Statement Necklace

Statement necklaces are everywhere now and they come in a countless variety of styles. Bib necklaces are among some of the most popular and here are some ways you can wear them to your advantage.

Statement necklaces are super hot right now. They can be bold and daring or can do a lot to accent an ensemble. Even though they seem to take up a lot of space and demand more attention than other jewelry pieces might, these particular fashion accessories are surprisingly versatile. They can be worn with basic outfits, to the office, out to dinner, and even to weddings or other formal events. This black enamel and gold tone bib statement necklace has more uses than you might initially think and can help extend your wardrobe.

This particular piece is both modern and vintage inspired. Bib necklaces hearken to an ancient time, evoking the images of Cleopatra or Nefertiti, and bring with them their wealth of power and beauty. These necklaces today are just as powerful and can be used on many occasions. The simple black and gold pattern makes this piece extremely adaptable, matching most outfits and looks. Black is not only the easiest color to match but is by far the sleekest. And gold brings with it a wealth of beauty, both in its appearance as well as in its history. While this piece does rock that vintage vibe, it is still very modern. Because of this, it can be worn along with a professional power suit just as well as with a flowy, bohemian dress.

Large necklaces like this work well with simple necklines. A strapless top or dress really allows this piece to stand out against your neck and shoulders without anything to distract from it. Wear it with a basic tank or strapless top in summer to liven up a casual, poolside outfit. These necklaces also work well with scoop necks or v-necks if you’re still looking to dress up a casual outfit. As long as the neckline is wide enough to allow the accessory space to sit comfortably, it can add that oomph to any basic tee and jeans.

If you’re going for a more professional look, this necklace works just as well. Even though they look great on a bare neck, they can also be worn tucked under the collar of a button down shirt. This adds more dimension to the shirt you’re wearing, and still looks great when peeking out from under a fitted blazer. On a more formal note, this piece is also great for formal events as well. Since it is fairly neutral, it can work with most colors, but still works just as well when paired with a little black dress.

You can find this black and gold statement necklace as well as other statement necklaces at Chicastic.

Black and Gold Bib Necklace

 

Cocktail Rings

Jewelry can do a lot more for an outfit than you may think. Cocktail jewelry works great for formal events but can be used for nights out as well as for the workplace.

Jewelry should be fun. Being able to mix and match pieces and create different looks is part of all the fun. While some sets work best when complete and worn together, mixing and matching pieces, whether they be jewelry or clothing, really maximizes your wardrobe beyond imagination. Wearing a different set of accessories with the same dress can create two completely different looks and it does not require you to spend any extra money. While an initial investment in a variety of clothing and accessories is vital, what is most important is each pieces ability to adapt to other pieces. This increases their inherent value ten fold. Cocktail jewelry is great when it comes to accessories. They can be worn with simply silver jewelry, bold statement pieces, or even by themselves.

Cocktail rings tend to be big and bold and work best with minimal jewelry. This doesn’t mean they can’t be worn with anything else, however. As stated before, cocktail rings can be worn with simple jewelry or other bold pieces. This mostly goes for necklaces. A cocktail ring is basically a statement necklace for your hands. Wearing one goes a long way, and considering their size, it is best to not wear it with other rings or even a bracelet. This ring, though it seems small on its own, goes a long way. Wearing one with a necklace, whether simple or bold, is perfect. Since the necklace and ring are far apart from one another, they can balance each other out if desired.

These accessories can also be versatile. A bright or fun cocktail ring is great for daytime wear, whether you’re headed to a big company lunch, an engagement party, or any other activity that takes place later in the day. Rings with color or with more daring shapes and designs work best for these kinds of occasions. Use one of these rings to brighten up your outfit and add some fun and flare to your look. If you’re headed to a more somber or formal event in the evening, then simpler, sleeker cocktail jewelry is a safer bet. Ones with a more minimalist design are adaptable but no less impressive. These rings are a bit more classic and timeless and can be made to match any elegant look.

