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7 Must Have Things to Look Professional

 suitsssssIf you have a regular, day to day office to go to, you will know the importance of being well dressed and presentable all the time. Whether you’re appearing for an interview, closing a business deal, or meeting new clients, being well-groomed is of utmost importance. Being well-groomed makes people take you seriously, but on the other side, dressing up is also fun and makes you look forward to your day at work. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 7 must-have items that you need in order to look fresh and professional.

A Suit

No matter which profession you belong to, having at least one suit in your wardrobe is absolutely essential. There’s nothing that comes close to a suit when you’re trying to look sharp, smart, and put-together. Pick a two-piece suit in darker hues since they look more professional and fit most occasions. Black, navy blue, and grey are the usual choices, but you could also try dark brown, coffee, or even a white or cream suit.

Formal Shoes

A pair of black lace-ups is the key piece of any formal look, and the best of them are the Oxfords. When you’re out buying formal leather shoes, make sure to keep their contour slim and toe rounded. You could also keep a pair of dark brown leather shoes as an alternative to the black ones. Remember to keep your leather shoes clean and polished all the time.

Oxford Shirt

As essential as leather shoes is a crisp Oxford shirt, preferably white. Besides being perfect with any dark coloured suit, a white shirt can be paired with any kind of pants, from jeans to chinos, and can be dressed up in both casual and formal styles. A white Oxford shirt is the skeleton of any formal, professional look. Keep white shirts wrinkle free and clean always.

Black/Dark Blue Chinos

Chinos are great where jeans seem too casual. A pair of chinos in black or dark blue can also be a great alternative to trousers. The beauty of chinos is that they can be both casual and formal. You can wear them for a casual day out with friends or you can wear them with a formal blazer and shirt for a meeting.

A Watch

Watches are making a stylish comeback as a must-have accessory. From a classic leather watch to a trendy, digital timepiece, the options are truly endless. Recommended is an analogue watch with either a metal or leather band, which goes with almost every outfit, formal or casual.

A Blazer

A blazer in a dark colour can take you from formal to smart-casual looks. For looking smart and dapper in any attire, just add a well-fitted blazer in a sober hue. A single-breasted blazer is best suited for most occasions, while black, dark blue, grey, and white are the most chosen colours.

Bag

You might not think this is necessary, but bags serve two purposes- carry your stuff and double up as an accessory. Like the watch, the man bag has also reinvented itself. Today, you can take your pick from the various man bags available, from a hold all, to a duffel bag, from a modern briefcase to a portfolio bag. They suit both formal and everyday use, and will complement your clothes perfectly.

Where to Get Your Fashion Inspiration

Your Own WardrobeYou might think that the best places to get your fashion inspiration are from the well-spring of fashion design – from newly revealed fashion collections, from the catwalk, perhaps from the movie, TV and music stars who debut collections on the red carpets. It can be great fun for people interested in fashion to follow these things, but for ordinary women, living in the real world, it is better to be a little more down to earth when you seek out your own fashion inspiration. You don’t have to copy the stars to be one! Here are some suggestions for places to look to be inspired:

Your Own Wardrobe

It may sound odd to say that your own wardrobe can inspire you but it is true. Taking a look through the clothes you have loved, and those that have perhaps not worked so well for you, you can begin to hone your own unique sense of what suits you and what does not. You can see your way forward more clearly when you look where you have been.

The High Street

Sometimes, simply watching the world go by can help you to hone your fashion sense and create your own personal fashion look. You may privately hate nine out of ten of the outfits you see other women wearing but if you think not just what they have done wrong but also why it is wrong – you might begin to see how you might put it right and that can only help you with your own style.

Friends and Family

Again, what not to do can be as important as what to do, so even if most of your friends and family are not the epitome of chic style, you can still learn a lot from each other. If your friend wears an outfit that you love, simply look at it and analyse why it looks so good on her. Would it look as good on you? If not, why not? How might you adapt it to suit you? These are the beginnings of fashion inspiration.

The Past

Fashion tends to move fast but fast fashion will not always look good on you if you are not six foot tall and a size zero. Take inspiration not just from the very latest things, but also from the cool fashion trends of the past. Vintage style can hold some real gems. Inspiration can definitely come from the past, as well as the present and the imagined future.

The World

It is important not to have narrow horizons when it comes to fashion. Travel is a great boon to those who are seeking style inspiration. You should think about getting out there and seeing the wider world – that way you open yourself to a whole new world of style inspiration and adventure.

Keep your eyes open because if you are imaginative and observant, fashion inspiration can come from just about anywhere.

 

5 Simple Rules Of Dressing Up

5 Simple Rules Of Dressing UpThere are rules for everything and the way you dress up has some hard and fast rules as well. If you think that wearing all those Versace jeans and D&G shirts is going to label you as stylish, then you are totally wrong. And, this is the biggest rule of all: wearing designer brands does not make you look good instantly. It is the fitting which counts the most. Let’s have a look at how to dress up by following these 5 simple rules.

