Body + Clothes + Personality = Harmony

For much of the 20th century women thought that their clothing should “mask” what was beneath. Thankfully, that thinking has pretty much gone by the way-side; however, many women still try to cover their figure flaws by wearing clothing that does not follow the natural line of their bodies. It may sound odd, but the best way to accentuate figure assets and draw attention away from figure flaws is to wear clothing that conforms to your bone structure.

To determine what clothing will harmonize with your body you need to look at these four areas; your shoulders; your waist and your hips. What you want to look for is whether the bones in these areas are rounded our angular. Take for example your shoulders. Do they curve gently from your neck into your arms – or are they a straight line into another straight line from your neck to your arms? When looking at your waist; does it curve in and back out at your hips – or does your waist have little, or no, curve to it? Are your hips straight and somewhat narrow – or do have a very definite roundness to them?

Please DO NOT think that rounded is “fat” and angular is “thin”. That could not be further from the truth! We are looking at the bone structure underneath the skin…NOT the amount of flesh covering those bones. You might be rounded or angular in all four of these areas however, most women are rounded in one or two areas and angular in the others. If the latter is you, then you are a hybrid…not rounded or angular, but a combination…just like an egg. Its oval shape is part rounded and part angular.

A side note: An oval (hybrid) face shape is considered the perfect. This shape allows the most freedom in hairstyle and clothing neckline choices. A rounded or angular face shape will limit the shape necklines that look the best on you. Rounded or princess necklines will frame a rounded face whereas square necklines or deep v-necks will be the best choice for an angular face or square jaw line.

You create harmony between your body and your clothing by choosing fabrics and clothing lines that follow your bone structure. Where you are rounded you should choose soft, flowing or filmy fabrics; gathers ruffles and bows. Accordingly, stiffer-bodied fabrics in clothing with straight detail lines such as pleats and darts will create harmony with angular bone structures.

Every woman has her own unique personality traits that determine the kinds of clothing she is most comfortable in. It is important to consider your personality when making clothing choices. It does not matter how beautiful your clothing is OR how great the color is on you OR how much your friend likes it…if it does not suit your personality, the overall impact will not be as harmonious as it could be. Your body language will tattle on you when you are not mentally comfortable in what your wear.

Women with dramatic personalities want to draw attention to themselves. They will choose trendy styles, bold colors and designs and dramatic accessories. Your message when you walk into a room is – look at me. A textured sweater tunic in a jewel tone with neutral leggings and boots suit you perfectly.

Those of us who are practical, meticulous and cost/quality conscious are comfortable in well-made coordinated classic clothing such as a classic blouse, skirt and princess flats. We are at ease with our message – my style is timeless.

However, if your idea of a perfect outfit is a little dress and a strappy heeled sandal, you probably love to dress up and would never be caught dead without your makeup. It is very important that your message convey that – you are always put together.

Comfort at all cost – is the final message some of us want to convey. We are athletic, natural galls who are drawn to natural fiber, “no-fuss” clothing. What we wear is not as important to us as whether they are functional and comfortable.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal style. However, each style type has its drawbacks. •Dramatic women must be cautious that they do not steal the show when that is not appropriate.

•Make certain, if you love classic clothing, to mix it up a bit so that you are not boring.

•Frilly, filmy dresses with heels may appear too “sexy” for an office work setting. Save the look for evening.

•Natural style woman have to work at dressing up when that is what the occasion calls for.

In other words, whatever your style signature is – use some creativity and ingenuity to match the occasion.

This is one part of fashion that is ALL ABOUT YOU! So have fun and enjoy making harmony between your body, personality and clothes!

Popular Clothing Brands

Style and fashion is one of the biggest things people pay attention to these days. Everyone has to wear clothes, but there are those people who take getting dressed in the morning to a whole new level. They don’t get dressed to be dressed, they get dressed to make a statement. Whatever that statement may be, there are tons of different clothing brands that will cater to whatever style you need. What look you decide to go with and how much you want to spend are up to you.

For those who choose a prestige and high profile style, there are certain clothing brands that are classics and will always be popular clothing brands. Those that come to mind are Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Ralph Lauren and Armani. The brand names sell themselves, but these are the styles that people see most of the celebrities wearing. People idolise celebrities, so they will shell out huge amounts of money to be just like them.

