Tuesday, Aug 03

Glitwelry: A Guide To Men's And Women's Jewelry

Jewelry, like light, sparks up every attire and more especially adds class to an outfit. Complimenting your outfit with some form of gilts and glam, jewelry can go as long as becoming the spotlight of the day and not even your attire.

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Jewelry is used to essentially contribute in some way to the wearer's outfit. They are designed to complete the whole look and compliment the outfit. Jewelry is further used to express the individual's personality, identity, and personal taste. There is an array of jewelry that men and women can choose from and here is a guide to choose which one suits your preference.


Men's Jewelry

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Like Dar Draper will say, "make it simple but significant", and the dress accessory or jewelry can do just that. As we have females adorn themselves with jewelry, men are also not left out on this glittery side of life. 'Drip' they say is eternal and to have that eternal look, here are some accessories men might consider adorning themselves with.


Lapel Pins

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Similar to the cuff links, lapel pins give off that final touch of elegance to that perfect outfit. Little but mighty I will call it. These pins can make the perfect finishing touch to any smart or smart-casual outfit and also convey style in a subtle and minimalistic way. Once again, the choice of the lapel pins matters, as much as the outfit does.


 

Bracelet

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Not a watch person? Bracelets can replicate the feeling of having a watch on although it isn't. Get some metallic or leather bracelets to match that casual or official outfit and be on the go. If you want to add a touch of a bracelet to your watch, ensure to wear a color that compliments your watch so it doesn't contrast and destroy the beauty of your look. Also, avoid wearing more than one to avoid having an overcrowded or messy kind of situation on your wrist. A good bracelet choice will always have you feeling and looking good in the choice of outfit you match it with.


Watches

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Time, they say waits for no man, and that time tracker can be an accessory on your hand, I guess. Coming in different colors, brands, shapes, and sizes, watches can be classified as every man's go-to accessory. To the modern man, the watch is one inevitable companion being it the metallic type or the leather type. So, if you are looking to begin accessorizing your outfits with jewelry, investing in a nice watch is a good starting point.


Cuff Links

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Talking of class in a not-so-loud manner? Cuff links are here to show off that classic man that you are.

Nothing speaks class quite like cufflinks. When it comes to business dress and occasional wear, cufflinks are timeless pieces that scream elegance, style, and sophistication.

Although it is not a large piece of jewelry, its uniqueness gives off a nice compliment to your fit. Getting it in mostly the gold color does the trick. Unlike other forms of jewelry, cufflinks are ideal accessories to corporate outfits and are perfect for both the office and other functions.


Ring

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For a man, society may assume the ring on one's finger signifies marriage, but no, you are getting it all wrong. Rings are also used by men to adorn their fingers and also used as accessories to complement their outfits.

Although having quite a number will seem inappropriate, rings are actually appealing when worn elegantly. Ranging from gold to silver and for the simple, not glittery person's choice which is black, it can be worn to several functions but might not be appropriate for the cooperate environment.


Necklaces

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Necklaces come in different styles and materials. From pendants and chains to dog tags and beads, necklaces can be used to accentuate an outfit, adding depth to an otherwise bland look.

It is however good to note that your environment and choice of outfit play a role in your necklace selection.


Women's Jewelry

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Ask various fashionistas about their thoughts on jewelry and they will tell you that jewelry should be one of a woman's favorite things in her wardrobe.

Women of style have always known the potency a jewelry possesses. With a careful assemble of jewelry, it can change an older, familiar look to a new configuration and add the right amount of dazzle to your look.

There is a huge variety of fashion accessories available for women that one can use to pair with her outfit. Here are some of the main samples that can be chosen from


Watches

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As a wardrobe staple of the modern woman, a watch is a style statement designed to keep you on track. If you're unsure about which women's watch to buy, take your lifestyle and wardrobe into consideration. Whether you favor the timeless elegance of a luxury watch or prefer to have the hottest look of the season, the most important key to accessorizing with a watch is to wear it with confidence.


Earrings

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Earrings are the most fashionable jewelry type that forms the staple of every woman's wardrobe. Earrings are the only jewelry that is adored by all women of all ages, from childhood to the dotage. They have a unique role to play and can increase one’s charm in multi-folds if one pair them well according to one’s outfit, or occasion. It puts together the whole look without making you look overdone. Whether it is simple studs or fancy statement earrings, every type of earrings has a role to play in a woman's life. So be intentional, and wear one today!


Necklaces

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Necklaces come in varying lengths, sizes, shapes, and styles. However, length is the first thing to consider when shopping for necklaces. Depending on the occasion, you may opt for a simple pendant style necklace, or you may want to go all out and wear a decked-out festoon style necklace. It is advisable to avoid chunky necklaces especially for cooperate outfits. But for that casual wear, feel free to go all out.


Bracelet

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Being the substitute of watches, picking a bracelet for your perfect look can sometimes be daunting mainly because of the sheer number of bracelet styles out there. When shopping for bracelets there are many things to consider, including when you'll wear them, where, with what clothing, and what you'll be doing. It's important to have a wide range of bracelet styles in your jewelry wardrobe so you'll be set for any eventuality.


