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A little black dress is very classic and timeless staple outfit to have in your wardrobe both during the holiday season and all year round.  No matter how many fashion trends come and go, the little black dress continues to stand the test of time and prove to the world that it is indeed a classic piece! Fashion experts agree that this is the one single item of clothing that every woman should have at hand to get her out of a dressing rut. Helping you master the “art” of buying a little black dress that can be adapted for multi occasions weather is required.

We’ve gone out to help you with seven things to consider, when buying the little black dress:-

  1. Recognize that you are a unique personality and stick to it: Do not let trends dictate your taste. Even though, trends should be used as an inspiration to enhance your wardrobe; it should not be your centre for attraction. Learn to incorporate the trends that work for you.
  2. Is there any part of your figure you want to show off or hide? Then examine body. Consider how you feel about your body and choose a dress that makes you comfortable. Comfort should be placed above fashion. This also means choosing a fabric that moulds to your body properly, does not itch or pinch and does not make you feel self-conscious. Make sure you can sit and walk on it comfortably.
  3. Simplicity is the new sophistication, so keep it simple knowing that, being simple is exceptional. In purchasing a black dress, you have to pay a good attention to lace, sequins flowery application whether the dress is short or long. Avoid low cut dresses or to risqué side splits, unless of Course you have other black dress that can suit in more formal affairs. Adding jewellery or an impressive bag and matching pair of shoes can make even the simplest dress stunning.
  4. A little black dress is meant to be that go-to-item that you can wear anywhere and anytime, especially when all fails, so look for a dress that’s practical and versatile. Don’t buy a dress that’s too fussy; the key is to make sure the shape flatters you.
  5. Choose a comfortable dress. This means choosing a fabric that moulds to your body properly, does not make you self-conscious. Always consider cotton as a good choice since it adapts to almost every occasion and your comfort should be your priority.
  6. Don’t diet to fit into your dress. Many women will buy a “goal” dress to fit into when they lose that 10 pounds, but this can backfire. A one- time diet to fit into a one-time dress is neither smart nor healthy. Look for a dress that fits you and not the other way around.
  7. Inject fun into your black dress. A pop of colour can instantly perk up any dull outfit, whether it’s in the form of heels, a belt, a clutch or even a bright printed scarf that represents your personality.

Not only do actions speak louder than words, even appearance screams louder than your words: this also implies that the importance of making the right choices of clothes cannot be overemphasized.  So don’t just pick a little black dress but the best that describes you as an exceptional personality.

Every holiday season, my family gets together at my Mum’s and relive fond memories; oftentimes, we pull out her box of old pictures and go through the albums, laughing and giggling at past fashion trends.

During our last holiday, while browsing through old albums and reliving fond memories, we came across images of my mum with her friends in a 70s album, they looked all dressed up for a 70’s party, “feeling trendy of course” in peep-toes, baggy pants, funny skirt lines and the awful hairstyles. Boy… Did we rumble with laughter?

Amidst the cluster of block-heeled peep toes, big hair and baggy pants, however, someone stood out. She looked like she had just walked into the picture from the future, in her knee-length print skirt, chiffon shirt, stiletto heels and bonnie shades.

I had to ask mum, who she is and where she is right now. Why? You may ask; the woman in the picture looked so gorgeous and contemporary, and she would look stunning in any decade.
How did she do it? If you ask me, I’d say she looked Classy. And the others in the picture? That lot looked downright funny in clothes that must have been trendy at the time.
Fashion is a ‘lifetime statement’ Yes! That’s right it is; so you have to state it hard. That way twenty years on, you look right in time.
Here’s what I mean, in the context of fashion, classy is defined as stylish and sophisticated, while trendy is defined as very fashionable and up-to-date basically “en-vogue”.
“Classy” is timeless, and it makes you stand-out in any decade. It’s engraved in your attitude and it gets better with age, while “Trendy” is always seasonal, given to time and loses its beauty to the future.
What did the famous supermodel and style Icon Heidi Klum say about fashion trends? “In the world of fashion, one day you’re in and the next you’re out”, that’s trendy.
Now I’m not saying don’t do trends, far from it, I’m saying keep it classy and timeless. Before you throw something on, think about this, if someone got a picture of you in that outfit, how would it look ten years on? Yes! I use that as a guide too, I don’t want to be like the lovely storey building with bold balustrades which looks so trendy today, and like an ancient museum in a decade.
Think about it, going with fashion trends have you spending more money on time-bound items, and often puts you under pressure to keep up with new trends. Let’s face it, who wants to be seen wearing last season’s crop tops or last year’s knolls?
But with Classy outfits; it’s usually your comfort zone, you own your style, keep it sophisticated and timeless; you can be you and still look good. I bet that’s what the Famous Coco Chanel meant, when he said, “I don’t do fashion, I am Fashion”.
And before I leave, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s an illustration.

