Who doesn’t love a hoodie? They are the go-to article of clothing for casual comfort. It is so easy to just pull on a hoodie and go. There is no reason why this practical piece cannot add a little fun to a look, too. A bit of time and some creativity can help transform the common hoodie into something that expresses the individuality of the wearer. A plain hoodie is a great canvas for the imagination.
It is Never too Early to Think About Halloween
Sure, all the stores will have rows and rows of those flimsy Halloween costumes. They can be pretty expensive, and depending on the trick-or-treat location, may get hidden under a jacket anyway. A better solution may be to make a costume with a hoodie. Not only can it be much cooler than the store-bought version, most can be done fairly last minute. Plus, a hoodie will keep both little and big goblins warm during their haunts. Here a just a few ideas:
- Owl or any bird of prey
- Wolf, skunk, or any favorite mammal—just add ears!
With some planning it is easy to involve a whole gang and create a themed set of costumes for a group. All that is needed is a bunch of cheap plain hoodies, felt, and some sewing or gluing supplies, and a whole family can rock Halloween as a band of dinosaurs. A terrific tutorial for this project can be found on the web at Ginger & George.
For the (Slightly Nerdy) Man That Has Everything
Finding that perfect gift for a guy can be challenging. Ideally, a gift would be both something meaningful and something he would actually use. Why not let a personalized hoodie come to the rescue? It can be the gift that keeps on giving. There are some great ideas out there for almost every kind of enthusiast. Here are a sampling of the possibilities:
- The Vulcan Salute. This one is even animated, sort of, if a zippered hoodie is used. Zipped up, the design is a drawing of a right hand. Unzipped halfway, the wearer is sending the message to live long and prosper. Find the template at Man Made DIY.
- The Gondor Hoodie. The hoodie may be the most Tolkien of casual clothing options. Any Ring fan would be delighted with a hoodie that sports the iconic tree design. Craft Sauce is the site that can help create the magic.
True to the Red, White, and Blue
One of the most striking, not to mention patriotic, transformations for a white hoodie is to recreate the Stars and Stripes. A healthy supply of fabric paint, some star cut outs, and a roll of tape can bring a wearable tribute to the flag to life. Check out Oh Pish Posh for the details.
There are any number of ways to make a hoodie unique. A personalized hoodie makes a great gift. Hoodies are a perfect place to start for a one-pf-a-kind costume. They are also terrific mementos for a family reunion. With a good set of instructions and the right craft materials, creating an original hoodie may be half the fun.
Growing kids can drive parents crazy. Instead of spending a fortune on a sundress that will likely turn into a tight shirt in less than one year, make a customized t-shirt dress. Girls clothing does not have to make parents cringe when they see the price tag. Enjoy summer fun, and enjoy a DIY project that you only need a few basics to make fabulous.
What You Need
You can have a pretty short shopping list for snazzy new t-shirt dresses. However, it is important to invest in fabric paint instead of the regular stuff. You can find special paint at your local craft store.
The basics include:
- A plain white t-shirt long enough to be a dress
- Fabric paint
- Two different paintbrushes
- Parchment paper
- A large plastic bag
- An iron and ironing board
How to Make the Dress
Sketch a few cute ideas on paper before painting the dress. First, cover the workspace with newspaper to avoid mess. Place the plastic bag inside the t-shirt so the colors do not bleed through. Carefully paint your design, or have your little ones paint their own designs. Let the paint dry for about an hour, and replace the plastic with the parchment paper. Iron both sides of the t-shirt dress, and voila! You have just created a cute dress that your little girl can grow out of in no time and later wear as a regular t-shirt.
Tips for Kids and Crafters
Make a simple t-shirt dress more glamorous by investing in a few new accessories. Abstract t-shirt dress art by a 5-year old can look more polished when colorful leggings, cute hair barrettes, and sparkly shoes are purchased to complete the look for the first day of school. An adult can draw clear patterns for special events or write names in pencil or paint them in light yellow, and kids over the age of 6 can usually follow the pattern without getting frustrated.
When creating gifts, adults should start painting with the lightest colors first so the paint does not look mucky. Also, adults can use more than two brushes if desired. Using a different brush for every color can streamline the process when painting t-shirts or t-shirt dresses for an entire gaggle of little girls for an upcoming birthday bash.
Wash t-shirt dresses with extra glitter by hand to make them last longer. Additionally, wash t-shirt dresses with glitter in the wash once by themselves before mixing them with other items. No one wants glittery business shirts.
