Summer Wedding Bridesmaid Gifts

Bridesmaids do a lot of work when it comes to getting a wedding in gear. Show your bridal party some appreciation with a special gift.

Everyone involved in a wedding tends to fuss over the bride and groom more than anyone, but it is all those involved, especially in the bridal party, that help bring everything together. They help plan the events, the maid of honor takes on a load of organizing and making sure the bride does not drive herself crazy, and all together they make sure that the entire party has as much fun before and during the big day. So how does a bride thank her best gals? While there are plenty of ways to thank them through little gestures over your future years as continued friends, little bridesmaids gifts just prior to or just after the wedding make a great reminder as well.

When it comes to thinking of gifts, especially ones that express thanks and gratitude, it is best to be as personal and specific as possible. If you’re planning a gift for the entire bridal party, then a themed gift makes a great choice. Whether it is directly tied into the wedding itself, especially if the event had a theme or overall motif, or is more of an inside joke related to secret shenanigans shared during the bachelorette or bridal shower, these sorts of gifts really bring the entire group together and make you all feel more connected and special. This can be a nice scrapbook of events, a random gag that references an inside joke that only you and your gals will get, another post wedding party to commemorate the event and the memories shared, these sorts of all encompassing gifts help you all create new memories for you all to cherish and really consider special.

Another gift, especially for a party comprised of many different but many important people to you, is to make completely personalized gifts. You can choose to find person specific items that show exactly how much you care about each individual, or you can mix the previous idea with a more personalized one by getting your bridesmaids charm bracelets. With charm bracelets, you can start each girl off with a charm or two that is specific to them as a person and/or to your relationship with that person. These little gifts are not only meaningful but useful when it comes to accessorizing as well!

Gifts don’t have to be specific to each individual in order to be appreciated.  There are other great options that can appeal to your group of bridesmaids. They’ve already spent money on their bridesmaid dresses, so give them clutch purses or necklaces to compliment their look.  Try to pick neutral colored bags and jewelry so that they can use it with many outfits in the future.  Another nice option is a scarf or shawl that they can use if it’s an outdoor wedding and might be a little chilly.

No matter what you choose, you and your party will never forget the process from beginning to end and will be thankful they got to spend such a special day with you and make it all possible.

Find great gifts to give your bridal party at Chicastic.

Bridesmaid Gifts

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White Glossy Faux Leather Clutch

Looking for a versatile accessory that will suit multiple occasions? Look no further than this white glossy faux leather clutch.

A clutch handbag makes a great noncommittal accessory. It can be easily added to any ensemble on the go and just as easily removed if you want to go for a different look, but having one, if not a few, handy in your wardrobe will definitely come in handy. Having one handbag alone will not suffice. Different occasions call for different bags and a clutch definitely serves its purpose. If you’re the type of person that prefers their accessories be as versatile as possible, then this white glossy faux leather clutch is perfect for you.

White is a great color to break out come the spring time. Though this color might remind you of the snow that spring has hopefully left behind for good, it can easily brighten up an outfit and is also a great color to use when transitioning between spring and summer. White accessories are very resort chic and are wearable with most, if not all, outfits. White is a neutral and goes with everything, which is of course an added bonus. It can match virtually any outfit and suit any occasion, whether it is casual, professional or formal. It can even suit a night out on the town. Leather always gives off an air of sleek sophistication, and even this faux leather handbag does the job. Its glossy finish makes it appear even sleeker, and is also easier to take care of should it see to any spills or stains.

When it comes to using white, there is a wide and open playing field. Given that it is a neutral, it can be used to accent an outfit in several ways. If you’re wearing primarily dark or deep, rich colors, then it can suitably break up your look and add balance without taking away from the colors in your outfit. It can also be used with monochromatic looks or even all white for a classy yet daring look. Given this clutch’s versatility, it makes the perfect go-to bag. If you’re heading to a casual coffee date or if you need a classic clutch to go with a cocktail dress for a last minute formal event, this bag can work on any occasion and to full effect. It’s small size makes it the perfect addition to any look, adding whatever element you need. If you want to break up a monotonous outfit, it can do so with minimal effort. Same goes if you’re simply looking for an accessory that will match just about anything. An item with maximum usage definitely goes a long way and can help create countless outfits and looks.

You can find this white glossy faux leather clutch and other great accessories at Chicastic.

White Glossy Faux Leather Clutch

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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

Sequins and Beads

Looking for a way to incorporate some glitz into your look? Here are some subtle ways to add sequins and beads to an outfit without going overboard.

Sequins and beads are among some of the most eye-catching embellishments to have featured in an outfit. Whether they accent a design on tops, bottoms, handbags or other fashion accessories, they can effortlessly add some glamorous shimmer and shine to any look. The one trick with wearing them, however, is to choose wisely. While you may think that the more you wear the flashier you look, this is certainly true. But depending on the look you’re going for it may require some picking and choosing.

