Can you see yourself in one of these cute black and white swimsuits this summer? Of course you can. Dream it and believe it !
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This one snuck in here by accident. Think I’ll keep it in.
Enjoy, and dream on !
Believe it or not, there are some colors you’re wearing that can actually lower your attractiveness, say psychologists, and you’d be wise to avoid them. Read on to learn about the colors that secretly make your less desirable. (As well as the two colors that can enhance your appeal.)
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Synonymous with the sun, Big Bird, and taxis, yellow is a color that catches the eye quickly. However, it isn’t going to do your dating life any favors. A study published in Evolutionary Psychology found that both men and women ranked yellow as among the least attractive colors to see a potential mate wearing. “In summary, our results have shown that clothing color affects perceived attractiveness of males as well as females,” the study concludes.
(A certain shade of) Brown
Phrases like “that’s the worst outfit I’ve ever seen” or “I just had the worst day ever” are thrown around a lot these days, but most of the time that’s just an exaggeration. Well, turns out there really is a “worst color ever,” and you don’t want to be caught wearing this shade on a blind date.
Technically called “Pantone 448 C,” the color can be described as a “drab, dark brown,” as Time puts it. It’s also described as an “olive brown,” and is the current title holder of the “the ugliest color in the world.” In fact, this shade of brown is so visually repulsive that it’s even been chosen as the main color for tobacco packaging in Australia to discourage the habit. (If brown can keep smokers away from cigarettes, imagine what avoiding it will do for your appearance.)
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Every color invokes a certain emotion within us, and in many cases it happens on a subconscious level. Gray isn’t a particularly exciting color, and is associated with bad weather, depression, and negativity. What’s more, a study published in Frontiers in Psychology that investigated which emotions people tend to associate with certain colors found gray to be connected with sadness. So, going all gray may not be the best idea the next time you want to dress to impress.
Context is key when choosing colors
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Life is full of exceptions, and certain occasions call for different colors. “The impression that the color of clothing gives is also subject to the particular occasion or scenario. Bright, flirty colors such as red and turquoise are attractive choices to wear on dates and parties. However, they’re not the best options for a job interview, in which cool, deep colors such as navy, grey, or black work best,” comments life coach Michelle Davies, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Best Ever Guide to Life.
This notion is supported by research as well. A study published in Color Research And Application conducted a series of experiments to see if men would prefer their dates wear red over other colors, as well as what colors the women would like their dates to wear. While some notable findings did appear, such as the observation that women tend to like wearing blue on dates, the study authors ended up concluding “color preferences for each individual are inherently unique.”
However, you can’t go wrong with black
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Many believe red is the best color to wear to attract others. Red is definitely associated with love and warmth, but black may have it beat when it comes to universal appeal.
“Red is traditionally seen as the color of love, but more recently research has shown that both black and red are perceived as equally attractive, and that the two colors may simply increase attractiveness in different ways,” comments Robin Kramer, Ph.D., MSc, the lead researcher of a study that tackled this subject.
“While red may increase perceived attractiveness through evolutionary mechanisms, dates appear to rely more heavily on black in order to attract a potential mate, suggesting that cultural and societal influences may play a much larger role in the way people dress than the use of evolutionary signals.”
Article by John Anderer for ETNT
So good readers, what do YOU think?
OK. Truth be told. In my home town today, it’s 50 degree’s. It’s the middle of May (almost) so what’s up ? So you say you need something to look forward to, like going swimming, poolside dining or just showing off your toned bod. Here are a few choices for you to ponder until it warms up.
High quality affordable eco swimwear bikini for all women by mimi & august — Mimi & August (mimiandaugust.com)
And if you can’t wait for warmer weather, there’s this:
Just one of many styles for you to choose or not. Check out my Pinterest Swimwear collection at the link below.
Hey girl, stay warm !
[Calling all fashionista’s, you won’t believe the latest retro trend. So how well might you look in bell bottoms? Here are a few of the trends making a comeback.]
