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Five Fashion Rules to Break

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

 

We are all aware of how dynamic fashion can be and just how incredibly diverse one’s taste regarding it can be. Choosing one’s individual taste from an array of various selections is no daunting and difficult task, but as it is with fashion pundits and authoritative figures, we have learned to follow a set of fashion rules and edicts when we are donning our favorite sartorial pieces. Over the years–especially for those who rigidly and religiously follow fashion magazine advice, fashionable individuals were constrained to follow these rules that over time became a conventional thing to do.

Perhaps you may have been even aware of some such as “the no white” policy right after labor day, a certain restriction in wearing white to someone’s wedding event, always having to match every aspect in your ensemble including your accessories. All that is just a small fraction of the set of fashion policies we have grown accustomed to and yet here we are living in the modern century wherein some of these rules are not only considered unconventional and obsolete, but incredibly absurd as well. Personally, I am a firm believer in forgoing all of fashion’s issued statements and decrees and that real genuine style should come from you and not from what fashion editors tell you it should be. This says a lot more about your personality and style than sticking with the conventional rules.  However, some of you are more partial to having a bit more of an expert advice when it comes to dressing up and that’s where this article comes in. All the fashion rules may have been deeply ingrained in you by now but consider that regardless of whether you are wearing retail or wholesale clothing, some of these rules can be bent or event revised to allow for a bit more leverage and flexibility in our fashion choices. To give you a brief sample of what these bendable rules are, take a gander below.

 

RULE NO. 1:  HANDBAGS, SHOES, AND BELTS SHOULD ALWAYS MATCH

Whoever devised this rule sounds like a boring and stiff individual with no such love for mixing and matching different colors and patterns and without any awareness of the other color schemes apart from monochromatic. We have all probably heard this snobby statement when someone is looking askance or aghast at our mismatched belts and sandals that you can always tell a lady by her coordinated belt, bag, and shoes. Although this was fairly true enough once, the coordinated sets are a thing of the past and currently, it is all about complementing colors as well as patterns.  Matching everything from your bag to your shoe down to your necklace would make you look dated while mixing it up a bit would add interest to your outfit making you look modern and polished.

 

RULE NO. 2:  DO NOT STAY UNDER THE SUN

In a modern era wherein people are investing hard-earned money for a few hours on a tanning bed or even some tanning lotions, this seems an unlikely rule but do not go on believing that you can totally forget about this rule. There is some truth to this rule, after all, sunscreens with high SPFs are invented for a very good reason. But instead of staying out of the sun completely, try to negotiate with this rule by staying protected while out in the sun instead. If you are to enjoy a day out in the beach or anywhere else for that matter wherein your skin would be exposed, do apply some sunscreen lotion liberally and this should be the primary thing that you apply. Remember that a sunscreen’s effect on your skin can be compromised when you apply it to other beauty products such as makeup or moisturized, so take caution in doing this as it may damage your skin.

RULE NO. 3: AS YOU AGE, THE HEMLINES SHOULD FALL

 

Strict fashion rules would dictate that women should dress appropriately for their age. One of the known edicts of this rule is that a lady should wear a skirt that does not go over the knee. In this age, this rule seems no more than an absurd poppycock. Women ought to wear skirts based on their comfort level rather than conform to what society thinks looks good on them–no matter the age. However, there is a certain truth to wearing sartorial pieces that should be appropriate for your age for one: a hot pair of pants that would show a generous amount of your midriff is considered a no-no, but short skirts are relatively okay. You can wear a short dress and high heels as you get older, but to make the look age appropriate, layer it with a sweater or a jacket. If you are uncomfortable with showing leg, then you can always pair your short skirts with tights so you would not feel too overexposed.

 

RULE NO. 4:  ONE SHOULD NEVER WEAR OPEN-TOE SHOES AND SANDALS WITH HOSIERY

 

Reading this rule constructs the image of guys wearing socks with their pair of Crocs or sandals, and though that is a very cringe-worthy image, the same does not hold true for women. We may have been under the mistaken belief that wearing open-toe sandals or peep-toe shoes would suggest–as their name goes, to show our toes but of course, we have also seen styles wherein these shoes would look spectacular paired with any elegant charcoal tights. Achieving the look may seem a bit tricky but with apt deliberation, anyone can pull it off. What you need to keep in mind is that you would need to find tights that do not have a reinforced toe or even a seam so that there would not be any creases at the edge. However, under no circumstance should tights should be paired with huge open toe sandals. It would look like you took your heels off and wore something else to be more comfortable.

