Fashion for less. We all have the desire to be fashionable, and in style, however, it does not have to cost a small fortune, look at how...
Fashion is a concept that we are all interested in to some extent. Anyone who watches television, or buys magazines that show people wearing clothing supports fashion. Celebrities are the biggest fashion billboards in media. Commercials and cataloogues no longer depict what is 'in' style, but rather, whatever celebrities are wearing is what we want to be wearing. We have all seen our favorite celebrities dressed in designer clothing and have said one of two things: (a) What ever possessed him/her to wear that? Or (b) Wow, I love that outfit, I wonder where I can get it? The latter of the two is usually followed by "If I could only afford that!" There are many trends that women are looking to follow this season, and it is very possible to spend hundreds of dollars on one outfit, and thousands on a new wardrobe to keep up with these short-lived trends. That outfit that you love, or the the style that you crave can be obtainable for a fraction of the cost.
One of the biggest trends this season is colour. Some of the hottest colours this season are reds and purples. You do not want to go out and spend a fortune on an entire wardrobe full of colours that will be outdated in three months. Instead, buy some key pieces in the season's hottest colours. Buy a shirt in purple or red to wear with a dark pant suit or skirt suit. You could also go for a skirt in one of the hot new colours. Your best bet is to stick with a few key articles though, rather then spending too much on an easily outdated wardrobe.
Leather is another big fashion statement this season, however, the cost of leather, along with the upkeep and wear is not very practical for just one or possible two seasons. If you want something that is leather, invest in a good leather car coat. It is a piece that will never go out of style, unless it is in an outragous colour. The less expensive, and more fun version of leather is pleather, a vinyl and synthetic blend of fabrics. It is a quarter of the cost of leather, it has a great shine to it, and the fabric allows the skin to breathe a little easier than with leather. Most pleather garments are easy to clean, which in the long run, saves you money in the dry cleaning department. Pleather pants are a great fashion staple, without the huge expense of their leather counterparts. These pants can be paired up with virtually anything for a casual look, but look the best matched up with a great tank for an evening look that will wow everyone.
Accessories in animal prints or hides are also hot this season, for both fall and winter. Crocodile and snake prints for shoes and boots are a must this year. Like most of the trends that we are following however, they will not last. Payless Shoe Source is a great place to pick up those fun shoes or boots for a very little amount of money. They have a wide selection of trendy shoes, and an even wider variety of colours and prices. Purses in animal hides such as pony or crocodile are also making a loud statement this season, and can be purchased very inexpensively. For actual jewellry, I tend to recommend that you buy timeless classics that you will not have to replace year after year. A few small pieces that are inexpensive and fun is a lot easier to part with when something else is hip.
If you are interested in buying 'retro' clothing, consignment and thrift stores are the best place to purchase gently worn treasures. You would be surprised what you can find in these stores. Some examples of my newest purchases... a patchwork leather purse that retails for over $100, I picked up for only $7.50. I also got a pair of platform wedge heels that retail for up around $60 for only $3.00. You do have to look closely, but you would be surprised with what you can find. If it is brand names or designer clothing that you are looking for, try outlet stores, or wait until the designer has a sale. Outlet stores generally sell clothing for 40-60% off the normal retail prices, and designer sales tend to happen at the end of the season. If you see in magazines or feel like the item will be a hit again the following season, then purchase it. Some good designer items to get on sale are coats, like a pea coat, this will never go out of style, black dresses, and dress pants in dark colours. All of these items remain timeless classics year, after year.
It is very possible as you can see to buy that favorite celebrities clothing without spending an entire paycheck on one item. Next timt that you see a star wearing something that you want, write down a list or cut out the picture and take it along with you, and copy it, but at a fraction of the cost. Happy shopping, and remember, it doesn't take thousands to look like a million bucks!!!
Shoes Just for Boating-Boating Shoes Basics You Should Know
You have undoubtedly heard of boat shoes before, but do you really know what they are and where they come from? Many shoe companies often call them deck shoes or topsiders. The design of boat shoes probably originated with Native Americans. They used to wear moccasins that were made of a water-resistant form of leather, low profile, and lacing on the sides to keep them snug to the foot. In modern times, they originated as a shoe for use when boating. These shoes were made to keep you from slipping on the wet boat deck. The leather top part of the shoe was treated with oils to keep the water out and the soles were made of a non-skidding rubber. The low profile of the shoe was so that you could take it on and off easily like a slipper or loafer. This made it easier to get on and off the boat quickly.
Eventually, boat shoes became popular and fashionable to wear off the yacht deck. They found their way into fashion as a shoe to wear somewhere between formal and casual shoes. The word boat gave them a very sporty connotation and the look made them a stylish addition to any wardrobe. You will see that many people wear boat shoes without socks, and some even come with sock pads inside to make them more comfortable for bare feet. They can be worn with socks, but it is just more popular and stylish to wear them without.
So when do you wear boat shoes? Often times men find it hard to decide when it is okay to wear boat shoes and when it is okay to wear loafers. Most stylists will tell you that loafers are to be worn with the business casual outfits in your closet. You can wear them with jeans and a button down shirt for a proper look. Boat shoes, on the other hand, are more for sports looks. They should be worn with things like golf shoes, shorts, and even polo shirts. In essence, they should be worn with dressier sports wear. The only time of year it is really not okay to wear boat shoes is in the winter.
Because of their roots of originally being made for use on wet ship decks, they are very tough shoes. Even the toughest of shoes, though, need some maintenance. To keep your shoes looking good and lasting, you should regularly put oil for leather on them. The oil will help them maintain their ability to withstand the moisture that they were originally made to withstand. You should regularly remove the insoles and spray them with a shoe cleaner so that they do not grow fungus. If the sole begins to wear, make sure you have it repaired as soon as possible. This will help you prevent slips on the wet deck of the ship.
When you get ready to buy boat shoes, there are some things you should be looking for. For instance, they should have a solid sole that feels durable and that will help prevent slipping. The issue of slipping is not just for working on the deck of the ship, but also just in day to day life. They should also fit your foot well and be comfortable, but just make sure you try them on before you buy them. It is impossible to know how good a shoe will feel or fit without putting it on your foot.
Keep in mind as you shop for boat shoes that quality ones are not going to come cheaply. If you are willing to spend the money, though, they will last you for a number of seasons and even years without any significant deterioration in quality. Keep an eye out for name brand shoes to get the best quality. Keep in mind that not every company calls them boat shoes. Watch for boat shoes, topsiders, or even deck shoes.
Boat shoes are great not just for the deck of your boat. They are also a great way to get that sporty casual look. If you are going to get a new set of boat shoes, just make sure you try them on so that you find a good shoe that will take care of you and your feet.
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