Eight Ways to Style a Scarf

A beautiful scarf is the perfect accessory for any outfit, but you may only know a few ways to tie one. Molly Borter, a content writer for Scarves.net, the largest online specialty scarf store, encourages people to experiment with new looks that go beyond the basic knot or the simple loop.

This simple way to style a scarf is perfect for light weight rectangular scarves

Start with the scarf around the back of your neck with both ends hanging down. Loop one end around the other twice and then bring it up through the bottom of the neck loop and over the knot that has been created. Spread the top end over the bottom end to create the ascot. “I love to do this knot with scarves that have some metallic in them so it shows off the knot.

Four in Hand

Take a long rectangular scarf and fold it in half and place it around your neck so that one end is a loop and the other end is the two ends. Take one of the two ends of the scarf and bring it through the loop. Twist the loop itself so it creates another loop and bring the second end of the scarf through that loop. This look is perfect for a pashmina-style scarf, and it’s an easy way to make a fancy-looking knot. “I teach all my family and friends this one,” Borter says.

Infinity Shrug

Infinity scarves have become very stylish in the last few years, and you might think the only way to wear it is as a double or triple loop around your neck. But you can easily turn that infinity scarf into a makeshift shrug by holding the scarf behind your back and bringing your arms through each loop. This style is great with a sleeveless dress or for a wedding because it covers your shoulders. “It’s very versatile.

Fancy Braid

Take a long lightweight scarf and tie a knot adjusting the loop around your neck so that it is about the size of the finished look. Take the right end of the scarf and bring it over the left end of the scarf at the knot, then bring it through the bottom of the neck loop and over to the front. Take the left end of the scarf and bring it over the right end of the scarf, and repeat as before. Repeat until you’ve run out of material and tie to finish. Stretch out the braid to show off this pretty look.

Muffler

This look is stylish and it keeps your neck and chest extra warm by trapping air inside its natural ripples. Fold a square scarf in half on the diagonal to create a triangle. Bring the folded edge to the front of your neck and tie the ends around the back of your neck. You can keep the ends hanging behind you, or bring them to the front and hide them underneath the muffler. This is a really pretty way to show off a scarf, especially if it has tassels at the end.

Double Wrap French Knot

Take a square silk scarf and fold it into a long thin rectangle that is the width that you want to cover your neck. Place the scarf around the front of your neck and pass two ends of the scarf behind your neck and bring them to the front. Tie a knot on one side of your neck and adjust the ends until you feel like Audrey Hepburn. “This is very French inspired.

Chain Knot

Take a rectangular scarf and hang it around the back of your neck. Twist the two ends twice close to your neck, bring the ends behind your neck and tie them. The look is great for clothes that have a deeper neckline, Borter says. “Gorgeous necklines need to be shown off, so the fact that the chain knot ties at the back of your neck, allows for you to still accessorize with a scarf without covering up your outfit.

Knot Row

Place the scarf around the back of your neck leaving both ends hanging down the front. Tie the scarf into a few knots down the front of your body, making sure they are of similar size and evenly spaced. This is a great look for the warmer months because it isn’t too bulky and it can easily dress up a plain T-shirt or blouse, Borter says. “I love how you can add more knots down the row for a more dramatic feel.

Necklace designs-ingenious tree of life pendant

It is a popular necklace designs on tree of life pendant. You can make the wire wrapped mothers day necklace pendant by following the detailed illustrations and elaborated word explanations.

Things needed in mothers day necklace: 1mm Aluminum Wire 0.5mm Brass Wire Gemstone beads strand Brass chain Side Cutting Plier Flat Nose Plier

Form the frame

Step 1

  • Take an aluminum wire segment and then form an oval (in this project) around an object in that shape
  • Twist the wire ends several turns
  • Work a loop with one end and wrap the tail around the neck
  • Take the other wire end and wrap it around the neck in same way

Step 2

  • Cut four 30cm long brass wire strips, fold them in half and separate into three groups as 1-2-1. Attach to the frame by wrapping and twisting
  • Take the left ends, wrap the rest 6 ends for tree trunk as picture show
  • Separate the 8 ends again;
  • Slide on the glass chips and secure by wrapping the excess tails around the frame
  • Then the second wire
  • Repeat the same processes until complete entire tree of life.

