Fashion is a lot of things, beautiful, befuddling, bizarre, and bodacious. A dress or a silhouette that can look ethereal and utterly gorgeous on the runway, can look like a disaster from outer space in real life. And if getting the look right is not task enough, you need to ensure that you get the trend right while making it work for your body type and facial structure. Fashion is no more limited to just the clothes you wear. From the bag you carry to the shoes you don, to even the watch on your wrist that serves more than just a functional purpose, fashion dictates almost everything. Getting it right can be easy as long as you stick to a few basics of the game. There are some things that you need to have in your wardrobe, which will ensure that you never go wrong. While fashion trends can be tempting to follow, more often than not they disappear within a month or two, leaving you with clothes that you will never wear again. Sticking to basics while experimenting with silhouettes, cuts, and colors, and developing your own personal sense of style is the best way to stay ahead of the demands of fashion. The best advice for women ever probably comes from Yves Saint Laurent who said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Take the advice from one of the biggest names in fashion and concentrate on your style. Being fashionable will fall into place.
Fashion Essentials for Women
In the next few sections, we tell you what the wardrobe essentials for women are; those items of clothing that every woman needs to have in her cupboard. Clothes that she can turn to when she is faced with that familiar feeling of Oh my God, I have nothing to wear. You can never go wrong with these staples safely lodged in your cupboard. Even on your worst fashion day, you will be sure to look like the diva you deserve to be. Follow the simple tips given in this article, to buy clothes and accessories in styles that will flatter you the most.
Business attire has come a long way. From being a strictly male ruled domain, where even clothes for women had a masculine feel about them, today there is a huge range of options for women to choose from. So, what are the things to keep in mind while picking out clothes to wear to work, so that you do not really need to compromise on your personal sense of style? A business formal dress code does not necessarily translate into wearing boring suits in staid colors. Opt for business suits and pant suits in conservative colors but add a touch of color in the form of a brightly colored blouse or a scarf. Most workplaces frown upon over-accessorizing so keep it to a minimum. If your office accepts a slightly casual look, then dress pants, blouses, skirts, jersey knit tops can all be worn to the office. For casual Fridays, stick to the clothes that your office has deemed acceptable. In this section, we take a look at the essentials that ever working woman needs to have in her wardrobe.
In a professional setting, you need to own at least one good suit that you can wear to work. While choosing business suits for women, there are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind. This includes understanding the right fit, fabric, color, etc. If you want only one suit, then opt for a fabric like light weight wool or a blend of cotton. It is important that the fabric be wrinkle free. While picking a suit, one of the most important things to emphasize on is the waistline. A defined waistline will not only flatter your figure but also make you look taller and slimmer. If your torso is short, then opt for a long suit jacket. This also helps conceal a bulky mid section. Colors play an important role in ensuring that your suit flatters you. With monochromatic suits, you will look lean and tall. If you think, you can carry of the look, then try donning a blazer and trousers in different colors. As mentioned earlier, stick to colors like beige, black, gray, blue, brown, etc., for work wear.
Why does every fashion guru worth their salt emphasize on the importance of a good white cotton shirt? Well, the answer is simple. There is no basic that is more important to a good wardrobe and no other clothing item that is as versatile. You can dress it down or dress it up, as the occasion demands. You can wear it to work or to a party after, with the right accessories. But how do you pick the perfect white shirt? Here are a few pointers. Choose a shirt with a classically shaped collar that has a good neckline and frames your face well. The fabric should be of good quality and should definitely be durable. Another area you need to pay attention to are the armholes and sleeve head which needs to be well cut, defined, and comfortable. The silhouette of the shirt should be such that it flatters your figure and the length comfortable enough for the shirt to be tucked in or left out. The sleeves of the shirt should end with a slim cuff. These are the most important things to keep in mind while buying that perfect white shirt.
Along with a good white shirt, you need to have more than a few formal shirts that can be worn to your office. For many professionals, cocktail parties after work are a regular event, so you may need formal shirts that are appropriate for a number of occasions. While choosing formal shirts, the first thing to keep in mind, is to pick the right size. Use the tips that have been suggested for choosing a white shirt, where the cut is concerned. For work, the fabric that is best suited for shirts is cotton and you would do well to buy shirts in this fabric. The fit of the shirt and the silhouette of the shirt is very important. Two of the most important things to keep in mind are the colors and the patterns that you opt for. Most professionals prefer plains over prints, but stripes, especially pin stripes can be suitable for office if worn well. Some women also choose checks but it is a pattern that can be slightly dicey to carry off.
