Fashion & Clothes

Fashion and clothes are usually closely related to each other. Different people hold different ideas about clothes and fashion.

In the old days, people wear clothes only to keep warm and they do not have many choices due to the poor technology at that time. However, nowadays, people have a wide choice available in the selection of their clothes and what a person chooses to wear will reflect his or her personality, tastes, likes, mood and so on.

When celebrities or people who have cultural status start to wear new or different clothes, a fashion trend may start. People who like or respect them may start to wear clothes of a similar style. Therefore, many people regard fashion as to wear these new clothes. As a matter of fact, it is a mistake. Fashion,actually, is a very abstract concept. We can list some some examples of fashion, but we can conclude it to a certain form. In essence, it is a kind of style and ideas about life. It can be a living habit, a lifestyle,or the understanding of the life.

Different ages, different living circles, different occupation, and geography shares different opinions on fashion and clothes.

The teens prefer clothes that reprents their individual characters and they are longing to show their unique characters. While the celebrities would like to wear clothes that are in concordance with their wealth and status, clothes of all brand names would be within their choice. (By the way, several days ago, I encounter some brand name clothes, handbags, watches online. Arabia could not wear the same clothes as people from Japan. And they have their own fashion clothes.

Well, to me, the most important thing is that the clothes I wear shall reflect my personalities. Of course, we wear different clothes on different occasions. Different clothes can displays the different aspect of your characters. It is unnecessary to follow some celebrities to swim in the fashion. If we have our own taste and style, the only thing you need to do is to display yourself, dress what you like. That would be fashionable in others’ eyes. Therefore, fashion, in my eyes, is to show our own personality and share our ideas for life in our own way.

What is your opinion about fashion and clothes?

Military Fashion Clothing: A Better Way to Dress

Military fashion clothing is being seen all around the world on the streets and on the runway. This style of clothing is becoming extremely popular with celebrities, fashion models, and clothing lovers everywhere. Military fashion refers to any article of clothing that gives off a military feel. This could be a coat that has several laced buttons on it or thigh high footwear. Military style is taking womens fashion clothing by storm. Open up any magazine and you are almost guaranteed to find pictures of models wearing clothing that resembles pieces worn by a century-old soldier.

Clothes that are in the colors of old military styles are also considered apart of womens fashion clothing. These colors will include olive green, dark green, and khaki. Pairing a cute pair of high boots with a pencil skirt that is olive-green will give off a great military appearance. Many women are also choosing to wear hats that are shaped like military caps. Womens military boots are extremely popular since they give off the appearance of ruggedness. These can be worn with a skirt or under a cute pair of straight trousers. Many women may also wear straight pants under thigh high shoes. When choosing high boots, always look for ones that are black, since this is the color most often used in military fashion.

Taking a trip to the local antique store will allow you to shop for your favorite military gear. You don’t necessarily have to wear exactly what you buy. By altering pieces, you can give a modern take on old fashions. Adding new, shiny buttons to an old military jacket will allow you to look professionally fashionable. And if wearing a soldiers jacket isn’t your cup of tea, try adding different accessories to your look to give off a military feel. Wearing womens military boots with your everyday clothing will look fantastic and very fashionable. Alternatively, you can carry a burlap sack over your arm when going out. Not only are these burlap sacks large and roomy, but they also give off a very nice rugged appeal.

Military fashion can be found virtually anywhere. By visiting your local fashion-friendly store or the nearest military supply shop, you can purchase great looking clothes in minutes. What makes military style clothing so popular is that the style looks great on almost anyone, no matter what the person’s body type is. By wearing some of these pieces, you can create a modern wardrobe that focuses on older style clothing.

Fashion Dressing For Success

Being in the fashion industry you would think that all the men and woman I meet have an amazing sense of style. Well you would be wrong. You should see some of the get ups that come into my building. Yes, you can take more risks when you dress in my business, but, some people look like they have lost their minds. Sometimes it isn’t just that they look odd, but they are just clueless. From one extreme to another I have seen it all.

The first thing I am going to talk about sounds like a no brain-er. But, many of us have made these faux pas’. You must always be well-groomed. That means clean and styled hair (no roots). Make up that doesn’t overpower and refresh your lipstick (if you are a woman) throughout the day. Make sure you have manicured nails and toes, no chipped polish and no art on your nails. Leave the rhinestones for the weekends. Clothes should be clean and in good repair. Hem skirts and pants so that they do not drag. No flip-flops to work (this is a personal peeve of mine). Perfume must be subtle. You do not want anyone distracted by poor grooming. One of the things I suggest investing in is a good haircut.

Another aspect of dressing well is focusing on fit and proportion. When buying clothing it is important to buy clothes for the size we are and not the size we want to be. A basic blazer can add a lot of punch to an outfit if it fits you right. Find a good tailor to help you with this. Everyone’s body is unique. There is no way for a fashion line to make their fit perfect for each body. That is why a good tailor will make a difference by shortening sleeve lengths, hemming skirts, nipping in waists. Well-fitting clothes really look expensive. This is what can make mediocre – special!. When buying a piece of clothing, always buy it to fit the largest part of your body and then the seamstress can adjust accordingly. Also bring the shoes you intend to wear with the piece if it is a skirt or pant. Proportion is also crucial. You do not want to wear a long blazer with a long skirt, all over tight clothing, or all baggy styles. Fashion magazines, catalogues, and the internet can show you what shapes work best together. How clothing fits and works together is as important as the pieces you buy. So always remember fit and proportion when putting together an outfit.

