Wear a Maxi Dress in the Winter

These are a favorite among women. It’s one of the most versatile pieces of clothing they can have in their closet. A common misconception regarding dresses is that they belong to a summer trend but the popularity of this dress among fashionistas have made it become the “It dress”. Women started wearing them all year round. Famous brands such as Dior, Halston, Yves St. Laurent popularized the maxi dress even more by designing signature pieces for their lines.

Now it’s been decades since the maxi dress became all the rage. The popularity of this ankle length dress has somehow managed to outlast the ephemeral trends in fashion. A maxi dress is now considered the perfect summer to winter wardrobe.

The key to wearing it in winter time is layering; mix and matching a maxi dress with other pieces puts a fun twist to the outfit. More importantly, adding layers to the basic maxi dress gives the wearer extra coverage during the cold climate.

Jackets are the most important accompaniment for it. This winter outerwear is a big part of the overall look, so a lot of thought needs to go into coordinating which jacket to pair up with a maxi dress.

Leather, denim and aviator jackets are good for creating a more casual, street chic style. These types of jackets best go with more vintage-looking dresses that are made from heavier fabrics such as polyester. This type of material provides the body with more insulation. Vintage are typically imprinted with paisley designs and abstract print which is a throwback to the psychedelic era. This is a good look for girls who want to express a fun and free-spirited vibe. Wool lined winter boots will be the perfect footwear to go with this ensemble.

For women who have their hearts set on wearing their favorite dresses even though it’s zero degrees outside their houses, a trench coat will be their best friend. It provides maximum insulation. Though on the downside, the long coat will cover most of the dress. The trick to styling this outfit will be to combine this wintery garb with a splash of colors. The dresses in warm solid colors or floral prints inside of a trench coat create a Peekaboo effect.

Since these are long, women can tie one end of the skirt into a knot. This shortens the overall length of the dress. It’s one thing to combat the cold weather, but walking on the ground piled up with snow is another matter.

Another essential item for the cold months is a pair of thermal tights to be worn beneath a maxi dress. This will keep the thighs and legs warm. This would be perfect for the more flowy dresses that are made from silks, light cottons and chiffons. A maxi dress made from these types of fabrics drape smoothly over a woman’s body, exuding a more feminine look.

For women who love this style, they can still achieve this look during winter by simply adding a pair of thermal tights to their wardrobe. Thermal tights come in different designs and colors. The famous brand, Pretty Polly offers a wonderful collection of fashionable thermal tights. These stylish tights were designed to be seen. They can be used as an accessory to compliment different styles. The great thing about them is they will keep the wearer warm. Flats or ballet shoes will look cute with these tights. This look can be completed with a cropped jacket that has a heavy structure to contrast the flowy fabric of the maxi dress. If the weather is too cold, a scarf can be added to provide additional warmth.

Sweaters and cardigans are also a fun way to add layering to a maxi dress. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that these beautiful long dresses would have to put away until summer. Wearing a turtle neck sweater over a maxi dress is a great way to keep warm. This also turns the maxi dress into a skirt that can be accessorized with a belt.

The secret to making a maxi dress more cold resistance is to keep on adding layers. Scarves, shawls, gloves, are all fair game. When wearing a shawl, the trick is not to simply drape it around the shoulder, this will overwhelm the outfit. Instead, a woman can try to experiment with different ways of looping the shawl around the neck area for a more stylish effect. Cute mittens and sassy gloves can also be worn with a maxi dress to create a more adorable, playful style.

Layering clothes is a common trend in fashion; it’s also a great way for women to express their personality. Women should survey their closet and do an inventory of all the pieces they can mix and match with their dresses. This is a great way to create new outfits without having to dish out any money.

Another thing to remember is that it’s important to wear the proper footwear to go with a maxi dress. In summertime, the perfect companion for a maxi dress would be sandals. But during winter months, women should wear closed shoes such as boots, flats, booties, wedge sneakers to combat the chilly weather.