No matter where you’re headed, one of these cocktail rings is sure to fit your needs while adding a bit of that Old Hollywood glamour to your look. Whether you opt for daytime fun or evening classic, one of these pieces is sure to flatter your fingers. Find the right ring for you at Chicastic.

Cocktail Rings

Peacock Purses

Peacocks are beautiful birds and they inspire fabulous clutch purses!

A design influenced by peacocks usually means it’s colored in vibrant blues, golds, and greens.  A perfect example is this sequined peacock knuckle duster clutch in green.  These classic peacock colors aren’t your only option.  As long as the eye of the feather is maintained, the overall color of the bag can be changed and still clearly show the inspiration.  Try it in fuchsia, gold, purple or silver to mix it up a little.

Coloring isn’t the only way to get a peacock look though.  The shape of this bird is very elegant (especially when it’s studded with rhinestones).  If you want just a little bling, try the suede rhinestone stud peacock cocktail clutch.  It comes in red, fuchsia, purple, blue, and black.

Need a little more sparkle?  Try the mesh rhinestone peacock hard box clutch.  It comes in royal blue, but also sophisticated neutrals of gold, silver, black, and white.

And if you have the attitude that there can never be too many rhinestones, then the crystal stud peacock motif hard box clutch is the right choice for you.  It comes in black, gold, and silver.

Find the perfect peacock purse for you at Chicastic and get ready for compliments.Peacock Purses

What to Wear on a First Date

First dates are all about making lasting and meaningful impressions. Impress your date and look your best while still staying true to yourself.

First dates are fun but can also be nerve wracking. One of the most stressful parts is figuring out what in the world you might want to wear. First dates are a launching pad for first impressions. Even if you have known the person for a while, the setting and atmosphere of calling it a “date” make room for getting to know one another in a totally different light than before. And while you want to make a good lasting impression, it is also important to remember to stay comfortable!

Your initial date with a person should be stress-free. It should be about comfortably getting to know one another, opening up, and learning about one another. While what you wear on your first date will depend on where your first date happens to be, make sure to be yourself! You don’t want to give off the wrong impression. But at the same time, a first date allows you to reinvent yourself a bit so don’t be afraid to have fun!

If you’re going out for a casual coffee or lunch date, then a glammed up casual outfit will work best. Since the locale is more laid back, you can wear your favorite day-to-day outfit and add some bold accessories to dress it up a little for the occasion. Feel free to dress up a casual v-neck tee with a flowy skirt and a chiffon scarf. You can also wear it with a printed or colored skinny jean, an eye-catching statement necklace and flats. This way, you’ll look great wearing something comfortable that shows off your personal style, and you’ll still look glamorous.

But what if you’re going out to a fancy dinner, or perhaps to a club or some other event? A little black dress goes a long way for just these sorts of occasions. They can be paired with a unique studded clutch or beaded coinpurse along with a full set of cocktail jewelry. You can dress up this look with your accessories and shoes, though try to pick things a little more on the comfier side because you won’t want to divert your attention from your date to your aching feet!

While you may want to pull out all the stops for a first date and use every trick in the book, the most important thing you should remember is to make sure you’re comfortable. Sure, you want to look great, and you totally can! But first dates are about getting to know one another in a more personal setting and you want to be able to devote your attention to your date, not worried that your dress will ride up or that your heels are killing you.

Find great first date accessories at Chicastic.First Date Accessories

Look Fashionable for Dinner with the Girls

Make looking fashionable with your friends even more fun. Get your girls together and help each other out when getting ready for a night out together.

Going out with the girls is some of the best fun a lady can have. Being surrounded by friends is wonderful and for so many reasons. Looking forward to a night out on the town with the gals can even be fun before you leave the house! Since you’ll all be hanging out together, you’re more than likely to be dishing out info on what you’re planning on wearing or complaining that you just don’t know what to wear! While you as friends are in one boat or the other, being together makes getting ready all the easier.

