4:43 PM PST, 7/20/2007
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This dress sure to made heads turn when spotted downtown this summer. Made of cotton fabric, it is perfect for warm summer days.Any gals will look stunning walking around town or out at the park. Look beautiful on its own or dress it up with a belt at the waist. Sandals , sun hat and a big casual bag give a finishing touch. source: (bgfashionhouse)
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5:26 AM PST, 7/19/2007From the desk of our Editor July 2007 :This month features some of the latest and charming tops we have for ladies and they can be beautifully co-ordinated with various attire for stunning and sophisticated results.
The samples we have displayed are just a few from our georgous collection. The trend appears to be towards a "Haute Couture " look with a touch of the 50s nostalgia. There's something about retro and classic designs that never seem to go out of date.
Just watching what the celebrities are wearing these days and you can get what we are talking about. What was out is now in, what was pastel is now vibrant. The big wheel in fashion is turning again.
So please keep looking out for our updates on the latest fashion happenings. Have a lovely day! Source: Our editor at bodygearfashion house
12:15 AM PST, 7/16/2007
IntroductionShorts are the perfect summer staple, but not all styles flatter all figures. Selecting the perfect pair depends a lot on your height, your assets and any problem areas you wish to downplay.
InstructionsDifficulty: Moderately Easy
Step OneOpt for a shorter inseam if you have short legs or are petite. A shorter silhouette will give the illusion of a longer leg, whereas a longer short will only enhance your compact frame.2
Step TwoSkip the pleats and any closure that gathers or bunches at the belly if you're wide through the middle. Opt instead for the slimming effects of a flat, clean front.3
Step ThreeBalance broad hips with shorts that have a wider and longer cut. Downplay larger buttocks with shorts that flare or taper at the outside seam.4
Step FourCinch a drawstring short at your waist if you have a straight or boyish figure. Or select a zip or button-front style that sits low around your hips instead of your waist.5
Step FiveHead out in hot shorts if you're blessed with long, slender and well-toned legs. Just make sure you don't reveal too much.6
Step SixComplement a very long leg or a tall frame with a board short or clam digger. Pair the board short with a cotton tank and sport slides, and dress the clam digger up with a peasant top and colorful leather thongs.
Tips & Warnings
- When the heat calls for shorts but an event calls for a dressier look, choose a short made of a smooth cotton twill or soft linen.
- Shorts that hit just above the knee and mid thigh are dressier, while very short and very long styles are considered more casual.
10:34 AM PST, 7/15/2007
HOT ITEMS Dresses ELEGANCE / GIRLINESSa single-piece dress that covers from one’s shoulders down to the thighs
Dresses continue to lead the ladies fashion scene encompassing many of the fashion styles from street casual, feminine to cool mode. The key characteristic for dresses this season is definitely the prints, taking in 60s-80s retro designs including stripes, geometric, optical, large flower prints in distinct and vivid colors for the mode, and relatively small flower prints in softer colors for the girlish casual.
The mainstream length of the dresses – in fact not only dresses but also for most of the fashion items – is short or mini, which enables this-year-like fashion when coordinated with leggings. In addition to the A-line silhouette that was popular in winter coats, short dresses (mini-onepiece) with barrel silhouette joins the spring dress style. Chiffon and jersey fabrics allow them to look feminine with empire cut and drape skirts.
Tops / Inners WOMANLINESSany kind of shirt covering the length of shoulders to hip at the longest, excluding sweaters and sweatshirts
Blouses that have sleeves with volume like puff and bell are back this spring from street to office. They give a good feminine look, even more so when combined with recently popular wide ribbons and bow ties. A tops item as popular as blouses are tunics, which are available in various materials, designs and length allowing them to be enjoyed with a wider variation of bottoms than do blouses. Tunics also have ribbons, bow ties, laces and frills to add more soft womanliness to the appearance. Tops with border prints (thin and thick) continue to stay in the fashion scene.
