Flowers have always played a big part in women’s wardrobes but lately they are really in the fashion spotlight. Designers such as Prada and Moschino have been showcasing floral patterns on their runways and so we can certainly expect to see more and more of them in our high street and favourite online retailers. They might be everywhere but there are some simple ways to get a great look which includes flowers. So how can you introduce florals to your wardrobe without looking like you’ve stepped out of an explosion in a Cath Kidston factory?

Keep it simple

As with all things bold, keeping it simple is key. That is to say that you should stick to one item in floral print to avoid looking too busy on the pattern front. Here you could choose a pair of patterned trousers or a patterned blouse perhaps but never both at the same time. Pair either of these with plain items such as cotton trousers or jersey t-shirt style top or blouse and you’ll avoid looking over the top. There are some gorgeous floral dresses available these days too and though this is head to toe flowers, it can work well with plain accessories.

Alternatively, if you’re less confident with patterns then there are some other options to inject the floral touch to your wardrobe. You could stick to a plain outfit and add patterned shoes or accessories. There are plenty of gorgeous chiffon or silk floral scarves out there that can bring a touch of spring to your style without being overboard. There are also some fabulous floral knits around that give a pretty, casual look and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Pick an accent

Just like in interior design, you can include some more colour to your look by picking out an accent shade from your floral patterned item. For example if you we were wearing a floral patterned pencil skirt with a few lemon flowers included in the print, then a plain lemon cardigan should look just co-ordinated enough.

Don’t be too matchy matchy

Alongside your one item of floral clothing and maybe one of plain accent clothing it is far better to then stick to neutrals for everything else. Being too matchy matchy with your look i.e. wearing everything else in the accent colour, is a sure fire way to age yourself and look frumpy. Pairing your floral with neutral tones such as white, ivory, nude for example is a much more modern way to include pattern and colour and, as they’re neutral, there is much less possibility that they may clash with your bold pattern.

Tone down the twee-ness factor

Though many of us are suckers for flowers, if you’re not careful it can create a look that it simply too twee and girly and this isn’t flattering on an older woman. One easy way to avoid this is to pair your florals with slightly more masculine touches such as a fitted blazer style jacket or jeans for example. On the same theme, to avoid looking way too much you should keep your accessories to a minimum. Although you might be feeling particularly spring-like, don’t be tempted to go overboard with lots of accessories. There are some pretty hair flowers and jewellery featuring pressed flowers, for example but just don’t go there. Your floral print clothing has a lot going on without the need to be over elaborate. Keep your accessories as simple as possible and as few as possible. A plain silver bangle will help make your floral print stand out instead of competing with everything else.

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Dance costumes have come a long way in recent years. Today, dancers not only have more to choose from when it comes to style and comfort, but there is also a greater importance to choosing the right costume. Your dance costume adds another element to your performance. In a competition, the wrong costume can distract judges and lead to a lower score while the right costume boosts your confidence.

The 2018 Coloyrs of the Year for Dance Costumes

Dance costumes have personalities of their own. They tell a story. That’s why it’s important to always do your research about the right costume for your dance style and performance. In 2018, there are a lot of new colors taking center stage with dance costumes. Make sure you’re on top of this year’s trends by reading on for the 2018 colors of the year for dance costumes!

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Make Your Mark

When your performing, it’s your job to really make a mark on the audience or on the judges. Pushing the boundaries of dancing means more than hitting the right moves. It means knowing how to wear the most current style in a way that complements your routine. It also means knowing how to be confident with your style.

When choosing the right dance costume, you need to make sure you focus on both style and function. There are a lot of low-quality costumes out there nowadays that might look great but can’t hold up during a performance. The last thing you want to happen during a performance is a costume malfunction! Luckily, there are many high-quality places to find great dance costumes that will last. Alexandra Costumes is known for being on the cutting-edge of fashion while still being top of the line. You shouldn’t have to compromise!

Dusty Rose

You’ve probably seen Dusty Rose everywhere in 2018. It’s on the runway and in stores around the country! Dusty Rose is a neutral pink which looks great on just about every skin tone. It’s sophisticated while still being whimsical! You can’t go wrong with this classic choice! Just be sure to make it yours with some customizations to avoid getting lost in a sea of Dusty Rose!

