Thursday, November 15, 2007

Satin carriage dress, about 1889

This well-tailored dress (with a separate bodice and skirt) is made of dark red silk satin and cut velvet. With its high neck and long sleeves it would have been worn in the daytime and, in particular, for making afternoon visits or taking the air in a carriage.

The small puffs on the shoulders point the way to a fashionable enlargement of the sleeves in the early 1890s. By 1895 the very large, leg-of-mutton shape was back in fashion.

Pink and black silk dress, about 1893

This pink and black silk dress with half-sleeves of black lace came from La Samaritaine, a Paris department store.

Large department stores were a new way for women to buy their clothes in the later 19th century. Dresses could be ordered and made to measure in the dressmaking workrooms of these shops.

Crimson and black evening coat,1894

This dramatic evening coat from the late Victorian period looks as if it was made by one of the great French couture houses. In fact, it was bought from the London department store, Peter Robinson, and illustrates how splendid some of the ready-made clothes of this time could be.

A coat of this kind would be worn at night, to a ball, the opera or a very grand dinner. It is made of a rich crimson silk satin patterned with black and with jet trimmings. It has the extremely large, full sleeves fashionable in the mid 1890s.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Woman's dress, late 1850s

A day dress of printed wool muslin, worn with patterned silk shawl, straw bonnet, kid leather gloves and a folding parasol.

Small parasols, with silk canopies (often trimmed with a deep silk fringe) and ivory handles were used when travelling in a carriage. The jointed handles allowed them to be folded up in an enclosed space.

Both parasols and deep-brimmed bonnets shielded the face from the sun – a suntan and freckles were not admired at this period.

Women's day dresses, 1830s

The dress of printed wool, on the left, worn with a white embroidered cotton pelerine collar shows the full ‘gigot’ or leg-of-mutton sleeve fashionable in the mid 1830s.

By the end of the decade, sleeves were much more closely fitting as seen in the green and purple printed wool dress of about 1838, on the right. This is worn with a wide-brimmed bonnet of finely plaited straw trimmed with silk ribbon, and a printed wool shawl.

This was the style of dress fashionable when the young Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837.

Silk pelisse, 1810 - 1815

The pelisse was a type of light overcoat fashionable at this time. It was cut on similar lines to the dress, with a short waistline, long sleeves and a high neck. This pelisse is made of a soft twilled silk called ‘sarsenet’ (often mentioned by Jane Austen in her novels and letters of the same period). These coats were usually lined and were sometimes interlined with lambswool so they were probably warmer than they might appear.

Women's dresses, 1870s

These three fashionable day dresses show how the bustle replaced the crinoline to create a new shape of skirt in the 1870s: flatter at the front and fuller at the back.

As the crinoline passed out of fashion in the late 1860s, a new type of support, known as the bustle, was worn under the skirt. The bustle could take several different forms, such as stiff frills of horsehair cloth or small wire frames.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bridal Dresses

Marriage is the ultimate occasions for brides to dress up and look their best. Indian or western, a wedding is always a grand affair, with the bride clasping the center of attention with her magnificent clothes and elegant jewelery. The outfit of the bride is always the focal point at any wedding. A large part of the preparation revolves around the wedding dress - design, style, color and accessories. Hence making it utmost necessary for a bride to select a perfect bridal wear. It is not just fabrics, embroidery and prints that is important, make-up, jewelery and colors should all complement the bridal outfit.

Patterns & Colors
The rich Indian textile heritage, with stylistic cuts and combinations is poised to become the fashion statement of the coming century. A short-stature bride should avoid wearing heavy outfits like silks and prefer georgettes and crepe. Similarly, a tall bride should fancy heavy embroidered silks. Pinks, oranges, reds, saffrons and blues are a rage among the Indian brides. Bright reds, shades of dark pink also enhance the persona of a fair bride. Similarly, for a dusky bride, shades of peach, light brown would embellish her appearance.

Styles And Drapes
Nowadays many young brides favor the straight skirt lehengas because they don't want to be weighed down by the heavy gold and silver embroidery on full-skirted lehengas. The bride wanting the perfect style should smartly combine the conventional with the unconventional. A heavy embroidered dupatta can be teamed with the lehenga, amalgamating the conventional with the unconventional. Simple and elegant styles create more impact than fancy and heavy ones. For a traditional look, the ever-beautiful sari as a perfect outfit for a bride. A sari has the unique ability to make a woman look traditional and trendy adding a touch of glamor to the most awaited day.

