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Quick Fixes For Fashion Slip Ups

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Let’s be honest. You’re a bit of a clothing snob. When you see your friends and coworkers with a dab of foundation on their clothing, or a streak of deodorant, you feel a bit superior. You yourself would never let such a fashion flub go undetected – and then you do. Oh, the horror! Looking in the mirror at lunchtime only to realize you’ve spent the earlier part of the day with a stuck zipper, and you have the rest of the day to walk around helplessly displaying it. What will everyone think? Worry not! Help is here. Although the realization that you have already exposed yourself to some public humiliation may be upsetting, there are ways to do damage control. Here are some of the best tricks for fixing small wardrobe malfunctions that can put a big damper on your day.

Sweat Stains
Ah, the unsightly pit stains. Not only can sweat ruin your daily look, it turns yellow when it dries, and that can mean some long term damage- or so you thought. Soak the item in a solution of warm water and vinegar. Treat stains with a paste made of salt, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Let dry, and your white shirt will be reborn and ready to be sweated in again!

Stuck Zippers
No one wants to hear ‘XYZ’ in the middle of the day and not be able to correct the problem. If you find yourself with a zipper that refuses to budge, try using a soap or window cleaner to ease it along. If the teeth of the zipper have become misaligned, try straightening them out with a pair of pliers.

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Foundation Stains
The transfer of makeup to clothes is easily done, and now it can be easily fixed. The first rule: don’t wet the stain, or you will have crushed any hope of rescue. Blot, do not rub, the stain with a dry paper. If that fails, try adding baby powder or talcum powder. White-Out can work on small stains. SImply cover the stain with the fluid and scrape it off. The foundation should be gone with the White-Out.

Deodorant Streaks
If its white, its sweat, if its dark, its deodorant. A damp washcloth or rag can remove deodorant stains, as can a wipe with nylons or a beauty sponge.

Painful Sandals
They felt so comfortable in the store! You can stretch out leather sandals by putting on a pair of thick socks and walking around the house with them to keep blisters to a minimum.

A Faulty Hem
Got a droopy hemline? Double stick tape to the rescue. Just tear off a piece and use it to secure the problem until you can get to a needle and thread.

Skip The Dressing Room
If the person in the dressing room before you seems like they’ve laid down tracks for the night, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo testing out the jeans you want to buy. Wrap the waistline around your neck. If it meets comfortably in the back, the jeans will fit your waist.

Do you have any tricks for fixing midday malfunctions? Let us know how your meet your unexpected fashion challenges to get through the day looking cool and collected.

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Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

“In olden days, a glimpse of a stocking was something shocking, now heaven knows, anything goes!” And so it does. In an age in which actresses, where less on the red carpet than most did on the beach in the 1950’s, the idea that the slip dress may cause eyebrows to raise, seems almost quaint. Yet, it remains provocative. Just the mere fabric, the lace, the skimpy layer of silk and little else covering the skin, the straps, the cups, all enough to recall the bedroom; some might consider it sexier than wearing nothing at all.

The Underpinnings
It all started back in 1969 when Nova Magazine printed an editorial bearing the headline, “What are you trying to hide?” The gist of it is that the best response to keeping your underwear from showing itself from beneath your clothes was no response at all. “Show that you mean it,” the article declared. “Don’t count on your underclothes not showing, choose them so if they do, it doesn’t matter.” The article ran accompanied by a model wearing what would later become known as the “slip dress,” crediting Wool worths with its design.

The Big Debate
The debate arose in the years that followed over what constituted dress meant for the house and meant for the public. Was Riccardo Tisci’s 2016 slip themed dress too racy for a visiting dignitary at New York Fashion week? Ankle length slip dress was worn at Calvin Klein, and Burberry began contrasting the flowing silky dresses with chunky sandals and rucksacks.

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The Approval Slip
As might be expected, Paris embraced the look. Alexander Wang’s last season of dresses for Balenciaga was filled with silk nighties and slippers, while Pheobe Phil’s lace trimmed numbers pushed the envelope on her normally subtle sexuality, bringing the slip dress, literally, out of the closet.

Rocker Courtney Love took the slip dress and tiara look to the next level, incorporating the rebellion of rock and roll with the sexiness of the boudoir. Celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Michelle Pfieffer, Rihanna, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and even the sartorially irreverent Princess Diana were all among those to embrace the underwear as outerwear look. Edwina Ehrman, curator of the exhibition, “Undressed: A Brief HIstory of Underwear, sums up the slip dress as “a way of challenging contemporary morality. It represents the difference between what should be public, and what should be hidden, and the breaking down of those barriers.”

