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Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Role Of Fashion In Society

Everyone is a part of it, even folks that would deny it. Most fashion lovers don’t stop to think about the possible meanings this ancient social phenomenon has for society at large. Although mostly associated with trendy clothing and accessories, the term encompasses just about anything that denotes something that appeals to large groups of people at any point in time. Here are some reasons as to the wider meanings this cultural phenomenon might have.

The meaning of the term could include concrete objects to passing mannerisms. At some point in people’s lives it becomes something that everyone one pays attention to, as transient as it might be. It’s something that’s visible everyday and everywhere, and changes rapidly with the seasons.

Human beings generally desire novelty as well as conformity. These are social demands that fashion fulfill well. It makes a society-based practice of the need for newness, with many people participating in it. The rapid changes in what is perceived to be trendy is also indicative of the fact that people always seem to have need for things that are novel. It’s clear that this phenomenon has valuable psychological functions as well.

At the same time its manifestation also satisfies the need to be distinctive, the desire to stand out from the crowd. Thus variety and novelty go hand in hand, two human desires that anything fashionable seems to sate. Anything from the latest shoes to cell phones or tastes in music are suitable as visible markers of uniqueness.

In a way it also helps to sate the need for conformity. Everyone conforms to the extent that everybody has some interest in what’s new and trendy. It gives the sense that one is part of a larger whole, a necessary social-psychological mechanism to fortify against the sense of isolation from the rest of humanity.

It also has a role to play in facilitating cultural shifts between all manner of customs. It thus prevents socially-derived customs from being static, and underscores the importance of adaptability in beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. So in a sense it reflects on the surface a deeper resilience involving adaptation to changing circumstances, something important in the history of the survival of the human species.

It is also a mode of cultural influence. People with high and sought-after status like film and pop stars or admired artists are sometimes unwitting trendsetters when it comes to what’s regarded as fashionable clothing or even eating habits. Even subcultures of every type adopt unique styles as a way of socially marking its distinctiveness and influence over its members.

Universally cultures divided by geographical and social space use fashion as a marker of difference and uniqueness. Through it a social group or nation communicates its rich history to the world. Even among the same social group there are usually a plethora of smaller groupings based along the lines of religion or ethnicity that express a sense of history and solidarity through this phenomenon. Thus despite its transitory surface appearance fashion represents enduring social and psychological qualities unique to humanity.

How The Movies Influence Male Fashion

Suits and shirts designed for men may come in a variety of different cuts, fabrics and styles, but the same cannot be said for the male casual wear market, which compared to the many options females have when it comes to casual wear, is left somewhat lacking. Men’s causal wear still lacks the volume and variety of its female counterparts, but the creation of the young, fashion conscious metrosexuals did help the industry expand immensely.

Hollywood and film directors have also had to deal with a major shift in the movie-goers demographics. The recent decade has seen the rise of the male teen flicks, films written and directed to appeal to a male, teenage to early twenties aged demographic. This alteration in targeted demographic parallels the coming of age of the echo-boom generation, the largest generation since the baby-boom generation, and has lead to the box-office success of many teen male aimed films, most notably The Dark Knight, Lord of the Rings and Transformers. These high-grossing films often lead to a heavy influx of fashion merchandise, such as bags and t-shirts, which are examples of films directly influencing style.

Equally, films directed in a more progressive and modern style, such as Kick Ass and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, have benefited from Hollywood’s changed demographic. It’s these more progressive, very teenage orientated films that seem to be almost altering the style of male fashion in a very notable way.

The fur hooded parka sported by the lead character in the Scott Pilgrim film is one example of fashion falling under cinematic influences, as once the parka had been shown on screen, many high street shops began selling similar parka coats, declaring them once more in style. Similarly, the rest of the casts’ unique scruffy, causal, “hipster” styles also began to bleed into the high street shops, and onto the designers’ runways.

Arguments have been made that it’s not the fashion designers that take inspiration from the films, but rather the films stylists are very aware of what is a-la-mode, and so style the actors accordingly. Regardless of which is inspired by which, the fashion in films and the fashion on the runway seem to parallel each other very closely.

