Differences Between Vintage And Second Hand Clothes

When it comes to clothes, there tend to be a lot of things we want. We want clothes that look good, fit well, last a long time, let us express our taste and, often, don’t cost us the Earth. For many people, the clothes sold in the big brand stores just don’t tick all the boxes, and so two different forms of seeking out different styles have really thrived over the last few years – vintage, and second hand clothes shopping.

While these both generally mean buying clothes that have belonged to and been worn by people already, this is pretty much where the similarity ends, and fans of both ‘thrift shop’ style shopping and vintage fashion tend to be annoyed when the uninitiated confuse the two things. Here we take a look at where vintage and general second hand clothes shopping differ:

Price!

The main motivator for second hand shopping is that you can pick up something you like for far less money than you can buying clothes new. Much like buying a used car means you can afford a higher end vehicle than buying new, when you shop second hand you can often pick up designer items for a fraction of their original price because they have been used and are no longer a part of the designers’ current seasonal collections. By looking at sources like eBay, you’ll see that you will pay far less for a second hand accessory or item of clothing, while still being able to find something that fits with current trends – essentially, nobody has to know you got in second hand and didn’t spend big money.

With vintage clothing, the analogy is more like an antique piece of furniture than a second hand car. Vintage items are chosen because of their specific style and place in a particular fashion movement, and because they are rare (how many of the clothes you see in a mall today will be in a wearable state in 50 years or more?) they can cost a lot of money. Buy a Chanel bag from five years ago on eBay and it will cost much less than a brand new one, but buy one from fifty years back and it will cost a whole lot more.

Style Statements

As stated, the goal of second hand shopping, while you may be keen to find something a bit different from what every other person has on, is mainly to save money. This means you are likely to be looking for modern styles, similar to the things you would choose if you were to shop from current, brand new lines.

With vintage clothing, the choice to seek out and spend on pieces of clothing and accessories is usually part of a bigger style statement. Whether it is because you are part of a particular subculture where wearing clothes from a certain era is part of the scene, or you are simply drawn to the styles of the past and like creating cool looks by incorporating authentic pieces into your wardrobe, the intention is always to have something unusual, possibly unique.

Whether you love seeking out bargains or want to create eclectic or authentic styles people will really notice, shopping outside of the current lines in chain stores can offer some really cool opportunities!

Today’s guest author, Jenny Wadlow, is a freelance blogger. She is a fashion enthusiast and often gives out fashion tips in her articles. She is a huge fan of retro clothing and often suggests her readers to indulge in it.

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Luxury Hotels With Links To Fashion Designers

Indulge your passion for fashion by booking a holiday of a lifetime and stay in a hotel associated with your favourite designer. Read on to discover more about five sumptuously designed hotels with links with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

Armani Hotel, Milan

Opened in November 2012, this luxurious hotel is situated on Via Manzoni, in the heart of Milan, and Giorgio Armani designed every aspect of the 95 sophisticated guest rooms and suites.

The Armani Hotel Milano provides guests with a truly multi-sensual experience. As soon you walk into the hotel, you’ll able to smell the Armani scent the fills the lobby. Your taste buds will be tantalised in the hotel’s restaurant, whilst the views across the city from the Armani / Bamboo Bar are a feast for the eyes.

The Round Hill Resort, Jamaica

The Round Hill Hotel and Villas Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has been popular with celebrities looking for an idyllic holiday destination since it opened in 1953. Guests over the years have included everyone from Grace Kelly to Heath Ledger, as well as fashion industry stalwarts like Anna Wintour, Tommy Hilfiger and Michel Kors.

This beautiful seaside resort consists of a hotel, Pineapple House, and 27 villas, one of which is owned by Ralph Lauren. Lauren has redesigned much of the property, including each of Pineapple House’s 36 guest rooms, creating a light, airy, contemporary take on traditional Caribbean décor.

Claridge’s Hotel, London

Claridge’s Hotel, in the fashionable London district of Mayfair, is often thought of as the epitome of British style and is a favourite with fashionistas. It’s known for its Art Deco features, particularly those in the elegant lobby area, some of which are original and some of which were restored from old photographs during a major renovation in 1996.

