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Fashion Advice for Women

download-5Fashion is a lot of things, beautiful, befuddling, bizarre, and bodacious. A dress or a silhouette that can look ethereal and utterly gorgeous on the runway, can look like a disaster from outer space in real life. And if getting the look right is not task enough, you need to ensure that you get the trend right while making it work for your body type and facial structure. Fashion is no more limited to just the clothes you wear. From the bag you carry to the shoes you don, to even the watch on your wrist that serves more than just a functional purpose, fashion dictates almost everything. Getting it right can be easy as long as you stick to a few basics of the game. There are some things that you need to have in your wardrobe, which will ensure that you never go wrong. While fashion trends can be tempting to follow, more often than not they disappear within a month or two, leaving you with clothes that you will never wear again. Sticking to basics while experimenting with silhouettes, cuts, and colors, and developing your own personal sense of style is the best way to stay ahead of the demands of fashion. The best advice for women ever probably comes from Yves Saint Laurent who said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Take the advice from one of the biggest names in fashion and concentrate on your style. Being fashionable will fall into place.

In the next few sections, we tell you what the wardrobe essentials for women are; those items of clothing that every woman needs to have in her cupboard. Clothes that she can turn to when she is faced with that familiar feeling of Oh my God, I have nothing to wear. You can never go wrong with these staples safely lodged in your cupboard. Even on your worst fashion day, you will be sure to look like the diva you deserve to be. Follow the simple tips given in this article, to buy clothes and accessories in styles that will flatter you the most.

Business Attire
Business attire has come a long way. From being a strictly male ruled domain, where even clothes for women had a masculine feel about them, today there is a huge range of options for women to choose from. So, what are the things to keep in mind while picking out clothes to wear to work, so that you do not really need to compromise on your personal sense of style? A business formal dress code does not necessarily translate into wearing boring suits in staid colors. Opt for business suits and pant suits in conservative colors but add a touch of color in the form of a brightly colored blouse or a scarf. Most workplaces frown upon over-accessorizing so keep it to a minimum. If your office accepts a slightly casual look, then dress pants, blouses, skirts, jersey knit tops can all be worn to the office. For casual Fridays, stick to the clothes that your office has deemed acceptable. In this section, we take a look at the essentials that ever working woman needs to have in her wardrobe.

Business Suits

In a professional setting, you need to own at least one good suit that you can wear to work. While choosing business suits for women, there are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind. This includes understanding the right fit, fabric, color, etc. If you want only one suit, then opt for a fabric like light weight wool or a blend of cotton. It is important that the fabric be wrinkle free. While picking a suit, one of the most important things to emphasize on is the waistline. A defined waistline will not only flatter your figure but also make you look taller and slimmer. If your torso is short, then opt for a long suit jacket. This also helps conceal a bulky mid section. Colors play an important role in ensuring that your suit flatters you. With monochromatic suits, you will look lean and tall. If you think, you can carry of the look, then try donning a blazer and trousers in different colors. As mentioned earlier, stick to colors like beige, black, gray, blue, brown, etc., for work wear.

White Shirt

Why does every fashion guru worth their salt emphasize on the importance of a good white cotton shirt? Well, the answer is simple. There is no
basic that is more important to a good wardrobe and no other clothing item that is as versatile. You can dress it down or dress it up, as the occasion demands. You can wear it to work or to a party after, with the right accessories. But how do you pick the perfect white shirt? Here are a few pointers. Choose a shirt with a classically shaped collar that has a good neckline and frames your face well. The fabric should be of good quality and should definitely be durable. Another area you need to pay attention to are the armholes and sleeve head which needs to be well cut, defined, and comfortable. The silhouette of the shirt should be such that it flatters your figure and the length comfortable enough for the shirt to be tucked in or left out. The sleeves of the shirt should end with a slim cuff. These are the most important things to keep in mind while buying that perfect white shirt.

Formal Shirts

Along with a good white shirt, you need to have more than a few formal shirts that can be worn to your office. For many professionals, cocktail parties after work are a regular event, so you may need formal shirts that are appropriate for a number of occasions. While choosing formal shirts, the first thing to keep in mind, is to pick the right size. Use the tips that have been suggested for choosing a white shirt, where the cut is concerned. For work, the fabric that is best suited for shirts is cotton and you would do well to buy shirts in this fabric. The fit of the shirt and the silhouette of the shirt is very important. Two of the most important things to keep in mind are the colors and the patterns that you opt for. Most professionals prefer plains over prints, but stripes, especially pin stripes can be suitable for office if worn well. Some women also choose checks but it is a pattern that can be slightly dicey to carry off.

Formal Skirts

An alternative to the slightly masculine pant suit, is to wear a skirt with a jacket in the same color tone. When choosing skirts for office wear, you need to tread the fine line between being well turned out and wearing unacceptable clothing to work. A skirt that flows can be perfect for someone who wants to camouflage a bulkier bottom half, but wearing a skirt like a pencil skirt can be flattering for women with enviable legs. If you are wearing skirts to work remember to choose skirts that end at the knee. Anything shorter is unacceptable and definitely inappropriate. If you do wear a skirt of a shorter length, remember to always wear stockings underneath. The length of the skirt should be such that it allows you to sit comfortably without riding up to indecent lengths.