Classic brands for the younger age that are the popular clothing brands would be Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Nautica and Lucky Brand. These are a bit high-profile for teenagers (they can get pricey) but they have become a staple for that “all-American” look that so many teenagers are into these days. They started the torn jeans and layered shirt looks that so many people today wear.

Other popular clothing brands that are driven towards the teenagers and young adults are those like Vans, Bench, Skin Industries, MOB Inc, DrunkNmunky, Gas, Hooch, Old Glory, Urbanstone, DC and other skater and motocross related styles. They have all kinds of styles, but tend to be more moderately priced and are therefore more appealing, making them popular with those who want to look good but not break the bank.

New clothing lines are constantly coming and going but only a few of them seem to stay course. The main fashion staples are already out there and people tend to stay true to them. It’s usually the classics that will always be the most popular brands (whether they be the high end brands or not). If they weren’t the popular brands then they wouldn’t be the classics now would they?

Happy and Shopping.

Classic T-Shirts Re-Live the Past

Classic T-shirts, be it retro or contemporary has always been a message board for many youngsters to share their thoughts, aguish, style, or slogan to the world at large. From Brando to Dean, tie-dye to silkscreen, the T-shirt was never just a tee: it has always been a banner for self-expression, with or without actual text. Brought home from Europe by U.S. soldiers after World War I, the “T-shirt” entered Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 1949 and gradually evolved from under- to outerwear, making it ideal for rolling out of bed, off the plane, and around the world. T-shirts are those, which have classic or retro messages, look, designs, feel, slogans etc. The most popular among the classic t-shirts are the retro designs of rock bands, punk designs etc.

Though the music sales are ever coming down, the sales of these funky t-shirts with designs used by rock bands like Mettalica, Pink Floyd sell like hot cakes. They have the feel of a retro period, which create nostalgia and yet very much liked by the people of twentieth century. The eighties and seventies were the hot bed for these punk movements apart from the famous ‘Hare Ram hare Krishna’ cult. The t-shirts with the messages of such movements are a bit hit even today and are sold by many T-shirt companies.

The big classic rock bands of the past- Rolling Stones t-shirts still sell steadily; new designs and old. Lynyrd Skynyrd classic t-shirt merchandise continues to feature the popular steer bones character on all of their clothing, the mega hit Beatles clothing, and merchandise is selling stronger than ever. This shows an apparent liking for all things classy especially T-shirts.

Older music fans also steadily continue to support their favorite classic rock artists of the past. While some people think classic shirts and music merchandise is somewhat juvenile, wearing a band t-shirt or band hooded top help people relive their youth. Music is something that stirs memories of a past time or place. Representing the bands that a person is into through classic rock clothing and band merchandise makes a statement about who a person is and what they represent. They find it to be cool and coordinated with their image of themselves.

Major portions of consumers are teenage classic rock music fans. Teenagers make a statement with the bands that they like and the classic t-shirts that they wear. High school has become a major fashion show. Showing up to school in a new The Who, The Doors, or Allman Brothers shirt makes a statement to the rest of their school. It almost tells everyone what kind of personality he or she has. It lets peers know whom they can be cool with.

The t-shirts will always be in fashion and they seem to be in spite of 20-30 years after the time of these rock bands, and there are many takers as you can see in a school, college, university or any other young people’s hangouts.

3 Classic Pieces to Achieve Ageless Style

Young women can basically wear anything and look good in it. But to women beyond 40, it’s a different story. To them, it’s time to cover up and choose dull clothes to hide their true age and let the younger generation have fun with fashion. But that is so 1930s, back in the days when women are only good at home, in school, or in a hospital.

Today, women are becoming more and more empowered, especially when it comes to fashion. What is believed to be inappropriate to matured women in the past is now becoming a fashion statement to them. The old dressing guidelines are now outdated and replaced with the belief that everyone looks good in any style regardless of age-and figure. After all, true style (and beauty) is timeless and ageless.

Here are some timeless pieces that would look great when worn at any age:

Ageless tunic

This sundress is a perennial classic that continuously pops in and out of style. Ever since the Romans started wearing it decades ago, this outfit has been a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. When cover up is needed, the tunic is the best piece of clothing to turn to. It is easy to wear and will flatter almost all body types. Not only is the tunic pretty, it is also chic and practical.

