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Fashion School Style Tips For Christmas

fs.2.20Thanks giving has just come and gone. Of course this means that Christmas is fast approaching. Though not very many are immune to Christmas cheer, the winter holidays can often bring some major stress and anxiety along with all of the festivities. In case any curious fashion school students were wondering, the stress is usually caused by a myriad of things combined. For instance, if you are one of the brave few that dares to host a Christmas soiree, you must clean and decorate your house, shop for, cook and serve food and drinks, and make sure that you pay close attention to which guests RSVP and follow up on the guests that have forgotten. All of that is already a tremendous amount of work. Unfortunately, figuring out a chic, and classy outfit to wear to your party, and any other holiday events you might attend becomes an added task on the ever-growing list of things to do. However, do NOT let the anxiety get the best of you, especially when it comes to finding the right Christmas party outfits. Our fashion design college experts have compiled a list of helpful tips for outfit-hunting, tips that will surely keep at least a little bit of stress at bay.

1. Start with undergarments. Even though your undergarments remain concealed from plain sight beneath your party outfit, they can often make all the difference when it comes to how you look. For instance, if you dare to don a strapless or backless dress to a fancier evening party, make sure you come prepared with the right bra to support yourself discreetly without ruining the dramatic effect of your showing skin. If you choose to wear a sleek, fitted band-aid style dress, then make sure that whatever underwear you choose doesn’t give you an extremely noticeable panty-line. No matter what you choose to wear, do NOT underestimate the power of undergarments on your overall look.

2. Find something that fits you well. Even more basic than freshman level courses at fashion schools, is the fact that the way a garment fits you is absolutely essential to how good or bad you will look. Many fashion rookies make the mistake of picking party clothes out based on how much they like a garment on a hanger. Unfortunately, no matter how beautiful a dress looks on a hanger or modeled on a mannequin, if it doesn’t fit you or flatter your body type, it will not look good on you no matter how much you love the style. Garments that are too small will make a person appear bigger than they normally would, because the tightness of the garment will squeeze the skin together in an unflattering fashion. Likewise, garments that are too loose will not do your figure any favors. Any attractive curves or shapely assets will be completely concealed from view if your outfit is too loose.

3. Add some glitz and glamour. The winter holidays are known for being a magical and festive time to celebrate. Of course this means that when it comes to picking out your holidays party outfits, use Christmas as an excuse to spice up your regular cocktail party style with some extra sparkles. For example, maybe instead of your standard little black dress, you rock a tasteful sequined dress instead. Or, for a more subtle touch of sparkle, accessorize with dangling diamond (real or fake) earrings, or a necklace to add that extra flair of drama to your holiday party look.

Like we said before, very few remain completely immune to Christmas cheer. This holiday season, try to make sure that no matter how busy you get with party preparation, that you always keep at least a little bit of time to pick out a fabulous, fashion school-approved outfit that will knock every last Christmas stocking off the mantlepiece!

Confident Teenage Style Tip s And Advice For Girls


One of the most important aspects of being a teenage girl is the feeling that she fits in, dresses well, looks right and is part of her peer group. For lots of girls this can be a tricky time if they lack confidence and don’t yet feel comfortable in their own skin, as so many teenage girls don’t. Instead of focusing on themselves and where to make improvements girls look to the people around them for inspiration, acceptance and direction in how to dress.

Most high street fashion, particularly teenage fashion, is designed for ultra slim, waif like bodies. This can be great for the girl who is a size 6. She can happily copy her friends’ style and pull it off. But not every girl who is slender and willowy will feel confident with their body- some just want curves. And the girl whose shape and build is rather more curvy, doesn’t suit mini skirts, leggings worn with cropped tops or harem pants- but they don’t know what else to wear.

The following guide will help your daughter make the right style decisions so that she fits in, feels confident and stays on trend. This is about inspiring confidence in your teenager to help her discover her own sense of style by knowing which cuts, styles and colours suit her. From there she’ll know which trends to pick out and which to avoid.

