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Summer Wardrobe Updates

May 22, 2015

Printed Pants – Feeling a bit quirky or bold? Forget your solid harem pants or wide leg slacks and go for something with energetic stripes, zippy zigzags and animal prints instead like ones found at Ella Moss. When donning such dazzling bottoms, make sure to wear simpler pieces up top for maximum contrast. I know, the bold prints might be intimidating at first, but they’re seriously worth trying on!
vnb printed pants
Pop goes your pants in Ella Moss

The Flat Platform (aka The Flatform) – A new shoe silhouette has stepped onto the scene, part platform, part wedge, part flat; a marriage of fashion and comfort which might not be for everyone, but it’s worth a second look. Check out Vince at Fashion Island, because Flatforms can be quite versatile and look fantastic on every woman no matter what height or body type. They’re very democratic and with that added comfort it’s a shoe you could potentially wear from day to night.
Vince Marrett Flatform Sandals
Flat out I the Vince Edie Leather Espadrille Sandal

Flare Jeans – Nothing beats the leg-lengthening magic of flared jeans, from high-impact retro bell-bottoms to dramatic stovepipe wide legs, they’re a time tested silhouette that is flattering to your waistline by balancing the hips while giving you a long lean look. Give Mcguire Denim a try, several styles can be found at Bardot Boutique. Pair them with a loose fitting top to make your butt and thighs look skinny!
McGuire Flare Denim
Majorelle Flare by Mcguire found at Bardot in Newport Beach

Maxi Dress – A great versatile addition to any wardrobe that’s complementary to any body type. With just a tweak of some accessories they can go from day to evening in a matter of seconds. BCBG Max Azria is the spot to get your hands on so many options. A definite departure from the classic little black dress, the maxi not only highlights this season’s signature 70’s style but also crosses over into the various spring fashion trends.
BCBG Maxi Dresses
BCBG Maxi Dresses: Olivia Bell Sleeved Long Relaxed Dress and Adriena Sleeveless Lace Blocked Gown

Cat Eye Sunglasses – Far from a standalone trend, the welcomed resurgence of the cat eye sunglasses is rooted in the revival of ladylike 50’s and 60’s fashion, think Mad Men. Looking to find the purrrfect pair, head to See Eyewear in Fashion Island. Ladies with square or diamond shaped faces should try ones with rounded out edges and a round face can benefit from sharper edges, or large frames that curve upwards subtly. But rules are never really hard and fast, I suggest trying on pairs until you find what works best for your face shape.
SEE-9238 SUN
See Eyewear, Style 9238 fun in the SUN

Bold Colored Bags – When it comes to accessories this season Trina Turk has what you need and it’s go bold or go home. Make a statement this spring and amplify any outfits with a pop of color, and the best way to do that is with a little arm candy. Scared of full on color? Choose one with color blocking that includes black and other neutrals or go all out with shades of orange, fuchsia, lime green and yellow.
Trina Turk bright bags
Be bold in The Happy Hour Clutch or Poolside Satchel by Trina Turk

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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