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Timeless Fashion: Eight Articles of Clothing that Would Last You a Lifetime

 


“Fashion sighs after trends. I want timeless elegance. Fashion has no time. I do. I say: Hello Lady, how can I help you? Fashion has no time to even ask such a question because it is constantly concerned with finding out: What will come next? It is more about helping women to suffer less, to attain more freedom and independence.”-Yohji Yamamoto

It has been a given that clothing forms a pivotal aspect of our expenses.

True, while we might not precisely buy sartorial items every single day, we do wear them habitually—so much so, that if we were not to invest on quantity, we should focus on quality. For individuals who see fashion as nothing more than frivolity, clothes would be nothing more than a negligible aspect that dedicating a portion of their earnings to indulge in what they deem as a triviality would be out of the question. But even less than fashion-forward individuals would need to dress accordingly too—that is if they wish to look presentable and adequate wherever they might be headed. For individuals who think of style as paramount to their daily lives, spending a significant investment on clothes alone is not only recommended but perfunctory. After all, how they look and how they present themselves to the world is already an investment in itself. These individuals are likely comprised of people from the entertainment industry or the blogging sphere wherein they make a living out of leveraging styles, proclaiming what is in and what is out and having their followers follow suit.

In this regard, investing in quality clothing is a must—whether you occasionally pander yourself with trends or consistently wear only the latest and in-season vogues. Unfortunately, in the era of budget-friendly style, streetwear wholesale distributors, and fast fashion, quite a lot of apparel items do not stand the test of time. This is especially true for trendy statement items that would only last for a year or two before becoming obsolete. However, this is not to say that you should never buy trends here and there, but if they cannot withstand a few washes before becoming faded or unraveling at the seams. If quality is what you are aiming for, you should look for clothes that are built for the long haul and are made from suitable materials. These are the sartorial items that are designed for function rather than form and are just as stylish as the trends you are so keen on buying, but with a heftier price tag. If you always have to repair your jackets, jeans or have your clothes disintegrate after many washes, you might want to rethink and reevaluate your selection in clothes. In any case, if you want to do a closet overhaul, here are some of the timeless clothing pieces that are not only high-quality but would keep you stylishly outfitted throughout the years.

 

1.) Steven Alan Shirts

Commonly regarded as a prep staple, these shirts are timeless and stylish. Considering its very basic style, it would be perfect for any and every occasion making it the most versatile piece in your closet. Furthermore, they work with whatever style there is, are easy to wash and fit better with age. Watch out for sales and try to grab at least more than one shirt.

2.) Ralph Lauren

Undoubtedly regarded as one of the classier (and consequently, pricier) brands, Ralph Lauren tees can be seen almost everywhere. And that is pretty much understandable, with low-cost clothing distributors imitating the style, replicas and mockups of this statement piece can be found for a fraction of what it originally costs online. However, if you want quality with an eye for style, go for the authentic ones and do not be afraid to spend a little. As it is the embodiment of straightforward and classic styles, you can never go wrong—regardless of what clothing piece you choose to invest on.

3.) Spanx Hosiery

Women who are required to wear pantyhose or hosiery to work would often find themselves dismayed with the runs they usually get on their stockings from everyday wear. While it is not recommended to invest a lot of money on hosiery, it would be when you are wearing it on a daily basis. Go for Spanx hosiery as not only does the brand give you a myriad of color and texture options, but the pattern possibilities are virtually limitless. Furthermore, the brand uses the same quality on their hosiery as they do their other shapewear which makes for a quality investment.

4.) Levi’s

For your denim needs, go nowhere else but at Levi’s. An established brand since the 1870’s, you know that you can never go wrong with this brand. In fact, many might say that Levi’s is the epitome of denim itself. With its classic style and effortless sophistication, it would be no wonder why denim fans would at least have one in their closets. As true innovators of the denim industry, the brand is continuously coming up with a wide range of styles while staying true to its quality heritage. Whether your style is either super skinny, straight, bootcut to boyfriend, you are sure to have a quality pair with an eye for modern design.

5.) American Apparel

While it is known for its notoriously exorbitant basics and staples, this American brand keeps making shirts that are still trendy and kicking it like it is new. Sure, spending for their staples and basics might cost you a lot more than other fast fashion juggernauts, but at least you would know that the same items would outlast you. In this regard, they are definitely worth the extra splurge. Furthermore, as the brand is known for its relaxed California vibe, you can channel your inner valley girl that would help epitomize your inner cool and sophistication.

6.) Converse

Known as an age-old brand, Converse is definitely a shoe staple in everyone’s closet—regardless of how old you are. Its signature footwear, the Chuck Taylor, is the pinnacle of American shoe wear and almost everyone can identify with it—regardless of whether their style is straightforward classy and chic, or grunge and skater. Converse shoes never go out of style, and even if you are not into their more signature pair, they have a pair of tennis shoes that can be styled and incorporated into a multitude of street-savvy ensembles. These shoes are not only stylish to wear, but comfortable as well—a surefire addition to your wardrobes.

7.) Birkenstock Sandals

Although quite a lot of individuals would stray away from what they regard as Jewish Sandals, Birkenstock Sandals has become a staple in most closets. However, as the style is making a comeback as of late, you might want to snag a pair today. Style aside, the brand has remained popular for its durability. The sandals are known for soles that conform to your feet without ever falling apart—a true testament to its quality that has reverberated with its loyal customers over time.

8.) L.L Bean

Another brand known for being a staple of preps, L.L. Bean has proven to the masses that it is a brand that caters to more than just collar-popping preps everywhere. To this day, the brand has a consistent track record of making sartorial items that last. The brand constantly comes up with long-lasting, classic and high-functioning pieces that befit a lifetime of adventure— an excellent ensemble for anyone who has an affinity with the great outdoors. The brand is known to stock on a myriad of apparel types from swimwear, outdoor hear, fitness wear to shoes. Whatever your choice might be, you are guaranteed that these items were made to last.

 
If you are ready to make sound decisions when it comes to quality clothing without it ever becoming obsolete, unfashionable or easily destroyed, ensure that you have a look back at the brands enlisted above. With quality clothing that would outlast even you, you can ensure a lifetime of clothing durability without having to compromise style.

 

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Fashion 2018: The Biggest and Most Prominent Fall Street Styles and Trends of Today!


“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”-Miuccia Prada

It has been said that fashion is an individual’s universal and ubiquitous voice.

As style is very personal, it has been widely considered that your assemblage of clothes is a medium for showcasing who you are without even having to speak. Indeed, while these sartorial items may be easy to overlook and may seem insignificant to many, they speak a definitive language that can be understood by many. However, while fashion and style are both taken to be universal languages—metaphorically, of course—this does not mean that both are rigid aspects in our lives subject to permanence. As it is, both fashion and style are cyclical and would evolve and would then cater to consumers. Moreover, it is cyclical in such a way that what was then considered out-of-style would now be the hottest and most stylish trend and vice versa. It all depends on what style pundits and fashion providers would dictate is fashionable.

