HOW TO WEAR A CORSET CASUALLY

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Corsets have been a wardrobe staple for decades. Once though of as an undergarment, they have been evolving into a flexible garment that can be worn in the bedroom or as part of normal day wear. Because they are made from different fabrics (including silk, brocade, satin, denim, cotton, latex), you are sure to find a corset that blends seamlessly into your wardrobe.

When worn correctly, a corset is a wonderful accessory that accentuates your curves. They may look uncomfortable but when you finally learn how to wear it, the opposite is true! Click HERE to learn how to put on a Chicastic corset! They key to dressing up a corset lies in creative layering. Are you up for the challenge? Here are several ideas you can try!

PANTS or SKIRTS

Corsets themselves are a complete outfit, as minimal as they may seem. If you add too much in the way of flashy details it will take attention away from the parts of your body you are trying to accentuate. Instead of a flashy pant or skirt, try a subtle or plain high waisted trouser or pencil skirt. You want to stay away from shorter skirts if you don’t plan to layer a cardigan or blazer over it. Corsets are already sexy, so balance is exremely important. A sexy and modest idea would be to pair a pencil skirt with a well fitted top, then layer a corset over it. Keep the skirt and shirt the same color to avoid color overkill. Or you can try a denim pencil skirt and high heeled sandals. For casual weddings, one would do well with a medium skirt and lace corset. Try a full tulle, satin, or linen choice, but why not pair that same lace corset with a different fabric entirely? A white seersucker a-line skirt is an unexpected and chic option. Make sure to add some sparkly jewelry to up the glam factor just a bit! It is still a wedding, after all!

SKINNY JEANS

A popular item these days, skinny jeans are a great pairing with corsets. Just make sure that your jeans really hug your legs. Any droop, slouch, or baggy area will take away from the entire look. A sheer top under the corset will add class and cover you up without smothering away the sexiness. Try a regular t-shirt with espadrilles or sandals for a more laid back look. Layer on some bracelets to complete the ensemble.

T-SHIRTS

Wear a close fitting casual tee with a corset and a pair of your favorite jeans (skinny or otherwise) for a funky casual look. On hot days, a pair of shorts would also work nicely. Just make sure the shorts aren’t too short! On cool autumn days, add a pair of leggings or thick tights for added warmth and color!

SHRUGS or CARDIGANS

For another look appropriate for fall, a cardigan or shrug is a great way to soften the sexiness of a corset. Wear a shrug for a sexier look, or a cardigan to cover up a little more. Either way, you’re sure to turn some heads! This pairing works well with form fitting bottoms like skinny jeans, pencil skirts or leggings.

JACKETS or BLAZERS

An edgy leather jacket can take your corset to a whole new level. Add skinny jeans, boots, and a colorful scarf or bold necklace for a modern take on Sandy from the musical Grease! For something a little more grown up, switch the leather and boots for an upscale blazer and heels. Blazers instantly tone down the inherent sexiness of corsets. If your corset is a bright color, pair with a neutral blazer or jacket. If your corset is a subtle color, then any bright color or patterned blazer is a definite YES!

DRESSES

Corset dresses are very popular on the red carpet or for weddings and other formal occasions, but there is no reason NOT to wear one casually! You can also try an off the shoulder jersey knit dress with an underbust corset. As long as the dress is fitted close to your body, you should be able to pull this off. Don’t try this with a loose dress such as a shift or the extra fabric will bunch up and not be very attractive or flattering.

There you have it! If you have a corset look that you’d like to share with us, please tag us on Instagram and we will repost! Be sure to check out Chicastic’s line of beautiful corsets here!

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New Year’s Eve Outfit

December is filled with special occasions. It’s as if every week there is a new holiday to celebrate.

One of our favorites is New Year’s Eve.

It’s a night of fun, friends, family and fashion. What could be better than that?

Picking out an outfit all depends on the type of night you are going to have. Pajama parties are becoming the latest way to ring in the new year. While other people are still going out to town for parties.

No matter how you choose to bring in the new year and out with the old, you should always look your best.