Ultraviolet

The Pantone color of the year is making an impact on the dance world as well. It’s easy to see why when Ultraviolet is so much fun! Make a big splash in this vibrant color that lights up the stage! If your routine is more toned down, you can still incorporate Ultraviolet with pops of colorful accessories!

Pastels

Pastels are making a comeback this year! While you might think Pastel colors are limited to the Springtime, this year they’ve already been seen in upcoming summer fashion! Step outside the Pastel box with new color choices like pale blue, off-white, and more! Pastels are perfect for almost any performance, and it’s easy to mix different shades within a single team to create a rainbow of colors!

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Customize Your Costume

While it’s fun to wear the most popular colors of the year, sometimes you need to stand out from the crowd. Make these colors yours by adding customizations that really show off your unique style. There are a lot of easy ways to customize your performance costume that you might not have thought of!

Mix and Match

There are no rules about the colors above! You’re free to combine colors or even just choose the ones that suit you best. Just because a color isn’t on the trend list of 2018 doesn’t mean it isn’t a great fit for your particular routine. See how Ultraviolet looks with nude pink, or see how Pastels complement a white skirt.

Accessorize

The right accessories can elevate your outfit. In dance, there are a lot of accessories to choose from like tulle skirts, stockings, and hair accessories. Bring these colors into the 21st century with fun accessories you don’t see every day! Ultraviolet is bright enough already, but to add even more sparkle you can include glittery tights to shine like a diamond! Complement Dusty Rose with a sheer skirt to show off your clean lines during your routine! However, you choose to accessorize, make sure it speaks to you as a dancer!

Props

The right props can add another element to your outfit. One of the most popular prop trends to make a big splash in 2018 is Flutter Fetti! This beautiful confetti is easy to use and transforms the end of your routine into a celebration! Explore the right props for your routine and don’t be afraid to try something new if it feels like the right choice!

Dance Costumes

You have the freedom to express yourself with your dance costume! Knowing the latest trends and colors of the year will help you create your best performance with the best costume. Your costume gives you the right confidence to succeed in your performance, so don’t take this decision lightly! Using the tips above you’ll be able to choose the best dance costume for your routine!

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Prom evening; a momentous occasion for all. Kids (or even young adults) will have worked all year long in order to get this one night off, so it needs to be a night to remember. As the prom organiser it is crucial that you make sure all the preparations are ready, including the venue, the food and the evening’s entertainment. This is no light task, particularly when your customers are picky teenagers!

We’ve put a small comprehensive checklist of things you need to remember when preparing your chosen venue for a prom, together with events facilities specialist Serviced Events. Depending on which venue you have chosen, some of these points may be more important than others, but they are all good to know just in case you want to be extra prepared. Good luck and have fun!

  1. Make sure you have all the facilities

Does the venue have everything you need? Whether you’re planning the prom at an open air venue or a village hall, make sure it has everything you need to pull off a successful prom. From a full sound system to portable toilets and showers (for open air venues and gazebo hire), make sure to phone ahead when booking your venue to check that it suits all your requirements. You need to make sure that the needs of your guests are properly catered to and if not you will need to make arrangements to ensure that requirements are met.

Many venues will provide their own menus or will offer a range of food options for your choosing. Do you want a buffet or a set menu? A barbecue or a formal meal? Try to decide well in advance or set up a poll for the students to fill out by a set time so that they get exactly what they want. If your guests have any specific dietary requirements, make sure the venue is made aware of this in advance, so as to avoid any avoidable trips to the emergency room.

  1. Arranging your transport

Some students will not be able to drive for their first prom and many will want to drink alcohol, so arranging group transport is essential. As with many proms, people may choose to turn up in various elaborate modes of transport, but this is normally only to the venue, they will often need a lift back. You can always hire a coach or a minibus for large groups of people that leaves at certain times, giving everyone a schedule for the

ir hometown or area if your students come from a variety of different towns and villages. As the organiser it is essential that you make sure everyone has gotten home or is at least on their way home safely.

  1. Sticking to the theme

Some proms will have an overlying theme or ‘subject’ for the prom. While this is less common in proms across the UK, it is still quite popular. Choose your decorations in accordance with the theme and stick to it! If you have to hang decorations up, make sure to clear it with the venue beforehand. If you are bringing balloons, make sure to give your team enough time to get all the preparations ready before guests start arriving.

