Handbag and Fashion Accessory Trends

Every woman wants to be distinct in the way they dress. They want to be noticed and singled out wherever they go. The way to do this is to wear the right fashion and more importantly use the right accessories. The most important being fashion handbags and shoes.

By accessorising an outfit, you can change a normal outfit into a brand new drop dead gorgeous one. This is the power of fashion accessories. By using accessories you can not only enhance your look but, you can also portray your personality. It is a well accepted fact that the accessories you use with your dress show your personality. Thus, choosing the right fashion accessories as per the occasion is very important. The right combination of a fashion handbag and other fashion accessories with your dress can help you set the mood as per your social as well as work requirements. Business attire is perfect for a work environment as the dress and the accessories together portray a work feeling. However, using this outfit for a party or even worse on a date can send the wrong information about you. It can show you off as a workaholic. Similarly, an evening gown is perfect for a party but wearing it to your office is the worst thing you can do. After all, you are going there to work not party.

Handbags as a norm are there to help women carry items such as books, pen, napkin, makeup kit, mirror etc. with them. In the past, they were designed with functionality in mind. But, today’s handbags are designed to look good. This new breed of fashion handbags provides the space for only bare essentials as they are specifically made to accentuate an outfit. Ideally your wardrobe should contain both functional as well as fashion handbags. The functional ones are for daily use while the fashion handbags are for occasional use often, each paired with only a few dresses. Another thing to keep in mind when opting for fashion handbags is to buy keeping your body type in mind. Small or petite handbags are great on a slim built woman but, on a plump woman it can look odd. Similarly, a very large handbag on a slim lady can be mistaken for luggage.

Shoes are the most sought after women fashion accessories. Every woman’s wardrobe will always have shoes, sandals and stilettos matching the dresses in there. This is one fashion accessory other than fashion handbags that can really enhance the overall look of a get up. Fashion jeweleries are also an indispensable part of any woman’s dressing room. A matching shiny earring or bracelet or a broach can make a mundane dress stand out. Fashion accessories do not need to be expensive; they can be cheap but as long as they accentuate the look. Buying accessories that can go with many different outfits is a safe choice to make. This eliminates buying new accessories for every new dress you get. However, remember the rule of thumb, accessories are only there to accentuate the overall presentation of your attire.

Men’s New Fashion Trends

It’s always great to mix trendy pieces with more classic looks to give you the perfect look that always looks up-to-date. Color is big for men this season (I love colored interesting shirts of all kinds), as are relaxed chic looks (like relaxed suits), etc.

Accessories that are hot are really simple: well kept shoes. It’s one of the first things people notice, so always make sure the shoes are right and clean. Here’s something I like to do. Instead of looking at celebs, I check out various magazines and advertising and check out different looks I like (for You GQ, Cargo) and then get shopping!

If you are wondering why some of today’s most sophisticated men’s stores – Polo Ralph Lauren, Bergdorf Goodman Men, Barneys New York – are stocked with enough hard-core color to resemble the team uniform section of a sporting goods shop, well, perhaps that’s fitting. Color has become practically a contact sport.

Mens wear Bright New Look In the last few seasons, many men have developed a major passion for sharply tailored suits and brightly patterned dress shirts, snapping up $200 Etros by the half-dozen. But this spring, in the eternal game of one-upmanship known as fashion, the look has been taken to a new extreme. Solidly colored pants, sweaters and blazers – in tangerine, lemon, viridian, magenta, royal blue – have raised the stakes, and some men are, to retailers’ surprise, taking the bet.

Retailers report that traditional two-button cotton sport coats and pinwale corduroys struck by a lightning bolt of color have become some of the hottest sellers of the season. And in a rare meeting of minds, old-school retailers like Paul Stuart are sharing a design aesthetic with edge-of-fashion lines like Burberry Prorsum and Duckier Brown.

“The first thing that blew out of Barneys was all the color,” said Daniel Silver, a partner in Duckier Brown. “When we were designing it we were thinking: ‘It’s so bright. Are guys really going to buy this?’ But they have. It’s like someone knocked down the wall between his and hers closets.”

