How To Wear A Hat

Many women shy away from wearing hats simply because they honestly believe that they would not be able to pull off wearing one.  To some women, hats call too much attention to themselves.  Some women, on the other hand, just do not know how to wear a hat.  It is a shame, actually, because a hat is a fashion accessory that every woman should have in her wardrobe.

     Now, why is that?  Why should a hat or two be part of a woman’s wardrobe?  One reason is that a hat is a great fashion accessory that can pull together an outfit and improve its overall look.  The other reason is that a hat provides ample protection from the harmful rays of the sun, at a time when skin cancer is now a cause for fear and people are becoming aware of the dangers of exposing the skin to sunlight far too long.

     In order to be able to pull off the look of an outfit with a hat, you only need to know how to wear one.  The basic rule about wearing hats is that if you find the particular hat that you have got on quite comfortable and you feel confident about wearing it, then all other rules are canceled out.  The most important thing about wearing hats is that you have to feel confident and comfortable with the hat you are wearing.

     But if you are the type to pay attention to details, then read on.

     One thing you should know about hats is that when you are shopping for a hat, you should pick a hat that matches the proportions of your face.  You will be wearing your hat quite closely to your face and so the hat will draw attention to the features of your face.  If your face is small, you should wear a small hat.  If your face is wide, your hat should have a wide brim.  A small hat on a wide face will make the face look wider; a big hat on a small face will drown the face.

     The color of your hat should either complement or flatter your skin tone.  If your skin is pale with rosy hues, then a pink or red or rust-colored hat would look nice on you.  If your skin is dark or with yellow tones, you can wear just about any color hat but do try not to stick to just black.

     If you are wearing solid colors, it would be nice to top off your outfit with a printed hat that combines together the colors you are wearing.  You could also opt for a printed hat that provides a nice contrast to the colors of your outfit.  Either way, your hat can make your outfit look nicer and much more interesting.

     Try to avoid matching your hat’s material with the material of your top or your jacket.  You may end up overdoing the look.  If you are wearing a leather jacket, try to go for a contrast and wear a tweed pageboy hat instead of something made also of leather.  If you are wearing a tweed jacket, maybe a knitted cap would tie your outfit up and make it work.

     Playing with contrasts is also a good thing to do when you are wearing a man’s hat.  If you want to wear a man’s hat, like a fedora, you can go whimsical on it and wear pretty and really feminine earrings to soften the look. And of course, a dash of bright or warm lipstick and lengthening mascara will further feminize the look with the otherwise masculine hat.

     Going for a casual look with just jeans and a plain T-shirt?  You can dress up your denims by wearing a hat, maybe a pageboy or a hat with a wide brim.  The overall impression would be a look that is casual, effortless and yet certainly more lively and interesting to the eyes.

     You can go ahead and experiment with the kinds and styles of hats that you may want to match up with your outfit.  However, here are a few things you ought to avoid when wearing a hat.

     Always wear your hat in front of your head, fitting snuggly with your forehead.  Only little girls wear their hats to the back of the head.

     Shun retro hats and baseball caps as much as possible.  Retro hats are out of style because they are out of style, if you get the drift.  A baseball cap, on the other hand, will pull your style grade down a couple of notches rather than upgrade it.  Unless you are going for a jog in your sweats or getting some yard cleaning or gardening done, avoid wearing baseball cap.

     Lastly, do not turn to your hat to save your outfit if you think you have made a mistake in pulling clothes from your closet. If you think you are underdressed or overdressed, leave the hat off because it will only call more attention to your clothes.

    Hats are great fashion accessories. You should go and get yourself a hat right away.

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Hip Hop Fashion

     Generally Hip Hop clothing is broken into classic styles and modern styles.  The former is defined as styles from the seventies and eighties and the later the very late eighties, nineties and after the year two thousand.

