Authored by Diana Bocco and can also be found here: http://is.gd/S81R0A
If you are thinking of updating your wardrobe by buying a little black dress, you're not alone. Fashion experts agree that this is the one single item of clothing that every woman should have at hand to get her out of a dressing rut. Most women, however, don't know the "art" of buying a little black dress that can be adapted to the many occasions when either formal dressing or a more casual approach is required. If that is your case, here are a few tips on how to choose the right dress for you.
The first step in buying a little black dress is to examine your body. Is there any part of your figure you want to show off? Hide? If you have a great back, for example, you may choose a backless dress. If you have chubby arms, on the other hand, you may want to shy away from spaghetti-strap dresses and choose a small sleeve.
Once you know how you feel about your body, the next step in buying a little black dress is to make sure you choose a comfortable dress. This means choosing a fabric that molds to your body properly, does not itch or pinch, and does not make you feel self-conscious. Cotton is a good choice, since it adapts to almost every occasion. Make sure the dress is comfortable too. Since the idea is that you should be able to wear this dress to both formal and casual events, you need to make sure you can sit and walk on it comfortably.
The next step in buying a little black dress is to select the design. Avoid excessive decorations, such as lace, sequins, or flowery applications. Simple is better, no matter if the dress is short or long. Avoid low cut dresses or too risqué side splits, unless, of course, you have several other black dresses that you can use in more formal affairs. Even the simplest dress can be made stunning by adding the right jewelry or an impressive bag and matching pair of shoes.
Finally, when buying a little black dress, keep in mind that simple is better. You don't need to spend a fortune in the dress, and keeping the cut simple will help you find a dress that can be used over and over again.
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Authored by T. Alaine and can also be found here: http://is.gd/1QRm14
When choosing a long blazer, it is important to consider your body shape and how to dress it in a flattering way. Long blazers, especially in oversized cuts or draped fabrics, can look casual, so it is also necessary to consider what level of dress or professionalism is appropriate for the occasion or environment where you will be wearing the blazer. A jacket is generally considered an investment piece and can often be somewhat expensive, so high quality and longevity should also be considered when choosing a long blazer.
Selecting the best long blazer for your body type will be easiest if you already know what proportions or styles are flattering to your individual figure. For example, petite individuals who wish to wear a long blazer might be overwhelmed by excess fabric if the chosen style is too “relaxed,” or cut too loosely. People whose upper bodies are larger than their lower bodies might select a long blazer with a deep v-neck to visually lengthen and streamline the body. Anyone concerned with definition at the midsection should look for a jacket that is tapered inward or cinched at the waist. These examples are not exhaustive, but serve as a reminder that not all long blazers will flatter every body type, and it may take a few tries to find the one best suited to you.
A characteristic of long blazers is that they tend to look slightly less casual than a fitted blazer in a traditional length. For this reason, it is important to consider the event or environment where you will be wearing the blazer and make fabric and fit choices with this information in mind. If the occasion is informal and a casually styled long blazer is appropriate, you might look for a slightly loose, relaxed-fit option. Casual fabrics such as linen and cotton will look easy-going and feel comfortable. Occasions that are more formal or professional might call for a sturdier, more structured material in a well-tailored cut to compensate for the longer, less traditional silhouette of the jacket.
Of course, as with any article of clothing, you also want to make sure that the item you purchase is of high enough quality for the price you pay. Blazers can be relatively expensive compared to other pieces, so if you are going to make the investment, be sure to choose one that is sewn well with no loose threads, is constructed from high quality material, and preferably comes with extra buttons. Selecting a long blazer in a neutral color such as black, tan, grey, or navy blue will increase the wear value by allowing you to incorporate it into multiple outfits for different occasions.
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Personally fitting a blazer is the best way to determine the right blazer size, but customers can also use measuring tape to find the perfect fit. Choosing the correct blazer size involves measuring one’s chest width and accounting for height. Once these measurements have been obtained, the customer should examine the blazer's size as listed in its tag. The number in the figure indicates the garment's chest measurement, while the word or letter describes its length. Special considerations should be made for male and female buyers, as measurements can differ between genders.
Individuals should always fit the garment or measure themselves before buying a blazer; making the decision through guesswork often results in an ill-fitting purchase. In general, buyers should choose blazer sizes that end at their rear ends without going lower. The length of the sleeves should fall precisely on or just above the wrist, and the garment should not appear baggy. If the buyer cannot personally try the blazer on, she can determine her correct blazer size by asking another person to take down her measurements using measuring tape. This allows for greater accuracy in measurement as compared to the individual doing it herself.
The first step in determining the correct blazer size is to measure the buyer's chest. Women should wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of the bust with the arms relaxed and the midsection at the natural waistline. The arms should then be measured for their length from shoulder to wrist and from armpit to wrist. Measurements on the length of the torso should be taken from the innermost corner of the armpit down to the top of the hip and from the bottom of the nape to the hip. Customers can choose the blazer size that best matches their own measurements, according to the manufacturer's system.