These are definitely dresses I can wear today, and ten years from now, you’ll still look stunning in them; I’d say keep it classy and live in the future.

By: Chidi Benjy Iwuoha

Whether you are blessed with clear skin or constantly battling with acne, oil or redness, a proper skincare routine is necessary to ensure your face remains flawlessly beautiful. Facial skin should be cleansed every morning and evening, as well as any time your face becomes dirty or sweaty. Although you may choose to use additional skincare products, the three main products are a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Once you understand how to properly cleanse, tone and moisturize your facial skin, the routine should take you only a few minutes per day.

Before using any product you have to as a matter of importance know your skin type to enable you to know what type of products to use. Then you can go ahead with the facial care process outlined below

Step 1

Soak the face with warm water, ensuring that all areas of the skin are wet. Although the water should be warm, it should not be too hot. Hot water can damage and dehydrate the delicate facial skin.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of facial cleanser to the skin. Use your fingers to gently massage the cleanser into your face in a circular motion. Avoid the mouth and eye areas. Continue cleansing for about 30 seconds and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Step 3

Pat the facial skin dry with a clean soft towel. Use the towel to gently blot away the water. Avoid rubbing the towel against the skin, which can harm the thin and delicate skin. Do not use a dirty towel; dirt and bacteria can easily transfer from the towel to your face.

Step 4

Soak a cotton pad with facial toner and wring out the excess liquid. Pat the toner-soaked cotton pad across your entire face. Pay extra attention to the forehead, nose, and chin if these areas are frequently oily and avoid the mouth and eye areas. Don’t be tempted to skip this step — toner removes residue, such as chlorine and minerals in tap water when used after cleansing and helps skin retain moisture.

Step 5

Squeeze a small amount of facial moisturizer onto your clean fingertips. Use your fingers to gently massage the moisturizer into the skin. When applying moisturizer around the eyes, use the tips of your ring finger to gently massage the cream into the skin. Choose a moisturizer that matches your particular skin type. For example, you may need a thick cream for extremely dry skin or a gentle formula for sensitive skin. For the day, use a moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Tips:

Your skin type should help you determine the specific types of products you need. For example, people with sensitive skin often require products made without fragrances and harsh chemicals. People with dry skin often require gentle cleansers, yet thick moisturizers. People with oily skin should opt for products that gently exfoliate without using heavy oils.

 

Source: livestrong.com

By: Valerie Dei

Fashion is constant but your style is what you make of it. Your style tells the world about your personality and I do not think anyone will like to be referred to as boring. You can make your style fun by taking a risk once in a while. Take the bold step and wear what you wouldn’t normally wear.

  1. Wear one colour from head to toe

Yes I said to wear one colour from head to toe and of course, that is supposed to be scary but trust me it will look good if you show some skin that way you don’t look like a blueberry, tomato, orange, or other fruit.

  1. Take a break from wearing black

You could take a week break or less from wearing black and try on some bright colours. Stretch that fashion muscles

  1. Damn the price tag

Sometime when you go shopping do not pay attention to the amount on the price tag let your love for fashion drown your fear for the price. It’s only money. You’ll get more.

  1. Wear denim from head to toe

You can’t go wrong by pairing jeans with a denim shirt. You can even take more risk by adding a jean shoe and bag. Take the risk!

  1. Wear a jumpsuit instead of a dress to your next wedding

Wearing gowns to weddings is so cliché do something different by wearing a jumpsuit to the next wedding you are to attend. It might be a bit difficult to strip down and use the bathrooms but that is why they have locks.

