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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Be the Belle of the Ball at Your Next Party

     Yet another party has made its way onto your calendar and as you stare blankly into your closet, the irritating question plagues you once again: What to wear?

     Judy Gordon, fashion guru and founder of TheTrendReport.com, has the latest information on the hottest fashion and beauty trends.

     “First and foremost, it’s very important for women to wear something that makes them comfortable in their own skin,” Gordon says. “Women must feel confident because when you feel good about yourself, you look even better and your inner radiant beauty cannot help but shine through.”

     Gordon offers the following tips for looking your very best at the next party.

Fabric and Fit

     Selecting the right fabric and fit is important in making sure you look your best. If your outfit is made out of a body-hugging fabric, make sure you wear the right undergarment, especially if you are full-figured.

     Playtex Secrets Slimmers, for instance, offer full-figured women slimming yet stylish intimates to complete any outfit, whether it’s a clingy black dress or a lacy top. With Playtex Secrets Slimmers, you’ll look slimmer instantly, as the bras eliminate bulges and gaping blouse fronts. They are available at department stores nationwide.

Accessories

     * Make the perfect transition from work to nighttime party with a few simple accessories. Ditch the conservative flats for a fun pair of colored heels. Replace your chandelier earrings for long, linear earrings. And leave the big bag at the office; a fancy clutch adds just the right amount of sizzle to your look.

     * Your little black dress is right for any occasion. Make the most of it by adding a faux fur capelet or stole with a satin ribbon tie. Pearls and fancy pattern pantyhose also will transform your black dress from plain to all-dressed-up in less than a minute!

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How Watching TV Can Help You Improve Your Beauty Knowledge?

     Are you interested in learning about beauty trends? If you are, you may have tried using the internet and you may even spent money on beauty books or beauty magazines, but have you ever thought about just turning your television on? If you have yet to take the television approach, you may want to think about doing so.

     When it comes to learning more about popular beauty trends, there many individuals who wonder exactly how turning on the television can help. Well, if you are like many other Americans, there is a good chance that you have cable or satellite TV.  If you do, this means that you often have access to a large number of channels.  One or two of those channels may be referred to as beauty or fashion channels. These types of channels are where you may want to go to learn more about the latest in beauty or fashion tends. You may also find shows that help you learn how to properly apply your makeup and so forth.

     In addition to television channels and shows that are devoted to fashion and beauty, you may also want to think about tuning into an entertainment show.  Entertainments shows are shows that often cover the entertainment industry.  It is not uncommon to find a popular celebrity being interviewed or shown on an entertainment show.  As you likely already know, celebrities are often well known for their good tastes in fashion, as well as their beauty.  By watching an entertainment show, you may able get a good look at some of you today’s hottest celebrities and the latest fashion and beauty trends they are sporting.  In addition to traditional entertainment shows, you will also find that many news channels also have a small entertainment session.

     It may even be a good idea to just sit down and start watching a television show or a movie, particularly one that is new or was just recently released.  As it was previously mentioned, celebrities are often known for looking their best at all times, especially when they are on screen. If are looking for new ways to spice up your appearance, beauty wise, you may to examine some of the many fashions and beauty products that are shown your television screen. In a way, this won’t even seem like research to you.  It is fun to watch TV and kind of amazing when you think about everything that you can learn from it.

     In your search for beauty and fashion related programming, you will likely also come across infomercials.  These are paid advertising slots.  In addition to just selling a beauty product, many infomercials contain multiple product reviews and recommendations from others.  While it is nice to find neat beauty products on your television screen, you need to remember that there are no guarantees.  Infomercials are a great way to find and possibly buy beauty products, but they may not necessarily be the best at helping you understand the latest in today’s beauty trends.

     As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can use the television to help you learn more about beauty trends, as well as other beauty related issues.  This is nice as television is likely something that you already have; therefore, no extra expenses need to be incurred.  All you need to do is set aside a few minutes of your time, grab the remote and you should be good to go.

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Common Services Offered by Most Beauty Salons

     Are you interested in getting a little appearance update or are you just interested in pampering yourself a little bit?  If you are, you may want to think about heading down to your local beauty salon.  Beauty salons are the perfect place to a new hair do or even another beauty update.