RULE NO. 5: NEVER MIX METALS

 

In a simpler and more stifling time, it has been specified that jewelry–particularly those that come in silver and gold or bronze and silver or whatever, do not simply mix and under no circumstance should you ever do so. In fact, if we have to choose one metal then the rest of our jewelry should follow the color of the metal worn. Yet despite this rule, we have seen Cartier pieces that lump all three metals together and still manage to look stellar. The reality is, you can always choose to blend your bling as all of these metals are considered neutrals so mixing them is absolutely okay. You do, however, want to look like it has a purpose by keeping it in odd numbers (three if you are laying necklaces and cuffs) Uneven groupings give it a more modern and sophisticated look.

 

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 Failsafe Ways to Shop for Online Clothes That Would Fit

In this digital era, everything can be done online—even something as nonsensical and inconsequential such as clothes shopping.  But for all the flair it supposedly holds, there is an equally great risk in investing in online clothes and have them turn out less than your stellar expectations—or have it never turn up at all. Yet today, though a fraction of people are still unsure or are hedging as regards the disadvantages and advantages of online apparel clothes shopping; it is undeniable that there is a certain beauty about its overall convenience and maximum scope when it comes to an assortment of clothing. After all, disregarding all potential risks, there are still some of us who favor convenience over certainty when it comes to shopping.

As it is, those of us who have treaded the waters of online shopping have already heard the proverbial wonders of such. In fact, most of us have done it at one point in our lives as there will always be a sartorial item or a clothing preference that can only be found through the pages of the Internet.

Besides, there is a certain accomplishment in purchasing a unique find that can only be found online. Discovering it is just half the fun, the other is getting it delivered to your home and receiving it– as the famous anecdote goes: There is nothing quite like online shopping as it is like waiting for a gift to come that I have bought myself. However, all your sartorial shopping endeavors would be for naught if these items should not fit you by the time they reach you and seeing as you would not be able to do the actual fitting yourself; there is a possibility for this precarious situation to happen. But do not fret; your online shopping need not be fraught with this possibility if you are well prepared beforehand. So, the next time you are about to peruse some clothes online, follow the guidelines below before finally checking out your online order.

 

ACCURATELY MEASURE YOURSELF AND UPDATE IT

 

This is self-explanatory. After all, there is no sense in purchasing clothes without knowing your body measurements beforehand (Just how are you going to select a proper size for yourself?). Once you have established a size for yourself such as “small” or “size 4” or a “25 waist”, shopping online will be a lot less daunting. However, this does not mean that all clothing companies uniformly carry a size 4 that would all come in the same size. Consider that one company’s size 4 may be vastly different from another company’s size 4 and may even be regarded as a size 5 in another company. This is why the best way to be prepared against these is to have your measurements taken accurately and update it from time to time. To ascertain that you have your accurate body measurements, have a professional take them for you as they would most certainly know what they are doing.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT RETAILERS AND CHECK THE SIZING CHARTS

 

Your body measurements and the sizing chart go hand in hand. If you have taken your body measurements accurately, shopping for clothes online will be a whole lot easier. Sizing charts will take away the ambiguity from the words “small, medium and large” and would instead replace them with approximates such as waistlines 24-25, bust areas of 34-36 and the like. This is useful as a size chart is explicitly specific which would make your accurate body measurements vital to clothes shopping. Size charts are even more common in online clothing shops that provide made to order services, however, whether retail or wholesale clothing, it is always important to compare your body measurements to the size chart if getting the right fit is of paramount importance to you.

OPT FOR A MADE TO ORDER WEAR

 

If your goal is to have every sartorial piece you purchase online fit you right then it might be best to opt for clothing shops that would do made to order designs. In this way, you would not have to worry about your clothes being ill-fitting by the time they arrive on your doorstep. Although, as these clothes are made to order, it is imperative that you give these online makers accurate measurements as possible and after which, you would not have to worry about anything at all (Apart from gaining or losing weight for that matter before getting to fit your custom-made clothing). However, considering these online clothing shops are top notch, should the clothes not fit you, you can easily send them back to have them altered.