Tailored skirt

This piece of clothing is a classic. It has been in almost all generations, proving to be a worthy investment in every woman’s closet. Styles vary-A-line, straight cut, or pleated, any style will look good when paired with the right top. Skirts come in various colors. Choose neutral colors for easy mix and match, printed designs for a cheerful feel, or pattered styles for great work to evening attire. Department stores, boutiques, and wholesale apparel stores are great places to shop for tailored skirts.

Classic jacket

Another ageless wardrobe must-have is a jacket. Whether going for a casual lunch or evening party, a stylish jacket will easily fit your style and figure. It can be worn with jeans, skirt, and wholesale dresses. A single breasted jacket is always an excellent choice. It softly hugs the body without overemphasizing your figure. For a timeless, classic look, choose jackets in neutral or pastel colors.

So, who says fashion is only for the younger generation? The trick is to learn what styles fit your age. Get it right and you’ll easily look young, beautiful, fashionable, and fun.

Unique Children’s Clothing: The Trends of Today

There is a difference between fashion trends among adults and among children. For adults, fashion trends are sometimes a short-lived craze over an item such as designer jeans or something of the same sort but for the kids, a fashion trend usually means finding unique children’s clothing that follows a more general trend. Now let us look at some of the recent trends for unique children’s clothing.

Personalized clothes and accessories

What best way to represent unique children’s clothing than personalized items such as clothes and accessories. In the past, monogrammed shirts and sweaters were a big hit but as of today, a bold initial is the trend. Fashion people call it the “letter sweater”, and it has become the ultimate in unique children’s clothing. Some clothing shops manufacture on an order basis while some stock them in variety of initials. For accessories on the other hand, you have winter hats, scarves, and mittens with their initials as well.

You can still go for monogram as well, while considering the item you want it on and its use. Monogramming produces a classic look so it may be more appropriate on a dress shirt or blouse rather than a backpack or some other accessories. You can also have iron-appliqués to have that unique children’s clothing. Just remember not to overdo the initials and monograms on every item your child has, moderation is still the key. Use one trendy and unique children’s clothing at a time.

Outer wear

Lasting trends for outer wear are the “lumberjack” look, which is a two-tone buffalo plaid, the “snowboarder” look which is of nylon jackets with a longer tail in back and the classic “pea coat”.

For warmer climates, it is best to go for shirt-jackets made out of cotton flannel and when winter comes, wool or polyester fleece jacket would do. All these have become part of the unique children’s clothing collection that you might want to have your little one to have in his or her closet. Word of advice: Look for unique children’s clothing in classic combinations of colors like red and black, navy and black, and orange and dark brown, because you can never go wrong in them.

The snowboarding-inspired jackets may cost a bit much but they have properties such as its breathability and water-repellency. These items you can find in outdoors outfitter to prepare for the winter season. The pea coats on the other hand have been a favorite for many years. They may not seem as though they are unique children’s clothing but they come in a dazzling variety of fabrics and colors so you can easily mix and match. You can use wool pea coats when you dress your kids up for fancier occasions as well.

Footwear

An outfit isn’t complete without the footwear. UGGs has been an all-time favorite because of its distinctive look that comes in a wide array of shades and styles that you can match with even the most unique children’s clothing. They are comfortable, durable and very easy to pull on and off that is why parents love them for the kids. They can survive being handed down a lot of times so you are sure to get your money’s worth. For gender specific footwear, you have “mary janes” for girls and “hiking boots” as a great addition to the boys’ wardrobe.

The Denim Jacket is a Menswear Design Classic

The denim jacket is a design classic that any man can wear. Whether for high fashion or everyday casual wear, it can be adapted to his look. Whatever way he chooses to wear it, it is comfortable and relaxing. Worn properly it is also timelessly stylish.

Like all design classics it is instantly recognizable. The very familiarity of a jacket that has been around for over a century makes it a versatile item of apparel that can be adjusted to suit any size, shape or taste. At the same time, the very familiarity of it means that it remains casually cool and avoids looking over styled.

