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Fashion & Style

7 Tips For Shopping For Your Own Clothes

Fashion is very important for any individual, no matter where that person is. No matter where a person works in, how they dress speaks all about their personality. Fashion prepare you for all occasions. From morning until the evening, you wear different types of clothes. For example, at night when you sleep, you wear pajamas which are very loose, made up of light fabric so that you can feel relaxed. In cold mornings, you cover yourself with a coat that keeps you warm. Any person uses good quality clothing so that they can look presentable in the office. When you plan to hangout somewhere with your family or friends, you wear casual clothes that make you look attractive. Hence, when clothes hold so much importance in your life, you must shop around for them carefully. Choosing the best outfit from the best places must always be your motive.

How do you shop for these clothes?

  • First, you must have a clear idea about the type of occasion for which you want to dress. For example, if you want to dress for someone’s wedding than you will have to concentrate on buying tuxedos or beautiful dresses.
  • You must understand your own personality. A person who has a very calm demeanor would never go for something very flashy, no matter whatever the occasion is.
  • The clothes you choose should suit your personality. A person looks best when everything around them compliments their personality.
  • After this, one should decide what fad or fashion they want in their area of concern. It could be as simple as whether to go for three button suit or to go for a two button suit.
  • When you are done with all these steps, you can choose the brand which satisfies your needs the best. Different brands are known for different areas of expertise. Some are very good at making formal shirts and some are leaders in casual shirts.
  • Next, decide on the shopping option. If you are going to a quality clothing store then decide who you are taking along with you. Some people may say that I wear what I like but this is not the truth. Everyone wears to show off even when you don’t notice it. Hence, take someone you trust along with you who can judge the best of what suits you and what does not. For this purpose, people from opposite sex are suited for the job.
  • Choose what you like, see the clothes, and try them out to check whether it is fitting to your tastes or not. Nothing worse than picking something you believe to be fabulous then deciding it was not worth it.

Online shopping has become popular everywhere but in the fashion industry, it is not gaining that same popularity. The reason lies in the fact that most of us have a habit of trying before buying and that’s necessary as well. But, it is up to you where do you want to go. If you follow the above mentioned suggestions, you can certainly find the best outfit for yourself.

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How to Be Fashion Savvy on a Budget

Every woman wants to be fashionable. Yes, this is a fact. Even women who only wear shirts and jeans express their inner FASHIONISTA through their own way. However, many people think that being fashionable means having to be a label-lover and spend thousands and thousands of dollars. This might be true in most cases but that cannot stop fashion lovers out there from being in the trend while spending less than the cost of runway fashion. The key to being fashionable without breaking the bank is through finding bargain stores, mixing and matching outfits, buying classic pieces and distinguishing if a buy is a splurge or a steal. Here are the tips for you to exude casual elegance even on a day-to-day basis while still keeping an ample amount in your savings.

Buy Classic Pieces

One way of saving money is by investing on classic pieces. This may range from tops, pants, shoes and bags. One example is investing on a cardigan; this is a classic piece that has always been used throughout the seasons. Another is an investment on tops that go under the cardigan. These tops can be used under so many jackets and sweaters that can change looks and moods. It’s also essential to own a little black dress since it can practically go with anything and can be worn on any occasion. Invest in a good pair of black pants since you can pair it up with so many tops. On to bags, invest in bags that have good quality like leather or suede, also opt for a classic design in a color that goes with many outfits like black, brown or grey. Avoid investing on bags designed to go in and out of season.

Mix and Match

You can expand your whole wardrobe if you know how to mix and match your pieces. One pair of pants can make at least 10 outfits. One black, white, brown or grey top can be included with so many outfits. It’s essential to own these items since you can never go wrong with neutral colors like these. This is because you can mix it up with chunky or elegant accessories or match it up with flats, heels or wedges and of course add it up with a bag and you’ve got yourself a winning look fit for everyday errands or work.

Splurge or Steal

Being able to identify if an item is a splurge or a steal is a capability that may take time for you to harness. No, it’s not super powers but you need to have experience in shopping from high-end, middle class and low-end boutiques. So, if you already know what materials, designs and what-not are worth its price or can be found else where with a cheaper price tag, then you my friend are a certified splurge or steal master. Use this power to create your outfits just like how the runway presents them but without the price that creates a hole in your pocket.

