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The Classic Fashion Personality

The classic dresser has a linear approach to fashion. She is one dimensional, conservative and her wardrobe is sturdy and reliable. When it comes to clothes, the classic dresser invests for the long haul. She goes for the timeless wardrobe and this includes her fashion accessories. She likes tailored clothes in classic durable fabrics such as tweed, wool blends, cashmere, silk and good quality cotton.

Neutral Palette and lots of navy
She is conservative when it comes to colours sticking to neutrals or monochromatic colours i.e. one colour in several shades. She loves navy. She dresses elegantly and so her fashion accessories reflect her fashion personality and are just as tailored and elegant as her clothes. As such she will spend money on handmade accessories like a handmade leather bag, handmade leather purse, handcrafted shoes and sandals etc.

Handcrafted jewelry
Her jewelry is as timeless as her clothes and would include pearl necklaces, antique jewelry and handcrafted jewelry. Chunky necklaces are not her style as they may be a bit too flamboyant for her style. Instead she will wear pearl necklaces, choker necklaces and handmade necklaces. Statement jewelry for her would be wearable art like art deco designs as opposed to bold coloured necklaces.

Sustainable fashion …smart investment choices
For the classicist, fashion trends come and fashion trends go. She is not perturbed as fashion trends do not dictate the way she dresses. She prefers to spend more on a single quality item of clothing than spend loads on throw away fashion accessories.. So in a sense she supports sustainable fashion by making smart investment choices in her wardrobe. She has peace of mind in knowing that she can rely on her neutral colours and dark suits for years to come.

She is comfortable in designs by Pringle of Scotland, one of the oldest luxury label in the world, and by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren whose fashion exudes grace, elegance and understatement; qualities traditionally associated with fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and more recently Michelle Obama. So the classic dresser is in good company.

How to Save Money With Mix-And-Match Clothing

Clothing can take a big bite out of your budget if you do not learn frugal clothing strategies. To save money you must learn to make the best use of the smallest amount of clothing.

This article is for women. It is about the need to buy the correct pieces to stretch wardrobes, and how to use all of the clothes in your closet.

Many women have huge closets of clothing, but they don’t wear all of them. The obsession with clothing and shoes in our society has gotten ridiculous. Sometimes price tags are not even taken off items that hang in closets. What a waste of money.

The best way to make good use of your clothing is to mix and match that which you own, and wear everything. This can be done by mixing-and-matching items and dressing them up and down.

Here are some tips to help you with some of the basic pieces in your closet.

Jackets

Jackets serve two purposes- fashion and warmth. You can find Jackets in fabrics from velvet to corduroy. There are conservative cuts, and trendy pieces. If you want to build a frugal wardrobe, stick with the classics. There are many classic cuts, from double breasted to the classic channel jacket.

There are so many ways to wear jackets. Invest in one good jacket, wear it over and over, and the price per wearing becomes only a few pennies.

The High Powered Business Jacket

This jacket is usually very dark, (black, navy or gray) and is worn with a skirt (or pants) in the same color. It is worn with a shirt that is also in a dark color. Not everyone looks good wearing all dark colors, but this is what you wear when you want to look very conservative.

Regular Business Attire

You may soften the look of your outfit by wearing a white shirt, or a shirt in a pastel color. You can also mix the fabrics and colors. However, the jacket and skirt should be classic in style and conservative in color.

Meetings

Take the same black jacket, and relax the look even more by wearing a colorful shirt or sweater under the jacket. Wear a more patterned skirt or pair of pants. Give a little more personality to the outfit with colorful jewelry.

Casual Wear

Finally, for very casual wear, use your jacket with your blue jeans. The jeans should be in a more formal dark wash.

Sweaters

Sweaters are another versatile piece in the frugal wardrobe. Once again, sweaters serve two purposes- fashion and warmth. Sweaters come in several styles, are made of knitted fabric, and almost always soft and snuggly.

Sweaters are knit from many types of yarn, from heavy ply to very thin yarn. You want to buy sweaters that will last, so don’t choose any with a very loose knit.

Again, there are conservative and trendy cuts. If you are buying a cardigan (which functions as a jacket), you want to stick with a conservative cut. However, you can be more stylish with pullover sweaters. Knit fabrics do not last as long as other garments. The fabric often tears, snags, and ravels.

Here are 4 basic ways to wear sweaters.

Under a Jacket

As mentioned in the jacket section, you can wear a sweater under a jacket for a more casual, yet dressy appearance. To make it more interesting, you can also wear a blouse under the sweater. Sweaters look good when dressed up with both scarves and jewelry.