Sparkles and sequins seem to be the favorite style when picking out a New Year’s Eve outfit. Don’t go overboard though. Keep to one or two pieces that shine. Is your dress all shimmery? Than choose accessories that are solid and neutral. Is your outfit all one solid color? Make it pop with sparkly shoes and a handbag. We offer excellent dress shoes for any occasion in plenty of colors!

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Having a pajama party? Look cool and relaxed while still effortlessly beautiful. Matching top and bottom sets are always the perfect way to go. Plaid and striped pajamas are totally in this season. Don’t forget about your feet! Slippers are a way to pull the whole look together. Want to add a robe to the mix? Check out our satin robes in red, black and white.

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Have fun with your outfit! After all, this is the first one of the new year. Better make it one worth remembering!

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Black Friday Outfit Ideas

Before you know it the holiday shopping season will be here. Your days will consist of shopping for those special people in your life. With hour long shopping sprees it can be hard to dress comfortably and fashionable. Not to worry! We have all the latest styles that will last you through Black Friday shopping.

~ What to Wear for Night Shopping ~

Don't be afraid to go out in sweatpants! There are plenty of ways to dress them up so you don't look like you just rolled out of bed!

Don’t be afraid to go out in sweatpants! There are plenty of ways to dress them up so you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed!

Try wearing a backpack purse when shopping. It doesn’t get in the way and leaves your hands open for more shopping bags!

~ What to Wear for Day Shopping ~

During the day you want to look put together. Adding a cute hat makes the look chic while a cardigan keeps you warm.

During the day you want to look put together. Adding a cute hat makes the look chic while a cardigan keeps you warm.

If wearing sweatpants during the day isn’t for you, try a pair of boyfriend jeans. They are loose fitting so you will be comfortable in them all day long. Plus they are acceptable to wear wherever because they are denim, a classic piece.

~ Day to Night Outfit ~

Going shopping into the night? Try a casual night out look. Olive color pants with a grey jacket is stylish for both the day and night.

Going shopping into the night? Try a casual night out look. Olive color pants with a grey jacket is stylish for both the day and night.

Trying to find the perfect outfit to go all evening in is challenging. When the sun goes down so does the temperature. Try wearing a fashionable jacket. This is perfect during the day as well as keeping you warm at night.

Check out Chicastic for more style accessories to help you with your Black Friday shopping!

What’s in your clutch purse?

Clutch bags are small so we have to make some big choices as to what goes in them. Here are some tips on what basics you’ll need to keep in your handbag.

Unlike large bags, such as totes or backpacks, a clutch is not designed to hold every possible thing we may need while we happen to be out. Small and light weight clutches can hold some essentials. Be sure you have the basics in your clutch in order to meet your basic needs.

First and foremost, always carry your wallet and ID! These are obvious essentials and are always good to have on hand. Money and identification is the most important thing to have on you in an emergency, and can help get your bag back to you if you happen to lose it.

Since you already have make up on when you are going to a party, you might only need a lipstick and foundation. A small, travel-sized sanitizer is also great for dirty hands on the go and takes up virtually no room at all.

Makeup essentials should be next on your list. While it’s probably a little overboard to bring your entire set of make up with you everywhere you go, even if you do happen to have a tote bag, all you really need are the basics to conduct any necessary touch ups. A basic eyeliner, powder and mascara will do. If you happen to wearing eye shadow, bring that case in the event some of the powder rubs off or gets smudged and needs fixing. If you’re wearing lip stick or lip gloss, bring along the shade you’re wearing since it will wear off or dry over the course of the day. Only bring what you’re wearing, adjust your makeup tools to that day’s routine. Only bring what is necessary!

Backup accessories are also great to carry. It’s comforting to have a ring or two and a necklace if you’re not sure where the day or night might take you. Bring a statement necklace or a bangle to wear in case you end up going somewhere that might demand a little more glamour or if you’re unsure of what you’re currently wearing. It’s always nice to know you have an alternative. Even if you leave the house with jewelry and later feel over-encumbered or over dressed, then you’ll have somewhere to store them if you decide to take them off.

A clutch is a small, handheld bag, but can hold more than you think. It absolutely has the room you need to carry any basic necessities, and is actually all you probably need to carry in any bag you choose to wear. To find a clutch bag for your next evening out, come to Chicastic now!