Kids Wear – Boys & Girls Kids Fashion Wear

In this modern world, Men and Women both are fashion conscious now and know the importance of designer wears. Same way Children also are not far behind the trend. They also would love to wear fashionable kid wear designed by expert fashion designers who knows the type of children clothing would be the best suit as per events, weather and individual child. Children wear may include jackets, striped sweaters, T-shirts, shirts, skirts in different colour shades. They are specifically designed to fulfill the practical needs of children. They include a varied range of clothes for children to suit their tastes and styles. Kids apparels and related accessories such as foot wears, gift items etc. are in huge demand too. Children and kids section have become a big market these days. One can purchase children clothes from kids wear shop near to your home or online kids fashion wear shop.

One has to keep in mind certain things on purchasing the kids dresses either boys clothing or girls clothing from online kids wear shop that the site must be legal, verify the statement of previous buyers and about their experience of online purchase from that site. You have only the photographs and feature instead of real material so you need to check the trust worthiness of the site before purchasing the kids wear because you cannot compromise with the things for your child. Also need to check payment mode and there should not be any hidden charges along with the refund policy if you dislike the material or not as per the description given on site. Size, shape, quality and style of kids wear must match with the features given on site for particular kids clothing. There must be quality assurance from online kids wear shop for the children dress and free look in period during which customer can return the children wear if not as per the mark given on the site.

Kids wear has a lot of variety which includes tops, t-shirts, shorts, skirts, rompers, graceful dresses, night suits etc Depending upon your needs and budget you can decide what to buy for your kid. A lot of stock is manufactured according to the season like summer wear or winter wear. You can make your choice based on the season as well. Kids usually do not have a mind of their own. Their choice depends on something they have seen on television or may be some other kid around in the neighborhood. You can try to involve your kid in the decision while buying clothes so as to inculcate the idea of making choice in them. Shopping with kids and for kids is a wonderful experience. You can cherish the memories associated with it throughout your life.

Be open to choose the best Graduation Dresses

Choosing a prom party dress is a fun task. Don’t underestimate the power of stilettos and fancy makeup. Find quality Graduation Dresses and get started! You can keep up with the latest trends by making smart decisions. Some dresses are designed by fashion experts who truly care about glamour. Just start searching in advance and get prepared to feel beautiful. Get to find an appealing prom dress that will meet your needs. Don’t panic, there are many Graduation Dresses styles that will surely meet the dress-code. Selecting your dress is a fun experience.

A seamstress can always help you change specific details. But, don’t forget to look into the right size. You can look onto sizing charts that will prevent confusions. Find silk dresses that are lightweight and fancy. Some designers are developing dresses with appealing Indian decorations. Mix and match accessories and consider lace sleeves to the elbow. This will increase your glamour for sure. The best dress designers who focus on prom parties are exposed new trends.

If you’ve been feeling down due to unwanted pounds, start dieting and spot a luxurious dress. The best Graduation Dresses are at your disposal and will make you feel good about yourself. In case you didn’t know, the dresses have evolved over time and today even worth Gothic dresses in black or red.

What is the best? Truth is, the sky is the limit! Whether you like it or not, you need to just take a little eye on fashion 8th Grade Graduation Dresses trends, this will ensure a great purchase. Plus, consider seeking professional advice. If you are a newbie in the world of fashion, it is imperative to seek for advice. Look onto satin styles, combine a few colors, compare lightweight fabrics and don’t lose your mind!

You will be amazed on the new convertible dresses. You can opt for fabric flowers and many other textures. Floral 8th Grade Graduation Dresses are often considered the sweetest thing. Everyone will be looking at you. So, are you ready to be the center of attention? You should remain patient until you spot the perfect dress. If you are serious about looking like a princess, it may be time to start.

The search for 8th Grade Graduation Dresses should start at least 5 months in advance; this will give you enough time to tailor it. Lastly, if you are skinny, consider tulle and corsets. You will be able to look stylish and attractive! For more plump girls, rods and interlinings will do.

Great Ways To Express Yourself Through Fashion

Fashion is something that is different to everyone. One persons’ idea of a beautiful outfit is another persons’ idea of disgust. The great thing about fashion is that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. There are many different styles and ways of expressing oneself that everyone can have the great experience of expressing their personalities through fashion. Taking advantage of experimenting with fashion is a fantastic opportunity available to anyone who is interested.

One of the best ways to express yourself is through the use of color. There are many ideas about what the various colors mean and many people are drawn to certain color palletes. There are pale, pastel colors and there are bright, vibrant colors. Many people like to just use white and black while others have their few, select favorites.

As mentioned before, there is no right or wrong way to dress yourself regarding color. Many people will disagree according to the skin tone you are working with. Hair is also another factor that many use in determining their favorite clothing colors. As long as the individual who wears the colors likes them, then he or she is expressing him or herself just as he or she should.