  1. Entertainment for the Evening

A Spotify playlist, a DJ or just a set track of songs? Because of increasing connectivity to the internet, the playlist for proms can now be basically limitless. A fun way of putting together a soundtrack would be placing a suggestion box in the school or college reception and by adding songs picked by students from the box to the soundtrack. Try to make sure that all songs have been checked beforehand if you buy them or download them, to check that they are the correct version.

  1. Hire a Professional Photographer

While it is clear that selfies will be in abundance at any prom, a professional photographer will be able to capture the real ‘essence’ of the evening and will give the kids a great memento that doesn’t show their outstretched arms towards the camera. A good photographer will also know how to pose the prom-goers for their best sides, and may capture some great moments that would otherwise go unnoticed.

It is important to remember that a first prom, whether it is at 16 or 18 or even 21, can be an incredibly exciting and nerve-wracking experience for many involved, so it is essential that everything runs smoothly for the benefit of all involved. By doing your research and making sure that all the relevant preparations have been made, you will be able to ensure that everyone has a great evening. It won’t be the end of the world if you don’t manage to get everything perfectly, but you need to remember that you’ll be setting the bar for all future proms, so make it a tough one to beat!

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OK, So keeping a readers content fresh is essential in the blogging world, so apologies for the second in a row post about swimwear but this in mind mind is perhaps the ultimate piece of ‘get your own back‘ gear. The Ultimate revenge for the annoyed, slightly jilted ex lover. Could that be you?

So here we go the ‘Water Soluble Bikini‘ is perhaps the ultimate revenge plan to absolutely humiliate your ex. Unfortunately Ladies this is only available at present in female sizes.

Get Naked Bikini Water Soluble

So the deal is that once the Bikini has made contact with the water for roughly 3 minutes it will then start to dissolve leaving the other half stranded in the sea or swimming pool whilst completely naked, no doubt this is the ultimate revenge. Perhaps even the guys over at Prank Vote would find this Bikini slightly out of there crazy limits.

Whatever you want to do with it – do it. Its a one trick pony and disappears at the end so make it worth it. Shame your ex and pick one up from here . I also recommend checking some of the other stuff on there.

*Disclaimer – Do not try this on an ex who doesn’t have a sense of humour or on a deserted beach.

 

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New year is a time where we evaluate all aspects of our life, deciding which things we need to change and which things we would like to keep the same. We often tend to look at the relationships we have with our friends and closer to home our partners. Often we love our partners dearly but time and mundane routines tend to make us forget why we are together in the first place. Finding a way to rekindle a dim love life can be difficult and often shelved for tasks that are easier to complete. Unfortunately by putting your relationship on the back burner too often you can inadvertently extinguish the flame of desire and be left with the destruction and embers of a failed relationship.

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Reigniting the Flames of Passion

Usually work is a demanding reason why couples spend very little romantic time together, that and juggling the children and putting out the rubbish causes the day to end swiftly and the only intimate thing you have shared with your partner is a meal. This is why the new year is a perfect time to reignite the flames of passion and spice up the year ahead with some very simple changes to your life.

Why not snuggle up together on the sofa using modern technology and make start by looking for great lingerie that will spice up your love life and give you both the opportunity to cast knowing smiles at each other over the dining table because you are wearing beautifully crafted Casmir Lingerie chosen by both of you. You may even decide to claim that you need to ‘tidy’ the bedroom so that you can explore the quality lace and seductive material while the family, blissfully unaware of your deception, play charades downstairs.

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Using a Little bit of Imagination.

When you cast your eyes on Casmir Lingerie you will be very impressed by the way that the designers have managed to tastefully combine eroticism and comfort in garments that suggest a hidden secret lurking in your mind. Casmir Lingerie have made wonderful use of colours, fabrics and shape to give the air of classy seductiveness. At first you may find spicing up your relationship in this way to feel slightly uncomfortable and not quite you but after introducing the flickering light and aroma of scented candles and maybe one or two erotic toys for you to play with you may find that you develop a sexy alter ego who relishes in the joy of bringing pleasure to yourself and your partner. Once role playing and adding a little extra excitement to your life becomes an normal part of your bedroom routine – why not shake it up a little and book yourselves into a lavish hotel with log fires and exquisite food and pretend that you have just met each other. Don’t forget that by unleashing your inner seductress you have opened up a vast world of erotic adventures for you and your very happy partner.