Popular Caps

Ivy caps

Ivy ones are known by other names, including golf, driver, flat and Jeff caps. The cap was introduced into the market during the 16th Century. In order to promote the consumption of wool and general trade, an act was passed in 1571 in England requiring every male above the age of 6 years, save for those in the ruling class, to wear a woolen flat cap during the holidays and Sundays. Although the act was repealed, the ivy cap had become fully entrenched in the English culture. As a result, by the 19th century, most men in the working class wore ivy caps. Today, the caps come in different shapes and materials.

Newsboy caps

Newsboy ones are known by different names, including apple, eight quarter, eight panel and Gatsby caps. The cap is associated widely with newspaper boys, hence the name. The cap is also popular with golfers and popular movie legends because of its casual design and vintage look. It features the same shape and front peak as the ivy cap, but with a much fuller body. The cap is generally divided into 8 panels that converge strategically, at a buttoned top. Furthermore, it is attached front peak using either a single button, double button snap or stitching. They exhibit a classic style that became popular early 20th century, among both boys and men in America and Europe.

Harris Tweed caps

The Harris Tweed caps are popular winter weight textiles, often recommended for their warmth and quality. They are woven by local crafters using hand and come with a certificate of authenticity. There are many patterns in existence, although the actual number of fabric produced is often limited.

Choose Ladies Hats

Style

Style is an important factor when it comes to buying hats. Women must understand that what looks stylish on one woman may not necessarily look stylish on them. Therefore, it is not advisable to choose one based purely on what another woman looks like. A woman looks stylish when a good one complements her facial features. For that reason, women who have faces that are not necessarily symmetrical should be careful about their choice of hat. Before purchasing, get other people’s opinions, because what appears good to you in the mirror may in effect be your lively imagination.

Durability

A good one can last a lifetime. If you are interested in wearing it outdoors, light colors make a perfect choice because they can reflect heat. The use for a white colored hat should be limited, because white has a tendency of getting dirty and stained easily. One that can be washed easily and one that is slightly darker, so that stains do not show, is a good option. In addition, the material is critical when it comes to choosing a durable hat. Remember, you get what you pay for. Therefore, if you are willing to spend only $10 on a hat, you can expect to be back for another hat, sooner rather than later.

Comfort

Good ones fit properly, while bad ones are either too big or too tight. Therefore, before buying a hat, make sure to get the measurements around your head. Furthermore, it is important to determine where and how often you plan to wear your hat. Therefore, if you are planning to wear your hat running, it is advisable to get a lightweight ladies’ hat that breathes right and does not fly off readily with the wind. If you are planning to wear it climbing, one that features a smaller brim makes a lot of sense. Hence, when you look up, it will not hit your back, eventually falling off.

Properly Wear An Untucked Shirt

Wrong Way of Wearing Untucked Shirts

One common problem when it comes to wearing shirts untucked is that people fail to notice the difference between tucked and untucked shirts. They just go according to the way they feel. For example, if they feel like tucking it in, they’ll do so, if not they have it untucked. And this destroys the appearance.

One vital thing that people need to realize is that not all shirts are designed to be worn untucked. One simple way of determining whether or not a shirt is ideal for untucked-wear is by checking its button-down hangs. If it’s below the hips, then it would look better tucked-in. On the contrary, if it happens to be above or in hip level, then it’s specifically designed for an untucked wear. In other words, the length of the shirt determines its style.

Ideal Time to Wear Untucked Shirts

Untucked shirts (no matter how good they are), if worn at the wrong place and time, will turn out to be an absolute disaster. For example, if you wear it in your office you will end up rolling people’s eyes in disapproval, rather than admiration. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to consider the place and time before wearing it this way.

That being said, untucked shirts are ideal for college, parties, hangouts, concerts, errands, and other causal or adventurous activities. Wearing it on dark jeans, khakis, trousers and corduroys will make it look even more attractive. So next time to go out with your friends, make sure you wear it this way.

