Whats in a Cape ?

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Capes and cloaks are seeing a resurgence in popularity and we couldn’t be more delighted. Originally a staple in the 1930’s capes provided a practical solution to the elements. As such capes offer a great solution to staying warm without killing an evening wear look and are statement enough to be used as a stand alone piece in this day and age.

Why exactly this practical piece went out of fashion no one really knows however. Some have put it down to the scarcity of fabric leading up to World War 2, whilst others blame the practicality of long items when getting into cars and operating machinery during that period.

Perhaps with a return to slow fashion capes are at the top of any fashionistas closet revival in 2016? All we know is that Capes are super flattering and hopefully here to stay.

Here are our eveningwear cape options in store. These gowns are super chic and incorporate the ever-popular cape.

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Let Your boots Steal The Show

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Here are a few tips to help you in search of those perfect boots:

  1. If it doesn’t fit in the shop, it wont fit at home.
  2. Don’t shop for footwear at the end of a day. Feet swell the longer you are on them. To ensure a good fit purchase at the beginning of the day.
  3. Always try on with a sock / stocking if you intend on wearing socks or stockings with your boot choice.
  4. Customize your fit. There are a myriad of foot, heel and sole buffers, cushions and comfort aids available at chemists.
  5. If you are buying a leather boot always put leather protector on the leather before use.

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” Cocooning “

Cocooning : The trend and the connectivity between both our internal dialogue and clothing choices.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the trend of staying at home.

Cocooning is the name given to the trend that sees individuals socializing less and retreating into their home more. The term was coined in the 1990s by Faith Popcorn, a trend forecaster and marketing consultant:

Cocooning has been in our bank for thirty years. That’s how early we discovered cocooning, and cocooning is about staying home, creating a safe place around you, the gardeners being the barrier, between the garden and the alarm systems being the barrier, filtration systems for water and air, working at home, every inch of it you have, you have some of this, how many days can I work at home? That’s cocooning.

Popcorn identified cocooning as a commercially significant trend that would lead to, among other things, stay-at-home electronic shopping. Since Popcorn coined the term, the trend has continued. The creation of the internethome entertainment technology, advances in communication technology (cellphonesPDAs, and smartphones) which allow “work-at-home” options, and demographic changes have made cocooning an increasingly attractive option. If a reasonable amount of progress has been made when one is cocooning, one may expect the subject to have a breakthrough and emerge like a butterfly to enjoy life.

 Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocooning

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Whilst there has always been a connection between how we feel and our attire, Cocooning for us remains one of the most interesting phenomenon’s in fashion today. As the world gets more technologically advanced and the man in the street only has to click a button on his phone to find out the political state of the most furthers country from himself the ideology of cocooning in fashion is that this in someway is the physical manifestation of somewhat of a sensory overload.

We loved Tony Glenvilles poignant perspective on the wearers desire to “escape” , if only very briefly the “ever more crowded and noisy world “ and we really could not agree with him more.

Reference : http://nowfashion.com/cocooning-according-to-tony-glenville-11552

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Belt It !

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Belts are all the rage this season , more specifically waist belts . Belts are a fantastic tool to even out body shapes as well as a fantastic opportunity to polish up a boring everyday look.   Whilst you can find a myriad of suggestions over the width of the belt , generally a few rules should be adhered to no matter what site you go onto.

  1. Thicker belts should be worn by longer waisted ladies .
  2. Narrow belts at the waist should be worn by ladies who are short waisted
  3. A contrast or bright belt is ideal for long waisted ladies.
  4. Self colour belts are ideal for ladies with little waist definition.

 

Here are some other ideas to revive your belt cupboard this season:

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For extra drama belt a scarf

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Revisit your belt cupboard armed with an online tutorial or two . We loved the “ Three ways to knot a belt tutorial on diyconfessions.com (http://diyconfessions.com/2013/09/17/ways-wear-belt/) .

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Haven’t got a belt and not ready to invest in one ? Not a problem . Grab a scarf and fashion it into a belt :

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The Art of Layering

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Noun: layering :The action of arranging something in layers.

We hear the word layering thrown around like confetti at every fashion soiree these days. So what exactly is layering and how does one master the art?

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In our humble opinion successful layering is the art of pulling together 3 or more layers of clothing to produce something more visually valuable than any of those layers alone. What is so great about this fashion trend is that it is pretty much perfect for our Equator “ Winters “ that to be quite frank are about as cold as some other countries cooler summer days.

The trick is to establish what is the key piece or “ hero” garment of your final look. Is it a maxi dress? Or is it the jacket itself? . Here is a basic tutorial / guidelines to help you get started:

 

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1.Start with the base piece. This is usually a polo neck, simple raglan cotton spandex number or can be as basic as a cami.

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2. If your “hero” garment is a maxi dress this is where the layering begins and your more summery pieces now have renewed life this winter.

 

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  1. The next layer must compliment the first 2 layers in colour and in shape. It need not be as thick as the following or final layer and you can stop here if you wish. If your final layer is a coat and you already have a sleeve in this layer, ensure your final layer is sleeveless .

 

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The Midi Skirt

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Midi Skirts are the perfect girly girls wardrobe addition this winter. We love how this piece if teamed with the right shirt, cami or polo neck can transform a look effortlessly. This fashion item can transition from winter to summer by changing your shoes and is perfect for layering no matter what time of the year. If you are going to invest in this piece and only value a labeled option it is advised that you stick to a solid colour way (navy / black / white / pastel ) so that you can get more use out of the skirt. Printed skirts are remembered from event to event and can be limiting in this item.

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