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Category Archives: Fashion

Wear a Beanie

Everybody has had a bad hair day every now and then; even celebrities. So, what do you do? It’s quite simple actually; gather your tresses together and hide it under a beanie.
One of the must-have accessories for winter, beanies have become a necessary part of a sophisticated fashion statement. Both men and women can transform their everyday looks into chic styles just by wearing a beanie. With so many choices in style, material, color, and pattern, you can be sure to find a beanie that fits your personality perfectly. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get down to business and see some stylish ways to wear a beanie.

Beanie Style Guide for Men
Nowadays, even men have become conscious about the way they dress. Which is why, it is time you ditched your basic, fitted, run-of-the-mill beanie, and give the following styles a try.

Visor Beanies for Men
Mostly available in wool and acrylic, the visor beanies have a bill, like a ball cap. You don’t have to worry about finding the right fit as it comes in a free size. One of the best things about this beanie, apart from being a wonderful cover from the cold winter months, is that it even helps keep the sun out of your eyes. With different textural patterns and colors, all you need to do is pick a fashionable pattern that’ll match your personality and style.

Men’s Beanie Styles
If you’re not a huge fan of the beanie hat, there are other styles like the bobble hat, the Peruvian hat, the docker beanie, the slouchy beanie, the fitted beanie, the pom-pom beanie, and many more. Regardless of style, all these beanies are practical and keep you one step closer to the latest winter trends. A must-have accessory for men, these beanies can be worn with any casual attire.

Beanie Style Guide for Women
Unlike men, women have a lot more choices when it comes to wearing a beanie. So, the best way to go about choosing a style (or maybe more) is by looking at the length of your hair. Keeping this idea in mind, we have provided a few styling tips you can follow.

Women’s Beanies for Short Hair
If you have super-short hair, there are many ways to make a statement with beanies. First things first, choose the right style of beanie. Go with either visor beanies, woven or knitted beanies, fitted beanies, oversized beanies, tall beanies, or slouchy ones. Any of these styles will go perfectly with your hair length, regardless of the texture. Place the beanie in the middle of your head, pull your tresses in, and hide it under the beanie. Or, if you wish to try a sexier approach, leave your bangs out to outline your face.

Beanie Styles for Shoulder-length Hair
Sleek and sophisticated beanies look adorable on medium- or shoulder-length hair. You too can choose the similar type of beanies for your hair length. And for an extra dose of glamor, give solid-colored beanies a rest, and go for patterns instead. Plus, it’s not always just about how you style and wear a beanie. You should keep other elements of your outfit in mind while putting together an ensemble for the day. Only then can you put a beanie to good use.

Women’s Beanies for Long Hair
Whether you have straight, silky hair or curly hair, beanies are a wonderful accessory to have. They make you look utterly feminine, and if styled correctly, you can easily achieve a refined look without having to do much. Since you have long hair, do keep the styling as natural as possible; it will be fruitless if and when you happen to take the beanie off. Leave your hair down, keep the bangs out, pull all your hair in, or tie a loose braid; either way, a beanie is sure to give you an edgy look.

Bring out your inner hipster, and beat the winter chills with a beanie. Try unique looks every time you wear beanies, and look presentable and put together.

Style a Sleeveless Dress

With fashion trends evolving every few seconds, it’s not easy to keep track on innovatively styling a sleeveless dress every time. With countless designs, patterns, cuts, lengths, and colors to choose from, it’s safe to say that every woman probably owns more than one piece. The versatile and feminine sleeveless dress works for any event, at any given time of the year.

5 Unique Styles for Various Occasions
In order to style your dress, always add accessories depending on the event, venue, and time of the year. All these factors play a major role in making the ensemble work. Below, we have provided 5 ways to style a sleeveless dress that can be worn for many different occasions.

The ‘Going to the Club’ Dress
For a night on the town, you want to own a bright-colored dress that is far from being subtle. When you have to work with bold colors, it’s best to play down on embellishments. Too many pieces with loud colors and patterns make it difficult to understand the idea of the dress. And since you’re already headed to party, why simply carry extra weight?

The ‘Let’s Have Coffee’ Dress
Black and white floral prints on a sleeveless dress can take your breath away. Even with the simplicity of the colors, you can make an outfit work in your favor. Banish all inhibitions, and liven up the dress with bold, beautiful, and vibrant-colored accessories. Choose from colors like red, hot pink, yellow, orange, and blue. Regardless of the length, cut, and fabric, you can pull off this combination every time.

The ‘First Date’ Dress
Whether you deck up or take it easy with your outfit, the most important thing to keep in mind is to wear a dress that wins his heart. This gorgeous and feminine mint green dress is like a breath of fresh air. Plus, I love the high-low cut of the dress which makes it flirty and girly. Continue and emphasize the softness of the dress with your accessories, and you’re set to have a wonderful time.

The ‘I Mean Business’ Dress
Many organizations have strict dress codes that everyone has to follow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun by adding a few colors here and there. Break the boring shades of grays, blacks, whites, and browns with a few eye-popping, attention-grabbing accessories. A splash of color with the help of a cardigan, purse, shoes, or even a scarf can do the trick.