Rings

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Rings are generally liked by women of all age groups. They have been in the thick of women's fashion. Typically, a bold fashion ring is worn on the hand opposite where one would wear a wedding ring, either on the ring finger or middle finger. However, today rings are worn on any finger depending on the mood and style one wants to portray. As the casual look allows one to be bold and limitless, a corporate look will bound one to wear minimal fashion rings.


Brooches And Pins

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If you immediately remember grandma when you think of wearing brooches and pins, then think again. Brooches and pins are a unique, versatile, and glamorous accessory that can be worn in so many ways. You'll have no trouble incorporating them into your wardrobe. Ideally, you should have several brooches for mixing and matching with different looks. But at minimum, it's nice to have at least one for formal dress and another for casual wear.


Accessorize Simply But Elegantly

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Having all the jewelry and failing to use it properly demeans the essence of its existence. In ensuring you use the jewelry the right way, make sure to check the type, brand, and what best suits the occasion or place you are wearing it to.

Tux The Fit

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In our current world where fashion is no more a statement but every human’s mouth piece, the need to look good becomes an unavoidable priority. First impression, they say, speaks a lot. And your outlook, I bet you, will speak and do the expression works for you.

The essence of looking good cannot be stressed on enough as it helps you exude effortless confidence. But the challenge however comes with getting the right fit to suit the occasion. Being uninformed about the current trend of fashionable outfits for events can be a bit of a problem, since you may end up selecting the wrong fit for the occasion. In light of this here is a guide to selecting the appropriate tuxedos and gowns for that special event.

MEN’S TUX

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Tuxedos have been in the thick of men’s fashion since time immemorial as it showed the class and elegance of a man. It therefore comes as no surprise when the famous American singer and actor, Dean Martin once said: “In a tuxedo, I’m a star. In regular clothes, I’m a nobody”. From the style to even the color of a tux, there is the need to have a great idea of the right tux to rock for that event. Here are basic guides for men in the selection of a tuxedo for the special occasion.

NOTCH LAPEL TUXEDO

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For that classical orchestra night, dinner or prom add a notch lapel tux to your dress list. Since tuxedos speak of luxury and elegance it is just right to look it in the best way possible. The notch lapel works with almost every shape. The lapel meets with the collar leaving a small space in between which creates a unique step effect. For that formal or informal event this can be the go to outfit.

SHAWL LAPEL TUXED

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The top recommended tuxedo for the simpleton will be the shawl lapel. Picturing yourself looking good but yet in a simple way, this shawl lapel tux will do the magic. Giving off the most beautiful and yet classy shape the shawl lapel tuxedo gives a more relaxed shoulder look. This tux does not really give off much details, leaving its classy style to speak for itself.

SELECTING THE RIGHT TUX COLOR

The first thing people will notice about your tuxedo will be the color, which means it’s the main factor when making a first impression. Here is a guideline to choose a color that best works for you.

> The Black Tux

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For the gentleman that wants the sharp but yet classic and fierce look, the black tuxedo should not be missing in your wardrobe. For that wedding guest look or that dinner that you want to nail, just put on this classic fit with a smart pair of shoes and you are good to go. For the groom who wants to break the regular white tux norm, a shiny dark peak lapel tuxedo will get you an eye turner as you walk down the aisle

> The Red Tux

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Tired of the normal colors and want to try something totally different? Change the trend and put on some red tux for that special occasion. Make that statement with a wide lapel tuxedo and be on the groove.

> The Blue Tux

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Not wanting a dark suit as well as a light tux? The deep blue tuxedo should be your best pick in this situation. Giving you that blend of both a light and a darker shade, this tuxedo can be worn to almost every function. Unless otherwise stated by the function you are attending, you can rock this color to perfection.

> The White Tux

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As your big day approaches, the white tux becomes an unavoidable color. The silkiness of the black satin lapel on the white material makes it outstanding and indeed a sight to behold. The fun side of this is that it can be paired with either a black or white tailored pants to compliment the look.

 

GOWNS FOR WOMEN

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In the words of New York-based fashion designer and label, Clavon Leonard "Every woman needs a gown in her wardrobe since it makes any woman feel like a princess". This only goes to show how important gowns are in the fashion world of every woman. Here are basic guides for the women in the selection of their gowns.

MERMAID GOWNS

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The mermaid style is yet another timeless style and is still very trendy. Mermaid gown style is fitted till the knee or calves and then tapers to become a full skirt or trail. This style looks extremely elegant, with a low-cut back, that emphasizes the figure and the curves of the back and hips. That's why it's perfect for hourglass women and even some pear-shaped women. Mermaid gowns have always been a party favorite. So, you can choose this style for an engagement, galas, or black-tie events.

BALL GOWNS

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From Cinderella to modern-day fashionistas, this gown is certainly a timeless favorite. It's the most amazing dress. Ball gowns are dresses with a fitted bodice, which flair at the waist with a floor touching skirt. It's ideal for most body types but looks great on pear-shaped women since it hides the lower body. The poofy skirts may be too intense on petite women's frames. So, if you're petite, select a ball gown with less volume. You can choose a classic color with shimmering fabrics and rich details. A ball gown is a great option for evening wear that'll never go out of style. Plus, they're great if you want all eyes on you.