However, the hotel’s design also includes more contemporary design features, including twenty rooms and suites which were designed by Diane Von Furstenburg in 2010. In recent years, Claridge’s has also commissioned famous names to design its Christmas trees, including Alber Elbaz and John Galliano.

Palazzo Versace, Australia

For a fashion-themed, fun-filled luxury break down under, head to the Southport Spit on Australia’s Gold Coast and stay at Palazzo Versace. Opened in 2000, this opulent hotel was created by the House of Versace and the Sunland Group, and is designed in a distinctly Italian style.

You’ll need deep pockets to be able to afford a stay here – but splash out and you can soak up the spirit of Gianni Versace in style at this elegant 200 room hotel, which even has its own private marina.

Schlosshotel, Berlin

A stay at the Schlosshotel im Grunewald is a must for Karl Lagerfeld fans. This beautiful mansion in Berlin was constructed in 1912 for Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal advisor but later became a hotel.

Lagerfeld was commissioned to redesign the hotel’s décor in the 1990s and, although some of his more vibrant flourishes have since been removed by later owners, if you stay in the lavish Grunewald Suite, with its chic red and gold furnishings, you’ll be able to get a real sense of his design skills.

Whichever of these stunning hotels you choose to stay in, you’re sure to have a holiday experience to remember – just make sure you’re dressed to impress when you walk through the doors.

Further reading:

http://www.businessinsider.com/fashion-designers-have-infiltrated-nearly-every-part-of-the-hotel-business-2012-9

http://www.centurion-magazine.com/nc/sections/post/berlins-fashion-designer-hotel.html

Frankie is a travel and fashion blogger who loves to combine both interests in her writing.

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Ways to Wear a Polo Shirt this Summer

Fashion historians may disagree about the true origins of this wardrobe staple, but all would agree that the polo shirt is a timeless piece of clothing that will never go out of fashion. Whether you want to dress it up for a relaxed summer dinner, or keep it casual for a barbeque with friends, the polo shirt will remain a classic look for this summer. However you wear your polo shirt, be sure to avoid the fashion faux-pas of wearing the collar of your shirt turned up, unless, of course, you’re aiming for the French footballer crossed with Sloane Ranger look!

Here we look at the classic men’s polo shirt, and a variety of looks you achieve from styled up with a suit, to styled down with shorts, it’s a hot look this summer.

Modern Mod Culture

Wearing your polo shirt buttoned-up with a pair of jeans is a contemporary take on the Mod culture of the 1960s, and you can add different pieces of clothing to transform your look. Slim, straight line jeans with desert boots or loafers look great with a buttoned-up polo shirt, and if you want to add a semi-fine knit cardigan, or a Harrington jacket, all the better! For some extra detail, wearing jeans with turn-ups is an additional stylish option.

Casual with Chinos

Paired with a pair of chinos, and buttoned-down, a polo shirt rocks a fail-safe look for the summer. Tucked in will look great if you’ve been hitting the gym, but for those less than svelte, leaving your shirt un-tucked is more forgiving. For a smart/casual appearance in the hot weather, the polo shirt and chinos combination truly is a winner.

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Everyday Summer Style

A polo shirt worn with shorts isn’t just a style for the golfers amongst us; it can also produce an effortless, everyday look that’s just right for the summer. On its own, the polo shirt and shorts combo is casual and stylish, but for a smarter edge whilst keeping the unfussy look you can also add a blazer to your outfit. On holiday, the polo shirt is a much classier accompaniment to shorts than a wife-beater vest or logo t-shirt.

Laid-back Formality

A suit is a classic, if somewhat formal, staple in every man’s wardrobe, yet adding a polo shirt will allow you to look (and feel, as long as you select cotton!) cool on summer evenings. A polo shirt in this season’s bright colours worn with a neutral coloured suit is just the thing for injecting some personality into your summer look. Carefully consider the fabric and style of your choice of suit, as a dark coloured, woollen business suit will both look out of place and cause unwelcome sweltering in the sunshine! A seersucker or linen suit would work best for this look during the warmer summer months.

