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Brogues are leather shoes that feature low heels and decorative perforations on their upper pieces. They are commonly used as dress shoes for men, but there also are versions for women. Several styles of shoe might be referred to as brogues, including the type of shoes historically known by this name and special dancing shoes known as ghillie brogues or ghillies. In some countries, such as the United States, these shoes are sometimes called wingtips.
The Origins of Brogues
This type of shoe originated in Scotland and Ireland. The word "brogue" comes from the Gaelic word for "shoe," illustrating how ubiquitous these shoes were in Scottish and Irish culture. Over time, this heavy work shoe came to be associated specifically with the lower classes. The shoesalso lent their name to a slang term for the Scottish and Irish accent, again showing how closely these shoes were linked with the culture of these regions.
The Reason for Perforated Leather
The original brogues were purely functional shoes, made from heavy, untanned leather that was perforated so that the shoes could drain easily. Easy drainage was crucial, because many Irish people and Scots spent a lot of time outdoors, slogging through wet fields, damp bogs or other wet environments. Without drainage, shoes would fill with water, becoming heavy and unpleasant to wear. These traditional brogues eventually evolved into more formal shoes that retained the perforations, or broguing, along with the low heel.
Although the modern brogue is related to the traditional version, this type of shoe is no longer meant to be worn while traversing the countryside. Although the leather tends to be heavier than that of other dress shoes, modern brogues typically are made from tanned leather, and they are meant to look stylish. The perforations on these shoes are often designed in a distinct pattern known as a wingtip, in a reference to the W-shape on the toe of the shoe.
Dress brogues are designed with a tongue under their laces. By contrast, ghillies have no tongue, harking to the days when the tongue of a shoe would have trapped water inside. The lacing on gillies also runs along the leg, securing the shoe firmly to the foot of the wearer. Ghillie brogues are worn with formal Scottish dress or for traditional Scottish dancing. They also have a low heel, and shoes specifically for dancing sometimes have a soft sole to allow the dancer greater flexibility and traction.
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A clutch purse is a women's accessory designed to hold a few necessities like a driver's license, a cellphone, and a credit card. Clutch purses are designed to be carried by hand, some have a detachable chain or leather strap so they can also be worn hanging from the shoulder. There are many different styles of clutches, and some form of small purse has been used since the Babylonian era, though specific styles have gone in and out of fashion since then. In modern times, they're most often used as evening bags.
Clutches come in a huge variety of shapes, makes, and styles, all of which can vary between brands and seasons. They come as little square boxes, in triangles or heart shapes, covered with satin, beads or brocade. They are fastened with tassels, loops, and other fanciful decorations. Leather or vinyl clutches are available for less formal events when a smaller purse is still desirable. They range in price from $10 US Dollars (USD) up, depending on design.
Since they're so small and come in such a wide range of styles, clutch purses are often used to personalize an outfit. A woman wearing a conservatively colored dress might choose a brightly colored clutch purse to add some color to her outfit, or might trade in a more utilitarian purse that she carries for daily life in for a unique clutch if she goes out for an evening event. Since they're often relatively cheap, some women choose to buy many clutch purses in different styles so that they'll have a purse to match with many different outfits.
The history of purses in general dates back to the Babylonian era. Purses were generally used in religious ceremonies then, but later were more commonly used for carrying money and valuables. Both men and women in ancient times wore small purses on a belt. In the early 1800s, women began carrying reticules, the forerunner of the modern handbag, looking very much as some styles of the clutch purse look today. Ladies would carry handkerchiefs and smelling salts in their reticules, along with, perhaps, a packet of rice papers to dull a shiny spot on the face.
The clutch purse went out of fashion in the early 19th century, but experienced a resurgence in popularity during World War II. With rationing, the smaller clutch required less material for manufacture and fit in well with a wartime mindset. It remains popular today as an evening bag, though some women do use them for daily use, particularly if they don't need to carry a lot of accessories around or if they are just running errands.
