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Prom Dress Fashion Tips

Prom time is here again. You pay for your ticket, grab a dress, and go, right? Seems simple, right? Wrong! Prom can be a whirlwind experience that requires a lot of primping and preparation. Not every girl can just waltz in a store, run to the first rack they see, and come out with a fabulous prom dress right away. There are also some girls uneasy with the selection they see at some stores that don’t seem to cater to their personal sense of style. You can always look through prom magazines and celebrity pictures for inspiration but the real style inspiration starts with yourself! Just because prom is a glamorous event doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your own, unique sense of fashion to blend in with everyone else. Prom isn’t just for cheerleaders and beauty queens. Here’s how to make your look your own on prom night:

Rock Goddess
Prom may seem like the last place any punk rocker would be caught dead at, especially in a floor length pink gown. With a sense of style that some may already label as “anti-trendy”, it may cause a little bit of nervousness to think about being constricted to a girly dress that doesn’t speak to your own grungy sense of fashion. You don’t spend time lusting over the pages of VOGUE magazine and shopping at teen stores in the mall. You aren’t late for school in the morning dolling yourself up in the mirror with MAC makeup and curling every follicle of hair just right. You have instead sculpted your own, comfortable wardrobe consisting of jeans, rocker t-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers that were meant to get dirty. Prom should be about individuality and that has always come natural to you, so let your style speak for itself. Not every prom dress on the market is all about frills and bows. Try a short prom dress in a plaid or striped print or a cut glass sweetheart sequin bust with a tulle skirt, an essential rockstar look. If you’re not a fun of a full skirt there are plenty of options for fitted, short prom dress accented allover with beading, spikes, and studs that are perfect for any punk princess. If the dress is fine, but you’re not accustomed to wearing heels go outside the norm and wear flats or even Converse or flat, Doc Marten style boots instead. Check out Sherri Hill and Mac Duggal for sassy baby doll prom dresses. Avril Lavigne and Kristen Stewart have perfected this tomboy-chic look and have become known for the punk rock, red carpet style. Throw on a leather jacket for added pizazz and you’re ready to go!

Flower Child
Is your style more reminiscent of a more groovy time in life? If Woodstock photographs and The Beatles posters clutter your walls and you are never seen without your guitar and a flower in your hair (shoes optional) you may be a love child of the 60’s. Sure, you weren’t born in the 60’s but you’re style reflects that to a tee. You are all about recycling and world peace. Prom may just seem like a waste of time and money, world of superficial glamour while you’re just fine with your flowy sundresses and organic fabrics. But not every prom dress is fitted and constricting. There are plenty of options for a breezy dress that is not only comfortable but very chic. Try an A-line silhouette prom dress in a flower or butterfly print pattern with a one shouldered or strapless bust in a light, breezy fabric. You get many more choices for accessories and shoes with a multicolored prom dress. Heels are great for prom, but if you want to stick to your comfortable look, try flat gladiator sandals decorated with jewels. Adorn your hair with rosettes or feathers, and you’ll look like an earth angel, prom style! La Femme and Jovani carry many beautiful printed prom dresses. Celebrity wise, Kate Hudson and Nicole Richie always look polished, but add their own elements of boho-chic to their look whenever they’re on the scene.

Quirky Queen
What if your style can’t be merely defined in a few words? One day you may want to look like a disco diva in a metallic dress and platform boots and the next a child of the 80’s in a mismatched, highlighter ensemble with tights and piled on accessories? You love fashion you don’t necessarily follow trends, but rather create your own and most importantly you’re not afraid to try any style. Though your clothing choices may leave even your own parents scratching their head at times, whatever you wear, you OWN the look. Prom is no different. Leave them speechless in a floor length, column silhouette prom dress with a removable tulle breakaway skirt. So versatile that you can create your own magic trick by starting the night with the tulle overlay attached, run to the restroom near the end of the dance, remove the tulle skirt and viola, a whole new dress! This style also comes in the form of a short, baby doll dress too. Lattice style back designs and cut outs also add an interesting appeal to any dress. Tony Bowls and Terani are just noted examples of designers who constantly bring fresh and funky designs to the prom market. Wear a fun hairband or bow accessories in your hair with color contrasting, piled on bracelets and rings. Instead of basic heels, try out booties instead. Take a page from the style book of fearless fashionistas like Katy Perry and Rihanna who never play by the rules when it comes to their own unique sense of fashion.

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Five Tips on How to Dress Well on a Budget

Every season, fashion designers launch new trends and collection. You may be confused about the changing fashion that can create a big hole in your budget. For this reason, you should plan well about your budget.

Do you need a wardrobe makeover? Here are some fashion tips and strategies on how to dress well on a budget that will give you an inspiration.

Fashion magazine strategy
You can order a women’s fashion magazine or surf the internet. Browsing the fashion trends and selecting the most fitted style for you. Don’t linger about those shops that selling beautiful dresses which not fit you well. Just find a few styles that you like very much and then study them. At the same time, you should consider whether these clothes suit your outfits that you’ve already have. If not, just give it up no matter how beautiful they are.

Analyzing your wardrobe collection
In order to dress well on a budget, you’d better clear about your existing collections. It helps you make wise decisions. You can decide what types of clothes you should buy according to the existing clothes. From this you would get a clear picture of what is being needed in your wardrobe.