      Classic Hip Hop includes large glasses, multi-finger rings, gold necklaces, and Adidas shell toes with oversized laces.  Hair styles took on a very strong African American influence, many people choosing jheri curls, chains and dreadlocks.  Red-black-and-green became common color pallets, made famous by several prominent actors and actresses.  This time period was one of establishing Hip Hop as a movement and a very distinctive culture and modern Hip Hop clothing and culture owes its popularity to these 1980s roots.

     The more modern style taken in by Hip Hop has much been effected by rap artists who made popular the wearing of brighter colors, often in neon, and wearing usual clothing items in unusual ways.  Baseball hats at various angles and clothing worn backwards are good examples of this.  As styles closed in on the year 2000 Hip Hop clothing took on an influence from thugs and inmates, larger clothing, belt less pants and military accents became a prime point of recognition of Hip Hop style.  Other marks of this change of trend were flannel over shirts and gold teeth, or at least gold fixtures placed over one’s real dental pallet.

     Currently there are many places where Hip Hop clothing can be acquired.  Some of the simplest pieces may come from the corner thrift shop or flea market, but as the Hip Hop style has progressed in complexity and popularity it has been picked up by many big markets, charging a big dollar for what they provide.  In order to push back against this trend online websites such as urbanhotlist.com have sprung up, offering discounted brand names and a place to fill many needs at once.

     Many advantages and disadvantages exist when it comes to working with an online sales site, like urbanhotlist.com.  Very often you have access to a much broader base of merchandise, and the ability for bulk ordering allows the prices to be kept very reasonable even after adding the extra charges for shipping and handling.

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Cowboy Up! Western Wear: From Cowboy Boots to Stylish Western Handbags

     Western wear isn’t what it used to be – it’s much more than a gal or girl could have ever imagined years ago. Not only can western wear fans find unique cowboy boots and cowboy hats today, they can now accessorize their western wardrobe with many other stylish items, such as western handbags and western wallets. Here’s a quick guide to some amazing western fashion products that have come on the scene in recent years.

Western Handbags and Western Wallets

     For the ladies, western handbags have become a necessary part of their western ensemble. Who wants to carry a purple or black beaded purse when wearing western clothing, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat? With western handbags, ladies can carry all their personal items, cash, and identification along to the rodeo or anywhere else without sticking out like a sore thumb! They can now carry a western handbag to match their western clothing and blend with the others.

    Western handbags come in an array of designs, colors and sizes to coordinate with almost any western outfit. Mahogany, Ebony & Ivory, Chocolate, Retro, and even Texas Flag styles are all available in “western” style along with many others! Other accessories to go along with western handbags include belts, jewelry, and wallets. Western wallets for the guys also come in different styles and colors.

Western Cell Phone Cases

     Now, modern cell phones can blend with western attire with western cell phone cases. These are practical, made with leather for durability and flexibility, and come in different styles and colors. Men and women alike can carry their cell phones without doing injustice to their western clothing!

Western Tack and Western Saddles

     Many cowboys and cowgirls won’t dress in western wear unless their horse can too! That’s why horse tack and western saddles have been made in all sorts of styles to fit every taste. The horse might not understand, but many owners want their horses to look great as well. Western tack and western saddles, along with unique halters, spur straps, and bridles, help to complete the rider’s (and horse’s) image.

Western Décor for the Home

     Many western fans love to decorate their homes with beautiful western décor items such as paintings of horses, Native Americans, western scenes, or farms. Western décor goes wonderfully with paneled, dark brown or pastel room colors. Rustic furniture and tables also look great with western décor accessories.

Gift Ideas for the Western Fan

     Western décor items and western clothing make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, graduation and other special occasions. Shoppers can find all sorts of western products and gifts at online western wear retailers. Many small towns don’t have a specialty western product retailer, so the Internet is a convenient solution. And, shoppers never have to leave their home to find great western handbags, clothing, horse tack and other western products.

     Western handbags and other items are a great way to express one’s love for the Old West!

How to Select the Right Color Clothes?

     All of us have some favorite color or the other. Whatever color we pick to wear it clearly reflects on our personality. Clothes color and personality type are the two stuffs that speak a lot about a person. Following is a list that can help you select the right colored clothes that complement both red hair and dark eyes.

