Women’s Pants Styling Tips

If you want to achieve an elegant or professional look, pants are the best choice to give you that perfectly refined look. Pants are your wardrobe indispensables and handy when you really want to change your look.

black pants for workSome tops look fabulous with pants as compared to jeans creating a unique and sophisticated look. There are many different pant designs available in the market so it’s important for you to select the one that suits your body shape.

Some of the more famous pant styles available in the market are tapered, skinny, boot cut, straight, wild leg, and bell bottomed. Women can easily choose one of these cuts as per their style and body shape. The right style and right fit are two essential factors which you need to keep in mind before you buy pants to complete your professional look.

brown-pantsThere are some more uptight companies with dress codes that do not allow their associates to wear casual pants. Therefore, in order to achieve that professional look you need to wear pants That are tailored, well made, and of course, professional looking. For the love of God, No Jeggings!

If you have an hourglass body shape, you must learn how to hide curvy hips. You can go for wide or flare cut pants. You can also go for boot cut pants, which will help you to hide your curvy hips. If you are comfortable with your curves then you can also go for skinny or straight leg pants. If you’ve got it flaunt it right!

casual-pants-blackWomen with a pear body shape need to balance their legs, thighs and hips. Some of the best pant styles for pear body shaped women are straight pants. You can also go for boot cut shaped pants.

Those of you with an Inverted triangle body shape should focus on picking pants which are helpful in volumizing the hip area, and drawing less attention to shoulder area. It is important to note that the pear body shapers among us should avoid skinny and tapered pants.

white-pantsApple shaped women should wear pants which are helpful in filling out the legs and hip area. This is helpful in drawing attention of the viewer from your midsection, which if we’re being honest may not be your favourite area of your body anyway!

Rectangular shaped women should focus on creating curves. Luckily you can wear almost all type of pants. Some of the best-featured pants for rectangular body shaped women are tapered or skinny leg pants.

It really is easy with a little bit of foresight to find the right set of pants to match your body shape! If you feel you need to do a bit more research, check out this handy guide from Harpers Bazaar. Remember don’t rush and buy the first thing you see, and always try them on to ensure your comfortable in them before you part with your hard earned cash!

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5 Easy & Stylish Hairstyles For Long Hair

Having long hair is always fun since there are so many styles that one can do to spruce it up. It’s a woman’s crowning glory and the way it is styled has to match the overall look. There are several cases, however, when one simply doesn’t have the time it would take to pull off a formal look. We spoke with Paulina de los Reyes this week about the latest trends in hair and make-up she has seen coming through her Melbourne salon.

So armed with the latest trends straight from one of Melbourne’s most renowned beauty institutions, we will be talking about five easy and stylish hairstyles for long hair that would be suitable for everyday wear and even for some formal events like weddings or prom.

Boho Style Hair

Beach Hippie

The Beach Hippie look can be pulled off by anyone who just got out of bed. The important part here is that the hair is dry. You’ll need a couple of large bobby pins, a curling iron, shine spray and light hold spray.

Once you have everything ready, flip your hair over your face and spray on some hairspray and then flip it back. Spray on some hairspray on that side as well. Finger-tousle your hair until the spray dries. Next, gather your bang-hair area and use bobby pins to get it out of the way as you style the rest of your hair. Curl up 1-inch sections (away from your face). You’ll have to start wrapping your hair around the iron at ear level and not above it. Always remember to leave your ends out of the curling iron. Once the un-pinned area is curled, remove the bobby pins and then style the rest of your hair. Shake your hair but don’t run your fingers through them. Lastly, pin back a piece of hair on each side of your part. It doesn’t have to look neat since the idea is to achieve a very relaxed look. Need some bach hippie outfit inspo? Check out our latest blog for some stella festival fashion tips!

Curly Twist

The Curly Twist works best with hair that is relatively dry. You’ll need some bobby pins and hairspray.

You’ll start by brushing out a 2-inch wide bang section and then secure them back with two bobby pins. Loosen a bit using your fingers. Run your index finger from behind your left ear up to the crown of your head. Smoothen out this section into a low ponytail from behind your left ear. Then twist the pony twice at the back of your head. Secure the tail with bobby pins and then repeat the same process on the other side. Hold your index and middle finger under the pins you’ve just placed and roll a messy 1-inch section of hair up around your fingers until you make a coil, pin these along the same area as the pins you’ve made for the middle part of your hair. Once you’re done coiling and pinning your hair, mist it with hairspray. It’s also good to know that not all hairspray is created equal, check out this handy guide for some industry advice on the best salon hairsprays.

ponytail style for work

Stylish Pony

This kind of hairstyle is used when you’re in the middle of your work day and it’s time to really buckle down and get the job done. You want no distractions and that includes the stray strands of hair that are tickling your face.