MAKES NOTES ON BRANDS, DESIGNERS AND RETAILERS YOU HAVE BOUGHT FROM BEFORE

 

Shopping online gives you a wide array of clothing options that are normally not available to you when you are shopping in a single outlet or even out in the mall. This ensures that you have the freedom to explore as many shops as possible—all with the click of a finger. Seeing as this is the case, dive deeper into the shops, look over their size charts and compare. Once you have seen a particular style that is to your liking and would come in your size, then it is time to start shopping. After getting and fitting the end product of what you have ordered online, keep notes regarding it –the size and how well it fits.

This may seem like an extraneous task but it is incredibly important.  If you have managed to find a brand, cut or style that would really work for you, finding it again would be a lot easier. It is also in this manner that you would find out whether a specific brand is cut a certain way and would fit you well. Doing this regularly will render the brand’s label size unnecessary as after accumulating clothes from a certain retailer or brand, you would know whether you feel more comfortable in a size 4 or a size 6 or would look better in a size 4 than a size 6.

 

 

Online shopping may seem like a daunting task to many considering how you would never get to see the actual product until it is delivered to you, but with the failsafe ways mentioned above, online clothing shopping can be made easier and more enjoyable. Who knows? It may be your chosen method of shopping after seeing how it would work for you.

 

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Personal Style: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Own Personal Style

It is a new era in fashion—there are no rules. It is all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels and up-and-coming designers all together” –Alexander McQueen

Fashion is a very diverse subject. It has many different facets and aspects that would cater to every individual’s style palate. No matter what the trend or the current vogue is, your taste in fashion remains constant, classic and timeless; this is where you define your personal style. One of the best adages that would distinctly define personal style comes from a famous intellectual. To quote this, Gore Vidal explicitly said that “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”. In a simpler sense, it means finding a fashion statement that sits well with you and owning it with confidence.

However, as most of us are not fashion pundits, we would often find ourselves confused as to what we truly like and if our chosen style is suitable to us. This, complemented with a multitude of sartorial options to choose from, would make finding a personal style that sits well with us and is equally suitable for us can come across as not only a daunting task, but would pose a unique fashion challenge as well. However, no matter how intimidating this fashion task may be, it is very much possible. Fortunately for us, we have an array of fashion styles and trends at our disposal that all we really need is to do is choose a singular style for us. This can be achieved through these seven steps:

1.) UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY

Humans do not come in a singular cookie-cutter shape wherein everyone can easily fit into uniformly styled clothing and look their best while sporting it. No, individuals come in all shapes and sizes and for every figure in existence; there is a corresponding manner of clothing or style that would suit them best. This is why; it is advantageous for you to know yours. Understand what kind of body you have and what works best for you. Understanding your body shape is the key to knowing your strengths and weaknesses and because of this; you can be more selective in choosing clothes and would purchase the right clothes to accentuate your best features.

2.) UNDERSTAND YOUR PERSONALITY

Knowing what kind of personality you have (chic and dainty, street and grunge, elegant and modern, etc.) would help you identify the kind of style that would work best with you. Take a few minutes to do some self-introspection and write down some words that would best describe who you are. After identifying aspects of yourself, take a look at your style and see if it truly reflects your personality and then have a look at different styles and choose one that appeals to you most.

3.) IDENTIFY A COLOR THAT INSPIRES YOU

Though you do not necessarily have to dress in clothes that come only in a singular hue, knowing which colors appeal to you would largely influence your style and how you feel. Supposing you are an individual that prefers neutral and earth tones, introduce a bit of color into your current style by experimenting. This can be in the form of adding bits of color through various accessories and see if this sits well with you.

4.) EDIT YOUR WARDROBE PIECES

Most of us are guilty of keeping a cornucopia of clothes in various cuts and styles. If you have hoarded a superfluity of clothes over the years, it is time, to be honest with yourself. Take a long hard look at your closet and ask which of the garments inside it do you really like and how many of these sartorial pieces have not seen the light of day since? Note down those that did not work well for you and make sure never to purchase the same style again. Dispose of those styles by either donating or selling them. To you, they may be great pieces but if they do not suit you or your body type, you are only holding yourself from looking stylish.

