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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Difference between Fashion and Style

In this modern era, Fashion and style are two very common words. Fashion and Style seem almost as the same, but they are totally different in meaning. There are many differences between them. To clarify yourself about these words, you should go through this article.

Fashion and Style

Fashion may be defined as the dressing according to what’s fashionable now and Style is more about being yourself. Fashion is what we see now on TV, Fashion Show, and Magazines. Fashion can be anything like dresses, make-up, shoes, accessories etc. which being made popular by fashion houses, model, actors and actresses. On the other hand, Style is unique to everyone. A person individually chooses which one is the most comfortable for him. A person’s own opinion and own choice blooms by Style. In short, when the fashion is modified by an individual, then it is called style.
Summarization:
Fashion
Style
It is a trend and this trend change from time to time.
It is a personal adaptation of fashion.
It is generic.
It is individualistic.
It is temporary.
It is permanent and timeless.
It is not a creation of individuals.
It is a creation of individuals.
Fashion doesn’t depend on Style.
Style depends on Fashion.
It depends on clothing and accessories.
It doesn’t depend on clothing and accessories and can be associated with anything that makes individuals look stylish.
It is adapting to what is in at the moment.
It is something that is one’s own creation.
You must put importance on Fashion Magazines, News, Fashion shows etc.
You must know yourself inside and outside. This includes your body type and which colors look the most flattering on you.
It is more common.
It is less common.
It is the relationship to the external.
It is the relationship to the internal.
It is what everybody wears.
It is what you wear.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ladies Beachwear

Literally, women beach wears mean all those clothing including the fashionable clothing, which are worn by the women while on the beaches during swimming. Women beach wears are available in a wide attractive range. Different type of materials which are included in ladies beach wears, like swim suits, tank tops, shorts etc. ladies beach wears are available in the market in different types, like colored, floral, plain, designer, printed beach wears and many more.

BikiniThe wide range of ladies beach wears included one-piece swimsuits, shorts, two-piece swim suits, pareos, wrap round, thongs, shorts, bathrobes halters, capris etc. Each cut for making these beach wears follows the conventional type with full of comfort, which in turn represents excellence and fashion. These qualities like comfort, fashion, conventional style with modern touch etc., make these ladies beach wears very popular among the ladies.

Women Beach wears: Materials

According to the current trends, the modern ladies beach wears are manufactured in more intricate and stylist way. The stuff materials, which are used in making these beach wears, are of different nature and type. Every fabric materials are used cautiously, so that adorable look and great fitting can be achieved. So that the main material stuffs used for making these beach wears are: cotton, velvet, georgette, acrylic, nylon, and many other materials.

Different types of Ladies Beach wear

There is a large variety of ladies beach wears available in the market with different utilities and in different appearances. The main categories are as follows –

Swimming Suits

Swimming suits are available either in skin tight form or in loose form according to the comfort of their users (ladies). Some of the swimming suits are designed in such a way, so that except few body parts, rest of the body parts are remained exposed, especially legs and thighs.
One piece or two piece swimming suits are also used by ladies while swimming near the beaches. The upper part of the body is covered by one piece swimming suits and these are skin tight.

Swimminng Suits

The different varieties of one piece swimming suits are: tank top style swimming suits, turtle neck style swimming suits etc. Other type ladies swimming suits are called as two-piece swimming suits. These swimming suits are called as two-piece swimming suits. These are divided into two parts. The first part is the upper part and it covers the upper part of the ladies and the lower part covers the lower part of the body. The space in between of lower and upper part is remained exposed. The example of two-piece beach wears for ladies are bikinis.

Beach Pants

Capris and the straight fit low rise pants are the most preferred ladies beach pants. In compare to zipped closure beach pants, the beach pants with stretched waist are more preferred by ladies. Both plain and printed forms of ladies beach pants are available.

Beach Pants

These pants are available in different colors. Another type of beach pant is also available in the market, which is known as white dune beach pants.
These white dune beach pants are made of 100% organic cotton. The fibre materials used for making the beach pants are: Nylon, Cotton and Polyester. Recently, water proof material beach pants and quick dry beach pants are also being preferred by the ladies.

Bikinis

Since 1946, these bikinis have been used by ladies and these are very popular amongst the ladies. Wool, fur, rubber, cotton, leather etc. are used in making the ladies bikinis. However, the most preferred material is cotton. To make the bikinis attractive and adorable, use of beads or work of embroidery are done.
In different styles, bikinis are available in the market. These styles include tankinis, string bikinis, bandinis, throngs, monokinis, etc. out of these different styles; the most two popular bikini styles are string and thong style.

