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Fashion & Style

Five Popular Fabrics for Girl’s Dresses

There will never be a shortage of suitable girl’s dresses. The possibilities are endless when it to comes to looking for something formal or casual. It can be overwhelming finding the perfect. However, the fabric of an item can tell you a lot about the type of occasion it is meant for. If you are planning on sewing a new creation, it is important to take the fabric into consideration. Here is a closer look at the five most popular fabrics in young ladies’ clothing.

Cotton

Cotton is one of the most versatile materials because it is comfortable and wearable during different seasons. Many dresses are made from lightweight cotton perfect for warmer months. Soft cotton has a refined look, great for more formal outfits. Lightweight cotton in pastels or a striped print is ideal for an everyday outfit. Seersucker is a popular material for a summer sundress. While heavier cotton can keep your warm during the winter season. A heavier cotton fabric can make a perfect sweater dress that can easily work for casual or formal occasions. Cotton is also a fabric that is easy to care for, and usually only requires a trip through the washing machine to get it ready to go.

Tulle

Not just for tutus, tulle is the perfect material for giving extra bounce to any skirt. Tulle is perfect for a formal outfit because it adds instant volume. It is made from nylon or polyester. Since tulle can unravel in the washing machine, it’s best washed by hand.

Satin

Satin is commonly used for formal girl’s dresses. The luxurious look and feel of satin gives your dress instant elegance, perfect for a flower girl’s gown. Satin may be made of silk, or it may be made of nylon or polyester. It is preferable to wash satin by hand, although it can also be washed in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. Silk garments should only be washed by hand. In some cases, manufacturers may advise dry-cleaning these garments.

Wool

Wool’s insulating properties are ideal in cold weather and are perfect for staying stylish during winter months. However, wool does require special care when washing. Be sure to follow all cleaning directions thoroughly. Wool should be hand washed while making not to rub. Wring the garment out or hang dry as wool fabric stretches easily when wet.

Denim

Denim is the best fabric for everyday wear such as jumpers and overall dresses. It’s made from heavyweight cotton, which ensures it’s durability. Denim can easily be cleaned in the washing machine, making it a low maintenance fabric that you’ll want to use over and over again.

Finding girl’s dresses for everyday wear or a special event is easy if you know what to look for. By understanding what each type of fabric is best suited for, you can quickly find the perfect outfit for every occasion.

 

Fashion & Style

Tips for Buying the Best Designer Handbags

Designer handbags are obviously the best thing in the world right now. There are so many handbags and it is obviously great to get the best one that is available in the market. However the process of buying a handbag is full of ordeal and there are some specific tips that must be followed without fail. These are as follows.

1. Before you simply go ahead and start purchasing the handbags, make sure you assess your current bags. There is an ever increasing category of bags like business, leisure and casual.

2. In order to save a significant amount of time, you must start doing some online research and this will enable you to get to know about some options before you actually hit the pavement. This will also give you a lot of information and knowledge on designer handbags.

3. Dress appropriately in order to get a feel of the handbag while you are shopping. This will help you to determine whether the bag is suitable for you or not. Thus while you are going shopping, make sure that you dress in an appropriate manner with all the designer clothes. This will make things very easy for you.

4. Once you have found the right bag for yourself, you must examine it in such a manner that you get to know about all the interiors. This will help you to understand the bag completely and also use it in such a manner that you are highly satisfied with it in the long run. Also pay very close attention to the exterior part. This means that you must examine the stitching of the bag in order to justify yourself that you bag is good both from the inside as well as the outside.

5. Find out the return policy of the store because you never know. Things can happen and you might not like the bag in future because of some reason or the other. Thus it is important to get as much of information as possible relating to the return policy of the bag. This will help you in determining whether you require the bag or not.

You must understand that buying these bags is a great investment. Thus always do it carefully in order to make a good decision as far as your bags are concerned. Always go for the best one that can increase the durability and flexibility.

