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Hot or Not Trends – Bermuda Shorts

Runways are already overrun with upcoming spring fashions, and Bermuda shorts are making an appearance as the short to wear this season. With their slouchy style and ultra-flattering fit, these are the one pair of shorts that truly look good on every woman.

There are a number of ways to style these shorts, whether you want to dress them up or keep the relaxed & casual vibe. A pair of  beach-y espadrilles paired with a flow-y blouse works great with bermudas for a casual weekend outfit, or strap on a pair of pumps for a night on the town. Alternatively, pair with a tailored blazer for a look that mixes professionalism with casual cool, or pair your shorts with a belted tunic. Honestly, the choices are endless.

Bottom Line:

Bermuda shorts are super HOT for spring! What do you think? Do you agree with me, or do these shorts do nothing for you?

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Hot or Not Trends – Sandal Boots

The latest trend to emerge for spring 2013 is the sandal boot, an unusual combination of a heeled open-toe sandal with a striking boot silhouette. This footwear style has been seen all over the runways, but is it truly a trend the real woman can tackle?

Forget the oddity of the combination, if you can, and instead look at the practical side of these kooky kicks. Wait… there isn’t one. We love boots, and we love strappy sandals, but the two combined leave much to be desired. While designers and fashion “experts” claim these shoes can add “glamour” and “mystery” to an outfit, we say it’s better to stick to one or the other.

Bottom Line:

Sandal boots are a NOT in every sense of the word. Do you agree with me, or do you think this unusual – albeit intriguing – combination is a must-have for next season?

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Hot or Not Trends – Equestrian

This season, the equestrian trend has taken the fashion world by storm. Models are parading down runways wearing jodhpurs, riding boots, jackets with elbow patches… even those funny little hats that professional horse riders wear during competitions. My first reaction to this unusual trend was “WHAT?”

The “classic” equestrian style works perfectly if you’re entering a competition, but in the real world you’d be hard pressed to find a way to make this trend look stylish. While I am sure there are plenty of would-be fashionistas out there that would disagree with me, I defy you to come up with a real-world look based on the equestrian-inspired pieces we’ve seen on runways that wouldn’t make passersby stop and stare… and then laugh. Uproariously.

Bottom Line:

The equestrian trend is a definite NOT… unless you are a professional in the horse show circuit. Do you agree, or do you believe that equestrian-inspired fashion can, in fact, be worn on the average woman without looking odd? Sound off in the comments below.

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Accessorize – Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are a popular trend this year. Whether you prefer bold, statement pieces, small and elegant hoops or something in between, our picks below will help you find your perfect pair this season.

1. Gilded Berries Hoop Earrings

Only $19.99 at Coldwater CreekThese cozy & cute earrings are the perfect accessory for winter parties and holiday get-togethers.

2. Antler Hoop Earrings

Only $110 at Pink MascaraEdgy and unique, these antler hoop earrings are great for the woman who defies traditional fashion “rules.”

3. Tom Binns Pinata Hoop Earring

Only $255 at Kirna ZabeteBright, colorful and oh-so-fun, these punchy hoop earrings will brighten up all of your fall and winter neutrals.

4. Large Textured Silver Hoop Earrings

Only $15 at Dorothy PerkinsSimple and elegant, these silver hoop earrings are the quintessential classic accessory that goes with almost anything.

5. Trina Turk “Regine” Enamel Hoop Earrings

Only $75 at Trina Turk - Looking for the perfect accent to your little black dress? These glamorous hoop earrings are just waiting to make a statement!

6. Sparkling Hoop Earrings

Only $4.99 at Forever21Budget-friendly and glitzy, these sparkling earrings will add a pop of color and a dash of sparkle to your holiday ensembles.

7. Lucite Leopard Print Hoops

Only $3.99 at GirlpropsThese funky earrings, adorned with an all-over leopard print, will showcase a little of your fierce fashion sense.

8. 14K Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings

Only $175 at Ice.comFor the true jewelry connoisseur, these 14k gold earrings are an investment piece you’ll wear again and again.

9. Nocona Small Crystal Hoop Earrings

Only $10 at ZapposThese crystal-encrusted hoop earrings will catch the light – and admiring eyes – when you wear them with your favorite cocktail dress.

10. Stanley Creations Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings

Only $29.95 at Sierra Trading PostThese inexpensive, elegant earrings are the perfect pair to wear day-to-day, with sweater sets or your favorite t-shirt and jeans.

11. Gypsy SOULE Rocker Oval Hoops

Only $52 at ZapposThese oval hoops are unique, pretty and practical for every day wear.

12. Petal Hematite & Pave Hoops

Only $91 at Matches FashionAdd a dash of rock-and-roll feeling to your outfit with these hematite & pave hoops.

Do you have a favorite pair of hoop earrings you wear? Share a link to them with us in the comments.

