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Fashion 9-1-1 — How to Top this Skirt?


Dear Abby and Elle: I got a great deal on a pink and white skirt but don’t have much to wear with it. I could, of course, top it off with a pink or white blouse and a white blazer, but that seems boring. Any ideas about how to spice it up? — Feeling Edgy  

Dear Feeling Edgy: We know just what you mean. We tend to live our lives predictably, doing what’s correct and what’s expected. We pay our bills on time, stop at red lights, hold the elevator door for old people. But sometimes we yearn to go totally wild! Throw caution to the wind! Shout, “Damn the torpedoes; full speed ahead!”

Ah, but since we’re more or less civilized, we suppress those mad urges and match polka dots with stripes instead. But, to your question.

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6 Tips for Wearing Polka Dots


By Abby and Elle
Whether you love polka dots the size of birthday balloons or pinholes, splash some on for fun this summer. Here are 6 tips for wearing polka dots:
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Choose the Right Sunnies for Your Face


By Abby and Elle
Check out our slideshow of famous faces sporting their sunglasses, and find out which style of sunglasses complements your face!

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Not sure what your face shape is? Watch this YouTube video.

When choosing sunglasses, be sure they block both UVA and UVB light. Sunglasses are as important as sunscreen in our book, so don’t go outside this summer without them!

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5 Tips for Adding Florals to Your Summer Look


Floral tights from ASOS

Floral tights from ASOS

By Abby and Elle

Floral prints are definitely hot this summer. The great news is that colors and patterns don’t much matter. (The Hippie in us is loving this trend — Flower Power all the way, baby!)

Unsure about how to incorporate florals into your wardrobe? Follow these tips for adding some fresh blooms to your summer look:

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Picture This: An Orange Barrel Outfit


By Abby and Elle
You don’t have to picture it; we moved the orange barrel off the road and onto the runway. How come? Because our theme for this year’s Good Style Fashion Show was Cleveland seasons, and we all know that Orange Barrel is an official season in Northeast Ohio.

The other official season (because there are only two) is winter, and our segment of the show was introduced by, who else, our very own and unforgettable Polar Vortex.

As you might expect, summer barely showed up in the show. Kayleen, who was one of our “summer” models, was feeling under the weather that evening so she wasn’t able to make it. Translation: Short summer for Cleveland — sadness!

Check out the fashion show photos, and let us know which one you like best!

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Hose Woes


Kick up your heels

Going barelegged is something to kick up your heels about. Photo: Stephen Travarca

By Elle
Dear readers, I need help. Summer is on the way, and while I’m eager for the warmer temperatures, I’m downright distraught about the notion of having to wear hosiery, as in (ugh) pantyhose. I dislike pantyhose. Rather, I despise pantyhose. Actually, I loathe pantyhose. Please, let me be clear on this issue: If I could go back in time, I would choke the person who created pantyhose with, duh, a pair of pantyhose.

And while I can admit that wearing hose might make one’s legs look more, I dunno, polished, have you ever considered that we don’t wear them with shorts or bathing suits? And why not then? Or consider this: We don’t wear hose on our bare arms, do we? Or, for that matter, any other part of our exposed bodies, for crying out loud. I’ve never seen hosiery designed for a neckline — have you? — and if you wear hosiery over your head, well, you’re jonesing for a ride in a squad car.
So, that said, I figure I have three options:

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