In this regard, fashion is also seasonal—so much so, that what is considered stylish and in-style varies per season. Although there is no rigid rule as to how one should dress, fashion-forward and stylish individuals have been known to pattern their wardrobes after seasonal changes. Today, as fall draws to a close, there is an imperative need to review and assess the biggest street trends of fall 2018. At this point, streetwear wholesale distributors, as well as wholesale urban clothing distributors, should be reevaluating which of the clothes they purveyed and peddled to the public worked and which ones did not. With this in consideration, they would then be able to refine what they market and put on display so as to cater to the public’s ever-changing tastes. Today’s fall streetwear fashion gave consumers quite a diverse set of new trends to try—from practical to whimsical; there is something for every sort of fashionista out there.
With a myriad of fashion trends and styles released for fall, it can be quite the feat to keep up with them. Not to worry, however, as this article has condensed all of these trends into one article for your easy reference. In any case, below is a collection of the street style trends you can likely anticipate to hit everywhere from the streets to the runways:

 

1.) Water-repellent clothing and ensembles

While this trend sent many of us shaking our heads or left us in confusion, it has now been regarded as a fall staple. Seeing as rainy weathers dominate during the fall season, it would be advisable to have an outfit that is not only stylish but practical and functional as well. If you have never envisioned yourself draped in clear plastic trench coats complemented with clear totes and boots, well you can start picturing yourself in that. Armed with any of those, the need for an umbrella would be effectively dispensed with. Furthermore, the clear plastic might shield you from the rain but in no way would it obscure your outfit. Everyone would still be able to take a glimpse of your ensembles underneath which makes for street style gold.

2.) Old trends are now fashionable again

As stated above, fashion and style are both cyclical so do not be afraid to recycle some of the old trends and sport them out on the streets. If you are a bit doubtful and confused about the flashy logos you tend to see showcased on most fashion runways, do not fret, as so are most fashion experts. However, just because you and the experts are skeptical does not mean that there is no working around to this trend. Ease into the trend by starting small and do not immediately jump the gun by going for the boldest and most prominent logos. Start with small and straightforward logos like the heritage logos and motifs of Fendi (you can never go wrong with the interlocking F’s) or Burberry’s classic print or even Coach’s stacked C’s. These logos are recognizable without being too in-your-face, so they are rather easy to wear and perfect for easing into the trend.

3.) Show off some leg

To some, leaving your legs bare during the colder seasons might seem unheard of. Furthermore, you might even think that this trend is unheard of. And yet, we have seen a series of photos of leggy women all sporting their bare legs during the winter season. In this regard, this fashion trend can be done—even during the colder months. The trick, however, is to create a balance between showing enough skin and ensuring that you do not get cold. So, go ahead and wear the ultra-miniskirt and frocks—just make sure to pair them with tights to keep you adequately warm.

4.) Bold animal prints

Zebra and leopard prints might be something you are hesitant to wear, but with the style spilling out from the runway to the streets, it seems to be an imminent staple in every woman’s closet. This street style trend has been somewhat of a mainstay for years now, but it seems that apart from celebrities, only runway models wore them. However, it has now been widely accepted to don yourself in head-to-toe animal print—whether they may be spots or stripes (or a combination of both). So, break out of your color blocks and monochromes and think of these animal prints as your new neutrals.

5.) Reimagined pastels

Back in the day, it seemed like winter pastels consisted of pale mint and lavender. In fact, these two hues are the likely colors most fashion individuals would be seen sporting during the colder season. Indeed, a few years back it seemed that matching our outfits to the somber weather was the long-standing trend. However, this year, we have seen a full-range of pastel colors everywhere from the traditional powder blue to something bolder and brighter such as Creamsicle orange and chiffon yellow giving women a lot more legroom when it comes to choosing color complements to their outfits. In lieu of garbing yourself in all-black, why not go for something a bit more feminine and fresh such as donning yourself in a myriad of pastel colors ensemble. Give your outfits an unexpected twist by sporting some summery colors for the fall and colder seasons.

6.) Flower power for every season

It seemed that floral prints, much like how the pastel color, was only reserved for summer and spring seasons. However, this no longer holds true as today, the colder and greyer the weather becomes, people are encouraged to wear brighter and louder prints such as floral and the like. After all, your outfit does not have to match the downcast weather. In fact, you can make the day a bit perkier and chirpier by wearing something a little more festive than subdued and muted colors. Look for super-vivid, graphic and even neon prints to make your ensembles stand and pop out during the darker seasons.

7.) Winter-White Pants

You can do away with the adage of not wearing white pants after Labor Day as the sentiment no longer holds true. In this season, a pair of white trousers would be the pivotal piece to what would be every woman’s iconic and fashionable uniform. It does not matter whether the pair they choose would be skinny or flared or whether the fabric is denim or silk, the departure from the long-held trend would undoubtedly catch eyes when you are wearing them out on the streets.
Indeed, the world of fashion has seen some significant and innovative changes recently, and along with that, women are given a wide array of fashion options at their disposal. With these biggest and most prominent fashion trends, update your wardrobes and closets for the oncoming season and make room for a fresher, more sophisticated and ultra-glam daily look.

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Fashion Blogging 101: A Five-Step Definitive Guide to Starting Your Own Fashion Blog


“You are considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion…but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity.”-Sofia Coppola

You have a unique fashion sense and a particular affinity for sartorial items that others do not seem to possess. To you, clothes are not just merely objects we use to cover ourselves in, to you, it is a form of communication—a subliminal message if you may, of what you wish to convey to onlookers. In conjunction to your distinct style, you have developed a habit for shopping the latest fashion trends and styles. Resultantly, you seem to be one of those girls with the most coveted wardrobes—one that complete and versatile enough for any season and any type of wear. With all these, you have envisaged a dream, one wherein you can share your passion for fashion and style with the rest of the world and with that you have engendered the idea of creating a fashion blog.

Indeed, a fashion blog is one of the effective vehicles for showcasing your style ideas to the world and for some; it is an avenue for an entrepreneurial venture. However, regardless of what your reasons for starting a blog are—whether to indulge your hobby or turn it into a lucrative business—the fact remains that your penchant for fashion alone would not suffice to make it big. After all, there is a myriad of fashion blogs available online right now that you need to ensure you have material that makes yours tick and of course, stand out. It would not bode you or your blog well if you only copied and emulated what everyone is doing. You need to offer something different, and you need to be consistent in your content as well. Sure, the internet is a known effective platform for establishing a personal brand—but you need be memorable in order to do just that. It requires hard work and determination. In any case, whether you wish to display your burgeoning love for clothes or just wish to demonstrate how fashionistas can save by quite a lot if they opted to buy more wholesale urban fashion clothing, here is a definitive guide that will aid you in your endeavor.
(A word of caution though: Blogging requires your utmost commitment if you wish to succeed. It is not something that is done out of impulse and on a whim—especially if you wish to profit from it. Plus, with the stiff competition in the blogging sphere, there is no room for you to slack. So know that it will take every bit of your determination if you genuinely wish to see success in this venture.)