Step 3

Add on the chain Snip a certain long chain and then thread the pendant onto it. Connect the first link and last link by a small jumpring and then it’s a meaningful mothers day necklace at once. Though the pendant itself is shroud with mystery, the tree of life embodies totally love and gratitude for hardworking moms when worn as an adornment. While practical mothers day necklace pendant, all skills needed is simple wire wrapping technique. This may help you master the advanced techniques bit by bit, and create more fabulous necklace designs as well.

A Perfect Coat for Every Body

In cold weather, women rely more on outerwear to make a fashion statement. And although few women look like actress Marie Cotillard in a coat (pictured here) whatever your shape, there’s a style that will flatter you most. Also keep in mind that you may need more than one coat for the season. For example, if you’re wearing a dress and have exposed legs, a longer coat will keep you warmer. The same long coat, however, can look bulky with a heavy sweater and jeans.

Peacoat

Actress Gina Gershon sports a winter favorite here: the peacoat. “A peacoat flatters most full-figured and pear-shaped ladies,” said Jess Zaino, style producer for ABC’s “The Chew” and founder of Cheap Chic Shopping Tours. “They give structure to the shoulders and balance a thick waist and big hips.”

Trench

The classic trench, worn here by actress Dianna Agron, flatters all body shapes. “The sexy, fitted belt at the waist accentuates a super feminine, hourglass figure,” said Zaino. “If you’re petite, look for a hemline that hits above the knee to avoid looking smaller.”

Parka

Actress Ariel Winter looks trendy in this puffy blue parka. While it works on many shapes, note that the volume does add width to your frame. “Avoid a loose fit, which will leave you looking shapeless,” Zaino said. She also said that long parkas look best on taller women, so keep it cropped if you’re petite.

Cropped Fur Coat

“A cropped fur is so very Hollywood,” said Zaino, but she noted that it can be tricky to pull off for some sizes. Model Jessica White, who is tall and slim, wears it well. “Make sure the sleeves fit [so] as not to look childish and that the hemline hits at or above the waist to show off curves instead of hiding them.”

Cape Coat

Italian TV personality Miriam Leone is seen here wearing a vintage-inspired white cape. “Capes work on slight and curvy frames, petite and tall women, and will work even if you are between sizes,” said Zaino. She added that it’s an especially appropriate coat during transitional weather and works well as a layering piece.

Bracelet Sleeve

Notice how the sleeves on this coat stop at the elbow and show off what TV personality Kris Jenner is wearing underneath, hence the name “bracelet sleeve.” This coat is ideal for layering and perfect for climates that aren’t especially cold. Because of the extra volume, it looks best on tall and narrow frames.

Cropped Coat

“A short tweed style is the ultimate statement in luxury style,” noted Zaino. This type of light coat looks best on an athletic frame, like actress Maria Bello’s. Zaino suggested pairing it with chic heels and pearls for a sophisticated cold-weather ensemble.

Wrap Coat

“Like Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, the wrap coat is universally flattering on all body types and sizes,” said Zaino. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks polished, and her waist is accentuated. “The diagonal line formed by the classic coat’s closure slims and trims, while the belt at the waist gives a woman an ultra-feminine silhouette.”

Hat and Hair Combos to Try

A hat is the perfect accessory to add a little pizzazz to your look. With all the different styles and colors hats come in, there’s one for every occasion. There’s no need to fear the dreaded hat-hair any longer with these simple ways to style your hair. Check out how these celebs got their hat-iquette on.

The Top Hat

When you hear the word “top hat,” your mind may conjure up images of a black and white tuxedos and a black canes, but Rosario Dawson proves the top hat can be styled into a more modern look. Dawson pulls her hair back into a simple ponytail, but she leaves some strands of loose hair to soften the look. She also sports some dangly earrings to add a touch of femininity.

A Royal Occasion

The Duchess of Cambridge continues to demonstrate her chic style, and this look is no exception. Middleton shows us how to sport this wide-brimmed swooping hat by having loose curls and pinning the front sections of her hair back to create a simple and conservative look. To get her look, wear a floppy hat and tilt it at an angle. Keep your hair down, add some soft curls and you’re channeling your inner Duchess.

A Salute to the Beret

Carmen Electra gives tribute to the armed forces by wearing a military-inspired black bejeweled beret. Electra’s big curls complement the simple hat by adding more dimensions to the look. Using a two-inch barrel, wrap sections of hair around a curling iron for about two to three seconds. Use some hairspray for hold, but run your fingers through your hair for a more natural, relaxed curls. Position the beret in the direction your hair parts and you’re ready to salute!

