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Style on a Budget: Five Questions to Ask Before Buying New Clothes

 
“My clothes have a story. They have a character and a purpose. That is why they become classics because they keep on telling a story. They are still telling it.”-Vivienne Westwood

Fashion has always been widely believed to be no about clothes, but more on creating a specific look that works best for you and your style.

While this might be true, your sartorial ensembles have been one of the most genuine mediums for channeling your inner style in such a way that there are hints of who you are in them. In this regard, clothes are not just merely assortments of variously cut cloth to cover ourselves in but are avenues for expressing ourselves, our tastes and preferences. After all, according to William Shakespeare, the soul of a man resides in his clothes—so, in one way or another, we can infer just how much of a vital aspect one’s clothes are to fashion and style. Unfortunately, while clothes are echoes of your style and fashion preference, this sentiment does not justify your arbitrary and excessive hoarding of them. Sure, we understand that you have a penchant for new couture and a flair for putting clothes together, but if you are constantly acquiring new clothes, you would soon end up in a paradoxical scenario wherein you have fewer things to wear.

It might seem a little absurd to you—after all, acquiring more clothes would mean a more comprehensive set of sartorial options at your disposal, right? Well, not necessarily. In fact, it has been shown that purchasing more clothes would be counterintuitive to your style. Why? More often than not, when we are overwhelmed with choices, we tend to stick to the safe basics that we wear on a daily basis and consequently, our old clothes would be soon be forgotten in the backs of our wardrobes. Furthermore, the more time our clothes spend languishing inside our closets, the less likely they will ever get worn again—especially when changes would occur to our body such as gaining or losing weight.

Should you ever feel the impulse to throw another article of clothing into your shopper’s basket, you might want to inject a little insight into your buying habits and rethink the way you are accumulating clothes. If your wardrobes are bursting at the seams from having way too many pieces of clothing or whether you constantly find yourself buying the latest fashion trend from streetwear wholesale distributors, you might have a hoarding problem. More importantly, if you find yourself constantly frustrated at the lack of clothing choices despite having a full wardrobe, you might want to ask yourself these questions before you buy any new clothes whether they be designer or not:

 

 

1.) Do I already own something like this?

Before you take anything off the rack, it is best if you take a hard look at your closet first. Survey its contents and take a gander at the articles of clothing you already own. By the time you go shopping, check what you are adding to your shopping cart. If it is similar to anything that you already own, you might want to move on and put it back on the rack. However, if you want to argue that it looks like an impressive number, ask yourself if it is really worth the purchase despite having innumerable pieces just similar to it? Do you find yourself gravitating towards the same kind of clothing and splurging on them often? If so, you might want to skip buying this until you have already gotten rid of your old but similar clothes.

2.) Are you addicted to fast fashion? Or do I have a proclivity for shopping?

Sometimes, it is not that we have a problem with hoarding clothes, but just hoarding things in general. Although your appetite for shopping is not necessarily a bad thing, your insatiable lust for accumulating new things is— mainly if this is the sole reason why you have so many pieces of clothing. If you are buying a particularly expensive fashion item, it is best if you took the time to ask yourself whether the designer piece is really worth the investment or whether you could skip out on it. Such as when you buy an exorbitantly priced customized bag, are you entirely sure you can see yourself not purchasing any other bags of the same fashion family in the next couple of years regardless of how cheap or trendy they are? If you buy an investment piece such as a car or a house, you would not necessarily invest in a number of cheaper cars and houses in the next few years unless you are buying them for investment purposes. Apply the same approach when it comes to fashion.

3.) Does this go with my current wardrobe?

Sometimes we buy things without thinking just because they look cute and trendy on the mannequin. However, you should avoid the same approach at all costs lest you end up a closet filled with clothes that do not seem to work together. In any case, before you buy any new piece of clothing, try to see if you can come up with at least four sartorial ensembles that you could see your potential purchase working with. Remember, what you buy should be in harmony with what you currently have in your closet or else, it should be dismissed and returned to the rack. If your new potential piece is incapable of adapting to the existing clothes in your closet, it might be best if you skipped on buying it.

4.) Will I use it often?

The evening gown might look like an excellent addition to your closet, but apart from formal events and weddings, is there any other circumstance where you can see yourself wearing it? Chances are, if you are not constantly attending lavish and star-studded affairs, this potential piece will only laze away in your closet just to have its elaborate embellishments come off. In this regard, your new piece would not be worth the investment and you would probably be better off renting for a prospective occasion instead of outright buying. If you cannot foresee yourself wearing a particular piece over for several and across all occasions, return it to the rack and save your money instead.

5.) Would I still be using it in the future?

Clothes are largely seasonal. However, style is timeless. If you are forking over an inordinate amount of cash for something that is only hip and trendy for the moment, you might want to step back and reevaluate your purchase. Remember, style is forever but the clothes and fashion alongside it will change every season and at times, every few months or even weeks. It is a guarantee that there will always be a new trend to try for every month that comes, and they would soon disappear before we can fully take advantage of them. If you are not opposed to wearing last season’s proclaimed trends and styles, then, by all means, go for it. Furthermore, if you see a particular style, you can wear for as long as you wish without ever getting bored with it, then add it to your collection. However, if it is something that you like only for the time being, you might want to skip on this potential purchase.

