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Designer Style At A Great Value

 (NAPSI)-Look fashionable and chic this season by staying on top of the latest trends for fall. This season, feminine details and embellished elements are key for a modern, pulled-together look. More and more designers are offering accessibly priced lines, offering sleek options for revamping your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Cardigans

The traditional cardigan sweater has been reinvented. Stylish new ways to wear this classic piece are belted, wrapped or layered. Embellished options, featuring feminine bows and ballerina-esque waist ties offer a stylish, modern touch. The Simply Vera Vera Wang collection, exclusively available at Kohl’s, offers an array of chic choices for fall that always look fabulous when paired with sleek dark denim or a modern shift dress.

Layering

As the colder months approach, layering becomes essential. To layer with style, pair a jacket with a graphic tunic and leggings for an ultrafeminine look. Or, try layering an embellished top with another fall must-have, the black boyfriend blazer, and dark skinny jeans for a fashionable downtown outfit.

Sequins are also a big trend this season. Whether with a feminine camisole under a sweater, or bold sequined tee under a leather bomber jacket, your look will get an instant update. The Simply Vera Vera Wang collection has great options for fashionable yet wearable feminine pieces.

Denim

Jeans are fashion staples that never go out of style. They’re versatile and always on trend. Boyfriend and skinny jeans are two kinds of denim that are popular this season. For a relaxed look, pair your favorite boyfriend jeans with a flowy top. Combine skinny jeans with a sparkly blouse and open-toe heels for glamorous style. With denim, the options are limitless!

Boots

Boots are must-haves for the fall. As an alternative to the classic tall boot, look to different style options such as ankle, mid or over-the-knee length. Another popular item this season is the peep-toe bootie. Whether paired with a silk draped dress or sleek black pants, you can create the ultimate girl-about-town look.

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Top Picks For The Season's Must-Have Trends

(NAPSI)-Every fashionista, no matter her style, will love the variety of colors and textures found in this season’s most popular trends. The best news is you don’t have to break the bank to don designer styles and look amazing. Savvy shoppers can find designer, in-season merchandise at off-price retailers like Marshalls and T.J.Maxx. So before you go shopping, check out this rundown of the must-haves of the season.

Military Chic: Top colors for this look include a mix of olive green and neutral tones in simple yet feminine styles. Pairing camouflage bottoms or skinny cargo pants with a flouncy feminine top creates a balanced, fashion-forward look. Military-inspired jackets or lace-up boots are pieces that will seamlessly incorporate the trend into your current closet. Pairing either option with jeans creates a casual yet on-trend look.

Wild Things: This season, animal inspirations are topping “must-have” lists. Embrace the trend with a faux fur vest-the hot new item for savvy shoppers. When paired with jeggings and platform booties, this statement piece creates an effortless look. The trend can also be incorporated on a more subtle scale with accessories like leopard-print flats or a leather handbag with fur accents.

Nordic Fever: Women everywhere will embrace their inner snow bunny by incorporating pieces with Arctic-inspired flair. Chunky knit sweaters and belted cardigan coats are great layering options for colder temperatures. Cozy trapper hats or boots with shearling detailing are ways to accessorize this fashion-forward look.

Pretty and Polished: The return of classic styles this season allows fashionistas to channel their inner Audrey Hepburn. Kitten heels paired with a top- handle bag and a classic trench coat define a timeless, polished look. Bold shades of ruby or emerald add pops of color and will turn heads all season. When cooler temperatures arrive, this look can be accessorized with a beret and leather gloves with feminine details like ruffles or rosettes. Whether it’s a faux fur vest or chunky cocoon sweater, all the latest styles from the hottest designer names can be found for up to 60 percent less than department and specialty store prices at off-price retailers such as Marshalls or T.J.Maxx.

For more information, visit www.marshallsonline.com or www.tjmaxx.com.

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Athletic Clothing For Any Size And Many Occasions

(NAPSI)-What you wear could make a difference in how motivated you feel when working out.

That’s the psychology behind a line of athletic clothing inspired by a popular television show that focuses on fitness.

