For some reason modesty has gotten a bad name in recent years. Many people claim that modesty, especially in clothing, is destructive to women’s rights and hampers their ability to express their personality and sexuality; however, it can be said that modern fashion trends are actually causing more harm than good by over sexualizing young girls and instilling deep body image issues in their minds. If you are a woman who wants to take a different approach with your wardrobe and try some new styles, an attitude of modest dress can be a good thing. When you start to build your collection of more modest pieces there are many things that you will need to keep in mind.

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Wear Larger Sizes

The first thing that you will notice about modest clothing designs is that they are much looser and in larger sizes than you have been wearing before. If you simply replace the short and skin baring clothing that you were wearing before with clothes that are so tight that they leave nothing to the imagination, you will not have accomplished the goal of modesty. The clothing should drape off of your body, not cling to it, and you will need to add an inch or two to your measurements in order to get clothing that fits you correctly. Before you make a large purchase check with the store or the website to see what kind of recommendations they have for sizing. For instance, a site like Fashion Undercover recommends a two inch margin of error for a good fit, while some other sites will recommend up to three or four inches.

Lower The Hem

Another thing that you will want to watch out for is the length of the hem on your skirts and dresses. A good rule of thumb is that the skirt or dress should reach your ankle, which gives you the freedom to move around, but still keeps your legs covered. The most formal gowns and dresses that you can purchase may go all the way to the floor, so it is a good idea to wear heels with them so that the hem does not get caught on anything on the ground. At the same time, your dress should not have any kind of slit or cut in the back or sides that would expose your legs when you move, as that range of motion can be provided by pleats in the skirt instead. Lower hems also apply to your sleeve length. Tunic dresses and kurtis, the most commonly available tops that are hailed for their modest appearance, will almost always come with sleeves that are at least three quarters, with many of them extending all of the way to the wrist.

Raise The Neck

You will also discover that most modest clothing choices do not have low cut necks and they will not expose your cleavage to the world. The neck line of your dresses or tops should come all the way to your shoulder bones and the fit around the neck should be tight enough that when you bend over your top does not fall open. In some cases a slightly lower cut is ok for the neck line, but you will want to make certain that the collar of the top does not dip all the way to the top of the breasts.

Modesty in clothing is not new, but its growing popularity in the United States is something the culture has never seen before. When you start to dress more modestly you will notice that people treat you a little differently and your interactions with those around you will change somewhat, but these will be positive changes in the long run that you will appreciate.

 

Guest feature from Susan Bahri who tells us that she has been trying to instill the values of modest dress in my children for the last sixteen years. I wrote this article to talk about some of the issues I have had to discuss with my daughters when they brought home clothing that my husband and I deemed unacceptable.

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I think it is fair to say that I am a little older than the target market of some of the fashion shops on the high street. I am 50 but have no desire to be consigned to the scrap heap or to wear frumpy clothes. I am not saying that I want to walk down the high street in a cropped top and mini skirt but I am not ready for the twin set yet and still enjoy exploring new looks. Whilst I may look a little older than the average visitor to some of the stores nobody seems to give me a second glance but the real issue I encounter is sizing.

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Deliberate Exlusion

I often wondered why the garments in some of the stores seem to be available only in small sizes. I am not exactly huge and usually require a UK size 12 or 14 and yet some brands don’t offer these sizes. It is always depressing when I have to buy an XL in Desigual and there are other shops where everything is too small. I honestly thought that the brands concerned just believed that only very slim, young people would be interested in their clothes but I now realise that they are using sizing as a means of control over their client base.

Brand Positioning

I must have had my head in a bag for the last few years because I simply didn’t realise that some labels are anxious to define their own customers and deliberately exclude those who don’t fit the profile. They want only the coolest people to wear their garments and keep the rest of us away by offering nothing that would fit us. They believe this tactic strengthens their brand but I think they are wrong. The worst offenders have been Abercrombie and Fitch who clearly believed that people like me were deeply uncool and not to be seen in their clothes.

Only Slim Will Do

This is brand which until now has only offered clothing in sizes up to a UK 10 for women and 24 waist for men which strikes me as rather short sighted. I know many brands see great strength in establishing a niche market for themselves but in fashion retailing the exclusion of most of your potential clients is probably not such a great idea and so it has proved to be.