Find Bargain Stores

We all have our favourite boutique, we like their cut, style and designs. However, it is also healthy to experiment with other stores since our style also changes through ages. So why not try to find stores that cater to your fashion personality while offering competitive prices. If it’s just a simple top, pants or a cardigan I’m sure you can find a store that can give you just for under ten bucks.


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Fashion Identity

Have you ever wondered who decides what’s “in” and fashionable this season? Can people really tell if my last year’s wardrobe is so outdated? And what I need to do to be trendy without breaking my bank? I am sure you all have, at least once in your life. As a fellow woman, I’ll share my thoughts on your concerns. Again, these are my thoughts and we are all entitled to have them.

In my opinion, it all starts with an INDIVIDUAL. Each year we see creative individuals, designers of course, bringing their fresh fashion to Runway for the upcoming year. Retailers transform these trends to everyday wear that an average woman like you and me can carry comfortably without feeling awkward. We, the consumers, bring it home thinking it is going to give us an entry into the fashion gentry. Rarely do we think of its’ purpose to cover our body. After all, that should be the purpose of clothes. And if it’s not, then what else does it offer us?

Fashion gives us a feeling that we are wearing something beautiful and likeable, that feeling of possession of beauty makes us confident and contented. It’s simply an “add-on” to our physical beauty. No wonder we want more of it and no wonder we want to wear what is “considered” likeable for the time. Just like how chubby figures were considered beautiful and a sign of affluence during renaissance period whereas today no woman can imagine wishing for a fuller figure, since petite is the new beauty.

In short, our desire to buy current fashion isn’t wrong. Everyone wants to feel confident and satisfied. What’s wrong is the feeling of being obliged to buy it and our habit of ignoring our previous wardrobe just for the heck of buying new. We are all creative in our own way and can put the old pieces together in a new and innovative way. And the outcome should be considered equally trendy, if not more. Not to mention with the current recession, it should be the “in-thing” to do. Just because a few creative individuals come up with some beautiful ideas and have set the bars high does not mean our fashion choices and creativity is worth less in anyway.

I felt the need to share this as social media, with its emphasis on giving coverage to “fashion hits & disses” and other similar things,does not realize how close this concept is to shaping our personality and more so our youth. We do not want to have future generations whose identity is based on “brand-names”.

Their identity should be THEM, the individual.


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3 Tips to Buy Designer Handbags

When it comes to buying designer bags, the “what looks good must be good” rule does not apply. There are too many factors to be taken into consideration before you go ahead and make the purchase. You need to make sure that you get your money’s worth. Keep in mind that designer handbags can cost you quite a bit, especially if you want to buy handbags made by the Tier-1 brands. Here are some tips to get you started on buying designer bags.

1. Make your buy from an authentic source

The biggest and yet the most basic hurdle when you decide to buy a handbag is choosing the right handbag from the many fake women’s designer handbags. Imitation bags exist on the shelves, especially in online stores. Minute differences between real and fake handbags are hard to spot, especially if you’re a new buyer. You should know that there are tons of people out there trying to fraud you by selling you fake handbags. To prevent this, first, try using the internet to only browse through a catalog of handbags. If you find a wholesale seller, you may want to check prices. It will give you an idea of the reductions in price that are available. If you are making an online purchase, check the seller’s authenticity guarantee and return policy. However, it is always better to buy from authentic retail stores if you want to be absolutely safe. Plan to pay at or near full retail prices.

2. Research well before buying your bag

Going directly to the store to look for handbags or not seeing enough of them before choosing one can lead to loss of money! You must realize that in the excitement of looking for a new bag, almost all designer bags would seem to appeal to you. After a while of seeing various catalogues of bags on various websites or in various stores, rationality kicks in and you usually take a while to assess which option is better. Therefore, it is advisable to do some preliminary research before buying the bag.

3. Take a friend with you while you shop

Sometimes, other people can tell us better about our own physical appearance. As long as the person accompanying you is not a control freak, he or she would respect your opinion and subtly chip in with their own frank, intelligent and helpful opinion. No doubt, it is a great idea to take someone along with you while you shop! Apart from these factors, you should make sure that the designer bag you choose goes with your personality and above all, fits your budget.