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Brooches have long been neglected as a fashion accessory and were seen as something that is worn only by old ladies. But it is time to get those brooches out of your jewelry box and get them polished and cleaned. This season, brooches have made the ultimate comeback and they are touted as the hottest fashion accessory. With many variety of brooches available, from the ornate vintage ones to the more fun preppy ones, you will be literally spoiled for choice. Brooches can be worn in many different ways, but one of the best way to wear them is by attaching them on dresses. The right brooch can jazz up even the most simplest and drabbest of any outfit. And the best part? They are ideal for camouflaging any outfit that is torn or has a spill on it. You just need to find a brooch that is big enough to cover the spot and your dress will look as good as new. Here are a few tips on how to rock the brooch trend.
How to Wear Brooches with Dresses
Brooches are available in many different designs and styles. A jewel-encrusted brooch in eye-catching hues can transform even the most blah outfit to something dramatic. And the best thing about wearing brooches with dresses is that you can pin them anywhere in your outfit. It is a great way to attract attention to your most flattering features. Traditionally, a brooch was worn on the lapel of a coat or jacket but you can pin a brooch to a dress to give it a touch of glamor.
Shoulder of Your Dress
If you have a plain shift dress and want to smarten it up for evening wear, then pin a cluster of brooches on the shoulder of your dress. It is one of the best ways to glam up a simple dress. Opt for a mix of quirky looking brooches on soft feminine dresses to make a statement.
Back of Your Dress
One of the sexiest way to wear a brooch is by pinning in at the back of your dress. If you are wearing a dress with a plunging back, then attach the brooch at the lowest point on your back. Alternatively, you can pin a ceramic or crystal brooch between the back straps of the dress.
Do you have last seasons bohemian dresses that are very voluminous and are simply not wearable. Chunky brooches can be used to gather the dress at the back and produce a more streamlined effect at the bust area.
Bodice of Your Dress
If you are wearing a cocktail dress that has a plunging neckline, just wear the brooch at the center of the neckline. This will accentuate the neckline and give your dress some more glamor. Large antique brooches with a subtle sparkle works very well. You can also opt for brooches with a nature-based design to up the style quotient.
Side of Your Dress
One of the best way to wear a brooch is by attaching it to the side of your waist. You can pin the brooch on one side of your dress if you are wearing a dress that has lots of folds and pleats. The brooch should be a large one so that it is eye-catching or it will get lost in the folds of the dress and not serve its purpose. An oversize bejeweled brooch looks best with a solid colored dress.
Waist of Your Dress
You can also wear an antique brooch pinned to a ribbon or sash and then tie the ribbon at the waist. You can align the brooch either at the center or slightly to the side. This idea works well for floral dresses or vintage dresses.
Brooches that are very traditional and are encrusted with diamonds, pearls or crystals can be worn with wedding dresses. Diamond encrusted brooch complements a white wedding dress, particularly if it has lace trimmings and beading details. A great way to jazz up a dress is to wear a dramatic cluster of jeweled brooches in eye popping colors like electric blue, neon pink and fuchsia. Pair this with a sleek updo and you will instantly look like a Hollywood star. Another way to use a brooch as a fashion accessory, not necessarily in a dress, is to use a brooch as a hair pin in your bun. You can also pin two brooches on your ballerina shoes or use a brooch to pin your scarf. Now that you know all about using brooches for dresses, jazz up your simple dress with a unique brooch and get ready for the compliments.
Fashion advice, especially to someone as vulnerable as teenage girls, is something that can go disastrously wrong if one does not know what they’re talking about. And it has been known to happen so don’t judge me for being a little too condescending about it. Fashion as I see it, and as I’m sure many, many girls all around the world see it, is a matter of self-confidence seasoned with a bit of creative thinking and a lot of resourcefulness. You don’t have to own every latest piece of clothing that has walked a ramp to be well-dressed and presentable. That’s one major piece of advice that is underused; by those dishing out the advice and the ones receiving it. In this article, there are some basic tips to ensure that you have an all-season wardrobe. So get ready for a wardrobe upheaval that does not necessarily involve super-expensive couture.
Fashion Tips for Teenage Girls
When it comes to styling teenage girls, one needs to be overly cautious. It’s not just about making the girl wear the latest clothes. It’s about helping her to identify with her inner self and recognize what is going to help her enhance her best features. Just giving a girl a lecture about what you think is the best for her is not enough. She should be able to relate to what you’re saying. You need to put yourself in their place, but advice them from the point of view of a person who will be looking at them (literally). So, let’s check out some very simple and (un)fortunately cliché fashion advice that teenage girls can benefit from.