Men’s blazer sizes, on the other hand, usually come in two parts: a number that stands for the chest measurement and a letter that indicates the blazer's length. Chest measurements should be taken by wrapping around the fullest part of the chest just below the arms, over the shoulder blades (over-arm), and under the underarms. If the over-arm measurement is larger than the chest, roughly 7 inches (18 centimeters) should be subtracted from the figure; the result is used as the chest measurement. If the over-arm and chest measurement are the same, the chest measurement is used to determine the correct blazer size. Length is measured in the same fashion as in women's blazers, and in order to choose the right fit, buyers should ask the tailor or salesperson which length — often demarcated as S, R, or L — best matches their own measurements.
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The best ways to wear a blazer involve accessorizing it for fancier occasions and dressing it down for more casual ones. For example, an elegant metal belt can instantly make a blazer look dressier, while leaving the jacket open over a T-shirt and blue jeans creates an understated, casual tone. A basic, yet well-made blazer in a flattering color can be easily worn with jeans, dresses, trousers, long or short skirts and even cropped pants.
For a practical, yet stylishly casual look for spring weather, a fun way to wear a blazer is with cropped pants, a T-shirt and running shoes. A hat and tote bag can complete this practical, "on the go" look. When a work or other situation calls for a suit, a blazer and knee-length skirt in a matching color can create one. Having a handbag and shoes in shades of this color can keep the overall look conservative. Stylish jewelery and a contrasting blouse color add the needed design interest to keep things fresh.
Belting a blazer over a long-sleeved top or sweater worn with a long skirt or dress trousers can usually transform separates into a cohesive outfit ideal for work or a business meeting. This is one of the best ways to wear a blazer because any color, solid or pattern can be used as long as everything coordinates tastefully. Within the versatile choices of separates to wear with a blazer, dressy and casual looks can often be created.
For example, a velvet blazer with a gold and crystal belt worn over a silk top and wool skirt with high heels is an elegant outfit. To wear a blazer with a wool skirt to create a sporty look, the same jacket could be coordinated with a turtleneck sweater, leather belt, tights and boots. A long, floral-printed skirt with a softly belted velvet blazer and dangling earrings creates a romantic ensemble. Other accessories that can be ideal for changing the overall look of a blazer outfit are scarves and necklaces. Accessories can also add bright dashes of color or pattern to neutral blazers.
Pairing a dress with a blazer is an easy way to add practical, tasteful outerwear. Wearing a blazer with a dress also gives it a new look and is ideal to wear in drafty offices or in colder weather. Having a good, dark pair of jeans to wear with a blazer allows for a dressier alternative to a jean jacket, hoodie or other casual outerwear look.
Authored by Adam Hill and can also be found here: http://is.gd/IozseE
There are endless types of wristwatches for every kind of customer, and as small-scale technology improves, the features and refinement of these timepieces improves as well. Titanium watches are becoming more popular, in part because of the “space-age” properties of titanium metal, as well as its attractive appearance. Titanium watches have an outer case made of aircraft-grade titanium, a metal that is stronger and lighter than steel, and also significantly more costly.
The first pocket watches were made possible by the invention of the mainspring, and appeared in central Europe around the year 1500. These were not accurate enough to be consistently reliable, but could keep time to within about half an hour per day. Because of this lack of precision, they were more like jewelry than a practical device for measuring time. They were often worn by the wealthy and powerful, mainly to show that they were familiar and involved with scientific progress.
Wristwatches as we know them today were not produced until the mid-20th century, and their technology has been advancing ever since. The practicality of watches has increased along with their ability to be shown off as a luxury. Most titanium watches are made to have extremely high precision and quality, and are considered luxury timepieces.
The high price of titanium, and therefore titanium watches, comes from the fact that the extraction of this metal from its ore is a time-consuming and expensive process. For many years, titanium was limited to military and aerospace applications, such as ship propellers and jet airplane parts. From this came its reputation as a space-age metal. Titanium as an element has been known for centuries, and is in fact the ninth most common element in the earth. It has also been found in meteorites and detected in the sun and other stars. Despite this, its production was not industrialized until the 1950s.
Some of the unusual properties of titanium offer significant advantages to wearers of titanium watches. Its light weight -- 50% lighter than steel -- is easily noticeable. It is also hypo-allergenic, unlike steel, which contains nickel that can cause skin irritation. Since titanium is stronger than steel, it is also more durable. The one drawback to using titanium over steel is that, despite its superior tensile strength, it scratches quite easily. Makers of titanium watches often compensate for this by coating the metal with scratch-resistant materials.
