What to Wear to a Graduation Party

Graduation is right around the corner!  Many years has passed since I graduated, so this edition of What to Wear is written by guest writer, Lisa Griffin.

Soon you will be spending your last days at your university or college. Besides final tests and thoughts about your future perspectives, it means a memorable party! Are you excited about the day when everyone can forget about assignments and devote attention to choosing dresses for the graduation ceremony? All the seniors impatiently wait for this major event. Staying in trend might be difficult in everyday life, but when it comes to graduation, it’s even harder. So, what shall you wear to look fabulous? Continue reading

How to Pack the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Travel

Many times while traveling, things do not go as planned and my trip is extended (cancelled flights, opportunity to stay longer, whatever).  My first reaction was to add a couple new items to my wardrobe (yay, excuse to go shopping), then I learned the secret to extend my original wardrobe for another week (or more). I discovered how to pack the ultimate capsule wardrobe for the most mix and match options with a limited amount of luggage.  A little preparation while packing can give you loads of outfit combinations during your travels!

I spent many years traveling for work, and many more years traveling for fun.  Here are a few of my top packing tips to build the ultimate travel capsule wardrobe.
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What to Wear for Summer Music Festivals

Guest Post from Out of the Box Fashion’s Quintan shares with us her favorite styles and What to Look for in Music Festival Outfits.  what-to-wear-to-outdoor-music-festivals

Spring will be here March 20th and the kickoff to the music festival season is right around the corner. Here in Atlanta,  we have over 10 can’t-miss music festivals going on all summer long!

One of the biggest music festivals that brings out people from around the world is the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, starting April 15th. This festival is full of celebrities and people with the gift of creative style! Usually people who attend this festival wear stylish 60s & 70s Bohemian looks!

2016 Wedge

Wedge heels

2016 Coach Cross-body bag

Coach cross-body bag

What do you need to create the perfect fest-inspired outfit?

First, remember you want to be cool and comfortable, so wearing cotton and natural fabrics is the way to go. No need for stilettos, since music festivals have you on your feet all day. Instead, wear flat sandals, sneakers, or wedge heels. Other fashion essentials you will need: denim shorts, cross-body handbags, flowy dresses, sunglasses and hats!

More great styling tips and follow along for Quintan’s Get the Look for Less recommendations at Out of the Box Style on Facebook
Photo gallery of Quintan’s looks can be found here.

Simple Tips to Upcycle Your Prom Dress

Prom season is here!  Check out these helpful hints for buying your Prom Dress.

Simple Tips to Upcycle Your Prom DressAfter Prom, you may consider selling your Prom dress while the style is still current and to make room in your closet for other things.  Or, you may just not want to part with your beautiful frock – so Upcycle it!  You can repurpose your dress into another fabulous outfit.

A former client loved her Prom dress enough that she upcycled it into her wedding gown!  Try different fabric spray paints (continuous spray are better than pump) or dyes for a totally different color or pattern.

A hem transforms a long dress into a semi-formal cocktail dress or skirt, like this example from New Dress a Day.

Keep the skirt and ditch the top, another New Dress a Day example with instructions here.

Or, maybe you are just not ready to drastically alter your dress – accessorize it for other events!
Pexels_dress1Get a little inspiration from your favorite store for layering options.  Lace tops over strapless dresses offer a more casual look.  Or, try a sheer tee shirt over your dress.  Switch up the top from your favorite full skirt!

Add a jacket or cardigan sweater.  Try your dress with various belts or a coordinating scarf.

Experiment with different items in your closet.  It is amazing how many different ways your Prom dress, or any special occasion dress, can be worn!

New Dress a Day

I have found a kindred spirit!  Marisa Lynch, author and creator of the Book and Website New Dress a Day, is brilliant!  I bought her book a few months ago and devoured it in a few glorious hours.  Now I follow her on Facebook and on her website.

Basically, this amazing lady spent an entire year re-purposing thrift store finds for a new dress or outfit everyday.  There are multiple before photos, an exact description of what and how she did it, more photos, then the after result photos.  She shows various techniques for sewing and non-sewing at various skill-levels.  Her book has a section describing sewing machine basics for beginners.

Now that the year is up, she still takes unique pieces and converts them to wearable, up-to-the-minute fashion.  I have added her site to my blogroll, and I highly recommend picking up her book and browsing the site!