All posts by Lillian Rice

Timeless Hairstyles for Women (Part I)

Ponytails, buns, and side braids are hairstyles for women that seem to never outgrow the generations.

When it comes to hairstyles for women, it’s easy to spot the dated, not-so-classic ’dos that really don’t make the cut for any affair. The mullet is a good example.

But, what of the classic hairstyles that do make the cut? Below are some styles that aren’t only timeless, they’ll also fit in regardless of where you’re going, the boardroom or the beach.

Low bun

While the time-honored ballerina bun is one thing, far more classic for any affair is a lower-slung up-do that’s ideal in its simplicity. Regardless if it’s braided or neatly wrapped, the look is effortlessly chic. Plus, it’s perfect for those days that take you from the gym to the office to the cocktail party with no time for a hair appointment in between.

Sleek ponytail

If you only wear a ponytail for the gym, then it’s time to rethink this classic hairstyle. Sure, it’s perfect for logging the miles or putting in work at that Yoga class. But the ponytail goes beyond that. The timeless classic is far more than a dull, standard-issue style. It suits any occasion and every outfit, from jeans and a tee to an evening gown. The key thing to remember is that with more formal settings, the sleeker the ponytail, the better.

Side braid

If your hair is on the longer side, you’re in luck. You can take complete advantage of the side braid as a new, fresh way to style those strands. Braids have a youthful appeal, which adds a feminine, flirty note to any occasion. Regardless if you wear a purposefully messy braid for your off-duty weekend fun or sizzle with a sassier, fishtail style for a fancy fête, the side braid is a go-to style when you want your hair pulled back but still framing your face. This is one of the hairstyles for women that pairs well with those asymmetric, one-shoulder dresses.

 

Reasons Men Wear Fanny Packs (Part II)

Some fanny packs are big enough to hold a water bottle, cell phone, cash, and other items.

All In

We know, the fanny packs are not really big in size. Though, they are large enough to fill with everything. Today, due to the need, the men’s fanny packs are now available with the slots. There is a separate compartment for a water bottle, mobile phone, cash, and other important items. With the help of a zipper fanny pack, everything can be organized excellently. 

Easy to Carry

Shoulder bags can give you shoulder pain. Handbags cannot be carried all the time and it makes you limit to using just one hand. The fanny packs are functional and can be carried with ease in any situation. Just wear it like a belt around your waist and forgo the shoulder pain and use both hands for other things.

Affordable

As compare to other choices like a wallet, handbag, and shoulder bag, the fanny bags are affordable, made from a really good quality of material and waterproof. So, don’t waste your money on bags with matching wallets since fanny packs are here to use for multiple purposes on various occasions.

Fashion Statement

If you are a person like me who is keen on the latest fashion, then you have to know that the men’s fanny packs are in style. The celebrities are wearing them and showing it to everyone via their Instagram.

Air Travel Made Easy 

Your standard fanny pack is the ideal size to hold a passport, boarding pass, and a pen for filling out customs forms or jotting down the phone number of the attractive person in seat 15C with lots of room left over.

Comfortable 

Unless you have on UFO pants, filling your pockets with a wallet, phone, keys, gum, and lucky rabbit’s foot can make it hard to both walk and sit. The fanny pack gets rid of this issue entirely.

 

Reasons Men Wear Fanny Packs (Part I)

Fanny packs give men the option to carry what they need with them around their waist.

A fanny pack is a bag that has been crafted to be worn around the waist. It works as a sort of storage device on various occasions which could be when you are camping, traveling, enjoying water sports, doing work which involves using some tools. A fanny pack is even great for the beach. Men wear fanny packs due to their versatility and storage capabilities. 

The men’s fanny packs are typically made from the waterproof material due to its nature of use. The most common material which is used to make fanny packs is nylon, PVC, and neoprene. These are the effective material which keeps the crucial items safe from the water.

In today’s culture, men’s fanny packs are getting really popular in terms of needs and fashion. That’s why they are also being referred to with various names like hip-hugging bags and even sometimes mixed with the belt pouch. 

They come in numerous colors, designs, and sizes and even with the number of compartments. It does not matter what is your style. The fanny pack can go well in any situation and any occasion such as casual and formal.

