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Stylishly Stunning Accessories That Go With Beige Dresses

The ‘spring summer’ forecast for this year by Color Solutions International dictates embracing shades of beige such as peachy nude, khaki, honey, barley, and ivory. Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for this spring has listed sand as one of its prominent shades.

Since beige is a paler shade of brown, and has several variant shades, this neutral color has both warm and cool attributes of brown and white. When worn as it is, beige often comes across as far too plain to arouse any interest. However, being a pale color, beige necessitates that it be used in combination with a brighter or bolder shade.

Depending on your fashion sensibilities and whether you follow current fashion and color trends ‘to a T’, be rest assured that all that beige in your closet won’t be seeing the dust bag anytime soon. Keeping the reigning colors in mind, this Buzzle fashion guide shows you some color-coordinated accessories that go with beige dresses.

Aqua-fresh

Wear your beige dress with splendidly-hued aquafresh, mint, sea green, and turquoise accessories to liven things up a little. This color scheme is ideal to start a feel-good day at the office, and end it with a night of bashful partying. While choosing accessories with green tones, ensure that you maintain uniformity by opting for a certain shade that appeals to you and looks good with the dress.

Sky and Earth

Shades of blue look great with beige. Seeking inspiration from nature, the image of water, sky, and earth is perhaps the best example to prove this point. It’s a safe combination, one that can rarely go wrong. You can also reduce the amount of blue you wish to use, by wearing only one or two accessories of this color. For the safest bet, opt for pale blue accessories when wearing a lighter shade of beige.

A Dab of Passionate Purple

If you are naturally attracted to shades of purple, this is your chance to wear accessories in this color with your plain beige dress. Since too much of any shade can overwhelm an ensemble, consider wearing purple with metallic accessories. Gray, silver, and rose gold are some shades that can be worn along with purple accessories and a beige dress.

A Sprinkle of Gold

Shades of sparkling gold blend with beige in the most magical manner. The resulting look is one that exudes class and sophistication. However, women who find the conventional too boring, can consider more edgy accessories with gold and sandy tones. For example, metallic gold is a shade that looks great on shoes, bags, and chunky bracelets, and can add oodles of personality to a simple beige dress.

Bold in Bronze

Not as vivid as gold, bronze accessories have a way of soothing a color pallet. It is because of this reason, bronze offers substantial leeway to make a bold choice when it comes to accessories. When worn along with beige, bronze blends almost seamlessly to create an illusion of oneness. Use this aspect to your advantage, and wear all those over-the-top accessories you’ve been yearning to!

Scarlet with Beige

Scarlet is another color that has been chosen by Color Solutions International for this year’s spring trend. When used along with beige, shades of red can really add the oomph factor to your dress and personality. Like purple, if too much of red puts you off, consider mixing and matching it with other colors such as green, brown, and black.

Sandy Affair

If your beige dress is more sandy in shade, you could consider mixing and matching your accessories. Sandy beige is comparatively much darker than its sister shades, which is why, it goes really well with dark shades of brown, red, bronze, black, and white. Opt for a bright bag, belt, headband, or shoes to bring in some contrast to this otherwise dull shade of beige.

For those of you who are wondering what accessories to use with your printed beige dresses, opt for minimalist designs and colors that don’t attract too much attention away from the dress.

How Women Can Stylishly Wear Brogues

The Name Tales
While some people maintain that the shoes get their name from the Old Irish word bróg which translates to shoes, others believe that the name comes from the characteristic technique of perforation called broguing that creates the traditional, decorative pattern on the shoe.
Anyone who has browsed through the pages of fashion magazines will vouch for the fact that androgyny is big this winter. Apparently the girls just can’t get enough of the boys! Well, at the least their clothes. As women, we have made clothes and shoes our very own little fiefdom, and each day (or season), we stake claim to another piece from the kingdom, previously known as menswear. So, after the very comfortable boyfriend jeans, the oh-so-luxe oversized sweatshirts, the Highlands-inspired plaid shirts, we have moved on to acquire brogues.

