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Living with Less: Eight Things to Keep in Mind When Organizing Your Closets or Wardrobes

 

“If you want to improve immediately, clean out a closet. Often it is what we hold onto that holds us back” –Cheryl Richardson

It is common knowledge that women generally gravitate towards clothes so much more than men. In fact, it has been shown that women tend to develop a penchant for clothes shopping much more than their male counterparts. After all, for years now, it has always been believed that fashion is more inclined to favor the fairer of the two sexes.

In this regard, women are notoriously stereotyped to have typically full closets that are, more often than not, bursting at the seams. Unfortunately, while there is nothing wrong about a woman’s affinity for clothes, having way too many apparel pieces tend to create a confusing situation wherein you have more clothes than you do have space in your wardrobe and closet spaces. If you are faced with the predicament of choosing between your prized clothing pieces and the little space in your wardrobe, then yes, you have a problem. More importantly, if you regard the area in your closet as prime real estate and yet you cannot seem to curb your clothes hoarding obsession, then you might need to address that rather pressing concern first.

While there is nothing wrong with developing a habit for purchasing clothes on a whim with no particular occasion in mind, if you are constrained to the space of a rather diminutive closet, you might want to rethink your buying habits. After all, there is no point in trying to arrange the contents inside the limited space of your closet when you are only going to be bringing more clothes to stuff it with. So, before you even think of organizing your clothes, it would make sense if you curbed or at least addressed your clothes shopping addiction.

In any case, if you are someone who has ever had the misfortune of attempting this endeavor, you would note how incredibly challenging it would be. Apart from managing to fit all of your clothes into your wardrobes, you would be faced with the perhaps the most challenging task in your life (particularly if you are a fashionista): determining which clothing items should stay and which ones should go. However, know that this is a necessary—pivotal even—step when it comes to organizing a closet. After all, apart from setting the pace for a more organized closet, it mentally prepares you for the task ahead.

Resultantly, it helps you establish a positive outlook about the endeavor despite letting go of some clothes. In any case, whether you have filled your closets with apparel pieces from various streetwear wholesale distributors or other retail stores, here are some of the things to keep in mind when it comes to organizing it:

 

1.) Ask yourself this golden question

It has been said that the best way to organize your closet is to picture yourself shopping in it. This technique helps you determine which items should stay and which ones should go and whether or not some items are even worth your time. Pick out the items piece by piece and ask yourself, “If this was sold in a retail shop, would I add it to my cart and buy it?” If the answer is no, then you should probably discard it or give it away. This technique would allow you to scale back the contents of your closet by twenty-five percent.

2.) Stay Coordinated

Another excellent question to help you determine whether a piece should stay or not is to ask yourself whether it matches at least three other things you currently own. In this regard, you would refine the way you curate clothes insomuch that you would only be keeping those that are coordinated with the rest of the contents of your closet—or at least three other items in it. Asking yourself this very important question would also help you improve your clothing shopping curation better as it enables you to choose three of the same basic items that would be a great match to any of your ensembles.

3.) Invest in Good Storage

Now that we have got the decluttering task well underway, it is time to think about your closet space. After you have a smaller pile of closet and wardrobe pieces to work with, it is recommended that you invest in closet “infrastructure” to keep things organized, neat and easy to locate whenever needed. Of course, how you utilize these infrastructures would be up to your taste and space but keep in mind that optimal closet space should be prioritized over aesthetics.

4.) Buy Appropriate Hangers

Most people make the mistake of thinking that hangers are universally appropriate on all sorts of clothes. However, this misconception needs to be addressed as not only does it take up so much prime real estate closet space; it tends to damage your clothes as well. Ideally, felt hangers are better for clothes with delicate fabric while your more durable clothing items can withstand plastic and wooden hangers. Steer clear from wire hangers as it stretches out the shoulder parts of most clothes. To address space-saving issues, use hangers with multiple bars so that you can hang pants and jeans in a single piece.

5.) Use Vertical Space

If you think out of the box, you will find that your closet has a wealth of space-saving possibilities. Your closet doors are prime examples of things that you tend to neglect when it comes to space-saving solutions—a major oversight. Your closet doors could actually double up as storage areas for belts, scarves, bags and even shoe-organizers. Just install hooks on the inside of your closet door, and you can already clear up floor space.

