Category: Fashion

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.


Leather Belts

Leather making process

Leather can be made from the hide of many different animals including deer and kangaroo, but cowhide is the most common. Hides may be chosen for their individual characteristics, if the grain of the hide will be present in the finished product, but many leathers are processed in such a way that any flaws in the hide are removed.

The hide has to undergo a number of preparatory steps before it can be tanned. These steps may include preservation, soaking, liming, unhairing, fleshing, splitting, reliming, deliming, bating, degreasing, frizing, bleaching, pickling, and depickling. These processes strip the hide of any unwanted materials and blemishes and prepare it for the tanning chemicals.

Next, the actual tanning process can begin. There are many different tanning processes including vegetable tanned(one of the oldest kinds, which renders a dark brown product), chrome tanned (also known as wet blue, the most common today), aldehyde tanned (sometimes called wet-white, this type is being phased out for safety reasons), and brain tanned (another old form of tanning using animal brains).

Vegetable tanning is popular with hobbyists, as it is the only form of leather suitable for use in leather carving or stamping. Vegetable-tanned leather is not stable in water; it tends to discolor, and if left to soak and then dry it will shrink and become less supple, and harder. In hot water, it will shrink drastically and partly gelatinize, becoming rigid and eventually brittle. Boiled leather is an example of this, where the leather has been hardened by being immersed in hot water. Historically, it was used as armor after hardening, and it has also been used for book binding.

Chrome tanning is the most common today because it has many benefits over other types of tanning. It is more supple and pliable than vegetable-tanned leather and does not discolor or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned. Chrome tanning can render many different colors of leather through the use of dyes in the tanning process.

After the leather has been properly tanned, there still remains a series of steps called crusting. This process involves thinning, retanning, and lubricating the finished leather, and may also include a coloring operation. The final goal of the crusting process is to dry and soften the completed project.

Some leathers also receive a surface coating, depending on the desired final product. This is often referred to as finishing. This process can include oiling, brushing, padding, impregnation, buffing, spraying, roller coating, curtain coating, polishing, embossing, ironing, combing (for hair-on leathers), glazing, and tumbling.

Making a belt

The finished leather is now ready to be made into a completed project. Let’s say that we want to make a belt from our tanned hide. The hide will be laid out and carefully measured. A precisely measured strip will be cut from the hide and removed.

There are a number of things that can be done to decorate plain leather. Shapes and patterns can be carved or stamped into vegetable tanned leather, creating intricate designs or even lettering. Leather can also be cut, rather like lace, to create patterns. Different layers of leather can be stacked so they show through the holes in the upper layers. Embroidery or beading is popular, decorating the leather with threads and beads.

When the artisan has achieved the desired designs or decorations on the leather, it is securely sewn to stabilize the edges, and hardware is attached. There are different types of hardware that can be used depending on the specific style of belt desired.


Bringing Back Handmade

Recent TV personalities such as Mary Portas have certainly made a case for this. Mary’s most recent TV show (The Bottom Line) aimed at kick starting the British manufacturing industry again, promoting home manufacturing rather than outsourcing and mass producing. She explains that this isn’t about paying over the odds for goods, it is just anti the cheap products that compromises ethics, quality and values, “You know what the truth of this is: stop being so greedy. It’s greed and gain that got us into the state this country’s in today”.

As a consumer we are seeing an increased awareness that perhaps cheaper mass produced products come at a cost. Consumers are now leaning towards quality goods, knowing that this is what we as a nation deserve and should strive for.

But how do we go about purchasing unique hand made products? It is true to say that finding little boutiques on the average high street is increasingly difficult. So how do we live out this ideal? It is a fact that online shopping is big news in the UK and gaining in popularity. With this shift in our purchasing habits we have been graced with some great websites where consumers are able to purchase such goods direct from the designers and hobby crafters (such as Etsy.com and Folksy.com).

A real trend has also seen the popularity of second hand shops particularly those that promote vintage style. This has really helped boost interest in an era of elegance and quality.

The popularity for vintage style has most certainly grown over recent years. More and more individuals are seeking an alternative way of defining their style and culture. Pushing the boundaries and taking their images back into “vintage decades” they think best reflect them.

The wedding stationery industry is also starting to realise this and where once there were very bland mass produced cards, there now seems to be a demand for something unique, something that reflects the couples style and individualism. Couples want to wow their guests announcing their wedding with style, making theirs stand out from the rest.

