Women’s Handbags

Welcome to a new series: Fashion Guide. In each installment we will be exploring the foundation of looking stylish, the basics of various apparel, what works, what doesn’t, and some of today’s most ubiquitous and influential labels. In this article, we will be diving into that most essential lady’s companion, her true best friend…the hand bag, of course.

The Lady’s handbag has served as her ultimate accessory for well over two centuries now. Starting in the 1950’s Feminine icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy adorned the covers of Life Magazine posing with their favorite offerings from some of the Great Fashion Houses. Hermes, Channel, and Louis Vuitton, were all the rage amongst the social elite, and Hollywood’s A-list. As the decade’s progressed new comers, now established dynasty’s in their own right explored innovative new design concepts. From the practical, to the outrageous, labels such as Prada, Dior, and Fendi, pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a hand bag.

Now, with the 21st century well upon us, the amount of choice when it comes to picking the right handbag can be simply overwhelming. With so many styles, labels, and finishes to choose from, and can be difficult to even find where to begin. Well, let’s start with the basics: the various styles. First, some general definitions; a handbag, is any sized bag, with some sort of handle designed to be carried at the handle. A shoulder bag, is any sized bag, with a long shoulder strap, designed to be carried either at the shoulder, or across the chest. An evening bag, is usually a smaller sized bag, either without handles, or with a short strap, made specifically for formal occasions. Now of course there are endless hybrids and variations on just these three themes alone, as you will see, but this is a good starting point. Now to go a little deeper.

The Satchel: This style of handbag is defined by a flat wide bottom and a structured body, coming together with two short handles. The bag usually employs a zipper for a closing mechanism, but clasps have been known as well. These come in a variety of sizes, but are generally over-sized, which makes them ideal for travel. Due to the extreme variety of offerings of this type of bag, what to wear with it really depends on the color, material, size, and, style employed. A few general guidelines; try not to clash color or materials. For instance, if you are wearing some form of leather that day, do not bring a leather bag. If you’re wearing a red dress, don’t match it with a red bag. You get the point.Satchels can be fun, or formal, use your best discretion when choosing the right accessory for the occasion.

The Hobo: This shoulder bag, is typically a half moon shape with a mid-length shoulder strap. Medium to over-sized, this bag is made from soft materials such as leather, suede or micro fiber to allow the bag to slouch, and fold on to itself. This bag is both practical, and stylish. It possesses a unique look, and a fair bit of real estate for transporting all the essentials. Being able to carry this at the shoulder, makes it a great everyday bag. Use it to transport all of your essentials. To wear, again, like the Satchel this style of bag comes in a wide variety of offerings, try choosing one that’s fun and different. That way, whatever you choose to wear that day, your trusty Hobo will do the speaking for you.

The Tote: Also referred to as the shopper. Probably the most practical of all hand bags. This super over-sized bag is ideal for shopping trips, going to the beach, picnics, and any casual occasion where a high volume bag may be required. These are usually made of cloth, or some other soft material, which allow the bag to stretch according to what’s in it. Although these are usually quite plain in appearance, some designers have employed these as a canvas for socially conscious messages. And by simply using one of these to transport groceries, you too can bring on environmental awareness. To wear, I would suggest really casual attire. Boyfriend jeans and a tank top. A fun summer dress with flip flops also looks great.

The Messenger: This shoulder bag, is a sort of cross between a purse, and a backpack. A student’s favorite, this bag is structured enough to transport laptops, papers, and textbooks. This one is designed to be worn across the chest, which makes it extremely functional and mobile. This could serve as an office bag for the young professional or as an errand bag for the busy mom who needs both hands free. Manhattan Portage helped popularize this style of bag back in the 90’s, and they have been in high demand ever since.

The Clutch: This evening bag is a hand held purse, designed to literally be clutched throughout the occasion. This is the quintessential accessory for formal gatherings. The right clutch will flawlessly complement a sophisticated evening dress. Perfect for storing lipstick, eye liner, and perfume, this little number can also be tucked inside a larger bag such as a satchel during the day, to be used as a wallet. Clutches can range from a modest functional item, to a diamond encrusted extravaganza. The trick to choosing the right one is to pick something that will not just compliment your outfit, but will also draw attention to itself.

The Wristlet: Well, this is very similar to a clutch in many regards. But the idea behind it is so simple and neat, that we felt it deserved a special mention of its own. Like the clutch, this is a compact hand held purse which can come in any variety of fabrics and finishes. Most are rather small, just big enough for the bare essentials. Where this style really shines, is in its utility. The small wristlet strap that defines this little bag can be worn around the wrist as the name suggests. This gives you a little more flexibility and maneuverability. Plus a gorgeous purse dangling from the wrist of a woman in a beautiful evening dress, just looks sexy. You can also attach the wristlet to the strap of a larger everyday bag. That way you never have to spend too long digging through all the clutter that inevitably finds its way into your everyday bag.

