The Handbag – A Logical History of Handbags and Purses

Have you ever thought about the origin of the handbag and purse? Handbags are now an essential part of most women's wardrobe and like shoes they command the high ground in terms of clearing your look. Walk into a room with a Fendi or Chanel under your arm and you will be noticed no matter what else you are wearing. So where did it all begin and what is the origin of the handbag?

The Logical Origin of the Handbag

Pouches or bags are depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphs and there are many references to pouches through early history. But it really is common sense that there must always always been some sort of bag our pouch for us to carry our essential possessions in. We have only ever had a maximum of two hands and you can bet that we learn very early on that if your hands are full you can not do anything else like for example fight, hunt, farm or climb. So I think it goes without saying that 'man' has evolved with a bag on 'his' shoulder. So, while we are making bold assumptions lets assume that the only thing holding back the evolution of the bag was the available materials and methods of manufacture. If our predecessors had the where-with-all to make garments to keep them warm and protected they would soon realize that if you take a small square of animal skin, put your stuff in it and tie the corners together you can now look after your valuables whilst on the move. They would not have called it a Hobo until the 1890's!

OK, so having established that the handbag was limited by the available materials and methods of manufacture it is probably safe to conclude that the early pouches were lacking in functionality and other aspects (not the available range of colors). So, continuing this downhill slide of assumptions. Someone is bound to have made their bag in a way that was better than the others. So this bag would have been bought after item. Ah now we are getting close. So "I will make you handbag but you have to pay me in return" and it goes without saying that the best bags will command the highest price (human nature). But it will also be essential that those who have the best can be seen to have the best so that we all know who is on the top of the tree (human nature). So I want my bag to look different from their reasons because I want them to know I have the best. So there are going to be those who have it and those who want it because the others have it. Ah Fashion I think!

Fashion YES but still with a complete sensitivity and practicality. During 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries clothes and handbags or purses were driven by a tangible need but limited by the development of materials and manufacture techniques. The quality of fabrics …

Why You Need Proper Sailing Clothing

If you are heading out for a relaxing sail around your local coastline on a balmy summer's day, special sailing clothing might be the last thing on your mind. You may be tempted to hit the ocean waves in some deck shoes, shorts and your sunglasses but this is highly irresponsible behavior. Specialist sailing clothing is a must for any seaman, whether you sail as a hobby or for your work.

The fact is that, no matter how lovely a day you decide to go sailing on, the conditions could quickly change or something could go very wrong, very fast. In these circumstances you will really appreciate that you remembered to wear the proper sailing clothing.

Even if the weather stays lovely and the sea stays calm, navigational issues could leave you far out at sea in uniquate sailing clothing. Getting stranded out on the ocean or falling overboard can become dangerous if you are not wearing the correct clothing. Hypothermia is a real risk for sailors, especially in the cold waters of the British coast

On top of all this, the right clothing can dramatically improve your performance on the ocean waves. For serious sailors and for rookies alike, this is a real bonus. Specialist clothing will not only help to keep you sage out on the water, but it is also designed to improve your performance.

Whilst the right kind of jacket will not turn you into Ellen MacArthur, it will allow you the warmth, waterproofing, breathability and flexibility you need to sail to the very best of your abilities. Staying warm and staying dry are key to a good performance out on the water, even in warm weather strong breezes combined with cold water can make it difficult to grip and move with the strength and flexibility you need to sail well.

As well as staying warm and dry, you also need your sailing clothing to allow for intense movement and to be breathable enough so that you can sweat without becoming wet and cold. Specialist sailing clothing is specifically designed to allow you the best movement, warmth, dryness and breathability.

Whether you are a casual yachtsman or a serious sailor, it is time to hand up your deck shoes and your sunnies, and instead invest in some good, practical ocean wear. For the more fashion conscious sea-goers there are many stylish options available so you can look good, stay safe and sail well all at once!