An alternative to the slightly masculine pant suit, is to wear a skirt with a jacket in the same color tone. When choosing skirts for office wear, you need to tread the fine line between being well turned out and wearing unacceptable clothing to work. A skirt that flows can be perfect for someone who wants to camouflage a bulkier bottom half, but wearing a skirt like a pencil skirt can be flattering for women with enviable legs. If you are wearing skirts to work remember to choose skirts that end at the knee. Anything shorter is unacceptable and definitely inappropriate. If you do wear a skirt of a shorter length, remember to always wear stockings underneath. The length of the skirt should be such that it allows you to sit comfortably without riding up to indecent lengths.
When choosing trousers to wear to work, it is important to know that there are three options that you can choose from. The first of these options are the pleated pants which are perfect for when you are looking for a dressy option. If on the other hand, you are looking for something that has a slimming effect, then choose a pair of flat front pants. Cuffed pants are the perfect answer to your wardrobe demands for a board meeting. If you want to take attention away from a not so toned abdomen, then opt for a pair of trousers that zip up on the side and not in the front. Tall women can do well by opting for pants with wide legs. Stick to conservative colors like blacks, blues, grays, and browns. Whites and others tones of the lighter variety can be a great option and look gorgeous on women who are slimmer. If you want the fit of your trousers to be perfect, then it may be a good idea to get the trousers tailored, rather than opting to buy trousers from retail outlets.
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The choice of what to wear when you are just sitting around at home or walking your dog in the park, or even running errands to the supermarket is completely yours but if you follow fashion like it is a religious scripture, then there are some important things that you need to know about women’s casual clothing. There are some essential clothing items that every woman should possess for her wardrobe to seem complete. From the right fit of denims to dressy tops, and well fitting jackets, we take a look at the most important casual clothing items that deserve their space in a woman’s wardrobe.
How do you choose the perfect option that can qualify as the best jeans for women? Well, it can be a bit of a task to select well fitting denims. If it fits well at the waist, it is too tight at the thighs. If it sits well at the hips, it hangs loose at the back. The problems with finding a good pair of jeans are endless. With many brands launching custom fit denim lines, you can opt to buy a pair of jeans that is literally made for you. But if that does not seem like an option for you, then try to choose your pair of denims according to your body type. Choosing jeans according to body type is not that difficult, as long as you keep some tips in mind. For pear shaped women, the perfect jeans can be those that have a high back rise and a waistband that is hip flattering. For shorter women, denims with visible seams on the side can make them look taller. For apple shaped women, opting for denims with a thick waistband will help camouflage the bulge of the abdominal area. Remember that the mirror never lies to you and that a woman is her own biggest critic. So, if you love yourself in the pair of denims that you picked out, chances are that you actually look great in them.
To choose good jackets, it is important to understand your body type. Without understanding what your body type is, it is practically impossible to pick out a jacket that is flattering for you. For women who have a full figure, mid-thigh jackets with a clean silhouette work best. Avoid visible pockets as they can add bulk to your jacket which can make it unflattering. For someone who is petite, it is important to add volume. Therefore, choose a jacket that adds volume to the upper half of the jacket. This will also draw attention to the upper half of your body. When looking for a jacket that will take attention away from your lower half, then choose one that is straight cut and has a vertical line. You would also do well opting for jackets that flare out towards the end. While jackets with patterns like plaids look really nice, it is important that you possess a jacket in a neutral color, that can be teamed with almost every outfit.
Shorts may not seem like an essential in a wardrobe but there is no other casual clothing item that is perfect for hot summer days, when each clothing item that you wear seems like it weighs a ton at least. For a petite woman, tiny shorts or cutoffs are the best options, as they make their legs seem longer than they are in reality. If you want to look good in shorts, it is imperative to choose the right fabric which falls well. Shorts look best on apple shaped women who have a toned lower half which is begging to be showed off in a pair of shorts. To camouflage any excess fat on the tummy area, choose shorts with a thick waistband. It is women who are pear shaped who have the most difficulty in choosing the perfect pair of shorts. These women need to opt for shorts that are structured and in darker shades. Also try to stay away from shorts that are wide at the bottom, opting for slim fits.