Bridal wear should not consist of organzas and tissues since the garment is at a risk of getting damaged permanently in the long run. Crepe, heavy georgettes, silks, nets lend grace and poise to the bridal ensemble.


Kaftans are long flowing robes or gowns. Often they are garments with long sleeves, and plenty of space to move. The modern Kaftan has become an essential part of the beachwear wardrobe, sleek, fashionable and easy to wear. Comfortable yet elegant, these kaftans are specially designed as lounge wear for all-day comfort at home. Generally, embellished with intricate embroidered work in pleasing designs, they manage to look smart enough to be worn for casual family gatherings in the living room, or even for an afternoon tea session in the garden. Also called muumuus or house, these are specially suited for plus sized women.

Originally the Kaftan was worn by men in the Near East, for example Turkey, the word "kaftan" originates from the Turkish "q-aftan". The original kaftans would have been worn with sleeves longer than the hands and tied with a sash or belt. Today Kaftans are typically worn by women, practical and stylish the garment has evolved into an elegant member of the luxury resort wear collection.

Patterns & Colors
Caftans or Kaftans are beautiful evening gowns with delightful wraps and stoles. Distinctive and elegant in their appearance, most of the Caftan gowns are hand embroidered and easy on all body types. Designers work with a mix of fabrics, colors and embroidery patterns to create kaftans that reflect authenticity, sophistication, and fluid lines. Suitable for both formal and semi-formal occasions, Ladies Kaftans are available from Petite sizes to Plus sizes. The motifs are traditional and contemporary, abstract, geometric and floral. The cool combinations for the summer season & warm-color schemes for the winter are specially created to match the mood of the seasons.

The Caftan is woven in a large variety of colors and traditional styles, with intricate embroidery inherited from great fashionable civilizations. The fabrics used both for clothing and furnishing kaftans are woven by craftsmen according to designs prepared by artists. There are three main types of fabrics used to make ladies kaftans, woven, knitted and non-woven. Preference is given to embroidered fabrics, silk polyester fabrics, brocade fabrics, satin fabrics, nylon fabrics, crepe fabrics and cotton fabrics.

Long Dresses

Fashion is an art form, always changing, slightly elusive, extremely seductive and has the power to transform an image and make a social statement. Long dresses made of contemporary fabrics, possess timeless construction and are available in innovate styling that respects the traditions of design. The multitude of designs and styles in a long dress reflects a balance of modern comfort, impeccable craftsmanship and classic confidence. Long dresses are usually preferred by the full figured ladies as these are extremely versatile, comfortable and give a slimming effect. Long dresses are worn on special occasions such as weddings, and beach parties.

Patterns & Colors
Ladies long dresses include evening wear such as gowns & robes, long Sarongs, long Skirts, all these available in several patterns and solid colors. Fabric colors used are light aqua, dark aqua, lime, yellow, white, royal, navy, red, purple, black, brown, animal print, silver metallic and gold metallic. Other prints include red tulip, floral impressions, blue green fern, zebra and magnolia. Each dresses contain an assortment of sizes, styles and colors.

The choice of fabrics depend upon fashion trends and market demands. Mostly these pieces are made of soft georgette material and linen. But ladies long dress can be manufactured in woven fabrics like viscose and polyester, chiffons, silks, cottons, and they can be in the form of plain dyed fabrics, prints, checks, stripes, dobbins, tie and dye, shaded etc.

Monday, November 12, 2007


The traditional simple long skirt and blouse changed with time to Lachhaa. Now it is a favourite party ware. The embroidery and finery can make Lachha more expensive than any of the traditional costumes. It has become a popular bridal wear now a days.

Indian Dresses

The salwar is a favorite dress among the younger generation. Indian salwaar kameez is comfortable & fashion clothing for women and so it is worn at home & even outdoors. In other words, it is used for formal and casual occasions. In the earlier days it had a long top and a simple bottom. With the change of time new trends have set in. The tops have gone short and the bottom is having a wide variety of stitching like parallel and divided slits.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Boat Necklines

The straight sheath dress, harking back to the 1950s, is a hot autumn evening party dress choice. Necklines are primarily boat shaped, but sometimes can be square cut with wide or narrow straps or strapless bandeaus. These three evening party dresses have more tulip volume from the waistline and taper to a narrow hemline.

