Authored by Kelly Ferguson and can also be found here: http://is.gd/1jDRHx
A minimizer bra is a bra that makes the bust look smaller and lends a more slender silhouette. Generally, a minimizer bra works by using strong material to compress the breasts and hold them tighter against the body, making them look one or even two cup sizes smaller. Unlike many compression sports bras, minimizer bras should not distort the individual shape of the breasts, and are therefore usually more attractive underneath clothing.
Many differently shaped women use minimizer bras to minimize the appearance of large breasts and keep their figure more proportional. They are especially popular among plus-size women who want a smoother, smaller shape. It is fairly common for a woman to wear both a minimizer bra and other shapewear, such as a tummy control garment, underneath dress clothing for work or for special events. Even without additional shapewear, the use of a minimizer bra can make shirts looser and more comfortable in the bust area and can prevent embarrassing mishaps such as popped buttons or ripped seams.
Some women, however, choose to steer clear of minimizer bras despite the apparent benefits. Some find that the compression is too uncomfortable to be worth the visual difference of only a few inches. Others find that they do not like the “squished” look they get and decide that it makes their bust look less proportional than with a regular bra. Still others are put off by the price, which can range from around the same as regular bras to twice or even triple the price, depending on the material, brand, and construction.
It is sometimes difficult to find the correct size when looking to purchase a minimizer bra, because many women forget that these bras fit a little bit differently than regular bras and end up buying the wrong size accidentally. Other women select the correct size at first, but then choose a size too large because the tightness of the fit feels awkward after only wearing regular bras. Many stores have attendants who fit customers for bras free of charge. Even when planning to buy online, it might be a good idea to get measured professionally first to avoid having to go through costly and time-consuming returns and exchanges through the mail. Sizing charts are also available, typically both in stores and online, that may help with choosing the correct size as long as the body measurements were taken accurately.
Authored by Mary McMahon and can also be found here: http://is.gd/EbLDFs
There are a number of techniques which can be used to get grease out of clothing, as long as the clothing is washable and not made from delicate fibers. If the fabric must be dry cleaned, your dry cleaner may be able to get the grease stains out; explain the situation when you bring the clothing in and ask for suggestions. Delicate fibers can sometimes be treated for grease, although success is not guaranteed. In all cases, spot-test a degreasing solution on an area of the garment which will not be seen to check for colorfastness, as some cleaners can bleach or stain clothing.
One of the most effective ways to get grease out of clothing is to use a degreaser which has been specifically designed for this purpose. The laundry section of your market may carry some degreasers, most of which will need to be left on overnight to pre-treat the area before the clothing is washed. You can also check the auto parts aisle, as several companies make industrial degreasers for mechanics and other people who work with a lot of oil and grease, and many of these products are suitable for clothing. If you use an auto degreaser to get grease out of clothing, make sure to spot test it first!
You can also use dish detergent to get grease out of clothing. Look for a brand which is designed to cut through grease, like Dawn. Rub the detergent lightly into the grease stain to pretreat it, or simply run the clothing through the laundry with a few squirts of the dish detergent. Many massage therapists use dish detergents on their sheets to get rid of oil stains, as do restaurant workers and mechanics.
There are also a few more obscure tricks, which this wiseGEEK author has not personally tested. Baby powder is supposed to be effective if left on overnight, as are products like Goo-Gone®, Goof Off®, and Lestoil®. Some people swear by Cheese Whiz®, while others claim that a can of Coca Cola® or Pepsi® in the wash can remove grease stains. Shampoo has also been known to get grease out of clothing, especially shampoos designed for oily hair.
In all cases, you should wash greasy clothing separately from other clothing to avoid spreading the stain. This is also important when you have used something to pretreat the laundry, as the pretreatment may smell odd; many people wash greasy clothing once with the pretreatment and again on a regular cycle to get rid of the smell. You should also check the clothing to see if the grease stain has been removed before running it through the dryer, as the dryer can set the stain, making it impossible to remove.
