Want to travel in style like Bollywood celebs


Airport looks can be tricky and it’s not a good idea to overdo it but still keep up the fashion aspect up to the mark. The rule is to keep it simple and the functionality of your outfit should be apparent, say experts.

Ankita Bajaj from brand Vans India, Harkirat Singh of Woodland Worldwide and Vandana Anurag of The Parisian Boudoir have rolled out some tips for all fashionistas who love to fly in style.

* Trending since 2016, white sneakers are a must to pull off airport runs in style. It’s impossible not to be able to pair these with any look — be it joggers, a dress, boyfriend jeans, midi skirts and even basic denim shorts.

* Instead of carrying a bunch of small things in multiple bags, carry a big lightweight tote. Tote bags not only look sophisticated but also help you to fit everything in one place, laptop and fashion magazines included.

* Always carry a warm jacket no matter how hot it is outside as the temperature inside the plane is always colder.

* Shoes with padded ankles call for total comfort when it comes to walking from one end of the airport to another. Be it low tops or high tops, always look for a padded ankle to steer clear of shoe bites.

* Flared pants are an absolute favourite nowadays and are here to stay. They are not only comfortable but very stylish and add that extra edge even to your simple attire. Jeans are the basic wardrobe essentials and are perfect for travelling, pair them up with a sweatshirt and your look is complete.

* You can go for jumpsuits or maxi dresses as they are extremely airy and comfortable to carry and look very stylish too.

* Make sure you are wearing a relaxed top while travelling, as you are bound to sit in a confined space for hours. Choose materials like thin knit, cotton or silk. Avoid fabrics that may get wrinkled after sitting for long hours.Read more at:cheap prom dresses uk

Ethical Fashion labels on Runway, Berlin

Ethical Fashion labels on Runway, Berlin

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For the first time ever, the trade fair duo Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and Greenshowroom hosted an international event where top players from the eco fashion segment presented their new collections. This event was held at Funkhaus Berlin, from July 4-6, 2017. A total of 180 labels showcased their S/S 2018 in the Shedhalle on the Funkhaus exhibition site.

The move to the new location and collaboration meant that both Greenshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin can expand their exhibition space. 40 international pioneers in contemporary fashion presented high-quality looks for next summer at Greenshowroom, while Shedhalle was occupied by the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin, which presented the biggest range of fashion in its history. 140 labels showcased trendy street and casual wear.

The exhibition space at the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin was divided into clearly identified segments for the first time: Moderncasual for clear, long-lasting collections, Urbanvibe for denim and streetwear, Craft for craftsmanship interpreted in traditional and modern ways, Individual for Styles with individual class from the pioneers of eco fashion and Kids for fashionable highlights for children and teens. The trade fair was had a meaningful structure made it easier for the visitors to navigate and orient themselves.


The major design direction gathered from all shows was: understated with minimalism.

The style-defining trends for next summer include new products in the Craft segment based on traditional craftsmanship coupled with contemporary design. Athleisure is also becoming an important aspect: sporty themes are increasingly being interpreted in a fashionable way. The focus is on a new sensibility with muted design that is characterised by details and high-quality materials. Colour prints and romantic all-over prints and lacing were also be seen and they dominated the collections for S/S 2018 in a rich variety of forms.

The trade fair duo also had an interesting retail area “JETZT!” where the organiser presented a concept space that gave retailers a vision of how they can integrate sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands in their product ranges – showcased in a fashionable, experience-oriented and contemporary manner.

It was a very insightful and inspiring fashion intersection, one-of-its-kind held in Berlin.Read more at:evening dresses

The designer who broke the Internet


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ON a normal day, Michael Cinco will dress up an Arab superstar (Balqees Fathi, in a crystallized ombré dress), a stunning Bollywood celebrity at India’s Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards (Sonam Kapoor, in a fuchsia gown), a dazzling opera singer in Kazakhstan (Zarina Altynbayeva, in an emerald crystallized creation) or a first-rate Filipino actress at the Berlin Film Festival (Cherie Gil, in a turquoise couture). On an extraordinary day, Cinco will break the Internet with one exceptional creation after another.