Kate Parker is a writer with a passion for luxury underwear. Kate knows first hand how a little bit of imagination combined with the luxury of Casmir Lingerie can really spice up your life.

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There are different ways to wear a hijab and you have probably tried them all out by now. But a less known fact is that certain hijab styles go better with certain face shapes. Here are some top tips for wearing a hijab according to your face shape.

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Determine Your Face Shape

If you aren’t yet sure what shape your face is you can use this simple guide to establish what shape your face resembles the most. In this article we will go through hijab styles for round, oval, heart-shaped, square, and rectangular face shapes.

These are the most common face shapes and by matching the right hijab style you can really compliment your face and its uniqueness.

The Round Face

The best hijab style to flatter a round face is one that stays a bit looser on the sides. You should try to show a bit more of your forehead and use a style that makes your face look a bit narrower from the sides. The common mistake for those with a round face shape is to try hiding your cheeks.

Hiding your cheeks this way will only make your face look rounder. So don’t go for tight fitting hijab styles; instead use a lot of volume and keep the scarf loose.

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The Oval Face

The oval shape is often considered the best face shape and thus it is flattered by many different hijab styles. The best way to wear a hijab with an oval-shaped face is to frame the face with the hijab and show off the beautiful shape naturally.

Regular Pashmina style and tight Turkish style hijabs for instance look great for the oval shape.

The Heart-Shaped Face

The heart-shaped face is best shown with hijab styles that are pinned right under your chin to increase your jawline. Don’t add width to your face by having multi-layers on the side of your head. Covered Girl has a great suggestion for a great heart-shaped hijab style.

You can also make a tiny point on top of your forehead with the scarf. This adds a great touch that will compliment your face shape in a beautiful way.

The Square Face

The best way to soften a square face shape, which has a characteristically strong jawline, is to wear hijab styles that are loose under the chin. Show off your forehead and make the forehead line look round to soften the square shape off your face. Kuwaiti hijab styles look great with a square face.

The Rectangular Face

The key to hijab style for rectangular faces is to make sure you lengthen your face with the style. This means that you should keep your forehead visible and bring the hijab a bit closer to your face from the sides. This will create an illusion of a longer face length.

It is simple to flatter your natural face shape with a hijab when you choose the right style. You can find great hijab style trends as well as tips from Aab Collection. With these great tips you will ensure a great and fresh look. The most important thing of course is to wear your hijab with confidence.

Aisha Malik writes about the current trends in Islamic fashion.

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Nowadays it can be hard to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member, particularly with the recent rise of online shopping often you will find that they prefer to buy their ideal gifts themselves! Adding to the surprise is a great part of a thoughtful gift, so it is important that your gift comes from the heart.

However if you’re stuck on ideas, there are a number of fool proof gifts you can give that will surely make an impact on your friend or relative. Gifts can make any occasion special, and it doesn’t even have to be a specific event! Use unique gift ideas to celebrate the passing of a test, graduating from school or even to remind that special someone just how you feel about them.

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Here, online china ornament specialist The Chinaman have put together a short but special list of 5 great gift ideas which are guaranteed to make your recipient smile.

Gift Cards
Although thought of as a cop out by some, gift cards are a fantastic way of letting someone know ‘I’m thinking of you’. Some people like nothing better than being able to buy their own gifts, as who knows what they want better than they do?

A thoughtful gift card for the right shop can often say far more than a less considerate, more physical gift. Plus, then your recipient can use it towards a bigger present, or even use it to purchase several smaller items, such is the flexible nature of a gift card.

Spa Day/Track Day
A day out doing what you love, what more could anyone ask for? Depending on the interests of the individual, you can easily get them tickets to a specific event that will get them nice and relaxed, or set their heart racing. Do your research! What are their interests? Would they prefer to go to the theatre, or is the football stadium more their game?

Whatever you do, make sure it is well planned if you want to make it a surprise. Talk to the rest of the relatives or close friends to make sure your recipient is free that day, keeping in touch in the lead up to the event to make sure that nothing comes up. If you want to take them away for a day, get in contact with their manager and share the surprise, so that they don’t have to worry about booking the day off for holiday!