1.) Get a catchy domain name and your own host

Tumblr and Blogger might be free, and likewise, they are useful blogging platforms. Unfortunately, if you wish to give your blog page a veneer of professionalism, you would not start your blogs here. Blogger and Tumblr, albeit free, should only be used as promotional tools for your main blog or website. It should complement your main blog and not replace it. Its sole purpose should be to give your blog more exposure and drive more traffic to your main blog page. Furthermore, if you want to have a recognizable brand and grow it, then you should have your own domain name and blog hosting so as to start a WordPress blog. You would be surprised how some of the best sites started their blogging endeavors this way.

2.) Discover what makes you fabulous

Much like it was stated above, being different is paramount when it comes to establishing a recognized brand. You need to know what makes you different and what makes you tick. Remember, there is quite a lot of competition ahead of you and in the same industry. If you wish to stay relevant, you need to figure out what you need to do differently or run the risk of getting lost in all the noise.

3.) Publish incredible content

After you have your blog up and running, it is now time to brainstorm some relevant ideas and topics that might be useful to your blog. Do not simply type anything you can in under an hour and expect it to gain traction in traffic. Before you hit publish, you need to think of well-thought-of topics that are not only riveting and up-to-date but ones that your audience would be able to relate to as well. Blogging is a challenge, but it can be rewarding. Lastly, in the interest of consistency, publish articles and content regularly so as to keep your followers coming back for more.

4.) Expand your network

If you wish for word to get out about your fabulous blog, then you need to engage with your audience. Make friends and establish relationships with your readers and followers. To build on your network, expand it by befriending other bloggers that already have an established and recognized brand. You might not just know it, but they might be the key to funneling more traffic to your website. Plus, they can always choose to promote your pages on their websites as well. To do this, you need to grow your mailing list and being active on social media platforms such as Google+ and Facebook.

5.) Find the perfect theme

Now that you have done the pivotal steps to fashion blogging, it is time to pepper it with aspects and elements that would attract more viewers and readers. Most creative blogs have a theme about them. If you have chosen WordPress as your primary blogging channel, you would immediately notice a default theme assigned to it upon installation. However, much like how it is in fashion, not quite everyone looks great wearing the same outfit. In this regard, your blog should have a theme that is both easy on the eyes and easily identifiable. Remember, themes are pretty much like the clothes for your blogging websites and lucky for you, there is quite an immense library for themes at your disposal—at least this is the case in WordPress. In selecting a theme, do not simply arbitrarily choose one but consider what you want the theme to convey. After all, you want to dress up your blog, but at the same time, it should also be functional. So, in this regard, make sure that your theme is in line with what your blogging website wishes to offer. Consider what your needs are, not only just for the time being but the future as well. Be wary though; some themes may not correspond exactly with some of the features you might want to include on your website. Storefront or specific performance metrics might require a different a distinct theme so be sure to check on that first.
By this time, you have already done it so give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Sure, fashion blogging is hard work and would require your constant dedication in order for it to work. But once you have the attention of the viewers you are aiming for and have the steady traction of your target audience, you would find that the venture can be incredibly rewarding. By following this concise overview of starting up a fashion blog, you would now have a functional blog at your disposal. Use it to further your endeavors in fashion or strengthen your new career in fashion. Let it be the means to put your business on the map and attract new clients by communicating your ideas through your niche as sophisticatedly and elegantly as possible. With the new skills you will have learned here, it is inevitable that you would establish not only a strong online web presence but a real-life presence to match it as well. In this regard, you would not be only known for being well-dressed on social media pages and the Internet, but in the real world as well.

 

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Style 101: Easy Ways to Upgrade and Elevate Your Style


“Fashion is about dressing according to what is fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”-Oscar de la Renta

It has been said that fashion is what you are provided with throughout the year and style is what you resultantly do with it.

In this regard, we can safely assume that style is inherently subjective and in, a sense, unique only to the wearer. Although there might be hints and aspects of it that may seem similar to or emulated and inspired others, there should be distinct notes and hints about your sartorial ensemble that would make it personal to you. This distinct note might be in the form of a wholesale Steve Madden pair of shoes or anything else. Regardless of what it might be, it would be that aspect in your clothing ensemble that would set you apart from the rest—a style you can call your very own. Sticking to a style might be novel, but unrealistic. After all, as you mature your taste and preferences would evolve. Similarly, your predilection for certain fashion items and sartorial styles would also change. You might even find yourself outgrowing certain trends you once were so passionate and enthusiastic about, and this is a good thing. This means that you have continuously refined your sartorial and style tastes—so much so that you are a bit more discriminating when it comes to what is in and trendy.

However, while upgrading your style is advised and commended even, it would be quite the feat to do—especially if you are operating without an expendable budget. Seeing as you cannot really replenish what you need, elevating your style game would take you a lot of hard work. In this regard, you cannot always get what you want and what you have is not always what you want. Do not fret, however, as there is a myriad of ways to address this dilemma without compromising your finances or your style. Elevating your style game requires you to understand the basic principles of clothing and knowing which ones look good on you. Moreover, a discriminating eye and discerning taste are integral to an effective style upgrade.

In any case, if you have been hoping to upgrade your style, here are the ways you can do so:

1.) Believe in what you are wearing

In a sense, this is like saying be confident in the clothing ensemble you are walking in. Confidence matters because it means you are owning your style and have enough conviction to wear it. After all, you can be wearing the coolest, trendiest, branded and well-fitted outfit and still look drab if you do not have even the slightest hint of confidence and ownership in what you wear. Injecting a bit of panache and swag into your outfit is essential to making it come to life. In fact, fashion experts would advocate this and would even go as far as to say that confidence is the soul of an outfit. Take note: The biggest and most significant aspect of style is never about the clothes you are wearing, but the manner in which you wear it in and how it would closely fit your demeanor.

No one is telling you to be downright obnoxious and egotistical, but subtly and silently being confident in what you are wearing already speaks louder than the words you might utter.

2.) Commit to a print

Sure plain clothing items are considered a classic, but you would also need to venture forth and experiment with prints as well. Unfortunately, prints can either be a hit or miss as you would never know whether a certain print would look great on you or would give off the right kind of silhouette. However, this does not mean to say you should do away with prints forever. Instead, what you can do is to commit to a single print and make that your signature print look. Go for bold ones rather than settling for something merely pretty.

Invest in a print and select the one that keeps your silhouette sleek and simple. Of course, it is important to factor in your comfort while wearing it as well.

3.) Learn how and where to buy used clothing

If you have always been averse to the idea of buying and wearing used clothes, now might be the time to change that perspective into a more adaptable one. To the uninitiated, thrift shops are something of a gold mine of all sorts which makes it deal for deal and bargain hunters. You can find an assortment of stuff inside, and as expected, heaps upon heaps of clothing which you can use—and some of them are from luxury brands as well! This is perfect for individuals on a budget as they can easily find used clothing that suits their style and would not hurt their finances as well.

Remember, style is cyclical, so there is a likely chance that when you visit a thrift shop, you would be able to find clothing items that are sharp and stylish. Sure, they might have already been produced even way before you were born, but they are stylish now, and that is what counts.