Trousers

When choosing trousers to wear to work, it is important to know that there are three options that you can choose from. The first of these options are the pleated pants which are perfect for when you are looking for a dressy option. If on the other hand, you are looking for something that has a slimming effect, then choose a pair of flat front pants. Cuffed pants are the perfect answer to your wardrobe demands for a board meeting. If you want to take attention away from a not so toned abdomen, then opt for a pair of trousers that zip up on the side and not in the front. Tall women can do well by opting for pants with wide legs. Stick to conservative colors like blacks, blues, grays, and browns. Whites and others tones of the lighter variety can be a great option and look gorgeous on women who are slimmer. If you want the fit of your trousers to be perfect, then it may be a good idea to get the trousers tailored, rather than opting to buy trousers from retail outlets.

Casual Wear
The choice of what to wear when you are just sitting around at home or walking your dog in the park, or even running errands to the supermarket is completely yours but if you follow fashion like it is a religious scripture, then there are some important things that you need to know about women’s casual clothing. There are some essential clothing items that every woman should possess for her wardrobe to seem complete. From the right fit of denims to dressy tops, and well fitting jackets, we take a look at the most important casual clothing items that deserve their space in a woman’s wardrobe.

Denims

How do you choose the perfect option that can qualify as the best jeans for women? Well, it can be a bit of a task to select well fitting denims. If it fits well at the waist, it is too tight at the thighs. If it sits well at the hips, it hangs loose at the back. The problems with finding a good pair of jeans are endless. With many brands launching custom fit denim lines, you can opt to buy a pair of jeans that is literally made for you. But if that does not seem like an option for you, then try to choose your pair of denims according to your body type. Choosing jeans according to body type is not that difficult, as long as you keep some tips in mind. For pear shaped women, the perfect jeans can be those that have a high back rise and a waistband that is hip flattering. For shorter women, denims with visible seams on the side can make them look taller. For apple shaped women, opting for denims with a thick waistband will help camouflage the bulge of the abdominal area. Remember that the mirror never lies to you and that a woman is her own biggest critic. So, if you love yourself in the pair of denims that you picked out, chances are that you actually look great in them.

Jackets

To choose good jackets, it is important to understand your body type. Without understanding what your body type is, it is practically impossible to pick out a jacket that is flattering for you. For women who have a full figure, mid-thigh jackets with a clean silhouette work best. Avoid visible pockets as they can add bulk to your jacket which can make it unflattering. For someone who is petite, it is important to add volume. Therefore, choose a jacket that adds volume to the upper half of the jacket. This will also draw attention to the upper half of your body. When looking for a jacket that will take attention away from your lower half, then choose one that is straight cut and has a vertical line. You would also do well opting for jackets that flare out towards the end. While jackets with patterns like plaids look really nice, it is important that you possess a jacket in a neutral color, that can be teamed with almost every outfit.

Shorts

Shorts may not seem like an essential in a wardrobe but there is no other casual clothing item that is perfect for hot summer days, when each clothing item that you wear seems like it weighs a ton at least. For a petite woman, tiny shorts or cutoffs are the best options, as they make their legs seem longer than they are in reality. If you want to look good in shorts, it is imperative to choose the right fabric which falls well. Shorts look best on apple shaped women who have a toned lower half which is begging to be showed off in a pair of shorts. To camouflage any excess fat on the tummy area, choose shorts with a thick waistband. It is women who are pear shaped who have the most difficulty in choosing the perfect pair of shorts. These women need to opt for shorts that are structured and in darker shades. Also try to stay away from shorts that are wide at the bottom, opting for slim fits.

Skirts

While choosing skirts, the most important thing to keep in mind is to take proper measurements of your waistline, hip, and that area of your abdominal area that is the fullest. You also need to understand which skirt length works the best for you. It is important that you never choose a skirt that ends at the fullest part of your leg, as that will only make you seem heavier than you are. You will also need to decide which style of skirt suits you best and what fabrics you like. From a pleated skirt, a full skirt, straight, fitted, and wrapped skirt, the style options are endless. With skirts as with any other clothing item, it is important that you do not compromise on comfort. Skirts with lining, zippered skirts and skirts with elastic bands can all work very well. For semi-formal events, it is important that you have a few skirts in basic colors in your wardrobe. Also a denim skirt can be the perfect antidote for days on which you are unsure about what to wear.

Tops

Are you a t-shirt and plaid shirts kind of girl or do you restrict yourself to wearing tops with bows and ruffles? Whatever your personal style statement, it is important to pick out tops that are perfect for your body type. There are many different types of tops to choose from; halters, camisoles, empires, t-shirts, the list is endless. While choosing tops, the thing to remember is to focus on hiding your problem areas. If you have bulky arms, then halters may be the worst style for you. Instead opt for cap sleeves, or three-fourth length tops. For women with a short neck, v-necks and scooped tops can be the perfect option. The cut of the top is another important feature to focus on. Pick the perfect dressy top for yourself and if you cannot decide on what works, consult the owner of the store or a friend. Remember that comfort reigns supreme, and if you are uncomfortable in what you are wearing, it will definitely show.

Dresses
Any wardrobe is incomplete without dresses. From sundresses to cocktail dresses, you need a perfect dress for every occasion. And while buying a dress, the one thing that definitely needs to be taken into consideration is your body type. Pear shaped women will want to take away attention from their heavier bottom half and will do well to opt for dresses that cinch at the waist in flowing fabrics. Empire cuts work very well too. For curvaceous women, wrap dresses word wonders accentuating their curves in just the right manner. It is important not to choose a dress that is too tight. For women who want to give an illusion of curves, opting for dresses like halters works very well. Let us look at some basic dresses that everyone needs to have in their wardrobe.