•             Begin your search for the right color clothes by divorcing yourself from your favorite colors.

•             Check out the color of your hair in the mirror. Are they brown? A true red head? Or do you have dark black hair.

•             Remove all traces of makeup

•             Look at your eyes in the mirror. Do you have cat eyes? Chocolate brown eyes? Or do you have black berry eyes?

•             Know about the color of your skin. Are you fair, whitish or dark?

•             Now that you are armed with personally empowering information you can start your shopping.

     Choose ivory, tans, beige, medium browns, violet blues and golden yellow colored clothes if you have strawberry blonde or light hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion. Choose earth tones if you are have red head, golden brown eyes and whitish color skin. It’s very important that you select clothes that go well with your body outlook.

How colors affect your personality

•             The color red is a perfect choice if you want to make a distinctive fashion statement.

•             Peach and pink shades are indications of coolness and calm.

•             The color black represents power. Black can simply sail in all functions.

•             Blue is a color of warmth and trust. It’s a must for every man.

•             The color yellow portrays a feeling of anxiety and alertness of mind.

•             Green represents freshness, relaxation and calmness

•             Brow n is perfect for classy informal styling

•             Gray is a perfect indication that you are a balanced person.

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Fall Fashion Trend – Take Your Jacket To The Shrink

     Fall and winter may have brought out long peacoats and trenches before, but not this year. One of the most sought-after pieces for the upcoming season will be the shrunken jacket, in a variety of styles. The difference between these new, tinier versions of your traditional autumn and winter favorites is their length; cuts are the same as traditional coats, but they hit slightly above the waist and often tie or button under the chest. The beauty of these new pieces is that they provide coverage in colder months without sacrificing sexiness or femininity.

    The perfect jacket is one of the most important elements of your wardrobe, and with so many shapes and fabrics available this fall, it would be a crime to choose just one. The ever-present denim jacket is back with a new vengeance. Instead of the washes of last season or bulkiness of years before, this season’s denim jacket is soft, body-conscious and far more feminine than the traditional denim jacket. Corduroy and leather are back again, cropped and ready to be worn over anything from your favorite dress to distressed jeans.

     A new take on an old favorite is safe, but take advantage on the amazing new fabrics and styles the end of the year has to offer. Brocade is big this season and some of the most sought-after new jackets are made of the rich, detailed design. Many of these brocaded, boudoir-style jackets are trimmed in rich velvet or lace piping and can be paired with tweed trousers of you favorite jeans. Many of these new jackets are cut at the hip but some are reaching even higher—cropped just below the chest (H & M). Made in rich, new fabrics like tweed and velvet, these jackets have mixed a traditionally matronly fabric with a cut and cling that makes it youthful and sexy. Even faux fur and metallic finishes are adorning the newest trend (Allen B. by Allen Schwartz).

     Getting short isn’t the only new addition to a cold weather favorite. Sleeves are getting revamped this season, retro-style. Traditional coat fabrics like houndstooth are being used in a new way. Bell sleeves (think bellbottom sleeves, cut below the elbow) mix cropped length with a traditional fabric and throwback to 70s style (Banana Republic). You’ll also see a mini version of the military jacket this season; a cropped, girlie take on the long, heavy style, adorned with brass buttons and zippers (Bebe).

     The beauty of these new jackets is the versatility they bring to your own style: mix them with denim, dresses, skirts and trousers. Since there isn’t one specific style or fabric that will reign this fall, all styles and sizes can take advantage of a new take on an old favorite.

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Do You Remember: Retro Fashion and 70’s Nostalgia

     Take for example the Mini Skirt.

Mary Quant - Mini Skirts

     Mary Quant, chanteuse of the swinging 60’s Carnaby Street, is credited as the first to reveal the ultra-short miniskirt. The mini was shocking, and not since the 20’s flapper had exposing your knee caused such a stir. Respectable ladies wore skirts at knee length, and young girls were supposed to follow the respectable path, but something happened when the daring Quant shortened skirts, and the world went mod.