Combined with a Blouse

Sweaters can achieve many looks when worn over blouses. You can improve the appearance of many of your blouses by topping them with a sweater. Many blouses and sweaters are now are made with 3/4 length sleeves. This provides the opportunity to wear a long sleeve blouse under a sweater with 3/4 long sleeves, and then roll up the sleeves on the blouse.

Worn Alone

Sweaters look great worn alone over skirts or pants. Again, both jewelry and scarves look great on sweaters.

Blouses

Blouses will be one of the least expensive items in your wardrobe, and here is where you want to have a variety of colors and styles.

Blouses are worn close to your face, so you do want to be sure and buy them in colors that flatter your face.

Unless you work in a conservative business environment, you can have a lot of fun with colors and styles. If you have kept your skirts and pants in neutral colors, you should be able to pair them with almost everything in your wardrobe.

If you are large busted, but sure the sleeve length does not end at the same place as your bust If your blouse buttons, be sure you can move your arms freely, and there are not gaps between the buttons. If your legs are short, do not buy your blouses too long, or your legs will look shorter if you do not tuck them in.

Here are some ideas for your blouses:

Business Wear

As mentioned in the Jacket section, the most conservative, sophisticated way to wear a blouse is to wear a dark blouse under a dark suit. Wear a light colored blouse to make the outfit less conservative. You can also wear a vest over the blouse for a very business-like look

Vests

Vests lend versatility to blouses. Wear a tailored vest over a blouse for a more formal look. You have a variety of options when it comes to vests, from the conservative blouse, to the very informal looks you can achieve when you wear vests made of fleece and denim. Vests are very easy to sew, and a good choice to expand a small wardrobe.

Casual Wear

Blouses worn alone are usually worn with a piece of jewelry, unless the blouse has a lot of style from the cut and design of the blouse. The accessories worn with a blouse will dress it up or down. Blouses are versatile. You can wear the same cotton blouse with a pair of shorts or a skirt and sweater. They cost less than the other items in your wardrobe so have some fun with color.

Pants

The most versatile pants are conservative business pants and jeans. You can wear them with all of the items above. The fabric and the cut are what make pants go from dressy to casual.

Keep your dress pants conservative, and without pockets or other design details that draw attention, and you can get by with just a couple of pairs for work and special occasions.

Add a couple pair of jeans and a corduroy or twill pant in a neutral color, and that should be all you need. No one is going to remember your pants. You can wear them over and over until they need replacing.

Casual Wear

How much casual wear you need depends on whether you stay at home or work. It also depends on your leisure activities. If you don’t work, you should have more casual wear than business attire. Keeping your wardrobe in balance to your needs is another skill for a frugal clothes shopper.

So these are the basic pieces for a mix-and-match wardrobe. I’ve seen people with as few as 3 blouses and 3 skirts put together amazing outfits with the use of accessories like scarves and jewelry.

When it comes to clothes, less is more. You will take better care of your clothing, and it will always be clean and ready to go. When everything goes together, a little goes a long way.

Designer’s Classics of Today is Modern Vintage of Tomorrow

Discovering the timeless pieces of today that will endure

When I look at the fashion styles in today’s Vogue, W Magazine, or Bazaar, it is hard to see what might turn into a vintage classic of tomorrow. Some of designer clothes are too arty to be considered, and are only photographed for the now – most of which I would deem unwearable anyway. I have a few designer’s original things hanging in my closet right now that was passed on to me by my mother and gained incredible value over the years.

When you are twenty, no trend seems too far out, and the classics appear downright prudish. Then, reality hits somewhere closer to thirty, and when we are responsible for everything. The fashion faux-pas start to look a little more ridiculous, and get a bit expensive. As we age, certain things don’t look as good, or right anymore. I think that is just fine, because the wisdom gained is invaluable, and we know that those trendy pieces tell a story later in life.

What’s important to know is how to add value to your fashion wardrobe without wasting clothes. Look to a little bit of fashion history to know what pieces remain timeless, and are worth owning twenty years from now – the little black dress, the luxury handbag, or an exquisite blouse. It starts to take hold somewhere around age 27, when you realize the value of certain items. You want to become that individual, and get away from the cookie cutter mall rats.

I would recommend finding that designer boutique that gets to know you. The individual attention you receive is invaluable, and you know you’ll be procuring better items for the long run. My favorite style associate will call me when she sees items that suit my style, and she’s honest in telling me how I look. Boutiques will hold trunk shows for their favorite designers, where you can be the first to order the upcoming season’s looks, and know that you are purchasing quality that endures. Designers produce limited quantities of their items which brings exclusivity and value. This is what makes your wardrobe more distinct and individual to your style.

