Saturday, September 29, 2007

Types and styles of prom dresses - Terms and definitions

Are you bewildered when it comes to shopping for prom dresses? With all the types of formal gowns and dresses available, there are also many terms that describe the length, design, neckline, and style of a prom dress. You might feel overwhelmed when speaking with a sales clerk at a formal wear shop or even while shopping online for prom dresses. Below we've put together some helpful terms and definitions to help you be an informed shopper for prom dresses and other prom-related items of women's interests.

Prom Dress Styles

Some of the prom dress styles you might see include the ball gown, A-line (princess), sheath, lace-covered, high-low, baby doll, chiffon, one-shoulder, empire, golden glamour, modest, and halter.

Ballroom Gowns and A-Line Prom Dresses

A ballroom gown has a very large skirt that billows out from the waist to the mid-calf or ankles. It might have a fitted waist and top or a corset type top. The A-line or princess dress flares out to the hemline and is narrow near the waist. It forms an "a" shape as it fits to your body from top to bottom.

High-Low, Lace-Covered, and Chiffon Prom Dresses

The high-low dress zigzags vertically at the hemline so it is short in some spots and long in others. The sheath prom dress is one that clings to the body and hides nothing concerning your figure. The lace-covered dress can be a satin or satin-like material underneath with lace as a top layer. Chiffon dresses look similar to a fancy night robe worn by the women of Rome or Greece. With a high empire waist, the dress is long and flows from the hips down to the ankles. It is great for almost any figure.

Baby Doll, One-Shoulder, and Sleeveless Gowns

The baby doll prom dress is typically very short and cute. It usually fits at the top and flows at the bottom with a high waistline in between. Baby doll dresses usually come with a tied ribbon or belt around the stomach area to give the "baby dress" look. One-shoulder prom dresses have only one shoulder strap, of course, with the other side being sleeveless. These are usually long and elegant gowns. There are also completely strapless formal gowns and prom dresses. These can be worn with or without a jacket or wrap.

Halter, Golden Glamour, and Modest Prom Dresses

The halter prom dress looks similar to a halter top at the sleeves and then flows toward the knees. It is usually no longer than just below the knees and may look similar to a high-low dress at the hemline. The golden glamour dress is usually shiny gold to appear like "Hollywood" style apparel. The modest prom dress is beautiful, simple, and modest. It covers everything while still giving the wearer a touch of glamour and elegance.

Types of Sleeves

Cap sleeves are short and cover only the upper arms and shoulders. Juliet sleeves are puffy at the shoulders and taper all the way to the wrist. Some sleeves start below the shoulders or appear to "hang off" the shoulders. Also, spaghetti straps are thin straps with no sleeves.


Necklines are also important when choosing a prom dress. The empire neckline scoops out and then connects with a very high waistline. A sweetheart neckline looks like the top of a heart. A jewel neckline is simple and round, located just above the collarbone. The boat neckline (Bandeau) comes around to each collarbone, similar to a sailor's suit.

Other Prom Terms to Know

There are also handbags, or small purses, and clutches that can match your prom dress. Clutches are small hand-held bags with no straps. Shawls and wraps are not jackets but fit around your shoulders loosely. You can wear them when outdoors during cold weather and easily remove them for dancing. A tiara is a princess-type hairpiece than can be worn with your hair up or down. There are elbow gloves and wrist gloves. Elbow gloves reach to your elbow, covering the bottom part of your arm while wrist gloves only cover the hands.

Before shopping for a prom dress, know what styles and accessories you are looking for so you can save time. Also, go online to view all the different styles available. You can even find great deals online on prom dresses by designers such as Mori Lee, Jovani, Clarisse, Niteline, Dave and Johny, Paris, Riva and Alyce Designs. There are often beautiful dresses online for the prom, homecoming, and other formal events that a local formal wear shop might not offer.

Girly t-shirt styles still booming fashions

For more than a decade now, women have been steering clear of baggy unisex T shirts, going in for more figure-flattering looks and asking garment makers to custom-cut styles especially for the female form. As a design/ printer in the shirt merchandising industry, I've noticed wholesalers' new season catalog covers showing more and more 'girl power'. Baby doll tops, cap sleeve tees, spaghetti strap tanks and boy beaters are among the slew of new ladies' junior style offerings challenging the basic boxy tee shirt.

Just as my mom and pop survived the advent of the mini skirt without too much damage to their relationships with their daughters, in the same way, I too am now wading through the new fashion currents (especially as they affect my own daughter!) In our home, as in our cottage industry, our family values and notions of modesty in dress keep open for us a dialog with the fashion culture. Style and taste are generous enough tents pitched in this dialog so while others will doubtless differ, what follows is one of my own concerns.

This might surprise you, but even as a designer who wants to maximize profits making top-notch ladies-wear, there are certain styles I can't promote and won't place in my ladies wear line. It has always seemed to me there is a fine but necessary line to draw between "sexy" and "racy". A little of the former is good for self-esteem, and healthy body image; the latter seems to me only to be reveling in over-exposure. Some styles just show too much skin--though very often sizing up larger can compensate for those who, like me, prefer a look that yields a tad more coverage without losing the appeal of the more contoured fit that's already tailored into the style of the shirt.

Accordingly, I want the spaghetti strap styles that I print on to come up high and I think the print just plain looks better at that level as well. The raglan cap sleeve tee ("baseball" style, yet thoroughly girly) is another one of my favorites. This style has a major body-area color with different, contrasting sleeve/crew neck colors. The sleeve holes are cut at a diagonal to the neck as opposed to straight up to the shoulder (sometimes called a "box-cut" sleeve). It's just very cute and flattering to the female form. Other ladies wear styles I consider to be classy are baby doll tops and needle-out tees (inside-out, with contrasting stitches on the seams). New styles seem to keep emerging which makes this market a really fun place for a designer of ladies wear to be.

When it comes to the graphics, elegant and classic is the goal. Prints should enhance the sense of presence already in the style of the garment and be decorative and designerly. I think the use of gold glitter and metallic shades on dark fabrics is simply the bombest and many designs of late incorporating metallic inks are for the most part, rather appealing and quite innovative. Uncluttered, clean- looking prints ooze with that elusive stylishness. A driving standard of graphic design is for the total visual presentation to be harmoniously honed to a single point, both visually and textually. You know this instinctively when you see it--it just grabs you.

I believe that slogans and text should be minimal and when used, confluent with the overall artistry. Cleverly humorous, zany statements are always a sure winner, as are upbeat, positive messages. However, to my way of thinking, in-your-face political messages, vulgar slogans, and shock-value sayings lacking all subtlety don't make the grade in quality fashion design. Sure, they're often funny, but isn't it past time for the text in tee shirt fashions to rise above the level of a readable fart?

Just as styles for ladies are becoming specialized and classier, so surely will their accompanying graphics--unquestionably, it's already happening. Recently I saw a girl in an off-white beater, no print at all on the front. High on the back, however, was a small but intricately crafted pair of filigree angel wings, in a beige print, very decorative, very feminine and somewhat tattoo- like. The text displaying the logo brand name was likewise small and unobtrusive. Bravo!--and more of the same, please!

Looking sexy in skinny jeans

Have you been dying to buy a pair of ultra sexy skinny jeans but aren’t sure if you could wear them? Many women want to take part in this super savvy fashion trend but are afraid that their body type just isn’t right for this style. The truth of the matter is any woman can wear skinny jeans as long as they keep a few things in mind. Here are some great tips to help you pull off this super model style.

Fit: Skinny jeans are mean to be fitted and have the appearance of hugging your leg. This does not mean it’s necessary to have them so tight that they literally become another layer of skin. When you purchase your skinny jeans, it’s important to buy a pair that is fitted but comfortable. You want to be able to zipper them and sit down without a problem. If you buy skinny jeans that are too tight, you may find that they work against your body, puckering out in the entire wrong place. These jeans are supposed to give the illusion of slim legs so don’t disillusion yourself and buy a size that’s too small.

Color: While skinny jeans come in several shades, it’s best to choose a pair in a dark blue or black shade. The darker color skinny jeans are a popular choice because they tend to flatter a wider variety of body types and can help create a slimmer appearance.

Tops: Unless you’re super model slim it’s best to stay away from tight tops that end at or around your waist. Since skinny jeans are so form fitting, wearing them with shirts that are too tight or short can make you look disproportioned. This style jean looks best with shirts that are longer and flowing. Try to pair your new jeans with longer flowing tops like tunics and over sized t-shirts.

Footwear: For those of you who are a little on the shorter side, try tucking your skinny jeans into a pair of sexy high heeled boots for some added height. The boots and the heal will work together to elongate your leg. If you’re afraid that you’re too curvy to wear skinny jeans, try wearing them with a high heeled or platform shoe. Shoes with a high heel will elongate your leg and create a slimmer look.

If your extremely tall and don’t want to deal with the added inches of a high heal go with a flat. Flats are all over this season so your options are pretty open. If you want to keep a sophisticated look, try wearing a pair of pointed-toe flats with your skinny jeans. Ballerina flats are also a good choice for the extra those of you who are taller.

