Looking through the majority of the collections this season, it seems like many designers are making sure their attires are youthful, cool and sexy. Are these elements required for a brand to be relevant? It really bothers me because I am starting to feel fashion may have lost it. What happened to elegance and power dressing? Clothes should make a woman to feel empowered and not an object of sexuality and lust?
Why is "cool" so hyped? Why do clothes have to be young and sexy to be smiled upon?
I think too much focus on the red carpet and celeb styleand not enough focus on real womenand real life cause this. And that the looks girls and young women favor are awful and elegance is the furthest trait from their goals. But, when you're young, you're very much influenced by what you see in the media, and sadly, there aren't any elegant young ladies as inspirations for these girls.
Few also think the sense of youth and sexiness will always be a dominating feeling in high fashion. It’s just easier to market. It's much easier to style a young girl to look older, more mature, even matronly and still look acceptable than to style an older model to look like she's sixteen. And older women and men know this.
I keep in mind wanting to be elegant when I was young. There are a number of famous examples of elegant young women, but in general I think it's difficult to be both quite young and elegant. I find elegance to be one of the rewards of age.
I'm all for being young at heart, but let's be real.....!
Ladies, when it comes to stylish, sexy footwear for summer, you've got a lot of choices. And as the great and glam Carrie Bradshaw of 'Sex and the City' once said, "We're talking about a woman's right to shoes."
There's no excuse to be stuck wearing yesterday's clunky disasters. It's time to clean out the closet and go shopping. And if you think you're boxed in with only selections of boring flats and wedges, think again.
Footwear for summer 2012 is sizzling hot. Look for shoe/sandal trends that pop in bright colors, like vivid yellows and oranges, hot pink, electric blue, etc. Nine West is offering up the 'Krysten' in their own yummy shades of Turquoise or Flamingo on a criss-cross platform with buckle closure, as featured in OK! magazine.
Or slip into a pair of sky high platforms if you dare. Jessica Simpson has never met a platform sole she didn't like, and this season she's designed a bunch of them, including the 'Barbara,' a sexy platform cage sandal that features a strappy stiletto design.
The 'Cordelia' Espadrille Wedge by Bandolino is adorably suede with a layered flower detail at the toe, braided espadrille heel, and a slingback strap. A smart choice that spells comfort and style, 24/7.
Maybe shining shoes are more your style. Gold or silver are classics that are on trend for summer 2012. It's metallic mania, if you will. 'Ariel' from BCBGeneration is the perfect pump for a glamorous night out on the town. It's a peep toe pump in a shiny gold, metallic leather upper.
Pastel-colored footwear is also very appealing for the summer. Try on any style in aqua, light yellow, or pale green. Nude is extra hot at the moment, too. Just look at the Royals' Kate Middleton in nude shoes again and again. Coach has a sophisticated pair in wheat, called the 'Sue Heel.' It features a rounded toe in nude leather with a straight, stacked heel.
Coach also offers up the 'Gwynn Wedge,'with a nautical blue striped canvas and leather strap on a 4 1/2" wedge heel. Stripes are the hottest accessory going at the moment, and these classic sandals have a modern edge that looks so right this summer.
If you've been wishing for the braided sandal to return, then summer 2012 is your time. Braiding on footwear is quite elegant, especially when the details are so intricate. You could never go wrong selecting the 'Tahira Black Braid' by Naturalizer. This is a lovely casual sandal thong in a 1 1/4" heel. The braiding in black, twists and loops, and fastens with a heel sling strap and buckle.
Summer footwear doesn't have to be dull or look typical. Look around, and you will see runway trends that maybe you thought you could never wear, like sexy transparent shoes, laced up sandals, metallic toes, sandals loaded with buckles, rivets, and the return of always chic, pointed toe shoes.
Remember: Fashion doesn't end at the hem of your dress or pants. Your covered feet complete the look. And when your summer footwear is right on trend, so are you.
As always there are two sides to a coin and the same holds true when it comes to fashionable dresses. While some prefers branded and original designs, few prefer to go with latest and popular trends or styles predominant in the fashion industry at present.
What you wear eventually makes you who you are. People dress according to their likes and personality and this has stood to be true for several generations now. A recent survey that was taken suggested diversified results in this context. Originality vs. Popularity has proven to be a tight battle.
And majority of people who were interviewed feels that more than looking good as per what the society thinks in a particular era, feeling comfortable and confident in what they wear is more important. Most people apparently wear a style that they like and something that makes them feel comfortable while wearing them.
