The Classic Fashion Personality

The classic dresser has a linear approach to fashion. She is one dimensional, conservative and her wardrobe is sturdy and reliable. When it comes to clothes, the classic dresser invests for the long haul. She goes for the timeless wardrobe and this includes her fashion accessories. She likes tailored clothes in classic durable fabrics such as tweed, wool blends, cashmere, silk and good quality cotton.

Neutral Palette and lots of navy
She is conservative when it comes to colours sticking to neutrals or monochromatic colours i.e. one colour in several shades. She loves navy. She dresses elegantly and so her fashion accessories reflect her fashion personality and are just as tailored and elegant as her clothes. As such she will spend money on handmade accessories like a handmade leather bag, handmade leather purse, handcrafted shoes and sandals etc.

Handcrafted jewelry
Her jewelry is as timeless as her clothes and would include pearl necklaces, antique jewelry and handcrafted jewelry. Chunky necklaces are not her style as they may be a bit too flamboyant for her style. Instead she will wear pearl necklaces, choker necklaces and handmade necklaces. Statement jewelry for her would be wearable art like art deco designs as opposed to bold coloured necklaces.

Sustainable fashion …smart investment choices
For the classicist, fashion trends come and fashion trends go. She is not perturbed as fashion trends do not dictate the way she dresses. She prefers to spend more on a single quality item of clothing than spend loads on throw away fashion accessories.. So in a sense she supports sustainable fashion by making smart investment choices in her wardrobe. She has peace of mind in knowing that she can rely on her neutral colours and dark suits for years to come.

She is comfortable in designs by Pringle of Scotland, one of the oldest luxury label in the world, and by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren whose fashion exudes grace, elegance and understatement; qualities traditionally associated with fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and more recently Michelle Obama. So the classic dresser is in good company.

Fashion Theory – How To Calculate Your Clothing Budget

I suggested to Aisha, a recent client, that she invest in a durable leather handbag. Aisha argued that she simply couldn’t afford to spend upwards of $300. The remarkable thing about this was that once we analyzed her recent clothing purchases we realized that she was spending about $300 monthly on clothing! Aisha was actually suffering from sticker shock and had kind of become accustomed to buying quantity instead of quality. The end result was that her closet was essentially bursting at the seams with discount and poorly constructed clothing. In the end, Aisha was in effect spending $3,600 annually (nearly 10% of her $37,000 salary) on a wardrobe that lacked both function and style.

Establishing a budget is a very difficult question to answer from a general perspective because everyone’s financial and clothing situation is different. If you have a job that allows you to work in a casual environment where some of your everyday clothing can be incorporated into you daily work outfits, I would estimate the overall clothing allowance to be somewhere around 7%. For those that work in a more professional office environment where you are expected to dress the part and dressing the part may overall affect your promotion-ability factor; I would estimate around 10% of your salary. Keep in mind, this budget should include the costs of alterations and professional cleaning services. It is also important to note that if you are maintaining a household on this salary, i.e. you have children or a spouse you must allocate a portion of this amount to their clothing allowance as well.

Example 1: Aisha works in a business casual environment. Her salary is $37,000. Her clothing allowance is: $2,590.

Example 2: Elaine works in a professional business environment. Her salary is $85,000. Her clothing allowance is: $8,500.

1. Invest in Investment Pieces: Investment pieces are just that – “investment” pieces! So, don’t be afraid to spend a little more money on the classics which are required to create a functional wardrobe. Discount stores such as Marshalls, Century 21, and DSW could produce some very valuable finds, however it is important that you don’t become distracted and divert from the standard classics when shopping at these stores. For classics, I recommend shopping at a formula store. A formula store is typically a specialty retail store that stocks key basics. Some great formula stores are Gap, Ann Taylor LOFT and The Limited. The great thing about a formula store is that once you find the sizes and styles that suit you best, you can shop there season to season with little difficulty. These are great stores for purchasing a classic a-line skirt, trousers, jeans, button-ups, and tees, tanks and camis of variety.

2. Don’t Be a Label Whore: When it comes to beautiful dresses, handbags, shoes and scarves there are some designers that are simply ahead of the par, however to simply focus all of your efforts into collecting clothing that has a designer label tag regardless of how flattering or well-fitting the item is – is simply not a good option.

3. Do Apply The Cost-Per-Wear Concept: To get back to the example I gave previously of Aisha spending $300 on a leather handbag. The leather handbag is an investment piece which can be carried for months or possibly years to come. If Aisha carried this handbag for just six months her cost per wear would be $50. I discuss the Cost per Wear Concept in more detail in a recent post.