Bikini

Bikinis are found in different colors and prints. Which color will be the best color for a lady, depends upon her personality. If a lady wants slim appearance, then the best color will be black or any such type of dark color. To highlight certain body parts, any light color including white is the best color.

Ladies Tanks

The word ‘tank’ for ladies beach wears has been derived from swimming tank. Specially, these tank attires are worn by the ladies during swimming in the sea beaches. If anyone wants to spend the entire day in the beach, then these wear is the best wear for her. As an outdoor dress, these wears are not preferred by the ladies. Ladies Tanks are usually found in simple forms and works like beads, stones, embroidery etc.

Ladies Tank

These women tanks are also preferred by the athletics and swimmers during any sport event. Usually, fibres like wool, cotton, linen are used for making ladies tanks, because these fibres provide softness. The quality of the wears can be determined from their stuffiness and the elastics, which are used in the outfits.
These wears are perfect for those, who want to spend their time in the beach during summer and intense sunlight. These wears help them to bear the harsh climate and keep them comfortable. In the ladies tanks, there is no sleeve. Light colors are more preferable rather than the dark colors in case of ladies tanks. The reason is that, the dark colors are not remained comfortable during hot sunny day.

Ladies Wraparounds

These are preferred by ladies to wear as formal wears, informal wears, beach side dresses, evening-walk dresses or even as party wears. These are lengthy pieces of clothes worn by the ladies. Georgette, Cotton and Polyesters are mainly used to make these ladies wraparounds.
Typically, wraparounds are available in array of designs, patterns and colors. The patterns include small print, plain, large print, color lining etc. These are wrapped around the waist, during bathing in the beaches.

Wraparounds
A lady should be careful about her personality and body structure before going to buy any beach wear, because these wears should be fitted properly. Therefore, do not go after any trendy fashion or style, which is prevailing in the market, otherwise the personality, will not reflects.
-         Absolutely, fitting beach wears should be worn to get amazing look on the beach.
-         The beach wears should be made of stretchable lace stuffs. This will provide more comfort to the users of these beach wears.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fashion | Fashion Trend | Style

Definition of fashion

We may define fashion in many ways. The definitions of fashion are mentioned as follows –
a.     It is a conception of what is currently appropriate.
b.     It adoption is a process of social acceptance by which a new style or product is adopted by the consumer after commercial introduction by the designer or the manufacturer.
c.      It is what which is most appropriate and suitable.
d.     It is a prevailing costume or style of etiquettes, procedures etc.
e.     It is the conventional usage in dress manner.
f.       Each and every part of dress co-relates to female’s body-some parts of body always appear and others disappear in different fashions. Fashion has sex impulses.

Fashion
g.     It is a manifestation of a collective behavior and it as such represents the population.
h.     It is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months – Oscar Wilde.
i.        It wears out more apparels than the man – Shakespeare.
j.       It is, which is as old as time and as new as tomorrow, is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. It influences what we wear, the way we talk, the food we eat, the way we look, how and where we travel, what we look and what we listen to.
k.     It is what leads us to discard a product that is still useful but is no longer in. It is also what sometimes makes us wear more cloths than we actually need and sometimes less than what is needed. To be out of it to be out of world.

Definition of Fashion trend

     Fashions move in a direction e.g. skirt lengths may move from calf length to knee from one season to the next or, short jackets may gradually be gaining more acceptance than hip length styles. The change from one season to another may be slight but it generally has a direction. The ability to recognize the direction or that trend is vital for fashion forecasters or predictors.

Fashion trend
     Since these people must work far ahead of ‘consumer buying periods’, much of their success depends on their ability to read the signs and recognize the incoming and outgoing trends in fashion.
     These are often used to describe styles that are gaining acceptance. The definition of fashion uses the word ‘prevailing’ or a given period of time if it ignores this element of fashion; it’s like looking at a still photograph in place of motion picture. A famous put it, ‘It is a social phenomenon which reflects the same continuing changes that is rides to through any given age.’ Changes in fashion correspond with subtle and often hidden network or forces that operate on a society. In this sense, fashion is a symbol.

Definition of Style

     The term fashion and style are often confused by many people to say that’s the style, when they really mean fashion. A style is a type of product that has one or more specific features or characteristics that distinguishes it and makes different from other products of the same type, e.g. a crew neckline is a style and turtle neck is another style. Within a specific style, there can be many variations in trimmings, textures and decorations or other details, e.g. a cardigan sweater is a distinctive style but individual variations could include different kinds of nets, embroideries, pockets or necklines. These individual interpretations or versions of the same style are called designs. Each design is different from others in details.