Wardrobe Basics For A Confident Teenager

Every celebrity or style icon has a wardrobe of clothes that work for them and them alone. But it’s what’s in this wardrobe that really counts. The only way to begin is with the basics.

These cores pieces should be simple garments that are easy to layer and accessorize. This makes them ideal for dressing up and down to suit the occasion. And they will be easy to mix and match so avoid statement pieces until you the have the basics sorted.

An example of a basic wardrobe:

  • Dressy jeans for going out
  • Casual jeans for everyday
  • Vest(s) for layering
  • Plain tee shirt(s)
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jacket for summer or coat for winter
  • Dress
  • Leggings or slim trousers
  • Cardigan
  • Casual trainers
  • Flats (pumps, man shoes or low heeled smarter shoes)
  • Sandals or flip flops for summer or boots for winter

Two or three neutral colours and one or two accent colours that all work well together will help make these basics work well together, mix and match and be added to along the way.

From here some additions can be made:

  • Tailored trousers for either day or night
  • 2-3 tee shirts with prints or slogans
  • Denim jacket
  • Skirt or shorts
  • Belts
  • Scarves
  • Jewellery, headbands, hats

Dressing For Her Body Shape

When someone looks good in their clothes it’s because they enjoy wearing them and appear comfortable, relaxed and confident. It’s very important for teenage girls to feel comfortable in and to like their clothes so she needs to wear clothes that fit well and are the right cut for her body shape. The way to do this is to create a balanced silhouette.

First you ascertain her shape. There are one of two ways to do this: if your daughter is happy enough with her overall size, get her to look in the mirror either in her underwear or something very slim fitting that shows her shape and proportions. If she is extremely unhappy with her body it might be advisable to do this by being more discreet.

Have a look at her shoulders, bust, waist and hips.

Hourglass Shoulders in line with hips, curved bust, defined waist

Pear Hips wider than shoulders, small bust, defined waist

Inverted Triangle Shoulders wider than hips, small bust, no waist

Apple Shoulders in line with hips, full bust, full tummy, no waist

Lean Column Shoulders in line with hips, small bust, no waist

In order to create a balanced silhouette you should follow these simple principles:

  • Create interest and add detail to smaller shoulders to balance wider hips
  • Create interest and add detail to smaller hips to balance broader shoulders
  • Don’t add bulk and layers to larger areas
  • Don’t wear oversized clothes to hide problem areas

And here’s how to do it:

Hourglass Choose shaped and fitted lines that follow her body’s line

  • Follow her body’s line – choose clothes that define her waist, enhance her bust and highlight her hips and bottom
  • This is the classic feminine shape and is the most flexible when it comes to wearing different styles and shapes in clothing


  • Any styles and shapes that hide your body shape. They will add extra volume to your waist

Inverted Triangle On her bottom half she should wear clothes that make her hips look broader

  • Keep details or anything that adds volume to her lower half eg hip belts, hip pockets or full skirts
  • Keep her top half clean and uncluttered


  • Necklines that broaden her top top e.g. wide necks, halter necks, big collars
  • Styles that extend or accentuate shoulders e.g. puff sleeves, shoulder pads
  • Patterns on top, scarves around her neck or shoulders
  • Narrowing hemlines e.g. pencil skirts or skinny jeans

Lean Column Create the illusion of curves around the hips, bust and of a waist

  • Use layering to shorten her long top half
  • Create fullness around her extremities e.g. bubble hems, sleeves, turn up legs, scarves at the neckline
  • Wear high or low waisted styles – broad shoulders; unfitted jackets, which slope to the waist; highlight your hips and bottom using pockets and pleats
  • Avoid:
  • Figure-hugging garments
  • Long straight fitted lines in. dresses, trousers and sleeves
  • Tops or dresses with square necklines
  • Shapeless jackets; loose or droopy styles that hang from the shoulders
  • Dropped waistlines
  • Bulky, heavy textures
  • Double breasted jackets

Apple Follow her bodyline – avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail around shoulders

  • Keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted, but fabric soft so you avoid unnecessary bulk around the bosom, waist and tummy
  • Keep details above the bust line and below the hip line – for everything in between keep it plain and simple
  • The shoulders need attention so you should balance them from the front and side views
  • Keep your silhouette fitted under bust and as well below your arms and along your waist
  • Splits at waist works wonder


  • Wearing belts whether big or small
  • Sleeves which finish next to her bust
  • Any details, fuss and volume near bust, tummy or hip area e.g. no lapels, double breasted coats or jackets, high-waisted trousers or waistbands
  • Skirts above knee length
  • Clothing that finishes at her fullest points e.g. cropped tops or jackets
  • Excessive fabric in the mid section
  • Gathered or tiered skirts, gathered trousers around the waist

Pear Balance her top half with her hips with clothes that make her shoulders look broader and bust bigger

  • Jackets and tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of her hips and bottom
  • Layering on her top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards
  • Volume, clutter, pattern, colour should be worn on top, so hips and thighs will seem narrower
  • Fitted styles around her waist and accentuation of her waistline is great e.g. empire line, wraps
  • Make her shoulders look broader with shoulder pads, puff sleeves or cap sleeve tee


  • Narrowing leg, pleats or creases in the leg line, turn-up trousers, wide or flared legs
  • Details, patterns, pockets or belts on thigh or hip area
  • Straight or pencil skirts
  • Bags that sit on her hips
  • Mini skirts or any other hemline that finishes on her hips, thighs or any other full area
  • Sloping or narrow shoulder lines

Getting The Right Fit

The most important aspect of choosing clothes once you know her body shape is the fit. This doesn’t just mean whether a size is too big or small. It’s about knowing how something should sit on the body and frame it in a flattering and comfortable way.

Here are the key aspects that can mean the difference between something fitting well and fitting badly

  • When clothes are too small or tight they will dig into the body, sit incorrectly, pucker, make her feel uncomfortable and look wrong
  • When clothes are too big they will add inches to her silhouette. They won’t ‘hide’ problem areas, they will make her look generally larger than she is
  • Jackets Armholes should not be too tight. A size bigger for outerwear is often needed especially if it’s a winter coat and will be worn with several layers underneath
  • Sleeve length The sleeve hem should ‘sit’ where the thumb joins the hand. It’s surprising what a huge difference it makes when sleeves are too long.
  • Trouser/ jean length Trousers and jeans are cut too long these days so it’s well worth paying £15 for an alteration if it means something being just right afterwards. A tip- make sure you wash jeans first as the shrinkage in denim can be quite high
  • Waistbands on jeans, trousers and skirts shouldn’t gape when sitting down. A belt should not be needed to hold up trousers, jeans or a skirt, except as an accessory. If a belt is needed the waistband is too big.
  • Bottoms and hips on fitted styles shouldn’t have masses of excess fabric over them. The fabric should rest gently on the hips and bottom allowing for a small amount of movement, even in skinny jeans. Anything more than this will look wrong.

Colour And Print

Getting your teenager to wear the right colours for her is another way to boost her confidence. Dressing well means looking as put together as possible. As well as choosing garments that work well together it’s important to get a colour palette that compliments both her and the rest of her wardrobe.

To see if a colour suits your daughter, hold it up to her face, in as natural or bright light as possible and see if it lifts her skin and makes her glow. When a colour works, the whites of the eyes will appear brighter. When it doesn’t, dark shadows appear under the eyes and the skin appears sallow. It’s worth comparing similar shades one after the other, as despite looking very similar, shades can be very different.

Colour guidelines:

  • A good wardrobe should be based around two or three neutrals and a few accent colours.
  • Neutrals could be grey, navy, brown, khaki, beige, cream, white and of course black. Black is can be draining on many people though it is often a favourite. Try and introduce other neutrals into the palette
  • Accents can be any brights, pastels or neons. They can take the form of print such as floral or stripes; slogans or images on tee shirts. Colour can also be added in vests, scarves, jewellery, belts, bags, shoes and hairpieces.
  • Wearing colours together: three colours generally look good in an outfit. Any more can look messy. For example blue jeans, pale grey vest, dark grey cardigan, red scarf, mid grey bag.