Stick to Basics
What goes into having a perfect wardrobe that boasts of something nice to wear during every season? What do you need to lay the foundation of a wardrobe so awesome, that you don’t need to spend hours agonizing over the dreaded ‘what to wear’ question? It’s the basics! Or essentials if you will. Honestly, there is nothing more simple to understand than the ‘stick to basics’ philosophy. So what do the basics encompass? Here’s a list of some of the items, whose importance and contribution to your wardrobe you should NEVER underestimate.
Well Fitting Jeans: If you haven’t come across a girl who wears jeans that are either so tight they threaten to explode, or so loose they look like they’re hung on a hanger, then you live in a perfect world. I am yet to find a dictionary in which the word ‘fitting’ means ‘extra-tight-to-the-point-of-tearing-if-worn-when-seated’. Girls, we know you’re at an age when the first and last thing on your mind is how you look. So please, refrain from wearing jeans that are too snug or too loose. Flaunt your body, but do it with dignity.
Tops: T-shirts, tanks, spaghetti straps, the world is your oyster! You need to have these in strong colors that will complement your skin tone and your body type. Do not go in for an ill-fitting top. Your upper body needs to breathe, so you need to have something that will facilitate this basic necessity of life. At the same time, having just sweatshirts and loose tees will take away the femininity from your wardrobe. Include smart button-down shirts, some girly tops, and classy jackets in neutral colors for the winters.
Skirts and Shorts: If you know how to look good in shorts, then nothing should stop you from flaunting your legs in the summer. Follow the cardinal rule of not too tight, not too loose for them as well. If you’re more of a ‘girly’ girl, then you need a collection of pretty skirts in varying lengths: short, medium, and long. You can team the extremely short ones with leggings, wear the medium ones as they are and heavily accessorize with the long ones for an ultra-chic Boho look!
Shoes: You need comfortable footwear for every season. For the summer, flip-flops, slippers, thongs work well. For the winter, go with closed shoes like flat pumps or boots. Don’t wear extremely high heels. They could lead to other problems later on. For the monsoon, you can have a cute pair of rainy boots.
Accessories: There is no shortage of accessories for teens. There are so many stores that are bursting with stuff that you can accessorize with. But what you need always is some nice belts, scarves, a nice pair of eye/sunglasses, some simple jewelry and a perfect attitude to match them.
Once you have the basics of your wardrobe covered, the rest is just psychological.
You must have heard this a million times, but that does not dilute its importance. You need to be absolutely comfortable in what you’re wearing. Else, all the ‘advice’ given above or in any other forum that you may read might as well be tossed out the window. Let’s put it this way. You like this boy at school and you want to look nice for him. You can dress up in trendy clothes but if half of your attention is focused on whether your skirt is too short or your shirt is too transparent, it’s going to show on your face, or worse in that oh-so-interesting conversation about dissecting a cockroach that you were having with him. Take it from someone who’s had such unfortunate encounters as an adolescent, it will scar you for the rest of the week, if not for life!
You need to be smart to dress smart. Which means that limited wardrobe though you may have (and it’s always limited for girls, isn’t it?), learn to be creative and experiment with everything you already own. With the basics mentioned above, you will never run out of ideas to dress yourself, for any season and any occasion. You just need to be perfectly aware of what is going to complement your body type well. When in doubt, change. You are the best judge of what you look like. It’s perfectly alright to take a risk with fashion trends once in a while, but if you seriously doubt the way you look in a particular outfit, either get an opinion from someone who can be completely honest with you or just change!
The last and parting fashion advice that can be shared with teenagers is be confident. If you’re experimenting with a new look and are sure about yourself when you look in the mirror, take that confidence with you wherever you go. Confidence is infectious. You never know, you might end up being the sparkling diva of teen fashion and have others swarming around you!
It’s not that only woman are fussy about their dresses and are inherently shopaholics (exceptions are always there), men are equally concerned about their fashion styles and they do make efforts to look their best. Dressing well and looking good are always added advantage to any personality. Follow these grooming tips.
Don’t Chase Brands
While purchasing branded items, do check if they really suit you and you are not just buying them because they are so much in “trend” or “style”. If that particular clothing looks good on you, you can surely invest in them. But if they don’t complement you in any way, then it is advisable to save your money and keep looking.
Choose Appropriately-sized Clothes
The size of T-shirts, shirts, and other clothing you wear must be according to your fitting. Skinny and lean men must wear comfortable clothing, not too large than their size as that will make them disappear in it. Men slightly on the heavier side must not wear tight T-shirts.
Simplicity is Style
Your wardrobe collection must not be something that appears overdone. It may include watches, shoes, blazers, formal shirts, pants, casuals, T-shirts, jeans, undershirts, colored belts, formal belts, goggles, corporate suits, neckties, wristbands, stoles, wallets etc. What you have to do is use all these items in style so that it gives you an imposing appearance. Be simple in your selections and that qualifies you to be on the safer side. Don’t mix inharmonious colors. Contrasting colors look good but they must not be very dark. More than three different colors and flashy bands may give you the look of a rock band member, so if you are not dressing for that specific purpose, avoid such combinations.