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The feel and appearance of satin are what convince some people to purchase this specially wovenunderwear. A tight, well-done satin weave has a smooth feel and shiny surface often reserved for evening gowns and bridal wear. The potential disadvantages of satin include the confusing terms it goes by and its sometimes complicated and time-consuming cleaning methods. For example, sometimes the term satin is misinterpreted and believed to be a fabric rather than the way the fabric is woven. In addition, satin underwear made from pure silk can be difficult to maintain because it is a delicate fabric that can be ruined by some detergents and washing methods.
One potential pro of satin underwear is its overall feel. Satin is a very tight weave that feels smoother than other weaves. Many people prefer satin underwear solely because of its ability to glide over the body like water. Silk is also breathable and usually feels cooler than other fabrics, making it the best kind of underwear to wear in the summer. For the same reason, some people prefer satin sheets, satin undergarment slips, and even satin dresses.
Satin underwear has a shiny, lustrous surface and is therefore often reserved for special evening and ceremonial wear. It is fairly versatile when crafted into underwear, however. Some people use it for bridal underwear, while others prefer to wear it every day. Either way, it can lend an elegant look that regular weaves sometimes cannot duplicate.
While satin is traditionally made from silk, choosing a pair of satin underwear can be confusing. Sometimes a garment’s tag or a manufacturer’s website lists the underwear as simply being satin, but satin is a weave, not a fabric. It is common to use the word satin to refer to traditional silk with a satin weave. Manufacturers can accidentally mislead customers into thinking a pair of satin underwear is made from 100-percent silk rather than nylon or cotton. When choosingunderwear with a fabric preference in mind, it is rarely safe to assume the undergarment is made from a specific fabric.
Depending on the material satin underwear is made from, it can be time consuming to launder. For example, satin made from 100-percent silk is typically hand-wash or dry-clean only and should be washed only with certain detergents. This type of laundering is normally acceptable for most people when the item is reserved for special occasions, but it might be too much work for an everyday garment. On the other hand, satin underwear made from cotton or nylon can generally be machine washed if it does not have delicate adornments.
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Before you try to choose the best underwear set, familiarize yourself with the variety of styles that are available. Select items that are comfortable and that are sized appropriately. If you are purchasing the underwear set for a particular occasion, make sure that the style and color work well with the outfit that you will be wearing.
There are beliefs that a woman's undergarments can affect how she feels. The amount of effort that is spent designing various styles of bras and panties suggest that people really do care. Considering this, you should try to select an underwear set that appeals to you and reflects your personality. To make the best selections, you should familiarize yourself with the differences between the options. This is especially important if you are shopping online because being unaware could result in you purchasing items that fit drastically different from your expectations.
Comfort is important when you are purchasing an underwear set. Though certain styles of panties and bras may be trendy, those items may not be the best choices for your body shape. For example, due to the need for extra support, women with large breasts tend to need different bras than those for women with smaller breasts. If you disregard comfort for the sake of style, you may be sentencing yourself to misery.
You also need to make sure that your underwear set is sized appropriately. Doing so helps to ensure comfort, but it can also have a major effect on your appearance. When a person wears undergarments that are too small, for instance, it may cause unwanted bulges that are visible through her clothing. An underwear set that is oversized can also prevent a smooth appearance, but instead of your skin appearing bunched it will be your undergarments that look unsightly.
If you are selecting an underwear set for a certain occasion, you should make sure that your selection works well with your outfit. To do this, you need to consider the cut of your top. This will affect the type of bra selected. Remember that is generally considered a fashion blunder for any portion of your bra to be visible.
Likewise, consider the fit of the bottom of your outfit. It is also best to try to avoid the appearance of pantylines. To do this, you may have to buy a style of panties that you do not normally wear, such as thongs or a G-string. Color is another factor to consider when selecting an underwear set for a particular occasion. Avoid choosing colors that can be seen through your clothing.
