Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By Robert Yates
Few high street shops cater for the taller female, and if they do, the outfits they stock are often unflattering and unfeminine.
Indeed, many taller women feel the need to choose clothing that does not quite fit, as it is simply impossible to find clothes of the ideal size.
However, many online retailers specialise in beautiful tall women's clothing - meaning there is no need to compromise in this way any more. What's more, you can add to your wardrobe and vary outfits for different occasions with the careful use of a few accessories.
It is a common complaint that clothes made for tall women do not flatter the more svelte frame. While shopping at a specialist store - either online or on the high street - purchase flattering clothing, which can be customised with accessories such as belts.
For example, a chunky belt will accentuate your curves, especially if it is a completely different colour from your main outfit. The belt will also draw the eye to your waist, making the most of your figure.
Combining a plunging neckline with an oversized necklace is ideal for a night out on the town. However, the same type of jewellery can also complement a classical cocktail dress if you are attending a dinner party.
You can add a touch of glamour to a simple trouser suit with a beautiful brooch. Just remember that, when it comes to jewellery, less is often more. You shouldn't combine a large brooch with an oversized necklace - a simple chain will still draw attention your neck, an area that many tall women count as their best feature.
Those with a tall, slim frame can easily pull off wearing horizontal stripes. These will make the figure appear fuller - ideal if you are looking to add to your bust, without resorting to surgery.
Finally, you can continue to accessorize in the colder months. For example, you should choose a black scarf to go with a white top, as these simple contrasts will really make the most of your striking frame.
Of course, there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to fashion. While you should never compromise on quality when looking for tall women's clothing, what you choose to go with your outfit is defined as much by personal taste as by the advice above.
If you are happy with your clothes and accessories then you will feel good and look good.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Indian Women's Clothing - The Myths!
Auto summary about Indian women's Clothing By Deepa RC
Indian women clothing has been a fascination for not only Indians but worldwide. However, nowadays, it seems Indian woman is slowly distancing herself from the traditional Indian sarees and other Indian dresses. With due respect to all western and other clothes adopted by the women in India, it seems that she has certain misconceptions about the dresses of her own country. This article brings out the reality behind these fashion myths about Indian clothing.
Myth#1 Saree is so unprofessional!
Reality It is true that it takes a little longer to drape a saree and it also requires more care and maintenance. However, sari can never be said unprofessional. If draped properly, saree brings an unparalleled grace to one's personality. How else can you justify the charm of great personalities like Indira Gandhi, Gayatri Devi and more contemporary Sonia Gandhi? True, they are politicians and need to be seen as true Indian and so they can't shed the traditional Indian clothing! Then how will you justify the business personalities like Chanda Kochhar, the Joint MD of ICICI Bank and Neelam Dhawan, the MD, Microsoft India who are rarely seen in other dresses than saree. And no one can debate over how professional and successful top business executives are they!
Myth#2 Salwar Kameez is not for modern women!
Reality There you see a girl clad in salwar kameez and here you give her the tag 'behen ji'. However, every girl secretly admires the fabulous churidars and patialas worn by their fellow beings. Fashion designers are doing more and more experiments with this fabulous attire of India. Models on ramps flaunt their designer salwar kameez. How could it happen then? If its not for today's woman, why the fashion industry wasting so much of its manpower and money on designing these salwar kameez? And I thought business runs on demand and supply principle and also that today's woman is 100 percent a modern woman.
I'm just taking it easy and enjoying the day; pondering who I am, where I've come from, and who and where I want to be. It's strange to think that I am now at an age I would have considered the "peak" of a lot of things when I was younger, and I yet I'm not much closer to any of those things than I was back then. And that's OK.
I've come to realize that every single thing that happens each day is all part of the amazing and exciting journey, and even though I might prefer to be "dashing along" right now, it's probably better for me (spiritually, mentally and physically) that I'm still "walking". Granted, it's faster than it used to be, but I've yet to break into a real "jog".
And although I'm content with where I am... I'm excited for when that does happen. :)
God is good. Life is beautiful.
Friday, September 25, 2009
1. Where are you from? I’m from a little boring town in the south of the netherlands.
2. How old are you and what's your occupation? I’m just 19 years old, and I’m a full time nurse. But with no work as from next week anymore.
3. When did you start blogging and what was your motivation? I’ve started with blogging about 1,5 year ago, because I loved to visite other peoples blog and I wanted to introduce my own style.
4. Why did you chose the name „mode d'amour“ for your blog? "Mode" means fashion in dutch, and "d’amour" because I love fashion!