Comfort: Nothing makes you look better than your own self confidence. Make sure that you’re comfortable in your new skinny jeans. Even if you look great, if you’re not confident in this particular style of jeans its okay. There are several styles to choose from so find the pair that you’re the most comfortable in.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Different Types Of Yoga Apparel

Yoga is all in rage lately. Everyday, a number of people decide to engage in Yoga for the conveniences it brings, from the physical aspect down to the spiritual and mental health.

Various forms of Yoga correspond to different people of different walks of like, ages and lifestyles. Yoga is open to all who can accommodate it. And one can perform or do Yoga as often as he wishes without restriction. The effects and benefits are seen as time goes by and it is not surprising that many people are inclined to it.

Yoga includes equipments, clothes, accessories as well as facilities to initiate learning. So how are you going to get up and choose what you wear on Yoga activities?

Yoga clothes should always be inclined to giving the best comfort. Although there is no particular Yoga clothe or apparel that you are supposed to wear during or when performing Yoga, it is necessary that you are comfortable with what you wear.

However, there are some considerations when choosing your Yoga clothes.

First and foremost is comfort.

Since you are going to perform different positions or Yoga postures, you must wear clothing that will not restrict you from moving freely in any manner. Your clothes should offer ease of movement and must be attuned to letting your different body parts to twist and stretch in various ways and postures.

It is advisable to choose a clothing which is made from pure organic cotton because this will provide maximum comfort. With this kind of material, the body is allowed to breathe as it should be. In addition, the clothing you choose must be sweat absorbent so that you will not feel sticky and moist when you sweat during the activity.

Although there are far more attractive and appealing designs of yoga clothing that you can choose from, always keep in mind to consider the clothing that fits you right and that fits your body frame.

10 tips for finding a proper fitting Indian dress

Indian dresses make a person look slimmer and taller rather than western wear. Now days many online stores are actually giving lots of options for the customers and also changing their personality.

Whenever a woman goes shopping or surf the net for clothes they always wish and long for the bodies of models and mannequins. Most of the times the ladies rejects the dresses because she feels she will look plump in them.

But today’s woman is smart and knows how to camouflage these body faults and look smart & trendy. The different cuts and styles effects the overall look of the person. One has to be quiet conscious about the styles and clothes one wear. Remember all styles are not for everyone.

There are steps that guide us to buying a proper fitted new Indian dresses:

Rising colour to balance your body is a great idea. Wear light colours where you are small and dark colours where larger. For eg. If you have large hips, wear dark skirts or pants and light coloured blouse.Don’t choose clothes that are too tight. Clothes that fit well make you appear slimmer while tight clothes will only add pounds.

Conceal the negatives! Avoid clothes that draw attention to what you feel are your negative features. For instance avoid clothing that is too tight that will over emphasis your features.

When searching for clothes, look for sari blouses or tops that enhance features & chest area.Salwar Kameez is the most popular Indian Dress while selecting this in particular you should remember that Kameez should be little longer in height. It makes you look taller. If you have jet arms and therefore cannot wear sleeveless then go in for sleeves of about 5 inches length. This will hide the fats on your arms and your hands will look thinner.

Keep in mind, no matter what your size, clothing should be functional, yet comfortable. Your clothes should compliment you. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little… a print here, a little bright colour there. Pastles look good. On just about anyone. They give your shape a softer look, regardless of your size. Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable, but accentuate your positive & conceal your negatives.

When shopping, take the time to try on clothes before you leave the store take a friend along who can be objective in helping you find clothes to compliment your shape.

If you fell self-consciuos, you can’t feel comfortable and much less sexy. Find a style you are comfortable with. When choosing a style, they should not be constricting or too clingy there should still be room to breathe, although not too baggy.

Wear slightly loose Indian Kurtas not body fitted and also not clingy material but slightly stiff material wear Churidars or narrow salwars not very loose like Patiyala Salwar. Kurta length should be such that your hips are never covered. In winters double-breasted jackets hide the heavy bust line.

It is important to form a personal style statement that enhances your figure and individuality. You should never wear just the neck for it, not follow fashion funds blindly.

These were some of the tips on buying proper fitted new Indian dress. Many online cloting sites coming up with these exclusive designer perfectly fitted indian dresses. is also one such online store which caters to everyone demand by giving best pefectly fitted indian outfits options.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Plus Size Lingerie Gaining Popularity

Plus size women have more options now than ever before when shopping for something sexy. It wasn’t always this way though. Plus sized women used to be very limited in their choices for sexy clothing, especially sexy lingerie. Thankfully things have changed for the better and now there are more selections available then at any time in history.

So where should you go to find the best selection of plus size lingerie? There is always the choice of finding the local lingerie store in your town. There are even some shops that specialize in clothing for the plus size woman. But you may or may not be wasting your time. You must take the time to go and check out their selection and they may or may not have the size or style you desire. Luckily, there is a better option. This option is to shop for your plus size lingerie on line from the privacy of your house.

This is a very nice option as an online lingerie store is always open. Therefore, you can shop anytime you are in the mood. You don’t need to conform yourself to the business hours of the local business owner. Even better, you never have to walk in to a lingerie store and feel uncomfortable about trying on lingerie outfits in the presence of other humans. This is a nice feature.

Additionally, online lingerie shops today have an impressive selection of wonderful plus size lingerie at reasonable prices. The days of limited choices and isolated locations are gone forever. .

There are many types of material as well as many styles of plus size lingerie you can choose from. Some of the more recent material choices are vinyl and leather. Some of the popular styles are baby dolls, bustiers, sexy thongs, sexy bras, corsets and more.

Plus size lingerie is gaining popularity at a rapid pace and much of this has to do with new selections and styles made specifically for the plus size woman. Shopping for your sexy lingerie should be fun, so jump online and see what is waiting for you.

Indian Sarees As Part Of A Growing Trend

You may have seen women celebrities on television wearing strips of cloth which has an intricate design. They drape it on their shoulder and it hangs down to their feet or, for some, down to their waist. This has been worn by a lot of famous ladies already on several occasions like parties or the red carpet. This strip of cloth is called Indian sarees.

The Indian sarees or saris are strip of cloths which have no stitches. It may be available with or without designs on the cloth. The Indian sarees are worn by the women of India centuries before as part of their traditions. The Indian sarees are considered by the women in India as the ideal outfit for every occasion like a marriage or a festival.

But during the present times, women from all over the world consider the Indian sarees as part of a growing trend. It has turned out to be a dress for parties. For some women, even though they are not from India, they still wear the Indian sarees on the daily basis. There are also other cultures and religions in the world wherein the women use sarees. The Muslim women use sarees, although they do not drape it over their shoulder. Instead, they put it over their head.

During the past times in India, the Indian sarees used to be just an ordinary and plain cloth, hardly with designs. However, recently, the Indian sarees have been modified into a cloth with delicate designs and embroidery. For those women who want their Indian sarees to look lavish, they have it designed with semi-precious stones and embroidered with expensive kinds of threads. There are also Indian sarees that are decorated with beads and simple embroidery. While there have been modifications in Indian sarees, there are still women in India who wear plain sarees.

To complete the idea of imitating an Indian woman's traditional outfit, you need a petticoat under your Indian sarees. The next garment that you need is a blouse which can, either be, sleeveless or with a sleeve. The perfect kind of blouse that goes under your Indian sarees is one that is silky and flowing. Your Indian sarees should be fastened along the waist with a drawstring or elastic. Although, the best suggestion is a drawstring, since it does not suffocate the abdomen. The proper wearing of the sari is by draping it on the shoulder. Then, you let it hang down to your feet. But if you want a short saree, it will only hang down just below your knees. There are also those who want their saree to end just in the middle of their thighs. Whatever length you feel most comfortable in, that is your choice. You would not want to follow a style that makes you feel awkward.

Formal Dress Women – Dress To Succeed Part 1

You need to look your best at all times - We live in an image conscious society and dressing correctly at the office will help you succeed in getting the job or promotion you want or that important business deal you need.

It is easy to do, so here are your tips for formal dressing which will help you succeed.

Here we will look at some basics and in part two some specific looks you can use that work well for all formal environments.

Getting dressed for the office doesn't mean you can’t be fashionable, you can, but you need to develop a personalized style that fits you and the office environment.

Your aim is to project a professional, dynamic appearance that indicates you are good at what you do – You mean business and you know how to get what you want and you radiate confidence in your ability.

Quite simply the style, colors and fit of your clothes will reflect in the way other people view your ability to do the job.

1. Fit

Trousers need to be fitted and there should be no visible panty lines.

Skirts, especially straight styles like pencil skirts, should be loose enough to sit down and move around in comfortably and not to tight.

Clothes need to fit so be aware of your size and don’t try and squeeze into smaller sizes.

Jackets should to be able to buttoned comfortably and blouses shouldn't have gaps or bulges between buttonholes.

2. Traditional career colors include:

Navy – Which indicates trust

Grey – Which indicates a conservative image

Black – Which is both chic and conservative


The above are all safe colors for women’s formal wear and have wide appeal.

Be wary of wearing red especially if you are in sales and marketing as it can be seen as confrontational especially by other women.

The three colors above all work well in trousers, skirts and shoes.

You can mix black with softer colors such as:

Light blue, lilac, orange, lemon, and stone.

Loud colors like bright pink and wild prints can be a bit much for many people so be careful with these.

3. Jewelry

You should avoid at all costs:

Jewellery that jangles (hoop earrings and stacks of bangles)

Wear only small amounts of jewellery that compliment your look and don’t lead it.