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There are many brassiere or bra styles available for women to choose from, but two of the most common are demi-cup bras and full coverage bras. A full coverage bra is exactly what it sounds like: a bra designed to cover and support the entire breast. A demi bra, on the other hand, is cut out so that the upper portion of the breast is exposed. Both bras have advantages and disadvantages, and the decision about what kind of bra to buy can sometimes be difficult.
The most primary concern when buying a bra is fit. If a bra does not fit comfortably, it can be painful and look unsightly. A properly fitting bra should have straps which fit smoothly and snugly along the body. The rear strap should not pucker or ride up, and you should be able to stick your finger between the front strap and your skin. The shoulder straps should not dig into your shoulders, and on an underwire bra, the underwire should not gouge your breasts.
Style is also an important issue for many women when buying a bra. A wide variety of colors and materials are available, depending on choice. You may want to think about your needs before going out to try on bras. Cotton, for example, is often more comfortable and easy to wash. Silk and satin allow fabrics to flow more smoothly over them, while lace is often regarded as sexy. Bras often come with matching underwear or other coordinating garments for use as lingerie, and you may want to think about color coordinating your bras with other clothing or underwear.
Full coverage bras tend to be more practical and less stylish or sexy, although a growing number of companies are adding more style to their options. For larger breasted women and nursing mothers, a bra that offers full coverage is a must, since a demi bra will not usually provide the necessary support. This style also covers the nipples fully, ensuring modesty in thin tops, and will support the breasts for comfort throughout the day.
Demi bras can be worn on a daily basis by smaller breasted women. They are also very useful for low cut tops, in which the top of a full coverage bra would otherwise show through. Caution should be taken when buying a bra that exposes part of the chest, however, because if it does not fit properly, the breasts may appear bulgy or cut off. When trying on a demi bra, pull a shirt on over it to see how the fabric drapes. If you would prefer that your nipples be covered when wearing a bra, seek out one with more coverage. This type of bra should not be worn for athletic activity.
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Buying a bra can be an exciting experience, especially for eager young girls who consider training bras to be their entry into womanhood. However, lingerie stores are fraught with confused women and frustrated sales personnel, turning a fun day of bra-shopping into a harrowing nightmare. Given the broad selection of bra styles from various designers and manufacturers, it is no wonder then that buying a bra has become a headache for most women.
When buying a bra, it is important to consider these four key factors:
1. Good size for comfort
This is the first and most crucial point in your bra purchase. Seventy percent of women wear bras that fit their breasts and bodies poorly, causing discomfort and pain after prolonged wear. You can measure your bra size from the comfort of your own home to avoid making a scene at the fitting rooms later on. Remember that there are two components that make up a bra size – the band size, which is denoted by a number in inches, and the cup size, which is indicated by a letter. Once you know your bra size, you can walk into any lingerie store more confidently, selecting only those designs that come in your size.
2. The right type for the right occasion. Bra designers have put a lot of thought into the needs of women, which is why there are close to 20 types of bras available in stores today. These bras come in various shapes, with many strap and hook designs, and are intended to provide maximum comfort and style in any situation. To limit the scope of your search, it is best for you to determine the occasion for which you are buying a bra. For instance, if you are a regular gym member, you might want to purchase a sports bra. If you are entertaining in a lovely tube dress that reveals your shoulders, you may want to consider buying a bra with removable straps.
3. Be a material girl
When buying a bra, know that bras come in various materials or fabrics, such as cotton, lycra, leather and lace. Again, comfort should be foremost in your mind, with style coming in a close second. Remember that each material serves a distinct purpose.
For example, lycra is mostly used in sports bras to provide the snug fit that women require during a heavy workout. Lace grazes the skin sensually and is more appropriate for sexy bras. Bras are also designed in many colors and prints to suit the season. For instance, buying a bra in sunny colours with wildflower prints is a good choice for summer.
