Fashion Dressing For Success

Being in the fashion industry you would think that all the men and woman I meet have an amazing sense of style. Well you would be wrong. You should see some of the get ups that come into my building. Yes, you can take more risks when you dress in my business, but, some people look like they have lost their minds. Sometimes it isn’t just that they look odd, but they are just clueless. From one extreme to another I have seen it all.

The first thing I am going to talk about sounds like a no brain-er. But, many of us have made these faux pas’. You must always be well-groomed. That means clean and styled hair (no roots). Make up that doesn’t overpower and refresh your lipstick (if you are a woman) throughout the day. Make sure you have manicured nails and toes, no chipped polish and no art on your nails. Leave the rhinestones for the weekends. Clothes should be clean and in good repair. Hem skirts and pants so that they do not drag. No flip-flops to work (this is a personal peeve of mine). Perfume must be subtle. You do not want anyone distracted by poor grooming. One of the things I suggest investing in is a good haircut.

Another aspect of dressing well is focusing on fit and proportion. When buying clothing it is important to buy clothes for the size we are and not the size we want to be. A basic blazer can add a lot of punch to an outfit if it fits you right. Find a good tailor to help you with this. Everyone’s body is unique. There is no way for a fashion line to make their fit perfect for each body. That is why a good tailor will make a difference by shortening sleeve lengths, hemming skirts, nipping in waists. Well-fitting clothes really look expensive. This is what can make mediocre – special!. When buying a piece of clothing, always buy it to fit the largest part of your body and then the seamstress can adjust accordingly. Also bring the shoes you intend to wear with the piece if it is a skirt or pant. Proportion is also crucial. You do not want to wear a long blazer with a long skirt, all over tight clothing, or all baggy styles. Fashion magazines, catalogues, and the internet can show you what shapes work best together. How clothing fits and works together is as important as the pieces you buy. So always remember fit and proportion when putting together an outfit.

It is now time to build the foundation of your wardrobe. These are the key pieces that you will build around. Make sure that these items are the best quality you can afford. They should be modern silhouettes, but not so trendy that they will be out of style in a season

1. Classic blazer in a neutral color

2. Black pants

3. White button front shirt

4. Black dress

5. Trench coat

6. Pencil skirt

Build your clothing around the core pieces you have bought. Read magazines such as Lucky and In Style which show you practical ways to put outfits together. Go on-line to web sites such as Ann Taylor and J Crew which also show outfits. Download, or tear out photos of looks that you like. You can take them to the store as inspiration for how to put your outfit together. Also when you get to the store there will be displays that will give you further inspiration. Take a friend that you trust who will give you unbiased advice as you try on different items. Then choose the pieces you want to try on. Be adventurous. Try on lots of things and experiment. Try on pieces you may not normally consider. I take my 18-year-old daughter shopping all the time. She likes my taste and I am her wing-man of choice. I always have her try on things that are different from her traditional wardrobe and many times she likes it and puts together something new. My latest look for her is shorts with tights and boots. Love the look for college students. You should be looking to flesh out your wardrobe. Don’t feel you have to do this all in one day. It is a work in progress and you will always be shopping. Once a month should do it. You will need more skirts and pants, probably 5 -10 tops/jackets/cardigans and an extra dress or two. When putting together an outfit, use one basic, one wow piece, and a jacket or cardigan to complete your outfit. Also remember that one item can be worked in different ways. You can buy a pant that you use to go with a cardigan set, blouse and jacket, or a sweater. Go shopping and have fun.

My favorite part of the outfit: is shoes!! I love shoes: boots, flats, platforms, pumps, all of it. Shoes can really make a statement about you. This is where I like to splurge. I buy good shoes mostly, but I do throw in some inexpensive flats from Payless for walking in the street. Working in Manhattan the sidewalks can really trash your good shoes not to mention your feet and back. Payless has really cute flats and it beats walking to work in sneakers (hate that!). I am really careful with my shoes, having the bottom tips and heal lifts replaced often and constantly polished. I have a pair of Dolce & Gabbana sling back black pumps that I bought on sale for $350. Sounds expensive? Not really when you consider that I have them for several years, wear them all the time, and they make the outfit. If you amortize the cost over wearings it probably has cost me 25 cents a wearing. Good value right? So get some good pairs that you can add to your assortment. You need to own a black pump, a great pair of dressy knee-high boots, a ballet flat, and a pop color shoe (maybe red) as your basic assortment. Of course you can add to that and have some fun. I have a leopard print pump and platform booties that I love.

As I have been writing this, I realize that this is a lot of clothing to purchase all at once. So my recommendation is to start with 10 easy pieces and build your wardrobe from that. Start with the core foundation pieces and a pair of pumps with some cool t-shirts and it is a good beginning. Then you can build around them.

I want to mention undergarments. Sometimes an outfit can be lost due to poorly fitting bras and underwear. If you haven’t been professionally fitted for a bra in the past 6 months go to a department store and have someone do that for you. Our bodies’ change so what might have worked last year could not work this year. Also, many women don’t know how to fit themselves. You could be wearing a 38C but really need a 36D. A professional is trained on how a bra should fit. Get a nude color to wear under white tops. Not a white bra which will show. Of course you will also need black. I am kind of basic myself and do not buy colorful bras. I would rather spend my wardrobe dollars elsewhere. Your undergarments should be smooth; you do not want to see any bumps or seams through your clothes. The best invention for women is spanx and their knock offs. This will smooth out your body so you do not have a muffin top or a bulging tummy. No more girdles, this the new shapewear.