6.) Use clear containers or drawers to store less used items

Let us face the truth: We cannot realistically use every piece in our closets—even if we wanted to. In this regard, the things that are less frequently used would tend to take up a lot of closet space. To address this issue, place clear plastic drawers or boxes either in your topmost shelf or on the floor of your closet. In this way, they are still within your reach and are accessible but without cluttering your otherwise full closet.

7.) Have your favorite pieces on display

While some people would argue that all of their clothes are their favorites, all of us tend to favor particular apparel pieces so much more than the rest. These are the pieces we find ourselves wearing over and over again regardless of how old it is. To ensure that these pieces are easily accessible, put them on display or at least in a place where you can easily see. If you have a shoe collection with a signature designer pair you would love to show off, let it double up as a room décor and dedicate a display space for it. Apart from freeing up closet space, it allows you to expand your realm of design possibilities by letting your favorite closet pieces function as décor as well.

8.) Put dividers in your drawers

To maximize the space in your closet drawers, invest in a few good closet dividers that would help you store more pieces in a single drawer. Apart from maximizing space, drawer dividers help you keep your closet drawers neat and organized. More importantly, it helps you locate your intimates, socks, scarves, and other accessories better as these would allow you to segregate them.
Now that you have a neatly organized closet, your next task is to maintain it. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Maintain that level or cleanliness and dedication by sticking to your advocacy of a less-cluttered life. Remember that the first step towards a perpetually clean and organized closet is to keep track of the items inside your closet and how you store it. However, know that closet entropy is likely to ensue if you do not actively employ practices and habits that keep your wardrobes clean and organized.

It can be rather easy to spiral down towards your closet’s natural disorderly state, but if you did a little lifestyle check every single day, you would find that you can gradually work your way to a manageable and less cluttered closet. In this regard, keep yourself from purchasing more clothes than can realistically fit your closet. More importantly, do not rip out all the hangers in trying to come up with a single ensemble if you cannot even commit to putting them back. Plan your outfits ahead of time. These actions may seem small, but ultimately, they will become habits that would culminate in better, healthier and more organized closets.

 

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Fashion Influencing 101: Five Excellent Tips to make it Big in the Field!

 


“The customer is the final filter. What survives the whole process is what people wear. I am not interested in making clothes that end up in some dirty and dusty museum”-Marc Jacobs.

 

In this time and age wherein traditional media and advertising are progressively becoming more obsolete, more and more brands have endeavored to rethink their marketing strategies.

This is especially true with fashion and style brands where most of their esteemed endorsers are celebrities or high profile personas. Unfortunately, relying on this single-stroke technique might do more harm than good. Sure, at one point it was a reliable marketing scheme, but a large fraction of today’s consumer base which predominantly consists of millennials and younger generations, it is best to find a voice which their demographic can relate to. While celebrities and TV-ads are where it is at and maybe a good medium to kick off your business back in the day, if you wish to speak the language of your potential customers then you would need to take it to where most of them are—social media.
With the rise of social media, it was only inevitable for the fashion industry to start leveraging the marketing and numbers game through various influencers. Fashion influencers and bloggers are a diverse set, and they do not necessarily need to have fashion or style credentials to their name.

However, they do need to have a deep-seated interest in their particular niche which in this case would be fashion. Moreover, they need to develop an affinity with style insomuch that they eat, drink and breathe style and so long as you possess these, you do not even need to be an A-list celebrity just to be an influencer. In this regard, style influencing is not only reserved for the high-profile designers, celebrities or even to the fashion models. Today, even you can become an influencer provided that you consistently put out good content every single day, regularly engage with your followers and have a good number of followers to your name. It does not matter whether you are solely advertising for wholesale streetwear distributors, retail fashion brands or even high-fashion luxury brands, so long as you know how to even up the field. As an influencer, you are expected to have particular expertise that others do not possess. For purposes of this article, your expertise should be in fashion and style. These two are your main weapons in your arsenal which you should capitalize on. Remember, there are countless of style influencers just like you. So, ask yourself: What can I provide my followers that others cannot? What particular style do I have that is distinct and unique from others?