Examples would be: Stud earrings or single bracelets and a nice watch.

4. Handbags

Slouchy handbags look unprofessional, sloppy and don’t match a sleek look.

Instead choose structured styles with sharp lines to indicate a dynamic organized individual

Everything about you needs to project professionalism and efficiency.

Manicured nails, run-free hose, clean shoes and neat well styled hair.

Make sure you take care of everything right down to the smallest detail.


6. Sexy clothes

Avoid See through garments, miniskirts, really high stilettos, plunging necklines flashy designer labels and to much leather.

If you try and radiate sex appeal to obviously people will think you are trying to rely on it rather than your business skills and it is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

7. Clothes should fit correctly

Avoid at all costs wrinkled clothes, too many layers and baggy-fit clothing.

Dressing for the office is all about striking a balance between style and looking competent, organized and efficient.

In part 2 we will look at some great clothes and color combinations but for now:

Follow the above tips and get ready to get that interview, close that deal or seal that promotion.

How To Choose The Right Pair Of Ladies Jeans

Ladies jeans come in different styles and tastes. There are some basic styles for you to choose depending on your body shapes and curves and how you want to look.

Super tight jeans
If you have the curves, go for it! Those with slender legs should try it. It makes you look slim and sexy.

Cuffed jeans
Cuffed jeans give you a relaxed and casual look. Suitable for the beach. Avoid them if you have short legs.

Low-rise jeans
Low-rise jeans are nice and sexy. They make you look slim. If you have a good figure and long legs, go for it. They show off a shapely butt nicely. However, please make sure you wear a low-cut panty within.

Classic dark jeans
These are decent, neat and classy. The dark colours make a person look slimmer and legs longer.

Embellished jeans
Embellished jeans are very flamboyant. They are suitable for clubbing and parties.

Baggy jeans
Baggy jeans are loose fitting and comfy. They are suitable to wear on a shopping spree. They do not show off your body curves.

Here are some tips on choosing the right pair of jeans:

1. Know your size before shopping for a pair of jeans as it can be annoying trying to find the right size.

2. Try on a lot of pairs! Select many different styles, and bring them into the dressing room at the same time, so that you can compare. Choose a style that is right for your body type.

3. When you try them on, see if they are easy to get on. Also check if they are too loose or too tight.

4. Walk around and see if they are easy to walk in?

5. Try bending down and see if they go too low and if they are easy to bend down in?

6. Check the price. Good jeans normally come at a price. However, consider how much you are willing to spend and spend within your budget.

Doric is a freelance writer for An online source for shopping tips, forum, Shopping malls directory, articles, Fashion, Beauty, gifts ideas.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Running Apparel for All Seasons

Do you need some new running apparel to go with your new serious running habit? If you are still wearing that old pair of sweat pants and your favorite t-shirt, it may be time to think about getting some new running apparel. The fabrics and the styles make the new apparel even more comfortable than your old favorites, and as unbelievable as it may sound, you may actually perform better as well. Here are some things that you may find helpful when you are choosing running apparel:

Fabric choices:

One of the greatest new things about the fabric that they use to make much of the running apparel today is that it is truly breathable. Many fabrics with different names and brands use the same type of “wicking” technology to pull moisture away from the skin to help your body maintain a constant temperature. Some of these fabrics require special care and laundering while others can just be thrown in your regular laundry. Read the tags carefully.

Reflective fabric is another great innovation in running apparel. This is great for people who run outdoors at any time of the day or night. When the light hits it, it has a reflective quality that makes you visible to cars and pedestrians.

Cold weather running takes special consideration in running apparel as well. You want clothing that is not too bulky and that will allow you to maintain a constant body temperature as well. You can wear wicking underclothes and then a lightweight jacket and tights and if it is really cold, gloves to protect your hands and a headband to protect your ears.


Running apparel can be loose or tight-fitting. It is really a personal choice, but many summer styles are loose fitting to allow the runner to cool off more easily. In winter the clothing tends to be more tight-fitting (at least the clothing next to the skin) to keep in body heat. Make sure that any running clothing that you buy does not rub or cause friction which can lead to chafing.


A special note for women runners is that they need to buy a good sports bra that provides adequate support no matter what your bust size is. The straps should not dig into the shoulders and it should give good support to avoid injuries to the back and shoulders.

You can find running clothes at a department or specialty store or online.

Eriani Doyel writes articles about Health and Fitness. If you would like more information about running apparel visit

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Archery Women

When I think of women and archery and all they have done for the sport, I cannot think of a better person who has put so much time and effort in to it other than my Mother, Beulah. Mom and Dad had devoted most of their idle time to the sport during the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s before my Dad fell sick to Parkinson’s disease. Of course Mom was devoted to my Dad and took care of him for ten hard years, till he passed on in 1990. Ever since the time of his illness, Mom has drifted away from the sport of archery, up until now. Mom is now helping me dedicate this website to Dad. Her input has been a tremendous amount of help. The articles and pictures she has saved from their past has triggered the thought in her mind once again and now she can’t help me enough.

Her archery lessons that she once taught as a young lady are now being taught to her Great Grandchildren. Her bowhunting experiences also come in very handy when teaching the true sportsmanship of hunting and shooting. Even today at 70 years of age, she can still pull her compound bow back like she was 30 years old. I really believe archery has kept her young and in good shape, and her mind as sharp as a tack.

What I am trying to say in this article is women who wish to become a master of archery can do so with a little hard work and practice. This is not just a man’s sport. It’s becoming one of the fastest growing sports for women. With their participation, families and couples just bond closer together than ever. I realize women are very busy today, but sometimes they may have a little extra time to help teach their own children the proper safety and the fun of the sport. Mom used to give archery lessons during church camp to grown ups and children. Any person can do this with just a few safety course lessons and the desire to do so. So why not give it a try?

Bowhunting, on the other hand can be a big challenge for a woman. But with a little help from a partner or a friend, it can be very rewarding. Mom had shot over twenty deer while hunting with Dad and the stories she has to tell are all exciting. There was one thing Mom refused to do and that was gut the deer. That was always a standing agreement. I cannot remember Mom and Dad being any happier than when they were on a hunting trip. They enjoyed each other very much!

Women’s archery equipment is much like men’s. Cheap is not always good and good is not always cheap. Make sure your bow fits you properly and arrows fit your bow and draw length. Making your own arrows can also be a lot of fun. I will be explaining how to do this at a later date. I understand when trying to purchase your bowhunting apparel it can be difficult at times. I will be getting to that problem later, too.

Remember the sport of Archery and Women go hand and hand with great family and friends’ fun and bonding. Stay Safe and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

My name is Ted Lake and I'm building a website in memory of my dad Deuaine Lake. This site is all about Archery and Archery Hunting. My dad started me when I was 5 years old (1956) and I've continued to teach both my boys the same respect for the sport of archery. Please feel welcome to visit my free website at

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Self Image and the Mature Woman

Over the past few years, I’ve read articles on menopause, wherein certain agencies have published the results of surveys given to mature women in that phase of life. One of the queries always concerns whether or not the woman’s sexual desire has diminished. There is usually a short list of possible ‘physical’ side effects of menopause listed on these surveys. Side effects that may be causing her decreased interest in sexual intimacy. I have yet to see a ‘psychological’ list of reasons offered. Having spoken to a number of women fifty and over, I can state unequivocally, psychological reasons for decreased libido may well far outnumber the physical. In addition, it’s my belief that today’s society may be in great part responsible for the psychological damage from which these women suffer.

In our modern society, the mature woman seems to be non-existent, as far as the visual media is concerned. Anyone watching television, viewing films, or thumbing through popular magazines, can easily verify this fact. Women over a certain age are just not represented. In the rare instances they are seen, it is usually not in the role of a feminine, desirable, woman. Most advertisers hawking products in the women-related categories of cosmetics, fashion and intimate apparel, completely ignore women past the age of thirty. It’s quite amusing to see ‘anti-aging’ beauty product ads, trumpeting ‘fantastic’ results, using models barely out of their twenties. Interestingly enough, older men are quite prominently displayed in ads, usually in the company of much younger women. We women have allowed ourselves to be brainwashed. We have been programmed, consistently, to base our self-worth, our sexuality, our ‘womanliness’, on youthful, physical looks alone. When I read of women in their late twenties, early thirties, opting for surgical cosmetic enhancements, in attempts to stave off the natural effects of the aging process, I’m appalled!

What message does the visual media send? Quite simply that mature women are neither visually attractive, nor sexually desirable. Access any online women’s magazine, and peruse its message boards. There you will find postings from women desperately seeking to halt, or alter, the aging process. Endeavoring to transform themselves into the youthful, enhanced images they are bombarded with daily, may become an obsessive quest, one that is doomed to failure. Is it any wonder that many mature women suffer from low to no, self-esteem? Is it any wonder, as well, many of these women find themselves less inclined to sexual intimacy?

‘I just don’t feel sexy’. This was a statement made to me by a fifty-year-old woman I’ll call ‘Betty’. When I asked her reasons for this statement, her reply was quite to the point. Betty told me she despises her looks. She said the image she sees in her mirror is not one she would call attractive, or desirable, based on the prevailing ‘beauty standards’ of today. As far as sexual intimacy with her partner, she told me although she enjoys sex, she finds she increasingly avoids the intimacy. She is simply too depressed over her looks, feeling totally inadequate.

