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Five Factors That Affect Your Style (That Are Not Clothes)


“Fashion is a language. Some know it, some learn it, and some never will — like an instinct.”-Edith Head

There is no doubt about the fact that clothes play a significant role in everyone’s lives. While some people may regard it as another thing to do in their daily routine, it is a reality that everyone has to choose clothes every single day before heading out to work. In this regard, some individuals may exercise a rather blasé and apathetic attitude towards their sartorial choices while fashion-forward, and style enthusiasts take a little extra care in ensuring that what they choose passes their standards. With this in mind, the latter people would be the meticulous set–ones with a little more concern as to how they present themselves to the world. The former, however, would be the kind of people who think that their lives do not revolve around clothes–that they have other more important things to think about other than the ideal color of sweater they should wear for that morning. But if there is one thing in common about the two sets of people despite their contrasting outlooks on clothes, it is that both do value style to a certain degree. Stylish people value it more, but while those who have an indifferent attitude towards clothes would not place as much importance on it, there are certain types of clothing they would feel themselves gravitating to.

It is a known fact that style is more than just your clothing selection. It is how you wear them and what you are trying to convey by wearing them. In this regard, you can easily spot those individuals who took the extra effort in refining their look from the bunch of individuals who just donned an assortment of clothing because they cannot be in the nude. So, what influences style? What makes one prefer streetwear clothing over more polished and formal designs? How does one choose what kind of clothes they purchase? Well, you might be surprised, but plenty of what influences someone’s personal style has little to do with the fashion industry. Although social media, favorite designers and various forms of media have a pivotal role in covering trends, there are other things that would factor into someone’s aesthetic. Here are some of the things that influence your style that are surprisingly not clothes:

1.) Climate

Of course, this one is a no-brainer. After all, you cannot actually expect one to wear a fur coat during a scorching day, or a flimsy blouse when it is freezing outside. In fact, one of the initial things you do before you get dressed is checked the weather outside. After all, you would not want to be wearing too thick clothes that would leave you stewing on a hot day or filmy ones that would not give you so much insulation on a cold day. Climate plays a significant role in influencing what you wear, and if you are lucky enough to live in a tropical climate, you can get away with wearing shorts and tees all your life. However, if you experience harsh winters, you would be better off having a go-to winter coat.

2.) Your Job

While most contemporary companies have a very modern view on dressing for a corporate environment, there is still a semblance of a dress code which they expect employees to adhere to. Today, most employees can get away with wearing jeans and casual sneakers—something that might have been preposterous two decades ago. However, this does not mean that employees can just get away with anything. If no uniform is imposed, there is a likely chance that a dress code would be enforced.

3.) Other People

While you might not be ready to admit such fact, it is an established reality that humans have an innate craving to be accepted and a desire for approval. Most of the time, this is evident enough in the way we dress. In fact, it is for this very reason that most of our clothing choices are subconsciously affected by our desire not to stand out. While considered stylish and fashionable, outrageous trends that beckon attention tend to look weird or crazy. Furthermore, some of us would want to wear clothing to make us seem more attractive to the opposite sex or to be accepted by our peers. While we might not care enough to admit it, the type of people we surround ourselves with tend to play a considerably significant role in influencing our clothing choices and style.

4.) Hobbies

Do you have a penchant for skating? Or perhaps, do you listen to heavy rock music? Well, you might not have noticed it, but your hobbies tend to show themselves in your clothing choices. Of course, you would want to choose clothing that would make it easier for you to perform the activities you find yourself most interested in. In fact, just take a gander at your closet, and you would notice that some of the things inside are inspired by the activities you do and hobbies that you have. It is precisely for this reason that trends such as the urban lumberjack and the skater chic have come to life.

5.) Sports

Varsity jackets, cheerleader skirts, basketball jerseys—these are just a few things of the slew of sports-inspired fashion you can get today. All these trends stem from the world of sports, and what their athletes wear and they have a huge impact on your clothing choices and style. More often than not, if you wish to support a specific sports team, you would be wearing your team jersey or if you are gearing up for a big game, whatever sport you might be into would play a critical role in what you wear to the field. For this reason, you would find many men and women wearing coordinating colors that would inspire team spirit and complement each other as well.

 

Indeed, whether we like it or not, our current environment plays an integral role as to how we dress ourselves and how we select our clothing. It plays a significant role in developing and shaping personal styles—so much so that no two people entirely dress in the same way. It is in this manner that we can truly express who we are as individuals and what makes us unique and different from one another.

 

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Fashion in Focus: Six Reasons Why You Should Improve Your Style


“Putting on a beautifully designed suit elevates my spirit, extols my sense of self, and helps me define me as a man to whom details matter.”-Gay Talese (Author)

Dressing forms part of our daily routine regardless of where we might be going. At times, it might be something that we do several times a day—depending on the occasion and the venue. However, how much consideration really goes into dressing up? Do you dress with deliberate thought and care? Or have you seen this part of your everyday routine as something negligible? After all, how hard can it be just to choose an ensemble of clothes and be on your merry way? For some individuals with a devil-may-care attitude as regards fashion, this may be the case. But for people who have a penchant for all things stylish and a flair for looking sophisticatedly fashion-forward, assembling a collection of clothes to wear might just be the most significant highlight of their everyday routine.

Some individuals relish the idea of taking hours just to find the perfect outfit while there are some who wish to do just the minimum requirement it takes to look presentable. You might think there is no other merit to contemplating so much about what to wear and working on your appearance other than a sense of personal satisfaction. But, you might just be surprised at how advantageous this can turn out to be. If you steered some of your endeavors into looking good and being fashionably stylish, you would immediately see how it can impact your life significantly. It improves your life and would even go as far as help you boost your career. You might be skeptical, but before you dismiss the idea and favor your existing clothing over more stylish and urban clothing, here are reasons that might convince you otherwise:

1.) Feel more confident

This one is a no-brainer and needs no further elaboration but to illustrate here is a brief example: Deliberately choosing what you wear means you like the choices you come up with. In a sense, it would mean that the clothing you have selected makes you feel good about yourself. From that aspect alone, a boost in your confidence ensues. Taking a positive approach to fashion and style can encourage you to discover what looks good on you as well. You might be surprised, but sometimes, fashion is all you need for a better and brighter day ahead.

