Archive | June 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 ├╝ber-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.