Another woman I’ll call ‘Sue’ told me she had much the same opinion of herself as had Betty. She admitted the steady stream of images of young, nubile, firm, smooth-skinned women appearing on her television screen nightly, made her increasingly self-conscious about her physical appearance, with her husband. She remarked that he constantly presented her with expensive lingerie that she refused to don. The woman told me she felt ridiculous wearing it, regarding herself at the age of fifty-four as ‘too old’ for such attire. Therefore, the lovely lingerie wound up unworn and stored away. Sue added that her relationship with her husband had been strained for quite some time, and though she realized it was due to the lack of sexual intimacy between them, she was unable to get past her feelings about herself. Eventually it appeared that their twenty-five year marriage was heading for dissolution. Sue’s husband was ready to call it quits, because, as he told her, he felt she no longer loved or desired him. His pronouncement led to Sue’s being completely open and honest with her husband about her feelings concerning her own self-image.

It’s vitally important, today, for we mature women to begin realizing our very real value, and setting an example for our daughters, and granddaughters. We must chart a course for them, that they may realize that women over thirty do not fade away, and just disappear! It must be taught that youth is a convenient mask we wear for awhile, concealing the unformed ‘self’. They must realize that as we mature, and ‘self’ forms, the mask of youth fades away, revealing who we are, and what we have become, as human beings. We must demonstrate that mature women, who have developed interests, who have continually striven to enlighten and enrich themselves intellectually, and spiritually, and who possess a genuine love of life, and living, are incredibly attractive. We must prove the truth. They must come to realize that a mature woman’s confidence, insight, accumulated wisdom, and self-knowledge make her intensely desirable, and her sexuality is heightened by her ability to be an equal partner in the art of lovemaking. We must endeavor to de-program them, teaching them that what they see portrayed in the visual media as to women, is contrived illusion. It’s up to us, ladies, how our daughters and granddaughters will one day greet their maturity.

Jeannine Schenewerk is a freelance writer residing in Atlanta, Georgia. She maintains an inspirational, informative, upbeat site for mature women. Her site contains articles on positive self image, and common sense tips on make-up, skin care, diet, exercise, fashion, and more.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Leather Apparel -- Fashion And Practicality

Leather apparel has become very popular over the past several years. While it is often more expensive than other types of clothing, it is still quite attractive and practical in many situations.

Leather apparel can be made of stingray, crocodile, alligator, ostrich, or snakeskins, and is known for its aesthetic appeal and durability. Varied textures and a wide range of colors enhance the appeal of leather apparel, and help add to its growing popularity.

Now, new techniques have led to the use of lighter skins that work well for warmer seasons, or even year-round. This makes it an even more attractive option, especially leather apparel was previously associated only with winter months and deemed inappropriate for summer. This is no longer the case.

There are several advantages to wearing leather apparel. First, it does not wrinkle easily. This can be especially important if you travel often and do not have the space or time to frequently iron your clothes. It can also be beneficial if you are planning to wear an outfit for an extended period of time, i.e. all day, and need for it to remain wrinkle-free during that time.

Leather apparel is also often comfortable for extended wear. Even after it has been warn multiple times, a leather outfit maintains its soft, somewhat stretchiness.

Leather apparel is also made from strong fibers which makes it wind-resistant. This is why it is ideal for motorcycle apparel.

Leather apparel is also good when going for that layered look. It is easy to wear a leather vest on top of a t-shirt or knit top with jeans, and make it look very stylish and trendy.

Wearing leather apparel requires a good understanding of its various features. It is also very important to know how to properly clean leather, as not taking care of it can result in damage to the garments. Likewise, properly caring for leather will enable you to wear it for many years, while still maintaining the “just-of-the-rack” look.

Leather apparel is also trendy for both men and women. While the features for each are very distinct, it is popular among both, and is often found in a variety of different garments. Such garments include: jackets, pants, and skirts. They are often up with the times, and there is always something available in every style imaginable. This is one reason, perhaps, the durability of these products will continue to match their popularity.

Why You Should Consider A Beaver Fur Coat

If you want to expend your developed fashion sense and reflect that refined taste onto others, by making visual your particularly good taste and high spirits, wrap yourself in a stylish fur coat! These days, fur coats are no longer for merely special occasions. There are many fur fashions hitting the market, and it is satisfying fur lovers everywhere.

There is a high demand from quality fashion lovers everywhere to obtain fur coats. This demand is met through a variety of means, one of which includes international trade sectors. With the coats on the market, one must expend the use of these coats. Some ways they are going about this is through fashion marketing, fashion shows, fur trade fairs and so much more.

New designs of fur coats are coming out all the time and being purchases and worn. You can pick your style according to what your preference is. Choose from full length fur coats, fur-lined jackets, coats to the knee or pretty much any design you are interested in buying. Regardless of you design interest, as you can buy nearly any fur coat and look stylish, fur coats have surpassed practicality and become downright fashionable.

One type of fur coat in particular served many uses in the 19th century and was rendered quite popular and extremely useful: beaver. In that time, they were used for things such as jackets, collars, coats, and fur trimmings. Needless to say, they were considered quite valuable. So valuable, in fact, that the demand began rise and since regulations were poor, beaver soon became and endangered species! Beaver fur hats were considered a symbol of status for men, and beaver fur coats for women. Due to endangered species crisis, they adopted a new trend to associate with wealth by substituting beaver hats with silk hats. Tighter regulations today have deterred any population threat to the beavers.

Beyond beavers' basic uses, however, they are valued for even more reasons! Their fur is water repellant, and has amazing warmth abilities, which needless to say, would make for a very warm and practical coat. They are semi-aquatic animals, who are large, and live in North America, sporting dark brown to reddish hair.

Beaver fur coats are considered one of the best types of fur coats, much as they were in the 18th century. Those who wear these beaver fur coats tend to be associated with a certain class. Beaver fur coats are still considered and valued to be one of the best kinds of fur coats out there, so if you want to relish in the beauty, warmth, and associations brought to you by beaver fur coats, then what are you waiting for? Go relish.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Stylish Women's Apparel at

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Online Plus Size Clothing For Women: Convenient or Not?

As a plus size woman myself, I always find it challenging to shop for clothes in plus sizes. Why? Let me fill you in about it!

It always seem like the variety is poor, the material is stretchy but not the most appealing, the fashion seems for appropriate for older women than younger ones and the right size is often not available.

Does it mean that online shopping may be easier to do then shopping in local stores? Here are a few things to consider before choosing what is the best way for you to shop and find what you really want to wear…for all types of occasions.

Disadvantages of shopping in person

Here are the kinds of disadvantages that I have noticed about shopping in local stores.

1. The quantity of stores offering an inventory of plus size clothing for women is often limited and they are usually located far apart.

2. When a department store is offering a plus size clothing section, the sizes that are usually available do not have a lot of depth and the amount of clothes in each size is quite limited.

3. When you are shopping in a store that offers a plus size section amongst regular size clothing, you often feel embarrassed to browse in that section.

4. Because of the limited depth in the sizing chart of stores offering plus size apparel, you often end up spending a lot of time trying different items before either finding what you want or settling for something else that may not be fitting as nicely or be as comfortable as desired.

5. The fashion offered in plus sizes often seem fit for older women and ignore younger tastes and designers’ names are limited.

6. I often came to the negative conclusion that plus size clothing for women is usually more expensive than regular sizes.

7. The inventory and selections are often very limited, especially in a store offering only a section of plus size apparel compared to a boutique specializing in plus sizes.

8. The type of material use for plus size clothing for women is usually similar or identical to the material used in maternity clothes which is not always flattering or displaying high quality.

Advantages of shopping in person

Here are the kinds of advantages that someone can benefit from when shopping a local stores.

1. What you see is what you get!

2. You can try the clothes on before purchasing them.

3. You can own and wear your new clothing item right away.

4. You can choose a variety of types of payment.

5. You can get some advice either from a friend or a salesperson.

6. There are no extra charges for delivery.

Disadvantages of shopping online

Here are the kinds of disadvantages of shopping online.

1. What you see on a photographed model or in a picture may not look the same on you or when you receive it.

2. You better know your size as you are unable to try it on before purchasing it.

3. You have to wait for your plus size apparel to be delivered to wear it.

4. You only have one option concerning the type of payment…credit cards.

5. Advice may not be easy to give or receive as you are not trying on the outfit to make a decision about it.

6. Shipping and / or delivery represent extra costs on top of the price of the plus size clothing item purchased.

Advantages of shopping online

Here are the kinds of advantages of shopping online.

1. The quantity of online stores offering an inventory of plus size clothing for women is higher and they are usually located at your fingertips while shopping in the comfort of your own home.

2. When an online department store is offering a plus size clothing section, the sizes that are usually available have a lot of depth and the amount of clothes in each size is higher as well.

3. When you are shopping online that offers a plus size section amongst regular size clothing, you don’t feel embarrassed to browse in that section as nobody is staring at you.

4. Because of the sizing chart offered by online stores selling plus size apparel, you are able to either browse in your size if you know your measurements or use their measurement tips to enable you to take your own. This way, you can be sure that your clothes with fit you properly and that you will feel comfortable wearing them as well.

