Monday, May 21, 2018

What to Pack For Your Summer Vacation: 10 Fashion Essentials to Mix and Match

Packing for vacation? Lotus gets you fashion-ready with this 

10-item packing guide for quick & easy outfits on the go!

Vacay Packing Tips

Summer is right around the corner and for many of us that means time for a vacation! Whatever trips you have on your calendar this summer season, make packing easy with this quick guide for stress-free outfit prep. We give you the lowdown on the top 10 essentials you need to be fashionably ready for your summer vacay.

Vacay Ready

#1- Party Dress

No matter where you go on vacation you are going to have a good time! Dress the part with the perfect party dress that can work for any occasion. Go for a dress that can be easily dressed up or down to accommodate those spur of the moment change of plans, like an impromptu game of mini golf after dinner at a ritzy restaurant. I mean who doesn’t do that, right? That’s what a vacation is all about- seeing the sites and having fun! That’s why a party dress is your #1 outfit to pack so you can be fashionably ready and up for anything!

Party Dresses

From Left to Right: *stripe dress coming soon*, Surprise Party Tribal Palm Print Dress

Especially for summer, you want something lightweight and breezy to keep you cool and comfortable, but substantial enough for a round of mini golf or a night of dancing. Try a fashion-forward style that’s on trend and different than what you would normally go for. This is the chance to go all out, whether a vibrant color or an allover print; choose a party dress that you can look back in pictures and remember the great time you had on your summer vacay!

#2- Tropical Print Top

Hey, it’s summer, so you are most likely headed to the coast and what is more suiting than a tropical print top?! With tropical print being a leading fashion trend this season, you have plenty of top options to choose from and should go for a style that best suits your personality.

Tropical Print Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Tie Dye Palm Print Tie Front TopStaying in Cancun Off the Shoulder Top, *pineapple top coming soon*, Sweet Return Criss Cross Palm Print TopSummer State of Mind Wrap Crop TopWant More Palm Print Tie Front Top

For 2018, it’s all about the tie front tops. Whether a casual tee or a dressy blouse, if it has a tie front it is a must-have for your suitcase! Go for an abstract palm print or pretty hibiscus flower design; both are festive and fun and easily match with any style bottom. An off shoulder top is just as fashionable and gives you a mix of sweet and sass for a stylish look you can rock day or night. Whatever style top is your personal fave, make sure to bring your piece of tropical paradise with you to spice up your vacay outfit selection!

 Tropical Print Two-Piece Sets

From Left to Right: Close to the Coast Cut Out Crop Tank with Close to the Coast Palm Print Shorts, *middle set coming soon*, Feeling a Vacay Halter Crop Top with Feeling a Vacay Linen Floral Shorts

For our babes, we have tropical crop tops aplenty too! Wear them as a matching set or opt for another high-waist pair of shorts or skirt you already have in your closet! Two-piece sets are great outfits to pack because you can mix and match each piece to create a number of different outfits!

#3- Versatile Kimono

Nothing is more chic and essential for those breezy beach nights than a beautiful kimono. Try packing a style that you can easily turn into multiple looks. You can tie it in the front for a shorter layer that is trendy and stylish or throw on over a tank and shorts outfit for a cute and flowy look that you can easily wrap around your waist when you get too hot. A lightweight, slinky style that falls between the hip and the knee is the most versatile type to take with you on vacations where you will be taking tours and seeing the sites.

Print Kimonos

From Left to Right Clockwise: Some Tropic Short Sleeve Kimono, *pink print kimono coming soon*, Dance Around Short Sleeve Kimono

For a more classic look and chic style, try a long duster kimono in a fun print or bright color. It’s easy to make a fashion statement with a breezy layer that just pops when worn with a cute white outfit. You can mix and match with this style kimono too, as they look great over dresses and rompers too. Oh, and kimonos also make a great cover up!

Duster Kimonos

From Left to Right Clockwise: *aqua duster coming soon*, Chasing Fire Paisley Print KimonoSame City Light Weight Yellow Duster Kimono 

#4- Basic Denim Trio

Ok, technically these are three things but depending on your personal style this might be just one item for you! A casual staple that goes with absolutely anything, a trusty pair of denim threads that can handle a little-to-a lot of wear is the ultimate mix and match item to pack in your suitcase! 

Denim

From Left to Right Clockwise: With the Band High Waist Distressed JeansModern Romance High Waist Denim ShortsBasically the Best White Cuffed Skinny JeansA Daydream Chambray Ruffle ShortsSummer Bummer Frayed Hem Denim Skirt

Jeans are still a favorite in summer, especially a pair of white skinnies. Light-wash crops or even a simple colored pair, jeans always tend to come in handy when there’s unexpected rain or changes in temperature. You can easily dress them up or down, roll the hem for a cute cropped look and wear them with anything from a crop top and sandals to a blouse and heels. It’s just always a good idea to bring a pair jeans with you just in case you need them. 

Now, a classic pair of denim shorts is also a great item to pack, as they are a must have vacation staple for many of us ladies on the go. From a ripped pair of cutoffs to a high waist style with ruffle detail, whatever’s your jam go ahead and pack it! You can easily throw them on and head out the door so you don’t miss a minute of your vacay fun. Wear them over your swimsuit as a cover-up for the beach or with a cute top for a dolled up outfit for dinner. Any color or style, if you’re a shorts gal then a trusty denim pair is a must.

If a skirt is more your style, a trendy denim mini is the way to go! Easy to dress up or down, mix and match and guaranteed to keep you cool all day long… a stylish go-to denim skirt is definitely a great piece to pack for your vacay. But whichever your favorite, make sure you pack at least one style because you can always count on a good pair of denim whenever you need it! 

