Summer is ripe with cause for celebration: graduations, family vacations, and weddings promise to pepper the calendar with festivity. Although each event is joyous, pulling together a full season of looks for the family can be daunting, especially if you're dealing with boys. Reduce the stress by choosing one basic outfit for each kid, and remixing the look with shoes and accessories. Unless your family dresses up regularly, one summer suit (or tailored separates) should be enough. By simplifying, you'll be able to devote more time to the fun and artistic side of formal dressing.
From Personal Style 101 to The Boys' Guide to Summer Accessorizing, you'll find all the tips and sources in this summer style roundup.
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Now that the daily temperature range is becoming a little more predictable, the girls around me are beginning to put a little more thought into their warm weather styling. As the layers peel away, details come to the forefront. If your girl is also looking to rework and freshen her wardrobe, have her check out the Girls SS14 Trend Roundup, a hub to all the latest looks. Multi-tasking summer scarves lead the way as a favorite accessory, offering shade and surface as well as style. If your girl is not yet well versed in the art of accessorizing, take a look at this helpful guide, which begins with the basics and provides seasonal picks for inspiration. Have her pick out a few favorites to narrow in on her style.
If your boys are in the market for new shoes, the season's light styles, from slip-ons to oxfords, are outstanding.
If your girl is looking for a fresh style this spring, she's in luck. Trends this season aren't just lighter, they are also louder, from bold tropical themes to silhouette changes like flutter sleeves.
After a long winter, such dramatic changes are welcome, but the transition between seasons can be tricky to navigate. If spring is only marked by the calendar where you are, and most kids are still sporting a fleece and boots every day, your girl may want to ease into SS14 styles subtly, opting for transitional pieces or layering her lightweight spring items under winter standards.
The top trends for Spring/Summer 2014 are delightful. The season is bright, playful, and a bit dreamy, with an eye toward the tropics and a peek into the jungle. As ever, nautical themes offer a classic alternative, and this year there is a touch of whimsy and the unexpected among the selection.
We begin our ode to spring with a focus on footwear, taking a closer look at the season's fabulous flats, sandals, and sneakers. From construction to customization, there is an abundance of novelty across the SS14 collections, and many pairs qualify as wearable art. Sneakers are a particular standout, with details including a snow leopard tongue and star shaped air holes.
Call me what you will, but I look forward to spring cleaning each year. Well, I don't have so much love for the dusting and scrubbing part. Organizing, though, is rewarding, especially when it comes to kids' spaces. One focus is the closet, where a little effort goes a long way.
I find that the closets need an annual refresher. Kids grow fast and their reach, capabilities, and needs change. Now that my youngest is more capable, I am switching up her routine a bit, with new labels and closet dividers to help her find what she's looking for and put clothes back where they belong.
Is your kid's closet in need of an update? I've found some great organizational gear with style and substance.
My daughter tends to tire of her winter wardrobe well before the snow thaws, and I can relate. After months of gray and long pants, we're both ready for a little variety. It's time for a new dress.
As spring draws nearer, we begin easing away from woolens and toward lighter fabrics and colors. In the beginning, the lightness is subdued by layers of coats, scarves and leggings. As the weather warms, the layers disappear, and the dresses become our go-tos throughout the summer.
Looking to lighten up your girl's wardrobe? From feminine party frocks to breezy beachy styles, I've rounded up some of my favorites.
It's hard to beat clothing subscription services when it comes to convenience -- sign up once, and a box of new clothes is delivered to your door each month. For many fashion-lovers, however, it's hard to let go of the control in the equation. In a random selection of clothes, you may not like a couple of items, or they may be too similar to others you already own.
The FabKids model takes this into account, allowing members to determine which clothes they will receive. Shoppers can take the fast track and opt for coordinated outfits, or take a little extra time to choose separates. Either way, the process is fast and easy.
Interested? Read more about the FabKids shopping subscription service.
I love Valentine's Day. The gift giving is low-key, and the focus is limited to your nearest and dearest. In our house, we spend the weeks leading up to the 14th writing poetic cards for classmates and making small gifts for family members. We don't do a lot in terms of decorating the house, but we make up for that by wearing a steady rotation of hearts, kisses, and sentiments of love.
My favorite love-themed picks don't hit you over the head with all things Valentine at once, but instead give a subtle nod that will be just as appropriate to wear in April or November. Check out this year's finds and outfit your Valentine in looks you'll both love.
For those heading for sunny skies, pay special attention to sun protection -- sunburn can strike early and put a damper on the rest of the trip.
If you're after an active outing, focus on clothing made to perform. Carefully chosen clothing can even reduce dependency on other items like sunscreen and bug repellant, saving both packing space and frustration.
The countdown is on . . . do you have all of your wishlists set? Whether you're shopping for a preschooler into pink or a tween toeing the line of sophistication, you'll find dozens of ideas in our Holiday Gift Guides.
Have a crafter in the house? Check out the roundup of DIY Fashion Gifts, which ranges from temporary tattoo jewels to customizable clothing lines and dress forms. From holiday pajamas to hundreds of gift ideas and sources, find all you need in our Holiday Fashion and Gift Guide Roundup.