Throwback Thursday- Elaine from Seinfeld

Elaine's Fashion on Seinfeld

Elaine on Seinfeld was an iconic character with so many memorable moments. Not to mention her, let’s call it, unique dance style and her “get out” shove. Her wardrobe on the show typically consisted of long blazers, collared shirts, dark … Continue reading

Back to School

Stores are already gearing up for back to school shopping. Items for the dorm, school supplies, and fall clothes are being displayed. Want to get your teenager or college bound child prepared for the cool weather? Then check out the scarves, hats, and bags available at Chicastic.

Infinity tube scarves are a warm option for the months ahead. They’re available in thick or thin knit versions or even with fringe. Try a vibrant teal or a light pink. Maybe a multicolor light and dark grey tube scarf would match your child’s style more. Oblong scarves work well for the autumn weather too and offer a lot of ways to wear them. For example, they can be wrapped around tightly for warmth, hung loosely for a cool style, or looped and pulled through for a simple chic look.

Don’t forget a warm hat to go with your scarf. A cotton two toned fisherman style hat offers a clean autumn look. A beanie hat with a leather strap comes in beautiful fall colors. Or try a knitted winter slouchy hat that comes in grey, off white, or black. If you have a gal that likes more structure, then try a wool bowler hat.

Another great back to school item is a fashionable backpack, tote, or satchel for their school supplies. Try this beige small backpack with a front flap or a snakeskin pattern glossy hobo handbag.

At Chicastic find all these fashionable items and more for your student.

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New Crossbody Bags

Crossbody Bags

Need a purse that is fashionable but convenient? Crossbody bags are the perfect solution. Throw them over your head and onto your shoulder and get your day going. Take a look at a few of our new arrivals. One great … Continue reading

Silk Scarves

Silk is an elegant material and makes for a great professional or simply polished accessory. Here are some ways this little accessory can be made useful.

There are few fashion accessories that are just as cute as they are practical and scarves are more than likely the most useful of any accessory you can possibly own. They look cute and chic, they can add dimension and depth to an outfit, they can protect your head, neck and shoulders from the chill or breeze, and can make a makeshift headscarf or wrap if you need them to. They look great with summer outfits or tucked under coats and are perfect for practically any season or any type of weather. But is there a scarf that helps you look elegant, too?

For a much classier and professional look, the silk scarf is your best accessory. Its silky sheen makes any look appear much more polished and put together, which is great for the workplace, a big interview, or other more formal events. It can sometimes be a difficult task to properly accessorize for a more professional atmosphere but silk scarves provide a means to have fun and still look appropriate for the atmosphere.

The material is more delicate but also leaves room for you to play around with color and print, depending on what you happen to be wearing, of course. You can opt for the ever classic black or go for more neutral colors if you are unsure of what would go best. These options are always great backups regardless. But since the material is already work appropriate, feel free to mix and match with bold spring and summer colors like radiant orchid or pale yellow that will add a splash of color to your office ensemble. Prints and patterns look great too, especially when on silk. Play around with color and either wear a printed scarf with a neutral outfit or use some of the colors in the pattern to use in other accessories like shoes, jewelry or outfit accents as inspiration.

And don’t forget, these handy fashion accessories can be tied in countless ways to yield countless different looks. Tie it tightly around your neck, wear it loose, use it as a kerchief, drape it over your shoulders or wear it like a shawl. Whatever works best with your outfit and the conditions you are in. Having even one silk scarf can create an endless amount of office ensembles to help you truly maximize your wardrobe and mix things up every now and again.

Find the perfect silk scarf for you at Chicastic.

Silk Scarves

Silk Scarf Wrap

Scarves are an invaluable fashion accessory all year round. Here are some ways to wear a silk scarf this spring.