Jennifer Lopez, one of the world’s biggest pop divas, has worn a number of Cinco’s singular designs. When she sang “Love Makes The World Go Round” with Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as tribute to the victims of the Orlando Pulse a year ago, she opted to wear an ensemble from the designer’s “The Impalpable Dream of Sainte Chapelle” spring-summer 2016 collection shown at the Dubai Fashion Forward.

“The majestic 20-foot stained-glass cape is meticulously hand-painted and features 10,000 colorful Swarovski crystals with hand-made silk embroideries. It took six months for 100 people to complete it,” Cinco explained in a social-media post.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the most popular Miss Universe ever, opted to wear a Michael Cinco creation for her final walk before she turned over her crown to Iris Mittenaere of France in January.

“[It was a] Couture Impalpable Dream moment. The Impalpable Pia’s cobalt blue ball gown is inspired and is my personal tribute to my best friend Albert Andrada, who designed Pia’s winning gown during Miss Universe 2015,” Cinco said, adding, “It’s all made by hand by my amazing skilled artisans.”

Aishwarya Rai, the most beautiful Miss World ever, wore a Michael Cinco at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Rai’s skirt is made of 100 meters of tulle, its inner construction made with horsehair for that amazing volume. Four tailors and 30 beaders worked for two days on the embellishment, while 10 petites mains labored for 120 hours to embroider the tulle.

The “super gorgeous” Bollywood superstar, Cinco said, “looks like a fairy-tale princess in a couture Impalpable Land on the red carpet. The dress is inspired from the painting of Infanta Maria Theresa, the wife of the Sun King Louis IV of the Palace of Versailles.”

Victoria Swarovski, the heiress most known to haute couturiers who love crystals, chose Cinco as her bridal designer for her wedding to real-estate investor Werner Mürz in June. During her fitting in May, Cinco stated: “Expect to rain Swarovski crystals on her wedding dress….”

True enough, the singer wed “in a beautiful 6-meter long train Michael Cinco couture wedding gown in delicate French lace and beadworks encrusted with full minute Swarovski crystals in picturesque Trieste, Italy,” the designer wrote of his dress reportedly weighing 46 kilograms and worth close to a million US dollars. The world was astonished, to say the least.

But of all his brides, who hail from as far away as Russia, Romania, Arabia and Lebanon, it is Filipino TV prime-time queen Marian Rivera that Cinco considers the fairest.

He dressed her for her wedding to Kapuso King Dingdong Dantes in 2014 in Manila.

Marian’s wedding dress was made of Solstiss French lace with French pailette, minute Swarovski pearls, chalk white Swarovski crystals and studded with full transparent Swarovski crystals with the flower motif made of laser-cut velvet and organza.

“I’ve never seen a more beautiful and happier bride than Marian Rivera…impalpable bride, indeed,” Cinco said. “I was so happy to be part of the most spectacular wedding of the decade.”

The Samar-born designer is in town to consult with another high-profile bride-to-be, aesthetic doctor Vicky Belo.

But he demurs when asked if he can share any details about Belo’s wedding to Hayden Kho:

“I highly value whatever privacy and veil of secrecy my clients would want to enjoy prior to their big day. All I can say is that Vicky Belo would be the happiest bride not only because of what she will wear, but also because she radiates it. And so will her little daughter, the angelic Scarlet Snow.”

After conquering Cannes and the Miss Universe stage, what’s left for Cinco is making a splash at The Met Ball and the Oscars. “The Met Ball is a good many months or so away. So is the Oscars. My style PR [public-relations] managers in Los Angeles, Antonio Estebán and Inessa Shak, are generally responsible for my US inputs. They are excellent at what they do,” he said.

“A gala show in the Philippines would be a most welcome change. But I think it’s not coming in the near future, but it’s certainly something I so look forward to. I can only assure, it will be a big and sentimental homecoming,” he mused.

An overachieving, Internet-obliterating designer still has dreams.

“As a designer, I’m always open to all possibilities. But I thrive on surprises,” he intimated. “Angelina Jolie still tops my list of women I love to dress up. Meantime, let me dress up all other women who are equally beautiful and up to the challenge of wearing Michael Cinco.”Read more at:prom dresses london

Filipino culture comes to Hawaii’s State Fair

“E.K. Fernandez Shows, Inc. came to us looking for an attraction to bring in people to enjoy the fair,” stated Allan Alvarez who does his own mid-day show on KPHI.

