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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

Introduction

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

Avoid:

  • 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

Avoid:

  • 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

Avoid:

  • 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

Avoid:

  • 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.

Budget

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

Budget

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

Average

  • 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.

Fashion Guide Fashion School Tips For Dressing Like Your Favorite

The “Twilight” movie franchise, from “Twilight” to “New Moon” to “Eclipse,” has inspired legions of fans to devour everything about the movie, especially the fashions. Each character has his or her individual style, and these tips from fashion school experts will help give you the look of your favorite. So whether you’re a Bella or a Rosalie or an Alice, here’s some fashion advice you can sink your teeth into.

Bella Swan. She’s loved by both a handsome vampire and hunky werewolf, so Kristen Stewart’s Bella must be doing something right in the fashion department. Her style is casual and effortless, as if she doesn’t care how she looks (even though she always looks impeccable). To get Bella’s look, stick to basics, like fitted v-neck sweaters, henleys and hoodies paired with jeans. She also has great taste in jackets with multiple zippers and pockets, often cropped short to show off her legs. While some might interpret her look as tomboy, she is actually more of cowgirl, with rugged looks that fit her living in Arizona and now Washington. So embrace those plaids, denims and boots, and you may have Edward or Jacob pining for you as well.

Alice Cullen. Ashley Greene’s character has lots of fans wanting to imitate her fresh, youthful style, and it’s no wonder. This girl looks like she’s on her way to fashion college. One of her most famous looks was in the first movie, when she wore a black, tailored vest that was shorter than the blouse underneath it. She also kills (so to speak) in lace sweaters over gunmetal grey empire waist dresses that are flirty and feminine. One might call her style girly goth, with a little Audrey Hepburn thrown in.

Rosalie Hale. Nikki Reed’s character is described as one of the most beautiful people in the world, and she has a glamorous, sophisticated wardrobe to match her looks. She often wears sharp blazers that are classic, but with a modern edge. She’s also partial to hats and scarves, no doubt because she has ice instead of blood running through her veins. But if you really want the Rosalie look, you’ve got to wear designer shoes with heels so high that they could drive a stake through a vampire’s heart.

Edward Cullen. Robert Pattinson has become a style icon thanks to his “Twilight” role, regularly gracing the pages of fashion design magazines in his signature sleek ensembles and tousled hair. If you want to dress like you’re on “Team Edward,” wear neutral colors like grey and blue, and think clean, classic pieces: straight leg dark denim jeans, crisp button-down shirts, v-neck sweaters, and oh, that gorgeous grey pea coat.

Jacob Black. In “New Moon” and “Eclipse,” Taylor Lautner’s character usually wears jeans and black tees that are a size too small, or no shirt at all. Jacob, then, isn’t much of a fashion plate. But Taylor Lautner is another matter. When he’s on the red carpet, he is always dressed to impress in fitted vests that show off his physique, leather jackets, or designer suits. To dress like you’re on “Team Jacob,” or actually “Team Taylor,” wear a vest, tie and long-sleeve shirt over a pair of jeans. Or for a dressier occasion, look for a suit that’s form-fitting, with just a little bit of shine to the fabric.

Style Tips on How to Choose an Asymmetrical Skirt

With the warm days already here, most of us long to show some skin and to this end ladies dresses and skirts have no rivals. The new spring/summer 2012 season has brought a myriad of amazing dress and skirt trends and one of them is the asymmetrical ‘fever’. Shops are flooded with a myriad of asymmetrical dresses and skirts, coming in various shapes and shades, still some of us feel a little bit shy to try this trend.

Actually asymmetrical skirts can look amazing, if you buy the one that perfectly flatters your body shape and creates a classic, sophisticated look. Whether you like refined, elegant designs or flirty asymmetrical skirts with ruffles and other cute details, there is a wide selection of styles available, ideal for any occasion. Keep in mind that choosing the best skirt for you means finding the best design for your unique style and body shape. To make your life easier, here are a few useful fashion tips on how to choose the best asymmetrical skirt for your body shape:

1. Asymmetrical skirts are so hot now that both high end designer labels and cheaper fashion brands offer a myriad of stunning designs. So first look around in stores and online to see which skirts you can really afford to buy.

2. Study your body shape and pick the style that turns you into a real goddess. Thus, skinny girls are advised to go for ruffled skirts, while plump girls should choose a skirt with the shorter hem reaching the mid part of their legs.

3. Decide on the color and style of the skirt. Asymmetrical skirts come in a variety of shades, feature multiple eye-catching prints and designs. Make sure to pick the one, which you really like a lot.

4. Pay attention to the fabrics. Thus if you want to buy a skirt to wear more often, choose a skirt featuring easy-to-care-for, machine washable fabric. On the other hand, if you want to wear your skirt on some special occasion, choose a more delicate fabric.

