With so many options available for different materials, styles, patterns and brands at numerous stores found everywhere, some people wonder why anyone would choose to buy designer clothing when you can easily find a similar knockoff item for a much lower price. Contrary to popular belief, purchasing designer clothing is not always all about the impression that the designer label leaves others with and being able to say "I can afford to treat myself." Here are five incredibly good reasons that people do (and should) choose the designer labels over cheap knockoffs.
We all know that when we believe we look good, we feel good. Well, this is the beginning of a rather large snowball effect. When you look good, you feel good; when you feel good, it shows. You tend to walk around with an air of confidence that nothing and no one can take away from you. Those who show more confidence are proven to be more likely to already be, or become, successful and happy in all areas of their life. Everyone feels good in designer clothing. The designer clothes amplify that air of confidence and, therefore, success. Whether you are already confident, successful and where you want to be, or you are on your way there, designer clothing and accessories gives everyone the impression that you are confident, in control and ready to succeed at whatever you choose to set your mind to.
When you see someone wearing designer clothes, you know that their shirt, pants, purse, other article of clothing or accessory is undoubtedly well made. All of the best designers pay painstakingly close attention to everything, even the tiniest of details. They choose materials that are durable, comfortable and look fantastic. The stitching in everything is as close to perfection as possible. Designer clothing is specifically created to stand the test of time. If you look closely, you can see how much thought was put into it and how well put together each and every article of clothing is.
Even better- when you wear designer clothing, you can feel it. You can feel how well made, comfortable and truly luxurious it really is. Designer clothing costs more because they choose to use finer materials and meticulously construct each detail in order to give you that luxurious feel of quality, confidence and success. When you buy designer clothing, you're not just paying for a label with a nice reputation, you are paying for the hard work, creativity and quality they put into everything that they make.
There are so many different qualities of designer clothing that gives some people a burning desire to collect it. From the quality with which it is made to the uniqueness and genuine creativity of the designer, why wouldn't you want to collect these trendsetting items at the forefront of fashion? Some people choose to collect handbags, shoes or accessories from a particular line. These people tend to prefer designer products for their quality; they want something that will last for years to come and they know where to go for the reliable durability that they desire.
Also, many name brand designers like to create limited edition clothing, handbag, shoe and/or accessory lines. These lines are particularly unique, offering you the possibility of being one of the few lucky people who get to wear these items. Limited edition items are even more likely to begin a trend. Due to their limited availability and high demand, other brands and labels are likely to follow the footsteps of a name brand. If you buy the items straight from the limited edition, you will be able to say that you have a true original.
If you find an old, plain white t-shirt from the 1960's at a thrift store or a place like Goodwill, you're not likely to be excited. Chances are, you will walk by without a second glance, never even knowing it was from the sixties. However, if you were to find a genuine Victorian era corset, a flappers dress from the 1920's or bellbottoms from the 1970's, you're likely to be more excited. Many people would at least consider buying them.
These articles of clothing are the kinds of things that young girls, women and even some med alike want to find in their mother's closet, their grandmothers garage or the great grandmothers attic. Twenty years from now, no one is going to be excited over the Wal-Mart brand dress in your closet, the faded, ripped jeans from Goodwill in your bottom drawer or your off-brand old tennis shoes under a table in the corner. No, what people will want to find and will find interesting are the trendsetting accessories, limited edition lines and high quality, top end, iconic styles created by the best designers of today.
When you choose to purchase designer clothing, you are supporting an artist. A clothing designer is an artist just as any painter, sketcher, graphic designer or performer is an artist. Clothing designers choose decorative beads, sequins and patterns as their paint, cloth materials as their canvas and a sowing needle as their paint brush. Fashion designers are constantly challenged to think outside of the box in order to create the next big thing of the fashion industry. They sometimes have to choose to do something crazy, unexpected and different. When they choose to do so, they risk judgment by their peers, their coworkers and customers across the country or even around the world.
When you purchase their clothing, you are saying "Hello, I like what you did and I appreciate all of your hard work and the chances you take. In fact, I like what you did so much that I am going to buy it, I'm going to wear it and I'm going to show others that I support you and what you do." If you appreciate artwork in other areas; such as painting, furniture, beautiful architecture or a stunning musical performance, you are likely to appreciate the creativity that a fashion designer brings to their work (your clothing) every single day. Whether you choose to purchase designer clothing for the feeling of confidence, the quality, collectability, future heirlooms, or the creativity, just know that you are getting all of that and so much more.