Shopping at overstock stores
You should come to realize that the number you want may have been sold out or there are not so many available sizes as they wear sold new. However, that is not always the case. And the cheap price for stylish and quality clothing can make up for that. Most of the time, you can acquire the beautiful and fashionable clothes at a relatively low price.

Add different accessories to the same outfit
Different accessories, such as brooch, silk scarf, necklace, bracelet or hairpin, can change the way you look. Selecting the right accessories help you get a fresh and fashionable look. Make sure the color of the accessories compliments your attire and skin color.

Apply for a membership’s card
You can find a reliable clothing shop whose styles fit you well and apply for a membership card so as to save money. Because many retailers provide a discount to customers as they pay for their goods, especially the more you buy, the cheaper price they will offer. So just join your favorite shop’s mailing list to take advantage of “insider” price.

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Top 10 Casual Fashion Tips

Women’s casual clothing has had a major impact on the way women dress across the world. With increasing stress on relaxed and non-fussy clothes making a major entry into the women’s dresses section, more and more women are opting for casual apparel that not only makes them look chic but makes them feel comfortable also.

The no-nonsense women’s casual clothing brought about a major fashion revolution and is definitely here to stay. With major fashion houses like Elan International dresses dedicating an entire collection to women’s casual apparel, there is no doubt that women are ready to break away from the restraints of elite fashion and experiment with casual clothing trends.

However, not everybody is an expert in choosing women’s casual apparel. Women’s clothing actually needs careful consideration, especially since appearance is, in these times, considered to be the most important aspect of someone’s personality. Having a few fashion tips to guide one while setting out to stock up on women’s dresses would be great!

So, here are a few casual fashion tips that you should definitely keep in mind if you’re ready to rehash your wardrobe and bring in a variety of women’s casual apparel to it! One suggestion though, before we begin the fashion tips – try out Elan International dresses for a breathtaking variety of women’s clothing, especially women’s casual apparel, to suit your taste and budgets!

• Choose casual clothes according to your body shape and size. Shorter women should opt for shorter tops with deep necks and try to go for narrower dresses. Bulkier women should ideally pick up bright colours and printed stuff to cover up their excess flab!

• The comfort factor is the most essential thing to be kept in mind about women’s casual clothing. So, cottons are the most preferred fabric, which allow for a lot of breathing space ensuring that you remain cool even during mind-numbing heat waves!

• Accessories are all-important to ensue that you can carry off your casual look well. Huge and trendy jute or cloth bags, beaded belts, long beaded neckpieces, and smart shoes, such as mules or trainers, all combine in ensuring that your look is classic casual, without seeming kitsch!

• Scarves are emerging as a much-loved accessory these days. So ensure that you buy yourself a number of colourful scarves that will make your casual look all the more appealing!

• Make-up should be restricted to the bare minimum for casual wear. In fact, natural shades work well for lipsticks, whereas eye-shadows better are avoided and face powder should ideally match your natural complexion.

• Skirts are a must-have this season. Long or short, A-line or umbrella-cut, flowery or straight, printed or single-hued – skirts are gaining much importance, especially since these can be teamed with the numerous types of tops that are available in the market these days!

• Tights and quarter-length pants are also quite popular, with a lot of women opting for these for everyday wear, especially to go shopping or run errands! Cargo pants and capris are also in fashion now.

• Women’s casual clothing can be teamed with semi-formals to ensure that you can also wear casuals to work. All you need is to team your casual wear with a jacket for the official look, ensuring that your bag and shoes are formal.

• The most important aspect that women’s casual apparel begins and ends with is denims! It is very important that you stock up on a couple of well-fitting jeans that will ensure that your casual wear wardrobe is complete.

• Some of the other clothes that should be included in you casual wear collection, include sweaters, leather and denim jackets, sheer silk shirts, knit sweaters and turtleneck pullovers, tees and the like, especially in soft natural colours that ensure you look casually chic!

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The Line and Drape of Dress Pants

Special attention should be paid on the line of the dress pants and its drape. The line of the pants should always be following the contours of the body. It will naturally flow with from the hips to the ends with a subtle taper.
Drape of the pants over your lower body should always be smooth (no bulge or horizontal creasing especially under the waist area and thigh area).

When fitting into pleated pants, we should expect continuous smoothness in the drape where the pleats are not stretched when standing. For plain or flat front pants, the pockets should lie flat from the sides. No puckering should be seen for a flat front.

It should be able to accommodate the fullness of the thighs. The pants have to float over your legs. It must not flare like hip-hop pants or hug your legs skin tight.

For stout men or even heavier men with larger thighs, pleated pants have more cloth around the waist and thigh areas. This leads to an illusion of more weight around the abdomen and legs.

Instead wearing a flat front dress pants can create a more slimming effect than pleated ones. The overall men’s dress pants fit, therefore, should compliment the built of the man as well. A general guideline on the measurements of my bespoke dress pants are 31 inches waist, then flowing to 21 inches around the knees and about 19 inches at the bottom. The taper is so subtle that it can not be noticed visually instead a nice drape is being created. This fitting criterion allows a good men’s dress pants fit for most men even for the short and stout ones.

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