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Keeping up on Fashion Trends

Toni Maticevski: New York Fashion Week Fall 2007

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We would all love to be able to attend the Fashion Week shows in Milan or New York. The reality is that very few of us have that opportunity; however, that does not mean that we cannot follow the latest fashion trends. Here’s a look at how to keep up with fashion trends.

Watch style channels on televisions. These programs cover each season’s top designer looks. Additionally, style magazines are a great source of fashion news. Subscribe to your favorites that include regular articles about what is happening on the runway.

When looking at runway fashions, you should understand that these looks really don’t translate well to everyday life. Also, understand that you may not look your best in every outfit.

You can choose only the parts of these fashion statements that you feel will look good on you. For example, you may love the new pant styles, but hate the colors. It is possible to find a variation that will make you look and feel great.

The price tag of most clothes we see on the runways is probably far out of reach of most of our budgets. However, there are many ways we can still wear the same look. Many fashion outlets specialize in providing look-alike options at great prices.

Match styles to your own individual body type. Most of us are not rail-thin runway models; however, we can still wear high-end fashions. We just need to make sure we choose clothing that will be as flattering to our body type as possible.

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When we think of fashion we most think of clothes.  What most don’t realize is that when using the term fashion trends that could be consider many different aspects.  From shoes, to clothes, to hairstyles to makeup.

Back in the year eighteen forty women who were getting married could buy a wedding dress of any color.  It wasn’t until after Queen Victoria was married that her dressed was made of lace, and the color white.  After her marriage most every woman began to correlate white dresses with weddings.

It was later on in the nineteenth century that if you chose a different clothing or it was new that you were classified as middle class.  Men or women who wore clothing that was black or grey were looked at as having respect and who were dominate.  Children had to wear a sailor outfit.  Women back then never exposed their skin.  They wore their hair in a bun or had curls.  Middle class girls wore princess looking attire, such as frilly dressed and bows in their hair.

As we have known color of ones atire can express emotions.  For example those who are in mourning of the loss of a loved one or friend are known to wear black.  It is also said that we wear black to a formal gathering.

Some historical people are known for their fashion trends.  Abraham Lincoln was known for his black suit as well as his stove piped hat.  When we hear of Elvis Presley we remember him as a man who had jeweled suits.


Sunglasses – Which Pair?


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Since the early 1960′s Sunglasses have become part of everyday wear.  Whether its a sunny day or not, inside or out, no self respecting fashionista would be without their sunnies.  You can pick up a great pair of sunglasses for a few dollars or splash out and pay hundreds for a designer pair.  But which pair are best for you?

  • Round Face – If you have a round face then you will want to choose a pair of frames that slim your face and do not accentuate the roundness.  Go for a cool pair of rectangular shaped shades.  Frames that are just wider than the widest part of your face will give the illusion that your face is slimmer.
  • Heart Shaped Face -  With a heart shaped face the wrong frames can make your jaw look larger than it actually is.  Choose a pair of frames that draw the eye away from the jaw line in funky colours or metal rims.
  • Square Face – If you have a square face then you need to choose frames that soften your profile. Soft curves or wrap around shade can achieve this and add a slightly softer touch.
  • Oval Shaped Face - The luckiest of all! Oval face shapes can wear sunglasses in almost any style!

A general rule of thumb is to choose sunglasses with the opposite shape to your face. e.g. square face, round or curved lenses. Round face then choose rectangular shaped lenses.  The best advice of all those is to try on may different frames even ones you think may not suit you and you may be pleasantly surprised!


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Popular Maternity Clothing Retailers


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Trendy women make for trendy pregnant women. Shopping for maternity clothes is fun. The baby growing inside is becoming more evident every day. The woman is radiating with “baby glow” from head to toe. It has been said that all women look beautiful when they are pregnant.

Tracking the pregnancy week by week, there are those times in those nine expectant months that mom does not feel so beautiful. She is gaining weight and her feet are swollen. It is a little more difficult to get around, and she needs to make everything around her as comfortable as possible, while still trying to show her fashion sense.There are times when she would like to spend the entire nine months in pajamas and slippers, but the world does not stop, and maternity clothes are as diverse as the mommies wearing them.

