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  • Fashion for Moms in Style

    Yes, Apricot Collection has Fashion Style Support for Moms!

    If you are a Mom who runs around like a taxi service, gets to your laundry last, and grabs whatever is closest to wear, running out the door with 5 kids, then this is your Moms Fashion Style support.

    fashionWe know that you look at yourself in the rear view mirror, and wish you had time for a bit more fashion maintenance, and that you would like to grab that nearest outfit that at least says, “Hey, I’m a chic–cool Mom” while the other Moms check your style out at the designated Mom meetup bleacher area.

    Things just have to be more simple as Moms, and fashion, design and style in clothing have to be as well, but there are many ways to do very simple things with your style, and still run around like you’re losing your mind.  You can be chic and stylish and be super-crazy busy too.

    Moms Fashion Style is all about clothing design basics that are timeless, fun, make you feel pretty and hip, and are just so easy.  That’s the key…keeping your fashion style so easy. This fashion style is going to give you all those compliments at the Moms meetup, and make those other moms think you have it ALL together.

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    Something happens when you become a busy Mom. The amount of clothing fashion items you need grows smaller, because larger is too complicated.  You really want clothing design that you can wear over and over, you know they fit well, they look great, you can change them up a bit, or you can have 10 of something you really like, because you’ll just wear it over and over anyway.

    Are we right?

    The Moms Fashion Style support you need are simple fashion design ideas, and pieces that you can use again and again, but they always look fresh.

    Yes?

    designHere are some basic fashion clothing design pieces that you can use and wear often, and will give you just enough flair throughout your day…

    Let’s start with some fashion pants, because these can be the toughest when it comes to fit and comfort, but pants are just so convenient for running around.

    As an extra fashion tip, don’t be afraid to embrace elastic waist styles, because they can be the most forgiving.  The upper design on pants makes for the difficult fit, and the simple elastic style solves many design problems for many body types.

    You will be wearing clothing with very chic-longer tops anyway, and the cut and design down the leg and ankle are key to your Fashion Style statement, like with Apricot's Boho Chic style below…

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    Boho Chic Style Pants…

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    Take this style pair that are all about the  cut and pockets. The drape and fit to the ankle are very flattering.  You can wear these casually during the day with a simple tee, and dress them up at night with a nicer shoe and other accessories.

    These are another loft style pair

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    Can you see how a simple skinny pant can look so chic with the right heeled bootie?  You can take any of your day time clothing, and just elevate them into every day hip.  This popping electric blue color look can get very fancy too.  The point is, a skinny leg pant is going to flatter any figure, and give you an extra somethin’ somethin’.

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    Every Mom needs a punchy top or blouse with either color or graphic print that can either be worn alone or pop under a really great jacket, blazer or vest. Bold prints just automatically give you a statement, and you should have a few favorites…

    This one is a Bohemian Tunic, and you can see what we're talking about.  Pretty simple to stand out with this design.

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    This design is an example of getting multiple use out of one item…

    It can be a beach cover up clothing that you can also wear as a longer blouse with just about any pant. The tunic length is great with sandals, shoes or boots. Throw a sweater vest over it, so the sleeves still show that print, and you’re doing Mom style either in Spring or Fall. There are countless ways to wear this, and with countless color combos, but that statement print hits a home run every time.

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    A sweater vest was mentioned above, and this is another key-staple item to have along with a cardigan.  It allows color and shape to pop on the sleeve by pushing it up, it can be the statement piece, or just blend in, but if you were to wear the same outfit twice, and put on a vest or cardigan the next day, no one would know it’s the same underneath.  It can be your game changer, and you just throw it on so quickly running out the door.

    Apricot's Crew Blue Cardigan

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    Now on to another staple…a blazer or jacket, and you can’t really have too many of these, because they always change your do over again and again look, and even when they go out of style, they will come back again.  Go through your closet, and pull out one you haven’t worn in awhile, and now you’re going to just throw it over a basic tee and basic pants with a necklace, any shoe and that’s it!

