Clothing, Fashion & Shoes
How to Tie a Tie MethodsThere are many ways to tie a tie, but the three main ways of doing it shall be discussed below. No matter which method is being used, the criteria to have a good knot are based on the size of the knot against the dress shirts collar size and how snugly fit the knot is between the collar points.
The three popular methods of tying a tie would be four-in-hand (the most popular), the Windsor, and the half-Windsor.
Pratt (Shelby) Knot
Tips to help make/keep you thin
How to shop for a winter coatIf you're planning to buy a new winter coat, consider the following tips to help you get the best buy and fit.
Buying a coat is not the most glamorous shopping trip for many of us. Often we purchase a generic jacket or winter coat that will match just about anything since we want to buy just one rather than several.
But the outer covering of a coat is what others first see of us. So it is important to create a positive image through this item of clothing. Here are a few tips to help you shop for a new coat.
1. Look for sales. A heavy winter coat can be expensive. That's why you'll want to check newspaper ads or display windows to find the price that's right for you. Do some comparison shopping by checking price, style, selection, and fit at several leading clothing stores. Then, when you find the style you want, ask when the next sale event will be held. If your selected coat is in short supply, consider putting it in layaway or ask if a sales assistant can hold it for you for the impending sale day.
2. Find your style. From army coat to ski jacket, styles can be as varied as night and day. Give some thought to the kind of coat you want to buy. It should be general enough to coordinate with many of your outfits, whether for work, leisure, or both. Consider a neutral color like beige, navy, or black, that will blend in with or cover other clothing colors. Consider whether you want a short, medium, or longer-length coat, keeping in mind such factors as whether you will drive a car, ride the bus, or do a fair amount of walking this winter.
3. Try it on. You may want to take a couple of different outfits with matching shoes, formal and casual, to try on with several different coat styles. You don't want to buy something that looks great on the slopes but cheesy on the job. Look for a three-way mirror to observe the coat from all angles. You may want to take a friend for a second opinion. Try on varying colors as well as styles to see how each looks with your complexion and outfits.
4. Check for fit. In addition to length, look at the sleeves to be sure they reach the mid-point of the back of both hands. If you like the style but not the length, keep in mind that alterations may be costly. See if the shoulder seam lines up with your shoulders on both sides. Does it button evenly and tight enough to keep you warm? Does the collar fit as you like it or will it fly up in your face or make it hard to see? Though many coat styles are bulky, your selection should feel comfortable and snug as well as flatter your figure.
5. Coordinate accessories with your new coat. Look for matching or coordinating gloves, neck scarf, and possibly a hat. Be sure to get boots that will complete your look rather than confuse it. For women, a pocketbook should not look that different from the outerwear and its accents.
Getting a new, warm, winter coat can be taxing and yet fun. Find one that will make you look great while keeping your warm, and won't stretch your pocketbook too far in the process.
What to do with clothes you can't wearNeed to make room in your closets? Here are some tips for eliminating the clothes that no one currently wears.
In some countries of the world, a person might have just one or two outfits. But in the United States, most of us have numerous articles of clothing. Not only that, we typically replace those outfits several times throughout our lives. We are very rich indeed!
But what should you do with the clothes you no longer wear? Rather than merely throw them away, here are a few tips for recycling your well-worn commodities.
1. Set up a clothing exchange. Especially with kids' clothing, since they grow so fast, ask the school if an area can be set aside for used clothing that other families might find useful. Simply taking what is needed is one option. Or a can of food can be donated in exchange for a piece of clothing, with the collected food items given to a needy family or charitable organization during the holidays or at the end of the year. Families also may wish to bring in their own used clothing to exchange for someone else's.
2. Set out a "free" box in the neighborhood. This idea works well if you live in or near an apartment complex where freebies might be valued. Set a box of neatly folded clothing and a "free" sign near the mailboxes, in the laundry room, or under a stairwell. Your thoughtful action may encourage other families to donate articles as well, benefiting those with children who may not have much of a clothing budget. Just be sure not to make a mess, and remove remaining clothes items at the end of each month, giving them to a thrift store.
3. Donate clothing to a charitable organization. Homeless shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, and women's domestic violence escape houses may be interested in passing along used clothing to their clients. Look in the yellow pages for social service agencies that may be interested, and give them a call to find out. You may be able to collect a tax receipt for the donated items.
4. Start a church collection program for recycled clothing. Volunteers can sort, label, and organize clothing to be donated to needy families with unemployed parents. Or the church may want to hold a yard sale or raffle off the better quality items as a fund raiser to benefit various programs, such as Sunday school, youth, or seniors.