And boy, do we love our brogues. And why not? The shoes are sturdy. They keep our very-often-cold-mysteriously-so-at-times feet warm. They don’t look half bad. And when worn well, (and we mean really well), they can put even the most stylish woman’s shoes to shame. So, if conventional wisdom (read: your mom/aunt/grandmom) told you that brogues are just for the boys, show them this little Buzzle article. We are here to tell you how you can wear these shoes stylishly and probably make them one of the most versatile pair of shoes in your wardrobe.

One Brogue, Five Ways
The currently-trending obsession with brogues isn’t a very new one. The shoes have been peeking out of women’s closets for at least a couple of seasons now. But lately, the trend has become more widespread and popular, as more and more women step out of their comfort zone and try on menswear-inspired trends with panache.
If you are still unsure of how to wear these shoes without looking like a two-year-old trying on her father’s shoes and playing dress-up, then here’s all the visual inspiration you need. We have also taken up the challenge of using the same pair of brogues and given you five different interpretations of it.

Want a fuss-free look? Channel your inner nerd with a button-down shirt, cuffed jeans, envelope clutch, spectacles, and obviously the brogues.

Brogues make everything comfortable, yet chic. Don’t think that’s true? Just try them with a pair of shorts and a slightly loose T-shirt. The compliments will have you believe us.

Did you think brogues worked only casually? We prove you wrong with this perfect-for-work look; feminine, serious, and smart, it’s perfect for a Friday meeting.

A music concert or a Sunday shopping trip with the girls demands that you look gorgeous and remain comfortable. What better than a pair of brogues teamed with a cute dress.

For those who are ready to take a bit of risk, you can make these shoes work for a night of partying as well. Just throw in the right amount of glitz, and it is sure to floor anyone.
For most women almost pleading for a suitable replacement for ballet flats, brogues are the answer to all their prayers. Having said that, while versatile, you can go very wrong with brogues if not worn appropriately. To avoid that distasteful experiences, always pick shoes that are not chunky. Ensure that your outfit has enough feminine elements to make the look work on a whole. You don’t want to come off as someone trying to look like a man. Flashing some ankle while wearing these shoes is a good idea as it gives a sense of balance and proportion.

Most Fall/Winter 2013 runways including Stella McCartney and Dior featured menswear-inspired trends prominently. You want to look like Alexa Chung! Brogues are one way of getting that look in your wardrobe without it becoming too masculine to handle.

Making Fashion Affordable

You Don’t Need Expensive Clothes to be Successful
Many fashion retailers, particularly those targeting higher income shoppers, may seem hopelessly out of range if you don’t have a pile of disposable income to spend on whatever you want. Although many of us would very much like to be able to buy jeans in the $100-$200 range, this really isn’t a possibility for many average people. Unfortunately, media outlets like television, fashion magazines, and advertisements encourage women and men alike to strive to afford higher-end fashion. Society teaches us that if we are worrying about the price of our fashion choices, we are not successful.

The Perils of Spending Too Much
This message works very well as a marketing message for the more expensive fashion brands, because it creates a sense of guilt or shame in those of us who can’t normally afford clothes from ritzy mall stores. So, if we choose to shop at lower end retailers instead, we are doing the right thing financially but we are encouraged by media messages to feel bad about ourselves for making this choice. In order to feel more successful and stylish, some of us end up shopping at high-end stores even though we can’t necessarily afford it. This leads to financial trouble, such as credit card debt, later on. The situation can be very difficult to remedy once we have developed a habit of purchasing expensive clothes, however. Moving from too-pricey stores to lower end ones only compounds the shame that we have learned to feel.

There is No Shame in Seeking Help
How can we escape this strange situation? If you are interested in fashion and want to look your best and look current without making sacrifices that could get you into trouble later on, what are your options? Before considering the answers to these questions, it needs to be said that if you think you have a shopping problem or an addiction to expensive fashion brands, you should consider seeking help. Rather than being ashamed of your failures, find someone you can talk to about this issue and who will guide you in finding a compromise that is sustainable in your life. There is no shame in asking for a problem when you find you are embroiled in a situation that has gotten out of control.