    Apricot does great jackets like this Classic Tweed

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    This is a great cut, color and style, but it’s the whole look here to take note of.  Flip the collar, fold it down, roll up the sleeves or down, add a belt, throw in some color, put on any favorite necklace, a pair of elastic waist pants with belt loops even, and voila!  You can take this image and outfit, and change out piece after piece of very basic items and favorites in your closet, and you’ll always be the chic Mom at the meetup.

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    Fashion, style and design now get us to shoes, and since we’re staying simple as Moms in our style support, We're going to bring it all down to one shoe that will never lead you wrong.

    The Mary Jane

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    Any color, any heel height, any strap size, etc.  This shoe will not let you down.  You can even find great ones with rubber bottoms for easy walking.

    Just imagine how much you could change your outfit with just different color ribbon on these?

    So hey you Moms of style fashion longing and crazy town running, you can grab that special somethin’ scrambling out the door.  Stick to the basics, but with just a few twists here and there, and you will be that chic Mama you’ve always wanted to be.

    Mom's Fashion Style…It’s More Simple Than You Think.

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  • Best Fall Hairstyles

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    Want the Best Hairstyles for Fall?

    These Fantastic Four Hairstyles are it!

    Get ready for the best of the best for Fall and beyond...

    You can also do the edgy look from above anytime.

    Once the phrase “back to school” is mentioned, the first thought that pops into mind is: the fall season is right around the corner.

    Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done to stop the seasons from changing; however what we can do is prepare ourselves by embracing our inner fashionista.  There is no doubt in our minds that you will soon become a local trendsetter just by having fun experimenting with “the fantastic four”  best and fabulous fall hairstyles.

     

    Best Fall Hairstyles: For all of the short hair - the Wavy Bob

     

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    Who better than Victoria Beckham to show us how to rock a wavy bob for the best of fall? No one, that's who! This hair cut is the ideal style in combining two popular hair trends – wavy locks and a short cut.  Tip: Rock this hair style with a bold red lip for a classic look.

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    Best Fall Hairstyles: For those with medium to long hair – We'll catch You by the Waterfalls

    The waterfall braid that is. This version of a braid is both beautiful and timeless when styled with loose waves or straightened hair. The waterfall braid is versatile enough to be worn with your hair down, which will give you a semi-serious look but with a playful side.

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    Best Fall Hairstyles: She Bangs for Days – Do You?

    Whether you have side bangs or straight bangs laying across your forehead, this type of hair cut will frame your beautiful face and accent your best feature – Your smile! So why not give bangs a try? It's one of the easiest ways to change up your hair style, plus bangs are quickly becoming the “it” factor in Hollywood and by wearing them now, You will be ahead of the fashion trend!

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    Best Fall Hair: Can I have a Bun, with messy on the side?

    We purposefully left the messy bun for last because it just so happens to be our ultimate favorite hair style EVER!  A messy bun can be worn by almost everyone – whether your hair is of medium or longer length; if your hair is straight, wavy or curly, a messy bun can certainly be your go-to style when you’re having a not so great hair day.  Tip: Don't be afraid to let a few strands of hair find their way out of the bun. Just keep this thought in mind: “My hair is not dirty or messy; it's just overflowing with extreme awesomeness.”

    So, these are the Best Fantastic Four Fabulous Fall Hairstyles that anyone can rock this upcoming season. A rule of thumb to keep in mind is – don't take your hair too seriously; have fun – experiment with different hairstyles, you may just be surprised with the end result!

    Your turn: Which best Fall Hairstyles are you willing to try?

    hairstylesGet on our Style Chat for your Hairstyles now!

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  • Cute Clothes Please and Thank You

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    Cute Clothes Please and Thank You!

    We all want cute clothing to wear every day or for whatever occasion, don't we?  If there is any other word more satisfying than cute, then please tell us, because if you feel cute in your clothes and look cute in your clothes, all is well.

