The days are getting shorter, and the nights chillier. Soon we will have to unearth those fall pieces that lay dormant in our closets, and replace them with the crop tops and neons of summer. But not quite yet. There are a few ways to keep wearing your summer favorites past their “wear-by” date.
Keep it layered. Fall is all about layering! Add a jacket to that romper, a scarf to that tank top, and a cardigan to that sundress. Once you’ve added one layer, add another! Take a tip from the Olsen twins and pile it on!
Tights and dresses are a winning combo. Keep your legs warm, while still rocking your sundresses by pairing it with tights!
Bring on the boots. The easiest way to make any look more cold-weather appropriate is to add a pair of boots! Stow those sandals and think of all of the money you’ll be saving on pedicures.
Add interest with heavier materials. Remember that layering tip? When you’re layering, pick fabrics that contrast with the ones you wear in the summer. Add leather jacket to a light cotton dress to instantly transform it into a look that’s darker, edgier and perfect for fall.
2014 was the year of Radiant Orchid, a cool toned medium-pink that captured the fashion, decor and beauty world by storm; but today we want to give a nod to one of Radiant Orchid’s close cousins: fuchsia. Fuchsia is a bright reddish-purple that takes its name from the equally beautiful fuchsia flower. This color would look beautiful in any season because it’s vibrant enough for summer, but rich enough for winter.
A fuchsia dress is one way to liven up a room! It’s as dramatic as red, but a little more modern and playful.
A popular choice for bride, this bold color is perfect for accenting more muted colors.
And don’t forget about home decor! Adding fuchsia to your room is a fantastic way to make any room more lively!
Steven Cohen, Vice President at M&J Trimming, makes sure that customers have access to the most stylish and trendy trims in town! As the head of purchasing and sales, all potential new items have to go through him before they make their way onto the store shelves. Working at the familybusiness since the age of 14, he has four young daughters who can’t wait to follow in his footsteps. He can always tell which trims are trending, and gave us a few of his top trim picks! (And yes, they are ALL online.)
1” CHEETAH PRINT METALLIC RIBBON – This ribbon is, quite literally, wild. It’s a fun ribbon that combines two of today’s most popular trends: metallics and animal print. Use this ribbon to wrap birthday presents or add it as an accent to home décor.
2″ LARGE RHINESTONE LEAF TRIM – This is probably one of the most versatile rhinestone trims that we carry. DIY brides come in all of the time requesting this trim because they can make it into a bridal belt, and use small sections to create brooches for their bridesmaids.
LARGE FUR POMPOMS – Before you know it, we’re going to be having one of our famous New York autumns, and this pompom is the perfect addition to your cold-weather accessories. Add it to your hat or use it as a toggle on your cape! 23MM 3-ROW PEARL AND RHINESTONE TRIM – This trim is a trifecta of rhinestones, pearls, and chain. It looks incredible on gowns, clutches, and it can even be used to create a necklace.
1 5/8″ TOOTH PENDANT WITH CAP – It seems like everyone is trying out the hippie-chic look these days, and this pendant makes an awesome necklace for that style. It also comes in a lot of colors, so all of your festival friends can match! 1″ RUFFLE TRIM WITH PEARL CHAIN CENTER – This trim has a lot going on, but it all works together beautifully. The chain gives the ruffles and pearls just the right amount of edge, and keeps it from looking too delicate.
We’re back with another round of fashion illustrations we adore to help inspire all of the fashionistas and DIYers out there! These beautiful illustrations capture the magic of fashion almost as well as the actual pieces do. Here are a few of our recent favorites!
Antionio Soares brought life to this Kenzo dress with a little bit of animation!
Esther Bayer captured the undeniable magic of the perfect lipstick with this illustration of a Tom Ford lipstick.
This watercolor by Cecilia Carlstedt shows the unique effect you can get by painting wet on wet. The results are phenomenal!
Jessica Durrant’s Dior illustration has us weak at the knees with it’s fluffy ombre dress and strategically-placed beauty mark!
Laura Laine is a Helsinki-based fashion illustrator who has worked with brands like H&M and Sephora. We love the mix of pencil and marker in this piece.
We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!
What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.
2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.
3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.
4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.
5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.
6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.
Nautical style isn’t just for the open sea! Bring a little bit of sand and salty air back from the beach with these fun DIYs!
We love this canvas tote DIY from Lil Blue Boo. It’s perfect for taking to the beach or pool this summer!
You need a steady hand and artistic eye to pull off this dresser upgrade, but the results are worth the effort.
These rope heels are not only easy to DIY, but they look like a million bucks!
Let this little lantern light up your summer nights! It’s the perfect decoration for a beach-themed party!
A simple TV tray table gets a nautical upgrade, and makes the perfect end table to display vacation photos!
It’s currently Couture Week in Paris, which means designers are bringing out their most show-stopping, unique and intricate looks of the season! The gowns at Elie Saab were expectedly breathtaking. Taking on a navy blue and pastel pink color palette, we saw everything from extensive embellishments to full-on ombre.
The pieces at Jean Paul Gaultier were shimmering and sophisticated. They harnessed the look of fire, from the initial bright flame, to the smoldering black of coal. The showstopping garments are ideal for making a statement.
Chanel didn’t stray from their love of structure, with wide-brimmed, structured neckklines and sharp shouldered tops.
Lace shorts have been seen on style blogs and in stores all over the country, and we absolutely adore this trend! The light and airy look of lace with a relaxed pair of denim shorts is the ultimate salute to summer. We chose a ruffled trim to capture the carefree nature of the season, but you can pick any style you like. You can even mix up the color with black lace on red shorts for more of an evening look.
What You’ll Need:
Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread
1. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.
2. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.
To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!
The summer is made for wearing shorts! They can be casual, dressed up, basic denim or crazy colored lace. Here are a few of our favorite styles to wear now that the weather is warm!Add Americana to your wardrobe with these cool shorts!
Dress up bright shorts with an equally bright blazer, and a pair of heeled sandals.
We love these embellished shorts that shimmer in the sun. Just be careful where you sit!
Sometimes you don’t wear shorts to feel cool, but hot! These leather shorts are so chic, and prove that anything can be dressed up to look like an elegant outfit.
Do it big with a fun patterned print like these geometric Moroccan print shorts!
Tomorrow the stars and stripes will be out for Independence Day! Lately we’ve even been seeing a lot of outfits that aren’t just inspired by the American colors, but feature the American flag itself. We love this patriotic pattern, and we would wear it even if it wasn’t July 4th! Here are a few of our favorite ways to rock America’s colors, and look super stylish while doing it.
For those chilly nights, we love a slouchy American flag sweater. Combined with turquoise elements and blue denim shorts, this outfit screams Americana!
Why just focus on one patriotic piece when you can rock an entire flag-inspired ensemble?
If you like a more understated approach, an infinity scarf paired with white basics is a great way to go.
Although lacking red, this American flag tank is still true blue and features a more abstract design.
What will you be wearing this July 4th?