Using a lot of sequins or beads can work for or against you depending on how you wear it. Choosing an outfit heavy with these accents would work best if it is used as a sole statement piece that is then complemented with subtler accessories or clothing pieces. For instance, a dress of sequins or beads can give you that vintage flapper look if desired, but be sure to choose a dress wisely if this is the case. You don’t want to look as if you are wearing a costume, so when it comes to larger statement pieces such as dresses, be sure to choose one in a subtle color that will not be too loud or overly comical. Whites, creams and dark blues and blacks can work really well in these sorts of cases. The accents will do a lot to draw attention to the piece but the understated or neutral color will offset the design and allow the sequins and beads to speak for themselves, making them the true star of your ensemble. Another way to incorporate it largely into an outfit is by wearing a shrug, jacket, cardigan, or any similar piece that uses these features. They can be worn over plainer outfits to give them more oomph without being too over the top. You can also go the reverse route, by wearing a sequined or beaded top underneath a fitted blazer, kimono, etc. to easily jazz up your look.

Another fashion route you can choose to utilize is accessorizing. A handbag, such a clutch, would work great. Clutches are sleek and sophisticated, and despite their size they can still make the perfect statement piece. Jewelry is also a completely doable route, choose a necklace and a bracelet combo or perhaps earrings instead of the bracelet, but be sure to choose conservatively and to space out your accessories to achieve the perfect balance.

Find great sequin and beaded accessories at Chicastic.

Sequin and Beaded Accessories

Suede One Ring Clutch

Nothing says classy more than royal blue suede. Use this sophisticated piece to accent or inspire your next elegant evening out.

Looking classy does not have to be difficult. Though the intended result is to appear refined, achieving this look can be effortless. Using choice accessories as a point of reference and inspiration can be a great starting point when getting an ensemble together for a formal evening or an elegant night out. This suede one ring clutch makes a statement while remaining poised and simple and can act as the perfect launching pad for a fancy evening look.

The material of this clutch is classy on its own. Suede is soft and delicate while still being a leather, and can easily be used to add texture to a look. The deep color of the royal blue of the suede really adds richness to this piece and can easily act as a standalone statement bag. Pairing it with a light chiffon or silky cream colored ensemble would really make this clutch shine. Add some accessories that match the embellishments on the clutch, such as a cocktail ring that matches the enclosure of the bag and a rhinestone studded bracelet, necklace or earrings to match the clutch’s additional decor. Or you could use the color of the bag versus its additional design to inspire your accessories. Find a similar colored and/or textured shoe, find jewelry with royal blue or sapphire insets, or find other pieces that incorporate the color using materials like lace or ribbon.

Similarly, you could also use this bag along with similar darker tones, though this works best for autumn or winter occasions when deep colors and rich, thick materials are more appropriate (and more comfortable) to wear. The trick is to balance the right amount of each aspect in order to create a well proportioned look. Use the royal blue to inspire a blue-toned ensemble or pair it with dark, velvety blacks that will match the soft suede. This look will demand brighter accessories and would work best with other rhinestone inspired pieces, blue-jeweled insets or sapphires, or even simplistic pearls. The simpler the accessories, the more sophisticated the look. This will also allow the bag to really stand out more, especially if the outfit is more heavily inspired by the look of this clutch. A simple pearl necklace, or sapphire earrings will do the trick, but remember to keep it simple. Choose only one additional accessory to compliment this clutch and it will go a long way.

Find this royal blue suede one ring clutch and great accessories to go with it at Chicastic.

Royal Blue Suede One Ring Clutch

Purple Satin and Floral Lace Bustier

Bustiers don’t automatically mean bedroom. Depending on the style, they can be a great addition to your daily wardrobe.

This purple satin and floral lace bustier is a winning mix of sexy and sweet.  It has many details that make it a really special piece.  It has the classic corset look with its strong boning, front hooks, and lacing up the back. Yet it also has a charming touch with the purple floral lace overlay sections and simple bow tied around the waist.

It’s a versatile piece that can go from day to evening.  For a demure toned down look, it can be worn with a cardigan over an A-line skirt. For evening, it can be worn over a dark pair of jeans with sexy heels.

And at the end of the day, it’s still a bustier and can make a night at home special as well.

Purchase this purple satin and floral lace bustier and other bustiers at Chicastic.

Purple Satin and Floral Lace Bustier

Something Blue – Wedding Clutch

We all know the rhyme.  Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Incorporating something blue into your wedding look can be a challenge.  A fun way to add the color is with a clutch purse.  A blue clutch fulfills two needs at once.  You’ll be able to check the rhyme off your to do list and have a place to store all your essentials for the big day.

