Category: Fashion

Good Coat

The thing is that when you speak of winter coats you are covering a wide variety of garments from a long wool winter coat to a down ski jacket and all in between. And frankly, you should have several different winter coats in your closet to be ready not only for the surprises of winter weather but also to fit the event. It really doesn’t seem terribly trendy to see you step out of your limo in a long formal and be wearing a short puffer coat.

I’ll cover three main types of winter coat – the warm wool coat, the waterproof trench coat and the short walking coat (I used to call them car coats).

The long warm wool winter coats are the ones I really love. The problem is they are few and far between. That old Brit house, Burberry, which has been occupied making itself over lately, has a couple I like. You could look over the Nordstrom line (incidentally that new look for their online catalog really doesn’t turn me on! Very hard to negotiate. Anyone else having the same problem?). But I did find this Ellen Tracy A-Line Wool Blend Coat. I liked it in plum but there are several color choices. I thought it very reasonable at $198. One reviewer says “Soft, flexible and comfortable. Something to throw on without thinking and a little on the casual side”. I like that aspect!

Turning to the waterproof trenches also at Nordstrom – this one is by Calvin Klein a Double Breasted Trench and is nice and long – actually below the knees. Also the cost is right at $149 (a third off).

Last but probably not least because it’s likely to get the most use, the short walking coat. M60 Miss Sixty Faux Fur Trim Parka. It has a satiny look and comes in spruce (brown to you!). Priced at $98.90, also at 33.3% off.

Well anyway there are some ideas and if you bought three of them you’d be set for all conditions and events. All three should withstand some frequent wear and look great all season long. And you wouldn’t be spending a fortune!

Dressing On A Budget

First, you must understand that style changes constantly. Unless you are able to buy the newest trends every season, you need to ditch the mentality that you need to have what’s currently in all the high end stores right now. We’ve all made the mistake of splurging on a trendy piece of clothing, only to wear it a few times and then have it sit in the back of the closet. Instead, invest in good quality classic pieces that never go out of style. Things like black skirts, simple cardigan sweaters, good fitting jeans and quality leather are examples of clothes that you will wear over and over again and will never go out of style.

Buy wholesale. If you have certain pieces that you love, you can save by buying them in bulk. Certain pieces, like cardigan sweaters and t-shirts and other wholesale fashion clothing, can be found in many different styles online. Buying them all at once will keep your closet full of staple items that can go with any outfit.

Don’t buy something because of the name brand. Many people make this mistake, thinking that since it is a well known name, it must be good quality. Designers are constantly making fashion flops, so don’t be a sucker by buying something just because it has a designer label on it. Instead, buy items you really like. Don’t think about what’s in style or what someone else likes. In the end, if you don’t feel 100% good about it, then you won’t be wearing it often. You will spend much more on designer clothes that may not be worth it.

Shop at thrift stores. With a little time and patience, you can find amazing and unique pieces at thrift stores. Don’t be afraid to be creative. You don’t have to rely on designers and stylists to make the trends. Have some fun and go with your gut feeling. If it fits well and looks good on you, then don’t be afraid to get it just because it’s not the latest trend.

Recycle what’s in your wardrobe. Wear old pieces with new pieces. Be creative. If you’re tired of some of the clothes in your closet, changing it up with another item will make it feel new again. Wear a blazer on top of a dress you’ve had for a while, or dress it up with some new accessories.

Wear Long Boots With Style

The first thing that you need to consider, when buying long boots, is the heels. Long boots with high heels will make any figure look taller and more appealing. High-heeled long boots are best worn with boot-cut jeans, dark trousers or flared pants. It can also look good on knee-length skirts or lengths that stop just below the knee.

Slouch boots can also be perfect with skin tight jeans, tights or leggings. They would also look great on flowing long dresses. The key is to find the right length and height of the slouch boots that would look and feel comfortable with you.