At first, the planning committee considered featuring major artists, but they became too expensive. After thinking about Hawaii as a whole, Alvarez suggested doing a Filipino Cultural Night.

“We thought about celebrating the Filipino culture because there are so many Filipinos here in Hawaii.” When Alvarez presented the idea and tentative program to the EK Fernandez team, they approved and went with the plan.

Many of the acts come from the local Filipino community, including Tekniqlingz, Jezbhel Leano and A-Trust Band.

Alvarez chose the acts based on what would make a good mix of both past and current artists that the audience would enjoy.

“The theme of the show is Then and Now, also known as Noon at Ngayon. We mixed traditional, modern and contemporary into the program.”

Alvarez claims that not many Filipinos in Hawaii have a strong understanding and familiarity with their own culture, so KPHI wanted to give them a taste of it, “old and new at the same time,” as Alvarez puts it.

From songs and dances to a colorful fashion show, the audience members of the 50th State Fair experienced the first Filipino Cultural Night since the fair began in 1903.

One of the performances came from a popular Filipino talent show “The Voice Kids Philippines.” Yssa Marie West, who competed in the third season of the show, proudly displayed her Filipino American upbringing and aloha spirit as she competed and trained under Coach Lea Salonga.

Making it to the overall top 24, West has returned to her home and continues to perform, taking every opportunity that comes her way. The young artist sang her heart and soul out on the stage, leaving the audience in awe.

“I feel mixed emotions. I’m so blessed because all these people came. My friends and family came, even my teacher came. The crowd clapped and it makes me feel happy. I love to sing and to share my talent.”

Another part of the event showcased the fashions that the Philippines has to offer, under the guidance of Iris Villacrusis, a Filipino designer from the Big Island. Ranging from the Maria Clara dresses to malongs, Villacrusis shared all of his collection with the crowd.

After realizing the absence of Filipino fashion in mainstream media, Villacrusis traveled to the Philippines numerous times to collect different pieces from all over the country so he could share it with the community around him.

“I don’t see it in the mainstream. One of the worse things as a diaspora, we are scattered all over the world and there are people who say that they are proud to be Filipino but they’re not proud to look like one. My motto is wear Pinoy, be Pinoy.” The fashion show even ended with Villacrusis’ modern take, with the female model wearing a revealing bra with a barong and skirt.

The 50th State Fair gave people a glimpse of what Filipino culture encompasses, from dancing, singing, fashion and even food trucks outside the tent.

Alvarez hopes that the Filipino Cultural Night’s huge success will convince E.K. Fernandez Shows, Inc. to host another event next year and the following years.

“The Filipino community is underserved and under-recognized here in Hawaii because we work so hard. We just work and work and work, we don’t really have time to enjoy,” Alvarez observes.

“I want the rest of the public to know that Filipinos want to have a great time too. We want to enjoy as well and we have a rich culture that we want to share with many, many people.”Read more at:prom dresses 2017 | plus size prom dresses

Fashion Forward Dubai relocates to d3


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Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), the region’s progressive fashion platform, will return to Dubai, UAE for its 10th edition at a new location in the Design Quarter of Dubai Design District (d3) from October 26 to 28.

Endorsed by Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) and with Dubai Design District (d3) as Strategic Partner, the event will showcase seasoned couture, ready-to-wear and accessory designers, as well as debut new talent.

The definitive fashion platform has championed Middle Eastern design talent for the past five years and has propelled the careers of many designers both internationally and regionally.

Since its launch, FFWD has played host to thousands of guests from buyers and fashion industry insiders to international and regional media, as they descend on Dubai to preview stand-out regional talent. In 2013 FFWD burst onto the regional fashion scene showing 18 designers and hosting lively debates at Dubai’s luxurious Madinat Jumeirah.

The Design Quarter has become the central component in the development of d3 and is already home to over 6,000 people and 400 luxury, fashion and design businesses.

Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of FFWD said: “This October is a key milestone in FFWD’s evolution as we celebrate the tenth edition of the platform in our new home in the centre of Dubai’s creative hub.

