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Vacation Outfit Ideas (Part II)

What to Wear on a beach vacation; how to wear a maxi dress, how to wear a white dress; beach outfit ideas 2013; spring/summer, street style;   On Olivia Palermo: Tibi white pleated maxi Dress, green ankle strap heel sandal, white tunic with blue floral print, beach cover-up, straw bag, flip flop, oversized sunglasses.Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of INFphoto.com, oliviasstyle.blogspot.co.uk.

In part II of our vacation series, let’s talk about maxi dresses and tunics, both are beach vacation essentials for their versatility: Wear as cover-ups by the water with a straw tote and flip flops; Style for hanging out at the bar/restaurant with heels and glittering accents; Combine with leggings, a safari shirt or denim jacket and a stylish loafer, you get a chic walk-around-town look.

In Chinese: 除了我们在这个系列的第一部分所分享的条纹,亮色及印花的单品外,一条白色的长裙素雅的宽松上衣也是海边度假所必备的,通过变换饰品,它们可以帮我们轻松应对度假中的不同场合,实现一物多用:

配上草编包舒适的夹脚拖,可以穿去海边;换上精致的高跟鞋,加上一个恰到好处的金属配件,适合酒吧聚会或正式晚宴;搭配上牛仔裤,军旅风格的衬衫和大热的复古平底鞋,在小镇上漫步最适合不过。

What to Wear on a beach vacation; how to wear a maxi dress, how to wear a white dress; beach outfit ideas 2013; spring/summer, street style;   On Olivia Palermo: Tibi white pleated maxi Dress, green ankle strap heel sandal, white tunic with blue floral print, beach cover-up, straw bag, flip flop, oversized sunglasses.  Featured: Bop Bijoux Smooth gold Link Bracelet,  Tibi pleated Silk Chiffon Dress,  DSQUARED2 green Sandal Rouches with glitter heel,

1. Bop Bijoux smooth link bracelet
2. Tibi pleated silk chiffon dress (similar here & here)
3. Dsquared2 Sandal (the hottest color this fall! great buy here)

What to Wear on a beach vacation; how to wear a maxi dress, how to wear a white dress; beach outfit ideas 2013; spring/summer, street style;   On Olivia Palermo: Tibi white pleated maxi Dress, green ankle strap heel sandal, white tunic with blue floral print, beach cover-up, straw bag, flip flop, oversized sunglasses.  Featured: Tom Ford Margot oversized Round Sunglasses,  Sundance Catalog white FLOWER PRINT TUNIC,  Havaianas Slim Flip Flops,  Mar Y Sol straw bag

1. Tom Ford crossover butterfly sunglasses
2. Steffen Schraut linen tunic (similar here & here)
3. Havaianas slim flip flops
4. Mar Y Sol bag (great style here)

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Back to Basics: Timeless White Dresses (Part VI)

I want to dedicate this final part of our “Back to Basics” series to a spring/summer essential: the white dress. Like that special LBD, we all need a little white dress that can represent ourselves.

As you can see from the six outfits featured below, from Rosie Huntington’s sweet romance to Nora Zehetner’s subtle edginess to Jessica Stam’s modern simplicity to Stacy Keibler & Stacy Keibler’s sexy glamour, these fashion-conscious tastemakers stay true to themselves while nodding to the white dress trend that is spotted everywhere now, from the Cannes film festival to the streets.

how to wear white dress; featured: Christian Dior white bustier, white skirt, white Christian Louboutin pump, Vanessa Bruno Eyelet blouse, Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Point Toe Pumps, Chloe pale pink skirt, Jacquie Aiche jewelry, Burberry aviator sunglasses,

Photos: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Courtesy of vogue.co.uk, instyle.com.

How to wear white dress; featured: Susana Monaco Flutter Tube Dress,  Rebecca Taylor Strapless Knit Dress,  Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress,

From left:
Susana Monaco (on sale!)
Rebecca Taylor
Diane von Furstenberg (great buy 40% off here)

how to wear white dress;Black and white trend; On Nora Zehetner: Nora Zehetner Bird cut out white dress, Calvin Klein metallic ankle strap sandal,Calvin Klein metallic box clutch;  On Jessica Stam: two tone dress, black and white, black pumps, purple clutch

Photos: Nora Zehetner & Jessica Stam; Courtesy of vogue.com.