Again, the term “vintage” has been a great boost for this industry as more and more designers are beginning to realise that there is more to wedding stationery than just a printed piece of card.

Slowly we are beginning to see wedding stationery evolve into handmade products, where designers use elegant touches such as vintage styled jewelled embellishments, buttons, lace and pearls.

Our passion for an era gone-by has been a great boost to the design industry showcasing British talent and style, encouraging handmade luxury.


Sleeveless Hoodies

We already touched on sports, but let’s go into more depth. Since there are no sleeves, it makes it easier to move when playing basketball for example. Shooting hoops in style with the sleeveless hoodie is great! Aerobics classes and Zumba gets more and more popular and is a great place to wear the garment. You will look hip and stay comfortable throughout your workout.

The use that is coming more and more is just wearing the hoodie out on town or when playing it cool at the pool. Both young and old (well, at least up to 35 or so) start to wear the sleeveless hoodies. There are models for men and women, both with distinct styles. Universities and startups are brimming with hoodies this time of the year.

Sleeveless Hoodie Features:

  • During a hot summer day it’s cool. When a gust is blowing, you can get the hood up to stay warm.
  • Usually made from cotton or a mix of synthetics. Both are lightweight and doesn’t make you warm, making it perfect for the hot part of the year.
  • Perfect for workouts, playing basketball, jogging, aerobics class or just going out on the town.
  • Matching pants or shorts are sometimes available, giving you a coordinated and cool look.

Sleeveless hoodies look great on women too. Zumba and Aerobics are the most common uses but the popularity and ways to use the garment increase every day. They are tighter and sexier than the hoodies made for men and because of their smaller size, usually cheaper. The most popular colors are purple, red, yellow, pink and white. Get one for yourself today

There are so many kinds of hoodies, so how do you select the one that are right for you? Well, providing that you buy one for sports or the summer, I’m just going to assume you are going for the sleeveless variety. First choose the use. Sports hoodies are best when in functional materials that dry quick and absorbs a lot of moisture. If you wont be using it for sports, choose a model in cotton or cotton/synthetic mix.

The next choice is pullover or zip down hoodie. The zip down is practical when you want to be able to take it on or off quick, or when using it as a layer. This version usually comes with two pockets on the front. The pull over sleeveless hoodie however, usually has one big kangaroo pocket on the front. What’s right for you?

Last, the design. Do you like single color clothes or do you prefer crazy patterns? Maybe a two-tone hoodie suits you? No matter what, I’m sure you will find something that’s right for you. If you are Mark Zuckerberg, I bet the pin stripe hoodie is what you prefer? Well, no matter what, happy hoodie hunting!


Sleeveless Hoodie

Some people might think that these hoodies are only of the cut off type and not very stylish –¬†not so!¬†Many women find these types of hoodies very comfortable, affordable, and great looking. There are many types made just for women. As with the men’s sleeveless hoodies these range from basic designs to more “out on the town” styles. One of the more popular uses for women’s sleeveless hoodies is for working out. There is a wide range of brands and styles available for jogging, aerobics, cycling, walking, and more.

As with the men’s versions, there are many types of materials available. For example, if you are working out and getting sweaty you want to make sure you have a nice thin material made for workouts, but if you are using it for fall yard work you may want to ensure that you have a thicker cotton hoodie to help keep you warmer. Both of these types are common and easily found.

Although there are simple types of hoodies available there are also some pretty nice and fashionable versions as well. Some newer sleeveless hoodies have fur lined hoods, bright colored trim, various types of pockets and attachment points. Additionally, there are some great options for all ages – kids to adults. Basically, if you have a need for a certain type of hoodie you can find it!

Be sure to look around for deals and options, there are many different brands available that offer a wide variety of style, fits, and price ranges. Find what works best for you and you will be much happier with your clothing purchase in the long run.


Wear Leggings In The Winter

For years prints and patterns have been a popular theme on the catwalks be it on clothing or accessories, this has now developed into patterned legwear and is becoming more and more popular. Being of a relatively thin-ish material, many people are often puzzled as to what season leggings can be worn in. Whilst some wear them just for gym wear, others appreciate that they can have a fashionable nature and wish to wear them as more of a fashion garment.