If you have been wondering how you can be a successful style influencer, here are some of the tips you can keep in mind:

 

1.) Find your niche

Before delving into the world of style influencing, you need to keep in mind that the world of fashion is expansive and diverse. You cannot realistically expect to be the jack of all trades and expect your followers to take you seriously. In this regard, you need to find a particular fashion and style niche which you believe yourself to be good at. It can be in the form of finding good fashion deals and bargain hunts or complementing outfits using thrift and luxury purchases. It can be anything so long as it is within the spectrum of style and fashion. While you are at that, make sure you have an affinity for it as well to ensure that your content would not sound forced and have a natural depth about them.

2.) Be an expert, with a twist

While we have previously stated that possessing credentials is not necessary when it comes to being an influencer, having the right expertise would not hurt. However, to ensure that you are not just doing what everyone else is, put a twist to it. One account that has ingeniously engendered this idea is an Instagram account with the handle Diet Prada. Basically, what the account does is hilariously call out the ridiculous style copycats within the fashion industry. Although the account is still in its incipiency stage, it quickly amassed an enormous following with experts going as far as to designating them the fashion police of Instagram. However, beyond that, you would notice how the owner strives to deliver riveting content each day. Remember, Instagram’s features run the gamut from simple posts to stories that disappear within twenty-four hours. Take advantage of that.

3.) Post like crazy

Unlike many other niches, fashion influencing requires you to post as much as you can insomuch that more is more. Remember, this is that one niche wherein the stakes are high which would consequently mean that the atmosphere is incredibly competitive considering that it is rife with style influencers. Failing to post content regularly puts you at risk of being irrelevant, so post as many riveting posts as you can in a day. You cannot take breaks as if you do; your posts would likely be buried underneath the countless posts and content from other style influencers like you. Ideally, you should post every single day (if not, more). Furthermore, as fashion and style are largely visual, you should find a platform where your photos can be readily seen such as Instagram. Complement this with regular Instagram stories which your followers can likely sift through every single day. With this in mind, it is imperative that you have the time and desire to really commit yourself to this perpetual posting strategy before even attempting to try it.

4.) Do not get discouraged

There is a very likely chance that you are not going to get it on your first try. Yes, you might just have a handful of followers and nothing more. Your posts might not even get the kind of traction you desire or one that would make it relevant enough to pique people’s interest. However, that is okay. Do not let those dwindling numbers put you down. In any case, you should not even try to focus on how many followers you have. Rather, you should steer your efforts and focus towards refining the way you create and curate your posts. Moreover, try to build a community of individuals who want to hear what you have to say, can identify with your style or at least love it and who can engage with you and your posts. If you still lack in that department, then it is highly suggested that you revisit your technique and fine tune it until such time that you can finally do better. Remember, the number of followers does not always matter. If you have people who already value what you have to say or how you style yourself, you have already won most of the battle.

5.) Collaborate

If you are still concerned about growing your numbers, then grow your number of followers by collaborating with another influencer. In fact, the easiest and quickest way to grow your audience is to work with existing influencers who are already established in the field. In a sense, it is kind of riding on their fame wherein through a collaboration, their followers would discover you and in turn, would follow you as well. Remember that this strategy is as beneficial to established and seasoned influencers as it is to newbies. Newbies get the exposure they want while big influencers can promote what they wish and in turn, would get new followers as well. In this regard, big influencers should also make it a point to help influencers who are just starting out and make it worth their while.

 
Indeed, fashion and beauty are two of the rapidly growing influencer niche insomuch that making a name for yourself in the niche can be rather difficult seeing as how competitive it is. However, with passion, dedication and consistent hard work, you can have a unique voice in the niche. Always remember that you need to work on setting yourself apart constantly. Great content does not make the cut, make sure it is unique, authentic and identifiable to you. If you have what it takes, then you can be an excellent style influencer.

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Smarter Fashion Purchases: Seven Bulletproof Phrases that Mean You Just Should Not Buy it


“I do get pleasure from very inconsequential things, like shopping for clothes.” –Graham Norton

 

To some of us, shopping is not just considered as a menial activity we elect to do only when prompted by a need. For some of us, shopping for new clothes is actually a way of life and finding the perfect and definitive sartorial item to go with rest of our ensemble pretty much gives us that rush of euphoria that more often than not, we get addicted to that feeling.