2.) Improve self-care

An often overlooked but pivotal aspect in fashion is personal care and grooming. While a myriad of clothes might be the solitary focus for some, how you care for yourself actually plays a role on how good clothes will look on you. In this regard, taking deliberate care in dressing up would consequently make you care about yourself and your appearance better.

3.) Stand out more

You might not exactly be itching to get yourself in the spotlight, and that is totally okay. If you take particular joy in blending it, you might not necessarily think about how your clothing selections would make you more noticeable. However, there will be times in your life wherein your desire to get noticed would be inevitable. Regardless of whether this might stem from a professional or personal endeavor, the truth is your choices in fashion are excellent avenues of you getting noticed. In the workforce, you might want to stand out because you are competing against another individual for a promotion or the like. In this regard, a well-tailored suit or simply power dressing can be of assistance to you. Furthermore, if you are weary of getting washed out in the crowd, improving your style and changing up your fashion choices can drastically change that.

4.) Discover more about yourself

Dressing with deliberate care largely involves knowing what you want and why you want it. In this aspect alone, you are given the opportunity to explore your personal style deeper and discover more about your personality and who you truly are. Looks may not be everything, but there are various hints of your character and personality in the way you dress. After all, how you present yourself to the world in terms of clothing style, makeup and the like, forms part of how you express yourself. If you are a bit uncertain about what you like and what you do not like, try to explore different fashion choices. From here, you can determine what looks good on you and what makes you feel comfortable and confident.

5.) Connect with others over style and fashion

Having a keen interest in fashion and style is an excellent opportunity for you to make friends with individuals who have a similar interest with you. People with a proclivity for trends and the latest fashion can give you sagely advice as well. This does not mean you have to be absolutely obsessed with fashion just to talk about it with others, however. Even the simplest passing interest can already give you an opening for connecting with others who share this interest. Your social stratosphere is not limited to individuals you can physically interact with, as you can communicate and connect with people online as well. You might want to read fashion blogs and interact with people in the comments or start your very own if you so wish.

6.) Learn from mistakes

Making mistakes is inevitability—especially if you are refining your style and changing your fashion choices. If you do not see yourself committing any errors, that in itself is already a mistake as you are playing it too safe. However, do not fret, mistakes are pivotal to learning after all. You might dismiss them as just clothes, but these are lessons you can apply in other areas of your life as well. Apart from teaching you about the certain styles that look great on you, it teaches you how people would react to a particular style and would help you learn about who you are as well.

 

You might see clothes, style, and fashion as negligible aspects of life, but just give it a try, and you will be surprised at the many benefits it has attached to it. Simply improving your style or changing the way you dress can already make an impact on your daily life and you will feel much better about yourself overall as well. Dress deliberately and with care, and soon enough you would be wondering why you neglected to do it sooner.

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Fashion Overhaul: Types of Clothing You Should Get Rid of ASAP!

“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.” -Carolina Hererra

Women are known for their love and penchant for fashion and style that more often that not, most women would feel the need to update their wardrobes at least every once a month. Though hoarding innumerable clothes and countless fashion items is not necessarily a bad thing (most especially if you have a steep budget to accommodate this fancy), running out of closet space is. Women are exceptionally notorious for staring into closets filled to the brim with clothing yet proclaiming helplessly that they have nothing to wear. But the reality is, the predicament lies not in the shortage of clothes, but rather in the shortage of clothes they actually want to wear. Unfortunately, most women think that the only way to address this fashion conundrum is to acquire even more clothes but shopping for more should be the last thing you do. What you need to do is pare down the items of your closet to a realistic number of clothing which you know you would be wearing.

Women often need a little encouragement when it comes to letting go of their clothes which is why quite a lot of fashion articles are penned to proclaim and laud the art of minimalist dressing and clothing ensembles. These articles have become rather popular and has been causing quite a stir in the fashion community. Similarly, this article would echo the same advice—that is to eradicate your closet of all the excess clothing and make room only for those that you would wear. But instead of enumerating the fashion items whether wholesale clothing or retail you should be getting rid of, this article will instead give you a set of general characteristics of the clothes you should be tossing out. Make a mental list, take stock, assess the clothes inside your closet and then begin your purging journey.

1.) Clothes that you have in multiples of

While there is nothing necessarily wrong in having at least two or three clothes of the same style (so long as they are in different colors), it is an entirely different story if your closet is overrun and dominated by clothes that are basically just clones of each other. The point of having a closet is to at have a variety of clothes inside them, and frankly if you own five bodycon dresses of different colors, it defeats the point. Take them out and lay then out in your bed. If you find yourself favoring one or two pieces above the others, then you should start thinking about what made these items so different to begin with. Identify what compelled you to buy this piece and realize what your mistake is to hopefully avoid repeating the same mistake.

2.) Clothing you have never used

We have all been guilty of buying clothes we do not necessarily need but looked pretty in the rack at least once in our lives. While we are idly milling about in the mall, sometimes a piece of clothing would just catch our eye and would seemingly beckon us to buy it. We would then wait and wait for the perfect opportunity to wear it until the piece is finally forgotten and when it is remembered, it has been long out of style. Determine why you bought them in the first place—did you think they looked pretty? Was there a sale? Did it make your chest look bigger than usual? In any case, identifying the traits that drove you to buy the piece would help you understand what sort of impulse purchases you should be steering clear from in the future.