The BL Body athletic clothing line inspired by NBC’s hit series “The Biggest Loser” uses shaping technology to give anyone who wears it the extra support she needs to feel good and look her best.

Fashion designer Bruno Schiavi created the collection for anyone seeking a healthy lifestyle. The message behind BL Body is empowerment, helping people to change their lives in a positive manner.

While people who are self-conscious about their figures often wear dark muddy colors, the official palette of this collection is bright primary and secondary colors. According to Schiavi, the collection’s vibrant colors encourage wearers to bring light and joy into all areas of their lives and can help motivate their attempts at healthier living. The BL Body athletic collection is available at HSN.com.

From the gym to the hiking trail to the midday weekend coffee date, this collection will support and move with the wearer. The garments feature longer cuts to help conceal any imperfections and added features such as iPod holders, hidden pockets and thumb holes to provide further convenience.

“The fashionable line is both comfortable and slimming, helping people of all sizes feel fabulous about their own bodies,” said “Biggest Loser” contestant Ashley Johnston.

To complement the apparel collection, Schiavi has also developed a line of Shapewear inspired by “The Biggest Loser”—available at Rite Aid. These BL Body products include a High Waist Step-In Shaper that targets tummy, thighs and back, eliminating the “muffin top”; a high-waist brief; a tummy and bust enhancer, which accentuates cleavage while shaping the tummy; and high waist−shaping capri hosiery.

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Finding The Hottest Fashions Just Got Easier

(NAPSI)-Finding the latest celebrity inspired fashion looks and trends just got easier. People StyleWatch—one of the world’s fastest growing fashion magazines—is now selecting “Must Have” items from JCPenney’s Womens and Juniors apparel, accessories and footwear assortments.

With the magazine’s handpicked favorites clearly highlighted at the department store with a special icon, you’ll feel like you’re shopping with a fashion editor at your side, ensuring your look is trend-right.

According to the magazine’s editors, “Must Haves” for your wardrobe this season include a military jacket, drapeneck sweater dress, studded cuffs, pencil skirt, sheath dress, camo pants, velvet jacket and leopard pumps.

Along with making fashion trends accessible, affordable and fun, the collaboration is also bringing light to an important cause. Beginning this February, customers can help children in need by purchasing a special in-store subscription offer to popular Time Inc publications—including People StyleWatch, People and InStyle—in all JCPenney stores.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the subscriptions will go toward providing children access to life-enriching afterschool programs that inspire them to be smart, strong and socially responsible.

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Rewriting The Dress Code

(NAPSI)-With nearly 60 percent of American women wearing clothes size 12 or above, full-figured women are clearly the fashion majority. But an outdated dress code keeps many from experiencing the fashion adrenaline associated with wearing stylish clothes.

Encouraging her fellow full-figured gals to become the fierce fashionistas they were always meant to be, Susan Moses, celebrity stylist and blogger for Sonsi.com, debunks the fashion myths that have kept full-figured women from reaching their full fashion potential:

You can wear bright colors, but wear them on body parts you want to accentuate.

Leggings are not pants, but paired with tunics, short dresses and the season’s new asymmetric soft T-shirts and sweaters, they look great on the full-figured body.

Wear fitted clothing, but remember the key to making it work is wearing undergarments that perfect your body shape and smooth out your lines.

Check out what’s new and read more fashion tips from Susan Moses at www.Sonsi.com.

“Experiment and dare to wear the styles they say we can’t, because you can,” says Moses.

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Cool Weather Trend: Tights

(NAPSI)-After several seasons as a fashion staple, tights remain a must-have accessory and an easy way to update any wardrobe.

Paired with like colors for a sleek, monochromatic look or contrasting colors for a bold statement, tights have been seen on the runway and the streets under skirts, dresses, shorts and cutoff jeans.

Among a fashion forecast that includes nude fishnets and patterned tights, many of this season’s looks are suitably sheer. Designers are showing sophisticated sheer tights that provide the perfect balance between sheer and opaque for effortless style from autumn, to winter, to spring.

