Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fashion myths, mysteries and musings

Some myths don't hold water, some mysteries have been solved and some musings have been thought out. 

1. How do you really pronounce Ralph Lauren? 
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It's a common mistake. Is it luh-ren or lore-in? According to his niece, Jenny Lauren, it's pronounced Lore-in, like the girls name "Lauren." The name has also been pronounced lore-in in many interviews. 



2. Why the red soles?
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The red sole was seen as early as the days of Louis the XIV, but Christian Louboutin really made it his signature in 1992. When he was on the Oprah Show back in 2008, Louboutin said that the shoe look unfinished. The girl he was working with was constantly painting her nails red, so he grabbed the nail polish and put it on the sole of the shoe and it instantly became alive. Now, the red sole is his identity and trademark and can make any woman feel sexy and elegant; that is if you can afford them.  


3. What does BCBG mean?
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BCBG originally got its name from the Parisian phrase "bon chic, bon genre" meaning good style, good attitude.


4. Buttons on different side for men and women.
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This is an old tradition going back to the Victoria Era when fancy (rich) women used to get dressed with the help of a chambermaid, but men did not. Seamstresses put the buttons on the side of the garment for people who are right handed, because most people are right handed. Therefore, men who self-dressed had the buttons running along the left side of the shirt while women, who needed help getting dressed, had the buttons running along the right side.

5. Mint green with envy.
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This color is so cool it's hot and it's one of the biggest color trends of the season. It's soft, whimsical and romantic. The racks are filled with beautiful mint green jeans, dresses, shoes and accessories.This color is definitely in mint condition for the summer, pun intended!


6. Never mix prints.
how to mix prints & get it right
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Not! Designers do it all the time and brave fashionistas have often combined prints for an edgy look, but this year the mixed print trend has become mainstream.  It's all about injecting personality into your look and having fun with it! This may be a bold look but there is a key to getting it right: Stick to hues within the same color family to keep your look cohesive. Check out our post we did on mixing spots and stripes for inspiration. 


7. Horizontal stripes, friend or foe?
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The fashion industry has always told us that we should stick to vertical stripes because they make you look more slim and that horizontal stripes are unflattering. And for the women with curves? She should stay away from stripes altogether. But this is not so! 
Which square is wider?
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The one on the right, right? Actually, they are same width and same height. Horizontal stripes do draw attention to the widest part of your body. You can still wear it but be cautious. For example, if you have broad shoulders, try a horizontal stripe shirt that covers the torso, not your shoulders.


8. Crushing on chevron prints.
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Whether bold, graphic, or subtle; these zig-zag lines are the new stripes. They are easier to wear than horizontal and vertical stripes because they draw they eye in different directions. So get a funky makeover this summer with the chevron print. 

9. Let your ears do the talking!
neon statement earrings
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For a few seasons, it was all about the statement necklace and the ears were feeling neglected.  So ladies, put your hair up and put on that statement earring because this summer is bound to be hot. Go for a more dramatic look like the picture above or be more demure with a big stud. You can buy cute and inexpensive statement earrings at Forever 21H&M, or LuLus

10. How do you pronounce ASOS?
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We say when in doubt, just pronounce the letters, A-S-O-S. But from the lips of Kevin Fegans, Senior PR Manager of ASOS in the US, it's A-sauce. 
Not A-sohs. 


11. Caps are for toes, silly! 
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The cap toe shoe is named "cap toe" for the piece of fabric (usually leather or suede) that covers the toe of the shoe. It can make an outfit more dressy and add more sparkle. If your a little shy to try the color blocking trend, this is a subtle way to go. ASOS and Target carry some stylish cap toe shoes.



12. Funny sunny sunglasses.
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Sunglasses are accessories that can be worn with out make up when you're on the run. Well maybe a little lip gloss and some blush won't hurt. Gone are the boring basic black and brown sunglasses. The exaggerated and bold colors are in. Even the vintage cat eye sunglasses are back. They give your face an instant face lift and also lift the cheekbones. Sunglasses with translucent sides add great detail and are unexpected.

14 comments:

  1. Great post!!

    I never realized how much I was into fashion!

    I love MOST of these looks....maybe I just know what looks good??? :-)

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Fashion's in everyone and everywhere. You definitely know! :)

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  2. This post completely made my day! I loved learning some things I didn't know! Thanks for this! Following you! :)
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  3. Ha! Very informative. Didn't know some of this stuff...though I'll still probably pronounce it A sohs...it just sounds better hehehe! Thanks for you comment and for the follow! Following back of course :)

    www.plentyforpennies.blogspot.com

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    1. Ha ha, the other way does sound better but it is what it is! You're also welcome and thanks for the follow. :)

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  4. HEY!
    I have nominated you for a Versatile Blog Award, come check it out ;)

    ~ www.samspinkslippers.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww, thanks Sam!!! Our fist blog award; we are so ecstatic and honored!

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  5. Hahah...this is a funny post. Good questions. I know horizontal stripes are popular but known to be unflattering...oh well. I still like'm! Thanks so much for your sweet comment :)

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    1. Thanks Sherri and you're welcome! We always like a good laugh and yay to horizontal stripes :)

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  6. Thank you girls! I give all the credit to my hubby:)
    Great shades!
    xoxo

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  7. Thank you ladies - Good info! :) Learning something new everyday!
    Also, thanks for the comments on my Blog... I replied to them if you haven't seen already! :)
    Rachel

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