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Top Celebrity Eyewear Trends

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Eyewear remains one of the most practical and versatile accessories fashion-savvy folks can use to complement an outfit, or to show off a super sense of style. The world of eyewear is constantly expanding and becoming infinitely imaginative—creating more interesting options than ever before.

As more eyewear designs become available, people can make whatever statement they’d like with their choice of glasses, and as usual, the celebrities are leading the way with the latest fashions.

Below are some eyewear styles currently being spotted on fashion’s favorite celebrity trendsetters:

 

1. Aviator Frames—

Long considered a classic by eyewear aficionados, aviator frames never really went out of style, but they are back in a big way this year.

Recently seen on popular celebrities like David Beckham, Mila Kunis, Kate Hudson, and Halle Berry, aviators have been culturally popular for decades, and give the wearer an authoritative, strong look that appeals to anyone’s inner tough guy or gal.

 

2. Round Frames—

First made popular in the 1960s, the retro goodness of round eyeglasses and sunglasses wandered back onto the runways this year when featured during the shows of Jil Sander, Holly Fulton and more.

While not flattering for all face shapes, round frames come in many different styles, sizes and colors, such as the round, oversized sunglasses sometimes worn by Miley Cyrus, so be sure try on a variety before selecting the perfect pair.

 

3. Oddly-Shaped Frames—

They might look like they were designed by a visitor from the future, but the geometrically groovy, funky frames you’re seeing on stars like Justin Bieber are absolutely in style right now.

Fendi and Versace brought out two-toned, angled frames in unique colors to complement their clothing lines this year, while artistic designers like Kristen Ferrell took the eclectic look a step further with apple-shaped frames and round daisy sunglasses.

 

4. Cat Eye Frames—

Ever since the 1950s, nothing screams “sexy librarian” like a pair of cat eye glasses—just add up-do hairstyle and elegant, form-fitting skirt suit.

Celebs like Nicole Ritchie, Diane Kruger, and Scarlett Johansson have all been spotted sporting this intriguing blend of smart and suggestive, in both the sharply elegant original design and a softer 1980s version of this kittenish style.

 

5. Wayfarer-Style Frames—

In keeping with the retro trend in eyewear, Wayfarer-style frames are being offered by many designers of eyewear, bringing back this design first manufactured by the Ray Ban Company in 1956.

After declining in the 1990s, this style has drifted back into popularity, with stars like Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Jessica Biel all aboard the newly-launched Wayfarer ship, sailing onto the pages of fashion magazines in this classic eyewear.

 

6. Brightly-Colored or Interesting Frames—

Whether neon and loud, like the hot pink sunglasses recently worn by Gwen Stefani, or pretty and pastel, like Anne Hathaway’s quietly feminine frames, eyewear is currently available in a large variety of hues.

In addition to embracing color, some designers are offering embellished frames, or patterns in wild prints like lace, swirls and plaid.

 

7. Safety Frames—

The wrap-around design of protective glasses generally created to shield eyes from harm has worked its way to the runways, featured in the collections of designers like Michael Kors and Tracy Reese.

Lady Gaga has popularized the look, along with Paris Hilton and Denise Richards, all spotted in versions of the latest sporty, safety-inspired eyewear.

 

If you’re seeking daily vision correction, sun protection, or simply a bit of style, eyewear design can add a touch of originality, or completely change the vibe of an outfit.

Use the celebrity eyewear trends above as a guide to find your favorite latest looks, choose the one that suits you best, and wear your fabulous new frames with pride.

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Ahead of the Curves: Prom Dress Styles for Bodacious Beauties

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So often in our culture, lovely larger ladies allow advertisements full of airbrushed, Photoshop-phonies to make them feel insecure. But despite what women’s fashion magazines might try to make the female population believe, every survey given to the male population has proven that the majority of men love curves.