Falling Down

Abercrombie and Fitch had seen profits slump and the value of its stock plummet and now, a little after the fact, they are to bring larger sizes into their stores. The notion that only very slim people can be cool is ridiculous as is a brand positioning policy which openly declares that you only want slim people to wear your clothes. It remains to be seen whether a change of policy will lead to an upturn in the company’s fortunes but it certainly won’t do it any harm. They might want to take a look at their pricing too. Their styles are only T shirts and hoodies for Christ sake, not haute couture, but many youngsters simply can’t afford to buy them.

Choices

With the amount of choice now on offer it will pay to be inclusive. I look forward to the day when I can buy clothes that will fit me in any store and that includes Jeans. It is extremely provoking that designer jeans are only ever available in ludicrously long lengths. Most women are not 6ft tall so this must have been an exclusionary tactic too. I have grown sick and tired of jeans which extend miles beyond the ends of my feet and I really can’t be bothered to take them up. There is plenty of choice out there whether you are looking for jeans, hoodies or anything else and so it is time for certain labels to change their policy or disappear.

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Sally Stacey is a keen writer and business owner who divides her time between writing and running her bridal shop where dresses are available in all sizes!

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Buying lingerie for your significant other is not the dangerous waters you may think. You’ll find that with a little guidance and some good judgment, you can make her happy which, of course, makes you happy.

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Thoughtful

When you buy lingerie for someone, you are buying a very personal item. Even if you are buying a wedding gift, lingerie is still very personal. When you purchase one of these items for a loved one, you are showing that you’re taking time out to think of them in particular. One of the nicest things about this is that you are also telling your spouse that you love her. Face it, it takes a little more thought to purchase lingerie. You don’t want to buy racy items that will make her feel cheap, but you don’t want to go too far the other way and make her feel like a grandma. You usually have to know your significant other quite well to make those selections, and the thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed.

Build Her Ego

You can build her ego with a thoughtful selection of lingerie. Many women lose their confidence as they age, have babies, and gain, lose, and gain weight again. With a nice choice of lingerie, you are acknowledging her femininity and attractiveness. A chemise night set can be plenty sexy, yet modest, and is intimate enough to let her know that you find her attractive without being overtly racy. A satin robe is luxurious, and can make any woman feel appreciated. If you want to include a racy little thong and cami, go ahead – with the robe, you’re giving her the option of being modest when she is so inclined. When you buy her lingerie, you are telling her that you like her looks, and that you want her to feel pretty.

Sexy or Not

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So often, men think that if they buy their woman lingerie, they have to buy something sexy. However, most will agree that the nightie itself is not as sexy as the woman in it. If you’re into role-playing, that’s something different. Here, we’re talking about lace, studs, thongs, bras, and fabrics. Believe it or not, a woman will go buy weird or kinky stuff for herself, so that she can please her man. You want to reinforce that you find her to be beautiful and sexy on her own. So, think in terms of buying satin, soft materials with cotton gussets. If an item has lace, feel of the lace. Pull it across your arm – if it feels scratchy, and snags the hair on your arm, it won’t be comfortable for her to wear. Most lace is very rough and scratchy.

Take Requests

Has she asked for any particular item of lingerie? If she has asked for it, see if you can find it. Some women want specific items. In such cases, you can probably get the sizes from her. This makes it much easier to go shopping,

Nina Edwards loves to talk about all things fashion, whether it’s lingerie, brand names or budget clothing. She enjoys giving advice and currently works for Blushhh Lingerie.

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Plus size lingerie for ladies with a curvy figure

If you are a lady with curves then there is a lot of choice out there when it comes to lingerie and underwear. Plus size lingerie and plus size nightwear is available in flattering, feminine and comfortable styles.  Gone are the days where nightwear meant a big unflattering nightdress, now lounge wear, pyjamas and night dresses are made to make you look and feel great.

A lingerie shop window on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La. on March 11, 2008.


You don’t have to be thin to be sexy

Lingerie is now made in all sizes so a flattering corset, mesh baby doll, lace body stocking and sexy knickers are all made to fit your size and shape.  Corsets are very popular due to their instant shape giving design.  You will immediately suck in all the excess weight, making you look thinner and feel desirable.  When you feel good about yourself you feel more confident and happier with your own body. You don’t have to be slim to look good, the plus size lingerie available now is slimming and will show off your best assets whilst disguising the parts you aren’t so keen on. A great look for a larger lady is a corset with mesh panties and lace stockings.  This look will draw the eye to your ample bust, slim your legs and show off your bottom whilst covering up things like cellulite and excess skin. Most men love a lady in this kind of lingerie and it makes a great gift for a special lady. Bras are also made to fit ladies with larger breasts.  The cups are well moulded to lift and separate the bust, offering a fantastic cleavage. This looks good both under clothes and when your clothes come off. Feeling good undressed is as important as feeling good dressed and the latest plus size lingerie will do just that.