Well, that’s all for this installment. We hoped you enjoyed our look into the fascinating world of handbags. Every day, designers are pushing the boundaries of traditional concepts and silhouettes. Be brave, try out something outrageous. A super large Satchel. A chain mail finished clutch. You’ll definitely be scoring style points. I think Gucci Creative Director Tom Ford put it best, “If a bag is attractive, it makes you feel good by default. It’s all about proportion, shape, line, finish, fabric, balance. If all of that is pleasing, it will sell. More than that, it’s like you’ve got to have it or you’ll die.”

Fashion Style is Important

Fashion style is important. You clothes make your fashion statement, and how you’re perceived. Stand straight and carry yourself with grace. You will radiate self confidence.

Here are some fashion tips and advice to look and feel good. Don’t forget your jewelry accessories are like the icing on the cake. They are the finishing touch. Dress to Impress and Make Your Fashion Statement!

Fashion Tips

Make sure your wardrobe has plenty of neutrals on hand – they are perfect for mixing and matching. They can be dressed up or down with the right jewelry additions.

Not a one of us woman has the perfect figure. We all have flaws. Accept your flaws and work with them

Know your body and what looks good. You are logically attracted to clothes, styles and colors that flatter your figure. Experiment a bit, and try something a bit off your normal habits

Tailored outfits are flattering to most all figures

Buy styles that flatter your figure and don’t forget that finishing touch with your jewelry

To make a short neck look longer wear a sccop neck or open collar shirt, complete the look with a long necklace

Large breasted women and women with wide hips can optain balance by using shoulder pads

Make sure your panty hose fits properly

Don’t bare all – leave something for the imagination. Entice with your a glittery necklace or choker, and don’t forget the earrings

Leather stretches so if your buying a leather skirt or pants make sure they are snug when you purchase them. There are also some fabulous faux leather products on the market that can give you great wear for a season or two without having to worry if they’ll still fit next year

Dress up your look with glittery jewelry, accent a line with a necklace. Don’t forget your earrings and bracelets. They add the finishing touch to your look. You can completely change your look just by changing your jewelry. Dress it up or down!

If you find an outfit in a magazine but its too pricey for your budget don’t fret. There are terrific department stores and online sites that sell very similar for much less. Your jewelry is the same. That fabulous designer parure that costs way more than you can afford – your certain to find a similar in an online store for much less. Clip the picture and keep it with you so you can match

Keep Up With New Fashion Style

Sure, the most style conscious among us want to sail through the seasons in all of the new fashion styles. But purchasing a new wardrobe twice a year is a luxury that few of us can afford. Is there a solution to this trendsetting dilemma? Of course there is, as long as you know how to shop smarter instead of shopping more. With some retail savvy and a bit of patience, you can have new fashion style in your closet every season at a fraction of the money that you may be thinking you will have to spend.

Don’t Buy Clothing as Soon as it Appears Retailers will bank on the fact that many women will pay full price for a new fashion style just to get the best selection or be the first woman on the block to flaunt it. This does not have to be you! With a bit of patience, you will soon see that must have tunic that will look just perfect with your favorite jeans at 30-50% off. Wait even longer, and you may find a coupon in the circular in the Sunday paper for an additional percentage off. Wait an additional month or two, and that adorable tunic will be offered at a clearance price that you are sure to afford.

Don’t Spend more on Trendy Items There are plenty of places to shop for the new fashion style. Upper end boutiques and department stores will offer the latest crazes with a high price tag. Average department stores will offer similarly trendy merchandise for a much lower price. Discount house will provide comparable items for the best price of all. When it comes to new fashion style, spend less on the really trendy items that will only work for one or two seasons. This leaves money in your clothing budget to spend more on classic pieces like the wool blazer or black riding boots that will be able to get you through multiple seasons in style and quality.

Shop Online There are some great bargains on new fashion style online. Whether you are into hip hop or urban fashion trends, you can find great selection and prices at many retailers on the Internet. These virtual stores usually have sales and clearance events just like the department stores in the mall. And you don’t have to leave home and fight the crowds to check out the new fashion style. The disadvantage to this method is that you can’t try items on prior to purchase.

Keeping up with new fashion style can be a lot of fun, and now it can be economical as well. With these tips, you can look up to the minute without breaking the bank.