Compared to women fanny packs, the men fanny packs were well-liked before the ’80s. Today, they are making a comeback due to several reasons. If you have never had a fanny pack, you have to check out the reasons below why the fanny packs are making a serious come back in the fashion industry.

Many Designs

A high number of designs of men fanny packs let men wear them for any occasion. You have probably seen a guy wearing one on his wedding party to carry critical items. So, you do not need to be anxious about anything. There are lots of online sites from where you can buy the perfect fanny pack which suits your needs and style.

 

The Miraculous Return of the Fanny Pack

If you spent any time in the eighties and nineties, then you’ll remember the fanny pack. Some kids may remember their parents wearing fanny packs during tourist activities. Others may have had their own, likely neon colors to match their zip-up windbreaker. You may look back on fanny packs as an embarrassment, but they’re actually quite useful. 

The History of the Fanny Pack

Although fanny packs became trendy in the 1980s, many different versions have appeared throughout history. One of those is the pouch worn over Scottish kilts, called a sporran. It held small items like a pocket would, because the kilts didn’t have any. Sporrans could be different depending on the occasion. 

The 1980s Fanny Pack

The fanny packs made in the eighties were durable and practical, not even considered fashionable. Usually paired with high socks, guide books, and cameras, they became the symbol of tourists. Unlike the sporran, it was not something you’d ever take with you into battle. One didn’t strap on their sword, shield, and fanny pack. 

The 1990s Fanny Pack

It was labeled uncool, and even now, fanny packs are often given as gag gifts. In 1994, Chanel released a much more chic version of the fanny pack. They called it a belt bag, trying to stay away from the unpopular fanny pack. 

How Fanny Packs are Useful

The fanny pack has been a symbol for tourists, skaters, and hipsters alike. Despite the unfortunate label as extremely nerdy and uncool, the fanny pack has its uses. If you do find yourself in need of one, then just own it. People can say what they like; fanny packs are extremely useful. 

For anyone who doesn’t want to lug a purse around, these packs are perfect. They come in different sizes and materials, so you can purchase more stylish options. The colorful nylon options with the plastic buckles are still useful, just not as trendy. They also still work as wonderful gag gifts. 

Fanny packs are also wonderful for family activities, as they leave your hands free. If you’re riding your bike, you don’t have to wear a cumbersome backpack. If walking with your kids to the store, you can hold their hands worry-free. You also don’t have to adjust the slipping strap of your purse. 

Fanny packs can be worn in any position around your waist and over your shoulder. Apparently, you can also wear them around your chest, though why would you want to?

A Rose by Any Other Name

If the word fanny pack is just too much for you, try some other terms. Rick Steves designed a packable hip pack that is perfect for day trips when traveling. Other options are belt bags, moon bags, and belly bags. In England, “fanny” is a different body part altogether, so they call them bum bags. 

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70’s Women Fashion (Part II)

Fashion in the 70’s on warm summer days consisted of high wasted shorts, rompers, and maxi dresses.

Casual Summer Days

When days are warm, and the jeans are too hot, a pair of high waisted shorts are your best choice. High waisted denim shorts and the timeless knit shorts (with or without pockets) were a part of fashion in the 70’s.  Pair them with a ringer tee, striped tank top, polo shirt or crop top for a summertime retro style. Another choice is the zip-up, one-piece romper for all in one ease.

Wrap Dresses

Diane Von Furstenberg is the mastermind behind one of the most iconic dresses of the 70s, the wrap dress. Worn by socialites and stars, it never caught on with the mainstream public. Though, it has since been revived over and over. It is back in style, making it an excellent 70s retro-modern outfit to wear now.

70s wrap dresses were made of a light jersey that hugs the body with a thin tie belt that hardly held the dress in place. They were particularly popular as a disco dress. Some mainstream styles were button-down shirt dresses with collars. They could be long, pretty maxi dresses. However, most were casual, knee-length, simple, feminine and quite pretty.

The more popular dress was a tie waist dress. Slipover dresses were cinched at the waist with a tie belt or had a drawstring waist that tied in the front.  Easy, simple, flowy and casual to wear it could be dressy enough for a party or as everyday attire.