5. Make sure you have chosen the right size. Look into the mirror and study your skirt at different angles. If you think you look great, that skirt is definitely yours.

As you can see, it’s not something difficult to find the best asymmetrical skirt for you. Just consider all the precious five rules mentioned above and find your perfect matches. And remember, whatever you are wearing, you’ll hardly look great in it until you feel self-confident and content with your appearance.

Fashion School Tips For Making Your Man Less Goonie and More Clooney

Girls, let’s talk. Do you sometimes want to rip your boyfriend’s clothes off – because you just can’t stand them? You’re not alone. Many guys are clueless when it comes to fashion. But there’s help. If your man is a walking fashion emergency, you can perform CPR (Clothing Preference Resuscitation) on him, thanks to these tips from fashion school experts. You may be surprised at how well he cleans up.

Pants. Men are creatures of comfort, so many gravitate towards pants with “relaxed fits,” which is just another name for sloppy. All that extra fabric in the pants is not flattering. But some guys just can’t stop there in their crimes against fashion design. They also wear pleats, which add unnecessary bulk around their hips. And then there’s the matter of cargo pants. No man has ever looked good in them. There, somebody had to say it. Have your guy try on a flat-front pair of pants in a straight leg style, and compliment him on how great he looks. (Boys need flattery and encouragement to do what you want them to do.)

Jeans. When it comes to pants, jeans are the number one favorite, but does your guy wear the right style? First of all, if your man’s jeans are the color of the sky, they need to go. (And if the denim finish looks like clouds, that’s even worse.) Get him a pair of jeans with a uniform dark finish, which looks great even for dressier occasions. And make sure the jeans fit him correctly. They should sit at his waist, not down at his thighs like gangsta rap attire or above his belly button like dad jeans.

Shirts. Men tend to wear their shirts too big, and part of the blame goes to retailers who size them roomier to accommodate the girth of average Americans. But all men, skinny or heavy, look better when their shirts fit them properly, i.e., the shoulder seams rest at the outer shoulders, not below them. You won’t go wrong getting your guy in a classic solid or striped button-down long sleeve shirt for a dressy look, or a plaid short-sleeved shirt for a more casual vibe. What about t-shirts? A clean, solid t-shirt is perfectly fine, and in fact looks great under a sport jacket. But stay away from oversized t-shirts emblazoned with logos, flames, skulls, or weaponry.

Shoes. Guys can go years before buying a new pair of shoes, so all the shoes in your boyfriend’s closet are probably past their expiration date. Take him shopping and make sure he has at least these three basic styles recommended by our fashion school experts: a pair of lace-up oxfords, a pair of loafers, and a pair of sneakers. Now, a word about those sneakers. He may very well have some new athletic shoes for the gym or the basketball court. These do not count. Sports shoes tend to look clunky when worn with long pants. He needs a casual pair of sneakers, like classic Chuck Taylor All-Stars, that don’t have all the athletic embellishments.

Colors. Because many guys are unsure about the latest trends in fashion design, they are rather conservative when it comes to colors, sticking with neutrals like black, blue, grey and brown. It’s up to you to punctuate your boyfriend’s wardrobe with some color. Don’t scare him away with chartreuse or orange right off the bat. Ease him into color with muted reds, greens, and violets. As long as they’re not too bright, he’ll get used to wearing color. Again, tell him how great he looks: “That color really brings out your gorgeous eyes, honey.”

Mix And Match Designer Fashion Jewelry

When it comes to expressing your personal style, why settle for safe and predictable, when you can be bold and daring? If you don’t want to boxed in with restrictions and rules, remember you have the fashion license to experiment and explore possibilities. After all fashion, in all its eccentricities is definitely not for the weak-hearted.

To keep up with the rapidly changing trends, you don’t have to constantly update your wardrobe and designer fashion jewelry pieces every season just stay abreast with the latest. In order to get more mileage out of your clothing pieces and accessories, go ahead and get those creative juices flowing by mixing and matching clothes, along with your collection of fashion rings, designer bracelets and gold statement necklaces.

Think about it. How would you want to wear sequined tops with funky sneakers? How about going crazy with bright colors from head to toe? Hermes with your vintage skirt? Ooooh.. the mere thought of the possibilities are too exciting to ignore and simply pass up!

Stack it up with an eclectic mix of designer bracelets. When it comes to wearing designer fashion jewelry pieces, real style is not all about sticking to what’s safe and predictable. Sometimes, you need to defy conventions by combining designer bracelets of different styles and textures. Whoever said you can’t wear your Gucci purse with a pair for flip-flops from Target? Same with your choice of clothing, don’t hesitate to pile up your jangly charms with rhinestone encrusted designer bracelets. Have fun going through your designer fashion jewelry collection.