Consequently, the euphoric feeling tends to make us hoard clothes and accumulate them more than usual—some of which we do not necessarily need. Some of these clothes will never see the light of day and were only bought on impulse. Unfortunately, while it might seem like a myriad of clothing items would present you with the unique opportunity of having innumerable sartorial options, it is quite the opposite. With your closets bursting at the seams from too many clothes, you would be overwhelmed with the sheer number of your options that you would not be able to make sound choices in mixing and matching. As a result, too many clothes would effectively narrow down your selection for a stylish and fashionable getup—quite counterintuitive for someone who has too many clothes.

And yet some of us would find ourselves justifying our purchases either because it was on sale, or because it was an opportunity you could not pass. Sometimes, we even have to convince ourselves that the article of clothing is worth the purchase. You all know that moment—when you are standing in front of a mirror in the dressing room and tugging on the dress, sucking your stomach in and turning from side to side. After checking the price tag, you sigh to yourself and think that it might just work. Regardless of whether the dress came from a well-known retailer or a relatively obscure streetwear wholesale distributor, it does not matter; you would substantiate the purchase with one reason or another.

Unfortunately, just because you convinced yourself it would eventually work does not mean it always will. More often than not, you might find that you do not have anything that would go with it in your closet—prompting you to go on another shopping spree. Similarly, it might not just be the season for you to wear it which would constrain you to store it in your closet and perhaps be forgotten by the time you can actually use it. If all these are things you find yourself relating to, you need to realize that you have an existing problem and you need to address it head-on. You need to stop indulging your shopping impulses with reaching justifications that were tailored to convince ourselves solely. If you hear yourself thinking of any of the sentiments listed down below, there is a likely chance that you do not really need nor want the piece of clothing in your hand.

Here are some of the phrases women use to convince themselves a piece of clothing is worth the purchase:

 

1.) “…it is on sale.”

Here’s a reality check: Just because it is on sale does not automatically mean that you should immediately buy it. You might think to yourself that you could have potentially saved a lot and would miss out on the chance if you did not buy it while it was marked down. If you really wanted the item in the first place, then go ahead and bring it to the checkout counter. However, if you have recently developed an interest in it owing to its significant discount, chances are you never really wanted it in the first place.

2.) “…it will shrink in the dryer.”

If you had wanted an article of clothing in a smaller size but found that it was unavailable or out of stock, please do not settle for a larger size thinking that it would shrink in the dryer. This misconception might cost you a lot in the event that the clothing refuses to shrink in the dryer. Then you would be left with an article of clothing that is entirely too big for you. Just trust us on this one and do not make that gamble with your dryer and just buy clothes that actually fit you.

3.) “…it will stretch.”

The chances of a piece of clothing stretching where it had not in the dressing room are rather slim, so you would not want to play that kind of guessing game with whatever potential clothing purchase you might make. Unfortunately, women can be rather stubborn and even in the event that a piece of clothing does not fit them, they would still find ways to justify their purchase by saying they would lose weight. What happens if you cannot then? Just put it back on the rack and save yourself the feelings of frustration and disappointment in the future when you find out that it still does not fit you.

4.) “If I buy more, I will get the discount deal or get another one for free.”

Buying more things in order to avail of a discount deal or to get one item free is a clever marketing ploy designed to make you spend more…and it works! If you do not necessarily need anything more than what you intended to buy, there is absolutely no reason for you to avail of the discount deal. Unfortunately, most shoppers would think they are missing out by a lot just because they failed to meet the minimum purchase requirement. But if you did not actually need more of it in the first place, why spend more just to get two unnecessary items?

5.) “If I bought another bra or wore a different one…”

It is a given fact that there are specific bras that would make your bust look and fit better under certain garments. If you already have that kind of bra in your wardrobe, then, by all means, use it to justify your purchase. Unfortunately, if you have to buy another kind of bra just to wear a particular kind of clothing, you might want to rethink your purchase and just leave it on the rack instead.

6.) “It just needs a little pull and adjustment here…”

If you find yourself constantly tugging the hem of a skirt that rides too high on your legs or adjusting the straps of a dress in the dressing room, there is a likely chance that these are the very same things that would irk you when you finally get to wear them. For now, they might seem like tiny insignificant flaws and faults that you can overlook, but you would not feel the same once you will wear it for an entire day. Just save yourself the headache and put it back.

