Fashion puts men in a tight spot with pants that keep shrinking

Italy_Fashion_Etro-0bf23-kgXB--606x404@wp.comThis is the era of ever-shrinking men’s trousers — they are tailored and shorter, tighter and shrunken, too tight and too short. And even occasionally veering into: Pitbull, exactly how are you breathing in those high-­waisted white pants?

The look of menswear changes at a snail’s pace, and sometimes it takes years before a not-at-all outlandish idea trickles from the runways, which are now hosting the spring 2015 collections, to the mass market. But when a fashion idea finally reaches the vast middle ground, it tends to stay a while, putting down roots in the menswear landscape.

Thus we are deep in fashion’s equivalent of an old-growth forest — surrounded by men in aggressively tailored pants.

The ubiquity of this trend, even in offices far away from the expected crucibles of creativity, had an executive at a Maryland real estate development firm recently marveling, with some chagrin, that the men in her office were given to wearing particularly close-fitting trousers, which she described as “tight.” While that is a judgment call, it’s true that the cut of men’s pants — the more fashionable cut,

Science Weighs In on High Heels

17well_physed-tmagArticleMany commentators have pointed out that the new movie “Jurassic World” is scientifically suspect, if not fantastical. But they have overlooked one of the more prominent ways in which the blockbuster diverges from established research. The movie’s heroine runs from rampaging beasts in high heels, without turning a hair or an ankle. But research on the biomechanics of wearing heels, including a new study of the effects on ankle strength and balance, says of her equipoise: “Ha.”

Obviously, what we wear on our feet affects how our bodies move. People who run barefoot, for instance, are more likely to land near the front of the foot with each stride than people wearing typical running shoes, who more commonly land on their heels.

But few other shoes affect the shape and functioning of the foot as dramatically as high heels do. According to a recent review of the available research about the footwear, walking in heels can “alter the natural position of the foot-ankle complex, and thereby produce a chain reaction of effects that travel up the lower limb at least as far as

fashions worn by the wealthy in the 19th century

The V&A’s Victorian dress collection represents the fashions worn by the wealthy in the 19th century, and reflects their lives and aspirations. The clothing featured here also showcases the high level of 59424-smallskill in dressmaking and design carried out by dressmakers and tailors in Victorian times. The degree of workmanship involved in making these clothes meant that they were expensive to make -they were high fashion comparable to today’s haute couture. Very few examples of men’s clothing have survived from this period – generally men’s fashions changed slowly and darker colours were often worn for business and on formal occasions. This meant that even expensive garments could be worn longer and were worn out with day-to-day wear.

The middle classes generally would not wear such high value items such as these. However, the style of these clothes would have spread further than the small social group for whom they were made, much the same as adapted catwalk fashions can be found in high street retailers today. The middle classes could afford to have high fashion copied by local dressmakers and tailors, or made

The Smart Creative’s Guide to Dressing for Work

By dressing mindlessly like this we’re ignoring the large amount of evidence showing the profound effect of clothing on our thinking style, on how we feel, and on the way others perceive us. Starting today, you can use clothing and props to improve your work performance through these simple steps:

Dress for the task: the “Lab Coat” effect

Consider the findings of a study published last year by the Kellogg School of Management. They showed that students were far more accurate on tests of attentional focus and sustained concentration while wearing the white lab coat of a scientist. Crucially, spending time thinking about the lab coat didn’t have this benefit, it had to be worn.

These results suggest that donning symbolic apparel can alter our thinking style in beneficial ways that are consistent with the meaning that the clothing holds for us. So whatever project you’re currently working on, consider dressing for that role. Think what clothing symbolizes the attributes you need to succeed and wear those threads while you work. If there’s nothing as obvious as a lab coat, why not look to role models in your field and see what they wear – perhaps something flamboyant for when you want to be creative, a shirt and tie for when you’re working on the accounts. The important thing is that the clothing has

The Spring 2016 Trend Report: Your Ultimate Guide To The New Fashion Season Read more at Read more at

Will you work mega-ruffles, embrace the 90s revival, or actually trial a princess tiara in the office? Introducing our new season fashion report, your guide to the hottest spring 2016 trends…

Slip On
Go on, ask us what SS16’s first key buy is? The slip dress is back and looking slinkier than ever – trimmed with scalloped lingerie lace at Celine, in 90s satin or see-thru chiffon at Saint Laurent, and layered over fine knits at Pucci. With underwear as outerwear as a lead concept, SS16 is looking pretty sexy already, we’d say.