Mix cocktail fashion rings with pearls. Unthinkable? Why not? If you have sentimental pieces of jewelry that marked a special milestone in your life, don’t let it stop you from wearing one with those bold fashion rings and blings. Go ahead and experiment, those timeless heirloom pieces may just go well you’re your favorite designer fashion jewelry. Create your very own style statement.

Breathe new life into your basics. Are you looking for ways to spice up your classic pieces? Pull off an entirely different look by combining bohemian inspired designer bracelets with some of your more contemporary, bold designer fashion jewelry pieces can help you achieve that modern romantic look. There mere thought of it may seem unnerving and daunting, but expressing your own style can also be truly exhilarating and liberating.

Celebrate your own unique sense of style. Wear mismatched designer fashion jewelry and clothes.

Fashion School Tips on Dressing Like Your Favorite

The Fox television show “Glee” is not just a hit with music fans who love all the fabulous musical numbers. It’s also caught the eye of fashionistas who love the clothes that the characters wear. One wouldn’t think that a show set in a Midwestern high school would boast such a stellar wardrobe, but the students and faculty at the fictitious McKinley High have become fashion icons for “gleeks” around the world. Thanks to our panel of fashion school experts, here’s a look at the show’s characters and their distinctive styles, and how you can get the “Glee” look.

Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele). Although a Cheerio once remarked that Rachel dressed like she was home schooled, the lead singer of New Directions has a killer wardrobe to match her killer voice. With her neo prep school look, she’s made wearing plaid skirts and knee highs cool again, and it looks like she has an argyle sweater for every day of the week, or month. To don Rachel’s style, mix preppy patterns with bright solids, and finish it off with a pair of saddle shoes. We can’t guarantee it will make you sing any better, however.

Emma Pillsbury (played by Jayma Mays). McKinley’s guidance counselor may be a little crazy, but her clothes are pure perfection – probably because she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Part J. Crew preppy and part “Mad Men” secretary, Emma typically wears sweaters and pencil skirts, but she does so in such a fun, colorful way that one would think she’s a fashion school grad. To get Emma’s look, go monochromatic with sweater, blouse, skirt and shoes in various shades of the same color. And don’t forget the accessories: sweater clips, rosettes, vintage jewelry, and bows.

Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer). Kurt has said, “Every moment of your life is an opportunity for fashion,” and he lives by his words. There is seldom a scene where he is not dressed to the nines. He knows fashion design, so his look is Alexander McQueen meets Burberry by way of Jean-Paul Gautier and Target. To sport Kurt’s fashion forward look, start with a designer basic like a Burberry trench coat. Then mix in bold colors and prints for shirt and pants, and don’t be afraid if they’re mismatched – plaids, stripes, florals, put them all together. Complete the look with a jaunty fedora or trilby hat, a cravat, a white belt, and a white shoulder bag.

Quinn Fabray (played by Dianna Agron). When not wearing her Cheerio uniform, Quinn is the picture of femininity. A daddy’s girl at heart, her look is youthful and sweet. She leaves the bold colors and patterns to Rachel, while she favors soft pastels and simple floral prints. To get Quinn’s look (minus the baby bump), try a floral sundress topped with a long cardigan. She’s all about the sundresses.

Finn Hudson (played by Cory Monteith). While Finn is not a fashion plate like Kurt, the “Glee” hunk still looks like he stepped out of a Gap or American Eagle ad. For all the guys out there looking to replicate Finn’s casual style, start with a white pocket T under a plaid button-down shirt, a pair of selvage jeans, and a faded denim jacket. Sling a vintage letterman’s jacket over your shoulder, and you’re set.

Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch). True, Sue only wears tracksuits. But no one wears them better. In fact, if “Glee” ever spun off licensed merchandising, a line of Sue Sylvester tracksuits could be the hit of the fashion design world. Before that happens, you can get the Sue Sylvester look with a flirty velour tracksuit. And if it’s all red like Sue’s, so much the better.

Fashion School Tips to Help You Go From Idle to Idol

For fashion design devotees, the best thing about “American Idol” isn’t watching the performances, but witnessing the incredible makeovers that the finalists undergo. After all, who can forget the way Clay Aiken transformed from geek to heartthrob in a matter of weeks? As the competition heats up this season on “American Idol,” our panel of fashion school experts have gleaned lessons learned from seasons past for makeover tips that will have you looking so good, even Simon Cowell would approve.

1. Step it up a notch. When David Archuleta wore jeans and a t-shirt to perform in Season 7, he looked like a high school kid on a field trip, not a potential superstar. But when he added a chic military-styled jacket over the tee in later weeks, he became a contender. Archuleta showed that the best Idol makeovers involve upping the glam factor, and the littlest detail can do so. For example, you could finish off a pair of jeans with a jewel-studded belt, or pair a conservative suit with a brightly-colored scarf.

