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Thursday, July 12th, 2012
“Dear Mr. Fashion,
I’m embarrassed to ask this. When, if ever, is it rude to wear sunglasses? Is it considered rude to leave your sunglasses on when speaking to someone or in a social situation? What about prescription sunglasses? Or indoors?
Don’t be embarrassed! You are not the first person to ask this question. In fact, your question is brought up almost weekly by people like you struggling to know the many American fashion faux pas, however arbitrary they may be. This particular rule has some pretty good psychological merit, though.
Believe it or not, there are some rules that should be followed when it comes to sunglasses manners. Just like anything else in fashion, the term “should be followed” is always relative to culture, changing tastes, the people you are with, and your own style. In this case, we are speaking of current American culture.
Unless there is a good reason, Never Where Sunglasses:
- When indoors (see above)
- In a formal setting. Don’t dare put sunglasses on if you’re the best man/maid of honor at a wedding.
- When pictures of you might be taken, especially formal pictures
- When having a conversation with someone (more than just asking for directions), and the other person is not wearing sunglasses. It usually makes people naturally defensive if they cannot see your eyes when you are talking. Some scientists pontificate that it makes a person seem untrustworthy as well. It implies- right or wrong- that you may be trying to hide something, are deceptive, evasive, or unsure of yourself.
- When meeting someone new. If it is blindingly bright outside, put them back on after the introduction unless a conversation ensues.
- At night
- In a tented, formal social setting
- In the image below
It is OK to wear sunglasses:
- At outdoor, informal social settings. Like a picnic at a park.
- When driving during the day
- If you are speaking with someone that is wearing sunglasses
- If you have sensitive eyes or medical problems
- If you are Will Farrell
Exceptions and Gray Areas:
- If you have medical problems or sensitive eyes
- If you are on drugs
- If you are trying to hide your identity
- If you need to protect yourself from frequent flash photography
- If you wish to hide signals while playing poker
- If you’d like to hide eye injuries or infections
- If you want to get an awesome tan line
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Back in the 1940s, the rule was that you could only wear white between Easter and Labor Day. To do otherwise was a shocking fashion faux pa. Now? Most experts feel this rule is outdated and a little ridiculous (…and some of the rules they still follow aren’t?).
But we’re in the middle of summer right now, and it is always “ok” to wear white in the summer! I will talk a little bit about the current Spring and Summer White Fashion, and then get into the history of the No White After Labor Day rule. (Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the pictures to read the good stuff~)
Some of the general trends: High-end designers are using light-weight, sheer fabrics to avoid looking like a fluffy marshmallow and to go for the angelic look for women. White highwater pants are also in for both men and women.
Now for PICTURES!!!!
White Fashion: When is it OK to wear white? Whenever you want!!
White solid, light weight dresses:
White solid and pin striped pants/shorts suits:
Angelic, light-weight fabrics:
Hats and more dresses:
Solid summer dress:
Solid, frilly summer dress:
A new spin on the white dress:
More solids, see?:
white doesn’t have to be your main event:
Unless you’re getting married!:
White high water pants are looking hot this summer:
Cool, white dress-jacket thing:
Even white bathing suits!:
Check out this barely-known actress wearing white:
Some weird fairy dresses:
The white highwaters aren’t just for women!!:
When is it OK to wear white?
Now that we’ve seen all the images, it’s time for a lesson in fashion history. Why did the whole No White After Labor Day rule even begin? It doesn’t sound like a typical fashion rule, and it has had more staying power than almost all other fashion rules. It’s not certain, but there are a few prevailing theories:
The Nouveau-Riche Theory
Valerie Steele at The Fashion Institute of Technology, along with many other fashion historians, believe that the origination of the rule came from an economic turning point in history between the 1890s and 1950s. There was a rising middle class in the US, England, and a few other western countries. These nouveau-riche, or newly “rich,” people didn’t know the first thing about high end fashion, and needed a few rules. At the time, the upper-middle class had typically worn white mostly while playing tennis and other sports at their country clubs in the summer. Why? Manufacturers of resort- and country club-clothing made white clothes. Why? I don’t know!
When the newly made middle class families began joining the same country clubs, they were judged harshly for their poor fashion decisions. Brooks Brothers, other companies, and fashion designers attempted to help by handing out pamphlets and using their mouths to spread some general fashion rules. One of which, the most popular by far, was the easily-remembered rule to only wear white between Easter and Labor Day.
The Navy Theory
In the traditional Navy dress code, white dress pants were exchanged for blue dress pants after Labor Day. Why? I don’t know!
The Dirty Shoes Theory
Some fashion experts believe the rule began because white shoes are easy to get dirty during the rainy/snowy/cold season.
The Temperature Theory
Others think that white clothes were worn in the summer to keep the heat off of you, and dark clothes during the winter to make you warmer. With all the newfangled fabrics these days, that no longer holds ground.
