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Victorian Fashion for Women

Fashion is one thing that keeps on changing constantly. Trends observed on the cover of every fashion magazine today, are replaced by something else tomorrow! It is actually a cycle, a fashion that is dubbed as ‘old’ today, doesn’t completely fade away, it returns again after some years. Fashion designers, fashion police, and fashion conscious people give a modern look to that ‘old’ fashion, and then that fashion again becomes a hit! Victorian fashion is one such style. This style was obviously first observed during the Victorian period, during the 19th century.

It refers to the trends of the British culture that existed during the reign of queen Victoria, commonly known as the Victorian era. This era lasted for almost two-thirds of the 19th century, which is why we see many different Victorian styles. Clothes were made by hand at the start of the era, however by the end of this age, they were made only by machines. This change is also seen in the fashion clothing of that time. Though the method of sewing the clothes changed, a few styles remained the same. Men of the Victorian age wore stiff ankle length or full length clothing whereas the women wore flowery, flowing gowns or dresses. The outfits changed according to the occasion, however the length remained the same. Women had to wear full length dresses, they were not even allowed to expose their ankles, it was regarded almost a crime. Ironically, bare shoulders or cleavage showing gowns were allowed.

When it came to fashion jewelry, like women of any era or age, Victorian women also loved jewelry! Art Nouveau and pearls were commonly used. One interesting fact is that mourning jewelry was the most popular kind of jewelry! It started with Queen Victoria itself, she wore jet jewelry after Prince Albert’s death. Almost everything that was black in color would be used to make mourning jewelry, sometimes it also included the deceased person’s hair!

Modern Victorian Fashion for Women

Costume

  • Shirts/Blouses: Free-flowing skirts can obviously not be worn on an everyday basis now. So instead opt for Victorian style shirts. Choose blouses made of lace, velvet, or silk and remember, the more feminine the dress is, the more Victorian it is. Go for colors like pale yellow, light blue, black, royal blue, rose pink, ivory etc. You could get pearl-style buttons stitched to complete the look.
  • Jackets: Jackets were very popular during the start of the era. To give a modern look to these old-fashioned jackets, choose wool or velvet. Blazers with a feminine cut will also do. In winter, you can opt for cashmere sweaters which have elegant buttons and delicate embroidery. Choose colors like green, deep purple, brown, etc.
  • Jeans: You do not need to wear long gowns to be Victorian. You can even wear jeans to dress like one. For that, buy jeans that have delicate designs, pearls, lace, velvet trim, etc.
  • Skirts: Skirts with hoops and laces should be worn. Velvet tier skirts also have a Victorian touch to them. Wear woolen stockings and black fishnets with your grand skirts.

Accessories
Now that you know what kind of dress you should wear, let’s see how to complete the look with the right accessories.

  • Necklaces: Chokers are the first choice when it comes to Victorian style jewelry, you can opt for lace or velvet chokers. A single diamond pendant necklace or a locket can also be worn. To a party, wear only pearls!
  • Earrings: Studs were more popular than earrings during this era. So buy rhinestone studs. However, if studs do not go well with your dress, go for chandelier earrings of the same color as that of the blouse.
  • Bracelets and Rings: Silver or gold plated bracelets with rhinestone elegant pearls look great on a Victorian dress. Choose rings with big stones and a good shine to complete the look.

Shoes
Try thigh-high boots or lace-up shoes in colors like brown or black. High heels also look good on any Victorian outfit.

This was all about Victorian fashion for women. These were just some fashion tips, add your creativity to these tips to achieve that perfect modern Victorian look!

Fashion Tips for Girls

All girls like to look pretty, yes, even the nerdy and the studious ones have this hidden desire to turn into divas and make every hunk swoon over them. That is why we see so many parlors, fashion magazines, designers, whose business is flourishing day by day. It is a well-known fact that the first thing that attracts a man in a woman is her physical beauty. That is why we find women of all ages going to any lengths to look attractive and appealing. The way a girl dresses up and carries herself, adds a lot to her physical beauty. Right kind of clothes and makeup can make even an ordinary girl, look like a beauty queen. At the same time, a gorgeous woman who is dressed badly, may not look so appealing. Here are some useful tips, which one can make use of, for everyday dressing as well as while dressing for special occasions.

Comfort is the Key
The first and probably, the most important fashion tip, is to wear such clothes and shoes, in which one is completely at ease. If you are dressed in something which makes you uncomfortable, it is bound to show on your face, making you seem awkward and under confident. So, remember to always wear clothes in which you are comfortable.

Dress According to Body Type
When choosing clothes, always opt for the ones, which help to hide your flaws and bring up your attractive features. A good way to ensure that is to wear clothes according to your body type. If you are top-heavy, i.e you have a heavy bust and broad shoulders, wear shirts and blouses which draw attention away from your upper body. Wear a “V neck”, shirts with horizontal lines and small collars with minimal designs on them. A girl who is bottom heavy, should avoid wearing body hugging jeans as it will bring the attention to her heavy posterior. Instead, she should wear loose, low waist pants or straight skirts, teemed with tight tops to bring attention to her upper body, instead of the lower body.