Light and Layered

For a semi-casual daytime look, a sleeveless sweater can be worn over a polo shirt to great effect. Worn with jeans or shorts, this look will stay on the relaxed, untailored side of casual, but you can also smarten it up by wearing tailored slim-line trousers and desert boots.

Whatever your particular style, the versatile polo shirt is one of the hottest looks for this summer, whichever way you choose to wear it. By combining one of Lyle & Scott’s golf polos with this season’s must-have trend of bright, strong colours, you can be certain of standing out in the crowd and making a strong style statement. Just make sure that you opt for a good quality cotton version of the classic polo.

 

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Japanese Fashion Subcultures

Everything is weirder in Japan! A cliche but true nevertheless. These weird Japanese fashion subcultures will surely make your jaw drop.

The many fashion subcultures in Japan vary greatly from clothing trends that we see across the United States and in many other countries. Fashion in Japan can be categorized into many popular, vibrant subculture categories. These styles are about more than mere garments; they communicate important messages about identity and social groups. Women in Japan are renowned for spending far more on clothing and cosmetic work each year that the average Western shopper. In the fashion world of Japan’s many subcultures that statement is especially true. Grown women, teenagers, and even young girls participate in elaborate wardrobe rituals for some of the everyday looks we will see below. These fashion trends are beginning to percolate around the world–and far beyond small, underground movements. Designers like Gwen Stefani are translating these trends for a global audience, with a fun and colorful effect. We examine a few of the fashion categories in Japanese subcultures below.

Kigurumin

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This trend may seem pretty outlandish, but for any girl who has ever gone to college classes in her pajamas (which includes nearly all girls), it may have some sense of familiarity, however small. This trend became popular in the early and middle years of the past decade, emerging around 2003. It is based off of the popular Kigurumini characters in Japan. These are the costumed cartoon characters that we all know from fairs and theme parks. The term Kigurumini combines Japanese words for “to wear” and “stuffed toy.” The female fashion trend that emerged from these characters allows women to do just that. Kigurumin became popular in Shibuya when young women began wearing oversized pajamas made to look like cartoon characters–as part of their everyday dress. Sometimes called “disguise pajamas” this articles of clothing allowed for unique experimentation with fashion. Popular characters include Winnie the Pooh, Hello Kitty, and Pikachu.

Decora

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This fashion subculture has become so popular in Japan that it is essentially mainstream. Its name implies a lot about the characteristics of this style, in which young women decorate themselves in wild color combinations and textures. The essential element of Decora is kawaii, which means “cuteness.” This look is all about channeling the cute elements of childhood into adult wear. Sometimes confused for the fashion subculture of FRUiTS, which gets its name from a popular Japanese photo magazine, Decora is truly set apart from other trends by its adherence to cute, childlike elements. Girls who wear Decora style are often seen in fuzzy, soft clothing. They wear Mary Jane shoes, miniskirts, and shirts that are often intentionally too small. If this is beginning to sound a little unusual…just wait. One of the most important fashion accessories of the Decora look is the use of toys, often fuzzy, plush stuffed animals with animated movements and talking sounds. Decora girls love the color pink, and they often dye their hair that color. Their childlike take on fashion means that often incorporate whimsical elements, such as handbags shaped like animals or heart-shaped sunglasses. There a lot of different variations within decora.

Lolita Fashion

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This subculture trend is one that has gained momentum around the world, thanks to the popularity of Anime and the unique stylings associated with this look. Lolita fashion involves dressing in a way that evokes childhood looks, as well as Rococo influences and Edwardian dress. This look emerged in the international fashion capital of Harajuku in Japan (this city from which Gwen Stefani took the name of her fashion line). Girls who wear Lolita dress choose ruffled, knee-length skirts that often have the look of a cupcake because of voluminous petticoats and undergarments. The ruffles of the petticoats are echoed on other parts of the ensemble, with ample lace and other intricate patterns. Childlike Mary Jane shoes are often associated with this look. Although Lolita, like Decora, borrows many elements from girlish or childlike fashion, it is not all about “cuteness.” The Edwardian quality of Lolita adds an element of modesty. Lolita looks can also range from feminine confections, as seen in Sweet Lolita, to hard-edged fashion in Punk Lolita. Gothic Lolita, which features black garments, smoky eyes, and red lips has become outrageously popular. One can find Lolita fashionistas, like the ones seen above, sporting heart-shaped handbags and floral dresses, or you may find Lolitas in full corsets, petticoats, and Goth makeup.