The ‘Love is in the Air’ Dress
Weddings are the pinnacle of romance, love, and commitment. For such occasions, of course you’ll be wearing a dress that’ll complement the ambiance. Styling such a dress takes a little bit of patience. Depending on the color of the dress, you can choose to accessorize with the same color family, but let it be a few shades brighter. This way, your dress and accessories will stand out.

There are literally hundreds of different styles, cuts, and patterns when it comes to sleeveless dresses. Your initial task is to find a well-fitting dress that makes you feel confident and comfortable. This makes it much easier for you to find accessories to style the dress properly.

Wear With Ballerina Flats

Ballerina Flats: The How, The Which, and The What Not To Do
Being as comfortable as they are, these footwear have become a staple sight on the street. We wear them with pretty much every outfit there is, without giving a thought to whether or not the shoes actually suit the ensemble. Surprised to hear that you could go wrong with ballet flats? Well, maybe not wrong, but you could definitely be donning a look that is not exactly flattering. Here are some tips that will help you get an A+ the next time you pick your ballet flats from the shoe rack.
– Ballet flats look best when worn with outfits that show some skin. So, stock up on shorts, skirts, dresses that skim the knees, or even cropped pants.
– Always opt to pair the shoes with an outfit that has a streamlined effect. Ballerina flats, as the name suggests, have absolutely no heel and have a very flat arch. If you aren’t very tall, then without an outfit that creates an illusion of height, you could look shorter.
– Aspiring for supermodel heights? Create the illusion that you seek by wearing knee-skimming clothes with nude-ballet flats. If nude shoes are not quite your thing (we can’t imagine how), then opt to wear toe-covering leggings/stockings in the same color as your shoes.
– A great way to create an illusion of height with ballet flats is to roll up the cuff of your jeans to just above your ankles. This also reveals the skinniest part of your leg. It’s always a win-win!
– If you are vertically challenged, then we suggest that you avoid the new trend of pleated pants with narrow legs when wearing ballet flats. This only makes your abdominal-hip area look larger than it is and your legs shorter than they are.

Looking for some new takes on how you can wear ballet flats without looking too uncomfortable in them? Want a chic, ultra-modern, fashion-diva-status-worthy look? Here is the creative spark you need.

Like we have said before, go crazy with shorts, dresses, skirts, leggings, and the likes. Opt for trends that are rocking the ramps right now. Animal prints, metallic tones, and embellishments are some of the biggest must-haves. Plan your outfit keeping these versatile trends in mind. Opt for a pair of satin flats or embellished ones for a dressy event, pick shoes in a bright, perky color for a fun date, team your outfit with a pair of metallic flats for a polished look, and pick an animal-print pair for when you want an adventurous change. What we predict is going to be a huge trend though, pointed ballet flats with an ankle strap. Sophisticated, beautiful, and elegant, it is a style that has been spotted on some of the world’s most stylish celebs, from the oh-so-gorgeous Jessica Alba to the trendsetting Rihanna.

Did you ever think that the humble ballet flats could give your outfit such a wow factor? If you are one of those women who has always felt more comfortable in flats than heels, then there you have it; a perfectly stylish answer ready for all those heel-slaves you know.

Wear to a Music Festival

A rite of passage for young adults, music festivals around the world connects people with one another. From Donauinsel in Vienna, Austria to Coachella in California, USA, and from Przystanek Woodstock in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland to Mawazine in Rabat, Morocco; each of these places have one thing in common―a mind-blowing number of people gather here to celebrate, enjoy, and experience music in its rawest form.

Which is why, you’d better prepare and finalize what to wear to a music festival of your choice. And to help you get started, we’ve got a few suggestions lined up that can be put together with ease.

Festival Fashion for Women
Women have tons of options while planning their attire for a music festival―hippie, steampunk, rock, surf, rave, or hipster. There are many ways to embody a cool-as-hell style without breaking the bank. With the help of these outfit ideas, you will be festival ready in no time.

Dresses
Maxi and printed dresses are a must, and fail-safe go-to outfits for an outdoor festival. Of course, there are many other prints and designs that work just as well for festivals. Pick one that’ll set you apart in the crowd.

Pants or Jeans
Many women choose to wear skirts and shorts for a festival. However, if you’d much rather stick to your favorite pair of jeans or pants, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. Choose the top carefully as you don’t want to feel too warm in it.

Shorts
Wearing a romper is a terrible idea. Opt for super-cute, super-short shorts instead. Choose shorts that you’ve worn before, and are sure that won’t chafe your legs. If you are planning on wearing new shorts, break into it before you wear it at the festival. Add or subtract layers as per the weather.

Skirts
If you’re planning on wearing a skirt, there are a couple precautions to keep in mind. One, choose a fabric that won’t ride up every time you’re dancing hard, or two, wear boy short bottoms underneath. And as for the top, whatever makes you feel sexy and comfortable is fine by us.

Shoes
Of course, we’ll be asking you to wear comfortable footwear. But if you’re dying to have some heels on, go with low heels that won’t give you blisters. Rain boots (if the weather demands it), cowboy boots, gladiator sandals, and Converse sneakers are definitely festival friendly.

Accessories
Sunglasses, a floppy hat or a straw hat, boho headband, and hair accessories is what you need. And, try not to bring your expensive and favorite jewelry with you. Maybe a few bangles, a bracelet, and a long necklace should suffice. But hey, if you are sure to keep all your belongings intact and safe, then who are we to judge.