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Feminine & Sexy

When it comes to bed time and passion is not on the cards you still want to feel feminine and sexy.  There are some wonderful plus size nightwear on the market, including baby dolls and teddies. These are comfortable to sleep in but will make you look amazing. The materials used will skim your curves, flattering and show casing your assets. Available in different colours and materials including lace and mesh, they will truly make you feel sensational. Fleece pyjamas are also popular and although not generally flattering, the latest plus size sleepwear is made to fit well and feel great. Nightdresses don’t have to be baggy tent like garments but are now available in different lengths, materials and styles.  A silk nightdress will skim over your body making you feel so feminine and gorgeous.  Wake up feeling glamorous in a mesh teddy. These are made to it different bust sizes, making sure you are well supported whist you sleep, but look sexy and sensual.

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Whatever your size or shape there is lingerie and nightwear to suite you.  There are many different styles available, you can take your pick depending on your mood.  From nights of passion to a cosy night in, what you wear will make you feel fantastic.

My name is Henry Jones and I am a regular writer on the lingerie market. My Boutique Shhh Secret Society for plus size lingerie and sleepwear amongst other things is my inspiration to have my finger on the pulse of the lingerie market. I have writen many articles on the subject of lingerie. Please connect with me on Facebook or Twitter if you want to read more from me.

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The mere thought of Christmas may cause you to break into a cold sweat, but before you start fretting about buying presents and sending cards to distant relatives, take a deep breath and remember: Christmas time is party time! So bring on the cracking tunes, office parties and last (but certainly not least) the party dresses.

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So is your party dress wardrobe in need of an upgrade? Then why not check out our guide to picking out the right one for you.

What’s the dress code?

You may think Christmas parties are all the same, but the location and theme should play a key part when it comes to identifying the perfect dress.

If the invite alludes to a black tie style, then why not dazzle with a head to toe sequin dress? Simple, yet elegant, this glamorous dress requires no accessories: slip it on, put your hair up and start sipping those cocktails.

Sequin Sweetheart Black Junior Party Dress

For a more casual, let-your-hair-down type theme, take a leap into a fabulous jumpsuit. Cheryl Cole may favour the leopard print style, but why not embrace the season and opt for a sparkly number or any number of brightly coloured pieces?

Remember to find the right balance between style and comfort. Once you’re at the venue, you want to be focussing on talking to people and enjoying yourself instead of worrying about what you’re wearing.

Picking a colour

Finding the right colour for you is crucial to achieving your desired look. But don’t overcomplicate things. By sticking to a few key guidelines, you’ll have your perfect colour picked out in no time.

Focus on a colour that will perfectly match your skin, hair and eye colour to give the desired look.

Those with a lighter complexion may want to opt for colours like white, cream, blue or pink. Be wary of anything too bright, as it may overshadow your own features.

Those of you with darker eyes and hair should embrace the seasonal colours and dazzle in dark red or black, being careful to avoid overly bright outfits. Top tip: Dorothy Perkins offers a wide selection of party dresses to suit every shape and personality this season.

Body shape

An ill-fitting outfit is a sure fire way to kill off your party buzz, so follow these simple rules to find a dress that works for your body shape. Even if you don’t quite manage to stick to the diet, the right outfit could help you to at least look like you’ve dropped a dress size.

If you’ve got fuller hips and thighs, then avoid a skirt that sits too high above the knee. Instead, focus on selecting a fabric that doesn’t cling to your body. And don’t be shy when it comes to adding colour or print.

Those with a bigger bust can go all out in a deep V-neck. Or rock a dress that will draw attention towards your legs by sitting an inch or two above the knee. Remember: the best way to cover up is often to simply draw attention to another feature.

When it comes to slimmer figures, consider a dress that’s nice and fitted at the waist and generally quite form-fitting to show off your shape and waist.

Accessorize

When it comes to adding that extra touch of glamour, bling or quirkiness, accessories are the answer.

