Fashion & Accessories

By Yasmin Jorge

The scorching hot days of summer are here, but fashionable New York gals know how to keep their looks cool and swank. Here are some products we’ve researched and tested. We’re fans. And you’ll be too, if you’re not already. Get those strappy sandals on and lets go shopping!

Bold, colorful dresses for effortless style

Dresses this season boast a wonderful selection of vibrant prints sure to please all eyes. Especially appealing are floral pattern and impressionist-inspired frocks. Eliza J dresses, available in lightweight cotton and silk, are fully lined and have a comfortable mid-calf length. They are perfect for day to evening depending on how you accessorize. There walks one girly and flirty sophisticated lady!

Eliza Dress

Eci dresses offer flowing drama with extra length that skims the ankles and exotic Asian floral motif. The empire waist maxi dress is ideal for romantic yet casual dates. Or pair it with flat gladiator or wedge sandals and oversized straw hat and tote to achieve a boho chic look. Http://www.ecinewyork.com.

Both Eliza J and Eci dresses are available at major retailers such as Nordstrom and Macy’s and online sites through Shopstyle.com and Zappos.com.

Versatile and easy wardrobe staples

Designers like XCVI offer collections where pieces seamlessly mix and match for smart completed ensembles. You’ll look confident and fresh from day to night. XCVI RTW clothing is bohemian luxury and comfy, made from fine soft breathable fabrics that flow, never cling, on curves. Separates flatter any body type.

The Summer 2011 line heralds a simpler country aesthetic with a natural color palette, including warm coral that compliments all skin tones. Exciting separates include supina knit and crochet tops, stretch poplin blouses, lace tunics and skirts, linen trousers, shawls, and more.

Visit http://www.xcvi.com to shop online or find a store nearby that carries the collection.

For vivid scarves to glam up outfits, Alexandra Taylor offers a unique selection. The young designer is both poetic and philanthropic in her creations: Scarves are of natural fibers including silk and cotton blends, roomy, and feature original prints like mosquitoes and brilliant hues inspired by the original netting used in the Nothing But Nets Campaign. A portion of sales from these scarves is donated to the United Nations campaign in the fight against malaria.

Wrap yourself in these decadent scarves to feel good and do something good. Http://www.alexandrataylor.net.

Pretty hats also protect

No need to suffer for fashion. Protect your skin from the sun by wearing cute and functional hats. The Scrunchie from Wallaroo Hat Company is made from approved UPF 50+ fabrics that block 97.5% of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. And while the 4-½ inch brim sure safeguards faces, it also adds pizzazz to any outfit depending on your mood. Wear it up, you’re flirty, down, you’re coy. We love that the brim can even be twisted into waves for more drama. And the hat worked with any outfit this writer wore!

Available in three festive polka dot patterns in brown, navy and white, the Scrunchie is a fun hat. It is also lovely and rugged. It holds up well to any beating – scrunched into purses and beach bags, thrown in cars and around the house, this beauty keeps its’ shape wonderfully.

Visit http://www.wallaroohats.com to shop online and find a local retailer. In addition to the Scrunchie, there’s an exciting assortment of UPF 50+ hats to choose from. Goodbye boring caps.

Madison 88 NYC straw hats are another great way for city fashionistas to express their inner outback. The poppy fields fedora has lightweight raffia and 2″ brim to shield from rays while the red flowers paint a grand impression. The fedora along with other rakish straw hats, are available at Anthropologie.

Power Pick-ups

No summer look is complete without a great bag – and we’ve found some you’ll want to carry throughout the season. These mouth-watering totes are beautiful and spacious enough to fit work, play and beach necessities.

Quintessential American designer Tory Burch offers a striking selection of quality functional bags, such as the coated poplin red tote; and slouchy Gwendolyne bucket and blue printed canvas Channing totes. They feature interior compartments; leather trim, piping and tassels; soft exteriors include leather, canvas and straw combinations; and signature logo medallions. Burch’s totes remain classy, romantic, and you’ll feel divine whatever time of day. http://www.toryburch.com.

Jimmy Choo’s super-sized hobos provide a shot of adrenaline to the heart. The leather bright red python print and raffia versions will energize anyone who handles them. These hobos are an exiting combination of luxury and utility. http://www.jimmychoo.com.

Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo bags are available at major retailers nationwide, such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, etc.

Finally, ShedRays™ umbrellas from ShedRain™ are sleek and compact enough to fit into those bomb beach bags and totes. Stylish for any walk on the runway or along the sands, these umbrellas are available in silver, and feature a 43″ inch wind-resistant canopy. Coated in polyurethane with an UPF 50+, ShedRays offer unbeatable protection against harmful UV rays. Hello Ginger Rogers: ShedRays will have you singing during those rain showers and extra sunny days.

The Melanoma International Foundation approves ShedRays umbrellas. A portion of sales is donated to the MIF to help find a cure for skin cancer, Kudos to an innovative, safe and trend-setting product in one small package. http://www.shedrain.com.

With such fashion and accessories en vogue, here’s to a long hot summer.

Originally published July 2011
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