Authored by Alicia Sparks and can also be found here: http://is.gd/KeTQ9X
Most of the pros of tailor-made suits include the exact fit, quality material, and durable construction custom suits can offer. Cons, on the other hand, tend to involve the price and time involved with custom tailoring. Of course, the buyer himself will determine whether these pros and cons of tailor-made suits will positively or negatively affect his decision to purchase one.
Although it’s far from impossible to find an off-the-rack suit that fits well, custom tailoring helps ensure that the suit fits as perfectly as possible, or exactly as the buyer wants it to fit. The same is true of the fabric and construction of custom suits. While it’s possible to find quality, well-made men’s suits at department stores, tailor-made suits usually boast superior fabrics and longer-lasting construction.
Other examples of pros of tailor-made suits include the buyer’s ability to help the tailor create a suit that fits his own personal style. Many off-the-rack suits are styled to reflect current trends, but these trends don’t necessarily flatter every body shape or meet every personal fashion preference. Just as a tailor can create a custom-made suit to reflect current fashion, he can also create one to reflect the buyer’s own tastes.
For some shoppers, the most significant con of purchasing a tailor-made suit is the cost. Usually, tailored suits cost more than off-the-rack suits. Factors that can play a role in the price of tailor-made suits include both the tailoring services themselves and the materials used to make the suit. Too, some tailors only work with a certain selection of materials, and the cost of those materials can increase with quality. Buyers can incur additional costs if extra alterations are necessary, depending on the policies of the tailor or company.
Another con of tailor-made suits is the time involved in creating it. Not only does a custom-made suit require time for the usual fittings and alterations associated with custom tailoring, but also the time involved in finding the right tailor, selecting the suit’s material, and choosing the appropriate color. Also, since not everyone lives near a tailoring business that specializes in men’s suits, travel might pose a problem. Some of these factors might not seem like considerable issues. Yet, given that most custom suits are purchased either for a special occasion like a wedding or for formal occasions in general, seemingly insignificant factors like color potentially can be quite important.
Firstly, let us thank you for the support show over the last year or so. As we have expanded, we have had to make some changes to our website. The main change we made is creating the section called media. Under this section, we have magazine, news, and social media. The page social media used to be our media page, which contained our social media posts from Twitter and Facebook. The next key change is the creation of the page magazine. This page is the integration of our Flipboard magazine into a web page. This magazine contains all our tweets and Facebook posts as well as other fashion stories. The magazine’s other stories are posts not on neither Twitter nor Facebook.
Our final change on our website is the addition of a news page. This page simply informs you of any change made by NosaFashions. Secondly, our Google+ page has been up since June 26 of this year. We publish and engage just as much as we do on Facebook. If you have a Google+ page, please follow us. We have continued post tweets on Twitter and that will not change in the future.
We hope to keep you interested in our website and look forward to your comments, suggestions, and making purchases. Thank you.
Authored by Tricia Ellis-Christensen and can also be found here: http://is.gd/WjZGIN
Fashion is constantly evolving, and the definition of a boot cut pant is no exception. Essentially, this style of pant today has a wider leg opening at the bottom and usually features a tighter or straight leg fit from waist to knee. There can be variations in this definition, however.
It’s thought that the term "boot cut" was first commonly used the beginning of the 1990s or end of the 1980s to to describe pants with a slightly flared cuff. Perhaps one of the reasons the flared leg pant was reinvented under this name was to distinguish it from bell-bottom or flare styles of the 1960s and 1970s, which might have been considered dated. Renaming the pant coincided with other fashion and popular trends, like interest in country western music and learning country and western line dancing.
Since many people were also attracted to the fashion of having a good pair of cowboy boots or boots in other styles, having a little more room on the ankle and calf to accommodate wearing these shoes was a great idea. As a result, the boot cut pant, and particularly blue jean, grew in popularity. The style continues to be popular, particularly with modern fits that have proven to be exceptionally flattering on many different types of figures.
The more recent style does differ from those produced in the early 1990s. Typically, the waist height is lower than earlier versions, at about the belly button and below natural waistline. Fit, especially in jeans, is straight-legged and snug through hips and thighs. At about the knee, the pants begin to flare slightly, and may end up as an exaggerated flare or a true bell-bottom, or just slightly flared at the cuffs. These pants are often worn with heels or wedges to accentuate a sense of length, and for those with extra curves, wearing dark colors is highly recommended.