The Dashing Beanie

This popular hat is a easy to sport if you’re going for a more casual and comfortable look. It’s a cute accessory to wear in the winter when you want something to pair with boots or a coat. Kim Kardashian walks the streets of London looking chic in this beanie, paired with an off-white cardigan and a black skirt. Like her hat, her hair is simply down and relaxed. If you like wearing your hair down, add some layers to give your hair a different shape. Whether your layers are short or long, a beanie can always complement your hair.

The Cozy Beanie

Actress Frankie Shaw dons a beanie and tucks most of her hair under the hat, except her bangs. This is a simple way to wear the hat if you don’t really feel like styling your hair. If you don’t have bangs, leave the shortest face-framing layers out for flattering . In the winter, you can wear a nice, thick scarf to complement the beanie and keep you warm since your hair will be up and off your neck.

The Floppy Etro Hat

Nicole Richie’s dark red, wide-brimmed hat complements her petite figure nicely. This hat can be worn in the summer or fall, but in this instance, Richie sports it during the fall season. Even though there’s not a lot of sun to really have to protect yourself from in the cooler months, this beautiful hat is the icing on the cake to almost any fall-fashion outfit. Richie’s hair is simple and kept down to not avert too much attention away from the hat. Try applying modeling gel and using your hands to scrunch your hair in an upwards motion to add more style.

The Floppy Sun Hat

Floppy hats are always a fun and chic fashion accessory to pair with your best summer dress. Rachel Zoe sports a floppy hat while spending time with her adorable, GQ-in-training son Skyler. Since the hat pretty much does all the talking, you can leave your hair down and relaxed. Zoe has some soft waves in her hair to give it some texture. After washing and blow-drying, use big rollers to add some volume to your hair. Keep your hair in that position for about a good hour and your hair will have a natural wave that won’t look too defined. If your hair doesn’t come out as wavy as you like, try wrapping sections of your hair around a two-inch barrel to help achieve the look.

Going Gaga for Floppy Hats

Lady Gaga’s big, floppy hat still couldn’t hide her trend-setting fashion presence when she wore this in Melbourne, Australia. Unlike Zoe’s floppy hat, Gaga’s hat droops more in the front, but that doesn’t mean you can hide your hair! Gaga has some very relaxed curls to go with the hat combo, which you can easily pull off as well. Using a curling iron, only wrap your hair midway around the barrel, as opposed to curling all the way to the roots. Hold it there for about three to four seconds before releasing your hair. Run your fingers through the curls, and apply some hairspray to hold it in place.

The Newsboy Cap: Read All About it

Diane Kruger is no newspaper delivery boy, but she does pay tribute to them with the chic cap that she wore to the Chanel Haute Couture show. These hats tend to give off a conservative vibe, so Kruger paired it with a low side ponytail and a gorgeous hair pin to amp up the glam. Tilt the hat to the side of your head, opposite to side you choose to place your side ponytail. Add some soft curls to keep the essence of the 1920s. You can add a hair pin with your ponytail a la Kruger, or you can sport the look as is.

The Summer Look: A Straw Hat

Katie Holmes demonstrated that she knows how to make an ordinary hat look fresh when she donned this straw hat to a summer fashion show. Her voluminous hair pairs nicely with this narrow brimmed hat. To keep your curls intact when you’re outside, use a curl defining mousse before styling.

The Panama Hat: Caroline Sieber Edition

Austrian stylist Caroline Sieber works the timeless Panama hat and pairs it with a white tweed dress and nude heels. Like previous slides, you can curl your hair, or like Sieber, you can leave your hair as is and let your hat be the center of attention. Apply a smoothing crème to keep your hair glossy and smooth and to add some texture to your hair.

The Panama Hat: Adrienne Bailon Edition

Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon escapes the summer heat by donning a Panama hat. Unlike Sieber, Bailon has a more casual outfit that’s fitting for a day at the beach or the pool. To get Bailon’s beach-inspired wavy hair, apply a texturizing serum to protect it from the sun and heat. Then, use your one-inch barrel and start curling. Unlike most of the previous styles, Bailon’s waves are a bit more defined.