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Snakeskin Pattern Hard Box Clutch

Simplest of outfits can really stand out with a stylish clutch purse. Whether you are dressing up in a simple dress or dressing down in your plain old pair of jeans, you can always jazz it up with a snakeskin clutch purse. These clutches are such an amazing size, fit the essentials, come with a chain strap for easy handling. Different colors come with different chain straps. Available in brown, black, blue, brown, and neon green. Buy one at Chicastic now!

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Fashion Jewelry And Accessories

Fashion Jewelry, like clothing, is vastly varied. New styles emerge all the time while others are eclipsed and even disappear entirely. Jewelry and other fashion accessories are just as vital when it comes to constructing outfits and can put the final touches on any ensemble, and are subject to new trends and styles as much as clothes are. It’s just as important to keep up with jewelry trends as it is to keep up with clothing trends. While learning to accessorize can maximize the longevity of your wardrobe’s clothing pieces, it’s possible for your arsenal of accessories to feel drab, outdated or overused, so buying into new accessory trends can help keep you feeling refreshed.

Right now the bib necklace is big. It makes a statement whether it’s bold or has a simpler, more subtle design. These necklaces have a unique transformative ability when it comes to putting outfits together. They can dress up any basic outfit and make it anything but basic. But aside from using them to dress up a casual outfit, they can be worn for practically any occasion. Wear it over the collar of a button-down for a professional look that is more than appropriate (not to mention chic) for wearing around the office. Wear it to spruce up your trusty little black dress, or any dress for that matter.

A necklace like this is sure to be the center piece of your outfit, so also be wary of wearing one with bold prints. A simple bib necklace, such as one that is a solid color or simply gold or silver may still be useful when paired with a bold print to set it off a bit, but these accessories work best when alone or with solid simpler colors. The great thing about bib necklaces is their workload. They can pull off the same look that an entire set of jewelry can manage without burdening you with having to put on several different pieces to wear and coordinate with each other. And if you do choose to wear additional pieces, be sure to choose wisely and sparingly. Try not to pair it with other accessories that are worn on the head near your neck, such as large earrings. If you do wish to wear additional jewelry, opt for smaller and more subtle pieces, such as stud earrings and ring or two. A little goes a long way with a large piece, regardless of whether it’s loud and bold or subtle and simple, and is sure to make any outfit turn heads. Chicastic has a great collection of fashion jewelry and also ship for free.

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SnakeSkin Fashion Accessories

It’s the year to wear snakeskin accessories. While still a walk on the wild side like any other animal print, snakeskin is a little more sleek and elegant. Working patterns and prints into your wardrobe can be tricky, but when worn right and accessorized correctly they can really make a statement.

The key to patterns is to wear them sparingly. Choose one print item among more solid colors or neutral textures. Animal print can make any outfit bold but it only truly stands out when it is put successfully on display. Snakeskin, while sleek and subtle, can be worn for more casual occasions as well as professional or even for elegant events. It all depends on how you wear it.

One of the more casual options to wear any print is with a scarf. A cotton snakeskin scarf looks great with any basic outfit and can be a nice refreshing addition to any basic v-neck tee and jeans combo. Even smaller accessories in this print are great little additions to more casual outfits, such as slender belts or a handbag. Additionally, any of these simple, casual options can be paired with the famous little black dress and instantly transform into more dressy outfit elements. For instance a chiffon print scarf can be worn for either occasion but a silk scarf will instantly look more professional or more elegant. A clutch purse is also a great item to have and can be worn with just about any style dress or formal wear.

Don’t limit yourself to thinking in terms of accessories! Though accessories are versatile and can be used to easily transform outfits or give them new life, clothing pieces are great as well if worn well. A snakeskin blouse is great, especially when paired with a neutral pant and colored shoe. This sort of ensemble can be worn straight from the office to a night out the town without needing to change a thing. If you’re feeling a little more bold, a snakeskin pant could work as well. It can look particularly sleek when worn with a neutral top and shoes, though black is perhaps the best option. A print can make any otherwise solid outfit suddenly more textured and interesting without being over the top. If you’re looking to get your animal print in with a dress, the key is to choosing a great shoe. Depending on the tone of the dress, a bold colored shoe could be the perfect addition to make you stand out (in the good way, of course).