It is now time to build the foundation of your wardrobe. These are the key pieces that you will build around. Make sure that these items are the best quality you can afford. They should be modern silhouettes, but not so trendy that they will be out of style in a season

1. Classic blazer in a neutral color

2. Black pants

3. White button front shirt

4. Black dress

5. Trench coat

6. Pencil skirt

Build your clothing around the core pieces you have bought. Read magazines such as Lucky and In Style which show you practical ways to put outfits together. Go on-line to web sites such as Ann Taylor and J Crew which also show outfits. Download, or tear out photos of looks that you like. You can take them to the store as inspiration for how to put your outfit together. Also when you get to the store there will be displays that will give you further inspiration. Take a friend that you trust who will give you unbiased advice as you try on different items. Then choose the pieces you want to try on. Be adventurous. Try on lots of things and experiment. Try on pieces you may not normally consider. I take my 18-year-old daughter shopping all the time. She likes my taste and I am her wing-man of choice. I always have her try on things that are different from her traditional wardrobe and many times she likes it and puts together something new. My latest look for her is shorts with tights and boots. Love the look for college students. You should be looking to flesh out your wardrobe. Don’t feel you have to do this all in one day. It is a work in progress and you will always be shopping. Once a month should do it. You will need more skirts and pants, probably 5 -10 tops/jackets/cardigans and an extra dress or two. When putting together an outfit, use one basic, one wow piece, and a jacket or cardigan to complete your outfit. Also remember that one item can be worked in different ways. You can buy a pant that you use to go with a cardigan set, blouse and jacket, or a sweater. Go shopping and have fun.

My favorite part of the outfit: is shoes!! I love shoes: boots, flats, platforms, pumps, all of it. Shoes can really make a statement about you. This is where I like to splurge. I buy good shoes mostly, but I do throw in some inexpensive flats from Payless for walking in the street. Working in Manhattan the sidewalks can really trash your good shoes not to mention your feet and back. Payless has really cute flats and it beats walking to work in sneakers (hate that!). I am really careful with my shoes, having the bottom tips and heal lifts replaced often and constantly polished. I have a pair of Dolce & Gabbana sling back black pumps that I bought on sale for $350. Sounds expensive? Not really when you consider that I have them for several years, wear them all the time, and they make the outfit. If you amortize the cost over wearings it probably has cost me 25 cents a wearing. Good value right? So get some good pairs that you can add to your assortment. You need to own a black pump, a great pair of dressy knee-high boots, a ballet flat, and a pop color shoe (maybe red) as your basic assortment. Of course you can add to that and have some fun. I have a leopard print pump and platform booties that I love.

As I have been writing this, I realize that this is a lot of clothing to purchase all at once. So my recommendation is to start with 10 easy pieces and build your wardrobe from that. Start with the core foundation pieces and a pair of pumps with some cool t-shirts and it is a good beginning. Then you can build around them.

I want to mention undergarments. Sometimes an outfit can be lost due to poorly fitting bras and underwear. If you haven’t been professionally fitted for a bra in the past 6 months go to a department store and have someone do that for you. Our bodies’ change so what might have worked last year could not work this year. Also, many women don’t know how to fit themselves. You could be wearing a 38C but really need a 36D. A professional is trained on how a bra should fit. Get a nude color to wear under white tops. Not a white bra which will show. Of course you will also need black. I am kind of basic myself and do not buy colorful bras. I would rather spend my wardrobe dollars elsewhere. Your undergarments should be smooth; you do not want to see any bumps or seams through your clothes. The best invention for women is spanx and their knock offs. This will smooth out your body so you do not have a muffin top or a bulging tummy. No more girdles, this the new shapewear.

My mother has tons of handbags. She has all sorts of styles and colors. When she dresses, she changes her bag to match her outfit. I, on the other hand, do not have the time or the desire to do that. Here is where I cut corners in my wardrobe. I buy the best neutral handbag I can afford for the season. I make sure I buy it on sale or at an outlet store. Then I wear it every day. I like to buy good quality handbags as I like what they say about me. Also I never seek to match my bag to my shoes (unless they are both black). It is a very dated look.

Accessories – the frosting on the cake. Accessory designers are doing such good work that sometimes the fakes look like the real thing. I buy accessories that are inexpensive but add punch to an outfit. You can take the most basic of outfits and add a great neck piece with earrings and wow! When dressing, at the very least you should put on earrings. You can then add a bunch of bracelets or maybe a group of chains around your neck. A great silver or gold cuff is terrific with a dress. It is the rare person who can pull off earrings, rings, and bracelets all at once, so try not to overdo. Also not every piece should be big and bold. One big bold piece in an outfit is enough.

It is time to pull it all together. Try to plan your outfits over the weekend for the coming week. Check out the weather so you can plan your clothing accordingly. Start with the basic pieces of your look, the dress, skirt, pant or suit. Add a top to go with it. Then you put on the top piece which is a cardigan or jacket (if your outfit isn’t a suit). Do a basic with a wow piece. They can’t all be wow and if they are all basic make sure the accessory pieces are the wow. Always try new combinations for all your pieces to keep the looks fresh.

Good luck in Dressing for Success!