Ganguro

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Ganguro can be translated as “blackface” and its even more extreme offshoots Yamanba and manba (loosely translated as mountain hag) are one of the really extreme Japanese fashion subcultures. It is a rebellious fashon movement going against the traditional Japanese concepts of beauty of paleness, dark hair and modest neautral makeup. This style features extremely tanned skin (artificial or natural), bleached white hair or aggressive neon colored wigs and dreadlocks.

Simon works for Higherclick.com, a company, which brings awesome writers and cool companies together. This Guest post was written in behalf of their client Macy’s.com.

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Alessandra Ambrosio: Angel On The Rise

She’s a gorgeous Brazilian bombshell with a fantastic figure and a net worth many models can only dream of, and now the beautiful Alessandra Ambrosio has added a new venture to her already stellar career, creating her very own fashion line. The Victoria’s Secret Angel is spreading her wings and following the example set by fellow lingerie models Gisele Bundchen, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum, all of whom have tried their hand at creating designer clothing.

Alessandra Ambrosio is currently collaborating with long-established US fashion brand Cherokee to produce a collection of formal and casual wear for women, titled Alé by Alessandra. The brand is due to make its debut in Spring 2014, and will reportedly include items like designer jeans, blouses and maxi dresses – all reflecting Alessandra’s elegantly bohemian personal style.

Beauty and Brains

Alessandra enrolled in modelling classes at the age of twelve and was modelling professionally by age 15. Since then, she’s appeared in campaigns for Revlon, Guess and Dior, modelled on the runway for Chanel and Prada, and appeared on the covers of innumerable glossy fashion magazines. She takes her career very seriously, and this latest venture is no different. “This is not a hobby for me” says Alessandra Ambrosio. “I’ve been a fashion model for 15 years and designing is just an extension of my career… this is a business transition that I plan to have around for a long time”.

While she does plan to focus on the business side of fashion in the years to come, Alessandra has made it clear that she will also continue to model lingerie for Victoria’s Secret. She’s been one of the brand’s most iconic models since 2004, modelling a selection of memorable creations at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show over the years. Among these are the gemstone-and-diamond-encrusted Floral Fantasy Bra and a gorgeous lingerie ensemble crafted entirely from candy. Alessandra Ambrosio is also known as the first ambassador for the Victoria’s Secret PINK Collection.

Passion and Experience

Alessandra will be putting a great deal of love into her upcoming fashion line. “I know what I like and what I want to see” she says. “I want to be satisfied just as much as the next customer. I’m creating a brand that’s everything I am passionate about and have experience in”. The 31-year-old mother of two is widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful women, and as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it seems the lovely Alessandra Ambrosio has a beautiful heart as well. This is one Angel that’s sure to soar to great heights for years to come.

Nicky Warner is a London fashion blogger with a growing designer dress collection; she looks forward to adding one of Alessandra Ambrosio’s designs to her wardrobe.

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Kids Get Their Own Fashion Week

With the recent explosion in interest that premium children’s fashion has experienced it is hardly surprising that the designer collections which are becoming more and more common should find their way onto the catwalk. The last five years has seen a number of top designers introduce kids’ wear into their collections as junior celebrity fashion freaks like Suri Cruise are frequently pictured wearing expensive couture outfits. The publicity opportunities created by such youngsters have obviously not been lost on the designers and now junior apparel is to have its own fashion week in London.

Launch

The first Global Kids Fashion Week was held at London’s Freemason’s Hall 19 -20 March 2013 and showcased designer fashion labels like Junior Gaultier and Paul Smith alongside premium and emerging brands including Scotch R’Belle, Munster Kids and Diesel. The first day of the show will be a press event which will highlight trends for 2013/2014. On the second day the event will be open to the public with the proceeds from ticket sales being donated to the charity Kids Company who provide practical, emotional and educational support to under privileged children in our inner cities.