Coming in a variety of prints, patterns and colours it is often difficult to tell which leggings can be worn in which season. During the eighties neon brights were at the height of fashion, however now that the garment has been updated with a modern twist, neon colours are not so popular and prints such as Aztec prints and galaxy prints are proving a lot more popular.

Over the years fast fashion has become more and more popular as it is so easily accessible with the great British high street. Whilst the patterns which feature on leggings may go in and out of fashion, the general design of the garment is here to stay and will probably be worn for years to continue.

It is obvious that summer prints or bright colours are probably not the best suited to winter, but autumn colours and darker prints often prove popular during the colder months teamed with UGG boots.

Whilst many people believe that in order to look dressed up on a night out you have to be in a little black dress and sky high heels, leggings are becoming a more acceptable form of outfit for a more casual night out. With crop tops being back on our shelves this year, many people are teaming them with leg wear for a casual yet appealing look.

During the winter months, it can often be a bit of a dilemma trying to find a clubbing outfit that will still keep you warm in the wet weather. Leg wear makes a great alternative to your little black dress and my incorporating on trend prints and patterns into your outfit; you can still channel a stylish and up to date look.


Full Length Mink Coat

By deciding to purchase a fur coat you are making a dramatic statement about yourself-you are both elegant and filled with fashion know-how. The next thing you need to consider is the type of mink you desire. Pelts obtained from female minks are usually lighter in weight and possess a silkier and softer look and feel. Male pelts on the other hand, are usually thicker and with more voluminous fur to add shape to your silhouette. Depending on where you live, you may want a male coat that is sturdier against the harsh winter season. Or, if you plan to use the coat more for outings and special events, a female coat may be a better bet. Both male and female pelts will garner attention, it is simply a matter of personal preference.

The next factor to consider in order to make a fashion statement with your coat is color(s). One of the wonderful things about mink pelts are the range of colors to choose from. Common choices are shades of deep to light brown, caramel with a subtle striped pattern and delicate cream colors. There are also various shades of natural mink pelt colors ranging from black shades to soft, light grays. If you want to really stand out in a crowd, go for a color that is rich and bold with a lush, silky finish. The last way to make an even stronger statement with your full-length mink coat is to look for those which have added accessories.

The most popular items are buttons, pockets and sashes, but nowadays there are many new ideas to choose from such as attached or detachable hoods, fitted waists, fur-lined pockets, wide or narrow collars and wide cuffs. Some coats can even fasten diagonally or come with angled shoulders, which add contrast to soft, silky pelts. The great thing about full length mink coats is that they will last you for years, and that they can be converted into other styles if you change your mind in the future. Whatever style you choose, be sure it is true to your design aesthetic, fits your body and makes you feel good.


Fashion For Petite Women

One of the most important things for you to consider when you have a small breast size is that you must wear a bra that fits you properly. Do not get too caught up in the sizes of the bra, if you need a 36AA bra, by all means, choose that size and wear it proudly. Choosing the right bra size can help you to avoid some of the problems that can occur if you purchase one that is either too large or too small. For example, you may have a problem with straps that are cutting into your back constantly or falling off of your shoulders. You may also have an issue with an underwire that tends to fit over top of the bottom of the breasts. In any case, choosing the proper bra size will make a difference in how you look.

Another suggestion that can help you to achieve more from what you have is to choose a bra that gives you a push-up look. You need to make sure that you stay balanced in this regard, as it can be easy to overcompensate by choosing a bra with too much padding. This will tend to look obvious, and it certainly would not look attractive. It is possible, however, to achieve a great look with one of these bras but don’t overdo it, it will look right in the long run.

The type of clothing that you wear is also going to make a difference in how you look as well. Wearing colors that are going to help to draw the attention away from that area is helpful. In addition, you might want to try wearing clothing with layers, frills or interesting patterns. There are arrays of clothing choices that are available for you which can make a difference in how you look in this regard.

One other option that you may want to consider is wearing clothing that fit you properly. Some people try to overcompensate for a small bra size by wearing clothing that is loose. When that happens, it can actually make you look smaller rather than having the effect that you want. Make sure that you are wearing clothing that fits you properly, choose some type of decoration which is situated in the location of your breasts and make sure that you use accessories which help to make the most of what you have. You would be surprised with what a few changes in your apparel can do for your overall look.