Fashion Tips for Men Over 40

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Keep within the range of blacks, blues, grays, browns, burgundy, and beige.
So, you’ve turned 40? And people have started noticing gray in you? All we would say is, that you should actually take pride that you’ve lived all these years. Don’t faux a style that doesn’t belong to your generation. All you need to do is improvise your wardrobe with comfortable, yet gentleman-like clothes. In fact, most of the clothes from your thirties can easily transit to your 40s’ wardrobe.

Don’t follow fashion fads. Fashion trends flicker with every season, but style is what remains. For instance, you would not wear tees that are worn by teens, just because they are in. Even if your favorite fashion magazine tells you that skinny jeans are in trend, you’re not gonna wear them! You have to think of something that is timeless and mature. And in fact, many of you would already have your styles; you just need to polish your equation of styling.

Prefer Quality to Quantity. Choose fabrics that are 100% cotton, wool, linen, etc. for a neat, sturdy look.

Keep it simple and classy! Don’t jam your closet with flashy ties, glittery cufflinks, and shimmery waistcoats. Style your age. Decent is the word.

Carry a clean-shaven and well-groomed look. Well, just for your info, women prefer clean-shaven men.

We are all set to get you a classic wardrobe, that showcases the man you are on the inside.
Embrace the ‘Gentleman’ Look

Dress your age. Jeans and casuals are not from our first picks. Embrace the urban gentlemanly attitude. Pick well-tailored suits. The fabric and the fit of the suit is the most important. Fitted suits would make you look slimmer (and younger). A black jacket and white dress shirt makes a legendary fashion statement.
Grab Slim-fit Oxford Shirts and Trousers!

Comfort and maturity―the key to styling elegantly in 40s. Cotton or linen trousers would fit the bill. Showcase the clean and modern look with straight trousers, and fitted-shirts. Don’t get too colorful while picking shirts, ’cause this will give the appearance that you’re trying hard.
Snatch Sexy Sweaters

Cashmere sweaters add a luxurious casual appeal to the attire. Pick buttoned sweater vests, or V-neck sweaters, something that compliments well on your regular wear, and carry a fresh, relaxed look.
Go Trench with Trenchcoats

Trenches and overcoats add depth to your attire. Get a piece that fits you perfectly, and gives you the slimmer, taller appearance.
Winters are Seasonal, Scarves aren’t!

A pair of leather gloves with a lissom fit can never cease looking stylish. Woolen gloves also qualify the comfort matrix, but should be worn if season allows you to. Worn with a sweater or an overcoat, a pair of gloves can lend a sophisticated look. To add a pop to your attire, accessorize with a scarf.
Neck Ties. Bow ties. Cufflinks.

To separate you from the office lot, make it a point to accessorize your outfit with ties and cufflinks. Don’t pick jazzy colors. Go for silk ties, textured or patterned can pass out, but remember to keep it elegant. Play it safe with blue, black, and brown.
Accessorize!

You don’t just need to wear a watch on suits, you also need to wear it when you’re not in your suits―modern and minimalist. If you’re going with the no-jacket-look, a leather belt is a must!
Woo the Masses with the Right Sunglasses

Find the right pair of sunglasses considering your face shape, and the age. Keep away from luster and glaze. Get a real pair!
Leave Colorful Sneakers for Teens

Well, nothing can beat a pair of black lace-up shoes in formal association, but you could try grays and browns. We suggest to always go for pointed shoes that impart a slimmer sooth. To keep on the smart-casual line, a pair of brogues or loafers will do. Camel and beige are newer colors to try, which will add a sporty pop to your outfit.
The Final Formal Look!

The Final Casual Look!

Decide your outfit based on temperature, location, and the event. Don’t mix casual wear with business wear. When working with casual shorts, be careful on how much you need to expose your knees. Though it may be your favorite suit, you need not wear it on casual evenings.

A common mistake that men often do is moving around in boyish haircuts. Get away with the juvenile look. You need to get something that is more respectable and manly.

This entry was posted on March 16, 2016.

Tips for Men to Wear Suspenders the Right Way

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There is an old saying “He’s a belt and suspenders kind of guy” meaning a man is so paranoid that his pants will come down that he wears both which is a carnal fashion blunder. Never wear a belt with suspenders, and ask your tailor to remove the belt loops if you wish to wear suspenders as a fashion statement.
Also known as ‘braces’ in the United Kingdom, suspenders were first introduced in the men’s wardrobe by a British designer named Albert Thurston, in the 1820s, due to the fashion infusion of high waist pants. With these pants, belts was not an easy option, and hence, the use of suspenders came into being. While the original design was a ‘H’ pattern at the back, it soon changed to ‘X’ and then to ‘Y’.

Originally, they were made out of ‘boxcloth’―a woolen material―at present they are made from a variety of materials like French satin, jacquard silk, argyle or plaid, and leather.
Types of Suspenders
X and Y shape Spenders
Traditionally, there are two types of suspenders. The X shape has two separate straps across the back and can be adjusted to wider positions on the back waistband. The Y shape has two straps merging into one strap that supports the center of the back waistband.
Quick Style Tip:
Make sure your shoe color matches the color of the suspenders.
Button-on Suspenders
The buttons are on the inside of the waistband, two on each side of the center button, and one in the center of the inner waistband at the back. Face the suspenders on the right side out while buttoning them up on the waistband. Then bring it up and button up the front inner side of the pant. Once the pant is on, ease each side of the suspenders up and above the shoulders. Adjust the tightness by sliding the metal clip either up or down.
Clip-on Suspenders
The clips have to be opened and attached to each of the fly, measure about half a distance from the fly to the outer edge of the pant and attach the clip to that point. Pull on the pants to ease the suspenders over the shoulder. Adjust the tension by sliding the metal clips.
Now that we know the different types of suspenders and how to wear them correctly, here are a few looks that may inspire you. Go ahead try out these looks, just remember to wear the look that suits your personal style.
Cool Casual Look

With ripped jeans

Accessorized with scarf and hat
The latest style obsession is reinventing the casual look by wearing suspenders with ripped jeans. Pair it with a well-worn T-shirt which could be mainly in light colors or subtle gray and black. The easiest way to accessorize this look is by wearing sunglasses, hat, or a scarf.