4. Flexible budget as an investment
With numerous designer labels and brand name bras in the stores, buying a bra can indeed burn a hole in your pocket. Once you know the size, type and material of bra that you wish to buy, set aside an appropriate budget for your purchase. Bear in mind that spending some money on a good set of bras is an investment for your ultimate comfort, health and well-being. Cheap bras may go easy on your purse, but it will cost you later when you have back pains and muscle aches as a result of insufficient breast support. Buying a bra during sales season can give you what you want at a reasonable price.
Buying a bra should be a wonderful adventure that you giggle over with your girlfriends. Just keep these four factors in mind during bra-shopping to help you find the perfect bra to fit your body and your needs. Happy shopping!
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Bras can either be your best friends or your worst enemies. Worn correctly and in the right size, they provide your breasts with excellent support, saving you from a host of problems such as unsightly sagging breasts, back pains and muscle tension. Nevertheless, it is shocking that seven out of every ten women unknowingly wear bras that do not properly fit their bodies.
A bra size is made up of two components: the number that denotes the band size and the letter that indicates the cup size. Determining the bra size that fits you is not as complicated as you may think. In fact, all you need are a tape measure, someone to assist you and the guidelines below. Keep in mind, however, that this method doesn't always work well for women with larger cup sizes, particularly those over a D.
Step 1: Be prepared
To prevent any inaccuracies, get someone else to take your bra size measurements. It is best to take the measurements on your bare skin rather than over your clothing. However, if you are embarrassed about standing bare-chested before someone else, then wear your most comfortable and best-fitting unpadded bra. Stand upright with your arms at your sides and assume a relaxed posture by breathing normally.
Step 2: Measure your band size
Your band size is also known as your chest size. It is the circumference of your chest either above or below your breasts. Both measurements are commonly used and are accurate in determining your correct bra size:
Upper chest band size
Place the tape measure around your back and upper chest by going above your breasts and under your armpits. Make sure the tape measure lies taut against your skin. If you get an odd number or a fraction, round up to the nearest even number. For instance, 31.6 inches (80.3 cm) will become 32 inches (81.3 cm). This measurement in inches is your band size.
Underbust band size
Place the tape measure tightly around your back, going under your breasts and across your ribcage. Add four inches (10.2 cm) if you get an even number and five inches (12.7 cm) if you get an odd number. For example, 28 inches (71.1 cm) will become 32 inches (81.3 cm). This is your band size.
Following this example, your band size is 32 inches (81.3 cm). Keep this number in mind, as you will need it to calculate your cup size.
Step 3: Measure your cup size
Measure the circumference of your chest, including your breasts at their fullest part. This part is usually at the nipple level. To determine your cup size, subtract your band size from your chest plus breast measurement. Hence, if your chest and breast measurement is 34 inches (86.4 cm), and your band size is 32 inches (81.3 cm), you will get a difference of two inches (5.1 cm). The table below lists the various cup sizes based on the length of the difference:
Difference: Cup Size
1 inch (2.5 cm): A
2 inches (5.1 cm): B
3 inches (7.6 cm): C
4 inches (10.2 cm): D
5 inches (12.7 cm): DD or E
6 inches (15.2 cm): F
7 inches (17.8 cm): G
Since you have a difference of 2 inches (5.1 cm) in this example, your cup size is B. From steps 2 and 3, you already know your bra size, which is 32B.
Now that you know how it is done, you can measure your bra size from the privacy of your own home. Even though the method above is accurate, you may sometimes try on a bra in your size that does not fit you. This is common, given the varying bra designs from one manufacturer to the next. Additionally, your bra size alters according to changes in your body due to factors such as exercise, diet, the natural aging process and water retention.
If a bra in your size does not fit you, first try to adjust the bra straps or band hooks before opting for a bra in another size. If, after proper adjustments are made, the bra still does not fit well, then follow what your body is telling you. Above all else, it is very important to choose comfort and a good fit rather than restricting yourself to your bra size.