There are some good rules of thumb for how to wear clothes according to your body type. Each persons’ body is different and has different problem areas. Dressing with clothes that are flattering can be a great way to hide problem areas and accentuate your positive attributes. Whether you prefer tight-fitting or baggy clothes is completely up to your personal sense of style and your preference for expressing yourself.

One way to express yourself through fashion is to get certain types of brands of clothing. There are brands that are associated with sports such as Nike and Addidas. There are brands associated with punk rock. There are brands associated with country living. There are also brands associated with classic, elegant looks. The Nation LTD brand is one that fits the classic, elegant arena.

As mentioned throughout this article, there are some great ways to express yourself through fashion. You can do it by selecting certain types of colors to wear. You can express yourself by wearing certain types of fitted clothing, according to whether you prefer baggy or tight fitted clothes. You can also express yourself by wearing certain brands that give off specific messages. Regardless of what your style is, it’s important that you be yourself and express who you are by way of fashion.

Jessi Cruickshank Launches new T-Shirt at Me To We

A couple of weeks ago I had the please of meeting the former MTV host Jessi Cruickshank at The ME to We store. I was woken up from a nap by a friend who works for the non- profit organization, asking me If I would like to help out. I thought about it for a minute and decided that I am past the age where I need to “nap” anymore. I woke up, got ready and headed towards the store. I did arrive a bit later than everyone else,I looked around and spotted my friend waving at me. As I approached I realized that she was mid conversation with Jessi herself. I was taken back by how comfortable she made me feel. We talked about make up and lipsticks and then eased into her collaboration with Me To We.

Jessi spoke about her collaboration with the Free The Children and the impact it left on her. She wanted to do more and find different ways that she can help spread the word about the organizations.In my opinion, The T-Shirt idea is wonderful because it helps Jessi play a role in the fashion design, and give back to the community all at the same time. All the proceeds from sales go to Me to We and Free The Children. The T-Shirt itself speaks to wide range of audience because it is very fashionable and not just a popsicle mold/cookie cutter way of clothing that’s easily found on the market today. It is very up to date with the current fashion trends, and appealing to consumers. Another plus to creating an appealing T-Shirt with a hidden message is the fact that it attracts numerous people to converse about the issues the world faces today. People are not always looking to give donations or have the time to volunteer. I am a hard working student, and I ever had extra cash lying around, i’d want to treat myself. The T-Shirt attracts those looking to help and those who are simply interested in the fashion industry.

People are not looking at the T-Shirt thinking, this is for a charity, they are thinking, this a cute shirt that I can wear on a regular basis. It is a guilt free purchase, you know the product was not created in a lean manufacturing environment, it’s unique and appealing. In some way, it is a donation, where you get something in return.

It was a wonderful experience meeting Jessi Cruickshank, she was just as down to earth in real life as she seems on television.

Considerations When Shopping For Ethical Fashion

If you have made the decision to live a more sustainable lifestyle and to only buy products that are considered ethical then fashion is likely to be something that will have though about. There is plenty of evidence of practices in the fashion industry that are damaging to both the environment and people involved but what is ethical fashion and what do we need to consider when shopping for ethical fashion?

Ethical fashion is a term that can be used to describe any clothing that is produced and distributed in a way that is more ethical than conventional clothing. This can include any or all of the following:- organic or sustainable fabrics, made in an ethical factory, Fairtrade, a proportion of the companies profits donated to charity, made by co operatives, made from recycled materials. As the term ethical fashion encompasses so many different aspects, it can sometimes be difficult to work out exactly what is ethical.

1.Environmental Impact

If you want to minimise the impact that your clothing has on the environment, you can do so buy buying second hand or clothes made from organic or sustainable fibres. The cultivation of conventional cotton uses a large amount of pesticides which are both damaging to the environment and can contaminate water supplies. The growth of cotton using pesticides is also not sustainable and farmers become trapped in a cycle of using more and more pesticides to combat the resistance that the pests develop. Other environmental considerations when buying clothes are the carbon footprint or amount of CO2 emissions associated with their production and whether they are made from natural fibres and so biodegradable after their natural life. You could also look for ethical shoes as the process of tanning leather is also damaging to the environment.