     When it comes to visiting a beauty salon, many individuals wonder what type of procedures they should undergo.  If you are one of those individuals, you may want to keep on reading on.  Although different beauty salons provide different services to their customers, you will find that many offer the same or similar ones.  A few of the most popular beauty salon services are outlined below and they are ones that you will definitely want to checkout.

     When many people think of beauty salons, one of the first things that pops into their mind is hair cuts.  Hair care is a service that is offered by almost all beauty salons. Hair care services often include a trimming, shampooing, dying, highlighting, and so forth. Many beauty salons also specialize in doing “up-dos,” or other elegant hair styles for popular events like proms and weddings.  Whether you are looking to just get a haircut or you need an “up-do,” your local beauty salon should be able to offer you assistance.

     Skincare is another service that is offered by many beauty salons.  In terms of skin care, you will find that the most common service offered is tanning. A lager number of beauty salons have tanning beds for customers to use. In addition to traditional tanning beds, a large number of beauty salons are now starting to offer spray on tans, which are one hundred percent safer than using tanning beds.  If you would like to get a tan for a special event, like a wedding or a vacation, or just because, you may want to see what your beauty salon can do for you.

     Another one of the many services offered at most beauty salons that you may be interested in learning more about is nail care.  Many women choose to leave their nails plain, but many more like to paint them, get manicures and so forth. If you would like to have your nails professionally done, whether it be for work, for a wedding, or just because, you should think about making an appointment at one of your local beauty salons.

     Nail care, hair care, and tanning are a few of the many services that you may be able to undergo at one of your local beauty salons. In addition to a traditional beauty salon, you may also find a beauty salon spa in or around the area in which you live.  If you have a local beauty salon spa, you may want to think about stopping by.  Beauty salons spas are like traditional salons, but they also offer spa treatments and have a spa-like setting.  Common treatments offered at a beauty salon spa include massages, acupuncture, body wraps, and much more.

     As previously stated, the above mentioned services are just a few of the many that are commonly offered at beauty salons and beauty salon spas and they are some of the most popular treatments available.  If you would like more information on what is available to you locally, you may want to think about placing a call to your local beauty salon or beauty salon spa.

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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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A Cocktail Dress For Every Body Type

Dress for Black-tie Events

     One of the most versatile dresses that were ever designed for wear on special occasions is the cocktail dress.  While the events for which cocktail dresses are worn are usually late afternoon or early evening affairs that are too casual to be called black-tie events, many cocktail dresses can now be worn elsewhere, depending on the cut and the material of the dress and the accessories worn with it.

     To wear a cocktail dress to a more formal event, all you need to do is to accessorize accordingly, perhaps wear more flashy pieces of jewelry and heavier makeup.  If you need to wear something dressy to the office for any reason other than the usual skirt or pantsuit, you can wear a cocktail dress that is not too flashy and just throw on a blazer and slip into sensible office shoes.  Many current styles of cocktail dresses are no longer limited to being party wear anymore.

     Choosing what style of cocktail dress to wear, however, can be very tricky for most women.  After all, only a few women could claim to have truly perfect bodies, and most women who do not fall into the supermodel category prefer to hide the flaws of their figures.  Wearing a one-piece dress such as a cocktail dress can easily reveal those flaws if the dress does not fit the wearer’s body type.

     In picking out the right cocktail dress to wear, a woman should always consider her body type – whether she is top-heavy or bottom-heavy – and find something that will balance out her figure.  If she is bottom-heavy, her aim should be to draw attention to the upper part of her body and to her face.  If she is top-heavy, she has the option either to emphasize her cleavage or to wear something that will pull the eyes to her legs.

     What kind of cocktail dress would suit a woman with a bottom-heavy figure?   As said above, a woman with a bottom-heavy figure would want to hide the thickness around her hips and thighs.  A good cocktail dress for her to wear would be a dress that fits closely around the waist but without the seams pushed out by extra padding around the abdomen and has a skirt that flares out around the hips and thighs.  A cocktail dress with a full skirt would be perfect for a woman with a bottom-heavy figure because it will definitely hide whatever flabbiness and bulges that she wishes not to be seen around her lower body.

Empire Dress Style

   Another option available for a woman with a bottom-heavy figure is a cocktail dress that sports an empire-style waistline.  A cocktail dress with an empire-style waistline has the waist placed higher, thereby pulling the eyes towards the shoulders, the neck and the face.  It also drapes and skims over the lower body.  The only risk with wearing an empire-style cocktail dress, however, is that the empire-style cut is often used on maternity dresses, and so a woman wearing such a dress may be mistaken to be pregnant.