The plainer silhouette is used to show lush fabrics including satins, lace overlays, flocked fabrics and brocades to advantage. These evening party dresses and shown in the thumbnails above, are from left to right, the Christmas ranges of House of Fraser, Wallis, and Marks and Spencer. Images of these ladies party dresses are courtesy of the respective companies are available later in autumn.

The Party Dress Necklines/ Silhouettes for Fall 2006

The black and white dress left and the deep purple dress above are both created by the much loved high street retailer Monsoon. Each is the perfect red-carpet short party dress for a woman who can carry off the pretty baby doll elements of the empire line designs.

Each ladies party dress is romantic, feminine, striking, yet tasteful.

Each is the sort of dress that should it suit your figure type and personality. This party dress will carry you through several seasons, because full skirts can only get fuller as we take on 'volume' fashion looks.

V necks are popular and are taking on more of a wide-set V shape rather than being the pure narrow plunge necklines of other years. Plunge necklines are still around, yet because of the more refined elements of the rest of a dress, seem to have left that old fashioned raunchy look behind.

Note how skirts in all four styles have become fuller and each skim the knee line. Soft chiffons and luxury silks are ultra feminine and ladylike. These two evening party dresses below are from high street retailers Laura Ashley and French Connection.

The Laura Ashley's pale silver grey dress is subtly understated, yet very glamorous with its cinched in waist.

The yellow lemon party dress from French Connection is Grecian in line and has that same soft feminine charge. The French Connection evening party dress also comes in dark charcoal grey shown in the centre, giving an almost classic little black dress version.

Lots of women hate showing their arms, especially if they have poor tone. A sleeveless dress can often be matched in the store with a cover up garment such as a shrug or other bolero jacket. Make friends with the assistant and ask what variety of cover-up items they have that match the dress you have selected.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Diesel Chunky Knit Dress

Super chunky knits are filling the highstreet rails faster than ever and all the celebs are wearing them too. For a big statement look, its better to go for a bright colour or bold pattern. That’s why I’ve chosen this one from ASOS. The contrasting blue and red aztec stitching is an instant eye catcher.

It is made by Diesel and has a discreet metal branded disc on one of the cuffs. Knits are strictly for daywear only, so don’t try and pull one off for the evening. Now make sure you balance the oversized top with either skinny jeans or tights on the bottom, and for curvier girls, you should belt up with a waist clincher to create an instant shape. This chunky knit dress will set you back £120.

Taffeta Cocktail Dress

A friend of mine wore this gorgeous dress to the National TV Awards yesterday evening and it looks so much better on than it does in this picture. The colour is stunning and the material silky, it has to be the ultimate dress of the season. The colour is more purple than how it appears in the image, much more vibrant and flattering.

The top of the dress is tight like a corset to hold you in firmly and the skirt puffs out slightly from the hips giving the illusion of a tiny waist. That’s what we all like to hear!

Try pairing with some black peep toes, a stylish black cardi and a clutch for that super sexy style. The dress is from Oasis and can be bought on line or in stores for £65 – not bad for such a beauty! Oasis has a fantastic range of purple designs this Autumn/Winter in the form of dresses, jumpers, tights, tops and jackets.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Evening Dress

Obviously, none of the above mentioned clothing would be any good for a grand soiree or rout. For an important haut ton event, something truly special was required.

Unlike afternoon dress, for evening it was quite proper to show one's bosom. Indeed, some bodices were so low they were in danger of showing even more. Wide scoop necklines were popular for evening wear, as were low squared necklines and low bodices cut straight across. In some paintings of bodices of this type, it's hard to imagine how the sleeves even attached.

evening gown For evening wear, light fabrics were still favored, but they were richer. Very fine muslin, silk satin, duchesse silk and light taffetas were all popular. Braver, older or married women sometimes wore silk velvet. There was an unspoken dress code for debutantes, which applied as much to evening wear as afternoon dress. Young ladies were expected to wear pastels and white. The more sophisticated, darker colors were off-limits to unmarried misses just out of the schoolroom.

Of course, it's important to remember that dark colors would not show well by candlelight; if one wore black, one would likely disappear! To this end, many dresses utilized metallic trim and glass or crystal beading to catch the light. Short sleeves were often seen in evening dress, but long gloves were a necessity. Above-the-elbow was the preferred length. We often think of gloves as either white or black, but many different colors of kid leather were used, including yellow and blue.

