Showing posts with label fashion blunders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fashion blunders. Show all posts

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Style tip: accessories galore

 

Whether your style is simple or built on small details that make the final outcome, accessories can really make a difference to an outfit.

Some basic things to consider when choosing accessories:

  • Choose accessories that accent your out fit of the day
  • Consider colours that complement your hair, skin and outfit colours.
  • With jewellery its often the case that we wear the wrong colour. With the choice of gold, silver and rose gold, you should relate the colour you wear to the tone of your skin. more info here.
  • Watch out for over doing it, while its great to accent too much can over power the rest of what you are wearing.
  • Ask yourself what you want to accentuate about your body and out fit of the day. Is it your waist, the find a belt. Your face, then a good pair of earrings and hair drawn back is a great option. 

My personal tips used when i choose accessories:

  • When looking at jewellery like necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. i often choose maximum 1 for a relaxed look, 2 for simple with often small earrings. 
  • I won't wear big earrings and a necklace or bracelet and rings. This is an easy way to avoid crowding.
  • When wearing hats be aware of how this affects your hair and if you want a lively hair look later in the day. Many hats flatten hair and bring out natural oils from scalp causing a less than fresh glossy look. A thin barret is great from protecting hair from getting frizzy when traveling outside between meetings and performances. 
  • Belts are great for accentuating your waist and you can wear them at three heights e.g. hips, waistline or empire bust line. These each bring about different lines in the body.
  • If you have beautiful details on a neckline of a dress or top then a half up hair style or completely up hairstyle will show this off. 
  • This one is going to sound funny but be careful of your associations with the use of somethings getting in the way of using it creatively. Take a scarf for example, there are a hundred and one ways to use it as a scarf but it can also be used as a top, as a skirt, as a dress (if big enough), head scarf, belt. Think outside of the box and enjoy your creativity.


  


We have many more great articles on fashion including more style tips to help you with your outfit choices. See below for links or contact us with your style question, it could be the next post!!!


Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/reasons-you-develop-sense-style-fashion.html

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/ignite-style-world-colour-color.html

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Friday, 5 February 2016

Style tip: How to Sit gorgeously

This style tip goes further than clothing into how to use the lines of your body to bring elegance to any outfit you want to wear. While trousers make sitting with your legs apart more acceptable, lolloping around will not impress that boss who we want a job from, the cute guy sitting across from us or make people feel at ease accept when you are in your own home watching tv. I hope you don't mind that i am a little blunt with some of the explanations.

Which of these three pictures directly below look elegant to you?


Common mistakes include:


  • Leaving legs falling open, I call this the take me now position.
  • twisting legs into strange positions, often makes legs look short and fat becuase there is no beauty lines for the eyes to follow.
  • fidgeting and moving around a lot, implies to those around that you are not focused or disciplined to stay still.
  • leaving oneself exposed  unwittingly, often by resting one leg at right angles to the one left on the floor.
  
Picture 1: top leg is twisted, Picture 2: bending down with legs open, Picture 3: both legs are twisted

Suggestions for elegance


Pictures of elegant leg positions that will make you look elegant, flatter your legs and show a confidence through a simple gesture in your body language.
 


 



Picture 1 directly above brings the knees together for a more relaxed look.

Picture 2 is a nice crossed leg position without twisted legs giving a flattering line and shape to the legs.

Picture 3 is an elegant take on crossed legs taking the feet to one side creating a diagonal look on the legs. This is also much more comfortable for the hips for most people meaning you can stay comfortable longer.

Picture 4 is great if you don't want to cross legs and keeps both legs using your hip joint in this position more naturally. humans weren't designed to sit preferring the laying down or stand positions.

Picture 5 is a variation on 1 with the free leg going to the front rather than to the side.

Picture 6 is an elegant position for picking up something from the floor, especially if you have a short skirt or dress on. It helps to avoid indecent exposure or at the least exposure you didn't want to make.