4. Don’t Charge: I know to some people this may seem unthinkable; however I think whenever you shop with credit cards you are always tempted to get caught up in the emotional buzz of said item and go well over your budget. If you’re carrying a lot of debt (particularly from past shopping activities) you really need to think long and hard about plunking 7-10% of your income towards clothing. A simple rule of thumb I often use is “Don’t buy it unless you can afford to buy two.” No, I’m not saying that you should buy two of everything; rather what I am suggesting is that every time you buy something, you take that same dollar amount and apply it towards paying off debt or towards savings. So in effect, that $300 handbag will now cost you $600; $300 to purchase and another $300 in savings or debt payment. The amount of your clothing budget should match or exceed the amount you are saving or applying towards debt repayment.

5. Make It Automatic: Now that you have established your clothing budget, the only sure fire way to stick to it is to make it automatic. Here are two great ideas for actually staying on budget.
Low Tech Option: If your budget allows for $200 to be spent a month on clothing. Place this amount of cash in an envelope. When shopping for clothing only spend what is in the envelope. Once this amount is gone you have exhausted your clothing budget for the month.
High Tech Option: Set up a separate checking account (I suggest an ING Orange account) and have a specific amount deposited into your account periodically; for example $50 a week. When shopping for clothing only use the debit card associated with this checking account. The nice thing about this option is that if you are not someone who shops on a weekly or monthly basis the money continues to grow towards your much anticipated shopping spree.

6. Maximize Your Budget: A pair of Jimmy Choo shoes is no longer $500. It’s $500 minus the $165 you will get for selling them on EBay the following year. EBay and consignment stores are a great source for stretching your clothing allowance. If you don’t have a lot of designer clothing in your closet you can still receive some financial benefit from making a tax-deductible donation to your local goodwill or charity.

Ladies Golf Clothes – Guide to Ladies Knitwear

Think of golf clothes and a golf sweater, probably with an Argyle pattern, is most likely the first thing to spring to mind. Knitwear is synonymous with golf and as such there are a wide number of options to choose from. A great sweater is a much smarter option than a sporty fleece, it will last for years and styles are unlikely to date. They are also a great fashion item so if your golf outfit needs an instant fix why not update your look with one of this seasons on-trend colours?

Style option 1: Lined sweaters Lined sweaters fall into the practical category – generally they are designed to be worn as outerwear as they have a woven lining to help keep the wind out. If you are looking for a more elegant alternative to a fleece they are a good option as will keep you warm and snug whilst still looking smart. Often these styles have a turtle neck with a zip opening and some will have a Teflon coating to protect against drizzle too.

Style tip: Brighten up a practical lined sweater with a contrast coloured or patterned scarf. Zip neck styles work perfectly with scarves as you tuck them inside for a warm and on trend look.

Style option 2: The classic sweater You can’t beat a great mid weight sweater for versatility. This classic golfing item comes in patterned or plain versions and can be worn season after season. V-necks are more flattering if you have a larger bust and can be teamed with a polo shirt for a smarter look. A crew neck is more practical and warm and it’s a good idea to have a couple of each in your golfing wardrobe to suit all conditions and occasions. Also look out for sleeveless sweaters which are ideal for the summer months.

Patterns: The traditional Argyle pattern – made of diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement – is a golfing classic. Go for a smaller scale pattern if you are looking for a more elegant style or a bolder large scale if you like to make a statement. If the Argyle look is too bold for you then why not try a cable knit? This is a style that has a patterned stitch and adds texture to the surface of the sweater. Often these styles are one colour and are an easy way to add a subtle detail to your outfit. Stripes have a great sporty appeal. Again, horizontal stripes can make you look broader, so go for a softer tonal colourway if you want to avoid this. If you have small shoulders and want to add emphasis here then stripes are the perfect pattern for you. Spots and dots are a great choice for all body shapes and have a fun, feminine appeal, they do tend to be more trend lead though so you won’t find them every season. Style tip: Patterns that run in a vertical direction will elongate your figure, while those running horizontal or across the chest area can broaden it – so be careful that your selection will flatter your shape.

Style option 3: Cardigans Although cardigans are less popular than sweaters, they are still a good choice. Often golfing cardigans are zip through and have a sportier look rather than using buttons. They make a great choice in the spring and summer as you can easily layer up or down depending on the changeable weather.

Fabrics:

If you are looking for a season round option go for a wool, lambswool or wool mix style. If you are looking for luxury or a treat then cashmere or a cashmere blend can’t be beaten and can be worn all year round (perfect for chillier summer evenings). Wool has natural stretch and breathability and many performance wool items, often made from Merino wool, will move with your body for the ultimate comfort. They also help to keep you warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s warm thanks to their thermo regulatory properties. For the spring and summer you may prefer a lighter cotton or merino wool fabrication. Many of these styles are now machine washable which is a great practical advancement.