3.) House clothes you wear for comfort on your lazy days

In general, house clothes are not a bad thing. Oversized sweaters, T-shirts riddled with holes, too loose yoga pants and the like—these are the things you would never want to wear outside the house. And although every girl should have a handful of them, if it takes too much space in your closet then that is a red flag. However, it would significantly impact your self-confidence and your overall well-being if you got rid of all of your house exclusive clothes altogether and replace them with clothes you can wear in the house as well as out of the house. In this way, you would not only be saving closet space, but are fashion ready even when you are just in the house.

4.) Old clothes that you used to love but now hate

Is there really any point to keeping these items? They may have a tinge of nostalgic feel about them, but other than that, they are really just occupying valuable space in your closet. If you want a closet full of clothes that you know you will love wearing, then perhaps it is time to make peace with your old style habits and learn from them. Additionally, do some reflection as to why you bought these items in the first place—you once loved them, what happened? Were these just passing trends? Did you celebrity idol rock the very same outfit? See if anything clouded your judgment when you bought it before and avoid it from happening again.

5.) Clothes that used to fit

We are all notorious for clinging on to pieces that no longer fit us in the dire hopes that when we finally lose enough weight (or gain enough), we would be able to rock them again. It can be a particular piece that you may have splurged on or as once an integral component of an excellent and stylish clothing ensemble. But all these would be for naught if the clothing piece no longer fits you anyhow. If you are having a hard time letting go of pieces such as these, perhaps selling them or loaning them to a friend would make it much easier.

 

 

You might be overwhelmed at how many clothes you have to get rid off when it comes to paring down your closet, and you might feel that you have nothing to wear, but on the contrarty, you actually have more to wear. By paring down your closet, you would not have to needlessly cycle the same outfit every two weeks or so. This is because your clothes are now within sight and you can now easily mix and match them. So, adopt a minimalist strategy—not only as a means of lifetyle, but as a means of organizing your closet as well.

 

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Fashion 101: Elements of a Good Wardrobe


“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” -Coco Chanel

When it comes to anything and everything life, it is crucial to have bits of variation. In fashion, this becomes somewhat more complicated as the rules do not apply solely to variation. Much like the food pyramid in your nutrition class, the contents of your closet should apply the same principles when it comes to moderation, diversity as well as portion control. If you diligently applied these three principles to what you put in your closet, you would necessarily end up with a well-balanced wardrobe. This well-balanced wardrobe is pivotal in ensuring you would come up with a stylish ensemble without going through the struggle of mixing and matching clothes. Simply put, a well-balanced wardrobe would make dressing up for work, for the mall or basically anywhere much easier. A workable formula on how to build a balanced wardrobe is to stock up on the basics first, minimize investing on trends, go easy on patterns and spend on one drop dead gorgeous showstopper saved for special occasions.

To know which pieces to have, you have to be discerning as to whether these pieces can be worn in multiple ways on various occasions–a crucial aspect when it comes to streamlining your wardrobe. It does not matter whether these pieces are taken from your local wholesale clothing store or elsewhere, it needs to contribute to the overall quality of your manner of dress. To have a better picture of what these pieces are, this article has listed them below:

1.) A classic black blazer

No self-respecting fashionista should ever possess a closet sans a classic black blazer. This classic staple offers women an infinite number of ways to wear it. Whether you are dressing for a job interview, looking to give your summer dress an elegant upgrade or are attending a casual business meeting, this classic staple can do wonders in improving a simple ensemble. Make sure to have one that is tailored to fit you and find a classic look without any prints or flashy details, and you can be assured you have an excellent ensemble that would transition well throughout the seasons.

2.) A pair of ankle boots in brown and in black

They say if you love a pair of shoes, you should buy it in every color. When it comes to ankle boots, however, one pair in black and another in brown will do you just fine. Let these two pairs be the perfect complement to your daytime outfits and pair them with your favorite skinny jeans, dresses or skirts. Black gives your sleeker dresses more edge and would tie a grungier outfit together such as motorcycle jackets paired with jeans. Brown is reserved for softer and more feminine dresses to give it a preppy vibe. It works well with flirty dresses, plaid shirts or gray blazers.

3.) Two pairs of black tights (Sheer and opaque)

Though tights come in a myriad of colors, you would only need one color which is black but makes sure to get it in sheer and opaque. You would be amazed how sophisticated an outfit looks just by the addition of tights as it adds a certain elegance to just about any ensemble. Use sheer tights under your cocktail dresses and use your opaque pair under your wool skirts and sweater dresses.

4.) A small bag or evening clutch

You probably have your favorite tote bag that would carry all of your essentials, and that is well and good, however, this would look incredibly out of place when paired with your party and cocktail dresses. On your evenings out and crowded restaurants and bars, opt to have a small bag or an evening clutch. Lugging around your large bag can be rather inconvenient. But if you cannot live without your large bag, at least have a small clutch with you when you are

considering on hitting the town at night. In this way, you can leave your large bag in your car or at the office and just stuff your small bag with the essentials.

5.) A classic structured bag to use every day

Apart from the evening go-to clutch bag, you would need a bag that would function well in just about any situation from your business meetings, conferences to shopping with your friends. Choose a structured and classic bag that would be big enough to carry everything you need daily. Select one with a perfect touch and structured shape so that it would look stylish with your outfit.

6.) A pair of jeans in a classic wash

No woman should ever miss having a great pair of jeans inside her closet. This one article of clothing is indispensable as it works as your go-to piece of clothing whenever you are too lazy to assemble an outfit together. It goes with practically everything and would give you a crisp look with the right blouse or shirt. Stay away from trends and avoid jeans that have cuts, rips or dyes unless you already have at least a few classic pairs as these tend to go out of style after just a season. Instead, look for a pair with clean wash, minimalist style and lean fit which would function well as an everyday staple.