To find good-looking, high performance sailing clothing that will keep you safe at sea, there are loads of different quality brands out there. Some of the top brands who produce fantastic sailing clothing include Gill, Chatham, Gul, Henri Lloyd, Marinepool, Xm, Nauicalia and Musto. …

Popular Designer Salwar Kameez Styles for Spring 2011

Salwar kameez still in trend

Fashion is never constant and for women it's changing every day or rather every hour from clothing to hairstyles. For Indian women despite the costumes vary as per the occasions but surely salwar kameez is ageless piece of elegant clothing. With cool and pleasant atmosphere around this summer suddenly has lots to offer. Designer salwar kameez are great authentic pieces of a professional innovative works for every festive season. This outfit is exclusive and is for every occasion from a cocktail to reception. It's preferred because of its easy to carry drape rather than other outfits. It's a must buy for every women. Spring collections are made from fabrics like crepe which is apt for climate transition phase from winter to summer too.

Reasons to own designer salwar kamiz:

Many designers have presented this spring collections in many fashion weeks like Lakme, Wills lifestyle and several new collections are expected to arrive. To own a designer salwar kameez is a desire of every woman. The specialty in them is the intricate sequencing and patch work done in every piece without any two costumes of a kind. As designer work is not cheap so the clients are specific on their purchase. This adds a unique element to their personality and wardrobe too, making the person a trend setter in surrounding. The best part of designer product is the unmatched comfort fitting, the research they put in creating a single piece due to the label value. The differences are very evident from the local pieces and a designer work from prints, stitching; quality of fabric, sequences, delicate hand and machine work stands always apart. In kameez the low neck line are very trendy and hot this spring season. Above all the final look of attire which is because of the pecicular design and finishing from the choice of threads in the color of sequences makes the costume timeless and can be worn several times. Designer salwar kameez for spring is forever multi utility costume. Salwar kameez are categorized as per different events like exotic salwar kameez, trendsetter salwar kamiz, Patiala, chudidar salwar kameez to simplify choice.

Let's have a look at the fabrics used by designers for salwar kamiz collections:

Chanderi jacquard, semi crepe, chanderi silk, cotton, pure crepe and rayon material! Many designers have their specific likes which are clearly visible in their collections. Like Manish Arora will always keep black color as base is filled with various bright colors. Another prominent designer is Neeta Lulla who spring collections are inspired by the life around her and her fashion forecast is fusion wearing making kurta's give every girl and women the very classic Indo western look. Ritu Kumar too is very fashionable and leading designer clothes clothes offer a range for fashioners from 18 years till 70 years.

The prices vary as per designer brand and fabrics used. Normally initial range is not very expensive and starts from 3000 / – above. I know it's hard …

Versatile Fashion in Bridesmaid Dresses

Re-wearable versatile fashion is considered in fashion for a dress made suitable for other occasions. It is a hard fact that formal wedding party dresses, formal short dresses, bridesmaid dresses and bridal gowns are expensive and getting one for the next cocktail can make you change your mind. How about the idea of having a bridesmaid dress most ideally suiting other occasions? Such dresses are made more versatile with the freedom of going more unconventional in styling.

The season brings with it newer trends that are always asked for with the inclination of wearing them again but looking into traditional fashion for bridesmaid, they are known to be the one with puffed sleeves made out of taffeta. Drifting from this style of fashion, there are adaptable designs for 2012 fall wedding collection and dresses for bridesmaid are made useful for Prom and other formal occasions. Getting into the unconventional adaptable fashion, dresses are made to be worn in different ways to have different neckline and length, thus making them re-usable.

Looking into versatile fashion there are the dynamic drapes, the one shouldered designer wedding bridesmaid dresses, more formal short dresses and the bridesmaid separates that translate formal fashion to its best. Bridesmaid separates go way ahead in fashion with separate bodice complimenting an altogether very formal skirt. These come in contrasting colors, making them very desirable for other occasions. Bridesmaid separate features halter back strap dress in black with shimmer satin sheath style skirt in blue ideal for a wedding and can then substitute other formal events in near future. This makes any dress very resourceful to be worn at a reunion of friends or happening cocktail parties. More in bridesmaid separates are the Basque waist cut bodices complimenting A-line full length gowns and a satin ribbon to complete the look. Both the top and the skirt are re-wearable styles.

Choose from summer wedding flexible styles in black and platinum hues, floral print cotton pique strapless dresses, sweetheart bodice with bubble hem short length dresses and all flattering silhouettes in longer lengths. Similarly beautiful and versatile is the slim Charmeuse dress with chiffon detailing, classic styles in ivory-black two tone attires and tie-on back in black sash flexible designs for bridesmaids.