Maxi Dress

Another iconic 70s dress was the long maxi dress which gave a nod back to the turn of the century Edwardian style. It had puffy sleeves, lace trim ruffled hems and an empire waistband. They might be simple or fussy, pastels or prints.  The current boho trend favors maxi dresses in white embroidered summer dresses or ethnic prints.

 

70’s Women Fashion (Part I)

Jeans played a major role in the 70’s women fashion.

There is more to 70’s women fashion clothing than disco shirts and bell-bottom pants. Take a look at these real 70s outfits for women and craft your own 70s wardrobe. From casual tops and hippie shirts or shorts and jeans or dresses for the office and jumpsuits for the disco dancefloor.  Study the 70s fashion trends that are making a comeback today. You might decide to get yourself a few items.

CASUAL FLARES & JEANS

The prime for blue jeans was the 70s. Everyone was wearing them practically all the time. At work, with friends, at home, blue jeans were comfy. No one desired to take them off. What makes 70s blue jeans distinct was the high and tight waist with a wide leg that flared a lot or a little. Bell bottoms are the most well-known but straight leg or flared leg pants were more common.

Jeans were paired with easy tops. Snug knit tops or polo shirts with big collars in stripes or solid bright colors. The loose peasant top or smock top with crochet trim, embroidery, inset lace, and neckties were trendy in the late 1970s. Long tunic tops in bright patterns such as paisley, chevron stripes, and ethnic designs began the trend in the early 70s. Also, these are also known as hippie tops.

COLORED BELLS

Denim blue jeans were not the only casual outfit. Loons, flares, and bell-bottom pants came in all sorts of vivid colors and subtle patterns and were a staple of 70’s women fashion. They could be united with loose tunic tops and peasant blouses or mixed with sportier knit shirts. Soft ringer t-shirts with cool slogans and retro destinations are well-known 70s shirts today. So are rainbow-striped short and long sleeve shirts, crop tops and large collar polo shirts. Knitwear was in style in the 70s and combined excellently with the colorful pants.

 

The Advantages of Making Your Own Clothing (Part II)

One advantage of making your own clothing is that you can create your own patterns.

Advantages of Making Your Own Clothing

Creativity


In the same fashion that home dressmaking lets you follow the trend but be an individual, it also allows expression of creativity. Once you have learned the basics, you can create your own clothing and patterns to your own designs and try various types of dress fabric for various styles and patterns.

Fabric and patterns


Many folks are put off buying a specific garment. Even though they like the cut and style, they don’t like the color, pattern, or fabric. This isn’t a problem when you make your own clothes since you have total autonomy over the dress fabric you pick. 

The selection of fabric can turn a garment from an item of clothing into something spectacular. There are no rules. A dressmaker with experience and skill might make a shift dress that is being sold in the stores in a boring crepe polyester in a fabulous flowing silk, taking it from the dull to the extraordinary.

Embellish and alter


Also, home dressmakers have the skills to take bought garments and make them their own. Not like the general buyer who chooses a garment because they like it, an expert sewer can see how a current garment may be altered for the better. A tuck here and there or adding a ribbon or some other sort of design below makes it more stylish. You can change a high street garment into something creative and individual. This is very different from the one worn by the other girl at the get together who just happened to have especially chosen that outfit for the affair.

Accomplishment


As with most handicrafts and hobbies, there is a sense of enjoyment, fun, and accomplishment. Stepping out in an outstanding distinct garment in a wonderful dress fabric that you have created, getting compliments for it. It is quite rewarding and satisfying.

 

The Advantages of Making Your Own Clothing (Part I)

Making your own clothing seems like a lot of work but there are a lot of advantages.

These days, people are more accustomed to walking into a store, lifting the clothes they want off a rack, paying for them, and taking them home to add to a bulging wardrobe. However, making your own clothing is still a huge hobby craft. This skill is very much still alive and is one of the few things that whilst technology might have intervened to make it easier, it has remained true to the original craft.

The Basics Of Home Sewing

Anyone can make clothing at home. All you have to have is a sewing machine. Even the most basic model can help you make good-looking, simple garments. Easy garments like pull-on skirts can be created without a pattern. While paper patterns can be purchased to make anything from a simple vest top to a wedding dress. As well as retail patterns, there are periodicals and dressmaking magazines that include patterns.