5. How much time do you spend per day/week with blogging? It depends about how much time i have. I do try to post an outfit everyday.
6. What are your favorite brands? So many! From the payable brands: Zara, COS, H&M trend, Topshop, Asos. And the non-payable brands: Balmain, Alexander Wang, Cushnie et Ochs, Erin Fetherston, Temperley London,Jeremy Laing, Charlotte Ronson, Davidelfin, Hervé Léger, Jenni Kayne, TSE, Yigal Azrouël, Givenchy, Rad Hourani, Dries van Noten, Rick Owens, Maison Martin Margiela, Proenza Schouler and more!
7. How much money do you spend per month for clothes,shoes etc.? It depends on my salary, from 250 - up to 600 a month.
8. What is fashion in one sentence? Hard question, unpredictable and addictive.
9. How would you describe your personal style? Hmm.. I just wear what I like and I love to combine different styles in one outfit and make it my own and I wear lots of black and silver
10. Where do you get the inspiration for your looks? So many things: fashion shows, vintage clothes,magazines, photos.
11. Who's your personal style icon? Mary-kate, I love her style because it’s so different and original.
12. Your must-have for fall/winter 2009? Big scarves, platform heels, and lots of black.
13. What's your personal fashion no-go? Don’t know, too much colors I guess.
14. Which blogs do you like? Some of my favourites are: Jak &Jil, Amlul, Fashiontoast, Knight Cat, Lulu and your mom, 4th and bleeker.
15. If you had the chance to buy one piece no matter how much it costs what would it be? Difficult.. I love the Crocodile-print leather jacket from Alexander Wang!
The gown shown in these two photos is from the film Rear Window, and it perfectly showcases Grace's beauty. The wide-cut, black silk top is belted into a gorgeous white organza skirt, long and full... with striking black embroidery and beadwork at the waistline. The outfit is finished off with strappy black high heels and Grace's signature pearls and white opera gloves. Just perfect.
Do you have a favorite Grace Kelly film or costume? I'll admit that I'm crazy about some of those gorgeous tulle and chiffon creations she sports in High Society. So pretty...
As for an update on the London photos: It seems like almost everyone wants to see them all, so what I'm going to do is give you a few more tastes on this blog and then unleash the complete albums online for you to browse. I'll be inserting my regular fashion posts in between to keep variety and interest. I hope this will be satisfactory to everyone. Have a great weekend! :)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Yesterday London's 25th FW ended with the show of Burberry Prorsum and when Christopher Bailey is calling, the stars are always in a hurry. Ok I think I'd beat them but that's not the issue right now so let's talk about their clothes. I wrote a little comment for each lady:
and the shoes (of course both from the presented collection) were made for her plus her
hair and make up was spot-on. Emma, you're my favorite!
Frida's dress was also fairly nice but a little boring. The color looked though great with her skin and her face was shiny as always. She always seems so nice and honest to me. On top she did an amazing job in 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
Alexa is one of my personal fashion icons of the 21st century but I've to admit that this trench+dark dress combination is starting to get a little unspectacular even if it looks always great. Anyway the black booties are awesome.
Agyness - I just want her to get back to her blonde pixie, it's her trademark and looked so good on her. Is it just me or did she also dress better before?! Well I think her grey jacket and the shoes are very cool but I hate the rest especially this trashy bag.
Mary-Kate - There's not much to say about her look. Actually it's nothing special but I like it anway and her Burberry boots...I want them so bad. She should do her hair more often like this it's cute.
Posh - I'm neither a lover nor a hater but she looks always the same. Of course her look is timelessly chic and classy but after seeing it in similar ways about 100 times it's starting to get annoying. And then I also wonder how she walks on these heels...
photo credit: justjared
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I really DO have enough London-y material (personal, historical and fashion-y) to swamp this blog for months, if you want. After all, although I write the blog for my own enjoyment, I want to keep my readers interested. So please cast a vote in the poll in the right-hand sidebar (you can choose multiple answers) and tell me what you'd like to see. And be honest!
Now, on to the photos... :)
- Cari and I strolling along the edge of the Tower of London (did you know that it really is a fortress? The actual "tower" is just a small part of it all). Tower Bridge is behind us. Walking across it with the wind whipping by was definitely one of the best things I did. This is officially my most favorite bridge in the whole world. ;)
- Big Ben (which I totally fell for) and the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye (which you can also see in the second picture). Out-of-this-world amazing and definitely something I recommend doing if you ever get the chance! We chose the perfect time to ride it; with the sun setting and all the lights of London coming on below us...