Just get into the trend with added versatility with bridesmaid fashion that has arrived with new vigor bringing in varied styles innovated for good for best after-use of dresses for bridesmaid.…

Are Denim Jackets Still in Fashion?

Denim are the most popular fashion clothing worn by both men and women alike, may it be pants, trousers, shorts, jackets, hoodies, shirts or tees, it seems to be a classic. Denim has always been loved by the fashion world, but we are here to filter out the popular denim jackets and its popularity worldwide among those millions of fashion shoppers, who are constantly hunting down those unique styles and trends every now and then. Before moving into the topic, let’s learn a bit about denim in detail, so as to have an estimate of the overall quality and the importance of denim as an all time classic.

A Short History Of Denim

The famous name ‘denim’ is derived from a french word ‘serge de Nimes’, Denim is a tough piece of clothing, hard rough and very durable with unique method of weaving having a diagonal ribbing and then ‘dyed’ with indigo color to produce that famous blue jeans. The word ‘jeans’ comes from the french word ‘Genes’ which means Genoa, Italy, where it was first invented.

Denim started to impress the fashion world in the mid 19th century, where it became so very popular in the United States Of America, where Jacob W Davis, first invented the rivet-reinforced denim jeans pants. Later he collaborated with Levi Strauss & Co to finally produce the legendary line of denim pants and trousers which was liked by the fashion world and started dominating the garment industry, with a bang!

In 2007 the denim industry made a handsome 51.6 billion dollars in profit, where demand grew by 5% globally. Denim industry is expected to grow by 6.5% between 2015 and 2020, where Asia being the largest manufacturer with China and India among the top two Asian countries.

Fashion Trend And Popularity Of Denim Jackets

Denim jacket was first created in the early 1880 by Levi And Strauss Co, which was liked by people, due to the overall durability and toughness for a lasting comfort. In 1961, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ made denim even more popular as a hot fashion apparel, when she started to use denim jackets and shorts in Hollywood movies. In the 60s, rock lovers started to popularise denim outfits and music lovers started the denim trend where designer jackets and pants became very popular. The introduction of washed and stoned jeans came into existence which makes you look different and highly fashionable. ‘John Lennon’ introduced the classic denim shirt and short long sleeve jacket, which became so very popular in this category, and is still trending, with just few modification to the original classic design. Long sleeved, big shoulder denim jackets came into existence, after its introduction by the famous Hollywood actress ‘Sarah Jessica Parker’, which attracted a large number of female followings and it soon rose in demand very quickly. ‘Madonna’ moved the denim fashion to a new level with mind-blowing design and various color shades with black short denim jacket and a T Shirt was so very trendy and is …

Long-Term Side Effects of Hair Removal Creams

Since ages, women have resorted to a variety of hair removal techniques so that they can flash their smooth shiny skin. Hair-free skin is considered as a basic necessity for attractiveness. And even today girls use all sorts of hair removing technology to control or remove the hair growth over their arms and legs. Conventional methods like waxing and shaving have got out of fashion and people do not have the patience to endure these time-consuming and painstaking processes. Busy lifestyle and working hours have forced women to settle in for the fastest and quickest beauty tips and tricks. And conventional hair removing practices like waxing is not always possible at home. It requires the help of a specialist and probably a visit to the nearby beauty clinic.

Nowadays, the most acclaimed solution for unwanted hair growth is laser surgery or use of hair removal products. Laser surgeries are expensive and people are wary of the potential side effects they can cause. Hence, the application of hair removal creams has come to become the only convenient option available. And the best part about this method is that it can be done by anyone at their homes. These products come with all the necessary instructions and all one has to do is to follow them step by step. However, the method exposes our skin to maximum amount of chemicals. These creams contain strong chemicals that penetrate into our skin. They enter the hair follicles and dislodge the hairs attached therein. The hairs are fairly strongly rooted in these follicles. Try removing a strand of hair on your arm of leg and the pain it causes amply proves this fact. So, you can imagine how strong the chemicals have to be to remove these hairs by disbanding its attachment with the root.

Immediate side effects of these creams can cause rashes on your skin which might take hours or even days to heal. If the cream is left for longer duration it can surely cause inflammation. One should always follow the instructions given carefully. The manufactures have written them as they know the amount of damage their chemicals can cause. So do not take them lightly at any cost.