    Clothing Helper from Season to Season

    In past seasons we noticed that most clothing trends were more along the structured spectrum of fashion and dress. This spring season is all the opposite.  During fashion week there seemed to be one popular clothing trend that most designers were eager to display on their models walking down the runway:

    Shop Helper: Tunic Over Pants.

    dressAlthough it may seem that wearing a tunic would be counter-flattering, due to its oversized silhouette threatening to swallow your figure, if styled correctly, a short tunic can easily fit into any woman's casual every day clothing wardrobe.

    Shop Helper: How to Wear Your Tunic Clothing

    There are several ways to wear a tunic, but the most important detail is to make the look simple and unfussy.  The Sheila Tunic we styled in this outfit is the perfect length to pair with a cropped pant in a pastel color, such as these Pinkish Pants by OXMO. Selecting cropped pants as these works well by  not taking away from the flowing silhouette of the tunic.

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    Shop Helper: How to Accessorize Your Tunic and Pants Clothing Outfit

    For accessories with your clothes, try silver pieces to play against the gray hue of the tunic. A Bib Necklace is a statement piece that can add a layer of glamour to this casual outfit. Then, not to distract from a statement necklace, try a small pair of flower studs  or a beaded bangle.

    To smarten up the entire cute outfit while making it comfortable enough for an everyday casual wear, strap on a pair of single colored wedges, similar to these from Lucky Brand...

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    More Shop Helper Clothing Dress from Day to Dinner

    Planning on eating dinner out with friends? Then our shop helper clothing suggestion is to get your hands on Apricot's Summer dress.  Wear this dress with a fitted blazer, slip on your heels and out the door you go!

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    Shop Helper: Clothing Dress for Classy & Fabulous

    Inspired by Coco Chanel's famous quote: "a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous", we styled this 50's inspired black dress with two statement accessories: a sequin clutch and peep-toe heels. This sleeveless dress features a semi sheer back - perfect for showing your flirty side. Wear this outfit to a long dinner date out on the town or an intimate dinner date at home.

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    • Inspired By the 50's Dress in Black from Clothing at Apricot Collection

    • Pink and Preppy Trench Coat

    • Roman Rose Gold Boyfriend Watch

    • Valentina Quilted Shoulder Bag in Petal Pink

    • Loretta Platform High Heel

    Even if you are not going out, you can still dress up for every day errands. Try wearing a comfy top in a soft shade of green with skinny pants and a pair of flats for a more "relaxed" clothing daily outfit.

     

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    Shop Helper: Clothing for Saturday

    When you wake up Saturday morning to notice that your clothing is not exactly in "wearable" condition, go grab a pair of jeans like our Flare Denim, for example. You can never go wrong with slipping on a pair of denim. Style them with an over-sized sweater, gold ring and leather ankle boots. Throw your makeup and wallet into a medium-sized satchel bag, then walk your way to brunch looking rested and feeling comfortable.
    • Flared Denim from Apricot Collection

    • Zita V Neck Knitting Grey Sweater

    • L.O.V.E. Cut Out Cuff Ring

    • Osana Buckled Up Vogue Boot

    • Pedra Checkered Out Satchel in Khaki

    Shop Helper: Clothing Dress for Summer & Weddings

    Once the warmer Spring and Summer seasons arrive, so do weddings. It's something most brides-to-be look forward to: having an outdoor ceremony under the beautiful blue skies.

    Whether you are invited as an official guest, or if you are going as the “plus one”, it is not always necessary to be a part of the bridal party to turn heads with your clothes dresses.

    Here are three perfect dresses for all of your weddings this season.

     

    A vibrant colorful dress can easily take you to the nuptials and beyond …

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    Belted Safari Dress or Try the Wanderlust Dress from Apricot

    Stella & Dot Studs

    Stella & Dot Sidewinder Ring

    BCBGMAZAZRIA Estie High Heel

    Aldo Bovian Clutch

     

    Shop Helper: A Clothing Dress Can Be A Showstopper

    A flattering “hugging” showstopper dress will make you feel like a million …

     

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    Coral Bloom Dress from Apricot Clothing Collection

    Stella & Dot Fiona Earrings

    Stella & Dot Bello Bangle

    Corso Como Coral Suede Pumps

    Tasha Pearlier Box Clutch

     

    Shop Helper: LND Clothing

    A LND - Little Navy Dress is a classic, reinvented with sleek accessories and subtle details ...