Some Rules about White Fashion from Today’s Designers
- Match fabric weight rather than colors to the seasons and the weather!
- White denim can be worn in the wintertime, with a big sweater and leather boots. Suze Yalof Schwartz says this look is very Michael Kors.
- The rule originally started with shoes, so keep to that one until everyone believes the opposite (unless you want to be judged).
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
It’s almost that time again! The weather is warming up, your hair is starting to feel like a weight on your shoulders in the heat, and you’re looking for a fresh new style to spice up your life. Well I have just the thing….a new haircut! I have collected images of the newest Summer Haircuts to help you choose before you go to your hair stylist!
Women’s Summer Haircuts
The theme this summer revolves around a shorter, more natural, wind-blown, even frizzy look. Depending on your hair and your face shape, here are some awesome new hairstyles to choose from!
The Classic. This throwback Summer Haircut is great for you classy ladies that have an old fashioned flair.
The Short and Windblown. Like a lot of Summer Haircuts, this one takes a little bit of work on both the stylist’s and your end. If you’re looking for a light, easy to wear, and easy to style haircut for a windy area, try this one!
The Bohemian. This one isn’t new, but it is picking up steam this summer. Whether you use a headband or tie a pony tail around the front of your head, this one is also nice and summery.
The Lightweight Summer Look. This style is probably one of the lightest in weight. If you live in, or visit, a hot area for the summertime, this Summer Haircut might be perfect for you!
The Half Dread. Hairstyles like this bring in two or more influences for a whole new look. Part Rasta, part sweet, this style is easy to maintain and is very youthful this summer.
The Long Frizz. Worried about cutting all your hair off but still want to look young? Try these variations on for size. It’s a little piece-y, light, and looks hot!
The Side Fishtail. This new, youthful look can be accomplished with your current hair length. Click on the link for the instructions!
The Retro Anime. If you’re looking for something exotic this summer, try this haircut. It can be done with long or short hair. A mix of short and long bangs can really shape your face!
The Short Frizz. If the Long Frizz is too heavy for you, or if you live in a hotter area, try this one. It’s easy to maintain if you have the right hair product (something lightweight, matte, and piecey).
The Elegant Lover. This is more of a style than a cut. With the back put up, it gives your hair more volume and keeps the heat off of your neck.
The Fanned Actress. This is for you women with straight hair and a big hair product budget. This style looks great, and sometimes requires coloring.
Men’s Summer Haircuts
Like I said, this summer is about short, natural, and wind-blown. Here are some styles for the guys.
The Messy Classic. Shorter than a classic side part, this haircut requires some special scissors from your hairstylist. Use mousse and a blow dryer, or grooming clay, to get the texture.
The Swing Kid. Half Military, half 50s rock. This one is easy to maintain. Adam Levine from Maroon 5 pulls it off really well.
The Short and Frizzy. This style also requires a little bit of simple magic by your barber/hairstylist. Use a grooming clay or a finishing cream to achieve this one.
I hope this helped! KIT…have a great summer!
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
In the last few months, 1990s fashion has been declared vintage, historical, and retro, and searches for the subject have been picking up significant steam. Duh! Welcome to the 90s *rolls eyes*! Many readers have asked me to write an article about the trends that inevitably make (and have made) their way back into the main stream. I’ll do it! But you owe me…
The 1990s was a time of great change and, believe it or not, fashion rebellion in a sense. Because of the recession toward the beginning of the decade and new business philosophies that proved the importance of employees feeling more comfortable at work, Casual attire was the name of the decade. Dressing down in every aspect of life became normal. Going to work in “business casual” clothing was relatively new on a large scale and for the first time, you couldn’t tell who was rich and who was a bum.
Another reason for the uprising in casual attire was the influence that 90s music had on fashion. Grunge, Hip Hop, Alternative, and Boy Bands all dressed in casual-”chic” attire, influencing fans and non-fans alike. Doc Martens and flannel, parachute pants and LA Lights, or oversized sweaters and eyeliner anyone?
In the 1980s, consumers were purchasing products left and right, often spending more than they had. This is normally called “conspicuous consumption,” and it was a lesson learned going into the last decade of the millennium. Minimalism was popular in 1990s fashion, and a rejection of the large fashion icons became mainstream. In other words, people saw other people dressing down and decided to save money (or they were too lazy/cool for fashion!). Overalls, flannel, bright colors that lingered from the 80s, denim everything, and baggy clothes were all a nonchalant rejection to expensive fashion.