If you’re going for the more casual look, why not add some chunky bracelets for extra effect? A more elegant look, meanwhile, can be boosted by some sparkly or colourful jewellery.

No matter what the occasion, a snazzy handbag adds that extra bit of detail and does wonders for your overall look. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Pick what you like and let your personality shine through.

Harriet Andrews is a fashion blogger from the UK who enjoys writing about seasonal warobes.

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If a man heard another guy talking about fashion, he would probably instantly assume he was ‘playing for the other team’, or something along those lines. But this really should not be the case. The way you dress is heavily linked to the way you appeal to a woman, so you should possibly consider re-thinking those baggy pants and stained shirts before you start knocking a guy for having a good taste in fashion, because he is bound to know what the ladies like, which is a man with class and good taste. We all know a ladies’ man is a man who dresses properly.

So, unless you’re already a ladies’ man with class and a good taste in fashion, you’re probably wondering how you can impress the ladies with your dress skills. Well, never fear, even the most unskilled fashion newbie can have all the class of Barney Stinson within days. The answer lies in Asian Fashion. When thinking of Men’s fashion, the first thing that comes to mind will probably not be Asian fashion, but, let me assure you, Asian fashion for men is a huge industry.

Asian fashion is cheap, affordable, of good quality, and has amazing availability for anyone who is interested, assuming you have a good internet connection, that is. Once you have decided on what it is that you want, you can have fashionable clothes waiting for you in a box at your front door within days. Asian fashion websites are easy to order from and have a spectacularly wide range of clothing available for you for insanely cheap prices.

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You should already know the importance of dressing up well if you are a man. Fashion is not only for women. If you are going on a date or you have an important business meeting, or even if you are hanging out with your friends, what you wear can be really important to how the situation can pan out. Imagine if you turned up to a job interview in your pyjamas, or a date with a really cute girl in some ripped pants and a stained shirt! It most likely would not go your way. Instead, why not turn up to that job interview in a clean pressed suit, and that date with the girl you like in some stylish clothes to really knock her socks off. Asian fashion for men can definitely help you with all of these things.

So now that you know the importance of dressing well, no matter what the occasion (maybe you did already), why not get interested and take a look at some Asian men’s fashion? I’m sure you will like it, and no doubt your girlfriend will too. Asian fashion looks good, especially for men, and I really recommend you give it a try, and see what your friends say. After all, fashion isn’t only for women, especially not Asian fashion.

Frank recommends to check Asian jackets, sweaters, t-shirts and pants for men, and some other stylish Men’s fashion on coco-fashion.com – and ensure you will be inspired by that style.

The author of this piece – Frank writes for known fashion magazines worldwide, he’s addicted to fashion news.

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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and so for many guys, they can be an easy (if expensive) go to gift to get the lady in their life at Christmas time. Most women do indeed love receiving expensive and attractive jewellery, and it will certainly show you have gone to some effort, however actually, it isn’t always as good of an idea as it sounds.

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If you are contemplating any sort of diamond jewelleryfor your girlfriend this Christmas, here are a few things to consider before you take the plunge and shell out!

Do You Actually Understand Her Taste?

If you haven’t been together for long, or, if you are just a guy who has no idea at all about women’s fashion and doesn’t pay all that much attention to what she wears, it could well be that you don’t really know what she would like in terms of jewellery. This isn’t a bad reflection on you, some couples go their whole lives quite happily without every really understanding each other when it comes to taste in clothes and other aesthetic things, but it does mean that you may get the choice very wrong.

Don’t assume that just because it has a diamond in it any woman would be happy to own it. If your girlfriend is a sporty, casual type of girl she may have no use whatsoever for some Audrey Hepburn diamond earrings, whereas if she likes the finer things in terms of her jewelry a fun, blingy necklace that another girl might love might be quite unappealing to her. Some girls don’t even like the idea of wearing fine jewelleryand prefer more natural stuff made of things like wood and beads. Think about what you have seen her wear or any conversations you have had about what she likes, and if this doesn’t inspire you, forget jewellery and buy her something else instead – for some women a new iPod or vacuum cleaner is better than a necklace anyway!

Will It Be Misunderstood?

