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Retro Fashion Silhouettes

The 1950’s saw an explosion of prosperity for the United States, and the dresses from that era reflect it. After two decades, the lean years of the depression and the fabric rationing of the war were over. In 1947, Christian Dior sent shockwaves through the fashion world with his “New Look” collection. With its cinched waists and full, voluminous skirts, this style set the tone for years to come. Curvy, hourglass were in!

  • Fit & flare dresses have a fitted bodice and a full skirt. Think cocktail parties and Grace Kelly. This style was very fashionable from the late 40’s through the early 60’s, and has become popular again today. Fit & flare dresses are a fun, feminine style with swirling skirts that look great out dancing. They can be worn with a crinoline for extra volume or alone to really let the skirt move.
  • Pencil dresses run the gamut from office wear (Joan Harris on Mad Men) to slinky pinup garb (Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe) to elegant evening gowns (Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) Pencil dresses are fitted from top to bottom, with a straight or slightly tapered narrow skirt that usually falls somewhere near the knees. The pencil silhouette is a sexy style that accentuates and flatters the feminine shape on women of all sizes.
  • Shirtwaist dresses are a practical, easy-to-wear look, with a collared bodice that buttons up like a dress shirt and end at the natural waistline. The skirt flares out, and its volume can range from a subtle A line to a full circle or more. Lucille Ball frequently rocked this look on “I Love Lucy”, and indeed shirtwaist dresses were a popular choice for housewives of the 1950’s, as they are comfortable enough to wear around the house but can be dressed up easily with a hat and gloves.

What’s your favorite silhouette? Try a fitted bodice and full skirt for going out on the town or a figure hugging pencil dress to bring out your inner va-va voom. And on those days when you feel the urge for stylish comfort slip on a pretty shirtwaist dress. The right silhouette can really shape up your style.

Wear Floral Prints

For casual outings, pair a black skirt with pink roses with a white oxford shirt under a blue knit sweater. Finish with cute ankle boots and an envelope clutch. If you want to add extra style, wear a bucket hat and let your hair hang loose. Another option is to wear maroon jeans with a sleeveless button down top in a bright pattern of roses and peonies. Add sensible heels, a short leather jacket and a handbag with a chain strap for a little bit of edge. A day at the beach deserves something a little more cool and skin baring. Try cut off jeans and a cropped tank top underneath a loose floral overshirt. Accessorize with a few bangles and wear sandals to finish the look.

In the fall, dresses in this pattern can be worn with thick tights, boots, and a solid cardigan. Add a pendant for some sparkle and you are set! If you are a little more daring, wear a body hugging tube dress, tights, boots, and a faux monkey fur jacket. Carry a leather handbag and some big sunglasses for that Hollywood look! For something more romantic on a summer’s evening, wear a strapless dress in a bright color and a white island flower pattern. Strap on some gold sandals and wear a floppy hat. Carry a straw clutch for some real exotic island detail.

For a night out on the town, wear leggings underneath leather shorts and some high heeled boots. A loose flower patterned tanktop under a faux leopard fur jacket is a good way to mix patterns and textures. Carry a knuckle duster clutch for some added edge.

For the office, tuck a fitted long sleeved oxford into a brocade pencil skirt with rose detail. Wear sensible heels, carry a leather satchel, and finish your look with filigree hoop earrings to tie the look together.

Become A Successful Fashion

To begin with it is vital that you take time to learn your sector of which in this case it is the fashion exhibiting sector. Take a deeper, a more realistic and careful analysis of the sector. Analyze everything from the challenges, the benefits, downside, the high competition, who are the key players and their role, what is the future like for the industry and what is expected of you by the manner modeling sector. Know the different areas of the modeling and what they entail. This analysis will help have an overall picture of mode modeling and see where you fit in.

It is imperative that you undertake a comprehensive analysis of yourself. Take a deeper look at your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to fashion modeling. Be realistic and at the same time fair about yourself as this should help you to know where you can or cannot fit within the technique modeling. In addition, you will know which areas to work so that you improve on them if need be. Analysis plays a crucial role when you want to knowhow to become a successful fashion model. After a comprehensive analysis, you will be in a position to take action towards success in your fashion career.