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Hot or Not Trends – Printed Jeans

Put away your stash of colored denim, ladies – for the upcoming spring season, the hottest trend in denim are vibrant graphics. Printed jeans are the next big thing for spring 2013, and come in a variety of patterns: florals, abstracts, geometric designs, stripes and more.

While your style options are nearly endless, the sleekest way to wear printed jeans is to look for a small print on a dark background. Of course, those who wish to make a statement can always opt for a large, bold design, lighter colors, or a multi-patterned pair that will truly look unique. However you choose to wear them, keep in mind that skinnies or straight-legs are the best silhouette to wear with this trend.

Bottom Line:

Printed jeans are definitely HOT. Do you agree with me, or would you rather stick to your tried-and-true denim to celebrate the start of a new season?

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Accessorize – Long Pendant Necklaces

Long pendant necklaces are a hot accessory this season, and it’s easy to see why. Their versatility allows them to be worn with a cocktail dress or jeans and a t-shirt while the assortment of styles allows every woman to find her signature look. If you’re ready for some style inspiration, check out our picks for long pendant necklaces below.

1. Kenneth Cole New York Blue Circle Pendant Necklace

Only $48 at Macy’sThe simplicity of this long pendant necklace means it will go well with your casual basics or as a way to add a hint of color to your LBD.

2. Sandy Hyun Long Crystal Pendant Necklace

Only $190 at ShopbopGlamorous and elegant, this crystal pendant necklace jazzes up a cocktail dress quite nicely – no other accessories required!

3. Carved Organic Leaf Horn Pendant

Only $45 at Ylang23Eco-friendly and beautiful, this carved extra-long leaf pendant necklace is the perfect accessory for the nature lover.

4. Sabine Art Deco Pendant Necklace

Only $25.99 at PiperlimeWith a hint of edgy style, this glam art deco pendant necklace pairs well with a slinky little black dress and sky-high heels.

5. A.V. Max Multi Drop Pendant Necklace

Only $90 at Designs by StepheneThe understated elegance of this simple drop pendant necklace will pair nicely with almost anything in your closet.

6. Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Pearl Acorn Pendant Necklace

Only $56.29 at ASOSA little bit rustic, this necklace will draw attention wherever you wear it.

7. Swan Pendant

Only $54 at FossilWhether worn with your little black dress or your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a flow-y blouse, this swan pendant is cute and stylish.

8. Horse Hoof Pendant Necklace

Only $70 at Metro ParkHorseshoes may be the symbol of luck and prosperity, but this horse hoof pendant is a symbol of an undeniably unique sense of style!

9. Stone Encrusted Pendant Necklace

Only $29 at Arden BGlimmering and glittering faux gems adorn this elegant pendant necklace, which will dress up even your most casual pieces.

10. Rondell Cluster Pendant

Only $14.95 at The LimitedThis sparkling stunner may be crafted from simulated gems, but only the most seasoned professional will be able to tell!

11. Tiffany & Co. Teardrop Pendant

Only $175 at TiffanyA simple teardrop pendant adorns this over-size chain, making it the perfect accessory to wear to work or play!

12. Long Flower Pendant Necklace

Only $38 at Ann TaylorShowcase your sweet side with this whimsical flower necklace adorned with sparkling jewels for a glittering finish.

Do you have a favorite long pendant necklace? If you do, share a link to it with us in the comments – we’d love to see it.

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Hot or Not Trends – Cigarette Jeans

Move over, skinnies – there’s a new jean trend in town, and it’s infinitely more wearable than its skin-tight counterpart. Cigarette jeans are the latest denim trend this season, and while they have the look of your favorite skinny pair they are much more comfortable - and flattering – on nearly every woman.

While you can certainly wear flats with these jeans, heels are the preferred footwear of choice depending on the hem length. For heels, you want the hem of your cigarette jeans to fall about midway down the height of your heel. For flats, your hem should hit about one inch above the bottom of your shoe. As for what to pair cigarette jeans with, your options are endless. They can be casual or dressy, depending on how you choose to style them. Because of their versatility, cigarette jeans are definitely a go-to favorite in any woman’s closet.

Bottom Line:

Cigarette jeans are HOT, hot hot! Do you agree with me, or do you dread the thought of pushing aside your beloved skinny jeans for a season?

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Accessorize – Headbands

Headbands have come a long way since you last wore them in elementary school. Headbands are no longer just a cheap, brightly colored plastic hair accessory – now, you can find them in a variety of styles that can be demure, elegant or anything in between. Here, our top picks for this updated hair accessory.

1. Deepa Gurnani Studdend Headband

Only $55 at ShopbopThis studded headband adds a touch of edge and whimsy to your hairstyle.

2. Tasha “Sparkle Money” Head Wrap

Only $32 at NordstromJewel-encrusted and sparkling, this elegant headband can dress up even your most casual outfits with ease.