MODIFIED A-LINE GOWNS

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This style is just a modified version of the A-line dress. It's fitted through the bodice and hips and gradually flares to the hem forming an 'A' shape. The modified A-line dress fits closer to the body than a traditional A-line. The curve-hugging shape is perfect for those with shapely waists, like an hourglass, or pear-shaped women who have a toned belly. Strawberry shapes can rock it too! Rectangular-shaped ladies can also find this style flattering with a belt. It can be worn to special functions like a black-tie event and an awards night.

SHEATH GOWNS

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This style of gown has a straight silhouette. It goes straight down from the hip to the hem with little or no flare. Sometimes a slight flare is added, tapering at the heels to become a long trail. It's a great option for petites and hourglass shapes. Even rectangle-shaped women can rock belted sheath gown styles because of how figure-hugging it is.

A-LINE GOWNS

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A-line gown is simple and elegant. It suits all body shapes. It has a fitted bodice until the waist and flows out to the ground in an A-line. They are the perfect choice when you want a simple outline of your shape. It’s the best dress style for new year parties or as a bridesmaid.

MAKE THE BEST CHOICE

According to Miuccia Prada, “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language." In order to let your dress language stands out, although the various styles might appeal to you, ensure to select the one that best suits your body type and style.
Color selection is also vital here. In as much as you might be so much in love with the tuxedo or gown, make sure the color compliments your skin tone.

Making The Right Outfit Choice for that Special Occasion Dress Your Way, The Right Way

Making The Right Outfit Choice for that Special Occasion Dress Your Way, The Right Way

Clothes are the physical ‘entrapment’ of human dignity, only accentuating the character of the personality and floodlighting the reputational identity of the ‘creator’. We are all artist with distinct canvasses for painting our ideal and there is much more to our dressing than we can imagine. Our dressing says a great deal about who we are and influences all kinds of impressions. People make snap judgments about us from the clothes we wear and also draw conclusions about our personality from the way we look.

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What we put on entrenches a lasting statement in every area we find ourselves and as such, getting the right apparel for whatever occasion plays a vital role. So, if you think opinions don’t matter, impressions definitely do which is why dressing matters. With a wide array of dress codes in the public space, selecting a befitting outfit for an occasion can be difficult especially to know what to wear, even when the type of dress requested is stated on the invitation. As Marc Jacobs once said, clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them so, with a wide array of quality outfits ranging from Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry amongst others, we must look our best and not fall out of place in any public gathering.

One thing is certain, if clothes were easy to choose from and every dress was befitting for every occasion, Cinderella would not have been aided by her fairy godmother to get a befitting dress for the ball in her town. Dressing is basically an art, the art of knowing how to carry ourselves during various occasions we partake in. The occasions dictate how we should dress to suit the mood of the events. Dressing for any occasion is about paying respect to the occasion and the people around you and in doing so, one must select from the wide array of apparels to leave a lasting clothing impression.

The ‘once’ in a lifetime Wedding/ Dinner Look

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As the invitation to that close friend’s wedding or dinner hits your table or phone, what immediately comes to mind are tuxedos, shimmery fabrics, and ornate details. Yes, your guess is as good as mine, those are very ideal for such occasions and while etiquette rules are softening on the question of dress length, your best bet will be a floor length gown. A column dress is most sophisticated, but you could definitely wear a well-tailored, chic, and formal suit.

A gorgeous look for the choral

Now’s the time to elevate your look with elegant jewellery, fabulous shoes, and a great hairstyle. You can also feel free to loosen up a bit if the invite gives off a black tie as optional. Invariably, formal knee length cocktail dresses for the ladies will be very ideal if you don’t own a gown, provided the invitation does not restrict your attire.  These type of occasions let you push the limits on glitz and color. So, in essence, almost anything goes, as long as it’s nice enough to suit the venue and occasion; have fun with a statement necklace or earrings that will wow onlookers; pair it with a colorful dress, a sleek jumpsuit, or a festive top paired with a midi skirt or palazzo pants. You will definitely score brownie points if you rock that attire with textured embellishments, like feathers, tassels, lace, sequins, beading, or bows.

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Looking to do your T’s and I’s in an Interview?

Appropriateness defines the organizational culture of a business oriented space, and being sophisticatedly decent for that interview, will certainly get your foot in the door. Keep it clean, professional, and appropriate by rocking those pumps and a tailored suit pants or a skirt. A simple black or navy dress always work great as a job interview outfit as well. For the gentlemen, a tailored suit or a long-sleeved shirt on tailored pants will do the magic because these tend to be the standard for most corporate companies, although if you are job-searching in a more laid-back industry, like at a tech start-up, design firm, or hip magazine gig, feel like a truly free bird and express your personal style within the ambit of conservative. However, veering too trendy or casual can be off-putting. Steer clear of jangly, distracting jewellery, and avoid denim. Yes, even if the prospective company dress code is casual; you should always be more dressed up than the people who work there.