The Present Day Slip Dress
While in these days, in which naked body parts go swinging down runways, the slip is less than shocking, yet it is still known among high-end fashion buyers as “retail gold.” Says Bay Barnett, contributing fashion editor at Vogue, “You can have such different perceptions of the slip dress – in a tacky situation it looks terrible, but it can look incredible, too. Either East Hampton or totally grunge. to me, the appeal is to deconstruct the sexiness, to subvert it. The genius of Courtney Love in a slip dress was that she turned and essentially conservative and conventional item on its head. It’s the ultimate punk thing to lampoon something so commercial.”

How are you wearing your slip dress this year? Let us know what direction you’re taking the underwear as outerwear look this year. We love to hear it!

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Hoodies In The Hood

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Some fashion ideas vanish rather quickly. Legwarmers, for instance, are not likely to be seen on any runways anytime soon, and it would seem unlikely that any there’ll be too many requests for mullets at upscale salons in the near future. Other fashion trends never seem to die. There may be variations on the themes, but there always seems to be some incarnation of certain clothing items in any given year. Leggings, for instance, are not likely to be going anywhere anytime soon, every wardrobe will always have a little black dress, and no one will ever get beef for wearing a hoodie.

The hoodie’s distinctive blend of attitude and comfort have made it a staple of the western wardrobe, appropriate for everyone from children to soccer moms, to sullen teens, to rappers, to celebrities. Make no mistake, however, the hoodie has a lot more to it than just a warm sweatshirt with a hood. Here’s a look at the rebellious roots of what came to be a rather conservative clothing piece.

Birth of the Hoodie
The hood was first added to sweatshirts, by Champion Products in the 1930’s as a practical means of protecting laborers and athletes from the elements. The early incarnations of the item were designed to protect employees in cold storage wear houses and tree surgeons working through the winter to reinforce the warmth of their long underwear. At the same time, Champion was working with high schools to determine their clothing needs and began manufacturing double thick hooded sweatshirts to protect track and football athletes from the cold weather. The garment made the transition into a fashion statement when athletes began to give their gear to their girlfriends.

The Seventies
When the mid-seventies saw the emergence of hip hop culture, the hoodie began to make its subcultural connections. Early graffiti writer, Eric “Deal” Felisbert, remembers the hoodie popping up on the streets of New York around 1975. “The people that wore them were all people who were sort of looked up to, in the context of the street,” he says, recalling that graffiti artists wore hoodies to keep a low profile, while break dancers wore them to keep warm.

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The Stick up Kids
The deal also remembers the stick-up kids, a group of what were essentially muggers who hung around the nightclub. Says Deal, “They might be sort of scheming on somebody within the crowd that had some sort of clothing or a gold chain…that they’re interested in. They’re probably just gonna wear the hood just slightly over their head and so that way, early on, people can’t remember their faces.”

The Eighties
The eighties brought a new breed of hoodie wearer to national attention. Skateboarders became the new rebellious wearers of the hooded sweatshirt, often trespassing into empty swimming pools in search of riding terrain. Skaters began to reject the mainstream culture, gravitating to hardcore and punk. Says Rolling Stone contributor David Browne, “Suddenly you have this darker, more violent sub culture merging with the remains of the skateboard crowd. The whole outsider thing really kicked in at that moment.”

The Nineties
One could say the hoodie ‘arrived’ in the nineties, with the classic cover of the 1993 album “Enter the Wu Tang” featuring the grim depiction of the hooded sweatshirt. It was then that designers such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger began to take note, finding their fashion inspiration from the streets. The hoodie had officially come full circle, uniting urban style with youth culture, consolidating itself as the fabric of western culture, and symbol of rebellion.

What do you think of hoodies? Rebellious trend? Wardrobe staple? Or both? Let us know what your hoodie means to you!

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Summer Style That Works In Cool Weather

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Fashion world sophisticates know the value of swapping out their wardrobes each season. The savvy fashionista does not want it to appear that she can’t tell winter white from summer white, or spring boots from fall ones. However, lately, designers are changing things up. Now, if done the right way, summer and winter clothes can be worn together, but how can you make it obvious that you have purposely worn your sandals over your socks, and have not just walked out of the house to take out the garbage?If you’re looking to get some extra life out of your summer wardrobe, here are some ways you can make your summer fashions work in the cooler weather.