3. Polka Dot Bow Headband

Only $6.50 at Claire’sCute and whimsical, this polka dot headband is for the true “girly girl.”

4. Punk Studded Headband

Only $10.99 at AbhairIf you’re the type of woman who likes to live on the edge, this studded headband will become your go-to accessory to add a touch of fierceness.

5. SOL Republic Sound Track Headband

Only $26.99 at ZapposThis headband might be basic, but it will dress up your tresses in no time flat.

6. Juicy Couture Basic Headband

Only $30 at ZapposDon’t let the name fool you – this brightly hued band is anything but basic!

7. Olga “Maison” Headband

Only $60.78 at FarfetchLeopard print won’t be going out of style anytime soon, especially when you have this chic headband to wear.

8. Marc by Marc Jacobs “Lovebirds” Headband

Only $78 at Marc JacobsFun and fashionable, this adorable headband is sure to garner compliments wherever you wear it.

9. Cotton Blend Headband

Only $8 at American ApparelGive your outfit a nautical-inspired vibe when you wear this sweetly striped hair accessory.

10. Prana Printed Double Headband

Only $12 at Active Wear USAPretty and practical, this headband will look equally stylish whether you’re working out or running errands.

11. BCBG Max Azria Metal Leaf Headband

Only $18 at BCBGAttractive and elegant, this super stylish headband will look lovely paired with your little black dress and strappy heels.

12. Pyramid Jeweled Headband

Only $24 at BebeFor the true glamour girl, this striking headband pairs beautifully with this season’s cocktail dresses.

Do you have a favorite headband that you wear all the time? Leave a link to it in the comments so we can check it out!

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Accessorize – Colorblock Handbags

Colorblock handbags are bold, fashionable and on-trend – the perfect statement piece. And because colorblock bags come in a variety of different hues, you can find one – or more – to go with anything in your wardrobe. Check out our picks below for some of the hottest colorblock handbags on the market.

1. Pour la Victoire Colorblock Tote

Only $159 at Last CallThis striking colorblock tote features a stylishly neutral hues that will pair well with anything in your closet.

2. Loeffler Randall Colorblock Lock Clutch

Only $295 at shopbopBold hues and a versatile, removable chain strap makes this bag work well from day to night.

3. Echo Design Colorblock Tote

Only $18.15 at AmazonTake this sturdy tote with you shopping, running errands or as the perfect carry-all for a relaxing beach day.

4. Colorblocked Metal Edge Satchel

Only $89 at Arden BSweet pastel hues of this whimsical satchel will pair beautifully with spring’s pale colors!

5. Colorblock Leather Satchel

Only $398 at BonTonShowcase your eclectic side with this vibrant handbag, which is roomy enough to store all of your essentials.

6. Small Colorblock Satchel

Only $545 at NordstromStylish and practical, this satchel is an investment piece you’ll use throughout the seasons.

7. Sydney Love Colorblock Shoulder Bag

Only $35.99 at eBagsNeon colors adorn this eclectic shoulder bag, which is sure to garner attention anywhere you go.

8. Sonia Rykiel Colorblock Shopper

Only $156.65 at ASOS - This Neapolitan-inspired handbag is as sweet and whimsical as the confection its reminiscent of – and roomy, to boot!

9. Maliparmi Colour Block Shoulder Bag

Only $204.57 at FarfetchSturdy and practical, this colorblock shoulder bag also looks super stylish as a carry-all for all of your essentials.

10. Vanessa Color Block Clutch

Only $57 at eBagsColorful and funky, this color block clutch is available in several fashion-forward hues to match nearly anything in your wardrobe.

11. Diane Von Furstenberg “Metro” Wallet

Only $245 at NordstromSleek, stylish and oh-so-colorful, this cheeky wallet has just enough space for your credit cards, cell phone, keys and your favorite lipstick.

12. Nanette Lepore Leather Hobo Bag

Only $297.99 at ZapposPale pastel pink combined with black makes this chic hobo bag a must-have spring essential.

What’s your favorite colorblock handbag? Make sure to leave a link to it with us in the comments.

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Hot or Not Trends – Trench Coats

Because of their streamlined silhouette and versatility, trench coats are seeing a resurgence in popularity this season. The ideal coat to wear from day to night, the classic trench can be a wardrobe staple all season long.

Unlike “trendier” overcoats, the trench coat boasts a classic design and figure-flattering lines that look good on nearly every woman. Arguably, the trench coat is a wardrobe staple that can be worn for years to come, making it an exceptional investment piece. When choosing a trench coat, look for a belted, knee-length version (or a little shorter) in a neutral color such as black or navy. This ensures your investment piece will remain relevant and on-trend for years after most overcoats go out of style.

Bottom Line:

Trench coats are 100% HOT! Do you agree with me, or do you feel the trench has had its fifteen minutes of fame?

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