This look goes well enough for a casual trip or an outing. Choosing the right pair of shoes is also essential. Wearing a comfortable pair of chinos, chukkas, or bright sneakers would give you an edgy look.
The Corporate Look

With rolled down sleeves

With rolled up sleeves and tie
Men who wish to make a formal impression at work can wear wide suspenders with a formal collared shirt and tie with the sleeves rolled up to give it a subtle casual look. But if you wish to make a sophisticated impression, then thin suspenders with your formal buttoned up shirt will make a distinct statement.

Pair it up with a suit jacket so that people will surely notice it whenever you take off your suit jacket. Accessorize this look with a good pair of formal footwear like oxfords, wingtip, or derby.
The Punk Look

A formal punk look

A casual punk look
Suspenders were originally popular with the punk community. To get this look right, wear suspenders with a formal shirt, and accessorize with earrings for a formal look. And for a more casual look, wear suspenders with a graphic or plain vest along with an informal pant. Footwear that goes well with this look are a comfy pair of boat shoes, slip-on plimsolls, driving moccasins, or canvas sneakers.
Never ever gone out of style or out of the manly wardrobe, the suspenders are here to stay, they are a very fun accessory that can give you a distinctive look and style.

This entry was posted on March 8, 2016.

7 Must-have Accessories for Men

download (20)“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
― Orson Welles
Many men usually stay away from the accessories department in a mall, because they think that wearing leather straps on their wrists, or carrying handbags is a little too girly. But that is not the case. Men actually end up looking smart and savvy when they wear the correct accessories. While walking on the streets, we come across men who are impeccably dressed, wearing crisp suits, shiny shoes, designer ties, and amazing accessories.

To make things easier for men, who do not have an eye when it comes to fashion and changing trends in accessories, this Buzzle write-up presents 7 accessories that every guy must own to be up-to-date with the fashion trends and look absolutely dashing.
7 Fashion Accessories Men Should Have
Wallets

A good wallet is one accessory that lasts for a long time. There is an array of these trendy money and card holders in the market. You can choose from plain colors, printed works, leather, and fabric ones, depending on what catches your eye.
Hats

When you talk about hats, you have to be very careful while selecting the right one for you. Choose a hat that goes well on formals as well as casuals. Trendy black bowler hats, top hats, and boaters are very much in fashion, but let me remind you that these hats go well only on formal attire. If you are going for an informal look, you could try a classy fedora.
Cufflinks

Cufflinks should be worn only when you are dressing to impress. A beautifully tailored button-down shirt, which has been ironed nicely, teamed with a simple yet classy pair of studded cufflinks, makes a man look drool-worthy. You can also wear a casual or formal jacket to complete this look.
Belts

Belts are a must for men. Not only do they keep your pants from falling, but they also complete your entire look. Picture this―you are walking on a street, wearing a nice pair of white linen pants, paired with a collared T-shirt and an elegant brown belt. Simple―yes! Classy―definitely yes!
Jewelry

Earrings, rings, bracelets, and chains look great on men, provided they are kept simple and sophisticated. Leather accessories are in vogue, so wearing wristbands made of leather will look great. Shiny and large bling look amazing on men. If you just want to accentuate your outfit with some metal and stones, indulging in classy jewelry is advised by most fashion experts.
Watches

A watch is one thing that men and women alike and should always wear it. Apart from being practical, a watch is the perfect accessory to complete an outfit. One can go without wearing jewelry, cufflinks, hats, and belts, but not without a watch.
Sunglasses

Apart from giving protection to your eyes, sunglasses look cool on suits, shorts, jeans, or even if it is worn on boxers. Always choose a pair that suits your face cut, and opt for frames that will go well with both, a casual as well as formal look.
Team these accessories with the right clothes and shoes, and you are all set to dazzle. Just remember to keep it simple and neutral so that you look classy and sophisticated.

This entry was posted on March 4, 2016.

Wondering What to Wear to a Baby Shower Helpful Ideas are Here

Word of advice.
Wear a dress or outfit that you can mingle and move in. There’s no point attending a baby shower if your outfit isn’t comfortable to be in.
Dressing up for a soirée can go either way; the choice of ensemble can either make or break you. What you should concentrate on is trying to find a balance, and finalizing an outfit that is in your comfort zone. This doesn’t mean you have to purchase a new outfit for the event. You can definitely work with something you already own. Keeping this in mind, we have put together a few ideas on what could be your ticket to a lovely, stress-free shower.
Attending a Baby Shower in Style
Depending on the location, weather, and theme of the shower, choose your attire carefully. Baby showers don’t necessarily have a specific dress code that women need to follow. However, an outfit that you may wear at a friend’s backyard or living room baby shower may not be appropriate for one held at a banquet hall or an upscale restaurant.
Look Seductive in a Dress

Always be sure to read the invitation card carefully before you zero in on an outfit. If it’s an elegant and sophisticated affair, you don’t want to seem the odd one out among other women. The theme and venue of the shower will tell you whether you require a formal-type dress or a sundress. If the invitation isn’t clear enough, or you’re having second thoughts about your outfit, talk to the hostess. She is the perfect person to discuss these things with, as she’ll be looking after everything related to the shower.
Look Chic in a Skirt

