Looking for a basic casual wardrobe? Here are the essential pieces that are versatile enough to provide a number of combination outfits.
Most of us have collected our wardrobes over several years' time. With some pieces handed down from family members or friends, others bought at garage sales, and still more purchased at department store sales, we have an eclectic mix of clothing items in closets and drawers.
If you want to be sure that you have the basic pieces for a contemporary trendy wardrobe, here are some of the items that you probably should not be without.
1. Start with quality jeans. Since we typically wear jeans just about everywhere outside of our jobs, from grocery store shopping to kids' soccer games and everywhere in between, jeans should fit well and reflect a flattering image. Few of us look good in baggy or skin-tight jeans. Those that drag on the ground or hang down over our hips, perhaps showing more of our backside than other people want to see, should be avoided. The classy woman chooses a pair that fit her figure. They should not pucker or be too short. Nor should they balloon over her shoes. A neat, trim look makes most women look attractive. If you can afford it, get a couple of pairs in different colors or shades, and perhaps in slightly different styles. 2. Add a casual long-sleeved shirt. Made of cotton or twill, or perhaps a synthetic fabric, a brand-name or brand-look-alike shirt goes very well with basic jeans. Wear a neat (not gaudy or lacy) camisole underneath without showing much cleavage, and you can unbutton your shirt for a casual image at the basketball game or neighbors' cookout. Or button it up, tuck it in (unless the shirt tail is meant to be left out) and you have a more traditional look for a doctor's visit or hair stylist appointment.
3. Consider an ankle-length cotton dress. Denim is a nice choice for this item, but florals or solids also look well. A lightweight cotton fabric works well for summer, perhaps with a light-weight, short-sleeved sweater or jacket. With a side slit to the knee, or a tie-behind belt, you'll have a great, comfortable look that can be semi-dressy for day wear but also suitable for evening lounging. 4. Don't forget a jacket. Denim, twill, cotton, corduroy, or another versatile fabric can be found in multiple jackets styles for all seasons. If you have a heavy winter coat and a light summer sweater, opt for a medium-weight long-sleeved jacket that buttons down the front for more choices in enhancing your look as well as keeping out the cold. Over a turtleneck, your jacket can assume a blazer look, adding a bit of dressiness to your style. Or wear it simply as a jacket, half-buttoned, with jeans and boots to finish a country image. 5. Shop for fun accessories. Coordinate matching necklaces and earrings with bracelets if you wear them. Belts go well with jeans or long dresses, if they fit the particular style of that item. Footwear adds an important dimension, such as the above-mentioned boots for winter (ankle-height works well), sandals for summer, and loafers or slip-ons for in-between times. A casual purse, or bag, can complete your ensemble to help you resemble a magazine model wearing the latest fashions.
Naturally, you will want to add more items of clothes to your wardrobe. But these make a useful starting place that, when combined in various ways, will keep you looking great for many different occasions. So head out the door and go shopping now to start collecting your new great look!
Identify the beauty in your personality through our beauty secret tips
Beauty is not skin deep, a real beauty has more secret attributes to her than the naked eye can see. Attributes that combine to make a really beautiful individual are
Awareness of others....aware of not just the exciting few but of everyone and liking all-or if not liking at least tolerance, the habit of noticing other's faults are forgivable or balanced by their equivalent virtues.
Beauty Secret number one is Confidence... this takes you right to the centre of things, when you have it you belong everywhere, so what will give you confidence? Good looks plus good grooming; but that is not all. Confidence means that when you are faced with an embarrassing situation, you should not get panicky and you should know how to make the best of the situation. Confidence in other words means to be self assured always.
Good Morning is another secret of beauties.....this should be part of your regular routine. There is nothing to make you feel as awkward or self-conscious as the knowledge that you have forgotten to wear your deodorant (when you find your escort recoiling from you every time you go close to him). Good grooming therefore means that you should pay attention to even the smallest secrets of beauty. You will find this an irksome task in the beginning but slowly this will be a habit with you.
Watch your manners... another important beauty secret, play watchdog about your own mannerisms and try to push them out of your life. Recognize an ugly mannerism when you see one. Here are some to watch out for.
Don'ts of Beauty Care
There are certain things which all men and women should take care of to maintain their beauty forever.
Never sleep with make up on is a priority beauty care tip. Always clean your face with damp cotton wool and cleansing milk before going to bed.
Don't retouch an old lipstick, clean the lips and put on a completely new coat. This will look fresher and keep it original color better.
Don't wear scarlet lipstick if you are very pale it will make you look even paler. If you must wear this color, then add a little more color to your sin with a shade darker foundation and add a little more color to your cheeks. This goes a long way in your personal beauty care.
Don't wear a beige lipstick if you have mousey hair and a beige skin-your lips will blend into your complexion and won't be noticeable.
Don't wear pale lipstick if you have a problem skin, the blemishes will show up darker than your lips. Also, if pale lipstick is worn over discolored teeth, the teeth will look dirtier and yellowier.
Don't eat too many chocolates, a widely disregarded beauty care tip. The cocoa flavoring stimulates oil glands to become active and the high fat and sugar content encourages spots. Try eating apples instead.
Don't eat more than two oranges a day; their high acid content can cause a red rash. The same applies to grape fruits and strawberries. Eat them by all means but don't overeat them.
Don't fall for fizzy drinks in hot weather. They don't quench thirst as well as cold water, fruit juice or tea and they are laden with sugar. Cola, like chocolate contains cocoa extract and therefore stimulates oil glands to over activity, follow this beauty care tip for a healthy and beautiful living.
Avoid taking more than two cups of coffee or tea during a day. Instead, learn to take fruit juice, lassi, carrot or cucumber juice.
Don't be a grease spot. Your skin will absorb the nourishment it needs within 20 minutes, so wipe off the excess cream and then sleep happily.
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