  1. Rock that sequin dress during the day

While doing this limit yourself to a piece of sequin to avoid being too bright. Combine the item with more subdued pieces.

  1. Put on a pair of mismatched earrings

Your single earrings aren’t useless after all. You can pair two different earrings to make a fashion statement. Use a longer earring on one ear and wear a shorter one on the other ear. Do not bother if they don’t match, remember you are taking a fashion risk.

  1. Wear a cute suit outside the office

Traditionally suits are supposed to be worn in corporate settings, well here is the news flash you aren’t doing traditional this time around, you are taking the risk! So you are free to wear that suit to whatever function you feel like.

  1. Wear socks and sandals together

Just make sure that pesky toe seam is under your foot and not poking out the front of your sandal because that is not a cute look.

  1. Get married in a dress that isn’t white.

One unique thing about fashion is that it never forgets its old ways, in recent times fashion has experienced the return of old styles of the 70’s and 80’s coming back with full force in a splendid way.

No matter how ancient the style is, modern-day fashion knows how to make it fit into the trends of lifestyle.

One of these styles is the Bardot commonly known as off-the-shoulder or cold-shoulders. The Bardot style dates back to the Regency and Victorian era but it was not known as Bardot.

In the early to mid-1800 the likes of Napoleon’s empress, Eugenie, and her ladies took the off-the-shoulder dresses to the peak of fashion, wearing dresses designed by Charles Frederick Worth in 1855.

And in the 1960’s, the off-the-shoulder was named Bardot after the fashion icon Brigitte Bardot revived the fashion trend, and put her own twist on the style in the 1960’s.

Presently, the old off-the-shoulder which went extinct for a while but has become the new black in our current day fashion industry.

Off-the-shoulder is one the best outfits for the summer seasons, the styles give a free space from your neck down to your shoulder for the comfort of fresh air.

The good thing about the off-the-shoulder style is that it is suitable for almost every outing you can think about, starting from the office, to your normal hang out with friends and can be styled in different ways, from pretty tops with voluminous, ruffled sleeves to glam gowns, or even crop tops.

Off-the-shoulder can be worn comfortably on anything, whether the bomb shots, pencil trousers, skirts, baggy trousers and also the boot cuts are not left out, all you need do is wear what looks good on you.

Before now, everything that was once hot in the 90s is too cool for the 21st century but the reverse has become the case because the fashion industry recreates the style to suit almost all sphere of life and it is always amazing how the style appear after the finishing touches.

By: Staff Writer

Knowledge of colours and their combination is a very important factor when it comes to fashion. The right colour combination is what transforms a winter look to spring, spring to summer and so on. Also, every aspect of style revolves around colour.  For example hair color, makeup choices, fashion pieces, and more, all need to complement each other to achieve the desired result.

It is one thing to master your colour but it’s another thing to successfully combine colours while going against the rules of colour combination.

Here are some basic rules which will enable you achieve a flawless colour blocking technique.

  1. Avoid Prints

Combining solid colours with patterns is way too dramatic considering the fact that patterns call attention to themselves, whereas the goal of color blocking is to let the whole outfit work together. Stick with solid colors.

  1. Do Not Combine Too Many Colours

The fusion of two or three colours in a single outfit is just okay because when you have too many colours in one outfit they will start working against one another and that will be disasterous.

  1. Wear Your Neutrals

Sometimes the best approach is to pick one neutral and one bright color. Browns, grays, navy blues, and even white are easy to block against bright colors like yellow, green, or red.

  1. Memorize The Terms Complementary, Triad, Analogous

Should you steer away from neutral territory, the 12-tone chart below explains ideal groupings for brighter colors. Try two colors that are opposite one another on the wheel (complementary), two or three that are each four spaces apart (triad), or shades that are all beside one another (analogous).

 

 

  1.  Incorporate Your Accessories in the Colour Blocking Routine

You can also colour block with your clothing accessories e.g. watches, bags, backpacks, shoes and shoelaces, a belt, socks, et cetera. Try matching your socks with your shirt, your watch with your pants, or your laces with your shirt.