Life’s A Picnic
…And in soft gingham dresses and loose blanket trousers, how could it not be? Victoria Beckham, Celine and Stella McCartney are all ordering us to check up before the season ahead, reinventing fashion’s favourite patterns in easy, breezy new silhouettes.

Vivid Colour
How many sweet and sour rainbow clashes can one designer work into a single look? The challenge was on as Christopher Kane, Gucci, Balmain and Dries Van Noten presented their Pantone hits in new graphic effects – think patchwork star-bursts from Kane and cool Trompe-l’œil at Gucci.

SS16’s big romance played out at Michael Kors,

What’s in store for those aging feet? Bigger shoes

ONE thing that doesn’t shrink when people get older are feet: They enlarge. More specifically, they flatten.

The feet’s tendons and ligaments lose some of their elasticity and don’t hold the bones and joints together as tidily. When combined with other aging-related changes, the feet can encounter limits to how much use — or abuse — they can take.

Dr. Steven Pribut, a podiatrist at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., estimates that some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.

“The changes that take place in the foot are like those that take place in the rest of our body as we age,” adds Dr. Jim Christina, director of scientific affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Assn. in Bethesda, Md.

With time, tissues weaken and muscle mass declines and our bodies lose that youthful bounce and vigor. “But putting weight on our feet makes them unique,” he says.

Gravity gradually overwhelms the older, less resilient ligaments in the weight-bearing feet but not in the free-floating hands. It also squeezes fluid from leaky veins in the lower extremities, contributing to swelling.

Looser tendons and ligaments mean more

A few market places in Delhi for wedding Sherwani shopping

Traditional Indian wear is back in style now. The fashion industries have begun to draw inspiration from traditional dresses owing to their elegance. One such popular dress among men, especially grooms is sherwani. This is a long coat that extends beyond the knee with buttons in the front. It is generally worn with or without a stole. Sherwani is all about grace. This is why Indian grooms always prefer to wear this on their big day. Delhi is the best place to buy sherwanis in India. There are several famous stores in Delhi that you must visit if you are planning to buy a sherwani.

Chandni Chowk for wedding wear

The first place you must visit in Delhi is Chandni Chowk. This popular shopping destination houses several stores that deal with a vast collection of sherwanis for men. Chandni Chowk is not only for bridal wear but also for first class designer sherwanis for grooms. You can come across several traditional Sherwani designs here, specially made for the purpose of weddings. Grooms looking for indo-western styles of sherwani can also look around stores in Chandni Chowk. The latest trend for grooms is to wear suits

Three Nations One Motto

Denim is a versatile fabric. Moving from work wear to fashion, denim is not only for the youth and for style icons, but for all age groups and genders. Fibre2Fashion analyses the potential, challenges, and opportunities India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan hold as a sourcing hub for denim.

Developing with changing demands, it has become the common thread binding India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in a common goal. The Indian subcontinent is growing fast for denim, be it denim fabric or finished products like jeans. India and Pakistan have an edge in fabric manufacturing. Bangladeshi mills are picking up fast. Manufacture of jeans has converged in Bangladesh with practically all major brands from Levi’s to Gap to Zara. This region is viewing this development enthusiastically, confident to bring in huge business. Buyers are positive and looking at the region as a complete sourcing destination.

India is also emerging as a huge market for the final product with Pakistan and Bangladesh eyeing the business. India is a huge end consumer market and nearly 75 per cent of denim fabric produced in the nation is used for the domestic market while the remainder is exported to countries like Bangladesh, Turkey and more recently

Hairstyles for Black Women

We are back with another edition of the latest hairstyles for black women—are you ready for some style inspiration? We have seen some fabulous ‘dos—from long to short and curly to straight, there really is something for everyone. So, if you fancy a new ’do, check out these hairstyles and see which one is best for you.

Alfre Woodard is looking chic here in a voluminous layered ‘do. This is a sophisticated hairstyle that moves effortlessly from day to night and would suit women who like some versatility in their look. Alfre’s hair has been layered all over with a long side-swept fringe cut in, which provides even more styling options—wear it down on the forehead for a peek-a-boo effect or sweep it off to the side to show off your face. This hairstyle is best suited to women with oval, oblong, square and diamond shaped faces with medium to thick hair. To style it up, all that is needed is a round brush or rollers and a finishing product

Viola Davis rocked up to the red carpet in this eye-catching ‘do recently which turned heads for all the right reasons. Viola’s short curly ‘do is perfect for ladies who like

A Guide to Pant Breaks

Break: the menswear term for how much creasing occurs at the bottom of the trousers, due to the length of fabric resting on one’s shoes.