Consider Consignment
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are several things you can do to avoid falling into the trap of living outside your means, especially when it comes to fashion. Consignment stores can be a great resource, for example. A consignment shop sells very gently used clothing and often carries high fashion brands at very low prices. Good consignment stores are classy and are usually staffed by people who know the fashion world inside and out. Look around in your area for a consignment shop and save yourself a pretty penny without sacrificing your image. As a bonus, you can sometimes sell your gently used items to the store to get an even bigger discount.

Coupons are Worth it!
Another way to make expensive fashion affordable on your budget is to collect coupons. When it comes to groceries, it can be difficult and time-consuming to make coupons truly worthwhile, but coupons can be great for the mall. Most stores have a mailing list you can sign up for to receive coupons in the mail or online. Make sure to sign up for the mailing list at all of your favorite shopping spots, and you are likely to find great deals on any given day. Be careful not to let coupons convince you to buy more than you can afford! Look for coupons that give a dollar amount discount with no limit. For example, if you get a coupon for $25 with no obligation to spend more than that, you can either get a $25 for free or 25% off a $100 item. Discard coupons worth less than 15%, you can do better!

Set a Budget
No matter where you shop, remember to set yourself a fashion budget. Be realistic about how much you can afford to spend on clothes each season, and stick to it! When you know what your fashion budget is, you can make choices more wisely. Maybe you will decide to get cheaper accessories so you can afford a higher end top, or vice versa. This type of consideration is only possible if you are up front with yourself about your budget so you can look your best without going broke!

Fashion Advice for Men

smart-casual-inspiration-4When it comes to fashion, style, and dressing in a trendy way, most men find themselves at sea. I have seen many men who still dress up the way they used to during college, although now they are well into their late twenties! What most men don’t realize is that with a bit of creativity, they can completely turn around the way they look and dress up.

Dress Your Age
It is very important that a man dresses his age. For instance, a low cut jeans would look great on a teen or a 20 something guy, but the same on a forty or fifty year old, no matter how maintained or toned his body is, would look ridiculous.

Make Comfort Your priority
Your clothing should be such that you are completely at ease in it. Comfortable clothes, more than any of the trendy ones, will make you look much more confident and stylish any day! So, avoid blindly running after brands and latest trends. Instead, develop your own unique, comfortable dressing style.

Get the Correct Fit
Always buy clothes which fit on perfectly, i.e., they should be neither too loose nor too tight. The right fit for you would be that which hides your flaws such as a paunch and fits in nicely on the entire body.

Wear Right Colors
When you are young, all colors ranging from pink to blue to red, look good on you. After all, youth is the time for experiments and exuberance. However, as you age, you should buy clothes of only those colors which look flattering on you. Wear colors such as browns, black, and pastel shades.

Maintain a Wardrobe
There are some clothes which are a must-have in any man’s wardrobe. These include a formal suit, a white shirt, black pants, a pair of well fitting jeans, khakis, a leather jacket, a chic casual shirt, an overcoat, formal shoes, and sneakers. You can pair them with any outfit or wear them individually.

Accessorize
If you thought that accessories are meant just for women, you are highly mistaken. These days, lots of accessories such as unique neck pieces, bracelets, watches, rings, cuff-links and belts are available, which can jazz up any outfit. However, one thing you should be cautious of is over accessorizing. As a rule, do not wear more than three accessories at a time.

Be Well-Groomed
Stay well-groomed. Take a bath every day, shave regularly, shampoo often, wear polished shoes, and ironed clothes. Getting a neat, good haircut can do wonders for the way a man looks, so go to a hair stylist and get one which suits your personality and the shape of your face. A well-groomed man, irrespective of whether he is wearing stylish clothes or not, looks appealing!

Here’s hoping that with these tips you can make your own fashion statement by dressing appropriately. One last tip – Keep on refurbishing your wardrobe from time to time, at the same time, keep the must-have clothing items handy. In case you feel that you do not know which kind of clothing to opt for, you can go to any of the big stores. The customer service executives there will gladly choose outfits which match your personality and built!