For That Special Graduation Moment

Don’t overthink what to wear to a graduation event. For that special occasion, you must look nice and neat, but not super dressy because of the nature of the event.  If you’re the graduant, don’t put on anything you’ll regret wearing because it will be inevitable not to appear in the tons of graduation photos or at a celebratory lunch or dinner with your friends and family. A knee-length colourful, white, or floral dress is a great option that fits the exciting occasion. For those who want to make a statement with their attires, bold colours like red, yellow and pink will do a great deal. For the ladies especially, it is advisable to wear comfortable heels, flats, wedges, or nice sandals you know you can smoothly walk across the stage in. Although it may be reckoned easy for the men when it comes to dressing appropriately, it actually is as most often than not, throwing on that black hand tailored suit, plain shirts on neatly tailored trousers will be a given. However, for those who are a little extra, tailored jackets, tuxedos are also ideal for this special occasion.  When a guest at a graduation ceremony, you can follow the similar dress codes or as you would for any normal event, wear something neat, fun, and thoughtful, but not overly fancy. Try chic, a pretty patterned skirt, or a cheerful sundress made with nice fabric, simple shirts and trousers or shorts.  Many graduations take place during sunny seasons and often involve sitting outside for long ceremonies. So, in choosing an outfit for your graduation make the weather a factor to consider. You might be sweltering hot in long sleeves or pants, so opt for a breezy dress or skirt to keep cool. If you get caught up on a bad weather, literally, make sure you strap up to face it warm to avert feeling uncomfortable and ‘frozen’.

For That Business Dinner, Work Party or That Networking Event

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What you need to do here is to step it up from the conservative office attires. Wear a pretty necklace or nicer blouse with your suit, or try a skirt and heels instead of pants and flats. You know your company dress code best, but again, err on the side of conservative, especially if you’ll be mingling with clients or work superiors. For a casual outing, like the company picnic or charity 3K run, it’s OK to dress comfortably for the activities on the itinerary—as long as you skip anything questionable or provocative (super-revealing tank tops, barely-there ripped denim shorts, or T-shirts with eyebrow-raising messaging or graphics). One adjective to give you direction is; polished. When you’re dressing for a work function, the culture of your office should prevail. “If it’s a conservative environment, dress conservatively for events, too,” Williamson says.

Blow the ‘candles’ off that birthday look

Go laid-back with a pair of nice jeans, a fun top, and stylish sneakers, sandals, or flats. Relaxed vibes are great, but before you get too comfortable, leave the yoga pants, graphic tees, and worse-for-wear sneakers at home. Take a cue from the host that is if they are always dressed to impress, put some effort into your look, too. if the party or gathering will be a dinner, be sure to throw on that beautiful evening casual look or a cocktail dress depending on the setting or the dress code.

Feeling Churchy?

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Most of the time variety comes to play when it comes to religious facilities and programs. To be on the safer side and not to fall out of place, chose an outfit that is appropriate for a religious facility. Most churches or religious institutions have their dress codes, but dynamism has brought about variety. Religious events tend to be more conservative thus, it is better to double-check its conventions before you choose an offending apparel.

The ‘better safe than sorry’ knee length dress or skirt will be a total given for the ladies, as it will not ride up much when you sit. It is your absolute safe look for not sticking out like a sore thumb. Also, girls, you must stay away from low-cut or clingy outfits as they can be considered offensive in such places. With the gentlemen, nice black or Khaki pants with a befitting shirt colour will do or to add that classic touch, you can throw on a suit. Down to our local lane, prints and traditional attires will do the magic for both males and females.

Make the stress in getting a dress count

The basic ideology mostly behind wearing clothes is to cover up. Yes, that’s very necessary but let it not end there. Be sure to own what you are wearing, make a statement with your outfit and leave a lasting impact with your looks. In order to nail that luxurious look for that occasion, make sure to pair it with the right footwear. Essentially, don’t just wear a dress, live the dress because clothing they say is the spirit of fashion.

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Clicking heels and talking shoes: Carving the right body for the foot fetish

The conspiracy of the universe in combining colors and hues, contouring landscapes and hills, dotting animal skin and flowers in effervescence bloom was the first organized runway event on a global scale. Jitters weren’t present at the event and butterflies weren’t in the stomach of humans, quite the contrary they cross-pollinated plants to produce distinct flowers and awe-inspiring colors. My point? Long before Vogue, Glitz, Paris and the hot fashion homes waltzed in with their pinched outfit, modelled by perky, exuberant models in a beautiful blend of colors, the seasonal upgrade of nature in its fashion sense predated it. If Cinderella hadn’t lost a shoe, she might have never found her prince charming and be stuck with her evil step mother and incorrigibly incurable step-sisters. But beyond losing a shoe and causing a kingdom commotion about who the glass shoe would best fit, the good always prevails’ and ‘they lived happily ever after’ was never the lesson of the regal story. The take-home of the story was one of knowing your build as a person, thoroughly understanding your personality and effortlessly expressing yourself in trueness.