Entertainment

Fashion shows are not the only entertainment on offer at Kids Fashion Week. There will also be play activities which are being organised in conjunction with the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. There also activities provided by supporting products and brands like Little Bu child friendly nail polish and so the kids can look forward to both fashion inspiration and a liberal dose of dressing up and play. Refreshments will be on hand for worn out parents!

Further Events

It is hoped that Global Kids Fashion week will become a popular annual occasion and partner events are already on course in the Middle East, Australia and the United States. You never know there could be some celebrity visitors in evidence, popping in for a sneak preview of the new collections and no doubt showing off their kids’ latest designer outfits. The big question is whether the likes of Romeo Beckham will make starring appearances on the catwalk? Fresh from his recent engagement modelling for Burberry Beckham Junior would surely be the obvious choice as star of the Fashion Week show.

The Future

The world of children’s fashion looks set for a bright future. Images of celebrity offspring sporting the latest styles are inspiring an interest in kid’s fashion amongst parents and children alike. If you spot a celebrity’s child wearing something you like it only takes a matter of seconds to find out what it is and where you can buy it and so designers will be only too happy to provide clothing for these youngsters in the hope that they get pictured wearing it. Luxury children’s wear is a £500 million business in the UK alone and sales are growing twice as fast as for luxury women’s apparel. Junior designer clothing is most definitely an expanding market and that growth is set to continue for some time to come.

Sally Stacey is an enthusiastic blogger with a keen interest in what is happening in the world of fashion. She is currently writing on behalf of I dream elephants, online retailers of equisite clothing for kids.

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Hats Off

Celebrities For Whom Being Spotted Without A Hat Would Be As Rare As A Pig With Wings


Sometimes, our heads need a little extra assistance and that calls for some headgear. Some wear hats or caps for protection; some wear it for style, while some may wear headwear for religious purposes. Whatever the reason is, different types of headwear have been used by mankind since centuries now. Some people love wearing hats, while others don’t. Some look good in hats, while others are better off without them. However, there have been some famous people, who have loved their headgear and have donned them so well that it almost became their trademark, making it extremely rare to spot them without their bonnets. Here is my top 5 list of famous mad hatters!

Charlie Chaplin and his Bowler Hat

Probably the first thing that crosses your mind when you think of this legendary silent artist, is his quintessential bowler hat, his cane and his trademark moustache, which soon became classic symbols of Hollywood’s silent film era. The bowler hat became famous especially after Chaplin’s most memorable on-screen character “The Little Tramp”, also known as The Tramp, appeared in films like “City Lights” and “Modern Times”.

Jawaharlal Nehru and his Gandhi Cap

Getting its name from the iconic leader of the Indian Freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhi, the Gandhi cap is a white colored side cap, made out of khadi. The Gandhi cap was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi and later started being worn by his followers and other political activists during the Indian Independence Movement. However, perhaps the most significant advocate of the Gandhi cap, probably more than Mahatma Gandhi himself, was Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who was never seen sans his Gandhi cap.

Abraham Lincoln and his Stovepipe Hat

Without a doubt, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was the man behind the popularity the stovepipe hat. In contrast to most top-hats, the stovepipe hat is taller and straighter. Legend has it, that the famous president also kept important letters inside his hat! Well we shouldn’t be surprised, since top hats are so tall that even rabbits happen to hide in there!

David Evans (U2 guitarist) and his Skull Cap

The legendary U2 guitarist always tops off his ‘do with a black skull cap. Also famously known as “The Edge”, David Evans has never been seen without a hat or a skull cap since early 80’s. He always dons a black skull cap on all U2’s stage performances, songs and video. Moreover, even in photos from his daily life, the omnipresent black skull cap is always there.

Queen Elizabeth II and her fancy colorful hats

Ever since her accession to the throne more the 60 years ago, the Queen of England has also emerged as the ultimate queen of hats. It is said that the queen has donned more than 5,000 different hats throughout her reign since 1952. From brimless, floral designs to furry winter Cossack hats to bright hats adorned with bows, flowers and feathers, Her Majesty’s head has effortlessly pulled off all these hats as royally and gracefully as her crown.

