CEFashion.net http://www.cefashion.net Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:52:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 How Adidas Made Its Permanent Mark On High End Footwear /how-adidas-made-its-permanent-mark-on-high-end-footwear /how-adidas-made-its-permanent-mark-on-high-end-footwear#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:24:13 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10244 Continue reading ]]>

Innovations in high-end fashion have always consisted of new trends and new styles being brought out on the runway by designers. These styles and trends are then used by other designers in following seasons. While lots of innovations have emerged on to the runway the past two years (resurgency of the 70s, more androgyny, looser and more flowing silhouettes), little changes have come from designers alone in the world of high end footwear. Derbies, boots, high top sneakers, and trainers were all exhibited, but without much experimentation or new ideas. This was understandable, as the goal of a runway show is to present the direction a house or designer plans to head in for a season and generally the focus is on the garments being worn, with shoes as an afterthought. Who would have expected that one of the largest facilitators for innovation in high end footwear would be Adidas?

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Rick Owens

Adidas, Nike’s biggest competitor in sportswear, has had collaborations with multiple designers starting roughly two years ago. Nike has had none, save for a single collab with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, and as a result of this, Adidas’ popularity in the fashion world and internet fashion forums has risen significantly. Of all the designers the sportswear giant worked with, the Raf Simons and Rick Owens collaborations were unsurprisingly the most talked about, as both designers were and still are extremely popular within the fashion community.

In the latest Rick Owens x Adidas collection, the creative use of the Superstar silhouette, turning the traditional shelltoes into ankle and full-length boots, as well as the use of springblade technology in well crafted sneakers showed the integration of sportswear ideas into fashion-forward pieces of footwear. Angular sneakers were created that appeared to have come straight from a mainline Rick collection. The idea that pieces bearing Adidas branding (albeit small branding) could be worn cohesively in outfits with mainline Rick Owens pieces was completely unheard of. The Rick Owens x Adidas line was a true successful integration of sportswear and fashion, and it upholds that with each collection.

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Rick Owens x Adidas Springblade high top sneakers in metallic silver

On the other hand, Raf Simons took an entirely different approach when crafting each Raf Simons x Adidas collection. A large divide was created between lovers and haters of the Raf x Adidas line for two reasons.

The first source of controversy was the intentionally over-designed silhouettes such as the Ozweego 2 and the Response Trail, which were the forefront of the collection. These were an extremely unconventional deviation from the normal idea that designer shoes had to be sleek and luxurious, and as a result many did and still do call the Ozweegos “Sketchers” or “dad shoes”. Still, many loved the borderline irony of the shoes and loved the bursts of excitement and color they brought to an outfit.

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Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweegos in cream colors

The second source of controversy was the Raf Simons x Stan Smiths. Raf Simons put his own touch to the classic Adidas Stan Smith silhouette in a very subtle way. Instead of three perforated dotted lines along the sides of the shoes, he put a dotted R. Also, the Stans were presented in a number of Raf Simons x Adidas exclusive colorways. These colors included red, grey, baby, blue, and even pink for their first season. The only way to obtain these specific colors on the Stan Smith silhouette was to buy the Raf Simons x Stan Smiths. The controversy for these shoes came in on the price tag. For exclusive colors and a designer name, a higher price on than the normal $75 Stans was of course expected. However, many were shocked when the Raf Simons x Stan Smiths retailed for around $450. The material was the same, or had no difference anyone was able to make out. Still, like the Ozweegos, for each hater there was someone who loved the colors and exclusivity enough to pay the hefty price tag.

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Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smith in baby blue

With these two unique and unconventional collaborations making their mark over the past couple of years, other designers have been quick to collaborate with Adidas and other sportswear brands have looked for designer collaborations of their own. Adidas worked with Japanese designer Juun J and smaller sportswear brand Puma has collaborated with label Alexander McQueen. With the success that has come from Adidas’ collaborations, hopefully more sportswear brands and designers are inspired to come together and innovate even further with the combination of two unlikely styles.