It’s a tailoring decision that can drastically change the appearance of a pair of trousers, and because of this, it has become a polarizing issue in men’s fashion over the past decade or so. Today anything goes – some guys wear their trousers short and cropped like Thom Browne, some wear them long and full like Tom Ford, and others manage to change their silhouettes seasonally. What’s important to note is the inverse relationship between length and width.

Ultimately pant length is a decision that should have less to do with fashion trends, and more to do with personal style and flattering your body type. Here’s a quick guide that describes the hemlines most popular in menswear today.

The Cropped Pant

Led by New York fashion designer Thom Browne’s “shrunken schoolboy” aesthetic, the cropped trouser (above the ankle) has become one of the most prominent trends in recent menswear history.

Vibes: fashion-forward, hip, trendy, care-free, young, casual, rebellious, anti-establishment, rock & roll, creative.

Best on: lightweight summer fabrics that need to breathe. Young gents. Sockless shoes. Skinny guys with skinny ankles and skinny pants.


Stand Out at Your Next Party with These 5 Surprising Styling Tricks

Winter is coming here. But don’t just reach for your head-to-toe black uniform. Push aside the expected in favor of options beyond that well-worn LBD. Here, the exact outfits that’ll make you the cool girl at every soiree between now and warmer days.


Stand out in a sea of sexy cocktail dresses with crisp winter whites. Together, a button-down blouse + skinny jeans + a luxe-looking fur are equal parts simple and statement.

Old Navy Classic Oxford Shirt, $24.94, Danica Zheng Fur Cape, $2,200, ; Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans in Bright White, $34.94,  Marskinryyppy Charisa Black Gold Heel, $730, ; Ocie Warrior One Arm Bangle, $65,


Outdoorsy plaid? Been there, done that, have five flannels to prove it. Turn the tartan-outfit trend on its head in a plaid jumpsuit in a decidedly chicer color combination: black and white. (Colorful shoes and accessories add just the right pop.)

Old Navy Plaid Drawstring Jumper, $28,; Club Monaco Helina Calf Hair Panel Coat, $1,995,; Miansai Gold Plated Modern Flat Necklace, $515,; Rauwolf

Catching up with shoe designer Tabitha Simmons

In the four years since establishing her eccentrically-English, namesake shoe line, Tabitha Simmons has earned quite a following.

Beyonce loves her striped “Dolly” espadrille lace-ups so much she posted photos of them on Tumblr, while the “Early” moto boots are a go-to for Miranda Kerr.

A model-turned-stylist and shoe designer, Simmons hails from Britain, where she actually got her start in the shoe business as a teenager, working Saturday afternoons at Oliver’s Shoes. Now she lives in New York City with her husband, fashion photographer Craig McDean, and their two sons.

In her adopted home, she has received much love from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, winning the 2012 Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, and being named a runner-up for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, which also gave her the opportunity to create a capsule line of shoes with J. Crew. (Another high-low collaboration is in the pipeline, though it’s too soon to talk about it, she says.)

On the way home from Spring 2014 fashion month, during which Simmons styled the Tory Burch runway show in New York, the Dolce & Gabbana runway show in Milan, and showed her own collection

Olivia Palermo Has Work and Weekend Styling Tips for Her Fall Fashion Favorites

Olivia Palermo has proved herself as one of the globe’s most sparkling street-style stars, and, as such, you turn to her for outfit ideas. The stylish New Yorker is sharing her current fall 2015 wish list with Vestiaire Collective and revealing tips for styling all her must-buys, offering up tips for casual events and the office. Get ready for a really fashionable season, ladies.