Article by Lauren Adhav andRachel Torgerson for Redbook©
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“Everything that’s old is new again” is a common refrain, but it’s true. From chokers to wide-leg pants, there are so many fashion throwbacks happening all up in my shopping cart. High-fashion designers in particular are making a major case for a return to the ’70s, which was a wild decade full of disco and revolutions. Here, 17 retro fashion trends that are already back in style. Peep the outfits while clicking through for some groovy inspo.
Bell-bottoms are back, you guys! Rejoice! Take this pleated pair from Jean-Paul Gaultier’s haute couture collection.
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In case you wanted to see how on Earth to wear these dramatic bottoms IRL, take a cue from this influencer with her wide-legged jeans and blazer.
What goes nicely with a pair of flared bottoms? A top with bell sleeves, natch, like this one from the Telfar runway.
Cara Delevingne’s sister, Poppy, opted to rock multiple ’70s looks here. Bell sleeves! Flowers! Patchwork! I stan.
If you thought bra tops were popular thanks to Instagram, boy, are you wrong. They were beyond huge in the ’70s. This cream version from the Jacquemus spring/summer 2021 show is a modern take on the style.
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Pro tip: They look pretty fashionable with high-waisted pants and a blazer. So easy!
I’m willing to bet that clogs will never go away. They’re just too comfortable! And versatile! Peep these floral Miu Miu ones from the designer’s spring/summer runway show.
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For extra retro vibes, accessorize with a bandana and sunglasses when you take your clogs out for a spin.
Crochet is ev-er-y-where these days, from NYFW (see here at the Altuzarra spring/summer show) to the racks at all your fave stores.
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Gabrielle Union wore a see-through dress in the knit material and it just looks so summery and pretty!
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There’s more to check out. Click the link below and behold more ’70’s.
By Kaitlyn Yarborough for Southern Living©
If last year focused on natural texture and no-fuss hairstyles, 2021 is gearing up to be all that and then some. Ringing in a new year calls for fresh starts of all kinds, making it the perfect time for new hair trends to guide us straight to the salon.
We’re taking last year’s low-maintenance styling up a notch with statement-making cuts that do all the work and call back to decades past—only the fashionable ones, of course. If you’ve been wanting to make a chop, there are shaggy layers, blunt fringe, and retro styles just waiting to be shorn. (We’re talking modern updates on vintage bobs, bangs, and long cuts, too.)
Here are the trendy haircuts you’ll be seeing everywhere this year.
Blunt Collarbone Cut
A lob that hits right at your collarbone is *the* most flattering length. Full stop. That’s all we need to say on the matter.
You can add so much more texture to naturally fine hair using layers, layers, and more layers—focusing midway down the hair to the ends ensures you don’t lose too much volume.
Short and Wild Shag
Nothing flatters a head full of curls like a classic shag. It’s definitely the cool girl cut of the bunch.
To see your next, maybe, hairstyle, click the source:
TikTok has decided it’s time to retire this ’00s trend. Here’s what to wear instead.
By Samantha Sutton
Last week, I, along with many millennials, found myself down a TikTok rabbit hole, getting schooled on what’s ‘cool’ according to Gen Z. Long story short? Apparently, it’s time to stop side-parting our hair, using the laugh-crying emoji, and wearing skinny jeans — unless you’re OK with looking totally out of the loop.
Personally, I was surprised; the side-part is super flattering, and the laugh-crying emoji is still my go-to. However, when it comes to jeans, I have to agree. In my book, skinnies have been over for a while, and breaking up with this style was one of the best fashion choices I’ve made in a long time.
I can barely remember a time when people didn’t wear skinny jeans, but I can tell you about one of my earliest pairs, which I bought right when the trend started to rise in the mid-2000s. They were dark blue from dELiA*s (my go-to store in high school, mostly for the cute graphic tees), and I’m pretty sure I sacrificed a full lifeguarding check to buy them. At the time, I prided myself in being one of the first people I knew to wear all the things, so when teen magazines and CW shows signaled that skinnies were the new “it” item, you can bet I rushed to add them to my wardrobe (alongside super high-waisted shorts and pointed-toe flats, since this was circa-2006).