Skirts look classy, polished, and elegant any time of the year. There are so many colors, styles, and layers that can be achieved with skirts. Depending on your comfort level, choose to wear either flats, low heels, or sexy pumps. With the right accessories, make the outfit more fun than frump. And since it is a celebration, wearing black isn’t really considered appropriate. However, if you add splashes of color to the entire outfit, it can be passable.
Look Alluring in Pants

For a more casual approach to the shower, wear your favorite pair of jeans or pants with a sexy top. There are so many colors you can work with. Wear pastel-colored tops with dark-colored bottoms, or pick a bright top that can be seen from the other end of the room. You can definitely keep the outfit girly, while not having to do too much. Plus, you can be confident enough to play all the games at the party, without being self-conscious.
Since baby showers are typically held during the daytime, try not to go overboard in the accessories department. You don’t want to overpower your dress with unnecessary additions. A chunky necklace, cuff bracelet, menswear-inspired watch, pair of studs, wrap scarf, or even a classic tote will do.

This entry was posted on July 20, 2016.

Corset Tops You Can Wear Out and Look Like an Absolute Diva

Corsets are no longer restricted till the section of ladies undergarments. These sexy undergarments are becoming more stylish and a popular style of tops to be paired with jeans and skirts. Fashion trends in women’s clothing keep changing everyday and corsets are no exception. You can see many girls wearing fancy corset tops in different ways and making a classic style statement. Well, if you have not yet added one to your wardrobe, it is time to do so.
Wearing Corset Tops as Casual Wear

Corsets are a popular casual top. When paired with denims, they make a perfect casual attire. They make for classic party clothing as well. Stylish corset tops are commonly paired with jeans, shorts, capri pants, and cut-off denims. You can finish this attire with flat gladiators and get set to flaunt your hot look. These are the best picks when you are all set to don a bold look. Apart from these, you can choose those, which have small balloon sleeves or wide shoulder straps.
Corset Top Designs
Pair corset tops with denims to look uniquely stylish. Choose from the sleeveless, with sleeves and off-shoulder patterns available in corset shirts. Many girls also wear a printed or dark-colored corset top on a white shirt or blouse that has full sleeves. A front buttoned corset top is a lovely piece that you can wear on casual bottoms. Pairing semi-casual corset tops on skirts, especially the knee-length skirts made of soft flowing fabrics is a smart style.
Wedding Wear with Corset Tops

You can find a range of wedding wear consisting of beautiful corset tops. A corset top is figure flattering, which is a big advantage of wearing a corset wedding gown. These dresses are available for many body types. For example, slim brides can have specially designed dresses that have figure correcting slips attached inside. Some pieces have invisible zippers inside the lacing. Brides can easily wear the dress by opening this zipper and don’t need to spend time in adjusting the lacing.
Fabrics and Patterns of Corset Tops

Corset tops come in a number of fabrics. From the comfy cottons till the stylish silks, you can choose any material. The neckline and sleeve patterns in corset tops offer you a number of choices. While the strapless tops are most popular, you can also go for the thin strapped or off-shoulder patterns. Laces and satin borders are commonly seen, but are not very emphasizing. Such laces and trims definitely add spice to wedding wear.

The designs available in these are sure to surprise you. One with polka dots, especially the black and white combo is a classic item to go for. You can also find some tops having delicate embroidery. Tops with checker prints look simply awesome and are definitely among the best corset tops to wear on casual occasions. You can also find pieces having stylish belts at the waist or above the waist line which can be tied into a bow, at one side.
Looking at the variety available, you might be eager to buy one. Check out the online shopping websites to find some cheap corset tops and latest patterns in these. Pick a good piece that is suitable for your figure, pair it with the right bottom wear and dress up well to turn all those eyes towards you

This entry was posted on July 10, 2016.

Boho Chic: Clothing for Women Influenced By Bohemianism

We’re all familiar with the term ‘hippies’, who followed in the footsteps of earlier bohemians by proclaiming strong beliefs associated with love, peace, and non-violence. Bohemianism is a practice where supporters are usually artistic, offbeat individuals, like musicians, artists, writers, actors, and the like.
They had a political or social outlook that strongly opposed acts of violence, where holding rallies and protests to spread their messages of love and brotherhood, were a common sight in the past. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, and Courtney Love, were just some of the many supporters of bohemianism.
Freedom from Restricted Apparels

Evolution in The Liberty of Dresses
The first sign of renouncing commonplace woman’s fashion, was seen during the pre-Raphaelite movement where women abandoned crinolines and corsets. Designer Barbara Hulanicki of Biba, was the first to showcase dresses that were limp and shapeless, set up in a store that echoed an Edwardian theme. This marked the beginning of what women were going to experience as freedom from constricting attire, to a more intrepid, unabashed style of dressing.
Evolution of Bohemian Clothing for Women

Development and changes invarious styles of bohemianism were seen over the centuries and to present-day also it is evolving. The characteristics of the clothing changed drastically, going from demure and angelic, to nonconformist and fashionable.
Rational Dress Society (Freedom / Rational Dress)

these dresses were not accepted by Rational Dress Society
The women of this society vehemently disregarded wearing dresses that were stifling, or a hindrance to movement. This is what the society laid down as part of the new dress code, snuffing what the Victorian Era represented in their deformed, highly restricted sense of dressing.
“The Rational Dress Society protests against the introduction of any fashion in dress that either deforms the figure, impedes the movements of the body, or in any way tends to injure the health. It protests against the wearing of tightly-fitting corsets; of high-heeled shoes; of heavily-weighted skirts, as rendering healthy exercise almost impossible; and of all tie down cloaks or other garments impeding on the movements of the arms. It protests against crinolines or crinolettes of any kind as ugly and deforming. It requires all to be dressed healthily, comfortably, and beautifully, to seek what conduces to birth, comfort and beauty in our dress as a duty to ourselves and each other.” – Rational Dress Society Doctrine
Dorelia Influence

cascading and colorful skirts were loved under Dorelia Influence
The name of this style is supposedly named after Dorothy ‘Dorelia’ McNeill, second wife of painter Augustus John. She was seen on many occasions wearing vibrant, cascading skirts where the only piece of jewelry she wore, were dangly silver earrings. It was a significant moment in bohemian fashion for women, as it made way for the gypsy look.
Gypsies