For fashionistas who simply must have the latest luxurious looks, there are 15 new up-and-coming fashion trends on the horizon that you won't want to miss. By becoming an "early adopter" of these new incoming trends, you will have the enjoyment of watching others in your wider circles begin to emulate your signature style. Browse through these 15 up-and-coming fashion trends and pick your favorites!
Trend #1: Back to the Future
Being truly fashionably timeless requires not just referencing the classics of old but wrapping in the present and future as well. In London, fall fashions are taking a decidedly futuristic turn, with bold block colors in boxy patterns over black or white backgrounds - shape-shifting from yesterday and today into tomorrow with effortless, form-fitting grace.
Trend #2: Glitterati on Display
Forget understated elegance - it would seem high fashion is starting to celebrate the holidays early this year with an abundance of sparkly, shiny fabrics over or underlaid with lace, rich fur and other lush accents.
Trend #3: Comfy, Shiny Feet
Finally, at long last, ladies will have a chance to wear the latest in high fashion footwear that is also comfy and safe to walk in - wow! Dubbed "lady loafers" by Elle magazine, these cool shoes feature raucous patterns, bold colors and safe wedge heels!
Trend #4: Skirts with Fun Personalities.
From "car wash" pleats to flounces and flirts, the next wave of fashionable skirts and dresses features hemlines your smile will buy for you.
Trend #5: Dusting comes out of the closet.
Dusters are on the horizon - but not in the way you might think. The duster jacket is continuing to rock runways in a slow but steady evolution that pairs perfectly with the "high fashion comfort" theme that seems so "in" this season.
Trend #6: Power grey.
For reasons too obvious to point out, "power grey" is coming into its own in a big way in the months ahead. In one of the season's few monochromatic style offerings, you will find power grey in every, well, shade available - as well as in every luxurious fabric under the sun.
Trend #7: Bombs away!
Trend #8: The Return of the Flare
At one time they may have been called "bell bottoms." But today, the red carpet welcomes these classics in a new incarnation dubbed "the flare." From ultra-casual jeans to executive office slacks, the flare look easily accommodates both winter's boots and spring's sandals - and just about anything else you'd like to pair with them.
Trend #9: Rotating ears.
If you can think back fondly to the time when wearing two different kinds of earrings - one in each ear - was hot, you'll be raring to go in the next few months as couture on down welcomes the "statement earring" (as in, deliberately singular). With one big earring and one spare ear, you can always swap it back and forth if you choose a heavier style.
Trend #10: Carry it all in style.
Another happily stylish yet practical twist comes to us in the form of the "carry all" bag - a shoulder bag big enough for everything the stylish gal needs for a whole day away but still light enough to carry with ease.
Trend #11: These aren't your momma's hosiery.
Call them "hose," call them "tights," call them anything that feels right, but they are coming back to us with funky new colors and styles, in big boned knits and silky soft sheens, to be paired with long and short styles alike.
Trend #12: Party like it is 1970.
Today's futurists meet up with those nostalgic for the funky 70's and discover an epic fashion mashup in the making. With new names and new twists on old classics, the denim, fluff and fringe makes friends with the flare, the flirt and the fashionably glittery for a look uniquely its own.
Trend #13: Leather forever.
Leather and faux (plus occasionally real) fur is making a comeback as well - and just in time for the chilly temperatures to arrive!
Trend #14: The modern Victorian.
If you love a good Victorian romance, now you can dress the part with a modern update to this timelessly classic look. High necklines, high waists, rich and intricate fabrics give you that royal appeal.
Trend #15: The Pan-cultural prototype.
As our wide, wide world becomes increasingly small, different cultures come together to collaborate on eye-popping fashions that factor us all in.
High end fashion has taken to the online universe, but sometimes, a girl just wants to try on those thigh high boots in the flesh. They say runway fashion has never been more accessible, but where does one shop exactly? Explore the top 7 high end fashion stores across America, so you can add the latest, high end styles to your everyday wardrobe.
As fall approaches, resist the urge to hang onto last year's trends. Fashion is always evolving, and you can evolve with it. Instead, purge your wardrobe and look to these top 7 high end fashion stores for inspiration. Take charge of your style, and draw on designers from across the globe. Luxurious, high end, designer quality pieces will set your style apart from all the rest. Visit any of these boutiques to get hands-on styling advice, or simply visit each website to purchase your new designer pieces.
