From Category: fashion

Monday

two neutral blazers in wardrobe on a plain background
Photo: Ivan Samkov

Shopping for brand new clothing and shoes is always a pleasure. At least for most of the time. But, after a few years of fruitful trend-hunting, your wardrobe can be easily compared to a post-apocalyptic world: a pile of unwanted things buried under another pile of outdated stuff. A loaded closet is a very common thing for most people. Sometimes we have no time to organize it, other times we are not in the right mood for changes. But, most of the time, we get sentimental about clothes and can't let them go.

Theoretically, having various fashion options to choose from sounds fantastic. But in practice, it always results in the infamous ‘I have nothing to wear’ situation. The wardrobe's drawers and shelves end up overburdened with clothes, which are too big, too small, or too distressed for your outfit. Sounds like a fashion nightmare, doesn't it? If it does, then it is time for a clean slate! Prepare some large bags, roll up your sleeves and get ready to say goodbye to some of the clothes you own. And 3 simple tips will help you to de-clutter your wardrobe.

Person in White Long Sleeve Shirt Holding Yellow Textile
Photo: Ron Lach

#1. To keep, to throw, or to give away? That is the question.


The very first, and the easiest wardrobe de-cluttering tip to follow, is a one-year rule. If there is a piece that you haven't used for a whole year, the chances you are going to go back to use it in your next outfit are thin. You may love it, it may look perfect on you, and be stylish and trendy, but if you are not using it for over a year, it is time to let it go to a better place.

But, don't rush to be wasteful, and throw away everything you are not using anymore in the nearest bin. If clothing is still fresh, doesn't have stains, or holes, and holds the shape, you can easily donate it, making someone happy. Another way to get rid of old clothing is to sell it, making money for something you may actually wear.

Now, it is time to get rid of items that you have a sentimental attachment to, but no practical use. This will be more complicated, so be ready to put your emotions away. Clothes may remind you of some special times in your life, but your fashion style always evolves and changes. Set your memories and your clothes free, opening space for something new.

Next in line are the impulsive purchases, those that seemed like a good idea at the time, but have never made it into a decent outfit. You can also include items on sale, when you couldn't resist a deal, but have never actually wanted or needed it. The pricey clothes and shoes also must go in this pile! Just because you feel like it is a waste of money to get rid of expensive items, you shouldn't let them take up the space in your wardrobe. Try to sell it and move on to better, more relevant things.

And, finally, we have reached the last category with too big or too small clothing. A good tailor will help you to resolve the problem with the clothes, that are too large for you. It will almost be like getting an entirely new piece of clothing. The rest of the pieces should be packed away into the bags and dispatched to their new homes.

two women choosing clothes in fron tof the mirror in the fashionstore
Photo: Ron Lach

#2. Let's start from scratch.


At this moment you may feel a slight demotivation, and your wardrobe may seem like a glass half empty. However, this way of fashion thinking is completely wrong, and a semi-empty wardrobe is going to be your excuse to shop for brand new clothing. This time you are going to approach fashion shopping seriously with a list of must-have pieces, and an organized manner.

To save your time, money, and the space in your free from the cluttered wardrobe, you'll need to shop smarter. By this, I mean investing in fewer, but high-quality clothes that fit into the 'capsule wardrobe' vibe. To give you an idea of what to shop for, try thinking of classic cuts for coats and pants, natural material, and pricey haberdashery. Everything must fit your body type, complexion, and personality 100% with little to no exceptions. Pricey accessories are mandatory as well. 

Speaking of fashion basic, you shouldn't skip the purchase of quality undergarments. The right type of underwear and shapewear do wonders to your outfit and provide your body with the proper comfort and support. Correctly chosen undergarments can even numerous benefit your health, especially if they are made with natural, sustainable materials like linen, silk, and bamboo.

#3. Get Some Fashion Advice


Relying on your fashion sense is always the right idea. You are the only person who knows what your fashion style needs. Nevertheless, asking for some fashion advice from a professional stylist may be beneficial for your new wardrobe. That doesn't mean you have to hire the most expensive celebrity stylist. You can start by finding professionals in the fashion industry through Youtube and Facebook. Their tips will help you with the basics: everlasting trends, color palette, fabric quality, and other little fashion secrets. If you are going to need more in-depth fashion help in interpreting your style, then proceed to a hiring personal stylist

In addition to all of the previous de-cluttering tips, it is highly recommended to invest in good bags and footwear, as they make half of the look. It is always better to own only a few high-quality items rather than a ton of cheap ones. Your personal stylist will surely help you to find the best options, and can even recommend to you in which pieces it is best to invest your money. Remember, that it is more than just a matter of personal style, it is also about being environmentally conscientious.