 Footwear is like thumbprint (Psychology of shoes)

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Our footfalls and feet are as distinct as the markings in our palms. We may wear the same shoe size as millions of people out there but the impressions and build of it are never similar, forget scarred and crow feet.  In today's fashion world, shoes have to be more versatile than ever. Unless you stay home all the time, it's likely that you have to wear shoes of some sort every day. The designers of the fashion world have responded with shoes for every occasion; even for those that don't like to wear them. However, the fact checker for most footwear fetishes are the label or brand such as the Jimmy Choos, Kenneth Cole, etc. For others, it’s the colors, design, feel, comfort or even all qualities mentioned. Although, these are great things to look out for, especially because fashion is more aesthetics and enough comfort, you would still want to make sure your ten toes and hip bone survive the day and take you gracefully through lives.

Fashion is for everyone, but style isn’t. No matter how long a Jane Doe visits a plastic surgeon for lip injections, she will never have an Angelina Jolie ‘full lips’. It may sound a tad philosophical to say this, but the premise of the success of any venture is predicated on knowledge, understanding and delivery. Well within the changing room of foot-impression is a useful source of physical evidence for personal identity

In the world of business, shoes that won't blister your feet are very important. Many women that walk any distance bring tennis shoes for the walk and change into dress shoes once they arrive at their place of employment. When they do make that change, it's not often that you'll see them change into any type of high heel. It's certainly not like it used to be when all women would be in the high heeled shoes. Today's business world will see women wearing lower and fatter heels in order to protect their feet.

If attending an event such as a wedding or other banquet type party, the high heeled shoes make a grand return. Most women will wear them to complement their dresses. They will either match or contrast with the dress that they have chosen to wear. Do you want to confidently stride down the street as if you were walking down the runway? Never underestimate the power of a shoe style that meets the standards of your body type. You’ll avoid many blisters along your way, plus gain serious style credits. Wrong shoes have a negative impact on your looks. Right shoes will be a decisive plus.

The body is the mannequin (Know Your Body Type)

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Like Sonia Rykiel said, “It’s important to know yourself very well, in order to create your own style of fashion to suit your own body shape.” This, in essence, brings us to the significance of knowing one’s body build and what apparel or, in this case, footwear suits best. Our bodies come in different shapes and sizes and this comprises what makes each of us unique.  Some of us are curvier, some of us have narrower hips or broader shoulders but in all we are all a little bit different. Essentially, most of us can categorize our shape into a few broad categories being it the hour glass; the inverted triangle; the squared shape or the oval shape. As body shapes influence our apparel decisions so should it influence our decisions footwear- wise.

Comfy and figure- flattering is how perfect pair of shoes should feel on one’s feet. However, this crucial choice does not just relate with only how your body looks but what it can do as well.

That foot wear you can rock effortlessly will depend on your physical condition, your natural posture, the positioning of your feet, and the shape of your toes. Special conditions such as bunions or flat feet should be taken into consideration. But hey, don’t forget your walk style is also important.

As we dive into the various body shapes, take a ride on the fashion road to know what best suits you; what flatter you the most, and what will help you keep your shoes on, all day and night long. 

Platforms for the Top- heavy/ Inverted Triangle Body

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While you are still trying to wrap your head around the correlation between shoes and body type, welcoming you to the sacred book of shoes, where each and every body type has its own choices of shoes is a start. Globetrotting to Egypt to envision the pyramid of Giza will certainly not give you a clear view of the inverted triangle body type. Certainly, you may as well picture it toppled over for this one.  For this, your attention should be drawn downward by wearing boldly-hued flats or chunky heels if your shoulders are too wide and your legs too slim. Like a glove on the hand of a surgeon, you are definitely the person who can totally rock huge platforms, flat forms, and oversized thick-soled boots. Accessorizing with a touch of color to complement the look can be basic colors such as red, green or magenta- guaranteed to do the trick and turn a few heads your way. 

Stilettos for the “Hourglass” Figure

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Well, telling you the time right now will depend on the tick tock click of those pointy stiletto being confidently glided in by the lady who understands the rhythm of her body and what makes it tick. For all its worth, a lady with an accentuated waistline, rich bosom, and generous derrière, is the one who needs to walk on high-heel peep-toes that enhance her naturally feminine frame. Calling the fashion police on you will be highly prioritized when you’re found wearing those heavy shoes as well as stiletto heels which impedes movement. If you possess this physique, it’s definitely a big no! On those no-heel days, when you want to feel ‘down-to-earth’, try the versatile and polished menswear-inspired brogues in neutral hues- they would definitely do the trick.

Classic Pumps and Loafers for the Square Shaped

Being called a ‘square’ and antiquated lady for being erroneously deceived into wearing shoes based on just aesthetics and walking in it like a frozen duck will elicit more giggles than glowing stares. The body silhouette with the least of curves can feel smoother when accessorized with simple shoes such as loafers, and classic pumps. Almond and round toes will infuse it with femininity. Most certainly stay away from pointed toes if you are tall like it’s a plague, because they will elongate your frame even more. However, feel free to wear the fussiest of sneakers, because guess what? You are a natural in them.