Fine Figurines
Some people like good jewellery, others like fine figurines. If you know your friend or relative is a collector of fine china, or loves porcelain ballerinas, all it takes is a quick survey of the figurines they already have to get an idea of what you should buy them. It also helps to get a quick look, or to get a friend to help you to make sure that you don’t get them something too similar to another figurine!

The great thing about porcelain is that it can be customised or requested specifically. The artist may be able to paint a special message on the base of the figure, intended only for the recipient to see. It is a fragile gift that means a lot to both parties, and will often sit on the mantelpiece as a treasured memory for years to come.

Home Cooked Meal/Nice Restaurant
Sometimes you don’t even need to splash out an awful lot to give a heartfelt present. Something as small as baking a cake for your recipient, or letting them put their feet up while you prepare a nice dinner for them will be enough to make them smile.

Surprising them by taking them out to a posh restaurant is also a nice touch; particularly if you organise to have their friends meet you at the event. You could pick them up from work (or let them know once they’ve gotten home, if they like to prepare for such an event) to surprise them, which gives the whole event an air of spontaneity and playfulness.

Naming a Star
While a little bit dear, naming a star on behalf of your loved one can be a really romantic gesture. Depending on which package you request, you will receive a certificate of the name of the star, documentation of the location of the star, perhaps a small plush toy of the star and even photos of the star from space.

Whatever the special occasion make the event shine by giving a well thought out and memorable gift that your friend or relative will love. It only take a few more minutes of thought, but it can mean a whole lot to the receiver of the gift as it shows how much you care about them.

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For men of a certain age, the concept of taking an active interest in fashion may seem somewhat alien. Shopping for clothes would be seen as a necessity, rather than a passion, but the statistics show that men are fast catching up with women in the fashion stakes, and indeed (if the trend continues), could soon overtake women as the biggest spending gender on the high street.

A 2014 UK wide study, commissioned by the Westfield Group (the world’s largest shopping centre operator) makes for interesting reading.

As well as gathering statistics on the size of the industry, the study included a survey, which questioned 3,673 men and 4,082 women aged between 18 and 49.

Here are the key takeaways:

Men’s Fashion Is Booming

The study valued the UK men’s fashion industry at £13bn a year, working out at an incredible £998 for every male in the UK.

This is backed up by information from Statista, which shows the total retail spend on menswear in the UK growing steadily from £9.34bn in 2008 to £10.64bn in 2013.

According to the study, this spend of £998 per man, is just £99 less than women, who in the same period spent around £1,087 each per year.

This gap is even smaller for the 18-34 age group, with a difference in spending between men and women on fashion in this demographic of just 1%.

Most Men Say They Enjoy Shopping

Contrary to popular belief, that shopping is somewhat of a chore to be endured for men, the vast majority of the men surveyed said that they enjoyed shopping.

In fact, around 70% said they enjoy the high street experience, which is the same number who said that they enjoy watching sport, and just 7% less than those who said they enjoy a visit to their local pub.

One difference between men and women that was raised by the survey is that men are not so keen on browsing as women; preferring to have a strong idea about what they are looking for, get into the shop, locate it, and complete the purchase as quickly as possible.

Indeed, 59% of those surveyed said that they would decide on a purchase within the first few minutes of entering a store.

Men Are More Attracted To Designer Labels Than Women

Surprisingly, men were also found to be more label concious than women, with 41% (compared to 34% of women) saying that they would rather purchase a small amount of designer clothes, than larger quantities of cheaper, non brand labels.

In terms of the actual brands, Nike topped the popularity list for men, with Adidas, Next and M&S also proving popular. Indeed, Marks & Spencer currently has the biggest market share of men’s clothing sales in the UK.

The majority of those surveyed stated that they would rather save up for an expensive, genuine designer item, than purchase a fake – bad news for holiday market traders, but good new for the high street!

It’s Not Online Shopping That’s Driving This Boom

It may seem logical to assume that the explosive growth of online shopping is behind the increase in spending on men’s fashion, but half of the men surveyed said they preferred shopping on the high street to purchasing online.

That being said, around three quarters of those surveyed admitted that they would browse online first to check prices, availability, and store opening times before venturing to the shops to physically make their purchase.

Of course, with the increased use of smart phones for internet browsing, and apps which give users the ability to compare prices in a locale, this percentage is only likely to increase.