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Women’s Fashion Spotlight: Charisse Suede Crop Scallop Two Piece /womans-fashion-spotlight-charisse-suede-crop-scallop-two-piece /womans-fashion-spotlight-charisse-suede-crop-scallop-two-piece#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:38:46 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10231 Continue reading ]]>

Throughout decades of woman’s fashion, the look of suede has never gone out if style. It is a versatile, timeless look. One of the things that has improved over the years, however, is the fabrics that are used for the faux suedes. At times, it is very difficult to tell the difference between the real suede and the faux suede, but the advantages of the faux fabric are that it looks as good as the real thing, even though the care is much easier.


At Luxemme, the spotlight is on the Charisse Suede Crop Scallop Luxury Two Pieces. It is a 70’s inspired fashion with the super-cropped tank top and high-waisted shorts, but the on-trend look is all about the details. The higher neckline balances out the crop length a bit and the full back zipper makes it easy to get in and out of. The shorts are a vintage look with the higher waistline and flaired leg openings, but the scalloped edges, belt loops, and darts are what make them interesting. It is a dressy summer look and two pieces that would look great whether you are clubbing in LA, shopping the boutiques in NYC, or on a dream vacation in Rome. For the swell price of 35 Euros, you would never even come close to finding the same pieces in real suede.


This cropped, two piece short set that can be found at Luxemme is accessorized with the knee-high leather gladiator sandals in British tan, which helps to accentuate the long, leggy look. Her small shoulder bag is also in the right proportion for the outfit too.  It is a trend that can be seen on celebrities that are out on the town, like Kate Bosworth and Sienna Miller, for just a few examples.

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Look Back at Men’s Fashion Week NYC 2015 /new-launch-by-the-cdfa /new-launch-by-the-cdfa#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:23:56 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10225 Continue reading ]]>

On July 13-16 of this year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America debuted “Men’s Fashion Week NYC”, which was an entire fashion show of men’s clothing and accessories for the Spring/Summer of 2016. Usually menswear designers are included in runway events like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and other fashion weeks in cities like Milan and London, but this one was different in that it was exclusively men’s fashion that was showcased.

Todd Snyder 2016 For this CDFA debut at Skylight Clarkson Square in NYC, there was a mix of American inspired menswear designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Todd Snyder, and Michael Bastian, who unveiled their collections for the next Spring/Summer season. Todd Snyder’s 2016 collection took us, through fashion, to the Almalfi Coast and Island of Capri in Italy with his use of lightweight, neutral fabrics like in this loose gauge knit sweater and linen-look trousers, accented by a dark chocolate leather belt and strap sandals. This outfit by Todd Snyder could easily be imagined being worn while sipping wine at a hillside café or strolling the along the ocean edge. It is a great casual look for Spring/Summer 2016.


There were also designers like Asof Ganot at the CDFA New York Men’s Fashion Week, who added more of an urban spin on the Spring 2016 fashion with his use of the tailored elements of a suit and mixed it with the casualness of color-blocking and frayed edges. Asof has a unique take on what is usually a more formal type of dress.


One of the design labels that was formed by two British transplants is Rag and Bone. They started out designing because they could not find a decent pair of jeans. For the 2016 Spring/Summer season, Rag and Bone is inspired by movement and an active lifestyle, which is evident in their wind-breaker type fabrics, zippered utilitarian jackets, and lowered inseam pant that allow more freedom of movement. Rag and Bone’s use of details like side-striping of pants, multi-layered shirts, and monochromatic hues keep the look modern and interesting.

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CONTEST: Win $200 in clothing from PRMITV WORLD /contest-win-a-200-at-prmitv-world-com /contest-win-a-200-at-prmitv-world-com#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:41:59 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10205 Continue reading ]]>

Kind readers, it’s time for another contest! This time, you can win $200 in clothing from PRMITV WORLD and CEFashion.net!


PRMITV WORLD is an “athleisure” brand created for the modern woman wanting to feel strong, unique, and comfortable in her clothes.  Installation artist Jacqueline Levine has created a line that promotes self-expression and individuality. Follow the steps below to become a winner!


Entering is easy: Use the handy widget below to 1) follow PRMITV WORLD on Instagram and 2) leave your Instagram username so we can find and reach out to the winner! Contest ends August 22, 2015 at 6PM EST.


