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The birthday festivities for the summer are getting started. Will you be ready for any such events? If not, shopping for color block separates, with classic white or black slacks, will help you through the season. You might even try khaki as your basic for those of you who have such a separate in your wardrobe. Those of you who don't can try shopping, but if you're looking for crisp, to the waist twill pants, they might be hard to find in the Chicagoland area.

When you're invited to a birthday bash this summer, whether you are giving the birthday party at your place or going elsewhere, it could be the opportunity to wear that favorite striking bold color block top. Royal blue might be in a new dress for you for such an occasion to brighten up the festivities. The old tried and true Macy's or Carson's special, which could be a Calvin Klein dress or Michael Kors shoes, could be a wise investment, especially if you're following the Chicago version of the Hollywood crowd's manner of dress.

Looking for something in lace, say plum colored, in a dress? Well, if your figure is slim, you may be able to slip into such an outfit, but such a dress may be gone by the time you get to the store, unless you plan to shop soon. Bloomingdale's may have something that will be a special buy, possibly reduced drastically, if it fits you. Be ready to go with an unknown new designer, something that you can debut, for the can-you-top-this formal cocktail hour occasion, such as what our model is wearing, with the right accessories.

In the Chicago area, if you're a plus size, you can probably find something smashing, whether you shop by catalog online or not, using the latest Land's End styles, if you want something classic. However, be willing to risk a return, unless you've already checked out their sizing. Coldwater Creek, with their fabulous bankruptcy sales may be the place for you and Nautica could have those classics that you might not find elsewhere. So check them out, or a favorite boutique, with the party in mind, and be ready for the birthday bash!!

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