Festival-inspired Outfits for Men
Although women have an upper hand in fashion, there are a few options for men to shine as well. First things first, choose a style for the festival―hipster, metal, surf, or preppy. The next step will be to put the outfits together for the entire festival. Do make sure that you’re picking comfortable, and weather-appropriate clothes.

Pants or Jeans
Ripped or slim jeans, and straight or slim pants are some amazing options. You’re not overlooking the comfort quotient, while still keeping your fashion sense intact.

Hipster-style
If it’s not too hot outside, or perhaps you’re changing into something else for the evening, do give the hipster-style a chance. With lightweight vests, suspenders, and a classy jacket, you can truly make heads turn at the festival.

Shorts
Shorts are comfortable (duh!), breathable, and versatile. You can wear it with a loose T-shirt, slim-fit shirt, polo shirt, vintage T-shirt, or even a jersey.

Shoes
Yes, comfort and style can go hand-in-hand. Grab a pair of Converse sneakers, walking shoes, rain boots, or any other pair that will help you stand and walk properly the whole day.

Accessories
Leave your favorite fedora at home, and pick a hat that will protect your face from sunburn. Plus, it doubles up as a fashion statement. Also, do not take off your sunglasses for the entire time you’re there.

Basic Survival Tips
Although a music festival demands you to forget the outside world, you need to be careful at all times. To make the most out of any festival, follow these survival tips.
1. Wear foam earplugs while you’re listening to music. Even as you crave the thumping bass, the high decibel level can permanently damage your hearing.
2. The weather can be unpredictable, even if you’re going to a summer festival. Check the weather forecast for the weekend, and plan to carry the necessary items.
3. Instead of carrying 3-4 different outfits, see if you can mix and match your clothes to last the entire festival.
4. Carry enough cash to last the entire festival; and then some. Apart from food and drinks, you may need the money for locker room-style showers and restrooms (if the campsite has such a facility).
5. Always carry an extra pair of jeans, leggings, a hoodie, swimwear, and shoes.
6. Take baby wipes, hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, sunscreen, deodorant, and a few makeup essentials.
7. Avoid taking any valuables along as you may either misplace them, or they can be stolen.
8. Keep a fanny pack or a cross-body bag with you at all times that has all the necessary items in it.
9. Carry a portable charger so that you can stay in contact with your friends.
10. DO NOT wander off by yourself; follow the buddy system and know your surroundings.
11. Stay hydrated by drinking water constantly. Of course, you’ll be having alcoholic drinks; but it’s essential to drink water as well, as you’ll be out in the sun for long hours.
12. As there is no official seating at the festivals, you may be allowed to bring your own chair. However, check with the venue beforehand.
13. Be smart and keep bandages, feminine products, some health bars, and aspirin at hand.

There are no dress codes, no rules that define or dictate your style for the festival. Whatever you wish to portray yourself as, is accepted. Be who you are; wear what you want. After all, it’s all about enjoying music and making a lifetime of memories.

Ways Look Pretty in Your School Uniform

Your school uniform should make you feel good about yourself and should be stylish. They are not meant to be boring. Let’s look at things you can experiment with, to look pretty in your school uniform.

Well-Fitting Uniform
Your uniform should fit you well and should not be baggy or too tight. It should be well ironed and in a perfect fit. It should enhance your body structure making you look smart.

Alter your Uniform
You can shorten the length of your skirt, keeping it above the knee. This will enhance your legs and nothing looks better than a short and a well fitting skirt. Similarly, you can also shorten your sleeves, if they are too long or just fold them (if you can carry if off), it will look smart. Another style you can experiment with is by combining a well fitting skirt with a baggy shirt (not very baggy). It looks pretty cool. Use your creative outfit ideas and give your uniform your style and touch

Accessorize
Accessorize with a smart tie or a scarf or a jacket on your uniform. There are different ways of accessorizing with a scarf and a jacket. You can wear a scarf in so many different ways; you can tie a scarf around your neck- like a tie, you can also tie it sideways on your neck. You can wear a tie and experiment with hair bands too. In case of accessorizing with jewelry, wear cool and small earrings, neck-pieces with a bracelet.

Optimal Make-up
Heavy makeup on a school uniform is not a cool idea. Try keeping a natural look; apply a foundation to camouflage blemishes. Highlight your eyes using a liner and a mascara. Use a lip loss or a lipstick to glisten your lips and use a little blush.

Flawless Skin
Having a beautiful skin is the most attractive thing on a person. Beautiful-flawless skin with the above makeup or even without it will make you look pretty. Take care of your skin and don’t experiment with harmful products to look nice. Keep it simple by drinking lots of water, eating healthy food, maintaining good hygiene and exercising regularly.

Manicured Nails
Maintain clean and beautiful nails. Color them or try some nail art work on it. Dirty nails are a big turn off.

Well-Set Hair
Your hair takes almost 50% of the credit in contributing to your prettiness. There is so much you can do with your hair, so many school hairstyles you can try. You can tie a high ponytail, a side ponytail or leave them open with a pretty hair-band. Keep your hair in a good condition don’t use harmful products on your hair. Trim them and style them by straightening them or curling them.