5. The fashion offered in plus sizes are made available in models that will satisfy women of any age range. Also, you can find a great variety of designers’ names as well.

6. No matter what size you may be looking for, sales and good prices are also part of the deal when shopping online.

7. The inventory and selections offered are excellent despite the fact if it is a store that offers a plus size section or if it is one specialized in plus size clothing for women.

8. The type of material use for plus size clothing for women is usually of higher quality which will look more flattering and pleasing to both the eye and the touch.

Now that you have read the advantages and disadvantages of both shopping in local stores and online, you can make a decision more easily as you are now aware of quite a few aspects of shopping for online plus size clothing for women. Now what will be your answer to the question: “Convenient or not?”

As a plus size woman myself, I wish to share with you the pros and cons of shopping in local stores versus online. If you wish to read more information concerning plus sizes, I invite you to visit our site:

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Backpacks – The Anywhere Lifestyle Bags

The mountain hardwear backpacks took a numbers of beatings and years to convert from packsack and Knapsack, as they were called till the early 20 century. But backpacks have a variety of utilities that have evolved through times. They are handy to carry baseball gloves or high value laptops to just about anything.

All the currently available backpack brands, including Osprey, The North Face or even the Dakine and Camelbak backpacks, stress more on comfort and style while not letting down holding capacity. All of them offer features/utilities fit for camping. Although size can be chosen to suit your needs, look out for things such as the inbuilt aluminum frame and comfortable hip belts etc. There are assortments of camping gears such as sleeping pads which can be removed to increase hold capacity. Over all, the bag lets you carry a sleeping bag, easy access pockets on side and front, water bottle holds and what not.

Buying backpacks needs some cool headed thinking. The ‘packs' can hold all being the biggest but may not be exactly the thing you are looking at. Here are some tips to you before you set out to buy backpacks.

1. Carrying binders, books etc to school should be able to be taken care of by school backpacks. Mountain hardwear and the North face easily do the job.

2. Osprey and Mountain hardwear offer just the thing for climbing enthusiasts.

3. There are women specific backpacks too, to hold snow shoes, durables, and custom fit options for women from Osprey, Camelbak and mountain hardwear etc

4. There are hydration backpacks of varying container volumes suitable for kids to youth. This is convenient on a long sunny day hitch hiking trip. You can quench thirst on the go directly from the bag through the tube attached to the top.

5. Organize utility articles like travel clock, travel totes, toiletry bags and converters into convenient eagle creek backpacks.

Dress The Way You Are Pretty Women

Our outfit is one of the most important aspects of our personality and social life. Nature has given men or women varying features and body structures. Some ladies are thin, some fat, some tall, some in combinations, etc. Therefore dressing has to be specified according to the body types and structure. One outfit that looks stunning on pear shaped figure might not suit at all to woman with rectangular body type. It is important to form a personal style statement that enhances your figure and individuality. You should never wear anything just the heck for it, nor follow fashion trends blindly! Your clothes speak a lot about yourself so fill-up your wardrobe according to your personal taste and suitability. Being fashionable is to wear that is combination of latest trends and accessories and outfit that suits your body structure and personality Fashion trends are there to help you add little variation to your dressing, so do not follow every fashion trend as such without personal consideration. Here are some basic tips for women with different body types.

Dressing tips for tall women

. The bottoms should be of pale, base coloured, earthy tones, it could be paired with bright coloured T-shirts or tops.
. Short blazers with multiple buttons create an illusion of shorter upper body.
. If you are tall and bulky with fat on upper part of the body then, always wear belts just above the natural waist area.
. Continuous outfit from head to toe should be avoided as it gives long appearance. Knee-length high boots with skirts and dresses will look good.
. To give a shorter appearance wear long tops exceeding upto the legs as it gives an illusion of shorter legs.
. The pants or trousers selected should have a cuffed appearance around the bottom, this would make the length of the trousers appear shorter than actual.
. Select prints that run across the width of the outfit as it will give a shorter look like horizontal lines. Also mix-n-match the tops and bottoms with mixture of light and dark colour shades.
. Wear broad belts, as they provide dividing line between the upper and bottom part of the body as a result height will look less.
. For footwear select flats rather than high heeled shoes or sandals.
. Big or huge floral prints would also look flattering on such bodies, overall printed outfit would also suit tall ladies.
. The length of skirt should be balanced. It should not be too short or too long as both would add inches to your height, the length of the skirt should be ending past knee.
. To give shorter look to legs strappy, shoes is also good option.
. Tall women can indulge in wide belts, avoid tight clothes and skirts that are to short or to long.

Dressing tips for plumpy women

. Free flowing soft fabrics in single tone gives slim look, so avoid starched or thick fabrics. Fabrics like chiffon, georgette, polyester or cotton silk should be preferred.
. Clothes with vertical lines create an illusion of slimness and height.
. For heavy legs- long skirts ending at the narrowest part of the calf would look good, also the skirt should be not gypsy style but with well defined shape that is not body hugging. Skirt ending just before ankle could also look flattering but not for women with fat ankles.
. Neither wear skin tight - tight fitting clothes nor too loose fitted clothes.
. Prefer darker shades of colours for clothing rather than light colours like- dark blue, maroon, black, brown, bottle green colour. If upper part of the body is more heavy than darker shades for the top and lighter shades for the lowers can be worn and vice-versa.
. If abs area is like hanging belly, wrap top is a good option. Usage of layering in same fabric and colour provides slim look.
. Sleeveless cuts should be avoided; also the top should never be padded.
. Do not wear big and huge prints. Instead opt for small prints, it will make you look bit lean.
. It is advisable to dress from head-to-toe in a single tone of colour preferably darker tones.
. Women with larger hips should go for A-line cut lowers as it flatters the onlooker and gives slimming effect. Patterning of the garment should be kept small as it gives more sophisticated and delicate look. Try to avoid large patterns.
. Choose jackets, tailored suits and shirtwaist dresses with straight, classic cuts. The length of top or T-shirt selected should pass your hips, that it the top should be long enough.
. Stick to A-line skirts or straight skirts, its length should not be less than knee length. The accessories including shoes should be in matching to the clothes worn so that it gives an overall slimmer look.
. Dressing in one colour tone or combination of colour tones similar in shade also hides those extra pounds.
. Do not wear flats, instead opt for high to medium heels that seems to lengthen your physique.
. If tummy is problematic avoid wearing pleated outfit. Also wearing narrow pants gives legs and thigh slimmer look.
. If you are wearing a suit with light inner then couple it with dark blazer or jacket as it withdraws the attention from bulky portion of the body and creates slimming appearance. Cargos and baggy pants add weight to your appearance so try to avoid them.
. Wear small floral prints rather than huge floral prints.

Dressing Tips for Small Women

. If you have shorter neck choose tops with deep neckline and long necklace as an accessory. Do not select tops with high collar and short necklaces that totally hug the neckline.
. Clothes with all over print should be avoided, but the print should be scattered here and there on the outfit, if possible on the well toned or shaped body parts so that more attention is diverted to that positive areas.
. Skirt or pants coupled with scarf with small prints that hang towards your legs will insert more height to your look.
. For accessories smaller bags coupled with high heeled shoes or sandals would look flattering on short height women.
. Try to avoid wearing short dresses.
. The skirts should be longer than midcalf, long skirts with fish cut would provide that much needed sensual look to your dressing.
. Tops with nice knitted texture, laces, small floral prints and plaids should be given preference.
. Use of thick vertical lines in plaids also adds inches to your appearance. The colour contrast should not be mild nor on extremes like blue with red as such would extreme make you look timid and shorter. The fitting should be perfect in line.
. Stick to soft and flowing fabrics like chiffon, crepe, georgette, polyester, etc.
. Vertical prints or strips provide a slimmer, trimmer appearance.
. Neckline with V-shape or similar types gives longer appearance of upper body.
. Accessorize yourself with long dangling earrings and pendants, silky or crepe scarves, sunglasses and shawls.
. Pants or trousers should be of proper length i.e. it should cover up the ankle at least, capris or shorter pants is not good choice for shorter women.

Dressing Tips for Very Thin Women

. Fullness and softness are your tricks of illusion. Outfit that is too tight or bare types should be avoided.
. Huge and large accessories could be worn, also boots than strappy sandals are good options to consider.
. Do not wear clothes with vertical design and stripes as it would make you look thinner. . Wear starched fabrics and fabric that is thick or fluffy like organza, cotton, jute, velvet, spur fabrics.
. Go for medium sized prints instead of huge or too small prints.
. Selection of too loose clothes would worsen the matter therefore clothes with proper fit that is the outfit should neither be too loose nor too clingy.
. Dark coloured clothes should be avoided, lighter shades or slight bright colours is a good option.
. Sleeveless clothes should be avoided as it exposes the thin arms.
. Trousers or pants with thicker material is a good option like linen, jeans, cotton, woolen pants for winter season. Cargos is also a good option.