Having an apple shape is fruity

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The apple they say doesn’t fall far from the tree, so ladies you better stay close to this one in plucking the right shoes from the rack. Women who are characterized with a bulkier abdominal area with slimmer arms and legs, and probably not that ample a cleavage, stilettos will do the magic for their apple shaped bodies. These make possible the intention of drawing attention to your legs and distracting your audience from your abs or boobs. Shoes with decorated ankle straps, interesting colors, and other eye-catching details are ideal for you, but be careful not to get bitten!

 The bottom heavy “Pear” shaped

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Don’t go pear-shaped with a sheepish smile when you fail to execute the task of obedience to the shoes rule book. With the probability of having wide ankles, and a fuller midriff-to-toe area, pear shaped persons are bottom-heavy, as such, in adding balance to your silhouette, it’s best to avoid strappy sandals gladiator, lace-up and boots that are too tight and not from stretchy material. Open-toe wedges, heeled sneakers, and neutral colors are the ultimate.

Petite is not petty

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Pretty woman, walking down the street, stilettos are definitely your thing! A tiny physique needs maximum shoe impact that comes from bold colors, sparkly decorations, and generally unforgettable statement shapes. Since you are not tall, you can wear as high heels as possible, plus all the pointed toes that further elongate your frame. If you decide on sneakers, find those with thick soles but elegant shape.

 A tall order

Aside avoiding platforms and wedges, you can definitely rock kitten heels, flat sandals, ballet flats, pool slides in immense comfort. Wanting to look cute and smaller? It is safe to opt for rounded toes and peep-toes.

But first, Consider!

Heels comfort

In as much as you might totally be in love with those pair of shoes or heels, prioritize your comfort and be conscious of your body before making that move to purchase it. Also, try on shoes to see which types hide any possible imperfections. Women not used to walk in heels, should wear flats or start to practice their walk in lower heels first before trying to put higher ones. Also be sure to experiment with different shapes, and if sensitive enough, try mostly soft leather, suede, and the on-trend sock boots with an elastic ankle area.

The Right Hair and Makeup for Your Corporate Look in 2020

The Right Hair and Makeup for Your Corporate Look in 2020

When it comes to choosing the right hairstyle and putting on the right makeup, most women who work in the corporate world often find themselves in a jumble as to what is acceptable in their work space. ‘Should I go with weave-on or wigs, or perhaps braids, should it be large box braids or small twist braids? Do I use bright or dark lipstick, or simply stick to nude lipstick?’ These are some of the questions that run through the minds of corporate women each day as they get ready for the office. Coming into the new year, here are some few tips for rocking the right hair and makeup for that corporate look.

Hair Colour Counts

Image BMost women fail to realize that when it comes to corporate fashion, hair colour plays a big part in completing the professional look. These days, women love to experiment with various hair colours including: pink, green, white, among others. It should be noted that to maintain the corporate look, sticking to darker colours is the best alternative. Black and dark brown hair works perfectly. That notwithstanding, a little colour never hurt anyone but caution must be exercised in selecting hair colour. Picking a colour that complements the skin is strongly recommended. A quick search online is helpful in making hair colour choices and shades that best complements skin tone.

Appropriate Hairstyles

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When it comes to hairstyles, corporate women are not restricted to particular styles, but the gag is to stick to light braids and avoid heavy braids if braids are the hairstyle chosen. Some examples of light braids include micro or mini braids, cornrows, box braids, just to mention a few.  Remember to always choose light weave-on or wigs over voluminous ones as they are likely to get in the way during work, posing as a distraction. Again, it is advisable to pull the hair all the way to the back, but it doesn’t hurt letting it hang loose once a while if only it won’t be a distraction. 

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When it comes to makeup in the corporate world, less is more. For a business appropriate makeup, choosing a premium quality Foundation and Concealer for your face is advised. Ensure that the foundation and concealer shade unarguably complements skin, rather than mismatching shades that will ruin the look envisioned. . Head to a makeup store or seek expert advice if there’s uncertainty about what shade of foundation or concealer works for what skin tone and type. 

Drawing the Right Eyebrows  

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It sounds weird but there is no one-size or shape fits-all when it comes to eyebrows. Most people who wear makeup often make the abominable mistake of doing arch-shaped brows although they don’t really work for everyone.

For women with round faces, structured brows with arches and longer ends are ideal. Women with oval faces should go for well-balanced and contoured brows. Women with heart-shaped faces should opt for softly rounded arch brows while women with square faces are advised to draw brows with an angled peak. Oblong-shaped face women are advised to draw shorter brows, while diamond-shaped face women are advised to draw linear brows.

Types of Brow Products

Now, when it comes to eyebrows, again, most women use pencils to draw their eyebrows. Some opt for brow gel (clear gel and tinted gel), Markers, powder, pomade, and wax are also options, but there’s also a new trend called microblading.

Pencils are the key to adding soft, natural-looking definition to arches and also makes for an excellent base for brow powder.  Powder formulas are mostly used to set brow pencils to make them last longer and make brows look even fuller because, on their own, they tend to have a softer effect than other brow products. Pomade is the secret to the bold brows you see all over social media.