There is no fashion accessory quite as versatile as the scarf. It is simultaneously practical and fashionable and can be manipulated to create and match countless looks, outfits and ensembles on any number of occasions. Each of the seasons tends to call on different materials when it comes to fashion in general but these accessories are no exception. While there are some materials, like cotton and silk, that are appropriate year round, there is something a little more special about silk. Silk can be worn no matter what the season is, but always calls for a classier look than any of the other fabrics. Adding silk instantly makes any look more sleek and a silk scarf wrap is one great way to add it to your wardrobe.

The great thing about these fashion accessories is that there is no one right way to wear them. Let your rendition of a scarf inspire the rest of your ensemble or the other way around. These simple but rich colors are perfect for spring, adding a bit of extra oomph to any rainy day. You can choose to match your outfit with the overall color of the scarf or use contrasting colors when it comes to both. Use it to brighten up an otherwise dark outfit, add a splash of color to a spring trench coat if the weather calls for it, or use it to add some fun to an office outfit. Even adding it to a more casual outfit will dress it up a little. Depending on the color of the scarf and those used in your overall outfit this accessory can add a fun touch while the silk adds some elegant texture to whatever you are wearing.

When it comes to tying or wearing this accessory, you have several options available to you. Wearing it close and tight about the neck can give you a bit of an Old Hollywood look, just as if you were to wear it over a hairdo like a kerchief. As the name suggests, you can absolutely wear this piece as a wrap around, whether it is simply draped over your shoulders or used more widely over your torso as makeshift cardigan or kimono. There are even several ways to tie this piece as a wrap, which may include simply folding it into a triangle, draping over your shoulders and tying in the front, you can wear it as a side wrap or one-shouldered wrap, or even loop and tie the ends so it makes an infinity scarf and looping it under your arms and over your neck as a makeshift cardigan which can be bunched at the shoulders for texture or draped loosely over your shoulders to look more like a kimono.

You can find great colors of silk scarf wraps and other scarves at Chicastic.

Silk Scarves

Styling a Red Prom Dress

Timeless is always in, so red is always a safe bet for any major occasion like prom. Here are some ways to make sure you make the right statement and let the red speak for itself.

Red makes a perfectly bold and timeless statement all on its own. It is no wonder that any prom dress in any shade of the color is bound to be a knockout and turn some heads. Since the color on its own is already eye-catching, it can be difficult deciding how exactly to properly accessorize it. The key to achieving a perfectly balanced look is to choose the right pieces and the right amount of them.

Since this color is already so bold, it would be best to stick with classic metallics such as silver or gold, and other accessories in similar neutral tones like black, cream, white, beige, or even brown or navy blue. A simple silver or gold chain necklace and matching earrings is a timeless look that will go with any dress. If you have a more vintage looking piece or even one that is simple and you want an elegant evening look, then pearls will go wonderfully with any shade of red. They add a touch of class and character without overshadowing the color of your prom dress and add an air of old Hollywood glamour that never goes out of style. When it comes to pearls, it is still important to choose your accessories wisely. If you’re wearing a choker or even a tiered 20’s inspired string of pearls, then studded earrings will work best. If you’re opting to go for a pearl bracelet instead then larger, longer earrings will make up for the lack of necklace and balance out your look. Another option is to choose one solid statement piece. A statement necklace works best with a low-cut or sweetheart neckline, and especially if you are wearing a sleeveless dress. A necklace, especially a choker or one that rests on your collarbone, will highlight your bare neck and shoulders while balancing the neckline of your dress as well.

Additional accessories can be a bit troublesome too, but keeping it simple will work best. If you are going with a pearl theme, then a white satin clutch will match nicely. It will add to the look of the pearls, matching it in color and sheen, but will not detract with added embellishment or look too much. You can also choose to accessorize using items that are the exact color of your dress or are perhaps a shade or two darker. This way, you can add depth and dimension to your prom look with minimal effort. Remember, red is a powerful color and can speak for itself. Adding subtle accessories will truly allow this sort of piece to dazzle on your special day.