Socks Over Sandals
This is a trend popping up all over the runways. Athletic socks worn under high-end pumps, knee highs sticking out of the tops of boots and even thigh high or full on stockings worn under open toes. It adds a great touch to the layering look and provides a little extra warmth on a cool day.

Sundresses Over (Under) Sweaters
This can be a rather waif -like look. Pull a light floral sundress over a turtleneck, or layer a pullover over one your favorite strappy summer dresses. Add on some combat or cowboy boots with a pair of woolen socks sticking over the top to complete the urban chic style.

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Shorts With Long Sleeves
If you want to show your legs off in the winter without the fussiness of a skirt. shorts and long sleeves make a killer fashion combo. Pull a flannel over denim shorts and a tee to create a grunge look, or even pair tailored shorts with a button front for a casual look. Wear opaque stockings to keep your legs warm, and you’re ready to rock.

Kimonos
Kimonos are both fashionable and functional. They add a touch of hippy chic to an outfit while adding an extra layer of warmth. Kimonos are also a quick way to convert a bare shouldered look into something a bit more work casual and make an ethereal addition to elegant dresses and gowns.

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Scarves
Scarves can be appropriated to suit almost any look. From rock and rollers to theater goers, the scarf has been making great additions to wardrobes both summer and winter for years. Wind a glittery gauzy scarf around your neck over a tank top in place of a necklace to make a dignified fashion statement, and top with a blazer for a warm summer night.

Boots
Go biker chic with motorcycle boots and denim cutoffs, or rock some knee high platforms with satin disco shorts. Combat boots can make a great pairing with a sequined mini and band shirt, or punk them out with a tartan school girl skirt.

Slip Dresses
Lingerie worn as clothes makes a great “I just woke up like this” statement in the warm or cold weather. To make your slip dress work as a late night look in the winter, top it with a motorcycle jacket, heavy sweater, or fur, and add some textured stockings and killer heels. For the daytime, try pairing your slip or slip dress with a sweatshirt or sweater and boots.

Are you making your summer wardrobe last into winter? Let us know what improbable pairings are working for you.

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Couture Looks To Master This Fall

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Couture. The Cruella de Ville makeup and hair surrounded by sumptuous fabrics, full gowns of tulle, voluminous collars, feathered hats, and embroidered gloves. So exquisitely beautiful, so ingeniously creative, so alarmingly expensive! Who doesn’t love couture? It may be the ultimate aesthetic expression of fashion, but when it comes to wearing it, not many of us have the occasion, nor bank accounts, to do so. However, if you eye the runways carefully, there may be bits and pieces of couture that can translate to the everyday. Here are a few suggestions for incorporating the most cutting edge styles into your look.

Makeup
If you’re looking to do something a little experimental when it comes to makeup, you may want to take an eyeful of the ethereal look Pat McGrath created for Valentino, incorporating white eyeliner with a radiant skin for an otherworldly glow, or his quasi-bizarre lip look using transparent papers and foils to give a reflective finish.

For a natural look with a bit of sleaze, Tom Pecheux created a look of glowing, golden beauty for Elie Saab, combining shimmery lips and lids, with severe black liquid liner, while using rainbow eye makeup for his Chanel models.

Linda Cantello focused on eye makeup at Armani Prive using smoky metallic shadows with bold brows, leaving skin and lips fresh and natural, for a novel day time look.

Val Garland took a more colorful route when it came to lips, applying bold red poppy colors to each model’s pout at Giambattista Valli, and using a gloss. The skin was left flawless and brows impeccably groomed.

The more intrepid among us may want to try the look Peter Philips at Dior describes as “a savage natural beauty” adding intensity with brows brushed upward, Dewey skin, and lips touched with a hint of a tinted balm.

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Hair
Hair looks varied from wildly expressive to demure. At the mild end of things, Guido Palau styled his Valentino models hair in low slung ponytails with loose layers framing the face, as did James Pecis at Giambattista Valli.

For a rock festival feel, Orlando Pita at Elie Saab channeled the goddess look, with soft waves and a gold headband for some of his models, while others showed off mini braids.

Eugene Souleiman brought the edge at Maison Margiela decking out his models’ does with stenciled stars and foam like coatings, combined with highlighted skin and face jewelry.

Incorporating hats to the festivities were Armani Prive showing hair slicked to head, topped with dramatic veiled hats, while Sam McKnight created low looped ponytails worn under Chanel head toppers.

If you’re bringing elements of couture into your wardrobe this year, let us know what your borrowing and what you’re choosing to leave out from the world of high fashion. we love to know.