Little Black Dress

Coco Chanel introduced the idea of the Little Black Dress or LBD as something that would be a long-lasting trend, and that it has been. The LBD is what makes any wardrobe complete. It can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion at hand. The simple rule of fashion when it comes to the LBD is that it needs to be in a style that is simplistic yet elegant, and something not too trendy, as fashion trends die down. As the name suggest, the black dress that you opt for needs to be a short one but the length of the dress ultimately depends on your comfort. If you are uncomfortable with very short hemlines, opt for a LBD that hits your knee. If you have toned legs, then show them off in mini length black dresses.

Cocktail Dress

With cocktail dresses, the choice of which dress to wear depends completely on what the occasion is. What you wear to a wedding would be completely different from the cocktail party dress you wear to a cocktail party hosted by your boss. While choosing a cocktail dress it is important to pick a dress that flatters the best parts of your figure, taking away from any perceivable flaws. Accessorize with proper jewelry to enhance the dress that you choose. Have a couple of dresses in colors other than black and experiment with different silhouettes and cuts.

Evening Gown

With summer almost here, it is time to take out your sundresses and buy more. When buying sundresses, keep some things in mind. If you have great, toned legs, opt to wear a short sundress that shows them off. If you want to take attention away from your hips, opt for an A-line dress, or a straight cut dress with a slight flare at the end. Empire waist dresses work well for women who are petite. If your best feature are your arms and shoulder, then a halter is the way to go, or even a spaghetti dress. Opt for sundresses for women in bright colors, floral prints and basic whites to match the mood of the season.

Sundress

With summer almost here, it is time to take out your sundresses and buy more. When buying sundresses, keep some things in mind. If you have great, toned legs, opt to wear a short sundress that shows them off. If you want to take attention away from your hips, opt for an A-line dress, or a straight cut dress with a slight flare at the end. Empire waist dresses work well for women who are petite. If your best feature are your arms and shoulder, then a halter is the way to go, or even a spaghetti dress. Opt for sundresses for women in bright colors, floral prints and basic whites to match the mood of the season.

Traditional Dress

Every women should have in her wardrobe, one dress that is representative of her place of origin. If you are Japanese, then owning a kimono for special occasions may be a good idea. For Indians, having a sari or two in your wardrobe for those festive occasions is imperative. While you may not wear these clothes very often, it is essential to have at least one pair of your traditional clothing in your wardrobe. It can also be a welcome change from your normal attire.

Shoes
Remember Imelda Marcos and her massive collection of 2700 pairs of shoes? Well, while that could be considered extravagant (to say the least), the fact remains that there is no woman on the face of this planet who is not fascinated or should we say obsesses with shoes. From Jimmy Choos to Louboutins, and Manolo Blahniks, most members of the female gender dream of creations by these masters, and nurse a life long obsession with footwear. If you are still in the process of building your footwear collection, then some styles of shoes you definitely need are described in the section below.

Black Pumps

Like the white shirt that every woman must possess, black pumps are an essential shoe in every woman’s shoe wardrobe. There are many different styles of black pumps to choose from. Pointy toed to round toed, or even peep toes, the options are aplenty. Stick to basic styles and patterns, instead of opting for shoes that are designed in the latest style. Also try to stick to a minimalistic heel which is not too high or too low. While buying the shoes, walk around the store in them for a couple of minutes, to ensure that the shoes are comfortable and will not give you a shoe bite.

Boots

There are two important things to consider when you are buying boots. First, the clothes that you will be wearing them with, and second, the length of the boots. With dresses and skirts, knee-high boots work very well, but with pants, it is better to opt for ankle-high boots. Your height will determine what type of women’s boots you should buy. For women who are shorter, ankle-high boots are the best bet, as they make you seem taller. While stilettos look great on screen and on celebrities, boots with these heels may not necessarily look very good in reality, especially the knee-high type. If you do want a pair of stilettos, then stick to those boots that are ankle high. If you own a single pair of boots, choose a pair that is slightly below knee length and have a medium length heel.

Flats

When you talk about stylish footwear, you immediately think heels. But with the sheer variety of flat shoes in the market, today you can be stylish while being comfortable. From gladiators, to peep toes, and ballet flats, your options are endless. Many big stores have started storing flats in a variety of colors and designs. Choose from neutrals or metallic colors as they can be teamed with a variety of outfits. At the same time, opt for a couple of shoes in a patterned style which can be teamed with monochromatic outfits. With skirts, the best shoes to opt for are ballet pumps or peep toes, but with trousers wear loafers or lace ups. With sundresses, you can opt to wear strappy sandals.

Flip Flops

One of the most comfortable footwear for women for casual wear are flip flops, but these are perfect only for a day on the beach. What are the outfits you can wear with a pair of flip flops? From shorts, to denim skirts, jeans, and capris, or even sundresses are all complemented very well by flip flops but never wear these to your office. Choose flip flops in bright colors for the day at the beach.

Accessories
Often the most ignored of all things that a woman wears, accessories can make or break an outfit. The wrong bag, a mismatched belt, glares that are too big for your face, can all be the reason for your name appearing on the list of what not to do. Invest in a couple of good and stylish accessories that will suit most of your outfits. In this section, we tell you how to pick your accessories.

Sunglasses

While choosing glares for yourself, there are some important things to keep in mind. Before picking out glares, you need to determine the shape of your face as that will help you decide which sunglasses will suit you best. Once you have made this decision, look at the latest eyeglass trends. Keep these trends in mind while picking glares. To protect your eyes against harmful radiations, it is important that you pick sunglasses that are equipped with UV protection.