But Technology May Be Driving The Trend Nonetheless

While the spend may not actually be online, one prevalent theory behind the rapid growth of men’s fashion, is the modern dot-com workplace having a more relaxed ‘unbuttoned vibe’ when it comes to work-wear.

Whereas in the past, all a man would need for his work week wardrobe was 2 or 3 shirts and ties, which didn’t allow for much individuality, nowadays, with many offices and workplaces allowing more casual dress, men may be increasingly feeling the need to spruce up their wardrobe to ‘keep up with Joneses’.

Of course, aside from the workplace, men are not immune from the modern day celeb obsessed culture, and if a popular male movie star rocks a certain outfit, you can be sure that sales of that style/look will quickly increase.

So Will Men’s Fashion Overtake Women’s Fashion?

Well, while nothing is certain, the trend is certainly heading that way.

For the modern man, a couple of pairs of jeans and a handful of t-shirts no longer cuts the mustard, and you can be sure that over the next few years brands will be doing all they can to ensure they secure a slice of the lucrative male fashion pie – with more and more ads and campaigns directly targeting men.

This should only serve to accelerate the trend.

So, in the future will it be the man dragging the woman round the shops on a Saturday afternoon instead of the other way round? Time will tell.

Jordan is the owner of Mr Style – collating the best in men’s fashion for the modern gentleman.

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We all love shopping and finding those wonderful pieces that we adore for years. It’s about time that we give the same attention to our smalls! Lingerie can be such a wonderful addition to your wardrobe; it can give confidence, add a luxurious feel to an outfit and simply brighten up your day.

Handmade lingerie is the ultimate confidence boost. There’s nothing better than knowing that the clothes that you wear have been given the utmost attention and care before they make it through your door.

Michelle Star is a fashion blogger with a special passion for lingerie and says: “Have a look at some of these examples and my list of the top websites that specialise in handmade lingerie. There’s sure to be something that will take your breath away…”

Mauve Sable Set by Bunnysmalls

The Mauve Sable Bandeau is just £18 and with matching knickers at £32, they’re an absolute bargain.  This set is made with delicate stretch lace for a pretty, girly effect. Bunnysmalls’ products are all made in the UK and feature UK sourced fabric. This website is full of gorgeous designs and definitely worth a look.

Red Cherry Cutie corset by Frantic About Frances

This cheery number is a steel-boned, under-bust corset in a cherry red.  Made from satin with a cream lace trim, it’s topped off with cherry buttons at the centre front. A cute little addition to your wardrobe at £220, it’s adjustable at the back with black lace-up detail.  Frantic about Francis is a vintage-inspired company that hails designs from the pin-up era and has featured in Vogue during the last year!

Juliet Babydoll Set by Luva Huva

This cute babydoll set is £44 from Luva Huva, a company based in London that creates ethical, handmade pieces.  Their clothes are ethically sourced and made from sustainable fabrics. At such a reasonable price, it’s rude to say no.

Luxury gold silk bra set by Lucile & Co.

This set from Lucile & Co. is stunning! Made from luxury pale gold silk and black lace, the bra is £113 and comes with a choice of knickers; tie-back, lace back or thong. Lucile & Co. create all their pieces in England to the highest of standards. This company is the most prestigious of brands, founded by Lady Duff-Gordon, who is the founder of the modern padded bra, and is rooted in lingerie’s historic foundations.

Pear Drop playsuit by Fred & Ginger

This beautiful playsuit is from the Candy Girl collection. Made from shimmery pink silk-chiffon, its draped design flatters all body shapes. It’s backless sash-tie design is beautifully feminine and a real investment piece at £210 – but worth the cost for the quality you’ll be getting!

Dainty Bess playsuit by The Last English Rose

This beautiful silk playsuit by The Last English Rose, available at handmade lingerie ‘superstore’ Esty Lingerie, is made with silk satin, printed silk cups and a Nottingham Lace finish. It’s £115 so an investment piece again, but worth every penny. The Last English Rose is a British company based in London that specialises in handmade silk lingerie. Ranges are beautifully named, from Gentle Hermione to Teasing Georgia.