Gypsies liked to wear headbands
Gypsies were Romani people who migrated from the northwestern Indian subcontinent, before settling in the Balkans and certain parts of Eastern Europe. Their lineage is said to have Egyptian-esque roots since the word ‘gypsy’ has a linguistic reference to Egypt. The term gypsy is given to them not as a minority name, but for their lifestyle and unusual dressing sense.
Rustic Interpretations and Androgyny

Flower Wreaths were in Fashion during this time
In the year 1944 post the liberation of Paris, women were increasingly bohemian in their style of dressing with showy peasant skirts, and gaudy earrings. Juliette Gréco (singer) was second to Effie Gray (wife of pre-Raphaelite John Millais) to put flowers in her hair as an ornament, bringing to light the early outset of the ‘flower power’ movement (mid 1960s).
Like Gréco, bohemians too wore flowers in their hair. She was an avid supported of the Bohemian culture, immersing in political and philosophical beliefs of bohemianism. While bohemians wore colorful garb, wearing black was a prevalent post-war trend. She wore it as a mark of poverty (as a teen), still exuding similar bohemian traits as she aged.
Bob Hair

Bob Hair Were prime in Bohemian Fashion
Women started to wear their hair shorter, sporting male-dominant clothes like tailored suits and pullovers. Bobbed hair was a stark bohemian feature, with many students in Paris parading this masculine hairstyle. The distinction between the sexes was a blur for those who witnessed the turnaround beliefs of women sexuality.
The ‘New Look’
The ‘New Look’ line was designed by luxury designer Christian Dior in 1947, and was seen as a novel introduction to woman’s fashion post World War II. While it wasn’t welcomed positively by the bohemians because of its old-fashioned feminine detailing, Paris on the other hand regained its title as fashion capital of the world, partly because of the New Look line.
Brassiere Fiasco
The bra came to be regarded as a symbol of liberation, with the term ‘bra burning’ associated with the feminist movement. While there weren’t any actual bras burnt, the coinage was made by the media in reference to the ‘draft-card burning’ incident – it was done by those who weren’t in support of the US troops participating in the Vietnam War, rallying against the government and those who believed otherwise.
Madonna became the Fashion icon
Madonna is known for turning the bra into a fashion icon instead, using it in music videos and stage performances as a symbol of raw sexuality and audaciousness. The conical bra corset that she wore during her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, sold for a staggering $52,000 at an auction in London in 2012; it was designed by haute couture designer, Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Hippie-Chic Era

During the mid to late 1980s, women wore leather or denim outfits, combined with flared mini skirts. It was a coalescence of goth and bohemian influences, where designers were influenced by the rising trend of hippie chic during the 1990s. Women were seen comfortably clad in masculine accessories and clothing, like boots and denim / leather pants, with the look finished off with goth makeup. This was an age of punk, retro fashion that marked the culmination of the bohemian culture.
Bohemianism is still prevalent in modern-day fashion, with both men and women wearing modern yet old-school renditions of this style. Fashions houses under Erica Tanov, John Malkovich, Max Azria, Derek Lam, and Gimmo Etro, to name a few, have all used bohemian themes in their collections.

This entry was posted on July 5, 2016.

Here’s a Useful Guide to Buy Look-enhancing Women’s Blazers

It’s downright undignified how many blazers I’ve bought over the years. And will continue to buy. They immediately give shape and add authority. With the perfect blazer, anything is possible. Almost like magic, a strong, angular but subtle shoulder lifts your center of gravity, while the clean straight line of a lapel can justify the rest of your outfit.
– Rashida Jones
Ask any fashion guru worth his salt for a list of wardrobe essentials for women, and the blazer will be one of the items topping the list. There is something incredibly attractive about a well-fitting coat. It can be worn with a pair of trousers and a button-down shirt to an immensely important business meeting in the morning, and then dressed down in the evening with a pair of denims and a tank top. While its versatility is well-known, how do you pick the perfect one? With the huge range of designs and styles that exist in the market today, it can be quite the task to pick out one which is both complementary and perfect for the event at hand. While men have strict dos and don’ts for these coats, with women the rules are quite flexible. But this freedom means that you need to pay much more attention to its look and style to ensure that it can be given a chic makeover to match the occasion.
Deconstructing the Blazer
The best way to learn how to buy that immaculate blazer is to understand the science behind it. What are the different styles? How many different elements make up that perfect piece of clothing? How do you pick one that is right for you? With the image below we highlight the different aspects you need to pay attention to, and then we explain to you all the nitty-gritty.
Single-breasted or Double-breasted

When understanding this piece of clothing, your first lesson comes in learning the difference between single-breasted and double-breasted blazers. In the former, the two sides button up at the center of the torso, while in the latter the two sides overlap and button up towards one side. The double-breasted style has two rows of buttons.

What You Should Remember: While the double-breasted look is great for women who are slim and tall, the single-breasted coat is a much more classic and versatile style that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
Buttons
The number of buttons a blazer has can completely change the way it fits and complements a woman’s body. Since there are so many styles to opt from, let’s look at each of them separately.

One-Button: Casual but difficult to pull off, an ill-fitting design can look clumsy. This style should be buttoned up at the narrowest part of your waist to fit well. If not, then there are chances that the coat will bunch up, gape between buttons, and pull uncomfortably.