Belts

When picking out belts, it is important that you first opt to buy basics. Every woman needs to have in her wardrobe a basic slim belt in black. Women with slim waists carry off thin belts really well. Women with pear shaped bodies can opt to wear a thick belt under their bust line to draw attention to their tiny upper bodies. Thicker belts look good on women who do not have a very tiny waist. In fact you can wear belts on dresses by cinching the dress at the waist to define it. One of the main things to keep in mind while wearing a belt is to match it with your shoes. This is an important point that is missed by most people.

Bags

Many people don’t know this but the best way to choose a bag is to choose it according to what flatters your body type. Conventional wisdom suggests that you choose a bag that is an antithesis to your body type. For example, if you are tall and thin, a bag that will flatter you the most is one that is unstructured and takes the shape of the contents of the bag. There are many different types of bags that you can choose from, like tote bags, clutches, hobos, duffles, messenger bags, etc. Pick a bag that suits you and carry it with style.

Watches

How do you choose the perfect watch for yourself? Well, picking a watch has a lot to do with your sense of style. From a professional looking watch, to a digital watch, your choice of a watch will be determined by what you are looking for in a watch. If you want a watch only for its functionality and not for the way it looks, then you may choose a simple, elegant watch with metal straps. There are others who prefer watches studded with precious stones. Understanding what type of watch appeals to you will help pick out a watch easily. Another thing that you will need to decide on is your budget.

Scarves

Most women do not realize how wearing scarves can change the look of your outfit completely. Small silk scarves tied around your neck can be the perfect way to brighten your conservative work outfit. For a more casual look on weekends, just drape a long scarf around your neck. Choose scarves according to the weather conditions, so that they serve a functional purpose and protect you against the extremes of the weather. Do not stick to plain scarves. Instead, opt for scarves and stoles in different patterns and bright colors.

Jewelry
Sonja Henie, actress, once said, “Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles”. Maybe not wrinkles but the jewelry you adorn yourself with can definitely overrshadow what you wear. Choosing the right jewelry for your outfit is extremely important and in this section, we give you tips on how to choose the perfect jewelry for every occasion.

Necklace

It is always advisable to choose necklaces according to the neckline of your outfit. For scoop necks, or v-necks, wearing a strand of beads looks best. But for boat necks, choose longer chains. For shorter women, v-shaped or matinee chains give the illusion of length. Taller women can generally carry off any type of necklace. The shape of your face can also help in determining the kind of necklace that you should wear. For round faces, long necklaces tend to elongate the line of your face. For heart shaped faces, chokers look the best, as they soften the angle of your chin.

Earrings

While choosing earrings, it is important to choose a pair that flatters your face, your dress, and matches your personality. For faces that are rectangular, it is important to choose earrings that do not add to the length. For round shapes, an illusion of length can be provided by wearing dangling earrings. Heart shaped faces need symmetry and would look more appealing by wearing chandelier earrings. Women with oval shaped faces are extremely lucky as they can carry off almost any type of earring.

Bangles

Choosing bangles depends completely on what your sense of style is and what outfit you are teaming up the bangles with. If you have a slightly conservative sense of fashion, then it would be a good idea to invest in a pair of diamond set bangles or even a pearl cuff bracelet. For younger women, who love junk jewelry, you can opt for bangles in a myriad of colors and wear them together, or match them to the color of your outfit. Bracelets are also a great option for accessorizing those clothes that you wear to office.

The next time you go shopping, keep in mind the tips mentioned here. But do remember that where fashion and style is concerned, nothing works better than instinct. There have been many occasions when I have come across women who are committing every mistake that the fashion rule book deems a sin. Despite this, they manage to look like a million bucks, resembling a model who should have been posing for the cover of a magazine. Do not go overboard following every fashion trend and every fashion diktat. Break some rules, make your own ones. Do not feel down if someone criticizes your look. They probably do not relate to it. Fashion is a game that becomes all the more fun to play when you are ready to experiment with the game book.

Fashion Advice for Men

When it comes to fashion, style, and dressing in a trendy way, most men find themselves at sea. I have seen many men who still dress up the way they used to during college, although now they are well into their late twenties! What most men don’t realize is that with a bit of creativity, they can completely turn around the way they look and dress up.

Dress Your Age
It is very important that a man dresses his age. For instance, a low cut jeans would look great on a teen or a 20 something guy, but the same on a forty or fifty year old, no matter how maintained or toned his body is, would look ridiculous.

Make Comfort Your priority
Your clothing should be such that you are completely at ease in it. Comfortable clothes, more than any of the trendy ones, will make you look much more confident and stylish any day! So, avoid blindly running after brands and latest trends. Instead, develop your own unique, comfortable dressing style.

Get the Correct Fit
Always buy clothes which fit on perfectly, i.e., they should be neither too loose nor too tight. The right fit for you would be that which hides your flaws such as a paunch and fits in nicely on the entire body.

Wear Right Colors
When you are young, all colors ranging from pink to blue to red, look good on you. After all, youth is the time for experiments and exuberance. However, as you age, you should buy clothes of only those colors which look flattering on you. Wear colors such as browns, black, and pastel shades.

Maintain a Wardrobe
There are some clothes which are a must-have in any man’s wardrobe. These include a formal suit, a white shirt, black pants, a pair of well fitting jeans, khakis, a leather jacket, a chic casual shirt, an overcoat, formal shoes, and sneakers. You can pair them with any outfit or wear them individually.

