How to Keep Up With the Latest Fashions and Styles!

Are you stuck in a fashion rut? It happens to me once every three years. My problem is, that when I find a style I love, I want it to be fashionable forever.
Take bootleg trousers for example. I adored them. They made me look skinny, long legged and were suitable for work, shopping and clubs. Perfect!

What happened?

Skinny jeans happened and now jeggings.! (Jeggings are leggings styled to look like tight denim jeans.-just in case you’ve missed out on this particular fashion must have) Indeed my 15 year old cousin told me last week that he was wearing “meggings”. Apparently that’s the male version!

So how do you keep up with the latest fashions and styles?

Wardrobe workout!

Firstly I split my wardrobe into sections. “Classic Can Wear Forever” and “Was On-Trend At The Time,But Think I Need To Move On”. But stop, don’t throw those clothes in the bin just yet, keep them long enough and they will come back into fashion. A few years ago you wouldn’t have thought you’d ever be wearing shoulder pads would you?

So now there is space in your wardrobe, it’s time to update your style. Great, how do we start?

Personally I start with the fashion magazines and remember its not just clothes we are looking at, but hair, make up, nail varnish and a million and one different accessories.

I always plan for the season ahead, there is not much point in updating your summer wardrobe at the end of August. Prepare for Winter 2010. Have a good look at those magazines and get an idea of the colour trends, cuts and must have items. Circle the things that you like and start to build some outfits in your mind. Always bear in mind your shape, age and lifestyle. Restrictive ball gowns are not that great for doing the school run.

Have a fashioned themed party at home. Invite your friends and crack open a bottle of wine. Ask them to pick items they think you would look great in. Its sometimes interesting to find out how other people perceive you whilst remembering that your opinion is the most important.

Once you have got an idea of the outfits you want to create, its time to get down to money. Money talks. Set yourself a budget and stick with it. With all the high street competition available these days its easy to look on trend for less.

Be brave. Sometimes I dismiss the latest female fashion trends because they won’t suit me, but how do you really know if you never try them on. Set yourself a “try on” day and just keep trying different styles. You will be really surprised to see that clothes you would never normally dare to wear, can look super cool.

Once you have some staple outfits, accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.

Remember that you can also update older outfits with new accessories, scarves, gloves, headbands, handbags or shoes. Whilst on the subject of shoes, there is a simple fashion rule to remember, new season, new shape.

Now that your new wardrobe is finalised pick a new signature scent. Something to echo your new style, bohemian, youthful and whimsical or confident and powerful.

Fashion and Style – Exclusive Fashion Tips For Men

Fashion is a new trend that is commonly used in different areas, but mostly it talks about the latest clothing and accessories trends. Fashion has different touch on areas like interior designs, music and entertainment.

Fashion is for both men and women. Men have different ways of doing fashion, and generally they do fashion to get the attention of women and improve self confidence. Here are some tips that will give you basic insight of men fashions.

Size
Buying new and good looking clothes is kind of hard job because sometime you have to shop for hours and hours to find right clothes. Spending few hours for good clothes that fits on you is worth while. When you buy clothes, don’t buy too apparel that are too tight or too big. Until you get clothes that fit on your body, you need to keep on shopping. When you find one, never forget to try out in a changing room to see how you look on new clothes.

Simplicity Is Beauty
Men should look for clothes that have simple design or prints. Simplicity is pure beauty in this case. Make your selection of prints that have no more than three shades of color. You can add other accessories such as wrist watch, a necklace and a belt to add more shades on your dress. Tryout collared shirts and simple jeans if you prefer casual outfits.

Give Attention to Supporting Clothes
Supporting clothes shouldn’t be overlooked because if you do, they can create distractions. When you wear a sweatshirt or jacket, make sure that it matches your outfit. For instance, if you wear cotton pants, choose a cotton or blazer coat on top. While you go shopping, take a female companion with you. She might be your friend, girlfriend or your sister, just trust her judgment because most women have more or less knowledge on fashion.

Purchasing a Nice Pair of Shoes
Buying a shoe may not be that tough but finding one that fits is. You need to spend sometime in a shop to spot a right shoe for you from the hundreds of different shoes from the showcase. Women always pay attention on men’s shoes so you need to get one that looks clean and easy to wash.

Shaving
Shaving creams and aftershave are just easy to buy. Men usually shave two or four times a week. If you have a date, then you must look clean, if you are going for an interview, you must look clean. Use new types of razor. Today you can find double-edged to triple-edge razor, but be very careful because these razors are very sharp. You need to have antiseptic lotion just in case you cut your skin during shaving.