Outerwear for the evening included cloaks, capes and shawls. To my knowledge, spencers and pelisses were never worn with evening dress.

Afternoon Dress

The term “afternoon dress” can apply to many different types of gowns. In general, any afternoon dress is the opposite of a morning dress: it's meant to be seen. Other than that, the type of situation it was meant to be seen in would dictate its style. During the Regency, light muslins were very popular for afternoon dress. In the first few years of the 19th century, so many young women died after catching a chill or pneumonia due to wearing these light gowns in the winter that it was called “the muslin disease”!

During the day, one's bosom was entirely covered (well, unless one were beyond the pale). Even dresses with low scoop necklines were filled in with a chemisette (a dickey made of thin material) or fichu (a thin scarf tucked into a low neckline). Unlike today, cleaveage was NOT a daytime accessory.

A walking gown or promenade gown was meant for – you guessed it! – walking. It would be made in the most fashionable style, with beautiful trimmings, and worn while shopping or walking through the park. A walking dress could also be worn to pay calls on other families. The name is somewhat misleading, because nothing about it made it better for walking than any other dress. When trains were popular for daywear, walking dresses had them, and I can't imagine that would have been easy!

Another type of afternoon dress was a carriage dress or traveling dress. These were made out of slightly heavier fabrics, ones that would resist wrinkles more than a cotton muslin. Also, they tended not to have as many trimmings, which could become crushed during a long carriage ride.

Riding habits were also worn sometimes for traveling, but more often they were worn for (no, wait, don't tell me) riding. Made out of a sturdy material (like wool), a riding habit consisted of a dress with a very simple bodice and a jacket that was meant to cover it at all times. Imagine it as wearing a sportsbra under a blazer instead of a regular shirt. Sure, it's there, but you're not going to take off your blazer and let everyone see it.

The skirts of a riding habit were also longer and fuller than the skirts for a walking dress or carriage dress. They had to be in order to be draped over the ladies legs and protect her modesty while she rode sidesaddle. Riding habits took many details from men's clothing, the jackets being rather mannish in cut, and even the hats worn while riding were distinctly masculine. Riding habits also took many details from military uniforms, often being decorated with military-style piping or embroidery and epaulettes.

walking dress Outerwear was an important part of afternoon dress, especially if one didn't want to catch the muslin disease! Long hooded cloaks were always popular, as were many different styles of shawls. Some were decorated with classical Greek motifs, others with a paisley pattern (yes, paisley was around even then). The weights of shawls could vary from soft, heavy cashmere to light silk or even muslin in the spring and summer.

Another type of outerwear was the spencer. It was supposedly created by Earl Spencer (a great-great-great… ancestor of Princess Diana) when the bottom of his coat burned off after he'd had his back to the fire. Whether this is true or not, spencers were high-waisted jackets which could be worn over afternoon dresses of any type for warmth.

A close relative of the spencer was the pelisse. pelisse Most pelisses were basically spencers with an attached skirt. They provided more warmth than a spencer, because it would also keep one's ankles toasty. Some pelisses looked a bit more like shorter robes, ending at the knee or so, but to me these seem to defeat the purpose. One's ankles would freeze! Both spencers and pelisses took many details from men's clothing, and often had a military theme. Because of the War with Napoleon, military details were extremely popular for most of the Regency.

Other must-have afternoon dress accessories were gloves, muffs, bonnets, caps or hats, and of course appropriate footwear. But that is a story for another day

Morning Dress

The modern equivalent of a Regency morning dress would be the ratty sweats and old college T-shirt you wear while dying your hair. Fine for around the house, but you'd NEVER wear them in front of anyone. A morning gown worked on the same principle. It was a plain, generally unadorned gown that was never worn out of the house.

Because it was never worn outside, morning dresses were usually made of thin material and had no trimmings. Sometimes, they were made from older fabric, the kind with large flower prints that had been so popular in the last few decades of the 18th century. Most families would have had fabric like this lying around, either in remnants or old dresses. It made sense to reuse this fabric for dresses that would never be seen by anyone outside of family. Why, with all the money they saved in this way, they could buy more fashionable dresses for public viewing!

