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A Fashion Primer About Undershirts

When thinking about men’s undershirts, the former opinion was that they were just a layer of clothing to keep you warmer and protect your more expensive dress shirts. However more recently, the undershirt has been paid more attention to. Previously, it didn’t seem like it mattered if a man’s undershirt fit, as long as it was able to be tucked in and not really seen under your clothing. With the change in thought about today’s undershirts, the fabric, fit, and quality matter.

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There are many designers like Calvin Klein, Tommy John, Hugo Boss, and Versace who have their version of men’s undershirts. Some prefer to work in pure fabrics like 100% Pima cotton, while others have moved onto a more modern mix with fabrics like Modal and Elastane. In turn, the type of fabric used helps to determine the fit. While cotton undershirts may be more boxy and roomy, the ones with sleeker materials and stretch may be more fitted. A fit that is a little closer to the body, without being too tight, is what will make a body more defined. Also, if the undershirt is being worn as lounge wear or casual wear, the fit and the fabric make a difference.

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One undershirt that caught my attention is called the Underfit. When compared to some of the other designer undershirts, they seem to be ahead of the pack when it comes to using a mix of Modal, Tencel, and Spandex, which gives it softness and sheen, while giving it the ability to wick away moisture and resist odor. The areas where Underfit shirts advance above the rest are how they are manufactured from eco-friendly materials, regularly donate part of their proceeds to charity, and also refund your money after 3 weeks, with no questions asked, even if the shirt has been worn.

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Also, the price of $25 is a bargain for the quality of the slim tailored cut and great fit. Don’t just take my word for it – check out all the positive press Underfit’s  gotten recently at http://underfitshirts.com/reviews!

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5 Unique Pearl Necklaces For Your Jewelry Box

Did you know that pearls don’t have to be small, round and white? Depending on the region in which they’re harvested or cultivated, pearls can come in a wide variety of colors, sizes and even shapes. If you’re looking for a change from the traditional, here are just five pearl necklaces that will make you unique among your social circle.

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7-8mm Pink Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Add a little pink to your wardrobe with these fun, fashionable pearls. They’re strung on silk thread with a gold or white gold clasp, making them a gorgeous and high-quality addition to any jewelry box. Their color is also just distinct enough to be different.

Opera Length 10-12mm Multicolor South Sea Pearl Necklace

Offering a mishmash of gold, silver and black pearls, this necklace is unlike anything that you’ve ever seen before. Not only are the colors unique and vibrant, but they’re also strung on an opera-length necklace, meaning that they won’t fit snugly on your throat. They’ll flow over your top and attract every eye in the room as they dangle, sparkle and gleam.

11-14mm Drop-Shape Golden South Sea Pearl Necklace

Baroque pearls don’t come in the usual shapes of round and oval; they’re much more diverse than that. They’re also some of the most unique pearls on the market. If you don’t mind “flawed” pieces that are actually beautiful and one of a kind, try this necklace on for size.

10-13mm Golden South Sea Pearl Necklace

When you dress like a queen, only gold is good enough to complement your look. These pearls come with a bright and gorgeous shine that’s matched only by their larger-than-average size. They’re so beautiful, in fact, that you can only find them at fine jewelers like Laguna Pearl (Laguna Pearl.com).

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13-16mm Multicolor Tahitian South Sea Pearl Necklace

Darkly glamorous, these pearls will make a statement wherever you go. For one, they’re highly shined and boasting an AA+ certification. They’re also on a multicolored strand of black and burned gold. If you want to inspire mystery when you enter a room and wistfulness when you leave it, these are the pearls for you.

These are just a few pearl necklaces that you won’t see on June Cleaver. If you’re tired of the same old white pearls in your jewelry collection, pick one of these examples for something fresh and exciting. A single necklace can change your entire look!

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Best Affordable Men’s Watches of 2014

In October 2013, GQ was ahead of the game and released a divulging directory of the Best Watches for Men in 2014, giving the industry’s most anticipated luxury watch brands a timely prologue to their new product stories. Included in the exclusive index were the likes of the Heritage Pilot Chronograph for Alpina’s 130th anniversary (over $4,000), the new Diver Watch by Audemars Piguet (over $25,000), and the striking all-black Fathoms Bathyscaphe by Blancpain (over $11,000).

Key watch trends seen within this hotlist included trending colors such as all black, blue hues and greens, and the use of chronograph faces, nano straps and vintage revivals.

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Whilst these releases were much celebrated at international trade shows such as Baselworld 2014, the hefty price tags don’t articulate as smoothly with the general public. Luckily, The Telegraph released its own, more affordable, much more accessible version of a 2014 Affordable Watches list. Here are some key pieces to look out for in 2014/15…

  1. Braun Chronograph All Black Watch

The slick and stylish Braun All Black Chronograph brings together the contemporary look of the ‘Complete Blackout’ trend, whilst still empowering a sporty and masculine look. It features a leather strap and an on-trend chronograph watch face, as well as being water resistant for the outdoor man. Under $300, it’s an absolute steal. To view this watch and to discover all of its features, visit Watches 2 U.