- Standing behind Buckingham Palace after our tour. It was insanely gorgeous (I could totally get used to the royalty thing... ;) and reminded me how much I love Queen Elizabeth II. She is such a beautiful, classy fashionista!
- St. James' Park was also stunning and had some lovely rose gardens...
- I just loved the red telephone booths all over the place.... when they were clean. This one had apparently been used as a toilet! :P
- Here I am sitting by the fountains in Trafalgar Square. This is where my grandfather was on VE day - supposedly the celebrations were quite something! ;)
- One of my absolute favorite shots of the week, with my girlies watching As You Like It at the Globe Theater. It was an amazing performance and had us all in stitches. I think we were the loudest people in the theater - three cheers for screaming American girls!!! Clockwise from me: Cassie, Cari, Abbe, Molly and Amy. Yeah, I'm going to have to start calling myself "Mandy" if I want to fit in... ;)
Monday, September 21, 2009
She showed everybody how to make a real statement on the red carpet. You've guessed it of course I'm talking about our beloved "off-screen Queen B." Leighton Meester in her white Bottega Veneta gown and gold Cathy Waterman jewels.
photo credit: via celebutopia forum
Thursday, September 17, 2009
photo credit: style.com
Didn't see many shows yet but if every collection is like Phillip Lim's I'm sure New York Fashionweek is an entire hit. Chapeau Mister Lim!
P.S. Tuesday was my birthday. The sequin blazer would be a great belated present so don't
Sunday, September 13, 2009
via altamira nyc
via the sartorialist
It's New York fashion week baby which means among of allt the runway shows a huge crowd of stylish people in the streets. So here are some of my personal favs - unique for themselves and super inspiring.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Oh yes, and my destination is...
*big dreamy smile* ;)
Just if case you are curious, I'll share a few of the details. My aunt Cari and I are flying "across the pond" as part of Mrs. Jennie Chancey's (of Sense and Sensibility Patterns) England costume tour. We're going to be seeing the sites, visiting museums, and watching a play in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Just to name a few things.
It promises to be a really fun time and I'm looking forward to it. Please keep us all in prayer; that we'll stay safe, healthy, and not too jet lagged. God is good and I am so excited at this opportunity to begin pursuing my dream of seeing the world. :)
Have a great few weeks and God bless you all...
P.S. I will be back with PICTURES!!! :)
Friday, September 4, 2009
The last few days have been very "fall-ish". Each morning I've been waking up to that chilly "summer is over" morning weather. It's strange to feel it so early in the year but, as always, I DO enjoy the change of seasons. And looking forward to the fashions of fall is an exciting thing! But keep in mind that there aren't so many summer days left - so enjoy your summer fashion while you can!
I shot these pics before heading out to a 16th birthday party for some friends (fun! :). A good thing to note is how easily a simple look like this can be taken into fall weather. The skirt (from my best girlie, Meliss!), though made of linen, is long and extremely full, which brings a "heavier" look for fall (and even winter). Boots can replace the flip flops, and a little black shrug or sweater makes everything snug. :)
And, just so you all realize what a momentous moment this is, let me tell you that these are the first flip flops I have owned in my life. And I didn't even buy them (honestly, I found these while digging through a box of family swim shoes! ;). I've never been into flip flops, mostly because I usually think they're ugly, rather uncomfortable and not so functional; and I have heard that they are bad for your feet and back. BUT... I do like this pair. Probably because it continues my mild obsession with black and white. :)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I don't know about you, but I have always dreamed about one day having a really amazing red dress. Deep, intense shades of red are so beautiful and just seem to say "class and style" to me.
As well as color, different patterns also play a big part in complementing your look. Plaid, as shown here, is always a HUGE trend in fall fashion. To be honest, I think it ends up "quite ugly" quite often. The key to making it work is to keep it simple and sophisticated.
I cannot say enough about the color brown. I consider myself an "brownie", which is a tiny Scottish fairy, and seriously, I need to watch out because this color can overtake my wardrobe! Brown is the "warm" counterpart of black, so pick which one works for you - they are both beautiful and classic!
Lastly, we've got two of the colors that everyone is talking about. Yellow and purple. Both have become some of my favorites (although both can be hard to wear). Muted yellows have a subdued cheerfulness to them that is rather catching. The purple, in a deep jewel tone, is strong and trendy, while remaining tasteful and not too bold.
Image Credits - all photos from Talbots.com