Are you a woman who loves to get dressed up? Do you always want to look your best no matter where you are going? If you love to look beautiful, then follow our guide of the seven mistakes many women make with their wardrobes. You don't have to spend all of your hard-earned money on high fashion dresses and women's accessories. You don't have to invest in designer clothes for women. With a little research and planning, you can create sweet and stylish outfits that keep you off the "worst dressed" list wherever you may go. Here's what you need to know to make the perfect picks from your closet:
When you wear a belt -- wide or skinny -- too high on your torso, instead of at the appropriate place on your waist, then you will give your body the look of being pregnant. Unless you are expecting, you really want to avoid this look. If the belt is too close beneath your breast line, then move it down a few inches closer to your waistline. In the same way, wearing a belt too low below your waistline will give your torso the appearance of being elongated. This can look good on some people, but it also depends on your height and the length of your torso. Always be aware of the placement of your belt.
Sometimes women who are a small size -- such as a 0, 2 or 4 -- and who are on the cusp of a petite height also can easily wear petite sizes. However, petite sizes made to fit the frames of women who are five feet and four inches and under. If you are on the edge of this height, you can try petite sizes. However, make sure the dress isn't too short and that the dress doesn't cut off your torso. These are too common problems with regular-sized women wearing petite sizes.
While wearing clunky costume jewelry necklaces beneath a crisp shirt collar once was in style, now it's fading quickly. This fall, avoid placing those necklaces beneath your shirt collar. Instead, try them with a simple sheath dress. Consider a longer, lighter necklace for your collared shirts.
You want to feel as comfortable as possible when you are wearing a skirt, so the first rule of thumb when testing out a skirt is to sit down in it in from of a mirror. Can you cross your legs? Is the fabric stretched snuggly across your thighs to the point it make the skirt look too small? Can you bend over without bearing it all? You want to make sure your short skirts are in fact just short enough without creating any of theses problems. In the same light, you want to make sure your skirts are not too long based upon your frame. For example, if you are a petite woman, then a tea-length skirt is going to make you look shorter and stockier than a skirt that hits right at your knee.
The oversize look is still in style, but you want to make sure you are not purchasing your loose and flowing clothing too big. You can pull this outfit off when your clothing is just a size above your normal size. You don't want your coat arms dwarfing your hands or your sweater falling off the sides of your shoulder, for example.
Bling can be fun and gorgeous, but too much sparkling jewelry can be overkill. Pick your pieces wisely. If you are wearing a loud pair of earrings, then go more lightly on your necklace. Wear a sparkly chunky bracelet, and make that your sole statement piece. You get the idea. Less is more when it comes to jewelry pairings that only light up the darkness!
You can have the most gorgeous designer duds, but if you are showing off your underwear with them, then you might as well not put any effort into it. Invest in the right undergarment items for your outfits. If you're going with a strapless dress, then invest in a good strapless bra. If you have an outfit that is slightly see-through, then consider wearing a camisole or slip. Invest in a convertible bra that lets you adapt the undergarment to fit different dresses and shirts.
Are you ready to dazzle? Keep our handy guide in mind as you put together your best outfits. Avoid these seven wardrobe malfunctions, and you'll be on your way to getting compliments from everyone you meet. It takes just a little time and practice to put together the perfect outfit, no matter your budget.
In less than 24 hours, it is entirely possible to improve your fashion sense, if not completely redefine it. It may seem like a mystifying impossibility from the outset, but with some simple tricks and tips, but this time timeline tomorrow you can be as fierce as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. First and foremost, you need to trust yourself. If something doesn't make you feel like the queen you are, then it's not up to par.
Secondly, never say "I can't…" or "I shouldn't…" when it comes down to whether or not a certain style will work for you. If you like it and you feel good in it, then you can and you should! Fashion sense is a marriage between what is current and what works personally. Familiarize yourself with both of these things, and you'll be golden.
The number one thing that will turn your fashion sense around within one revolution on the earth's axis is determining your body type. The mistake made by many women when it comes to their couture is selecting trending pieces designed for a different body type. Are you an apple? Pear? Tall and leggy or short and muscular? Whatever your shape, there are clothes designed to maximize your curves and make you look as drop-dead gorgeous as you feel.
Don't cut yourself off at the knees by completely reworking your wardrobe with new, fashionable clothes only to discover that they don't compliment your shape. Just because a certain article is fashionable in general doesn't mean it should be a part of your personal fashion.