7.) “I am not sure as to what goes with it.”

Women often have the habit of buying clothes that go with nothing in their closets. Some would store it and let time pass until such time that they can find something suitable that would match it. Other women are not as patient and would actually conduct another shopping spree to find that one key and definitive item to complete their ensemble. To avoid this, keep in mind that if you do not have at least two items in your closet that would go with your potential purchase then forget about it and move on.

 
So, the next time you go on a clothes shopping excursion and find yourself rationalizing a potential purchase with any of the sentences listed below, you might want to put the piece back on the rack and save yourself the money and much-needed closet space.

 

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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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Healthy Wardrobes: Definitive Signs You Have Way Too Many Clothes

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

What is a cardinal sign of a healthy wardrobe?

Well, for one it is definitely not a closet that is seemingly bursting at the seams from way too many clothes. It is a wardrobe excellently curated by its owner and is filled with clothes that do not only suit the wearer’s taste and preference but would also be versatile enough to work on any occasion and season. But, as women, we are conditioned to believe that having way too many clothes is preposterous and that there is no such thing. If you ask me, this sentiment has been engineered by clothing retailers and streetwear wholesale distributors as a clever marketing ploy to drive their product sales up.

Unfortunately, we bought into it, and we have long accepted the statement as fact. It has now been an ingrained conviction of most women who have a penchant for fashion that she can never have enough clothes. However, if you are truly a fashion-forward individual, you know where to draw the line between having enough sartorial variety and impulsively getting what is considered stylish and haute couture by purveyors of fashion. If you are the latter, then you need to address the problem as soon as you possibly can. While at the outset having way too many clothes than what is deemed necessary might be something you can overlook, it does not bode well for your wardrobe.

Furthermore, it makes getting dressed in the mornings even more confusing than it already is. With so many clothing items to choose from, selecting just one from the myriad and mountain of clothing can be a bit of a challenge. Moreover, the sartorial ensembles you would ultimately choose every single day would not always be guaranteed to be a success. As you have way too many options to select from day by day, this could be a hit or miss thing—most especially if your closet is a hodgepodge of clothing styles.

However, how can you be positively sure that you have way too much going on in your wardrobes?
Where do you draw the line between an impulsive clothing hoarder and a judicious sartorial collector? Well, take a gander at your closets, observe the contents inside and see if you can relate to any of the things stated below:

1.) You have clothes in the back of your closet with the tags still attached

An excellent way to identify whether you have an existing closet problem is to take out all of the
contents of your closet and check them. If you find clothes that you have long forgotten and are still in pristine condition with their tags intact, then yes, you do have a problem. You might even be surprised to know that you own this stuff and may have forgotten that you thoughtlessly purchased them a couple of years ago. Check just how many unused clothes you have in your closet. If it accounts for more than forty percent of your total clothing items, you might want to reevaluate your shopping habits.

2.) You have more than one closet that is filled to maximum capacity

Your closets might not exactly be large enough to accommodate a lot of clothes. However, all of them are full enough to warrant a justified purging. Although they may not be grand nor are they immensely big, but if you are stuffing them with a hundred shirts and twenty pairs of pants more, then you might as well consider your single closet as two separate wardrobes. In this regard, you would already have at least over two hundred shirts and sixty pants. From there, assess just how often you would wear each item of clothing inside. If there is a chance that you would not even wear particular clothing at least once in every three months, what is that even doing there? The average woman would only wear at least 30-50 shirts throughout the year—sixty if we are being generous. From this number, we can readily assume that the remaining hundred or so shirts in your closet are forgotten and neglected.

3.) You purchase hangers in lots of 100

Who needs that many clothes hangers? Well, individuals with bursting closets do. If you are the type of individual who routinely buys new clothing each week, then you would soon find that you might need more hangers than necessary. For this reason, you elect to buy them in bulk—a definitive sign that you have way too many clothes stuffed in your wardrobes.

4.) You have a dedicated pile of clothes

For a while now, you have stopped storing your clothes in your closet and have now resigned to putting them in a dedicated pile in some established area of your room. It might be that your wardrobe can no longer hold any more clothes and you have resigned to just putting them on top of each other. If that pile exists in your room and you are not just being lazy, it might be that you have way too many clothes to realistically manage—especially if you cannot even identify what is in the pile.