Hats Off to Katherine Jenkins

Move over Kate Middleton–another celebrity’s getting her hat-iquette on! Singer Jenkins dons this gorgeous silver feathered, wide-brimmed hat at the Ascot race course in England. Her hair is pulled into a clean, low bun with no loose hairs flying about. To get this look, tie your hair into a low bun by twisting your hair in a spiral formation, and finish with a hair tie to keep it in place. Make sure to pin down any loose hairs. Then, place your wide-brimmed hat at an angle pointing downwards. Create smokey eyes, like Jenkins, to give the look some edge.

The Beanie

Leona Lewis looks cozy sporting this off-white beanie at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in England. A beanie is simple to wear and, not to mention, helps keep your ears warm in cold weather. Wearing a beanie will almost always mess your hair up a little once you take it off, but you can reduce the chance of getting hat hair if you apply a texturizing mousse or spray before donning your hat.

Demi Lovato presents: The Classic Fedora

Demi Lovato truly knows how to rock a fedora with voluminous, big, wavy curls. Lovato’s overall look makes her edgy and beautiful. To get Lovato’s volume, try applying a root lifting spray after you wash your hair, then blow-dry. Using a two-inch barrel, begin wrapping sections of your hair. Let the curls relax, so the curls become wavy as opposed to defined curls. If you want even more volume, try adding on some extensions. Just be sure the material is made out of human hair and that it’s heat resistant.

ZZ Ward presents: The Classic Fedora

Singer ZZ Ward strutted down the red carpet donning a fedora the at MTV movie awards. Unlike the previous slide, ZZ Ward pulls her hat forward, as opposed to angling it towards the back of her head, making a bolder statement. Her hair is styled in soft waves to complete the look.

Orange You Glad About Wide-Brimmed Hats?

Katherine Kelly wore a wide-brimmed orange hat to the royal wedding of Zara Phillips definitely made a loud statement with its bright color and exaggerated brim. Kelly’s hair is pinned to the side, with relaxed curls. You can pull this style off whether your hair is long or short. Take your hair and place it to whichever side you like. Using a lot of pins and hairspray, pin your hair in place. If your hair is thick, you might want to tie your hair to the side. To finish the look, grab your big floppy hat and place it on top of your head and you’re ready to attend any royal wedding.

The Retro Cloche

If you feel like this model just stepped onto the set of Downtown Abbey, then this hat is working its charm on you! The cloche hat is back in style and ready to dominate the fashion scene. It’s a more reserved look, so coordinate your earth-toned colored outfits to pull this hat off. Style your hair in a low ponytail or a bun, or ,if you have a short bob, add some curls. It’s a classy hat for a classy, 20th century lady.

The Bowler Hat: Beyonce Edition

Beyonce’s bowler hat adds some elegance and flair to her look. Unlike how bowler hats used to be worn, Beyonce places the hat towards the back of her head at an angle. This has the effect of allowing the hat to be a somewhat subtle accessory to her voluminous and wavy hair. Beyonce’s also sporting the ombre hairstyle, which is a popular way celebs are coloring their hair this season. If you want to create the ombre hairstyle, choose a shade that’s a couple shades lighter or darker from the base of your hair. You want to create a smooth transition from one color to the other.

The Bowler Hat: Keltie Colleen Edition

TV personality Keltie Colleen’s take on the bowler hat pays tribute to how the hats were originally worn, proving this hat is a timeless classic. She adds feminine flair to the traditional hat with her relaxed waves. To get this look, curl your hair, but don’t spritz on the hairspray just yet – let the heat from the iron cool off and allow your hair to relax. Use a comb to brush through the curls, and then use the hairspray to keep your hair intact.

A Royal Cowgirl

Who says the Royals can’t also channel their inner Westerner? Kate Middleton proves the cowboy hat is still a must-have fashion accessory. Middleton wears a white hat with a white, sheer button up that adds femininity and elegance to the look. Her hair is slightly curled to keep her signature hairstyle. When wearing a cowboy hat, you can keep your hair down a la Middleton or tie your hair in a low ponytail to balance the look.

The Dirt on Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

A set of artfully arranged brushes caked with remnants of makeup will kill the aesthetic of even the most beautiful display of makeup products. Without regular cleaning, makeup brushes can become a breeding ground for bacteria and, consequently, cause nasty breakouts. “We should all thoroughly clean our brushes once a week,” advised Janeena Billera, national makeup artist for glo minerals. With proper cleansing, a set of great makeup brushes can last for a lifetime of flawless, bacteria-free makeup application.

