Month: October 2019

Cotton vs Polyester

  • The Uses of Cotton and Polyester:
    Polyester is used for a wide variety of objects and in an array of manufacturing. It’s used for everything from floppy discs, to food packaging and of course, materials for bedding and bed linen among other things. Cotton is also very versatile, it is used in everything from clothing, to towels, to linen and 2010 estimates placed its economic worth at over £70 billion.
  • Manufacturing:
    Cotton is an extremely absorbent, breathable material and comes from the cotton plant. This means it is a great material for allowing the skin to breath and is also strong, durable and can be washed at high temperatures – making it ideal for cleaning of heavy stains. However, cotton can vary in quality depending on the factors used in its manufacturing. Polyester is man-made and comes from a mixture of chemicals, as well as water, oil and coal. It is not susceptible to shrinking, dries very quickly and won’t suffer from mildew.
  • Price:
    One of the reasons polyester is so popular is the fact it costs a lot less to produce than cotton and so sells for a lot less. Whilst this is generally true, there are some man made materials that can cost more than others and can even reach near the same price as cotton. The price of cotton is also widely variable as it is dependent on quality, origin and also the brand.
  • Comfort:
    Cotton is renowned for being breathable, meaning you feel cool in summer and warm in winter. This is great for bed linen in particular, giving the most comfortable sleep. This is also great for those who suffer from sensitive skin, as cotton linen has a soft comforting feel next to skin. Polyester on the other hand isn’t as breathable. This means that during sleep, sweat from the body kept on the skin, rather than absorbed by the fabric. This definitely would not make for a comfortable sleep!
  • Polycotton Blends:
    Polycotton blends have become popular in recent times as they blend the two fabrics into one and so allow for a cost effective, breathable and comfortable material that is more durable and won’t shrink. Essentially, these materials take the best attributed from cotton and polyester.

Hats Grow In Popularity

The trapper hat, which once was confined to Lumberjacks, Russian Soldiers and Eskimos has become a fashion icon of our times. With a huge choice of hats ranging from traditional fur-lined to through to the brightly coloured version with pom-poms and tassels, the trapper hat will never be seen in quite the same way again.

Beanie hats, which were once confined to ski slopes and football supports are now ‘de rigeur’ for any fashion conscious young person. Bugatti and Bruno Banani are both German brands but this phenomenon is not confined to the Western world as teens from all over the globe positively embrace this new trend in the fashion world.

High profile superstars and A-listers help of course and when such luminaries David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez (J-Lo) and Madonna to name just a few, are seen wearing these new fashion accessories their fans will eventually follow suit.

It’s not just golfers who wear baseball caps nowadays either. Rappers like Eminem, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg have all made the peaked cap the must have accessory for the youth of today. This is a trend dating back to the 70’s and the rise of the Sugarhill Gang and their classic Rapper’s Delight.

However the growth of fashion hats is not just about the teen market. The Fedora and the Trilby Hat are also enjoying something of a renaissance. The Fedora has been around for over a hundred years and whilst Baseball Caps, Trapper Hats and Beanie hats have all evolved to reflect today’s fashion, the Fedora still retains exactly the same classic style and shape as it always has.

The Trilby Hat too goes from strength to strength but again looking just the same as it has always done. Crooners like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra brought the hat to the public psyche and Sean Conner, as James Bond, continued to raise its profile. Today many pop stars, male and female can often be found wearing this classic item of fashion.


Jacket or Hoodie

Jackets are one of the oldest items of clothing in our history. The word ‘coat’ can be traced back to the Persians however, they have been a standard part of a person’s wardrobe since as far back as the middle ages. Now there are jackets for almost any occasion or activity that you can think of.

The Hoodie has a similarly archaic provenance, having first been worn by monks in medieval Europe. It wasn’t until the 1970s when hip-hop culture started developing that the hoodie really became popular, and this popularity continued well into the mid-nineties. By which time the hoodie had also found a home within the skateboarding and surfing cultures.

Within recent years however, the hoodie has garnered a rather undesirable reputation. Hoodies have often been used to conceal a person’s identity whilst they engage in criminal activity. This has resulted in the, often unfair, stereotyping of anybody seen wearing the garment. Many bars and shops still exercise a ‘no hoodies’ policy, excluding those who choose to wear hoodies from their premises entirely.

Although the hoodie is still popular within many factions, there are those who have shunned it completely, because of its associations with crime, anti-social behaviour and the pocket of society, rather unkindly, referred to as ‘chavs’.

Generally speaking, jackets tend to have more of an association with sophistication and formality, whereas hoodies are usually worn to complement a more casual look. Hoodies have the added benefit of offering you a little extra protection from the elements. However, the simple fact is that nowadays, both are available in so many different styles and fabrics that it really isn’t difficult to find something to suit even the most discerning of tastes.