7.) A black leather jacket

Apart from giving the wearer that edgy biker chick vibe, a black leather jacket never goes out of style, and it looks great with just about anything. If you are looking to toughen up a flirty and feminine outfit, then simply throwing a black leather jacket over it would accomplish that. If you want an edgy and tomboyish vibe, it will work well over a t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans. In any case, it is a great addition whether you want to tone down the feminine aspect of your ensembles, or are looking to amplify the modern edge of your casual outfits.

 

With the choice and staple outfits above, create a well-balanced wardrobe to make everyday dressing not only easier, but faster as well.

 

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Five Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Purging Your Closet

“Playing dress up starts at age five and never really ends” -Kate Spade

One memorable line from the hit series of HBO was uttered by Carrie Bradshaw, a self-confessed fashionista and clothing hoarder. In the series, her unsurpassed love was evidenced by her perpetually full closet and her sentiments as regards clothes stating that she wants her money where she sees them, hanging in her closet. In the real world, fashion forward women are pretty much the same. Their love for clothes and penchant for anything stylish are both unmatched. In fact, fashionable women would say that their love for clothes is anything but a penchant. Instead, they would say it is something akin to passion. With their great love for sartorial items, it would come as no surprise to find their closets and wardrobes filled to the brim with the latest finds, classic staples and the like coming in varied colors and styles. Unfortunately, one ugly reality you need to content with is that you cannot hold on to these things forever and at some point in the future, you need to purge your closet from sartorial items that are taking up too much space.

Not only would you be clearing up that much-needed space to make way for new clothes, but you would be getting rid of items which have not even seen the light of day in the past years. While letting go of clothes you once loved may be hard, you can think of it as an opportunity for a fashion catharsis. Get rid of all the items that would serve you no purpose in your closets, and you will be surprised that it might just be the perfect precursor to redefining or enhancing your style. Once you have come to terms with the need for a closet purging, how do you know which ones to donate, toss or keep? Well, to make your wardrobe purging endeavor easier, here is a checklist of questions you need to ask yourself while going through each item in your closet. It is highly recommended that you pick and ponder every item as a quick a scan would not yield the same effective results and would not help you at arriving at a decision.

1.) Is it still in style?

Your wholesale Steve Madden boots may be your favorite pair, and it certainly has a way of elongating your legs when you are wearing minis. But your favorites may not exactly be in trend or even in season today. While you might not have any fashion items from the seventies hanging in your closet, you might not be aware of the subtle shifts in fashion that would cause you to throw out some trendy wardrobe pieces that may potentially become fashionable once more in the future. It is no secret that fashion is cyclical, so a good workaround to determining which items you should chuck out and which ones you can keep for storage is to see if these items still work well with your current wardrobe. If they do, stash them away until such time that they become fashionable again.

2.) Does it still fit you well?

Keeping an article of clothing in the hopes that it would fit you one day when you finally lose weight is only going to succeed in clogging up your clothes. If you have gained or lost a few pounds over the months or have stopped working out altogether, some of your clothes may still fit you but are not going to look quite the same as they did when you first purchased them. Be honest yourself when it comes to this matter, and if you feel that it would take some time before you would finally fit into that blouse, it is best to toss or give it away. Besides, it might not even be in style by the time it would finally fit you.

3.) Does it still have a place in your life?

Admit it, at some point in your life; you may have bought sartorial pieces that were appropriate to wear in your profession. But if black ties, suits, high heels, pencil skirts and the like no longer have a place in your current life (unless you like wearing them to work), then there is absolutely no reason for you to be holding on to them. Whether it may be a career shift or a simple matter of wanting to change the tune of your style, if your clothes no longer serve you its purpose, then either toss them or donate them. Whatever the case might be, there will always be a time in a woman’s life where you need to make a sartorial shift—and throwing away tacky clothes is just one step in the process. Decide if you want to go through this transition, and purge accordingly.

4.) Can you flip it?

Under any under circumstance, it would be hard to part with an item that once held an exorbitant price tag. While this might be true, you have to take into account that you need the extra space in your closet. And if having that space would require you to get rid of an expensive piece that is no longer trendy or ill-fitting, then, by all means, you should. If you are afraid of underselling it considering the premium you paid when you first bought it, then sell it at a local designer consignment work who might pay you more. You can then use that money to buy something that is in season and would fit you well.

5.) Do you have a lot of them?

There is a saying that goes that if you want a pair of shoes, you should buy it in every color. Unfortunately, this SHOULD NOT be the case when you are looking to trim a little extra fat in your closet. Look for styles that you have a tendency to buy in repetition and look for those in bad shape. Say for example you own eight plain colored tees, look for the ones that are in the worst shape or the ones you have worn the least. Look for those items that you would not lose sleep over losing and donate them to charity.
Parting with some of our clothes may present itself as a challenge—especially if you are a fashionista with a taste for variety. However, if your clothes are sitting ducks in your closets, then they are not really doing anything to help your style. On the contrary, keeping so many of these stocked in your closet can even preclude you from reaching your true style potential. So, ask yourself the questions stated above and start paring down the items in your closet.

 

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Fashion 101: Seven Must-Know Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss!


“Clothes are not going to change the world. The women who wear them will.” –Anne Klein

“Over the years, I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” –Yves Saint Laurent

Almost every woman of any age has gone through the quintessential scenario of sifting through piles and piles of clothing without finding a single one that would complete her style ensemble. Magazines have proffered countless pieces of fashion advice and style maxims over the years, yet women all over the world still experience this style predicament. Although this is the kind of fashion affliction most women are more familiar and can contend with, it does not necessarily have to put a damper on your enthusiasm for dressing up. All of your fashion endeavors would be a lot easier if you took to heart some of the niftiest fashion tips engendered by style pundits and authorities this article has collated. It matters not whether your clothes are bought from retail or wholesale clothing stores, these tips will allow you to look your very best for any occasion there is. These tips will work for any woman out there; just adjust according to your preference or personal style.

