The humble and stylish Beret has roots all the way down to the Bronze Age, when they were worn by Minoans, Etruscans and Romans. It is that old! The beret stays in use even today and it’s a proper artist’s hat; you can’t even imagine a Parisian artist without one.
If you have already tried on a couple of dresses looking for your dream quince gown, you know how much of a hassle it is to put on your quinceanera dress.
Choosing the best ball gown appropriate for quince is one thing, but putting it on in a incredibly short amount of time on your quince celebration day is something else. To make the things easier, we bring you the tips from lovely Jocelyn, or QuinceMadrina on how to put on your Quinceanera dress:
First, you need to practice and know how to put your dress on before the party, because on the day of your Quinceanera there is so much going on, from the moment you wake up, and you don’t want to struggle and lose too much time putting your dress on. And you definitely do not want to get stressed out and emotional, start crying and ruing your makeup, because it is just going to get worse.
A very important tip: before you start getting into your dress, make you’re wearing proper undergarments, just because the crinoline will be on you throughout the day, and you don’t want red marks all over your body. High-waisted shorts are a good option to protect your waist and your skin.
Quinceanera dresses usually feature a petticoat or crinoline for added fullness, so that is what you will be putting on first. Crinolines are firm, stiff and usually with built in hoops. Petticoats are light, fluffy all layers of tulle, no hoops. Either can have an elastic or drawstring waistband. If your crinoline has a drawstring make sure you tie a firm little knot, so it doesn’t suddenly come undone in the middle of your grand entrance. (more…)
Winter is a season of awesome accessories: scarves, hats, gloves an all things knit. My all-time favorite fall/winter accessory are leg warmers. There is just something about the knitwear, the layering and feeling cozy and warm that makes the perfect combo for cold weather. They are just like the sweaters for your calves!
Leg warmers are a retro trend that is officially coming back to style. A fashion symbol in the 80s that became wildly popular thanks to movies like Flashdance and Jane Fonda’s Workout videos, they were kinda shunned from the mainstream fashion for a long time, and were mostly reserved for dancers and eighties inspired costumes. I think I will go as far to say that leg warmers really never went out of style, and besides they do have an actual purpose of keeping your legs warm.
But wait, can you actually WEAR leg warmers if you are not a jazz ballet dancer or a 12 year old? Sure!
In Latin culture, quinceañera is the most important birthday in the life of a girl. This special birthday that marks a transition from childhood to womanhood is usually celebrated with a grand party with elements of customs of Hispanic tradition. Everything is planned down to the tiniest detail – venue, decorations, ceremony, guests. And of course, the dress. The quince dress is probably the most important dress the life of a young Latina girl, as it is a dress she will wear only once in her life, on her 15th birthday. Traditional quinceañera dresses were ball gowns, with crinoline-style skirts and corset bodices. Most dresses were made out of silk featuring wavy long floral patterns. Modern quinceañeras still go for the traditional style of the quince gown, with more freedom in color choices. View more gorgeous trendy quince dresses from the best designers online. (more…)
When starting an online clothing company, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the opportunities you have, and how to use them in the best way possible to achieve your business goals. The key in is planning and knowing exactly what your next step is going to be. Without a well-thought-out online store, you won’t have the ability to sell your products effectively to your target audience.
Step 1: Planning
Whether you like it or not, a solid business plan is the first step in succeeding in e-commerce and creating a strong fashion brand. If you do not need to pitch for funding or a loan, you’ll be fine with a lean plan that you’ll be using as a guide to keep you on track.
Don’t worry, if you ever need to present your plan to outsiders to get funding, no sweat. A lean plan can easily be converted into a full-length, formal business plan.