Always wear clothes in which you feel comfortable in and yet it enhances your personality. You would definitely look good in such outfits. Before purchasing the clothes it is important to read its washing and after care instructions. Experiment with new clothes and styles should be in moderation. Select clothes that have proper cuts and fittings. Proper cuts in an outfit could really make you look sensuous, but it should be according to your figure type. Shapeless and too loose t-shirts are a perfect no-no for every woman. No matter what your body type is, every woman has some features that you love most so try to enhance that feature so that the attention of the onlooker is focused on positive features rather than less positive ones. For example- women with fat body structure might have proper shape in waist area so choose outfit that enhances the waist area. The main focus should be on coordinating perfect outfit with complementing jewellery, accessories and footwear and here you are ready to swap away the world by your charm. - Leading B2B Portal and Marketplace of Global Textile, Apparel and Fashion Industry offers Free Industry Articles, Textile Articles, Fashion Articles, Industry Reports, Technology Article, Case Studies, Textile Industry News Articles, Latest Fashion Trends, Textile Market Trends Reports and Global Industry Analysis.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Move Over Guys - Women Want Sports Jerseys Too

For generations, there's been a perception that men have an exclusive franchise on sports fandom. We see advertising images of guys sitting at home in front of their television sets, rooting on their favorite teams, or sitting in sports bars with their eyes trained on TV sets over the bar. Sports commentators are almost exclusively men, and the first woman reporter who did an interview in a locker room caused a huge controversy.

Well, times have changed. Women are sports fans, too, and female sports fans are just as enthusiastic about their favorite NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA teams as guys. Like men, women want to express their enthusiasm by wearing sports jerseys adorned with the numbers and names of their favorite players. Historically, though, women who wanted jerseys have been forced to settle for oversize men's sizes and cuts. The result? A far cry from a fashion statement.

Luckily for female fans, NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA teams have begun to sit up and take notice, recognizing that women constitute a good portion of their fan bases. They've also discovered that women are longing for jerseys that reflect women's enthusiasm for sports, but that also have a feminine twist. Increasingly, female sports fans are finding that there are a number of jerseys created specifically with women in mind. Today, a woman can find a pink jersey, a vibrant jersey, a fashion jersey, or a glitter jersey from virtually any team in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA.

Breaking out from the pack in women's sports apparel is actress Alyssa Milano, known for her role in the WB's "Charmed" and for her love of baseball. Not only does Alyssa Milano have season tickets to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but she also has her own MLB blog. Moreover, she's gone to the next level and has designed a line of women's MLB apparel. Called "touch," her line features fan wear that exudes femininity.

For example, the "touch" women's criss-cross white tank top features a shelf bra with a screened logo in the center of the chest area. The scoop back features criss-cross spaghetti straps that give the top its feminine appeal. Her baseball jerseys are tradition with a twist: the white body and colored 3/4-length sleeves may be old school, but the rouching detail at the hem on the side seam is purely modern. Alyssa Milano's spaghetti top features tie strings at the shoulders, while her short-sleeved hoodie features a zipper, contrast stitching, and the team logo near the bottom left hemline. Other jerseys accent short sleeves with glitter stripes.

There's no doubt that women's fashion sense is making a splash in the sports world. Replica storm jerseys, fashion jerseys, pink ribbon jerseys, and glitter jerseys are giving female fans one more thing to cheer about!

Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies on the web. Learn more about Women's Sports Jerseys or Majon's Clothing for Women directory.

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The Truth About Bodybuilding Clothing And Apparel

Are you among those individuals who want to wear bodybuilding clothing and apparel and don't know where to begin? Well take a moment and think back to what it was like in high school years ago. Do you remember using the weight room if you participated in sporting events or taking gym class? Back then, there were no alternatives to wearing a pair of shorts and a tee shirt, such as the fashions of today in bodybuilding clothing and apparel. No one was searching for any particular type of style or brand of bodybuilding and fitness clothes, since they were not available at that time.

Everyone looked the same in their cut off jeans and tee shirts, concisely; they wore what they found to be personally comfortable to wear, while working out. Actually, the only clothing that may have even come close to being considered bodybuilding clothing and apparel were wearing clothes in their school colors or even their school sports jersey. Back then, clothes were simply clothes. However, today, many individuals who prefer to work out have the option of wearing certain types of clothing that shows off all their muscles or makes them look younger in appearance.

Physique Body Wear is one company that provides some of the best quality in bodybuilding and fitness clothing to be found anywhere. This company features many different and comfortable designs for both men and women while they workout, such as workout clothes, active wear, bodybuilding gear and athletic cut gym apparel from stringer tank tops, big tops, muscle shirts, gym shorts, lace-up shorts, posing suits, men's baggy pants & karate pants. As well as aerobic wear, tops, shorts, bootleg fitness pants & yoga clothes for women.

Physique Body Wear offers a wide range of bodybuilding clothing and apparel as well as anything else you may need while working out and looking your very best while you stay in shape. Since they do offer such a great line of work out and fitness clothing as well as plus size exercise and bodybuilding apparel for both women and men, you should be able to find exactly what you need. You might also want to check out their discontinued and clearance items, as you may be able to find the bodybuilding clothing and apparel that you need while saving some of your hard-earned money.

However, you must keep in mind that fitness or bodybuilding do cost a considerable amount of money, although, they will never be able to produce muscle content on their own, this is something that the individual must attend to himself or herself. Of course, there are people who wear what they wear because someone else is wearing the same outfit or the same type of clothing, because they want to fit in and belong. They will normally do what everyone else does to uphold their reputation and their high profile.

There are other reasons for wearing bodybuilding clothing and apparel.

The world is full of individuals who are vain and expect everyone to consider their body as a masterpiece of perfection, with the notion that everyone around them should be mesmerized and magnetized to the experience of their very being. A lot of them like to wear bodybuilding clothing and apparel, since they make them look great; this however is their true goal. They want to look good and fit in so that other people pay them attention and then they do not feel so very lonely.

Even though some women will of course attract attention while working out in a gym, they do not necessarily want to make a point or aim to impress anyone at all, rather they enjoy wearing their own bodybuilding clothing and apparel while they are training or working out.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with wearing bodybuilding clothing and apparel. When the right individuals wear bodybuilding and fitness clothes, they will attract attention since they look and feel great while wearing them. Some people may look down their nose at those who wear bodybuilding clothing and apparel, however, if the truth was told, they would wear bodybuilding clothing and apparel also if they have the proper shape to do so. It only makes sense that if a person looks great, they will also feel great and they should wear bodybuilding and fitness clothes. Although, wearing bodybuilding clothing and apparel while not in shape can draw negative attention.

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Online Golf Programs

Online Golf Outlet Stores Luckily, most online golf outlet stores offered flat-fee or reduced shipping charges for your convenience. For the most part the savings come from the fact that an online golf store does not have the same kind of overhead that a regular golf store would have. Practice, practice and practice the information your online golf instructor sends you.

With online golf programs, you dictate when you want to learn or improve your golf game and not the other way around. Online golf is a skill kind of game where you have to select the right club, set the correct angle, and then apply the right amount of force using either the mouse or the keyboard, to hit the ball at the target. An online golf game is made using Java or Shockwave technology, and chances are that you already have both these plug-ins installed on your system.

Then you will see just how you can save at an online golf store. I have discovered that unless a store nearby is having a huge sale, online golf discount stores usually offer better prices on pretty much everything. Online golf programs are extremely inexpensive and offer many more additional benefits.

They are the foundation of having and developing a perfect golf swing. Whatever your needs, there's sure to be a perfect golf course for you. Once you realize what limitations are causing your swing'll be well on your way to a perfect golf swing.

Fortunately, the golf market is always ripe with new products that might just be the perfect golf birthday gift. This kind of consistency is what the perfect golfer is seeking. Players who tries and lead the downsizing with the left side however might slide ahead of the ball upon impact and ruin a near perfect golf swing.

At this segment of the perfect golf swing drill your mind should be preparing for the rotation of your body and the arm extension. You can get information online about perfect golf swing drills. Then a perfect golf swing can be employed as a function of the golf game anywhere from tee to green to rough to fairway.

While the salespeople at these stores might not be golf professionals, they are usually avid golfers who can draw on their experiences in helping you find the perfect golf birthday gift. Practicing creates muscle memory to develop a perfect golf swing. The truth is that there are no fixed dynamics to achieving the perfect golf swing as everyone is different and the perfect golf swing for an individual will vary from that person to the next.

Some examples where visual enhancement of the lenses can be extremely helpful are with golf sports sunglasses and tennis sports sunglasses. There is an excellent variety of sports sunglasses available to include; baseball sports sunglasses; cycling sports sunglasses; driving sun glasses; fishing sports sunglasses (see the fish before the fish see you); glacier sports sunglasses; golf sports sunglasses; motorcycle sun glasses; polarized ski goggles; tennis sports sunglasses and sports sunglasses for water sports. Is a leading designer, distributor, and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories, and fragrances, including: dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress and casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, and men's and women's swim wear to all major levels of retail distribution.

The golf sports sunglasses are very useful for seeing the subtle breaks in the green without squinting.

Gear Up for Summer Style with Fabulous Apparel, Jewelry, and Fragrances

Summer will be here before you know it, so it's time to start thinking about the fabulous apparel, jewelry, and fragrances that will make you shimmer. This season, it's all about the perfect glow - inside and out.