When girls go out together, they tend to encourage their friends to really dress up, take chances and try experimenting with mixing and matching you may have never thought up alone otherwise. Invite the girls over and have a pre-dinner party where you can exchange your favorite accessories. Borrow a leopard clutch for the night while another friend borrows your pastel patent leather pumps. Having new accessories can make you feel like a whole new woman and the encouragement of others always gives a girl a confidence boost.

The overall style of what you wear depends on where you’re going out to eat, but if you’re with a like minded group of girls, then why not dress your best? We all have outfits or pieces we wish we could wear more often but rarely find the occasion to wear them to. Convince your girls to gather these pieces and you can all wear them together! If you’re in a group of fashionable gals, you won’t feel overdressed in that cute lace cocktail dress you just had to have but had no where to wear it to. Take it up a notch and add a dazzling coin purse clutch and sport a silk scarf. If you’re all dressing up together, you won’t feel alone wearing your Sunday best. Plus you’ll all look and feel great!

And of course, there’s nothing wrong with being casual. If you all decide to go somewhere low-key, the mixing and matching and accessory exchanging is still a viable pre-dinner get together option, but feel free to exchange more casual pieces like chiffon scarves, flats, or cardigans. Try prints you may not own or wouldn’t normally wear and let your gals do the same.

No matter what you do, you are guaranteed to have an absolute blast when you are with your closest comrades. Exchange fashion ideas, tips and even some of your favorite pieces.

Find your favorite night out accessories at Chicastic.

Girls Night Out Accessories

Fashion Can Be Comfortable

Looking in style sometimes means sacrificing comfort, but not always! Know there are always chic options to staying comfy and cozy.

Some of us may think that looking fashionable comes with a lot of sacrifices. While that is sometimes the case, it is not always everyone’s style. Not only that, but you can still look great without having to forego comfort. No matter what your personal preferences, being comfortable is a pretty nice thing for all of us, and while it is totally okay to go all out when it comes to looking great, it isn’t the be all end all for fashion greatness.

There are so many trending looks and styles to choose from, it’s dizzying. Some of us may adhere to a specific look and stick to it, while others do a lot of mixing and matching. No matter what, there are always comfy options out there. When people usually think of making sacrifices in lieu of looking great, they usually think of shoes. Heels and other strappy shoes can really take a toll on your feet. They are usually the go-to shoe when one thinks of dressing up for an event or going to work, but it isn’t your only option out there! Flats and boots are hot ways to look trendy without wearing a heel. These accessories can be dressy just as much as they can be casual and make a good alternative for those who don’t wish to wear heels, wedges, or any other sort of elevated shoe.

Tight, form-fitting clothing can also be a source of discomfort for some as well. Luckily there are loose styles like bohemian that are in fashion, as well as baggy shirts, sweaters, and jeans (often labeled as “the boyfriend jean” or “the boyfriend button down” etc. but are not always so). These looks allow you to wear looser clothing and apply the use of layering comfy pieces to achieve an altogether unique look. There are even some tight-fitting pieces of clothing that are more comfortable than others and can be used as alternatives for more rigid clothing. This would include things such as leggings, or even jeggings. These items look great with oversized sweaters or layered with tees, scarves and cardigans.

There are always fashionable options when it comes to being comfortable. If you ever feel the need to dress up a comfy look, you can always add a few accessories, a statement piece (whether it be jewelry, a necklace, or even a bold shoe or jacket). Feel free to mix and match, but above all make sure you always feel (as well as look!) your best.

Find a comfortable accessory that works for you at Chicastic.

Comfortable Accessories

Emerald Green Clutch

Add a touch of class and old school glamour with this emerald green clutch. Let it inspire your entire ensemble or use it as an accent piece.

Jewel tones evoke a feeling of elegance other colors cannot convey quite so easily. This deep, arresting shade of emerald green is sure to turn heads while still remaining a classic color for such a timeless accessory. And clutch purses tend to give off the same sophisticated air as jewel tones. When this color and accessory are paired together, you are left with a handbag that just screams Old Hollywood glamour, oozing with sophistication and pomp.

