Ladies, we know how difficult it can get when selecting what you want to wear based on your body shape. Let this Infographic guide you in your selection.
We continue with our street styling format once more with this fashion combo. This combination is perfect for a Spring day. We hope you like it.
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A beret, a name that comes from a word meaning "cap," is a brimless, loose-fitting hat, usually made of hand-knitted or felted wool. This hat — or caps that were very similar — can be traced back to ancient times, but modern versions are often associated with the Basque region of Europe. To this day, the Basque beret design is considered to be the standard by which all others are compared. This cap is closely associated with military headgear.
As the beret became popular in the 19th century, French hat designers modified the style a bit. In a typical Basque or French beret, a leatherette band is measured against the wearer's head for a proper fit. The wool felt can be dyed in a variety of colors, from the traditional black to burgundy to white. The hat itself is a loose fitting oblong cap. The beret wearer usually sweeps the cap to one side, creating a chic, informal line.
The beret became a trademark of sorts for the Bohemian French culture of the mid-20th century. French artists, poets and other free-spirited denizens adopted it as a symbol of counter-cultural identification. During the 1960s, the hat enjoyed a resurgence as a fashion item, featured prominently as Faye Dunaway's hat of choice in the film Bonnie and Clyde.
The association of the beret with military uniforms has a very long history, but modern use can be traced to the Carlist Wars in Spain in the 1830s and Chasseurs Alpins of the French arm in the 1880s. The British Army commissioned a modified beret for use by specialized forces in 1918. Even guerrilla fighters such as Che Guevara adopted the beret as their headgear of choice.
The largest beret customers in the world today are most likely military organizations. The United States Army still has an elite Special Forces unit known worldwide as the Green Berets. Indeed, many international militaries use different beret colors to distinguish themselves on the battlefield.
A decision by the US Army in the 1990s to replace the standard issue "ballcap" head covers with a form of beret initially met with some resistance, but it has now become an accepted practice. According to the official Army training manual, each recruit should spend an average of two days preparing his or her beret for proper military duty. This means using a cigarette lighter to burn off extraneous wool fibers, a disposable razor to shave off all "fuzzies" and a warm water soak to customize the fit of the beret.
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To choose the best sheath dress, find the correct fit and material and pick a dress with enough room in the skirt to accommodate your stride. The fit of the dress is especially important because it defines this kind of dress. Material plays a role in how well the dress fits. A slit or pleats in the skirt of the dress can mean the difference between comfortably walking around and the inability to climb stairs. In addition, there is usually a dress available within all price ranges, so set a budget and go from there.
Part of choosing the best sheath dress is understanding the fit. A sheath dress that wrinkles at your hips is too tight and should be traded for a size up. In addition, most dresses zip in the back, but this zipper placement is sub-optimal. A dress that zips on the side can give a snugger fit around the waist.
The fabric of a dress is also important to finding the perfect fit. Lightweight fabrics tend to cling to the stomach of people who have noticeable tummies, drawing attention to that area of the body. Somewhat heavy but still stretchy fabrics like wool and linen are best for full-figured people. If you have an hourglass figure with a defined waist, heavier fabrics like tweed and brocade usually do not mold to your figure well enough to retain that definition. In this case, try out thin wools, cotton, or synthetic fabrics.
No matter the fabric or fit of the dress, choose a sheath dress with a slit or pleat in the back. Slits and pleats are not just aesthetically pleasing, but they allow more room to walk. The bottom of a sheath dress is one of its narrowest points, if not the narrowest, which can make walking difficult. There are exceptions to this rule; for example, high-fashion sheath dresses or dresses not closely tailored to the legs sometimes do not have or need slits or pleats.
Lastly, choose a sheath dress within your budget. You may want to set a budget before beginning to shop for the dress. Like any other dress, sheath dresses have a wide range of quality and price. Some are very affordable, while others are expensive, but price is not always an indicator of sheath dress quality. Remember that you can shop online, in brick-and-mortar stores, or both for the best deals.
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