Accessorize
If you thought that accessories are meant just for women, you are highly mistaken. These days, lots of accessories such as unique neck pieces, bracelets, watches, rings, cuff-links and belts are available, which can jazz up any outfit. However, one thing you should be cautious of is over accessorizing. As a rule, do not wear more than three accessories at a time.

Be Well-Groomed
Stay well-groomed. Take a bath every day, shave regularly, shampoo often, wear polished shoes, and ironed clothes. Getting a neat, good haircut can do wonders for the way a man looks, so go to a hair stylist and get one which suits your personality and the shape of your face. A well-groomed man, irrespective of whether he is wearing stylish clothes or not, looks appealing!

Here’s hoping that with these tips you can make your own fashion statement by dressing appropriately. One last tip – Keep on refurbishing your wardrobe from time to time, at the same time, keep the must-have clothing items handy. In case you feel that you do not know which kind of clothing to opt for, you can go to any of the big stores. The customer service executives there will gladly choose outfits which match your personality and built!

Teenage Summer Fashion

teenage-summer-style-2016-casual-fashion-trends-cool-fashion-ideasWhen the weather turns warmer, many people tend to cringe. Teens see this as an opportunity to revamp their wardrobe. For them, this is the right time to display their trendier side. The summer means loads of colorful blossoms, fresh breeze, bright sunshine, and everything beautiful. The weather gives ample opportunity to wear some interesting creations. From flowery patterns to solid colors, this is the season to experiment.

The Classic White Shirt

The classic white shirt can never go out of style. This looks best when worn with blue jeans. Look for different patterns and cuts. You can opt for a white shirt with a stretch blend that hugs the body or you can choose a long tunic style and pair it with printed leggings. This will surely give you a cool effect on a hot day.

Floral Dresses

This season is the right time to pull out knee-length or mid-thigh length dresses. You can wear bold and solid colors such as red, pink, green, mauve etc. Floral patterns will blend well with the season. Shirt-dresses are an ideal option for a more formal style. You can also go in for a stylish wrap dress, baby doll dress, halter dress, or the very simple basic A-line dress. Comfort is the key factor. A dress should make you comfortable all day long and keep you looking as fresh as a daisy for an evening out with friends.

Comfy Drawstring Pants

Jeans have always been a part of the wardrobe of teens and adults alike. However, jeans may sometimes be a tad uncomfortable for longer durations in hot weather. Comfortable drawstring pants are a great option for those who want breathable fabrics. Combine these pants with stylish tops to create a cool effect.

Basic Shorts

Cute shorts in colors such as electric blue or gorgeous red are bound to attract attention and keep you chilled out in the hot season. It sure does help to have a pair of short pants in your bag. You can pull them on if you are planning for a quick dip in the lake or accessorize it with an elegant top to party with friends.

Get Sporty

The sporty look is ideal for this season. You can opt for bright colors and use various elements. A tank top would look great paired with a light jacket. T-shirts with interesting messages would add more zing and display your attitude. Go for comfortable sneakers in bright colors.

Trendy Leggings

Leggings are also an ideal way to beat the heat in style. Although these have been on the scene many years back, they have made a good comeback, which is visible with the very contemporary designs seen today. From prints to solid colors, lace to embellishments, leggings are seen at any school campus as well as hip parties.

With these options, you are bound to drive away the heat in style.

Fancy Dresses for Juniors

Here’s what you do, stand (or sit) somewhere on the periphery of a busy street and watch young people go by. Don’t gawk though, just look. What you’ll see is that there are so many new and interesting designs of fashion clothing on them, it’ll blow you away.

The fashion world is not limited to adults and super models anymore… let’s just make way for the juniors, people. And what are some of these fancy dresses that we’ve spoken so much about? That is what this article is all about. If you have a special occasion to go to and need to be dressed in some of the best ensemble out there, continue reading the following article. Use these ideas to design some of the best dresses and nothing will stop you from standing out in a crowd. Seriously, try some of these trendy clothes and make the most happening teen fashion statement of the season.

Party Dresses for Juniors
Not the dull and mundane, everyday kind of clothing, we strictly speak of fancy dresses for kids. Something that they can wear and flaunt their way there. Here are some interesting designs to look into.

Dresses

Dresses have made a big time come back, and how! Here are some interesting designs that you should try.

Off Shoulder
Go in for this if you have a great set of well-defined collar bones to flaunt. They make for some of the best sundresses. And the deal with off shoulder dresses is that you can carry forth a lot of variations in them. One shoulder strap, tube top, or low neck.

Knee Length
They do not have to be the long flowing dresses anymore, in fact, short summer dresses have taken on a bolder and smarter look. Make sure the shoes are essentially awesome.

Ruffled Dress
A magical gift of this generation, really. A ruffled dress just lends a completely uber-chic look to the ensemble and makes for some of the best eye catchers. Go in for bold colors and don’t forget to carry a clutch. Although, black dresses are an all-time favorite in this category.

Colors and Material
Do not stick to the dull and drab. Experiment. Experiment with colors and materials. Try laces, sequins, and designs. Prompt an extra sigh from the onlookers by pairing it up with accessories. Most importantly, experiment with length, accessories, and styles. Try these―halters, long slits, strapless, pockets―the choices are limitless. Don’t forget to experiment with the color. And, you can use this one as a graduation dress as well―imagine the reaction when you take the robe off and flaunt it!