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When you're building a house, it's critical to have a solid foundation on which to build. It's the same with finding the right bra for your body type. A proper fitting will involve determining your bra band size and your bra cup size. Knowing these will allow you to choose a bra that can improve your bra comfort and your posture, make your clothes fit better, and emphasize or downplay your assets, according to your needs.
The first step in measuring for bra size is to determine your bra band size. To do this, use a tailor's measuring tape and circle your ribcage under your breasts, where your bra band rests; it's important that the tape rests flat against your body. Once you have this number in inches (centimeters), add five if it's an even number and six if it's odd. This is your bra band size, and you're halfway there. Remember this number or write it down, because it will also help you figure out your bra cup size.
Next, measure around your back and across the center of your bustline, taking care to keep the measuring tape flat and parallel to your bra band line. Subtract your bra band size number from this second number to find out your bra cup size. Cup sizes increase based on the number of inches (centimeters) of difference in this formula. One inch (2.54 cm) equals an A cup, 2 inches (5.08 cm) equals a B, three inches (7.62 cm) equals a C, and so on.
While fairly easy, measuring for bra size can be an intimidating prospect, but there are trained professionals in most department stores who can help you figure it all out more easily than you could alone. You can ask for a bra fitting at most stores with a good size lingerie department, or ask at a boutique that may specialize in measuring for bra size. Most stores don't require an appointment, and many can help you find the right bra size in just minutes.
You can ask to be measured with your clothes on, if you're more modest. A good professional can get accurate measurements efficiently and objectively by measuring you with or without your current bra. You can also ask a friend or relative to help you determine your measurements, though many women find they get the best results, and the best fit, by working with a professional fitter.
Every woman is unique, and a fitting professional can help answer questions when you're finished measuring for bra size. You may want more information about how to fit a bust with two different cup sizes or how to find a less common size; you may also want help finding the right sports bra for your workout needs. There are hundreds of variations, so be sure to ask questions about fit, comfort, cost, and utility. Unlike most items of clothing, a bra is designed to be worn over and over, so it's important to find a few that will suit your lifestyle and fashion needs.
Even once you're finished measuring for bra size and feel confident you know which one to buy, it's still important to try bras on before you make a purchase. Bodies also change shape with age and activity, so you may need to be measured again if you find your fit is failing. Replacing a bra that is wearing out also is critical to a proper fit.
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The best plus size evening wear will be beautiful, flattering, and affordable. It will be in a style and color that flatters your body and skin type. The best gown will also have features that emphasize your body's positive attributes and hide your body's flaws. Before you begin shopping, you need to take a good look at your body and indentify your body type.
Plus size body types are typically grouped into three basic shapes: hourglass, pear shaped, and round. An hourglass plus sized body is quite shapely, with hips and bust fuller than the waist. The pear shaped body has narrow shoulders and small bust, with a full bottom and thighs. The round shape has a full bust and bottom, but an undefined waist and rounded tummy.
To find your shape, use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your body at the fullest line of your bust, waist, and bottom. To find your waist, simply lean your torso to one side. The resulting crease on the side of your torso is where you should measure your waist.
A typical hourglass figure has a waist that is 5 or more inches (about 12.5 cm) smaller than the bust and bottom. The pear shape will have a bottom that is larger than the bust by more than 2 inches (about 5 cm). A round shape will have a waist which is equal to or larger than the bust and bottom measurements.
When you have determined your body type, consider what colors you look best in. Of course, dark colors are often slimming, but they are not flattering to all skin tones. You may also find that you look better in deep colors versus light colors, or vice versa. Warm skin tones respond well to peach, gold, tan, brown, and tropical blues like teal. Cool skin tones look good in pure, icy colors like purple, emerald green, black, and silver.