Wet Your Brushes

Gather your brushes and run them under lukewarm water with the brush head facing downward. “It is very important that the brush head is facing down so water does not get into the ferrule, the metal band that binds the bristles of a brush to the handle,” said Billera. Over time, water can loosen the glue that holds the brush together.

Apply Cleanser

Once brushes are thoroughly moistened, apply a small drop of mild shampoo to the bristles on each brush. Billera recommends baby shampoo because it’s gentle and doesn’t have a strong fragrance.

Lather

“Create a lather by swirling the brushes against the palm of your hand,” instructed Billera. Make sure you reach all the bristles, not just those on the outside. You can also use clean fingers to massage the soap into the entire brush.

Rinse

With your brush heads facing downward again, rinse the bristles thoroughly under lukewarm water. Continue rinsing until there are no traces of soap or residue left — just as you’d wash your own hair.

Pat Dry

“After all your brushes are rinsed, use a clean towel to pat dry them,” said Billera. You can gently press the bristles between a towel to soak up excess moisture. It’s important to pat them dry as soon as they’re completely rinsed. Never let your brushes soak in water as this will make them fall apart.

Reshape Brushes and Dry

Once you’ve finished patting dry, reshape the brush heads and lay them down on a clean, dry towel for six to eight hours. “Do not put brushes right-side up in a cup or blow-dry them,” noted Billera. Laying them flat helps them maintain their original shape and keeps water out of the ferrules.

Daily Spray Cleansing

In addition to a weekly deep cleaning, you can perform a daily cleanse on each of your brushes with a water-free cleanser, available in cosmetic stores and online. “Just spray a couple of spritzes on a tissue and swirl the brush gently until there is no longer residue,” advised MLR makeup artist Kelly Morezak. “A lot of brush cleansers are anti-bacterial, which is great if you have acne-prone skin. Talk about the easiest way to prevent pimples!”

Conditioning Synthetic Brushes

“Synthetic brushes tend to get hard over time,” noted Morezak. “Every other cleaning, I use a hair conditioner on them.” She recommends selecting a conditioner with as little scent as possible. Follow the same steps you use when shampooing your brushes.

Diets for a Pear-Shaped Body

According to Marie Savard, M.D., author of the weight loss book “Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness,” body shape is the most powerful predictor of human health. Women with pear-shaped bodies gain weight on the hips and thighs, while their upper bodies remain slim. This is good news, in a way. Both men and women with apple-shaped bodies, who gain significant weight around the belly, are at greater risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer, according to diet experts.

Determining Your Shape

If you are not sure whether you are apple-shaped or pear-shaped, there is a quick way to tell. Take a tape measure and place it around your waist. Record the figure. Then measure your hips. Divide the waist measurement number by the hip measurement number. If the total is 0.8 or lower, you have a pear-shaped body, meaning that you carry more fat around your hips and thighs. If you are pear-shaped, you’ll use a different strategy to lose weight than an apple-shaped person.

What Fat Deposits Mean

It’s important to note that people with pear-shaped bodies, who carry fat around their hips and thighs, store fat more shallowly than the deeper, visceral abdominal fat that accumulates around the organs of apple-shaped people. This means that the fat is doing less harm on your body and you will have fewer health risks. People with pear shapes simply have a different physical chemistry, hormone production and metabolism than apple-shaped folks, which means that they are at less risk for obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and certain cancers. In fact, Dr. Savard believes that pear-zone fat is passive and actually protects against heart disease. However, pear-shaped women are prone to osteoporosis, varicose veins and cellulite and tend to have more difficulty losing weight in general.

Healthy Diet for a Pear-Shaped Body

Butter’s a no-no for pear-shaped dieters, who tend to crave salty foods.

On her website, Dr. Savard recommends that pear-shaped dieters should stick with complex carbohydrates like green vegetables and whole grains. Eat low fat; aim to get about 20 percent of your diet from healthy fats like salmon, almonds and flax seed, and use olive and canola oils. Moderate protein intake is recommended, such as chicken and lamb. Vegetarians can get their protein from brown rice, spinach, oats, lentils and black beans. The worst foods for this body type, according to Dr. Savard, are cheese, butter and salty foods. She recommends taking a calcium supplement, since osteoporosis is a risk later in life.