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    Hot Navy Dress or Try the Carolina from Apricot Dress Collection

    Stella & Dot Glint Flower CZ Studs

    Stella & Dot Glint Flower CZ Necklace

    Badgley Mischka Mable Satin Bow Pump

    Moyna Beaded Clutch

     

    helperCute Clothing & Your Style Questions

     

    Don't forget that you can come and ask any questions about your clothes on your Style Chat with Ashleigh Scott.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And for more clothes, check out Micheal Kors Spring 2014 Runway Collection...

     

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  • Purses Weakness

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    I have a confession to make.  I have a weakness for purses.  Of all kinds.

     

    pursesBeing a petite 5’2”, I can’t keep up with much of the clothing trends out there.  A tunic with leggings?  I might as well wear a potato sack because that’s what I’d end up looking like.  Trying to find a maxi dress short enough to not look like a bridal gown train would take up too much of my summer and then it would be cold again and the hunt would be placed on hold again until next year.

    But a stylish new hobo handbag is right up my alley!

     

    The purses and handbag trends for any season can be easily affordable and realistically worn every day.  Lately, big handbags are being replaced by small purses or clutches and structured top handle bags.  Geometric patterns, crazy prints and bright florals are popular bags on the runways.  Animal prints are a carryover from previous seasons, but seen mostly on small purses, bags and clutches.  Metallics are big in clothing and make up too, and mixed texture bags are so fun!  Think cut outs, trims and accents all with different materials for purses.

     

     

    pursesApricot Collection has brought in a purses line brand I love, Nella Bella!  If you want to be trendy and not break the bank, here are some bags for you!

     

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    The Rosebay is an everyday handbag with the front and back designs varying slightly in appearance.  The carrying straps are wide and comfortable.  This is a great “mommy” bag with dimensions of 14 in. x 5 in. x 9.5 in.  The Rosebay purses come in bright spring colors of green and pink, and other neutral colors of black, brown, and navy.  $69.

     

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    The Carina is Nella Bella’s multi-functional, classic and sophisticated handbag.  This bag is a grab and go shopping tote or purse.  Everything is detachable; chains, and straps make this a mixed texture bag.  The handbag comes with comfort curved handles and a cross-body strap.  What a fun structured top handle bag!  Sized 13 in. x 3 in. x 15.5 in. $109.

     

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    The Mizar is your business to evening fashion star, because of its classic shape and tastefully placed studs. You get a spacious interior with this handbag, because of its depth and line. A hands free removable strap gives this bag even more function, and the carrying handles are curved for your comfort. $145.

     

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    Finally, The Polaris is a curvy shoulder handbag with structure, studs and all-around piping.  The inside zipper pocket can securely hold items like a smart phone.  A removable key chain and strap are included with this bag, giving a chic silhouette with  function and flair. A great bag size at 15 in. x 2.5 in. x 14 in. $125.

     

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    Here are some tips on what to look for in your bags purchase decisions that you can apply right here to Nella Bella's bags too...

     

     

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    pursesBeth Sanborn is a tall girl stuck in a short girl’s body, but makes up for her short comings by shopping her way through the Southern coastal trends of Savannah, Hilton Head Island, and Charleston.  As much as her 5 year old son will let her!  Visit her mom blog at Far From Camelot for ~Apricot Collection.

  • Women's Clothing Defined

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    This is Women's Clothing Defined!

    Have you ever been in a situation where you read an article in a fashion magazine, and didn't entirely understand the terms used to describe the women's clothing?

    That’s why we’re here, and we like to include all Moms when we're talking about Women's Clothing, because even though we run around with the kids all day, we still are women yearning for and seeking fashion and style!

    Here is a short list of words and phrases to help you as Women and Moms the next time you run into this type of problem to shop for clothing.

    womens clothingAnd don't forget to sign up for all of our coupons and specials to shop for Women's Clothing right here at Apricot Collection.