Use a Deodorant
It is very important that you smell nice. Carry a deodorant with you to school and use it after you’ve played a sport or a dance practice to avoid body odor.

Footwear
If there are no restrictions with the kinda footwear you should wear, there are so many options for you to experiment with. Try tennis shoes or ballet flats or some matching formal trendy shoes that don’t have high heels. High heels are not recommended as they do not collaborate with the activities you do in school. They can be uncomfortable for brisk walking or running.

Wear the Right Attitude
Even if you have a no makeup and no accessories on you, you can still look nice if you carry yourself confidently and with a good attitude. Right attitude is the attitude that merges with the real you. Don’t walk or sit clumsily; maintain an upright back posture. Your body language speaks everything about who you are.

Bags
Carry cool and funky bags to school; it adds to your overall look. Experiment with contrast colors or with sober colors and with different styles.

It is good to look pretty and dress up, but don’t overdo it. Nothing in excess is good! Style and flaunt but don’t let it take over your mind and change you into a different person.

Wearing Polka Dots

Beg/Borrow/Steal?
Since they are such a retro trend, we are sure that you’ll be able to find a vintage polka dot piece in your mother’s or grandmother’s closet. Just scrounge their cupboard for a top/skirt/dress that even they have forgotten they owned.
The dotty world of polka dots driving you crazy? Not too surprising, since the erstwhile-childlike trend has grown up and is making its presence felt in fashionable circles all over. From Sarah Jessica Parker to Anne Hathaway, everyone who is anyone has gone the dots way.

But how do you get over that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach―the feeling that tells you that wearing polka dots may just make you look like you’re playing fancy dress? Show the stop signal to that feeling right there. The polka dots family has a lot more to offer than you give it credit for. It has grown up and it has done so with style. Let’s take a look at how you can wear these tiny little circles without feeling like you have regressed into childhood.

Wear a Dress
Now, we love our vintage, and we think nothing does this print better justice than a retro-inspired, halter neck dress. A cinched dress like the one shown here not only channels the ’50s, but also enhances the illusion of an hourglass figure. For a modern take on the same, try color blocking; wear accessories in a contrasting color. If retro is not your style, try smaller prints or even colors that are traditionally not associated with the dots pattern. A different silhouette too, can change the vibe of the dress completely.

Wear a Skirt
Like we said before, we just can’t get over our retro. So, when we wear a polka-dotted skirt, it’s a little difficult to leave the old behind. We love this combination of a little girlish polka-dotted skirt with a tank top. The makeup and the updo adds to the look. If you want to go the more modern route, we suggest you wear a pencil skirt with tiny polka dots and team it with a shirt or a nautical striped tee.

Wear a Top
Since the pattern can be an unforgiving one, we suggest that you let proportion do the talking here. Keep the prints on your top proportional to your body shape. So, if you are bigger on top, then we suggest that you wear bigger polka dots to balance a bigger bust. For a petite woman, smaller dots are much more flattering. This of course does not hold true, if contrast is what you are aiming at. If you opt for muted colors like gray and black, and wear the top with a pair of denims, you will keep the look utterly up-to-date.

Wear Denims
Printed pants have been all the rage for quite a while now, and if you want to combine two trends, then this is the space to do it. Splurge on a pair of fun, polka-dotted denims to be in vogue. You can either choose to wear your pants with a top in a complementary color or make the look even more fun by (and this is not for the faint-hearted) wearing a polka-dotted top with it for added chutzpah.

Wear a Jacket
Outerwear is enjoying its moment in the sun right now, and whoever said that you need to keep it dull, drab, and in neutral colors?! Make jackets cheerful with a dotted pattern. Instead of small tiny dots, we suggest you opt for big, slightly grungy dots. If you are one for experimentation, try a mix of polka dots in different sizes. Since this coat will need to be the center of attention, ensure that the rest of your clothes are muted.

Wear a Headband
Normally, when we think of how to wear a certain pattern, we only talk clothes, but why should your accessories be left behind? This print is the perfect starting point for accessories. Have fun with a retro-inspired, tied headband. Remember to keep your updo in sync with the hairstyles of the era.

Wear a Head Scarf
Want a fun look for a casual beach party? No print will be a better accessory than polka dots to help you scream fun without saying a word. Tie it around your head for a chic look. Note how the print has been worn with a striped dress without looking out of place. You can do the same by wearing two prints in similar colors.

Carry an Accessory
Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe à la the look in the image. Drape a scarf in a complementary color combination around your neck and include an accessory like a clutch, a belt, earrings, shoes, or even an umbrella in a contrasting color. With bold prints, one or two signature pieces should be the focal point/s and the rest of your clothing should work around it.

Polka dots can be a lot of fun. On days when everything seems morose and tired, this cheery print can bring the required happiness in your wardrobe. Just remember to allow the print to be the focal point of your outfit without excessively brightening or dulling the entire ensemble. So, get shopping and enjoy this print like it’s meant to be.

Tips to Spot a Fake Hermés Belt

Hermés is a French fashion giant, which specializes in leather goods, luxury items, accessories, glassware, and ready-to-wear apparel. The company, which is more than 175 years old, took birth in the humble profession of designing saddles. Over the years, the organization slowly added other products to its kitty, all this while experiencing several ups and downs. Over the years it has shown that it is probably one brand which will not get affected by the rise of newer fashion brands.