Some people suggested that eventually what you wear according to your likes makes the style all the more original. Of course, popular designs are prevalent in every era or decade, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your personality would suit that featured design. You might also feel uncomfortable while wearing it and compromise just to stand out in the crowd. Fitting of the dress is also very important. It should neither be too loose nor too tight.
"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it."
Looking good and stylish depends upon self confidence and right attitude. It has nothing to do with popularity of the style or the originality of the style. The best thing you can ever do is experiment with your fashion sense which projects a very daring and bold image on your part. And when you carry your style around with the right attitude, you can pull that desired outlook brilliantly.
One can conclude by stating that majority of people haven’t lost their senses and blindly followed things as per market trends. They believe ultimately, it all comes down to what you like and what makes you comfortable.
We’re lucky enough to live in an age of some seriously inspirational older women, who have done much to prove that reaching 50 doesn’t mean an end to glamour, success and sophistication.
Recent research has shown that only a third of women aged 50-74 consider their age when shopping for clothes – a figure that stacks up when we consider the number of glamorous older women who have been given prominent modelling contracts for major high street retailers in recent years. This surge in 50+ role models means that older women are now investing in trendier pieces, and steering clear of the dowdy clothes that were previously the staple of the mature women.
Here are some of the women we have to thank for blazing a trail for 50+ style and glamour:
The former Mrs Jagger still looks amazing, and proves that glamour is often as simple as a slick of red lipstick. Her style is simple and chic, and includes black suits and tailored jackets.
Dame Helen has been flying the flag for over-50’s style for many years, and still looks fantastic, as some of her recent bikini shots revealed. She nails red carpet glamour by refusing to shy away from showing off her assets, without being inappropriate. She looks great in evening maxi dresses with classic accessories.
The editor of US Vogue, Anna Wintour always looks stylish and perfectly turned out. She favours tailored clothes with sharp lines, like pencil skirts, but is also known for her huge fur coats, shades and trademark blunt bob. She is living proof that style, glamour and success are more potent than ever after 50.
In her role in Sex and the City, Kim was always the sexy one – and she’s just as glamorous in real life. She pulls off the sexy look brilliantly, with low plunging necklines and fitted dresses.
Diane is known for her stylish and effortlessly cool take on menswear, and she still looks as fabulous as ever. She wears hats and masculine tailoring, pulling it all together with a great pair of heels.
With her M&S campaigns, Twiggy has bounced back into the spotlight as a stylish 50+ lady. She’s been credited with helping older women feel that they can still wear fashionable clothes, and look fantastic in the process.
I really wondered what this duck boot is when I first heard about it. Did you? Why is it named so? Well it has a great sense behind. The upper section of the shoes are made using water repellant fabric called, duck cloth canvass and bottom has rubber sole. So it’s quite obvious it’s meant for rainy season and is called as the DUCK BOOT.
Way back these shoes were used as hunting shoes, comfortable to walk on snow and water. This shoe is first invented in 1912 by Leonwood Bean. He used a very interesting strategy to introduce his shoes to the mass. The very first lot of the shoes produced was handed over to his customers with a return back policy/ exchange policy. Unfortunately the first lot was not that big a success, though many customers bought the shoes, but were returned back due to non satisfaction. On this he reworked and dispatched a fresh lot to the customer’s back, which was a boom. His count for lovers kept increasing and its 100 years now that the duck book shoes are back in vogue with full swing. This time it’s not just the hunters but the college student also inn for the style.
Being fashionable!!! Is what all try every morning, right? Even I do. But the problem is pocket money. Which may be the same as last year and no increment, but the attires you need to pick up to keep trendy are becoming expensive every day, more than that often trends are changing. So how do we afford it?
Well let me tell you something interesting, I have sailed the same boat for some time now.
Finally today I have made fashion affordable for myself.
1. Accessories are the best way out. It gives you class when worn properly. Put on a plain tee with Denim or a skirt, high heels, a scarf around your neck, with studs. Just take care of the colors blended together. Prefer printed or contrast stoles over plain attire.
2. Tap a long chain on a plain tee and Denim combo, with a thin belt on the waist, if you have wear boots or flats will do well.
3. For a club visit, wear a plain attire may be a dress or trousers and add baling to it with earrings and may be a clutch bags and heels.
It is not always needed to buy expensive dresses. But when you have budget constraints I will suggest to pick and choose more of accessories as you can mix match and have a new look every day .Then pick up basic like solid color dresses, plain tee, dark color denims etc.
The other way to look elegant and trendy is to go for more of bright color attires, (it can be basic stuff) but the colors have a class of their own, they stand out.
"Select the perfect scarf to mix along with the style of your outfit."