I hope this helps. This article is not meant to take us back into the dark ages with women walking around with books on their heads. But if we want to wear clothing successfully some of those great tips from the old days still apply.

For more style articles see below, want to know more about a particular topic then write to me and you could very well see your question answered here in Chic Loca blog. We love to hear from you.



Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/reasons-you-develop-sense-style-fashion.html

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/ignite-style-world-colour-color.html

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The style mistakes no one told you about

 


Over the years I have made my fair share of fashion blunders and sometimes being a repeat offender. Why o why do friends keep quiet when trousers are in fact quite transparent, showing the world your booty not to mention whatever underwear you threw on that day to get to work or in this case school on time. Or that hair style that made you look like you crawled through the hedge backwards, due to a lack of information. Below I will talk you through some of the big mistakes i have made and wish someone told me about. Learning the hard way by looking at photos, getting comments or realizing when looking in a mirror with the right lighting conditions. Blunders are a hazard of a creative fashionista, don't be scared of them.


Safety to complete exposure in one foul moment... secretly transparent clothing


One of the most rememberable mistakes i made was wearing fitted black trousers to school thinking they were a sexy but good basic for my school uniform. Little did i know that they were half translucent showing everything in the right lighting. Luckily I could hide something of my backside with the over large school shirts we all wore then.  

Tips:

  • To avoid this blunder is to check clothing by putting your hand underneath it in bright light and see if the hand is visible. 
  • With stretchy fabric and some looser woven fabrics they can appear safe until you stretch them or change lighting conditions. 
  • Another thing you can do is wear safe underwear underneath in doubt while you test a piece of clothing for a day. 
  • Having a spare to change into if need be.


Bad Hair days


My hardest blunder was big poofy hair. My mother wasn't very good with the girly stuff and has straight hair so she never had to learn to deal with locks. Curly hair needs a whole completely different way of maintaining in order to keep the inner hedgehog at bay. What do i mean? well imagine you have long curly hair and crawl through a hedge backwards. This just about sums it up.

Tips for curly hair would include:

  • Don't brush when dry unless you put it up. Otherwise you end up with big frizzy hair.
  • During the day if you see its looking a bit unmanageable, put some water on your hands and smooth the rough areas. The water can help curl the hair and make it more defined again. 
  • When you have towel dried your hair, brush and put up for 30 minutes to an hour. If you let it down then the hair doesn't get so frizzy and curls are more defined.
  • Easy way to get sleek look is to plait your hair when its wet or the night before. Let it dry and when done, you can undo it to get a nice crinkly look thats effortless. i used this at school a lot after discovery.
  • Find hair styles that work with curly hair, don't rely on the always sleek straightened hair styles or styles that look great on naturally straighter hair. 
  • Find a good hair dresser who knows how to cut curly hair. Many hairdressers style for straight hair including cuts like layering and intricate shaping which tends to rely on you straightening your hair every day so it shows. A hairdresser who cuts you hair in the right way will make it look amazing and help with tips for how to care for curly hair.
  • If in real dispair, try one of the many products out there for curly hair definition.
  • Lastly conditioner is great for tangles and maintaining health with longer hair. Be aware that different shampoos have different affects on locks. I Have found some shampoos make tighter more defined curls while others make it frizzy.

Size matters...   height and clothing


Understanding what the sizes mean in things like bras was difficult in the beginning. I didn't really have someone who explained girly things to me so there was a lot of trial and error. I think many of us get puzzled about bra sizes in the beginning. Ok not the guys, but actually i do remember a certain amount of interest from the guys when the girls started needing them. The other thing which is less obvious is the general sizing of clothes affecting men and women alike, mostly in how they never fit many of us very well.

I am tall for a girl/women in the UK and the clothes that fit my width never fit in length. I got used to buying size 14/16 UK clothing for the extra length in the arms and legs. Getting so used to it i considered myself actually this size and when people commented on these sizes being overweight at times it made me feel less than good about my body shape. Also pronounced when you hear the American sizes like 0, 2, 4, 6 you think you must be a giant. Not realizing their sizes are different.