For frolicking in the surf - or simply sunning poolside - bikinis are back, but with a twist. You still have time to get your body toned for the season, but when you're ready to shop, you'll find a variety of styles and prints that complements your figure. Look for variations on red, from petal pink to fire engine red to deep burgundy. Basic black is never out of style, but consider stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing colors and patterns. For example, UjENA bikinis incorporate prints ranging from stripes to bold florals to fanciful conversation hearts. If you're not quite ready for prime time, tankinis are still in fashion, but pass on the boy shorts. And don't forget your pareo or sarong for those trips to the beach club.

After a day in the sun, you'll be ready for a night on the town. This season, cocktail dresses are always solids, but you can go beyond the all-purpose "little black dress." Coral tones will be hot again this year, and brown is the new black. As for style, go above the knee, but opt for cocktail dresses that reveal "something" rather than "everything." For inspiration, recall classic red carpet looks - a backless dress with a high collar, a plunging neckline with a full back - and go for one rather than both. A woman's allure comes from the aura of mystery that surrounds her. Remember to keep them guessing!

Accessories will play a huge role this summer, with diamond jewelry once again taking center stage. When selecting your diamond jewelry, however, go one or two steps beyond sensible and on to memorable. Earrings, necklaces, and rings that pair diamonds with other precious or semi-precious gems make a statement. So look for diamonds and sapphires, diamonds and amethysts, or diamonds and topaz.

A woman's style isn't complete without her signature scent, and summer is a wonderful time to try new designer fragrances. Give Giorgio Armani's Acqua di Gio a whirl, or take a whiff of 24 Faubourg by Hermes. Chanel and Givenchy are classics, but try Ungaro or Max Azria for some fabulous fun.

But even the highest fashion, the best jewelry, and the most sensuous designer fragrances can't hide parched skin. For a gorgeous summer glow, take advantage of the wonderful products that are available. Exfoliate regularly, use gentle cleansers, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The same goes for your hair. Your tresses get dried out in the summer sun, so make sure to regularly condition those locks.

Beauty always comes from the inside out. During the summer, your body needs plenty of water and fresh foods to look its best. And don't forget to nourish your soul as well. Indulge in good friends, great books, or whatever replenishes your spirit. When you do, you'll know that your fabulous apparel, jewelry, and fragrances simply showcase your exquisite inner and outer beauty.

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Plus Size Dress Apparel Essentials

Creating a wardrobe for the full-figured working woman is easy if one knows what to look for. There are certain clothing items that should be a staple in a larger woman's closet. When shopping for plus size dress apparel, pay attention to functionality without sacrificing style. There are a few essentials that plus size women should have in order to look sharp at work, during meetings and in all other facets of their professional life.

Boot-cut jeans are perfect on pear-shaped figures or those with body types that are heaviest in the mid-section which is the area that begins at the lower abdomen and ends in the upper thighs. Boot-cut pants go well with heels or platforms and must never be worn with flat-soled shoes. Stay away from tapered pants that only look good on model-thin figures. A pair of black dress pants is definitely a plus size dress apparel essential. This works well with a fitted suit jacket and a button-down shirt with collar. It also looks good with a sexy camisole and a cardigan set. Large women should avoid stretchy black pants with elastic waste lines and instead, select pants that are tailored to fit the body.

The little black dress is not only for thin women. Black always makes one look slender. Find a little black dress that ends just above the knee. It is alright to wear a strapless or sleeveless little black dress and accent it with a shawl or a sheer wrap. Fitted suit jackets drawn at the waist can be very flattering for the full-figured. An alternative to pants is the three-quarters, though larger women loathe wearing skirts as their thighs rob together and cause much discomfort and chafing.

Full figured women must accessorize, they should not scrimp on fashionable accessories that can improve their overall look. This is an area where fashion rules are relaxed. From shawls and scarves to jewelry, shoppers must have extra colors and textures to coordinate with wardrobe favorites. Color in accessories can detract the view away from other areas of the body. Shoes, on the other hand, can make or break an ensemble. Different colors and styles in shoes can extend the wardrobe and provide more choices. Shoes can be very expensive though so it is wise to watch out for sales and bargains.

Proper grooming spells success in combination with tasteful plus size dress apparel. Spend good money on a regular stylist, as a new haircut can do wonders to the overall impact. Acquire basic knowledge on wearing make-up. The sales people in cosmetics counters are often trained to give advice regarding the right make-up depending on skin types. Maintain clean nails by visiting nail salons periodically. Follow these tips and you might find that you can actually look a thousand times better than you have always thought you could.

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Custom Corporate Apparel

Corporate apparel is called “power dressing” in modern times. Power dressing makes employees feel good about themselves and gives them a sense of power when they wear these clothes. Formal corporate apparel has therefore been a trend in the corporate world so far.

Other than formal dressing, casual and custom corporate apparels have become a great fashion in today’s corporate world nowadays, as more employees prefer dressing up casually. Therefore most corporations allow their employees to customize their corporate apparels.

Custom corporate apparel could come either as a customized premium package to be sold to your premium clients or as business-to-business packages, wherein your company could sell such apparels to other companies or as employee programs, wherein your employees could be awarded with custom corporate apparels for their performance.

You could either get these corporate apparels customized through a local tailor or through specialized stores that are already established for creating corporate wear.

Your company could begin by categorizing the custom corporate apparels into men’s corporate apparel and women’s corporate apparel. The women’s wear could have floral designs or custom collar designs on their apparels; whereas men could have the color of their choice, custom buttons or collars on their formal wear. You could also present the men with customized watches, ties, coats and classic cufflink buttons of their choice.

You could also craft your company’s logo on these custom corporate apparels, as it would create a better image and goodwill for your company. Such programs go a long way in terms of carving a niche in the minds of your clients and employees and help your employees identify with your company. Finally make sure your employees and clients look their best and watch your profits soar.

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Choosing Sports Apparel for Women

Gone are the days when women who excel in sports are thought of as tomboys. With the rise of glamorous and fashionable sports icon such as Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis, it seems that women have learned to combine fashion and sports with flair. Just because you are into sports or you are wearing sports gear does not mean that you can’t be chic. You can look good and still look ready for the kill!

Below are some tips on how to balance out fashion and sports.

Don’t be afraid of colors

Putting colors into your sports apparel and uniform is one way to put fashion into your otherwise drab outfit. Mix bold colors like reds, pinks and yellows with basic neutral ones such as blacks and whites for a more elegant combination.

You can also play with glittering colors like golds and silvers but don’t put so much. Outlines and hemlines in these colors are enough. Don’t put them all over your outfit.

Design differently

One of the things that makes a uniform stand out is the way it was designed. Of course, you cannot just wear something really new without first considering its suitability and functionality for the game. If you can, it is better if you can design the outfit yourself as you know what works for you and what does not. You can play with the cut and the fabrics. In fact, you can combine fabrics.

For instance, you can put one fabric for the top and another for the bottom. If this cannot work, you can always add fabrics on the hemline. Patterns are also great designs that you can incorporate into your uniform. If putting a separate pattern is too much for the uniform, you can choose a fabric that already has a wonderful pattern and have that fabric outfitted for you.

It’s in the details

Putting really intricate details on your outfit is one way of being fashionable without sacrificing much of the look of your sports uniform. Designers can put in embroidered hemlines or necklines. You can also have flowers, butterflies or whatever icons you want emblazoned into your outfit.

Other great details that you can add to sports apparel are ribbons and buttons that are strategically placed. Of course, this depends on the sports that you are in. There are sports where buttons on clothes can interfere with the game; so be very careful also in putting too much designs in your wardrobe.

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Jessica McClintock - A One Woman Show

Born in Maine, USA on June 19, 1930, Jessica Gagnon McClintock did not receive any formal training in design. She attended Boston University in 1950 but received her Bachelor of Arts degree in San Jose State University, California in 1963. She completed and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters in the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco.

McClintock was first married to Al Staples in 1949; He passed away in 1964 and she got remarried to Fred McClintock, with whom she has a son, Scott. She started out teaching for a number of schools, including one in Massachusetts from 1966-1968, and another in New York and California from 1968-1969. At the peak of the hippie era , she invested in the Gunne Sax Company in San Francisco where she served as designer for their lace-trimmed dresses. That investment brought her to what is now known as Jessica McClintock, Inc., of which she is the founder, CEO and President. The company, which is estimated to be $140 million, remains to be one of the highest-ranking manufacturers of women's wear, bridal gowns and accessories.

Starting out with “granny” dresses and lace-trimmed clothes, McClintock expanded her collection to prom dresses and wedding gowns by the 1970s, incorporating lace in all of her designs, her trademark. In 1979, she introduced the contemporary Jessica McClintock line, and Gunne Sax was turned into the little girl's division that featured teens' wear made of ribbons, ruffles, Victorian lace collars and ballerina skirts.

In 1980, she opened her first boutique in San Francisco where she sold accessories, cosmetics and high-end designs. She drew her inspiration for her 80’s collection from girls' dresses in the 1920’s by combining intricate Victorian details with maternity-like silhouettes. She utilized man-made materials, which made her clothing affordable. Son Scott McClintock followed suit, creating moderately priced dresses and sportswear that bears the same McClintock romance, but is more defined and sophisticated.

In 1986, the company was renamed Jessica McClintock. A year later, she introduced her first signature fragrance, Jessica McClintock (which became an all-time bestseller), along with the Jessica McClintock collection, which showcased sundresses and can-can skirts. During the 80’s she designed about 2,500 outfits per year, most of which were aimed at women in their 20s and 30s and which bore her trademark: feminity with an alternative yet uniquely romantic edge.