For this style, you’ll need a headband, some hair elastics and clip. Divide your hair from ear to ear and clip that area out of the way. At the crown of your head, take a two-inch section and tease the area near your scalp to create a bouffant around the headband. Unclip the front section and smooth it back over the teased area into a low pony. Leave out a one inch section of your longest hair and secure the rest with hair elastics. Wrap the reserved hair around the elastic area and place it under the pony. Once this is all done, put on the headband.

Sleek and sassy curls

This style is a little bit tricky but can still be done in less than five minutes. It can also work on any hair length. In order to do this on your hair, you’ll need a headband, some bobby pins, curling iron and shine spray.

Simply pump up and flattened curls on top. Wrap sections of hair around the barrel of a curling iron starting at the roots. Then grab chunks of hair back, bobby pin them in place and spray. Put on a slim headband and top with shine spray.

curly bun hairstyleCurls in a bun

This style works best for women with medium length and curly hair. You’ll need a bobby pin, some hair elastics, comb, hair spray and shine serum.

Use the shine serum over the top area of hair. Ponytail the hair and smooth out any stray areas using a comb. Use bobby pins to anchor the curls to the pulled sleek area surrounding the elastic to hide it. Spray on some hairspray to finish.

Pick any of these styles and you’re sure to look absolutely fabulous on that next big event! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter so you can share your beautifully created hairstyles!

Festival Fashion: Must Have Items For Splendour

Are you ready for the greatest music festival of the year? This coming July 24, Splendour Music festival will showcase some inspiration the following bands/artists on their stage: “Florence + The Machine”, “Mark Ronson”, “Of Monsters & Men”, “The Wombats”, “Keto”, “Tame Impala”, and “Peking Duk.” Excited? It gets better! “Flight Facilities”, “Thundamentals”, “Royal Blood”, “Death Cab For Cutien”, and “The Dandy Warhols” will be performing also. How awesome is that? But the icing on top of this sweet sundae is none other than “Blur”!

bohemian playsuitThis year’s Splendour in the grass is going to be the best one yet! It will be held from July 24th until 26th, at North Byron Parklands.

So, how does one get ready for this awesome event? By packing and preparing the right stuff of course!

First, let’s talk about what you plan on wearing. Boy or girl, the main goal here is to be comfortable. Splendour is an outdoors event filled with numerous fun filled activities and a concert filled with amazing talent. Wearing high heels, fitted dresses or long skirts aren’t advisable. Instead, opt for comfortable shirts, shorts or pants and flat footwear.

This kind of clothing style has conveniently been coined as “Festival Fashion.”

Festival Wear for women is usually composed of denim shorts, shoulder bags, chucks, and sun glasses. Some women opt to wear a floral dress if the weather permits it.Festival Fashion for men is similar to that of women, where they wear walker shorts, sleeveless muscle tees, and vulcanized sneakers.flash tattoos

Regular Festival goers have dished their trade secrets when it comes to getting ready for Splendour by listing some clothes to avoid wearing. The biggest fashion faux pas when it comes to festival wear is being overdressed or dressing up too formal. Anything white would also be a really bad idea since it is guaranteed to get dirty and you’ll probably go home with a muddied up outfit (and a potential of paying high dry cleaning ticket).

Some items we expect to be a big hit at this year’s festival are the undeniably cute playsuits and jumpsuits that are on offer from brands like Spell Designs, Free People and The Freedom State. We’re also expecting to see a lot of bohemian goddesses rocking chunky statement necklaces combined with the growing trend of flash tattoos which are a metallic finish temporary tattoo that lasts around 4-6 days (but probably 2-3 days in festival conditions). They look amazing and add an amazing sense of gypsy style to any outfit. There are a quite a few retailers selling these but the best collections we’ve seen have been at The Freedom State.

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Other than the outfit, the items that need to be packed must also be noted as an important part of preparing for the festival. Must have items are: hand sanitizers, wipes, sunnies (cheap ones!) and of course a beautiful boho bag to match the outfit! The boho bags we’re absolutely loving right now are from Lokoa. The leather festival bags in the latest collection are to die for! They combine a splash of vibrant colour with some creative fringe to give deliver a festival bag that Stevie Nicks would wrestle you for. Now these bags are leather so you should be able to keep them clean but i wouldn’t go jumping in mud puddles with your new Lokoa handbag at $150.00 thank you very much!

Once you have your outfit and bag ready, the only thing left to prepare is to amp up your get happy and go crazy attitude – then you’re all set! Enjoy!

 

Fashion in Focus: Denim Jeans

The world of fashion is continuously evolving. Yet in the eyes of many, including the fashion-conscious wearer, there is one piece of western clothing that never seems to go out of style. This item is referred to by numerous names including denims and jeans, and sometimes even named purely based on the brand name that it carries. Regardless of the names, style or hue; jeans are a reliable and versatile fashion item that can be made to work with for almost any occasion.