Other than that, they were pretty much indistinguishable from any other type of dress. They were made in the same style, certainly, with a high waist and long or short sleeves. But again, because it was never worn out of the house, a morning dress wouldn't necessarily be in the first stare of fashion. Morning dresses didn't always have long trains, for instance, even when they were popular. It wasn't unusual for a Regency miss to salvage the trim from a gone-out-of-style dress, use the trim on a new dress, and keep the old one as a morning dress. The modern equivalent of a Regency morning dress would be the ratty sweats and old college T-shirt you wear while dying your hair. Fine for around the house, but you'd NEVER wear them in front of anyone. A morning gown worked on the same principle. It was a plain, generally unadorned gown that was never worn out of the house.

Because it was never worn outside, morning dresses were usually made of thin material and had no trimmings. Sometimes, they were made from older fabric, the kind with large flower prints that had been so popular in the last few decades of the 18th century. Most families would have had fabric like this lying around, either in remnants or old dresses. It made sense to reuse this fabric for dresses that would never be seen by anyone outside of family. Why, with all the money they saved in this way, they could buy more fashionable dresses for public viewing!

Other than that, they were pretty much indistinguishable from any other type of dress. They were made in the same style, certainly, with a high waist and long or short sleeves. But again, because it was never worn out of the house, a morning dress wouldn't necessarily be in the first stare of fashion. Morning dresses didn't always have long trains, for instance, even when they were popular. It wasn't unusual for a Regency miss to salvage the trim from a gone-out-of-style dress, use the trim on a new dress, and keep the old one as a morning dress.

Monday, November 5, 2007

How To Choose The Proper Exercise Apparel For Your Workouts

One of the most important aspects of working out is choosing the appropriate workout attire that will be comfortable during the exercise you are doing. A lot of this is personal preference depending upon what is comfortable to you. You can’t just look at your workout buddy’s gym attire and then buy the same things they have unless you truly know that those same garments will be okay for you. There are a few things that will help you keep from having to go through the hassle of returns.

One of the first things you want to look at is fabrics that will move moisture out away from your body which will keep you dry and comfortable for long and sweaty workouts. If you are doing high impact aerobics or running you will want a fabric that will remove moisture as well so that you will stay as dry as possible. This type of apparel will be more expensive but it will be well worth it. If you aren’t going to be working out so hard that you sweat a lot then you can go with a blend of polyester, cotton, and spandex.

The next thing we want to look at now that we know the appropriate fabrics is how to choose the right cuts that will be good for the activities you are doing. If you live in an area where it is cool and you will be exercising outdoors you will want to buy the exercise apparel in layers that you can remove as you heat up and tie them around your waist or place in a light backpack. The clothing layer that is next to your skin should be either long sleeve or a tank top depending upon the weather and temperature. You may choose to wear a sweatshirt over the first layer which can then be topped off with an all weather jacket if you are going to be in rain, sleet, or snow.

As far as pants go there are a great number of choices in pants that wick moisture and some of them even come in thermal styles to help keep you warm which can be worn by themselves or with another layer. If you are training in the cold be sure to wear a cap or hat to keep your head warm, much of our body heat is lost through the head when it is cold.

If you are training or exercising in a commercial gym or in your own home it is also smart to dress in layers so that you can remove clothing as you warm up. When weightlifting or doing aerobics especially a t-shirt can become tight and rigid due to being wet and will give you some skin irritation. If you dress in layers you will always be comfortable no matter what climate you are in.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about exercise apparel as well as casual wear at

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Wide Collection of Mature Ladies Dresses

There are wide collections of mature ladies dresses in market. Women are just like fine wine. As they get older, more mature, and more beautiful, their inner woman seems to gain a sense of assured confidence, brought on by the years of experience in life. As women get older their sense of fashion seems to mature along with them.

We have to take care on certain points while purchasing mature ladies dresses. We need to keep in mind the fact that as we get older some part of our body tends to surrender to gravity. We need to choose dresses with good support to our body. Full evening dress, or white tie, the most formal civilian dress code, especially in the United Kingdom. An evening gown, the standard mature lady attire for black tie events.

We need to wear dresses with a classic style. Classic styles are called classic because they remain in style year after year. Because they look good on so many bodies! Sheathes, A-line skirts, flat front pants — all tend to flatter a variety of shapes. Covering appropriately is the key to aging gracefully. If your upper arms, thighs, and d├ęcolletage have all seen better days, it's time to cover them up a bit instead of sharing the wear-and-tear with the world. Add a beautiful necklace and draw envious glances from women of all ages.

There are enormous range of clothing for ladies aged 50 years and upward, ranging from casual attire through to smart semi-formal and eveningwear and underwear. We need to choose the right size to fit our body. Don’t go for items which fit too tightly. At the same times items which are too loose should also be avoided.