Sustainability, Fashion and New York City

So what does sustainability have to do with fashion? We all wear clothes on a regular basis, so why not pick greener alternatives that are healthier for us and the Earth? Our everyday choices about what we buy and where to shop have a major effect on the environment, and it’s even more dramatic when we take into consideration everyone else who lives here. What we buy affects not only the demand for the Earth’s natural resources, but also how these resources are manufactured into products and how they are disposed. By learning about the costs of what we purchase, we can start making informed shopping decisions that will protect our planet.

The nonprofit Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP) defines eco-fashion as clothes “that take into account the environment, the health of consumers and the working conditions of people in the fashion industry.” I’ve learned through my research that cotton accounts for 10% of the world’s annual pesticide consumption, which costs about $4 billion annually worldwide according to Earth Pledge, an organization that partners with business, communities and government to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices such as green roofs, local agriculture and eco-fashion. Cotton is also among the world’s most heavily irrigated crops, in part because water runs quickly off fields where beneficial soil organisms such as earthworms have been exterminated (J.C. Ryan and A.T. Durning, “Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things,” p. 22-23). This has caused major water pollution, chronic illness in farm workers, and devastating impacts on wildlife. In the United States, cancer rates in states that produce cotton are significantly higher than in neighboring states that do not. The acidic chemicals used to process synthetic fabrics find their way into our rivers and streams, lowering the pH and destroying ecosystems. And according to World Health Organization estimates, one-third of the 500,000 to two million victims of agrochemical poisonings worldwide are cotton farmers. Leslie Hoffman, head of Earth Pledge’s FutureFashion Initiative, believes that sustainable fashion is within reach and need not limit the range and quality of products that designers can offer, from couture to sportswear to home furnishings. By promoting eco-friendly products such as organic cotton, organic wool, corn fibers, recycled fabrics, biopolymers, natural dyes to industry and consumers, we can prove that style and sustainability can coexist – creating market demand and improving our environment and health. Other materials such as bamboo and hemp are faster growing, more durable, and more renewable than conventional textiles. The Inter Press Service article “CULTURE-ITALY: Eco-Fashions Find a Place in Shop Windows” also argues that recycling is another important component of eco-fashion, “not only for protecting the environment, but also for promoting conservation in big companies or recuperating materials in developing countries.”

I was able to participate in a number of Earth Month events this past April in New York City. I attended “Turning Green” hosted by Teens for Safe Cosmetics, a league of extraordinary young women educating and inspiring awareness about potentially harmful ingredients in beauty and daily use products that may be linked to a number of health risks such as cancer. The event was presented by Whole Foods Market and consisted of an eco-fashion show and green spa displaying the latest sustainable, organic and green products. Eco-conscious fashion stylist Bahar Shahpar was able to showcase her works on the runway, where her designs use only ecologically sound materials [including natural buttons and unbleached organic cotton linings], minimizing waste and overall energy consumption in every instance possible. What’s even more interesting is that I managed to bump into Bahar at the second annual “Project Earth Day” event three weeks later. Presented by the EGBNY (which stands for Emerging Green Builders New York, and is part of the national US Green Building Council), the fashion show is dedicated to the promotion of green design and creating a platform for leaders – both present and future – in the design industry to bridge their environmentally-conscious ideas and developments together. Its eco-friendly venue was the Teknion Showroom, which played a key role in highlighting sustainable techniques such as the use of compact fluorescents for accent lighting at the bar.

There’s also been an emergence of eco-friendly stores in New York City. For example, Kate Goldwater is a 23-year-old NYU alumna who designs clothes for AuH2O, an environmental and socially conscious clothing store in the East Village. A few blocks away is Gominyc. This earth-friendly boutique carries brands such as Del Forte Denim and Loomstate and holds environmentally responsible materials such as organic cotton, bamboo and hemp. The store has been named “Best Eco-Friendly Fashions” by Village Voice 2006. MooShoes, Inc. is another example. It’s a vegan-owned business that sells cruelty-free footwear as well as other goodies, and offers its services through an online store and in its retail store in New York City. It is the first cruelty-free store of its kind in New York City, and its slogan is “One cannot have fashion without compassion.” Gaelyn & Cianfrani in Brooklyn is known for their signature material, often mistaken for leather, that’s made by hand from recycled bicycle inner tubes.

We live in a wasteful society, and it has become increasingly clear that we can no longer ignore the impact of industry on our health, habitats, and resources, so it seems only logical for businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. But it’s also obvious that the philosophies of eco-fashion and its savvy designers can change the consciousness of consumers in all areas of consumption in a revolutionizing way. So what can you do to help? Clothing swaps, rummage sales, and shopping at thrift stores or eco-conscious ones are some ideas. Other pieces of advice include buying what you need, buying products made locally, choosing products with minimal packaging, watching what you eat, reusing and recycling, buying low-impact products, looking for durable products, and getting involved locally. Remember: every step you take counts towards a brighter, healthier and more sustainable world for everyone.