4.) Invest in some staples

A closet could never be considered complete if it does not have at least the basic style and fashion staples every woman needs to up her fashion game. Basics and fashion staples comprise of sartorial items that are versatile, classic and would go with almost anything you might have in your closet. These are timeless pieces that would remain in style regardless of what fashion year or season we might be in.

In this regard, always remember to pepper your fashion hunts with basics as well. After all, you can never have enough of these as these are the types of clothes that would see the heaviest wear.

5.) Learn how to make simple customizations

Sewing might have never been your forte, but that does not mean you should forego learning the skill altogether. Fact is, it is imperative to learn even the most basic skills as it would make it easier for you (and your pocket) to repair sartorial items without needing any professional help. Should you have a hole in the elbow of your sweater, you can easily sew a patch over it. If you have a dirty spread or the like, you can easily customize it to cover the blemished part or turn it into something new. These customizations ensure that the clothes you dispense with are reduced, and it also mitigates your trips to professional tailors and dressmakers.

Furthermore, it gives your old clothing a breath of life. They can even be on the brink of extinction, and you would see them flourish as if they were brand new—an effective workaround and alternative to simply shopping for new clothes.

6.) Do not invest in too many trends

Nobody is telling you to cease shopping for trends, but this does not mean that your closet should be filled only with trendy items either. Of course, with the constant stream of trends endorsed and purveyed by celebrities and social media influencers, it is inevitable not to fall into the pit of following them. However, only do so minimally and only when necessary. In this regard, it would also be best if you tried to steer clear of branded trends and stick with retail brands that offer them for so much less.

Sure, pick up and item here or there, but if you do not see yourself wearing them forever and ever, you might want to give it a second thought before you bring it to the check-out counter.

 

 

Curating sartorial and fashion items in order to create a wardrobe filled only with things you would not only wear but would actually love to wear might sound fun, but it can be rather challenging—especially if you are on a budget. However, you would find that this sartorial selection endeavor would all be worth it once you have finally engendered a closet loaded only with much-coveted clothing and style items. In this regard, you would find that dressing in the morning is not only something that would come easier, but it might be something you would look forward to.

The Psychology of Style: Eight Excellent Reasons to Advocate a Well-Dressed Lifestyle

 
“Being perfectly well-dressed gives one a tranquility that no religion can bestow.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has been widely believed and accepted that being well-dressed is not only an outward manifestation of one’s personal style but rather an excellent display of good manners as well.

While some might argue that clothes and style are just negligible and easily overlooked aspects of our lives, one cannot deny that they heavily contribute to how one is perceived. In this regard, we can say come to the assumption that others would seemingly form their initial impressions of us based on we look and clothe ourselves. With this in consideration, clothes should not only be seen as garments which we use to cover ourselves but rather echoes of our personal style of which we want to convey to onlookers. In this sense, sartorial clothes are not so insignificant after all as in a way; it is also a form of communication. Because clothes play a pivotal role on leveraging others’ perception of you (as well as say a lot about the kind of manners you have), clothing and style should be paramount—especially when you are going to be meeting individuals for the first time. Style, albeit seen as a frivolity, resonates the kind of message you want the world (or at least your onlookers) to hear. Clothes are merely the vehicle of which we channel our style. The resulting sartorial assemblage would be our interpretation and in a way, our personal style.

With a myriad of clothes available at our disposal—from wholesale urban fashion to style retailers, we do not really have a reasonable excuse to disregard our style. So, if you have not adopted a stylish lifestyle, perhaps the reasons below would finally convince you to do so. In any case, here are the reasons why you should advocate a stylish and well-dressed lifestyle.

1.) Clothing is a primary instrument in engendering an excellent first impression

Actually no, good does not cut it, but rather clothing aids you in creating an excellent or at least positive first impression. No matter how much we try to justify it at the end of the day, people are superficial beings, and as a result, much of their assessment of you hinges on how you look and present yourself. In this regard, clothes play a substantial role. Dress like a slob, and you will be perceived as so. Dress like a CEO, and you will be seen as a successful individual. Although it is not exactly something to be proud of, it is how the world works and if you want to leverage people’s assumptions about you—at the very least, their first impressions—then, you would have to do your part in formulating that effect.

2.) Being well-dressed gives you a boost in confidence

A significant aspect in self-confidence hinges itself on your personal appearance. In fact, people who advocate self-confidence would almost always tell you to work on your personal appearance before proceeding anywhere else. Take this as good advice because, really, it works. Psychology postulates that people tend to perform better when they feel that they do deserve better and much of this has something to do with what you war. So, dress well, after all, a well-dressed individual immediately commands respect—not only from his or her peers but from others as well.

3.) Dressing sharp makes you more productive and useful at work

Regardless of what your job title might be or who you might be working for (or even if you own the company you are working for), if you are well-dressed, you have this natural inclination to be a lot more productive at work. You tend to be more useful as a result of how sharply you dressed for that day. After all, looking respectable commands deference from your colleagues, peers or your team—which is a significant advantage in the corporate world.

4.) It is an excellent step towards self-improvement

Investing a bit of your time and effort into looking not only presentable, but respectable as well will have a significant impact on your overall lifestyle. In meticulously choosing your sartorial garments and making a conscious decision on how you should look for the day would bolster your self-confidence which creates a ripple effect that would positively alter your lifestyle. Your confidence will inevitably grow, and your self-perception would definitely change—and this is just the beginning of many changes. From this point onwards, you may notice how people would start treating you differently as they have noticed that something about you has changed. Moreover, it might motivate you to make some lifestyle changes you have never thought of advocating before. You might not know it, but it might just inspire you to work out, eat better or even pursue the job you really want and the life you wish to lead–not a bad ensuing effect just for a set of clothes, right?

5.) A well-dressed individual notices detail in others

If you have been dressing sharply for quite a while, you would then begin to notice all the little details that used to fly by your radar before. Things that used to be insignificant to you such as the collar shape, pocket square selection and other details in dressing well would now matter to you. As a result, you would see them in other individuals as well and so would they on you. As expected, other well-dressed individuals would appreciate the time and effort you invested in your appearance to which they would give you appreciative nods and smiles. Think of an excellently put-together outfit as the ID to a secret society where all of its members are other well-dressed individuals. The subtle nod or appreciative smile might be the secret gesture for this elite society of stylish and fashionable individuals.

6.) Specific clothing pieces make statements about you

Much like how a physician’s coat is directly associated with a doctor and how a lawyer’s suit is easily identified with attorneys, a good and sharply chosen outfit is associated with an influential role. In a way, they can be seen as status symbols—no matter how subtle, and the people wearing them may even choose to live vicariously through the clothes they wear until such time that they start emulating the type of lifestyle associated with the outfit. The latter is not necessarily a bad thing as in one way or another; it can significantly improve an individual’s station in life. Other subtle effects would also communicate detailed information for the individual who invests part of his or her efforts and spends their time in planning a dapper outfit.