Friday

woman in a studio with natural light wearing shapewear set and posing on the floor
Photo: Anna Shvets

Too many words have been said about the shapewear, but it still doesn't receive enough praise for its simplicity and versatility. Shapewear always stays hidden underneath the layers of clothing, and little to no people like to be talking about it. That's in vain, after all, it is one of the most versatile types of undergarments. Shapewear in all sizes, colors, and shapes like no other piece. It can be worn underneath an outfit and even styled like outerwear. Isn't it fascinating? 

However, it is not always easy to find the best shapewear that will perfectly fit your fashion needs, and emphasize the qualities of your body.  With so many variants on the market to choose from, it may be hard to stop your eyes on a particular option. In this post, we are going to try to discover which shapewear pieces are the most versatile and will work best for most people and wardrobes.

undentified woman wearing shapewear shorts

#1: Shapewear Shorts

Let's begin with the most popular shapewear piece — high-waisted body-shaping shorts. If you ask your friends and relatives, all of them will admit to wearing shapewear shorts. Of course, like any other shapewear, shorts came in several models and level controls. The shorts have the power to sculpt hips, support the inner thigh part, slim the tummy area, and get rid of muffin tops.

undentified woman wearing shapewear bodysuit

#2: Body-shaping Suit

Buying wholesale shapewear is a good way to flatter your outfit. And, if you are not sure what shapewear to use underneath your today's look, try a win-win body-shaping suit. It is an undergarment that will take care of every area: support the breast, smooth the volume on the back, flatter belly, and muffin tops, and slim the upper part of the legs.

undentified woman wearing shapewear leggings

#3: Shapewear Leggings

I believe every woman loves and wears leggings. They don't just smooth the skin, and flatter the curves, but make the whole workout experience more pleasant. Pick a high-waist model that will support your abdomen muscles during the session, and opt for neoprene fabrics. This special material will make your body sweat more profoundly, which always results in better results. 

undentified woman wearing shapewear leggings

#4. Waist Trainer

Waist trainer wholesale is probably one of the most controversial, but nonetheless, popular shapewear pieces. It is a waist-shaping garment that is very similar to a girdle, and it is used to hold the body's core and slim down the waistline. It may not be for everyone, but a waist trainer is worth mentioning, as its popularity grows each and every day.

undentified woman wearing shapewear bra

#5 Breast Shaper

And, lastly, a few words about the breast shaper, or shapewear bra. Make sure to go for a bra with soft padding, and wide straps for the best comfort support. Another important thing to look for is a lightweight material that will not be visible underneath the clothes but will allow your skin to breathe freely. You'll be able to wear such bra shapers underneath any outfit for most fashion occasions.

Monday

two stylish women in loungewear posing to the camera

Now more than ever, both because of living at home during quarantine and because it’s trendy, people are wearing loungewear for daily life. No longer just for sleeping or Netflix binging, there are tons of chic loungewear options that elevate comfortable clothes to make a fashion statement. There’s a way to wear loungewear without looking lazy, you just have to get the right pieces and know how to style them. Grab your favorite tanks, tees, sweats, and joggers because we are digging into the best tips for wearing loungewear!

How to Wear Leggings

Truly a favorite in many closets, leggings are a go-to for all sorts of casual occasions. From your at-home yoga class to running errands, a pair of black leggings are a stretchy base that looks good on everybody. As they are inherently tight, there’s nothing sloppy about a pair of leggings, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little styling. 

When wearing leggings, it’s important to find a balance in your look with different silhouettes. Unless you are doing a workout class, you will likely want a little more coverage of the bum while wearing leggings. To feel less exposed, you should avoid short shirts that hit above the waist. Instead, either wear a longer-length shirt or tie a flannel around your waist for a retro athleisure look. You can also dress your leggings up with boots or heels and a faux leather jacket.

woman in loungewear is posing on a street
Photo: Andrea Piacquadio

How to Wear a Jogger Set

A jogger set with athletic pants and a t-shirt or sweatshirt is actually very cute when styled correctly. If you want to embrace an athletic style, keep it simple with a nice crossbody bag or fanny pack, fresh white sneakers, and minimal gold jewelry. If you want to dress up the set, add a black or tan blazer and wear black boots and sunglasses. 

