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Fashion Tips For Your Shoes

Shoes are definitely one of the most sought after accessories. In order for you to be able to look trendy, you should be going for something that can help your personality shine through. Giving a new spin on your usual pairs can help you stand out from among the crowd.

FASHION TIPS FOR YOUR SHOES

1. Go For the Chunky

Chunky Heels are great for those who love height and preppy styles. They are much more comfortable and easy to walk around in. Try wearing T-strap chunky heals and wear them over beautifully patterned tights and pair it with a solid colored skirt for that added flair. Patterned tights give an instant twist to your look. This will definitely make you look sweet and girly.

2. Invest On Chic Flats and Small Heels

Flats are one of the most basic pairs of shoes that you should invest in. Try wearing classic flats with little kitten heels. If you want these shoes to stand out, it is best to pair them with skinny ankle jeans. Try wearing colored versions such as burgundy and army green. This will help in adding a pop of color to your outfit.

3. Amp Up Your Boots

Boots are definite must have items for fall. Play up your pair by folding them. Use them with patterned tights for that instant oomph. Another option is to wear colorful leg warmers underneath your boots. They give a unique edge to your look without having to put on that much effort. Also, for those who have short legs, wearing tights in the same color as your boots will help elongate them.

4. Change Your Laces

You don’t really need to get new boots in order to keep up with the trend. You can give your old boots an instant makeover by changing up the laces. This will add a unique edge to your style.

5. Go Nude

Nude heels go well with any outfit. Invest your money on good, sturdy pairs with classic designs. These will be your go-to choice for dressy occasions such as weddings, graduation ceremonies and proms.

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The Basics of Mens Dress Shoes

The main difference between these two lacings is the lace-ups area. Blucher lacing are open-throat lacing while the balmoral lacing are closed-throat with a ‘V’ shaped lacing. Men requiring high instep or uses high insoles would definitely prefer the blucher lacing. The open-throat allows more adjustment to give way around the instep than balmoral lacing.

Lace-ups are the most acceptable styles around the world for businesswear. Dressiness of lace-up mens dress shoes styles starts from the smoothness of the leather used (rough grain leather are less dressy), followed by the type of lacing (blucher is considered more casual than balmoral), and finally the amount of detailing (the more details like perforation, the less dressy).

Slip-ons or loafers are the other option for mens dress shoes styles that has been regarded as the less formal dress shoes. But we should not assume that all slip-ons are casual. There is a particular category of loafers which are meant for the evening black-tie affairs.

Besides its ease of wear, it is also a versatile pair of mens dress shoes that can be clean in its cut with minimal detailing and suitable for both casual and formal wear. One of my favorite mens dress shoes styles. It is simple and yet elegant with an exceptional clean cut. The Plain-Toe Oxfords can have both the blucher lacing and balmoral lacing.

A Plain-Toe Blucher Oxford definitely has a less formal look compared to the balmoral lacing ones.
The Plain-Toe Balmoral Oxfords work well for both business wear as well as formal occasions that require a dressy pair of dress shoes. Its popularity lies on its versatility, elegant, and firm design that draws so many men to it.

The Plain Blucher Oxfords can also transform into a casual style suitable for business wear. The use of rougher grains of leather will make it look less dressy, and examples would be using crocodile skin to create such a look.

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Fashion Tips From Runway Models

I’ve been working with runway models for just over six years. From all the hustle and bustle back stage I got to learn a lot of fun and unexpected fashion tips and tricks from my model friends. These are quick fixes for a fashion emergency.

Slip Proof Heels
Runway models often have to wear crazy shoes that usually do not fit their actual size. To ensure a safe walk that will prevent the ankle bender on the runway, models will often pat the bottom of the heels with a paper towel soaked in soda, so when it dries, the bottom of the shoe becomes a little sticky, hence preventing the slippery cow move on the runway. I’ve also seen models scratch the bottom of the heel with a key or a knife; this makes ridges that help to prevent slipping as well. Stuffing shoes and heels is big thing in runway fashion. Your shoe is too big? Stuff it with some tissue, either in back or front, until you feel more secure in the shoe. Some models bring little inserts that keep their feet from slipping forward when wearing heels. You can get those in any shoe store or drugstores.

Bloat Free Stomach
Runway models often have to bare more skin then the average woman. Since they never know when their midriff is going to be on display, they have some tricks for a flatter and bloat free stomach. Papaya supplements or fresh papaya fruit is popular among the models to help prevent water retention and bloating. Named ” fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya contains papain that helps to digest protein as well as reduce swelling, bloating, gas, acid reflux and indigestion.

Zit Zapper
Nothing could be a bigger bummer then getting a zit the morning of an event or the day before. Because models have to be camera ready at all times, they have a trick for zapping the annoying break out. Take of a couple of ibuprofen and crush it to a white powder. You can mix this powder with toothpaste or water and set it on the break out. The ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug that helps to reduce swelling and redness. A girlfriend of mine is a runway model and she always carries a little container of crushed advil at all times as an emergency zit zapper. You can also buy packets of aspirin powder and mix with water or toothpaste, see what works best for your skin.

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