Step 2: Decide on the platform for your boutique
There are tons of options to start an online boutique. You can take advantage of the great organic traffic on one of the established global commerce platforms, such as Etsy. If you would like to have a little more control over your website, layout and the general shopping experience you should use an e-commerce platform to build your website, such as Magento. Magento is a full-featured, robust e-commerce solution that has unmatched scalability and flexibility. To use the full potential of this platform it is a good idea to hire a developer to do all the Magento customization tasks for you. (more…)
Ok, you’ve seen it, we’ve seen it, the whole world has seen it! It’s time to admit: people are mixing and matching prints on a global scale. And we are not talking only about fancy fashion bloggers! Real women are proudly wearing spots with stripes, more than one animal print in a single outfit, and even mixing one floral pattern with another floral pattern, with no regard for the ancient golden rules of the wardrobe. And they are looking awesome!
So, it’s time to join this colorful bunch, throw away everything that your momma taught you about dressing up, and wear whatever the hell you want. Let’s mash up!
Getting the print size right is essential for making your clash outfit work. Choose a big print to make a statement and mix it up with something more detailed and contrasting. The big prints are flattering and depending on what you combine it with, it always looks different.
Let color be your guide. If you’re new not sure about contrasting, a safe place to start is with a theme. Start by wearing patterns from the same color palette, and in no time you will get to wearing neon with leopard print.
Keep it simple
You don’t have to wear everything and once and make it hard for people to look at you. Start by putting together monochromatic prints with polka dots, for example. The more graphic the patterns the easier they are to combine.
Break it up with solids
Try not to stack prints on top of each other. It is a good idea to break it up with one-tone skirt or a chic belt. If you incorporate some simple pieces into your outfit, you can do pretty much whatever you want.
Stripes are neutral… seriously.
Stripes are a safe zone, they go with anything. So fill your wardrobe with thin striped shirts, t-shirts, vests and skirts. So you can go wild on everything else.
Play with textures
Texture counts as a print. So if mixing chiffon with silk makes you feel sexy, go for it!
Clashing prints is not limited to your clothes, you can mix and match accessorizes as well. Shoes, scarves… possibilities are endless. Oh, and no more plain black handbags for life!
Structure is everything
There has to be a method behind all this madness. Don’t let prints overwhelm your figure. Choose structured, tailored shapes and put together an outfit that you can wear with confidence, not the one that is wearing you.
Ignore all the rules and wear whatever you want!
If we are really talking about clashing prints, then there should be no rules! Nobody can tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear if it makes you look good. You can take all of your favorite pieces and wear it all at the same time. For example, I like to wear an oversized shirt dress combined with wide trousers. I don’t care about the rules how to wear a shirt dress!
“Oh, are you really going out like that?” Yes, I am. Just watch me!
Last week marked the end of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, I managed to snap up a ticket to see the Final Designer Series Runway 4 Show held in Melbourne Town Hall which was fantastic. A couple of years back I headed to see a runway show showcasing all of the clever student final collections, the end of the runway veered into a diamond shape and not one but three models fell into the hole. (more…)
When I was a teenager I had a mad fashion crush on Denise Huxtable of “The Cosby Show” I would watch the show religiously and sketch down her outfits and try and copy her hair. I remember hunting down a similar type of grey geometric patterned fabric that matched one of her over-sized shirts and I made a super long tank dress and draped a bunch of white plastic pearls around my neck that hung down to my knees, I thought I was the business, this was about the time I discovered fashion or had a ‘fashion epiphany’ you could say, this was about the time I bought a sewing machine and never looked back.
Just like Lisa Bonet, the actress that played this iconic character, Denise Huxtable was incredibly fashion-forward, wearing lots of over-sized clothes with bold graphics, blazers and odd ball accessories, she stood out, and no one on TV dressed like her. For me, she was the ultimate 80′s fashion icon. I thought she was pretty rad and when Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz got married, well, I wanted that picture stuck above my bed for me to stare at till I fell asleep.
Even though Denise’s outfits were well-suited for the 80’s, here are few reasons why her style would fit perfectly in any of the current street style or indie blogs. (more…)