Top 10 Fashion Tips for Clueless Men

Men: we all know it’s important to look good, but that it’s equally as important not to look like you know that it’s important to look good. Twenty – or even fifteen – years ago, a man’s accessories simply weren’t a big part of the fashion industry. Men’s accessories have become a huge part of today’s fashion market, and today men are under just as much pressure as women to pull together a perfectly-accessorized outfit in order to make the best possible impression to those around them. From Stylish wallets and belts to latest much have accessory the Man Bag…So here are some fashion tips, that no matter how clueless you are, will set you well on to the road to an appearance of effortless style.

1. Match your belt with your shoes. Such a simple touch, but one that makes the difference between dishevelled charm and threw-it-on-in-the-dark disinterest.

2. Don’t go mad with colour. Fashion isn’t about having everything matching but it is advisable to exercise a little restraint with colour unless you’re a catwalk model. Bright colours go with black, reds go with brown and denim goes with (nearly) everything.

3. Just wedding rings.

4. Get a nice wallet. It’s the little things that count and dragging round a ripped, scratched wallet is more likely to have you losing your cash than winning admiring glances.

5. Think about a manbag.

Weighing down your pockets with keys, wallet and phone damages the material of your trousers and isn’t exactly comfortable either. Manbags are definitely here to stay and you can show that you’re on top of fashion into the bargain by getting one. Check out some great manbags to be found on the web and great deals to be had at the moment..

6. Choose trousers that fit. High waisted jeans a la Simon Cowell are a definite no-no, as are skater slouches that not only show your boxers but also your knees and ankles if you’re unlucky. Get a belt if necessary (see Tip 1).

7. Avoid beige. Traditionally the premise of over 60s holidays and Crocodile Dundee, beige is rarely a good colour both fashionably and practically.

8. Wear a scarf. Nothing like a bit of opera-going sophistication to add to your ensemble – choose something understated and wear it draped around your neck rather than tied.

9. Throw away the hair gel. Too nineties!

10. Follow the stars. GQ magazine have just published their “Best Dressed 2011” list

So You Want To Be A Fashion Model?

Have you ever thought about becoming a fashion model? Do you think you have what it takes for that kind of job? The typical fashion model travels to exotic places, models the latest clothes, fashions, and accessories from top designers, and can even be featured in various magazines, which of course can also then lead to being pursued by manufacturers for you to do product endorsements.

But that is typically not where a fashion model STARTS. Like anything else, a fashion model or teen model usually starts significantly lower on the totem pole while they are gaining visibility with potential clients and top modeling agencies around the world. But if you are willing to “pay your dues”, the rewards can be fabulous from many perspectives, including travel, mingling with celebrities, attending exclusive events, and of course from a financial perspective. Top models can earn upwards of thousands of dollars per day.

Fashion modeling is no longer limited to just the “perfect” people anymore with the great looks, superb hair, and a Barbie-doll figure. Particularly in recent years, the fashion designers have started to realize that by only targeting the “perfect” people, they were ignoring a large portion, indeed a MAJORITY, of the audiences they could potentially target to sell their merchandise, accessories, and fashions.

That being the case, there is also a market for fashion models that almost spans the entire range of types of people; i.e., the petite, the “plus size”, the teen, the “mature”, and yes even the retiree crowd. Think about it, all those types of people have money also, and are willing to spend it if they are aware of the possibilities and availability of their products. And selling their creations and fashions is what they are in business for! To become a successful fashion model today, you no longer need to be limited to the group that is about 5 foot 8 inches tall at 120 pounds with perfect bouncy hair and about 22 years old.

There are many types of modeling jobs available, and virtually any of them would be a good start for someone with the motivation and desire to get into some of the top spots and top agencies. There is catalog modeling, runway modeling, showroom modeling, promotional or trade show modeling, television modeling, as well as print modeling like in newspapers or magazines.

Make no mistake about it, it is a tough market and there will likely be some long hours involved. But for those with the motivation and desire to succeed in this very competitive industry, the rewards can far outweigh the negatives.

Fashion Models and Fashion Photography is Everywhere

We see it on billboards and in magazines the world over. So, what exactly does it take to be behind the camera? Aside from an interest in shooting the human form, you will also need to be prepared to forgo modesty in the pursuit of the best shot. Many fashion photographers are subject to nudity and awkward poses, thus the need to forgo modesty. If you’re passionate about the possibility of becoming a fashion photographer, the following advice may help to get you on your way.

It is very unlikely that a self-taught photographer will be picked up in the world of high-end fashion. While he or she may get the occasional freelance job, the chance of becoming employed with a magazine or particular designer is slim. The executives in this fast paced world are seeking photographers who have been educated in photography and are experts in beautifying a subject on film. Fashion photography takes a great deal of precision and the photographer is required to understand color schemes. Fashion photography also requires an understanding that, most of the time, you’re job is to sell something (typically clothing) and in order to succeed you must know how to bring your given product alive on film.