Kaity Tsui, freelance writer for One Earth, invites you to submit your knowledge of sustainability to the index on [http://www.One-Earth.com]. The index works like Wikipedia and it’s free. By contributing to the index, you’ll help people find ways of reducing their negative impact on the environment. You can also search and browse for ways to reduce you’re negative impact on the environment. The index is organized by city and further broken down into categories, so it’s very easy to find what you’re looking for.

Organic Children’s Clothes – Fashionable Eco-Friendly Clothes

It is a common notion that many consumers have that organic children’s clothes are not fashionable and it is tantamount to dressing your child in a burlap sack. Although the term “organic” has been associated with unflattering labels such as “tree hugger” or “hippie,” fashion trends have made dramatic advances in the past decade and even major retailers such as Nike, Wal-Mart, and Target have been supporting organic clothes.

The awareness of the word “organic” has been huge in recent years. More and more people are gravitating towards all things organic but many do not fully understand why organic clothes, especially for children, are better. You may know that it is better for the environment but not fully realize why it is better. Your neighbor may believe products made from organic materials may be safe but, again, without knowing why. To give an example, let’s take clothes made from cotton. Clothes made from organic cotton do not use pesticides, insecticides, or other toxic chemicals in its production. The lack of these chemicals can be a huge benefit if your child has skin allergies or sensitive skin. The EPA has even released a report listing the seven of the top fifteen of the most widely used pesticides in cultivating cotton as a known or likely human carcinogen. It is not surprising that this is the case since many of these pesticides and insecticides were developed during World War II as a chemical weapons. Also, the farm workers that work the fields are not exposed to these toxic chemicals. They work in a safer environment as they do not have to be exposed to these toxins.

The human benefits aside, supporting organic farming is a major boost to the environment as well. Research indicates that only ten percent of the pesticides and insecticides used on cotton are effective. The rest seep into the soil and contaminate the water thereby ravaging the environment and killing off the wildlife. In addition, supporting organic farming also supports new technologies and farming methods to grow organic crops. These farmers are on the forefront of “green” technology and methods to ease the stress that conventional cotton crops create on the environment.

Buying clothes made from conventionally grown cotton doesn’t make you a bad parent or callous person but it is important to realize that there are other options available and those other options can be the best choice for everyone. Just understanding why organic clothes are better for your children will make a world of difference.

Keeping Your Young Daughter Fashionable and Still Looking Like a Little Girl

When daughters are still young, it’s so fun to dress them. Little girl clothing is colorful and feminine. Yet somehow as young girls begin to grow many of them decide they want to look older than they are.

The media is partly to blame. The mainstream fashion industry doesn’t help. Short skirts, crop tops and provocative clothing can be found for even the youngest of toddlers. Is it possible to find fashionable clothing, clothing that lets your daughter celebrate looking and feeling good, while still looking like a little girl?

Absolutely!

Tips To Find Age Appropriate, And Fashionable, Clothing For Little Girls

· Embrace child friendly designers and stores. When shopping with your daughter, steer clear of the mainstream stores which tend to sell the big girl clothing. Smaller boutiques and stores which specialize in clothing specifically for little girls will have beautiful clothing for your daughter to choose from.

· Give her options and let her choose. Children as young as two or three can choose their own clothing. It gives them power, cultivates their own sense of fashion and creativity, and helps create a bond between you – rather than a battle. Choose a couple of outfits you think she’d like and give her the option to choose from those. This way you’re still in control however she feels like she has a say in what she wears.

· Help her find her style. Some little girls love to wear colorful frilly dresses while others prefer jeans and a t-shirt. Ask your young daughter what she likes to wear and why. Take her to a child friendly online store and ask her to show you the clothing she likes. Engaging in a discussion will help her and you learn her style personality.

· Accessorize. It’s the little things that sometimes make us feel the best about our appearance. A headband, a fun pair of tights, a fun bangle or necklace can really help a child feel good about how they look. And if your daughter is a hat wearer then they can really have fun with an outfit.

· Set a good example. It may sound obvious however children, especially young ones, tend to take their fashion cues from their parents. Now that doesn’t mean you have to wear polka dot tights and a frilly pink dress (unless you want to) however when you dress age appropriately and take pride in your appearance your daughter, believe it or not, will learn from you.

· Let go. Fill her closet with items she likes, and you approve of, and then let her have control over what she wears. There will likely be days when she walks out of her room wearing jeans and a flowery dress on top or yellow striped tights and a purple dress, smile and tell her she looks colorful and let her go. Little girls love to experiment with clothing, if you’re able to fill her wardrobe with items you approve of then you can relax and let her experiment to her heart’s content.

