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Top Ten Fancy Frocks at the Met Ball 2010

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: May 13, 2010

The annual Metropolitan Costume Institute Gala is widely accepted as being the best party of the year and always inspires its guests to pull out all the stops. This, my friends, is not an occasion for your trusty LBD or the ball gown you wore to a black tie event three years ago. This is an occasion for glamour, elegance and style by the bucket load and it is the perfect time to show your quirky side.

‘It’ Fashion Then and Now – Part Two

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: July 10, 2009

Fashion is constantly changing, and often reflects the economic climate. The 1940s saw an austere era of rationing and limited availability of materials. The 1950s and 60s were decadent periods of prosperity while the 1980s was a materialistic, image conscious and flashy era of ostentatious shoulder pads and power dressing women in pin stripes.

‘It’ Fashion Then and Now – Part One

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: July 10, 2009

Retro fashion styles have been around for a long time. Take the rock and roll Teddy boys, for example, who mimicked Edwardian styles. With the current economic recession, we are all cutting back on our spending. The disposable age has gone, and is replaced by the make-do-and-mend attitude.

Summer Dresses For Plus Size Women

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: July 10, 2009

With Summer once again approaching, thoughts turn to sorting out that Summer wardrobe and replacing thick knits and jeans with lighter, airier colors, fabrics and cuts. For plus size women, the fun of shopping has increased dramatically in recent years with a wide range of retailers now recognizing that nearly 50% of the population is at least a size 16, and finally catering for plus sizes with ranges of fun and fashionable clothing.

Fall ’09 Trends

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: July 10, 2009

While we all feel the pinch, it can be said that the ongoing economic crisis has even had an effect on the direction in which fashion trends and designs are headed for the Fall of 2009. The major fashion designers have tended to focus on investment clothing, with classic styles and lines coming to the fore.

Spring Fashion For Plus Size Women

Womens Interests: Plus Size • Published: May 2, 2009

With Winter on the way out, it’s time to put those thick cable knit jumpers into storage along with your coats, thick trousers and opaque tights… Spring is on the way, and along with it a selection of the latest new trends and fashions! For plus size women, shopping is nowadays a pleasurable and enjoyable experience, with many high street, online and designer stores offering their fashion ranges up to sizes 20 and beyond, and with specialist clothing designers offering bespoke lines specifically designed to flatter larger figures and show off those curves!

What’s My Body Shape?

Health and Fitness • Published: April 16, 2009

People come in all shapes and sizes, and this sometimes makes the ‘one size fits all’ approach rather difficult – particularly when choosing which clothes to buy, and which exercise and dietary regimes to follow. After all, what suits your friend may not suit you, and rather than trying to shoe-horn yourself into something that’s not right for you – you can use a little knowledge about the different body shapes to your benefit!

Wedding Fashion ’09

Relationships: Wedding • Published: April 9, 2009

It’s that time of year again when the wedding invitations start to drop through the letterbox. The first thought to pop into your mind is ‘What on earth am I going to wear?’. Of course, everyone will be looking at the blushing bride and focusing on her apparel, but you also want to look your best at the wedding. Gone are the days when it was a foregone conclusion that the ceremony would take place in a church or other place of worship, and it was simply a matter of wearing a smart outfit and suitable hat. The wedding outfit that you choose also depends on the type of venue for the wedding reception. This may be a semi-formal affair in an elegant hotel or under a marquee in the grounds of a stately home, or perhaps a more relaxed affair in a pub or even in the home of the bride’s family.

Summer Essentials and Trends ’09

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: April 8, 2009

Every season brings with it a raft of new trends, fashions and fads for us all to enjoy experimenting with! In these cash strapped times, however, savvy shoppers are thinking carefully before buying into the newest looks, and working out how best to keep up with the latest essentials, without spending a fortune!

Christian Louboutin

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: April 1, 2009

Christian Louboutin has been wooing womens’ bank cards for decades with his sexy, fun and flirty shoe designs. Although now a global fashion icon, his love for shoes began in 1979 on the streets of Paris. Whilst walking to school he noticed a placard that instructed women not to scratch the wooden floor of a museum with high heeled shoes. Louboutin was irritated by this sign and out of sympathy for the chic Parisian women, he started designing shoes that had compressed buckles and softer soles. These early designs became the fore-runners of many of his later works.

