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How to be the Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

The month of June, second only to August, is the most popular month for weddings. With all the different types of weddings it can be hard to know what to wear. For most weddings, the invitation will indicate the type of attire the couple would like their guests to don by listing the dress code. When a wedding invitation does not clearly indicate the dress code, you’ll need to create a look that is special, respectful, and appropriate for the venue and time of celebration.

An Evening Wedding

Weddings are a celebratory event and that means what you wear should reflect that. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. An evening wedding indicates a more formal affair and should be attended with semi-formal to formal attire unless otherwise noted.   That said, you never want to upstage the bride. This means no attention-getting styles showing too much leg or too much decolletage, no loud colors and absolutely no white. A cocktail dress is the perfect attire for an evening wedding paired with classic accessories such as heels, a clutch purse and jewelry. Stand out in a sea of LBDs by opting for a feminine print such as floral or charming color tones such as soft pink or mint green.

A Daytime Wedding

A daytime wedding calls for a more subdued look. Stay away from black dresses for early morning or afternoon weddings to ensure you don’t look like you are attending a funeral. Instead of black or bold colored heels which will look more appropriate for evening attire, opt for wedges, sandals or nude colored heels that will perfectly complement a day look. Similar to what you might wear to an outdoor wedding, a daytime wedding is perfect for sundresses and long maxi dresses. A long maxi dress worn with sandals will be celebratory while not being overdressed for the time of day.

An Outdoor Wedding

If it’s an outdoor wedding, your footwear will be the most important part of your outfit. Outdoor weddings held on a beach, or in a field will make heels more of a hazard than an accessory. Choose shoes that you can walk-in such as dressy sandals or wedge heels and stay away from flip flops as they are too noisy and casual. For men, loafers or leather sandals are appropriate unless a dress code of semi-formal or formal has been noted. You’ll also need to plan for the elements. Rain, bugs, and sun are all things to plan ahead for by packing the right items to make you comfortable such as an umbrella, bug spray and sunscreen. If it’s warm, you will also need to make sure your clothing is sweat resistant. Choose darker colored fabrics that are breathable and made from natural fibers such as 100 percent cotton or linen.

Kristin Ayala Crane's Bridal Designs

Kristin Ayala Crane’s Bridal Designs

For the Bride

In early May, the Key West High School Fashion Club presented its eighth annual fashion show where ten talented students presented their designs. One high school fashionista, Kristin Ayala Crane, created her line inspired by bridal fashion week with the whimsical theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her collection utilized lace, tulle, satin and strategic cutouts for accentuating the beauty of the female physique. In addition to white, gold was also used to complement her designs for an elegant look. Although these students are not yet selling their own creations, if you’re a bride to-be, they certainly are a group to watch as these talented students are sure to be tomorrow’s couture bridal fashion designers.


Spring Cleaning

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

When you think of spring cleaning, our closets rarely get a second thought. But with summer right around the corner, this seasonal task is must-do. Summer is the perfect time to shop for your Florida Keys wardrobe as the lightweight clothing now in stores is perfect for our warm weather. But before rushing out and buying every cute summery dress you can find, you need to review what’s already in your closet.

To help with this daunting task, I recommend the following: wear comfortable clothing, play your favorite tunes to get you in a good mood, open a bottle of wine, and invite a brave friend who is brutally honest and has good taste.


Clean First

Before cleaning out your closet, you must first tackle cleaning it up. That means hanging everything that’s taken claim to your closet floor and refolding shirts and slacks that have been haphazardly placed on shelves.

Organize by Type and Color

Once everything has been put back, hang your clothes by type so that all your dresses, slacks, skirts and shirts hang together. This makes it easier to find what you’re looking for when you’re in a hurry. Also, organize them by color so that all your black dresses are hung together. Not only does this make your clothing more easy to see but it will also help you understand what might be missing from your wardrobe.