Tops

There are dresses and then there are the tops. What have we got for some of the fancy dresses in this section? Let’s see.

Bubble Top
Suits best in a sleeveless style. It starts off draping over the body and then flairs up at the hips. It swishes around there and makes for a great ensemble all together. Looks great with pleats or even plain.

Long Tops
Try long tops that hug the body and stop barely above the knees. Full sleeves and cashmere make for a deadly combo. Pair it up with skin tight jeans or leggings and boots that stop a little below the knees and it could give any formal dress a run for its money.

Sleeves Magic
Concentrate on working the sleeves. There are so, so many styles that you can do with them. Puffed sleeves, butterfly sleeves, three-fourth sleeves, sleeves with slits―to name a few of them. Experiment with these and you’ll have transformed the blouse into something extraordinary and taken it to a whole new level―somewhere to the likes of vintage dress patterns.

Empire Waist Tops
This trendy teen clothing is picking momentum fast. Empire waists involve using a huge belt just below the bust line. Its specialty is that it can be used with either an A-line blouse that simply falls against the body or a slightly thin one that has a flowing material.

And now that you have some ideas for fancy dresses for juniors, you can use them to design a unique ensemble and make it work real good. Oh, and enjoy the oohs and aahs that will be thrown in your direction.

Fashion Advice for Teenage Girls

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.

Be Comfortable
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!

Be Smart
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!

Best Clothes to Wear to College

Every girl on this planet dreads her first day in college whether she accepts it or not. There is only one thing that leads to this dreading – what will I wear on the first day? This question has troubled many girls and given them sleepless nights, I agree. This article will perfectly clear all the doubts you have ever had on what you should be wearing to college. Before you start making plans to make some changes to your wardrobe, there are a few things you should consider. ‘What suits you best?’ This is a very important question as depending on this, we will decide what can be the best clothes for you to wear to college. Then again, you have to understand that college is all about being a student and you cannot wear anything that will make you look older than your age. Yes, some guys would like that but for the ladies, it’s a strict no-no. Avoid everything that will make you stand out of the crowd, as chances are you won’t be ‘in’ it for long then. Yes, you’ve got to be different, but this is how you’re going to do it!

What You Should Wear to College?

Shirts
Your shirts are going to be a very important part of your wardrobe as this is what people notice first. If you live in a town that is blessed with too much of sun, stick to wearing light colored simple tees. Avoid too much of sleeveless as this would give you a horrible tan in the long run. Never wear anything that shines too much. On those lazy days you can pull on a cardigan, but make sure you don’t make this your habit. For accessories throughout the year, choose between stoles, mufflers, gloves and shrugs as and when the weather permits or demands. None of these should be more prominent than the shirt/sweater you wear.

Denims and Pants
Since it’s hot most of the year, once every week, you can wear a skirt or some casual shorts to let your legs breathe. Khadi and cotton pants look cool too. During the winters, stick to denims (no boot cuts and only black or blue) and a few well designed yet, simple pants. Avoid shorts completely. These would show the occasional goose bumps that you would get. If you have to attend just a sport or music class, you can dress in pajamas too. Once in a while, it’s important to you let yourself free!

Footwear
When it comes to footwear, you have to be careful. You might think it is cool to wear those red pumps, isn’t it? They look so hot after all. But then, NO! You are not attending a party! Sneakers are the best option to team up with denims and pants. To give yourself a change sometimes, wear a pair of nice flip flops. With skirts, team up some nice flats. As for the boys, stick to those shoes. You’ll look the best in them!

Drop Dead Gorgeous
Once in a while, you need to show just how gorgeous you are! On days that need a celebration, a birthday maybe, dress up just the way you want. Get those pumps out (finally!) and also get that makeup out. Do your hair just how you want it and wear any color and fabric that you want, even if it shines (finally, again!). On such days, dress to make a statement. Get out all the accessories from the closet as well and make sure you enough of them on you. As for the guys, will you even bother?

These tips on choosing your college wear are very important as most people are a little low on their fashion quotient at that age. You like something, you pick it up and come to college all geared up, ready to flaunt what you shouldn’t be. You have enough trendy teen clothing to choose from; choose well. Throughout your college days, stick to simplicity. Every fashion trend fits different age groups differently. Don’t try to imitate a super model on the cover of your favorite magazine, you may look too overdone for a student. Always, for your entire life, focus on ‘style’. As they say, Keep It Stylish!

Casual Dresses for Juniors

Juniors love to experiment with various styles and fashions. They prefer to dress up according to the changing fashion trends and choose the hot picks of the season. If you check out the teen fashion clothing, you will find a wide range of options available. Moreover, you can find that casual wear is much more popular in the juniors clothing section. Though a wide variety of formal dresses are available on the shelves in the juniors section, use of these is restricted for special occasions. Are you one of those searching for the best dresses to fill up the casual section of your wardrobe? Then here’s more about the top trends in them for juniors which will help you choose the right pieces.

Best Styles to Choose From

Hot Picks

Dresses of various styles in terms of length, fit, pattern, colors, fabric, and designs are hot picks for the season. If you are searching for the most trendy clothes, you are sure to come across pretty knee length and shorter dresses that give you a cool casual look. These short apparels have been popular juniors clothing since a long time. Those having floral prints or abstract designs are a hot trend. Larger prints are the ‘in’ thing and you can see a lot of them with multicolored designs as well. Vibrant colors, quirky designs, etc., will make you look absolutely stunning.

