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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These work pants have been designed especially for the workers who are unable to avoid kneeling and squatting while keeping safety and comfort in mind. These work pants are available at cheap and affordable rates with various modifications. You can choose amongst the variety that is offered in the market suiting your requirements and fitting in your budget.
It is a fact that every kind of environment needs different kinds of work pants and one must choose accordingly. Work pants are used frequently and that is why they are made to be durable and easily washable. They are generally made from top quality materials that enable them to withstand the wear and tear of time and extensive use. These pants are generally manufactured keeping in mind the requirement of the users and so manufacturers never compromise with the quality of the products.
People prefer to wear work vests as they are protective clothing and needed in certain work conditions. Moreover, they are also usually high in visibility aspect. You will also be able to get the work vests in many vibrant colors such as yellow, eco-friendly or orange. These colors add to its beauty and fashion quotient. However, choice of one man differs from the other to a large extent and there are different kinds of vests available in the market in order to cater to the individual choices.
A working vest is worn to avoid various places of work related accidents and also as a preventive measure for those who are wearing them. These types of vests are helpful to any or all individuals whose task is to operate and work in dangerous work conditions. Apart from such people, even bike riders on the streets can wear them; these safety jackets having reflective qualities will be able to save them from unforeseen accidents during the night and also the foggy conditions. In certain work atmosphere safety plays a major role, for such working conditions the employees are provided with safety coverings as a preventive measure. It is always important to pay attention on the quality of such safety items.
Buyers can also directly contact the manufacturer and the supplier in order to make a bulk purchase of these products. While sourcing products directly from the manufacturer users can be rest assured that they are going to have the best possible products at the best possible price. The main advantage of online shopping is that users easily get the products delivered right to their home without hopping from one store to another in search of the desired product.
Searching for birthday dresses is definitely challenging, particularly since the guest of honor wants to look her best. However, the following tips can make that challenge fun and easy.
- Elegance is the key. Considering that a quinceanera is a family event, the birthday girl should keep her look decent. Elegance is the best way to go since it reflects her transition from childhood to womanhood. She will certainly look like the princess she has always dreamed of being while also looking like the grown lady she is becoming on this special day.
- Ball gown dresses in bright colors work very well. Keep in mind that a ball gown style dress may not suit every girl’s body type. However, a girl can pull this look off by choosing a silhouette style top and ball gown style skirt. Vivid colors and jewels help create a look that is both amazing and suitable for a variety of different body types.
- The colors of the dress are an important consideration. Many quinceanera dresses have consisted of pastel colors, soft or brightly bold pinks, greens, or even ivory colors that make her look and feel like the princess she really is. However, black and sapphire dresses are another consideration, particularly since they reflect the elegance and sophistication the young lady deserves.
- Accessorizing plays a major role in choosing the perfect dress. If the young girl likes to wear accessories, it means finding a dress that suits her style and lets her accessorize as she pleases. Avoid over embellished dresses when pairing with accessories. Many of these special ladies like to complete their look by pairing their dress with a necklace and even a tiara. A tiara can look great with any style of dress, no matter how adorned or unadorned it may be. However, a necklace may not go well with all styles of dresses so make sure the guest of honor is aware of this before choosing her dress.
- Accentuate the shape of the young lady by pairing a dress with a great corset. This highlights her womanly shape so choose a dress that is not overly revealing. A sweetheart neckline or halter top dress goes great with a corset.
However the dress itself had very humble origins. It has been recorded that the dress has evolved slowly from the peasants of Andalusia in Spain and in particular from the gypsy women. These are the women who accompanied their men to the Seville cattle Market in the late nineteenth century and who traditionally wore frilled aprons or pinafores over their clothes as these were comfortable to work in.
Every year the family would have to transfer to Seville for the important fair The country women would brighten up their apparel for such an important social event. As the fair became more and more of a social event in Andalusian society in the early twentieth century, the ladies of the high society saw these gypsy folk in their interesting dresses and began to copy the style. This was an attractive style to them as fashion at the time was rather conservative and the bright colours and frills of the country folk was a refreshing change of style.
It was at the Ibero-American Fair of 1929 when the dress made its official début into Spanish society. From then on it became the iconic symbol of Spain and Spanish culture and tradition. After that, the birth of the Spanish flamenco doll was just a matter of time. During the tourism boom of the early nineteen fifties and sixties the Spanish flamenco doll travelled the world, becoming a kind of ‘ambassador’ of all things Spanish. The blend of fire, passion and exotism portrayed in the doll was hard to resist, and these were qualities that the authorities at the time wished to transmit.
The ‘flamenco’ dress has recently developed into a ‘must-have’ fashion item in Spanish Society. The frills or ruffles have been lowered and often begin around the knee instead of the waist or hip. The whole ‘body’ of the dress has become more stylised and figure-hugging.