Hair removing creams are based on strong alkaline chemicals. It works by destroying the protein compounds in the hair. In this process it also affects the adjoining skin cells. It also removes the coating of essential oils from our skin and thus making it dry and parched. These oils are secreted by the skin in order to protect the underlying tissues, epidermis and dermis from various bacteria and germs. Constant depletion of these natural ingredients can cause early damage to the skin cells. It also hastens the aging and wrinkling process.

Even after extensive studies and surveys, authorities claim these products as almost only 90 percent safe. However, experiences show that almost 40 percent of the women who use such creams suffer from immediate or long-term side effects. Hence, it is always advisable …

Fashion Jewelry Facts and Care Tips

Why we love fashion jewelry?

Fashion jewelry, also referred to as costume jewelry, is a fun and inexpensive way to express your individual style. Its low cost composition means that it is easy to get your moneys worth of use out of it and allows for a much greater variety of bolder, attention grabbing styles and colors that can be mixed and matched according to your mood or wardrobe.

Caring for your fashion jewelry

Although fashion jewelry doesn’t require much of an investment, it is still important to get the most bang for your buck by taking proper care of your costume jewelry by following a few simple steps:

– NEVER allow fashion jewelry to come in contact with oils, soaps, perfumes, or any harsh chemicals which can fade or even ruin the item.

– ALWAYS remove jewelry before sports, swimming, exercising, washing hands, showering, cleaning, doing laundry, or applying lotions or creams.

– NEVER store jewelry wet. Always dry with a soft cloth before storing.

– When cleaning, be gentle! Use a soft toothbrush and jewelry cleaner that specifically states that it is safe for costume jewelry. Make sure it does not contain acid, alcohol, or ammonia. Only use jewelry cleaner as directed. DO NOT over scrub.

– Store jewelry in a plastic ziploc bag or soft jewelry pouch away from other objects and jewelry items to avoid scratching.

– Store jewelry in a clean, dry, cool, not cold place away from heat and dust.

– Use a jewelry cloth for buffing.

– Regularly check for loose stones.

Fashion jewelry typically consists of three elements:

1. A base alloy such as brass, nickel, aluminum, tin or a combination of metals that has been altered to resemble more precious metals such as silver, gold, or platinum. This is achieved by a variety of methods including:

· tone: Have you ever heard of fashion jewelry that is referred to as silver or gold tone? This means just what the name implies. Tone refers to the color of the metal only. Gold and silver tone jewelry are silver and gold in color but contain no actual gold or silver.

· electroplating: This is probably the most common method. In this process an electric current is used to deposit a thin layer, as little as 2 micro inches (a micro inch is one millionth of an inch) onto the base alloy metal which is immersed in a salt bath solution of the precious metal that will be used to plate the object.

· layering: This method also utilizes the process of electroplating. However, the plated object is immersed for a longer period of time allowing for a much thicker layer of precious metal to be deposited. Layered gold or silver consists of approximately 20-50 micro inches of gold or silver. Although it doesn’t sound like much. This thicker layer results in a much more durable, longer lasting jewelry piece.

· overlay: This method utilizes heat rather than electricity to combine the base metal …

Top Benefits Of Buying Jewellery Online

Shopping online is a way of life in the 21st century. It is how people get their stuff these days because it is more convenient to shop while you’re at home using your desktop PC, laptop, or even your phone. This also goes for buying jewellery online. But you will also find more benefits when shopping for the latter since the fashion industry is an ever-growing business especially on the web.

Below are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy while shopping for jewellery online:

[1] Aside from convenience, you will find many online fashion jewellery shops that sell unique items. These are mostly hand-made pieces and sets that would cost a hefty amount if branded or sold in high-end shops and malls. But on the web, fashion jewelleries can be as low as $10 each, depending on the material and intricacy of the design.

[2] Another benefit you can get from buying fashion jewellery on the web is the variety of options. You won’t be stuck on a few choices and sky high prices at once. As you browse the web, you will find more and more stores that cater to most buyers who love to shop without having to splurge. In connection with this, it is also possible to find more discounts online versus offline. You’ll be glad to find sale items that have price drops of more than 50%.

[3] As a frequent-buyer, you may also encounter online jewellery stores that offer ‘frequent buyer’ deals and discounts exclusively. Many online sellers provide e-mail notifications when these deals are about to commence. So, if you have submitted your e-mail address to one or more of these online jewelers, you can be sure to get the notification a few days prior to the sale event.