Long Dresses

Apart from the short, long dresses are also amongst the ‘must-checkouts’. Go for the calf length ones with wide waist belts and pleated patterns, or pick the truly feminine and long empire waist dresses. Wear these with ankle boots and get set to turn all eyes towards you. You can also choose to wear the cute ones in fabrics, like chiffon, Georgette, mix cotton, and silk. Flowy sundresses are the ultimate picks for that fun and carefree look. Choose from strapless, thin strapped, halter neck, off shoulder, and empire waist patterns. These are available in a bunch of light and bright colors. Juniors must avoid shopping for dull shades and grab the bright colors, which rightly suit their age. Well, the white dresses impart an unmatchable look and these can be easily graced with colorful accessories. So, if you want to step out with a fresh look do think of that white thin strapped dress with ruffles and frills.

Elegant Outfits

Linen dresses are the best picks for occasions when you want to dress up in casual yet decent attire. When you want to look really special, grab the linen dresses and look class apart. Browse through the classy linen pencil dresses and we are sure that you will like to put one or two of them in your shopping bag. Colors like white or gray look awesome in this fabric. You can go for those with wide collar, wide waist band, and short sleeves that look extremely pretty. Don’t forget to check out the plaid dresses for juniors which are available in varied styles. Choose one that looks best on you and suits your taste.

Fancy dresses are highly popular and amongst the most opted pieces. Make sure that you pair the right accessories with the chosen dress. Pairing suitable boots needs no mention when you want to look perfect. Adding lovely hair accessories and funky beaded jewelry to grace your outfit and play up the look of your attire is a great idea. You can also wear cropped jackets and add a style element to the thin strapped and strapless dresses. So, ready to give a classy casual makeover to your wardrobe?

Awesome Summer Dresses

Summers only mean time for some fun in the sun. Light dresses, flip-flops, glares, and oodles of sunscreen define summer. The scorching heat can actually give you an opportunity to experiment with various outfits. Comfort is the keyword when it comes to the sultry summer weather. Skirts, halter-tops, comfy T-shirts, and cute shorts are all a part of summer clothing. However, the one thing that really defines chic in this season is a summer dress. These can range from the super stylish dresses for a night out to the cute ones during the day, in a range of interesting fabrics. Teens can use this season to their creative best.

Dress Me Up

Shirtdress

A shirtdress was designed with inspiration from a man’s shirt. However, these are longer in length and often resemble a straight frock. Shirtdresses can be worn with or without leggings. Shirtdresses should be worn with a belt to add definition to the waist, as these are very loose. For a casual look during the day, these can be worn with a pair of leggings and flats. To make the look stylish for an evening out, wear the dress minus the leggings, but with a pair of killer heels

Puff Dress

The puff dress is fitting on the upper area of the body, and falls gently below to cover your hips. Such a pattern brings more attention to your arms and legs. This dress rates very high on the comfort factor. Zany and colorful prints would make it ideal for day wear. For a trip to the beach, you can combine it with a stylish, wide-brimmed hat. These dresses are the best option for a feminine look.

Shift Dress

Elegant and stylish, the shift dress can probably never go out of fashion due to its comfort factor. This pattern is based on clean cuts that gives a very smart look and is a very versatile outfit as well. Combine it with flats and you have a casual look. Wear it with heels and you get a professional touch. The shift dress was seen on the fashion scenario in the late ’50s. Shift dresses are usually knee-length and flatter all body types.

Strapless Dress

A strapless summer dress is the ideal choice to beat the heat and yet look super stylish in summer. Go in for bold prints or solid colors for the evening, and bright, fun colors in a floral pattern for the day, to instantly turn heads towards you. You can also pull on a shimmering shrug for the nighttime. This dress accentuates your shoulders and upper body. Usually, a strapless dress looks the most stylish when it is knee-length. Wedges look very cute with these dresses.

Sizzling Summer Fashion Tips

Loads of lip gloss would blend well with any of your summer clothes. Apply a base of lipstick and wear some gloss in a light color for a perfect pout.

Get a stylish pair of flats that will help your feet breathe easy in the hot weather. Strappy sandals look really cool with summer dresses.

A stylish hat will protect your skin and also turn you into a style goddess.

Tote bags can really jazz up any summer dress.

Make a statement with over-sized, stylish glares.

Go in for bright and fun colors while choosing your summer clothes.
So, all set for the summer, are we? Every season presents you with an opportunity to make a style statement, and with these ideas, you can ensure that you look the part without compromising on the comfort factor.

Victorian Fashion for Women

Fashion is one thing that keeps on changing constantly. Trends observed on the cover of every fashion magazine today, are replaced by something else tomorrow! It is actually a cycle, a fashion that is dubbed as ‘old’ today, doesn’t completely fade away, it returns again after some years. Fashion designers, fashion police, and fashion conscious people give a modern look to that ‘old’ fashion, and then that fashion again becomes a hit! Victorian fashion is one such style. This style was obviously first observed during the Victorian period, during the 19th century.

It refers to the trends of the British culture that existed during the reign of queen Victoria, commonly known as the Victorian era. This era lasted for almost two-thirds of the 19th century, which is why we see many different Victorian styles. Clothes were made by hand at the start of the era, however by the end of this age, they were made only by machines. This change is also seen in the fashion clothing of that time. Though the method of sewing the clothes changed, a few styles remained the same. Men of the Victorian age wore stiff ankle length or full length clothing whereas the women wore flowery, flowing gowns or dresses. The outfits changed according to the occasion, however the length remained the same. Women had to wear full length dresses, they were not even allowed to expose their ankles, it was regarded almost a crime. Ironically, bare shoulders or cleavage showing gowns were allowed.

