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Outfit Formula: Casual Summer Palazzo Pants

The palazzo pant trend is going down well with my more casual clients who prefer wearing pants to dresses, skirts and shorts when the weather is too warm for jeans. For those who don’t like to tuck and semi-tuck tops, three of the four examples here showcase untucked tops with palazzos.

Aside from the blue, the palettes are earthy, but feel free to choose any palette in solids or patterns. Sport palazzos at a length and level of volume that works best for you. Shorter or longer, fuller or less flared, it’s all good. Personally, I prefer the

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The Best Sunscreens of 2019

It seems possible to find fault with almost every sunscreen. Harmful chemicals, skin irritations, allergies, unpleasant textures, ineffective sun protection factors, unsightly white residues, greasy finishes, and overly drying formulas. 

In a recent post I asked readers for their favourite sunscreen. There was a wealth of information in the replies and here’s a summary.

  1. Read the Environmental Working Group’s annual guide to sunscreen products to get information on the the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens. EWG is a non-profit organization that does research on the safety of consumer products for your health and our environment, and their guide is well worth a read.
  2. Mineral based sunscreens were a favourite because they are supposed to be better for your skin. That said, many are using chemical sunscreens because they are effective, work well with their skin, absorb beautifully, and don’t leave an unsightly white residue. Bottom line: you have to go with what works best for your type of skin and lifestyle. That might mean trying out different options until you find just the right one.
  3. Below is a collection of winning sunscreens from our readership. They vary greatly in price and composition. Some are mineral based and some are not. Some are great for oily skin, and some are better for dry skin. The SPF factors vary greatly too. I was happy to see that many recommended the same sunscreens and that the reviews are stellar. Read the reviews and take your pick.

I’m sticking with Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch for now because it

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The Good and Bad of Wrap Tops

Wrap tops are a classic we see every season. This season they are abundant, because the waist definition works well with oh-so trendy wide cropped pants, culottes, flares, and fuller skirts. The versions that are defined at the waist complement the high rise trend because the waists are in the same place. 

I think of the wrap top as a ‘70s star although it featured well before that decade too. There are four types of wrap tops, three of which define the waist:

  1. Classic wrap tops that are hip bone length or longer with a tie at the waist.
  2. Cropped ballet wrap tops that sit on or above the waist. Fits can be body-con, tailored or fluid.
  3. Faux wrap tops that are usually fitted, and sometimes fluid.
  4. Wrap-front tops that are very fluid and surrender the waist.

The collection below showcases the four versions across assorted fabrics, colours

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Fashion News Roundup: April 2019

Rent the Runway expands into children’s clothing, several new initiatives from H&M, and other style news that caught our attention this month.

Interesting Fashion Quote

I like what Katie Sturino of The 12ish Style says in her Week of Outfits post on Cup of Jo:

“As you can see, I like my colors BRIGHT. Fashion often pushes women — especially plus-size women — to wear black. Like we’re supposed to hide inside that lack of color. I have plenty of friends who do prefer to wear all black or all grey, but that’s just not my vibe. There is no destination

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Outfit Formula: Light Blue, Black and White

Combining light blue with black and white reminds me of the ‘90s. At least that’s when I wore the palette after the very bright ‘80s. I like how light blue adds a soft, pretty, and unexpected touch to a black and white look. The white adds crispness to the light blue, and the black toughens the vibe. 

Think of any way to combine light blue with black and white. Light wash denim and chambray count as light blue, and dark blue can be your black if you don’t wear black. Any shade of white will work. Here are four outfit ideas to get you

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