While the fashion police are certainly not going to bash pregnant women, they will recognize the stylishly dressed. Maternity clothes can be found in many stores, and prices vary widely. From the bargain store to the boutique, there is something for everyone. Large chains, like Boscov’s and Macy’s, carry maternity clothes from Motherhood and A Pea in the Pod. This option offers the mother a chance to wear designer maternity fashions at some not-so-designer prices.

For such a beautiful, wonderful time in a woman’s life, she should dress to show just how happy she is. Just like she makes her every day wear her style, her baby bump can share the same style.


Make it or break it on the red carpet

There are many red carpet events throughout the year and every single one a celebrity attends means total judgement on their style.  What pressure!  We may be able to handle a sly look up and down from a guest at a party but could we honestly see the magazines of the world the following day saying you looked a disaster?


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Celebrities have used the red carpet to showcase a new look, demonstrate they are bouncing back after a relationship break up and on the flip side to show how love has transformed them.  Below are a few celebrities who know how to make it and one or two who still need to learn the ropes!


  • Angelina Jolie is an obvious choice for understated glamour.  Judged for her relationship with Brad Pitt but yet still pulls off classy timeless beauty year after year and her style evolves with her.
  • Bjork is on the opposite end of the spectrum, who can forget the infamous swan dress!  The dress was such a hit for all the wrong reasons even Ellen DeGeneres wore it in a spoof on her show.  Always wacky but at least you can say she is true to her own creativity and has created some great publicity from it!
  • George Cloony.  Keeps is formal, classy and timeless.  By no going for anything to on trend and cutting edge he keeps a stylish blnak canvas so movie directors can picture him in any kind of role.

The next time you dress up for a night out, think about the look you want to achieve and whether your outfit matches your own personal style.


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Celebrity Influence on Fashion

Back in the golden era of Hollywood glamour inthe 40′s and 50′s celebrities were an enigma.  They were glamorous, mysterious and untouchable. Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall and James Dean to name a few. Nowadays its very different, with social networking we can receive tweets and Facebook messages from our favourite Hollywood movie stars and Pop icons.

We know what perfume they where and what make up is applied to their skin.  We crave to know every detail about them.  Some celebrities have changed the face of fashion almost overnight.  Below are 5 of the most influential celebrities in fashion.

  • “The Rachel”.  Jennifer Aniston transformed millions of girls from ugly to swans by
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    emulating the famous feathered bob worn by her as the much loved character Rachel from the hit series Friends.

  • Rhianna in more recent times sported pointy, sexy, severe shoulder pads and within days high street shops were selling copies
  • Whichever haircut David Beckham wears, millions of young men across the world follow
  • Angelina Jolie has inspired us to find the earth mother in all of us and show that you can have tattoos and still be extremely feminine and glamorous

Celebrities are under immense pressure to not only look fantastic in a movie or on stage.  Its a great way to emulate a celebrity you admire by taking just one or two elements of their looks and adding them to your own unique style.  The benefit of that being if your celebrity goes out of fashion, you will keep your style.





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Places to View Celebrity Style

Styles and fashion are constantly changing. It can be tough to try and keep up with what the celebrities are wearing if you don’t keep a close eye on things. You can’t spend all of your time watching television fashion shows to give you some idea of what you should be wearing when you walk out the door. Try to find ways to look through photos to find just the information that you need.

One of the easiest ways to get a clear idea of style is checking out magazines. You don’t have to read a high fashion magazine to see what everyone is wearing. Even in the gossip publications you can see what items are the “must-haves” for the upcoming season. As you look through the pages you may notice that the magazines also have tip sheets for hair, makeup and clothing to check out.

The Internet is constantly being updated with the latest photos of celebrities going out to dinner, shopping, and even filling their cars up with gas. You can easily pull up the latest photos and skim through them. If you see a common thread, like the several people all wearing the same style shoes, the same color purse, or even the same style of pants you know that this is a current trend and you want to get on board as quickly as possible.

Taking a Maxi Dress From Day to Night

The maxi dress is the fashion trend that keeps on giving.  Made popular by the celebrity influence of the ladies of Sex and the City, the maxi dress is the versatile summer must-have.  The right maxi dress can go from the playground to the red carpet – not to mention from season to season – with only a change of accessories, making it cheap and simple to update a summer wardrobe stocked with these fashion finds.  Summer shopping has never been easier.