Of course, I’m also a firm believer in doing what makes you feel your best, so if skinny jeans bring you joy, don’t let the Internet trick you into giving them ’em up. (Admittedly, I’m still holding onto a single leopard pair that are just the right amount of stretchy and fun.) Now that I’m not in high school, I value personal style and preference over hopping on whatever is ‘hot’ for the moment — so, yes, I’ll continue parting my hair on the side and laugh-crying when it feels appropriate.
However, if you, like me, are actually kind of over skinny jeans, I have plenty of ideas for making — and nailing — this simple transition.
Opt for styles that are looser, much like the celeb-loved wide-leg jeans, boyfriend jeans, mom jeans, or even flares. There are tons of options out there, and all of them are just as versatile as your old favorite.
Worried about wind escaping up your pant leg without the protection of something skin-tight? Look for jeans that are in the carrot-leg territory, meaning they’re roomy up top but get thinner toward the bottom, providing a barrier on chilly days.
Keep ‘Em Cropped
As a petite woman, some of my favorite jeans are actually cropped or have a kick-flare design. Even Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan of these styles, since they tend to have a leg-elongating effect.
Remember to Roll
The good news about non-skinny jeans is that they’re easier to alter without the help of a tailor. If you have a boot-cut pair that seems a tad too long, or you want to show off your shoes a little more, roll or cuff your pants before heading out the door.
Start Wearing Socks
Another big trend that won’t quit is showing off longer-length, chunky socks, which is easier to embrace with loose, cropped, or rolled jeans. Think of this look as the more modern but just-as-warm take on tucking your jeans into your boots (although, you can still pull that trick, too, by using bulkier boots styles such as Dr. Martens).
Find Versatile Footwear
At first, you may feel a bit stumped choosing shoes to wear with your wide-leg, boyfriend, mom, or kick-flare jeans. But, there’s no need to over-complicate it. I’ve found that most denim styles look great with a simple white sneaker or white bootie, but you can even dress up your look with heels or go super preppy with loafers. It’s all about experimenting, so leave some time to try on a few different pairs before heading out the door.
Stephanie Shellenberger (@Stephanie_stylist), a balayage expert at Randy Currie of Currie Hair Skin Nails in Glen Mills, PA, says this first-time balayage guest came to her to transition from an all-over foil design. “I blended away her foil lines creating a seamless effect leaving her with a sunkissed feel at the root and bold blonde on her ends.”
Here, she shares the formula and HOW TO:
STEP 1: Blend Pravana Guy Tang Balayage Lighenter using 4-6 activator. Apply (using Framar brushes) in a heavy balayage placement as shown.
STEP 2: Process for 20 minutes and then rinse.
STEP 3: Gloss at the bowl with Redken Shades Cream 11/2 09na 1/4 09wb 10 volume.
By Anny Choi, Madeline Fass writing for Vogue©
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to shop for a set of cozy pajamas for yourself or someone else. Whether it be a floral and polka-dot-print Tanya Taylor set made with upcycled fabrics or a feather-adorned Sleeper number chic enough for a Zoom cocktail party, you no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort when it comes to sleepwear.
Cuyana’s cami sleep set is bound to be a hit come gifting season, with its minimal silhouette and its knit packaging. Swimwear brand Summersalt’s pajamas are so soft, you will never want to get out of bed—and the same goes for Lake’s green-striped classic Weekend set. There are also classic pipe-lined and silk pajama sets to hide out in for the foreseeable future. Planning a cheeky holiday photo shoot? Brands like Primary offer matching options for the entire family.
Whether you’re looking for a new set to add to your personal rotation for the long winter ahead, or getting a head start on your holiday shopping list, below are 25 of the best pajamas for women to splurge on now.