5. Use it for patchwork. Though patching worn knees and elbows of work clothing has long been out of style for most families, you may be one that still patches needed clothing on occasion. Or you may want to keep old clothing on hand for Halloween scarecrows, the kids' dress-up play, or for use as costumes or for yard work. Even torn or frayed clothing may be salvaged, at least the better pieces, for quilting if that is your hobby.
If all else fails, send your outgrown or discarded sweaters, nightgowns, jeans, dresses, shirts, pants, and tops to the thrift store. Someone may find them useful for a bargain price, and you can get a tax receipt that may come in useful. Remember, one person's trash is another person's treasure.
Caring for cashmereThe best ways to wash, dry, and store cashmere clothing items are covered.
Cashmere is considered one of the softest and most sought after materials in the world. For hundreds of years cashmere was only purchased by royalty due to its cost. Cashmere is exceptionally soft and considerably less bulky than other types of natural fibers. It is used to make all types of clothing, but the most notable use is for sweaters.
Cashmere comes from the down of goats. Though most quality cashmere comes from China and Mongolia, it can also come from New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Iran, and India. The down shed by these goats is gathered by either combing or by shearing. The goats have a layer of coarse hair that protects them from the harsh weather and underneath is a layer of soft down. This soft down is what is used to produce cashmere clothing. Once the down is taken from the goats it is sorted and sold.
One of the main reasons that cashmere is so expensive is because the goats that produce cashmere are rare. It takes one goat up to four years to produce enough down for one cashmere sweater. The demand for cashmere is always high, even in times of economic hardship.
If you own cashmere you will want to be very careful about caring for your clothing. This natural material is very delicate and should be handled with care. There are special ways to care for your cashmere that will allow it to remain a beautiful addition to your wardrobe for years to come.
Before you wash your cashmere garment, read the labels carefully. Some items must be dry-cleaned. Never wash an item marked "dry clean only". For those items that can be washed, hand washing is the best way to go. Choose a mild detergent that is meant for delicates. Using cool water, fill your sink. Gently swirl the detergent around in the water. Next, put your garment in the water. Work the suds through the garment very gently, and then leave it to soak for about ten minutes. Empty the water and refill the sink with more cool water. Gently swish the garment through the water to remove the soapsuds. Carefully remove the garment from the water and squeeze to remove excess water. Do not squeeze too hard or wring the cashmere because doing so will warp the fibers. Roll the garment up in a towel and press down. The towel will absorb more of the excess water. Lay the garment out to air-dry on a dry towel. Flip the garment occasionally to ensure it dries completely. Keep away from sunlight and never put cashmere in the dryer.
When your garment is dry, fold it and place it in a dresser or on a shelf until you wear it again. To avoid a crease along the front of a cashmere sweater, fold it in three. Take the arms and fold them over the front of the sweater and then fold the top down to meet the bottom. Never hang cashmere on a hanger; this will cause it to warp.
Take special care when wearing your cashmere garments. Jewelry and watches may tug and pull at the fibers. If the garment pills, gently remove these when the garment is wet.
For long-term storage, choose a good plastic storage container with a lid. Layer the cashmere in tissue paper. Cedar chips or mothballs are a good idea to keep insects from eating away at your clothing. Keep in a cool, dark, and dry place.
Mens fashion tips: 10 must-knows for teenage boysTeenage boys have enough to deal with without having to stress over fashion do's and do not's. Following ten simple rules will help to make sure that fashion slip-ups are avoided.
Growth spurts...acne...squeaking voices...teenage boys have enough to deal with without stressing over the do's and don'ts of fashion. Adhering to a few simple rules will make the road to manhood a little smoother by eliminating a few of the questions that teenage boys harbor regarding fashion.
The following ten tips are general rules of thumb that should always be followed to ensure the avoidance of fashion slip-ups:
1. The first rule to being fashionable is to find clothing that fits into your comfort zone. If you don't feel good in it, chances are that you won't look that good in it, either. Next, find a signature style. If you have a certain outfit that you feel you look your best in, stock up on other pieces in that style.
2. Don't be afraid to break away from the norm every once in a while. If you usually wear jeans and a tee-shirt to school every day, mix it up once a week by wearing khakis and a polo shirt. Wearing the same style every day will cause you to blend into the crowd, but varying your style just a little will keep it interesting.
3. Don't follow trends too closely. A trend is defined as what is popular at a certain time, but that time is usually a short one. Chances are, those lime green cargo pants that were super hot this month will be out of style in two month's time.