How to Wear PJs

It is not that easy to get away with wearing your PJs as a daytime look, but it is possible. Matching satin PJ sets have actually been trendy the last few years among the fashion crowd. If you want to be slightly less conspicuous, you can definitely get away with wearing a satin PJ top with jeans and heels. However, if you are trying to wear your PJs for a work video call, you might want to reconsider...it’s definitely a risky move. 

close-up of white sneakers

Pieces to Keep On Hand

 Baseball Cap: Somedays, you just don’t want to bother with doing your hair. Cue, the classic baseball cap. It looks stylish with a ponytail and allows you to feel a little incognito.

• Overcoat: If seasonally appropriate, you can always throw a classic overcoat over your loungewear. This way, you can keep it on if you feel underdressed in your loungewear.

• White Sneakers: White sneakers are the easiest shoe to pair with any sort of loungewear. They are a staple that never goes out of style, so you can rock them at any age and with almost any look.

There’s nothing serious about wearing loungewear, so you should have fun creating new styles with your comfy clothes. Working from home is the perfect time to experiment and mix and match things you might never have thought would go together.
Guest Post

Wednesday

winter office outfit
Photo: Tamara Bellis

Winter is one of the most ideal seasons for minor and major wardrobe changes. As the temperature drops, we tend to substitute our breezy summer attire with something more substantial and cold-weather appropriate. Our favorite office outfits may suit the summer hotness, but they won’t be an ideal choice during the colder months of the year. Don’t worry if you’re struggling to figure out what you should wear to the office this winter. The following ideas will make choosing work outfits a lot easier:

Add Some Color with a Floral Skirt

Too many people make the mistake of assuming they need to hide their love of bright colors and beautiful patterns in winter. That’s not the case. Wear a classy and relatively formal winter sweater with a professional floral skirt, and you’ll have an appropriate outfit for the office that doesn’t require sacrificing your personal style.

Of course, you can’t wear the same outfit to work every single day. You might thus experiment with this general concept by pairing a floral scarf with a black suit. It will achieve essentially the same purpose as the previous outfit, while also being unique enough to stand on its own.

Find a Pantsuit You Love

Pantsuits have become extremely popular over the past few years. Some theorize this is due to the rise of women politicians who’ve embraced the outfit. Regardless, fashion brands and designers have responded to the growing demand for pantsuits by creating a wide range of options. Browse the collections at your favorite retailers to find one that’s attractive to you. Odds are good you’ll easily find a pantsuit that’s perfect for the office, and perfect for your tastes.

winter office outfit
Photo: Tamara Bellis

Go Cozy with Cashmere

The idea that you need to give up comfort if you want to dress well (particularly for the office) is a myth. In winter, there are plenty of ways you can be cozy in a work-appropriate outfit.

For example, you may decide to wear several layers of cashmere garments. As long as your job doesn’t require that you wear a suit, you could wear a sleeveless cardigan over a long-sleeved sweater, along with wide-leg trousers. Aim for muted winter colors for the ideal effect.

Pick a Graphic Blazer

Once more, your winter office outfits don’t need to be bland. A simple graphic blazer can be dynamic enough to suit your preferences. Pair it with leather pants, and you’ll have office attire that makes a subtle but undeniable impression.

Of course, it’s also a good idea to experiment with these outfits. Your goal is to create a winter office wardrobe that truly reflects your personality. These tips will simply help you get started.

Guest Post

Monday

cosmic girl on a beach
Photo: Marek Okon

History repeats itself, and so do fashion trends, they come and go and return to our wardrobes again. It is an eternal fashion cycle and every trend comes back into style eventually. Each time an old fashion design reappears in fashion, it brings brand-new ideas and fresh concepts. According to this point of view, future fashion may repeat the hottest trends of the early 00s, so don't hurry to throw out your beloved hipster glasses and skinny jeans, you may want to wear them once again shortly. 

Of course, I doubt that future outfits will look like the old-school costumes from sci-fi movies and books. I hope fans of the original Star Trek will forgive me, but there are no places for aluminum swimsuits and faux fur crop tops in the future. And as much as I love tight catsuits, we need to face reality, the future won`t look like Marvel comics. But what will the future of fashion look like?