History Polo Shirt

The 19th Century. It all started there. (Damn! That was our first reaction too. Who knew eh?). Wait till we give you another stunner. Manipur – India. (DAMN! Keeps getting better). British Soldiers stationed in India witnessed a match of the game (polo), wherein 2 teams on horsebacks play against one another with the objective of scoring goals against each other. The game got appreciated to quite an extent so much as the soldiers decided to go ahead and form first Polo Club of its time. Over a period of time, the sport became fairly popular amongst Soldiers and British Tea Planters. Just like any other popular sport, people started paying attention to the sports dress code. The traditional attire, at that time, consisted of a thick long sleeved shirt made up of cotton. As royal as it looked, it turned out to be quite uncomfortable as the collar kept flapping while galloping on the field. Officially the sport got introduced to England in 1862.

At the end of the 19th Century, one of the grandsons of the famous Brooks Brothers, John E-book came to England on account of some work. While watching a Polo game he noticed something peculiar about the player’s shirts. He noticed that they had buttoned down the shirt so as to prevent them from flapping. Realizing a truly unique and interesting opportunity here John took the idea back to the Brooks Brothers where they applied button-down collars to dress shirts. Boom! Once introduce in 1896 this button-down shirt become a style that changed the face of menswear forever. Termed to be the most imitated item in fashion history, the Brooks Brothers still call their shirt the original Polo-Shirt.

Another person responsible for making the style for legendary French tennis player Jean Rene Lacoste. The credit of inventing the modern polo is usually given to him. Similar to Polo players, tennis attire was highly impractical at that time. Can you imagine Tennis played in long sleeved, button up shirts (usually worn with sleeves rolled up)? Not kidding… it happened and for quite some time. Lacoste using his status and ranking decided to change that. Thus after a lot of work, what we know as the modern polo shirt, was officially introduced.

FREECULTR has a wide range of polos across several styles and colors ranging from Regular Pique Polo, Feather light Pique, Jersey Polo, Pique Stretch Polo and many more. FREECULTR Polos, with their iconic and subtle branding have proved to be a category winner in less than just 2 years of launching this iconic style. Happy Shopping.

About Limitless Fashion

Many celebrities can be recalled for having pursued their individualist styles and managed to bring fame to their style of fashion.

One cannot forget Betty Boop, considered the sex symbol in 1930s for her loud and exhibitionist style of dressing. Her style of dressing came from her own personality and accentuated the role she wanted to portray. Her high energy combined well with her dark above thigh flapper dresses, shocking colored stockings up to the thigh with heeled boots and short hair style and managed to get the entire society’s attention.

1960’s saw the rise of Edie Sedgwick, the beautiful American actress, model and socialite turn fashion icon and famous artist Andy Warhol’s muse. It was her sculpted body features with long legs, straight silky hair accessorized with fur, dangling ear rings and pointed high heels that made her the top model and the most sought after fashion icon in the society.

Claire Danes who played the role of Angela Chase in My So Called Life stands out from amongst the style icons of the 1990s. She had not only performed her role stunningly but also managed to create her own brand of style of clothes that were feminine as well as fashionable. In fact she can be credited with having started her own trend with floral printed dresses with elegant chokers and matching boots with pointed toes.

Lady Gaga is another name who can be said to stand out from amongst the present times celebrities. Her style of dressing does not follow any convention or trend but is rather technical and futuristic. Wearing the kind of platinum blond hair with skintight metallic outfits and unconventional dressing has been spectacular display of a risk taking and daring attitude. Not many understand this style but yet a lot of young fans prefer to follow her trend.

Wear Hot Pink

Makeup

If you are choosing lipstick, make your lips the focal point of your face. Wear neutral eye shadows, make sure your eyebrows are groomed and that your blush is very light and natural. Or you can line your lips in a bright liner and fill in with the same color gloss.

Eyeshadow is another way to showcase this hue. Accent with black liner and a light dusting of gold shadow to really enhance this look. Keep your blush light and your lips neutral.

Washable hair chalk is super fun, cute and washes out. Streak your hair with a few swipes for a funky punk rock look.

Nail polish is a fool proof way to bring this hue into your wardrobe’s palette.

Jewelry

Since this is a very bold shade, take it further and wear a statement necklace in this color. This looks especially striking over a v-neck or scoop neck top in mint. Or try geometric shaped stud earrings with a dark turtleneck sweater. A stack of bangles in different shades of pink are also a fun choice.