Outers ELEGANCE / WOMANLINESSincludes sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, coats, blazers
Spring jackets and coats this year have laces and ribbons. The popularity of these two points is so visible because there are people who attach laces and ribbons to the jackets they already own. The reason for this style to spread so much is probably because it enhances elegant womanliness, which is the general trend this season. The other characteristic point about jackets and coats this year is the length. Length overall this season tends to be on the shorter side except for inners, and the jackets and coats too are short with 3/4 length slightly flared or frilled sleeves and body coming down only to around the waist and not to the hip. A lot of the outers this season including trench coats that have already become a fashion staple, have large buttons, a rather wide belt strapped around the waist and/or ribbons.
New kinds of jacket joining the street fashion scene this season are collarless jackets, quite a number of them having a round cute button as a one-point accent near the neck. Collarless jackets allow coordinate with a selection of inners as well as enjoying large-piece neck accessories that have become must-haves over the past year.
Bottoms GIRLINESS / MATURITYpants and skirts
As compared to winter, skirts are enjoyed more during spring naturally for the weather is warmer, and the variation of trendy skirts widen to several designs. Balloon skirts can be seen quite commonly nowadays on the streets and the style remains the one of the bottoms mainstream this season as well. Equally an essential bottoms item are mini skirts many times worn together with leggings like this past winter. Pleated skirts in different length and width are also new hot items as well as cocoon skirts that make the waistline look slenderer.
Skinny-ism in pants remain more or less as they make good coordination with all kinds of shoes, but hotter are short pants that have quickly become a very popular item during winter. Whereas many of the winter short pants had relatively long length (as called sometimes half pants) though still short, and were worn rather casually, spring short pants are referred to as “more short” (a Japan-coined fashion term meaning “shorter”) and can also be worn elegantly as they are made of different materials with center pleats and accessories like ribbons and belts.
Shoes REFINEMENT / GORGEOUSNESS
Trendy shoes this season include wedge sole, thick heels, round toes (aka ballet shoes or flat shoes) and enamel pumps for they match well the relatively voluminous clothing. Spring boots are also on the shelves but to fully enjoy spring fashion the hottest types are most definitely flat shoes and enamel pumps.
Flat, ballet-like shoes appeared in the Japanese fashion scene a couple of springs ago and continue to be very popular. They go along well especially with girly, soft outfit like blouses and tunics mentioned in the tops/inners section and dresses of light material. Design trends are those that have ribbons, fairly conspicuous thick stitches and/or prints.
Shoes and sandals with thick soles and heels namely wedge shoes have been, like flat round toe shoes, one of the hot footwear this past couple of years and will continue to be so. New releases this year ones with prints and ankle straps in numerous materials.
The hottest of all this season are perhaps the enamel pumps in vivid colors covering black, red, yellow, orange, pale blue and more. Designs vary from square-toe, open-toe, wedge, etc. that can be worn together with all kinds of clothes. The biggest reason for enamel pumps to be cast spotlight again is the general fashion trend of retro-futurism which features distinctive patterns and colors.
Like shoes, enamel bags – a continuance from the winter’s trend – are fashionable this spring, especially in big sizes (editor’s bags). If not enamel, the materials can also be satin or vinyl-coated as long as they enhance shininess.
vivid colors: green, blue, yellow, black, red, etc.
this year’s specialty: combining the above colors with silver or light gray
accessories: shiny colors such as gold and silver
There is a silent rumor that arm warmers would become a trend item. They come in handy at this time of year when the season shifts but does not get exactly warm yet.source:jmode
10:32 AM PST, 7/15/2007Whereas the fashion theme for winter 2005 stressed Victorian and Edwardian femininity through rich laces and frills, the theme for winter 2006 focused on refinement of taking away any extra elements. Hence, the major characteristics of the “60s Actress” style include richness, grace, appealing-ness, maturity and feminine-ness, yet not necessarily too calm and somewhat mannish. This style continues into this season developing into a revival of 80s fashion."Retro Futurism" – the fashion trend for young ladies this season embraces a lot of traces of the fashion perhaps the generation of their mothers are familiar with. Features of the late 20th century actress look that started to come into 21st century fashion the past winter blooms at once widening the variation. Major elements include the large details from buttons, belts and ribbons, flared or fluffy hemline, emphasis on elegant ladylikeness, large geometric or flower prints in rather vivid and distinctive colors. Though they may be a revival of the ladies fashion a couple of decades ago new tastes are added making the looks not completely a comeback but a neo style.