And women should, too. Curves only enhance femininity, so if you’re lucky enough to have a voluptuous figure; embrace it. Find a dress for prom that flaunts your body rather than hiding it. There is nothing more attractive than confidence—and once you find a gown that allows you to feel gorgeous, you will glow from within.

 

Below are 5 top tips to help any curvaceous beauty find the best dress ever.

 

  1. Delightful Décolletage—

Quite often, shapely ladies have amazing bust lines with the pretty power to draw the eye upward.  To show off this desirable asset, seek dresses with form-fitting bodices, such as an A-line design that is body-hugging at the top, and loose at the bottom.

Dresses with halter necklines can harness and lift the bust for extra support and shaping, if necessary, and a V-neck style will offer a very flattering fit.

An empire waistline that stops beneath the bust will help to enhance the chest, and sparkly embellishments, beading, or a dramatic necklace can also create upper-area interest.

 

  1. Fit Your Form—

Don’t bury your voluptuous body in a shapeless, flowing fountain of fabric. Instead, buy a dress in your true size and wear it with self-assurance.

It can be tempting to buy a loose, baggy dress in the name of comfort, but there are so many amazing dresses available today that you don’t have to compromise:  You can have comfort and style.

Finding a dress that accentuates your favorite features and fits you properly will let the world know that you have nothing to hide.

 

  1. Consider Color—

Color can be one of the most flattering dress decisions you make if you choose wisely. Obviously, darker, solid colors are more slimming, but don’t forget about the brighter shades of these hues, such as the jewel tones like emerald green, ruby red and deep sapphire blue.

If your eyes, hair or skin are your favorite features, choosing a gown in a shade that makes them more noticeable will allow you shine. Love the caramel highlights in your hair? Find a dress that matches them perfectly. Got gorgeous green eyes? You know what to do.

And ignore the advice that larger girls can’t pull off prints, because as long as they’re smaller patterns, they can add arrestingly eye-catching interest.

 

  1. Let Go of Length—

Curvy ladies are often encouraged to wear maxi-length dresses to cover themselves, which couldn’t be more off-target, especially for younger women who can attractively wear shorter lengths.

Long dresses may work fine for taller girls, but can visually shorten a smaller lady, making them a poor choice for anyone trying to create a longer line.

Tea-length or cocktail dresses can actually make women look taller, so go with whatever dress length makes you feel good.

 

  1. The Personal Touch—

Don’t forget that if you find a dress that would be incredible if only a certain part of it fit differently, you can always find a professional seamstress to adjust it.

Having an off-the-rack dress tailored just for you can turn that gown you’re on the fence about into a must-have. A seamstress can alter a hemline, bring in a bust, add embellishments, or anything else you can think of to make a dress work for you.

Be sure to wear the same shoes you’ll be wearing with the dress when you are measured for alterations, and remember when buying that it is easier to size a dress down than up.

 

Remember: Everybody is built differently, there is no such thing as normal, and perfection is boring. Everyone has strengths and qualities that make them interesting and attractive, so find yours and present them with pride.

Be bodacious, bold, and beautiful by using the tips above to find the prom dress of your dreams, and have a magical night.

 

The Future is Fun, Flirty and Fabulous: 8 Top Prom Dress Trends for 2014

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Whether you’re buying a gown for prom, or any other formal occasion, there are some absolutely stunning new trends headed for all fabulous fashionistas in the coming year.

Some of last year’s styles will be sticking around, but designers have been adding new and exciting additions to the what-to-wear list that you won’t want to miss.

Read below about 8 of the fun and flirty new prom dress trends predicted for 2014:

 

1. Loving the Lace—

Lace has been popular for decades, but in 2014, it shifts to center stage to be featured as the star of the show, rather than simply an embellishment.

Last year, having a subtle touch of lace was popular, but now this feminine fabric is taking formalwear even further with dresses that feature dramatic lace necklines, large insets, and elegant, eye-catching lace hems.

 

2. Passionate for Purples—

Pantone recently kissed last year’s Emerald Green goodbye, voting Radiant Orchid the Color of the Year for 2014.