Fitting is Essential

Ask any designer about the importance of fitting and you will get one answer that it is the key to how whatever you wear makes you look good. Whether it is your three-piece suits or your tailor dress shirts, the fitting matters the most. Remember that all the attire for men is supposed to create certain silhouettes which only can be offered by a perfect fitting. You do not always have to rush to a tailor to get everything stitched; instead you should try on whatever you are planning to buy in the store. Most of the stores offer alterations and fittings free of cost, and you can get your purchase fitted according to your size as well.

Focus On The Classic Look

Fashion trends seem to change with every passing minute. The best thing you can do to dress up in a classic manner is to keep away from them. Focus on styles which are all time classics and are never out of fashion. Go for such colors which bring out the best attributes of your personality and which do not make you look uncomfortable while wearing. In case you are totally smitten by a fashion trend, ask yourself if it will look good on you, will it be in accordance with your overall personality, and will it fit your body shape, before making a plunge.

Ignore The Brand Names

When it comes to dressing up sensibly, a really important rule is not to become a slave to all those leading brand names. In case you are tempted to buy some crazy expensive tailor dress shirts from Gucci, do ask yourself the reason of that purchase: do you actually need it or are you just attracted by the brand name? There is a high chance that the same style, design and color are available at some other retail with a price tag which suits your pocket well enough.

Experiment With Colors

Just as blacks, blues and grays are not just meant to be worn by men only; similarly, men can also wear all those corals, peaches and pinks present. Experimenting with colors actually is a great idea, especially with light and soothing colors. A peach colored shirt pairs up well with almost any other colors and actually brings out all that color on your face.

Remember That There Is A Lot More Than Denim For Men

If you think that you can just wear your favorite pair of jeans when it comes to dressing up casually, then you need to think again. Leave all that denim behind and buy some chinos and even trousers without pleats for a completely different yet a stylish look.

 

6 Fashion Items That Will Change the Way You Work Out

6 Fashion Items That Will Change the Way You Work OutWomen working out at the gym fall into one of two camps. They are either a Glamazon or a Bag Lady. The Glamazon is the one who shows up at the gym in full makeup, fully accessorized and perfumed, and just struts around the gym. For the Glamazon, actually working out at the gym would ruin her outfit. The Bag Lady is the exact opposite. She just threw on whatever was closest to her (not the cleanest thing closest to her, just the items closest to her). You can recognize her as the one that you don’t realize is a woman until you overhear her speaking. If she fell asleep by the front door of the gym, she would wake up with coins all around her from the benevolent gym goers attempting to alleviate the homelessness situation in their city.

There is a middle ground between Glamazon and Bag Lady. It is the sweet spot of gym style, and it is also functional, so you can actually work out at the gym. What a novel idea! So in case you run into prince charming or your ratchet ex-boyfriend who broke up with you via text, you will be looking good.

Let’s makeover your gym style from head to toe with these six items that will change the way you work out.

1. A headband. This item is essential because it can hide a bad hair day and is more feminine than a hat. You can do a messy ponytail or bun and then put on a headband to tame the stray hairs, and it will make you look more put together at the gym. The good news is that you will not have to worry about continually brushing your hair from your eyes. The bad news is that you can’t use hair in your face as an excuse to get out of the down dog position. You are now going to have to actually hold it for the entire time.

2. Stud earrings. Wouldn’t you be drifting into the gym Glamazon category by wearing earrings to work out? Not really. It is one accessory. They are tiny earrings that won’t dangle or get caught on exercise equipment. The good news is that you will look better if you have to go somewhere right after your workout. The bad news is that you now need to get little diamond, gold, or silver stud earrings. (But is it really bad news that you get to go shopping?)

3. Bright-colored sports bras. The best way to look stylish in your workout gear is through careful layering. Nothing looks better for layering than a pop of color. Brightly colored sports bras allow you to do that with the bra straps of your tank tops or sweatshirts that drape off your shoulder. The good news is that when you look good, you feel good so that you can do a few more reps or a few more minutes on the treadmill. The bad news is that if you are like most women, you will have to break your dependence on the color black (someone should start a support group for this).

4. Draped tank tops. Then, the heavens parted, and down came the draped tank tops in a radiant beam of light. This fashion development has been a Godsend. These tank tops can help hide belly fat and back fat. You don’t have to worry about trying to suck in your tummy around the people with six-pack abs, and you don’t have to worry about unsightly jiggle as you do your cardio. The good news is that your prayers have been answered with this stylish workout option that hides everything. The bad news is that you will be trying to wear your new workout draped tops to funerals, weddings, work, and court dates, and your family will have to have a wardrobe intervention.

5. Tunic-style sweatshirt. Sweatshirt style has come a long way since Rocky Balboa wore one to climb the steps. You can actually look like a woman while wearing one, and you can still look stylish enough that you can go around town to run errands afterward if needed. The good news is that a tunic-style sweatshirt is long enough to cover any sweat stains that may appear in unflattering places. The bad news is that you will have a tough time deciding which option to choose.

6. Leggings. This is most likely an item you already have in your wardrobe. You can simply repurpose them for your workout. These are a great alternative to traditional yoga pants or biker shorts (yes, some people are still stuck in the 90’s). The good news is that you now have new ways to wear your leggings. The bad news is that you need to make sure that you have good quality leggings that don’t become sheer when they stretch; otherwise, you will be putting on a peep show when you bend down to touch your toes.