Key Terms – A-line, cache coeur, lace, chiffon, frills, flower prints, satin, puff sleeves, soft, fluffy silhouette, pastel colors, vivid colors, shiny colors, blouse, tunic, retro prints, geometric prints, baggy, balloon, etc. :source:jmode
9:06 AM PST, 7/15/2007Written by Jemma Tibbals
Compiled by Catherine Nieto
If you're not tuned into the neon trend this summer then why not make like the music of the 1970s and mellow out in vintage-inspired à la mode. '70s movie star Ali McGraw should be your touchstone of inspiration for this look: wear your current-day high-waisted jeans and wedges with a patterned shirt (steering clear of anything psychedelic) and the most essential element; a laid-back care-free attitude. This style teeters on tomboy but like the sirens that made it their own in the 1970s, it's subtly sexy. Now all you need is the Farrah Fawcett flick and you're away. source:handbag
6:24 PM PST, 7/14/2007
Question: I'm between the sizes 8 and 10, I have hips, a butt, and I'm only 5’6”. I love white pants but I'm not entirely convinced that a girl with my shape can pull them off. Should I steer clear or go for them? And what kind should I be looking for?
Answer: Pants in every shape showed up on the runways this season however to downplay your body shape, avoid capris, cropped pants and the trendy stovepipe and go for the ultra-hip slouchy sailor pant as shown on the runway of Balenciaga. Choose one that sits slightly higher on the waist - low-rise only exaggerate wide hips. The pant should be wider or flared at the bottom to balance your curves. Stay away from linen or fine cotton and look for pants that are made in stretch fabric that is opaque such as cotton/Lycra or a heavier cotton such as pique or seersucker.
Check out Banana Republic, Le Chateau, Theory, Inc at the Bay and Holt Renfrew Private Brand.
by Tammy Palmer source: flare
4:44 PM PST, 7/14/2007Question: I am going into second year university. I want to appear professional but I don't want to stick out either. What fall clothes do you recommend? I am more of a simple girl, but I like things that are sort of unique and do make a statement. I’m a size 8/9 I’d like something that will help give a slimmer appearance.
Answer: You’ll want to keep your look modern and fresh. The best way is to pair classic items and finish with great accessories such as shoes, belts and bags. Just a few great pieces will instantly update your wardrobe.
Choose lighter shades on top such as camel and white and stick with navy, brown or black bottoms in classic style loose trousers. (Banana Republic, Holt Renfrew, Smart Set) Old school glamour is in- pair with preppy pearls and croc loafers and finish with a structured textured leather bag. (Browns, Nine West, Cole Haan)
Style tip: Add a sixties touch with a cropped military-inspired pea coat and finish your look with a cute leather cap. (Le Chateau, Debbie Shuchat)
Runway: Proenza Schouler By Tammt Palmer source: flare
4:30 PM PST, 7/14/2007Question: I am a very young 59 years old. However, I have problems with my upper and lower abdominal muscles due to surgeries. Exercising does not reduce the "bulge". What type of day/evening dress(s) would you recommend?
Answer: Consider yourself one of many with a 'belly pooch' or apple figure. There are lots of great dresses and separates to choose from that will distract from your middle and focus on your great attributes.
Choose a top or dress with a ruched centre seam or line down the center. It will help create a leaner torso by cinching the waist. A jacket or top with wide sleeves (bracelet length) are good – they help make the torso look smaller by comparison. Wear a knee-length patterned skirt with a solid top, it draws attention to the lower half of the body.