Print guidelines:

  • Small prints e.g. small florals, polka dots, thin stripes look best on petite bodies and smaller girls
  • Large prints e.g. bold florals, big abstract prints, large geometric patterns look best on taller girls
  • Pick prints with her accent colours
  • Tall girls look best in smaller areas of print- wearing print head to toe can look too much
  • Smaller girls can pull of wearing both large and small areas of print

Putting It All Together

When it comes to clothes, at the top of nearly every teenage girl’s list is her desire to dress like her friends. But if the cuts, styles and colours favoured by her peer group are wrong for her body shape, causing her lack of confidence to sky-rocket, what do you do?

When you have a better idea of the shapes that suit her, you’ll know what sorts of items to avoid. But don’t focus on what not to wear, concentrate instead on what it’s great for her to wear. Once you have her basics, turn the exercise around to something fun. A bit of styling. Get her involved. Make her feel as though she’s doing the choosing.

Accessories are a fantastic, cost effective way for her to keep in with her peer group and to experiment with the latest trends without being in too much danger of dressing head to toe in pieces totally unsuited to her shape.

  • Jewellery Every girl loves some sort of jewellery. Some go for necklaces, pendants and chains, some love bracelets and bangles, some adore rings others go for earrings
  • Scarves
  • Hats flat caps, trilbies, berets, wide brimmed hats, beanies
  • Hair wear headbands, bows, ribbons and clips
  • Bags
  • Belts

Layering is really a fancy word for putting outfits together. Any garment worn under or over another is layering. The key to layering well (once you’re aware of the right styles and colours to wear) is to be careful with the weight of each fabric. Basically, start with the lightest weight closest to skin such as a camisole and build from there. The more layers, the lighter weight they should be so avoid teaming a very chunky knit cardigan over more than one layer. Be careful with rounder, larger body shapes and make sure the under layers are closer fitting rather than flowing and drapey otherwise it will add inches. Experiment with longer camisoles or tops peeking out at the hems of outer layers. This is where flashes of colour and print can come into their own. Mixing fabric textures such as sheen with matt, woolly with shiny and leather with wool all add lovely touches to basic garments.

Shopping If there’s any way that she can be encouraged to shop with you rather with her friends, this is ideal though perhaps tough to impose.

Research If you can encourage your daughter to research looks, ideas and styles she likes herself. When left to our own devices we are often instinctively drawn to what we like because it’s right for us. Without the distraction of her peer group, she might just find things she loves rather than the things she thinks she should love.


One of the beauties of the high street is the huge range of price points available. Whatever your budget, there will be something for you but you do not need to spend a lot of money on a teenage girl’s wardrobe. In fact is perhaps wise not to.

  • A young girl’s body shape, size and height can all change dramatically. While something fits her in May, she may have outgrown it by August.
  • The majority of young girls care little for the details, fabric and workmanship that’s gone into a garment in the same way adults. It’s likely that she won’t look after her clothes in a way that prolongs their lifespan.
  • Teenagers don’t mind about quality in the same way adults do so cheaper fabrics will probably not be an issue for her.

Brands are a different issue and her desire for a particular label may depend on her peer group. If she is set on premium high street or designer labels there are many places to source items for cheaper than the shop price such as ebay and Brand Alley

  • Shops For Your Budget
  • Ultra Budget
  • Primark


  • H&M
  • New Look (up to size 24)
  • Forever 21
  • Matalan


  • Dororothy Perkins (up to to size 22)
  • Uniqlo
  • Miss Selfridge
  • Claire’s Accessories

More Expensive

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Asos
  • Topshop
  • American Apparel
  • Brand Alley
  • eBay

10 Elegant Winter Fashion Styles In Season

Christmas is soon to come and everybody loves celebrating this season. It is the time of the year where everyone would be able to expresses their love and kind thoughts by giving and exchanging gifts to one and another. The falling of the snowflakes, Yuletide celebration, Christmas shopping, having a talk with family and friends in a relax and warm fireplace with hot cups of chocolate drink added with the deliciously prepared food are just the things to look forward to in this season. For people who always love fashion and trends, it is always one exciting part of the season to be updated in the latest style and fashion to come out in the season. This article will give tips and information about the latest fashion and style in this winter season.