Things You Need To Know Before Wearing Untucked Shirts

As said earlier, the true style of untucked shirts is manifested only in wearing them properly. Now what does this mean?

Well first of all, you need to have a look at its fit. A baggy shirt dangling over your body is definitely a big “NO”, because it’s only going to mess up the appearance (both yours and the shirt’s). That is why it’s important to ensure that the shirt fits you well. In case it doesn’t, head to the nearest tailor and have it altered accordingly. For instance, having the shoulders, sides and sleeves of the shirt altered a bit will create a massive difference on the overall appearance.

Secondly, avoid buying shirts with square bottoms. This is not an ideal style for untucked shirts. Instead go for shirts that have a graceful curve (although not entirely) at the bottom. For a clear idea, take a couple of shirts. First wear the one with a square bottom and then the other with a curved one. In this way you’ll come to know which one looks the best.

Another important thing is checking for a variety of design patterns when buying a shirt. Don’t just stick to normal plaids, but explore other top quality fabrics that are designed specifically for untucked shirts. For example you can choose a plain, self-textured or an image-oriented one. There’s a wide range of options available.

Plus wearing a sports jacket or coat over the shirt will improve its style dramatically, leaving onlookers in absolute awe. In this case, keep in mind that the end of the shirt is in line with the jacket (or slightly up); otherwise it will ruin an otherwise killer combination.

And as mentioned before, the length of the shirt is crucial. It should be in proportion with your body. Generally, from front, the shirt should be ending at the middle of the zipper, revealing a small part of the pocket. And from behind, it should ideally end at the bottom of the back pocket. So keep these measurements in mind and you will have no trouble creating an eye-catching look with an untucked shirt.

Makes a Great Online Fashion Store

I have listed the areas in order of importance; having done this you may ask why accessibility is top of the list. The answer to this question is paramount to all online stores and businesses; if the store cannot be found then it can not be shopped. This stands as the most important factor in setting a great online store apart from an average one regardless of how good the security, price, service or knowledge of that store is.

Each and every online user will know of an online fashion store in which they can usually find the type of product they are looking for. If you cannot get your store alongside that store in the search engine rankings, or in front of the shopper through means of online or offline advertising the hard fact is that they are not going to find your store nor the great products, security, price, service and knowledge that you have to offer.

Secondly comes security; when the customer finds a store they must feel secure in shopping in that store. The greatest fear of e-commerce shoppers is having their financial details stolen or manipulated by hackers and thieves. There are no fool proof methods to ensure that a store is completely safe because hackers are becoming ever more sophisticated in the methods they employ to steel peoples financial information. However always look for reassurance including, certified site stamps from companies such as Go-Daddy and other reputable site security systems.

If a site does not look secure and reputable the shopper will leave. A good tip for shoppers is to check the terms and conditions of any site, they can usually be found in the bottom banner. Also check the ‘contact us’ page if an address, telephone number or further information is available, the store will usually be reputable. If you are on a site that has very little information in the ‘about us’ and ‘contact us’ pages it may well be a good idea to call first and check the company credentials.

Thirdly comes price; if the above two areas are satisfied, the price appears fair, the customer will not usually be overly bothered about price. This may sound odd but rarely are customers thinking about price as the number one indicator in the decision making process of whether they will purchase a product or not. It is always a good idea for online stores to play with their price point. Move the price up and move it down again, measuring the reaction to the price.

Fourthly there is service; an online fashion store that offers good service will always retain customers for further transactions, where as the store that provides flawed service will gain a customer for one sale only and then lose them forever. So in the first instance of gaining a new customer for an online fashion store service comes in fourth, but when it comes to retaining customers it jumps right to number one. Great service will make you a very happy store owner, as your customers will just keep coming back.

