Women’s Fashion Trends

In today’s world, this is considered an attractive time for fashion. The current mode is now inspired by the classic style of past designs and styles. This is further praised by the insertion of sex appeal and various colors.

Many catalogs and magazines are dedicated to women’s clothing. It displays the latest trends and settings where they can be used. Neon green, orange burnt and bright yellow are popular colors that now appear in fashion. There is also the appearance of patterns and prints in design. To complete a stylish look, good jewelry and footwear will help complement clothing.

Dress has emerged as a leading fashion trend. They have many applications such as formal, semi formal and informal. These dresses became very brave in a very open style. These dresses are enough to still be acceptable for all occasions. Some of these dresses can be adjusted to your specific curves, making them hug the body.

Accessories are a big part of women’s fashion. When dressing, women like to wear large chains, buttons and bags. In the past, shoes were used to be a decisive accessory for a woman. Pendants, cuffs and rings have taken over and it seems that the bigger, the better. This is one of the clearest indicators that style has evolved over the years.

The style you wear must suit your taste and not necessarily what is in style. You have to be fashion conscious but more important is to feel comfortable with what you wear and as individuals.

Tips on How to Purchase Italian Womens’ Dress Shoes

Here are some insider tips on how to purchase Italian womens’ dress shoes. There is a multitude of different makers of Italian dress shoes available in every department store, specialty boutique, outlet, online retailer, etc. However sometimes many of these shoes lack quality and are over priced. What should you look for before pulling out your wallet??

The three most important attributes when buying Italian dress shoes are :
-quality
-fit/comfort
-price

1. Quality- this is probably the most important factor when purchasing dress shoes. If the dress shoe is high quality, there is a good chance you will be able to wear it for years to come. Quality means that accessories or anything applied to the shoe does not come off. It also means that the shoe is not made of synthetic material but of high quality leather or high quality fabric. Look for the symbol showing that the entire shoe is made of leather and not just the tip, bottom, etc. If have your doubts, use your nose. Leather smells like leather and plastic smells like plastic. Ask the salesperson for further information. The shoe should be strong and not have any weak points. The heel should not be wobbly. The trim, lining, sole and seams should be exact without any visible creases. You should never see glue,spots or stains. Every detail should be precise. You should always look for the symbol “made in Italy.” Many shoes nowadays have an Italian name, Italian packaging but are NOT made in Italy.

2. Fit/comfort- If the shoe is not comfortable, you will end up not wearing it. Although you will accessorize your closet, you will not be utilizing the shoe. Most of the time if the shoe is a quality shoe as stated above, it will be comfortable and wearable. Don’t ever buy a shoe that is too big or too small. Don’t ever believe a salesperson that says “oh the shoes will stretch” or “you will grow into them.” Also don’t buy a shoe knowing you will have to put another sole into it to get it to fit. These tactics seldom work.

3. Price- You should never pay more than what the shoe is worth. How do you know what it is worth? If it is a high quality shoe, you can use the prices of designer shoes as a gauge. If the shoe is high quality, comfortable, Italian and not designer, then its price should not be as high as the designer shoe. A shoe that is not made in Italy should never be priced as an Italian shoe. A shoe that is not all leather should never be priced as an all leather shoe.

Bahrain and Iran – Women’s Dress

When I lived in Bahrain in the late 1970s and through the 1980s, I thought Muslim women were steadily evolving away from the covered heads and black cloaks (abayas) of earlier decades. I almost never saw someone with a veil over her face.

True, the Khomeini Revolution forced Iranian women back into black covering from head to foot, but even in Iran, faces-without the forbidden makeup-were unveiled.

When I returned to Bahrain in 2006, after 16 years away, I found the changes in dress startling. Not more modern, as I would have predicted in the 80s, but distinctly more traditional. In the malls, almost all women wore the ankle length black abaya, but its style had changed. No longer a cape that covered the head and extended over the body, the abaya had transitioned to a black, ankle-length dress, supplemented by a black head covering that often included a veil over the face.

Although former students told me that many of the veiled women were from Saudi Arabia, now easily accessible over the causeway that connected the two countries, many Bahrainis dressed the same. “Why the change?” I asked in every conversation.

Diverse explanations were proposed, but all centered on the fact that Muslims felt their faith to be threatened, and dress became a way of affirming their Muslim identity.

Some suggested that the Khomeini Revolution, the Afghan-Soviet conflict, or the Gulf War of 1990 had triggered the concern. Others proposed that the changing role of women, with much greater involvement in higher education and employment, led them to choose conservative dress to demonstrate that a change in life style was not a rejection of the faith.