Authored by Lori Kilchermann and can also be found here: http://is.gd/x0KmRJ
Several elements factor into choosing the best watch bands, including price, style and comfort. They are available in a vast amount of styles, however, not every type of watch band will attach to every type of watch case — the watch case is the metal covering on the watch. It is important to know how your band connects to your watch and how long of a strap you will need. The final considerations in choosing the best watch bands are staying within your budget and selecting bands made out of materials you prefer, such as water snake, silk or leather.
Watch bands come in a variety of materials to choose from, including synthetics, leather and metal. Synthetic watch band materials include nylon®, silk and denim options. Some textile watch bands are waterproof and feature one-piece construction with a buckle or hook and loop fastener. While some synthetics may not hold up to use as long as some other watch band options, they are often the most flexible and comfortable type of band and are available in a broad range of styles, patterns and colors.
Metal watch bands are a durable option for most watch wearers. Many types of stainless steel bands are available, and these include folded and solid watch bands. The folded versions use metal folded to form the band's links, while the solid version features links made from solid chunks of stainless steel. You can choose the best stainless steel finish to match your watch, such as gold-tone, dual-tone or black stainless steel. Other metals available for watch bands include gold, titanium and aluminum.
Leather is a long-wearing material used for making watch bands. The advantage of choosing a leather watch band is that it offers the flexibility of being either dressy, sporty or casual, and can be paired with nearly any style watch case. Leather bands can be smooth or feature patterns in the leather, come in a variety of colors, as leather can often easily be dyed, and can offer contrasting colored stitching.
For an upscale and fashionable look, consider choosing a band made of exotic materials, such as sting ray, ostrich and alligator skin. Other exotic options include snake, shark and camel. Most exotic skins can be left in their natural color or dyed in a variety of colors, including shades of green, pink and blue. Frog leather, chicken leg skin and sheep skin are also used to make watch bands.
A watch band is sized by width, a dimension between the attachment brackets on the watch case, and by length, the distance it takes to circle the wrist and fasten the band. The length of some bands is easily modified through an adjustable clasp or by removing links from a metal watch band. Other bands are stretchy in nature and do not require adjustment. The most critical measurement is that of the width of the band compared to the mounting areas extending from the watch case, so be sure to choose a band using the appropriate measurement.
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Authored by Garry Crystal and can also be found here: http://is.gd/iplGG0
Kinetic watches are timepieces that use the movement of the wearer's body to create the power that keeps the watch running. There are no batteries needed, and the wearer should not have to wind the watch to keep it going. A kinetic watch has oscillating weights that are turned by the movements of the wrist on which the watch is worn. These movements create a magnetic charge in the watch, which is turned into the electricity that is needed to power the watch. This type of watch might also be called a self-winding watch or an automatic watch.
The term "kinetic" comes from the Greek word kinesis, which means "motion." Kinetic energy is power that the body produces through movement. The energy that the body produces through normal movement will stay constant until a negative energy is applied, such as the body stopping the movement. Kinetic energy can be created from other types of energy. For example, the body uses chemical energy, such as that gained from food, to make the energy needed to manufacture kinetic energy.
Some advantages of kinetic watches are their energy-saving ability and their accuracy. When they are operating properly, these watches never need winding or a battery change. Many newer models are capable of storing energy for several months. Most kinetic watches have power reserve indicators that show how much power is stored within the watch.
These watches also have built-in sensors that tell the wearer if the watch has been inactive for at least 24 hours. If the watch senses this, it will automatically put itself in sleep mode. To awaken the watch, the wearer simply gives it a shake of the wrist, and it will automatically reset the time and the date. Some kinetic watches have the ability to reset themselves even if they have been suspended for more than a year. Their ability to do this gives them greater energy-saving capabilities.
ModelsKinetic watches are manufactured by a variety of watchmakers. They come in all shapes and sizes. Their mechanisms are heavier than other types of watch mechanisms, so some types of kinetic watches are made only in men's styles.
Although these watches are environmentally friendly because they do not require batteries, they might need a tune-up every few years. Like many watches, they sometimes might be off by a minute or two need to be reset. Also, a kinetic watch's main capacitor, which stores its energy, eventually wears out and needs to be replaced.
Authored by Trica Ellis-Christensen and can also be found here: http://is.gd/Nvajbi
Wearing high heels at the office depends greatly upon dress code. Many offices require more than just sitting, so high heels worn should always be something one can walk in swiftly, and frequently. If a shoe is so high that it is merely for decorative purpose and will have one limping in an hour, it is generally considered not office wear.
The most conservative offices tend to have strict codes about types of shoes worn. They may not limit one’s access to high heels, but may require shoes that are close-toed, but dressy. One still needs to think about the degree to which one will be walking, and probably most appropriate is high heels no higher than 2-3 inches (5.08-7.62 cm).