7.) Being well-dressed teaches responsibility

It might sound like its reaching for justifications, but the truth is caring for your appearance has an effect on making you into a more responsible individual. To some, this might just be silly reasoning, but in order to be well-dressed, you have to keep track of little details that are otherwise insignificant to others. Details such as knowing which shirts to be ironed, which belt goes with what bag, which pairs of shoes need to be shined and anything similar are things that you have to do for yourself. These habits reinforce a strong mental attention to meticulous detail and would resultantly make an individual plan ahead—a good skill which can be very much useful in any profession or career.

8.) Dressing well gives you a competitive edge

Being a sharply dressed gives you a competitive edge—not only professionally, but almost in every aspect of life. Sometimes, no matter how subtle, your manner of dress would help you close a potential deal or sale, assist you in drumming up a new business or the like. Much like how the sentiment “dress for success” goes, choosing your articles of clothing carefully and assembling them to make a powerful outfit can contribute to giving you an edge over your peers. After all, a strong impression would not only be an excellent first impression; it leaves a lasting one as well—one which you should endeavor to do (particularly if you are in the field of business where you interact with a lot of people). Dressing well shows that you care about yourself and would somehow mean people should take you more seriously.
Clothes, although seen as a trifling aspect of life, should not be considered as so. An individual who endeavors to be better dressed should not be seen as superficial but rather well-mannered. After all, dressing for success and dressing for the job you want (and not the one you have) are resonated through outward displays of excellent style and fashion. You might just be surprised at how it can potentially change your outlook on life. So go ahead, put on that tailored suit, slip on those beautiful shoes and tie the ensemble altogether with a bespoke shirt to look dapper. You might not know it, but transforming yourself into a dapper individual might be just what you need to turn your life around.
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Brand Recognition: Seven Ways Fashion Brands Can Work with Influencers


“A brand is not a product or a promise or a feeling. It is the sum of all the experiences you have with a company.” –Amir Kassaei

In the age of all things online, it would be quite unthinkable not to market your brand on the Internet.

Since its inception and the subsequent advent of digital marketing strategies, more and more brands have taken creative and ingenious measures to have their brand recognized not only locally, but worldwide. Indeed, investing in an excellent online marketing strategy would get you a broader scope in terms of audience and reach. In this regard, any brand would be able to achieve globalization. While this is a practical approach in almost every industry in the world, it makes the most waves and a significant impact on the fashion industry. Fashion has always been known to be visual inasmuch that clever advertising would require a presence on social media.

Regardless of what time it is of the day, you can always count on various people to be logged onto their social media accounts. And if you are an individual who possesses sound business acumen, you would do well to know that you should exploit that phenomenon. Whether you are a small brand specializing in wholesale urban clothing distributors or a well-known brand looking to capitalize on brand recognition, online advertising would really do wonders for you. However, how does one begin its endeavor in online advertising? With a myriad of tracks and routes at your disposal, it can be rather hard to pick out just one. In the fashion industry, however, leveraging on an influencer marketing strategy would be your best option. So, how do you go about this? Know that there are a lot more options for collaboration than simply uploading an Instagram image with a single, and lousy tag that states where the sartorial ensemble is from.

Incidentally, if that is your cringe-worthy strategy, then you would need to come up with better captions as well as online techniques. There are several different ways you can collaborate on a creative approach and work on a mutually beneficial campaign. If you have been searching for the best way for your fashion brand to work with influencers—either for short-term engagements or long-term partnerships across a range of platforms, here are some of the options you can utilize for your online marketing campaign:

1.) Gifting product for consideration

Known to be the most popular (and effective) strategy, gifting products is a technique that has been around for quite a while. In exchange for digital mentions as well as coverage, fashion brands would offer their products to style and fashion influencers—which, in a sense, is a win-win situation for both parties. Style influencers would seemingly get a freebie while fashion brands would get the kind of coverage and advertising they want. Think of gifting as more of a PR activity in a sense that it does not necessarily guarantee you the coverage you are aiming for. But, if you are an unrecognized brand, this would be an excellent opportunity to test the prowess of online advertising. Similarly, this would also be a good avenue to test the waters on what a working relationship between you and an influencer would look like. Not only would gifting be low cost, but the potential to spread rapid brand awareness and exposure are quite high. So, if you are looking to saturate the market with your brand, try this route.

2.) The Standard Outfit Post

Outfit posts would generally mean having style influencers utilize an item or items in a particular sartorial ensemble which would thereby promote the brand by creating compelling content using said product. More often than not, outfit posts are hinged on negotiated agreements between a fashion brand and a style influencer. Agreements would range from openly including garments from the brand to tagging said brand in an image that would be shared on a particular social media platform. Collaborations such as this one can either be paid in cash or exchanged for products depending on what the style influencer and the fashion brand has agreed upon.

3.) Try-on Haul Video

One of the most popular ways to advertise your brand is through a try-on haul video which can be particularly useful if you are sending an influencer a range of products for them to try on. Make sure to select a style influencer with an existing Youtube channel and who has a lot of followers as well. Ask them to do a try-on haul video on their channel for the influencer engagement. Moreover, give them the creative freedom to style your items the way they would naturally wear them without any suggestions from your end. In this regard, the video would not only have a more authentic feel to it, but it would also show their followers the genuine look and fit of the piece. Similarly, it would also show the viewers a more natural manner of assembling your products instead of the video feeling like an aggressive ad campaign. Most vloggers have an excellent relationship with their viewers as well as their audience because they create content that is engaging. With this in mind, try-on haul videos can be an effective collaboration strategy.

4.) Creating a Lookbook

Lookbooks have been around for quite some time and have been the most popular avenue for collaboration at one point. Lookbook creation in partnership with a fashion brand is an excellent avenue for bloggers and vloggers alike. This is because the production of a lookbook involves creating a series of clothing ensembles utilizing the products of the fashion brand. For a more effective approach, consider focusing on a singular style or theme so that the imagery would mesh well together. With this in mind, incorporate only those styles with harmonious elements all throughout. Alternatively, your lookbook themes could be seasonal such as creating a look for the summer or winter. You could also try focusing on a particular fashion trend that has been making waves in the world of fashion or a color palette that is rather popular.

5.) Style them for an event

If you are working with high-profile style and fashion influencers such as celebrities, this would be the most appropriate strategy for you to build brand recognition. Well-known and revered personalities would almost always get invited to local, national and even international fashion events such as fashion weeks and the like. To build your brand recognition, style an influencer for the event. Alternatively, you could send them products from your brand which they can consider wearing (make sure to include a lot of options!). As a result, their audience would no doubt see their clothing ensembles for the event when it gets posted across their platforms (not to mention the press coverage it gets). Do note that when you style an influencer or a celebrity for an event, you have to consider their personal aesthetic as well as their personal style—not only for a more authentic feel but for better results. While incorporating some style elements from your brand is recommended, be sure to include what the influencer thinks looks good as well.

