Friday, February 21, 2014

Kids Shoes, A Fashion Statement

They used to be something that protected the feet, kept them warm, but just as importantly dry, but kids shoes have now become a fashion statement. Children now look to ensure their appearance matches their heroes, whether soccer stars, or other sportsmen, film stars or their favourite singers.

 Television images are brought to us more and more, and those images imprint ideas in the minds of young and old.

 There is creativity to match as never before and pity the poor child who falls behind in the style race.

 Shoes began as protective animal skins tied around the foot, developed slowly over the centuries, but have finally become an item available in many colours, designs and materials; natural as well as synthetic.

 Fashion sense is not exclusively the province of modern times. The courtiers of many a European Throne vied to outdo each other as new ideas came from the lands overseas that discovery brought closer to them.

 Designs and ideas spread only slowly. These were the Ages of the carriage and the horse on land, the written word and drawing on parchment, and the wooden ship at sea.

 Our lives are in an age of jet aircraft, television, film and internet. Everything is available in an instant and now the world is such a small place!

 It is a phenomenon of recent decades and the imaginative entrepreneurs who saw the opportunities of such a large marketplace were the ones whose fortunes were made almost overnight.

 The fashion industry grew, and superficially it revolved around the ladies, but it was not more than a step further to realise that the grown woman was only a proportion of the population, and hence of the marketplace. In medieval times men's fashion was as important as women's. Like the animal kingdom, the male of the species would strut around like peacocks in all their finery. For most of the twentieth century man wore mainly drab functional clothing and it wasn't till the sixties that this began to change.

 Advertising and marketing soon ensured that demand for product came from all sectors of society, and all ages. Manufacturers geared to making mass produced product, fashionable women's and men's shoes for example, already had the capacity to produce other products if the manufacturing techniques were similar.

 It was not too much of a leap of faith to expand their ranges to kids shoes. Why would the child not demand of its parents something to keep apace with fashion, to match the nice new dress, the trendy jeans and the polo shirt. After all, parents take great pride in their children, and their children's appearances.

 The media, television, internet, pop concert and film not only assist in the creation of fashion and the demand for it but they also help to sustain that demand on a daily basis.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fashion Tips On Wearing Jewelry And Beads

Have you recently bought new beads, and just can't come up with a good way to wear them quite yet? It might be the change of the season, a change of taste, or simply a lack of ideas that might be hindering your ability to wear those beads with fashion flair. Try some of these new glitterati-approved fashion tips in order to get the best foot forward with your new jewelry.

 Buy beads and jewelry that match your skin tone. Cool skin tones look best in silver, while warmer (golden) skin tones look better with gold. If you have colored beads, try to match cooler skin tones with blue-based colors, and warmer skin tones with red or yellow-based colors.

 A great way to look as classy as CoCo Chanel is to mix your jewelry materials. Mix big chains with small, wooden beads with glass, or gold with silver. Variety is the spice of life!

 Jewelry calls for a certain amount of matching when it comes to size, too. A ring that is small and dainty belongs on a small hand. Larger fingers call for bigger, bolder gems. Likewise, a giant chain is going to look ridiculous on a tiny woman.

 Believe it or not, matching the material of your jewelry to your outfit really will put forth a certain mood in some cases. Matching metal jewels to a silver outfit will create a high fashion, futuristic touch. Adding gold hoop earrings to a long skirt will call people back to the age of the wandering, beautiful gypsy. Meanwhile, adding wooden beads to a green and brown ensemble will likely add to its already earthy appeal.

 If you can't find a bracelet, necklace, or anklet that you like on the market, it's time to take matters into your own hands. Consider getting one custom made, or start beading as a hobby. Nothing should stop you from getting your own personal style.

 Looking for a unique way to dress up your hair? A newer trend among many celebs is to start wearing beads in your hair. This usually works best with wooden beads, plastic pony beads, or specialized ones. Now that's glam hair!

 During the fall, one of the best ways to get a very smart, classy, and season appropriate looks is to use jewelry to mimic the fall colors.

 Big, glitzy gems and crystal beads are a must when you are going out to the club, to a party, or to a hot night out with friends. However, these aren't good choices during work days, nor are they a wise idea during more solemn meetings.

 There is a thing as too much jewelry. Getting the right amount of jewelry without looking overbearing is a balancing act that many women still have to master. Don't wear large earrings and large necklace beads at the same time. Choose one or the other. If your belt is over the top, choose a necklace over a bracelet. You need to balance out the bulk of your jewelry in both location and size.