1.) Old things must go

If you want to commit to making a conscious fashion change, then this is where you should appropriately start. Without a doubt, over the years you would inevitably have accumulated a lot of clothes whether through one of your shopping excursions or as closet loans from your friends. Start by opening your closets and take a good hard look at it and then, ask yourself this pivotal question, “If I were in a clothing store right now, which items would I pick?” By asking yourself this question, you would effectively know which clothes you would keep and which ones to discard. Remember, if you do not want to take a long while to decide on a style ensemble, your closet needs to be smartly organized—and hoarding clothes would only aggravate your existing problem.

2.) Shop with a plan

Certain events of the year will compel us to shop for new clothes. However, this should be no reason for you to eschew good shopping strategies and plans altogether. Regardless of whether you are attending your office Christmas party, are attending a formal event or are about to get married, it is important to consider preparing for the right outfit. In order to be truly satisfied with your choice, go shopping with the hairstyle, makeup and shoes you have in mind to go with the ensemble as it would make you see the entire effect. Lastly, it pays to wear the appropriate underwear as you would not want to dismiss a dress that looks good but shows a visible panty line.

3.) Painlessly stretch your new shoes

One of the negative aspects of buying new shoes is that a new pair would always seemingly cause you to develop calluses over time. A pair of high heels is especially notorious for causing this which can be quite a hassle if your job requires you to dress in heels most of the time. There are various workarounds to address this dilemma; however one of the most effective ones that truly deliver results utilizes a freezer. Just fill a couple of bags with water, place them in your shoes and leave them in the freezer to stay overnight. By morning, you will notice a significant difference in your shoes.

4.) Dress up any outfit in seconds

More often than not, there are days when we do not have the luxury of time in dressing ourselves for a certain occasion. As this is a common occurrence, it would be apt for one to use any kind of tricks and tips or even one’s ingenious creativity to dress up a rather simple ensemble quickly. Some of the most elegant touches would only require the addition of accessories such as a bow tie which would work with almost anything, a sophisticated and elegant belt finished off with some classy jewelry. If you do not have heels, dress up your simple flats with clip on earrings.

5.) There are rules in showing skin

When it comes to baring skin, certain fashion rules must be observed. But if there is one rule you must absolutely not forget, it is to remember than in showing skin; you should bare skin only in one area at a time. This is so you do not appear as if you are trying too hard as well as not to offend the sensibilities of onlookers. As an example, whenever you are wearing a number that would show a generous amount of cleavage, make sure it leaves your legs covered. Remember, one’s degree of nakedness is never a standard of measure for attractiveness. A little bit of mystery adds drama and flair after all.

6.) Deodorant and makeup stains are a no-no

Some of your clothes will inevitably fall victim to either deodorant or make-up stains. These stains are incredibly difficult to wash and are pretty unattractive which makes it a bit of a damper when they get on our favorite clothes. No matter how meticulous we are in avoiding them, they still have the tendency to appear. To make sure that you would not have to chuck all of the clothing items you have with these stains, were the stained party with warm water or dampen the garment in water with some detergent. If a stain is particularly new, it will come off easily with baby wipes on oil base.

7.) A fun night out starts with a comfortable outfit

You may want to look alluring, sophisticated and elegant but if you are spending every half an hour trying to fix the hem of your skirt or tugging your blouse down, then chances are you are not going to have much fun at all. Even for a Friday night out, it is important to wear clothes that you are comfortable with. Sure, you may want to rock a pair of heels for the night but do make sure you have brought a backup pair of flats in case your feet gets tired. Additionally, make sure all of your clothing items fit you well so that nothing would slip out and lastly, walk around in them, dance with them and if it makes you feel great without compromising your comfort, go for it.
Selecting, shopping for and wearing clothes remain to be some of the women’s beloved hobbies. So, these tips above are sure to come in handy for the fashionista in them. Keep this in mind for a more stress and hassle-free fashion excursion.

 

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 Fashion Ideas 101: 8 Ways to Style Chambray

 

“Style is difficult to define—it is not only what a woman is wearing, it is the way she wears it. Style is your stamp, put on whatever you do” –Author Unknown

 

Fashion says me too, while style says only me. It has been a widely accepted notion by fashion pundits that style is a way for women to visually express who they are without having to speak—and there are various styles across this modern fashion spectrum that one would only need to take a pick. The key is to find one that suits and is definitive of you. Some women prefer the classy chic while others may be more receptive to the laid-back and casual style though quite a majority tends to mix it up from time to time. In this article, we are going to explore the ways one can style a fashion fabric typical of casual and comfortable style: Chambray. Lighter than denim but definitely thicker than sheer fabrics, chambray has been the epitome of casual style and has been a staple piece for every season.

For the unaware, chambray is a linen-finished gingham cloth with a white weft and a colored warp which in effect would produce a mottled appearance. Undoubtedly, with its lightweight material yet chic veneer, this is that one fabric that easily combines comfort and sophistication. Chambray has also proved to be incredibly versatile and can easily be paired with almost anything—from your wholesale clothing buys to your retail bought clothes. Here are some of the excellent ways you can wear and style your chambray:

 

1.)    As a balancing factor for a dressy skirt

 

Nowadays, dressy maxi skirts and bright midi skirts are all the range. Their flamboyance would beckon all eyes on you. However, if you are looking for a casual stroll in the park or are simply window shopping in the mall, this type of skirt may be a tad bit too formal and dressy for such a casual affair. To balance it out and to achieve a more subtle look, pair it with your favorite chambray shirt and tuck it into your skirt. This creates a blissful union of classic meets trendy—a casually sophisticated style that is both effortless and timeless.

 

2.)    As a dressed-up romper

 

Back in the day, rompers were considered as a fashion piece solely for the youth. And though donning a romper may achieve a youthful demeanor, the look is not necessarily exclusive to playgrounds and music festivals. In fact, women of all ages can pull off the look with sophistication and elegance so long as it is not overdone. A good choice is to consider a chambray romper so as not to appear trying hard to be youthful. Play up the romper’s quirkiness by complementing your look with supplemental prints such as stripes or bold patterns. But give it a mature and glam finish by wearing pointed heels and gold jewelry to finish the entire look.