6.) Engage them as a brand ambassador

Building a long-term relationship and partnership with an influencer requires them to be your brand ambassador. Contractual agreements may vary depending on the fashion brand, but more often than not, it includes sections on promotional activities as well as exclusivity. Having influencers as brand ambassadors would work well for authenticity. Moreover, it builds conversions fasters, and you will resultantly get quite a lot of referrals over time through an influencer’s genuine love for the brand or repetition. By extension of your long-term relationship with the influencer, you would also get to build a relationship with their audience as well as their followers which would then mean you can interact with your consumers at a more personal level.

7.) Employ influencers to be your product model

Most of the time, when people idolize a model or a celebrity, they think whatever they have on or are using is good by association. In the roughest sense, this is how product sponsorships work. In the same regard, you can employ the same strategy with your brand by selecting influencers who have a significant number of followers and inviting them to be your product models. No doubt, fashion brands would need product models for their catalogs, websites and social media content. Think of this as an avenue to share your brand organically with their followers as well as connect your brand with a well-known personality which would invite more consumers to your brand. In selecting a product model, look for an individual who you think would be an excellent fit for your brand’s style. Do not forget to take your target customers’ demographics into account as well.

 

If you have been looking to leverage your brand recognition, try the strategies enumerated above and let these influencers speak for your brand. However, consider being critical and meticulous in choosing your influencers—after all, you are choosing an individual who would not only promote your brand but by extension would also represent it as well.

 

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Style Edict: Fashion Rules that are Either Obsolete or Irrelevant this 2018


“It is a new era in fashion where there are no rules. It is all about the individual and personal style.”-Alexander McQueen

It has always been a given that when it comes to things that matter, rules should be applied in order to have a semblance of order about you. The same sentiment is employed as regards things that people are passionate about, but is not that an irony in itself?

When you have a burgeoning passion for something such as art or writing, should it not be approached with total and wanton abandon? Would it not be a little more meaningful if it were unrestrained and in effect would it not feel a little more liberating? Aspects and worldly things such as art and fashion should not be inhibited and encumbered by rules and rigid rubrics—but, here we are. In these contemporary times where revolutionary leaps and advancements were made not only to technology, but to fashion as well, fashion forward people should not feel restricted to the rules proclaimed by so-called style pundits and fashion icons. Today, modern fashion has dictated that style should not only be unique and individualistic but unrepressed and free as well.

In this regard, people should endeavor not to pay meticulous care about the past fashion edicts that were issued and should focus more on what they deem to look good on them. Today, contemporary fashion caters to just about everyone and with wholesale clothing offer a wide variety of sartorial options, nobody would be left out. In this regard, creating, finding and developing your personal style would not only be possible, but heavily encouraged. So, if you have ever found yourself bound to the same set of fashion rules or are still likely obsessing over style proclamations that are hardly relevant or are even obsolete today, take a gander at the list below. In this regard, you would not only be able to develop a few fashion rules for your own, but reevaluate and reassess your sartorial options and choices as well.

1.) You need different clothes for different occasions

While no one is likely going to tell you to ditch your pajamas and swimwear in favor of one set and style of clothes, no one would tell you to have a complete nighttime ensemble either. Back in the day, it used to be that people would wear pajama sets that included silk robes and even slippers. Some of them would even go as far as to embellishing the entire ensemble with sparkly statement jewelry, but today that is hardly the trend. In fact, today’s fashion would even see what you would normally consider as bedroom wear as things you would wear to the nightclub or even to the grocery store. Contemporary style has made unconventionality the height of fashion. The time for wardrobes segmented into strict categories such as “dressy and casual” is in the past. Today, anything goes. What is important is that what you are wearing does not only look good, but feel good to you as well.

2.) Leggings and sweatpants are not pants

It was precisely this statement that caused a global debate in the fashion world. It seems that some people just could not wrap their head around the concept of wearing leggings (a ubiquitous fashion staple for women) and sweatpants as a pair of jeans. However, today, with more and more women favoring them not only for their elasticity and ease of convenience in wearing, it seems rather backward to not consider them as pants. Do yourself a favor and ditch the idea that leggings can never pass off as pants, you will live happier that way. Not only are these sartorial staples easy to wash, but they do not take up too much space in your closets as well. With all those attributes on a single sartorial item, is it really any wonder why women would hoard them?

3.) Everyone should save for an investment bag

Articles about style and online fashion blogs have all decreed the importance of a single statement bag to a woman—an investment piece that would likely cost her at least three months’ worth of her salary. In fact, as most of these investment and statement bags are priced at a premium, majority of women folk would not be able to afford even just one straight out. In this regard, these style sites have taken it upon themselves to offer articles detailing their advice on how to save for one. If owning a statement Louis Vuitton has always been your dream, then go ahead and take the plunge. But do know that in today’s fashion times, there is quite a myriad of brands who are producing high-quality bags that can be heirlooms. The best part about these bags is that you would not have to starve yourself in order to afford one—it would not even require you to adjust your standard of living and lifestyle. In essence, owning one of these (or even two) is a lot more practical than going for a bag you literally have to toil over just to afford.

4.) Older women should not follow trends

Whoever said this rule should be publicly flogged. Saying older women should not follow trends is like saying they are not allowed to have their own personal style—which goes against what fashion stands for. Being trendy is not exclusively for the young. Although the conventional wisdom holds that women should dress more like their age and should be a bit more conservative over time, know that this does not apply to contemporary style and modern fashion. Just think of the consequences you would face should you follow this advice. By abstaining from trends by the time you are sixty, you are effectively relegating yourself to matronly wear such as black slacks and twinsets. Not a very good choice, is it not? Yes, it is age appropriate but it is not exactly as fun. It does not matter what age you are, be unapologetic about your love for fashion and wear things you do love and look great in.

5.) Never wear pants that do not fit

Over the past years, women have always stood by the advice that your pants should be perfectly tailored to fit your body. However, the last few years has seen a refreshing twist and change to do that. With the rise of the mom and boyfriend jeans, it seems that the iconic pair of awkward pants has become the new trendy thing to wear. Ripped and frayed hems have joined the bandwagon as well and women cannot help but try on these different styles. Back then, pants should be well-tailored that when the fashion industry first introduced the elephant-leg pant, everyone scoffed at it. Today however, wide-legged cropped jeans and their well-known and loved cousins such as culottes and the like make for a perfectly acceptable silhouette. So, break free from the street safe pants and look for ones that are a little bit oversized and at times so overly long. Sure, they may have enough fabric to actually conceal your shoes and drag on the ground, but they make for an excellent fashion statement. They may not be always right, but you cannot deny that they are not only elegant, but sophisticated as well.

6.) Heels are a must when you want to look fancy

A pair of heels is great and there is no denying that every woman needs at least one as well. However, while they can make your calves look toned in just minutes, they are also a pain to wear. Just imagine yourself in them for a full night at the club and you can already imagine the pain you are submitting your feet to. Fashion does not have to feel like you are punishing yourself as it can be both beautiful and comfortable. So, if you feel yourself gravitating to a pair of sneakers or fancy flats, there is no reason to wear a pair of pinching stilettos just because you want to look fancy. By all means, wear a pair of sneakers as not only is this considered a rising new trend, you would be making waves and be considered a refreshing trendsetter—a revolutionary fashionista worth emulating.

