Saturday, 10 December 2011

How To Wear a Tie

Ties have been around for a long time. Even then, many men do not know what tie to wear with which shirt. The tie is one of those things that have been around for ages. One would want to assume that every man should know how to wear it. However, this is not the case. Men still make mistakes by putting on a checkered shirt with a checkered tie or a striped shirt with a striped tie, or worse, wrong colours together. The tips below should help you learn which tie to wear with which shirt.

Don’t mix the checkered/stripes
This is one rule you needn’t ignore. Mixing checkered and striped ties with similar shirts doesn’t make you look any smarter. You only look like you are heading to a malwa joint.

If you are to choose a patterned shirt, choose a plain tie and vice versa. For example, to achieve that classic look, if you are to wear a checkered shirt, when choosing a tie, look for the one whose colour is less dominant in the shirt. You may chose a blue and white striped shirt and match it with a blue tie.

Always keep colour in mind
Don’t colour clash unless you are going to act, especially comedy. But then also, they shouldn’t be too similar so as to fade into each other. Let colours complement or match each other. If you wear a shirt with a light shade, then chose a tie with a dark shade.

You could also do the monochromatic matching where colour of the shirt and the tie is the same and shade is dark or lighter than the other.

Or the complementary look may work for you. Here, you choose colours that will basically look great together when worn. If you are not an attention seeker, then you may as well avoid bright coloured ties.

Tie all the buttons
Wearing a tie like a goat being taken for grazing is a habit you should have dropped when you left high school. You can only do that when driving back home after the day. Button up and let the tie touch that last button at the neck line.

How long?
It’s advisable to have a tie whose bottom tip touches the waist but if it should be shorter than that, at least it should touch your belly button. The knot of the tie should be as big as the collar of the shirt.


Friday, 9 December 2011

How To Wear Plus Size Little Black Dress

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By now every girl knows that if her wardrobe has nothing else she must have a Little Black Dress (LBD). The LBD is an essential item for every girl’s closet. It can be dressed up or down and worn to just about any occasion. Depending on you shape your perfect LBD may be below or above the knee, sheath or a-line, long or short sleeved or even sleeveless if that’s your preference. The real problem isn’t finding the dress because there are many LBDs out there even for plus size women, the problem is finding the best ways to accessorize your LBD.

So today I’m going to show you the best ways to accessorize your LBD for several different occasions. The LBD I’m going to use as our foundation is the Black 3/4 Sleeve Dress from Yours Clothing. This LBD will be flattering on just about every body shape because it is v-neck, 3/4 sleeve, between a-line and sheath and it has empire waistline which is flattering on most figures.

plus size dress

For a meeting at the office one doesn’t want to be too glamorous but not shabby either. The best thing to do is keep it simple and classy and nothing says classy like pearls. Pair pearl stud earrings and a pearl necklace and you’re good on the jewelry front. For shoes you can never go wrong with basic black heels that will keep your look polished. And for a handbag a classt black tote or something similar will do nicely for work. Below is a pearl earring, necklace and bracelet set from Very; black block heel court shoes from Evans; and the black patent snake effect bag from Yours Clothing.

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For a night out there is no such thing as too glamorous. LBDs are the perfect foundation for being sexy and sophisticated. Spice up your outfit with a pair of lacy tights that add a lot of sexiness to otherwise bare legs. Next, time for some bling, I would suggest some shiny earrings and depending on how big they are a necklace as well. If you are wearing really big earrings then forget the necklace. I would also say to add a cocktail ring or a blingy bracelet keep in mind that it may be better to have them on separate arms. For shoes, breakout those gorgeous platform pumps you’ve been dying to wear, they are sure to be a hit. And since this is a night out travel light and carry a clutch. Below are flower lace tights from, and jewelry, sequined platform shoes and a crystal interlaceclutch all from Simply Be.

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Finally for a weekend outing its time to make your LBD more casual. Pairing your LBD with a denim jacket and some colorful sneakers is just the way to do it. Add a girl headband for a feminine touch and a tote or hobo bag that will work for you weekend errands. Below is a Tallissime denim jacket and red Converse sneakers both from; and a Glass bead motif headband and Body Star tote both from Simply Be.

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When it comes to accessorizing I like listen to Coco Chanel who used to say “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on,” now if you feel you’ve got a great thing going on then don’t worry about it but if you think you may have overdone it or have a habit of overdoing it this is definitely a quote to live by.