Indu Nair is the article writer for Looking Good. Looking Good is an independent, family run mail order business which has supplied senior ladies with quality merchandise for over 25 years. For more details, please our mature lady dresses online store.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Below, you'll find extensive information on leading wholesale apparel articles and products to help you on your way to success.

Julie Ann Apparel To Exhibit Wholesale Women's Fashions At Off-price Specialist Show
(ContentDesk) August 23, 2005 -- Julie Ann Apparel, a market leader in women's wholesale apparel fashions, will exhibit over 2,000 samples of in-stock merchandise at the Off-Price Specialist Show, Aug. 26-30, 2005, at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas. Julie Ann Apparel's 1,000 sq. ft. salon exhibit booth will display current, major label merchandise that distinguishes Julie Ann as a leading women's wholesale apparel fashion company."Julie Ann Apparel is known for the quality of its merchandise.

We're in style and in-stock, with no minimums per style," said Jonathan Gordon, Vice President of Julie Ann Apparel. With over 12,000 buyers shopping the Off-Price Specialist Show, Julie Ann Apparel has a great opportunity to showcase some of its most popular fashions."One of the highlights of the Julie Ann exhibit will be our own Julie Gordon private label blouses. We also will offer Redd Jeans, a popular brand, as a distributor," Jonathan Gordon said. Julie Ann

Tips for Christian Ladies New to Plain and Simple Dressing

Many of you will be coming to this Web site as a “newbie” (someone new to plain and simple dressing.) It is very helpful to have a starting point as throwing out everything you own and buying all new clothes can be a bit overwhelming! What you may want to do is start with just a few pieces and add on bit by bit as you discover what works for you.

As a kind of “head to toe” makeover, I will give you a few tips on dressing simply.

Head Coverings: Many ladies tend to buy a bunch of different styles to try out and waste a great deal of money on coverings that they will never wear. If you are new to covering, it is best to start with something simple that you will not feel too conspicuous in, such as a kerchief or scarf. You may find that you like this style enough to stay with it. After you have been covering for a while and begin to feel more comfortable, you may want to try some of the other styles.

Be prepared though—certain styles are going to generate more questions and comments from friends, family, and the general public. I’ve been asked if
I was a nun, why I was wearing “that thing” on my head, and if I was Amish. Although these questions can be a great opportunity to share your faith, it can be traumatic for the shy sister. Many a sister has stopped dressing the way they wanted due to unwanted social interactions. For those that are maybe a bit bolder, there are many different styles available, from a very Amish type prayer capp to a cute little fabric cap reminiscent of the early pilgrims.

Summer Head Coverings: Head coverings should be made of a light fabric that “breathes,” such as batiste or cotton. The new sister may find at first that covering one’s head makes you feel much hotter. However, once you get used to it, you won’t notice the covering and will feel “naked” without it. Many coverings are available in lace, but, depending upon your beliefs, that may or may not be an alternative.

Winter Head Coverings: Many ladies like bonnets in flannel or wool and wool or fleece shawls for keeping warm. Most coverings can be worn under a bonnet so that you don’t have to keep changing headgear when going in or out. Fleece hoods or mantles are wonderful for winter as well, and many will go over your covering with ease.

Dresses and Undergarments: You will find that most stores don’t carry anything that you can wear. Most of the clothing in stores is too worldly for the simply dressing sister. While it is certainly your own choice to buy from a store, most women prefer to have fewer garments that are made to their specifications by a seamstress. I have several very plain cotton dresses that were custom-made, and I’ve worn them until they’re so faded so you can’t tell the original color anymore! With custom-sewn clothing, you can have your hemlines done long, the dresses done looser, and you can choose what you do or don’t want on your clothes. The Web, and this Web site in particular, is a wonderful resource for finding seamstresses that specialize in simple clothing.

Summer Dressing: For summer, you may want to start out with just a few cotton dresses. Blends work best, as they are less apt to need ironing and are cool. Many women prefer knits, but one has to be cautious that they’re not too clingy revealing too much of the figure! A cotton or muslin slip and a few pairs of muslin bloomers are good to have as well. Broomstick skirts are an excellent choice for summer and go well with T-shirts, polos, and more formal blouses. Cape dresses and vest dresses are very modest and comfortable as well, but they are not available in stores. Jumpers are a great alternative for either summer or winter (or both) as the style and warmth can be changed just by changing tops. There are a good many seamstresses listed on the Web that sew cape and vest dresses and jumpers to your specifications.

