There are few people who are so blind to their body shape, their personal preferences, and the advice of their friends and relatives, that each time that they go on a clothes shopping expedition people hold their head in their hands.
If you’ve reached first base, then you probably know what you like and dislike and have a fair gathering of cool clothes in your wardrobe that you could strut out in. But here’s a 64,000 dollar question- what is your sense of style? Not what is fashionable.
Go to your favourite stores and browse around. Also look online and see what colours and designs you like. If you are blown away by something, then get to try it on. If you are still all a-tremble then buy it. Instincts, particularly in women, are generally right more often than they’re not. Next look for matching clothes and accessories. You are likely to wear the killer garment a lot, and so will want lots of sartorial companions for its outings!
This may seem blindingly obvious but needs to fit perfectly. People come in all shapes and sizes and if the item you want to buy is perfect, it must fit you properly. I mean properly. Don’t fool yourself just because you love the colour or the design. If it doesn’t fit it doesn’t fir. Leave it on the clothes hanger. But when you do find something you like, as I said earlier, and it fits, snap it up! Perhaps a retro leather jacket that will never go out of fashion, or a pair of perfectly fitting black skinny jeans?
Consider your style. Are you a rock chick at heart, a hippy retro chick, a classy classic professional lady, a sexy slinky diva? You can have more than one style, but you shouldn’t confuse people and start displaying a multitude of styles in different places. A ball gown in the Office is not really on, distressed jeans and a semi-offensive logo tee is not so good at your sister’s wedding. So you need to make sure you match your clothes with your body shape, with what you like, with other clothes in the ensemble, and that the style is appropriate to the occasion.
There’s one final thing you need to do. That’s purge and discard (or sell or give to the charity shop) clothes that no longer fit into, you, that you no longer like, that are not going to fit in with your new clothes. Otherwise you may be tempted to try to match and wear your old clothes with your new and that will taint your new look and drag you back. Get all your clothes out from your wardrobe and lay them out on the bed and be harsh and critical. Check the colours (have they faded?) and the cuffs, collars and hems (are they frayed?). The best way to do this is with a friend who can argue with you against your decisions to keep clothes you haven’t worn for ages!
I love open-air music festivals and judging by the number of new festivals springing up each year supplementing the more well-known ones such as Glastonbury, so do the majority of people. Even in the UK where our weather is notoriously dodgy, it doesn’t deter people from parting with their hard-earned cash and spending a few days in a tent with thousands of others, enjoying live music (and all the peripheral events that can be found away from the main stages).
Of course, knowing that you’ll be mixing with hundreds if not thousands of other people, with TV cameras, and everyone snapping pictures/selfies with their mobiles, you’ll need to be dressed “correctly”- or at least not so as to embarrass you or your friends. So not only do you need to make sure you have something waterproof, you have to have something camera-proof, at least for the few months people will be looking at their festival pictures on social media pages.
But there is something else more radical you could do before you go to the festival to change your appearance. No, I’m not talking body surgery, I’m talking something less painful- a fresh barnet fair job- a hair-cut those not understanding cockney rhyming slang. You can really make an impression by having a major tidy-up of your follicles.
Assuming you have had over-long hair and have had a similar style for ages, I suggest you go for a classic graduation shape cut. Ask your barber, hair stylist or your Mum (!) to keep the sides and the back shorter than the top but don’t let it be cut it too “cleanly” – it needs a bit of length around the edges to give it a nice chunky texture and not make you look a “thin head”.
After the cut, wash your crowning glory, towel dry and apply something like VO5‘s Casual Control Fluff Tamer – enough to cover two finger tips. Have you not tried it before? It’s pretty convincing. Work throughout your hair and focus on the front; this will control any stray hairs and enhance the style without looking too refined and OTT. The last thing you want to look like at a festival is a salon model!
Next, leave to dry naturally or, if you really must, dry with a hair dryer on a cool setting but don’t ruffle the hair up too much at this stage as it’ll spoil the end result. Once your hair is dry, add some of VO5’s Casual Control Dry Texture Spray, or something similar, to finish it all off. This will help define and solidify the shape to your new cut and keep your hair in control without feeling like you’ve overloaded extras. It should still look “natural”.
