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!

Shopping for Women Fashion Dresses

Shopping for the women fashion dresses could be real fun as well as one of the most rewarding experiences for the buyer. Among the wide variety of fabrics as well as designs, one can find garments that display the figure of the wearer to its best advantages irrespective of the occasion for which such dress is being used.

Fashion Suit for the Best

As the women stepped out of their home and mingled into the outer society that is highly commercialized, emphasis were less on the dressing up to leave house. On the other hand commercial world demanded fashion consciousness and in result various types of women fashion dresses and fashion suits evolved in the society. Women started using apparels just as their men counterparts and it included the casual wear and sportswear too.

Women Fashion Suits for Special Occasion

– Women fashion suits for special occasions vary extensively.

– Most of such suits are made of natural fiber.

– Designs are mostly suitable to the structure and type of body of the women wearing the dress.

– Fashion suit that can be used from office to the dinner date in the city is possible.

– A large selection of different types of fabrics, styles, and colors are available for the buyer to buy from. It will make the wearer look the best.

Wedding Suit Materials

Usually the wedding suits are brighter and wedding fashion suits are made of brocade, silk or such other expensive fabrics. People those have figure problems may find the fabrics less than perfect.

Ladies Sportswear

Ladies sportswear does not consist of the clothing as well as shoes those are expanded in the world of accessories. Gym bags, iPod holders, and watches as well as a variety of other accessories can all be purchased. Other such accessories are the handbags and purses. With matching decors they can constitute great items for the fashionable women. Ladies sportswear can make the experience great with the acute feeling of relaxation and comfort. Designed basically for the physical activities on the part of the women and with active lifestyle as the key such sportswear can make all the difference in the life of a woman.

Proper style and appropriate type of sportswear, casual wear, or fashion suit could be the ultimate in fashion and comfort for the women who remain active throughout the day.

High Fashion Dresses – Without Fashion High Prices!

Showing off your femininity is a big part of women’s fashion and one that is not likely ever to be replaced or lost in time. Fashion dresses have always been an important staple in any woman’s wardrobe but this year you’ll find women’s dresses to be a great combination of casual and elegant. Did you ever think you could look fabulous and be comfortable at the same time? We can show you some extremely stylish dresses to consider for your next event or to simply add to your collection that do both.

First, what you want to consider is the material of the dress you’re considering. Materials that are most comfortable and utilized in women’s casual clothing are cotton, jersey knit and polly lycra. These materials form with every curve of your body, are soft to the touch and so amazingly comfortable you could spend all day in them. The only other aspect of choosing the right holiday dress for you is to make sure it is not too short. If you are constantly worried about the length of your dress there is no way you can be comfortable. Just above the knees is generally the perfect length no matter how tall you are.

Now that you have an idea of the different comfortable fabrics dresses can be found in, let’s talk about style. The number one style today designed by Elan International is a long sleeve fashion dress made out of polly lycra with cinching at the waist. It is a simple dress with a low cut neckline, long sleeves, waist cinching and a great sense of flow to add to the equation. This dress is a perfect example of a fashion dress that can be worn for a simple dinner out, an extravagant party or even to your office during the work week. With a simple black dress like this it is the accessories that define the event you are heading to. No jewellery at all suggests a more casual look and sparkling jewellery suggests evening wear.

If you’re looking for a fashion dress that will make more of a statement this low cut halter top dress is just for you. Elan International has created an extremely sensual yet elegant evening dress that can be worn to nearly any occasion. It looks great and is comfortable too. With a low draping neckline, a twisted neck strap and a form fitting figure throughout you are sure to be looking your best in this fashion dress.

Each of the dresses mentioned here are not only just a taste of what Elan International has to offer but they are also available for a fraction of the price in comparison to other designer dresses on the market today. Shopping online is a great way to save on your fashion dresses and it can be a fun way to shop as well! If you currently have no fashion dresses in your closet it is time to for you to jump into the future of women’s casual clothing!