In choosing colors for your long boots, the safest choices would be ones that are in black, brown, wine or cognac. These styles can easily be paired with wardrobe pieces that you are likely to already own. You can also consider purchasing fleece-lined boots that can be worn during the cold season and realize that you don’t have to sacrifice style with functionality.

Knowing which styles of long boots to buy and which kinds of wardrobe to wear them with will go a long way in making your first few choices. And to help you decide which ones would suit you, it would be a lot of help to go to a store to try out different styles so that you can explore your own signature taste for fashion.

Once you have gotten over the hardest part of buying long boots you might then eventually feel comfortable wearing them. In time, you can actually enjoy wearing as many trendy styles that you want in your everyday outfits. You no longer have to feel bad about not being able pull off any look that you feel like wearing. You can then begin to be the fashionable individual that you have always hoped you would be.

Wear Lace Dress

Lace wedding dresses are popular because they are very vintage and classic. These dresses can have full lace sleeves for very conventional weddings such as ones at a cathedral or church or have the top itself be made of lace. It is a look that is decades old, but will always be a chic look. The most vintage look is a full ball wedding gown but you can also wear it with a slimmer style with lace sleeves or a lace top.

Lace cocktail dresses are also very popular especially among the younger generation of women. These dresses are popular at nightclubs or other less formal occasions because they have a very sexy look and can show a fair amount of skin. Although not all lace dresses show a lot of skin, it creates that bold look which requires confidence to wear.

You can dress up or dress down a lace dress depending on the cut and the accessories worn. To dress down a lace dress, you can wear pumps and bigger accessories such as large necklaces, bracelets, or earrings. The length of the dress can also be much shorter such as mid thigh and another way to add spice is to wear the dress strapless. This shows a lot of skin and requires confidence but when worn correctly, it is a great looking outfit. To dress up a lace dress you should have a thicker material as to not show too much lingerie underneath the dress and also wear a longer length.

There are many ways to wear a lace cocktail outfit or even wear a lace style outfit as a wedding outfit. It is a very classic look that is old and vintage, but designers are using this type to make more trendy pieces that women can wear today. It is a great look because you can wear them many ways, from conservative or very casual. These dresses require confidence and a bold personality so don’t be afraid to strut your stuff when wearing a lace dress.

 

Designs for Graphic Tees

Something Simple

When coming up with a design for the shirt, it is important for the people in charge to think about simplicity. While they may like a few images and would prefer to use all of them at once, this can prove overwhelming. People that look at the shirt will not know what the focus is, and they may become confused. A person should not have to step right up to the shirt in order to see everything; a good design can be enjoyed from several feet away.

Colors That Do Not Overwhelm

Some people believe that designing a graphic shirt means using very bright colors. This is an especially strong thought when it comes to shirts that will be worn by a group of people to help them identify each other in a crowd. However, the colors should not be too strong. If the person wearing the shirt should stay within tight spaces, the person next to them may not be happy. Certain shades can even hurt the eyes, and this should be kept in mind. If for business purposes, it does the business little good if a person cannot even make out their logo.

Messages That Do Not Offend Customers

If a business wants to achieve the best kind of design, they should make sure that the content would not be seen as offensive. Many customers are offended easily, and should they be offended they may take their money and time elsewhere. The business should be very aware of the image they are trying to project, and if a graphic design would go against that. Each step of the design and printing process should be checked often for mistakes; doing this can save a business a lot of time and money in the process.

Something That People Will Want To Wear

Most of all, the graphic design that is developed for the shirt should be something that people would like to show off. The shirt should not simply contain the company logo; it should give people a reason to want to wear it as they go about their daily lives. It should be attractive and practical, allowing people to wear it for many different occasions. Unless the shirt is being designed for one person, something that could hold mass appeal is important. If a person is not sure, they should ask the people around them for ideas or feedback.

Ceramic Watches

They are still very popular, although rose gold watches and the tortoise shell watches seem to be hot this year.

Actually, I should modify the last statement a little. Michael Kors and Fossil just released chocolate ceramic watches. They will give the ceramic watch craze a new lease on life.