How to wear white dress; black and white trend; cut-out trend; featured: Topshop Lace Appliqué Dress with with asymmetrical hem,  Three Floor Adolescent Sister Dress with cut out,  Sportmax Himare Deep V-neck Knitted black and white Dress,

From left:
Topshop (great designer version here)
Three Floor
Sportmax

how to wear white dress; Featured: Jennifer Hudson at the first annual Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards; Stacy Keibler at the Escada flagship shop opening

Photos: Stacy Keibler & Jennifer Hudson; Courtesy of instyle.comdailymail.co.uk.

How to wear white dress; peplum trend;body-hugging dress; featured: Cynthia Steffe 'Brooke' Ponte Knit Peplum Dress,  Donna Ricco Jacquard Sheath Dress,  London Times Sleeveless Halter dress with waist embellishment

From left:
Cynthia Steffe
Donna Ricco (on sale here; great style here)
London Times

A great pair of shoes is a perfect match for all these versatile knee-length or slightly above the knee dresses featured today. I handpicked eight of my favorites, from basic, functional neutral pumps to bright color sandals to arty, collect-worthy stilettos, they will surely spice up our LWDs! The best part? They won’t go out of style!

how to wear white dress; Spring 2013 shoes guide; Featured: Manolo Blahnik BB Suede Point-Toe black pointy toe Pumps,  Nine West Drusilla white pumps,  Valentino 'Rockstud' Pump,  Jimmy Choo Lance Mirrored Metallic Leather Sandals,  kate spade new york 'licorice too' neon colored pump,  Stuart Weitzman 'Platswoon' nude Pump,  Steve Madden 'Realove' ankle strap Pump,  Aquazzura Sexy Thing Cutout Booties,

1. Manolo Blahnik (similar here)
2. Nine West (another great pair here)
3. Valentino
4. Jimmy Choo (more color options here! great alternative here)
5. Kate Spade New York (on sale! also here)
6. Stuart Weitzman
7. Steve Madden (also here)
8. Aquazzura

Hope you enjoy today’s entry as much as I did!

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Black and White Trend For Every Age

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Photos: Gwyneth Paltrow; Courtesy of instyle.comjustjared.com.

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Photos: (from left) Alessandra Ambrosio & Rihanna; Courtesy of vogue.com, justjared.com.

Black and white are huge color trend this season. Today I picked four of my favorite looks incorporated this combination to show you the versatility of this classic color palette. As you can see from above, these three stylish ladies, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, showed us four completely different styles of black and white: from Gwyneth Paltrow’s understated classic to Alessandra Ambrosio’s rock chic edge to Rihanna’s carefree spirit.

First two looks are from 40-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow. From the knee-length dress to oversized boyfriend blazer and shorts combo, she showed us how to be trendy yet age-appropriate.

Another thing we can learn from this queen of understated elegance is the “less is more” beauty. She always keeps her jewelry to a minimum. But it is that just right amount of luxe glamour makes her stand out.

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From left:
David Meister asymmetric-neck sheath dress (similar here)
Sportmax belted dress
Gap eyelet split neck dress

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Jacket: MICHAEL Michael Kors (great style here)
Top: Intermix (similar on sale here)
Short: Topshop ($16 here)
Shoes: Boutique 9 (designer version here)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here)

Like black and white, another “old trend” that gets updated this year is jumpsuit. The effect is even more powerful when these two meet, like this IRO version on Alessandra Ambrosio (below). I love how this Victoria’s Secret Angle brought out the edgy side of black and white by adding punk accessories. Besides a studded clutch, another piece you can’t miss now is a pair of safety pin earrings!

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Jumpsuit: IRO (yes, it’s the one on Alessandra Ambrosio! also here. similar here & here)
Bag: Natasha Couture ($28 here)
Shoes: Alice + Olivia
Earrings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

The most important thing Rihanna showed us from her outfit below is how to make a trend your own. Here the hint of sexiness, unexpected juxtaposition and carefree attitude totally reflect her own personal style in this monochrome canvas.

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Jacket: Rag & Bone (it’s the one on Rihanna! great buy here)
Short: J.Crew
Shoes: Prada (similar here, great buy here)
Bracelet: Asos