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

How To Wear Red And Look Awesome

Red, you may already know, is having a moment. Emerging last spring as a surprising splash of colour on many a Parisian panted leg, the bold hue made its way across the Atlantic to New York City this summer, and has recently penetrated the Canadian fashion psyche.

with holiday party season fast upon us, crimson ensembles are popping up in store windows everywhere.

More sophisticated fabrics and a fusion of multiple shades of red within one look are both easy ways to avoid building a closet that's a little too holiday cheer-y. For those who are daunted by the thought of wearing such an intense hue, there are ways to downplay.

It's bold, but it's so classic that you can think about it like you would a black dress," You can temper a bright red piece by pairing it with black pieces, such as tights or accessories. Or start small: "Red lips are always a great way to stand out and dress up whatever you've got on, but red is also good for highlights within an ensemble - a bag or a shoe.

"All a woman ever needs is red, white and black." This holiday, that includes all of us.

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Will you wear it this holiday? Tell me how in the comments below.. ☺

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How To Wear Matte Lips

To give you that extra boost of confidence, I enlisted a pro for tips on rocking gorgeous reds, fuchsias, or apricots.
The key : keep the focus on your lips with a toned-down face. Then, voilĂ ! You’ll be the belle of all your holiday balls.


How To Wear Red Lips And Make It Work

Celebrity with red lips

So my question is, what is the best way to do a red lip for an everyday look? I'll admit, the red carpet look favored by stars like Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson have become a bit overplayed. I mean, I get it - a bold lip will always look great in front of the camera but unfortunately for me, I've yet to be featured in a million dollar film or walk the red carpet on the arm of Ryan Reynolds. (I won’t lie, I still think that one day this might happen a girl can dream!)

The best way to create an everyday red lip without looking overdone is to keep the focus on your pout - by choosing muted colors and an otherwise minimal makeup palette, you can emphasize your bold lip. Celebs like the Kardashians are wearing their flaming lips with pale pinks and neutral colors, and though I am not - I repeat, am not - a fan of the Kardashians, I am a fan of Kourtney in this pale silk blouse with a red lip. If neutral shades aren’t really your thing or, because winter is here, and they make you looked washed out sans a summer tan, the simplicity of a black outside is always best. Not only is the saturated hue slimming, but it won’t wash you out like nudes or. As a bonus, head-to-toe black always looks chic with a red lip.

Remember: Pick a red that looks good with your skin type! There is nothing worse than someone wearing the wrong color red.

What would you pair with a red lip ? write a comment below .. ☺


How To Wear High Heels Without Pain

That pain that you feel at the end of a long night—no, it's not a hangover and it's not exhaustion. We're talking about something worse—the pain that's caused by a seemingly evil and malicious pair of high heels. But, believe it or not, not all high heels are created equal. In some cases, they can actually be healthier for your feet than flats. "Excess pronation is a condition that affects 75 percent of the population and has been related to many conditions, such as heel pain (otherwise known as plantar fasciitis), knee pain, and even lower-back pain," says podiatrist Phillip Vasyli.

In this case, doctors actually recommend wearing shoes with a slight heel, as opposed to our trusty flats. "The popular trend of ballet flats has caused us to see an increase in many of the aforementioned conditions due to a lack of overall support and flimsy shoe construction," Vasyli says.

Generally, there are a few things to look for when you're shopping for stilettos. First, make sure the heels are of moderate proportions, not the towering Lady GaGa variety. Save those for dinners out, where you'll be sitting for most of the evening.

Vasyli recommends opting for well-constructed "quality" shoes, especially those that have shock absorbing materials in the ball of the foot, and using an insert like Orthaheel, which he invented. He also suggests wearing your highest heels for only short periods at a time and giving them a little bit of closet time now and then."If you feel the need to wear higher-heeled shoes daily, then take a more comfortable shoe to get to and from work and wear the higher shoes while you're sitting at your desk," he adds.

Also, while you're having a ball, be conscious of the weight that's being distributed onto the ball of your foot. "The higher the heel, the more the shoe increases the arch height and also changes the 'arch position'," Vasyli says. He suggests looking for shoes that "contour" to your arch and distribute your weight over the entire foot, not just the ball of the foot.


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