While choosing skirts, the most important thing to keep in mind is to take proper measurements of your waistline, hip, and that area of your abdominal area that is the fullest. You also need to understand which skirt length works the best for you. It is important that you never choose a skirt that ends at the fullest part of your leg, as that will only make you seem heavier than you are. You will also need to decide which style of skirt suits you best and what fabrics you like. From a pleated skirt, a full skirt, straight, fitted, and wrapped skirt, the style options are endless. With skirts as with any other clothing item, it is important that you do not compromise on comfort. Skirts with lining, zippered skirts and skirts with elastic bands can all work very well. For semi-formal events, it is important that you have a few skirts in basic colors in your wardrobe. Also a denim skirt can be the perfect antidote for days on which you are unsure about what to wear.
Are you a t-shirt and plaid shirts kind of girl or do you restrict yourself to wearing tops with bows and ruffles? Whatever your personal style statement, it is important to pick out tops that are perfect for your body type. There are many different types of tops to choose from; halters, camisoles, empires, t-shirts, the list is endless. While choosing tops, the thing to remember is to focus on hiding your problem areas. If you have bulky arms, then halters may be the worst style for you. Instead opt for cap sleeves, or three-fourth length tops. For women with a short neck, v-necks and scooped tops can be the perfect option. The cut of the top is another important feature to focus on. Pick the perfect dressy top for yourself and if you cannot decide on what works, consult the owner of the store or a friend. Remember that comfort reigns supreme, and if you are uncomfortable in what you are wearing, it will definitely show.
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Any wardrobe is incomplete without dresses. From sundresses to cocktail dresses, you need a perfect dress for every occasion. And while buying a dress, the one thing that definitely needs to be taken into consideration is your body type. Pear shaped women will want to take away attention from their heavier bottom half and will do well to opt for dresses that cinch at the waist in flowing fabrics. Empire cuts work very well too. For curvaceous women, wrap dresses word wonders accentuating their curves in just the right manner. It is important not to choose a dress that is too tight. For women who want to give an illusion of curves, opting for dresses like halters works very well. Let us look at some basic dresses that everyone needs to have in their wardrobe.
Little Black Dress
Coco Chanel introduced the idea of the Little Black Dress or LBD as something that would be a long-lasting trend, and that it has been. The LBD is what makes any wardrobe complete. It can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion at hand. The simple rule of fashion when it comes to the LBD is that it needs to be in a style that is simplistic yet elegant, and something not too trendy, as fashion trends die down. As the name suggest, the black dress that you opt for needs to be a short one but the length of the dress ultimately depends on your comfort. If you are uncomfortable with very short hemlines, opt for a LBD that hits your knee. If you have toned legs, then show them off in mini length black dresses.
With cocktail dresses, the choice of which dress to wear depends completely on what the occasion is. What you wear to a wedding would be completely different from the cocktail party dress you wear to a cocktail party hosted by your boss. While choosing a cocktail dress it is important to pick a dress that flatters the best parts of your figure, taking away from any perceivable flaws. Accessorize with proper jewelry to enhance the dress that you choose. Have a couple of dresses in colors other than black and experiment with different silhouettes and cuts.
You may not necessarily get the opportunity to wear an evening gown after your prom, unless you are red carpet regular, but you never know when you may have a reason to buy an evening gown. If you have to buy one, then choose an elegant evening gown that suits your body type and in a color that works well for your skin tone. Many fashion experts suggest to opt for a neckline that complements the shape of your face, and to have an evening gown professionally tailored if possible. What differentiates an evening gown from a cocktail dress is the length of the gown, and playing around with the trail of the gown may be a good idea. If you are getting your gown tailored, then take inspiration from the gowns worn on the red carpet.
With summer almost here, it is time to take out your sundresses and buy more. When buying sundresses, keep some things in mind. If you have great, toned legs, opt to wear a short sundress that shows them off. If you want to take attention away from your hips, opt for an A-line dress, or a straight cut dress with a slight flare at the end. Empire waist dresses work well for women who are petite. If your best feature are your arms and shoulder, then a halter is the way to go, or even a spaghetti dress. Opt for sundresses for women in bright colors, floral prints and basic whites to match the mood of the season.