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the durability of a ceramic watch case or band. Let me clarify a few things for you.

Ceramic material is used in bullet proof vests, nose cones on space vehicles, jet engine turbine blades and floor tiles. So, it is not accurate to say that ceramic parts are not strong.

That said, the materials used in some watches are brittle. While I would consider a ceramic watch suitable for everyday use, you need to exercise a certain amount of care

The watch bracelet can crack if you smash your hand against a hard material. I am less concerned over the case as it is more durable and less likely to be damaged.

The links are replaceable and it is not the end of the world if one gets damaged.

Chanel started selling these watches in 2000. Rado had a model out in 1986. Today a ceramic Chanel can easily set you back $5,000 or more. Fortunately, other manufacturers sell models that are every bit as fashionable for under $300.

One of the nice things about ceramic material is that it is non-reactive. In other words, it will not cause any discomfort if you sweat. Although, some watches have ceramic bands with stainless steel cases.

Ceramic materials should not lose color over time. Now I know a lot of people are complaining about their ceramic watches fading. Well, there are a lot of people wearing what they think are ceramic watches but are actually made of acrylic. In other words, they are wearing a plastic watch.

If you are looking for a dainty watch, ceramic watches are probably not your first choice. But with stunning faces of mother-of-pearl and jeweled (crystals) bezels, these watches are really great for just about any situation. Especially since the watches come in white, black and chocolate.

If you have any plans to purchase one of the newer chocolate models for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, do yourself a favor and get one soon. They sell out almost immediately.

Wear Cowboy Boots

  • Denim Shorts
    Well if you want to look like Daisy Duke then wearing your very own pair of cowboy boots with denim shorts is the way to go. This is a particular kind of style that might not be for everyone but could be for you. A casual outfit like this is great for hanging out with friends or even running errands. Wearing this ensemble signifies confidence and that no one can push you around. If you feel like going all the way, top it off with a cowboy hat and belt as well.
  • Denim Skirts
    Similar to shorts, denim skirts also look great with a pair of cowboy boots. Just pair it with a simple top and a nice big belt and you are good to go. Skirts will certainly highlight your legs when you strap these boots on. When going for the fun, girl next-door look, this is definitely the right outfit to go for. You can even wear this out to a party and really showcase your cowgirl style. Remember, you don’t have to be in the countryside to wear this kind of boots, even city girls can have fun with this particular style.
  • Sundresses
    If you are a fan of wearing dresses and have quite a few in your wardrobe then you should know that these could be matched with cowboy boots as well. Sundresses are the perfect outfit for the summer season and are good for matching your personal style with a pair of this kind of footwear. Avoid body-hugging sundresses and stick to those that are delicate, frilly and flow great with your legs. These kinds of sundresses go with boots like these and you can add a cowboy hat while you are at it.
  • Skinny Jeans
    Nowadays, skinny jeans are quite trendy and popular with most girls. If you love skinny jeans, then you are in luck because these go perfectly with cowboy boots. In fact if you are going for a subtle style then this is the best option to go with. Tuck your jeans into your boots and opt for a nice girly shirt to complete the outfit. Go as casual as possible and have fun with it. Avoid wearing formal shirts, as this will really achieve a cowgirl look, which might not be something you want to accomplish. If you choose to, black leggings could also go with these pair of boots.

Sweater Dress

Cowl necks are for sober candidates and plunges are for daring ones. That doesn’t mean you cannot draw a line. You can go for crew cuts, special knitting around the upper part, or even deal with a slit sweater. If it is reasonably long, its stands as a staple diet, and makes an impression with leggings, as long as you get your pumps right.

You can also go for flats if you are tall, but they go best with jeans and corduroy, not leggings. You can also check the chill breeze with an additional cardigan, but make sure you get the colors right (or wrong!)

A suave blue sweater dress stressing your hourglass figure is a knockout when it is teamed with a thin white belt and matching clutches. You can also go for chandelier earrings, smart rings and a brown-black clutch. It will go with any pants of your choice (preferably tights) and ballet pumps or stilettos for footwear.