2.A Fair Deal For Everyone

Buying ethical fashion is partly about ensuring that everyone in the supply chain gets fair remuneration. This is particularly important for the growers of cotton and the most well known and established scheme for ensuring this is Fairtrade. There are also a number of other schemes and co operatives that ensure that those involved in the manufacture of clothing get a fair deal.

Buying quality clothes to last is not only the most sustainable way to shop but also allows you to pay a reasonable price for a piece of clothing which can then be passed on to those in the supply chain.

3.Manufacture

The factories that clothing is manufactured in are often dirty, dangerous and uncomfortable for workers. Some employ child labour, some treat their staff very badly not allowing them basic human rights and some pay less than a living wage. In particular leather tanning uses some very toxic chemicals that can be damaging to the workers as can the glue used to make shoes. Often ethical shies are made using vegetable tanned leather or other natural materials. Some companies provide information on the standards in the factories where their clothes are produced so that you can be sure that staff are treated ethically.

Overall ethical policies of a company

Whilst some companies may sell clothing that is ethical in one way or another, for some people this is not enough. It is worth considering whether you want to buy ethical fashion from a company, which makes the majority of its money selling non ethical goods. Many companies will have strict ethical policies covering all areas of their business and may even include donating a proportion of their turnover to charity.

Watch out for green washing

Green washing is the term used to describe unsubstantiated claims about eco or ethical credentials of their products, by companies for the purpose of marketing. The only way to avoid green wash is to look for further information. Some time the labels or packaging on ethical shoes or clothing will give further information. If not the website is a good place to look. Look for standards and certifications which prove their claims and the companies overall ethical policy.

When shopping for ethical fashion, you need to decide what is important to you. The type of ethical shoes or clothing that you buy will very much depend on what you are looking to achieve. By buying Fairtrade, you can ensure that your purchase in benefiting people in another country, by buying clothes manufactured locally, you are helping the local economy and it is easier to check that staff in the factories are treated well. Which ever type of ethical clothing, you choose to buy; any small steps that you can take will have some benefit.

Mexican Handcrafted Jewelry Valuable Fashion Accessory

The trend of wearing fashionable accessories is gaining immense popularity. Shopping malls and numerous jewelry outlets are flooded with extrinsic designer ornaments. Wearing designer jewelleries complementing your outfit can make the appearance absolutely striking. It can add an artistic and exclusive look to the while appearance. Apart from readymade jewelleries, there is a sudden outburst of the handcrafted jewelry in market. Definitely such exclusive handcrafted ornaments enhance the overall beauty. Handmade jewelleries can be differentiated according to unique patterns, colors and design.

Mexico is well known for creating the finest quality of distinctive jewelry. The country has some of the largest silver mines which produce a significant percentage of silver. Mexico is having several silver craftsmen. The Mexican jewelry uses natural materials such as turquoise, amber, coral, jade and silver. These silver jewelleries are made up of silver in its pure form. This is exactly why such exclusive pieces of silver jewelry shines so much and attracts people.

The handmade jewelry forms special ornamental accessory that blends perfectly with both traditional and westernized outfits. The distinctive embellishments and materials utilized in crafting handmade ornaments delivers the most stunning look that you always have wished to have. If you are wearing exclusive handmade jewelry, then it is quite evident that you will become noticeable by onlookers. With their assorted collection of jewelry design, you can conveniently make selections depending upon your personalized tastes and interests.

In olden days, handcrafted jewelleries were made up of specific materials such as glass and beads. Nowadays, with changing times artisans have adapted themselves to the latest fashion styles and are developing highly innovative and exclusive jewelry. The artisan jewelry comes in several vibrant colors and is known as the leading fashion accessories in the market. Be it necklaces, bracelets, earnings or rings, these creative pieces of handcrafted jewelry has a huge market.

If you desire to make an outstanding fashion statement, then opting for the unique handcrafted fashion jewelry proves to be the right option for you. Women are known to admire the exclusive designs of handcrafted ornaments. It reveals their inner beauty and adds a touch of sophistication to their appearance. These skillfully crafted items can also form the perfect gift that you might wish to present to your loved ones.

Online resources offer you the facility of acquiring the handmade fashion jewelry. An enticing feature of online purchase is that you can obtain such accessories at highly affordable prices. It is advised that prior to making your purchase, you personally browse online customer reviews and testimonials to find out the authenticity of online stores. It is also necessary that you carefully go through the rules and regulations of shipping policy citied in their websites. A reliable online store can get a guarantee on making safe and secure payment transactions. So, why wait anymore? Hurry now and avail the low-cost deals on handcrafted jewelry.