4. Always dress appropriately for the occasion and situation that you are in. While jeans and a tee-shirt might be suitable for school, they won't necessarily fly when attending a church service or club banquet. Khakis and a button-down shirt would probably be a more appropriate choice. On the flip side, don't overdress for more casual affairs. It will seem as though you are trying too hard. You wouldn't want to show up to a pre-game tailgate party in a jacket and tie because it would most definitely look out of place.
5. Matching is very important. Make sure that the colors of your clothing match. Don't mix patterns. For example, don't wear plaids and stripes together. If you are wearing a patterned shirt, always pair it with plain pants to avoid clashing. Also, match your belt to your shoes, generally brown with brown or black with black.
6. Don't be sloppy. Make sure that all clothing items, even tee-shirts, are wrinkle-free. Also, always tuck in your shirt tails when wearing a tie. Sagging pants are not attractive. No matter how fashionable it may seem, no one - not even teenage girls - wants to see your underpants. Invest in - and wear - a belt.
7. For special occasions, find an oxford or button-down shirt that fits correctly in the neck. Ask an associate at your local department store to measure your neck to get a good fit. The top button of your shirt should always be buttoned when you wear a tie. Also, choose a tie that falls to the top of your belt line. Styles that fall short of this point tend to look silly. When tucking in shirts, be sure to pull them out just a bit so that they blouse slightly over the waistline of your pants.
8. When wearing shorts, wear ankle socks or slouched higher socks. Do not pull longer socks up the calf. Also, don't pair sandals with socks...ever. This is a big fashion faux pas.
9. Stay away from tapered-leg pants. They usually tend to look outdated and old-fashioned. Choose wide-leg or boot-cut styles for a more up-to-date look. Find jeans and other pants that sit at the base of your natural waistline. Pants that are hiked above the waist bring about images of world-famous nerd Steve Urkel.
10. If all else fails, ask a female. Your sister, girlfriend, and yes - even your mother - are great resources for fashion advice.
Fashion tips: dressing up basic black clothingTo keep your black clothes looking more chic and less like a uniform takes a little work. With a few cheerful accessories and spectacular shoes, you'll look great.
Your basic black clothing doesn't have to be boring. There are so many great things about black clothing. It's slimming for one and elegant for another. Is simple to pull together and can be worn for day or night.
For some women black clothes save them for special events, those long mornings standing in front of the closet deciding what to wear and from the battle of the bulge. To keep your black clothes looking more chic and less like a uniform takes a little work. With the right look, a few good colorful and cheerful accessories and spectacular shoes, your basic black is not basic at all. Here are many ways to dress up your black clothing.
For Work : Looking professional for work in all black clothing is simple. To dress up a basic black suit, opt for a colorful shirt in hues such as blue, green, reds or yellows. Carry a tote that has a strong shape, which guarantees professionalism and functionality. Try a fabulous shoe in a metallic tone such as gold or silver. Spice up this basic work ensemble with bold jewelry such as dangly earrings, a bold bangle or ring.
For Day : The perfect black ensemble for day is the perfect button down shirt and Capri style or long black pants. It's sophisticated and easy to pull together. To dress up this look for day, go for interesting accessories in bold shapes and intriguing colors. Try a beautiful colorful coat in yellow or red to give the outfit an extra punch.
For Night : Dress up that little black sheath dress a la Jackie O. style. Throw on gobs of pearls, dressy shoes any fashion diva would die for and create a beautiful smoky eye and a darker lipstick for night.
For a Gala Occasion : If wearing a long black gown for a gala event, keep all eyes on the gown by keeping hair, jewelry and accessories very simple. To dress up the look for high-impact glamour, try a faux fur stole.
There are several essential black pieces that every wardrobe should have. Here's the list of must-haves:
The Black Blazer: You can pair this with just about anything from jeans, to dress pants to trousers. It gives your look instant polish.
The Little Black Dress: This can take you from day to evening events. And, when dressed up right it can look incredibly sophisticated (think Audrey Hepburn).
The Long Black Dress: This is perfect for that just-around-the-corner gala event that you just haven't planned for.
The Black Trouser: Goes with everything and is every woman's must-have, whether you need them for work or special events. Pair with your black blazer or colorful shirts.
The Jewelry: For each look try different jewelry. This will change the look of your basic black clothes. One day, try pearls and for the next do necklaces with semi-precious stones. Go ethnic by wearing a beautiful Indian necklace or something from another culture that will sure get lots of attention.
The Shoes: Go for special shoes with character. Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade or Guess is perfect examples of shoes with pizzazz. Note: Budget minded babes: watch for sales, which can be spectacular from these designer giants. You won't break the bank and you'll look incredible. When dressing up your basic black, remember to be unique and go for a look that fits you. And, that makes for incredible dressing - basic black or not.