Fashion Idea

Psychologists conclude that color can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection of anything someone sees and this includes the colors you wear.

In fact, the colors you wear can make you instantly look slimmer, healthier and create an image of confidence and much more – Lets find out how you can put this fashion idea into practice.

Color Impact

We react to color before ANYTHING else, and that’s why it’s so critical it’s an instinctive response.

In many instances our responses to color can help us survive.

For example, if see a black small object near your face your not to worried but if it has yellowish stripes you want to get it away. You are warned by color if it’s a bee or a fly and react accordingly.

Colors and what we associate them with

As society has developed it has reinforced our association with certain colors to trigger a response.

Ever wondered why the uniforms of so many authority personnel are black or dark blue?

The reason is that these colors signify power and authority.

Go into a Hospital and you will often see green because of its calming and makes us relax.

Take a road sign, traffic light or warning of late bill you will notice and it contains red.

You know you probably need to be cautious or worried.

Color and you

You can of course can use color to our advantage and here are a few examples.

Consider this simple fact; around 60% of clothes sold in the UK and USA are black.

The reason for this is that black can be used both formally and informally to great effect.

Wearing black formally suggests elegance, strength, authority and power.

If you have to attend a business meeting black is always a great color.

On the other hand never consider wearing red to business meeting, as it can be viewed as over the top, in other people’s faces, and even confrontational.

When worn properly, in any situation, black clothing conveys neatness and simplicity.
Black may be seen as a safe color, but it is extremely effective if worn in the right way, to trigger a positive response.

It also makes you look slimmer

Let’s look at some other examples:

If you want to look slimmer

Go for one color only.


Because, if you have different colors top and bottom, you will instantly draw attention to the waste area.

If you use more than one color keep them dark.

If you want to look healthier

Consider you hair color and complexion.

If you are pale avoid light colors that give you a washed out look like grey or light green go for darker colors.

On the other hand, if you have dark olive skin, you can use light colors to draw attention to your skin.
If you don’t want to look a mess.

Don’t wear more than three colors and learn how to use a color wheel to match colors to give you a coordinated look.

There are plenty of free color wheels on the net to help you do this and you will soon be matching colors to make you look your best.

Don’t underestimate the impact of color

Many people don’t understand color but learning how colors impact compliment and match is a fashion idea that will always make sure you present a great image for all occasions and look healthier and slimmer at the same time.

We will look at more ideas in further articles in this series.

Tips To Keep You Looking Elegant

If you are a woman who is fashion conscious, then you know that you have a personal style that you would wish to keep up with. However, not everything will work to your advantage unless you have a way of making them work for you. It is where a few fashion ideas and tips come in handy to ensure that you get it right with every fashion selection you make. With the helpful tips, you can even imitate any celebrity style and look just as good as they do without putting in too much work.

1. Work on your hair

You can find out what the latest hairstyles are and learn to do them yourself or look for a hair stylist you can trust with your needs. Fancy updos will always do the trick in making you stand out in any given outfit. Using bobby pins to hold the hair up offers a simple but elegant way of looking as stylish as you wish. The pins can transform a bad hair day into elegant statements.

2. Pay attention to under dress

What most women don’t know is that what they wear underneath their outfits has a huge impact on the general outer look in those outfits. It therefore pays to give attention to your underwear to look your best in the end. Invest in good quality undergarments and choose those that fit you well so anything you wear on them comes out great. To create that perfect figure, consider wearing spanx especially if you are going to wear a tight dress.

3. Bring out your waistline

It is something you can easily do with any body type to look attractive. For instance, skirts with high waists will flatter any body type and give highlights to the waistline. They have a way of achieving that hour glass figure every woman dreams of and you can pair up with shirts that flatter your feminine physique. The secret here is to understand your body type and how to dress it so that you can make the right choices when buying your clothes. You can easily get outfit ideas online or from your stylist to get it right every time.

4. Put on some makeup

This is optional since there are women who feel more confident without makeup on. Before applying any makeup, ensure that you buy quality products, know how to apply the makeup and choose colors that work great for your complexion or the outfits that you choose. Sometimes simple eye makeup is all you need to add some elegance into your outfit. The cat eyes, for instance, are always dramatic and can be easily be achieved. When applying your makeup though, make sure you know what is ideal for what settings. This is because party makeup is not necessarily considered appropriate for the office.

5. Be confident

At the end of the day, how you carry yourself is what determines how you look. The secret is to be confident in your look and flash a smile as much as possible.