You can go for a voluminous sweater dress, if you can carry it off. A plain brooch in the middle and nothing visible downstairs is wow. However, don’t just go playing with huge sleeves: That is the point!

It should not exceed your upper thighs by all means, and should look to be covering your shorts or just brace that knee length leggings. Elan Clothing is never short of radiant ideas on this matter. Adventurous ones even go for polka dots or animal prints over their sweater dress and carry it with effect even in offices.

Playing with your neckline is a side hobby for many with these Elan sweaters. A mercurial way out is to have a generous neckline showing quite a bit and ending just at the thigh. You can be brave enough to leave your leg exposed till the knee where your knee length boots come up. This is stylish if you choose your sweater dress in fine prints and bobbles.

Party Dresses

  • Determine the dress code – Dresses need to be appropriate, so make sure your read your invite closely to determine just how formal the party may be. Your flirty little number may look fantastic, but you don’t want to be the only one in a mini amongst a sea of long, formal gowns. Is the neckline cut too low? Can you dance comfortably in it, or will you be forever tugging at the skirt to stop it riding up?
  • Look for unique details – Party wears are a cut above your everyday wear and should accordingly feature some extra special details. If bright colour isn’t your thing, there are many ways you can elevate the LBD to a knock-out party dress: stand out in a luxurious fabric or interesting textured finish; look out for unique cuts and structure to add interest; go for an eye-catching print (if florals aren’t your thing, recent technological advances have paved the way for some truly remarkable digital prints); or choose a frock with exquisite detail, from embroidery and embellishment to appliqué.
  • Be inspired – Look around for inspiration, from magazines to movies, and discuss ideas with your friends (if only to avoid turning up in the same dress as your best friend!). Maybe go into a shop you’ve never ventured into before; you’ve got nothing to lose and may end up finding a gem of a dress. Keep track of the party dresses you liked and where you saw them.
  • Trust your instinct – It may sound obvious, but when buying a new party dress and potentially spending a significant sum of money, you need to genuinely like the dress, and consider whether you’d wear it again. Don’t be seduced by a flash-in-the-pan trend. Such a fad will likely limit the amount of times you can wear your party wear and can end up looking forced if it isn’t really ‘you’. Have fun with details (see above), but stick with what you know and like. Trust your gut feeling – you’ll probably know when you’ve found the right one (invariably, it’s one of the first dresses you looked at, about seven shops and three hours ago!).

Maxi Skirt

All said and done, have you ever wondered how do you wear a maxi skirt? Keep in mind that a wrong blouse or a shirt over a maxi skirt can make you look nothing more than a shabbily-dressed school teacher. But with a little effort from your end, and of course with my wonderful tips, you can surely make heads turn like never before.

Never over-do your maxi skirt. Keep it simple with a low-profile top or shirt. Dramatic colors are a strict no-no. However, one will not mind if you play your bit with shades of heaven and earth and flowing prints. But simplicity is the buzzword. Cropped sweatshirts will work wonders for you but mind the shade and effect again.

If you are wearing a high-waist skirt, opting for cropped chic tops would be sensible. You might as well try a tied-up top to show those nice curves that you have desired to flaunt since ages. If you want to show off your creative bent, you may pair your outfits with a tank dress, a one-piece swimsuit or even a frilly skirt dressed as a top.

Again, if you have a full-volume skirt, it is not necessary that you would require teaming it up with a tank top. You can add that extra funk to your outfit by pairing it with a loose-fit shirt or blouse. However, slimmer skirts look best when pair with a body-hugging tee. Quirky color combos do not really hurt you, but if you prefer to play it safe, you can opt for tops and skirts in the same color family.

Who doesn’t want to grab the eyeballs? If you have the slightest intention to be the cynosure of the evening party, then you can pair your shimmering maxi skirt with that oh-so-delicious mini dress that you picked up for your beach vacation last year.

Maxi skirts are more than often characterized by plenty of designs and plethora of colors.