My mother has tons of handbags. She has all sorts of styles and colors. When she dresses, she changes her bag to match her outfit. I, on the other hand, do not have the time or the desire to do that. Here is where I cut corners in my wardrobe. I buy the best neutral handbag I can afford for the season. I make sure I buy it on sale or at an outlet store. Then I wear it every day. I like to buy good quality handbags as I like what they say about me. Also I never seek to match my bag to my shoes (unless they are both black). It is a very dated look.

Accessories – the frosting on the cake. Accessory designers are doing such good work that sometimes the fakes look like the real thing. I buy accessories that are inexpensive but add punch to an outfit. You can take the most basic of outfits and add a great neck piece with earrings and wow! When dressing, at the very least you should put on earrings. You can then add a bunch of bracelets or maybe a group of chains around your neck. A great silver or gold cuff is terrific with a dress. It is the rare person who can pull off earrings, rings, and bracelets all at once, so try not to overdo. Also not every piece should be big and bold. One big bold piece in an outfit is enough.

It is time to pull it all together. Try to plan your outfits over the weekend for the coming week. Check out the weather so you can plan your clothing accordingly. Start with the basic pieces of your look, the dress, skirt, pant or suit. Add a top to go with it. Then you put on the top piece which is a cardigan or jacket (if your outfit isn’t a suit). Do a basic with a wow piece. They can’t all be wow and if they are all basic make sure the accessory pieces are the wow. Always try new combinations for all your pieces to keep the looks fresh.

Good luck in Dressing for Success!

Why Do Parents Choose Fashionable Dresses For A Baby?

Some people turn their noses up when they hear other parents talking about shopping for fashionable dresses for their baby, because they think that babies should not be considered as fashion items for a parent to score points with. However, these people may actually be misunderstanding why those parents are searching for fashionable items. Many parents who are looking for fashionable dresses for a baby are actually looking for items which have received critical acclaim because they are excellent items to help young children to feel as safe, as warm and as comfortable as possible.

Although second hand clothes are cheaper and can be appropriate for your baby in some circumstances, older clothes may not be as well designed as newer, more fashionable items. An older baby dress may not take into consideration all of the same things as newer, fashionable dresses for a baby do. This can include practicalities such as fabrics which are much easier to move in, or fabrics which help to draw sweat away from your baby’s delicate skin, in order to prevent a rash from forming. Many older items of clothing have not been designed to do this, and so they will not be as good for your baby to wear.

Many parents also like to treat their children to new clothes, especially beautifully pretty things, such as fashionable dresses for a baby. The parents will get the satisfaction of being able to buy their child something new, whilst the baby will be incredibly happy to receiving lots and lots of positive attention. Beautiful, intricately designed items, such as baby dresses are more likely to illicit this kind of response than mucky old play clothes are, so these items are a great way to keep your baby happy and feeling entertained.

Many items which are now considered to be fashionable are also considered to be ethical, so rather than choosing fashionable items just to be able to enter their baby into some kind of fashion parade, some mothers choose these items for ethical considerations. Eco-friendly fabrics are often very soft on a baby’s delicate skin, because they are made from natural products.

There are many different reasons why parents may be shopping for fashionable dresses for a baby, so you should not be so quick to jump to the conclusion that all parents who talk about “fashionable baby clothes” are obsessed with the appearance of their child.

Find Fashionable Dresses For Trendy Women on the Internet

Are you a fashionable woman who is always looking for a trendy dress to wear when you go out shopping or to a social event? Sometimes trendy dresses will cost you a lot of money if you do not find the right place to buy them from. There are certain name brands that are well known that designer type women always purchase, but if you are looking for the best deal you will have to know where to find it from and that place is on the internet.

There are several different ways that you can shop for the cute dress that you want without paying a lot of money for it. You can go to auction sites, online marketplaces, and other places but the best place to shop is from an online store that only specializes in high fashion dresses. This is where you will be able to find the best deals on the dresses that you are looking for. If you find the right web store to shop at you will probably find that you can purchase two dresses for the price that one would cost you in other places.

This type of website is also great for those who have their own clothing business. You will be able to buy dresses at wholesale prices and put them for sale in your own store. It is a huge advantage if you can find a store overseas that offers wholesale prices so that you will be able to make a good profit when you sell the dresses to your customers. There are always plenty of women shopping for good looking dresses and you will be able to provide them at low prices while still making money.

No matter what type of dresses you are looking for you will be able to find fashionable dresses by looking on the internet. There are plenty of different options to choose from so that you will be able to coordinate the outfits that you are wearing with other accessories such as shoes and handbags. The next time you leave you home you can do so with confidence knowing that you are wearing a cute designer dress that you purchased on the internet. If you are looking for the best way to get the best deal on your next fashionable dress then make sure that you purchase it from a store that you can find online.