Style tip: If you have a pear shaped figure and want to draw attention away from your hips, then team dark bottoms with an eye-catching or contrast colour sweater.

Technology Like with many sports garments seamless technology has also been incorporated into knitwear. This means that an item is produced in one entire piece rather than consisting of separate parts and then stitched together. The advantage of seamless knits is that of superior comfort. By eliminating often bulky seams at the shoulders and sides you get a much better fit and the natural elasticity of the knitwear is not interfered with.

Still can’t decide? With so much choice around it is often difficult to choose – especially if you are looking for a gift. If you are unsure then opt for a good quality plain style. If you have paler colouring then softer colours tend to be more flattering – darker skin tones can take bolder, brighter shades. This season’s top shades Golf is a sport known for its vibrant colours and bold looks, so don’t feel like you need to be a shrinking violet when making your choices. A classic palette of navy and black can easily be updated with vibrant shades to suit the season. This winter look for deep reds, strong blues, chocolate browns and light greys alongside the golf classics of pale blue and power pink.

Classic Women’s Summer Fashions Are Nautical, Seersucker, Country Checks, and Tropical Prints

Four flattering and classic looks in women’s summer fashion are

  • the nautical look
  • crisp seersucker suits and dresses
  • country cotton red-and-white checks
  • and tropical print fabric.

How flattering any style is depends on how it looks on you. Buy clothing that fits or spend money to have it fitted. Check the finishing for hanging threads and loose buttons. Choose fabrics that feel nice against your skin and drape well.

The nautical look can be achieved by pairing sparkling, crisp white with darker shades of blue. A horizontally-striped cotton knit T-shirt is a good start. Add earrings with a nautical motif such as an anchor, dolphins, seahorses, or a ship’s wheel. A hemp braid belt and comfortable rubber-soled deck shoes complete this fashion style.

We no longer see many blouses with the traditional large, square sailor’s collar. MIddy blouses, as they were called (for midshipman, a rank in the Navy) were popular in years past and may come into style again.

Red is a dramatic accent color. Try red shoes, bag, and belt to spark your white-and-blue nautical ensemble. Red lipstick is appropriate, if you can find a shade that complements your skin tone.

Red-and-white cotton checks are another summer fashion classic. County checks have an easy-going, cheerful look, especially in carefree cotton. Stick to a smaller check so you don’t end up looking like a picnic tablecloth.

Country red checks are ideal for a pretty blouse or a summer sun dress. Pair the blouse with bright yellow shorts or yellow accent sandals and handbag, for a combination that is fresh. Fred Perry has two styles and a handbag in red-and-white checks for summer 2009. This is an innovative way to add this classic women’s summer fashion to update clothing you already own.

A third summer fashion classic is crisp, cool seersucker suits and dresses. This timeless cotton fabric traditionally is a subtle stripe of white and an alternative color, with little puckers in the white stripes. Ironing is mostly unnecessary because of these natural wrinkles in seersucker natural cotton. Today’s stretch blends make it easier than ever to wash and air-dry seersucker suits, dresses, and blouses. Seersucker is perfect for robes and sleepwear, too.

Once upon a time, the only seersucker color was pinstripe navy blue and white. Now, stripe widths vary and occasionally we see a seersucker check. Gray and white, green and white, red and white are among the expanding range of colors for seersucker clothing.

A fourth summer fashion classic is tropical print fabric. Hawaiian print dresses, blouses, and shirts evoke umbrella drinks and white beaches.

Tropical print fabric became popular in the wake of World War II, chiefly as patterns for draperies and furniture in the warmer United States. These big, bold tropical print fabric designs have been scaled down for the colorful shirts and dresses we wear today. Florals and travel themes are among choices you will find available for women’s summer clothing.

To wrap it all up, four summer fashion wardrobe investments that will pay off for years to come are the blue-and-white nautical look, red-and-white country cotton checks, crisp seersucker, and tropical print fabric in shirts, dresses, and skirts.

The Classic Look in LDS Clothing Now Growing in Popularity

Who could have guessed that LDS Clothing would become what it is today?.. and that is one of of the fastest growing fashion trends on the market. However; for those who have been wearing LDS clothing all these years, it really comes as little surprise.

A Truly Classic Look and Style

It’s a classic look that hearkens back to the mid 1800’s, to a time when men dressed like men and women dressed like women. Clothes back then were also far more functional sand comfortable and women didn’t feel like they had to expose themselves to look attractive.

