Blouses For All Occasions

The Size of the Blouse

The size of the blouse determines the fit and this is important simply because fitting garments look much better than those which are either too large or too small. To make sure that you buy the right size, take measurements of your hips and the chest. Even though the sizes can be different from designer to designer, they are ideally the same on an average. Knowing your measurements lets you find the right size fast and easy.

The Style and Your Body Type

Just like any other female garment, the style can determine how suitable it is for a specific body type. The necklines and the cut should be your major areas of focus because not every blouse you come across will look good on you. For instance, if you have a pear shaped body, meaning that you are wider at the hips and narrow around the shoulders, you should choose a blouse fitted at the waist. Those with shoulder accessories like gatherings, flounces and puffs can also be amazing for this body type. If you are not very sure about your body type and how to dress it, wear the blouse then stand in front of a mirror and evaluate the look.

The Color

The color of the blouse is just as important as the cut, especially since there are different colors suitable for different skin tones, body size and even eye shades. Brighter colored blouses are most suitable for those with cooler skin complexions while those with warmer tones can stick with cooler colors since they don’t need the brightness to pop. Darker shades like navy, brown and black among others are suitable for all and they are timeless. So, you can consider them too especially if you are looking for work blouses.

The Blouse Usage

Are you buying to wear for office or for casual wear? It is an important consideration since there are blouses that are suited for office and others for casual settings. For instance, those made from nylon, silk and satin can generally be amazing choices for the office since they work great with tailored slacks. Cotton blouses can also be good for the office, but they are most suitably worn casually.

The Sleeve Length

You will find blouses with long sleeves, short sleeves, three quarter sleeves and even sleeveless blouses. You can choose depending on how comfortable you feel in them and the exposure they give to the arms. Sleeveless blouses are however not very suitable for the office environment.

Buy The Right Evening Dress

An evening dress is made from formal fabrics such as velvet, chiffon, satin, metallic lame, and georgette. In most of the cases, the outfits come with a pair of special-occasion shoes and a small clutch bag.

If you are planning of buying the outfit you only need to visit your local clothing store. You can also visit bridal salons and internet stores and you will find the outfit that will be ideal for you.

When buying the dress you need to consider the event that you are attending. If you are attending a less-formal occasion such as drinks or a nice dinner, you should go for an outfit that is knee-length or shorter. If you are going for a dance or semiformal wedding party, you should buy a cocktail dress.

When making the purchase always remember that the more formal the event, the longer the dress you should buy. This means that if you are attending a formal event you should go for a full-length dress. The outfit can have a train or it can have a very full skirt.

Some of the formal events that you should wear a formal dress include: white-tie events, balls, formal weddings, and galas.

If you love wearing suits you should choose a high quality formal suit or pants. If you are attending a business formal function you should go for well-cut pants with an embellished top.

If you don’t like pants you should wear a white blouse and a sweeping, floor-length skirt.

To look part of the evening you should go for luxurious, tasteful accessories. Just like when wearing other outfits, you should ensure that the accessories you wear complement the dress. For example, if you are wearing an open neckline dress you should go for a fancy necklace that will attract the people’s attention.

If on the other hand you are wearing a sleeveless outfit you should wear an embellished bracelet.

When it comes to shoes, you should wear heels. To match the sophistication of the evening dress, you should avoid clunky heels and wedges.

It’s also important to consider your bag. For a fancy look, ensure that the bag matches your dress. You should go for a clutch bag that comes either with a strap or without any straps.

Maintain Women’s Fur Coats

Always hang your garment on a broad and padded hanger with an extended neck to ensure that it has the proper shaping while hanging. Never use a wire hanger with your coat. Never fold your item in a drawer or a trunk for storage. You could even look for a special hanger designed for fur coats.

Never cover your garment with plastic or any type of bag because fur needs to have fresh air circulating around it. If necessary, you can place your jacket in a woven cloth bag for a short time, but do not leave it in any type of enclosure for an extended period.

Do not place pins into the garment and keep anything sharp away from it to prevent damage and snags. When you wear your pelt, choose a handbag and not a shoulder bag, because the straps from a shoulder bag could wear the pelt over time.

Wear a scarf between your neck and the pelt to minimize matting that might occur from exposure to oils in your skin and products you may wear on your skin.

Never use chemicals near your garment. This includes hairspray, cologne, perfume, and other skin care products. The alcohol present in these products can damage women’s fur coats. It’s even risky to store the jacket in a cedar closet or chest because oils from the cedar can absorb into the pelt. Once embedded into the pelt, it can be impossible to remove. Eventually women’s fur coats can begin smelling rancid and foul.

Moisture on your garment is not a disaster. In fact, women’s fur coats handle rain and snow without issue. Simply shake off the excess moisture from the surface of the jacket and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated location. It’s not necessary to dry the surface with a hair dryer. In fact, applying heat to the surface may cause more damage. Run your hands through the pelt after it dries to smooth it out again.