A black/white stripped shirt or a square checkered shirt with blue jeans and a nice pair of shoes (black or white) with black belts may give you a very perfect look. Tees with catchy phrases are not always a very bright idea as they make you appear like some advertising boards. A plain T-shirt is always better.
Don’t Overdo Jewelry
Men’s jewelry, earrings, finger rings, cufflinks, bracelets, and studs have become a trend these days. However, overdoing them may not give you a great look. Bracelets and ear piercings are generally a favorite of teens and they get along with rugged jeans and casuals.
Personal Grooming Matters
Personal hygiene stands out as the most obvious requirement to look smart. Even if you are well dressed, an unkempt beard or hairstyle can spoil your look. A trimmed beard or shaved face is always better for every dress and can be carried easily. In case of your hairstyle, you must ensure that it reflects your dressing sense. Generally, semi formal haircuts are always better as they look fine both with casuals and formals. So while you dress well, ensure that your hairstyle and beard complement your dressing style.
Shoes Make a Man
If you have some branded shoes, you must keep them clean and tidy. In case of sports shoes, do get them washed frequently, else it won’t be a good idea to wear untidy shoes with dark blue jeans. For formal shoes, you must ensure that you polish them before leaving for the office. A good pair of sports and formal shoes are always good investments.
Experimenting is Inventing
Sometimes, experiments can give you an altogether different look, much better than your previous one. Trying a different hairstyle and complementing it with a good dressing sense, can add to your personality. Now, experimenting never means going on a complete change. Try out various styles for some weeks and keep understanding what suits you best. Gradually, you will develop a good aptitude for dressing yourself.
Follow Your Own Style
Gradually, you will also improve in mixing colors and other minute details like supportive pieces (stoles, scarf, square pockets, ties). At this stage, you will know what clothes you love to wear and those in which you look your best. Ultimately, you will have your own distinctive style.
While fashion keeps changing everyday, your own style will always add panache to your personality. You will feel comfortable in what you wear and there you will discover yourself in a more refined way.
Scene style is all about being unique and donning that out-of-the-crowd look. So, those who want to wear a different look can consider this style of clothing. This is all about looking funky and perfectly bold. A colorful and young look is what you can don with this attire. Yes, trendy accessories and various scene hairstyles and makeup can be rightly paired with these clothes to complete the look.
Tips on Perfect Pick
To start with, let’s know about the popular colors and the combinations commonly worn by scene girls and guys. Most of the clothing can be seen in pastel colors. Violets, reds, and oranges are all popular. Flashy colors like hot pink and bright yellow are highly popular in this fashion trend. Blacks and whites are also picked by many, but definitely not plains. Neon colors are something that you can commonly see in all the collections of brands. The combinations are usually red with black, pink with black, green and white, and hot pink and purple.
Prints are the next prominent part. They include bullets, guns, stars, and commonly, a mix of various prints. You can see the much uncommon ones, like that of hot-red blood, which others might feel uncomfortable to put on. Zebra, leopard, and other trendy animal prints are seen on the tops, pants, and other bottom wear. Band tees are highly popular amongst scene teens. Tees filled with weird quotes and sayings are another hit style in their outfits. The latest includes cartoon characters; so, for guys, it also does include a black tee with Pokemon over it. Checkered prints are also popular in scene clothes, which are not restricted to tops alone.
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The next characteristic is its ultimate skinny fitting. You can see no scene fashion follower wearing a loose tee or a baggy bottom. Be it tops or bottoms, it’s all about tight-fitting clothes. Slim-fit T-shirts of waist length or shorter, in flashy colors and bold, unusual prints are a favorite of scene girls. Long body fitting T-shirts covering the hips can be paired with opaque tights. As mentioned earlier, tight fitting is the primary feature of this style of clothing and so are the pants or bottoms. You can see pants in large checkered prints, in colors like red, blue, and yellow for girls. Wide-striped tops extending till the mid of the tights are also their hot favorite. Guys can be seen wearing small checkered pants with T-shirts having mixed prints or quotes. These clothes are commonly paired with contrast jackets, funky belts in black-and-white designs, and trendy footwear. T-shirts with digital prints are a highly popular fashion amongst boys following this style. Skinny jeans with those tiny tees having unpopular brand logos, paired with tangling accessories, make a perfect scene attire for girls.
If you do not know where to buy this style of clothes, you can just check out the various stores, having a good collection of these. Apart from this, you can simply hit some online shopping sites to find a wide range of varieties. Furthermore, you can also shop for suitable accessories and matching, funky bags to complete the scene attire. Check the fashion magazines for some suitable hair color ideas and get ready to flaunt the hot style.