This bag can work as a statement piece, standing out from an outfit, or can inspire one entirely. In either case, it would be best to play up its glamorous appearance by choosing it to accent a similarly elegant ensemble. This clutch is perfect for grand dinners, weddings, and other fancy and formal events. The shine of green is sleek and shimmering yet is a bit modern and unique with its use of emerald rhinestone studs. They add texture and attitude to this piece that is perfect for inspiring a theme, whether it be for the entire outfit or for your accessories alone. If you choose to create a look inspired by the bag itself, then wearing a matching dress does the job. Choose a material that differs from the bag so it can still stand out, but the symmetry and color are still sure to make a statement. Perhaps choose a dress in a matte material so that the bag still has room to shine in the light and stand out a bit on its own like a cherry on top of the sundae.

If you want to use this clutch to inspire your choice of accessories instead, there are a few routes you could take. You can use the rhinestone accent to sway your choice of jewelry by choosing rhinestone studded earrings or other accessories or cocktail jewelry that will match the glittering nature of those sparkling studs. Going with green will also work nicely. You can accent your look with emerald green pieces, as well. You can wear jewelry that features an actual emerald gemstone, either real or imitation, to bring out the depth of the color and use it to its full advantage. You can also match the silky nature of the green material used in the bag by choosing a shoe -whether pumps, booties or flats- that match it well.

A simple accessory can go a long way. It can make a bold statement, stand out, or it can completely dictate your entire look. You can even achieve all of these looks on different occasions depending on how you feel, but no matter what you will always look timeless and elegant with a piece such as this.

You can find the emerald green clutch at Chicastic.

Emerald Green Clutch

Brown Leopard Clutch

Looking for some easy accessory fix? Try adding some old school chic to your look with a brown leopard print clutch.

Animal print is an entirely unique pattern. While the use of animal furs and patterns have held some stake throughout history, it has been a particular sort of commercial fashion staple since the 1950′s. While some particular styles seem to come and go with the decades, such as the zebra print which saw to a golden age in the 80′s and came back in the 2000′s, leopard print has some real staying power. Use this design to look classy, edgy, or even both.

While every different kind of animal print has the ability to be bold and eye catching, leopard is unique in that it can make a statement while still retaining the ability to be subtle. Such is the case with a brown leopard print clutch. A small piece such as this has the ability to stand out while still being minimal and tasteful. As is the rule with most animal patterns: the less there is, the more it says. A little really goes a long way. If you want to make a statement or test out a bolder or new look for yourself, then a clutch purse is a great way to test the waters. These sleek and classy accessories are small but still pack a punch. Despite their size, they still have a lot of fashion power, and can easily be removed from your ensemble if you’re simply not “feeling” the look. These accessories are versatile and useful, and always give off an air of elegance and poise.

This clutch can do a lot for you despite it’s size. It can add oomph to any outfit, whether it’s plain, neutral, or full of color. Avoid using it with too many other patterns though, however, because if used in this way the bag will get lost in a sea of other colors, shapes and designs. But when paired with solid colors, this accessory can do a lot to break up and add texture to an ensemble effortlessly. The bag is then allowed to stand out wonderfully, and can do so against a little black dress or with a power suit, for example. It can also work just as well with a basic tee shirt and jeans! Patterns are not entirely out of the question, though they should always be used sparingly when mixing and matching more than one. Patterns and prints work best when paired against solid colors, and an outfit can otherwise be broken up with other textures and fabrics to add more depth to your look.

You can find the brown leopard print clutch and other leopard print accessories at Chicastic.

Brown Leopard Print Clutch

Wardrobe Staples

Filling an entire wardrobe is a very personal process. You can still hold to your own personal style while incorporating these major wardrobe staples.