“With the continued support of d3 and DDFC the platform has become the reference point for regional design talent and a launch pad for international visibility. Each season we introduce new concepts, explore new topics of conversation, discover new talent and deliver a new experience while providing an environment where passion, collaboration and purpose meet.”

Jazia Al Dhanhani, CEO, Dubai Design & Fashion Council, said: “We are proud to continue our collaboration with Fashion Forward for its landmark tenth season, and the fourth season to be endorsed by DDFC.

“Fashion Forward continues to inspire us with its diversity, as it looks to create valuable avenues of growth for local and regional designers, and nurture and promote the immense pool of home-grown talent. This is closely aligned with our mandate to establish Dubai as the international capital of emerging design. We wish the Fashion Forward team and participating designers the utmost luck for Season 10, and look forward to another exciting edition.”

Maitha Al Suwaidi, executive director of Marketing and Communications of Dubai Design District said: “d3 is delighted to host the tenth edition of Fashion Forward with the new location set in the heart of the design quarter. We are committed to supporting the development of emerging designers in the region and our design community provides a unique platform where they can unite and co-create.

“This season our visitors will experience an elevated creative journey with access to our exclusive fine dining restaurants, fashion ateliers and unique concept stores, enjoying the thriving atmosphere within the design hub.”

Designer registration for FFWD’s 10th Edition is now open with limited spaces available. To participate, designers can register at fashionforward.ae. The deadline for registration is July 15. Any late entries will be accepted based on availability, a statement said.Read more at:prom dresses uk



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‘The Colour Of Magic’ came to life when students delivered creative, inspiring and skilled outfits using everything from from PVC to cable-ties at the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Awards last Saturday, July 1.

Three second year Durban University of Technology students, Katekani Moreku, Hlengiwe Mdunge and Nasreen Paruk, took the top spots in the competition.

Taking first place was Moreku, 25, who is studying towards his national diploma in fashion design. Originally from Wolverines village in Mpumalanga province, Moreku said, “I discovered my passion for creating design in high school when I realised that I’m so curious and eager to change people’s appearances into the way I would like the world to perceive the human race.”

For the competition, Moreku designed a menswear carnival suit. “My inspiration came from the carnivals of yesteryear that have a limitless culture of colours. I took different colourful prints and coordinated them in order to exude one magical colour,” said Moreku.

Although Moreku said he is still finding his style, his tendency to mix rich bright colours in his designs is what stands out most in his garments. As for the future, Moreku said, “I hope, by God’s grace, to live long enough to open all fashion production sectors, from yarn producing factories to retail, in South Africa.

Mdunge, 23, from Chesterville came second in the competition. At fifteen years old, Mdunge realised her love for design, “I used to sketch and hand sew things, but I never took it that seriously. I wanted to be an engineer,” she said.

Despite her inclination toward fashion, Mdunge studied civil engineering. “I didn’t finish my degree in engineering, it wasn’t working out. I came to realise, fashion had always been there in me. I’m passionate about it and it’s what comes naturally. I find myself doing it unintentionally,” she said.

The outfit entry was inspired by illusions. “It’s a high and low dress with a print of a face in front. When I heard the July theme, I looked into magic as an illusion to convey it,” she said..

Mdunge’s future aspirations include furthering her studies, interning under established designers and to one day venture into her own brand.

Taking third place, Paruk, 22, said, fashion was always something she wanted to pursue. “After a year of thinking I could be a biological scientist, fashion design just seemed like the obvious choice. When I started, I realised it was something that I was actually good at,” she said.

The outfit she designed was a printed dress with a detachable PVC over skirt that she screen printed herself. “I was inspired by the illusions that magicians use to deceive and confuse the audience much like Optical art of the 1950s and 1960s which inspired the silhouette. So I created something that was a sensory overload,” said Paruk.

Considering herself to be a “modern structural designer”, Paruk said, “I like classic elements that have a very modern twist and that’s what I aspire to design, something that’s dramatic, different and shocking.”

Nothing is set in stone said Paruk, “The future is fluid at the moment but I hope to get the opportunity to further my studies internationally. »Read more at:long prom dresses

Stars beat a path to huge Christian Dior museum show

Dior’s exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts (Musee des Arts Decoratifs), which is a retrospective presenting some 400 dresses is open until January 2018.
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A huge show about the fabled French fashion house Christian Dior, which opened Wednesday, has had a galaxy of stars making the pilgrimage to Paris.

