It’s not always about parties and other formal gatherings that one wants to look stylish. How you dress in your daily life is going to affect your personality because people who see you regularly make an opinion about your personality. It’s not just the formal occasions at which you meet new people rather you can meet your new friend anywhere, anytime and that is why you need to be prepared for that.
There is a subtle distinction between looking stylish and looking flashy. It’s alright if you look flashy at parties but in everyday life, it sounds weird. Most people want to look smart and beautiful and also want to maintain a casual look. It’s not only a beautiful formal skirt and jacket that is going to give you a sharp look. There are many other casual looks in which you will feel comfortable, elegant and thus more confident. Here is a list of 6 such tips that will make you look more stylish
1. Aim for Innocence
If you want to look well dressed in a unique way, you should aim for innocence and not for a flashy and immature look. Innocence is something that immediately persuades others to give you some respect and appreciation. Innocence is actually attraction personified.
It must be mentioned immediately that it doesn’t mean at all that you should avoid colors, instead, your dressing should be the amalgamation of elegant fabric cut sewn like most classic dresses, while at the same time maintaining the necessary amount of colors. Only you need to look a little like a sophisticated girl by avoiding dressing like a teenager unless you really are a teenager. You should dress like Greek goddesses, that is to say,your natural beauty should reflect more.
2. Avoid Graphic Tees
The first thing to do if you want to look elegant is avoiding your graphic tees. I know it’s a temptation to wear such tees but, seriously if you want to look sophisticated, you should avoid wearing these. Everybody loves to wear graphic tees, and if you too wear them, you will just get lost in a crowd without any particular distinction. People will consider you a child who doesn’t want to grow up.
If you don’t believe, just look at the movies. In movies the most charming girls don’t wear Tees at all, instead, they wear dresses, therefore, don’t wear such graphic Tees. Most charminggirls dress in a sophisticated way, even if casual. You will see, the only ones wearing graphic Tees would be children or flashy teenagers. You can wear casual shirts or polo shirts occasionally; they look much more beautiful.
3. Choose a Good Pair of Jeans
You can’t look more casual than if you are wearing jeans. There is nothing wrong with wearing jeans as long as you pick the right one. You should avoid baggy jeans because indeed, you don’t want to pull up your jeans every five minutes. You should choose a pair of jeans that isn’t pooling around your ankles. You also need to avoid flashy embellishments – no bleaching and no stripping.
Above all, there should be no logos on your jeans, anywhere. Just pick a pair of jeans that is straight and simple. Pick a dark blue color and choose a size that fits you best, and believe me, you would look gorgeous.
Jeans are not the only option for your legwear. You can also pick a pair of chinos as long as the color is not flashy. Avoid colors like red; choose camel, gray or army green colors. Most people do not wear color below the waist. If you are wearing colorful legwear, it will distinguish you from the rest.
4. Rethinking Your Foot ware
All of your dressing is useless – even if it is elegant and charming – if your shoes are dirty sneakers. There is a need to replace your sneakers with something more elegant and classic. And, don’t just think that nobody notices your shoes; everyone does, especially men and your fellow girls.
As most people suggest, there is no need to spend thousands of dollars on your shoes. You can also find many classic shoes at moderate prices.Try ankle boots and you will look sharper. If you think, ankle boots are too formal then try some gateway shoes. These leather shoes will give a classic look. You can also choose desert shoes which offer the comfort of sneakers but are more appropriate and casual.
5. Learn to Love Layering
Sometimes it is difficult for many persons to match clothes; therefore, they avoid layering altogether. Layering can make the dullest clothes sharp. And there is no need to go shopping for the thread to thread matching for layering; you can also do it with simple clothes. Layering gives more detail to the outfit and thus making it sharper.
For other suggestions about layering and the choice of your outfits do not pay much attention to the fashion world because it will confuse you even more. Trending fashions and fashion world are suitable for those who are obsessed with trends. If you are a regular person, you shouldn’t pay much attention to trending – actually, you should avoid it.
Instead of trending clothes, you should pick ones which are classic and timeless. Such clothes will retain their popularity even after ten years. Focus on the wardrobe pieces that are timeless.
6. Decorate Your Wrists
Decorating your wrists or fingers is another way to make your dull-looking outfit sharper. Choose a leather watch or a leather band for your wrist. You can also choose classy rings for your fingers. Empty wrists just don’t look right.
You shouldn’t shoot yourself up in whatever you hear about fashion. For instance, if you hear about wearing accessories, do not end up wearing necklaces. Do everything in moderation.
Choose simple, subtle and elegant outfits and you will look perfect.
This guest post is written by Joe Cole, he works at Coupon Goo.
Do colors have any significant role in determining how your day is going to turn out? Or, do they have positive and negative effects on particular sun signs? Irrespective of whether you believe in the answers to these questions, the explanation below sounds pretty logical to me.