Find the perfect accessories for your red dress at Chicastic.

Red Prom Dress Accessories

Statement Scarf

Scarves are an essential accessory. Learn how to use a statement scarf to your advantage and liven up your look.

Scarves are an absolutely essential accessory to any woman’s wardrobe. They come in handy in all seasons and there is a fabric and print to match any kind of weather, occasion, and overall ensemble. It is always a good idea to have more than one scarf on hand, and not only that, it is imperative that you have a little variety. If you’re going to have more than one of anything, you should be sure that they are as different as possible, if not just a little bit. This way, these accessories can be worn to match any look you’re going for and can truly maximize your wardrobe. Just like having that one statement bag, necklace, or shoe, having a statement scarf can be just as handy.

A statement scarf can be anything you want it to be. It can be a bold and bright color, a showy pattern or print, or even a special fabric or material. It all depends on your personal style as well as your current collection of scarves. If you generally have dark colors or opt for neutrals, then simply adding a light or otherwise eye-catching color to your repertoire will do nicely without going out of your fashion comfort zone. If you have a rainbow of these accessories already, then a print or a new material may be the option for you.

Bright colors can do a lot to accent an outfit and bring new life to it. If you’re wearing an all dark, all neutral, or otherwise monochrome outfit, then a splash of color can make a world of difference. If you have a good mixture of color worked into your ensemble, then a print or pattern (think leopard print or a multicolored tribal or floral pattern) can break up your outfit while also adding dimension. A silk scarf or a piece that uses metallic fabric can really spruce up an outfit more simply. Even if you choose a neutral, like black or beige, choosing a scarf that is either shimmery, metallic, or even silk can make you look more glamorous without much added effort. The choice is up to you. Choosing an accessory has everything to do with your intended desired effect. For best results, or if you are simply indecisive, then getting a scarf in any of these options will work wonders for your wardrobe and will ensure that you are ready for anything.

You can find a great variety of scarves at Chicastic.

Scarves at Chicastic

Spring Handbags

With Spring comes a wealth of opportunity. Take advantage of the season by updating your wardrobe and your accessories.

Spring months bring a brightness not just to the weather outside but to our wardrobes as well. The dreary nature of winter is on its way out so the brighter, more colorful world can emerge again. The same goes for fashion. Often winter fashion and accessories consist of metallics, neutrals, jewel-tones and heavy materials. While all of this is appropriate for the weather it’s worn in, it does not match the demeanor that is associated with the spring. Try and jump into spring with some seasonally appropriate handbags.

Color is a major thing you can play with when it comes to bags. While neutrals are perfectly appropriate all year round, pastels and bold, bright colors come out to play once the weather gets warmer. Blacks and grays are still appropriate, but lighter neutrals tend to take the accessory stage come spring and summer. Light beiges, creams and stark whites take over and make way for brighter wardrobe options. If you want to add some color, than by all means choose a bag in a pastel, either blue, green, pink, yellow, whatever suits your liking. Pastels are still understated but have just as much capacity to add color and flare to an ensemble. The pantone color of 2014 is radiant orchid, a light yet bold purple with violet undertones. This makes for a great handbag, and is equally a great way to incorporate a trendy new color to your wardrobe.

Spring also brings with it a new array of bag styles and materials to play around with and mix and match. Wicker or basket weave becomes much more popular as the weather gets warmer, evoking that popular tropical or beach feel. Lighter toned canvas bags, canvas backpacks or cross bodies are also more commonplace, especially those that boast a perfectly springy floral print. Larger bags also become more appropriate once the weather doesn’t bog us down with any number of coats and scarves. Large, over-sized totes are more suited to the spring time and warmer months when we are not burdened with extra layers, and can even carry a light sweater or a scarf if the necessity arises, allowing you to bring any number of other necessities along with you on a day about town.

Make use of these lighter, brighter colors and patterns, as well as more lightweight materials. Have fun and use these spring bag ideas to brighten up your wardrobe.

