Algeria, June 3, 2017


Fashion FYI: Sample a Taste of Africa and a Button Bonanza

A Taste of Africa fashion show and pop-up market is from 7 to 10 p.m. June 9 at 7120 Kelly St., East Liberty. Sponsored by Community Empowerment Association, this event will feature an African-themed runway show, a pop-up marketplace and live cultural entertainment as part of a Founders Day anniversary celebration. Tickets are $25, $20 in advance. VIP tickets are $65, $55 in advance.

Details: 412-371-3689 or

Button up

The 15th annual Button Bonanza is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at Cloverleaf Estate West, The Clubhouse, 160 Cloverleaf Dr., Carnegie. Sponsored by the Keystone Button Club, the event is an opportunity to shop, study and learn about buttons. Free.

Details: 412-279-5899

Styling tricks offers these three plus-size styling tricks.

Find your best feature and amp it up: Stylist Penny Lovell, who dresses Anne Hathaway, Rose Byrne, and Taylor Schilling, says to focus on the body part you love most instead of getting hung up on a flaw. “I always ask, ‘Do you love your boobs? Do you love your legs? Then, let's accentuate it,” says Lovell. “If it's your boobs, try wearing a shirt dress open to show a little cleavage with a simple top and jeans. Add a beautiful necklace to focus the attention even more,” she says. Want to play up your waist or legs? Wrap dresses should be in your rotation, according to Lovell.

Make patterns and color work hard for you: “Color-blocking is an easy way to flatter your figure, whether it's with bold, contrasting shades or varying degrees of a similar color,” says Salvador Perez, costume designer for “The Mindy Project.” “Look for dresses with bands of solid color on the sides, which can be super slimming, or do it yourself by adding a belt in an opposing color to highlight your waist.” If patterns are more your style, “wear prints on top and keep your bottoms solid,” he adds. “Repetitive patterns can sometimes look like upholstery, so I like scattered ones the best.”

Play with unexpected proportions: If you're plus-size and petite, stylist Kemal Harris says it's all about waist definition. “Cropped jackets and tops can be a great staple for this body type because they draw the eye to the smallest part of your waist,” says Harris, who counts Elizabeth Moss, Robin Wright, and Amy Poehler as clients. “Try layering one over a jumpsuit. Your legs will look super long and it's a cool combination,” she says.

Essentials says these are must-haves for your wardrobe

Fun platform heels: Easy flats and sneakers have dominated our wardrobes in recent seasons, but it's time to make room for a pair of fun, more-is-more platforms, too. Your shoe game shouldn't be all business all the time.

Slogan T-shirts: While a slogan T probably won't change the world, it does make a statement. Just like tweeting your opinion or sharing a link to a must-read article on Facebook, it's a way to make your opinion known.

Strong-shoulder blazers: Eighties-nostalgia – specifically when it comes to strong-shouldered tailoring – is going to have a moment this year. And we say, suit up!

Sneakers for every occasion: If you own one pair of running shoes you only use for running, it's time for an upgrade. Try a pair of white, old-school sneakers to start and work your way up to a colorful version.

Wide-leg pants: The wide-leg trouser is having a big moment – and there are tons of versions to choose from at every price. A few that feel particularly right now – extra-long or cropped lengths, trouser and paper bag waists and striped patterns.

Chain-strap bags: The minimalist bag isn't going anywhere for 2017 – and if you still love it as much as we do, reach for one with slightly more ornate details than usual. Think delicate chain straps, exotic fabrics and off-beat colors.

Statement sleeves: The new off-the-shoulder top? The statement sleeve. One-shoulder styles are going to be especially popular, along with XXL ruffles and poet sleeves.

Vintage-style jeans: Vintage-style, bum-hugging denim will change your life. And, thanks to labels like Re/Done, Levi's and Brock Collection, finding the fit for your body shape is a lot easier than it used to be.

Pink everything: “Millennial Pink” made headlines this year but the 2017 runways boasted a more saturated take on the color. Still, there aren't any real rules when it comes to playing with the shade, just find the variation that works best with your skin.

Lacy tops: We love today's sheer, lacy tops, but there's no rule that states you have to wear them sans bra. Give the trend a wearable spin with a T-shirt underneath or a cool jacket over top.

Athletic pieces: Athleisure just keeps getting cooler, so now's the time to make your closet even more sporty—whether you go full track-suit or just grab a tech-y knit and call it a day.

Cooler khakis: Once reserved for dads, tourists and casual Fridays, Khakis are getting a serious update this year. Expect to see flattering styles and a mix of pieces from jackets to dresses.

Bold stripes: Black-and-white stripes are forever classic, but we challenge you to step into this trend with a little more oomph. We loved the color-block knit dresses and sweaters from the runways.

Daytime shine: Remember when sequins and shine were only for nighttime? Neither do we. Designers are serving up fresh iridescence in ways to scream daytime cool.

Sandal style

It's time for sandals and says these are on trend

Princess-worthy satin: Satin is making as comeback this season –we've seen it on blouses, dainty bags, and now, footwear. The great thing about this luxurious style is that it's surprisingly versatile. Platforms in Marie Antoinette-pink work for a summer wedding, while dainty mules bedazzled with crystals are a chic counter to ripped jeans. Stock up on a few pairs to rotate over the next few months.

Next-level block heels: The block heel trend is still going strong, something we're sure your feet will thank you for. But instead of sticking to basic suede versions, go with more interesting styles (metallics, brights, and plaids) that can take you from day to night.

Kitschy details: Nothing says summer like daisies, rainbows and pineapple details, am I right? Take Manolo Blahnik, for example who went Southwest with a cactus-inspired stiletto. Or Christian Louboutin who doubled down on cherries. And not to be outdone Charlotte Olympia took it one step further with a Carmen Miranda heel, putting the chic in “Chica Chica Boom Chic.” Designers are getting very summer on us and we're here for it.

Fancy flats: Thanks to the rise for formal mules and fancy flats, you'll never have to struggle through a beach wedding or outdoor party in stilettos again.

Logo pool slides: Those shoes that were so popular in middle school? Yeah, they're back with a high-end designer spin. Gucci, Chanel, and Vuitton have offered up their take on the trend, but if those aren't your style, classic brands like Fila and Adidas are holding it down on the affordable front.

Low-key statements: Ready to make a statement, but only down for a tame one? Try a minimalist shoe that just happens to have a major detail. At first glance, they are deceptively simple, but these pairs have a little extra oomph that will set you apart from the crowd.


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