Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fashion Clothing Tips for Short Women

Petite curvaceous women definitely need to elongate their body using their clothing style for minimizing the volume. This is the general rule for the women owning this type of figure. In order to cover the faults of a figure not belonging to a tall, skinny ‘giraffe’ type model, you need to follow some essential tricks.

– Your aim is to elongate your body. The most frequent mistake petite women making in terms of clothing is cutting their bodies by using pieces of clothes as jackets and belts in the wrong proportions. Wearing large belts on top of pants or skirts together with blouses of different color is not the best choice as it cuts the body in two parts, drawing attention to the shortness of the figure.

– You should also avoid wearing extra fabric around the waist. You already possess a good amount of volume in this area and the last thing you need adding some more.

– A false myth is the idea that very long skirts make your legs look long. Very long, baggy skirts make your legs look shorter. Long skirts may make you look taller if they go down to the ankle level and if they are straight.

– A good trick to elongate your legs is to wear straight pants that cover your shoes. This will definitely add some extra inches to your legs.

– Mixing colors is permitted for petite women but remember that it is the monochromatic clothing that makes you look taller and slimmer.

– Avoid wearing thick fabric clothing as it adds extra weight to your figure.

– The best trick to elongate your body is to wear vertical lines patterned clothing. But keep in mind not to exaggerate as you will end up looking like a zebra. It is enough to wear a pair of jeans that have a vertical line in the seams and you will create the illusion of a taller person. Just one or two lines are enough to create this illusion. Try to avoid wearing clothing items with multiple vertical lines or mixing two garments with lines pattern.

– If you also have some extra pounds, the best way to hide them is to fit properly the clothing items. Remember that oversize t-shirts don’t hide extra pounds, they make people look baggy, without any shape.

– Too tight means too bad. However very tight clothes are risky too.Properly fitted clothes help you show the best of your body. Never wear clothes that show an open view of your tummy. It will only call attention to this wrong part of your figure.

– And the ‘must do’ rule for petite women is to always wear high heels. Matching stilettos to long, straight pants is the combination that will make you look taller and slimmer in any situation.


Fashion Clothing Design and the Secrets of How to Never Run Out of Ideas and Inspiration

As a fashion clothing designer you have to be able to come up with many new, hopefully, original ideas in a consistent time frame in order to produce a new garment collection for every season.

So where and how can you get those fashion design ideas and concepts from? And in the middle of all that creativity, how do you stay within the realm of marketability and wearability at the same time?

Inspiration is sometimes thought of as some mysterious magical occurrence that only blesses a few of the most talented, creative people. This is not the case though. You can create your own inspiration and motivation by developing a keen eye and an avid appreciation for everything around you and I mean everything.

All aspiring fashion clothing designers are advised to research costume history, and the work of the many top fashion designers before them. This is correct to do but it shouldn’t be the at all and be all of your ‘inspiration’ resource.

First step, start learning about fashion history / costume design in other countries around the world, including the one’s you don’t like or aren’t interested in, you never know what you’ll find out. For example, the mini skirt was a tribal Chinese costume and the bikini was everyday wear in Brazil. You never know what kind of neat facts you’ll discover.

Start imagining how you can combine styles from various periods with elements and garment designs from completely different cultures and see what you can come up with.

Second, now it’s time to get away from fashion altogether and take a look at the rest of what’s happening visually and ‘texturally’ in the world. Some examples to check out are

– coloring and markings of lynx and bobcats
– patterns and shapes of seashells
– textures and forms and lichen
– architectural styles around the world
– interior design styles around the world
– shapes of insects and beetles
– pattern and coloring on birds of prey
– shapes of bird’s bodies
– ‘architecture’ of flowers
– delicateness of bat wings combined with their furry soft bodies
– the ‘look’ of some art and fantasy films
– the style of different ‘futures’ from various Sci-Fi films
– how seaweed looks underwater

All of these very beautiful things, from water falls to moon craters can be fuel for new kinds for fashion designs. Think outside of the box and combine totally non-related things like tulips and Tim Burton films with the architectural elegance of Taj Mahal. That’s the main idea for manufacturing originality, combining unrelated things or things that have not been put previously combined.

This can come out pretty crazy, garment wise right? How to keep your collection marketable than? Simple,

1. between which ever colors are ‘in’ and what would look great in your collection, choose the right color combinations

2. depending on who your intended market is, think about the garment styles and fit they already wear and modify them, incorporating “pieces” of your inspirations and combine them into the kind of look you’re after

3. make sure your designs are comfortable

4. where ever possible, incorporate or adopt what ever happens to be the season’s trend as long as you can do it in a way that works well together with your fashion clothing design concept

Following these tips will help you avoid any kind of fashion designer block so your work flow will be a lot smoother and you’ll be consistently productive without the fear of facing “concept drought”.


Tips to Selecting Eco Fashion Clothes

‘Eco fashion’ is a relatively new term in the fashion industry and it basically refers to clothes and accessories that are produced responsibly and are made using eco-friendly products. According to STEP (Sustainable Technology Education Product), eco-fashion clothes pay attention to “the environment, working conditions of the people in the [fashion] industry and the health of the consumers.” Thus, these clothes are the result of a conscious attempt to strike the perfect balance with nature while keeping all parties happy.

As you can see, eco-fashion clothes have a stringent criterion to live up to. So, they are made using natural, recycled organic raw materials. It is important that eco fashion clothes be organic because only then can they serve the purpose. For instance, most of our clothes are made of cotton. But, did you know that cotton crop accounts for a large share of pesticides used today? Thus, the thrust of eco fashion clothes is to use products that do not harm the environment in anyway, actively or passively. Eco-fashion clothes even go so far as to shun harsh, artificial chemicals and dyes. Additionally, these clothes are made in a responsible environment, by people who are earning fair wages for the honest labor they put in.

Some of the characteristics of true-blue eco-fashion is:

  • These clothes are generally locally made. So, they are made of eco-friendly materials.
  • Eco-fashion is 100% organic. Organic material is made using very little pesticide, if any.
  • Eco-friendly clothes are made in a fair and honest environment. You may probably have to pay more for these clothes, but you can wear them with pride and happiness because you know that the people manufacturing these clothes are paid their fair share. Thus, these clothes are made in an eco-conscious manner and are produced by eco-conscious companies.
  • Eco-fashion is recycled. Vintage stores have some of the best collections of recycled clothes. These clothes are trendy and they make use of recycled scarves, t-shirts, costumes and curtains.

These days, you can see an increasing desire to go green. Many superstars take great pride in showcasing their eco-fashion clothes. Others have even resorted to shocking advertisements in order to draw attention to the exploitation of animals in producing fashionable clothes. With all the negativity associated with it, fashion, as we knew it, is slowly undergoing a revolution. Today, ‘eco-fashion’ is displayed in high profile dos like the Fashion Week in NY and London. Many upscale retailers are also happy to house these products. That is why many designers are producing striking designs, styles and colors in eco-friendly clothes. With all this activity, the emerging green ‘belt’ of the world is undoubtedly catching the attention of many, many people.