The fact that the ray of light carries seven core colors is known to all. In astrology and Ayurveda, the colors carry immense significance in overall health and mood of every individual. Vedic astrology dictates that it’s the sun that signifies health, fame and status. Now two things that strike me as quite logical are; First, seven colors in the light brought down by sun and seven days of week…there’s got to be some connection, and second, that all planets revolve around the sun and soak the light of the brightest star of our solar system. So technically, effect of sun light or the colors on sun signs is not farfetched. As per astrology, every person has favourable and unfavourable planets and colors as well. This is one of the main reason, people in India who follow Vedic astrology wear gem stones of various colors to increase or negate the effects of these planets.
So what does your sun sign say about the color you should wear?
Aries: Red rules the life of Arians! Being a sign of passion, energy and enthusiasm, red can ignite your inner self and your exuberance. Red for your sign is all about action, pleasure and love. When red and Aries combine, they have a remarkable ability to turn the most depressing circumstances into positivity and that is often rubbed on to people near you. Release your red radiance; the world needs your fiery spirit! Apart from red, white and yellow are also effective for you. While on the flip side, you should avoid blue, black and green.
Taurus: Taurus is a fixed sign of earth element so obviously Green rules this sign. Green signifies growth and youthfulness. It is symbolic of family and unity. Heart and home are of prime importance to you. You may even be surprised how ‘Going Green’ with your choice of clothes can help obtain monetary balance. Green indicates you are a sensitive soul with ‘evergreen’ capacity for growth. You can also try your hands on pink and white but should stay away from yellow and red!
Gemini: You hog the lime light wherever you go! Why? Because orange is the color of diversity, sociability and inspiration. Your color implies high level of engagement with other people and a strong sense of your place within a close-knit community. The color orange is symbolic of harmony. You strive to keep things as mellow and balanced as possible. Orange is aligned with the sacral chakra. That means you are likely designed for discovery and exploration. This color can turn you into an outdoor person (if you’re not already). Your color is expansive, impressive and lovely. Put on those lovely orange dresses and aspire to shine up to your potential. And yes, try and stay away from blue and red!
Cancer: Cancerians are emotional beings with larger than life dreams and the capability of realising them. For you Violet reflects idealism. Violet is aligned with the crown chakra. This means you have massive potential for higher consciousness, deep understanding and spiritual growth. So dive deep into your deep violet waters of dreams and emotions, and haul out your findings for the rest of us to marvel at! White, red and yellow are also good for you.
Leo: The ruling planet of Leo is Sun and people of this sun sign exude radiance. For you Yellow is symbolic of humour, intelligence, courage and strength. You have the capacity to shine your light on the world and even into the universe. If you are feeling low, consider focusing on the energy of yellow. It’s also a very positive color. Don a yellow dupatta or a scarf, or just carry a yellow clutch and it will make all the difference in your mood. Yellow is aligned with solar plexus chakra. This implies you’re accustomed (and maybe even enjoy) being the centre of attention. After all – that yellow sun is central to our solar system. So use your influence, intelligence, magnetism and your yellow dress to charm your way out of anything. Apart from yellow, gold and orange also are fruitful colors for Leo. If you are a Leo, avoid blue and white
Virgo: Virgo is the dual nature sign of earth element. Blue for Virgos has a very calming, tranquil energy to it. Since blue is a nurturing, helpful color, people don’t find it difficult to confide in you and come to you for help. Your understanding runs deep, and you intuitively know how to attend to the needs of others. And you do this with honesty and integrity. Blue is aligned with throat chakra. This means you can effectively communicate your feelings without coming off as abrasive or sharp. You can be naturally eloquent and diplomatic with your expression. Harness your beautiful blue hues, and keep doing the good work you do!
Libra: Libra zodiac sign is fresh, alive and scintillating with goodness of green. Part of that green goodness comes from an innate knowing about how things should be in the world. You inherently know how things equate, balance and come together to bring about perfect harmony. Nature is a big necessity for you. If stuffed in a box without green grass underfoot, you’d go utterly mad. Wearing green will take the edge off and make you feel more confident. You know what it takes to be healthy and well. You also know what it takes to get a job done, and you’re usually fearless about taking chances to achieve your goals. Green is aligned with the heart chakra. You’ve got incredible ability to get to core issues, find solutions and tip the scales to heal and restore balance. So unleash your power of green to facilitate growth, understanding and healing in the world.
Scorpio: Scorpio is the eighth zodiac sign that is fixed and watery. Red is the color for you than can work wonders… Red is the color of passion and for Scorpions there is no dearth of it. Sensuality, love, potential, magic and manifestation are what define you. Wear red, and nobody can escape your charm. Deep down within you, is a magnificent fire. You can kindle that fire by knowing your value, feeling acceptance and embracing your power. Get lit, Scorpio… The world is waiting to see your beautiful potential! The other colors you can consider are white, yellow, orange and chocolate. You should be careful when it comes to blue and green.