#5- Romper

One of the easiest outfits to pack for a vacay is summer’s favorite one-piece- the romper! Rompers are so easy to throw on and go and with so many fashions to choose from these days, you essentially can’t go wrong! Go for a romper that is made of a lightweight fabric and one you can easily dress up or down. A great casual romper basic can double as a cute cover-up and can easily mix and match with a kimono for an extra layer.

Summer Rompers

From Left to Right: Off Tropic High Neck Taupe RomperLong Weekend Wrap Front Stripe RomperIt Just Goes Floral Pocket RomperHold On Tight Wrap Romper in Tomato

Wrap style rompers are a hot trend this season and if you’re a romper kind of gal, you definitely want a wrapped option to wear on your vacation getaway.

>> Related: For an interesting read about where rompers came from to being a popular fashion in society today, a breakdown of the different types of romper styles and how to wear them to flatter your body type, get the 411 HERE.

#6- Simple Summer Tank

The basic essential for practically every day of summer is a classic tank top. They are easy to layer, both lightweight and versatile and barely take up any room in your bag! You can wear a tank and skirt for a cute dinner outfit, throw it on over your swimsuit on the way to the beach or tie up and wear with shorts under a kimono for checking out the local shopping scene.

Tank Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Request Time Off Flowy Tank in Lilac, Request Time Off Flowy Tank in Cobalt, *aqua tank coming soon*, Tell Me About It Stud Open Back Stripe TankRibbed Wide Neck Fitted Tank-WhiteEverything Has Changed Stripe Tunic Tank

 #7- Matching Set

We gave a sneak peak into the two-piece set idea earlier in the blog and nothing is more mix and match appropriate than a two-piece set! For all our babes, you cannot go without a cute little set for your beach vacation. With one set, you essentially have two pieces you can wear together or with another coordinating item already on our list! Match a simple tank with the bottoms from the set or pair a white denim skirt with the top from the set. You have so many mix and match options with a two-piece set you won’t need a much else to pack! Smart packing means you have fewer bags to lug around on your trip. 

Two-Piece Sets

From Left to Right Clockwise: Super Bloom Ball Fringe Floral Crop Top with Super Bloom Shorts W/ Ball Fringe and Pockets, Feel the Heat Ruffle Tank Top with Feel the Heat Ruffle Smock Waist SkortFestival Feels Black and White Lace Up Crop Top with Festival Feels Black and White Pleated ShortsBack to You Chambray Ruffle Crop Top with Back to You Chambray Ruffle Skirt

Go for a set that screams summer, whether a tropical print or fun color. Lace up details or trendy fringe accents, make sure you pack a trendy two-piece set full of style that you can have fun in!

#8- Party Tops

Party dresses are #1 on our list, but we can’t forget party tops too! You have already packed a tropical print top and some easy wear tanks, but especially if you aren’t big into dresses or rompers you need some dressy, trendy tops to wear out and have fun in!

Party Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Ten Out of Ten Cold Shoulder Peach Top, Living For Tonight Flutter Sleeve Top in White, Moving On To Summer Halter Neck Top in Turquoise, Free Soul Tie Front Flutter Sleeve Crop TopCall It What You Want Tie Front Crop TopPeppermint Appliqué Off Shoulder Crop Top, 

Party tops can range from a fancy blouse with appliqué detail to a vibrant print in a popular top style, such as off the shoulder or tie font. These tops are a great way to dress up your outfit and are meant to stand out and be the star of the show. Mix and match with different bottoms to suit the occasion, the weather or to swap up your look. Being on vacation is the perfect time to go all out, have fun with fashion and rock your outfit in style!

#9- Summer Jumpsuit

A chic summer jumpsuit is a great piece to pack simply because, being a one-piece, it’s an instant outfit that doesn’t take up much room in your bag! And you know those times you just don’t feel like matching a top and bottoms outfit together? Don’t worry about making those decisions and just throw on a cute jumpsuit and you are ready to go!

Summer Jumpsuits 

From Left to Right: Good Either Way Surplice Jumpsuit in RoseMali Nautical Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit, *stripe button up jumpsuit coming soon*

Jumpsuits are so stylish and who doesn’t love to break out a fashion-savvy jumpsuit on vacation? They easily set you apart from the crowd and are a great alternative to wearing a dress since you have the function of pants and not having to worry about the wind or anything like that. Summer jumpsuits are made in lightweight fabrics to keep you feeling breezy and cool in the hot summer sun, so no worries there. And in so many fun styles to choose from, you can easily find one that works for you! A jumpsuit is more formal than a romper too, so any fancy dinner occasions you have planned a jumpsuit is the way to go!

#10- Accessory Essentials

Alright! All your outfits are packed and all that’s left is a few accessories that can easily pair with your outfit and finish up your look! Keeping things neutral is always the way to go when it comes to accessories in the summer.

Accessories 

Top Left to Right: Eyes on You Double Hoop Tassel Earrings, Darling Delight Small Druzy Necklace, Wiggle Over Here Gold Hoop Snake Hoop Earrings

Middle Left to Right: Look Close Espadrille Slip On Shoes, Do You Have Time Cross Body BohoBagAvana Basket Purse With Bows

Bottom Left to Right: Monaco Cut Out White Platform SlidesPut It In Neutral Strappy Wedge, Ivy Camel Slide Sandals

Summer fashion is always filled with bright colors and allover prints and adding even more to the mix accessory-wise can quickly turn your look into a fashion disaster. So keep it simple with neutral tone shoes, bags and jewelry.