 
There is a myriad of things that compel us to make a new clothing purchase: Storewide sales, a new occasion coming up, a hot new trend or basically anything else. However, if you are always beset with sartorial dilemmas despite having a closet well-equipped with an arsenal of clothes, then you might want to reevaluate how you do your clothes shopping. With all things considered, it is best if you took the time to contemplate your potential purchase before actually proceeding to the checkout counter. Remember, clothes play only one aspect of fashion while your style is everything.

 

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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.

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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 Fashion through the Times: Inventions That Changed The World of Fashion Forever

 

“Good fashion is evolution, not revolution” -Pierre Balmain

 

If you take a closer look at how fashion has evolved throughout the ages, you would be surprised as to how much it has changed over time. It may be rather hard to believe how women were dressed in the historical era (with them constrained to wearing dresses and skirts all of the time), but it would give us a sense of appreciation to the liberty we have in fashion nowadays. Fashion has evolved in a sense where individuals are given a wider scope and variety in choosing what they wear. Apart from that, they are also allowed creative and artistic expression through their clothes. In the current state of fashion today, much can be said about style and it can be attributed to just how much fashion has evolved and matured over time.

However, there are some inventions and byproducts of fashion over the years that have managed to change the world of fashion forever. These are the articles of fashion which we could no longer imagine living without—they have become pivotal and essential pieces in our wardrobes or our individual ensembles.  These style inventions have become integral to fashion’s evolution and without them, some styles today may not even be possible to pull off. From the inception of the bra to the sudden popularity of denim, whether from a wholesale clothing store or a big retail brand, here are ten fashion inventions that changed the world of fashion forever.

1.)    THE BRA

 

If there is any fashion invention that had a monumental significance to women, it could be no other than the bra.  Where would women be without the bra? These bust supporters were already sold in the market as early as the 1880s. However, it was not until the year 1919 wherein they began to make a ripple in the fashion world. The most well-known bra was by Mary Phelps Jacobs, an American designer who created a brassiere out of strips of ribbon. They had an aesthetic appeal but were by no means functional. Today, lingerie has earned its permanent spot in the market with diverse and versatile styles to choose from in lingerie stores.

 

2.)    A PAIR OF TROUSERS

Way back in time women were constrained to wearing only two articles of clothing, and they were either skirts or dresses. Today, a quick observation of your daily surroundings in the mall would tell you that modern women wear a pair of trousers or jeans more than they don dresses and skirts.  Back in time, wearing a pair of trousers was exclusive to men, and it was frowned upon when a woman chose sport them. Donning a pair of trousers was not remotely acceptable for women until the 1920 were when women began to embrace sports activities such as horse riding and cycling. The inception of the female trousers was subtle at first with divided skirts or culottes commencing the trend. However, the trend failed to pick up until 1966 where it finally took off with the launch of “Le Smoking” by Yves Saint Laurent which is more or less a female tux.

 

3.)    THE BIKINI

 

Unlike today, women’s fashion was terribly limited and showing too much skin was either a cause for one to be scorned by society and be thought of as immodest. However, the bikini’s humble beginnings did try to test the waters in the early 1930s. The bikini was shaped differently way back then which was generally a halter top and a high waist and wide leg shorts—a far cry from today’s sultry and risqué two-piece bathing suit. However, by the end of the Second World War when rationing of fabric saw the removal of the superfluous fabrics of the bikini, European designers came up with a bikini that matches the liberated mood of that time.  America took longer to embrace the bikini, and it was not until the early 1960s where the swimsuit was bought by consumers en masse. Since then, it has been a popular beachwear and summer staple for every woman in the world.

 

4.)    THE MINI SKIRT

 

 

Before mini-skirts were all the rage, women were a lot more hesitant and self-conscious in showing too much leg. But when the trend peaked in London in the 1960s, almost every woman in town can be seen sporting them.  Before miniskirts worked into a woman’s wardrobe as a casual staple, it was only seen as an outfit for sport and dance clothing such as the one you see worn by female figure skaters, cheerleaders, tennis players, and dancers.  The garment was created by UK fashion designer Mary Quant, however, designer John Bates and Parisian Andres Courreges have also been associated with the garment. The style first made waves when Jean Shrimpton, a British model wore a short dress to Derby Day in 1965 where it caused quite a stir. The furor has more to do with the model sporting a look sans accessories such as a hat, gloves or a pantyhose and less to do with the garment itself. In the 1960s, accessories were necessary in such a conservative society.

 

5.)    HOSIERY

 

 

In an era where miniskirts and short dresses were making waves, it is only natural for someone to come up with hosiery. A sheer pair of tights and stockings would be the perfect complement to any miniskirt or short dress and would make the ensemble look a lot less “bare” in a conservative society. However, the invention of the hosiery preceded that of the miniskirts were significant advancements were made during the advent of nylon in 1938. Prior to this,  a majority of the stockings were made of silk and since they were so popular, an overnight collapse of the Japanese silk market ensued. Things changed when the US joined the Second World War however as nylon stockings became rather hard to obtain as a result of the production of nylon going into war efforts. After the war, the demand for nylon stockings multiplied, but they were given a modern revamp with the new design having the pair of stockings attach directly to the panties which is now more popularly known as the pantyhose.

 

 

Undoubtedly, the passage of time has contributed much to how fashion has revolutionized. Today, individuals are allowed to make radical statements in their manner of dress whereas before they could be shunned by society. It is also through the evolution of fashion that the act of dressing up no longer seem liked a routine habit one had to do, but rather an avenue for self-expression and creative liberty. And because of this, fashionistas today can only thank their predecessors for the ingenuity of some versatile ensembles and staples and for allowing them a more unfettered view in style.

 

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