Monday, 26 November 2012

Colour blend


         The colours of clothing worn by people is to a large extent determined  by personality and sometimes jobs. There are some basic clothing and colours found in every person’s closet/wardrobe regardless of your job type or station in life. These colours include black, white and brown in its various shades. These colors are quite professional, easy to mix with other colours and great when worn alone. The only catch is the tendency to get stuck in them with a fear of bright colors. This results in a dull and boring wardrobe. To break out of this rut, it is imperative to add colourful item to your closet for variability and versatility. To do this however, caution must be observed although the process ought to be fun.
          First, decide what colour you would like to add to your closet. It’s best to start with one colour at a time and a maximum of two. Do not add more than 2 colors at a time so you don’t spend so much on a color you may not wear eventually.
Next, buy small items of that colour. Start with accessories such for a lady and a tie with pocket squares or cufflinks for a man. This is for you to try out the colour to see how well you like it and how well it suits you.

         Then, you can move on to buying larger items of the same color such as tops, pullovers, shoes and bags and others.In a short time, say 2 to 3 months, there should be a noticeable/sizeable increase of the desired colour in your closet. This way, you can add several colours to your wardrobe in a year without spending so much and breaking the bank. 
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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Body structures and their trends continues

Ø  Full-bodied/Big-boned Stature:these people are usually described as “plump” or “homely”. They are to avoid tight and undersized clothings as they would look “stuffed” in them. Well tailored outfits and slightly loose clothing are great on them. This enhances their body structre and gives a smart and vibrant look. Horizontal stripes are a “no no” and checks are to be used with caution but vertical and diagonal stripes are great as they lenghten the body.       
              Broad shouldered people, regardless of   height are to    avoid clothes with shoulder pads,embellished or detailed necklines and designs that draw attention to the neck and shoulder as these emphasizes the width of the shoulders, while narrow shouldered persons can wear such as well as sleeveless or short sleeved clothes but not “off-the-shoulder” designs.
             Diagonal lines and assymetrical cuts can be worn by all shapes      and sizes as they draw attention to the style of the clothes but not to the area that is being hidden, although it also depends on the design and cut of the outfit. However, horizontal lines/stripes are to be worn with caution by all shapes and sizes as they give the illusion of width and fullness. They have to be well mixed and managed to look great.

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Fashion and you

Fashion is concerned with the outward look or image that we project which is oftentimes the result of our dressing i.e. clothing, hairstyle and such like. However, every individual has a unique and innate sense of style peculiar to him/her. In essence, style is an expression of your personality.
Fashion trends are decided and dictated by a few, namely designers and fashion houses and celebrities. Unfortunately, not all trends are suitable for everyone. The challenge now is how to dress trendy  without looking outdated and feeling outmoded. That a particular item or look is “trending” or in vogue does not automatically mean it’s for you. To look stylish and fashionable without being a slave to trends, its imperative that you have a very good understanding and appreciation of  your body structure and personality. Why? Body structure is to help you determine what looks good on you and what image you’ll project, and personality to help you determine what you’ll be comfortable and confident in.

                           BODY STRUCTURES AND TRENDS     
Ø Tall and Slim Stature: these people are oftentimes described as “willowy” or “lanky” depending on sex. For such statures, clothes with predominantly vertical stripes should be avoided as it further gives the illusion of height. Outfits should be chosen such that they cut the length in two i.e. a top in one colour and the bottoms in another colour. This balances out the height. When stripes are to be worn, diagonal stripes are better. Loose clothing and free flowing dresses (for ladies) are also suitable. As well as bold prints and patterns if well worn as they give an illusion of fullness.
Ø  Small and Slim Statures: these people are often described as “petite”. For such people, they ought to avoid undersized and oversized clothing. All outfits should be of correct size and must be well fitted. Clothes with busy patterns and excessive embroidery(i.e. frills, ruffles, oversized collars and such like) should also be avoided as they tend to overwhelm. Mild/medium sized patterns that are not too busy or overwhelming are great, as well as checkered materials. Though care must be taken to avoid looking like a child. Vertical and diagonal stripes are also  suitable as they give the illusion of height. Pants should sit directly on the waist and are not to hang or sag.

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