Hermés products are endorsed by the best of the best of Hollywood celebrities, like Madonna, Elle MacPherson, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, besides several others. Several of its products, like scarves and bags, achieved meteoric fame, beginning from the 1930s. These products have become signature style and status symbols. Some of their accessories are designed, both for men and women. Hermés watches and belts top this list. In fact, the belt is one of the most in-demand items designed for men. The belt with the iconic ‘H’ on its buckle is available in several types of material, including leather and exotic skins. When making such a valuable addition to your collection, it’s a good idea to authenticate the genuineness of the belt before you buy it. Here is all the help you will need on how to spot a fake Hermés belt.

Fake Hermés Belt Vs. a Real One: Things to Look Out For

Check the Leather
● It should feel like it is high quality and supple.
● The smell should be that of leather and not like plastic.
● Hermés belts are double-sided, i.e., with different colors on each side.
● Look at the size displayed on the leather. True Hermés belts always display the sizes in centimeters. If you see the size mentioned in some other unit or style, it’s probably a fake.
● The leather doesn’t tear or come apart at the seams.
Check the Stitches
The stitching in these belts are really neat. They are well-done and not uneven or split. It short, they should be worthy of a Hermés label.

Combined Kit
Hermés belts generally come in a combined belt kit, with a single package containing the belt and the buckle together, though you are allowed to mix and match to select the combination of your choice. If you see a Hermés belt and buckle being sold separately, then it’s probably a fake.
Check the Buckle
● The buckle should be shaped like an ‘H’ with a good design, premium-quality finishing, and no scratch marks.
● It should feel heavy and solid, and not hollow and light.
● The edges should not have metal bubbles or chips.
● Check the bottom of the buckle for the logo. If the logo is at the back of the buckle, then the belt is not authentic.
● See that the spelling is correct. Counterfeiters commonly use a wrong spelling which is just slightly different. The second ‘e’ in ‘Hermés’ should have an accent over it (é).
● The buckle will have “Made in France’ written on the inside.
● Hermés buckles are always made using an expensive metal like pure gold or palladium. Gold belts are always plated with 24 carat gold.
● Check if the buckle closes properly.
● If the color of the buckle is different at the wear marks, then the belt is a counterfeit.
● The back of the buckle should be matte and not shiny.

Packaging
The packaging should consist of an orange box with the company’s logo printed on it clearly, and a black ribbon tied on it, which again should bear the company’s logo. More importantly, the packaging should have a pleasant and high-quality appearance. The inner surface of the box cover should not have anything printed on it.
Check the Invoice
● The yellow-colored logo in the middle should be pretty light.
● The invoice of a fake belt will have a dark middle logo and a different font.
● The invoice should have information of the store, the city, and the country it is being purchased in.

Company Outlet
A wise thing to do it to buy the accessory from an authorized company outlet. Nevertheless, in case you have already purchased a belt from somewhere else, you could always take it to a certified Hermés outlet and show it to the retail clerk there to verify its authenticity. Make sure you take the papers of purchase along too.

The bottom line is, if any part of the belt is found lacking in quality, you better move on to another one. The best way to ensure authenticity of these belts is to purchase them only from a certified Hermés outlets. These accessories give a classy look and are very durable, making them worth every penny of their high price, provided you get a real one.

10 Belts Woman

Any woman who loves clothes and putting together outfits will tell you that the most fun part of the entire process is the accessorizing. Picking the right necklace so that the outfit pops, the fun earrings so there is enough elegance, the arm candy that will keep your hands adorned; there is always so much to look forward to with accessories. And with winter here, and layering a fashion must, the one accessory that we can always depend on is the belt. It brings an outfit together. It creates a silhouette for you when over-sized sweaters and jackets threaten to overwhelm, and let’s not forget, it keeps your trousers where they are supposed to be.

But do you know that there are as many as ten belts that you simply must have in your wardrobe? Surprised? Welcome to Belts 101. Here’s everything you would want to know.

The Classic
This is the belt that all of us are familiar with. It’s the one we look for when we want to tighten our pants; the one we depend on. For such a belt, we suggest you keep it simple. Ensure it’s in a basic, neutral color, it isn’t skinny, it’s not thicker than 4mm, it is made of quality leather, and lastly, that it has a classic-styled buckle. As important as this belt is, finding a good one can be a long (and expensive) process. So, if you need to shell out a few extra bucks while buying this one, don’t feel too guilty. This is the basic that your belt shelf will feel pretty incomplete without.

The Wide
This belt has been making quite the appearance in the last few years. It is perfect for the occasion when you need to give an otherwise shapeless outfit an enviable silhouette. It can also be quite versatile as it can be styled in several different ways. But it is also a style that is worn incorrectly very often. If you aren’t exactly in the best of physical shape and have a small tummy, then try to avoid these belts or alternatively, wear one that is only about 2-inches in width so that it flatters you but is not overwhelming. Having said that, this style is perfect for fashion experiments like layering, so have one in your closet.