Make sure to pack a pair of wedges, a couple pairs of sandals and depending on your destination, a pair of slip on sneakers or tennies. A cross body bag is great for touring and checking out the sites, so we recommend bring that option along with your everyday handled purse. A beach bag is a necessity too for those coastal destinations! For jewelry, pack a simple, dainty necklace or two that you can easily layer and mix and match with your earrings. A pair of studs, gold hoops and tassel earrings should keep you set for the whole trip! Last but not least, a pair of sunnies to shade your eyes from the summer sun!

>> You are now packed with fashionable outfit options to wear on your vacation! Have fun & enjoy yourself!

xoxo- Lotus Boutique 



Article Source Here: What to Pack For Your Summer Vacation: 10 Fashion Essentials to Mix and Match

Friday, May 11, 2018

Cute Rompers And The History Of Everything Romper! The 411 On The Fashion Style That Is The Romper

We've all seen fashions come and go, whether a brief fad or couple year trend, but there is one fashion style that has particularly piqued our interest. With all the rage being cute rompers... Have you ever wondered what the big deal is about rompers? Where did this popular trend come from and is it going to last? Originally thought to be a nod vintage fashion, rompers continue to evolve with new modern day styles, including one for men. There are also many people still skeptical about wearing rompers, so let’s take a look into the popular fashion style of cute rompers and see what it is all about. We are here to get the facts straight and enlighten your world of the century-old fashion known as the romper. 

Palm Print Romper

The Evolution 

How did these one-piece wonders come about anyhow? In the early 1900s, rompers were first introduced as one-piece garments with shorts for infants. Made in easy to wash fabrics like cotton and loose fitting styles for easier mobility, this new development of practical play wear was the first casual clothing style made for children. The French even made a dressier version for their children to wear for more formal occasions. Originally made in solid colors and gingham check prints, floral designs and animal motifs made their début in the 1920s. The unisex design eventually segmented into gender-specific colors and patterns. The "onesie", as we now call it, is still the most popular and practical baby fashion to this day. So basically, the evolution of this wide stream women’s fashion trend started as a fashion for children. Pretty cool right? But it doesn’t stop there; the story is just getting started!

Due to the economic crisis of the Great Depression and men leaving to fight in WWII, women had to enter the workforce and this, my friends, changed fashion forever. Despite skepticism at the time regarding women wearing pants, women were given a role that needed more practical garments to do the job in. Rationing also led to the construction of garments with considerably less fabric. Wearing fewer articles of clothing/less layers and shortening the hemlines of dresses and pants became practical ways to adapt to the current economic situation. This in turn, brought about the production of utilitarian style one-piece outfits for women. In result, women’s rompers became the newest fashion trend of the 1940s.

The popularity of women’s rompers peaked during the post-war times of the 1950s. Also known as The Golden Age, this American era is known for its family-oriented, prosperous, and happy lifestyle due to the growth of economic stability. With men coming home from war, these times were full of celebration and family. Women wore playsuits as a casual summer outfit to wear outdoors to celebrate and entertain in. Rompers were then termed “playsuits”, a term we often use interchangeably with romper to this day. Playsuits were made for fun in the sun and entertaining whether on the beach or in the backyard. Contrary to the previous decade, these playsuits were made of bright, vibrant colors in contrast to the dull, drab colors in the 1940s as a reflection of the happier times. Bright reds, greens and blues were trendy colors of the time. Playsuits additionally featured popular printed fabrics like plaids, gingham and checks in bright colors as well. In the latter half of the 1950s, vivid floral patterns and fun Hawaiian prints were introduced and were a must-have playsuit for that time these were some of the cutest rompers on the scene. Also made with easy to wash, lightweight cotton fabrics, this decade introduced rayon as a new fabric alternative to the playsuit scene. This decade gave us our first glimpse of ready-to-wear fashion and will always coin the term vintage playsuit.

Audrey Hepburn Playsuit

Above: 1959 Mademoiselle Magazine with Audrey Hepburn in a stripe playsuit [source: Pinterest]

1950s Playsuit

Above: 1950 Harper's Bazaar Magazine Cover featuring a playsuit 

[Source: Pinterest]

1950s Gingham Playsuit

Above: 1959 Mademoiselle Magazine featuring a gingham playsuit

[Source: Pinterest]

Rompers stayed popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s when they were first considered an actual fashion, rather than just casual clothing. A wider variety of materials started to be used in manufacturing playsuits as well. Long rompers, or rompers with pants instead of shorts, are called jumpsuits. Although seemingly different in style, many people still use the terms jumpsuit and romper/playsuit interchangeably to this day due to their similarities in origin. Jumpsuits were introduced to the scene in the early 19th century initially for men to wear parachuting and skydiving, but then became popular for women in the 1930’s. The jumpsuit became a statement fashion for both men and women in the 1970s, as seen worn by many music and dance influencers that appeared on the TV show Soul Train. The seventies fashion movement in general was a radical transformation in society that changed fashion forever. As disco fashion led the way, the 1980s decade featured jumpsuits with everything from shiny fabrics and head-to-toe embellishments that made the ultimate statement outfit.