The attraction for men is that it is an easy choice of clothing. Everyone has worn one at some stage and most people have one in their wardrobe. It can be worn with most other clothes without clashing too much. It can be dressed up or down to taste. From the smart casual combination of denim jacket and chinos to the everyday work pants and jacket, it is a comfortable and reliable choice.

The classic choice of jeans jacket is the traditional blue jacket. Denim comes in many colors but blue, whether faded or dark blue, is the best choice for men. The jacket should never be too tight or too loose and should reach to the waist of the pants. Detailing is a matter of choice but should be as simple and traditional as possible.

The denim jacket works a s a menswear design classic because it is practical, comfortable and easy to wear. It looks good, feels good and is easy to maintain. When they are looking for a reliable everyday casual jacket, men should reach for the old standby denim jacket.

The Classic Fashion Personality

The classic dresser has a linear approach to fashion. She is one dimensional, conservative and her wardrobe is sturdy and reliable. When it comes to clothes, the classic dresser invests for the long haul. She goes for the timeless wardrobe and this includes her fashion accessories. She likes tailored clothes in classic durable fabrics such as tweed, wool blends, cashmere, silk and good quality cotton.

Neutral Palette and lots of navy
She is conservative when it comes to colours sticking to neutrals or monochromatic colours i.e. one colour in several shades. She loves navy. She dresses elegantly and so her fashion accessories reflect her fashion personality and are just as tailored and elegant as her clothes. As such she will spend money on handmade accessories like a handmade leather bag, handmade leather purse, handcrafted shoes and sandals etc.

Handcrafted jewelry
Her jewelry is as timeless as her clothes and would include pearl necklaces, antique jewelry and handcrafted jewelry. Chunky necklaces are not her style as they may be a bit too flamboyant for her style. Instead she will wear pearl necklaces, choker necklaces and handmade necklaces. Statement jewelry for her would be wearable art like art deco designs as opposed to bold coloured necklaces.

Sustainable fashion …smart investment choices
For the classicist, fashion trends come and fashion trends go. She is not perturbed as fashion trends do not dictate the way she dresses. She prefers to spend more on a single quality item of clothing than spend loads on throw away fashion accessories.. So in a sense she supports sustainable fashion by making smart investment choices in her wardrobe. She has peace of mind in knowing that she can rely on her neutral colours and dark suits for years to come.

She is comfortable in designs by Pringle of Scotland, one of the oldest luxury label in the world, and by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren whose fashion exudes grace, elegance and understatement; qualities traditionally associated with fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and more recently Michelle Obama. So the classic dresser is in good company.

Women’s Classic Wear – For All The Timeless Beauties

There are certain fashion trends and clothes that prevail for a long period of time. They are basically regarded as classic or timeless fashion trends. A number of clothes come under this category. We all know that you can easily develop a trendy style that would replicate your overall personality. By doing this, you can definitely make a style statement. It is of utmost importance to note that you need to have a timeless appeal. This article is going to deal with some information regarding women classic wear and trends.

You can easily fill in your wardrobe by purchasing some really cool timeless dresses. They can also be regarded as versatile clothing line. Classic accessories should also be taken in to consideration. We know that girls are really choosy about the kind of clothes they wear. So, we are here to help you out. Instead of spending money on new styles you need to invest your hard earned money in maintaining your timeless look.
Now, let us go through some key tips in regard to women classic wear.

• One of the most important things to consider in this regard is that you need to stay away from printed clothes. The main reason behind doing this is that prints keep on changing from time to time. So, you might end up wasting your time and money.

• Black and grey are classic colors that have timeless appeal.

• The dresses with neat and simple lines should be purchased. Short skirts are always in fashion. Blazer and jackets are also very essential to have. They can definitely enhance your look in winter season. You can easily surf the net and look for your prospective options. The skirt that you buy should look classy and traditional.

• You need to purchase a minimum amount of accessories when choosing hats, necklaces and bracelets to keep it simple. They can have a negative impact on your look and appearance if too outrageous. Accessories go in and out of fashion. So, it is better to buy inexpensive pieces if they are the latest trend, and only spend big money on classic pieces.

• Blue denims, a black wrap dress and a pencil skirt are some of the essential items to have in your wardrobe. These would certainly give your wardrobe a classic look.