With Hollywood actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart already in town for the label’s haute couture show, Stewart’s « Twilight » co-star Robert Pattinson queued with models Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne to get a sneak peak of the retrospective at the city’s decorative arts museum.

While Dior – celebrating its 70th anniversary – has become synonymous with classy highly feminine glamour, fashion was not its founder’s first love.

Christian Dior came to clothes through art after setting up a Paris gallery to « champion the most avant garde of artists, » said the exhibition’s curator Olivier Gabet.

« It was he who gave Salvador Dali and Alberto Giacometti their first shows » in the French capital, he added. And it was his friendships with artists Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob and Pablo Picasso that helped sustain him through a difficult decade after his gallery closed in the Depression.

Dior, a talented artist, began designing theater costumes and from there took his first steps into couture.


Hugely superstitious, he only made the final leap after a tarot reader told him he would head his own fashion house. Two years later in 1947 his « New Look » revolutionized fashion, throwing wartime austerity out the window, trailblazing a new femininity. Tarot and astrological motifs would later become one of Dior’s trademarks. Historian Florence Muller, who co-curated the show, said the « New Look » became « emblematic, » with the show tracing how the six designers who came after Dior subtly adapted it – and how rival houses still « reference » it to this day.

The spectacular exhibition – which includes more than 300 haute couture gowns and dresses – documents how Dior became the go-to brand for stars from Lauren Bacall to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. It also reveals that Dior named his famous Bar suit after the bar of the Plaza Athenee hotel next to his headquarters on Avenue Montaigne between the Champs Elysee and the River Seine.

Ever the artist, Dior spent much of his time in the country drawing, leaving the nitty gritty to Marguerite Carre, who headed his studio. « I think of my work as ephemeral architecture dedicated to the beauty of the female body, » he said. It was, however, to prove far from ephemeral.

When Dior died suddenly at the age of 52 from a heart attack in 1957 his mantle fell on his timid young assistant Yves Saint Laurent, who was only 21 at the time.

Yet in his very first collection Saint Laurent invented the « trapeze dress » which became a runaway success, and he was quickly dubbed the « little prince of fashion. » However, the leather jackets of his « beatnik » show were just too much for some of the brand’s conservative clientele and he was bundled out the door in 1960.

Forgotten man

He was replaced by Marc Bohan, who despite running the house for a record 29 years, became the « forgotten man » of Dior, according to Muller. « The extravagance of his successors Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano overshadowed a lot of what he did, » said Muller even though his « Slim Look » exemplified by models such as Twiggy was highly successful.

Ferre brought an exuberance back to the label in the 1980s with flowers, feathers and rich embroidery while Gibraltar-born Galliano – then fashion’s punk rebel – brought a strong dose of British eccentricity and theatricality, she added. « Even so Galliano had a strong connection linking him with Dior in his vision of strong femininity, with tight waists and ample hips, » she told AFP.

The Belgian Raf Simons stepped up to the mark in 2012 after Galliano was sacked following a drunken rant in a Paris cafe.

Muller said the show demonstrates that Simons’ work was less minimalist than his reputation might suggest. « You can get the impression it’s quite simple but close up you can see the complexity, » she said citing organza cut by laser and a dress made entirely of tiny feathers.

The exhibition ends with the Italian Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s first female artistic director who took the reins last year. « This exhibition is not just about Dior. It is about women in every era which is fascinating for me, » she said.

« Christian Dior, Maker of Dreams » runs until January 7.Read more at:marieprom

Fashion To Take Centrestage At Mountain Echoes Literary Festival 2017

Going beyond the literary world, the eighth edition of Mountain Echoes Literary Festival will showcase collections by Bhutanese and Indian designers reflecting the textile heritage of both nations.

The stories from the world of fashion will take centrestage at the literary, arts and cultural festival, which will be held in Thimphu from August 24-27, read a statement.

Fashion will be one of the key themes at this year’s edition of the Mountain Echoes literary festival.

