Shopping Tips for Buying Clothes

Clothes by Emporio Armani, one of the most lux...

Clothes by Emporio Armani, one of the most luxurious and famous Italian fashion houses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fall is a great time to go shopping!  Fashion designers love the Fall too – because you are shopping for all of the designs that are shared during Fashion week. Top designs from these shows present the colors of the season, the length of our skirts, the width of our trousers, materials, patterns and many more fine tuned designs.  Fall is a big shopping season for both designers and consumers who are done with the summer colors and want something new.

Believe it or not, we as consumers, really do drive the fashion industry.  Either we buy it, or we don’t. If blue was a big color during fashion week, then you will most likely see blue in your local department store.

Now, as the consumer, you have an opportunity to respond to designers by either buying their ideas or passing by the rack that does not catch your fancy.

Below are some great tips to keep in mind when you head out to shop for your Fall wardrobe this year.

  • Printed designs catch the eye and tend to make certain areas stand out.
  • Flowers tend to enhance areas.
  • Horizontal stripes widen areas.
  • Vertical stripes will elongate your body.
  • Solid colors tend to be more slimming and tend not to accentuate certain areas.
  • A darker background color and big pattern will provide a slimming effect with a distraction – this can hide body flaws.
  • A solid dark color will provide a slimming effect and focus will be on your face instead of your flaws.
  • If you would like to make your hip and thigh area look smaller, go with a solid color bottom and a printed top.
  • If you would like to enhance your bust line, select a pattern that is bright with a busy pattern on the top and a darker bottom.
  • V-neck cuts give smaller chests a boost.
  • Ruffles accentuate the bust area.
  • If you have a wide waist area, gathered fabrics in a solid color reduce the appearance of a thick waist.

Happy shopping!!

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Hemlines and the economy

Miniskirt

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Does the economy affect hemlines?

Have you noticed that in the past few years, the style of clothing has changed, specifically with the hemlines of women’s dresses and skirts?  Only a few short years ago, I remember moms complaining about short skirts and shirts that show tummies when their teens would leave the house.  Was it a Brittney Spears or Beyoncé influence or was it correlated to the economy? In the nineties businesses were booming, jobs were lucrative, shoppers were buying everything in sight.  Both male and female shoppers spent a great deal on their wardrobe, which included current trends, fads, building a diverse wardrobe, emulating superstars and replacing old items.

If one looks around in their department stores now, shirts are long, tank tops are long, skirts are long, and clothing is loose fitting.  Clothing seems to be all business and back to basics. Perhaps the length of hemlines is affected by the economy.  Do we care less about our appearance in a poor economy?  Do we spend less on our clothing in a poor economy which results in a less fashionable look?

In the past, economists believed that hemlines were shorter when the economy was booming.  Women went with a shorter hemline to show off their silk stockings[1], which was a sign that people were spending more money on textiles and had more money to spend.  Hemlines were longer around the time of the great depression, perhaps to cover the fact that people could not afford silk stockings.

In the sixties, miniskirts were everywhere, people would be daring and buy new things.  Perhaps it was a sign that the economy was lucrative.

Today, with the longer hemlines, one could argue that it is not a significant factor in the economy due to the fact that textiles cost so much and the more material that is used to create one piece, the more expensive the item of clothing will be.  But one could also argue that people are replacing basic pieces in their wardrobes and not concerned about the extra accessories as basic pieces are needed for job interviewing and it could be a sign that things are tough when everyone buys boring basics and does not expand their wardrobes to include fun fads.

When consumers begin to expand their wardrobe and start buying extras to keep up with the fads and not just basics to replace worn out items, then they are investing in their wardrobe again, and economic times may be improving.  So perhaps it is true that the hemline theory, which states that shorter skirts are a sign of good economic times[2], is accurate.  If not, I think I’ll just go with the casual day theory and it’s a new world order for the fashion industry.

Archived article: Spring 2012 Fashion Must Haves

Do you have the must have items for your Spring 2012 wardrobe?

As the warmer Spring and Summer months arrive, many of us get the itch to go shopping and update our wardrobe, replace older pieces of clothing and add new trends to our wardrobe.  As we transition into the warmer months, so too does our wardrobe.  We begin wearing lighter colors and lighter materials to keep cool.  But what are the must have items for Spring 2012?  Do you already have them stashed away in your closet?  

I have put together a list of my top ten essentials for Spring 2012.  My top ten list is based on my research of the many fashion magazines one can refer to as well as my personal opinion of what I, as a consumer would wear.

You can take this list to your closet and see what you already have.  Perhaps you only need a few items, or venture out to buy everything on this list.

Here’s my top ten 2012 Spring Fashion Must Haves List:

  1. Peplum top
  2. Shorts suit
  3. White pumps
  4. Printed frame sunglasses
  5. High waisted flare pants
  6. Pleated skirt
  7. One shoulder dress or top
  8. Oversized rectangle clutch
  9. Lace or crochet accented top or dress
  10. Metallic tank

oversized clutch

wear shorts as a suit