The important thing to remember when deciding whether it’ll be a jacket or a hoodie keeping you warm this autumn/winter, is that you’ll look your best in whatever you feel most comfortable in. If that happens to be a hoodie, then prove the naysayers wrong and wear it with pride.

Sometimes, the only way to change attitudes is to be brave enough to have the courage of your convictions. If you truly believe that it’s about time that the hoodie shook off its bad reputation and once again took its rightful place as a warm and stylish necessity in anybody’s wardrobe, then now’s the time to stand up and be counted.


Plus Size Fur Coats

First of all, understand that a fur coat is an investment that could potentially last for several decades with proper care. They are rarely cheap, so this decision should be researched thoroughly and approached carefully. If this is your first fur, you will be able to get more mileage out of it by choosing a style that you can wear again and again, for a variety of different purposes and in multiple environments.

The more wears you get out of your coat, the less it will cost per wear, meaning more enjoyment and a greater return on investment. For this reason, it is advisable to first consider where and under what situations you can most often wear your fur. While a dramatically elegant full-length coat is great for a black-tie event, you are far more likely to wear a comfortable stroller that will make you feel sexy and confident in the most environments and situations possible.

  • Length. In general, the length of a coat determines the formality of the situations to which it can be worn, in addition to the way it hugs the curves of your body. A longer coat is also more fussy and harder to transport and care for. If you consider yourself more apple-shaped, a knee-length or mid-thigh coat is a great way to cover your problem areas but still show a little leg. Larger people will look best in a coat that is slightly longer than mid-thigh as this gives the appearance of elongating the body.
  • Types of Pelt. There are nearly as many different types of pelts that can be used for a coat as there are mammals. Each pelt will have its own characteristic color, luster, and fiber length and volume. For instance, a mink or beaver pelt will be thinner and sleeker, and thus will hang closer to your body. On the other hand, a fox or chinchilla fur is thicker and has more volume. While many women make the mistake of choosing a more fluffy pelt, this actually adds more mass to your silhouette. Go with the sleeker pelts to streamline your silhouette.
  • Color. It is well-known that choosing color carefully can be an easy way to look thinner. In fact, wearing darker shades can cause a dramatic change in the way people perceive your shape and weight. Choosing furs that are black, dark gray, or even a navy blue can prevent your curves from casting shadows on your fur coat.


Gel Cushions and Pads

The gel cushions can also be used in places where you avoid foam cushions. They ensure comfort as well as relief from pain and other troubles. They prove to be very helpful in offices, where you can place them on the chair and sit on that comfortably. You can also rest your back on that. You will feel relaxed especially when you are sitting hours and hours in front of your computer at the office. You can also use them while driving the car. It will help you get rid of the stress that you feel after driving for hours at a stretch.

As these pads are made of gel, you will not feel the stress. What makes gel pads different from normal cushion is that while you sit on a normal foam cushion, the pressure that acts will be strong and direct and you will get tired after some time. On the other hand in the case of gel pads, the pressure will be distributed throughout the pad and thus you won’t feel the stress. Now it is common to find gel cushion seats in cars and gel pad chairs in offices.

These cushions are made of non-allergic and organic substances. They are also eco-friendly. It will be more helpful for elderly people who always find it difficult to sit for many hours during a long journey. With the use of gel pads, they will be able to relax and feel comfortable. As it is light weight, gel cushions are portable. The gel cushions come in various forms and sizes and you can pick the one that matches the size of the seat and your budget.


How to Work Heels

  • Start Gradually
    This first tip is a good one. Don’t rush off and buy six-inch stilettos, thinking you can make an easy transition from flats. It’s suggested that you start off with a low-heel, about two inches or so, to ease your feet into the shape. This height is pretty comfortable and you can still look great. Eventually when you feel adjusted, you can move up to a mid-heel which is usually between two and four inches tall. From there, it’s only a matter of time until your working a fabulous six-inch heel!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
    Wearing your heels around the house is a great way to practice your balance and improve your strides. I tried walking around the house, doing chores and relaxing in my heels for a few hours. At first I wobbled a bit and was only able to take really small steps. I definitely didn’t look as graceful as my gorgeous friend! I sat down and worked for a while and then got up and did some more chores. I gave myself as many breaks as I needed and kept wearing the shoes until I eventually didn’t mind walking in them at all.
  • Choose Wisely
    If you are going to commit to some form of discomfort in the name of beauty, you might as well choose the least painful option. You want to make sure that your weight is evenly distributed from your heel to the pad of your foot. If there is too much pressure on the pad, then your heel is, more than likely, too high. If you are struggling to balance on a narrow heel, opt for a stylish wedge.
  • Walk Properly
    So the key here is simple enough: Walk like you do normally, heel to toe. If this is difficult you may need a different shoe or more practice. As you begin on your heel, lean into the step, placing your pad down firmly. You’ll get the hang of it. Never put weight solely on your heels. This is very damaging for you and your heels.