As for clothes, well, you should know best. I saw a lot of “Double denim” at this year’s early summer festivals. It used to be thought of as brave, if not foolhardy, but can look great if the denim shades are markedly different. Go for slim cut or baggier skinny jeans to give off a more relaxed and a less ‘try hard’ look and team them with your faithful old trainers, which will keep your look from seeming too styled and more casual. Top with a quality black leather biker-type jacket.
Now go and have some fun!
As summer turns into autumn, you will notice less pastel colours out there, and vibrant yellows and sky blues are being packed away in the loft until next year. So what is the best autumnal colour to wear? For me there is only one choice… It’s a colour that brings to mind the best quality French wine- Burgundy.
The name comes from the Burgundians, an ancient Germanic people originating in Bornholm who settled in the area during the early Middle Ages. The Old Norse name for Bornholm was Burgundaholmr. It’s darker than red, and it’s not mauve or violet. Closer to maroon or claret, but sexier and more vibrant with an hint of something darker and undiscovered, burgundy is a colour that just keeps on giving, especially in the world of fashion when the days are beginning to get shorter.
Cool burgundy, deep maroon, dark claret, no I am not talking about the colours of fine French wines nor the names of some defunct 80’s prog-rock bands but instead a colour that in the past couple of years has risen from its sartorial slumber to make its mark on many a man’s wardrobe.
Whereas many colours come round year after year with a degree of tedium and more than a hint of marketing; “x is the new black this season”, burgundy is a colour that rarely headlines in its own right, yet is a real jewel when uncovered and brandished to the world. But shhh… Don’t tell everyone; keep it as your own little treasure to be exposed when you want to make an impact…
But get on board the burgundy bus quickly because some of the better-known fashion houses are getting on board the burgundy bandwagon- whether it’s shirts, shorts, t-shirts, trousers, smart suits or accessories, they are realising burgundy goes with everything! If you don’t believe me take a lookat the 2014 fashion statements for these; Ami, Prada, Dior, Homme and Topman. They all snuck in with some burgundy broadsides.
Burgundy sits comfortably with both contemporary and classical fashion and style and can be mixed and matched with a great number of other colours. Try it with navy, white, black and dark grey. Or what about mustard yellow? Even light blue? Go on and try it- a burgundy suit or just the jacket will make a man stand out when he walks into a room.
But if you want to start off simply in burgundy-world then go for a burgundy tee shirt. Pull on a pair of khaki chinos or black jeans and a dark yellow or twill jacket and you’ll be the burgundian bees knees!
But the height of homage to the colour must be a burgundy suit. It may sound a little OTT, but break away from the charcoal/black suit Mafioso. Once you’ve got a two or three piece burgundy suit, you’ll wonder why you left it so long to take the plunge. Wear it with a white short and a burgundy paisley tie and you will be making a selfie-statement that you are loud proud and confident about your appearance! Strut it man!
Let’s just make sure we all have the same reference point: Haute Couture anyone? Something to do with high French fashion? Well you may be surprised to know that the term originally referred to Englishman Charles Frederick Worth’s clothing work in the mid-nineteenth century- Ah yes, true he was working in Paris at the time!
Today in France, haute couture is a “protected name” that can be used only by firms that meet certain well-defined standards. That said, the term is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris, France, or in the other classic fashion capitals of London, Milan, New York or Tokyo.
In French haute couture literally means “high sewing” or “high dressmaking” or “high fashion”. It is usually understood to mean the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture should be fashion that is constructed by hand with little or no use of sewing machines or mass production techniques. The materials will be invariably high quality, expensive, often an unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses.
From time to time the major manufacturers of clothes try to claim that this obsessive attention to detail is outdated and not in keeping with current austerity. But they would say that wouldn’t they? To the contrary it seems the average haute customer is getting younger!
Christian Dior’s AW14 presentation earlier this year could have been described as a last hurrah, but it seems to have set the ball rolling again for couture. Some would say that the show proved that the painfully exquisite (and painfully expensive)fashion art form is having a thoroughly modern revival moment.
Haute couture is, it has to be admitted, a bit cut-throat. You need to get on top with your creations because you won’t get much return from haute coutures that don’t sell or end up in a remainder bin! That may be why Jennifer Lawrence pie-splatted Emma Watson after a mutual posing session. Were they just slightly disrespecting the fustiness of the occasion or really eliminating the competition at any given opportunity?!