5.) KEEP A SCRAPBOOK OF STYLES THAT INSPIRE YOU

When it comes to fashion, knowing what you like largely depends on what fashion influences you have. Should you see something that appeals to you, take a mental picture of it should it be impossible to take an actual one. If you do this for a certain period of time, you would notice a pattern in the kinds of style you are most receptive to and from there, you can introduce personal accents of yours in the form of accessories, slight improvisations or mild modifications to give the style a personal touch.

6.) MAKE SURE YOUR PURCHASES FIT YOU

If there is one fashion rule every individual must abide, it is this one rule: Never buy and wear anything that is ill-fitting. Though fairly straightforward, almost all of us have been guilty of doing this at least once in our lives. Seeing a good outfit on the racks is incredibly tempting and it is rather easy to commit to the idea of losing weight in order to fit into it that more often than not, we often leave the selected piece neglected inside our teeming closets. Or we would compromise by wearing the piece altogether despite it looking off on us. This is one of the biggest fashion faux pas. Take note, no ill-fitting clothing would ever look good on you so buy only those that fit you well.

7.) MAKE SURE YOUR CLOSET INCLUDES THE BASICS AS WELL AS STATEMENT PIECES

The only way you can have a crystal clear sense of what you do want and what suits you best is to have the basic essentials that are necessary for building your personal style. Basics can vary for each individual so go through your inspiration scrapbook and identify which basics you would absolutely need for your style. In the same vein, complete your closet by having a few choice statement pieces that are unique to you. Be creative and create a brand new style from mixing and matching all these items together and harmonize them in order to come up with a personal style.

We are all unique individuals and our taste in fashion can be vary from wearing wholesale pieces from English laundry to favoring pieces from retailers such as steve madden, but whatever your fashion palate may be, do make sure that it engenders a style that defines who you truly are.

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How to Dress in Denim Jeans in Formal Settings

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Ah, denim. A precious piece of clothing that has surpassed the test of time; it remained to be consistently trendy and fashionable throughout the years. After all, who among us does not own at least a pair of jeans? They are comfortable and when tastefully paired with other pieces of clothing, you can pull off a truly stylish and chic look.

However, over the years, denim has seen major overhauls and revamps to make it look more modern and quirky. What used to be a garment utilized mainly for skirts or a pair of pants and shorts had made its way to being a fabric utilized for tops making denim not only fabulously trendy, but very versatile as well.

Denim jeans are what we would all consider as go-to outfits, one we can reach for any time we are feeling lazy.
Denim jeans are also known for their comfort and timeless look which makes it the perfect staple of clothing for everyone. The denim pair of jeans, being the number one fundamental article clothing for any person out there, is a classic apparel that’s very indispensable.

This is precisely why denim jeans, at this point of time, can work on any setting. Yes, you read that absolutely right! Dressing up in denim jeans is quite possible and you can pull off the look even in posh and lavish affairs. This is even an outfit you can wear in going to a fancy formal dinner. The rules may seem slightly altered considering the theme of a certain affair. Nonetheless, showing up to a swanky soiree in denim jeans is something you can do.
Planning to go casual yet elegant on your next grand luxurious affair? Then look no further and let this article help you. It offers you tips and hints on how to make what would otherwise be a drab and boring looking pair of denim jeans into something that would look very much at home while in a posh party.

FASHION TIP NO.1: ADD A FANCY BELT

Who does not love a nice-looking belt? Not only will it emphasize your waist and make your curves more accentuated, but it will make your overall outfit look better simply with the addition of this accessory. Belts are not only for holding your denim jeans up. They are also used to give people the impression that you wanted a touch of glam to your outfit most especially if your belt looks stylish and elegant.

PRO TIP: Adding a luxe belt on a tucked in shirt will make what others would regard as an unfashionable attire look more elegant. Be sure to steer away from too much metal and glitter. It would only make you look like you stepped out of a country music video. Go for something a little more upscale, one that is a bit polished with a metal buckle.

FASHION TIP NO.2: WEAR A BLAZER OR A SILK SCARF

Blazers would make a casual outfit into something that could pass on for formal and corporate settings. Even something as simple as the addition of a fitted blazer would make you look ready for a job interview granted that the type of blazer you donned is collared and tailored fit. Scarves, on the other hand, would bring a dash of color to your overall outfit and make you look visually appealing.