1976 Jumpsuits 

Above: 1974 Jumpsuit Advertisement 

Both jumpsuits and rompers started to fade away once the 1990s came around, as styles like grunge and casual chic took over. Following that with the futuristic Y2K decade, we didn’t see rompers again until around 2006. The response to this soon-to-reemerge trend was reluctance; hence, the trend consistently going in and out of style over short periods of time before ultimately being accepted as a mainstream fashion. This uncertainty is probably what generated the confusion we’ve had about whether or not the romper is back as just a trend or is here to stay. Rompers made a huge comeback in the year 2011 and haven't gone away since! If anything, rompers have become even more stylish with an endless assortment of designs to choose from. Rompers and jumpsuits in general have become an acceptable fashion to wear to dressier, special occasions such as weddings and cocktail parties. Designers continue to flood the runway each season with new fashion styles that can easily be incorporated into every woman's closet. Additionally, the advancements in one-piece fit and silhouette designs are now flattering to all figures and can easily accommodate every body type. With a widespread assortment of design styles available, many featuring embellishments or trendy details, and an endless selection of fabrics to choose from have made these one-piece wonders designed to work on everyone no matter age, body shape or time of year. Rompers are still the must-have summer fashion due to the ideal combo of shorts, lightweight fabrics and overall style. However, due to the rise in popularity, designers have made rompers adaptable to the other seasons as well. Long sleeve rompers in heavier fabrics, such as velvet and suede, are a top fashion for the cooler seasons and look fabulous paired with boots or booties. You can easily don a pair of tights and a fur vest for those chillier days and what New Year’s Eve is complete without a sequin-embellished romper?! So as you can see, it is safe to say the romper is back and here to stay for good! 

What’s so great about rompers? Let's talk about the perks.

One of the reasons the romper is so popular is in part due to its numerous advantages and they are as cute as ever! First and foremost, rompers are just plain easy! You don't have to worry about matching up a top and bottom outfit, because we all have those days where we just can’t make a decision. You get the easiness and comfort of a dress but the ability to do anything with the shorts. Rompers are also extremely versatile, as you can easily dress them up or down to suit your occasion. You can take the romper from day-to-night with just a change of shoes and jewelry. Also with an endless assortment of styles to choose from, there is quite literally something for everybody. Ranging from lounge attire to bathing suit cover-ups, casual daytime to dressy date-night styles and even fancier styles to wear for a more formal occasion, you essentially can have a wardrobe full of different designs that work for every day of the week! With so many one-piece options available, talk about an affordable style that's easy on the wallet! They are also simply fun to wear and they make a great travel companion too, as they take up less room in your suitcase and are easy to throw on and go. Rompers are perfect transitional outfits that easily adapt to the weather change from one season to the next. The advantages of the romper certainly justify its modern day comeback and permanent home in the fashion industry.

Modern Day Fashion

Since becoming a mainstream modern day fashion, another version of the romper has recently emerged and is currently a hot new trend. Fashion history still in the making ladies! Maxi rompers are the super chic and stylish one-piece sister of the romper who likes a little more whimsy in her everyday glam. Maxi rompers are a combination of a maxi dress and romper where a train or duster connects to the shorts portion of the romper on the back. Much like the skort, the style gives you the appearance of a romper with a train in the front and maxi dress in the back. So if you love the look of the maxi skirt but don’t want to feel covered up in the hot summer sun, a maxi romper is the perfect solution to keep you looking stylish and feeling breezy for any summer occasion. Maxi rompers are typically dressier than your everyday romper with an array of lightweight fabrics in a spectrum of colors and stylish prints to choose from. Thank of maxi rompers as the fancy sundress of the fashion world. From chic and sophisticated styles to extravagant modern styles, maxi rompers are a great way to make a fashion statement at a summer event.

 Navy Lace Maxi Romper

Through the Glass Mesh Top Maxi Romper 

Rompers and jumpsuits have become an acceptable fashion to wear to many special occasions throughout the year. At first, rompers seemed too casual of an outfit to wear to a wedding, business meeting, or other formal event. With the advancements of modern day styles available to choose from, society has grown accustomed to fashion-savvy women donning a lavish one-piece outfit to most fancy events. But rompers aren’t always glitz and glamour; they make a great lounge outfit too! Let’s break down the different romper fashions and see what these styles are all about.

1: Lounge Style Rompers

These rompers are more laid back than the rest. They are usually made of a softer knit material that is very comfortable and ideal for lounging around in. Whether it be a pair of pajamas, a bathing suit cover up or a simple outfit to run errands in, they are your go-to rompers for all-day comfort. Fabrics like jersey knit and terrycloth are common with this style and you can find any style sleeve, or lack there of, you can imagine. These rompers can easily be layered with a fitted tee or tank underneath and/or with a denim jacket for transitional outfits to get you through the change of the seasons. Since these lounge-style one-pieces aren’t meant to make a big fashion statement, you will often find them in neutral tone colors or dusty hues and also in mineral washes to make them look even more worn-in. Although commonly made in solid colors, stripes and tie-dye prints are a couple of cute romper patterns that add a little flair your overall look.

 2: Casual Daytime Rompers 

Now this category of rompers is much more broad, but certainly some of the cutest rompers made! Perfect for brunch or shopping with the girls, casual daytime rompers are the most versatile of the group as they can be worn with cute little sandals or wedges and easily dressed up or down to meet the occasion. Lightweight fabrics from cotton poly blends to linen and rayon to chambray offer a wide range of styles in this category to choose from. You can definitely find a solid-colored romper in any shade of the rainbow, but popular warm tones are pink, maroon, bright red and burnt orange. Popular cool tones are emerald green, royal blue and navy. Neutral colors like gray, taupe, white and the most iconic romper color, black, are just as popular. With rompers commonly layered with trendy jewelry, cute kimonos or denim jackets, sometimes letting the accessories make the color statement adds a chic touch and stylish flair to your outfit. If you do decide on a bright fun color, be sure to pair your cute romper with neutral accessories so it shines on its own! 