Two-Button: More work-appropriate than the one-button style, this design is less discriminating, too. Since you don’t need to button it up directly at the narrowest part of your torso, the jacket has a smoother fall.

Three-Button: Mostly worn for formal occasions, this style is not very popular. Since the buttons start higher, they don’t flatter women who aren’t very tall.
Multi-Button:
There are coats that have buttons running its full length. Depending on the other related factors like the length, the cut, etc., it looks different on different women. Multi-button coats are generally extremely versatile.

What You Should Remember: Always try out coats in different styles before selecting one. It is important to wear a coat that flatters you best.
Lapels
As we saw with buttons, there are different styles of lapels too. Depending on the setting of the occasion and your body type, you can pick from one of the styles described here.
Notch: A lapel style in which the collar bottom meets the top of the lapel at a degree between 75 and 90. Most single-breasted suits have this lapel style. A style that suits most body types, it is also perfect for work.

Peak:
Also known as pointed lapel, it is an extremely formal style that is not a very common sight today unless you are extremely fashion-forward. It is the perfect style for people who are looking for something that has a lengthening and slimming effect.
Shawl:
Personally, this is a style that I love. With a rounded edge, this is an extremely formal design that is more often than not seen on men at very formal occasions, but we believe that it can be styled beautifully for an informal setting as well.

What You Should Remember: Always pick a lapel which is in proportion to your body. For petite women, smaller lapels do wonders, and on plus-sized women, dramatic lapels can be gorgeous.
Shoulders

Most blazers come with a slight padding at the shoulder that gives it a proper shape. A good jacket will always fit properly, and never feel stretched across the shoulders. Ensure that you don’t pick a coat with a shoulder that is too wide, as it will make you look broader than you are. It will also cause the material below the shoulder to fold. On the other hand, if too small, your arms will seem bigger than the rest of your body. This will be too tight and cause you to feel uncomfortable.

What You Should Remember: If you are uncomfortable with shoulder pads, then you can lessen them, but don’t remove them completely, as it causes the shape to change. The shoulder pads should end at your natural shoulders’ end.
Sleeves

Fashion experts believe that the perfect sleeve should end at the joint that connects your thumb and wrist, when you are standing straight with your arms at your sides. If you are opting for a bracelet sleeve, then it should end above the wrist, and three-fourth sleeves should end just below the elbow. The width of the sleeve should be such that it should allow for layering but it shouldn’t be too wide either. Very wide sleeves can make the coat look boxy and oversized.

What You Should Remember: Pick coats with sleeves that have functional buttons and not just aesthetic ones. This will allow you to roll up the sleeves for a slightly more casual look.
Arm Holes

Often ignored, the arm holes of the jacket can make or break it. The width of the armholes shouldn’t be much wider than your upper arm. If it is too wide, it will look baggy, pull on the blazer’s bustline, and also restrict how much you can move your arm. If too tight, it will be plain uncomfortable, rub against your underarm, and also restrict your layering opportunities.

What You Should Remember: While buying a coat, always try it on and do some activity while wearing it to understand how well it fits. Any restriction of arm movement means that you need to rethink your pick.
Torso
The blazer should be tailored in such a fashion that you should be able to easily button it over the largest part of your waist. With one that is too big, your curves will be lost, and with one that is too small, the material will pull and strain. If you are top-heavy, you may need to buy a coat that is a size bigger so that it fits properly around the bustline. You will then need to get the shoulders and waist altered.

What You Should Remember: A good indication that you are buying the perfect coat is that when you button it up, it will glide along your curves, but not pull taut.
Length
The length that flatters a woman differs depending on her body type, and only trying it on will help you understand if it is the correct style for you.

Hip-Length: The most widely-used length in blazers is the hip length. Traditional and flattering for most women, this style hits mid-hip.

Waist-length: This is another style that is quite popular with women. Slightly more casual, it is complementary for most women as it draws attention to the waist.

Cropped: A very casual style, these jackets are most suitable for women who have a slim, long torso. Since it tends to divide the waist area into two halves, it is not flattering on women who are short.

Long: Extremely stylish and the darling of the fashion world, this is not a very common style for daily use. It is suitable, though, for a woman looking for a longer option that covers her hips completely.

What You Should Remember: Always have a waist-length blazer in your wardrobe. It is the perfect coat to navigate both formal and casual occasions.
Miscellaneous
While these are the main components that you need to take into consideration when you are picking a blazer, there are some other pointers that will hold you in good stead.
Fabric: The material with which it is made will have a great impact on not only its durability but also its price. Depending on the weather conditions and your requirement, you can pick from different fabrics including wool, cotton, linen, silk, satin, velvet, corduroy, leather, etc.

Pockets: The placement and size of the pockets can actually change the way a coat looks. Bulky pockets can cause the hip area to look bigger, while small and angled pockets can create an impression of curves as they draw attention.

Color: If versatility is the keyword, then opt for a coat in a neutral color like black, gray, white, or even tan, as these can be worn conservatively to work or made fun for a social event. For a night out around town, opt for fun colors such as red, yellow, or even neon.
Patterns: It is not for everyone, but it can make quite a statement. From staid pinstripes and tartans in neutral colors for work settings, to bright floral and crazy animal prints for parties, the pattern you opt for depends on your comfort level.
Understanding all these details should help you select the perfect blazer. Often overlooked, a good coat can do wonders for your outfit. Just pair your favorite coat with a super feminine top, a pair of denims, and heels, and you have the perfect outfit for a Sunday brunch. Wear your blazer with graphic tee and cropped pants, and you have a look that will do wonders on a casual Friday. Not ready to give up on your favorite old coat? Make it trendy by leaving it open and cinching it with a slim belt or ribbon. There’s no end to the number of looks you can create with this multifaceted piece of clothing. Just go ahead and use these tips to buy that perfect blazer, experiment with your looks, and sit back as the compliments flow in.