Hot Handbag Trends ’09

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: April 1, 2009

Whether going to a formal occasion, on a night out or simply going to work, handbags are often the most important part of an outfit. This has been the case since the early 1920s, when handbags became important autonomous fashion pieces. Only 30 years later, the 1950s saw a decade where handbags were at the fore of fashion priority as women enjoyed an era of change and innovation.

Essentials For Spring

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: March 9, 2009

Now that the new fashion season has begun it is time to start collecting the essentials to create an up to date style. With so much variety available it is difficult to know where to start. Accessories can provide an instantly fresh look to your wardrobe, and this season features large pieces of jewellery, bracelets, pendants and earrings, as well as elegant belts and bags.

Red Carpet Style

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: March 6, 2009

All eyes are on the prize when it comes to celebrity appearances at the many award ceremonies. It is fascinating to see what the rich and famous are wearing as they cruise down the red carpet, and their selection of glamor wear is often emulated in the fashion magazines. Jessica Alba was seen recently at the premiere of My Bloody Valentine wearing Dolce and Gabbana’s silk pajamas. This 1950s style outfit in black has striking white piping to the edges and sash tie to the waist.

Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Shopping and Product Reviews: Gifts • Published: February 11, 2009

As Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to those we love, as we search for the ideal Valentine’s Day gift. What better way to express our feelings than with beautiful designer wear, shoes or bags? With more than 50 designers to choose from and hundreds of products, The ‘It’ Guide will help you to make the perfect selection.

Fashionistas To Look Out For in 2009

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: January 19, 2009

With the start of a New Year come the new fashionistas, whose style and fashion sense will lead the way in how we dress and accessorize. Hollywood stars and successful women in the music business have always led the way as far as image is concerned, and this year will be no different in that respect.

Sales Talk

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: January 8, 2009

Everyone loves a bargain and this year’s January sales offer some cracking offers and markdowns! The high street is buzzing with the new year sales and many stores have marked down entire ranges of clothing, footwear and accessories. A recent scan of the high street has revealed reductions of up to 70% in some stores, with seasonal mark downs of 50% being fairly standard fair this year. The trend does reflect the difficulty of the credit crunch, but for the savvy shopper the January sales mark a fantastic opportunity to stock up on key essentials for the year ahead.

Keep Warm in Cool Coats

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: January 6, 2009

We spend plenty of time looking at designer bags, shoes and beautiful clothes. Many people pay great attention to perfecting their outfit and accessories but fail to buy a good winter coat. A great winter coat is worth investing in as it is vital in making a good first impression. Coats don’t have to be dull or dowdy, there are a gorgeous range available that will keep you warm at the same time as giving you a stylish, fashionable look.

How to Choose Baby Clothing – A Guide For Parents

Home and Family: Babies Toddler • Published: December 23, 2008

When a new baby arrives it’s common for the proud parents to be given lots of baby clothes as a gift but it is difficult to know which items are best for your baby when you first start shopping for an infant yourself. There’s no shortage of advice from medical staff, friends and family on the healthcare aspects of caring for a newborn but seemingly simple things like buying clothes can be completely baffling.

Fashion Trends For Spring-Summer 2009

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: December 22, 2008

As the last traces of suntan finally vanish completely and the woolly mittens come down from the attic, it’s hard to remember the vibrant optimism and anticipation of spring. But for those of us that like to stay one step ahead of the fashion game, now is the time to start planning for Spring-Summer 2009. The season’s trends are set to be all about accessories and golden bling so read on to find out what’s going to be hot when the temperatures start climbing again.

Christmas Party Dresses – What Suits Your Shape?

Shopping and Product Reviews: Fashion Style • Published: December 21, 2008

With Christmas parties coming up many women will be shopping around for party dresses. To make the most of your figure it is important to choose a party dress that suits your shape. You should carefully choose the color and style to show off the aspects of your body you like the most so you can dazzle this Christmas.

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