I returned in 2009 wondering if the trend toward traditional dress had intensified. It had not. Perhaps not enough time has passed for a definite conclusion, but my impression is that fewer women veil their faces and the abaya has become a more fashionable outer covering. The cover picture for my book was taken this year and although most of the girls wear an abaya, it is not the traditional sleeveless cape. Wide, embroidered sleeves are clearly visible. Most of the women wear a black scarf over their hair but in the background are several with uncovered heads and no abaya. This is also what I observed on the street and shops.

Unlike Iran or Saudi Arabia, Bahrain has no laws regulating women’s dress. The pressure to conform to what others are wearing, felt by women everywhere, has a major role in determining dress in Bahrain. Probably the choices are more complex there because of the tension between religiously backed tradition and newer trends that assert a changed role for women.

Both Saudi Arabia and Iran have laws governing woman’s dress. I had little direct experience with Saudi women’s dress on my recent trip, but I spent nearly two weeks in Iran.

As I planned my Iranian trip, I remembered the dress restrictions inaugurated by Khomeini in 1979 and imposed by harsh treatment of women who protested. With this in mind, I borrowed an abaya with sleeves and packed several scarves to cover my head. Although I saw similar garments in rural provinces, I was out of step in the cities, where the women have largely abandoned the ankle-length chador (abaya). The new style is a knee-length, fitted coat-dress worn over pants. Far from shapeless, this manteau is often cinched with a wide belt, producing a rather modern and stylish look.

Other restrictions enforced in the early Khomeini years are also gone. Make-up is universal, and although a scarf is required by law, inches of hair show on all women except those in official positions who wear a uniform black scarf that fits smoothly around the oval of their face. No faces are veiled.

I eventually abandoned my efforts to dress inconspicuously. When I did not wear my borrowed abaya in the cities, I was left with my usual cotton pants and long sleeved shirts. Provided my head was covered, these were perfectly acceptable by Iranian law, but the light colors I normally wear drew attention in a society where women universally wear dark colors. Under a navy blue manteau, an Iranian college girl might wear blue jeans, but the overall effect is dark.

This is not true for school girls for whom pastels are the rule. I saw many girls, aged perhaps 7 to 14, as they left school or were on their way home and all wore pants covered by a knee length tunic with a head covering of the same color. Each school had its distinctive color. Pale blue and pink seemed to be popular choices. Are light colors considered suitable only for children, with darker colors indicating maturity? I could only observe.

Muslim women in all countries dress in compliance to the Islamic mandate that their bodies be covered from neck to ankles. Although Bahrain and Iran are close geographically, women dress quite differently. My tentative conclusion, based on limited time in these two countries, is that women’s dress in the Middle East is diverse and evolving. My tentative conclusion, based on limited time in these two countries, is that women’s dress in the Middle East is diverse and evolving.

Womens Dresses for All Occasions

There is one piece of women’s clothing that is synonymous with classic style and versatility and that is the little black dress. The Little black dress usually refers to a short and simple style of dress. Every since Audrey Hepburn wore a little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s it has become a staple in almost every woman’s wardrobe.

It used to be thought that Coco Chanel designed the first little black dress, but whilst Coco Chanel did design many beautiful LBD’s, the style actually evolved over the years as a solution to women’s problem of finding something versatile, comfortable and practical to wear. The little black dress fits in perfectly with Coco Chanel’s principles of style which.

The beauty of the little black dress is that can work in so many situations. You can get black occasion dresses, evening wear dresses and day dresses. A Little black dress or LBD can be accessorised in so many different ways depending on the occasion. It is like a blank canvas and can be chic, mysterious, business like or understated depending on how you choose to wear it. A brightly coloured tailored jacket is the perfect way to set off occasion dresses whilst evening wear dresses can be accessorised with black heels and sparkly jewellery. For a LBD for the daytime, a simple string of pearls or pendant necklace looks amazing as does a beautiful cardigan.

Black dresses are also incredibly slimming which is another reason for the popularity of the little black dress. No other colour has the ability to make ladies appear slimmer than they actually are. For those that are on a budget and want to buy an evening dress or just cheap dresses to wear during the day, the little black dress is the perfect choice because there are many choices available.

A tailored shift dress is probably one of the most classic styles of LBD. It is perfect for wearing to the office but can also be dressed up with a colourful silk scarf and pair of pumps for lunch with friends or with heels and an embellished clutch for a night out.

Simple a line dresses or black dresses with a fitted bodices and flared skirts are also very classic styles which work particularly well for ladies with a pear shape or larger hips and thighs. These skim over and disguise the largest part of the body with the dark colour helping to slim.

During the day a LBD looks great with bare legs in the summer and thick or opaque tights in the winter. The current trend for brightly coloured tights is a great way to give your LBD an on trend twist. In the evening, sheer tights are a must to create a dressed up look.

By choosing a really classic style, you can be sure that you will get maximum wear from your occasion dress. A classic LBD is one of those pieces of womens clothes that will never go out of fashion.

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