This entry was posted on June 30, 2016.

Stylishly Ravishing Dresses to Wear With Leggings

Until very recently, leggings were not considered stylish by most women hence, were never given a second thought. However, today, leggings have made a comeback, and how! They are worn as pants, with dresses, even with skirts, and still manage to look exceptionally stylish. Dress them up or dress them down and you will still remain the talk of the town.
The Hemline Hustle

Length is a key factor when it comes to pairing a dress with leggings. Leggings are an ideal choice if you are opting for a short dress. Teaming a mini dress with leggings provides you with a lot of comfort and ease of movement. You can look chic without worrying about showing too much skin.

Layering this dress with leggings can be a perfect look. Adding leggings to such a dress is a smart option, as the dress ends at a tricky length, and the leggings will provide the slimming effect or the height and definition that you are looking for.

This is the longest length of a dress that you can pair with leggings. Layering a dress that ends at the top of your knees can provide warmth on those cold days, or simply when you are not in the mood to reveal.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Leggings are available in a wide variety of options. First and foremost, they come in different lengths – mid-calf, ankle, and full length. The mid-calf length gives a very casual look and is a great choice for tall women. Ankle-length leggings are the most popularly worn ones. What adds to their popularity is the fact that they suit all body-types.

Leggings also come in a plethora of fabrics today. The most commonly available ones are the cotton and lycra options. A recent trend that rose to popularity on the fashion charts was the jeggings. These give a smart, feminine appearance along with the comfort of wearing pants. Shiny leggings are a favorite among many women for clubwear.

Leggings went up by a few notches on the trend meter when they were introduced with prints. Floral or animal print leggings teamed with a monochrome dress look very chic. Stripes, polka dots, lace and geometric prints are some more options to choose from.

An extremely popular trend ruling the fashion charts is teaming neon leggings with a solid colored dress. Nothing adds a burst of color as well as this trend. Black may be the go-to option for most of us, but that does not stop some others from experimenting. Colored leggings like navy blue and brown are gaining immense popularity among women. If neon is not your style, you can add color to your look by opting for other fun options like deep purple or maroon.
A Shoe-y Affair
The right kind of footwear can either make or break your outfit when paired with leggings. Ballerina flats look über-cute and casual when teamed with mid-calf length leggings. They add a girly touch to your look. With ankle-length leggings, you can add oomph to your outfit by opting for wedges or stilletoes. Another fashionable choice is to go in for boots. Long leggings and ankle-length boots are an extremely stylish and edgy choice.

Fashion is all about style coupled with comfort. And leggings are the perfect option to abide by this rule and look fashionable.

This entry was posted on June 22, 2016.

Walk Down the Style Street Wearing These Outfits With Leggings

You can either glam them up for a night out, or dress them down for a more casual look. You can wear them under dresses, skirts, or even with long tunic tops. They often form an integral part of clothing for women, and are available in a spectrum of colors, and in so many styles and patterns, that you will be spoiled for choice. Also, these leggings give you the opportunity to personalize the outfit by using your creativity.
Basics for Choosing Leggings

Color
If you are just starting out, it’s best if you start with opaque leggings in a dark color, like black or brown. These solid colors will let you experiment with different colored tunics. When choosing a color for the leggings, it’s best if you select a color either present in the top, or a color that complements the top. Choosing a totally contrast color can turn out to be a disaster. Once you start to feel more comfortable, then you can mix and match with new colors along the way.

Length
Leggings also come in different lengths. While selecting the length, you should take into consideration the shape of your body. For example, mid-calf leggings look great on a tall girl, but if you are petite, they might make your legs look wide.

Pairing Your Leggings
The choices for pairing clothes with leggings are infinite. From shirts and dresses to tunics, you can pair your leggings with almost anything. Also, they give the perfect opportunity to wear the layered look. A short skirt and a fitting T-shirt makes for the perfect outfit to wear with leggings.

For the Beginner
If you are hesitant to try leggings, the best option is to wear a monochromatic outfit. A black blouse or a T-shirt with a checked short skirt and black leggings; this kind of monochromatic look is great for adding height to make you look taller. To make the look more visually appealing, you could wear bright-colored shoes, like red. You can complete the look by carrying a chic handbag.

For the Fun
The most fun way to wear leggings is to wear them with tunics. You can choose a multicolored tunic and pair it with leggings of a color accented within the tunic to give it a more unified look. Use this look for a casual day out with your friends. To glam up the outfit for a night-out, just use some statement accessories. If you are into the layered look, then you can add a short jacket. Wear the outfit with leggings and ankle length boots, and you are ready to make a statement on a night out.

For the Elegant and Chic Look
Pair your leggings with a dress. Either choose a fitted knitted dress with a wide belt, or a bohemian style casual dress. Whichever style you choose, always make sure that the dress is either mid-thigh or knee-length. If you want a more creative look, then pair a little black dress with multicolored or fluorescent leggings. This will make the leggings the focal point. Accessorize the look with a clutch bag and a pair of hoops.
Tips

One very important point to take into consideration is that leggings are not pants. Therefore, it’s very important not to wear them with tops, dresses or shirts that are short in length. The top should at least reach up till the mid-thigh. The key is to use the ‘big over small silhouette’ look. When you choose a top, make sure that it is not skin-tight.

In winter, you do not have to keep those cute short skirts at the back of your wardrobe.
Now that you know how to wear cute clothes with leggings, go ahead and include them in your wardrobe, and remember to accessorize. All of us should have at least one pair of leggings, as they possess all the qualities that we girls look for in a perfect garment-chic, comfortable and inexpensive.

This entry was posted on June 18, 2016.