Whether it’s time for vacation or just another summer day on the road, transition a maxi dress from daytime wear to nighttime glamour simply by changing a few accessories.  During the day, pair a maxi dress with sandals or espadrilles, fun earrings, and a hat, especially if it”s a day outdoors.  A dose of sunblock and a light application of everyday makeup complete the look – or fashionistas can skip the makeup entirely, since summer heat and humidity are rarely kind to a made-up face.

Luckily, once evening comes, cooler weather also rolls in, and the makeup option is back on the vanity table.  For a cocktail party or a romantic night out, trade the sandals for a pair of elegant wedges, and turn in the fun earrings for a pair of elegant hoops or chandelier earrings.  Evening earrings are often smaller than daytime fun earrings; hoops or chandelier earrings that are too large tend to obscure the wearer’s face instead of enhancing it.  Finally, leave the hat at home and take out a small clutch purse, along with a wrap to ward off night breezes.  Finish the look by twisting long hair up at the back of the head and adding mascara, blush an lipstick.  Update accessories every year to keep maxi dresses looking like the latest fashion trend, instead of last year’s thing..

Summer 2011 Fashion Trends: Glamour-Girl Bathing Suits

Although they rarely appear on the red carpet, swimsuits have a fashion season like all other clothes.  This year, summer’s swimsuit fashion trend includes looks from Hollywood’s heyday with suits from the 1940s and 1950s.  Inspired by pop culture trends such as the success of the television show Mad Men, trendy old-school bathing suits are new again.

One of the great benefits of retro-style swimsuits is that they flatter nearly every body type, especially those with curves.  Their forgiving cuts, combined with twenty-first-century slimming and support details, make it a joy to go shopping for the perfect suit for an imperfect body.

For example, the “malliot” style, which features a one-piece suit often with a ruched body, tends to flatter a wide range of body types by making the stomach appear flatter while highlighting the curves of a woman’s hips and breasts.  In addition, this style of suit comes in a wide range of colors, is available at nearly any price point, and often gives the wearer the option of adding a skirt to cover imperfect thighs.  Malliot-style suits are also often available with no straps, with a halter neck, or with standard bathing suit straps.  Some even offer alternating strap options, giving wearers the choice of changing the suit’s neckline.

For those who prefer a two-piece suit, fashion designers are increasingly turning to mix-and-match sets that allow shoppers to choose the combination of top and bottom they find most comfortable and attractive.  For a glamorous retro look, try pairing a strapless bandeau top with a pair of boy-short bottoms or a straight-skirted bottom.  A halter top with either of these bottoms also completes the Hollywood’s golden age look while providing additional support to wearers with larger chests.

For lounging at the beach or poolside, vintage-inspired accessories are a must.  These include large straw sun hats, sunglasses, and a sarong or wrap along with sunblock – the one “must-have” beauty product.

Looking Fashionable When Traveling

Packing for a vacation is a task that many people leave until the last minute. Deciding what and how much to pack can be challenging. Packing for travel can be even more difficult if you’re going to a far-off location or to a place you’ve never been to before. By doing a little bit of research and planning, you can make sure to be presentable and fashionable while on vacation.

Not All Cultures and Countries Dress Alike

If your travel plans will take you to a different country or culture, one that is new to you, get to know more about that location. With an easy internet search, you can find pictures of local crowds. Forum discussions are often prevalent as well about the climate of a particular region and how to dress so that you are comfortable and presentable. Travel forums are especially useful for requesting advice on clothing choices and local fashion trends.

Blending in or Standing Out

Fashion trends vary by region and by country. Bigger cities are usually quicker to adopt fashion trends than smaller towns and more remote regions. When packing for a far-flung travel destination, ask yourself how important it is to you to blend in. If you’re going to visit family or friends, have a conversation with them about the local attire.

For the more reserved, arriving in your travel destination wearing the latest fashion trends that only people in large cities know about might subject you to glares and stares. If this might bother you, conduct research on specific articles of clothing. Do the local women wear high-heeled shoes? Would wearing shorts and a tank top be inappropriate for women and subject you to scrutiny?

Of course, if your goal is to be comfortable and you’re not concerned with standing out, simply pack for the appropriate weather, and enjoy your trip!