1. Know the perfect colour for winter season.

In colour, white would still be the best one. Choose material that is soft snowy in shades and match them with another material printed with a winter design. Black and other various shades of bright black are nice to have in this season it would have a good contrast with the season’s design. Dull and soft greys depict warm and comfortable feeling while hues of mellow maroon to rich red are good to reflect for this season.

For women, earthy colours range from the deep shades of olive, maroon, brown, deep blue to dark brown are colours that would be used and popular to trend. While for men, muted shades of pink, lavender, brick-red, grey, dark shades of purple and black are what’s going to be setting the stage for fashion.

2. Look great with your Hairstyle

Choosing the right hair style to go with the fashion and season can be a discouraging task. You don’t want to be seen in last year’s styles and certainly not something that’s not the hottest rage at the moment. So if you’re trying to figure out the hairdo that’s the pick of the season by stylists and fashion models; it’s time to let you in on that little secret, apparently for women wearing your hair in the all so classic ‘Bob Cut’ seems to be the favoured trend this season.

Selecting the hair style that goes with the fashion of this season is a bit frightening and exciting at the same time. It is because you wanted to have a different looks from the last year you had, yet do not know how to make it to enhance your appearance and at the same fit into the trend of fashion in this season. If you wanted to be in fashion with your hair in this season for women, the “Bob Cut” style is always a favourite. While trending for men in this season is a shaggy and cautiously untidy hair but yet still look very elegantly handsome.

3. Hats

Hats are always in trend in the winter season. Huge interwoven beanies and oversized Moroccan furry hats are great to have this winter. It has never been out of style in the winter fashion.

4. Coat

Coat style in this season is a thick layered look with a ruffled sleeves and funnelled collars. Other design is a coat with a wide and over placed collar filled with heavily fur texture.

5. Fabrics

Normally the materials or textile for this season are just the ordinary ones with some dissimilar effects across the fabric exterior. It is solid or tangible with the touch of wild normal feel combined with soft and flexible textile. While prints in this season has less impact in the fashion and soft lightweight wool or rework cottons are much used and will flourish this winter season.

6. Effects and Style

To harmonize the texture of fabric style in this season, the design to trend in this winter varies from long pleated to delicately wrinkled and cleared visible over stitches, to the scorched and tousled effects. As usual, Cashmere plays with normal wool while mohair will be matched to produce fabrics a light and radiance yet clearly textured appearance. Other textile are used to give a thatched and heavy threaded effect. The undying knitted textiles are always in use on winter, it gives comfort against the chilling climate of the season.

7. Denims

Denims are fabrics that never out of style, it is always in the trend regardless of the season. This winter denim fabric styles to a slight flash or gleam with an oxidized look. Actually denim has varieties of cool effects in the textile.

8. Scarves

Scarves that are in fashion this winter season, are those large woolen scarves and that cover upon shoulders like a shawl. With different prints against the blunted wools, scarf depicts comfort to the one wearing regardless of the gender.

9. Shoes

For men, low – cut shoes of silver and Grey shades are popular and stand out this season. They express sophistication and relief in a very sporty look. For women, transparent or clear slippers tie up with some glittering silver gives a somewhat a fairytale effect like Cinderella.

10. Ornaments and Jewelery

Jewelery accessories are one of the most awaited fashion in all season. This winter designs that might give impact to the masses are the snowflake pendants and large bar pins as big as that twig of holly or a mistletoe. These designs is surely very popular that this can be bought in any store, from boutiques of exclusive designer to a local stores, just watch out this very attractive designs to enhance the beauty of the season.

Remember Winter season is happening only once in a year, so give yourself a treat and pamper it with the beautiful things available in this exhilarating season.