Month: February 2017

How to Update Your Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

Fashion

Shopping for a modern wardrobe can definitely get spendy, especially with trends changing seasonally. If you want to save some money and still look great, here are a few tips to update without breaking the bank.

Don’t Buy the Same Pieces

If you’re working with a tight budget, prioritizing your wardrobe needs is a must. If you have dozens of basic tees and black pants, you clearly have a go-to style, but this doesn’t mean you can afford to go doe-eyed over another basic tee and pair of black pants.

If you want to update your wardrobe, start by making a list of the items you already have, especially those that you have multiples of. This can help you figure out which gaps you need to fill and stop you from wasting your budget on unneeded items.

Where to Skimp and Splurge

There is just no reason to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a white tee when you can get virtually the same thing for just a few bucks. If you can find deals on basics like jeans and tees, you’ll have a little extra dough to splurge on that special sweater, blazer, or pair of pumps that will amp up your foundational pieces.

Get Thrifty

There’s nothing wrong with purchasing gently used clothing to fill out your wardrobe. It can be a great way to find steals on pieces you don’t have, and in some cases, high-end items you might not otherwise be able to afford. Can’t find the perfect size? When you get a pair of jeans for $10 you can afford to take them to your local alterations store for nips and tucks to fit you perfectly.

Wear Old Pieces in New Ways

There are always going to be garments that have sentimental value that you don’t want to give up, so think about using them in new ways. Instead of doing away with that V-neck you’ve worn to a soft patina, put it on backward to make it a crewneck with an open back and add a long necklace.

Instead of resigning your dad’s old, oversized “world’s greatest farter I mean father shirt” to sleepwear, upcycle by transforming it into a cool, new skirt. Crop your jeans and add fringe to the bottom. Sew some modern patches on your old bomber jacket or on handbags. These updates can make old pieces new again.

Swap with Friends

Chances are you’re not alone in wanting to get a snappy new wardrobe without spending a ton of dough in the process. If you can get a group of friends together for a clothing swap, you can all show up with gently used items to trade. Everyone can pick a few pieces they want to add to their own wardrobe and whatever is left can be donated to charity.

A Royal Style Guide

Fashion

As our longest serving monarch, HRH Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 65 years. Leading our country with grace, duty and always dignity, she marked her sapphire jubilee fashionably as always.

Her impeccable fashion has gained so much attention over the years and not a day goes by when she doesn’t look polished to perfection. At every royal engagement, she leaves us wondering just how she achieves her effortlessly sophisticated look. What are her top style secrets?

The Great British Weather
With the Great British weather continuously living up to its unreliable name, the Queen must be appropriately dressed whatever the weather brings. What can start out as a warm summers day, can easily turn to rain and wind. Whilst continuing to look stylish at every royal engagement, her wardrobe must be suitable for all weathers.

Believe it or not, Queen Elizabeth has a team of experts that test the fabric of her dresses and coats with electric fans, to ensure it can withstand strong winds. They gauge the fabric on how the material moves in the breeze created by the fans. In some cases, small curtain weights are concealed in the hem of the fabric to reduce movement.

And not forgetting Britain’s high chance of rain. The Queen is the Queen of umbrellas. Her go-to choice is always a birdcage-style ladies umbrella, designed and created by Royal Warrant holders, Fulton Umbrellas. They must be transparent so that crowds can see her.

Each of the bespoke umbrellas are designed months in advance from a colour swatch of fabric to ensure they perfectly match the Queen’s outfit. Each of the umbrellas are clear birdcage umbrellas, with a perfectly colour-matched trim.

Colour by occasion
The Queen has never been shy to make a statement, spotted in a rainbow of colours over the years. Little do we know, each colour is carefully chosen for each event, depending on the occasion, location and the last time she wore a similar colour.

At her Diamond Jubilee concert, she wore gold influenced by the Queen Victoria Memorial statue the stage was built around.

She generally wears bright colours so that she stands out in a crowd. If an appointment is taking place in a park, her majesty’s senior dresser makes sure she avoids green shades, for example.

Her colours are monitored to ensure the same shades aren’t repeated too closely together. For example, if she was to wear a lemon-yellow dress early in the year, it would be avoided again for several months.