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Eligibility: The PRMITV WORLD $200 clothing contest is open only to those who follow PRMITV WORLD on Instagram, leave their Instagram username using the above form, and who are 18 as of the date of entry. The sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the United States and is void where prohibited by law.

Good luck to everyone!!

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Eyewear options to make you stand out /eyewear-strand-out /eyewear-strand-out#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:04:54 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10200 Continue reading ]]>

Eyewear options to make you stand out from the crowd

Your face is the first thing people notice, so what better way to make a first impression than with eyewear? Eyewear can be a necessity, it can make a fashion statement, it can reflect your personality and style – or it can do all of these things.


Colored frames

Colorful frames that reflect the rave culture of the early 90s are in fashion for 2015. Colors such as burgundy, aqua and darker blues are favored by designers, as well as shiny black frames made from modern acetates for comfort, durability and style. The classic frame shape and variations of it suit most face shapes, but it is always important to try on different frames in front of a large mirror to make sure you get glasses with which you are happy. Colors for the more demure fashionista might include army or military greens, which are fairly neutral colors to complement your wardrobe, or a pale, inky gray frame decorated with darker swirls for a modern look.

Be eyewear-free

You may prefer to be eyewear-free for practical reasons, or just from personal choice sometimes. For those who require corrective eye wear as a necessity but prefer to be eyewear-free, LASIK laser vision correction can give you the option of whether to wear glasses or not. For those located in and around the Midwest, find out about Lasik in Omaha and discover what options are available to correct or improve your vision

Contact lenses can be a convenient alternative to glasses, or may be chosen for cosmetic reasons. Contact lenses can give you any eye color you like, make the iris look bigger or rounder, shimmer or catch the light, or be worn for an alternative or freaky look – perhaps you would like Dracula eyes at Halloween, or want to impress your friends by giving the impression of an embossed design or motif on the actual iris.

Dare to be different

If bold is your thing, try deeper color tones for your eyewear – frames that shout out, that make a statement – such as electric purple, frames with striking patterns, glittery rhinestones or outrageous shapes, or a fun, funky look such as Barbie style heart-shaped glasses. Team your choice of frame with lenses that are transparent, mirrored, ochre, earth-colored, tea-toned, even yellow or more dramatic colors.


Oversized sunglasses that cover the eyes and the surrounding eye area are flattering and hide a multitude of imperfections around the eye area. You could take this further with shield glasses that cover the face coa bit like a deep-sea diving mask! Retro sunglasses are in vogue, and of course the traditional aviator style is timeless: each season it is revived and often given a new vibe.

White frames in the cat-eye form are a popular and very fashionable frame shape for both sunglasses and regular glasses. Designer frames can be a means of shouting out to people that you ooze style and sophistication; few would disagree that glasses can make you look sophisticated and intelligent, or that eyewear can be fun and funky.

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What Fashionable Women Wear for A Good Night’s Sleep /what-fashionable-women-wear-for-a-good-nights-sleep /what-fashionable-women-wear-for-a-good-nights-sleep#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 20:01:03 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10194 Continue reading ]]>

When it comes to a good night’s rest, many will do anything necessary to ensure it happens and is undisturbed.  Some drink warm milk before bed while others need to read or watch television to get sleepy.  But what does fashion have to do with a good night’s rest?  Is having a sense of fashion just an added benefit regarding pajamas and nightwear, or does it matter what you wear to get great sleep?


Type of Material

Cotton is light and soft.  Moreover, for those who have sensitive skin, cotton rarely irritates the skin.  However, there are downsides to the natural fabric.  Firstly, it’s not very heavy, so it may not be great for the winter unless you’re willing to sleep with several sheets on top.  Secondly, it does not wick away moisture; so, if you’re prone to sweating while you sleep, you may feel uncomfortable while wearing the material.

Next, consider silk, especially if you want to sleep in style.  The thermoregulator material helps keep you warm when you’re cold and does the opposite when you’re feeling hot.  However, if you sweat, you can wear away the fabric or damage the material.  Plus, it’s suggested to send your silk pajamas to the dry cleaner, which is an added cost to the costly fabric.