To the décor and the runways. It was… flowery… No less than 150,000 orchids, all in trademark Dior white adorned the place like… Well, like a church wedding… Was that a coincidence? Well the last presentation of the last day allowed Karl Lagerfeld to steal the show, using that white-orchid backdrop. To gasps and wild camera shooting, the Kaiser of fashion gave the prestigious closing spot at Chanel’s AW14 couture show to a pregnant bride!
But what were the clothes like? There were stunning tilt-hem gowns, delicious off-pisteunusual colour combos and of course that all-round exquisite embellishments. And let’s not forget that Dior has brought haute couture to sportswear. Really. Dior’s hand-crafted trainers have just been released. Every single model at Chanel on one day was wearing trainers made up in a variety of pastel tweeds by Paris pied maison Massaro. Some models wore embellished skater knee and elbow pads, and bum bags. The sportiness was (some would say over) emphasised by the consistently cropped shape of sporty tops. Add in Lagerfeld with his version of “play/fun” clothes – leggings, button-down jumpsuits and cycling shorts in sparkly lace and crystal embroidery and you have a banged-to-the-wall signal that haute couture is not dead- just younger and sportier.
Summer might be on its way out and you might not have been in perfect shape for it this year, but as all good fitness instructors will tell you – now is the time to immediately start training for next summer! Okay so you might want to start wrapping up and hiding your body away as the colder weather sets in but why not use it as an opportunity to hone your physique into the one that you have been wanting all this time?
We can admit that it can be difficult to step into the gym on a regular basis but stick to it and it can become more of a pleasure than a chore. Remember that getting those slim legs that you want require some serious prep work so it’s better to start early rather than what we typically do two weeks before our vacation.
To help you on your way we have compiled a guide to getting the perfect summer legs and there is no better time to start than now!
So we thought we would ease you in gently and this tip doesn’t involve any form of exertion. Instead it is about being more inventive with fake tan on your legs. Remember that layering fake tan is the best way to shade and shape legs, it will also make your tan last longer. Applying additional bronzing spray to the fronts of the legs after tanning can help create the illusion of sculpted calves.
The Right Exercises
One of our favourite ways to lift our bums and create the illusion of longer legs is to use an exercise band whilst walking. It is a simple exercise and a portable move that means there is no excuse not to introduce it into your lifestyle.
By using a rich moisturiser down the centre of the leg (along the shin bone) you are going to help reflect light and create the impression of a sexier leg.
Now discos and lunges might not be your idea of fun but they are a great move for toning your legs, glutes and even strengthening your core. If you are struggling begin with lower reps and raise the number as you become stronger.
Scrub Away That Cellulite
If you want to remove some unwanted cellulite then there is no better way than a dry body brush. Often people forget to use gentle circular motions and instead opt for firmer up and down scrubbing as they feel it will have more of an immediate effect.
Water Water Everywhere
Water is essential in having a healthy body and flushing away all those extra toxins. Make sure you are drinking enough water, especially if you are exercising frequently and this should help prevent your body from retaining as much fluid.
A lot of women are at fault for shaving incorrectly and surprisingly men are better at doing it than women. If you don’t rinse your razor after a couple of uses then you are going to clog up the blade and end up with a more uneven shave as well as increasing your chances of clogged pores or ingrown hairs.
When you are suffering from physical exhausted, even without doing any real heavy tasks, you need finding some ways to soothe your mind as well as body. In such cases, people choose to go for a trip to a pristine, calm and cozy place. Pondicherry could definitely be that place, as this Indian town offers exotic beaches for the tourists. When you are at this place, you should also try massage center in Pondicherry.
If you have never tried Ayurvedic massage, you should try it at least once in your lifetime. It brings excellent physical as well as mental peace. Your nerves will be relaxed, and your body shall get energized. A vacation to Pondicherry and a few Ayurvedic massaging sessions will definitely bring rejuvenation for you mind and body. You will become more energized as well as positive minded person. You shall attain more physical and mental composure to deal with tricky or complicated situations.
One of the main reasons behind quick physical exhaustion is chronic joint aches or pains. Chronic joint and muscle ache can be healed or treated with effectual Ayurvedic massaging session. At massage center in Pondicherry, experienced massagers will massage your muscle and joints through various touching as well as pressing techniques. This works magically in treating muscle or joint pains.