Viewing fashion from around the world via the internet and eCommerce were just beginning to take off, making it easier to purchase clothing from around the world. This increased the variety available to consumers, and the sources of influence as well. Inexpensive clothing manufacturers from China, Mexico, and other such countries were able to sell directly to consumers. This might have been one of the causes of the decline in upscale fashion in the 90s. It was also the reason for the strong Chinese influence on mainstream 1990s fashion. In 1997, Britain handed Hong Kong back to China after occupying it for 156 years, creating a sense of Chinese pride in anyone with a smidgen of Chinese in their ancestry. Cheongsam dresses became popular, and influenced other aspects of fashion including shawls with similar embroidery.
1990s Fashion in the 2010s
Did you think you were done with the 90s? Think again. Influences from past decades are always showing up in the future, and the 90s are no different. Shabby-chic, Casual-chic, and any similar “dressed-down, but nice” can all be attributed to cleaned up versions of 1990s fashion. Here are some other aspects of 1990s fashion that you can find in some form today. These weren’t invented in the 90s, just popularized then (or at least a type was created then).
- Lace Blouses
- Pastels (late 90s, and now 2012-2013)
- Displaying designer labels to show off
- Yoga pants (as a style)
- Thong underwear
- Navy blue blazers and boat shoes
- Polo Shirts
- Neon cross trainers
Believe me now?
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Fishtail braids are all the rage right now! It makes sense, braids in general keep you cooler during the late spring and summer seasons. There are many benefits to fishtail braids. They can be casual or dressed up, and they can be much quicker than blowing out your hair. With a side fishtail as opposed to letting it rest on your back, you are taking it a step further and presenting it face on!
Here, I’ve provided side Fishtail braid instructions:
1. Make sure your hair is nice and shiny! This could be a natural shine from washing, or a hair product with a shine in it (like a smoothing cream). Slightly dampen it if necessary.
2. Divide your hair into two large sections, so that the part is vertical (not horizontal). You have two options here: You can either part your hair 1) On the side of your head a few inches behind your ear, with a part that goes straight down vertically, or 2) on the back of your head like the image below. If you choose option 2, you simply pull both sides over your shoulder, and braid it there. Keep in mind that the braid might be uneven at the bottom.
3. The technique you’ll be using is weave-like, so decide which way you’re most comfortable (right to left or left to right). Grab a thin strand of hair from the outside of one of the sides. Pull this strand over the first section, and add it under the second section on the other side. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the first section and finishes under the second section.
- The thinner the piece of hair you use, the more complex the braid will look.
- Use the same thickness for each strand throughout, or your braid will look uneven.
- Pulling it tighter helps you to get used to method.
4. Do the same for the other side. Pull a skinny strand of hair out from the outside of the second section and over this section, then weave it under the first section. Make it as loose or as tight as you want it to be, remembering that the tighter method is easier for beginners and it looks less relaxed. Then just repeat!
5. Make sure to tie it off at the end. Use this opportunity to throw in a flower tie or something decorative and cute.
- If your side fishtail braid comes out too tight, simply use your hand to loosen the braid throughout by massaging it.
If you have long hair, try tying the braid in front of your forehead or other creative things!
I hope this helps you!
Thursday, April 5th, 2012
Runway shows are fun to watch, and the new styles that are presented no doubt influence fashion for better or worse. But have you ever thought of how you can apply the things you see in a fashion show to your every day life? Especially for discounted prices?? Read on for some great tips!
How to Apply Runway Styles to your Everyday Wardrobe
1. Look at the silhouette of each of your favorite styles. Think creatively about how to mimic just that to start, including using accessories where a less expensive garment falls short. The image below is a great example of taking a runway style and putting it together on a budget. Layering is probably one of the easiest ways to get close to a runway style, so keep your eyes peeled for the styles with layers. The designer style to the left is easily mimicked with a skinny dress, and some inexpensive sunglasses. The add-ons are what will make this style come to life.
2. Watch for trends in the overall color scheme. This Spring and Summer are seeing a lot of neo-neutrals. Take this into consideration when you go on your next shopping spree! Even if you don’t like the styles below, you can take the color schemes of some of the Ralph Lauren collection and buy some neutral pastels in a different style. Everyone will know how in you are!
3. Are there any other general themes in the runway shows you’ve been watching? The image below shows a definite theme. If you weren’t able to notice, this collection features flowy, liesurely dresses. How easy is that??
You don’t need to spend much time, money, or effort on staying in style. Watch your favorite runway shows with a little less envy now that you know how to update your wardrobe with close-to-runway styles while saving your wallet some wear!
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
The following tips will help you find some great designer clothes at even better prices! You can thank me later.
Discount Designer Tip #1: Check out thrift shops in wealthy and ultra-fashionable areas. You can find some great vintage designers like vintage Chloe! You’ll be taking some extra time to do this, but a little hard work can pay off big, especially in cities where you find a lot of fashionable people.
The following is a list of the most fashionable cities in North America, but smaller, progressive cities can have a large population of fashionable people too!