This paler, pinker shade of purple is flattering for nearly every skin type, giving the wearer an enigmatic energy reminiscent of exotic flowers, and adds a naturally playful feel to any gown.

With models walking the runways in shades of this gorgeous hue and celebrities like Kelly Osbourne sporting lovely lavender locks, Radiant Orchid is going to be everywhere in 2014, so get ready for dresses, accessories and make-up in this ultra-girly color.

 

3. Pretty, Pretty Peplums—

The peplum profile hearkens back to a stylish era when women had curves, and is a time-tested favorite for its ability to flatter any body type. Seen lately in the structured mini and longer, more formal design, this beloved style is here to stay.

Tailored in a way to give girls of all sizes a sexy hourglass shape, peplum is particularly popular this year, having been spotted on red carpet-celebrities like Michelle Williams and Emma Stone.

 

4. Say Hello to High-Lo—

Especially flattering on girls whose best asset is a great pair of legs, the high-low hemline combines the flirt factor of a mini with the princess appeal of a long, trailing or floating back hem.

Mysteriously sheer, ruffled and ladylike, or patterned inside for a splash of surprise, the high-low hem is going to be more popular than ever in 2014.

 

5. Knock-Out Neons—

Bright colors have risen above the horizon like so much sunshine, making dresses that dazzle and glow a hit on the runways and in the world of formal gowns.

Pantone recommends brightening its Radiant Orchid with complimentary tints like Tangerine Orange and Mimosa Yellow, but many fashion-forward ladies are choosing these upbeat colors as the main focus.

Don’t be afraid to wear coral, teal or mint prom dresses this year to stand out from the crowd in a beautiful way.

 

6. Mesmerizing Mermaids—

Evoking a sense of fairytale whimsy with its delicate and womanly classic shape, the mermaid silhouette will be prevalent in prom wear this year, giving girls the chance to turn heads with this dazzling design.

Fitted in the bodice, this style is a great choice for ladies seeking to support and showcase a beautiful décolletage, making the wearer stand out like a shining star in a sea of dresses.

 

7. Captivating Cap Sleeves—

This modest and arm-slimming sleeve style has been around since the ‘50s, but has officially made its way back into the word of fashion for 2014.

If you don’t feel confident in strapless dresses, or simply seek a more retro look, cap sleeves are an elegant alternative.

Cap sleeves come in every hemline, so find the dress that suits you best and wear this sophisticated style with grace and charm.

 

8. Illuminating Illusions—

Illusion necklines and covered back cut-outs are extremely current, with Kate Middleton as a frontrunner for starting the trend.

The impression of a revealing neckline or back area combined with the demure and tasteful coverage of a sheer fabric cover is a delightfully classic blend of nearly naughty with a splash of tasteful nice that makes a breathtaking impression.

 

If you’re looking for vintage, edgy colors, interesting elements or simply stunning, you won’t be disappointed by the prom dress fashions happening in the year ahead. Find a favorite trend above to wear for your next dance or formal occasion, and have fun giving it your own fabulous flair.

Summer Style Watch: 10 Sexy, Sassy Swimwear Trends

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As new swimsuit styles strut up and down the runways, many of us are still trying to decide which look to rock this summer – but many celebrities have already been photographed on warm climate beaches, giving us early previews of the latest and greatest designs.

This summer will feature some classic versions of swimwear, but many will be bolder and brighter than ever before. “Fun in the sun” seems to be the common theme, with nods to vintage chic, and plenty of contrast.

Monochromatic swimsuits are always elegant, of course, but if you’ve been waiting for something more playful to wear poolside, go ahead and get excited, because this is going to be your year.

Below are 10 top swimwear trends you’ll see this summer:

 

1. Fabulous Fringes—

This is a sweetly sexy look featuring fabric frilled from the bikini top for a ruffled and demure design, or fringe on the bottom for a fun and flirty feel.