Finally knowledge; in online stores knowledge is not always the key to initial sales or retention of customers. Unlike in high street outlets whereby knowledge of a product or the ability of the sales staff to fill the customer with confidence is essential to the success of the customer experience. It is fair to say however that an online fashion store with a greater depth than just products it is wishing to sell will enthuse any customer or potential customer to share the information about a store with their friends through verbal communication and or social networking outlets. Knowledge is also necessary to improve the accessibility of an online fashion store. It is essential that the site be filled with relevant knowledge of the core product subject, in order that search engine algorithms find and index a site in an optimum manner.

This is a guide that I have formulated through years of personal endeavours as an e-commerce customer and an e-commerce online store owner. It will without doubt change from person to person, but the fundamentals of this guide will apply no matter what the situation.

James McAloon is the Co-founder of Excentree Eco Fashion Collections. Excentree Fashion Collections online store combines all elements of what exemplifies organic, environmentally and ethically aware clothing while attaining fresh, sharp and relevant style.

Excentree Fashion Collections offers vibrant, relevant clothing, drawn form a variety of strong and expressive world cultures. Each Excentree garment allows the purchaser to plant one tree in one of seventeen agro-reforestation projects. This guarantees a two ton reduction of any carbon footprint.

Finds for Authentic Vintage London Fashion

The Salvation Army may not be the first place you think of to associate in your mind with London fashion. But the store they run on Princess Street near Oxford Circus in the heart of London, offers such great deals, practically no one shopping there seems actually poor. Try this outlet any day of the week except Sundays. In keeping with the poverty theme, try Oxfam’s charity shop on Kingsland Road in Dalston. It’s the Walmart of antique London fashion, and it’s all packed into such a huge warehouse, you might need a map to get around. Fortunately, the choices in vintage London fashion on offer here make it worth your while taking the trouble to keep track of your bearings. Prices here start at less than five dollars, and there is every kind of vintage high-fashion on display.

If you ever wanted to visit a real London institution that hadn’t yet caught on with the tourists, shopping for vintage London fashion on Brick Lane has to be a real treat. This little treasure of a find is a whole street filled with stores that sell clothing from a bygone era – at prices that seem to belong to a vintage era themselves. Every day of the week, save for Saturdays, fashion fiends in on the secret, throng Brick Lane to find surprise deals on a variety of clothing from stores that line the whole street and provide an atmosphere like you never would expect.

There are even regular fairs for London fashion held at certain appointed places at regular intervals. Try the London Vintage Fashion Fair, one of the most popular monthly affairs of this kind around, at the Hammersmith town hall. You’ll find fashions here from 100 years ago and surprisingly, it isn’t difficult to find stuff in good condition. The location of the sale, the Hammersmith Town Hall on King Street is itself an antique place that makes the perfect backdrop to this wonderful institution.

High Fashion on a Low Budget

Factory outlets

These offer lots of big label names at cheaper prices. The Designer Warehouse Sales, for example, are held over three days, 12 times a year, in Islington, Central London. You could get your hands on catwalk one-offs, showroom samples and make savings of 60% or more on your favourite labels. Join the mailing list to find out in advance when the sales are going to take place.

Sample Sales

There are some amazing bargains to be had in sample sales. You can find out before everyone else when the next sample sale is by checking Dailycandy which lists the venues and times of upcoming sample sales in London.

Other sites such as Samplesaleslondon, Designersales and Stylebible have their own sample sales diaries too so keep an eye on all four to make sure you don’t miss out.

Vintage Savings

Vintage fairs are perfect for saving money while not compromising on style. From whole outfits to smaller accessories, there’s almost guaranteed to be something unique for every budget. Frockme! hosts a vintage fair several times a year at the Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea. Admission is £4, children under 16 go free and students pay just £2. You’ll find clothes from every era, whether you’re looking for 1920’s flapper dresses, a little eighties number or a classic 1960s piece.

Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fairs organises vintage fairs throughout the year at Battersea Arts Centre and 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill. Expect around 65 stands in Battersea and 28 stands in Notting Hill, full to the brim with fashion, textiles and accessories dating from the 1800’s to 1970’s. Entry is £4 or £2 for students.

VintageFair – which hosts fairs all over England including Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool – is also worth a look. Click on the links to your nearest location to find out when and where the next event takes place.

For online vintage stores Absolutevintage is a good starting point with lots of accessories, shoes and bags on offer as well as a few dresses. There are detailed descriptions of all the items and although you won’t find any designer pieces it is pretty cheap and there are some gorgeous pieces for anyone on a budget who is looking for that vintage look.

Create A Fashion Statement

Most women think that you have to spend tons of money to get that put together look that so many of us want. The look that makes us feel and look great, but most of us don’t want to spend our last dollar doing so.

Nowadays, you do not have to spend a great deal of money to look and feel like a million bucks. There are many bargains every where you look.

Let’s start at the top and that is with your hair. Your hair will probably be the first thing that most people notice first. A great haircut is a must, make sure that you have an up to date professional haircut. And if you use hair color, make sure that it is professionally done.

A great way to save on this is to have your stylist to text you or call you if she has a no-show. Tell him/her you would be willing to come in to fill that slot for a discount. In that way you both win.

This can also be done for a manicure and pedicure as well. Another beauty budget saver is going to a beauty college to get your hair done at a discount.

This is one of those little secrets that most ladies know very little about. I know, I went to cosmetology school some years ago, but not only was I a student but I got my hair done at a major discount every week.

Next, let’s deal with makeup. Makeup can be very expensive if you try to use only the top designer brands. But those pricey designer brands are not always good for your skin or complexion.

Stay away from all of those pricey perfume facial cleanser and stick will a reasonably priced natural cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type. They work just as well and wont irritate your skin.

Most of the natural cleansers and moisturizer can be found at your local retail or drug stores. They work just as well and will save you quite a few pennies. Many of them even sell a lot of the top name brands as well.

I love the makeup that I purchase from the drug stores. It works just as well, and I didn’t have to pay half the price as the costly name brand products that I’ve purchased in the expensive department stores that didn’t work as well.

Why buy pricey mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss and foundation when you can save hundreds of dollars by buying them at a cheaper price. Trust me when I say that there really are many worthwhile bargains that are exceptional in quality.

You can also check many online websites for the greatest drugstore finds by companies and customers who have tested the products and have given their personal reviews. The reviews are awesome and they will give you other ideas for finding bargains.

They usually have great reviews on finding amazing lipsticks, lip liners and lip gloss at your local dollar store.

No one will ever know where you bought it, trust me I have done it and gotten many compliments. Plus they have some amazing colors! I even heard legendary singer Diana Ross say she purchased her lipsticks at the drug store. Need I say more?

When buying the latest fashions, it is not important to follow fads and the latest trends. Because fads and trends are just that, fads and trends.

These types of clothing are produced in large quantities and everybody that you know and don’t know are buying them and wearing identical outfits. We see celebrities wearing the same outfits all the time.

Trendy clothes usually go out of style quickly. The styles do not last long and then you are stuck with having paid lots of money for something that now looks crazy and old fashion.

Besides every one of your friends and acquaintances have purchased it too. I honestly can’t stand fashion trends. But most women like well designed tailored clothing but really would prefer not to go broke buying it.

The best solution is to buy well tailored designer clothes in the off seasons when they are usually on sale. They have many designer outlet stores around the country just for this purpose. And in this economy that will be one of the smartest things that you can do. Check in your local city to find the closest designer outlet near you.

Stick to classic and stylish pieces of clothing. The type that never goes out of style no matter what the latest trends are. You can mix and match pieces from different designers and create your own fashion statement.

