What To Wear – When It’s Ridiculously Hot (Part 2)

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A part 2 to my What To Wear When It’s Ridiculously Hot post…and it’s a goodie! There’s nothing better then a slit up to there when it’s hot out. Ventilation, baby! Paired with a loose cotton-blend crop top and open toe sandals, you’ve got yourself a winning look on even the hottest day of Summer. What I love about this outfit is that it doesn’t lose an ounce of sex appeal (by way of the ‘up to there’ slit). It’s a fave : )

Want to stay cool this Summer? Here’s my advice!

FIT

When it’s scorching outside you want to go with clothes that are not fitted, rather they skim the body. This Zara maxi skirt is slightly fitted, leaving room for some lovely breeeeeze.

Stay away from: tight jeans, bodycons and pum pum shorts when it’s super hot. Opt for maxi dresses, flowy skirts and breezy tops. Loose cotton or linen shorts work amazing, too! Which brings us to…

FABRIC

Some fabrics, like synthetics and polyester, trap heat causing you to feel hotter because they allow sweat to build up. Natural fibers like cotton, linen and rayon (a semi-synthetic that mimics natural fabric) soak up moisture from skin and allow it to evaporate to the outside surface, thus allowing your skin to breathe and feel cool!

For Summer stick to: Cotton, Linen and Rayon and avoid synthetic fibers like Polyester. I also LOVE eyelets, slits and cutouts because they allow air to directly hit your skin!

Hope these tips help you, my loves!

Here’s what I wore: Zara crop top (similar) / Zara skirt / Steve Madden heels /  Betsey Johnson cat bracelet / Capwell + Co leopard ring

Some other slit-happy maxi skirts I’m LOVING:

What are your fave pieces to wear when it’s just too.damn.hot?

.xo.Joy

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How To Wear Your Bridesmaid Dress In Real Life

ytthumbnailHey friends! I’ve always been into the fab + flair of weddings (I was obsessed with all the wedding themed shows on WE especially ‘Platinum Weddings’). Ever since I got engaged this year, it’s taken on a whole new life! I am a bridesmaid in my BFF Deja’s wedding in Jamaica next month (!) and can’t wait! Being in a bridesmaid and wedding state of mind it was only right that I team up with Alfred Angelo, the nations oldest family-run bridal boutique, for a awesome post about how to wear your bridesmaid’s dress in real life. All you have to do is change up your accessories!! Super easy, let’s get started!

Look #1: At The Wedding

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aa2A note for soon-to-be brides: If you’d like for your bridesmaid’s to get continued use out their dress (who wouldn’t), go for a sleek, classic style that can easily be worn again. I love this bridesmaid’s dress from Alfred Angelo (style 7282L). It fits beautifully and works well for a wedding paired with classic jewelry: like my Robert Lee Morris earrings, Capwell + Co necklace and bracelet.

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…let’s switch things up a bit!

Look #2: For Real Life (a formal event)

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The wedding’s over. Now it’s time to wear your bridesmaid dress again, this time with jewelry that shows your personality! I love bold, statement pieces like this Kenneth Cole necklace, Steve Madden earrings and Capwell + Co and Kenneth Cole bangles.

Watch my fun video for more style tips!

xo,
Joy
Sponsored by Alfred Angelo
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(all views/opinions are my own)

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JoyLovesFashion Takes Starworks Group Holiday / Resort 2014

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This past week, team JoyLovesFashion had the privilege of touring one of our fave international designer showrooms, Starworks Group in Soho. They represent some of the biggest names in fashion and with the help of our guide, Fashion PR Assistant Kereem Morgan, we got an exclusive look at the Holiday/Resort Press Preview 2014 from Zimmerman, Sass & Bide, SB47, Cushnie et Ochs and more. And we get to show you some of the best pieces!

Starting off with Zimmermann. Created by two sisters hailing from Sydney, Australia- the line is designed with a love of sand, water and sun. And that love is evident in these resort pieces that we just adore. They are perfect for lounging by the pool, walking on the shore or braving a super hot day on the streets of NYC (or Sydney)!

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Another Aussie design duo we love is Sass and Bide. And this jacket is one of those pieces you hold on to and give to your grandkids. 

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Only in it’s second season, SB47, the contemporary line from Sachin + Babi, also had a few items that caught our eye. With many gilded and embellished pieces, like this glamorous gold skirt, this collection is for the girls who aren’t afraid to be showstoppers.

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Another hot piece is this lace-up bodycon dress from Cushnie et Ochs. Mainly known for their daring cutouts, the designers are showing their range with this intricate piece perfect for a night out with the girls.

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Obsessed is not the word to describe our love for this pineapple print from Seafolly and these cute super cute sandals from the aptly named Ancient Greek line.

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Special thanks to Starworks Group and Kereem for being so knowledgeable and friendly!

-xo, JoyLovesFashion staff

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