When it came to fashion jewelry, like women of any era or age, Victorian women also loved jewelry! Art Nouveau and pearls were commonly used. One interesting fact is that mourning jewelry was the most popular kind of jewelry! It started with Queen Victoria itself, she wore jet jewelry after Prince Albert’s death. Almost everything that was black in color would be used to make mourning jewelry, sometimes it also included the deceased person’s hair!

Modern Victorian Fashion for Women

Costume

  • Shirts/Blouses: Free-flowing skirts can obviously not be worn on an everyday basis now. So instead opt for Victorian style shirts. Choose blouses made of lace, velvet, or silk and remember, the more feminine the dress is, the more Victorian it is. Go for colors like pale yellow, light blue, black, royal blue, rose pink, ivory etc. You could get pearl-style buttons stitched to complete the look.
  • Jackets: Jackets were very popular during the start of the era. To give a modern look to these old-fashioned jackets, choose wool or velvet. Blazers with a feminine cut will also do. In winter, you can opt for cashmere sweaters which have elegant buttons and delicate embroidery. Choose colors like green, deep purple, brown, etc.
  • Jeans: You do not need to wear long gowns to be Victorian. You can even wear jeans to dress like one. For that, buy jeans that have delicate designs, pearls, lace, velvet trim, etc.
  • Skirts: Skirts with hoops and laces should be worn. Velvet tier skirts also have a Victorian touch to them. Wear woolen stockings and black fishnets with your grand skirts.

Accessories
Now that you know what kind of dress you should wear, let’s see how to complete the look with the right accessories.

  • Necklaces: Chokers are the first choice when it comes to Victorian style jewelry, you can opt for lace or velvet chokers. A single diamond pendant necklace or a locket can also be worn. To a party, wear only pearls!
  • Earrings: Studs were more popular than earrings during this era. So buy rhinestone studs. However, if studs do not go well with your dress, go for chandelier earrings of the same color as that of the blouse.
  • Bracelets and Rings: Silver or gold plated bracelets with rhinestone elegant pearls look great on a Victorian dress. Choose rings with big stones and a good shine to complete the look.
    Shoes

Try thigh-high boots or lace-up shoes in colors like brown or black. High heels also look good on any Victorian outfit.

This was all about Victorian fashion for women. These were just some fashion tips, add your creativity to these tips to achieve that perfect modern Victorian look!

Fashion Tips for Girls

download-6All girls like to look pretty, yes, even the nerdy and the studious ones have this hidden desire to turn into divas and make every hunk swoon over them. That is why we see so many parlors, fashion magazines, designers, whose business is flourishing day by day. It is a well-known fact that the first thing that attracts a man in a woman is her physical beauty. That is why we find women of all ages going to any lengths to look attractive and appealing. The way a girl dresses up and carries herself, adds a lot to her physical beauty. Right kind of clothes and makeup can make even an ordinary girl, look like a beauty queen. At the same time, a gorgeous woman who is dressed badly, may not look so appealing. Here are some useful tips, which one can make use of, for everyday dressing as well as while dressing for special occasions.

Comfort is the Key
The first and probably, the most important fashion tip, is to wear such clothes and shoes, in which one is completely at ease. If you are dressed in something which makes you uncomfortable, it is bound to show on your face, making you seem awkward and under confident. So, remember to always wear clothes in which you are comfortable.

Dress According to Body Type
When choosing clothes, always opt for the ones, which help to hide your flaws and bring up your attractive features. A good way to ensure that is to wear clothes according to your body type. If you are top-heavy, i.e you have a heavy bust and broad shoulders, wear shirts and blouses which draw attention away from your upper body. Wear a “V neck”, shirts with horizontal lines and small collars with minimal designs on them. A girl who is bottom heavy, should avoid wearing body hugging jeans as it will bring the attention to her heavy posterior. Instead, she should wear loose, low waist pants or straight skirts, teemed with tight tops to bring attention to her upper body, instead of the lower body.

Appropriate Makeup
Appropriate makeup is very essential to get the right look. During the day, one should go in for a more natural look, and avoid loud colors such as blue or green. Wear only a light lipstick, mascara, pale eye shadow and an eyeliner while at school. And even if you are planning to use foundation or other makeup bases, it is advised that you try them on the weekends first, taking help from your mother or elder sister, and once you become adept at it, you may apply the same to school. As far as evening makeup or makeup for parties is concerned, one can try to experiment with colors that match the outfit. In the night, dark makeup colors such as black, brown, blue, look really good.

Things to Avoid
Here is a list of fashion blunders which should be avoided.

  • Do not over accessorize, i.e wear five, six chains together, or a ring on every finger, as it does not look classy at all, unless of course dressing like a hippie is what you like.
  • Low waist pants or jeans which show your lingerie can be a big turn off as they look quite vulgar.
  • Do not wear a black lipstick.
  • Do not wear awkward combination of clothing, like teaming long t-shirts with full length skirts.
  • If you are wearing a white dress or a white blouse, do not wear a black bra underneath, instead go in for a skin colored one.
  • Lastly, do not mix various dressing styles, for example do not wear sports shoes with an evening dress.

Keeping these tips in mind, the next time you dress up for an occasion or for your date, will help you to avoid committing any fashion faux paus. One last tip before I sign off – Attitude, confidence and a genuine smile are very important to carry off any outfit, so always remember to wear them too.