Flannel is the choice of those who want to stay extra toasty. It’s comfortable and breathes well, so though you’ll feel warm, it won’t inspire sweating.  Speaking of sweating, if it’s a recurring issue, opt for moisture-wicking material.  A fabric that is popular with athletes, such material wicks away sweat from the skin so you stay dry.

A unique choice, bamboo also wicks away moisture from the skin and feels silky and smooth.  Like cotton, those with allergies will have no issues with wearing bamboo fabric.  If you’re a green consumer, you’ll be glad to know that the material is 100% biodegradable.

Wool and fleece do well in being comfortable, but they tend to inspire overheating.  Moreover, certain blends may irritate the skin.

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As with the number of materials above, an array of styles inspire women to wear nightwear.  You can go traditional with a satin nightgown; be more comfy and manly in a matching button-down top and matching trousers; or, be fun and nontraditional and get yourself a women’s onesie.  Of course, style should take a backseat to the material if you’re concerned about comfort.  However, if you’re planning on sleeping with a partner, it’s hard to forget about what you look like and how you feel.

Regarding lingerie, it’s advised you don’t go overboard in selecting expensive items, or in getting more than a few pricy items.  It’s not that your mate won’t appreciate your beauty and admire your curves; it’s just that lingerie is very effective and there’s no reason to spend a lot on seven courses if he’s ready to jump to the main course (so to speak).

To conclude, make sure you feel as good as you want to look, being picky about specific materials in relation to the weather.  Moreover, whether you’re deciding on a playful onesie or seductive lace gown, own it; a bit of confidence goes a long way after hours.

Allison Ernst is a busy working mom and is quite an accomplished seamstress in her spare time. She loves being able to share her ideas with an online audience and her thoughts can be found on a number of different websites.

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Sweaters for Fall 2015 /sweaters-for-fall-2015 /sweaters-for-fall-2015#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:24:03 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10185 Continue reading ]]>

As soon as the air turns a little crisp and the days of hot steamy of summer have passed, our thoughts turn to the coziness of knit sweaters. They are a wardrobe essential and can transform an ordinary outfit, into something more interesting. Every season, there are some new sweater looks, but there are also some classic ones that never go out of style.

cashmere cardigan print sweaters-min One popular knit this year that has almost a vintage appeal is the intarsia alpine design like in this black and white cashmere cardigan with black rib trim, bold buttons, and red accents. The pattern gives his blue jeans and white t-shirt new life and the cashmere yarn is luxury at its best. Instead of an outfit that you may not notice at all, this cardigan sweater makes it an eye-catching look.


A sweater look that is new for 2015 is a European style jacquard men’s sweater. This particular one has an asymmetrical design within the blue long-sleeve sweater that is knit right into it, which not only provides some interest, but also adds an intrinsic texture. It can be a sweater that is dressed up more than more casual ones.

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One of my favorite sweaters for 2015 is by Ralph Lauren. It is a chunky cable knit men’s sweater that has tons of texture with all of the twists and turns of the cables, as well as an almost military-looking style with the double breasted front, chubby brown leather buttons, and just the perfect olive color for Fall dressing. It is definitely has a classic appeal.


Last, but not least, a great alternative to an athletic jacket is this knit version in a heathered grey yarn with embroidery and patchwork accents, striped trim, and a hidden zippered placket. It is a preppy, casual look that will be in style for years to come.

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How Virgil Abloh managed to bridge the Runway-Streetwear gap /how-virgil-abloh-managed-to-bridge-the-runway-streetwear-gap /how-virgil-abloh-managed-to-bridge-the-runway-streetwear-gap#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:43:15 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10178 Continue reading ]]>

In the past couple years, pieces from high fashion have found their way into streetwear and the line has began blur between high fashion and streetwear as two separate styles. It is no secret that hip hop music has had heavy influence in this. Of course, streetwear as a style was initially popularized by rappers. Jordan’s, NBA jerseys, flat brim hats, and baggy clothes were what it started out as in its early stages. In the mid 90’s, brands like Supreme and Bape emerged and would lead the era of streetwear brands, designed with the sole purpose of being streetwear clothing, being the overwhelmingly popular option for dressing in a streetstyle. Loud, flashy designs with the brand’s logo plastered across the clothing were what defined the style. Around 2003, however, Kanye West emerged on the scene. He not only brought a new sound in his music, he wore a pink polo and Louis Vuitton backpack in the public eye as a rapper.


