Month: October 2019

Dress to Make Legs Look Longer

High waist pants and skirts

High pants and skirts raise the natural waist line and makes it look like you have longer legs. Cinch the waist with a belt or scarf to accent the waist and make it look smaller. High pants and skirts have been trending in the last few years and come in many styles, fabrics and colors. Pair raised waisted pants and skirts with a short cropped top or by tucking in a longer top into the high waist. A high waist is meant to be shown off. High pants with flared, straight or tapered hems, look well with high heels. The only down side to high waisted pants is that they are not forgiving on women with heavy hips and pear shapes. High waisted skirts however do well on most shapes.

Wear shorter skirts

This is another trend that shows more leg, or should we say nearly all your leg. For those comfortable showing leg, try shorter skirts and shorts that cuts above the knee. Showing more leg does make your legs seem longer. For skirts, do a bend test to check if the skirt is revealing to much. This is done by bending over, and looking back at a mirror. If skirt hikes back in the back so much that it shows your underwear, the skirt is too short. Wear short skirts with boy shorts or boxers to avoid accidents. A full short skirt works well with straight shapes with slender boy hips. Most body shapes will do best with a slender skirt or an elastic hip hugging mini.

Wear short shorts

Same concept as short skirts, short shorts makes the leg look longer by simply showing more leg. Shorts have had a bad rep lately for looking informal and inappropriate for the work place. Sometimes shorts are best left to house clothes, gym outfits and weekend clothes. But some trends have tried to extend shorts to the office by creating office shorts. These are shorts that use patterns and fabric typically reserved for office clothes. So you get shorts in plaids, stripes, and neutral colors in fabrics like polished cotton, linen and wool. Wear office shorts with a nice silk blouse and a blazer. Go bare legged or with stockings. Do not wear long socks.


About Baby Boomer Boots

The idea of a mainstream fashion boot was revolutionary at the time. Before the go-go boot came along, women wore boots to go horseback riding or to deal with wet or snowy weather conditions. The idea of drawing attention to women’s legs as a fashion statement was really quite daring. Go-go boots were all the rage. There were dancers on popular TV shows like Hullabaloo and Shindig that would appear in the fancy footwear. They would also show up in the teen magazines that had the latest teen heartthrobs, like David Cassidy, Herman’s Hermits or the Monkees on the cover.

Coming from a family of five children with a father who made a meager salary as a college professor I thought it unlikely that I would get those boots without some heavy campaigning on my part. Neither of my parents was inclined to put out money for anything that wasn’t a complete necessity and I was pretty sure that go-go boots would not qualify as such. To my great surprise my begging and pleading was rewarded with a knock off pair of go-go boots with the zipper on the inside of the leg. Granted, they were only ankle high and the bottoms were extremely stiff and uncomfortable, but I wore them with great delight and pride and the phrase “strutting her stuff” would provide an accurate portrayal of my mood.

I know that those boots made me feel light and buoyant and I have since discovered that the term go-go is derived from the ancient French word “la gogue” which means joy or happiness. They are a perfect physical representation of the happy abandon that was present in the booming American economy of the post war era of the 1960’s.

My mother thought those boots were completely frivolous which of course made them all the more appealing to my young rebellious pre-teen self. To me, my mother’s generation did not have the same experiences in life as my generation. Her age group somehow lacked the sophistication and sex appeal given out to the younger and hipper women of my generation. It was a new day and it seemed like girls could do anything and certainly lots of things they couldn’t or wouldn’t do before this modern age.

There is a certain essential joy and happiness that I believe is at the core of a female baby boomer’s spirit and one that has been lost for many of us. Somewhere along the way, between “The Wonder Years” and the “Trailblazing Years” as we made our way through the corridors and mazes of male dominated professions, careers and institutions, we tried to keep our own internal compass, integrity and joy alight. Perhaps I need to look for a pair of old fashioned go-go boots to get my head in the right place. And then again, maybe it is just about getting my head in the right place regardless of how my body is clothed.