Fashion & Style

Tips to Summer-Proof Your Wardrobe

wardropThe heat is on! Summer is slowly making the thermometer – as well as everyone – go crazy. While you can always stay in an air-conditioned room, let’s face it, you can’t stay there forever, you have to go out sooner or later. But what should you wear? Of course, because of the heat and humidity, you have to adjust your wardrobe. Here are some suggestions to summer-proof your wardrobe. So keep your long-sleeved shirts and jackets in the closet because you won’t be needing them for a very long time.

Go Light

This actually means two things: choose light colored clothes and lightweight fabrics. Dark colored clothes, besides the tendency to absorb the sun’s rays, traps the heat, keeping you warmer than you need. Light colored clothes, like white and yellow, reflects it keeping you cool. Also, wear lightweight fabrics. Cotton is okay if you don’t plan to go outside and do activities which can really make you sweat. If you’re going to be active though, uncheck 100 percent cotton clothes from your list. You’re better off with light synthetic fabrics.

Go for the Right Styles

Shorts, sleeveless shirts are a good option during the summer. It certainly gives you more ventilation. However, as you expose more skin remember to put on some sunscreen for protection. You don’t want to be comfortable but prone to wrinkles and skin illnesses. The lotion will also moisturize your skin, as heat has the tendency to dry skin.

Wearing loose clothing is also a good choice. Loose, but not baggy (oversized). Loose clothing will allow you to move freely, provide more comfort since air flow is better. Of course, this means you should avoid fit or body-hugging clothing.

Go for Some Shade

Sunglasses are another summer staple. Your eyes, as well as the skin around them are sensitive and thin, so it’s best to give them the protection they need. Dark glasses do not necessarily mean good protection though. Tint is just for the glare, not necessarily for protection. Check if glasses are certified when it comes to UV protection, like the ones from Oakley.

Going for a Run? Go Technical

Okay, so you’re not a treadmill person. You really need to run outside. But you know you’re either going to be scorched or become a walking ball of sweat. Is there a way better alternative for runners? Absolutely. Technical wear comes in light colors, is lightweight and has sweat-wicking properties. The last features helps you cool off by letting sweat evaporate at certain points of the clothing. Anti-bacterial properties also help prevent infections and that generally gross and smelly feeling of being soaked in sweat for a long time.

Not familiar with technical wear? You can try Reebok running wear, its affordable and high quality. While you’re at it, check out Reebok running shoes. The breathable materials of the shoes promotes proper ventilation to help prevent sweaty, hot and slippery feet.

Go Free Your Feet

While on the subject of footwear, what about non-runners? What should they wear? Well, a pair of flip-flops or sandals will free up your feet. If you like closed shoes, espadrilles-which are often made from fabrics-is a good choice.

 

Fashion & Style

Tips to Choose the Best Ethnic Wear From an Online Store

The world has gone virtual! We search online, we play online, we connect online, we romance online and we shop online. When it’s about shopping – from medicines, toys, gifts, flowers – to clothes and groceries, practically everything is available on the Internet.

And, there is so much choice – all of it available at the click of a button, at the tap of a mouse and at the convenience of our door-steps. It’s all amazing! Isn’t it?

It’s a revolution, and today, it’s in our hands. No wonder, one is often left marveling at the unthinkable inroads, we have made into the Internet technology. But, isn’t the choice overwhelming?

Well, it surely does leave many of us baffled, when it comes to shopping for clothes online -even more, when it’s about expensive and beautiful Indian Ethnic Fashion-wear. Garments, since forever, have been about the ‘look and feel’, and ‘the fit’. “How can they be purchased from a remote location?” – many questioned, when this trend had started.

The hugely popular trend, however, proved, beyond doubt, that people loved the concept, ease and convenience of shopping online for garments. This also proved to be a practical and useful concept, specifically for people living away from their home country. In this age and era of globalization, this is an issue sellers could not forego.