Hip-hop Fashion Roots And Originality

Hip-hop fashion can be traced back in The Bronxareas in New York City where most low-income African-Americans reside. Later on, styles and distinctive elements have been influenced by the scenes in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Philadelphia among other cities where the hip-hop culture originated. Significant changes in hip-hop styles and trends can be due to such sporadic elements. Today, hip-hop fashion is not only prevalent among African-American youth, as it became popularized worldwide by African-American trendsetters in the entertainment scene.

The roots of hiphop fashion are influenced by Africanism and Black Nationalism of the 80s when most hip-hop artists and rappers don themselves with attire, hairstyle and accessories that reflect traditional African themes. Blousy pants, Kemetic ankh designs on kufis, Kente cloth hats, and red, black, and green clothing reminiscent of the flag of Ethiopia were staples until the early 90s.

The mid-90s paved way to gangsta rap which eventually altered the hip-hop fashion to something that would most identify with the current trends. Baseball caps and starter jackets became the emblem of the new era in hip-hop culture and as if to stick with the gangsta attitude, incidents of theft of expensive starter jackets were reported in the media during that time. The gangsta hip-hop fashion is said to be influenced by the styles of West Coast street thugs and prison inmates. It can be recognized in the fashion sense of Chicano gangsters who are frequently seen wearing baggy and dark denim jeans worn low and sagging without a belt, sporting bandannas on the head while having their bodies painted with black ink tattoos. Other cultural analysts would say that the sagging, baggy jeans style is brought about by the realities in urban poor communities wherein clothes have to be passed down from the eldest member of the family to the youngest sibling to cut on clothing budget.

Hip-hop fashion also plays a major role when it comes to the dichotomy between the urban poor African-American and the ghetto fabulous elites of the high street. Gangsta fashion is still the name of the game but for those who can afford double-breasted suits, bowler hats, silks and alligator-skin shoes, the classic gangster fashion of The Godfather fame is more prevalent than the previously mentioned threadbare attire.

Since the media is more hyped up on the ghetto fabulous fashion, most African-American youth across the States are driven to sport the same expensive attire. Those who could not afford were conveniently catered by counterfeiters capitalizing on the hip-hop fashion craze. Fashion garments piracy worsened when hip-hop became pop during the late 90s.

From being a fashion statement that says a lot about idealism and beliefs, it is now apparent how hip-hop fashion has made a 360 degrees shift to becoming a fashion trend that emphasizes materialism and consumerism among todays youth.

Tips To Keep Up With The Latest Fashion Trends

Everybody likes to look their best, regardless of their age or size. One way of doing so is by keeping up with the latest fashion trends but how do you do that? Well, there are several tips and tricks around to help you keep up with all the latest fashions and look fabulous!

Check out the high street
First and foremost you should take a trip to your local high street, this is where youll find all the latest fashion trends at reasonable prices. Buyers who decide what clothes to stock in the shops will have been following the catwalk designer shows very carefully so will know exactly whats hot and whats not.

Bear in mind though not all of the fashion trends will suit you so dont go rushing to buy everything thats been in Rome or Paris!

Mix and match
A great way to keep up with the latest fashion trends is to mix and match designer and high street clothes. This way you could even have a very simple, basic high street pair of jeans for example and team them with a very fashionable designer top. This will make your outfit look not just up-to-the-minute trendy but also expensive!

Accessorise
Some fashion trends may be a bit much for day-to-day life so a great tip for keeping up with trends without looking over the top is to accessorise. Teaming a scarf from the latest fashion trend or a statement piece of jewellery with a simply outfit can keep it bank up to date but also wearable.

Read fashion magazines
Fashion magazines are great for tips on keeping up with the latest fashion trends. Most fashion journalists know about upcoming trends months in advance so you even get some time to prepare for them!

Play copycat
A good way of finding out what fashion trends will work for you is to copy other women. Look for women who are a similar age and size to you and see how they are wearing the latest trends then take inspiration from them.

Some women just have a knack of putting outfits together and if youre not one of them then take tips from them instead.

Have a clear out
If you aim to keep up with the latest fashion trend then you wont be needing your out of date clothes anymore! Make room for your trendy new wardrobe by going through your old clothes and getting rid of unwanted clothes. You could give them to a charity shop in order to make way for your new up-to-date clothing.

Keeping up with the latest fashion trends is not as difficult as it may seem all it takes is a few tricks and a bit of research!