Jeggings

There is a high percentage of lycra or spandex in jeggings reason why they stretch better than normal jeans. They are softer and hence more comfortable than traditional jeans on the bad side, this also make it less breathable and can feel real warm on hot days. Sometimes embellishments are imbedded in the jeggings adding to the beauty. Jeggings are quite comfortable and there is no fear of an open zipper as they seldom come with one. Jeggings can be made to legging material made to look like jeans or a true mix of jeans and legging material

This piece of clothing is fun to wear. Irrespective of age or size, there is one for all. It is quite flattering thanks to its closer look to leggings. Even little girls will have fun running around in comfortable leggings jeans combination. Plus size women may even achieve a slimmer look by wearing this piece of clothing. It is however common among the younger population

Women like to follow trends and any business in women’s clothing is bound to hit high. That is why most fashion shops are making sure to have the latest trend in fashion which is jeggings for girls. Buying one of this pretty easy and can be done in store or online. More people shop online these days due to the added advantage of a wide range to choose from and competitive prices. Make use of online shopping and you’ll be sure to get the best bargain.

Jeggings for girls can be worn with tank tops to give a chilling look or with leather jackets if you intend to impress. They are very versatile piece of clothing and will go with a variety of mix and match. They are especially good for a day out with the family, for going shopping or for sitting at the cinema. You can create the best look that suits your size and shape with a little creativity.

It is not obvious whether jeggings for girls are here to stay but when investing in clothing, it is better to buy something that will not come and go in a short while. It is better to buy jeggings in neutral colours that may be used for different occasions. Neutral colours will make the jeggings seem more like a legging and still be wearable when the rush for jeggings has died down. Hopefully this is not anytime soon.


Smartwool Base Layers

Overview

Smartwool’s base layer long sleeved tops are made of 100% merino wool. They are non-itchy, form fitting, and have natural anti-odor properties. They also provide superior moisture management and temperature regulation. Interestingly, wool can absorb 30% of its weight in sweat and still feel dry to your skin. Additionally, all the tops provide UPF protection from the sun.

Weight

Smartwool offers three weights in their base layer tops, microweight, lightweight, and midweight. The microweight tops can be worn year round, in summer they will provide good sun protection while maintaining breathability and moisture management. The midweight layer is the heaviest Smartwool offers and it is perfect for a cold weather base layer. I have all three weights that I use when backpacking. I get the most use out of my midweight layer as I sleep in it when camping and use it on cold day hikes as well.

Styles & Fit

The shirts usually come in either v-neck, crew neck, or half zip fronts in both men’s and women’s fits. As a top layer Smartwool tops are form fitted so if you have a slim physique you can comfortably wear the base layer as your only layer. However, if you are carrying any extra pounds they will be highlighted by the snug fit of these tops. Don’t rule them out though, as an against the skin layer they are awesome and you can just throw a mid-layer on top of them if they are too curve-hugging! Women can also purchase the men’s tops if they prefer a roomier fit.

Microweight

Smartwool Microweight shirts offer a UPF of 30, they are the lightest weight of the base layers and may have you wondering if it’s going to be thick enough when you open the package. Don’t worry; it’s a great choice as a standalone garment in warm weather when your activities warrant some sun protection, moisture wicking and odor control. The fit seems true to size. Be aware some think the microweight is a bit sheer. The Microweight Zip Top offers a 10 inch neck zipper for men and an 8 inch zipper in the women’s style that allows you to vent before you become overheated. The crew neck top is available for men and women while the V neck style is available in Women’s sizing only.

Lightweight

Smartwool Lightweight tops come in several styles. For men there is a crew neck, sportknit crew, mock turtle neck, zip neck and zip neck hoody both with 12 inch zipper. Women’s styles are crew, zip neck with 12 inch zipper, asymmetrical zip neck with thumb holes, and asymmetrical zip hoody. The lightweight style offers a 35 UPF sun protection along with 100% merino wool for superior moisture control, odor control, body heat regulation, and non-itch comfort.