These are some people whom you just can’t imagine or visualize without their trademark heard wear. There are many more famous celebrities who strut about with their distinctive and famous head pieces. However, these five definitely top the list.

Faith Cummings is the author of this delightful post. She feels that in our society ‘Clothes make the man’ and that is why it is necessary to look great at all times. She believes that wearing stylish hats can change your whole look and add up to your oomph factor.

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How To Achieve 1950s Style

1950s fashion is a flattering and timeless appreciation of the female form. It complements most body shapes and is all about perky breasts, nipped in waists and dramatic skirts. The clothing designs tend to be very modest in the sense that very little skin is on show, a sweet heart neckline is as low as the top will go, showing off minimum décolletage  and  the hemlines of skirts should finish around the mid calf area. The top half is fitted then the look can then be dramatically altered depending on how tight you dare to go with the lower half.

Support

As this look is about the female hourglass, good underwear is essential. It is  worth being professionally measured, most places provide this service for free, and be prepared to spend a little more money than a basic range to achieve supreme results.  A good bra should be an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe already and should be invested in to ensure you are getting the right support. A little extra lift can make a huge difference to an outfit and your confidence.

Another investment could be a structured corset. A daring and fabulously alluring undergarment that will smooth down the body’s natural lines and create a curve at the waist that can be as exaggerated as you are able to handle.

The full skirt

This is a playful and feminine look that completely hides your hips and thighs, reduces the look of your waist and balances out your top half, think American prom dresses. The movement and volume of the skirt allows for experimenting with bright patterns and co-ordinating or clashing petticoats.

The bomb shell

This is best achieved by having your clothes tailored to fit your form perfectly and the outcome can be exquisite. How tight you go will change the impact of this look, just ensure you can walk comfortably because a penguin waddle is impossible to style out.

Tailoring is worth the expense, especially if you are a fan of vintage and second hand shops. If you like the basic shape and design of an item, consider how it could be fitted for your shape.

The 1950s style is a celebration of female curves while simultaneously hiding a multitude of sins. Use the basic style as a starting point and adjust accordingly to bring it up to date and make it unique to you.

Thanks to Jane F for this post. Jane is a huge fan of fashion and contributes to several well-known blogs.

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Hot Trend Alert – Perspex Accessories

Upon hearing that the catwalks of the spring/summer 2013 fashion shows were packed with Perspex pieces and that this transparent, plastic-like material was tipped to be the hot new trend for 2013, even the most devoted fashion fans may have experienced a cold shiver. After all, models may be able to get away with wearing skintight, see-through plastic dresses, but the idea gives the rest of us nightmares.

The S/S 2013 shows were full of playful and exciting Perspex accessories, from pretty pink Perspex shoes to jewel-like clear bangles. There were even some clear plastic raincoats, jackets and boleros. This trend has now predictably spread to the world of celebrity, with trendsetters such as Beyoncé Knowles and Olivia Palermo embracing their new favourite accessory – the compact and clear Perspex clutch.

Get the look: Perspex clutch

If you are a newcomer to Perspex, a clear clutch is the perfect accessory to get you started. The best way to pull off this look is to choose a purse which matches your outfit and put this inside your clear clutch. Otherwise, everyone will be able to see the private contents of your purse rattling around inside the clutch. The clutch will still reflect the light and the colours of your outfit (wear something bright with it), as well as making you look incredibly fashion-forward.

Another way to embrace Perspex is in footwear. Perspex heels, where the side panels leading from the heel to the smallest amount of fabric at the toe, are hugely popular right now. Not only do they elongate the leg, as more is on display, but they also create an interesting visual effect, leaving everyone to wonder how exactly your shoes are staying on. Famous fans of the Perspex shoe include singers Rihanna and Beyonce, actresses Emma Stone and Kristen Stewart, and the reality star Kim Kardashian.