Bonnets Caps and Hats In LDS Clothing Boutiques

Also as clothing accessories, such as bonnets faded from the fashion scene several decades back, designers of LDS clothing stubbornly hung onto to them and other simple yet very becoming LDS clothing accessories. Now they have been rewarded handsomely with new international recognition for their fashion foresight.

Always Stylish Totes , Shoulder Bags and Purses

Flip through any top fashion magazine today and you will see “new” styles in voluminous tote bags and purses that have replaced leather with heavy duty natural fabrics. The truth be told, bags totes and purses just like these were always available at LDS clothing venues and boutiques long before they were in “style”.

LDS Clothing and Fashion Accessories For the Woman On The Go

LDS clothing and fashion accessory designers have always known that what women really wanted from a purse or tote bag was room to carry with them all the things that they would need throughout the day. How can someone fit a sewing or knitting project in small purse or clutch?

The CTR Ring – Just a Little Reminder

To finish off the LDS clothing ensemble there is the always classic CTR ring. This unique piece of jewelry feature the letters CTR which stand for (choose the right) set against a green background. The CTR ring is a great way to accessories any LDS clothing ensemble with a little reminder to always make the right choices while you are out.

Disney’s Baby Clothing – 3 Classic Themes

Disney has an unsaid & indispensable bond with every American kid. As a result, every household in the US has at least one item that is pertaining to Disney, then, it might be produced by, made by, endorsed by or licensed by Disney.

As a result of this undying & natural affinity, Disney & the kids seem to have a strong bonded relationship that is being carried forward from generations together.

Disney Corporation understands the same and have been producing baby clothing ever since they have been in to the business. The strategy is simple – with every new movie they include this clothing in their merchandise that promotes the main characters of the film. In 1977, George Lucas introduced in this format of marketing. He proved his point when Disney licensed the tie-ups with the Star Wars and sold Star Wars clothing & other merchandise like a hot cake.

Now-a-days with every new Disney movie, the kids know the characters even before the parents have barely heard about them. Sometimes, these titles or the main characters become major hits among the kids but fail to impress the parents like it happened with Bambi. But of course, it is not always true. Usually the characters prove a hit for both the parents as well as the kids. To understand this phenomena better, you compare the sales of Home on the Range as against Finding Nemo. It goes without saying that the products that strike the chord equally with the parents as well as the kids, are the better sellers in the market.

Here are some major Disney hits among kids & babies’ clothing.

1. The Little Mermaid

While it was released 16 years ago, the movie’s characters have marked a milestone among people. The young girls till date love to be Arial – The Little Mermaid. The mothers also love to help their daughters become one. Disney has successfully encashed the character of this ‘titular mermaid. While loads of T-shirts, swimsuits, & varied other items of clothing for babies & children sell big with the ‘Arial’ designs; several other motifs of the film are appreciated by the kids as well as their parents.

2. Finding Nemo

Another intriguing & successful interpretation of the aquatic world by Disney, their latest offering Finding Nemo is selling massive amounts among babies? clothing, especially for the swim wear. Also cool & soothing summer wear for girls as well as boys borrow exclusive designs from the film’s blue toning. A rather interesting fact is that the first look of the ‘infants’ page on the company’s website that is Disney Direct features a one-piece girls’ swim suit based on the theme of the flick, Finding Nemo. The company?s web store says, this is getting rave responses.

3. Classic Characters

Who can forget the beginning of the world of Disney – that is – Mickey Mouse and his sweaty pie, Minnie Mouse. The characters of this series that are Mickey’s friends Goofy & Donald Duck, Donald’s love Daisy Duck, Mickey’s pet Pluto and Minnie Mouse are the all time classic hits of Disney in all regards, then why not kids’ clothing!

Among 20 toddlers playing in a room at least 10 would indispensably be marked with one of these characters or their toys would have one print of the same. It won’t be wrong to say that when it comes to clothe your Mickey & Minnie, these classic characters are a sure & simple choice to go for!

Try Being Classy Adopting a Classic Style With Your Outfits

There are certain fashion trends which never die and which always succeed in making a good impression wherever they are represented. Such a fashion trend or a style to be more accurate is the classic style, one that can get you out of trouble on any occasion and which always catches the eye if its rules are obeyed. However, if you don’t obey its rules, your results can be disastrous.

If you are looking to adopt the classic style, you should be looking for designers such as Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss or Levis, these being maybe the best-known designers who have helped the classic style earn the attention and popularity it has today. Being classic also means following classic examples, may we refer to classic designers or to classic fashion or outbursts.