Get Your Swag On: Wear These Dresses With Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots are not just for cowboys, and they are seen all over the ramp. Even celebrities like Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes are fans of cowboy boots, and pair them with anything from skinny jeans to cute sundresses. Now, wearing denims with cowboy boots has been done to death. So let’s discuss what kind of dresses one can wear with these rugged boots.
Wrap Dresses

A great dress to wear with cowboy boots is a wrap dress. Wrap dresses in a geometric print, abstract print, or painterly print look excellent with ankle length cowboy boots. Knee length wrap dresses with three-fourth sleeves are also a good choice. Make sure that you wear only ankle-length boots with wrap dresses, as calf length boots do not look good with them.
Floral Dresses

If you’re looking for cute dresses to wear with cowboy boots, you should consider floral dresses. Floral water-color print dresses are very much in vogue, and they look super stylish when accessorized with boots. This kind of dress looks great with black leather cowboy boots. You can wear ankle-length as well as calf-length leather cowboy boots with these dresses. If you need to wear this look for an evening, just pair it with a boyfriend jacket, for a very glamorous, yet casual look.
Casual White Dresses

You can also opt for the very much in fashion white dress in fabrics like tulle, organza, and chiffon, to wear with cowboy boots. These romantic white dresses in wispy materials look great with suede boots. The best style of cowboy boots that goes with such dresses are ankle-length boots or slouchy suede boots in tan color. White and tan are a natural pair, and there is nothing more chic than pairing an A-line white eyelet dress with tan ankle-length cowboy boots.
This is an outfit that you can go shopping in or go for brunch with the girls. All you need to complete the look is a pair of over-sized glares, a quilted boho handbag, and a colorful printed scarf wrapped around your shoulders.
Tiered Dresses

One of the best dresses to wear with cowboy boots is a tiered dress. These types of dresses are just right for wearing to an evening do, as they are streamlined and fancy. Tiered dresses in antique gold and bronze colors whose hemline falls just below the knee are ideal to be worn with cowboy boots. Gold and bronze colors look fabulous with knee-height boots in tan or taupe colors. To finish the look, pair it with an envelope clutch in jewel tones and layered pearl necklaces.
Never ever wear ankle-length cowboy boots with midi dresses, as it will make your legs look shorter, and you will end up looking frumpy. Always wear ankle-length boots with either floor-length dresses or with dresses that fall above the knees.
Other dresses to wear with cowboy boots are maxi dresses or the latest one-shouldered dresses. Since the one-shouldered dress show off some skin, it is best offset with a pair of rugged calf-length suede cowboy boots. Ankle-length cowboy boots are best paired with floaty maxi dresses. Avoid wearing thigh-high boots with midi dresses, as they do not look good. The only thing to remember while choosing a dress to wear with cowboy boots is that, the dress should not be too short or tight. This will make you look trashy, which is certainly not what you were aiming for.

This entry was posted on June 9, 2016.

Stylishly Smart Women’s Classic Professional Clothing

Women’s fashion has been scaling new heights with new designers churning out trendy designs for the fashion-conscious women. Formal outfits are no longer boring, and they are equally chic with a touch of glamor, all thanks to the creative minds of some fashion designers all over the world. Women’s clothing has undergone many alterations with new ideas being added with every passing season. No longer does getting dressed for work mean dull blacks and boring grays.
A professional woman, who’s always on the go, has many more reasons to keep her wardrobe updated. You can use the basics of professional clothing to create a wardrobe that is chic and turns you into a complete glam goddess as well!
Pant Suits
We all know the corporate world demands a certain look, but there are many women out there who would also like to have some fun! If you have specific rules to be followed at work for professional clothing, you would have no choice but to adhere to the same. In that case, color plays an important part in the way you present yourself. Although being dressed professionally does not mean an increased performance at work, nevertheless, this code is particularly required in industries that have a large interaction with consumers and clients.

For the classic professional clothing, you can go in for colors such as gray, beige, dark blue, and black for your pant suits.

Gems and stones go very well with professional suits.

The best part is, you can mix and match it with soft pastel or bold shades to break the monotony. Use a mix of lavenders, icy blues, soft pinks, and a shade of ivory to balance the entire look. Add a stylish printed scarf to make an ultimate style statement.
The classic women’s business suit rates high on the list of many stylish young businesswomen. Many organizations are becoming more and more open about letting their employees come out of the same, boring formal dress codes. You can browse through different fashion magazines for more pant suit styles that will suit your body type. Wearing stylish corporate attire for women have become quite necessary these days. Select from different fabrics, patterns, colors, and cuts. Ask your friend to come shopping with you, and you’ll have more choices to select from.
Business Skirt
When we talk about women’s professional clothing. Pencil skirts are great and form an integral part. No matter which designer may have created the ensemble, the fit is the most important part of any attire. Apart from pants that fit you right, and add some flirty skirts as well.

Go in for that sassy, fitted skirt with slits that show just a hint of leg. Team it with a perfectly-fit shirt, and wear minimal accessories. Maybe a classic bracelet would just complete the look.

Use stylish jackets for the chilly weather; a black trench coat can help to make the ultimate style statement. You can also opt for pencil straight skirts or those, which have a slight flare. Ensure the skirts fall a couple of inches below your knees. Pair them up with some great heels.
Chic Dress
Dresses are also being incorporated into the category of women’s classic professional clothing. Casual dresses are best left for an evening at the coffee with your boyfriend.

Go in for sleek and svelte dresses in muted tones for the classic professional look. This would make you feel completely stylish and lend a unique touch to your wardrobe. Smart dresses give a professional touch and can turn any boring day at work into a super stylish affair.
Other Accessories to Pair with your Clothes

Women’s professional clothing cannot be complete without the mention of the right bag. A professional bag helps to complete the look and often remains to be the most ignored factor by women. The right bag helps in boosting your image and you can make an ultimate style statement at important business meetings.
Avoid bags that are high on bling or those that are not really firm. A classic bag in black or brown, that is big enough to hold all your necessities, but compact so that it does not scream in terms of color should do well on the professional front. Look for compartments so that you can separate your cosmetics from objects related to your work.