These beloved denim pants also happen to look good on both men and women. They make them the perfect unisex attire, and some styles are even designed to be worn by both sexes. In the world of high fashion however, jeans are more closely associated with the ladies especially since women’s jeans are manufactured to fit tightly on the female body, showing off the curves.

a selection of designer jeans

Jeans are often considered an American fashion icon, even though they were not originally produced in North America. The common belief is that denims were initially made of fabric traced to a town in France called Nimmes. The French phrase ‘serge de Nimmes’ is translated to mean ‘of Nimmes’ or ‘from Nimmes’ which was eventually shortened to denim.

Owing to its durable and rugged properties, jeans became a preferred attire of people involved in manual labor. Typically, these included farmers and those working for railroad companies. In time, cowboys also adopted the use of denims as part of their commonly-worn attire.

More recently jeans became associated with teenagers as they found them the ideal get-up to underscore their rebellious nature. In the 70s, however, jeans experimentation started as designers played with them by coming up with different styles using a variety of treatments. This experimentation continued until the 80s when clothing designers came up with the idea of modifying jeans, and started experimenting with variations on the classic styling.

The man who made the most significant contribution to the evolution of denim pants as designer clothing is Levi Strauss. Through his design, the term ‘jeans’ was coined, and he effectively brought denim pants to greater fashion heights. Prior to his entry in the fashion scene, jeans were more commonly known as ‘overalls’.

a range of coloured ladies jeansThe basic design of denim pants has hardly undergone any major change since it was first introduced. The only exception is with regard to the color with the first pair originally sporting a bluish shade. These days, jeans come in a wide range of hues with many companies making variations on the original blue denim version.

A few designers in the world of western fashion tend to disregard the enduring popularity of jeans. However, a number of them actually believe that denims are great fashion attires owing to their sturdy fabric and are actively promoting them when presenting their creations on the catwalk.

Surprisingly, even as jeans are still among the major clothing items in the world of western fashion, attempts at finding the perfect pair have been rather difficult to say the least. This unexplained mystery in denim pants is seen as another reason jeans have remained popular not only in the fashion industry but also in the public consciousness. While different colours and styles will come and go, jeans have become a staple of the fashion industry and with their unwavering popularity and versatility, we can’t imagine this changing anytime soon.

Trends in Fashion – Autumn ’15

The trending dress styles for women in 2015 appear to be quite numerous. This should be seen as good news especially for the ladies who want to appear highly-stylish, but like to mix up their wardrobe on a daily basis. These fashionistas will have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to dressing up this season.

military-influences dresses are in vogue this seasonOf the many fashion styles that have recently sprung onto the scene, a standout theme we have notices is a touch of military influence. This came in vogue during the winter-spring collections in the northern hemisphere and we expect it will influence Australia later this year. These designs while not entirely strict or formal, instead focus more on the relaxed or informal side such that cropped trousers can be worn alongside a generally silky shirt with a few sparkles here and there. The colouring and influence from army styles has even crossed over into the more feminine pieces such as skirts and dresses with splashes of khaki and military style belts to match.

Speaking of sparkles, it is interesting to note that as they re-enter the fashion scene this year, their best representative is the sequins. Nevertheless, the use of sequins remains generally limited, with their presence being more complimentary to other designs cues rather than a focal point. In order to underscore their presence on your shirt this season, they should be topped by denim jackets. Denim is a mainstay of the fashion industry and fluctuates in its popular use by the main fashion houses on a yearly basis.

demin over sequinsTailored tuxedos are also making a comeback this year. Just like the relaxed military styles, the emerging tuxedos for women is spin off from male oriented designs. Androgyny appears to be an emphasis for some fashion designers this year such that what has been traditionally male-dominated attire is now being promoted for use by the fashion-conscious woman.

Additionally, there is an obviously growing emphasis on clothing styles belonging to the 60s and the 70s, especially during the spring season. Given this, the use of a tuxedo suit has to be more glamorous than what one might envision. In order to achieve the need for more style in the suit, sequined touches and patterns have been showcased even as the chic and block versions remain highly popular.

a gypsy style floral dressIn line with the emphasis on 60s-70s clothing, flower power is likewise staging a grand comeback. This connects well with a growing trend for bohemain and gypsy influenced fashion especially relating to maxi dresses and festival fashion. Boho labels like Stevie May, Spell Designs, Free People and Arnhem Clothing are all getting in on the colourful and vibrant theme with their 2015 range. The general recommendation from fashion experts is to settle for a single outstanding floral design and taper this off by pairing it with a milder piece of clothing. Bohemian fashionistas are able to search through all the latest designs in gypsy and bohemian dresses here.

A date with history in the fashion world is evidently going to last at least for the rest of autumn as beaded skirts are also finding their way back onto the scene. Complementing these are organza capes with heavy glints, both of which date back to the Romanticism period.