Perfectly practical
Some of her majesty’s events can often be lengthy appointments, so the practicality of each outfit is a well thought-out process.

Most visits often involved car journeys, or long period of sitting – in this case, each outfit must be made from wrinkle-proof material to ensure her outfit remains pristinely pressed throughout the entire royal appointment. Hats are no exception for those car journeys. Designed by her milliner of choice, Rachel Trevor-Morgan, each hat must not obscure her face, and height is considered for getting in and out of a vehicle.

Again, her footwear must be practical – in some appointments, she could be standing for a lengthy amount of time. For this reason, her heel height is always kept at 2.25 inches precisely for her comfort – often with added insoles.

Her handbags are generally Launer’s Royale and Traviata bags. The longer handle allows for the Queen to shake hands with people with no interference, whilst remaining comfortable alongside her three-quarter length sleeves.

The contents of her purse are determined on weight, the length of time she will be holding it for and the essentials. Although there is no evidence of what is actually inside her majesty’s purse, it is rumoured to contain reading glasses, mints, a compact mirror, lipstick and a fountain pen. She also only carries cash on a Sunday — and it’s always either a £5 or £10 note that is precisely folded.

With so many royal engagements to attend, you can imagine how busy the Queen’s styling team are. Each outfit takes careful designing and consideration – so it’s no wonder the Queen’s dressers keep their own handwritten diaries of each outfit, date and occasion. While the queen will occasionally wear the same outfit again, it’s on a strict rotational basis to ensure it isn’t worn too closely together.

She makes looking impeccable simply effortless. As her reign continues, we can expect to see more of the looks we love — although now we know the secrets behind them!

 

The Best Designer iPhone Cases of 2017

Fashion

2017 has already kicked off to be an interesting year. Oscar nominations were announced this morning and you can already anticipate reactions from the fashion world. Nominees and their stylists are already planning amazing gowns and outfits to grace the red carpet on Oscar night. Not only are the Oscars are time to celebrate the film world, but they also put the spotlight on style and fashion. Fashion houses and designers receive an incredible boost of worldwide recognition when an actress wears their creations during awards season; especially on Oscar night and to the after parties. The day after the Oscars, photographs of actors and actresses are splashed across the internet and print magazines. Fashion pundits will discuss and critique not only Oscar gowns and fashion looks, but also accessories such as clutch bags and even iPhone cases. Hollywood and the fashion world have a love affair with the iPhone so it will be no surprise that cute iPhone cases will be on display at the Oscars.

iPhone-cases

Fashion and tech have truly collided over the past few years. They are two worlds that compliment each other. Both famous designers and small start-up fashion brands alike are designing tech accessories; especially for the iPhone. Designer iPhone cases have never been more popular or in demand as they are in 2017. Back in September, Apple introduced the new iPhone 7 and 7 plus. As with all new iPhone updates, the 7 model was a hit with the fashion crowd. Tech accessories are not only another aspect of a fashion business, but they are also an aesthetic. When designers create iPhone cases, they always keep the silhouette of the phone in mind. Since the iPhone is sleek and understated, it doesn’t make sense to design and manufacture a clunky or bulky case. Even though it’s larger in size, newer iPhones rest easily in the palm of the hand and should be encased in something equally as elegant. In 2017, fashion is not only about clothes, but a woman’s lifestyle. So many of us are glued to our iPhones; answering emails and scrolling through Instagram that it makes perfect sense designers would expand their lines to include tech cases. Style stars and celebrities are often photographed with their iPhones and you can see what cute cases they choose to protect their smartphone.

Fashion at the Oscars sets a precedent for the years new direction in style. What we see on the red carpet often translates into a variation of looks which are later available online and in department stores. Shoppers and fashionables keep in mind what celebrities wear and if they look good in their red carpet creations. From dresses, to designer handbags and shoes, each and every aspect of a celebrity look is important. This year some of the greatest looks and styles include designer iPhone cases. Celebrities are already carrying intricately illustrated designer iPhone cases by PLIA Designs. We expect to see more cases from this fashion brand on the red carpet in coming months. Stay tuned for updates about what iPhone cases we love the most from PLIA Designs.