Friday, July 29, 2011

Sandblasted Jeans Named as Killer Jeans

Photo: Courtesy of Levi-Strauss

When it comes to choosing the styles of apparel, I always love and feel more comfortable wearing clothes that come in worn out, used, or faded look. And my primary reason for choosing such style, apart from being cool and unique, is easy maintenance. For example in jeans, when I wear sandblasted or faded look denim trousers I don’t have to bother much in case a dirt stick on it. But little I know the production of sandblasted jeans put the health of the operator at great risk.

A couple of days ago, I read the press release of the popular Italian clothing brand Versace stating that they will now support in the campaign of other denim manufacturers worldwide to ban the practice of sandblasting.
Sandblasting is a technique used mainly in the garments producing countries when designing denim pants. In order to bring a fashionable faded or worn out denim pants, silica sand is used for styling. Sandblasting with silica sand makes a lot of dust and this fine dust, once inhaled, are very dangerous to the lungs as it could cause an acute form of silicosis and then results to death.

Considering the health condition of operators or production workers of fabrics needed for sandblasted jeans, a group of non-governmental organizations and trade unions named Clean Clothes Coalition (CCC) started their campaign to condemn the production of sandblasted jeans. The said campaign aims to improve the work conditions in the textile industry by ensuring that the workers’ health are not compromised.

Before Versace declared their support to stop sandblasting, there are already several famous clothing brands worldwide that joined in the campaign of CCC. To name some of them we have Benetton, Carrera Jeans, Gucci, Levi-Strauss, H&M, Pepe Jeans, and Replay.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Inexpensive Way to Look Fashionable

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Having fashionable outfits don’t always mean buying a new one. You can produce trendy clothes out of the outfits you have in your wardrobe. Simply look for apparel that will go together, do a little modification (either by adding some accessories or removing the long sleeves, depending on your desired style) and you can now have something to wear for yourself that is not only unique but in the latest trend.

When trying to mix and match some of your garments, here are some important things to keep in mind in order to come up with a truly fashionable one. These include the colors, the fabrics, the accessories to use, and the perfect footwear to pair for your outfit.

The first thing that people immediately notice about your clothes is on how you choose the colors. Colors can create a big effect on the wearer’s overall personality because they can evoke emotions (good or bad). So make sure you pick a shade that will accurately depict your mood while dressed in those clothes.  Aside from that, you should be able to determine also the perfect colors that will complement to your skin tone, hair, and eyes.

The next thing for you to work on after finding the right color is the fabric. It is important for you to be able to distinguish which type of fabric will flatter your figure. Good for you if you have a voluptuous body because you can wear any type of fabrics. But if you are skinny or chubby, then you have to be more careful in choosing the fabrics or else it will just divulge your unwanted or not so good body features.

Now that you already have identified the right color and type of fabrics, it is time for you to look for the right pair of footwear. When finding for the perfect shoes, aside from selecting a style that will complement to your outfits, look for something that will fit your feet rather than making your feet fit the shoes.

So you are almost completely dressed. And it is now time for you to pick for the right accessories. They are considered the side dishes of your apparel. Accessories can make you look more fashionable (especially you are in plain clothing) or overdressed when inappropriately pick. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pantyhose are Back into Fashion

In today’s fashion, inner garments like pantyhose are already considered as symbol of elegance and style statement. It is proven by famous celebrities wearing their most impressive dress paired with black or nude pantyhose, depending on which will look perfect to their attire. This is one of the delightful lingerie that can make a woman (wearing a simple yet formal dress) look even more delightful and stunning.

Wondering how does pantyhose can make a significant effect on the overall outfit style and appearance of the wearer? Well, this delightful women lingerie help conceal the physical impactions such as blemishes, bruises, scars, hair, and varicose veins. Wearing soft and silky pantyhose also display the alluring charm of a woman. This comfortable to wear lingerie, which is available in variety of shades starting from nude to brazen colors, likewise ease chafing between the foot and footwear, or between thighs. And because of this, the wearer’s legs looks even more attractive and sexy.

I have here below some of the famous celebrities today who were captured pairing their outfit with pantyhose and that makes even more captivating. 

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wearing sheer pantyhose during her North American tour

American sexy Hollywood actress Eliza Dishku stands out in mock seam pantyhose

World's best female tennis player Serena Williams wearing opaque pantyhose during the ESPY Awards

English-American fashion model Mischa Barton looks even more elegant in black pantyhose

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Glimpse at Victorian Era Embroidery

When we speak of Victorian era, it is the period when the England is ruled by Queen Victoria, from June 20, 1983 up to January 22, 1901 (her death). During this period, a great deal of change took place. People began to experience a more peaceful living. Inventions and discoveries were upon the world. During Victorian era different inventions and discoveries were introduced that’s why the period is also called as the Industrial Age. People were also taught about good mannerism and etiquette so you can expect that the men during this time are more gentlemanly while the women are more behave and act with refinement. A big improvement on how people dressed up is also notable during Victorian era.

Custom sewing and home sewing were still significant during Victorian era, slowing declining though. And when the lock-stitch sewing machines were introduced in the mid-century, both home dressmaking and boutique dressmaking were simplified. The availability of more innovative sewing machines likewise makes it easier and faster for embroiderers to incorporate lavish trims, which is for sure time-consuming if done by hand. Lace is the most commonly used material for shirt embroidery during Victorian time.

But aside from lace, there are also other material being used by Victorian embroiderers in improving the aesthetic look of apparels, home decors, etc. For example in Germany, a variety of seeds and chenille are used by embroiderers in order to produce a unique type of needlework. This seed embroidery becomes so famous in Germany during Queen Victoria’s reign. Aside from seeds, some embroiderers of Victorian era also make use of straw in when it comes to decorating home decors and apparel. The application of straw in custom embroidery portrays how resourceful and creative the Victorian embroiderers are.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Nation Free

Today is a time for fireworks and fun
But we shouldn’t forget its reason.
This is one of the most important days
of the entire summer season.
Today’s the day our nation became free
and the date of the country’s birth.
For so many years we have grown to be
one of the best countries on earth.

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