But, all said and done, it is true that buying online comes with its own set of confusions. Then, how do you ensure that you make the best garments purchase online?

Here are a few tips –

Size Matters!

    • Get your measurements right, and keep them updated.

 

    • A recent survey reveals that the biggest issue and fear people face, while buying clothes online is regarding sizing.

 

    • Although most clothing retailers online allow hassle-free returns and exchanges, a sizing issue proves to be a big deterrent in repeat purchases.

 

    • Each time you buy, refer to a sizing guide. Sizing differs for various sub-brands and clothing, even if you happen to buy from the same E-retailer.

 

    • Also, in case of form-fitting garments and Indian Ethnic wear, don’t just go by standard sizing charts. Be careful, if the specifications mention that you need to give very accurate measurements (like in the case of a saree blouse, even a 3/4th inch deviation from your size may spoil the fit)

 

    • Standard clothing sizing is different from customized clothing sizing.

 

    • Measure yourself, and take a help of a professional or a friend to do so. Note down the measurements, and match with the standard sizing charts, while buying.

 

  • Update your measurements, if you purchase after a gap.

Update and keep an open mind…

    • Yes, keep browsing to keep yourself updated with latest styles and trends in Indian Ethnic Fashion wear and even all other apparel categories.

 

    • If you browse after a long gap, you would feel out of touch with what the E-commerce platform has to offer. So, be a regular, in this regard.

 

    • You may start browsing with a certain thing in mind, but there may be tonnes of other options available, instead of the exact specifications, you had in mind initially. If you keep an open mind, you may chance upon some really smart choices.

 

    • Keep yourself updated with your favorite portal’s customer services, return and exchange policies and payment options.

 

  • Give newbies a chance!

Loyalty Matters

    • For expensive and classic purchases, it is best to stay loyal to certain trusted and tried portals and brands, which have worked for you in the past.

 

    • Although, it may not make sense to keep buying from the same platform, when the choice available is huge, it certainly helps if you stick to a selected few, specifically when sizing and quality are your priorities.

 

    • Likewise, for tailored apparels, expensive Indian ensembles and outfits meant for special occasions, stay loyal to a tried and tested online platform. Consistently buy from it, so there are no last minute unpleasant surprises.

 

  • The same applies to fashion styles that suit you the best. Stay loyal to a few chosen cuts and trends, irrespective of whether they are trending or not. For example, if long Anarkalis accentuate your profile more than any other silhouette, continue ordering and wearing them for your special occasions.

Don’t follow fads and trends blindly.

    • What looks great in pictures – on models and in meticulously planned photo-shoots – may not look equally wonderful on you!

 

    • Remember, it is quite easy to go haywire, while picking stuff online, given the constant barrage of new styles, latest trends, super attractive offers and lovely pictures.

 

    • Consider your body type, likes, needs and lifestyle – while buying online.

 

    • You may be in love with sheer net sarees, but buying them will be a bad idea, if your work wardrobe doesn’t have any space for them.

 

  • Same goes for other apparels and trends, like crop tops, thigh-high slit skirts, printed leggings etc. If you won’t wear them more than once, or won’t be comfortable wearing them – don’t buy them.

Read the fine-print

    • Read the product descriptions carefully, before making a buying decision.

 

    • This is specifically important, in case of Indian ethnic ensembles, as fabrics, cuts and style specifications can be extremely confusing and misleading.

 

    • For example, ‘silk’ is not always silk, and there is a huge difference between Bhagalpuri Silk and Bangalore Silk. Art silk is a silk-polyester blend, supposed to be way cheaper than pure silk. Read carefully, and if needed, call up the retailer’s customer care representatives to confirm.

 

    • Same goes for sizing. In case of your blouses and other form fitting apparel, if an E-retailer insists on ‘Accurate Sizing’, don’t go by standard sizing stats, or you will repent later.

 

  • Save on vat and shipping charges, by cashing on special offers, combo-offers and seasonal discounts.