Kanye in the early 2000’s, wearing his trademark pink polo

This was unprecedented, as everyone expected rappers to be tough and street, not to wear something as flamboyant as a pink polo. He achieved major success after this and was the first to send the message that not all rappers had to be macho tough guys, setting up the collision of high fashion and hip hop. Unsurprisingly, Kanye nowadays heavily involves himself with high fashion and following in his steps, many other rappers do as well. Name drops of luxury brands such as Givenchy, Rick Owens, Raf Simons, Balmain, Balenciaga, and even newer brands such as Damir Doma have become commonplace. Despite the fact runway fashion has trickled down to the street level, streetwear has never found its way to the runway. It makes sense too; it is hard to picture elegant flowing dresses, menacing leather outerwear, and delicately patterned shirts next to the blatant branding of a Supreme box logo hoodie. Streetwear simply had no place in its current state on the runway. Enter Virgil Abloh.



Virgil and Kanye attending a Paris Fashion Week show

The 34 year old former architect and Chicago native is Kanye’s creative director and has been since 2002. And, like Kanye, is a fan of both hip hop and high end fashion. He has been seen wearing high end pieces and attending fashion shows, his interest in runway is more than apparent. It would make sense that being surrounded by all this creative influence, Virgil would want to design clothes. Thus, he founded Pyrex Vision.

Pyrex was, by Virgil’s own description, an art project where he intended to only work with a single graphic. The Pyrex graphic was simply the word “PYREX” in blocky white letters. The graphic was put across the front of blank athletic shorts from the sportswear company Champions, and the shorts were sold for $60.

The quality was on par with all the regular shorts from Champions, which retail for around $15. While many people bought the shorts for the hype behind the graphic, many others (possibly the same people buying the shorts) ranted that it was a ripoff to pay four times the price of normal shorts for a word written across the crotch. The same complaints of been made about all streetwear companies, notably Supreme who’s famous box logo hoodie retails $138. Despite complaints, every time Supreme drops the famous hoodie (once a year), it sells out within literal seconds and often sells on the secondhand market for double or triple the retail price. The same was happening for Pyrex, the shorts sold out with rapidity and were selling for exponentially increased prices on the secondhand market. Perhaps Virgil noticed he wasn’t really creating fashion and was simply marketing hype, or he was bored of the limitations of the Pyrex graphic. Either way, a few years later in 2012, Virgil Abloh founded Off-White ℅ Virgil Abloh.

Off-White ℅ Virgil Abloh


Virgil stated from the start of Off-White that he wished to bridge the gap between high fashion and streetwear. The iconic graphic for Off-White was an image of horizontal hazard stripes and the word “WHITE” in all capital letters. It seemed impossible that the man who had been selling Champions shorts for four times the price to the streetwear and hypebeast crowd would be able to create anything worthy of being deemed “fashion”, let alone make it to the runway while seeming to stick to the same hypebeast-fueled ideas.

Virgil set out to prove his doubters wrong three years ago, and since then has had three seasons of collections shown during various fashion weeks. How did he manage to create a far more serious image of a creator of content for himself after being known as “Mr. Pyrex Shorts” and “Kanye’s dude” for so many years?

The first thing, though it seems superficial and irrelevant, was the pricing. Pyrex hoodies retailed for around $200 and shorts for of course $60. The same kids who were buying Supreme and wearing Nikes were able to buy Pyrex, assuming they bought it before it sold out. The brand Pyrex became associated with the idea of an hype-driven teenager dressed in the latest Jordan release, a Supreme box logo hoodie, a five-panel hat, and Pyrex shorts to complete the look. This was a look considered juvenile and frankly, bad, by anyone involved in the high fashion industry and any active consumer of high end clothes. To create a new image for himself, Virgil needed to do something to that would seem counterintuitive to any business-minded person; he needed to make his product inaccessible to his core demographic, hoping a higher income demographic with more refined taste would take him in. Off-White retails at high end boutiques alongside other designers. Websites such as SSENSE, Antonioli, and Luisa Via Roma carry Off-White, as does high-end department store Barney’s New York. So far, Virgil’s image revamping plan has worked – sort of. While many high end consumers have embraced Off-White and wore it with other designer pieces as Virgil had hoped, others called it tacky and overpriced, seeing it as Pyrex 2.0. Off-White’s critics claim that just like Pyrex, Off-White’s only unique feature is it’s easily recognized graphic, meaning it was still simply overpriced streetwear.