Casual Rompers

Prints take the romper to the next level, as you can currently find an endless selection of patterns to choose from. Currently popular is of course floral prints. From allover blossoms to micro floral designs, you definitely need a floral romper in your closet. Palm prints have been popular the past couple of years and still going strong today in 2018. Tropical print rompers seem to be making a comeback since the popular 1950’s trend! Stripes are a timeless print especially on a cute romper. From big and bold stripes to thin pin stripes, stripes are always a flattering choice.

Sorority Rompers

Above: Chic style rompers perfect for sorority recruitment. 

Bohemian-influenced design styles are a very popular romper fashion. Ideal for wearing to concerts during the festival season, boho-chic rompers are just plain fun and easy to layer with boho accessories and a big pair of sunnies! Beach concerts or street fair festivals, you can rock your romper look with a lace bralette underneath, layered necklaces and feather earrings along with a floppy hat and voilà! Cool girl style cute rompers are ideal for wearing during sorority recruitment. This dressy casual romper is glam all by itself, but looks ultra-glam with a pair of pearls, gold cuff bracelet and a pair of sandals. Go for a sweet and chic look with a pastel color and sleek, sophisticated silhouette when choosing your romper. Simple styles are just as fashionable and can even make a more fashion impact than a romper with lots of frill. Rompers in solid colors representative of an athletic team are a popular choice for a game day outfit. Game day rompers are worn by not only college students, but women of all ages! You can easily find a romper that best suits your body type and in your teams colors to cheer them on in style!

*For more information on romper styles that would best suit your body type, check out this blog: Romper Styles for Your Body Type

 3: Dressy Date-Night/Formal Rompers

These fashion-savvy rompers are much dressier than your typical casual style romper. Dressy date-night styles range from using satin-like or silky fine fabrics, dramatic details such as plunge necklines or backless styles, billowy sleeves, ruffles, off shoulder styles, fun embellishments and even head-to-toe sequins! Lace is also a popular choice and you can't go wrong with a little black romper. Easily dressed up with jewelry and heels or wedges, you can wear a dressier romper to a wedding, formal dinner, or a general night out. 

Dressy Rompers

Currently, there are quite a few romper trends to be on the lookout for that are oh so cute and stylish.

  • Off the shoulder or cold shoulder styles are super cute and on trend as well as fluttery bell sleeves for added flair. Perfect for either casual or dressy style rompers.

Off Shoulder and Cold Shoulder Rompers

  • Open back detail adds a wow-factor to your outfit to spice things up on date-night or keep cool beachside. From cut-outs to crisscross strappy styles, everyone will want to watch you leave in a trendy open back romper.

Open Back Rompers

  • Anything that wraps, knots or ties is a leading trend in the romper world. Wrap style rompers are super cute with a side tie and asymmetric hemline. A tie-front romper adds a little flair to the front of your romper and if you're daring, go with a tie-front with a little cutout too!

Wrap Style Rompers

To sum, the history of the romper fashion trend start over a century ago as an infant fashion. It became a top fashion trend for women in the 1940s and peaked in the 1950s when the term "playsuit" was used as another word for the romper. Playsuits stayed fashionable through the 1980s as well as the jumpsuit, a favorite fashion of the time. Rompers seemingly disappear until they crept back on the scene in 2006. They were in and out of style until 2011 when they came back as a top fashion trend that never really went away. With the recent introduction of the maxi romper that has become a top spring and summer fashion the past couple of years, it is safe to say that the romper is back in a big way and ultimately here to stay. 

>>> But wait! Rompers aren't just for women and babies anymore!

Male rompers, aka "Romphims", are a thing and seriously projected to become a rising trend in men's fashion in the year(s) to come. Fashion history is still in the making folks!

 



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Top 10 Gifts For Mother's Day: Must-Have Fashions She Needs For Summer

Giving your mom those special somethings add a loving touch in a meaningful way for one curated gift she will adore for years to come! Put creative time and effort into your Mother's Day gift this year, as the thought behind every gift always means the most. Moms always love their daughters advice when it comes to their closet, and we put together the top 10 fashions to help you easily create a stylish gift for her.

For the casual fashion mom always on the go, she will have one less to-do with a sophisticated easy wear outfit gift from you. For the timeless classics mom, she will have the chance to try something new and happily add it to her capsule wardrobe. For the trendsetter mom, she will swoon over a trendy outfit you personally put together for her and will rave over her new look with her friends. For all the moms out there is one thing in common: a present personally picked out by you, matters more to her than anything else you do. Show your momma some love this Mother’s Day with must have fashions and accessories she needs in her closet this summer!

 #1: Something that Layers

From Left to Right Clockwise: Begging for Blush Boho Kimono, Begging for Ivory Boho Kimono, This Art Pastel Floral Kimono- Ivory, Sworn Lover Lace Trim Kimono, Setting Sun Boho Lace Kimono- Mustard

Nothing says spring and summer quite like a gorgeous KIMONO. The most ideal layering fashion for the season, your mom simply cannot go without one in her closet! Kimonos are extra special for the way they serve a purpose in a blissful way. Lotus has many chic styles that are wispy and fashionable that she will love!

  • Opt for a simple solid white or pretty pastel color in a lightweight fabric to add breezy style to her outfit.
  • Flourish in floral. Not only a typical warm season print but THE trendiest print of the year. A great way to add a little print to a neutral summer outfit and to incorporate many of the beautiful colors from the Spring/Summer 2018 Pantone Color Palette.
  • A classic lace or crochet kimono is always a go-to layering piece for mom. Try adding a twist to this classic style by going for a bright color to keep her fresh for summer.