Body Image Issues for Pear Shapes

According to Savard, resistance training with free weights three times per week to stave off bone loss is recommended. This will also increase your metabolic rate and burn that pesky fat off over time. Approach dieting and exercise with a little less anxiety, as your excess weight is less likely to be harming you. However, post-menopausal pear-shaped women can start to experience some of the same health problems as apple-shaped women. And pear-shaped women of all ages feel self-conscious about their large buttocks and thighs, so they suffer from more eating disorders than apple-shaped women do.

Types of Dresses That Make You Look Skinny

No matter what your weight, you deserve to look beautiful in dresses. Sometimes, creating a flattering look is about smoke and mirrors. Dresses should draw attention to the best part of you and cover the parts of you that you like least. Regardless of your body type and the dress you choose, make sure you choose the proper fit and wear undergarments that flatter.

Wrap Dress

Fashionistas and stylists agree that the wrap dress is universally flattering. Introduced by Diane von Furstenberg in 1972, the wrap dress is usually made in a lightweight knit print. It wraps around your waist, highlighting the smallest part of your shape. It also creates an automatic V-neck. A wrap dress with an A-line skirt gives the illusion of an hourglass figure. Select a small print, which is more slimming than a large print.

Dresses With an Empire Waist

An empire waist creates a line right under the bust, an area that is usually a slim part of your torso. Drawing the eye to a small part of your body will make you look slimmer. The empire waist will also draw the eye up toward the bust. Pairing the dress with eye-catching jewelry will draw attention to your neckline, too. You can find a dress with an empire waist with an A-line skirt or a pencil skirt that skims the hips instead of flaring out.

Dresses with Ruching

Ruching is a gather of fabric. You can choose a dress that is ruched from top to bottom, or you can choose ruching for the waist. It may seem counter-intuitive to wear a dress with gathered folds of fabric, but many figures are flattered by ruching that draws the eye toward the center of the body or toward a narrow part of the body. Ruching may also have the effect of concealing figure details behind the fabric.

Sheath Dress

Although you may think that a bigger dress will hide your body, it just makes you look heavier. The sheath dress skims your body and accentuates your curves. The sheath can be paired with a long jacket to camouflage wide hips. Or pair your sheath with a wide belt to further accentuate your waistline. Don’t be afraid to choose color when buying a sheath dress. Instead of basic black, a pastel or jewel tone that flatters your complexion will put the emphasis on your face.

8 Looks for the Art of Casual Chic

Though casual chic may sound like an oxymoron, the truth is that you can look chic in almost anything you wear (sans workout gear and pajamas). The key to mastering the art of casual chic is to combine comfortable clothing with a hint of sophisticated flair. That flair may be demonstrated by your shoe choice, accessories, hair or even absolute confidence in your appearance. Once you’ve mastered the casual chic look, you’ll always have something to wear no matter where you go, be it a cocktail party, grocery store or barbecue.

Flirty Chic

The colorful palette on this otherwise sophisticated, streamlined dress takes Sarah Jessica Parker straight into the realm of casual chic. Her getup is dressy enough for an afternoon or evening of cocktails and mingling, but could also work while running errands or at a low-key lunch. To achieve a flirty, casual chic look like this one, wear a well-fitted dress with comfortable shoes and relaxed hair.

Street-Wear Chic

As senior fashion market editor of “Harper’s Bazaar,” Joanna Hillman knows a thing or two about fashion. Here, the blond-haired maven looks calm, cool and collected in her baggy blue blouse and neutral skirt. Create this look by wearing slightly oversized apparel paired with texturized locks, sunglasses and minimal jewelry.

Leopard Chic

Mischa Barton shows her wild side in a leopard print top and ballet flats. She keeps the knee-length skirt casual and youthful with a simple hairstyle and minimalist accessories. Pairing her printed top with a denim A-Line skirt and studded belt keeps the look casual, but the bold prints provide an extra wow-factor. Her black tights and flats make the ensemble perfect for fall. Add a neutral-colored jacket and you’re set for winter, too!

Summer Chic

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is all about laid-back apparel. She pairs a very casual, loose T-shirt and tattered denim shorts with heels to instantly transform the look into casual chic. Heels are an easy way to dress up any casual look, whether you’re in leggings, jeans, a blazer or jumpsuit. For a touch of flirty flair, wear a splashy accessory as Kardashian does.