Designers from across Bhutan and India will come together to curate collections which intersperse their nation’s textile heritage with contemporary fashion, with the aim to build a common thread between the two countries and their shared cultures.

With celebrated names such as Chandrika Tamang and Chimmi Choden from Bhutan and designer duo Abraham & Thakore (David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore) from India, the festival will give a glimpse into the intricacies of design from both countries.

There will be a specially curated fashion show too, which will see models walk the ramp wearing weaves designed by Chimmi Choden’s CHIMMI House of Design. Tamang will present an exclusive line of outfits from her eco-friendly label CDK.

Elaborating on the fashion element of the festival, Tamang said: « Bhutan and India’s design traditions are closely linked. Our shared history has inspired designers across both nations… My collection will be a mix of traditional Bhutanese designs, created using an amalgamation of both Indian and Bhutanese fabrics. »

Abraham & Thakore will exhibit their contemporary designs and present their interpretation of traditional Indian textiles at the specially curated fashion show. The collection will focus on designs created by the two for the 2016 Rajasthan Heritage Week. Their line gives khadi a modern spin and encourages its use as a central fabric for modern designs.

In a joint statement, Abraham and Thakore said: « It is encouraging to see that handloom fashion is one of the threads that ties India and Bhutan together. »

There will be discussions around global evolution of textiles and design traditions too. The festival will also host a unique exhibition, titled ‘Handmade in Rajasthan’, curated by Prasad Bidapa that will celebrate the indigenous craft forms that give Rajasthan its distinctive identity.

Mountain Echoes literary festival is an initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation, in association with India’s literary consultancy Siyahi.Read more at:red prom dress | white prom dresses

I wear the same clothes I did 20 years ago

Actress Rose Byrne still wears some of the same clothes she wore in the 1990s.

Although the Bridesmaids star is now a Hollywood celebrity with access to some of the best stylists in the world, she’s happy to keep it simple – and vintage – when it comes to casual daywear.

« Highbrow, lowbrow, vintage, » the 37-year-old describes her everyday look in a new InStyle interview. « (I wear) ones (clothes) I’ve had for 20 years. »

And that means Rose is delighted to hear styles from the ’90s are making a comeback on the fashion scene.

« I’ve embraced the flowy dress and white sneakers thing – it’s very ’90s, » she shared, before declaring there are some style lines she will not cross. « I can’t do Doc Martens (trendy boots), nope. Can’t do a crop top but can do a white sneaker. »

Byrne confesses her desire to keep it chic and simple probably has a lot to do with all the fuss and work that it takes to make her look red carpet ready at premieres and high-profile events.

« (It’s) a month of fittings, seven hours of makeup… I love that stuff, but you can’t think that life is exactly like a red carpet, » she adds.

However, the Australian beauty doesn’t always don casual streetwear in her daily life – she likes to pamper herself by occasionally splurging on glamorous clothes.

« I bought a Rosie Assouline dress online, » she said, « I’m going to a wedding, and I was like, ‘You know what?’ And I splurged. »Read more at:prom dresses 2017 | http://www.marieprom.co.uk

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dressing for the Beach

The sand, surf, and sun — it’s all fun and games until you have to figure out what to wear. Dressing for the beach can be a bit of a conundrum — especially if you’re a fashion girl, as practical beachwear doesn’t always fit into a style-forward equation.

However, you don’t have to compromise your cool factor for comfort and appropriateness. After all, you want to be able to relax and recharge while enjoying the beach (and while looking your best). With these do’s and don’ts of dressing for the beach, you’ll make all the right impressions.

Do wear a swimsuit that fits

One of the first things you probably equate to the beach is a bikini. But, that doesn’t mean you have to wear one! You will do yourself (and your figure) a favor by investing in a swimsuit that truly flatters your frame. We all have unique body shapes, and there’s a swimwear option that can fit the bill for anyone. For example, if you’re curvier, you may need some additional support that a tiny triangle bikini won’t always provide.

No matter what your body type, swimwear that is too tight or too loose — think droopy drawers — is never a good look. Plus, it is primed and ready for potential wardrobe malfunctions.