This style is typically more figure flattering for most women than the skinny jean or even regular jean style. The flared leg tends to move focus from hips and belly. Length can be a problem, however, if women don’t want to wear a higher shoe, since cuffs may drag on the ground. Men have an advantage here because they can purchase in specific lengths.
The degree of flare at the cuff often depends on the manufacturer. Though jeans may be the most popular boot cut pants, there are slacks of a variety of types that might mimic this style. The skinny jean has made something of a comeback in recent years, and higher-waisted pants are becoming more in style again. As yet, this doesn’t mean the boot cut pant is finished in fashion, and it might be the case that the many who appreciate its style would be completely frustrated if it suddenly became hard to obtain. It’s likely some version of the pant will remain, though with each new season, changes to its style might occur, and definition may someday be outdated.
Authored by Stacy C and can also be found here: http://is.gd/Bd5Eu9
A fashion collection is a selection of outfits and individual garments that fashion designers put together every season and that reflect predictions of upcoming trends, including color, cut, line and proportion. A collection will usually include a variety of styles, from evening wear to sportswear to outerwear. The cut, coordinating colors and design elements of each style usually tie the items together. It's likely that a fashion designer will have two collections per year — one for the fall/winter season and one for the spring/summer season. The number of pieces included can range from as few as 30 pieces to as many as 120.
After the collection is finished being created and tailored, the designer usually puts on a fashion show. This allows potential buyers, such as distributors or retailers, to see each piece to see if they are interested in buying any of the garments. In the majority of fashion shows, models walk down a runway dressed in pieces from the collection.
Models in fashion shows often wear outlandish hair, makeup, and accessories to represent the designer's artistic vision about the clothing. Each garment itself usually is designed to be functional and appealing to the general public, also known as the mass market, although this can vary by designer. People's tastes change so frequently that fashion collections usually are designed with the idea in mind that the style, colors, and cuts will be out of style within one to two seasons.
Some designers specialize in haute couture, garments made to order for one individual customer. Money usually is no object when it comes to such pieces, and expensive fabrics and design techniques are used. Ready-to-wear collections are a cross between mass market design and haute couture. Although the pieces in a ready-to-wear collection aren't created for individual customers as haute couture is, the designs and price points likely will not appeal to the general public.
Fashion students often have to present a fashion collection as part of their graduation requirements. Successful designers and fashion houses sometimes attend graduate student fashion shows, particularly at well-known art and design schools, to scout out future employees. These schools often are location in cities known for being centers of fashion, such as New York,London, Chicago, and Paris.
An office wardrobe for women can help eliminate the problem of what to wear to work in the morning. Rather than being limiting, a pulled-together workable wardrobe can allow for many looks to be created from a few core pieces. A skirt suit or a pant suit, blouses, long and short sleeved tops, a sweater, a coat and another skirt or pair of pants can form the basis of a great office wardrobe for women.
If your office has casual Fridays, you can add a pair of dark denim jeans to your work wardrobe, but they should not be faded, worn-looking or torn in any way. A long sleeved top that presents as new is a great choice to wear with Friday jeans. In the summer a short sleeved top may be worn. Some offices don't allow tank tops and for the ones that do, straps should be stable and thicker rather than thin spaghetti straps. Of course, low cut tops should always be avoided at the office and shirts with logos on them should not usually be worn even on casual Fridays.
An office wardrobe for women can contain pants rather than skirts or vice versa or both depending on what the wearer prefers. Skirts should usually not be shorter than knee-length for office wear. For women who like skirts, a great wardrobe stretching idea is to find an office-appropriate skirt and blouse in a matching pattern. This way, the two pieces can be worn together to look like a dress or worn separately with other garments.
A good quality sweater can be worn with casual Friday gear as well as go over a blouse and pantsor be worn under a suit jacket on a particularly cold day. If the main suit is made in a season-spanning wool fabric it can be worn any time of year. Belts and other accessories can add interest to the wardrobe pieces. A great-looking coat such as a trench coat or a camel hair type can finish off a tasteful office wardrobe for women.