Over-the-knee boots
Palermo’s a big fan of the statement shoes with or without heels, calling them super versatile, and is quick to suggest ways to style them for work and play. “Wear them over a pair of skinnies with your favorite sweater for a low-key weekday look or under a tulip hem skirt and a silk blouse for work,” she suggestedKnee-length coats
The length is a practical one she loves since it adds some warmth but isn’t so bulky that you can’t add extra layers underneath. She suggests doing the timeless piece in a bright color that’ll add interest and layering as the weather dictates

Furry collar
Trust the street-style pro to find a piece that can be a statement maker and an everyday accessory. “Wear it over a black turtleneck or layer over a dress coat for

The Latest Hairstyles for Heart Shaped Faces

If you have a heart shaped face, you’ll know that it can be a pain to find the right hairstyle to flatter your fabulous cheekbones and dainty chin! While these are great features to have, they do have special requirements when it comes to your hair. First of all, heart shaped faces have wide forehead areas and narrow chin areas, so that in itself takes some balancing—bangs are a heart’s best friend for this purpose alone! Hearts also need some volume and body around the narrow chin area too, so that’s something to keep in mind when you are looking for a new ‘do.
On the flipside, hearts can pull off almost as many hairstyles as an oval, so there is no shortage of styles to choose from. Take a look at these latest hairstyles for heart shaped faces to get some styling ideas going!

Tamera Mowry has the right hairstyle for her face shape here—a sleek and straight bob with a jagged cut fringe. This is a simple and sleek look that gives Tamera major style points while flattering her heart shaped face. The eye skimming jagged cut fringe camouflages her high forehead, while the blunt ends work well

The Little Black Dress

When we think of timeless pieces of a wardrobe, we usually think:  Simple.  Elegant.  Looks good on just about anyone… right?  An example of an accepted “timeless” piece is the long-revered little black dress.  Vague though its name, when the phrase is mentioned, most likely all women (and probably even men, for that matter) picture something similar: A simple, maybe-strapless-maybe-strappy, shortish, basic cocktail dress – in the color black, of course.  So what is it about the little black dress that makes it so timeless?

Before the 1920s, the color black was usually reserved for times of mourning (and was even considered indecent when worn for other reasons).  In the 1920s, the concept of wearing black began to change.  While it’s hard to imagine one person’s influence creating a veritable butterfly effect of stylistic timelessness; in the case of the little black dress, the most influential award goes to famous, French designer, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.  In 1926, Chanel published a picture of a sleek dress in American Vogue.  The dress was calf-length, super straight, super-simple – and, most importantly – black.  Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford,” comparing it to the famous Model T car as, like the Model T, the

Where can I find elegant evening dresses for women over 50?

Where can I find elegant evening dresses for women over 50?

This is a question I am often asked, especially now that the trend  in stores and on the red carpet seems to be for lower and lower  necklines and seemingly up to the waist ‘thigh’ splits.

I have found several from an online brand called Gorgeous Couture that fit the bill. They are stylish, elegant- and even those without sleeves are elegant rather than leaving you over exposed.  All four styles come in a variety of colours. I hope you like my choices!

This elegant full length black dress (available in several colours ) with a cowl neck and fabulous draping is a great dress for formal occasion. The cowl neckline creates the illusion of a longer neck, while the draping helps to minimise  tums and thickening waistlines. Cost £189

Very Grecian in style, the draping and ruching create a very feminine silhouette. The one shoulder detail offers a more sophisticated look than the traditional strapless dress. Available in 8 colours from A faux wrap maxi dress available in 4 colours. Fabulous! Cost £189Simple clean lines, , with a single split to the thigh. Very understated. Available in 6 colours.

Top Fashion Tips for Your Clothes

There are lots of people who have an idea that they need to spend lots of money to buy good fashion clothes. Fashion statements have become quite common these days. But each and every person is not capable of choosing the best clothes for fashion.

Some people usually have the misconception that they need to spend millions of dollars of they want to wear the best fashion clothes. You must always remember that it is not important to spend so much money on your clothes. You should wear something in which you are comfortable and effortless.

The other things that you need to remember are that you must dress according to the occasion and the location. You dress for a birthday party or marriage party would not be the same as your dress in the beach.

Fashion styles are usually associated with women but it has also been found that they are quite popular among the men these days. Choosing the best new fashion trends will help you turn yourself from boring to eye catching personality. First of all it is important to find out the significance of the clothing trends.

You should

Fashion Tips For Plus Size Women Fashion & Makeup Tips to Look Stunning Irrespective of Your Size

Plus size women are curvy, luxurious and sheer beauties. Though most women crave to flaunt the most hyped size zero still the true beauty of women lies in her curves. Fashion tips for these curvy women should be kept simple and subtle. The fashion communities are also recognizing their worth. A little bit of chiseling can groom them into bombshells. Good fashion tips are extremely important for them in order to make them appear stunning irrespective of their volume.