Appropriate Makeup
Appropriate makeup is very essential to get the right look. During the day, one should go in for a more natural look, and avoid loud colors such as blue or green. Wear only a light lipstick, mascara, pale eye shadow and an eyeliner while at school. And even if you are planning to use foundation or other makeup bases, it is advised that you try them on the weekends first, taking help from your mother or elder sister, and once you become adept at it, you may apply the same to school. As far as evening makeup or makeup for parties is concerned, one can try to experiment with colors that match the outfit. In the night, dark makeup colors such as black, brown, blue, look really good.

Things to Avoid
Here is a list of fashion blunders which should be avoided.
Do not over accessorize, i.e wear five, six chains together, or a ring on every finger, as it does not look classy at all, unless of course dressing like a hippie is what you like.
Low waist pants or jeans which show your lingerie can be a big turn off as they look quite vulgar.
Do not wear a black lipstick.
Do not wear awkward combination of clothing, like teaming long t-shirts with full length skirts.
If you are wearing a white dress or a white blouse, do not wear a black bra underneath, instead go in for a skin colored one.

Lastly, do not mix various dressing styles, for example do not wear sports shoes with an evening dress.
Keeping these tips in mind, the next time you dress up for an occasion or for your date, will help you to avoid committing any fashion faux paus. One last tip before I sign off – Attitude, confidence and a genuine smile are very important to carry off any outfit, so always remember to wear them too.

Fashion Advice for Teenage Girls

Fashion advice, especially to someone as vulnerable as teenage girls, is something that can go disastrously wrong if one does not know what they’re talking about. And it has been known to happen so don’t judge me for being a little too condescending about it. Fashion as I see it, and as I’m sure many, many girls all around the world see it, is a matter of self-confidence seasoned with a bit of creative thinking and a lot of resourcefulness. You don’t have to own every latest piece of clothing that has walked a ramp to be well-dressed and presentable. That’s one major piece of advice that is underused; by those dishing out the advice and the ones receiving it. In this article, there are some basic tips to ensure that you have an all-season wardrobe. So get ready for a wardrobe upheaval that does not necessarily involve super-expensive couture.

Fashion Tips for Teenage Girls

When it comes to styling teenage girls, one needs to be overly cautious. It’s not just about making the girl wear the latest clothes. It’s about helping her to identify with her inner self and recognize what is going to help her enhance her best features. Just giving a girl a lecture about what you think is the best for her is not enough. She should be able to relate to what you’re saying. You need to put yourself in their place, but advice them from the point of view of a person who will be looking at them (literally). So, let’s check out some very simple and (un)fortunately cliché fashion advice that teenage girls can benefit from.

Stick to Basics
What goes into having a perfect wardrobe that boasts of something nice to wear during every season? What do you need to lay the foundation of a wardrobe so awesome, that you don’t need to spend hours agonizing over the dreaded ‘what to wear’ question? It’s the basics! Or essentials if you will. Honestly, there is nothing more simple to understand than the ‘stick to basics’ philosophy. So what do the basics encompass? Here’s a list of some of the items, whose importance and contribution to your wardrobe you should NEVER underestimate.

  • Well Fitting Jeans: If you haven’t come across a girl who wears jeans that are either so tight they threaten to explode, or so loose they look like they’re hung on a hanger, then you live in a perfect world. I am yet to find a dictionary in which the word ‘fitting’ means ‘extra-tight-to-the-point-of-tearing-if-worn-when-seated’. Girls, we know you’re at an age when the first and last thing on your mind is how you look. So please, refrain from wearing jeans that are too snug or too loose. Flaunt your body, but do it with dignity.
  • Tops: T-shirts, tanks, spaghetti straps, the world is your oyster! You need to have these in strong colors that will complement your skin tone and your body type. Do not go in for an ill-fitting top. Your upper body needs to breathe, so you need to have something that will facilitate this basic necessity of life. At the same time, having just sweatshirts and loose tees will take away the femininity from your wardrobe. Include smart button-down shirts, some girly tops, and classy jackets in neutral colors for the winters.
  • Skirts and Shorts: If you know how to look good in shorts, then nothing should stop you from flaunting your legs in the summer. Follow the cardinal rule of not too tight, not too loose for them as well. If you’re more of a ‘girly’ girl, then you need a collection of pretty skirts in varying lengths: short, medium, and long. You can team the extremely short ones with leggings, wear the medium ones as they are and heavily accessorize with the long ones for an ultra-chic Boho look!
  • Shoes: You need comfortable footwear for every season. For the summer, flip-flops, slippers, thongs work well. For the winter, go with closed shoes like flat pumps or boots. Don’t wear extremely high heels. They could lead to other problems later on. For the monsoon, you can have a cute pair of rainy boots.
  • Accessories: There is no shortage of accessories for teens. There are so many stores that are bursting with stuff that you can accessorize with. But what you need always is some nice belts, scarves, a nice pair of eye/sunglasses, some simple jewelry and a perfect attitude to match them.
    Once you have the basics of your wardrobe covered, the rest is just psychological.

