Three Good Reasons NOT to Follow Fashion Advice

You can’t always trust fashion advice, so be careful when considering the source. Here’s why:

1) You think “It looks good on the mannequin. I’ll buy it!”

But, just because it looks good on the mannequin doesn’t mean it’s a winner for you. The retailers are enticing you to buy, by dressing up the mannequin, BUT you probably don’t look like that mannequin! Not many of us do. We have to take into account our own body type, coloring, face shape, facial features skin and hair qualities.

2) “My friend thinks it looks good on me.”

If she can see beyond her own style, coloring and body type, she may be right. Otherwise she could just be imposing her tastes and preferences onto you. Or maybe even unconsciously cloning you into a copy of herself. This is a hard one because, if you can’t see it for yourself, you’ll probably be tempted to follow her blindly. After all, she always looks great, doesn’t she? But you need an objective eye for this. If your own eyes aren’t objective and you don’t know for sure if your friend’s eyes are either, you might want to consider working with a professional who’s been trained to see objectively.

3)It’s in the fashion magazines.” Fashion magazines have two big limitations. They are:

a) Too generic. They can’t possibly cover all of the variables that make up your unique style or look. General guidelines can be somewhat helpful, but they don’t go far enough. Compare that to understanding exactly why something looks great on you, or not.

b) Too limited. They can only show what’s going to be available for that season which has been dictated by the designers. The designers don’t’ know YOU. They’re just playing out their own fantasies and preferences that don’t have anything to do with you. Well, unless you happen to get lucky on occasion!

Sometimes, it all feels too complicated. You may be tempted to just play it safe. So you stick with basics. You don’t know how to accessorize, so you don’t. But playing it safe often translates into boring.

On the other hand, you may throw caution to the winds and buy your clothes on the whim of the moment. You choose a passing fad, a trend that may be on its way out, a cute little something that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet. But, when you do that, too often you end up with a mishmash in your closet and never know what to wear.

Either way you never feel great in your clothes, and that’s a problem!

What to do?

1) Take the time to understand your style, your personal coloring, and your body type.

2) Learn what works best on you, and don’t buy anything unless you know it’s right.

3) If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of taking on that task and don’t feel you can do it successfully, consider getting professional help. Advice from an expert can keep you on the right track, stop you from making mistakes, and save you money in the long run.

Oscar Party Fashion Advice – Fashion School Tips on What to Wear to an Oscar Party

How fabulous that you’ve been invited to an Oscar party! Okay, so it might not be an A-List soiree where you share shrimp skewers with Leonardo DiCaprio or Britney Spears, but it’s a fun excuse to get all dressed up, nonetheless. What do you wear, though, if you don’t have a celebrity stylist in your entourage? Fortunately, you’ve got some top fashion school students in your corner with some great ideas for Oscar party fashions.

Dust off the formal wear. If you’ve held on to that bridesmaid or prom dress, now is the time to take it out of the closet. Don’t worry if you find it tacky. Has that ever stopped some of today’s starlets? The thrift shop is a good place to start as well. One way to give your dress a facelift (well, this is Hollywood) is by adding sequins or beading. If you don’t want to bother with sewing them on, you’ll find sequined appliqu├ęs at the fabric store that you can just glue on the dress. Stores also carry rhinestones that have been already laid out in a decorative design, and you just iron them on as is.

Wrap yourself in mink. While you’re at the fabric store, grab a yard of faux fur to make your own mink stole. It will up your elegance factor, and hide any unwanted puffy sleeves. Just cut the fur into a long trapezoid shape. (That means it would look like a long upside down boat.) There’s no need to sew the edges, but be sure to remove the loose hairs from where you’ve cut. A quick vacuum job will do the trick.

Remember the accessories. One of the rules of Oscar fashion design is that the little details matter. For old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, don a pair of formal satin gloves. Carry a glittering clutch, preferably with a folded up acceptance speech peeking out. And don’t forget the sunglasses to escape the glare of flashing cameras.