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Danny Watch

This classically stylish watch is available in various finishes, including stainless steel or black/brown leather strap. Retailing at around $200, Marc Jacob fans can have a different watch for every occasion. This watch series is nothing short of a timeless classic; aptly named the “Danny” Watch, this 2014 frontrunner is easily styled and is accessible to men from all walks of life. The Danny series can also be viewed over on the Watches2U website.

3. Casio Digital Bracelet Watch

Vintage revival has been a big trend in the luxury watch industry, with Rolex leading the way in bringing back the famous Pepsi GMT Watch, a design which became an iconic collection piece in the mid 50s. At over $41,000, it’s something that the majority of us can only admire from a distance. For something more affordable, try Casio’s Gold Digital Bracelet watch, which has a fantastic retro look to it (and also listed in the Telegraph’s 2014 list).

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Top 10 Shoes Quotes of all Time

Since the dawn of time, women have had a fascination with shoes of all kinds – high heel, low heel, kitten heel, peep-toe, closed toe, stiletto, sandal – the list goes on and on! Many theories have been put forward as to the reason behind the female fascination with footwear – the confidence that is instilled when a pair of new shoes are slipped on, the boost to the self-esteem when we step out in a pair of pretty pumps, the way they make women feel.  

Shoe Love 

Personally, I love shoes because like most women, my weight fluctuates from time to time and my favourite comfy jeans suddenly aren’t so comfy anymore, but my shoes whether they are flat, wedge or heel…they always fit me no matter what – always with me, like a good and faithful friend. And, it would seem, I’m not alone – many celebrities, fashion designers and fashion icons have espoused their love of the shoe and in doing so, have uttered quotes which have become extremely popular, all over the world.  

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Shoe Quotes 

Having come across hundreds of quotations, in my opinion, these are the top 10 shoe quotes of all time –  

  1. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior 
  1. “A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.” –  Christian Louboutin 
  1. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe 
  1. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin 

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  1. “I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, ‘Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.’ There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don’t have to walk in high heels.” — Christian Louboutin 
  1. “I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes” – Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” – Coco Chanel 
  1. “How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” – Sonia Rykiel 
  1. “I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes; I had one thousand and sixty.” - Imelda Marcos 
  1. “Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal!” – Vivienne Westwood 

Words of wisdom 

Some of these quotes are witty, some insightful, others are thought-provoking but the one common thread between them is that they all display their deep affection and love for the humble shoe. These shoe quotes have been used time and time again by people the world over as little gems of wisdom to be dropped into a conversation or used in an article or essay. 

Why not write down your favorite and tape it somewhere you will see it every day? Whatever you do, hopefully you have enjoyed reading them as much as we had compiling them. 

Niamh O’Hara is a part time blogger and full time shoe fanatic from Dublin, Ireland. She wrote this article on behalf of Fitzpatricks Shoes who are one of Ireland’s leading shoe stores.

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Are There Comfortable YET Fashionable Shoes? Yes!

The female relationship with shoes is the stuff of legends. And there is an increasing amount of men who care almost as much about their shoes too. It’s women’s shoes, however, that tend to be hyper-focused on fashion over practicality. While there are plenty of designer shoe brands for men and some men’s shoes even have small heels, it’s rare that a man buys a pair of shoes he can barely walk in. But women’s shoes often place good looks over comfort, resulting in sore feet and even high-heel related accidents. Is it possible to have both fashionable and comfortable shoes? Surely comfortable shoes don’t have to be ugly, and fashionable shoes don’t have to hurt your feet. It’s not easy finding stylish and comfortable shoes, but you can do it.

Look for Certain Features

There are some features you can look for in a shoe that you know will be kinder to your feet. You don’t have to give up heels completely if you look for shoes with the right type of heel. Choose a shoe with a wedge, platform or lower, chunkier heel and your weight will  spread more evenly in your shoes. These types of heel will help to cushion your feet more and take the pressure off your heels and toes. Some high-end shoe brands have begun making more comfortable shoes with comfortable features. But they prefer not to make it the main feature of their shoes. It’s still all about fashion, even if the shoes are also comfortable.

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Ditch the Heels – Sometimes

Nothing says that you have to wear heels constantly, and flats have become just as fashionable in many situations. You should vary the height of your shoes, so you’re neither wearing very flat flats all the time or very high heels. But if you want to stop wearing heels altogether, there are either very flat shoes or shoes with just enough heel to support your feet that look fantastic. Taller women often prefer to wear flatter shoes, as they don’t need or want the extra height. Flat shoes can be super cute and just as beautiful as a pair of towering heels. Check out this range of Birkenstock shoes for fashionable sandals. The brand has become iconic for their comfortable but fashionable shoes.

