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Transition in Style!

We know you might not be ready to think about Fall, but stores are already getting their transition and Fall pieces in. Yes, you get some good sales out of the switch, but mixing your old wardrobe with the new pieces can get a little tricky…unless you get a little creative.

So you’re loving a new silk print that just arrived at your favorite store, but the colors are a bit fall-ish for the end of July. If you’re wearing it to brunch, out for drinks or during your next vacay, pair it with white jeans & wedges to lighten the top and make it more summer appropriate. Wearing it to the office? Put it with your favorite pair of cropped dress pants or a light colored skirt and nude heels. Problem solved!

Seeing a gorgeous sweater that you must have, but it feels weird to buy it when it’s 90 degrees outside? Hesitate no longer! Almost all transitional sweaters (cardigans and pullovers) look great tossed over a tank with a pair of boyfriend or frayed ankle jeans, so bring your new favorite sweater along for those plans that take you from summer heat to cool summer evenings. Or when you just can’t take the restaurant’s air conditioning any longer, you’ll have this fabulous sweater to keep you warm. If nothing else, you know your size won’t be available if you wait too long to buy it – that’s motivation enough to get in on the sweater action, even in July!

Here’s where it gets easy! We think transition dresses great for taking from season to season because you can change its look with shoes, jewelry and accessories. Pair a light heel or wedge with it to add more of a summer vibe to the look. Add lighter jewelry, either a rose or yellow gold, or something with a colorful stone. Then, when the weather shifts, darken those accessories to fit the colder season. Voila!

For any other tips, send us a message or pop in to the store. Your summer, transition and fall wardrobes don’t have to be separate, especially since weather these days is so unpredictable!

Happy Shopping!

the girls at Cinnamon

Dressing Down Your Dress Up Pieces

With summer officially here, dresses & skirts seem to be the easiest (and coolest) go-to for many women.  One of my favorite things to do is take pieces that I love and make them more versatile.  Some dresses & skirts do need to remain more “special occasions,” but for those that can act as both…wear it a casual way!

Accessories are the way to transform a dress/skirt from day to night or vice versa.  By taking a fancier wedge down to a fun sneaker, you’ve just given your look a day-time feel.

Shoes I suggest to make your dressy pieces a bit more casual:
* Seavees – sold in plain or a subtle camo at Cinnamon
* Simple two-strap mini wedge or flat
* Slip-on sneaker
* Toe-less bootie

Accessories to throw on with your look:
* Toss on a great wicker hat or visor
* Get a cool denim jacket (white, gray, blue)
* A chunky, fun necklace that can tie into your shoe color is always a “go”
* Find a great lip color that feels summery & adds flare to your dress/skirt
* Try a loose fitting dress with a belt to give it a different shape

Change up your skirt:
* T-shirt!  A gray v-neck is my absolute favorite
* Give it a twist on one side of your hip and tuck in for a slimming, yet cool way to keep your shirt in.  (The angle of the tee gives any shape a nice look)
* Graphic tee’s are all the rage, so join the fun with them
* Try out a cool cut out back or detailed tee

Next time you think your dress or skirt should be saved for something special, just give it a whirl and try it a new way!  Cinnamon has such feminine, yet funky pieces that make my “making the most of your wardrobe” so effortless.  It’s certainly my one stop shop for very casual, wedding-wear, and anything in-between.  Any fashion questions you may have – feel free to reach out to me at annie@notjustanniestyle.com

4 Tips on Wearing Floral this Spring!

Floral prints have never looked as good as they do this Spring! Make sure you’re getting the most out of your florals with these tips from Personal Stylist, Hanna of Hanna Lee Style.

1. Don’t know what to do with all those crop tops that are everywhere in the fashion world? Capitalize on the high-waist, cropped flare denim trend by pairing them with that fabulous floral crop top you’ve been eyeing! For those chillier days, throw a linen or denim jacket over it. Not sure what shoes to wear? Hanna warns against over-thinking what shoe goes with a cropped flare (because so many styles work!) and recommends wearing your favorite wedge, ankle strap heel or fun sneaker.

2. Make sure you get a great, floral maxi dress to wear now through Fall. Layer with a tailored leather jacket if the weather hasn’t warmed up enough for you. Then shed that jacket for summer and wear bright, tassel earrings and a fabulous gold necklace to make the ensemble pop. All your favorite summer shoes will pair nicely with this pale pink floral pattern, but once chilly weather comes back at us, grab a nice open-toe bootie and put that leather jacket back on to pull this look into fall.

3. Want an outfit that works for the office, an afternoon out on the town and at happy hour? Go for a sleeveless floral print top in a darker color to tone down the playfulness of the floral. Easily covered with a tailored blazer and paired with any type of denim or dress pant, this top can take you anywhere. Hanna adds her unique touch with bright stone earrings, a metallic clutch and raw hem jeans.

4. If you don’t own a dress that announces your arrival, you are missing out! A bright, floral midi length dress is not only a statement in and of itself, but it’s so easy to wear! For this dress, Hanna follows the old adage “less is more” by only wearing bangles, a mother of pearl ring and skin-toned, ankle strap sandals. “Let the dress speak for itself. You will look and feel amazing in this dress and you don’t want to mask that with too many distractions.”

This Spring, take advantage of all the fabulous floral prints out there and use them to spice up your wardrobe. With so many ways to wear them, each piece is sure to be a flavorful staple in your closet season after season! And you can always count on a great pair of sunglasses to go with all of your new favorite floral ensembles! Grab your perfect pair at Custom Eyes, right next to Cinnamon!