Don’t wear anything you’re not comfortable in

Speaking of swimsuits that fit, make sure you feel comfortable in anything you’re wearing as your beach ensemble. It seems simple enough, but oftentimes we pack things in our suitcase that we’re not really crazy about or confident in. No more. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you’ll automatically want to put on that questionable bikini or sundress that’s been in the back of your closet for years. Don’t force a fashion look, or a trend, that’s not suited to your body or personality.

Don’t think sexy always means skimpy

Retro-inspired styles are on-trend, with sophisticated high-waist bikinis, one-pieces, and other vintage-inspired looks invading the swimwear section. So, it’s a perfect time to embrace more coverage at the beach; the extra coverage doesn’t have to mean mumsy. In fact, sometimes leaving a bit more to the imagination in classic swimwear that flatters your figure can be the sexiest thing you can do.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match

We’re way past the matchy trend where your bikini top needs to perfectly coordinate with your bottoms — or where you might feel the need to coordinate your cover-up, accessories, or even your beach towel. The beach is all about free-spirited vibes, so mix and match and have some fun. Busy patterns and seasonal, complementary colors like bright greens and tangerine oranges are a shoo-in for the beach.

Do think beyond the typical cover-up

Standard-issue cover-ups are great. But if they don’t really float your boat (or you forget to pack one!), there are plenty of other options that will do the trick. A knotted long T-shirt, denim cut-offs, a flowing skirt, and even a maxi dress can look trendy and cool to cover up your swimsuit — especially if you’re going from the beach to a barbecue dinner and need something more substantial than a sheer cover-up.

Do always bring a sundress in your beach bag

Speaking of cover-ups, while you may think you’re just going to the beach and back home for the day, you never know where all the fun in the sun could lead. It’s better to be prepared with a sundress in your beach bag, just in case you wind up with an impromptu lunch date or a happy-hour rendezvous with new friends. Or, if sundresses aren’t your speed transform a one-piece into a chic bodysuit by pairing it with a flowing pair of trousers or a skirt for a dinner-ready ensemble.

Unless you’re planning on parking yourself under a beachside cabana with an umbrella-clad drink, you probably want to consider the easiest, most functional footwear for sandy strolls along the shore. This generally means a pair of waterproof flip flops that can easily be taken on and off and that will not be damaged by water or sand.

Gladiator sandals, sneakers, wedge heels, and other decorative thong flats are all great (and quite beachy in spirit), but they are better reserved for said cabanas, a boating adventure, or dinner after the beach. Plus, heels and embellished sandals aren’t the easiest shoes to help you navigate the beach.

Don’t bring the bling

Unless your beach day revolves around a yacht, you might be better served to leave the bling at home. The beach is a prime breeding ground for lost items and you don’t want your valuable jewelry to go missing. If anything, wear costume jewelry (rubber bracelets are great options!) that you don’t mind losing or possibly ruining in the water and sand.

Do accessorize, though

While jewelry really isn’t required, a summery, wide-brimmed hat is one of your best friends at the beach. It not only looks casually glam, it can save your scalp and face from potential burn while shielding your eyes from the strong rays of the sun. The same goes for that pair of shades. Sunglasses with 100% UV protection are your best bet.

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen

Don’t let your lingering memory of the beach be a rather unfortunate sunburn. While you might be caught up in what you’re wearing, make sure that one of your wearable accessories includes an SPF that’s suitable for your day of fun in the sun. It will also save you from those strange burn and tan lines.

Do bring a chic beach tote

Skip the standard handbag and throw everything you need into a stylish but functional beach tote that you won’t mind carrying around — beach or no beach. You’ll need it to be roomy enough for a towel, sunscreen, that sundress, a book or magazines, and other beach essentials. Otherwise, you’ll be juggling everything while trying to make one trip down to the beach.

Do embrace your own style

At the end of the day, dressing for the beach is all about playing up your own style. So what if one-pieces are back in style? If you’re a bikini girl, flaunt that two-piece. Or, maybe you’re simply not into the swimsuit thing and only want to dip your toe in the water in your cute cutoffs and tank top. Or, maybe beach-inspired athleisure or athletic wear is more your speed. Embrace your personality, so you can feel confident in what you wear and actually enjoy your day at the beach. That inner comfort and confidence will radiate outward and leave you glowing.Read more at:vintage evening dresses | short prom dresses