Fashion Gone Wrong
The Danger Zone
(Why we're not too crazy about men in prints)[caption id="attachment_66" align="alignright" width="126" caption="Don't end up like this man, wear print shirts with caution!"][/caption] We admit that there aren't too many options in men's fashion. Even so, that doesn't mean that the few options available don't pose fashion dangers. One in particular is the printed shirt. No, not the tee, but the button down. When men stray from stripes and solids, things get a lil sticky! And we understand why, no one has ever bothered to tell you how to dress and what to avoid. Obviously, if you haven't been warned then you're bound to step on a couple of fashion land mines. So, let's get you prepared. Incase you haven't noticed, most men's stores usually only carry vertical stripes or solids. Why you ask? They do this because a solid is completely harmless and the stripes add variety and enhance height. Remember, vertical adds height, horizontal adds width. So why aren't we so keen on other abstract prints? It's because people who shouldn't often do! The rotund man won't go for a solid or vertical stripe to minimize his rounded stomach. Instead, he opts for the wild pattern which seems to grow in size over his stomach, making it look bigger. The very small man won't go for a solid to distract attention from his smaller frame. He'll pick a larger than life print that looks like just one paisley covers his entire chest. And above all else, the print can be hard to pair with bottoms if you're not already fashionably savvy! Unlike its understated cousins (solid and vertical stripe) the bold print usually can't be brought to the office. Thus, it's immediately relegated to after hours settings. Puts me in mind of the obnoxious and badly dressed guy at the bar who refuses to leave the pretty ladies alone in hopes that one of them will have a lapse in good judgment and go home with him. If you insist on that hideous print, help yourself out so you don't look like you're trying too hard. Pair loud prints with understated pants. A strong dark denim might work, or simple black pants - no sheen. Avoid jewelry because automatically you'll gain "Super Pimp Wannabe" status. Add a jacket with minimal to no detailing, like leather or suede. So, even though we're not advocates of the print, it can be done. But, if spending more than five minutes on your appearance annoys you, leave the print to the pros!
Is That Cleavage I See?
(When It's Right To Be Sexy & How Much Is Too Much?)[caption id="attachment_68" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Just how much is too much cleavage in certain situations?"][/caption] Since puberty we're taught that our bosom is a focal point not just for men but women too. Anything below a B cup makes even the most confident woman a little self conscious when bikini season rolls around. But, regardless of whether you can choose to go bra-less without causing a scene, there's a right and a wrong time to draw attention to nature's gift. Let's begin with the wrong time: It is never appropriate to shower others with the attention of your bosom in situations in which intelligence is revered. In other words, the office is not the place for cleavage enhancing bras or severely plunging necklines. Unless you want to be considered the employee who was promoted for "other reasons", save that northern exposure for after hours with people who will respect you for your mind in the morning. Situations in which new people are introduced to you are also extremely bad places to reveal your amazing assets. Consider the first impression you might be making. Do you really want people to remember the depth of your bra cup rather than the strength of your intelligence, or your witty quips? This goes for more than social functions, job interviews should be places that your cleavage never sees. Meeting your fiancée's (or significant other's) parents for the first time should be a definite time when your neckline rises. Considering that your SO's family is meeting you (and potentially taking in the situation of their loved one with someone new) for the very first time, don't start off on the wrong foot. Knowing that many potential mother in laws never feel the new lady is good enough for their baby, don't give her more reasons to dislike you. Now let's consider the right time: The club or lounge is always a great place to show off just how amazing your bosom is! Let your neckline plunge as low as you dare! Just remember that you do attract attention and don't get annoyed if you get some unrequested attention. Anytime that you're with your significant other, feel free to be free. You're with someone who knows you and knows your mind. Unlike strangers, they won't pre-judge you and assume that your intelligence is in opposite proportion to your bust line. Basically, unless you work in an environment where it's ok to be extremely casual, the lowered neckline is best when you are in the company of people who know and understand you without any preconceived images. Other than that, give yourself the chance to reflect a positive image and shift the focus from your bust to your mind where it belongs!
Hemlines Are Dropping!
(Navigating the new turn in skirt styles)
[caption id="attachment_73" align="alignright" width="175" caption="Not all hemlines are appropriate for all times...read more below."][/caption] Every season designers play with the hemlines, dropping and hiking them at will. There was a growing trend this season...the return of a longer hemline for women! Thank goodness! Now we can walk the streets of New York without being accosted by leering men and people who just want to know how short your teeny tiny mini really is!! But ladies beware...the longer hemline can prove to be very evil if we don't pick the right style and length that actually flatters us rather than giving us the ill fated "she's a trend follower" instead of a "trend setter" response. A few things to consider about skirts, hemlines and unflattering lines... 1. A longer hemline may be appropriate for more upscale or professional settings...but anything falling lower than 2 inches below your knees has a tendency to make you look dowdy! If you have to stare at your reflection and wonder if you should really take it home with you...don't. (Incidentally, this is a great way to curb your impulse shopping buys!) 2. Colorful top stitching can be a great way to make a classic skirt look trendy...unless it's a skirt with severe shaping and you have a curvaceous figure. Now that hot top stitching you were loving before will call more attention to your curves than fitting for the office or even meeting your friends for drinks in your local hot spot. 3. If you're still trying to figure out where to draw the line on appropriate length for the office, think back to high school...if your middle finger is longer than your skirt with your hands down by your sides...save it for a night out with the girls.