With the warmer weather, many women prefer to go without stockings, while others prefer to wear knee-high nylons. With the longer hemlines of plain dresses, knee-highs are a cool and comfortable alternative to full hosiery.

Winter Dressing: In the winter, warmth is a big consideration, especially if you live in a cold climate. Flannel bloomers or pantalettes are great, but be sure to wear a nylon slip over them as you will find that the fabric from your skirt or dress will tend to creep up. Tights are very warm, as are long underwear bottoms. Generally, microfiber is the warmest and most comfortable, and again, you will need a nylon slip to keep your skirt from riding up.

Plus Size Ladies - Dress to Impress

Do you want some advice and tips that will give you a great confidence boost? Of course you do!!

Well here are a few tips to ensure you know that you are looking your best that will give you that confidence boost! The following tips show how we larger ladies can make the most of our fantastic and sexy figures as we dress to impress.

It really sounds so obvious, but it is really important to make sure that you are wearing the right size bra, so that you get excellent support and a impressive flattering shape.

Firstly, you need to think about which bra is appropriate for what you are wearing, as remember that your underwear provides the foundations for your outerwear. Try to stick to smooth bras for wearing underneath fitted or sheer tops. If you are wearing a white or sheer top choose a flesh tone bra as these are best for not showing through these coloured tops.

Loose, baggy clothes can often give the impression that you are big all over, as opposed to simply big busted. The key to flattering big boobs is to wear fitted or streamline shapes, as these are much more flattering than shapless, baggy clothes. Look for fitted tops with darts or seams under the bust as these will make you look instantly slimmer as they will define your waist.

Stretch fabrics like knits and cotton Lycra are great if you want to emphasise your shape, but remember to wear a plain or smooth bra underneath tighter tops to obtain the smooth finish.

It is important to choose round, scooped and V-necklines as they tend to be more flattering for bigger boobs than high necklines.

Also, beware of shapes that cut you in half as these can make you look like you have no waistline, unless you have a long waistline. Be careful with box jackets and wide belts – look for jackets that follow the contours of your body (whether short or long). If you are short waisted, do not tuck tops in with a belt – wearing tops on the outside of your trousers or skirt, level with your hipbone, will lengthen your torso.

As a rule, it is much better to keep it simple from the neck to the waist by avoiding too much detail and choosing plain colours. Be careful with large prints, busy designs, and patch pockets over the bust as these patterns can draw a lot of attention to the bust area,.

Generally light coloured tops and dark bottoms will emphasise your boobs and dark tops and light bottoms will draw attention away from your bust area dark bottoms. Us larger girls should stick to the latter.

Most ladies love to wear jewellery and if chosen correctly can add the perfect finishing touches to any outfit. Necklaces - it is much more flattering to wear them above your bust. Beware – stay clear of necklaces that hang over your boobs.

If you follow the tips above you will look and feel gorgeous and boost your confidence. Come on you sexy ladies - it is time to dress to impress!!

Ladies Pageant Dresses - Different Rules Apply!

Choosing the right pageant dress for the many various kinds of pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, Miss World and Miss Universe, is not only fun for these young ladies, they have to be very creative in choosing a dress which would complement their personalities. In some instances like the Miss Universe for instance, their dress would determine whether they were eligible to compete to the next level of the competition or be eliminated.

Some of these competitions require the contestants to wear a dress designed in a certain style and this form of competition is even harder, because it depends on how the individual wears the dress, the manner in which she carries herself and of course her posture. Just imagine a room full of around say forty women all wearing the same dress and you have to choose whom it looks best on.

There are many pageants that allow you to choose your own dress design, so this is much easier than having to wear the same style dress as all the other contestants, you get to choose a dress that gives you personality and complements all your natural inner beauty. Make sure to choose a color that would complement your complexion and would accentuate the color of your eyes. You want to look like you have already won the competition. Be sure to choose a material that is comfortable to the touch because it is very important that you and the dress you are wearing must look as though they are designed for each other.