5.) Your regular wash involves more new clothes than dirty laundry

You can easily pick this sign up if you notice you have more new clothes going into the wash than actual dirty clothes. Moreover, take a look at your waste bins and see just how many price tags you have discarded over the past few months. If you have more price tags than actual trash in your bins, then yes, you have way too many clothes than what you can realistically wear.

6.) You buy because it is on sale

More often than not, you find yourself buying items that you would not necessarily wear on a regular basis. In fact, you do not have something in your closets that would go with them, but you buy them in the belief that you will eventually have something that matches with it. You justify these purchases with the fact that they are on sale despite having no real care or interest for them.

7.) You own duplicates of one clothing

While generally, it is acceptable to have at least two colors of one style you find yourself particularly fond of, it is not a practical shopping habit to rely on for every clothing item you purchase. If you own duplicates (and even triplicates) of your closet’s contents, then, needless to say, you have way too many clothes than you can manage. Besides, just think of how you can realistically wear these clothing items in a month or even in year? Sure, they might be in different colors, but it is hardly likely that you would wear a singular style for the entire week. Of course, you would want to change it up every once in a while which leaves your duplicates unnecessary most of the time.

8.) You have stopped hanging your clothes and have tossed them in a separate bedroom in the house or somewhere else

You have finally admitted defeat and accepted the fact that you have way too many clothes than
necessary. All of your three closets are used up and filled to maximum capacity, and yet, you could not find it in your heart to stop acquiring new clothes. So, instead of buying new closets or hangers, you have simply resigned to the habit of placing your old clothes in another separate bedroom. You pile them on top of each other and have no idea of what is even in the pile. At times, you can no longer see the floor because of all the discarded clothes. If this is you, then without a doubt, you have way too many clothes than necessary.

If any of the statements above apply to you, then you might just have way too many clothes and might need to purge your wardrobes from the clothing items that are unnecessary. In this regard, you should endeavor to improve the quality of your clothes rather than its quantity. Start little and work your way up. By admitting to yourself that the problem exists, you might find it easier to purge your closets from inessential items. Once you do that, you are a step closer to a healthier wardrobe and better clothing ensembles.

 

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Contemporary Fashion: Six Style and Fashion Myths Debunked

 

Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind…a mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and should never be static.”-Oleg Cassini

It has been said that style is deeply personal—something that can only be defined by the individual wearing the sartorial ensemble himself or herself.

However, while this remains true, it has also been a given that fashion articles containing style edicts by self-proclaimed pundits possessing the right fashion expertise have been circulating since the earliest inception of the word style. Today, with the World Wide Web as the primary and most convenient source of information, the internet has become the endless pit for fashion articles, style columns and sartorial advice. With the rise of the internet as a prolific source for these fashion articles, the online and digital world has seen an upward surge and an influx of authority figures on fashion and style.

Unfortunately, this does not bode the fashion and style industry well. With the saturation of these so-called authority figures in the fashion world comes with the propagation of false advice and misinformation. Some of the articles they produce would issue a set of rules of which an individual would be expected to follow if he or she so wishes to be considered stylish. However, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to something as diverse as fashion. Furthermore, there is no set of rules that would work for every individual of every shape and size across the globe. Fashion is something that is innate and should not be subjected to rules. It should be an echo of your creativity and a manifestation of your personal taste and preferences. After all, fashion is deeply personal and incredibly dynamic that subjecting it to various rules would run counter to what it is all about. Moreover, in the world of fashion, rules change every single day and subject to the whims, ideas and inventive brainstorming of stylists and designers. So, can you really expect anyone to be keeping up with its consequent vicissitudes? It does not matter whether your style mainly consists of wholesale urban fashion or luxury designer items if you lived by these fashion rules and subjected your personal style to them; chances are you are holding yourself back from exploring your full style potential. With this in mind, it is best to have an awareness of what these nonsense fashion myths are and debunk them so that you would not find yourself conforming to them.