Get the look: Perspex heels

There are two ways to wear Perspex heels. You can either choose a pair with clear side panels, or you can pick a pair with a transparent heel. The first shoe should be black or a neutral solid colour, as the Perspex adds enough visual interest, but you can be more adventurous in terms of colour with the more subtle Perspex heeled shoe. The last thing to remember is to avoid looking like you are too ‘themed’ or you came in fancy dress, you shouldn’t wear any more Perspex with your clear panelled shoes. One transparent bangle is ok, but larger pieces of Perspex women’s clothing are out.

The good news is that Perspex is set to be a trend in women’s accessories, not in women’s clothing, so there’s no need to squeeze into that transparent dress just yet.

Christine Felton is a Writer at Fashion Union provider of on trend women’s clothing in the UK.

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Bathing Suits Angst

Bathing Suits Can Be Angst-Provoking

Most women get a bit apprehensive when it comes to trying on bathing suits and even more antsy when it is time to wear one in public. Granted, the majority of women do not have Victoria Secret model bodies, but you don’t have to be super tall and svelte to look good in a swimsuit.

How does a woman select the most flattering bathing suit? A good place to start is determining your body type so you can emphasize your best features and camouflage the worst parts. What type body do you have?

Pear shape

Are you a pear shape? This body is heavier on the bottom. The hips are bigger than the bust and the waist progressively slants out to the hips. Some refer to this body type as a triangle. When choosing a bathing suit, select one that adds size to your upper body and breasts, while showing off your small waist. Do not accentuate the lower body which is large. Wearing dark colors makes a person look smaller.

Try on a bathing suit featuring an asymmetrical skirt bottom, which makes your body look longer. Avoid boy shorts because they make you look thickset. If you want a one-piece opt for a bandeau type.

Straight body

Perhaps you have a straight body type where the hips and busts and essentially the same size, and the waist are a bit smaller than the bust and hips. Actress Cameron Diaz is a good example of a straight body type. There is not a lot of distinction between the waist and upper and lower body. This is a very common type, which is sometimes referred to as the ruler or rectangle.

The hips and bust are in balance, but the waist is not very definite. Straight types often have flat buttocks and agreeably shaped lower legs. When gaining weight, it occurs in the trunk and then in the arms and thighs.

The most flattering suit for this body type is a bikini with boy shorts or a tankini. The shorts make the hips look a little bigger, and a belted swimsuit gives the impression of a waistline. If your bust isn’t as big as you would like, buy a suit featuring patterns and details on the top.

Hour glass

Do you have a va-va voom hour glass body? If so, this means the hips and bust are the same size and the waist is well defined. The hour-glass body looks good in just about any kind of bathing suit. If you want to emphasize your breasts wear a triangle or halter top and triangular-shaped bottoms. Make your legs look longer by wearing high-cut bottoms.

Inverted Triangle

This type of body is big on top; the waist isn’t very evident, and the hips are slender. Do you remember the actress Bo Derek in the movie “Ten”? She has the quintessential inverted triangle body, featuring broad shoulders, a wide back and a large bust. The bottom may be rather flat in this type of body. When weight is gained it’s usually in the upper body and belly, but the legs are great. Choose a bathing suit that gives the illusion of a better defined waist. Wear high-cut  legs to show off your gams. Patterns on the bottom will give your buttocks more shape.

Oval

If your body is an oval, your waist is bigger than your hips and bust yet the hips aren’t as broad as the shoulders. Breasts are big. Choose a bathing suit that de-emphasizes the girth in your midsection and presents the appearance of a define wait. Show off your legs. Wear darker colors on the top because this is slimming. You can wear vertical stripes but avoid horizontal as well as small patterns and ruffles.

Diamond

In this body type, the waist is bigger than the hips and bust, and the shoulders aren’t as wide as the hips. Breasts aren’t particularly big. Wear a one-piece with a belt, creating a waistline. Balance your bust and shoulders with your hips. Show off your legs and arms. Choose a bathing suit top that makes your breasts look bigger. Ruffles or other details on the top will give the impression of a larger bosom.

Victoria Wong has written contents for many shopping websites. She also blogs on topics related to tips on shopping for clothing and lingerie with discounts from reputed online stores.

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