The signature pieces of this style start with the knee length wool coats and the silk ties and go on with the white dress shirts and the impeccable suits and trench coats. The classic style also stands in pieces such as sleek dress shoes, cardigans, cashmere sweaters and scarves, all these having a serious and somehow simple touch which makes them appropriate for a great variety of occasions and events.

The classic style leans towards the French clothing style, being built around colours such as black, gray, navy, white or camel which emphasize the characteristics of the classic way of dressing. Some other characteristics of the classic style would be the sense of quality, the sense of simplicity, the sense of persistence and seriousness. If you are such a person, the classic style is your characteristic style and you will never have problems as far as your image is concerned if you obey the rules of the classic way of dressing.

Therefore, if you have what we define as a classic person, you should also go for the classic style when it comes to clothes and you will always have an impeccable image because the classic style is also impeccable. Choose classy and you will also gain more popularity and appreciation from everybody around you.

Classic T-Shirts Re-Live the Past

Classic T-shirts, be it retro or contemporary has always been a message board for many youngsters to share their thoughts, aguish, style, or slogan to the world at large. From Brando to Dean, tie-dye to silkscreen, the T-shirt was never just a tee: it has always been a banner for self-expression, with or without actual text. Brought home from Europe by U.S. soldiers after World War I, the “T-shirt” entered Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 1949 and gradually evolved from under- to outerwear, making it ideal for rolling out of bed, off the plane, and around the world. T-shirts are those, which have classic or retro messages, look, designs, feel, slogans etc. The most popular among the classic t-shirts are the retro designs of rock bands, punk designs etc.

Though the music sales are ever coming down, the sales of these funky t-shirts with designs used by rock bands like Mettalica, Pink Floyd sell like hot cakes. They have the feel of a retro period, which create nostalgia and yet very much liked by the people of twentieth century. The eighties and seventies were the hot bed for these punk movements apart from the famous ‘Hare Ram hare Krishna’ cult. The t-shirts with the messages of such movements are a bit hit even today and are sold by many T-shirt companies.

The big classic rock bands of the past- Rolling Stones t-shirts still sell steadily; new designs and old. Lynyrd Skynyrd classic t-shirt merchandise continues to feature the popular steer bones character on all of their clothing, the mega hit Beatles clothing, and merchandise is selling stronger than ever. This shows an apparent liking for all things classy especially T-shirts.

Older music fans also steadily continue to support their favorite classic rock artists of the past. While some people think classic shirts and music merchandise is somewhat juvenile, wearing a band t-shirt or band hooded top help people relive their youth. Music is something that stirs memories of a past time or place. Representing the bands that a person is into through classic rock clothing and band merchandise makes a statement about who a person is and what they represent. They find it to be cool and coordinated with their image of themselves.

Major portions of consumers are teenage classic rock music fans. Teenagers make a statement with the bands that they like and the classic t-shirts that they wear. High school has become a major fashion show. Showing up to school in a new The Who, The Doors, or Allman Brothers shirt makes a statement to the rest of their school. It almost tells everyone what kind of personality he or she has. It lets peers know whom they can be cool with.

The t-shirts will always be in fashion and they seem to be in spite of 20-30 years after the time of these rock bands, and there are many takers as you can see in a school, college, university or any other young people’s hangouts.

The Denim Jacket is a Menswear Design Classic

The denim jacket is a design classic that any man can wear. Whether for high fashion or everyday casual wear, it can be adapted to his look. Whatever way he chooses to wear it, it is comfortable and relaxing. Worn properly it is also timelessly stylish.

Like all design classics it is instantly recognizable. The very familiarity of a jacket that has been around for over a century makes it a versatile item of apparel that can be adjusted to suit any size, shape or taste. At the same time, the very familiarity of it means that it remains casually cool and avoids looking over styled.

The attraction for men is that it is an easy choice of clothing. Everyone has worn one at some stage and most people have one in their wardrobe. It can be worn with most other clothes without clashing too much. It can be dressed up or down to taste. From the smart casual combination of denim jacket and chinos to the everyday work pants and jacket, it is a comfortable and reliable choice.

The classic choice of jeans jacket is the traditional blue jacket. Denim comes in many colors but blue, whether faded or dark blue, is the best choice for men. The jacket should never be too tight or too loose and should reach to the waist of the pants. Detailing is a matter of choice but should be as simple and traditional as possible.

The denim jacket works a s a menswear design classic because it is practical, comfortable and easy to wear. It looks good, feels good and is easy to maintain. When they are looking for a reliable everyday casual jacket, men should reach for the old standby denim jacket.