Review your Wardrobe

Now go through your clothing and identify items that you no longer wear, no longer fit and that no longer look good on you. This is where your friend will provide value. Often, we attach emotions to our clothing because it was worn for a special occasion or you have always had great luck wearing that red shirt. But as time passes, clothing can look worn, have stains or may not fit quite right, begging you to retire the item no matter how much you love it. For items that are being retired, you have two options, sell or donate. Donate unwanted items to one of the many local charities including the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter and the Domestic Abuse Shelter. If the item has a value and is in good condition, consider selling it through a local consignment shop or online through the Keys Yard Sale Facebook group.

Make a List

Now that your closet has been cleaned out and your unwanted items donated or sold, you will likely see some areas where you are lacking. Make a list for what you might need based on what you have removed from your wardrobe and also what you are clearly lacking. An all black and white closet is not in your best interest so your goal should be to add in some color. Likewise, all color and no basics isn’t the way to go either.

Keep it Clean

Fashion Blogger Leandra Medine, says it best, “Cleaning your closet is a lot like getting a bikini wax. If you neglect the targeted region for too long, the next time you commit to, you know, cleaning it up, it’s painful, frustrating and time consuming.” Your closet is your temple. Keep it cleaned up and organized so you can keep looking like the best version of you.


What to Pack for a Summer Getaway

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Whether you’re jet setting this summer or planning a staycation, having the right clothes for your getaway are as important as planning your activities once you arrive at your destination. Great sunglasses, cute swim suits, a good read, camera, and sunscreen are just a few must-have items to pack. But for a stylish summer vacation, you may also want to think about adding a few new on-trend pieces that will take your vacation from boring to fabulous.

Tropical Prints

Believe it or not, Hawaiian shirts and all things tropical are considered hip and on-trend. While enjoying their moment in the sun, these bold botanical prints are appearing in black and white fauna, vintage inspired palm tree prints, and bright tropical hues. Try paring a tropical piece with other neutrals or be bold and wear it from head-to-toe. These kitschy prints will elevate your style in a serious way. Find beautiful on-trend tropical printed dresses starting at $35 at Miss Monroe Boutique located at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada at the Village Square at Trading Post.

Tropical Printed Dress from Miss Monroe

Tropical Printed Dress from Miss Monroe

Day-to-Night Shorts

When traveling, it’s important to pack versatile pieces that you can easily wear from day-to-night. Not only will this help reduce the amount of luggage you need to take, but it will also give you additional options for your vacation wardrobe. A bright pair of shorts in a fun color or print are perfect for your day activities worn with a tank and a pair of sandals. Wear those same shorts for night by pairing them with a flirty top, bold jewelry and a pair of wedge heels. Day-to-Night shorts are available at D-Luxe Boutique located at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada starting at $15.

Day-to-Night Shorts from D-Luxe Boutique

Day-to-Night Shorts from D-Luxe Boutique

Colorful Hats

Nothing says fabulous like a big and colorful summer hat. Not only will this provide some additional shade for your face and shoulders while lounging poolside, but it will also give your beachside attire a stylish twist. Find a large variety of summer hats at Island Trendz Boutique starting at $45 located within the new Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada at 80001 Overseas Highway.

Bright Hats from Island Trendz Boutique

Bright Hats from Island Trendz Boutique

Sizzling Summer Fashion Show

See more must-have summer fashions on Thursday, May 14th at The Village Square at the Trading Post’s 2nd annual Sizzling Summer Fashion Show featuring summer fashions from Miss Monroe Boutique, D-Luxe Boutique, One Sun Project Bikinis and Island Trendz Boutique. The event will start at 6 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. and will include an Oo-tray mobile bar, Bad Boy Burrito taco bar, photo booth, and free giveaways. Tickets are available for $20 at Miss Monroe or D-Luxe Boutique. This is a great opportunity to see some beautiful summer fashions perfect for your summer getaway and your Florida Keys wardrobe. Hope to see you there!

Sizzling Summer