Be Comfortable
You must have heard this a million times, but that does not dilute its importance. You need to be absolutely comfortable in what you’re wearing. Else, all the ‘advice’ given above or in any other forum that you may read might as well be tossed out the window. Let’s put it this way. You like this boy at school and you want to look nice for him. You can dress up in trendy clothes but if half of your attention is focused on whether your skirt is too short or your shirt is too transparent, it’s going to show on your face, or worse in that oh-so-interesting conversation about dissecting a cockroach that you were having with him. Take it from someone who’s had such unfortunate encounters as an adolescent, it will scar you for the rest of the week, if not for life!

Be Smart
You need to be smart to dress smart. Which means that limited wardrobe though you may have (and it’s always limited for girls, isn’t it?), learn to be creative and experiment with everything you already own. With the basics mentioned above, you will never run out of ideas to dress yourself, for any season and any occasion. You just need to be perfectly aware of what is going to complement your body type well. When in doubt, change. You are the best judge of what you look like. It’s perfectly alright to take a risk with fashion trends once in a while, but if you seriously doubt the way you look in a particular outfit, either get an opinion from someone who can be completely honest with you or just change!

The last and parting fashion advice that can be shared with teenagers is be confident. If you’re experimenting with a new look and are sure about yourself when you look in the mirror, take that confidence with you wherever you go. Confidence is infectious. You never know, you might end up being the sparkling diva of teen fashion and have others swarming around you!

Fashion Tips for Men

It’s not that only woman are fussy about their dresses and are inherently shopaholics (exceptions are always there), men are equally concerned about their fashion styles and they do make efforts to look their best. Dressing well and looking good are always added advantage to any personality. Follow these grooming tips.

Important Pointers

Don’t Chase Brands
While purchasing branded items, do check if they really suit you and you are not just buying them because they are so much in “trend” or “style”. If that particular clothing looks good on you, you can surely invest in them. But if they don’t complement you in any way, then it is advisable to save your money and keep looking.

Choose Appropriately-sized Clothes
The size of T-shirts, shirts, and other clothing you wear must be according to your fitting. Skinny and lean men must wear comfortable clothing, not too large than their size as that will make them disappear in it. Men slightly on the heavier side must not wear tight T-shirts.

Simplicity is Style
Your wardrobe collection must not be something that appears overdone. It may include watches, shoes, blazers, formal shirts, pants, casuals, T-shirts, jeans, undershirts, colored belts, formal belts, goggles, corporate suits, neckties, wristbands, stoles, wallets etc. What you have to do is use all these items in style so that it gives you an imposing appearance. Be simple in your selections and that qualifies you to be on the safer side. Don’t mix inharmonious colors. Contrasting colors look good but they must not be very dark. More than three different colors and flashy bands may give you the look of a rock band member, so if you are not dressing for that specific purpose, avoid such combinations.

A black/white stripped shirt or a square checkered shirt with blue jeans and a nice pair of shoes (black or white) with black belts may give you a very perfect look. Tees with catchy phrases are not always a very bright idea as they make you appear like some advertising boards. A plain T-shirt is always better.

Don’t Overdo Jewelry
Men’s jewelry, earrings, finger rings, cufflinks, bracelets, and studs have become a trend these days. However, overdoing them may not give you a great look. Bracelets and ear piercings are generally a favorite of teens and they get along with rugged jeans and casuals.

Personal Grooming Matters
Personal hygiene stands out as the most obvious requirement to look smart. Even if you are well dressed, an unkempt beard or hairstyle can spoil your look. A trimmed beard or shaved face is always better for every dress and can be carried easily. In case of your hairstyle, you must ensure that it reflects your dressing sense. Generally, semi formal haircuts are always better as they look fine both with casuals and formals. So while you dress well, ensure that your hairstyle and beard complement your dressing style.

Shoes Make a Man
If you have some branded shoes, you must keep them clean and tidy. In case of sports shoes, do get them washed frequently, else it won’t be a good idea to wear untidy shoes with dark blue jeans. For formal shoes, you must ensure that you polish them before leaving for the office. A good pair of sports and formal shoes are always good investments.

Experimenting is Inventing
Sometimes, experiments can give you an altogether different look, much better than your previous one. Trying a different hairstyle and complementing it with a good dressing sense, can add to your personality. Now, experimenting never means going on a complete change. Try out various styles for some weeks and keep understanding what suits you best. Gradually, you will develop a good aptitude for dressing yourself.

Follow Your Own Style
Gradually, you will also improve in mixing colors and other minute details like supportive pieces (stoles, scarf, square pockets, ties). At this stage, you will know what clothes you love to wear and those in which you look your best. Ultimately, you will have your own distinctive style.

While fashion keeps changing everyday, your own style will always add panache to your personality. You will feel comfortable in what you wear and there you will discover yourself in a more refined way.