     Designer Andre Courreges is also credited with the mini’s creation, but Quant successfully commercialized the new freedom of teenage fashion, exposing the sexually explosive 60’s to the mini. The all-too-revealing miniskirt coincided with the birth of the sexual revolution, and exposed more than legs. The birth control pill hit the market in 1960, and in 1962, feminist and future Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl, a support manual for young women who refused marriage but didn’t want to sacrifice the most primal urge. Sex was everywhere, and even more shocking than girls enjoying sex was that they were talking about it. And the miniskirt was the best advertisement for the sexual revolution.

     Girls could strut their stuff, free to expose their sensuality, and men were just going to have to deal with it! No more covering up, keeping flesh under wraps because of the consequences of temptation. The miniskirt boldly stated the new confidence of a woman’s body, and her place in the feminine world. Protection and ‘providing for’ was no longer what the 60’s gal wanted. She called the shots, and in her sexy new miniskirt, she got what she wanted.

     The miniskirt has remained a major staple throughout the years, as a sign of both sexuality and confidence (though we should warn you that showing thigh won’t instantly turn you into an Amazon princess. The mini might make you look sexy, but the confidence part is up to you). The 80’s returned the miniskirt back to pure unadulterated sensuality when Madonna slithered across the floor in thigh-high, black lycra miniskirts. Paired with lace tights and mesh shirts that exposed the navel, the 80’s miniskirt was unashamed and in your face. The 60’s mini was mild in comparison to the body-hugging shamelessness of 80’s cotton lycra.

Hemlines

     The mini-skirt received even more controversy when it found its way into the professional realm of the 90’s. Heather Locklear’s ‘Amanda’ on Melrose Place stirred up attention in her skirts that barely hung below the hemline of her suit jackets. Professional women were conflicted: yes, the mini-skirt made your legs look fabulous, but was this going too far? When Calista Flockhart’s title character on Ally McBeal received more attention for her skirts than for her law practice, girls had to wonder if the line had been crossed.

     Hemlines rise and fall faster than the stock market—where liberated women are down on the exchange floor beside their fellow man, thank you very much. The true fashion icon of the 60’s, the mini skirt is fearless: it allows women to celebrate their sexuality, and yet defies the old fashion convention of yesteryear.

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A Season Of Classic Looks And Delicate Details

     What will women be wearing this fall? The style-savvy experts at Chadwick’s, the nation’s first and largest value fashion catalog, say that clean and conservative looks are back in vogue. Skin-baring outfits are out and layering is in. Volume and textured fabric are fashion’s buzzwords, and rich colors like black, red, purple and gray ruled the runways. Chadwick’s offers the following tips on how to be fashionable this fall:

Sleek Silhouettes

     The “new suit” features fitted jackets paired with slim pants and skirts, for a polished, tailored look. Consider a mandarin collar or washed wool plaid blazer with a favorite pair of pants for sophisticated style. Or menswear-styled suit jackets, softened with feminine details and gentle draping, create a look that works in a boardroom or a bistro.

     Give your pants some pizzazz by wearing cropped or wide-legged styles. Several top designers explored this trend with contrasting looks-pairing loose with tight and long with short. Anyone can wear this look by balancing the silhouette with heels or an appropriate top.

Touchable Textures

     Luxurious velvet made a comeback this season. Chadwick’s designs feature crushed and jewelry-close velvet blazers that create a modern look.

     From chunky cable to fine gauge, there’s a knit for all occasions. For a cozy option on chilly fall nights, choose a sweater-knit. For a feminine spin, try a twin set lined with ruffles or a beaded cardigan.

Au Courant Accents

     For tasteful fall layering, it’s all in the details. Pieces trimmed in lace or ruffles create a romantic touch under shirts and jackets.

     Wound along the hem of a skirt or down a pant leg, embroidery adds a splash of style. Paisley and floral designs are classic twists on this modern trend.

     One signature snapshot is a jacket cinched at the waist with a belt. Pair it with a boot of any height for an up-to-the-minute look.

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