Midweight

Smartwool midweight tops are the heaviest style Smartwool offers in a base layer. They offer 50+ UPF sun protections, along with 100% merino wool for superior moisture control, odor control, body heat regulation, and non-itch comfort. Women’s styles come in crew neck, pattern crew, mock turtle neck, zip neck (8″ zip), pattern zip neck (8″), funnel zip (15″ zip), and hoody zip neck (13″ zip). Men’s styles are crew neck, pattern crew, zip neck, funnel zip neck (14.5″ zip), mock turtle neck, and zip neck hoody (14.5″ zip).


Ways To Uncover Hidden Style

Pick out a week of outfits in advance. And group them together in your closet

When you wait ’til the morning to pick out your clothes, the tendency is to grab the same old thing.

But what about that colorful blouse hiding in the back of your closet, or gorgeous belt in the bottom of your drawer that you just had to have? Well, ladies. Now is your chance to actually wear them!

And don’t forget to pull out your accessories, too! Scarves loosely tied around your neck, or as a hair tie, some bangles stacked for a little sparkle, or those pumps or sandals with a pop of color to accent a neutral outfit.

Try to add one forgotten accessory or piece of clothing per day. You’ll be amazed how many great items you already have.

Get fitted for new bras

When was the last time you were fitted for a bra? Most of you never have, and the rest of you aren’t the same size you used to be.

I was 30 before I new my proper bra size. I thought I was 36b, but, it turned out I was 34C! Just recently I discovered I’m now 34D. That’s what happens when you gain a few pounds – your size changes – and not just your dress size!

So, do your girls a favor and show “lift and separate” some respect. Skip Victoria’s Secret, and go old school. There are specialty bra shops in just about every mall these days, and Nordstrom lingerie department is perhaps THE best at sizing us gals.

Making the most of your shape sets the stage for wearing your clothes, instead of your clothes wearing you.

And while you’re at it, stand up straight and put your shoulder’s back. You’ll feel like a new woman!


Look Stylish in Glasses

Here are some tips to take this seemingly “nerdy” accessory and make it yet another way to tell your signature style story:

  • Color. There are so many varieties of colors and styles today that you would be crazy not to venture away from basic black. You can go metallic with a silver or gold frame. You can go classic chic with a gray or brown. However, the way to really make the best of you eyeglasses is to get them in a color that will really make your eyes pop. For example, if you have hazel eyes, some purple frames will really make the green in your eyes stand out. If you are unsure of which colors will make your eyes stand out, take a hint from eye shadow palettes. They design eye shadow palettes around eye color and if you follow that guidance your eyes will surely sparkle through your lenses.
  • Pattern. Yes, they make leopard print eyeglass frames and almost anything you can image. Go browse some eyeglass stores online and offline to get a sense of the variety out there. A classic pattern for glasses is tortoise shell. There is nothing wring with that option, but you should attempt to up the style quotient by at least getting the tortoise shell frames in an unusual shape.
  • Shape. The shape of eyeglasses is a whole study all by itself. Depending on your face shape, there are eyeglass shapes that will look better on your face. You don’t want to purchase a pair of glasses that makes your face look fatter. Five minutes of internet research can help you determine your face shape. Are you an oval, heart, diamond, square, round, or triangle? An additional 5 minutes of online research will help you determine which pair of frames best match your face shape.
  • Eyeglass accessories. The eyeglass accessory is the eyeglass case. This often overlooked item is important because you also want to look chic when you are pulling your glasses out of your purse. You can have it in a bright neon color or emblazoned with a designer’s logo or go diva with one covered in Swarovski crystals. You might be thinking, “Who cares about my eyeglass case? I’m a busy mom and my child’s sandwich keeper works just fine as an eyeglass case.” That is a big no-no. It is ingenious in that it will keep your eyeglasses from getting smashed and soggy, but it is not chic. Splurge a little and get an eyeglass case that will make you smile every time you pull it out and watch all the compliments you start collecting as a result of your unique eyeglass case.

