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.
Since Black Friday keeps creeping into Thanksgiving Day, it appears that the shopping season is officially upon us! Before you brave the crowds or settle in to comb the internet, have a game plan. If you're shopping for fashionable daughters, nieces or friends, check out these 20 unique accessories for girls.
A few items on the list:
For the Frequent Traveler: Backpacks that reduce separation anxiety
For the New Time Teller: A bright neon watch necklace
For the Lip Balm Addict: Vintage inspired necklaces with a secret compartment
For the Techie: Touch screen friendly gloves with flair
To kick off the 2013 Holiday Gift Guides, let's begin with a roundup of 20 fun accessories for boys.
Some of the smallest accents turn out to be the most treasured gifts, and often offer more frequent enjoyment than the big showstoppers. The range of price points and styles makes it easy to fill up those stockings and check off each boy on your list, whether shopping for your own sons, their quirky friends, or nephews you haven't seen in too long.
- For the Woodsman: Camouflage suspenders fit for family dinners
- For the LEGO Lover: A customizable watch complete with minifig
- For the Reluctant Tuxedo Wearer: Mustache Shwings that add life to those glossy black shoes
- For the Techie: A winter hat with built in speakers and microphone
If your boy's closet is in need of some TLC, have a little fashion chat, and take a few minutes to see what's new. I've rounded up cozy cardigans and cool suits for all of the holiday revelry around the corner, and I've also outlined shopping tips that will help you find the right dress clothes for your needs and budget.