These are some of the interesting things to note regarding women’s classic wear. Some other key things to have in your wardrobe include body fitting tea length and a medium length skirts which are really essential. Jackets and trench coats are also really popular amongst the girls from all over the world. You can surf the net and look for other prospective options. The Internet really offers you a large number of offers and seasonal discounts.

Have a lot of fun and enjoy yourself.

How to Save Money With Mix-And-Match Clothing

Clothing can take a big bite out of your budget if you do not learn frugal clothing strategies. To save money you must learn to make the best use of the smallest amount of clothing.

This article is for women. It is about the need to buy the correct pieces to stretch wardrobes, and how to use all of the clothes in your closet.

Many women have huge closets of clothing, but they don’t wear all of them. The obsession with clothing and shoes in our society has gotten ridiculous. Sometimes price tags are not even taken off items that hang in closets. What a waste of money.

The best way to make good use of your clothing is to mix and match that which you own, and wear everything. This can be done by mixing-and-matching items and dressing them up and down.

Here are some tips to help you with some of the basic pieces in your closet.

Jackets

Jackets serve two purposes- fashion and warmth. You can find Jackets in fabrics from velvet to corduroy. There are conservative cuts, and trendy pieces. If you want to build a frugal wardrobe, stick with the classics. There are many classic cuts, from double breasted to the classic channel jacket.

There are so many ways to wear jackets. Invest in one good jacket, wear it over and over, and the price per wearing becomes only a few pennies.

The High Powered Business Jacket

This jacket is usually very dark, (black, navy or gray) and is worn with a skirt (or pants) in the same color. It is worn with a shirt that is also in a dark color. Not everyone looks good wearing all dark colors, but this is what you wear when you want to look very conservative.

Regular Business Attire

You may soften the look of your outfit by wearing a white shirt, or a shirt in a pastel color. You can also mix the fabrics and colors. However, the jacket and skirt should be classic in style and conservative in color.

Meetings

Take the same black jacket, and relax the look even more by wearing a colorful shirt or sweater under the jacket. Wear a more patterned skirt or pair of pants. Give a little more personality to the outfit with colorful jewelry.

Casual Wear

Finally, for very casual wear, use your jacket with your blue jeans. The jeans should be in a more formal dark wash.

Sweaters

Sweaters are another versatile piece in the frugal wardrobe. Once again, sweaters serve two purposes- fashion and warmth. Sweaters come in several styles, are made of knitted fabric, and almost always soft and snuggly.

Sweaters are knit from many types of yarn, from heavy ply to very thin yarn. You want to buy sweaters that will last, so don’t choose any with a very loose knit.

Again, there are conservative and trendy cuts. If you are buying a cardigan (which functions as a jacket), you want to stick with a conservative cut. However, you can be more stylish with pullover sweaters. Knit fabrics do not last as long as other garments. The fabric often tears, snags, and ravels.

Here are 4 basic ways to wear sweaters.

Under a Jacket

As mentioned in the jacket section, you can wear a sweater under a jacket for a more casual, yet dressy appearance. To make it more interesting, you can also wear a blouse under the sweater. Sweaters look good when dressed up with both scarves and jewelry.

Combined with a Blouse

Sweaters can achieve many looks when worn over blouses. You can improve the appearance of many of your blouses by topping them with a sweater. Many blouses and sweaters are now are made with 3/4 length sleeves. This provides the opportunity to wear a long sleeve blouse under a sweater with 3/4 long sleeves, and then roll up the sleeves on the blouse.

Worn Alone

Sweaters look great worn alone over skirts or pants. Again, both jewelry and scarves look great on sweaters.

Blouses

Blouses will be one of the least expensive items in your wardrobe, and here is where you want to have a variety of colors and styles.

Blouses are worn close to your face, so you do want to be sure and buy them in colors that flatter your face.

Unless you work in a conservative business environment, you can have a lot of fun with colors and styles. If you have kept your skirts and pants in neutral colors, you should be able to pair them with almost everything in your wardrobe.

If you are large busted, but sure the sleeve length does not end at the same place as your bust If your blouse buttons, be sure you can move your arms freely, and there are not gaps between the buttons. If your legs are short, do not buy your blouses too long, or your legs will look shorter if you do not tuck them in.