Most fashionable North American cities, 2011:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- San Francisco
Discount Designer Tip #2: Go to cities with highly competitive design districts. These cities can have boutiques or even stands with some great designer clothing. The competition drives prices way down. Most of these cities will be outskirts of the major design meccas (listed above).
Discount Designer Tip #3: Watch for factory outlet sales in major cities. If you are near these cities, you can score some great designer clothes never sold to their brand stores for one reason or another. The best are New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Miami, but you can find some good ones near you too.
Discount Designer Tip #4: Of course, if you haven’t been to an outlet mall, you are missing out. Depending on the area, you can get some great deals. Frankly, you should stay away from Barneys New York outlet stores. They have poorly made clothes and the prices are still too high for the quality.
Discount Designer Tip #5: Take a weekend trip to a very fashionable town and check out the garage sales. One gem would be worth your time, IMO (in my opinion).
Discount Designer Tip #6: For accessories, try Nordstrom Rack, Nyciwear.com, and bluefly.com. You can almost always find great deals online.
Discount Designer Tip #7: Shop online for some great deals: deliciousfashions.com, ebay.com, and amazon.com all have great finds.
I hope this helps!
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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Who We Are
At NYCiWear, our lives center around fashion, and we know how important style is to you too. Through our many years in the fashion industry, we have come to the understanding that only one trend has remained: The most fashionable designer brands are also the most expensive. So should we have to spend our life’s savings on looking good? We don’t think so! Should we have to settle for knock-offs? Not if we can help it! At NYCiWear, we’ve developed a unique and simple business model. We offer 100% authentic designer brands at the lowest prices you will find anywhere.
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The number one tip we like to give to fellow fashion lovers is: Don’t settle for knock-offs! Designer brands are not only fashionable, but are made of the best quality materials, and will actually last you longer than knock-offs.
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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Last week, a reader wrote in with a great fashion question:
Dear Mr. Fashion,
Can you please tell me what shape of sunglasses would look best on my face?
A Loyal Reader
It all depends on your face shape. Just follow the steps below to accentuate your natural facial features.
Round Face Shape
- Your face has equal width and length.
- Soft curves with few angles
- Round! There’s not much more to say about it.
What You Can Wear:
- Sharp angles to even out your round face.
- Square, rectangle, or geometric shapes can make a round face look slimmer.
- Frames that are more horizontal than vertical can make your face look longer and thinner.
Square Face Shape
- Your face is proportional in length and width.
- You have a broad, deep forehead.
- Your jawline is strong and prominent
- Your chin is square.
What You Can Wear:
- Men should keep with the angles and wear soft-edged-square or oval shaped glasses.
- Women should soften their angles by wearing ovals or circles.
- Cat eyes can give extra curve to the straight angles of your face.
- Frames should be more horizontal than vertical.
- Rimless frames can bring out your natural shape too.
Heart Shaped Face
- Wide forehead
- Narrower jawline
- High cheek bones
- Narrow chin
What You Can Wear:
- Butterfly or cat eye rims
- Round frames in lighter colors to soften the wide forehead
- Frames that are wider at the bottom than the top to offset your small chin
- Avoid glasses that are decorative at the top. Draw attention downward instead
Oval Face Shape
- Balanced proportions
- Narrow forehead and jaw
- Chin is slightly narrower than your forehead
- Usually high cheek bones
What you Can Wear:
- Pretty much anything!Yours is the easiest shape for sunglasses.
- Butterfly or Rectangular can give you some pizzaz.
- Go a little crazy. Where something that others can’t.
- Remember that your features are usually smaller in size, so if you’re a woman, big glasses that make your face look small is okay. But for guys, don’t wear glasses that overpower your features. Guys don’t want to look small.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Neutrals. We saw it on the Red Carpet, and many fashion designers are creating full collections of them. So what is the new neutral color pallet for 2012? We’ll take a look at what’s been going on in high fashion and apply it to our medium-fashion lives (only because runway stuff is so expensive!!).
Neutral become more colorful in 2012?
There is a trend in both fashion and interior design: neutrals with a twist. Even though the word “neutrals” still has a boring connotation, the colors are changing. This year’s neutrals still call for the classic beige, white, sand, and other soft colors, but now incorporate pastels, earthy greens, calming blues, oranges, pinks, and navy blue in the mix. In fact, to break away from the boringness of “neutrals”, I’m going to start calling them “neo-neutrals”, and you can too!
To sum it all up, follow this color wheel and you should be golden (or beige):
Here are some pictures from the Oscars. Check out everyone in the background, too.
And Ralph Lauren has a full collection for Spring 2012 with nothing but neo-neutrals:
See what I mean?? This should give you some guidance for your Spring (and even summer) 2012 color pallet for outfits, shoes, sunglasses, and home furnishings!