Kimonos are great to throw on and go or to have on hand when the breeze picks up. They are lightweight and easy for all day wear; plus they look great draped over your arm and are easy to tote along if you get too hot. They serve a purpose in a fashionable way. They can also be worn over any kind of outfit, from a short dress to maxi dress and top and bottoms. They are feminine, classy and can be dressed up or down to suit your mom’s personal style. Chic and sophisticated, eclectic and bohemian, simple and straight-lined or ritzy and glam, whatever your mom’s fashion style a kimono will easily fit into her wardrobe! 

#2: Something that Blooms

From Left to Right Clockwise: Forever Floral Detailed Sleeve Top, Be Bold Asymmetric Floral Tunic Tank, Hooked on Floral Basic Short Sleeve Top, Soft Blooming Aura Long Sleeve Top, Setting Sun Floral Back Detail TopCall Me Later Blue Floral Top

From Left to Right: You’re So Classic Sage Floral Maxi Dress, Good Together Cross Back Floral Maxi Dress, You’re So Classic Tan Floral Maxi Dress

Like we mentioned before, floral print has flooded the fashion scene and hey, we aren’t complaining! These feminine floral vibes will have your mom feeling beautifully fresh in bloom all season long. With many trendy floral pattern variations, your mom is certain to find one floral motif she loves!

  • Go for an all over floral print. Large-scale blossoms are perfect for a top or dress that can stand out on it’s own and paired with neutral accessories. If it’s too much flower power for your momma, try a micro floral pattern in subdued colors that’s just as fashionable.
  • A floral print easy wear top or tank she can throw on with jeans or shorts is a great way to incorporate a little floral into her closet.
  • Maxi dresses are a spring/summer staple that brings effortless style instantly to your mom’s closet. Go for a beautiful floral color mix in a comfortable knit fabric in a short sleeve fit-and-flare or tank dress style. That way, your mom can sport her outfit all day long and easily layer a denim jacket, kimono or cardigan when the breeze picks up.

For a more detailed look into the latest fashion print trends, check out our Spring/Summer 2018 Style Guide.

#3: Something that Ruffles

From Left to Right Clockwise: The Good Stuff Ruffle Sleeve Dress, New Women Ornamental Lace Blouse- Mint, Cross the Line Ruffle Tank Top, For Now Ruffle Top- Sage, Ruffle Bliss Front Pocket Tunic- Rose

Ruffle up a good time this summer with this fluttery fun trend your momma can't go without! So chic and feminine, ruffles make for a perfect accent on any garment. From ruffle sleeve blouses to ruffle trim wrap dresses, you can't go wrong with a ravishing ruffled gift for your mom this Mother's Day.

  • Big billowy ruffles should stay chic and sophisticated. These ruffle accents are meant to be lightweight and airy for an overall whimsical look to keep cool in this summer. Sundresses and silky blouse styles are the perfect pieces to pull off this look.
  • Small-scale ruffle detail used as a trim or embellishment is a MUST DO for your momma! A basic knit top, tunic or tank with a layer of small ruffles pairs with any style bottom for an extra stylish look. With ruffles made of the same fabric as the garment, they are subtle but make a chic fashion statement!

#4: Something that Wraps

From Left to Right: Hopeless Romantic Floral Wrap Dress, Something Better Floral Mock Wrap Dress, You’re Still the One Ruffle Dress- Royal Blue, Naturally Wrap High Low Dress- Blush

 Let us wrap up everything you need to know about this hot trend with this: whether a top, a dress or a pair of shoes, your momma has to have something that wraps this season! The most iconic wrap fashion of the bunch is the wrap dress. The flowy silhouette and overall chic look of the wrap style is figure flattering on all body types. Here at Lotus, we even make things one-step easier with many mock-wrap dresses, for those moms who love the look but hate the hassle. So if in doubt, a wrap dress is a no-fail fashion she will love!

  • Go for a mix of trends to get the look. A floral print with ruffle trim or an asymmetric hem in a color from the Spring/Summer 2018 Pantone Color Palette are just a few mix of styles you can put together for one wrap outfit to surprise your mom with!
  • Not only is this style versatile and flattering on all shapes and sizes, the varying hem lengths makes this style work on both tall and petite moms alike!

#5: Something that Slides

From Left to Right Clockwise: Monaco Cut Out White Platform Slides, Ivy Camel Slide Sandals, Griffith Platform Espadrille Slides

Nothing says easy fashion like a pair of sandals you can slide on and head out the door in style! A must have sandal for staying comfortable and keeping cool all spring and summer long. Plus, you can find a number of different slide styles at affordable prices your momma will love! An easy-wearing way to finish off her outfit without breaking the bank= Mother’s Day Gift Win!

  • For a basic style that you cannot go wrong with is a pair of classic flat slides in a neutral light tone color for summer.
  • For a trendier style, go for a platform slide with strappy detail or cutout features in a metallic gold, silver or rose gold color. A little glitz that easily pairs with any style outfit is the way to go here!

#6: Something that Ties

From Left to Right Clockwise: Some Tropic Time Short Sleeve Kimono, On Call Tie Front Top- Pink, One Lucky Tie Front Top- Taupe, On the Loyal Culotte High Waist Pants, Simply Irresistible Tie Front Romper- Blue Palm

If there's one fashion trend you must get your mom this season, it's something that ties! Tie-front styles are across the board, as you will find them on everything from tops and bottoms to rompers and dresses. This cute look isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and your mom will adore the different ways to style them too!