Extra material can either hide an aspect of the body or draw attention to it, depending on the length and texture, so choose wisely if you decide to wear this fluttery, carefree trend.

 

2. Geometric Girls—

The shape of the swimsuit is completely out of control this season, and there are no rules. Gone are the boring, traditional cuts of bikinis tops and bottoms, and in their place we’re seeing swimsuits in an amazing variety of shapes.

Cut-outs and creatively-placed straps and strings will be featured, as well as geometrically-inspired designs. Expect to see intricate, detailed and bold geometric shapes in bright, boisterous colors along with the unique and unconventional contours.

 

3. The Vintage Advantage—

Vintage is back in a big way, and nearly every designer is featuring something inspired by this sassy, playful pin-up style, with bows, polka dots and short swim skirts being utilized to the max.

Bustier tops and high-waisted bottoms have been spotted on celebrities like Rihanna and Ashley Greene; plus the retro look offers more support than many smaller swim styles, which can be a flattering blend of fashion and comfort.

 

4. Sexy Shorts—

Shorts, especially paired with string bikini tops, are already a popular trend on beaches, and have been seen on celebrities like Jeanette McCurdy and Selena Gomez.

In addition to looking great in neon colors either mixed or matched with a vibrant bikini top, swim shorts provide extra coverage and are great for active beachgoers who surf, ride jet skis, and other such activities.

 

5. Crocheted Creations—

Crochet and macramé suits are another way the retro vibe has reentered the swimsuit fashion scene, adding beautiful bohemian texture to what would usually be basic beachwear.

With braided details and interesting patterns, suits featuring crochet and macramé are a great way to stand out and get noticed this summer for your strong and sexy ‘70s style.

 

6. The Magnificent Monokini—

Made popular by gorgeous stars like Adriana Lima, Eva Longoria and Christina Milian, the monokini is all about the glam, and can be worn by nearly every body type. Choose one in an on-trend animal print or geometric style to add confidence to this look.

The best thing about the monokini is that it gives the illusion of a bikini with the support of a one-piece swimsuit, with figure-flattering cut-outs and sparkling rings, buckles and other hardware to dazzle everyone at any pool party.

 

6. Beautiful Bandeaus—

Because the bandeau top is strapless, this makes it great for full-chested girls with enough on top to hold it up – but when a strap is added, this style can be worn by everyone.

Katy Perry has recently been seen in an eclectic tie-dyed bandeau, because the simple design of this bikini top can handle funky prints and bright colors without looking too busy.

 

7. Sporty Suits—

Swimwear with a sporty edge has been seen on runways this year, with bottoms that offer full coverage and crop tops that might also double as athletic wear with a pair of stretchy shorts.

This is an excellent choice for the more conservative or body-conscious, and especially great for active ladies who play volleyball and enjoy wakeboarding when they go to the beach.

 

8. Hello, Sailor—

Nautical prints, colors and shapes are showing up in the swimwear lines of many designers, with navy blue, white stripes, and even ropes being featured.

Some sea-inspired swimsuits have pops of cherry red added to give the classic nautical look a modern vibe, and bright accessories can also achieve this fresh effect.

 

9. Delightfully Deep Necklines—

The extremely low-cut one piece swimsuit has been popular for years, and remains a favorite for many, modernizing a somewhat old-fashioned style with striking results.

Expect to see cut-outs paying homage to the geometric movement, and plunging backs to match the deeply dropped fronts this year.

 

10. Sassy String Bikinis—

String bikinis may change in shape and color, but they are a swimsuit collection staple that never seems to go out of style.

Available in structured forms, such as halter tops with underwire for those who need more support, or as simple triangles of fabric, the great thing about strings is that they adjust to fit everyone perfectly.

 

With a mixture of timeless favorites and innovative new designs, there is a swimsuit for every body type, style preference and personality. No matter which beachside look you choose from the above trends, you will look beautiful and fashion-forward all summer long.