Designer Tips For Fashion Styling

When people find out that I’m a fashion designer, aside from the cliche assumption that I design and make my clothes (which I don’t!), they usually presume that I have a particular clothing style and that I spend a lot of money when I shop for clothes. In reality, neither of these misconceptions is true. I don’t have a defined fashion style. The way I dress depends greatly on occasion, location, season, current trends, time of the day, and my mood. Many times, I’ll actually use fashion styling to get myself in a certain mood. When I’m asked for styling advice, I’ll reply with “How do you want to feel?” I think fashion and styling posses a power that can make you feel a certain way. In this article, I’ll share a few “Designer Tips” on fashion styling. I’ll start with some very important fashion advice- how to shop for clothes.

Since my outfits usually turn a few heads, people assume they are really expensive- yet another false impression. Not to say that I won’t occasionally splurge on something expensive; I just appreciate a good bargain when I see one. The only time I’ll overpay for an item is when I LOVE it and I know I won’t be able to find it anywhere else. Like the Diesel jacket I bought for $165. It was exactly what I was looking for and I knew that no one else would make something even remotely similar. Casual, but chic; sporty, but girly – I knew it would last for a few seasons. That’s actually one of my fashion shopping rules: if I pay more than $150 for something, it has to last for a few seasons. If I’m shopping for something very trendy that will probably be “in” for only one season, I won’t spend more than $100, better yet, no more than $50.

So how do I manage to look expensive? Designer tip number one is good fit. If something doesn’t fit right, no matter how cheap it is – I won’t buy it. Why would I wear something that pulls and gathers in the wrong places and looks awkward on me? It doesn’t matter how much salespeople try to “help”, and say it’s not noticeable. I notice, and others will too. They might not be able to pinpoint exactly what bothers them, but they’ll notice something’s off. The same concept goes for details and accents – many people think they don’t notice little details, but they do. Some details may not stand out on their own, but they definitely contribute to overall appearance.

Once I went on a blind date wearing a plain black jersey skirt slightly below the knee that I bought for $20. I paired it with a black tank that had a touch of lace ($15), and killer looking shoes. They were pointy high heels in faded metallic pink, which created a vintage look ($55, a lucky bargain buy!). Two men accused me of trying to cause a traffic accident as I crossed the street! Men and (more remarkably) women were turning their heads. Needless to say, my blind date was more then relieved! His first remark to me was that he “loved stylish women”. Bottom line: my outfit was totally chic- and all under $100.

Another shopping tip: to make an ordinary outfit look chic, I’ll throw in something expensive, such as an accessory. I went to a party wearing a black jersey dress with bishop sleeves ($25), and accented it with a hip shaped beaded belt I bought in London for almost $250. I know it sounds overpriced, but that belt breathed new life into a lot of older outdated garments that I loved dearly. I had this gorgeous chiffon dress that I bought 7 years ago. I loved the mysterious color effect created by layers of different color fabrics and the way the skirt flared. Even after the silhouette went out of style, I couldn’t bear to part with that dress! By adding my beaded belt, I successfully reshaped the dress creating a low waist retro kind of look, and wore it to my best friend’s wedding- with complements!

The truth is that I love fashion, and I love women. It makes me happy when I can make a difference in their often complicated, yet extraordinary lives. Ladies, keep in mind when it comes to fashion, nothing is written in stone. What is a fashion disaster today may be on the runway tomorrow, and vice versa.

Pick the Perfect Figure Flattering Dress

Luckily for us and our wardrobes, the faithful frock’s made a dramatic comeback. It’s no wonder we’ve loved dresses for so long and with good reason; this style staple is so flattering whatever your shape. Just think how fabulous curvy Marilyn Monroe or slender Audrey Hepburn looked in theirs. Whichever way you look at it, the dress has bags of pizzazz and is used by many women on the Continent in Spain, France, Germany or Portugal to create an effortless style statement. So why not steal a few top tips from Europe’s most stylish women on how to wear them?

Inch Losing Dresses Delivered to Your Door

What dress you choose really depends on your height and shape and with the right choice you could save inches outwards as well as adding inches upwards. So, where to start? If you’re slightly fuller in the bust like many British and German women you should probably steer clear of high neck dresses, instead, try going for a deep v-neck to balance out your heavier top half and lengthen your legs. Equally, for a rounded figure or apple shape, a dress with a pleated waist will help skim over lumps and bumps and give the illusion of a smoother, lither body. If you have a slender Mediterranean figure like the French and Spanish and crave curves, a great dress can help you you can say au revoir to the ironing board chest; try wild animal prints to give the clever illusion of a waist and with a great belt your bust will look bigger too. If a heavy bottom half weighs you down, disguise thighs with a classic wrap dress, just make sure there’s enough fabric to glide over the top part of your legs and bottom to flatter your fabulous form.