  • Tie-front tops in a comfortable, solid color knit perfectly pair with any bottom for a summer outfit she can wear to any event. Two trends in one, encourage your mom to change up her kimono style by creating a tie-front to get the look pictured above! Let her kimono be the star of the show by suggesting a neutral ensemble to wear underneath.
  • Try a tie-front on an unexpected piece, such as a fun tropical print romper to wear on her upcoming vacation, for extra fun style! You cannot go wrong with anything that ties this season!

#7: Something that Knots

From Left to Right Clockwise: Cute Stuff Knot Front Off White Tee, I’m Just A Lady Knot Front Top, Caught Up Floral Knot Front Top, Lost By the Shore White Linen Shorts

It's knot every day you give a Mother's Day gift, so make sure to make this year's special with a knotted fashion your mom will love! From twist front knots to tie front knots to drawstring knotted linen shorts, your momma will love this fun fashion and certainly work it into her everyday wardrobe!

  • One aspect we love about knotted tops is that they already come that way for one, but also they refine your outfit so you don't look frumpy. Perfect to balance out a flared bottom. 

#8: Something that Shines

From Left to Right Clockwise: Over the Metal Rainbow Earrings, My Wish List Rose Gold Lariat Necklace, filigree earrings *coming soon*, gold earrings *coming soon*, Darling Delight Small Druzy Necklace

You mom will shine like a star in metal jewelry fashions that goes with absolutely anything! Glitzy gold, stylish silver and ravishing rose gold accessories are everywhere this season and a must have fashion that easily works with you mom’s outfits already in her closet. Go big and bold or small and dainty; both are equally on trend and glam!

  • Mix your metals with on multi-color statement piece or opt for layering a mix of metal hues to give her outfit some dimension and flair.
  • Twists, cutouts, and even chain tassels take your ordinary gold necklace to a fashionable statement piece. Whatever your mom’s style, you can easily find a piece that works for her!

#9: Something that Tassels

From Left to Right Clockwise: Cherry Bomb Tassel Earrings, Enjoy the Moment Beige Raffia Tassel Earrings, Done For Me Dark Teal Tassel Earrings, Half Circle Grey Tassel Necklace, *coming soon*

Accessories are essential to completing your outfit and always great for gifting! Tassels are the trendsetters of the accessory world these days and with so many types of styles available, they make the ultimate fashion statement in a fun and trendy way!

  • String tassels make a great for mom because their airy design is lightweight and easy to wear with any style outfit. You can also choose the length and bulkiness of your string tassel to make a statement or blend in with your outfit.
  • Beaded tassels are also popular and add movement and flair to your outfit. If your mom’s style is more particular, you can easily find a pair to complement her personality. From dressier styles with extra glitz to more casual styles with boho vibes, beaded tassels are the way to go for a specifically curated tassel style for mom.
  • Fabric tassels and metal tassels and really any kind of tassel out there is hot on the style list that will make a great gift for Mother’s Day!

#10: Something that Soothes

Doughnut Bath Bomb

Ultimately for Mother’s Day, or every day rather, your momma just wants to relax! Help her do just that with a cute little bath bomb to leave her feeling stress free and loved in the sweetest way!

For ways to save on your Lotus order and make her gift even more special, build a personalized Boutique Bundle that arrives wrapped and ready to give with complementary Mother’s Day Card and all!

More Information on this special offer, click here: Best Gift to Give- Boutique Fashion Box

 



Article Source Here: Top 10 Gifts For Mother's Day: Must-Have Fashions She Needs For Summer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Summer Fashion Trends: Style Guide For Wearing Prints This Season!

As you have seen everywhere so far this spring, PRINTS have dominated the world of fashion for 2018 and we are here to give you a look into the latest print trends and how to style them for summer!

 

Trend #1: Floral Print

Flower power continues to reign supreme for spring and this year’s trends will have you doing a triple take. From soft and romantic pastel hued blooms to bold and colorful 60’s inspired botanicals to intricately detailed micro florals, spring/summer 2018 bundled all the trends in one mixed bouquet of fashionably fresh florals.

 

From Left to Right Clockwise: Layered Garden Hi-Lo Wrap Skirt, Soft Blooming Aura Long Sleeve Top, Sweet Caroline Floral Maxi Dress, Just You & I Floral Open Back Romper- Taupe

 Full Bloom Florals

Marveling magnolias, chic chrysanthemums, darling daisies, and ravishing roses are just a few of the blossoms you’ll be seeing in the fashion world this season. Large-scale florals in full bloom are fresh and beautiful. Leaves and vines add to the floral motif with allover design taken straight from the garden. This year's florals give off a vintage vibe, especially the softer florals in muted tones and dusty hues. You will even see floral designs in darker shades for a mysteriously romantic feel that adds depth to your outfit. 

 

DO: Try a water bleed floral print like the ones above. On sheer fabric, these saturated florals are glamorous and ultra-feminine. A kimono or wispy maxi skirt are only a few of the many items you can wear to get this look. 

DON'T: Stop there! Soft and dark florals aren't the only designs you need in your closet! Full blooms in bright summer colors or pretty pastel shades are popular too. You essentially can't go wrong with any and every floral print out there! Have fun and go wild!