PRO TIP: Combine both a well-tailored blazer and a printed silk scarf looped casually on your neck for maximum effect. This will make you look chic enough for the lavish affair at the same time it will bring color and fun to your overall outfit.

FASHION TIP NO.3: CARRY A STATEMENT HANDBAG

Perhaps not a very well-known fashion tip but handbags or bags, in general, are an important part of your outfits. They bring attention to your overall look as well. Though what may be seen as a diversionary tactic rather than as an actual manner of dressing up, choosing the right bag for your outfit will work wonders for you.

PRO TIP: Look for a bag that complements the entirety of your outfit. If the bag commands the most attention (e.g. one with loud and patterned prints and colors) choose a subdued outfit for contrast otherwise the styles and patterns will clash.

FASHION TIP NO. 4: KEEP THE TEXTURES AND PATTERNS NEUTRAL

Muted tones make your look more appealing and easy to look at. In contrast, loud colors will make you rather easy to spot aside from being ‘noisy’ on the eyes. Additionally, for formal affairs, muted and neutral tones would work best to your advantage as wearing casual denim jeans to a formal occasion is already a bold statement itself. Do not overdo it.

PRO TIP: Draw attention to your jeans by using subdued and muted tones for the rest of your outfit. Wear a minimalist palette such as black, beige, brown, gray, navy and white. Also, keep in mind that denim is not the best textile to pair with sequins, animal prints or feathers when your dress code strictly says formal and elegant. Remember, you are going to an elegant soiree not to a night out in a club.

FASHION TIP NO. 5: STICK TO THE CLASSIC DENIM JEANS; AVOID DISTRESSED RIPPED ONES

Ripped denim jeans are in style and are extremely trendy right now. Almost every other person you meet on the street is sporting a pair. Though they look fun and chic, breaking them out on your next formal party is not such a wise idea. Save those denim jeans for a concert or summer garden affair instead.

PRO TIP: Stick to the classic cut of jeans and try a form-fitting pair. You can have fun in experimenting with the hues, opting for a deeper shade of indigo, a rich color like forest green to make your pair of jeans more at home at a formal party.

We have come a long way since the invention of denim jeans. And we have found ways to dress them up to suit almost every occasion there is. For your next formal event, bring out your best-looking pair of denim jeans and strut your stuff utilizing the tips the article has given you. Remember, jeans will never look out of place if the wearer knows how to take advantage of its versatility.

Know How to Succeed in the Fashion Business Industry

Basically, it starts with being fascinated by styles and fashion, then it became a dream. Now, you are striving to achieve that dream, hoping to open up your own new fashion business. For many, one of the greatest achievements that they can have is seeing their names on a clothing label. When it comes to fashion, there will be no limitations on what you want to do although not all designers manage to turn their passion into something profitable.

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In this world called the fashion industry, there are already a lot of well-known designers who made a name for themselves. This makes it more difficult to every fashion business startups to compete with these well-established businesses. Well, in order for you to succeed in a competitive world of fashion industry, you should possess the right attitude to pursue your lifelong dream.

Entering and starting up a fashion business may not be as easy as it may seem, and it can also be daunting on your end. However, there are several ways on how you can make your fashion business catch your target market’s attention. Of course, before you have to start one, there will always be some procedures for you to follow to reach your desired goal.

 

Research, Research, Research, then come up with a clear concept

Before you open up a fashion business, the most important thing to do is doing the research. Although, there might be some of you here who already knows a lot about fashion and the industry per se, there is still the need for you to research about what kind of fashion specifically are you going to take up and pursue.

Conducting a research on various fashion concepts will give you ideas that you can add up to the concept that you are currently thinking of, that is if you already have one. When you have a clear idea of the fashion concept, then it is easier for you to do the necessary next steps that should be done.

 

Consider the location

After deciding on the concept, now is the time for you to search for the right location. The location of your business also plays a great role whether you will succeed or fail in the fashion business industry. Without a proper and nice location, your target market may not be able to find where your fashion boutique is located.

Well, good thing if your target market will really give an effort in finding your store. However, don’t expect too much. For some, they will most likely ignore you and will find another fashion boutique that is more hassle-free and accessible enough for them. Moreover, if you have a good and perfect location for you fashion business, more and more people will stop by to your boutique. Yes, profitable traffic. Well who knows, any of these people might be one of your loyal customers soon.