 


Ways to Update an Outfit

Accessorize your look

Accessories are always here to help you. They can easily change, for example, the T-shirt you have to another look. Accessories also may change your style. So, with one and the same jacket you may look both very flattering and girly and when changing the accessories you may get very classic outfit.

Renovate your jeans

Surly, if you look into your wardrobe right now you will find at least a pair of jeans that you don’t wear any longer. So, be creative, make them worn-out, cut the way you want and make them stylish and renewed. Combine them with loose T-shirts and a pair of nice ballerinas and get a very sunny look!

Add studs, glitters and sparkles

This year, you don’t have to be careful with your ideas, as the new season trends make you daring and confident. If you like sparkles, then add them to some of your shirts or bags. You can make your outfits trendy as well. For example, add studs to your blouse’s shoulders and create an army look, which is super trendy this year!

Nail design changes

During the fashion shows, we see that nail art is increasingly becoming more and more attractive. Nails may show your taste, character and degree of confidence. So, instead of changing your entire wardrobe, you may choose one of the trendy nail art designs and create them. A small accent will also make you chic and modish!

Saving your money

If you want to save some money, you can pick the most beloved things from your wardrobe and whatever you buy combine them with it. This will save up your money and you will have clothes that will be easily paired together. A pair of shoes, one accessory, a belt or a scarf may make your look more complete and stylish.


Black Smudges

What is the main reason for the black smudges? Ok, it is gold then why does black get on you clothes? This used to be one of the great mysteries of jewelry but now the most likely reason is make-up. That means make-up like ladies wear. Make-up is ground into very fine particles and seems smooth. With a really close look with magnification, make-up has very fine particles in it. These particles act just like sandpaper on the gold!

Since the sanding action is so very fine, the particles of gold that rub off are too small to show the gold color to the eye and simply look black, like a smudge. I believe this is about 90% of the problem ladies have with gold showing smudges on skin or clothing. Seems strange but this is true!

Other reasons for the black smudges. Is, if you don’t wear make-up that could be getting on the necklace, there are some possible other reasons. The problem with these are elusive and hard to track down to one reason or the other for the smudges. If you have worn gold like this before and had no problems, it becomes sort of a detective case. Ask yourself if make-up brand has changed. Ask if any meds might have changed. Ask if you are using a hot tub or swimming in the new necklace.

We have already talked about make-up. The meds is mentioned simply because in some cases, changes in medicines can affect the body chemistry and the chemicals the necklace will contact on your skin. This can sometimes lead to smudges from a chemical reaction to the jewelry metal.

Hot tubs and pools contain chlorine and that is not only damaging to jewelry but can cause a tarnish that will then become smudges on clothing. The tarnish parts are so fine you might not notice on the necklace and general cleaning does not remove that from inside the necklace links; so, smudges can come from tarnish on the gold and get on your skin or clothing.

Salt air will also cause smudges. The chemicals in the air react with body salts and oils and stuff in the air to cause a tarnish on the gold. This tarnish will sometimes be rubbed off onto clothing as the necklace moves along the cloth.

That about covers the black smudge causes. Sometimes it is truly a mystery and I have seen it happen with 10k, 14k, 18k jewelry. My suggestion first of all is to think about what I have said and see if any changes in make-up or meds or living conditions have happened since the necklace was purchased.

If you have other 10k necklaces, do you get any smudge from them? If not, then it is some component in the new necklace causing the problem. Different manufactures use different mixes of metals to make 10k gold for jewelry. Some will work for almost everyone but once in a while a person will find smudge problems with no apparent reason.

Like I said before, I would have to believe the necklace is the gold the seller says it is. The smudges happen with all kinds of karat gold jewelry, depending on the person wearing the gold and the environment. There is no simple cure unless you get a clue from your life and my suggestions of causes.

I would suspect that then necklace is not gold or since it is stamped 10k it is a low karat gold, only 37.5% gold and the rest is what may be causing the black color. Do you get any blacj on your skin? Usually if you take the piece back to the retailer they will refund your money or give you credit for another purchase.