Bigger women have their own shades of beauty compared to petite damsels. They appear confident and domineering because of their volume. Most celebrities like Toccara Elaine Jones, Johanna Dray and Charlotte Coyle are sexy and extremely talented. They epitomize plus size women.

Fashion And Makeup Tips To Look Stunning Irrespective Of Your Size

. Fashion tips for bigger woman includes right clothing, accessories and some make up. In order to appear slimmer and taller, a plus size women should wear outfits with vertical linings. They will make you appear tall as well as slimmer. Wear skirts that are longer and less wide. In order to look slim, you should completely avoid wearing large size clothing.

And Fashion said Let there be light

For over a hundred years, Forster Rohner AG has stood for high-quality embroidery. They produce embroideries for elite fashion houses, and range from ready-to-wear to haute couture. With their new innovation of wearable technology by implementing light into textiles, they are going to conquer new markets, reports Regina Henkel.

When Conrad Forster-Willi founded his embroidery company in 1904 under the name of Forster Willi & Co; embroidery was Switzerland’s most important exports market. Although this segment of the Swiss textiles industry has since undergone major transformations, the fascination for this unusually versatile product still remains, besides the invaluable know-how that has been handed down from one generation of employees to the next. The idea to implement light in fabrics is a result of both.

With the integration of active bright light in textiles, Forster Rohner expanded fashion design to a new dimension, and managed to create the world’s first true hybrid of textile and technology. The special feature: the Forster Rohner fabrics retain their textile properties even after integration of a technical application. In other words: “It was important that the fabric remains a fabric, and also behaves the same way as before, including washability,” explains Jan Zimmermann of

Men’s Fashion Tips Choosing a Perfect Outfit

Basic fashion awareness and striving to look good is not a bad thing in itself. First impressions are built within the first two minutes and it always pays to look the part. Your profession, education or even physique is not an issue because no matter whom you are, looking good is important. Every man should dress appropriately and according to the occasion. It helps if you have a personal sense of fashion and can work towards building it. Men’s fashion is a thriving industry today, thanks to the constant need of people to enhance self-image. Here are some men’s fashion tips to guide you in choosing the right outfit for yourself.

Men’s wear ranges from casual to formal. Depending on the occasion, there is an outfit out there that will suit your physique and skin color. For work, many offices are taking a laidback approach in dressing today. However, bear in mind that it is better to maintain a form of formality to show that you mean business. A pair of jeans and a baggy shirt doesn’t really say much about who you are. Add some personal touch to your outfit and customize it accordingly.

Designer Sneakers: Why Men Are Ditching Dress Shoes for Them

It was a socially and professionally acceptable sneaker that looks more like a shoe but is comfortable like a sneaker,” he explained. In other words: A size-10 Holy Grail. Though he still pulls out his Church’s for “very smart meetings,” he mostly lives in sneakers and owns around 20 pairs of Common Projects, in various styles, materials, colors and states of wear.

Mr. King is hardly alone in discovering that high-end, designer sneakers can constitute a crucial part of the modern menswear wardrobe. While Masters of the Universe still dutifully pair their Super 100s suits with proper leather lace-ups, other men in offices nearly as formal routinely pad around in upscale rubber-soled shoes. My own once-beloved wingtips are gathering dust, forsaken for a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths made in collaboration with Belgian designer Raf Simons.

Hairstyles for Oval Face Shapes

If you have an oval face shape, then consider yourself lucky! Ovals have the ideal face shape for any hairstyle so they can pretty much pull off whatever look they desire. If you have an oval face shape, your face will be three parts long to two parts wide (think of a smooth egg shape). There are also no major corners or angles on your face, meaning no squarish jawline, chin, cheekbones or forehead—everything will flow in one smooth line from top to bottom.
Now that we have established that you have the ‘perfect’ face shape (lucky you), it’s time to check out some of the most recent hairstyles seen on the red carpet for ovals. These are guaranteed to look good on you so give one a try if you are up for something new.

Starting off with a classy up-do, here is Anna Camp working a hairstyle that is just perfect for all the ovals out there. This high volume ‘do uses lots of backcombing on the top to create lift before the hair swept back into a high bun. Ovals looks great in slicked back hairstyles as well, but this loose and voluminous up-do really flatters the