 

Know your neighbourhood and your customer

When you are already had decided on where you want to put up your fashion business, then it is time for you to consider who are your direct and target customers. These are the people who are within your neighborhood. With that, you will know what kind of styles you might want to include on your list and in your target budget.

Moreover, knowing what kind of neighborhood you have can help you identify which of your items are the would-be best-sellers. Of course, this will also help you in avoiding specific styles that your neighborhood will not find interesting.

 

Figure out your budget and stick to it

Aside from the styles to consider, knowing your budget should be one of the top priorities. Of course, your business will not function without any budget. If you are serious in starting up a business, you have to invest your money in it. You should have plans on where and how are you going to come up with the right and exact budget that can start up a business.

When figuring out how much budget you should have, you need to include all of the possible expenses that you will have in the future. This is more so for the recurring expenses. From the store rentals, the furniture and to how many items you want to sell, you have to know how much budget that should be intended for it in order for you to prepare the said money.

 

Work your connections

For startups like you, it is not enough for you to sit and wait for your target customers to come in to your boutique. You have to know where and how you can make your customers want to visit your store. Of course, being a startup, your store will surely be not known to as many people as you want. There will always be struggles at first. That’s why, you should work out your connections through your friends, families and to any other people who you know will also spread the good news.

Moreover, with the technologies and the Internet available, getting the word out is not going to be hard on your part. With just a click away, hundreds to thousands of people can immediately notice the advertisement that you have posted online. Make use of the different social media platforms in targeting your audience.

 

Know your documents

In every business, be it small or big, there will always be some sort of documentation. You need to provide this in order for you to prove that your business is legal. These documents will prove that you have the permission from the government to put up a fashion boutique on a particular location.

Also, in case of incidents like if someone wants to sue you for something that is not proven to be true, you can let them see all the proper and legal documents, proving that your business is not a scam.

 

Manage your stress

Starting up a business can also be demanding and daunting. It is demanding in the way that it requires your effort and your time. It is daunting since you have so many things to think of, which sometimes leads you to worry about the things that might happen later on. Although it might be a little bit stressful on your end, you still have the need to endure and find ways to overcome it.

One of the many ways on overcoming stress is plotting strategies on what and how you can manage to pull off the things that you want to happen without jeopardizing the most important things. Of course, careful planning is going to be the number one thing you need to do to achieve a good and effective strategy.

When you are in the fashion business industry, there are a lot of possibilities that you can think of. These possibilities may happen right now or later on. Thus, you have to know the ins and outs of the business for you to know what and what not to do in order for you to be successful and live your dream!

Looking Your Best without Upstaging the Bride

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Everyone loves weddings. It generally gives everyone this feeling of euphoria. You get to witness two people deeply in love tie the knot. The food is almost always extremely top notch and superb. And finally, the ladies are afforded the chance to get dolled up and don a fancy dress for a day.

 

When I was in my late teens, I always viewed dressing up for weddings as something akin to Cinderella going to her first ball. From our fancy dresses to our pretty shoes we painstakingly picked out from thousands of others because it matched our outfits perfectly and down to the makeup done professionally and tastefully — it is certainly an event where a girl would feel and look her best.

 

Unattached ladies may feel particularly antsy for this event. As not only will they be having that feeling of attending a ball. But they are also given the chance to have the complete Cinderella experience should they meet their personal prince charming over wine and drinks during the reception.

 

However, when dinner is over and everyone’s personal social lubricant has already seeped in their blood, most of the ladies will getting towed off with a much fancier accessory on their arm than an expensive handbag. What else could it be, but *cough* a man *cough.* And should you be left on the table nursing more wine, you would look so glaringly single.

 

If there is anything single ladies loathe more — most especially ladies in their mid-twenties, it is the prospect of looking very obviously single. And the reason, you might ask, is the fact that it invites rather rude and prying questions from relatives, inquiring as to whether you intend on getting hitched or not at all. This is a particular dilemma most single womenfolk do not want to encounter on a frivolous night that was not supposed to be about her, but the couple sharing a bite from the wedding cake.