The Benefits Of Making Your Own Clothes

You have to be aware that the benefits of making your own clothes do not include saving money. Mass-produced clothing, mostly created in the globe’s developing economies, are way discounted than hand-made clothing made at home. The advantages of making your own clothes are more appealing.

Fit


Very few folks purchase off-the-peg with the purpose of modifying them to fit. When you create your own clothes and pick your own dress fabric, you can alter to fit as you go along. Those issue areas that shop purchase clothes may present your specific body shape like loose waistbands, gaping shirt buttons, too short/too long sleeves, can all be gone.

Individuality


Everyone likes to believe they have an individual style. This can be difficult to accomplish, though, when everyone is purchasing the latest fashion craze from the same shops on the high street. When you create your own clothes, you can create your own statement. You can follow the trend, but with clothing that no one else has on.

What Women Wore in the 60s (Part II)

Shift, sheath, and skimmer dresses were a popular fashion that women wore in the ’60s.

It was the whole idea of going back to childhood that drove most of the fashion women wore in the ’60s. Bows, oversized collars, and delicate trim miniaturized females and made them look smaller. Shapeless mini dresses de-emphasized a female’s natural form. The boxy and flat look took away women’s curves and made them little girls once again.

Mary Jane strap shoes, kitten heel pumps, and flat sneakers were all childhood shoes returned to the ’60s youthquake culture. It was no accident that a young culture had plenty to do with half the U.S. population is under 25 and with European countries having a comparably huge youth population as well.

60s Dresses

The tight bodice and full skirt the ‘50s swing dress went into the early ’60s with a little above or at the knee hemline. Patterns and colors were bigger, brighter and streamlined with short cap sleeves and basic modest necklines. This full-skirted look didn’t leave fashion in the 60s. Instead, it carried through to the 70s in a paired down, less fluffy form.

The other style of early dresses women wore in the ’60s  was the contoured sheath dress. Like the 50s style, it was modest, knee-length, and simple but tailored to the curve of the body. By ’63, the sheath was dropping its tight curves and loosening into the shift dress.

The shift dress lacked any type of tailored waistline but did go in a little around the ribs and glided over the hips to just over the knee. This loose but narrow looking dress was very comfy and easy to wear. It became the main women’s dress style of the 60s.

Skimmer dresses were a relative of the shift dress. They fit straight on the body with a high neckline and typically a belt to outline the waist but not shape it.  They hugged the body without touching the skin. Also, they hovered over the knee. 

 

What Women Wore in the 60s (Part I)

The style pictured is one that women wore in the ’60s.

The style of what women wore in the ’60s was rich with excitement from the beginning of the decade to the end. In the initial years, the fashion idol was Jackie Kennedy with her tailored suit dresses and flawless white pearls. 

By the middle of the decade, supermodel Twiggy had women releasing their minds and bodies into clothing that didn’t need any extra effort or thought. From modest to “there is no such thing as too short,” 60s fashion was in several ways like the 20s flapper revolution. But it didn’t occur overnight.

Women’s 1960s Fashion Summary

  • Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Mary Quant were fashion icons
  • The Youthquake movement created “Babydoll” clothing
  • Short, shapeless shift dresses in bright colors and psychedelic swirls for the Mod look
  • Button-down shirts, turtlenecks, chunky knit sweaters for casual outfits

60s Fashion Icons

Jackie Kennedy’s style was simple, clean, well fitted, with flawlessly matched accessories. She wore dresses without collars and jackets that buttoned only with one big top button and practical low heel shoes. She was the last female to wear hats, a pillbox hat, as a required fashion. Jackie O’ put plenty of care into her look. Females in America and around the globe copied her style with eagerness.

Brigitte Bardot was that woman. She was the opposite of Jackie. Jackie was simple, put together, and modest. Brigitte was cheap, tacky, bold, and even silly. Her ‘59 pink gingham wedding dress with white lace trim was so unanticipated that lace and gingham swiftly became a new trend.

Mary Quant was another 60s fashion influence. Her style shied away from grown-up fashion to playful youth-driven. She wore shift dresses that were quite short. Her prints were colorful and bold mod prints. Her personality, her fashion, set the tone for the rest of the 60s as fashion is fun.