Style

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hand gloves

Different types of hand gloves

     Hand glove is a garment which covers the hand. We may find different types of hand gloves as follows – 

Thumbs

Thumb gloves

Set-in thumb

     Probably the most common thumb treatment.

French/Quirk

     A gusset type of thumb treatment.

Novelty thumb

     The thumb is a separate piece of cloth set into the glove.

English

     This is a construction, which aids flexibility.

Styles

Fingerless

     This is like a normal glove except that the tops have been removed. Often it is knitted but it is sometimes made of leather.

Fingerless

Fingerless Lace Mitten

     This mitten has very short fingers and is for formal and special occasions.

Fingerless Lace Mitten

Cycling Mitten

     A fingerless mitten with leather palm and string back for cycling. It has a stretch rib cuff.

Cycling Mitten

Decorated mitten

     This is a long glove with no fingers and half a thumb, highly decorated with gold threads on satin, for formal occasions.

Decorated mitten

Shooting

     Used when shooting to protect the hand, it has an elasticized cuff.

Shooting

Woodstock/Riding

     A fawn skin glove used for horse riding.

Woodstock/Riding

Limerick

     A glove made in newborn lamb leather.

Limerick

Hawking

     This fourteenth century glove was for hawking. It is long and made in leather to protect the arm.

Hawking

York Tan

     This can be a short or long glove named after its color color-tan.

York Tan

Slip-on

     There are no fastenings; the glove is just pulled on.

York Tan

Sports glove

     An insulated leather glove used in outdoor sports.

Sports glove

Button length/Mousquetaire

     A long evening glove with a short wrist opening and small pearl buttons.

Button length/Mousquetaire

Glove with Liner

     Two gloves in one for extra warmth.

Glove with Liner

Mitten

     Four fingers are covered together, the thumb is solitary. This mitten can be knitted, woven or made from leather.

Mitten

Berlin

     A thin and neat glove made in strong cotton.

Berlin gloves

Knitted

     As the name suggests, a totally knitted glove with no need for a guest.

Shortie

     A wrist length glove, made in kid, cotton or nylon. It was very fashionable from the mid 1949s to the 1960s.

Shortie

Gauntlet

     A glove with a protective forearm cuff, this example shows the gauntlet cut in panels.

Gauntlet

Golfing

     Very similar to the driving glove, there are cut-outs over the knuckles and often a cut-out over the back of the hand.

Golfing

Driving/String

     This is a short glove with a leather palm; the back is knitted or made from another fabric, often knotted string. There is a buckle or stud fastener at the wrist.

Driving/String

White kid Glove

     A smart glove made in kid leather for formal day wear.

White kid gloves

Cuff Guards

     Decorative and protective guards fort the wrists.

Cuff Guards

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fashion History of ancient Greek

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       The civilization of ancient Greece has left a rich heritage to posterity in her chaste and refined simplicity of dress. It is to the costume of Greece of twenty five hundred years ago that we turn for grace, beauty of line, refinement of detail, and unity of composition. In the study of Greek literature, painting and sculpture we may develop an appreciation of the entire field of Greek costume. Greek culture laid the foundation of European civilization. Land was mountainous and the only means of communication was the sea. It had the world’s first dramatically development. However, in Greece, women, slaves and foreigners were not considered important. They were not given the right to vote. People were fun loving, fond of music and believed that life after death was inferior. They buried as well as cremated their dead ones.
       The basic garment of the Greeks was vest. It was a rectangular piece of material with no stitching. Therefore the costumes of Greeks were a draped costume. Depending upon the method of wearing it, it can be divided into five categories.
The draped costume – This was the unstitched costume obtained by draping a piece of material around the body. e.g. the Himation and the Grecian pareo.
The slip-on costume – The slip-on costume is made from one piece of cloth or skin but with a hole from the head and hanging from the shoulders e.g. poncho and huque.
The sewn costume – This is made from several widths of material assembled or placed lengthwise and worn over other garments and crossed in front e.g. kaftans.
The sheath costume – This is fitted closely to the body and legs e.g. pants and breaches.
       The dresses for all the classes were same except for the difference in the quality of material and arrangement of cloth. Another special feature of Greek costume was that the garments for the men and women were the same except for their length.
Ancient Greek costumes –
The chiton – This is the basic undergarment of the Greeks. It was fastened at the shoulders by pins and at the waist by a girdle or sometimes without girdle. It could be knee length or till mid-thigh (for men) or ankle length (for women). Girdle on the waist created a baggy effect known as kalpos. The chiton varied with geographical variation.
       Doric chiton was a long tunic up to the ankles gathered in at the waist with a girdle but without sleeves. The Doric chiton was made for poor people and ordinary soldiers. It was made of cheap coarse thick material like wool.