Sheer tights are certain to become a favorite among fashionistas for their ability to easily transition between seasons. This fall, Hanes introduced Hanes Silk Reflections Sheer Tights, a new innovation in tights that results in luxuriously soft, beautiful legs year-round; a perfect solution for seasonless dressing. The tights feature a control-top panty for smoother curves and added confidence.

These fashion-forward tights are available in black, gentlebrown, granite, nude and plum. To find a retailer, you can visit www.haneshosiery.com.

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For Men That Do It All: Buying Tips For Work Wear

(NAPSI)-Some of today’s hottest stars include hosts of home makeover shows who are reigniting a national do-it-yourself fever, as well as race car drivers who inspire men everywhere to look under the hoods in their own garages. With so much inspiration to become a jack-of-all-trades, it is no wonder that work wear today has gotten a revamp at retail, with details that allow it to be worn off the work site and into the weekend. New technologies are improving the function of the clothing, as well. Here are just a few things to look for when purchasing work wear:

• Consider the weight and feel of the fabric and such factors as reinforced stitching and grommets at pockets and other areas that withstand a lot of wear.

• Fit and comfort are extremely important. Make certain the clothing is cut in such a way that it can be worn for the duration of the job. It should allow for freedom of movement and not pull across the back when arms are crossed.

• Waterproofing may be important for some items.

• Factor in moisture management and breathability. New technologies and fabrics can increase your comfort by wicking away wetness, helping to maintain body temperature.

• Look for an assortment of styles. These days, you can find everything from denim jeans and khaki trousers to button-down henleys, canvas jackets and vests. Work wear manufacturers know that many men choose work wear that performs while making a cool fashion statement. In response, work wear brands have played up fashion touches in their lines, which are often available in traditionally popular menswear colors—with olive, brown, black and navy dominating.

• Determine what has been done to improve stain repellency and washability. For example, the new Craftsman work wear line, available at Sears in stores and online, is treated with DuPont™ Teflon® fabric protector, which resists and repels stains as varied as mechanic’s grease, mud and grass, making washing easier.

“Teflon® stain-protected Craftsman work wear is so effective that workmen have been known to literally peel asphalt right off their pants after a particularly messy workday,” said Lisa Hardy, DuPont marketing manager. “Water- and oil-based spills just run right off the fabric, and ground-in stains are more likely to come out in the wash.”

Visit www.teflon.com/workwear for more information.

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Four Tips To Keep You Warm On Colder Days

(NAPSI)-It’s important to stay active, whatever the season, so don’t let colder days discourage you.

Here are a few tips to help keep you warm when you venture out:

1. Cover your head but don’t forget neck and ears. Keep your ears warm with a cap, earplugs or ear warmers.

2. Get some tight gloves. Make sure they are waterproof gloves so ice and water can’t seep in to chill you.

Also, make sure the gloves have a good grip, so you don’t have to take them off to do things outside. If it’s really cold, you can put some mittens on over your gloves or a liner in them.

3. Dress in layers and make the layer closest to your skin wool or polyester. Cotton or silk is good at absorbing moisture and if you work up a sweat, you could get chilled.

In extreme climates, you might start with a layer or two of underwear to be topped with wool sweaters, fleece pants and jackets, plus a windproof shell.

Layers should be loose enough to leave room for air so you lock in heat.

4. To keep toes nice and toasty, use footwear with a rechargeable heating system. Boar from Wenger Footwear not only comes with a rechargeable heating system but offers waterproofing technology, making it impenetrable in cold, wet conditions.

Weighing only 20 ounces, the product allows for three temperature settings and offers up to 10 hours of heating. Recharging takes about two to three hours.

Other features include Thinsulate insulation, PosiStep outsoles (which provide enhanced traction) and ZipTight lacing.

The product also features OutDry, the state of the art in waterproofing technology. Unlike other waterproofing systems, which use a booty that acts like a sock lining, this waterproof membrane is laminated directly to the outer layer of the shoe, so there is no water penetration.

For more information, visit www.wengerna.com.

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