When you know you will not be wearing your garment for an extended period, such as during the summer, take it to a furrier for professional storage. Hanging the jacket in a closet could damage it over time.

Have women’s fur coats cleaned at least once each year to keep them beautiful. Cleaning not only removes all traces of soiling, it also works to keep the surfaces conditioned. In addition, the furrier will examine all areas of the garment, checking for rips and other damage. If the furrier finds damage, have it fixed immediately so it does not become worse.

Quinceanera Dresses

Empire waist

An empire waist is characterized by a cinch under the bust. It’s also common for it to come with off-the-shoulder details or capped sleeves. If you feel that this is the right outfit for you, you should avoid the full princess skirt. You should stick to the figure-skimming column.

Mermaid

This is a contemporary outfit that skims your body from the waist to the hips. Due to this it gives you a very sexy figure that is great to look at.

Ruched skirt

Simply known as the “pickup” in wedding and formal wear circles, the ruched skirt is a great quinceanera outfit. The skirt makes it easy for you to dance as it makes you feel comfortable.

A-line

It starts with a narrow top but spreads out to a wide skirt as it goes down. The good side with it is that it flatters almost every body type; therefore, if you are unsure of the outfit that you should go for, this is one of the best ones to go with. It also works well with shorter hemlines; therefore, you can go ahead and give a cocktail length a try.

Rules of quinceanera dresses

When buying the outfit, always consider its color. For ideal results you should avoid an outfit that is all white or pastels. This is because chances are very high that the birthday girl and her attendants will be dressed in a white outfit.

You should remember that a quinceanera is a semi-formal occasion; therefore, you should wear a semi-formal dress. Since a quinceanera begins with a religious ceremony you should ensure that the outfit you choose is ideal for a church service.

To avoid attracting attention from the birthday girl you should ensure that you don’t dress provocatively.

Wear A Long Prom Dress

Pair it

Although, a long dress is elegant, it tends to create an overly bulky look especially if you are too tall. To avoid the bulky look you should go for a shorter, fitted jacket. The jacket will cover part of the dress; therefore, you will have a balanced look.

If you can’t find a fitted jacket you should consider going for a fitted motorcycle jacket or a cropped sweater. If you are wearing an outfit with an empire-waist you should go for a jacket that ends below your bust line.

Go for small shoes

Since the dress is already long thus creating a large proportion, you should avoid large shoes and only consider wearing small shoes. Some of the appropriate shoes that you should wear are ballet flats. The good side with these shoes is that they don’t distract the dress thus lets the outfit speak for itself.

If you need a little bit of lift in your walk you should consider going for wedge sandals.

Add a belt

If the dress is too wide it will most likely overwhelm you. To avoid this you should consider adding a belt and you will successfully create a more balanced and proportioned look. If your outfit has a heavy material, you should wear a wide belt; however, if the outfit has a light material you should wear a thin belt. You can also use a scarf if you don’t have a thin belt.

Be careful with your accessories

Since a long prom dress is a statement piece by itself, you should avoid wearing a lot of accessories that can distract the look of the outfit. For ideal results you should minimize the number of accessories that you wear. When it comes to earrings and necklaces you should ensure that they are small in size.

When it comes to your hair, you should aim to create a Boho style. If your hair is long you should leave it unpinned; however, if your hair is short you should consider holding it with a headband, scarf or a decorated barrette.

Costume Fabric

  • It determines your comfort levels – The fact is that there are fabrics that are not that comfortable to the skin and can leave you feeling uncomfortable. If you love a dress too much, but the fabric does not seem to be favoring you, you can consider making highlights such as adding other clothing items in the areas you feel a problematic for you. This way, you can keep the fabric off your skin keeping irritation issues at bay.
  • It determines what you wear underneath – Some of the fabrics are so light that you would need to choose very good underwear to look your best and to keep you warm enough especially during the colder months. On the other hand, when the fabric used in making it is very heavy or thick, you might not find it necessary to wear any other clothing items underneath it especially in the hot months since it can get really uncomfortable for you. You can use the fabric to guide in your layering or underwear choice.
  • It determines the costume look – Even though the manufacturers carefully select the fabrics and other materials they use on the costumes, it is possible to find some that do not look right for the themes they are made for. For instance, a fabric that is too light might end up making the costume lose its shape, making it harder to tell what you are. When selecting therefore, ensure that the fabric is good enough in maintaining the shape and the look of the costume even after you have washed it several times. This is considering that some do shrink after they are washed and they definitely won’t look the same again.
  • It determines the care – When you purchase a fancy dress costume, you of course will want to keep it in good shape through proper maintenance. The right care is the secret to having your costume serve all your needs for a long time. The fabric it is made from can determine how easy or how hard it is to wash or clean it. Some fabrics might only require wiping after use while others need special attention during wash to keep them in top shape. Consider the care and maintenance levels your fabric requires and how comfortable you are with the washing requirements before making the final decision. It will give you an easy time with the costume every time.