Diamonds, unless you are a billionaire playboy who hands them out to every girl he meets, tend to be a gift only really given in a serious relationship. If you have only been dating her for a little while, they can actually be misunderstood as meaning more than they do. To you it might be that that diamond bracelet is a pretty gift she will like which might win you some points, but to her it could be seen as a symbol of undying love. Worse, if you have been together for a while but aren’t thinking marriage yet (or at all), never give her a diamond ring. It should be obvious why this may lead to a conversation you don’t want to have!

However, if you are in a long term relationship, are in love, and intend to give the diamond with the right sentiments behind it, there is often no substitute for diamond jewellery as a Christmas gift – assuming you are confident you can pick something she will love!

The author of this guest post, Nolan Grey, is a receptionist at Diamonds on Web, a leading provider of diamond stud earrings. In his free time, he loves to indulge himself in creative pursuits such as painting and sculpting.

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You want your wedding day to be perfect, like something out of a fairy tale. That means you need the perfect dress. Whether you are looking for a designer wedding dress, such as one designed by Jim Hjelm, or just something that gives you that ‘bride moment,’ you cannot go shopping for a wedding dress unprepared. The day you go out in search of your dress can be a great victory or a major disaster—it all depends on how well prepared you are beforehand. Here is what you need to know well before you can say yes to that perfect fairy tale dress.

Set Your Budget

One of the easiest ways to turn your shopping trip into a shopping flop is to not know how much you can—or should—be spending on your dress, explains TLC’s Randy Knows Best. You are asking for trouble if you walk into a bridal salon without a clear understanding of what your budget is, who is paying for it, and whether or not that budget has any room to budge at all. The last thing you want to do is put someone on the spot when you find a dress you love that is way out of your price range by asking them to help you make up the difference in the price.  Know what your budget it and really stick to it when trying on dresses—do not, under any circumstances, try on a dress you cannot afford. This can only lead to you falling in love with a dress you will not be able to buy.

Bring Someone with You, But Not Everyone

You do not want to shop alone. You will definitely want to hear opinions other than the consultant that is helping you, opinions from someone who really knows you. While you may feel the urge to invite your entire bridal party, your mom, your future mother-in-law, and a slew of other people, WikiHow warns this can be dangerous. Just as having no opinions is not a good scenario, having too many opinions is also a bad idea. The more people you have, the more opinions will be thrust your way, and you know as well as anyone that all those people you are thinking of bringing with you are never going to agree on what kind of dress you should wear on your special day. Just remember that when it comes down to it, it is your dress and it is the one you will have to wear on your wedding day, so while it is nice to have some feedback from the ones closest to you, they are just opinions.

Bring Your Accessories with You

When trying on dresses, you will want to bring any items you already have with you. This includes any special heirlooms or pieces of jewelry that you may want to wear on your wedding day or even your veil or headpiece. You will want to have these items with you to try on with the dresses to make sure they go well together.

No matter if you get a Jim Hjelm wedding dress or another designer dress, or something a bit simpler—it is your special day and if you feel like a bride in it that is all that matters. Be prepared for your day of dress shopping, but remember the most important thing is to have fun.

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Brandy Rogers is a wedding planner and blogger who has convered most aspects of weddings for a variety of sites all across the internet

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There appear to be two conflicting trends in successful fashion retailing at the moment and they are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Ultra cheap ranges from Asda and Primark are flying off the shelves but at the same time organic, eco-friendly products have seen a big surge in popularity. Can both sectors of the fashion industry continue to prosper or are they ultimately mutually exclusive?

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Choices

Whilst the economic downturn has driven many people into the arms of the budget retailers, increasing awareness of environmental issues has led many consumers to make ethical choices about the clothes they wear. Many brands wear their organic credentials as a badge of honour and it is gaining them a good client base amongst those who can afford to be choosy. The problem is that many people believe they do not have the choice but I am beginning to wonder if there really is a choice at all.

Organic Production

Non-organic textile production is extremely damaging to both people and the environment. The toxic chemicals in pesticides and dyes pollute the environment and are detrimental to the health of the workers. Many modern industrial processes use huge volumes of water too and then there is the issue of low paid workers in the factories producing the garments. At the end of the day if the world carries on like this we are going to have serious problems in the near future even producing crops with the soils degraded and the lack of water. We are surely also on the verge of a massive health scandal with many textile workers already suffering from respiratory problems and cancer as a result of working with the chemicals used to dye and sandblast our garments.