Sleepy Jones Marina pajama set
$198, SHOPBOP. Get it now!
Lake pima short Long Weekend set in classic green
$104, LAKE PAJAMAS. Get it now!
Erberjey Gisele piped modal pajama set
$98, NET-A-PORTER. Get it now!
Uniqlo flannel long-sleeve pajamas
$30, UNIQLO. Get it now!
Papinelle Mia cotton silk pajamas
$99, NORDSTROM. Get it now!
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The Great the ballet pointelle knit cotton-blend pajama set
$305, NET-A-PORTER. Get it now!
Pour Les Femmes piped printed cotton pajamas set
$275, NET-A-PORTER. Get it now!
Summersalt the Cloud 9 pajama set
$95, SUMMERSALT. Get it now!
Lunya washable silk tee set
$198, LUNYA. Get it now!
OK. My coffee cup needs a refill now so I’ll leave a link to the complete story. BTW, I left the “Get it now” link in this article for your convenience. Let me know if it works for you, or if you would rather not see that link. There are about 15 more jammies in the article if you’d like to see more. Enjoy!
BY Lexie Sachs, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE
It’s safe to say leggings are must-haves in your closet, but with so many styles to choose from (not to mention, a wide range of price points), it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth the splurge.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests leggings for things like durability, moisture management, comfort, and performance features, and our fashion editors weigh in with the most stylish leggings for everyday wear to find the best, longest-lasting, and most comfortable leggings out there. When you’re shopping for leggings, consider when you’ll be wearing them. Here’s what to keep in mind:
- Workout leggings: Synthetic performance fabrics (like polyester or nylon) are ideal for workout leggings because they are stretchy, durable, opaque, and often moisture-wicking to help manage sweat. Look for flat interior seams to prevent irritation and friction.
- Leggings to wear as pants: You can wear leggings as pants or even to work if they’re made of thicker fabric like ponte and faux leather. To make sure fabric isn’t see-through, try the leggings in natural daylight or under a bright light. Bend over in front of a mirror or check for show-through by deeply bending your knee.
- Loungewear leggings: Don’t need leggings to be fully opaque? Opt for a plant-based fiber like cotton, lyocell, or modal if you want a super-soft pair to wear 24/7 or to layer under longer tops or dresses.
The leggings ahead are top-tested styles, staffer favorites, or popular picks with unique features. Here are the best leggings for women to buy in 2020:
1 BEST OVERALL LEGGINGS Align Pant LULULEMON
These leggings earn our top spot because they’re insanely comfortable (the lightweight, buttery smooth fabric has a barely-there feel) and they’re versatile enough to wear for pretty much any occasion. They’re equally useful as workout leggings, everyday wear, and loungewear. This high-rise waist is also flattering without digging into you or rolling down. On top of that, they’re available lots of different options with various colors and patterns, rises on the waist, and lengths on the leg.
Leggings can get expensive, but this pair is a total steal. It’s one of the most popular leggings on Amazon with over 19,000 reviews from users swear they’re incredibly comfortable and opaque. They’re not your best bet for exercise, but they’re ideal for everyday use or lounging at home. This style comes in tons of color options and is available in three size groupings, including plus sizes for up to 32W.
These Nordstrom leggings have a cult-like following from users who swear they’re even better than styles pricier brands. They’re thicker than lightweight leggings, which helps them look flattering and feel a bit more compressive. Still, they’re moisture-wicking, stretchy, and extra soft so they feel equally comfortable to wear during workouts and for everyday use. They also come in a wide range of sizes for regular and plus size.
Perfect for any exercise that involves lots of sweat and movement, these leggings are smooth and moisture wicking to help reduce friction. They’re also more compressive than other workout leggings, which can help with muscle fatigue from high-intensity exercise. We’re also big fans of the brand’s ColdGear leggings, which are fleece-lined for cooler weather, yet still breathable for running.
