Men’s Casual Cool Summertime Looks

Whether you are a shorts guy or tread in pants beat the heat in this summer's stylish looks.  Dress up shorts by pairing with a linen or blended fabric button down shirt.  Add a zippered cardigan or a light v-neck sweater.  Leather flip flops or drivers and cool shades finish off your look. Look trendy and cool by wearing lightweight linen or cotton blend pants.  Stripes are a hot summer look.  Cuff your pants for a cool, laid back feel (typically rolling it 2-3 times).  Add a casual colored t-shirt or a button down shirt.  This look is perfect for pool parties, BBQ's, boating or any casual event. Add summer's bright colors to step up your style game.  Shirts, shorts, and belts are the key pieces to add bright hues in your look. Gentlemen, need help getting your style together for summer?  Contact Divine Style!
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Lights, Camera, Action…The Politics of Fashion

June 3, 2014 Svelte, LLC debuted The Politics of Fashion: D.C. Unboxed.  Elaine Mensah, of Svelte, LLC began work on this film in 2012 and includes an ensemble cast from designers, media, photographers, PR, stylists, and more discussing the DC fashion industry, how the DC fashion marketplace is changing, areas of growth, and a look at DC's retail and fashion marketplace as an industry whole. This in depth look at DC's fashion industry and the economy behind it is a must see! Cast Members include: James Cornwell of Cornwell Styling, Kate Glassman of Washingtonian, Christopher Reiter of Muleh, Aba Kwawu of TAAPR, Lynda Erkilitian of T.H.E. Artist Agency, Ada Polla of Alchimie Forever, Miss J Alexander Runway Coach, Karen Shallet of DC Magazine (DC Modern Luxury), Andre Wells of Events by Andre Wells, Marissa Schneider of Gilt City DC, Tim Coburn Photographer, Ricki Peltzman of Upstairs on 7th, Maggy Francois...
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Re-Energize Your Wardrobe with Bold Accessories

Incorporating bold colors into your wardrobe doesn't have to end with dresses, pants, skirts, shorts or tees. Go all-the-way and fuse vibrant patterns or colors into your footwear. Pairing your little black dress with a shoe in cobalt blue, canary yellow, emerald green or hot pink, adds an instant punch of pizzazz without being overdone.   Bold colored footwear amps up the style of print dresses or solids so don't be afraid to play with color!    Rules to consider when adding touches of color are: 1. Don't be afraid to mix patterns with a pop of color.   Go for a contrasting color to make a statement or stay in the color family for a more subtle style.    Missoni                  Guess Rule to break when adding touches of color is:  1. Matching your bag to your shoes. This is a style rule that's tried but not necessarily true. Intermix colors that...
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Five Ways to Wear Prints

Prints make a statement and look fabulous on but knowing what to wear with a print and how to mix the season's hottest prints together can be challenging.  This season rock the Geometric Prints, Aztec Prints, Floral Prints, Tie-Dye, and Watercolor Prints to be on trend.  The key in wearing prints is looking at the size of the print and how that best showcases your figure.  Larger prints are more distracting and bold versus smaller prints.  When intermixing prints pair a larger print with a smaller print to create a contrast or dimension in your look.  An example might be larger stripes with smaller polka dots. Geometric Prints Look for bold color combinations in this print.  Black and white or navy and white are fresh, crisp, and easily wearable.  Geometric prints look current when worn on the bottom in pants, shorts, or a skirt paired with solids or a contrasting...
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Gentlemen: Modernizing the Checkered Shirt

It's that time of year where checked shirts are everywhere.  Worn underneath a sport coat or paired with denim/khaki's you want to separate yourself in the look.  If every other guy in the office or bar has on this shirt, no matter what color they are wearing...it doesn't set you apart!   Add some pizzazz this season by pairing the checkered shirt with other prints to add depth to your look.  Switch the look to a checkered blazer with a v-neck t-shirt and pocket square.  Push the sleeves up for a trendier look or for a more formal style leave them long.  Contrasting patterns on the cuffs and neckline of the shirts give a trendy take on a classic style.   Pairing your checkered shirt with bold colors gives it a sharp look. Fresh Look with Blazers Shirts with Style Jared Lang          Plaid Blue Shirt Divine Style DC
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Boyfriend Jeans…the Do’s & Don’ts for Wearing This at Any Age

The Boyfriend Jeans style is a denim look that originally came from looser-fitting denim, like borrowing your boyfriends jeans.  This style denim that is cuffed (as your boyfriend's denim would be too long) now has skinny versions, wider-leg versions, and distressed styles.  Distressed boyfriend jeans are a trendy version of this denim with rips in the denim.  Look for the sizing and amount of tears in the denim when selecting your style.  How you cuff your denim is key to making your leg line look slim and current. How To Cuff Your Denim: Skinny Jeans--Your cuffs should be 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches and should be a few inches above your ankles.  The key is to not have the cuff to skinny or it makes your leg look larger. Looser, Wider-Leg Jeans--Your cuffs should be 1 1/2 to 2 inches.  This style can be worn longer or lower to...
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Chic for Spring…D’Orsay Flats & Heels