Find the perfect spring bag for you at Chicastic.

Spring Handbags

Spring Clutch Purses

Clutch bags are an essential part of any outfit. Let your bag reflect the season and let it brighten up your look.

Spring cleaning often gets us itching to clean out our closets and buy some fresh new items. While there’s never really any reason to completely overhaul your wardrobe, there are some easy fixes to help you feel refreshed once winter is finally over. Spring not only means lighter jackets and warmer weather, but it also welcomes color back into the world. If you want to open your wardrobe up to spring, consider buying a new spring handbag to brighten up your look.

There are plenty of handbags out there, since most are appropriate year round. Often though, a simple color or pattern will determine when an item or accessory is most appropriate. While neutrals like black, white and beige are always in season, pale colors like pastels and bright neons are more spring appropriate. While more neons may not be for everyone and are more of a summer thing, pastels are unique to spring so jump on the opportunity to sport a pastel colored bag. This could include pinks, purples, yellows, greens and oranges. The light nature of these colors allows them to act more like a neutral than brighter, bolder colors. While they aren’t as versatile as blacks or whites, the light nature of these colors allows you to pair them with more outfits and accessories while still adding a splash of color.

Aside from playing with color, you can also play around with brighter, lighter patterns. Prints that use nature themes and florals are great for this season and mirror the changes happening outside. Flowers, leaves, trees and other natural elements make for fresh, fun prints that can be used in handbags as well as in other accessories. Canvas bags of any kind exhibit these best, whether they’re featured in hobo bags, totes, satchels, or cross-bodies. Even if you’re wearing an outfit consisting of solid colors, a patterned bag can add a lot of depth and refresh your look.

Pastel color clutches like purple are perfect for this weather, when going to a party. Check out some beautiful clutches at Chicastic now that may be perfect for a new look during the Spring season.

Purple Rhinestone Crystal Clutch Purse

Beige Gold Clutch Purses & Accessories

Neutrals are often known for being conservative, colors that are used to tone down others or as blank canvases on which to layer colors and patterns. But neutrals are more powerful than that. We usually think that they are only used as a base on which to display our fashion accessories and dress up with bold colors, but they are just as powerful as accessories, too. Beige is often an overlooked color, but it can have a lot more power if you know how you use it correctly. Though often associated with conservative looks, it can actually be used to effect when used as an accessory.

We often think of accessories as a means to dress up an outfit, but these handy accents can also be used to add balance and symmetry, resulting in an overall put-together and polished look. Beige accessories do just that. If you’re wearing an outfit that features bright colors or patterns, a beige clutch purse can be just the thing. While you want to stay away from flashy jewelry when wearing bold or daring colors and prints, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t accessorize at all. Use a beige waist belt or sash to add symmetry to a patterned dress. The addition of a neutral accessory breaks up the outfit, creating shape and dimension without making your outfit more complex or too busy.

In fact, the addition of a neutral accessory, such as a sash or even a scarf, can tone down an outfit without actually taking away from the ensemble itself. Bold tones, shades and patterns can often stand on their own, and the addition of accessories can make an outfit too complicated and over the top. Just as accessories are worn to dress up or add oomph to simpler or more basic outfits, neutral accessories can add necessary balance to make more daring styles look put-together and balanced. Aside from pieces like scarves or belts, beige handbags are a great neutral accessory. A beige bag goes with everything and can still be jazzed up with a chain strap. Jewelry is also another simple option. A beige bangle, earrings or statement necklace has a similar effect in gold, to which it is similar in shade and tone, but is not nearly as flashy or shiny. A beige piece of jewelry can still give you the effect of wearing an accessory while remaining subtle.

Beige, and other neutrals, have the power to add a professional looking balance to outfits. It all depends on balance and the look you are aiming to achieve. Visit Chicastic now to find your favorite beige accessory.

Beige Clutch Purse & Accessories