     And yet another choice open for a woman with a bottom-heavy figure is a cocktail dress that is either sleeveless or strapless, also with a flaring skirt.  Again, baring the arms and the shoulders is effective in drawing attention away from the hips.

     As for women with top-heavy figures, she could either emphasize her cleavage or her legs, as mentioned above.  If she wants to put focus on her legs rather than her cleavage, she can wear a cocktail dress with a solid-colored top paired with a patterned skirt.  She can hike the hem of her skirt up to make it shorter and really draw the eyes to her legs.

     If she wants to attract attention to her ample cleavage rather than her legs, she

Cocktail Dress

can cover up her legs in a long-skirted cocktail dress but reveal a little skin on her upper body with a low V-neck or plunging neckline.  In fact, she can draw the eyes to both her top and her legs by wearing a short cocktail dress with a low neckline if she wants to.  What she should not do is to wear a cocktail dress with an overly busy top because it will make her upper body appear larger and skew the balance of her figure.

     Accessories also help to keep the illusion of balance on a woman’s figure aside from wearing the right kind of cocktail dress.  Bottom-heavy women can wear flashy earrings, necklaces or chokers, while top-heavy women can forego the necklace and opt for a bracelet instead.  However, she should buy her cocktail dress first before figuring out what accessories, bag and shoes to wear.

     Cocktail dresses are versatile dresses that can be worn on any occasion that requires some degree of formality without being a full black-tie event.  A woman should be able to choose the right cocktail dress that can really flatter her body type.

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The Pros and Cons of Getting Your Beauty Tips Online

     Are you interested in improving your appearance, at least beauty wise?  If you are, you may have been told by those that you know to turn to the internet.  While the internet is a great way to familiarize yourself with the latest in beauty trends, as well as learn how to properly apply makeup, get beauty product recommendations and so forth, you also need to be careful when doing so. Despite what you and others are often told, there are both pros and cons to getting your beauty and fashion information from the internet.

     As previously mentioned, the internet is a great source of information, no matter what you are looking to research.  That is one of the many pros or plus sides to using the internet to research beauty tips, tricks, techniques, and the latest beauty trends.  You often have a number of different options. For example, you can visit traditional websites that just focus on beauty and fashion or you can visit the websites of popular printed beauty magazines. You may also be able to find strictly online versions of beauty magazines.  These types of magazines are often referred to as online beauty magazines.  Having a number of different resources at your tips is what makes the internet nice and convenient.

     Although it is nice to be able to access to a number of online resources, when looking for beauty tips, tricks, trends, and techniques, you never really know what you will end up coming across. This is most evident when you come across a website that was designed by someone just like you, an everyday internet user. What you need to remember is that the internet allows just about anyone to post anything that they want online.  Just because someone outlines a new beauty trend or gives you a product recommendation, it doesn’t mean that they are speaking the truth. You may not necessarily think about it at the time, but getting your information from unchecked sources may actually end up putting you and your health in danger.

     Another one of the many pros or plus sides to using the internet to learn more about beauty is that it is free, at least to find what you are looking for. Most of the websites and resource guides that you will find online are free to access. As long as you take a minute to examine the information being given to you or the source of that information, you shouldn’t have a problem with using the internet to get beauty product recommendations or tips on how to apply makeup and other beauty care products.  Depending on how often you search for beauty information, you may be able to save yourself a considerable amount of money by using the internet instead of buying printed fashion magazines, which can actually get quite costly overtime.

     As outlined above, you can find beauty tips, tricks, and information on beauty trends by visiting beauty focused websites, reading online beauty magazines, as well by visiting the online websites of popular printed fashion magazines.  Finding all of these resources is another one of the many pros to using the internet.  When using the internet, it is easy to find whatever you are looking for. A simple standard internet search could help direct you to a popular online beauty website or it could even take you directly to what you were looking for, like tips on how to remove properly remove your makeup at night.

     As you can see, from being outlined above, the internet is a great way to find information on beauty tips, tricks, and trends.  If you are interested in improving the way that you wear your makeup, how you wear your hair, or the appearance of your skin, you may want to think about turning to the internet to do so.  As a reminder though, it is important that you display caution and use your best judgment, especially with something important like beauty product reviews.

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