The Skinny
This belt is the current darling of the fashion world. It adds a level of interest to any outfit and ups the quirk factor (or elegance quotient, depending on the event). It is also a great addition on low-waist pants. This style works beautifully on shorter and petite women. On a larger woman, it can look slightly disproportionate but if worn over a cardigan or dress, it can be carried off well. The belt you pick should be less than 1-inch in width to achieve that trendy, modern look. Always have basic colors and printed versions in your wardrobe as this will help you create new looks. If you want something different, you can choose to wear two skinny belts together.

The Elasticated
Perfect for creating that perfect little cinched waist, you can also wear this belt further down for a more comfortable look. Also known as a stretch belt, this is an extremely comfortable buy that stretches to adjust and mold itself to your body. If you are on the slightly heavier side and want to opt for a wide belt, we suggest you pick one with elastic in it as it will instantly create an hourglass figure that is exceptionally flattering. With an outfit that has modern silhouettes, this belt can create a focal point.

The Woven Belt
Frankly, there’s probably not a woman alive who does not like the woven belt. And this is probably one of the most stylistic and flattering belt styles out there. Opt for a belt in either brown or tan so that it is essentially a versatile addition to your wardrobe. Since it can be belted through at any length, you can wear it either low-slung, at your pants’ waist, or even your natural waist. Ensure that you pick a belt of high quality and sturdy weaves. If even after buckling the belt, you are left with quite a bit of it, knot it with the belt and tuck it under, instead of pulling it through the loops.

The Tied
Not the most conventional of belts, it is also one of the easier ones to obtain. A scarf, a tie, a piece of fabric; pretty much anything could function as a tied belt if you want to flirt with the idea. It allows you to tie your outfit to create an interest level in it. If you have a tiny waist, then we suggest that you pick a narrow piece of fabric. With an average length waist, pick a sash-style belt which has a width of about 3-inches at least. For someone with a longer waist, both styles tend to work beautifully.

The Hip-hugging
More of an aesthetic addition to your outfit than a functional one, this belt is worn over your jeans and not through the loops. For larger women, a belt that is asymmetrical or v-shaped is most flattering. An asymmetrical belt is one in which one end of the belt falls over the other in an asymmetrical/diagonal manner. And a v-shaped one is in which, when the belt is buckled, a ‘v’ shape is created. If you want to give the illusion of a longer and slimmer body, then wear a belt that matches the color of your outfit.

The Metallic
Now, you may think ’80s when you think of a metallic-colored belt, but you can easily make this style modern and up-to-date by wearing it with darker tones, and ensuring that your belt is not let’s-blind-everyone shiny but has a more subtle glimmer. A metal-inspired belt can instantly glam up your outfit and give it some funk. While belts that are on the wider side may be interesting, we love the skinny metallic styles that can be combined together so that we can work the mixed metals trend as well.

The Colorful
Wide, skinny, in-between, you can go any way with a colorful belt and you will get all the vibrancy that you need for an outfit. A simple dress can go from yeah-it’s-okay to OMG-that’s-brilliant, with a perkily colored belt. It requires you to put in absolutely no effort except look pretty when you are getting the compliments. From bright neons to enviable reds, and bubbly yellows, look at the rainbow for inspiration. The only thing to remember is that since the belt is going to be a focal point, ensure that you don’t place it incorrectly and get unwanted attention.

The Two-Toned
This is our little extra for you. While not a complete must-own, this belt can actually be a winner if you team it with an appropriate outfit. It can create exactly the polished look that you want in a work outfit, and it can add that little fun element when you want a more whimsical appearance. If the belt is simply two-toned and dual textured, then ensure that your buckle is eye-catching. If the belt has two contrasting yet strong colors, then let the buckle be understated.

If belts have rated low on your buying list till now, it’s time you went shopping for them. Not only are belts quite the investment (ask the guy in your life. He’ll vouch for it), they also add immediate class to an outfit. An accessory that can take any outfit from simple to stylish in a matter of minutes, a belt should be your go-to. It’s time you started your love story with it.

Fashion Really Harmful to Society

We are constantly surrounded by fashion, it has become an everyday kind of thing you need to deal with. Fashion is a term that applies to clothing, accessories, hairstyle, footwear, body piercings, and furniture. The concept of fashion is not new to mankind, it is just that the definition of fashion has changed and more evolved. During the Egyptian era, both men and women used to line their eyes with Kohl for various reasons. But it was a trend back then and followed by everybody.

Fashion is like a wind and is changing rapidly. From school-going kids to working professionals, everybody wants to look their best. Fashion is promoted mostly by TV advertisements and celebrities. Many people define their fashion statement as comfort. They wear whatever they feel comfortable in. Of course you need to consider the occasion too. You can’t wear a jogging suit and go for a wedding, similarly you won’t wear a skirt to go for jogging. If we are living in a society, then it is not a bad thing to follow fashion trends, but it should be done in a limit.

Positive Impact of Fashion

► Fashion has become one common language for people all over the world. Our world is enormous, an integration of various cultures. Fashion helps to connect people internationally, because it travels from one city to another.

► Designers are able to produce and set new trends for people who are enthusiastic and ready to experiment with their look. This gives designers a satisfaction when they see their designs in the market, starting a trend among the people.