Lululemon makes our list again, this time for its tried and true Wunder Under Tights using the Full-On Luon fabric. These fan favorites are designed specifically for yoga and testers in our evaluation said they felt like second skin and stayed put throughout their workouts. They’re also flattering, breathable, and durable so you know they’ll last. On top of that, they come in lots of variations for different colors, rises, and lengths.
Many leggings with pockets only have a small insert for a credit card or key, but these have deep pockets on the side that can fit your phone or wallet. Plus, the pockets lie flat against your legs so they aren’t bulky like pockets on jeans. They’re made with Athleta’s signature Powervita fabric, which is buttery soft and slightly compressive, making this pair ideal for yoga and studio workouts.
Spanx isn’t just for shapewear – the brand also makes super flattering leggings of all kinds in a wide range of sizes, including tall, petite, and plus. This pair in particular is made of ponte, which is a thicker, knit fabric that looks more professional than athletic materials. If you’re looking for something even more structured, check out the Perfect Black Pant, which looks like regular work pants but has a stretchy, legging fit at the waist.
This pair proves you don’t have to sacrifice performance to go green: The fabric is made of recycled water bottles and users commonly call them the “best leggings ever.” They’re also compressive, making them ideal for high-impact exercise. Plus, they come in a wide range of sizes, including plus size.
Unlike our value pick above that’s an affordable everyday style from Amazon, these leggings are perfect for exercise because they’re made with performance fabric that’s stretchy, opaque, and comfortable to move around in. They’re also a fraction of the cost of other workout pants, yet verified reviewers swear they’re high quality. In fact, they have over 6,000 five-star reviews, and that number continues to grow.
These leggings are unique because the fabric feels like a pair of smooth running tights, but they’re more polished withdesign features like flattering seams down the front of the leg and flared openings around the ankles. And if the legs are too long for you, you can use a scissor to trim the unhemmed fabric – no tailoring required (just make sure you cut in a straight line!). On top of that, the fabric is made using regenerated nylon from old fishing nets and carpets.
This pair is certified organic, meaning the entire manufacturing process (not just the growing of the cotton) follows strict environmental standards. The brand is well-known for its sustainable fashion practices and these leggings in particular are best sellers, yet not too pricey. Just note that cotton leggings aren’t as moisture-wicking, durable, or opaque as synthetic performance fabrics, but they feel super soft.
If you prefer something more fun than basic black leggings, Terez has options in tons of prints for every style preference. Several even feature colorful metallic prints like this one. The smooth fabric proved to be durable in our tests and though it isn’t as high performance as other workout leggings, it’s certainly the trendiest pair you can bring to the gym.
These leggings are versatile enough to wear from working out to hanging out. They’re incredibly comfortable thanks to the soft and smooth fabric, yet they stay in place, wick sweat, and have minimal seams for good performance during exercise. They have thousands of five-star reviews on the Athleta website and come in lots of variations, including more fashion-forward prints.
With a built-in control top (like what you’d find in a pair of tights), these leggings have a smoothing and slimming effect. Most users agree that while they offer a tight fit, they aren’t restricting or uncomfortable at all. They’re also personal favorites of Good Housekeeping Fashion Director, Kristen Saladino. You’re better off wearing these for everyday use as opposed to workouts, but note that some users say they’re not as opaque as other leggings.
Not only are these leggings on trend with their shiny, leather look, they’re also super comfortable and incredibly flattering thanks to their stretchy and smoothing waistband. And unlike true leather leggings, they’re machine washable for easy care. Not surprisingly, they’re also one of the most popular leggings on the market, and they’re available in plus and petite sizes.
Cotton leggings are perfect for wearing under longer tops or dresses when you want them to be comfy but don’t need to worry about them being fully opaque. These leggings are a cotton blend and look more matte than shiny for everyday use. And unlike some other layering leggings, they have a wide waistband so you don’t have to worry about them rolling down.