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Fun Looks To Try This Weekend

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Western Wear
Howdy, partner. If you’ve been doing your fashion homework, you may have noticed a little western style revival going on. The Fall and 2017 and 2018 fashion houses have been incorporating a little of the wild west into their fashion lines, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t too. But don’t pick up the lasso just yet. Remember, you don’t want to go full on cowgirl here. A plaid shirt here, a bolo tie there, some cowboy boots, or embroidered jeans should be enough to send the message.

Bell Bottoms
We know you’re reluctant to part with your skinny jeans, but if you saw Gigi Hadid getting out of her limo in her two piece hot pink skintight leather moto jacket and bellbottom ensemble, you may want to start rethinking your game. So what are the rules for rocking these high fashion flares? Keep shirts to crop length or cinched waist, and get the most from the leg lengthening potential with some block heels or mules, although Converse will also do the trick for a more carefree vibe. Just make sure to keep the toe of the shoe interesting.

Statement Socks
Socks are one of the less expensive ways of making a fashion statement. You may have seen the ultra feminine Prada feather hemmed skirt, paired with knee high soccer socks, or the Gucci’s cruise outing featuring the controversial glittery socks printed with the GG logo. Just pull em high, wear them over tights with metallic pumps or even loafers. Valentino even had his models sliding their striped socks under their T-strap sandals.

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The Going Out Top
Otherwise known as the “Carrie Bradshaw,” the going out top refers to the tube tops, lingerie inspired camisoles, and embellished halter tops of the 2000’s which now seem to be enjoying a resurgence. However, resist the creative urge to reinvent; according to Vogue Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany, it is still a piece best paired with jeans. Although it has undergone controversy for its underwear as outerwear reputation, Zalopany says, “I think just accept and own that the noughties did it right. There’s no shame in an oldie but goodie.”

The Vintage T
The vintage T may just be “the” urban wardrobe statement, which is why it can create such a great foil to the ultra classy, ultra feminine clothing pieces. While you can’t go wrong with a vintage T and denim, with the right touches, the T can be transformed to meet almost any fashion situation. They can be dressed up with a sheer skirt and jacket, placed under a blazer for a power brunch, or paired with a pencil skirt for an out of the box take on an old classic.

Let us know what you’re wearing this weekend! We love to hear it!

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Add Some Sparkle To Your Wardrobe

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There you are looking through the racks at your favorite clothing store for something a bit unusual, something that speaks to you a little more than all of the other stuff. Then, you see it, a few hangers down. Of course, it speaks to you- it sparkles. Every woman is drawn to glittery things! You walk over and pull it off the rack. You love it; the only problem is: how are you going to wear it without looking like you’re going to a bar mitzvah? If you have some sparkly clothes in your wardrobe that are waiting for the right occasion, your wait may be over. Here are some ways you can take sparkle to the streets.

Keep it Classy
A higher neckline is a quick way to earn a few sophistication points when you’re bringing the bling. Avoid revealing necklines on all -over sparkle dresses, and finish your look with black accessories to tone it down a bit.

A Glittery Jacket
The glitter says “fun” the jacket says “style.” Drape a glittery metallic jacket over your shoulders to add a little sparkle without overdoing it.

Sparkly Accents
A twinkle here, a glimmer there. Glittery accessories and accents are always eye-catching and subtle. Try a shiny belt or waistband, or a jeweled neckline to add some fun to a casual look.

Patent Leather
Here’s a no- sequin way to shine. Patent leather boots and jackets always make a statement. A patent moto jacket or knee high boots are great ways to complete your look, day or night.

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Shiny Shoes and Clutch
A shiny bag and clutch are just what you need to take your LBD from day time to night time. Grab a mirrored clutch or rock some killer stilettos to jazz up your all black ensemble.

Darker Metallics
Pewters and coppers tend to look a little more classic than silvers and golds. Show a little skin with a dark gold sequin top paired with a black leather mini for a toned down upgrade.

Jewelry
Shiny metallic necklaces, big glittering earrings, and cocktail rings all contribute to the sparkle factor of an outfit without going overboard. Keep your jewelry box well stocked to keep shine within reach.

Prints
Prints don’t call for over accessorizing, which makes them ideal for wearing embellishment free, for a more streamlined, less cluttered sparkle.

Nudes with sparkles
The nude look is in. Try a nude fabric with sequins and a higher neck to keep the party stylish. Pair with some glitter heels and you’re set.

How are you bringing your sparkle this year? Let us know how you keep it fun without going overboard.

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