2. Dress your age. Alison Iraheta from Season 8 was the perfect example of someone who dressed age-appropriately. Only 16 years old, she did not try to wear the serious gowns of her twentysomething competitors. Instead, she stuck with playful ensembles that were equal parts punk and pink. Because it was age appropriate, she looked perfectly natural. Viewers watching from home could take a tip from the teen rocker: dress your age, and you’ll look ageless.

3. Go for drama. A look that says “wow” even before the singer opens his or her mouth is usually enough to get the home voters on speed dial. When Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee stepped onto the stage not in her usual jeans, but in a canary yellow floor length stunner to sing “I Have Nothing,” she showed the world “I Have Everything.” So go for the OMG moment yourself with a dramatic style, silhouette, or color. You’ll feel like you have everything, too.

4. Mix it up. Savvy Idol contestants keep the audience guessing, wondering what they’ll wear week to week. The master of this strategy was Season 8’s Adam Lambert, who could alternate between glam rocker and sharkskin-suited crooner without batting a mascaraed eyelash. Similarly, our fashion school experts suggest shaking up your own wardrobe. If you’re usually super casual, surprise everyone with a more sophisticated look. Or if you tend to be conservative, show off your more playful side.

5. It’s all about the fit. Here’s a great lesson for all of us. The most beautiful outfit in the world is nothing if it doesn’t fit right. Lakisha Jones of Season 6 may have been plus-sized, but her dresses fit her immaculately, hugging her curves and flattering her figure. She showed us that the best fashion design is about both style and fit.

6. Do something about that hair. Before his makeover, Season 7’s David Cook was a slightly nerdy would-be rocker. After his makeover, he was not only the champion, but certified cougar-bait. What was the big difference? His hair. The show’s stylists turned his awkward combover into an asymmetrical faux-hawk, and he was suddenly sexy. Pay similar attention to your own coif. A simple cut can change your entire appearance.

Fashion School Tips For Creating a Stylish Halloween Costume

Halloween is that holiday where you get to show the world (or at least your friends) how creative you are. Whether you are a novice or have a degree in fashion design, here are three perfect costumes that will let you take your sewing machine center stage!

No ordinary costume will do. It must be something that shows artistry, thought, and most of all, style!

How about something from the world of Mad Men? Get schooled at the Betty Draper fashion college. Betty has the quintessential wardrobe of the 1960s. With her shift dresses, chiffon sashes, and three-quarter sweaters, her classic style transcends the decades.

Scour your local vintage store for a conservative dress with spaghetti straps, fitted bodice and full circle skirt to wear as the underlayer. Using the dress as a pattern, create a sheer outer dress with the same skirt silhouette, but with a button-up bodice, sweet cap sleeves, and a high neckline. Don’t forget to wear a diamond wedding ring to complete the look. This is the perfect costume for couples. What guy wouldn’t want to be Don Draper for a night?

If you have a love for nature and haven’t quite made it to fashion school yet, try a Sacagawea costume. Start with a plain tan linen dress. Cut off the hemlines and finished edges to create a raw, earthy style. The key to this look is fringes. Create a wide collar out of short layers of fringed fabrics in shades of olive green, brown, and cream. Just make sure you can cut fabric in a straight line! For added style, extend the collar at the sides so the fringes cascade over your shoulders and down your arms.

Wear your hair in two long braids secured with simple suede cord from a fabric store. This is one costume that could be brought this into your actual wardrobe, if worn the right way. Throw on some leggings and ankle boots, and wear the top off one shoulder and you’ve got a new outfit.

If you’ve already written your acceptance speech for Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards, then a Marie Antoinette Halloween costume is within your creative realm.

Sofia Coppola brought the fashions of Marie Antoinette alive in her 2006 movie. If you haven’t already seen it, be forewarned: the movie may leave you with strong cravings for butter cookies, sparkling drinks, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The fashion world embraces this film for its gowns by Milena Canonero, saturated in pink satin, pearls, diamonds, exquisite ruffles, bows, lace, ultra femininity, sophistication, opulence, and extravagance.

Shop for a corset at a thrift store and build your costume around it. The key is a tightly fitting bodice with a full skirt exploding from your waist. Tip: make a mini-bubble skirt filled with crumpled newspaper to wear under the skirt. It will lift the skirt out and save you money on investing in yards and yards of fabric.

Sew on layers of ruffles, punctuated with satin bows. Accessorize with delicate pearl drop earrings and a single velvet ribbon tied around your neck. Keep the accessories to a modest level of abundance. If anyone has the nerve to ask who you are, simply respond with, “Let them eat cake.”