Another thing you can do within 24 hours is brush up your color knowledge. There are warm and cool skin tones, and while most women know that plays a role in makeup selection, many ignore the role it plays in clothing selection. Don't pet this hold you back, however; it's often said that redheads only look good in neutral colors or blondes only look good in pastels. This is a complete myth! As is the idea that people with ruddier complexions shouldn't wear red or pink.
Work with your natural color pallette, but don't let it hold you back. When it comes to fashion, color is like an outfit's soul. Familiarize yourself with how wearing different colors not only make you look but also how they make you feel. Some colors, like red, might be trendy, but they might also make you feel too much like the center of attention. Clothing color plays as much of a role in feeling comfortable as the cut and texture of the clothing do.
Knowing your personal pallette also impacts accessory selection. Some people do better with natural stone jewellery over gems; cotton purses over leather; silver over gold. Pay attention to these small elements as they also play a role in your color palette.
The sexiest, most confident women are the ones who cater their exterior style to their interior style. Dressing in a way that compliments your personality is an instant fashion win. The more comfortable you feel in your clothes, the more confidence you exude, the more successful you are at pulling off your fashionable outfit. It's hard to be comfortable in something that doesn't mesh with your personality. That said, if you're looking to achieve mainstream fashion sense, you might need to set aside some of your personality. Not every single aspect of who you are and how you feel can be represented in clothing. Finding a middle ground is important.
Little black dresses; red pumps; strappy heels; the jeans that make your legs go on for days. There are certain things every wardrobe needs. Finding those items will bring you one step closer to redefining your fashion sense within 24 hours. A killer jacket is a must. It can be added to several different outfits, it's a practical article of clothing, and it turns casual into fabulous. Plus, jackets are an every-season article of clothing.
Cool summer evenings, crisp fall nights, brisk winter days, and rainy spring mornings, a jacket always has your back. Also a must are a pair of flats. Jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts- flats compliment them all. Flats also give your toes a break from the regular fashion go-to, high heels. Another staple that's working it's way back into the mainstream is the hat. A nice, wide-brimmed, floppy hat is a practical, fashionable element to add to your repertoire stat!
When building a fashionable wardrobe within 24 hours, don't forget to purchase the building blocks necessary for cohesive outfits. The key to achieving A+ fashion sense is knowing what looks good together.
Test your abilities at a store with a friend. Work on pairing various articles and see what the friend thinks. Then, purchase the pieces that work well with more than one thing. It's nice to go into your closet knowing you can find there a pair of pants, jacket, shirt, and shoes that you bought expressly to go together. It's even better when those items can also belong to four separate and equally fashionable outfits.
Having high fashion purses, earrings, watches, belts, and shoes take any outfit from drab to fab in a heartbeat. If you have a Coach purse on your arm or Jimmy Choos on your feet, no one will question whether or not you're style-savvy.
Stellar, eye-catching accessories carry a single outfit a long way, and they're easy to swap out to keep your look fresh. They are also a great way to make the same piece of clothing look entirely different. The same shirt worn with three different scarves or necklaces will be rendered entirely new each time.
A great way to expose yourself to new trends in designer clothes for women is to pick up a celebrity magazine. Take some time to see what the stars are wearing. Photos of them out and about at semi-casual and moderately-formal events provide awesome reference material for what you can sport in your day-to-day life. Celebrities typically have an entire team of people picking out what they're going to wear. This means they are tapped directly into the vein of high fashion.
During your 24 hour fashion transformation, take time for part of your wardrobe that's always with you: your hair. A cut and color updates your look immediately, and just like with clothing, there are trends in hair styling as well.
All of the essentials that come with updating clothing accompany updating hair fashion. Check in with celebrities to see what's cutting edge, pick something that feels authentically "you," and buy some cute hair accessories to keep things interesting day-to-day.
Last but not least, polish your fingers and toes! Like classy belt buckles, adorable purses, and small hair pins, polishing your fingers and toes are a small fashionable touch that wrap up your 24 hour fashion makeover. It's the little things that make the biggest difference in the world of fashion.
Once you've gone on this 24 hour quest to improve your fashion sense, don't stop there. Fashion is a shifting, changing thing; stay tuned in by way of the channels you've found over the past 24 hours. Keep expanding your interests and broadening your horizons. Get bolder and more daring and more comfortable when it comes to making fashion choices.
In 24 hours you can learn what's hot in Hollywood, determine some facts about your body type and color palette, pick out some essentials, plan outfits, and pull everything together with accessories. Now, you can look fabulous and implement your new sensibilities for years to come!