Vintage Clothes of Tomorrow… What makes a timeless piece? “Designs that have strong individuality, signature style, and a sense of mystery” says Natasha Leratti, a High End Miami based Fashion Designer and Stylist. While it is hard to say exactly which modern pieces of today will make statement point of tomorrow’s vintage, there are some pieces that make obviously choices. The “Little Black Dress” that combines classic lines with a little flair will be one that can be updated with the modern shoes and accessories, regardless of the decade. A simple cut jacket can be instantly updated with a modern shirt or jewelry underneath. Designer Clothes that are classic, with unexpected elements will be tomorrow’s vintage – a romantic silk blouse, an embellished shift dress, or a crocodile handbag will be choices I would look for.

When you shop for vintage today, you should be prepared to pay more for better designer clothes and fashion accessories, just as you would new. If an item is well made and cared for, then it will last for years. The details of the designer items have been paid attention to, and are worth the extra. The early creations of Christian Dior exuded a charm and grace that is quite timeless in design, yet is easily modernized with a blend of today’s chunky jewels, architectural heels, and colorful handbags. Head to toe vintage can look too much like a costume, so the unity is key.

Designer Auctions are great opportunity to find new as well as vintage items. You never know when someone does not realize the significance of a piece and you can pick it up for under face value. It’s important to do your homework when buying vintage to know if something is worth the price.

Our design philosophy revolves around the idea of buying for tomorrow. We offer Collections daytime and cocktail dresses, as well as evening skirts, knits, and fashion accessories that exude a couture flair for today, and quality to be the vintage of tomorrow. Her keen design sense makes her a frontrunner for the modern woman’s fashion wardrobe. She can creates one of a kind couture items that are resold on Auctions and Trunk Shows. That kind Clothes will last a lifetime, gain in value and become classics you pass down.

My Best Wishes To All Fashionably Fabulous Women,

Your Fashion Guru and Stylist,

Natasha Leratti

Disney’s Baby Clothing – 3 Classic Themes

Disney has an unsaid & indispensable bond with every American kid. As a result, every household in the US has at least one item that is pertaining to Disney, then, it might be produced by, made by, endorsed by or licensed by Disney.

As a result of this undying & natural affinity, Disney & the kids seem to have a strong bonded relationship that is being carried forward from generations together.

Disney Corporation understands the same and have been producing baby clothing ever since they have been in to the business. The strategy is simple – with every new movie they include this clothing in their merchandise that promotes the main characters of the film. In 1977, George Lucas introduced in this format of marketing. He proved his point when Disney licensed the tie-ups with the Star Wars and sold Star Wars clothing & other merchandise like a hot cake.

Now-a-days with every new Disney movie, the kids know the characters even before the parents have barely heard about them. Sometimes, these titles or the main characters become major hits among the kids but fail to impress the parents like it happened with Bambi. But of course, it is not always true. Usually the characters prove a hit for both the parents as well as the kids. To understand this phenomena better, you compare the sales of Home on the Range as against Finding Nemo. It goes without saying that the products that strike the chord equally with the parents as well as the kids, are the better sellers in the market.

Here are some major Disney hits among kids & babies’ clothing.

1. The Little Mermaid

While it was released 16 years ago, the movie’s characters have marked a milestone among people. The young girls till date love to be Arial – The Little Mermaid. The mothers also love to help their daughters become one. Disney has successfully encashed the character of this ‘titular mermaid. While loads of T-shirts, swimsuits, & varied other items of clothing for babies & children sell big with the ‘Arial’ designs; several other motifs of the film are appreciated by the kids as well as their parents.

2. Finding Nemo

Another intriguing & successful interpretation of the aquatic world by Disney, their latest offering Finding Nemo is selling massive amounts among babies? clothing, especially for the swim wear. Also cool & soothing summer wear for girls as well as boys borrow exclusive designs from the film’s blue toning. A rather interesting fact is that the first look of the ‘infants’ page on the company’s website that is Disney Direct features a one-piece girls’ swim suit based on the theme of the flick, Finding Nemo. The company?s web store says, this is getting rave responses.

3. Classic Characters

Who can forget the beginning of the world of Disney – that is – Mickey Mouse and his sweaty pie, Minnie Mouse. The characters of this series that are Mickey’s friends Goofy & Donald Duck, Donald’s love Daisy Duck, Mickey’s pet Pluto and Minnie Mouse are the all time classic hits of Disney in all regards, then why not kids’ clothing!

Among 20 toddlers playing in a room at least 10 would indispensably be marked with one of these characters or their toys would have one print of the same. It won’t be wrong to say that when it comes to clothe your Mickey & Minnie, these classic characters are a sure & simple choice to go for!