Thursday, 7 February 2013

12 fresh ways to wow...

Embellish your lapel

Designers went deliriously mad for menswear this season. Play up your work blazer or a somber coat with an intriguing accent on the lapel: a two-toned pocket square or a floral pin that puts a femme twist on the tailored trend.

Leave your shirt half untucked

Popping it out on the side gets you an edgy effect that says you’re not trying too hard (and yes, it covers your butt).

Work the LBD: Little Blue Dress

This azure hue is the new basic when it comes to slinky cocktail looks. Beauty tip: Vivid blues look especially striking against darker skin. 

Slick your hair waaay to the side

For bangs that stay put in a sleek style like Rooney Mara’s, make a deep part, blow-dry with a paddle brush, and pat on gel to seal in shine and eliminate flyaways

Wear your jacket like a cape

It can look put together—a boxy jacket paired over a sheer blouse—or sweet and casual, like Alexa Chung who wore a men’s blazer she borrowed from a pal to keep warm. It’s an insouciant mix of masculine and feminine pieces

Wrap a scarf under your blazer

The French have elaborate techniques for knotting a scarf, but we prefer this très facile trend. Loop a silky square or rectangle around your neck, and tuck it loosely into the lapels. Or tie it high, and let the tails hang down to show off a bold pattern

Clip some cute “baby bangs”

Not into shaggy, hang-in-your-eyes strands? Hello, little-Dutch-boy fringe. Have your stylist trim bangs 2 to 3 inches above your brows, and comb in a gel to nix frizziness.

Do a double cat eye

Draw across your lids with a black liner from the inner to outer corners, flicking up the tip to finish. Then trace on a parallel line, slightly above the first.

Strap on your purse

The cross-body bag is still huge for fall, a trend we love, as it takes zero effort and scores you mega style points. Structured ones from Tommy Hilfiger were particularly eye-catching.

Belt it out

For a simple way to define your waist when you’re wearing a voluminous skirt or flowy top, wrap a Japanese-inspired obi belt around your middle. Let it stand out by keeping the rest of your accessories on the subtle side: Think a slim headband or minimal jewelry and a clutch.

Rev up lips with oxblood red

Trade in your classic cherry pink lipstick for a burgundy shade. If you have pale skin, choose a rouge color with cool, blue undertones; opt for a warm, brown-based one if you have a deeper or olive complexion. Paint it on with a fine-tip makeup brush, blotting between coats for a long-lasting stain.

Color-block bright separates

What makes watermelon, one of the season’s hot hues, even punchier? Pairing it with super-hot pink. Or go all blue with a turquoise T and cobalt skinnies

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