In addition to giving brows a dramatic and defined look, brow fillers that can be mistaken for felt-tipped liquid liner are prime choices for covering scar tissue or bald spots. They can be used to etch on strokes that look like individual brow hairs.

Gels are the quickest and easiest way to add color, subtle hold, and fullness to the brow, they are the most preferred brow product.

Though expensive, microblading is the ideal choice for a career woman. Microblading is the semi-permanent secret to faking fuller eyebrows that look natural. This is a hassle-free solution to spending hours penciling or using other products on eyebrows to get that perfect shape desired.

Lay Low on the Eyeliner
Sometimes you want to channel Cleopatra by going big on eyeliner, but slow down.

While this may be fun on a night out, it is best to avoid dramatic liners in the daytime, especially in the corporate world. Find a good eyeliner and draw on a professional yet elegant cat eye, for an added wow factor to the glow.

Smokey Eye? No Way!

Just like it is with eyeliner, toning down on eye makeup is also recommended.

Dark Smokey eyes may look fantastic under club lights and may be appreciated in such settings, but they do not send the correct impression in the corporate world. When it comes to picking eye shadow for the business world, it is highly advised to sway towards neutral or earthy tones such as Brown, Rose, Champagne, Peach and Plum, generally colours that are not so different from skin tone. Also, avoid wearing two or more eye shadow colours; just stick to one, it works perfectly. 

Curled Up

These days, I see lots of women wear false lashes not just for evening wear, but for the office. I’m not sure it’s a trend, besides it’s a little weird. I believe most women in the corporate world are being influenced by makeup worn by celebrities. But remember, most celebrities don’t work in offices. I’m not against the wearing of false lashes to the office but you need to consider the type or style of false lashes you choose. I’ll recommend you go all-natural with the lashes, curl it up and put some mascara on it. But if you want to wear false lashes, go for short and natural-looking ones.

The Art of Contouring

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Contouring is all about placing the product in the right order to highlight certain facial features. It is easy to master contouring by creating the number three on your cheek. Start from the hairline, then underneath the cheekbone, then back down to the jawline. Contouring is a skill and if it proves to be difficult to do then don’t sweat it. The finished makeup looks good anyway without contours. Practicing the art greatly enhances skill and so routinizing contouring helps in mastering the art.


Are You Blushing?

No makeup look is complete without a touch of rose on the cheeks, it can absolutely be done without. These days, some people prefer bronzer to blusher, which also works perfectly.

Just like concealers and foundations, not all blushers suit every type of skin tone. The best shade for light skin is pale pink, while skin mauve shades work like magic on brown skin. Dark skin works best with brick-orange tones. With this in mind, knowing the perfect blush colour that looks natural and suits skin is a breeze. 

The Lips 

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With lip colours, it is great to have a few more options than eyeshadows and eyeliners. For an everyday simple look, stick to nude lip pencils, glosses or lipsticks that can last the entire day.  Neutral pinks and soft corals are the best choices for a typical day in the office.

With that said, it is okay to stand out sometimes. Gravitate towards buying tones such as Burgundy, Bright Red or other bold shades of lipstick to really make a statement.

Sprucing Up for Corporate End-of-Year Celebrations.

Sprucing Up for Corporate End-of-Year Celebrations.

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The corporate world is mostly characterized by orderliness and formality. Workers are expected to report to work and close at a particular time with an endless list of targets and meetings that require an everyday plan for what to wear. After a year of hard work and urgency to meet deadlines, end of year celebrations are the most anticipated and exciting seasons of work-life.

End of year is here, and for most organizations, preparations for parties are underway. Plans will change, the season is drawing near and so should outfits. The corporate world in this season does the most to make merry and unwind with a bucket list of activities; Christmas celebrations, end of year dinner and awards, excursions, games and other events that come with Christmas fever mostly for team bonding purposes. Unlike the everyday corporate look routine, what to wear in these times is an important ingredient for making lasting end of year memories.

No one wants to look their worst especially in the company of their bosses, colleagues, employees and business partners at such important functions, where business to business and networking can take place to propel the company for growth in the new year. A bad outfit ruins the event and stains both your personal and company brand image. The consequences go beyond having a less enjoyable time, the aftermath may include mockery, petty gossip and in some cases query from the bosses. This can go a long way to bruise one’s social life, confidence, and self-esteem and ultimately affect performance.  

To help you pick the right outfit for the right event, here are some suggestions to make you the star of the season.

 End of year Dinner and Awards Night is first on the list in every end of year preparation. This is where the top performers of the year are awarded in an atmosphere of music, laughter, food, dancing and good company.

For ladies: since this is an evening event why not rock something glamorous? a long and classy dress will put you in the spotlight.

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Texture: for such events, something soft and smooth on the body helps a great deal. Silk, satin, and lace are mostly the most sort for materials to such occasions because of their sleek, beautiful and most importantly light nature. They are not too heavy or stiff, they flow freely and it’s easy to make something simple but stunning with such type of fabric.

