tones. Black and white with a hint of colour tends to be the standard yet most flattering colour scheme for gym wear.
While you could whip on a well-fitted t-shirt and a pair of regular sweatpants, it might be worthwhile to check out companies like Beyond Yoga, that supply specialist apparel for particular sports. If you are a wannabe yogi, pick up a pair of specialist yoga pants. If you enjoy nothing more than a cycle on a Saturday morning, opt for some specialist lycra attire. There’s plenty of specialist options that can help you remain more comfortable at the gym while still looking fashionable.
You need to strike the right balance between form and function when it comes to your footwear. You could find the cutest pair of sneakers, yet if they have no cushioning or support, you could find yourself slipping over, gaining a bunion or even spraining an ankle. At the very least, if you’re addicted to the treadmill, go for a running shoe and if you love a bit of everything, grab a cross trainer. There are a wealth of cool designs now appearing on sports trainers. Athletes are creating their own ranges for companies such as Nike, Adidas and Reebok. All you need to do is choose the pair that goes with the rest of your gym outfit.
When you head to the gym, you need to maintain your focus on the exercise regime, weights plan or cardio session that you’re about to undertake. Being distracted by your fashion credentials will mean you won’t get a decent workout and you may as well have stayed at home. The most important thing is to be comfortable in your own skin, so choose the clothing you love, that makes you look good and allows you to get the best workout you can.
Maybe you’re looking in your mirror and feeling like something is missing from your outfit. Why doesn’t it look like all of the amazing OOTD’s you see on fashion blogs, Pinterest, or Instagram? There can be a number of reasons for this, and we can’t really say for sure without seeing the outfit. You could be wearing a flowery dress or a black studded jumpsuit, so you’re going to have to take the 8 tricks here and tailor them to your outfit yourself!
You should find something valuable to help you here, so take a look and see how you can improve your OOTD in a heartbeat:
Add Some Jewelry
The thing that might be missing from your OOTD is some kickass jewelry. Some people consider jewelry a burden. The cheap stuff doesn’t last, and the expensive stuff is usually ‘saved for best’ and then never worn at all. However, jewelry can do a lot for an outfit; it can literally bring it to life. If you have a low neckline, short sleeves, or another gap that can be filled in with jewelry pieces, you should be filling them in!
Everybody has their own style when it comes to jewelry. Some prefer dainty pieces and like to say that ‘less is more’. Then you get people like Iris Apfel who love piling on all different types of pieces and consider each outfit they wear to be ‘art’. However you see it, remember there are no rules. Don’t try too hard, simply wear pieces you enjoy. Start off small if you don’t wear jewelry currently, by remembering to put something on each day before you leave the house. You should soon fall in love with how jewelry changes your outfits. A big pair of hoop earrings can give an outfit a sassy vibe, while a stack of bracelets can enhance a boho look.
Start wearing jewelry now!
Include A Pattern
Maybe your outfit is just plain boring. Have you considered including a pattern? Wearing patterns is a lot of fun, and you can be as brave or as subtle as you like. You can include patterns on a bag, a scarf, or your shoes if you want to be subtle. Discover more at AlgeriaShoeShop.com if you need ideas on how patterned shoes can work. If you want to go all out, then add a patterned top or shirt. You could even wear some patterned trousers if you want to be the centre of attention!
If you love wearing patterns already and you want to be really brave, you can try mixing up to 3 of them for an even more eclectic look that will look amazing in pictures! Usually, the best way to do this is by mixing different amounts, wearing the most of one pattern and only a small amount of another one or two to make sure you don’t overwhelm your look.
Make It More Textured
Some outfits look boring simply because there’s no texture there at all. Aiming to incorporate different materials into your outfit will help with this. This is why fluffy bags look great with almost anything, but you can use whatever you like! Tassels, pom poms, and other bits and pieces can all help an outfit to look more textured.
Change Your Hairstyle
Maybe the problem isn’t your outfit; it’s your hairstyle. Perhaps your outfit needs to be shown off more, so your hair needs to be put in a high ponytail. If you need more hair ideas, you can find a ton of them on YouTube. You could do space buns, half up half down, low messy buns, high messy buns, straight, wavy – the list goes on.
Wear A Dark Jacket
In general, wearing dark clothes on the outside of an outfit is better than wearing darker clothes from the inside with lighter outer layers. To bring your outfit together, you may simply need a darker jacket. Perhaps a dark denim, or a black faux-leather jacket. If it’s too warm for a jacket, consider weather wearing a cool cardigan or an open shirt would look good and give the outfit that little something extra.
Add A Focal Point
Sometimes what your outfit really needs is a focal point. This could be an embellished bag, a hat or another cool hair accessory, or even a funky shirt. It can be anything you like as long as it draws attention! If everything in your outfit so far is fairly plain, then try to add something that stands out.
Don’t be afraid to mix styles. In fact, outfits often look better when you choose to do this. For example, wearing a vintage blouse with modern items. Or even wearing a pretty, flowery, girly dress with a pair of black studded boots and a leather jacket! Toughen up girly outfits and give them an edge. At something pretty to a badass outfit.
Create your very own style by mixing things up. If you’re looking at your outfit and something feels off, it could be that you’re wearing too much of something. For example, wearing a pretty dress, with a pretty pair of shoes, a pretty bag, etc. Add something bad-ass and it’ll instantly improve your look!
Ensure A Balanced Silhouette
Finally, make sure the silhouette of your outfit is balanced. This means if you’re wearing baggy jeans, wear a tighter top or shirt to compensate. If you’re wearing a mini skirt, then an oversized sweater, slightly tucked in can add texture and stop it from looking ‘too much’. Again, there are no rules and you can wear as many baggy items and as many tight items as you like. Go wild if that’s what you feel confident doing! However, balancing your outfits out like this often makes getting dressed much easier.
Which of these tricks are you going to use to improve your OOTD? Will you swap your boring shoes for a patterned pair, or throw on an oversized sweater rather than a tight shirt? Leave your thoughts and any tips that have worked for you below!