Animal prints are here to stay, but the trick is to know how to make them work for you. Assess your style and preferences to determine whether an accessory or clothing piece would suit you best, or perhaps get some of both! The key to wearing any pattern is a mastery of mixing and matching. Chicastic has many snakeskin pattern fashion accessories for women. Check them out now!

Snakeskin Pattern Fashion Accessories

Leopard Print Accessories

Lately, leopard print has been the hottest of the animal prints. While any animal inspired patterned is considered bold, these ferocious prints can be incorporated and adapted to any outfit or style. Working with any pattern is delicate, so be careful mixing, but here are some simple ways to bring this fiery feline into your wardrobe no matter what the occasion.

Accessories are a great way to add oomph to an outfit, and oftentimes are the final icing on the cake. While clothes are important, an accessory can make an outfit, and anything leopard print is sure to make that bold statement. If you’re feeling particularly daring, a bold leopard print statement piece is a great place to start. Something like a faux-fur leopard coat is one such piece that worn over any outfit will suddenly make you runway ready. If you’re going for glam, you can recall some Old Hollywood glamour with a scarf or cat-eye printed sunglasses. The scarf can be worn tied around the neck, loose over your shoulders, or even wrapped around your head as a wrap or headband if you want that retro feel. Add a pair of driving gloves and you’re a fashionable blast from the past. Any of the accessories can work as standalone pieces as well, and can be worn with just about anything. The good thing about leopard print is that it goes with just about any color, but be careful when it comes to mixing and matching with other patterns, of course.

If you’re going for a more toned-down look, a scarf can also be worn alone, preferably with a solid top. Like any scarf, a leopard print is just as versatile of an accessory. Even a shoe paired with a simple outfit, dark skinny or straight-leg jeans and a tee, will look great. They add a little dimension to more casual outfits without being too bold. A bag is a great way to incorporate this pattern into any ensemble you choose, depending on the style of bag. An elegant envelope clutch is great for an evening out or formal event, a sleek messenger bag is great for a coffee date or even for the office, while smaller handbags are always great for a night out on the town.

Even if animal print isn’t normally your thing, it can be worn up or down no matter what the occasion or what you’re wearing. Experiment with a bit of bold, and remember, you don’t have to be totally over-the-top to be a little wild. Chicastic carries a large variety of leopard print accessories like clutches, scarves and corsets. Buy now!

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Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces are all the rage right now. Even if they’re your only chosen accessory they can pack a real punch. They range from casual to formal and eye-catching to outfit-popping. The great thing about this piece, no matter what the style, is its versatility. They can add depth to any outfit really pop. They can be worn with anything: they can add color and glamour to any little black dress, brighten the collar of any solid patterned shirt or sweater, and even dress up the the ever classic casual jeans-and-a-tee shirt.

These bold accessories come in handy in a pinch. They can be worn without any other accessories, yet can do as much work as an entire jewelry set when worn alone. Bolder pieces are best worn with more understated clothing pieces, such as solid colors or very subtle patterns, or against bare necks and shoulders when wearing a strapless top. Try wearing colors that compliment your statement piece but allow it to stand out against the rest of your outfit. If you’re wearing neutral colors, opt for a bold or bright statement necklace that will pop against your canvas of an outfit, making it brighter and more dynamic. Alternatively, if you’re wearing a pattern of any kind, choose a necklace that’s subtler but still adds some glam, such as a bib necklace in gold or silver. This way, you’re still making that statement without clashing patterns or colors.

As mentioned earlier, a great thing about statement necklaces is their versatility. If paired with a dress, they can be classy and chic, and if paired with something more casual it can  make anything appear more put-together and purposeful. Not only that, but they can give any piece of clothing new life. Depending on the combination of pieces, you can make any favorite shirt look brand new again when paired with a one of these pieces. They can change the face of an entire outfit without forcing you to overhaul your entire wardrobe.

Statement necklaces are great for any occasion. They can dress up any old outfit when you’re meeting an old friend for coffee or give an old dress new life if you’re suddenly asked out to dinner. Like any other fashion accessory, a bold neck piece can change the face of an entire ensemble if paired with the right items and can make any piece look fresh and new again. Chicastic has a great variety of statement necklaces. Check them out now!

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