Friday, 20 September 2013

Fashion Yesterday and Today

We are living in a world surrounded by numerous things that are either related to the technology, the latest gadgets or the latest fashion. And Fashion today has made its significance felt in almost all sectors of life. Fashion can be termed into two groups: One group which follows fashion trends and adopts them and the other group who create fashion and style statements for the others to follow them. It can also be extended to another set of people who rarely have anything to do with fashion trends but yet follow their own style to create their own unique personality; adding one more style to the fashion world.

Fashion is not just about cosmetics and make up or the hair-do. It is a sense of creating the charisma of looking good in anything you wear and this magic is created with the right kind of accessories going along with the foot wear and the clothes, making up a pleasant picture to view. Many a times, people who do not afford to buy expensive clothes look their best in their casual wear, just by presenting themselves in that manner of sophistication and creating an aura around them with the confidence of looking good.

There are myriad forms of fashion, and trends keep on changing with the seasons. From the early 60s and 70s to the present millennium, there has been an immense change in the forms, looks and thoughts about fashion trends.

In India, much of fashion has been influenced by the Hindi Film Industry, popularly called Bollywood. The trends that have changed through time can be fairly seen in the movies made during the 60s and 70s and how they have evolved in various forms bringing about a style that can be followed by the general public. People have aped the west from very early times and this was no exception. The clothes made in the 60s and 70s were very much influenced by the western countries and given a traditional touch. The Bell Bottoms, scarves and the hair style was very much prevalent in those days as an icon of style. Later in the 80s and 90s, Fashion world sizzled like never before. There was a craving by the people to look different, stylish and modern and this could be seen in their outlook towards their outfit, new styles of hair, makeup, accessories like purses, earrings, necklaces, matching footwear etc.

People were conscious about each and every new thing that was marketed and they copied the styles from their Bollywood idols. Bollywood started as a platform for theatre artistes and went on to become a commercial entry to the youths and aspirants for a career in the film and fashion industry. This gave the youth of today to emphasize on the fashion world. Art and music have become an inseparable thing of the past and so it is deeply rooted in the present as well with more features and facilities.

Today fashion, art, music, designers, dance etc all have a place in the industry and people can choose to take up anything related to this industry as their profession too. Art and music have long been implemented in the school co-curricular activities and the Higher colleges are now offering various courses for better professionalism in these areas. There are also various acting schools and the small screen i.e., the television has opened up avenues in bringing out the talent in the young minds through numerous platforms of music and dance. This is the innovation of the millennium in creating jobs and work in the fashion industry. The trends that we see are brought about by the fashion houses that have regular seasons to showcase their invention, many of which are popularized in FTV, Zee Trendz and TLC channels. We can also get a glimpse of the stylish outfits through these shows that the models present. Today, Modelling is also one of the platforms for an entry into the world of fashion.

Why Sexy Clothes Are Only Half the Battle

We are constantly bombarded with fashion advice, whether it's what not to wear, or what to wear, based on our shape and size.

The expert advice is often spot on, and many of us feel liberated to wear clothes we might once have shied away from. But there's more to choosing outfits that are more racy or revealing to make us feel sexy and desirable.

In fact, sexy clothes are only half the battle, because it's more about how you wear an outfit.

Confidence is key. If you think you look fabulous in a pair of figure-hugging jeans that show off every curve, go ahead and wear them. Your own confidence in how great you look will be transmitted in every step you take, giving you a poise and assurance that is infectious - the more confident you are, the better you will feel.

Naturally, the converse is also true. If you are unhappy with your figure - maybe you hate showing off your legs, or like to cover up your cleavage - you'll instinctively be drawn to clothes that hide those aspects you don't love about yourself.

But you can learn to be confident; looking for styles that flatter every body shape and seeking advice from experts on what works for you.

Slipping into a dress or slinky top won't automatically make you sexy. It won't even automatically make you look sexy because, again, it's all about how you wear an outfit, not what you wear.

Choose shoes that show off your calves and make you look taller if you're small. Do try to stand taller with a straight back and meet people's eyes - you will be amazed at how good you will feel by demonstrating a little self-possession, and be thrilled at the positive reaction of those you meet.

When you're dressing for an occasion, take time out to prepare properly - plan some serious "me" time, so you really will look and feel your best. A facial, manicure and pedicure are ideal preparation, but make sure you go through these ablutions at least 24 hours before your special occasion so your skin tone has time to recover.

Having your hair done is another excellent confidence booster and can usually be done on the day - that just "stepped out of the salon" look can add a super spring to your step, and be your crowning glory.

Sexy clothes are only half the battle - to wear it well, wear it with courage and conviction and style.

Choose The Right Women's Dresses And Women's Swimsuits Based On Body Type

Women come in different shapes and sizes. They could be apple-shaped or pear-shaped, have a small waist or a heavy mid-section, have a flat chest or be well-endowed with feminine beauty. The key to choosing the right kind of dress for your body type is to first of all have a good understanding of your own body. You need to know your body's assets and its flaws, so that you can select a dress that can highlight your assets and cover your flaws.

Secondly, you should have accurate measurements of your body. Your chest, waist and hip measurements are crucial to finding the dress that would fit your body correctly. Although you can take your own measurements, you should preferably have someone else take it for you so that you can stand in the right posture while the measurements are being taken.

The chest measurement needs to be taken across the fullest part of your bust. You should ensure that the tape stays perfectly parallel to the floor and does not sag as it passes around the back. The waist measurement should be taken around the natural waistline. You should leave one finger's breadth under the tape so that you have room enough to breathe in your dress. Finally, the hip measurement should be taken around the widest part of your hip-line. This would be roughly seven or nine inches below your waistline.

All these measurements are extremely important as most dress measurements use these very same figures. The chest measurement is used to choose blouses, tops, coats and jackets. You need to find apparel whose bust measurement closely matches your own size. Waist measurements on the other hand, are used to choose pants and skirts. Here again, you need to find a dress whose measurements closely match that of your waist measurements. If you have slightly larger hips compared to your waist, you can then go by your hip measurements instead.

Sometimes, your measurements might fall between two standard sizes. If that is the case, you can choose the smaller size if you prefer a closer fit or if you are small-boned, and a larger size if you prefer a looser fit or are large-boned. For every standard size of dress, there are corresponding chest, waist and hip measurements. Choose a dress that best matches all three measurements.

When it comes to women's swimsuits, you can choose either a one-piece or a two-piece swimsuit. If you have a flabby middle, you might want to go for a single-piece suit to cover your middle. If your top and bottom are lightly disproportionate, you can opt for a two-piece suit and choose your top and bottom pieces appropriately.