The trend has obvious appeal to men who want an easy new way to express a bold streak. But it has an august precedent as well, in the late, great NBC peacock, Johnny Carson. In 1973, when country clubs swarmed with pants and blazers of every hue, Carson’s own fashion line was the best-selling men’s tailored clothing line in the country, according to Homi Patel, the chief executive of Hartmarx, which owns the line. In 1973 alone, 80,000 electric blue sport coats (with five-inch lapels!) were sold.

Unlike many looks with roots in the past, this one is a study in jarring contrasts. It has both the edge and cheek of early 80’s New York, when Day-Glo color fueled the New Wave scene, and the ease and entitlement of an early 70’s Republican enclave in Palm Springs.

“The roots are in that country club thing,” said Joe Zee, the editor of the men’s wear magazine Vitals. “The edge is in its conservative aspect.” Striped shirts and plaid jackets can play into a conservative look, but solid colors, Mr. Zee suggested, are bolder. “Men are more used to pattern,” he said. “So a pink striped shirt is easier for a lot of guys than an all-pink shirt. That’s a more specific fashion statement.”

No sector has taken up the call to color more than the hip-hop world, in which dandies like Usher, Farnsworth Bentley and Andre 3000 of OutKast (hard at work on a fashion line called Benjamin) will wear, and combine, the splashiest of colors. “You have urban rappers from Nelly to Puffy saying, ‘I can wear this without being a sissy,’ ” Mr. Zee said.

Chris Chambers, a dapper vice president for publicity at BMG Music, feels the pull. “There’s definitely a mixture of an urban thing with classic country club.” he said. “I’ll wear the pink Ralph Lauren blazer but maybe not with the white slacks they show. I’ll wear it with some Evisu jeans and a cool sneaker.”

Still, it takes guts. “I think a solid bold color looks fresh, but you have to have a level of confidence for it,” Mr. Chambers said. What makes the look less brash and more appealing, he said, is its history as the onetime uniform of 19th-hole golfers everywhere.

Ross Geisel, a Manhattan fund-raiser, has taken a shine to color because of its associations with a life of gentlemanly ease. “I can get away with wearing it to work, and then if you go out afterward, you don’t look like you came from the office,” Mr. Geisel said.

Another reason he likes extreme color is that there are so few rules about wearing it. That, he maintains, makes it easier, not harder to dress. “It doesn’t matter what you do,” he said. “I have a loud pink shirt on today with a corduroy chocolate brown blazer. I can wear it spring, summer or fall, with any shoe I want.”

Even with his outlaw attitude, he said the style reminds him of his father’s country-club clothes. But the concept of Johnny Carson as a symbol of style is lost on him. “All I remember is Carnac,” he said.

Tips on Becoming a Fashion Designer

The field of fashion design is popular now with shows like Project Runway. These types of shows give a realistic view of what’s expected from a fashion designer. If you are determined to make a career in this business, read on.

If you really want to become a fashion designer you must be able to take rejection. As a fashion designer you will receive more “No’s” then you will hear the word “Yes.” This cannot stop you. The field of fashion design is very competitive and requires hard work on your part. There are plenty of talented designers out there just like you, but you must know what makes you stand out from the rest.

To become a fashion designer you must first know you have talent. Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself do you really know your craft? If you need to improve your sketching ability or sewing and designing skills then get the help you need. Enroll in a fashion design college or program to improve in your weak areas.

Do your homework and know everything there is to know about how to become a fashion designer and the fashion industry generally. To give yourself a chance of success you must be knowledgeable on all aspects of the fashion world if you want to stand out. Anybody can be taught how to sew a dress but a Versace knows how to create. Read every magazine that has to do with fashion. Keep up with all the fashion trends coming out of New York and Europe since they are the leaders.

Don’t be afraid to be different in the world of fashion as this marks a great designer. Know the field you are best in. If it is womens wear that you know best then focus your attention in this area. Put your concentration in the area that you feel most comfortable but don’t close your eyes to other areas of fashion that may be appealing. Keep your options open when it comes to being creative. Be open to finding creative ideas in other mediums. This will help you stand out as a fashion designer.