Color: Colors are always on display during nighttime events. While some go for simple black or white, others do a combination of both. Nothing is unacceptable, it just has to look aesthetically pleasing; not too many colors and patterns at the same time. The dark shade of one of your favorite colors will as well do the trick.

Style: with a constant change in style in an ever-evolving world of fashion, how about sticking to the basics for your corporate end-of-year event? Either a long straight dress, a knee level dress, a gorgeous jam suit or a beautiful knee-length skirt with a nice blouse could do you a great deal of good. No matter the style one chooses, it should be well fitted; not too tight and not too loose either, just well fitted. The length of the dress matters. Once you decide to wear a long straight dress, you should be mindful of the possibility of tripping which is embarrassing.  If you decide not to go for a flare down but for a tight pencil long dress, you must insist your designer makes a front, side or back parting to ensure free movement.

For those who will opt for short straight dresses, you have a mandate to keep it decent. Remember, you are still somewhat in your workspace and being watched. Something well fitted and comfortable with either a pencil or a flare down will do or a knee-length skirt with a nice beautiful top will keep simplicity and class intact. These same simple rules apply for jumpsuit option. 

If you decide to go in for a long sleeve dress it’s advised that you pick one with sleeves made from lace to allow easy air circulation and prevent excessive sweating, and feeling extremely hot after a good dance. Sleeveless or short-sleeved are equally perfect for such events.

Remember, your dresses albeit classy should not be too revealing either on the chest area or the thigh area.

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Footwear: A good look is never complete without footwear. Bring out those nice strappy heels that did not make the cut for the everyday corporate look, it’s now time for it to shine! Black footwear is always the safest because it matches perfectly with any dress color. A bright one color pair of heels (either platform or pencil) will work perfectly in a black dress, whereas black footwear will well assist a bright dress.

Depending on how you mastered the skill of walking in heels, you must avoid very long ones. They can be uncomfortable and block you from having a good time on the dance floor.

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Purse: for a classy look, a small pouch or clutch either made of some nice gold, silver, or diamond plating or beaded purse will switch up that look. A nice small size clutch of any beautiful fabric can also work perfectly.

Hair: your crown of glory must equally be on point. For such occasions, you definitely want to look quite different from your everyday look. There’s no formula here, why not try something different, breathtaking yet simple. You can wear long or short hair depending on your style and preference or hold a bun up or down, just switch it up. Remember, whatever you put on should complement your entire look.

Accessories: wearing beautiful jewelry around the neck, shiny earrings, and a nice wristwatch is all the accessorizing one may need for such an event. Nice pearls or a shiny and fancy necklace on a dark colored dress or top is just perfect. You can also consider a nice simple wristwatch for a complete look.

Makeup: makeup is an essential part of the night. Remember, your face is your first point of contact and should have a simple, classy and natural glow. As much as you want to look your best, especially at the end of the year you should also look recognizable. Avoid anything extra that makes you unrecognizable, it could impair your final look. 

Perfume:  Stay away from strongly scented perfumes that choke breath. Choose a mild and classy perfume that smells good.

For men: the usual black and white look works; black suit with a black long or bow tie is mostly the preferred choice together with a nicely polished black shoes, black belt, and a nice watch. Don’t forget to get a haircut. Get a nice simple haircut, no makeup needed and remember to smell good. If you decide to opt for a little color, the pocket square must match the tie. The shirt should be a single color with little or no designs on them.

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Excursions

Other events like excursions also require their own unique appearances. Most company excursions involve trips taken to tourist sites like the hiking on mountains, picnics in the park, and popular or historical landmarks in or outside the country. Most of these excursions require some form of physical activities like trekking and hiking, which is why one needs to be properly suited up for it.

Ladies should have their hair nicely and tightly tied to the back. Both men and women can either go in for a well fitted Lacoste shirt or a neat T-shirt with their well fitted blue or black jeans or any decent comfortable shorts or tracksuit.

If the company has its own customized company t-shirts, then you have a good opportunity to sell your brand while having fun. If you miss out on the customized look, try on similar colors to blend right in the pack. Very comfortable sneakers are advised. Ladies, avoid heels and sandals. Just go in for just sneakers or flat shoes. Men can also try some simple loafers or stick with their sneakers. You shouldn’t forget your hat, scarf or umbrellas, beware of the harshness of the sun to avoid getting burnt. The rains can also give you a good beating if proper precaution is not taken. A simple leather watch works.

 

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Games and sporting activities

 

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Such activities are vigorous in nature. Ladies should opt for shorts, well wrapped and firmly held hair and a firm bra to allow comfort. Skirt on such events can be too revealing and should be avoided. Here, sneakers are highly advised.

No matter the range of events one chooses to attend at the end of the year as a worker, the brand must be top of mind. Stay aware and conscious of your surroundings: the weather, time of day, type of event, the people around and dress accordingly. In the midst of the fun activities, people always keep an eye on their surroundings. Always remember to make a statement by leaving a good impression. These simple and easy tips are set for a good time as you show off some style and class this season. Remember “clothes are never a frivolity; they always mean something”James Laver.   

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