Harlow bra set by Gilda & Pearl

This piece is made from antique-gold French lever’s lace and pure silk satin. From the Harlow collection at Gilda & Pearl, you can choose from bow bra, baby-doll, cover-up, tie-side knickers or classic knickers – or splash out and buy the whole lot! Match with the Harlow Kimono for real boudoir glamour. Prices start at £42 in this collection. Gilda & Pearl was founded by Louise Hudson and all designs are created in the UK.

Pandora satin & tulle bra set by Baby Grand

A gorgeous set from this Baby Grand Lingerie that includes options for all tastes. Based on 1940s and 50s sirens and film noir style, Pandora in a beautiful bra set available various colours to sui your personal taste. Baby Grand is a luxury brand that prides itself on aesthetics and service. This bra is £69 and the knickers £59.

There’s my list of my favourite 8 handmade lingerie sets. I could list 100 more but for now, today at least, these are my favourites. What are yours? I’ve love to hear them and maybe discover some new handmade lingerie brands so please leave me a comment below…

Michelle Star is a fashion blogger with a special passion for lingerie.

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Charles Frederick Worth was the first designer to have his label sewn into garments he created, ultimately fortifying him in the history books as the first person to have a brand logo on clothing.

This occurred in the 19th century, when fashion houses were run by individual designers instead of corporations owning brands.

Since the 19th century, there have been some great fashion innovations and unique fashion trends that described a certain point in time. On the contrary, there have also been some horrible fashion designs that started as trends, but ended as ample firewood supplements.

Since the inception of the industry, fashion enthusiast and industry professionals have been attempting to create trends that stick. Using different “hit or miss” techniques, CEO’s have come to realize that there are a few major factors that separate fashion successes from fashion failures.

In addition to the clothing industry, fashion goes beyond just apparel – people can create fashion trends with jewelry or tattoos.

Below are a few tips for avoiding fashion failures within your industry and hopefully help your organization come up with the next big thing.

What Makes a Fashion Trend?

Think of Trends like Basic Physics – Newton once said, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The same concept can be applied to fashion trends purely because actions promote reactions with consumers across the world. In general, bold colors and exaggerated shapes promote happiness and cheer. Consumers often associate bold colors and crazy designs to different geographical areas and season changes. Bright colors are for summer, while plain colors for winter. In addition, New York fashion is substantially different from Florida fashion throughout the year. This is why it is imperative to understand your consumer and their personality.

Know the Personality – If you ask any industry professional or fashion student what the process is for creating a successful trend they will most likely say, “Know your consumer’s personality and build designs based on personal values and attributes.” Whether you are selling tattoo services or clothing products, it is imperative to target a type of person and concentrate on behavioral economics more than supply and demand. Eventually, very successful trends come through critical mass induced by public figures or various well-known groups throughout the world. Prior to that critical mass point, staying true to the brand image is essential for perception.

Take Risks & Be Creative – Fashion trends that often plummet are the ones that fall into the traditional mold of previous innovations. Taking risks on what you think consumers will want to consume is the only way to become a trendsetter and is entirely based on timing. Without proper timing, fashion trends will perish. For example, during a time of economic decline in a country, people want to come together and unite – this ultimately makes individuality pieces less popular on a massive scale. Fashion is often a reflection of social norms and time-sensitive conditions of a community. Some fashion trends become traditions, while others are completely based on the mental conditioning of the surrounding community. Always understand what message and position your design and brand is willing to take in order to maximize market share.

Expand Your Research – Although there is no single source for a trend to occur and take hold of a community, most trends traditionally follow a few factors. These factors include film, art, pop culture, and socio-political movements. A great example of trendiness is the hippie, free-living culture of the mid-20th century. People of that time valued self-expression, love, and free-spirit living – the fashion of that time also reflected the times.

Ultimately, ordinary people drive the sales and build critical mass of fashion trends. With that said, a few individuals seem to drive the actual trend initially and through the beginning stages of acceptance. Fashion trends do not succeed purely on celebrity support, but if the community initially accepts the trend, celebrity influence is usually the driver of continuous expansion. Therefore, if you can influence the powerful few, you’ll have a successful trend – at least for the short-term.

The writer of this article, Matthew Hall, is a fashion blogger who strives to learn what makes some brands succeed, and what makes others fall. For those looking to take advantage of the temporary tattoo trend, he highly recommends paying a visit to blingtattoos.com. You can learn more about Matthew on Google+.

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