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Demure Lady: Florals & Lace

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how to wear lace dresses,  	Olivia Palermo, Elizabeth Hurley, party outfit ideas, On Olivia Palermo: Valentino blue and white lace emboroied dress, valentino rockstud t strap pump, Valentino stud flap clutch,   On Elizabeth Hurley: Tadashi Shoji sheath blue lace dress, nude pump, python clutch, Photos: Olivia Palermo & Elizabeth Hurley; Courtesy of oliviapalermo.cominfphoto.com.

Spring 2014 is a season to embrace bold colors and patterns. Buzzwords contain midi dresses, florals, pop-art and more. It’s definitely time to shine, are you ready?

Besides the trend, there is another thing we can learn from today’s featured ladies: To pull off the rare combination of rock edge and retro glamour, add characters with accessories, like the refined T strap pump, chunky oxford‘Rockstud’ shoes and bags showed above.

In Chinese: 今年春夏一反去年单调的黑与白,变得鲜艳、奔放、大胆。大伞裙、花朵、当代艺术等都是T台上传递出的关键词。你准备好了吗?

要想把这些带有复古元素的单品穿出现代感,配饰就很关键了,像上面这几位时尚偶像身上所看到的厚重的鞋款以及铆钉等硬朗的元素是这些女人味十足的裙装最好的配搭‘伙伴’。

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1. Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau De Parfum
2. Michael Kors Sahar T-Strap Sandal (similar on sale here)
3. Dolce & Gabbana Floral-print Dress (similar here & here)

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1. Guerlain Rouge Exceptional Complete Lip Stick in ‘Gilda 27’
2. Nine West Sizzle Oxford Bootie (petite friendly! also love this pair)
3. Oscar de la Renta x The Outnet Floral-print Dress (check out the covetable collaboration here! similar here)

how to wear lace dresses,  	Olivia Palermo, Elizabeth Hurley, party outfit ideas,  	On Olivia Palermo: Valentino blue and white lace emboroied dress, valentino rockstud t strap pump, Valentino stud flap clutch,   Featured:  1. GUERLAIN Météorites Powder For The Face, 2. Valentino 'Noir Rockstud' T-Strap Pump, 3. SKIES ARE BLUE Tea Time Dress, 4. Valentino 'Rockstud' Flap Clutch

1. Guerlain Météorites Powder
2. Valentino ‘Noir Rockstud’ Pump (similar here)
3. Skies Are Blue Tea Time Dress (on Olivia Palermo here)
4. Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Clutch (similar here)

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1. Marni Rose Eau De Parfum
2. Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ Pump (great alternative here & here)
3. Tadashi Shoji Lace & Tulle Dress
4. Rebecca Minkoff Honey Clutch (on sale; also love this one!)

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Stripes: Dress Up or Down

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Photos: Alessandra Ambrosio & Lily Aldridge; Courtesy of splashnews.comrefinery29.com.

I always invest in basic pieces that can be restyled in many different ways, striped pieces are a great example of that. Today’s featured looks above showed us how to dress them up or down with ease.

I especially appreciate the idea of dressing up casual ones, like the striped sweatshirt on Lily Aldridge (above right), or dressing down delicate pieces, like the soft blouse on Alessandra Ambrosio (above left). When paired with distressed denim shorts, a delicate silk blouse is more unexpected than a stripe tee, whereas when paired with sexy pumps and leather shorts, a casual stripe shirt stands out more than a blouse.

Of course, the two each added other signature items to echo their “dress code”: a wedge sandal is perfect when out & about; a roomy tote also adds laid-back casualness to Alessandra Ambrosio’s outfit. For a more dressier ensemble, Lily Aldridge worn a crisp button-down underneath the staple piece she designed for Velvet; a fedora, fine leather crossbody bag, and bright red lips, along with her delicate pumps, lend urban chicness.

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Top: Equipment (on Ambrosio here; $14 here)
Shorts: Rag & Bone/JEAN
Shoes: Timberland (Chloé version on Ambrosio here)
Bag: Fossil (designer version Ambrosio carried here)
Sunglasses: Westward Leaning (it’s the pair on Ambrosio; similar here)
Necklace: Gorjana

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Top: Velvet (see the same one on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley here; similar here & here)
Shirt: J.Crew
Short: Topshop
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (6 color options here!)
Shoes: Nine West (great find at $56!) 
Ring: Jacquie Aiche

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Stay Chic In Your 50s

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Photos: Kris Jenner; Courtesy of  stylebistro.comgettyimages.com.

Although I’m not a big fan of Kris Jenner’s life style due to my traditional background, I definitely appreciate her fashion style. Just like many moms in their 50s and above, she doesn’t have a “perfect body”,  but she is never afraid of bold colors and trends. These featured two outfits (above) exemplified her age-appropriate yet fashionable style.

My favorite part of these looks is the way she made evening dresses daytime appropriate: adding a fine cardigan or wearing a tailored white button-down underneath. These tricks not only extend the usage of our cocktail dresses, but also help to cover the part that we may not feel comfortable to show. Also, these outfits are ageless (see Emma Stone in a similar outfit), women at any age can wear them beautifully!

Wearing one color head-to-toe is a big trend this season. For accessories, you can choose those in the same color family with your clothing but in different shades for contrast (like the light pink pumps on Jenner). For a modern and fashion forward touch, go with metallic ones!

Accessories is always a great start to try a trend without looking overdone: a pair of latest sunglasses, an it-bag or of-the-moment shoes can instantly update your basics and neutrals or elevate your bright and printed pieces.

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Cardigan: P.A.R.O.S.H ($15 here, $46 here)
Dress: Vivienne Westwood (similar here; Designer version on Kris Jenner here)
Shoes: Charles by Charles David (more color options here)
Sunglasses: Tom Ford (it’s the one on Kris Jenner)
Watch: Michael Kors
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘hit me with your best shot’

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Top: J.Crew (similar 30% off here with code MAYCHIC)
Dress: J.Crew (great style here)
Shoes: Valentino (or this version, similar here & here)
Belt: Ann Taylor
Lip: M·A·C  ‘Lady Danger’
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘It’s raining men’