Take the Pain Out of Growing Pains
Growing girls do not need to hurt your wallet. Teach your little fashionista how to make a customized t-shirt dress for the summer and first part of the school year. Have fun with fashion, and only worry about purchasing new leggings when the ones you bought last week have a few grass stains and come up to your girl’s knees. New shoe purchases are inevitable, but that’s just the way it is. Invest in a few staple items of clothing for growing girls, and inform other parents in the most casual way possible that one cute t-shirt dress only cost an hour of family fun.
If you have just recently added one or more cowboy hats to your wardrobe, then there are some important rules to know about wearing them.
- Wear the Right Size
Measure the crown of your head, about two finger widths above your eyebrow and just one above your ear. Rather than ordering the hat by hat size, order by your measurement. Your hat should sit just where you took the measurement.
- Adjust Your Hair Style
Most women understand the frustration of a bad hair day. If you don’t style your hair with the hat in mind, then you’ll end up with a combination of hat head and bad hair. There are three traditional styles for women with long hair:
- Loose and Natural. You may want to pin back bangs or shorter hair in the front to keep it out of your face.
- Pulled Back. Ponytails will need to be worn low in order to fit well with the hat, but are a traditional country hairstyle because of their practicality. Pigtails are a playful choice. These, again, need to worn low.
- Braided. A thick braid or braided pigtails are two other practical options that look attractive and natural with straw hats.
- Plan Your Wardrobe
Of course, jeans and a t-shirt look great with a straw hat, but there are plenty of other options for the summer. Choose a flowing skirt with a white blouse or a set of casual slacks and a neutral shirt. Wearing a cowboy hat does not mean that the rest of your outfit has to be western-themed, especially since there are so many styles of cowboy hats. You always have the choice of going full country or using a more eclectic look.
- Remember Hat Etiquette
There are some clear rules for the wearing and handling of your hat. Remember these rules if you want to wear your hat successfully.
- Don’t wear your hat backwards! Really, some people make this mistake. Take a look at the inside of your hat. There should be a small bow that indicates the back of the hat. If there are any adornments on the outside of the hat, such as feathers or buckles, these belong on the left side of the hat.
- There are two basic methods of hat handling. One says to hold the brim at the front and at the back. The other school of thought is to use the crown of the hat, never the brim. Either way, remember that rough handling can weaken the structure of the hat, so keep it to a minimum.
- Finally, never mess with another person’s hat.
However you wear it, your cowboy hat can help you take your fashion to a new level.
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There are many phrases that are repeated so often that it can be easy to ignore or dismiss them. However, there is some truth in many of these sayings: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Don’t switch horses midstream. You get what you pay for. You may have heard these words of wisdom over and over again, but they are often repeated because of the truths that they express. When it comes to buying clothing, it is true that you get what you pay for. So if you must stick carefully to a budget is it possible to find cheap name brand clothes?
Why Shop for Brand Names
First of all, it is important to understand why it’s so important to buy brand name. After all, why not just buy the cheaper stuff? There are several good reasons to stick with the brand name stuff:
- Better Quality: Brand name items are usually made from superior materials. This means that the garment will hold its shape longer and the color of the fabric will remain much longer than on generic labels.
- Expert Fit: It is natural to pay more for clothing that fits better. Any customization will cost a bit more.
- Image: People are often willing to pay more for the name on the clothing. You may have some special pieces in your closet with brand names displayed prominently.
- Unique and Trendy: It is cheaper for the manufacturer to roll out several copies of the same design than it is to come up with one new design after another. When you pay for more expensive brand names, you can feel more confident that you won’t show up at an event in the same outfit as your friends.
Identify the Items that Should be Brand Name
Next, determine which pieces are worth buying in brand name. You may be just as happy with several no-name pieces if you have a few fantastic brand name items. Even as you look for great bargains, it will be helpful for you to stay focused on the quality of the clothing you are searching for.
Know Where to Look
The Internet is a great place to find bargain items of clothing. In order to find them, you’ll need a good combination of search terms. Mix together words like “bargain” and “discount” with the specific brand that you’d like to purchase. There are some great online stores that offer discounted brand name clothing from different manufacturers. Sometimes those items are leftover from holiday sales or have become overstocked. They may also be clothing that has been cleared out when new seasons bring new merchandise.