With your body type and most flattering colors in mind, you're ready to shop. A woman with an hourglass figure can wear many styles, but should avoid anything too tight or accessorized. An evening dress that is too tight will be uncomfortable and unflattering because it will too small. Too many accessories can make an hourglass figure look heavier than it really is, throwing off the balance of the silhouette.
The best plus size evening wear for the hourglass shape will emphasize the waist and either the bust or bottom. For instance, a long dress with a deep V-neck looks flattering. Another good option is a skirt in dressy fabric like satin, velvet, or sequins, coupled with a wrap top. Take care not to draw attention to all curvy areas at once, as this will disrupt the natural proportion of the body.
If you have a pear shaped figure, avoid full skirts and tight bodices. To create the illusion of a proportioned body, look for dresses and tops with a few embellishments. Also avoid deep v-necks as they emphasize the smallness of the chest. Instead, look for a portrait collar or bateau neckline to make the shoulders appear wider.
Bright colors in tops and bodices are also attractive on pear shaped bodies. The best plus size evening wear for a pear shaped figure will have a skirt which skims the hips and bottom, in a darker color than the top. This will help the hips to appear smaller.
Women with round shaped bodies should avoid styles that draw attention to the waist. Belts or seams horizontal to the waist line often make it appear larger than it is. Very full skirts can also emphasize the tummy and bottom. Wide necklines should also be avoided.
Flattering plus size evening wear for round body types is a dress or top with a medium to deep V-neck, with asymmetric ruching along the torso. An empire waist is also very flattering, as it creates a horizontal line at the smallest part of your body, directly underneath the breasts. This accentuates the bust while lengthening the overall silhouette of the body.
If you find a gown in a great color that flatters your body type but doesn't fit correctly, have it altered. Many department stores do simple alterations, like shortening hems or adjusting straps, for a minimal fee. A seamstress can also adjust the fit along the bust, waist, and hips. If you are in between sizes, purchase a size larger, as there is not always enough fabric in the seams to be let out. A dress that is fit to your body will be much more flattering and attractive.
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A two-tone dress is a style of dress that consists of two different solid colors. This dress style is popular for women of all ages and body types. Two-tone dresses generally are one color on the top and another color on the bottom, but it might be mostly one color, with another color as a design, such as a bold, solid stripe. When choosing a two-tone dress, it is important to consider the color combination of the dress, your body type and even your age. Choosing the right two-tone dress for your body type might be challenging, so getting a second opinion from a friend or relative can be helpful.
When you go dress shopping, it is wise to bring a friend or relative with you to provide a second opinion. Someone else will be able to see how the dress looks on you from all angles, which can be difficult for you to see by looking in mirrors. Also, someone who is trying on clothes while shopping alone tends to judge himself or herself too harshly. With a friend or relative providing a second opinion, you will get a clearer picture of how you will look to others and what style of two-tone dress is most flattering on you.
Ask yourself what your favorite colors are, and start looking for combinations of your favorite colors that go well together. If you are not fussy and a wide variety of colors are appealing to you, then you will have a greater selection from which to choose. At the same time, you might consider looking for dresses with bold, unexpected color combinations that will stand out from two-tone dresses with basic colors.
Your body shape also will help determine what style of two-tone dress you will choose. Some things that need to be considered are your height, your weight, your bone structure and your age. Areas of your body that are of certain proportions should be considered as well. Some people view these as flaws, in which case you will want to downplay them, but other people find these areas to be assets and prefer to accentuate them. Finding a style of dress that is age-appropriate can be important, because looking older or younger than you really are is not always a good idea.
For women who have most body types, straight dresses in two tones will best flatter their figure. If you have a well-defined waistline, you could wear a dress that flatters this area by choosing adress with a bold stripe running through the waist area. You would be able to wear the dressfitted and conforming to your body. If you have a wider middle area, you also can wear this type of dress and look lovely, but the dress should be loose and not fitted.
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