Sagittarius: Violet has an electric energy that coincides with the radiating energy of Sagittarius. Enthusiasm is the watchword for your color aligned with your sign. You’ve got gusto, and you usually aren’t afraid to prove it. In fact, Sagittarius-violet is a heady combination. Violet energy is excited when it comes to adventures in understanding and wisdom. This means you have a gift for sharing your knowledge in uncommon, adventurous ways. Violet is also a color of spirituality, and your explorations may often revolve around spiritual themes. This color is aligned with the crown chakra. That means you set your sights on higher understanding and intuitive evolution. You’re always aiming further to hit the bull’s eye of wisdom and truth.
Capricorn: Settle into your indigo (shades of blue) pools of inner knowing. You’ve got the perception, confidence and wherewith all to do what you’ve got to do. Indigo is aligned with the third-eye chakra. That’s mighty powerful intuition coming into play. You have the ability to pierce the darkness and see clearly through confusion. Because you are gifted with intellectual alacrity, you like facts. Taking risks or delving into the unknown isn’t your bag baby. Nevertheless, indigo implies you have tremendous instinct. Wearing Indigo will help you tremendously in keeping you focused and to align your energies to the problem in hand.
Aquarius: You have a keen sensitivity that has the color violet written all over it. When combined with your sun sign, violet implies that you find great joy in expressing your depth through art, music and writing. Wearing violet will never let you run out of creativity and bring fresh ideas. You have incredible ability to take ephemeral concepts, and weave them into meaningfulness with style. Violet can be a very internal color. Meaning, sometimes you are pulled into your own dreamy whirlpools of thought and sensitivity. Thankfully, violet can be very energizing too. This means you can activate the high frequencies of this color to draw you out of seclusion if you feel you’ve gone too far into the depths of yourself. Violet is aligned with the crown chakra. That means you can easily succeed in canvassing your vision for the world to see. You’ve got heady insight and high ideals.
Pisces: Your indigo-colored waters run deep, Pisces. Some of the emotional waters you swim in are very dark – but very little escapes your perception. Indigo is all about moving deeply…especially in matters of emotion. You don’t even have to see what’s going on around you. You can just feel the energetic waves of emotion. This makes you highly sensitive to external influences. Luckily, indigo can be a very insulating and protective energy which will keep you positive. Wear indigo when you need to be shielded from the psychic clatter of the world around you. When done consciously, this act will cast a bubble around you to keep you from the barrage going on around you. Alternatively, indigo is a cool color. Indigo is aligned with the third-eye chakra. That means your psychic abilities are extraordinarily keen. Your gifts of perception can help others in advancing their dreams, and realizing their greatest potential. You can use your gifts to give yourself the same lift. Go indigo, Pisces because you’re worth it! You can also try your hands at yellow and orange as well.
Every living being and their stationery counterparts (the non livings) have a story, a legacy that precedes them. Since the beginning of time, great men have fought battles and charted new courses to create and protect their legacies. The non living ones, well they had it easy; they just had to be there, to just exist in changing and evolving times to create their own. The cultures have come and gone, the empires ruled and faded, just the legacies of few men and their creations passed the test of time. And while these legends are no more, their art and creations have passed along through generations ensuring the reminiscent of their times are not forgotten.
People have great fondness to their historical roots. A collection of art, an antique piece of furniture, real estate or even stones are considered of great value and pride if they are of historical and cultural importance.
India, being one of the few countries that held on to its roots (and I mean only the good parts), has a vast cultural heritage that originated during the Dravidian, Mughal & British eras. The cultures left lasting impressions on today’s generation as well. Take clothing for example, while it has evolved and westernized, there are still a lot of art forms which are centuries old but still in vogue. Chikankari for instance, is an ancient art of embroidery originated in 3rd Century BC, that’s approximately 2300 years ago! There’s a reference of Phulkari in Vedas & Mahabharata! Just imagine the number of generations it had to pass down to still be in existence today! As a consumer, when I am wearing Phulkari or Chikankari, I am being a part of this incredible journey, of an astonishing legacy which stood through the test of times.
Like Chikankari, there are innumerable embroidery and weaving styles that are still worn with pride, not just in India, but throughout the globe. Phulkari from Punjab, Kanjivaram from Tamil Nadu, Kantha work from Bengal or Block prints & mirror work from Rajasthan, all these art forms and many more have found their way into the wardrobe of urban women and are worn with grace, poise and beauty. It is said that fashion evolves in a vicious circle, but these legacies have traveled through these circles for centuries and held their fort.
Indian cultural clothing is now being recognised as a major vogue in western fashion world as well. More and more western celebrities are now donning Indian Saree and Salwar Kameez, as latest fashion trend. But is it just fashion? I highly doubt that…more than just fashionable, Indian clothing is gaining recognition because of the story, the legacy that precedes them.