At 14 I had this textiles teacher outside school who opened my eyes quite a bit with some simple comments. One time she asked why I hid myself in a tent of clothes. Another time she suggested i go for modeling. Overall these comments got me thinking. i had many realizations and continued for the next years to grow my knowledge.

Tips:
  • One for the girls, get properly fitted for bras and find someone who can help while you are growing as its always changing.
  • The sizes we see in the shop are general, they differ in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. They don't define us but help guide. Likewise one brands sizing and style is a little different to anothers. Making trying on clothes a real must and not taking it personally if it doesn't fit.
  • For those who can sew, buying larger sizes and taking in parts of  a piece of clothing is a great way to go. I have done this a lot, particularly taking the waist in.
  • Different styles of clothing can look good baggy. i often go for a smaller or bigger size than one might think in order to get a certain effect that i want to create. 
  • Some styles will always work for your body type, keep these in mind when shopping especially online. Other styles might be beautiful but they generally won't work. For me i love the bodices with built in bra effect. But these almost never work as i have a bigger bust than my UK size 6/8 waist. I don't take it personally but would love to find one that fit someday. Finding a variation like a boned bodice without the bra addition is one of my wardrobe treasures and i probably have too many of them (smile).

Heels oh wondrous heels... how high is too high?


I was an early starter with many things like being interested in fashion, shaving my legs at 12, loving absolutely loving heels and all things that i saw women wearing around me. I got a lot of attention from men around this time and often they thought I was a lot older.  As a tall girl I discovered that wearing the hugest heels with platforms was the most alienating thing you could do but the public loved it. Growing up I was self conscious about my height and often being the tallest girl in groups. I went between wearing high heels and completely not, although loving them they made me stand out.

Tips:
  • Just because the fashion says high heels, or platforms or flat. Go with what is flattering to you.
  • Just because you stand out it doesn't mean its bad. At 14 I made a conscious choice to choose how people say me because they were going to see me anyway. Going further than shoes into clothes, fitness and the way i composed myself. 
  • Personally i find platforms terrible for those who have big feet in relation to their bodies. 
  • Kitten heels are girly and sexy for tall thinner built girls.
  • Thick heels aren't adviseable for very thin people as it can accentuate your build. 
  • Wearing heels in cities where they have cobblestones is hard work and can ruin a beautiful pair of shoes, so think through your day first before choosing shoes.
  • Thicker heels are better for balance 
  • Platforms are great combined in very high heels as your feet don't work so had.



Blunders are a hazard of a creative fashionista, don't be scared of them. Maybe best thing is to smile, make a joke and learn from it. In the case of unintentional close to cool blunders, tweak and wear with conviction. Then we will see who is laughing.

For individual beautiful items to add to a creative fashionistas wardrobe check out our Store. Or check out other style tips in articles below.


Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Little black dress

Is the little black dress really all its cracked up to be? Pop culture would have us believe that its the first line defense against everything and once we don the little black dress we instantly step into sexy heaven.

But what about the many people who shouldn't wear black due to the aging effect it has by highlighting shadows and lines on the face. For others the tone is very important, for myself i look great if its a charcoal black close to my face but black black is too austere making me look very pale. There are brown blacks, blue blacks to also add the the list and of course coming from New Zealand there are the all blacks but that is another topic entirely.

Colour aside, other great things to consider are the features you would like to accentuate and the parts of your body you feel less happy to show. Its not about hiding but effective choosing a dress that works to bring out your confidence by working with your body image and what you have to work with.

There are two rules i learned from an old teacher of mine that have stuck with me since the day i heard them. The first was 'if you've got it, flaunt it' and the second is that there is a small list of attributes one can show. If you want to be slutty (excuse the language) show it all, for elegance show maximum 2. This small list would be cleavage, back, tummy and legs. 2 treasures that will last me a life time, i hope you find them useful.