 

3.)    As an adornment to an existing ensemble

 

Many of you might not see a simple and nondescript chambray shirt as an adornment, but it has true potential as a hands-free accessory. The chambray short can be conveniently tied around your waist should it be a bit too warm outside and is immediately accessible as a makeshift jacket during the nights when it is cold. The chambray shirt is the perfect staple fashion piece for that 90’s throwback trend and with its lightweight material, you can pull off that long-sleeved look sans the bulkiness of an ordinary jacket.

 

4.)    As a refined jumpsuit

 

Rompers, jumpsuits, playsuits—they come in many names, but that is because this nineties apparel has been given a modern overhaul that makes the piece incredibly versatile, mature and stylish. For a look that would be appropriate for older women, don a jumpsuit that is looks elegant to give you a refined look. Instead of opting for jumpsuits that stop mid-thigh or short jumpsuits which look more at home in EDM festivals, opt for something longer. Choose one that is in chambray fabric and elongate it to achieve a more grown-up look. Pair it with your favorite accessories but keep it at a bare minimum for a classic look. Though the chambray fabric makes the outfit summer-ready, the sleek silhouette makes it dressy enough for a night out in town.

 

5.)    As a catalyst for being whimsical

 

Chambray, most notably chambray rompers give us an avenue for being playful and even whimsical. There is something about the youthful feel of the apparel itself and its comfortable fabric that brings out the fun side in us. If this is the case, give your ordinary chambray rompers a twist by adding a unique and fun factor to them. An example would be to spice things up with polka-dots. Finish the entire look off with heart-shaped sunglasses, a bright red lip, and a top-knot.

 

6.)    As a pair of comfortable pants

 

In a world where a pair of skinny jeans is vastly preferred by many, dare to be different by donning a pair of comfortable chambray pants. You may feel like you are wearing pajamas out of the house, but by pairing it with the right top or a fancy blouse, you can offset the feeling of your outfit being far too casual for your taste. Keep the entire look polished by finishing it off with a pair of high-heeled sandals and minimal accessories.

 

7.)    As a casual dress

 

If you are looking for the right balance between chic, casual and subtle sophistication, then a chambray dress is the way to go. Chambray shirt dresses paired off with the iconic white sneakers are two elements of a casual yet sophisticated look. Go for a chambray dress that has a shorter hemline and keeps the look interesting and feminine by accessorizing with a gold chain.

 

8.)    As a jaunty pair of shirts

 

A pair of chambray shorts epitomizes all summer apparels with its lightweight material and comfort. The material allows air in which would mean it can provide adequate relief against the summer heat. To complete your summer look, pair it off with your favorite white top and a large leather bag. For your shoes, if you are channeling your inner tomboy, go for your favorite pair of slip ons but if you want a more feminine look, finish the look with a pair of camel or nude wedge sandals.

 

 

Indeed, the chambray fabric is an incredibly versatile piece that every self-respecting fashionista should have in her closet. With the various ways you can style it above, there is sure to be one that would instantly become your favorite.

 

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A Guide to Vintage Shopping: Tips and Do’s and Don’ts Every Fashionista Must Know

 

“I buy what makes my heart sing. So, it is not that I follow one specific track. It is sort of what I like. I love colors. I love unique pieces. I love vintage clothing.” –Tracee Ellis Ross

 

There is quite no fashion phenomenon like wearing vintage clothes.

They do not only take you to a different era in fashion; they give you a unique insight into how fashion has evolved over the years. Although some vintage fashion pieces have been given that much needed modern updated, albeit a bit cyclical, it does not have that original charm which a vintage fashion piece carries with it. Apart from the unique and authentic charm a vintage piece has, no other fashion piece gives you so much leverage in customizing and redesigning such as a vintage piece does (just imagine all the designing possibilities you could do to overhaul that tulle skirt you found at the flea market!)

Truly, there is quite like nothing like wearing vintage, but it is the shopping process itself where the real adventure lies. Combing and scouring the racks of your favorite flea shops, thrift stores for various wholesale clothing, retail, and big brand buys only to find and come across the most fabulous dress or the ideal pants in your size is nothing short of liberating—even cathartic! However, shopping for vintage pieces are not always so straightforward, and the logistics of choosing that perfect piece would require some effort on your part as well. However, fret not, here are some of the best tips and do’s and don’ts to aid you in your vintage fashion travails and to assist you in making an informed and sound decision—regardless of whether you are browsing or buying vintage clothes online or in person.

1.) Commence your search at home

 

It has often been said that charity begins at home, but likewise, so could your preliminary search for vintage fashion. Ask the members of your family if they have any remnants of their dated clothes from the year 1920 to the early 1990’s. Do not leave anyone of your family out; you would never know what kind of priceless treasure hunt they have been hiding all these years at their home. Your mother might still have that iconic bag from the seventies; your grandmother could loan you her old jacket and accessories. Asking around will save you the trouble of having to browse for more vintage fashion finds online.

2.) Do a comparison shop for the best

 

You may have found the perfect fashion piece, but that does not mean it is precisely in the best condition. Some pieces have buttons and attachments that are ready to fall off, and if you do not do a thorough scrutiny, you may miss noticing these tiny but critical elements. Although, missing buttons are forgivable as they are easily repaired, the same cannot be said for the condition of some of the apparel you might find. As this is the case, it is imperative that you compare fashion items both online and in person. There are some websites that do offer you the feature of comparing conditions on items. A caveat, however, some of these items may be a bit pricier than the rest considering they showed significantly less wear and tear, color fading and worn out interiors and corners.