Scarves

Light chiffon scarves and wraps are perfect in warmer weather, worn over tanktops. Knitted tube scarves or pashmina shawls are wonderful in cold weather and add a bit of life to the dull weather of winter.

Purses

The best way to finish an outfit is with a purse. A magenta clutch against a sleek black dress is stunning and eye catching. Casual bags in the same hue can liven up jeans and a t-shirt.

Shoes

Neon pink heels worn with jeans and a white t-shirt can really dress it up. On the flip side, sneakers in the same shade add a layer of fun and frivolity to the same outfit.

Durban July Posh

This year’s theme is Posh oh my Gosh and in contrast to previous themes that were more open to avant-garde and outrageous interpretation, this year’s theme requests that we show off our finery in an understated and exceptionally elegant way. Your Durban July dress must be sophisticated, glamorous and stylish and this year I am expecting the ensembles to be classical with a race day edge. It is possible to dress stylishly and still be edgy and this year I think it will be about cleverly interpreting the theme so that it is neither boring nor staid but still very sophisticated and proper. A misconception is that elaborate design defines good style or that it is in some way more interesting but I always revert to the old adage that less is actually more.

The tradition of wearing hats to horse racing events began at the Royal Ascot in Britain which still maintains a strict dress code. All guests in the Royal enclosure must wear hats! This tradition was then adopted at other horse racing events around the world. Cue… The Durban July. The theme requests us to wear our best and be very, very posh. “Posh” will naturally mean different things to different people but it isn’t about being overtly sexy or over the top, this Durban July the dress whether for men or women is about tailoring and workmanship, fine fabrics and a perfect fit. The theme, “Posh oh my Gosh” calls for hats, fascinators, gloves and all things that remind us of an era gone by. A beautiful hat or fascinator will add pizzazz to your Durban July outfit; you will certainly stand out and look very Posh.

This Durban July will be all about well-coordinated outfits, perfect grooming and the headdress!

Start planning now for this special event, start looking for that perfect Durban July dress and assemble your impeccable race day outfit without the stress of last minute shopping. I cannot wait to see how everyone turns out in Posh attire this year. As always, the Durban July is synonymous with frivolity and we must remember that Durban July fashion requires us to have fun, in the wearing and in the selecting. At the Amanda Ferri showroom we want you to have fun and we want you to look beautifully stylish, so with our expert advice we will help you select the perfect dress.

Event related fashion challenges often bring over-the-top pieces from designers as one would expect for an event that is synonymous with race day fashion. “A strong misconception is that elaborate design is more interesting – sometimes less is more,” said Derrick Mhlongo, one of the judges.

Spiritual Fashion

  • The Root Chakra: Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra represents the element earth, and is related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies on a physical level. When open this Chakra brings us health, prosperity and security.
  • The Sacral Chakra: located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. When open it helps us with connection, and ability to accept others and new experiences; desire, fluidity and accept change.
  • The Solar Plexus Chakra: is related to our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. It is connected to personal power and the ego. When healthy, this Chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
  • The Heart Chakra: as the name suggests is located just above the physical heart, and is connected to our ability to love. It represents balance of opposites (male/female, yin/yang). An open Heart Chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.
  • The Throat Chakra: located in the throat represents communication; speaking our truth, being heard, self-expression and creativity. An open throat chakra will make us feel heard and understood.
  • The Brow Chakra: or the third eye chakra as it’s sometimes called, located between the eyes, allows us to see the bigger picture, seeing on an intuative level, wisdom, imagination.
  • The Crown Chakra: located at the top of the head, this is our connection to “God energy”, the spiritual plane. It represents inner and outer beauty, pure bliss.When open, this Chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

Advantage of Blending Polyester With Cotton

While cotton has been manufactured for hundreds of years, polyester has only been around since the early 1950’s. It was discovered by Wallace Carothers and his team of research scientists while working for DuPont in 1930. DuPont wanted Carothers to develop artificial materials, deciding that basic research was the way to go. When Carothers team discovered a strong polymer that could be drawn into a fiber, they decided to change the course of research and developed nylon. The development of polyester was set aside and was not developed. As stated in my last article, a group of British scientists working for Imperial chemical Industries and following Carothers notes developed polyester and patented it.