Look for Certain Brands

As well as Birkenstocks, there are other brands renowned for creating comfortable, fashionable shoes. These brands recognize the desire to cater to older women, who are often looking for practical, comfortable shoes that aren’t frumpy. And because they design their shoes with style in mind, they’re perfectly suitable for any women, whatever their age. Try looking at Clarks, Ecco and Mephisto for comfy, good-looking shoes.

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You don’t have to wear shoes that look like your podiatrist prescribed them to have comfortable feet. However, if you’re very focused on certain designers or the latest trend, you may have to learn to compromise when it comes to shoes. Otherwise, you will have to put up with sore feet and forget the dream of shoes that are both comfortable and stylish.

 

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Best Dresses to Enhance your Figure

Beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes, and one thing that most of them enjoy doing is getting dressed up to feel good and look glam. Dresses look great on women as they really enhance the feminine figure. Having said this, this only works if the chosen dress is right for the body shape that it’s going on.

There isn’t really a type of dress that suits all body figures, no matter how much us women wish there was. Have you ever seen a celebrity wear a beautiful dress and bought something similar only for it to look nothing like it did on that celebrity in the magazine? That’s because you probably have a different body shape to that celeb!

If you really want to dress to impress, take heed of the following types of dresses that are best suited to specific body shapes.

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  1. Pear-Shaped

If, like Eva Mendes or Kim Kardashian West, you have a pear-shaped figure, you should look for a dress that accentuates your best assets – your shoulders, arms and waist. Go for dresses with A-line skirt hems, strapless dresses, two-tone dresses – bright colour on top and dark colour on the bottom or square or cowel neck dresses.

  1. Rectangle

A rectangular body shape is athletic looking, with the hips, waist and shoulder widths all similar. Kate Hudson is just one of the many Hollywood celebs with a rectangle body shape. When it comes to dresses, have fun with colours and prints; go for anything with ruffles or eye-catching detail. Any dress that cinches in at the sides is ideal. Avoid straight-line dresses or pencil skirts. Lots of accessories and a good bra are essential!

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  1. Hourglass

If you’re blessed with an hourglass figure like Beyonce or the timeless female icon Marilyn Monroe, you’ve got some curves! The best dress for your figure should accentuate those curves. Go for fitted or bodycon dresses that go in and out in all the right places. Adding a belt to the waist of your dress can really help to show off your awesome curves. Steer clear of dresses that are heavily embroidered or embellished. Dresses with bodices can look stunning on an hourglass figure too.

  1. Apple

Eva Longoria, Jennifer Hudson, Drew Barrymore, Tyra Banks and Catherine Zeta-Jones are celebrities with apple-shaped figures. You’re likely to have great legs and a wider upper body. Go for empire dresses that have a raised waistline. Avoid halter neck dresses and instead opt for dresses with a plunging or V-neck neckline. Avoid any skin-tight dresses, as it’s best to opt for drop-waist dresses instead, which can elongate the torso and minimise any tummy bulge.

  1. Petite

If you have a petite figure, you’re probably below average height and so your aim will be to make your body appear longer. Famous “petite” shape celebrities include Nicole Ritchie, Victoria Beckham, and Rachel Bilson. To elongate the body, go for dresses with vertical lines – avoid horizontal lines. Tight, slim fit dresses can also make you look even taller. Mini dresses can look great on petite figures as can shift dresses. Don’t go overboard with colour as monochrome outfits or dresses with little hints of different colours here and there look best.

Whether your figure is pear-shaped, rectangular, hourglass, apple or petite, it’s important to choose the right type of dress that will accentuate all of your assets. If you can feel good in what you’re wearing, you’ll be sure to exude the confidence that is needed to look your best.

Carlo Cretaro is a dedicated fashion blogger and social media expert writing on behalf of Chic Boutique Fashion – one of Ireland’s leading online fashion retailers.

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How to Redefine The Handbag Resale Experience

The business models of luxury fashion and technology is at an all time growth period. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” Coco Chanel once said. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”.

And with ideas flooding the market constantly searching for ways to get to the top, sometimes it gets difficult to know where is the best place to shop, where is the best place to sell and where is the best place to exist. Consumers are more educated and ready to experience a brand, and not be sold just product. Brands must find innovative ways to showcase their product and meet the consumer.

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Rebagg redefines the handbag resale experience. If you have high-end handbags (eg. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Celine) sitting in your closet, this is the place to resell them easily. Say goodbye to consignment and hello to Rebagg!

Most companies are not transparent in quoting, nor accurate about the time needed to sell. As the world of consignment goes, it may even take months for you to get paid for your luxury bag. Rebagg not only provides the instant quote on spot, but if you accept the bid you get paid upfront. Rebagg sets themselves apart by providing an accurate quote, paying cash upfront, and doing all of the work for you.

Experiencing buyers remorse, or guilt about a purchase, looking to clean your closet and get rid of your luxury bags? Meet www.rebagg.com and experience getting rid of your luxury handbag in a few simple clicks for cash upfront. So try the service, and schedule your free pick up in New York City or order a free shipping box.

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