Trendy Chic

The always trending Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist and author, keeps the momentum going with this creamy fitted blazer and dark denim jean. To bring her ensemble up to chic-dom, she layers with a flowing, patterned scarf. Scarves, like heels, instantly add a bit of chic sophistication to any look. Try one in a neutral color, like Papadopoulos, or a splashy color if you’re feeling frisky.

Autumn Chic

What makes model-turned-photographer Delfina Blaquier’s outfit casual chic is her layering techniques. Without the trench-length cardigan and colorful scarf, the white dress underneath would read more dressy than casual. Experiment with layering your outfits to create a casual, yet fashion-forward look.

Hippie Chic

Actress Gillian Zinser, seen with actor Tristan Wilds, channels her inner hippie with this casual chic ensemble. The short jeans paired with a fun, patterned top makes her outfit instantly interesting. Add the purple, matching headband and it’s a fashion-forward ensemble. To master the art of casual chic you must not be afraid to take fashion risks.

Formal & Fun

Blake Lively, actress and fashionista, is known in the fashion world for her eclectic taste and flare for red carpet outfits. Though this particular outfit is more formal than casual, Lively layers the sheerness of her blouse and lace skirt with a fitted blazer. Her flattering blazer says business, but the ethereal quality of her top and its lack of structure add a touch of casualness. Combine formal elements with daytime fabrics like a light-colored lace for a similar look.

9 Knock-Out Knits

Knits are like a winter fashion rite of passage. Those in the know about style say you need at least one in your closet. You can go subtle with a knitted accessory — such as gloves, a hat or scarves — or opt for a larger piece, like a sweater dress or a statement cardigan, worn here by “Real Housewives” personality Kyle Richards. Knits are as cozy as they are fashionable and can be styled dozens of ways. Make sure whatever you buy fits well and is structurally sound so it lasts for years.

Knit Pullover

Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding wears this quintessential winter knit pullover with a pair of black shorts for a youthful vibe. Jene Luciani, a nationally acclaimed fashion and style expert, says this look is right on trend, and also suggests pairing a pullover knit with leggings, shimmering tights, tweed shorts or jeans.

Knit Jacket

The tossed-over-the-shoulder knit jacket worn by British model Alice Dellal is a timeless garment that’s universally flattering. “This is a versatile piece you’ll wear all the time, especially in a neutral color like this one,” noted Luciani. “She could have come straight from work, worn it buttoned up over the dress in the office, and then taken it off to reveal some tasteful cleavage for the evening out.”

Knitted Scarf

“A scarf is a winter weather essential, but fashion-wise it’s meant to be an accent piece, so you want to make sure it does just that,” advised Luciani. She says that while this scarf — worn by singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepson — is a knock-out knit, it should be paired with either no hat or a smaller hat for better balance.

Curve-Hugging Knit Dress

Curves abound in this flattering knit dress worn by model Kyle Bax. “It’s really accentuating all her best assets without looking too tight,” said Luciani. “She’s completely smooth too, which tells me she has the right undergarments underneath — very important with a knit dress.”

Knit Beret

“I love a knit beanie cap with flowing locks and side-swept bangs peeking out,” said Luciani about singer-songwriter Brooke White’s knitted beret. “She’s also wearing the cap right at the crown, which is proper placement.” This chic placement shows off her face.

Cropped Knit Sweater

German actress Hannah Herzsprung stands out in this purple Chanel cropped knit sweater. Luciani said she loves bright colors in the winter and suggests not shying away from them. For a variation on this look, try a “button-down cardi with the marbled effect and stay in the color scheme of the skirt,” she advised.

Sequined Knit Cardigan

“I love a good metallic, especially around the holidays,” said Lucini of German singer-songwriter Bahar Kizil’s sequined knit cardigan. The sequins punch up an otherwise drab garment. “This sweater hits just above her hips, which still shows her shape, and she wears it open, so it shows off the sheer top underneath.”

Sheer Layered Knit Sweater

Ashlee Simpson pairs an oversize sheer knitted sweater with an undershirt and leggings. Luciani said the proportions here are good — baggy on top and fitted on the bottom — but cautioned to be wary of this look if you’re curvy since it can hide your shape and add pounds. She recommends this look for petite women, in particular.