A scarf is a piece of cloth which is mostly used to cover head and as a safeguard against unfriendly sun, dust and grime. But today it is a fashion accessory which completes womenattire. It is worn around the neck and looks beautiful over dresses for both casual and formal dress. There are literally millions of choices as the Fashion scarf comes in a wide variety. It is long adequate to tie around the neck and with generous cloth flaunt in style. It enhances the look, adds appeal to the individuality and above all completes an outfit. This simple looking piece of cloth can do wonders with your attire and look.
Girls, especially teenagers should have a good set of Fashion scarf of varied colors and lengths. This allows a girl to select the perfect scarf to mix along with the style of her outfit, shoes or even bag. These scarves can also be used in place of a necklace. Many designer scarves are available in the market look like a necklace. It is a versatile piece of fashion accessories that has been in vogue for centuries. Girls use it to cover their face when there is a dust storm and also flaunt it in style when there is a party.
"Scarves can’t hide a worst outfit."
Though the common of wearing fashion scarves are to place it around the neck, people have found several ways of wearing a scarf. An extra-long scarf tied around the neck looks pretty with skinny jeans or a blazer. Apart from being a neck and shoulder accessory, it can also be worn in trendy conduct like with a solid-colored skirt or pant. Just tie a printed scarf around your waist to use it as a belt (alternate) and add a splash of bright color to your already beautiful outfit.
The fashion scarves can be categorized into a short scarf and long scarf which is also called as shawl. The material used for making scarves includes cotton, silk and wool. Choose the scarf according to your like and weather conditions. On a warm evening, you can use cotton scarves. But for chilly days, its better you go with a shawl. Scarves can also be differentiated according to their length. You can find short scarves, long and extra long scarves. Each scarf is made and designed to accomplish a specific purpose. Just check how the models wear scarves before choosing your scarves.
Make up plays a special part in the grooming of one’s personality. Make-Up is a common term which means to be more presentable. This is an immeasurable term and has many more meaning but usually it is referred to as the make up of face and hands and foots of both women and men.
Make Up is one of the fundamental needs of the women and men as well of today. With the change of era and transformation of other things of life, make up also revolutionized with the modernization of thoughts. Make Up normally include, hairstyle, eye make up, face make up, lip make up , nail make up, and toe make-up.
Here one can see about Latest Lips Make Up Trend. Lips are the prominent part of the face, so more people focus more on this. A Lip stick is a type of cosmetic, used for the lips. This can be of single color having different shades. Following are some of the pictures shown for Latest Lips Make Up Trend, These are exclusive and inspirational lip make up styles. These are implemented by the experienced make up masters. So you have got an idea about how crazy the teens will use these types of Lip Stick fashion trends.
Women and teen girls are always particularly conscious about their looks and style. And when we talk about Valentine’s Day, it becomes further special to look stylish, trendy and dazzling personality. Women's dressing is the central part of their looks. Here are the tips by which one can have the trendiest looks on Valentine’s Day 2012!
Just keep little stuff in your mind like type of dressing, stitching design of your dressing, your makeup and hair style, your shoes and jewellery and hand bags' choice! These all things are much significant while building up a trendy and up to date personality.
First of all floral colors to be worn on Valentine’s Day like reds, pinks and other colorful floral colors as Valentine’s Day’s peculiarity is attached with the flowers. Flowers are the sign of love, affection, peace and romantic mood. So these colors will be the best choice on promising occasion of Valentine’s Day. Redcolor to be rock this year too, like previous years! Because it's the color of your heart and is the symbol of your love for someone special. All exciting floral colors will give you an awesome look on this occasion.
One can wear red colored tops, skirts and pants. Pinks are also a nice trend on this occasion. You have to go with some prints that are much lively to express your feelings to your loved ones.
Now the shoes, tips that are one have to go with sexy high heel shoes, stilettos and pumps. These kinds of shoes will look gorgeous on Valentine’s Day, giving you romantic and sexy looks on your dates.
Stunning bracelets and chunky earrings will go rocking with your red or pink colored dress. Beautiful clutches would be the best hand bags on your dates of Valentine’s Day. Color idea of your all accessories must be in accordance to the color of your dressing, this point is very important in styling yourself!
Various trends are introduced by fashion designers for the year 2012. And here are some suitable and the most romantic trends for one to give you a complete guide about the fashion trends of Valentine’s Day 2012.
I don't think that this is a trend; it's just something you do when you consider the shirt is better tucked in or just left out. It’s nice when it seems effortless, but when you go through town and see everyone is doing this same thing...
You can find this type of style among the teens and even for few, this might be a habit. Any way it not so vulgar and any one can try this (both male and female).