[4] Getting the best price for bulk orders is also possible. Not only can you get the best discounts on certain collections or pieces, but you can also pay less for more items. Look for the details or ask the customer service for information.

[5] The best online sellers, in general, will provide money-back guarantees and return/replacement policies. As a consumer, you have the right to be given these provisions because it is part of doing business online and offline as well.

There are many more benefits of shopping for jewellery online. The key is to search for a couple of stores and compare their offers based on the above-mentioned benefits. You can always ask around for opinions, but it is also imperative that you do your own research.…

How to Blend a Formalwear With a Casual in Women's Clothing

What makes a woman perfect in her appearance is her attire at the appropriate occasion. One of the most commonly observed facts is that a woman who dresses properly for a formal occasion would not have any problem to dress appropriately for a casual party as she goes out for a shopping or hanging out with her friends.

The reason is simply that she knows how to dress right during casual and formal. Sadly, not all women know how to choose their appropriate clothes for the events. For example you would sometimes find some women whose dress is short and T-shirt when attending a religious function. These are women who are wearer for fashion chic and at the end put themselves in an overdressing manner. These women may not know the difference between wearing for your own comfort and snuggling to be fit in the clothes that are not you. I feel pity for such women who do not realize this folly.

A perfect dresser is the one who understands how to dress appropriately for any occasion. This involves careful selection of color, texture and style of your clothing. An evening wear will definitely be different from a day wear of course. Similarly, women's clothes for a formal occasion is different blend from a casual wear. One lady that I truly liked for her sense of fashion style was the late Lady Diana Spencer, who always appeared to dress appropriately in any occasions. This is what we call blending the style in fashion with the events.

There are so many terms in fashion and style need to discover and understand. As variety of magazines and websites promoting the latest fashion in women's designer clothing you should be wise on how to choose. …

Youth Leaders Dress for Success – 7 Tips

When looks matter, it matters how you look. First impressions go a long way, so dressing for success can not be underestimated. Clothing makes a statement! Here, this article covers tips that will help teens and young adults project a professional image yet maintain their uniqueness.

7 Tips

Avoid exclusive clothing.

What's inappropriate? Anything that's too tight, too short, cut low, revealing, sagging, or bagging is inappropriate. All of the submitted sent the wrong message. A leader is always under the microscope; someone is always watching.

Build on the basics.

First of all, young ladies need at least one dress. Yes, dresses are still in vogue. Second, young ladies need at least two skirts and two blouses; white is not only classic, it is a necessity. By the way, if the dress or skirt is not lined, invest in a slip. Third, find a jacket that can be worn with either a skirt or slacks.

Even a tailored jean jacket can be worn with dress slacks or khakis. Fourth, young ladies should purchase at least two pair of dress shoes, flats and heels. Finally, jeans are okay as long as they are clean, ironed, and a good fit. Unless you're working for a sports organization, avoid tennis shoes.

Young men, on the other hand, need at least one suit, two shirts, two ties, and a nice pair of dress shoes. Occasions will arise when you need to attend a special event. As for daily attire, a pair of khakis, a shirt, and casual shoes will work.

Where can you find these items? If you're short on cash, visit a local thrift store.

Accessorize with taste.

Less is more. With that said, avoid large, bulky, and gaudy jewelry. On the other hand, a pearl necklace is classy and essential. Think twice before piercing your lips, nose, and eyes. If they're already pierced, remove all jewelry before going to an interview unless you're applying at the tattoo shop.

Wear clothing that fits your body type.

Nothing is worse than seeing a nice outfit on the wrong person. If you are not sure about what works best for you enlist the help of a fashion consultant. While you're at it get your measurements and find out what colors complete your complexion. Once you discover what fits your build, stick with it.

Make sure your clothes are presentable.

Leaders do not look like they just roled out of bed. So, make sure your clothing is clean and ironed. If you've never ironed, now is the time to learn.

Keep hairstyles conservative.

Stay away from loud flashy colors and wild hairstyles. Braids, locks, and natural looks should be well-maintained. A fresh hair cut for a young man does wonders.

Try to avoid tattoos.

Tattoos tend to send the wrong message. If, however, your goal is to lead a motorcycle gang, it really does not matter.

In closing, youth leaders exude confidence, and their style of dress says it all. Make the right statement by looking …