► The fashion industry is very competitive and there are many designers who offer the same thing like the others. It is always refreshing to see a new designer exhibit new and unique designs. It gives young and aspiring fashion designers a platform to exhibit their talent.

► Sometimes, fashion can be an inspiration for many to discover their hidden potential, it persuades individuals to attend fashion schools and make something out of their career, if they have an inclination towards this field. Fashion inspires you to expand your knowledge and creativity to turn your hobby into a career.

► One of the first things which people notice is your appearance. The way you dress up speaks a lot about you, fashion is one of the means through which you express yourself. Fashion gives you the liberty to mix and match clothes according to your mood, liking, and attitude.

► We all are attracted to people who dress up smartly and have a knowledge about the current trends. People dress up to attract the opposite sex and get noticed by someone they adore. Additionally, people also get acknowledged and stand out amongst the crowd largely due to what they wear and how they look. Those shabbily dressed or the ones lacking a sense of fashion are not very well taken, as compared to those who groom themselves well.

► Fashion is never ending, trends come and go. In fact, trends are inspired by designers, ideas of creating something new and different can come from anywhere. Take the example of the Little Black Dress, this trend never goes out. Almost every woman has a little black dress in her wardrobe purchased for that perfect evening.

► When you think about fashion, it’s not always about dressing up. Fashion opens numerous opportunities for you. You can choose to stay behind the camera and work on styling and if you prefer to be in front of the camera, you can venture fields like modeling and acting. Possibilities are endless, so one good thing about fashion is that it offers employment opportunities to those who dream about being a part of this industry.

► Additionally, following your own fashion statement makes you a more independent thinker. If you think you have the ability to carry the attire, then it fills you up with a great deal of confidence.

► It is like a magical fix for numerous issues like handling bullies and making new friends. Research claims that people who are always dressed up smartly are hardly harassed by bullies, because they feel that anybody with a high fashion sense may retaliate and can be a great threat for them.

► Fashion also helps you to make new friends easily. If you share the same interest like other people, then connecting with them won’t be difficult. You will have a common thing to base your discussions on.

► Teens get to create their own identity by following a certain trend which they like, thus they are not associated and tagged just like others. Having an impeccable and great fashion sense will easily get them a job in fashion land.

Negative Impact of Fashion

► One of the biggest drawbacks fashion has on our society is constant change. We all are aware that it changes constantly. With new year come new trends which if we don’t adopt, we are sure to be scrutinized by the fashion police in our neighborhood or school. For many fast-paced changes in fashion, it encourages people to buy clothes or other things unnecessarily. Which means splurging on things which won’t stay for long.

► Every new fashion trend is promoted in such a way that it becomes difficult for any teen or student to simply ignore it. Many fashion companies endorse celebrities to advertise for their clothing line, which results in many people buying that product. Why? Because their favorite celebrity has promoted it. They don’t care if it is right or wrong to buy it.

► The term ‘fashionsta’ sounds classy and glamorous but refers to somebody who follows fashion blindly. They want to wear it because that is the trend, they don’t care about whether it suits them or not, or if they are comfortable in it or not.

► A lot of money is wasted in buying new clothes, it indirectly promotes capitalism in society. People end up buying new clothes, when they already have old ones which they might not have worn even once. They discard old clothes to make space for new fashion trends in their wardrobe.

►”If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shabby furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shabby philosophies… It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.” A very famous quote by Albert Einstein, he was always seen in old and worn out clothes. Clothes have the power to project us in a negative or a positive way, sometimes people judge others wrong because of the clothes worn by them.

► There is a difference between fad and style. Fad fashion trends are short-lived, they come and go within months. These are known as fads of fashion, true fashion means style. People who are ignorant about this fact follow fads of fashion rather than focusing on creating their own style.

► Stealing, robbing, and blackmailing are common ways for the youth to become fashionable. They are so attracted and addicted to fashion that they are ready to go to any length to get the look they desire. Teens have become so rebellious that they even wear things which look hideous on them.

► Apart from clothes, there are certain trends detrimental to our health. These include tattoos, body piercings, plastic surgeries, etc. Teens have become extremists, one of the negative impacts of fashion is teenagers piercing various body parts. People are ready to pierce their belly button, tongue, forehead, lips all in the name of fashion.

► The environment and upbringing also has a lot to do with how an individual gets influenced by fashion around him/her. Teens staying in the rural areas will throw on an attire completely different from a teen staying in a city.

► Many times, teens or students opt for clothes due to peer pressure, they want to blend in the crowd. This fear of being left out in the crowd has a negative impact on their mind, thus they go for such clothes.

► Nowadays, students focus more and more on fashion rather than focusing on their career. They want to know everything about fashion, but little about their school or college activities. This is one of the major negative impacts of fashion on students.

► Some girls try to look like models, so they compromise on their diet to become skinny. Also, people experimenting with their hair or skin often forget about the allergies or acne breakouts they need to face due to using such products. Being fashion-conscious can even make you anxious and depressed if you don’t feel you are dressed up to the mark.

► One of the major and worst impacts of fashion on our environment is the procedure and products used to manufacture these fashionable products. Often, animal fur is used in jackets and fur coats. Many birds are killed, and experiments are done on animals to check if the products would be allergic to humans.