For the upcoming winter season, the emphasis on androgynous and military attire at one end of the spectrum, and overt femininity at the other seems likely. Things will surely shift as the colder months pass, and spring fashion comes into play, and we’re just as excited as you are to see what all of our talented designers will come up with next!

Mix and Match with Michael Kors

Michael Kors bag and outfitWe all wish we could just wake up and walk into a closet filled with the latest fashion. Like one of those fairy tale closets that would have the perfect outfit laid out and ready to wear. But, alas, we normal folks must make do with our own limited collection.

But we can take comfort in the knowledge that even famous fashion designers like Michael Kors and fashion icons like Victoria Beckham are going back to basics.

In an interview with Vogue, Michael Kors discusses how coming up with the right outfit is like preparing a complete dish, “If you have foie gras, you need a salad. And if you’re having a rich desert, then you want to have a chicken for the main.”

He uses this analogy to describe how an outfit should be made. The core pieces, your salad and chicken, should be the trench, white shirt, grey trousers and black dresses. These are the staples that every woman should have. Kors even suggests that these clothes should compromise two-thirds of the total number of your clothes.bling watch MK

The dessert portion of the wardrobe would be the flashy watches, floral designs or bold colored jackets. “They’re the punctuation points, the icing on the cake and the cherry – then you mix it up and you’ve got a great formula.”

He states that every woman has her own way of dressing herself, her own personal style. The trick is to be aware of your own personal brand and try to improve on it and to update it regularly.

One important update would be to ditch the heels and to opt for flat shoes. sandals from Michael KorsYes, even in formal events and late night parties. In an interview with Vogue Australia, Michael Kors shares that, “The rules have changed! What you wear at the time of day – did we ever think people would wear paillettes or glam to work and flat shoes at night?” The new trend nowadays is to pair slickly cut black dresses or full matt silk skirts with – yes, you guessed it – flats.

Evidence of this new growing trend would be through Oscar de La Renta who showcased her designs with Oxfords and brogues. Even Victoria Beckham, who is known to favor heels, commented on pointy toed flats by saying, “I’ll be wearing them too, in every color,” which is a big call for the micro dynamo who easily gains 7 inches wearing heels.

So quickly ladies, now that you know the trade secrets, go check out your closet to see if you have the listed essentials. And if not, then you now have a perfectly goo  d reason to go out there and shop, shop, shop!

Designing With Celebrities Is The Present Fashion Darling

The phrase designing with celebrities is rather ambiguous as this could actually mean two entirely different things. The traditional and more standard concept has to do with designers creating fashionable clothing for popular and important personalities.kim k

The second concept about designing with celebrities focuses more on actual and real-life celebrities designing various wardrobes either for themselves or for others within their elite circle. This is a rather new and emerging phenomenon, but those who have become part of it have actually found great success. In many cases, the popularity that these celebrities-turned designers have come to enjoy are said to be significantly better than the type of attention showered on them when they were still on the other side of the fence.

Given this, designing with celebrities has become one of the more amazing events in recent fashion history. The designers, meanwhile, have become the virtual darlings in modern-day catwalk settings given the kind of sales that they have thus far generated for the fashion industry.

The rise of these so-called celebrity designers remains somewhat a surprise to a number of fashion experts. For starters, many of them had no formal fashion schooling with a few believed to have very little technical talent.

Additionally, some of the designs had no accompanying gimmickry to help in the promotions aspect. Fabrics used, meanwhile, were hardly extraordinary even as they are often said to be of high quality.

In other words, there was no outstanding appeal in the clothing designs that would warrant a successful career in fashion designing for many of these celebrities. Still, success did come to these aspiring designers, and as reported by US Vogue, they were cited as among the most successful in the world.

celebrity designer victoria beckhamCelebrity status is most likely a major contributing factor when it comes to explaining the phenomenal rise of celebrities-turned-designers. Many people are known to readily purchase any item if it happens to carry the name of a famous personality. In many cases, these items come in the form of clothing lines which a good number of celebrities have easy access to.

Of course, there are a few celebrities, notably those involved in showbiz, which did not actually start out strong. On the contrary, things began rather small for these people before they were able to hit the big time in fashion design. In this case, personal drive and perseverance are the key components for success with popularity registering only as a secondary factor.

The issue about designing with celebrities appears to be endless at least for now. This does not necessarily mean that these people are no longer popular or even needed in their chosen fields. The decision to branch out to other areas of interest is more of a need to find another source of income, preferably one that is more stable if not reliable.

Additionally, the concept of designing with celebrities is seen by some as a multi-tasking activity for many personalities. This is highly understandable given the kind of competition currently existing in the celebrity world. Opting to enter the fashion industry is not only economically viable for many of these people, it could also open several doors where the opportunities for self-improvement abound.