High heels in either conservative or even business casual offices should forgo embellishments and should be in conservative colors, such as black, brown or navy. It may be all right to match high heels of a different color with a suit of the same color, such as dark green high heels matched with a dark green suit.
High heels that are white really should not be worn after Labor Day, though many now forgo this traditional ban. Red high heels are considered inappropriate for office wear, as they connote a less than professional appearance. Further, shoes should be of good quality and make. Forgo manmade fabrics and stick to leathers and suedes. If one objects to the harvesting of leather, microfibers are acceptable.
In some offices, the need to move quickly and often may mean forgoing high heels altogether, or wearing a considerably lower heel. In all cases one should avoid heels that are actually platform shoes. The actual width of the heel may vary, depending upon the season’s fashion, but generally huge chunky heels are not apropos. Shoes with very little heel should still not be opened-toed or sandal-like in appearance as this is less than business casual or conservative business attire.
In some offices of an eclectic nature, eclectic shoes may be welcomed. High heels of any type may be worn as long as they don’t inhibit movement. Since today’s job market can change rapidly, keep a pair of 2-3 inch plain pumps, should one suddenly have to job search or visit a career fair. As well, even the most eclectic office staff may need to dress more formally when visiting another office, thus keeping a plain pair of shoes nearby is always a sensible idea.
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The most important step when choosing comfortable high heels is to buy a pair that is the right shape, style and size. First, find a pair of shoes that are the correct size, not only in number but also in width. Evaluate the heel to see if it's going to be problematic. Check out the padding on the shoes, especially where the balls of the feet sit. The most important part of choosing high heels is to try them on and walk around to test them out.
One of the worst mistakes to make when trying to find a pair of comfortable high heels is to get the wrong size just because they look good; buy a pair that is the proper size and looks stylish, too. As important as it is to pick the correct number size, it's also important to get them in the right width. Regarding shape, shoes with rounded toes are typically more comfortable than those that are pointed; they let the toes spread out more instead of having them squished.
Typically, the thinner and higher the heel, the less comfortable the shoes are going to be. Thin heels may not bother those who are used to wearing them or who won't be standing on them for a long period of time, but for daily wear, it's usually better to wear thicker heels that are relatively short. The shortest type of heel is called a kitten heel; the tallest and thinnest heels are called stilettos. Wedges usually have solid heels and can be short or tall; the extra material in the heel area provides extra support for the feet, which can be ideal for those looking for an everyday pair of comfortable high heels.
While wearing heels, the weight is placed primarily on the balls of the feet, which means the amount of padding in that area is a factor when choosing comfortable high heels. No padding means the feet are going to start hurting more quickly. For shoes that have little to no padding, there are cushioned additions made specifically for open toe shoes as well as smaller cushions to place in the area where the balls of the feet sit.
The best way to choose comfortable high heels is to try them on and walk around a bit to ensure they fit well. Pay attention to how they feel and fit around the feet as well as how precarious the heels are. The shoes should fit snugly without being too tight, especially around the back of the foot where they can slip off and cause the wearer to slip or trip.
Authored by A Kaminsky and can also be found here: http://nosax.me/11AAKRY
They take their name from the slender switchblade, but stilettos, plural, are very high-heeled shoes. Some think they are as powerful in their own way as their namesake weapon.
Stilettos may be pumps, slings or sandals, but they all have a slender high heel in common. The "stiletto" refers to the metal pin that runs the length of the heel, reinforcing it. The heel is usually at least three inches (7.62 cm) high, but the sky is the limit, especially when a toe platform is added.
World War II brought a stolid, military feel to fashion, and the designers of the 1950s, such as Dior and his "New Look," took advantage of non-rationed fabrics to create billowing skirts and frothy blouses. Such creations demanded a shoe that was completely different from the chunky heels of the 40s. Shoe designer Roger Vivier responded with the stiletto.
In the 1950s, stilettos were usually pumps or slings and featured very, very pointed toes. Actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield quickly discovered that these mile-high heels were 100 proof sexy, and their movies of the 50s and 60s show them tripping about in stilettos. Stilettos, because of their height, seem to elongate the leg, and a woman has to walk in a different way when wearing them. Her gait changes to a hip-swaying strut, so she can keep her balance. This strut draws men like bees to honey, and many men find a woman's sexiest article of clothing to be a pair of stilettos.
Considering the fact that podiatrists have warned for years that prolonged wearing of high heels can cause foot problems like bunions and hammer toe, one would think that their popularity would have declined. However, stilettos remain a popular part of women's fashion.
Stilettos are available in stores and on the Internet, in designer labels and knock-offs. Depending on the maker, they can cost from $20 US Dollars (USD) to over $1,200 USD. One notable pair encrusted with genuine diamonds retails for over $2 million USD.
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