Bling it on. On Oscar night, the stars shine with jewelry, and so must you. You don’t need to wear a lot, just a few pieces; the bigger and danglier the better. If you don’t have any good costume jewelry of your own, here’s a fun do-it-yourself idea to make a truly showstopping ring. Go to the hardware store and buy a clear plastic faucet handle. This is the type of faucet handle that looks like a humongous faceted diamond. The handle comes with a long screw that sits in an opening at the top. Tie the end of a 10″ piece of wire around the head of the screw, and place the screw back in the opening, along with the rest of the wire. Apply a dab of hot glue to where the screw goes in the opening so it stays secure. Then loop the remainder of the wire around your ring finger. Now you’ve got a piece of jewelry that would make Elizabeth Taylor envious.

Go as the paparazzi. If you don’t want to fuss with a dress, go high concept by dressing as paparazzi. That way, you can wear anything you want, as long as you have a camera at all times. And since paparazzi are always sneaking behind bushes for the perfect shot, take a small potted plant with you to hide behind throughout the party.

Dress like a nominated star. Make a big entrance by going as an Oscar nominee, your favorite star, or a character from a movie. (Hint: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an easy choice.) If you’re going with friends, you can all dress as the cast of a nominated film.

Go as the red carpet. Here’s an idea that only a fashion college costume design major would dream up: dress as the red carpet. To create the look, start with a red turtleneck or long sleeve t-shirt and red sweatpants. Sew or safety pin the back of the shirt and pants to a rectangular piece of red felt that is as tall as you, and as wide as your arm span. Be sure to sew the sleeves so your arms will be outstretched, holding up the red carpet on both sides. Red mittens, red shoes, and a red cap will complete the look.

Oscar parties are always a lot of fun because we get to play along with the stars. And with these ideas for what to wear, the winner of Best Dressed will be you!

Is a Diamond Cocktail Ring What You Really Want? Fashion Advice Before You Purchase

Enjoy the beautiful pictures of diamond cocktail rings but still not sure how you could pull of wearing such a ring in public? There are definitely some “do’s” and “don’ts” with fashionably wearing a cocktail ring. They have been gaining considerable interest due to concerns about conflict diamonds in the last few years and taking the time to learn a few quick fun facts will help you out.

Here’s what you need to understand about diamond cocktail rings and when you should wear them.

1. If you want one to wear everyday make sure it only has one center stone and it’s less than 8 to 10 carats in size.

2. Wearing for a special occasion? An expensive cocktail ring with a center stone greater than 10 carats is ideal. Understand that if you go with a cheaper ring over 10 carats it tends to look pretty bad.

A ring is considered a cocktail ring when the center stone is colored and 3 carats or above. There’s many unique designs you can find and diamonds are often included as surrounding stones accompanying the center gemstone piece. There are two main types of cocktail rings to keep in mind. Disregarding the type of metal you go with for the band you have the less expensive ones which consist of crystal, cubic zirconia or blue topaz.

So if you’re in the market for a diamond cocktail ring but want to keep the price under $300 to $400 than going with these as center pieces will help. The second type of ring is more expensive, $400+, with such stones as aquamarine, amethyst, citrine, ruby, sapphire, etc. Depending on the size of the gemstone, additional diamonds and metal prices are vary greatly.

Fashion tips for shopping for your diamond cocktail rings.

1. Fashion advice 101 says to forget a cubic zirconia center stone. As a small stone on a ring they can pass and not look too bad but when it comes to a cocktail ring it’s out of the picture.

2. Try to stick with the darker center stones are you can wear them more often and compliment a woman’s wardrobe. You’ll also find that lighter gemstone cocktail rings are replicated more often for some reason and the darker tend to be more unique.

3. With cocktail rings it’s more acceptable to go with one center piece typically. If you do add additional stones such as diamonds, then make sure they don’t distract and clash with the main stone.

Do you know what’s great about looking for cocktail rings? You can save quite a bit more than you probably expect.