On a concluding note, fashion won’t be harmful to our society if we learn to create a balance between our studies and interests. Everybody wants to look good, there is no harm in it, unless you become completely obsessed with it. Parents also need to keep an eye on their children’s activity, if they are studying or wasting their time grooming themselves. There is no harm in being fashionable, but don’t let it interfere with your lifestyle and career.

Hairstyles for Women

Women of the 1970s knew how to accentuate their features, bringing forth a strong yet vulnerable femininity that is lost today. Stylists and the like, are trying to tap into the seventies like we’ve never seen before, staying true to the iconic while adding a touch of modernity. Hairstyles are a breathtaking sight when spotted on a runway, where the seventies is taking the world by storm in significant ways.
Speaking of hair, which do you think is the one hairstyle that stands out from the rest? It’s got to be the “Farrah Flicks” hairstyle! If you aren’t familiar with its name, think back in time to the original cast of “Charlie’s Angels”. Yes, it was “Ferrah Leni ‘Farrah’ Fawcett” who starred as one of the three crime-fighting beauties, making that voluptuous head of hair just as famous.

That’s where the hairstyle gets its eponymous name from – Farrah’s luscious hair. There are other hairstyles that took over this iconic decade, slowly moving away from the passé trends of the ’60s, ditching the goody-two-shoes image for a wild, sexy, and independent take on style.

Hairstyles for Women from the ’70s

THE AFRO STYLE.
African-American women (and men) of the seventies let their voluminous afros grow, rarely ever taming them by tying it up in a ponytail or braid. It emerged right out of the ’60s as part of the Black Pride Movement, gaining popularity in the seventies. While still politically strong in its appearance, it turned into a style statement of sorts, where even fellow Americans were sporting the trend. Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé are two stars that have pulled off the ‘fro with élan.

THE PERM STYLE.
Stacked perms were also a hit in the seventies, with many African-Americans combining straight hair with thick curls. This sort of perm was done by straightening hair on the crown of one’s head, with curls circling the bottom.

THE CORNROWS STYLE.
Cornrows took center stage amidst the afro hoopla, turning into a full-blown trend in the ’70s that is still very much in style today.

THE SHAG STYLE.
This hairstyle has been spotted on actress Jennifer Aniston and TV presenter/model Alexa Chung, for its rugged and messy appeal. Hair is usually in line with one’s chin or kept a little longer past the shoulders, commonly accompanied by a full fringe grazing across the eyebrows. While this hairstyle isn’t easy to tie up into a ponytail, it’s quite versatile to work with if styled using trusty hair products and techniques.

THE APE STYLE.
The ape hairstyle closely resembles the shag style, except that it lacks the shorter hair length, and sometimes, the full fringe. The right hair products keep the style fresh and in sync with the seventies.

THE LONG STYLE.
Shiny, sleek, and left to do as it pleased, untamed tresses were the highlight of the seventies. Leave them on one side, braid them, do what you please.

THE CENTER-PARTED STYLE.
Long hairstyles were usually center-parted or parted to one side, and left to fall loosely around one’s shoulders. Gwyneth Paltrow is known for carrying off this hairstyle effortlessly.

THE HIPPIE STYLE.
Beach hair is tousled, wavy, and carries a wild, carefree feel to it, that is very reminiscent of the hippie era. Others have sought-after the beach hair (hippie) look for its raw sexiness – Kate Hudson, Lea Michele, Whitney Port, Natalie Portman, and Kate Moss, are some of many stars who have perfected the look.

THE WINGS STYLE.
The lovely ‘angel’ hasn’t been forgotten as Hollywood’s much-loved star of the ’70s, for her beautiful feathered hair that got girls everywhere, green with envy. The prominent, outward flicks was what made this hairstyle stand out, often referred to as ‘wings’ for its curvy locks. This could be easily achieved using a blow dryer, where women would add flicks to even short hair for dimensional depth.

THE PUNK STYLE.
You’ve got to hand it to the women of the ’70s who really knew how to experiment with style. Slowly making its way through the fold, were the punks with their otherworldly hairdos that gained recognition in later years. While punk hair was an outlandish feature seen on ‘bad girls’ (as an outright show of rebellion), singers like Cyndi Lauper were taking the trend to new heights.

THE MOHICAN STYLE.
Nonetheless, this decade saw a lot of Mohican haircuts, colored hair (with creative designs and text), horns/spikes, and even shaved heads.

THE PAGEBOY AND PURDEY STYLE.
This look made its way into the seventies, and saw women ditch their dainty demeanor for something more fun, hip, and experimental. While it still carried feminine undertones, the androgynous appeal fiercely took over. Actress Joanna Lumley – who played the role of ‘Purdey’ in the TV show ‘The New Avengers’, gave birth to the iconic hairstyle. You could call it a revival of the androgynous trend, since fashion heavily relied on this impactful style much like the flapper women of the ’60s.
It was then in the 1990s when the androgynous trend spread like wildfire. Rihanna and Miley Cyrus have incorporated a modern twist to the old-fashioned pageboy, turning it into a tough, edgy rendition of the original.

Hair has been through a lot of changes in the last few decades, where hair stylists are constantly reinventing trends to come up with something sensational, every single time. These hairstyles aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon, so take advantage of what each kind has to offer.