 

Thereby, it would be certainly helpful should a prospective man save her from all these queries simply by being her arm candy. Which is why, women all over the world find it imperative to dress to the nines during weddings.

 

True as this may, it would be in bad taste if you committed the ultimate wedding fashion faux pas if you showed up in a dress that very visibly upstaging the bride. Though wedding receptions or weddings generally are great mediums and events to meet the potential love of our lives and are certainly great occasions for dressing up, you have to take note that this day is all about the couple. Not you.

 

And though you were given the worthy invitation of witnessing their joyous celebration, it does not excuse you from stealing the spotlight away from them more so the bride.

So if you are feeling a bit uncertain as to how to proceed in looking fancy yet simple enough so as not to throw some shade to the bride, this article will serve as your guide as to how appear fashionable, chic and sexy during weddings without upstaging the star of the night.

 

  • Stick to the dress code given

 

This needs no further elaboration. However, most ladies overlook this tiny little detail in favor of looking what they deem as their personal best. Invitations usually spell out the dress code for the guests. If none was given at all, clue in to the subtle hints given by the couple in their invitation. Take note of the time and location of their wedding, for instance.

 

In deciphering these hints, follow this cardinal rule: “casual” means a day dress, pretty skirts, and blouses or a cute sundress. Whereas, when it is stated that it is a “cocktail” or “semi-formal” event, a cocktail dress would do. However, if it states in the invitation that it is strictly formal, a floor length dress or formal cocktail dress will do. If the invite specifies the event as a “black tie” affair, it means you would have to opt for a luxe cocktail dress or an evening gown.

 

  • White is an absolute no-no

 

It may seem a little bit archaic and old fashioned considering this is the modern times, but this is us neither playing safe nor not taking risky, fashion-forward choices. You cannot wear white to a wedding ever. Well, unless you are the bride. It would not matter either if the bride is rather easy going or that your dress is a variant of white such as cream, eggshell or ecru. No. Just don’t.

 

Remember how this article spelled out that weddings are supposed to be about the couple and not about you? Yes. That’s it. This is me reminding you of that. Bottom line: Don’t do it. There is absolutely no excuse for this.

 

  • Skin is okay, but do not overexpose yourself

 

Weddings normally have extended family and relatives invited. This translates that family is present — the grandparents, the nieces and nephews, the uncles and aunts and you get my drift.

 

The point is, you do not want to make an impression as being the friend who looked like a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. You do not want to be the guest who flashed too much skin in front of the family or the groomsmen with her way too short skin tight dress and generous cleavage. Keep it simple and save those skimpy dresses for the bachelorette party.

 

  • Give your heels a test drive BEFORE the wedding

 

Do not under, under any circumstance, break your new gorgeous heels in on the day of the wedding. Should you do so, you will not only be giving yourself an uncomfortable time when you do stand up. Certainly, you will also not be able to dance during the reception and the after-party.

 

Do this before the wedding day and always be prepared with bandages in your purse in case of blisters. However, if you are carrying a rather large clutch or should you be driving to the destination, it would be best to pack a flat pair of shoes.

 

  • Pretty details and jewelry will amp any outfit

 

Though you should steer clear from extreme dresses, the same should not be applied in your choice of accessories. Feel free to utilize bold jewels and intricate details. Although you are a strong believer of bold is beautiful, make sure they go well with your dress and would not clash. This will help you make any plain outfit look simply fabulous and fashionable.

 

To wrap this up, there are various ways in dressing up for a wedding depending on the theme or the place of the event. Even if you are not the event’s star of the day, it does not mean you have to disappear into the crowd. You can still stand out as one of the fabulously dressed guests, but be extra careful not to tread on the shoes of the bride. On the couple’s special day, be fashion-forward without being a limelight stealer.

Fall Season Is Out: Why Fall Is The Best Time To Switch On A New Look

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You may be wondering why you should care about how you look every time the seasons change. Well perhaps because there is a need to do so since your body cannot adapt to the weather changes you will be experiencing when the time comes. On this light, fall season has just arrived and wearing appropriate clothes is an excellent idea, aside from the fact that you can make it as an excuse to wear clothes fashionably. There are a lot of fall fashion clothes that you can choose from wholesale clothing outlets around the corner and it is a tempting feat to start with.