Purchasing your winter boots, sandals, and dress shoes during the off seasons is the way to go as well. During the end of the specific seasons most items are on sell for 75% off, now this is the time to buy. You can get all of your favorite shoes at a fraction of the cost.

Also do not be afraid to shop at thrift stores and consignment shops. I have found some of my greatest pieces that way. I love scouring through all of those racks of clothes looking for a great find.

I recently bought a summer dress for $5 at our local goodwill, and I wont tell you how many times I have gotten compliments every time I wear it. A close friend even wanted it when I wore it on a recent summer vacation.

I have quite a few items that I have purchased like this that get great compliments. I do look for quality items that have longevity and style.

So as you can see it is not the price of what you pay for an item. My motto is, it’s what you don’t pay! Make a fashion statement at a bargain price and feel great!

Socks for Men Express Personality

Why are cool socks for men such a great way to express one’s personality under even the strictest of dress codes? Because only the wearer knows that they are jazzing up his feet. Indeed, no one else need catch a glimpse of a man’s socks, unless he wants them to. As a result, they help men meet the dress code in a workplace without smothering his artistic side.

Socks are such a creative wardrobe outlet, in fact, that the Wall Street Journal recently devoted an entire article to them. Titled “Sock Rally: Ankles Show Off Their Zany Side,” the article contended that “Creative socks have become a growth industry, with new brands trying to top each other with bolder designs.”

Of course, the high-end socks will incorporate fun and colorful argyle designs, funky jacquard prints, tricolor blends and horizontal fancies. They will also, however, give men sophisticated fabric options that are appropriate for even the most formal settings.

Suit wearers, fear not! Cool socks aren’t just for cotton and cotton poly blends, so there’s no need to worry that one is overstepping dress boundaries. In fact, socks come in many of the finest fabrications available on the market. When they visit a high-quality sock store, men will find socks made of cashmere, silk, wool, luxury silk and even alpaca.

What is even better about cool socks is that they allow men to go from the buttoned up office to a loosened up night on the town with ease. No need to carry around an extra pair of socks when one needs to be somewhere fun right after office hours.

As the newspaper points out, “There was a time when funny (and cool) didn’t sell socks.” Those days, however, are long gone. These days, cool socks for men “are emerging as tiny knitted transmitters of individual taste.”

And perhaps the best part of all of this is that there is a pair of socks to fit every personality type imaginable. Math geek? Try a diamond patterned pair of socks. Got a preppy streak? Then a fun pair of argyle socks fills the bill. No need to be so straight-laced about the matter either. Simply choose an argyle color print in a color scheme that’s got some real pizzazz, like navy, lilac and purple.

Nina Purses

Women’s purses are a lot like men’s watches. The more expensive they are and the flashier they look, the better you are portraying yourself to complete strangers whose opinions should not matter in the slightest. It is funny how women think so heavily on what other people think of them. There are some women who just like to look good. Looking good is not just rolling out of bed and throwing on the first few articles of clothing in your closet. Planning an outfit takes careful preparation and attention to detail.

A great collection of Nina handbags that will not break the bank are Nina purses. This company has been around for many years and has enjoyed quite a bit of success bringing handbags, purses and shoes to the women who want to look great for an affordable price. You can get a great idea of what they have to offer on their website that contains many online purses for purchase.

Nina purses are certainly some of the most elegant purses out there and are significantly less expensive that some of the other designers. Some ladies refuse to spend a few hundred dollars on a purse. It does seem a little ridiculous to pay that kind of money for an accessory! It is not a diamond or anything! Nina purses are both stunning and affordable. This will free up a lot of your money so you can buy other accessories to make your outfit look even better.

Whatever brand you settle on, it certainly will be noticed by other women so make sure you keep that in mind. Nothing is wrong with having a best purse at an affordable price. If you can find one on sale that is even better! The next time you are shopping online, make sure you entertain all possibilities before pulling the trigger on a purse you do not love just because of the brand name it boasts.