Photographers the world over have varying styles and ideas when it comes to composition and lighting. In the world of fashion photography, these two factors must be very specific. To succeed as a fashion photographer you must know how to both light and compose a photograph that totally flatters the subject while bringing forth the product of the day. In other words, you will have to make sure that the product you’re trying to push looks just as good as the model wearing it. Unfortunately, that’s not an easy task given the fact that most models are breathtaking and that tweed overcoat, or whatever, will pale in comparison.

Fashion photographers must also be prepared to both give direction and take criticism. Most models will require at least some direction as you shoot. And, since you’re the expert on composition, you will be equipped to verbally direct their movements and poses in real time. On the flipside, fashion photographers take criticism from clients and models on a steady basis. This is the reason they take so many frames of a single subject in varying poses, et cetera. If you are not verbal, or you cannot take criticism, the world of fashion will be tough for you.

Another key component to becoming a fashion photographer will be the development of your portfolio. You should strive to compose a quality portfolio of photographs designed to promote fashion. Practice composing, directing, and shooting a variety of subjects and do your very best to compile your best photos in the production of a “hire me now” portfolio. Your portfolio is like your resume. The best of the best stand out and the rest get ignored.

Fashion Designers

Fashion designing is a profitable business if you have the ability, talent, panache and the flair for it. It is not an easy job and designers should be a lot creative and innovative. He/she must be able to conceptualize fashion and produce garments that can become trends.

The two most common types in fashion are ‘Prêt-a Porter,’ and ‘Haute Couture.’ Haute Couture are hi-fashion garments which are ‘one-of-its-kind,’ and typically meant for the upper class. Pret -a-Porter are ready to wear garments that are produced in bulk. They are further divided into casual wear, evening wear, party wear, swim wear, sports wear, maternity wear etc. The designers can specialize in any one area, by creating a niche for themselves. They can work with any established designers or work as freelancers. They can also work in export houses, buying houses or publications for more guidance on the subject.

There are designers who have made a mark in the field of fashion without any formal training or degree. But, in these days of high fashion having a formal education in designing can take you a long way, especially when you are looking for job. Once you’re done with your education, create a good portfolio. A portfolio says a lot about the designer’s skills and his/her expertise in the field. It has to reflect the designer’s artistic capacity and skill.

Do a lot of networking with other established designers models, photographers, agents etc. Grab the slightest opportunity that come by your way. Once you’ve made your mark, you can then be choosy about your assignments. The key is to build your name as much as possible. Read magazines and watch programs related to your field. Keep yourself updated on the latest trends and happenings of the industry. Create a website or start a blog of your own to make your collection visible to the whole world.

Among all the careers that exist is the fashion industry, a fashion designer’s is the most significant one. Everybody will have to be connected to the designer in some way or the other. It’s that beneficial!

How To Make A Statement With Your Jewellery

The market is swamped with “European style” charm bracelets, both real and imitation, but are these just for the younger woman? Does the more mature woman want to wear these?

Anytime these appear on eBay, it is always the real pieces that get lots of bids and sell for a really good price whereas the imitation ones usually don’t. Why? Why would people want to spend a lot of money on something (that is made in the Far East) when they could spend a tenth of the amount on something that is also made in the Far East and looks almost exactly the same? Is it snob value? Is it “keeping up with the Jones’s”?

Young women want these real pieces – they would rather pay far more money and get the authentic, branded, trademarked piece, rather than pay less and get an imitation, even though the imitation often looks just like the real thing.

Although we are not condoning the selling of fake branded goods, this can be likened to “Nike Trainers Syndrome”. Young kids – teenagers to early 20’s – NEED to have the £100 pair of trainers. Why? Because it’s what their friends have, or what their friends want. They want to have the designer trainers to show off or to show that they “belong”, they want to be accepted and admired by their peers. They don’t yet have the confidence to make their own “statement”.

However, when you get to your 30’s and beyond, you realise that the £50, or even a £30, pair of trainers can be equally as good, equally as comfortable, do same the job and cost a fraction of the price of the “designer” ones. With maturity comes confidence, self assurance, a better sense of who you are and the knowledge that you don’t have to conform and follow the crowd.

It is surely the same when it comes to jewellery. Yes, these European style bracelets, necklaces and charms can be partially modified by the wearer by selecting which beads and charms you are going to have but, at the end of the day, they all look more or less the same, you can spot them a mile off and they generally get the reaction: “Oh, you have got one of those bracelets as well”. The wearer then has to tell you whether it is real or fake because, at first glance or from a distance, nobody can actually tell the difference! What is the point?

Do people see the “real thing” as an investment? Investment? Any piece made from a precious metal can be seen as an investment but, sometimes, the greatest part of the value is in the “brand” and when that brand falls out of fashion the value/price will probably fall as well.

When buying jewellery – either buy for the investment value (ie. precious metals, diamonds and gemstones) or buy for yourself… buy something that makes you feel special, a piece that means something to you, perhaps a one off piece that nobody else will have. More mature people can express their own individuality through jewellery, buying pieces that they have an affinity to, or which goes particularly well with that outfit for that special occasion, or which says something about their own lifestyle and who they are.

A one-off piece of jewellery is a talking point, people will notice it and ask you about it and you can tell them about it, safe in the knowledge that they will not be able to copy you.