It is probably the alloys used for the mix in the 10k are not stable or badly alloyed and is causing the black color. The best thing to do is to take it back. Try to go up to at least 14k. If the same thing happends with the 14k then it might be that it is the makup that you are using or it is something totall different. Either way you look at it there is something wrong with the alloy or it is the makeup that you use.


Select Mens Formal Wear

Events that demand fashionable formal wear also include properly teamed formal shoes for men along with ties, belts, and watches. So, now it is time to get everything perfectly matched and teamed up with the best suited formal wear for those ceremonial moments following the selection of tips given here:

  • Formal Shirts: While selecting a formal shirt, go for colours that are subtle and soft. Do not buy formal shirts that have bold prints. Stripes can be a good choice. If you do not buy a blazer, consider the luxury scarfs that make the look elegant. Having a white shirt in the wardrobe is a wise decision as you can team it up with any other coloured accessories. Fashion accessories like cufflinks or neckties goes well with formal shirts, thus you can keep some of these in stock.
  • Formal Suits: The suits should be compulsorily well fitted, well ironed and of a decent quality fabric. The best suit colours for formal occasions are grey, black, brown, navy blue, and beige. Timeless and trendy, suits of these colours can be worn at any occasion. If you have a stout, well maintained figure, get the breasted suit as it can make you look slim and sophisticated.
  • Formal Shoes: The market is loaded with stores selling impeccable range of formal shoes for men. Firstly, look for a company that vows on durability and quality. Leather shoes are the best option with colours like black or brown. They should be well fitted and comfortable while walking. Excessively stylish formal shoes are not in trend. It is always better to select from the decent yet smart designs. Moderately shining shoes are best for formal occasions; excessive lustre gives a cheap impression. Team up your shoes with a proper pair of socks of single colour and minimal design.

You can come across trendy stores and showrooms selling big brands of formal wear for men. Not all brands are good. Make sure to go for a trustworthy brand. Especially, formal shoes for men are sold in almost all footwear stores, but it is your wisdom to choose the correct brand. A good and reliable brand assures you of durability, fine fabric/leather, colour fast guarantee and proper adhesive usage in formal shoes for men.

Market and online stores have vast assortment of formal suits, shirts, ties and formal shoes for men. Tasteful and wise choice is all what is needed for a good wardrobe collection. A well-dressed corporate man can create a perfect impression on his onlookers and the entire get-up can actually speak loads about his personality and character. A man with proper dressing sense also shows great confidence, self-esteem and manages to stand out of the crowd.


Tactical Research Boots

Actually, tactical research is part of numerous assignments that can be carried out by the air force, navy, army and other military organizations. It’s usually carried out as part of modern day warfare operations. It involves several difficult tasks, projects and network operations. In most cases, the military officials have to spend several months or years in the desserts and other similar grounds while carrying out the research. They are expected to be in their usual attire. They have to put on quality shoes that will protect their feet on daily basis. In most cases, special kinds of footwear products are usually recommended for the research and expeditions. The tactical research boots are usually approved for such operations. This is because of their excellent features.

Basically, the boots are known to be very durable. They are usually made of tan leather and special nylon materials. Some of them are also made of quality cowhide leather material. Furthermore, the shoes come with unique soles, lashes, zippers, locks and other protective features. They are meant to give maximum comfort and protection to the users.

Meanwhile, the footwear products are always resistant to abrasion. They also resist excess heat and cold. They can be used during hot weather conditions. They can also be used during winter and summer periods. They can be used on rocky deserts and terrains. They don’t get damaged easily since they are made of quality materials. They are also very easy to maintain. They don’t constitute health hazards. They are always eco-friendly.

Meanwhile, the solid nature of the boots is highly commendable. They can last for many years. They can be recycled or given away. They can also be re-sold after several years of usage.

The footwear products are available for purchase online. They showcase in a variety of brands with specific brand names and numbers. There are several dealers that distribute them. However, it’s important to locate a reliable dealer when searching for the best products. One can always make proper inquiries when looking for them online.