Bright colors, fun fabrics and patterns and a little freedom to choose what she likes will help your daughter to look fun and fashionable while still looking like the little girl she is. Find a few child friendly stores and give your daughter a bit of choice, you’ll both be glad you did.

Fashion and Textile Design

Fashion is our world. Directing yourself towards it would be something of great fun. We are living in such kind of society where people are much more conscious about their looks than inner instinct. And with looks, it simply means how attractive you look in your outfit and accessories. Fashion and textile design world includes everything from clothes to accessories etc which is used by everyone for gaining attraction.

Both Fashion and textile design are popular in terms of every kind of industry. In shoe industry, its textile of some variety and in house, textile is of another type. Streams are many and fashion styling is also much to explore. Different companies are dealing with different stuff. There is no such are of expertise but is subdivided into all aspects equally. Clothing too can be included in this only as fashion today is much more into it.

One can see fabric of cotton, jute, silk and tricot. All are different stuff in textile and much of more variety is introduced each day under this which defines fashion statement. One can see a huge variety of silk saris, suits and other clothing material. Apart from them, silk blankets, pillow covers, bead sheets etc.

We have taken this just as an example to explain the textile industry. What us further sub categorized is the fashion stream in which you have different colors to select, patterns, designs which get popular according to the market.

Fashion and textile design industry is attracting more and more people towards itself. The industry is a huge one and people who all are on the initial stages of their careers often choose it as we all know that fashion is an ongoing process which gets flooded with more an more amount of money. The pool can move towards growth but can never get empty.

Anyone who’s willing to build a successful career in fashion and textile industry should be careful about the below points:

Handle the research part about the industry yourself: You should be careful about it and should understand the requirements and offering of the industry. Skills and jobs should be considered well in advance before you step into it.

Make sure you know everything about the raw material: Fashion and textile industry starts and ends on the material and fabric so you should have knowledge about the raw and well furnished material both to build in a good career.

Enroll in a degree course, if possible: Many people get into the industry by default may be through family business or assistance of the friends and colleagues. But the best way would be to learn the techniques through some reputed educational institution first and then start anything on your own.

Computer skills would be an added advantage: It is the demand of our society that success comes through online skills and knowledge so better equip you with all that required stuff.

Keep practicing whatever you learn: This is the best way of increasing knowledge.

Work for yourself: You should have that spirit that you are really willing to work and establish yourself. Fashion and textile design professionals are like that.

80s Fashion and Fancy Dress – How and Where to Get Your Retro 80s Fashion and Cheap!

The awesome thing about dressing up in 80s fashion outfits, is that there are so many choices you can virtually mix and match elements with. Where do you start? What main elements consist of an 80s fashion outfit? Here’s a few ways that I have discovered, and best of all, the outfits are fantastic, authentic, and cost next to nothing!

Popular trends include fluro – neon, stone wash, acid wash denim, lace, mesh, lycra, polyester and don’t forget taffeta and satin for the 80s prom dresses.

Once you have an idea of what 80s styles you are looking for, your next best step, is to work out who, where and when you can get your 80s gear from. These are where you should score best for finding clothes worn in the 80s.

Family and friends: Parents, friends of the family, uncles and aunts.
Vintage and second hand clothes shops in your local area. I have found they have the best range, and are the cheapest for your authentic 80s clothing. Best buys include high waisted denim, stone wash denim, and fantastic/awful dresses. You’ll love it!
$2 import stores for fantastic items such as scrunchies, beaded necklaces, party gear and misc 80s jewellery.
80s costume specialist online stores: The costume store links provided in the pages from 80s fashion Fancy Dress are brilliant. They have taken great care to find these wonderful stores, who provide that extra perfect something for your 80s costume or outfit. There are all sorts of 80s stuff, and quite cheap, too.
Costume jewellery stores. For the most of it, your accessories will be what brings your 80s costume to life. Leg warmers, lace ribbons, fingerless gloves, necklaces and dangley earrings. There’s a chance these may be hard to find. Do not worry though, like I said earlier, you will be able to buy plenty of 80s accessories online. Remember, finding 80s outfits and 80s costumes, is quite a bit like treasure hunting. Have fun with it! Don’t forget you can mix and match 80s outfits.

As we move into the tweenie teenies, there is evidence in music clips, magazines and movies, that it’s cool to have a fun and zany taste in fashion. Some commentators have put this down to the gloom of the financial crisis, and they may be right. Also, most of you would have heard about 80s themed parties by now. They are very popular, probably due to the really cool music, and fancy dress fun you can have. Are you hosting or attending an 80s fancy dress party?