A dark shirt or top with a large white collar will help frame the face and draw the eye upwards.
Check out the following retailers for figure flattering pieces: Holt Renfrew, Banana Republic, Jacob, Laura, Mendocino and the Bay.(by Tammy Palmer source from Flare)
4:04 PM PST, 7/14/2007
StyleThis summer dress tip:Style tip:
Balance super-feminine dresses with platform sandals or add some retro glamour with jewelled flats and metallic leather bags.
Style to suit your shape:
Don't be tempted to swamp your shape in baggy layers and frumpy colours. Instead, celebrate voluptuous boobs and bums with fitted tailoring and vampy dresses for red-carpet glam. Amp up your best features and show them off with eye-catching accessories like a waist-defining belt in a contrasting colour or can't-miss-'em patent shoes. Sloppy casualwear won't do you any favours, so bypass baggy jeans in favour of bootcuts with a bodyskimming tee.
Tall and slim
Slender and leggy, you can wear most styles. Many otherwise hard-to-wear trends look fab on you, so be adventurous with skinny jeans, prints or clingy dresses. What to avoid? Low-cut tops are a no-no if you're small chested, and watch out for crop trousers and bracelet sleeves, which can have a too-short effect.
Six must-buys for leggy ladies
- Skinny trousers - dress them up with heels or down with ballet flats
- Slinky satin gowns for va-va-voom allure
- Horizontal stripes to help minimise a long torso
- High-heeled boots for tucking drainpipes into
- Jersey tops to wear with jeans or dressy trousers
- Belted trench - a classic cover-up
Fit is all-important on a petite figure, so shop carefully. Hunt out petite ranges, which are altered proportionately for a perfect fit. Vintage buys are great for petites, as they rarely fit anyone else. One-colour dressing helps keep the silhouette streamlined, especially with dark colours. Short skirts are best on petites, so get those legs out. Matching tights and shoes elongate the leg and a heel will help add height. Too many different things going on in an outfit visually 'chops you up', so keep things simple for the best effect.
Six must-buys for petite figures
- Above-the-knee skirt to show your legs off
- Fitted sweater for a slimline silhouette
- Kitten-heel boots to wear with trousers
- Tailored bootleg trousers - great for visually lengthening legs
- Knee-length coat for a neat, pulled-together look
- Flapper dress to wear with strappy heels
Girls, you are in luck. Bums and hips are the new erogenous zones, so dress accordingly. Slim pencil skirts are more flattering than full prom skirts, especially with killer-heeled boots or shoes. To boost your bust try corseted tops and tailored jackets, or a plunge-front bra under an unbuttoned shirt. Halterneck dresses with an A-line skirt look great for weddings and evening events, but go easy on high-shine fabrics, which bounce light off curves.
Six must-buys for pear shapes
- Bootleg jeans to make guys weep, but make sure they don't gape at the waist
- Push-up bra to balance your top half
- Dark-coloured skirt - wear it with everything
- Wrap dress - the perfect solution for different-sized tops and bottoms
- Stripe sweater for adding inches to your top half to balance broad hips
- Pinstripe suit for a slimline effect
Don't hide a pregnant belly under smocks and tunics. You don't have to bare your midriff, but a gentle outline can be tastefully stylish. Celebrity pregnancies have resulted in chic maternity ranges, meaning there's more choice available. Bias-cut and wrap dresses are a favourite as they have more 'give', are excellent for eveningwear and can be worn post-pregnancy too. Be careful with crop tops, which tend to look tacky; instead, longer-length tops will cover (but not hide) your bump. When wearing figure-hugging outfits pick a high neckline to avoid overt sexiness.
Six must-buys for pregnant women
- Stretchy jumper dress to create an uncluttered line
- Wrap top or dress - adjust as necessary
- Pyjama pants to wear under the bump
- Empire-line dress to wear on its own or over pyjama pants
- Ballet pumps for comfort. By Alice Temple source handbag