Greek costume

       Ionic chiton is also a full length tunic but with sleeves. The material should be clasped at intervals over the arms forming loose sleeves. Men sometimes wore the chiton fastened only at the left shoulder leaving the right arm free.
       Sometimes the second belt was worn around the hips giving blouson effect. Both men and women wore full length chitons for functions and ceremonies.
       The chiton could also be up to the knees. Earlier it was made of linen, and then of silk, with embroidered borders.

Greek costumes

Peplos – It was short length chiton, mainly worn by women. It is a rectangular piece of woolen fabric fastened to the shoulder like chiton, the only difference that it was belted and arranged in artistic folds and weighed down by pellets.
Chlamys – It was a light summer cloak worn by young men over the chiton. It measured 1X2 yards and was made of light wool. This was made from rectangular material but falls in triangular points. The chlamys also has metal points attached to the corners. The Chlamys could be worn in many ways. It could be attached by a fibula at the right shoulder so that the left arm is covered while the right arm remains free. The Chlamys could also be pinned at the throat and thrown back over the shoulders. It served as a covering against the weather.
Himation – It was a large cloak worn by men and women, measuring 1.5 X 3.5 yards. It was worn like a large chadar (big shawl) on the shoulders and was belted. The folds and pleates are the characteristics of a Himation. The arrangement of a Himation reflects a person’s creativity. Pleates were made by wetting the garment in starch, twisting it carefully and laying it out in the sun to dry. The amount of cloth used in a Himation depended upon a person’s class. Himation was made of wool or linen.
Palla – The most interesting outer garment of the Greeks was the palla. It was fixed at the shoulders with pins leaving the arms free. The palla is a feminine garment worn up to the waist.
Talaris – Talaris is an outer garment having wide sleeves which hang gracefully. Both men and women wore talaris, usually made of linen and fastened with girdle.
Chloene – It was a simple outer garment of square warm material. A piece of metal was attached to each corner so that it hung gracefully.
Pharos – It is a small cape usually decorated with stars. It is made from a woolen material attached at the throat by a broach or fabulic.
Zodiote – It is a tunic trimmed with animals and flowers.
Pallium – It was a famous over garment that was draped over the left shoulder.
Catastictors – It is a robe of many colors.
       The only method of fastening was with pins or broaches known as fibulae. These were sometimes highly decorative. As a headgear, mantel was usually used in the rainy season. Diplodine was another headgear used to cover the head. Greeks were fond of curly hair and used to tie them in a knot with net at the back. They spent a lot of time arranging their hair. Women used a veil which was a sign of modesty. They used to decorate their hair with ribbons, flowers, beads and circles of metal. Hairs were long and dyed. Married women pilled up their hair on the top of the head and pinned up the knot. Pins used to secure the hair were called diadems. Sandals of wood and leather were worn, which was considered as a costly item of dressing.
       Fans and sun shades were used. Men, during travelling used to wear broad hats tied under their chains, called pilarus. The two belts (girdles) worn by women were called stropion and zona. Small earrings, bracelets, and delicate necklaces were worn by women.
       The people of this era thought that bay leaves, honey suckle and laurel leaves were considered sacred. They took an inspiration from these for designing cloths and jewelry. Laurel leaves were especially given to the athletes. Wreathes were made of these leaves and tied around the forehead. Geometrical designs or natural designs were of great importance, e.g. oak leaf, laurel leaf, olive leaf and acanthus leaf. A lot of beauty is seen in the cloths of the Greeks. The draped costume of the Greeks was considered very graceful and had simplicity on its lines.
       Greek women washed her with water mixed with ambrosial fluids (made from an herb). She used to apply dye on her hair and then washed it. Dye could be black, sky blue, and honey colored or red. Hair would even be dusted with golden powder. Whatever the color of the hair, the eyebrows were always black. Clean hairs were curled with hot irons. Soap made of clay compound was used.