How to Stay Informed
When you find an online store that offers the brand name items that you prefer, sign up for their email promotions, follow their social media blurbs, and bookmark their blog. You may find that you have access to sales and promotions that can bring the already discounted prices down even further.
Shop During Bargain Seasons
Finally, make sure that you know when the best times to shop take place. These are typically the times when one season changes to another and right after holidays. These are the times when manufacturers are most likely to clear out their old inventory. That means low prices for bargain hunters.
Michelle Williams in a mustard gown
Whether you’re headed out for a work Christmas party or for a summer barbecue, the event should always help to determine your outfit. The rules of dressing for the evening are much different than dressing for a day at the office or a day at the park with friends. Rather than making a fool of yourself when you show up to a black-tie event in jeans and a T-shirt, follow these simple rules for dressing for evening events.
Picking Your Shoes
It’s best to opt for a single sole pump for every evening event. Try hard to avoid platform shoes. This rule is especially important if your skirt hits above the knee.
Before choosing a pair of shoes, keep in mind the length of time you will be wearing them. While those six inch stilettos may look great, they are unrealistic if you plan to be on your feet for a long period of time. If you aren’t used to heels, keep your heel height at a two inch maximum. Before your evening out, spend some time walking in the shoes you plan to wear to ensure that you are prepared for an entire evening in them.
Choosing a Color and Length
Your closet staples should include navy, black, and red as your go-to colors. If you want to shake things up a little and go for something less classic and a little more daring, pick up something in a jewel tone. Add a jewel toned scarf or evening clutch bags to a classic, neutral piece to spice things up and stay in your comfort zone.
When choosing a dress, the length of your skirt has a lot to do with how you present yourself. Remember that the shorter your dress is, the higher the neckline should be. Avoid embarrassing situations with a dress that is the appropriate length.
Blend Day and Evening Wear
When done right, blending your day and evening wear can make you look especially chic. Try knitwear for the evening to keep things casual even as you dress them up. Add a knit top to a statement skirt for added contrast.
Work Around Your Jewelry
If you want to make a statement with a piece of jewelry, start there and design your outfit around that piece. Keep one bold piece of jewelry, but make sure your other pieces are more subtle. If you plan to wear your hair up or your dress has a higher neckline, it may be a good idea to choose statement earrings. If you choose to make a statement with your earrings, keep your necklace and bracelets subtle.
If you’re getting ready for a night out on the town, and you have the perfect outfit picked out, now is not the time to experiment with your hair and makeup. You risk looking like a clown if things don’t work out right, or running out of time if you are forced to redo your entire look. Keep it simple and subtle, and stick to things you can plan beforehand to make your statement.
Make a Statement With Comfort
Done right, you evening out can be comfortable and stylish. Stick with pieces you know you feel good in, and give yourself enough time to plan and primp.
What was once a Mecca for teen and young adult women and men to find quirky and work-appropriate clothing is now tumbling down. Urban Outfitters’ styles used to be quite the clothing of choice, especially for young adults. Now, according to CBS News, Urban still hasn’t found its niche in the fashion world.
One of the main reasons this has happened is that other companies have found their grooves between affordability, trends, and clothing replenishment. Forever 21, popular clothing store for teens, is one place that keeps their garment selection affordable, fresh, and always up-to-date in the fashion world. Teens and young adult women entering the work world for the first time can poke around and almost always find something that they like, or something that is trending.
Urban Outfitters has most certainly had the reputation for having stylish and super progressive clothing options, however pricey. It’s always an investment to shop at Urban, with their cute skinny jeans starting around $55. Though the quality is quite solid and clothing from Urban Outfitters tends to outlast clothing bought from Forever 21, young professionals aren’t really considering longevity as much as affordability or a cause. It’s much easier to justify purchasing fifteen items for $100 at Forever 21 than one item for $100 from Urban Outfitters. Even purchasing slightly more expensive items that are recycled, or that give back in some way offer more incentive than something for the same price that doesn’t give back in any capacity.
Another reason why Urban Outfitters sort of fell off the fashion grid is because while it can be stylish, the clothing styles can become outdated pretty rapidly. Styles and trends are always changing in the fashion realm and places like Forever 21 and H & M are two places that really cater to these changing trends. They refresh the clothing in their stores often enough, and keep their prices low enough to keep customers coming back for more. Typically young adults feel like they aren’t losing much if they buy from Forever 21 or H & M because of the low price. If the style changes quickly, they won’t have lost too much money.