When choosing a pageant dress, another rule that is important is to choose a dress to suit your particular figure and since we can assume that most of these contestants will have very petite figures, they should select a fitted dress that would show off their figure. Choose a dress with plain dark colors which will give you a streamlined effect. Some helpful guidelines that you should consider are when wearing prints be sure to keep them in proportion if they are too big it will make you look lopsided, if you decided to go with a layered dress make sure that the material is lightweight like silk, linen or cotton, if you choose a two piece skirt and top, try to avoid using contrasting colors such as light blue top with dark skirt, choose an all in one color. Remember the more fitted the dress the more flattering it will look.

Find more great tips and ideas on dressing at a website offering tips, advice and resources on topics such as teen fashion, dresses by Jennifer Lopez, shopping for a mini dress and even modern prom dresses.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tips for Finding Stylish Ladies Dresses

It seems that at times far too many people experience difficulties while choosing clothes that are appropriate for them? Is it so hard to find clothes that suit the occasion and the age? Why do so many people find it so difficult to dress him or herself adequately?

Lately, I visited a shareholder's dinner for the local hospital. I cannot even describe what I saw there! I was amazed by the clothes all people were wearing!

The shareholder's meeting included a dinner and an annual report of the hospital's financial situation. Over two hundred people were present at the shareholder's meeting. I was astonished to see that only about a half of them was wearing clothes, which are appropriate for the occasion. I even met women who were dressed as young girls. Probably, they have no mirrors at home!

Now, I'm going to read to all you women a short lecture about how to search for ladies dresses in a store. The regular stores are separated in sections. Lady's clothes are separated in two groups: there are a juniors' section which is meant for girls 19 years of age and under and then the misses' section that is meant for woman older than 19. All women that are under 19 years old must look for their ladies dresses in the misses' section.

Ladies dresses often follow the latest fashion, which changes from season to season. However, ladies dresses more often than not are in more classic styles. Ladies dresses usually have a simple design that suits many occasions. Ladies dresses must be modest and stylish in order to match a variety of events.

At the shareholder's meeting, I met women I met many women who were dresses excessively for that occasion. They probably had not realized that they were wearing ladies dresses, which were made to be worn at very formal or special occasions such as a wedding, opera or formal ball.

On the contrary, there were women who were dressed in their everyday clothes, sweaters, and jeans. What was going on there? I even saw people wearing blue jeans and T-shits. I appreciate people who try to express their personality through clothes but anyway I believe clothes have to fit the occasion.

Up to me, the ladies dresses that fitted the shareholder's meeting were those ladies dresses with stylish and simple design, which were complemented with refined accessories. The women who were wearing such ladies dresses had found a way to demonstrate their tasteful choice. They seemed to be self-assured and proud.

Contrariwise, women who were overdressed gave a sense of being unsure of themselves. Women who were trying show a youthful appearance were in fact leaving the impression of not caring.

I believe these women were not aware of how strong impression they may leave with their ladies dresses. I draw myself many conclusions. Based on ladies dresses choice, I can guess what a woman's character is. For example, if I see a woman dressed in her daughter's clothes, I think to myself that may be she is very desperate of losing her youth.

I will try to make her understand that if she had chosen an appropriate dress in the ladies dresses, she would convince everyone as well as herself that she is proud of what she had achieved. She may meet some very important people at this shareholder's dinner. They may judge her by her clothes. First impression is lasts long. Ladies dresses can help her leave a positive one.

Morgan Hamilton offers expert advice and great tips regarding all aspects concerning fashion. Get the information you are seeking now by visiting Stylish Ladies Dresses

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Party Dress Selection

The party season is always with us, but somehow the season leading up to Christmas makes women panic before they find that special evening party dress. The reaction is just the same if the search is for a prom dress.

This page includes a mixed range of dresses suitable for a variety of age groups. Mostly the available dresses in shops are sleeveless and this is a concern for many older women including myself. Once the tone in the arms goes, opt for little top arm cover-ups for these dresses. Somewhere there will be a jacket or shrug that makes a dress you might initially refuse to consider turn into a wearable option with a small top layer. See below and a bolero jacket here.Bo Party Dress in Purple £135 from Monsoon

If you are younger then you can wear short evening party dresses that are totally feminine and show legs and plenty of bare shoulder.

Above Left - short dress from Matalan.

Right - A very pretty dress called the Bo Party Dress in dark purple at £135 and from Monsoon. It would also make a great short prom dress.

The time to get away with the skimpier look is when you are young and much lovelier than you will ever realise. One day it dawns on you that if only you had known how good you looked at 21, you would have had more confidence to wear clothes that really are difficult to wear wisely when you advance in years!