Greek costumes

       In dressing up, they first wound a band of material beneath their breast. Next came the chiton which was of various styles. Over the chiton, they wore a palla, or Zodiac etc. The desire to be admired led the woman of Greece to adopt all the artifice that could be devised at that period. All these ornaments were kept in a cascade. She also used a fan and sunshade while going out.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

History of Fashion in the Roman Period

       The life of the Roman Empire is commonly reckoned from 53BC to 500AD. Rome exerted a dominant influence on the manners and customs of entire known world. The city of Rome was established by Romulus. This civilization flourished for four centuries. Later, it was divided into two-East and West. As usual, there were rich and poor people and there was a difference in the clothing of the two.
The tunic
The tunic

       The costumes of the poor had a single piece garment called a tunic. The rich wore tunic with a loin cloth. However, the most important garment in the Roman period was a Toga. It was the principle garment of the Romans. It was directly copied by the Greek draped costume. Togas, made in different colors had a semi-circular stylish cloth. Only the Emperor was allowed to wear the gold and purple (royal color) toga. Blue was the color for philosophy, black for theology, and green for medicine. High class citizens wore the toga of pure white wool. The peasants were permitted one color only, officers were allowed two color garments, commanders three, and royal households could use up to seven. It was usually draped on the figure by starting at the left foot. The straight edge was taken over the shoulder and arm, passed across the back, and under the right arm. It was then carried across the chest, over the left shoulder, and the remaining portion was left hanging down the back. The width of the material under the right arm was often turned over, giving the effect of a second drapery. The material of the straight edge of the first section, which passed over the left shoulder, was given a draped effect by being pulled out and adjusted loosely over the top part. The loose portion of the back of the right shoulder was sometimes fastened at the belt, forming a sleeve. If the ends were too long, they could be shortened by tying knots in the cloth near the ends. Sometimes the ends were allowed to sweep the ground. This was looked upon as a sign of high rank and great dignity of the wearer.

Roman Toga
Roman Toga
       Toga Candida was dyed especially in white and was worn by persons contesting as candidates for elections. The poor and the working class wore toga of dark colored wool. Foreigners could not wear toga. Romans who wore toga were called Togatus. Tunica was the undergarment of Romans. The Romans categorized their garment in to two classes:
1.     The indumenta (undergarment)
2.     The amictus (outer garments)
       The tunica was the Greek chiton but sewn at the shoulders. This undergarment tunica was the main garment of working class. The Roman women wore undergarment similar to the Greek Women’s. The breast band was called mamillare. It was same as Greeks. They also wore a fitted loin-cloth. Subucura was another undergarment. It was a woolen garment like the tunica. High class ladies wore the silk tunica. Outer garment, Amicuts was either a long talarus gown as stola.

Roman period costume
Stola was a typical outer garment of Roman Woman. It was long and loose, fastened along the body with two belts. The belt or girdle was an indispensible part of the dress. It was made of various materials, suited to the rank or wealth of the wearer. Often the girdle was hidden by upper part of the stola falling over it. Roman women wore the panel called instisa. This was made of cloth and was tied from the lower belt to the ground.
       Hair dressing was one of the main activities of the Roman women. The ladies of the Roman Empire frizzled and curled their hair in most elaborate fashion, adorning it with garlands of flowers, fillets, and ribbons of various colors, besides ornaments of gold, pearl and precious stones. They made curls and waves and also wore wigs. Roman man arranged his hair like emperors. The philosophers permitted the hair and beard to grow, to give them an air of gravity. If necessary, they would also curl their hair with curling irons. Then, he would perfume himself, paint his face and decorate with patches. He took bath in the evening rather than the morning.
       Women particularly wore many ornaments like belts with gold and silver and precious stones. Both men and women wore many jeweled rings. The hair was tied up at the top by combs and pins. These pins and combs were made up of wood, ivory or bones. Prostitutes were made to wear yellow colored wigs or dye their hair yellow.
Roman shoes
Roman Shoes
       There was very less difference in Greek and Roman footwear. The usual outdoor shoes worn by both men and women were calscious. It was a shoe with leather sole and leather straps criss-crossing over the foot. In the house, the Romans simply wore sandals called solea. It was leather sole which was tied by cords. Women wore decorative slippers.
       Cosmetics, washes, paints and perfumes were lavishly used by Roman women. White led to soften the skin and vermilion to tint. It was constantly employed by both the sexes.
       In the military costumes too, the toga was worn. The soldiers wrapped it around the waist. Underneath, they wore the tunica. Like the Greek soldiers, they wore boots with thick sole and many leather straps.