Rules Of Wearing A Formal Dress

Be classy

A formal event is characterized by classy women; therefore, you should also be classy. One of the things that will make you classy is the dress that you wear. To avoid looking out of place you should avoid showing a lot of skin. To be on the safe side you should wear a long dress that can be sleeveless, backless, or with a plunging neckline.

You should avoid wearing an outfit with more than one of these features. You should never wear pants. You should also avoid dresses with slits that go past the knee.

If the outfit you are planning to wear has a print you should ensure that it’s not too loud or overbearing.

In addition to wearing a classy dress you should also wear the right accessories. As rule of thumb you should ensure that the accessories are tasteful. You should avoid accessories that have a bad image. For example you should avoid feather boas as they are often associated with showgirls.

It’s good to wear jewelry; however, you should avoid anything that is obviously plastic. When it comes to your hair ensure that it’s well done. If your hair color is growing you should ensure that it’s fixed. You should also ensure that the roots aren’t showing.

Go for what flatters your body

This calls for you to understand your body type. You also need to know the areas of your body that look great and the ones that have an unpleasant look. As rule of thumb you should wear an outfit that flatters your assets while at the same time disguises the problematic areas.

For example, if you have a great body and well toned shoulders you should go for a strapless outfit. If you have a large waist, you should hide it by wearing a dress with corseting. You can also wear a dress with paneling along the ribs.

If you are a small girl you should avoid outfits with large prints. You should also avoid a dress with a lot of ruffles or pleats.

You should pay attention to the fabric and color of the outfit. You should go for an outfit that has a special touch thus will make you stand out from the cloud.

Dressing For The Holidays

Admittedly the constant hues of browns and greys can get a bit boring but with Christmas right around the corner, adding a little bit of fun into the wardrobe is very exciting and very possible. From the office party to a family event, there is always a lot going on during the holiday season which means that even if you don’t consider yourself a fashion savvy kind of bloke; you’ll need to ensure you have a fitting wardrobe for every occasion.

From the fancy to the casual; there is an abundance of choice on offer from both high street retailers to designers and whatever your style and preference there is always something for everyone (and it doesn’t have to be brown!). Knowing what to pick however can be the tricky part; what will work for a different occasion and what will suit you the most? There is a lot to consider!

Ready to get in the holiday spirit and get your wardrobe ready, then our below points should give you a nudge in the right direction…

  • Understated Cocktail- By cocktail I mean smart enough for an evening event yet just not enough for an extremely formal event. Whether this is the office party or a family occasion, it is important to look the part without looking as though you are trying too hard. Think well-tailored suit, crisp shirts and a tie to match; whether from a mens designer label or your favourite high street brand it’s the perfect dapper look for any holiday do.
  • Knitwear- Understandably having to put comfort before fashion is never anyone style loving man’s choice but when it gets cold it the jumpers and cardigans become a must have. For a Christmas event however, the right knitwear can actually be the perfect choice. Before you get ahead of yourself get those Christmas jumpers adorned with baubles’ and pictures of Rudolph out of your head; novelty is not the key to creating style! Consider a quality crew neck jumper or a cashmere cable knit over a shirt and trousers; with the right choice, you could have the perfect look without bordering on the “too casual”.
  • No Casual– Tying in with the point I made above, casual clothing is a no during the holiday season. Admittedly the last thing you will want to do is rock the bow ties and dickeys everywhere you go but overly casual clothing won’t work; it’s the holidays and it’s all about making an effort. Men’s clothing is so diverse so saying you only had jeans and a t-shirt is no excuse because the options available are endless. Whether there is a fashion code on the invite or not or you’re under the assumption that your Aunty Jane won’t mind if turn up in pyjamas, there is an unwritten code that when it comes to the holidays; a little effort is a must. Slim fit suits are massively in style right now but take off the jacket and replace with knitwear if you want to? or just stick with the shirt and trousers? If you have to wear jeans then stick to the classic styles and add-on a full sleeve shirt either way, turning up in something basic is a fashion no.

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Types Of Prom Dresses

Hemmed

These are ideal for you if you are interested in showing off your legs in a discreet, yet fancy way. The outfits are characterized by asymmetrical hems that can have drastic cuts that reveal from as high as your thighs. There are also others that show only slightly above your knees or calf area.

If you want to show off your lower legs, you should go for a full-skirted outfit that falls right above or at the knee.

Bodice types

There are different types of bodice outfits. For example, there are surplice bodices that usually cross-wrap the midriff in the front or at the back and as a result secure the waist while at the same time putting a lot of focus on the hips and bust lines. The surplice attire is ideal for those with hour-glass figures.

If you have a beautiful waist and you would like to show it off, you should go for a dress with an empire waist. The good side with this dress is that it gathers beneath the bust thus drawing attention to your middle. The outfit also creates a loose flowing fit for your hips and lower end.

Other than surplice bodices, there are other outfits with halter bodices. These dresses are usually sleeveless and backless and they are often secured around the neck with a thin strap of fabric. You can also hold the back using an embellished necklace. The outfit is ideal when you want to show a little bit of skin in a sophisticated manner.