She received numerous awards in the 80’s including the California Designers award in 1985, the American Printed Fabrics Council Tommy and the Press Appreciation awards both in 1986, the Dallas Fashion award in1988 and the Merit award in Design in1989.

By the 1990s, the company expanded their realm to that which is beyond apparel, starting with the Young at Heart bed and bath line and a kitchen accessories deal with Barth & Dreyfuss, both in 1996. In 2000 they licensed a 50-piece furniture collection and a year thereafter, introduced area rugs. By their 30th anniversary in 1999, they have a record of 27 shops and 2 more fragrances under their name, Jessica and Jess. At the turn of the 21st century, Jessica McClintock established itself as one of the leading makers of women's apparel and accessories. It continues to create fashion that is laced with nostalgia and mystery for any age, and has encompassed much more than just women's wear, gracing a variety of product collections, from rugs to upholsteries.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Comfortable Women’s Apparel

When women plan to go shopping, they know that they want the shopping trip to be fun and exciting. The last thing on their minds is to be stressed in any way because that would take all of the fun out of what they are fixing to do. They might not know exactly what they are shopping for, but they do know that they want it to be comfortable.

Most women will look at the mannequins in a store to see what styles of clothing are being offered for sale at that time. If the women’s apparel looks comfortable and easy to care for, they might choose to give it a closer look. If the women’s apparel is made of fabrics that require dry cleaning, then they are likely to keep shopping.

They will begin to get discouraged if they do not see a large selection of women’s apparel in their size. This is the one reason why women shop at several stores throughout the year. Style and size have a great impact on the type of clothing women choose on a regular basis. They feel that any clothing that is not comfortable would be a wasted effort of time and money.

Most women know ahead of time how to select clothes that are going to fit. They have a particular style in clothes and buy them all of the time. They can tell at a glance whether a pair of pants will bunch at their waistline and whether the inseam is going to cut them when they sit down. Most women know by instinct which women’s apparel choices are right for them and their particular lifestyle.

Having this knowledge under their belt does not keep from looking at all styles of clothes. They know that there is always a chance that they might find something entirely different that will suit their fancy or be right for the occasion that they are shopping. Some stores have larger selections and are more likely to offer items on sale, so women take the time to glance through the women’s apparel selections at every store that they go to.

Some women will feel sure about their ability to buy the right type of clothes. Other shoppers might feel that a second opinion is necessary before they feel confident about the woman’s apparel that they are buying. The outfit might be comfortable and stylish but they feel that another viewpoint might be necessary because they want to look good to other people too and not just themselves.

When women are shopping for comfortable apparel, they will also be looking for things that they can relax around the house in too. Most women like to relax in a pair of sweat pants or shorts depending on the weather. No matter what kind of clothes they are looking for on a shopping trip, the shopper just wants to make sure that they are comfortable and are also a good fit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bridal Lingerie: There’s So Much To Choose From

Congratulations are in order! You or someone you love is about to get married! Your wedding night is very special, and you’ll always cherish the memories. That’s why many brides-to-be purchase wedding lingerie in the UK or abroad. It can be soft and romantic or sexy and erotic. It’s all up to you. You might even want to get one of each. After all, you’ve got a whole honeymoon to think of!

Sexy bridal lingerie isn’t just sexy; it’s also a lot of fun. This type of sexy lingerie draws inspiration from elements of traditional wedding attire. Sexy bridal lingerie is white and lacey, evocative of wedding dresses, yet anything but prim and proper.

You can find thongs that feature a gathered, sheer train down the back. Short or long, it comes in both styles. And there’s a wide assortment of sassy veils to choose from.

You can opt for a bridal lingerie set of a matching bra and panties, which, of course, come in thong and g-string styles as well. There are also short little dresses, corsets, and teddies to choose from. Select the style that’s right for the look you want to achieve. Are you going for erotic lingerie with a bridal touch? Or do you want to indulge in fantasy-type lingerie?

It’s tradition to throw your garter to the bachelors during your reception. But you’ll want an extra garter for the honeymoon! You’ll have no trouble finding a sexy garter to match your wedding lingerie.

Erotic lingerie is a perfect gift for ‘hen’ parties. It’s a night for the bride-to-be, and her closest girlfriends, to walk on the wild side. So save the sexy lingerie gifts for your girls-night out. It’s probably not something mom wants to see her daughter open at the bridal shower!

Bridal underwear is particularly fun. How about a pair of panties that says “just married” or “The Mrs.” on the back? Maybe you could get the hubby to wear a matching pair! You can often find a matching tank top. These sets make cute and comfy pajamas. Of course, for something less kitschy, you can buy bridal underwear embellished with diamonds and lace.

Perhaps you’re searching for bridal lingerie uk because you want elegant bridal lingerie, something enchanting and graceful. One popular type of elegant bridal lingerie is a long, flowing nightgown. They tend to be white, cream, or a pale pastel. These bridal nightgowns are made from very feminine fabrics, such as satin and chiffon. They’re simple yet lovely. You’ll feel like you’re floating across the room.

For winter weddings, you can find elegant bridal lingerie with long sleeves. These sleeved-gowns are stunningly beautiful and provide a little extra warmth. You can also purchase a bridal lingerie set that comes with a matching robe.

Even your jammies should be especially pretty on your wedding night. A bridal lingerie set of a satin camisole and shorts will be just right. Short satin nightgowns are also pretty yet cool and comfortable.

Don’t forget, the romance of wedding lingerie is just right for anniversaries. You can relive the excitement of your first night as husband and wife.

Prom Dresses Guide: Find the Prom Dress that Flatters Your Silhouette

Prom time is almost here and choosing from so many styles and shapes of prom dresses isn't easy. It takes time and patience to try on all those prom dresses, hoping to find just the right dress for your special evening. You should first find a prom dress that flatters your body type, or silhouette. Use the guide below to find out what type of body shape you have and which prom dress will best complement your shape.

Determining Your Body Shape

It's important to determine your body shape before you start shopping for prom gowns. Once you know which types of prom dresses will best suit you, you won't waist time trying on those that won't.

Are you Thin and Tall?

Here's a way to tell: Your body is straight and slender, has few or no curves, and your bust is average in size. Your height is 5' 6" or taller. If you meet these criteria, you'll want to buy a prom dress style that adds curves, shows off your long legs, flows gracefully to reveal your slim silhouette, and adds fullness to your chest.

Try on dresses with several different neckline styles including v-neck or an open neckline to see which looks best. Also, dare to try a dress with a cutout back. Some prom dress styles to consider are empire, sheath, ball gown, and a-line.

Are you Petite?

If you are 5' 3" or shorter with a small build and an average sized bust, you'll want a dress to complement the petite such as an empire, sheath or a-line prom gown. With a slit, you can make your legs appear longer. Or, you can look much taller by wearing a dress with a short hemline. The hemline might be ruffled, handkerchief, hi/low, or asymmetrical - whichever best suits you. There are also a-line and empire styles to take emphasis off your waistline if you are short-waisted. Your neckline could be sweetheart, halter, or v-shape.

Do you have an Hourglass, Pear, or Apple Shape?

With an hourglass shape, you are curvy with a medium-to-large sized bust. Your bottom is rounded and you have curvy hips. You can show off the curves with a sheath dress or de-emphasize them somewhat with a ball gown or a-line dress. To place more emphasis on the upper portion of your body, choose a dress with an embellished neckline.

With a pear shape, you are probably bottom-heavy, meaning your hips, thighs, and bottom are larger than the upper portion of your body. Choose prom dresses that flatter the upper half of your body such as a-line, empire, or ball gown dresses with a circular halter neckline. Or, a strapless dress might do the trick.

If your body is apple-shaped, your mid-section is probably heavier or thicker than other parts of your body. Maybe your tummy is larger than you would like. Choose dresses that take the emphasis away from your mid-section. An empire gown might work best with this type of figure. An a-line dress can work well too if you have a bodice with boning to give it a slimming effect.

Are you Athletic? Do you have a Large Build?

If you are muscular, have broad shoulders, or a large bust, choose a prom dress that will give you a feminine shape such as a ball gown or empire style dress. The full skirt will immediately add shape at your waistline. With broad shoulders, you might find that trying to cover them with wide straps or sleeves will make them look even wider. Try on a few strapless prom gowns first. You might be pleasantly surprised!

If you have a large bust, be sure your prom dress offers proper support. Choose v-necks or halters and either an a-line or ball gown. To draw attention away from your chest, wear a prom dress that has eye-catching details at its hemline.

With a full figure, there are more styles today than ever in plus size prom dresses. Don't feel uncomfortable on your prom night by trying to squeeze into a smaller gown. Find a dress that fits your body size and flatters your figure.

More "Accentuating" Prom Dress Ideas

There are even more ways you can accentuate certain areas of your body. Prom dresses can also come with stylish features such as beaded panels, a fully beaded bodice, accordion pleating, a jeweled beltline, embroidery designs, sheer overlays, trains, and removable skirts.

Use these tips to get an idea of what style will work best for your body type before you start shopping. Check online to look at various styles and colors. Most online stores carry a variety of dresses including prom dresses, evening dresses, and bridesmaid dresses, so you'll have no problem finding just the right dress.