Retro Florals

Retro floral print inspired by the 60’s is bold and vivacious with eye-popping colors and illustrative design. A nice contrast to the soft floral trend, these graphic buds are bright and imaginative and will give you flashbacks to your mom's tablecloths and picnic blankets from back in the day. These floral designs range from artistically outlined to modernly bold and a totally fun print to wear this summer!

 

Left- Darcy Floral Maxi Dress With Pockets; Middle & Right- *Coming Soon*

DO: Go for an all-over floral print. Whether there are a few small clusters throughout or every inch of fabric bursting with blooms, the more widespread coverage the better. 

DON'T: Think rainbow chic. Go for a balanced color scheme of brights, neutrals or dusty shades from the 2018 spring/summer pantone color palette to get the most from this year's floral trends.

Micro Florals

From Left to Right: Beauty Marked Vintage Floral Maxi Dress, Sageless Beauty V Neck Floral Dress

Sweet, petite and oh so chic, micro florals have a vintage look this season and we can't get enough of these cute tiny buds! This dainty and delicate design is ultra-feminine and especially seen on mini, midi and maxi dresses. Combine with flirty wraps, ruffles and side slits for an overall girl power proud ensemble!

DO: Go for a bohemian look by adding layers with a lace bralette and breezy kimono. Add an edgy vibe with a distressed denim jacket, fringe bag and oversize sunnies for stylish contrast.

DON'T: Mix these floral combos. With allover designs, each floral motif will make a fashion statement on its own.

Trend #2: Tropical Print

From Left to Right: Pretty Daze Cold Shoulder Dress- Retro PalmOff Tropic High Neck Romper w PocketsSound of Satin Tropical Cold Shoulder TopTie Dye Palm Print Tie Front Top

The lush island vibes are back again this year and more popular than ever, as tropical prints are a top trend for spring/summer 2018! From palm branches to fig leaves and hibiscus flowers to banana leaves, print variations are aplenty this season that you’ll be seeing on dresses, jumpsuits, tie-front tops, rompers and more! Exotic and bold, these prints feature bright and vibrant hues in all-over foliage design to keep you caught up in your own tropical paradise.

DO: Try a bright color combo. This print is meant to pack a punch and stand out from the crowd, so go all out in a cute two-piece set, maxi dress or flirty blouse. Just be sure to keep separates and accessories neutral for an overall chic look that’s not too fussy.

DON'T: Play it safe with this bold print. Bright reds and luscious greens are the minimum tropical outfit colors you need in your closet. Pink and orange will pack a punch too! 

From Left to Right: Haute Hues Dove Palm Print Jumpsuit, Plenty of Bloom Wrap Dress- Blue, Island Time Palm Print Mini Dress

Whether you're going on a Hawaiian beach vacation or donning your tropical wear while shopping in your home town, your exotic island getaway doesn't stray far. Stock your closet full of trendy palms and happy hibiscus flowers and pull out those outfits when you are ready for a good time!

DO: Add subdued color relief with a few pastel print pieces. So beautiful and chic, the tropical vibes don't take a back seat here. You can still rock this fashion in pretty pastels. From an off shoulder jumpsuit to a flirty wrap dress, combine other trendy styles for a complete fashion-savvy ensemble!

DON'T: Sport the tropics just on vacation. Wear your palm prints everyday if you want! An everyday print trend that's meant to have a good time in- that's what this tropical motif is all about!

Trend #3: Stripes

From Left to Right: Mali Nautical Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit, Sunny Story Stripe Cross Back RomperLighten the Mood Stripe Off Shoulder Dress, Shades On Short Sleeve Stripe Top

From two-piece sets to mini dresses, stripes are everywhere this spring/summer and we’re digging it! Vertical, horizontal, diagonal or all three, you essentially can’t go wrong with your stripe design this season! Classic vertical pinstripes are always a flattering choice, as they visually lengthen and slims the body. Stripes in varying widths add dimension and interest in contrast to the usual symmetric design. You will find many navy and white stripe color combo's this season because well it is summer, but also in relation to the nautical trend also popular this season. Whatever your favorite, you MUST have stripes in your closet this summer!

DO: Give yourself a selection of stripe options. Specific stripe style trends come and go, but stripes in general are always in style! So add stripes to your closet in at least one of every clothing style. A dress, top, bottom and romper/jumpsuit. For the fashionistas, try a two-piece set or a layering piece like blazer or kimono to complete your wardrobe! 

DON'T: Be afraid to go all out. Striped pieces featuring other trends, such as ruffle detail or wrap/knot/tie styles, are what you want to go for here. Usually too many trends in one outfit doesn't work, but as long as the same striped print is used throughout the trendier the better!

From Left to Right Clockwise: Cruzin' in Stripes Ruffle Romper, Cross the Line Ruffle Tank Top, Sweet Tide One Shoulder Stripe Top, Weekend Trip Ruffle Waist Shorts- Black, Weekend Trip Ruffle Waist Shorts- Blue, Strawberry Margarita Seersucker Wrap Crop Top

Candy stripes are also very popular this summer and can be described as narrow bright colored stripes against a white background, just like a peppermint or candy cane. Red and white is a classic candy stripe color combo and has been seen all over the runway for spring/summer 2018.

DO: Keep your outfit chic and sophisticated. Stripes should be crisp and clean for optimal style balance. Be sure to pair your stripes with solid colored tops or bottoms so they are the focus of your ensemble. 

DON’T: Get too caught up in the Americana look. Although red/white and white/blue are the top stripe color combos we've been seeing, outfits are selectively put together to ultimately yield a tasteful ensemble for everyday, rather than just for the 4th! 



Article Source Here: Summer Fashion Trends: Style Guide For Wearing Prints This Season!