Some of these rules are obsolete while a significant majority of them are just plain wrong. Unfortunately, with the constant repetition of these rules, they have been accepted as fact which is what this article is seeking to rectify.
Here are some of the erroneous style rules you have may have been misled to believe all these years:

 

1.) Women past thirty years old can no longer wear mini skirts anymore

First of all, fashion is not selective. It is exclusive which is why this rule exempting women of a certain age from wearing miniskirts is not only ludicrous but somewhat offensive as well. However, the reasoning behind the fashion rule might stem from a woman’s transition from her twenties to her thirties. This often means a change in lifestyle and outlook in life. Consequently, it would also mean she might want to refine her wardrobe and purge it of items that are reminiscent of her wild youth and opt for more sophisticated choices. However, there is no absolute need for you to throw away your minis and go for midis. If miniskirts are still your thing, go ahead and rock them. Who cares if you are thirty? You can style them elegantly anyhow. If you have a penchant for miniskirts, go ahead and rock them. Your age should never determine what you wear.

2.) No heels for tall girls

It has always been believed that a pair of heels was invented to help petite girls to leverage their height. With this in mind, it has been readily accepted that tall girls have effectively dispensed with the need for a pair of heels given that they already have the advantage of having a good height. However, much like how miniskirts are not exclusively made for young women, a pair of heels can be worn by just about anyone—even a tall woman. After all, while a pair of heels gives you that added height, it also does wonders to your posture and would make your calves look toned and sexy. There is absolutely no harm in enhancing your height a little bit more.

3.) Short women cannot wear maxi dresses

Much like how it was offensive to state that women beyond thirty can no longer wear miniskirts, indicating maxi dresses are not for short girls would be somewhat impertinent. Maxi dresses can be worn by everyone regardless of what their height is. After all, you cannot expect short girls to attend formals perpetually rocking cocktail dresses. There is no need to follow this rule as it is clearly seen that maxi dresses can look stunning on shorter girls with the right colors. In lieu of printed maxi dresses, go for streamlines ones in a solid color for a more flattering and breezy look.

4.) Black and navy do not go together

As in the world of color combinations, it has been said that dark colors should be paired with lighter hues to create contrast as dark on dark tend to make one bulkier and would clash. However, you would be surprised at the type of effect it might pull off. To illustrate, black and navy are two colors that are hardly paired with each other, but it might just turn out to be one of your favorite color combinations. They are both neutral dark tones that would look good with any color. With this in mind, it should not be a surprise that they would look great together. To make the effect even more dramatic, try mixing different textures in those hues. The overall effect would be modern and dynamic.

5.) You should wear only dark pants if you are bottom heavy

The underlying principle of this fashion rule is that bottom heavyset girls should conceal what society perceives to be as a flaw which is why wearing ONLY dark pants is recommended. Again much like some of the rules stated above, this one is offensive bordering on insulting. Sure, the notion of darker colors having a slimming effect on the body is something that is not new, but hues play one role. Cuts, as well as shapes, play an equally pivotal role in creating a svelte and slimmer illusion. You might be surprised, but a well-fitted pants or skirt—even in start white—can look incredibly sultry and elegant on women who are bottom-heavy. However, be sure that when you do wear these bottoms, you wear seamless inner wear or nude colored ones. You do not want any of your panty lines to be visible, and apparently, white does not camouflage white.

6.) Match everything

Back in the day, women seemed to have believed in the fashion notion that everything they wear should match. This means their bags, shoes and of course, their nail polish should match. While a perfectly synchronized apparel is acceptable, there is no need for you to meticulously ensure that you wear the right shade of blue to match your bag and your nails. This is not a definite need, and in the ear of mixing and matching, this trend might even be considered rigid and boring. Furthermore, mixing and matching your clothes is what makes fashion fun, and it is also effortless. In this regard, you would not have to painstakingly look for the right shade of shoes just to match your bags. You would no longer need to transfer the contents of your handbag from one bag to another as well.

 

Sure, rules are comfortable, and they give everything a semblance of order. But if the history of the world has taught us anything, it is that rules are meant to be broken. In any case, if you truly want to embrace your style, forego the rules. After all, now that you have an awareness of what the most common myths are, you should be able to take full charge of your wardrobe and create outfits that reflect the inner you. Have your own set of rules and let your sartorial ensembles be a reflection of what style is, and not what others say style should be.

 

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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.