"What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contact are so quick. Fashion is an instant language." —Miuccia Prada

woman wearing eco fashion
Photo: Noah Buscher

Intelligent Textiles & Fast Fashion


Climate changes will accelerate the invention process of new materials and fabrics. These materials will be bacteria and cruelty-free and have adaptive abilities to regulate body temperature according to the weather condition. Brands will need to develop a new design approach to stay up to date and survive on fashion markers. 

Fashion is the third most polluting industry in the world, so designers will need to think up how to carefully bring environment-friendly materials into the fashion industry. Thanks to worldwide globalization, cultural mixing processes, and advanced technology, future clothes will be comfortable, mobile, and fleeting. The concept of 'throwaway' or fast fashion will become a common principle of all designers, because of a rapid lifestyle and fast-changing trends.

future shopping process
Photo: Lucrezia Carnelos

Shopping Revolution

When it comes to future shopping, I disagree with people who think that regular physical stores will fully disappear from our lives. Of course, they will look and function differently, in a new contemporary way. For example, future dressing rooms will be equipped with holograms and virtual reality. These technologies will allow customers to try on new outfits without even changing their clothes. In the near future consumers will play a large, important role in designing their own garments. Fashion stores won`t need to stock a huge range of colors, sizes, and shapes. 

Future 3D printers and other similar technologies will allow customers to print necessary items with a unique design and sizing. Digital modeling and virtual reality technologies are even closer than you think. For instance, in October 2015, designer Tommy Hilfiger became the very first major fashion retailer who tested out the virtual reality headsets in the stores and shoppers experienced his fashion show virtually. 

"Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment." —Alexander McQueen
 
close-up of futuristic smart watch
Photo: Fabian Albert

Smart Accessories

Even today, computers, smartphones, earphones, and other gadgets have become more than just everyday items, but essential fashion accessories. When people are searching for a new computer or smartphone, they aren't just buying an electronic device, they are also making a fashion statement by choosing the gadget`s designs, color, and even brands. In the long run smartphones, smartwatches and glasses will become a stylish addition to our everyday outfits. Fashion will become more than just a personal expression of your style, taste, and personality, it will become a technology as well.

Oscar de la Renta once said that the greatest thing about fashion is that it always looks forward. With every passing day, we approach the future closer and closer, but we can't know for sure what is coming for us. My biggest wish for future fashion is to be versatile and indulgent. There will be no more racial, age, or gender boundaries ‒ anyone will wear the clothes they want. In the future fashion will empower people, not isolate or separate them. I'd like to see how fashion becomes an international language of communication and fashion designers become its interpreters, helping people to understand each other better.

Iris Van Herpen's Hypnosis colelction thumbnail

Peculiar shapes, repetitive movements, and iridescent colors were the three main hypnotic inductions, which inspired me for this post. I couldn't pass by the Fall/Winter 2019 collection by Iris van Herpen, intriguingly called Hypnosis, and decided to share my fascination with you, ladies and gentlemen. Without any doubt, Hypnosis will quickly become of the most iconic haute-couture collections in the late 2010s.

collage with Iris Van Herpen's Hypnosis colelction

Inspired by the kinetic artworks of Anthony Howe, who creates the most unbelievable wind-driven sculptures, Iris van Herpen created the three-dimensional collection of cosmic dresses, made from lightweight silk organza. The weird lines and shapes, that hypnotize our eyes and minds, represent the eternal expansion of the galaxy and the infinite circle of life. 

fashion collage with Iris Van Herpen's Hypnosis colelction

Each dress is a work of art on its own, but it is possible to dissect the whole collection into four categories, or it is better to say, elements: air, water, fire, and earth. To bring these luminescent garments to life, the couturier used thousands of laser-cut pieces of silk organza, individually dying them with a special ink-on-water Japanese technique and putting them together onto see-through tulle.

fashion collage with Iris Van Herpen's Hypnosis collection

To be absolutely frank, I haven't seen anything more mesmerizing and hypnotizing in a long time! It is very hard to describe this collection with words, I guess it is better to see it one time than hear about Hypnosis again and again. I strongly recommend you take a look at Iris van Herpen's Hypnosis with your very own eyes.

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