3.) Rummage, do not just flick through items

 

A simple flicking through clothes is how a novice fashionista would go about her vintage fashion hunt. You can readily tell who is a seasoned vintage shopper from one who is still trying out the reins by how enthusiastically they would delve into the fashion items. There are items which would require quite the rummaging in order for you to find them. This is why in some countries; fashion vintage hunts are often called rummage sales—because indeed, you would need to do just that to find a unique buy. Next time you find yourself in a vintage fashion shop, remember to get ready to rummage– you might be surprised to find branded fashion items hidden underneath the pile of cloths.

4.) Do try them on

 

If you are shopping traditionally, it is imperative that you try on the clothes you have chosen. Body shapes and sizes have changed over the years and just like how you would try on a pair of jeans before buying them, so should you for vintage finds. If you are shopping online, it is important you get your measurements as accurately as possible and see if they closely match those potential vintage fashion purchases you are about to get online. Altering the clothes you have may be a good option (albeit, a last one) for when you have purchased vintage clothes, not in your size. But remember, altering the clothes may damage the integrity of the design. It is better to purchase them as they are and intact and in your size.

5.) Get a whiff of your purchases’ scents

 

Do not be embarrassed to indulge your olfactory sense by sniffing out your potential purchases. This is how you find out how truly vintage your potential buys are and if it is a smell you can get rid of through ordinary wash. Anyone who has done some major vintage shopping would tell you that there is nothing worse than having a pong you cannot get rid of. Most of these pieces would lose that smell when they are dry cleaned by an expert. Still, it is probably a good idea to avoid potential purchases that do stink and one with brown mold marks as they can be near impossible to remove.

6.) Buy what you can see yourself wearing

 

Do not simply buy a vintage fashion item just because the piece is novel, on trend or rare unless you are collecting them. Always buy items you could actually see yourself wearing and choose vintage clothes that are strong enough to be worn regularly. Additionally, it is a smart idea to avoid fragile pieces or pieces that look like they belong to the museum as constant wear would soon damage them. A wise tip is to wear these vintage clothes with a washable extra layer such as a slip underneath to protect the vintage investment.

 

There are many reasons for buying vintage fashion pieces, but regardless of whether you are buying to collect or buying to wear, always keep in mind the six tips offered above as it will make your vintage shopping endeavors more of a breeze.

 

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Fashion Advice 101: 9 Fashion Rules for Rainy Days

 

“When life gives you a rainy day, wear cute boots and play in the puddles” –Nikhil Saluja

 

As we bid adios to the bright sunshine and summer breeze, we would also be bidding farewell to our beloved tank tops, the frilly summer dresses, flip flops, summer hats, and sheer tops. As we greet the month of July, we need to reacquaint ourselves to apparels such as trench coats, umbrellas, rain boots and several others. For some fashion enthusiasts, the monsoon months are a bane to their styling prowess as it tends to stifle their artful expression in dressing up considering one must be covered up for a majority of the time one is out. However, this does not mean that you cannot look stylish during the rainy season, you still very much can—after all, fashion pundits have always advocated looking great regardless the season.

However, there are certain articles of clothing that should never see the light of day during the rainy season lest you want them damaged, or you want to look inappropriately dressed. These are the types of clothing that are made with flimsy material and may easily get rent and soiled under the torrential rain. When it comes to the monsoon season, there are certain clothing items you should probably stock at the back of your closet save for the next dry and sunny day. Scroll down below to see the things you should consider during an inclement rainy weather.

1.) The type of shoes you are wearing

Regardless of whether you are commuting to work or are taking your own private car, at some point, you are going to have to walk under the rain. With this in mind, it is imperative that you consider what kind of shoes you are wearing. It can be rather frustrating to have the soles of your feet muddied up during your brief walk en route to your car or in the office. It is even more aggravating if the water has seeped into your shoes and has soaked your feet. Try a good pair of brightly colored rubber boots to add a bit of color to your outfit and keep the soles of your feet safe and dry.

 

2.) A pair of heels is out of place

The rainy season might not be the best time to break out your new wholesale Steve Madden heels. Sure, they may look stunningly fashionable and gives you some height, but wearing heels under a torrential rain makes you prone to slipping on roads and pavements. Save the heels for a night out in the club and wear more practical and comfortable footwear that ensures you can get to your destination safely.

 

3.) Do not wear anything suede

Suede can easily get damaged by the rain as the material is not designed to repel water. During the rainy season, avoid carrying any bags and wearing shoes made with this material. In the same vein, leather likewise gets ruined by the rain, and since leather is pretty expensive, it can be a bit heartbreaking when they suffer water damage. Stick with plastic made materials as they repel water best.

4.) Avoid wearing anything white

White may look sophisticatedly chic and is supremely easy to dress up. However, there is no other color more out of place in the rain than stark white—especially when you are wearing them as tight skinny jeans. Anything in white might be one of the year’s biggest trends, but wearing it on a rainy day is not only a bold statement but a precarious one. Apart from being see-through when wet, more often than not damage and stay can occur just by wearing them

 

5.) Wear light makeup

Regardless if where you may be going, it is better to apply your makeup once you no longer have to make a walk under the rain or once you are out of the rain. Torrential rains can be nasty and can easily ruin any makeup—it does not bode well for anyone to is sporting a runny eyeliner and mascara as well as fuzzy hair. Try to opt for waterproof products instead and avoid looking like a melted counterpart of yourself. Avoid wearing heavy makeup and choose makeup made from lightweight products.

 

6.) Wear as little to no jewelry or accessories

Rain and too many accessories simply do not mix. In the midst of a pouring torrential rain, it is best if one sports a minimalist style by keeping the accessorizing game to a bare minimum. Minimalist styling is the key to being comfortable and looking sophisticatedly chic despite the rain. With this in mind, refrain from wearing stacks of bracelets or necklaces which will also help you prevent any damage from happening to them.