A great choice is the royal blue satin hard clutch purse.  It’s a fantastic combination of elegance and style.  The cinched fabric at the center compliments dresses with gathered fabric or pick ups.  This bag can be a nice addition to simpler styled dresses as well.  Not to mention the vertical rhinestone stud panel which adds the glamor that every bride wants on her special day.

The optional chain strap also makes this clutch a great addition to your wardrobe.  So after the big day you can wear it for an evening out and be reminded of the great memories of your wedding.

Purchase the royal blue satin hard clutch, or find other great blue clutch options, at Chicastic today!

Royal Blue Satin Hard Clutch

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

 

Little Black Dress Accessories

A little black dress is a staple in anyone’s closet. Here are some ways to dress it up in completely different fashions.

The little black dress is one of the major staples of any fashionista’s wardrobe. While these simple items can be worn alone, their true power comes from their versatile nature. A little black dress is essentially a blank canvas. It can be worn to fit any occasion, dressed up or down, made to look bold and daring or prim and elegant. The final look all depends on your accessories. Anyone should have at least a small variety of accessories at their disposal. Not everyone’s personal style is exactly the same, but having a little bit of everything never hurt. You can find items that suit any particular look that also suit your personal preferences and style if you know where to look and if you know where to start.

Basic first. Little black dresses can be the perfect casual date outfit. Whether you’re meeting an old friend for coffee or going for a walk in the park with your beau, a little black dress can be flirty and fun without being too formal. Now that it’s spring, these pieces can go great with any number of tops depending on the look you’re going for or depending on your personal style. Cardigans are an easy and great go-to for any dress. You can wear them simply draped and open, cinched with a colored belt, or buttoned up for a more put together look. In lieu of the cardigan, you can also opt for a flannel shirt to wear over your outfit. Wear it open with rolled up sleeves or tie the two open ends together into a bow to accent your waistline. If you want to look more professional or put together, a blazer goes really well over one of these pieces. And if you’re going for a walk on the wild side, you can always go for a bold print or a leather jacket.

Jewelry has a lot of power when it comes to accenting little black dresses as well. Statement necklaces are a wonderful option, especially if you’re looking to show it off. The dress allows the necklace to take the spotlight without falling too far into the background of your ensemble. If you’re going for an elegant or more timeless look, pearls and classic silver or gold jewelry work wonderfully. These pieces can go with anything, and despite their simplicity they always bring an air of charm and timelessness. If you want to go bold, then chunky jewelry and print scarves are a wonderful option. Wear a leopard print scarf with a red clutch and matching shoes for a louder look. You can feel free to mix and match colors and prints since the simplicity of the dress allows you to play around with accent colors. Feel free to experiment and you’ll find that your little black dress can yield an infinite amount of outfit possibilities.

Get the accessories for the looks you want at Chicastic.

Black Dress Accessories

Everyday Cardigan

Cardigans are indispensable items to any girl’s wardrobe. Keep a few on hand at all times to match any occasion, no matter what the weather is.

Even though spring is here, it does not mean that the cold is gone completely. Layering is just as vital and as fashionable now as it is in the winter time. When the weather is unpredictable and constantly indecisive, shifting from rain to shine or giving us cool mornings and chilly nights with moments of warmth in between, layering definitely comes in handy. And while you may associate sweaters with the bitter chill of winter, they are just as useful (and just as cute) in the spring. A loose cardigan is an indispensable spring item and it is something everyone should make sure to have in their wardrobe.

Cardigans can be worn as an accessory or as a main feature of an outfit. They can be worn with dresses, with a tee and jeans, skirts, and even as a makeshift jacket over a pair of shorts and more summery outfits. Their power really comes from their ability to layer. When the weather is chillier, it is best to wear them with skinny jeans and boots. But they can also be worn when the weather is warmer as well. A cardigan over a spring dress can still be open and breezy in the sun but will protect you from the chill of the wind or in the shade. These handy accessories can also work just as great as a light jacket on cooler summer nights.

Cardigans are one of those wardrobe staples that come in handy when you have a few of them. It’s always handy to have a neutral color to match a majority of your outfits, but it’s just as useful to have some in varying colors. A statement color or print can do a lot to add oomph to a basic outfit if you’re dressing on the run or want to add some flare to an old outfit. Not only that, but they can be used to match any look, whether you’re going for romantic, daring, rocker chic, bohemian and can even extend to the general casual and professional looks. Their versatility is limitless. Wear them simply draped over your outfit, cinch it with a waist belt, layer it with a scarf, or button it up for a more preppy or professional look. These cozy items are perfect for mixing and matching and can do a lot to extend your wardrobe. Be sure you have a few that match your personal style as well as accentuate it.

Find the right color cardigan for you at Chicastic.

Cardigans