Everyone’s wardrobe is unique. We all have a personal style all our own that dictate which fashions appeal to us and which trends we choose to keep up with. But that doesn’t mean that wardrobe staples are completely out of the question. The purpose of owning a staple piece is not to redefine your style but for the purpose of always being prepared. Any of the following items can be personalized, whether it be in embellishment or enhanced design. No matter what, these wardrobe staples will help you out in a pinch and will ensure that your wardrobe is complete.

1. Black pumps. These babies are incredibly useful and versatile. Perfect for a night out, an evening dinner, or even the office, these shoes are incredibly useful and are always in. Black goes with absolutely everything and is both seductive as well as professional. They really come in handy if you have a last minute occasion to get ready for; they match everything and are incredibly adaptable, not to mention totally hot.

2. An evening dress. Speaking of last minute occasions, it’s always a good idea to have at least one backup “fancy” outfit. You never know if you’ll be invited out to an elegant dinner, an important business function, or even a wedding. Having a nice dress to wear will definitely come in handy. Especially for those of us who rarely go to these things, it’s always good to have one dress on hand because an occasion will undoubtedly pop up and looking for a dress last minute is never a stress reliever.

3. A day dress. Again, for last minute occasions, dates, etc. Sometimes certain events or venues call for it and it’s always good to have one on hand.

4. An interview outfit. These are essential. Even if you aren’t looking for a job, it’s good to keep one concrete outfit on hand. You can mix and match the pieces to use in other outfits to get maximum use out of it as well.

5. A statement piece of jewelry. These accessories say a lot about our personality and our style. Not only that but they can dress up and add oomph to just about any outfit. Whether you’re accenting an evening dress, an interview outfit, or even a basic tee and jeans, a statement piece will go a long way.

If you don’t already own any of these staple pieces, keep an eye out, and when you find one that particularly catches your eye or your specific sense of style, then snag it! You never know when you’ll come by one again, and chances are you won’t if you need to find a particular piece at the last minute. It’s always better to have it ready.

Find statement necklaces, rings, and other jewelry that fits into your wardrobe at Chicastic.

 

Wardrobe Staples

Basket Weave Clutch Purse

Clutches are great bags that make a statement. Match the Springtime and break out this basket weave pattern this season.

Spring calls for many things, and one exciting thing it beckons is a wardrobe change. While some pieces or accessories can be used all year round depending on how you use them, there are some colors, patterns, and materials that are more suited to certain months more than others. Velvet for instance is more appropriate for late fall and all throughout the winter, it would be far too warm to wear in summer and does not quite match the overall feel of springtime. Basket weave patterns and materials are often used in spring or summer. This style hearkens the feeling of tropical locales, the promise of warmer weather, and can even evoke images of the beach. Make a statement this season with a basket weave clutch that will help welcome spring and bring you well into summer.

Now that the weather is warmer, patterns and materials like this are more common. They can be found in hats and even various styled handbags like hobos, totes or cross bodies. The variety of styles allows for it to be used however you see fit, and a clutch purse always adds a bit of class that, say, a tote will not necessarily evoke. You can still sport a bit of summer while looking fabulous and formal, or you can wear it out on a casual coffee date and still make a spring or summer statement.

Clutch handbags are perfect for making a statement. They are small and sleek and are just as much an accessory as jewelry is. This particular style can evoke a more casual feel while still retaining the same elegant aura that a clutch always resonates. In this case, it can work well in both spheres. Bring it along for a lunch date or even a night out. While the material alone has a certain beachy feel, you can still play around with color. A traditional basket weave is undyed, and appears beige or brown. This style is perhaps more casual than others, but even dyed clutches can make a great accent piece. Red is a sure fire bold fashion staple and would work well, especially for a clutch. Even alternating colors in the weave itself can create interesting and unique patterns, lending a true statement quality to this bag. Color and style will determine whether this accessory is more formal or casual, but can still lay anywhere in between.

Purchase a basket weave clutch, available in red or black and white, at Chicastic today!

basketweave