Here are some ideas for your blouses:

Business Wear

As mentioned in the Jacket section, the most conservative, sophisticated way to wear a blouse is to wear a dark blouse under a dark suit. Wear a light colored blouse to make the outfit less conservative. You can also wear a vest over the blouse for a very business-like look

Vests

Vests lend versatility to blouses. Wear a tailored vest over a blouse for a more formal look. You have a variety of options when it comes to vests, from the conservative blouse, to the very informal looks you can achieve when you wear vests made of fleece and denim. Vests are very easy to sew, and a good choice to expand a small wardrobe.

Casual Wear

Blouses worn alone are usually worn with a piece of jewelry, unless the blouse has a lot of style from the cut and design of the blouse. The accessories worn with a blouse will dress it up or down. Blouses are versatile. You can wear the same cotton blouse with a pair of shorts or a skirt and sweater. They cost less than the other items in your wardrobe so have some fun with color.

Pants

The most versatile pants are conservative business pants and jeans. You can wear them with all of the items above. The fabric and the cut are what make pants go from dressy to casual.

Keep your dress pants conservative, and without pockets or other design details that draw attention, and you can get by with just a couple of pairs for work and special occasions.

Add a couple pair of jeans and a corduroy or twill pant in a neutral color, and that should be all you need. No one is going to remember your pants. You can wear them over and over until they need replacing.

Casual Wear

How much casual wear you need depends on whether you stay at home or work. It also depends on your leisure activities. If you don’t work, you should have more casual wear than business attire. Keeping your wardrobe in balance to your needs is another skill for a frugal clothes shopper.

So these are the basic pieces for a mix-and-match wardrobe. I’ve seen people with as few as 3 blouses and 3 skirts put together amazing outfits with the use of accessories like scarves and jewelry.

When it comes to clothes, less is more. You will take better care of your clothing, and it will always be clean and ready to go. When everything goes together, a little goes a long way.

The Track Pants Trend and Why You Should Follow It

The first pair of track pants was introduced in the 1920s. They are usually made out of cotton or polyester or sometimes even a blend of those two. They are identified by the elastic waistband coupled with drawstring. Most track pants have pockets and a few do not. They used to be loose and baggy but over the years they have been modified and now they have more form-fitting shapes, with better flexibility and offer immense comfort. When styled correctly, they can be worn from day to night. The drapey fabric makes it very comfortable. It is of a great importance to be sharp-eyed when choosing the right fit or you could risk fashion errors. Pairing it with the right top or blazer and a pair of shoes will give a great look.

There are a number of benefits of wearing track pants.

BURNING CALORIES WHILE WORKING OUT

Track pants, cause the rise in body temperature. This increase helps you to become hotter and sweat easily and quickly during your workout. To cool your body down when you sweat, extra calories are burned. This shows us that the extra heat caused by wearing them helps in burning extra calories. The calories burnt are not great and so a big difference in your workout results will not be observed.

TO WHISK AWAY THE MOISTURE

You will definitely start sweating at some point during your workout, even if you wear your track pants to stay warm. No one would enjoy walking around with sticky, clammy legs. They help in whisking away the moisture, keeping your legs and waist, dry and cool. It is recommended to choose track pants, which are made out of the right fabric to absorb the moisture. Do not choose heavy fabrics like fleece.

PROTECTING THE SKIN

It is very obvious that when you exercise out under the sun, the sunlight hits your face and maybe your chest. Legs are prone to sunburn, just like any other part of the body. To avoid the legs from being exposed to the harsh sunlight, it is advisable to wear track pants. It can help you avoid sunburns. This also saves time when you do not want to worry about sunscreen. In rainy seasons, when the mosquitoes are everywhere, they will protect your legs from mosquito bites and this can help you give your full attention to the workout instead of swatting away the mosquitoes.

PROVIDING THE REQUIRED WARMTH

When the temperature is less than the ideal, they are designed to keep you warm and cozy. The warmth is not provided only for your skin. In fact, they help in trapping the heat very close to the body which helps in warming up the muscles more quickly. It is very well-known that it is safer to exercise warm muscles. Therefore, if you forget your warm-up exercises or if you skip them, track pants can reduce the risk of injury.