One of the suggestions to Urban Outfitters to better their business is to stop trying to cater to the younger crowd and perhaps turn their attention toward the mid twenty-somethings and older. The reason being, the older crowds tend to have much more disposable income and can afford to lose more than those younger Millennials barely old enough to drink can. Younger workers typically have a lower income that limits them from being able to buy whatever they want, whenever they want.
Urban Outfitters will likely have to cut prices to get rid of excess clothing that has had a hard time selling. Since sales have decreased over the past five quarters for them, it would be a wise decision for Urban to consider changing a few factors about their approach to selling clothing. If it’s too difficult to lower prices too much, they should definitely consider aiming at a different demographic and see if sales increase at all. Until they do, it’s likely their sales will not be on the up and up, and the Forever 21s of the merchandizing world will continue to dominate the retail clothing scene.
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They say that your hair is your crowning glory. Even if you had the most awesome Harvey Nichols top on, you wouldn’t look as stunning if you hair resembled that of a hedgehog. Lovely locks pretty much dictate whether or not you look good or are better off locking yourself up in your house for the entire day.
But for one reason or another, we sometimes have no time to have our hair done at a salon, or would like to quickly change our hairstyle without having to get stuck with a lousy perm. In this case, wigs or hair extensions are the solution.
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If you’re one of those busy women who want a new hairstyle for a special occasion, you might be interested in purchasing hair extensions or wigs for women
from an online retailer. Adding a hair extension or putting on a wig can change a hairstyle in a short amount of time. This means you don’t have to be stuck sitting on that salon chair, listening to endless chatter from your stylist.
There’s a plethora of wigs and hair extensions online. They come in every imaginable color and style.
The ponytail is one such hair extension which you can buy online. You can choose to wear it either high or low. If you happen to have short hair, you’d probably look best getting a 16-inch hair extension with loose waves, as this gives hair a longer and fuller appearance.
If you’re looking for something a bit sexier, you can opt to get a wig with layers or curls. They fall just below the shoulder, and come with a seductive fringe and or tapered layers.
You can even jazz up your hair with matching hair accessories which include braid headbands and hair wraps. Wig care products are also sold online. These include wig stands, combs and styling brushes. You can also buy wig caps to keep your hair securely hidden under your wig.
So the next time you find yourself having a bad hair day, try buying a wig online. With the endless hairstyle possibilities wigs can offer you, you’re sure to find one which suits you. It’s so easy you wouldn’t have to pull your hair out from any stress at all.
Shopping for jewelry is much more convenient when done online. The internet makes it easy to find specific pieces of jewelry that simply may not be available at local brick and mortar stores. In fact, precious metals and stones are available for sale at online stores. Such shops have official certifications that guarantee the authenticity of different expensive pieces of jewelry that can cost in the thousands. Shoppers can also buy more affordable jewelry such as pieces featuring pearls.
A pearl is not exactly considered a precious metal as it is made of organic material that is derived from marine wildlife creatures known as mollusca. In fact, pearls are the former shells of these aquatic animals that swim at the depths of the seas. Therefore, pearl jewelry can vary widely depending on its origins. Different oceans and seas yield variations in pearls.
Pearls are available in a myriad of various shades that usually fall into light and dark spectra. The lightest pearls have a pure white color while other pearls can be pitch dark. The variations in color are comparable to the different textures of precious gemstones such as diamonds and birthstones. Finding out about the Pearl Source is an example of exploring online jewelry stores that sell pearls.
Pearl jewelry is often combined with other materials such as gold and sterling silver settings. For example, a bracelet can have dozens of pearl beads that are set on a thin wire covered with 14K gold or 99.99 percent sterling silver. A black pearl necklace is an example of a piece that is made of exotic shell components. Pearl necklaces can also be composed of different colored ones, just like pictured here.
Pearl beads also vary widely in luster, also known as reflective properties. In general, pearls are not studied under the microscope for quality evaluation. The naked eye can provide a fair evaluation of pearl beads. In other words, there isn’t any hidden structure within a pearl that needs to be further examined.
Some exotic pearls may even have golden textures that resemble high quality gold material. A simple scratch and chemical test can easily confirm whether a piece is made of real jewelry or not. Therefore, golden pearls are rarely combined together with gold settings. Pearl beads are traditionally used for the jewelry of girls and women. Men’s jewelry rarely integrates pearls into a design. Only dark colored pearl beads may sometimes be used with other masculine metal alloys in men’s jewelry design.