While Off-White does moderately revolve around a single graphic (hazard stripes accompanied by the word “WHITE”), it has managed to free itself from the graphic being the sole reason pieces sold. Unique touches (subtle patterns, patchwork, distressing) as well as higher quality materials (100% wool, high-grade cotton, heavyweight denim) give worth to pieces outside of hype for a logo. And while the relatively heavy use of the graphic is unlike other brands of similar price, it keeps the brand true to its streetwear roots and is part of the reason Off-White is able to bridge the gap between the high end world and the street, not only exist in one or the other.

In fact, in Off-White fashion week collections, the logo is hardly present. Save for a few hints and nods, the focus during collections is the proportions of the silhouettes and the tailoring of the garments. In the latest Off-White S/S 2016 collection, the focus was on playing with proportions in typical workwear, with the collection fittingly named “Blue Collar”.


The collection was based around the colors black and blue and featured very loose-fitting pieces, wide and billowing. The intentionally ill-fitting garments, as well as wide and thick-soled sandals, had models appearing small in their clothing, like a boy in his father’s suit. Denim workshirts, dirty ponchos, and rain ponchos helped show the grittiness of the working class models and the avant-garde tailoring paired with asymmetrical detailing and distressing kept the show interesting. In the midst of all this, the word “WHITE” still peeked out here and there, a patch of hazard stripe every now and then, demonstrating faith to his streetwear roots. The show received positive reception and positively surprised those who expected a generic Pyrex 2.0 logo plastered mess – of which included me.

Viewing “Blue Collar” amidst flipping through a week of collections drew me into the world of Off-White and made me excited to see what Virgil and his team have in store for the future to blur the lines between the runway and the street even further.

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How to Care for Your Silver Charm Bracelets /how-to-care-for-your-silver-charm-bracelets /how-to-care-for-your-silver-charm-bracelets#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:19:35 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10175 Continue reading ]]>

Silver is a beautiful metal and when it is used to make handmade jewellery it can be wonderfully exquisite because of its brilliance, lustre and versatility. A silver charm bracelet is a gorgeous one of a kind piece of jewellery that you will treasure, but if it is neglected it can be prone to tarnish.

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When silver comes into contact with sulphur or oxygen it can appear dirty or discoloured and this will take away from the beauty of your jewellery. Caring for silver jewellery and keeping it looking like new isn’t too difficult, it simply requires a few simple steps. In this article we will offer tips for caring for your silver jewellery so that you can keep it shining bright.