Driven by Obsession

The harmful production methods are driven by the thirst for cheap fashion in the developed world and our obsession with being trendy. The fashion industry ensures that new styles and colours are must have items every few months and perhaps it is time for us all to change our habits. We need to view clothing purchases as investments not things to be worn a couple of times and then discarded.

Value

Does it really matter if something is last year’s style? If we are going to right the wrongs, those on a limited budget should spend their money on a few wisely chosen pieces rather than a basket full of cheap rubbish that they will end up throwing away. I am one of those people and I have long ago ceased worrying about wearing the latest in thing mainly because it will be out again before I could ever get my money’s worth out of it. Everyone can afford ethical clothing if they simply accept that they can’t buy so much of it.

Selling Point

The surge in demand for eco-friendly fashion does at least show that some people have woken up and decided to make a stand by supporting ethical production. Many brands are now not just using organic textiles they are using the fact to promote their products. Some, like Seasalt in Cornwall, started the practice years ago and have had great success with their organic cotton stripey tops and t shirts. Now we are seeing a succession of Scandinavian brands like Katvig, Nudie Jeans and Righteous Fashion doing the same thing and demonstrating that you don’t have to sacrifice style to be ethical.

The Real Cost

Some people will always look for the cheapest deals not understanding that in terms of quality, longevity and ethics they are paying a very high price indeed. I guess for the time being cheap fashion will still dominate the high street but things are changing fast and fashion could be in a very different place in the not too distant future.

Sally Stacey is a professional writer who also owns a bridal shop and was on the board of a London based distribution company for 16 years. A frequent traveller for both leisure and business, Sally is always looking for a new adventure to write about.

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When it comes to choosing the right handbag there are several things you need to take into consideration, such as colour, shape, pattern and size. As a rule of thumb, your handbag should carry across the main theme of your outfit, but it should not match identically in colour or print because this causes clashes. Ideally, use it to pick out one or two colours which are played down in your clothes or shoes, or vice versa. We’ve included some advice on specific styles and what to wear them with, using carefully chosen high street and designer handbags from Style in View.

Tote Handbag

With a good designer tote bag you can generally wear anything, except for evening gowns of course! Dress your tote up with tailored trouser suits for the office, or use your designer handbag to add a bit of glamour to a casual outfit, such as skinny jeans and a tunic. This Fiorelli red tote bag shows how handbags can be classy yet fun. Use it on shopping trips or as a striking addition to a smart black suit, as the bright colour will lift up your outfit from the shadows.

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This tan Michael Kors bag will go with every colour, while the cross-body straps adds a practical twist to the traditional tote, allowing it to double up as an overnight bag or satchel with more casual looks.

Slouch Bag

To add a bit of contemporary fashion a slouch bag is great. These can be available in more interesting fabrics and textures than tote handbags and if that applies to your slouch bag, make sure it doesn’t clash with your outfit. If your handbag is patterned or has lots of detailing, aim for a fairly print-free outfit and vice versa. The shape of a slouch bag is also important; the bigger the better, as you can contrast with a slim-fit ensemble. Pair a handbag such as this white Dune Deja slouch bag with leggings or three-quarter length skinny jeans and a dark-coloured blazer.

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For the oversized shape of the bag to really accentuate your figure, roll your sleeves up so that your arms appear slim and elegant, and team with bangles for boho chic.

Casual Bag

Casual designer handbags are also becoming increasingly in vogue, with satchels one of the current most popular styles of bag. These are perfect for days out or even a casual yet practical addition to your work outfit. This Jasper Conran white faux leather satchel is both stylish and also can also be worn with sleek outfits such as tailored, high-waist trousers and a chiffon blouse, or with floaty floral dresses, and full skirt-cardigan combos. For a holiday alternative, opt for the navy striped version. A patterned bag must be worn with block colours and match at least one dominant colour in your outfit, so with navy and white stripes go for white wide-leg linen trousers, for example.

Clutch Bag

As opposed to the tote bag, the clutch can only really be worn with evening dresses, gowns or formal wear. Clutch bags with a chain are versatile for carrying but also work well for those with a wider middle as they won’t draw attention to your stomach. The clutch is generally considered an extension of your outfit, so it should match your shoes and scarf/jacket. If your outfit is quite plain then pick out clutches in metallic materials, bejewelled with diamantes, or that are embroidered to add some reflective light, such as this glitter envelope clutch by Julien Macdonald available through Style in View.

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