     

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    Let's Get to Women's Clothing Defined, Shall We?

     

    *Women's Clothing A-line

    Term used to describe skirts. Women's A-line skirts fit closely around the waist and are slightly wider at the bottom.

     

    *Women's Clothing Clingy

    Fitting in a way that shows the shape of your body.

     

    *Women's Clothing Empire Waistline

    A type of dress or top where the waist line is raised above the natural waistline, sometimes as high as right below the bust. This creates the illusion of length, and hides women's bottom-heavy figures or thick waists. Think Jane Austin and “Pride & Prejudice”.

     

    *Women's Clothing Décolleté

    A women's clothing piece that is very low at the top in a manner that shows the shoulders and a bit below.

     

    *Women's Clothing Double Breasted

    Used to describe two parallel lines of buttons down the front of a jacket or coat, as opposed to single breasted when there’s only one line of buttons.

     

    *Women's Clothing Pleated

    A fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and securing it in place. Pleats sewn into place are called tucks.

     

    *Women's Clothing Drip dry or Easy Care

    Women's clothes that do not require ironing (we like that!)

     

    *Women's Clothing Lined

    When the clothes have another layer of fabric on the inside; usually found in skirts, dresses and pants.

     

    *Women's Clothing Ready-to-wear or Off-the-rack

    Women's clothes that are made for everyone, as opposed to “tailored”.

     

    *Women's Clothing Padded

    Think the 90’s – padded shoulders. Ring a bell? Some think this trend is coming back now. Will you wear it?

     

    *Women's Clothing Plunging

    When the top part of the breasts can be seen; Think glamorous designer Oscar gowns.

     

    *Women's Clothing Raglan

    Sleeves that go all the way to the neck without a separate join at the shoulder, just one piece.

     

    *Women's Clothing Voluminous

    These clothes have a lot of material and are loose on the body.

     

    *Women's Clothing Embellished

    Making an outfit more interesting by adding a detail;

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    womens clothingNow that you have Women's Clothing Defined, let's get to the every day nitty gritty of actually picking your outfit as both Moms and Women.

    So you’re not going to work today.

    You decided to stay home, because you have an enormous amount of errands that you need to take care of, and you've been postponing for quite some time; your kid is home because there’s another PA day; or you just decided you need some break from the office. So you’re working from home today, but you’re taking your lap top to the nearest coffee shop, and you will do your work from there.

     

    womens clothingNow the next question that comes to mind for us stylish Moms and Women is – what are you going to wear?

    Here are few outfit options for you for those “off-work” days when you still have things to do outside of the house, but still want to look & feel great!

    There are five different looks by using eleven styles. These styles can be played and mixed & matched in other forms as well...

     

     

     

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    Shop Women's Clothing Look #1:

    (1)   Crew Blue Cardigan / $165

    (2)   Pants: 7/8 Stretch Jean / $175

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Shop Women's Clothing Look #2:

    (1)   Top: Pretty Flowers / $70

    (2)   Pinkish Pants / $88

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Shop Women's Clothing Look #3:

    (1)   Top: Beading On White / $135

    (2)   7/8 Stretch Jean / $175

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Shop Women's Clothing Look #4:

    (1)   Molly Print Scarf / $85

    (2)   Top: Upscale T / $135

    (3)   Pants: 7/8 Stretch Blue / $175

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Shop Women's Clothing Look #5:

    (1)   Top: Double Collar / $56

    (2)   Pants: Print Slim / $130

    Now here you are ladies, with a complete guide to understanding all those fashion terms you read in a magazine. You have specific outfit ideas for your daily errands, but you still need your very first step to go shop.

    What's that step?

    Know how to measure yourself for your best fit possible! Here's a video to explain how to do that for your top shopping experience here at Apricot Collection...

     

    womens clothingIf you think Ashleigh Scott is helpful in that video, you can ask her more!  Send your Style Chat Questions in, and get them answered...maybe even featured on your Apricot site.

    Women's Clothing Defined at Apricot Collection

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