Footwear is also important and helps to complete the women’s professional look. A well-fitting pair in black or brown with medium heels suits best for work.

To look professional, you must also consider the jewelry as well. The kind of jewelry you choose should be simple and elegant. A stylish watch can also help to lend that professional touch. Go in for clean designs sans all the clutter.
Friday Favorites

Fridays are generally considered the day for casual dressing. In that case, you can go in for well-fitted denims and pair them with smart tees or fashionable tops that are in line with the latest fashion. Paired with blingy jewelry.
Make an ultimate style statement at your workplace. Learn to bend some rules and be a complete trend-setter!

This entry was posted on June 3, 2016.

Designer Evening Dress Patterns to Look Like a Million Bucks

It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.
– Alexander McQueen
Finding the perfect evening gown is like holding kryptonite in your hands – the world stops and time seems to freeze as you run your hands over that much coveted object, feeling the material with every fiber of your being. In that one moment, you feel stirred and soothed, strong and weak at the same time – it’s as if all your life had been leading up to this moment when you come face to face with your raison d’être! Ah… Sometimes, even exaggerations seem justified. Anyway, coming back to evening gowns, it is not always that fate smiles upon you thus, and, most of the time, you are left with no option but to put together available resources to get something close to the original temptation.
Pattern Styles and Ideas
Sweetheart neckline

White gown with a sweetheart neckline
Take the top half of a heart at the bustline and you have the sexy and cute sweetheart neckline. Apple-shaped women can opt for a gown where the skirt draws attention. A billowing, flowy skirt is the perfect option to add fullness to the lower half of the body. A coverup like a pashmina or silk wrap can be used if you are conscious of your upper body.

Front and back view of a shocking pink gown with a sweetheart neckline.
A gown with a sweetheart neckline works well for pear-shaped women with a small bosom.
Opt for a fitted bodice on top to flaunt your best features.
For the lower half of your body, go in for a dress that has an A-line skirt or one with straight cuts.

A body-hugging dress is an ideal choice for women with an hourglass figure.
A fitted dress will accentuate you curves and highlight your best features.
Wear a pretty belt over the dress, to further define your waist.
Mermaid

White gown with a large mermaid flare
At a formal, social event, everyone would want to dress to kill. How about you dress to mes-MER-ize? Enter the mermaid gown. It is a great option for apple-shaped women as the lower half of the dress is the main focus. You can pick a gown with thick shoulder straps or even sleeves if you are not comfortable with the strapless style.

Salmon pink mermaid gown with an extensive flare
A mermaid gown that is not figure-hugging is your go-to option.
Look for a dress that has a straight cut to the mid-thigh and then flares out.
A silhouette of this kind will draw attention to the flare below the knees, without making you conscious.

A well-fitted, body-hugging mermaid gown really complements women with an hourglass figure.
A form fitting strapless version will hug you in all the right places while also drawing attention to the dramatic flare below the knees.
Backless

Sexy, white, backless gown
Move over plunging neckline and high hemline; the sexy and sultry backless beauty is here. The best way to make your apple-shaped body appear more curvaceous is to opt for a backless gown with the open back in the shape of a triangle. This will provide a slimming effect to the upper body. For the lower half you can go in for a silhouette that adds more volume to the outfit.

Spaghetti-strap, backless green gown with a cross pattern
A backless gown with an inverted triangle-shaped back is ideal for a pear-shaped body.
It is advisable to avoid a plunging backless dress as it will draw attention to the lower half of the body. Instead, opt for a gown that is glamorous on top.

If you have an hourglass body and dare to bare, you can go in for a plunging backless dress.
You can wear a dress that is body-hugging.
A dress with full sleeves and a simple front will enhance the backless aspect of your gown.
Mullet

Brown, satin mullet dress with a long train
Put together an elegant evening gown with a fun cocktail attire and voila! The playful and sexy mullet is the outcome. A trendy version of the mullet gown for apple-shaped bodies is a dress that covers the upper half of the body and shows of the wearer’s pins instead. A dress with puffed or netted sleeves is a fun option to try.

Sexy, black mullet dress with a long slit
Women with a pear-shaped body, can go in for a mullet dress with an interesting neckline or even a strapless one. However, for the lower half of the dress, a hemline that is not too short should be preferred.

A nice option for women with an hourglass figure to try is a short and fitted mullet gown.
A dress that is strapless on top with a mini version for the lower half, and a long trail at the back can do wonders for this body type.
One-shoulder

Pristine, one-shoulder designer gown
An elegant or playful twist to a simple gown gives you the one shoulder dress. This Greek-inspired trend is definitely an enduring one. If you have an apple-shaped body, try a one shoulder dress that is simple on the upper half. However, to make your look trendy, keep the lower half of the dress slightly more dramatic and opt for a fuller skirt to look curvaceous.

Stylish one-shouldered blue gown
A one shoulder dress with intricate detailing on the shoulder strap or an eye-catching brooch is a stylish choice for a pear-shaped body.
For the skirt of the dress, a straight cut silhouette that does not cling to the body is the ideal style.

To flaunt an hourglass figure in the right way, a one shoulder dress that fits well should be selected.
To make the dress look sexy, you can add a stylish belt that will add definition to your waist and emphasize your curves.
An evening dress is incomplete without the right accessories and a pair of gorgeous heels. Experiment with these patterns to complement your individual style and become the star of the evening, the designer way!

This entry was posted on May 30, 2016.

Fashion Tips for Men

Important Pointers

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.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2016.