 

7.) Avoid wearing flowy dresses/skirts

There is a great chance that strong gusts of wind would accompany the occasional torrential rains making flowy dresses and skirts incredibly risky to wear. Considering the light material they are made from, they are a major fashion hazard as it would potentially be blown in every possible direction leaving you exposed. Save the flowy dresses for another sunny day and stick to body-hugging dresses and clothes, for now, to make sure they stay attached to your body all day long.

 

8.) Save carrying open bags for another day

Open bags do not only entice potential thieves from pilfering its contents, but they also pose a dangerous threat to whatever is inside during a torrential rain. You do not want any of your things to get wet under the rain as it may suffer from damage so no matter how cute those bags are, save them for another day and use bags you can close tightly instead.

 

9.) Choose a practical umbrella

You might think that the torrential rain is the best time to showcase and display your cute and colorful umbrella around town. True enough, umbrellas are the ultimate accessory for this season, but you need to consider its durability under the rain as well. You do not want to risk getting wet just because your trusty accessory was blown inside out. Make sure your umbrella was built to endure strong winds and would keep you dry all day. In a heavy rain, sometimes it is best to forgo fashion for practicality—especially when it keeps the rest of you dry.
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How to Wear Denim on Denim

 

“Today’s denim on denim trend is a paragon of a casual chic” – Harper’s Bazaar Online

 

The presumption that wearing denim on denim is tacky has been long gone for quite a time now. As of today, fashion has evolved to be more flexible when it comes wearing same fabric combinations and the denim on denim trend is an epitome of just how far fashion has come. And although it can be a bit intimidating especially for fashion novices, it seems like a trend that is here to stay. With the right fashion ensemble and an incorporation of a few simple fashion rules, anyone can pull it off and look absolutely amazing. This is why this article aims to outline some precepts integral to the double denim trend that would make the look more polished, put-together and sophisticated rather than forced and tawdry.

 

Though double denim seems like a complex style ensemble, it is actually fairly straightforward and pretty easy. The rudimentary thing one has to remember is to make sure that the colors and washes are in contrast with each other to ensure that one does not look like a walking canvas. This means pairing dark blue, black or gray jeans with light washed denim shirts or jackets. It creates an interesting illusion to your proportions and would make you look svelte. Additionally, you have to make sure that each of the pieces would fit you perfectly as pairing a really great denim jacket with ill-fitting jeans would not give you the desired look you want. Strike the perfect balance between a skinny and baggy—especially when it comes to your jeans as double denim works better on skinny fits rather than loose jeans. These are just some of the fundamental guidelines when it comes to wearing denim on denim. For a more in-depth guide, take a look at some of the rules below.

 

1.) DO play with colors if you are still a total beginner

Neophytes in working the denim on denim trend should try a safer route by pairing different shades of denim together. Do not delve into the shades of double blue immediately and try to experiment with different shades for a more flexible wear and an easier way to style. Try on some white jeans and a blue denim jacket or perhaps a chambray shirt with black jeans. Give your favorite denim colors a fresh new spin by mixing and matching them and look for the look you find most appropriate for yourself.

2.) DO NOT wear a denim outfit that is all the same weight or wash

Denim on denim looks good, but too much denim would look tacky. You do not want to run the risk of looking unsophisticated by looking too matchy-matchy. Diversify your outfit by incorporating different weights and various washes into one outfit; do not stick to the same weight or same wash such as wearing baggy acid washed jeans with loose acid washed jackets. Keep the entire outfit interesting by adding more denim hues.

3.) DO use denim shades to flatter and conceal body parts

Generally, the lighter the shade of the denim the more attention it draws to the parts that they cover while darker washes create the illusion of a slimmer figure. Depending on how your body is built, use this knowledge to your advantage and play with shades and find out which ones would suit you and your physique best. Most women would opt for a darker shade of denim jeans complemented with a lighter denim top or jacket as this is the most flattering way to go.

4.) DO NOT wear denim accessories

The denim on denim trend looks fabulous but inundating your ensemble with too much denim by adding on denim accessories would make you look like you are a walking advertisement for wholesale English laundry for their jeans section. Just keep the denim confined to your apparel and keep it out of your shoes, hats, handbags, scarves or any other accessory lest you overwhelm your ensemble with too much denim.

5.) DO distress

Distressed and ripped jeans have been making waves over the past decade and it seems like it is not going to fade away anytime soon. The distressed or ripped denim trend certainly adds a bit more interest to what would seem like an assuming pair of jeans and it lends itself well to the denim on denim look. So, take that old pair of jeans for a ride once more by adding more tears and rips which you can do yourself.

6.) DO not look to Westerns for inspiration

The denim on denim trend certainly brings a common image to mind: cowboys. And though the look may widely work for them, it does not necessarily mean it would look great on you as well—you would not want to look like a walking caricature of a cartoon cowboy. With that in mind, it is best to keep away from accessories such as cowboy hats, cowboy boots, Western belts and bolo ties when you are sporting the all-denim outfit for a more sophisticated and fashion forward look.

7.) DO dress up your denim on denim ensemble

Add a bit more flair to this wide trend by sporting luxe-looking items such as statement handbags, designer heels, a tuxedo blazer or an arresting red lip color that is sure to be a stunner. Do not be afraid to add these lavish accessories as the double denim ensemble makes for an interesting backdrop and these lush fashion accompaniments would do wonders to elevate your otherwise simple outfit.

8.) DO NOT emulate the mistake Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake did way back then

When it comes to how the denim on denim trend can go disastrously wrong, a common image that comes to mind is one of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears back in the day. In fact, this has become a rather iconic image for everyone to see just how ridiculous this trend looks when not done right. With this mind, be mindful that when it does go wrong—it would be almost impossible for you to get it this wrong.

 
These are just some of the tips to create excellent denim on denim ensemble—chi, sophisticated and unforced. Start experimenting with some of these tips on your denim wardrobe and sport the one that looks best on you.

 

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