Let your feet do the talking in Spring's latest fashion footwear trend...D'Orsay.  This stylish flat or high heel is know for the side cut outs on the shoe and a low-cut front.  This shows off your arches and gives a sexy silhouette to the foot.  Both in a flat and a high heel, this silhouette is perfect for springtime looks! Spring's boldest color hues such as dazzling blue, radiant orchid, freesia yellow, and celosia orange are hot colors to wear on your feet.  Spring's neutral colors or nude, gold, silver, and white make any outfit the statement and carry you in style Manolo Blahnik                       Matt Bernson Cork is always a hot trend in spring footwear.  This neutral fabric looks fresh and crisp for spring, especially when paired with bright spring colors such as yellow, lime green, blue, and tangerine. DV by Dolce Vita Wear spring's savvy neutrals in a fresh...
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CHIC SHADES FOR SPRING from Warby Parker

Spring is the time to update your style with trendy shades.  A NEW line we love is the Warby Parker Spectrum Sun Collection.  These chic sunglass styles are offered both in prescription and non-prescription and hit the mark for trendy, hip shades for men & women.  From cat eyes to square frames to round silhouettes and more, the bold shapes and spring colors make anyone a fashionista!  Shop the men's collection here! Warby Parker Dean (Striped Olive or English Oak) Cat Eye sunglasses look uber chic on the ladies.  This style is for the trendy, chic lady about town.  Perfect to go from a meeting to a luncheon, out for an afternoon shopping trip, and then off to have a drink on a patio.  Be stylish in the Piper Cat Eye. Warby Parker Piper Cat Eye (Tortoise or Black) Bold square-framed sunglasses are a flattering shape for most faces and look...
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Men’s Spring Jacket Trends

Look chic this season in spring's latest jacket trends.  As the weather turns from chilly to sizzling, make sure you style matches with this spring's trench coats, field jackets, shirt jackets, & more.  Layer these coats with your office gear for an elegant cool look.  Or go for sporty and chic pairing a sporty field coat with a button down and dress pants.  Unexpected colors, fabrics, and style pairings make a bold statement.  Jackets made with glossy, light metallic luster add a stylish edge.  Try this in black, gray, or navy to blend well or go for bold hues to stand out.  Cobalt or dazzling blue, orange, and green are this season's "it" shades. Suede, leather, and denim are three fabrics that never lose their cool. As seen on the runways... Hermes, Christopher Raeburn, Ports 1961 Shirt Jackets give an air of casually cool yet stylish.  This style jacket looks...
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VAVAVA…VOOM VALENTINE’S DAY LOOKS

VAVAVA…VOOM VALENTINE’S DAY LOOKS

No matter who you are spending the Valentine's Day holiday with, looking chic & sexy is on everyone's mind.  From a night with a loved one to a first date or night with gal pal's, trendy chic is the name of the game.  Subtle sexy leaves the eye seeing someone but wanting more.  Chiffon blouses paired with a fitted pencil skirt or leather denim looks great at any age.  Pair animal print with red for an unexpected twist.  Navy and gunmetal gray look chic with candy apple red or burgundy.  Add an unexpected twist to an all black, navy, or white look with burgundy or candy apple red heels, clutches, and jewelry. "Date with the Girls"   A jumpsuit is a chic option for Valentine's Day.  Go bold in red or burgundy or go with a neutral such as black or navy.  Wear with red slinky heels and a red...
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CHIC ON THE SLOPES

Whether you are hitting the mountains for a day ski trip, a week out west, or Sundance looking chic on the slopes is key.  Who says staying warm means you can't be sexy? Seek out fur trim jackets, vest, and boots.  Large trendy sunglasses add flare to your look and protect your eyes while at the slopes.  Vests and capes in bold jewel tone colors and animal print dress up your look and scream Chic On The Slopes! A hooded wool trench coat keep you warm & chic while walking to the slopes or ski lodge.  Opt for a fur-trimmed parka (faux or real) while on the slopes.  This looks stylish with mirrored ski goggles. Valbruna Parka   Kensie Metallic Puffer Jacket   M.Miller Mela Fur Ski Jacket   Keep your feet looking chic in fur lined boots.  Wedge boots transition from the slopes to the lodge and slim your leg line...
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MMM….METALLICS! ROCK SILVER IN STYLE

Silver pairs well with cobalt blue, emerald green, gunmetal gray, and berry colors.  Stick to jewel tones to contrast and have the silver contrasting with the bold color truly POP!  Think of silver as a stunning new neutral that you can wear alone or make a statement with color.   George Kotsiopoulos looking chic on Fashion Police wearing Thom Browne silver brogues paired with mixed textures and animal prints.   Pair this overcoat in gunmetal gray with silver trousers or light gray denim.  Wear the pieces of this Sharkskin Silver Gray Suit separately for a hip trendy look.  The jacket looks great with dark denim and a bold colored shirt (blue, green, or purple).  The pants look sleek with a gunmetal gray jacket or gunmetal gray striped or print shirt.  Vests with metallic gray and silver look trendy paired with denim or dark trousers.  Add a pop of bold color...
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