  • Never wear your silver jewellery when swimming, as the chlorinated water of a pool or the salt water of the ocean will cause it to become tarnished.
  • Make sure that you spray on hairspray and perfume before you put on your jewellery, as these chemicals can also negatively affect the shine.
  • Silver jewellery should be stored in a cool and dry place and should be wrapped in acid free tissue paper or a tarnish-resistant cloth that is specially designed for silver jewellery.
  • Many people swear by the practice of adding a piece of white chalk to where they store their silver jewellery, as this old remedy is reported to prevent tarnish.
  • Another strategy is to use one of the silica packs that you get when you buy a pair of new shoes – they are designed to absorb moisture and they can help your silver to last longer.
  • When it comes time to clean your jewellery, you should clean it with soap and water and polish it with a soft cloth and dry it very well.
  • You should not use toothpaste when cleaning your silver charm bracelets, as it will scratch the silver.
  • You don’t need to wash the jewellery every time, you can keep it clean on a regular basis by using a polishing cloth and buffing it. There are polishing cloths that you can buy which are designed for silver and are impregnated with a polishing compound. They last a long time and they give an amazing shine.
  • When you are polishing your silver charm bracelets you should be using a back and forth motion along the grain of the silver, rather than rubbing it in circles. When you rub the silver in circles it will magnify any of the tiny scratches in the metal. It is also important to switch to a different part of the cloth regularly so that you will not be placing tarnish back onto the silver.
  • If you need to get into the small grooves and areas of your silver charm jewellery, you can use a Q-tip.
  • There are commercial dips that are made for silver jewellery, but they can be harsh and they should only be used when the silver is very heavily tarnished.
  • After you have cleaned your silver jewellery you should always make sure to dry it completely, because if you leave any residue on it that will cause the silver to tarnish faster.
  • You might consider cleaning your silver jewellery with steam or hot water, but remember that these methods are good for metals but not necessarily for delicate stones.
  • Do not use gloves when you are cleaning silver, as the rubber will emit a sulphur that will damage the silver.
  • A natural solution is to use olive oil and lemon juice and mix it in a large bowl. You can use about one half cup of lemon juice to a teaspoon of olive oil. Dip a cloth into the solution and use it to wipe the jewellery, then rinse the silver and let it dry completely.
  • Another option is to use white vinegar and baking soda to clean your jewellery. You can soak the tarnished piece of jewellery in a half cup of white vinegar and two tbsp. of baking soda for two or three hours, then rinse off the charm bracelet and let it dry completely. Be prepared – when you combine the baking soda and vinegar it will start to fizz!

These are just a few important tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to caring for your charm bracelet and other silver jewellery. With the right care and maintenance, this jewellery will look beautiful, bright and shiny for many years.

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Rocking the Smart-Casual Look with Suit Shorts /rocking-the-smart-casual-look-with-suit-shorts /rocking-the-smart-casual-look-with-suit-shorts#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:29:48 +0000 http://www.cefashion.net/?p=10164 Continue reading ]]>

Coco Chanel used to say that luxury means comfort first and foremost. All in all, except the occasional uncomfortable item released for the shocking value only and not really wearable in day to day life, fashion seems to progress more and more towards comfort. Items which were initially not very fashionable but highly practical have evolved to become quite trendy (canvas backpacks, leather messenger bags, vintage messenger bags). The smart-casual look is a perfect example of this trend, and it’s equally popular among men and women both.

But, while women tend to enjoy a much more varied array of options in the matter, when it comes to elegant-sport or smart-casual, men tend to just stick to the T-shirt and jeans and call it a day. We argue that more daring and fresh combinations should be adopted on a larger scale by men when going about their daily business: it makes them look cooler and it adds a youthful twist on a regular or normcore outfit. One of the combos which are easiest to match and to pull off is the suit and shorts, and it definitely shouldn’t be worn so much only by women, because it makes almost anyone look good, as long as the clothes are fitted to your body type.

Therefore, we advocate the wear of suit shorts for men as a really comfortable and hip way to sport the smart-casual look and add a touch of freshness to their style. Here are just a few suggestions of how to pull it off:

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Try wearing coordinated colors for the shorts and the upper part of the suit, just like in a classic suit outfit. This isn’t too bold, and it’s just like preserving the original suit look, only with added comfort and some extra carelessness thrown in for good style. The times have evolved from the whole stiff do-up, and it’s a good thing that fashion seems to keep up with this trend, in most situations at least. While you won’t be able to pull off wearing suit shorts in a court of law (probably), the outfit is more than acceptable in any other situation.


After you get accustomed to the style, you can transition to something a just little bolder. Just try using different colors for the shorts and the suit top. As long as they are matching colors, all will be well. You can’t go wrong if you choose a light one and a dark one (like in the picture above).


For our final tip to take away from all this: rock some accessories. Don’t be afraid of even sporting some really casual accessories, like messenger bags: they fit right into the overall smart-casual look and you don’t need to worry about them being ‘too’ scruffy or out of place. As long as everything is well-matched, you have nothing to worry about. Feel free to check out retail sites with lots of pictures for sources of inspirations – Mango, Asos and the likes. Good luck and have fun shopping.

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