Military Boots for Women

Women also like such footwear because they like the way they look and because they find them comfortable to wear. It is a fact that the military takes utmost care in getting these shoes manufactured, in order to make sure that they provide comfort and security to the soldiers who wear them. Thus, civilian women also like wearing these boots because they are very comfortable and help in protecting their feet from rain, dust and everything else they are exposed to on a regular basis.

The market is full of different stores that sell such all kinds of footwear, which are especially made for the women. These military boots, apart from being very comfortable and secure, are also very fashionable, trendy and stylish. They cater to the needs of the urban and modern women who like to be stylish and stay fashionable. Given the fact that there are way too many options to choose from, it can be a bit confusing for anyone to shoes the right pair of army shoes. In order to find the right pair, one has to have a little bit of insight about all the options available.

When opting for a pair of military boots, you should not consider only the color, style and overall look. You should also give equal importance to comfort and durability. As these shoes are quite expensive, they should last long so that you get your money’s worth. It will not be very difficult to buy such military boots that will be very stylish, trendy and fashionable, and yet comfortable and flexible. In order to find such a pair of footwear, you might have to search the nearest store or you can also search the internet and browse through the catalogue of different online stores that sell these shoes.


Brown Leather Jackets

Different types of these jackets

You can find a large variety of jerkins and leather coats to choose from. Your choice depends on your need and use. You can wear them out on fancy occasions and I guarantee they would look outstanding. You can find them in a number of different brown shades – lighter and darker ones.

How to Take Care of Your Jacket

Some leather jackets can cost you hundreds of bucks. Thus, when you buy one you would want it to last for as long as it can get. The best thing about the material is that it does not wear out so soon and lasts longer, especially if you know how to take care of it. Thus, taking care of it will strengthen its durability, add longevity to it and consequently allow you to wear it for as long as you like to. Each jacket comes with a label. You must read it to know how it should be washed properly. Each jacket will have slightly different instructions, so make sure you always read what is on yours and not rely on what others say. Brown jackets can easily show off dirt. In order to clean it, spray water and wipe it softly with a piece of clean cloth.

How to Buy a Perfect One

If you want to buy a perfect brown jacket for yourself, keep the following things in mind:

  • Get your best fit – try them out before buying them, button them and see how the fitting is for you. Since, brown is a common color, you may find many good ones. Trying them could be hectic, but make sure you manage to do it for sure.
  • Consider your budget – If you are low on it, don’t buy a branded one, but whatever you buy shall be of good quality.
  • Choose a style and shade of brown color that matches your personality and need – Buying a maroon-brown jacket for professional use would not be an inappropriate idea.

Athena Mennis

Athena describes herself to be short in height but her ego is tall and never in her life that she underestimate her ambition to make big in fashion designing. She instilled in her mind to work hard and reach her childhood ambition to become a designer, particularly in shoes, her biggest passion and love of her life. For her, creating designs and expression is a fashion. An open-minded woman, she never thinks that fashion has ugliness for she believes that there is beauty in it no matter how it is presented. She has strong conviction that every creation is beautiful in the eye of its creator.

When Athena was just starting as a struggling designer, she never stopped experimenting to create something unique, practical and fashionable. Then little by little, she learned the ropes of designing and she made it a point to establish connections and find people who can help her in the fashion industry. What makes Athena tick, is her ability to disseminate information about her ability and products by way of public relations. Yes, Virginia, Athena is not just the girl next door, she is skilled in public relations by which she uses her talent to make herself known and create a niche as an independent footwear designer.


Korean Fashion

Firstly, Asia’s ex-leading fashion trendsetter has introduced, if not made better, some of the most fashionable ladies’ blouses and dresses for quite some time. It is only natural that they would run out of ideas after taking such a long lead. Therefore, Korea took this opportunity to snatch the lead from Japan after its fashion creativity has run dry.

Secondly, it could be due to the surge in popularity of Korean pop groups which has led to their fashion success. As you all might know, popular pop groups usually set the latest trend as they are the frontline of the entertainment scene and would have to dress uniquely to identify themselves. You have probably heard much about the latest Korean pop groups such as Big Bang, Super Junior and Girl’s Generation (SNSD). All these pop groups are now the most talked about in the entertainment world. And since they are such hot topics, it is no wonder that people would want to imitate their idols and would therefore dress similarly to their idols. I believe that this is the most crucial point which led Korea to overtake the latest Asian trend.

As a fashion advisor, I usually advise my clients to have a closer look at the fashion in Asia. The apparel in Asia look more appealing to the eyes and the range of apparel are close to unlimited. I love how Asians express their creativity through fashion. For clients who have doubted my advice, I would buy them a nice piece of apparel from the latest Korean fashion. After wearing the apparel I bought them, most of them would be in awe at how a piece of clothe could bring out so much in them.