Cropped Knit Cardigan

“No one does casual-chic quite like Katie Holmes,” said Luciani of the actress. “I love the leathery waxed look to the pants paired with the perfectly proportioned cardi and cream shell underneath.” When re-creating this look, keep things in a neutral color scheme like Holmes does and make sure every piece fits well.

Hand Wash Only?

Nothing is more annoying than getting a stain on that favorite silk blouse or cashmere sweater — except looking at the tag and finding the three words everyone dreads: “Hand wash only.” Don’t give up on your garment just because of a few words; try some tips and tricks that make hand-washing a breeze.

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Before pulling that detergent out, consider that it may not be time to wash just yet. Though hand-wash-only clothing tends to be more delicate, it can typically stand up to three to four wears before it’s time to clean it, according to Athelia Woolley, co-owner and head designer of Shabby Apple, an online dress boutique. “Hand-wash-only fabrics are almost always made of natural fibers, like 100-percent silk or cashmere or wool, and those fabrics don’t get soiled easily,” she says.

Also, depending on the type of fabric, hand-washing may not be your only option. Many clothes that carry a hand-wash-only tag may actually be machine-washable, according to experts including Woolley and Krystal Savanella, fashion designer and owner of Krystal Savanella Designs House of Couture, a high-end clothing label based in Ventura, California. They say the labeling typically serves to protect the clothing manufacturer from liability in case something goes wrong in the washing machine.

“The majority of the time a manufacturer suggests ‘hand wash only’ due to beading or another type of embellishment or a fiber or fiber blend that is delicate and might shrink or change properties, such as a fuzzy sweater,” explains Savanella.

So, when is the right time to hand wash your garments? Take it on a case-by-case basis. When it comes to sweaters, antique clothing or clothing with embellished features, like jewelry, sequins or other beading, stick to hand-washing only.

For natural fibers like silk, wool or cashmere, the rules can vary, depending on with whom you talk. Some say they can handle the machine, in a cold wash on the gentle cycle, but Savanella advises leaving those fabrics to the professionals. “I have the rule never to wash silk or wool [in water],” she says, “even if it says hand-washing is OK. Dry clean only.”

Mistakes to Avoid

Sometimes hand-washing can be a frustrating process, especially when you don’t get the results you want. Leslie Reichert, cleaning expert and author of “The Joy of Green Cleaning,” shares some common mistakes to avoid.

First, never use hot water; go with water at cool, cold or lukewarm temperatures. Make sure the sink is clean, or dedicate a special tub to hand-washing. And always add the soap to the water before placing the clothing in, not afterward.

If there’s a stain on your piece, pretreat it the old-fashioned way before you hand wash it. “Back in the day, they used an old-fashioned soap and a small brush,” Reichert explains. “Depending on the fabric, rub the soap into the spot and, if the fabric can take it, brush it in on both sides of the spot.”

If the piece is really dirty, let it soak overnight in cold water before hand-washing it. Once it’s time to wash, fill up the sink about three-fourths full and follow the directions that came with the detergent. Or alter the instructions to suit your needs. “I use like three-fourths of the amount that the instructions recommend,” says Woolley.

Reichert advises that when washing more than one item, never mix colors. Just as with machine-washing, the colors can bleed into each other. Rinse the garment as many times as it takes to remove all the soap, but never wring a piece of clothing. Gently squeeze or pat it to remove suds. Place especially delicate items on a screen and then soak the screen in the water to rinse.

Finishing Touches

If commercially popular detergents are too harsh on your garment, try a very gentle dish soap or laundry soap, Reichert suggests. “Originally, soap was made with animal fat, but now there’s olive oil- and vegetable-based soaps out there,” she says. “I use soap flakes.” This type of soap can be hard to find, but green cleaning stores and websites carry it.

Drying your hand-washed clothing properly can be just as crucial as the cleaning process. Reichert says always lay the clothing flat to dry, either on a clean white towel or a raised mesh or netted drying rack that allows the garment to lay flat. Never hang sweaters, but instead use what Reichart calls a “blocking” technique in which you lay the sweater on a clean towel and roll it up to get rid of excess water, then lay it flat to dry. This keeps the sweater from becoming misshapen.

Once the item is mostly dry, you can even toss it in the dryer, but set it to tumble dry only, Salvanella says. Again, do not use this technique with antique or embellished clothing or knitwear if you want to maintain its original shape and style.