Every season is an opportunity to try something new and different. This often results to, if not, a change of opinion. Nevertheless, there are reasons why fall is the best time to switch on a new look because, why not?

Simple fashion tips:

 

You can experiment on what suits you

If you are the type who experiments a lot with clothes even if it means thrifting or buying wholesale street wear apparels, then it is a good move. You cannot only save yourself from the impulse of buying and shopping new ones; it can also spark the creativity within you. Moreover, by experimenting during the fall season (and also during the other seasons) can create lots of opportunities for you to know more ideas.

There are online sites that will help you experiment properly in aiming that certain fashionable look you wanted, like Pinterest and Tumblr, among others. By this, you can also create a blog wherein you can share your thoughts and DIY projects on fashion. This won’t only help you keep a memorabilia of your fall fashion ideas, but it might be of good use for others who were struggling to find ways on how to modify their daily dress ups.

 

You can choose a color

Fall is a season to mix and match different tones. You may play with the colors that will suit your mood; from your shirt, sweater, and scarf to your jeans and shoes! Choosing the colors should, however, complement with each other. During fall season, earth colors are safe to use, or if you sport a minimalist approach, then you can also do so as long as it turns out all right.

Choosing vibrant colors is also fine, but a suggestion would be using pastel tones so as not to kill the mood and to keep the “fall” vibe on balance.

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Try on different tops

Since you are on experimentation and switching to fall season wardrobe is also a fancy move to do, making the best out of the switch by trying on different tops, and matching them with some other elements such as cardigans or other accessories, will make your outfit more interesting. Safe tops like the normal, hip tees you can choose from wholesale tee shops won’t go wrong. V-neck tops are also appropriate for this kind of season since you can make do anything out of it.

Moreover, jackets, cardigans and the like can help keep the fashionable look for the fall season especially if you match it properly with your clothes.

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Use different scarf designs

Scarfs look best during fall. They are very handy to bring and can be used in lots of ways. During fall season, scarves are often used to cover up especially the neck part, to protect it from cold. Scarfs on the other hand, can be used as fashion elements to complete a ready-to-go look. Using different types of scarves and of different designs, they will add an astonishing touch up to your outfit depending on your style.

Simple outfits like plain shirts can be accentuated by scarfs and makes the get-up interesting to look at. You can wear the scarf in any loop you like, adding a texture and dynamics into your outfit. There are different types of scarves: from skinny silk textures to the bulky hand-knitted ones, etc. You will still look fabulous anyway.

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Sweater weather

Yes it’s sweater weather season, which makes it an excuse for many to feel cozy and cuddle up! Which also happens to be an advantage for people who are really fond of sweaters and are very much excited to wear their favorites sweaters on the appropriate time. Well, fall is one appropriate time to begin with, which is an entry to the winter season, and this season happens to become everyone’s favorite time of the year.

There are a lot of wholesale clothing stores who sell bulk sets of sweaters, that you can choose because of it’s variety. On that note, wearing sweaters can also be a fashion material. Trying on these items would mean making yourself open to possibilities and ideas.

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Wear your favorite boots

Boots are comfortable kicks you can wear during the fall season and it is exciting to learn how you would manage to pull off these gems with your outfit-of-the-day. There are different types of boots that you can try on: stacked type, dressy, the stiletto type, riding boot, and many more that you can choose from.

By keeping your feet warm and cozy from the weather outside with those killer boots you’ve got, you can match it up with your favorite jeans and accessorize it to even out the elements. You are good for your fall season experience!

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Layering is acceptable

Because it’s fall season, it is also an acceptable reason to layer your clothes! By doing so, make it an opportunity to try on new stuff and about the up and trending. Since it’s a habit to do this especially when the fall season comes in (and more during the winter time), dress yourself with fancy garments but make sure not to over do it. You can play with colors as long as they match and they go too showy.

 

Tips for yourself:

 

Be more confident with yourself

Show what you’ve got and be more confident to show it off. Knowing good fashion sense makes a person more confident and dashing because you know that you are doing it right.

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Being able to learn more new fashion trends

With the Internet’s help, there is no excuse for you not to learn more and to try different patterns. Make use of the technology and knowledge that is given to you and make sure that it’s worth it.

 

How about you? Do you have any ideas to share? The comment section is pretty welcome for your thoughts!

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