Then in 1945 DuPont purchased the rights for further development of polyester. By the late 1950’s polyester cotton blends were made available in the marketplace. Because of its use as a stretch fabric poly cotton fabrics became a textile that could be used for clothing and bedding.

Polyester was combined with cotton fabrics to solve some of the problems people would have with wearing 100% cotton. Cotton would wrinkle very easily due to the absorptive qualities of all natural fibers. Polyester could retain its shape and color and can be cleaned very easily because of the different types of treatments that were applied to the fabric during its manufacturing process.

Polyester cotton blends are known for durability. It can be put in the washing machine and will retain its shape better than items made of pure cotton. Poly cotton blends are known for comfort when worn or used as bed sheets and pillow cases. The cotton will allow the fabric to breathe and maintain its soft feel while the polyester helps maintain the original structure.

Poly cotton is used to make a wide variety of items, from upholstery, bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters to sportswear and denim. Poly cotton is mainly used in items that are expected to get a lot of wear. Sheets, sofa covers, track suits, t-shirts and hooded sweat shirts are often made of poly cotton blend because they are comfortable and durable.

Poly cotton can be blended in varying amounts. The fiber that is listed first will be the dominant fiber. In a cotton poly mix it would be 51% cotton and 49% polyester. A standard poly cotton mix used in the manufacture of bed sheets, pillow cases and blankets would be 65% polyester and 35% cotton for comfort and durability.

Let me offer advantages and disadvantages of using cotton or polyester alone:

  • Cotton is light and cool in warm climates. It is easy to clean and care for. It is hypoallergenic and will not cause skin rashes. It is breathable and will keep you cool in very warm climates. The disadvantages are that when washing you should wash in cold water and dry on low heat but don’t keep it in the drier for a long length of time. Cotton will have develop static when dried in a drier. You will have to separate the dark and light colors and wash separately and will have to iron cotton materials with high heat and steam.
  • Polyester is a strong durable and long lasting fiber. When washed it will easily maintain its shape. Polyester will wick away moisture in very warm climates but will not breathe like cotton. It will keep you warm in cold climates. It may not be best for sensitive skin and should be used for heavy use clothing and bedding. Polyester when washed will not need very much ironing, but if you must iron it use low heat so as not to melt the fiber. Remember it is made from petroleum.
  • Poly cotton blends of 50/50 are very durable and versatile. It will maintain its shape longer than cotton alone and will hold its colors longer. It is soft and light to the touch and is less susceptible to shrinkage, wrinkles and static. Poly cotton blend is not as breathable as pure cotton and will keep you warmer than pure cotton. If you need to iron poly cotton use low heat setting. It can be washed in warm water and dried on low to medium heat.

Tall Man Style Tips

It seems the world is against those over a certain height. You only have to cram yourself into an airplane or rental car seat to work that out. Pants, short pants and even shirts can also be hard to cram into – tall guys often have to buy larger fashion shirts as a result, but this can often mean the arms are too long causing them to blouse out unnaturally.

A tall man should avoid things like bright colors and vertical stripes. Just dress for the season and color must be universal and it all depends on how you pull it off with the rest of your look. There are many subtle ways to wear all the looks for a tall guy.

As a tall man you need to be comfortable in your clothes and with your look. If you are wearing well-fitted clothing you feel more confident and ready to take on the world, but when your cuffs are halfway up your arms or your whole body is feeling pinched by an ill-fitting shirt, you can feel self-conscious and awkward.

The most important clothing considerations for a tall man are:

  • Sufficient width in the shoulders of fashion shirts and dress shirts
  • Adequate length in pants legs and sweater and shirt sleeves
  • Enough room in the drop of the crotch to prevent pinching
  • Closely fitting jackets and shirts to prevent billowing

When it comes to choosing pants, there are many options available and as a tall man with long legs, the good news is that you can get away with them all. Slim-fitting trousers can look amazing whilst baggy cargo pants can help you to look a little shorter if this is the type of effect you are after.

Choosing designer shirts is a cinch too. If you don’t want to seem too imposing, you might want to choose shirts that are not too bold in design. A well cut jacket and a double collar shirt can look super stylish and will make sure you are noticed for your great fashion sense when you first walk into a room and not your height alone.