7.) Women wear women’s clothes while men wear men’s clothes

This belief could not be any more irrelevant than in today’s contemporary fashion time where there has been a rising trend in androgynous looks. Women are no longer constrained to feminine styles and men can now even be seen sporting bags—elegantly so. So, do not confine yourself to gender-specific styles and try to break ground with sartorial styles you have always wanted to try—even if they are not incredibly feminine.

While style has been mostly considered a hit or miss thing, know that you should not restrict yourself to a certain set of rules imposed by people who thought they knew better. Remember, modern fashion is all about finding your style, creating it and developing it and to do that, you must take a look past these rules. Not only would this be completely liberating, but you would feel a lot more in tune to your style as well.

 

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Shop Smarter: Six Valuable Lessons You Learn When You Stop Purchasing Clothes

 


“Touching clothes is just shopping foreplay, but it is changing. After all, you do not need to try a Mercedes to know that you would like one.” –Natalie Massenet

Women have a very interesting relationship with clothes and shopping for them.

The reality is that they cannot live with it nor can they ever learn to live without it. Considering this, most women would soon find themselves acquiring and hoarding clothes even if the occasion does not really call for it. After all, most of them live by the mantra that you can never have too many clothes and that a little variety would not hurt anyone—at least to the shopaholics anyhow. However, while there is no real harm in buying a piece of clothing or two just to indulge your fancy or give yourself a little reward, hoarding them by the dozens monthly is an entirely different story.

There is a big difference between buying a dress or two for this month and accumulating clothes as each week passes.
After all, you would not want to be too caught up in abusing your credit card, blowing most of your paycheck alone or borrowing money simply to satisfy your sartorial hoarding urges. If you have already been in a scenario wherein you opened up your credit card statement only to find out that you are way too far over what you had estimated, then it might be high time to reevaluate your shopping habits. Your credit card statement should not constantly shock you and if it does, then try to observe where your shopping whims have gone astray. If a significant amount is solely dedicated to catering to your sartorial shopping whims, then you might want to hold back on clothes shopping for a while. In the endeavor of ceasing your shopping excursions, you will find that you would learn quite a lot and some of them can be potentially cathartic.

Here are some of those lessons that you learn during this self-imposed sartorial abstinence:

1.) Shopping Addiction is a real thing

They do not call it retail therapy after all. Regardless of whether your shopping preferences are whether cheap wholesale clothing or retail, you will still inevitably be spending money. It matters not whether the need for shopping is there or not, when you have had that taste of clothes shopping, it can be rather easy to get addicted. Unfortunately, avoiding malls, boutiques and shops would not be much help. If you have internet connection, temptation will creep up to you as an online ad.

2.) You will save a ton of money

It is not really something you notice immediately, and the change can be a bit subtle. But within the first month of not buying any clothes, your credit card statement would look a lot like something you could realistically afford to pay. This would mean more savings for you and resultantly, a meatier bank account. Sure, you may think that the clothes you buy tend to be basic and do not really cost much. But while one or two would not really chip away at your bank account, accumulating two or three every week can easily stack up.

3.) You can spend that money on other things like food

Imagine the times you had to reject your friends’ offers in dining out just because you had spent over your credit limit. Now, that would be a thing of the past as saving money on clothes means that you have more money to spend on other things such as dinners with friends, occasional drinks at the bar or even treating your significant other out to date. While it might not seem like it to you now, the memories you would make and the relationships you would cultivate would be worth so much more than the branded pair of stilettos you buy off of the mall.

4.) You find more fun alternative things to do on your downtime

You will find that actively avoiding shopping for clothes would give you more time to do things you would not usually do. You might even find yourself gravitating towards these things and looking forward to doing them. In actively trying to avoid purchasing clothes, you might find yourself seeing more of your friends or even taking a spin class. Sure, you might argue that shopping can be a social event which you can do with other people as well. But when you are indulging a shopping addiction, you tend to do most of your purchasing excursions alone.

5.) Your love for your old clothes would be renewed

Going on a self-imposed sartorial shopping diet means you are constrained to the things left in your closet. Inevitably, this would mean you have to reunite with the old things you used to never wear. In a sense, it would renew your relationship with your old clothes and make you realize what made you fall for them in the fall place. Moreover, this gives you the avenue to reorganize your closet and purge it of the unnecessary things you might have bought. In a sense, you would be effectively hitting two birds with one stone: Cleaning out your closet and rediscovering your love for your old clothes. Who knows? You might even find yourself having that same panache for wearing your once-loved clothes.

6.) You realize that you have some things you might never want to wear again

Tin the organization of your closet, you will inevitably come across clothes that were once worn by the ghost of former you. At one point, you might have found these ensembles trendy and haute couture but looking at them now makes you cringe. In fact, it might even make you wonder what made you buy them in the first place. Not to worry, we all go through that phase anyhow. What is more important is that you have cleared your wardrobe out of that abomination and made it a point never to hoard unnecessary clothes that are considered to be “in season” or trendy ever again.

 

 

While going on a self-imposed sartorial shopping abstinence can be a little challenging—especially if you are used to accumulating so many articles of clothing in your life—it is doable. Moreover, it is worth every cent or dollar you will ever save. You might not see instantaneous results, but once you do, you might just find yourself never wanting to go back to that kind of lifestyle again. After all, while a girl can never have too many clothes, a girl needs to know her credit limit as well.

 

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Shop Smarter: Essential Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Should Splurge On


“I always feel that if you are going to be uncomfortable and unhappy in something, just because you think it is in or it is chic, I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It is better to be happy.”-Iris Apfel

How do well-dressed and fashion-forward women look so stylish? How do they execute such fashionable clothing ensembles? Have they made it their primary responsibility to ensure they would always look their best? Even on days wherein, they do not feel like dressing to the nines at all?

Well, the truth is far simpler than that.

Well-dressed women have always made their wardrobes a paramount consideration when it comes to doing investments. As a result, they have always possessed much-coveted closets that most women would be envious of. In this regard, many would come to the presumption that these women would allocate an exorbitant budget for the clothes they wear. After all, how else would they look so put-together and sophisticated stylish? However, this erroneous assumption is based solely on conjecture as although these women do possess excellent style, it is hardly because they splurged on every clothing item they have. What it takes to be well-dressed is a combination of creativity and a knack for knowing which sartorial things to splurge on and which ones you should scrimp on. Great style and fashion sense is not rocket science; it simply requires you to know which clothing items would work for you and which would not. If you have found wholesale urban clothing to be more of your speed, then go ahead and invest in a few quality items of that sort. However, if finding what looks good on you is a bit of a challenge, you might do well to follow a common but effective formula most women have when it comes to choosing which clothes to splurge and scrimp on.

Remember, you should never overspend on items you would probably wear only once. To know which items would be worth investment and which are not, take a gander at the list below.