How to Accessorise Dresses

Finally, dressing up your dress with seasonal or fashionable accessories really can make the difference between a fashion faux pas and a show stopping entrance. So ladies, think like your stylish European neighbours, play with on trend colours and always, always team with fantastic footwear like the Portuguese, a cute bag and if you’re an ex-pat in Europe, you know by now, that no stylish outfit is complete without those essential oversized sunglasses for instant Riviera style glamour.

Fashionably Chic Women’s Clothing

Chic Women's ClothingYou want to stay on trend with the most fashionable and chic clothing when you sell them in your boutique or retail store, and you want to get the best prices to your customers so they keep coming back. You know that the trends are always changing with the seasons or with the whims of those designers that put models on the runway, or out there on television, and you want to make sure the styles you are selling are up to the moment, keeping up with the fashion trends and staying chic. That can be very expensive, when you have to change your inventory with each season, or each color trend that comes along. However, if you purchase your clothing items via the wholesale route, you will be saving yourself a good deal of money, and can offer your items to your customers at a very good price, and still make money in your store.

Going the wholesale route for the very quickly changing fashion clothing business is the very smart way to go. We all know how quickly fashions change; when people see a famous actress on the red carpet, or model walking a runway with a new fashion trend in dresses, or have a different color pop out during a highly publicized event, suddenly everyone wants a duplicate of that dress or something in that color. The fashionably chic trend comes in, and you have to be on top of it. Buying this new fashion trend in a wholesale mode ensures you are not spending a whole lot of money trying to keep up with each fleeting trend, but you are able to offer your customers the very latest fashion at a good price. You can afford to go with the flow, and buy what is hot right now if you buy wholesale clothing.

You will notice all the highly trendy fashions are always being bought up, and you know you will be able to offer your customers the latest fashion if you keep up with the styles that are cropping up each season. You can offer these fashions at a price your customers can afford, because you yourself are not paying an arm and a leg to purchase merchandise for your store. Instead, you are saving your money by purchasing wholesale clothing that is in fashion and guaranteed to be purchased by your customers that want to stay very up to date with the latest style in dresses, skirts, blouses, and accessories. They will come to your shop because you have competitive pricing and can offer them good deals, rather than them having to fly to Paris or Milan to get these items at exorbitant prices. You will sell out of your inventory, allowing you to purchase more wholesale items for the next season, and therefore keep up with the new trend that follows.

Every piece of clothing is available in a bundle at a lower price. Make sure to ask if the sellers will allow you to get a bulk with assorted items in it. For instance, ask if you can get shirts in different colors or skirts of the same style with different prints. Some merchants will even allow you to combine different styles in the bundle as long as they look similar. You can mix and match what you buy, and you instantly have a new wardrobe.

You can also get wholesale accessories to complement your attire. They can make or break your outfit so make sure to stack up on them. Buy a wide range of accessories that you can mix to come up with the most combinations. Women aren’t the only ones who can benefit from buying these items in bulk. Men can either get assorted watches and cuffs for themselves, or they can purchase gifts for the girlfriend or wife. Both get to save a lot of money.

It’s easy to find people who sell wholesale clothes. Most stores offer items in bulk prices at reasonable price. Even the high-end stores offer products in wholesale if you go to their factory store outlets. That’s good news for all the shoppers who are label-conscious. Bargain shops and flea markets will let you buy products by the bulk as well. You will be surprised to find good items there. Make sure to be meticulous when buying garments in one of these places. Inspect each stitch and choose cloth that your skin is comfortable with. You can also go to the factories that create clothes if you know any and buy directly from them. They have the lowest prices and sometimes they even offer free alteration services to their buyers.

You do a lot of shopping on the internet these days, so why not get your wardrobe and other wholesale accessories online? Pick what you like from the comfort of your own home and have these items delivered to your doorstep. Find a seller that posts specific measurements though. Also find a seller who has a return and exchange policy. It will be useful for exchanging items that don’t fit you. Don’t forget to ask about who the reputable merchants are and who to watch out for. Find out store sells items that get wear out easily or are fake. Others are not even actual merchants. Don’t fall victim to Internet scams. Do your research to avoid this situation.

Fashion doesn’t have to be expensive. It just needs to look good and make you feel more confident about yourself. Knowing the best bargain deals can help you make smart and sound investments on your wardrobe. We know that updating your wardrobe is a must. After all, clothes do make the man. In this way, you are always assured of having what your customers want; the stylish, chic fashions that are in trend right now, at the best prices.