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Authored by Alex Tree and can also be found here: http://is.gd/Kgs8f1
To choose the best pleated skirt, determine what kind of pleat, skirt length, and fabric quality best suit you. The type of pleat used can affect the fit of the skirt; for example, kick pleats are often used on slim skirts for both aesthetics and proper fit around the lower legs. Length is also important, but depends on where you intend to wear the skirt; for example, professional business offices sometimes have dress codes that require knee-length or longer skirts. Lastly, quality affects the overall appearance and longevity of all clothing. Sometimes purchasing a high-quality pleated skirt can be a better investment than three or more low-quality skirts.
There are different kinds of pleats, though not all of them are used for skirts. Look at pleated skirts or pictures of pleated skirts to see the sometimes subtle differences between pleats. Knife pleats and kick pleats are commonly used on modern skirts.
To choose the best pleated skirt, know the appropriate length to purchase. If you cannot try on the skirt in the store to determine whether you like the length, measure a skirt you already own. Start measuring from the waist and end at the bottom of the skirt; do not stretch the fabric, but make sure it is straight. Use this measurement to determine what length is best for you when ordering online or by phone.
If the pleated skirt is business-wear, knee-length is ideal and appropriate in many countries. The skirt should easily cover the thighs when in a sitting position. Longer skirts are also appropriate in many business environments, but the garment should not hinder your movement. Dark, solid colors are usually best for the office or job interviews; think navy blue, black, and gray. You can deviate from this somewhat; for example, a pleated skirt that has a subtle weave or is light blue rather than dark might also look professional.
Choosing the best pleated skirt also involves paying close attention to quality. A hefty price tag does not guarantee a high-quality skirt, but generally quality is not cheap. Purchasing a low-quality pleated skirt can quickly lead to pilling, which is when the fabric encounters friction and forms little balls on its surface. Some fabrics, like certain synthetics, are more prone to pilling than others. Pilling can happen during the first wear and make the second, third, and following wears look like you are wearing a garment purchased years ago.
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Authored by Maggie Worth and can also be found here: http://is.gd/JQAzEH
Choosing the best petite jeans is a matter of finding the most flattering style at a price and quality point acceptable to you. You should be prepared to try on several pairs across a number of brands to ensure that you are getting the right fit. You may also have to choose between several right-fit options based on what you plan to wear with the jeans and where you plan to wear them.
A primary consideration when choosing petite jeans is the cut. Skinny, straight-leg, boot-cut, and trouser are some of the most common leg cuts. In the waist, jeans may be high-rise, mid-rise, or low-rise. These leg and waist styles combine to create a vast array of options. Many fashion experts contend that straight-leg jeans extend the leg line, making a petite woman appear taller.
Each style flatters a different figure type and pairs well with different top and accessory options. Factors such as your weight in proportion to your height and your overall build will help determine which jeans are right for you. Try several style combinations to find your favorites. Bring along an honest friend or ask a store clerk for assistance if you need a second opinion.
Petite jeans are not only shorter in the leg, but shorter overall. In some cases, you may find that an average length jean fits you best in the waist and hip, but is simply too long in the leg. If this happens, remember that you can have the jeans hemmed at a local tailor and that such work is usually relatively inexpensive. Before going this route, however, you’ll want to ensure that the crotch length is right for you.
Shoes also are a major consideration when choosing petite jeans. Some women need petite jeans when they intend to wear flats, but find that petite lengths are too short to wear with heels. You may find that you need more than one pair, hemmed to different lengths.
Another factor in choosing jeans is the wash. Petite jeans are available in a variety of washes. Dark washes may be best for dress-down day at the office or a nighttime date and may also be visually slimming. Lighter washes appear more casual and are often easier to care for.
As you evaluate your options, remember to consider both the initial cost of the garment and the cost and labor needed to care for the jeans. High-end jeans may require professional cleaning or special detergents to hold their shape, particularly at the hemline. Less expensive jeans, however, may or may not last as long.
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