1.) Basic Tees

This one should be a no-brainer. After all, T-shirts are mass produced and are fairly simple and straightforward when it comes to its design. In this regard, it would make no absolute sense for you to splurge on a simple shirt—even if it was a branded one such as Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana. True, with a myriad of specialty T-shirt lines out there made from ultra-soft fabrics with stylish cuts, it can be rather hard not to spring for one of these upgraded staples. But seeing as they are fundamental wear, you would most probably use it most of the time—cue frequent washing. This would translate to a shorter shelf-life. So, it is best to scrimp on it and save your money for other pieces instead.

2.) A quality pair of jeans

No doubt, you should splurge a little when it comes to looking for a quality pair of jeans. If they are the really good kind, you are guaranteed almost a lifetime of use—provided that it would still fit you. High-quality denim is almost destructible, and since jeans do not really require washing after every use, they can be cycled throughout the week. Considering that most jeans are an everyday item, invest in a handful of styles from a trusted brand that works well with your shape. Take note, classic cuts that fit you flawlessly are timeless. In this regard, know which styles you should invest in and which ones you should skip.

3.) Tights and Hosiery

While these sartorial items are considered rudimentary elements in your closet, there is no reason for you to invest so much in them. Much like your basic tees, tights are considered a staple which you would most probably wear and wash regularly—particularly during the colder months. While a higher cost does mean higher quality for this type of sartorial item, they are not really worth the investment unless you are willing to hand-wash your hosiery after every use. Stock up on cheap pairs instead and save yourself the heartache from seeing the expensive fabric get snagged and ruined from too much wear.

4.) Bras

Invest in quality bras. Sure, you might wonder why you need to spend so much money on something that is concealed for the majority of the day, but for something that offers your girls a bit of support, it would not hurt to spend a little extra. Moreover, your brans are considered the foundation of your outfit which means it is an excellent place to make an investment—necessary even for women with bigger busts. However, be careful to choose bras that you can really make the most use of. Purchase a few token cutesy bras but never invest in them. Instead, opt for colors that you know you will get the most use out of. For best results, invest in nude ones that would match your skin and disappear under sheer or white clothing.

5.) Gym Clothes

Designer gym clothing might be all the rage nowadays, but you do not necessarily have to pay an exorbitant price just to have a gym clothing ensemble. Unless you are uncomfortable with your existing workout clothes or your old college tees are getting far too ratty, then go ahead and invest in a few key pieces. However, there is no need to go, full designer, when it comes to gym wear as boutique shops such as Forever21 HnM and Old Navy also have durable and functional activewear that would not only make for quality gym clothes but cute ones that would inspire you to hit the gym as well.
If you have made it one of your resolutions to make wiser shopping decisions, then you have already brushed up on the sartorial items you should save and splurge on. Do not waste your money on items you do not necessarily need or would only use ones. Splurge on quality and fashionable pieces that are timeless, and you would look great on. Only then would you never have to wonder how well-dressed women got their style so on point. With the revamped essentials and upgraded must-haves above, you will soon be one of them.

 

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The Psychology of Clothes: Five Surprising Ways Dressing Well Helps You in Life

 


“Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is a spectacle. It is only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed has not much to do with having good clothes. It is a question of good balance and good common sense.” –Oscar de la Renta

 

Since the invention of clothes, it has always been an ingrained human habit to dress every single day. Our clothes do not only serve as a means of protection to outward elements but also as a manifestation of our self-expression and creativity.

Unfortunately, while dressing up for the day is seen as a customary part of the routine, some individuals see it as a negligible part of the day that they can easily overlook. In this regard, some of us would tend to dress sloppily and without care which is in stark contrast with the individuals who dress with deliberate effort and attention. After all, there is a big difference between dressing merely to cover one’s self and dressing to show the world who you are. The former likely owns an assortment of clothes that they would haphazardly throw on to conceal rather than reveal subtle cues about their character while the latter looks a lot more put-together. Between the two, it is a lot likelier that the latter would not only be preferred and well-liked, but also taken a lot more seriously. However, while being well-dressed is in by no means a skill or talent which one can expect to adeptly develop, it might as well be so. The stylishness of the ensemble you wear is not entirely about the brand, cut, color or design of the sartorial item you have, but rather how you wear it. Style is, after all, innate and subjective in such a way that it varies from one individual to another. In any case, it matters not whether you have a preference for hip hop clothing or feel yourself gravitating towards sleeker styles. What matters is that you dress with deliberate care and make an effort.

Moreover, you would notice how dressing well can afford you some advantages in life where it would not have been available had you not dressed better. To illustrate, here are some examples:

1.) It helps you make a good first impression

This sentiment alone speaks for itself and is pretty much self-explanatory. But to elaborate, it has always been a given that dressing well aids you in making an excellent first impression. Whether you are dressing for a job interview or a first date, what you wear plays a pivotal role in the outcome of such event and in more ways than one, it makes a significant impact. Unfortunately, you only get one shot at making a great first impression, so make that one chance count and dress well.

2.) It gives you an appreciation for the more elegant things in life

Possessing great style is a step towards having a good and keen eye for well-designed things in general. Essentially this means that your great taste in clothes would soon translate to excellent taste in other merchandise and would expand from the realm of clothing to things such as architecture and even furniture design. There may even come a time in the future wherein you would buy as many clothes and would focus more on other well-designed items such as a quality piece of art, a statement piece or unique furniture.

3.) It draws the right kind of attention to you

Being dressed well attracts the right kind of attention. However, unlike “peacocking” which is a term designated for the practice of dressing up solely to get noticed, being well-dressed attempts quite the opposite. Good style does not mean loud colors that demand attention but instead, you look put together without really calling too much attention to yourself. You are distinguishable from the crowd, but not in such a way that you would totally stand out. It conveys the kind of message that there is something different about you. It should inspire intrigue as well as curiosity—so much so that people would actually want to go up and talk to you.

4.) It is a good step towards overall self-improvement

Dressing well means that you care about yourself and how you are perceived by others. By extension, this would be taken to mean that you want a more active role in improving yourself and that this is just your initial step. By finding clothes that suit not only your style and preference but your lifestyle as well you are already enhancing the way you live your life. It might seem like a diminutive aspect, but a great haircut a well selected sartorial ensemble and the like can already do you a world of wonders. You would notice it on how people treat you a lot differently. This is because they can sense and notice that there is something about you that has changed. As a result, it might even inspire you to eat healthier, spend more time at the gym doing exercise or even pursue the kind of career and life that you really want for yourself.

5.) It shows people you take care of yourself

Dressing well is a form of self-respect. It shows people that you care enough not to look like a total slob and be perceived as one. Moreover, self-respect demands the same degree of respect from other people as well so you can expect people to treat you with higher regard. It also tells people that you probably have a lifestyle to match and would be under the impression that you are someone who is unafraid to take risks and does know what they want in life. Essentially, it would also look like you have goals in order to achieve your ambitions and goals. In plainer terms, it makes you look like an individual who should be taken seriously.

 

Indeed, being well-dressed by itself is already a subtle art form, and it opens doors to us where there was none to our notice before. After all, our clothes, no matter how negligible and diverse is a subtle form of communication. So, make sure what you are conveying through them is what you wish to hear. Remember, quite a lot are listening to what you have to say.

 

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